What Northern Light United Church means to me
The membership of Northern Light United Church encompasses groups of people from all walks of life and reflects diversity, care for the elderly and frail, sympathy and engagement for the disadvantaged, poor and homeless, while supporting and encouraging opportunities for our children and youth. It is a combination of Methodists and Presbyterians, thus known as the Northern Light United Church located in downtown Juneau, Alaska.
Our church has an open-door policy where the homeless can acquire food, safe shelter and a shoulder to lean on when the future may seem dismal. Community groups can use our commercial kitchen and facilities and facilities to expand outreach and services for education, social interaction and fellowship.
We celebrate life through baptism, communion, wedding and memorial services and outreach services at our church. We’ll pray for you in your hour of need through our prayer chain service and individually. We’ll share a meal with you after our Sunday worship service. The Tlingit Gospel Singers share the local culture and knowledge through singing gospel songs in church and in the community.
Additionally, we engage younger members through establishing the Youth Groups. We provide a space for success for the Haven House Juneau, Girl Scouts, Bartlett Toddlers, Mudrooms, violin lessons, Tlingit Language Families, People for Peace and Justice, Alaska Native Brotherhood, Alaska Native Sisterhood, Family Promise, etc.
As members of our church we acknowledge our history, the present and plan for the future. The future filled with hope for peace as we explore, discuss, dream, share and practice forgiveness, apply restorative justice, address Truth and Reconciliation, seek prison reform and continue to respect all of God’s children.
These are some of the reasons I became an active member at the Northern Light United Church in Council, Native Ministry and Presbytery. Because of the support I have received from this church, Haven House Juneau is a successful transitional home for women exiting prison right here in Juneau. As its Founding President, I want to thank the entire membership of this church for your support, prayers and friendship. We couldn’t have come this far without everything you all have given to us. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to me. Together we reflect in our efforts that “God is Love”.
“He that loveth not knoweth God: for God is love.” 1 John 4:8 KJV
June I Degnan