Tok Concert Warms Church While Outside Temperatures Are 50-Below

May 01, 2007 | Butch Palmero

With outside temperatures hovering around 50 below, the Tok Church once again warmed the Mukluk folks on the last Sabbath of February. The day started with a warm waffle breakfast. Don Lee Sr., Tok head elder, led Sabbath School. Between the services Jim Kincaid, Alaska Conference executive secretary, and Francine Lee with their group provided a musical interlude. Kincaid had a dedication service for local church leaders and then spoke about prayer during the morning worship service.

Throughout the day, the music included a Fly-in Pilots' chorus led by Kincaid and lay evangelist Terry Pflugrad. Two newlywed pilots, Beaver Ellers and John Payne, and their talented vocalist wives, Rebecca and Andria, also joined in.

Tok Church members Susan and Betty Crawford, mother and daughter, played flutes while Luke, a 9-year-old violin virtuoso, accompanied senior guitar artist Jim Miracle. Doug Lee, Tok's new kid on the block and a lead guitarist, was happy to be part of the concert. Also glad to be a part of this concert was Charlie Kovalenko, a church elder from the Delta Junction church, who turned Christian rocker overnight with his new guitar prowess. The coldest concert indeed became a "Daystar" shining moment for Tok Adventists.

The Tok Church is on the corner of Sundog Trail and the Alaska Highway on the way to the Canada border.