During the Christmas season, Portland Mennonite Church, 1312 SE 35th Ave., hosts two services one for the Longest Night and the other, Christmas Eve.

The longest nights of the year come during the holidays. For many people it is a season of ‘glad tidings,’ but some are carrying grief, enduring loss, or struggling with depression. 

Saturday, December 21, a Longest Night service will be held with readings, contemplative music, silence and prayers. Seek light and peace for your soul. The hour-long service begins at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.

On Christmas Eve the story of Christ’s birth will be told and there will be a singing with the angels beginning at 6:30 pm. The service ends with a candle-lit singing of ‘Silent Night.’