Wednesday, October 17, 2007

When arriving in Nenana from Fairbanks, this is the bridge we cross. Once we see it we know we are home. And that is such a great feeling.

This is a photo of the parsonage, 509 1st St. It has four bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room, a kitchen, a large open living/dining room and a wonderful front porch.

Nenana Community Church meets at the senior center. We push the tables aside and set up the chairs for service. We appreciate the use of this building so much.

AWANA is held at the Civic Center. There is a large open room and we have the use of some tables and chairs. This is such a great place to hold AWANA.

These are the latest pictures of the kiddos. Aerin is 9 and in 4th grade and Ethan is 6 and in 1st grade.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

October 5th Update

Dear Friends and Family,

We have some great news for you in this update! The church is doing well, our district representative’s visit went well, everyone returned from moose hunting well stocked and it snowed last night!

Nenana Community Church is bursting at the seams. Attendance is up to the level when the previous pastor was here. At the last service, our membership doubled, and we now have four couples as members of the church. Bill is preaching through Genesis and John, switching monthly. This week is the beginning of John. Please continue to pray for our church and its ministries. Elder selection will begin soon, and we ask prayer for God’s guidance in this process.

We are involved in AWANA, youth group, the Book Fair, the Community Prayer Meetings and other things. AWANA started October 1 st and there was a great turnout. We have plenty of leaders and staff this year, which is always a blessing. Youth group meets every Friday night and Bill is giving the messages. The teens have pizza, play games and have a bible study. Attendance has been low but now it is starting to increase. I have been setting up the school library for the book fair that is coming in mid-October. I have been painting winter scenes and hanging snow flakes. Bill is also attending the community prayer meetings with the other clergy. These meetings are every two weeks and will focus on prayers for the town and its inhabitants.

Vern and Cindy Wilkinson, representatives from Village Missions, came to visit for a few days in early October. They had meetings with us, with Bill, and with the elders. It was revealed that everything is going well and all parties are extremely happy with our presence in Nenana.

Aerin went on a trip with her school class to Denali Park for a hike and outdoor education. Bill went along as a chaperone and got a chance to interact with the kids and the other adults. They had a great time. Ethan is reading like a whiz! He was put in 2nd grade math and is one of the best behaved kids in the class.

On a sad note, our van has been given the hands down to fixing it again. The mechanic said the only hope was to rebuild or replace the engine, and really the van is not worth it. It is currently running, but with reduced power and increased gas usage. We are saving our dividends and hoping to put a little more money aside and make it to the New Year with the van. Then we will look for a different vehicle.

We do have a serious prayer request for a member of our church family. Cindy has been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer, but this time it is in all the vertebrae. She is currently undergoing chemo and continuing to work. She is feeling pain in her back and tiredness from the chemo. Please pray for patience, strength and pain relief for Cindy and for continued hope for the future.

In Him,

The Troxel Family