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Experience a night in Bethlehem at River of Life Church

River of Life Church invites families to experience the Christmas story in a hands-on way from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

At A Night In Bethlehem, families will enjoy crafts and activities, including jewelry and flute making, grape stomping, pottery making with salt dough and paper basket weaving. Participants will also hear the Christmas story and visit a Nativity. The event is free, with families invited to bring nonperishable food donations for local food banks. Refreshments will be provided.

River of Life is at 2477 S.W. Cherry Park Road in Troutdale in the Cherry Park Market Place east of the Safeway. For more information, call 503-667-3141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bethesda Lutheran Communities names Galgan as consultant

Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a national provider of support and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, has named Joshua Galgan a ministry consultant for Oregon.

Most recently Galgan served as a pastor at Abundant Life Church in Happy Valley. He received his bachelor's degree in biblical theology from William Jessup University in San Jose and has served in pastoral roles in congregations in California, Idaho, Oregon and Wisconsin since 1999.

Galgan will serve on the nationwide team of more than 20 ministry consultants, working closely with families, support providers, congregations, schools and other Christian ministries in Oregon to form connections with people who have developmental disabilities.




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