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Veritas Workshop Brings Fresh Vision Mat-Su Covenant church recently hosted the denomination’s V eritas workshop as they began their pastoral search process. V eritas is the Latin word for truth, and the training helps congregations assess the truth about where they are in the journey toward becoming healthy and missional. “As the Mat-Su church found themselves in a critical moment of leadership transition and embarking on a pastoral search, I encouraged them to host the V eritas workshop to help them find a sense of encouragement for future growth together,” explained Curtis Ivanoff, field director. “I believe the time together did just that.” “The V eritas workshop gave us tools and provided us a common language for evaluating our church’s vitality and gave us hope for forging a new direction toward becoming a healthy, missional church,” explained Denise Koehrer, a 17-year member of Mat-Su Covenant after attending the oneday workshop led by John Wenrich, ECC director of congregational vitality. Veritas is one of three workshops offered by the department of congregational vitality that introduces the language of vitality, including the four types of churches and the ten healthy missional markers.

“It was stressed that for this process to be fruitful, those of us participating needed to be civil with each other and objective,” Denise explained. “We needed to be selfless, and

“The Veritas workshop gave us tools and provided us a common language for evaluating our church’s vitality and gave us hope for forging a new direction toward becoming a healthy, missional church.” contain our emotional responses for the common goal of discovering the truth of where our church really is in the pathway toward greater health.” The 20 participants were coached on four types of established churches: stable, critical moment, at-risk, and healthy, missional. They

each were asked to stand in a corner of the room that represented each of the four types, and they were each given one minute to share why they chose what they did. “It was fascinating to hear how other people from the church view our church.” Denise said. “It was great to be able to talk openly with people who were newer to the church as well as those who have been involved for a long time. It was especially helpful to use a common vocabulary that was clearly defined since one word can mean many things to different people.” “The people there were very eager to learn and they seemed open to holding up the mirror,“ Wenrich said. “The answers are not in the information I gave; the answers are in the conversations that the people have about the information as the Holy Spirit leads and guides them together.” “I’d recommend this workshop for any church, even if they aren’t in a pastoral search, to help them discern how to be more missional in their ministry together.” Denise said. If you are interested in learning more about congregational vitality or would like to see your church host a workshop, visit the website at or contact Curtis Ivanoff at the ECCAK office.

From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16

Congregational Vitality: Kick It Up a Notch by Curtis Ivanoff, Field Director

Missional Marker #6 Heartfelt Worship: Critical to the Vital Church by Pastor Ron Mancini

When we moved from Unalakleet to the road system, I discovered a new interest—cooking shows. I admit it. I liked watching Emeril Lagasse’s cooking shows after the kids were in bed. I looked forward to when, in each show he’d exclaim, “BAM! Time to kick it up a notch!” And with those words, he would add some genius mix of spices to make the flavor of his creation kick just a little more. If we were honest, we desire to see our faith kick a little more, or for our church to be a place where people encounter God more deeply. We desire our evangelism to be brighter and salty or that our church is caring for the lost, the least or the last. But the reality is that we are not the ones who make our faith or the work of the church kick. It is a result of the living God breathing new life into the heart of a congregation and into our own lives. Our denomination calls this congregational vitality. Using the words of our leadership, “ It is nothing less than a spiritual awakening in Christ. It is not about sustaining and maintaining; it’s about thriving, growing, and depending on God to lead us deeper in Christ and further in mission.” Talk about kicking it up a notch. How do we know we are hitting the mark? The Evangelical Covenant Church has identified ten markers from Scripture to point us toward what it means to be healthy and missional. By healthy we mean pursuing Christ, by missional we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world. I want to tell you, I am on board this congregational vitality plane, because it is truly a work of the Word and God’s Holy Spirit. I witnessed God at work in the Mat-Su Covenant Church when John Wenrich, the director for congregational vitality for the ECC, lead a Veritas seminar there (featured on the front page of this Sinew). The Spirit’s wind blew into the sails of that congregation that day as they talked about the ten markers of a healthy, missional church and assessed where they were as a congregation. It was challenging and powerful as they opened their hearts to God and to each other. We have been highlighting one marker each issue in the Sinew over this past year and we will continue on until all ten are covered. Why? It is the language of Scripture for starters, and ultimately, I deeply desire for every one of our ECCAK churches and organizations to be healthy and missional. Let’s kick it up a notch, and depend more deeply on God to get us to where Jesus desires us to be.

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All of us are worshippers. We may or may not practice religious faith, we may or may not be atheists, but all of us Just as a tripod is a trailare worshippers. We all have a capacity and longing to live marker guiding a our lives around something or someone that holds out to us traveler’s journey, this the promise of meeting our need for worth and significolumn series explores cance. So many things offer that promise: money, nature, missional markers to family, work, religion, social and political prominence, sex, guide us in the journey expanded consciousness through drugs. The list is inextoward healthy, haustible. Something captures our imagination and wins our hearts with its promise to give us a certain identity, missional churches. security, love or power. We believe that promise and give ourselves to worship it. Worship essentially is a love affair with what we think will meet our longing for value and meaning. The tragedy of our time is not that there’s a lack of worship. The tragedy is that we are short-changed by the many gods we order our lives around, cheating us in the value we believe they’ll give us. We experience betrayal when we find that our lives have become boring and the world empty of meaning. St. Francis of Assisi prayed, “We are restless, oh God, until we find our rest in thee.” Francis was a man who indulged in every pleasure of life. When Jesus called him and he surrendered to Christ, he was possessed of an everlasting satisfaction that can only be found in a love affair with God. True, heartfelt worship is the passionate pursuit of God, where we give him all that pleases him no matter the personal cost to us. It always amazes me how we sacrifice so much for lesser things. It saddens me when I do that in my life and see it done in the life of the church. But this is a perennial problem. Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah to his own generation: “These people come near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Isaiah 29:13; Mark 7:6) Imagine the pain of God’s heart as generation after generation betray God’s love for other lovers. Yet, still he pursues us! Listen to Jesus’s word to the churches in first-century Ephesus: “I have this against you, you have left your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Rev 2:4-5). Think of it. God pours out the treasures of his heart to us, and yet we chase after other lovers. When churches and people leave their love for God unattended, they can keep up appearances and look as if they are worshiping God. However, because they have abandoned him they have cut off God’s power at work in their lives. The evidence of heartfelt worship in our personal lives and in our church life is evidenced by these markers:  People will be engaged with God and his purposes  People have a sense of being part of something special  People come to Christ and ask “How can we keep moving toward God?”  People are engaged in the practice of personal devotion and public worship  People give with generosity and sacrificially to advance the honor of Christ  People anticipate God will break through with something good in their lives and in their meetings and sense an unexplained energy and enthusiasm in their gatherings The word worship ends with the word “ship” which means “to be formed or shaped”. Character is shaped by those we associate with in friendship. Professional and trade skills are formed by the routines of apprenticeship. Public identity is forged by the responsibilities we take on in citizenship. And we all become like what it is we worship. When we engage in the heartfelt worship of God, living our lives in the passionate pursuit of him, we will begin to look more like Jesus and our church services will be filled with God’s power, rather than places of empty religious ritual. Pastor Mancini pastored for 39 years and enjoys retirement in Cape Cod, MA. Ron and his wife Susan lived in Anchorage from 2003-2008 while Ron pastored at First Covenant. He continues to seek opportunities to reach others with the good news of Jesus Christ.

“Choose Respect” Walk, Talks and Prayer in Community-Church Partnership by Julie Olson, Golovin Covenant Church

Wounds, hurts, injuries. . . . we've all had them at some point in our lives. Some people carry inner wounds and pain that weigh them down as if they were carrying a backpack filled with bricks. How can we get rid of the weight, the hurt, the pain? How can we be healed from the wounds that we carry? The answer is not "how", but rather "who”. Jesus is the answer. He can and wants to heal the brokenhearted and wounded. Many wounds abound in Alaska Native villages because of physical and sexual assault. On September 7-8, the village of Golovin participated in a statewide “Choose Respect” awareness initiative. In a joint effort between Golovin Covenant Church and the Village Based Counselor (VBC), thirty five people walked the streets of Golovin to take a stand against the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. After the walk, presentations were given by the VBC, the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO), and Pastor Brad Olson. Topics of discussion included defining domestic violence and sexual assault, the legal perspective, and Pastor Brad shared the story of King David and how detrimental physical and sexual abuse were in his family. On Sunday, approximately 40 people participated in a potluck followed by teaching from Pastor Heather Smith. Pastor Heather taught about healing prayer and how it is God's desire to heal inner wounds that we carry. In all, eight people came and prayed for healing throughout the weekend. One woman after receiving prayer said, "I feel so much lighter, like I just took twenty pounds off of each hip." No, we didn't have any liposuction sessions, but she did experience the power of Jesus Christ and His ability to heal us emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Elim Fervent Prayer Answered in Shaktoolik Outreach and Music Festival


by Pastor Bob Curtis, Elim Covenant Church

Before moving to Elim, I had the privilege to spend a month in Anchorage to seek God's will and enjoy quality time with family. Through daily prayer and meditation the Lord gave me clear direction for launching the ministry. God's answer came in four-parts: preach Christ, edify the body, practice God's presence, evangelize Elim and beyond. After sharing this vision with the church board, they immediately affirmed it and gave their full blessing. As a result we have reaped quick benefits! One of the favorite motivating verses for me is found in Psalm 147:15b: "His word runs very swiftly." In the days of old when food was bountiful, swift messengers would run from one settlement to another to announce a celebration feast as food was plentiful to meet another harsh winter. Such was the case as the Lord moved swiftly to open the door to Shaktoolik to minister for three consecutive nights in late August. The theme was “Christ Belongs to All.” Shaktoolik gave the team grace to allow God's agape love to flow down through us to Shaktoolik. God is true to His word as we know His love yielded fruit only eternity will reveal to its fullest. "Thank you for being an example of coming higher in our relationship with Jesus by loving Him first and then loving others!" said Dorothy Bekoalok who was serving as Shaktoolik’s interim pastor. Following the evening services we enjoyed food and fellowship as we hosted 25-40 people at the parsonage. Some team members were blessed to be awakened to hear elder Ida Nakarak sing translated songs and pray in Inupiaq. We partnered with Pastor Brad Olson as he got to shuttle four members over by plane.

"The trip was encouraging to my wife Grace and me because we were part of a church effort responding to the Great Commission, obeying and responding to what God's Word instructs us to do,” said Kenny Takak of Elim. “We also sounded the alarm of the Lord's unexpected return." Shortly after the SKK outreach we launched the 1st Annual Elim Music Festival. Pastor Brad Olson and Brother Oscar Takak joined me to proclaim the good news. Folks from Koyuk, Shaktoolik, Golovin, White Mountain, and Nome responded to the invitation. The theme text was Exodus 15:2: "The LORD is my strength and song. He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my Father's God, and I will exalt Him." The theme song was "Only Believe." Saturday afternoon was set aside to focus on healing. "It was a blessing to be in Elim. I see the Lord doing inner healing among His chosen vessels—for He is coming back for a pure bride,” said Mary Jane Willoya of Golovin. The LORD restored lives as people came to Him with contrite hearts. Who could ever have a healing touch like Jesus? Sunday night Brother Oscar Takak gave an impassioned plea to repent. Adults and children responded to the need of a savior and stepped forward publically to ask Christ to become their Lord and Savior. Much of what we saw came as an outflow of faithful members pleading fervently to God to allow a mighty revival to sweep this way. Our prayers continue in earnest. Christ's church remains poised to throw out the lifeline because someone is sinking today. Won't you join us?

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Youth Converge in Golovin for Fall Blast by Adam London, Youth Pastor, Unalakleet Covenant Church

“Not Conformed” was the theme for Fall Blast 2013, the annual high school retreat put on by Covenant Youth of Alaska (CYAK). Approximately 40 students and 25 staff converged in Golovin, and we praise God for how He is continuing to work among the youth in Western Alaska. It was evident that God has been rising up Christian adults with hearts for youth in the villages that were represented: Nome, White Mountain, Golovin, Elim, Koyuk, Shaktoolik, and Unalakleet. In fact, 5 of the 7 villages had adults on the ground in Golovin to help with the retreat, including speaker Tom Mute from Nome. An awesome team from Alaska Christian College (which has partnered with Fall Blast since ACC began in 2001) helped with programming, and Chugach Covenant Church of Anchorage sent two staff, including worship leader Matt Cisneros. Some of the fun activities during the weekend included Byron Bruckner juggling knives, a real live fireworks show, a massive dodge ball game, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and awesome food all weekend long. Heartfelt thanks go to Golovin school for opening up their doors for Fall Blast as well as Pastor Brad and Julie for being wonderful hosts. God is working among the youth in Western Alaska and he wants us to join in what he is doing. Will you say a prayer for the 40 youth that attended Fall Blast? We pray that these students will not be “conformed to the pattern of this world, but instead be transformed by the renewing of their minds” in surrender to Christ Jesus. Amen.

Big Fun at Big Lake by Denise Hunter

I am a freshman at UAA, and I’m learning that with all the fun going on, I need to have self-control in order to be successful, based on the Lord’s teachings. What “better way” is there to have self-control than learning more of Gods Word? So, for support, I attend the A rigaa group here in Anchorage. There I was given the opportunity to go to a young adult retreat held at Camp Maranatha out at Big Lake in September. I was a little hesitant to go. So many things were in the way that I

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thought there was no way I could go. Before the retreat that week, Jenni, who is part of Arigaa said to me that she was excited for the retreat, and I told her, “Yes I am too. I have this desire to go, and Lord willing I will. I’m broke, but I have faith,” Although there were all these obstacles in the way, I didn’t give up. Thanks to Jenni and with the Lord’s blessing, she helped by making it possible for me to go. My spirit was uplifted in an environment with new believers. I met new friends and played fun games, but the most important part of that trip was growing as a newborn. It strengthened me spiritually, emotionally; plus, my knowledge and understanding has grown a lot deeper.

Anchorage Hosts Pastor/Leader Retreat to Encourage and Equip More than 30 of ECCAK’s ministry team members gathered in October in Anchorage and spent three days learning together of God’s heart for the church to witness through compassion and justice. Max Lopez-Cepero, Anchorage First Covenant Church pastor, led the teaching sessions from the Word along with James Duncan, Alaska’s Department of Corrections statewide chaplaincy coordinator. Participants heard about several ministries in Alaska that are serving inmates and those transitioning out of incarceration and how to become more involved in the effort. Debbie Hamilton of New Hope Counseling Center in Soldotna also presented on suicide intervention and resiliency training. A highlight of the weekend was a combined meeting of the leaders with the Arigaa young adult ministry for great Mexican food, worship, fun and Neon bowling.

God’s Grace, Giggles, Good Food Bring Women Together More than 75 women from road system and rural churches gathered in September for the annual Covenant Women’s Retreat at North Star Bible Camp in Willow. They enjoyed worship together as they focused on the theme from Ps. 84 “Strength to Strength”. Four speakers from Covenant churches in Alaska shared from the Word and in testimony. Great food, outdoor fun, crafts, and opportunities to be pampered rounded out the weekend. Mark your calendars for next year: September 19-21, 2014. At the beginning of the weekend. I had this strong feeling I needed to share my own testimony. I am a bit of a shy person, but Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So I sucked it up and asked one of the people who were leading the retreat if I could give my testimony. I knew the Lord was preparing me, whether it was through pastor, Don Cross’ testimony and teachings, or my own studies. When the time came I didn’t worry about what I had to say, but knew the Lord would speak for me and through me.

This retreat has taught me to be careful with the words I speak, always do research in the Bible based on what you learn from people, and don’t be offended when you are corrected—but rather learn from it. I knew that I would face many tests and temptations going back to reality. You see, I’ve learned that being a Christian doesn’t mean I don’t sin, but that I am letting the Holy Spirit lead me into a new life with Christ. Denise Hunter is from Hooper Bay, AK. The spring young adult retreat will be held February 21-23 at Big Lake. For more information, email

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Eagle River Church Calls New Pastor After Fifteen-Month Search Community Covenant Church is thrilled to announce they have called a new lead pastor, Todd Michero. Todd and his wife Lori started their ministry in Alaska on December 1. The Eagle River church had been in the search process since June of 2012. Megan Lang, chair of the lead pastor search team, believes that the intense 15-month process was worth the waiting, prayer, work and effort to discern God’s direction as He led the team clearly to call Todd and Lori in His time. “It was encouraging to see how God used many people who were walking faithfully to add to the conversation,” Megan explained. “There were many viewpoints brought to the team, and we hammered it out together in truth and grace. We ended up with something better as we considered many voices.” The process began with a congregational survey in which more than 300 responses were received. A job description was drafted in response. Todd’s name came to the team in the second round of gathering potential candidates. After extensive reference checks, a Skype “meet and greet” time, Todd and Lori visited Community Covenant Church “incognito,”—only the search team knowing of their visit. “That was a very intense weekend,” explained Megan. “There was an introductory social gathering—where they were welcomed Alaska style and fed caribou tongue. Todd facilitated a Bible study with team members, visited the Sunday service and participated in a sixhour interview with the search team.” After that weekend and more consulting with references, Todd and Lori came for a candidating weekend where Todd preached and attendees could meet with him face to face in an open house. At the congregational meeting held that Sunday night, the vote was an overwhelming “yes!” Todd has been described as a visionary, team builder and missional leader with strong organizational and administrative skills. He has a passion for Biblical Justice. He believes the pastor is not called to a place but to the people. “God’s artistry on the canvas of my life is distinct and very intentional. Several difficult experiences early in life—which include my father going to prison; two broken homes; and the death of my mother—left me reeling,” Todd shared. “The combination of these things could have set my life on a negative path, instead, God fostered in me compassion for the broken-hearted and produced spiritual character while manifesting His healing, hope, and strength in my life. As a result, I’m certain that the one and only solution for the brokenness of our human condition is the transformation that occurs when one embraces Jesus Christ.” Todd has served for eight years as pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Windsor, CA. In addition to serving as a lead pastor in Covenant and Presbyterian churches, he held ministry positions among singles, youth, and prison inmates. Kathy Steele, from Sanctuary Covenant, wrote a letter to Community Covenant after hearing of God’s call for the Micheros: “God has led you to a wonderful, wonderful couple. Todd has taught me so much as he has reached out to the people of our community: teaching, serving, and befriending in the name of Christ. He has been a pastor defending the weak and encouraging the brokenhearted. I'm so thankful for the years that I have known Pastor Todd.”

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“I am very interested in learning more about, and participating in the ongoing Covenant ministry initiatives in Alaska,” Todd said. “I am looking forward to meeting and developing partnerships with Covenant pastors from Alaska's bush and road churches.” Todd has been married to Lori for 29 years. She enjoys involvement in women's ministry and has organized and led Bible studies and women's retreats. Lori's passions include women's mentoring and care ministries that extend to those whose life circumstances leave them unable to regularly attend church. She is an accomplished stained glass artist who encourages the expression of creative arts in the church. Both Lori and Todd are adventurous and enjoy the outdoors. One of their favorite activities is wildlife viewing for which Alaska provides an abundance of opportunities. They are also excited about the myriad of winter sports they will enjoy. They are both avid scuba divers. Todd wants to experience cold water diving in Alaska. Brad Bergfalk has served Community Covenant as the transitional pastor since Mark Meredith left. Leadership team member Larry Wood expressed, “We have so appreciated Pastor Brad’s inspired preaching and teaching, and his enthusiastic, experienced leadership to staff, leadership team, and congregation following Pastor Meredith’s departure. Brad has also fully embraced all things Alaska and accomplished feats that inspire even long-time Alaskans. We honor and deeply appreciate Brad and Roxi for their steadfast devotion to the people of CCC and their wonderful shepherding of our northern flock.”

Around ECCAK Todd Michero began ser ving as lead pastor for Community Covenant Church, Eagle River on Dec. 1. Brad Bergfalk completed his service as transitional pastor for CCC in November. Mat-Su Covenant Church has called Mike Alverts of Palmer to be part-time interim pastor. Mike is a member of the Mat-Su church and also serves as program and partnership director for CYAK. Carl Elwood of Chitna, AK, will ser ve Mekoryuk Covenant Church as inter im pastor beginning in December . Pastor Elwood formerly pastored in Mountain Village. Pastor Nathan Hanna serves at ACC on sabbatical. Pastor Heather Smith completes her term as Mekoryuk’s interim pastor in December and will resume serving as lay pastor at Anchorage First Covenant. Pastor Chip Swanson is ser ving as inter im pastor at Hooper Bay Covenant Church beginning in December. James Ventress is now associate pastor of youth ministr ies at Nome Covenant Church. He and his wife Rachel welcomed their first son Silas Alister on October 15, 2013. Ralph and Gert Fondell, r etir ed ECCAK missionar ies, celebrated 65 years of marriage in October. Ralph also celebrated his 90th birthday.

Winter Prayer Calendar Monday




Brad (Roxi) Bergfalk Transitional Pastor, Eagle River

Dennis (Candice) Weidler KICY General Manager

Brent (Leah) Amundsen Director Arigaa Fairbanks

 For clarity in discerning next step  Smooth transition for next move  Comfort in leaving Alaska home  Well-being of adult children Todd (Lori) Michero Pastor, Eagle River


 Moving details and transition  Unity among body in worship/service  Friends and opportunities for Lori  Oneness and growth in marriage Heather Smith Interim Pastor, Mekoryuk


 Good health and protection  Folks would hear Gospel and respond  God to raise up young village leaders  Remain humble & yielded to Lord Chip (Joanne) Swanson Interim Pastor, Hooper Bay


 To help church move forward  Some obvious victories to be seen  Enjoy old friendships and new ones  Jesus to be lifted up Matt & Marisol Cisneros Anchorage


 Safety for move to Wisconsin  Discernment in ministry call  Children’s well-being  God’s peace & comfort in move

 Granting process for 4-plex funding  Stable giving for 2014  Work teams for summer construction  God to call new volunteers Keith (Cynthia) Bergstrom Associate Pastor, Eagle River  Transition with our new lead pastor  People to grow in their faith  More people to connect in service  Oneness and growth in marriage John (Wendy) Hege CYAK Assoc. Director, Fairbanks  Transition as adult kids leave home  New position responsibilities  Process of moving to new location  New job for Wendy with move Carl (Marcia) Elwood Interim Pastor, Mekoryuk  Help with transportation needs  Rich fellowship with believers  Strength for ministry challenges  Revival and renewal in village Mat-Su Covenant Church Wasilla  Unity in pastoral search process  Mike (Cory) Alverts, interim pastor  God’s Word proclaimed boldly  Growth toward missional health

 Wisdom to be loving, godly parents  God to raise up student leaders  Make and deepen disciples  Unity and growth in marriage Dale & Lois Solberg Alaska Christian College, Soldotna  Planning for mid-March fundraising  Strong enrollment for spring class  Para-professional student enrollment  Improved health and healing for Dale Scammon Bay Covenant Church  Young people to choose Christ  Strength for Pastor Jason Stromstad  Parsonage construction needs  Youth volunteer Michelle Benisek Byron & Sue Bruckner Covenant Youth of Alaska  Native leadership development funds  Discernment for ministry growth  Regional travel, family priorities  Grief and loss concerns Ralph & Gert Fondell Retired KICY Missionaries  Protection, health and safety  Joy in family relationships  Fruit of labor to reproduce  Experience God’s presence anew

Important Dates Dec. 31 Jan. 27-31 Feb. 21-23 Feb. TBA April 2-6 May 4

Bible Camp registration opens at ECC Midwinter Conference, Chicago Spring CYAK young adult retreat, Big Lake YK Delta Women’s Conference, Mountain Village 2014 ECCAK annual meeting, Fairbanks Alaska Christian College Commencement, Soldotna

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Frank Alioto Kenai

Betty Jackson Shaktoolik

Jane Atuk Anchorage

Sandra King Mekoryuk


Harvey Fiskeaux Nome

Elected General Council

Lanette Forbes Bethel

P.O. Box 770749 Eagle River, AK 99577 Phone 907-694-6348 Fax 907-694-6378 Email Joshua Mathlaw Mountain Village

Ed Shirk Fairbanks

The Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska ECCAK is a non-conference “field” of the Covenant Church of America, dependent on the gifts from churches and people to carry out our mission for Christ’s sake in Alaska. Ministry Priorities

New Logo Captures ECCAK’s Geography, People, Mission Field Director Curtis Ivanoff is pleased to present the new ECCAK logo that will be used in all ECCAK print and digital communications. After considering more than 30 drafts, Curtis presented his selection to the General Council in September. The design was tweaked slightly based on suggestions from the council and this new logo has been designed to capture the essence of ECCAK’s ministry identity. Peter Cisneros of Burlington, WA, friend of ECCAK (and brother-in-law to Marisol Cisneros, ECCAK’s office manager), graciously worked to design a logo that would encompass ECCAK’s diversity, geographical span, and ministry objectives. “The logo has twelve branches—as there were twelve tribes of Israel and twelve disciples—to

symbolize that we are one ‘new people’ in Christ,” Field Director Curtis Ivanoff explained. “Alaska is a prominent central shape inside the design that represents our cyclical orientation in understanding life’s journey and seasons. The leaves and tagline emphasize our desire that ECCAK’s ministry grow in size and depth.” The Sinew newsletter and other communication tools are being redesigned and updated with a consistent color scheme as seen in the logo. The former ECCAK logo had been borrowed from an event graphic from the Covenant annual meeting several years ago. Other conferences are represented by unique logos, and now Alaska joins with its own distinctive design.

Pastoral Care Youth Ministry Leadership Pathways Congregational Vitality Church Planting

Field Director: Curtis Ivanoff Associate Field Director: James Barefoot Office Manager: Marisol Cisneros Sinew Editor Kristi Ivanoff

the ECCAK Sinew--Winter 2013  
the ECCAK Sinew--Winter 2013  

The quarterly newsletter of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska.