Community UMC in Nome
Our church is a Covenant Partner with Community UMC in Nome, Alaska. This church started the Regional hospital, the Community Center (youth, AA, etc.), the Senior Center and most of the other social services in Nome. Nome serves as a regional center for 20 native villages on the Seward Penninsula. For example, Nome Hospital has 17 beds and 17 doctors, and a DSW, MSW, and a paraprofessional social worker. The United Methodist Women provide a Thrift Shop which sells used clothing (by the pound). They also give a layette to each baby born at the hospital.
The congregation is the oldest Protestant Church in town and has about 28 families, with half of them being native. The doxology is sung in English and Inupiaq.
We support the Nome church not only because it does great work, and because they are our UMC brothers and sisters, but also, perhaps, out of a fascination with people who live in cold and snow so much of the year. We sit here in our perfect 70 degree California weather and try to imagine....