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Thu., June 26, 2014

Spokane This Week

Wine and Cheese Social, Reading and Book Signing with Paul Coutinho – Today, 5-7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. Register online as space is limited, donations are suggested. (509) 448-1224, ext. 109.

“Launch Out Into the Deep” Fisherman’s Retreat – Friday-Sunday at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. Featuring Paul Coutinho, Pat Neal and Deacon Allen Peterson. $185/person, $100/commuters. (509) 448-1224, ext. 109.

Rummage Sale – Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St. (509) 328-5371.

“Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism: The Places We Meet” – With Guy Newland; Sunday, 9:15 and 11 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive. Sermon explores the commonalities and differences of Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism. (509) 447-5549.

Learn to Draw Mandalas – Wednesday and July 9, 6:30 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard. Mandalas can serve as a tool on your spiritual journey. $10/donation per class, includes meditation. (509) 838-6518.


“Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School – For ages 3 through kindergarten July 7-11, 9-11:30 a.m. at Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 1111 S. Thor St. Teaching that when kids feel weird, different, or lost in a crowd – nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. $5/child. To register, contact Dee Harris at (509) 534-7755.

“Gangway to Galilee” Vacation Bible School – Free, for ages preschool-sixth grade, July 14-18, 6-8:30 p.m. at New Hope Christian Reformed Church, 3110 W. Francis Ave. There will be a family barbecue July 18, 6 p.m. to end the program. (509) 325-4882 or visit

Jungle Safari Kids Camp – July 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon at Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. Call to register, (509) 838-6518.

“Road to Discovery” Tour at IHRC – July 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. Sister Mary Eucharista is the speaker. Free. Call to RSVP, (509) 448-1224, ext. 105.

Barbecues with Bishop Emeritus Skylstad – July 15, 5-8 p.m. topic is “What is the New Evangelization?” and Aug. 26, 5-8 p.m. with “Francis Says … Hop to It!” at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. $20/each. Call to register in advance, (508) 448-1224, ext. 109, or visiti

“Religion, Spirituality and Wholeness” Discussion – July 16 and Aug. 20 at Origin Church (formerly Covenant Christian Church), 5115 S. Freya St. Includes a fireside chat, dress for the weather. Call (509) 448-1311 for information or email

Free Mini Carnival Parking Lot Party – July 20, 5:30 p.m. at Christ Our Hope Bible Church, 1620 N. Monroe St. Featuring food, games, music and entertainment, dunk tank and bouncy castle. (509) 893-8644 or email

“Invitation to Prayer,” Ignation Silent Retreat – Eight-day retreat runs from July 26, 4:30 p.m registration through 1 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. Conducted by the Rev. Richard “Rick” Ganz $78/day, overnight with meals. Call to register, (509) 448-1224 or visit

“Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind” Vacation Bible School – For ages pre-kindergarten through sixth grade July 27-31, 5:30-8 p.m. at North Hill Christian Church, 4620 N. Post St. Held in conjunction with Fowler United Methodist Church and Messiah Lutheran Church. For information, visit or call (509) 326-5400.


Linwood Seventh-day Adventist Church – Group Bible study, Saturdays. 9:45 a.m. followed by worship service at 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday Bible study and fellowship, noon-1 p.m. at the church, 6525 N. Monroe St. Vacation Bible School for ages 4-12 runs June 23-27, 6-8:30 p.m. at the church. (509) 315-5827.

Central Baptist Church – Sunday schedule includes breakfast, 9 a.m. followed by adult class and Sunday school at 9:30 and Sunday worship at 11 a.m. with guest speaker. Coffee hour at 12:15 p.m. Call the church to arrange transportation. Adult Bible study on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., Prayer Circle Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sewing Circle fourth Thursday of the month at the church, 19 W. Shannon. (509) 327-9322.

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

Help for Homeless Meal Prep – Help is needed each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. Volunteers will prep sandwiches, cookies and chips for weekly lunch distribution to the homeless. Donations of sandwich cookies, baggies, snack-size bags of chips and bottled water are appreciated. (509) 328-9310.

Friday Celebrate Recovery at Mt. Spokane Church – Fridays, men’s and women’s addictive and co-dependency recovery groups, dinner at 6 p.m. followed by short message then small group break out at the church, 6311 E Mt. Spokane Drive, Mead. Child care provided. Contact Mike C. at (509) 599-4716.

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

Spokane Valley Upcoming

Marvelous Vacation Bible School – For age 3 through sixth grade, July 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road. Preschoolers should be fully toilet-trained and participants should be born between Sept. 1, 2002, and Jan. 1, 2011. Featuring the staff of Lutherhaven Ministries. The week follows the theme of Super Heroes of the Bible and concludes with a potluck barbecue. Registration forms are available online at under the VBS menu tab or call (509) 951-7512.

“Weird Animals” VBS – For ages 4 through those entering fifth grade, July 7-10, 9 a.m.-noon at Advent Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave. $15/child or $30/family for three or more. (509) 928-7733.

Alive Vacation Bible School – For kindergarten through fifth grade, July 14-17, 9 a.m.-noon at Valley Real Life, 1831 S. Barker Road, Greenacres. Concludes July 17 with a family fun night from 6:30-8 p.m. at the church. To register, visit or call (509) 232-0840.

Evening Vacation Bible School – For ages 3 through eighth grade as well as two adult classes, July 20-24, 5:45-8 p.m. at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. (509) 924-9750, ext. 239.

Vacation Bible School – For ages 4-11, July 21-25 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 17909 E. Broadway Ave. Call to register, (509) 924-1630 or (509) 999-3942.

Eastern Washington This week

“Search Inside Yourself” with Guy Newland – Friday, 7 p.m. at CREATE Arts Center, 900 W. Fourth St., Newport. Presentation on some of the techniques found in Google software engineer Chade Meng Tan’s 2012 best-seller, Search Inside Yourself: the Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness, and World Peace. Offerings will benefit the homeless youth organization, Youth Emergency Services of Pend Oreille County. (509) 447-5549.

Proclaim Ministry Team of Pensacola Christian College – Free presentation Monday, 7 p.m. at Arden Faith Baptist Church, 673 Arden Hill Road, Colville. (509) 684-3983.


“The Four Noble Truths” Retreat – July 17, 5 p.m. through lunch July 20 at Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport. Featuring Thubten Chodron, a Tibetan nun. A dana offering and registration form are requested to reserve a spot. (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.

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