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for Sunday, September 6, 2020
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am - Morning Worship (in English) on Zoom
Join us for Morning Worship on Zoom
also live streamed
to the St. Bede's YouTube page.
(If the live stream does not work,
we will post the recording to our YouTube page later.)
1 pm - Worship (in Spanish) on Facebook
Join us for Sunday Worship in Spanish by following the links below.
Querida Comunidad de San Beda, Unase a nosotros a orar.
Nuestro servicio en español es los domingos
a la 1 p.m. a través de Facebook live.
Aqui esta el enlace. Los esperamos.
Bendiciones, Padre Fabio Sotelo.
7 pm - Evening Prayer (in Spanish) on Zoom
Lecciones y Oraciones
8 pm - Compline (in English) on Zoom
End your Sunday by joining others from St.Bede's
in the quiet evening prayer form known as Compline.
We usually take a few moments at the end to catch up as well.
Information about how to join
all of our Sunday offerings on Zoom
will be sent out in a separate email
by Saturday afternoon.
There is always a call-in (from a regular telephone) option for
all worship, fellowship, and meeting opportunities
that are offered on Zoom.
Coming Soon: Fall All- Ages Formation!
Mark your calendars and join us
Sunday, September 13, at 11:30am
(just after morning worship) on Zoom for our kickoff event!
One hour, kid-centered, all-ages invited and expected!
What to look forward to this fall:
Monthly "Formation at home" kit, with bonus gifts and everything you need for simple weekly crafts and other special activities (pick up your first kit at the front door of the church from Thursday-Sunday, September 10-13).
Monthly all-ages, bilingual get-together on Zoom, with songs, crafts, and running-around-your-house activities.
Weekly suggestions for making spiritual connections at home including prayer, scripture, Godly-play "mini", wondering, craft, mindful recreation, and Love in Action activity.
The Zoom link for the September 13th Formation
will be in the Saturday, September 12th e-mail and on the web site.
Introducing our new Seminarian, Carmie McDonald
This week we welcome our new seminarian, Carmie McDonald. Carmie has just began her first year of studies at Candler School of Theology. She is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Atlanta and a member of All Saints', Atlanta. Prior to beginning her seminary studies, Carmie has had a career in historic preservation and the non-profit sector. We look forward to welcoming her into our "midst" even as we continue to "gather" in new ways. You can reach Carmie to welcome her by contacting her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please enjoy this message from Carmie as she introduces herself to St. Bede's:
Fall has always been my favorite season. Growing up in Atlanta, I looked forward to cooler temperatures, the beginning of a new school year, the excitement of gathering with family and friends to celebrate during the holidays and, of course, SEC football. In the life of the church, fall marks the season when we remember and celebrate those we have loved and lost, when we gather together to give thanks for our many blessings and when we anticipate the coming of Christ in our lives in new and unexpected places.
This fall marks the beginning of a new season for my family. Two years ago, my husband, Mark, and I began exploring the possibility of my call to ministry. We have been active members at All Saints' Episcopal Church since moving to Midtown 12 years ago, and our clergy and church family supported us through the formal discernment process. I was made a postulant for the priesthood in the Diocese of Atlanta earlier this year and just this week began classes at Emory's Candler School of Theology. Returning to school means leaving behind a career in historic preservation - a vocation I share with my husband - but it also means looking forward to the new work God is doing in our lives.
While this fall may look different from years past, I am no less excited about the promise it holds. There will still be cooler weather to refresh us, new opportunities to learn, the love of family and friends, and perhaps even a little football. As a community of faith, we will still have opportunities to gather (online), to remember, to give thanks, and to anticipate Christ's coming. I look forward to beginning this new season with you and to discovering what God has in store for each of us as we journey this way together.
Education for Ministry
September 21, 2020 - May 24, 2021
Mondays, 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.**
The Julian of Norwich Center
What is EfM?
*A program of theological education by extension designed by The School of Theology, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
*Weekly prayer and worship led by group participants
*Weekly sharing of one's story and life events
*Weekly reading from and brief group discussion of the Hebrew Scriptures (Year 1), or the New Testament (Year 2), or Church History (Year 3) or Theology (Year 4)
*Weekly theological reflection, making connections between our lives, theology and scripture
*Receiving the support and affirmation of a small, committed community to be who we are, to grow in our understanding of and comfort in offering the gifts that we have
*A safe place to ask and to explore any and all questions about God, the church, prayer and the life of faith
*A community that nurtures spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth
Who may participate in EfM?
**When does the EfM group meet?
** Every Monday evening from 7:15-8:45 on Zoom - except for one Monday per month when, instead, we hope to gather on a weekend afternoon, in person, outside, carefully physically distanced, on a date selected by the group members - with time off for holidays.
** These modifications to the usual in person group meetings have been made to enable the group to still gather creatively and carefully during this unusual time of living during the pandemic.
How much is the tuition for EfM?
*Tuition is $375.00 for one year. If seven participants are registered for the group, an eighth person may enroll with a reduced tuition of $160.00.
*The tuition fee covers the cost of the reading materials for the year, the administrative costs of The University of the South to facilitate the program, and provides a small honorarium for the mentors
*Tuition may be paid by a Visa, Mastercard or Discover credit card when one registers for EfM with University of the South, online by way of computer, tablet or smart phone.
Who are the mentors?
*The Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler, Director of The Julian of Norwich Center. Lynnsay has been an EfM mentor for 32 years.
*Dr. Jo Marie Lyons, a pathologist (trained also as a neurologist) who is a member of The Cathedral of St. Philip and serves on the Advisory Board of The Julian of Norwich Center. She is a graduate of the EfM program and has co-mentored with Lynnsay for 29 years.
How do I register?**
*Call Lynnsay at 770-938-9797 x27 or at 404-216-9978 or email email@example.com to talk about joining the group at St. Bede's and to learn how to register online for the group.
**For the first time, this year, registration is available only online, through a live link provided to the Administrative Mentor (Lynnsay).
The Julian of Norwich Center
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2601 Henderson Mill Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
Weekly Resources for Healing Racism
July 2020 issue of Vestry Papers
"While there is clearly so much that occupies our minds and hearts, we cannot press pause on our pursuit for racial justice."
The July 2020 issue of The Vestry Papers, a publication of the Episcopal Church Foundation, collects Articles in English and Spanish examining the Church's response to racism from many perspectives--historical, theological, narrative.
Consider choosing just one article to engage with this week.
Alyssa Sali (she/her)
Director of Children's and Family Ministries
St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta
- resources are being compiled by Alyssa Sali
Neither the Episcopal church nor the parish of St. Bede's is new to the complicated and often halting journey of seeing, naming and rooting out the racism that has been part of our movement since its beginning. Our country is having what seems to be a moment of clarity about the legacy and perseverance of racism. What about us? Is this an inflection point, a point where we will individually and collectively choose (or choose again) to see, name, and root out racism in a renewed and sustained way?
Like many of you, I, Alyssa, am working through the many resources I am finding online--book lists, calls to action, opportunities to demonstrate or sign petitions or give money.
At this time, I am especially grateful for what the Episcopal tradition offers us. Encouraged by a conversation with one of the parents of small children here at St. Bede's, I have begun gathering Episcopal resources to call us, inform us, challenge us, form us, and keep us on the long journey of ending and healing racism.
Each week St. Bede's will offer a short resource for us to consider on our own journeys to healing racism in our personal lives, in our congregation and faith tradition, in our community and country, and in our world. Each resource will be gathered together at stbedes.org
at Ministries:Growing:Healing Racism
Healing Our Racism Book Discussion Group
New Meeting Time - 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm
Please join Muriel Diguette and other members/friends of St. Bede's to discuss current books pertaining to the issues of racism and white privilege.
We will meet the 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm.
For our September meeting on September 21st we will be reading White Rage, The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson.
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
From the end of the Civil War to our combustible present, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.
If you wish to join the conversation, please email Muriel at firstname.lastname@example.org
and she will send you the Zoom link.
If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
October 26: White Picket Fences, Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege by Amy Julis Becker
November 23: White Fragility, Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
December 28: Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time by Catherine Meeks & Nibs Strope
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 September meeting will meet on Monday, September 28th at 7:15 pm, and the group will discuss The Smell of the Night by Andrea Camilleri.
Half the retirees in Vigáta have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. As Montalbano investigates this labyrinthine financial scam, he finds himself at a serious disadvantage: a hostile superior has shut him out of the case, he's on the outs with his lover Livia, and his cherished Sicily is turning so ruthless and vulgar that Montalbano wonders if any part of it is worth saving. Drenched with atmosphere, crackling with wit, The Smell of the Night is Camilleri at his most addictive.
For more information, please contact Connie at email@example.com
Haila Smith and her husband Steve, friends of Larry Bing
Mary Sommers, sister of Barbara Helms
The Akinbiyi Family
The Cannon Family
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Ed Bennett, brother-in-law of Laura Martin
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Patrick Newberry, stepson of Gretchen Berggren
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Brooke & Taylor Harty, granddaughters of Nancy Waring
Max Carpenter, grandson of Sarra David
Judy Penney, sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
We pray for those who have died:
Diane Fowlkes, friend of Rob Townes and Lynnsay Beuhler
Derek Poland, father of Nigel Poland
Carolyn Hadden Branan, mother of John Branan
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
9/06: Whit Davis
9/06: Lisa Main
9/07: Lou Sadler
9/07: Alejandro Olea-Najera
9/08: Lewis Anderson
9/08: Stephen Platto
9/08: Jesus Santana
9/09: Ruth Avila
9/09: Fernanda Valdez
9/09: Maximus Bonilla
9/12: Connie Aylor
Update on Women's and Non-binary Folks' Retreat
After cancelling our Sept. 2020 retreat, we were offered the opportunity to move the retreat to Sept. 24-26, 2021 and we accepted that offer, which allows us not to lose our deposit. Hopefully it will be safe for us to gather by then and we can have a joyous celebration! We are hopeful that Laura Bryant will still be our keynote speaker and we've been in touch with her, but of course, none of us know what things will be like over a year for now. Let us know if you have questions. Connie Coralli & Molly Graves, Retreat Committee Co-chairs.
Community Emergency Assistance Fund
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.
UPDATE of August 27: We have distributed over $2,800 in assistance though food and utility support for individuals and families so far during the current public health crisis. The current balance of the fund stands at around $2,100 and new needs continue to present themselves. A dedicated group of members work with Fabio to help identify need and deliver food. Thank you to all who have contributed!
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.
Hurricane Laura slammed into the Gulf Coast last week, which was the same week that marked the 15-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Episcopal Relief & Development is in constant communication with the impacted dioceses working to reach vulnerable populations devastated by the storm. Donate today to support these efforts.
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.
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