In addition to being a day to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, Thanksgiving is often seen as the start of the holiday season.
Several churches in the Spokane Valley are planning Thanksgiving worship services.
Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 N. Progress Road, will host an ecumenical worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A choir featuring singers from several Valley churches will perform.
People of all faiths are invited to attend and are asked to bring a donation of food for the food bank and all monetary offerings will be donated to the Valley Center for Sharing.
Valley Assembly of God, 15618 E. Broadway, will hold a Thanksgiving Day worship service at 10 a.m. The special service will include singing and special music.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Road, will host a tri-parish Thanksgiving service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Members of St. Mary’s, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, which are located in close proximity to one another, often hold events that include all three churches.
St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 503 N. Walnut Road, will have Mass at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Those attending are invited to bring the bread that will be served at their Thanksgiving dinners and it will be blessed.
The church will also be collecting food for the food bank at the Mass.
Zion Lutheran Church, 8304 E. Buckeye, will hold a worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The special service will be led by the youth of the church. Dessert will be served after the service.
Christ Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway, will have a worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Refreshments will be served following the service.
The church will also have an Advent Festival from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Families are invited to attend and paint Advent wreaths, make Advent calendars and Christmas ornaments, and decorate Christmas cookies.
There will also be refreshments, Christmas carols, and a lefse demonstration. Families will be asked to make a $5 donation to cover the cost of the craft items.
Missionary appreciation day
Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, 10814 E. Broadway, will have a missionary appreciation day on Sunday.
Missionaries Jan and Sheryl Weisen will speak at the 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.
Jan Weisen was raised in Spokane. He and his wife spent nearly two years in Romania and will leave in January for Switzerland.
Lunch will be served following the 10:45 a.m. service. The cost is $3 per person or $12 per family.