News about reopening, effective June 6/7, 2020:
Beginning this week, all are invited to attend our services in person.
There are several restrictions, so please take note of them:
- If you are showing any signs of illness – fever, cough, or other active illness symptoms – please remain at home and do not risk infecting others.
- Those in high-risk groups for respiratory issues are encouraged to remain home. Live streams will continue.
- We have set aside 14 “boxes” of seating, spaced six feet apart. Once these are full, no others will be permitted to enter. No more than one household may be seated in the same box.
- Doors will be closed and locked approximately 15 minutes after the beginning of the service (approximately 10:15 AM on Sunday, 6:45 PM on Saturday).
- Everyone must have and must wear a face covering. Choir members, upon reaching their place, may remove their face covering, but will need to don the coverings when the service is concluded. Those without a face covering cannot be allowed to stay in the building. The choir members may remove their masks at their music stands, but should wear them otherwise.
- When approaching for communion, please wait until the people seated in front of you have received and returned to their place before approaching the chalice. The choir will go first, then the faithful. When you reach the center icon, please lower or remove your mask to receive, then replace it after consuming the antidoron and zapifka.
- We will be using disposable paper towels instead of communion cloths. One per household receiving communion. The towels will be collected and disposed of by burning, which is the appropriate method of disposing of things having come into contact with the Holy Things. We will also use two spoons, alternating between the households receiving communion, and placing them in a pure grain alcohol solution when not being used.
- Children must remain with their parents at all times, and may not roam the nave or narthex without a parent present with them at all times.
- Please be aware that service books have been removed from the nave, and paper bulletins and variable hymns will not be provided. In addition, the library and literature racks have been removed.
- Our service book may be downloaded here: Holy Transfiguration Service Book. The variable hymns (with music and readings) are available at “News and Announcements” menu link. Click on “Weekly Bulletin” for the most current available.
We attempt to live stream every service, but if it fails, there is no one monitoring who can restart the process. Please feel free to join us on the Live stream: https://www.facebook.com/HolyTransfigurationOrthodoxChurch/live/
Also, services are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBjeg7mZ_9K-RrEjkKX1l1w
If you would like to help defray the costs of live streaming and help us upgrade our capabilities during this time, please contact Fr. Marty through the “Contact” page, on the menu above.
We adopt these guidelines in obedience to our Archbishop Alexander, and out of love for one another!
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.
So what is the message of Orthodox Christianity?
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:
Scriptures of the Day: