This weekend we celebrate Pentecost and Memorial Day, so there’s lots to do.  On Sunday The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes will have a Pentecost concert at 2 p.m.

Spokane’s religion wrap-up: veterans, Pentecost, men at church and farmers

This weekend we celebrate Pentecost and Memorial Day, so there’s lots to do.  On Sunday The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes will have a Pentecost concert at 2 p.m. The church choir will perform with guest instrumentalists and soloists under the direction of Max Mendez. Tickets are $5.

Also on Sunday Valley Fourth Memorial Church will host a memorial service and dedication ceremony at noon to honor fallen service members with local ties. It will be followed with a barbecue at the church.

Our own Rev. Liv Larson Andrews wrote a beautiful piece today on Memorial Day and liturgy.  I give it two thumbs way up.

The Parish Paper, published by the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, printed in its June edition why men don’t go to church as often as women. For men, church is boring, it has too much feminine décor and caters to women, children and seniors. But there is a solution. You have to click here to find out though.

Speaking of catering to women — single ladies, Timberview Christian Fellowship in Mead has a deal for you. Volunteers from the church will work on your car while you sit back for a pedicure, manicure and general pampering. Not a bad deal if you like that sort of thing.

I’m more of a dirt under the fingernails kind of gal, which is why I may have to take a trip to the Millwood Farmer’s Market. The market, held in the parking lot of Millwood Presbyterian Church, averaged 20 local farmers a week last season. Maybe one of them can tell me why my tomato plant is turning black.

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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 Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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