Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska P.O. Box 770749 Eagle River, Alaska 99577-0749 Phone: 907-694-6348 Fax: 907-694-6378 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org eccak.org
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Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska
Chilling News that Warms the heart Reaching People for Christ‟s Sake from near the North Pole
An Ephesians 3:20 Answer to Prayer
July/August 2008 Inside this issue:
Parsonage in Mekoryuk in much needed repair. One of the goals set by the ECCAK General Council for the ECCAK Field Director was to care for Alaskan pastors and churches in a greater way. One significant way to care for many of our rural bush pastors was to improve their home living conditions by renovating the parsonages where they live. Most of the churches struggle to simply pay the electric and heating bills, let alone keep up with maintenance costs of the church or the parsonage. Consequently, many of our parsonages have deteriorated over the last 30-40 years, when many of them were built. Some have the original flooring and furniture, what is left of them. When the Council of Superintendents met in Alaska in the fall of 2007, it seems that the Spirit led them to a decision where each conference would partner with one of the thirteen bush churches. As a result, each conference now partners with one or two Alaskan bush churches. Each conference has been made aware of the parsonage dilemma and has brought it to the attention of their larger conference constituency. Gary Walter, with CG&E at that time, pledged $100K towards the repair needs of each non-self-supporting church, of which there are ten. Ten thousand dollars per parsonage will go a long way as seed money to get some things rolling. This Eph 3:20 answer to prayer will provide new resources that go beyond the depleting Alaska Parsonage Fund. ECCAK Field Director, Rodney Sawyer, said, “This all happened so fast! It was not a part of what I was expecting! It came from out of the blue. It was a God thing!” Rodney claims that ministry in Alaska allows him to often experience the truth from Eph. 3:20 which says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us...” (NIV)
It was Providence
Chickaloon Retreat Center
Mat-Su Covenant Expansion
Community Covenant Expansion
WANTED: Old Pictures
ECCAK to merge with Merge
Field Director’s Corner
Cont‟d pg 2
It Was Providence
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by Jon Cardwell
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Lisa and I just received a phone call this morning from our dear friends in Scammon Bay, John and Carolyn Uttereyuk. It was wonderful to hear from them as I was just thinking about Scammon Bay (actually, a day doesn‟t go by when I don‟t think about Scammon Bay, at least two or ten times); and I even had to wipe away a few tears about an hour before they called because I was really missing everyone in Scammon Bay. I‟m so tremendously blessed that they called as it has given me this opportunity to write a follow up to Rodney Sawyer‟s Chilling News article informing all that I was sick and had to leave Alaska… and writing this article will also allow me to say thank you to all of you who have prayed for my family and I, as well as for my beloved Yup‟ik brethren and sisters in Scammon Bay. We are so grateful for your loving support and unreserved generosity throughout our 28 months of ministry in Scammon Bay and our transition out of the Alaskan bush in the last weeks of January 2008. We flew out of Scammon Bay on January 16, 2008 and out of Alaska on January 23rd with many of the same symptoms that had been coming to me on and off since about March 2006: extreme fatigue and occasional cramping in my hands and feet; muscle weakness, especially on my left side; muscle twitch-
ing; occasional loss of dexterity and coordination. Since ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig‟s Disease) was suspected, we [now have] went through some extensive testing [here in CA] with the top ALS specialist at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The prognosis is that I may have a rare form of ALS that has a slow onset and a slow deterioration rate. In six months, a year, or even five years from now, the disorder may show up on the EMG. What that means is that I‟ll be around for a while, unless a truck or something hits me. In Anne of Green Gables, as they watched the train roll away with their beloved Anne Shirley heading off to college, Matthew Cuthbert said to his sister Marilla, “Miss Spencer made a lucky mistake, I guess,” referring to their being sent Anne from the orphanage instead of the boy they had requested. Without batting an eye, and trying so hard not to cry, Marilla replied, “It wasn‟t luck, it was providence…. He knew we needed her.” Unlike Marilla, I can‟t fight back my tears. So with trembling hands, whether from the Holy Spirit or from my ALS I know not, I type this with as much joy and love as when I expressed this three months ago… “God‟s sending us to the people of Scammon Bay was His good providence. He knew that we needed them.”
An Ephesians 3:20, Cont’d Arctic Barnabas Ministries [ABM] has taken all this in stride as it calls for them to up their ante into the ECCAK ministry pot. ABM provides the leadership of taking out construction teams and ordering the necessary materials for renovation. They play a key role to caring for the pastors in this way. Without them, much of what is happening simply would not be possible. We thank God for their partnership and also for MARC, as they fly many of the materials to the construction sites. 2
Pray: Our bi-monthly newsletter, “Chilling News”, is full of stories about the people and ministry of ECCAK throughout the state. It also has a daily prayer calendar. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please let us know. Encouragement; Writing and/or calling those who serve in the bush is a great ministry! Want to partner with a church or a pastor? Ask for a prayer card of one of your pastors or leaders. Mission Teams: There are often times when we have need for teams of people to come and join with a local church, camp, college, youth group, etc. for a specific construction project or outreach event. Volunteers: The ECCAK office needs volunteers to assist in administration, grant writing, special projects, etc. Financial: God often calls people to give to ECCAK beyond the normal local church tithe or churches can place ECCAK in their mission budget. Some are led to leave a gift through estate planning to carry on the work in Alaska into the future. Credit Card Donations: ECCAK can now receive donations via credit cards. You can contact Sara Scoles at the ECCAK office (907) 6946348 and she will be happy to assist you. Teachers or Nurses: Christian teachers or nurses often come to Bush Alaska as “missionaries” and serve in the local Covenant church during off hours. Pastors/Youth Workers: Often we have empty pulpits and are in need of pastors, short and longterm. Many villages have no one reaching out to the youth. Donate Air Miles: Many people accumulate free air miles. Please consider donating some to ECCAK to help a bush pastor and family get away for some R & R.
Alaska Christian www.akcc.org
Advocacy for Victims of Abuse: www.covchurch.org/women/ava Evangelical Covenant Church of AK: www.eccak.org Covenant Youth of Alaska (CYAK): www.cyak.org Covenant Bible Camp (CBC): www.cyak.org/about/cbc.html KICY: www.kicy.org The Evan geli [ECCAK] is cal Covenant Chu rch non-conferen Church of ce “field” of of Alaska Am from church erica. We are depend the Covenant ent on the es and peop gift le to carry for Christ‟s out our mis s sake in Ala ska. sion Field Direc tor: Rodney J. Saw Associate F ield Directo yer r: Nathan T Office Man oots ager: Sara Scoles
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Field Director’s Corner
Laughter: Good for the Soul Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” [ESV] God must love laughter since He calls it “good medicine.” A study by the University of Maryland Medical Center indicates that the ability to laugh, even during difficult life situations, coupled with a good sense of humor helps ease the damaging effects of life‟s stresses. "Laughter activates the chemistry of the will to live and increases our capacity to fight disease. Laughing relaxes the body and reduces problems associated with high blood pressure, strokes, arthritis, and ulcers. Some research suggests that laughter may also reduce the risk of heart disease.” You have probably noticed that I love to include bits and pieces of humor in the Chilling News. In fact, the title “Chilling News” is a pun or a play on words. Wordplays are an interesting type of humor used even in the Bible. For the believer, the wordplays in the Bible make God seem closer to mankind. A stern, therefore, humorless authority figure is not likely to use wordplays in his speech. Yet the Scriptures are full of puns and wordplays. There are more than 300 puns in Isaiah alone! In Ancient Greece and before, puns and wordplays have been a part of the culture. The most famous pun from this time is the classic translation of Jesus‟ statement to Peter: "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church." Because it is an English translation, this would
ACC graduated eight first year and two second year with 17 continuing students. The GPA was up overall with this class and graduation weekend was one of our largest yet with families coming. We also baptized eight students that day, four of them being new believers this year in Christ—WOW!
not seem out of the ordinary, just another passage from the Bible. But if one can read the Greek, the situation changes and the play on words evident. In the Greek, the name Peter translates as „Petros,‟ while the term rock translates as „petra.‟ So, if we substitute the Greek into the English translation, the sentence reads: “Thou art Petros and upon this petra I will build my church.” Even Jesus used a play on words! There are no jokes per se in the Bible. However, there is an abundance of wit and humor. Some of the kinds of humor found in the Hebrew Bible include sarcasm, irony, wordplays, humorous imagery, and many humorous stories and situations. Unfortunately, most of the puns and wordplays are missed in our English translations and can only be appreciated if read in the original Hebrew. Since, to the believer, the Bible is a moral document, not merely an entertaining "storybook," one might be moved to consider the purpose of using humorous devices in the Holy Scriptures. Could it be that humor coming from God makes Him seem not so far from us? Psalm 126:2 states: Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” [ESV] May there be a small sense of this in your reading of the Chilling News and God‟s work in Alaska.
AEC Grads The grads are Lawrence "Ikaaq" Jones (Noatak), Robert "Bob" Foster (Noorvik), and Ronald Itumulria (Manokotak). Ikaaq and Ronald received their 1-yr. certificates in residential construction and Bob received his 2-yr. advanced certificate in residential construction.
Chaplin Grauer in Afghanistan By Tyra Grauer I just wanted you all to know that John has arrived safely in Afghanistan and is settling in. He left last week and after three days of travel arrived with jet lag and surprisingly all of his luggage (gotta love military transport). He tells us he has his own room, very different from last time where he got 14 room mates and a leaky tent. His job in Afghanistan will be somewhat different then when he was in Iraq. He will be traveling to outlying "fire bases" to visit his teams (groups of 12-50 soldiers) by way of Humvee or helicopter. He plans on visiting a different base each week and because there are so many scattered he probably will only get to each team twice during his 8 month stay. He is stationed at Camp Vance in Bagram but it doesn't sound like he will spend much time there. Please pray for John as travels for his safety and that he would find ways to minister to the soldiers that he will see so briefly. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) “ pray continually…”
Proverbs 15:15 ESV All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast. 14
DID YOU KNOW… that in the Bible poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times? It seems that the U. S. and Europe are just waking up to the fact of poverty and injustice around the world. But these matters have always been on God‟s heart. [Paraphrased from “the poverty and justice bible.”]
Chickaloon Retreat Center: Phase One Gets Nod from ECCAK General Council Plans to begin Phase One of the Chickaloon Retreat Center [CRC] were given the “go ahead” nod by the ECCAK General Council. Phase One is relatively simple: Build two cabins in 2008. Phases 2-4 will depend heavily on the receptivity of granting organizations, individuals and churches to join in our vision to build a retreat center that has a heart to minister to the minister. The two cabins are planned to comfortably sleep six people each. ECCAK will be back on the road once again to fulfill its vision to care for all kinds of “ministers” by providing a place where sojourners encounter God through multifaceted opportunities that take place in the untamed splendor of Chickaloon. We believe that the property almost speaks for itself with the invitation to “come to a safe place nestled within the boundless borders and cloud catching peaks of Chickaloon which surrenders itself to sojourning ministers.” It reminds us of the invitation from God‟s Word in Psalms 34:8 (NIV) “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in
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him.” And from Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT) “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” We have already received the promise of $13,000 of new money to go towards this project. With the need to care for Alaskan ministers being on the hearts of many, we believe the Lord will provide the funds necessary to complete Phase One and to launch phases 2-4 in the days ahead (yet to be approved by the ECCAK General Council). For more information on the plans, go to our web site at: www.eccak.org.
Riddle for the Mind:
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 9 in the circles so that each straight line of three numbers totals 18?
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
[Answers on pg. 11] 13
"My doctor tells me I suffer from extreme hypochondria. He prescribed a strong placebo, but I don't think it's working." 4
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
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Mat-Su Covenant Church Completes Building Project 2008 ECCAK Gray Bible Camp COS Meeting RFD, Blue & Lucco GC Meeting ABA Meeting ACC Board Meeting Pastor Leader Retreat RFD Norton Sound
July 25-27 September 6-14 September 17-24 October 3-4 November 1 November 7-8 November 10-14 November 16
White Mtn, AK Cov Harbor, WI YK Delta AK Trip Anchorage, AK Anchorage, AK Changepoint, AK Nome, AK Norton Sound
January 11-16 January 23-24 February 2-5 April 15-19 May 2 May 19-21 June 25-28
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2008 Bible Camp Vision
2009 ECCAK COS Meeting GC Meeting Midwinter ECCAK Annual Meeting ABA Meeting COS Retreat ECC Annual Meeting
Our Ministry Team Covenant Bible Camp (CBC) Golovin
The new facility will allow us to expand ministry into the area of compassion and mercy. After receiving a grant from New facility consists of 11,000 Square feet and ECC‟s Churches Planting Ministries, we provides much needed C.E. and office space. will now be able to collaborate with Family Promise Inter-Faith Hospitality Network program. We will be able to provide a place of refuge and care for poor and homeless people as an evening or overnight host. Looking back over the last few years, we thank the Lord for the people, the vision and the resources he has sent our way to make this possible. Our dedication service of praise and thanksgiving was held on Sunday June 15th. It was a time of worship, praise, thanksgiving and fellowship. Thank all of you for holding us up in prayer. May God continue to build His Kingdom in Wasilla, Alaska, and even to the Ends of the Earth.
Alaska Christian College (ACC)
White Mtn Unalakleet
Covenant Youth of Alaska (CYAK) Fairbanks
Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) Mtn Village Wasilla
Scammon Bay Kalskag
Arctic Broadcasting Association (ABA) KICY
Alaskans Making the News Dr. Nora Nagaruk of Nome made the Anchorage Daily News April 29, 2008 edition. The long article, entitled “Fighting Cancer with Native Foods,” dealt with Nora‟s return to the natural Native foods from God‟s land and sea after her bout with cancer. Also, Chaplain Darrick Gutting made the June 2008 Covenant Companion in an article called “Getting Through It Together.” Captain Gutting counsels soldiers who have lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
New Song Bethel
For the members of Mat-Su Evangelical Covenant Church this spring season has been filled with extra excitement, and joy as our building project has been wrapped up. God has blessed us for many years with a wonderful place on the Palmer/Wasilla Hwy where we come together and worship Him. And now we are also grateful for the new Christian Education and office space that is available to us.
“He who angers you, controls you!” 5
Community Covenant Church Building for Mission Expansion In mid-2004 members of Community Covenant Church in Eagle River, Alaska, met to try to determine how to better integrate our church‟s ministry into the local community. What specific areas of ministry were lacking in our community? Could we make better, more creative use of our existing space in an attempt to reach those outside the church‟s walls? After much prayer, and exhaustive research, the members discerned that in order to more effectively serve the community, the church would need to expand its footprint. Today, almost four years later, the building expansion in on the verge of being completed. Our useable floor space has approximately doubled, allowing us to increase our sanctuary capacity by approximately 33 percent. A dedicated library, youth space, and a large gym/multipurpose room are available for recreation, study, and other ancillary functions. Large, well lit, and ventilated classrooms serve our children as well has providing a space for meetings, if needed. Dedicated prayer rooms provide a sanctuary for those desiring a special time with a great God. And very soon we will be blessed with a commercial-grade kitchen attached to our multipurpose room--we look forward to serving many meals out of it! We are excited about serving our community, and are still in the process of determining what God would have us do to be His servants and ambassadors. Several areas being considered include youth activities for children up to 12th grade and events for seniors. Recovery and preventative care ministries, and lowincome assistance are also areas we are prayerfully looking at. We believe (and pray) that by the end of this year, we will have begun to integrate some of these, and perhaps others into our local mission.
ECCAK to Merge with Merge: New Position Opening Calling it a “merge with Merge” is not exactly correct, but it makes for a good headline. Actually, ECCAK is in collaboration with Merge Ministry which falls under ECC‟s World Mission. It seemed to Dale Lusk, after visiting bush Alaska with the Sawyers, that Western Alaska has many similarities to our missions in other countries, primarily that of the unique cultural distinction. Many of the “old ways” of subsistence living are deeply rooted into the people of Western Alaska as they depend upon God‟s provision from the land and sea. Living in the bush can be hard, but the Native way of life is rich in so many Dale Lusk gets bli nd-sided in a snow ways. Outsiders have much to gain ball fight with some children. Snowba ll fights in Texas of the Scammon Ba if they are willing to listen and are non-existent, y vantage of the Ch so the children tak eechako. e ad- learn. Perhaps that is why there are many groups from the Lower-48 who do desire to come and not only learn, but to partner with Alaskan local churches in reaching out to their village. The load is too much for the ECCAK office to administrate and adds a great deal of burden on to the local pastors to coordinate. Consequently, ECCAK and Merge Ministries are looking for an Alaskan Area Director who will oversee and prepare outside groups in the future. The position will require raising prayer and financial support as well as receiving extensive training in other countries. ECCAK is presently taking resumes from individuals. A full job description is available from the ECCAK office for interested parties.
We thank God for His faithfulness in bringing the building portion of this project to completion. We pray that we can be faithful as well, to use His expanded facility to reach out to our community.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) 24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Answer to riddle from page 4.
Retreat Treat for Pastor’s Wives! By Nancy Sawyer When the Spirit of God moves, He often moves simultaneous on many hearts. It seems that Eleanor Claus was prompted to bless the pastor‟s wives with a retreat at their lodge. She discussed the matter with the Rod and I and we received the concept with enthusiasm. The biggest hurdle revolved around how to fund such a project. With the prices of air travel in Alaska going off the charts [a round trip ticket from Mekoryuk to Anchorage is nearing $1000] how could anyone from the bush even afford to get to Anchorage, let alone to the lodge? It seemed like a huge hurdle, but only from a human perspective. God provided through the gifts of his people. “Is anything too difficult for Thee?”
Women and children at Hooper Bay 1930-39 (downloaded from Alaska State Library—Historical Collection) Does anyone know any names from the picture? Write, call or email the ECCAK office. First one gets a free book!
We hope that many of you enjoyed the new 2008 ECCAK calendar. As we think about putting out another calendar for 2009, perhaps you have some old pictures from the “good old days” that you would like to share with us. Please send the to: ECCAK—PO Box 70749 Eagle River, AK 99577. We will scan them and return them to you. Be sure to provide us with your return address.
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Letters of invitation were sent out to the pastor‟s wives and the response was very good. One of the recipients threw the invitation away thinking, “This is too good to be true; it must be a hoax!” She was later informed, “This is for real!” Letters were also sent out to the churches and individuals asking for financial support. We thank the Lord that many responded to the need which allowed for several wives to be flown into Anchor-
age from the bush. Once in Anchorage, then came the five hour drive to Chitina. It was scenically beautiful and the conversation lively, as the wives participated in a scavenger hunt. This made the miles fly by. When we arrived in Chitina, we were boarded onto the Claus‟ airplane and flown to the lodge. The beautiful Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was the setting for the first group of Covenant pastor‟s wives to be welcomed by the Claus Family to their home and lodge, “Ultima Thule.” The days at the lodge, nestled in cloud catching mountain peaks of the Wrangell Mountains, were filled with various activities, but also allowed for a time of just relaxing. Because Alaska is so spread out and the expense of traveling to events has always been an inhibitor, it is not often that our gals are able to get together like this, if at all. So this was a good time to reestablish relationships and form new ones. The next group of gals will be going to the lodge at the end of August. We will include pictures of both groups after they return in a future newsletter. Many thanks go to the Claus family for the gift of this week-end and to those who gave financially to make the travel happen.
Just for the Pun of It! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Marriage is the morning after the knot before. Corduroy pillows are making headlines. Sea captains don‟t like crew cuts. Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor. Without geometry, life is pointless. When you dream in color, is it a pigment of your imagination? Reading whilst sunbathing makes you well-red. When two egotists meet, it‟s an I for an I. A bicycle can‟t stand on its own because it is two-tired. What‟s the definition of a will? It‟s a dead giveaway.
Got a funny, clean story? Call or send it to the ECCAK office. 7
ECCAK PRAYER CALENDAR August 2008
DAILY PRAYER BY NAME AND BY PICTURE
DAILY PRAYER BY NAME AND BY PICTURE
Valorie Thomas Bethel, Alaska
Adam & Shirleen London Soldotna, Alaska
Sam Hill Anchorage, Alaska
Carl & Marcia Elwood Pastor Mt Village, Alaska
ECCAK PRAYER CALENDAR July 2008
Rodney & Nancy pose with the Perry family after dedicating little Andrew during the worship service.
Ron & Susan Mancini Pastor First Covenant Anchorage, Alaska
Rodney & Nancy Sawyer ECCAK Field Director Eagle River, Alaska
Serving the Lord by running the sound system & presenting Powerpoint. Thank God for those who hear God‟s call & excersise their gifts! (Taken at Fairbanks Community Covenant Church)
Ruth Atwater shares after the service in Fairbanks as Pastor Rick holds the mic. Ruth is the older sister of pastor Fred Savok, who now lives in Kotezebou and authored “Jesus and the Eskimo.”
Jim & Sherry Libby Mat-Su Covenant
Deanna Nelson Anchorage First
Joey & Sarah Oyoumick Unalakleet, Alaska
Curtis & Kristi Ivanoff Soldotna, Alaska
Chip & Joanne Swanson Unalakleet, Alaska
James Engwall Vista, CA
Herb Stromquist Worthington, MN
Phil & Kate Cannon Anchorage, Alaska
The Superintendents pose with Jim Wallce of Sojourner‟s (center) while in DC for their spring retreat. Also, on the far left is Ileana Garcia-Soto, a graduate from NPS & interim at Bread for the World.
Pastor Hugh Forbes prays for each of the Bill‟s children during the dedication service in Bethel.
Dr. Dyna & Alicia Ferguson pose with their children after the service in Bethel where little Havin Hope was dedicated to the Lord.