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Sat., March 1, 2014

North Idaho This Week

Community Lenten Season Soup Suppers and Fellowship – Wednesdays through April 16, soup at 6 p.m. followed by 40 Questions of Lent discussion or Easter Choir rehearsal at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley, Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-8800.


Sacred Marriage Seminar – March 8, 9 a.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. The seminar is based on the book “Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas and is facilitated by Mike and Jill Guindon. Books will be available for purchase at the seminar. The focus is on the idea that God created marriage to make us holy rather than happy and poses the question, “What if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?” Register online at $25/couple. (208) 667-1865.

Root to Fruit Bible Conference – Registration deadline is March 9 for the one-day conference March 15, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road, Post Falls. Choose one of four workshops offered. $15/includes lunch and materials. Register online at (208) 777-7325.

“Praying the Book of Revelation” Lenten Retreat – March 14-16, led by Father Michael Johnson at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 4718 E. Horsehaven Ave., Post Falls. Free-will offering. (208) 660-0538 or 777-1128.

Singles Spring Retreat for 30+ – Registration deadline is March 14 for the retreat March 21-23 at Riverview Bible Camp in Cusick, Wash. $77/includes lodging and meals. Call Dick Cole, (925) 858-5118 or email

Union Gospel Mission Center for Women and Children Auxiliary Meeting – March 20, 1-2:30 p.m. at the UGMC, 196 W. Haycraft Ave. Donations of diapers size 4-6 are needed. (208) 930-4482.


First Sunday Brunch – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. at JB’s Restaurant, 704 W. Appleway. No host, menu orders optional. A ministry of Community United Methodist Church in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-8800.

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 upon reservation. (208) 777-7325, ext. 134.

Moms In Prayer International – Meets Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-noon, call for location. Candace, (208) 755-7339.

Community Family Night – Wednesdays, 6-8 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. (208) 765-8800.

Brown Bag Study – Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. in the library at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave. (208) 765-8800.

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.

Friendship Kitchen – Community meal on Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. at St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. (208) 773-4715.

Spokane Valley This week

Ash Wednesday Service – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Opportunity Christian Church, 708 N. Pines Road. Palms from last year’s Palm Sunday service have been dried and burned to use as ashes for this service. (509) 926-3691.

Meditative Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 N. Progress Road. (509) 926-7173.


Book Donations Needed – Opportunity Presbyterian Church is collecting donations for their annual book sale on March 8 at the church, 202 N. Pines Road. (509) 924-0724 or 993-4311.

Lenten Five-week Series on Forgiveness – March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 and 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4521 N. Arden Road, Otis Orchards, Wash. Presented by Charles F. Finck. $10/includes book, some scholarships available. (509) 926-7133.

“Birds of a Feather, Camp Together” Auction – Dinner and live auction March 15, 6 p.m. at Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond. $10/adults, $5/kids. Proceeds support youth camp scholarships. (509) 924-7262.

“The Big Picture” Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference – Featuring keynote speaker and best-selling author, Brandilyn Collins, March 21-22 at Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. Includes workshops, editorial appointments and consults for writers of all levels of fiction and nonfiction. Registration $115-$120/includes meals. Teen Track for teenagers offered March 22 for $35. For information email or visit www.inlandnwchristian

Spokane This Week

FourGiven Quartet CD Release Concert – Sunday, 6 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. Free general seating, donations appreciated. The group’s second release, “Grace for the Journey” will be available along with the 2012 initial recording, “His From the Start.” (509) 879-6670.

Jam for Bread – Sunday, 3 p.m. at Westminster Community United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. Proceeds benefit Crosswalk Volunteers of America youth shelter. Includes performances by local acts Heather Villa with Brian Flick, Free Whiskey and Spokane Area Youth Choirs. Vern Windham will emcee. Also featuring Brewing Hope Coffee and themed gift basket raffle. Tickets at the door: $10/Adults; $8/Students/Seniors; and $12/Families; $1/Raffle tickets. For further information, call (509) 624-1366.

Youth Group Mission Trip Silent Auction – Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. Proceeds help to support the church’s youth group mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico, to build homes for families with littler or no shelter. Free admission, child care and food. Featuring more than 200 items donations. (509) 747-1058 or

Fat Tuesday Jazz Mass – Tuesday, 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave. Liturgy was composed by Dan Keberle, who will play the trumpet. Also featuring the church’s 50-voice choir and other jazz musicians. Guest preacher is the Rev. Janeen Steer. Dessert will follow worship. (509) 747-6677.

Mardi Gras Party and Potluck – Tuesday, 5 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. Ash Wednesday worship and Imposition of Ashes, 7 p.m. at the church. (509) 328-6280.

Imposition of Ashes Service – Ash Wednesday, 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 1926 W. Chelan Ave. A light soup and bread supper will follow. (509) 326-1252.

“The Spirit of Sackcloth and Ashes” Day of Prayer – Ash Wednesday at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. Rosary at 9 a.m. followed by two conferences, confessions, Mass and lunch. The day will close with Adoration at 3 p.m. Speaker is Bishop William Skylstad. $35/each, $45/use of private room. Register at or (509) 448-1224.

Ash Wednesday Worship and Communion – Wednesday, noon and 7 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St. (509) 327-4446.

Whitworth University – Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes Service, 7:30 a.m. and noon in Seeley Mudd Chapel, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. Contact Connie at (509) 777-4345.

Fig Tree “Deepening Our Roots” Benefit Breakfast and Lunch – RSVP by Friday for the breakfast March 12, 7:15 a.m. and lunch March 14 at 11:45 a.m. at Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. Free, donations appreciated. Proceeds benefit the Fig Tree ministry. (509) 535-1813.

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