Friday, November 30, 2012
The following churches have announced Advent services:
Valley Christian Church
n Dec. 2 and 9 — Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.
n Dec. 16 — A special inter-generational Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
n 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.
n Dec. 23 — Fourth Sunday in Advent, 10:30 a.m.: “Love”
n Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. special family worship geared for children; 10 p.m. candlelight Communion service
n Dec. 30 — A carol singing service
Riverside Community Church
Advent concerts begin at noon and are free of charge:
Friday, Dec. 7 — Mark Steighner will direct the Hood River Valley High School concert choir and chamber singers.
Friday, Dec. 14 — Concert features the Riverside Community Church chancel choir.
Friday, Dec. 21 — Tim Mayer will perform.
Asbury United Methodist
n Dec. 2, 10 a.m., the congregation hosts a beginning of Advent service.
This will be the final Advent and Christmas season at Asbury United Methodist Church, 616 State St., as the building will be closed and Asbury will merge with Our Redeemer Lutheran..
n Dec. 8 — the church hosts a Community Celebration at 10 a.m. in honor of 100 years of Asbury’s Sanctuary.
n Dec. 9, 10 a.m. — the church worship service celebrates the centennial.
n Dec. 12 and 19, 6 p.m. — Mid-week Advent worship at 1140 Tucker Road, Hood River (Our Redeemer Lutheran) using the Holden Evening Prayer Service.
Does your church have special services planned for Advent? Email to Esther K. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-386-1234.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge