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Fairfield Baha'i celebrated Ridvan; First Lutheran hosting alzheimer's, dementia program; Spaghetti lunch at Richland church

Apr 20, 2018

Fairfield Baha’i to celebrate Ridvan

Saturday to May 2, Fairfield Baha’i community celebrates the Festival of Ridvan (“paradise”), the holiest period of the Baha’i calendar, commemorating the Baha’i founder’s 1863 declaration as God’s messenger for today.

Baha’i communities across the U.S. will hold gatherings for fellowship and devotions, as well as annual elections for the faith’s leadership at the national and local levels.

In Fairfield, the annual election for the Local Spiritual Assembly, as well as in more than 1,000 towns and cities, will be Saturday, the first day of Ridvan.

The public is invited to attend any of the three local commemorations: 4 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 7 p.m. May 2 at 206 E. Hempstead Ave.

Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, announced in 1863 that he was God’s messenger for today and the promised one of all earlier religions. Baha’u’llah declared his mission to a small group of followers on an island on the Tigris River in Baghdad where he pitched his tent for 12 days. After his declaration, Baha’u’llah was sentenced to perpetual confinement in the prison-city of Akka, now in Israel, where he died in 1892.

Baha’u’llah taught that in an age of universal education, there’s no longer a need for clergy. Instead, he provided an administrative framework of elected, nine-member councils at the local, national and international levels. There are more than 180 National Spiritual Assemblies and 11,000 Local Spiritual Assemblies around the world.

The Baha’i Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions and one of the fastest-growing with about 175,000 members throughout the U.S. Baha’is view the world’s major religions as part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals his will to humanity. Major Baha’i tenets include the oneness of humanity, equality of men and women, eradication of prejudice, harmony of science and religion, universal education and world peace. To learn more visit www.bahai.us or call 641-209-8999.

 

Church hosting alzheimer, dementia program

The Social Ministry Committee of First Lutheran Church is hosting a free program on “Ministry to those with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia” at 7 p.m. April 30 at the church.

The purpose of the program is to share some ideas and tips for relating and ministering to those with dementia: What should we say? What should we avoid saying and doing? What is best way to provide support for caregivers?

Presenters will be J.D. Debner who has experience working with patients and family members and the Rev. Greg Friedrich, pastor of First Lutheran Church, who has been a certified dementia practitioner and on the management team of several dementia units

Caregivers, family members, church members, clergy, anyone who wants to learn how to relate to those with dementia can attend.

For information, call First Lutheran Church at 472-4184.

 

Spaghetti lunch at Richland church

RICHLAND — The Richland area Friends churches will have a fundraising spaghetti lunch and auction 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at Woolson Friends Church.

The pie and goodie auction begins at 12:45 p.m.

Lunch includes spaghetti bake, salad, bread, cheesecake dessert and beverages. A donation will be collected to raise funds for youth to attend camps this summer.

The public is invited.

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