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Church to dedicate new addition Dec. 19

Hayden Lake Evangelical Friends Church, at 251 W. Miles Ave., held its first worship service in the new sanctuary last Sunday with Pastor Bob Schneiter who brought the message “You Praise Him.”

The $1 million addition was completed debt-free and consists of nearly 17,000 square feet of space with seating for 700 people.

The church was formed in the 1940s, first meeting in a small building on the Rimrock. It moved to Hayden in 1957, and built the first phase of the present location in 1979. Since then, three additional phases have been added.

The church operates the North Idaho Christian School, with first through 12th grades and Little Friends pre-school for ages 3 to 5. The enrollments this term are 262 and 107 children, respectively.

Friends Church has a Mothers of Preschoolers program, and operates Twin Lakes Friends Camp on Upper Twin Lake. Sunday services are at 9 and 10:45 a.m. The dedication for the new facility will be Dec. 19 at 10:45 a.m.

Presentation at NIUU

The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature a presentation by Keith Wolters titled “The Wisdom of God: a Christian Perspective,” Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace.

Wolter served as a Lutheran pastor in Montana for 10 years before moving to the Inland Northwest in 1993. In 1997 he was removed from the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for coming out as a gay man.

While attending Gonzaga University, where he earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership, Wolter worked as the business manager of the Stonewall News Northwest, the regional gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender newspaper. He has served on the Spokane Human Rights Commission, the board of the Odyssey Youth Center, and the Hands Off Washington/Washington Citizens’ for Fairness and the Inland Northwest Pride steering committees.

Child care will be provided during the service. A coffee hour will follow the program.

Presentation at St. John

Father Chad Hatfield, the Dean of St. Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska, will present “The Missionary Experience of Orthodox Alaska” Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4718 E. Horsehaven in Post Falls.

The Orthodox Church was founded in 33 A.D. Hatfield will talk about how Orthodox Christianity found its way to this continent in the middle of the 18th century when missionaries from Russia braved the Bering Straits to the Aleutian Islands and Alaska’s mainland. For more information, call the church at 777-2863.

Christmas bazaar planned

There will be a Christmas bazaar today from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Clark Fork Methodist Fellowship Hall on Second Avenue. Homemade soup and pie will be served for lunch for $3.50.

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