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May 4 – 17, 2013


Spiritual Reflections

Serve others intentionally

We live in a cacophony of noise

by Barbara Dillard

Let’s be honest, we live in a cacophony of noise. Much is an outgrowth of living and as such is unavoidable. Responsibilities of work and family each add to the parade of sound that fills our days. Some fuel us with delight—the words of praise for a job well done, the laughter of our grandchildren and the greeting of that beloved pet when we return home. Others, not so lovely, rub like sandpaper—the morning alarm clock, the police siren behind our speeding car or the bickering of our children. But there is noise that we invite into our daily lives like a long lost friend. It is the noise of entertainment. And though we

welcome it, I fear it comes to us at great cost. Our culture’s obsession with media, music, gaming and apps can leave our heart tank on empty. Without time for quiet reflection, we enter into a danger zone where we hardly know ourselves, much less the God who made us. We become numb to the cry of our soul for meaning and purpose. There is a sweet spot in “quiet.” It’s a place to empty “self” and drink of the new mercies that God offers to us as we seek Him. There we will find the refreshment of Living Water and be

fortified for the road ahead. Entertainment has its place, but the temptation to overindulge must be slain each day. Silence and solitude still have the power to transform and renew, enabling us to hear God’s still small voice. We may then yearn for another world, but it will also enable us to live better in this one. Barbara Dillard is a resident of Old Stone Ranch in Chandler and affiliated with Redemption Gateway Church in Mesa. Visit Dillard’s blog at

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Missionary event, abortion talk, summer camp in store at CCC Ladies will continue down the “intentional woman” path by exploring ways to be intentional about serving others, at “Being the Light,” 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sat., May 4 in room C100 at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Read more and register at

ActsONE8 missions

The ActsONE8 missions weekend, a family friendly event where everyone has an opportunity to visit with missionaries one-on-one, is at a reception from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Sat., May 4, and after services on Sun., May 5. For more information, visit

Speak the truth

Learn how to speak to others about abortion with the confidence that your case is solid and your appeal is just, in the church’s TRUTH.Abortion classes on Thursdays through May 30. For more information, visit

Summer camp

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to sign the children up for summer camp. Camp 456 for fourth through sixth graders is June 29-July 3 at UCYC in Prescott. Visit summer-camp-456. Bridge78 Camp for seventh and eighth graders is June 18-22 at UCYC in Prescott. Visit Bridge 912 Camp for ninth to 12th graders is July 8-12 at CIY in La Mirada, CA. Visit


$1,500 / 4,000 FT² SANCTUARY AND CLASSROOMS Epiphany Lutheran Church has sanctuary and classrooms available Sundays after 11:30 a.m. and weeknights. Sanctuary is 3,000 sq. ft. with a 300 square feet entry and a 500 square feet choir loft. There is plenty of parking and classrooms are available for Sunday school and adult classes. The space can accommodate up to 250 people. Church has great curb appeal and is at Alma School and Ray in Chandler. There is also a pastor’s office that can be included. Asking $1,500$2,500 per month depending on classroom needs.






May 4 – 17, 2013


Annual Shabbat service May 10

Going green

Final luncheon of season, fashion show

Rather than Rabbi Irwin Wiener conducting the monthly service, Sisterhood members will be in charge of the annual Shabbat service of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, 7 p.m. Fri, May 10 in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes.

Season ending

The Sisterhood’s paid up, end-of-year luncheon, including a fashion show courtesy of Dress Barn, is 11:30 a.m. Thu., May 16 in the San Tan Ballroom of the Cottonwood Country Club. Guests are also welcome at $20 per person, which includes a lunch of either Maui chicken salad or Mediterranean steak salad. Send reservations to 9006 E. Copper Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 and include the luncheon selection.

Donations of toys

The Sisterhood’s ongoing “Toys from the Heart” Program, which provides holiday gifts to the kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School every year, is accepting donations by check for any amount made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Write “toys” on the memo line. Last year the Sisterhood was able to distribute toys to more than 100 children.

Other Sisterhood news CLASS ACTS: Preschoolers at Chandler’s Ray of Light Christian Preschool celebrated Earth Day recently by learning about the environment and recycling. Pre-K students in Mrs. McCabe’s class each decorated a paper bag to take home and reuse to collect recyclables, while Mrs. Wilcox’s and Mrs. Mendoza’s students each recycled newspapers by making hats. Children also released butterflies outside the preschool garden after learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. Ray of Light Christian Preschool is at 800 W. Ray Rd. in Chandler. For information about registration for the 2013-14 school year, visit or call 480-963-6105 ext. 211.

Note cards are for sale at all Sisterhood meetings for $10 for a packet of 10. For more information, call Marilyn at 480-940-1916. Comments and suggestions are welcomed by the co-presidents. Call Carol at 480-895-3168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.

New Chandler church celebrates women One Church of Chandler honors all women, regardless of age, in its first annual Women’s Day Sun., May 12. One Church Lead Pastor Ryan Gear will give a sermon called “God’s Daughters,” discussing the many women of the Bible who broke through the “glass ceilings” of their cultures. The sermon begins a new

series, “It’s All Relative(s): Your Family Past, Present and Future.” One Church is a new nondenominational church meeting at Hancock Elementary School, 2425 S. Pleasant Dr., Chandler. For more information, contact Pastor Ryan Gear at or 480-686-0395.



May 4 – 17, 2013

Hadassah fundraiser visits art museum The May fundraiser for the Shalom Chapter of Hadassah in Sun Lakes is a guided tour of the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibit on advances in digital textile printing by more than 40 designers, which has received outstanding reviews. Members should meet at 10:45 a.m. on Thu., May 9 in the lobby of the museum at 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Following the tour, lunch will be held in the museum cafe. Admission is $12, plus an additional $6 for the fundraiser. Shalom will arrange car pools for anyone who is interested, and the museum is easily accessible by light rail. For reservations or more information, call Judi at 480-802-4944 or Diane at 480-895-6917.

What’s the Moshe Dayan controversy? Talk about Mordechai Bar-On’s book, “Moshe Dayan: Israel’s Controversial Hero,” 7 p.m., Thu., May 16 at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. The free discussion will be led by Lawrence Bell, Ph.D., the society’s executive director. Participants are strongly encouraged to read the book prior to the discussion. To register, call 602-241-7870 or email For more information, visit

Spiritual Connections

DivorceCare for Adults 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If 739 W. Erie St., Chandler you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Info: 480-963-4127, Spiritual Connections, email complete details to DivorceCare for Kids The Big D 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Info: 480-963-3997, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church This program is designed to encourage Christian Business Networking, Tri-City 739 W. Erie St., Chandler and empower teens to deal with their Info: 480-963-4127, Chapter—Chandler, Tempe, Mesa feelings and the challenges raised 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup during the divorce or separation of their Offers members the opportunity to share 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays parents. ideas, contacts and business referrals. Playgroup for parents with children ages Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Crackers & Co. Café 12 months to 2 1/2 years old. 739 W. Erie St., Chandler 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa East Valley JCC Info: 480-963-4127, Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Celebrate Recovery Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Christian Business Networking, Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter East Valley Jewish Couples Club healing power in our lives through the 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of Offers once-a-month social activities such 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. the month as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish The group addresses all types of habits, Offers members the opportunity to couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. share ideas, contacts and business Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. referrals. Free childcare for children ages 12 and Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives younger. 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Standing for Marriage Restoration CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Support Group Center Rooms 101-103 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Christian Business Networking, East Support group of wives committed to Info: 480-722-0700, Valley Chapter marriage no matter the circumstances, Celebrate Recovery 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays offering hope, encouragement, biblical 6 p.m. Fridays Offers members the opportunity to truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand For those with chemical dependencies share ideas, contacts and business together for the restoration of marriage. or other issues. Dinner followed by referrals. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 Mission Church Seminar Room Patio Room child. Free childcare for children ages 12 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert and younger. Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@ Chandler Christian Church, Room B200,

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Chandler United Methodist Church

Celebrating 100 Years in Chandler. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913.

SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship ...............9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children, Youth and Teens....................9:10 a.m. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL .....................................9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 480-963-3360 • • 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Support group of women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@, GriefShare 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A seminar/support group geared toward adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, H.O.P.E.—Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812

Spirituality JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773


10 a.m. Worship Followed by a FREE Brunch Prepared by our Men RSVP to (480) 899-1400 Hamilton High School Auditorium 3700 S. Arizona Ave. •

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)—Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 Revive, Rebuild and Re-Engage 9:45 a.m. Sundays Class helps struggling couples to cope with marital issues and build their relationships with Christ. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, outof-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949

May 4 – 17, 2013

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