BENEFIT CHRISTMAS CONCERT, "Christmas with Jim Fischer & Friends," 3 and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St. Tickets: $20. Joining Fischer on stage will be the Clark College Chorale (3 p.m.) and the Northwest Harmony Chorus (7 p.m.) plus vocalists Kyra Smith, Trevor Smith, Tobaj and Inessa Crown. The concert is a benefit for Friends of the Carpenter.
PSALMFEST, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road, will feature singing, worship, workshops and presentations, 9 a.m. to noon. http://www.salcvan.org, 360-892-7160.
TODAY AND SUNDAY
VANCOUVER HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, presents the play, "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney, at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at 5701 MacArthur Blvd. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance; music by Danne Presler. The play centers on the lives of two people reading notes, letters and cards. Tickets: $10, at the door. 360-693-4761.
FESTIVAL OF THE NATIVITIES, noon to 9 p.m. today and Sunday 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. today. Free. http://www.festivalofnativities.org
COUNTY GOSPEL SINGING begins at 6 p.m. at Fourth Plain Nazarene Church, 16807 N.E. Fourth Plain Road. Guests Tom and Debbie Trammel from the "Strolling Down Memory Lane" television program will be featured. Larry, 360-254-0628.
SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
ADVENT CONFERENCES begin Sunday at St. James Catholic Church, 218 W. 12th St., with the Rev. Wade Menezes giving a parish mission, "Reality Check — The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell." Following Mass at 12:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, there will be a 45-minute advent conference. At 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, an evening edition of the advent conference will be presented. Mass begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, with an extended homily. The Rev. Menezes is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching religious congregation based in Auburn, Ky. 360-693-3052.
SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE begins its 40th year at 7 p.m., at First Church of God, 3300 N.E. 78th St. Other performances are 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 360-574-1611.
MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES at noon and 6:45 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road. A soup supper at 6 p.m. will precede evening worship. Child care is available at the evening worship. http://www.salcvan.org, 360-892-7160.
CIRCLE OF HEALING AT CHRISTMAS at 6 p.m., Cascades Presbyterian Church, 9503 N.E. 86th St. The service is open to everyone, but especially for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job or is experiencing sadness with upcoming holidays. Rides may be available. * 360-892-6613.
TOUCH OF CLASS CHORALE, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road. The 45-voice choir will present traditional and non-traditional Christmas favorites. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 children, 6 younger than 16. Half the proceeds will benefit the Winter Hospitality Overflow ministry. http://www.salcvan.org, 360-892-7160.
40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 3500 N.W. 129th St., concludes its celebration of 40 years of ministry Dec. 9. Pastor Kathleen Neeley will preach with several guest pastors at 8:30 and 11 a.m. There will be a banquet following the 11 a.m. service. 360-573-5031.
ABUNDANT LIFE CENTER, will present a program on 2012 prophecies, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9, at the Quality Inn Conference Center, 7001 N.E. Highway 99. The Rev. Auda Marie will explore these prophecies. Suggested donation is $15. http://www.my-ALC.com, 360-695-0211.
LIFE POINT CHURCH HOLIDAY SHOW will feature the Big Horn Brass Holiday Show, with soloist Shirley Nanette, in a benefit for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the church, 305 N.E. 192nd Ave. Tickets; $25, $10 for students. 360-735-7278.