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Spokane’s Religion Wrap-up: Eastpoint Church, Christmas concerts, Coal trains, Journey to Bethlehem and Katharine Jefferts Schori

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Did you see this week’s Where we Worship feature on Eastpoint Church? It’s three days old and people are still liking it on Facebook and tweeting it out. Your church, mosque or synagogue could be our next Where We Worship, ya' know. Just ask.

It doesn’t feel much like Christmas to me — the lack of snow perhaps? Maybe next week’s Christmas concerts at Gonzaga will help. The GU Choirs (totaling 110 singers) will present their annual Candlelight Christmas Concert, titled “True Peace,” twice this holiday season:  at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7 and 2 p.m., Dec. 8. The concerts will take place in St. Aloysius Church on campus.

Whitworth will also have a Christmas concert. On Saturday the Annual Christmas Festival Concerts featuring Whitworth Choir, Whitworth Women's Choir, Whitworth Men's Chorus, Whitworth Chamber Singers and student instrumentalists will take place at The Fox. Tickets are $18, or $15 for students.

If you don’t want coal in your stocking this year, you might be interested in next week’s Coal Train Testimonies, which will be held at the fairgrounds. The event, presented by the Army Corps of Engineers, will be on Dec. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.

On a lighter note, Journey to Bethlehem starts today. This is a free, outdoor journey at South Hill Adventist Church where visitors can experience the walk through Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. Tonight’s tour begins at 6 p.m. at the church, 5607 S. Freya. It will continue Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.

A few days later, on Dec. 9, President Bishop of The Episcopal Church Katharine Jefferts Schori will be in Spokane. She’s expected to lead the 9:15 a.m. adult forum at St. John’s Cathedral and preach at the 10:30 a.m. service.

And that’s just the beginning of December — hold onto your hats, it’s going to be a busy month!

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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