Crisis seminar Friday for area pastors

The Spokane County and city of Spokane law enforcement chaplains will host a daylong seminar Friday designed for area pastors. The workshops will be built around the theme of “Ministering After a Crisis.”

The seminar will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fire Training Center, 3803 E. Nora Ave. Session topics include traumatic grief, practical ministry after a crisis, stress and the local resources available after a crisis. A crisis can be defined as a natural disaster, a fire, a shooting or even a sex scandal.

Featured speakers will include Lew Cox, a police chaplain and author of “Coping with Traumatic Death”; Travis Pendell, a crime prevention officer with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office; and local chaplains John Thompson and Ron Alter. Seattle chaplain Ken Gaydos, who has responded to the Oklahoma City bombing and the Columbine school shooting, also will speak.

Those interested in attending should call 625-4091 or 477-6625 for a reservation. Lunch will be provided.

Halloween events

• The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will host its annual fall carnival next Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Halloween costumes are optional. Tickets will be available at the door for five for $1. Most games and food items are two tickets. Call the church, 15319 E. Eighth Ave., at 926-6450 for more information.

• Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Road, will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat event next Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the church parking lot. Kids can go from car to car to collect candy in a safe environment.

• A pumpkin-carving night will be hosted by Zion Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The family evening also will include dinner, dessert and other activities. All are welcome to attend. The church is at 8304 E. Buckeye Ave.

Annual craft fair

St. John Vianney Catholic Church will put on its annual fall craft fair next Saturday and Oct. 26. Many crafters are expected to be on hand and there will also be a raffle and a bake sale. Raffle items include a full-size quilt, jewelry, a porcelain Nativity set, a silver-plated bowl and more.

The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26. Lunch and dinner items will be available for purchase on Saturday. Admission is free. The church is at 503 N. Walnut Road.

Annual action

The 12th annual auction to benefit the Ladies Ministry at Pasadena Park Nazarene will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 8822 E. Upriver Drive. The evening will include a dinner and silent and live auctions. Items up for bid include vacation packages, furniture, restaurant gift certificates, catered dinner parties, art and more.

The Ladies Ministry offers several charity programs to needy residents, including Thanksgiving meals and school supplies. Admission to the event is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-11. Children age 4 and younger are admitted free. Call 926-5858 for more information.

Book and bake sale

Opportunity Christian Church, 708 N. Pines Road, will hold a “Book, Bake and Bauble” sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Religion Notebook appears every Saturday in the Valley Voice. If you have news about activities or events at your church, please let us know so we can help spread the word. Write or send a bulletin to Religion Notebook, Valley Voice, 13208 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley WA 99216. Call Nina Culver at 927-2158. Fax: 927-2175. E-mail: ninac@spokesman.com.

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