Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Decimoctavo domingo después de pentecostés
I am happy to announce we will return this coming Sunday September 26th to our regular full Sunday worship offerings, available in English and in Spanish.
8:00 am – Fr. Brad (English)
10:30 am – Fr. Brad (English)
12:30 pm – Fr. Benjamin (Spanish)
If you are unable to attend in person, you may watch our services on Facebook Live either during the scheduled times or later (The recordings remain accessible on our Facebook page). If you do not already follow St. Augustine’s on Facebook, simply go to Facebook, and search St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Metairie.
Hurricane Relief Supplies Distribution - Volunteers Needed!
Fr. Benjamín Sánchez is organizing a distribution of water to the Hispanic community in Jean Lafitte which we all know was hit hard by Hurricane Ida. He will need volunteers on Saturday, September 25th at St. Augustine’s with trucks or SUVs to load the water and deliver it to Jean Lafitte. The water will be loaded at church starting at 7:15 am on Saturday.
Please email or text Dotty if you can volunteer.
The Pumpkins are Coming!
Are you ready for some normalcy and familiar traditions? Do you want to bring joy to our community through our cherished ministry (and biggest fundraiser)? If so, you will be glad to know that the Great St. Augustine’s Pumpkin Patch is about to commence!
Tent set up will take place on Monday, September 27, and the first load of pumpkins arrives on Wednesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm! We need lots of volunteers for the unloading, with the promise of Chef Andre’s delicious hot dogs and chili at the finish. More volunteers are needed beginning Thursday, September 30 and continuing through Halloween to cashier, greet visitors and measure pumpkins. Sign up is very easy and user friendly: just go to the St. Augustine’s website at staugustinesmet.com to select your shifts. Working in the patch is fun and rewarding. If at all possible (and we are aware that in some circumstances there are many challenges on the home front), we are asking each parishioner to sign up for at least one shift during the season. The second truck will arrive on Wednesday, October 13, so once again come participate in the unloading and enjoy those hot dogs. And bread makers, we will be asking you for your talents to provide pumpkin loaves for the cause.
As we all know, this has been a challenging year for our Church, but the resilience of our St. Augustine’s family continues to see us through. The Pumpkin Patch is critical to generating funds necessary for the church’s financial needs. In addition, it is so important to our community, many of whom have been coming to “The Patch” for years. Your help is essential in making these things happen. We look forward to seeing you in the field of orange soon!
Stewardship Campaign to Begin
In the next week or so, you should be receiving information in the mail regarding our Stewardship Campaign. Especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, it is important that we each take time to consider all that we are grateful for in our lives. God has bestowed on each of such an abundance of gifts, that gratitude to God is surely our only response, as Holy Scripture prescribes.
You shall speak to the Levites, saying: When you receive from the Israelites the tithe that I have given you from them for your portion, you shall set apart an offering from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.
Blessing of the Animals
We will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with the Blessing of the Animals on
Saturday, October 2 at 10:00 am in St. Augustine’s Courtyard. Of course, all animals should be leashed, and please bring appropriate clean up supplies. Bring your fuzzy and winged friends to receive a blessing and a yummy treat.
Shoeboxes for Tela
It's time to start collecting items for our partners in mission, Church of the Holy Spirit in Tela, Honduras. We have been sending Christmas shoeboxes filled with goodies for them to distribute for 10 years. Please sign up online at staugustinesmet.com/shoeboxes or call Susan Scotton 504-258-6648 to shop. Please bring items to the Welcome and Resource Center by November 1st.
Rector Search Committee Update
The rector search committee reports that we are moving forward with the candidate interview process. The committee will begin setting up initial interviews over the next few weeks. And, note as well that we will continue to accept any additional applications during this time.
As enthusiastic as everyone is about these developments, please recall that there is an extensive confidential phase during the search. The purpose of that is to allow discernment to take place without the weight of external forces that might be brought to bear otherwise. This has been the usual practice, but imagine for a moment--now that we are in this age of social media--all the pressures that priests, congregations, and search committees alike would face whenever contemplating a move. So, the committee asks for your continued prayers and patient understanding that at this point, the committee will engage the candidates in discussions and interviews with these priests without divulging their identities.
Please do not forget, however, that this phase of confidentiality does not last forever, and that the search committee does not have the final word. Instead, after the diocese goes through its screening process, the search committee submits a recommendation to the vestry, for the vestry's consideration.
If that sounds like a lot of steps, it is! This is intended to be deliberate, rather than a rushed process. As St. Paul urged, the faithful should "imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised."