Grotto seminar focuses on Jesus' roles

'Jesus: Teacher, Preacher and Healer,' will be the topic of a seminar that will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at The Grotto Conference Center, Northeast 85th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Kevin Saunders will discuss Jesus' roles as teacher, preacher and healer by looking at the Sermon on the Mount, the parables and the major healing stories.

Saunders, who lived and studied the Bible in Jerusalem, will develop the gospel stories in a way that participants can understand Jesus' teachings as his original audience understood them.

Cost is $35 per person and includes coffee, lunch and a token to the Grotto's upper level gardens. Participants should bring their own Bibles to the seminar.

Registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 10. For more information, or to register, call 503-254-7371, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Healthy marriage event to benefit Bethany House

Bethany House, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter and services to single, pregnant women, will host its annual fundraising banquet and silent auction at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way, Portland.

John and Pam Vredevelt, the founders of Igniting Intimacy, a non-profit committed to healthy marriages and stronger family relationships, will be the guest speakers.

John Vredevelt has served as a pastor at East Hill Church for 28 years. Pam Vredevelt is a licensed professional counselor, national inspirational speaker and author.

Cost is $35 per person, $150 for five people, or $300 for a table of 10.

Dress is semi-formal.

Proceeds from the event will help Bethany House acquire new property and build a larger home with supervised apartments for long-term support.

Donations can be made to Bethany House, P.O. Box 3278, Gresham, 97030.

For more information, call 503-667-8409, or visit

Churches work together to aid Peru clinic

Members of the Walters Hill Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and St. Henry Catholic Church are working together to collect medical and dental supplies, which will be sent to Mary Mother of the Missions Medical Clinic in Arequipa, Peru.

Volunteers will be assembling hygiene kits from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the McMann Room at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham.

Donations of combs, toothbrushes (packaged), tubes of toothpaste (6- to 8-ounce sizes, no pumps), bars of soap and new hand towels (no dish towels or washcloths) are needed.

New cloth diapers and monetary donations to buy medical and dental equipment also are needed.

For more information, or to donate, call Tracey Carsner at 503-492-9501, or e-mail tracy

Monetary donations can be made to the Walters Hill Ward, attention Bishop Monnie, 1711 S.E. 26th Drive, Gresham, 97080, no later than Saturday, Oct. 6.

Pleasant Home celebrates 122nd anniversary

The members of Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, Gresham, will celebrate the congregation's 122nd anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

A local farmer, Archon Kelly, built what was then a one-room church in 1884 and donated it to the community.

At that time, the church was known as the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Former member Arlie Harris will share her historical reflections on the church.

A drama written by lifetime member Alice Williams will also be presented.

Everyone is welcome to attend the special homecoming celebration.

For more information, call 503-663-5654.

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