Barbecue served at Pleasant Home

Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, Gresham, will host a barbecue dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

The menu will include barbecued chicken, pork and beef, beans, vegetables, cake and coffee or punch.

Cost is $7.95 for adults, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 or $25 per family.

The event also will include a plant, book and bake sale. A wide assortment of plants and small trees from area nurseries and homemade baked goods will be available.

For more information, call 503-663-5654.

Baha'i slide show will be at library

The Baha'i's of Gresham are hosting a slide show presentation with Clint and Sarah Eckstein at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave.

Refreshments will be served.

The Ecksteins sailed around the world in their 45-foot ketch, Shania Makai, between 1997 and 1999. They knew their adventure would be life-changing but were surprised when the trip became a spiritual journey when they unexpectedly discovered Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith at an international concert in the Cook Islands.

The Ecksteins will show pictures from their faith journey.

River of Life hosts children's night

River of Life Lutheran Church, 2477 S.W. Cherry Park Road in Troutdale, will host a children's activity night complete with crafts, games, snacks and stories Friday, Oct. 20, so parents can enjoy a night out.

Parents can drop off their children and pick them up anytime between 6 and 10 p.m.

Cost is $5 per child, not to exceed $10. Proceeds will benefit the River of Life youth group.

For more information or to register, call 503-667-3141.

Sunday sermon looks at traveling

'Traveling Together: Steps on the Paths' is the topic of the sermon that will be given at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, which is United Nations Sunday, at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave., Gresham.

United Nations Day is Oct. 24.

The Rev. David Maynard will discuss the joys and challenges of traveling together in church and in the world. Program leader will be Don Howse.

For more information, call 503-665-2628 or visit www.east

Maintenance fair is Oct. 26

All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland, will host a home maintenance fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

Experts from every area of home maintenance will be on hand to answer questions. The event also will include a one-hour workshop for buyers, and a one-hour workshop for sellers.

For more information or for reservations, call 503-772-8825.

Pastors honored in October

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor pastors and their families for their hard work and sacrifice.

Pastors live under incredible pressure as their lives are played out in a fishbowl. They are expected to have ideal families, to always be available, to never be down and to have all the answers others need to keep their our own lives stable and moving forward.

Those are unrealistic expectations to place on anyone, but people are often disappointed when a pastor becomes overwhelmed, seems depressed or burns out.

For more information about Clergy Appreciation Month and how congregations can recognize their leaders, visit www.parson

Grotto festival to open Nov. 24

The Grotto's 19th annual Christmas Festival of Lights opens Friday, Nov. 24, and continues nightly through Saturday, Dec. 30, at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Gates are open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The Grotto is closed Christmas Day. Tickets are available at the Grotto Gift Shop, all Ticketmaster outlets and at the gate. For more information, call 503-261-2400.

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