How can one have an “unspoken conversation”? There are subjects that from time to time we think but dare not discuss because they are seen as dark, not happy, or are simply taboo in this confusing world. One of those subjects is about death and dying. In the 21st century we are (more…)
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The ALS Challenge has gone viral and its a good thing generally. The Rev. Bill Terry will take the challenge Monday, August 24, 2014. Fr. Terry will make a donation to The Gleason Team Fund for ALS its local and we all know it. So, tomorrow, likely around Noon Fr. Terry will get dunked. So for cheers and jeers stop by. I have a friend to thank for this named Major Richard Matheson of the Canadian Army, a veteran of Afganistan and one whom I call friend. Thanks Richard for paying it forward. Besides if the Bishop can do it, if Fr. Rob at St. Paul’s can do it, so can I …. I think.
INQUIRER’S CLASSES: For those new to the Episcopal Church this gives a great opportunity to ask, “Why do we do what we do?” This class is a survey of the History of the Episcopal Church, its historic heritage and roots; it is a survey of the contemporary church in the world and how does it look. You will review the Catechism of the Episcopal Church, discuss “Real Presence” in Eucharist; you will review the Seven Sacraments; you will come to know how we govern ourselves and learn about the empowerment of the people. Classes are generally 1 hour long. The class will start on September 7th at 9:00 a.m. and last for six consecutive Sundays. It will culminate in your option to become Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church by Rt. Rev. Morris Thomspons, XI Bishop of Lousisiana on October 26th. PLEASE SIGN UP SO THAT MATERIALS CAN BE READY FOR YOUR FIRST CLASS.
NOW FORMING- Signup sheets are in the Parish Hall.
St. Anna’s Men’s Club: Will meet once a month to start. Lay led ministry. Cocktails, foods, and conversations are the order of the day for this group. From time to time this Club will invite guest speakers, plan church projects, and generally help build community amongst the Gentlemen of the Church.
The Episcopal Church Women: Will become the counter part to the Men’s Club. It will gather perhaps once a month, be lay led, invite guest speakers, and enjoy beverages and food together. Perhaps a “game night” or perhaps a book club review might be had. Unlike the Men’s Club this is part of a national organization. Opportunities to meet with women throughout the Diocese of Louisiana and the nation are a part of this organization.
The Foyers Group (REVISED FOR CLARITY): is like a “supper club.” In New Orleans is there a better way to get to know people than over a meal? The group will be clustered into groups of 4-6 people depending on who signs up. Each household will host a dinner for the members of their assigned group. The only rules are you can’t host your meal at a restaurant. Other than that anywhere is fine – maybe an evening picnic in the park – it’s up to you. But this is a great way to get to know one another in a deeper more meaningful way. So, young and old, new and seasoned lets get to singing up. The dinners will start in the Fall.