Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Orthodox Church
A parish of the Diocese of the Midwest (OCA)
in Ash Grove, Missouri
Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! христос воскресе

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!


Welcome to Theotokos "Unexpected Joy" Orthodox Church!

We are a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, located in Ash Grove, a small town about 20 miles from Springfield, in southwest Missouri.

Our membership is multi-ethnic, with many converts to Orthodoxy. We follow the Old (Julian) Calendar. All services are in English.

Please use this website to find out more about Orthodoxy and about our life at Unexpected Joy.

Feel free to contact our pastor, Fr. Ephraim Tauck, at (417) 942-0186 if you'd like more information.
Check the monthly calendar for the service schedule.
Come join us in worship - and share the beauty of our life in Christ!

Services Suspended

If you would like to attend services, please contact Fr. Ephraim by phone or email. Currently, there is a sign-up

list for Wednesday Vespers, Saturday Vigil and Sunday Divine Liturgy. There are also services Friday and Saturday

at the rector's discretion.

Tithing & Charitable Giving
Some views of the church...
St. Nicholas, 2019
Winter in the Ozarks
Fr. Moses
November 2017
Holy Week 2018
Holy Week 2018
Visit from the Kursk Icon
our Bishop PAUL
Greeting the Bishop
visit from Bishop NEOFITOS
one of our festal icons

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