Events, Worship

Dodds Memorial Service

Betty Dodds

JLP will hold a Service of Witness to the Resurrection in memory of Betty Dodds at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 12. A member of JLP since 1976, Betty passed away in Texas on December 28.

The service will be held at St. John United Methodist Church, which is located at 1801 O’Malley Rd in Anchorage, about 1/4 mile east of the Seward Highway.

A time of sharing will follow the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Betty’s life. Betty’s family would appreciate the remembrance of fond memories to be shared at the service or in writing. In lieu of flowers, please give generously to The Children’s Lunchbox or your charity of choice “in memory.”

Events, Worship

Christmas Eve Service 7 p.m.

Come celebrate Christmas Eve with us at our service at 7:00 p.m!

We’ll sing traditional carols and read the Christmas story from Luke’s account of the Good News. (And yes, we have materials to keep kids interested.) Pastor Luke will bring a Christmas message about “Peace on Earth,” and we’ll end with singing by candles outdoors.

Everyone’s welcome, so bring a friend! Directions are available on our main web page along with other information.

Ministry Partner

Second Sunday Food Offering

Where can you buy food for 19¢/lb? This Sunday, your contributions to our Second Sunday Food Offering can do just that. Through the end of the year, Lutheran Social Services, which operates the food pantry in Spenard, can purchase shelf-stable food from the Alaska Food Bank at a special rate of $0.19/lb. Last year, JLP’ers contributed $1,700—enough for 9,000 lbs of food! As always, we’re happy to receive contributions of canned fruit or chili, but it’s hard to beat 19¢/lb!

Dennis Rogers presented a check last year $1,700 to Alan from LSSA.
Ministry Partner

Thanksgiving Update

At the citywide Thanksgiving Blessing distribution on Monday, November 19, JLP folks contributed 321 cans of cranberry sauce, almost a third more than our commitment of 250 cans. Thank you!

The total number served this year was just over 1,200 people. Our volunteers at the Crosspoint distribution site joined nearly 400 people from 30 local churches and secular organizations. 

Thanks to everyone who participated by volunteering or bringing food to church. We’re already looking forward to next year!

JLP volunteers at the Crosspoint Thanksgiving Blessing distribution site.
Events, Ministry Partner

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, 7,477 families were served across Anchorage.

On Monday, November 19 from 3 pm to 8 pm 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 1,240 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 the church by Wednesday, November 14, 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 Café. If you’re not sure, ask any of the JLP people who have volunteered in previous years!


Alaska UMC, Events

UMW “Mission u” Conference

JLP will be the site of the first UMW Mission u Conference this weekend!


Each year, United Methodist Women members prepare for faithful living and action by studying mission studies. Mission studies are offered each year – a geographical, topical, and/or spiritual growth study. These studies motivate, inform, and enrich our commitment to global ministry.

Local leaders are trained to lead one of the three mission studies through the organization’s Mission u program offered around the country. Those leaders, in turn, are able to lead mission studies in their local and conference groups.

This year there are two studies. The spiritual growth track is Embracing Wholeness. The issue study is What About Our Money?: A Faiths Response.

See the UMW Newsletter for information about the event. Registration information is also online.