On the eve of the arrival of the season’s first junior campers, Camp Tukuskoya near Big Lake, Alaska, hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication for a new cabin. The Cowen and Koliadko families played flute, guitar and string music as guests toured improvements around the camp.
What does a church do when they are between pastors and the head elder is on a trip out of the country? Plan an evangelistic series of course.
That’s what Alaska's Anchorage Northside Church did when the Brian McMahon series in Juneau was canceled unexpectedly and the elders of Northside Church decided to invite him to their church. With only three weeks before the series was to begin on Feb. 18, 2017, it was a very busy time for the members, but on opening night we were ready.
Arnold Bennett was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time. He is credited with coining this statement: “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”
“Men’s retreat” generally means a spiritual time of Bible reading, discussion, singing, stories and eating — and maybe some hiking or camping. At the recent Dillingham Men’s Retreat, there were those expected activities plus some additional activities that were uniquely Alaskan.
Camp is one of the best evangelistic tools the church has for reaching young people with the message of Jesus. Camp is a place where we combine our faith, fun and friendships in such a way that children are willing and able to hear the voice of God for themselves. Teaching Jesus through classes, activities and everyday interactions is how we best reach young people through the camping experience.
Twelve-year-old Monica was devastated by the news that her parents were splitting up. She was normally a happy, energetic young lady, but this news destroyed her world.
During their spring break, students from Tappahannock Junior Academy in Tappahannock, Va., and Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground, Wash., gave up their valuable week off from schoolwork to converge on southcentral Alaska’s Camp Tukuskoya (Camp Tuk) near Big Lake.
Camp Tuk is located about two hours north of Anchorage and is off the road system. Since 1956, junior, teen and even multiaged blind campers have enjoyed the boat ride across Flat Lake to this remote camp.
It’s a cold, crisp day in Togiak when we arrive. The bay lies frozen over by the extreme cold of winter, the sun oblique in the sky is making its ascent towards summer. Most of the students were on their first trip to bush Alaska and one had experienced her first airplane trip. Our group consisted of two seniors, one junior, a sophomore and two freshman from Amazing Grace Academy in Palmer.
As part of a community initiative to foster improved health and wellness among the women of southwest Alaska, the local women’s ministry team in Dillingham marked the beginning of 2017 by sponsoring a full-day retreat in January. Coordinated under the direction of Anita Alers, women’s ministry leader, this is the second consecutive year that a special event “A Healthier You” has brought together congregational and community volunteers dedicated to advancing positive physical, emotional and spiritual health throughout Bristol Bay communities.