On Saturday, a group of cyclists from the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure arrived in Astoria after trekking through 15 states, starting June 5 in Atlantic City, N.J. Like most cross-country bicycle travelers, they went to dunk their tires in the Pacific Ocean (at Sunset Beach in Warrenton), then spent the night at Lighthouse Christian Church and Seaside Christian in Seaside before going their separate ways.

Now in its seventh year, the annual ride raises money for, and awareness about The Fuller Center for Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing ministry founded in 2005 by Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda. The Bicycle Adventure has raised more than $1 million in the past six years.

For information, go to www.fullercenter.org/bikeadventure

Monastery holds festival

CLATSKANIE — The Great Vow Zen Monastery, 79640 Quincy-Mayger Road in Clatskanie, is holding its fifth annual Jizo Bon Festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30.

This special festival includes painting lanterns, Obon dancing, a play, and an informal dinner. The evening will also include a Ksitigarbha ceremony, and a lantern procession through the Jizo garden. All are welcome, especially families with children.

A donation of $10 or $15 for families or groups of friends, and $5 for individuals, is suggested to cover the cost of tea, lanterns, and supplies.

To RSVP, go to www.zendust.org/event/annual-jizo-bon-festival

Quakers meet in silent worship

SEAVIEW, Wash. — The Lower Columbia Worship Group of the Society of Friends (Quaker) meets at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Peninsula Church Center Fireside Room (south building), 5000 N Place, in Seaview. This is a “silent” (unprogrammed) worship group. All are welcome to visit and participate. For information, call 503-895-7474.

Evensong is on in Cannon Beach

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.

‘The Christian Priesthood’

The nondenominational Church of Christ, 692 12th St., meets at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Ken Tipps will present a lesson on “The Christian Priesthood.” All are welcome.

For information, call 503-791-3235.

Intern begins at First Lutheran

Seminarian Brach Jennings has started his full year of internship at First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd St. Internship is required by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for the master of divinity degree and ordination.

Jennings is originally from Illinois, but studied at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif. He majored in history and music during his undergraduate education, and received his degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Internship involves total immersion in the life of the congregation, including opportunities for preaching, teaching, visitation, evangelism, and working with youth. Jennings will be involved in all the programs and ministries of First Lutheran during his year here.

Jennings also had the distinction of receiving the Fund for Leaders Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship program that enables the church to attract men and women of tremendous promise to become pastors and rostered lay leaders, and to study at an ELCA seminary.

Jennings officially starts today, and will serve in Astoria for one full year. To meet him, or talk with him, attend an 8:30 or 11 a.m. service on Sundays, or call the church office at 503-325-6252.

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