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December 2019 calendar

This is a guide to Christian-oriented performances, activities, speakers and ministry events.  If you would like your event listed at no cost, leave details by phone at 503-537-9220, by e-mail at cnnw@cnnw.com, or by regular mail at P.O. Box 974, Newberg, OR 97132.  (Note: Inclusion of an event in this calendar does not necessarily indicate endorsement by this newspaper).
    3 p.m., Christmas with Jim Fischer and Friends concert to benefit Friends of the Carpenter ministry, First Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, 4300 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. 98663.  Fischer and his band will ejoin with the Northwest Harmony Choris in presenting holiday music.  Free admission; freewill offering taken. 360-750-4752 or friendsofthecarpenter.org
    3:30 to 5 p.m., Free concert by the Dickens Carolers, Temple Baptist Church, 1319 N.E. Seventh Ave., Portland 97232. Featuring  traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites. Hoiiday reception follows. 503-233-5953.
    4 to 6 p..m., Jingle Jam, Canby Foursquare Church, 2350 S.E. Territorial Road, Canby 97013.   Includes cookie decorating, carols, games, crafts, cocoa bar and tree lighting. Free admission. 503-266-4444.
    Hearts of Fire International presents God of Wonders with David Hogan and Aaron Winter, first of two consecutive days, Casa Del Padre, 7805 S.E. 17th Ave., Portland 97202  503-334-2535 or Heartsoffireintl.com
    7 p.m., Pianist Michael Allen Harrison and vocalist Julianne Johnson in Christmas concert, Northside Community Church, 1800 N. Hoskins St., Newberg 97132.  Free admission; canned food donations welcomed. 503-538-0440.
    7:30 p.m. 32nd annual  Portland’s Christmas Celebration, first of six presentations this week, Portland Christian Center, 5700 S.W.  Dosch Road, Portland 97239. Also presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Offered for decades at the church, 5700 S.W. Dosch Road, Portland, this annual production features more than 200 musicians, including a live orchestra, adult choir, children’s choir and youth choir with handbells.  For free tickets, go to www.pcctoday.com
    4:30 to 8:30 p.m., A Night in Bethlehem, first of two consecutive evenings, Orchards Adventist Church, 6415 N.E. 102nd Ave, Vancouver, Wash. 98662. In this free-admission program, guests will walk outdoors through several scenes depicting an outdoor village, leading ultimately to the scene of the Christ child in the manger.  Also crafts programs for children offered. 360-892-2925.
    5 p.m., 18th annual Follow the Star, first of six evening presentations this month, Holden Convention Center at Gladstone Park (Seventh-Day Adventist), 19500 Oatfield Road, Gladstone 97027.  It is a 45-minute walking tour of seven outdoor live-action scenes that tell the story of the search for the Christ child. Tours begin approximately every eight minutes. Also at 5 p.m. Dec.  7, 8, 13, 14 and 15.. Admission is free.  Participants should dress warmly. 503-655-2614 or www.followthestar.us/
    6 to 8 p.m., Seventh annual Christmas Village sponsored by Activate Church of Camas, Wash., Esther Short Park, downtown Vancouver, Wash. This popular free-admission event includes free cocoa, photos with Santa, live Christmas music, cookie and ornament decorating and giveaways of Christmas trees and clothing.  971-404-8257 or sarah@activatechurch.org
    6 to 8:30 p.m., Nativity Lights, first of eight evenings this month, on the grounds of Neighborhood Church and Stafford Academy, 21065 S.W. Stafford Road, Tualatin 97062.  Also from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20; 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21; and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Includes lighted walking paths, a kids’ indoor bounce house, and a giant indoor inflatable slide. Hot cocoa, cider and popcorn available for purchase. Those who wish simply to drive through can visit most any evening between Dec. 6 and 21.  Donations can be placed in a designated bucket, with all proceeds going to Child Hope.  503-638-8765 or theneighborhoodchurch.org
    6:30 to 9 p.m., 14th annual Living Nativity,  first of two consecutive evenings, Church on the Mountain, 68301 US-26, Welches 97067. Both an indoor and outdoor presentation.  Also 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 503-622-4079 or tcotm@hotmail.com or tcotm.org
7 p.m. Journey Theater Arts Group presents It’s a Wonderful Life, first of six public performances this month, Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal, Wash. 98671. Alsot at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 14 and 15.  Advance tickets $15 general, $12 youth and senior citizens, except for 7 p.m. show Dec., 7, with all tickets $12 advance.  Tickets for all shows $2 more if purchased at the door. 360-750-8550 or journeytheater.org
    7 p.m., Concordia University Christmas Chorale concerts, first of three presentations this weekend, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6700 N.E. 29th Ave, Portland 97211.  Also at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.  503-493-6333.
    7 p.m., Christmas at Peoples Church, first of five performances this weekend, Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Drive N.E., Salem  97305.  Also at both 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The church this year offers a new production of choral and orchestral pieces, accompanied by some drama and dance.  It includes a 75-voice adult and youth choir, a children’s choir, 35-member orchestra, and multimedia. For free tickets: 503-304-4000 or peopleschurch.com
    1 and 6 p.m., An Unexpected Gift: Unwrapping the Story of Christmas, first two of three performances this weekend, Salem Evangelical Church, 455 Locust St. N.E., Salem 97301.  Also at 6 p.m. Sunday.  Live music, a 90-voice choir, drama and special effects will be offered in this presentation. 503-581-0102.
    5 to 10 p.m., Third annual Christmas at the Grove, Canby Grove Christian Center, 7501 S. Knights Bridge Road, Canby 97013. This is a festival of lights, music and activities for the whole family. Activities include live music, crafts, cookie decorating.gift shopping and more. Come and go as you desire.   Free admission; parking is $10 per car. 503-266-5176 or canbygrove.com or www.christmasatthegrove.com
     6 p.m., Thrivent Member Network’s Pacific Cascade Region annual celebration, World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St., Portland 97204.  Includes dinner reception and a “special generosity surprise.” Topic is “Rewriting Your Money Story.” A look at the role money plays in individual lives.  Features interactive experiences and an open discussion with authors of “Your New Money Mindset.” Thrivent is a non-profit organization seeking to help Christians be wise regarding money and to be good stewards of God’s gifts by living generously.  thrivent-pac-cas-celebration.eventbrite.com
     7 p.m., Experience Christmas concert presented by the music department of Northwest Christian University, first of two weekend performances, in the university’s Morse Event Center, 1075 Alder St., Eugene 97401.   Also at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Theme is “Wonder.” Feeatures NCU’s 50-member choir and orchestra, including the contemporary women’s group, Willow.  $10 general admission, $5 for students.  Tickets at nwcu.edu/christmas
    6:30 p.m., The Heart of Christmas, a music and drama presentation, Lynchwood Church of God, 3818 S.E. 174th Ave. Portland 97236. 503-665-6638.
    6 to 9 p.m., Journey to Bethlehem, first of four evening performances this week, Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 21610 N.E. Butler Market Road, Bend 97701.  Also 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  This free-admission outdoor experience  is a presentation of life 2,000 years ago at the very first Christmas, with sights, sounds and smells of village life.  Those attending should dress for an outdoor, walk-through event.  Music, hot drinks and cookies also provided.  541-382-5991 or bendjourney.com
    7 p.m., The King’s Brass in worship concert, Sunnyside Adventist Church, 10501 S.E. Market St., Portland 97216.  The group features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards. Free admission. 503-252-8080.
    Family Holiday Weekend, first of three consecutive days, Twin Rocks Friends Camp, 18705 Hwy. 101 N., Rockaway Beach 97136.  503-355-2284 or twinrocks.org
    Christmas Conference with Ray Pritchard, first of three consecutive days, Cannon Beach Conference Center.  Author of 27 books, Pritchard is president of Keep Believing Ministries and for 27 years pastored churches in Los Angeles, Calif.; Dallas, Texas; and Chicago, Ill.
    Clackamas Community Choir concert. Hillsview Community Church, 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus 97089.  Also on Dec. 15 (see below) 503-698-4765 or clackamas communitychoir@yahoo.com
    6 to 8 p.m., sixth annual The Living Christmas Story, first of three consecutive evenings, Hoodview Church of God, 1530 Mount Hood Ave., Woodburn 97071. This is a free drive-through or walk-through experience for the entire family, featuring scenes from the life of Christ.  503-981-1660 or hoodviewchurchofgod.com
     6 to 9 p.m., 11th annual Christmas on the Campground, first of three consecutive evenings, on the grounds of the Apostolic Faith Church, 5415 S.E. Duke St., Portland 97206.  Also from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Utilized since the 1920s, this 12-acre campgroundhas since 2009 hosted this free-admission Christmas event. It includes 700,000 colored lights, live animals, a “Nativity Pageant” in the historic tabernacle, a petting zoo, and more. 503-777-1741 or apostolicfaith.org
    7:30 p.m., 21st annual Gospel Christmas presented by the Oregon Symphony, first of three performances this weekend,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland 97205.  Also at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.  For more than two decades, the Northwest Community Gospel Choir and its conductor, Charles Floyd, have teamed up with the Oregon Symphony for this holiday presentation Tickets range from $35 to $115. 503-228-1353 or tickets.orsymphony.org
    5 to 8 p.m., 32nd annual Live Nativity, first of two consecutive evenings, outside both Lynchwood Church of God and Lynchwood Christian Church on Southeast 174th Avenue north of Powell Boulevard, Portland.   A series of scenes depict the birth and life of Jesus Christ; this free program is staged outdoors by volunteers from both churches.  People driving or walking by the sets will receive a brochure — available in several languages — describing the scenes, with recorded Christmas music in the background.  503-665-6638 or 503-665-9534.
    10 a.m., Community Christmas Choir performance, Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Ave., Portland 97206. 503-771-7553 or mspkpres@imagina.com
    11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m,. 33rd annual Christmas Luncheon sponsored by Portland Business Luncheons, Cascade Crest Ballroom at the Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland 97221.   Featured speaker is Katy Crane.  $60.  pdxlunch.com
    Clackamas Community Choir concert. Hillsview Community Church, 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus 97089.  503-698-4765 or clackamas communitychoir@yahoo.com
    7 p.m., Acoustic Christmas with Steven Curtis Chapman and Jillian Edwards, Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin 97062.  kpdq.com/content/station-events
    Celebrate Christmas Tour with Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey, East Hill Church, Gresham.  TransparentProductions.com
    6:30 to 8 p.m., Christmas caroling service, Sherwood Community Friends Church, 23264 S.W. Main St., Sherwood 97140.  Cookies and beverages served during the first half-hour followed by singing of carols for an hour, closing with candlelight. Those attending encouraged to bring canned food donations for Sherwood’s Willowbrook Food Pantry. 503-625-7879 or scfc@sherwoodfriends.org
    7 to 9 p.m., Live Nativity, first of two consecutive evenings, Friendly Street Church of God, 2290 Friendly St., Eugene 97405.  541-345-6553.
    Christmas Eve.  Many churches will have candlelight services or other observances.
    Christmas Day.  Celebrating the birth of the Savior of mankind.
     CB (Conservative Baptists) Northwest’s Winter Youth Celebration for high schoolers, first of three consecutive days, Red Lion Jantzen Beach,  909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland 97217. Speaker is Matt Mikalatos. www.cbnw.org/en/events/wyc/
      11 a.m., Portland Women’s Connection monthly luncheon and program, Community Room at Parkview Retirement, 1825 N.E. 108th Ave., Portland 97220.  Theme is “Joy to the World.”  Speaker Laura Loffredo will re-enact a story from an angel’s viewpoint.  She currently works for Portland schools and formerly owned and operated a bed and breakfast near Chicago, Ill.  Also featured will be singing by Inna Crown, a voice teacher from Vancouver, Wash. $15.50.  RSVP at 503-658-5453 or joylindstedt@msn.com
    New Year’s Eve.  Many churches will sponsor celebrations to bring in the New Year 2020.