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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.


His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH to Lead Festive Weekend at
St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Twin Falls, Idaho

Christmas will come early for St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church when His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH will make an archpastoral visit December 16-18, 2016 to lead celebrations of several key events in the life of this worshipping, Christ-centered congregation.

The visit of the primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America coincides with the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the first-century bishop who serves as the namesake, patron and protector of the Twin Falls, Idaho parish. On Saturday, December 17, Metropolitan JOSEPH will baptize “Habib Baby #2,” the future child of our pastor and his wife, Rev. Fr. Michael and Mrs. Maria Habib, who is due October 22. On 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 Kurt Hefner, to the holy diaconate.

“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,” Fr. Michael said.

Everyone is invited to attend. For those coming from out of town, a block of rooms at a Twin Falls hotel with a special rate will be arranged. More details will be released in the coming months as the festive weekend draws near. We welcome you and look forward to seeing you at St. Ignatius Church!

2016 Holiday Baklava Sale

November 18-20, 2016 & December 9-11, 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


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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