Church News for Dec. 19, 2012

The following churches have announced special services for the Christmas season:

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 11th and Eugene streets:

Dec. 23 — Lessons and carols with Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.

Dec. 24 — Family Christmas Eve Service with Holy Eucharist, 6 p.m.; caroling, 10:30 p.m.; Candlelight Christmas Eve service with Holy Eucharist, 11 p.m.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Day service with Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Ave.:

Dec. 21 — Communal Penance service, 7 p.m.

Dec. 24 —Children’s Vigil Mass, 5:30 p.m.; “Midnight” Mass, Spanish, 9 p.m.; Midnight Mass, English, midnight

Dec. 25 — Christmas Mass, Spanish, 8 a.m.; Christmas Mass, English, 10 a.m.

Asbury Methodist Church, 616 State St.:

Dec. 23 — Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship service, 10 a.m.

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve candlelight worship service, 7 p.m.

Dec. 30 — The Bells of Christmas service, music and final gathering for worship, 10 a.m.

Shepherd of the Valley, 1631 Eighth St.

Dec. 23 — Fourth Sunday of Advent, 10:30 a.m. “The Joyous Celebration of Reign”

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5:30 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets:

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve family candlelight service, 7 p.m., blending meaningful and lasting traditions with a relevant, joy-filled life message. Christmas “goodie bags” will be given to all the children and the music will be incredible.

Dec. 25 — Christmas Day worship service, 10 a.m.

Tucker Road Baptist Church, at 1455 Tucker Road in Hood River, will hold a candlelight service Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Valley Christian Church

Hood River Valley Christian Church invites friends and the community to Advent and Christmas services. The church is located at 975 Indian Creek Road; 541-386-2608; www.hoodriver

Dec. 21 — “Blue Christmas” service, 7 p.m.: A safe place to bring grief and disappointment in a season of joy

Christmas is not always merry and the socially expected happiness is sometimes mingled with pain and tears. On Dec. 21, the day with the most darkness and least light, the church will meet together for a worship service. For this service it will be all right to cry and to say aloud what lies heavy upon our hearts.

In the midst of the darkness we will look for the light which the darkness cannot overcome. Everyone is invited: those who are hurting and those who are willing to stand with them. Childcare will be provided.

Dec. 23 — Fourth Sunday in Advent, 10:30 a.m.: “Love”

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. special family worship geared for children; 10 p.m. candlelight Communion service

Dec. 30 — A carol singing service

Riverside Community Church

The final advent concert, like the others, begins at noon and is free of charge:

Friday, Dec. 21 — Tim Mayer will perform.

Dec. 23 — Fourth Sunday of Advent, 10:30 a.m.; caroling after worship

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve services, 6 and 8 p.m.

The 6 p.m. service will feature the Riverside Gospel Choir. Children are invited to bring a favorite stuffed animal to place at the manger.

The 8 p.m. service will feature the Riverside Chancel Choir.

Riverside invites everyone for refreshments after each service. Those attending services are encouraged to bring in socks and gloves for the Giving Tree in the Pioneer Room. Blankets are needed too, and can be placed under the tree. All gifts will assist those who are homeless.

Dec. 30 — Hymns of Christmas worship service, 10:30 a.m.

Pine Grove-Odell Methodist

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will host a Christmas Eve service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. at the Pine Grove Church. Ron Newberger will provide special guitar music for the service. Church members urge you to join them for the story of Christmas and all the great music.

Pillar Bible Fellowship

Pastor Ben Bronson invites the community to join the Pillar Bible Fellowship in a special series for the four weeks of Advent, titled “Seeing Christmas Clearly.” The church started meeting in late 2011 and began Sunday services on Easter this year.

The group meets at 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings at Mid Valley Elementary School, 3686 Davis Drive in Odell, in its new cafeteria.

For more information on the series visit


Does your church have special services planned for Advent? Email to Esther K. Smith at esmith@ or call 541-386-1234.

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