CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Church holds annual rummage sale

By Observer staff April 11, 2014 10:37 am

Church holds annual rummage sale 

First Presbyterian Church will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Presbyterian Friendship Center on Spring Street. Clothing, dishes, furniture and many other items will be sold.

‘Blessing of the Palms’ service set

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe Palm Sunday (also called the Sunday of the Passion) with Holy Eucharist one half-hour later than usual, at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Kathryn Macek will preside and preach. An ecumenical “Blessing of the Palms” service will take place at 9 a.m. at La Grande Middle School, after which participants will proceed to their various churches. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Services for Holy Week are as follows: Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the chapel. At 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, also in the chapel, a special healing service with Holy Communion will be offered. A table Eucharist and agape supper will be held at 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday in the parish hall. Those attending are asked to bring bread, cheese and fruit to share. Following the service will be the stripping of the altar. Ecumenical Good Friday worship will be held at noon and 12:30 p.m. A service of “Meditations on the 7 Last Words of Christ” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening.

Youth provide palm processional 

The church’s youth will provide a palm processional to open the Palm Sunday worship service at  First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 901 Penn Ave. Pastor Don Dunn’s message at the 10 a.m. service will be “Astounded,” from Matthew 21:1-11 and Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. All worshipers will participate in the palm recessional.

A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall, followed by a Maundy Thursday worship service in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. All believers will be invited to partake of communion, following the Ceremony of the Basins.

Cove celebrates Palm/Passion Sunday

COVE — Cove United Methodist Church’s service starts at 9 a.m., with a coffee fellowship afterward. On Palm/Passion Sunday, the main focus is on the triumphant entry of Jesus. Sunday’s sermon is titled “Passion” and will focus on the passion of Christ for all people during the time of his triumphant entry. The Scriptures for Sunday are Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalms 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; and Matthew 21:1-11. A Bible study starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the fellowship hall, with the focus this week on the Beatitudes in Matthew. The church is located at 1708 Jasper St.

Zion Lutheran marks Palm Sunday 

Zion Lutheran Church will observe Palm Sunday with Pastor Colleen Nelson. An ecumenical blessing of palms will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at La Grande Middle School. The Holy Communion service continues at 9:30 a.m. at Zion with the traditional reading of the Passion of Matthew.  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 evening Bible study is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cathy Lease’s. Holy Week includes a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Good Friday service will be from noon to 1 p.m. with a community ecumenical worship at St. Peter Episcopal Church. An evening worship service will begin at 7 p.m. Good Friday.

Methodist Church joins procession

The La Grande United Methodist Church will join with the other Fourth Street churches at 9 a.m. at the La Grande Middle School for a joint Procession of the Palms. The Methodist Church’s Service of Lessons and Carols will begin at 10 a.m. Child care is available. Coffee will follow the service.

Grace celebrates triumphant entry 

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church celebrates at 10 a.m. Sunday the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Pastor Carl Seelhoff’s sermon title is, “What Do You Seek” with reference to John 1. Sunday school for all ages starts at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the service. All activities are held at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist church.

Lutherans mark Passion Week

Passion Week begins Sunday. At Faith Lutheran Church, the service will begin with the Procession of Palm branches. Services will be at 10 a.m. in La Grande and in Enterprise at 2 p.m. The gospel reading will be from Matthew Chapter 27 in which the Roman governor, Pilate, struggled with what he should do with Jesus. God gives mankind the wonderful gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ. People are to be responsible and not reject this wonderful gift. Faith Lutheran will have services at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. These services amplify Jesus’ passion, which allows people to be even more appreciative of the truth of Easter.

What does the gospel really mean? 

People who have wondered what the gospel really is or what it means have an opportunity to hear it in “nutshell” form Saturday morning. 

Guest speaker Pastor Erv Furne, a seasoned preacher and scholar, will share his heart and passion for the greatest news earth has ever been given. Furne will speak at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist church. The service begins at 11 a.m. 

The Cove SDA church will be on a retreat meeting in Wallowa this weekend.

‘New Earth and New Heaven’ await

ENTERPRISE — Jesus asking the faithful “Why Have You Forsaken Me?” is the focus at Enterprise Community Congregational Church at the 11 a.m. Passion Sunday service. The Scripture reference is Matthew 27:11-45. A “New Earth and New Heaven” await Bible “studiers” in the final session of The Challenge of Jesus at 9:30 a.m. Members may choose to celebrate a foot-washing in the Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.

‘Giving up Popularity’ is focus Sunday 

Sunday worship at the First Presbyterian Church will begin with a procession of the palms in the sanctuary as the congregation celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Pastor Laura Hudson will be preaching “Giving up Popularity” with a focus on Matthew 21:1-11. Fellowship time will follow worship. Choir practice is at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. A Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

‘From Hero to Zero’ is message theme

UNION — The 11 a.m. Palm Sunday service will be celebrated in Scripture and song and highlighted by Pastor Sue Peeples message “From Hero to Zero ( or so it seems).” Fellowship and refreshments will follow. This week, the church hosts Fresh Food Alliance from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Senior Lunch at noon Tuesday. The Wednesday prayer meeting is held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The church prays daily. Those who need prayer can call the church at 541-562-5848 and leave a message.