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Religion Briefs: Nov. 24, 2017

Religion briefs

Published on November 24, 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. Rev. Kit Ketcham speaks about “Exploring the Mystery,” a sequel to her Nov. 12 sermon, “The Evolution of Spiritual Experience.”

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

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

First Lutheran

First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd St., holds a Food Pantry Sunday along with the worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 8:45 a.m., and the Adult Forum meets at 9:45 a.m.

The regularly scheduled activities continue Monday, with Sea Scouts at 5:30 p.m.

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

The Gather Bible Study, with a brown bag lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Bible Study is at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice at 7 p.m.

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

First Presbyterian

The First Presbyterian Church of Astoria, 1103 Grand Ave., meets at 10 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Dave Kinman’s sermon topic is “Perspective Check.”

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 are offered an instructional session at 6:30 p.m.

Openings are available for vendors wishing to be a part of the Holiday Fair on Dec. 9 in the Fellowship Hall on the corner of 11th Street and Grand Avenue. The artisans’ fair features local vendors offering arts and crafts. Contact the church office at 503-325- 1702 to reserve a spot as a vendor.

Plans are being made for a Christmas Eve service, “Lessons and Carols,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The audience is involved with the presentation, as a carol is sung after each paragraph of the Christmas story is read. The singing closes with “Silent Night” performed by candlelight. The church also holds its regular 10 a.m. service on Christmas Eve morning.

For information, call 503-325- 1702, email or go to

Grace Episcopal

This Sunday is Hunger Awareness Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin Ave., with an ingathering for the church’s food pantry at both the 8 and 10 a.m. services. Especially needed are soaps of all kinds.

The Fourth Sunday Community Dinner is held at 4 p.m. Those wishing to help should come at 3 p.m. to set up or at 4:30 p.m. to clean up.

For information, call 503-325-4691 or go to


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