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Religion Notebook: Temple joins Perry Street fair

As part of the South Perry Street Fair this weekend, the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., will hold its annual rummage sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items for sale include furniture, household items, music, artwork and more.

Genesis Church to hold VBS

One more vacation Bible school is on tap at a Spokane Valley church. The Genesis Church at 14415 E. Sprague Ave., will host a VBS session from July 25 through 29. Classes for ages 6 to 11 will be held daily from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no charge, and parents can register their children in advance at www.spokane vbs.com. Call the church at (509) 462-2929 for more information.

Religion Notebook: Bluegrass concert at Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N. Indian Trail Road, will present the second concert in its “Outdoor Summer Concert Series,” Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. This week’s band will be Custer’s Grass Band, which plays traditional bluegrass music.

Valley Bible, Hope offer Bible school

Two more Spokane Valley churches are joining the ranks of those offering vacation Bible school sessions for elementary-age children. Kids can spend a few of their summer days making crafts, playing games and listening to Bible stories. • Valley Bible Church, 3021 S. Sullivan Road, will hold its VBS session July 11-15. Classes will be held daily from 9 a.m. to noon for children age 4 through the eighth grade. The race car theme is “Drive: Press on for the Prize.”

More churches plan vacation Bible schools

More Valley churches are announcing plans to host vacation Bible school sessions for children. The weeklong sessions usually include Bible stories, games, crafts and music to keep kids entertained. • Valleypoint Church will host its VBS session, called “Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect,” from July 11 to 15. Classes for children age 4 through the sixth grade will be held each day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Religion Notebook: Sacred Heart marks centennial

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 219 E. Rockwood Blvd., will honor 100 years of worship Sunday following its 9:30 a.m. Mass. Members of the church will travel to the site of its former location, 237 E. Seventh Ave., and will lay a wreath to honor past members of the church.

Religion Notebook: Gospel trio set to perform

Lincoln Heights Community Church, 3527 E. 29th Ave., will present gospel trio Blackwood Legacy, featuring Rick Price, on Sunday at 11 a.m. The concert is free to attend, although donations will be accepted.

Register now for summer vacation Bible schools

It must almost be summer, because Spokane Valley churches are already taking registrations for vacation Bible school sessions. The schools are an annual tradition, offering Bible instruction and fun for children looking for something to do during the summer months. • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Road, will host a Tri-Parish vacation Bible school from June 27 to July 1. It will include the congregations of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The theme of this year’s event is “Son Surf Beach Bash.” Children in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade may attend classes from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. each day.

Religion Notebook: Ride to benefit bike program

Cool Water Bikes, a nonprofit organization that refurbishes used bicycles to offer hope to youth on the streets, will present a poker ride fundraiser on June 11 starting at New Community Church, 1003 E. Trent Ave., Suite 140, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will draw cards at various stations throughout the course along the Centennial Trail to form a poker hand.

Religion Notebook: Organ music to fill cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave., will present members of the local American Guild of Organists in concert Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert will feature music from Bach to contemporary Finnish composers played on the church’s three-manual Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, which was installed under the cathedral’s Rose Window in 1960.

Religion Notebook: National Day of Prayer services today

Today is the 60th Annual National Day of Prayer, which was founded in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Truman. • There will be a National Day of Prayer service held today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the city council chambers of Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Opportunity Presbyterian plans car show, barbecue

Car lovers, take heart. The annual Car-B-Que event hosted by Opportunity Presbyterian Church is scheduled for next Saturday. The popular annual event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and features a car show, barbecue, plant sale, blood drive and other activities. The car show will include muscle cars, antiques and classics. The registration fee is $5 per car, and trophies will be awarded.

Luncheon planned honoring birth mothers

Catholic Charities of Spokane, 12 E. Fifth Ave., will present a Birth Mother Luncheon May 13 from noon to 2 p.m. The luncheon will honor birth mothers who have placed children up for adoption.

Easter celebrations abound

Holy Week is wrapping up today and Spokane Valley churches will be celebrating Easter on Sunday with sunrise services, special choir performance, Easter egg hunts and more. • Millwood Presbyterian Church will host its traditional sunrise service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruithill Road. Additional services will be held at the church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Churches plan for Holy Week

Holy Week, the week before Easter, begins with Palm Sunday this weekend. A full schedule of special worship services and other events is planned before the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. • The choir of Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will perform the cantata “Come Walk with Me” during a combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. A “Hallelujah Party” is planned for children following the service, beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be crafts and games in the Fellowship Hall.

Notebook: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church welcomes new rector

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St., recently welcomed the Rev. Bill Osborne as its new rector. Osborne, his wife Margaret Drumm and their five children recently moved to Spokane from Fort Bragg, Calif., where he was rector at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. He also served in Napa, Calif.

Religion Notebook: Organ concert Sunday

Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St., will present a benefit organ concert Sunday at 3 p.m. with organist Chris Nelson performing J.S. Bach on the church’s historic pipe organ. Donations will be accepted to benefit the church’s 60th anniversary celebration taking place April 17.

Religion Notebook: Church readies for marimba music

One Peace, Many Paths will present the Wildwood Marimba Band Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Unity Church of Truth, 2900 S. Bernard St. The concert, “Lil Twig and the Old Growths” will include marimba music, Native American flute, peace videos and storytelling.

Religion Notebook: Service planned for Japan disaster

Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., will offer a traditional “Seventh Day Memorial Service” for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan Friday at 6 p.m. Donations to the Buddhist Churches of America’s Social Welfare Fund will be accepted. The combined donations from all Buddhist Churches of America temples will be sent to relief agencies in Japan.