A Cordial Invitation

A Cordial Invitation Whether you’re completely new to church, or just new to the Anchorage Moravian Church, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to you. We’d love to meet you in person, so please do visit us on a Sunday or contact us at the office or Email me with any questions you have. Our main meetings together happen on Sunday mornings and evenings, but there is a lot more to church life that happens throughout the week. If you’re new to the Moravian Church in Alaska below is a summary of how the Moravian Church came about in Alaska: Origins Moravians began ministry in Alaska in 1885 at the invitation of the Rev. Sheldon Jackson, a Presbyterian minister, accepting the invitation as a call from God to proclaim the gospel among the Yup’ik people. In time, other Christian denominations followed the Moravians to Alaska to minister to the native people. The first five missionaries reached the Kuskokwim River and held a worship service on June 21, 1885. Within five years three native helpers, Hooker, Lomuck, and Kawagaleg, were assisting the missionaries. Within ten years of the founding of the mission, more than twenty native helpers attended the first … Continue reading

Vibrant Worship

A COMMENTARY BY BISHOP WILLIAM NICHOLSON Today, Saturday, February 1, 2014, I was thinking about vibrant worship.  I would like to share a couple of thoughts that I have gleaned in regards to bringing vitality into the local Church.  If the Church has no life, no love, no unity among the leaders and if one feels they are just going through the motions, something is wrong in the Church. If there is a lack of emphasis upon the leadership of the Holy Spirit who empowers the local Church, you may be missing out!  God forbid that this happens in any of our Churches.  If there is a need for change in your church may God bring the vitality you need. It is clear that God made us to worship and to worship Him in “Spirit and in Truth”.  We should be committed to true and vibrant worship. As people, the way God made us and the way to happiness and true meaning is to “glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” The problem with us though is that we look for answers to happiness and meaning in other ways. The answer to happiness and meaning is found in Church.  Too many of … Continue reading

A 2014 Vision for the Moravian Church

Message by Bishop William Nicholson January 26, 2014 Matthew 4:12-23 In Matthew 4, we find Jesus at the very beginning of his public ministry. Following his baptism by John in chapter 3 and his struggle with temptation in the wilderness at the start of this chapter, Jesus begins to do the work that he was sent to do. Christ’s work is a work of “good news.” That’s what “evangelism really means. The word “evangelism” comes from a Greek word that means “good news.”  Back during Christ’s day, this good news often was the announcement of victory in battle, but could mean any news that brings joy to the hearer. The first section of today’s text, Matthew 4 verses 12-17, tell of Jesus beginning his ministry of good news and it’s really a discovery of a vision for that ministry. It’s important to realize that Jesus didn’t just wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll start my ministry today. He prepared. He planned ahead.  Jesus knew that he was the fulfillment of prophesy from Isaiah. The vision is what I think it is important for us to center on.  In order for us to evolve as a Church, we … Continue reading

Pastor & Elder’s Report 2013

Pastor and Elder’s 2013 Report By William Nicholson, Senior Pastor January 19, 2014 A big welcome to all of you today! Thank you for coming. We trust this meeting is not only informative, but will help you to strengthen your support of what God is doing amongst us in 2014. During 2013 God continued to move us forward in a positive direction as we contemplated the implications of the United Alaska Moravian Ministry (UAMM) group recognition and where it may take us as a Church organization, affiliated not with the Alaska Moravian Province, but with the Moravian Unity. We are indeed are evolving as a more diversified Moravian congregation of Alaska Natives (Yupiks, Inupiats, Athabascans, Tlingt) and other racial groups. It is exciting to see God’s hand at work as we advance our spiritual goals to those we serve in Anchorage, Alaska and beyond! UAMM, administered by its President, The Rt. Rev. William Nicholson, is now in covenant relationship with the Honduras Moravian Church as a result of a highly visible and successful “Moravian Heritage and Advancing the Gospel” Celebration held on February 22-24, 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska. Two dynamic leaders from Honduras Moravian Province, The President – Brother Isai … Continue reading

Moravians, Let’s Speak Honorably!

According to God’s word, we must always “overcome evil with good”. Paul the Apostle tells us this in Romans 12: 9-17, which is Love in Action . May “overcoming evil with good” always be our goal as we continue relationship with Moravians in Alaska and Moravians for that matter in other areas of the world. Since I have heard of some distasteful comments about the Anchorage Moravian Church, recently, from a former Moravian leader’s wife, I would like to clear the air of any error! And to do this in a spirit of humility but state some very real facts (to overcome evil) that will help others look more positively at Moravians in Anchorage, Alaska, and rejoice with us that God is at work to expand His Kingdom of love and that through the Holy Spirit there is unity. MY BELIEF IS THAT THE ANCHORAGE MORAVIAN CHURCH (ANCMC) AT 2150 E DOWLING ROAD IS AMONG THE STRONGEST AND MOST TRULY MORAVIAN CHURCHES IN ALASKA WITHIN THE HERITAGE OF HISTORICAL MORAVIANISM! Each one of us should realize the following which helps us to appreciate our religious heritage in Anchorage: 1. AncMC as a Church organization is affiliated with the Moravian Unity … Continue reading

Mission Jubilee October 25-27, 2013

The next Anchorage Moravian Church Mission Jubilee, a singspiration event, will be held at 2150 E. Dowling Road. This exciting worship and learning opportunity is scheduled for October 25, 6:30 pm, October 26, 6 pm, and October 27, 2013, 6 pm. A special potluck is also scheduled for October 26, 2013, 4 pm. Dr. Scott Kirby of Global Partnership Missions will be the keynote speaker each night. Brother Scott has great plans for Alaska Graceworks 2014. The following is what Brother Scott, a friend of the Anchorage Moravian Church has to say about a big missions effort in 2014 (taken from Scotts website -http://missionmatch.com/upcoming-trips/graceworks-anchorage): “Most people think of Alaska only as a tourist destination. And God certainly worked overtime making it one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on the earth. But it is also a spiritually dark mission field! The Pew Research Center released a study that found Alaska to have the lowest church attendance in the United States. WE NEED HELP! Our strategy is to use visiting volunteers and mission partnerships with lower 48 churches strategically and intentionally to help us reach our state for Christ. Here’s our plan: One half the population of Alaska lives in the … Continue reading

Holy Spirit Jubilee on September 27-29

The upcoming annual Holy Spirit Jubilee, singspiration event at the Anchorage Moravian Church (AncMC) is scheduled for September 27-29, 2013, 6:30 pm on Friday, then 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday night. This year’s event features The Rev. Larry Salway, a new Director of Wesleyan Native Ministries. Brother Larry is a Lakota Sioux Indian who works among the poorest of the Indians in America. Accompanying Brother Larry will be his wife, Dale. A special Native needs Conference (discussion – question and answer time) on September 28, 2013 is scheduled for 2-4 pm at the AncMC Cafe. Immediately after the Conference a fund raiser Potluck is planned, 4 pm. The potluck will go until 5:15 pm. In advance we want to recognize “This Old House Ministry” headed by a friend of the AncMC – Mr. Dean Carl who is financing two-way air travel from Indiana and lodging for Brother Salway in Anchorage, Alaska. According to Brother Dean this connection with Rev. Salway may be an important one. Wesleyan Native Ministries is involved in “equipping and empowering Native men and women to take the lead in reaching their people for Christ in Native and First Nations communities across North America.” The history of … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 AncMC Worship & News

Saints, the September 1, 2013 pre-labor day Sunday worship is the last one for the summer schedule! Beginning on September 8, 2013, at 10:30 am we begin the autumn/winter full church program schedule with the following: Sunday – Sunday School (for all ages) – 10:30 am Sunday – Traditional worship – 11:30 am Sunday – Evening Non-denominational Singspiration – 6:30 pm Monday – Young Believers in Christ – 7 pm (call Hiliary Toyukak) Tuesday – Renewed Native Life – 7 pm (call Harry Nicholai) Wednesday – Bible Study and Prayer – 7 pm Friday – Singstunde – 7 pm. Saturday – Family Day A big piece of news is that the Anchorage Moravian Church has a new app. Many of you have smartphones and you can download “Church Link” app from itunes “free-of-charge” and access all kinds of updated information such as follows: – Map directions to find our new church location. – Church worship times – Videos & photos (the videos are a must and edifying) – Bishop’s blogg information – Track Anchorage Moravian Church group facebook comments – and much more. Try it out! God bless. Best regards, Bishop William Nicholson