NEWS AND NOTES

     NEW FORWARD Day by Day booklets are now available for your taking.  Look for one close to your pew.  They are distributed quarterly according to the church calendar, the first issue including Advent.

     THANKS TO STACY for organizing a local chapter of Episcopal Church Women (ECW).  This group organizes church affairs and events such as altar duties and special activities.  Please consider joining up!  You’ll be glad you did.

     NATIVITY HAS BEGUN our annual collection of non-perishable items to be delivered with a ham or turkey this holiday season  to community people in need.  You may bring food items to the parish hall any time.  Thank you for contributing to this outreach mission.  Distribution is scheduled for Saturday, 17 November, at 10:00am.  Come early to help prepare the baskets.

     THIS YEAR’S HAYRIDE and Tube Steak Extravaganza Hootenanny Shindig Hoedown(!) is scheduled for Saturday, 01 December, at 5:00pm.  Please come and bring your and your neighbors’ kids!  And their cousins and friends!

     OUR ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for 13 January 2019.  All members of the church are expected to attend.

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​NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

3rd…………………………..……Crystal Steib
14th……………………………..Victoria Obier
16th…………………………………..Eva Silva
17th……………………..……...Ashlkey Bello
20th…………………..…….Wyatt St. Romain
22nd…………….….……………Erica Scallan
27th………………………………..Katie Smith

28th...........................................Meagan Best
30th...................................................Brodie Cox


IN MEMORY OF:

1st (2013)……………………….Helen Landry
1st (2015) ………..…  Ivory “Bones” Walker
5th (2008)……………………Wylie Jewell, Sr
10th (2014)…………………  Jeremy Parault
16th (2012)…………………   David Womack
29th (1991)………………..…….Mary Parault
29th (1991)…………………  Carey Hubbard

(1976)……………………..….Harvey Best, Jr.

NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES: 

11th……………George & Reba Donachricha
12th………….…Chippy & Sonya St. Romain

PRAYER LIST:
Earle, Cody, Johnny, Will, Anthony, Reynard, Derrick, Gloria, Bessie, Shirley Jewell, Bryce Hubert, Lisa Ward, Joe Achord, Mike Brouillette, Marsha Gaspard Baudoin, John Lasseigne, Kenny Beard, Job Carr, William Moseley, William Morvant, Kenny Beard, John Lawson, Gail Marrionneaux, Helen Cole, Martha Gautreaux, Dot Morris, Paris
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THE NATIVITY NEWSLETTER IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY, EXCEPT FOR JANUARY AND JULY, BY THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, 15615 LAUREL ST., ROSEDALE, LA 70772. EDITOR: THE REV'D JERRY PHILLIPS, PRIEST-IN-CHARGE, 225-241-2556. UNSUBSCIBE AT jpnativity@hotmail.com. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS. SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 AM. EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF LOUISIANA; THE RIGHT REVEREND MORRIS K. THOMPSON, JR., ELEVENTH BISHOP OF LOUISIANA.

November 2018

NATIVITY NEWSLETTER

EST. 1859

Episcopal Church of the Nativity

​LETTER OF RESIGNATION

21 October 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Local parishes are intended to be permanent.  Like living cells in a growing body, however, those who serve in such parishes are by nature temporary.  As I near the completion of my tenth year of service as priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, I have decided that it is time for me leave.

This has been a difficult period of discernment for me.  I have wavered repeatedly.  But two weeks ago today I felt a powerful presence of God’s Spirit, along with an attendant peace, that the time had come.  Having met only days earlier with Bishop Thompson and feeling buoyed by his backing, this moment came as a surprise to me.  And to him.  As it also did, I suspect, to many of you.  It was with both clarity and contentment, however, that I immediately emailed the vestry of my decision.  I am grateful to Bishop Thompson for his guidance and wisdom and for his support of my decision, whatever that would be.

Thank you for saving my priestly life.  My first assignment was that of Interim Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Gonzales: a newly planted mission that met in a converted barn.  Bishop Charles Jenkins had ordained me to the Sacred Order of Priests on 19 November 2006 at St. Alban’s Chapel, only twelve years ago.  But Hurricane Katrina had already dealt a fatal blow to the diocesan budget item on which that mission heavily depended, and we reluctantly had to close it on the final Sunday of 2008.  

Fresh off that failed mission and an unrelated but accompanying failed marriage, I faced the New Year wholly dependent on God’s grace, a state which by hindsight I knew had always meant turbulent but rewarding redemption, so I was emotionally drained but spiritually prepared for what I supposed would be a rough transition to my next level of peace.  At age sixty-seven I was no stranger to that process.

 I then received a call from Canon Scott Albergate that he and the Church of the Nativity in Rosedale had arranged for me to supply there the following Sunday. Not only had I not heard of the Church of the Nativity, I had not even heard of Rosedale.  The next morning Bill Obier phoned him and asked, “Can we keep him?” I met with the vestry and accepted the call.

Thank you for allowing me to wake up in a castle every morning.  And thank you for Homer’s and Cricket’s fence, though I’m not sure they saw it as the same level of blessing I did.  That rectory will always stand as a memorial to what is possible for a handful of saints to accomplish.  And that fact is not lost on the surrounding community.  I have constantly been identified as the priest who lives in the new house on the corner.

I am convinced that God brought us together and equally convinced that God now sees that attendant purpose as completed.  If I am accurate in my discernment—and the peace within me is good evidence of that—then this is good news for both Nativity and me. That’s the way God works.

Please know that I will hold you close to my heart and remember you with love and gratitude.

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20,21).

Grace and peace.

Jerry+

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