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South Whidbey churches announce topics for Sunday services

‘Concerning True Wealth’ at SWCC

Can you take it with you? Or even send it on ahead? Sunday at South Whidbey Community Church, Pastor Darrell Wenzek will speak on the topic “Concerning True Wealth,” based on Matthew 6:19-24.

Morning worship begins at 10 a.m. and is preceded by the adult learning forum at 9 a.m., with Stan Walker leading an inductive study into Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, and Art Angst leading a study into the Gospel of Luke. These are open classes where everyone is invited.

SWCC gathers for worship each Sunday at the Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Road, Langley. For further information about the church and services, go to www.whidbeychurch.org or call 221-1220.

Putting the spiritual before the material

Our culture is awash in material “real world” objects that can make finding that “secret place” difficult. Yet the commandments tell us to put God first, and that means putting the spiritual before the material.

The Christian Science service on Sunday, March 28 considers how we can understand and reach the reality of being, placing all cause and effect within the spiritual reality.

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalms 91:1)

Join the congregation at the Christian Science Church for this joyous journey into reality at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 5910 Highway 525 (just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road).

Rev. Lee gives Unity of Whidbey message

This Sunday at Unity of Whidbey, Rev. Christina Lee will speak on “The Way of Love and Wisdom.”

Unity will explore key wisdom teachings from Gandhi and Jesus and look at Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Our nature is to love, and our nature is to forgive. When fear and limitation are gone, love remains. We can be purified by this love when we open to it’s wisdom.

Observe Palm Sunday at Langley CMA

Palm Sunday at Langley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church will be celebrated with a children’s palm parade and a choir Call to Worship, “Prepare Ye the Way.”

Come to the service on Sunday, March 28 and hear about ending the Lent season well. Hear how to “quench that thirst” that Jesus spoke of in the Beatitudes, as one of CMA’s preaching pastors, Mark Lynch, brings another message in the current series, “A Beautiful Life.”

Langley CMA has childcare and Children’s Church through the third grade. The church also offers classes on Sundays and small groups during the week, as well as AWANA and youth groups The Edge and Middle School Mondays. A soup kitchen is held for the community every Tuesday and Thursday.

Call 221-6980 or go to www.Langleycma.org for more information.

‘Four Spiritualities’ is topic at UUCWI

Frances David, the 16th century Transylvanian court preacher and Unitarian, said “We need not think alike to love alike.” This is reflected in the theological diversity found in Unitarian Universalism.

At the Sunday service for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, Rev. Heather Lynn Hanson will explore the Unitarian Universalist hymnal for evidence of at least four different spiritual orientations.

Hanson is an accredited interim Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations from New York to southern California, but calls the Pacific Northwest home. She is currently serving a second interim year at the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Tacoma.

All are welcome. Values-based 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. Check www.whidbey.com/uucwi for more information.

Jehovah’s Witnesses hold circuit assembly

Jehovah’s Witnesses from Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties will continue their annual Circuit Assembly at Bellingham High School this weekend.

There are expected to be more than 700 attendees for each assembly.

Each day’s session will begin at 9:40 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Admission is free to all in attendance, with no collections taken.

The program is Bible- based, offering practical encouragement in these troubled and difficult times.

All attendees will be reminded that the Bible educates its readers how to successfully meet life’s challenges, and coping with their individual trials.

The final talk on Sunday will be entitled, “Maintaining Spiritual Health in a Sick World,” with speaker David Madsen, a traveling representative of the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Easter week services at Langley CMA

Langley CMA Church will observe Easter week with a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. on April 2.

The church will have hot pretzels at 9:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, and the service will follow at 10:30 a.m.

Childcare is available. For more information, call the church at 221-6980 or visit www.langleycma.org.

St. Hubert hosts forum on faith

St. Hubert Catholic Church will host an informal forum of discussion and information open to everyone to answer questions about the Catholic faith or the Church.

Are you a Catholic who has been away from the Church for whatever reason, or someone who has an interest in the Catholic faith? The parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle are teaming up to send out these evangelizing and inspirational messages, aimed at bringing Catholics back home to the Church.

St. Hubert is hosting this question-and-answer forum at 4 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 28, with a panel of parishioners and staff, headed by Father Rick Spicer.

The forum will be in Read Hall, St. Hubert Church, located at 804 Third St., Langley. For information, call 221-5383.

A potluck supper and fellowship will immediately follow the forum, beginning at 5:30 p.m.; bring a favorite dish and appetite.

St. Hubert presents classes in prayer

Have you ever considered centering prayer as a way of relating to God? St. Hubert Catholic Church will be hosting a six-part series on this form of contemplative prayer, conducted by S. Joyce Cox, spiritual director of the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way.

The classes will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, beginning March 29 and ending May 10.

Her presentations are based on the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating, a renowned Trappist monk. Opportunities will be provided for participants to practice this and other insights in contemplative prayer.

Persons of all faiths are invited to come and experience this manner of prayer. The presentations will be held in Read Hall at St. Hubert, 804 Third St., Langley.

For information, call the church office at 221-5383.

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