I hope your new year is off to a good start and the blizzards, floods, and all those things sweeping the country don’t impact your life too much. It has been several months since my last newsletter so here we go.
We had a loss here in Nikiski as Emma McCune went to be with the Lord. She had been church secretary for the most of the past 12 years that I have been pastor here at North Kenai Chapel. She was, indeed, a true servant of the Lord and we miss her steadfast ministry to the folks on many levels. One of our elder’s wives, Linda Piccini, has stepped up and is doing an excellent job in that role.
2017 is a big year for me personally
It was 1967 when I began my first assignment as a pastor. While attending college nearby, I was the youth pastor and part-time worship leader at Redmond Assembly of God under pastor Richard Strum and, except for a few gaps in there, I have been pastoring folks in one way or another ever since. I am sincerely grateful to the Lord for his sustaining grace and mercy in allowing me to serve Him in that capacity for these 50 years. 50 Years! My, but it seems like those years just flew by! Probably at some point in this year we’ll have a party and celebrate God’s faithfulness to me/us for all those years. I am so thankful for all the friends and co-workers that I have been able to serve beside and that includes many of you who receive this newsletter. FYI, I have also been ministering through CFM since 1985 so that ministry has been going for 32 years. I want to personally thank each of you for your friendship, prayers and financial support. There are actually a few people who have been supporters for all that time!!
MORE Adventures of an Alaskan Preacher
Another special event coming up soon will be the release of the sequel to my last book, Adventures of an Alaskan Preacher. Guess what the title is? MORE Adventures of an Alaskan Preacher. The editing process is finally finished and our new publisher, Raven Publications, is sending the book off to the printer within a few days.
Weather and economics pressuring Alaskans
Like many parts of the USA, we are having a doozie of a winter up here. Weeks of zero or below temperatures and now large quantities of snow are piling up. All of that, combined with the darkness of winter and the uncertainties economically due to the low oil prices and cutbacks on jobs in our area, have made the stress levels folks are experiencing more pronounced. Bottom line, counseling visits are up but a lot of folks just can’t afford to pay anything. So, your support to CFM to keep the rent paid and lights on is vital and greatly appreciated.
Have a great new year and enjoy the Super Bowl.
Wayne and Marveen