Holy Nativity of the Lord
Orthodox Church in America
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Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission is a community of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America under the omophorion of His Grace, Bishop Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and of the South. The faithful of Holy Nativity gather on Saturday nights at 5pm for Great Vespers and Sunday mornings at 10am for the Divine Liturgy and Wednesday night at 5:30pm for daily vespers. All services are held in our new church building located at 2155 Southern Loop Rd in Shreveport, LA (71106). 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.

All Saints Summer Camp!

All Saints Summer Camp will be at the same location this year as it has been in the past - Cooper Farms (www.cooperfarm.org) in Ledbetter, TX.  The director and staff are excited we are returning and they are working hard to make sure this is the best camp to date. Thankfully, due to our number of participants, we will once again have the entire campground to ourselves. 
 
The theme this year, as seen above, is "HERE I AM! - SEND ME." While the children and youth will study missions, hear from missionaries, engage in morning and evening prayer, learn about iconography, make prayer ropes, etc., they will also have a lot of fun at the Blob Pond, Ropes Course, Giant Swing, Zip Line, nightly pool parties, bonfires, etc. By bringing our Orthodox children and youth together for this week, they will experience spiritual growth, learn about missions, deepen old friendships and make new ones and enjoy the outdoors. 
 
This is the link to our camp website: www.allsaintssummercamp.org  All the information about summer camp is there. Participants can register and pay online or mail in a check. If you want to see more pics and videos from past Summer and Winter camps, visit out FB page- //www.facebook.com/OCAAllSaintsSummerCamp/
 
 
Episcopal Visit!

Bishop Alexander visited Holy Nativity over the Festal celebration of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. 

Catechumens

Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
New Church Building Update

Thanks be to God, we are now worshipping in our new facility on the Southern Loop. 

All American Council Diocese of the South Video

DOS 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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Camp for youth with disabilities to begin second year
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All Saints Camp here will be the site of the second annual camping experience—the Saint Nicholas Program—for Orthodox Christian youth, ages nine through 19, with disabilities and their families June 19-22, 2017.

Sponsored by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA [UOCUSA], the camp program is designed for parents and their children with disabilities to spend time together in an Orthodox family environment.

“Campers are introduced to camp life at while parents are given the opportunity to meet fellow Orthodox parents who are tackling the same challenges in today’s world,” explained Natalie Kapeluck Nixon, UOCUSA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.  “All aspects of the program are designed to give youth with disabilities an optimal experience through sensory friendly daily prayer services, modified learning Church school lessons, parent workshops and discussions, parent/child sports, crafts, singing, dancing, bonfires, quiet activity time, scavenger hunts, and swimming, just to mention a few of the activities.

“We are thrilled to be once again offering this mini-camp to serve our youth with disabilities and their families,” Natalie continued.  “Our hope is to provide the campers with a positive camping experience, deepening their faith and a place for the parents and family to find rest and community.”

Among the parent speakers will be Presvytera Melanie DiStefano.  A graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA and a member of the faculty of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy, Warren, OH, she is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of family, disability and the Church.  Her workshop topic will be “The Image of Christ in Your Child.”

A new feature for this year’s program enables families to have the option to participate in the full four-day program or to attend for a single day.

“We are also looking for individuals interested being on staff for this program,” Natalie added.  “Paid and volunteer positions are available and pre-camp training will be required.  Please encourage your faithful to participate in this program as campers and staff.”

Further information and registration is available on-line or by contacting uocyouth@aol.com or 412-977-2010.  An informational brochure is also available.



Assembly of Bishops releases study on evangelization, outreach in US parishes
26 Apr 2017 at 8:40am
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The first-ever national study on evangelization and outreach in Orthodox Christian parishes in the US was released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA during the last week of April 2017.

The Executive Summary and Full Report are available in PDF format.

Titled “Go and Make Disciples: Evangelization and Outreach in US Orthodox Parishes,” the study explores the practices and strategies developed by some Orthodox parishes that can be viewed as “exemplary” in their missionary and outreach efforts.  Examples of what the readers will find in the report include

  • the “secrets” of being a parish that attracts and welcomes new members;
  • eight good practices of welcoming first-time visitors and inquirers about the Faith;
  • how do “exemplary” parishes achieve a high degree of involvement of their members in parish life;
  • four distinct features of religious education in the “exemplary” parishes; and
  • six “lessons” that Church leadership (bishops) can learn from the “exemplary” parishes.
  • Parishes of seven Orthodox jurisdictions participated in this study, which was prepared by Alexei Krindatch, the Assembly’s Research Coordinator, in cooperation with Archpriest Eric Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America; Priest John Parker, Chair of the OCA Department of Evangelization; and Adam Roberts of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.  The study was initiated and sponsored by the Assembly’s Committee for Agencies and Endorsed Organizations, chaired by His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa of the Johnstown, PA-based American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese.



    St. Tikhon’s Monastery announces 113th Memorial Day Pilgrimage schedule
    25 Apr 2017 at 8:40am
    St Tikhon's

    The community of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary extends a cordial invitation to all faithful to attend the 113th Annual Pilgrimage Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29, 2017.

    “We are very glad to be able to offer the blessing of the monastery and her founder, Saint Tikhon of Moscow, to all visiting hierarchs, clergy and faithful from the Orthodox Church in America and other Orthodox jurisdictions and guests from near and far,” said Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery.

    The pilgrimage will officially open on Friday, May 26, at 3:30 p.m. with the greeting of the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Iveron Mother of God and the celebration of a Molieben.  Vespers and Matins will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk.  The icon will be available for veneration throughout the pilgrimage.  All pilgrims are invited to dinner in the monastery dining hall following Friday’s services.

    The 75th annual Commencement of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary will be held on Saturday, May 27.  The day will open with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the monastery church at 9:00 a.m., followed by a meal in the dining hall.  Commencement Exercises will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The Resurrection Vigil will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner for all pilgrims in the dining hall.

    The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, followed by a meal for all in the dining hall.  Vespers and Matins will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m.

    On Memorial Day—Monday, May 29—the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the Monastery Church at 7:30 a.m.  The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Panikhida for Veterans at All Saints Bell Tower at 12:15 p.m.  The Akathistos Hymn to Saint Alexis will be celebrated in the monastery church at 1:30 p.m., while the Molieben to the Most Holy Theotokos with the Anointing of the Sick, Infirm and All Pilgrims will be celebrated at the monastery bell tower at 2:30 p.m.  The pilgrimage will close with the celebration of Vespers and Matins at 4:00 p.m.

    Concurrent with the Pilgrimage, the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute [PaTRAM] will hold its Second Annual Memorial Day Young Singers’ Conference at the Monastery.  [See related story.]  PaTRAM recently released the first recording by its Patriarch Tikhon Choir, titled “Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations.”  Under the direction of Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, the 30-voice mixed choir includes vocalists and choral musicians from the US, Canada and Russia.  Conference participants will sing the liturgical responses during the Pilgrimage.  Detailed Conference information may be accessed on PaTRAM’s web site.




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