I've recently started looking into the Orthodox church and was wondering how best to go about it?
I was baptized in the Roman Catholic church but my family fell away from attending Mass. I went through the common stage of questioning it all. I even studied Witta. However, I still found myself attending Midnight Mass and Easter mass. I have issues with some of the practices/teachings/behaviors of the RCC but I still feel the presence of God more at a Mass than any Protestant Service I have attended. Finally, I found beliefnet.com and the Belief-o-matic; a quiz on what religion are you. My beliefs lined up 100% with Eastern Orthodox.
I've read up some online and want to know more. Should I just attend a service. However, which one should I attend? There are three churches, each 20 miles from my town; one Coptic, one Antiochian, and one Greek Orthodox. Then there is a Romanian one 28mi away. How do I decide which one to attend? Should I just visit each one and decide which I like best? If so, which service is the best to attend for a complete newbie? Sunday or a weekday? I know that much depends on the service leader as well. Should I contact the Fathers first? How can I navigate this spiritual quest? How and where do I find a "guide"? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.