Midwife Africa Mission

October 2016
bJanessa Craigy: Janessa Craig, MMT, D.PSc.

Dear Friends,

I would like to share about an exciting opportunity I’ve been praying about. I have felt led to serve God by joining up with GoMidwife.

GoMidwife is affiliated with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and is a group of nurses and midwives who work to train women to be birth attendants, childbirth educators, and doulas. They exist to see birth workers equipped to teach the nations and serve women during the childbearing years in rural, crisis, and developing situations. Their passion is to raise up competent midwives, birth practitioners, and educators around the world.

JanessaAs part of my growing desire to join God in serving people in need, I will be traveling to Hawaii in February, 2017, for a month of training to prepare me for April, May and June in Togo, Africa. There they have a clinic where they serve both the local women and the needs of new birth attendant graduates who are there to get hands-on experience. My role will be one of preceptor to these women and possibly catching a baby or two. This trip will be life-changing for me as I use the experiences I’ve gained over the last 30 years to give to both the local women and the students.

The importance of prayer for ministry, safety, travel and that which God intends to accomplish through this opportunity is absolutely essential. Would you please participate in this ministry with your prayers? Of course, there is also a financial cost to the trip. It will be approximately $6,500. Please consider giving. Tax deductible donations may be sent payable to St Nicholas Orthodox Church.


St Nicholas Orthodox Church
PO Box 6522
Springdale, AR 72766
or Online @

Please indicate
 that your donation is for the Janessa Craig Africa Mission

I am eager for you prayer support and financial partnership in this endeavor; I greatly value your friendship and help in this venture of faith. Thank you so much.

In Christ,

Janessa Craig, D.PSc.

Janessa Craig wears many hats, she received her Arkansas midwife license in 1991 as an apprentice trained direct entry midwife. Currently she is licensed under PMAI US: Pastoral Medical Association International. This license allows her the opportunity to work with birthing families in the time honored ways of birthing traditions passed down from woman to woman over the years. Her PMA license allows her to practice legally in all 50 states and internationally. Additionally, she is a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PES), Master Massage Therapist (MMT) and Certified Educator in Infant Massage (CEIM).


What Orthodox Believe About…

Family Camp Out

Family Camp Out

St Nicholas 3rd Annual Family Camp!!!

It’s time for our 3rd Annual St. Nicholas Family Camp!

This event will be focused on the children, but aims to engage and be a spiritual retreat for all ages. There will be overnight camping the first two nights . Please come and participate during the day even if you can’t stay for overnight camping.

  • Wednesday, June 28. Check-in after 2pm.
  • Thursday, June 29.
  • Friday, June 30. Check-out before 11am.

We should have lots of room and lots of fun, so bring a friend!!


  • Signup deadline is June 15, 2017. (But come anyway!)
  • Please sign up as soon as possible so we have time to make preparations.
  • Register for Church Family Camp with the Online Registration form below, or on the signup sheet posted at church.
  • All participants will receive an information packet prior to camp.


  • $10 / Person
  • $25 / Family

We are very please to be able to offer this Church Family Camp at such an amazingly affordable rate.

What to Expect

  • Meals, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
  • Restrooms with Flush Toilets and Showers.
  • Instruction/Discussion on living an Orthodox Christian life.
  • Daily group activities for all ages plenty of Free time.
  • Other available activities include:
    • Campfire
    • Playground
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Trailheads
    • Volleyball Courts
    • Hiking
    • Historic Sites
    • Horseshoe Pit
    • Wildlife Viewing

Please contact us with your questions and suggestions.

Lake Wedington, AR

The Group Camp site has been reserved, and accommodates up to 50 people. There is plenty of space for tents in a beautiful setting that includes everything we need in a secure area. Lake and amenities nearby.

More info on Lake Wedington Campbground at:

More details to come. Those interested in different accommodations than group camping (Cabin, RV Space), please contact Tom and Kate

Getting There:
From Fayetteville, travel west on Highway 16 (Wedington Road) for 13 miles, to the Lake Wedington entry road. The road is negotiable for RVs of all sizes.

From Siloam Springs, travel east on Highway 16 for 13 miles.

Google Map & Directions, Lake Wedington Recreation

Nativity: “What is the True Meaning of Christmas?”


Chanting & Music

Notation Comparison

The Ministry of Chanting / Singing performed by both men and women is extremely ancient and it is recognized as a path to holiness in the Orthodox Church. In 2005 His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH, now our Metropolitan, wrote a letter of appreciation [ http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/news_090104_16.html ]. Bishop BASIL of Wichita and Mid-America also has a pastoral directive on church singing [ http://www.antiochian.org/node/22680 ]. There are several resources for the history of Sacred Music in the Antiochian Archdiocese is available here [ http://www.antiochian.org/node/25951 ].

At St Nicholas, we follow the normal Antiochian practice of combining the use of the Byzantine tonal system with its model hymns and special methods with set pieces from the Russian tradition such as Carpatho-Rus and Znamenny chant. We primarily use music from the Archdiocese’s Byzantine Music Project supplemented as necessary by compositions published by the Antiochian Department of Sacred Music, Bishop BASIL of Wichita and Mid-America, and St Anthony’s Monastery (GOA). Members of the congregation are encouraged to follow the choir in singing the services.

If you would like to join the choir or have any questions about its ministry, please speak directly with Kh. Marilyn A.

The most important Vespers and Matins hymns including all the Resurrection Troparia with Theotokia are made available by St John the Evangelist Orthodox Church as MP3 recordings here [ http://www.stjohnorinda.org/content.php?section=Media ]. Another archive of sheet music is Orthodox Two Part Music sponsored by St Tikhon’s Monastery (OCA), [ http://orthodoxtwopartmusic.org ].

Choir members and all those interested in the ministry of church singing and chant may consider familiarizing themselves with some of the saints who contributed to our musical and hymnological tradition.

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St John of Damascus

St John of Damascus

Sheet Music:


  1. Come Let Us Worship
  2. Psalm 140, “Lord I have cried…”, audio available.
  3. Glandsome Light

Orthros / Matins

  1. Great Doxology
  2. Troparion:

Divine Liturgy

  1. Litany Responses, “Lord Have Mercy
  2. First Antiphon
  3. Second Antiphon
    • Includes Troparion of the Second Antiphon (Hymn of St. Justinian)
  4. Troparion of the Resurrection:
  5. Entrance Hymn
  6. Troparion of the Patron Saint or Titular Feast of the Church – St. Nicholas of Myra
  7. Kontakion (variable)
  8. Trisagion Hymn, “Holy God…”
  9. Alleluia
  10. Cherubic HymnListen ]
  11. Great Entrance
  12. Anaphora
    • Triumphal Hymn of the Angels
    • We Praise Thee
    • Megalynarion (The Theotokion)
  13. Communion Hymn (Variable)
    Emperor St Justinian the Great

    Emperor St Justinian the Great

  14. We Have Seen The True Light
  15. Thanksgiving after Holy Communion
  16. Blessed Be Name of Lord
  17. Memorial Service, Byzantine Chant
  18. Dismissal


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