In 2016, the congregation set out Vision 2019, in preparation for Annunciation's 175th Anniversary in 2019. Below is who we are and who we strive to be through the grace of Jesus Christ.
Annunciation does not try to be a perfect place. We try to be a faithful and loving community that is led by God to help one another become the people God has called each of us to be.
The Foundation of our church is Faith, Love, and Discernment.
- Faith. We believe in the Triune God found in the ancient creeds and the Scriptures. We interpret and understand Scripture using tradition and reason.
- Love. We are called to live out the Great Commandment affirmed by Jesus Christ and given to us by God in the words of the Torah/Old Testament: Love God and Love your neighbor.
- Discernment. Our faith and love will lead us to listen patiently and pray continually to discern God’s call for our community. We will be led by the Holy Spirit.
The Pillars of our church are Worship, Learn, Serve, Welcome, and Persevere.
- Worship. The most central thing we do as a Christian community is worship God. It is the first reason we exist as a community of faith: to come together with a focus on the Triune God.
- Learn. We cannot take care of our community and those in need, if we do not first equip ourselves for the task before us. Transformation and conversion begin with each of us. Before we call for the world to turn to the grace of Jesus Christ and love of God, we must work on orienting our hearts in that direction and recognize our continual need for daily conversion.
- Serve. Katrina again renewed our call to love our surrounding neighborhoods of Broadmoor, Freret, and parts of Central City and Uptown. We will proclaim the Gospel (the Good News) of Christ Jesus and continue to focus our outreach efforts primarily within our self-defined parish boundaries. We seek to share the love of God with our neighbors who are hurting and seeking spiritual, mental, and physical renewal. We will share our faith, not because we seek to judge, but rather because we seek to see our neighbor restored to full connection with God and experience the overwhelming love of God we experience as individuals and as a community. At the same time, we will continue to partner and invest in our partners around North America through our guesthouse.
- Welcome. Acceptance and Hospitality have long been values of Annunciation. We are committed to continue to be a diverse Christian congregation in all ways: racially, socially, by sexual orientation, economically, politically, and by gender. Acceptance means we accept all people. As a hymn states, “Come just as you are…Come and hear the Spirit call.”
- Persevere. St. Paul wrote to the Hebrews, “…let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…” (Heb 12:1b NRSV) Since 2005, we have learned to bend to God’s call and persist in the face of obstacles. We seek to continue to be willing to change based on the Holy Spirit’s call on our communal life. We are determined to boldly proclaim the Good News.
Fr. Duane Wiggin-Nettles
Jessica Holl and Steven Kennedy
Godly Play Teachers
Charlotte Keenan & Miuna Nyx
Chef Earl Fontan & Ms. Floyd Lee
Arthur Escalante & John Lynch
Altar Guild Director
Annette Sisco, Senior Warden
Ned Rannells, Junior Warden
Glenys Hall, Secretary
Suzanne Fontan, Treasurer (ex-officio)
Andrew Lapeyre, Assistant Treasurer (ex-officio)
What's a Vestry?
The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.