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South Whidbey churches announce topics for Sunday

‘This I Believe About Death’ at UUCWI

Several members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island will share their thoughts about life and death at the service on Sunday in Freeland.

During May, UUCWI’s theological question is “What does my death mean?” This question will be considered in a number of ways, culminating with a community remembrance service on May 30.

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

The service is at 10 a.m. Sunday at 20103 Highway 525, just north of Freeland. Check www.whidbey.com/uucwi for more information.

Pastor Wenzek gives message at SWCC

Why do many Christians seem exclusivist, rejecting other religious pathways to God? Did Jesus claim he was the “only way” or one of many? Sunday morning at South Whidbey Community Church, Pastor Darrell Wenzek will speak on the topic, “Two Gates, Only One is Right,” based on Matthew 7:13-14.

Morning worship begins at 10 and is preceded by an 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, call 221-1220.

‘Power to the People’ at Unity

Rev. Eddie Rodriguez will speak on “Power to the People” at the Unity of Whidbey service on Sunday.

The only real power that we have is the power to choose; the power to choose between love and fear, peace and chaos, joy and sorrow, hope and despair. The power to decide who we are in relationship to the circumstance is what creates our experience.

Join Unity of Whidbey as the church welcomes Rev. Rodriguez, a popular New Thought speaker from Miami, Fla. for this dynamic exploration.

Music director Tadd CharretteNunn will provide the music.

Unity meets at 10 a.m. Sunday at 5671 Crawford Road, Langley. All are welcome.

St. Augustine’s hosts seminar on Islam

The Episcopal Peace fellowship at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods is inviting the community to a seminar on Islam given by Imam Jamal Rahman of the Interfaith Community Church in Seattle.

The seminar is 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at St. Augustine’s in Freeland. Rahman will talk about Islam most of the morning, and there will be question-and-answer periods in the afternoon. A potluck lunch will be served.

New series starts at St. Hubert’s in Langley

“In the Footsteps of Jesus” is an opportunity to meet with other people who believe that the world has a special calling for social justice and peace understanding.

Have fun learning more about what faith teaches about family, community, the poor, peace, human dignity and God’s creation.

The series of conversations on Monday evenings will start at 7 p.m. May 17 at St. Hubert Catholic Church.

The series starts with an introduction to the peace and social justice teachings of the Catholic Church, and then will focus on “Peace in Our World.” Organizers promise a thoughtful, respectful discussion of these exciting topics.

The focus for the following Monday sessions are: Family and the Community (May 24); The Poor and Vulnerable (June 7); God’s Creation and the Dignity of Work (June 14); Human Dignity and Life (June 21); Solidarity with Humanity, Our Rights and Responsibilities and review and conclusion (June 28).

St. Hubert’s is located at 804 Third St., Langley. For more information, call 321-2741.

Quakers gather at Bayview Corner

The Quakers meet at 10 a.m. Sundays at the Sears House in Bayview.

The Religious Society of Friends gather for a silent worship service at 10 a.m.

For details, visit www.whidbeyquakers.org.

Sermon considers mortals and immortals

“Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, — the radiance of Soul.” (“Science and Health”).

Is who you are today separate from God’s immortal child? Jesus commanded: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” He did not say that we had to die first.

“The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is not shall be, perfect and immortal.” (Again from “Science and Health”).

These issues are the subject of the Christian Science service on Sunday, May 16: “Mortals and Immortals.” Come join in this exploration of what it means today to follow Jesus’ commandment to express God’s perfection.

Everyone is welcome at the services, which begin at 10:30 a.m. at 15910 Highway 525 (just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road).

Methodist women hold evening program

Each year, the Langley United Methodist Women hold an evening program to allow those not available during the day to attend. All women are invited to enjoy tasty desserts and a program on a critical issue affecting women and children on Thursday, May 20, beginning with social time at 6:30 p.m.

The program topic, at 7 p.m., is on “Human Trafficking” which is modern-day slavery and the second largest criminal industry in the world today.

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church has resolved “to join the active battle against this modern-day enslavement of humans.”

This is a problem that exists around the world and in our own neighborhoods.

Ann Eachus, the UMW Conference communication coordinator, will lead the program.

Come to meet other women, learn what can be done to help end this practice.

The church is located at Third Street and Anthes Avenue in Langley. The program is in Fellowship Hall.

Call 221-4233 for more information.

Beach Watchers give tips at forum

“Puget Sound Starts Here — On Whidbey Island” will be the topic on May 16 and May 23 at the adult forum at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Members of the 2009 Island County Beach Watchers class, under the auspices of Puget Sound Partnership, will explain how to live responsibly with a few simple changes.

They will offer solutions to taking care of our cars, our lawns, cleaning products, septic tanks and dog waste to stop polluting our waters. Each session will give attendees different and valuable information, so plan to attend both classes.

The adult forum is held at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.

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