A BUMPER CROP FOR THE PUMPKIN PATCH
Thanks to God's abundant love, beautiful pumpkins, great weather and a "crop" of dedicated volunteers, the St. Augustine's Pumpkin Patch had a record breaking year, grossing $71,000 and netting $32,000 (less a few expenses) for the church's ministries. This is more than DOUBLE what we budget for this event each year. While folks came for the pumpkins, they also left with delicious pumpkin bread ($1,500 in sales!), cute face masks ($560!), awesome jewelry ($415!) and even buying every carving kit we had ($1,465!) Thousands of people visited our Patch this year, with so many expressing appreciation for being able to come and sharing stories of their regular visits from past years. It is clear that the Patch helped the community in healing from the stresses and trials of 2020 It has perfectly illustrated for us that even in times of perceived scarcity, God pours His love out for His children and is always with us.
A celebration of the success of this event would not be complete without grateful acknowledgment of the many parishioners and friends of St. Augustine's who made it possible. From the unloaders - and those who prepared the delicious hot dogs and chili which followed - to those who staffed the Patch, baked bread, contributed homemade items for sale and managed the important administrative details - so many people came together for the good of the church and the community. Well done, good and faithful servants! The St. Augustine's Pumpkin Patch will stand out as one of the comforting certainties in an otherwise uncertain time.
Collect For an Election
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States, the people of Louisiana, and the people of Metairie, in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, page 822
Join us this Sunday, November 1st for our All Saints' Day celebration during which we will remember loved ones who have died, especially those who have recently passed on.
The service will include reading a necrology, a list of the departed from this past year. The bulletin will also include a longer necrology with names of any special loved ones from previous years whose loss feels particularly acute. If there is someone you would like on the list, please email their name to email@example.com no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, October 28th.
And don't forget to "tune in" to the St. Augustine's Facebook page for a live All Saints Day telethon that will celebrate All Saints' Day and culminate our Annual Giving Campaign.
God's "Abundant Love in Scarce Times."
On Sunday, Nov. 1st, St. Augustine's will broadcast an hour-long Facebook Live telethon to culminate our Annual Giving Campaign and celebrate
All Saints' Day. The broadcast will be comprised of live video, pre-recorded segments from "friends" of St. Augustine's, and music videos featuring the people and ministries of our parish. We need your help to enrich these "music videos."
Please send in photographs that celebrate both the saints of our congregation (past, present, and future) as well as the events that have brought you and your family joy: Easter Sunday, Christmas Pageant, Pumpkin Palooza, Choir rehearsal, Break Bread Together, Sunday School, etc. Please send submissions no later than Oct 16th to:
And please tune into the St. Augustine's Facebook page on Nov. 1st from 9:15 to 10:15 (and replayed from 11:30 to 12:30) for this celebration of All Saints' Day and important reminder of God's "Abundant Love in Scarce Times."
Our Pumpkin Patch is in full swing, and it is a banner year! We are in URGENT need of more volunteers to work shifts in the Patch over the next two weekends when the activity is simply too high for one or two people to handle. This effort belongs to all of us and it is our hope that all who are able will volunteer for one-or more- shifts. If you haven't had the opportunity to volunteer yet, working in the Patch is fun, and sign up is easy! Just go to our website staugustinesmet.com and see the sign up link on the home page. We need YOU to bring the Patch to a successful conclusion!
Pumpkin Patch Volunteer Hub
This Sunday, October 25, 2020
The Spanish Mass will resume on Sunday, October 25th at 12:30 pm.
All of the previous precautions for in-person worship will continue: mask wearing, social distancing, contact tracing sign-in, hand sanitizing, etc.
All of these services will also be available live (and later recorded) on the St. Augustine's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/staugmet
Please make the choice that is best for you and your family's health and safety.
You can also dial in and listen to the live broadcast by dialing (888)958-7272 and then entering these codes:
8:00 - 175504567
10:30 - 231241404
12:30 - 747698024
8:00am Service Bulletin
10:30 am Service Bulletin
8:00 am -- Cate Suthon, Priest Server; Susan Scotton, Lay Reader
10:30 am -- Dotty Suthon, Priest Server; Tim Gagliano, Usher; Stella Sanson, Lay Reader
New on our Website-Preparing for Sunday!
Access this Sunday's lectionary readings at your convenience, and then reflect and pray over them at any time. You'll find an overview, scripture backgrounds, a reflection and prayer starter to enhance your worship experience. Just click on the "Preparing for Sunday" link on our home page (Tip: We are using "Track 2"):
Shoebox Ministry 2020
Our Shoebox Ministry is ready to collect items for our partners in mission in
Tela, Honduras. Please return items to the Resource Room by November 1st.
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Prayer for our Diocesan Convention which is taking place on Saturday, October 24th via Zoom
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Never Underestimate the Power of a Postcard
The St. Augustine's PenPal Ministry has been shining the Light of Christ into the homes of the sick, grieving, and separated for a few months now. The PenPal Ministry was developed as a way to connect letter-writers with letter-recipients during this time when so many of us feel disconnected. The exchange of letters and postcards provides both the senders and the recipients with the sense of community, connection, and caring that will always be the St. Augustine's way. Perhaps you would like to join this effort?
The commitment to the ministry is any that you are willing to make. Monthly, you will receive an email list of those in our community that we feel might benefit from the outreach effort. You then write letters to who you want, send uplifting messages to who you want, or even have your children color a picture to those you want. Each month, you then let us know who you wrote to so we can fill in gaps to those who have received less communication than others. Right now, we have about 20 people ready to "receive." If you would like to share the Light of Christ in this way, please send your name to: Catherine.Coats@ATT.net
Your Help Is Needed!!
Our Pumpkin Patch is in full swing, and it is a banner year! We are in URGENT need of more volunteers to work shifts in the Patch over the next two weekends when the activity is simply too high for one or two people to handle. This effort belongs to all of us and it is our hope that all who are able will volunteer for one-or more- shifts. If you haven't had the opportunity to volunteer yet, working in the Patch is fun, and sign up is easy! Just click here to volunteer: https://www.staugustinesmet.com/volunteers
We need YOU to bring the Patch to a successful conclusion!