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Religion briefs: March 21, 2012


Church to host health fair Saturday

East County Church of Christ, 24375 S.E. Stark St., will host a Healthy Kids fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

Healthy Kids provides no-cost, low-cost and full-cost health coverage for uninsured Oregon children and teens up to age 19.

Coverage lasts for one full year and covers all health needs, including doctor visits and check-ups, dental, vision, mental or behavioral health services, prescriptions and more. Children will not be turned away due to preexisting conditions, nor will they be put on a waiting list.

For more information, visit OregonHealthyKids.gov or ecochurch.com

Mormons pick new leaders in area

Three East County residents were recently selected to direct the Mount Hood Oregon Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The three-member stake presidency will oversee the more than 2,500 members of the Mormon faith in south Gresham, Damascus-Boring, Sandy and Estacada.

Crismon Lewis, a home-based entrepreneur and a resident of Gresham for the past 23 years, was named president of the stake. He will oversee seven congregations, or wards, which takes in a geographical area similar in size to a Catholic diocese.

Named as Lewis' first counselor was Dennis Baird of Estacada, general manager of Lipman-Portland LLC. Crismon Lewis of Gresham, a consulting environmental engineer, was installed as second counselor in the three-man presidency.

The installation of the new Mount Hood Oregon Stake presidency was conducted under the direction of Elders Shane Bowen and Jose Alonso, both of the Quorum of the Seventy, headquartered in Salt Lake City.

Prior to his assignment as stake president, Lewis served for two years as bishop, or pastor, of the Mount Hood Young Single Adult Ward, a congregation of nearly 150 college-age Mormons who live mostly in East County.