Carolyn Rinehart of Anchorage’s First Congregational Church has kindly shared information about a unique opportunity for Alaskans. [img_assist|nid=152107|title=NACCC Meeting Illustration Created by Diane Barske – First Congregational Church – Anchorage|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=170]
Alaskans and Alaskan churches will be able to benefit from nationally known speakers and workshops during the Congregationalists’ annual national meeting here Saturday through Tuesday, June 26-29. The 56th Annual Meeting and Conference of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches will take place at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel.
The conference, expected to draw about 400 attendees, will feature Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, an Old Testament scholar and theological educator; Dr. Elizabeth Bingham, senior minister of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona, California, and former minister at First Congregational Church here; and Rev. Wayne Riggs, minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in San Diego and an expert on church finance.
There will also be workshops on contemporary church music, long-range planning for churches, and church development. Missionaries will talk about their work at a Missionary Society Breakfast.
First Congregational Church of Anchorage is hosting the conference to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The church began in August 1960 when eight people met in a founding member’s home.
The public is welcome. Those not preregistered may register at the welcome table. Events on Sunday, including the worship service at 9 a.m. and a workshop on contemporary church music at 10:30 a.m., are free. Admission on Saturday is $25; on Monday, $50; and on Tuesday, $50.
Thank you for sharing this information and invitation Carolyn. I plan on attending key portions of the conference to gain a first-hand perspective to potentially share on this blog. It’s not often national church organizations pick Anchorage as a meeting spot due to our distance from their constituencies.