CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Speaker talks on science vs. Darwinism

By Observer staff April 04, 2014 11:08 am

Speaker talks on science vs. Darwinism

Guest Speaker Russ Miller of Creation, Evolution, and Science Ministries is coming to La Grande.

Miller will speak at the following locations on the topics of science and its support of a young earth and the Bible account of creation: 6:30 p.m. Monday at Imbler High School; 6:30 p.m. April 11 at Huber Auditorium, Badgley Hall, Eastern Oregon University; and 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the Elgin Opera House.

Church serves up men’s breakfast 

COVE — The Cove United Methodist Church men’s breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call Dave Wade at 541-568-4374.

St. Peter’s hosts K House dinner 

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe the fifth Sunday of Lent with Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Kathryn Macek will preside and preach. The regular “1st Sunday Forum” will follow the service. 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.

St. Peter’s is hosting the K House Thursday dinner at 6 p.m. April 10. Salads and desserts are needed. People who can help should call the office at 541-963-3623. 

St. Ann’s Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Friday in the parish hall. Donna Ross will host.

Lenten theme is ‘Change of Life’

Zion Lutheran Church will observe the fifth Sunday of Lent with Pastor Colleen Nelson. The Lenten theme for the 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion service is “Change of Life.” The worship service 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 Zion women’s annual Lenten Brunch is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.

Members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will join members of Zion Lutheran for a festival Passover Seder meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Zion.

Zion is an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregation.

Potluck follows worship Sunday

ENTERPRISE — “Though Jesus Loved” and John 11:1-45 challenge Enterprise Community Congregational Church in worship at 11 a.m. Sunday. A potluck will follow worship. “Ascension Into Heaven” will be explored in Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast meets at the Red Rooster at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Give up excess is message 

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

On the fifth Sunday during Lent, the focus is two-fold: 1) give up excess and give it to those who are less fortunate; and 2) go into the community and share the Gospel message, as a disciple. It’s an action word, a verb, not a person.  

The Sunday’s sermon is “Rise up Dry Bones,” talking about how God raised Israel up and restored his people to their land. The congregation will learn the similarities between the Old Testament and the New Testament Scriptures and how they apply to Christians today. 

The Scriptures for Sunday are Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; and John 11:1-45.

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

Identify Satan’s counterfeits 

If there is a devil, an arch deceiver named Satan, the father of lies as the Bible reports, and many are deceived and lost because of his lies, how can one know who or what they are following is good or evil, true or false? Saturday morning, Pastor Michael Armayor will identify another one of Satan’s counterfeits — the false gift of tongues and how it relates to spiritualism. The Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church meets at 9:30 a.m., and the
La Grande SDA church meets at 11 a.m.

‘Toad in the Hole’ is sermon title 

The La Grande United Methodist Church will continue its journey through the season of Lent with a service of ministry and celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

Rev. Steve Wolff’s sermon is titled “Toad in the Hole.” Communion will be served. The church celebrates an inclusive communion. All who hear this invitation and desire to experience God and Christ in the bread and the fruit of the vine are welcome. Unfermented grape juice is used in the place of wine. Gluten-free bread is available. 

Following the service, coffee will be available in fellowship hall. Child care is available.

Resurrection is sermon focus

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church celebrates the fifth week of Lent with a worship service starting at 10 a.m.  Sunday. Pastor Carl Seelhoff’s sermon title is, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life,” taken from John 11. 

Sunday school for all ages begins at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the service. Men’s Bible study and breakfast meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays. 

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

Spring Friendship Luncheon set

On this fifth Sunday of Lent, Pastor Don Dunn will speak on “The Prayer of Someone Who is Desperate” at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 901 Penn Ave., for the 10 a.m. worship service. Scripture will be sung from Psalm 130 and read from Romans 8:5-11.

The Christian Women’s Fellowship will have its annual Spring Friendship Luncheon at noon Saturday. “Rainbows and Butterflies,” promises from God, is the theme of the program. 

A salad luncheon will be provided.

Christ goes to cross for mankind

The sermon at Faith Lutheran Church will be on John 11:47-53. Due to people believing in Jesus Christ, some Jewish leaders felt political uncertainty and selfish desires and plotted the death of Jesus. Yet Christ went to the cross for mankind and rose victoriously to bring together “the scattered children of God.

Divine service is at 10 a.m., with Sunday school at 8:45 a.m. A First Sunday potluck will follow the service.

 The Midweek Lenten Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday will be on Psalm 130. This psalm asks Christians to call on the Lord, because with him is forgiveness.

Message theme is ‘Jesus Wept’ 

UNION — Pastor Sue Peeples’ message for the 11 a.m. Sunday service at the United Methodist Church in Union is themed “Jesus Wept.”  

Sarah Maxwell, Union School District elementary choir director, will bring students to present music selections at the service. Fellowship and refreshments follow the service. Sunday also is the usual Administrative Council meeting.

During the week, the church will host the Fresh Food Alliance at 12:30 p.m. Monday. At noon Tuesday, senior lunch features corn-bacon-potato chowder and homemade french bread. The church welcomes the community for prayer service and study from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

‘My Grace is Sufficient’ is lesson

Doug Edmonds’ lesson Sunday at the Church of Christ will be “My Grace is Sufficient” coming from the passage 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. 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 will be held during the sermon for the little ones. Wednesday small groups are at 7 p.m. at various home locations.