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April 2014 News Events

Spring CROP Hunger Walks planned

This spring communities across the United States will hold CROP Hunger Walks to support anti-hunger work around the corner and around the globe. 

In the Inland Northwest, the Spokane CROP walk is Sunday, April 27, starting at noon at the Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. For information, call 468-4099 or email

CROP Hunger Walks support Church World Service’s work of providing balanced diets, livestock, income-producing animals, seeds and tools to grow food.  A portion of funds return to the walks’ communities for food banks, shelters or other local hunger programs. Walk organizers invite congregations to participate in the local walks. 

For information, call 206-988-1622 or email

Egyptian artist speaks at The Fox

Mohamed Abla, an Egyptian artist and an activist for freedom, democracy and human rights, will talk on “The Power of Art in the Egyptian Revolution” at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague.  A reception and exhibit will follow.

He participated in Tahrir Square demonstrations that led to the Egyptian Revolution and in demonstrations since, using his art.

He is on the 50-member committee drafting the new constitution. His artwork mirrors the transition since the revolution. 

Abla uses art to build an alliance of understanding and friendship between people of all cultures and faiths, especially the people of the West and Middle East.

His appearance at The Fox is sponsored by the Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, founder and president of CARAVAN, an initiative to use arts to build understanding and respect among creeds and cultures of the East and West—Christian, Muslim and Jewish.  He was rector of Cairo’s Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist from 2003 to 2013.

Creativity and communication are keys to ending violence, Abla maintains: “When many in our world today, including in my own country, directly or indirectly encourage sectarian tension, it is critical that ‘creative demonstrations of dialogue’ be created.”

For information, call 464-7017.

Mayor launches Spokane Gives Week

Spokane Mayor David Condon launched Spokane Gives, a weeklong community initiative to encourage and celebrate volunteerism  and inspire people to volunteer year-round.

From April 12 to 19, United Way of Spokane, Empire Health Foundation and the city will coordinate volunteer opportunities through the website, where people can sign up. Individuals, groups and organizations can register opportunities and events on the site.

“Volunteers are an important part of the fabric of this community,” said Tim Henkel, president and CEO of United Way. “We count on them every day.”

Cleaning from the Core will kick off the week at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 12. About 400 volunteers will sweep downtown sidewalks, clear debris from flower beds, pick up garbage, cover graffiti and prepare the city to host upcoming events.

Volunteers who register on by April 7 will receive a free t-shirt.

For information, visit

Responsible Media group holds video contest

The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media is holding a video contest, “Do You Buy It?” for students ages 13 to 18.  The deadline is April 28 and winners will be shown at the 4th Avenue Teen Film Festival on May 2.

Students will create a one- to three-minute video that shows how media impacts them for better or worse.  The video may answer questions such as:

• Are ads believable?

• Do video games make someone more violent?

• Is watching too much TV bad?

• Do people question what’s in their news feed?

• How does one know if a Facebook profile is fake?

• How does media affect the wellbeing of children and youth?

For information, visit

Second Harvest plans resource fair April 17

Second Harvest’s Annual Partner Agency Conference will be from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd.

The conference brings education and information to more than 250 nonprofit organizations that feed hungry people in Second Harvest’s 21-county service area in Eastern Washington and five counties in North Idaho, helping them better educate and serve their clients, said Jandyl Doak, member services coordinator at Second Harvest.

“If someone needs food, they need other resources,” she said.

For information, call 252-6252 or email

Meet your Farmer event connects farmers and people

Between the Ridges, a partnership of Christ Episcopal Church, Just Living Farm and Toppenish United Methodist Church, is hosting “Meet Your Farmer” from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday April 6, Bella Terra Gardens in Zillah, Wash.  

The pre-season event is a time for members of congregations and the community to build relationships with local small farmers and explore buying products directly, said David Hacker, a priest at Christ Episcopal Church. 

“We will raise money to feed people through programs at the Campbell Farm, Noah’s Ark Homeless Shelter and the Yakama Christian Mission to help them support local small farmers and incorporate local healthy food into their programs,” he said.  

“We will explore and celebrate the relationship between faith and food, and seek to model a sustainable food system in which all can share in the blessing of God’s creation,” David said.

For information, call 961-4692 or email

Talk set on reading little stories into the big story

Coffee and Contemplation, an ecumenical discussion and prayer event, will feature Jerry Sittser, Whitworth professor and author, at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. He will discuss how people can read their own stories redemptively by understanding them in light of the “big story” of redemption.  

For information, call 448-1224.

Ministers’ Fellowship plans services during Holy Week

The Spokane Ministers’ Fellowship will hold Holy Week Services this year at 6:45 p.m. each day at Morning Star Baptist Church, 3909 W. Rowan.

The Rev. Roberta Wilburn, president of the Spokane Ministers’ Fellowship, will preach at the Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m., Sunday, April 20, at Morningstar Baptist.

Pastor Jimmy Pierce, former pastor of Unspeakable Joy Christian Fellowship and recent past president of the Spokane Ministers’ Fellowship, will be bringing the word for the opening services on Monday night.

Pastor Lonnie Mitchell of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will be the speaker for the Tuesday service.

Pastor A.S. Rhodes of Mt. Olive Baptist Church will speak, sharing leadership with Holy Temple Church of God in Christ on Wednesday.

Assistant Pastor Amos Atkinson of Calvary Baptist Church and the Rev. Aaron Davis of Morning Star Baptist will conduct the service on Thursday.

Refreshing Springs Church of God in Christ will lead the Friday worship with Pastor Buchanan speaking.

The host pastor for the services is Walter Kendricks, the new pastor at Morningstar Baptist Church.

For information, call 777-4603, email or visit

Our Kids: Our Business starts on April 9

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, will speak at the Our Kids: Our Business kickoff luncheon and training from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, at the Integra Ballroom of the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.  There will be a training session from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Convention Center’s Conference Theater.  For information, visit


Church hosts genealogy symposium in April 26

A Remembering Generations – Family Search Symposium from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10405 W. Melville Rd. in Cheney, offers 30 classes on genealogy and family history to help people solve family history mysteries.  Experts and beginners share their knowledge on genealogy and family history techniques.   For information, call 509-838-6489 or visit


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