Archive | August 2013

Coming Soon to JCC

You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house.  Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 CEV

It’s the time of the year we see signs such as: “Fall Sale” or “Back-to-School Sale” or “Buy now with your PFD”. The purpose of these signs is to draw attention and create excitement so people will purchase more stuff.

We are looking forward to an exciting fall at JCC. New banners are up stirring up interest and excitement about the Children’s Church, the new Spanish ministry and other special goings on at JCC. As with the sale signs, the purpose of our signs is to draw attention to services and events designed to cause us to enjoy the fellowship of each other, inspire us to invite others to enjoy all of the fun happenings, and, at the top, to give God the glory and open avenues for us to share the gospel. Here are a few things you can look forward to this Fall.

Enjoy: the new Spanish Ministry, the beginning of small home-group Bible studies, a new Sunday School class, new curriculum for the Children’s Church, new plans for outreach in the community, continuation of the dedicated prayer line (570-4932), new plans for a Men’s Ministry Bible Study, different services and events for Sunday evenings, and a new website. You can find all these activities in the bulletin, the newsletter, on Facebook, and on the JCC Blog so you don’t have to miss a single get-together. The more activities that you are a part of the more you will have to enjoy.

Beyond personal enjoyment, thought, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to reach those who are un-churched and need Jesus. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5: 14-16 that we are to be a light to the world. We are not to hide what we have in Christ but be a shining light for to people know  that they need Jesus and that He has a plan of salvation for all who accept it. One way to do this, of course, is to live it. But, also we should desire to share the gospel message with others and invite them to church. The challenge is set, let’s take it and be the light of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. Pastor Marlan

Get the Word Out

JCC is making a concerted effort to reach out to the community around our church building. Banners are going up, we’ve started the blog and webpage, and next Saturday we are going to walk through the neighborhood and hand out flyers with information about events and services at JCC. Please join us at 10 AM. Stay as long or short of a time as you are able, but please come and lend a hand. The more people we have the faster we will finish up. Thank you!

Turn a Deaf Ear

Here’s an encouraging devotional by Max Lucado.

Two kinds of voices vie for our attention. One says, “God will help you.” The other says, “God has left you!”

And here’s the great news: you select the voices you hear. Why give ear to pea-brains and scoffers when you can, with the same ear, listen to the voice of God? I had a friend who battled alcohol. He tried a fresh tactic. He gave me and a few others permission to slug him in the nose if we ever saw him drinking. If the wall is too tall, try the tunnel! Try something different… God will help you!

Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “God’s power is very great for those who believe. That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead and put Him at His right side in the heavenly world.”

Turn to God and he will give you what you need. Turn a deaf ear to the old voices. Open a wide eye to the new choices!

We hope you enjoyed this devotional. if you would like to read more devotionals by Max Lucado please go to

http://maxlucado.com/

Fretbuster #114

Roy Lessin has a blog entitled “Meet Me in the Meadow” where he posts some wonderfully encouraging devotional thoughts. Click on the link below and it will take you to one of my favorite devotionals from earlier this month. If you feel burdened and stressed your heart and spirit will be lifted by these great devotional thoughts.

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The Blackened Bible

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”—Psalm 1:2

One sunny Saturday my mother gathered us all into her 55 Chevy for an outing. She took us to an old fashion auction. After carefully reviewing all there was for sale she spotted something she wanted; it was in a box of miscellaneous items. The day was getting long and the auctioneer tired so he insisted on selling the contents of the box together rather than auctioning each individual item in the box separately. Mother offered the winning bid and we took her box home. Interesting …I do not recall what exactly it was my mother wanted or what it was that was in the box except for two very old Bibles. One could hardly even be called a Bible anymore; it was actually just a pile of pages packaged in grocer’s paper. The second Bible was mostly intact. Its pages were dried and flaking, and their edges blackened from use, but all the “books” were there. The cover was also still attached although it had been worn thin to the point of having holes in some spots.
It was the blackened edges of the pages that I found the most fascinating. Someone had turned those pages so many times that the oil from their fingers had stained the edges until they were black. How many times, how many readings had it taken to leave that Bible in such a condition? Not just one Bible but two well-worn Bibles. One so oft used that it had fallen completely apart. I thought about Matthew 5:6; Hungering and thirsting. How loved was the Word! How precious the book! That Saint knew what it was to take hold of Christ Jesus.
The memory of those Bibles is always humbling for me. I am blessed if I manage to read one chapter a night. I have professed Christ for fifty years. I even have a degree in Christian Education. Four years of study and I never wore out a Bible to the extent that dear old soul did. Let this be an example for us all. Our forefathers came to the Word of God and meditated. They laid their Bible beside an old-fashioned oil lamp and studied on the Word. As they studied, faith mounted. The Spirit and faith illuminated. They knew their Bible better than some of us do with all of our modern Bible study helps. Take Your Bible, get on your knees, and in faith, say, “Father, here I am. Begin to teach me.”

© Rosa Kingsbury 2013 All rights reserved. Used with permission. Contact the author or JCC for permission to use this article.

Alicia’s Last Sunday

Alicia Dair is returning to school to begin her senior year tonight. Today was her last Sunday with the JCC family for a few months. Alicia has a calling on her life to be a military chaplain, and has been interning at JCC this summer. Her job description included doing the bulletin each week, helping prepare the worship music – she even led worship one Sunday morning! In addition she helped with the coffeehouse ministry, met with various ministry leaders at JCC to see how she could be of service, and pretty much did whatever her hand found to do. Her latest project was to begin a Sunday school class for our precious special needs family members which has been enthusiastically received. We greatly appreciate Alica and look forward to seeing her a couple months down the road.P1000618

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Here, There, or in the Air

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Pastor Marlan put it well this morning when he said that while there are many things we love to talk about, there are always those things that we’d rather not talk about. Things that are painful and grievous to us. Today was one of those days where we had to talk about a couple of those things. Smitty and Suzanna Smith are leaving to return to Hawaii to help care for Smitty’s parents. This morning was their last service with us at JCC for awhile. They have served long and faithfully at JCC and their departure leaves a huge vacuum and a void. They have served on the worship team, led the men’s ministry, taught the teens, and have served pretty much in any and every other capacity in which they were asked to minister. We know that God directs the steps of the righteous, and are confident that God is leading this transition in their lives. Although it is painful for the present, we are confident that God will bring good fruit for them and for JCC from this step of obedience. We bless them in Jesus’ name and will keep them in prayer.