Baha'is plan unity day
EDMOND — The public is invited to a special concert and musical presentation by conductor and vocalist Van Gilmer from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Edmond Baha'i Center, 321 E Campbell.
The concert will be part of the center's Race Unity Day celebration. Gilmer is music director at the North America Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Ill.
In addition to Saturday's concert, he will perform and speak during Sunday services at the Baha'i Center, starting with devotions at 10 a.m.
Race Unity Day was established by the Baha'is of United States in 1957. It is observed nationwide on the second weekend in June and promotes racial harmony and the understanding of the essential unity of humankind.
One of the basic principles of the Baha'i Faith is elimination of all prejudices, including racial prejudices.
For more information, call 348-9992 or visit www.edmondbahai.org, www.usbahai.org or email email@example.com
Christian writers meet
EDMOND — OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Robin Patchen from 1 to 3 p.m. June 15 at Mardel, 3300 S Boulevard. Patchen will lead a hands-on workshop titled “The Mystery of Voice.”
Patchen, of Edmond, will help authors to begin the process of discovering their own, God-given voices. Her first novel, “One Christmas Eve,” was released in November with Harbourlight Books.
The OKC Christian Fiction Writers meets the third Saturday of the month at Mardel. For more information, go to http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com or email Erin Young at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.
Single moms event is set
The ninth annual “Survive 'N' Thrive Single Mothers' Conference” will be June 21-22 at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland.
Wanda Pratt, mother of Oklahoma City Thunder NBA star Kevin Durant, will give the keynote presentation. She'll share about her journey as a single mother. The event, created by Arise Ministries, is endorsed by Gov. Mary Fallin, who serves as the honorary chairman of the conference. Last year, women attended from more than 120 cities across seven states.
In previous years, the conference has drawn women who are separated, widowed or divorced, as well as women whose husbands are incarcerated or stationed overseas in the military. Others are single mothers who have never married or who adopted a child without a spouse. Conference breakout sessions cover a wide-range of subjects to meet the individual needs of the moms.
Cost, which includes meals, materials and activities, is $25 for moms and $5 per family for child care.
Registration deadline is June 14.
For more information, call 812-5137 or go to www.SingleMomsConference.org.
Pastor marks anniversary
EDMOND — Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a celebration of the Rev. Barrie Henke's 40 years of ministry on June 23 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63.
The event will feature a special worship celebration, dinner, music and guest speakers.
Henke was born in Stillwater and raised in Orlando, Okla. He was ordained into the Lutheran ministry on June 24, 1973, at Christ Lutheran Church in Perry. He served churches in Minnesota and Wisconsin before being named pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 NW 164, in September 1991.
In addition to his duties at Holy Trinity, Henke has been active in outreach work in the Lutheran Church and currently serves as district president, overseeing churches throughout Oklahoma.
For more information or to make reservations for the dinner celebration, call 348-3292 or go to www.holytrinityedmond.org.
Holy land trip planned
Norman author Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda and the Rev. Bruce Nieli, a Paulist priest and missionary, will be leading a pilgrimage Nov. 4-16 to the Holy Land and Turkey, called, “In the Footsteps of Mother Mary.”
Scaperlanda, a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman, said the trip will focus on the discipleship with Mary. The pilgrimage will begin in Nazareth, and include the Sea of Galilee; the Mount of Olives; Jerusalem; Mount Carmel; Bethlehem; and Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist and site of Mary's visit with Elizabeth. The pilgrimage will conclude in Ephesus with a visit to Mary's house, her final dwelling place, and include sites in Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey.
For more information, call Marianne Murphy with Select International Tours at (800) 842-4842.
From staff reports