Church Briefs

Vacation Bible School


• This summer Kenai Christian Church will be doing a Vacation Bible School from July 11- July 15, 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to children from 2 years old to entering 6th grade.

• Soldotna United Methodist Church at 158 S. Binkley will be hosting our Vacation Bible School with the theme: “Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a Kid.” Children ages 3 through youth age are invited to join us as we “travel” back in time and learn about Jesus’s childhood. We’ll learn form Jesus’s mom, Mary,  go to a marketplace, dress up like Jesus might have, sing songs, play games, eat food, and grow in our faith. Parents of the VBS children are invited to stay during the VBS time and fellowship with other parents a we learn from the study “Boundaries in Parenting.” A nursery will be provided for those parents attending the program. For more questions, please call Kristen at 953-1979.

• Soldotna Bible Chapel, at 300 W. Marydale, will be having Vacation Bible School starting this Monday, June 20th through June 24th from 9 a.m. to noon. This will be for ages 3 years old to kids going into 6th grade. The theme this year is “Gold Rush – Discovering the Rock of Ages”. The children will enjoy songs, crafts, stories, food and fun! For more information please call 262-4865.

Notice of summer schedule for Soldotna Bible Chapel

The Chapel has 2 morning Worship Services beginning at 9:30 and 11:00. Sunday School for adults, teens and children is at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship Service remains at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday activities vary during the summer so please call at 262-4865 or check the web site at

Bible study live or online
A King James Bible study group meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays on East Echo Lake Road in Soldotna and also offers “live” teachings on Skype video. For more information, call 262-3507 or e-mail

Study, fellowship, worship opportunities
Saint Luke Lutheran Church offers several faith strengthening opportunities during the week. The parish’s Wednesday 10:30 a.m. fellowship/study is focusing on Numbers. The group attempts to cover one chapter a session and meets at 48095 Andrews Avenue for approximately one hour.

Wednesday evening activities take place at the Parish Hall, 43055 Kenai Spur Highway, and consist of a potluck fellowship, Vespers Service and detailed analysis of basic Christian doctrine, currently focusing on the relevance of ancient Christian doctrine for the 21st Century. The fellowship/potluck begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by Vespers at 6:30 p.m. and study from 7 to 8 p.m. The pastor also offers weekly homilies on the website in written and mp3 formats for those who cannot participate in any of the parish activities in person. Visit or call 283-5455 for more information.

Clothes Quarters open weekly
Clolthes Quarters, at Our Lady of the Angels Church, 225 S. Spruce Street, Kenai, is open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and he first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 283-4555 for more information.

Clothes ministry ongoing
The Clothes 4 U Ministry offers free clothing to benefit the community. The ministry is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at First Baptist Church Soldotna Mission House at 119 Little Avenue in Soldotna. Clothes 4 U accepts clothing donations only. For more information, call 262-4304.

Catholicism classes available
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. each week. Those attending will learn about the teaching 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. Anyone interested in seeking this way of life may call the Rectory to sign up at 262-4725.

United Methodist Reverend retires
On Sunday, at 5:30 p.m. friends and colleagues of Reverend Richard and Karolann Whetsell are invited to join the Soldotna United Methodist Congregation in celebrating their six years of ministry in Soldotna, as well as Reverend Whetsell’s retirement. They will be moving to Oklahoma in July. The evening will begin with a spaghetti dinner and continue with a Gathering of Thanks. The Whetsells have been actively involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry, Alpha and Walk to Emmaus. Rev. Whetsell has also served on the Habitat for Humanity Board, State Disaster Response, and the Chaplaincy Program at the hospital. For more information, call Susie at 283-7469.

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