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Dennis Tidwell will be leading the morning worship service on Sunday at the Kenai United Methodist Church. Military service and service to the church will be the theme of the morning’s message. The morning worship service begins at 11 a.m. Refreshments are served downstairs in the Fellowship Fall at noon. The church is located next to the Boys and Girls Club on the Frontage Road in Kenai. All are welcome.


For more information call Kari Mohn, Lay Leader, 283-4258.

The Kalifonsky Christian Center, located at Mile 17 Kalifornsky Beach Road, is hosting a Food Drive to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. “Let’s CAN Hunger” is the theme for this opportunity to give during this Season of Thanksgiving. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 21. You may drop off your donations Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or at Sunday Services at 10:30 a.m. Contact persons for the event are Jackie Haynes or Mariya Manalli at 283-9452.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 222 West Redoubt Avenue, Soldotna will celebrate a three day Parish renewal. The principal message of the Renewal will take place each evening at 7 p.m. from Sunday through Tuesday. In addition, another presentation will be given after the noon Mass on Nov. 12 and 13 in the church, with a different topic than the evening.

The preacher for the Renewal will be Fr. John Mark Ettenshohn, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate from Belleville, Ill., where the Oblates conduct the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

The theme of the Parish Renewal will be, “Where is God These Days?” The Scriptures tell the story of God with His people on the journey of life, through the joy and pain, the laughter and tears, through the mountaintop highs and the dry desert lows. How about today? Is Godwith us still; and, if so, how? Why does it seem like God is so distant at times, especially when there is a critical need? Increasingly today it appears that God is not all that relevant. We get confused about what do do and what not to do.

For more information, call the church office at 262-5542.

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League members and members from the South Alaska Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will host a Christmas Bazaar to help mission projects locally, nationally and internationally Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The activity will be at Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Drive in Kenai.

Baked goods and craft items will be available for sale to provide funds for mission projects. Past donations have been given to LeeShore Center, Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center, Lutheran World Relief, Concordia College, Concordia Seminary, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. Members distribute all funds to help those less fortunate. For more information call 283-4153.

The Soldotna United Methodist Church, at 158 South Binkley Street, now offers a Food Pantry for citizens in the community who are experiencing food shortages. The Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 11a.m.-2 p.m. for anyone in the area who may need extra help. 

To support these efforts, the church is accepting non-perishable food donations, which may be dropped off at the church any Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. To make monetary donations, mail a check to the address above designating it for the SUMC Food Pantry or drop it by. For more information, contact the church office at 262-4657 or by email at

Clothes Quarters at Our Lady of the Angels Church is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 283-4555.

■ Kids Wednesday Night Discipleship is Wedensdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, mile 19.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road, open to kids ages birth to fifth grade. Free, no preregistration required. For more information, call 907-262-6442.

■ Kid Zone is held every Tuesday that there is school at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church for kids ages birth to preschool and a parent/guardian from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with indoor slides and lots of toys! Free!

Calvary Baptist Church in Kenai has started its 2012-13 AWANA year with programs on Sundays at Kenai Middle School, from 5:25-7:15 p.m. Classes available for kids age 3 through grade 6. Please use back entrance. Call 283-4781 for more info.

Soldotna Day Aglow will meet every Wednesday at Peninsula Christian Center located in Soldotna. There will be coffee and fellowship at 9:30 a.m., followed by 10 a.m. worship, teaching and prayer. Babysitting provided. Contact Judy Risung at 283-3534.

Child Evangelism Fellowship offers Good News Clubs at Aurora Borealis Charter School, Mountain View Elementary, Soldotna Elementary, K-Beach Elementary and the Merit Inn. Children are taught values and character qualities through Bible lessons, games, and songs. Snacks and prizes will be provided. All volunteer and staff leaders are screened for child protection. Parents are welcome to attend and are responsible for transportation following the clubs. Permission slips are available in all schools. To find the Good News Club nearest you, or for more details including club times and directions please contact Francisco or Ramsey Vega at 262-9605 or visit our website at:

Classes for anyone interested in the Catholic Church will be held each Wednesday evening at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. The classes are held in O’Neill Hall on Redoubt Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Those attending will learn about the teachings of the Church based on the teachings of Jesus Christ to His disciples. This process is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA. For more information call Shirley at 262-9654 or Marlys at 262-5542.

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