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Positive Life Radio gathering food Wednesday

Positive Life Radio 104.9 will hold its annual Christmas in July Food Drive Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. at various locations. In Spokane Valley, donations will be accepted at Costco, 5601 E. Sprague Ave. There also will be collection centers in Spokane, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. The station will collect nonperishable food items and will also accept toiletries, especially products for women and children.

Religion Notebook: Food drive to fill stockings in July

Positive Life Radio 104.9 will present its annual Christmas in July Food Drive Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. at various locations. In north Spokane, donations will be accepted at the Better Living Center, 25 E. North Foothills Drive. There also will be collection centers in Spokane Valley, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene.

Daytime vacation Bible schools offered in area

The steady stream of vacation Bible school sessions is continuing at Spokane Valley churches. The sessions offer entertainment for kids as well as Bible study. • Valleypoint Church will host Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God’s Awesome Power, July 23-27. The free vacation Bible school is open for kids age 4 through the sixth grade. Classes will be daily from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Religion Notebook: Vacation programs planned for children

Churches throughout the area are gearing up for vacation Bible school this month. • Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th Ave., will present “Fishin’ on a Mission With Jesus,” a free vacation Bible school, Monday through July 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Religion Notebook: Summer concerts begin

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N. Indian Trail Road, will present its seventh annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series starting Wednesday. Next week, Jim Renn of En el Bolsillo will offer free salsa dancing lessons at 6:15 p.m.

Religion Notebook: Vacation Bible school at Northwood

Northwood Presbyterian Church, 6721 N. Monroe St., will present Rocky Point Lighthouse vacation Bible school July 14 and 15. The weekend will start July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch. July 15 will have activities from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Vacation Bible schools plan fun for kids

Vacation Bible schools are continuing at local churches. They are a summer tradition that offers a mix of fun and Bible study for kids. It is best for parents to sign their kids up in advance as some sessions fill up early. • Advent Lutheran Church will host its vacation Bible school session, “Sky – Everything is Possible with God,” from July 9-13. There will be music, games and Bible lessons for children ages 4-12. Classes will be daily at the church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave., from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Religion Notebook: Barbecue to follow Church on the Lawn

Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave., will present “Church on the Lawn,” Sunday at 10 a.m. The service will focus on finding peace amid terrifying times of life. The Rev. Rick Church’s message will be, “Surprised by Peace when Your Boat Gets Swamped.”

Religion Notebook: Church looking for help with mural Saturday

Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third Ave., is looking for volunteers to give Inspiration Alley a facelift. The alley, situated behind the church, has graffiti on its walls. Several guests of Shalom Ministries have planned a mural that will reach from Stevens to where the art of CUMC begins.

Celtic service now offered on Thursdays

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St., will present a Celtic Eucharist Thursdays at 7 p.m. starting today. The Christian Communion service will include Celtic prayers and readings, sung chants and music by Janet Dodd.

Plan now for Bible school

It’s June, and area churches are gearing up for vacation Bible school. The first sessions are approaching, so now is the time to make plans. Some sessions fill up, so it’s always a good idea to register early. • The Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will host “Operation Overboard: Dare to go Deep With God” on June 18-22. Classes will be daily from 9 a.m. to noon for children age 4 through the fifth grade. The activities will include Bible study, water science, crafts and music.

Religion Notebook: Cows key to carnival at Trinity

Trinity Catholic School, 1306 W. Montgomery Ave., will present “The Greatest Plop on Earth,” its 22nd annual Cow Plop fundraiser, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or after the third plop. The event will include a street carnival, pony rides, games, face painting, music, food and two cows for plopping.

Church events: Weekend offers music, retreat, sales, more

First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will host a free evening of music Sunday at 6 p.m. The church’s 35-voice choir will perform, along with Ken and Carol Fuller, who will play the Wurlitzer organ and grand piano. The praise team and worship band will also perform.

Religion Notebook: Gathering to observe day of prayer

• Life Center, 1202 N. Government Way, will observe the National Day of Prayer today at noon. Members will gather to pray for the church, community and nation. This year’s theme is “One Nation, Under God,” and is based on Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Religion Notebook: PLU professor to lead workshop at St. John’s

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave., Spiritus and the Episcopal Diocese will present Samuel Torvend Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Torvend, religion professor at Pacific Lutheran University, will lead a workshop designed for ecumenical participation, “Splendor in Ordinary Lives: the Gospel of St. John for Unsettling Times.”

Religion Notebook: Orthodox church marks Holy Week

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St., will celebrate Holy Week according to the orthodox calendar, with special services and observances. Holy Thursday will begin with the Vesperal Divine Liturgy today at 9:30 a.m.

Special services, events planned for Easter Sunday

Sunday is Easter and many Spokane Valley churches are planning special worship services, egg hunts and other activities to mark the day. • The celebration begins with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 N. Progress Road. A worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt for children.

Religion Notebook: Easter observances set

Area churches are celebrating Holy Week and Easter with special services and Easter egg hunts. • Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave., will present a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. today.

Religion Notebook: Palm Sunday events kick off Holy Week

Holy Week will soon be upon us, with Palm Sunday events kicking things off next week. • The Spokane Dream Center will present “Behold Jesus!,” its 15th annual Easter drama, at the INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday.