Local churches announce topics of Sunday services

Doug Benecke is guest speaker

The title of the talk at Unity of Whidbey on Sunday is “The Stone Which The Builders Have Rejected: The Cornerstone of A New Life.”

Songwriter and speaker Doug Benecke brings all into the new year with a call to hope and renewal. What messages of rejection or dejection do we carry? What stresses have been a part of our experience of life, and how can we call on Spirit in our moments of distress?

How can we build our lives in this new year, and in the years to come, to serve Spirit and spread joy?

Join Benecke and master violinist Talia Toni Marcus for this New Year’s celebration and re-dedication. Unity meets at 10 a.m. Sunday in Bayview Community Hall. All are welcome.

The search is the subject

There are many paths to the Divine and many views about the nature of the Divine. There are also many complications, even obstacles, as we work to sort out our thinking about the Power beyond human power.

At the service on Sunday for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, Rev. Kit Ketcham will discuss this topic in relation to the Unitarian Universalist fourth principle, which affirms a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

All are welcome. Children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided. The service is at 10 a.m. at 20103 Highway 525, just north of Freeland.

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Sermon looks at ‘The Best Gifts’

Darrel Wenzek completes the last of his Christmas sermons tomorrow morning at South Whidbey Community Church, with “The Best Gifts,” based on Corinthians 9:12-15.

Wenzek is a former pastor, with a graduate degree from Western Theological Seminary in Portland, Ore.

SWCC will host another men’s breakfast at the Deer Lagoon Grange at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, prepared by expert chef Steve Hochenedel. Following breakfast will be a short video of Charlie Plumb, a Vietnam POW for five years.

The following morning on Sunday, Jan. 11, the guest speaker will be Dr. Tom Johnson, retired president, dean and professor of religious studies at George Fox University.

SWCC offers a wide variety of gifted speakers at Sunday morning worship services. Both the church and all its speakers adhere to the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith.

Each worship service begins at 10 a.m., and is preceded at 9 a.m. by two adult learning forums: one is a study of the O.T. book of Samuel, led by Rick Zapata; the other a study of various New Testament letters, led by Stan Walker. Midweek Bible studies continue in the Gospel of Luke, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, led by Art Angst at the home of Rick and Dinah Zapata.

All SWCC sermons are recorded, and copies on CD-R, or e-mailed in Windows audio attachments may be obtained by calling 221-8365.

South Whidbey Community Church is open to everyone and gathers for worship each Sunday at the Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Road.

The church is a newly-formed independent, evangelical and non-denominational church. For more information on the church and services, click here.

Rev. King to be honored

The community is invited to attend the fourth annual South Whidbey commemoration of the life and nonviolent witness of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. Titled “Blessed Are the Peace Makers,” the event is sponsored by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Peace Fellowship and will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road, north of Freeland.

Karl Olsen of Trinity Lutheran will lead the gathering in singing and the Trinity Lutheran youth choir will also perform. Preceding the service, all attendees are invited to partake in a complementary light meal of sandwiches, vegetables, fruit, cookies and beverages served from noon to 12:45 p.m.

For details call Dick Hall at 678-5071.

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