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Religion briefs for Nov. 12, 2011

Church serves as drop off for gifts

Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave., will serve as a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child, an effort that has delivered 86 million gifts to children worldwide since 1993.

Right now, volunteers are preparing to receive about 4,300 gift-filled shoe boxes packed with toys, school supplies, necessity items and a letter of encouragement for children in 100 countries. Shoebox packing instructions are available at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

The church will take donations from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 14-18; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. For more information, call Terri Johnson at 503-888-0267.

Lutheran church to host Advent Festival

Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., will host its annual Advent Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Come and join church members for Christmas cookie decorating, crafts, including making your own Christmas plate as well as food, music and other activities.

Wendall Cook from Nancy's Floral will be there to help you make your own wreaths and centerpieces. The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association will provide music. For more information, call 503-665-3197.

Angel tree effort seeks donations

The Salvation Army and J.C. Penney have joined forces to invite businesses, churches or civic organizations to adopt multiple Angels through the Angel Giving Tree online program at jcp.com.

The annual Christmas gift drive provides toys, clothing, special-needs gifts or other wish list items to children and senior citizens experiencing financial hardship.

Customers can visit jcp.com/angel to request an angel by zip code, city and state, age range and gender. An angel who matches the criteria will be e-mailed to the customer along with a list of requested items. The confirmation email will also include a link to view drop-off locations in the recipient's area and ship-to addresses for online orders.

To ensure all gifts are delivered in time for Christmas, the deadline for adopting and shopping for your angel online is Friday, Dec. 9; otherwise supporters have until Tuesday, Dec. 13, to purchase a J.C. Penney gift card.

Grotto issues call for festival volunteers

The Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto, at the corner of Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, Portland, will run from Friday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Dec. 30, and is closed Christmas Day.

The shrine needs up to 70 volunteers each night. Open volunteer positions include greeters, gift shop helpers, petting zoo attendants, ticket takers, parking attendants, church greeters, food booth helpers and more. Volunteers are needed especially for the first week of the festival.

If you are interested, call Tim Larson, volunteer coordinator, at 503-261-2433 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .