Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Message from the Diocese of Louisiana

Here's the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana's Office of Disaster's December newsletter. It contains a message from the Bishop of Louisiana and some helpful links; you can join the list for yourself here.

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you this Advent season from the Diocese of Louisiana's Office of Disaster Response. As you know, for the past three and a half years, we have been called into uncharted territory after Hurricane Katrina turned our lives upside down.

Episcopal Relief & Development gave us grants to set up ODR after Katrina, and since then, the Episcopal Church has become a leader and a trusted voice in the recovery.

But our ministry will cease if we are unable to raise sufficient funds to support this holy work. We must raise $500,000 by the end of the year, and we are almost halfway there. We ask that you consider helping us to continue our vital ministries in south Louisiana.

You may have heard that last week I announced my intention to retire as the Bishop of Louisiana effective December 31, 2009. But, I want to assure you of my continued commitment to our beloved diocese and to ODR's work beyond that date. There is much work to be done.

I discern God's call to continuing concern for and involvement with the social apostolate of the Church across Louisiana. In such ministries I find energy, excitement and satisfaction. I pray that God will enable me to continue to give myself to the work of a newly constituted Episcopal Community Services in Louisiana.

Please join me in working to support the work that we have done so far. So much remains to be done, and we cannot get there alone.

May God's richest blessings be upon you this holy season.

+Charles E. Jenkins

*Hurricane Season 2008 Update
*In the News
*A Thank You to Our Volunteers
*Bundles of Hope
*Ministry by the Numbers

Thank you so much for your support this Advent season. Have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! To learn how you can help, please visit www.odr.edola.org.

Sincerely,
Carrie Crockett
Office of Disaster Response
Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

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