Holy Nativity of the Lord
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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 Grace, Bishop Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and of the South. The faithful of Holy Nativity gather on Saturday nights at 5pm for Great Vespers and Sunday mornings at 10am for the Divine Liturgy and Wednesday night at 5:30pm for daily vespers. All services are held in our new church building located at 2155 Southern Loop Rd in Shreveport, LA (71106). 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.

Deanery Retreat - Fr. Stephen Freeman to Present Two Lectures to Community

Fr Stephen Freeman

On October 9th-11th, priests from the Mississippi River Deanery will be gathering at Holy Nativity for their fall retreat. Fr. Stephen Freemam will be the guests lecturer. He will give two talks to the general public on Sunday night at 6:30pm and Monday night at 6:30pm. The schedule and topics discussed are below:

Sunday Night 6:30 - "Heaven and Hell: An Orthodox Perspective"

Monday Night 6:30 - "The Orthodox Understanding of the Atonement"

There will be a meal provided for everyone on Monday night at 5:30pm following vespers at 5. 

Fr. Stephen's Bio is below:

Fr. Stephen was born in Greenville, SC in 1953, and educated in local schools. He was graduated from Furman University in 1977 with a B.A. in Classical Languages. He received his M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1980, and an M.A. in Religion from Duke University in 1991. He was ordained in the ministry of the Episcopal Church in 1980 and served parishes in Columbia, SC, Simpsonville, SC, Anderson, SC, Durham, NC and Oak Ridge, TN.

In February of 1998, Fr. Stephen converted to Orthodoxy along with his wife and children. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Orthodox Church in March of 1999 and has served as the rector of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge since that time. He is the author of numerous articles on theology and modern culture. His books include Shaping Our Future (1994) and Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Story Universe (2011). He is the author of the popular blog site Glory to God for All Things, with an average of over one million views per year. He also authors the podcast Glory to God, heard on Ancient Faith Radio.

Fr. Stephen served as the Dean of the Appalachian Deanery in the Diocese of the South from 2003-2011 and has been very active in assisting with the founding of mission churches across the Appalachian region. In 2010, he was elevated to the rank of Archpriest. Two of his daughters are married to priests, one in the OCA, the other in Antiochian Archdiocese. He has 2 grandchildren.

When asked what early Christian Fr. Stephen would most like to be he replied comically " one who was not martyred"; but, seriously, St. John the Theologian. He liked St. John the Theologian because he came closest to experiencing and understanding the mystical presence of God and his love and mercy.


Holy Nativity Fall Fest! October 31st 5-8pm

St. Basil Home School Co-op

St. Basils Homeschool Co-op

Registration for St. Basil's Homeschool Co-op is now open until August 15th. The cost is $100 per family per semester. School begins on September 6th. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the new church location. Field Days and special events will take place each friday during the fall semester. To learn more about St. Basil's, please contact Presv. Ashley. 

Hub Ministries

Great day seving our friends a the HUB! Join us the first Sunday of each month at 5:30. Location is 605 Cotton St in downtown Shreveport. 

New Church Building Update

South Entrance
South Entrance
South Entrance
Inside Nativity Night
Inside Nativity Night
Inside Nativity Night
Parish Hall/Rec Area
Parish Hall/Rec Area
Parish Hall/Rec Area

We are getting closer to formally moving into our new location at 2155 Southern Loop Dr in Shreveport. Following are a view pics of where we are in construction process!

All American Council Diocese of the South Video

DOS 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 minstering to people throughout the south! Glory to God! 

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Holy Synod awards 2017 Church Planting Grants
6 hours ago
Tempe, AZTempe, AZ’s St. John the Evangelist Mission

During their Spring Session here October 18-21, 2016, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved five full and one partial Church Planting Grants for 2017.

Saint John the Evangelist Mission, Tempe, AZ [Priest Andre Paez, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint James Mission, Beaufort, SC [Priest James Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge] will receive third-year grants.  Receiving second-year grants will be Saint Nektarios Mission, Waxahachie, TX [Priest David Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint Juvenaly and His Companion Mission, Wasilla, AK [Archpriest Mikel Bock, Priest-in-Charge].  Receiving a first-year grant will be the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission, Saint James, MO [Priest Joel Wilson, Priest-in-Charge], while Saint Katherine Mission, Cardiff, CA [Priest Andrew Cuneo, Priest-in-Charge] will receive a partial-year grant.

“Each of these missions receives a substantial grant—$24,000.00 for the first year, $20,000.00 for the second year, and $16,000.00 for the third year—matched by the missions, in order to support the full-time ministries and missionary work of their priests,” explained Priest John Parker, who chairs the OCA’s Department of Evangelization.  “Once again, it is encouraging that representative missions from across the OCA, representing four dioceses, applied this year.  Please pray for these missions and missionary efforts, including those who were not able to be funded.  Pray for missions to be established, and for our current parishes to thrive.

“There is remarkable talent and energy in our Orthodox Church in America, demonstrated in creative ways in our Planting Grant Missions,” Father John added.  ” Here, on the ‘front lines’ of evangelistic work, priests and devoted parishioners labor to bring Orthodox Christianity to new towns and cities—places in which Orthodox Christianity has never been.  It is our humble joy to participate is such life-changing apostolic work, in the long line of missionary saints like Saint Herman, Saint Innocent, Saint John Kochurov, Saint Alexander Hotovitsky, Saint Raphael, and the newly-canonized Saint Sebastian of Jackson.  We are indeed grateful for their examples, and for the generosity of so many in the Orthodox Church in America whose offerings make the Planting Grant Program possible.”

Holy Synod approves St. Louis as site of 19th AAC
20 Oct 2016 at 12:22pm
St. Louis, MOThe St. Louis Union Station Hotel by Doubletree

The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, during the course of their Fall Session here October 18-21, 2016, gave their blessing to convene the 19th All-American Council at the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel, Saint Louis, MO, July 23-27, 2018.

Nineteen US and Canadian cities had been considered in the extensive site search.

“The venues were whittled down to three finalists, and the final selection was presented to the Metropolitan Council in September for their recommendation,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The Metropolitan Council unanimously recommended Saint Louis.  Utmost consideration was given to lodging costs location, ease of access and associated costs, availability and range of dining options, and the flexibility and ability of hotels to accommodate our requirements.

“As with the 18th AAC in Atlanta, there will be a youth program during the Council, in conjunction with the annual Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] Convention, which will be held at the same location July 20-23,” Father Eric added.

In related actions, the Holy Synod appointed the Preconciliar Commission, which is charged with organizing the AAC.  His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, will chair the commission, which in addition to Father Eric, AAC Director, will include Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Melanie Ringa, Treasurer; Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, Consultant; Deacon Peter Ilchuk, Council Manager; Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Metropolitan Council representative; Becky Tesar, FOCA representative; and Priest Benjamin Tucci, Youth Coordinator.  Archpriest Timothy Sawchak, Dean of the Kansas City Deanery, and Robert Butchko of Saint Louis will serve as the clergy and lay chairpersons respectively of the Local Organizing Committee.

“In line with the finance resolution adopted at the 18th AAC, the Holy Synod blessed that AAC assessments will be by diocese according to the proportion of the overall budget, with each diocese determining its own assessments for its respective parishes,” Father Eric added.  “It is strongly recommended that parishes begin to budget delegate expenses—travel, hotel and food costs, etc.—in order to be able to send delegates to the AAC.”

Additional information—theme, agenda, speakers, registration, etc.—will be posted as it becomes available.

Minutes, reports of Metropolitan Council Fall 2016 Session posted
19 Oct 2016 at 1:48pm
Metropolitan Council

Minutes and reports of the Spring Metropolitan Council meeting, held September 19-22, 2016, are now available.  See related story.

The Metropolitan Council is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions.  Members include the Metropolitan, who serves as Chair; the Chancellor, the Secretary, and the Treasurer; one priest and one layperson elected by each diocese; and three priests and an equal number of laypersons elected by the All-American Council.

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