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Flagstaff Religion News

53 Paths to Freedom - The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Federated Community Church, 400 W. Aspen, Flagstaff. The Satipatthana, often translated as "The Four Foundations of Mindfulness" is a classic Buddhist text claiming to be "the only way for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the destruction of suffering and grief, for reaching the right path, for the attainment of Nirvana." More information can be found at, and on Facebook at the group "Drop In to Mindfulness, Flagstaff." 928-814-9851.

Sunday Services at Calvary Bible: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Calvary Bible Church, 6555 Townsend-Winona Road, Flagstaff. Sunday teaching by Pastor Aaron Hulbert: Ruth: to Visit Orphans and Widows. 9:30 a.m. - Bible Study. Old Testament Overview. Sunday 10:45 a.m. - Worship service. 6 p.m. - Personal application study of mid-day service. Also children's church in addition to nursery services. Wednesday 6 p.m. - Studying Matthew, then prayer time. Jan. 14, AWANA at 6:15 p.m., Neon Night. Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m., Awana Leader's Monthly Meeting.

Sunday Worship at Beacon UU: 10-11 a.m. Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 510 N. Leroux St., Flagstaff. Life Calls Us On. It's stated the only constant is change. What are the spiritual principles and values which guide us in ever changing times? Rev. Kevin welcomes the new year and share reflection on the changes in life., 928-779-4492.

Adult Jewish Education Program: 12-2 p.m. Congregation Lev Shalom, 2609 N. Patterson Blvd., Flagstaff. Illuminating the Darkness: Jewish Tradition Inspiring Innovation in Israel and Around the World (Session II), an Adult Jewish Education Program to be held at Congregation Lev Shalom, 2609 N. Patterson Blvd. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at noon. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to if you plan to attend. Congregation Lev Shalom,, 9285278747.

Sunday Service at Unity Flagstaff: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Unity of Flagstaff, 417 W. Santa Fe Ave., Flagstaff. Could you use a more interactive relationship with the divine? How would a personal relationship with God (or the God of your understanding) change your day to day experience? Could you be more connected to yourself and consequently more connected to the world? Come and explore with Rev. Penni Honey. Rev. Penni Honey,, 928-526-8893.

Sunday Worship at First Congregational Church: 10:30-11:45 a.m. First Congregational Church of Flagstaff, 740 N. Turquoise Drive, Flagstaff. First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ): 740 N. Turquoise Drive Interim Pastor Rev. Margaret Gramley will preach on "Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters" based on Acts 8:13-17 and Luke 3:15-16, 21-22. Please join us for fellowship and a potluck after worship. All are welcome! Danielle McGruer,, 928-774-0890.

Divine Liturgy - Father Earl: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 6134 Black Bill Road, Flagstaff. Please join us for 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy with Father Earl. Fr. Andrew Barakos,, 480-991-3009.

Sunday service at SCIL: 10-11:10 a.m. Spiritual Center for Intentional Living, Ponderosa HS, 2384 N. Steves Blvd., Flagstaff. Our theme for January is 'Back to Basics', which covers the four basic philosophies of Science of Mind.Steve Higgins, RScP, will give a message for week two titled 'The Way It Works'. We are a New Thought spiritual center in Flagstaff that welcomes people of all faith traditions. 928-522-9103.

Christian Science Church Services: 10-11 a.m. Christian Science Society of Flagstaff. All are welcome to our Sunday services. Children and young people up through their teens are welcome to come to Sunday school at the same time, 10:00 a.m. The subject of this Sunday's sermon is, "Sacrament." Wednesday testimony meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. each week. Everyone is welcome. Our Christian Science Reading Room is open to all from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. - noon on Saturdays or by appointment. Call 556-0510 for full church information.

Living Christ Lutheran Church: 9:30-11 a.m. 6401 N. US Highway 89, Flagstaff. We gather weekly on Sundays to worship through music, teaching, prayer and sacraments. Service time: 9:30 a.m. Fellowship time after service. Pastor Kurt Fangmeier will be leading worship., 928-526-8595.

Flagstaff Federated Community Church: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 400 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff. This Sunday we continue our worship series titled "Wisdom for a New Year," where we are partnering the lectionary texts with the wisdom from Proverbs to guide us in our goals for the coming year. This Sunday, we will reflection on time and discipline using scriptures Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 and Proverbs 6:6-11. Children's Church at both services, our two adult classes, and Second Breakfast for youth during first service will be available. At 12 p.m., we will offer a lunch and free communication workshop entitled, "How to Love Your Enemy," led by Dave McCain from Communicating with Heart. 928-774-7383.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon): 12 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon): Sunday services held at four Flagstaff locations: 4165 S. Lake Mary Road, 625 E. Cherry Ave., 2401 E. Linda Vista Drive and, for young single adults, 239 E. Saunders Drive. Meetings are also held in Williams at 1111 Stockmens Road and at the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Check or "Locations and Schedules" at for meeting times by ward/branch. Sunday services consist of Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School and special instruction for various age and interest groups.

Church of the Resurrection: 12 a.m. 740 W. University Heights Drive South, Flagstaff. "Fully Alive" is the message this week delivered by Pastor Bob Norton based on John 10:1-16. This is the second in the series "A New Year For a New You." Are you looking for an afterschool program for kids ages K through 5th grade? Check out our Tuesday afternoon Pioneer Club program! It's like Christian scouts with games, bible stories, snacks and holy fun. Carpools available. Contact the church office. Pastor Bob Norton,, 928-699-2715.

Shepherd of the Hills ELCA: 12 a.m. Shepherd of the Hills ELCA, 1601 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff. Our services include a Spoken Word service at 5 PM on Saturday, a Contemporary service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, and a Traditional service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, all led by Pastor Adam Barnhart. Kevin Bowling-Swan,, 9287744832.

SoulCollage at Beacon UU: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 510 N Leroux St., Flagstaff. SoulCollage at Beacon: An intuitive process for self discovery and building community, with trained SoulCollage facilitator, Char TarashantiUsing the SoulCollage process, everyone becomes an instant artist. You can create your own deck of personal wisdom cards to help you explore the wholeness of your Being. All classes will run from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and include time for participants to make one or two cards, all supplies provided. Suggested donation $5 per person. 928-779-4492.

Shabbat Services: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Congregation Lev Shalom, 2609 N. Patterson Blvd., Flagstaff. Congregation Lev Shalom - Rabbi Mindie Snyder will lead Shabbat morning services today at 10 a.m. at the synagogue, 2609 N. Patterson Blvd. Please join us. 928-527-8747. Congregation Lev Shalom,,

Flagstaff Friends Meeting (Quakers): 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Flagstaff Friends Meeting (Quakers): 402 S. Beaver St. Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship and children's First Day School every Sunday at 10 a.m. followed by hospitality at 11. Casual mid-week fellowship Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Instructional worship every first Sunday of the month 8:30-9:45 a.m. Come join us, learn about Quakers. All welcome. Steven Finger,, 928-607-5725.

911 audio shows shock, panic after comatose woman gave birth

PHOENIX — Panicking staff members at a long-term care facility scrambled to save a baby born to an Arizona woman in a vegetative state amid their shock to learn she was pregnant, according to dramatic 911 audio released Friday.

The five minutes of audio from the Dec. 29 birth starts with a frantic nurse at the Phoenix facility yelling, "The baby's turning blue! The baby's turning blue!"

"One of our patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant," the nurse said.

An emergency responder asked how far along the mother was in her pregnancy. The nurse, still sounding stunned, said that nobody would know.

"This is a complete surprise. We were not expecting this," she said.

The paramedic asked if anyone was doing CPR and described how to do proper compressions with two fingers in the center of the baby's chest. The nurse said workers were using a resuscitation bag.

A few minutes later, the nurse expressed relief, saying "thank God" the baby was now breathing and crying.

The woman and the baby boy have been recovering at a hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

The 29-year-old woman, who has been incapacitated since age 3, was sexually assaulted, police say, and they are trying to track down the assailant. Investigators are collecting DNA from the facility's male employees and anyone else who may have had contact with her.

The revelation that a woman in a vegetative state was raped inside a care facility has horrified advocates for people with disabilities and the community at large. The CEO of Hacienda HealthCare resigned this week as the provider announced new safety measures, including more than one staff member being present during patient interactions and more scrutiny of visitors.

The facility specializes in providing around-the-clock care for infants, children and young adults with developmental disabilities or who are "medically fragile."

The notion that none of the woman's caregivers knew she was pregnant has drawn skepticism. But medical experts say it's possible she displayed no outward signs that workers would have noticed, especially by those who don't work with pregnant patients.

While factors remain unknown, such as how far along she was, someone who is fed the same amount from a tube every day might not show any dramatic changes, like a swollen belly, said Dr. C. Kevin Huls, a clinical assistant professor and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

She is described in a medical report as having tubes to feed her and help her breathe. The mother could actually lose weight in other places like her face or arms if a fetus is consuming nutrients, Huls added.

"A good way to understand it is that really, the baby's going to continue to grow even at the expense of the mom's nutrition," Huls said. "So, her weight may not change because she's not taking in additional calories. There may be changes to her body that are going to go undetected in a chronic care condition or at a facility like this."

It also remains unclear if anyone had noticed if the woman had stopped menstruating.

Dr. Laura Mercer, a clinical assistant professor and OB-GYN clerkship director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, said documenting a menstrual cycle is as important as recording other vital signs and bodily functions. The absence of a menstrual period for three months "should prompt a medical evaluation," Mercer said in an email.

The woman's mother, who is her legal guardian, is required under state law to submit an annual report that includes results of a physical, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents. A doctor examined the woman on April 16 and found "no change" in her health during an external exam.

Her family, who are members of the San Carlos Apache tribe in southeastern Arizona, said in a statement through their attorney that they will care for the infant boy and have asked for privacy.

Arrest leads to discovery of meth, heroin in Cottonwood home

COTTONWOOD (AP) — Authorities say a couple is facing multiple drug and child abuse charges after large amounts of heroin and meth were found in their Cottonwood home.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 39-year-old Jairo Chavez-Rodriguez and 40-year-old Johanora Gonzalez were arrested last month as part of a drug task force investigation.

Deputies say Chavez-Rodriguez's Dec. 19 arrest led to a search warrant on his home.

Investigators found a pound of heroin and half a pound of meth. They also found scales, two firearms and pieces of foil with heroin residue.

Two 6-year-olds and a 9-year-old were present and are with the Department of Child Safety.

Chavez-Rodriguez is being held without bond.

Gonzalez has since been released on $15,000 bond.

It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

Arizona governor, lawmakers call water their top priority

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislative leaders said Friday that approving a drought contingency plan before the end of January is their No. 1 priority during the annual session starting next week.

The Republican governor and the lawmakers spoke Friday to about 1,300 people at the yearly legislative outlook held by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

The contingency plan must pass the state Legislature this month or run the risk having federal water managers impose unspecified measures. The legislative session opens Monday with the governor's annual State of the State address.

"We have a sense of urgency and focus on Arizona's water situation," Ducey said. "It's pretty simple. Arizona and our neighboring states take more water from the Colorado River than Mother Nature gives back."

He said if Arizona lawmakers don't approve a plan for dealing with the drought by a Jan. 31 deadline "the federal government will be in charge of our water future."

"What could go wrong?" he joked, raising laughter from the crowd.

Colorado River water supports about 40 million people across the Southwest and millions of acres of farmland in the U.S. and Mexico.

After almost two decades of drought and increasing demand, federal officials say there now is more than a 50 percent chance that the river's biggest reservoir, Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam, will fall low enough to trigger cutbacks in 2020 under agreements governing the system.

Democratic Rep. Charlene Fernandez, the House minority-elect from the state's southwestern agricultural corner of Yuma, acknowledged that "the water issue touches every part of Arizona." She said lawmakers must learn more about and deal with the problem before Jan. 31.

"Even though the federal government is shut down, that date is set in stone," Fernandez said.

Republican Sen. Karen Fann, president-elect of the upper chamber, added: "A lot of people's livelihoods are at stake here, so the tensions are obviously very high."

"We're all going to have to work together," Fann said of the different interests and industries that are reluctant to give up any of their current water allocation. "We're all going to have to give a little bit to make it work."

Fann also said funding for education would also be a top priority the year after an unprecedented teachers' walkout ended only after Ducey signed a package that included a series of raises that are to reach 20 percent by 2020.

"We made a lot of promises to education," she said, "and we're going to keep those promises."