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St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Church is a parish of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Our parish is made up of a wide variety of people from all walks of life and include those who were born into the faith and those who choose the faith later in life. Our services are mostly in English with occasional parts in different languages to minister to the wide variety of ethnic backgrounds represented among our people.

VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO ATTEND SERVICES. The pastor requests that any visiting Orthodox Christians who wish to receive the Sacraments contact him in advance of the visit.


Schedule Finalized for Festive Weekend with His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH at
St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Twin Falls, Idaho

Plans are coming to fruition and the excitement is building for what will be a historic weekend at St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, when His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH will make an archpastoral visit December 16-18, 2016. He will lead celebrations of several key events in the life of this worshipping, Christ-centered congregation.

First, His Eminence will inaugurate and dedicate the new church building for worship with the “Service of the Opening of the Doors” on Friday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. The St. Ignatius community will gather at the new church located at 181 Morrison Street, across the street from the old hospital (formerly Agape Center). Please dress warmly, as the first portion of the service takes place outdoors.

Second, Metropolitan JOSEPH, the primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, will preside over the beginning of the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the first-century bishop who serves as the namesake, patron and protector of the Twin Falls parish. Great Vespers with the service of Litia-Artoklasia (“breaking of the loaves”) will start at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17.

The next morning, Sunday, December 18, His Eminence will celebrate the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in which he will ordain one of the founding members of St. Ignatius Church, Subdeacon James (Kurt) Hefner, to the holy diaconate. Services that day begin at 8:30 a.m. Following their conclusion, the church will host a complimentary festal meal at 1:00 p.m. at Stone House restaurant, 330 4th Avenue South in Twin Falls. Reservations for the meal are required by December 10, 2016.

“This will indeed be a historic weekend in the life of our parish, so I urge all of you to block out those days in your schedules from now so we can all join together around our Father-in-Christ,” said Fr. Michael Habib, pastor at St. Ignatius Church.

Everyone is invited to attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us contact us at 208-734-3664 or More information about our parish can be found at  

We welcome you and look forward to seeing you at St. Ignatius Church!
2016 Holiday Baklava Sale

November 18 - December 24, 2016
Handmade by the Sisters of St. John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, Washington. “A well known favorite, ours is rumored to be the best ever! Syrup soaked layers of buttered fillo dough and spiced nuts, topped with a whole clove.”

Half dozen: $15    Full Dozen: $25
While Supplies Last! Add 15% for Shipped Orders.


Pre-Pay Online to Guarantee Your Order

Pick Up & Purchase avilable at Kurt’s Pharmacy & Hallmark
1203 Filer Ave. E, Twin Falls (using cash, check or credit card)

during normal business hours starting November 18, 2016
or contact St. Ignatius Church to arrange alternative pick up time.

Help St Ignatius Church's Renovation Fund

St. Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church of Twin Falls, Idaho has been working to increase its worship space due to growing attendance. Our small church is bursting at the seams every Sunday. Our parish is blessed with an increasing number of children, along with many refugees from all over the world. Our refugees have added a rich spiritual component to our community, but unfortunately, this growing group has limited economic resources with which to support the Church.

Last year, plans were drawn up to build a new church on our current property.  That plan has proven to be cost prohibitive, and our need for a larger church facility can wait no longer.  In early April of this year, we found a vacant church building for sale in Twin Falls.  The building is 15,000 square feet on 4 acres of land. The purchase price of the new property is about the same as the market value of our existing property.

We have secured financing for the purchase of the property, but we are in need of additional funds to do necessary repairs and renovations. For instance, we need to replace the damaged HVAC system, renovate the kitchen, move walls to create a dining room, expand the altar, and relocate our existing iconostasis. Our goal is to raise the funds and complete these building improvements for the upcoming visit of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH in December.

As our end goal, this new church property will be able to accommodate approximately 300 people.  We hope to create a place of worship which includes a bookstore, Sunday school rooms, space for lectures and retreats, and a safe playground for the growing number of children. We pray these renovations will provide a beautiful Orthodox Church that will minister to our community.

We hope that in addition to your continued prayers, you will consider offering your financial support to our efforts. Any assistance you can provide will be a great blessing in building up the Body of Christ here in Twin Falls.

Donations can be made online at:;EM;AB;abt-gnl-share-by-email-060116_sfb&utm_source=EM&utm_medium=AB&utm_campaign=abt-gnl-share-by-email-060116_sfb

Or Mailed to:

St. Ignatius Church
New Building Renovation Fund
1830 Addison Ave., East
Twin Falls, ID 83301

St. Ignatius is a 501(C)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.


Help St. Ignatius Church with your tax-deductable donation. Every penny helps to meet the ever growing needs of the parish in our effort to build up the Body of Christ is Twin Falls. May the Lord reward you for your generosity in this age and in the age to come.

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Saints and a Thought for the Day
Saints of the Day
Ambrose, bishop of Milan; Martyr Athenodoros of Mesopotamia; Venerable Gregory, founder of Gregoriou monastery on Athos; Venerable Gerasimos; Venerable Anthony of Sia and Neilos of Stolb Island; Venerable Philothea of Thrace

His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH's Thought for the Day
"Wherefore also the Lord Jesus Christ, wishing to make us more strong against the temptations of the devil, fasted when about to contend with him, that we might know that we may in no other way overcome the enticements of evil." -- St. Ambrose of Milan

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