Theme of message is forgiveness

LA GRANDE — “Do You Live in a Spite House?” is the question Pastor Ray Smith will address at the La Grande First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His theme of forgiveness comes from Matthew 18:21-35. Worship begins at 10 a.m.

Sheep need a shepherd

LA GRANDE — The Saturday service at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church begins at 11 a.m. Pastor Mike says, “So many people have no clue that they are like sheep without a shepherd.” He will talk about how the Bible tells us that we have a great shepherd who wants us to know his love during the challenges of this life and in “the forever life soon to come.”

In the seminar room from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., Pastor Mike will lead a “Journey Through the Bible” series, discovering and rediscovering the great people, events and themes in Scripture beginning with Genesis.

St. Peter’s will worship with First Presbyterian Ash Wednesday

LA GRANDE — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Zion Lutheran Church will worship together at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s. Pastors Colleen Nelson and Kathryn Macek will preside and preach. There will be time after the service for coffee, fellowship and conversation on the future of our two ministries in Union County.

The book club will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday evening in the parish hall. Centering Prayer is offered Tuesdays and Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer is offered Thursdays. Both services are at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel.

On Ash Wednesday, a midweek Eucharist will be offered at 12:15 p.m. in the chapel. That evening, all are invited to a pancake supper at 6 p.m. at the Friendship Center, followed by an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at First Presbyterian Church at 6:45 p.m.

Transfiguration changes our perspective

LA GRANDE — The La Grande First United Methodist Church will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday at 10 a.m. Pastor Al Trachsel will preach from Mark 9:2-9. The sermon is titled “Surprised on the Mountaintop.” Transfiguration is about acknowledging that there are times when God suddenly breaks into our lives and changes our perspective.

Mary Helen Garoutte honored at Presbyterian reception

LA GRANDE — The 9:30 a.m. service at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grande will examine “The Shining Face(s) of Christ” through the words of the Gospel of Mark. The service will also feature a celebration of “the shining face of Mary Helen Garoutte,” longtime organist and congregation member. Mary Helen will be playing during the service and will be acknowledged for her dedication to the church and its music program with a reception following the service. Those wishing to share a greeting with her are invited to bring a card and/or leave one at the church office.

‘Shrove Tuesday on Wednesday’ evening

LA GRANDE — Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande will worship at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

During the week, Neighbors Together will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the church. On Ash Wednesday, there will be a spoken service at noon at Zion, and a “Shrove Tuesday on Wednesday” pancake dinner that evening at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, 1308 Washington. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by a service and ashes at 6:45 p.m. The dinner is by donation.

Cake walk follows Faith Lutheran service

LA GRANDE — The sermon at Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande will focus on God’s proclamation when Jesus was transfigured before three of his disciples. God the Father said, “This is my beloved son; listen to him” (Mark 9:7). The church’s annual Benefit Cake Walk following the 10 a.m. Divine Service in La Grande. This is a fun activity, with sweet treats, and for a good cause.

Feb. 14 begins the Lenten season. There will be an Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m. with the imposition of ashes. A soup supper proceeds this service at 5:30 p.m.

Pastor says purity is possible

LA GRANDE — Sunday School is offered at 9:15 a.m. at the La Grande Church of the Nazarene. Worship follows at 10:30 a.m., and the theme will be “The Possibility of Purity.” Pastor Al Mortimer will teach from 1 John 3:3 with a message titled “Purity Is a Family Trait for God’s Children.”