Observer Staff


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First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of La Grande will worship at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Park Pavilion. Pastor Ray Smith’s message, “Facing Our Sin,” will be from John 4:5-42 where the Samaritan woman at the well is offered living water. Those not wishing to sit at the tables during the service may bring lawn chairs. There will be no Sunday school. A potluck lunch will follow with fried chicken and drinks provided. Please bring your own table service.

Sunday service changed this week

The First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of La Grande will be changing this Sunday evening’s service to 2 p.m. The following week it will be back at its regularly scheduled time at 5 p.m. The community is welcome to come dig into God’s Word.

‘Book and Basement’ sale tomorrow

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of La Grande will celebrate Holy Baptism at 9 a.m. The annual summer “Book and Basement” sale is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon July 15. At 8:30 a.m. in the chapel, Centering Prayer will be offered on Tuesday and Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer will be offered on Thursday. A midweek Eucharist will be offered Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., also in the chapel.

Transportation offered for all church activities

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church in Cove will celebrate the sixth Sunday after Pentecost with a worship service at 10 a.m. Pastor Carl’s sermon title will be “The Sower,” taken from Matthew 13 where Jesus tells the parable of sowing seeds. Adult Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m. and fellowship will follow the service. Transportation is available for all church activities.

Would you want to meet Jesus?

At the Saturday service at the La Grande Seventh-Day Adventist Church, local business owner Dennis Clayville will ask, “If Jesus is for real and is, in fact, the savior and creator of our world as Scripture claims, would you want to meet him?” Guest speaker Clayville will address this question tomorrow during the 11 a.m. service. A prophecy seminar, Hope for a World in Crisis, continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. The focus of the teaching is on the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, providing relevance to today’s world. It will be held in

Pastor Mike’s seminar room. The entrance is at the rear of the building on the west side. The community is welcome and registration and materials are free. Reserve your spot at or call 888-505-5344.

Vacation Bible School has sports theme

Kids are invited to a high-energy Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon July 18-20 at Valley Fellowship. The three-day VBS is free and open to youth from age 4 through 5th grade. Under the leadership of Christian coaches, participants will choose between basketball, soccer, disc golf or dance team. There will also be sports basics for age 4-6. Kids will also be inspired by real-life sports heroes and Bible stories. For more information or to register, go to and click on the “Register for VBS.” Valley Fellowship is located at 507 Palmer, La Grande, next to Pioneer Park.

Zion team meetings held Sunday

Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande will worship at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship will follow at 10:30 a.m. Team meetings will also be Sunday at 11 a.m. The evening Bible study group will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at Cathy Lease’s house, 67038 Hunter Rd. Tuesday the Quilters will meet at 9 a.m. PFLAG will meet at Zion at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Holy Communion served Sunday

The First Presbyterian Church in La Grande will meet at 9:30 a.m. for worship. The sermon will be “Summer on the Mount: What Is Your Priority?” and will be based on Psalm 51:1-17 and Matthew 5:16-24. Holy Communion will be served and fellowship will follow the service.

Sunday school held before service

COVE — The morning service at Calvary Baptist Church in Cove will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday school is held before the service at 10 a.m., and there is a Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. Every week, a women’s Bible study meets on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Women are also invited to join in the late-morning “Ladies Project Time” on Wednesdays. A time of devotions and prayer is open to all at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.