Hurricane Delta Readiness Tip

FEMA advises homeowners who have already repaired property damage caused by Hurricane Laura to take pictures of that repair work. That way, in the event of damage from Hurricane Delta, you can provide concrete evidence to adjusters that your claim is the result of the second storm. Stay safe, everyone!
Phishing Awareness
Since the start of the pandemic, vulnerable organizations--such as churches--have faced a surge in fake email scams. These types of emails are referred to as 'phishing.' They are crafted to look as if sent from a legitimate person or company. These emails attempt to fool you into clicking links and visiting websites or responding to an individual who has malicious intent. Click here to learn how to recognize and avoid these types of emails.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Worship
Stay in the know of the latest updates to diocesan and state guidelines by visiting the COVID-19 resource page on the diocesan website. Check back frequently as we will be updating this page as new developments occur.
Diocesan Staff Continue to Work from Home
Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 infection rates, the diocesan team will work from home. This is a small, but big change in keeping staff members safe and doing our part to slow the spread of the virus.

Diocesan Staff are accessible via email, phone, and online meeting platforms.
Diocesan Events
Virtual Series from Bishop Jake Continues Tonight!
Join Bishop Jake this evening for the second session in a four-part virtual series discussing the power of love in our everyday lives.

October 8: Growing Beyond Your Past
October 15: How to Forgive Yourself
October 22: Mending Broken Relationships

Each session begins at 6:00 p.m. CDT. Bishop Jake will discuss the week’s topic for about 20 minutes and then respond to questions and comments for the remainder of the hour. Everyone is invited, but there is limited space.

For the Zoom link click here.

The sessions are based on Bishop Jake’s book, A Resurrection Shaped Life. To learn more about the book, read reviews, or buy a copy click here. Bishop Jake donates all proceeds from book sales to ministries in the broader community such as Community Renewal International.
Save the Date!
Virtual Diocesan Convention
February 20, 2021

This year has brought many changes to how we gather. To continue the best practice of protecting our neighbors, the 2021 Diocesan Convention will be held completely online. We understand that this is a big adjustment. But not to worry! The diocesan staff will be here to support you along the way. Stay tuned for details!
Around the Diocese
Bastrop's Lighthouse Offers Day Shelter Services to Homeless

A new day shelter in Bastrop is providing access to three meals a day and a safe, comfortable environment for the city's homeless. The Lighthouse, a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana and the City of Bastrop, is located at the...

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Meet the DYC!
The Diocesan Youth Commission is a group of appointed youth and adult leaders who plan EYCWLA events, guide and shape the long-term vision of our community and ministry, and represent youth on the diocesan and regional level. This week we introduce you to two of our members: Sadie Fuller and Daniel Chapman; read more about these folks below.
Sadie Fuller
Meet Sadie Fuller, a senior at ESA and in her 3 third year on the Diocesan Youth Commission. Sadie has a dog named Edgar AND two cats named Fran and Irma. If she could be any animal, she’d be an otter because she loves to swim, and if she could swap places with anyone, it’d be the president so she’d know all the crazy secrets of the country. She likes listening to and making music — she can play the guitar and piano — and is excited to plan out her future and finish her high school journey. Being a member of the youth commission, Sadie feels like she’s making a difference and moving the diocesan youth in a positive direction. Her favorite prayer is the Irish Blessing. Her favorite diocesan youth event memory? “I don’t have one specifically but when we had meetings in person at camp they were long and tiring but the laughs we had were always so heartwarming.” 
Daniel Chapman
Daniel Chapman is the Director of Camp Hardtner in Pollock, LA and this is his first year on the youth commission. His favorite food is Massaman curry, movie is Forrest Gump, book is For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. The most adventurous thing he’s ever done is marriage and he really likes to walk about and think about things. The foot washing and healing service at Happening is especially memorable to him, as is Matthew 4:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Online Giving
Hurricane Laura Relief
Donations will directly assist churches, diocesan ministries/organizations, and local communities affected by Hurricane Laura.
For Congregations and Diocesan Ministries
Online giving remains available! The diocese is providing this service during the COVID-19 pandemic to help you stay connected to your congregation by providing financial support directly to it. When you give through this site, we will send your gift to the church that you designate. You can also give a gift to the Diocese so that the Bishop can respond to critical needs in Louisiana and beyond from his ministry fund. Know that we love you and that you remain in our prayers. Stay well. And thank you for your generosity!
Outside the Diocese
The Episcopal Church and the 2020 U.S. Elections: An Overview of Resources
As the United States gets closer to Election Day, November 3rd, The Episcopal Church will continue to release new resources, including an ongoing educational series on the basics of the election process and transition of power, four bulletin inserts from Sermons That Work focused on voter engagement and written for the readings on the four Sundays leading up to Election Day, and A Season of Prayer: For an Election, a novena prayer series developed with Forward Movement.
Other resources include a Plan Your Vote guide, toolkit for supporting others in your community to vote, a tool for recognizing and combating disinformation and misinformation, and much more.
Repairing/Rebuilding After a Hurricane – Resources You Can Use
Mitigation is acting now to reduce future risk. You can repair/rebuild safer and stronger after Hurricane Laura and Community Education and Outreach can help you on your recovery journey. Click here to learn more.

Private nonprofit houses of worship in Louisiana may be eligible for FEMA help to cover Hurricane Laura damage. Grants through FEMA’s Public Assistance program may cover costs to repair or replace facilities damaged during the hurricane. The program is funded by FEMA and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Click here to learn more.
Bishop Owensby's Latest Blog Post
How Grace Works

I've been thinking about power lately. About how it can heal and how it can destroy. About how it can raise people up and how it can diminish them. Grace is one sort of power. Violence is another. The late Norman Maclean's lovely story "A River...

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