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Divine Liturgy Sunday Mornings @ 10 am
Vespers and Meal Wednesday @ 5:30 pm
Great Vespers Saturday @ 5:00 pm

Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission is a community of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America under the omophorion of His Grace, Bishop Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and of the South.

Together with our two other sister parishes, St. George Greek Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, the Mission is part of the greater Orthodox Church of over 300 million Christians around the world.

Our Mission, along with the faithful at St. George's and St. Nicholas, is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the ancient Christian faith, and the traditions 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. Learn More about our Mission

Bishop Alexander visited Holy Nativity during the Festal celebration of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

Thanks be to God, we are now worshipping in our new facility on the Southern Loop. 

OCA Diocese of the South Video

At the All American Council in Atlanta, the following video of the various parishes, missions, and ministries of the Diocese of the South was presented. It contains pictures and interviews from Holy Nativity. Take a few minutes to watch it and see what how the Church is growing and ministering to people throughout the south! Glory to God! 

OCA News
OCA News

Gannister Foundation accepting applications for grants to further Church’s mi...
18 hours ago

The Elsie Skvir Ganister Foundation is now accepting applications for grants for organizations and parishes with innovative approaches to advancing the mission of Orthodox Christianity in the United States.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is June 30, 2018.  Recipients will be announced in the fall.

Founded in 2001, the Elsie Skvir Ganister Foundation is a component of the Williamsport, PA-based First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania.  The foundation takes its name from the village of Ganister in Central Pennsylvania, where immigrants drawn there by employment opportunities in the limestone quarry established Saint Mary’s Holy Assumption parish in 1916.

Favor will be given to proposals that address priority needs of the Orthodox Church in America, especially those that do so in catalytic ways.  The selection process also weighs leadership experience, clarity of goals, the presence of a stable funding base, and faithfulness to the teachings and ministry of the OCA.  Applicants must articulate how their undertaking will have a positive impact on a specific priority need, without duplicating other programs or projects already serving the Church.

Grants are modest in size, generally ranging from $250.00 to $2,500.00.  But, properly used, they have the potential to jump-start valuable initiatives that otherwise might not get off the ground.  Examples of grants given over the years include

  • funding a guest speaker program to help seminarians develop their pastoral skills.
  • providing tutoring materials and sports equipment for a church-run after-school program for inner-city Latino children.
  • translating invaluable music textbooks from Russian to English.
  • purchasing digital recorders to distribute Orthodox radio broadcasts world-wide.
  • developing a “mission starter” kit.
  • printing materials regarding human services for aging Orthodox Christians.
  • supporting continuing education opportunities for clergy.
  • underwriting the Profiles of Ministry program to assess and counsel seminarians on their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Applicants must be qualifying 501c(3) entities as described under IRS Section 509(a)(1).  Grants will not be considered for endowments, ongoing operational support, annual campaigns or event sponsorships, debt reduction, research grants, or support of individuals.

    To receive an application, contact the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania, 201 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701, or visit the First Community website.  Applications will be reviewed and recommendations made by the Advisory Board of the Ganister Orthodox Foundation.

    Additional information is available at the Gannister Foundation website.



    Deadlines for AAC resolutions, amendments, program book and vendors approaching
    22 Apr 2018 at 6:01am
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    The deadline for submitting resolutions and amendments to the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America for consideration at the 19th All-American Council [AAC] is rapidly approaching.

    As widely reported, the AAC will be held at the historic Saint Louis, MO Union Station Hotel July 23-27, 2018.

    The deadline for submitting proposed resolutions is April 25.  Detailed information outlining the process by which resolutions are to be submitted is available online.  Proposed resolutions may be sent to resolutions.19aac@oca.org or by mail to the Resolutions Committee, 19th All-American Council, c/o the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.

    April 25 is also the deadline for submitting proposed amendments to the OCA Statute.  Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Commission on Statutes and Canons at least 90 days prior to the AAC’s opening date.  Statute proposals should be sent to statute.19aac@oca.org or by mail to the Statute Commission, 19th All-American Council, c/o Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.

    Two additional deadlines are also on the horizon.

  • Vendors and exhibitors.  An extensive exhibit hall will be available to vendors wishing to display and market their goods and services at the AAC.  An introductory letter, prospectus, contract forms and related information are available online.  The deadline for reserving vendor/exhibit space is May 25.  All fees must be sent to the 19th All-American Council, c/o Melanie Ringa, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.  Final payment for display space is due by June 15.  Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to the Local Committee Exhibition Co-chairs, Ken Herman at kryanherman@gmail.com or Paul Reuschhoff at pdrueschhoff@sbcglobal.net.
  • Commemorative Program Book.  Ads and listings in the commemorative book to be published in conjunction with the AAC and the 92nd National Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will be accepted through June 1.  Several options, ranging in price from $150.00 for a full page ad to $20.00 for a one-line patron listing, are available.  Ads should be submitted as PDFs or Word files to focabook@gmail.com.  Checks payable to the OCA should be mailed to Donna Tesar, 5068 West Sixth Street, Brooklyn Heights, OH 44131.


  • Century Association to hold benefit for St. Tikhon’s Seminary May 6
    20 Apr 2018 at 5:09pm
    stotsArchbishop Michael, STOTS Rector, is greeted with traditional bread and salt as he arrives at 2017’s “Hospitality a la Russe.”

    The Board of Trustees of the Century Association of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA will hold its annual festival—“Hospitality a la Russe IX”—at Saint Michael’s Center, Jermyn, PA on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

    The event will feature traditional Russian and Slavic dishes and selections offered by the renowned Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra.  Further details are available online.

    Doors will open at 2:30 p.m., followed by appetizers, dinner and dessert at 3:30 p.m.  Musical selections will begin at 6:00 p.m.  The ever-popular theme basket raffle will follow at 7:00 p.m.  Bid-at-home forms are available online for those who would like to participate in the raffle but unable to attend.

    “Hospitality a la Russe IX” will feature a wonderful selection of delicacies, including zakuski (appetizers), potato pancakes, pierogi, beet salad, eggplant caviar, kielbasa, Russian meatballs, marinated mushrooms, a main entree of homemade cabbage rolls, chicken Marsala, eggplant Parmesan, mashed potatoes, pasta, vegetables and dessert.

    All proceeds will benefit Saint Tikhon’s Seminary.

    A ticket reservation form is available online.

    Further information may be obtained by contacting Mary Sernak at 570-357-7109 or Sarah Jubinski at 610-691-8777.




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