Peninsula Grace Brethren Church members back row, Brian Heath, left, and Pastor Keith Randall; front row, left to right, Devon and Fiona Heath are shown praying after the girls baptism, by their father, during the church's All Church Picnic held July 15 at Tesoro Oil company's picnic grounds in Nikiski. More than 125 people from the church attended. Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, Frisbee, football and volleyball were some of the planned activities. Some unplanned activities included sitting, sunning and snoring. The Unity Drummers played and sang Native Alaska songs. After a dinner of hamburgers and ho dogs, side-dishes and desserts, the drummers led the church in singing "Jesus, Purify us." The congregation held a feet-washing ceremony as a portion of its Communion service. Following the Eucharist and singing "We Are One in the Spirit, We Are One in the Lord," the congregation moved to the lake front for baptisms. "Then back home again. Back to a normal week? No way! We entered the week with a renewed sense of what it means to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ, including being a portion of the clan called Grace Brethren, as well as the Peninsula Grace family. A picnic, Alaskan style, now that's the way to do it," said Chuck Thornton, pastor at-large.
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