Clearview vacation Bible school: Clearview Foursquare Church will hold a vacation Bible school, "Babylon, Daniel's Courage in Captivity," 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. July 9-13. The sessions are for children ages 5 through sixth grade, but older kids are welcome to help. Parents welcome but not required to stay. Included will be a "tour" of ancient Babylon, featuring the great palace of Daniel, outdoor water games, creation of musical instruments, and sampling of exotic foods. Cost is $10 per child for the week, or $25 maximum per family. To register, call Tiffany at 360-668-6033, ext. 104. Or online: www.clearviewfoursquare.org/html/vbs.html. The church is at 17210 Highway 9, Snohomish.
Bible school in Snohomish: Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish will hold a vacation Bible school called "Amazing Desert Journey" 9 a.m.-noon July 16-20. Children ages four through completed seventh grade are welcome. The school is free. Church is at 330 Union Ave., Snohomish. To register online: www.zionsno.ctsmemberconnect.net.
Riverside Ecclesia Festival: "Unity for His Community," a family event featuring a picnic, face painting and other activities, is scheduled for 12:30-5:30 p.m. today at Jetty Island. Admission free, parking $3. Donation and volunteers welcome. 425-923-7975.
Freedom conference: "Freedom Through the Bible and the U.S. Constitution" is the topic of a two-day conference at Everett's Evergrace Fellowship Church. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Speakers include: John K. Eichmann, of Grace Military Ministries, on the topic "Grace is the Origin of Personal Freedom." Jonathan Meyer, Lewis County prosecuting attorney, on the topic of the First Amendment and Second Amendment. Pastor Paul Schmidbleicher, of Seattle's Evergreen Baptist Church, on the topic "Bible Basis for Personal Freedom." And Dr. Hugh Crowder, of EvanTell ministry, on the topic "Salvation is Freedom." All events free and open to the public. The church is at 2810 Lombard Ave., Everett. For more information, call Mike Sams, 425-252-4961.
Torah Studies: Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County will present classes from a Torah Studies program developed by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. All classes except Sept. 19 are at 7:30 p.m. Classes include: "Judaism in a Nutshell," July 11; "Koshering Our Characters," July 18; "Opportunity in Disguise," July 25; "The Jewish Festival of Love," Aug. 1; "Homeland or Holy Land," Aug. 8; "Too Much of a Good Thing," Aug. 15; "Justice and Compassion," Aug. 22; "Firstborn Rights," Aug. 29; "Kosher Pride," Sept. 5; "A Sword in the Bedroom," Sept. 12; "Just One More Second Chance," 8 p.m. Sept. 19; "The Pursuit of Happiness," Sept. 27. Locations to be announced. To register online: tinyurl.com/ChabadTorahStudies. The Chabad Center is at 7813 218th St. SW, Suite 52, Edmonds. Information: 718-730-3375.
Jehovah's Witnesses convention: "Safeguard Your Heart" is the topic of a three-day Jehovah's Witnesses district convention that began Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Events continue today and Sunday, both days starting at 9:20 a.m. The convention is the first of three Jehovah's Witnesses events at the Tacoma Dome. The others are scheduled for July 6-8 and July 13-15, with all events starting at 9:20 a.m. Strengthening spirituality will be the focus of the programs, which include dramatic Bible readings, a play, and discussions. The region's 175 Jehovah's Witnesses congregations support the events, which are free and open to the public. Information: www.jw.org.
Unity topic: "Remembering Wholeness" is the title of a lesson Susan Marshall will present at 10 a.m. Sunday at Everett Unity Church of Positive Living. Her message is about spiritual identity based on the teachings of Jesus, science and Charles Fillmore, a co-founder of the Unity School of Christianity. A licensed Unity teacher, mother and grandmother, Marshall has a degree in psychology from Fitzer College and attended Unity School of Religious Studies in Missouri. The church is at 3231 Colby Ave., Everett. 425-258-2244.
Community Worship Service: First Baptist Church of Everett hosts a Community Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. the third Friday of each month in the main worship center, 1616 Pacific Ave. Music provided by the Rev. John Sinkevitch. On July 20, First Baptist Church pastor Brian Harpell will speak. On Aug. 17, the guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Fred Prinzing. For more information, go to www.fbc-everett.org or call 425-259-9166.
Christ-based recovery group: Harbor Light Church, 132 112th St. SW in Everett, hosts a Christ-based recovery group at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Meetings open to all who need healing from hurts and habits. 425-353-2837 or 206-427-5123.
free meals, clothes
Salt of the Earth Soup Kitchen: noon Tuesdays at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Free sack lunches or hot meals served to the homeless, low-income seniors and families, and kids on the street. Volunteers, able to lift 50 pounds and use stairs, are needed to help cook, set up, serve and clean up. A box truck, the size of a U-Haul truck, is needed to pick up food for food banks. Contact Sandra, 425-355-1042.
The Open Table: Marysville United Methodist Church hosts a free community lunch 1 to 2:30 p.m. third Thursday of each month. Church is at 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville. To volunteer or donate, call 360-659-8521.
Annie's Community Kitchen: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Avenue W., Edmonds. All are invited for food and fellowship.
Everett First Covenant Church: Community dinners served 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Church is at 4502 Rucker Ave., Everett. 425-252-9191.
Dinner at the Bell: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Everett First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. 425-259-7139.
Dinner Bell Outreach: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. 425-252-7224.
Sanctuary Care Ministries: Free clothing: 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at Sanctuary Ministries Church, 15533 75th St. NE, Lake Stevens. 360-386-9871.
Community dinner at Zion Lutheran Church: 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at 4634 Alger Ave., Everett. For more information, call 425-252-1429 or go to www.zionlutheranofeverett.com.
Community dinner at Northlake Christian Church: 6 p.m. second Thursday of each month at 19029 North Road, Bothell. 425-672-8044.
First Nazarene Church of Everett lunch: noon every Monday at 2502 Lombard Ave., Everett.
Faith Lutheran Church free community lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., social hour 1 to 2 p.m. fourth Thursday of each month, Faith Lutheran, 6708 Cady Road, Everett. 425-353-4758.
Everett First Baptist Church Friday meal outreach: 5:15 p.m. Fridays at Everett First Baptist, 1616 Pacific Ave., Everett.
The Table free community dinner: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Mountain View Church, 9015 44th Drive NE, Marysville. Children welcome. 360-659-0445.
Loaves and Fishes free community supper: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Sultan Community United Methodist Church, 212 Birch St., Sultan.
Salvation Army of Everett fellowship meals: 5:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. Recovery meetings, 6 p.m. Mondays. 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett. 425-259-8129.
Snohomish community kitchen at St. John's: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. 913 Second Ave. 360-568-4622.
Valley Clothing: Open 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. first and third Wednesdays of every month, 17146 Beaton Road SE, Monroe. 360-794-7749. Clothing donations accepted during open hours or by arrangement. Email SnoValleyClothing@yahoo.com.
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