Religion briefs

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2008

Church offers Christmas buttons

Nikiski Church of the Nazarene is partnering with the "Wish Me A Merry Christmas" campaign mobilizing advocates energized for a return to the traditional, convivial greeting, bearing buttons that make the statement -- "It's OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas.

The national "Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign" is appealing to retailers to put Christmas back in the holidays with two petitions: To actively retract adverse corporate holiday wishing policies, by returning to the traditional and explicit "Merry Christmas" phrase; and To restore use of the symbols, language and sounds of Christmas in in-store displays, signage and music, as well as in November and December advertising. For more information, call 283-3632.

Christmas activities set to praise

The following churches will host Christmas events:

Grace Lutheran Church and School -- Christmas for kids, a program to share the meaning of Christmas for youth 3 years old through grade six will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the church on Ciechanski, one block, off Kalifornsky Beach Road. There will be Bible teaching, handicrafts, old fashioned games, making and decorating Christmas cookies, as well as a Christmas card. There's also will be a free hotdog lunch and a 15 minute "Christmas By The Kids Concert" for the parents" at 1 p.m. For more information or to register, call Laura Ganshow at 398-9548 or Pastor Tom Schmidt at 283-6297.

The First Baptist Church of Kenai at 12815 Kenai Spur Highway -- Christmas Cantata "Come, Let Us Adore Him" by Lari Goss at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and Candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. For more information, call Joy McCaul at 283-7672.

Kenai Christian Church -- will hold a cookie theater program at 6:20 p.m. Sunday at the church at 104 McKinley Street; and Christmas Eve candle light service at 5:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail

Abundant Life Assembly of God -- Caroling night at 6 Wednesday; Christmas extravaganza and children's musical at 6 p.m. Dec. 21; and community candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. For more information, call 262-7266.

The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ -- will have a birthday party for Jesus with gift-giving and song service at 7 p.m. Wednesday; a Christmas cantata "The Way He Came" will highlight the Christmas service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21; and the new year will be welcomed in with a Watchnight Service at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Worship, communion, and fellowship will finish out 2008 and bring in 2009. Visitors are welcomed to join at all events. For more information, call 262-3165. For transportation, call 262-9693.

Soldotna Bible Chapel -- will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 titled "Tonight, Heaven Touches Earth." Featuring soloist Daniel Johnston of "This Hope" and the choir will be under the direction of Gary Lindman. For more information, e-mail

This Hope to perform

This Hope, and acappella group who present ministry through music will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna Bible Chapel at 300 W. Marydale Ave. For more information, call Jennifer Duran at 262-4865

Recovery program offered

The Lighthouse Community Church will hold a Recovery Now, a scripturally based recovery program, at 7 p.m. Fridays. The program is a for anyone that is dealing with or has dealt with addiction of any kind. For more information, call Daryell Lathem at 741-8008 or Pastor Randy Lewis at 252-6445.

Bible study continues

The Soldotna Day Aglow meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Peninsula Christian Center for prayer and Bible study, Beloved Disciple, by Beth Moore.

Fellowship and coffee will begin at 9:30 a.m. Baby-sitting will be provided. The center is at the corner of Cohoe and Farnsworth behind The Salvation Army store. For more information, call 262-2569.

Saturday Bible classes ongoing

The Nikiski Nazarine Church will hold a women's Bible study at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the church at Mile 18 of the Kenai Spur Highway. The eight-week Beth Moore class, titled "Stepping up," will be about Psalms. It is open to all women.

For more information, call 776-8022 or 776-8547.

Group gathers for support

Soldotna United Methodist Church conducts a life, love and loss support group from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the church at 158 S. Binkley St. Any type of loss is open for discussion.

Bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call Richard at 262-4657.

Echo Lake Bible study ongoing

A King James Bible study group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays on East Echo Lake Road. For more information, call 262-3509.

Prayer group meets for breakfast

The United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai hosts a women's prayer and share group at 7 a.m. Mondays at Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai. It is open to all women.

For more information, call Pastor Marti Slater at 283-7868.

Nikiski Aglow meeting set

Nikiski Aglow meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Nikiski New Hope Fellowship at Mile 23 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Women may attend Bible study, prayer and worship.

For more information, call 776-8022, 776-8841 or 776-8691.

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 283-9371 or 283-4555.

Free clothes available

Clothes 4 U Ministry offers free clothing to benefit the community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at First Baptist Church Soldotna Mission House at 119 Little Ave. in Soldotna.

For more information, call 260-4806.

ALPHA course offered

An ALPHA invitation dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Aspen Hotel conference room.

The Alpha Course a practical introduction to the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over 10 weekly sessions and designed as an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.

The ALPHA course is free, and for those who choose to take the course, the 10 weeks will extend on Tuesday evenings through April 7.

To make a reservation for the dinner, call Karolann at 262-4958 or e-mail A nursery will be available with a reservation.

Church news sought

Area churches are invited to submit information on current or upcoming Bible studies, open houses, events or special functions. For more information call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail

Photos from events also may be submitted. Please include the date, location, names of people in the photo, a brief description of the activity and a contact name and phone number. Photos that include an address will be returned.

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