Saturday, July 11, 2020

A Letter from Whit+ and Dawnell+

Dear Members and Friends of St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas’, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,


We know and understand that many of you are disappointed with our decision to return to Virtual Worship beginning this Sunday, July 12 – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. As previously announced, Morning Prayer: Rite Two will begin at 10:30 a.m. A Zoom Invitation will be posted on our Facebook and websites/blogs. We also plan to live stream our worship on Facebook as well - sharable as a watch party.

Compline on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom, and Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Bible Project Class via Zoom will continue as usual.

This decision is not mandated by Bishop Owensby, but is – in our prayerful judgement – in keeping with the Bishop’s recommendations given in the previously posted Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic. We believe it is advisable, and the best choice also based on Governor Edward’s press conference of this day (July 11, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.). Masks and proper distancing are now required by all (with a small group of exceptions) for our state. We urge you all to wear your masks whenever you are in public (indoors or outdoors), and be especially careful regarding private casual social gatherings.

Please know that we understand that many of you may not agree with our decision, and that for many this decision and these precautions are viewed as politically motivated. We are doing our best to protect you and all the other people that we love, and ask for your understanding. Please give us a call, if you want to discuss any aspect of this decision. Our home phone number is 318-340-0404. If we are unable to answer, we will return your call.

See you Sunday morning via Zoom,

With our love,

Whit+ & Dawnell+

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sunday Zoom Morning Prayer: Rite Two

Sunday Zoom Morning Prayer: Rite Two
Sunday - 10:30 a.m.

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Return to Virtual Worship Begins this Sunday - July 12, 2020

Return to Virtual Worship Begins this Sunday - July 12, 2020 (abajo en español)

Dear Members of St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St, Thomas’, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

We are writing you today from our vacation. We have posted Bishop Jake Owensby’s communication with the Diocese - Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic.

Mother Dawnell and I have carefully, and prayerfully considered the Bishop’s recommendations and have decided to return completely to Virtual Worship again beginning this Sunday, July 12, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Morning Prayer: Rite Two will begin at 10:30 a.m. – A Zoom Invitation will be posted on our Facebook and websites/blogs. We also plan to Livestream this on Facebook as well - sharable as a watch party.

Compline on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom, and Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Bible Project Class via Zoom will continue as usual.

We will share more information when we return. Until then, please know of our prayers and concern for you all.

See you via Zoom on Sunday,

With our love,

Whit+ & Dawnell+

P.S. We have been extremely careful while on vacation, but must report that many people we have seen have not being practicing basic safety precautions.


El regreso a la adoración virtual comienza este domingo - 12 de julio de 2020

Estimados miembros de St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St, Thomas ’e Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

Te escribimos hoy desde nuestras vacaciones. Hemos publicado la comunicación del Obispo Jake Owensby con la Diócesis: Política y procedimiento actualizados para reunirse durante la pandemia.

La Madre Dawnell y yo hemos considerado cuidadosamente y con oración las recomendaciones del Obispo y hemos decidido regresar completamente a la Adoración Virtual nuevamente a partir de este domingo 12 de julio de 2020, el sexto domingo después de Pentecostés. Oración de la mañana: Rito Dos comenzará a las 10:30 a.m. - Se publicará una invitación de Zoom en nuestro Facebook y sitios web / blogs. También planeamos transmitir esto en vivo en Facebook, compartible como una fiesta de observación.

Completa los domingos por la noche a las 8:00 p.m. a través de Zoom y la oración vespertina los miércoles a las 5:30 p.m. seguido de la clase de proyecto bíblico a través de Zoom continuará como siempre.

Compartiremos más información cuando regresemos. Hasta entonces, sepan nuestras oraciones y preocupación por todos ustedes.

Nos vemos a través de Zoom el domingo,

Con nuestro amor

Whit + y Dawnell +

PD Hemos sido extremadamente cuidadosos durante las vacaciones, pero debemos informar que muchas personas que hemos visto no han estado practicando precauciones básicas de seguridad.

Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic


Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic

An Important Message From Bishop Owensby:

Dear Friends,

I pray that you and yours are well. These are trying times, and I appreciate your calm, faithful leadership. As you know, the pandemic continues to change local circumstances, and prudence requires that we respond sensibly as needed.

In his briefing today Governor Edwards reported that, with respect to the spread of the virus in our state, we have lost all the gains we had made in May. Infection and hospital rates are climbing to new heights. Now this spread is no longer contained within hot spots like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Instead, the entire state is experiencing an increase in infection and hospitalization numbers.

Accordingly, I am now reiterating and amplifying my current requirements in the following manner.

1. All previously published requirements for gatherings for worship or any other purpose as a congregation remain firmly in effect. This includes mandates regarding social distancing, the wearing of masks, the limits on attendance numbers, sanitation, and the like. Singing continues to be forbidden. For clergy these policies are a mandatory pastoral direction.

2. Given the increased incidence of infection, I strongly urge that all worship or other gatherings be outside or virtual. If your congregation is unable to provide virtual worship, please send members to my FB Morning Prayer (Sunday, 10:00 a.m. CDT or the saved video at a later time). I will continue to offer weekly worship as long as we are in pandemic conditions.

3. The safest form of worship during a time of increased contagion is Morning Prayer. Accordingly, I urge you to revert to Morning Prayer until we see significant improvement in the rate of infection.

Neither #2 nor #3 are requirements at this stage. However, I will continue to monitor the metrics and will issue revised policies as needed.

Remember, we take these measures to protect the most vulnerable among us and to flatten the curve of infection so as not to overwhelm our medical facilities while we develop, mass produce, and administer a vaccine. The vaccination process will take time.

You all remain in my prayers. And to my delight and surprise, we are seeing a significant rise in the numbers of those seeking worship and learning opportunities because of our new virtual ministries. The love of Jesus finds a way!

Stay safe. Be well. And remember that you are loved.

Peace,
+Jake

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Tonight

Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Led tonight by The Rev'd Lee Jefferson and Postulant for Holy Orders, Rita Jefferson,
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Friday, July 3, 2020

Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class











Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

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Zoom Compline Sunday Night










Sunday Zoom Compline
Sunday Evening, 8:00 p.m.

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