Theotokos "Unexpected Joy" Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
Ash Grove, Missouri
The Akathist Hymn: "Glory to God for All Things"

There will be no Daily Vespers on Wednesday, November 24.  Instead, Fr. Basil Ferguson has invited our parish to St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church in Springfield for the akathist service “Glory to God for All Things” starting at 6:30 in the evening.  All are welcome and encouraged to come and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in a fitting way.

Adult Education Classes

We will be starting adult education classes on October 16.  They will be geared mostly for our many interested persons who have not yet been joined to the Church, but they will be open to all.  If your faith and praxis has taken a back burner in these confusing times, or if you find yourself wanting to dig deeper, please consider attending.  This is a good opportunity for all of us to recommit to Christ and His Church for a fresh start!  Our time is short after all.

The main text for the class will be The Orthodox Faith, Worship, and Life, by Hieromonk Gregorios of the Holy Mountain, which can be found here (and other places if amazon is not your thing): 

If you have interest but cannot afford the book or the gas to get here, please let me know.

Class will be held every other Saturday at the same time.  Please refer to the calendar on this website.

Study of St. Silouan the Athonite

Isaac Lampart was here at our Church in July giving talks on St. Silouan the Athonite.  He is now conducting an online study of the book, St. Silouan the Athonite.  You can view his weekly class at this link:

Orthodox Spiritual Life

I recently heard from a wonderful acquaintance in Thessaloniki.  He was one of our professors in Seminary, and he has started a podcast which is very helpful called Person to Person. He is far along the Orthodox path, yet he is a goofy guy, and I think you might enjoy listening to him. He speaks of some mature themes, so please consider where your children are while you listen. It can be found at the following link:

June, 2021

Coffee Hour Resumes

Since His Eminence, Archbishop Paul has lifted all restrictions related to COVID-19, we will resume having coffee hour after Divine Liturgy on Sundays.  Please stay for food and fellowship, and bring your favorite goodies to share just as we did in the past!

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