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One day about a year ago Todd Mock was jogging along the Columbia River when he felt divinely guided to go toward a pile of big rocks under The Dalles bridge. There, he saw smoke from a warming fire and things strewn about. He ran off to buy a sandwich and came back to the bridge, saying to the pile of rocks: “’I was sent from the Lord. I’ve got a sandwich for you.’”

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More than 25 community members ventured out in blustery conditions to attend the “Light Up a Life” event at Celilo Chapel in downtown The Dalles the evening of Dec. 11.

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Pastor David Woodruff is taking some guff from his congregation about having to compete with a breathtaking view from the sanctuary of the new Seventh-day Adventist Church being built.

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Sister Patricia Pfenning doesn’t look 78, and she certainly doesn’t act it. A 20-year fixture in Dufur who is leaving soon, she quietly goes about finding help for those in need. But she is outspoken in every other regard.

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To celebrate the 180th year since the founding of the Methodist Mission in The Dalles, the Masonic Lodge and the First United Methodist Church will hold an Easter sunrise service at Pulpit Rock. The service at Pulpit Rock — 12th and Court streets, immediately south of The Dalles High School — begins at 6:30 a.m. on April 1. The public is welcome to attend, and other local congregations and United Methodist churches throughout the area have been invited.

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Following a somewhat rocky dress-rehearsal, Last Supper director Erich Dorzab told the Last Days of Jesus cast, “even if it’s not in the script, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say.” As the Last Days of Jesus pageant celebrates its 40th anniversary, the cast and crew reflect on how the four-day pageant depicting the last week of Jesus’ life has impacted their own lives in remarkable ways.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is offering Taizé prayer services during Lent on Sundays at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Fifth and Union streets. Lent, a preparation period in the Christian liturgical calendar leading up to Easter Sunday, is used as a time of prayer, penance and fasting for Christian communities to prepare for the celebration of Easter.

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Cornerstone Church, at 1313 Mt. Hood St., has again created its Christmas light display that is set to music.

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“Everybody has scars and you will remember exactly how you got them, even though the wound has healed over,” said Tim Willis, pastor, celebrant speaker and “general problem fixer” for Celilo Chapel in The Dalles. “My father died in 2000 and every Christmas I get a little sad about it.” He invites people who want to honor lost friends and family to attend the “Tree of Remembrance Memorial” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the chapel, 202 E. Fourth St.

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Gigi Siekkenen, the new part-time intern pastor at First United Methodist Church in The Dalles, came to seminary as a second career — an ever more common path to the pulpit.

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Hundreds are expected at a once-in-a-lifetime event, when a world-famous religious statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on display at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles Aug. 3-4 as part of a national tour of peace.

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Sonrise Academy students participate May 4 in a local worship service tied to the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May.

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To celebrate the 179th year since the founding of the Methodist Mission in The Dalles, the First United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church are hosting a worship service this Sunday at Pulpit Rock.

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Since the early 1960s, Zion Lutheran Church has celebrated Easter by erecting a stark wooden cross on its lawn at the beginning of Lent, and then decorating it with a riot of flowers the day before Easter.

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The 39th annual Last Days of Jesus pageant takes place over three days this week at several locations in and near downtown The Dalles.

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If you contact Concordia Lutheran Church in Hood River or Bethany Lutheran Church in The Dalles and ask for “Pastor Jesse,” you’ll now need to get a bit more specific. The dual parish is happy to announce the arrival of Pastor Jesse DeDeyne, who will be formally installed in a special service at Concordia Lutheran on Sunday, Oct. 23. He joins Pastor Jesse Jacobsen, who has shepherded the parish since 2006.

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“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

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Pam Tebow visited The Dalles last week to speak about “Timmy,” her son who is widely known as Tim Tebow, a football quarterback who earned the Heisman trophy — college’s most prestigious award — in 2007.

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Pat Van Eaton has taught Sunday school to Kindergartners through second graders in the same room at First Christian Church for more than 15 years, trying to bring the stories in the Bible to life. Thanks to a new collection of murals painted by one of the church’s members, that’s easier now.

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