The Coastal Star

Religion Notes: Concert, rummage sale, discussions and retreat on tap for June

By Janis Fontaine

Gareth Johnson will perform a program of works by Beethoven, Ysaÿe, Bruch and Gnarls Barkley on both acoustic and electric violins with pianist Tao Lin in the June 10 performance of Music at St. Paul’s Church.

Johnson is a gifted performer, master instructor and arranger. He earned a bacherlor of arts and a master’s in music performance from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets are $20. Admission is free for ages 18 and younger. For more information, call 278-6003 or visit

Rummage sale donations wanted at Cason

Cason United Methodist Church is hosting a rummage sale on June 8 to benefit its music ministry. The annual sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon.

Donations are being accepted through June 6 at the church. Items needed include clothing and shoes of any kind, accessories, household items, toys, sporting goods, garage items, lawn and garden, electronics (must be working), holiday items and linens. All items must be clean or laundered. No large furniture.

Bring items the week of the sale to the fellowship hall.  The Cason music ministry is always welcoming new members for the handbell and chancel choirs. Cason is at 342 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call 276-5302.

The God debate

The Interfaith Café asks the ultimate question in June: God or no God?

To answer, at least in part, the group has invited Geoff Kashdan to speak at 7 p.m. June 21 at the South County Civic Center.   

Kashdan is a life-long learner and teacher. He worked with children and adults with disabilities throughout his career, and his public speaking life came later with a series of 30-minute slide presentations called Mind Odysseys.

Kashdan is a member of the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, NOW, Planned Parenthood, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, He’s also a board member of his HOA, which probably tops them all in terms of stressful meetings.

This is no lecture: Audience participation will be encouraged and Kashdan won’t be the only one offering answers. Be ready to brainstorm.
The South County Civic Center is at 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

 The meeting is free, but donations are appreciated. Light refreshments are served. Email for more information.

Spiritual retreat for adults with physical disabilities

A spiritual retreat for individuals 18 and older who require physical assistance will be offered June 29 to July 1 at the Duncan Conference Center, 5820 S. Military Trail in Delray Beach.

St. Mark’s of Boynton Beach is looking for volunteers who would like to help. You must be willing to be fingerprinted and be available to attend training in safety guidelines.

For information or to volunteer, contact Paul Paschke at 392-2476 or, or Margarita Castellon at 954-821-6077.

Advent Pastor Andy Hagen and Rhythm Nation were part of a $35,000 fundraiser. Photo provided

Advent Church raises funds to fight human trafficking

Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton Freedom Challenge’s Team Advent hosted a Bourbon and Blues event in March that raised $35,000 to support projects in India and Moldova. 

Blue is the color of the National Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign, so choosing a blues band was a perfect fit, and the Rhythm Nation blues band didn’t disappoint. Pastor Andy Hagen even joined the band on stage and got thunderous applause from the crowd.

The money will be used to double the size of a shelter in India that will house 100 young girls and create an emergency shelter for 50 women. The new complex also will have a health clinic and a skills training center.

For more information on human trafficking and what’s being done to stop it, visit

Janis Fontaine writes about people of faith, their congregations, causes and community events. Contact her at

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