Orthodox Church Growing In Georgia

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Orthodoc:

From the local Newspaper:

Russian Orthodox Church growing in Forsyth
Joy of All Who Sorrow already plans expansion
HATCHER HURD
12/2/2002


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By HATCHER HURD
Managing Editor

Father Alexis Duncan is a soft-spoken man with piercing blue eyes that give
full attention from behind his long, curly beard. He faces the same problem,
albeit a happy one, that many religious leaders face in north metro, how to
make room for a growing congregation.
Sitting in the small Russian Orthodox Church on Campground Road in South
Forsyth County, he says his flock of around 200 has outgrown the small
building it bought from the Jehovah Witnesses seven years ago.
Plans have already been drawn up to put a 4,000-square-foot church on the
same 2-acre property. The current church will then become a Sunday school
and social hall. Like all Russian Orthodox churches, it will have the
distinctive onion dome atop its roof.
The church began as a mission here to serve American converts like himself.
However, as the Ga. 400 Corridor has become a more cosmopolitan region with
many ethnic groups settling here, the church is serving a growing number of
Russian immigrants.
"I would say Russian immigrants make up nearly half of our congregation
now," Duncan said.
Now services are conducted in English and Russian.
In the church sanctuary one is struck by the vivid icons of the saints and
Jesus painted on wood behind the altar. They were all made by Duncan, who
was an art major in college.
"Icons are an ancient tradition of the church," Duncan said. "They served a
dual purpose. First they teach through the portrayals of Biblical scenes to
what was then a mostly illiterate congregation. Icons also serve as an
inspiration, whether in the home or in the church. They are a visible
reminder of God's presence in our lives."
Parishioner Elizabeth Werle grew up in the protestant faith, but said she
"fell in love? with the Orthodox Church.
"I found everything about the church falls right in with the Bible," she
said.
The roots of the Orthodox Church go back to Biblical times. It wasn't until
1054, that the Great Schism came, where the Orthodox churches of East split
with the Catholic Church over the primacy of Rome and other theological
issues.
For information, call 770-886-7111

The young fogey:
Orthodoc, when I first saw the title of this posting I thought you were writing about a revival in Georgia (-ô-Ç-â-+-+-Å) the country, not Georgia as in peaches and 'Jawja on my mind'. LOL!

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Father Alexis Duncan is a soft-spoken man with piercing blue eyes that give full attention from behind his long, curly beard.

I understand that like many converts he is a hardliner type in ROCOR, but Fr Alexis also is a prolife hero, unlike too many others in the Orthodox communion in America.

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He faces the same problem,
albeit a happy one, that many religious leaders face in north metro, how to
make room for a growing congregation.
Sitting in the small Russian Orthodox Church on Campground Road in South
Forsyth County, he says his flock of around 200 has outgrown the small
building it bought from the Jehovah Witnesses seven years ago.

Another success story of the mini-windfall of American conversions to the apostolic faith, straight up, offsetting generational ethnic attrition, thus ensuring the Orthodox' survival as such in America, at least as a small group and maybe more.

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However, as the Ga. 400 Corridor has become a more cosmopolitan region with many ethnic groups settling here, the church is serving a growing number of Russian immigrants. "I would say Russian immigrants make up nearly half of our congregation now," Duncan said.

That too. The bread and butter of ROCOR, 50 years ago and now.

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Now services are conducted in English and Russian.

He means Slavonic, but close enough!

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In the church sanctuary one is struck by the vivid icons of the saints and Jesus painted on wood behind the altar.

Guess he thought the tetrapod in front of the solea and iconostasis was the altar (or holy table in Byzantine Rite parlance). Understandable.

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They were all made by Duncan, who was an art major in college.

WOW.

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It wasn't until 1054, that the Great Schism came, where the Orthodox churches of East split with the Catholic Church over the primacy of Rome and other theological
issues.

And a political rivalry between two empires that no longer exist.

David:
Great article!  It sounds as if Fr. Alexis is doing a wonderful job.  

There are actually quite a few Orthodox parishes/missions in Georgia(USA):

AOA:
St. Elias Church - Atlanta
St. Stephen Church - Hiram

GOA:
St Philothea Greek Orthodox Church - Athens
Annunciation Cathedral - Atlanta
Holy Trinity Church - Augusta
St. George Chapel - Brunswick
Holy Transfiguration Church - Columbus
SS. Rapheal, Nicholas, and Irene Church - Cumming
Holy Cross Church - Macon
Holy Transfiguration Church - Marietta
St. Paul Church - Savannah

OCA:
St John the Wonderworker Church - Atlanta
SS Constantine and Helen Mission - Lilburn
St Innocent Mission - Macon
St Mary of Egypt Church - Norcross (Atlanta)
St Mary Magdalene Mission - Savannah
St Timothy Church - Toccoa
All Saints Church - Woodstock
 

Nigula Qian Zishi:
...and representing ROCOR...

Our Lady, Joy of All Who Sorrow
6728 CAMPGROUND RD
CUMMING, GA 30040-5630
Telephone: 770/886-7111; 770/888-2270
Fax: 770/888-2267
Web Site: www.orthodoxinfo.biz
Services: E, S
Diocese: New York (6)
Directions: 400 N from Atlanta to exit 12, McFarland Rd; left to Rt 9, rt to Campground Rd (1.5 mi); left to church on right (2 mi).
Service Schedule: Sat Vigil 5PM, Sun Liturgy 9:30AM. Wed Vespers 7PM. Fri Akathist 7PM.
Priest Alexis Duncan
Dcn. Anthony Bridges

Monastery of the Glorious Ascension
5052 S DIXIE RD SW
DALTON, GA 30720
Telephone: 706/277-9443
Fax: 206/984-0629
Email: products@monastery.org
Services: E
Diocese: New York (6)
Directions: On W side of US Hwy 41 between exits 320 & 326 on I-75. One hour N of Atlanta, GA; 1/2 hour S of Chattanooga, TN.
Service Schedule: Daily cycle of services.
Schema-Archim. Damian
Hieromonk Maximos
Hierodcn. Nazarios
R-Monk Jonah
R-Monk Parthenius

Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary of Egypt
54 ROCKBRIDGE RD, STE. 200
LILBURN, GA 30047
Telephone: 404/288-1556
Web Site: www.stmaryofegypt.org
Services: E, S
Diocese: New York (6)
Directions: I-285 exit Hwy 29 (Lawreneville Hwy); N on Rt 29 outside beltway approx. 7 mi; right on Rock Bridge Rd 1/2 mi; cross over railroad tracks; left @ 2nd office/warehouse complex (offwhite building); 2nd suite on left - #200. This parish is not to be confused with a similarly-named parish of the "OCA" located on Beaver Ruin Rd. in Norcross GA.
Service Schedule: Saturday: Vigil 5 pm. Sunday Hours & Liturgy 10:00 am.; Vespers after coffee hour. Feastdays: Vigil on the eve 7:00; Liturgy 10:00. Tues Vespers & Matins 7:00pm. Wed. Midnight Office, Hours & Divine Liturgy 9AM; Vespers & Bible Study & Compline 7PM
Protopriest John Townsend
Priest Cyprian DuRant
Priest Viatcheslav Davidenko

Νεκτάριος:
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GOA:
St Philothea Greek Orthodox Church - Athens

I guess a pilgrimage to an Orthodox Church in Athens is closer than I had ever thought !

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