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Releasing the Shadow: Embracing the Light - “Shadow to Light” is a program designed to dispel America’s shadows of violence, lack, despair and others.A twelve-week series of learning, meditation and action. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.release-shadow.online or contact Wendy (509) 466-1769, dreamwld1@gmail.com or Rich (509) 951-6524, unityradiantone@gmail.com. Aug. 29-Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Unity Center of North Spokane, 4123 E. Lincoln Road. (509) 489-6964.

Men’s Saturday Breakfast - Community United Methodist Church invites men and women of all ages welcome to meet for a no-host breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month at 7:30 a.m. There’s time for fellowship, and an informative program centered on local agencies and outreach opportunities. Sept. 7, 2017-Sept. 7, 2018, , Elmer’s Restaurant, 300 W. Neider Ave, Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-8800.

Chancel Choir and Handbell Rehearsals - All men, women and teens who enjoy singing, or are interested in playing with the handbell choir, are invited for rehearsals. Community Brass (bell choir) rehearses every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir rehearses every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 2017-Sept. 7, 2018, , Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-8800.

Sunday Brunch - Community United Methodist Church welcomes everyone for fellowship and no-host brunch on the first Sunday of each month. Sept. 7, 2017-Sept. 7, 2018, , JB’s Restaurant, 704 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-3225.

Free Community Events: Hospice - Please join for one or more our events. Kids Grief Support Group: Sept. 11-Oct. 23, Mondays, 4 p.m., Ages six-12 at Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden. Call to enroll (208) 772-7994; “Caring Conversations About Tough Choices”: Nov. 2, 711 Jefferson St., St. Maries, at the Senior Meal Site 4:30 p.m. Discussion with Hospice Experts. Discuss end-of-life topics and empowering your choice for quality of life; “Being Mortal” documentary and discussion: Nov. 8, 702 E. Front Ave., Cd’A Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Award winning author, Atul Gawande, shows us how to have the hard conversations as life draws to a close. A panel of experts from Hospice of North Idaho will facilitate a discussion and take questions after viewing the documentary; “Annual Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony”: Dec. 11, 405 N. William St., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, Post Falls. 5:30 p.m.; and “Annual Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony”: Dec. 12, 525 W. Cameron Ave., Kellogg, at Mountain View Congregational Church, 5:30 p.m. For more information about these free events, call Hospice of North Idaho at (208) 772-7994 or visit www.hospiceofnorthidaho.org. Sept. 11-Dec. 12,

New Fall Bible Study - Do you remember that story of Daniel in the Lions’ den? Is there more to the story in that Old Testament Book? Bring your Bible, meet new friends. Follow us on Facebook and visit www.cdaumc.org. Sept. 17-Oct. 22, 4 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-8800.

High Holiday Schedule at Emanu-El - Join us for the following- Sept. 20: Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:30 p.m. (joint service with TBS); Sept. 21: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 9:30 a.m. (CEE room at TBS), Youth service for all ages 9:30 a.m., Luncheon to follow, then Tashlich 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 29: Yom Kippur Evening Service/Kol Nidre, 5:45 p.m. (joint service with TBS); and Sept. 30: Yom Kippur Morning Service, 9:30 a.m. (CEE room at TBS), Youth Service for all ages, 9:30 a.m., Discussion with Rabbi Wax, 3:30 p.m., Mincha and Yizkor Service, 4 p.m. (CEE room), Havdalah, Shofar and Break-the-Fast Meal (potluck), 7 p.m. (joint with TBS). Sept. 20-30, 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom , 1322 E. 30th Ave. (509) 747-3304.

Mandala Sand Painting - Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala out of sand. The opening ceremony begins at noon on Sept. 19 in the SCC Lair Student Center Building 6. The painting will continue on Sept. 20 and 21. Sept. 22, the painting will be completed between 9 and 10 a.m. During the closing ceremony at 11:30 a.m., the monks will walk to the Spokane River to pour the sand into the river. Sept. 21, , 1810 N. Greene St.

Photography Workshops - Join us for a series of photography workshops led by Pastor Gen Heywood. April 22, Sports Photography: Track Team or Horses; May 27, Night Photography, Milky Way; June 24, Travel Photography; Sept. 23, Pet Portraits; Oct. 28, Sunset. Held at 8:30 a.m. each day. Sept. 23, , Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 N. Progress Road, Spokane Valley. Free; donations welcome. (509) 926-7173.

Annual Missionary Conference - Missionaries will speak at each of the services. The missionaries for the conference are as follows: Wayne Randolph, who is planting an independent baptists church called “New Manna Baptist Church” in Convington; Allison Castner who is a missionary to the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico; and Reverend Bobby Stanchfield who has been instrumental in a new church planting in Coeur d’Alene. The meetings on Saturday and Monday-Wednesday will start at 7 p.m., and the meetings on Sunday will start at 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. Pot blessing meals on Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 23-27, , Arden Faith Baptist Church, 673 Arden Hill Road, Colville. (509) 684-3983.

Men’s Saturday Breakfast - Community United Methodist Church welcomes men of all ages for fellowship and no-host breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information, visit www.cdaumc.org. Sept. 23, 7:30 a.m., Elmer’s Restaurant, 290 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

In Search of a Prophet - Rev. Chandler will take the listener on a fascinating journey through the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran, the early 20th century Lebanese-American poet, artist and mystic, author of the bestselling book “The Prophet.” He explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide in the midst of today’s global challenges related to peace, harmony and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West. The presentation is based on the new book “In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran.” Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler is an Episcopal priest, author, art curator, interfaith advocate, an authority on Christian-Muslim relations and the Founder of CARAVAN. (www.paulgordonchandler.com) Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free. (509) 838-4277.

St. Mark’s Family Forum - Looking for a way to connect with other parents at St. Mark’s? Family Forum is offered in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 am, running concurrently with Adult Forum in the fall and winter. Family Forum offers topics and programs specifically for families with children of all ages. Art Salvage with Katie Patterson Larson: DIY Reuse for Families- Simple DIY at home with your family is even better with reused items you have around the house. Art Salvage founder will go over the benefits and practice tips for creative reuse at home. Be prepared to create a little craft to get the reuse bug started at your house. Sept. 24, , St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave., Hayden. (509) 747-6677.

Sunday Worship - Mornings at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the office, Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at (509) 624-1366. Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m., Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. Free. (509) 624-1366.

A Course in Miracles Study Group - Meets every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 7-8:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. (509) 838-6518.

Feed My Starving Children - Sept. 29-30. Third annual Mobile Pack event. This year we will be packing 202,000 “manna meals” at a cost of 22 cents each, to be sent to starving children around the world.Over 900 volunteers needed to pack the meals during two two-hour packing shifts on Friday, and three shifts on Saturday. All ages are welcome. For donations and volunteer registration go to https://give.fmsc.org/inlandnw Sept. 29, , Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Old Schafer Road, Spokane Valley. No cost, except donations greatly appreciated. (509) 999-5540.

Christian Education Fall Classes - Registration is being held during the month of September. Classes will begin October 1. A light breakfast will be served for the youth. We welcome all children to grow in their faith here at Messiah. For more information, contact Donna Peterson at (509) 328-6088 or the Church Office at (509) 327-4446. Adult and Youth choir is directed by our Organist and Choir Director Chris Nelson. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers are still needed. Oct. 1-Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St.

Sunday Worship - Mornings at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the office, Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at (509) 624-1366. Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m., Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. Free. (509) 624-1366.

Launch Sunday Worship Service - The Vine Church, a brand new church in the Coeur d’Alene/Hayden area, is inviting the community to their official “Launch Sunday” worship service. The service will include “Children’s Church” for kids and an encouraging message from Pastor Schultz for adults. Dress is casual. After the service, everyone is invited to stay for a catered BBQ lunch and refreshments to celebrate this special event. They hope to see you there! Oct. 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Triple Play, 151 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden. (208) 449-2080.

Messiah Lutheran Church - Celebrating Global Mission following Worship Service. Marj Nishek will provide information about our companion synod in Tanzania, the Ulanga Kilombaro synod. Potluck in the Fellowship Hall, including dishes from Tanzania and baskets available to raise money for their companion synod. Pastor Betty Kraft is hosting. Oct. 1, 11:15 a.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St. Free. (509) 327-4446 or 509-328-6088.

Organ Concert - Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents a mixture of choral works, organ, piano and string chamber music. Works include Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Mozart Church Sonatas and other intriguing works for Organ, Strings and Piano. Oct. 1, 4 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St. Free. (208) 664-5462.

Choral, Organ and Chamber Music - The Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists present a program of choral, organ and chamber music. The featured work will be Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass,” performed by chamber orchestra and choir, conducted by Dr. Stan McDaniel, with Andrea Olsen as soprano soloist. Also on the program will be two “Church Sonatas” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with David Matney, organ; as well as Haydn’s “Piano Trio,” with Tiffany Wang, violin, Germaine Morgan, cello, and James Holmes, piano. The balance of the program will include “Other Intriguing Works” for organ, piano, and piano duet, performed by members of the Spokane AGO Chapter. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and go toward future concerts. Oct. 1, 4 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St. (509) 327-4446.

A Course in Miracles Study Group - Meets every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. (509) 838-6518.

Pet Blessing - Bring your furry, feathered or scaly friends to SCRAPS to have them blessed. Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m., SCRAPS, 6815 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 477-2532.

A Bit of the Orient - Featuring curry rice, Filipino food, salmon, tempura, baked goods, yakisoba, chicken wings, senbei, homemade crafts and more. Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Highland Park United Methodist Church, 611 S. Garfield. $5/entree. (509) 535-2687.

Art Festival - Local artist with works for sale, demonstrations, children’s activities, outdoor jazz, poetry reading. Oct. 7, Noon-4 p.m., 5115 S. Freya St. Free. (509) 448-1311.

Sangeetha Lahari (Presented by South Asia Cultural Association with a grant from Spokane Arts - North Indian Hindustani vocal in combination with South Indian Carnatic on violin and accompanied by harmonium and percussion pieces tabla, ghattam and kanjira. An Indian dinner will be available for purchase starting at 5:15 p.m. Save $5 when you purchase tickets before Oct. 2. To purchase tickets, please make checks payable to SACA and mail to 410 E. Shiloh Hills Dr. Spokane, WA 99208-5819 or use PayPal, using the “Send money to friends” option to the address sacaspokane@gmail.com. Note the number of tickets and the name of your party and tickets will be available at will call. Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. $25/general; $20/student; Free/children under 10. (509) 838 6518.

Sunday Worship - Mornings at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the office, Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at (509) 624-1366. Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m., Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. Free. (509) 624-1366.

A Course in Miracles Study Group - Meets every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 7-8:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. (509) 838-6518.

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