Services, events and people
Unity of the Valley - There will be a mindfulness/loving kindness sit from 9 a.m. to noon today at the church, 39th Avenue and Hilyard Street. Mindfulness meditation is the practice of moment-to-moment observation of mind-body experience through calm, open and precise awareness. Participants are asked to enter and leave on the hour. Free-will offering. For more information, call 345-9913.
Immanuel Church - A monthly meeting for widows will be at 11 a.m. today at the church, 2533 Crescent Ave. Widows can share ideas on everyday events in managing home and family without a spouse. Fun outings for the coming year will be planned. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 342-1911.
Peace Presbyterian Church - A Scottish Christmas concert will be at 7 p.m. today at the church, 3060 River Road. The bands to perform are Tom's Kitchen and Shire. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 688-2218.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - The Women's Auxiliary will sponsor a free community creche festival from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. This display of nativity scenes can be viewed at the church building, corner of North Fork Road and Munsel Lake Road, Florence. The Florence Organ Club will perform. For more information, call (541) 997-7268.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - The fifth annual community creche exhibit of nativity displays from around the world can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at 1155 President St. (follow signs from the corner of Harlow Road and Calvin Street). Live choral and instrumental music will accompany the display. For more information, call 343-8195.
Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church - "A Glorious Life", a program of music, sign language and drama will be at 7 p.m. today at the Church of God, 14th and D streets, Springfield. This event will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired. Jim Swank is the pastor. For more information, call 746-8304.
HeartAwake Center - Christian Zen meditation sessions will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Meditation followed by a short talk and question and answer period. For more information, visit www.heartawake.org or call 510-8804.
Central Presbyterian Church - The first Sunday of Advent worship services will be at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 555 E. 15th Ave. A potluck brunch will follow, and from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. jewelry and crafts made by South African women will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit South African children orphaned by AIDS. An Advent workshop will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall with crafts for all ages, music, fellowship and food. Holden Vespers services, a reflective time of prayer and music, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 20 in the chapel. For more information, call 345-8274.
Messiah Lutheran Church - A Christmas season worship will be at 9 a.m. Sunday. A free soup supper and Advent service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A preschool program will be at 6:30 p.m.. Thursday. All events are at the church, 3280 River Road. For more information, call 688-0735.
Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church - A 90th anniversary celebration of the church's dedication on Dec. 3, 1916, will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 532 C St., Springfield. People who have been members for 50 years or more will be honored. The coffee hour after the service will include brunch and cake. For more information, call 746-3513.
Valley Christian Center - Singers and songwriters Art and Wanda Peace from Oakland, Ore. will sing and preach at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the center, 210 LaSalle St., Harrisburg. For more information, call 995-6912.
Center for Sacred Sciences - The video "What is Meditation?" will be shown at 11 a.m. Sunday at the center, 1571 Buck St. Eckhart Tolle, a contemporary mystic, will talk about meditation as being rather than doing. This free program will include a group discussion and a potluck brunch. For more information, call 345-0102.
Grace Lutheran Church - There will be an AdventFest from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 18th Avenue and Hilyard Street. There will be crafts and caroling, followed by a soup and dessert supper at 5:45 p.m. and a worship service at 7 p.m. Dinner/worship services will continue Dec. 13 and 20. For more information, e-mail Peggy Johnson at email@example.com or call 342-4844.
Central Lutheran Church - A procession of lessons and carols will celebrate the season for Advent at sunset, 4:32 p.m., Sunday at the church, 18th Avenue and Potter Street. This free event will feature local musicians, including the church's choirs and ensembles, and the Brombaugh organ. A free soup supper will follow in the parish hall. For more information, visit www.welcometocentral.org, or call 345-0395.
Springfield Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - Our Neighbors' Stories, a production of Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect, a CALC program, will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the fellowship, 1072 Main St., Springfield. This multimedia theater presentation, directed by Angela Messerli, explores diversity and community based on interviews with Springfield residents. The action on stage is enriched with images and voices on screen showing Springfield past and present, suggesting that the city will thrive as a diverse and harmonious community. While observing everyday folks and well-known officials, one might relate to their experiences and hopes. The cast includes Elda Galvan, Paul Harrison, Catherine Harris, John Ju and Akasha Vitelli. For more information, call 988-0277.
Sacred Path Ministry - A potluck dinner for those interested in contemplative prayer will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at 1166 Oak St.; enter by the south door to the parlor. Soup, bread, a beverage and service will be provided. Bring a salad, vegetables or dessert. Reverend Elaine Andres will share a reflection upon "Our Invitation to Become Transformers of Hope" at 6:30 p.m. in the Grace Chapel at the same address. Free-will offering. For more information, call 683-8241.
Eugene Hotel - "God's Perfect Work of Love," an Advent Scripture reflection with Mary Sharon Moore, will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the second floor lounge at the hotel, 222 E Broadway. Moore is a frequent speaker and writer on topics of mature Christian faith. Free-will offering. For more information, call 687-2046.
Unity of the Valley - A Taize service for healing and wholeness will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church, 39th Avenue and Hilyard Street. In the tradition of the Taize spiritual community in France, the heart of the service is singing and music uniting all in common prayer. Free-will offering. For more information, call 345-9913.
Valley River Baptist Church - The American Baptist women will hold a business meeting followed by a luncheon at 11 a.m., Wednesday at the church, 1145 Willagillespie Road. A program will follow the luncheon. Men are invited to this holiday meeting, and their breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at the church. For more information, call 345-6752.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church - `Read Me a Christmas Story' will be the theme of December's First Wednesday program, beginning with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parish hall at the church, 13th Avenue and Pearl Street. Fred Crafts and friends will rekindle Christmas memories through readings of holiday stories, `Frosty the Snow Man,' `How the Grinch Stole Christmas,' `The Gift of the Magi' and `A Child's Christmas in Wales.' This is a family-oriented program. For more information, call 343-9253.
Willamette Christian Center - Willamette Christian School presents "Miracle on 18th Street" at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 2500 W. 18th Ave. This free Christmas concert and musical will feature preschool through middle school choirs and beginning and advanced bands. For tickets, call 686-8655. For information, call 998-3548.
Bethel Temple Church - A revival conducted by evangelist Doris Washington of Oakland, Calif. will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the church, 2170 W. 18th Ave. The pastor is Bishop A. J. Shankle. For information, call 747-7309.
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