We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19
 
The Turnagain Arm at 4,000 ft. from a 1946 Taylor Craft B "taildragger" monoplane. I was flying to Anchorage with a friend to hear Ravi Zacharias speak.
The new has come ...

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17).

This well known verse is set within the greater context of "groaning to put on our heavenly dwelling" (5:2), "walking by faith and not by sight" (5:7), and living out the "ministry and message of reconciliation" (5:18-20).

It seems that this great big "new" puts us in touch with the more common, every day "new" of God's redemptive work on earth: new kingdom inroads, new converts, new mercies every morning, and a host of other new things.

Sometimes the new is startling, at other times it is barely noticed - perhaps we only see it when we take a moment to review God's faithfulness. Amy and I are so thankful for God's faithfulness to us and to his church, and we are thankful that you have joined us in the ministry of reconciliation in the Kenai Peninsula. Rejoice with us in all the new things that are a part of the greater "new that has come".

A New Name

You likely noticed the new name and logo at the top of the newsletter. Our new name - Redeemer Presbyterian Church - has been in the works for awhile, but with the recent approval from the State of Alaska, we have moved forward with new signage  and with sharing our name within the Kenai Peninsula Community. The new name is a gospel conversation waiting to happening: Who is the Redeemer? Why do we need to be redeemed? What are the benefits of our redemption? Did you know that the Bible is the story of redemption? Pray for such conversations!

A New Location

As per plan, Redeemer began meeting weekly at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in April. The new location allows us to hold our bi-weekly worship services on Sunday morning - a great advantage in making the service accessible and appealing to locals and visitors in summer months.

The new location also provides members and visitors with location consistency. Whether it's a 9:30 am worship service, or a 2:00 pm Bible Study we are meeting in the same place ... this is a great step forward.

Finally, the new location is right off the "Kenai Spur Highway" - one of the two main "highways" between Soldotna and Kenai. The church is almost  halfway between the two towns.... this means a lot of car traffic passing our sign - and the potential to draw visitors from both Kenai and Soldotna.
The men start the charcoal grills, while the young folks huddle around the warmth of a gas grill at a recent "Life Together Sunday". We sang hymns, read a church history story, played games, and ate food together.

A New Home

We are now "moved" into our new home on 122 Blackstone Street - on the outskirts of, but still within the Soldotna city limits. The house is about a five minute drive to the office, and about a 10 minute walk to a great fishing hole on the Kenai River.

Amy and I recently hosted a "BYOC (bring your own chair) open house, since we sold a good bit of our furniture before we moved to Alaska. The house is on a half an acre lot, so we had plenty of room for kids to run, and plenty of room in the house for folks to visit and eat food together.

We are thankful for this home and are looking forward to practicing hospitality with our families and community. And - in case you are thinking it... I am saying it ... we have a guest room - come and see us!

New Members

Redeemer recently received the Lattin family into its membership. The Lattins have been actively involved in the group since before our arrival here, and their decision to make Redeemer their church home is a great encouragement. I had the pleasure of individually interviewing their four children who all professed faith in Christ. All four children were were baptized on May 8, 2016.

New teaching resources on our website

I have been tinkering with our website and recently added the ability to listen to / download our Sunday Sermons. Click here to check it out!
Thank you for your prayers and support - Andrew, Amy & Katherine Allen
Pray for 
  • Praise to the Lord for all the "new things": name, location, home, members.
  • Continued momentum towards a public launch - particularly in the busy summer months.
  • The fruits of the gospel in our membership (love for one another) and in our community (new believers).
  • More Redeemer Presbyterian prayer and giving partners.

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