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North Idaho This week

“Courageous Compassion: Responding to Suffering with an Open Heart” – Friday, 6:30 p.m. with Thubten Chodron in Todd Hall in the Molstead Library at North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. Free, donations are welcome. (208) 667-3813.

Upcoming

The Gospel Jubilee – Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. at Lake City Community Church, 6000 N. Ramsey Road. Free entertainment by Rod Erickson, Patti Parks and the Jubileers.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Fall Bazaar – Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church, 8441 N. Indian Trail Road. Featuring lefse, 13-bean soup mix, Christmas cookies, handcrafts, Grannie’s Attic, quilt raffle and coffee bar. (509) 465-0779.

Harvest Party – Oct. 25, 3-5 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 8134 N. Meyer Road, Post Falls. Includes games, face painting, story book corner, pumpkin carving, gourd painting, chili competition, cookie exchange and an opportunity to create caramel apples, s’mores and scarecrows. Free.

Harvest Festival at RLM – Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. at Real Life Ministries, 1866 N. Cecil Road, Post Falls. Free community outreach includes games and family activities. (208) 777-7325, ext. 191.

Ongoing

First Sunday Brunch – Sunday and the first Sunday of each month, 10:30 a.m. at JB’s Restaurant, 704 W. Appleway Ave. No host, menu orders optional. A ministry of Community United Methodist Church. (208) 765-8800.

All Church Fall Study – Sundays, 9 a.m. through Oct. 26, at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. DVD/discussion study of Max Lucado’s “Grace – more than we deserve, greater than we imagine.” (208) 765-8800  or www.cumccda.org.

Faith @ Home Marriage and Family Classes – Variety of classes and workshops offered on Sundays and Tuesday at Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road, Post Falls. Minimal costs may differ, child care available upon reservation. Register online for adult classes at www.reallifeministries.com. (208) 777-7325, ext. 134.

United Methodist Women – First Tuesday of each month, 12:30 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Includes program, fellowship and dessert. (208) 765-8800.

Early Risers Prayer Group – Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. and Thursdays, 8 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Enjoy coffee, prayer, fellowship and Bible study. (208) 765-8800.

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

Community Family Night For All – Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Handbells, 5:30 p.m., youth group at 6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner followed by games and all-ages activity, adult choir and youth group for grades 6-12. (208) 765-8800.

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

Coeur d’Alene Dharma Friends – Meets Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m. for meditation and discussion at Life Center Therapies for Well Being, 1319 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. Also teachings with abbey nuns on Fridays, 6:30 p.m. (208) 665-5862.

Spokane Valley This week

Rummage Sale – Today, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, noon-3 p.m. at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. Walgreens will administer flu shots today. (509) 924-9750.

Upcoming

Christmas/Fall Bazaar and Rummage Sale – Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Otis Orchards Community Church, 23304 E. Wellesley Ave. Also offering a free Car Care pre-winter safety and winterizing check-up and Awana carwash, weather permitting. (509) 928-1979.

The African Children’s Choir – Performs Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at New Life Church, 10920 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 926-0362. Admission by donation. For more information, visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

Eastern Washington

Sharing the Dharma Day – Sunday, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m., includes meditation, discussion and vegetarian potluck at Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport.

Spokane This week

Teachings on The Four Noble Truths – Classes begin today, 7-8 p.m. with Geshe La Phelgye at 122 W. Euclid Ave. $10/class, any donation is appreciated. RSVP to Lori at lori@barkcanoe.com.

Alms Bowl Rummage Sale and Pet Blessing – Sale today, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., pet blessing 9-11:30 a.m. at Unity Church, 2900 S. Bernard St. Proceeds benefit the food fund at Sravasti Abbey.

Mennonite Country Auction & Relief Sale – Today, begins with breakfast from 7-9 a.m., vendor booths open at 10 a.m., auction begins at noon at Menno Mennonite Church Grounds, 1378 N. Damon Road, Ritzville. Pastors will present “Who Are the Mennonites” in the church sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. Auction includes quilts, pro and collegiate football tickets, and more. Kids’ activities include bounce house, booths and basketball shoot. A penny/change drive will benefit the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Project. Free parking. (509) 659-0926.

Yom Kippur Service – Today, 9 a.m. at Congregation Emanu-El (Reform Congregation), 1322 E. 30th St. (509) 714-3123.

CLC Brewing Group Oktoberfest – Today, 2-5 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St.  Featuring home-brew beer tasting contest (for ages 21 and older), two varieties of homemade sausage, specially crafted beverages, and award-winning accordion music and homemade German-style food. Adults, $15/in advance, $20/at the door. Free/kids age 12 and younger. Advance tickets available online at www.clspokane.org and scroll down to Oktoberfest item.  Proceeds benefit the CLC emergency food pantry. Contact, Matt Swanson, (509) 954-9519 or email matt99004@gmail.com.

Apple Festival Craft and Bake Sale – Today-Sunday and Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-19 at Green Bluff United Methodist Church, 9908 E. Green Bluff Road. Featuring popular apple dumplings with hot vanilla sauce, food vendors, crafters and entertainment.  The kitchen is open Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. (509) 238-9100 or email ddavisp@aol.com.

Oktoberfest at St. Charles Parish – Today, 9 a.m. and Sunday after Masses at 8 and 10 a.m., runs until 6 p.m. Featuring a beer garden, food, desserts, crafts, fresh produce, jewelry and a quilt raffle. (509) 327-9573.

“Come On Over” Worship Service – Sunday, 11 a.m. The Rev. Don Ott presents a sermon from the Book of Acts 16:6-15 at Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave. (509) 327-9322.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s – Sunday, 10:45 a.m. service at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave. Sit with your pet during worship and then come forward for a blessing. The Spokane Humane Society also will be on site with pets available for adoption. (509) 747-6677.

St. Francis Day Pet Blessing – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Stuffed animals or pet pictures also are welcome. Please contain difficult to control pets and those that may become prey for other animals. (509) 838-4277.

Season of Creation Services – Sunday Traditional Rite II service, 9 a.m. Celtic Eucharist Rite III service, “Loving Our Kin (Blessing of the Animals).” Oct. 12, “Restoring the Rivers,” 11 a.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St. (509) 466-3100.

“Living with an Open Heart” Buddhist Meditation Class - Beginning Monday, then each Monday through Nov. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort Wright Blvd. (509) 325-6383 or contact Susan, susan@newstories.org.

“Companioning” Adult Formation Series – Holy Eucharist will be offered Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. prior to speaker sessions at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday’s speaker is Jim Hunt; Oct. 15, is Linda Hunt; Dr. Kent Hoffman presents on both Nov. 12 and Jan. 7, at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.

Japanese Tea Ceremony – Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. presented by Urasenke Youth Foreign Volunteer Service Team in the Kusaka Library at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, 4000 W. Randolph Road. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary, (509) 328-2971, ext. 223.

“Losing our Religious Liberties” Conference – Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division St. Featured speaker is Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. $17. RSVP to Ponderosa Republican Women, Gretchen (509) 624-2562.

Japanese Moon-viewing Otsukimi Festival – Friday, 7-9 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center, 4001 W. Randolph Road. Includes dango, haiku, origami and calligraphy. Free, donations welcome. (509) 328-2971 or www.jcc@mfwi.edu.

To include church news in this column, please submit items at least two weeks in advance and include a contact phone number to publish. Send to Sherry Adkins by email at sherrya@spokesman.com, or by fax at (208) 765-7149, phone (208) 765-7120.

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