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Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2007

Focus on the Family report set

Focus on the Family representative Dan Voss will give an update on the ministry from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. It is open to the public. For more information, call 260-8488.

Concert set to praise

Musicians and composers Jim and Jean Strathdee will be in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church as part of a tour of eight Alaska communities. The Strathdees are well known in the United Methodist Church and beyond for their ministry of music. They have written more than 400 songs, hymns and choral pieces, which have been published and sang on six continents. Two of their best known hymns are "What Does the Lord Require of You?" and "I Am the Light of the World."

Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and Love INC. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors, youth and military. A family ticket for adults and all children is $25. Tickets are available from the Soldotna United Methodist Church at 262-4657 or at the door. For more information, call 262-4757.

Children's group planned

The Soldotna United Methodist Church will have an after-school program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Children may arrive as early as 3:30 p.m. Children in grades kindergarten through fourth may attend. Youth in grades five and up will be used to help.

The curriculum is called "Live Big" and helps children come to know the love of God through Jesus, music, art, theater, dance, laughter, sign language, discussion, imagination, entertainment, sight, sound, graphics, hands-on activities, stickers, games, crafts, snacks, Bible stories, worship and prayer. It helps students grow as children of God by taking what they learn into their everyday lives.

For more information, call Karolann at 262-4958.

Children's Bible club offered

Sterling Baptist Church will begin a weekly children's Bible club from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the church on the Sterling Highway and the corner of Swanson River Road. Some of the planned activities include games, prizes, Bible stories and songs. Youth in grades kindergarten through sixth may attend.

For more information, call 262-4711.

Soldotna Bible study slated

Soldotna Day Aglow's Beth Moore Bible study on Daniel continues at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 5 at Peninsula Christian Center. The topic will be how to develop integrity in an enticing world and explore prophecy from the time of Daniel through the second coming of Christ. Coffee and fellowship will be held at 9:30 a.m. Baby-sitting will be provided.

The center is at the corner of Cohoe Avenue and Farnsworth Boulevard in Soldotna behind The Salvation Army. For more information, call 262-2569 or 260-4980.

Evening Bible studies set

The Kenai Church of God has begun evening Bible studies at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church at 14143 Kenai Spur Highway.

Ladies will study Beth Moore's "Believing GOD," men will study "The Man in the Mirror," by Patrick Morley, and the youth and children's group will have special studies. For more information, call Pastor Pete Merkes at 283-4009.

Thursday Bible study set

Kenai First Baptist Church holds the Bible study, "A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place," at 10 a.m. Thursdays in the church fellowship hall. Child care will be available. For more information, call Carole at 283-7772 or Joy at 283-7672.

Grief support offered

Soldotna United Methodist Church holds a Life, Love, Loss support group from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month at the church at 158 S. Binkley St. Any type of loss is open for discussion in the group. Attendees are asked to bring a brown bag lunch.

For more information, call Richard at 262-4657.

Church seeks volunteers, begins Bible study

North Star United Methodist Church is seeking volunteers to help with the breakfast program at Nikiski North Star Elementary School. Church members volunteer Mondays and Lighthouse Community Church members volunteer Fridays. Five volunteers are needed for Tuesdays and Thursdays and three are needed for Wednesdays.

The church will hold a 34-week disciple Bible study from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Participants will need to prepare three to four hours a week and meet for one two-hour session a week. Breaks are taken at holidays. Disciple two and three studies also are being planned.

For more information, call Laura Skiba at 776-8732.

Revival services planned

New Life Assembly of God will host evangelist Lena Anugasuk for its revival services at 7 p.m. today at the church in Kenai. A potluck will be held prior to the service at 5:30 p.m.

A short presentation for the street ministry of Judith Walunga and Aneica Chickalak will be given at 7 p.m. today . The ministry is seeking donations of food, blankets and clothing. For more information, call Marvin at 252-5296.

Church harvest, Halloween carnivals slated

Below is a list of church sponsored community carnivals:

* Grace Lutheran Church and School harvest festival featuring carnival games, costume parade, soup cook off and cheesecake competition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the school. Families are asked to donate a bag of candy for prizes.

For more information, call Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551 or visit www.gracelutherankenai.com.

* Our Lady of Perpetual Help's Halloween carnival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Games, activities and refreshments will take place in the old Catholic Church at 222 W. Redoubt in Soldotna.

The church also will host an Octoberfest bingo for quilts from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Barbecue pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, assorted pies and desserts and coffee and hot cider will be served.

For more information, call 262-7801.

* Kenai New Life Assembly of God's harvest carnival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 209 Princess St. The carnival is for children ages 3 to 11. Games, a donkey ride, food, candy, prizes and a jumping balloon castle are planned.

For more information, call 283-7752.

* Abundant Life Church will host a glow-in-the-dark fall harvest carnival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church at Mile 81.5 of the Sterling Highway. There will be no charge for games, food and candy. For more information, call 262-7266.

Clothes Quarters open

The Clothes Quarters is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 225 S. Spruce St. behind Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. The store sells clothes and free trade coffee.

For more information, call Margaret at 283-9371 or Joan at 283-4555.

Church news sought

Area churches are invited to submit information on current or upcoming Bible studies, open houses, events or upcoming special functions. Photos from events also may be submitted.

For more information call 335-1241, e-mail news@peninsulaclarion.com, fax to 283-3299 or drop it off at our office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai.



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