Prayer Meeting – 6 pm Sundays

Everyone is invited to our weekly prayer meeting, Sunday nights at 6 pm. We’ll pray for both the concerns of individual in the JLP community, as well as the specific congregational challenges like revitalization, fruitfulness, and our missional witness.

Jesus tells us to persevere in prayer, like a man banging his neighbor’s door in the night. (“I know you’re there, and I need you to wake up now and help me.”) One of the best ways to persevere in prayer is to join up with friends who can help. The Sunday night prayer meeting is an opportunity to get together with other believers to help one another “storm heaven.”

 

Food Pantry Christmas Cookies

JLP will be providing cookies at Christmas-time to guests of our neighborhood food pantry. Can you bake some and contribute them to the effort?

For the past several years, we have provided cookies for guests of the Mobile Food Pantry held on Saturday mornings at Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene on 88th St. near Jewel Lake. This year, the Mobile Food Pantry distribution has been moved to Friday afternoon, December 22.

If you’d like to be part of this annual tradition, please sign up for however many cookies you can contribute, and have them ready for packing by Thursday, December 21, at 4 pm.If you could please label your cookies that have nuts and the ones that don’t that would be great.

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Brother Francis Gift Wrapping

The youth of JLP will wrap gifts at Brother Francis Shelter on Saturday, December 23. JLP is contributing socks, but other churches and civic organizations from across the city will be contributing hats, gloves, and other small items needed by homeless people. Once wrapped, the gifts will be distributed to guests of the shelter on Christmas Eve and the night of Christmas Day.

After wrapping presents, we will get pizza and see a movie. JLP youth are welcome to invite friends to be part of this event.

Note #1: Parking at the shelter is limited, so please try to car-pool. We’ll gather at the JLP parking lot about 10:30 a.m.

NOTE #2: participants (including guests) need signed permission slips, so please pick one up in time to join us! 

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Billingslea Memorial Service

net-xmb2x-stack-900cJLP will hold a service in memory of Margaret Billingslea at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 2, in the facilities of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 8427 Jewel Lake Rd. (See the map, below.)

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Margaret’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you offer a donation in Margaret’s memory to JLP food pantry fund or to Bean’s Café.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is located just a few blocks south of JLP on the east side of Jewel Lake Rd.:

Community Thanksgiving Service

For many years, we have joined the congregations of St. Benedict’s Catholic church and Gloria Dei Lutheran church for an ecumenical Thanksgiving service.

This year’s service will be at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 21 at Gloria Dei Lutheran. Pastor Luke will bring a brief message from Luke 17.

Everyone is invited. This service is a great opportunity to reach out to a neighbor or friend who might want to be part of a thanksgiving celebration. If you know someone like that, please let them know about the service.

Thanksgiving Blessing

THANKSGIVING BLESSING is a community-wide program that gives the neediest families in our neighborhood the dignity of celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. Last year, 8400 families were served across Anchorage.

On Monday, November 20 from 2pm to 6pm the food will be distributed
at six local centers across town. Our local distribution site is Crosspoint Church, in the Fred Meyer / Burlington shopping center on Dimond Blvd. Last year, over 1400 families were served at this site alone!

JLP has been asked to help out two ways: cranberry sauce and volunteers.

We were asked to provide 250 cans of cranberry sauce. If you’d like to contribute, please bring cans of cranberry relish to worship this Sunday, November 19, so we can get them to the church on time.

JLP was also invited to provide volunteers. If you know you’d like to volunteer, please sign up on the list in the Education Center. If you’re not sure, ask any of the JLP people who have volunteered in previous years!

The Alaska Food Bank coordinates the Thanksgiving Blessing, which has more information on their website.

Safe Sanctuary Training (Make Up Date)

We want children, youth, and elders to be able to experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith. We take this responsibility seriously.

Safe Sanctuary is the name for all our efforts to make JLP a safe place. One of our Safe Sanctuary requirements is that everyone involved in ministries to children and other vulnerable individuals have up-to-date background checks and are aware of the church’s policies and procedures for preventing, recognizing, and reporting problems.

If you need, or want to learn more about, our Safe Sanctuary training, but you weren’t able to attend our annual training event earlier this month, please make plans to attend our next training event on Sunday, October 29 at noon, following the education hour. Preregistration isn’t necessary and all materials will be provided. Thanks!