Newberg will enjoy a bounty of Christmas celebrations this year
Area churches are providing a wide array of options to observe the holiday
Just as the Christian without a flock has many choices when it comes time to find a place of worship in Newberg, so does anyone seeking to observe and celebrate Christmas in the area during the next week.
In addition to traditional Christmas Day Mass and beloved candlelight Christ-mas Eve services, area churches are opening their arms to all worshippers as they honor Jesus birth in their own fashion.
Newberg Church of Christ, for example, will not hold a Christmas Eve service this year, but is hosting a community Christmas dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Newberg First United Methodist Church will be busy in the next week, as its choir will perform the A Child is Born cantata during regular services Sunday. Selections from the cantata will be performed at the 8:15 a.m. service, followed by the entire presentation during the 10:30 a.m. service. The choir also plans to sing the cantata Dec. 23 at Friendsview Retirement Community.
For Christmas Eve, the First United Methodist will begin with a youth-led service at 5 p.m., followed by a light dinner at 6 p.m., a family candlelight service at 7 p.m. and a candlelight service and communion at 10. Call 503-538-5404 for dinner reservations on Christmas Eve.
Joyful Servant Lutheran is leading a caroling event Saturday, meeting at the church at 12:30 p.m. before heading out at 1 p.m. for about three hours of old-fashioned merrymaking. Joyful Servant will also host the final performance by the Community Cantata at 4 p.m. Sunday, then hold candlelight services at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Northside Community Church has organized an orchestra to perform during regular services at 10 a.m. Sunday and during its Christmas Eve gathering at 5:30 p.m.
Newberg Christian Church is organizing a trip to see the lights at the Oregon Zoo on Sunday. The church bus will leave at 4 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for children 2 and under. Space is limited, so sign up by calling 503-538-3104. The church will also have four separate candlelight services Christmas Eve, scheduled for 4, 5:30, 7 and 11 p.m.
Also among the churches offering Christmas Eve services are Newberg Foursquare Church (5 p.m.), Newberg Friends Church (5/6:30/8 p.m.), Grace Baptist Church (6 p.m.), Rockpoint Church (6 p.m.), St. Paul Lutheran Church (3/7 p.m.), 2nd Street Community Church (4/5:30 p.m.), North Valley Friends Church (6 p.m.), Southside Community Church (7:30 p.m.), West Chehalem Friends Church (6 p.m.) and Zion Lutheran Church (7 p.m.).
Family Life Church has elected to host its Christmas Eve service a few days early, worshipping by candlelight at 6 p.m. Sunday following regular services.
Newberg First Presbyterian Church held a Christmas story service Dec. 15, but will gather at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to sing carols, then gather for fellowship at Abbys Pizza. It will also be among the few congregations gathering at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.
St. Peter Catholic Church in Newberg and St. Paul Catholic Church will also host masses on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
St. Peter will have Christmas Eve Masses at 5 and 10 p.m. Dec. 24, followed by an English-language Mass at 9 a.m. and a Spanish-language Mass at 11 a.m. Dec. 25. St. Peter will also host an advent penance service at 7 p.m. Thursday.
St. Paul Roman Catholic will host its popular family Mass at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day Mass at 9 a.m.