RE-ENTRY PLANS IN PROGRESS
(an update from Father Duane)
It has been 13 weeks since we began worshiping and gathering online. As much as we’ve adapted to our new way of doing church, we also long to see each other and gather together in person.
At this month’s Vestry meeting, we will finalize our plans for July, August, and September. Our discussions will continue to reflect on the theological, moral, and legal implications of gathering in person. The Vestry, staff, and I are looking at how we can safely uphold our core value of welcoming all while observing mandated restrictions. There are new procedures and precautions to be defined and delegated. And we must find a way to continue to include those who can’t join us in-person because of distance or risk. I ask your patience as we figure all these things out.
I expect to be able to share a detailed plan with you before the end of the month. Please remember us in your prayers as we seek to safely gather our congregation with a focus of bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone.
WHAT'S THE BUZZ?
Juneteenth (June 19) is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Wondering how to observe this important day? Here are a few ideas:
GET READY FOR GODLY PLAY THIS SUNDAY!
This Sunday, June 21 from 9-9:50 am marks the start of Godly Play over Zoom in order to offer Christian education to the kids as well as get them together. Charlotte Aitken, Annunciation’s beloved Godly Play leader, is going to send out the details to the parents group. Charlotte is putting together a program with storytelling, Godly Play sets, and some kind of art and craft activity.
CHURCH SERVICES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES
This Sunday both Annunciation and Mt. Olivet will meet again at 10 am on YouTube Live for readings, prayers, and music, with lay readers and music ministers, Jessica Holl and Steven Kennedy participating live from home. For a copy of this Sunday bulletin, go here.
After the service, fill your mug and jump over to Zoom Meeting ID 504 895 8697 for Coffee Hour. In order to make sure everyone has time to visit, we have created breakout rooms organized by parish. If you find yourself in the wrong breakout room or just want to switch it up, let the moderator know!
Here is a complete list of online events scheduled through next Friday:
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.
06/28 4pm Zoom Meeting ID 504 895 8697
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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 to your church.
PRAYER REQUESTS for both parishes
Intercessions are requested for April, Julie and Kenny, Amelia, Sonny, Sam Milstead, Joyce Barefield, and Sadie, for the public and our leaders to exercise vigilance as restrictions are lifted, and for people to come together on problems tearing communities apart.
Prayers of thanksgiving are offered for housing and employment, for healing and recovery of those who have been ill, especially of Marcia and of Sonny, for continued health of those who are well,
Prayers for Members of the Armed Forces, especially Sergeant Major Patrick Milstead and TSgt Earl Dontavious Moorer.
Prayers for the repose of the souls of the departed.
June Birthdays: (Annunciation) Philip Carbo 6/03, Brian Rowan 6/04, Cliffie Pettigrew 6/08, Amelia Fabares 6/19, Michael Carbo 6/20, Blaze McGuire 6/20, Miriam Kennedy 6/23
(Mount Olivet) Dennis Bergeron, Sr. (06/07), Sarah Bullock (06/09), Meredith Blevins (06/18), John Neisler (06/24).
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 page, facebook.com/AnnunciationNOLA
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.