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Our annual Independence Day Parish Picnic will be held on the lawn at Claiborne and Napoleon this Sunday, July 5 from 5:30-7pm: Bingo, sprinkler for the kids, the lighting of the Easter fire, and social distancing!
This will be our first post-lockdown get-together, so please pay careful attention to the following expectations that your clergy and vestry have set for everyone’s protection:
NEW BOOK STUDY - jump in either tonight or Wed, 7/8
Two of our small groups will be looking at God’s call to racial reconciliation this summer, using the book, Be the Bridge, by Latasha Morrison, as a guide. Both groups will meet every other Wednesday on Zoom from 6:30-8pm. The Annunciation Bible Study small group will begin their study July 1 (meeting ID 504 895 8697 email Father Duane at Duane@annunciationepiscopal.com for the password). The Annunciation Prayer Group will begin theirs on July 08 using Annette Sisco’s Zoom meeting space (email Annette at email@example.com for details). The e-book is available from Amazon (smile.amazon.com/ch/72-0508566 will benefit the Church of the Annunciation Episcopal Foundation), you can order a hard copy from your preferred bookseller (Community Book Center is a Black-owned bookstore here in New Orleans), or from Christbooks.com. The July 01 group will begin by looking at the sample excerpt that is free on Amazon. We begin gathering at 6:30 for social time, and the discussion will begin at 7, concluding at 8. Join us with an open heart and mind!
ANNUNCIATION: UPDATE ON IN-PERSON WORSHIP
At the regular Vestry meeting this week, the Vestry and I discussed a time-frame for returning to in-person worship. The Vestry voted to not return to in-person worship during the month of July. At the July meeting, it will make a decision about August. I’ll try to summarize our discussion.
We considered the moral, theological, and legal implications for our congregation. While our Bishop has given permission to return to in-person and to hold communion services, there are several challenges for our church.
The Vestry and I had hoped to hold communion services in July, but we are concerned by the recent uptick in cases around the city and state. Churches are consistently ranked as one of the least safe places to gather during this pandemic primarily because of our openness and welcoming approach to life together. The feeling was that while we all miss in-person worship, we think the health and safety of each of you is more important. As the saying goes: just because one can do something, does not necessarily mean one should do something. Let me assure you that when we feel it is safe to gather, we will return to in-person worship with communion. We eagerly hope for this to happen.
OBITUARY AND FUNERAL NOTICE FOR REV. DR. MARK GASQUET
A private funeral service will be held on July 11 for Rev. Dr. Mark Gasquet (family only). Rev. Gasquet was 11th Rector of Annunciation from 1973-2000. He served Annunciation faithfully through decades of many changes. During his time, the church once again became a diverse congregation that welcomed all people. We wouldn’t be who we are without his many, faithful years of service. Our prayers are with his wife, Marilyn, and their family.
You can read his obituary here.
YOUR CHURCH IS AS VIBRANT AND ACTIVE AS EVER. HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING:
Email or text Fr. Duane for the Zoom password. It is the same for every meeting at both churches.
Hurricane season has unfortunately not been cancelled. Are you prepared? Check out Ready.nola.gov/plan/hurricane/ for information, checklists, and other helpful resources. If you need help evacuating in the event of a hurricane or other disaster, please let Fr. Duane know.
Readers needed! We need people to pre-record readings for our Sunday worship service! If you have a smartphone or computer with video recording ability, you have all the equipment you need. Please let Fr. Duane know at Duane@AnnunciationEpiscopal.com
More than ever, we need beauty in our lives! Sign up for Altar Flowers with Suzanne Fontan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broadmoor Cottage for Rent
Marcie has a great little cottage she says is spotless and available for a very reasonable rate to a drug-free tenant with a personal reference from a parishioner. Contact Marcie at 504-214-8314
Shopping from Amazon? Help support Annunciation.
Your purchases made through our link at smile.amazon.com help support Annunciation at no extra cost to you. To select us as your preferred charity, visit smile.amazon.com and search for Church of the Annunciation Episcopal Foundation. The Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones now supports smile.amazon.com as well. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app, tap into 'Settings', tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Neighbors in Need
The Broadmoor Food Pantry has seen the number of clients double in the last month. Stable shelf items can be dropped off at Broadmoor Community Church at 2021 South Dupre Street (next to El Pavo Royal) at the following times:
Resources for Parishioners
Broadmoor Improvement Association exists to help every resident in Broadmoor thrive, and is open to all members of Annunciation, even if you reside outside the neighborhood. They provide affordable counseling and social services for all income levels on a donation basis. Call the BIA at 504-249-5130 or email email@example.com for more information.
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 at www.AnnunciationEpiscopal.com/Give
OR text GIVE to 504-565-2682.
OR mail your check.
Intercessions are requested for Ashley and children, John, Bill Grunmeyer, Pastor Greg Manning, Sadie, the Peterson family, April, Julie and Kenny, and Amelia, for those preparing to return to school in August, and for public health and safety.
Prayers for Members of the Armed Forces, especially Sergeant Major Patrick Milstead and TSgt Earl Dontavious Moorer.
Prayers for the repose of the soul of Rev. Dr. Mark Gasquet
July Birthdays: Eli Gay (07/01)
Do you or does someone you know need our prayers? Please submit prayer requests by the end of Monday for inclusion in the weekly news/service bulletin by contacting Rev. Duane at Duane@AnnunciationEpiscopal.com or (504) 357-8211. Prayer requests will automatically expire after one month on the list. If you want to renew a request, just let us know.
Our online worship services are best viewed and heard through your internet-enabled TV. Open the YouTube app or channel and use the search window to locate Church of the Annunciation Episcopal and subscribe to our YouTube Live channel.
You can also watch on your computer or smartphone through our website.
Please note that our online services are live and subject to unforeseen technological glitches. Should our broadcast freeze, lose audio, video, or otherwise be interrupted, be patient. If we haven’t sorted it out in a minute or two, you can try refreshing the page. If it’s been several minutes or you see a notice that the video has been removed (due to overaggressive artificial intelligence monitors), go back to our main YouTube landing page and check to see if we’ve started over with a new feed. Perhaps use this time to pray for your worship team. It certainly can’t hurt.
If you are on Facebook, be sure to like and follow our pages, facebook.com/AnnunciationNOLA and facebook.com/MountOlivetAlgiersPoint/
Zoom is a video-conferencing tool that is free and very easy to use. If you already have Zoom and know how to join a meeting, our meeting IDS are the same as our main phone numbers. 504 895 8697 for Annunciation, and 504 366 4650 for Mount Olivet. We use the same password for all our meetings. Message Father Duane if you don’t know it.
Zoom works best when we can all see each other, but if you do not have access to a computer or smartphone with a video camera, you can still join in by telephone. Dial (346) 248-7799 and when prompted, enter the Meeting ID. Call Father Duane for the numeric passcode.
News is emailed weekly and posted to our website https://www.annunciationepiscopal.com/ shortly after. If you have announcements to include in weekly news, please send them to Kyran at firstname.lastname@example.org.