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Observe Lent with Lake Oswego United Methodist Church members. Attend their Community Change Makers speakers series each Tuesday.

Lake Oswego United Methodist Church invites the public to join its congregation during the season of Lent for the Community Change Makers Speaker Series taking place Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The series will feature:

¦ John Mayer and Pat and John Schwibert of Beacon PDX on March 17. Beacon PDX is Hard Times Supper and more. The decades-old supper ministry to the houseless, shared by loyal volunteers from Lake Oswego UMC, is expanding under the inspired leadership of Pat Schwiebert and John Mayer. These people, plus John Schwiebert, pastor of Metanoia Peace Community UMC, are creating Beacon PDX, a village in inner southeast Portland where chronically houseless persons can find security while moving through the steps that lead to secure, affordable housing. Already Metanoia Peace Community is building alliances with Quest Integrative Health, affordable housing developer Homer Williams and others to make the dream of Beacon PDX a reality.

¦ Lori Slaughter, Development Director of Outside In, on March 24. Slaughter will share a glimpse inside a local nonprofit that serves the community's homeless population. She will highlight barriers people face when accessing services, successful program models and emerging trends in helping high-risk, high-need individuals moving toward improved health and self-sufficiency.

Over the last 52 years, Outside In has delivered integrated medical and mental health care and comprehensive social services that help vulnerable people of all ages access high quality primary care and achieve their health, wellness and life goals.

Judy Cushing

¦ Judy Cushing, founder of Lines for Life, will speak March 31. A national leader in suicide prevention, mental wellness, addiction and treatment, Cushing has dedicated 39 years to community, state and national efforts to combat alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness and suicide, and shaped national and state policy. She founded Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life in 1993, and served as its CEO for 22 years. Under her leadership the regional nonprofit became a nationally recognized leader on mental health, suicide intervention, substance use addition and prevention and public policy.

Lines for Life operates regional suicide and crisis lines, serves as the single backup center for the National Veterans' Crisis Lines, and provides a peer-to-peer YouthLine, which is a statewide advocate on opioid addiction prevention and treatment.

The talks are free and open to the public.

The public is also invited to attend the church's soup supper and My Best Thoughts programs taking place prior to the speaker series each Tuesday. The soup supper is served at 6:15 p.m. and features both vegetarian and meat soups. My Best Thoughts are presentations by members of the church who are willing to share their lives and faith.

Lake Oswego United Methodist Church is located at 1855 South Shore Blvd. in Lake Oswego. Learn more online at lakeosweogumc.org or call the church office at 503-636-8423.

— For the Review, Tidings


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