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Religion briefs for Nov. 19

Sandy church to host dinner on Thanksgiving

Sandy Assembly of God Church, 39800 E. Highway 26, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner at noon Thursday, Nov. 24.

All are welcome, and guests will also be able to avail themselves of items in the church's food and clothes closets after dinner.

For more information, call Michelle Allsop at 503-367-5621.

Jim Mahnke to host SnowCap dinner/auction

Jim Mahnke, a member of SnowCap Community Charities' executive board of directors, has taken on the additional assignment of chairing the agency's 10th annual Valentine dinner/auction fundraiser scheduled Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Airport Holiday Inn in Portland.

The event includes dinner and both a silent and oral auction. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required.

Mahnke says SnowCap's need for funding has never been greater.

'The Valentine event is of utmost importance to our activities, which touch more than 9000 people each month, especially families with children,' he says. 'It is our major fundraising event for the entire year.'

The goal is to raise $60,000, which would be a small increase over last year. Mahnke says SnowCap is seeking more than 300 silent auction donations and hopes to have at least 15 larger items and activities lined up for oral auction action. Typical auction items range from vacation getaways, fishing trips, timeshare accommodations, hotel/restaurant packages and professional and personal services.

Mahnke, former manager of the Gresham Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant, has been a member of the SnowCap board for three years. Under his direction, Old Chicago also sponsored Easter fundraisers for SnowCap and for Gresham area youth.

For more information, call SnowCap at 503-674-8785, ext. 18, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The group is seeking cash donations to keep its food pantry filled for food box distribution and seasonal energy assistance.

Happy Valley drive to benefit charities

Abundant Life Church in Happy Valley challenged those in attendance on Sept. 11 to fill food boxes and return them Saturday, Nov. 19, and is anticipating record donations to its 'Serving, Socks and Stew' food drive.

Of the 800 empty boxes given to congregants Sept. 11, more than 140 have come back early, and are overflowing with donations destined for local food banks.

Another 300 to 400 boxes are expected Saturday morning.

Saturday's collection, sorting and distribution begin at 8:30 a.m. at Abundant Life Church, 17241 S.E. Hemrich Road, Happy Valley.

Several hundred volunteers will sort and deliver thousands of pounds of food and clothing items between 10 a.m. and noon to such sites as Zarephath Kitchen in Gresham, the My Father's Heart Street Ministry in Clackamas and the Sandy Community Action Center in Sandy.

For more information, call Dave Proehl at 503-658-8271, ext. 236, or visit coolchurch.com.