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