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Religion briefs for March 19

Choir to sing at Bridal Veil Church

The Resurrection Choir of Portland Rescue Mission will perform a concert at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at Bridal Veil Community Church, 125 N.E. Lucas Road, just north of the Historic Columbia River Highway in Springdale.

Directed by Jim Bradley, members of The Resurrection Choir will sing and give testimonies of their changed lives in Christ.

They will also share updates on their various ministries - the Men's New Life Recovery Ministry, the Shepherd's Door for Women and Children's Center, the outreach to homeless guests and the 'Drive Away Hunger' auto donation program.

Folks are encouraged to bring donated clothing (new or used) to the church.

All are welcome.

For more information, call Pastor Merle Davis 360-883-9023 or Rod Canzler at 503-695-2773.

Salvation Army assisting Japan

The Salvation Army is working to support survivors of the devastating earthquake in northeastern Japan.

The Army has three emergency service relief teams operating in impacted areas; the Japanese government has given the teams access to roads and areas currently closed off to the general public.

• A disaster team in Sendai handed out 1,000 hot meals as well as hot drinks and handi-towels to survivors.

• Another team in the Mito area unloaded bottles of water, biscuits, blankets, diapers and tissue boxes for distribution to evacuees.

• The third team headed to assist evacuees from near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but snow and fuel shortages diverted the team to other areas to support evacuees.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Japan since 1895 and is also mobilizing a significant international response to manage both immediate and long-term needs.

• Two experienced International Emergency Services workers have flown to Tokyo from International Headquarters in London to assist their Japanese colleagues.

• The Salvation Army's Korea Territory has arranged for the K-Water Corporation to send 100,000 bottles to Japan. The Korea Disaster Relief Association will also send 5,000 first-aid kits.

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts in Japan:

• Text the words 'JAPAN' or 'QUAKE' to 80888 to make a $10 donation;

• Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY;

• Donate online at donate.salvationarmyusa.org;

• Send a check marked 'Japan earthquake relief' to: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, Md., 21263-0728.

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army's response to this disaster, visit blog.salvationarmyusa.org.

Church hosts Lenten dramas

Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, is hosting a series of Lenten dramas titled 'Encounters Before the Dawn,' written by Keith Madsen and produced by special arrangement with Contemporary Drama Service of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The series of dramas center around encounters between biblical characters between the time of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.

All performances take place during the 11 a.m. Sunday Worship Services at the church, and are titled as follows:

• March 20 - 'The Powers That Be'

• March 27 - 'Through A Mother's Eyes'

• April 3 - 'Payment Must Be Made'

• April 10 - 'When We No Longer Had Hope'

• April 17 - 'Right There In Front of Me'

For more information, call Pastor Bill Taylor at 503-663-5654.