Events

  • Tools for Finances: A nine-week course providing families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course begins 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Cornerstone Christian Center, 1745 E. 18th St., Antioch. Lessons are on DVD presented by Dave Ramsey, personal money-management expert. Small-group discussion follows. Registration: Denise Baquing, 925-779-2000. www.daveramsey.com/home.

  • National Back to Church Sunday: Back to Church Sunday's goal is to invite or reinvite America to rediscover church. 11 a.m. Sept. 16, Stewart Memorial CME Church, 580 Front St., Pittsburg. Information: www.facebook.com/StewartMemorialCmeChurch, or 925-432-3411.

  • International Day of Peace Community Celebration: 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2200 Country Hills Drive, Antioch. A Peace Pole will be dedicated followed by performances by the Meher School Children's Chorus; Sikh representatives, Jaspreet Rasia and ensemble, playing Indian classical music; the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints youth choir from Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg; the We Mime from Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch; the four East County Idol trophy winners, Idara Akpakpa, Andie Paredes, Raina Viscarra and Nicholas Crossen; the Antioch Seventh-day Adventist Hilltop Christian School Treble Choir and Hand Bell Ringers; and the Divine Voices from Deer Valley High. Walter Ruehlig, 925-756-7628, walter.ruehlig@gmail.com.

  • Organ recital: 4 p.m. Sept. 30, St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. William Vaughn, director of music at the Church of the Assumption, San Leandro and assistant organist at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, celebrates the "American Spirit Past and Present" with works by Barber, Ives, Swann, Burkhardt and other American composers. A free will offering will be taken. walter.ruehlig@gmail.com.

  • Forty Days of Love-Principals for Healthy Relationships: 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Sept. 30-Nov. 11, Brentwood Bible Fellowship, 3415 Walnut Blvd. Information: 925-634-4909, www.brentwoodfellowship.org.

  • Public Prayer Rosary Rally: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Veterans Park, 3841 Balfour Road, Brentwood. For information, call Capt. Susan C Tikalsky, 925-727-8227.

  • Hoops4Him: Basketball open to everyone 8-10 p.m. Mondays, Adams Middle School, 401 American Ave, Brentwood. Sponsored by Golden Hills Community Church. First time is free; $2 after. Rich Lopez, 925-783-4669. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoops4Him/118124828226113.

  • Helping Young People Excel: H.Y.P.E. meets every third Friday, 415 W. Sixth St., Antioch. Junior and senior high school students are invited to play games, listen to music, dance and more. A positive Christian environment for youth. $5 donation, raffle tickets $1. Food available for purchase. 925-778-1639

    Bible studies

  • Word and Worship -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Solomon Temple Church, 655 California Ave., Pittsburg. 925-439-5905.

  • St. John's Lutheran Church Women's Bible Study -- 7 p.m. Mondays. 1360 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. 925-757-3070.

  • Antioch Church on The Rock Women's Bible Study -- 7 p.m. Fridays ongoing. An invitation to all women of Antioch and nearby communities to participate in a Bible study, "Identity -- Discovering the Real You." Mature spiritually and become more like Jesus. 50 Walton Lane. Jennifer Welsh, 925-757-4359 or jennifer@antiochcotr.org.

  • Seasoned Citizens Bible Study and Discussion -- 9 a.m. Sundays. A discussion and study group for those 50 and older. Age waivers granted to those in their 40s upon request. Trinity Christian School Library, Mountain View Christian Center, 5000 Amaryllis St., Oakley. Led by the Rev. Austin Miles. 925-625-9570, ext. 102.

  • Filipino Bible Study and Fellowship -- 6 p.m. Saturdays, Hillcrest Terrace Community Hall, 3420 Deer Valley Road, Antioch; 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Christ Community Church of the Nazarene, 1650 Ashbury Drive, Concord. Esper Hagberg, 925-778-8083, 925-876-1903 or esper@comcast.net.

  • Women of Worth -- 6:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Mountain View Christian Center, 5000 Amaryllis St., Oakley. 925-625-9570.

  • Nondenominational Bible Study -- 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, clubhouse at Marsh Creek Apartments, Applewood Court, Brentwood. 925-513-0401.

  • Spanish Bible Class -- 11:30 a.m. Sundays, Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood. 925-240-1079.

  • Community Bible Study -- 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. An interdenominational women's study currently studying the book of Genesis. Children's classes preschool to age 5 run concurrently. Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood. Alice Carter, 925-754-8795 or aecareteris@gmail.com.

    COMMUNITY

  • Birthright of Brentwood -- Helping pregnant women facing personal crises. 925-634-1275.

  • Street Outreach -- Helping the homeless in Antioch by providing hot meals, clothing and other resources. Sam, 925-783-6923.

  • Helping Hands Ministry -- 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. East County residents in need can receive free food and clothing along with a message of hope. Mountain View Christian Center, 5000 Amaryllis St., Oakley. 925-625-9570.

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church -- Welcomes adults interested in becoming Catholic Christians through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). 925-634-4154.

  • Shepherd's Gate -- Christ-centered services for homeless women and children providing shelter and resources for those displaced by abuse, financial hardships and addictions. 605 Sycamore Ave., Brentwood. 925-308-7507.

  • Agape Bible Fellowship -- Worship 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Agape Care Connection, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Fellowship and emotional support for ministers. 2008 Mahua Way, Antioch. John Ojewole, 925-265-1134, or pastor@agapebfm.org

    SUPPORT

  • Al-Anon -- 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. St. John's Lutheran Church, 1360 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. 925-757-3070.

  • Freedom Recovery Ministry -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays. Biblical counseling and instruction for men and women designed to help you, through Christ, recover from anger issues and compulsive addictions. Mountain View Christian Center, 5000 Amaryllis Drive, Oakley. The Rev. Tyrone Holmes, 925-625-9570, ext. 108.

  • Kaleidoscope Cancer Support Group -- 7-8:30 p.m. Spiritual guidance and hope for people with cancer and their caregivers. Byron United Methodist Church, Kaleidoscope Support Center, 14671 Byron Highway. 925-634-1411.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous -- 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. AA for women 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. AA book study 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. AA 6:45-7:45 p.m. Fridays. Al-Anon 8-9 p.m. Fridays. Brentwood Community United Methodist, 809 Second St. 925-634-3093.

  • Celebrate Recovery -- 7-9 p.m. Saturdays. A Christ-centered recovery program. First Family Church, 201 E. 18th St., Antioch. 925-706-1238.

  • Overcomers Ministry -- 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. A 12-step program for those struggling with alcohol, drugs and other addictions. Grace Bible Fellowship, 913 Sunset Drive, Antioch. 925-522-2017.

  • 12-Step Recovery Program -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. A program for any adult dealing with compulsive or addictive behavior. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, High Council Room, 2350 Jeffrey Way, Brentwood. 925-831-8386.

  • Al-Anon/AA -- Al-Anon 6:45 p.m., AA 8 p.m. Fridays. Brentwood Community United Methodist Church, 809 Second St. 925-634-3093.

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