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Episcopal Church still open despite roof collapse

Local churches did not escape unscathed from the extreme winter weather the past three weeks. While some had minor problems with falling gutters, others had more significant problems. Part of the interior roof outside the sanctuary at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at 15319 E. Eighth Ave. collapsed after becoming saturated with leaking water, but the building is still open for worship. “We went last week with a small hole and we’ll go this week with a big hole,” said the Rev. Brian Prior.

Churches Offer Christmas Services

The day has finally arrived. The presents have been opened, the family is gathered together and Christmas dinner is cooking. Now would be a good time to visit one of the South Side churches holding worship services today. Here are a few of them: The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist will present a choral Eucharist with a sermon today at 10 a.m. A Christmas carillon recital will be held at 11:30 a.m. The cathedral, located at 127 E. 12th, will also have a special New Year's Eve worship service on Wednesday at 11 p.m. St. John's Lutheran Church will hold a worship service today at 10:30 a.m. The church will celebrate New Year's Eve with a worship service at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The service will be preceded by a potluck at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2 W. Third. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes will celebrate Mass today at 6:30, 9 and 11 a.m. The cathedral is located at 1115 W. Riverside. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 314 S. Spruce, will have a worship service today at 10:30 a.m. Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third, will serve a free community Christmas dinner today from 1 to 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Christmas Worship Services Held Today

The day has finally arrived. The presents have been opened, the family is gathered together and Christmas dinner is cooking. Now would be a good time to visit one of the North Side churches holding worship services today. Here are some of them: Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt, will have a worship service today at 10 a.m. St. Aloysius Catholic Church will celebrate Mass today at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The church is located at 402 E. Boone. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3909 W. Rowan, will hold a 10 a.m. worship service today.

Churches Will Offer Free Christmas Meals

Christmas is a time of good cheer, good food, family and presents under the tree. But as we rush from store to store picking up last-minute gifts, it's important to remember that some people don't have any presents to put under the tree - if there is even a tree. Some people in Spokane can't even afford a special meal on the holiday.

Churches Offer Holiday Pageants, Special Services

As parents rush out to buy last-minute gifts, and children all over Spokane squirm in anticipation of the big day, churches are also preparing for Christmas. This is the last week of Christmas pageants and other special holiday occasions. Many churches are also holding worship services on Christmas Eve, which provide the perfect opportunity to take some time to relax and get into the true spirit of the season. Here is a rundown of some North Side events:

Churches Offering Christmas Pageants, Services

As parents rush out to buy last-minute gifts and children all over Spokane squirm in anticipation of the big day, churches are also preparing for Christmas. This is the last week of Christmas pageants and other special holiday occasions. Many churches are also holding worship services on Christmas Eve, which provides the perfect opportunity to take some time to relax and get into the true spirit of the season.

Soak Up Christmas Spirit At Church Events In Area

Sometimes the spirit of Christmas can be seen in the smiling face of a miniature Mary or in the earnestness of the three wee ones chosen to play the Wise Men. Looking at Christmas through the eyes of a child can give the holiday special meaning. Children and adults all over town are putting the finishing touches on a wide variety of Christmas plays and presentations. Take the opportunity to watch at least one as a way of getting into the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Plays, Concerts Among Advent Programs

The holiday season is upon us, which means area churches are putting the final touches on a wide variety of Christmas plays and concerts. There's something for everyone who wants to get into the spirit of Christmas. Here are few of the offerings: First Presbyterian Church will host the annual Christmas Festival concert "God's Light Revealed," performed by the Whitworth College Choir. The event will feature a brass ensemble, a handbell choir and Scripture readings along with the 70-person choir. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and at 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Each performance will also feature a prelude beginning 20 minutes before the start of the concert. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased through any G & B Select-A-Seat location or by calling 325-SEAT. No tickets will be sold at the door. The church is located at 318 S. Cedar. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry, will present a one-act Christmas musical called "The Christmas That Was." St. Stephen's Alleluia Players will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served following Sunday's performance. A donation of $2 per person is requested. All proceeds will benefit the church's Youth Ministries Department. For more information, call the church at 838-6158. The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist promises to be bustling with activity on Sunday. First, the cathedral will host its traditional Advent event, "Lights of Love," after the 9 a.m. worship service. The event will feature crafts, music and refreshments. The cathedral will also be the site of a special Christmas concert Sunday at 4 and 7 p.m. "The Glory of Vivaldi - an Olde Italian Christmas Celebration" will feature the Spokane Youth Orchestra, the Spokane Area Children's Chorus Ensemble and the Gonzaga University Choir. The concerts are free. The cathedral is located at 127 E. 12th. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes is also planning Advent-related events. The cathedral's choir will present an Advent Festival service of lessons and carols at 3 p.m. Sunday. The special service was designed as a devotional and ecumenical liturgy of Scriptures and music. The cathedral will present the second in a series of free noontime concerts Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday's concert will feature trumpeter Christopher Cook and organist James Barret. The program will last about 20 minutes. The Project Joy Senior Orchestra will present a Christmas concert today at 7 p.m. at Unity Church of Truth, 2900 S. Bernard. The 30-person volunteer orchestra frequently performs in the community. Donations will be accepted, and child care will be available. Pianist performs Friday Pianist Marton Terts of Hungary will present a special performance called a "Hungarian Serenade" Friday at 7 p.m. Terts will perform a mixture of Hungarian and American folk songs and be accompanied by several vocalists. The concert will be at the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. All proceeds will benefit the church's partnership church in Felsorakos, Romania. For more information or for tickets, call the church office at 325-6383. Buy something different Art from around the world will be featured at the Global Folk Art Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd. All proceeds will be returned to the artists, who are generally from poor countries.

Christmas Plays, Concerts Presented By Area Churches

The holiday season is upon us, which means area churches are putting the final touches on a wide variety of Christmas plays and concerts. There's something for everyone who wants to get fully into the meaning of Christmas. Here are some of the offerings: First Assembly of God Church, 828 W. Indiana, will present several performances of a musical Christmas production called "From Heaven's Throne." The church's "singing Christmas tree" choir will also perform. The performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the church or at the door. The church is located at 828 W. Indiana. For more information, call the church at 326-9332.

Wiconi International President To Speak At Shiloh Hills Baptist

The Rev. Richard Twiss is scheduled to speak at the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church. Twiss, a member of the Lakota/Sioux Nation, is co-founder and President of Wiconi International, a missionary outreach to Native Americans. Wiconi International holds seminars and conferences for Native Americans throughout the United States. The group is also helping facilitate the 1998 World Christian Gathering, which will bring together thousands of Christians from around the world. The church is located at 207 E. Lincoln Road. For more information, call the church at 467-9380.

Thanksgiving Day Dinners Offered

Today is Thanksgiving, a day of giving thanks for all of our blessings. These days, the day has also become synonymous with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Central United Methodist Church will help bring these traditional Thanksgiving foods to the poor by serving a free community Thanksgiving dinner today from 1 to 3 p.m. The church is located at 518 W. Third. City Gate, located at 114 S. Madison, will also serve a Thanksgiving dinner today from 1 to 5 p.m.

Churches Schedule Thanksgiving Services

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, North Side churches are preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Several churches in the area will hold special worship services on Thanksgiving Eve to allow people to spend the following day with family and friends. North Addison Baptist Church will host a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Members of the First Evangelical Free, Driscoll Baptist, Prince of Peace Lutheran and the Russian Baptist Church will also participate in the service.

Minister To Perform Music During Service

The Unity Church of Truth, 2900 S. Bernard, will host the Rev. Doug Bottorff during its 9 and 11 a.m. worship services on Sunday. Bottorff, who is also a professional musician, will be performing during the services as well. Bottorff will present a seminar titled "A Practical Guide to Prosperity" on Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Based on a forthcoming book by the same title, the seminar will focus on two basic messages: Be true to yourself and follow your dreams.

Jefferson Street Christian Marks 75th Anniversary

The members of Jefferson Street Christian Church will celebrate 75 years of worship in their current building at 1201 W. Spofford with a special worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday. All current and past members of the church are invited to attend, and share memories and photos of the church during the service, which is expected to be lengthy. Refreshments will be served following the service and many historical records and photos will be on display.

Coat Drive Under Way In Cheney

Several churches in Cheney are teaming up with the Cheney Clothing Bank and area businesses to collect coats for neighborhood toddlers, children and adults. The drive will run through Nov. 23, and warm winter coats will be distributed in early December. Organizers realized the need to have their own coat drive after discovering that Cheney residents have only limited access to coats collected through the Coats-4-Kids drive held in Spokane, says Jan Abrams, chair of the Children and Poverty Task Force.

Church Bazaars Offering Variety Of Hand-Crafted And Baked Goods

Bazaar season is in full swing at South Side churches, giving people plenty of time to pick up those holiday gifts before Christmas, or even Thanksgiving. This week's selection offers a wide variety of hand-crafted items. First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar, will host Jubilee 1997, an alternative Christmas sale, from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The sale is unique in that the crafts have been gathered from artisans from around the world, who often live in poor countries.

Operation Christmas Child In Need Of Items

Thanksgiving is coming up and, soon after that, Christmas. Gift buying hasn't started in earnest yet, but it is already time to think of what to get the needy children of the world. Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church is participating in Operation Christmas Child, a program that collects gift packages and distributes them to poor children around the world.

Mortgage Burning Ceremony Planned At Cheney Methodist

The Cheney United Methodist Church will hold a mortgage burning ceremony during a special combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. The service will feature the Rev. Ruth Mathis, District Superintendent. The church incurred the mortgage in 1986 to build the current sanctuary, which was completed in 1989.

Churches Offer Trick-Or-Treating Alternative

Many parents don't think Halloween is as safe for little witches, vampires and ghosts as it used to be. They're reluctant to allow their children to venture far from home on trick-or-treating jaunts. Some don't let their children go out at all, while others limit their kids' quests for candy to just their immediate neighborhoods. Several churches on the North side are stepping up and offering Halloween parties as an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. The parties are safe and indoors, which makes parents happy, and they offer lots of candy, which makes the kids happy. Here are a few North Side gatherings: Lidgerwood Evangelical Church, 228 E. Gordon, will host a Family Fall Festival harvest party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. The party will feature carnival games, face painting, refreshments and, of course, candy galore. Volunteers from the Neva-Wood COPS Shop will also be in attendance, running a game booth with candy prizes. Costumes are not required. Children from the community are invited to attend a harvest party Friday at the Spokane Faith Center, 3300 W. Central. The event, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature games, a duck pond, a pie toss, a maze and free candy. Game tickets are 25 cents each or five for $1. Little Caesars will be providing all-you-can-eat pizza for $3.50 per person. The First Church of the Open Bible, 8303 N. Division, is inviting all kids through the sixth grade and their parents to a Family Harvest Party Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The party will feature 20 carnival games, a maze and a Bible story acted out by the church staff. The fire department will also be on hand. There is no charge to attend, but donations of bagged candy will be accepted. Northwood Presbyterian Church, 6721 N. Monroe, will host a community Halloween party at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The party will feature games and refreshments. Costumes are not required. North Addison Baptist Church, 6120 N. Addison, will host a harvest party from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Kids ages 3 through the sixth grade are invited to attend and wear costumes related to the Bible. The event will feature a variety of games and refreshments. Admission is a bag of candy. Book sale at North Hill Christian North Hill Christian church, 4620 N. Post, will host a book sale at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The sale, sponsored by the Christian Education Department, will feature a wide variety of Christian books, Bibles and books for kids. Election day bake sale The women of Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church will host an election day bake sale Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Don't forget to vote, too!) Craft items will be available as well as breads, pies, cookies and candy. The church is located at 4449 N. Nevada.

Churches Present Concerts, Fairs

St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1620 N. Monroe, will host the annual St. David's Welsh Society Hymn Sing Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All church choirs and anyone else interested in singing are invited to participate. Those who don't want to sing are invited to come and listen. The performance will be followed by a Welsh tea. For more information, call the church office at 327-9539.