Religion notes

Concordia offers worship, soup

Concordia Lutheran Church (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) 590 N. Oak Harbor Road, Oak Harbor, presents Lenten Worship services Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Also during Lent, before the worship service the public is invited to enjoy Concordia’s Lenten Soup Suppers, served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please come. Contact the church office 675-2548 or send an email to

St. Stephen’s lenten program

Everyone is welcome to the 2011 Lenten Program at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 555 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor. The Rev. Dennis Taylor, RN, Deacon and Faith Community Nurse will present: “Healthy People, Healthy Church, Healthy Society: A Study For Congregations during four sessions in Lent,” Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Miller Hall on April 3 and 10. The program was developed by two priests and offered by the National Episcopal Health Ministries as a way for people to engage in dialogue about health. Contact 360-279-0715 or

Methodists address Jesus

Jesus is believed to have died at the age of 33 after a life of approximately 12,000 days. The Gospel writers devoted most of their work to just 1,100 or so of those days, the last three years of his life; and their primary interest was in one particular day—the day he was crucified. They believe this 24 hour period changed the world, and each of the Gospels drives toward it.

April 3: Jesus, Barabbas and Pontius Pilate.

April 10: The Torture and Humiliation of the King.

April 17: The Crucifixion.

April 24: Easter - Christ the Victor.

This is the message series at First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St, Oak Harbor. Call 675-2441.

Easter season in Coupeville

The Coupeville United Methodist Church choir will perform a cantata for the Palm Sunday service on April 17. On April 21 a traditional Holy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m., featuring an encore of the cantata by the popular choir. Sunrise service will be held at beautiful Sunnyside Cemetery overlooking Ebey’s Prairie and Puget Sound at 7:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 24, followed by a complimentary breakfast at the church. Traditional Easter Sunday services will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Visit, or call 678-4256.

The Bible 400 years ago

In commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, 1611 to 2011 ( is presenting programs about the Bible. These may be accessed at the website or at the Christian Science Reading Room at 721 SW 20th Ct. at Scenic Heights St.. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 675-0621 or visit

Church signs up preschool kids

Registration for the 2011-2012 school year at His Kids Preschool is now taking place at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church.

Classes available are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and  12:30 to 3 p.m. with $125 tuition per month; or Thursday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with $85 tuition per month. There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee and a $50 tuition hold fee. Call the church office at 679-1561 for more information.

Concordia offers Shrove Tuesday

Concordia Lutheran’s Ash Wednesday services are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Also, during Lent, before the worship service, the public is invited to enjoy Concordia’s Lenten Soup Suppers, served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor church, 590 N. Oak Harbor Road.

Art and Spirituality

Spirituality and art are like the chicken and the egg – neither can exist without the other and it’s impossible to know which came first.

Three members of UUCWI will briefly consider how art informs their worship and vice-versa. Carlos Xavier will be the special musician.  All are welcome at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 Highway 525, Freeland, April 3 at 10 a.m.  Values-based children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided. Visit

Singing on Wednesdays

Concordia Lutheran Choir has resumed on Wednesday evenings at 7:10 p.m., following Wednesday evening worship service. They  are preparing for the season of Lent and then the Easter celebration.  Voices in all ranges are very welcome. Come, lift your voices and lift your spirits. Concordia is located at 590 N. Oak Harbor Road, Oak Harbor. Call  675-2548 or email


The gift of hilarity

Author and speaker Tom Curran is coming to St. Augustine’s in Freeland on Wednesday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to speak on, “The Greatest Gift: Finding Fulfillment in Your Life, Faith and Relationships.” All are invited to this free event and people can expect to uncover the most unique, precious irreplaceable, gift from God you will ever encounter. To learn that hilarity is a virtue and is essential to all relationships. Call 360-331-4822.

How to live in abundance

The presentation “Living in Abundance,” will be given Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at Skagit Valley College Hayes Hall, Room 137, Oak Harbor. Childcare will be provided.

Evan Mehlenbacher, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will teach about spiritual abundance and its benefits. “Come and explore how true abundance starts not with a larger pay check, but with spiritual mindedness,” he said.

Call 675-5707 or email



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