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 email@example.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).
Christmas on the Campground, nightly through Dec. 31, Apostolic Faith Church campground, 5414 S.E. Duke St, Portland 97206. Instead of the traditional one-weekend event here, because of COVID the public is invited simply to drive or stroll by the property to enjoy thousands of Christmas lights, a life-size Nativity and the tallest decorated Christmas tree in southeast Portland. Lights are on daily from dusk to dawn, and seasonal music also will play from 4:30 to 9:30 each evening. www.christmasonthecampground.com
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
6:30 to 9 p.m., The War on Truth, a presentation by Christian journalist Anthony Harper, Church on the Rock, 500 S.W. Eaton Blvd., Battle Ground, Wash. 98604. A look at current news events. Harper is publisher of the Intermountain Christian News in Boise, Idaho., and is a White House correspondent. Light refreshments served. Free admission. 360-723-0723 or imcnews.org
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
7 to 8:30 p.m., The Missing Piece, fundraising soup dinner and dessert for Alpha Northwest, Westside: A Jesus Church, 10500 SW Nimbus Ave T, Portland 97223. Alpha is an evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussion. Featured speaker is Craig Springer, Alpha USA executive director. Also viewable online through Zoom. For details: email firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
5:30 to 8 p.m. Nativity Lights outdoor Christmas event, first of nine presentations this month, The Neighborhood Church, 21065 S.W. Stafford Road, Tualatin 97062. Also on Dec. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. A socially distanced event with walking paths and a multitude of Christmas lights. Hot drinks served. Free admission; donations welcomed. theneighborhoodchurch.org
6 to 9 p.m., The Lights at Morning Star, a drive-through Christmas lights and music experience, first of 11 evenings this month, Morning Star Community Church, 4775 27th Ave. S.E., Salem 97302. Also on Dec. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 23-24. Hot cocoa and candy canes safely distributed through car windows. Free admission. www.thelightsatmorningstar.com
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
Upward Trails ministry hike on the Ramona Falls Loop in the Mount Hood National Forest. A 4.5-mile hike with about 700-foot elevation gain. 360-644-4604 or upwardtrails.org
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
Christmas Conference with Ed Underwood, first of three consecutive days, Cannon Beach Conference Center. Underwood is executive officer and lead counselor of Recentered Group. He helps churches build a high trust leadership culture and equip leaders to cultivate a disciple-making community. He has more than 40 years experience as a lead pastor in the Midwest, a church plant that grew into the largest church in a Pacific Northwest county, and the past 21 years as lead pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door in Southern California. He is author of three books. 1-800-745-1546 or cbcc.net
6 to 8 p.m., Seventh annual The Living Christmas Story, first of three consecutive evenings, Hoodview Church of God, 1530 Mount Hood Ave., Woodburn 97071. A free drive-through experience for the entire family, featuring scenes from the life of Christ. 503-981-1660 or hoodviewchurchofgod.com
7 p.m., Let Us Behold Him Christmas program, first of five performances this weekend, Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Drive N.E. Salem 97305. Also at 4 and 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Includes orchestra and limited choir presenting a mix of both tranaditional and contemporary music. 503-304-4000 or peopleschurch.com
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
Upward Trails ministry hike on Powell Butte in east Portland. A 3-mile easy outing. 503-668-8950 or upwardtrails.org
5 to 8 p.m., 33rd annual Live Nativity, outside Lynchwood Church of God, 3818 S.E. 174th Ave, Portland 97236. A series of scenes depicting the birth and life of Jesus, this free program is staged outdors by volunteers from both churches. A drive-by or walk-by event, while complying with social distance regulations. 503-665-6638.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
Upward Trails ministry hike on Gresham Butte. A 3-mile outing with 200-foot elevation gain. 503-522-7205 or upwardtrails.org
9 a.m., The Liberty Quartet from Boise, Idaho, in concert, Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City 97814. libertyquartet.com
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve. Many churches will have either in-person or virtual events.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
Christmas Day. Celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
Upward Trails ministry hike in Portland. 360-931-0624 or email@example.com or upwardtrails.org
NEW YEAR’S EVE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
7:30 p.m. New Year’s overnight retreat, Christian Renewal Center, 22444 North Fork Road S.E., Silverton 97381. Festivities, snacks, prayer and worship in the evening, then brunch followed by brief message on New Year’s Day, concluding at noon. 503-873-6743 or christianrenewalcenter.org