Religion Briefs

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2003

Service marks first anniversary

"Songs and Celebration," an evening service of song and praise, will celebrate its first anniversary at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

One hour of singing and worship will be followed by balloons, brownies and ice cream.

All are invited to the service at Christ Lutheran Church, Mile 0.25 Kenai Spur Highway, behind Buckets restaurant.

The worship service has been led each Sunday evening by "The Gathering," a praise band featuring local musicians from various churches.

"Songs and Celebration" offers a casual and uplifting atmosphere for those seeking an evening service and those looking for an informal home of worship.

Bible study group meets

An in-depth Bible study called "Beloved Disciple" is being conducted by Beth Moore from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays through March 20 at First Baptist Church of Kenai.

Books by the same title also are available for purchase in the church office. Child care is provided during study sessions. For more information, call 283-7772.

Healing Rooms open weekends

The Healing Rooms, a Bible-based Christian ministry in Kenai, is now open every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Healing Rooms is located across from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on the Kenai Spur Highway next to Little Ski-Mo.

Its mission is to bless Kenai Peninsula and other Alaska cities in the area of divine healing. For more information, call Ben Eby at 283-4404.

Friendship closet open Wednesdays

The Aurora Heights Assembly of God "Friendship Closet" is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet people's clothing needs.

The clothing closet is located at the church on the corner of McGahan and Marie Avenue, near Mile 27 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. For more information, call 776-8723.

Religious poems sought

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special religious poetry contest sponsored by the New Jersey Rainbow Poets, free to anyone who has ever written a poem.

Fifty prizes in all total almost $5,000. The deadline for entering is Feb. 15.

To enter, send one poem only of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave., PMB 70, Linden, NJ 07036, or enter online at

Writers sought for faith anthology

Writers from Alaska are invited to share their own experiences of the power of prayer and faith in an anthology to be published in the latter half of 2003.

The anthology, "A Matter Of Faith," is being compiled by Arrowhead Publishing to provide examples of the positive power of prayer. Writers are invited to submit essays of up to 750 words that share their own experiences of how their faith has helped them meet major challenges in the journey through life.

Anyone whose work is selected will share in the royalties from book sales. More information on this project is available at or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to A Matter Of Faith, Arrowhead Publishing, P.O. Box 1472, O'Fallon, Mo., 63366.

Cell phones provide papal thoughts

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Italian cell phone users can now click on to a daily thought from Pope John Paul II, culled from his sermons and speeches and squeezed into a screen-size message. The cost for the ''short message service'' is 14 U.S. cents.

For the moment, the service is available only in Italian, but the company (TIM) is considering adding other languages. TIM offers a similar service in Brazil, transmitting daily Bible passages in Portuguese.

Churchgoers asked to plant signs

EDEN, N.C. (AP) -- Some local churches want members to post religious signs on their properties in response to a crackdown on placards that violate a city ordinance.

Eden city workers have taken down dozens of signs that flouted the ban on signs in any public right of way along streets. Many contained political or religious statements.

Two Baptist congregations asked members to put up at least 1,000 ''Jesus Saves'' signs on private property. ''We can keep the message out there, but in a legal way,'' said the Rev. Steve Griffith.

Bill Hambrick, an Eden resident, contacted several churches about posting new signs. City officials said they had not received any calls about the sign removals.

If you have a public service announcement or upcoming function for your local church, fax your information to 283-3299 or e-mail it to For more information, call 283-7551.

The deadline for Friday submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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