Each year Alaska's Wrangell Church members conduct Vacation Bible School throughout Alaska as part of their church outreach. The summer of 2018 was full of mountaintop experiences and low valleys.
Wycliffe Bible Translators sent two young linguists, David and Mitzi Shinen, to Gambell in 1959. There, they learned the language for a few years and started to translate the New Testament of the Bible thereafter. It wasn’t such an easy task because they had to be very careful and accurate translating from the Greek translation following Matt. 24:35. It took them all 59 years to complete the translation from the book of Matthew to Revelation.
On a sunny Sabbath morning in May, Hal and Sherron Farrar ascended the steps of Northside Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Pastor Jim John was greeting outside and took special notice of the elderly couple. After introductions, Sherron responded, “We’ve been studying about the seventh-day Sabbath and have come to learn more.”
Planning for the Alaska Southeast Camp Meeting on Vank Island started early this year. A planning committee gathered that included several young adults. From their suggestions was born the theme for this year’s campmeeting, "Called to Missions," as well as a new format to try.
Attending camp meeting is a commitment because attendees must travel by boat to the island from Wrangell, Petersburg or one of the Prince of Wales communities, such as Coffman Cove or Whale Pass.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Alaska has a sexual assault rate 3 times the national average and a child sex assault rate 6 times the national average. Arctic Mission Adventure is sponsoring a special program on Oct. 14, 2018, with Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer/songwriter, about her journey of recovery from abuse. The program will be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m. (AKDT) and 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on the Arctic Mission Adventure Facebook page.
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.