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Newly blessed: Kenai's Russian Orthodox church celebrates completed outbuilding climb into a chair and play with her baby brother. The ceremony was at times formal, with the bishop and Father Thomas Andrew working their way through the regular prayers, song and petition of the blessing ceremony, and at times it dipped...
Saved for the bells

...sometimes cause leaks in the foyer of the church and the louvers, or wooden window slats, have got to go, said Father Thomas Andrew, rector of the church. The building, registered as a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest Russian Orthodox...
Fry bread Friday a success for local church

...Kenay and is a frequently visited tourist attraction year round -weekly services are also held at the church. Father Thomas Andrew, rector at the church, said money was being raised for a fire suppression system at the church. Gray estimated last...
Grants fund protection of Holy Assumption

...from its home monastery in Russia in 1904. "These are priceless," said Holy Assumption's Resident Priest Rev. Thomas Andrew of the icons and gospels dating back centuries in some cases and to the beginning of orthodox life in Kenai. Before...
Humor, humbleness makes Old Town Kenai priesthood enjoyable

It was a calling that pulled Rev. Thomas Andrew into priesthood. It pulled him from his family in bush Alaska. It dragged him away from other potential careers. And now, it...
Kenaitze Tribe breaks ground on new wellness center

...blessing from a group of drummers and the Lord's prayer recited in Dena'ina by culture bearer Jon Ross. Father Thomas Andrew of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church also blessed the site, those who would work inside...
Carpa Orloff

...April. 15, 2013 at Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. Burial will be in church cemetery. Father Thomas Andrew will officiate.Carpa was born Oct. 27, 1931 in Bear River. He had lived in Bear River and Port Moller. He was...
Church keeps fingers crossed for funding

...his dinner table, looking out his window at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Father Thomas Andrew said he sometimes worries about the church he heads."Nobody knows if something is going to happen," he said...
Church Briefs

...Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 1106 Mission Ave. in Kenai. For more information, call Fr. Thomas Andrew at 283-4122. Soldotna Aglow plans Bible study Soldotna Day Aglow will hold a Bible study titled, "Breaking Free...
Church work hits unexpected obstacles

...Peninsula is undergoing renovations to fix its crumbling foundation and caving walls. "It's a mess," said Father Thomas Andrew while standing inside the chapel last week amid the work in progress. Apart from repairing the mounting structural...


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