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
Red River Revel
Red River Revel
From October 4th - 8th we will be participating once again in the Red River Revel - Booth 10! We will be serving Homemade Meatball subs and pretzels. Come enjoy the food, fun and fellowship.
Pray for our Catechumens!
Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity
Please keep Kevin, Mara, Dane, Elizabeth, Aubre, Jude, Steven, Jennifer, Charlie and David in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.
Also, George Johnson will be entering the catechumenate on October 5th. Prayers will be said for him before the start of the Divine Liturgy.
Two Fall Retreats!
TWO UPCOMING FALL RETREATS!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
OCA News Daily Scripture Readings
St. Vladimir’s Seminary to offer four on-line courses in January 2015
18 Oct 2014 at 5:52pm
In January 2015, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will offer four public courses, comprising an on-line and a residential component.
Remembering our college students
17 Oct 2014 at 10:37pm
Offerings include three pastoral theology courses and one liturgical music course, taught by experts in their fields. “The Therapeutic Encounter” will be taught by Dr. Daniel Hinshaw, while Archpriest Dr. Nicholas Solak and Priest Stephen Powley, Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, will teach “The Parish and Prison Ministry.” Archpriest Dr. Robert Holet will teach a course titled “Stewardship in American Orthodoxy” and Dr. Peter Bouteneff will teach “The Music and Faith of Arvo Pärt.”
“Each course uniquely and practically addresses pastoral and mission-minded concerns,” said Dr. John Barnett. “Students will have opportunity to learn, for example, with Dr. Hinshaw, a holistic approach to healing rooted in Orthodox Christian spirituality, and how to apply that approach within an actual healing encounter; or they can learn with Fathers Solak and Powley how to prepare a parish to accept a recently released prisoner into its fold, or how to begin a parish-run Bible study at a local prison.
“Likewise, with Father Holet, students can learn how to create a functional parish stewardship program as modeled by the sacrificial High Priesthood of Christ, while the course on Music and Faith will enable students to explore how the sacred arts engage the surrounding culture, becoming a witness to the Orthodox faith.
“I’m elated that we are able to offer these exciting opportunities to both our current students, so that they may augment their education, and to our alumni and the general public, so that they may continue their education,” concluded Dr. Barnet.”
Course participants will be able to earn one Masters-level credit for each of the courses, and there are no prerequisites for enrollment. Courses will begin with 10 hours of online instruction, starting Monday, January 12, 2015, followed by the residential component (either January 18–23 or January 19–24), which includes 2.5 hours of instruction and two hours of homework per day for five days, closing with a 10-hour writing assignment that will be due on Saturday, January 31.
Students who are already enrolled at the seminary may begin the registration process by contacting Dr. Barnet at email@example.com. Students not currently enrolled should begin registration by first contacting Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for registration is November 6.
To view course details and/or to download a registration form, visit http://www.svots.edu/registration. The cost of each one-credit course is $438.00 plus a registration fee of $35.00. The cost of each course for auditors is $219.00 plus a registration fee of $35.00.
On-campus housing for the required residential component of the courses will not be available. Participants currently not enrolled are welcome to commute if they live nearby or to take advantage of the local accommodations listed here.
Metropolitan Tikhon and Bishop Michael celebrate anniversary of Princeton University’s OCF chapter, the oldest in the US, September 21, 2014.
Every year, parishes across North America remember their college students a Sunday in the fall semester. This year, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has designated October 19 as College Student Sunday. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the Assembly’s official campus ministry, has provided resources highlighting the importance of campus ministry in general and College Student Sunday in particular.
“Campus Ministry is a personal priority of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon,” stated Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director, “and the OCA has re-engaged with OCF in recent years to provide direct financial support, pastoral care expertise, governance, and program support. I encourage everyone to follow His Beatitude’s example and find ways to support campus ministry in our Church.”
OCF offers a number of suggestions by which local communities can help college students throughout the school year.
Ground Blessing for St. Nicholas Shrine at WTC to be broadcast live
17 Oct 2014 at 1:44pm
- Give a presentation. Invite your local OCF chapter or a student from your parish to give a short presentation on the impact OCF has had on their lives.
- Do something to recognize your college students. Host a lunch, make care packages, or even just mention OCF from the pulpit.
- Designate a Parish Liaison. This year, OCF would like parishes to designate one person—a Church School teacher, a secretary, a parish council member, any willing volunteer—to be the OCF parish liaison. Through the Parish Liaison Program, OCF will be able to keep your community informed about all that it does and collaborate on initiatives. To learn more, contact OCF’s Student Leadership Board Chairman, Andrew Abboud, at email@example.com by November 1, 2014.
- Make a donation. OCF asks that a tray be passed on its behalf this year. More information on donating to OCF may be found at http://www.ocf.net/donate.
- Become a Parish Partner. Those parishes wishing to make the strongest commitment to Orthodox campus ministry and our Church’s young people are encouraged to become Parish Partners. In addition to designating a Parish Liaison to keep your community informed and prepared as advocates for Orthodox campus ministry, your parish would make an annual financial commitment to OCF to ensure its continued success and growth for generations of Orthodox college students to come. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about Parish Partnerships.
The Ground Blessing ceremony for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, slated to be celebrated on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon, will be broadcast domestically and internationally live via satellite feed, antenna satellite TV network, and Internet simulcast on the special internet page at http://www.stnicholaswtc.org. The site is also accessible through the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s official web site http://www.goarch.org.
The broadcasts will begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:15 p.m.
Established in 1916, the small Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed on September 11, 2001, when the South Tower fell and completely obliterated the old church edifice. The new Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be rebuilt only a short distance away from its original location, at 130 Liberty Street, and will overlook the 9/11 Memorial.
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