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

Holy Nativity Current Newsletter

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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.

 

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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OCA Secretary speaks at international missions gathering
22 hours ago
Abp Anastasios & Fr Eric TosiArchbishop Anastasios & Archpriest Eric G Tosi St Vlash MonasterySaint Vlash Monastery Youth delegatesAdult and Youth delegates at the consultation

At the invitation of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative, Archpriest Eric G Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, offered a presentation at the organization’s gathering at the Saint Vlash Monastery here on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The gathering, which concludes on September 19, is being hosted by His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios, Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church.  Representatives of Orthodox and Evangelical churches from around the world are in attendance.

Father Eric, a Doctor of Ministry candidate at the University of Toronto, Trinity College and the Toronto School of Theology, spoke on “Koinonic Evangelism: The Parish as the Evangelist” as part of a panel on spiritual transformation through mission.  His presentation was based on his doctoral dissertation on evangelism in the community.

“The Lausanne Orthodox Initiative gathers representatives of the Orthodox Christian and Evangelical traditions to undertake dialogue on issues of mission and evangelism,” said Father Eric.  “It builds on the work of the Lausanne Movement which seeks better understanding in evangelistic efforts among various traditions.”









Annual Assembly of Bishops continues dialogue in Dallas
22 hours ago
Assembly Bishops

More than 35 members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America joined in celebrating the Divine Liturgy Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church here.  At the conclusion of the Liturgy, the bishops celebrated a memorial service for the repose of the soul of His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

The bishops are gathered in Dallas for the fifth annual meeting of the Assembly of Bishops.

In opening remarks following the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, said that the Assembly’s convening would “certainly send a clear message to the world that we, the members of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops, are all one in Christ through His life, death and resurrection.  We have begun our work with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, and the partaking of His One Body and Blood, thus constituting His One Holy, Undivided and Sacred Body. “

His Eminence called on the Assembly to intensify its work in preparation for the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, which is scheduled to be held in the Spring of 2016 in Constantinople.

The Assembly remains “prayerfully and painfully aware of developments” in the US and abroad, said His Eminence, including the persecution of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, the violence in Ukraine that has caused suffering for our Orthodox brethren, and attacks, both direct and indirect, on our Faith in various forms of atheism, agnosticism and perverse religiosity, including a constant attempt by society to redefine what is moral.

In the afternoon session, the Assembly’s committees provided reports on their activities. Church and Society, Ecumenical Relations, Legal, Military Chaplaincy, Monastic Communities, Pastoral Practice, Theological Education, Youth and the newly-formed Committee for Agencies and Endorsed Organizations reported on their progress since Assembly IV and their plans for the coming year.

The Canonical Affairs committee made a presentation on the creation of a clergy database which, once completed, will be accessible to the faithful on the Assembly’s web site.  A second presentation highlighted the benefits of “Bulletin Builder,” a program that revolutionizes the creation of parish bulletins and significantly enhances communication within and between parishes. The program was created by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s Department of Internet Ministries and is now offered free of charge to all parishes in the Assembly.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, is among the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church in America participating in the gathering, which is slated to close on September 18.

















Annual Episcopal Assembly opens with clergy-laity gathering in Dallas
16 Sep 2014 at 3:48pm
Assembly BishopsPhoto credits: Dimitrios Panagos/GOA

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America commenced its fifth annual meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014 with a Pan-Orthodox clergy-laity gathering in Dallas, TX.  Some 200 people attended, including more than 30 bishops representing the member jurisdictions of the Assembly.

The evening began with a Doxology—a service of thanksgiving—presided over by the Chairman of the Assembly, His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America.  He welcomed those in attendance, remarking that the Doxology was an opportunity to thank God for all His gifts and for bringing the Assembly together once again.  He expressed his wish that the evening would make the faithful more aware of the sacred and great work that the Lord is doing through the Assembly.

Assembly BishopsPhoto credits: Dimitrios Panagos/GOA

Following the Doxology, a panel of bishops answered questions submitted by those in attendance. Questions pertained to the work of the Assembly, including youth ministry, inter-church relations, evangelism and outreach, and challenges facing the Orthodox Church today, including questions of language, administrative reorganization, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.  Five bishops were on the panel: Archbishop Demetrios (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America); His Grace, Bishop Basil (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America); His Grace, Bishop John (Russian Orthodox Church in the USA), His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese); and His Grace, Bishop Gregory (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese). The panel was moderated by Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, a member of the Assembly’s Secretariat.

The evening concluded with a meal and fellowship in the church hall.

The Assembly is grateful to the parish of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which hosted the event, and the numerous Orthodox parishes in the Dallas area that helped make the evening fruitful.

The event was professionally videotaped and will be available on the Assembly’s web site in the near future.

The Assembly’s official deliberations began on Tuesday, September 16, after a morning Divine Liturgy and memorial service for His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory, who passed away in March 2014.















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