The following churches have announced Advent services:
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.hoodrivervalley-christianchurch.com
n Dec. 9 — Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.
n Dec. 9 — Second Sunday in Advent, 10:30 a.m.: “Peace”; Youth and Children’s musical “The Christmas Star”
Christmas fellowship dinner follows worship
n Dec. 16 — A special inter-generational Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
n Dec. 16 — Third Sunday in Advent, 10:30 a.m.: “Joy”
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. 14 — Concert features the Riverside Community Church chancel choir.
Friday, Dec. 21 — Tim Mayer will perform.
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 http://bit.ly/XyWwoS.
Does your church have special services planned for Advent? Email to Esther K. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-386-1234.