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Release and Receive


In January this year a 30-day decluttering plan made its rounds on social media. It was a plan to tackle one project each day. Dresser drawers, kitchen cupboards, junk drawers, closets, even under the kitchen sink. Sometimes, it may be hard to find a place for something new. But something new may be exactly what we need. To receive something new, we may need to release the old. If my hands are full, I cannot receive anything else. If our hearts and souls are full of unforgiveness, fear, anger, or if we are focused on past hurts, or missed opportunities, we have no space for the gifts God has for us.

Our time in the wilderness can be a time when we “clean out.” My plan for Lent, instead of giving up chocolate, or taking on some extra reading, is to release the things that are holding me back from receiving the fullness, grace, and love that Christ has for me.

~ Marica Himes

Highlights from Epistle

Doing Nothing for God

Toward the end of The House at Pooh Corner Christopher Robin tells Pooh that what he likes doing best is “nothing,” and goes on to explain that it is what you do when a grown-up asks you what you are going to do and you say “nothing,” and then you go and do it…

Emergency Communion Kits

On December 10, 2021, I received several emails from my NAGA board colleagues inquiring about my safety…Within minutes I remembered my Sacristy Shop hat and our Emergency Communion Kits…

Beyond the Function

Having grown up in the Episcopal Church, I have a very early awareness of the significant role altar guilds have in the life of many congregations. I grew up in the parish and often witnessed my grandmother and aunt engaged in the devoted work of preparing the sanctuary for worship and of “washing the dishes” afterwards…


Connect with NAGA

COVID Resources: We have compiled a selection of 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 Marcia HimesClick here to read more.

Seeking NAGA Representative for Province IX (Central & South America). For more information, contact Marcia Himes.

Contribute to a History of NAGA: In 2006 Barbara Gent researched and wrote a book spanning 73 years of NAGA’s history. Now, a second volume of NAGA history and the future of altar guild is in its infancy. We welcome any suggestions for inclusion in this work. Click here to read more.

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.

Order your Epistle in living color. Members can receive their Epistle by email. Just send your e-mail address to The Rev. Larry Byrne.

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.

Who’s Who? Who are your current Provincial and Diocesan Altar Guild Directors? Please send current contact information to The Rev. Larry Byrne or Marcia Himes.