My husband and I grew up in two very different homes. Zach grew up regularly attending an LCMS church. I grew up “Catholic”, meaning if someone would ask me what religion I was, I would say Catholic, but did not know much about the religion itself. We were both baptized as infants, however I did not make it through confirmation. At that point sports had taken over. Zach continued to grow up in the faith, while I strayed. However, in high school, I met a very kind and inspirational teacher who motivated me to try it again. I was even baptized again as a Christian. I moved up to Alaska, where Zach and I met at a college Bible study. At that time, we were both still exploring our relationship with God, which included trying different churches and different denominations. Zach was coming back to God after drifting away from his church during his early college days. We had first started attending a nondenominational church together, but eventually found Lutheranism fit us the most. It wasn’t showy or complicated-it was simple, logical, and humble. Lutheranism and its narrow focus on what the Bible actually says and what the ancient church and always understood and practiced is a uniquely strong and comforting faith.
Our family came to Holy Cross on the recommendation of our pastor in Anchorage. When he found out where we were moving, he stated he knew of a great church nearby. On his recommendation, we began attending Holy Cross and were welcomed with open arms. We knew no one when we came here, but it felt like we belonged from the beginning. In four years’ time, our family grew from two to five, we each changed jobs, and we moved again. We have not changed churches and would not dream of it.
We have always been impressed with Pastor Peperkorn’s knowledge and sincerity. He does not beat around the bush or avoid tough issues or questions, but models a Christ-like response more Christians should learn: firm but loving and theologically sound.
We love the pre-school the church runs and how many families and children it reaches. There are innumerable outreach efforts that can be undertaken, but having the ability to directly communicate with and affect so many children each day is wonderful. The church has many wonderful members working diligently to make sure the Academy runs well. We pray that God would bless these efforts and continue to work through this congregation to serve these local children and their families. We are so indebted to the congregation for how they have cared for our own children. Everyone has been so loving and helpful. From godparents to Sunday School teachers to just plain friends, the members here are like an extended family.
Holy Cross has helped us grow as Christians by giving us opportunities to lead Sunday School, usher, and help oversee the finances of the church. It has also helped us expand our relationships with other members by hosting phenomenal Bible studies and church gatherings.