The Synod Council visited congregations in the greater new Orleans area. Unfortunately, there are not enough of us to visit every congregation, so we visited congregations who might be needing attention, or who had not been visited in some time.
Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville
Pastor Chon Pugh and youth representative Calea Wirtley traveled to the North Shore. Interim pastor Jerry Mansholt and his wife Anita are in the Holy Land leading a group. Hosanna is in the process of pulling up stakes. They have a contract on their building and are in conversation with Covenant Presbyterian.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Chalmette
Pastor Tracey Breashears Schultz preached at Gethsemane in Chalmette.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans
Because they hosted our Synod Council meeting, I had the privilege of preaching at Bethlehem. There was a joyful spirit in the room, and a number of visitors, including Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson who serves as Associate Director for Congregational Vitality at the Churchwide offices in Chicago. She and her family were on vacation and popped in unexpectedly. There was also a campus ministry group from Wisconsin who had come to see the affordable housing project.
Lutheran Church of the Galilean in Laplace
Pastor Rodwell Thom preached at Galilean, where they are still in the process of rebuilding after devastating flooding (again) from Hurricane Ida, which made landfall on August 29, 2021, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.