Holy Nativity of the Lord
Orthodox Church in America
5490 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71112 (Barksdale Federal Credit Union) PHONE: 318-455-4219
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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 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. 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

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Henley Baptisms and Chrismations Saturday at 10am

Henley Baptism and Chrismations Saturday at 10am

Please keep Travis, Jennifer, Jack, Jane and Murray in your prayers as they prepare for entrance into Christ's Holy Church this Saturday (August 16th) at St. George at 10am. A reception will follow in the blue room of the parish hall. All are encouraged and invited to attend. 

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! 

Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

This Thursday evening (August 14th) the vigil for the  Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will begin at 4:45 at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 6:30. We are very thankful to be gathering with all of our Orthodox brothers and sisters to celebrate the last major feast of this liturgical year. 

Pray for our Catechumens!

Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity

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

 

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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PLANTING GRANT MISSIONS:  Challenges are a “good thing” at Shreveport’s ...
30 Aug 2014 at 12:29pm
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“Thanks be to God, things at our mission—the Nativity of the Lord in Shreveport—are moving along at a steady pace,” said an enthusiastic Priest Jason Foster recently.  “Over the last six months, we have welcomed 12 new members into the Church via baptism or chrismation, and we have another 11 catechumens and three enquirers.”

The Nativity of the Lord Mission is one of several that currently receives funding through the Orthodox Church in America’s Church Planting Grant Program.  The mission’s growth, however, has not been without its challenges, each of which can be seen as a “good thing!”

“On the first Sunday of August, we had 83 people in attendance at the Divine Liturgy,” Father Jason said.  “With so many people packed into 600 square feet of space in the credit union facility in which we meet, one young visiting couple left shortly after they had arrived, no doubt due to crowding issues!  This made us revisit our short and mid-range building plans!”

Due to the time and expense involved in construction programs, Father Jason and his parishioners are considering other alternatives regarding “sacred space.”

“The possibility of moving to a new location is appealing, but everyone is most excited about being able to experience a fuller liturgical life,” he said.  “Sometimes challenges are positive indeed!”

Mission members are equally thankful that their relationship with the nuns at the Nativity of the Lord Monastery, Kemp, TX continues to deepen.

“During Great Lent, at the invitation of Mother Barbara, Matushka Ashley led our ladies and others in a retreat titled ‘Lent: Running the Good Race,’” Father Jason added.  “Over the summer, our men made two work trips to help with the building of the monastery’s new retreat center.  And, not to be left out, our children raised $600.00 during their ‘Great Physician’ pan-Orthodox Vacation Bible School in June and donated the funds to the project.  We also enjoyed a visit from the nuns as they joined us for the celebration of the Great Feast of Pentecost.”

With the blessings of His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver and His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon, the mission joined with Saint George Greek Orthodox Church for the celebration of Holy Week and Pascha.

“It was a wonderful and beautiful time together as we observed a full week of services in their newly renovated temple,” commented Father Jason, who presided at the services.  “Maintaining strong relationships with the neighboring Greek and Antiochian parishes assists us—and them—in carrying out the Great Commission.”

Father Jason insists that incorporating various events throughout the year helps strengthen fellowship and friendships.

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“This year, we held our third annual Annunciation Celebration on March 25,” he added.  “After the Divine Liturgy—in true Louisiana fashion—we enjoyed a crawfish boil, fish fry, fun and games.  This is one of the largest events during the year.  And in June, we gathered in the woods of Arcadia for a day of prayer, fishing, food and fellowship.”

Ministering to children and youth is also central to the mission’s life and growth.

“Our youth enjoyed an event-filled summer complete with an overnight retreat that included Bible studies, prayer and a lot of outdoor activities,” Father Jason said, adding that “as we prepare to end our third and final year on the OCA Church Planting Grant, our hearts are full of joy.  Each month, without fail, a check from the OCA arrives, which we place in the offering plate to offer back to God with thanksgiving.”

Father Jason enthusiastically anticipates the mission’s immediate future.

“My pastoral prayer has always been that the money invested in us by the OCA would produce good fruit in God’s vineyard here in Shreveport/Bossier,” he said.  “Thanks be to God, our ‘storehouse’ is getting full, and there is no doubt that our Lord has blessed our mission through the OCA Planting Grant.  Now, as a mature and stable community, we are called to continue the work of the Gospel.”






























Statute Revision Task Force continues work
30 Aug 2014 at 11:30am
Statute Meeting

The Statute Revision Task Force of the Orthodox Church in America held its third meeting at Holy Dormition Monastery here August 19- 22, 2014.  Participants were grateful to Mother Gabriella and the monastic sisterhood for the warm hospitality they graciously provided.

Under the chairmanship of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, task force members continued the detailed and painstaking review and revision of the current text of the OCA Statute and added elements not previously covered therein.  Their work was, in part, based on an earlier draft revision that had been reviewed by the Holy Synod of Bishops a decade ago.

Statute Meeting

Upon completion of the latest revision, a new draft of the Statute will be presented to the Holy Synod for initial review.  It then will be posted on-line, where clergy and faithful will be able to submit comments and suggestions.  Feedback also will be garnered through presentations on the revision at upcoming diocesan assemblies and other gatherings held in preparation for the 2015 18th All-American Council.

As mandated by Article XIII of the current Statute, suggested revisions will be accepted up to 90 days before the opening of the Council.  The final draft of the revised Statute will be posted on-line 60 days before the Council.  The final text will then be presented to delegates at the Council for adoption.

The task force’s next meeting will be held at the OCA Chancery in the fall.

Besides Archbishop Nathaniel, other task force members include Igumen Daniel [Brum]; Archpriests Dimitri Cozby, John Erickson, and Alexander Rentel, task force secretary; Priest Ioan Cozma; Judge E.R. Lanier, who was unable to attend the meeting; and Mr. Alexis Liberovsky.

Details of previous task force meetings may be found here and here.














Metropolitan Tikhon hosts Geneva’s Fr. Daniel Buda at Chancery
29 Aug 2014 at 9:41am
Romanian meeting

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, welcomed the Archpriest Dr. Daniel Buda from Geneva, Switzerland, to the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America for lunch and discussion on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

A priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Father Daniel currently works at the headquarters of the World Council of Churches.  He holds positions in the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission and is responsible for maintaining contacts with various Orthodox Churches, including the Orthodox Church in America.  During the month of August, he was on a study leave at Columbia University, New York, NY, where he conducted research for a book on pilgrimages in the early Church.  During this time, he also served at Nativity of the Ever-Virgin Mary Church, Elmhurst, NY (Romanian Episcopate), where the pastor is Protosingelos Chesarie (Bertea), who accompanied him on his visit to the Chancery.

Metropolitan Tikhon and Fathers Daniel and Chesarie were joined by Archpriests John Jillions, OCA Chancellor; Eric G. Tosi, Secretary; and Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs.








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