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Ordinary Time Is Not Ordinary this Year

Looking back over the last many weeks, while we have been doing things so differently, most of our days are simply spent being ordinary. Yet, it has been in the midst of all the ordinary that we have faced extraordinary challenges…taking us beyond our edges and giving us the opportunity for growth in ways we never imagined. If Ordinary Time offers anything this year, perhaps it is to stay present in the daily elements of life and engage with intention — look for the Sacred as well as the joy hidden within our days of Ordinary Time.

A few important housekeeping notes:

Speaking for your NAGA board members, we are disappointed to have to suspend our 2021 Triennial Meeting in Baltimore. Click here to read more.

We have begun developing nominating committee recommendations for our 2021–2023 term. If you wish to serve as an officer or to nominate someone, please email Katrina Packard. Click here to read more.

If you have not yet done so, please renew your membership.

COVID Resources

Below are articles and resources about worship and communion during this difficult time. If you have any ideas to share, we would love to hear your suggestions and solutions. Please email Dianne Walters.

Episcopal Church Resource Page

Reopening Brings New Challenges for Altar Guilds

Guidelines for Reopening from the Diocese of Florida

DIY Mask Sewing Directions

Preparing Wafers for the Pandemic

Prayers for Acts of Spiritual Communion


Mother Church in Oregon

The oldest church in continuous operation in any diocese is considered the “Mother Church.” In the Diocese of Oregon, Trinity Cathedral in Portland resoundingly meets that qualification…

Dog Days of COVID

During the anxious moments that have made up the last few months, I have looked to my dogs for spiritual guidance…

Eucharist for the Sick

I once overheard an altar guild training. The leader was reminding our new members that the same care must be taken with the linens used for the home communion taken to sick and shut-in members of the parish…


Connect with NAGA

Seeking NAGA Representative for Province VII (Southwest) and Province IX (Central & South America). For more information, contact Dianne Walters.

Disaster Communion Kits. Should fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake or epidemic leave your parish unable to host Eucharist, NAGA will provide a free Disaster Communion Kit. If you need a kit, please contact Joan Konecny (or 936-870-5781). Click here for a video on how to assemble them.

Become a member. NAGA depends on dues to produce the Epistle and provide speakers and workshops at our triennial meetings. If you aren’t already a member, learn more about NAGA and join us today.

Order your Epistle in living color. Send your e-mail address to Donna Anderson.

Invite NAGA to your next gathering. Please contact our President, Dianne Walters, if you would like her join you for a diocesan gathering or other event.

Share your insights with others. We are happy to share your altar guild newsletter on our website. Please send a PDF of the current issue to our webmaster Betty Hinchman.

Post information on your upcoming altar guild meeting. Please send details to our webmaster Betty Hinchman.

Who’s Who? Who are your current Provincial and Diocesan Altar Guild Directors? Please send current contact information to Donna Anderson or Dianne Walters.