Monday, December 24, 2007

Mr. Bean Goes to Church

European humor at its best! This should be a warning to us preachers… don’t bore your people, and watch out for Mr. Bean. (Thanks to O.L. Harper for this!)

Christmas Liturgies

Join us at St. Andrew’s and Church of the Redeemer as we celebrate Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Please refer to the list of times below – we are sure you will find these worship services a way to deepen your Christmas celebration.

Christmas Eve Holy Communion at 5:00 p.m. with reception following at Church of the Redeemer, Oak Ridge.

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at St. Andrew's in Mer Rouge - Hymns begin at 10:45 p.m. and Holy Communion begins at 11:00 p.m.

Christmas Day - Holy Communion at 11:00 a.m. St. Andrew’s in Mer Rouge.

At all the Christmas Eve and Christmas day liturgies the loose offering (along with checks so designated) will go to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana has distributed millions pounds of food throughout the twelve parishes in Northeast Louisiana. Please give generously!

Have a very merry Christmas!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

From the Rector:

“Alleluia! Christ is risen.”
“The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!”

Our Easter proclamation is the thing that allows us to have hope. We live in a world were filled with death and unhappiness. Yet on Easter, we proclaim our trust in a God who is able to bring life out of death. Nothing, not even death, is the last word, if God is our hope. The same God who raised Jesus from death is our God and no failure, hopeless situation, or obstacle to happiness and life is an obstacle to God. Jesus, God’s beloved son, assures we are put right with this God. Christ is risen!

Let us be filled with hope and possibility!


Ordination at St. Andrew's

Dawnell Smith Stodghill will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop MacPherson on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. This will be a wonderful celebration with many guests. Please join us!

Sunday School Meeting

Parents and other Adults wanting to help take a rotation as a Sunday School teacher are asked to meet with Fr. Whit following the liturgy on April 22, 2007. Please join us!

Holy Week at St. Andrew's

Holy Monday:
Evening Prayer – 6:30 p.m.
Begin Holy Week by joining us as we read Evening Prayer, part of the Church’s daily office.

Holy Tuesday:
Fr. Whit will be away for the Mass of Collegiality at Church of the Redeemer in Ruston, Louisiana.

Holy Wednesday:
Holy Eucharist – 6:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday:
Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing – 6:30 p.m. - The Maundy Thursday Liturgy is a beautiful service that includes foot washing. We learn about servant-hood.

Good Friday:
Good Friday Liturgy – Noon
The Good Friday Liturgy remembers the death of our Lord.
Stations of the Cross – 6:30 p.m.
This is a moving service of prayer, reflection and contemplation.

Holy Saturday:
Community Egg Hunt – 10:00 a.m. Join us in Oak Ridge behind the Masonic Lodge for the hunt!
The Great Vigil of Easter - 4:00 p.m. - This is the Church’s ancient Easter celebration and traditionally includes baptism. This year we will baptize Amos Duke Shackelford. Come and experience this wonderful liturgy.

Easter Day:
Easter Day Holy Eucharist – 9:30 a.m. - A wonderful celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. Come celebrate with us and sing!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Episcopal Life Online

From the Episcopal News Service on March 22, 2007 By Neva Rae Fox

Episcopal Life Online has been launched to widen church coverage. Faster access to current churchwide headlines is now offered via the new website, Episcopal Life Online. The site offers reporting from Episcopal Life, the award-winning monthly printed newspaper, along with the latest coverage from Episcopal News Service [ENS].

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Episcopal Church's New Blog

Offering an online overview of news and views "left, right and center," the Episcopal Church's Office of Communication has launched anew web log, or blog -- available at

Called "epiScope: looking over the Episcopal Church," the blog seeks "to add perspective and context to some stories, and to correct the record in other instances," said the Episcopal Church's communication director,Canon Robert Williams.

"epiScope is an essential component of the Episcopal Church's overall communication strategy at the present time when reporters increasingly consult the 'blogosphere' for story leads and interpretation," Williams added. He said the blog is part of the new "Episcopal Church Online" initiativethat is working "to support Episcopalians' increasing participation in building community through the latest net-based strategies."

The Rev. Jan Nunley, the Episcopal Church's deputy for communication, is moderator of the epiScope blog, and "has worked with great skill and insight in designing and launching this new service," Williams said.

Full story:

Thanks to the Episcopal News Service

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Bishop Mac Pherson to Go to Tanzania

Bishop MacPherson has been asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to come to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. At that time, he and two other Bishops from the Episcopal Church have been asked to make presentations to the meeting of the Primates. One is Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburg, the convener of the Anglican Communion Network. The other is the Presiding Bishop's ecumenical officer, Bishop Chris Epting.

This is a critical meeting in terms of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Among the work of the Primates will be the matter of the actions of our General Conventions of 2003 and 2006, and this including the GC 2006 response to the Windsor Report.

The Bishop has written to request that we begin to pray for this meeting. The Bishop asked that this prayer be not only offered in the worship services across the diocese in the days ahead, but throughout the meeting of the Primates (February 12-19). Finally, he asked that all priests encourage those under their pastoral care to hold this in their personal prayers each day.

The three Episcopal bishops are scheduled to make their presentations and speak with the Primates on February 14. Our Bishop asks your prayers especially for him as he speaks not only on behalf of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, but the relationship of the Episcopal Church within the wider Anglican Communion.

Prayer for Primates' meeting:

"O God, in wisdom and compassion you discern our innermost thoughts and holiest desires. You call us to faithfully proclaim the Gospel out of this intimate knowledge, and are not swayed by first impressions. We confess that we do not often view others as you view us. We do not see depth, sincerity, and potential, but form snap judgments and refuse to change them. In this hour enable us to open our hearts to you as we lift the meeting of the Primates' to you in prayer. Be with them as they seek counsel for the renewal and mission of your Church; inspire their prayer and enable them to know that time spent in prayer is not duty, but daily bread, and that the fruits of that time of quiet be filled with grace, blessing, and reconciliation. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, as you lead them in their time together, lead us, and in all things keep us mindful of the gift that is ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen." [drawn from BCP 1979 and All the Seasons of Mercy 1987]

Monday, January 01, 2007

Adult Education Class

St. Andrew’s new adult education class will begin on January 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We will be reading and studying The Acts of the Apostles. Our texts for the course are The New Collegeville Commentary; The Acts of the Apostles by Dennis Hamm and The New Daily Study Bible; The Acts of the Apostles by William Barclay. The books are available at Students will also need to bring a good study Bible (like the Oxford Annotated Bible) to class along with materials for note taking. The course will consist of weekly readings and an in class discussion of the material. Snacks will be provided by members of the group on a rotational basis. Join us!

Christmas Projects

St. Andrew’s and Church of the Redeemer had two exciting Christmas Projects this year. First, the children, with the help of adults, put together 100 gift bags for the residents of Oak Woods Home for the Elderly here in Mer Rouge. The bags contained tissue, chapstick, lotion and a holiday snack. The residents loved it when the children delivered the bags with a hug!

Second, all the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day offerings were sent to the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank. Thanks to everyone!

Happening #45

Happening is a program designed for high school youth. The weekend retreat seeks to bring young persons to a fuller knowledge of what it means to be a Christian and to a deeper level of commitment to doing God’s work. Father Whit will serve as a spiritual director for Happening which will be held a Camp Hardtner on the weekend of January 26th, 27th and 28th. Please keep the candidates and staff in your prayers. St. Andrew’s will have Morning Prayer on January 28th while Fr. Whit is at Camp Hardtner for Happening! Click here for an application.

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class will be held January 7th, 14th, 21st, and February 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Dinner and a good time will be provided.

Annual Meeting

St. Andrew’s will hold its Annual Meeting and Parish Potluck Lunch on January 21st following the liturgy. We will elect a new vestry member and delegates to convention. Please join us.

New Look for At the Crossroads - Online

We have a new look for At the Crossroads - Online for 2007. Please let us know what you think.