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By Wendy Sienknecht
Gazette Correspondent 

Tekoa churches will join for Thanksgiving service


November 19, 2009


For the 34th year, members of Tekoa’s churches will join together for a Thanksgiving service. The year’s service is set for Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart Parish is the host church and joining with them for the evening will be Tekoa Community Church and the Tekoa Mountain Chapel.

A service of Scripture readings, music, a message by Hal Whitman of the Tekoa Community Church, and songs by the children is planned. Each child who attends is asked to bring a can of food for the Whitman County Food Bank. A time of fellowship with beverages and cookies will follow. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Cash donations will also be taken during the service to kickoff the drive for the Tekoa Christmas Fund which raises money for Tekoa’s low-income families for Christmas. The fund drive continues through mid-December with letters sent to businesses and organizations; additional donations can be made at AmericanWest Bank in Tekoa. Anyone wanting more information about the drive should contact Kathy Smith at the bank.

An estimated 1,000 people attended the service Nov. 9 to honor the life of Zachary Patrick Smith, son of Chris and Liz Smith and brother of Gabe, Christen and Casey of Tekoa. Celebration of the mass was in the high school gymnasium with music performed by Sara Logan, Cathy Haxton and Sheryl Sieveke. A luncheon followed the funeral.

Zach was a senior at Tekoa and active in sports, FFA and served as student body president. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Tekoa.

On the weekend of October 30-31, Scott and Joy Puckett of Latah and Jim and Claudia Heaton of Tekoa traveled to Bozeman and Missoula to watch the Eastern Washignton University volleyball team play league games. Shelby Puckett is a freshman on the EWU team.

Tekoa Library recently acquired new shelving which allows the addition of hundreds of new items.

Friends of the Library Cookbooks are on sale for the holidays. The cookbooks have been reduced to $10 and make a wonderful Christmas gift as well as an unexpected Hostess gift.


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