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.
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 .
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 Inside
Phase 1 Inside
Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Red River 2014
Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Red River 2014
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
Holy Synod, Metropolitan Council approve revised Finance Resolution
4 Jul 2015 at 5:20pm
A revision of the Finance Resolution, slated to be presented at the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015, has been approved by the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Metropolitan Council. The text, which replaces that of the resolution already posted, is now available on the OCA and AAC web sites.
Ancient Faith, New Technology
4 Jul 2015 at 11:49am
In light of issues that arose with regard to the Finance Resolution presented in the Delegate’s Handbook, revisions had been made to the resolution. Voting on the proposed resolution will take place at the AAC’s Third Plenary Session, scheduled for Tuesday, July 21.
By way of background, at the February 2015 meeting of the Metropolitan Council, a Finance Resolution, to be presented at the AAC, was passed. Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, and Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer, immediately began to travel to various Diocesan Council meetings to discuss, explain and garner support for the resolution.
“It became apparent within the first month that the resolution as proposed by the Metropolitan Council would not pass at the AAC, as there was tremendous objection to the ‘floor’ in the proposal,” said Ms. Ringa. “At the Holy Synod meeting in March 2015, the Finance Resolution was revised, with a compromise being reached by removing the floor but increasing the proportional rates and increasing the contributions from the ethic dioceses. This is the resolution that appears in the AAC Delegate Handbook, and is attached as Exhibit A.”
Further movement on the resolution occurred when the members of the Holy Synod met for their annual retreat June 8-11, 2015.
“The Holy Synod again amended the resolution, and it is attached as Exhibit B,” Ms. Ringa added. “The revision in this version was to remove the section regarding increasing the contributions of the ethnic dioceses.”
As a result, according to Ms. Ringa, the financial impact of the resolution before the Holy Synod’s revision was a reduction in the Central Administration budget of $400,000.00 over three years, whereas after the revision this reduction increased to $495,000.00 over the same period.
“Meetings with the Dioceses of the South, West and Midwest and the Archdiocese of Washington, DC immediately before and after the Holy Synod retreat indicated that while there is support for the overall resolution, the cuts to the Central Administration budget over the next three years were of deep concern,” Ms. Ringa continued. “Therefore, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, asked the Finance Committee to propose a revision to the latest Holy Synod resolution, and that this proposal then be communicated to the Metropolitan Council. If the latter agreed to it, it will be presented to the Holy Synod for their blessing.”
During the last week of June 2015, the Finance Committee worked to develop a new proposed resolution, attached here as Exhibit C.
“The resolution had attempted to take all the dioceses down to a proportional rate of 34% by 2018,” Ms. Ringa explained. “While this rate is still our goal, we realized that it is unrealistic to take those dioceses that are in the 50-60% ranges down to 34% in so short a period of time. Exhibit C takes these dioceses down to a maximum rate of 46% by 2018, and the overall proportional rate falls from 46% to 41%.”
A spreadsheet with details by diocese is attached here as Exhibit D.
During the last week of June, Metropolitan Council members weighed in in favor of the new resolution proposed by the Finance Committee. The resolution was subsequently presented to the Holy Synod, which gave its blessing to post it in lieu of the previously posted resolution.
According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the posting does not need to fall within the 60 day/30 day time frame indicated in the current Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, as resolutions may be received at any time with the Holy Synod’s blessing.
Ancient Faith Ministries [AFM] announces the re-design of www.ancientfaith.com, which now features the full integration of all of its divisions—Ancient Faith Radio, Ancient Faith Publishing, Ancient Faith Blogs, and Ancient Faith Films. The new site officially launched on Monday, June 15, 2015.
Chancery offices closed for Independence Day
2 Jul 2015 at 11:58pm
The new site uses a magazine format to feature four different types of content. It will also allow users to search podcasts by “groups,” “themes,” “authors,” “freshness,” and “recent episodes.” The content on the site is almost fully tagged and categorized, which makes the search function much more accurate and robust. There is also a complete authors’ list with bios of all contributors of podcasts, books, and blogs.
“Ancientfaith.com is no longer just the home of Ancient Faith Radio; rather, it is the home of each division of Ancient Faith Ministries, combining all of our content—print, audio, video, and retail—into one seamless, integrated, and complementary package,” says AFM CEO John Maddex.
“The new site has a clean, attractive design, yes, but what we’re most excited about is the new organizational interface that makes it easier to navigate around the site and locate content,” says Ancient Faith Radio Operations Manager Bobby Maddex.
The totally new web site will be enhanced over the next several months, adding the ability for visitors to customize their experience by creating playlists which can be shared.
To see the new site features, visit www.ancientfaith.com/web-tutorials for a demonstration.
Based in Chesterton, Indiana, Ancient Faith Ministries is one of the largest Orthodox Christian resources for print, audio and video content.
The Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of Independence Day.
Regular hours will resume on Monday morning, July 6.
We wish all of our faithful and readers a happy and safe holiday!