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The Church of Nome: Part 3

January 13th, 2011 · No Comments

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The Layette Ministry is not only of Community United Methodist Church, but also of United Methodist Women’s groups nationwide. All children born at Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome receive a layette containing onesies, outfits, t-shirts, hats, and socks — all neatly bundled together inside a blanket. This ministry demonstrates God’s love to all the children of the Norton Sound region, since women from the surrounding villages often fly in to Nome to give birth.

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Julie is also a radio personality. She broadcasts a weekly sermon on KICY AM from Nome to the people of northwest Alaska — and to many more in Russia. KICY is the only commercial radio station in the United States that the Federal Communications Commission has licensed to broadcast into another country in its language.

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In spite of the station’s modest appearance, KICY AM sends out a powerful 50,000 watt signal. Every night between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. by focusing all its power on Russia the KICY signal is effectively 200,000 watts. Broadcasts, by Julie and others reaches 1800 miles into Russia in Russian and English.

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The main entrance to the church passes through the playground, which the Advance Special Program financed. Julie and David spend time visiting with the children on the playground, and the church provides treats once a week during the warmer months of the year. This serves to break down barriers to children coming to church who see that this is a place that cares about children.

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The Food Bank is yet another function managed by the church. Abby Huggins, photographed here in the computer lab, is a mission intern in the young adult missionary intern program.

The computer lab is where kids from the youth facility detention center come to learn computer skills. Other kids also take classes there where they can learn typing skills. The lab also makes public service announcements about the dangers of smoking and underage drinking.

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Julie and David try to take one day off each week. Julie says that one of their favorite places to go is to Salmon Lake on the road from Nome to Kougarok. “It is a sacred place to me,” she says.

Is it just a coincidence that the sailboat and its oars on Salmon Lake form the shape of a cross?

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