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Religion briefs for Dec. 17

Methodist church host play Dec. 18

The Friendly Corner Players of Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, will present a Christmas spoof titled: 'Bethlehem P.D.' during 11 a.m. worship Sunday, Dec. 18.

All are invited to join the congregation for this last Sunday before Christmas and sing some of the favorite carols of the season.

For more information, call Pastor Bill Taylor at 503-663-5654 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SnowCap to provide free Christmas meal

SnowCap Community Charities will again provide a free Christmas dinner for low-income families and individuals in East County, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.

'This is the fifth year we have hosted the event, and we know it helps people who have found themselves out of work, are in low-paying employment or have otherwise struggled through economic misfortune recently,' says Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director. 'We consider the dinner a success if we can provide a hearty, nourishing meal to those in need.'

The agency serves more than 9,000 people a month, including many children, even though it is facing serious food shortages, Alley says. SnowCap is seeking immediate cash and food donations to 'get us through a truly tough time where the requests for assistance runs well ahead of our capability to serve all those who are in need,' she says.

In addition, volunteers are needed to help serve the dinner and assist with other holiday activities, including a scheduled toy wrapping session.

For more information regarding volunteering and donations, call Dolores Livesay at 503-674-98785 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Donors can help Christmas Child program online

Folks who wish to participate in Operation Christmas Child, which delivers gifts to impoverished children worldwide, can do so online through the end of this month.

You can 'Build a Box' at samaritanspurse.org/occ. Select a child's age and gender, shop through an online selection of gifts, 'pack' them in an empty shoe box, and finish it off with a note of encouragement.

Then through tracking technology, donors can 'follow' the box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse. Recently, Mountainview Christian Church in Gresham served as a drop-off site for the annual international drive.

For more information, call 253-572-1155.