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Published on December 1, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 4, 2017 7:35AM

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 topic is “Stories of Holidays Past.” Several members of the fellowship discuss past holidays. Religious education for the children follows the “Moment with the Children.”

After the service and social hour, Frank Logan leads a discussion upstairs in the sanctuary. The topic is: “Refugees and U.S. Policy: Refugees from Desertification and Syria and others. What should we do?”

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

St. Catherine Episcopal

NEHALEM — St. Catherine Episcopal Church, 36335 U.S. Highway 101 in Nehalem, holds a Labyrinth walk from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month. All are welcome. For information, go to

Community HU sing

SEASIDE — A Seaside Community Eckankar HU Sing takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway. Regardless of one’s beliefs or religion, anyone can sing HU (pronounced hue), an ancient name for God; it is for the spiritual upliftment of those who come, and is not directed to any other purpose. For information, call Seann Valen at 503-717-5485, email or go to

Religious Society of Friends

ILWACO, Washington — 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.

Come enjoy “Piano Carols,” at noon, Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13 and 20. The carols feature 30 minutes of meditative piano based on traditional Christmas Carols, played by jazz pianist David Robinson, on the new Steinway at Cannon Beach Community Church, located at 132 E. Washington St. in downtown Cannon Beach.

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

First Lutheran

For those who are interested in joining First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd St., there is a new member orientation at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in the Fire Side Room.

Advent Family Night is at 5 p.m. Sunday, with food, fellowship, Advent crafts and games.

The Advent flower ministry and creation of bouquets begins at 10 a.m. Monday. Everyone is invited to participate in the program, including delivery of the bouquets. Donations of Christmas mugs are appreciated. For questions, contact Marian Soderberg at 503-791-7191.

On Wednesdays, beginning Dec. 6, a Soup Supper is served at 6:15 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Evening Prayer. To help with the meal, email

Two quilts, which are hanging in the coffee area, are being raffled off. Tickets cost $2 each or three for $5, and can be purchased at the Welcome Desk after services. The drawing is Dec. 12.

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

Christian Church of Warrenton

WARRENTON — One Starry Night, a one-day Christmas-centered Vacation Bible School (VBS), is being held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 9, at the Christian Church of Warrenton, 1376 S.E. Anchor Ave. There is no cost for this event, which is for children ages 3 through fifth grade.

This VBS focuses on the reason for the season, the birth of the Christ child. Children will sing, dance, do crafts, play games and hear from characters of the story as they travel through Bethlehem.

Preregister, if possible, by calling the church office at 503-861-1714. Registration is also available the day of the event.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea

The Knights of Columbus host a monthly breakfast in the St. Mary, Star of the Sea School auditorium, 1411 Grand Ave., following the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday. Pancakes, sausages and/or bacon and ham are available, with coffee, juice and assorted pastries. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $15 for families. All are welcome.

Celebrate the Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 11, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1465 Grand Ave., led by the Spanish community.

On Friday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation) is celebrated at an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary, Star of the Sea; at a noon Mass at St. Francis de Sales, 867 Fifth Ave. in Hammond; at a 6:30 p.m. Novena at St. Mary, Star of the Sea; and at a 7 p.m. bilingual Mass at St. Mary, Star of the Sea.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration is Dec. 12 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea. There is a procession at 5:30 p.m., which meets at the Astoria Employment Office, 450 Marine Drive, followed by a Mass at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited for dinner in the gym following Mass.

Parish Advent Penance Services are at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Mary Star, of the Sea and at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Our Lady of Victory, 120 Oceanway in Seaside.

For information, call the church at 503-325-3671, email or go to

First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Astoria, 1103 Grand Ave., meets at 10 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Bill Van Nostran’s sermon is “Time to Stay Awake.”

A Holiday Fair, featuring local artisans, is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Openings are available for vendors wishing to participating. Contact the church office at 503-503-325-1702 to reserve a spot as a vendor.

A weekly session of Guided Meditation is offered every Thursday night in the Marcotte Room, led by Sumedha Murdock. Those new to meditation have an instructional session at 6:30 p.m.; the session begins at 7 p.m.

For information, email at or go to

Grace Episcopal

An opportunity for a Quiet Day to begin the season of Advent takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin Ave. There are times of prayer and reflection, and the Labyrinth is available.

The church celebrates the first Sunday of Advent at both the 8 and 10 a.m. services with the lighting of the first of four candles of the Advent wreath. Following the later service, Advent brochures and calendars are available for family use.

The Advent Labyrinth walk is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. A labyrinth introduction is offered at 3 p.m., upon request. It takes an average of 30 minutes to complete the walk.

An Advent study on the Book of Revelation begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, led by the Rev. Lance Peeler, using the book “Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation.”

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


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