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Published: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

Faith calendar

World Day of Prayer: A worship service and program of events celebrating the World Day of Prayer will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Arlington United Church, 338 N. McLeod Ave. This year’s international program was written by a group of Christian women of various denominations in Egypt and will focus on the history of the country up to the Arab Spring uprising. The service and program are open to all. More info: 360-435-3259.
Flute and poetry: Explore sacred breath with renowned flutist Peter Ali and local poet Andrea Weiser, 3-4 p.m. today at the Mountain Loop Books and Coffee, 1085 Darrington St., Darrington.
Comedy night: A free family-friendly comedy night with comedian and author Dennis Swanberg is set for 5 p.m. Sunday at The Grove Church, 4705 Grove St., Marysville. Special recognition will be given to military men and women and their families. Nonperishable food donations are requested for Seeds of Grace. More info:
Women’s lunch: The next Mill Creek Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, on the theme of “Changes,” is set for 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Cost is $22 and reservations are required by Monday. Quick and easy body care and beauty tips, music and a speaker. More info: Connie, 425-774-4571 or
Drumming workshop: Edmonds Lutheran Church hosts a drumming workshop, 10-11:30 a.m. March 15. Suggested donation is $10. Drums provided for class. Study hand-drum rhythms of Africa and its diaspora with teacher Bill Matthews of Fremont Drum. The church is at 23525 84th Ave. W., Edmonds, and also holds a monthly drum circle. More info: John Bumanglag at or 206-719-6449.
Purim party, Everett: Temple Beth Or holds its annual Purim Carnival, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 16. Music, storytelling, games, a bouncy house, bake sale and environmentally friendly prizes, including recycled games and books, seeds for planting, and more. Temple Beth Or is at 3215 Lombard Ave., Everett. More info: 425-259-7125.
Purim party, Edmonds: Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County plans its Grand Purim Family Celebration, kicking off at 3:45 p.m. March 16 at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Featuring family-friendly “action comedy” show by Alex Zerbe. Costumes encouraged. Suggested donation is $10 per person or $20 per family. More info:
Bell choirs: The Westminster Presbyterian Church Concert Series presents the combined hand bell choirs of Mukilteo Presbyterian Church and Snohomish First Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. March 16. The 26 bell ringers will use 48 bells on such selections as “Greensleeves” and “Deep River.” At the finale of “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” 106 bells will be in play. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken. Reception to follow. The concert is at 2531 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More info: 425-252-3757 or
Taproot play: Taproot Theatre presents “The Mark of Immediacy,” 7 p.m. March 21 at Marysville United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE. Dessert follows. Using scripture alone, a lively trio of actors brings audience members face-to-face with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Tickets are $20, age 14 and under free. Free childcare for ages 6 and under. Proceeds benefit Marysville United Methodist Church Youth Mission Team. More info: 360-659-8521.
Spirit of Grace: The Rev. Darryn Hewson delivers the sermon, “To Have it All,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Spirit of Grace United Methodist Church, 3530 Colby Ave., Everett. More info: 425-259-7233.
Unity Everett: The Rev. Julie Montague presents the lesson, “Do YOUR Thing,” at 10 a.m. Sunday at Everett Unity Center for Positive Living, 3231 Colby Ave. “Yes, you really should be doing what you love.” More info: 425-258-2244.
Living Interfaith: Cathy Keene Merchant will lead a service “Honoring Magha Puja Day,” a Buddhist holy day sometimes called Sangha Day, at 11 a.m. Sunday at Alderwood Middle School, 20000 28th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More info:
Unity Lynnwood: “Spiritual Economics” will be the message by Spiritual Director Richard Loren Held on Sunday. The church has two services, at 9 and 11 a.m., and meets at 16727 Alderwood Mall Parkway. More info: 425-741-7172.
Meetings, classes
"Covenantal Knowing": Ester Lightcap Meek, a professor of philosophy at Geneva College, will be preaching and teaching Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 2934 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Her sermon at 10 a.m. is titled “A Woman, a Jar of Perfume, and a World Coming to Be Known.” Meek also will lead the 11:30 a.m. Sunday school class, “What is Covenantal Knowing?” More info: 425-259-7139.
Confirmation: Tom Curran presents on “Confirmation: Graduation or Elevation?” at 7 p.m. March 12 at Immaculate Conception/ Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s Hensen Hall, 2619 Cedar St., Everett. Confirmation is not the end of religious formation but instead means “taking your game to the next level.” More info: Beth Rosales, 425-349-7014 or
Kabbalah: Chabad Jewish Center in Lynnwood offers “Soul Maps,” a class series that focuses on the wisdom of the Kabbalah. The six-part series will be held 7:15-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays through April 8. Cost is $10 per session. A workbook is $15. To register, go to
Meditation: Teachings and guided meditations in practical Buddhist methods for happiness will be held 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays at Firewheel Community Coffeehouse, 2727 Colby Ave., Everett. Drop-ins welcome. Cost is $10, $5 for seniors and students. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center in Seattle. More info: 206-526-9565.
Journey with Jesus: Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Perpetual Help offers “Growing Together in Faith Through the Catechism” classes 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in Hensen Hall, 2619 Cedar St., Everett. Each meeting stands on its own. More info: 425-349-7014.
Torah studies: A weekly Torah class is held 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Torah is divided into 54 portions, and one portion is studied each week. No experience necessary. Chabad of Snohomish County is at 19626 76th Ave. W., Suite B, Lynnwood. More info: 425-640-2811,
River of Life: Free classes are offered at River of Life Community Church, 5218 S. Second Ave., Everett. A personal finance class, “War on Debt,” is held 12-1 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. Community garden planning sessions are at 1 p.m. the first and third Saturdays. Other classes also are available. The classes are free, but donations to the church food bank are encouraged.
GriefShare, Marysville: Mountain View Presbyterian Church hosts the support group 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays through May 22. Registration is recommended. The 14-week series helps individuals cope with the death of someone close. Workbooks are $15. Mountain View is at 5115 100th St. NE in Marysville. More info: 360-659-7777,
GriefShare, Snohomish: Cross View Church hosts the support group 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in its library at 604 Ave. C E., Snohomish. Cost is $20. Scholarships available. To register or for more information, call 360-568-5886.
GriefShare, Everett: Northshore Christian Church, 5700 23rd Drive W. in Everett, hosts this support group Tuesdays through April 14. Sessions are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Child care available at evening session with RSVP. More info: 425-407-1119.
Sharing the Caring: Spiritual support group meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 5115 100th St. NE in Marysville. More info: 360-659-7777 or Katie at 360-653-0167.
Independent Bible Study: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Christian Science Reading Room, 1718 Broadway, Everett. More info: 425-252-9182.
Christian businessmen: The Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America Everett chapter meets from 6-8 a.m. Wednesdays in the cafe at the Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St. More info: Tony, 206-948-7318.
Arts and crafts: Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Perpetual Health holds a No Disabled Souls art class, 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Class is held in Hensen Hall’s Green Room at 2619 Cedar St., Everett. More info: Carlene Nelson, 425-355-3138.
Meals, clothing
Community meal, Everett: A free community meal is held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Spirit of Grace United Methodist Church, 3530 Colby Ave., Everett. The meal is followed by an informal worship time and Bible study. More info: 425-259-7233.
Clothing, Clearview: A free clothing bank with clothing for men, women and children is open 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Clearview Gospel Hall, 17826 180th St. SE, Snohomish. More info: Dawn, 360-668-0836.
Clothing, Lake Stevens: Sanctuary Ministries provides gently used clothes from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays in its Care Center at 15533 75th St. NE, between Lake Stevens and Granite Falls. Limit two bags per visit. Donations of clothing, bedding and shoes welcome. More info: 360-386-9871.
Clothing, Marysville: Kloz 4 Kidz is a free clothing resource center for kids in north Snohomish County. Open three days a week. Located behind Marysville United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE. Call for an appointment: 360-658-1021.
Loaves and Fishes: A free community supper is offered 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays at Sultan Community United Methodist Church, 212 Birch St., Sultan.
Community kitchen: 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at St. John’s, 913 Second Ave., Snohomish. More info: 360-568-4622.
The Table: A community dinner at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Mountain View Church, 9015 44th Drive NE, Marysville. Children welcome. More info: 360-659-0445.
Community meals: 5-6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Faith Lutheran Church, 6708 Cady Road, Everett. Free warm clothing also available. The ministry seeks donations of winter coats and food.
The Cove: A free breakfast and take-out lunch, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at First Covenant Church, 4502 Rucker Ave., Everett. More info: 425-252-9191.
Meals, clothes, dental: Gold Creek Community Church provides a free hot meal and sack lunches, 5-6 p.m. the first, third and fifth Sunday of the month at Central Lutheran Church, 2702 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Clothes available some days. Qualified people can sign up for free urgent dental care from a dental van that comes monthly. Ask Jessica for details and how to sign up.
Salt of the Earth: Soup kitchen is open at 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 needed. More info: Sandra, 425-355-1042.
Dinner at the Bell: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Everett First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. More info: 425-259-7139.
Dinner Bell Outreach: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. More info: 425-252-7224.
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