Church News

1. Area Lutherans mark Reformation Sunday; confirmation ceremonies in Fortuna, Ferndale

Several members of Eel River Lutheran churches received their confirmation during the week of Reformation Sunday, where Lutherans everywhere commemorate the day, Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed to the church doors at Wittenberg the "95 Thesis." The church of the day was selling "indulgences," or rather, go-straight-to-heaven cards in order to pay for the building of the cathedral in Rome. Luther's 95 Thesis questioned the theology of "Buying one's way to heaven" and attacked the church power structure. He called on Christians to commit themselves to the Risen Savior.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, Emily Diehl, Kenton Goldsby, Jared Hugh and Zachary Hugh made Luther's commitment at the 9 a.m. Confirmation ceremonies at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Ferndale, then later that day at Christ Lutheran Church in Fortuna. Their confirmation marks their commitment to the Bible, and to be adult members of the church of Grace alone, Faith alone, and Word alone.

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Several young people were confirmed on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Ferndale and at Christ Lutheran Church in Fortuna, respectively. From the left is Zachery Hugh, Jared Hugh, Kenton Goldsby and Emily Diehl.

2. Weott Christian Church

The Weott Christian Church is a non-denominational Christian church located at 625 Newton Road in Weott. Services are set at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. For details, call 946-2281.

3. Goings on at Rohnerville Assembly of God

by Doris Osburn

Thursday's 10:30 a.m. Women's Prayer and Share Time led by Linda Mason continues with videos in the Beth Moore series "Summoned from the Sheepfold." Join us as we learn to be like David, "a man after God's own heart."

Men's Thursday Night Bible Study meets at 7 p.m., at 3075 Campton Heights Drive. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Jean Nichols will be teaching the Adults Class in the sanctuary revealing God's priorities and values; the key verse is Galatians 6:2.

Meet and greet at 10:30 a.m. followed by worship in song led by Mike Gibbs. Preaching at 11 a.m. will be followed by a farewell pot luck luncheon for Pastors Dawson and Jeanette Wheeler in Trinity Hall, 3655 Trinity Street. The church is providing KFC Chicken and a farewell cake, so bring a side dish and come join us. We just celebrated the Wheelers' 12th anniversary. They are relocating to 317 Allen Way, Turlock, CA 95380, and plan to return to evangelism. The church opens at 5:30 p.m. for private prayer. A 6 p.m. service will begin with congressional worship in song followed by sermon and testimonies.

Tuesday 2 p.m. the Quilting Ladies will meet in the Sewing Room.

Wednesday 7 p.m. Bible Study will continue in the Book of Luke under the direction of Assistant Pastor the Reverend Dee Neher. Karen Nichols will treat the kids to Likeable Learning in Kids Club.

Rohnerville Assembly of God Church is located at 1530 Rohnerville Road in Fortuna. For details, call 725-4341 or 725-0977.

4. Fortuna United Methodist Church

Genesis 45 will be the scripture reading for Sunday, Nov. 13. Pastor Ted Pecot will be delivering the message of God's covenant with the interior life. The United Methodist Women are presenting An Artisan Craft Fair on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Corner Café will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. serving an inexpensive lunch and dessert. Any vendors who would like a table are encouraged to call Velma at 726-0280. The River Life Foundation will be serving its annual "Thanksgiving Day" dinner hosted by the Methodist Church. Funding assistance comes from the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer and from many local businesses and individuals. Volunteers will be serving between 1 to 3 p.m. The community is invited to this event. More details will be forthcoming. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and the church service begins at 10 a.m. with a hymn sing. Child care is provided. The Fortuna Methodist Church is located at 10th and N Street.

5. Our Lady of the Redwood Catholic Church

Our Lady of the Redwood Catholic Church meets at 515 Maple Lane in Garberville. Mass is held every Saturday at 5 p.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Rev. Gary Sumpter is the Administrator Call 923-7864 for details.

6. Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Eel River Valley

The main branch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the greater Eel River Valley is located at 2301 Rohnerville Road in Fortuna. The Fortuna church holds services on Saturdays; Sabbath School is held at 10 a.m. with Worship at 11:15 a.m. Call 725-6164 for details, or e-mail:

In Miranda to the south, another smaller Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 6626 Avenue of the Giants. Call 943-3197, or e-mail: The Miranda Church Saturday services are held at 10 a.m., and maintains a luncheon at noon.

7. Fortuna Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Richard Gatlin of the Fortuna Church of the Nazarene, will preaching at 9:30 a.m. Come join us in our reading of Psalms 5:11-12, "But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy."

Sunday School for all ages follows refreshments in Solid Grounds Cafe. Tuesday Sisters will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Book Room. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., fellowship dinners have resumed followed at 7 p.m. by Bible study with pastor Gatlin leading the adult class. Jackie Lipscomb with the ladies group will lead classes for children, mid-teens and high school ending at 8 p.m. Church of the Nazarene is at 1355 Ross Hill Road, Fortuna.

8. Loleta Community Church

The Loleta Community Church is located at 228 Church Street in Loleta across from the Loleta Bakery and the train tracks.

The church offers regular Sunday services with doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. The service begins at 10 a.m. and goes to 11 a.m. A Children's Ministry is also available with two Sunday school groups offered for children ages 1-12. Both groups start up after the Sunday morning music service and last till services end.

Timothy Huffman is the Pastor. Call 733-5751 for details.