St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
9100 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71115
December 15, 2010 - St. Eleftherios

December 15th is the feast day of the Holy Hieromartyr Eleftherios, who is the patron Saint of our Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.  The reason why he was chosen as our patron is that it was on December 15th of 2004 that our Diocese was formally established by His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP with the blessing of His Beatitude, Patriarch IGNATIUS IV. Through the prayers of St. Eleftherios, may God grant His Grace, our Bishop BASIL, and all the people of our diocese many years and abundant blessings!

For the life of St. Eleftherios, visit
Services this week:
Thursday Evening 5:30pm - Vespers for Holy Prophet Daniel, Three Holy Youths, and St. Dionysios of Zakynthos
Friday, 7am - Divine Liturgy
Saturday, 5:45pm - 9th Hour; 6pm - Great Vespers
Sunday morning services as usual
Monday 8am - Orthros   9am - Liturgy for St. Ignatius and St. John of Kronstadt
- Stewardship: please turn in stewardship forms as soon as possible, and no later than Sunday, Dec. 26 so that the budget committee can prepare for 2011.
- Cleaning this Saturday: to prepare for the feast of the Nativity, all are invited to come help clean the church this Saturday, Dec. 18, beginning at 4pm.  Let's make the temple beautiful for the Lord's birth!
- Christmas caroling and decorating the church this Sunday: The teen SOYO, children of the church, and children at heart are invited to decorate, eat lunch together, and go Christmas caroling at Live Oak Retirement home this Sunday, Dec. 19, following Liturgy.
- Pageant cancelled: There will not be a Christmas pageant, as previously scheduled for this Sunday evening.  In lieu of that will be the other activities mentioned above.
- St. Ignatius Sunday - this Sunday is St. Ignatius Sunday.  Members of the Order of St. Ignatius are encouraged to wear their cross.
- Christmas tree: if anyone would like to donate a real Christmas tree for the church this year, or contribute towards one, please let Fr. Daniel know.  Also, donations of poinsettias and other greenery or flowers for the Nativity are welcome.
- Collecting Winter Clothes for the Needy: The next activity of the St. Peter the Merciful Orthodox Outreach will be a distribution of warm winter clothing to those in need.  Please bring donations of coats, hats, gloves and scarves to the church by Sunday, December 19 or the following Sunday.
- Services next week: please see the December calendar for all service times next week, including services for the Nativity.
- Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops: The new website of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America was launched this week by His Grace, Bishop BASIL. Check it out at

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