EDOLA News looking back at February 2019
Volume 13, Issue 2
Announcements from the Bishop's Office

Please join us for Serving & Preserving Our Environment on Saturday, March 16 at St. George's, 4600 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans. The day is hosted by the Diocesan Environmental Commission.

Cost: Free
Register here: 

The Rt. Rev. Mark Andrus, Bishop of California
Helen Rose Patterson, Restore the Mississippi River Delta
Professor Mark Davis, ByWater Institute at Tulane University
Liz Sheppard, Life City

9-9:30 a.m. Registration / meet & greet (coffee and pastries)
9:30-11:30 a.m. Presentations
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Q&A

Bishop's Lenten Book Study: Autopsy of a Deceased Church 

This Lent I will be studying the book Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer and I would like for you to consider reading along. The fourteen chapters detail congregations that have experienced a downward spiral and struggled with how to respond. In many ways, the book is not earth-shattering. Most of what you will encounter will be common sense but common sense that is being ignored because, frankly, we are arrogant. We think our church is different than those that have fallen by the wayside. 
Sign up here to receive a weekly reflection starting Ash Wednesday. I will cover two chapters a week with the last reflection on the Wednesday of Holy Week.
During the season of Lent, I encourage all of our congregations to use Rainer's book as a teaching for small groups, Sunday School or vestry retreats. At the end of every chapter, there are questions to jump-start the conversation. I look forward to hearing about your encounter with Autopsy of a Deceased Church.

Upcoming Diocesan Events

March 8-10
God is Love Silent Retreat (Registration due: February 24)
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, 54296 Highway 445, Loranger
Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Serving & Preserving Our Environment: Education Field Day for the Diocese of Louisiana
St. George's Episcopal Church, 4600 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans
Keynote speaker: The Rt. Rev. Mark Andrus, Bishop of California

March 22-24
Men's Retreat with the Rev. Scott Stoner from Living Compass 
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, 54296 Highway 445, Loranger
Monday, April 15 at 11 a.m.
Chrism Mass
Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans

Upcoming Bishop Visitations:  Click here for the schedule
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.

New Translations of the BCP into Spanish, French and Haitian Creole

Sacred Ground: New dialogue series from The Episcopal Church exploring race and faith

Announcing Partners in Welcome, an innovative new program from Episcopal Migration Ministries

EYE20 Planning Team: Application period open for youth interested in serving

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for Good Friday Offering to support ministry in Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

Application period now open for Roanridge Trust Grants

News from Around the Diocese
More news from around the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana can be found by  clicking here .
Clergy Transitions

The Rev. Dan Puchalla has accepted the call as interim rector of The Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church in Gurnee, Illinois. He was serving as permanent supply priest at St. Luke's, New Orleans.

The Very Rev. Bill Terry has been named a 2019-2020 W.K. Kellogg Foundation fellow. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership is an innovative fellowship that supports local leaders to connect, grow and lead transformational change toward a more equitable society.
St. John's, Thibodaux, to Kickoff a Yearlong 175th Anniversary Celebration

Join us Friday, Mar. 15th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 p.m., for Student Expeaux - a Nicholls State University student performance showcase inside the church. A reception will follow in Horgan Hall.

Join us Saturday, Mar. 16th from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m for an LSU AgCenter workshop on tree planting, conservation and care in Horgan Hall. Tickets are $10 dollars at the door. Includes a cemetery tour and refreshments.

Join us Sunday Mar. 17th at 9:30 a.m. for Holy Eucharist. Bring school supplies for the students and teachers at South Thibodaux Elementary, and stay after the service for fun, food by Joie De Vivre catering, festivities, and a free band concert event by "Fr. Ron and Friends" starting at 3:00 p.m.
Happening #82

[Photograph from the St. James EYC Instagram page] Youth of the diocese gathered at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center February 8-10 for Happening #82. Happening is a youth-led spiritual formation weekend designed for high school teens in grades 9-12. The purpose of the Happening program is to be one of the instruments within the Anglican Tradition to renew the Christian Church in the power of the Holy Spirit, in order that the Church may respond more readily to its call to spread the Kingdom of God throughout the world.

Stepping Stones Retreat: Self-Reflection

[Photograph from the Stepping Stones Retreat Instagram Page] The first Stepping Stones Retreat of 2019 was held at Trinity Church, Baton Rouge, on Saturday, February 16. The purpose of the Stepping Stones: Young Adult Retreats is to give young adults some tools and a means of discernment which is not specifically about discerning a call to ordination.  Each day retreat focuses on an aspect of the spiritual life which everyone will struggle with and ultimately discern in his/her life. The theme of this retreat was self-reflection. More information about upcoming retreats will be made available soon.

Photo of the Month
Because it's Carnival Time!

[Photograph from the Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, Facebook Page] You know it is time for Mardi Gras when Dean David duPlantier breaks out his Mardi Gras cope. 
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