Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Episcopal Worship in Sign Language

There are lots of things that make St. Thomas' a special place - our beautiful church on the Bayou, our walking path, new outdoor pavilion, the Back Pew Pickers, our fellowship, and many outreach ministries, and our lively worship. But one things that is really special is the fact that our liturgy, music and sermon are signed in American Sign Language each week.

Thanks to Sharron for offering her gift to all our us...

If you are looking for an Episcopal Church that offers sign language as part of the liturgy, come and join us!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve

Just a reminder that this Wednesday evening, Thanksgiving Eve, the Episcopal Churches in our area will join together for Holy Eucharist - 7:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe. Our priest-in-residence, the Rev'd Dawnell Stodghill, will preach. Please join us!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tailgate Saturday??

St. Thomas' folks:
Is anyone interested in helping us tailgate in The Grove this Saturday for the ULL game? If you'll be around and are willing to come spend a little time, please e-mail me at or call me at 318-372-8117.

It's a lot for me and the Canterbury kids to do on our own, so please let me know ASAP. We'll meet Thursday evening to plan. bjk

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2014
For Heroic Service, The Book of Common Prayer, page 839

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


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Friday, November 7, 2014

October Canterbury Report

The first Thursday of October was Fall Break; Canterbury did not meet. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays we met, shared food, continued to plan upcoming events and discussed a chapter in Timothy Keller’s Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions and the Bible stories each chapter is based on.

Our big, new wonderful experience this month was an outdoor Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. the 5th Thursday of the month in Bayou Park on the ULM Campus. We celebrated All Saints. The weather was perfect and the spot beautiful. Members of St. Thomas’, St. Alban’s, Grace and St. Luke’s in Grambling attended. The event was covered by The Hawkeye student newspaper. Our only disappointment is that of the 17 attendees, only four were students. Two of our own active members had conflicts at the last minute. Nevertheless, we have confidence we’ll get more publicity done and attract more students in the spring.

After the service, we celebrated at Fox’s Pizza Den. We got some good photos of the event and will make a display for recruitment.

Another highlight of the month was participating in Diocesan Convention. Two students served as oblationers, one student gave a report, and we got to meet representatives from the Grambling and Tech Canterburies.
We have made additional plans for our trip to New Orleans in January. It turns out none of the chuches in New Orleans currently offer a Sanish mass. Through my contacts in that Diocese, I connected with Deacon Duane Nettles at Annunciation. That church built a playground for their surrounding community post Katrina, and the playground needs work so that is where we will spend Saturday. We will stay in New Orleans until the 7th so we can participate in Epiphany activities.

We plan to have Canterbury t-shirts made with our Canterbury logo on ULM maroon for our next tailgate, scheduled Nov. 15.
Respectfully submitted,
Archdeacon Bette J. Kauffman, Ph.D.
Canterbury Chaplain