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Now that schools are back in session, Spokane Valley churches are also launching their fall worship schedules and Sunday school classes. Several are using the occasion to host gatherings to celebrate the beginning of the new season. • Christ Lutheran Church will introduce its new Bible Learning Adventure Stations (BLAST) on Sunday. Registration and orientation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and parents can take a tour of the four stations. A combined worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a picnic lunch. The church is at 13009 E. Broadway.
Several Valley churches are jumping feet first into fall and their renewed schedules of activities by hosting community gatherings to offer fun and games as children go back to school. • The Veradale Neighborhood Street Fair will be held at Valley Assembly of God Church Wednesday night from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be games and activities for all ages, including inflatable slides and bounce houses. Some classic cars, antique bicycles and a homemade airplane will be on display.
Northwood Presbyterian Church, 6721 N. Monroe St., will have a car show and ice cream social Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Show and Shine Auto Club will display 15 Model A Fords from the years 1928 to 1931.
St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St., will hold a Celtic Creation Celebration today at 7 p.m. This month’s theme is “The Web of Life” and will include Native American and Celtic components. A potluck reception will follow the service.
Foothills Community Church will host what promises to be a big community party next Saturday with long lists of carnival games and activities. The fifth annual Foothills Family Fun Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church 11102 N. Forker Road. There will be live music, food, a craft fair and car show.
More vacation Bible schools are on the horizon in the Spokane Valley as summer marches onward. • The VBS session hosted by Zion Lutheran Church July 13-17 will feature music by the Camp Lutherhaven Band. The week’s theme is “Restore!” Classes will run from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and will include snacks, crafts and Bible study. It is open to children age 4 through the sixth grade. A family picnic is planned for the final day.
The Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., will host “Buddhism: A Theory of Cause and Effect,” on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Bhante Seelawimala, a Therevada monk from Sri Lanka and a professor at the Institute of Studies and Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., will speak at the event.
Valleypoint Church has announced plans to host a vacation Bible school session the week of June 22-26. Classes will be daily from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the theme “Boomerang Express: It All Comes Back to Jesus.” The session is open to all children in grades K-6. Kids will participate in activities focused on Australia. They also will learn about the life of St. Peter.
The First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will present the Heritage Singers, a gospel ensemble, Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group has performed throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries.
Two Valley churches are using the Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer worship schedules, with other churches sure to follow in the next few weeks. • Christ Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave., will now offer one combined worship service at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.
Film writer and author Jonathan Richard Cring will be in Spokane Valley this week to present a program of music, monologue and singing with business partner and orchestra conductor Janet Clazzy. The duo, using the name Spirited, will perform at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 810 S. Sullivan Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
In an event eagerly anticipated by car lovers, Opportunity Presbyterian Church will bring back its annual Car-B-Que next Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the church, 202 N. Pines Road. Awards and trophies will be given at the end of the show, which includes classics, antiques and hot rods. The event also includes a barbecue, ice cream, a plant sale, a blood drive and other activities. A meal of hamburger or hot dog with baked beans and pop costs $4. Call the church at (509) 924-9750 for more information.
Spring brings with it a variety of teas and fundraisers as churches emerge from winter. This week there are opportunities for meals, a talented speaker and lots of bidding. • Pasadena Park Church of the Nazarene will host a Ladies Spring Tea next Saturday at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be singer/songwriter Mary Lewis, mother of Crystal Lewis. She will be performing as well as speaking.
Churches such as Christ the Savior Orthodox Church that follow the Eastern Orthodox calendar will be celebrating Easter, or Pascha, on Sunday. The Easter service will begin at 11 p.m. tonight and will continue into the early hours of the morning. The service will be followed by a fellowship meal.
Churches in the area are celebrating Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. •St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1620 N. Monroe St., will offer a Way of the Cross service on Good Friday at 3 p.m. An Easter service will be at 11 a.m.
This week is Holy Week, leading up to Easter Sunday celebrations. Many Valley churches are hosting special services and other events on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. • The Spokane Valley Adventist Church will host regular performances of “Journey to the Cross,” beginning Friday. More than 200 actors will present a re-enactment of Christ’s life outside the church at 16th Avenue and Sullivan Road. Shows will begin every 15 minutes, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday, April 12. Each tour will last 30 minutes. Admission is free.
It appears to be a week for fundraising at several Valley churches that will host events to benefit various causes. • The Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will host its “Sock Hop” auction next Saturday. The evening will begin with a silent auction at 4:30 p.m. a turkey dinner at 5 and a live auction beginning at 6. Those attending are encouraged to wear sock hop attire such as poodle skirts and letter sweaters or jackets.
This week marks the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the time of preparation in advance of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many greater Spokane Valley churches will offer special worship services and plan other events to observe the beginning of Lent. • Christ Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave., will host an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Two Valley churches are planning an elegant meal for sweethearts in honor of Valentine’s Day. Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will serve up a prime rib Valentine Dinner at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the church, 115 N. Raymond Road. The church youth will serve the meal and the scheduled entertainment is “The Mike King Sing Along.”
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will host a musical fundraiser called “Around the World in Eighty Eight Keys” on Friday. The performance will benefit the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank. Local professional and amateur musicians are scheduled to perform. The program includes pianists Karlyn Frost Brett, Kendall Feeney, Greg Presley, Debra O’Dell and Mary Simpson. Also performing are soprano Darnelle Preston, the Angus Scott Pipe Band and a community choir directed by composer David Asplin. The Loftus brothers will provide fiddle music.