Rev. Marti Slater invited me to preach at United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai last Sunday. I combined it with a fishing charter out of Homer with Lonnie Brooks, our conference lay leader. I spent some time with Charles and Karen Martindell, pastors at Homer UMC. Charles and I went on a movie date where he introduced me to the famous Homer popcorn. Then some golf with Revs. Paul Caseman from Seward and Moose Pass, and Richard Whetsell from Soldotna. The weather, exercise, and fellowship was terrific, but not my golf game!
It was fun to be with the Kenai saints. I was pastor of Soldotna UMC years ago when we started a joint Ash Wednesday service with Nikiski, Kenai, and Soldotna. Some of the folks still have a stale marshmallow I gave them 15 years ago!
We looked at Kenai's rich history of including Christians from other denominations. Today they have a food pantry that is stocked and distributed once a week by church members. After worship we had a conversation time where we talked about ways to revitalize the church. One member, Kari Mohn, had a great idea which I want to implement soon. She could not find anything on our conference web site that described where our apportionment dollars go here in Alaska. I promised her it would be there within 30 days.
Here's a clip of the benediction song they sing at the end of every service.
Grace and peace,