Let the oppressed go free

Isaiah 58:6 reads:  “Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of wickedness,
    to undo the straps of the yoke,
    to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?

We have an opportunity to speak out against the evil deeds happening against 30,000 brothers and sisters in Christ in North Korea.  Consider signing a letter of confession written to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.  This letter states that you are aware that Christians in his country are tortured, imprisoned and even executed for simply believing in God and His Son, Jesus Christ.  It also says you pray that North Korea’s citizens be free from spiritual oppression and for Mr. Kim Jong Un’s repentance and salvation.  If you wish, you can sign this letter electronically at this link and it will be delivered to North Korean representatives to the United Nations.

With so much evil happening in our world, it’s easy to think there is nothing we can do, but we can pray.  Our heavenly Father hears the prayers of the righteous.  Pray everyday for the oppressed to be free.  As you read headlines pray for God to intervene.  “…The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” (James 5:16 HCSB)

BBQ tonight, July 10!

12495646-it-s-bbq-grilling-timeBring a side dish to Luke and Joy Merriner’s – 6232 Aldona Circle, 99504 – tonight 6-8 PM.  Children welcome.  RSVP appreciated but not necessary:  joymerriner@gmail.com.

This Sunday:  Prayer Changes Things.  In fact, join us for a pre-service prayer at 9:40 AM.  The service starts at 10 AM.

Living Empowered Lives

Join us this Sunday as Dylan Robertson teaches from 1 Samuel 14 on Jonathan and his armor bearer and looks at the indicators of an empowered life.

Mark your calendar:  Our next BBQ is Thursday, July 10 in east Anchorage.

Don’t forget to pick up some Clear Water Church water bottles to hand out at your next race, hike, or soccer game this summer.

Happy 4th of July!  Take time to thank the Lord for the freedom we have in the US and ask that he would preserve and spread that freedom.

BBQ this Saturday, June 14

12495646-it-s-bbq-grilling-timeSummer connecting events start this Saturday!  Steven and Tabatha Perry invite you to a BBQ at 4:00 PM at 9411 Elmore Road, 99507.  RSVP appreciated but not required via tabatha-perry@hotmail.com.  Please bring a side dish and/or beverages.  Children welcome.

The Story will resume this fall, but plan on taking a closer look at what we’ve covered so far in the Old Testament.  This Sunday we’ll look at what it means to be created in the image of God.

June Highlights

The Story.  This Sunday we’re on chapter 14 in The Story–A Kingdom Divided in Two.  Read up!  This chapter covers 1 Kings 12-16 in the Bible.  It shows how Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, loses ruler-ship over the whole nation, splitting Israel into northern and southern kingdoms. Rehoboam continues to reign over Judah in the south, but Jeroboam rules the northern tribes of Israel.  This begins a long line of kings in both kingdoms wherein only a few desired to follow God.

New series coming.  June brings a new memory verse–Job 19:25-27–and a summer series beginning on the 15th called Closer Look.  We will back track what we’ve covered from Genesis to date in The Story to hit deeper questions from the biblical material.

Pick a Sunday.  Sign up yourself and a friend to serve one Sunday this summer to serve in our kid’s ministry. The signup board will be in the lobby.  Thanks for helping us bless the parents of our youngest!


Continue to Pray

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Ephesians 6:18

Please remember these in your prayers:

  1. Dylan is now biking 500 miles around the country of Burundi raising awareness of the Burundi people’s needs.
  2. The Underwood family needs rest and continued healing for their son.
  3. Love Alaska is right around the corner.  Please pray for:
  • June 4 Women’s Outreach Luncheon
  • June 5 Business & Civic Outreach Luncheon
  • June 7&8 Festival at Cuddy Family Midtown Park
  • 1200 Counselors needed
  • 4000 volunteer hours for cleanup, parking, security, ushers, etc.
  • The five names you’ve had in mind to invite to the festival.

Let’s pray together–after setup, we gather for prayer at 9:40AM and would love for you to join us!

Finally, this week we are on chapter 12 in The Story.  Look forward to seeing you Sunday.


Cleaning up Wendler Saturday

Let’s serve Wendler Middle School by helping pickup the school grounds this Saturday, May 3, 10-11am.  It’s one way to show our appreciation to the school for hosting us on Sunday mornings.  There is a chance that some of the students and their parents will be there at the same time for this City-wide Super Sweeper Cleanup.  Bags will be provided.  Bring some gloves and wear your Love Alaska t-shirt.  http://citywidecleanup.org/

Reading Ruth this week

This Sunday we’re resuming The Story and will be covering the book of Ruth.  Be sure to read Ruth.

The Memory Verse Challenge is also Sunday!  Enter your name in the drawing.  We’d love for everyone to have this wonderful truth in John 11:25-26 memorized:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

Preparing for Resurrection Sunday

We are excited about Easter Sunday and look forward to celebrating with you and your guests.

Easter Lilies
We’d like to decorate our worship space with Easter lilies.  If you are planning to purchase one, would you bring it to church this Sunday then take it back home with you after the service?  Please write your name on the bottom.  Thanks!

Kids on Easter
We are grateful to volunteers from ChangePoint and Faith Christian Community who are caring for our infants through 2nd grade children during the Easter service.  Early elementary kids will start and stay in the classroom just for this special Sunday.  Children in 3rd grade and up will stay with their parents in the service, and we will provide a special kid bag for them.

Set up Help
We need more set up help for this Sunday.  Please contact Sabrina and let her know if you can come at 8:30am–sabrinamerriner@gmail.com or 310-2130 (can receive texts).

Good Friday
Other churches in town are offering Good Friday services.  One is ChangePoint at 8pm.