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Religion Briefs Dec. 22

Snow-CAP to serve Christmas dinner at noon

For the first time ever, Snow-CAP Community Charities is providing a free dinner on Christmas Day for low-income families and individuals, according to Judy Alley, executive director.

The dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. at the Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.

Snow-CAP is a volunteer, faith-based nonprofit agency that provides food, clothing, seasonal energy assistance, English language instruction and other advocacy services in East County.

Jeremy Wilebski, director of dining services at Mt. Hood Community College, and Bruce Montgomery, retired Methodist minister, have arranged snow-CAP's inaugural Yule dinner.

'If all goes well, we hope to make it an annual event,' Alley says.

Volunteers are needed to help serve the dinner, Alley says. Interested people should call 503-674-8785.

'If we bring one person in from the cold for a hearty, nourishing meal, it will be worth the effort,' Alley says. 'Next year, the event might be huge.'

Panel to discuss favorite books of the year

Four panelists will discuss what books meant the most to them in the past year, which ones changed them and which ones gave them a new look at the world, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, service at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave.

Each panelist also will present a review of a favorite book. A discussion will follow. Members and guests are invited to bring their own book list to share. Program leader will be Lynne Pfeiffer. For more information, call 503-665-2628 or visit www.eastrose.org.