We will end the penitential season on Saturday, March 31 from 3p-5p with a crawfish boil. Everyone is invited to a fun time with crawfish, beer, and/or tea. Invite your friends! At 5pm, we will light the new Easter fire in a short 15-minute service and mark the beginning of Easter. A suggested donation of $12. See Annette Sisco for more details.
Easter will be observed at Annunciation on April the 1st. If you would like to honor departed loved ones or offer thanksgiving, please fill out the Easter Memorial form included with the bulletin. The deadline for submitting the form is TODAY March 25 (Palm Sunday).
Second Collection: Bishop’s Fund
Today’s second collection is for the Bishop’s Fund. The Bishop’s Fund goes toward emergencies and non-budgeted ministries. The first collection plate during the offertory solo is for regular tithes and offerings. The plate will be passed again during the offertory hymn for the Bishop’s Fund. We will collect for Father Diaz next week, on Easter Day.
Stepping Stones Young Adult Retreat
April 28th, 9:30AM - 4PM, St. James, Baton Rouge. This retreat is the second in a series of young adult lay discernment retreats for anyone 18-39 years old who wants to deepen their relationship with Jesus and asks questions like “What is God calling me to do?” or “How do I recognize the Spirit moving in my life?” For more information, visit www.edola.org/events/event/stepping-stones-retreat-prayer
Little Free Pantry
Donations from the parish are welcome. Put them in the box in Vail Hall. The pantry was generously donated by Gustavo Gutierrez and Janie Glade, a long-time friend of Annunciation, who will also maintain it. DONATION GUIDELINES: Food should be in easy-open containers that don’t require a can opener. We also need travel-sized toothpaste, toothbrushes, small packs of wet wipes and diapers, Ensure for infants and adults, and small packets of dry food such as cereal.
Stock the Little Free Pantry Competition
The GOLD TEAM has pulled ahead! The Black Team has led the competition by a long shot for all of Lent, until this past week. Members of the Gold Team donated a staggering 115 items over the course of the past week, and are now beating the Black Team by 38 items! This Sunday and Easter Day are the last chances you have to donate and win points for your team! See above for details on the types of donations needed. If you are a musician or sit on the the Narthex side on the church, you are on the GOLD team. Everyone else on the Jena St. side of the church, you are on the BLACK team.
Shades of Praise FREE Concert
Friday, April 6th, 7-8pm, at St. Paul’s UCC Church, 600 Eleonore St. Featuring this year’s Jazz Fest selections
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the Altar Guild director, Suzanne Fontan, at (504) 430-6879 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested donation is $40.
Prayers for health are requested for Robin Yeager, Linda Guillory, Chris Miller, Doug Kuylen, Julie Zitzmann, Noel Prentiss, Reggie Majarrez, Arthur Escalante, Roland Hoffmann, Peter Waring, Al Bemiss, Joseph Carr, and Mark & Amanda Emery. Prayers for safe travels: None. Prayers for the repose of the soul: Jack Smith. Prayers for birthdays: None. To request prayers by Wednesday, contact Karen Hall at Karen@AnnunciationEpiscopal.com or (504) 895-8697 ext. 1.