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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.