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Religion briefs for Aug. 20

Mormons collect supplies for students

The Walters Hill Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is collecting school supplies and clothing for low-income students at East Gresham Elementary School, 900 S.E. Fifth St.

Donations of money and/or the following items are needed: new or gently used winter coats, pants, socks, sweaters, sweatshirts, non-marking gym shoes and any other clothing items. A list of needed school supplies can be found on the Parent Resources Web page of the Gresham-Barlow School District, gresham.k12.or.us.

Donations should be brought to East Gresham between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Refreshments and activities will be provided.

Call Sarah Lewis at 503-382-9564 for more information, or to make donations in advance.

Church will bless children, backpacks

Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, will conduct a blessing ceremony during its 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, service for children and their school backpacks.

The sermon is the first in a series on 'A Fresh Start' and will address 'Recycled Life.' All children, teenagers and their families are invited to attend and have their backpacks blessed for the new school year.

For more information, call Pastor Bill Taylor at 503-663-5654.

Woodland church to show movie Sept. 23

Woodland Park Church, 11375 N.E. Halsey St., Portland, will screen the movie 'The Grace Card' at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Admission is free, and there will be free child care (along with a children's movie) and refreshments as well.

'We all have things in our life that we wish we could change -mistakes, broken relationships or bad decisions that we wish we could 'undo,' ' the church states in a press release. 'What we all need is grace - the opportunity to leave our past behind and start anew. In our special, movie-based series, 'The Grace Card,' you'll discover how to build relationships and heal wounds by giving and receiving grace.'