I’m not a big mountain climber, (well I am big, and I have climbed a few mountains) but I have climbed a mountain or two. I remember climbing Mount Saint Helens a few decades ago. I had some great climbing companions. Some of you in Kamiah will remember Lauren Kittle. He was a climbing compa…

    GRANGEVILLE – Juinnne Negus will share her spiritual journey, joy, and hope at Encouragers, Thursday, Feb. 7, at the 11:30 a.m. no host luncheon at Pizza Factory in Grangeville.

      GRANGEVILLE – Cornerstone Christian Learning Center (CCLC) in Grangeville will present “Notes and Floats” Saturday, Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. N. 2nd Street.

        GRANGEVILLE -- Don’t miss the opportunity to pray for the nation and community at the Soltman Center in Grangeville at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, for one hour.

          KAMIAH -- The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfasts are usually held every month on the last Wednesday of each month.

          At Cottonwood: The Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel was filled with more than 200 people attending last Saturday’s Jan. 12 performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Palouse Choral Society Chamber Choir.

          Students at Sts. Peter and Paul performed for their annual Christmas program Wednesday, Dec. 19. Here, students are shown during rehearsal earlier that day. The program centered around the 200th anniversary of the song “Silent Night.” (Top) The wise men are: Luke House, Lincoln Schaff and Samuel Goeckner; (middle) Colt Schoo plays the Angel Gabriel; and (above) singers and music players are Kaleia Adkison (in the back), Ruby Young & Tucker Young (in the front).

            Are you a teen or adult who is going to be buying a used car or renting an apartment soon? Do you feel that you need some information on what to look for, what questions to ask, what to avoid? Would you like to have your high school teenager learn more about these subjects? Hope Center, located next door to the Crema Café at 111 N. College St. in Grangeville, offers classes in these subjects.

            Sisters (L-R) Callie and Chloe Weisz sing in the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene children’s Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 16. The girls are the daughters of Chase and Hannah Weisz of Grangeville.

              Handel’s Messiah will be presented at The Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Roaad, Cottonwoond, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The acclaimed Palouse Choral Society Chamber Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah in a concert featuring four soloists and a live orchestra. A reception will follow. Tickets are $10, kids and teens are free. To purchase tickets go to https://www.stgertrudes.org/.

              Aaron Ralston lived for adventure. Athletic and self-sufficient, he often explored the deep and narrow sandstone canyons of Southern Utah’s Canyonlands. One day, as he lowered himself into another remote crag a fleeting thought crossed his mind.

              Grangeville Church of the Nazarene held its annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 15. Children from the community were invited to have breakfast, visit with Santa and make crafts. More than 100 people in total were at the event.

                Gospel Lighthouse Church of God in Stites will be host to “The Christmas Story: A Savior is Born,” Sunday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. The play will be presented by the church youth (pictured here) and gospel team. Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend. The church is located at 406 Main Street.

                Rhett Mahoney’s career choice took a turn when he was at the University of Idaho. Mahoney started in architecture and ended in secondary education. “God has a way of changing our plans, of using us in his ways,” he smiled.

                  Encouragers will celebrate the season with their annual Christmas party Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11:30 a.m., at Pizza Factory in Grangeville. Christmas music will be offered by Myra Pierce, Pat Hunter, Susan Johnson and others. White elephant gifts will be exchanged. Victoria Davis, of Kamiah, will speak about her work in crisis response ministry with Reach Global, the relief arm of the Evangelical Free Church organization. Davis manages teams of workers and interns, who help those whose homes have been ruined by hurricanes or floods and have no insurance. This ministry helps to restore homes and offers spiritual ministry to those in crisis. Join the party at 126 W. Main.

                    While much of mainstream culture revs up for the holidays, December is one of the quietest months at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. With fewer guests, the monastic community embraces the quiet anticipation of Advent. The community schedule is cleared of extra activity as everyone enters the traditional time of waiting.

                    If you’re looking for a small way to give back this holiday season, Operation Christmas Child may be the answer for you. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse of which Rev. Franklin Graham is president. The non-profit Samaritan’s Purse started in 1970 and Operation Christmas Child began in 1993. The program uses gift-filled shoe boxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, more than 135 million gift-filled shoe boxes have been collected and delivered to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

                      The community is invited to help celebrate Joyce Wikoff’s “unbirthday” Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m., with a “sing,” said her daughter Tami Sherman. Bring your voice and an instrument to the Grangeville Gospel Tabernacle, 613 North State. This event will be hosted by her children. Refreshments will be served following the sing.

                        More than 40 Benedictine oblates and sisters from around the world will gather at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Oct. 7-13, for the first ever Oblates for the Future Symposium.

                          The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene will be host to missionaries David and Rhonda Ackerman Saturday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. The Ackermans will share what God is doing through their lives in Manila. Everyone is welcome. A meet and greet social time with refreshments will take place following the presentation.

                          The gospel group The Craguns, out of Cincinnati, Ohio, took to the stage at Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Sunday evening, Sept. 16. The free concert was attended by more than 100 people from the community. The Craguns are a local favorite who have been at the church three times in the past four years.

                            An Evening In The Park With Johnny Rowlett: The ministry and service organization Men Reaching Men sponsored Nashville recording artist Johnny Rowlett (top photo) in concert at Pioneer Park Saturday, Aug. 11. More than 300 people attended the evening event which included a free barbecue and kids’ activities.

                            (Top) Clearwater Baptist Church was represented in the Elk City Wagon Road Days parade in Clearwater on Saturday, July 21, advertising its vacation Bible school to begin at the start of August; (Left) Among the parade entries during Kooskia Days on Saturday, July 28, was the Hope Fellowship youth, which was passing out water to the crowd; (Right) The Old Time Gospel Hour was among the activities at the Elk City Wagon Road Days celebration in Clearwater on Saturday, July 21. Giving that day’s presentation to a packed room at the Clearwater Baptist Church was Dana Lohrey of Lewiston (formerly of Clearwater).

                              While attending university in London many years ago, a young man became interested in the Christian faith. By the time he graduated, he was almost convinced but was still seeking evidence that this faith was practical and true. After accepting employment in East Africa, he lived in the home of a Christian family.

                              The local community outreach team, Reaching Men, will be host to a free barbecue in Grangeville’s Pioneer Park Saturday, Aug. 11, 5 to 8 p.m. The event will feature Nashville recording artist Johnny Rowlett. “This is meant for the whole family with free food, live music and fun activities for kids,” said organizer Michael Stevens.

                                Gather for prayer at the Soltman Center (across Main Street from the hospital) in Grangeville from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. All are invited.

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