St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Monday, October 22, 2018
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.
 
 
From the Sr. Associate Pastor’s Desk

 

         North to Alaska

 

     We made this trip Aug. 17-27th. Wish you could have gone with us !

     On Day 1 we embarked from Vancouver; a picturesque city nestled between the Pacific Ocean and

the snowcapped peaks of the Coast Mountain range. We were on board the Celebrity Millennium.

     Day 2 we cruised the Inside Passage sailing trough the most beautiful parts of Alaska.

     Day 3 we stopped at Ketchikan known as the "Gateway to Alaska." We got to worship at the First United Meth. Church of Ketchikan. The new minister had only been there five weeks.

     Day 4 we visited Icy Strait Point located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska and not far from Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery, the port's connection to the sea is strong.

     Day 5 we stopped at Juneau founded during a gold rush in 1880 and it has maintained its rugged and pioneering style while developing a cosmopolitan style. It is also the State Capital  and also has the Alaska State Museum with its collection of Russian Orthodox and Gold Rush relics.

     Day 6 we docked at Skagway. During the 1898 Gold Rush to the Yukon, thousands of gold seekers disembarked ships at Skagway to begin the 600-mile trip to the goldfields.

     Day 7 we saw the Hubbard Glacier; the longest river of ice in North America. It is also one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska.

We got close enough to hear the ice breaking.

     Day 8 we disembarked from the Celebrity Millennium at Seward and boarded a deluxe motorcoach and enjoyed a scenic trip to Anchorage to meet our Adventure Specialist and went to the beautiful destination of  Denali where we had a relaxing night.

     Day 9 we departed on the Denali Natural History Tour (the expanded one) where we discovered the beauty of taiga forests and gazed at miles of rolling tundra while seeing wildlife in the shadow of Mount McKinley . In the afternoon we boarded the glass-domed train cars on the Wilderness Express for a luxurious ride to Fairbanks where we stayed overnight.

     Day 10 we enjoyed a fun-filled day in Fairbanks with a Fairbanks City Tour and a tour of the Gold Dredge where we panned for gold and found some !

     Day 11 we were transferred to the Fairbanks airport for our flight home.

                                                                                                         Terry and Mary

 

 

From the Associate Pastor’s Desk 

Holy Courage

“Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

 

My mother shared this quote with me some weeks ago and it stuck with me as I thought about the ways in each of our lives when God calls us and the Holy Spirit nudges us along. The life of faith is one in which God continues to call us out of our comfort zones. We are challenged to forgive ourselves and others in hard and holy ways. We are filled with the Holy Spirit to go into uncharted territory in our lives, and in ministry in the church. And sometimes, we may not experience an outcome or “results” that make sense to us. We may sense a call from God in one direction, begin on that route, and discern that then another path must be taken. God is ever faithful! If there is anything I believe, it is that the Holy Spirit empowers us to have courage. Sometimes that is in seemingly small ways.

Sometimes courage to continue following God and seeking after God means saying with quiet determination, God is

 faithful and so with God’s help, I will be, too.

 

I find great comfort in the writings of the apostle Paul to the Philippians as he reminds them (and us), “I am sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ

Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)

 

Whatever you are facing, God is with you. Sometimes putting one foot in front of the other is the best we can do. God is continually working on us and within us. And God will give us the power to try again tomorrow!

In Christ,

Beth