During its Annual Council business meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, the General Conference (GC) executive committee voted 185 to 124 (with two abstentions) to approve a plan to seek uniform policy compliance throughout the world church.
After a four-year hiatus, on Aug. 17–19, 2018, the Eagle River and Wasilla churches, both pastored by Carl Butler Jr., held their highly anticipated combined services at the Lake Lucille campground. The weekend service was planned with the intent to bring the two churches together in fellowship as the theme dictated, “One Body of Christ.”
Eighty-one church members attended the weekend; 10 of those were visitors from other churches. Although the month of August had been rainy, God blessed the group with beautiful, sunny weather.
Have you ever heard people ask, “Is this school only for Adventists?” or “What? There’s a Christian school in my town?” For the last six years as head teacher of the Sitka Adventist School, I have heard those questions repeatedly. This is amazing, since my school has been here for more than 50 years and, in this historic fishing destination on the southeast coast of Alaska, people tend to know your business better than you do. So I decided to show them what and who we are by focusing this year on marketing. It didn’t matter that I knew absolutely nothing about marketing.
Youth led worship their way on May 5, 2018, at the Eagle River Church in Eagle River, Alaska. Every aspect of the Sabbath was directed by a young person, and they eagerly embraced the task of taking charge of each role within the liturgy.
The idea behind the special Sabbath was spearheaded by Carl Butler Jr., Eagle River Church pastor, and readily executed with the assistance of the youth leader and elders.
“We get to sing the Word,” wrote Hezekiah Acosta in one of his English assignments. “It’s really fun.”
The small engine class at Golden Heart Christian School in Fairbanks, Alaska, had just enough time to finish its major restoration project by the end of the school year.
As the vision for the class project was formed, a 1997 Arctic Cat Powder Extreme snowmobile was purchased. The machine was broken down — it didn’t run, didn’t look good and was very dirty, but it was perfect for a small engine class.
I met Toni and Buck at a sandwich shop, as we lamented being stranded in the Anchorage airport. They wore the tired, ragged air of people who had spent the last four days at the airport.
I sat across from them as they finished the last of the soup they were sharing, the whiff of alcohol escaping with every bite. I had nothing to complain about with my two-hour delay compared to their long ordeal in getting back home to St. Mary’s Village in bush Alaska.
As their love for the Lord grew fervently, some of the new members of the Bethel Church in Alaska pledged themselves to work in the Lord’s service by accepting church offices.
The youth of the Alaska Samoan Church in Anchorage, Alaska, have been active in past outreach programs such as visiting the sick, donating clothes and necessities for those in need, and frequently coming together to build up each other individually. But on Feb. 10, 2018, the youth ventured further into Jesus’ promise in Matt. 25:40 — “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" — when they came together for a community project.