Sunday, December 27, 2015

Booklets on File at the North Vancouver Archives

Booklets on File at the North Vancouver Archives
Posthumous and Active Churches of North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District, and Adjacent Native Lands
North Vancouver Area, B.C. Canada

This Blog, Churches On Sundays, has been published every Sunday for four years: 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2015 an occasional post was published.

By the end of 2014 posts were written on all the posthumous and active churches in North Vancouver City, the District of North Vancouver, and the adjacent Native Lands.

Above is a photo of the 7 booklets on information in my church blog pertaining to North Vancouver.
                    Posthumous Churches of North Vancouver City
                    Churches of North Vancouver City (referring to Active Churches)
                    Posthumous Churches of the District of North Vancouver
                    Churches of the District of North Vancouver (referring to Active 
                    Churches of the Lynn Valley Area (active and posthumous)
                    Churches of the Deep Cove Area (active and posthumous)
                    Churches of Native Lands Adjacent to North Vancouver

( )  These references are not in the title

The booklets include copies of the blog posts published at Churches On Sundays at,
maps, lists of churches by addresses, date published, date built/bought/rented.
 A copy of the booklet on Deep Cove was also given to their Historical Society.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Die Kirche St. Johann in Davos - Davos
St. Johann Reform Church (Link 1.)

St. Johann Reform Church
Davos, Switzerland

"The Reformed Church St. Johann  (names for St. John the Baptist) in Davos in the canton of Graubünden is the oldest Talkirche in Davos and with a capacity of 800 visitors the most. The distinctive church tower with its six bells is formative for the townscape of DavosPlatz. 
The oldest buildings dates back to the 13th century. In 1528, which was both throughout Davos and thus also in the church of St. Johann Reformation introduced.

Big Bell Tower
"The big bell tower has a height of 71.2 meters and was built in the 1481st In the 16th century the tower roof had to be completely rebuilt after a lightning strike. Striking is the resultant twist since the shingle roof by 43 percent, which in the Alpine temporarily extreme weather conditions can be attributed. The tower is basically inaccessible, groups can visit it by appointment, however. 2003 the tower was newly shingles. 35 larches were beaten and made ​​from the wood shingles 73,000. 

Sanctuary and Nave
"Today's nave in 1909 rebuilt to more people being able to accommodate. The old pulpit from 1719 was, however, integrated into the new building. 

Organ on Rear Wall of Sanctuary

"In the same year was an organ on the north gallery built. It included 22 registers. Today's organ from 1961 has 30 registers and stands on the west gallery. She was of the Felsberger company Metzler Orgelbau created.

"The stained glass windows dating from 1928 submitted by Augusto Giacometti.
"From 2007 to 2009 there was a total renovation of the church, the tower on the facade to the ship inside the church. During the renovation, the located on top of the tower roof was time capsule opened the last time and refilled. The former contents were transferred to the Documentation Library Davos."
 (Link 1.)


Below the church sanctuary is the stone floored crypt with  tombs in the walls.  
Above the tombs are named and dated circular plaques.

1666 Paulus Jenazuis

1610 Johannes Bircher

1622 Rechten Von Sprecher, Doctor Beider

1611 Henrich Biaisch

1603 Salomon Buol

1666 Hans, Jac, Conr. Schvoler
Photos: Taken with his iPhone in November 2014 by Richard Wilson while
                 living and working in Basel and visiting in Davos, Switzerland.  
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God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day
The Wall

This is a story of my family.  My grandmother, Marie,  was born on a farm in Petasky, Michigan.  She had 5 brothers and 4 sisters.  She moved to Wisconsin as a bride and died in 1952 at age 67 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.  My mother kept in touch with several of her brothers and sisters.  One of these was her Uncle Charlie who had moved to Rapid City South Dakota. In 1956 when I graduated from high school and my brother graduated from grade school my mother took us by train and then bus to visit the Black Hills, Yellowstone Park, and her Uncle Charlie.

I had heard about her Uncle Charlie over the years.  He and his 1st wife Kate had never had children.  Then in his 60's they were divorced and he married his second wife, the young Kate.  Kate had been a nurse in the Korean War.  Her 1st husband had been a pilot who was killed in that war.  She had a son, Alan, from that marriage. Kate and Uncle Charlie also had a son, of course, named Charlie. Charlie had red hair and freckles, was rambunctious and looked like "What me worry?"  This great gift to Uncle Charlie so late in his life became his life.  Alan was 9 and Charlie was about 5 when my mother, brother, and I visited this family.

Many years after this visit I heard that Charlie, the great gift to my mother's Uncle Charlie, was killed in Vietnam.  My prayers went out to Uncle Charlie in his grief and Kate who had suffered such a loss in the Korean War.

When the Vietnam War Memorial was installed in Washington D. C. an accompanying "Moving Wall"  went on tour.  The replica was true to the original, a long rambling wall of black with the names of those that sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.  A soldier stood on guard with eyes on the wall. This "Moving Wall" came to Vancouver in 1988 and was mounted in Sunset Beach Park.  It was here that I visited the "Moving Wall".  I approached the soldier on guard who took me to the spot where "Charlie Reberg" was carved into the black surface.  I touched his name and thought of the little five year old with red hair and freckles and his parents who adored him.  And I prayed for them and all the other parents who had such a loss.

In 1998 the US Government offered rubbings of the names of those on the wall on request.  I gratefully received a copy of "Charlie Reberg" as it appears on "The Wall".  It can be seen in the photo below.

Each Remembrance Day, I remember.  I remember the sparkle in Uncle Charlie's eyes as he watched his five year old Charlie play in the front yard of their Rapid City home.  I remember that quietness of 9 year old Alan that seemed to reflect the death of his father in the Korean War. I think of the grief of young Kate and her double sacrifice.  And I pray for all the other families that have made this sacrifice.  Let us remember.

Photo: Taken of Suzanne Wilson's copy of "Charlie Reberg's" name on the Vietnam Memorial, "The Wall."

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Kirche Neumunster

Kirche Neumunster
Zurich, Switzerland

"The Neumünster is an Evangelical Reformed Church building in Zurich city distric tRiesbach. The church is located on the Neumünster Neumünster Road 10 southwest of Hegibachplatzes.

Kirsche Neumunster
(Link 1.)
The Neumünster is a longitudinal rectangular, five-axis hall building, which is located on the Zelglihügel, a small hill that was once free is now but surrounded by mansions from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Three flights of stairs lead from the road to Neumünster Church, the main access is determined by a monumental staircase. The church is surrounded by parkland, with cypresses and lime trees planted. East of the church was once the Neumünster Neumünster cemetery, which is now converted into a park.

(Link 1.)
"On the narrow sides of the church corner buildings are prefixed. The late classical main façade has three portals and is by columns and pilasters rhythm. About the middle, slightly protruding portal rises the bell tower, located in a cube-shaped mezzanine, a sleek bullet with clock tower and an octagonal divided top floor. The side fronts are divided by high, narrow rectangular windows.

Base of Front Pillar
(Link 1.)

"With its striking front tower the Neumünster is inspired by English classicism, particularly of the Church of St. Pancras inLondon and St. Peter's Church in Regent. From Neumünster Zurich in turn are likely Reformed Church Gentiles and theReformed Church Wattwil have been affected, both by Felix Wilhelm Kubly were built a few years after the Neumünster Zurich. 
"With its striking front tower the Neumünster is inspired by English classicism, particularly of the Church of St. Pancras inLondon and St. Peter's Church in Regent. From Neumünster Zurich in turn are likely Reformed Church Gentiles and theReformed Church Wattwil have been affected, both by Felix Wilhelm Kubly were built a few years after the Neumünster Zurich. 

"A coffered ceiling completes the interior. In the stairways to the tower gallery there are two paintings that the Transfiguration on Tabor as well as Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane broach.

Top Photo: Taken with his iPhone in May 2014 by Richard Wilson while living
                 and working in Basel, Switzerland. (Happy 2nd Birthday to Richard's 
                 son Sano, from Nana and Papa.)
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

                                                                                                     November 1, 2015

St. John's Episcopal Church 2015

St. John's Episcopal Church
Ketchican, Alaska
"St. John's Episcopal Church and St. Agnes Mission 
were newly built above the tides in 1902."

"St. John's was built in 1904 on the waters edge. Many of the congregation who attended would tie up their boats to the pier at the church's front door, climb up a ladder and make their way into the church to worship. St. John's was constructed by local shipwrights and craftsmen using red cedar milled about three miles south of town in Saxman. Due to the growth of Ketchikan the pier which St. John's sat on has been replaced with a hard surfaced road known as Mission Street. " (Link 1.)
"In 1898, St. Agnes Mission was built in what is now St. John's parking lot. That native school was operated for almost 25 years before being turned over to the Office of Indian Affairs.
"The clergy house on the other side of the mission was enlarged between 1908 and 1912, and converted to a 12-bed hospital. In the 1970's and 1980's, it served as the Seamen's Center.
"In the 1960's, St. John's welcomed back the native congregation of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, a mission church which had been formed out of the congregation of St. John's. Maintaining its presence in Ketchikan's downtown has remained a priority for St. John's, hosting weekly meals for the homeless and providing meeting space to various community groups.

Side View 2015
"To this purpose, parishioners keep the church open all week during the summer so visitors can share in the beauty and serenity of our sanctuary which is adorned with handsome stained glass windows, the oldest of which dates back to the 1930's. St. John's remains firm in both its mission--serving to the glory of God in Ketchikan---and its location--its steeple rising from the center of town as a visible symbol of God and his work.

Rear of Church 2015
"The old rectory which once stood behind the church was taken down to provide for the widening of Dock Street." (Link 2.)
(Link 1.)

"Upon entering the church you are immediately drawn to the stained glass windows which adorn the sanctuary, some of which date back to the 1930's. The alter and pipe organ are without a doubt some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  (Link 1.)
Article Photo

                                         Statue carved from whale bone and
                                    adorned with gold from the 1800's gold rush.

(Link 1.)

Article Photo

                         Stained Glass Window (Link 1.)

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                                           Stained Glass Window (Link 1.)

Article Photo

                                                Stained Glass Window (Link 1.)

Note: For map see Blog Post October 18, 2015.                                        

Exterior Photos: Taken in September 2015 by SW.
Reference:  Our Town, Discover Ketchikan Alaska.
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

                                                                                                         October 25, 2015

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church
(The Green Church)

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church
Skagway, Alaska

"Gold was discovered near Dawson in the Klondike in 1896, and the town of Skagway was founded in 1897 by Captain William Moore. With the influx of miners and prospectors heading for the Klondike, Skagway quickly became the most populated town in Alaska, with a population of 3,117 in 1900.
"The first priest to visit Skagway was Father Paul Bougis SJ, from Douglas, Alaska (near Juneau). He arrived in the fall of 1897 and offered Mass in the homes of Catholic families that fall and the following spring. In August, 1898, Father Philibert Turnell SJ came to Skagway and established a mission. He made temporary arrangements to use the school for Sunday Masses, and his first Mass was offered on September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Three months later the Catholic community purchased a large empty store, converting it into a church and naming it St. Mark’s. The church was filled to capacity for the first Mass which was offered on Christmas Eve, 1898.

" In March of 1918, Father Edgar Gallant was the first priest to be ordained in Alaska. His first assignment was Skagway, where he was to serve until 1959. Father Gallant’s first goal was to improve St. Mark’s Church. In 1932, with help from the Catholic Extension Society, he built St. Pius X Mission Boarding School for Native children. The school stood on the site of the present Garden City R.V. Park and was staffed by the Sisters of St. Ann of British Columbia. In November of 1946, the school burned to the ground, but was soon rebuilt and operated until 1959.

"After the boarding school closed, Masses were once again offered in the homes of local Catholic families. Priests visited from Juneau, and sisters came to Skagway to visit and offer religious instruction for the children. We were once again a mission parish, but the dedication of the good people of Skagway and the visiting clergy and sisters kept the faith alive and flourishing to this day.
"Our present church—St. Therese of the Child Jesus—was built in 1979 with the help of the Christian Brothers and the good people of Skagway. Much of the funding was provided by the Catholic Extension Society, to which our community is most thankful.

Statue of St. Therese
(In front of church)

"The parish of St. Therese is a member of the Diocese of Juneau, shepherded by Bishop Edward J. Burns who was installed April 2, 2009. The Diocese of Juneau is strung out along 500 miles of islands, inlets and fjords that compose the panhandle of Southeast Alaska. This 53,000 sq. mile area is served by nine priests, many of whom travel regularly by ferry and small plane to bring the Mass and sacraments to the small towns and villages of our diocese." (Link 1.)

The residents of Skagway refer to their five churches not by their denomination, but by the color paint on the exterior. 

                                                        Assembly of God-Red
                                                          Fellowship Lifelink-Gray
                                                          St. Therese Catholic Church-Green

Hence St. Therese Catholic Church is identified as "The Green Church".  A statue of St. Therese in front of the church welcomes church members and visitors.

The entrance/narthex is on the side of the building. Inside  is the sanctuary which opens up to the church hall behind it.  Behind the altar on the front wall of the sanctuary is the dramatic painting of prospectors on foot carrying their supplies up the mountain side to the gold fields. It was painted by Jerry Coon, the brother parishioner Linda Coon. It is titled Golden Stirs/Golden Staircase. Jerry Coon also helped to build the church. (Judy)  A colored statue of St. Therese sits to the left of the painting.


Front Wall of Sanctuary

Statue of St. Therese
(In Sanctuary)

The church hall provides additional pews for seating in the sanctuary, an area for social activities and an altar.  On the side wall of the entrance to the hall is the church piano.  Also on the side wall are brass plaques of the Stations of Cross.

Pews extending into church hall
(Piano on the right)

Station of the Cross

In 1932 a Catholic Boarding School for native children was built in Skagway, St. Pius X Mission Boarding School.  It closed its doors in 1959.  "The Chapel at the school was named in honor of St. Therese.  The altar in our hall is the altar used in the Chapel in the school." (REF.)

Altar from St. Pius X School 
(In church hall.)

Other architectural  features in the church are a colored glass window and
the baptismal font of wood and brass.
Colored Glass Window

Baptismal Font

Thank you: To Judy and her daughter at Mile 0 B&B for information on 
                         the church.
Note: See map of area at Blog Post October 18, 2015. 
Photos: Taken in Sept. 2015 by SW while on a cruise on the Norwegian Sun.
Reference: Church handout on the history of the Church and School.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

                                                                                                               October 18, 2015

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church
Juneau, Alaska

Inside Passage Cruise
Skagway, Juneau, Ketchican (north to south)
(Link 2.)

"The Inside Passage is a coastal route for oceangoing vessels along a network of passages which weave through the islands on the Pacific coast of North America. The route extends from southeastern Alaska, in the United States, through westernBritish Columbia, in Canada, to northwestern Washington state, in the United States. Ships using the route can avoid some of the bad weather in the open ocean and may visit some of the many isolated communities along the route. The Inside Passage is heavily travelled by cruise ships, freighters, tugs with tows, fishing craft and ships of the Alaska Marine Highway,BC Ferries, and Washington State Ferries systems.
The term "Inside Passage" is also often used to refer to the ocean and islands around the passage itself. The Inside Passage is also sometimes referred to as the "Inland Passage" which is in turn a reference to early explorers' quests to locate the Northwest Passage between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean." (Link 2.)
"The City and Borough of Juneau  is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, and it is the second largest city in the United States by area. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of what was then the District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current municipality,[2] which is larger by area than both Rhode Islandand Delaware.
"In 2014, the population estimate from the United States Census Bureau was 32,406, making it the second most populous city in Alaska after Anchorage. Juneau's daily population can increase by roughly 6,000 people from visiting cruise ships between the months of May and September.
"The city is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau...
"Juneau is rather unusual among U.S. capitals in that there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America...
(Link 3.)

School, Church, Rectory before 1917
St Nicholas, May 1945
St. Nicolas, 1945
(Link 1.)

The Dome, Dec 2010
                                                                                  The Dome, Dec 2010
                                                                        (Link 1.)
Juneau was the first stop of the Sept. 14-21st cruise ship Norwegian Sun.  And it is  here that sits the  "oldest, continual use Orthodox structure in Southeast Alaska" (Link 1.)  St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church.

"Although there were no Russians in Juneau at that time and Alaska had been under United States control since 1867, the Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas was established there in 1894... it was the native Tlingit people who were the catalyst for the establishment of our church, " (Link 1.) (because services were in their own language.)
"After word reached Moscow that the work in Juneau had been established, the (Orthodox Missionary) Society sent architectural drawings and two thousand silver rubles to build and equip the church.  Another significant donation of 400 dollars came from Rev. Ivan Il’ich Sergiyev, known better to us as St. John of Kronstadt. The Iconostasis was constructed and provided by Ivan A. Zheverzheev’s Factory and Store of Church Utensils....In October 1893, a fundraising event was sponsored by a local Juneau physician. A total of $400 was raised at a "fancy dress ball" at the Court House where participants sought to win prizes, dance to an orchestra, and eat ice cream.
"Also included in the shipment were articles of interior church furnishings - candle stands, chalice set, censer, banners, a full icon screen and festal icons. Many of these items can still be seen (and some are still in use) at the church today." (Link 1.)
Interior Church Furnishings from Russia

Original Candelabra from Russia
"This building was constructed in 1893-1894 in Juneau with local timber, local labor, and under the supervision of Ellingen and Rudolph, a local contractor....(It was the last of the Orthodox churches made in this shape.-REF.) The (seven bay) iconostasis (icon screen) is the only part of this building that was made in Russia and assembled here.

St. Nicolas
Center Painting on Iconoctasis

Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
Painting to Left of Center on Iconostasis

St. Methodios
Far Right Painting on Iconostasis

"At the time of the consecration, there was no dome or belfry in place on the building. The characteristic "onion" dome was constructed and placed in 1895. The bell and belfry were constructed and placed in 1905 or 1906.  Inscriptions on the bell indicate that it was cast (or at least sponsored) in St. Petersburg, Russia." (Link 1.)

Painting Above Sanctuary Entrance From Narthex
(Painted by local artist Charles Rohrbacker)
The octagonal shaped church consists basically of two rooms, the sanctuary and the narthex.  The congregation stands in the sanctuary during Sunday worship services.

On the walls of the sanctuary are groupings of liturgical paintings, many of which are enhanced gold leaf backgrounds or details.

Liturgical Painting Groupings On Side Walls of Sanctuary

In the narthex is a glass case of objects used in church services. Plaques describing the churches history line the walls.

19th Century Wedding Crowns
(In Case In Narthex)

A $120,000 restoration project was completed in 1979.  And in recent years parts of the church have again been restored.  "In 1990 the parishioners repainted the church inside and out..." "A $5000 grant...(paid for a) dome restoration in 1992." "The belfry was removed in... 2007, stored on the lawn, restored as part of the narthex restoration,  and replaced... (in) 2012." The roof of the old rectory was replaced in 2013.  Foundation work was done on the church in 2014. (REF.)

In 1974 St. Nicolas Orthodox Church in Juneau, Alaska was elected to the National Register of Historic Places. (REF.)

Thank you: To Patrick and Julia for guiding me around the church and gift
                 shop-in the original rectory next to the church.
Reference : The First Hundred Years 1984-1994 page 12, available at the
                 church gift shop.
Photos: Taken in Sept. 2015 by SW.
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