Church news for the week of April 7

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Mother's Day, Father's Day extravaganza
   Turning Point Ministry is making it easy to shop for that special someone for Mother's Day and Father's Day with a sale of gift items.
   Local sales consultants from companies such as Avon, Arbonne, Blessings Unlimited, Dove Chocolate, Nature Burst, Pampered Chef, Premier Designs Jewelry, Scentsy and Thirty One will be on hand 1-6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Turning Point, 16750 N.W. 60th Ave., Trenton.
   There will also be a silent auction with the proceeds going to Turning Point Ministry.

Methodist men breakfast meeting

   The Chiefland United Methodist Men will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 707 North Main Street.

New presidency to lead 12 local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Congregations
   Robert R. Graham of Ocala, was named Stake President for the Gainesville Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He replaced J. Edward Haddock of Gainesville.
   The Gainesville Stake is comprised of 12 congregations from Ocala, Williston, Chiefland, High Springs, Cross City and Gainesville.
Graham is a manager for Georgia Pacific. A resident of Ocala for more than 20 years, he and his wife, Jana, have six children.
    Working with Graham are two counselors, also named at the conference.  Serving as first counselor is D. Owen Rae, a professor at the University of Florida and 23-year resident of Gainesville. Rae and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children. Serving as second counselor is Michael S. Lavoie, sales manager with Cox Business and resident of Gainesville for over two years. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of three children.   
   All three men in the newly-formed stake presidency have had extensive experience in LDS church leadership.        Graham served for over 11 years in the Gainesville Stake presidency, most recently as first counselor. Rae and Lavoie served as members of the Stake High Council, working with the Stake Presidency to direct affairs of the church in the area.
The call to service came as two authorities from the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City and Atlanta were visiting Gainesville for the stake’s semi-annual conference on March 20.