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August 11, 2022

Sunday, August 14, 11 am:  Worship Service and Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 14, 11 am:  The Sunday morning worship service will be broadcast 'Live' on our our Facebook page, or listen on podcast.

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   Pastor's Notes
   Ministry and Evangelism

   Family Devotions

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Pastor's Notes
Greetings Church family,

This week, we will be continuing our examinations of the Covenant Affirmations with a special look at our "the Church as a fellowship of believers"

I also thought I would share this article by Sarah Bessey about her decision to give up alcohol. This short personal essay is not really about alcohol, but about discipleship. It considers how God prompts us towards His Holiness. In our society, we have a hard time telling the difference between judgement and conviction; between condemnation and liberation; deprivation and abundance. When you give up something for God, it isn't taking things away-- it is being invited into a fuller, richer life. And as Sarah states at the end of the article, the point wasn't to convince you to give up alcohol, but to remind you that we are on journey with the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the "liberties" we enjoy are better set aside for the greater freedom found in relationship to Christ. 

Also we are still looking for a youth director. Feel free to send a copy of the job description to any qualified candidates that you know!

Christ is King,

Pastor Criss
You're invited to some special Sunday celebrations:
Kids bring their backpacks to church on August 14. We will have a time of blessing during the church service for the upcoming school year and some snacks to celebrate with. 
On Sunday, August 21, we will venture to the school playground at Chugach Optional Elementary School for children's church. Kids should bring a jacket and wear play clothing for some fun outside. 
On Sunday, August 28, join us for an outdoor child dedication celebration, followed by a potluck. If you would like to have your child dedicated or baptized, please reach out to one of the pastors.
On Sunday, September 11, we will resume our Children's Church ministry during the Sunday morning service. Children's church is available for kids ages 3-6th grade. It is a fun, interactive time for kids and leaders to interact with the Bible and each other. 
Volunteer Dinner & Meeting
Sunday, August 21, 5-7 p.m.
It's almost time to resume our Children's Church ministry. Join Pastor Kristi for dinner and a time for the volunteers to connect and get prepared for another season of ministering to kids. You're invited to learn more about opportunities to serve in this fun and rewarding ministry by coming to the meeting. 

Family Matters

Click HERE for some ideas for engaging your kids in conversations to get off to a great start for a new school year. 

Just a reminder - you can access the Sunday Kids' Bulletins and other seasonal kid's projects here.  There are also other kids' materials available here.

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Ministry and Evangelism Update
"Day By Day” is a gospel song of praise and worship to God the Father.  Have you hummed or sang it lately?  As followers of Jesus we have such a great arsenal of glorious songs to God for all phases of our journey through the darkened earth, don’t we.  What’s your favorite gospel songs?  Aren’t there so many?  I remember in the Old Testament the God of Israel (our God) instructed the singers to go in front of the army into the battle and also the shepherd boy David sang for king Saul who was relieved of the evil spirit that was on him

Is there triumph in your life?  Christ and his disciples sang before his ordeal in the garden—shouldn’t we sing too?  The Hebrew writer ( maybe James the Lord’s brother?) says we’re to offer up a “sacrifice of praise” in chapter 13.  Isn’t it noteworthy it’s called a “sacrifice”?  Why?  Come then today, this moment, let’s sing of our Redeemer, and of our Heavenly Father, and the glorious Helper the Holy Spirit.  “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!” (a psalm of David).

Love In Jesus, Laura & Vince
CANCELED - Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, discussion on missions and evangelism.   This group will restart in January when Pastor Vince returns from Golovin.

Consider a donation to the Alaska Conference Village Pastor Fund.   As  many village churches are not able to provide all that is needed in funding salary, health insurance and pension, moneys from this fund are used to subsidize these needs.  To give to this fund, click on this link:
Sermons are now available on the podcast app of your choice.  Go to: or search for First Covenant Church of Anchorage in your favorite podcast app.
Our policy is to defer to the Municipality of Anchorage's mask guidelines for Sunday Service and adult events. For Children's Church and Youth Group we defer to the Anchorage School District's policy. Vaccinations are strongly recommended for all who are eligible. Please contact the church if you require help obtaining a vaccine. 
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A podcast exploring what it means to be Covenant

A collaboration between Make and Deepen Disciples and the Covenant Companion, join hosts Jane Chao Pomeroy and Cathy Norman Peterson as they explore all there is to love about being Covenant. Join us for conversations about our shared Covenant story and distinctives as we move toward our future together as mission friends.   On Apple or Spotify

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  • Upcoming Events:
    •  September 11 - Sunday School starts
    • September 23-25 - Women's Retreat
    • September 23-25 - CYAK Retreat
  • Prayer Chain:  Do you feel called to be in prayer for others?  You may join our prayer chain and receive email prayer requests.  Contact Rebecca at to become a prayer chain partner.  These prayer requests are held in confidence by the prayer chain members.
  • Want to help out during Worship Services?  We are in need of nursery volunteers, song leaders, musicians, audio & video assistance, greeters and more.  If you are feeling led to take a more active role, see Pastor Criss, Pastor Kristi or contact the church at: or 907-277-3322
  • Would you consider serving in our congregational care ministry as we seek to care for each other well. Pastor Criss is looking for people willing to call 3-5 people each week as part of our Care and Connect team. We often set up meal deliveries.  Email
  • Music, Videos and Bible Lessons are available on RightNow Media.  Click on the RightNow picture next to the worship service calendar to go to RightNow Media and start searching.  Not yet a member of RightNow Media?  Use this link to become a member and receive access to free on-line videos:
Do you have announcements or items you would like included in this newsletter?  Send an email to Rebecca Gramm, or call Rebecca's cell: 907-347-9534.
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