FAITH IN BRIEF – April 13, 2017

■ For this week:

Spirit of Joy Community Church Easter celebrations
Spirit of Joy Community Church will hold a Good Friday worship service April 14 at 7 p.m. Childcare services will be provided for younger children. Easter morning services will be held at 10 a.m. An Easter egg hunt at Joy Kids’ Church for the children will follow the children’s message. Spirit of Joy Community Church is at 3126 W. Johnston Ave., Hemet.

MSJC Day of Religious Understanding
Mt. San Jacinto College is hosting an interfaith Religious Understanding Day on Saturday, April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the San Jacinto Campus Library. This event is sponsored by the MSJC Diversity Committee, the Hemet-San Jacinto Interfaith Council and The Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet, San Jacinto, and Menifee Region. Open to the public, free registration and parking available in the north lot.

Temple Beth Am celebrates Passover Seder
Temple Beth Am, a Jewish congregation in the San Jacinto Valley, will hold a community Passover Seder on Friday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.
The eight-day holiday, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, commemorates God’s deliverance of the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt. The Torah, in Exodus 13:3 and Leviticus 23:5, gives instruction as to when and how the event should occur.
Matzah, an unleavened flatbread made solely from flour and water, is a traditional food eaten during the holiday. The dough is continually worked so that the bread does not rise. The matzah is a reminder of the haste in which the exodus from Egypt happened.
Temple Beth Am’s spiritual leader, Bill Trujillo, will conduct the Seder, the prescribed telling of the story of Passover. The holiday celebration includes a traditional meal, meant to add meaning to the remembrance.
Those who wish to experience a Passover Seder are welcomed to attend. Call (951) 445-0502 or email for reservations, which are required. The donation to cover the cost of the meal is $20 for non-members and $15 for members.
Temple Beth Am has served the San Jacinto Valley since 1962. The synagogue is located at 20520 State Street at Soboba Road.

The Francis Schaeffer Center: “There is no alternative”
The Francis Schaeffer Center is a local study center that exists to introduce people to the life and thought of Francis Schaeffer. The late Dr. Schaffer is widely recognized as one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century. There are similar study centers around the world. Whether in books, films or centers, he has proposed that there is no alternative to historic Christianity as a foundation for life and thought. The Center is open Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 40639 Rosalie Avenue, Hemet, 92544. All are welcome and there is no cost. Call Dennis Rasmussen at (951) 322-7153 or email for more information.

Mommy & Me at United Methodist Church
The Hemet United Methodist Church has begun a “Mommy & Me” program from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 530 S. Buena Vista. Call Darlene Anderson at (951) 487-1286 for more info.

New Reverend at Center for Spiritual Living
Center for Spiritual Living Hemet, is pleased to welcome to the pulpit Rev. Rhonda Tretsven as their new Senior Minister. Rev. Rhonda is a graduate of Holmes Institute, San Diego. She is currently enrolled with the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where she is completing courses toward her doctorate. Rev. Rhonda brings to the pulpit a life study and passion of the Religious Science (Science of Mind) teachings. Her spiritual journey began as a child attending Founder’s Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles under Senior Minister Dr. William H.D. Hornaday. She is a native Californian and grew up in Glendale. Rev. Rhonda looks forward to speaking each Sunday the principles of Science of Mind which is a faith, a philosophy and a way of life that creates positive change and gives spiritual tools to navigate the turbulence that is experienced in day to day living. Change your thinking, change life! Center for Spiritual Living, 40450 Stetson Ave (corner of Girard), Hemet. (951) 658-5157.

Bible Study Fellowship International
Bible Study Fellowship International is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible study that helps women know God. BSF’s preschool program gives children registered by an adult BSF member the beginning biblical foundation. Classes are on Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and are held at 375 N. Sanderson Ave. in Hemet. They accept infants and preschool age children. There is no cost. For more info., call 660-0502 or email

Christian Church hosts life study
Hemet Valley Christian Church is hosting an ongoing Life Study every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Please check the Website for new session updates. Sunday blended worship 10:45 a.m. Communion served every Sunday. Come join us, bring a friend. Call 925-7212 for more information.

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