CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Zion observes third Sunday of Lent

By Observer staff March 21, 2014 09:55 am

Zion observes third Sunday of Lent 

Zion Lutheran Church will observe the third Sunday of Lent with Pastor Colleen Nelson. The Lenten theme for the 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion service is “Change of Status.”

The worship will be followed by fellowship time at 10:30 a.m. Classes begin at 11 a.m. with the Adult Forum continuing with the “Unbinding the Gospel” series.  

The women’s Bible study will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zion.  

The Wednesday evening Lenten service begins at 6:15 p.m. with this week’s theme “Change of Circumstances.” The service is preceded with soup supper at 5:30 p.m. and followed by choir practice at 7 p.m.

Gospel services set in March

Gospel services will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Sunday in March and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday in March at Kurt’s RV, 62851 Philynda Loop. For more information, call 541-568-4419.

Lenten soup supper continues Wednesday

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe the third Sunday in Lent with Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Kathryn Macek will preside and preach. Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the chapel. A midweek Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, also in the chapel. The Lenten soup supper and adult education series continues Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the parish hall with a discussion of Richard Hooker.

‘Giving Up Superiority’ is focus 

The third Sunday of Lent will be celebrated Sunday during the 9:30 a.m. worship service at the First Presbyterian Church. Pastor Keith Hudson will lead the service. His sermon, “Giving Up Superiority,” will be based on John 4:5-42. Fellowship follows the service. Wednesday Night Community Fellowship begins with dinner at 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m.

‘Fear out, Faith in’ is sermon title

COVE — The Cove United Methodist Church service starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, with a coffee fellowship afterward.

The focus will be praying our fear out and praying our faith back in with the sermon titled “Fear out, Faith in.” 

Fear is what keeps most Christians from doing God’s work. Christians can hear his voice through the Holy Spirit, but then are seized with fear and can’t move forward. The best defense is to pray that fear away and pray on the promises God has already given, claim victory in those promises and move forward to carry out God’s request. 

 The Scriptures for Sunday are Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11 and John 4:5-42.

Men’s Breakfast takes place at 8 a.m. the first Saturday of each month in the fellowship hall.

A Bible study starts at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the fellowship hall. All are welcome. This Wednesday, the focus will be on the Beatitudes in Matthew. 

The church is located at 1708 Jasper St.

‘Grace Works’ is Sunday lesson

Doug Edmonds’ lesson Sunday at the Church of Christ will be “Grace Works.” The Scripture reading will be Romans 6:11-18. 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 the little ones. 

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

Jesus restores blind man’s vision 

The sermon at Faith Lutheran Church will be based on John Chapter 9, in which Jesus restored the vision of a man who was born blind. With Christ, humans are enlightened as we receive more than what is immediately before us. The Christian response is to give glory to God. 

Worship services are at 10 a.m. in La Grande and 2 p.m. in Enterprise. Bible studies are at 8:45 a.m. Sunday in La Grande and 11 a.m. Tuesday in Enterprise.

 The Midweek Lenten Service for Wednesday will be on Psalm 51. This Psalm describes mankind’s condition of original sin. The service is at 7 p.m. with a soup supper at 6 p.m.

Pastor speaks on ‘Praise and Plight’ 

On this third Sunday of Lent, Pastor Don Dunn at the First Christian Church will speak on “Praise and Plight” from Romans 5:1-11 and Psalm 95. 

The men’s group will meet at the Smokehouse Restaurant at 8 a.m. Monday morning for a no-host breakfast and fellowship.

Aglow sets dinner, Bible study

Join Aglow for Bible Study Monday at Denny’s restaurant. A no-host dinner will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 541-786-4498. Aglow International is a global, trans-denominational Christian organization established in 166 nations on six continents.

‘Bubble Up’ is worship image

ENTERPRISE — “Bubble Up” is an image for John 4:5-42 and worship at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Enterprise Community Congregational Church. Bible study at 9:30 a.m. will look at “Why a Bodily Resurrection?” in the first of four sessions on the resurrection of Jesus leading up to Easter.

Protestantism diminishes 

In Michael Armayor’s experience as a Seventh-day Adventist minister, he has witnessed the continued marginalization and diminishing of Protestantism within Christianity including his own faith — Adventism.  

Saturday, he will seek to demonstrate how Protestantism began and the sacrifices made by those foremost in the Protestant Reformation to stand for Sola Scriptura — the Bible and the Bible alone — for religious standard of faith and practice. He will explain what Protestantism is today and its increasing trend toward ecumenism and the pitfalls that lie ahead.  

The Cove Seventh-day Adventist church meets at 9:30 a.m., and the La Grande SDA church meets at 11 a.m.

Worship the Father is service theme

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church will celebrate the third week of Lent with a worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Carl Seelhoff’s sermon title is “Worship the Father in Spirit and Truth.”  

Sunday school for all ages starts at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the service. Men’s Bible study and breakfast meets at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday. All activities are held at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church.