CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: July 25, 2014

By Observer staff July 25, 2014 03:29 pm

 

‘Is it a dream or is it a reality?’ is sermon

The La Grande United Methodist Church will celebrate the 7th Sunday after Pentecost with service and music. Circuit Pastor Mike Lamb will present the sermon titled “Is it a dream or is it a reality?” Tom Rehfuss will play the haunting “Ave Maria.”  

Following the service, the congregation will gather in the fellowship hall for a potluck dinner. Service is at 10 a.m. with potluck following at 11 a.m. While childcare is available, all are welcome in service.

The community is invited to join the church Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m. as the church celebrates our 150 years of involvement in the La Grande community. Hot dogs and cake will be served in the parking lot as the congregation prepares for the Union County Fair Parade. The church is located at 1612 Fourth St. in La Grande.

Sermon based on Matthew 11:25-30

The sermon at Faith Lutheran this Sunday will be based on Matthew 11:25-30.  In these verses Jesus assures us that all things have been committed to Him; therefore He urges mankind to come to Him for rest. 

Sunday School is at 8:45 a.m. with the Divine Service at 10 a.m. in La Grande and 2 p.m. in Enterprise.

Hear about life’s most vital choice

Guest speaker James Akers will present the message at 11 a.m. Saturday at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church. He will address the most important choice one can make. Many do not realize they have already made this choice one way or another. Make sure you know what the choice is so you make it.

Beat the heat by joining in on a study of the major themes in the book of Revelation and discover its symbols and vital message. This seminar continues Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in an air-conditioned office/classroom at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

This ongoing series will help people understand the significance of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Seven Trumpets, The Mark of the Beast, the Harlot Woman and more, but they will also hear Jesus’ loving plea to come out of Babylon’s confusion and know your name is entered into God’s book of life. Materials are provided.

Church meets at Blue Mountain Crossing

COVE — The Cove Seventh-Day Adventist Church will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Blue Mountain Crossing at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Trail Park. Take Exit 248 and follow the signs.

Pastor Mike will deliver the 11 a.m. message focusing on the second half of the gospel that not many talk about or know about. It is the most powerful aspect of Jesus’ life and death.

Iona Community style Eucharist planned

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe the 7th Sunday after Pentecost with an Iona Community style Eucharist at Ascension Chapel in Cove. The service begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by a parish picnic on the grounds of Ascension School. Hamburgers and all the fixings will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish to share.

Morning prayer is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel. A midweek Eucharist is offered Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., also in the chapel.

“Let Go, Let God!” is sermon title

UNION — Mary Clothier, lay speaker, brings the message 11 a.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Union. The theme of her talk is “Let Go, Let God!”

Refreshments follow the service as well as a Vision Team meeting discussing the November “Bizarre Bazaar.”

The church plays host to Fresh Food Alliance from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.  Senior lunch is at noon Tuesday, followed with Emotions Anonymous at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Emotions Anonymous is a 12-step program for anyone desiring to explore emotional reactions to various situations. For more information, call Mary at 541-805-4826.

Wednesday prayer meeting is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those with prayer requests should contact a church member or call 541-562-5848. 

The church will join other colloquy members at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 to do chores, including painting and repairing inside and outside at the North Powder Church.  This labor helps preserve the old church’s historic value. A potluck lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. to all members of the colloquy followed by a group worship service. This will be the annual “Church in the Park.”

Favorite Psalm Sunday continues

The 7th Sunday of Pentecost will be celebrated during the 9:30 a.m. worship service at the First Presbyterian Church in La Grande. Favorite Psalm Sunday continues, with Psalm 23 as the focus of the sermon, hymns and liturgy. Fellowship follows the service. 

The Bible Miniseries will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the home of Lois Ebel.