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Healthy Choices Basketball Clinic
Come learn from a famous player

Healthy Choices Basket Ball Clinic

Saturday, May 28th at Lumen Christi High School

Come lean skills from a former Duke Bluedevils star.

8110 Jewel Lake Rd, Anchorage in the Gymnasium Registration Opens at 8:00 AM

Open to all youth from 8th grade to 12th graders.  Both boys and girls are welcome.

NOTE:  A FREE TICKET IS NEED TO BE ON COURT WITH THE PLAYER

Advanced tickets are available by calling or emailing the Office of the Bishop for the Orthodox Diocese of Alaska.

Phone:  677-0224   email:  doakinfo@gmail.com  please note the email is corrected

 

Time

Event

8:00 - 8:30 AM 

Registration

8:30 - 9:15 AM 

Welcome/Introductory remarks by Bishop and & Dan

9:15 - 10:00AM 

Team formation/pairing with coaches

Autograph signing/picture taking/Fundamentals with Team

10:00 - 10:30 AM 

40 Developmental Assets (Dan) Session II

10:30 AM - Noon 

1st Breakout sessions for skill development: 4 fundamentals with shooting and Dribbling repeated in 2nd session. 

  List: Shooting, Dribbling, Passing, Defense

Noon - 1:00 PM 

Lunch and Video

1:00 - 2:00 2nd

2nd Breakout sessions for skill development: 4 fundamentals with shooting and Dribbling repeated in 2nd session.       

  List: Shooting, Dribbling, 1 on 1, Free Throws

2:00 - 3:30 

Games

3:30 - 4:00 

Closing, prizes

 

 

Paschal Message

From Lazarus to Pascha and Back Again

In the Orthodox Church, the end of Great Lent happens on the Friday prior to Holy Week.  The services of Holy Week begin with Bridegroom Matins of Sunday evening.  In between these two periods is a brief respite from the rigors of the Fast and the struggles of Holy Week.  A two day period that I refer to as “An Oasis of Hope”.  On Saturday we commemorate the raising of Lazarus from the grave which introduces us to Palm Sunday.  This is a prefiguring of the coming resurrection of Christ as he demonstrates to His creation that He has the power to raise the dead.  Even before He Himself will rise from the grave, He brings forth His friend from his tomb; even though Lazarus will once again fall into the sleep of death he will be alive to witness Christ’s own resurrection from the dead.

Christ’s resurrection from the dead marks the end of our acceptance of death as a finality to our existence.  We no longer need to fear death and the gates of hell because they have been destroyed by Christ.  We need not see the grave as a place of dread, for it has been changed into a resting place for those that love God and await His return.  On Holy Friday we sing, “You emptied all the palaces of Hell.”  And on Holy Saturday we sing, “Hell cries out groaning, ‘Those whom I swallowed in my strength I have given up.  He Who was crucified has emptied the tombs.  The power of death has been vanquished.’”  What began with Lazarus was completed in Christ on Pascha and is now the glorious gift to all who await His Second Coming.  We go from Lazarus Saturday to Pascha and back again for those whom we love in Christ and give us our reason to celebrate Pascha as we do.  “Christ is risen and hell is overthrown.”, says St. John Chrysostom in his Paschal Homily.

We have all lost someone who we are close to in love.  It could be a spouse, a Father or Mother, sister or brother or friend.  To know Pascha is to know our own Oasis of Hope, one that we come to every year at this time.  It renews our love for what God has done for us, and it renews our hope that one day, just like Lazarus, they will come forth from the tombs and be with us for ever in the New Day of Christ’s Resurrection where there is no sickness or sorrow, but only life everlasting.

It is my prayer that you be blessed this Holy Pascha with a renewed hope in that ultimate victory of the joy of life over death, of living over dying and of ends becoming beginnings.  May the Resurrected Christ be for you the source of all light and life, hope and joy until that Great Day dawns on all mankind.

Christ is risen!  Indeed He is risen!

Your servant of Servants,

+ David, Bishop of Sitka and Alaska

 

 

 

In the flesh You were willingly enclosed in the tomb, Who are boundless and infinite in Your divinity.  You closed the chambers of death, O Christ.  You emptied all the palaces of Hell.//You honored this Sabbath with Your blessing, glory, and honor.

Those whom I swallowed in my strength I have given up.  He Who was crucified has emptied the tombs.  The power of death has been vanquished.”  Glory to Your Cross and Resurrection, O Lord!

 

Lazarus-aamek Paaskaamun Uterrluni-llu

Orthodox-aartarmi Agayuvigmi, Yagpak nanglartuq Tallimiritmi Holy Week-aq ayagnirpailgan.  Holy Week-am agayuyarai ayagnilartut Bridegroom Matins-mek Agayunrem atakuani.  Akunliigni ukuk I-yiim  Holy Week-am-llu cakviurnarqellra  ellma qacigartelartuq.  Ukuk malruk erenreq  waten ap’laragka “Mernuinercirvia Neryuniurutem”.  Maqinermi umyuaqelararput makcecimallra Lazarus-aam qungugnek tekitevkarluta Uqviayarmun.  Una nallunailkutnguuq agiirtellra Kristuss-aam unguillran nasvallra piliaminun piningqerucini tuqmalriit makcecugngaluki.  Qungugnek Ellminek makpailegmi, yugnikekni maktaa qunguanek; Lazarus-aaq ataam tuqunqigtarkaungermi uitaqerciquq nallunairciqluku Kristuss-aam unguillra tuqumalrianek.

Kristuss-aam unguillra tuqumalrianek taqevkaraa umyuaqellra tuqum iquuluku yuucimtenun.  Alikenrirnarqaput tuqu amiigi-llu tuunraam nuniin tua-i piunriaki Kristuussam.  Qunguut tangernarqenritaput alingnarqellriaruluki, tua-i cimiumiin mernuinercirviurrluku imkunun kenkilrianek Agayutmek utaqaluku-llu utertellerkaa.  Holy Friday-mi atullrukut, “Imairaten tamalkuita Tuunraam nuniin nengutai.”  Cali Holy Saturday-mi atullrukut, “Tuunraam nunii yuuniarauq qanerluni, ‘Imkut pinimkun igellrenka miryaranka.  Imum ussukcausngallrem imairai qunguut.  Pinia tuqum piunriumauq.’”  Lazarus-aamek ayagniumalleq qaqicimauq Kristuussami Paaskaami cali waniwa ucurnaqluni cikiutngurtuq imkunun utaqalgilrianun Aipiriluni Tekitenqigtellerkaanun.  Ayagtukut Lazarus-aam Maqinranek Paaskaamun, uterrluta-llu imkut pitekluki kenkekngaput Kristuussami cali tengrumtenek cikirluki atuusqelluku Paaskaaq wangkuciicetun. “Kristuussaq unguirtuq cali tuunraam nunii anagtaurtuq”, qanertuq St. John Chrysostom-aaq Paaskaami qanerturallermini.

Tamamta tamarillrukut mallgeskemtenek kenkakun.  Wall’u-qaa aipaqliaput, Atavut wall’u Aanavut, nakmiin anelgutput wall’u yugnikekvut.  Nallunrilkumteggu Paaskaaq nallunriciiqerput nakmiin Mernuinercirvigput Neryuniurutmek, tekitelaqput allrakuaqan mat’um nalliini. Kenkuyutvut nutarcimalartuq Agayutem caliarakun wangkuta pitekluta, cali nutartela’araa neryuniurutvut taumi ataucimi ernermi, tauten Lazarus-aatun, qungunek maketnaurtut, wangkuta-llu nayurrlainarluta Nutarami Erenrani Kristuss-aam Unguillrani tuani naullunartailngurmi wall’u qiaculngunailngurmi, taugaam kiingan unguvamek nangyuilngurmek.

Piicauteka’aqa cikiumasqelluci matumi Tanqilriami Paaskaami nutarcimalriamek neryuniurutmek nangnermek angnirnarqellriamek unguvam piunrullerkaanek tuqumi,  yuullerkamek tuqunanrirluta  cali iquklitarkat ataam ayagniutngusqelluki.  Unguilleq Kristuss-aaq piuli elpecenun kangiurlluni tamalkuan tanqigmun cali unguvamun, neryuniurutmun cali angnimun, tekitellerkaa engekluku taum Angelriim Erenrem ertellerkaa tamalkuitnun yugnun.

Kristuussaq unguirtuq!  Ilumun unguirtuq!

Pisteci Pistengulriani,

+ David, Allgiliyaulria Sitka-mi cali Alaska-mi

Lazarus-aamek Paaskaamun Uterrluni-llu

Orthodox-aartarmi Agayuvigmi, Yagpak nanglartuq Tallimiritmi Holy Week-aq ayagnirpailgan.  Holy Week-am agayuyarai ayagnilartut Bridegroom Matins-mek Agayunrem atakuani.  Akunliigni ukuk I-yiim  Holy Week-am-llu cakviurnarqellra  ellma qacigartelartuq.  Ukuk malruk erenreq  waten ap’laragka “Mernuinercirvia Neryuniurutem”.  Maqinermi umyuaqelararput makcecimallra Lazarus-aam qungugnek tekitevkarluta Uqviayarmun.  Una nallunailkutnguuq agiirtellra Kristuss-aam unguillran nasvallra piliaminun piningqerucini tuqmalriit makcecugngaluki.  Qungugnek Ellminek makpailegmi, yugnikekni maktaa qunguanek; Lazarus-aaq ataam tuqunqigtarkaungermi uitaqerciquq nallunairciqluku Kristuss-aam unguillra tuqumalrianek.

Kristuss-aam unguillra tuqumalrianek taqevkaraa umyuaqellra tuqum iquuluku yuucimtenun.  Alikenrirnarqaput tuqu amiigi-llu tuunraam nuniin tua-i piunriaki Kristuussam.  Qunguut tangernarqenritaput alingnarqellriaruluki, tua-i cimiumiin mernuinercirviurrluku imkunun kenkilrianek Agayutmek utaqaluku-llu utertellerkaa.  Holy Friday-mi atullrukut, “Imairaten tamalkuita Tuunraam nuniin nengutai.”  Cali Holy Saturday-mi atullrukut, “Tuunraam nunii yuuniarauq qanerluni, ‘Imkut pinimkun igellrenka miryaranka.  Imum ussukcausngallrem imairai qunguut.  Pinia tuqum piunriumauq.’”  Lazarus-aamek ayagniumalleq qaqicimauq Kristuussami Paaskaami cali waniwa ucurnaqluni cikiutngurtuq imkunun utaqalgilrianun Aipiriluni Tekitenqigtellerkaanun.  Ayagtukut Lazarus-aam Maqinranek Paaskaamun, uterrluta-llu imkut pitekluki kenkekngaput Kristuussami cali tengrumtenek cikirluki atuusqelluku Paaskaaq wangkuciicetun. “Kristuussaq unguirtuq cali tuunraam nunii anagtaurtuq”, qanertuq St. John Chrysostom-aaq Paaskaami qanerturallermini.

Tamamta tamarillrukut mallgeskemtenek kenkakun.  Wall’u-qaa aipaqliaput, Atavut wall’u Aanavut, nakmiin anelgutput wall’u yugnikekvut.  Nallunrilkumteggu Paaskaaq nallunriciiqerput nakmiin Mernuinercirvigput Neryuniurutmek, tekitelaqput allrakuaqan mat’um nalliini. Kenkuyutvut nutarcimalartuq Agayutem caliarakun wangkuta pitekluta, cali nutartela’araa neryuniurutvut taumi ataucimi ernermi, tauten Lazarus-aatun, qungunek maketnaurtut, wangkuta-llu nayurrlainarluta Nutarami Erenrani Kristuss-aam Unguillrani tuani naullunartailngurmi wall’u qiaculngunailngurmi, taugaam kiingan unguvamek nangyuilngurmek.

Piicauteka’aqa cikiumasqelluci matumi Tanqilriami Paaskaami nutarcimalriamek neryuniurutmek nangnermek angnirnarqellriamek unguvam piunrullerkaanek tuqumi,  yuullerkamek tuqunanrirluta  cali iquklitarkat ataam ayagniutngusqelluki.  Unguilleq Kristuss-aaq piuli elpecenun kangiurlluni tamalkuan tanqigmun cali unguvamun, neryuniurutmun cali angnimun, tekitellerkaa engekluku taum Angelriim Erenrem ertellerkaa tamalkuitnun yugnun.

Kristuussaq unguirtuq!  Ilumun unguirtuq!

Pisteci Pistengulriani,

+ David, Allgiliyaulria Sitka-mi cali Alaska-mi

 

 

 

In the flesh You were willingly enclosed in the tomb, Who are boundless and infinite in Your divinity.  You closed the chambers of death, O Christ.  You emptied all the palaces of Hell.//You honored this Sabbath with Your blessing, glory, and honor.

Those whom I swallowed in my strength I have given up.  He Who was crucified has emptied the tombs.  The power of death has been vanquished.”  Glory to Your Cross and Resurrection, O Lord!

 


Tithing Presentation
Sowing Our Tithe
A Homily on II Cor. 9:6-11

 

By Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska

Today you heard St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians, telling them the one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully shall reap bountifully.  What is it about the Corinthians that caused St. Paul to talk to them this way?  What point is he trying to make to them?  Were they farmers that needed to grow more crops?  Were they rich financiers from which he wanted money?  We know that St. Paul had so many problems with the Corinthian Church that his two of his longest Epistles are written to them.  Corinth was a city free from persecution, it had pagan temples, its Christians were weak spiritually; they were surrounded by people of greed, lust, drunkenness, polytheism, freethought and divisiveness.  In short, it wasn’t that different from the land we live in today.

St. Paul had asked them at different times to help raise money for the suffering church in Jerusalem.  Because of its status and freedom, it was also wealthy and capable of helping others, if taught to do so.  So it is that we have this revealing passage on his thoughts on the relationship between giving and God’s response.

It is simply stated, but true.  It is stated in a way that shows the relationship between the giving and receiving in Faith, and it tells us how it is to be done by all of us.

When we give to God, we are not just giving something away.  We are not exchanging one type of bounty for another.  We are not doing something because we are looking for a reward, although we could, in reality be doing all of these things.  St. Paul makes it clear we should be doing so with real joy, cheerfully,  because we want to, and for no other reason.  Orthodoxy does not believe in the so-called “Prosperity Gospel”, the belief held by many of the televangelists that if you give them what they ask you will be highly rewarded in a financial way.  If fact, St. Paul is careful to present his idea about giving in a way that demonstrates the way our Creator has always operated in relation to his creation.

He uses the term “sowing”, a farming term related to how a farmer plants his seeds to collect a crop in the fullness of time.  As anyone knows who has ever been around farming, your yield from the seeds you plant is directly related to the quantity of seeds you put into the ground.  In a given area of ground, a farmer knows how many pounds of seeds he needs to have a good crop yield.  He also knows that if he skimps on the seeds, he’ll be looking at a poor harvest, but if he plants liberally, his chances of a bumper crop are much greater.

But the farmer also knows that it is not just the amount of seeds he puts into the ground, it is type of soil, the amount of rainfall, the warmth or coolness of the climate all are factors in the outcome.  We may ask what has this to do with giving money to God?  We find the answer in the further explanation that St. Paul when he states everyone has to give as he “purposes in his heart”, meaning as he intends to give because he has looked at all the needs around him and made a good choice.  Its not just in giving the money away, its giving it away for the right reasons at the right time.  And even more than that, it must be done cheerfully.  In other words, we should receive joy in the act of giving. 

When the farmer plants his seeds in the spring, he has no idea how wet or dry the summer will be, nor how warm or cool the weather will be, all he knows is that each time he did this in the past, he received his crops in their time.  He realizes that if he lets the seeds remain in the sacks he will have no crop, he has to put his faith in the way God works, the way the seeds, the soil, the water and the wind work together to receive his reward in its time.

All of this brings us to our current situation we find ourselves in.  God has given all of us a great amount of “seeds” for our benefit.  We can use them however we want, we received it freely for one reason, we are citizens of Alaska.  Nowhere else in the United States is there such an act of honor placed on its citizens.  We didn't put the oil in the ground, nor did we create the oil companies that harvested the oil, we didn’t even formulate the system from which we receive this bounty.  Only our act of being born, or moving to, Alaska made this possible for us.  We can be thankful for a good governor, like Jay Hammond, and a legislature that had the foresight to make this possible, but in the end, it is almost entirely an act of God that has given us this gift. 

So, seeing how little we have actually done to receive it, should we not be willing, with joy in our heart, return back to God a portion of what we have received?  Is it not in our interest and for our own benefit that we should be willing to over back to God from this seed that is ours to plant for our own future, the same way that our state planted those first oil revenues as seeds for growth, so that they would multiply and make this blessing possible? 

Beloved, with joy in our heart, let us plant the seed of faith, and do so not grudgingly, but cheerfully, so that we will be able to see the fruit of our efforts in due time.  Let St. Paul’s prayer for the Corinthians be his prayer for us, and “May He who supplies the seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the sedd you have sown and increase the fruits of your won righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.

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Thank you, God, for the PFD

What follows is a posting on FaceBook by the Dean of the Kuskokwim Deanery and Rector of St. James Church in Napaskiak, Fr. Vasily Fisher.  It is well written, concise, and to the point.  I pray we all heed his words and pledge a tenth of our PFD to our local Church.

Greeting in the Lord!

Today, and soon we all, will begin to be blessed with a free gift which is given to us each year, the PFD. It is a gift that we do not work to receive. It is a gift that is a blessing from the State of Alaska, and a blessing from God.
This is a rather touchy subject to write about but we need to remember that as Baptized Christians, tithing is what we do. Tithing is part of who we are. The scriptures speak of giving back to God that which is His. If we are Christians, we tithe. It's that simple. We give to God out of the joy of our hearts, give back to God with thankfulness for all the blessings He gives to us.

2 Corinthians 31.5 - "As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the first fruit of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything."

Leviticus 27.30 - "Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord."

We all as baptized Christians tithe: Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Readers, Choir, those who work in the church, and all laity. We all give back to God ten percent of what He blesses us with. It is an opportunity to feel the joy of giving back to God with faith and love. In this day and age, it is God who we must remember first, for the sake of our loved ones and our children, so that they too may know the true JOY of giving back to God as Abel did in the old testament.

Genesis 4:3-5 - "In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell."

Let us all joyfully give as Abel did, in thankfulness and prayer because that is who we are - Christians who give back to God. ALL of us. From this joyful giving our loved ones and children WILL learn about the joy of giving back to God. Glory to Jesus Christ!





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