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.

Upcoming Episcopal Visit!

Bishop Alexander will be visiting us on Feb 1st - 3rd for the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Please join us on Feb 1 at 5:30om for vespers, meal and lecture and Tuesday morning at 10am for the Pontifical Divine Liturgy. 

 

Eis Polla Eti Despota! 

All Saints Winter Camp 2017

All Saints Winter Camp 2017 is now open for registration!! 

Date: Feb 10-12

Cost: $30 (covers everything)

Location: Holy Natiivty

Theme: Winter Camp 500 - Fuel for Lent! 

Arrive Friday around 5pm - Pickup Sunday at 1

Things to Bring:  Tent, Pillow, Sleeping Bag, Toiletries, Snacks, Play clothes and Services  

 

Retreat with Kh. Krista West - March 3rd -5th

Community and Women's Retreat with Kh Krista West - March 3-5, 2017

 On Friday March 3rd at 6pm, noted Orthodox tailor, author and speaker will present a lecture to our community and guest titled: 

                                                               "Restoring the Image: Mankind, Beauty and the Church"

In today’s world, the issue of beauty can be very confusing—isn’t beauty vanity? If it isn’t, then why do we need beauty? Through her work in the field of Orthodox Christian Aesthetics, as well as drawing upon her 20 years working as an ecclesiastical tailor, Kh. Krista West will present a lecture on the topic of beauty and its role in our salvation and our vocation as human beings created in the image and likeness of Christ.

                                                    "Women's Retreat on the topic of Beauty - Three Lectures on Saturday"

Women face a dizzying array of conflicting messages on beauty and femininity in our society. Building upon the themes of Friday evening’s lecture, Kh. Krista West will present practical and engaging information that will change your understanding of beauty and inspire you to bring more beauty into your life!

                                                                                                Kh Krista's Bio

Krista West was born in Portland, Oregon and began sewing at the age of 4.  Her love of handcrafts as a child and her conversion to Orthodox Christianity in 1993 led into an interest in Orthodox ecclesiastical vesture.  She apprenticed with Leslie Schaill from 1994 to 1997 and began Krista West Vestments in 1997. She has sewn for the clergy of numerous jurisdictions and her work can be found in 48 US states as well as Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Greece, and Australia.

In 2002, Krista began to research the origins of Orthodox Christian vestments and has made several trips to Greece and a trip to Italy to research original Byzantine art and architecture. Her research and field work led to her podcast “The Opinionated Tailor” which began airing on Ancient Faith Radio in 2008. In 2013, her book, “The Garments of Salvation: Orthodox Christian Liturgical Vesture” was published by SVS Press and is the first comprehensive book on the topic in English. She lectures annually at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St Vladimir’s School of Theology as well to parishes and communities across the country.

Kh. Krista is married to Fr. Alban West, pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon and is mother to three beautiful daughters.

 

 

 

House Blessings

Fr. Jason will begin scheduling house blessings on January 9th. 

St. Basil's Home School Co-op

St. Basil's Homeschool Co-op

Registration for springs semester at St. Basil's Homeschool Co-op is now open. The cost is $100 per family per semester. School begins on January 9th. 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 spring 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! 

OCA News Daily Scripture Readings

OCA News
OCA News

OCF to expand staff, board and ministries in 2017
22 Jan 2017 at 4:45pm
OCFBishop Gregory of Nyssa with OCF Board members.

Following its annual meeting in December 2016, the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] has announced that it is initiating a search for an Executive Director. The process for identifying and screening potential candidates is projected to begin in early February 2017, and details regarding the process and its progress will be made available through OCF’s web site.

OCF is the official campus ministry agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students in the US and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.

Under the leadership of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, the Assembly of Bishop’s Episcopal Liaison to OCF, and James P. Gianakis, Board Chairman, the OCF Board of Directors gathered on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology to reflect on the past year’s successes, to affirm the ministry’s commitment to Orthodox Christian college students across the country, and to shape the direction of its various international, national, regional and local programs.

“I would like to thank all the clergy and the faithful of Orthodox Church in America for their continued support of this vital ministry,” said Deacon Alexander Cadman, Chaplain of Penn State University’s OCF chapter, who represents the Orthodox Church of America on the Board and serves as its secretary.  “In 2016, the OCA contributed $12,000.00 in support of the 379 active and emerging chapters on campuses throughout the US. The OCA also funded ten scholarships in the amount of $100.00 each to allow students to attend one of three national College Conferences.”  See related story.

In addition to hiring an Executive Director in 2017, OCF also will expand its Board of Directors by extending invitations to 12 identified candidates. The Board also appointed Priest Miles Zdinak, a current Board member and representative for the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, to serve as OCF’s National Chaplain.

During the two-day meetings, staff members, Donna Levas and Christina Andresen, and Student Leadership Board President, Emma Solak, presented their respective reports on behalf of the ministry.  Highlights of their reports include the following.

  • Almost 400 students participated in OCF’s annual College Conferences held at East, Midwest and West locations.
  • Over 70 students participated in OCF’s annual “Real Break” pilgrimage and mission trips to eight areas of need in Europe and the US.
  • Over 35 regional and district retreats were held across the country.
  • OCF’s “First Forty Days Initiative,” which connects incoming freshmen with an OCF chapter and local Orthodox Christian chaplain and/or parish during a student’s first 40 days on campus, continues to be a significant ministry.
  • OCF’s National Day of Prayer coordinates 24 hours of continuous prayer across campuses on the first day of Great Lent.
  • College Student Sunday, which coordinates the recognition of college students in parishes across the country, continues to be observed each October.
  • Monthly podcasts, weekly blogs, daily social media posts, and an OCF Smartphone app are now available.
  • With a database of over 2,500 recent graduates, OCF looks to develop an alumni and career mentoring professional network.
  • The Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos, President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, also met with the OCF Board to offer his greetings, to reaffirm his support of OCF and its work, and to explore hosting an OCF regional retreat for Boston area students at the campus in 2017.

    “Indeed, the meetings proved to be highly productive, setting forth clear goals for the coming year and exciting initiatives to further strengthen OCF in its mission to serve Orthodox Christian students,” Deacon Alexander added.



    OCMC announces opening for Development Officer
    21 Jan 2017 at 9:00am
    OCMC

    The Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC] is now accepting resumes for the position of Development Officer. The Development Officer represents the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in all aspects of its fundraising, but particularly among its constituencies in the West and Mid-West. This person will work with and assist all staff members in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals who may or should have an interest in supporting the mission of OCMC and its programs.

    A Bachelor’s Degree is required.  A proven record of success in the field is highly desirable.  Interviews are slated to begin in February.

    Resumes and cover letters that include a brief statement of fundraising qualifications may be sent to Father Martin Ritsi, Executive Director, Orthodox Christian Mission Center, 220 Mason Manatee Way, St. Augustine, FL 32086 or by e-mail to missions@ocmc.org.

    OCMC is a pan-Orthodox agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA.  Its Board includes members of several jurisdictions, including the Orthodox Church in America.  Currently, several OCA clergy and laity serve as OCMC missionaries, following the lead of many who have served on mission teams during OCMC’s three decades of ministry.



    Pastoral Changes for November, December 2016 released
    19 Jan 2017 at 9:26pm

    The “Pastoral Changes” for November and December 2016—the official announcements of ordinations, assignments, releases, etc. affecting the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America, as issued by the Office of the Chancellor, Archpriest John Jillions—are now available.

  • Download November 2016 Pastoral Changes
  • Download December 2016 Pastoral Changes
  • Listings in the “Pastoral Changes” only appear after they have been submitted to the OCA Chancery by their respective dioceses.




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