Religion 021315

Church celebrates Mardi Gras

Organizers of the Community Compassion Fund at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries are raising money with a Mardi Gras event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 325 N.E. Third St.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the church, 544 N.E. Second St. The event includes New Orleans-style tapas, music and a silent auction.

The Community Compassion Fund helps people in crisis by connecting them to appropriate resources and providing limited emergency financial aid.

Money from the fund helps avoid eviction and utility shut-offs and offers access to prescriptions. The fund also provides hygiene kits, feminine kits, blankets, laundry soap and other items.

Lauri Muller, the development director at the ministries, said everything donated in to the program goes directly to helping people. The church covers the overhead of staff and location.

More information is available by calling the church at 503-472-5622.

Bishop visits St. Barnabas

Michael Joseph Hanley, the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, visits St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in McMinnville as the preacher and celebrant at the 8 and 10 a.m. services Sunday, Feb. 15.

He will baptize, confirm and receive members at the later service. Feb. 15 is the last Sunday after the Epiphany.

The community is invited to eat pancakes and sausages in the Parish Hall from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in honor of Shrove Tuesday. Donations will be accepted.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, marks the beginning of Lent. There will be an Imposition of Ashes (made from 2014 Palm Sunday palm crosses) and Eucharist at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 822 S.W. Second St. More information is available by calling 503-472-5831.

History of Unitarians detailed

The Rev. Craig Moro, interim minister at Atkinson Memorial Church in Oregon City, returns to speak to the McMinnville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the McMinnville Senior Center, 2250 S.E. McDaniel Lane.

He will continue discussing the early history of the Unitarian Universalist church in his sermon, “The Strange Story of the Seventh-day Unitarians of Transylvania.”

Religious education is provided for children through high-school age. Toddler care is also offered.

More information is available at

Recovery meetings every Friday

The Nazarene Church on the Hill in McMinnville offers a faith-based recovery meeting every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 700 N.W. Hill Road.

Each meeting starts with dinner and includes worship and testimony. The meetings generally end at 8:15 p.m.

Breakfast held on Valentine’s Day

Members of the McMinnville Seventh-day Adventist Church host a Valentine’s Day breakfast at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

People are asked to bring their favorite breakfast food to the church, 1349 N.W. Elm St.

Musician sent off with concert

Chris Lay, a member of McMinnville First Baptist Church, is leaving for a month-long concert tour through Brazil with fellow musician Tim Snider.

Members of the church are sending him off with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. Portland musician Alex Milsted will also perform. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 125 S.E. Cowls St.

— News-Register staff