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Outdoor Performances Will Benefit City Gate

Spokane's Cry Manna and a host of other local Christian musical acts will play a benefit concert Sunday for City Gate at the Harvest House in Green Bluff. The 7 p.m. concert is outdoors. Cry Manna is a burgeoning regional talent that frequently appears as a support act at large Christian concerts. The sextet has opened for David Meece and the Newsboys, among others.

Church May Sink Roots In Indian Trail

The congregation of the soon-to-be-created Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is searching for a new home, possibly in the Indian Trail area. Calvary and Ascension Lutheran churches will consolidate Sept. 10 and, for a time, continue to hold worship services in Calvary's sanctuary at 3909 W. Rowan.

Variety Show To Appear At Valley Fourth

The Continentals, a traveling Christian variety show, will perform at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road, at 7 p.m. next Saturday. "Celebrate! Before the Lord" will feature performances of contemporary Christian songs and a musical, "David: A Man After God's Own Heart." A 35-member cast and crew of singers, musicians, actors and technicians comprise the Continentals, which tours around the globe in 10-week stints raising money to fight world hunger.

Encyclopedia Focuses On Catholic Church

When did Pope Pius XII reign? The answer (1939-1958), as well as countless other items of other information about the Roman Catholic Church, can be found in the new Encyclopedia of Catholicism. File/Associated Press

Members Of Sect Face Criminal Trial In Their Son’s Death

A couple whose son died of leukemia after they refused for religious reasons to allow him to have medical treatment must stand trial on criminal charges, a judge ruled Monday. Circuit Judge Daniel Murphy of Linn County rejected a motion by oyd and Christina Hays of Brownsville that charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide be dismissed on religious and other grounds.

Mormons’ International Growth Brings Multicultural Challenges

Among the big-screen movies showing here, "Legacy," an official production of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of the hottest tickets in town. Screened 10 times daily on a 62-foot-wide screen with symphonic Dolby sound, it tells a fictional love story set against the backdrop of the Mormon trek to Utah, a covered-wagon journey beset by winter weather, sickness and vigilante attack. In the church's estimate, 2 million people have seen the hourlong film since July 1993.

Dearly Beloved, Let Us Share A Few Laughs

Did you hear the one about the preacher, the pope and the television evangelist? There are plenty of 'em. Religion inspires more jokes than probably any other topic, which is ironic, because it's also a subject that few people seem to have a sense of humor about. If you get mad easily, turn the page. But if you're sorely in need of a merry respite from the summer's increasingly gloomy headlines, read on. What follows are a few jewels from "The Preacher Joke Book," a collection edited by scholar and humorist Loyal Jones.

Bishop Meeting With Krishnas

Roman Catholic Archbishop J. Francis Stafford is trying to mend fences with the Hare Krishnas. Stafford has been meeting with Denver-area Krishnas since he made a negative reference to the group in an April 29 speech. He has not apologized for the remark, but his meetings with Krishna members have been cordial.

Prayers In School Won’t Hurt - But They Won’t Help, Either

Beneath the lamplight in the living room of my youth, my sisters and I knelt in front of our mother. She said the familiar words, "Our father, who art in heaven," and then she paused so we could repeat them. We were not yet 5 years old, our slight bodies clad in thin cotton pajamas. We must have been an angelic sight, especially to visiting friends, whose presence did not interrupt this routine.

Bethany Home Celebrating 75-Year Mark

This year marks the 75th since members of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination dedicated Bethany Home to service. Since then, the boarding home at 9111 E. Upriver Drive has become a Valley landmark. "Some people who grew up in this area move away, but remember it. When a time comes in their life that they need a place like this, they come here," said Sylvia Smith, administrator of the facility. On Sunday, residents and staff will celebrate Bethany's 75 years of service with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. The general public is invited. At 2:30, there will be a commemorative ceremony. Music will be provided by members of Spokane's Covenant churches, and refreshments will be provided.

Calvary Lutheran Church Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This weekend will be a milestone for Calvary Lutheran Church. The church will not only celebrate its 40th Anniversary, but will begin looking toward the end of its life, too. That's because it will formally merge with Ascension Lutheran Church in September. That congregation has already sold its building and is worshipping with the Calvary group. But come fall, Calvary Lutheran will be no more - its congregation and Ascension's will come together to form Prince of Peace Lutheran. They'll meet at the current Calvary site, 3909 W. Rowan, until a new church can be built.

Christian Scholar To Tackle Major Theological Questions

A visiting evangelical Christian scholar will address some of the biggest questions next weekend during three days of appearances at Valley Fourth Memorial Church. Doug Geivett, who contributed a chapter to "Jesus Under Fire" - the conservative response to the controversial findings of the Jesus Seminar - will taclkle themes such as the existence of God and whether following Jesus is the only path to salvation.

Globe-Trotting Peach Torch Will Light Up Park Ceremony

FOR THE RECORD (published June 27, 1995): The worldwide Peace Run and Peace Torch will arrive in Spokane Wednesday morning. To commemorate the event, a peace ceremony is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. at Riverfront Park's Clock Tower. The day was wrong in an IN Life story published Saturday. 1. Adams 2. Hess 3. Connell