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New Spokane church going forward without Mars Hill

Each week more than 100 adults pour into a downtown Spokane church, unshaken by the knotty departure of their lead pastor, Mark Driscoll, and the recent news that their church wouldn’t be a Mars Hill Church satellite after all.  The Spokane church had been planning to officially open its doors to the community in January as the 16th Mars Hill church branch. The plan had been to live-stream Driscoll’s sermons on Sunday mornings.

Shawn Vestal: Even amid stormy seas, Mars Hill church plans to open

Seattle’s controversial Mars Hill megachurch has had a tough summer. Its flamboyant pastor has stepped away temporarily in the wake of some boorish comments about women and conflicts within the church. Mars Hill has recently closed and consolidated churches, and new internal battles are being reported almost daily on the West Side.

Mars Hill already attracting local members

Mars Hill Spokane won’t officially launch until early next year, but about 60 people from Spokane and North Idaho have already committed to becoming members of the Seattle-based megachurch. They’ll be taking over the First Covenant Church building, at 212 S. Division, and the congregation currently meeting there will move to the Garland District.

Downtown church hosts homeless at Super Bowl bash

For a few hundred people in Spokane, Sunday’s Super Bowl was more than a chance to cheer their Seahawks to a decisive victory or puzzle over how their Broncos fell so flat. It was a break from the winter cold and respite from the hard life of homelessness. And for some, it was a farewell to a popular Sunday dinner they’ve come to regard as a family gathering.

City warming center decisions made early in the day

Some of Spokane’s homeless may be left in the cold because of the way the city’s warming centers are operated. City of Spokane officials check the weather forecast in the morning and activate the emergency drop-in centers when the nighttime temperature is predicted to hit 15 degrees or below.

Church’s Super Bowl meal is touchdown for homeless

Outside, the steel sky started spitting wet snow, but in a downtown Spokane church, 100 homeless men and women watched the Super Bowl in comfort and waited for a hot meal. Every Sunday for more than a year, the First Covenant Church has offered the city’s down and out a short respite from the struggle on the streets.

Group that helps homeless seeks donations as cold hits

It’s time to clean out that coat closet. Spokane Mental Health’s Homeless Outreach Team needs at least a couple hundred more men’s and women’s coats for its 11th annual Winter Wear Drive in conjunction with Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.

Deputies seek witness in jogger’s fatal injury

Detectives are looking for a witness who helped alert Spokane Valley authorities last month to an injured jogger who later died. A motorist found retired pastor David W. Thorin, 71, at East Fourth Avenue and South Adams Road about 6:45 a.m. Sept. 18 with an “obvious head wound,” the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.