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Published on November 17, 2017 12:01AM

Pacific Unitarian Universalist

The Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship holds a service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St. The speaker is Alan Evans, director of Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach Centers, which began in Seaside as Thugz Off Drugs. It is now a program that encompasses 11 facilities in Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill and Lincoln counties.

Religious education for the children is available each week following the “Moment with the Children” near the beginning of the service.

After the service and social hour, Frank Logan leads a discussion upstairs in the sanctuary, “Refugees and U.S. Policy: Refugees from Desertification and Syria and Others.”

For information, call 503-325-5225, email or go to

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 11th 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

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

Cannon Beach Community

CANNON BEACH — Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 E. Washington St., holds an Evensong service at 6 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month. All are welcome.

Evensong features Wes Warhmund (guitar, flute and clarinet) and meditative songs, Psalms, readings, candlelight and time for quiet reflection.

For information, call the church at 503-436-1222.

St. Brendan the Navigator Orthodox

St. Brendan the Navigator Orthodox Mission Vespers are being held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the home of Seraphim and Jacinta Waidelich, 2875 Mill Pond Lane. The Typica service, held when a priest is not available for Liturgy services, is led by Seraphim, a reader from the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Milwaukie. A social gathering follows.

Typica services begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Francis de Sales Mission, 867 Fifth St. in Hammond, also led by Seraphim Waidelich. A social gathering takes place after the service.

Typica services and Vespers are held the third weekend of the month. For information or directions, call Steve Sollars at 503-298-1824.

First Lutheran

On Saturday, the Lefse Making Party at First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd St., continues at 9 a.m. A gathering at Clatsop Retirement Village is at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor.

The regular worship services are held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday School at 8:45 a.m. An Adult Forum is being held at 9:45 a.m.

All regularly scheduled activities continue throughout the week, with Bible Study gatherings at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday; choir practice follows at 7 p.m.

The church holds a worship service at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Nonperishable food items are being collected, and the offering is dedicated to the church outreach ministries. All are welcome.

For information, call 503-325-6252 or go to

First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Astoria, 349 Seventh St., is holding its annual Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the church basement. The community is welcome to join the worship service, which starts at 10:45 a.m. Rev. Rob Sturdivant shares a short meditation, “Be Thankful,” followed by a time for the congregation to share what they are thankful for. For information, call the church office at 503-325-1761.

First Presbyterian

The First Presbyterian Church of Astoria, 1103 Grand Ave., meets at 10 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Bill Van Nostran offers a sermon, “Mite Makes Right.”

A weekly session of Guided Meditation is offered at 7 p.m. every Thursday night in the Marcotte Room

(behind the sanctuary), led by Sumedha Murdock. Those new to meditation have an instructional session at 6:30 p.m.

The church houses the Clatsop Community Food Bank. Normally the food bank feeds about 500 families a month during the year; the holiday months see a 10 percent increase in demand. The church is actively soliciting food and monetary donations, which can be brought to the church office.

A Holiday Fair is set for Dec. 9, in the Fellowship Hall. The artisans’ fair will feature local vendors offering arts and crafts, many suitable as holiday gifts.

For information, call the church office at 503-325-1702, email at or go to

Bethany Free Lutheran

Bethany Free Lutheran Church, 451 34th St., is holding a Thanksgiving Day service at 10 a.m. Thursday, featuring singing hymns of praise and sharing thanksgiving testimonies. Everyone is welcome.

For information, call 503-325-2925 or go to

Church of Christ

The Church of Christ, 692 12th St., hosts Ken Tipps as its guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. His topic is the meaning of Thanksgiving.

For information, call 503-791-3235.


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