Father to speak on grief, recovery

John Terveen, the author of 'Hope for the Broken Hearted' will speak at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Hollyview Family Fellowship, formerly known as Hollyview Baptist Church, 14095 S.E. 257th Ave., Damascus.

Terveen wrote the book after his daughter, Rachel, died unexpectedly on the track field at Gordon Russell Middle School.

In the book, Terveen shares his family's traumatic experience, and discusses how the promise of hope in the Bible has helped them heal.

Terveen, a former pastor, is a faculty member at Multnomah Bible College in Portland.

A nursery will be available for child care.

For more information, call 503-658-5680.

Grace organizes prayer event

All East County pastors are invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch as part of PrayEastCounty at noon, Thursday, Nov. 2, at Grace Community Church, 800 S.E. Hogan Road, Gresham.

PrayEastCounty is a multi-denominational association of Christian pastors who meet monthly to pray for each other and the community. The group also sponsors local events such as Compassion Rockwood and the National Day of Prayer.

Reservations are not required.

For more information, call pastors Jay Messenger or Dennis Friesen at Grace Community Church, 503-492-9966.

Input sought on youth concert

Russ Baley, the youth pastor at Powell Valley Covenant Church, is working with Shinji Mae of Columbia Life Center in Troutdale to plan a youth concert.

All East County youth pastors are invited to attend an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Powell Valley Covenant Church, 1335 S.E. 282nd Ave., Gresham, to help coordinate an interdenominational concert for local youth.

The concert, headlined by The Tray Michaels Band and featuring Mercy Pilots, Encomium and NoonDaySun, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2.

For more information, call Russ Baley at 503-663-3013.

Stewardship focus of sermon

'Greening: The Safe Community' is the topic of the sermon that will be given at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave.

Jenny Holmes, the environmental ministries director for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, will present an overview of the growing faith-based earth stewardship movement.

Her talk will highlight some of the programs and projects that are underway in the local area and what Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is doing to help support this movement.

Holmes also will explore some of the unique roles that various faith traditions bring to caring for and creating a sustainable society.

The program leader will be Sean Connolly.

For more information, call 503-665-2628, or visit www.east

Marriage group offers dancing

Members of club M.A.G., the marriage ministry at East Hill Church, will take square dancing lessons from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Gresham Community Recreation Center, 21512 S.E. Stark St.

No experience is necessary. An expert caller will teach participants the basics of square dancing.

Cost is $10 per couple.

For more information, or to register, call 503-661-4444, ext. 564.

St. Luke's hosts annual crab feed

Members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave., Gresham, will host their 10th annual crab feed and lasagna dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

The menu will include fresh crab, lasagna, hot dogs, coleslaw, rolls, coffee, punch, wine and dessert.

Cost is $15 for a crab dinner, or $6.50 for lasagna and hot dogs. Children ages 3 and younger may attend free. Proceeds will benefit the church's general fund.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, or for reservations, call 503-664-9442, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshop to focus on climate justice

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns will offer a workshop on the responsibility individuals and parishes have as stewards of God's creation.

'Climate Change and the Common Good: A Catholic Theology for Climate Justice,' will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Pius X Church, Cedar Mill, 1280 N.W. Salzman Road, Portland. Steven Kolmes, John Molter and Russell Butkus will be the keynote speakers for the morning sessions.

Afternoon workshop topics will include 'Lifestyle choices: Energy conservation in our personal and congregational lives,' 'Legislative Issues,' 'Spirituality: What would Francis do? Following in the footsteps of Francis in the face of global climate change' and 'Spirituality: Integrating environmental stewardship into worship.'

Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch and materials. For more information, or to register, call 503-221-1054, ext. 203.

Grotto seeks volunteers

The Grotto is looking for more than 900 volunteers to help staff the 2006 Christmas Festival of Lights.

The Festival of Lights runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m. nightly from Friday, Nov. 24, through Saturday, Dec. 30, except Christmas Day. Two three-hour shifts are available each evening.

For more information, or to volunteer, call 503-261-2433, or register online at www.the

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