From St. Paul to Sts. Cyril and Methodios to St. Herman, Orthodox Christian tradition is full of men and women who have accepted Christ’s call to take the Faith to the ends of the earth. This summer there are two opportunities for you to follow in the footsteps of one of these missionary saints. Throughout the month of July, OCMC mission teams will be serving in Alaska, home of St. Herman the Wonderworker and evangelizer of Alaska, to continue the work he helped begin in the late 18th century by participating in youth conferences for the Kuskokwim and Yukon Deaneries.
These teams will be working in partnership with the Diocese of Alaska to reach out to the youth and foster their growth and involvement in the Church. The camp setting enjoyed by the teams and the participating youth will incorporate lessons on the Faith, living as Orthodox in this world, a Christian understanding of social media, as well as arts and crafts, music, and sports. Youth in these rural villages have a unique need for fellowship and community.
The team serving from July 6th to July 13th will visit Kasigluk, which is technically two adjoining villages of Kasigluk and Akula Heights, separated by a one-mile stretch of the Johnson River, and the two villages are considered one community. Primarily a Yup’ik speaking area, even the schools are taught using a dual language method which encourages respect and use for the traditional ways of the region.
The second team will serve from July 22nd to July 30th in Pilot Station. First called Ankachak, Pilot Station is part of the Lower Yukon region located on the bank of the Yukon River. It is a remote village accessible only by air, water, or snowmobile. Like Kasigluk, it is also primarily inhabited by native Yup’ik people who practice a traditional subsistence lifestyle.
Engaging the youth of Alaska is a great way to sow the seeds of the Faith in future generations and to help continue Alaska’s rich Orthodox tradition.
United States, ALASKA.
7/6/2015 to 7/13/2015
Participate in a youth conference for the Kuskokwim Deaneray focusing on teaching the Faith and maintaining an Orthodox witness.
7/22/2015 to 7/30/2015
Participate in a youth conference for the Yukon Deaneray focusing on teaching the Faith and maintaining an Orthodox witness.
7/28/2015 to 8/5/2015
Offer a retreat program in Nanwalek for children, teenagers and adults focusing on the teachings of the Faith.
Miss Natalie G Garbarino
2015 Spiritual Travel “Path of the American Saints” July 30 – August 10, 2015
Plan now to join other Orthodox Christians for “Spiritual Travel” to America’s Holy Land and walk where the saints took Orthodoxy to the Last Frontier. Guided by Mary Ann Khoury, Coordinator of “Outreach Alaska”.
• *Sitka – the Jewel and the base of St. Innocent of Alaska • Kwethluk on the Kuskokwim – visit the grave of Matushka Olga • Bethel, Alaska – St. Sophia Russian Orthodox Church Home of our Kansas Sponsored seminarian, Father Elia Larson • Homer -Travel the Kenai with stops in Aleyska, Kenai, etc.
Visit museum and Antiochian Mission with shopping on the Homer Spit.
• Kodiak – Monk’s Rock Coffee House, Holy Resurrection Cathedral and the relics of St. Herman, St. Innocent Academy, St. Herman Theological Seminary, Pillar Mountain, Kodiak Fishing, Museums, Seminary Archives, Touring, Whale watching.
• August 7-9 Spruce Island Pilgrimage-leaving from Kodiak Harbor • Anchorage – Native Heritage Museum, Anchorage Museum of Art, Farm and Art Market, Anchorage Zoo, Matanuska Glacier, St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral with Akathist served by V. Rev. John Zabinko, Dean. • Eklutna Spirit Houses Museum, Church, and Gift Shop • Eagle River and Wasilla
Being planned by FOS Tours. Estimated price on current costs – $3,500 – subject to change. Non refundable deposits of $100 per person are currently being accepted and will hold your place.
*Sitka will be priced separate from the travel package and will be added for those who want to include this in their Alaska experience. This option will extend the travel to August 12 with time in Sitka being on August 10 and 11.
More information will be on the website soon – http://www.outreachalaska.org
To be informed of the planning, contact Mary Ann Khoury at firstname.lastname@example.org