St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
9100 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71115
September 21, 2010 - Leavetaking of the Exaltation of the Cross

Today is the last day - the Leavetaking - of the feast of the Exaltation of the precious and life-giving Cross of our Lord!  May this feast continue to inspire us throughout the year to grow ever more deeply in true discipleship of Christ, which always means to deny ourselves and to take up our Cross as we follow our Lord through death into Life!

"The Cross is the guardian of the whole earth; the Cross is the beauty of the Church.  The Cross is the strength of kings; the Cross is the support of the faithful.  The Cross is the glory of angels and the wounder of demons." ~ Exapostilarion of the Feast of the Cross
Please remember in your prayers His Grace, Bishop Basil, who is in Istanbul today meeting with His Beatitude, Patriarch Bartholomeos, along with other members of the executive committee of the Episcopal Assembly of North America.  They are, of course, discussing the work of the Episcopal Assembly, which has much to do with the future of the Orthodox Church here in the US.  Please pray for the meeting to be blessed, for the Lord's will to prevail, and for safe travels for our bishops.
Services and Events this week:
Tonight (Tues.) 6pm - Ladies' Book Club meeting (Steps of Transformation, first part)
Tomorrow (Wed.) 6pm - Great Vespers for the Conception of the Forerunner, followed by Catechism Class
Friday, 7:15am - 1st Hour and Men's Meeting
Saturday, 5:45 - 9th Hour; 6pm - Great Vespers
Sunday services as usual
-Orthodoxy 101: A new catechism class will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 22, following Vespers (6:45pm).  An introduction for those who are new to the Orthodox Church, and a refresher for anyone else who'd like to join us!
-Prayers for Life at Hope Medical Group: in conjunction with 40 Days for Life, a prayer and fasting campaign to stop abortion, we will be holding a prayer service outside the location of the local abortion provider on October 1 at 5:30pm.  The campaign lasts from September 22 - October 31. There are many other opportunities to participate; stay tuned for additional times when St. Nicholas and/or St. George will be involved, or visit the 40 Days for Life website to sign up:
-Ladies' Meeting: the next meeting will take place on Sunday, October 3.
-THE 2010 PILGRIMAGE to the shrine church of Our Lady of Walsingham/Mesquite, TX will be held on Saturday, October 16th. Schedule posted at on the evening  church; more details to follow.
-THE 2010 DOWAMA FALL GATHERING & RETREAT will be hosted at St Elijah/Oklahoma City, OK on Friday and Saturday, October 22nd & 23rd (ending in the afternoon).  Featured speaker will be KHOURIYA SUSAN WALLACE of St Andrew/Oklahoma City, OK. 

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