East County churches will mark Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 25, with the following services and events:

East Hill Church

Where: 701 N. Main Ave.

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23

Christmas Eve: 4 and 6 p.m.

No services on Christmas.

There will be an offering to benefit homeless students in the Gresham-Barlow School District and fund wells, schools and medical treatment in Nigeria.

Info: 503-661-4444,,

Meanwhile you can enjoy the story of the biblical Joseph and Mary in the multimedia presentation 'Only Hope,' which combines live theater with video. Performances take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

Admission is free.

Faith United Methodist Church

Where: 27400 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale

Christmas Eve: Candlelight service at 7 p.m.

Christmas: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 25.

Jan. 1: 5:30 p.m. service, followed by a potluck dinner.

All are invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the beginning of a new year.

Info: 503-661-4520,

Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Where: 11560 S.E. Market St.

Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. service for families; 10 p.m. Both are candlelight services.

Christmas: 8 and 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Info: Judith Rykken at 503-256-1835.

Gresham Bible Church

Where: Dexter McCarty Middle School, 1400 S.E. Fifth St.

Christmas: 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children's Christmas Program included.

Info: Naomi at 503-349-2443.

Sanctuary Church

Where: 3101 S.E. Orient Drive

Friday, Dec. 23: 7 p.m. Candlelight service.

Christmas: Traditional service at 10:45 a.m.


River of Life Church

Where: 2477 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale in the Cherry Park Market Place east of the Safeway.

Christmas Eve: 7 p.m. candlelight and carols service.

Christmas: 10 a.m.

Info: 503-667-3141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wood Village Baptist Church

Where: 23601 N.E. Arata Road, Wood Village

Christmas Eve: 5 p.m.

Christmas: 9:30 a.m.

Services are identical and feature an hour of Christmas music and message on the theme 'Completed Faith.' All are welcome.

Info: 503-661-7686,

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