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Islanders discover blessing of giving
By MIKE ROSTAD Special to the Mirror This Christmas, many Kodiak Islanders have taken on charitable projects to bring the season’s brightness and joy to the less fortunate, rediscovering that, indeed, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Some are sending, or in some cases, bringing their gifts overseas. The Uganda Stocking Project Debbie Rohrer brought Christmas stockings stuffed with toys, clothes, candy, B...
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Each day brings its own challenges
It must be the Christmas season. Christmas music is playing on my iPod, the phone is ringing constantly, and there is no such thing as a schedule this time of year. We no longer say, “OK, that’s done, now what?” Choices are made moment by moment, deciding between what’s needed and what’s necessary. Everything is important, but what is essential? That’s where the line gets blurry. As hectic as our days get from thi...
Dec 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Margaret Hall sings her own dedication
When Kodiak elder Margaret Hall heard that the community chorus would be presenting Handel’s “Messiah” this weekend, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that the performances would be dedicated to her. “Messiah,” which will be directed by Jenny Stevens and performed by visiting soloists and the chorus accompanied by a community orchestra, is slated for 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Gerald ...
Dec 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak churches have lots lined up for the holidays
KODIAK — The gifts of song, drama, food, books and philanthropy presented by churches and organizations will brighten the Kodiak holiday season this year. • Kodiak Bible Chapel presents “The Great Christmas Giveaway” Youth at the Kodiak Bible Chapel will present the play “The Great Christmas Giveaway: And the Gift Goes On,” Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. “Seeing the program is a great way to usher in the Christmas seas...
Nov 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Blessings in the kettle
It’s that time of year again. The turkey was stuffed, and some of us were, too. The shoppers are going crazy, retailers are looking for profits, and the sounds of the bells greet the shoppers at the stores. We actually began ringing at our local Safeway store last Saturday, as the Lions Club traditionally man our first day of the season at the kettles, and every Saturday through the season. Many people know or hav...
Nov 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scuttlebutt: Finding an icon of historical inaccuracy
I was volunteering at the gift shop at the Orthodox Cathedral recently, and an icon I had seen a hundred times suddenly captured my attention. It was a modern portrayal of the Annunciation, that pivotal historical moment when the Archangel Gabriel delivered a message to a virgin. The virgin responded, “Be it unto me according to thy word,” and the Son of God became the Son of Man. The icon reflected all the themes...
Nov 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Giving real thanks
I am easily impressed with the beauty and sights of nature. A rolling wave on a sandy beach; the morning sun highlighting the clouds before it ever climbs above the horizon; a bright moon on a clear night rising just above a snow-covered mountain; a moss carpet in an evergreen forest. These to me are stunning. I always stand in awe at the magnificence of the creatures that surround us. To watch an otter swim and d...
Nov 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Traditions are a way of life
We live in a society that loves and honors its traditions. We set off fireworks on the Fourth of July, not because we are pyromaniacs — although some would wonder at times — but because it is tradition. We put candles on our desserts, not to finish the cooking process, but to celebrate another year because it is tradition. Today, we pause to remember our veterans, because it is tradition. Some traditions eventuall...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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New KCF pastor excited about Kodiak journey
Pisa Faumui was helping the elders of the Kodiak Christian Fellowship look for a pastor when it occurred to him and his wife, Michelle, that God was calling them to serve the Kodiak congregation. After about 40 applicants from across the country showed an interest in becoming the KCF’s new pastor, “We put our name in the hat,” said Faumui, who was senior pastor at the Kalifonsky Christian Center in Kenai at the ti...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: One man's heaven is another's hell
It’s beginning to arrive. The morning puddles are covered with a thin layer of ice. The edges of the lake are expanding and contracting with the ice from moment to moment. The ducks and seagulls are walking on the lake looking for a brief respite from the cold water, only to search for the next opening to swim and feed again. We have to plan ahead to give ourselves time to defrost windows. Soon the snow will come ...
Nov 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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