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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2002 10:00 pm

Bringing a Christian influence to government

Ken Owen, of Lodi, founder and director of Christian Community Concerns, will conduct a seminar on bringing Biblical morality to the local level from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Brethren Church, 236 W. Beverly Place in Tracy; and Thursday at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church, 1050 N. Union Road in Manteca.

Owen will discuss America’s Godly heritage and how state and local governments work.

Owen founded the Lodi-based organization in 1985 to exert a Christian influence to local government.

The seminar has already been presented in Lodi.

To register for a seminar, call 368-0990.

Vietnam War casualty to speak Sunday

Dave Roever, who was burned beyond recognition in 1969 during the Vietnam War, will discuss his war experiences and his ministry at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Century Assembly, 550 W. Century Blvd. in Lodi.

A Navy riverboat gunner, Roever was injured when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand 6 inches from his face.

After 15 major surgeries and 14 months in the hospital, Roever began a public ministry. He will discuss solutions to problems like drug and alcohol abuse, drinking and driving, teen pregnancy, suicide and low self-esteem along with his experiences of loneliness, peer pressure, disfigurement and pain.

There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be received. For more information, call 334-3225.

Handbell concert Monday

Peals of Praise, a handbell ensemble from Lodi and Stockton, will present “Ring into Spring,” their final concert of the year, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, just south of Vine Street.

The 13-member ensemble, ranging in age from 14 to 50, plays a five-octave set of handbells. A clarinet and organ will also be used for some numbers.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and a free will offering will be taken. For more information, call Peals of Praise director Randy Knutson or e-mail him at

Chaplain of USS Hornet to speak in Lodi

Retired Navy Chaplain John Berger, of San Jose, who has family in Lodi, will be the guest speaker at Sunday’s services at First United Methodist Church of Lodi.

Berger was Navy chaplain for 30 years, but he continues in retirement as chaplain of the USS Hornet, docked at Alameda Point.

Services will be held at 8:15, 9 and 11 a.m. For more information, call the church at 368-5357.

St. Luke’s to host golf tournament

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Galt will host a golf tournament Sunday at Forest Lake Golf Course in Acampo.

The $50 entry fee includes nine holes of golf with a cart and a tri-tip dinner. Check-in time is 12:30 to 1 p.m., and tee off begins at 1:30. Non-golfers may come for the 5 p.m. dinner for $10.

Awards will be given to the winning foursome, long drives by men and women and closest to the pin. Raffle tickets will be sold.

For more information, call Doris Holm at (916) 682-3924.

Cowboy church in Galt

Traveling cowboy preachers Coy and Donna Huffman will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Monday at Cattlemen’s Livestock Market, 12495 E. Stockton Blvd., just east of the Mingo Road exit off Highway 99 north of Galt.

The Huffmans travel full time on the professional rodeo circuit, conduct cowboy church services and minister one on one.

Cowboy services will also be held in Galt on May 27, June 10, July 22 and Aug. 19. For more information, call (209) 745-1515 or see the Huffmans’ Web site.

Living single

Dating, divorce and finances will be covered in a one-day conference called “Living Single,” to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Oneighty Teen Center, 17 W. Lockeford St., Lodi.

Speakers include Steve Severs of Castro Valley, who will lead discussion on “Dating God’s Way” and “Growing Through Divorce,” Fredina Anderson, of Santa Cruz, who will speak on “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus,” and Doreen Anderson of Huntington, who will speak on “The Road to Financial Freedom.”

Singer-songwriter Monte Ingersol, who has performed with arts like Pat Boone, Geoff Moore and the Distance, Marie Osmond and Crystal Lewis, will lead the main group sessions. Ingersol has performed at the Goodwill Games and Jesus Northwest.

The conference is sponsored by the Single Adult Ministries of First Baptist Church in Lodi. The $10 fee includes pizza and snacks. Child care is available by reservation only. For more information, call 334-1332.

Free immigration help offered in Stockton

Free citizenship assistance will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church, 1663 E. Main St., Stockton.

Sponsored by Catholic Charities, the program will include free consultations, necessary documents and pictures.

For more information, call Cecilia at 444-5910.

St. Joachim to have spring fund-raiser

St. Joachim Catholic Church in Lockeford will have a steak and champagne brunch May 5 at the church, 13392 Lockeford Ranch Drive.

Silent and live auctions along with children’s events will be held. Auction items include a boy baseball figurine, San Francisco 49ers tickets and parking pass, one week’s stay in Branson, Mo., a Giants baseball and a reversible quilt.

Mass will begin at 10 a.m., and the brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservation deadline is May 1.

Brunch tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children 6 through 12. Children under 6 will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund. For reservations and information, call 727-3912.

Football coach Lou Holtz to speak via video

South Carolina and former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz will be among the speakers on a simulcast being shown April 27 at Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 N. Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi.

Holtz will join speakers John Maxwell and Dennis Waitley in the program called “Becoming a Person of Influence.”

Registration will begin at 7 a.m., the program will begin at 8 and a barbecue lunch will be served at noon.

Tickets may be purchased for $25 at the church offices or at the door. For more information, call 369-2202.

Stockton Diocese going to lead pilgrimage to Mexico

The Stockton Diocese will lead a pilgrimage to Mexico for the July 30 visit by Pope John Paul II to participate in the canonization of Juan Diego.

The pilgrimage will begin July 29 at San Francisco International Airport and end Aug. 4. Cost is $1,810 for single occupancy, $1,360 for double and $1,325 for triple. A $500 deposit per person is required, with balance due 60 days before departure. For reservations made within 60 days of departure, the full amount is due.

For more information, call the diocesan office of Hispanic Ministry at 466-0636, ext. 628. In the Sacramento area, contact Deacon Jose Ramirez at (916) 684-8944.

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