Religion Briefs

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2000

Statewide conference planned

Alaska Men's Ministries will hold its third Statewide Men's Conference from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Abbott Loop Community Church in Anchorage. For ticket information, call (907) 338-4479.

Church celebration slated

The Star of the North Lutheran Church will celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday with a dinner at 6 p.m. at the church, located at 216 N. Forest Drive in Kenai.

Kenai Aglow set to meet Oct. 16

"It's All About Relationships" will be the theme of the next meeting of Kenai Aglow at 7 p.m. Monday at The Salvation Army Chapel, 201 N. Forest Drive.

Members of the Kenai Lighthouse Team will share testimonies of broken relationships mended, lost love found, joy restored and hope realized.

Church conducts classes about Catholic faith

Classes currently are being held for anyone interested in learning about the Catholic faith. Classes are at 7 p.m. every Tuesday through mid-December at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 222 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by which adult converts are received into full communion with the Catholic Church, is an updated version of the way the early Christians became followers of Jesus Christ. The RCIA process is open to everyone.

"Baptized or not, Catholic or non-Catholic, everyone will benefit from taking these classes which focus on the teachings of the Catholic Church," according to a press release about the classes.

For more information, interested people may call Father Richard Tero at 262-4749.

Music group, evangelist to visit

The group Greater Vision and evangelist Dr. Bailey Smith will be at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. The performance is open to the public. For more information, call the First Baptist Church of Kenai at 283-7672 or Sheila Bierdeman at 283-1997.

Sexual abstinence advocacy is a full-time job

ELM GROVE, Wis. -- Sex sells. But so does abstinence, at least for Trisha Magaw. The 23-year-old virgin from Elm Grove, Wis., commands $150 an hour to tell teens how to resist societal pressures and postpone sex until marriage.

Magaw is a rising star on an expanding circuit of Christian speakers teaching teens about abstinence. She said her message is not simply about sex but the whole gamut of challenges, from dating to peer pressure to drugs.

-- staff and wire reports

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