Jackson International Food and Art Festival

Come see us at the Jackson International Food and Art Festival this year on October 16! This is such an fun event for the whole Jackson community, and we love participating. We'll be offering our St. Nicholas Sampler Plate with foods from Greece, Russia, and Jordan.  Nick and Jackie are providing our Greek foods, Masha and Elaine are making traditional Russian dishes, and you don't want to miss Emily's famous Hummus! We'll also have a display of hand-painted Byzantine-style Iconography from Laura, one of our resident iconographers! 

Learn more about why we have an international menu and icons below!

Why do you have an International Menu?
The Orthodox Church is an global church, organized into national jurisdictions, such as the Greek Orthodox Church or the Russian Orthodox Church. St. Nicholas is part of the ancient church of Antioch, where "they were first called Christians." (Acts 11:26) Because the US is still a relatively young country, we do not yet have an American jurisdiction; and so you'll find Greek, Russian, Antiochian and other Orthodox churches begun by immigrants and missionaries. St. Nicholas is the only Orthodox Church between Memphis and Nashville, so our parish is made of Orthodox families of many nationalities and heritages. This is common in the US as we work toward building an American Orthodox Church. In the meantime, it creates a diverse community built around a common, ancient Christian faith. And it means a lot of great food! Our International Menu reflects various heritages present in our parish.

Why do we have icons?
St. Paul says that Christ is the image (εἰκὼν) of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). Icons proclaim our faith that Christ, as true God, truly came in the flesh, offering us also redemption and sanctification in the flesh. The Incarnation changed the way we understand the material world. God called creation good and united it to himself in the Incarnation so that we might experience true communion with him. Glory to God!

St. John of Damascus said, 
"In times past, God, without body and form, could in no way be represented.  But now, since God has appeared in flesh and lived among men, I can depict that which is visible of God.  I do not venerate the matter, but I venerate the Creator of matter, who became matter for me, who condescended to live in matter, and who, through matter, accomplished my salvation; and I do not cease to respect the matter through which my salvation is accomplished."

See a display of hand-painted icons like the ones in our church and purchase prints at our booth!