Spiritual events


"Lord's Pantry" at Turning Point Church, Lacey: Joins the Thurston County food bank to offer groceries to people in need from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at the warehouse next to the site of the new church building at the corner of Marvin Road Northeast and Hawks Prairie Road Northeast, Lacey. For questions or information, call 360-560-6919.

Chapel of Grace: “Classic Sermons By Candlelight” series in February. Hear some of the greatest, timeless sermons ever preached, including classics by Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley and more. 1431 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Starting date and time to be announced, or call 360-352-1900 for more information.

Faith Communities Disaster Preparedness Workshop: The latest information on H1N1 and seasonal flu will be discussed at the Faith Communities Disaster Preparedness Workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church at 1224 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston County health officer, will discuss the status of local and regional efforts to prevent the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu. Dr. Yu’s presentation will be complemented by “Why Don’t We Do It in Our Sleeves?” a humorous and effective video promoting safe sneezing practices. An overview of the Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries program will also be presented. The workshop also provides an opportunity for groups to participate in disaster planning, coordination and networking. The workshop is open to all community members. No registration is necessary. Details are available by calling South Bay Fire Chaplain Bill Terhune at 791-9701 or Vivian Eason of Thurston County Emergency Management at 786-5243.

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation is offering a new series of adult education classes, starting in January and continuing through May. Courses beginning in January and February include “Food and Environmental Justice,” “Jerusalem: The Center of the World,” “Learning to Lead,” and “Myths and Joseph Campbell.” Also beginning in January and February are classes on tap dancing, bread making, and yoga. While a single registration fee of $10 covers all the classes for the season, a few of the classes have an added materials fee (noted in the class descriptions). Fee waivers are available. The entire program guide, with detailed information on all classes is available at


The Olympia Mahayana Buddhist Center: Located at 211 Legion Way S.W., Olympia, The Olympia Mahayana Buddhist Center offers a variety of classes, day courses and in-depth study programs. Call 360-754-7787 or go to

St. Placid Priory Spirituality Center: Located at 500 College St. N.E., Lacey, offers individual and group retreats, spiritual direction, programs and weekend workshops. Call 360-438-2595 or go to

Olympia Zen Center: Located at 3248 39th Way N.E., Olympia, offers daily meditation in the Soto Zen tradition and monthly one-day retreats. Newcomer orientation Wednesdays at 6 p.m. followed by meditation at 7 p.m., ceremony and dharma talk. Call 360-357-2835 or go to

The Nalanda Institute (Center for Buddhist Studies and Meditation): Classes meet at Lien Hoa Vietnamese Temple, 1211 Wilson St. N.E., Olympia. Classical Buddhist meditation practices, group discussions and monthly teachings, 7 p.m. Thursdays; Tibetan transformative meditations, 10 a.m. Saturdays. Call 360-786-1309 or

All-denominational devotional gathering: 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays, DeColores Bookstore, 507 Washington St., Olympia. These gatherings are initiated by the Baha’i faith and are open to all faiths and belief systems. Call 360-704-1823.

The Center for Spiritual Awakening – A Science of Mind Community: Meditation at 10:30 a.m. and metaphysical service and children’s program at 11 a.m. Sundays, NOVA School, 2020 22nd Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-570-2112 or go to

Seek and You Shall Find … Emmaus Catholic Community: 11 a.m. the first and third Sundays of every month and Easter Sunday at Lacey Women’s Club House, 829 Lacey St., Lacey. All are welcome to experience Catholic worship in an inclusive way based on the beatitudes of Christ.

Weekly meditation and Puja: 11 a.m. Sundays, The Dharmata Foundation, 2613 Aztec Drive N.W., Olympia. Followed by weekly recorded Dharma talks by Anam Thubten. Call 360-866-8442.

Spirit service: 6 p.m. Sundays, The United Churches, 110 11th Ave. S.E., Olympia. This service was developed to help people focus on spiritual formation. The types of service will vary from week to week, but will follow a monthly schedule: labyrinth walk, first Sundays; celebrate music, second Sundays; taize, third Sundays; prayer, fourth Sundays; and healing service, fifth Sundays. Services include communion and prayer candles. Call 360-943-1210.

Capitol Christian Healing Rooms: From 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Family Chiropractic, 204 Pinehurst Drive W., Tumwater; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Restoration Foursquare, 6700 Martin Way, Lacey. Call 360-352-3167 or 360-556-6678.

Gifts of Being meditation class: 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first, second and third Mondays of each month, Heart of Wellness, 205 Clark Place S.E., Tumwater. This class taught by Kim Lincoln offers guided inquiry to help participants cultivate presence and explore subtle energies within. By donation. Call 360-866-9234 or visit

Mindfulness Meditation Group: 7 to 9 p.m, Mondays, The Quaker Meeting Hall, 219 B St. Tumwater. Each week will include basic instruction and a session in mindfulness meditation from the Buddhist tradition. Donations are welcome. Call 360-491-8943.

Northwest Bon Buddhist Healing Practice Group: Meditation groups meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at 2222 State Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tibetan sound healing and Pranic Yoga practice, first Monday of each month; Wisdom and Compassion Practice of Sherap Chamma, second Monday of each month; Healing Waters Practice of Yeshe Walmo (especially for those with health-related issues), third Monday of each month; Foundational Practices and study group, fourth Monday of each month. For more information, send an e-mail to meditatingon

Soundview Christian Writers: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Olympia. Call 360-705-2846 for location and information.

Testimony meeting: 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Singing, prayer, inspirational readings and testimonies of healing. Everyone is welcome. Christian Science Church, 1475 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia. Call 360-352-1572.

Kid’s Jewish Book Club: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, The Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, 1611 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Children ages 3-6 can explored Jewish values, traditions and Mitzvahs (good deeds) through interactive story time, crafts and activities. 360-918-8828 or

Ending Your Week in Stillness: 6 to 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St. N.W., Olympia. This meditation group has two periods of sitting meditation, a period of walking meditation and a brief reading. Call 360-786-6383.

Beginning Qi Gong: 6 p.m. Fridays, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Community, 6326 Martin Way E., Olympia. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system integrating phsyical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The class is followed by guided meditation at 6:30 p.m. Free. Call 360-491-3171.

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