In addition to all of the wonderful ways that the Community Engagement Team is leading us in supporting community ministry partners (locally, churchwide, and globally) during this critical time, the Vestry has established a Community Emergency Assistance Fund to help people within the greater St. Bede's community with food assistance during the current public health crisis. This fund will be administered confidentially by the clergy in a similar way as their normal discretionary funds, but will be used exclusively to help with food assistance during this crisis.
If you would like to contribute to this fund you may do so through
Realm Giving and selecting "Community Emergency Assistance Fund" from the "Fund" drop-down menu. You may also mail a gift to St. Bede's designated for "Community Emergency Assistance Fund".
If you have questions about this offering to the greater St. Bede's community or if you are in need of food assistance or know someone who is, please contact either the Rev'd Caroline Magee or the Rev'd Fabio Sotelo.
Mostly Mysteries Book Group on Zoom
The Mostly Mysteries Book Group is continuing to meet on Zoom. If you would like to take part, please contact Connie Coralli and she will send you the link.
The June meeting will meet on Monday, June 22 at 7:00 pm, and the group will discuss The Lost Man by Jane Harper.
For more information, please contact Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessed To Be A Blessing Pledge Campaign
Thank you to all who have so generously responded by returning your Blessed To Be A Blessing pledge card. If you haven't yet returned your completed pledge card, additional pledge cards are available in the Connect Center.
Around the Diocese
A proud Nicholas House graduate and his daughter
NICHOLAS HOUSE STABILIZES FAMILIES THROUGH COVID-19
Thanks to the tireless support of community members and congregations like St. Bede's, Nicholas House is working diligently to stabilize vulnerable Metro Atlanta families impacted by COVID-19, as well as to provide increased support to the homeless families it serves. Low-income families around Metro Atlanta have been hit especially hard by the ongoing health crisis. Not only do they have fewer financial resources to withstand layoffs, furloughs or reductions in hours, they also are likelier to contract COVID-19-and likelier to lack childcare alternatives as schools and daycares have closed their doors.
Through this challenging time, Nicholas House has launched a COVID-19 homelessness prevention response distributing about $20,000 each week in rent assistance to prevent eviction, utilities assistance to prevent shutoff and meal and nutrition assistance for Metro Atlanta families affected by the crisis. So far, more than 40 families have received assistance so that they can stay safely in their homes.
Nicholas House is committed to continuing to serve families with increased protection and support through this period of crisis and beyond. To learn more about Nicholas House's COVID-19 response efforts and ways you can help, visit www.nicholashouse.org
A Message from Emmaus House
June 2, 2020
Our hearts are heavy this week as we consider the state of our nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a glaring light on the health and economic disparities that affect people of color. Now, amid this crisis, we find ourselves confronting another crisis, one that has been around for far too long-the systemic racism that devalues African American lives. Tragically, people continue to die at the hands of those with power, both police officers and civilians. Our nation is on edge. We grieve the senseless loss of life that results when we do not value every human being equally.
At Emmaus House, we too struggle with a way forward. We condemn the killing of our African American brothers and sisters as well as the inequities that deny opportunity. Our values statement reads, "Emmaus House stands for justice and equity, rooted in faith and a deep respect for the dignity of every human being." We believe that this statement is aspirational. So, we feel challenged at this moment to consider our response to the pain around us. We do not have easy answers or a list of simple solutions. And we know that words are cheap and do not alone change anything.
So, we commit to the demanding work of reflection and listening. We continue to examine how we do our work to make sure that we live according to the values to which we aspire. We approach our work with humility, knowing we do not have all the answers.
As we reflect, our daily work continues. Yesterday, we launched a new literacy program for rising second and third-grade students at the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy. We know that summer reading loss is a significant challenge that sets many children even further behind at school. That loss will be even more severe this year, given the lack of class-time brought about by the pandemic.
We reflect, and we work. And we invite you to join us as we endeavor to create a world where all people experience justice and peace.
Greg Cole Executive Director
For People with Bishop Rob Wright
Welcome to For People, a conversation with Bishop Rob Wright, spiritual leader to the more than 50,000 people in the 117 worshipping communities of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. In this podcast, Bishop Wright meets listeners at the crossroads of faith and life to explore the challenges of an ever-changing world. Listen in to find out how he expands on his For Faith devotional, draws inspiration from the life of Jesus to answer 21st-century questions.