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La Grande Observer Daily Paper 07/25/14

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The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:5-6

Churches in Union and Wallowa counties will celebrate Christs entry into Jerusalem and his death, burial and resurrection in a variety of services beginning tomorrow, Palm Sunday.

A highlight of the week will be a community Good Friday service at the La Grande Presbyterian Church, at Washington and Spring avenues, running from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Three half-hour services will allow people to attend during their lunch hour, said Norm Shrumm, minister at First Presbyterian.

Those willing to rise at dawn on Easter Sunday can attend a community Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. at Grandview Cemetery.

Kent Hug, pastor of New Hope Christian Church, will be the speaker. A team from the United Methodist Church will provide the music and Janet Farrell, the Methodists pastor, will conduct the service.

A community Easter dinner will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Easter Sunday at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, across from the church on Spring Avenue.

The event, open to the community, is sponsored by Neighbor to Neighbor Ministries.


Here are other local Holy Week services being offered in the area:

Wallowa County

The Joseph Baptist Church, 107 N. Main St., will have a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. with a celebration of the Lords supper, along with praise and worship. A resurrection service will begin at 11 Easter morning with a worship team and special music.

Enterprise Christian Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday with a communion service at 7 p.m. with its new minister, David Bruce. A Good Friday service will also begin at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday services will be at 8:15 and 11 a.m.

Enterprise First Baptist Church, 1420 W. North St., will celebrate a Passover supper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants should call the church office, 426-3135, to sign up. A Good Friday service also begins at 6:30 p.m. and two worship services will be conducted on Easter Sunday, a 7 a.m. sunrise service, with breakfast to follow, and another service at 11 a.m.

Grace Lutheran Church, 409 W. Main St. in Enterprise, will celebrate Palm Sunday with Holy Communion. Pastor Wayne Hass will conduct the 9 a.m. service. A service on Good Friday will begin at 7 p.m. Anyone needing a ride to church should call 426-3527.

Union County

Faith Lutheran, at 12th Street and Gekeler Lane in La Grande, will celebrate the season with services beginning Palm Sunday at 10 a.m. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services begin at 7 p.m. There will be two services on Easter Sunday, the sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery and the festival service at 10 a.m. at the church. The choir will sing at all services except the sunrise service.

St. Peters Episcopal Church in La Grande will celebrate the Eucharist on Palm Sunday with the Rev. Chotard Doll. Services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday will be at 7 p.m. each day with the Rev. Frank Cooke officiating. The Rev. Tish Croom will celebrate the Eucharist at the 9 a.m. service on Easter.

The Salvation Army in La Grande will have a Good Friday service from noon to 1 p.m. at 1114 Y Ave. An Easter Sunday breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. Fellowship and testimonies will be included. Worship is planned at 11 a.m. All are welcome. For a ride call 963-4600.

The Elgin Christian Church will have an Easter community service at 7 a.m. at the Stella Mayfield School sponsored by the Elgin Ministerial Association. Easter breakfast will follow at 8:30 a.m. and a musical program and concert will start at 10 a.m. at the church.

The Faith Center Foursquare Gospel Church in Island City, one block north of Island City School, will have two services on Easter Sunday, one from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and the second from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. The Faith Center Worship Team will celebrate with a special resurrection worship service and Pastor Ted Davis will bring a message on There is hope in our future. Sunday school will run during the second service and a nursery will be provided for both.

SonRise Free Methodist Church of La Grande will celebrate Palm Sunday with a 10 a.m. service featuring a sermon by Pastor Raymond Bates The Lord Has Need of Them. Special music will be provided by Jim and Lou Myers. A potluck at noon in the Seventh-day Adventist School building will be a time of family fellowship. On Easter weekend Saturday there will be an Easter egg hunt at 6 p.m. while teens practice for the Easter program. A combined dress rehearsal for teens, juniors and preschoolers will be at 6:30. The worship celebration on Easter Sunday will begin at 10 a.m. with the Junior Choir, the Girls Teen Ensemble, the Preschool Processional and a drama, Journey Through Holy Week. The drama will consist of a reporter interviewing the people of Jerusalem and their accounts of the weeks events.

First Christian Church in La Grande, 901 Penn Ave., will begin the celebration of Holy Week on Palm Sunday with a procession of palm branches. The Maundy Thursday dinner in the fellowship hall will begin at 6 p.m., followed by worship in the sanctuary. The Good Friday service will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave. There will be different meditations every half hour. Music, an Easter lesson and an Easter egg hunt will begin for the children at 9:30 a.m. on Easter. The worship service with a baptism will begin at 10:50 a.m. The Chancel Choir will present the mini-cantata, He is Risen. Children in grades 4-6 are encouraged to remain at the service while little ones 5-years-old through third grade may go to junior church.

The First Presbyterian Church in La Grande will celebrate the Lords supper on Maundy Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. An ecumenical service on Good Friday will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., featuring three half-hour services. A contemporary worship service will begin at 8:30 a.m. Easter Sunday at the church and an Easter worship with the choir will start at 10:30 a.m.

La Grandes United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St., will observe Easter week starting with a Palm Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. A quiet gathering in the church library will take place at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday for worship, Holy Communion and hand or foot washing. Good Fridays ecumenical worship service will be at the Presbyterian church from noon to 1:30 p.m. with several local pastors. The Easter sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. at the Grandview Cemetery, an ecumenical service, and the 11 a.m. Easter worship service will be at the church.

St. Marys Catholic Church in Elgin will observe Holy Thursday with a 7 p.m. Mass commemorating the Last Supper. The Stations of the Cross will be read on Good Friday, also at 7 p.m., and Easter Sunday will be a day of rejoicing with an 11 a.m. Mass and two baptisms celebrated by Father Pirmin Ngolle.

Pastor Vernon Slippy of Grande Ronde Community Church, 410 Fir St., will deliver the third message of a three-part series, Two Mule Loads of Dirt at the 10 a.m. service Palm Sunday. The 6:30 p.m. service Sunday will feature the Easter presentation, Silence the Rocks, written and directed by Kay Slippy. Anyone who would like a ride to church or a tape of the service should call 963-7410.

La Grandes Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St., will celebrate Palm Sunday with an 8:30 traditional worship service and an 11 a.m. blended worship service. Maundy Thursday will be observed with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. and Good Friday with a visual sermon of the crucifixion, also at 7 p.m. The worship service with Holy Communion on Easter morning will begin at 8:30, while breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10:30. A blended festival worship with communion will begin at 11 a.m. There will be no Sunday school or adult education classes.

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church of La Grande will serve a Seder meal on Holy Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets for $5 are available at the parish office. Mass will begin at 7:30 p.m. The observance of the Lords passion will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday and the Easter Saturday Mass will also be at 7:30 p.m. Masses on Easter Sunday will be at 7:30 and 9 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt on the parish lawn after the second.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Union will have an 11 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday celebrated by Father Hank Albrecht.

Trinity Baptist Church of La Grande will celebrate Easter with a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at the church, 2705 Gekeler Lane. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:45 a.m. and the Sunday worship service begins at 10:55 a.m. There will also be an evening worship and Bible study at 6:30. The public is invited to attend.

The Methodist Church in Union will celebrate a Passover Sedar meal at 6 p.m. Thursday and observe Good Friday with a noon service. Union Baptist Pastor Dan Mielke will lead a combined community service Easter morning at the flagpole in the city park followed by a breakfast potluck at the Baptist Church. Watch for news of the time of the service. An 11 a.m. Easter worship service will be at the Methodist church.

Cove Methodist Church will observe Good Friday with a service at 4 p.m. and an Easter sunrise service will start at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast. A second service will begin at 9 a.m.

A Maundy Thursday service at the Imbler Christian Church will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be a time for the family to reflect on the last days of Jesus through a video presentation, prayer and communion. Easter Sunday will celebrate the resurrection with a service that is not a spectator sport. Audience participation will be part of the worship service of music and testimonies. A puppet presentation will be made for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Nursery service will be provided.

La Grandes First Baptist Church, 1702 Sixth St., will celebrate the Lords supper at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday. Easter Saturdays resurrection celebration at The Door will begin at 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with two services, at 8 and 10 a.m. Pastor Wayne Pickens will deliver a sermon titled Golgotha, Grave and Glory. Easter breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m.

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