A Message From Pastor Sandy on COVID-19:

"We are going virtual. Join us."

Written March 17th, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Our Alaska Synod Bishop Shelley Wickstrom was a part of an on-line meeting yesterday with Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska, and other religious leaders around the state. During the meeting, one caller mentioned that the CDC is now recommending public gatherings of no more than ten people. Dr. Zink responded: “Move to online now. We can socially distance without being socially isolated. We are developing new ways to think about virus transmission. We need to change our social behavior now. “

After consultation and prayer, our Church Council has decided to suspend worship on Wednesday and Sundays through the end of the month, and then will re-evaluate. As difficult as it is for us to be separated during these next few weeks, it is the wise and prudent thing to do. The building may be closed, but the Church is not. "The Church, it is the people, living out their lives" and we will continue to do so.

We are working on ways to join together digitally for worship and will keep you informed. Amanda is also working on education resources and support for families. A new church YouTube channel is under development. Please check our congregation's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amazingracealaska, for more information, or check back here on the website. Both will be updated regularly. AGLC also has a new YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO1h2PCfgMrfBdmXIBrEmHw?

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Last Sunday our gospel reading was from John 4, Jesus meeting The Woman at the Well. In my message, I reminded folks "Many things have been canceled because of the coronavirus. God’s Love is not one of them. In the next few weeks, it looks like we are going to have to get creative in how we get this Living Water Jesus provides the Woman at the Well, but I fully trust that the Spirit will guide us. Like we heard in the story of Jesus meeting Nicodemus a few weeks ago, “The Spirit blows where it will.” Even if we are not here in this building, Jesus will meet us, because that’s what he always does.”

Now more than ever, I am grateful we are in this together. I thank God for you, your and this ministry we share.

In trust and hope in God's Amazing Grace,

+Pastor Sandy


A Message From Pastor Sandy on COVID-19:

"The time to act like Community is NOW"

Written March 13th, 2020   

Dear Friends in Christ,

Daily and even hourly, things are changing in our understanding and response to COVID-19. This is a time of disruption, fear and uncertainty. It also a time to pause, reflect and think even more deeply about what it means to be the Body of Christ and to care for our neighbors.


Our Church Council met on Thursday. We are committed to being responsive to the needs of our community as the situation evolves. We are following recommendations by the Center for Disease Control, State and local health departments, and the Alaska Synod ELCA. Our Preschool follows School District guidelines and will continue to be on break. The Parish Nurses and Worship, Music & Arts Team have developed a handout with resources and best practices.


At this time, our regular worship services continue on Sundays at 8:15 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am and at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays during Lent. We will not hold soup suppers to reduce the potential transmission of disease connected to sharing food. We have made adjustments to passing the peace, shaking hands, holding hands, how we receive the offering, and the ways we distribute communion to reduce chances of COVID-19 transmission. We are also looking into possibilities for streaming live on Facebook and sharing content on YouTube.


Please practice love for your neighbors by taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This is a time for us to let our lights shine as we share the love of God in Christ we have so generously received. There is power in prayer. Please continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19, which means all of us. We are in this together.


Then follow up your prayers with actions: Read scripture, share acts of kindness and generosity, connect to others through phone calls, notes in the mail, emails, and texts. Share what you have— that extra hand sanitizer or toilet paper, your hope, a box of cleaning wipes, a smile, offer to shop for a vulnerable neighbor. There are so many ways to help one another overcome the isolation a situation such as this can create. Let’s get creative together in discerning how we can be community for one another.


It is also critical to ensure the safety of everyone by taking good care of yourself. If you are sick stay home, seek medical attention (call first before going in!), and do not participate in activities here at the church or in the community where you may infect others. Please also let me know how we as an Amazing Grace community can love, encourage, and support you or a loved one, and how I, as your pastor, can walk alongside you.


It is more important than ever to remember we belong to God and to one another. The love of God becomes incarnate in us as we actively care for each other, especially in a time of greater anxiety and risk. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Shalom, my friends. Peace be with you. 


+ Pastor Sandy


Amazing Grace has been part of the Anchorage community since our first worship service on Sunday, November 24, 1974. 

We are a family-based church located on Anchorage’s southern hillside.  We are deeply invested in creating an environment where all feel welcome as a part of God’s family and can be fed through the Word and sacraments.


Did you know we have a preschool? Learn more here.

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