From the Rector – May 17, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Edwards transitioned Louisiana into Phase One, lifting the Stay at Home order which allows churches to resume gathered worship with strict social distancing, enhanced sanitation and required facial masks. People who are at higher risk of COVID-19 should still stay at home except for essential activity, like obtaining food, medicine or medical care.
This week, the vestry reviewed the state and diocesan requirements for churches and wisely decided to wait to resume gathered services in order to prepare our volunteers and staff, as well as educate the larger parish of the necessary changes to reduce (not remove) risk of spread of the coronavirus. Ascension will resume Sunday worship May 31, at 8:30 am and 10:30 am until further notice. Please review further changes here.
Before we can begin Sunday worship together, we need your help. We need small teams that will prepare the church nave between services. A week-to-week rotation of teams will share the responsibility of caring for God’s people and stewardship of our church nave. If you are willing to participate, please contact our church sexton, Elmer Slagle, [email protected] or further details.
In addition to preparing for gathered worship, the vestry is exploring live online streaming of Sunday worship for parishioners who remain at home. If you have experience or resources (technological or financial) to share in this effort, please contact the vestry’s Junior Warden, Anthony Adams at [email protected]
We appreciate the seriousness of this moment and want to make our best efforts for the health of our church. This Monday, the parish staff will review safety practices before reopening the office Tuesday. This will begin our schedule of summer office hours, Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 2 pm, as we try to minimize spread of COVID-19.
This Sunday’s liturgy of Morning Prayer and meditation by the Rev’d Palmer Kennedy turns our attention to Pentecost and God’s empowering presence among his people for the sake of Christ’s Church in the world. We look forward to celebrating Pentecost together very soon.
Thank you for your patience, perseverance and faithfulness during this unprecedented time in our parish. Continue to keep us in your prayers as you remain in ours And, as always, please contact us for any pastoral matter.
With the hope of the Risen Christ,