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Clark County

TODAY

A BENEFIT CONCERT featuring the acoustic vocal trio Three Together will perform at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1220 N.E. 68th St., Vancouver. Guitarist Doug Smith performs with Judy Koch Smith on flute and Don Mitchell on guitar. Proceeds benefit local ministries of the church. * Tickets, $15, at the door or contact jeffo@vancucc.org, 360-904-5910.

TUESDAY

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH will host "Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy," a live theatrical one-woman drama performed by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, at 7:30 p.m. Drama tickets, $5-$9; pre-show dinner tickets available for $5 per person, with a family rate available. Audiences learn about the life of Polish mystic Saint Faustina. The church is at 400 S. Andresen Road. * 360-696-4407.

WEDNESDAY

SOUP AND BREAD DISCUSSIONS 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Camas Friends Church, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Meetings will begin with a simple meal and fellowship, followed by a time of focused teaching and discussion in the church community room. Discussion topics will come from the workbook "Healthy Children, Healthy Planet," assembled by the Northwest Earth Institute. The free series continues through Nov. 13. * 360-834-2446.

UPCOMING

A LECTURE SERIES will be led by Ken Bailey, author, researcher and theologian in Middle Eastern New Testament studies, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 805 Columbia Ridge Drive, Vancouver. The series continues, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and through worship services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20. Bailey, who has degrees in Arabic language and literature and systematic theology, spent 40 years living and teaching in seminaries in Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Jerusalem. Cost is $30 per person, $50 per family and $15 college/seminary students. * Register online at columbiapresbyterian.org/event-registration.

ST. LUKE'S-SAN LUCAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH will host its monthly Taizé service, "Gifts from the Field: Poems of Pablo Neruda," at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. The service will include chants, poetry and meditation. A community folk song circle will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the church. * 360-696-0181.

COLUMBIA PASTORAL COUNSELING CENTER will begin its annual celebration with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Special guest speaker will be Conrad P. Hackett, a demographer for Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., whose topic is "Myths and Misperceptions about Religion." Keith Hackett, executive director of the center, is retiring and the counseling center will be closing. Tickets are $20. * Reservations: 360-696-1615.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND TALK, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Yoga Samadhi, 177 W. Jewett, White Salmon. Ajahn Jayasaro, who has been a Buddhist monk for more than 30 years, is a renowned teacher and author in both the Thai and English languages. * For more information, email hermitage@abhayagiri.org

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