Bishop Alexander to visit Holy Transfiguration, Ames, Iowa!

The weekend of October 22 and 23, 2016, will be very active at 621 Kellogg!  Bishop Alexander will be visiting our community that weekend.  He will serve Great Vespers on Saturday evening at 6:30pm, and perhaps offer some words of encouragement.  He will be the celebrant at the Divine Liturgy beginning at 10:00am on Sunday, October 23, and will be spending time with the people of our community in fellowship immediately after.

The entire community is welcome to come and hear Vladyka (meaning “Master” or “Chief Shepherd” in Church Slavonic).


We are new to Ames, but in no way new! Orthodox Christianity has been around since the Church was brought into being on Pentecost. Our Church was founded on the principles of conciliarity, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – as found in Acts 15.

The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish.
It is catholic, but not Roman.
It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.

Our services are in English – please join us in prayer anytime we gather, or get in touch »


1. That God loves you, and more than anything, desires your fellowship and communion.
2. That the path to union with God has been revealed – achievable not just by saints, but by every Christian desiring to know God.
3. That we will share that path with anyone and everyone who desires to know about it.

Daily Bread

In addition to the services of the Church, our life in Christ consists of time with Him in personal prayer and silence. To help our distracted minds focus on this task, Christians have always read the scriptures, particularly the four Gospel books, as often as possible. The Church also remembers various saints on each day of the year. By reading their lives and words we can find encouragement and inspiration to follow their example, living the life in Christ in the face of adversity.

Saints of the Day:

Read the lives of the saints for today »
From The Prologue of Ohrid

Additional Resources

Orthodox Church in America »

Ancient Faith Ministries »

Orthodox Crafts (Prayer Ropes and Icons) »

Scriptures of the Day: