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A Closing Message from Our President

“In Christ’s name we gather, whose life makes us holy, whose love is the tether that binds us in one. By Christ’s own invitation we come for the bread of heaven, the wine poured for our salvation we gather to share. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, in love and in serving we offer our lives.In Christ’s name we gather, whose life makes us holy, whose love is the tether that binds us as one.” ~ Author unknown

We often sing this “Song of Praise” at our church and as we sang it on Easter Sunday (wearing masks and social distancing) it hit me that this pretty much sums up our lives over the last year. Then upon further reflection I decided that this verse also sums up my term as President of NAGA. When I was installed almost three years at our Triennial meeting in Austin, I chose “the Sending” as my theme…send us out to do the work you have given us to do.

My first message after that meeting I challenged you to “come to our ministry with joy…because in the Eucharist we find our anchor, we find our home” — the work we have been given to do. I know it has been difficult to find the joy this last 14 months, but it has been our love for our shared altar guild ministry that has been the “tether that has bound us as one.” [Read more …]

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Highlights from Epistle

Triennial Program

We are delighted to present our 2021 NAGA program for July 7, and hope you will be pleased with what has been planned for you…

Wild Water

If I asked you to describe the sacrament of baptism, what adjectives would you choose? Beautiful? Solemn? Ancient? Holy? Would you to use the word “wild?” As in: baptism is one of the wildest things Christians do?…

Vote for Your Nominees

The NAGA nominating committee met on several occasions to assemble a slate of officers for your consideration for the next term of office. After prayerful consideration (and a little arm twisting), the following have agreed to serve, if elected. Read more about your nominees…


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 Dianne WaltersClick here to read more.

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

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 Donna Anderson.

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 Donna Anderson or Dianne Walters.