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North Idaho This week

Aglow International - Coeur d’Alene Lighthouse – Prayer gathering Friday with fellowship at 9:30 a.m. and prayer from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Contact Becky at


RLM Women’s Brunch – Aug. 10, 9:30-11 a.m. at the RLM2 auditorium at Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road, Post Falls. $3/suggested donation. Child care available. (208) 777-7325.

Community Day Outreach at RLM – Aug. 11, 2-4 p.m. at one of four locations. A ministry offering backpacks with school supplies and various resources to community members in need. Stop by Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road, Post Falls; Lakeland High School in Rathdrum; Coeur d’Alene High School at Fourth Street and Dalton Avenue; or Real Life Ministries Coeur d’Alene campus, 610 N. Fourth St. (208) 777-7325, ext. 189.

Culture and Theology Lecture Series at The Kroc Center – All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 22: Sexual Identity and Identity in Christ; Sept. 26: The Importance of Doctrine; Oct. 9: I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist. The Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. Free, register to reserve a spot. (208) 667-1865.

Divorce Care – Series begins Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Real Life Ministries, Mod B. $15/materials, child care available with reservation. Call to register (208) 777-7325, ext. 195 or go online at single-adults.


Faith @ Home Monday Night Hub – Mondays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road, Post Falls. Free fellowship includes a meal and a class for everyone. Register online for adult classes at Child care available with reservation. (208) 777-7325, ext. 134.

A Course in Miracles – Meets Thursdays, 7 p.m. at Liberty Services, 1042 W. Mill Ave., Suite 207, Coeur d’Alene. Facilitated by Mark Snider, (208) 777-1996.

Early Risers – Thursdays, 7 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Enjoy coffee, prayer, fellowship and Bible study. (208) 765-8800.

Spirit Cinema Circle – Third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. at Unity Church of North Idaho, 4465 N. 15th St. $3. (208) 664-1125.

Spokane Valley

This week

Opportunity Christian Church Annual Barbecue/Potluck – Sunday after worship, bring a side dish and your own meat and a crew will grill it on the barbecue at the church, 708 N. Pines Road. (509) 926-9273.

Monthly Community Dinner – A free community dinner is served at 6 p.m. Tuesday and the last Tuesday of each month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road. Reservations are appreciated in advance or by 1 p.m. on the day of meal but walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to the church at (509) 926-7966.

Free Neighborhood Barbecue and Oldies Car/Tractor Exhibit – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. at Foothills Community Church, 11102 N. Forker Road. (509) 926-4971.


God’s Backyard Bible Camp VBS– Free evening vacation Bible school Aug. 12-16, 6 p.m. at UPLiFT Church, 23424 N. Swing Lane, Liberty Lake. Includes Backyard Bible Club, food, crafts, stories and motivation for community projects. Call (509) 995-7718 or email

Picnic and Worship in the Park – Aug. 14, 6-7 p.m. at Terrace View Park, 13599 E. 24th Ave. Hosted by Advent Lutheran Church. (509) 892-4016.


This Week

Celtic Christianity Workshop – Today, 9 a.m-3 p.m. presentation by the Rev. Elaine Breckenridge at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free, registration requested. A similar workshop will be offered on Aug. 10. (509) 458-4347.

Water Fun Day with St. John’s Cathedral – Sunday, 1-4 p.m. at Comstock Park, 29th and Howard Streets. Bring a picnic. (509) 838-4277.


The 15th Annual 8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride – Aug. 3, participants can choose either a 15-mile, 30-mile, 45-mile or 75-mile ride touring scenic landscapes between Spokane, Medical Lake and Cheney. Enjoy coffee at the starting line at the Group Health office on Sunset hill, nibble cookies at stops along the way and end the ride with food, entertainment and ice cream. Co-sponsored by Group Health and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Proceeds benefit abused/neglected children and their families through the services at Lutheran Community Services Sexual Assault & Family Trauma Response Center (SAFeT). $45/ride only, add $10 for shirt; $65/ride, shirt and socks; $185/ride, shirt and jersey. Call (509) 343-5020, email Christie at or visit index.html.

Hillyard Festival Moving Forward Worship – Join varied denominations and traditions Aug. 4, 10 a.m. at Sharpley-Harmon Park. For information, call Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church at (509) 487-9667.

Annual Fuller Center Bike Adventure Potluck – Aug. 4, 1 p.m. at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. Meet and greet volunteers who are cycling the country building homes, raising funds and speaking about eliminating poverty housing. (509) 624-1366.

Church on the Grass at Country Homes Christian Church – Aug. 14, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. casual worship at the church, 8415 N. Wall St. (509) 466-3414.

Obon Festival – Aug. 17, 2-8 p.m. and Aug. 18, 4-7 p.m. the Spokane Buddhist Temple will revive its annual Obon celebration honoring ancestors at the temple, 927 S. Perry. Event includes traditional meals, games for kids of all ages, exhibits including sumi-e, ikebana, bonsai and Spokane Kendo, demonstrations in the gym, performances by Spokane Taiko (Japanese drumming) and Narong (a Japanese singer) and the Bon Odori or Bon Dancing. (509) 534-7954.

Hike at Riverside State Park – Aug. 18. Meet at 1 p.m. at the parking lot at Pettet Drive and TJ Meenach Bridge for an easy hike to Bowl and Pitcher. Bring water and snacks. Sponsored by St. John’s Cathedral. (509) 838-4277.


Central Baptist Church – Summer schedule, no Sunday school, worship at 10 a.m. Adult Bible study on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Prayer Circle Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the 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/nonmembers, $50/each additional nonmember family member. Call for information (509) 747-3304.

Eastern Washington Upcoming

Exploring Monastic Life with the Ven. Thubten Chodron – Aug. 9-26 retreat at Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport. The retreat is for lay people exploring the possibility of ordination and for nuns and monks who have been ordained for five years or less. A dana offering and registration form are requested to reserve a spot, or call (509) 447-5549.


Feed Medical Lake Free Meal Each second and fourth Monday through August, 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.