CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Painting the Stars’ series begins Tuesday

By Observer staff April 25, 2014 07:58 am

‘Painting the Stars’ series begins Tuesday 

“Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith” will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning April 29, at K-House, 900 Sixth St.

The event will include a light sandwich supper, viewing of a film and discussion.

This highly acclaimed film series offers a thoughtful, evocative look into the relationship between science and faith. 

Guided by the wisdom and experience of leading theologians, scientists and dynamic thinkers, the series explores what it means to be part of a creation process that spans more than 13.7 billion years.  

This program is free to the public. 

For more information, call Zion Lutheran Church mornings at 541-963-5998. View the film trailer at or just Google the title.

Rummage sale supports outreach

A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2-3 at the La Grande United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St. 

All proceeds will go to support the M&Ms (mission and more) community outreach and the new emergency resources mini-food bank. People in need of emergency resources from M&M should stop by the church office.

Prophet, Bible teacher visits 

Harold Eberle, a prophet and Bible teacher, will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday at New Hope Christian Church, 2630 Bearco Loop. In addition to his extensive speaking schedule, Eberle has helped to found 12 Bible colleges in Africa and is a visiting instructor at several Bible colleges and seminaries in the U.S. 

An accomplished Bible scholar, Eberle has a passion to see the church rise into her glory as the Bride of Christ and has written more than 20 books. Recently, Eberle was working in the Middle East, with a vision to win Muslims to Jesus. To find out more about Eberle, visit

Jesus’ friends find tomb empty

COVE — This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter at Cove United Methodist Church. Last Sunday, the church celebrated the resurrection of the Lord as his friends found the tomb empty. 

This Sunday, the church will see how Thomas doubted when the other disciples told him Jesus had come and he wanted to see for himself the nail holes in Jesus’ hands. 

 The church has the same problem today, more than 2,000 years later, with doubt and can overcome it with faith.  

The service will start at 9 a.m., with a coffee fellowship afterward. 

The final men’s breakfast, before they take a summer break, will be at 8 a.m. May 3 in the daylight basement fellowship hall. For this breakfast, the men invite the women to enjoy food and fellowship. The men’s breakfast will resume in September.  

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

The church is at 1708 Jasper St. in Cove.

‘Truth and Peace’ await worshipers 

ENTERPRISE — “Truth and Peace” await worshipers at Enterprise Community Congregational Church this first Sunday after Easter. John 20:19-31 will be the focus for both Bible study at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. The men will gather for fellowship at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Red Rooster.

‘Faith into Action’ is sermon topic

The Second Sunday of Easter will be celebrated this week during the 9:30 a.m. worship at the First Presbyterian Church. The sermon, “Faith into Action,” will be based on John 15:12-17 and James 2:14-23. Fellowship will follow the service.

Three children receive baptism 

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church will  baptize three children at its 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. Pastor Carl Seelhoff’s sermon title is “Baptism is Resurrection,” taken from Romans 6. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the service.

A meeting to organize Young Life in rural northeast Oregon will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kimsey Commons in Cove. For more information, call Bob at 541-568-4230.

Vestry will meet after Sunday service

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe the Second Sunday of Easter with Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Kathryn Macek will preside and preach. The vestry will meet after 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.

Sermon focuses on peace Christ provides 

For the Sunday after Easter, Faith Lutheran Church will have a sermon that focuses on the “peace” that Christ provides in being victorious over death. In the Gospel of John Chapter 20, Jesus appears to the disciples proclaiming “peace be with you” as he shows his hands and side that had been inflicted. Jesus breathed onto them with the Holy Spirit and returns again to bring further peace to those who were doubting.

A new adult study begins on the book of Hosea. The Bible study begins at 8:45 a.m. in La Grande with the Divine Service following at 10 a.m. There will also be a Divine Service in Enterprise at 2 p.m.

‘Doubters Anonymous’ is theme 

“Doubters Anonymous Bearing Witness” is the message Pastor Don Dunn will deliver at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 901 Penn Ave. The 10 a.m. Sunday service will include Scripture readings from Psalm 16 and John 20:19-31.

The Men’s Fellowship will meet for a no-host breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday at the Smokehouse Restaurant.

Zion continues Easter celebration 

Zion Lutheran Church will observe the Second Sunday of Easter with Pastor Colleen Nelson. The 9:30 a.m. worship will include Holy Communion. 

The service will be followed by fellowship time at 10:30 a.m. The semi-annual congregational meeting and elections follows.

The Quilters meet  at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

AGLOW meets for no-host dinner

AGLOW will meet for a no-host dinner at 6 p.m. Monday at Denny’s restaurant. The event will include a Bible study. For more information, call Gail Turnbow at 541-786-4498, 541-805-8396 or 541-786-0499.

‘A Living Hope’ is pastor’s message 

UNION — “A Living Hope” is Pastor Sue Peeple’s message title for 11 a.m. service Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Union. 

Fellowship and refreshments will follow. 

There will also be  the monthly meeting to further expand visions for the church to meet community needs.

The church plays host to the Fresh Food Alliance from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

Senior lunch is served at noon Tuesday.

A prayer service runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. People with prayer requests can call 541-562-5848 and leave a message. The group also prays daily in thankfulness and for those in need of God’s blessing.

‘Believing is Seeing’ is service theme 

The La Grande United Methodist Church will continue into the celebration of the risen Lord with special music and a sermon from Pastor Steve Wolff titled “Living into the Resurrection: Believing is Seeing.” 

The service will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a shared potluck in the fellowship hall. Children are welcome in the service. Child care is available. Coffee will follow the service.