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Religion briefs 4-19-08

St. Henry hosts Spring Fling event

A Spring Fling bazaar will be hosted by Court Mother Teresa, Catholic Daughters of America, at the St. Henry Parish Hall, 346 N.W. First St., Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Items available will include handmade crafts, baked goods and a white elephant table.

Sermon on the Mount discussed

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about blessings or beatitudes. During the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, April 27, at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave., the Rev. David Maynard will deliver a sermon on the 'Be-Attitudes.'

Program leader will be Kathie Loveall. During the service, the Eastrose choir will sing and volunteers will be recognized. After the service, the Fellowship is hosting a Committee Faire.

For more information, call 503-665-2628 or visit www.eastrose.org

Churches to hold Earth Day service

A group of Gresham-area churches have prepared a worship service honoring Earth Day at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at Gresham United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Eighth St.

'The earth is the LORD'S!' (Psalm 24: 1) is the verse that will set the stage for the service. Thanks will be offered for the gift of creation, and opportunities will be offered for committing to its care.

This service will feature scripture, prayer and music that speak to our responsibility as stewards of the earth. The Rev. Dr. Ross Miller, a leader in environmental work for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, will be guest speaker. A choir, including members from participating churches, is being organized; contact Pastor Sherman Hesselgrave, Trinity Lutheran Church, at 503-665-3197, for details.

Participating congregations include Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eastrose Fellowship, Gresham United Methodist Church, Lynchwood Christian Church, Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion United Church of Christ.

For more information, call Pastor Pat Berger at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 503-665-5775.

Community garden expanding

Snow-CAP Community Charities is planning a special garden party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

The East County agency will launch a project to double the size of its community garden.

'When finished, we should have room for more than 30 families to grow vegetables to supplement their larders and meet dietary needs' says Judy Alley, Snow-CAP executive director.

Snow-CAP is a volunteer-supported, faith-based nonprofit that provides food, clothing, seasonal energy assistance, English language instruction and other advocacy services for low-income and disadvantaged families and individuals in East County.

The Snow-CAP garden party is expected to involve more than 100 volunteers who will construct raised garden beds and lay out gravel pathways. The new location previously was occupied by several sheds, which have been moved.

Planting will get underway in about two weeks, Alley said. The agency is receiving applications from qualified gardeners. Snow-CAP began its community garden program in 2003 and demand for additional space has grown each year.

Snow-CAP also is seeking donations of vegetable seeds, tomato plants and garden tools.

For more information, call Snow-CAP at 503-674-8785, ext. 17, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.