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Bible schools offer beach, harvest, Veggie Tales themes

Thu., Aug. 11, 2011

Living Word Christian Center, 3525 E. 57th Ave., will present Beach Blast vacation Bible school Sunday through Aug. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Children from age 3 through the sixth grade are invited to play games, hear music, and participate in skits, crafts and more.

Parents can register their children at or call (509) 443-6181.

Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd., will present Kids Camp vacation Bible school Monday through Aug. 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The harvest-themed camp is for children ages 5 through 12 who will learn about fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There will also be crafts, cooking, Bible stories and music.

For more information, call the church office at (509) 747-4755 or visit

• Mead United Methodist Church , 12611 N. Wilson St., will present “A Night with Veggie Tales” vacation Bible school on Monday from 5:45 to 9 p.m. The free event is for the whole family, but children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or grandparents. Activities will include video Bible stories, music, crafts, outdoor games and snacks.

Call the church office at (509) 238-9438 for more information.

Prayer retreat

The Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, will present, “God Calling: Invitation to Prayer,” a weekend prayer retreat for all faiths Friday through Sunday.

Nancy Copeland-Payton will present the retreat, which will explore different forms of prayer and spiritual practice.

The cost for the weekend is $185 per person or $280 per couple and includes two nights lodging and five meals. The cost is $100 for commuters.

For more information or to register, call the center at (509) 448-1224 or visit

Buddhism lecture

The Rev. Tetsuo Unno will speak on “Buddhism: On the Cause of Suffering and the Way Leading to its Cessation” at 7 p.m. today at the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. Donations will be accepted.

Unno will also give the Dharma talk at the Temple’s Obon service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The service, also known as a Gathering of Joy, is to remember loved ones who have died.

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