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.