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Religion notebook

Sat., July 14, 2007

Jonathon E. Verkist has been named to serve as bishop of the Coeur d’Alene 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First counselor is Alando U. Harrison and second counselor is Michael G. Oswald.

Verkist lives in Carlin Bay with his wife and five children and and owns Verkist Construction.

Harrison lives in Coeur d’Alene with his wife and five children. He is a farmer and part-time math instructor at North Idaho College. Oswald and his wife have four children and moved to the area three years ago. He works for Anesthesia Associates of Coeur d’Alene.

New ward executive secretary is Joseph S. Meredith and ward clerk is Timothy R. Smidt.

S. Duane Fletcher has been called to serve as Branch President of the LDS Young Single Adult Branch, which serves the Coeur d’Alene and Hayden Lake Stakes. First counselor is Douglas W. Pulsifer and second counselor is H. Douglas Young, both of Coeur d’Alene.

Fletcher and his wife have four children and have lived in the Post Falls area for 14 years. He works in business management and is a Realtor employed by Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty.

Pulsifer has lived in the area with his wife for the past three years and they have six children and 11 grandchildren. He is a dentist and owns Riverstone Dental Care.

Young and his wife have lived in Kootenai County for many years and have seven children. He is retired from Avista Utilities and plans to serve a mission with his wife.

The executive secretary is Miguel Romero, ward clerk is Brian Williams and financial clerk is Stephen Gearheart.

WoodsTalk Music Festival Fundraiser – today, 2-7 p.m. at the home of Ernie Hawks and Linda Michal, East on Trailsend Road five miles North of the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and state Highway 54 in Athol. Entertainment includes Spirit Trio, Red Shoes For Nancy, and local singer songwriters Keith Milligan, Michael Robinson, and Tom Searls, vocalist Amie Zahara, pianist George Conrad, and various other local musicians. Includes an open jam session, raffle and food with proceeds to benefit the music department at Unity Church of North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. Artisan booths are welcome, voluntary tithes to Unity Church are appreciated. Call to reserve a space. $10/suggested admission donation. (208) 255-6954 or (509) 535-8131.

Golden Gospel Music – Sunday, 1-3 p.m., Post Falls Senior Center, 1215 E. Third Ave. Free. 773-9582.

Country Western Gospel Jubilee – Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Lake City Senior Center, 1916 Lakewood Drive. Featuring free entertainment by The Turners and Friends, the Parks and The Jubileers. 765-8580.

Renown-Introduction to Worship Arts – Thursday, 6:30 p.m. in RLM2 auditorium at Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road, Post Falls. 777-7325, ext. 212.

Christian Youth Theater Summer Camp – Now registering ages 6-13 for weeklong camps, “Star-spangled Kids,” Monday-July 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, with a performance at the end of each camp on Friday, 3 p.m. Held at Coeur d’Alene High School, 5530 N. Fourth St. $150/week session, $15 discount for siblings in same camp. Limited scholarships available. Call to register, (509) 838-5714 or (509) 435-3436 or e-mail

Real Life Ministries Mothers of Preschoolers Post Falls – daytime group meets first and third Tuesdays of each month 9:30-11:30 a.m., for information call Rachelle at 777-8412.; evening group meets second Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; for information, call Kelly at 773-2377.

W.O.W. RLM Women’s Ministries – July-August five-week Women of the Word, Biblical Womanhood/Divine Design study, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, through August at Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road, Post Falls, call Linda at 640-1151; also offering other Bible studies and various women’s fellowship opportunities, 777-7325.


Single Adults Rafting Trip – Fun opportunity for legally single adults to raft the Clark Fork River in Montana. Sponsored by Real Life Ministries in Post Falls. $70/day trip next Saturday, July 21, $85/overnight July 21-22. For details, call LJ Brown at 777-7325, ext. 134.

Rathdrum/Spirit Lake/Athol Community Church in the Park – Presented by Real Life Ministries, July 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Day Use area at Farragut State Park near Bayview. Potluck barbecue follows service with meat and drinks provided. Contact Jennifer at 777-7325.

Wild Women Up the River Retreat – Aug. 3-5 at Shoshone Base Camp in the Panhandle National Forest on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. Choose your biking or hiking adventure Saturday, then go river rafting in Montana on Sunday. $155/$165 person, includes a t-shirt, lodging and four meals. Call to register, 667-3459, ext. 10 or register online at

Wild Women Mother/Daughter Weekend Retreat – Aug. 10-12 at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Activities include crafts, swimming, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, singing, worship and fellowship. Call to register, 667-3459, ext. 10 or register online at


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