Christians in Spokane will be observing the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday services and Mardi Gras events.
•Covenant United Methodist Church, 15515 N. Gleneden Drive, will present a Mardi Gras party Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The evening will include a pancake dinner, pancake races and other games.
The church will also present a quiet, meditative Ash Wednesday service Wednesday at 7 p.m.
For more information, call the church office at 466-1768.
•St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th, will celebrate Fat Tuesday this Tuesday at 7 p.m. with jazz Mass composed by Dan Keberle, a professor of music at Whitworth University.
Desserts will be served following the service.
For more information, call the church office at 747-6677.
First Presbyterian Christian School, 318 S. Cedar, will present an open house Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon for parents of students starting the first grade this fall.
The school also offers kindergarten and preschool for children ages 3 and 4.
For more information, call 747-9192.
Speakers and seminars
•Gonzaga’s Thematic Programming Committee will present Gary Chamberlain, a Christian ethics professor at Seattle University, Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Barbieri Courtroom at the Gonzaga University School of Law.
Chamberlain will speak on the topic, “Spirit Hovers over the Waters: Stories of Saving Waters and Saving the Waters.”
For more information, call Erik Schmidt, assistant professor of philosophy, at 313-5975.
•Life Center Church, 1202 N. Government Way, and Colonial Clinic of Spokane will present a free seminar on the impact and intervention on addictions and dysfunctional family systems Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The speaker will be Jeff Hastings.
For more information, call the church office at 327-4422, or the Colonial Clinic at 327-9831.
•Bethany Presbyterian Church, 301 S. Freya, will present Rev. Maqsood Kamil, executive secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, and Khuram Dastgir Khan, a member of the Muslim League Party in Pakistan’s National Parliament Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The speakers are visiting to start an interfaith dialogue.
The two will also speak at the Spokane Islamic Center, 6411 E. Second, on Sunday.
Lunch will be at 1 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 2 p.m. The topic will be “Challenges of Christian-Muslim Relations in Pakistan.”
For more information, call 534-0066.
Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church, 4449 N. Nevada St., will present the movie, “Young Mr. Lincoln,” Friday at 7 p.m.
The movie, made in 1939, is a fictional biography that follows the early legal career of Abraham Lincoln and stars Henry Fonda.
Free snacks will be offered.
For more information, call the church office at 487-9667.
The Christian Singles Fellowship will hold its monthly meeting Saturday at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of North Addison Baptist Church, 6120 N. Addison.
This month’s speaker is John Gruss who will discuss the topic, “Enjoying the Game.”
For more information, call 893-2865.
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