Religion Briefs

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2000

Men's retreat planned

The 2000 Christian Men's Retreat will be held through Saturday at the King J Ranch, north of Soldotna at the end of Deville Road. The theme of the retreat will be Men of Spirit. Guest speakers will be Roger Davis of Fairbanks and Pastor Bob Reasner of Sterling. The event is open to the public. For more information, call Abundant Life Assemble of God at 262-7266.

Spiritual Renewal Week planned

Soldotna First Assembly will conduct Renewal Week Sunday through Nov. 19. On Sunday, the Rev. JoAnne Meckstroth will minister at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Then, Thursday through Nov. 18, apostolic missionary Joe Purcell will minister at 7 nightly. Purcell also will speak at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Meckstroth is an international Aglow board member. She recently ministered in South Africa and Japan. Purcell is a 10-year veteran of apostolic mission work in Russia. He was a practicing lawyer in Alaska for several years before answering the call of God. The church is off the Kenai Spur Highway beside The Salvation Army thrift store.

New pastor arrives at Nikiski church

The Rev. Paul and Patti Hartley with children Beck, 13, Elizabeth, 8, and Stephen, 5, arrived in Kenai on Monday after a drive up the Alaska Highway. Rev. Hartley will assume duties as pastor of the Nikiski Church of the Nazarene. The Hartleys have served in pastorates in Saskatchewan, Canada, Kansas City and Spokane, Okanogan and, most recently, Vancouver, Wash. A get acquainted-welcome service Sunday at 10:45 a.m. followed by a potluck are planned at the church, Mile 18 of the Kenai Spur Highway. It is open to the community. For more information, call 283-3632.

New pastor celebration slated

The Sterling Baptist Church will hold a celebration Sunday to meet pastor Lex Delong and to view the recently remodeled auditorium. Worship service will be held at 11 a.m. with dinner at 12:30 p.m. and a praise and testimony service at 2:30 p.m. The church is at Mile 83.5 of the Sterling Highway at the corner of Swanson River Road.

Pie served to welcome pastoral family

The people of the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai welcome Summer and Betty Walters as the new pastoral family while Jon B. Walters is on medical leave. Summer is Jon's brother. The Rev. Walters will preach at the 11 a.m. service Sunday on "Abundance and Gratitude." Pie will be served following the service in the fellowship hall. The service is open to the public.

Kenai Aglow to host speaker

JoAnne Meckstroth, U.S. director of the Northwest Region for Aglow, will speak on "Today's Real Woman" on Monday at the Kenai Aglow meeting held at 7 p.m. at The Salvation Army Chapel in Kenai.

Communitywide worship meeting planned

Love INC is planning to coordinate a community wide worship event, "Experiencing God -- The Musical," created by Gary Rhodes and Claire Cloninger, with Henry Blackaby. A targeted date has been set for June 10, 2001. A steering committee will meet at the Love INC office Tuesday at 7 p.m. All area churches are encouraged to send a representative. For more information, call Janine Espy at 283-5252.

Workshop scheduled for Nov. 18

A Focus Workshop discussing compassion and communication will be held Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kenai Christian Church. The speaker will be Patty McDonald. Luncheon cost is $5 and child care will be available. For more information, call Vicki Meyers at 283-3515 or Kathy Medcoff at 283-1059.

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. Thursday 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.

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