Religion Briefs

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

Native outreach fellowship to meet

The North Wind Native Fellowship, a non-denominational Native outreach, will meet at 7 tonight at Peninsula Grace Brethren, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna. Glen Johnson will be the guest speaker.

The group meets every other Friday, and on every fourth gathering, conducts a Native potluck.

A children's ministry is provided for children in fourth grade and under. For more information, contact Van or Vide Van Velzor at 260-3293.

Soldotna plans Sept. 11 memorial service

Six area churches are joining with Soldotna civic officials at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a memorial service at Soldotna High School. The public is invited.

Soldotna Church of God, Soldotna Bible Chapel, Peninsula Grace Brethren, Birch Ridge Community Church, Kenai Church of God and Kenai Fellowship Church of Christ are joining in the 1 1/2-hour service honoring local firefighters and police and those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Guest speakers include Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford, Central Emergency Services Chief Jeff Tucker, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, state Sen. John Torgerson and Sylvia Reynolds, principal of Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School.

Local firefighters have been invited to attend the service in uniform, according to Soldotna Church of God Pastor Alan Humphries.

A special offering will be taken with proceeds going to families of police and firefighters who have died while serving in Alaska.

Soldotna VFW Post 10046 will present colors and a saxophone soloist will perform the National Anthem.

"We will be praying for our nation and for our public servants," Humphries said.

Sept. 11 memorial service slated

Soldotna United Methodist Church will conduct a day of remembrance memorial service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 158 S. Binkley.

The quiet, meditative, candlelight service will include music and special readings. For more information, call 262-4657.

Sterling church plans Sept. 11 remembrance

Abundant Life Church at Mile 81.5 of Sterling Highway in Sterling, is planning a Sept. 11 remembrance service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Local mothers take part in prayer rally

As part of a national rally, local members of Moms In Touch are hosting nationally known speaker Jan Shockey, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale. Shockey, Pacific regional director of Moms In Touch International, will speak on "Building a Wall of Prayer."

All mothers from churches from Nikiski to Homer to Seward are invited to the non-denominational prayer gathering. For information about MITI, call 1-800-949-MOMS.

James Grier to speak at Bible conference

James Grier, former president of Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, will speak at the Sterling Baptist Church area Bible conference, which begins Sept. 20 and continues through Sept. 21.

Grier recently has preached and taught at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Hong Kong and in Bangkok.

The conference is free and is open to all. For times, additional information and to pre-register, call 262-4711.

Clothing ministry to close for two weeks

The New 2 You clothing ministry of the First Baptist Church of Soldotna will be closed until Sept. 21.

The ministry, which meets the first and third Saturday of every month, will reopen on that day with winter hours, 1 to 3 p.m.

To participate in the ministry, call Joy at 262-0641.

Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship resumes meetings

The Kenai-Soldotna Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will reestablish its regular Sunday morning meetings this Sunday at the Bridges building in Soldotna. The group meets from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. each Sunday beginning the week after Labor Day through the week before Memorial Day. During the summer months they meet once a month for a potluck/service.

Newcomers are always welcome. Those interested in the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship are invited to Sunday's meeting, or call Marie Rozak at 283-9369 for more information. Bridges is located at 145 Kasilof St., between AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union and Buckets.

Bible study groups planned

A Precept Bible Study group is currently studying Hebrews, Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Soldotna Bible Chapel library.

Precept Bible Study groups also will study Hebrews on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Kasilof Community Church. For more information, call 283-9235.

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. Those whose works are selected will share in the royalties from book sales.

Information on this project is available at or by sending a stamped self addressed envelope to A Matter Of Faith, Arrowhead Publishing, P.O. Box 1472, O'Fallon, Mo., 63366.

-- Staff reports

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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