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Sept. 28 religion notes

CANADIAN HARPIST TO PLAY FREE CONCERT AT HILLSBORO UMC HILLSBORO - On Oct. 29, professional harpist Josh Layne will put on a concert at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, located at 168 N.E. Eighth, on the corner of Lincoln.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is free for the community.

Layne, a 29-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia, plays a 6-foot-tall pedal harp. Recordings are available on his Web site www.joshlayne.com, along with information about his 12-year career.

This is the first in a series to be developed for fall and winter months. Coffee and refreshments will be served after the concert, and there will be a chance to speak with the harpist.

For more information, call 503-640-1775 or visit www.hillsboroumc.org.

BETHEL CONGREGATIONAL HOLDS ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE

BEAVERTON - Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 S.W. Watson, will hold a rummage sale on Oct. 6 and 7.

All are welcome to attend the sale, which will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the music program, which includes Music Sunday, a unique music experience held on the first Sunday of each month as a special addition to the regular 10 a.m. service.

For more information, call the church at 503-646-1191 or visit www.bethelbeaverton.org.

FAITH LEADERS CALL ATTENTION TO GLOBAL WARMING, SHOW FILM

PORTLAND - A sign of hope in troubled times, leaders from all faiths are joining forces to mobilize a religious response to global warming.

In Cedar Mill, St. Pius X Church, 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road, will participate in Interfaith Power and Light's 'Spotlight on Global Warming,' an unprecedented inter-religious nationwide screening of educational films about global warming, featuring 'An Inconvenient Truth.'

The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4; families are welcome, and popcorn will be served.

'Global warming is a threat to God's creation and a threat to all people across the globe, particularly the poor. Our goal is to educate and engage our congregants to take personal and collective action to reduce global warming emissions,' said Sr. Pat Nagle, co-chair of Oregon Interfaith Power and Light.

'Spotlight on Global Warming' screenings are taking place in large cities and small towns across the country - from Dallas, Texas to Brunswick, Maine.

'People of all religious and political beliefs share a common concern over the risk global warming poses to our planet,' said Sally Bingham, founder of Interfaith Power and Light, a nondenominational, nonpartisan ministry that helps congregations of all faiths to reduce global warming emissions.

Participating congregations will provide educational materials to attendees and feedback on the event to Interfaith Power and Light.

St. Pius X Church will conduct a series of activities surrounding the screening, including a discussion of the Catholic Social Teachings about the environment after the film, and a workshop titled 'CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE COMMON GOOD: A Catholic Theology for Climate Justice,' to be held at the church on Nov. 4 from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The public is invited to both events.

'Everyone has a stake and a role in reducing global warming emissions. Working together we can change history. We invite you to join us,' said Jenny Holmes, coordinator of Oregon Interfaith Power and Light.

AREA CHURCHES SHOW 'AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH'

A number of local churches are holding free screenings of the global warming film, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' including:

Tualatin United Methodist Church, 20200 S.W. Martinazzi Ave. A soup potluck will begin at 12:15, and the movie will be shown at 12:45.

Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 S.W. Denney in Beaverton. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.

St. Pius X Church, 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road in Cedar Mill. Popcorn will be served during the movie, which begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 S.W. Watson in Beaverton. The movie will be shown at 6 p.m. on Oct. 6.

NEW NONDENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH OPENS IN BEAVERTON

BEAVERTON - Church! at Bethany is a new nondenominational Christian Church in Beaverton.

The church meets in the theater/forum at the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus every Sunday morning, and the community is invited to come to its grand opening during the month of October.

Church! At Bethany has a unique family service at 9:15 every Sunday morning called Sunday Morning Live! It is where parents and elementary-aged children come together to share in a family-centered, kid-focused production that reinforces the values we all want our children to embrace.

Main worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. Small Community Groups are also available during the week for those who are interested.

For more information, visit www.churchatbethany.com or call the church at 503-207-5707.

BCC HOSTS PAJAMA GLAMA EVENT FOR WOMEN 18 AND OLDER

BEAVERTON - Beaverton Christian Church's Girlfriends Unlimited, 13600 S.W. Allen Blvd., is hosting a Pajama Glama for women 18 years of age and older on Oct. 6, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Participants are requested to come dressed in their comfy slippers and pajamas for an evening of games, refreshments and the famous girlfriend pampering.

'Girlfriends Unlimited is a place where women can connect, laugh, find a purpose and build relationships,' said Glennie Tanner, director of Beaverton Christian's women's ministries.

'Realizing that we are all little girls inside with different faces in different seasons of life, we want to provide an opportunity for women to enjoy their whimsical, fun and free spirits, and appreciate their unique God-given talents with each other,' Tanner said.

Girlfriends Unlimited is a national organization that began four years ago as a women's outreach ministry at a church in Mesa, Ariz., and quickly spread throughout the country.

The program is geared toward getting women to connect with one another while having a good time. In addition to large quarterly events, the program at Beaverton Christian also consists of many diverse interest-based groups for women including gardening, journaling, quilting and scrapbooking.

'With a high standard of excellence, Girlfriends Unlimited passionately and purposefully provides life-enhancing places and innovative experiences for women of all ages to connect,' Tanner said.

'Women need girlfriends through good times and bad. They need someone to talk to,' she said.

For more information on Girlfriends Unlimited or the Pajama Glama Night, contact the church office at 503-646-2151 or visit www.bcc.org.