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Missoula student wins 'Sanctity' essay contest

Sixth-grader Kiera Khameneh of Messiah Lutheran Church won an essay contest sponsored by Lutherans for Life titled "Sanctity of Life."

"Imagine what a better world this would be if everybody believed in the sanctity of every life," Kiera, 12, wrote in the final paragraph of her essay. "Imagine what one of those unborn children could do. Think of how happy our Lord, Creator and Savior would be for every one of his children to be able to live to glorify him."

Sanctity of Life Sunday will be observed at Messiah Lutheran, 3718 Rattlesnake Drive, at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Aglow meets in Plains Thursday at senior center

Plains Aglow will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Plains Senior Citizen Center, 205 W. Meany in Plains. The featured speaker will be Renee Sinclair, associate pastor for the Plains Assembly of God, also known as Church on the Move.

Missoula 3:16 celebrates its first program graduate

Daniel Bates is the first graduate from Missoula 3:16's Life Regeneration Program.

Bates completed the work/study program and will be recognized at a graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the mission, 506 B Toole Ave.

After graduation, he will assume responsibility for the Mission's daily operation.

Missions Conference starts Jan. 21 at Open Door

Open Door Baptist Church, 135 Knowles St., will have its annual Missions Conference Jan. 21-25. Services will begin each evening at 6 o'clock, and at the regular times on Sunday.

Bob Gray, missionary to Germany, will be the main speaker. As a young man, Gray covered the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials as a correspondent for the Air Force.

Other speakers include Don Stertz (Couriers for Christ), Russell Wright (Ukraine) and Jeff Adams (Argentina). All the missionaries will be showing slides of their field of services.

For details call 728-5562.

Vineyard service features musician John Barnett

John Barnett, writer and musician, will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday worship at the Vineyard.

For the 7 p.m. Vineyard at Nite service, Marie Barnett will share her life story and the inspiration for the song "Breathe."

Vineyard Christian Fellowship is at 3800 South Ave. For information, call 829-8463.

40-hour youth retreat begins at YMCA in Missoula

Greater Missoula Youth For Christ is sponsoring The Friday Night Hang Out and 40 Hours of Winter Retreat for high-school and junior-high students Jan. 23-25.

The Friday Night Hang Out begins at the YMCA, 3800 Russell St., at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Cost is $5 for the Hang Out only; it ends at midnight.

Participants may swim, play volleyball, use the running track, play ultimate war ball or use the game room; the weight room will be off limits, and an extra fee is needed to use the rock wall when it is open.

A Campus Life-style meeting, a guest speaker, pizza and pop are included.

Cost for the 40 Hours of Winter Retreat, including the Hang Out, is $45.

After the Hang Out, buses go to Glacier Presbyterian Camp on Flathead Lake, to a sledding hill for a tubing adventure, then back to the camp's lodge.

The next day includes a paintball adventure, a talk by one of Missoula's youth ministers, night skiing at Big Mountain Ski Resort, and back to the YMCA by 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

For information and reservations, call the Campus Life office, 721-6533.

Call goes out for feedback on Christian radio station

KMBI radio, a Christian broadcasting station at 90.7 FM in Missoula, wants to hear about reception problems being experienced in Missoula and Bitterroot areas. Information is for the Federal Communication Commission, which requires proof of interference problems.

Affected listeners are asked to phone or e-mail the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission office with their e-mail address or street address. Mission staff will collect the information and give it to the KMBI attorney, who will send each listener a letter to sign and return.

Listeners need not write their own letter. Addresses will not be used for any other reason.

For information, contact the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission at or 273-3303.

February retreat to focus on purity until marriage

The Power of Purity "White Night" Retreat for girls in the seventh through 12th grades is Feb. 13 and 14.

The focus is on purity until marriage, with speakers on such topics as pursuing a relationship with Christ, value in God's eyes, reasons to wait until marriage to have sex, encouragement to do so, and God's grace for mistakes.

The overnight program is presented by First Way Pregnancy Support Center, the Teen Abstinence Program of Montana and volunteers from churches and campus ministries in the Missoula area.

For registration forms and more information, call Katrina at 549-0406 or 721-5660

Lolo Community Church welcomes new pastor

The induction ceremony of Jeff Boschmann, new pastor at Lolo Community Church takes place Sunday. The ceremony will be part of the 11 a.m. service at the church located on Lewis and Clark Drive in Lolo. A welcome dinner is planned after the service.

Boschmann has served as senior pastor at the Butterfield Community Bible Church in Minnesota and the Drummond Community Church in Montana. He has a degree from Briercrest Bible College and is pursuing a degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana. He and his wife, Miriam, have three children.

Church plans program on Caribbean for Jubilee

Sister Adele Rothan, who has recently worked in a medical clinic in Haiti, will be the guest speaker Jan. 25, when Missoula faith communities come together to mark Jubilee Sunday.

This year's program focuses on Caribbean countries of Haiti and Jamaica. An award-winning film about Jamaica, "Life and Death," also will be shown.

The program is at 2 p.m. in Christ the King Church, corner of Keith and Gerald avenues in Missoula.

For more information, call 544-9026 or 251-5226.


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