Revisions to COVID Directives, effective May 29, 2021:

As more of us are vaccinated against COVID we are beginning to start the process of emerging from our long special procedures on the road to “normalcy.” To that end, we no longer have “boxes” in which to sit.

Effective immediately we will no longer require masks in the building. However, we need to remain sensitive to those who choose to continue to wear masks and to keep their distance from others. Masks will still be available, for those who would like to use one but have none of their own. We will also no longer require signing in for the purposes of contact tracing later.

We can resume our normal veneration of holy Things – meaning, the kissing of icons, the priest’s hand and others who offer a blessing, etc. We will maintain until Pentecost using two spoons for communion, and disposable communion cloths. Beginning Pentecost Sunday, this will no longer be required, however, we can make accomodations for those who request a different spoon according to our pandemic practice. Please make these requests known to Fr. Marty and Fr. Maximos both, as soon as possible, via email: and

We can still visit after the services, but will not be able to have food. The issue is about our ability to serve food that is individually plated, rather than buffet-style. If someone would like to bring commercially produced and boxed donuts or pastries, that would be fine. Please use paper towels and plates to retrieve any sort of pastry that might be offered – it is always a good practice, pandemic or no, to keep fingers from touching food to be consumed by others. If someone would like to make coffee, that would also be fine. As we fellowship please remain aware of the distance you keep from others, particularly if they show sensitivity to others being too close for their comfort level.

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. If you have been or are symptomatic, please remain home as well for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms. While sneezing is excused by our central Iowa allergies, those with a persistent cough will be asked to leave.

If you have questions about our revised protocols, either in their implementation or failure to implement, please contact the Chancellor, the Very Reverend Andrew Jarmus, at

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:

Also, services are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel.  You can find it here:

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.

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.


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:

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Additional Resources

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Orthodox Crafts (Prayer Ropes and Icons) »

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