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Churches conduct special services for Holy Week

Holy Week, the last week of Lent leading up to Easter, begins this week with Palm Sunday. Many Valley churches will have special worship services and other events this week to mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. •The Spokane Valley Adventist Church will host its third annual “Journey to the Cross” performance. More than 250 actors will reenact portions of Christ’s life, outside the church at 16th Avenue and Sullivan Road. Performances are free and will run concurrently, beginning every 15 minutes and lasting about 30 minutes. Performances will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. next Saturday and from 4 to 9 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Monk to offer several talks in Spokane area

The Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye, a Buddhist monk, will speak in several locations in the area this week. Phelgye will be at the Unity Center of North Spokane, 4123 E. Lincoln Road, during the Sunday service from 11 a.m. to noon. The topic of conversation will be “Identifying the Real Enemy.”

Congregation plans to watch DVD of Prior’s consecration

The congregation of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will view a DVD of the consecration of their former pastor, the Rev. Brian Prior, as the new Bishop of Minnesota. The ceremony took place in February. The viewing will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday and Prior is expected to be in attendance. The event will also include a potluck meal. Those with last names beginning with the letters A-H are asked to bring a main dish; letters J-P a salad or vegetable; and letters Q-Z a dessert.

St. Mary’s offers fish on Lenten Fridays

Those who abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent can stop by St. Mary’s Catholic Church each week for a Lenten Fish Fry. The menu of baked or fried fish, french fries, clam chowder, coleslaw, rolls and garlic bread will be served Fridays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. through March 26. The weekly meal is hosted by the church’s Knights of Columbus. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Opportunity to offer one service Sundays

Opportunity Presbyterian Church is altering its worship schedule to offer only one service each week at 10:30 a.m. beginning Sunday. There will be a separate adult/youth education hour from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. During that time there will be activities for children in grades K-5. Sunday school will continue to be offered during the worship service.

Ash Wednesday services, events mark Lent’s start

Lent starts this week for many Christians on Ash Wednesday and many Valley churches will be observing the day with worship services and other events. Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter, which is celebrated on April 4 this year. Most area churches follow the Western calendar, which puts Easter on a different date than on the Eastern calendar followed by Orthodox churches. This year, however, is one of the rare years when churches using the different calendars will celebrate Easter on the same day.

Churches’ goal: Feeding the hungry

For some Valley churches, Super Bowl weekend has nothing to do with football. Instead, it’s all about helping the hungry. Several churches are participating in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, collecting $1 from church members to donate to a local charity. It’s a national effort that began in 1993 and raised nearly $10 million the last two years. Church youth from around the country collect donations and report the amount, but the donations stay in the community where they are collected.

Auctions to fund Lutherhaven trip

Several Valley churches will hold an auction to raise money to send their youths to summer camp at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The theme of the annual Lutherhaven dinner and auction is “Have a Heart for Lutherhaven.” The event is set for 5 p.m. next Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave. There will be a silent auction, live auction and dessert auction. Representatives from Lutherhaven will speak about the programs available.

Pageants, services fill this holy week

Christmas is rapidly approaching, and Valley church schedules are filled with Christmas pageants and special worship services during the week. •The children and youth of Veradale United Church of Christ will present a Christmas pageant written by a church member at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. The church, at 611 N. Progress Road, will also have a Christmas Eve candlelight service with carols, poetry and prayers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Farewell party Sunday for Rev. Brian Prior

The annual Christmas party at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will be a bit different this year when it takes place Sunday at 4 p.m. The annual gathering is also doubling as a farewell party for the Rev. Brian Prior, who will be leaving the church before the end of the year to take the seat of the Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota. Prior was named to his new position in November. He has served as the pastor of the Church of the Resurrection since 1996. He grew up in Prosser, Wash., and has worked in the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane since his ordination as a priest in 1989.

Churches hosting holiday events

As the second Sunday of Advent approaches, Valley churches are beginning to host holiday events. Many are also preparing for youth Christmas pageants. •The Veradale United Church of Christ will host its 34th annual Plum Pudding Festival on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church, 611 N. Progress Road. The holiday celebration includes Christmas carols, candles, poems, stories and, of course, plum pudding. All are welcome to attend.

Thanksgiving services, meals planned

The week is all about giving thanks at greater Spokane Valley churches, as many host special worship services or gather together for a meal. • The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will host the 35th annual Tri-Parish Thanksgiving worship service and dinner at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday together with the congregations of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Money and food donations collected during the service will be given to the Valley Food Bank. The church is at 15319 E. Eighth Ave.

Thanksgiving services set

•The First Church of Christ, Scientist, 310 E. 14th Ave., will present its annual Thanksgiving Day service next Thursday at 10 a.m. For more than 100 years, this church has been offering this service to the community. It will include a Bible lesson, the national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, prayer, hymns and words of gratitude from the congregation.

Holiday events and fundraisers highlight weekend

It’s all about community events this week at greater Spokane Valley churches as several host Halloween events and a few more get ready to launch the annual bazaar season next Saturday. All the events are open to the community and several are fundraisers to support the churches and their projects. •Foothills Community Church is having a full schedule this weekend. Today from 6 to 8 p.m., the church will host a Harvest Fun Night with carnival games for kids, a pie social, live music and a quilt show. There is no admission charge but attendees are asked to donate a nonperishable food item for the Union Gospel Mission.

Joint service, festival at Bethlehem Lutheran

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bethany Presbyterian Church and Emmanuel Metropolitan Community Church will present a Festival of the Reformation Joint Worship Service and Oktoberfest Celebration Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2715 S. Ray St. The event will feature live music, the Lincoln Heights Community Choir, Oktoberfest sausages and beverages. Although the service will be held indoors, the festivities will take place outside on the lawn, so dress warm.

Churches plan fall celebrations

Fall is in the air, and Valley churches are hosting a variety of seasonal events this week, including a harvest dinner, a festival and a craft fair. •Veradale United Church of Christ will hold its 69th annual Harvest Dinner next Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the long-standing event that is the church’s major fundraiser.

United Methodist plans harvest dinner

Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will host its annual harvest dinner on Oct. 18. The meal benefits the church and the Women’s Pledge to Mission program. The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, green beans and a pumpkin dessert. The cost is $10 or $5 for children ages 3-10. Children under 3 get in free.

Concerts planned this week at churches

Music is in the air this week as two Spokane Valley churches prepare to host concerts. Several Christian bands will perform today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spokane Valley Wesleyan Church in an event for youth. Groups scheduled to perform include Modern Dissent, The VanMarter Project and JCS Unified. Admission is free and all are welcome. The church is at 16607 E. Broadway.

Bible study, MOPS new at Foothills church

Foothills Community Church is launching new programs and new worship formats for the fall. The church is now offering the Awana youth Bible study program for kids age 3 through the sixth grade. The groups will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.