Subscribe for 17¢ / day

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 and refreshments.

In place of the usual multigenerational Sunday School, a congregational voter's meeting will follow refreshments.

Pastor Joe Hughes' sermon will focus on how Jesus meets people in the sorrows and struggles of life, and how he comes to believers in the bread and wine of Holy Communion without merit or worthiness on their part.

Information: 541-753-2816 or

Bahá'í devotional gathering: “Faith for Human Rights” is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at 5006 SW Hollyhock Circle in Corvallis.

Often religion is seen as a divisive force. The abuse of power by some religious and political leaders, fueling of prejudice and superstition, and violations of human dignity and honor receive attention. Yet leaders of conscience and faith have been in dialogue for years about how they can work together to combat ignorance, hatred and prejudice. One chapter in this unfolding dialogue took place last month in Beirut, Lebanon. 

Sunday’s Bahá'í devotional gathering will share religious texts included in the Beirut Declaration of Faith for Rights. All are welcome to participate.

Information: 541-745-7916.

Women's meeting: The Albany United Methodist Women will meet for a noon potluck on Wednesday in the fellowship hall of the church, 1115 28th Ave. SW.

A meeting will follow, led by Mary Ann Sanker. Devotions will be shared by Sharon Kuessel. Guest author Dinaz Rogers will speak on things her mother used to say.

The board will meet at 11 a.m.

Prayer gathering: The 66th annual observance of National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday.

Residents are invited to join a prayer gathering at noon at the Linn County Courthouse, 300 SW Fourth Ave. in Albany.

Concert: The Oregon Sacred Festival Chorale will present its ninth annual benefit concert, "We Shall Behold Him," at 6 p.m. May 7 at Lebanon First Assembly of God, 726 W. Oak St.

Proceeds will go to Adult and Teen Challenge, Mennonite Disaster Service and Willamette International. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be taken.

The concert will be repeated May 21 at Willamette Community Church in Albany. 

Information: 541-791-2268, or