Daylight Saving Time is already upon us. Don’t forget to adjust your clocks Saturday night because we’d love to see you this Sunday.
Ash Wednesday is on March 5th this year and begins the season of Lent. It falls on the calendar forty-six days before Resurrection Sunday (Easter) so that forty days, not including the six Sundays, may be set aside for prayer and fasting to prepare for the anniversary of our Lord’s passion and resurrection. These forty days of Lent commemorate Christ’s forty days of fasting in the wilderness before His public ministry wherein He was tempted by Satan (Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).
Ashes on the first day of Lent represent contrition for sins and are a reminder of our mortality. (Genesis 3:19: “…For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”) There are numerous places in Scripture where ashes are used to show sorrow for sin and repentance (e.g., Job 42:6; Jer 6:26; Dan 9:3).
Use this season to draw close to God through self-examination, repentance, self-denial, prayer and meditation on God’s Word.
Stay for lunch right after the service Mar 2. If your last name begins with the following letters, please bring the corresponding dish to serve about 10 people. Thanks!
- A-H: side
- I-R: main
- S-Z: dessert
Drinks and paper products will be provided.
We need more people on our sound team. No experience necessary. Jump in this Sunday at 8:30 to learn the ropes.
Memory Verse Challenge
Be ready to enter your name in our drawing to say Gen 12:1-2 this Sunday. This challenge creates fun competition and encourages our minds to dwell on Scripture.
Read chapter 2 in The Story, which covers Genesis 12:1-7; 13:5-6, 14-18; 15:1-6; 16:9-17:11, 14-16; 21:1-20; 22:1-18; 32:3-30; 33:1-12; 35:1-7, 9-12, 16-19, 22, 27-29; Hebrews 11:8-12, 17-19; Romans 4:18-22.
Join us for a journey through The Story. Mike Merriner will give us an overview of The Story this Sunday. Many journey groups will also begin The Story this month with participant guides available for purchase. Also available for purchase this Sunday is the book called The Story, a book of selections from the Bible, arranged chronologically, that reads like a novel. Come discover together with us how our story is found in God’s story!
February’s memory verse is Genesis 12:1-2
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
Host home needed for a new journey group
We’re ready to launch a new adult journey group when we begin our new sermon series, The Story, on Feb 9. We have leaders but need a host home. Please call Robin Stralka right away if you’d like to offer your home as a host site at 344-7991.
Love Alaska’s Season of Service Kickoff is this Friday!
Join us for a focused prayer time for the needs of this city!
•Help “Fill a Van” with non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Alaska!
•Luis Palau Association President Kevin Palau will be here to share what has happened in previous cities through Season of Service
Arrive early for a great seat!!!
January 24 | 6:30 PM
Anchorage City Church
1301 W. 100th Ave | Anchorage, Alaska 99515
We hope to see you there!
Last Sunday, Leah’s story showed how she lets Christ rule in her heart (Col 3:15):
[H]ow do I make myself feel Jesus’ peace when I’m in anxiety’s grip? I read a book this summer on the topic and in it the author said that the command most found in the Bible is “Do not fear.” He then listed out a bunch of verses. As I read I saw a pattern emerging. Essentially God tells us, “Do not fear because…He is.” God’s answer to my fear is himself, his presence, his power, and his love for me. When I’m gripped with fear I need someone bigger and stronger than me to rescue me. There are real things to be afraid of in this life, but when I’m able to fix my eyes on Jesus, who has limitless power and who loves me, I’m able to gain perspective on these temporary fears. Colossians 3:2-3 says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” My fears and anxiety are things on earth. So, how do I let the peace of Christ rule in my heart? I fix my mind on Jesus, on my eternal life with him, on my place in his kingdom, and on sharing with others this shocking, wonderful reality that we can have a relationship with THE God. Doesn’t that just almost make you speechless? It’s a mind-boggling reality powerful enough to combat my crippling fear.
This Sunday get ready to recite December’s memory verse. Enter your name in our drawing to say Colossians 1:18-20. Fun prizes await the winners.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that it everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
This Scripture is the completion of the hallmark passage on the person and work of Christ which began in Colossians 1:15-17 which was November’s memory verse challenge.
We have peace with God through Jesus Christ! He will one day present us holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation! (Col 1:22)
Opportunities to serve our neighbors this season:
Community Christmas – Dec 18
Let’s help Faith Christian Community (FCC) minister to families in need of Christmas presents this year. We can wrap presents on Wed, Dec 18. There are various shifts between 4-8 pm at FCC at 4240 Wisconsin Street. Contact Ellie Clifford to sign up at 541-292-7654 or email@example.com.
Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission – Dec 23 & 24
Help with the Christmas Eve meal. Food prep takes place on Mon, Dec 23 at 10 am. On Dec 24, more food prep and decorating takes place in the morning and serving the meal happens in the late afternoon. Call Jeanne Lutz at 278-9679 for more info.
Dec 1 is the first Sunday of Advent. We pray that this busy season will have many quiet moments for you for spiritual enrichment. Visit our Advent page for devotional material.
Thank you to everyone who helped out with Thanksgiving Blessing this year! You made a difference for over 950 families who were served at the Bragaw Street location.