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' Ashely'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. 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.
Fall Fest & Fall Retreat
On Thursday, October 31st there will be a vespers service at 5:30pm and Fall Festival at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Please join us and bring candy for the kids!
Following, on Friday Nov 1st, St. Nicholas will host our annual Fall Retreat. For Joseph Honeycutt will be our guest speaker. The topic of the conference is 'Living as a Christian in a Postmodern World.' The first lecture begins at 6:45pm followed by refreshments and compline at 8:15pm. Saturday, brunch will be served at 10:30am, the second talk will commence at 11:15pm and there will be a break at 12:15. The third and final talk will start at 12:30 and a Q&A session will follow. Fr. Joseph is a well known author, speaker and podcaster. May God bless and use him during our time of gathering.
If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact Fr. Daniel or any of the faithful of St. Nicholas.
New Catechumens at Holy Nativity
We are blessed to have 10 new catechumens at the Mission. Please keep David, John, Stephanie, Stephen, Clayton, Reggie, Donna, Amanda, Joshua and Matthew in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.
If you have any questions about what it means to be a catechumen or membership in the Orthodox Church, please contact Fr. Jason.
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.
Email and Phone
Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission
588 Oneonta St.
Shreveport, LA 71106
THANKS FROM THE MISSION FAMILY TO:
The Blanchard's for the gifts of the Gospel and Epistles Books and incense.
The McInnis family for all the new liturgical supplies: candles, incense, charcoal, processional cross and processional candles!
The Taylor's for the Pascha candles, Trikirion and icons.
The Cosse's for the brass candle stands.
The anonymous gift of the iconostasis - we know who you are!
The Theo's for the altar and kubuklion.
The Alexander Mijalis family for the gift to purchase a new liturgical item.
An anonymous family for the gift of the Church Library series for adults and children from St. Vladimir Seminary Press.
The Mission is in need of many other liturgical items. If you want to make a liturgical gift to Holy Nativity, please contact Fr. Jason. He has a very long list of things for you to chose from at you convenience. Thank you.
OCA Pension Board meets
7 hours ago
The Orthodox Church in America’s Pension Board met at the Chancery here on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Board members approved benefits, responded to communications, and updated investment decisions.
Preconciliar Commission holds first meeting
5 Dec 2013 at 9:01am
The Orthodox Church in America Pension Plan serves over 300 active participants and more than 125 retirees, widows, and beneficiaries. Participation in the Plan has been mandated for all clergy and is available for all full-time Church workers. Information and resources concerning the Plan are available here.
The Preconciliar Commission [PCC], charged with establishing plans for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America [AAC], held its first meeting at the Chancery here Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3-4, 2013.
The Council will be held in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.
Members of the PCC, who are appointed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, include His Grace, Bishop Mark [Episcopal Chair]; Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Treasurer and Council Supervisor; Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer; Archpriest Myron Manzuk, Council Manager; Peter Ilchuk, Logistics Manager; Archpriest Alexander Fecanin, Local Clergy Chair; Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Chair of the Department of External Affairs; Carol Deerson, Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA[ representative; Elizabeth Mikhailevsky, Metropolitan Council; and Priest Benjamin Tucci, Youth Events Coordinator.
According to Father Eric, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, attended a number of sessions, during which he directed the PCC to emphasize the spiritual nature of the Council while ensuring that prayer receives a prominent place throughout the Council. He also encouraged a strong participation by the monasteries and the seminaries.
Bishop Mark assisted in defining the Synodal directives for the AAC, which include a youth component.
The PCC has taken up the theme recommended by the Holy Synod—“How to Expand the Mission.” This was the theme that was first proposed by Saint Tikhon of Moscow, then head of the North American Church, at the First All-American Sobor held March 5-7, 1907, in Mayfield, PA. A summary of that historic gathering may be found here.
“In line with the theme, the agenda will be based around the theme of ‘How to…’ offering hands-on training sessions on various topics of a practical nature of Church life,” Father Eric added. “These will involve many different departments and parishes offering their experience and knowledge to the Church.”
The AAC will feature a youth component open to children, teens and young adults. Educational programs, trips to various Atlanta-area sites, and service projects will be offered. The youth also will work on a project on the theme and address AAC delegates during a plenary session.
“For the first time, FOCA will hold its annual convention at the same time and place as the AAC so delegates can participate in both events,” Father Eric noted. “Plans are to include traditional FOCA events, as well as a blending with the theme with a renewed vision for FOCA and its work with and for the Church.”
The PCC is exploring the possibility of holding an afternoon series of volunteer service projects in the local community, in which delegates will be invited to participate. It is hoped that such projects will leave a lasting impact on the broader community. PCC members see these as ways by which delegates can put their faith into action while witnessing to Orthodox Christianity.
Stewardship appeal enters second week
2 Dec 2013 at 3:54pm
The PCC is expecting to implement electronic registration, operation and voting before and during the AAC. All reports will be available for downloading on-line well in advance of the AAC’s opening.
“In addition to the theme, the two major initiatives for the AAC will be the OCA Statute and finance reform,” said Father Eric. “A team of Metropolitan Council members, in conjunction with Melanie Ringa and all diocesan chancellors and treasurers, have been working on a new plan for financing the Church in line with directives that emerged at the 16th AAC in Seattle, WA. In addition, a Statute Commission, chaired by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, has been appointed by the Holy Synod. Composed of clergy, laypersons, and canon and civil lawyers, the Commission will begin its work early in 2014.
“As part of this finance and Statute reform, the PCC is planning a series of diocesan and local town hall meetings in 2015 so that all the material on the new Statutes and financing can be discussed at the local and diocesan level with plenty of time for recommendations to be brought back to the Commission,” added Father Eric. “The final drafts will be ready for review and voting at the 18th AAC in an interactive and conciliar process.”
Responsibilities of the PCC may be found here.
Monday, December 2, 2013 marks the beginning of the second week of a three-week appeal to enlist 300 Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America.
The centerpiece of the campaign, which was initiated on Monday, November 25 and runs through December 13—the Feast of Saint Herman of Alaska—is the new stewardship page which may be accessed at oca.org/become-a-steward. On-line gifts may be made on the site, as well as by clicking the appropriate button on the OCA home page.
“While income from parish assessments covers the OCA’s administrative and institutional expenses, little is left to fund the work of the Church’s departments and offices,” said Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor. “‘Stewards of the OCA’ aims to provide funding to support—and expand—the departments’ ministries, from Christian Education to Chaplaincies and Lay Ministries. And with ever-increasing requests for up-to-date resources and other materials from our dioceses, deaneries, and parishes, the Stewards hope to ‘bridge a gap’ by ensuring that sufficient funds are available.”
In his “Chancellor’s Diary” entries, Father John has been focusing on a different OCA ministry each. He also added that a list of Stewards will be posted at the close of the campaign.
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