In brief: Matters of faith

PRACTICAL METAPHYSICS: Join Unity Church of Anchorage, 1300 E. 68th Ave., for metaphysical classes on prayer, prosperity and other topics, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free; love offerings accepted.

LENT EVENT: The Children's Ministry Council at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Road, will host a Lent event, 10:30 a.m.-noon today. There will be Easter activities and crafts for preschool to elementary ages and their parents. (344-3025,

GUEST SPEAKER: The Rev. Barbara Taylor, senior minister, will speak on "New Beginnings; Change Your Thought Pattern, Change Your Life," 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fairview Rec Center, 1121 E. 10th Ave. All are welcome.

BAHA'I NEW YEAR: The Baha'i community of Anchorage will celebrate Naw Ruz with food, music and more, 6 p.m. today at the Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W. 48th St. All are welcome. Free.

SPRING SILENT AUCTION: The auction will follow a free "Fabulous Breakfast" at Joy Lutheran Church, 10111 E. Eagle River Loop Road, after the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday. A free will offering will be accepted. Holden Evening Prayer will be the Lent service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. (694-9601,

ADULT EDUCATION: Classes offered this week are "Poetry on Prayer in a Good Friday World," led by Ann Lovejoy, Discover, where the topic is "In Preparation of Holy Week, or Today's Gospel, 10:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2222 E. Tudor Road. (563-3343,

BEING LAVISH WITH LOVE: Join First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., 11 a.m.-noon Sunday, as they delve into John 12:1-8 and explore the significance of Mary the sister of Martha anointing Jesus' feet with perfume.

LIBERIAN MISSIONARY VISIT: Dr. Jenson Seyenkulo, a missionary to the Kawaa people in Liberia, will speak at River of Life Lutheran Church, 21301 Voyles Blvd., 11 a.m. Sunday. A reception will follow. An offering will be taken for the Kawaa Mission. (688-6677,

SPAGHETTI LUNCH: First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti lunch fellowship, noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Free, donations accepted. (272-2112)

UNDERSTANDING OUR TIMES: Hillside Baptist Church, 5200 O'Malley Road, will present the DVD series by Chris Martenson, "A Crash Course," which seeks to provide an understanding of the factors affecting the economy today, 6-7:30 p.m. Sundays through March 28. Child care and a light dinner provided. Free. (346-3050,

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Join First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., for "Where The Wild Things Are," 6:30- 8 p.m. Sunday. Popcorn and beverages provided. (351-0274)

BOOK CLUB: The church book club at First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., will discuss "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday. Snacks, fun and laughter guaranteed. (272-2112)

BUDDHIST INTRODUCTION: Learn how to create world peace through individual happiness at SGI-USA Alaska Community Center, 2702 Gambell St., Suite 202, 7 p.m. Mondays. (274-8889,

DINNER AND DISCUSSION: You're invited to have dinner with First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd., 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and enjoy a discussion of a segment of the progressive Christian video series "Living the Questions." Free. (

LENTEN SERVICES: Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St., will have midweek Lenten services, 12:15 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Wednesday, following the theme "Living Free in Jesus." (

LENTEN SUPPER: Everyone is invited to a soup and bread supper at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Oak Drive, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout Lent. Dinner is followed by a short class based on the Rev. Adam Hamilton's book "24 Hours That Changed the World." Free. (277-0152,

MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE: Bring your dinner and enjoy a family-friendly movie at Unity Church of Anchorage, 1300 E. 68th Ave., 6:30 p.m. Friday. All movies are rated PG. Call for this week's presentation. Free. Love offerings welcomed. (346-2824,

BIBLE STUDY: The topic for the month of March at First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., is "Believers' Authority" and will cover scriptures from Matthew, Luke and Revelation, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays.

MONDAY MEDITATION: Learn to meditate and improve yourself at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 6921 Brayton Drive, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays. $5 suggested donation. (250-9454,

BAHA'I DEVOTIONAL: Anchorage Baha'i Center, 1207 E. 74th Ave., will have a devotional gathering with prayer and singing, 10 a.m. Sunday. It's open to people of all races, thoughts and backgrounds.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION: Diamond Way Buddhist Meditation, East Huffman Road, offers broad access to the Buddha's highest methods for developing freedom and joy in every situation, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. (529-5000, 351-5563,

Matters of Faith is compiled by Joy Guest, 257-4315. To list an event, visit and click on "add to our listings." Submit announcements by 5 p.m. Tuesday for publication in Saturday's paper.