Hymn sing planned
St. Francis By The Sea Episcopal Church, 110 S. Spruce St. in Kenai, will have a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Saturday. John Hanscom will be here from Anchorage to lead the singing Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is invited to come sing along.
Baptist Bible school starts Monday
The College Heights Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road will hold a free vacation Bible school from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday for ages ages 3 through sixth grade.
Sports clinic, Bible school slated
The First Baptist Church in Soldotna will host a one-day sports clinic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. Activities include volleyball and basketball for ages 10 to 17.
Also planned at the church is a vacation Bible school June 17-21 from 1 to 4 p.m. for grades one through six. The theme is "An Expedition to the Amazon."
For more information on either event, call 262-4304.
Bible school planned in Nikiski
The Nikiski Church of Christ, at Mile 24.5 Kenai Spur Highway, will hold a vacation Bible school from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. June 10-12. There will be Bible classes for ages 3 through sixth grade and free refreshments. All materials are free and there will be no collections. There will be a lunch at noon and something special in the auditorium at 1 p.m. June 12. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 776-8431 or 776-5285.
Kenai church set to go 'buggy'
Vacation Bible school will be held June 10-14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Drive in Kenai. Children of all ages are encouraged to come to a "Bug Safari." There will be theme-related stories, music, crafts, games and snacks. For more information, call 283-4153 or 283-9224.
Kasilof church to hold Bible school
The New Life Fellowship Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof will hold a vacation Bible school for children in kindergarten through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10-14. There will be Bible stories, games, crafts and more. For more information, call Molly Alley at 262-597.
Soldotna chapel will 'do what's right'
The Soldotna Bible Chapel will hold a "Do What's Right" vacation Bible school program for children ages 4 through sixth grade June 17-21. Children will learn to "Do What's Right" as they study God's word and have snacks, crafts, songs and games. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each day at 301 Marydale Ave. in Soldotna. The closing program will be at 11:45 a.m. June 21. For more information, call 262-4865.
Muslims, Buddhists, Christians unite to fight lottery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Muslims and Buddhists are joining Southern Baptists and other Christians in a campaign to persuade Tennessee voters to reject a state lottery.
The issue will be decided in a Nov. 5 referendum.
''There's probably not any other issue, except maybe Sept. 11, that would pull all these groups together,'' said the Rev. Skip Armistead, a United Methodist pastor in Madison and a chairman of the Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance.
If approved, the referendum would remove a constitutional ban on state lotteries, letting lawmakers establish a lottery and send proceeds to college scholarships, pre-kindergarten programs and school construction.
Religious opponents say lotteries prey upon the poor and fuel gambling addiction.
The anti-lottery forces are led by the Southern Baptists and United Methodists, representing some 4,300 congregations and 1.1 million members in the state.
State Sen. Steve Cohen, a Memphis Democrat and chief lottery proponent, said the lottery will benefit poor and middle-income Tennesseans by providing more money for education.
He believes residents will decide on their own how to vote despite their religious leaders' positions.
''There are a lot of good church people in the other 37 states with state lotteries, and I don't think their pastors or rabbis or priests think they are going to hell,'' Cohen said.
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