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Nativity festival: The 24th annual Corvallis Nativity Festival continues from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today through Monday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4141 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis.

Local residents have lent hundreds of nativity scenes for display. All displays and activities are indoors. The festival offers daily concerts, children’s art activities and puppet shows.

A music lineup includes 25 choirs and other musical groups, plus more than 30 soloists. A schedule is available at corvallisnativityfestival.org.

Taoist meditation group: The 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 Taoist Quiet Sitting meditation, also known as "Preserving the Light of the One." Information: docneedlestcm@gmail.com.

Advent series: The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan Spiritual Nurture Committee will offer a series on spiritual practices for Advent on three Sundays, starting this weekend.

The series is set for 9:15 a.m. in the Katharine Jefferts Schori Lounge of the church, 333 NW 35th St. in Corvallis. Bill Becker will start the series with a discussion of mindfulness, or "being present." On Dec. 10, Linda Gelbrich will speak on meditation, or "contemplative prayer" or "centering prayer." In the final session, Craig Massie will explain the practice of Lectio Divina, Latin for "divine reading" or "spiritual reading."

First Sunday of Advent: Those attending the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. in Corvallis, will observe the First Sunday of Advent.

Throughout this season of anticipation and reflection, the congregation will take a closer look at what light reveals. It's not always what we expect or welcome, but it always reveals necessary truths.

Bah'ai devotions: "Reciprocity and Symmetry" is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at 5006 SW Hollyhock Circle, Corvallis.

As we work to eradicate poverty, we experience the birth pangs of a truly global civilization: new modes of thought, new standards, and new legal and institutional arrangements struggle to take hold. To generate the knowledge and commitment to overcome poverty, the full spectrum of human spiritual and intellectual potential must be summoned for the task. And as the fullness of our humanity is engaged, we regenerate the fabric of civilization.

All are welcome to join.

HU Song: A community HU Song is set for 10 a.m. Sunday in the Eckankar Center of Corvallis, downstairs at 425 SW Madison Ave.

Join in singing HU, a love song to God. To experience this sound of Soul, visit HearHu.org. Information: 503-233-1595.

Spiritual discussion: “Problem Solving, Prophecy and Divine Love” is set for 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Eckankar Center of Corvallis, downstairs at 425 SW Madison Ave.

People of all faiths are invited to attend this discussion to explore how God speaks through everyday events. 

For information, call 1-800-LoveGod or visit Eckankar.org. For local information, call 503-233-1595.

Taize: A contemplative ecumenical Taize worship service will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th St. in Corvallis.

The monthly event, sponsored by the Corvallis Taize Ensemble, is open to all, and features singing and prayers. Information: 541-753-7622.

Advent recitals: First Presbyterian Church, 144 SW Eighth St. in Corvallis, will begin its annual Advent recital series at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The season will kick off with “Jazz Sounds of Christmas Joy” by the Gratitude Jazz Band with Audrey Perkins, led by Winston McCullough. Carol Nelson and Laura Zaerr will lead the church's Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir in "Ringing in Sounds of Christmas" on Dec. 12. The season will conclude with "Alleluia Lullabies" on Dec. 19, featuring Laura Zaerr and Jeff Parsons on harp. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.

Methodist Women: The United Methodist Women will gather for a potluck luncheon at noon Wednesday in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. SW in Albany.

After lunch, Sharon Kuessel will lead the activities, which will include a $5 or under, used, resale or repurposed gift exchange. The Woman of the Year will be announced. Children from the Early Learning Center will sing a Christmas carol or two, and the Rev. Kate Conolly will install 2018 officers.

Board members will meet at 11 a.m. 

Carol sing: First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. in Corvallis, will hold a carol sing and dessert potluck at 7 p.m. Friday.

Nichiren Buddhism: An informal introduction to and discussion of Nichiren Buddhism as practiced by Soka Gakkai International USA is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 9.

Information and the location are available at 541-753-6170.

Darkside screening: “Light to the World,” a 51-minute film about the Baha’i faith and its founder, will be shown at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Darkside Cinema, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis.

The film tells the story of Baha’u’llah’s life and the impact of his teachings, told through voices of Baha’is on every continent. 

Bahá’u’lláh taught that there is one God, the inspirer of all the world’s faiths; that religions share one common origin; and that all humanity sprang from one common ancestor. Bahá’ís believe divine prophets share one purpose: to renew the eternal truths of religion and address the needs of the age in which each appears. Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the manifestation of God for this stage in humanity’s evolution. 

In his writings, Bahá’u’lláh affirms equality of men and women, establishes harmony of science and religion, promotes independent investigation of reality, upholds economic justice based on spiritual principles, calls for eliminating prejudice, endorses universal education, explains why humanity needs an international auxiliary language, and advocates a world government to maintain lasting peace. 

Dinner and program: The After 5 Connection will present "Candlelight and Carols" at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Lobby, 661 S. Main St. in Lebanon.

The event will include dinner, a Christmas carol sing-along, a creative Christmas story with audience participation, and prizes and gifts. Kadie Crosby, a co-owner/operator of a cattle ranch in Baker City, will speak about how she found an inexplicable peace and joy in the midst of horrible circumstances.

Cost of the event is $8.50 (not credit-card ready). Reservations: 541-258-6414 or d.neve@comcast.net.


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