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for Sunday, August 30, 2020
The Thirteenth 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.)
Long-time friend and former Rector of St. Bedes,
The Rev. John Porter,
will be our preacher this morning.
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.
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
Donating Blood During the Pandemic
by Deacon Nora
Since our church is unable to host a blood drive due to the pandemic, below is a link to the Red Cross to find places where you can donate. Once you are their website click on "give blood" and follow the directions. It's really easy. I have used it several times. Hope this will help and thanks for donating. If you have any questions call me at 770-265-5744.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Derek Poland, father of Nigel Poland
Carolyn Hadden Branan, mother of John Branan
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
9/02: Arlene Fierros-Diaz
9/03: Laura Martin
9/04: Jenny Patino
9/05: Claude Oakley
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.
August 20, 2020
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas as it provides emergency assistance in response to Hurricane Hanna in the Rio Grande Valley. The diocese is supplying food, household supplies and access to medical support for undocumented families and other vulnerable communities.
Hurricane Hanna made landfall in South Texas as a Category 1 storm on Saturday, July 25. Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties, including 26 within the Diocese of West Texas. The Diocese of West Texas' Commission for Disaster Preparedness and Response initiated its disaster assessment process on Sunday, July 26 to determine the damage caused by the storm and the needs of impacted communities.
While Hurricane Hanna caused physical damage across many of the counties, the storm's most significant impact was in the Rio Grande Valley, an area already reeling from the devastating effects of COVID-19 and a worsening immigration crisis. Almost 18" of rain fell in some areas, and low-lying areas flooded. High winds damaged many homes and buildings. Destruction was most severe in colonias, a population made up of primarily of undocumented and marginalized families.
Episcopal Relief & Development's US Disaster Program staff have been in contact with diocesan leaders over the past several weeks, providing support as diocesan leaders assessed the situation and determined how to best address needs not met by other organizations and groups. To support undocumented and other vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19, the diocese is providing COVID-19 medical care and testing, internet access for students returning to school online and other emergency supplies. The diocese's Commission for Disaster Preparedness and Response is also providing cleaning and other household supplies and food assistance for families in the community and for migrants in a tent community across the Mexican border.
"The Diocese of West Texas has significant relationships in the Rio Grande Valley and extensive experience in responding to disasters like Hurricane Harvey," said Lura Steele, Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. "This preparation allowed them to take swift action to provide aid in communities that were already dealing with the effects of COVID-19 when Hurricane Hanna struck."
Please pray for the communities and individuals impacted by the hurricane and by COVID-19. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development continue to respond to storms such as Hurricane Hanna. To learn more about the organization's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, click here.
For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus' words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.
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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