The morning of 15 Sep 2020, the River of Life Church in Chugiak was destroyed by a fire. The congregation is already planning to rebuild the church and is accepting Donations. Donations can be mailed to the PO Box listed below or be done via a GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/river-of-life-fire
Updated information will be post as we work through the lost of the Church and rising from the ashes.
Thank you to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Dept for their bravery, service, and compassion.
We are a Community of Faith, called to
… glorify God
… grow in faith and love, and
… go into the world with the
life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord.
We humbly welcome, accept and value everyone.
We are strengthened in worship through Word and
We value faith as an ongoing journey of renewal
We recognize and respond to the needs in our
community and the world.
Lutherans hold to the basic principles of
Martin Luther’s theological teachings, such as grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone:
- We are saved by the grace of God alone – not by anything we do;
- Our salvation is through faith alone – a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us
forgiveness, life and salvation; and
Bible is the norm for faith and life – the true standard by which teachings
and doctrines are to be judged.
Our faith is built around a strong belief in
God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, study, and service, we
practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and others, and experience
God’s grace in our lives.
part of God’s unfolding plan. When we
gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s Word in
worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
Beliefs of the ELCA
- We confess the Triune God, Father, Son, and
- We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
- We accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old
and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and
norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
- We accept the Apostles’, Nicene, and
Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church.
- We confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy
Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional
writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s
mission in the world.
- In October 1982, the seeds were planted for a
preaching point to be established in Peters Creek.It would take 9 years before the organizing
and hard work of a few dedicated people would approve the Peters Creek
- February 2, 1992 a call was extended and
accepted by Rev. Joseph Alutius as a part-time developer.Under his leadership the congregation grew
and held regular worship services and Sunday School at the “lady bug rock”
strip mall in Peters Creek.
- April 24, 1994, Peters Creek Lutheran
Mission was officially organized as Saint Luke Lutheran Church.Membership grew to an average worship
attendance of 55 by 1996, and in 1997 the congregation began to look for land
to purchase and to build a permanent worship facility.
- Pastor Joe retired in 1999 and Interim Pastor
Jan Richardson provided faithful leadership until the call of Rev. Carol George
in December of 2001.Under Pastor
Carol’s leadership the congregation changed it’s name to River of Life Lutheran
Church in the summer of 2002, and moved the worship site to Mirror Lake Middle
School in Fall.
- In the spring of 2005 the congregation broke
ground for the present day facility, and with the help of volunteers, had their
first service on Christmas Eve 2005.
- Pastor Carol resigned in May of 2011, and Pastor
Bill Ottum became interim pastor in August.In June 2014, Pastor Bill accepted the call as part-time pastor, and
continues to serve.