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Church news in brief, Sept. 20

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s will kick off the fall at its 9 a.m., Adult Forum Hour this Sunday with a new DVD series called The Living Faith, led by Biblical scholar, NT Wright. It is a series of 10 talks, the first will be this Sunday, and it will be on The Story and Message of the Bible. Other sessions will include talks on the Hebrew Scriptures, The World Life and Ministry of Jesus, and Living Christianly in the World. During the 10 o’clock hour, the children will begin a course called Living the Good News!

Fellowship of Churches

The Tuesday, Sept. 24, monthly forum of the Fellowship of Churches will feature Corliss Marsh, who will speak on the “Latest Updates on Projects Everyone Should Know About”: The Oregon Trust; Habitat for Humanity; and the library expansion project. The forum begins at 5 p.m. with a light snack. It is held at First United Methodist Church, 11th and Washington streets. This event is open to the public.

Gateway Presbyterian

Interim Pastor Richard Zimmerman will speak at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service and 11 a.m. contemporary service. A third grade Bible presentation will be made to all third graders at the 11 a.m. service and a mission update will be given during both services by Peter from Vietnam. Adult, youth and children’s classes are from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 22, an all-church Global Outreach potluck follows the second service. The special guest will be Peter from Vietnam.

Wednesday programs are: youth group at 6 p.m.; Beth Moore “JAMES” - women’s study, which opens at 6 p.m. for check-in. Class time is 6:30 to 8 p.m.; men’s study; and Parenting TODAY, at 5:30 p.m.

Children’s ministries are provided for parents and guardians attending classes at Gateway during this time.

MOPS meets weekly now, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The first Thursday of the month is a MOPS meeting, the fourth Thursday is a MOPS outing and the second and third Thursdays are Play Day at Gateway.

Operation Christmas Child

A kick-off effort for Operation Christmas Child, which sends care boxes to needy children worldwide, is set for Sept. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 161 Lutheran Church Rd., Stevenson.

Volunteers who delivered boxes in Uganda in April will be on hand to talk about their four-day experience. Attendees will also brainstorm about ideas for what to include in the boxes. Operation Christmas Child supplies will also be available. Packed boxes will be dropped off in Hood River or White Salmon Nov. 18-25.

Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has delivered over 100 million boxes worldwide since its inception in 1993. For more information on Operation Christmas child, call Karen Goebel at 509-493-8665.

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