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Religion briefs for July 9

Church to host children's event Aug. 7

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will transform Ventura Park, at the corner of Southeast Stark Street and 115th Avenue in Portland, into a miniature 'town' for children from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

The event will inspire children of all ages to 'become great citizens through learning opportunities, along with light-hearted entertainment.'

Admission is free. For more information, call 503-252-8080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Salvation Army offers children's camps

The Salvation Army Gresham Center for Worship and Service, 473 S.E. 194th Ave., is offering the following activities for children this summer.

Children ages 7-12 can attend weeklong camps for $50 a week. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sessions run from July 11-15, July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5.

A free vacation Bible school will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 22-26, for children ages 7-18.

For more information, call 503-661-8972.

Baptist church to host free gospel concert

The Balyeat Family Gospel Singers from Great Falls, Mont., will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, in Heritage Baptist Church, 5527 S.E. 174th Ave.

The event is free and open to the public.

Quarterflash singer to lead worship

Singer-songwriter Mel Kubik will lead worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, in Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 Fairview Ave., Fairview.

Kubik is a member of the Northwest band Quarterflash, which had a hit single in the 1980s with 'Harden My Heart.' Kubik is a pianist, saxophonist, producer, composer, visual artist and vocal coach. She has two solo CDs, 'Pigeon' and 'Naked Songs.' She will lead music and share some of her original songs, including a new song to go along with Rev. Cynthia O'Brien's sermon, 'I Have Come to Bring Life.'

Once a month, she leads worship at Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby, and has written original songs to share in their services.

'Mel brings a lot of good energy and passion,' said Pastor Nick Doversberger of Zoar. 'She does a great job helping the vocal team.

'Mel is really especially gifted working with people,' he adds. 'She picks up on the gifts other people have and meshes that together in a good way. Her original songs are outstanding. There's a very nice diversity in the types of music that she does. They carry a good message and there is deep spirituality.'

For more information, visit smithmemorialpres.org.