Local churches announce upcoming services

Course on love offered at Langley UMC

“The Nature and Practice of Love: Exploring the Place of Love in the World Religions,” a 10-week course at Langley United Methodist Church presented by Dr. Duncan Ferguson, will be held in the Fireside Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 2.

Ferguson received his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, has taught in the field of religious studies and world religions in several colleges and universities and is author/editor of four books. Another entitled “Exploring the Spiritual Pathways of the World Religions: The Quest for Personal, Spiritual, and Social Transformation” will be published soon.

Phone 221-4233 to register.

Unity considers Spiritual Economics

Rev. Joanna Gabriel will be the guest speaker at the Sunday service for Unity of Whidbey. The topic is “Spiritual Economics: Living Fully in the Midst of Challenges and Constriction.”

These days we are experiencing much to do with having limits, doubts, concerns and fears. How can we live a conscious, positive and prosperous life that is not an exercise in denial?

This Sunday, Unity will consult and explore some spiritual teachings from the “Conversations with God” series of books, and also those of Unity’s own Eric Butterworth, whose practical wisdom offers inspiration and support designed for these troubling times.

Gabriel has served as the director of education and worldwide communications for the ReCreation Foundation, which supports the messages of the “Conversations with God” series of books. An ordained minister, she has worked as a writer, spiritual counselor and workshop facilitator for 29 years. She also speaks regularly at New Thought churches throughout the Northwest.

The Unity service is 10 a.m. Sunday at Bayview Community Hall. Visitors are always welcome.

UUCWI holds annual water ceremony

Coming this Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island will hold its annual ingathering and water ceremony, and Rev. Kit Ketcham will lead the service.

Everyone is asked to bring a small amount of water representing an important moment in your recent life. The water will be pooled in a common bowl and you may have the opportunity to speak briefly about its meaning.

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

UUCWI gathers at 10 a.m. Sunday at 20103 Highway 525, Freeland. Check for more information.

Series on 1st John continues at SWCC

What does the phrase “Children of God” really mean? Sunday’s sermon at South Whidbey Community Church will be next in a series from 1st John by Pastor Ron Wedeking. The topic will be “The Children of God,” based on 1st John 3:1-3.

Adult forum classes begin at 9 a.m. with Stan Walker continuing in the Book of Acts, and Art Angst leading a study in the Gospel of Luke. Morning worship will follow at its regular time of 10 to 11 a.m.

South Whidbey Community Church is a local independent, non-denominational church that adheres to the National Association of Evangelicals’ Statement of Faith. It is open to everyone and gathers for worship each Sunday at the Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Road, Langley.

All SWCC sermons and special adult forum lectures are recorded, and copies on CD-R, or e-mailed as Windows audio attachments may be obtained by calling 221-1220.

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

Christian Science looks at substance

“Substance” is the topic of the Sept. 13 service at the Christian Science Church.

According to Jesus’ parables, we should be willing to focus on the spiritual first, and trust that our physical needs will be met.

The promise is not that one has to do without in order to obtain heaven later on, but that one can pursue spiritual wisdom and expect to have one’s needs met at the same time.

Everyone is welcome to join in this exploration of what “treasure” means 2,000 years after Jesus said “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34).

Services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Christian Science Church, 5910 Highway 525 (just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road).

Father Jude Eli to conduct classes

In celebration of “The Year of the Priest,” the Knights of Columbus at St. Hubert Catholic Church in Langley is sponsoring a series of classes on the essential theological perspective of Saint Paul.

Father Jude Eli, a member of the Dominican order, will conduct the four-day adult education program beginning Monday, Sept. 28 and ending Thursday, Oct. 1. Classes will be conducted daily in St. Hubert’s church following the 8:15 a.m. mass. Morning classes are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and evening classes are from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

There is no charge for the classes, and the public is invited.

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.

Eli can be seen on Sky Angel Satellite on the Catholic program “To Tell the World.”

His classes on Saint Paul will provide theological perspective in the areas of Revelation, Christology, Resurrection and Eschatology.

Time change at St. Augustine’s

St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church is changing its Sunday 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service to 10:30 a.m., effective Sunday, Sept. 13.

The church office can be reached at 331-4887.

FD3 volunteer is adult forum speaker

This Sunday at the adult forum at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods, Christina Parker, a volunteer firefighter and EMS with Fire District 3, will provide an informative briefing on the fire district.

Parker will bring helpful handouts about emergency public service information.

She will also share some illuminating details about the fire district’s volunteer program.

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