Serving the community for six decades
I would like to start by thanking Mike Nesper and the staff at the Star for allowing the faith community to share the things that God is doing in our neighborhoods and churches. This opportunity is greatly appreciated.
My name is Todd Burgess, and I am the pastor at First Baptist Church (FBC) here in Eagle River. Many of you may know me. I graduated from Chugiak High School in 1982.
I am grateful to the Lord for allowing my family and I to return to this wonderful state after more than 20 years of serving God in other parts of our great nation.
First Baptist Church has ministered to this community for almost 60 years, bearing witness to the many changes that have occurred in our society during those years. We are a church that holds firmly to the word of God in both our hearts and lives as we live out its teachings to our friends and neighbors.
We also understand that some of those culturally accepted changes do indeed run contrary to the teachings found in God’s word. Although we do not hold to beliefs that conflict with God’s word, we have and will continue to help and assist people who are in need, as long as we are able.
God’s word teaches about the kind of love Christians are to demonstrate before those who do not believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus teaches us by saying; “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (37). This is the first and great commandment (38). And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (39).
This “love” that Jesus is speaking of is not an ordinary love that all people have within them. But it is a special “love” that the Holy Spirit of God creates within the child of God at the moment of salvation. With this God created “love” in us, the Holy Spirit of God prompts us to treat our neighbors as we would ourselves.
Who among us would allow ourselves to go without food or clothing if we had the means to provide for that need? We are here to help our neighbor when and wherever we can.
Because of the teachings found in God’s word about loving our neighbors, we have established a Helping Hands Ministry and a Clothing Ministry. These ministries are designed to help people in the Eagle River community who find themselves in need of either financial and/or clothing assistance.
Our church also offers several opportunities to worship the Lord Jesus Christ and study his word throughout the week:
• 9:30 a.m. — Sunday School (Bible Study classes for all ages)
• 11 a.m. — Worship Service
• 4:30 p.m. — AWANA (3-years-old through youth)
• 5 p.m. — Discipleship classes
• 6 p.m. — Worship Service
• 7 p.m. — Prayer Meeting
• 7 p.m. — Youth Group
• 7 p.m. — Patch the Pirate Club (4-years-old to sixth grade)
• 9:30 a.m. — Women’s Bible Study
• 6 p.m. — Men’s Bible Study
• 7 p.m. — Women’s Bible Study
Our hope and prayer is that we may be able to serve the people of this community in a tangible way. We do this by demonstrating the love that the Lord Jesus Christ showed us when he left heaven itself to come to this world and die on the cross for our sin.
Jesus, who is the Son of God, knew that we could never, on our own, face his father’s punishment for our sin. So he came and stood in our place and took our punishment upon himself by dying on the cross of Calvary more than 2,000 years ago.
After three days, God the father raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus now sits on the throne of heaven offering this free gift of salvation to all those who will repent of their sin, believe in who he is and what he has done for them, thereby making him Lord of their lives. It is at that moment, that God will create in you his special love to enable you to serve him.
Feel free to contact the church at 907-694-2292 if you have any questions or an urgent need in your life because that is why we are here. May God richly bless you today.
Todd Burgess is pastor at First Baptist Church of Eagle River.