Local churches announce topics of Sunday services

Hear ‘A Parent’s Tears’ at UUCWI

Rev. Dr. Peter Luton, senior minister of Eastshore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, will speak about parenting a Unitarian Universalist child at the Sunday service for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island.

Rev. Luton speaks from his personal experience as the father of two young sons. He will consider the joys and heartaches of parenthood as we raise our children with beliefs and values that may be much different from those of our friends and neighbors.

The service is at 10 a.m. at the church, 20103 Highway 525, just north of Freeland. Values-based children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided.

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Learn about the satisfying life at SWCC

Pastor Darrell Wenzek will preach Sunday morning at South Whidbey Community Church on “The Promise for a Satisfying Life,” based on Philippians 4:10-13.

Additionally, all regularly scheduled adult learning forum classes will combine at 8:30 a.m. for Dr. Tom Johnson’s monthly lecture on “How to Prepare to Lead a Bible Study,” using the text from 1st Thessalonians, Chapter 4. Everyone is welcome.

Morning worship will remain at its regular time, 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.

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

Barbara Joy Laffey is the Unity speaker

Barbara Joy Laffey will give the message “Is Your Spiritual Background and Experience Meeting Your Needs Today?” at the Unity of Whidbey service on Sunday.

Much of what we learned and relied upon spiritually as children, as parents and even grandparents, is sorely tested by today’s challenge to careers, economic stability and the emotional chaos with which we are often left to cope. We can do better.

Unity meets at 10 a.m. Sunday at Bayview Community Hall. All are welcome.

Sunday service speaks of atonement

Unity with God need not be restricted to the future. The “Doctrine of Atonement” will be the topic of the next Sunday service at the Christian Science Church.

“Atonement is the exemplification of man’s unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life and Love.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.)

The service is 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Science Church, 15910 Highway 525 (just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road). Everyone is welcome.

Learn and share on healthcare at UMC

“Plain Talk About What U.S. Health Care Could Be — If We’re Not Afraid to Look Outside Ourselves” is the subject at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 in the Fireside Room at Langley United Methodist Church.

Change happens when dissatisfaction with the present state, plus a vision of what could be, are greater than resistance to change. Many people are dissatisfied with aspects of our present healthcare system, but do not have a clear vision of what could be. Come, learn and share your views on this critical topic.

Paul Menzel has taught philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University since 1971, having been educated at Wooster, Yale and Vanderbilt. Teaching widely in philosophy and cross-disciplinary curricula, he has also published specialized scholarly work in healthcare ethics and two books on moral questions in healthcare economics.

Interfaith vigil calls for peace and justice

This year’s theme is “Seeking Peace in Community.” As with previous vigils, the service will feature witnesses to peace and justice, music, prayer and scripture contributions from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Sufi Muslim faith traditions.

This year’s interfaith event is being planned by representatives of the following South Whidbey faith groups: Tahoma One Drop Zen Buddhist Monastery, Sufi Paths at Gulden Zaiwaya, Langley United Methodist, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Trinity Lutheran, Whidbey Friends Worship Group, Unitarian Universalist Whidbey Congregation and Unity of Whidbey.

The service starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. It will open with a First Nations smudging ceremony to cleanse the sacred space. The Rev. David Vergin of Langley United Methodist will introduce the theme of “Peace in Community,” followed by short presentations of outreach activities on Whidbey Island. Beverly Graham will present information on the Sack Lunch Program. Linda Morris will discuss South Whidbey drug prevention efforts. Anne Medlock will speak about the Giraffe Project’s efforts to deal with teen violence.

Karl Olsen of Trinity Lutheran Freeland will lead the gathering in singing three songs during the service.

Other speakers include the Rev. Mira Gülüm, Sivia Soryu Dabrauskas and Rabbi Zari Weiss.

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