Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last reminder!

Mother Dawnell will celebrate and Fr. Whit will preach. We sure hope to see you there.

Bayou Park is the green space on the ULM campus directly across Northeast Dr. from the Library and on the Library side of the Bayou. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if you want to sit!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Back!

It's that time again: Across most of the United States,daylight savings time (DST) will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, when clocks will fall back to standard time. Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cake for Rosine!

And a beauty it was....

Rosine was in town for Diocesan Convention, and so we finally got to share "going away cake" with her!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Convention Changes!

Storm Damage responsible for
Changes in Diocesan Convention!

The Site for the 35th Annual Convention has changed. We will meet at
the following location for all events:

Bayou DeSiard Country Club
3501 Forsythe Ave., Monroe, LA 71201

There is also a change in the agenda. Here is a broad outline:


Lunch on your own

1:00 Registration

2:00 Business

4:30 Holy Eucharist

6:00 Silent Auction

7:15 Banquet


Light breakfast provided prior to beginning of meeting

8:30 Business

Noon Adjournment

Lunch on your own
Clergy Spouse luncheon cancelled.

Parking spaces are limited, so please carpool as much as possible.

These changes are a result of the damage wrought by the storm on
Monday. As you may know, Monroe was struck by an F2 tornado on
Monday. The Garden District was hit hardest. Grace Church sits in
the midst of that neighborhood. Access to the area is limited and power is
disrupted. As a result, we are unable to meet at Grace Church.

As the outline above suggests, we will follow a significantly revised
agenda. Given our space and the available time, we will dispense with
workshops, hearings, and vendors. This is regrettable but unavoidable.
Please be on the lookout for a ministry fair day in the future in which
some of these canceled sessions will be held.

Most importantly, let us keep the people of Monroe in our prayers.

Many are enduring the negative impact of this storm. At the same time,
let's also acknowledge the grace and grit of these good people who, in
the midst of trial, have worked quickly and effectively to host our

Convention. Nothing keeps that Monroe Convocation down!

The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D., D.D.
The Diocese of Western Louisiana

35th Annual Convention of the Diocese

he Monroe Convocation will brave storm damage and power outages to host the 35th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Western Louisiana this Friday, October 17th - Saturday, October 18th. Pray for the success of the convention or come volunteer to help. St Thomas' will host the clergy spouse luncheon on Saturday too!

Bishop Jake's theme for this year's convention is "Gone Fishing - Engaging God's Mission"

Friday, October 10, 2014

September Canterbury Report

Canterbury@ULM met every Thursday evening in the month of September. At every meeting, we 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.

The Chaplain shared the August report with the Priest-in-Charge and Senior Warden, then in response to a query from a parishioner, posted it on the church’s blog for the entire congregation. This practice will be continued.

In mid-September, a St. Thomas’ parishioner offered to purchase food if the Canterbury group wanted to tailgate. They did, so a banner was made, a canopy borrowed from another parishioner and the group tailgated from about noon until the football game started at 6 p.m. We cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, and served approximately 30 people, including friends and family of Canterbury members and others who happened by. At the end of the afternoon as we were actively giving away our remaining food, we had several great opportunities to explain who we were and invite students. We judged it to be a major success, but we have some new ideas to make it better when we do it again October 25.

We are planning an outdoor Holy Eucharist on campus to raise the profile of the group. Our first choice of date did not work out because Bayou Park is already reserved. Student Life & Leadership has not yet responded to our request for one of two other dates.

When we get the outdoor H.E. scheduled, we will invite GSU and LaTech Canterburies to come and stay for an “after party” in a home.

We have scheduled a mission trip to New Orleans January 3-6, 2015. We will worship with the Spanish-speaking community at St. Anna’s and spend a day doing a work project of some kind. We will also tour the cathedrals and, of course, Bourbon Street.

We plan to have Canterbury t-shirts made with our Canterbury logo on ULM maroon for our next tailgate.

September Statistics:

Individual contacts: chaplain with students & others - ~12
Group meetings – 4
Other activities – Interfaith Pancake Breakfast, Football Game Tailgate
Participants – Adults, including faculty advisor/chaplain, priest, St. Thomas’ parishioners – 4; students – 3-5 per meeting, ~30 at tailgate
Blog posts – 6

Chaplain stipend - $300.00
Food for meetings - $60.55
Banner - $65.86*
Interfaith Pancake Breakfast tickets - $20.00
Ice for tailgating - $8.22

In-kind contribution of St. Thomas’ parishioner who paid for tailgate food - $219.69

*This is a heavy paper banner; we wanted to test a design. We will be able to use it again, but will eventually replace it with a more expensive vinyl banner.

Respectfully submitted,
Archdeacon Bette J. Kauffman, Ph.D.
Canterbury Chaplain
9 October 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blessing of the Animals

We will be blessing the animals October 5th at our 10:00 a.m. Sunday service.  Please bring your animals with you to church and enjoy all the voices added to the choir!!

St. Thomas' Cookout

Tonight, Saturday October 4th, is the cookout at St. Thomas'.  Please join us for 5 p.m. To 8 p.m. On the bayou for burgers, hotdogs and more!  

We will have music by "The Back Pew Pickers."  Bring your dollars for the cake walk.  

It's time to just come, relax and have some fun.