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Published on December 15, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 18, 2017 7:36AM

Pacific Unitarian Universalist

The Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship holds a service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St. Monica Van Steenberg leads the service with information about, and celebration of the winter solstice. The sermon/reflection is “Welcoming the Return of the Light.” Religious education for the children is available each week following the “Moment with the Children” near the beginning of the service.

After the service, Arline LaMear holds a discussion titled “Broken Promises,” about the U.S. government’s history of making and breaking promises to Native Americans.

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, 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.

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

Interfaith Partnership

SEASIDE — The South County Interfaith Partnership meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Pig ‘N Pancake, 323 Broadway, to foster better understanding among faith practitioners and to nurture one another in spirit. All faiths are welcome. For information, call Ann Souvenir at 503-738-0200.

First Lutheran Church

The Christmas gathering at Clatsop Retirement Village, featuring music, communion and a social time, is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

Bethany Free Lutheran

Bethany Free Lutheran Church, 451 34th St., presents a living nativity scene in the church’s overflow parking lot area from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The scene includes people in costume, animals and the story of Jesus’ birth. The public is welcome.

First Presbyterian

The Reach the Stars dance program holds their recital of “The Polar Express” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Harrison Avenue and 11th Street. For information, call 503-791-7110.

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., with meditation beginning at 7 p.m.

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

Grace Episcopal

The “Greening” of historic Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin Ave., begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, following a tradition begun in 1886. Clam chowder and rolls are served for the helpers at noon.

Grace’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols is presented at 2 p.m. Sunday. This service was first created and performed in 1880 in Cornwall, England.

A Christmas Concert “O Holy Night,” with Marco Panuccio (tenor) and Vincent Centeno (piano) is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are available at

Grace Church offers a Taizé Prayer and Song Service, with guest cantor Tevan Goldberg at 7 p.m. Wednesday. There are no Taizé services on the second Wednesday in January or February.

A Candle-Lit Solstice Labyrinth Walk takes place at Grace between 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday, with Jennifer Goodenberger and Shelley Loring performing piano and flute music.

For information, call the church at 503-325-4691 or visit the Website at


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