Joan Rivers

20 Apr 19
"Oh the places you'll go." Dr. Seuss

Wednesday,  April 10 Our sister-in-law, MaryEllen, is travelling with us; she’s come along on some of out other trips, and we always enjoy her company.  This morning we use Uber for the first time.  As they say in the eyewear business, Izipizi.  The driver is from Morocco; he definitely does not like Trump and has […]

20 Apr 19
UpJourney

Whether you are new to public relations or a seasoned PR pro looking to ‘up your game,’ this list is for you. As an award-winning publicist that has worked in PR for over 20 years, I thought it might help others to share some of my best recommendations for books that will help you discover […]

20 Apr 19
From a balcony with a view

Listen.

I wish I could tell you it gets better.

But, it doesn’t get better.

You get better.

– Joan Rivers

20 Apr 19

….“Snake thou art, Raimond de Broussac, snake thou shalt become and snake thou must remain until some good man and true shall cleave thy foul body into as many pieces as the year hath weeks.” Originally appeared in Weird Tales, December 1925. Trowbridge runs across De Grandin in Paris. The detective is on a case […]

20 Apr 19
Swipe Life
On one of those miserably cold and snowy New York days, somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I decided I needed to go to Machu Picchu. I had been wanting to go for years and it was on this particular day, with a new credit card in hand, that I decided 2019 would be the year. I’d used Tinder on a brief trip to New Orleans and it led to some, um, delightful fun. It was with this in mind, as I mapped out a three-week-long trip to South America, that I thought I’d try Tinder Passport™ again. Although I knew I wouldn’t have time to date anyone while I was in Peru — I wouldn’t exactly have the best cellular reception while hiking a decent chunk of the Inca Trail in the Andes Mountains — I figured I could at least try to meet someone in Santiago, Chile, my next stop. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. I have just arrived in Lima, Peru. Although I won’t be in Santiago for a week, I figure I should at least set up shop, so to speak, there using Tinder Passport. I come up with what I think is a cute little profile about how I’d love to meet up with someone to help me with my Spanish and see where the evening takes us. I then turn off the roaming on my phone, because Verizon has already made a fortune in international charges off me. So much so that I probably should have bought stock in the company. Tuesday, 9:15 a.m. I received a notification the night before that I’d been Super Liked™, but still exhausted from my flight, I decided to wait until today to check it out. I awake and immediately start flipping through Tinder to see who this mystery Super Like man is. His name is Andres; he has dark hair and dark eyes (I’m in Latin America, after all and, aesthetically, this is my thing), and based on photos, he plays the upright bass. I Like him back; less than a minute later, I get an “Hola Amanda!” Andres asks me a lot about New York and even how much I make a year. Although I’m not weird about talking about money, we’re less than 10 minutes into a chat and he’s asking my salary, so that’s a bit off-putting. I jokingly ask if he’s looking for a rich woman or something, to which he replies saying he doesn’t understand. In fact, this will be the first of easily two dozen times Andres will respond to something I write to tell me he doesn’t understand. As I’m about to wrap up my conversation with Andres, because I want to see Lima before I fly to Cusco the following day, I get another match. Again, within in seconds, I get an “Hola Amanda!” This time, however, Felipe doesn’t just introduce himself, but tells me his name and that he lives in Santiago (which I knew, as my Tinder Passport is in Santiago, after all). I don’t respond, as I have things to do. I say goodbye to Andres, telling him I’ll message him later. I’m not keen on Lima, but I figure I should at least check it out a bit more before leaving and heading toward Machu Picchu. Thursday, 10-ish p.m. After a long bus ride, then a long train ride, I’m officially in Aguas Calientes with plans to finally see Machu Picchu the following day. Both Wi-Fi and reception is spotty, but I manage to respond to both Andres and Felipe, the latter of whom, tells me once again he lives in Santiago and his name is Felipe. When I ask him about his day, I get the same response. Is this all the English he knows? I try what little Spanish I know on him: ¿Cómo va su día? Again, I get the same response in English. I decide he’s nervous — because I’m the type of woman who makes all men nervous, obviously. (Ha!) Andres, on the other hand, is a bit more talkative, although I do find myself explaining things to him as simply as possible. Having dated a lot of men whose first language isn’t English, I’ve learned that both speaking and writing in the present tense is easiest for them to understand. He tells me he doesn’t have a job and lives at home. I try not to judge, but he is 33. He tells me it’s hard to make money as a musician in Latin America so he wants to move to New York. I tell him it’s hard to make it as a musician anywhere, and New York isn’t going to solve his problems. Although it’s not my business to tell anyone what to do, I suggest he get a day job until the music thing takes off. He ignores that — or maybe just doesn’t understand it. Instead, he then offers to be my roommate and help with my NYC rent… which makes me laugh out loud. Even after he tries to sweeten the deal by offering to write me songs, I politely decline. I start to get the feeling that maybe he is looking for a rich woman after all. I’m not a rich woman, and we can thank NYC for that. While all this back and forth is going on, I get a message from another match, Christian. Instead of “hola,” he immediately asks for my Instagram handle. When I ask if this is how he always starts conversations, he tells me he doesn’t understand what I mean. I realize that I really should have taken some hardcore Spanish classes before going on this trip. It’s always disappointing when your brilliant sarcasm goes over everyone’s head. But the big part of my trip is Machu Picchu and I need to be up at 5 a.m. for it, so I put away Tinder for the night and go to bed. Sunday, 3:00 p.m. It’s been a few days since I’ve been on Tinder, so when I open it up I have Christian still asking for my Instagram handle and Andres wondering where I’ve gone. By this point, I’ve been on my trip for a full week and will be in Santiago on Tuesday. It will be almost halfway through my trip and I want a date, dammit! It’s not as though I can’t go out alone, but someone to talk to would be great! So I suggest to Andres we get a drink and ask him his favorite bar and favorite neighborhood. He doesn’t have one, which I find odd. Instead, he suggests we climb Cerro San Cristobal, which I’ve heard has beautiful views, especially at night. I’m not very comfortable with that idea so he suggests we go to Barrio Italia… then tells me it’s expensive and he can’t afford to go unless I pay. I never officially unmatch Andres, but decide this isn’t really working out for me. I appreciate his honesty, but come on, dude; at least be able to buy your own drink. ONE drink. Before I decide to close out the app for the night, Gerardo pops up. I don’t remember Liking him, but here he is. While physically he’s not my type, I can tell he’s still my kind of people. You know, tattoos, a little quirky, glasses… like a Chilean version of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. But probably a little less musically inclined. Gerardo’s grasp of English is fantastic! He even explains that if I want to learn Spanish, Chile is the last place to do that, which is great to know. We chat a bit, but I cut it short because I’m exhausted — but not before asking if he wants to meet up on Tuesday. Monday, mid-afternoon Christian is still asking for my IG handle, so I unmatch him. Andres is still wondering if I’m going to buy him drinks or dinner or, perhaps, a Bentley or something, so I just ignore him. I can’t figure out what’s worse: unmatching him or ignoring him. Note: there are A LOT of facial piercings in Santiago, and that’s just not my scene. Maybe in 1999, but not now. Basically, I’ve placed all my bets on Gerardo. Tuesday, 10 p.m. I have my date with Gerardo. I’m staying in the Bellas Artes part of the city, which he says is expensive. Considering my $200 lunch earlier that day at Bocanáriz, which was, ironically, a suggestion from a friend who got it from a Tinder match last year, I have to agree. We end up meeting at a place called Wonder Bar, still relatively close to my hotel — which is what I want, so that I know where I am and can easily find my way home. This is especially important since, as we’ve already established, my Spanish isn’t so great (read: a complete disaster). When Gerardo and I meet up, it becomes extremely clear, very quickly, that while he can write and read English, he can’t understand it when I speak it, nor can he speak more than a few words. But I’m always up for a challenge, and we live in a day and age of Google. But, fun fact, Google can get old really fast. During our three-hour-long date that just might have been the longest three hours of my life, I learn that Gerardo used to be in the seminary, as in he was training to be a Catholic priest. This has me Googling how to ask why he wanted to be a priest, him Googling that he had a call from God, and me Googling to ask him if God called on the phone. Which, sadly, just confuses him although I think I’m really killing it with the jokes. I tell him I’m a sex writer or, as I eloquently put it in my broken Spanish, “yo escribo sexo.” Then there’s a lull. The former soon-to-be priest and NYC sex writer just sit in silence for what seems like a half hour, occasionally nodding at each other for reasons I don’t even know. Unlike in his Tinder photos, Gerardo has a beard, but not a thick beard. It’s very thin and he keeps twisting it into knots, while I just keep sipping wine, wondering what I should ask next. I take to Google and ask him about his family: he has two siblings. He does not ask me the same question. I ask him what he’s been doing since quitting priest school: he’s studying psychology. He doesn’t ask what I studied. I ask him his favorite city: Santiago, but only because he’s never been anywhere else in the world. It gets to a point where it’s literally like pulling teeth, and he’s asking nothing about me. NOTHING. And it’s not like his Google Translate isn’t working, because he’s using it to answer my questions. With it closing in on 2 a.m. and his thin beard almost entirely in knots that he’s twisted into it, either out of nerves or boredom, I look at my left wrist — where I never wear a watch — and say it’s late and I have to get back to my hotel. This doesn’t seem to register with him at all. So, again, I reach for Google for translation, but still there’s no movement on his end. Instead he just smiles. I look down at my phone, planning to pretend that I have an email from an editor about work. If it weren’t for adorable Jorge, who works at the front desk at my hotel, I may start to think that social skills and basic social graces aren’t a strong suit in men from Santiago. I need to tell Gerardo I’m tired. Google brings up “Estoy tan cansado,” and I’m just hoping it’s right, because I’m fucking done. I can’t Google anymore, I can’t sit through another awkward silence, and at the rate he’s been twisting knots into his beard, he’s like one more knot away from some sort of dreadlock facial hair situation. I stand up to pay for my drink. “We go El Diablito,” he says. According to Google it’s open for another hour and it’s really close. In fact, Jorge at the hotel mentioned it. I tell him no thank you and go to hug him goodbye, but that’s not the end of it. He then proceeds to walk with me back to my hotel. Fifty percent of me is thinking he’s being a gentleman, while the other 50 percent of me is thinking he wants to get laid. While I may have had some hot sex during my last Tinder Passport travel experience, that’s not my usual M.O. I was getting over major heartbreak. Also, there’s absolutely no chemistry between Gerardo and I. And not because we need Google to communicate, but because it’s just not there. Besides, I’m an atheist. I’m not so sure that a seminary drop-out, who had a call from God (still have no idea if it was on the phone or not), should be fraternizing with someone like me. When we get to my hotel, he leans in to kiss me and I quickly give him my cheek, then kiss his other cheek. I Google that if he wants to hang out next week to message me on WhatsApp — although I already know I’ll be in Buenos Aires by then. Wednesday, 4:25 a.m. I get a message from Gerardo saying that the date went great. I still can’t believe he can write and read English so well, but speaking and understanding it is such a struggle. I want to tell him it wasn’t great, but that it’s no one’s fault. However, I agree, to be kind, and wish him a good night and sweet dreams. Thursday, 1:10pm I match with someone named Joan. Again, I don’t remember Liking him and am starting to think that maybe Tinder Passport has taken my love life into its own hands, as I clearly can’t take care of it on my own. Joan, which I’m assuming is pronounced “Woan,” sends a GIF with rose petals. I receive this while in Valparaíso, on the coast of Chile for the day (a place Andres suggested, actually), and just ignore it. I head to Buenos Aires the next day and am pretty much done with Chilean boys. However, before I leave the following morning, I do get one more message from Felipe… and you’ll never believe this: his name is Felipe and he lives in Santiago. But I head to Europe in early April and I already have my Tinder Passport in Paris. So, we’ll see how it goes. Here’s hoping there isn’t someone named Pierre who lives in Paris and needs to tell me those facts over and over again.. Unless, of course, he can cook a proper tartiflette. I’ll easily forgive any broken record for that.
20 Apr 19
Route 66 News

The vice mayor of Kingman, Arizona, recently announced he is donating his salary for Jim Hinckley’s promotional and marketing efforts of Route 66 in the region. Hinckley stated in an email the donation is worth $7,200 a year, and Vice Mayor Travis Lingenfelter will continue those contributions until he leaves office. “I am honored, humbled, […]

20 Apr 19
Megamind

One of the most notable monuments in Paris (and in all of Europe for that matter) is the Notre Dame Cathedral. This Catholic treasure is over 800 years old. It is located on a small island called the Ile de la Cite in the middle of the River Seine. The building of the cathedral was […]

20 Apr 19
Emotional Jewels

Chapter 46: Making alligator and racoon friends, a doorless campground loo and finding Silver Heels covered in snow!
The story Julie’s mother, Joan, wrote of her and Andy’s adventure around the world on yacht Silver Heels between 1995 and 2003.

20 Apr 19
Redwood Times
Fortuna Church of the Nazarene Fortuna (1355 Ross Hill Road): Easter Sunday breakfast is set for 8:30 a.m. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the youngsters. Worship services begin at 10 a.m. with contemporary and traditional music, children’s church and a nursery. The message is titled “Looking Forward to Our Own Resurrection.” The Ladies Bible Study meets on Tuesday at 10 a.m., continuing “The Power of a Praying Woman.” Wednesday’s study at 7 p.m. continues with Ray Vander Laan’s travels through the Holy Land. 707-725-3151. Arcata Presbyterian Church Arcata (11th and G streets): Sunrise Easter service will be at the Bayside Presbyterian Church at 7 a.m. Easter service is at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dan Link. The message is from Luke 24; 1-12 and the sermon title is “He Is Risen.” Present will be the North Coast Brass Ensemble, which will be playing during the Offertory. The choir, directed by Gary Ross and accompanied by pianist Chuang Li and trumpet soloist Chris Cox, will perform “My Redeemer Lives! Alleluia!” Following Sunday school, the children will hunt for Easter eggs. Sunday school and child care are provided. 707-822-1321. Christ Episcopal Church Eureka (1428 H St.): The celebration of Easter begins Saturday at 7 p.m. with the Great Vigil of Easter. The Rev. Dr. Daniel London will preside and preach. On Easter Sunday, London will preside and preach at the Eucharist services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Brunch and an Easter egg hunt will follow the later service. Sunday school for preschool through elementary-age students will be held during the later service. On Tuesday, there will be a Compline service in the Chapel of Our Merciful Saviour. 707-442-1797, https://christchurcheureka.org. Grace Good Shepherd Church McKinleyville (1450 Hiller Road): Pastor Lynn and Deborah Hubbard will lead worship for Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. Contemplative Evening Vespers is offered every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Seated meditation is offered Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. Qigong is offered Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. 707-839-3726, ggschurch@gmail.com. Fortuna Seventh-day Adventist Church Fortuna (2301 Rohnerville Road): Sabbath school begins today at 9:45 a.m. There will be music, Bible study led by Elder David Perry and a mission story. A special Easter worship service at 11:15 a.m. will include multiple music numbers and a sermon by Pastor Dan Freedman. A luncheon will follow. http://www.fortunaSDAchurch.org Fortuna United Methodist Church Fortuna (10th and N streets): On Easter Sunday, Pastor Linda Ford has chosen Luke 23:44-Luke 24:5a as her scripture. Her sermon title will be “Looking.” Church begins at 10 a.m. with a hymn sing and Sunday school is held during the service. Bible study is Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and the Noon Caregivers for Dementia Support Group meets Thursdays. 707-725-4914, http://www.fortunaumc.org. Ferndale Community Church Ferndale (712 Main St.): An Easter Sunday continental breakfast is at 9:30 a.m. Worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sean Peifer’s message, “Is there More to Life?,” is based on John 11:17-27. There’s a nursery for small children during the Sunday service. Sunday school for children takes place during the sermon. There’s no youth group this Sunday due to Easter. Adult Bible study is Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. www.ferndalecommunitychurch.org. St. Francis’ Episcopal Church Fortuna (568 16th St.): Holy Saturday Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be a Festival Celebration and Holy Eucharist with Mother Geri Cunningham preaching and presiding at 10:30 a.m., followed by Easter brunch and an egg hunt at 11:45 a.m. On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer takes place, followed at 10 a.m. by a Prayer Group and at 10:20 a.m. by Crafts. On Friday, Bible study is at 3 p.m. and Wow is at 4 p.m. St. Francis’ is walker/wheelchair and hearing impaired accessible. http://www.stfrancisfortuna.org, 707-725-4686. United Congregational Christian Church UCC/DOC Eureka (900 Hodgson St.): An Easter Sunday “Sunrise Service in the Garden” is set for 6:30 a.m. followed by Easter brunch at 7:15 a.m. The Resurrection Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Bring a flower for “Flowering of the Cross.” The children and adult choirs will sing selections from “A Season to Celebrate” by Allen Pote. This is an immigrant welcoming, open and accepting fellowship. 707-445-5488, eurekauccc@att.net. United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer McKinleyville (1944 Central Ave.): The 10 a.m. Easter service will be full of songs and hymns celebrating the resurrection and the living Christ. Pastor April Sousa’s message will address the topic of “Giving up stuff.” Children may go to Joyworks after the children’s sermon, and they will also have an egg hunt after the service. 707-839-5691, http://www.umc-joyfulhealer.org Christ the Redeemer Reformed Presbyterian Church Eureka (1427 California St.): Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., the main church service starts at 10:55 a.m. (ending about noon) and the third service starts about 12:45 p.m. (ending about 1:30 p.m.). The sermon topic is Romans 16:21-27, “Greetings to the Church and Glory to God.” The third service is about “The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God.” The weekly Wednesday Bible study is studying Moses confronting Pharaoh of Egypt, in Exodus 9. It starts at 6 p.m. (enter the church through church alley entrance). 707-599-5394, http://www.christtheredeemerrpc.com. Arcata United Methodist Church and Catalyst Arcata (1761 11th St.): AUMC and Catalyst will have a combined Easter service at 10 a.m. This Sunday, the message, “An Uprising of Hope — The End of Hostility,” is by Pastor Bethany Cseh. Both churches are hosting a waffle freakfast and Egg hunt right after worship. 707-822-1963, arcataumc@gmail.com. Arcata First Baptist Church Arcata (1700 Union St.): Pastor Dennis McGuire will lead a service to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection Sunday at 10:15 a.m. 707-822-0367, http://www.arcatafbc.org. Eureka First United Methodist Church Eureka (520 Del Norte St.): The Rev. Kathryn Dunning will lead a single worship service at 9:30 a.m. this Easter Sunday. Her message is titled “This is the Day of Amazement!” Child care is provided from 9:15 to 11 a.m. A Community Sunrise Service led by the “Churches on the Block” (Methodist, Baptist, Nazarene) will take place at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday morning at the Sacco Amphitheater adjacent to the Adorni Center. Today at 5:30 p.m. all are invited to Third Saturday Supper at Eureka First UMC. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a showing of a documentary about the Eel River called “A Rivers Last Chance.” firstumceureka.org, 707-442-3015. First Covenant Church of Eureka Eureka (2526 J St.): On this Resurrection Sunday, Pastor Rick McRostie will be speaking on “Meeting God (John 20:1-18).” There will be one worship service at 10 a.m. The choir, directed by Joan Sikkens, and the Praise Team, led by Seth Farison, will lead the music for the service. Nursery and children’s church are offered during the service. Sunday school for adults will be offered at 9 a.m. There will be an Easter potluck in Fellowship Hall; bring a dish to share. 707-442-6774, http://www.fcceureka.org. Bayside Presbyterian Church Bayside (2023 Old Arcata Road): There will be 7 a.m. sunrise service to celebrate Easter located behind the church and a regular service at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Dan Link will deliver a sermon at both services titled “He is Risen!” (Luke 24:1-14). Fellowship and refreshments will follow. Rohnerville Assembly of God Fortuna (4430 Rohnerville Road): At 9:30 a.m., there will be Sunday school for all ages, followed at 10:15 a.m. with a “Meet and Greet” and at 10:30 a.m. with morning worship with the Rev. Linda Mason speaking on “Grave Clothes” taking John 20:1-5 as her Scripture text. At 11 a.m., children’s church will be held, and there’s no evening service Sunday. On Wednesday youth meet at 5 p.m., Bible study is at 7 p.m. and Ladies Bible study starts at 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Rev. Dr. Azariah Jeyakumar. 707-725-4341. Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer Fortuna (1431 Ross Hill Road): Morning worship begins at 10 a.m. with the singing of Easter hymns and the message by the Pastor Lance Anderson. After the service, members and guests may join together in the Social Room for a time of fellowship and refreshments. The Tuesday evening Bible study will meet at 6 p.m. at the church, continuing with the study of Ephesians, Book 4. Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church Arcata (1675 Chester Ave.): On Sunday, the Very Rev. Sara Potter will lead the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday with the Great Vigil of Easter at 6 a.m. and a service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. The service consists of four parts: It opens in darkness before dawn with the Service of Lights with the kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle; the Service of Lessons with readings from the Hebrew Scripture interspersed with psalms, canticles and prayers; Christian Initiation (Holy Baptism) or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the Eucharist. At 10:30 a.m., there is a family friendly service of Holy Eucharist with hymns and music and St. Alban’s tradition of flowering the cross. An Easter egg hunt and brunch follow the 10:30 a.m. service. Child care for children ages 0-5 is available from 10 a.m. to noon. St. Alban’s welcomes LGTBQ people. http://www.stalbansarcata.org. Calvary Lutheran Church Eureka (South and Prospect streets): Services are at 10 a.m., with Sunday school starting at 9:45 a.m. every other Sunday. Children are welcome at all times. Easter Sunday will feature a sermon by Pastor Pat Higgins titled “New Creation,” with the theme “Jesus’ Resurrection.” A memorial service for Dennis Watson will be included in the service. Holy Communion is available for all with bread and wine or grape juice or a blessing. Refreshments will follow the service. calvarylutheran.com. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Ferndale (425 Shaw Ave.): Easter worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday school is available for children. Fellowship follows the service. 707-786-9619. Christ Fortuna Fortuna (2132 Smith Lane): Easter worship service is at 11 am. Sunday school is available for children. Fellowship follows the service. 707-725-2995. Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bayside (24 Fellowship Way): “Hope is a Thing with Feathers” will be the topic presented by the Rev. Bryan Jessup at the 9 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday. In this Easter service, participants will be invited to count the blessings of springtime and open their hearts to the things that bring them hope even in these challenging times. Child care is available and Religious Education is offered at 11 a.m. http://www.huuf.org. St. Mary’s Catholic Church Arcata (1690 Janes Road): Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated today on Holy Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  Easter Sunday masses will be celebrated at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Latin). Confessions are Saturday at St. Mary’s at 2 p.m. or by appointment. 707-822-7696, stmarysarcata.com. St. Joseph Catholic Church Blue Lake (340 Greenwood Ave.): Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at noon. (There will be no Mass on Holy Saturday at St. Joseph this weekend.) St. Joseph is a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata (see above listing). 707-822-7696, stmarysarcata.com. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Mission Church Hoopa (Pine Creek Road): Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. St. Kateri is a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata (see above listing). 707-822-7696. Christ the King Catholic Church McKinleyville (1951 McKinleyville Ave.): Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated today on Holy Saturday at 8 p.m. Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. 707-839-2911. Holy Trinity Catholic Mission Church Trinidad (at Parker and Hector streets): Mass is celebrated on the first Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 707-839-2911. First Presbyterian Church of Blue Lake Blue Lake (241 H St.): Sunday is an Easter celebration. From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., there will be meditation and prayer, followed by the worship service at 10 a.m. Elder Milton Abbott will preside at worship. Elder Lane DeVries will deliver the message titled “Risen for You,” based on Acts 10: 34-43. Gospel reading is Luke 24:1-12 and John 20:1-18. Leon Hamilton will play trumpet and Karin Parr the piano during the service. There will be Easter flowers available after the service. Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods McKinleyville (1645 Fischer Ave.): On Sunday at 10 a.m., enjoy coffee, sweet rolls and music by the Old Gold Band. At 10:30 a.m., there will be traditional hymns and an Easter Sunday musical by Lou Agliolo and the choir. Come enjoy a celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Wednesday Night Bible Study is at 6:30 p.m. and features the video series “The God I Never Knew.” 707-839-2625. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (LCMS) Ferndale (795 Berding St.): On Easter Sunday, there’s a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the top of the Ferndale Cemetery, with breakfast following in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Bible study for all ages begins at 9 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. The sanctuary is open for prayer and meditation when the sign is out, which is most weekdays. The pastor is the Rev. Tyrel Bramwell. 707-786-9353, stmarksferndale.com. Immanuel Lutheran Church Eureka (3230 Harrison Ave.): The Rev. David Groe leads worship services. Children are invited to Sunday school. Easter service starts at 10 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt for children following worship. Lutheran Church of Arcata Arcata (151 E. 16th St.): A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday and a festival service will be at 10 a.m. Easter breakfast will be served in between services from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. with donations helping to support missions. Healing Rooms of the Redwood Coast Eureka (3400 F St.): Healing Rooms meets each Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a Biblically trained group of Christians who believe they are healed body, mind and spirit by Jesus’ atoning blood.  There is no appointment needed. 707-834-5800, healingrooms.com. KDK Arcata Buddhist Group Arcata (Community Yoga Center, 890 G St.): Practice Tibetan meditation on loving-kindness and compassion in the Kagyu tradition, followed by a study group Sundays at 6 p.m. 707-442-7068, fierro_roman@yahoo.com. Peace Vigil Eureka (Courthouse lawn, Fifth and I streets): A Peace Vigil is held every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. People of any or no faith are invited to be a presence for global peace. No perfume, please. 269-7044. Humboldt Friends Meeting (Quakers) Arcata (1920 Zehndner Ave.): On Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a Meeting for Worship where everyone gathers in stillness to experience the presence of spirit. Child care is available. 707-444-3069, humboldtfriendsmeeting.org. Shelter Cove Chapel by the Sea Shelter Cove (83 Lower Pacific Drive): Sunday services are at 11 a.m. Bible studies take place Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at 12:30 p.m., there is a sermon discussion and free lunch. The pastor is Bruce Willis. 707-498-2206, hwww.facebook.com/ShelterCoveCA. Galilee Baptist Church Eureka (3132 E St.): Services start at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The pastor is Michael Burke. North Coast Happenings is a free service for churches and other faith-based groups. The deadline is noon Wednesday for Saturday publication. Submit notices to style@times-standard.com. Include a phone number. The Times-Standard reserves the right to edit for Associated Press style, clarity and to fit available space.  
20 Apr 19
Times-Standard
Fortuna Church of the Nazarene Fortuna (1355 Ross Hill Road): Easter Sunday breakfast is set for 8:30 a.m. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the youngsters. Worship services begin at 10 a.m. with contemporary and traditional music, children’s church and a nursery. The message is titled “Looking Forward to Our Own Resurrection.” The Ladies Bible Study meets on Tuesday at 10 a.m., continuing “The Power of a Praying Woman.” Wednesday’s study at 7 p.m. continues with Ray Vander Laan’s travels through the Holy Land. 707-725-3151. Arcata Presbyterian Church Arcata (11th and G streets): Sunrise Easter service will be at the Bayside Presbyterian Church at 7 a.m. Easter service is at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dan Link. The message is from Luke 24; 1-12 and the sermon title is “He Is Risen.” Present will be the North Coast Brass Ensemble, which will be playing during the Offertory. The choir, directed by Gary Ross and accompanied by pianist Chuang Li and trumpet soloist Chris Cox, will perform “My Redeemer Lives! Alleluia!” Following Sunday school, the children will hunt for Easter eggs. Sunday school and child care are provided. 707-822-1321. Christ Episcopal Church Eureka (1428 H St.): The celebration of Easter begins Saturday at 7 p.m. with the Great Vigil of Easter. The Rev. Dr. Daniel London will preside and preach. On Easter Sunday, London will preside and preach at the Eucharist services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Brunch and an Easter egg hunt will follow the later service. Sunday school for preschool through elementary-age students will be held during the later service. On Tuesday, there will be a Compline service in the Chapel of Our Merciful Saviour. 707-442-1797, https://christchurcheureka.org. Grace Good Shepherd Church McKinleyville (1450 Hiller Road): Pastor Lynn and Deborah Hubbard will lead worship for Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. Contemplative Evening Vespers is offered every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Seated meditation is offered Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. Qigong is offered Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. 707-839-3726, ggschurch@gmail.com. Fortuna Seventh-day Adventist Church Fortuna (2301 Rohnerville Road): Sabbath school begins today at 9:45 a.m. There will be music, Bible study led by Elder David Perry and a mission story. A special Easter worship service at 11:15 a.m. will include multiple music numbers and a sermon by Pastor Dan Freedman. A luncheon will follow. http://www.fortunaSDAchurch.org Fortuna United Methodist Church Fortuna (10th and N streets): On Easter Sunday, Pastor Linda Ford has chosen Luke 23:44-Luke 24:5a as her scripture. Her sermon title will be “Looking.” Church begins at 10 a.m. with a hymn sing and Sunday school is held during the service. Bible study is Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and the Noon Caregivers for Dementia Support Group meets Thursdays. 707-725-4914, http://www.fortunaumc.org. Ferndale Community Church Ferndale (712 Main St.): An Easter Sunday continental breakfast is at 9:30 a.m. Worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sean Peifer’s message, “Is there More to Life?,” is based on John 11:17-27. There’s a nursery for small children during the Sunday service. Sunday school for children takes place during the sermon. There’s no youth group this Sunday due to Easter. Adult Bible study is Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. www.ferndalecommunitychurch.org. St. Francis’ Episcopal Church Fortuna (568 16th St.): Holy Saturday Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be a Festival Celebration and Holy Eucharist with Mother Geri Cunningham preaching and presiding at 10:30 a.m., followed by Easter brunch and an egg hunt at 11:45 a.m. On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer takes place, followed at 10 a.m. by a Prayer Group and at 10:20 a.m. by Crafts. On Friday, Bible study is at 3 p.m. and Wow is at 4 p.m. St. Francis’ is walker/wheelchair and hearing impaired accessible. http://www.stfrancisfortuna.org, 707-725-4686. United Congregational Christian Church UCC/DOC Eureka (900 Hodgson St.): An Easter Sunday “Sunrise Service in the Garden” is set for 6:30 a.m. followed by Easter brunch at 7:15 a.m. The Resurrection Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Bring a flower for “Flowering of the Cross.” The children and adult choirs will sing selections from “A Season to Celebrate” by Allen Pote. This is an immigrant welcoming, open and accepting fellowship. 707-445-5488, eurekauccc@att.net. United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer McKinleyville (1944 Central Ave.): The 10 a.m. Easter service will be full of songs and hymns celebrating the resurrection and the living Christ. Pastor April Sousa’s message will address the topic of “Giving up stuff.” Children may go to Joyworks after the children’s sermon, and they will also have an egg hunt after the service. 707-839-5691, http://www.umc-joyfulhealer.org Christ the Redeemer Reformed Presbyterian Church Eureka (1427 California St.): Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., the main church service starts at 10:55 a.m. (ending about noon) and the third service starts about 12:45 p.m. (ending about 1:30 p.m.). The sermon topic is Romans 16:21-27, “Greetings to the Church and Glory to God.” The third service is about “The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God.” The weekly Wednesday Bible study is studying Moses confronting Pharaoh of Egypt, in Exodus 9. It starts at 6 p.m. (enter the church through church alley entrance). 707-599-5394, http://www.christtheredeemerrpc.com. Arcata United Methodist Church and Catalyst Arcata (1761 11th St.): AUMC and Catalyst will have a combined Easter service at 10 a.m. This Sunday, the message, “An Uprising of Hope — The End of Hostility,” is by Pastor Bethany Cseh. Both churches are hosting a waffle freakfast and Egg hunt right after worship. 707-822-1963, arcataumc@gmail.com. Arcata First Baptist Church Arcata (1700 Union St.): Pastor Dennis McGuire will lead a service to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection Sunday at 10:15 a.m. 707-822-0367, http://www.arcatafbc.org. Eureka First United Methodist Church Eureka (520 Del Norte St.): The Rev. Kathryn Dunning will lead a single worship service at 9:30 a.m. this Easter Sunday. Her message is titled “This is the Day of Amazement!” Child care is provided from 9:15 to 11 a.m. A Community Sunrise Service led by the “Churches on the Block” (Methodist, Baptist, Nazarene) will take place at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday morning at the Sacco Amphitheater adjacent to the Adorni Center. Today at 5:30 p.m. all are invited to Third Saturday Supper at Eureka First UMC. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a showing of a documentary about the Eel River called “A Rivers Last Chance.” firstumceureka.org, 707-442-3015. First Covenant Church of Eureka Eureka (2526 J St.): On this Resurrection Sunday, Pastor Rick McRostie will be speaking on “Meeting God (John 20:1-18).” There will be one worship service at 10 a.m. The choir, directed by Joan Sikkens, and the Praise Team, led by Seth Farison, will lead the music for the service. Nursery and children’s church are offered during the service. Sunday school for adults will be offered at 9 a.m. There will be an Easter potluck in Fellowship Hall; bring a dish to share. 707-442-6774, http://www.fcceureka.org. Bayside Presbyterian Church Bayside (2023 Old Arcata Road): There will be 7 a.m. sunrise service to celebrate Easter located behind the church and a regular service at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Dan Link will deliver a sermon at both services titled “He is Risen!” (Luke 24:1-14). Fellowship and refreshments will follow. Rohnerville Assembly of God Fortuna (4430 Rohnerville Road): At 9:30 a.m., there will be Sunday school for all ages, followed at 10:15 a.m. with a “Meet and Greet” and at 10:30 a.m. with morning worship with the Rev. Linda Mason speaking on “Grave Clothes” taking John 20:1-5 as her Scripture text. At 11 a.m., children’s church will be held, and there’s no evening service Sunday. On Wednesday youth meet at 5 p.m., Bible study is at 7 p.m. and Ladies Bible study starts at 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Rev. Dr. Azariah Jeyakumar. 707-725-4341. Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer Fortuna (1431 Ross Hill Road): Morning worship begins at 10 a.m. with the singing of Easter hymns and the message by the Pastor Lance Anderson. After the service, members and guests may join together in the Social Room for a time of fellowship and refreshments. The Tuesday evening Bible study will meet at 6 p.m. at the church, continuing with the study of Ephesians, Book 4. Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church Arcata (1675 Chester Ave.): On Sunday, the Very Rev. Sara Potter will lead the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday with the Great Vigil of Easter at 6 a.m. and a service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. The service consists of four parts: It opens in darkness before dawn with the Service of Lights with the kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle; the Service of Lessons with readings from the Hebrew Scripture interspersed with psalms, canticles and prayers; Christian Initiation (Holy Baptism) or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the Eucharist. At 10:30 a.m., there is a family friendly service of Holy Eucharist with hymns and music and St. Alban’s tradition of flowering the cross. An Easter egg hunt and brunch follow the 10:30 a.m. service. Child care for children ages 0-5 is available from 10 a.m. to noon. St. Alban’s welcomes LGTBQ people. http://www.stalbansarcata.org. Calvary Lutheran Church Eureka (South and Prospect streets): Services are at 10 a.m., with Sunday school starting at 9:45 a.m. every other Sunday. Children are welcome at all times. Easter Sunday will feature a sermon by Pastor Pat Higgins titled “New Creation,” with the theme “Jesus’ Resurrection.” A memorial service for Dennis Watson will be included in the service. Holy Communion is available for all with bread and wine or grape juice or a blessing. Refreshments will follow the service. calvarylutheran.com. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Ferndale (425 Shaw Ave.): Easter worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday school is available for children. Fellowship follows the service. 707-786-9619. Christ Fortuna Fortuna (2132 Smith Lane): Easter worship service is at 11 am. Sunday school is available for children. Fellowship follows the service. 707-725-2995. Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bayside (24 Fellowship Way): “Hope is a Thing with Feathers” will be the topic presented by the Rev. Bryan Jessup at the 9 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday. In this Easter service, participants will be invited to count the blessings of springtime and open their hearts to the things that bring them hope even in these challenging times. Child care is available and Religious Education is offered at 11 a.m. http://www.huuf.org. St. Mary’s Catholic Church Arcata (1690 Janes Road): Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated today on Holy Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  Easter Sunday masses will be celebrated at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Latin). Confessions are Saturday at St. Mary’s at 2 p.m. or by appointment. 707-822-7696, stmarysarcata.com. St. Joseph Catholic Church Blue Lake (340 Greenwood Ave.): Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at noon. (There will be no Mass on Holy Saturday at St. Joseph this weekend.) St. Joseph is a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata (see above listing). 707-822-7696, stmarysarcata.com. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Mission Church Hoopa (Pine Creek Road): Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. St. Kateri is a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata (see above listing). 707-822-7696. Christ the King Catholic Church McKinleyville (1951 McKinleyville Ave.): Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated today on Holy Saturday at 8 p.m. Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. 707-839-2911. Holy Trinity Catholic Mission Church Trinidad (at Parker and Hector streets): Mass is celebrated on the first Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 707-839-2911. First Presbyterian Church of Blue Lake Blue Lake (241 H St.): Sunday is an Easter celebration. From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., there will be meditation and prayer, followed by the worship service at 10 a.m. Elder Milton Abbott will preside at worship. Elder Lane DeVries will deliver the message titled “Risen for You,” based on Acts 10: 34-43. Gospel reading is Luke 24:1-12 and John 20:1-18. Leon Hamilton will play trumpet and Karin Parr the piano during the service. There will be Easter flowers available after the service. Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods McKinleyville (1645 Fischer Ave.): On Sunday at 10 a.m., enjoy coffee, sweet rolls and music by the Old Gold Band. At 10:30 a.m., there will be traditional hymns and an Easter Sunday musical by Lou Agliolo and the choir. Come enjoy a celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Wednesday Night Bible Study is at 6:30 p.m. and features the video series “The God I Never Knew.” 707-839-2625. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (LCMS) Ferndale (795 Berding St.): On Easter Sunday, there’s a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the top of the Ferndale Cemetery, with breakfast following in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Bible study for all ages begins at 9 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. The sanctuary is open for prayer and meditation when the sign is out, which is most weekdays. The pastor is the Rev. Tyrel Bramwell. 707-786-9353, stmarksferndale.com. Immanuel Lutheran Church Eureka (3230 Harrison Ave.): The Rev. David Groe leads worship services. Children are invited to Sunday school. Easter service starts at 10 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt for children following worship. Lutheran Church of Arcata Arcata (151 E. 16th St.): A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday and a festival service will be at 10 a.m. Easter breakfast will be served in between services from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. with donations helping to support missions. Healing Rooms of the Redwood Coast Eureka (3400 F St.): Healing Rooms meets each Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a Biblically trained group of Christians who believe they are healed body, mind and spirit by Jesus’ atoning blood.  There is no appointment needed. 707-834-5800, healingrooms.com. KDK Arcata Buddhist Group Arcata (Community Yoga Center, 890 G St.): Practice Tibetan meditation on loving-kindness and compassion in the Kagyu tradition, followed by a study group Sundays at 6 p.m. 707-442-7068, fierro_roman@yahoo.com. Peace Vigil Eureka (Courthouse lawn, Fifth and I streets): A Peace Vigil is held every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. People of any or no faith are invited to be a presence for global peace. No perfume, please. 269-7044. Humboldt Friends Meeting (Quakers) Arcata (1920 Zehndner Ave.): On Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a Meeting for Worship where everyone gathers in stillness to experience the presence of spirit. Child care is available. 707-444-3069, humboldtfriendsmeeting.org. Shelter Cove Chapel by the Sea Shelter Cove (83 Lower Pacific Drive): Sunday services are at 11 a.m. Bible studies take place Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at 12:30 p.m., there is a sermon discussion and free lunch. The pastor is Bruce Willis. 707-498-2206, hwww.facebook.com/ShelterCoveCA. Galilee Baptist Church Eureka (3132 E St.): Services start at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The pastor is Michael Burke. North Coast Happenings is a free service for churches and other faith-based groups. The deadline is noon Wednesday for Saturday publication. Submit notices to style@times-standard.com. Include a phone number. The Times-Standard reserves the right to edit for Associated Press style, clarity and to fit available space.  
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