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This week

“Passionate Worship: Loving God in Return,” – Sunday, 9 a.m. at Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Road. (509) 924-7262.

Ash Wednesday Services and Lenten Events

Ash Wednesday and Lent Worship Services – Wednesdays through March 20, 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave. (509) 928-7733.

“Life at the Crossroads” – Soup suppers at 6 p.m. before Lenten worship at 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road. (509) 926-7966.

Lenten Fish Fry Fridays –Fridays through March 22, 5:30-6:45 p.m., service at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 204 S. Adams Road. Donations accepted at the door to benefit the school’s seventh-grade trip to Olympic Peninsula Institute. Also accepting donations of cash, diapers and gently used and new clothing for CAPA, Childbirth and Parenting Assistance Catholic Charities. (509) 990-1578.


Heritage Celebration – March 2, building tours available from 4-5:45 p.m., followed by the church’s Centennial Celebration Dinner at 6 p.m., catered by Meals on Wheels at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m., tickets $10. (509) 924-9750.

Rock around the Clock Auction – March 2, 5-9 p.m. at Valley Fourth Memorial Church gym, 2303 S. Bowdish Road. Live and silent auction includes free admission, ice cream social and child care. Proceeds benefit the worldwide missions.(509) 924-4525.

An Evening of Jazz & Dessert – March 6, 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 15319 E. Eighth Ave. Featuring the Whitworth Jazz Combo and soloist. $15/adults, $10/youth. (509) 926-6450.

Book Sale Fundraiser – Accepting book, puzzle, software, DVD and music media donations up until the sale March 9, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. (509) 924-9750.

This Week

Our Place Community Ministries Fundraiser – Preview performance of “The Force of Habit,” today, 6 p.m. at Gonzaga University’s Magnuson Theatre. Tickets $25/includes reception, appetizers, wine and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Our Place. (509) 535-7634 or 326-7267.

Awesome God Tour with Mark Schultz – Today, doors open at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. at Life Center Foursquare Church, 1202 Government Way. $5/admission at the door. Proceeds help provide rice for the people of Cambodia. Sponsored by Positive Life Radio, (800) 355-4757.

Theology of the Body for Teens – Today and every third Thursday of the month through May, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. The course is designed for ages 14-18, especially those who are dating. $10/session, includes dinner. A $15 workbook is required and can be purchase at Abba’s Catholic Bookstore at the center. (509) 448-1224.

Healing Rooms Ministries Conference with prophetic evangelist Matt Sorger – Today-Friday, 7 p.m. at the center, 112 E. First Ave. The free event will be webcast at or visit get-to-know-matt for more information. (509) 456-0517.

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter Mass – Friday Bishop Blase Cupich will celebrate the noon Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. The Mass will celebrate the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI and will reflect on the singular blessing of the Petrine ministry for the unity of the church. (509) 358-4290.

Friday Musical Group Program – Friday, 1 p.m. in the sanctuary at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline St. A reception will follow. (509) 448-2909.

Open Hearts, Open Closet Ladies Night Out – Saturday, 6-9 p.m. fundraiser for Crosswalk at he Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave. $5 donation at the door. Bring unopened personal hygiene items, and items from your closet and browse items from others. Child care is available. Left over items will be donated to Crosswalk or Windfall. (509) 838-4277.

Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, 8 a.m. at Emmanual Presbyterian Church, 1926 W. Chelan Ave. (509) 326-1252.

Year of Faith Dinner – Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. The Rev. Daniel Wetzler will present “The Holy Spirit and Vatican Council II.” Includes dinner, wine, coffee and dessert. $25. (509) 448-1224.

“Reflections on Rome” by the Rev. Frank Case – The Gonzaga University vice president for mission will discuss his 18-year service at Jesuit headquarters in a free lecture Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. in the Magnuson Theatre in College Hall on the Gonzaga campus. Free parking is available in the Knights of Columbus lot west of St. Aloysius Church, 611 Mission Ave. Sponsored by the Greater Gonzaga Guild. (509) 313-6095.

Revolutionary War Living History Museum – Wednesday, 8:45-9:45 a.m. at Northwest Christian School’s lower campus gym, 5104 E. Bernhll Road, Colbert. The school’s fifth-graders will dress in costume and give a brief presentation on their character. (509) 238-4005.

Spokane’s Distinguished Speaker’s Series presents Jay Richards – Luncheon/lecture Wednesday, noon at Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division St. Richards is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and directs the Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality. Reservations required, email or call (509) 368-0695. Sponsored by Spokane College Women’s Association. $20/members, $30/non-members.

Catholic Charities Needs Volunteers – Volunteers are needed for an event on March 19. Contact the office at (509) 358-4270.

Lenten Events

Lent Series at The Franciscan Place – Thomas Merton’s Bridges to Contemplative Living Series; March 5, 12 and 19, 6-7:30 p.m. at 1016 N. Superior St. Facilitated by Sister Patricia Novak. Each series is four sessions. Suggested donation/$35 per series, includes the book. Call to register, (509) 483-6495.

An Acceptable Feast Soup and Program Series – Thursday series through March 21, 5:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St., (509) 448-2255.

Bible Study and Lenten Soup Supper – Wednesdays through March 27, 5:30-7 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave. (509) 327-9322.

Food, Faith and Friendship: A Lenten Practice – Series continues Wednesdays through March 13, soup suppers at 6 p.m. at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline St. (509) 448-2909.

“The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” DVD Series – Supper and lessons Wednesdays through March 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th Ave. (509) 448-7102.


All-ages Bible classes and worship – Classes Sundays, 9:30 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave. (509) 327-9322.

Adult Basic Judaism Classes – Most Sundays through 2013, 10 a.m.-noon at Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E. 30th Ave. Cost is $50/each TBS member or couple including text books, $150/non-members, $50/each additional non-member family member. Call for information, (509) 747-3304.

Living With Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas – Six-session course offered Sundays through March 10, 10:30 a.m. at Chabad of Spokane, 4116 E. 37th Ave. Conducted by Rabbi Yisroel Hahn and presented by The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. Call to register, (509) 443-0770 or visit

A Celtic Celebration – Feb. 28, 7 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St. The service celebrates St. David and includes chant, music and a reception. (509) 466-3100.

First Fridays with the Bishop – March 1, 11:15 a.m. Mass followed by lunch and a discussion on “Rites of Christian Burial, Cremation and Related Topics” by Bishop Blase Cupich at Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. $15/advance reservations required. (509) 448-1224.

“Fill the Cup” Benefit Concert – March 1, 6:30-9 p.m. at Timberview Christian Fellowship, 15511 N. Howe Road, Mead. Featuring performances by various local youth and The Incandescent! Proceeds benefit Cup of Cool Water, which serves the needs of Spokane’s homeless youth. $5/admission. Email for more information.

Coed Retreat “What Happens at Mass” – March 1-3 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. A workshop based on the book of the same name by the Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, presented by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church. Advance registration required, $185/singles, $280/couples, $100/commuters. (509) 448-1224.

  “Fun in the Sun” Silent and Live Auction – March 2, silent auctions begin at 3:15 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 2804 E. Euclid Ave. $10/admission, child care available, $5/child, $15 max for three or more kids. Proceeds benefit Faith Baptist Academy. (509) 482-6101.

Jam for Bread, – March 3, 3 p.m. at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. Proceeds benefit Crosswalk, the Volunteers of America youth shelter program. Includes performances by Ashé West African Drum and Dance, Spokane Area Youth Choirs, Michael and Keleren Millham of Sidhe, Extension Chords Jazz Duo of Nick Schauer and Chuck Swanson, and Cellists of the Spokane Symphony. Tickets at the door, $12/adults, $10/students and seniors, $25/families. (509) 624 1366.  

Comedy Concert with Greg Tamblyn – The award-winning singer, songwriter, speaker, and humorist will perform March 6, 7 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. Suggested love offering is $15/person, $25/couple. (509) 838-6518.                                        

Pine Meadow Farm Center Benefit Concert and Silent Auction Fundraiser – March 8, 6:30-10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Featuring Todd Milne and Blake Abyss (world music), Visual Vortex (hula hoop troupe), and Terrible Buttons (modern folk). Pine Meadow Farm CSA shares will be offered for sale (a share entitles a family to receive a weekly box of farm-fresh produce from the farm throughout the growing season). There will also be a raffle for one $400 CSA share. Proceeds benefit The Pine Meadow Farm Center, a 32-acre nonprofit educational farm that provides regional experiential education on nutrition, farming, gardening, food-system literacy and sustainable living skills. The center has programs for audiences of all ages and depends on community support to keep going. Tickets/$10, (donations accepted for children 12 and under) available at the door or on-line at www.pinemeadowfarm.

The Fig Tree Benefit Breakfast/Lunch “Deepening Our Roots” – RSVP by March 8 for the benefit breakfast March 13, 7:15 a.m. and the lunch March 15, 11:45 a.m. in Cataldo Hall at Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. (509) 535-1813 or 535-4112.

Relationship/Marriage Retreats – Engaged Encounter March 8-10. (509) 467-6648. Marriage Encounter, April 12-14, (509) 455-8415. Advance registration required, $185/person, $280/couple, $100/commuters.

Christian Heritage School Benefit Auction and Rummage Sale – Annual event March 9, silent auction begins at 8 a.m. in the gym with live auction to follow at noon at Christian Heritage School in Edwall. The rummage sale is from 7-10 a.m. in the elementary school gym. Proceeds will benefit the school. Child care, breakfast, lunch and snacks available. (509) 236-2224 or at

Buddhism in Your Everyday Life Seminar – March 9, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. The workshop will be instructed by Bhante Seelawimala, Therevada monk from Sri Lanka and an adjunct professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, Calif. Seelawimala is also giving the Dharma Message on March 10, 10:30 a.m. at the temple. $20 suggested donation/registration is appreciated. No meal provided. (509) 534-7954.

Temple Beth Shalom’s Kosher Dinner– March 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 1322 E. 30th Ave. $16/at the door, $14/advance, call for ticket locations (509) 747-3304 or visit