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The Watoto Children’s Choir this weekend will perform in two locations in the Spokane area.
Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd., will present its second annual South Hill Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with music from Val and the Basement Jazz Trio. There will be crafts for all ages until 6 p.m., when everyone will gather for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. A bagpiper will play “Amazing Grace,” and there will be a short program with Christmas singing.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 310 E. 14th Ave., will hold its Thanksgiving Day service today at 10 a.m. The church has offered this service for more than 100 years. It includes a Bible lesson, the national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, prayer, hymns and words of gratitude from the congregation.
A few Spokane Valley churches are holding events this week in observance of Thanksgiving, offering a chance for people to pause and give thanks. • The congregations of Advent Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will gather for their annual tri-parish Thanksgiving worship service and dinner at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The gathering will be held at Advent Lutheran, 13009 E. Broadway Ave.
Before you sit down with your family next week to give thanks, First Church of Christ, Scientist, 310 E. 14th Ave., will offer its annual Thanksgiving Day service Wednesday at 10 a.m. The church has offered this service for more than 100 years. It includes a Bible lesson, the national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, prayer, hymns and words of gratitude from the congregation.
Churches are hosting holiday bazaars this weekend: • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 1926 W. Chelan Ave., will present its annual fall bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It’s November, which means it’s time for church bazaars, food festivals and rummage sales. • Mission Community Presbyterian Church, 2103 E. Mission Ave., will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Halloween is approaching and several Spokane Valley churches are planning events for children who don’t want to walk around in the dark and the cold. • Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat event today from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Decorated cars with trunkfuls of goodies will be set up in the church parking lot at 115 N. Raymond Road.
With Halloween just around the corner, churches around the area are offering harvest festivals or trick-or-treat alternatives for children and families.
Spokane First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will present Liberty Quartet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The group is a music ministry that travels more than 50,000 miles a year to perform at churches, prisons, nursing homes and more. The Southern-style gospel quartet is based in Meridian, Idaho.
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave., will present organist Christopher Nelson at 4 p.m. Sunday. Part of St. John’s Mostly Second Sunday recital series, Nelson will play “Meine Seel erhebt den Herren,” J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 10. The piece was arranged by Nelson in the style of Franz Liszt.
Our pets are part of our families, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave., will offer its 23rd annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday during the 10:45 a.m. service. Families are invited to bring their pets, who will sit with them and come forward for a blessing. The church estimates more than 100 pets will receive the blessing.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St., will present its 77th annual Greek Dinner Festival today through Saturday. Pastries will be available at 11 a.m. each day, dinner will be served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for dine in or carry out. Souvlaki will be served at the grill nightly from 4:30 p.m. today and Friday and from noon on Saturday. The lunch menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Friday.
Spokane First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will present the gospel quartet Fourgiven at 6 p.m. Sunday. The group is releasing its first CD, “His From the Start,” which will include new songs and old favorites like “Jesus Loves Me,” “Daystar” and “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary.”
One Peace, Many Paths will celebrate the International Day of Peace with a series of events leading up to Sept. 21. • “Sounds of Peace”: Saturday at 7 p.m., musical performers, spoken word and other sounds to bring a personal experience of God’s peace at Unity Church, 2900 S. Bernard St.
Spokane Shalom Ministries, 518 W. Third Ave., will present Shop for a Cause on Saturday. Shoppers can buy a discount pass for $5 that will give them a 25 percent discount at Macy’s all day. Shalom will receive 100 percent of the pass price to support its Dining With Dignity program, which serves breakfast Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and dinner Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m.
The Women of Faith conference is coming to the Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave., Friday and Saturday. This year’s theme is Celebrate What Matters and the event includes a worship band, a ballet and 27 speakers, authors and musicians.
Green Bluff Community United Methodist Church, 9908 E. Green Bluff Road, will present Rocky Point Lighthouse Weekend vacation Bible school on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Children 3 years old through the sixth grade are invited to attend.
Healing Rooms Ministries, 112 E. First Ave., will present Kevin and Amy Thompson, executive directors of Burn Seattle. The group strives to create a new music culture for Jesus, according to a description on its Facebook page. They will be at Healing Rooms on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and anyone who can’t make it can watch it streamed live at healingrooms.com.
Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, will host its second Summer Senior Day on Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.