Religion briefs 4-5-08
Minister to tell stories behind church windows
The Rev. Cynthia O'Brien will explain the story behind the stained glass windows on the north side of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave., Fairview, during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday, April 6.
The windows were designed by Portland artist David Schlicker and installed in 1992. O'Brien will explain the stories and symbolism in the windows, answering such questions as: Why does this peaceful church have two swords in the windows? What are those funky jewels for? Who are the shadowy people? Why are there birds?
'Try to get a seat towards the center or the left side of the church where you can see all the windows,' O'Brien adds.
The minister is also offering a new sermon series 'Lessons in Love,' especially for people who are looking to start or sustain a long-term relationship, get along with family members, love the world, or discover a new love, from April 18 through June 15.
For more information, call 503-667-6800 or visit Web sites www.smithmemorialpres.org or www.myspace.com/revcynthiaobrien
Grotto to offers several events
The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., is hosting the following events in April and May.
• Noon, Saturday, April 5, and noon, Saturday, May 3: A monthly Mass and blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine is offered in the Chapel of Mary. St. Peregrine is the patron saint of victims of cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
• 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17 - Father Ignatius Kissel and Sister Val Lewandoski will present a retreat, 'Saints Today: Ordinary People-Extraordinary Lives.'
St. Aidan hosts rummage sale
St. Aidan Episcopal Church, 17405 N. E. Glisan St., is hosting a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Items for sale include children's clothes, bedding and linens, CDs, tapes, books, games, toys, cooking equipment, dishes, mugs and glasses.
For more information, call 503-252-6128.