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North Idaho This week

Nativities Around the World – On display Wednesday-Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Dec. 14-15 from noon-9 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 165 S. Blaine St., Moscow.

“Christmas Roses” 3 Cs Coeur d’Aleers Concert – Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 Ramsey Road. Donations accepted to benefit Cancer & Community Charities. (208) 765-1002.


“The Heart of Christmas” Holiday Musical Cantata – Dec. 15, 9 and 10:30 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church,1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Mixed choir with instrumental ensemble and narration. Reception following each performance. (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.

Divorce Care – The 13-week course offered 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 11 at Dalton Gardens Church of Christ, 6439 N. Fourth St. $15/workbook. (208) 772-0541.

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 Upcoming

Toy Store at Opportunity Presbyterian Church – The sixth annual Toy Store will be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 202 N. Pines Road. Donations of new toys, cash and wrapping supplies are now being accepted during office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m.-noon Fridays. The store is available to families in need, and items are sold at an 80 percent discount from retail price as a means for families to provide Christmas presents for their children. (509) 924-9750.

Christmas Story – Dec. 15 during 10 a.m. worship at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 W. Pines Road. (509) 924-9750.

Youth Christmas Program – Dec. 15 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, a Christmas potluck will follow at Opportunity Christian Church, 708 N. Pines Road. (509) 926-3691.

Christmas Program and Communion Service – Dec. 15, 9 a.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave. (509) 928-7733.

Spokane This Week

December West Central Festival of the Arts – Today-Dec. 22 at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway: Today, 6:30-7:30 p.m. gallery viewing and sale; 7 p.m. holiday concert by Spokane Choral Artists in the Salem Sanctuary. Advanced general admission tickets, $15 or $18/at the door, $12/students or $15/at the door, available at or Sunday; 1:30 p.m. Liturgical Dance Workshop with Judy Mandeville. Wednesday; art gallery viewing and sale, 5-6 p.m. followed by soup and bread supper and Advent service. Entertainment by Andrea Dawson Olson and the Mukogawa Choir. Dec. 14; 2 p.m. The Covenant Marimba Band. Dec. 18; 5-6 p.m. gallery viewing/sale followed by soup and bread supper and Advent service and a community rendition of the play “Locust and Wild Honey.” Dec. 20; 6-7 p.m. gallery viewing/sale followed by Literary Night led by Spokane’s Poet Laureate Thom Caraway. Dec. 22; 5 p.m., caroling in West Central. (509) 328-6280.

St. Nicholas Day Festival – Today, Vespers at 6 p.m., light dinner at 6:45 p.m. followed by activities from 7:15-8:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington Ave. For children ages preschool through sixth grade. Free, suggested donation is a winter hat or scarf for the homeless. (509) 328-9310.

The Word Became Flesh Advent Journey Christmas Gift – A day of reflection and prayer today, 10 a.m. at the Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. (509) 483-6495.

Country Church Bazaar – Today, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 217 S. First St. in Rockford. (509) 291-3444.

Breakfast with Santa – Today, 9 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. $5/adults, $4/kids through sixth grade. Call for ticket information, (509) 467-8986.

Buddha’s Enlightenment Bodhi Day Celebration – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service at Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. The Rev. James Warrick will deliver the dharma talk at the service. (509) 534-7954.

Second Sunday of Advent Concert – Sunday, choir performance with tenor Darryl Gurecky singing solo, trumpeter Larry Jess, and a hand bell duet at 10:30 a.m. service at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.

“Holiday on Pipes” with Kenneth Fuller – Sunday, 6 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. A sing-along with traditional Christmas carols played on the 1914 Wurlitzer theater organ. Free, donations accepted for the ongoing restoration of the Wurlitzer. (509) 467-8986.

Christmas Pageant Advent Celebration – Sunday, 5 p.m. at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline St. Includes tree lighting, soup supper and pageant. (509) 448-2909.

German Christmas Service – Sunday, 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave. The German-American Society of Spokane will celebrate the service in both English and German with the Rev. James Stern officiating. Traditional German Christmas carols will be sung by the Concordia Choir. A reception will follow at the Deutsches Haus, 25 W. Third Ave. (509) 928-2595 or http://www.german

Candlelight Nativity Service – Monday, 7 p.m. as part of Christmasfest at Seeley Mudd Chapel Sanctuary at Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. The Nativity story is told with candles and music, and will be led by the Men’s Chorus. Communion will be served. (509) 777-4345. Email

Healing Service – Tuesday, 7 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.

Advent Soup Supper – Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. at Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th Ave. (509) 448-7102.


“On a Cold Winter’s Night” Concert – Dec. 13, 7 p.m. featuring Crescendo Community Chorus, prep choir, concert choir and adult choir at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. $5/at the door. Email

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Dessert Theater – Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Spokane’s First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. A nostalgic musical drama set in 1941 during World War II. $5/includes performance, dessert and coffee. (509) 467-8986.

Christmas Festival Concert – Dec. 14, 8 p.m., and Dec. 15, 3 p.m., at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Featuring the Whitworth University choir, women’s choir, men’s chorus, chamber singers and student instrumentalists. Tickets, $18 at or (800) 325-SEAT.

Night of the Father’s Love Advent & Christmas Cantata – Presented by the Chancel Choir Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. at Manito Presbyterian Church, 401 E. 30th Ave. (509) 838-3559.

The Music of Christmas – Dec. 15, 7 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13608 E. 40th Ave., also known as Belle Terre Road and state Highway 27. Talented men and women bring together music, instruments, and narration to celebrate the holy season. Free admission. Visit the blog at (509) 893-2587.

Youth Christmas Program – Dec. 15, 3 p.m. followed by refreshments and a surprise visit from Santa and his elves at Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th. (509) 448-7102.

Christmas Pageant – Dec. 15 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Featuring a story, carols, White Gifts and cantata. Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols will be at 4 p.m. (509) 838-4277.

Handel’s “Messiah” Concert and Community Sing-along – Dec. 15, sing-along practice begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by concert at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. (509) 747-1058.

“Chrismissed: A Christmas Play on ‘What Ifs’ ” – Youth performance Dec. 15, 9 a.m. at Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N. Driscoll Blvd. (509) 325-4541.

Eastern Washington This Week

Green Tara Retreat – Monday through Dec. 22 with the Sravasti Abbey community at 692 Country Lane, Newport. Register online at or call (509) 447-5549.

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