Monday, August 26, 2013

Summer Reading Homework due now!

Long Room - Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
Dear Students and Friends,

If you've been participating in the Summer Reading Program, your worksheets for all your reading are due by midnight, September 1 to receive 10 credits for three books. Please send your worksheets along so I can note your accomplishments. And if you weren't able to read three books, don't worry. You can receive credits for individual books you read.

Send your worksheets to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. All credits will be counted towards your 2013-2014 school year tally.

Also, don't forget to re-enroll now! The new term starts September 1. You may enroll using the form or by e-mailing else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

New 2013-14 School Term Begins September 1!

St Herman's Chapel, Spruce Island, Alaska

Dear Students and Friends,

It's time! Time to enroll for the coming new school term! The 2013-2014 term of the School of the Seventy begins September 1. You can start enrolling now by filling out the enrollment form or by sending and e-mail to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

The School is a great opportunity for spiritual learning and reading, and for earning credits and recognition while you do so! The student with the most credits at the end of the year (around June 1) will receive a school prize. But more than that, you will grow in Christ.

Consider studying a specialist area this year (see the Specialist lists on the Booklists tab, above). By reading all the books on a list, you can concentrate your study in one area and become more expert in it.

Or, follow along during the year as we post activities once or twice a week, offer books for reading and earning credits, and much more, including our annual Read-Alongs and other activities from St Luke Church in which you can be a "virtual" participant by following along on this website.

So what are you waiting for? Grow spiritually with us! Enroll now! Simply e-mail else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. You can also send your questions to this e-mail. I'll answer you promptly.

God bless you this school year. I look forward to hearing from you!
In Christ,
Else Tennessen
School Director

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Exciting New Books in Print!


Dear Students and Friends,

Looking to the new school year, which begins on September 1, I encourage you to put two new books on your reading lists. These come to us from Ancient Faith Publishing (formerly, Conciliar Press).

The first book, Ask for the Ancient Paths, by Fr James Guirguis, is the perfect book for those exploring Orthodoxy, or for us to give to non-Orthodox friends when they ask about the Faith. Read an excerpt from the bookAncient Paths is very acessible and will make you think. It is a great evangelism tool! If you choose to read this book after September 1 and fill out the general worksheet for books (available from the Lessons tab at the top of this website), you can earn 2 credits.

The second book is called A Patristic Treasury: Early Church Wisdom for Today by James Payton, author of Light from the Christian East. This 400+ page tome brings together a collection of writings of the Church Fathers, specially selected and accessible for those who have never "dived in" to the Ancients before. This is an exciting collection and makes these wise writings available to all audiences. Read an excerpt here. If you choose to read this book after September 1 and fill out the general worksheet for books (available from the Lessons tab at the top of this website), you can earn 4 credits for your work.

I hope you will consider these books, read them, and pass them on to interested friends. Reading and passing books along is also a form of witness to our Faith. Try it! May your reading be blessed.