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Chorale Coeur d’Alene is once again blessed by the use of Peace’s marvelous facility for our rehearsals and various gatherings – THANK YOU!

We begin our season’s work on in late August with auditions for new singers and gather for the first time on August 24, with our Fall Retreat – a Meet & Greet and preview of Fall & Christmas music.

Concerts this season are A SINGING FAITH with music of Dan Forrest, John Rutter and René Clausen; CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT featuring Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and with special guests Spokane’s Crescendo Community Chorus; and finally celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a tribute – BRAVO!  BEETHOVEN – showcasing his Mass in C. Dates, times and venues are all available at our website

We think of Peace and its Congregation as partners in our community endeavors and are most grateful for your continued support.

Chorale Coeur d’Alene

TOPS at Peace Lutheran

He was tired, and he could not run. Do you ever feel like you’re missing out on life’s great adventures, all because you’re overweight? That’s how Post Falls’ resident Mathew Hines felt a couple years ago. “I weighed 277 lbs. and couldn’t chase my kids,” said the 36-year-old father of four. “I couldn’t run very far or even keep up with my 6 year-old son.” The disappointment didn’t stop there. “I was scheduled for gallbladder surgery. My doctor told me, “’You don’t really have much of a good prognosis for your health.’”

That did it. Matthew took the next step to reclaim his health and change his family history. No fad or unsustainable diets. Just a determination to push fear behind him and start living life again. “I ate like a rabbit and ran like a rabbit,” he explained with a chuckle.

Matthew’s steps toward progress – not perfection – made all the difference. By shredding 69 lbs of unhealthy weight, he gained the world and decreased his risk of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. He gained something along the way: a medal commemorating his finish at the Coeur d’Alene Scenic Sprint Triathlon last month. Today, Matthew is no longer tired. And he definitely knows how to run. “Now, the future looks better,” he said. “I can move better – and I’m faster than my son!”

Would you like to hear Matthew’s story? He’ll be sharing it at 9 am, Thursday, Sept 19, right here at the church with the Post Falls Chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (*TOPS, Inc.).

If you are in need of inspiration for your health journey, or feeling maybe a bit like Matthew once felt, or you’d just like to congratulate him, please join in. TOPS meetings are full of support, encouragement, friendships, and are non-judgmental. Its members understand weight struggles, and make sure attendees never feel alone.

*TOPS, Inc. is a non-profit international organization that embraces healthy weight loss. It never pays for celebrity endorsements nor sells or offers any food products. It meets here 8-10 am Thursdays. Anyone 7 and older is welcome, and your first visit is free. For more information, visit or leave a voicemail/text with TOPS volunteer Judy Halone at 208.618.9769.