A PROGRAM ON AFGHANISTAN will be presented by Tim Root at 3 p.m. at Battle Ground United Methodist Church, 10300 N.E. 199th St., Battle Ground. Tim Root and his wife, Samara, will explain why they are moving to Afghanistan. 360-687-2542.
COUNTRY GOSPEL JUBILEE, 6:30 p.m. at the Holiness Association Campground, Northeast Covington Road at 107th Avenue, with hosts Bill and Lois O’Connor. An offering will be taken. Lois O’Connor, 360-442-9470 or email@example.com.
FRIENDS OF THE CARPENTER BENEFIT, Christmas with Jim Fischer & Friends, 3 and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St. Tickets, $20, available at Beacock Music, 1420 S.E. 163rd Ave.; Divine Consign, 904 Main St.; or at the door.
FAITH-BASED SEMINAR ON GRIEVING, continues at 10 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 10 in the conference room at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2700 E. 28th St. Sharon Osborn, 360-694-386; or the church office, 360-695-7501.
“CHRISTMAS IN EGYPT,” a free musical stage play by members of Trinity Baptist Church, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the church, 6700 MacArthur Blvd. The performance will be followed by refreshments and fellowship. 360-693-4471.
FESTIVAL OF THE NATIVITIES, noon to 9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10509 S.E. Fifth St. There will be live music, children’s activities, more than 600 creches and a live nativity performance at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. http://www.festivalofnativities.org.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST will have an Advent Festival, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1220 N.E. 68th St. Activities include making gingerbread houses, decorating cookies, making Christmas cards, music and a silent auction. 360-693-1476.
MEMORIAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2700 E. 28th St., will have Advent worship services at 7 p.m. Tuesdays during Advent. Services will be preceded by a 6 p.m. soup supper. 360-695-7501, ext. 10.
MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES, noon and 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road. A soup supper at 6 p.m. will precede the evening worship. Child care is available at the evening service. 360-892-7160, http://www.salcvan.org.
MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES, noon and 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin St. A soup supper at 6 p.m. will precede evening worship. 360-693-3531, www.stpaulvancouver.com.
PACIFIC ARTS ENSEMBLE, under the direction of Tony Bump, will perform a Christmas concert, “Carols for Haiti,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Starting Grounds Church, 203 S. Parkway Ave., Battle Ground. Admission, $10, includes dessert, with proceeds going to the Haiti Water project. The ensemble will also perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church, 5701 MacArthur Blvd., and at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Courtyard Village Vancouver, 4555 N.E. 66th Ave. Starting Grounds, http://www.startinggroundschurch.com or 360-687-2662; Vancouver Heights, 360-693-4761; Courtyard Village, 360-693-5900.
THE MAJESTY OF CHRISTMAS: Holiday music featuring “Magnificat” by Vaughan Williams, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” and Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” with a brass choir, at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $15; $10, students and seniors. Tickets are available at Beacock’s Music, 1420 S.E. 163rd Ave.; Music World, 7916 N.E. Sixth Ave.; and at the door.
ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH will host a Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting event Dec. 11 to honor and remember children who have died. Schedule: program 6:45 p.m.; candle lighting and reading of children’s names 7 p.m.; readings and music 7:10 p.m. followed by a reception. The church is at 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Questions or to have your child’s name read, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lorna Bradford, 360-213-9587; or Kathy Deschner, 360-573-3206.
COUV’ GROOVE BENEFIT CONCERT, sponsored by Alisa Williams & Friends, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Mill Plain United Methodist Church, 15804 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Donations of canned or packaged food, new hats, gloves and socks encouraged. Free-will offering will be taken.
CHRISTMAS AT PEOPLES CHURCH will include music by adult and children’s choirs, followed by dessert, at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. The Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18 will include adult and children’s choir music. Child care is available for newborns through age 4. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 5 p.m.; the Christmas morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 6801 E. Mill Plain Blvd. 360-750-7235.
RESCUE PERFORMS AT CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11001 N.E. 189th St., Battle Ground. Free-will offering will be taken. http://www.meadowglade.com; or church office, 360-687-2265.
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL, “Dr. Newheat’s Christmas Cure,” presented by children from Sunday school, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road. There will be a musical prelude at 3:30 p.m. 360-892-7160, http://www.salcvan.org.
SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 161 Lutheran Church Road, Stevenson, will hold simple soup suppers at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by evening worship services with Holy Communion, “Unfailing Light” at 7 p.m. through Dec. 21. Several members of the congregation will present the devotional series “The True Gifts of Christmas.” Donations of bread and soup are welcome. 509-427-5972.