The Soldotna United Methodist Church, offers a Food Pantry for residents in the community who are experiencing food shortages. The Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 11a.m.- 2 p.m. for anyone in the area who may need extra help. To support these efforts, the church is accepting non-perishable food donations, which may be dropped off at the church any Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. To make monetary donations, mail a check to the address above designating it for the SUMC Food Pantry or drop it by. For more information, contact the church office at 262-4657 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Soldotna United Methodist Church serves breakfast two mornings each week. Mondays we serve breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs and ham and fried potatos with salsa and hot sauce on the side. Wednesdays we serve bisquets and sausage gravy and you won’t find a better breakfast this side of the lower forty-eight.
Wildwood Correctional Center
Church members continue to work with those at the Correction Center, and began a Sewing-Knitting group there. Past activities: In January of 2010 we held Kairos #4 at the Wildwood Correctional Complex.
Kairos is God’s Special Time
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Kairos volunteers represent the Christian faith and present a Christian perspective.
Kairos volunteers come from many Christian denominations, but present only those principles that all share in common.
Kairos leadership is drawn from lay persons, although clergy play a vital role.
Kairos is an overwhelmingly volunteer organization, with over 20,000 volunteers worldwide.
Kairos ministers to incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them.
Walk to Emmaushttp://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/whatis/
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”
The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The “Emmaus community,” made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.
During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.
The Upper Room, a ministry unit of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, sponsors the Walk to Emmaus and offers it through local Emmaus groups around the world. Although connected through The Upper Room to The United Methodist Church, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical.
Birchwood Camp News
~Birchwood Camp is holding a new event for Alaska youth: Winter Youth
Break-Away will be held at Birchwood December 30, 2010- January 1, 2011
and it is an event that you DON’T WANT TO MISS! We’ll be having tons of winter
fun and fellowship here at camp and we will also be heading down to Alyeska for a “snow day!” Visit our website to register (www.birchwoodcamp.org) – this event is open to 7th thru 12th graders. WE ALSO NEED COUNSELORS! What a fantastic opportunity for some winter new year’s fun. Contact us if you are interested! 688.2734 or email@example.com.
~At our Annual Meeting on October 12, 2010 Birchwood Camp reached our goal of raising $25,000 to go towards funding the new log cabin meeting space at Birchwood Camp!! This amount has been matched by the Rasmuson Foundation and Friends of Birchwood Camp, which means we’ve raised $50,000 since the match campaign began in May. Thank you all for your gifts and for helping us to reach this great goal!