Living in Alaska we know all too well the importance of light. The sun is up and the days are long in the summer; but in the fall, the light dwindles fast until winter comes and there are only a few hours of daylight.
Easter, like Christmas, is often thought of as a one-day event. Most are mindful that Advent and Lent proceed these events. But the idea that Christmas and Easter both have entire seasons dedicated to these events is often overlooked.
We live in a world that is highly connected. If you want to get or stay in touch with someone, there are many options to find them, regardless of how far away from you they might be. Incredible advances in technology have made this instant communication possible and easily accessible: Facebook, Skype, Google, GPS tracking, texting and emails. Even something as “old,” in terms of modern advances, as a simple phone call. There are few places one can go where you cannot be reached or found anymore (and, yes, there are two sides to that reality, especially if you are trying to “get away from it all.”)
The Alpenglow Ward Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is pleased to recognize the following individuals: Jordan Crowther, Webelos Badge; Bella Johnston, Advancement from Primary to Young Women; Bradley Kendall, Webelos Badge and Religious Knot; Nathan Walser, Bear Badge; Thomas Jensen, Bear Badge; Zion Bennett, Advancement from Primary to Young Men; Tate Porter, Wolf Badge; and Brock Hiett, Wolf Badge.
God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine end, and at my departing.
During Black History month, I often think about the great women and men who made a difference in our country. Ms. Harriet Tubman was a great mover and shaker. She was born on the Eastern shore of Maryland, in Dorchester County near Cambridge, Maryland. Ms. Tubman and her friend, Mr. Thomas Garrett a Quaker, helped the slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Through this movement 2,000 slaves were freed. Ms. Tubman was a spy, a scout, and a nurse during the Civil War. She was the first woman in the United States to plan and lead a gun raid. She was also the first woman in the United States to serve behind enemy lines. Ms. Tubman was a dynamic public speaker, storyteller, and traveler who spoke out against slavery.
People of the north are familiar with the term SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder. It affects all age groups and genders and is determined to be brought on by lack of light.
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.
I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2013 was a prosperous year for Eagle River Missionary Baptist Church. God added to our church and we were able to pay off two mortgages; he has blessed us indeed. With God’s continued guidance and help, we will pay off our final mortgage in two years.
“Hey Mom, I’m starving!” If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard those words hundreds of times. I know I did when my children were small, and then as teenagers they seemed to have bottomless pits instead of tummies.