Church Briefs

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2003

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 today, Saturday and Sunday.

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 today 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.

Native fellowship meets tonight

The North Wind Native Fellowship will meet at 7 this evening 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. A children's ministry is provided for children in fourth grade and under.

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

Baha'is host peace devotions

The Kalifornsky Bah' Study Circle is hosting devotions oriented to peace at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ridgeway Bah' Center on Knight Drive.

People of all faiths are welcome and are encouraged to bring their own selections of devotional readings, prayers or music to share. Call 283-6650 for more information.

Sale to aid African hunger mission

The Kenai Church of God will conduct a yard sale April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 14143 Kenai Spur Highway.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Target Zimbabwe, an African hunger relief mission. Donations are being accepted.

For more information, call Jeannie Eason at 283-8075.

Passover seder presented

The women's ministry of the Kenai Christian Church will present a Messianic Passover Seder titled, "The Story of Passover," April 12 at the church, 104 McKinley St. in Kenai.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch following at noon. The cost is $10 and child care will be provided. However, children must be preregistered.

Call 283-7403 to make reservations for the special service.

Church celebrates holy week

The Abundant Life Assembly of God at Mile 81.5 of the Sterling Highway in Sterling invites everyone to join in its celebration of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through Easter.

Author and historian Linfield Crowder will speak at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 13, and at 7 p.m. April 14.

Stations of the Cross will be said at 7 p.m. April 16, featuring art displays, drama and music.

A Seder supper will be at 7 p.m. April 17. Participants must sign-up by April 10.

A Good Friday community service will be conducted at 7 p.m. April 18, and Easter Sunday service will be at 11 a.m. April 20.

For more information call 262-7266.

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 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.

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 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.

Religious poetry contest held

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

Christian group sponsors contest

The Christian Fine Arts Society is sponsoring a religious poetry contest, free to everyone. Fifty prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded, including a $1,000 grand prize.

People may enter the contest by sending one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 9588 Thornbush Lane, Fishers, IN 46038. The contest also can be entered online at

The entry deadline is April 19.

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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