EDOLA News | December 2019
Volume 13, Issue 10
Announcements from the Bishop's Office

We wish you a blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas. There are many ways to celebrate and keep holy this most wonderful time of the year.
  • Find a Service of Lessons and Carols here
  • Find a service or retreat for quiet reflection here
  • Find a service of healing here
  • Find a family fun Advent and Christmas event here
  • Find a Christmas concert here
  • A list of Christmas Eve and Day services will soon will be available. Keep an eye out on the EDOLA Facebook page here or on the front page of the EDOLA website here
Upcoming Diocesan Events

December 5 at 9 a.m.
HIV Awareness Prayer Breakfast
St. George's Episcopal Church, 4600 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans
January 6-8
College of Presbyters with Keynote Speaker the Rev. Karoline M. Lewis, Luther Seminary
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center
January 12 at 5 p.m.
Evensong to Commemorate Blessed Frances Joseph-Gaudet
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1222 N. Dergenois St, New Orleans
January 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Interfaith Prayer Service for the Homeless Who Died on the Streets of New Orleans (In partnership with the Ecumenical Commission of the Diocese of Louisiana)
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1802 Tulane Ave, New Orleans
January 17-19
Women's Addiction Recovery Retreat
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center
More information and registration

Upcoming Bishop Visitations:  Click here for the schedule
Ministry Stories
Ministry Inspiration: Sharing the Good News to Children Through St. Nicholas
by Br Todd Aquinas van Alstyne, OP

"As a Dominican Friar, my calling is to be a preacher. For several years, I have been dressing up as Saint Nicholas and exercising my vocation as a children's preacher. When I walk into a room embodying him and see the children's mouths drop open, their eyes light up and their ears unlock, I have an opportunity to tell the good news about Jesus that is true to the motivation that St. Nicholas cared about the most: Good news to children!"

Read more about the Brother Todd's St. Nicholas Ministry here.

Follow St. Nicholas of New Orleans on Facebook here.

Visit St. Nicholas in Our Diocese:
Saint Nicholas of New Orleans is going to be very busy in the next several weeks in our diocese. He will be making the rounds in December at:
Christ Church Cathedral on December 6 More information here
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on December 8 More information here
St. Anna's Episcopal Church on December 15
Environmental Commission's Advent Reflections

The Environmental Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana will be posting reflections every Monday in the month of December. You can read them on the EDOLA Facebook page here or on the EDOLA website here.
News from The Episcopal Church
Top Headlines from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

Here are the top headlines from the Episcopal Church Office Of Public Affairs. To view all press releases,  click here.

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: There is still time to apply for 2020-2021 placements Deadline: January 10, 2020

Traveling the Way of Love Episode 7: Learn

EYE20 Venue Change, Theme, Registration Details Released

Out and About in November
Invite Welcome Connect Workshop in Baton Rouge

[Photograph by the Rev. Tommy Dillon, St. Margaret's Baton Rouge] On November 16, the Baton Rouge Deanery held an Invite Welcome Connect Workshop led by Mary MacGregor. 

Invite Welcome Connect is a  ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church's hospitable mission of spreading the Good News. Learn more about Invite Welcome Connect here.
The Rev. Sharon Alexander Last Sunday

The Rev. Sharon Alexander celebrated her last Sunday as rector of Trinity Church, Baton Rouge, on Sunday, November 17. She is now serving as canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of West Tennessee.
First Annual New Orleans Uptown Deanery Thanksgiving Service

The New Orleans Uptown Deanery held a combined Thanksgiving service this year at Christ Church Cathedral. The Rev. Richard Easterling, rector of St. George's, was the preacher. The Rev. Bridget Tierney, director of Advent House, was the celebrant.
Photo of the Month
244th Marine Corps Birthday

[Photograph from the Grace Church, St. Francisville, Facebook Page]
Every year on November 10, Grace Church, St. Francisville, celebrates the founding of the Marine Corps and lays a wreath at the grave of General Robert H. Barrow, the 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
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