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The Sunday afternoon service at the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in La Grande will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 and 20. This week, Daniel Tierce, from the Albany Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker for both Sunday services. On Aug. 20, Cameron Dixon, also from the Albany MBC, will be the guest speaker for the day.

Pastor advises letting go of life’s clutter

Pastor Ray Smith will speak about letting go of the clutter in our lives so we can follow Jesus at the La Grande First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His message, “Up From the Junk Pile,” will refer to Mark 10:46-52. Worship begins at 10 a.m.

Nazarene congregation worships in the park

The La Grande Church of the Nazarene will worship at Riverside Park at 10:30 a.m. There will be a potluck barbecue following the service. Please bring your lawn chairs.

Gerald Hopkins to be guest speaker twice

Lay Pastor Gerald Hopkins will be the guest speaker at both the Cove and Union Methodist churches. Hopkins’ message will be “In the Beginning,” based on Genesis 1 and 2. The service begins at 9 a.m. in Cove and at 11 a.m. in Union.
Fellowship will follow both services.

Youth share camp experiences during service

The La Grande First Presbyterian congregation will worship at the Friendship Center at 9:30 a.m. The 10th Sunday after Pentecost will be celebrated. Worship will be led by the youth, who will interpret their Louisiana and City Camp experiences. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

Wednesday devotions continue during summer

COVE — Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Cove, followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. There is also a 6 p.m. Sunday service.

A women’s Bible study is held at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. 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. every Wednesday.

Bible challenge group meets after service

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in La Grande will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. Scripture readings will include the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers from Genesis and the story of Jesus walking on the water from Matthew. The Bible challenge group will meet after the service. At 6 p.m., members of the book club will gather in the parish hall.

Centering Prayer is offered on Tuesdays and Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer on Thursdays; both services begin at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel. A midweek Eucharist will be held Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., also in the chapel.

Neighbors Together meet at Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande will worship with Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Colleen Nelson. Fellowship and fair trade coffee follow the service.

Monday at 5:30 p.m. Neighbors Together will have a meeting at the church. Tuesday at 9 a.m. the Quilters group will gather to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and local needs. Friday at 6 p.m. PFLAG meets at the church.

Adventist service centers on ‘Ordinance of Humility’

The La Grande Seventh-Day Adventist Church will celebrate the Lord’s Supper preceded by the Ordinance of Humility (foot washing) as Jesus directed in John 13. The Saturday service begins at 11 a.m.

Matins service in La Grande, Divine service in Enterprise

This week at Faith Lutheran Church the sermon will be based on Matthew 14:22-33. In these verses Jesus reveals his divine nature as he walked on water and worked with his disciples. There will be a Matins service in La Grande at
10 a.m. and a Divine service in Enterprise at 2 p.m.

Message focuses on ‘Christ’s Church’

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church in Cove will celebrate God’s word with a worship service beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Carl’s sermon, “Christ’s Church,” will refer to Ephesians 5, in which Jesus explains how we should love the church. Adult Sunday school is offered at 9 a.m. Fellowship follows the service. Transportation is available to all church activities.