Home December 2019 calendar

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).
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
    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 p.m. Second annual Advent/Christmas Music Concert, First Presbyterian Church of Lebanon, 145 W. Ash St., Lebanon 97355.   This features the European-designed pipe organ from the late 1800s that was installed in Levanon 100 years ago.  Performing will be Salem organist the flutist Diane Hawkins, pianist Steve Bramblett, and Lebanon musicians Steven Hiett playing dulcimer and Marilyn Nicholson playing bells. The concert also will honor the more than 80 years of combined organ playing by Nancy Kirkpatrick, Nancy Kirkelie, Alice Bacon and Dorothy Page. 541-358-2633.
   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.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
    1 p.m., Pacific Northwest City Advance, first of two consecutive days, Mannahouse Church’s Eugene campus, 89780 N. Game Farm Road, Eugene 97408. This is a peer-to-peer learning-community meeting of Christian leaders who are prayerfully seeking the unity of the Church for holistic evangelism, the revival and renewal of the Church, leading to a cultural awakening.  Also a preconference for young leaders, age 35 or under, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. $40 for one-day attendance or $79 for two days. www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pacific-nw-city-advance-2019-tickets-75756903939
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
    1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m., 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  Continues during the same hours on Wednesday. Featured prophetic insights from Winter as well as Hogan, who has planted hundreds of churches in Mexico and testifies of seeing miraculous heallings. $25. 503-334-2535 or www.heartsoffireintl.com/god-of-wonders
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salem Leadership Foundation’s CaN (Churches as Neighborhood) Centers Network Luncheon, Salem First Free Methodist Church, 4455 Silverton Road N.E, Salem 97305.  Chris Pineda, director of community engagement for Mountain West Investment Corp.,  will speak on “The Outward Mindset.”  503-315-8924 or salemlf.org
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?,  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 17500 S.W. Cedarview Way, Sherwood 97140. Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.org
    9:30 a.m., Portland AM Aglow monthly meeting with speaker Dan Amakobe, Discovery Christian Center, 6030 S.E. 136th Ave. Portland 97236.  Amakobe is founder and senior pastor of Word of Life Community Church in Kenya, Africa. He is well known in the Northwest for his teaching on faith, testimonies, and healing anointing. portlandamaglow@gmail.com
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
    10 a.m., BLESS fellowship and service group for women 55 and older, Meadow Springs Community Church, 12647 S.W. 62nd Ave., Portland 97219.  Besides this monthly meeting, the group also does a designated service project each month. 503-620-1500 or sher.ireland@gmail.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
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
    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/
    5:30 to 8:30 p.m., First annual Joyful Noise Music Fest, parking lot of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland 97227. Co-hosted by the church with St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Outdoor music and praise dance with dramatic nativity presentation, ensembles and choirs . food kids tent with actiivities and warm beverages. At 8:15, caroling with attendees. Text to 503-449-0910  or email  amb.dunbar@gmail.com
    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., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?,  First Presbyterian Church, 390 N.E. Second St., McMinnville 97128.  Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.org
    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
    7:30 p.m., Corban University Christmas concert, Psalm Performing Arts Center on the university campus, 5000 Deer Park Drive S.E., Salem 97301.  Featuring each of Corban’s instrumental and choral ensembles.  Free admission; donations will be received.
503-375-7027.
    7:30 p.m., George Fox University Christmas concert, first of three presentations this weekend, Bauman Auditorium on the Newberg campus.  Also at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Theme is “Arise, Shine!”  Featured groups include the university’s Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Symphony Orchestra. Performers will include student musicians and members of the George Fox community. Complementary staging, lighting, Scripture reading and narration will enhance the production. The concert will also provide opportunities for the audience to join in singing familiar Christmas carols. Preconcert music will be offered 40 minutes before each performance. $12 adult, $8 senior citizens and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children. 503-554-2620 or georgefox.edu/concerts
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
    8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Run Alpha, interactive training on leading local Alpha programs, Colossae Church, 12244 S.W. Garden Place, Tigard 97223. Offered worldwide, Alpha is an evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. $30, or $25 each for groups of four or more. 503-819-2605 or kirkpetersen@alphausa.org, or register at https://alpha.ticketspice.com/run-alpha-portland-dec-2019
    Columbia-Willamette Women of Vision’s Field Briefing and Trip Report on World Vision outreach in Bangladesh, The Summit in Cascade Summit Shopping Center, 22220 Salamo Road, West Linn 97068. 503-704-3870 or luyocky@gmail.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, children’s theater, cookie decorating.gift shopping and more. Come and go as you desire.   Dinner available to purchase in the dining room. 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., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?, Newberg Church of the Nazarene, 23177 Old Yamhill Road, Newberg 97132.  Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.org
    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
        7 p.m., CCMfriends.com monthly Singles Social Dance, Milwaukie Community Center, 10666 S.E 42nd, Milwaukie 97222.  Dance lesson first hour, dancing from 8 to 11. Couples also welcome to attend.  DJ’d music spanning rock, pop, soul,ballroom, country and more. $9 (but only $5 for first-time visitors). 503-319-1951.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
    4 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?, Amity Christian Church, 1305 Goucher St,. Amity  97101.  Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.org
    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.
    6:30 p.m., Sing Along Messiah, Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele St., Portland 97202.  Selected choruses and solos with piano accompaniment.  Those attending invited to bring their own score or borrow one at the door. Light refreshment follow. 503-234-5017.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
    6 p.m., Vancouver Aglow monthly meeting, Shiloh Fellowship Church, 10709 S.E. 10th St., Vancouver, Wash. 98664.  Food and fellowship during the first hour. 360-694-6914 or www.facebook.com/vancouveraglow
     7 to 9 p.m., Word in Motion Ministries presents “The Indescribable Gift,” Four Points by Sheraton Portland East, 1919 N.E. 181st Ave., Portland 97230.  Celebration, testimonies and refreshments. wimministries.org
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
    6 to 7:30 p.m., Lebanon After 5 Connection monthly dinner and program, The Lobby, 661 S. Main St., Lebanon 97355. Theme is “Candy Cane Christmas.” Fun, food and a traditional sing-along. Includes a creative Christmas story with audience participation, complete with prizes and gifts.  Also guest speaker Mary Jane Battista, a Navy wife for 20 years, a retired nurse and children’s author from Astoria, who shares a story of rejection turned into a life of hope. $10. RSVP to 541-258-6414 or 541-259-1396 or NancyPinzino@comcast.net
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
    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
    6:30 p.m.,. Veritas School of Newberg’s choir in Christmas concert, Bauman Auditorium on the George Fox University Newberg campus. veritasschool.net
    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.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
    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
    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.
    5:30 to 8 p.m., Bethlehem Walk, Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School, 4221 S.W. Golf Course Road, Cornelius 97113.  A progressive walk on campus through the Christmas story, ending with a presentation by middle school students. Free admission. 503-359-4853.
    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 campground has 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 p.m., Clackamas Community Choir presents the Christmas musical Night of the Father’s Love. Hillsview Community Church, 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus 97089.  Also on Dec. 15 (see below) Free admission. 503-663-4363 or clackamas communitychoir@yahoo.com
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?, First Baptist Church of Dayton, 300 Flower Lane, Dayton 97114.  Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.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
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
    11 a.m., George Fox University Midyear Commencement for tradtional undergraduate, adult degree program and graduate students, Miller Gymnasium in the Wheeler Sports Cente ron the Newberg campus. 503-538-8383 or georgefox.edu
    2 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?, St. John Catholic Church, 445 N. Maple St., Yamhill 97148. Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.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.
     7 to 9 p.m., Chasing Ebenezer performing “a world folk-rock spin on Christmas tunes”  in a benefit concert for Compassion Connect, Grace Church, 1431 S.W. 12th Ave., Portland 97201.  Those attending encouraged to “come party in your ugliest holiday sweater or craziest Christmas outfit.” A Christmas tree will be up for family photos.  Complimentary cocoa and coffee served. Compassion Connect is a Portland-based non-profit that fights human trafficking and provides medical and dental care for local needy.  Reserve seats at this performance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/79434238947
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
    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
    5 and 7:30 p.m., Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers  from Lillooet, B.C., Canada, in concert, Grants Pass Seventh-dday Adventist Church, 1360 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass 97526.  Theme is “What Can I Give Him?” For free tickets, phone 541-476-6313.
    6 p.m., Clackamas Community Choir presents the Christmas musical Night of the Father’s Love. Hillsview Community Church, 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus 97089. Free admission. 503-663-4363 or clackamas community
    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
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
    12:15 p.m., Christmas luncheon sponsored by Downtown Bible Class, Sunken Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland 97205.  Free.  1-800-935-3020 or www.downtownbible.org
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?, St. James Catholic Church, 1145 N.E. First St., McMinnville 97128. Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.org
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
    7 p.m., Celebrate Christmas Tour with Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey in concert, East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Gresham 97030.  TransparentProductions.com
    7 p.m., 38th annual Christmas musical program at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10503 S.E. Market St., Portland 97216.  Refreshments follow.  Freewill offering taken to support feeding homeless in downtown Portland. 503-252-8080.
       7 to 9 p.m., Chasing Ebenezer performing “a world folk-rock spin on Christmas tunes”  in a benefit concert for Compassion Connect, Hope International Church, 11242 S.E. Holgate Blvd., Portland 97266.   Those attending encouraged to “come party in your ugliest holiday sweater or craziest Christmas outfit.”  Compassion Connect is a Portland-based non-profit that fights human trafficking and provides medical and dental care for local needy.  Reserve seats at this performance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/79454822513
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
    9 a.m., Design Science Association monthly meeting, Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 S.W. Vermont St., Portland 97219. Thomas Kindell will speak on “Dinosaur Soft Tissue.” 503-544-3255 or www.DesignScienceNW.org
    11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastridge Church’s Outer East Arthouse presents a new Christmas play, All is Bright, first two of five performances through Monday, at the church, 14100 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Clackamas 97015.  Also at 5 p.m. Sunday and 6 and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Against a backdrop of war, social upheaval, and personal turmoil, young priest Joseph Mohr is searching for peace. The show follows Mohr and a host of other colorful characters on a search to find calm in the midst of chaos, ultimately resulting in the creation of one of the world’s most beloved Christmas songs: Silent Night. With one actor playing more than a dozen different characters, this 50-minute play is “a refuge of calm and delight for the whole family” according to producers. $12 adult or $8 for ages 12 and younger. OuterEastArthouse.org
    3 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?, Joyful Servant Lutheran Church, 1716 N. Villa road, Newberg 97132. Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.org
    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.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
    3 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents What Kind of Throne?, McMinnville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1500 S.W. Old Sheridan Road, McMinnville 97128. Freewill offering taken to support Yamhill Community Action Program’s food bank. 503-662-3926 or www.CantataChoir.org
CHRISTMAS EVE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
    Christmas Eve.  Many churches will have candlelight services or other observances.
CHRISTMAS DAY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
    Christmas Day.  Celebrating the birth of the Savior of mankind.
    Noon to 4 p.m., 40th annnual Ashland Community Christmas Dinner at the historic Old Ashland Armory at the corner of Oak and B Streets, Ashland.  A free hearty meal with all the trimmings surrounding by Christmas ambience, including live musicians.  Since 1980, Ashland Christian Fellowship has hosted this event by joining with merchants and community volunteers to feed a traditional Christmas dinner to as many as 900 people. 541-482-8539 (phone between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursdays) or go to www.ACFweb.org
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
    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
    6:30 p.m., CCMfriends.com monthly Country Western Dance, Milwaukie Community Center, 10666 S.E 42nd, Milwaukie 97222.  Starts with “white elephant” gift exchange, then dancing from 8 to 11. CCMfriends.com is a singles outreach, but couples also welcome to attend.  DJ’d music mainly country, but also other styles as well Bring leftover Christmas goodies to share. $9 (but only $5 for first-time visitors). 503-319-1951.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
     3:30 p.m., “Five Generations Concert” featuring local Gospel artists from ages 10 to 82, sharing their diverse musical gifts, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3725 N. Gantenbein Ave, Portland 97227.  503-281-0163 or Newhopepdc@comcast.net
NEW YEAR’S EVE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
    New Year’s Eve.  Many churches will sponsor celebrations to bring in the New Year 2020.
    7 p.m., CCMfriends.com New Year’s Eve Dance, Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland 97202. CCMfriends.com is a singles outreach, but couples also welcome to attend.  Dance lesson with Marcus Sterling during first hour, followed by dancing from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Music from 8 to 10 by the band Seymour and Smith, followed by DJ’d music after 10.  $15.  503-319-1951.