Church Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011

Overheard: Conversations by the Cross

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 9, Lenten services will be held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. through April 20 at Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 North Forest Drive in Kenai. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We will be looking at some of the players involved in the events leading up to the crucifixion, and listening to what their conversations might have been: Malchus -- whose ear was cut off at Gethsemane; and Mark, who ran from the Garden naked; Barabbas -- the criminal released when Jesus was condemned; and Caiaphas, the high priest who led the cries for his release; Pontius Pilate and Procula, his wife; Simon of Cyrene -- who carried our Lord's cross; and the Centurion who compelled him to; The Two Thieves -- who were crucified with Christ; Mary -- our Lord's grieving mother; and John, the "beloved disciple," who took her into his home. On April 13 there will be a potluck dinner. A representative of "Chosen People Ministries" will give a presentation, "Christ in the Passover."

Music is their ministry

Join College Heights Baptist Church at 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Road for a free concert performed by our homegrown group, This Hope. This Hope is a group of five young men, all originally from the Kenai Peninsula who present ministry through music. Their contemporary style consists of a combination of a capella and instrument-driven songs that speak to a variety of cultures and generations. They will be at College Heights for one night only, Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Study the world's great religions

Pastor Marti Slater will lead a study group on world religions on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kenai United Methodist Church. The sessions will cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The study group will run through Feb. 22. Adam Hamilton's "Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask," is the study guide and is available from the minister for $10. The Kenai United Methodist Church is located across from Wells Fargo bank. All adults are invited to be a part of this study on religions. For more information call 283-7868.

Life skills course available

The Soldotna church of the Nazarene will be holding Life Skills International class Learning to Live Learning to Love. The class runs 26 weeks, with a sliding scale fee. Contact the church for more information at 262-4660, or Mary Glaves, facilitator, at 398-6318.

Soldotna Aglow studies 'Beautiful Mind'

Soldotna Aglow has started a new session, a Beth Moore DVD entitled "Beautiful Mind." All faiths welcome; safe, fun, and free child care provided every Wednesday at the Peninsula Christian Center (behind the Soldotna Salvation Army), 10 a.m. to noon, fellowship at 9:30. Come see what God is doing in Soldotna. For more information call Karen at 262-9399 or Judy at 283-3534.

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.

Free course on Bible Basics

Ever wonder what the Bible's really all about? Want to brush up on Bible history? Curious why there are so many different denominations and want to know the difference? Join us Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, WELS (1 block off K-Beach on Ciechanski Road) for an informative look at the Bible and what it says to us today.

To RSVP, or for more information, email Pastor Rob Guenther at pastorguenther@gmail.com or call 907-283-6297.

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 Ave. in Soldotna. Clothes 4 U accepts clothing donations only. For more information, call 260-4806.

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 saintlukekenai.com or call 283-5455 for more information.

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 kingjamesbiblystudy@gmail.com.

Children's Church every Sunday evening

Children's Church takes place Sunday evenings at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Kenai. Children ages 5 through sixth grade. Call 283-7672 for more information.



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