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Published on October 6, 2017 12:01AM

Organist Paul Tegels performs at First Lutheran Church Saturday.

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Organist Paul Tegels performs at First Lutheran Church Saturday.

Pacific Unitarian Universalist

The Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship holds a service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St. Rev. Kit Ketcham’s topic is about hospitality, “Come On Up to the House.” Religious education for the children is available following the “Moment with the Children” near the beginning of the service. The monthly potluck follows the service at the Masonic Temple, 1572 Franklin Ave., which is handicapped accessible. The public is welcome to attend the service and the potluck.

Religious Society of Friends

ILWACO, Wash. — The Lower Columbia Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, meets at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Ilwaco Community Center, 158 First Ave. N. All are welcome to visit and participate. For information, go to

Crossroads Community

SVENSEN — Crossroads Community Church, a Friends Fellowship, at 40618 Old Highway 30, is holding a Free Family Film Friday at 6:45 p.m. Friday. Come enjoy a film and fellowship. This event is always held the second Friday of the month. All are welcome. For information, call Shawn Leonard, pastor, at 503-949-5033.

First Lutheran

All area Lutheran churches are joining together to celebrate the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, ignited 500 years ago by Martin Luther. A kick-off event, a concert by organist Paul Tegels, is held at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd St. The public is welcome. There is no cost, but a free-will offering will be taken.

A native of The Netherlands, Tegels is an associate professor of music, and serves as University Organist at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He has performed extensively in solo and ensemble concerts in the U.S. Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

Tegels received his doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy, and his master’s degree in choral conducting, from the University of Iowa. He has received other degrees, as well, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship from the Netherlands-America Commission for Educational Exchange.

A community “Reformation 500” event being held Nov. 4 at Peace Lutheran Church, 565 12th St., is the conclusion to a monthlong Protestant Reformation anniversary celebration.

The event begins with a worship service at 2 p.m. with Bishop David Bauer-Rieke presiding. An offering designated for Hope House in Astoria is being taken during the service. At 3:20 p.m. there is a breakout session about music and art of the Reformation. Family and children activities begin at 3:40 p.m., and dinner is at 5 p.m. The cost for dinner is $10 per person or $25 per family, and reservations are required. Sign-up sheets for the dinner are available at local Lutheran churches.

Common Ground Interspiritual

A Celebration of Spirit, sponsored by Common Ground Interspiritual Fellowship, meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Wesley Room at the Astoria First United Methodist Church, 1076 Franklin Ave. Use the 11ths Street building entrance. This morning gathering is not defined by any particular belief system, and is intended for the “spiritual but not religious,” as well as those who draw from more than one faith tradition. For information, go to

First Lutheran

On Sunday, worship services with Holy Communion at First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd St., are held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve Keinberger, the new pastor, officiating. There is a coffee hour after each service.

The art work in the Friendship Room this month is presented by Rev. John Wecker, and is in honor of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. His works were inspired by Martin Luther’s teachings and life experiences, as explained in writing by each painting.

Sea Scouts meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and Hope House Parenting Class is at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, TOPS meets at 5:30 p.m., and Pure Life Alliance is at 5:45 p.m.

The Senior Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and includes the special music for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Astoria, 349 Seventh St., is holding its annual basement sale from noon to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Items for sale include furniture, clothes, kitchen items, books, movies and more. For information, call the church office at 503-325-1761.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea

St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1465 Grand Ave., holds a Fatima Prayer Service and Potluck at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.

Coast Pregnancy Clinic holds a benefit dinner and comedy night Oct. 14 at The Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St. A reception and exhibit are at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. The speaker is Mike G. Williams. All are welcome. RSVP via email to or call 503-325-9111.

Saint Luke Productions presents “Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” a 90-minute about the life and accomplishments of Augustine Tolton, the nation’s first African American priest. The movie is suitable for middle school age children and older. For information about showings and locations, go to

Peace Lutheran

On Oct. 15, the worship time at Peace Lutheran Church, 565 12th St., changes to 10:30 a.m., followed by fellowship in the social room. For information, call the church office at 503-325-3871.

Grace Episcopal

On Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin Ave., tolls its bells in mourning for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas.

All animals and their companions are invited to the annual Blessing of Animals at Grace Episcopal at 2 p.m. Sunday. Critters of all shapes, sizes and character are welcome, including stuffed animals. Blessings are offered for both pets and their companions, including cases where the “owner” is present, but has determined it best not to bring their pet due to health or anxiety of the pet in group settings.

The monthly Second Sunday Soup-Supper meal will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall, free of charge. Those willing to help should come at 3 p.m. to set up or 5 p.m. to help clean up.

Grace Church offers a Taizé Prayer & Song service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with the theme of peace. The service consists of simple repeated chants, periods of silence, prayers individual and communal, and the lighting of candles. All are welcome.

For information, call the church at 503-325-4691 or go to

Bethany Free Lutheran

Bethany Free Lutheran Church, 451 34th St., is showing the movie “Luther” at 6 p.m. Sunday as part of Bethany’s month-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. The movie tells the story of Martin Luther. The public is invited to the free showing. For information, call 503-325-2925.


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