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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.

 

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