Communion celebrated: 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.

This Sunday, the church will welcome guest the Rev. Rob Bjornstad to lead worship. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. The multigenerational Sunday school will not meet this week. Information: 541-753-2816 or www.svlc-corvallis.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 features Taoist Quiet Sitting meditation, also known as “Preserving the Light of the One.” Information: docneedlestcm@gmail.com.

New pastor preaches: The 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. in Corvallis, will feature a sermon by the new pastor, the Rev. Linda Tucker.

Tucker's sermon will be "Light Heaviness." Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30.

Baha'i devotions and discussion: “Clothed in the Garment of Brevity" is set for 9:45 a.m. Sunday at 5006 SW Hollyhock Circle, Corvallis.

Shortly after taking up His responsibilities to the community of followers in Baghdad, Bahá'u'lláh composed a collection of short verses. Described as His preeminent ethical work, "The Hidden Words" presents the inner essence of all that was revealed by the prophets of the past, clothed, He wrote, "in the garment of brevity." These short passages assure the reader that God has made human beings noble; that they must cleanse their hearts in order to find the divine light within themselves. All are invited to participate in the conversation.

Centering Prayer: A Christian Centering Prayer group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 706 SW Ellsworth St. in Albany.

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Centering Prayer is a receptive practice of silent prayer in which God’s presence can be experienced within. This nonverbal method of prayer is not meant to replace other types of prayer but rather adds depth of meaning as practitioners slowly learn to rest in God.

Those attending are asked to enter by the side door on Ninth Street. Information: livinggreen@comcast.net.

Ice cream, outdoor concert: Westwood Community Church, 23319 Greasy Creek Road near Philomath, invites all to its annual ice cream social and outdoor concert on July 28.

Ice cream and baked goods will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.; the concert will start at 6 p.m., featuring the Cornerstone Gospel Singers. The event will take place on the banks of Greasy Creek.

Cornerstone began singing in 1979 and continues to perform Southern Gospel, inspirational and contemporary music in churches, at festivals, fairs, and other events. Gordon and Peggy Kuryluk have been performing for more than 30 years, entertaining audiences nationwide with original songs, traditional hymns, instrumentals and favorite Gospel songs.

No admission will be charged, but an offering for Cornerstone’s ministry will be taken.

Seating is limited, so participants are asked to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.

Westwood Community Church is on Highway 34 at Greasy Creek Road, approximately four miles up the Alsea Highway from Philomath.

Further information is available Pastor Raymond Mabee, 541-602-2175.

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