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Welcome to the OCN Blog and News center! Here you will find posts by our wonderful community of bloggers, on The Sounding, and the latest church news and events on our Orthodox News page. Comments are welcome! We look forward to knowing what you think.
The Prayer Team

The Lens of Thanksgiving—Do I See Challenges or Opportunities?

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances;…

Dec 29, 2016
The Sounding Blog

Celebrating the Theotokos Throughout the Calendar Year

When I was growing up, I never really gave Mary, the mother of Jesus, much thought, except at Christmas. We were a church-going family, and our church…

Dec 28, 2016
The Children's Word

Growing up

What does it mean to “grow up”? Does it mean you are getting taller? Or older? Or smarter?Or does it mean you can drive a car now? Or go to college?…

Dec 28, 2016
The Prayer Team

Not What I Didn’t Get, but What I Have

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your…

Dec 28, 2016
Orthodox News

The Nativity Season Isn’t Over Yet

Are you tired of Christmas or just getting started?  In this resource from the Antiochian Archdiocese titled From Nativity to Theophany, you can find…

Dec 28, 2016
The Prayer Team

Thankful Witness

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs…

Dec 27, 2016
The Sounding Blog

A Christmas Mash of Culture and Faith

Are you still enjoying the Nativity Season? They may have stopped playing Christmas music on the radio, but we haven’t. Here is a lovely rendition of…

Dec 27, 2016
Orthodox News

The Parish Stewardship Program – Council of Ministries Part II

Council of Ministries and its Role in Stewardship Development Fr. Steve Dalber, Saint Nektarios Church, Charlotte, NC   The Role of the Priest The…

Dec 26, 2016
The Prayer Team

Will We Keep the Gifts or Return Them?

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them,…

Dec 26, 2016
The Sounding Blog

Is Love a Gift or Re-Gift?

Do you re-gift? Some say it’s tacky to re-gift because a gift is a personal expression of friendship or love and shouldn’t be second-hand. Others…

Dec 26, 2016
The Prayer Team

Read the Story

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 With our journey to the manger now complete, take a moment today…

Dec 25, 2016
Orthodox News

God is with Us

Listen to the 2016 Christmas Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America as he encourages and enlightens the faithful to the true meaning of…

Dec 24, 2016