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North Idaho This week

“Unbelievable” Auction Fundraiser– Today, doors open at 5 p.m. at the Coeur d’ Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St. Enjoy dinner, live and silent auction, raffles and dancing. Proceeds benefit Holy Family Catholic School. $50/each, tickets available at the school. (208) 765-4327.

“Spring to a New Life!” CCW Luncheon – RSVP Tuesday for the Coeur d’Alene Christian Women’s lunch on Thursday, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St. Speakers are Debi Pauletto, community relations at Union Gospel Mission, and Morna Gilbert, of Spokane. Entertainment by Carri Scroggins. Accepting donations of school supplies for Coeur d’Alene area teachers. $14/lunch. (208) 687-6906.

“The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” Lenten Series – Six-session DVD study by Adam Hamilton offered on various days through March 28 at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Class times are Sundays, 9-10:15 a.m., Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 7 a.m. The series uses video shot on location in the Holy Land to retrace the paths Jesus took from his baptism on the Jordan River to his final days in Jerusalem. Child care is provided on Sundays and Wednesdays. (208) 765-8800 or


Community Family Night – Wednesdays, 6 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Potluck dinner followed by games and all-ages activity, adult choir and youth group for grades 6-12 at 6:30 p.m. (208) 765-8800.

A Course in Miracles – Meets Thursdays, 7 p.m. at the Love Your Life Center, 1111 E. Sherman Ave., 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.


“He Lives!” Palm Sunday Cantata – March 24 at the 10 a.m. service and again at 5 p.m. at Faith Ministries, 5073 E. 16th Ave., Post Falls. (208) 773-0236 or visit

Spokane Valley

This week

Book Sale Fundraiser – Offering books, puzzles, software, DVDs and music media today, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. (509) 924-9750.

Home-Baked Bread and Used Book Sale – Annual event today, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 N. Progress Road. Sponsored by the Women’s Breakfast Group. (509) 926-1467.

“Solidarity Will Transform the World” – Wednesday, 1 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, 501 N. Walnut Road. Featuring Bishop Sylvester Ryan presenting the topic of international Catholic social teaching.

Lenten events

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.


BBQ Dinner and Auction Fundraiser – March 16, dinner from 5 p.m. until the silent auction at 6 p.m. at Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Road. Additional kids meal choice available. $10/adults, $5/kids. (509) 924-7262.


This Week

Rummage Sale Fundraiser – Today, 9 a.m.-noon at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 611 S. Garfield St.

Christian Heritage School Benefit Auction and Rummage Sale – Annual event today, 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 – Today, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. The workshop will be instructed by Bhante Seelawimala, a Therevada monk from Sri Lanka and an adjunct professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, Calif. Sunday Seelawimala is also teaching “Introduction to Buddhism” at 9 a.m. and giving the dharma message at the 10:30 a.m. Ohigan service at the temple. $20 suggested donation/preregistration is appreciated. No meal provided. (509) 534-7954.

Temple Beth Shalom’s Kosher Dinner – Sunday, 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

Unity’s 100th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday unity prayer service at noon followed by a luncheon tea at 12:30 p.m. honoring longtime members and elders at Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. Special anniversary dinnerat 5:45 p.m. followed by a gratitude and meditation service at 7 p.m. Events are free, suggested offering for dinner is $6/adults, $4/seniors and $2/children. Unity’s 100th Anniversary Gala evening celebration is March 16 at 4:30 p.m. for the centennial program featuring keynote speaker the Rev. Muehlbach, the Unity Choir, and special video greetings, presentations and music. Centennial dinner follows at 6 p.m. and includes a skit by the Unity Players, video presentations, music, door prizes, a cash wine bar and toasts. Tickets/$35, 150 available. (509) 838-6518.

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

Lenten Events

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 Childbirth and Parenting Assistance Catholic Charities. (509) 990-1578.

Lent Series at the Franciscan Place – Thomas Merton’s Bridges to Contemplative Living Series; Tuesdays, March 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 South 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.

The Words of Jesus Video Series – Consecutive Wednesdays through March 27, 7-8:30 p.m., the Unity Center of North Spokane, 4123 E. Lincoln Road. (509) 489-6964.

“Food, Faith and Friendship: A Lenten Practice” – Series concludes Wednesday, soup supper 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.

Christian Singles Fellowship – March 16, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of North Addison Baptist Church, 6120 N. Addison St. Topic is “Exercising Our Hope,” presented by Earl Dannen. (509) 927-0304.

“Music Jam” WV Kiwanis Fundraiser – March 17, 4-8 p.m. at Longhorn Barbecue, 2315 N. Argonne Road. Bring an instrument and jam. Proceeds help support music and fine arts scholarships. (509) 924-9600.

St. Francis of Assisi Women’s Club Spring Lunch and Card Party – March 20, noon-3 p.m. at the church social hall, 4420 N. Jefferson St. Includes a raffle and door prizes. $6. Call for reservations, (509) 466-4260.

Coffee and Contemplation Series with Kathy Finley – “Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary:  Taking the Incarnation Seriously,”  March 20, 9-11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. $10/registration. Call for reservations, (509) 448-1224.

FourGiven Southern Gospel Concert – March 22, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 6721 N. Monroe St. FourGiven is a local quartet with a debut compact disc entitled “His From the Start,” available for purchase at the free show.  (509) 328-2012.

Cornerstone Christian Academy Annual Auction and Dessert – March 23, silent auction begins at 6 p.m. with the live auction at 7:30 p.m. at the school at 4224 W. Fourth Ave. Proceeds support Cornerstone’s comprehensive, nondenominational education for children kindergarten through eighth grade.  Free. (509) 868-7207.

Ester Nicholson Service and Workshop – March 24, Palm Sunday service, “The Divine Invitation-Get Dressed for the Party” at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. “Expect a Miracle” workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. with a suggested offering of $35 at the Unity Center of North Spokane, 4123 E. Lincoln Road. (509) 489-6964.

Congregation Emanu-El Passover Seder – RSVP by March 27 for the family-oriented Seder meal March 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive. The Seder is created in collaboration with a Spokane caterer. Child care for preschool children will be available, donations are appreciated. $25/adult members and kids age 13 and older, $11/children of members aged 7-13, family maximum $75. $32/adult nonmembers and kids age 13 and older, $15/kids of nonmembers age 7-13, $15/college students, free/ages 6 and younger and active military.

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