CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Church observes fourth Sunday of Lent

By Observer staff March 28, 2014 10:02 am

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe the fourth Sunday of Lent with Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 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 will conclude at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the parish hall with a discussion of C. S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle.

Seminar targets job preparation

A free five-session seminar, Helping Ourselves Prepare for Employment, will start Tuesday at Southside of Heaven, 211 Fir St.

Workshop goals include providing the spiritual foundation that is necessary for working out in the world. Participants will discover the unique value they can provide to an employer. 

Learning objectives include recognizing that people are unique creations of God and have great value; understanding that God appreciates the commitment to work hard and earn our keep; and identifying skills that will make us productive and respectful employees who have integrity and are dependable and even-tempered.

The seminar will include five, two-hour sessions on the following topics: 1) I Have Value; 2) Taking Responsibility; 3) Taking Pride in Work; 4) You Can Count on Me; and 5) I’m Ready.

The first class starts at 2 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, contact Steve Kirkeby at 541-786-1642.

‘Blind Seeing, Seeing Blind’ is focus 

ENTERPRISE — “Blind Seeing, Seeing Blind,” drawn from John 9-1-41, is the focus of worship at Enterprise Community Congregational Church at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Bible study at 9:30 a.m. will explore “The First Easter Sunday” with Dr. John Dominic Crossan in the “Challenge of Jesus” series. Sunday is also Song Fest Sunday, when the congregation sings songs chosen by those attending worship.

Methodists set Church out of Church

La Grande United Methodist will follow its fifth Sunday tradition of Church out of Church.  

The church will meet at the regular 10 a.m. hour, worship together, then break for a quick lunch before launching into the community to perform acts of service. The theme for the morning will be based on the story of Jesus healing the blind man in John 9:1-41 and revealing God’s work.

‘Change of Vision’ is Lenten theme 

Zion Lutheran Church will observe the fourth Sunday of Lent with guest preacher Rev. Terry Allen Moe, recently retired from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Portland after 32 years of ministry.

Moe is on call from the Oregon Synod to Special Service through the Industrial Areas Foundation N.W., a network of six alliance organizations in Oregon, Washington, western Canada and Sydney, Australia.

The Lenten theme for the 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion service is “Change of Vision.”

Quilting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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

The women’s annual Lenten Brunch is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 5.

Gospel services set in March

Gospel services will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Curt’s RV, 62851 Philynda Loop. For more information, call 541-568-4419.

International Dinner set April 4

A benefit for Teen Missions International, the International Dinner & Silent Auction, will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 4 at the La Grande Church of the Nazarene, corner of 18th Street and Gekeler Lane.

The event includes an buffet-style dinner featuring foods from Russia, Germany, China, Italy and Mexico; a silent auction with gift certificates and baskets from many local businesses; door prize drawings every 20 minutes; and a quilt raffle.

Tickets are $8 adults, $15 couples, $5 children ages 5-12 and $25 per family.

Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in the Nazarene church office or by calling or texting Rachel at 541-786-8473, Pam at 541-663-6254 or Dana at 541-805-8555.

Find the event on Facebook at “International Dinner and Silent Auction.”

Proceeds benefit the seven-week mission trips of these La Grande teens: Heather Kennedy, 17, teaching English as a second language in China; Natalie Gerdes, 17, building a security wall around a school in Israel; and Meghan Carman, 16, building an orphanage dormitory in Guatemala.

‘Giving Up’ superiority is focus 

The First Presbyterian Church will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Lent during the 9:30 a.m. worship service.

During Lent, the congregation has focused on “Giving Up.” Sunday will be a time of Scripture readings and prayer stations about giving up control, expectations, superiority, popularity and death.

The readings will come from Matthew, Genesis, John and Ezekiel. Wednesday’s Church Community Fellowship Night begins with dinner at 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m.

Serve with love as motivation

The sermon at Faith Lutheran Church will use the text from Matthew 20:17-28. In this passage, a mother of two of the disciples was attempting to use political persuasion to assure that her sons would have gloried positions in heaven. Christ, by contrast, teaches about serving with love as a motivation. 

The Wednesday Lenten Service at 7 p.m. will use the Penitential Psalm 102.

Pastor addresses Protestantism 

Pastor Michael Armayor as a Seventh-day Adventist minister 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. 

Armayor will explain what Protestantism is today and its increasing trend toward ecumenism and the pitfalls that lie ahead. The Cove service is at 9:30 a.m., and the La Grande service is at 11 a.m.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

UNION — The Sunday message at the Union United Methodist Church is “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder,” with reference to1 Samuel 16:1-13. A special offering will be taken for One Great Hour of Sharing. The worship service begins at 11 a.m.

Fresh Alliance is from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

Senior lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Prayer meeting is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Class studies heaven and hell 

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church’s contemporary worship service begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Fellowship follows the service. At 9 a.m., Pastor Carl Seelhoff will lead the adult Sunday school class, which has been studying heaven and hell. 

The second meeting of the Rural Christian Youth Initiate is at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Cove. For information, call Bob at 541-568-4230. Worship activities are at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Pastor’s lesson is on ‘Fessing Up’

Doug Edmonds’ lesson Sunday at the Church of Christ will be “Fessing Up.” The Scripture reading will be Luke 22:54-62. 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.  Children’s church is held during the sermon for the little ones. Wednesday small groups are at 7 p.m. at various home locations.