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Religion Notebook: Blessing of animals invites pets, owners

Our pets are part of our families, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave., will offer its 23rd annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday during the 10:45 a.m. service.

Families are invited to bring their pets, who will sit with them and come forward for a blessing. The church estimates more than 100 pets will receive the blessing.

Information: (509) 747-6677.

Whitworth Auxiliary event

The Whitworth Auxiliary will present its annual fall luncheon and bazaar, Notes of Fall, Oct. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St.

The event will feature the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble and lunch will be served.

The bazaar will open at 10:45 a.m.; lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $20.

Information: (509) 928-8290.

Apple Fest 2012

Green Bluff United Methodist Church, 9908 E. Green Bluff Road, will present Apple Fest 2012 featuring the church’s famous apple dumplings Saturday, Sunday, and Oct. 13 and 14 and Oct. 20 and 21.

There will be craft vendors, food vendors, face painting and entertainment.

The event funds the church’s ministry work throughout the year.

The festival will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Information: (509) 238-9100.

Ministry celebration

The Westminster House of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2705 W. Boone Ave., will celebrate 20 years of ministry Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service.

The service will be followed with dinner, a program and a tour of Westminster House, which serves children and families in the West Central neighborhood.

Information: (509) 328-5002.

Classes and lectures

• Congregation Emanu-El will present “A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?” – a series of classes for those interested in learning about Judaism.

The three classes will be offered in October and November at Universalist Unitarian Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

The classes are free, but the deadline to register is Oct. 15. The classes will be Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8.

Information: Patricia Barber, (509) 835-5050 or email

Northwood Presbyterian Church, 6721 N. Monroe St., will present “Bridging the Gap,” a half-day seminar aimed at keeping the conversation going between adult children and aging parents, Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The seminar will include short sessions about senior nutrition, fall prevention, living safely in your home and more.

All adults are invited to attend, with or without your parent or child.

The seminar is free, but registration is required by Wednesday.

Information: (509) 328-2012.

Rummage sale

Spokane’s First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will present a giant rummage sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items up for sale include sports equipment, furniture, housewares, collectibles, office furnishings, infant clothing and more.

Information: (509) 467-8986.

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