CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Aug. 8, 2014
Vacation Bible school starts Monday
SUMMERVILLE — Summerville Baptist Church is offering vacation Bible school from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Aug. 11-15.
“Each year we have a great week of fun and excitement for children to enjoy learning God’s word during VBS,” Pastor Franklin Humber said. “We would love the privilege to minister to children as we journey through five very interesting Bible characters and learn eternal truths from God’s word to help us know God and to live for Him in our lives today.”
Every day of VBS, he said, is jam packed with truth to build character, memory verses to hide God’s Word in people’s hearts, fun games, good snacks and enjoyable crafts.
For those who need a ride from Elgin or La Grande, transportation is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 541-534-9155 to reserve a stop on the bus and pre-register for this event.
Outdoor hymn sing unfolds Aug. 24
Grande Ronde Mennonite Church invites the public to an outdoor hymn at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Riverside Park pavilion.
Refreshments will be served after the service.
Service features special music
Pastor Steve Wolff will present the sermon, “Tripping Over the Gospel,” at La Grande United Methodist Church Sunday. The sermon is based on 1 Kings 19:9-18 and Matthew 14:13-21.
Karyn Gomez will provide the special music with her soaring rendition of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” The church will be blessed with the piano music of Cilla Coe.
The service starts at 10 a.m. with coffee hour to follow. While child care is available, all are welcome in the service. The church believes and practices “open hearts, open doors, open minds,” and Wolff invites people to come see and experience the church’s inclusive celebration.
Learn about Friday Backpack program
Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate the ninth Sunday after Pentecost with Pastor Colleen Nelson. The 9:30 a.m. service includes the celebration of Holy Communion. The worship service is followed by fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Forum time at 11 a.m. includes a presentation from a representative from the Friday Backpack program.
Zion’s Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Book club meets Sunday evening
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe the ninth Sunday after Pentecost with Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Richard Thew will preside and preach. The book club will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Thew home in Cove. Those attending are asked to bring a snack to share. The office will be closed and there will be no weekday services next week.
Pastor puts focus on Psalm 119
First Presbyterian Church will gather for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Keith Hudson will preach on Psalm 119. A fellowship time follows.
Pastor preaches on repentance
COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church will worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Carl Seelhoff will preach on repentance. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9 a.m. with the kids selecting animals to buy for World Vision. Fellowship follows the service. All activities are conducted at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The Braden Way is the message
“That is Braden’s Way” is the message at 11 a.m. Saturday at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church. Braden, from La Grande, is a new theology major from Southern Adventist University and the new representative/manager for KTFY Christian radio in Twin Falls, Idaho.
What’s greatest chapter in Bible?
COVE — What is the most important and difficult passage in the Bible is Pastor Michael Armayor’s focus at the 11 a.m. Saturday service at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church. Armayor will tell those attending what chapter it is and why it is the most difficult to understand, but better yet give people the key that will enable them to fully appreciate this Bible message.
Revelation Seminar continues Saturday
Beat the heat by joining Pastor Michael Armayor and others interested in understanding the vital messages in the book of Revelation with all its symbols and major prophecies.
This seminar continues at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the pastor’s air-conditioned office and classroom at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church.
This ongoing series on Saturday mornings will help people understand not only the significance of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Seven Trumpets, the Mark of the Beast, the Harlot Woman and more. It will also focus on Jesus’ loving plea to come out of Babylon’s confusion and know a person’s name is entered into God’s book of life.
People are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and free materials each Saturday.
Hopkins gives sermon Sunday in Union
UNION — The United Methodist Church in Union welcomes Gerald Hopkins, a visiting pastor from Elgin, at its 11 a.m. Sunday service. The title of his message is “Wouldn’t it be Nice to Know.” Mary Hopkins will accompany her husband and provide music for the service.
Fellowship and a potluck dinner will follow. The church will also celebrate the recent renovation of the parsonage building by the trustees.
The church plays host to Fresh Food Alliance from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
Senior lunch is at noon Tuesday, followed at 2 p.m. by Emotions Anonymous, a 12 step program for anyone desiring to explore emotional reactions to various situations. For more information, call Mary at 541-805-4826.
The Wednesday prayer meeting is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those who have a prayer request should contact a church member or call 541-562-5848.
Fellowship shows series ‘Outlasters’
For the next four weeks, Valley Fellowship will show the series “Outlasters.”
Below is the summary of the series.
In a world that’s hyper-focused on the here and now, people are called to build something lasting. This four-part series from Craig Groeschel and guest speaker Dave Ramsey teaches how to create a legacy that stands the test of time.
With messages on raising Godly children, saving and giving with purpose and lasting faith, this series prepares people to see beyond daily thrills and things to the plan God has for the future.
The series title for Sunday is Readiness over Happiness.
The church meets at 507 Palmer Ave., by the city pool.
The Sunday service starts at 10:02 a.m.
Child care is provided, and everyone is welcome. Dress is casual, and a meal will be shared after church.
Church worships at park pavilion
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will worship at the Riverside Park pavilion at 11 a.m. Sunday. “The Oddity and Odyssey of Faith” is the message Pastor Don Dunn will bring from Matthew 14:22-33.
In Disciples of Christ tradition, Communion of The Lord’s Supper will be shared. A potluck picnic will follow the worship service. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided.
There will be no Sunday School at the church that day.
‘Who’s There?’is focus Sunday
ENTERPRISE — “Who’s There?” and Matthew 14:22-32 are the focus of 9:30 a.m. Bible study and 11 a.m. worship Sunday at Enterprise Community Congregational Church.