PLANS FOR OUTDOOR WORSHIP TAKING SHAPE
A committee of vestry members from both parishes has been diligently at work ensuring a safe and smooth return to in-person worship this fall. They will present a plan to the Vestry boards this Sunday, addressing safety protocols, rain day contingency, and special considerations for our kids returning to Godly Play. Vestry and clergy are committed to continuing to offer remote participation to those who are not able to gather in person, so a lot of thought is also going into what our “hybrid” form of church attendance will look like-- how to live stream in-person worship and small group activities, how we address privacy concerns, and how technology can serve those at a distance while being unobtrusive to those near. Stay tuned for details on all these issues and more!
BE THE BRIDGE FORUM IDEAS
Last Sunday’s Be the Bridge forum (on Zoom), generated a long list of exciting ideas from members of all five small groups who have been discussing the book on racial reconciliation. We asked participants for steps our churches could take in the next 3 months, the next year, and long term, and we have a lot to choose from! We will gather them into a document before the end of the month and come up with a plan for discerning priorities and involving the wider parish communities.
REV. DUANE ON RETREAT 9/30-10/09
For pastoral needs during this time, contact Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles Associate Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans and Youth Coordinator, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, 504-295-4800.
A short, midweek Eucharist is offered at both Annunciation and Mount Olivet (see below for dates and times). A maximum of 12 people can attend each service, and advance reservations are required for each person attending. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 504-895-8697, EXT 3 or go to mountoliveteucharist.eventbrite.com OR annunciationeucharist.eventbrite.com to reserve a spot. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. All services are open to members of both churches.
Upcoming Eucharist Dates/Times
09/23 6 pm Annunciation
09/24 11am Mount Olivet
EVENTS CALENDAR FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK:
Email or text Rev. Duane for the Zoom password. It is the same for every meeting at both churches. Or SIGN UP FOR WEEKLY EMAIL NEWS TO GET LINKS FOR 1-CLICK ACCESS TO ZOOM MEETINGS
Prayers are published in the weekly email newsletter (unless confidentially is requested). Please submit prayer requests to www.annunciationepiscopal.com/prayers or contact Rev. Duane at Duane@AnnunciationEpiscopal.com or (504) 357-8211. Prayer requests will automatically expire from our email announcements after one month. If you want to renew a request, just let us know.
Play with Fire! Be an acolyte!
Jackson Nettles, Annunciation’s senior acolyte, will provide training for acolytes before in person worship resumes October 11. This is open to children at both churches ages 4 and up. For the wee ones, we have the children's cross. Older kids will carry the large cross and torches. Email Jackson to sign up.
More than ever, we need beauty in our lives! Sponsor the Sunday Altar Flowers by signing up with Suzanne Fontan. You can donate $40 towards the flowers or arrange them yourself.
Help Increase Voter Turnout
Together Louisiana is building a statewide network of block captains to increase voter turnout. Training and materials are provided. Sign up at https://www.togetherla.org/blockcaptain or get in touch with Caroline Senter of Annunciation, who is serving as a block captain in her neighborhood. You can also learn more about this grassroots effort from this video short.
PARISH & DIOCESEAN NEWS
Vestries for both Annunciation and Mount Olivet will meet September 27, 4-6pm
Episcopal Church Women Annual Gathering
All women of the church are invited to the 133rd annual gathering of Episcopal Church Women, Diocese Of Louisiana On Thursday, November 19th, 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. For more information email email@example.com, or contact Maureen Young.
Fall 2020 Silent Retreat
Brother Todd van Alstyne, OP will lead a Silent Retreat at The Solomon Conference Center 10/16/2020 - 10/18/2020 for the people and friends of The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Brother Todd will be joined by Dominican Sister, Onaye Farrish all the way from the Diocese of Mississippi for this weekend of refreshment, renewal and rest! Go to seccla.org/events2/fall-2020-silent-retreat for additional details and to register.
The work of the Church goes on, even if the building is closed. Your generosity is needed and appreciated more than ever. Please give what you can, and if you are concerned about being able to fulfill your pledge, just reach out to Bates Whiteside or Jessica Jackson. Together, we can weather these uncertain times.
The all-around best way to give is with a recurring contribution through your bank account. It’s easy to set this up online, or our Parish Administrator Jessica Jackson can walk you through it. Give her a call at 535-4452. We are also grateful to accept your gift at any time in either of the following ways:
Donate online to Annuciation
Donate online to Mount Olivet
OR text GIVE to 504-565-2682.
OR mail your check.
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