The Rev. Wilton Schwanke Memorial Service

The Rev. Wilton Schwanke, a beloved missionary to the Alaska Moravian mission field passed away peacefully on March 22, 2011 in his retirement community of Orcas, Washington.   A memorial service, a “Celebration of Life”  for Brother Wilton Schwanke  was held on April 9, 2011, 1:00 PM at the Anchorage Moravian Church located at 3512 Robin Street, Anchorage, Alaska.   Folks brought all kinds of native food, finger foods, sandwiches, and desert.  A special thank you to those who supplied food;  the fellowship was wonderful and what a tribute to the Schwanke family!  Soon it is expected that Brother Fred Nielsen will have a video of the service provided on dvd.  If you are interested call Brother Fred at 907-441-2895. If you would like to see or print a copy of Brother Wilton Schwanke’s Memorial Service Bulletin in Anchorage, Alaska, and Bishop William Nicholson message, click here:  Wilton’s Anchorage Memorial Service                              Memorial Service Message    Please note the following: If folks would like to send sympathy or condolescence cards, Cecelia Schwanke’s address is 37 Henry Road, Unit 4D, Eastsound, WA 98245.  A Memorial Fund – The Rev. Wilton Schwanke Memorial Fund for Mission Outreach has been set up in the Anchorage Moravian Church.  For those individuals that would like to donate dollars in memory of Missionary … Continue reading

Singspiration/Concert with Stephani Ezatoff

On Friday, April 8, 2011 a special Singspiration/Concert with Stephani Ezatoff will be held at the Anchorage Moravian Church at 7 PM.  Singers/musicians are cordially welcome to attend to participate for the first half hour to 45 minutes than Gospel Singer Sister Stephani will perform her concert. The following is from Stephani’s website:  A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Stephani is currently in full-time singing ministry.  A graduate of Point Park University, Stephani feels blessed to also work as an actor, commercial model, and voice-over artist – though her true calling is proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ through Gospel Music.  She has faith that God has anointed her to deliver His love and word through song, and she is a featured weekly singer at Valley Gospel Church.  Stephani conducts Gospel Concerts at church meetings, revivals, and other special events throughout the United States, and is currently accepting bookings. To view Stephani’s concert dates in Alaska, go to: www.valleygospel.net Share with others…

Big Lake Outreach Potluck Next Saturday

Report from Pastors Fred Nielsen, Billy Olsen and Bishop William Nicholson: After a couple of trips out to Big Lake, Alaska, it is evident that there are a larger number of Natives and Moravians living in the valley who may be interested in fellowshipping together. A special potluck is to be held at Alexie & Gloria Noes’ home this coming Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 2 pm. Anyone interested in fellowshipping together is cordially welcome to bring food and attend this gathering (Place to be announced; if we cannot find a place, we will meet at Alexie Noes place on Hollywood Drive, Big Lake, Alaska). After the potluck we will have a special singspiration/testimony time and Big Lake folks will hear the gospel preached. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact William Nicholson, at 240-8102, anytime. Share with others…

He Fights Our Battles for Us

By Bishop William Nicholson  “With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles”.                                                                                      II Chronicles 32:8 We must always remember that when we submit our lives to Jesus and His Word that there are times that come that are disappointing.  Sometimes it seems there is no progress forward, but we know a little about faith don’t we?  The man who overcomes is that man whose heart is filled with the steel faith that filled Caleb’s.  Pray to God to give us a mountain attitude that helps not to give up but to keep climbing.  The Word of God is very clear about those who reach forward.  These are people that have spiritual dreams and desires.  It’s a relationship with God that carries over into all other aspects of men’s lives.  Colossians 1:29 — Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.  In Hebrews 11:6 — But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. … Continue reading

AncMC 2011 ANNUAL MEETING HANDBOOK

Note:  Not all information on the Church Council meeting Handbook is provided on the web.  The financial reports will be shown as paper copy.  Reason why the financial reports are not included, here, is the difficulty in changing the pdf files to microsoft word, then to html.  Sorry folks! CHURCH COUNCIL HANDBOOK (Click Here!!!) Share with others…

Annual Membership Meeting Slated for Next Sunday

Notice for AncMC Membership!  Everyone is invited to attend and vote at annual meeting of the Church Council.  This meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 23, 2011, at 11 AM.  Annual reports from all departments will be shared.  At least four positions on the Elders and Trustees Board is open for nomination and election.  At least three delegates will be elected to attend Synod in Bethel, Alaska, on December 31-February 4, 2011.  Please be in prayer for God’s blessing. Share with others…

Vibrant Worship & Prayer for Healing in our Midst

Praise be to God!  All glory to our Lord and Savior for He has done great things in our midst through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Sunday night, January 16, 2011 was a special night as both The Rev. Fred Nielsen and Lay Leader for the evening, Grace Haroldsen led the service.  Testimonies and spirit-fill joyful music was provided by many.  Near the end of the service Evangelist Leonard John spoke and as the Spirit of God led, several people spontaneously came forward for salvation, prayer and healing.  The clear result was that two young people found Christ as Lord and Savior and received prayer for miraculous healing.  One had brain cancer, others back problems and another had emotional issues that needed a touch of God’s grace to bring restoration. Worship we understand and joyful singing we understand, but there may always be those who do not understand why and what the results are when the Holy Spirit begins to work.  The Holy Spirit was invited to the service at the opening of this non-denominational singspiration.  When the “Helper”, “Comforter”, and “Guide into all Truth” begins to work, things happen!  All to the glory of God. What happened last night was very interesting.  The … Continue reading

Thank you for Praying! My Friend and Mentor Now In Gloryland

Moravians of the Anchorage Church, Moravians in the Alaska Province and around the World, I thank all of you for praying for a very special man!  My very close friend, Randy Maunder, who encouraged me in the faith when I was a teenager in Bristol Bay, Alaska, shown above, went on to be with the Lord Jesus on January 14, 2011.  Randy lived near Phoenix, Arizona along with his wife Kappy – his precious wife, and his immediate family.   He personally knew former Moravian missionaries to southwestern, Alaska, The Rev. Wilton and Cecelia Schwanke and Mildred Siebke.  – By William Nicholson Note from Kappy Maunder received January 15, 2011:  Thank you William and Family, Randy thought so much of you and treasured your shared beliefs and friendship for all these many years and your family meant so much to him also.  He always talked about you, your dad, your mother, and the other family members.  Randy loved people and had such a wonderful talent for visiting and sharing.  Yes, I will miss him  and our life together.  God bless you and all your family.  Memorial services are being planned.  Don’t have any details as yet.  In Christ’s love, Kappy and Family Share with others…