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Posted: Friday, April 4, 2003 10:00 pm

Community candlelight vesper service

Two Lodi pastors will lead a special non-denominational worship service Sunday evening that will focus on meditation, peace and quiet.

The 45-minute service, led by Pastors Mari Thorkelson of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Michele Bagby of United Congregational Christian Church, will feature what Thorkelson describes as "meditative" music including a guitar, violin, flute, cello and harp. There will be no sermon.

The music is from Taize, a place of pilgrimage in France, where people from all over the world come for prayer and reflection.

"Taize's vocation is to strive for communion among all, crossing all borders and boundaries," Thorkelson said. "Worship is quiet and reflective in nature - singing, prayers, meditative."

The service will "offer hope for our world through prayers and time of peace," said Thorkelson, who emphasized that the service is non-political.

"It provides an opportunity to gather as a community and move out of our separate places of worship for the purpose of coming together in prayer and hope for the world," Thorkelson said.

The service will begin at 6 p.m. at United Congregational Christian Church at Hutchins and Tokay streets. The Taize-style service is held on the first Sunday of each month. For more information, call 368-1955 or 368-2747.

Singing group Tapestry to perform fund-raiser

A local singing group called Tapestry will perform in concert tonight and Sunday in the fellowship hall at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Tokay Street and Lee Avenue in Lodi.

The trio, consisting of Susan and Dwight Holmquist and Monte Hummel, are members at St. Paul. They will perform non-Christian music from the 1950s and '60s at 7:30 p.m. today and at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The concerts are a fund-raiser for the youth of the church to defray the cost of 30 youth and sponsors to attend the National Youth Gathering July 16-20 in Atlanta. The gathering is expected to draw 22,000 Christian high school students for five days.

Tickets are $15. Dessert is included. For more information, call 368-2747.

St. Peter students win at spelling bee

Eight students from Lodi's St. Peter Lutheran School took first-place honors recently at the All-Lutheran School Spelling Bee in Fair Oaks.

Competing as two-member teams, St. Peter took first-place honors in third, fourth, fifth and seventh grades.

Winning participants were Haley Czarnek, Carson Kautz, Mandy Majidian, Samantha Williams, Nathan Schaapman, Nicholas Serra, Amanda Stevens and Kenny Sarisky.

Teams from second and eighth grades placed second. Those teams were represented by Alexis Grenko, Lauren Youngsma, Greg Edwards and Tyler Ring.

The St. Peter team of sixth-graders Jacqueline Schock and Jessica Reed placed third.

Several parents attributed the students' success to the school's phonics curriculum.

Divorce recovery workshop

A divorce recovery workshop will be held on Tuesdays from April 8 to May 20 at First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St. at Alpine Avenue, Stockton. Workshops will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The workshop will include a full dinner, coed discussion groups and social activities for single adults and their children.

In addition to the adult workshop, a program for children affected by divorce will also be offered. Children will be helped understanding their feelings such as fear, denial, anger and abandonment.

Fee is $35 for adults and $20 for children. Registration will take place this Tuesday and April 15 in the school gymnasium. For more information, call workshop coordinator Sheri Birk-Dentone at 472-7550 or singles minister Brad Stahl at 466-4368.

Home Church plans musical celebration

Home church in south Lodi will celebrate Palm Sunday with a one-day musical celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m. April 13. The church is located at 11451 West Lane, one mile north of Eight Mile Road.

The celebration begins with "Lamb of Glory, a love story of an only son sacrificed for the sins of others at 10:30.

At 6 p.m., the Regents singing quartet will perform. For more information, call 339-7333.

'Bandfest' to hit Lodi

Cornerstone Church in Lodi will host the 2003 Christian Bandfest from 3 to 9 p.m. on April 26 at the church, 701 N. Stockton St.

Music will be provided by several Christian rock bands, including Test of Faith, Spirit 101, Zeke's Wheel and Hand Breadth. For more information, call Cornerstone at 333-2526.

'Master psalmist' to appear in concert

Fred Hammond, who calls himself "The Master Psalmist," and Radical for Christ" will appear in concert at 7 p.m. April 13 at Stockton Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St.

Tickets are $32 for balcony seats and $37.50 for floor seats. Tickets are available by calling (800) 555-3377, Christ Temple/Samuel N. Hancock School at 943-0353 or on line at or

Credit cards will be accepted.

The concert is sponsored by Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Ministries.

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