Church Briefs

Posted: Friday, April 01, 2011

Missionary educator speaks

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church hosts Jerene Mortenson, mother of author Greg Mortenson ("Thre Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools") as she talks about contributing to efforts to help educate children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jerene Mortenson holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from University of Minnesota, and has taught in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Tanzania with her family as missionaries for 13 years. The event is April 1 in O'Neill hall, beginning with a soup supper at 5:45 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. Donations for the Central Asia Institute are appreciated. For more information call Marlys Verba, 262-5542.

Easter for Kids Offered

Grace Lutheran Church and School will host "Easter for Kids," a program to share the real meaning of Easter, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the church off K-Beach Road, one block down on Ciechanski Road. Kids ages 3 years old to 6th grade may attend. There will be Bible teaching, singing, arts and crafts, games and cookie decorating. A hotdog and veggie lunch and 15-minute "Easter by the Kids" concert for the parents will be held at 1 p.m. For more information or to register, call Pastor Rob Guenther at 283-6297 or visit us online at www.GraceLutheranKenai.com.

Lenten services at North Lutheran Church

Lenten services will continue every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. through April 20 at Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Dr., in Kenai. Everyone is welcome. We will be continuing to look at some of the players involved in the events leading up to the crucifixion, and listening to what their conversations might have been. On Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a potluck dinner in the Seder tradition (please, no pork, shellfish or leaven bread). A

representative from Chosen People Ministries will be giving a presentation, "Christ in the Passover." For more information please contact Joan Hett at 252-1963. You are also invited to join us for a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. Easter Sunday morning and Easter worship service at 11 a.m.

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.

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 Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m., starting March 26, 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.

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.

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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