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Religion Notebook: Retreat will focus on grieving, healing

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, will present a weekend retreat, “Living through Grief,” March 30 through April 1. The Rev. Stan Malnar, M.D. and Dr. Jim Shaw will present skills to move through the grieving process to receive hope and healing.

Religion Notes: Church offers free family fun night

Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third Ave., will present a family fun night at 6 p.m. Saturday. The evening will feature games, refreshments, a silent auction and karaoke. The event will raise funds for Central United Methodist Women and their work supporting women and children around the world.

Religion Notebook: Beth Shalom offering annual Kosher Dinner

Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E. 30th Ave., will present its 71st annual Kosher Dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The first Kosher Dinner the temple offered 71 years ago served 200 community members. That number has grown to about 2,000 guests at the temple each year.

Religion Notebook: Christian bands will play at Spokane Arena

The Rock and Worship Roadshow is coming to the Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave., at 6 p.m. Sunday. The concert will feature the bands, MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North, LeCrae, Hawk Nelson, Disciple, Sidewalk Prophets and Rend Collective Experiment.

Religion Notebook: Sharing stories, soup

Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon St., will present “Our Story and God’s Story,” a soup supper during Lent that will include members of the congregation sharing stories of their spiritual journey, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The church will also offer worship with the Rev. Rick Church Sunday at 11 a.m. Church will speak on the topic, “Show Me Your Path, O Lord.”

Area churches plan Ash Wednesday services

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, is this week, and several Spokane Valley churches are planning special worship services to mark the day. Lent is the 40 days preceding Easter and is considered a time of spiritual preparation. Services on Wednesday will be held at:

Religion Notebook: Celtic service ushers in Lenten season

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St., will present a Celtic Communion service at 7 p.m. Wednesday to begin the Lenten season. The service will feature the imposition of ashes, communion, reflections on desert spirituality, sung chants, Celtic prayers and music.

Religion Notebook: Open house planned for retired minister

Shiloh Hills Fellowship, 207 E. Lincoln Road, will host an open house for the Rev. Bill Siewert from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The event will honor Siewert, who retired at the end of 2011. There will be a special program at 2:30 p.m.

Prayer retreat planned for this weekend

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, will host an ecumenical prayer retreat, “God Calling: Invitation to Prayer,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Rev. Nancy Copeland-Payton, a Presbyterian pastor, will explore different forms of prayer and spiritual practice.

Religion Notebook: Service will have Celtic theme

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St., will present a Celtic Communion service at 7 p.m. today. The service will include sung chants, Celtic prayers and music centered on the theme “Dreams and Visions.”

Religion Notebook: Fiscal, spiritual advice offered

Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th Ave., is starting a seven-week teaching series Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Barbara Caviezel will base sermons on James W. Moore’s “You Can Get Bitter or Better!” during the church’s casual contemporary service.

Religion Notebook: Services ring in new year

Sunday begins a new year filled with new possibilities. Area churches are starting the year with special services. • St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St., will hold a New Year’s Day service of lessons and carols Sunday at 9 a.m.

Services mark Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Today is Christmas Eve and churches all over the Spokane Valley area will be hosting special worship services today and Sunday to mark the holy day. • Genesis Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. The church’s children will sing and the Christmas story will be told. A Christmas Day service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 14415 E. Sprague Ave.

Religion Notebook: Christmas services abound

The Christmas season is here, and area churches are holding special services to mark the occasion. • St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowlane Road, will offer family worship at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, as well as a candlelight worship service at 11 p.m.

Children’s pageants in works

There are a few more children’s Christmas pageants to come from Spokane Valley churches this week as people make preparations for the holiday. • The children of Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will present “Nativity Idol” during a combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. A birthday party for Jesus will follow the service, where children will have the opportunity to make crafts. The church is at 115 N. Raymond Road.

Churches ready Christmas events

This is the week when children across Spokane Valley will don costumes and prepare to perform in Christmas pageants at local churches. Some churches will also have special Christmas choir performances. • Foothills Community Church will present its Sunday school Christmas program at 6 p.m. Sunday. The musical about the gift of hope is titled “The Present is the Future.” The church is at 11102 N. Forker Road.

Religion Notebook: Candlelight breakfast planned

Shalom Ministries will present its fourth annual St. Lucy’s Candlelight Breakfast Benefit Saturday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave. The meal will be accompanied by live music and fresh-baked St. Lucy’s crown breads.

Opportunity Presbyterian Toy Store needs donations

The congregation of Opportunity Presbyterian Church is seeking donations for its fourth annual Toy Store, which will be open on Dec. 10 this year. The store allows low-income families referred to the church by local schools and social service agencies to purchase new toys for about 80 percent off the retail price.

Religion Notebook: Concert, dessert theater planned

The First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will present “The Glory of Christmas,” a holiday concert and dessert theater presentation by Lari Goss and Phil Barfoot on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event will feature a 50-voice choir, performances by southern gospel quartet FourGiven, dancers and soloists.