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August 2019

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Reflections on Horseback - Mother Meg+

I have experienced many changes in my life. Diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at age 7, marriage, parenthood, loss of loved ones, and more, but the change I have undergone over the last three years culminating in ordination to the priesthood is one that I’m still getting used to. To say the experience was a holy one just doesn’t seem to do it justice.

The changes and transformations we undergo in our lives always have a profound effect on us. One of the most important changes we can undergo is the change that occurs when we say “yes” to God. When we open our hearts and minds to hear God’s word and do God’s work we become the body of Christ. Change is often unwanted and difficult, but when we say “yes”, we are molded into that person who shares God’s love and welcomes others into that love.

We are comfortable in what we know, but new experiences can be exciting and refreshing. New ways of thinking can allow us to see and live in new and different ways. God invites us to into a life of love. The way of God’s love is a change we can joyfully accept. Join me in saying “yes” to God and welcome the love. It is life changing!

“God creates out of nothing.  Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but God does what is still more wonderful: God makes saints out of sinners.” - Soren Kierkegaard


Equipping Lay Leaders to be Spiritual Leaders

     Revive is a discipleship program to help active lay persons in the church grow in confidence as spiritual leaders.  Revive is about transformation through spiritual formation. Participants will develop a deeper relationship with God and others while getting to know more about themselves as spiritual leaders.

Participants will:

  • Develop a prayer life that suits their personal spiritual temperament

  • Gain confidence in speaking about God in their lives

  • Experience scripture as a spiritual resource

  • Gain experience praying in public and leading Bible study

  • Create a Rule of Life that expresses their personal spiritual practices 

  • Discern their call for justice, forgiveness, and peace as servants of Christ’s kingdom

Program structure

    Opening Retreat – Saturday, September 7, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Your spiritual story and preferences

     Module 1: Communicating with God September 15 – October 20, 12:30 – 2:30

  • Introduction to 10 prayer practices

      Module 2: Engaging in Scripture  Oct. 27- Nov 10, Nov 24 – Dec 8, 12:30 – 2:30

  • A vehicle for God’s voice entering our life

      Module 3: Called for Ministry January 5, 2020 – February 9, 12:30 – 2:30

  • From church job to church ministry

      Closing Retreat Saturday, February 15, 2020

  • Guided by the Spirit, the journey continues

     The opening retreat and first module will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1532 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Lake Charles, LA 70611.  All other dates, and locations are subject to change depending upon participant interest.

     The program is open to all Episcopalians in the Lake Charles convocation.  There is no fee to participate. Lunch and snacks will be served at the opening retreat.  A light lunch will be served at each module session. There is a limit of 12 participants for the program so contact Mother Meg Lovejoy+ to register as soon as possible.  337-842-0769 or meghlovejoy@gmail.com.

Are you interested in assisting with caring for immigrants who are seeking asylum and don’t know how?  Check out www.CasaMarianella.org.  The organization has been highly recommended by an Iona School classmate of mine, the Rev. Deacon James Harrington.  Volunteers and financial donations are welcomed!  - Mother Meg +

Celebration of Women’s Ministries

“Creation Considered: Encountering Creatures as Spiritual Practice”

There will be a Celebration of Women’s Ministries held at Camp Hardtner on September 20—21, 2019.  This is a time for numerous diverse ministries to come together and celebrate in the name of our Lord and Savior.  The ministries of the Diocesan Daughters of the King, Episcopal Church Women, and Altar Guild women will hold meetings; and our guest speaker, Mother Betty Jo Kauffman, Archdeacon of the Diocese and Deacon at Christ Episcopal Church, (Bastrop) will share some of her photographs, while talking about “how and why interacting  with creation IS a spiritual practice”.  Spiritual Direction will be offered by Mother Rowena White, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport. 

The weekend will begin on Friday evening, September 20, with registration between 4 P.M. and 6 P.M.  Then, there will be a Meet and Greet Social and dinner.  Mother Bette will also present us with her first presentation.  

Mother Bette invites participants who would like to join her for a walk before breakfast on Saturday morning (sneakers recommended). Sat. registration will be from 8-9 A.M.  9:00 breakfast will be followed by the E.C.W. meeting.  After a short break, the D.O.K. meeting will begin.  The last meeting will be the Altar Guild meeting.  Please come and meet with ladies from throughout the diocese. Be inspired by some great ideas from other parishes and feel free to share what’s going on in your parish.  All women are encouraged to attend any or all meetings. You do not have to be a member to attend the meetings.

Early registration is suggested, and registrants will receive a detailed schedule of the Celebration weekend.  We hope to see each of you at our annual celebration weekend!  We are going to have a glorious time!!  

The cost for the weekend is $75 (covers a night of lodging, three meals, snacks and the speaker).  If you prefer to drive down for Saturday only, the cost is $25 (covers the session and two meals). Private lodging is $95 (covers a night of lodging, three meals, snacks and the speaker), space permitting.

For more information, please contact Ms. Shetwan Roberison (318-707-2570 or womensecw1@gmail.com) or Mrs. Megan Rowzie (337-570-9220 pianogrl8@aol.com).

August Birthdays
6 Bianca Williams

8 Sally Duhon

 9 Tanner Dibbley

12 Megan Shoop Lockett

23 Cora Kullerd

24 Charles Skinner

29 Eddie Daigle

August Anniversaries

  16 Alex and Jennifer Dibbley

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