Resource Directory will publish in July
May and June are the final months for gathering updated information for listings, recruiting advertising support and inviting businesses/agencies to be community partners for the 2019-20 Resource Directory.
The directory is published in July, mailed in July and distributed in July, August and September to those who request bulk orders.
Circulation has risen from 12,000 in 2016 to 16,000 in 2018 because, in addition to being used by service providers and faith leaders to connect people with resources to help them move from crises, it is being used by people who need assistance. They find it a valuable guide to help them move from homelessness, hunger, unemployment, health struggles and the criminal justice system to transition into housing, employment and healthy lives.
As their lives improve, the Resource Directory also guides them to participate in recreation, cultural, civic and faith groups to enrich their lives, and to organizations where they can volunteer, give back and advocate for others, said Malcolm Haworth, directory editor.
It's still possible to send in updates for organizational listings. It's still possible to join the advertisers who make the publication possible. It's still possible to become a community partner who helps underwrite the costs of increasing distribution to reach more people, he said.
For information, call 535-4112, email resource firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.thefigtree.org and click on directory to access the online version.
'Rise for Justice' breakfast is May 22
The Center for Justice will hold its annual "Rise for Justice" breakfast benefit to support its work from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, at the Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga. The speaker is Riley Hewko, assistant ombuds on gender equity and vulnerable populations with the Washington State Office of Corrections Ombuds.
Riley's work as an attorney has centered on issues of gender, child welfare and incarceration. Riley is co-founder of the Incarcerated Parents Project at the Washington Defender Association and the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project at the University of Washington.
For information, email email@example.com or visit cforjustice.org.
Caritas hosts Health and Resource Fair
Caritas Outreach Ministries, a food bank, energy and utilities assistance program and necessities bank at 1612 W. Dalke in North Spokane, will hold a Health and Resource Fair to celebrate its 27th anniversary and to offer people solutions on various issues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 13.
More than 20 federal, state and local agencies will set up tables in the parking lot of Spokane Friends Church, which houses Caritas.
At the fair, "A Key to Solutions," they will help people address domestic matters, nutrition, health care, veterans' services and elder services.
"Caritas has a long history of helping folks put food on their tables," said volunteer Chuck Hooker.
"We're convinced many of our clients need services beyond food and necessities, ones readily available through various agencies with Spokane offices, but many of these people just know too little about how their other needs could be addressed," he said.
Caritas serves the community north of Montgomery, west of Division, south of Hawthorne and in the Nine Mile Falls zip code.
It is a collaborative effort of 14 Northwest Spokane churches, sharing resources and information.
For information, call 326-2249 or visit caritasoutreachministries.org.
Salem Lutheran raises funds for its roof
Salem Lutheran Church opened its doors this winter as a warming center, putting a roof over the heads of 60 to 80 homeless people a night. Needing to do something about that roof, Salem is holding a benefit, "Our Roof as Mission" from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8.
For 131 years, the church has been doing mission and ministry at the corner of Broadway and Walnut. Its prayer is to continue for many more years.
This year, Salem has been challenged to do some expensive maintenance to put a new roof on the building, said Carolyn Payne, the music director.
Kevin and Caleb Brown will provide live music. There will be an auction—including a Guatemalan breakfast for eight, a walking tour of Spokane, handmade quilts, gift baskets and more. The $30 ticket includes a commemorative glass filled at the no-host bar.
The campus of the welcoming, diverse congregation is busy every week, used by the community for nonprofit offices, AA, Taiko drumming, New Horizons Orchestra, Zumba, music workshops and carpentry classes for inmates from Geiger Correctional Facility, she said. Salem also shares meals with neighbors, collects school supplies and sponsors a Hoopfest team with the neighbor kids.
For information, call 328-6280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandy Manning speaks for PJALS benefit
"Rise Up Strong: A Culture of Love and Belonging" is the theme for the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane's 2019 Luncheon Benefit, featuring Mandy Manning, state and national teacher of the year for 2018. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at the Spokane Valley Event Center, 10514 E. Sprague.
Mandy is an English language learning educator for refugee and immigrant students at Ferris High School's Newcomer Center.
Her career includes teaching in the Peace Corps in Armenia, in schools in Japan and in schools across the U.S. In 2008, she moved to Spokane to work at Lewis and Clark High School, and transferred to Ferris in 2011.
She has used the opportunity as national teacher of the year to promote justice for all children, particularly immigrants and refugees. When she received the award May 2, 2018, from President Donald Trump, she presented him a letter signed by 33 of her students saying they are committed to be productive members of the community.
Her year has included traveling around the country, including being at an October event near Tornillo, Texas, where thousands of detained children were in a camp in the desert. In February, she organized teachers around the U.S. to conduct a teach-in at the Mexico border to raise awareness and call for action to protect children.
For information, call 838-8780 or visit pjals.org.
Jewish Family Services hold benefit lunch
The Spokane Area Jewish Family Services (SAJFS) will hold a benefit luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Gonzaga's Hemmingson Center, 702 E. Desmet. Seattle educator Beth Huppin will speak on "A Welcoming Table," about the power of Spokane tables as places for connections and for supporting a healthy and vibrant community.
Jewish Family Services will present Shirley Grossman with the SAJFS Outstanding Service Award for her longtime service to the Jewish community, especially seniors.
Beth, who grew up in Spokane's Jewish community, teaches children and adults in formal and informal Jewish educational settings. She now works at JFS in Seattle and as director of Project Kavod, a Jewish educational program that focuses on values that inspire and guide the work of JFS.
She teaches at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, and received a 2010 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education.
For information, call 747-7394 or email email@example.com.
Young organists give recital, play in MusicFest
The Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) recital by its 2019 Organ Academy students will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. The AGO said the 2019 Musicfest Northwest Organ adjudicator Andrew Lloyd will perform a concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at the Cathedral of St. John, 127 E. 12th Ave. The organ adjudication will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, at the cathedral.
Last year, the Organ Academy began to introduce young pianists to the organ with a short course of organ lessons at a reduced cost. The goal was for students to learn about the organ and to master a piece to enter in Musicfest Northwest, said AGO member Janet Ahrend, who helped organize the Organ Academy.
Of eight students, three continued with private lessons and two took the course again this year. The third is a university student. This year the academy has 11 students, with six from Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene.
The students practiced Saturdays at different churches, so they experienced different organs. With half from North Idaho, there were simultaneous practice sessions in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, saving parents travel time and distance, she said.
Highlights of their 2019 recital include three of Bach's "Eight Little Preludes and Fugues," three contemporary pieces and Leon Boellmann's "Prayer to Our Lady" and his "Toccata," from his Suite Gothique.
Andrew, a Spokane native, chairs the organ program and teaches composition as assistant professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He earned a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance in 2014 from the University of North Texas, and completed his other degrees at the University of Kansas and Brigham Young University. He has performed on the organs at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Cathédrale de Notre Dame in Paris, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and in Russia and South Africa.
He has composed for organ, piano, voice, choir, orchestra and chamber ensembles, including a recent composition, "Christus," a nine-movement art mass for choir, organ, violin and cello that premiered in April 2017 in Fort Worth and Dallas. His works have been featured at the 2016 and 2018 National AGO Conventions,.
Andrew's program here will include music by Bach, de Grigny, Tournemire, Widor and several of his own compositions, including the world premiere of "and on the third day," as well as the 10-year anniversary performance of "The Three Gardens." He first performed at St. John's in 1997 and 1998.
For information, call 624-2980, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit spokaneago.org.
Symphony Chorale performs on May 19
The Cantabile Chapter of the Spokane Symphony Associates presents a concert with the 80+ voice Spokane Symphony Chorale at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ. Directed by Kristina Ploeger, the program, "Love and Understanding," will demonstrate the range and versatility of this all-volunteer chorus, performing music by Michael John Trotta, Stephen Foster, Ysaye Barnwell, Gustav Holst, James Syler, Maurice Durufle and more.
Kristina is a professor and director of choral activities at Eastern Washington University. The pianist is Carolyn Jess. Proceeds support the Spokane Symphony.
For information, call 991-0921 or email email@example.com, or visit cantabile-ssa.corlinc.com/store.
Whitworth Ministry Summit will be June 24-27
Whitworth's 45th annual Ministry Summit. formerly the Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM) will be held from June 24 to 27, earlier and one day less than the WIM, said Mindy Smith, associate director of Whitworth's Office for Church Engagement.
Another difference is that WIM was geared for clergy and families, and the summit is for anyone interested in ministry.
Eight themes or tracks will follow the eight focuses of calling communities of the OCE that are meeting each month for book studies, meals and resource sharing as part of a $1.5 million Lilly Endowment grant.
Those tracks are formational worship, faithful preaching, creation care, youth ministry, church planting, reconciliation, immigrants and refugees, and "called to the city."
Before the summit, there will be a time of spiritual renewal and quiet.
The pre-conference retreat will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, June 24, at Colbert Presbyterian Church for a spiritual retreat, Taize worship, prayer and silence.
The Rev. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, will be evening speaker for the summit.
The morning plenary speaker is David Swanson, the founding pastor of New Community Covenant Church, an intentionally multiracial congregation in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. He is also CEO of New Community Outreach, a nonprofit that works collaboratively to reduce causes of trauma in the city.
Speakers are Mary Hulst, chaplain at Calvin College since 2009, on faithful preaching; David McDonald, teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, Mich., on innovative churches; Leah Kostamo, author of Planted: a Story of Creation, Calling and Community, on creation care; Greg Scheer, music associate at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, on formational worship; Matt Overton, Presbyterian youth pastor, on youth ministry; Michael Carrion, director of City to City, on church planting; Inés Velásquez-McBrydeis, an ordained pastor, preacher, reconciler, on reconciliation, and David Hillis, an urban trainer in Tacoma, on being called to the city.
For information, call 777-4341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.