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Managing money is a constant struggle for some people. Burdened with debt, they find that their income just isn't enough to make ends meet. First Presbyterian Church is offering a workshop designed to help people dig their way out of debt and stay there. "Debt Free and Prosperous Living: A Biblical Perspective" will be offered on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Opportunity Christian Church is beginning a new parenting class titled "Growing up Together." The six-week video series will be offered at the church, 708 N. Pines, each Sunday beginning Oct. 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A discussion will follow each film.
Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third, has started a new youth ministry program called Club Christo. The focus of the new ministry is to bring unchurched teens into the church and into a relationship with God. The club will meet each Saturday at 7 p.m. The teens will have the opportunity to listen to concerts, play games in the gym and use the game room, which features pool and Foos Ball tables.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church will continue celebrating its 110th anniversary with two special events on Sunday. The 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature the Rev. Ruth Mathis, district superintendent. The service will be followed by a reception with hors d'oeuvres. James Barrett, music director of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, will perform on the church's Moeller pipe organ at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the free performance. The church is located at 1620 N. Monroe. For more information, call the church at 327-9539.
First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar, will present a public forum called "Recovering from Abuse: A Wellness Approach" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The forum, presented by several counseling nurse practitioners, is geared for survivors of abuse and their families and health-care providers. The forum will cover the latest research describing the medical and emotional effects of victims of trauma and abuse as well as treatments recommended from a wellness perspective. The forum is sponsored by the Mental Health Task Force.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2159 N. Hamilton, has become a partner congregation to Bethany Lutheran Church in Java, S.D. The partnership was formed in response to a plea by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's Domestic Disaster Response to help churches in the upper Midwest damaged by winter storms and spring flooding. All Lutheran churches were asked to participate and each damaged church has several partners around the country offering support, says Karen Bryant, St. Paul's council secretary.
Four West Plains churches are coming together to host a missions conference this weekend. Cheney Community Church, Four Lakes Community Church, Hayford Community Church and Airway Evangelical Free Church in Airway Heights will all participate. "In the Missions Drama, What's YOUR Role?" is the theme of the conference, which will begin Friday at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner at Hayford Community Church, 5306 S. Hayford Road.
Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road, is celebrating 25 years of serving the Lord with a series of events this weekend. Over the course of the weekend, themed "God is So Wonderful," the congregation will take a look back, examine where they are now, and look to the future. Valley Fourth Memorial held its first service on Sept. 24, 1972. The building, which previously housed the Church of Christ, had been abandoned and damaged by vandals. The church flourished and formed the Valley Christian School in 1975. The school now has more than 400 students and 35 faculty members.
Dr. Ron Large, a professor at Gonzaga University, will lead a series of classes on "Christian Values" at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th. The series begins Sunday and will be offered at 10 a.m. each Sunday through Nov. 16. The series will examine values from a Christian perspective and will look at questions such as what values are, what the sources of values are, and how people can live out their values in contemporary society. All are invited to attend the free series. No advance registration is required.
Evangelists Jon and Mischelle Cortese of Wind in the Spirit Ministries will be at Audubon United Methodist Church Friday through Sunday for a special event on spiritual renewal. Topics will include "Dimensions in Worship," "Spiritual Gifts," and "The Power of Forgiveness." The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a potluck dinner. Child care will be provided for the seminar. Cost is $10. To register or for more information, call the church office at 325-4541. The church is located at 3908 N. Driscoll Blvd.
Methodist churches in Spokane are gathering basic household items for refugees in Liberia who are living in camps and have lost everything to looting. Organizers are looking for items that can become part of homecoming kits, such as bar soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, large bath towels and non-breakable cups and dishes. Also needed are shallow bowls and plates for rice, long-handled metal cooking spoons, sharp knives, large tablespoons, candles and matches, blankets and sheets, and gardening tools such as hand shovels, rakes, trowels and hoes.
Adult education classes have started at Whitworth Presbyterian Church, 312 W. Hawthorne Road. Classes are held each Sunday at 10 a.m. through Oct. 25. "American Ideas and Religion: The Intellectual Influences on American Christianity" will analyze the relationship in America between major literary, cultural, and scientific trends and how they shape religious experience. "Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships" is a video series by Gary Smalley that provides keys to building close and intimate relationships with friends and families.
Indian Trail Community Church, 9010 N. Indian Trail Road, recently welcomed Ronald Johnson as its new pastor. Johnson was ordained in 1985 after spending 13 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, where he was the executive officer for the chief of the Arizona Highway Patrol. The journey from police officer to pastor was a long one, stretching over several years. Johnson said he was always active in his church and served as a church elder. Then he began preaching occasionally, and things grew from there. Johnson says he loved his work with the department but felt he had to leave.
The rooms of First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar, once again are buzzing with activity as fall classes get under way. Couples who are considering marriage or have been married a year or two are invited to attend "New Beginnings: A Class for Engaged and Newly Married Couples." The five-week workshop begins Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Topics include communication, finances, spiritual and sexual intimacy, extended family relationships, and conflict resolution.
For 30 years, Edwin Haugan has played the organ at Manito United Methodist Church, weathering several different pastors and changing times and musical tastes. Haugan will be honored for his years of service on Sunday during a special worship service at 10 a.m. Haugan has lived in the area all his life and is also a professor at Spokane Falls Community College.
Pastor Eric Peterson arrived in Spokane before his church did. Peterson is the pastor for the new, as yet unnamed, Presbyterian church that is being formed in Colbert. From his temporary quarters in the Whitworth Presbyterian Church, Peterson is helping with the final preparations for the church, which will be launched Nov. 16. For information on the new church in Colbert, call 468-9923. It's a party Members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1620 N. Monroe, invite the community to attend a 110th birthday party ice cream social Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration will be in the parking lot behind the church. There will be musical entertainment and free ice cream.
The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will host the third annual Unity in the Community Celebration on Saturday. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Liberty Park, located along Interstate 90 in the 1500 and 1600 blocks of East Fourth Avenue. The annual event brings together churches, local businesses and organizations to celebrate their similarities and differences.
Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd., is dealing with the aftermath of vandalism that took place last weekend. The perpetrators, thought to be the two teenagers caught vandalizing Sacajawea Middle School next door early last Sunday, broke windows and dishes and damaged doors.
Political responsibility will be discussed at each Mass on Saturday and Sunday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside. "The Citizen of Faith: How Faith Shapes Our Politics" will be be the topic of the Most Rev. William Skylstad, bishop of the Spokane Catholic Diocese.
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.