Sermon focuses on temptation

COVE — Grace Community Lutheran Church in Cove will celebrate the first Sunday of Lent with a worship service beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Carl’s sermon, “Endure Temptation,” is taken from Mark 1. Adult Sunday school is offered at 9 a.m. After the service will be the annual congregational meeting with a potluck to follow.

A men’s Bible study meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. at Island City City Hall.

St. Peter’s vestry meets after service

LA GRANDE — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in La Grande will begin the yearly observance of Lent with Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Kathryn Macek will preside and preach. The vestry will meet after the service.

On Tuesday, the congregation is invited to join an ecumenical Lenten study series at 5:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. The theme of the series is “The Church in the World.” 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. A midweek Eucharist is offered Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., also in the chapel.

Mid-week Lenten soup supper and service begins

LA GRANDE — At the 10 a.m. service in La Grande, Faith Lutheran Church will begin the observation Lent, with the 40 days before Easter recalling Jesus being led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for 40 days, during which time he was victorious over temptation through the use of scripture. He then started his three-year ministry with preaching. The monthly Council Meeting will take place after the service.

On Wednesdays during Lent, the Faith congregation will meet for a soup supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by a service at 6:30 p.m. The sermon for Feb. 21 will be “Bread from Heaven.”

Pastor talks about ‘Awakening to Justice’

LA GRANDE — The congregation of First Presbyterian Church of La Grande will gather at 9:30 a.m. for a service featuring Pastor Keith Hudson’s sermon “Attention: Awakening to Justice,” based on Micah 6:6-8 and Ephesians 5:6-20. The sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed during the service.

Strength comes from leaning on Christ

LA GRANDE — At the 11 a.m. Saturday service at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor Mike will refute the idea that religion is a crutch for the weak. The “strongest” turn out to be the weakest when it comes to hope for eternity, when all they have is themselves for a short time in this world. How different is the perspective of those who looks to and leans on Christ who offers everything needful both now and forever.

The community is invited to join the ongoing “Journey Through the Bible” series led by Pastor Mike at 9:30 a.m. in the church’s seminal room. The series aims to rediscover the great people, events and themes in scripture beginning with Genesis.

What does it mean to ‘take up your cross’?

LA GRANDE — During the 10 a.m. service at the La Grande First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Pastor Ray Smith will speak on “Real Success,” based on Mark 8:31-38. On this first Sunday of Lent, he will look at being a disciple of Jesus and what it means to take up your cross.

Zion Lutheran hosts ecumenical Lenten study series

LA GRANDE — Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande will worship at 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Colleen Nelson. A children’s class is available during the sermon. Fellowship and fair trade coffee follow the service.

Beginning this week, Zion will be hosting an ecumenical Lenten study series, “The Church in the World,” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. A meal is included.

Message is ‘From the Water to the Wilderness’

LA GRANDE — Sunday school is offered at the La Grande Church of the Nazarene at 9:15 a.m. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., celebrating the first Sunday of Lent with a message entitled “From the Water to the Wilderness,” drawn from Matthew 3:16-4:11.