New church: Restoration Church, a new Christian congregation serving the Camano Island and Stanwood area, will hold a community dinner and open house, 6:30 p.m. today. The church is at 788 Smith Road, Camano Island. More info: 360-862-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay 101: Edmonds Lutheran Church’s Open Door Ministries presents “Knowledge and History: Gay 101,” a three-part adult forum starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and continuing at 9:30 a.m. May 4 and June 22. Open Door works to support the LGBT community and their loved ones and to create awareness in the church and community about human sexuality and faith. The church is at 23525 84th Ave. W., Edmonds. More info: 425-744-8090.
Beauty For Ashes: Trinity Lutheran College will host “Beauty For Ashes: Stories of hope around the world,” an event exploring cross-cultural outreach to women, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5. Cost is $30. Lunch is included. Miriam Adeney headlines the event, which looks at issues of human trafficking, educating girls, and women’s micro-finance. More info: www.tlc.edu/lavik.
Daffodils: The daffodils are blooming at Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens, located next to Freeborn Lutheran Church in Stanwood. Open house events to view the more than 400,000 bulbs representing 280 species are set for 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 and 12. Also featured are two log cabins; 14 Stations of the Cross; 100 samples of rambling and climbing roses; the 114-year-old church chapel; and a connecting hall featuring 27 years of Pilchuck Glass School work. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The church is at 2304 300th St. NW, Stanwood. More info: 360-629-3149.
Women’s luncheon: The next Mill Creek Christian Women’s Connection’s luncheon event will be held jointly with the Northshore Christian Women’s Connection and is set for 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 9, with reservations due April 4. The event will be held at Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Cost is $22. Speaker is DeAnn Chambers, who uses humor to tell of her journey to “Get Out of the Pit” of depression. Music guest is Nancy Strand. AAA Travel also on hand. More info: Connie at 425-774-4571 or email@example.com.
VBS training: An upcoming vacation Bible school training and networking event called VBS FunShop will be held at 9 a.m. April 12 at Maple Park Church in Lynnwood. Area churches that are planning to present Group Publishing’s “Weird Animals VBS” this summer will receive hands-on training as well as an opportunity to network and share ideas. Registration required. More info: www.group.com/vbsfunshop or Mary McElroy at 425-743-2288.
Book signing: Humberto G. Aguilera will sign copies of his book, “Life Isn’t Fair! Start Making Things Happen,” 12:30-3:30 p.m. April 12 at Tree of Life Christian Bookstore at Seattle Premium Outlets, 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd., Suite 417, Tulalip.
Prayer breakfast: Amy Roloff, of the hit TLC reality show “Little People, Big World,” headlines the YMCA of Snohomish County’s annual Community Prayer Breakfast, 7-8:30 a.m. on Good Friday, April 18, at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena Everett. Reservations are due April 4, or until sellout. The nondenominational event focuses on giving thanks and seeking guidance for the year. More info: http://ymca-snoco.org/pb.
Lent: Trinity Lutheran Church offers Sunday Lent services at 7:45, 9 and 10:30 a.m., along with Lent Wednesday Worship services, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 9. Sunday’s service, “The Roadside and the Wilderness of Prejudice,” looks at the account of Jesus and the man born blind. Trinity is at 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. More info: 425-778-2159.
Spirit of Grace: The Rev. Darryn Hewson delivers the sermon, “You Are Loved,” 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, “Happiness is What You Deserve: So Choose It,” at 10 a.m. Sunday at Everett Unity Center for Positive Living, 3231 Colby Ave. More info: 425-258-2244.
Unity Lynnwood: The message of “Stone Soup” and what it can mean to us today is presented 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.
Kabbalah: Chabad Jewish Center in Lynnwood offers “Soul Maps,” a class series that focuses on the wisdom of the Kabbalah. The six-part series continues at 7:15-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays through April 8. Cost is $10 per session. A workbook is $15. To register, go to www.jewishsnohomish.com.
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, jewishsnohomish.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 meal, Spirit of Grace: 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.
Community meals, Faith Lutheran: 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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