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.

Holy Nativity Newsletter

Holy Nativity Current Newsletter

Click here to Read / Download week of  October 20, 2014

 

 

 

Talent Show, Thanksgiving Meal and Akathist!

Holy Nativity Talent Show, Thanksgiving Dinner and Akathist

On November 9th, we will gather in the Activities Center at St George Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate the Akathist for Thanksgiving, have our first talent show and Thanksgiving meal together. This promises to a fun filled evening together beginning at 4:30pm and ending around 7:30pm. If you have any type of talent, any at all, sign up and get ready to perform! So far we have a guitar duet, duck calling, violin and piano performances and maybe a bit of gymnastics! In regards to the meal, the Mission will provide the main course. Please signup to bring a side dish for everyone to enjoy! 

 

 

Pray for our Catechumens!

Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity

Please keep Kevin, Mara, Dane, Elizabeth, Aubre, Jude, Steven, Jennifer, Charlie, David and George in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.

 

 

 

Two Fall Retreats!

TWO UPCOMING FALL RETREATS!

RETREAT 1

On Saturday November 8th, at the invitation of Mother Barbara, Fr Jason will be leading a 'Nativity Retreat' at Nativity of the Lord Monastery in Kemp, Tx. The schedule for the day is as follows:

Schedule of Events (all times are approximate):

 9:30am - Divine Liturgy     

11:00am  - Continental Breakfast

11:30am - Guest Speaker: Fr. Jason Foster - Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God

1:00pm  - Lunch

1:30pm  - Guest Speaker Continues: Fr. Jason Foster - Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God

3:00pm  - Questions

4:00pm  - Break

5:00pm - Vespers

You may RSVP by calling the monastery at 903-498-4474 or by sending an email to nativitymonastery@gmail.com.

RETREAT 2

On November 14 - 15, Fr. Paul Moses Jaroslaw will lead a Pan-Orthodox Fall Retreat at St. Nicholas titled:

'St. Innocent of Alaska & The Way of the Cross'

Schedule: Friday, Nov. 14

5:30 - Vespers

6:15 - Session 1: A Personal Story: How I came to love the Way of the cross

7:15pm - Potluck Dinner

8pm - Compline (Prayers before bed)

Saturday, Nov. 15

9am - Brunch

9:30am - Akathist to St. Innocent

10:30am - Session 2: The Way of the Cross: What are crosses, and we do we have to bear them?

11:45am - Q&A

12noon - Lunch

1pm - Session 3: The Steps of a Good Man are Ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23):

           How de we Embrace the Cross and Overcome?

2:15pm - Q&A, Closing Prayer

There is no registration fee, but donations to help cover retreat costs are appreciated. Call 797-2226 for more information.

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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Help delegates from Alaska, Mexico attend the 18th All-American Council
29 Oct 2014 at 2:07pm
Alaska

Crucial to the success of the 18th All-American Council, slated to convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015, is a full complement of delegates representing parishes of every diocese of the Orthodox Church in America.

In an effort to assist delegates from the Dioceses of Alaska and Mexico, for whom travel costs can be beyond reach, a special appeal has been issued with the blessing of the Holy Synod of Bishops with the concurrence of the Metropolitan Council to help offset their expenses.

“As we prepare to come together for the All-American Council in Atlanta next July, our thoughts turn to the idea of mission for the Orthodox Church in America,” said His Grace, Bishop David of Anchorage and Alaska. “What is more important to the idea of mission than the presence of delegates from our first missionary diocese in Alaska—and our newest missionary diocese in Mexico—on the North American continent?

Mexico

“However, this is unlikely to happen without help,” Bishop David continued. “Clergy and faithful in Alaska still live very much as they have lived for the last 200 years, a subsistence lifestyle that involves very little cash and a great deal of hard work to provide food and fuel for their existence. For Alaskan residents, a ticket from the Anchorage hub to Atlanta can be well over $1,000.00, if not substantially more.  And Mexico is in a similar position, especially with the peso-to-dollar exchange rate.”

Clergy, faithful and parishes who wish to assist their “northernmost” and “southernmost” brothers and sisters to participate in the 18th All-American Council are invited to send donations to the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791. Please make checks payable to the “Orthodox Church in America” and include “18th AAC Travel Fund” in the memo line. All donations will be used exclusively for their intended purpose, and accounted for accordingly. Specific questions or suggestions may be directed to Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer, at mringa@oca.org.

“We hope that there will be many faithful willing to take the responsibility of helping to fund delegates from our oldest and youngest dioceses,” Bishop David concluded. “Please think of this opportunity as a way to help the Orthodox Church in America fulfill its mission to be a light to all peoples as we move forward for the glory of God!”












OCA 2013 Financial Audit completed, report now available
28 Oct 2014 at 5:56pm

The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2013 has been completed, according to Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer.

The report of the auditors, CapinCrouse LLP, is now available in PDF format on the OCA web site.  [The prior auditors, Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, merged with CapinCrouse LLP in early 2013.]

“Once again, the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ audit opinion”, said Ms. Ringa. The unqualified opinion is the best type of report an auditee can receive from the external auditor.”

Ms. Ringa also noted that “the financial results for 2013 show total revenues of $2,327,744.00 and total operating expenses of $2,401,687.00, with a net deficit from operations of $73,943.00, prior to expenses/income from investments, annuities and All-American Council activities. After accounting for these items, the final result for 2013 was a deficit of $54,791.00.

“Our Statement of Financial Position shows total assets of $2,951,689.00, liabilities of $400,177.00, and net assets of $2,551,512.00,” she concluded.











OCF announces 2015 “Real Break” destinations, dates
28 Oct 2014 at 5:52pm
OCF Real Break

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] recently announced that it will be sponsoring 11 “Real Break” opportunities in the spring of 2015.

Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides an alternative to “Spring Break” for Orthodox Christian college students.  It offers the possibility to travel to all parts of the world while deepening their faith, serving those in need, and cultivating relationships with like-minded peers.

“Real Break” 2015 destinations abroad include Thessalonika, Greece; Slovakia; Romania; Constantinople; Honduras; Guatemala; and Jerusalem.  North American destinations include Cleveland, OH; Alaska; Toronto, ON; and New Orleans, LA.

For additional information and/or to register visit http://www.ocf.net/real-break.










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