Sun, Aug. 18

Service Notes 5-7-10

Vacation Bible School at First Southern Baptist Church

Children entering Kindergarten through fifth grade, join First Southern Baptist Church June 7 - 11 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. for Bible lessons, crafts, music and games. Complimentary dinner served nightly during VBS week. Your family is welcome to stay for dinner. Please pre-register by June 4. First Southern Baptist Church of Cottonwood is located at 1020 Camino Real, behind Home Depot. For more information call the church office at (928) 634-7388.

Beat the heat with a sweet, cold treat

Take a break from the heat on Friday, May 14, at Peace Lutheran Church’s community ice cream social from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and all ages are invited. Parents are encouraged to bring their youngsters. There will be a bounce house for them.

The free ice cream social will offer vanilla and chocolate ice cream with a choice of toppings. Look for the big white tent in the parking lot. The church is located at 1450 E. Fir St., between Camino Real and 12th Street in Cottonwood. If you have questions, call (928) 634-8727.

SUU celebrates compassion and community service

Newly elected Sedona City Council woman Barbara Litrell will be the guest speaker as the Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship celebrates “Community Outreach Sunday” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 9.

“The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.” These words from the Charter for Compassion unveiled in November 2009 identify compassion as the catalyst for expressing love of one another in our community. What is the Charter for Compassion? What are the needs in Sedona and the Verde Valley and in what ways can we express compassion through our own community service?

Litrell has been actively involved as a volunteer serving the community through many organizations including The League of Women Voters, St. John Vianney Church, the National Association of Women Business Owners, Keep Sedona Beautiful, as co-founder of the first Sedona Book Festival and as co-chair with Rabbi Alicia Magal of Sedona’s annual Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day, the largest one day of volunteer service activities benefiting organizations and individuals throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Our guest pianist is Dr. Craig Johnson.

The Fellowship gathers at the Elk’s Club at 110 Airport Road in West Sedona. Guests are welcome. Please contact Liz Danbury at (928) 282-5061 if you would like further information or if you would like a ride.


Unity Happenings

This Sunday, May 9, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., at Unity of Sedona, the Rev. Mark Pope’s topic is “A New Earth.” Eckhart Tolle’s popular book, “A New Earth,” is based upon the proposition that a vast collective spiritual awakening is under way. This awakening or new consciousness is giving rise to a new field of manifestation or “new earth.” The book’s title is taken from Revelations, the final book in the Bible: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” The spiritual awakening of humanity from a personal isolated or separated sense (little me) to that of our being expressions of a Single Undivided Infinite Presence is underway now…and is Grace unfolding out of the Infinite into space/time as a new earth. The alarm is ringing. Time to wake up.

You may contact Unity Church of Sedona at (928) 282-7181 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. If you’d like more information about Unity of Sedona, visit the Web site at