FESTIVAL THANK YOU'S
We all owe a huge Thank You to the Gialopsos Family, Akis, Emily, and Allison for leading us through our Annual Greek Festival in the midst of the challenges presented by the Pandemic - We could not have had a Festival without their dedication! In addition to them, the Varlamos Family and Luke Cooley were indespensible pieces of putting together a Festival that was fun and profitable enough to help us through the next year. I am very proud of the job that so many of you did, starting with all of the baking days leading up to Festival. All those of you that stayed late to cook, or to do the dishes and clean-up, or to set-up and takedown the tents know who you are, as does God, Who sees our actions and the disposition of our heart. When we serve one another without ego, but in a selfless manner, then God blesses our good intentions and "gives the increase". From the bottom of my heart, Thank You to all of you for doing just that! With Love, Fr Vasili
HTGOC TO OPEN AGAIN THIS TUESDAY
The Mayor of Anchorage has announced that beginning on Tuesday parishes will be allowed to offer public worship to up to 50% capacity. We will allow up to 50 people upstairs (which is less than 50% capacity), and up to another 50 downstairs - this is plenty of room for all of you. Again, if you are in the high-risk category and would like to schedule a time to visit the church outside of public worship times, or to meet in person with Fr Vasili reach out to him to schedule an appointment.
LABOR DAY LITURGY
Next Monday, September 7th, we will serve Orthros and the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Birth of the Theotokos at 4:30pm.
NEW YOUTH PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS
Dear High Schoolers (and 8th-graders) of HTGOC,
This is Delaney Clodfelter, the Youth Ministry program leader at HTGOC. This year, for youth group, we are pleased to announce that we will be participating in a program called The Relationship Project. With the help of David Parker (former HTGOC Youth Ministry leader), Fr. Vasili Hillhouse, and Fr. Matthew Howell (of St Herman's in Wasilla), we will embark on this new program together beginning October 1, 2020.
We are thrilled to begin this new project! It will help us discover who we are as Orthodox Christians and what that means for us in this world. The program is divided into 3 sections, and each section has 4 different lessons. We will work through various topics that ultimately revolve around having relationships with others, ourselves, and most importantly, God.
We will begin these meetings virtually, via Zoom. We will meet every Thursday at 6:30 PM. We ask that you arrive a few minutes early to ensure you don’t miss any content! Details on the Zoom link will be sent out via email as we get closer to the start date. You will purchase a workbook provided by the church that you will need to use every week. This will be YOUR workbook! No one else will get to read it, unless you want to share. We want you to feel comfortable to be open and honest in all our conversations, and it’s up to YOU what you do and don’t want to say.
On behalf of the entire Youth Ministry team, we cannot wait to begin learning and growing in our faith together. We hope you’ll join us, and look forward to getting to know one another better!
May God bless you all.