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Religion briefs for Sept. 10

Christian musician to perform Sept. 30

Christian musician Bryan Duncan will sing and tell his story of recovery in many areas of his life at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, during Celebrate Recovery's sixth anniversary celebration at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring

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Singer performing at Sept. 11 service

Folk jazz singer Tara Williamson will lead worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 Fairview Ave., Fairview.

Williamson is the female vocalist for the Bureau of Standards Big Band and performs often at the Orenco Station Grill. Her style encompasses jazz, gospel, country and soul, and musicians such as Nat King Cole, James Taylor, Allison Krauss and Aretha Franklin inspire her.

The service will include prayers of remembrance for Sept. 11. The Rev. Cynthia O'Brien will give a message about evil, 'Monsters, Evil Spirits and Other Wild Things.'

'It's hard to talk about evil and about 9-11, especially with children,' O'Brien said, 'so I'm crafting a family-friendly sermon that will help us find God in the midst of things that frighten us.'

For more information, call 503-667-6800 or visit smithmemorialpres.org.

Interfaith service set on Sept. 11

An interfaith service to commemorate the victims of the 9-11 attacks will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland.

The service will include reflections from interfaith leaders, music and the lighting of peace candles.

Sponsors include Bilal Mosque, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, First United Methodist Church of Portland, Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, Islamic Society of Greater Portland, Oregon Area Jewish Committee and Portland Campus Christian Ministry.

For more information, call Jenny Pratt at 503-221-1054 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Church lending effort in Glenn Otto Park

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17, between 200 and 300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will help restore Troutdale's Beavercreek Canyon Trail in Glenn Otto Park, 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, as part of the Mormon Helping Hands Project.

For more information, call Richard Craft at 503-674-7239 or Spencer Young at 503-252-9582.

Church offers financial series

Financial Peace University is a 13-week course taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD. It teaches families and individuals how to plan so they are able to free themselves of debt and build lasting wealth.

Classes will be held at Clear Creek Community Church, 818 N.E. Division St. and begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Each participant needs a kit, which can be purchased through the church, at daveramsey.com or by calling 1-888-227-3223.

For more information and to register, call Kevin Hanson at 503-492-2960.