Saint John Orthodox Cathedral

Eagle River, Alaska

Antiochian Archdiocese

St. John's Community Highlights

November 29, 2021

Winter Lights on the Cathedral

Advent SeasonO come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear. REJOICE! REJOICE! EMMANUEL SHALL COME TO THEE, O ISRAEL.A Latin, monastic hymn from the 8th century

November 29, 2021

Winter Lights on the Cathedral

Advent SeasonO come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear. REJOICE! REJOICE! EMMANUEL SHALL COME TO THEE, O ISRAEL.A Latin, monastic hymn from the 8th century

November 22, 2021

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 21.This feast day commemorates Mary being brought as a small child in to the temple in Jerusalem by her parents, Joachim and Anna. She was received by Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist. It celebrates that God prepared her to become the new dwelling of God among men, the new temple, as the mother of our Lord and Theotokos.Listen, O daughter, and consider and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house... Psalm 45

November 09, 2021

Blessed Olga of Alaska November 8

Blessed Olga Michael was born in western Alaska in 1916. As a Matushka, a priest's wife, worked hard keeping house, raising children, making vestments and baking prosphoras. Despite her busy schedule, she would also go to the homes of others to cook and clean for them. With word and deed, Olga showed people the example of Christian life according to Lord’s commandments. Not only did she help others with their housekeeping, but she also made boots, parkas, socks and mittens to distribute among the parishioners. She fell asleep in the Lord on November 8, 1979 (Old Calendar).The God who makes the moving curtain of the northern lights made you as a living light, shining in the far north and lighting up the desolate with His great beauty. Beholding this radiance, we, your children, lift up our voices and sing. - Akathist to Blessed Olga

October 26, 2021

School Prayers in the Morning

Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade gather each morning in the Cathedral for morning prayers before they begin their day.Our Father in heaven, bless my father and mother, my guardians and those in authority over me. Because of their love and care for me, let me respect and obey them in all things according to Your will. Give me Your grace to do all my chores carefully and faithfully, to stay away from bad company and influence and to resist all temptations that may come my way; so that I may live a good, righteous and godly life, always praising You and glorifying Your holy name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

October 20, 2021

Theology Book Study

Tuesday night began a study group to read together 'The Mystery of Christ,' by Fr. John Behr. This group will meet again on November 2 at the Saint James House.

October 10, 2021

5th Grade Math Outdoors

With the fall weather improving slightly last week, Mr. Joe Dunham (aka Reader Joseph) took his 5th Grade math class outside to study. Mr. Dunham teaches 5th and 6th grade math at St. John's School this year.

October 05, 2021

Early Snowfall

Three unseasonably early snowfalls blanketed our Cathedral neighborhood in September. The leaves had just turned color when they were covered with white. The extra weight on the leaves broke branches and bent trees.

September 27, 2021

Blessing Cathedral on Saint John's Day

September 26 - Repose of Saint John the Evangelist.Despite snow from an early winter storm, the parishioners of Saint John's celebrated their patronal feast day with a procession at the end of Liturgy, stopping at each side, reading the Gospel, praying for our community and blessing the Cathedral. Here the clergy and people are standing along the north side. The procession ended on the front porch and singing 'Memory eternal' for the founders of our parish.O God, save this holy Cathedral and visit it with Your mercy.

September 20, 2021

Independence Mine Field Trip

The 4th-6th Grade students from Saint John's School took a field trip last Friday to Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass. In the morning they explored the old mining buildings. Afterward they drove to the summit of Hatcher Pass and hiked up a snowy trail to April Bowl. The day was capped off with a reading of the 'The Spell of the Yukon' by Robert Service.

September 16, 2021

Elevation of the Cross

September 14The Cross was decorated this year by Rhonda Clodfelter. The wooden Cross was carved by Mother Galina, a former parishioner who is now a nun at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA. The ivory monograms were made by Keith and Anna Haley. The small, metal Cross in the center was given to our Parish by Natalie Hartman, who received if from her Greek Orthodox grandmother, who received it as a gift from her Bishop. The grandmother was told that this small Cross was actually a reliquary in which was placed a small sliver of the Cross discovered in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine and his mother Helen.The Icon of the Feast was painted by Robin Armstrong, a former parishioner who now lives in Kodiak. It shows Archbishop Macarius of Jerusalem elevating the Cross for all to see. The Emperor Constantine and his mother Helen look ond.

September 16, 2021

Rogers Family Moves to Palmer

Fr. John, Kh. Christine and family are moving to a new home in Palmer. Here they are pictured at the State Fair in Palmer, left to right, Melanie, Kh. Christine, Marina, Gregory, Fr. John, Megan. With sadness we say goodbye for now, but with support for all they hope to gain, we wish them all the best. Fr. John has been reassigned to Saint Herman Parish in Wasilla.

September 03, 2021

Saint John's School Back in Session

Mrs. Kali Macalino watches over students at recess as they begin the second week of School. This year the School has 100 students in Preschool through 8th grade and 20 staff members.

August 23, 2021

Infant Baptisms

This past Sunday we celebrated three infant baptisms. Fr. Tom asks the parish to sing 'Many Years' to these new members, their families, and their sponsors. Newly-baptized infants, held by their godparents, L to R: Elijah Nathaniel Potts, Naomi Ruth Dunaway, and Olivia Grace Fletes.

August 16, 2021

Pilgrimage to Spruce Island

Annual Pilgrimage to Kodiak and Spruce Island on the Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska, August 7-9Pilgrims return to the beach on Spruce Island in preparation to return to Kodiak on Monday morning. Carrie Frost is pictured on the boat to the left speaking to Fr. Andrew, a monk from Spruce Island. The pilgrimage was led this year by Metropolitan Tikhon, accompanied by the Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa and Bishop Alexis, locus tenens of the Diocese of Alaska. About 60 people made the pilgrimage, including twelve priests from Alaska pilgrimage.“'O blessed Father Herman of Alaska, the light of your holy life and great deeds guide those who follow the Orthodox way...' - Troparion

August 11, 2021

Paul Gavrilyuk gives an IOTA Talk

This year our Eagle River Institute worked with the IOTA Board members to experiment with creating 'IOTA Talks,' patterned after the famous TED Talks. Each talk was about 15 minutes long, meant to be expert, passionate and accessible to lay people. A local videographer from Chugiak, Josh Vassar, set up lights and recorded each talk with three cameras. We hope to post the final, edited version towards the end of August.

August 03, 2021

ERI Instructors Visit Eklutna

The 'spirit houses' over the graves in the Eklutna Cemetery represent a merging of Orthodoxy and Athabascan culture.Pictured from left to right: Eugenia and Paul Gavrilyuk, Carrie Frederick Frost, Fr. Marc, Gayle Woloschak, and Luke Ringger. Luke, a graduate from St. Herman's Seminary in Kodiak, is assistant to Bishop Alexis and working at Eklutna Village this summer.

July 26, 2021

Metropolitan Joseph Addresses the Archdiocese

Virtual Archdiocese Convention, Saturday, July 24, 2021From his office in Inglewood NJ, Metropolitan Joseph delivered a thoughtful and inspiring message to the webinar attendees. The text of his address can be found on the Archdiocese website, through a link on the home page,“Nothing external to us can harm us, except our free choice to reject God’s work in our lives. So long as we cooperate with God and obey His teachings, we will know the love that God has for us, and will abide in that love and be perfected in that love.” - Met. Joseph

July 26, 2021

Metropolitan Joseph Addresses the Archdiocese

Virtual Archdiocese Convention, Saturday, July 24, 2021From his office in Inglewood NJ, Metropolitan Joseph delivered a thoughtful and inspiring message to the webinar attendees. The text of his address can be found on the Archdiocese website, through a link on the home page,“Nothing external to us can harm us, except our free choice to reject God’s work in our lives. So long as we cooperate with God and obey His teachings, we will know the love that God has for us, and will abide in that love and be perfected in that love.” - Met. Joseph

July 05, 2021

All Saints of North America

On the second Sunday after Pentecost many Orthodox Churches celebrate the memory of the Saints from their own land. Foremost among these are the recognized Orthodox Saints, but the hymns for this Sunday also make mention of the great number of Saints - men, women and children - who are known only to God.This year, Fr. Michael and Matushka Xenia Oleksa brought their Icon of All Saints of North America for everyone to venerate at the end of Liturgy. They are pictured here along with Fr. Marc and Fr. Tom. Through the prayers of all the holy Saints of North America, may God have mercy on us and save us!

June 28, 2021

Our Summer Youth Corps

Saint John’s Summer Youth Corps will do work part-time for 8 weeks doing landscaping, cleaning and maintenance around the Cathedral. The Youth Corps provides young people with work experience and an opportunity to earn money. They also make a valuable contribution to the upkeep of our properties. This summer they are being overseen by John Marc and also by Josh Boneta, a parent of two children enrolled in Saint John’s School.Left to Right: Josh Boneta, Samantha Bahl, Isabelle Bich, Solomon Frizelle, Oscar Medders, Noah Curry, John Marc Dunaway

June 21, 2021

Youth Group Hikes Mile-High

After taking a year off from gathering due to Covid, Bethany and John Marc are excited that St. John’s Youth Group can begin meeting again over the summer! We will be going on outdoor adventures including hiking in our local mountains, bike rides on some of our trails, and paddling around the nearby lakes. Along with our adventure there will be facilitated discussions on topics relevant to modern, teenage life. St. John's Youth Group will include grades 7-12 and youth are encouraged to invite friends from outside the church. We will be meeting every other Wednesday from 6-9pm starting June 16th. Transportation will be provided from the Cathedral to each location unless otherwise noted and communication will come through the Church website and community emails.

June 14, 2021

Deanery Meeting In Portland, OR

Fr. Marc is attending a Northwest Deanery Meeting in Portland this week, June 14,15,16. Bishop Anthony Michaels will preside over the meeting. Father Matthew Howell from Wasilla and Fr. Andrew Bardwell from Homer also are attending (pictured on the left side).

June 07, 2021

Prayers of Naming for Olivia Grace Fletes

Congratulations Cara and Anthony and big sister Mia!Olivia Grace was born May 19, weighing in to the world at 6lb 8oz with a starting stature of 20 inches.‘O Lord, God Almighty we thank You that You have kept safe through childbearing Your handmaid by Your will. Bless also this child that has been born of her.’

June 01, 2021

Joe Dunham Retiremant Party

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN.Fr. Marc and Betsy hosted a picnic on Memorial Day to celebrate Joe Dunham’s retirement from employment with the State of Alaska. We also acknowledged and celebrated the retirement of Keith Haley from his work at Providence Hospital. May God grant them many more fruitful years of service to their families and our parish.

May 20, 2021

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN.The teachers and staff of St. John's School share lunch at the Saint James House as the School year draws to a close. The lunch was provided by a longtime family in our School.Our School successfully navigated the Covid pandemic this past year. While there were several instances when students and staff had to quarantine due to close-exposure, and we did go to distance learning for two weeks in November as a precaution, no active staff member or student contracted Covid while School was in session and there was no incident of Covid spread in our School. For this we are truly grateful to God.

May 10, 2021

Pascha Afternoon

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN. After the Agape Vespers we shared a 'take-out' meal on the Church lawn. The meal was inspired by Benjamin Dunaway and prepared by family and friends.More pictures from Holy Week and Pascha 2021 can be found on the Cathedral website under the menu, 'About Us/Photo Gallery'.

May 08, 2021

Pascha Morning Daybreak

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN. About 40 members of Saint John's stood outside on the Church lawn for the middle of the night Pascha Service. A speaker broadcast the service outside. About 40 stood in the basement watching livestream on a screen. The rest gathered in the Nave and Narthex, about 100. 20 others participated from home via livestream. All of this, of course, had to do with Covid restrictions. Still, all was glorious.Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.Photo by Mary Curry

May 03, 2021

Christ is Risen - Agape Vespers

Agape Vespers was served from the porch of the Cathedral as all the faithful of Saint John's were invited to gather on the lawn. Fr. Robert and four others read the resurrection account from the Gospel of John in different languages. After the Vespers a 'take-out' meal was served on the lawn and many people enjoyed visiting together outside..

May 01, 2021

Holy Friday Matins

A small choir sings hymns as people venerate the Cross at the end of Matins for Holy Friday. Today He Who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Tree. Today He Who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Tree. Today He Who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Tree. He Who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns. He Who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He Who freed Adam in the Jordan receives a blow on the face. The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the Cross with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a spear. We worship Your Passion, O Christ. Show us also Your glorious Resurrection.

May 01, 2021

Palm Sunday

Those present hold palms and branches high as Fr. Tom prays to bless them. Nearly one hundred people attended Liturgy as we are able to increase capacity with over half of our parish vaccinated agains Covid. Giving us before Your Passion, an assurance of the general resurrection, You have raised Lazarus from the dead, O Christ our God. Therefore, like the children, we also carry tokens of victory, And cry to You, the Conqueror of death: ’Hosanna in the highest; Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.’ - Troparion for Palm Sunday

April 25, 2021

Spring Fever

Mr. Thomas Ingram helps Saint John's 3rd/4th grade build a human pyramid. Two weeks ago the temperature was below zero and it seemed like winter would never end. This week it has been 60 and the snow is melting rapidly. Children and adults alike are outside walking and playing.

April 15, 2021

Visiting His Honor Timothy Terrell

Fr. Tom, Fr. Marc, and Fr. Michael Oleksa paid a visit Monday to the new State Appeals Court Judge, Tim Terrell, a long time member of Saint John's. Tim was appointed by Governor Dunleavy in December and sworn in as a new judge on March 8. The court of appeals hears appeals in criminal cases, reviewing trial court decisions from the superior court and district court. It is the second-highest court in the Alaska Court system, the highest court being the Alaska Supreme Court.Note: We all wore Covid masks in the hallways and public places in the Courthouse, but removed them in the judge's office since we had all been fully vaccinated.

April 09, 2021

Water Success Story

Here is photo of us with our new well. We have been hauling water for nearly 14 years and had our old well deepened and 'fracked' about 5 years ago, but it only produced about 50 gallons a day. This week we dug a new well and struck water! We are thankful and thrilled, .75 gal per minute- we can definitely live with that! God is good! — Dn. Joseph & Denise RayDn. Joseph and Denise live on Darby Road near the Cathedral. Drilling a well that produces adequate water is a big problem in this neighborhood.'

March 30, 2021

Take Out Soup Suppers

Laurie Snider in the Church Kitchen on a Friday NightThe 'Sisters of Mary and Martha' are organizing take-out Soup Suppers for all those who attend Presanctified Liturgies on Wednesday and Friday nights. No donation is necessary. This is their offering to all of us as we return to services during Lent. Thank you to all who are cooking soup, bread and dessert.

March 23, 2021

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Celebrating Icons in the Church'In the 8th centuriy there were great disputes in the Church about the proper place and use of Icons. The dispute was settled by the careful definitions of the 7th Ecumenical Council in 787, but disputes broke out again in the next century. A council in Constantinople in 843 finally settled the issue, and a procession was made with clergy carrying Icons from their meeting place to the great Church Hagia Sophia. This took place on the first Sunday of Lent and Orthodox Churches have celebrated the proper place of Icons in the Church on this Sunday ever since. At the end of Liturgy we made a procession around the inside of the Church carrying Icons, clergy and some of the faithful together.

March 16, 2021

The Last Judgment

The reading of this parable from Matthew 25 tells us that we will be judged on how we treat other people, especially those who are in need.Mosaic of the Last Judgment from the Basilica of Saint Apollinaris in Ravenna, Italy...He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.... as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me' - Matthew 25

March 03, 2021

The Prodigal Son

The reading of this parable on Sunday tells us that God our Father in heaven, is always ready to receive us in his arms with love.'Foolishly have I run away from Your glory, O Father, wasting in sin the wealth that you gave me. Therefore with the words of the Prodigal I cry to You: I have sinned before You, compassionate Father. Accept me in repentance and make me as one of Your hired servants.' - Kontakion

February 23, 2021

The Publican and the Pharisee

The reading of this parable on Sunday signals that the season of Great Lent is three weeks away, and tells us we must prepare ourselves with humility.Let us flee from the proud-speaking of the Pharisee, and learn the humility of the Publican, and with groaning let us cry unto the Savior: ‘Be merciful to us, for you alone are ready to forgive.' - Kontakion

February 16, 2021

Mother Galina from St. John's - far left

Mother Galina was a member of Saint John's until she moved to become a nun at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, in Ellwood City, PA at the beginning of Lent in 1994. She still considers our community as her family.In a letter this week the wrote: 'We are all well here, thank God! Oh we have the usual old age stuff going on, but nothing to whine over... We are warm and fed and suffer for nothing. God has always taken care of us as long as I can remember... We do tend to have a little bit of covid brain going on. The surreal feeling of it all and the prayer requests we get are a lot to take in. I am sure all of you are going through the same and more.

February 08, 2021

Looking Ahead to the Summer ERI

If God allows, we look forward to resuming our annual Eagle River Institute after a two-year break. See what is lined up for this summer, August 1-5. There will be a new format and three great speakers. PLAN TO ATTEND!Check out the New ERI Website! eagleriverinstitute.orgMISSION STATEMENT: The ERI is hosted annually by the members of Saint John Cathedral to provide a forum for Orthodox scholars to address lay people on topics relevant to everyday, Christian life. The Institute will also seek to contribute to the greater, educational needs of the Church by publishing its lectures in various media formats.

February 05, 2021

Howell Family Moving to Wasilla

Fr. Matthew, Kh. Anastasia and family are moving from Eagle River, which all of them, except Fr. Matthew, have called ‘home’ all their lives. Fr. Matthew is the pastor of Saint Herman Church in Wasilla and his family has purchased a home there to be close to their parish. Their departure will leave a hole in the neighborhood of Monastery Drive. Still, may God bless them in in this move! At the same time Anastasia’s parents, Eric and Diana Truelson, will be moving to Wasilla as wellPhoto - L to R - Hannah, Luke, Fr. Matthew, Anastasia, Lydia, Emma, Cassiane (and poodle Penny in front)

January 25, 2021

Memory Eternal! Kh. Barbara Dunaway

10 Years AgoKh. Barbara Dunaway fell asleep in the Lord 10 years ago on January 25, 2011. While there are members of our parish now who may not have known her, let us pray that the hospitality she and Fr. Harold instilled deeply in our parish are still part of who we are and is felt by all who are now part of us or come as guests. Fr. Harold, died a year later on January 3, 2012.'Grant rest, O Lord, to the souls of these your servants, and make their memory eternal.

January 17, 2021

Parish Seniors Receive Vaccines

Fr. Robert received his first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine last week. Health care workers and other members of Saint John's who are 65 years old are now being vaccinated or have appointments to receive the vaccine.'We can all be thankful to God that Covid vaccines are now being distributed in Alaska and that many in our parish have begun to be vaccinated. This is a light at the end of a long tunnel and it will eventually alleviate some of the restrictions we have endured for so long.' from Fr. Marc's letter to parish 1-14-21.

January 13, 2021

Epiphany Blessing of Preschool

Friday, January 8, 2021Fr. Tom blessed all the classrooms of Saint John's School as the children followed and sang the festal hymn.‘Today the grace of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descends upon the waters. Today the Master hastens towards baptism that He may lift humankind up to the heights. Today earth and sea share the joy of the world, and the world is filled with gladness.’ - Prayer at the Great Blessing of Water

January 08, 2021

Three Baptisms

Saturday, January 2, 2021(L to R) Sponsors Danielle and Benjamin Dunaway with Lorence Augustus Scherer; Sponsors David and Christine Lindblom with Eddie Alexander Dunaway; Sponsors Rhonda and Russel Clodfelter with Rollie Peter Gillquist. Fr. Marc and Deacon Joseph were celebrants.‘Preserve pure and unpolluted the garment of incorruption, with which You have clothed them…. Keep them always as warriors invincible in every attack of those who assail them and us; and make us all victors even unto the end.’ - Prayers at the Washing-Off of the Chrism

December 21, 2020

Wedding of Gloria and Chris

December 17, 2020In a simple wedding with a small choir, Gloria Williams and Chris O'Fallen were married through the Betrothal and Crowning with Fr. Tom and Dn. Joseph serving. Their sponsors were Andrea Stiehr, her cousin, and Jesse Stiehr. Chris is an Orthodox Christian whose family includes generations of members from Saint Nicholas Church in Eklutna. Let us wish them much happiness together, with thanksgiving to God that they found each other and have brought new strength to this family and to the community of our parish. May God grant them many years!

December 14, 2020

Saint Herman's Day December 13

HAPPY SAINT HERMAN'S DAY!Since we could not all gather this year to celebrate Saint Herman's Day with our usual Akathist and Bonfire, some families who live near the Cathedral hosted a drive-up cookie exchange. Carols rang on the bells as people greeted each other and exchanged cookies and take out cups of Russian Tea.‘From this day, from this hour, let us learn to love God above all and to fulfill His holy will.’ Saint Herman

December 07, 2020

Saint Nicholas Day 2020

HAPPY SAINT NICHOLAS DAY!Since we could not all gather to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day this year, a few teams of children, clergy, and lay people delivered Saint Nicholas gifts on Sunday morning to every home in our parish from South Anchorage to Wasilla‘In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, a model of meekness and a teacher of self-control. Therefore, you have won the heights by humility, riches by poverty, holy Father Bishop Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.’ Troparion of saint Nicholas

December 01, 2020

Thanksgiving Morning Prayer Service

Covid did not keep us from our annual prayer service at Saint Sergius Chapel on Thanksgiving morning. We simply moved the service outside. Fr. Marc and Fr. Tom led the ‘Te Deum’ service, which includes prayers for civil authorities. The name of the service comes from the Latin words that begin the hymn at the end of the service and in English mean ‘You, O God.’ This is an early Christian hymn of praise, traditionally ascribed to Saints Ambrose and Augustine, on the occasion of the latter’s baptism by the former in AD 387.‘We praise You, O God, we acknowledge You to be the Lord. All the earth worships You, the Father everlasting.’ (Te Deum)

November 24, 2020

Memory Eternal Thea Ann Ray

The Child of God, Thea Ann, was laid to rest with a simple gravesite service on November 22. She was buried over the grave of her great grandmother, Barbara Ann Dunaway, whose middle name she shared. The daughter of Nathaniel and Macrina Ray, Thea was born prematurely on November 6 and died on November 21. All her family are grateful for the earnest prayers and kind condolences many have offered.You cried out to the apostles, O Christ: 'Allow the little children to come to Me, for to such who are like them in spirit is My kingdom given.' Grant light to the child who has been translated to You. - from the Funeral Service for a Child

November 17, 2020

Back to Distance Learning

Covid concerns move Saint John's School to distance learning for 3 weeks. On Sunday afternoon parents came to the Church basement to pick up packets of school materials to take home.748 new positives in Anchorage on Saturday. Five members of Saint John's parish have tested positive for Covid, but are doing okay. Others in the parish and the school are having to quarantine because of exposures.Liturgy by assigned Groups will continue on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but Wednesday evening Liturgies will be on hold for 3 weeks. Be sure to check the schedule online.

November 03, 2020

Alaskans Take the Cold in Stride

5 degrees with a breezeDaily Dog-walkers, Jenny, Barbara and Colleen, return from the '50 acres'.3rd-4th grade students from Saint John's School play frozen-lawn hockey.

October 29, 2020

Welcome Lorence Augustus Scherer

Congratulation to new parents, Raymond and Cecilia (Gray) Scherer!Lorence was born at 1:15am Sunday, October 18 at Alaska Regional Hospital He weighted 7 lbs and was 19 inches long

October 12, 2020

NEW Cemetery Page on Website

Check it out under the 'Campus' menu - 'Cemetery'John Marc has been working to create a Cemetery page for our Cathedral website. It will still be under construction for a few more days so that it can work smoothly on iPhones.

October 05, 2020

Saint Johns School Picture

One School - Four CohortsWe enjoyed the beautiful fall weather as we gathered for an all-School picture. We took most pictures without the teachers wearing masks, since we were outdoors. This picture was with teachers wearing masks - mostly. Please pray for our students and teachers!

September 28, 2020

Saint James House Residents

A New 'Self-Directed Program'Saint James house residents - left to right – Bryan Potts, Jacob Rome, Thomas Ingram, Ryan Smith, Irina, Luke McClean, Annalyn Potts, Susanna Dunlap, Elias Medders, Andy and Annas Potts. Not pictured is Josh Morrisett, off-campus participant. We're excited for the year 2020-2021. Please pray for us!

September 21, 2020

Baptism of Aurora Hoxie and Savannah Baker

September 12, 2020 - Baptisms of Aurora Marie Hoxie and Savannah Leah BakerPictured are Fr. John and Christine Rogers, Godparents for Aurora, with Veronica and Zach Hoxie, her parents. Godparents for Savannah were Veronica and Zach. Savannah is the daughter of Kevin and Sarah Baker. Both children have Vik and Laura Temple as grandparents.Many Years to the newly-baptized! And congratulations to both families!

September 14, 2020

Three New Furnaces

Thank you, Sam Stogsdill!Sam was able to do much of the work on installing three new furnaces in the Cathedral. He saved the Church about $9000. Sam installed the original duct work when the Cathedral was built in 1985.At the same time, Extreme Heating installed UV lamps in all our furnaces to kill viruses and bacteria that passes through the duct work as the furnaces are running.

September 08, 2020

Welcome! Eddie Alexander Dunaway

Congratulations to John Marc and Bethany Dunaway for the birth of their third son on August 29. And congratulations to his brothers Willard Lewis and Wesley Lionel.

August 31, 2020

30th Anniversary of Joe and Tisha

Congratulations to Joe and Tisha Dunham who celebrate their 30th Anniversary on September 1.'Bless also these Your servants, who through Your good providence have remained for these many years united together in matrimony. Bless their coming years together; prosper their every endeavor; replenish their life with good things; receive their crowns into Your kingdom, preserving them spotless, blameless and without reproach, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen'

August 23, 2020

Prayers of Naming for Rollie

Rollie Peter Edward Gillquist was born June 28, 2020 to Paul and Olivia Gillquist. We were blessed to welcome him into our Liturgy gathering and say the Prayers of Naming on Sunday, August 23.'We thank You that You have kept safe through childbearing Your handmaid, Olivia, by Your will. Bless this child, Rollie, that has been born of her. Increase him; sanctify him; enlighten him; give him virtue; and endow him with a good understanding. For You have brought him into being, and have shown him the physical light and have appointed him to be granted the spiritual light in due time and that he may be numbered among Your chosen flock.'Congratulations, Paul and Olivia and brother Jonas! Many Years, Rollie!

August 18, 2020

Saint Johns School Opens

August 18 is the first day of School for grades K-8. Preschool begins August 25.Teachers, parents and students alike are excited to return to School. Our Staff has worked diligently with medical professionals to adapt CDC and State guidelines into a responsible plan that will help limit any spread of the coronavirus in our School. Still we ask for prayers as we entrust all that we do each day at our School and in our homes into the care and providence of God.O Lord, our God, Who are rich, merciful, and wise in Your care, in Your wisdom take care of our lives. Protect Your people from all disease and pain, and teach us to value life and health as Your gifts. Amen.

August 15, 2020

August 15 Dormition

The Feast of the Falling-Asleep (Dormition) of the Mother of GodFor Christians, this death that comes for everyone is not the end of life, but only the end of a short journey that brings us to our real beginning. It is not something to be dreadfully feared, but something that has become the door to our real home. In this Feast Day we celebrate that our Lord’s mother not only died but was also, we believe, the first among us to experience what we all await, the passing into life of our resurrection. Homily on Feast Day.Through the intercession of the Holy Theotokos, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.

August 04, 2020

Transfiguration of Our Lord

August 6Vesperal Divine Liturgy will be live-streamed Wednesday evening, August 5, at 6:15pmSee One Accord quote below by Fr. Alexander Schmemann

July 27, 2020

Summer Flowers at Saint John Cathedral

The beauty of these flowers pays no heed to the coronavirus. They offer joy to those who pause and honor to God Who gives us all things.All the annual flowers on the Church property were started from seeds by Kh. Betsy Dunaway and were planted by her in mid-May. They are being faithfully weeded and watered this summer by Kathleen Sorensen. At the same time Joe Jaroslaw continues to do a fantastic job mowing and maintaining the Church lawn. Thank you all for bringing beauty to our Cathedral!

July 22, 2020

Sunday Wedding at Saint John Cathedral

Wedding of George Kendall and Valori Gianni - July 26, 3pm - Livestream on Cathedral Website'In this Covid time, we are grateful that we are able to have the wedding, but unfortunately only the family is able to attend. We will miss celebrating with our church family and ask for your prayers for George and VaLori as we celebrate the beginning of their married life in the Church. Also, please tune in to the Church website at 3pm – as the wedding will be live-streamed, and you can at least participate in this way.' - Dan and Melinda Kendall.

July 14, 2020

Thank you for wearing a mask.

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska's chief medical officer, said she wears a mask in public for three reasons: ‘Humility, because I don't know if I have COVID as it is clear that people can spread the disease before they have symptoms. Kindness, because I don't know if this person I'm near has a kid battling cancer, or cares for an elder. And for community. I want my community to thrive, businesses to stay open and employees to stay healthy.’

July 11, 2020

Farewell to Brent and Jamie Longmire

Brent and Jamie Longmire first visited our Church in early 2017. Before long they welcomed their son Samuel into the world. They were Chrismated and Baptized after this. Jamie is in the army and works as a pharmacist. Brent is also a pharmacist. Now Jamie is expecting their second child (due in December), and the Army is sending their family off to another assignment, beginning in Oklahoma. We will very much miss them and wish them well in all their journeys. And, if God allows, we will welcome them back 'home' whenever they return. Brent, Jamie and Samuel began their drive out last Thursday.

June 21, 2020

St. James House - New Program

We are excited to extend an invitation for young adults to come to Eagle River, Alaska and make the St. James House their home for a year starting in September 2020. – Bryan and Anna PottsThis ministry has taken a sabbatical for a few years, while the house was serving in other ways. Our goal is to be a home where young adults can practice living in a community centered around Christ and the Church, with rhythms of prayer, meals together, honoring each other and enjoying the wilderness of Alaska. While living at the St. James House the work of our hands will be self-directed, either serving the Eagle River / Anchorage area through volunteer service, the workplace or school.

June 15, 2020

Baptism of Elijah and Wade Matthew

Baptisms - June 13, 2020Fr. Marc baptizes Elijah Armstrong Jones. In the background can be seen Wade Matthew Hattenburg with his sponsors, Cecilia and Raymond Scherer, along with his mother, Mattie, and other family members.‘He who has put on You, O Christ our God, now bows his head with us unto You. Keep him always a warrior invincible in every attack of those who assail him and us; and make us all victors even unto the end, through Your crown incorruptible. - Prayer at Tonsuring’

June 03, 2020

Catechumens to be Chrismated

The Feast of Pentecost - June 7This Sunday we receive into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation the catechumens Joshua Morrisett and Brian and Sylvia Okuley.‘Shepherd them in Your glory unto knowledge of truth, according to the proclamation of Your holy and glorious apostles; and grant him the seal of the divine Chrism and the implanting of the Holy Spirit and the reception of Your precious Body and Blood.’

May 25, 2020

Prayers of Naming for Elijah Armstrong Jones

Congratulations!Elijah Armstrong Jones was born on February 13 to Chris and Katy Jones. We were glad to say the Prayers of Naming for Elijah this past Sunday, May 24.‘We thank You that You have kept safe through childbearing Your handmaid by Your will. Bless also this child that has been born of her. Increase him; sanctify him; enlighten him; give him virtue; and endow him with a good understanding.’

May 18, 2020

Sunday Farmers Market

Girl EntrepreneursMacrina Labrecque, Samantha Bahl, Elizabeth Frizelle, and Hannah Howell organized a Sunday Farmer's Market to raise funds for Saint John School Scholarship Fund. They also studied the State mandates to be aware of the pandemic guidelines. Thanks to the encouragement of Kh. Betsy, good weather, and generous contributors and shoppers they were pleased and surprised at the amount they raised. Congratulations, girls!

May 12, 2020

Chanters meet to prepare weekly Liturgies

Re-Opening the Cathedral!Tuesday evening Deborah Stallman met with the chanters who will be leading the weekly liturgies to go over details about the services. Starting this week we will have 3 Liturgies each week. Parishioners can sign up to attend these gatherings with a maximum of twenty persons. For details see the letter of May 8, 'Re-opening the Cathedral,' on the 'Service/Resources' page.

May 07, 2020

Zoom Meeting with Metropolitan Joseph

Re-Opening the Cathedral!In a zoom meeting on May 7 with Metropolitan Joseph and more than a hundred other priests from the Archdiocese Fr. Tom and Fr. Marc learned more about his directions for opening our Churches for people to attend Divine Liturgy and receive Holy Communion.Starting next week we will have 3 Liturgies each week. Parishioners can sign up to attend these gatherings with a maximum of twenty persons. For details see the letter of May 8, 'Re-opening the Cathedral,' on the 'Service/Resources' page.

April 26, 2020

Pascha Morning at the Saint James House

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN!Bryan and Anna Potts gather to join the livestream with Michael and Jennifer Sauer at the Saint James House, along with their children. Livestreaming Sunday services may continue for weeks to come. But we await Metropolitan Joseph's directions about how to gradually re-open our Churches in cooperation with local guidelines.

April 21, 2020

Clergy View of Agape Vespers

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN!Thank you to the chanters, Reader Joseph, Reader Dan, Denise, and Andrea for your hard work to serve our parish in singing the livestream services. Thank you to Deborah who worked behind the scenes to coordinate everything and also to John Marc for making this happen technologically. All us who served are grateful so many joined online. We look forward to the time when we will be able to be all together again!Since we began live-streaming services there have been over 3500 views of our livestream page. During Holy Week there were over 1400 views.

April 11, 2020

Live Streaming Holy Week 2020

We are living in history.It is not necessary for a prayer to be long to be perfect. It need not be said in any particular place or at any special time, nor need it be said kneeling or standing. We may turn our hearts to God at all times, in all places, and in any posture of body, whether we be in the street, at home or abroad. The Orthodox Companion, Fr. David AbramtsovPictured here is the front door of Saint John Cathedral during the pandemic restrictions and Heidi Jo Fisher watching live stream liturgy at home with her parents, Sean and Martha.

March 29, 2020

Distance Learning with Saint John School

This week Saint John’s School rolls into its second week of 'distance-learning.' All the teachers and all the students K-8 are working hard every day to provide education for our students during this pandemic.Hooray! for the parents, teachers, and students who are making this happen!Pictured here are Solomon and Elizabeth Frizelle settling into their new school routine.

March 23, 2020

Healthcare Providers

Please pray for the Doctors, Physician Assistants and Nurses in our Parish as they serve those who are sick.Dr. Mark Agnew, Lindsey Arvidson RN, Dr. Luba Coverdell, Benjamin Dunaway RN, Sean Fisher RN, Martha Fisher RN, Margaret Grasse RN, Amy Jenkins Rn, Liz Klatt RN, Chris Kies Hospital Chaplain, Fr. Robert Polson RN, Bryan Potts RN, Nathanael Ray PA, Cecilia Scherer RN, Dr. Dwight Stallman, Tanna Terrell RN, Dr. Isaac Truelson, Dr. Sarah Truelson, Dr.Olga Wasile, Sylvia Okuley PA (Please let us know if we missed anyone.)'Bless, O Lord, and support all those who care with love and sacrifice for the sick wherever they are found, whether they are at home or in hospitals, and keep them with Your grace.'

March 17, 2020

Orthodoxy Sunday - March 8

Adjusted Service Schedule Due to Coronavirus Precautions.In cooperation with the efforts of our civil authorities to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and at the direction of our Bishop, Metropolitan Joseph, Saint John's will be cancelling all social functions and services with the following exceptions until further notice. You can find the full text of his letter in the Sunday Bulletins menu. We will have services on Friday night and on Sunday morning, but with very limited attendance. Only the clergy and a small choir will be present, no more than ten people. However, these services will be live-streamed so that those at home can participate this way. A link to these videos is at the top of the home page on our website. See our online calendar for dates and times. As difficult as these measures seem, they also can provide us with different ways to continue our Lenten journey and to pray. So please think not only about what new Netflix shows you can watch (I am speaking to myself here too.) but also how you can find new ways to pray at home and also ways to serve our neighbors. - Fr. Marc.'Today is also Saint Patrick's Day. One of the beautiful prayers ascribed to him gives the image that as he awoke each day he put on the armor of his faith saying this: 'I bind unto myself today The strong Name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same The Three in One and One in Three. Father, Son and Holy Spirit'