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Missoula

‘Strong Catholic Families’ session set for oct. 26

Doug Tooke will present a program for parents titled “Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth” on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Parish, 1400 Gerald Ave.

Tooke is director of Formation Services for the Diocese of Helena as well as a nationally recognized speaker and leader in Catholic youth ministry.

Strong Catholic Families is a process for changing the way parishes partner with parents so faith can be more effectively passed on to the next generation of disciples.

Lunch and childcare will be provided. RSVP for lunch to Patti at 728-3845, Ext. 228.

Visiting UU speakers bring message on wilderness

On Sunday, Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship will welcome Kristen Prinzing and her husband Scott, who are members of the Billings UU Fellowship. They will discuss “The Sensory Experience of Wilderness” and use a multi-media presentation that explores the senses, special insight and inspiration provided to humans and non-humans by designated wilderness areas. The Missoula UU meets at 10 a.m. at 102 McLeod.

Bitterroot Valley

End-of-life talks begin Monday at St. Paul

St. Paul Episcopal Church, 600 S. Third St., in Hamilton will offer an eight-week series of discussions on end-of-life issues featuring local speakers. The series begins Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with local attorney Mike Hayes discussing legal considerations, including Do Not Resuscitate orders, power of attorney, wills and Montana laws regarding death. All sessions are open to the public and include:

■ Oct. 27, Book discussion “On Death & Dying” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

■ Nov. 3, Funeral planning with Tom Grymes of the Daly-Leach Chapel

■ Nov. 10, Medical perspective with Woody Jones, M.D.

■ Nov. 17, Bioethics teleconference with Barbara Glidewell

■ Nov. 24, Hospice with the Rev. Doug Petersen of Marcus Daly Hospice

■ Dec. 1, Spirituality with the Rev. Bill Baumgarten

■ Dec. 8, Grieving with clinical psychologist Carol Blum,

For more information, call Carol Shipman at 363-3819.

Academy offers open house as thank-you

The Hamilton Christian Academy, 778 Grantsdale Road, will serve cookies and milk Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. to thank the community for supporting the purchase and renovation of its new campus. The work is not finished, but the public is welcome to visit the school and see the progress.

For more information, call Stephanie Beck at 961-9602.

Missoula

Author to speak on saving planet, soul

Montana author Jay Mennenga will discuss his new fiction book, “A Tale of Two Urgencies: Saving the Planet and Saving Your Soul,” at two book signings next week.

Mennenga will be at Emmaus House, 538 University Ave., at noon Wednesday and at the Garden of Read’n Christian bookstore at from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday with lunch provided.

Mennenga’s presentation will focus on the science of climate change and its effects on the planet, along with the Biblical basis for Creation care and environmental stewardship. He is from the Paradise Valley.

First Methodist to host talk on Ebola, orphanage

Cheryl and Jeff Miller and the First United Methodist Church youth group will be presenting information about the Ebola epidemic and the Raining Season orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St.

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