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United Methodist youths end their fast

SALT LAKE CITY — Youths from Christ United Methodist Church will conclude their fast of 30 hours without food today. Church teenagers were joining the efforts of more than half a million young people all over the nation to participate in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine (www.worldvision.org).

Last year, $12 million was raised, contributing to World Vision's response in countries worldwide where famine, conflict, and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month. As part of the "famine" activities, they will also volunteer at the Utah Food Bank.

St. Francis Xavier to host science fair

KEARNS — St. Francis Xavier School will host the 14th annual Diocesan Science Fair on today at 4501 W. 5215 South, Kearns, sponsored by the Utah Knights of Columbus.

This fair benefits all Catholic school students in sixth through eighth grades throughout Utah.

For more information, call Al Martinez at 801-968-6174.

Eco trade-offs topic of Sunday sermon

SALT LAKE CITY — The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East, will feature "Environmental Trade-Offs" in its 9 and 11 a.m. sermons by the Rev. Tom Goldsmith on Sunday.

For more information, go to www.slcuu.org.

Scouts to receive religious emblems

SALT LAKE CITY — The Most Rev. John C. Wester, bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, will bless and award all Catholic Scouts with their religious emblems on Saturday, March 6.

Scouts must complete the necessary requirements and application process by Sunday.

Those who are interested in or are in the process of completing an award should contact Pam Grant (Cub/Boy Scouts) at 801-573-3725 or dccsutah@gmail.com.

Aglow to address recognizing miracles

MURRAY — "How to Recognize Miracles Everyday" will be the address by Heidi Wangsgaard at a Saturday, March 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. meeting of Aglow International.

The meeting and breakfast will be at 213 W. 4800 South. Cost is $5 a person. For more information, call Michelle at 801-277-6409.

'Passion' to be shown at St. Jude

MURRAY — Saint Jude Maronite Catholic Parish will show "The Passion of the Christ" Sunday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at the Parish, 4900 S. Wasatch St. (approximately 230 East.)

For more information, call the rectory office at 801-268-2820.

Westminster talk looks at U.S. religion

SALT LAKE CITY – As part of the Tanner-McMurrin Lecture Series, Westminster College will present a lecture by Dr. Diana Eck, "The Patchwork People: America's Religious Promise Comes of Age" on Thursday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Auditorium. Eck will discuss how the United States is not now, nor has it ever been, a primarily Christian or Judeo-Christian nation. Eck is a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies in the faculty of Arts and Sciences and a member of the faculty of Divinity at Harvard University. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the event. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/culturalevents.

New Pilgrim meeting in S. Jordan for now

New Pilgrim Baptist Church will hold Sunday and Wednesday Services at Noah's South Jordan, 322 W. 11000, until the completion of its new worship and ministry facility in Kearns.

The church's current building in Taylorsville was purchased by UDOT for the Redwood and 6200 South expansion project and will be demolished later this year. New Pilgrim has been at the Redwood location since 1991.

Congregational group changes church name

OGDEN — The United Church of Christ Congregational, 3350 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, has changed its name to the Congregational United Church of Christ by unanimous vote of the members of the congregation at their recent annual meeting. The change was made because the Congregational Church and its history are better known to newcomers to Ogden from Eastern and Midwestern states and to established residents in Utah than is United Church of Christ, stated Ed Boies, of Ogden, who presented the resolution.

Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. each week. For more information, call 801-392-5012.

Carol Torrance to speak at retreat

Utah Aglow will hold its spring retreat April 16-18 at the Embassy Suites in Salt Lake City, with the theme of "Follow the Way of Love."

Carol Torrance will be the featured speaker. Advance registration is $70, or $80 after April 1.

For more information, call 801-571-8680.

Mass at Alta chapel held every Sunday

ALTA — Mass will be celebrated every Sunday at 5 p.m. throughout the ski season at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Chapel in Alta, located directly across from Alta Lodge.

Madeleine school taking applications

SALT LAKE CITY — The Madeleine Choir School is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Applications can be downloaded at www.madeleinechoirschool.org.

For more information, call Jennifer Payne, director of admissions at 801-323-9850, ext. 103.

Indonesian service weekly at church

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake-area Indonesian Reformed Church worship service is held every Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake, 12 C St.

For more information, go to www.fpcslc.org.

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