St. Anna’s and COVID 19 Bulletin
Trinity Sunday Week 6-07-20
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“Thank you so much to our wonderful donors we had an amazing Give NOLA Day! Anna’s Place was able to raise almost $17,000! Because of you we are able to continue our mission, serving the underprivileged individuals in our community. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for your continued support. As summer approaches this will help us continue programming virtually for our kiddos!”
Brianna Carr, Director Anna’s Place NOLA
From Bishop Morris Thompson
“Finding God in all of this disorder”
Follow the link for his complete message
Dear Brothers and Sisters: Several of you are asking for more news and information regarding the Episcopal Church, her leadership, and positions as our Nation reels with tension and hungers for Justice. To stay on top of the news here is the link for The Episcopal News Service. I highly recommend it.
From Fr. Bill Terry ” Pres. Trump and St. John’s Church, Washington D.C.”
The following post was made on St. Anna’s Facebook page on June 2, 2020 attached to an ENS article of that same day (modestly revised):
I fear that this [Trump photo op] among several other distractions will take us off of the immediate and pressing issue of racial and economic justice. As the Episcopal leadership has said, this is a stunt. It was done in a callous and thoughtless way. Yet, why are we so shocked? It is consistent with this administration’s actions, tactics, and sense of [entitlement]. Keep our Christian eyes on the prize: that all are valued, none are shunned, there is room for us all.
Yes, this country has the potential to be Great among the Nations. It has unbridled potential as it always has. What we have struggled with is how to distribute our wealth, our hearts, and generosity as a national statement. We are, in many sectors, a very generous nation. Yet, our economy has excluded too many; our services have excluded to many; our debts are too many.
In “the land of the free and home of the brave” we must both by faith and by civic engagement make it so for every human. When we achieve that prosperity of spirit, of inclusiveness, of equity then we will “shine from sea to shining sea.”
Such movements of spirit and heart have always come at a cost and it is a cost that so many are bearing at this moment in history. I pray only that we do not let this moment slip by; that this is not another news cycle; that we will use strategic thoughtfulness in righting systemic wrongs. It will take time. [Yet we have no time to spare-it cannot take another two centuries for justice to arrive] It took this nation 200+ years to enfranchise the voting rights of black citizens. It is a long struggle but a struggle so well worth making. It is the struggle of the Prophets, it is a struggle of the Gospel; it is the struggle of the crucifixion of Christ; it will be the struggle of Resurrection.
By prayer and action keep our eyes on the prize.
New Ministries at St. Anna’s
We are still asking for volunteers
As the Episcopal Church in Louisiana moves closer to in person worship St. Anna’s is seeking volunteers for new ministries that have and are evolving as a result of the Pandemic:
- Greeters, now are much more than greeters they will be “Crowd Managers.” This will include at least one training session in how to manage folks coming to worship: how they will enter and exit the church; how they may/or may not receive communion (if such is permitted); also how to introduce folks to our “Hospitality Table” which will provide missals, bulletins, masks if needed, and Holy Water.
- Klean Krewe, may be greeters or may be simply devoted parishioners vested in safe worship. Assuming that we host two services these folks will be tasked with spraying down our church facility then wiping several of the surfaces down that may have been occupied. It does not require a lot of muscle but it will take (depending on the numbers of volunteers) about 20 min. max.
- Audio Visual Ministries. This new ministry will run a modified sound board, computer, and cameras that will record and broadcast our worship services going forward. We are looking for about 4 persons who are willing to be trained and then be on a service rota.
These new ministries are vital to the life of our church, our safe worship, and are each an expression of the Love that we hold so dear for each other. Please don’t be shy, please consider volunteering for these new and vital ministries. Because soon we will be together again.
Worship and Spiritual Aids:
Did you know that any one of you can lead The Daily Office and you are encouraged to learn how to lead one of the Daily Offices of prayer. If you think that you have a calling to lead prayer via social media please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our website contains a lot of information: stannanola.org (try it out)
The Readings this Sunday are found at this link:
The Music for this, Trinity Sunday:
Opening Hymn: #362 Holy, Holy, Holy
Gospel/Sequence Hymn: LEVAS #7 I Want to Be Ready
Music at Offering: Let There Be Peace On Earth Arr. K. Leach
Communion Hymn: WLP# 812 I The Lord.of Sea and Sky
Recessional Hymn: LEVAS # 9 On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
If you wish to have a hymnal for use in the home email email@example.com and we will make sure one is available to be checked and for pick up.
COFFEE HOUR! Help all of us to stay connected
Zoom In and say hello NO PASSWORD REQUIRED…
William Terry is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Coffee Hour June 7
Time: Jun 7, 2020 11:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 474 663 2892
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Meeting ID: 474 663 2892
Anna’s Place NOLA
Anna’s Place Youth Programs
“As our children’s’ lives have vastly changed over the last 4 months we hoped to welcome Anna’s kids back with open arms for a great summer and to unpack their feelings from quarantine. While we are disheartened to say that we will not hear the kids running around the building this summer, the Lord always makes a way and we have decided to have Anna’s Places’ first virtual summer camp scheduled to start June 15th, 2020.
Many of the kids still need laptops and tablets, and if you would like to donate please reach out to us at (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
Hot Plate Ministry
“Over the past six weeks amazing work has been done by some of our dedicated parishioners. Nicole H., Stewart C., Gary V., Kenneth L., Julie S., Lola V., Kirk T., Orlando A., Laura V., Lola M., Ed C., Zach B., Don D., and Karel S. have worked diligently to feed the most underserved populations in our community. Thanks to our wonderful partners, Chef Ron’s Gumbo Shop, Silk Road, Cafe at The Square and Councilwoman Kristen Palmer we have served almost 400 meals to the children and families of Anna’s Place, more than 500 meals to community organizations and the homeless, and almost 50 meals to unemployed and disabled individuals. It is truly amazing what this little church can do! So much gratuity goes to the compassionate individuals who have been blessings in this mission, thank you! The Hot Plate Ministry will be ending services June 13th, 2020 but the impact of this small Krewe has been massive.”
2020 Food Pantry Shopping List from Br. Don and Company
Check the Website Next Week for a New List!
Brother Don has a new email address: Pantry@stannanola.com and you may ask why that is. Well, Brother Don will be enjoying two wonderful experiences. He will assume his final vows as a Friar in the Order of St. Francis and Claire in June. Also in June Don will be retiring from his secular job and will be joining the staff at St. Anna’s as our first contact person, answering the door, telephones, handing out lunch bags to the homeless that come to our door and greeting visitors. What a wonderful expression of his vocation.
The June donations food list is as follows:
Then there is this
Just a glimpse at how a pandemic can alter home life. Jim McMillan, your Treasurer, is part of a “Big Four” accounting firm. He manages his work from home these days along with his brood of delightful children. Mary, Jim’s wife works out of the house in the court system. She marvels at how he is able to work with the kids, manage his business affairs, and yes help keep St. Anna’s on the right financial path. Amazing times!
On June 10th A Virtual Celebration of Life
For Mary K. Dodwell
Miss Mary’s family and friends are inviting everyone to join in a celebration of life remembering Mary on her birthday.
The theme will be cooking. Do you remember a favorite dish that she prepared? Recall stories about Miss Mary.
The church is invited to join in:
Next Wednesday is Aunt Mary’s birthday (June 10) – we are going to have a virtual gathering in celebration.
We would like to share the information with her St. Anna’s community.
Prayer Requests for Sunday
Parishioners please send your prayer requests to Brother Don via email prior to Friday at Noon if at all possible. Brother will submit a consolidated list of prayers to Fr Bill for our Sunday Mass each week. email@example.com
The Church Office
OFFICE HOURS: Spiritual Direction, Consultation, Hearing of Confessions, or just to visit. Here is the criteria; here are the Conditions:
- It is by appointment only. Call the Church or email us. We will set it up.
- We will maintain safe distancing and have sanitizer present.
- If you have a fever or are sick let us know and Fr. Terry will call you. STAY HOME.
- If you want to talk SKYPE or ZOOM on another day just reach out and we can make that happen as well.
Fr. Terry and the spiritual team are available to you to talk, meet on the internet, or meet during Office Hours for prayer, for discussion, for Confession, or simply to sit with someone in the church. Reach out to us because we can make it safe and yet stay connected. In our team is Deacon Buck, Deacon Joyce Jackson, Pastor Claire Brooks, Br. Don and myself. We are here for you. Call or email. Please do not let the isolation get to you. Do not struggle alone with depression (clinical or otherwise) give us a call.
Church Giving Opportunities–help us keep the missions going!
Please consider an additional monetary donation as well as insuring that your pledge or tithe is received. You can do this on line or by mail. That said, as St. Paul teaches us, give with a grateful and joyful spirit. Here is the link:
Another way to help your church out is that when you are making purchases using AMAZON consider using AMAZON Smile. Select St. Anna’s as your charity and a portion of your purchases will go to St. Anna’s and the site is just like your regular AMAZON Site:
” For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Paul’s Letter to the Romans
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