This past week FPC received a $2000 grant from the Yukon Presbytery to help with the COVID-19 needs at the Sullivan/Ben Boeke Center for the homeless. We used the money to buy two TV’s for the Sullivan Arena ($950) and the rest of the money ($1050) was given to the Municipality Special Needs Coordinator to be used to buy one-of-a-kind items needed for guests at Sullivan. Examples of one-of-a-kind items that were needed on one particular day: flip flops for those in quarantine to use in the showers, Depends undergarments for three guests, and a prescription for one client.
First Presbyterian Church supports the ministry of the Yukon Presbytery through our mission dollars and we are grateful o have received this grant so we could help with these specific needs in our community.
Thank you for your continued support to First Presbyterian Church.
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First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage
616 W. 10th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501.
Be Fearless, Be Joyful, Be Renewed: Living the Spirit of Easter
I read this article yesterday and want to summarize it for you as a way to encourage you to live out the 50 days of Easter.
The season of Easter began on Easter Sunday and continues for 50 days – until Pentecost. The Easter season is an opportunity for us to cultivate a spirit that defines who we are as Christians. So what does living the spirit of the Easter season mean in practical terms? Here are three concrete suggestions:
1. Live with Joy: Joy is a deep-down gladness that cannot be taken away, even in the midst of sorrow. The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus teach us that suffering is transformed through faith in the Risen Christ. With this faith, we are able to hold on to the enduring sense of joy even in the midst of the sadness we experience from the loss of a loved one, a failure at something, or a setback.
2. Live without Fear: The Resurrection teaches us that God can overcome anything, even death. When Christ appears to the women at the tomb and later to his disciples, his first words are Do not be afraid! (Mt. 28:5, 10). Our faith allows us to trust that God can overcome our most serious problems.
3. Live with New Eyes: Easter means to live with a sense of newness. Just as the return of spring lifts our spirits and makes us feel the whole world is new, the Resurrection of Jesus makes “all things new.” The Easter spirit is a spirt of renewal; one that enables us to see the world through new eyes – God’s eyes.
I invite you to use these 50 days to cultivate an Easter spirit that enables us to be truly Christian: embracing joy, living without fear, and seeing the world again—as if for the first time.
We participate in the PC(USA) special offering, One Great Hour of Sharing, received during the season of Lent.
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.
You may send a check to the church (see address above) and designate it One Great Hour of Sharing, or you may give online here.
The PC(USA) virtual Easter service brings a message of hope to all and can be viewed in English, Spanish and Korean.