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Alaska Native Cultures

The Presbytery of Alaska was born of the Christian mission to the Native peoples of Southeast Alaska, and has been blessed with a host of faithful pastors and evangelists, both Native of and from outside Alaska. In thanksgiving for its rich cultural heritage and conscious of certain mistakes and misunderstandings, the presbytery adopted this resolution in October 1991:

Native Culture Resolution of the Presbytery of Alaska

In response to this statement, the Native American Consulting Committee of the Presbytery of Alaska offered this resolution:

Resolution of the Native American Consulting Committee of the Presbytery of Alaska

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Monday, December 19, 2011 (1480 reads)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.                                                                                                                                                                             John 1:1-5

In Him was life, and that light is our life.  Life and light are such powerful images and experiences, as are their opposites, darkness and death.  Darkness, of course, is really the absence of light, as death is the ending or absence of life—both are Nothing.  St John proclaims that into the midst of this nothingness came the Word, 
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A child … well, a teenager … shall lead them
Thursday, September 30, 2010 (4358 reads)

Visionary 17-year-old Alaskan leads one-month mission trip to Africa

by Toni Montgomery
Special to Presbyterian News Service

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of stories about congregations responding to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s call to “Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide.” The call to grow in evangelism, discipleship, servanthood and diversity was adopted by the 2008 General Assembly and renewed by the 2010 General Assembly. — Jerry L. Van Marter

STATESVILLE, NC — Most teenage boys think about friends, girls, video games, sports, cars and maybe school sometimes. But 17-year-old Hunter Badgely, a member of Haines Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Alaska, has had something completely different occupying his mind since he was 12.

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At sea with ‘The Presbyterian Navy’
Friday, July 30, 2010 (4786 reads)

‘Princeton Hall’ keeps alive the history of PC(USA) Alaskan boat ministry

by Jerry L. Van Marter, Presbyterian News Service

HOONAH, Alaska — The two-way radio squawks repeatedly during the four-and-a-half hour run aboard the Princeton Hall from Juneau to Hoonah, a small village along the Inside Passage. The messages are admiring comments from passing boaters about the 49-ton, 65-foot cruiser built nearly 70 years ago to serve Presbyterian mission in Southeast Alaska.

For nearly 100 years, a series of mission boats — dubbed “The Presbyterian Navy” — plied the waters of “Southeast” visiting the Alaska Native village churches scattered among the islands here. The last of them, the Anna Jackman, ceased service in 1982 and was sold to private owners by Alaska Presbytery.

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In the garden
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (4371 reads)

Church built on garden plot still growing Presbyterians after 85 years

by Jerry L. Van Marter, Presbyterian News Service

ANGOON, Alaska — In 1925, Dan Johnson Jr.’s grandfather, Samuel, was looking for a piece of land in this southeast Alaska island village on which to build a Presbyterian church. Samuel found his land when his sister volunteered her prized vegetable garden overlooking Chatham Strait.

Dan’s father, Dan Sr., was baptized during the first worship service at what is today Frances Johnson Memorial Presbyterian Church — named after Sam’s much-loved first wife shortly after her death.

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Opportunities for Growth


The 2012 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is $878. For those with electronic deposit, the money is already in your account, and for those awaiting a check, it's in the mail.

Tithe it!  Acknowledging that all we have comes from the hand of God, and that in Christ we trust ourselves into His care and purpose, tithing is the spiritual  discipline of devoting the first tenth of all we receive to the work of Christ.  It is an invitation to the Holy Spirit to mold us more closely to the mission and person of Christ, the Lord of Life.

Presbyterian News

The Presbytery of Alaska met in Haines on April 5-7, 2013, and having concluded the processes set out in 

dismissed to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterian these churches:  Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Chapel by the Lake, Haines, and Skagway.