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Religion briefs for Sept. 17

Episcopal church to host animal blessing

St. Aidan Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St., invites the public to attend a 'Blessing of the Animals' at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

The blessing is for your pet dog, cat, bird, fish and/or all other kinds of beasts, in commemoration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Volunteers and representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital and Canine Companions for Independent Living will be on hand with some of their furry creatures to be blessed during the service and to talk about their programs afterward during coffee time.

For more information, call Mark Jones at 503-252-6128.

Christian musician to perform Sept. 30

Christian musician Bryan Duncan will be singing and sharing 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

For more information, email Pam Paugh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Foundation gives $10,000 to Snow-CAP

The Grainger Foundation has awarded Snow-CAP Community Charities a $10,000 grant.

The grant, presented by Lori Gilinsky, assistant Portland branch manager for the Illinois-based W.W. Grainger company, will fund Snow-CAP's 'Food-2-You' program that provides food boxes to seniors and shut-in individuals.

Gilinsky has long volunteered for Snow-CAP, beginning when she was an 8-year-old Bluebird helping Snow-CAP fill food boxes.

'We want this grant to serve as a 'thank you' to Snow-CAP for the important service the organization provides in helping feed and clothe and care for less fortunate folks in our community,' Gilinsky said.

Snow-CAP provides a variety of social services to East County's low-income residents.

For more information, visit snowcap.org.