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Take A Stroll Through Scenes Of Bethlehem

The first baby to portray Jesus in Shadle Park Presbyterian Church’s “Bethlehem Revisited” is nearly eligible for a diver’s license.

For the 15th year, the church is staging the walk-through dramatization of the city of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth.

This year, however, members of Whitworth and Opportunity Presbyterian churches will assist with performances.

Visitors can walk through Bethlehem’s busy marketplace and register with the Roman Census Taker as Joseph and Mary were required to do.

This year’s village is in the Crescent Exhibition Center, downtown, 701 W. Main.

“Bethlehem Revisited” will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. today and Sunday; 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13.

All donations will be given to local charities: the Spokane Food Bank, Christ Clinic and Caritas, Valley Habitat Project 2.

For more information, call George Hertel, 328-5542; Debbie Thompson, 466-9124; or Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, 327-5522.

Prison ministry training

Prison Fellowship Ministries will offer volunteer training during a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at Maranatha Bible Church, 26510 E. Wellesley.

The program offers training and certification of volunteers in the do’s and don’ts of prison ministry, communication skills, how the justice system works and how to have the greatest impact on prisoners.

Those attending are asked to bring a sack lunch. No advance registration is required and the training is free.

Orthodox Christmas concerts

The 20-voice choir of the Antiochian Orthodox Church of St. John will present two concerts of music from the Russian and Byzantine traditions of the Eastern Orthodox church.

In accordance with tradition, the hymns will be sung unaccompanied. Both concerts will include ancient hymns from traditional Christmas services of the Eastern Orthodox church.

The first concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. George’s Catholic Church, 2004 N. Williams in Post Falls. The second will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17, at the St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 4750 E. 20th in Post Falls.

Middle East topic

An update on the Middle East will be presented by the Rev. Elias Malki of Lebanon at the Zion Christian Center this weekend.

Malki will speak at 6 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Sunday at the center. A dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday will be at the Quality Inn Suites, 8923 E. Mission.

Dinner is $9, and reservations are required. Call Leone at 928-1533, or Phyllis at 924-0261.

Coat drive a warm success

Organizers of the Cheney Community Coat Drive have declared success.

The drive, run by members of the Children and Poverty Task Force, collected more than 300 coats, which will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Reid Elementary, 210 Seventh. Sizes for all ages are available.

The Cheney Clothing Bank, 630 Third, will also distribute coats from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays while supplies last.

For more information, call 235-2325.