Ascension Episcopal sells Advent calendars and tickets

TWIN FALLS — Ascension Episcopal Church will sell Advent calendars and raffle tickets for Neighbors in Need after services from Oct. 22 to Nov. 3 at the church, 371 Eastland Drive N., Twin Falls. The items will also be available from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays at the church office. Prices for a selection of Advent calendars will be $3-$7.50. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or six for $5. The raffle will be held Nov. 4; you do not have to be present to win. There will be something for everyone.

Neighbors in Need provides emergency food and financial assistance to families in the Magic Valley upon referral from South Central Community Action Partnership, 208-733-9351. More information: Cindy Jardine at 208-420-5147.

Holiday steamed-puddings fundraiser is back

TWIN FALLS — The Episcopal Church of the Ascension’s annual holiday steamed-puddings fundraiser is now taking gift orders for their plum and carrot puddings, $10 each gift-wrapped, through Oct. 28. Pre-order by calling 208-733-1248 — provide type, quantity, name and telephone number. A Pudding Head team member will call to confirm your order and remind you of your pick-up options: 12-2 p.m. on Oct. 29 or Nov. 5 at the church, 371 Eastland Drive N.; or see the Pudding Heads at the holiday bazaar from 9 a.m-4 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 464 Carriage Lane N., for your pick up. Pay in cash or write a check to Church of the Ascension.

This Magic Valley tradition started in 1994. The Pudding Head team works through October to produce hundreds of these old-fashioned, bundt-type cakes studded with dates, raisins and walnuts. Each pudding serves eight people and includes glazed-topping recipes. This year’s fundraiser will benefit Rising Stars Therapeutic Riding Center and the church. More information: Diane Briggs at 208-814-0004 or M970-819-4722 or

Guest celebrant, Djembe drumming and “Ascension Reads” offered

this week

TWIN FALLS — Ascension Episcopal Church will welcome Rev. Michael Case as guest celebrant for Holy Communion at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the church, 371 Eastland Drive, N. Case is the part-time priest-in-charge at Holy Nativity Church in Meridian. Childcare will be available from 8:45 a.m. until after worship. Following the service, a fellowship coffee hour will be held; also the Ascension Café adult discussion group will be led by Tim Dodd.

On Monday, Djembe Drumming will be offered at the church from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Simple drumming in community reduces stress and lifts spirit and mood. All ages are welcome. More information or if a drum is needed: call 208-961-1349.

On Oct. 26, the Ascension Reads group will meet from 7-9 p.m. at the church, to discuss “Hope Against Darkness — the Transforming Vision of St. Francis in an Age of Anxiety” by Richard Rohr. All are welcome to join the discussion, even if you have not read the book.

All are welcome at Ascension Episcopal Church for worship, study and fellowship. The church is handicapped-accessible. More information: call 733-1248 or

Unitarian Universalists stepping forward

to meaningfulness

TWIN FALLS — How willing are we to be vulnerable? To engage, to show up, to be seen? We may try to make ourselves safe by making our lives small, but that path seldom leads us anywhere we’d really like to go. When we draw upon courage and faith to step in the direction of what is meaningful to us, even when we feel afraid, our lives become more. We learn to live in wholeheartedness, not because we have banished fear but because we discovered something greater within us.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another. Newcomers of all religious paths, or none at all, are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped-accessible. Park in the rear of the building.

Join us at the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Ave. W., Twin Falls. More information: call Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161 or

Baha’is mark birth

of founder

TWIN FALLS — Baha’is of Twin Falls will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’liah, founder of the Baha’i faith, on Sunday with their Light of Unity Festival. The group will donate a shade tree to Harmon Park, host a dinner at 6:30 p.m. in KMTV’s community room, 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd., for Baha’i friends and families, and present the first screening of “Light to the World” which tells the story of Baha’u’liah’s life and teachings.

Baha’u’liah, 1817-1892, was a spiritual teacher who announced in 1863 that he was the bearer of a new revelation from God. His teachings have formed the basis of a process of social transformation and community-building that is unique in its global scope and diversity of participants. Baha’u’liah’s vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the racial prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society. “Now more than ever we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them,” long-time Twin Falls resident and Baha’i Max Newlin said in a statement. Mayor Shawn Barigar has signed a proclamation for the city, naming Oct. 22, 20017, as the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’liahin and urges “all to resolve on this day to promote in themselves and in their relations with others those qualities and attributes that will help bring about the recognition of the oneness of humanity; to embrace diversity; and to work for unity in our local community, our country and the world.”

The Light of Unity Festival is not an event but a series of activities generated at the grassroots level all around the country. At the national level, the Baha’i house of worship in Wilmette, Ill., is hosting a nine-week series of programs which began in early September. Its theme is applying the principle of the oneness of humanity to contemporary challenges, including environmental justice, race relations, indigenous peoples, human rights and the harmony of science and religion. More information: