The Festival of India will be today, 4 p.m., at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, 8628 S. State, Spanish Fork.

There will be music, arts, food and more. Visit www.utahkrishnas.com for details.

St. Lawrence to host its annual fall festival

St. Lawrence Catholic Mission, 100 West Center, Heber City, will host its annual fall festival today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be rides, a petting zoo, farmers market, food and more. Call Judy at 435-657-1181 for more information.

Catholic festival today and Sunday in Sandy

The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Fall Festival will be today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1745 E. 9800 South, Sandy. There will be games, rides, food, auctions, a 5K run/walk, classic car show and more. Go to www.blessedsacramentsandy.parishesonline.com.

'Good, Bad & Ugly' series at Sandy Ridge

Like Jesus, but not the church so much? Sandy Ridge Community Church, 1829 E. 10600 South, Sandy, is starting a new series called "Church: The Good, The Bad & the Ugly" on Sunday, Sept. 14, that will highlight what the church needs to apply to be the church that God desires it to be. For more information, call 572-0044 or go to www.sandyridgechurch.org.

Jewish Family Service director to be honored

The Salt Lake community will say goodbye to Carol Einhorn, the longtime director of Jewish Family Service at a tribute dinner on Sunday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., at the organization's headquarters, 1111 Brickyard Road, Suite 102. Jewish Family Service is a nonprofit social service organization.

Einhorn has been executive director for more than 14 years. Two of the most successful programs that JFS offers are Project Encourage (designed to help seniors in the local community stay in their homes) and Connecting the Dots (a workshop for parents to educate and equip them with communication skills to talk to their teens about substance use and abuse).

Wasatch Presbyterian sets eclectic concert

An eclectic concert inspired by Bible passages, hiking, poetry and "The Lord of the Rings" will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S. 1700 East. "The Music of Dick Wunder: A 55-Year Retrospective" will feature art songs, church anthems and solos, excerpts from cantatas and opera sketches. A 30-member chorus will be accompanied by Ken Udy on organ and Jeannette Swent on piano.

The concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the church's recent expansion and renovation. For more information, contact Wasatch Presbyterian at 487-7576.

CALM group offers discussion, support

The Salt Lake City Religious Transition Group of CALM — Community after Leaving Mormonism — will meet on Saturday, Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m. at 6876 S. Highland Drive (2000 East) for its Salt Lake City Religious Transition Group. This group provides honest discussion and support for those questioning, facing family conflict or feeling personally torn about their religion. Contact Bill Dobbs at bellerophon22@comcast.net or 801-486-9616.

'Grounded' workshops for youth leaders set

On five consecutive Tuesday evenings, through Oct. 7, from 7-9 p.m., Salt Lake Theological Seminary professor David Rowe will teach a workshop titled "Grounded: Relating to Your Mormon Friends in Truth and Love" at the Valley Assembly of God Church, 3818 W. 4700 South.

This workshop, designed for youth leaders, teaches young Christians challenged in their faith by their Mormon friends to explore ways they can have honest relationships with Latter-day Saints while maintaining the integrity of their own beliefs and effectively sharing their faith in Jesus Christ. For information, call 581-1900.

Bring pet to church for special blessing

"Blessing of the Animals" is planned for Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 1131 S. Main, Centerville. Bring your pets for a joyous celebration of the festival of St. Francis. For more information, call 295-1360.

Non-Catholics invited to initiation program

The RCIA — Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program — for non-Catholics interest in the Catholic Faith, will be Thursday, Sept. 18 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 9800 S. 1700 East, Sandy. Call 571-5517.

First Baptist Church holds services in Provo

The First Baptist Church of Provo, 1144 W. Columbia Lane in Provo, meets every Sunday. Bible study for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. and worship celebration is at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Rhett Durfee preaching. Visitors are welcome for all events. Nursery and children's worship are available during the worship celebration.

Temple Har Shalom to present art exhibit

Temple Har Shalom, 3700 N. Brookside Court, Park City, is presenting "The Art2art Exhibition: Israel 60 Years" through Oct. 18. The exhibit is free and open to the public, weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Contact Dondea at 435-649-2276.

KEYY radio to feature religious programming

Christian radio station KEYY, 1450 AM, will feature "Ten Steps to Spiritual Renewal" on next week's "Turning Point" radio show, airing weekdays at 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call 801-374-5210 or go to www.keyy.com

Congregation changes name to LifeChurch

For more than 30 years the congregation at the corner of Bangerter Highway and 4700 South has been called Valley Assembly. The congregation's first name was Kearns Assembly. Its new name is LifeChurch. The name change came from a central theme taught and lived out for the past seven years called LIFE: Love, our passion for God; Instruction, our passion for truth; Friendship, our passion for each other; Evangelism, our passion for the world.

LifeChurch has a weekly attendance of more than 900 people. For more information, call the Rev. Sid Casillas at 968-3715.

Historical records are available online

In conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Societies' 2008 Annual Conference in Philadelphia this week, FamilySearch has announced the availability of two historical Philadelphia city record sets, online death certificates for 1803 to 1915 and marriage indexes for 1885 to 1951. The collections provide access to nearly 9 million deaths and marriage records. The free databases are available at FamilySearch.org.


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