Holy week services: Updated April 12

The following is a list of events for Lent and Easter week at various local churches. Community members are invited to any of these activities.

Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road

n Through April 6 — Sunday evening Lenten soup suppers and study sessions, 5-7 p.m. Come for one session or for all.

Soup Supper will be served at 5 p.m. followed by group studies for all ages. Child care will be provided for the youngest children. Each evening concludes in a brief time of song, reflection and meditation, finishing before 7 p.m.

n Sunday, April 13 — Palm Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m., with Parade of Palms processional

n Thursday, April 17 — Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m., featuring the chancel choir performing a cantata called “The Shadow of the Cross” under the direction of Carolyn Ternahan

n Saturday, April 19 — The Hoppening, 10 a.m., for all ages: breakfast, program, egg hunt

Sunday, April 20 — Easter Sunday

7 a.m. Early worship

8-9:15 a.m. Breakfast served by church youth

9:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages

10:30 a.m. Easter worship

Pine Grove-Odell Methodist Church

n April 13 — Palm Sunday, 10 a.m. at the Pine Grove church, on the corner of Van Horn and Eastside roads, with coffee hour to follow

n April 17 — Maundy Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove church

n April 20 — Easter Sunday service, 10 a.m. at the Odell Methodist Church, on the main street in Odell (Highway 281)

Concordia Lutheran Church, 1107 Pine St.

n April 17 — Maundy Thursday Worship, 6:30 p.m.

n April 18 — Good Friday service will be at Bethany Lutheran, 2323 E. 12th St., The Dalles, at 6:30 p.m.

n April 20 — Easter Sunrise Service, at Idlewilde Cemetery, 6 a.m.; Easter Breakfast at Concordia Lutheran Church, 7:45 a.m.; Easter Church Service, 9 a.m.

Riverside Community Church, United Church of Christ

Fourth and State streets in downtown Hood River, 541-386-1412

n April 13 — Palm Sunday, begins with a festive, family-friendly procession of the palms at 10:30.

n April 15 — A 45-minute meditative service of prayer and Taize music at 7 p.m.

n April 18 —Good Friday, candlelight service of prayer, music and reflection will recount the journey of Jesus to the cross and bring us into the dark and broken places of our own lives and world. The Riverside Chancel Choir will provide music. Service at 7 p.m.

n April 20 — Easter: The Riverside Youth group will serve Easter Brunch at 9 a.m., service at 10:30 a.m. Donations will be accepted for their upcoming mission trip. Service will begin at 10:30 with the flowering of the cross. The Riverside Chancel and Gospel choirs will provide music. An Easter egg hunt for the children will take place after the service.

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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



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