Religion Briefs

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

Native fellowship meets tonight

Ken Gilbert, a representative of the North American Native-Christian group 120 Drums, will speak to the North Wind Native Fellow-ship at 7 p.m. today at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, Mile 19.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The meeting will include a Native potluck.

The fellowship meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month. Every fourth gathering includes a potluck.

Family and friends are invited to the interdenominational Native outreach. 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.

Basketball camps scheduled

The Soldotna Bible Chapel has scheduled Winning With Christ basketball camps during June. For boys grades 10 to 12, camp will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Registration can be completed at the church, 300 W. Marydale. The cost is $75. For more information, call Rob Dimick at 262-5095.

Vacation Bible study planned

The Soldotna Bible Chapel invites children ages 4 through sixth grade to participate in a vacation Bible school program Monday through Friday at 300 W. Marydale Ave.

The program, titled "Great Global Odyssey Adventure," will study the word of God and include snacks, crafts, songs and games.

Parents are invited to attend the closing program at 11:30 a.m. June 20. The Bible study program will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon each day. For more information, call 262-4865.

Jews for Jesus programs slated

Susan Mendelson of Jews for Jesus will share her heritage as a Jewish woman and believer in Christ during three presentations next weekend.

She will be at Good Books and More in the Willow Street shopping mall in Kenai at 6:30 p.m. June 20, at MoAdim Messianic Fellowship in the Kenai Merit Inn at 10:30 a.m. June 21 and at Kenai New Life Assembly, 209 Princess St. at 6 p.m. June 22.

Mendelson's presentation will feature Jewish Gospel music. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-5621 or 283-7752.

Christian poetry sought

A $1,000 grand prize is offered in a religious poetry contest sponsored by the Christian Fine Arts Society. Fifty prizes in all total $5,000.

To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 9588 Thornbush Lane, Fishers, IN 46038 or enter online at The deadline is June 23. Entry is free.

Poems may be written on any subject, using any style, as long as the poem contains a spiritual theme. It may be a love poem, nature poem or one that inspires the reader.

Summer camp planned

Summer camps are being planned in June and July at Camp Maranatha, north of Wasilla.

Boys camp is Monday through Friday, girls camp is June 23-27, junior high camp is July 14-19 and senior high camp is July 7-12.

For more information, call 262-4660.

Sunday school, youth camp slated

The United Pentecostal Church has scheduled youth camps and Sunday school classes for June at the church's campground in Sterling. Youth camp for children ages 2 to 12 will be June 26-9; for people ages 12 to 35, camp will be June 22-5. Sunday school classes will be conducted at 10 a.m. every day from June 26-29.

For more information, call 260-3107.

God and country rally set

A multi-church God and country rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 29 at Kenai Central High School. The service will honor all veterans and thank God for his blessings on the nation. For more information, call 262-7416.

Artisans, crafters sought for fest

Abundant Life Assembly of God in Sterling is seeking artisans and crafts people to host booths at its Freedom Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 5. The public is welcome to attend the festival, which will include carnival games, a flea market, food and live music.

Booth rental is $5 and sponsors should plan to bring their own tables. Booth set-up will begin at 8 a.m. July 5 and booths must be reserved by July 3. Call Rena White at 262-0694.

Children's Bible school planned

Peninsula Grace Brethren Church is planning a vacation Bible school for children ages 4 through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon July 7-11 at 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

To register for the fun-filled "Super Cool Underwater Bible Adventure," call 262-6442.

Church offers camp for all ages

The Soldotna Church of God is organizing a camp meeting for people of all ages July 13-20. The camp will be at the church on the corner of Binkley Street and Redoubt Avenue. Call 262-4729 for more information.

Rainbow Poets to award $5,000

The New Jersey Rainbow Poets will award 50 prizes totaling $5,000 in their religious poetry contest. Included is a grand prize of $1,000.

To enter, poets should send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave., PMB 70, Linden, NJ 07036, or enter online at The entry deadline is July 14.

Church plans Bible school

Sterling Lutheran Church will conduct a children's vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon, July 14-18.

For more information, call 262-9259.

Churches host Oilers game

The Peninsula Oilers baseball team will take on Athletes in Action during an annual game sponsored by several area churches at 7 p.m. July 18 at Oilers Field in Kenai.

Free tickets are available at area churches, including the Peninsula Christian Center. For more information, call 262-7416.

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.

Bible study looks back to Jerusalem

The Grace Lutheran Church and School will take a look back to Jerusalem during its vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 1, at the church on Ciechanski Road one block off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

For more information and to register, call pastor Tom Schmidt at 283-6296 or principal Dennis Leckwee at 283-7888.

Friendship closet open Wednesdays

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 every Friday and Saturday

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.

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