Religion Notes: Church to celebrate ‘Mother of Father’s Day’

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third Ave., will present a free Mother’s Day concert Sunday at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The Women’s Choir from California Baptist University will perform.

The church is celebrating Sonora Smart Dodd, the “Mother of Father’s Day” who listened to a Mother’s Day sermon at Central United in 1909. That sermon inspired her to propose that fathers everywhere receive the same recognition, since her father, William Jackson Smart, raised Dodd and her five younger brothers.

The church will also have its Mother’s Day worship service at 11 a.m.

Information: (509) 838-1431.

Immaculate events

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, will host its ninth annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The brunch will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, children’s activities and a gift for Mom.

The menu includes a carving station, Champagne, made-to-order omelet and dessert.

The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 through 12. Reservations are requested.

The center will also welcome Episcopal Bishop James Waggoner Jr. for its Coffee and Contemplation series Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Waggoner will speak on the topic, “Spring of the Spirit: How to Sustain Spiritual Growth.”

The event will include warm beverages and rolls. The cost to attend is $10, and reservations are requested.

Information: (509) 448-1224.

Church yard sale

Mission Community Presbyterian Church, 2103 E. Mission Ave., will present its annual yard sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information: (509) 534-4502.

Christianity seminar

First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will present, “Is Christianity Arrogant?” a Christian apologetics seminar today, Friday and Saturday.

Speakers Andy Bannister and Stuart McAllistar will cover various topics throughout the weekend. Thursday at 7 p.m. will be “Reasons to Believe: Jesus Christ, Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block?” Friday at 7 p.m., the seminar will be “Whose Message? Whose Truth?” and Saturday at 9 a.m. the topic will be “The Cross and the Problem of Evil.” The final presentation will be “The Gospel Messenger.”

The cost to attend is $30 per person or $50 per couple or family.

Information: (509) 467-8986.

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