Church News for Dec. 22, 2012

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

First Baptist Church, 1889 Belmont Drive:

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Monday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello St.:

Christmas Eve services at 4, 6 and 11 p.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, 1455 Tucker Road:

Candlelight service, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road:

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, Fourth and State streets:

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

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve service, 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

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

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