That's very sad that you have no Orthodox church close by.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Have you checked www.orthodoxyinamerica.org
though? They have a directory that includes all jurisdictions, so maybe there is one closer and you just missed it.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
This is the website I used to look for a Church near me.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š The distances area a little off as listed there.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š When I do a trip plan the closest one turns out to be Theotokos of Unexpected Joy Church
Parishes (OCA)ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š 810 Woodbine Ashgrove, MO 65604 It is about 143 miles away.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was told on Christianforums.com that there is a mission church starting in Springfield MO, they don't have a priest as of yet, but I will be trying to get a hold of the contact person for the mission. That is just southeast of Ashgrove and would save me about 26 miles.
I am going to get the book The Orthodox way next week sometime.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I am a fast reader, so I would guess I will be getting a lot of book to further my knowledge.
I am most definitely going to check out some of the websites guys have listed. I like the idea of being able to listen to Divine Liturgy.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It is funny that I was going to watch a live web cast this weekend but I got my time zones mixed up and ended up just watching the priest talking to some one "afterward"ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š thinking I was waiting for it to start lol.
Just some tidbits that would be good for you all to know.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I am 34 years of age and am a single father.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š My daughter just turned 4 in July!!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I have been going to a Cumberland Presbytery Church, have not felt comfortable there, but my Girlfriend really seems to like it.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š They have a "open bible study" where Privet interpretation is encourage.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It is kind of weird everyone just saying what they "think" this verse says.
My girlfriend thinks if I am interested in going to an Orthodox Church that I should try to go, she even said she would go with me!!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I think this is great.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š She was scared that my little girl would be scared of all the chanting. So I have been letting here listen to it with me on the internet so she is not so shocked at it.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š She, like all kids, gets kind of bashful in a new environment any way.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š A funny thing when we where listening toÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š The Great and Holy Pascha my daughter was saying "they are singing about Jesus, I like Jesus"ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Some of the things she says just melts my heart sometimes.