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In brief: Matters of faith

WOMEN'S RETREAT: The annual Christian Women's Ministries Retreat will be held at 10 a.m. today and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 109 W. International Airport Road. Elizabeth Talbot, co-host for Voice of Prophecy, will speak. Sign up online. $78. (762-1627, www.ak-wm.org)

EASTER EGG HUNT: Sand Lake Baptist Church, 7434 Jewel Lake Road, will have a free community Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon today. Thousands of candy-filled eggs and loads of prizes, an Easter story and free hot dogs and refreshments served. Toddlers through grade 6 are welcome, as well as parents. (243-2168)

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.

EGG HUNT: Hillside Baptist Church, 5200 O'Malley Road, will have its annual Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is for ages 11 and younger and is free to the public. (346-3050, www.hbc-ak.org)

SOUL-VIVING: Five main characters will endure the various wars that come against the spirit and the body, by way of alcohol, lust, gossip and damage to our emotions at the UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. today. Soul-Viving will illuminate the human struggle against the temptations of the flesh. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (339-9995, www.ntenseinc.com)

EASTER DRAMA: Baxter Road Bible Church, 3600 Baxter Road, will have an Easter drama, "It All Ends Here," at 7 p.m. today. All are welcome. Free. (333-7242, www.baxterroad.org)

EASTER SONRISE SERVICE: Join First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., to celebrate Christ's resurrection, 7-8 a.m. Sunday.

EASTER SERVICE AND BREAKFAST: Everyone is invited to an informal Easter sunrise service, with a potluck breakfast afterward, 7:30- 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Oak Drive. (277-0152, www.anchorpark.org)

EASTER CELEBRATION: Join St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Road, in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Services will include a telling of the Easter totem pole story by the Rev. David Fison, music by the sanctuary choir and a brass ensemble, and a message by Rose McLean. At the 6:30 p.m. service, Rose McLean will give the message with music by the Sunday Evening Music Team. (344-3025, www.stjohneagle.org)

EASTER BREAKFAST: First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., welcomes everyone to an Easter breakfast celebrating the Good News, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Sunday. Free, donations gladly accepted.

TREASURE HUNT: Jewel Lake Church of the Nazarene, 4025 W. 88th Ave., will have an Easter treasure hunt, 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Start the day off with breakfast and family photos. At 10:20 a.m., the children will start the hunt. Services will be at 10:45 a.m. and will be held in both English and Chinese. Free. (243-2344)

EASTER SERVICE: The Rev. Barbara Taylor, pastor of the Fairview Outreach Ministry, will conduct an Easter service, which will include Communion, 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fairview Recreation Center, 1121 E. 10th Ave. All are welcome.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: Listen to the Christian Science Sentinel Radio broadcast "Easter, Lives Renewed and Restored," 8:30 a.m. Sunday on KBYR 700-AM, and to the prior week's program at 8 a.m. Easter service will be at 10:30 a.m. at 1347 L St. (272-0226, www.christianscience.com)

EASTER SUNDAY: Join Anchor Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Oak Drive, for a joyful celebration of Christ's resurrection, 11 a.m.-noon Sunday. (277-0152, www.anchorpark.org)

CELEBRATE CHRIST: Celebrate the Risen Christ at First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., 11 a.m.-noon Sunday. Worship is at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with a celebration in music and word. The 11 a.m. service includes chancel and handbell choirs, accompanied by piano, organ and a brass quartet.

EASTER MASS: Brother Francis Shelter, 1021 E. Third Ave., 11 p.m. Sunday. Celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Francis T. Hurley. (222-7327, www.cssalaska.org)

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, www.meditateinalaska.org)

DINNER AND DISCUSSION: Have dinner and enjoy a discussion of one segment of the progressive Christian video series "Living the Questions" at First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd., 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. (www.fccak.org)

BIBLE STUDY: Hillside-O'Malley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6000 O'Malley Road, will have an in-depth study of the Ten Commandments and a prayer meeting and requests, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. (346-3244, www.omalleysda.org)

FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Unity Church of Anchorage, 1300 E. 68th Ave., hosts a fun event for people of all ages, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Games vary by week. Free. (www.unityofanchorage.org)

Matters of Faith is compiled by Joy Guest, 257-4315. To list an event, visit events.adn.com. Submit announcements by 5 p.m. Tuesday for publication in Saturday's paper.