Summer Leisure Learning Continues

Immaculate Conception Church, 865 Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs, is hosting a Summer Leisure Learning Series each Thursday at 7 PM through August 9 in the church’s small hall. Topics include discussions of papal authority, the Eucharist, and Mary. For more information, please call 225-665-5359.

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Planned Giving

Estate Planning for Singles

When it comes to estate planning, being single doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You still need to plan for the future, even if the present doesn’t include a spouse or partner. Here’s why: If you were to die without a will, the state in which you live would decide the fate of your assets. The people and causes you care about might not be provided for.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website:

Time for a Debrief with Jesus

finance july2018An article in the October 13, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review listed four questions to ask when coordinating a project debrief. Doug Sundheim, president of consulting firm The Sundheim Group, in his piece entitled “Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems,” suggested leaders ask the following four questions when a project begins to wrap: “What were we trying to accomplish? Where did we hit (or miss) our objectives? What caused our results? What should we start, stop, or continue doing?” Project managers readily admit they don’t always schedule a substantive debrief, but—like the replacement of supplies following a trip—a debrief is simple and wise planning. Apparently, Jesus thought so.

“The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:30-34).

What were the disciples trying to accomplish? “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two. They went off and preached repentance” (6:7a, 12). Where did they hit, or miss, their objectives? “They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them” (6:13). What caused their results? “Jesus gave them authority” (6:7b). What should we start, stop, or continue doing? We follow Jesus, and model the heart of a servant. “His heart was moved with pity for the vast crowds, and he began to teach them many things” (6:34b). We follow Jesus. That suggests a decent question to ask with every project: To what degree do our most recent efforts demonstrate we are following the Lord’s example?

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