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Thu., Dec. 5, 2013, midnight

Spokane Valley Upcoming

Toy Store at Opportunity Presbyterian Church – The sixth-annual Toy Store will be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 202 N. Pines Road. Donations of new toys, cash and wrapping supplies are now being accepted during office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m.-noon Fridays. The store is available to families in need, and items are sold at an 80 percent discount from retail price as a means for families to provide Christmas presents for their children. (509) 924-9750.

Christmas Story – Dec. 15 during 10 a.m. worship at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. (509) 924-9750.

Spokane This Week

December West Central Festival of the Arts – Friday-Dec. 22 at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway: Friday; 5-8 p.m. gallery viewing and sale. Saturday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., gallery viewing and sale; 7 p.m., holiday concert by Spokane Choral Artists in the Salem Sanctuary. Advanced general admission tickets, $15 or $18/at the door, $12/students or $15/at the door, available at or Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Liturgical Dance Workshop with Judy Mandeville. Wednesday, art gallery viewing and sale, 5-6 p.m., followed by soup and bread supper and Advent service. Entertainment by Andrea Dawson Olson and the Mukogawa Choir. Dec. 14, 2 p.m., the Covenant Marimba Band. Dec. 18, 5-6 p.m., gallery viewing/sale followed by soup and bread supper and Advent service and a community-rendition of the play, Locust and Wild Honey. Dec. 20; 6-7 p.m. gallery viewing/sale followed by Literary Night led by Spokane’s poet laureate Thom Caraway. Dec. 22, 5 p.m., caroling in West Central. (509) 328-6280.

Saint Nicholas Day Festival – Saturday, Vespers at 6 p.m., light dinner at 6:45 p.m. followed by activities from 7:15-8:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. For children ages preschool through sixth grade. Come and hear the story of St. Nicholas and decorate cookies, do crafts and prepare gift bags for the homeless. Free, suggested donation is a winter hat or scarf for the homeless. (509) 328-9310.

The Word Became Flesh Advent Journey Christmas Gift – A day of reflection and prayer Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. (509) 483-6495.

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, 9 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. Santa will visit and there will be face-painting, family photos with Santa, and other activities. Breakfast is $5/adults, $4/kids through sixth grade. (509) 467-8986.

Buddha’s Enlightenment Bodhi Day Celebration – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service at Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. The Rev. James Warrick will deliver the Dharma talk at the service. (509) 534-7954.

Second Sunday of Advent Concert – Sunday, choir performance with tenor Darryl Gurecky, trumpeter Larry Jess, and a handbell duet during services at 10:30 a.m. service at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.

“Holiday on Pipes” with Kenneth Fuller – Sunday, 6 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. Enjoy musical performances and sing-along with traditional Christmas carols played on the restored 1914 Wurlitzer theater organ. Free, donations accepted for the ongoing restoration of the Wurlitzer. (509) 467-8986.

Christmas Pageant Advent Celebration – Sunday, 5 p.m. at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline St. Includes tree lighting, soup supper and pageant. (509) 448-2909.

Healing Service – Tuesday, 7 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.

Advent Soup Supper – Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. at Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th Ave. (509) 448-7102.


“On a Cold Winter’s Night” – Dec. 13, 7 p.m., concert featuring Crescendo Community Chorus, prep choir, concert choir and adult choir at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. $5/at the door.

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Dessert Theater – Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Spokane’s First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. A nostalgic musical drama set in 1941 during World War II. $5/includes performance, dessert and coffee. (509) 467-8986.

Youth Christmas Program – Dec. 15, 3 p.m. followed by refreshments and a visit from Santa and his elves at Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th Ave. (509) 448-7102.

Christmas Pageant – Dec. 15 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Featuring a story, carols, White Gifts and cantata. Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols will be at 4 p.m. (509) 838-4277.

Handel’s Messiah Concert and Community Sing-along – Dec. 15, sing-along practice begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by concert at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. (509) 747-1058.

Chrismissed: A Christmas Play on “What Ifs” – Youth performance Dec. 15, 9 a.m. at Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N. Driscoll Blvd. (509) 325-4541.


Free Weekly Community Dinner – Each Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Mead United Methodist Church, 12611 N. Wilson St. Includes soup, salad, rolls and dessert. (509) 466-7866.

Spokane Inter-Faith Council – Meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at Center For Spiritual Living, 2825 33rd . (509) 534-1011.

Buddhist Teachings and Meditation Practices – Fridays, 7-8 p.m. with Tibetan Buddhist monk, Ven. Geshe Thupten Phelgye at Saranac Building, 25 W. Main Ave. Spokane. Contact Lori at

Eastern Washington This week

Country Church Bazaar – Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 217 S. First St. in Rockford. (509) 291-3444.

Green Tara Retreat – Monday through Dec. 22 with the Sravasti Abbey community at 692 Country Lane, Newport. Develop strong feelings of happiness and joy while overcoming negative emotions and fears. Register online at or call (509) 447-5549.


Feed Medical Lake – Each second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. (509) 714-1150.

To include church news in this column, please submit items at least two weeks in advance and include a contact phone number to publish. Send to Sherry Adkins by email at, or by fax at (208) 765-7149, phone (208) 765-7120.


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