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Religion Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 06, 2002

Church celebrates birth of Jesus

The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ in Soldotna will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ all month long, beginning with the Sunday School department's program "Wonderful Christmas," performed by children from ages 1 to 12 at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

After the play, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall where parents and guests can meet the children's Sunday School teachers.

On Dec. 18, the celebration continues with the annual "Birthday for Jesus" service at 7 p.m.

A praise and worship service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 22 will include the performance of the cantata, "The Way He Came," sung by the church choir. Other musical selections will be featured, and the service will close with a special Christmas message.

For information or to arrange transportation to any of the events, call 262-5909, 262-9693, 262-4469 or 260-5916.

Singles conference slated

Faith Christian Community of Anchorage is hosting a single-adult and a single-parent conference at its Parkside Campus. The single-adult conference will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, and the single-parent conference will be from 11 to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 15.

Both conferences are free and will feature guest speaker Barbara Schiller. Child care will be provided. For information, call Alice at (907) 337-2135.

Christmas musical begins tonight

The first performance of "Hope Has Come," a musical of the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church is tonight at 7 at Mile 19.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Tickets for the annual musical are $5 each and include a Christmas dessert served at intermission.

Performances also are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling the church office at 262-6442 or online at www.peninsulagrace.org. Tickets may also be picked up at the church office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Texas group seeks poetry from Kenai

The Texas Poetry Alliance is offering a $1,000 grand prize in its annual spiritual poetry contest open to the public. The deadline for entering is Saturday.

No entry fee is required and everyone is invited to submit a poem. Over $4,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

To enter, send one poem 20 lines or less to: Free Poetry Contest, 3412-A Moonlight Ave., El Paso, Texas 79904. Or enter on-line at www.freecontest.com. A winners' list will be sent to all entrants. The editors reserve the right to publish the winning poems online or in print.

Native outreach fellowship to meet

The North Wind Native Fellowship, an inter-denominational Native outreach, meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 13, at Peninsula Grace Brethren, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna. Meetings are held every other Friday. Every fourth gathering is 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.

Clothing ministry open

First Baptist Church of Soldotna's ministry "New 2 U" is collecting used toys in good, usable condition to be given away on Dec. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 159 N. Binkley Ave.

The church's New 2 You clothing ministry is closed for the month of December. For more information or to donate toys, call Joy at 262-0641.

Healing Rooms open every weekend

The Healing Rooms, a Bible-based Christian ministry in Kenai, is now open every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Healing Rooms is located across from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Kenai Spur Highway next to Little Ski-Mo. For information, call Ben Eby at 283-4404.

Friendship closet open Wednesdays

The Aurora Heights Assembly of God "Friendship Closet" is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet people's clothing needs.

The clothing closet is located at the church on the corner of McGahan and Marie Ave., near Mile 27 of Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. For information, call 776-8723.

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 clarion@alaska.net. For more information, call 283-7551.

The deadline for Friday submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Precept Ministries training institute planned

Precept Ministries International will conduct a training institute for students, leaders and potential leaders Jan. 16, 17 and 18, 2003, at the Kenai Christian Church, 104 McKinley Street, Kenai.

Sponsored by Precept Ministries International of Chattanooga, Tenn., the institute teaches inductive Bible study skills for those preparing to lead discussion groups. Bible study observation, interpretation and application skills are also taught.

Persons interested in attending the training institute are asked to call Valerie Morin at 283-7403 or Tammy Anthony at 776-8574.

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.

Anyone whose work is selected will share in the royalties from book sales.

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



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