Church news

This Saturday at 2 p.m. there will be the dedication ceremony for the new Veterans’ Memorial located on the lawn between North Kenai Chapel and the McGahan Community Cemetery at Mile 29 on the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. The Memorial is a gift from the people of North Kenai Chapel to the community of Nikiski to honor veterans who have served in the armed forces.

The program speakers will include Sen. Cathy Giessel and U.S. Army Captain Ben Carpenter, who now resides in Nikiski. Navy veteran, Robert Booth, will sing the National Anthem. Color Guard from the American Veterans’ of Foreign Wars, Post 10046 in Soldotna and American Legion Post 20 in Kenai will be on hand to present the colors and offer a 21 gun salute to fallen veterans. A bugler from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be attending to play taps. Also, local Nikiski residents and U.S. Army veterans, Dan and Goldie Johnson, will be present and celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary that day! They met while in the U.S. Army and married two weeks later. Goldie has agreed to read a poem which she wrote about her military service entitled, “I’d Do It All Again.”

The public is invited. Refreshments will follow the ceremony which is expected to last about an hour.

The Church of Christ in Soldotna invites everyone to join them for a free dinner on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be roast with potatoes and carrots, salad and rolls. Dessert will also be served. All who come are welcome to attend a Bible study following the meal at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at Mile 91.7 Sterling Highway. For more information or if you need a ride call 907-252-9931.

First Baptist Church Soldotna, located at 159 S. Binkley Street, is re-opening its Clothes 4 U program. Beginning Aug. 24, it will be open on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All clothing and shoes are free to the public.

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

To support those efforts, the church is accepting non-perishable food donations, which may be dropped off at the church any Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 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 907-262-4657 or email sumc@alaska.net.

The Way Cafe, is located at the Merit Inn, 260 South Willow St. in Kenai, will continue serving free meals to youth 18 and younger from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday to Friday. Meals for adults are $3.

For more information, call 907-283-7672.

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. For more information, call 907-283-4555.

Submit church news to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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