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 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.

DIVINE LITURGY AT 9AM ON JUNE 28th

DIVINE LITURGY AT 9AM ON JUNE 28th

On June 28th we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Barksdale Fed Cred Union South at 9am so that the group leaving for summer camp will arrive there on time. Thank you for your consideration.

Fr Jason

VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL - THE ARMOR OF GOD!

Vacation Church School

Vacation Church School - 2015 - The Armor of God! 

Join us from June 16th - June 19th 

Location: St George Greek Orthodox Church

Time: 9am - 11:50am

 

ALL SAINTS SUMMER CAMP! JUNE 28 - JULY 3

ALL SAINTS SUMMER CAMP!

This year our deanery will be hosting ALL SAINTS SUMMER CAMP! Holy Nativity is in charge of putting the camp together and overseeing it from June 28 - July 3rd! Those from 8 - 18 (new high school graduates) are welcome and encouraged to attend. The cost for the week is $275. This includes all meals and activies. All Saints Summer Camp (Camp All Saints) promises to be a time of spiritual growth and a lot of fun!! 

Visit the camp website and sign up today: www.AllSaintsSummerCamp.org . 

Katie's Chrismation!

Katie's Chrismation!

Congratulations to Katie "Nonna" Cohen on her chrismation!

Pray for our Catechumens!

Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity

Please keep Tim, Kirsten, Alaina, Will, Victoria, George, Robb, Ryan, Amanda, Samuel, Evie, Elijah and Ava in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.

 

 

 

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
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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Monasteries prepare for annual August pilgrimages
31 Jul 2015 at 5:31pm
Pilgrimage

The word “pilgrimage” means “a journey of spiritual significance.”

And every year, the month of August proves to be significant for three monastic communities of the Orthodox Church in America observing their annual pilgrimages in conjunction their patronal feastdays.

  • The Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA, will celebrate its annual pilgrimage and patronal feast day on Wednesday and Thursday, August 5 and 6, 2015.  The pilgrimage will open aith the celebration of Vigil and dinner at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.  The following morning, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the outdoor pavilion at 9:30 a.m.  The guest homilist will be His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh.  Lunch will follow at noon.  The Sacrament of Holy Unction with the anointing of pilgrims will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m.  The pilgrimage will close with the celebration of Vespers at 6:00 p.m.  Additional information is available here.
  • The New Skete Monasteries, Cambridge, NY, will celebrate its annual pilgrimage on Saturday, August 8.  The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., after which a full day of events, including photo exhibits, talks, and other activities will be available, together with Greek and Lebanese food booths and a gift shop.  At 1:15 p.m., Dr. Tony Vrame, this year’s guest speaker, will deliver a presentation titled “Does the Future have a Church?”  A friend of the New Skete communities since the late 1980s, Dr. Vrame is Director of the Department of Religious Education for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Adjunct Associate Professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA.  The pilgrimage will close with the celebration of a Healing Service with anointing at 4:45 p.m., followed by Vespers.  A detailed flyer may be accessed here.
  • The 28th annual pilgrimage to the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, will coincide with the celebration of the community’s patronal feast day Friday through Sunday, August 14-16.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will join His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate for the celebration of the festal Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  A complete schedule of the weekend’s many services is available here.





  • Send us your summer camp and VCS photos before school bells ring
    31 Jul 2015 at 9:25am
    camp

    While the beginning of the new school year is just around the corner, the next few weeks will be filled with another round of camp and Vacation Church School programs.  And we’d like to add photos of them to the on-line gallery.

    Camp and VCS directors and participants are invited to send up to five [5] photos of their activities to info@oca.org for inclusion in the gallery.  Please indicate the name, location and dates of the program.  Captions are not necessary.

    The deadline for submitting photos is August 20, 2015.







    St. Vladimir’s Seminary accepting applications for Doctor of Ministry Program
    30 Jul 2015 at 4:15pm
    SVOTSGregory Abdalah shares his parish experience with 2017 D.Min. Cohort.

    Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here is now accepting applications for students who want to enroll in its Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program and comprise the “2019 Cohort,” which will commence training in Summer 2016.  Potential students may explore this innovative residential program that uses distance-learning and onsite intensives by perusing the D.Min. Program page, by contacting the jmatusiak@svots.edu or the shalvorsen@svots.edu. for more information.

    During the week of July 12, 2015, eleven students in the current “2017 Cohort” — who represent six Orthodox jurisdictions in the US and Canada — were on campus for their residential summer term.  They completed 46 hours of intensive work in two courses—“Counseling in the Parish,” taught by Archpriest Nicholas Solak, D.Min., and “Liturgical Life and Pastoral Ministry” taught by Grant S. White, Ph.D.

    Father Nicholas noted that the students’ presentation and sharing of case studies from parish settings provided “peer feedback and support of great value,” while Dr. White observed that the students’ wide-ranging experience in liturgy and life was “a great blessing” that brought “extensive knowledge and pastoral experience to their doctoral studies in ministry.

    “These are people with a heart for ministry, deeply committed to addressing the challenges the Church faces in the twenty-first century,” added Dr. White.  “I look forward to seeing the ways in which my students will lead, challenge, and inspire the Church in the years to come.”

    Priest Alcuin Kellerhouse, a student from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, reflected, “We each bring different experiences, but come together as a group of Christian scholars to reflect theologically on that experience, and to explore together how we can contribute to the life of Orthodoxy in North America.  I always come away from the intensive refreshed and excited about the ministry we share.”

    Click here to apply now to the D.Min. Program.

    NOTE: The Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies offers need-based financial aid for qualified Doctor of Ministry Students. Recipients of funding from the Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies agree to give special diocesan and/or parish workshops and/or seminars in their particular areas of pastoral study. At least one such workshop or seminar shall be given by each scholarship recipient in each year they receive aid from this endowment.

  • Fill out the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Financial Aid Application and send it to the Director of Admissions
  • Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov.  When filling out the FAFSA enter G02833 for St. Vladimir’s Seminary











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