Churches plan Christmas services

Holley Church plans Christmas services

This time of year people general give Christmas presents, such as packages under the tree with beautiful buttons and bows. This year Holley Christian Church wants to give those living in the Holley area a “Christmas Presence.”

Sunday, the church’s contemporary service will be held at 8:45 a.m. The morning message will be titled “Three Great Gifts.” This will be followed at 10 a.m. by Christmas Brunch, and at 11 a.m. the traditional service will start. The message also will be titled “Three Great Gifts.”

At 6 p.m., a special candlelight service for children and adults will be held. Guest soloist will be David Dominy singing “Oh, Holy Night.” Following the candlelight service, the church will go Christmas caroling around the Holley community.

The greatest Christmas Gift is a strange but wonderful one, according to Holley Church. It was a tiny baby who grew to be the Savior of the entire world. The greatest Christmas present ever is the presence of Jesus in the world and the lives of people.

Sweet Home Assembly to provide free gifts

The Children’s Ministries of Sweet Home Assembly are providing free gifts for children 13 and younger who attend the church on Dec. 24 during the 10:30 a.m. service.

There is no charge for any of the gifts. The gifts are primarily toys and stuff animals that have been donated by people from throughout the valley and even from Portland.

“These gifts are a simple token of our love for the children in our community,” Pastor Dan Helland said. “And it’s our desire that the kids will recognize we’re celebrating Jesus’ birthday at this special time of year.”

The Assembly currently ministers to more than a hundred children on a regular basis but persons do not have to be a “regular” to get a free gift. All children 13 and younger will get a wrapped present.

“Our kids deserve the best we can give,” Pastor Helland said. “I’ve encouraged our people to give gifts that they would give their own children or grandchildren. It won’t hurt most of us to spend $8 or $10 on a precious child in our community.”

The church is located at 890 Mountain View Road at 22nd Avenue. The church offers transportation for those who call and request it by Friday at noon for the following Sunday. A pancake breakfast is served every Sunday at 9 a.m free of charge for all who come.

For more information, persons may contact the church office at 367-2038.

Local churches plan services

Community Chapel, 42250 Ames Creek Rd., will hold three Christmas Eve services. Services will be held at 8 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.

River of Life Fellowship, 1658 Long St., will hold a Christmas Eve Celebration at 10 a.m. with Pastor Gary Hooley.

Sweet Home Assembly, 890 Mountain View Rd., will hold its Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. with Pastor Dan Helland.

Fir Lawn Lutheran, 109 W. Holley Rd., will hold its service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Mike Schaefer.

Sweet Home Evangelical, 1347 Long St., will hold its service at 8 p.m. with Pastor Terry Medina.

St. Helen’s Catholic Church will having caroling at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, December 24, with mass at 9 p.m. Christmas day mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Mass at Brownsville will be celebrated Christmas day at 11 a.m.