East County churches offer Christmas services

by: , Lynchwood Christian Church and Lynchwood Church of God teamed to do a Nativity scene last year. Doug and Cheryl Arnbrister, played Joseph and Mary and their son, Joshua, left, was the shepherd boy. 
This year, New Beginnings Christian Center, 3300 N.E. 172nd Place, presents a live Nativity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.

The following churches have scheduled services on Sunday, Dec. 23; Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24; and Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25. For more information, phone numbers and Web sites are listed at the end of each church's section.

Columbia Ridge Community Church, at Reynolds High School, 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.

Dec. 22: 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: 10:30 a.m.

503-667-2722 or visit www.ColumbiaRidge.org.

East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave.

Christmas weekend services:

Dec. 22: 6 p.m. main auditorium.

Dec. 23: 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. main auditorium.

Christmas Eve: Communion service, 6 p.m. main auditorium. Candlelight communion service, 11 p.m., Youth Center, 50 N.W. Fifth St.

503-661-4444 or visit www.easthill.org.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., Portland.

Dec. 23: Services at 4:30 and 10 p.m.


Gresham United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Eighth St.

Christmas Eve: 7 and 11 p.m.


The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland.

Christmas Eve: Masses at 10 p.m. and midnight.

Christmas Day: 10 a.m.

503-254-7371 or visit www.thegrotto.org.

New Beginnings Christian Center, 3300 N.E. 172nd Place.

Dec. 23: 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Live nativity scene from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas Eve: Candlelight service, 9 p.m.

503-256-6050 or visit www.NewbeginningsLive.com.

Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, one mile east of Orient.

Dec. 23: 11 a.m. service. The Friendly Corners Singers will perform. Pastor John Tindell will speak on the theme 'The Gift of the Word Made Flesh.'

Christmas Eve: 6:30 p.m. service will include carols, candles, trumpets and a traditional Christmas drama involving Joseph, Mary, shepherds, a shepherd's wife, a shepherd boy, and wise men.


Powell Valley Covenant Church, 1335 S.E. 282nd Ave.

Christmas Day: 6:30 a.m. Julotta service. Sharing of Christmas breads, holiday pastries and coffee. Worship and praise service follows at 7 a.m., and will feature the lighting of the Christ candle in the Advent wreath.

503-663-3013 or visit www.powellvalley.org.

River of Life Lutheran Church, 2477 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.

Christmas Eve: Children's service at 6:30 p.m., featuring the program 'Christmas Night Fair and Bright: Jesus Born for Us.' Candlelight service 11 p.m.

503-667-3141 or visit www.roll.org.

St. Aidan Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St.

Christmas Eve: Wrigglers' Mass, Children's Play, 6 p.m.

Vespers of the Nativity and midnight Mass, 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Day: 10 a.m. Mass.

503-252-6128 or visit www.staidans-gresham.org.

St Luke Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave.

Dec. 23: 9 a.m. service with Holy Eucharist, coffee and fellowship to follow.

Christmas Eve: 6:30 p.m. family service with carols and Holy Eucharist.

Christmas Day: 10 a.m. family service with carols and Holy Eucharist.

503-665-9442 or visit www.saintlukesgresham.org.

Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave., Fairview.

Christmas Eve: 7 p.m. family service with children's choir and stories; 11 p.m. candlelight service with choir.

Children welcome at all services; nursery available.

503-667-6800 or visit www.smithmemorialpres.org.

Iglesia Cristo Por Su Mundo, or 'Christ For His World Church' will hold a special Christmas service in Spanish at 2 p.m., Dec. 23 at Smith Memorial.

For information, call Gregorio at 503-975-4950.