Writers' conference: The spring conference of the Oregon Christian Writers is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at Northwest Christian University, 828 E. 11th Ave. in Eugene.
The event is open to writers of all genres and levels. Married couple Dan Kline and Kay Marshall Strom will present the keynote speech, “Rekindling Your Passion: Encouragement for the Christian Writer.” Kline is author of "The Savvy Couple’s Guide to Marrying after 35." Strom is author of "Once Blind: The Life of John Newton."
Afternoon workshops will cover fiction, nonfiction, article writing, self-editing, an agent’s view of publishing, marketing with MailChimp, and the art of letter writing. To view the schedule and register, visit http://oregonchristianwriters.org/spring-2017.
Speaker: Darwin Whitman, founder and teacher of the Sanctuary Crusade Inc., will give the final day of a series of talks today in at the Albany Seventh-day-Adventist Church, 3085 Grand Prairie Road SE.
Whitman will present “The Cross And Its Shadow” at 9:30 a.m., “Symbols and Colors of the Priesthood” at 11 a.m.; and “The Journey of the Cross" at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided at noon.
Whitman has been studying, writing and lecturing on the sanctuary subject for the last 29 years. He will display a scale model of the Old Testament Sanctuary that God instructed Moses to construct in the wilderness. Whitman will explain that there is a direct connection between the sanctuary and the cross of Calvary, and its practical applications for modern-day Christians.
Further information is available at 541-928-9555 or www.albanyadventist.org.
Meditation: A Daoist meditation group will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op north store, 2855 NW Grant Ave. in Corvallis.
The event will feature Daoist Quiet Sitting meditation, also known as "Guarding the One." Basic instruction provided; no experience necessary.
Communion: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2650 NW Highland Drive in Corvallis, will share God's Word and Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship, refreshments and Sunday School.
This is Cantate Sunday. Five congregation members will present personal comments on the hymn of the day, "Dear Christians, one and all rejoice," a text by Martin Luther. As an introduction and closing for the presentation, the Rev. Eugene Ludwig will make comments on the theme "The Greatest Gifts," from the texts of Acts 17:16-31, I Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:15-21.
The multigenerational Sunday School will continue its study of "Matthew: The Gospel of Identity," using a book of the same name by Michael Card as a study guide. Those attending are invited to join in discussing Chapter 21 to learn more about the connected narrative nature of the Gospels and how it allows believers to come to know Jesus, instead of just knowing about Him.
Information: 541-753-2816 or www.svlc-corvallis.org.
Labels considered: At its 9:30 a.m. Sunday service, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, will consider labels.
Labels can be useful, but also can be harmful or divisive. Genesis 32:22-28 will be discussed.
Bahá'í devotional gathering: “Make Me a Radiant Light” is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at 5006 SW Hollyhock Circle in Corvallis.
The betterment of human society requires a profound questioning of the assumptions underpinning the social systems and world views that perpetuate conflict and injustice. Fundamental to the betterment of society is an understanding of this truth about human reality: that the equality of men and women is not just a desired condition but is foundational for a healthy community.
Mindfulness discussed: Buddhist teacher Tulku Thadral Rinpoche will present "Mindfulness: Working with Emotions" at 3 p.m. Sunday at Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd St. in Corvallis.
Donations are requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Information: 541-908-2947.
Grief classes: Grief Share classes are set for 5 to 6:45 p.m. 11 Sundays, starting this week, at 583 NW Maxine Ave., Corvallis.
Grief Share is a seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close, and is offered by Healing Hearts Ministry. Each session includes a DVD featuring experts on grief or recovery subjects. Cost is $29 per person or $39 per married couple; a $17 workshop is optional. Registration is available at 541-752-1646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert: The Oregon Sacred Festival Chorale will present its ninth annual benefit concert, "We Shall Behold Him," at 6 p.m. Sunday at Willamette Community Church, 420 SE Third Ave. in Albany.
Proceeds will go to Adult and Teen Challenge, Mennonite Disaster Service and Willamette International. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be taken.