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Religion briefs for Aug. 13

Religion briefs

Community Care Day at East Hill

Gresham's East Hill Church will participate in its fourth annual Community Care Day of community service projects Saturday, Aug. 20. Three hundred volunteers will work to improve about 24 sites.

The volunteers will spread bark, pull weeds and manicure landscapes at more than eight elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools in Gresham-Barlow School District. Additionally, they will help with facilities needs at Camp Crestview in Corbett, paint a Rockwood park and do yard work, clean rooms and organize the food pantry at My Father's House.

To celebrate Community Care Day, the church will host an all-church service, called 'Church on the Lawn,' at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Attendees can bring blankets and partake in barbecue and games, with messages from Pastor Jason Albelo and Gresham-Barlow School District Superintendent Jim Schlachter.

For more information, visit easthill.org or call 503-661-4444.

Mormans set service day

The Mt Hood Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is performing a service project from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17, at Mt Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Approximately 300 members from seven wards (congregations) are expected to participate, including residents of Boring, Damascus, Gresham, Estacada, Eagle Creek, Sandy and other communities.

Church members will remove invasive species from the grounds; paint several hundred yards of handrails; clean walking areas; and re-roof the Head Start building.

For more information, call Richard Monnie at 503-349-9653 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Third Day, Peter Furler to perform

Fish Fest 2011 will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Doors open at 11 a.m., and the festival features multi-platinum-selling rock band Third Day and Christian music veteran Peter Furler, former frontman of the Newsboys.

Sponsored by Gresham Ford, the event also features Above The Golden State, Sixteen Cities, Jaime Jamgochian, Ryan Stevenson, Braille and Lybecker. There will be a kids zone and food court.

Advance tickets range in price from $20 to $104, and can be purchased at Gresham Ford, 1940 E. Powell Blvd.; at Tree of Life Christian Outlet, Suite 344, 450 N.W. 257th Ave., Troutdale; or at 1041thefish.com.

Film screening to benefit group

An intimate and revealing documentary, 'Raw Faith,' follows two years in the private life of Marilyn Sewell - an outspoken and socially progressive Unitarian minister who has re-energized Portland's First Unitarian Church.

Under her tenure, the congregation has grown from 625 to 1,600 members, becoming one of the largest and most esteemed Unitarian Universalist groups in the nation.

A one-time screening of this film, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, will benefit Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

Tickets are $10 per person, $8 for students and can be purchased at the Hollywood Theatre Box Office, 4144 N.E. Sandy Blvd. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or online at hollywoodtheatre.org.

A benefit reception and question/answer session will be held following the screening with Sewell and director Peter Wiedensmith. Reception tickets are $100 with proceeds supporting Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Reception tickets are available by calling 503-221-1054 or at emoregon.org.