Church Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 07, 2003

Native fellowship meets

The North Wind Native Fellowship meets at 7 tonight at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, Mile 19.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Family and friends are invited to the interdenominational Native outreach, which gathers every other Friday. Every fourth gathering includes a Native potluck. Children's ministry is provided for children fourth grade and under.

For more information, call Van or Vide Van Velzor at 260-3293.

Purity Conference slated

Alaska Men's Ministry in Anchorage will host the Purity Conference 2003 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

James Cecy, president of Jaron Ministries in Fresno, Calif., will speak on immorality and pornography at the conference for men, women and teens, at Faith Christian Community Parkside Campus in Anchorage.

Contact Ron Hitchcock at (907) 338-4479 to register or for more information. Registra-tion also may be done online at

Peace service planned

All are invited to an evening peace service from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Sunday

The nondenominational service will be a time of music, reflections and candle lighting. Christ Lutheran Church near the Soldotna Y is hosting the event, and music will be provided by Gathering, a community music team.

Women's Aglow to meet

Dea McClure will speak at a meeting of Kenai Women's Aglow at 7 p.m. Monday at the Salvation Army Chapel, 201 N. Forest Drive in Kenai.

All women are invited to attend. For more information, call Teresa at 262-7342.

Baha'is prepare for New Year

Local Alaskans joined Baha'is in more than 200 countries and territories around the world recently in a four-day festival that precedes a fast leading up to the Baha'i Naw Ruz or New Year.

The fast began Sunday and ends with a new year festival at sunset March 20.

During the festival preceding the fast, central Kenai Peninsula Baha'is gave away bookmarks with inspirational quotes, which were attached to fresh flowers.

In addition, a potluck celebration was conducted and meals were prepared for a family struggling with health concerns.

The community is invited to gather for devotions at the Ridgeway Baha'i Center on Knight Drive at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 283-6650 for more information.

Friendship closet open

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

The Friendship Closet provides clothes and 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.

Bible study group meets

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

Books by the same title also are available for purchase in the church office.

Child care is provided during each study session. For more information, call 283-7772.

Healing Rooms open weekends

The Healing Rooms, a Bible-based Christian ministry in Kenai, is 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.

Conference studies Genesis

Are dinosaurs in the Bible?

"Answers in Genesis" founder Ken Ham will answer this and other questions during a family conference and free student meetings in Anchorage on April 4, 5 and 6.

Ham will focus on the accuracy of the book of Genesis, the mystery of dinosaurs and creation-evolution during the weekend conference.

The program also will include southern gospel music by recording artist Buddy Davis.

Free student meetings for children in kindergarten through 12th grade will be April 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The family conference will be at Abbott Loop Community Church, 2626 Abbott Road, Anchorage. For more information, call (907) 349-0151.

Poetry contest seeks entrants

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 ever has written a poem.

Fifty prizes in all total almost $5,000. The deadline for entering is April 12.

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.

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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