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Churches Join Forces To Build Home

A group of area churches is planning to build a home for low-income families - the first Habitat for Humanity-Spokane project in the Valley.

Valley steering committee member Ed Porter said the group held its first fund-raising effort last night with an ice cream social at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

“It was kind of a fund-raiser, but it’s more of a get-acquainted thing,” Porter said.

Participating churches - St. Mary’s Catholic, Spokane Valley Baptist, Redeemer Lutheran and Millwood Presbyterian - also planned the social as a way to rally support.

Habitat for Humanity-Spokane plans to build the home at the corner of Ninth Avenue and University Road on land donated by a 92-year-old member of Valley Baptist. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.

Porter said construction was scheduled to begin April 1, but county paperwork delayed the project. Now, the only remaining hurdle is getting a short-plat approval from the county.

Don Carmichael, a member of Millwood Presbyterian and job site supervisor for the project, said he hopes construction can begin next month. The group also is planning more fund-raisers.

Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane needs volunteers.

Those wishing to help with the Valley project and others like it can call 534-2552. Habitat hopes to build 13 houses in the Spokane area this year.

Volunteers must be 14 or older to work at a job site.

Mother’s Day events

East Valley Presbyterian Church, 5305 N. Harvard Road in Otis Orchards, is turning the tables a little.

The church men’s group is treating the congregation’s moms to breakfast Sunday at 8 a.m. The breakfasts are usually a fellowship event for men.

“This month, we take care of all those ladies who have been missing out on all that cholesterol,” said Jan Mettler, a deacon at the church.

Deacons will also buy flowers to distribute to moms during the 9:30 a.m. service.

Sunday services at Berean Bible Church, 10910 E. Boone, will feature the message “In Celebration of Eve” at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The sermon has a Mother’s Day theme. Sunday evening, the church’s high school youth group hosts a Mother’s Day dessert for their moms at 7:15.

, DataTimes