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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Aug. 15, 2014



‘Salvation about to Come’ is title 

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church will celebrate God’s word at its
10 a.m. worship service Sunday. Pastor Carl Seelhoff’s sermon title is “Salvation about to Come” taken from Isaiah 56:1. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9 a.m. 

This week, the church will collect high protein foods for Neighbor to Neighbor. Fellowship follows the service. Thrivent has matched the church’s giving for the World Vision project. Thrivent is a Lutheran organization that matches money collected by churches for projects that help people. 

All activities are held at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Youth for Christ gives presentation

Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate the 10th Sunday after Pentecost with Pastor Colleen Nelson. The 9:30 a.m. service includes the celebration of Holy Communion. Prayers for healing will be offered during the closing hymn.  

Following fellowship time, representatives from local organizations that Zion Lutheran supports will present information. This Sunday, a representative from Youth for Christ will be the guest presenter.

The Quilters will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday.  

The Evening Bible Study group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Zemke’s. 

The K-House Board will hold a planning retreat from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at the K-House.

Pastor focuses on ‘Faith is Begging God’ 

Pastor Don Dunn of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 901 Penn Ave., will share a story of the faith of a Canaanite woman, from Matthew 15:10-28. “Faith is Begging God” will be his message at the 10 a.m. service. 

Women from the church will meet for a no-host lunch at noon Monday at Moy’s Restaurant.

‘Vacation Interrupted’ is focus Sunday

ENTERPRISE — “Vacation Interrupted” happens in Matthew 15:21-28. That’s the focus at the 9:30 a.m. Bible study and 11 a.m. worship at Enterprise Community Congregational Church Sunday.

Bible gives hope to the hopeless 

What is the greatest medicine for hopelessness, despair and loss of value for life? It is the message of the good news found in the Bible — specifically in Romans 5, which presents a greatly neglected aspect of the gospel that Pastor Michael Armayor will explain at the 11 a.m. Saturday service in the La Grande Adventist Church. The church is located one mile south of mid-town on Adams Avenue.

La Grande, Pendleton combine for service

First Presbyterian Church in La Grande will not have a regular worship service in La Grande Sunday.  Instead, members and the community are welcome to attend a combined service with First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton. The service will be held at Westminster Woods (by Emigrant Springs State Park on Interstate 84) at 10:30 a.m. The service will include communion and a special baptism. For directions or a ride to the worship service, call the church office at 541-963-5114.

Bible study of Matthew continues 

John Shukle is now pastoring two Methodist churches, Cove and North Powder.  

Sunday, the church service in Cove begins at 8:45 a.m., North Powder at 11 a.m.  

The churches are continuing their study in Matthew. The lesson this week is Matthew 3:13-17, the baptism of Jesus. 

People are invited to join the services at either church and enjoy the lesson as the congregations study the Bible, verse by verse.  

  Men’s breakfast will be postponed until further notice.    

The churches are at 1708 Jasper St. in Cove and at 390 E St. in North Powder.

‘Dogs Breakfast’ is message title

UNION — “Dogs Breakfast” is Pastor Sue Peeples’  message title for the 11 a.m. Sunday service at the United Methodist Church in Union. Fellowship and refreshments will follow worship.  

This week, the church plays host to Fresh Food Alliance from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. 

Senior lunch is at noon Tuesday, cooked by Karen Vickerman.

 At 2 p.m. is 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. 

Wednesday prayer meeting is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. People with a prayer request should contact a church member or call 541-562-5848.

The monthly Union Food Bank runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Members of the community and visitors are invited to Sunday worship and all activities. The church believes in open minds, open hearts and open doors.

Christ covers people with his grace 

In the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus presents several parables of what the kingdom of heaven is like. Sunday, the sermon at Faith Lutheran Church will focus on “the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.” These fish were then sorted. Christ has let down his “net,” and people can be covered with his grace and be sorted as his faithful ones. The Divine Service is at 10 a.m.

 The Sunday School through the summer months is an intergenerational class called Anchored. 

In September, the regular Sunday school classes and adult Bible study will resume. These studies and other opportunities are available to promote further study of God’s word. The Sunday education time is at 8:45 a.m.

‘Outlasters’ series focuses on finances

For the next four weeks, Valley Fellowship will show the series “Outlasters.”

The series title for Sunday is Financially Free Families, featuring Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze.

The church meets at 507 Palmer Ave. by the city pool.

Sunday morning service starts at 10:02 a.m. Child care is provided, and everyone is welcome. Dress is casual.

More information on parenting and financial management will be available.

Lesson focuses on relationships 

Doug Edmonds’ lesson Sunday at the Church of Christ will be “Rebuilding Relationships: Having a Rewarding Spiritual Life” coming from Matthew 6:1-18. 

Communion is taken every Sunday. 

Sunday morning classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., and worship service follows at 10:30 a.m. A Children’s Church takes place during the sermon for 2-year-olds through kindergarten-age kids. 

Wednesday small groups are at 7 p.m. at various home locations.

Displays promote Bible resource 

There’s a new presence at the La Grande Farmers’ Market and other public venues this summer, Jehovah’s Witnesses with their mobile Bible literature displays, promoting the Bible and raising awareness of a comprehensive Bible resource, www.jw.org.

Accessible in about 450 languages, jw.org clocks more than 1 million unique visitors each day. Bible-based publications can be downloaded on the website in nearly 700 languages, earning its recognition as the most translated website in the world.


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