Celebrating Generosity in November – Stewardship Drive

Celebrating Our Generosity is the theme of Northern Light United Church’s 2016 Stewardship Campaign. It begins Sunday, November 6 and continues through November 20 when worshippers will be invited to offer their pledges of time and talent. The Campaign is an opportunity for everyone to give a tangible expression of their generous support for the life and work of our church. John Pugh, June Degnan, and Bob Coghill will offer stewardship moments on the three Sundays, and worship will feature the many ways our church generously supports and contributes to needs and concerns beyond our congregation. Your generosity enables us […]


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Phil’s Thoughts

Last February, John Pugh and I attended an Alaska United Methodist Conference sponsored stewardship workshop entitled, “Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity.” It was led by the renowned Indiana University affiliated Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. The workshop addressed an important and timely topic for congregations struggling to sustain their ministries and make ends meet. It was a fine event and we received valuable resources from which John and I learned much. We also came away encouraged. Our participation confirmed what we implicitly knew. Northern Light United Church and its members and friends are already generous! We realized that we […]


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Households with Children Gathering October 8

Join us for food, fellowship and the assembling of cleaning buckets for those rebuilding in the aftermath of the recent severe flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi. In Louisiana alone, at least 40,000 homes and countless businesses have been affected. We will gather on Saturday October 8, 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will put together buckets with items such as sponges, detergent, household cleaner, work gloves, and trash bags. To learn more about how churches react when disasters such as flooding occurs, visit the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/gulf-flooding-2016, and http://pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/#bucket, and United Methodist Committee on Relief, http://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2016/august/lafloods, and http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies […]


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Phil’s Thoughts

You shall have no other gods before me…You shall not make for yourself an idol… You shall not bow down to them or worship them… Exodus 20: 3-5 Opinion polls reveal substantial opposition to San Francisco football player Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. Kaepernick has stated that his protest is meant to highlight racial injustice in our country. Public opinion notwithstanding, the protesting during the playing of the national anthem is spreading and has now extending to other patriotic observances such as an Anchorage Assemblyman Patrick Flynn’s kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance […]


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School Year Schedule Returns, Sunday, Sept. 11. Worship at 11 a.m.

Our Sunday morning Worship and Christian Education program will resume September 11 and will include some new features this year. This year’s schedule: 10 AM – Middle School, High School, and Adult Classes will meet—Middle School in Rm. 9 and High School in the Loft. The Adult Bible Class will not meet until Sept. 18 and will then hold forth in the Skuse Room. During 11 AM Worship – This year we will offer two worship based education experiences, one for preschool-K and one elementary children during the worship hour; these will begin after children’s time. We will use a […]


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Phil’s Thoughts

One of the topics media commentators and theologians discuss in U.S. election years is the appropriate role of religious groups in the political process. The general consensus in our country has been that religious communities and leaders can (and should) address social issues, but not endorse candidates for office. I believe this is wise middle ground between “religion and politics don’t mix,” and “God told me which candidate to vote for.” If we take our faith seriously, it should inform all of life – our public, political decisions as well as our private, personal actions. But, we should also be […]


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Phil’s Thoughts

One of the goals the congregation set at our visioning session two years ago was to “draft and adopt a Statement of Responsible Investments.” The statement is intended to address not only the rate of the return, but also the question, “In what should the church invest?” Since the sale of the 12th street properties in 2011, the church has been in the enviable position of holding significant fiscal reserves. The goal is to use these funds to maintain our church building and to support the church’s ministry for years to come. The money will not be spent all at […]


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May 2016 Youth News

This year’s theme certainly nurtured a very diverse youth group: Unity & Harmony Across Differences. From the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to intentionality to uniqueness to caroling at the Pioneers’ Home and putting on an amazing Haunted Circus, the young people have delved into the depths of discussion, asked questions, played hard, and learned some spiritual-forming techniques like writing a “first draft” letter to someone they are upset with and tearing it up (or keeping it) afterward. I just want to say thank you to the young people and their families and guardians for showing up and being a […]


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Summer Breakfast/Brunch Questions and Answers

What are the rules? You make the rules.  You can ask a group of people to help you and you decide the breakfast or lunch menu.  If you want donuts and coffee, we’ll eat donuts and coffee.  If you want chicken noodle soup, we’ll eat chicken noodle soup. What specific tasks are involved? Decide the menu.  Prepare the food at home or in the church kitchen.  Count on feeding 80. Tables and chairs need to be set up in the hall. (You choose the configuration and number of seats.) The brunch needs to be ready after church.  After brunch the […]


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