Church news

Parish celebrates pastor’s ordination anniversary

Members and visitors of St. Luke Lutheran Church (UAC) celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Rev. Tim Tolar’s ordination, as well as his birthday, on August 3.

In April 2004, Rev. Tolar was called by God, through the congregation at Star of the North Lutheran Church, to serve as their overseer and pastor. After graduating from the LCMS seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in May 2004, Rev. Tolar and his wife traveled to Alaska, arriving in July 2004.

Rev. Tolar was ordained at Star of the North Lutheran Church on August 1, 2004. In 2008, Rev. Tolar became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America.

That same year, God called Rev. Tolar, through the body of Christ at St. Luke Lutheran Church, to serve as their shepherd and pastor, wherein he was installed by Bishop James Heiser.

As to thoughts on his ministry, Pastor Tolar said, “The Lord has built up His bride the church in ways I would have never dreamed, including opening doors for me as a commercial fisherman and an emergency responder here on the Peninsula. My joining ELDoNA has also been used by Christ to build a sense of unity in doctrine, spirit, and body unsurpassed by anything I have ever experienced in a religious body. This has resulted in the members of St. Luke truly being a family in and through Christ Jesus. It has been a wondrous journey, and I look forward to seeing what and how the Lord will work through all of us here at St. Luke and her far-reaching missions in the coming years.”

Since 2008, St. Luke Lutheran Church has started two missions, one in Homer and one in Fairbanks. St. Luke Lutheran Church is located at Mile 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway in the log building that a lot of locals know as the former Hitching Post restaurant. Divine Services are held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, except for the first Sunday of each month, when Rev. Tolar travels to the Fairbanks’ mission. Except for the first Sunday of each month, a Matins service is held at 9:00 a.m., followed by a family Bible study at 9:30 a.m. On the first Sunday of each month, the congregation does a Küster Small Catechism Recitation.

Catholic Church to hold RCIA classes for inquirers

Classes for anyone interested in the Catholic Church will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna starting Sept. 3. The classes will be held in O’Neill Hall, 238 W. Redoubt Avenue, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year. Those attending will learn about the teachings of the Church based on the teachings of Jesus Christ to His disciples. This process is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA.

For more information, please call Shirley at 262-9654 or Marlys at 262-5542. We will also have a brief presentation to explain about the RCIA process and answer any questions on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the Church. As Jesus said to His disciples: “Come and See”. Refreshments will be served. lease contact one of the names listed above for information.

Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ plans carnival

Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Sunday School is hosting a free end of the summer Carnival 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. August 24 where kids can participate in fun activities like a cupcake walk, face painting, build your own picture frames, and also enjoy hot dogs, chips and ice cream.

Register by August 22. The carnival will be at Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Sunday School (Mile Post 89 on Sterling Highway – turn right on Murray Lane by Zimco Construction).

For more information, contact Tracey at 262-1423 or Sherry at 262-0853 for registration. If kids need a ride to AAJC Sunday School, please call Jeremiah at 398-1184.

Food Pantry open weekly

The Soldotna Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents in our community who may be experiencing food shortages.

The Food Pantry is located at the Soldotna United Methodist Church at 158 South Binkley Street. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations may be dropped off at the church Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Thank you for your support.

United Methodist Church provides food pantry

The Kenai United Methodist Church provides a food pantry for those in need every Monday from noon to 3 p.m.

The Methodist Church is located on the Kenai Spur Highway next to the Boys and Girls Club. The entrance to the Food Pantry is through the side door. The Pantry closes for holidays.

For more information contact the church office at 283-7868 or email kumcalaska@gmail.com.

Clothes 4 U at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church Soldotna, located at 159 S. Binkley Street, is re-opening its Clothes 4 U program.

It is open on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All clothing and shoes are free to the public.

Clothes Quarters open weekly

Clothes Quarters at Our Lady of the Angels Church is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 907-283-4555.

 

Submit church announcements to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in Life

Homer students pose after their performance from the musical Shrek on Saturday after the three-day Broadway Bootcamp theater workshop with director Jim Anderson in October 2023, in Homer, Alaska. (Emilie Springer/ Homer News)
Intensive Broadway Bootcamp offered in Homer in August

During the five-day bootcamp, youth participants will work with top performing artist educators to develop leadership skills through theater arts.

Dillon Diering and Sarah Overholt dance while the Tyson James Band performs during the 45th Annual Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival in Moose Pass, Alaska, on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
‘We’re about community’

Moose Pass throws 45th annual Summer Solstice Festival

This summer salad is sweet and refreshing, the perfect accompaniment to salty meat and chips. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Fueling happy memories

Fresh salad accompanies an outdoors Father’s Day meal

File
Minister’s Message: The way life will be

“Is this the way it was all meant to be? Is this what God had in mind when He created us?”

Photo provided by Art We There Yet
José Luis Vílchez and Cora Rose with their retired school bus-turned-art and recording studio.
‘It’s all about people’

Traveling artists depict Kenai Peninsula across mediums

Promotional Photo courtesy Pixar Animation/Walt Disney Studios
In Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2,” Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Fear (voice of Tony Hale) and Disgust (voice of Liza Lapira) aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety (voice of Maya Hawke) shows up unexpectedly. Directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen, “Inside Out 2” releases only in theaters Summer 2024.
On the Screen: ‘Inside Out 2’ a bold evolution of Pixar’s emotional storytelling

Set only a year after the events of the first film, “Inside Out 2” returns viewers to the inner workings of pre-teen Riley

Calvin Fair, in his element, on Buck Mountain, above Chief Cove on Kodiak Island, in October 1986. His hunting partner and longtime friend Will Troyer captured this image while they were on one of the duo’s annual deer-hunting trips. (Photo courtesy of the Fair Family Collection)
The Road Not Taken: A tribute to my father’s career choice

For the first 40 years of my life, I saw my father professionally as a dentist. Period.

Edward Burke is ordained a transitional deacon by Archbishop Andrew E. Bellisario at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Photo provided by Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church)
Kenai’s Catholic Church hosts diaconate ordination

The event was attended by roughly 300 people, nearly a dozen priests and deacons and the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau

Rhubarb custard cake is ready to be baked. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Rhubarb and running to lift the spirits

Frozen rhubarb just won’t do for this tart and beautiful custard cake, so pick it fresh wherever you can find it

Most Read