Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
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EDoLA News for May 2017
Volume 11, Issue 5
Announcements from the Bishop's Office
The 2017 Community Mission Appeal to Kick Off Pentecost Sunday, June 4

When we let God's love open the door to our church and our hearts, transformative ministry begins. Episcopalians throughout the Diocese of Louisiana have opened doors to feed the hungry, revitalize neighborhoods stricken by poverty, minister to strangers and prisoners, educate children, care for senior citizens, and so much more. All of us can participate in these missions in different ways. Many of us can donate our time and effort. All of us can offer up our prayers and make a financial donation in some amount, small or large.

The Community Mission Appeal - or CMA -  is dedicated to taking our diocese's mission beyond the physical walls of our churches. One hundred percent of the gifts received through CMA will go directly to churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana in the form of grants to support the development and continuing strength of mission work.

Learn more about CMA and the ministries supported by CMA grants here: www.edola.org/cma
Follow our Facebook Page as we share stories of how the CMA is touching lives throughout the Diocese of Louisiana.

3 Ways to Give to the CMA

1) Drop a check in the offering plate at church
Make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, with CMA in the memo line.

2) Mail a check to the Bishop's Office
The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
1623 Seventh St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

3) Pay online by credit card
Ordination of Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles to the Sacred Order of Priests

God Willing And The People Consenting
The Right Reverend Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
The Eleventh Bishop
Of The Diocese of Louisiana
Will Ordain
Jane-Allison Elaine Wiggin-Nettles

To The Sacred Order of Priests
On Behalf Of
The Right Reverend W. Andrew Waldo
The Eighth Bishop
Of The Diocese Of Upper South Carolina
Wednesday, The Twenty-Eighth Of June
Two Thousand And Seventeen
At Six O'Clock In The Evening
Christ Episcopal Church
120 S. New Hampshire Street
Covington, LA
Your Presence And Prayers Are Requested
Clergy: Red Stoles
Reception To Follow
The 2017 Gaudet Community Grant Awards Announced

The Gaudet Committee announced the awarding of the 2017 community grants. The Gaudet Community Grant provides funding for not-for-profit agencies that create, manage, and expand educational opportunities for African American children within the Diocese of Louisiana.

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana is proud to honor the legacy of Mrs. Frances Joseph Gaudet, a turn-of-the century educator and activist. Mrs. Gaudet had the wisdom to leave her trust to the Episcopal Church in such a way that her mission would continue to find new ways of expression in changing times. Mrs. Gaudet dedicated her life to building alliances with people of every race and class. The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana is committed to keeping her purpose alive.

The 2017 Gaudet Community Grant recipients are:

Anna's Place NOLA, New Orleans   ($20,000)
Kid's Orchestra, Baton Rouge  (Award amount $7,500)

Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, New Orleans  (Award amount $5,000)

Upturn Arts, New Orleans  (Award amount $5,000)

Upcoming Diocesan Events

June 2-3 130th Annual Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women
More information here

June 28 
Ordination of Jane-Allison Wiggins-Nettles to the Sacred Order of Priests

Upcoming Bishop Visitations
Click here for the schedule
News from the Episcopal Church
Follow the news from the Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office by clicking here.

For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint statement calling for prayer, fasting and advocacy.

The statement, For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy, calls for fasting on the 21st of each month through December 2018, at which time the 115th Congress will conclude.

The 21st of each month is targeted because by that time each month, 90% of SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits have been used, thereby causing the last week of the month as the hungry week in America.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Curry's Video Leads Worldwide Prayer Campaign Thy Kingdom Come

On May 25, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry leads the Thy Kingdom Come videos for the Worldwide Anglican Communion.  Thy Kingdom Come is a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer by individuals, congregations and families.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day - May 25 - and Pentecost - June 4 - for more people to come to know Jesus.  #ThyKingdomCome

Presiding Bishop Curry's video is  here

A new inspirational video message featuring a different religious leader each day will be presented throughout Thy Kingdom Come.

News from Around the Diocese
Follow the news & reflections from around the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana by clicking here.

Clergy Transitions

The Rev. Bobby Hadzor  was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Wednesday, May 17 at St. Augustine's, Metairie. He will serve as a deacon at St Augustine's, as well as continue to work as the chaplain at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans. Later this year he will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests. You can view photographs of the service here.

The Rev. Mitch Smith has accepted a call to serve as rector of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Columbia, South Carolina. He has served as associate rector of Trinity Church, New Orleans since 2011. He will begin his new call on Sunday, July 5. 

Deacon John Holbert retired as deacon of St. Philip's Church, New Orleans, on Sunday, May 7. He has served at St. Philip's since 2005.

The Rev. Ashley Freeman was installed rector of St. Patrick's Church, Zachary, on Tuesday, May 2. You can view photographs of the service here
The Episcopal Church Women to Hold 130th Annual Gathering
ECW: Embrace the Community & World 

The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Louisiana will hold the 130th ECW Annual Gathering at St. Augustine's, Metairie, June 2-3, 2017. The theme this year is: "ECW - Embrace the Community and World." The Scripture focus comes from the Gospel of Matthew, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matt. 25:35B) Indeed, all are welcome to join us at the Annual Gathering for Christian fellowship, worship, learning and fun! So, do not be a stranger; embrace and celebrate with us the divine spark that God gives to each of us.

The Rev. William Miller, a popular author and rector of Christ Church, Covington, will be Saturday's keynote speaker. Miller is the author of The Gospel According to Sam and The Beer Drinker's Guide to God. He is a dynamic speaker, innovator, and Jazz enthusiast who recently moved to Louisiana following tenures at churches in the Dioceses of Texas and Hawaii.

75th Anniversary of St. Martin's, Metairie

On Sunday, April 30, St. Martin's, Metairie, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the church. It was a stormy day but that did not dampen the spirit. An outdoor picnic was still held in the parking lot under a tent. Music was provided by Marshland. View more photographs and video here.

Deacon's Retreat

The deacon's of the diocese meet at Solomon Episcopal Conference Center for their annual retreat. A discussion developed on growing the diaconate in the diocese and how to share the stories of the many ministries that the deacons are involved with in their communities. Stay tuned for more information. Photographs from the retreat can be found here.

Follow the deacons on their new Facebook page:   www.facebook.com/pelideacon
Ministry Reflections
Addiction Recovery Ministry Kicking Off a Monthly Blog Post

by Deacon Jay Albert, Convener of the Addiction Recovery Ministry

Welcome to our opening monthly article for the Addiction Recovery Ministry, ARM, of the Diocese of Louisiana. We hope to shine a light on a subject that is not a pleasant one to acknowledge. Addiction, whether by alcohol or drugs, is truly at epidemic proportions in our country.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 23.5 million Americans aged 12 or older suffer from drug or alcohol abuse in 2011. This is roughly the population of Texas. The 10% of Americans involved in active addiction affect another 50% of the population as friends and family.

This means that 6 out of 10 people everywhere, this means our churches too, are dealing with addiction in one form or another. It is a subject spoken about in whispers and closed rooms. People are ashamed of admitting alcoholism or drug addiction is in their family or that they are in recovery from this disease. Alcoholism and addiction are defined as a brain disease in the Diagnostic Statistics Manual as well as the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Each month we will offer some educational information regarding addiction and its many forms as well as links to other sources of information about this subject. There will be a discussion of some resources available to those here in Louisiana and recommended reading and viewing for more help. Over the next few months, we will update our website information to include these links and contact people. In the meantime, you can access our information at www.edola.org/arm. May God help us to help all those in need.

One goal of the Congregational Consultants for Communication & Technology is to inspire all Episcopalians to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God through social media. This challenge is yours to accept if you dare. Use one or more of the hashtags:  #jesusmovement#EDoLA, #Episcopal, and your church name. 
Preach it!

For the clergy, if you are preaching, share highlights from your sermon on your church Facebook page or your personal page, or record your sermon and post it online. 

For parishioners, tweet out interesting points from the sermon. 
Photo of the Month
Graduation Season
[Photograph used with permission from Christ Episcopal School, Covington] Mr. John Morvant, Headmaster of Christ Episcopal School, took a selfie with the Class of 2017.

Congratulations to all graduates!

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