Courtesy of MIKE ROSTAD

Pastor Pisa Faumui and wife, Michelle Faumui.

Sunday was a joyous day for the congregation of Oceans United in Kodiak. Their pastor, Shannon Panthin, was ordained as a bishop of the Assemblies of God/Church of God in Alaska. The service took place on Palm Sunday which was acknowledged by Protestant and Catholic Christians last week. This Sunday, Protestant and Catholic Christians will celebrate Easter, known as Pascha by the Orthodox faithful, who will celebrate the resurrection day on the following Sunday.

At the ordination, Pastor Jeffery McGirt, administrative bishop of the Church of God in Alaska, gave a stirring message in which he contrasted the palm branches that were waved by adoring pedestrians who cried Hosana (Save Now) to Christ, as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey,

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