A cake celebrating the 50th anniversary Alaska Statewide Lectureship quotes 2 Corinthians 4:13. "We Believe, Therefore We Speak ..." is the theme of the 2014 event. (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR.)
Blogging from Wasilla, Alaska
The 50th anniversary Alaska Statewide Lectureship wraps up this morning with songs, prayers, sermons and the Lord's Supper.
More than 300 Christians from all over Alaska have come together for the 2014 lectureship, overseen by the Valley Church of Christ in Wasilla, about 45 minutes north of Anchorage (yes, this is the hometown of former Gov. Sarah Palin).
Loren Hollingsworth, a longtime missionary to Thailand and a seasonal member of the Valley Church of Christ in Wasilla, Alaska, spoke during a leadership seminar before the lectureship. (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR.)The Anchorage Church of Christ hosted the first lectureship in 1964. "Good News for a Great Land" was the concept — then and now.
"For 50 years, that simple but powerful idea has provided sound Bible lessons, hope, encouragement and fellowship to thousands of Christians," the Valley church elders wrote in the lectureship program. "The resulting relationships, cooperation and biblical unity has blessed Alaskan congregations and individuals beyond measure. What a joy it is to be in close, regular, trusting fellowship with Christians across this huge, beautiful state."
I've been blessed to spend the last few days meeting and getting to know Alaska church leaders. Look for the full story in The Christian Chronicle soon. In the meantime, enjoy a few scenes from "The Last Frontier."
Children watch from the bleachers during a session of the Alaska Statewide Lectureship at the Wasilla High School gymnasium. (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR.)
Church members pray during the lectureship. (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR.)