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Tualatin UMC switches over to schedule of summer hours

TUALATIN - Summer worship will now begin at 10 a.m. at Tualatin United Methodist Church, 20200 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

John French will be preaching on July 16. French is a staff member and a Master of Divinity student and Marylhurst University. He is a member of United Church of Christ.

Beaverton Christian begins series of ladies-only dinners

BEAVERTON - Beaverton Christian Church, 13600 S.W. Allen Blvd., will begin hosting a series of small group dinners for women of all ages beginning July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.

'Dinners on the Deck,' an informal evening for 12 women, features a potluck meal, visiting and group games. Other scheduled dinners are July 21, 25, 28 and Aug. 1.

The dinners are an extension of the church's Girlfriends Unlimited program, a nationwide program whose mission is to bolster women's ministries in churches through an alternative approach of reaching and connecting women for Christ.

Meals are open to the public and free of charge. Seating is limited and the deadline for reservations is July 17.

BCC is also hosting a coed golf league at the Meriwether Golf Course in Hillsboro.

The league, co-sponsored by BCC's men's and women's ministries, will meet Monday evenings at 5 p.m., beginning July 10. Green fees are $15 for nine holes.

The league will continue until Aug. 28; participants can play every week or just a couple times during the summer

For more information on either of these events, call the church at 503-646-2151 or visit www.bcc.org.

'Sunday Summer Nights' are back at Southwest Bible Church

BEAVERTON - Sunday Summer Nights, a series of events that features live worship music, a message, personal stories and free snacks, will begin the 2006 season on July 16 and continues on July 30, Aug. 13, 20 and 27. The action begins each week at 6 p.m.

Some of the featured speakers and entertainment include David Klinkenberg, David Harsh, a classic car show, Luis Palau and a presentation by Jews for Jesus.

Southwest Bible Church, 14605 S.W. Weir Road, started Sunday Summer Nights in 1997; since that time, hundreds of Murrayhill residents and neighbors have come out to enjoy the free entertainment.

The summer kicks off with a community picnic July 9 following the 10:30 a.m. outdoor worship service. Nursery care will be provided for children through age 2.

For more information, call 503-524-7000.

Tigard Covenant Church brings island fever to VBS children

TIGARD - Tigard Covenant Church, 11321 S.W. Naeve St., will host a weeklong Vacation Bible School for children entering kindergarten through grade 5. The theme of the Bible school is 'Sontreasure Island,' and it will run from 9 a.m. to noon July 24-27.

The week concludes with a community-wide carnival open to all and free of charge, running from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 27. The evening carnival will feature live jazz entertainment, barbecue dinner and games and activities.

For more information on V.B.S. costs and to register, call Debbie Ray at 503-639-3084.

Tigard UMC helps children find Vacation Bible School treasure

TIGARD - Tigard United Methodist Church, 845 S.W. Walnut Place, will be hosting 'The Treasure Seekers' Vacation Bible School on July 24-28.

Children age 4 through grade 5 are invited to come daily from 9 to 11:45 a.m. to enjoy stories, music, crafts, games and snacks. Pre-registration is helpful, and the cost is $10 per child.

For more information or to register, call 503-639-3181.

The church also announces that for the weeks of July 16-23 and July 28-30, Tigard United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship will be traveling to New Orleans and Seattle. The purpose of the trips is to help rebuild homes damaged by last year's hurricanes and to feed the hungry in Seattle.