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St. Joseph’s Provides Family Fun At Western Days

St. Joseph’s Church, 5421 N. Arden Road, is holding its annual Western Days celebration today on the church grounds. The day starts with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a poker walk at 9.

The rest of the day will feature entertainment ranging from fiddlers and line-dancing lessons, to kids games and a clown. A horseshoe tournament will take place at 1:30 p.m. and a silent auction will be held at 2:30 p.m. Purchase a $3 ticket for the cow plop at 3 p.m. and you could win a grand prize of $2,500 or one of eight $100 prizes.

A $5 entry fee is required to take part in the poker walk. All other events are free and everyone is welcome.

Ex-Laker at Church of Nazarene

Jay Carty, former Los Angeles Lakers player and the founder of Yes Ministries, will be at the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene this Sunday Monday and Tuesday.

Carty uses humor to get his message across. When people ask the former basketball player about his height - Carty is 6-foot-8 - he “likes to tell people he’s 5-foot-20,” says church administrator Steve Wilson.

Carty will speak at the 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. services on Sunday and at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. There is no charge and all are welcome to attend.

Methodists celebrate hope

All the United Methodist Churches in the Spokane area are taking part in the “Celebration of Hope” week that begins today and lasts through Oct. 6.

During the event, missionaries from around the world will visit local churches. The missionaries will talk about their work and how local churches can become involved in the effort.

The celebration begins today at the Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 10422 E. Main, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. A service will be followed by a mission fare and a sampling of foods from various countries. There will also be an opportunity to meet individually with missionaries from 5 to 6 p.m. at the church.

All “Celebration of Hope” events are free and open to the public.

Divorce support group meets

Spokane Valley Baptist Church, 1222 S. McDonald Road, is hosting a divorce support group every Thursday at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 3.

Discussion topics include dealing with anger, depression, new relationships, and caring for children. There is a $35 fee for the class. Participants are asked to preregister by calling the church office at 924-1234.

Child care will be provided for children up to grade five.