Advent and Christmas church schedules

Updated for Dec. 19

Riverside Community Church

Dec. 21 — Longest Night Worship Service, 7 p.m., Riverside UCC, Fourth and State streets.

We will gather in the holy darkness with our brothers and sisters at Bethel UCC in White Salmon for our annual “Longest Night” service.

Dec. 24 — Family-Friendly Christmas Eve candlelight services:

6 p.m., Children are invited to bring a favorite stuffed animal to place by the manger;

8 p.m., featuring music by the Riverside Chancel Choir

All are invited to bring hats, gloves, socks, blankets or wet weather gear (such as ponchos) to place on or under the “Giving Tree” for those who are homeless.

Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that Tim Willis is now serving as pastor. He brings a fresh and joyous belief to the church.

Services continue to be at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Odell Methodist Church sanctuary. The twilight Christmas Eve service will be at 4 p.m. at the Pine Grove Methodist Church sanctuary. All are invited to attend.

Parkdale Baptist

The Parkdale Baptist Church will observe Christmas Eve service on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. The church is located at 6310 Dee Highway.

Valley Christian Church

Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, invites friends and the community to Advent and Christmas services. For more information call 541-386-2608 or visit

Dec. 20 — Fourth Sunday of Advent; theme is love. 9:30 a.m., Sunday School for all ages; 10:30 a.m., worship.

Dec. 22 — Longest night service, 7 p.m. Worship with silence, prayers and candle lighting.

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve service, 7:30 p.m. With children, carols, candlelight and communion.

Tucker Road Baptist

Tucker Road Baptist invites the community to take a break from the busyness of the season and join in a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas with a candlelight service on Dec. 24 from 6-7 p.m.

Rob and Shirley Bagge, of Mosier, will lead the congregation in favorite Christmas songs, and Pastor Dean Kelly will read the biblical account of the birth of Christ.

Tucker Road Baptist Church is located at 1455 Tucker Road. For more information, call 541-386-1049.

St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Drive, invites all for Christmas and New Year services.

Dec. 24 — 5:30 p.m., Children’s Liturgy Mass in English; 8 p.m. Misa de Gallo in Spanish; 10 p.m., Midnight Mass in English (and yes, it really is at 10 p.m.).

Dec. 25 — 10 a.m. Christmas Mass in English; noon in Spanish.

Dec. 31 — 6 p.m., New Year’s Vigil Mass, bilingual.

Jan. 1 — 7:30 a.m., New Year’s Day Mass in English; noon in Spanish.

Valley Worship Center

Dec. 24, 6-7 p.m. — Valley Worship Center will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5780 Highway 35, the geodesic dome near Mt. Hood. Pastor Don Howell and the congregation invite the community to the event.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Pastor Jeff Mueller says Immanuel Lutheran Church wishes a “Merry Christmas” to Hood River and a welcome to two services:

Dec. 24, 7 p.m. — a family candlelight Christmas Eve service blending meaningful and lasting traditions with a relevant, joy-filled life message.

Dec. 25, 10 a.m.

There will be music and Christmas “goodie bags” will be given to all the children.

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