Saturday, January 31, 2009

Services for Lady's Aunt

A wake for Lady Carlson's aunt is scheduled 5 p.m. untill 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6. The funeral is 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. Both events are at Rock Island Baptist Church, 549 West 11th St., Port Arthur, TX, 77640.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Prayers and Condolences

Lady Carlson' s Great Aunt, Elnora Foreman, died of cancer Thursday, January 29, in Port Arthur, TX. This is the Aunt that helped to raise her. Gabriel Funeral Home, 2500 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640, (409) 983-6661, is in charge. Funeral arrangements are pending. We will let you know of the arrangements as soon as we know them. Feel free to give Lady a call on her cell (318) 880-7373 or send her a note

Collective Leaders Meeting

The February Collective Leaders Meeting is Monday, Feb. 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 2816 Deborah Drive, in the parish hall. (See the map below.)

The best way for most Interfaith folks to get there is to go to the intersection of Forsythe Ave. and Deborah Drive, then turn north on Deborah, toward River Oaks and the Monroe Athletic Club. Deborah Drive is long and windy as it parallels Bayou Desiard. Just keep going, and you will eventually see the church on the left.

We will meet in the parish hall, which is the 3rd of three buildings. Two parking areas are available, one on the left just before you get to the circle drive in front of the church and another on the left just past the circle drive.

The Collective Leaders Meeting is open to all members of Interfaith institutions and to invited guests who are interested in learning more about Interfaith.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The location of St.Alban's

Here's a link to google maps showing the location of St.Alban's at 2816 Deborah Drive

View Larger Map

Click here to see the map by itself

Saturday, January 10, 2009

NOVA Update

NOVA director Paul West thanks Interfaith for helping recruit the first class of NOVA trainees.

Twenty (20) participants will begin training Monday, January 12 with NOVA. Interfaith congregations helped with recruitment. Upon completion of training, participants will begin manufacturing jobs with starting pay of $14.50 hour. After one year, salaries increase to $30,000 a year with a career track and benefits.

Sixteen trainees and their sponsors attended an orientation session last Tuesday.

Paul West, Executive Director, encourages Interfaith to continue referring applicants to NOVA even though this class is full. Other services are available. For example, NOVA is buying books for a nursing student who will graduate this spring, and is working with Delta Community College and Louisiana Tech to find additional funds.

Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council committed $100,000 in 2008 and $50,000 for 2009 to NOVA. The Workforce Investment Board has committed $280,000. Interfaith leaders are asking Congressman Rodney Alexander to help with federal funds as well.

Interfaith meets this Monday night, January 12, 7-8:30 PM at St. Thomas' Episcopal, 3706 Bon Aire Drive. NOVA participants have been invited to attend.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Economic Conference

The following information was provided by Sr. Bernie Barrett of Interfaith's Delta Cluster:

Secretary Stephen Moret of Louisiana Economic Development (LED) cordially invites you to attend a special economic forum for the Northeast Region.

LED is committed to the future of your community. Learn how the department’s programs, services, incentives and staff members can help your community become more competitive locally, regionally and globally.

Please join us:
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
9:30 a.m. – Noon (Lunch included)
Bastrop Visitor Center
124 N. Washington St.
Bastrop, La. 71220

RSVP to Miriam Russell at 318.348.1986 or

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January Collective Leaders Meeting

Monday, January 12
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
3706 Bon Aire Drive

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

The Collective Leaders Meeting is *always* the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Please plan accordingly!

January 12, 2009
Collective Leaders
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
3706 Bon Aire Drive

February 9, 2009
Collective Leaders
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
2816 Deborah Drive

This will be our first meeting at St. Alban’s. To get there, go north on Highway 165, turn left onto the Forsythe extension, then turn right onto Deborah Drive at the first stoplight. Deborah Drive is a long, windy street. Keep going until you reach a stop sign. St. Alban’s is on your left just beyond the stop sign. There are two parking lots; the second one is closer to the parish hall doors, but it is small and might get full.

All members of Interfaith institutions and anyone who is interested in finding out about the work of Interfaith is welcome at the Collective Leaders Meeting.