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 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 tradition 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.
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All Saints Winter Camp 2016 - January 15th - 18th
Winter Camp 2016 Info:
Directions: From I-20 East or West (pdf attached if needed)
Sky Ranch, Van Texas, 24657 County Road, Van, TX 75790:
I-20 Frontage Rd in Van Zandt County. Take exit 537
Take FM 16 E and FM1805 to Sky Ranch Rd in Smith County
24657 County Road 448, Van, TX 75790
Arrival Time: 5pm to 10pm.
Drop Off Location: Green Parking Lot (there will be counselors there to direct and a wagon to carry camping gear and supplies to our cabins)
Pick Up Location: Main Center on Monday starting at 10:30am
Emergency Contact Numbers: Fr. Jason 318-455-4219 and Matushka Ashley 318-455-4186 - also see attached pdf for Sky RanchnEmergency Info.
What to Bring:
Spending Money for optional activities and Sky Ranch snack shack
Sleeping bag and pillow (can bring extra blanket if desired) or twin sheets
Closed toe shoes (required for some activities)
Jeans (required for some activities)
Long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt for outdoor activities and fireside
Shorts and t-shirt for indoor sports
PJ's or sleeping clothes
Gloves for those who hands may get cold.
Hat (if preferred)
Toiletries (hair brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, towel, shampoo, soap, etc.)
Sunday Divine Liturgy attire
5pm Arrival (No meal provided on Friday night. Snacks will be provided later. Please eat before you arrive)
5-9 - Check in - Games
10:30 Lights Out
7:00 Morning prayers
8:30 1st Session
12:45-1:45 2nd Session
4:30- Great Vespers
5:30 - Supper
7:00 - Night Games/Fireside
10:30 Lights out
9:00 Divine Liturgy
1:00-2:00 3rd Session
2:00- 4:45 Activities
7:00 - Fireside
10:30 Lights out
8:30-10:00 closing Prayers and announcements
10:00 Parent Pickup
Welcome to Our New Catechumens: Chris, Saige, Lilly, Kathy and Noah
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New Church Building Update
All American Council Diocese of the South Video
At the All American Council in Atlanta, the following video of the various parishes, missions and ministries of the Diocese of the South was presented. It contains pictures and interviews from Holy Nativity. Take a few minutes to watch it and see what how the Church is growing and minstering to people throughout the south! Glory to God!
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OCA News Daily Scripture Readings