COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN CHURCH will have a block party, noon to 5 p.m. at 907 N.W. 99th St. Free food includes hot dogs and hamburgers, snow cones and cotton candy. There will also be a raffle, carnival games, a clothing closet and school supplies and live music by The ReFormed. 360-574-4393, http://www.columbiachristianchurch.org.
SEMINAR ON GRIEVING, a faith-based seminar, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 10 in the conference room at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2700 E. 28th St. “Surviving the Holidays,” a one-day presentation is planned for 10 a.m. Nov. 12. Sharon Osborn, 360-694-3860; or the church office, 360-695-7501.
SALMON CREEK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will welcome Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Pacific Northwest conference at 8:30 and 10 a.m. services. At the 10 a.m. service, there will be a Blessing of the Backpacks for students. A ViaNova informal and interactive service is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Salmon Creek, 12217 N.E. Highway 99. 360-573-3111.
MILL PLAIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will kick off the new Sunday school year and hold the 9:30 a.m. praise service and 11 a.m. traditional service outdoors north of the church building, 15804 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Prekindergarten through adult Sunday school classes are at 9:30 a.m. Child care is available for infants. 360-892-2421.
MEMORIAL LUTHERAN CHURCH will cover recovery, forgiveness and remembering 9/11 with music at the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services at 2700 E. 28th St. 360-695-7501, ext. 10.
OPEN HOUSE MINISTRIES will have a free community block party and barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. at 900 W. 12th St. The family shelter is partnering with the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County and other organizations to raise awareness of homelessness. The Neverclaim band will play from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by Beat Frequency from 6 to 7 p.m. Open House Ministries is a 107-bed, privately funded, faith-based shelter for homeless families in the community. Lucy, 360-737-0300.
WOMEN’S CONNECTION, meets at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 16 and 9:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene, 12401 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. Diane Moore, host of Christian radio program “Parent Talk” will speak. Tickets: $35 for adults, $25 for ages 11-18. Two meals are included in the ticket price. 360-574-9302.
THE REV. WILLIAM “BILL” SPERRY will preach at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18 as the new pastor of East Woods Presbyterian Church, 16210 N.E. 20th St. After a 20-month search, members chose Sperry, who had been an assistant pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills since 2006. http://www.eastwoodspres.org, 360-944-5841.
MORMON OUTREACH will meet at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 108 W. 27th St. Part one of “The Book of Mormon Musical.” Free; everyone welcome. 360-921-0068.
CIRCLE FOR PRESENCE, class and meditation practice, meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at First Congregational Church, 1220 N.E. 68th St. Free class; donations accepted. 360-693-1476.