South Whidbey churches announce topics for Sunday's services

‘The Trance of Scarcity’ at UUCWI

Guest speaker Victoria Castle will share her thoughts on our culture’s compulsion to feel we never have enough at the Sunday service for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island.

What are the consequences? What else might we think?

Castle lives on Whidbey and is the author of “The Trance of Scarcity.” She is a corporate consultant, somatics coach and a member of the local improvisation troupe Comedy Island.

All are welcome. Values-based children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided.

The service is at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation meets at 20103 Highway 525, just north of Freeland.

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‘Gratitude of Bust!’ at Unity of Whidbey

Songwriter Doug Benecke will give the talk “Gratitude or Bust!” at the Unity of Whidbey service on Sunday.

While happiness is often viewed as a state that can be reached only by achieving some goal, or acquiring some coveted treasure, current research and timeless wisdom suggest that happiness is more related to being grateful for what we already have. It’s An exploration of what humans have learned, and are learning daily, about thankfulness and the benefits available to each of us through its practice.

Benecke will be accompanied by special musical guests. Sam Glass will be the platform assistant.

All are welcome. The service is 10 a.m. Sunday at Unity’s church at 5671 Crawford Road.

Visit Unity of Whidbey’s website at for more information.

Pastor Wenzek continues series

What is the meaning of “Savior”? Is that like God being a first responder to a broken world shattering around us, or what? Pastor Darrell Wenzek continues his series on the attributes of God tomorrow morning at South Whidbey Community Church, with the topic: “God, My Savior.”

There will also be a monthly men’s breakfast at the Deer Lagoon Grange at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8. Following breakfast, some of the guys will regroup at the church property and cut firewood for anyone in need of fuel this winter. All are welcome to come and join the men for a great breakfast; playing Paul Bunyan afterwards is extra.

Sunday worship is from 10 to 11 a.m. and is preceded by an adult learning forum at 9 with Stan Walker leading a study in the Book of First Corinthians, and Rick Zapata leading a study in the Book of Genesis: the lives of the Patriarchs. These are open classes and everyone is invited.

SWCC is a local independent, non-denominational church that welcomes everyone and gathers for worship at the Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Road.

For further information about the church and services, call 221-1220.

Sunday sermon will be devoted to spirit

On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Christian Science sermon considers the spiritual source of reality and how that can inform the reality of one’s daily life in terms of infinite spirit, not in terms of limited material resources.

Through readings from the Bible and Science and Health, the benefits of recognizing spirit as the source of all health and supply will be explored.

“A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies,” (Proverbs 14:5).

“We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things,” (“Science and Health”).

Everyone is welcome. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. at 15910 Highway 525, just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road.

Father Eli leads St. Hubert classes

Father Jude Eli returns to St. Hubert Catholic Church on Monday, Oct. 3 to begin a four-day instructional series which begins with a discussion of “The Biblical Foundations of the Mass.”

Succeeding classes will deal with the theological foundations for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, plus an in-depth look at the format of the Mass.  Morning classes are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and evening classes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. St. Hubert Church is located at 804 Third St. in Langley.

Father Eli studied at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. and has done sabbatical work in the areas of biblical archaeology and Judaica in Jerusalem as well as adult education and systematic theology at the American College in Leuven, Belgium. He can be seen on Sky Angel Satellite on the Catholic program “To Tell the World.”

There is no charge for the classes, no pre-registration is required and the public is invited.

St. Hubert offers RCIA program

St. Hubert Catholic Church is offering “The Rite of Christian Initiation,” a program that provides an understanding of the Catholic faith and Christian living.

Anyone interested in learning more about how to become a Catholic can contact Mary Beth Schoeler at 579-6684 or the parish office at 221-5383.

Classes are open-ended.

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