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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2002 10:00 pm

Open house at new First Baptist Church

The community is invited to walk through the future home of First Baptist Church from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 267 N. Mills Ave. at Lockeford Street.

Construction on the 39,000-square-foot building began in January. The new church, including a 700-seat sanctuary, educational classrooms, a full-sized gym, a kitchen and offices, is expected to open in early 2003.

Services are currently held at 19 S. Central Ave. For more information, call 334-1332.

Teen ministries founder to speak in Lodi

Ron Luce, founder of Acquire the Fire Teen Mania Ministries, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at Century Assembly, 550 W. Century Blvd., Lodi.

Luce will challenge students to be silence breakers on their Campus for Christ. Luce has taken the gospel to more than 50 countries and speaks to more than 250,000 teenagers each year.

Admission is $5 at the door. Youth pastors and their spouses will be admitted for free. For more information, call 334-3225.

'Real Lives, Real Money' is discussion topic

A class for high school students interested in managing their money successfully will be held at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 S. Pleasant Ave., Lodi.

The class, developed by Thrivent for Lutherans, is called "Real Lives, Real Money." For more information, call 368-2747.

Swaziland is topic of Baha'i session

Karen Monadjen, a primary teacher and health care administrator in Swaziland, will discuss life in her country at the first in a series of devotional programs and fireside chats sponsored by the Baha'i Faith Thursday in Lodi.

The weekly meetings, to begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday beginning next week at the Reyes residence, 2412 W. Elm St., Lodi.

The first part of each program will be a devotional period called "tranquility zone," in which one can leave behind the cares of the daily routine and relax to soft music and hear readings from the scriptures of the Baha'i faith and other religions.

A fireside chat, or informational presentation and discussion, will be held who would like to remain afterward.

Meetings are free and open to the public. There is never a collection or an obligation of any kind. Call 369-8819 for information.

World community day next week

Women of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths are invited to Church Women United's celebration of World Community Day at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Tokay and Hutchins streets.

The program's theme, "Daughters of Abraham: Call to Peace," will be presented. The panel will consist of Robina Asghar, representing the Muslim faith; Susan Shenk, representing Judaism; Janice Roth, a Catholic; and Leona Dameron, speaking from the Protestant perspective.

An offering will be received to further goal of peace and justice for all women and children.

Church Women United is an ecumenical grassroots movement of Christian women in the United States and Puerto Rico focusing on prayer, Bible study, advocacy and action. For more information, call Lillian Goldsmith at 368-0500.

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