South Whidbey churches announce Sunday events

Pastor Groce speaks on ‘The Glory of God’

Pastor John Groce will be the guest speaker tomorrow morning at South Whidbey Community Church. His sermon topic will be “The Glory of God,” based on Psalms 16:8-9.

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.

Home Bible studies are also offered; check the church website for times and locations.

All SWCC sermons and special adult forum events are recorded, and are available at

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.


Sing, Sing, Sing! The Wellspring of Joy

Singing in a choir lifts our mood, lowers our blood pressure and makes us feel more connected.

Peggy Taylor, founder of the Open Circle Community Choir, will share insights into the healing effects of singing at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island service on Sunday.

With members of the choir on hand, she will invite the congregation to join in singing to experience the benefits first-hand.

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.

Check for more information.


Journey of Faith with Laurie Julian

Come and hear Laurie Julian share her faith journey in Jesus Christ at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at St. Hubert Catholic Church.

Julian is a gifted musician, active in music ministry in St. Hubert’s and the South Whidbey community; notably as a leader in Taize chant and prayer.

The meeting consists of praise, faith sharing and intercessory prayer, and is sponsored by the St. Hubert Prayer Group. Everyone is welcome.

For more information call Bell Moore at 360- 730-1689.


‘Leaves of Gold’ at Unity of Whidbey

Rev. Joanna Gabriel will give the talk, “Leaves of Gold,” at the Unity of Whidbey service on Sunday.

During these weeks when the days are cooler and the leaves take on radiant hues of red and gold, we are reminded once again of the cycles of time and how life is continuously changing.  Rev. Gabriel will explore how our conscious awareness of the inevitability of change can be a source of strength and inner radiance rather than something to fear.

Music will be provided by Heidi Hoelting and QuinSerra will be the platform assistant. All are welcome.

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

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


Freedom from fear at Christian Science

What loving parent would condemn a child to everlasting punishment (through illness, discord, or hell) rather than guiding and loving the child into understanding and everlasting joy? Certainly God would not as our Father-Mother Creator. Why is the original Bible phrase so often translated in the negative rather than as the expectation of everlasting education and opportunity for growth?

“I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: … For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more,” (Hebrews 8:10 … 12).

All are welcome at the Christian Science Church on Sunday, Oct. 30 to learn why Christian Science celebrates the call to freedom from fear: “Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your divine right,” (“Science and Health”).

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


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 call Mary Beth Schoeler at 579-6684 or the parish office at 221-5383.

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