Holy Nativity of the Lord
Orthodox Church in America
5490 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71112 (Barksdale Federal Credit Union) PHONE: 318-455-4219
Welcome to Holy Nativity Mission - 318-455-4219

God is With Us!

Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission is a community of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America under the Omophorion of His Beatitude, The Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, and His Grace Bishop Nikon, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. 'Holy Nativity Mission' is currently meeting on Sundays at the Barksdale Federal Credit Union South Branch Community Center (5490 Barksdale Blvd) at 10:00 AM to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and on Wednesday evenings at Fr. Jason and Mat' Ashley's House for Vespers, Bible study and dinner. There are two Orthodox Christian parishes in Shreveport, LA – St. George Greek Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. Together, the Mission and the other two sister parishes are part of the greater Orthodox Church that is made up of over 300,000,000 Christians around the world. As one, we seek to bring the ancient faith and practice of Christ and His apostles to the people of Shreveport and Bossier. In doing so, we pray that those who join us will experience the fullness of life in Christ and His Church.

Holy Nativity is an eclectic mix of people from various backgrounds. Some are ‘cradle’ Orthodox, while others have converted to Orthodoxy as the result of a spiritual journey. Our former backgrounds include but are not limited to Southern Baptist, Methodist, United Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Charismatic Non-Denominational, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian and various Reformed faiths. Until recently, the majority of Orthodox Churches in the United States were made up of immigrants who brought the treasure of the Apostolic Faith with them from the Holy Lands, Greece, Turkey, Russia and other areas that once made up the Byzantine Empire and beyond. Fortunately, the theology and liturgy of the Church is now accessible to all as the original writings, like the New Testament, have been translated from Greek and other languages into English. Although the Mission uses English as the common language for teaching and worship, we still value and cherish the cultural traditions that protected, preserved and passed on the historic faith of the undivided Christian Church and seek to incorporate them in our liturgical life in order to enrich our experience together. 

We welcome all people to visit the mission. Also, because we understand worship to be a family affair, our older children, toddlers and infants join us in all services. If you are planning to pray with us one Sunday or attend another gathering during the week, please contact Fr. Jason so he can make sure we prepare a special guest packet for you. This will help you learn more about the Mission, and give us the opportunity to show you how much we appreciate your visit. 

We pray your journey of faith continues to move you more and more towards the likeness of Christ. Please know the heart, mind and hands of the Mission are available to assist you as needed on your pilgrimage. Our desire is show the people of Shreveport-Bossier the same love we continue to receive from God and, by His grace, demonstrate to each other.

Groundbreaking and Planting of the Cross!

Groundbreaking!

On February 7th, we officially broke ground on the construction of our new Phase I facility. Thanks to our dean Fr Basil and Matushka Zebrun (St.Barbara Orthodox Church in Ft. Worth, TX),   Fr David Bozemen and his sons Judah and Asher (St. Nektarios Orthodox Church in Waxahatchie, TX), Fr Daniel and Presbytera Maria Bethancourt (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Shreveport, LA), Mother Barbara and Svetlana (Nativity of the Lord Monastery), their guest from St. Maximos Orthodox Church in Denton, TX and Presbytera Mirela Tudora (St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless, TX) for making the journey to be with us and participating in the ceremony. Also, we are very grateful for our friends, family members and brothers and sisters from St George and St Nicholas who were able to attend. Lastly, thank you Dr. Chris and Stacy Cosse for hosting such a wonderful reception at your home for all of us. It was a beautiful day!

God willing, we will be in our new facility for Palm Sunday!

 

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Facility on February 7th!

Clearing of Land Begins! Groundbreaking Ceremony February 7th!

Phase 1 of our land development and building construction on the 11 acres we own on the Southern Loop begain Friday January 16th. Thanks to everyone who has particiapted in the process either through the giving of time, financial resources, prayer, etc. At present, we are tentatively scheduled to move into the new facility prior to or on Palm Sunday - Glory to God for all things! 

Phase I Construction (temporary temple space, warming kitchen and parish hall area) will be completed when Phase II, our temple project, begins. Three more porches will be added over the entry ways and a grand porch will be connected to the eastern entrance of the facility. Finally, stone accents will be placed around the windows and along the bottom of the building that correspond and compliment the exterior of the temple.  

Tenatively, we will gather at 12:30 PM on Saturday February 7th for the offical ground breaking ceremony -  Lunch provided!

 

From I-49 south, take the Southern Loop exit. Once you get the Southern Loop stop sign, TL and head east for approximately 1 mile.  

 

Phase 1 Outside
Phase 1 Outside
Phase 1 Outside
Phase 1 Inside
Phase 1 Inside
Phase 1 Inside
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Pray for our Catechumens!

Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity

Please keep Bryce, Steven, Jennifer, Charlie, David, George, Robb, Ryan, Amanda, Samuel, Evie, Elijah and Ava in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.

 

 

 

Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Red River 2014

Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Red River 2014

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Our New Land on the Southern Loop

Our Land on the Southern Loop

Thanks be to God! On the Friday before Holy Week we purchased an 10.98 acre tract of land on the Southern Loop. This will be the future home of Holy Nativity. We are very thankful for Dr. Tom Siskron who gifted a large portion of the land to us, Jeff Norris for donating his legal services, Scott Adcock for the discounted appraisal work and Ioannis Petikas for doing our enviornmental study at no charge. Also, we want to thank Kayne  Pierce of Carter Federal Credit Union for financing the deal for us. 

 

 

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OCA Alaskan Diocese “gives” a church to Kenya!
14 hours ago
Alaska, Kenya

On February 15, 2015, His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios of Kenya, assisted by his new vicar, His Grace, Bishop Neophytos, consecrated the first church in Africa dedicated to Saint Herman of Alaska—a “gift” from the clergy and laity of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of Alaska.

Fifteen parishes and 37 individuals, most of whom are from the Diocese of Alaska, not only made the “gift” possible, but also donated the icon of Saint Herman for the iconostasis of the new temple, which was built in the Nandi region of western Kenya.

Alaska, Kenya

The project began when a retired diocesan priest made Facebook contact with a young, energetic Kenyan priest, Father Jonah Rotich, who needed an additional classroom for his growing village school.  Providing the $650.00 to expand the school was a relatively quick and easy project. But then Father Jonah displayed the foundations of his new church due to a shortage of funds, it was discovered that the building could be completed for a mere $17,000.00.

It was determined that 34 donors, each providing $500.00, could make Father Jonah’s dream a reality.

Alaska, Kenya

His Grace, Bishop David, gave his blessing to make the construction of the church a diocesan project.  At the Alaskan Diocesan Assembly in October 2014, clergy and lay delegates enthusiastically embraced the idea. Reasoning that the Russian Orthodox Church had built, decorated and furnished many historic Alaskan churches, both during the era when Alaska was part of the Russian Empire and also for 50 years thereafter, the Alaskan Orthodox faithful decided it was time for them, as a mature diocese, to begin assisting other missions around the world.

Funds were transferred to Kenya with immediate results.

Father Jonah regularly reported on the number of bricks, the kilos of sand or the quantities of cement he bought from week to week and posted photos of the construction project’s progress.  Contributors from other parts of the US and Canada supplemented the gifts from over 30 generous Alaskans and a dozen diocesan parishes. The stone and brick church was completed in less than four months!

Alaska, Kenya

Bishop David provided a portion of the relics of Saint Herman, which were placed in the new church’s altar table.

At the church’s consecration, Kenyan clergy and laity responded with an amazing and overwhelming celebration in dance and song, with the children, teens, men and women of the parish composing and performing jubilant songs to celebrate and give thanks to God for the gift of a church they received from their distant Alaska Native brothers and sisters in Christ.

“The project witnesses to the possibility for even a small number of Orthodox Christians to contribute significantly to the growth of the Faith using modern technology,” Bishop David said.  “Saint Herman Church in Kenya is the product of a close and trusting relationship between two priests, with the blessing of two bishops, and the possibilities of cooperation across half the globe: a church built by the Grace and Mercy and Love of God — and Facebook!”



Funds being collected to help deceased priest’s wife, six children
2 Mar 2015 at 5:18pm

Donations to assist the family of Priest Matthew Baker, who died as a result of an automobile accident on the evening of Orthodox Sunday—March 1, 2015—may be made at http://www.gofundme.com/nizf2g?fb_action_ids=10153015372926708&fb_action_types=og.shares.

Baker Family

Donations also may be sent directly to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 247 Washington Street, Norwich, CT 06360, the parish to which Father Matthew had recently been assigned.

A priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Father Matthew attended Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY.  A doctoral candidate, he was widely known for his scholarly pursuits and had been described not only as “a brilliant scholar and liturgist, but as a real pastor.”

The accident occurred while Father Mathew and his six children, who range in age from two to 12 years old, were driving home from the Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers which his parish had hosted.  His children were not hurt in the accident.  His wife Katherine was not with them.

Updates about the family, other opportunities to help, and a schedule of memorial and funeral services will be posted on the aforementioned GoFundMe page as they become available.  Further information may be obtained by writing to help4thebakers@gmail.com.

One hundred percent of the donations received will go directly to Presbytera Katherine.

May Father Matthew’s memory be eternal, and may our All-Merciful Savior comfort his grieving wife, children, and extended family.














New Parish Ministry Resources article describes In-reach/Outreach programs
2 Mar 2015 at 12:52pm
Parish Ministry

An inspiring article describing the “In-reach/Outreach Committee” established at Holy Cross Church, Medford, NJ is now available as part of the Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid’s Parish Ministry Resources, formerly known as the Resource Handbook.

“A dozen years ago, Archpriest John Shimchick and eight Holy Cross parishioners developed an impressive annual cycle of programs that provide meaningful outreach to troubled youth and to the hungry and homeless in their neighboring community,” said Donna Karabin, CSHA chair.  “At the same time, they organize fellowship events within their parish and sustain caring programs for the sick, the elderly, and other parishioners in times of special need.”

The article, written by Diana Pasca, Ministry Representative from the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, offers a wealth of ideas for Lenten ministries and other long-term parish programs.  It may be accessed here








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