Events and programs.
ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter’s Square.
The Last Days of Jesus pageant begins its four-day run Thursday, April 17, at a new location, Calvary Baptist Church, where the Last Supper and Garden scene will be played.
With the message that their presence in family life matters deeply, a free daylong workshop aimed at fathers is set for Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
Summit to Summit Men’s Ministry will host their annual Columbia Gorge Men’s Retreat starting Friday evening, April 4 and continuing through the weekend at Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch in southern Wasco County.
Church events in brief.
The folks at First United Methodist Church say they can see God’s handiwork in how quickly and smoothly their new program to feed homeless students on weekends has expanded.
Bethany Lutheran Church in The Dalles is opening a new elementary school in fall 2014. Called Columbia Lutheran School, it will be housed within the church itself, in rooms that will soon be remodeled into sizeable classrooms, said Pastor Jesse Jacobsen.
Church schedules from march 14.
What is gospel grit you might ask? It’s the very essence of the Bible, according to pastor and author Dr. Randy R. Butler, who recently released “Gospel Grit; What Jesus Showed Us and Told Us While Backpacking Through the Wilderness.”
Church news in brief.
Dr. Jeff Mathisen went to Africa the first time to spell a surgeon who needed to take a month off for training and some down time.
As recently as a few weeks ago, it was looking like the Last Days of Jesus Pageant might not happen this year, a first in its more than 35-year history. But God has provided, said pageant chair Marcus Morgan, and the event — recently beset by a lack of volunteers, money, venues and storage space — is still set to go on as planned.
Church news in brief, Feb. 14, 2014.