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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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IHRC offers prayer ‘how-to’ next month

the Inland Register

(From the March 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

“Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations continues at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC)on April 15, 2015 with John L. Sandford, founder (with his wife, Paula) of Elijah House in Post Falls, Idaho.

The topic will be “Healing the Earth.” Sandford introduces ancient Biblical perspectives to relate to animals, plants and the earth itself. Corporate mental strongholds must be corrected in repentance in order to heal the land from mankind’s sin.

Stanford graduated from seminary with an M.Div. in Religion and Personality. He was a pastor of churches in Illinois, Kansas, and Idaho for 21 years before founding Elijah House.

His ministry, Elijah House (, is described on its web site:

“We believe we are called to be faithful members of a church that is Bible-believing and trinitarian, regularly attending worship, submitted under the care and covering of pastors and elders, that we might be a faithful part of God’s mission to prepare His children for fellowship with Him throughout eternity.”

According to the organization’s mission statement, also found on its web site: “Elijah House is a nonprofit organization which answers the call to fulfill the dual mandates of Malachi 4:5-6 – to ‘restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers,’ and Matthew 17:11 – to ‘restore all things.’ Elijah House seeks to implement this by helping Christians become better equipped (Ephesians 4:12) as instruments for the sanctification and transformation of God’s children.”

The program runs from 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10 per session. Advance reservations are requested.

• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will host a Day of Prayer titled “Prayer – How do you do it? Simple Strategies and Practical Solutions” under the leadership of Father Jeff Core on Wednesday, April 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Father Core will assist participants with help on the practical side of prayer: What it is, how to do it, and prayer methods that work.

The conferences are titled “Daily Prayer: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore!” and “How Do You Get to Heaven? Practice, Practice, Practice!”

Father Core was ordained to the priesthood May 26, 2011. He currently serves as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman, Wash.

The Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary. It includes two conferences, lunch, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass, and closes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cost is $35 per person ($45 with use of a private room for the day). Advance registration is requested.

• “Knitting Together in Prayer” is the title of a mid-week retreat being led by IHRC staff member Sandy Krause and Sister Christiana Marie Rene of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.

The retreat is scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, April 28-30. Arrival is 6 p.m. on Tuesday; departure is 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Knitters, crocheters, or other handworkers are invited to explore the connection between the life of prayer and the life of creating handiwork. “Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you” (1 Timothy 4:14). Participants may bring a work in progress or participate in a Knit-A-Long to create a Trinity Prayer shawl.

Cost is $185 person/$100 for commuters.

For registration and information regarding these and other IHRC events, visit the web site – – or call (509) 448-1224.

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.

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