EDOLA News: October 2019
Volume 13, Issue 8
Announcements from the Bishop's Office

182nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana will be held November 1-2, 2019, at Christ Episcopal School, 80 Christwood Blvd, Covington. Our keynote speaker is Mary Foster Parmer, director of Invite Welcome Connect. 

Due Date for registration, nominations and resolutions is October 1. To see the offices to be filled by nomination click here.

The Pre-Convention Meeting will be held on October 8 at 6 p.m. at St. Augustine's, 3412 Haring Rd, Metairie. We will live stream the meeting. Details on how to access the live stream can be found by clicking here. We will also record the meeting and post the video to our Facebook page and website.

All are invited for an Invite Welcome Connect Workshop led by Mary Foster Parmer on November 1 at 12:30 p.m. 

All information regarding Diocesan Convention can be found here:  www.edola.org/2019-convention
Upcoming Diocesan Events

October 4 from 7-9:30 p.m.
Bowling With the Bishop (For Youth grades 6th - 12th)
Rock 'n' Bowl, 3016 S. Carrolton Ave, New Orleans

October 8 at 6 p.m.
Pre-Convention Meeting
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Rd, Metairie

November 1-2
182nd Annual Convention
Christ Episcopal School, 80 Christwood Blvd, Covington

Upcoming Bishop Visitations:  Click here for the schedule
Ministry Stories
Inspiration for Ministry: Applying Lesson Learned While Earning a D. Min.
by the Rev. Fred Devall, Rector, St. Martin's. Metairie

" Slowly but surely we are looking at the world just a bit differently, hopefully with the eyes of Jesus."

Click here to read how the Rev. Fred Devall found inspiration for new outreach ministry opportunities at St. Martin's while earning a D. Min at the Sewanee School of Theology.
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.

Out and About in September
Clergy Transitions

The Rev. Dr. Michael Kuhn has been called as the interim head of school of St. James Episcopal Day School, Baton Rouge. 
Celebrating the 110th Birthday of Lawrence Brooks

Mr. Lawrence Brooks shows off his custom made military dog tags to CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller at a party at the National World War II Museum.

Mr. Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living American World War II veteran and the oldest parishioner in the Diocese of Louisiana, turned 110 on September 12. There was a grand celebration to honor this now supercentenarian. The National World War II Museum threw a party with military honors, well wishes from Governor John Bel Edwards and other elected officials, and a ton of media attention. The Victory Belles sang the "Birthday Song."  

St. Luke's, the parish where Mr. Brooks is a faithful member, held an Evensong and party for him on September 13. The preacher at the Evensong was the Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf, her first time back to our diocese since becoming bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee. During the party following the service, we were surprised with a video of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wishing Mr. Brooks a happy birthday.

More photographs and video, including the video from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry can be found here.
Discipleship & Formation Workshop

Do you define your church's success by how many people you bring to Jesus?

On September 7 at St. Paul's, New Orleans, Bill Campbell, executive director of FORMA, an Sarah Stonesifer, digital missioner, Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, was with us to talk about discipleship in the 21st Century. 

Resources  from the workshop:
Stepping Stones Young Adult Retreat

On Saturday, September 7, at Molly's House of Trinity Church, New Orleans, Stepping Stones Young Adults Retreat had a a day of exploring the spirituality of relationships. The next Stepping Stones Retreat will be held on November 16 at St. Margaret's, Baton Rouge, and will explore the spirituality of ministry and vocation.
Stewardship Workshop

Thank you to everyone who took their lunch hour to attend our Stewardship Resource Workshop on September 25 at Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans. Thank you to the members of the Congregational Consultants on Stewardship for presenting on programs that have worked in their parishes.
  • The Rev. AJ Heine presented on TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship): Click here to learn more (The Diocese of Louisiana has a membership. Contact us for the login information.)
  • The Rev. Robert Beazley presented on Financial Peace University: Click here to learn more
  • The Rev. Tommy Dillon presented on Cottage Meetings: Click here to learn more
  • Jason Akers presented on New Consecration Sunday: Click here to learn more
  • David Warrington spoke about the time he was a newcomer at his church and how the church welcomed him and brought him to a life of stewardship.
Smells, Bells and Magical Spells at Junior High Youth Rally

[Photograph by the Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles] After being sorted into their Houses, the youth spent the last weekend of September with Harry Potter and the Gospels, playing games, and having a blast! Junior High Youth Rally was held at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. 
Photo of the Month

[Photo by the Ven. Cindy Obier] Archdeacon Cindy Obier wrote about these series of photos she took of acolytes at St. Alban's Chapel: " Then and now... Watching children grow up. One of my favorite things about traveling with Bishop Thompson."
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