October 2, 2020

Welcome to St. Bede's E-News! 

We hope that this weekly offering will keep you up-to-date on the latest information from the parish and from around the diocese

Our e-newsletters are now being archived on our website. 
You can go to www.stbedes.org and look under the Connect With Us tab at the top of the home page to find past newsletters.
St. Bede's Announcements

Online Worship  
for Sunday, October 4, 2020
The Eighteenth 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.

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 
and will be posted to the St. Bede's website 
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.

Our Parish Administrator will be away from work
on silent retreat October 5th - 8th.
Please note that we will be checking her St. Bede's email
for urgent matters while she is away.
All other matters will be responded to by her
upon her return on Monday, October 7th.

All-Ages Formation Zoom
Theme: Creation--Forming and Filling 
Sunday, October 4th
11:15 - Noon

The Zoom Link will be sent in the email you receive on Saturday 
with the worship links.

Join us at 11:15am - 12pm (just after Morning Prayer) this Sunday, Oct. 4th

Bring a snack! Bring your pets! Bring your parents! Bring your grandkids! 

We will pray, sing, work with clay (pick yours up outside St. Bede's front door), run around, laugh, and learn and share together.

We need your special light so that we can experience God together!

*There has been a change in our Zoom craft. Look for your container of air-dry clay outside St. Bede's front door starting Thursday, Oct 1st

All Ages Formation Resources
for this week

Creation: Day 4
Sun, Moon, Stars and marking time
Access your six, 3-10 minute activities for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3 here: Click Here *Tip: try printing out the pages and having them handy at the breakfast or dinner table!*

P.S. Are you running out of Creation Cash? Extra copies are available outside St. Bede's front door.

The St. Bede's Gathering Going Forward Group 
is the group commissioned by the Vestry 
to consider all of the ways we are remaining connected 
during these pandemic days 
and to begin making the necessary plans 
for when we will eventually begin to gather again in-person.

Look for a short survey in your inbox next week 
asking you a few questions about 
the ways we are currently connecting distantly 
and also about 
potential limited and socially-distanced 
in-person offerings as those are possible.

Thank you in advance for participating in the survey.

Your Gathering Going Forward Team:
Jeff Swoope (Co-Chair), Muriel Diguette (Co-Chair),
Victor Cáceres, John Entrekin, Orisha Parsons,
Judah Sali, & Dixie Snider

Along with ex-officio members:
Anita Montelione (Senior Warden)
Molly Graves (Junior Warden)
Will Mizell (Treasurer)
George Shingler (Chancellor)

Popcorn Theology on Zoom
Saturday, November 7, 2020
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We'll be watching 42, to remember and to give thanks for the life, courage and artistic gifts of the recently deceased Chadwick Boseman.  

42 is set in 1946.  This is the year in which the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), decided it was time for him to take a stand against Major League Baseball's infamous color line.  He and his colleagues quietly conducted a national search, looking for person who was not only an exceptional player but also one with the forbearance and resilience to be the first black man to play in the Major Leagues.  Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team.  This deal placed both men in the crosshairs of the public, the press and other players.  Facing unabashed racism from every side, Jackie Robinson found within himself the capacity to meet the racism head on with tremendous courage.  He was able to remain rooted in his self-worth so he could continue to let his gift and talent on the baseball field gradually win over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics and changing the world by changing the game of baseball. 
PG-13, about 2 hours and 8 minutes with the end credits.  The film was released in 2013 and stars Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, and Andre Holland.

Please plan to watch the movie between now and Saturday November 7th . Here are the ways you may watch the movie:

~  the DVD is available to rent from Netflix.  (Perhaps on Redbox too?)  But not to stream on Netflix.
~ the movie may be streamed on Hulu
~ the movie may be streamed on Amazon Prime
~ Lynnsay Buehler has a copy that she is able to loan to someone

We'll meet on one of the St. Bede's Zoom accounts from 7-8 the evening of November 7th  (the invitation will be emailed before the gathering) to share our insights, to reflect on where we saw and heard God in the movie, to share our connections with the content of the movie and we'll end our time together with Compline.

Everyone is invited to participate.  Pop some popcorn and join us!

Please RSVP to mdiguette@stbedes.org to receive the Zoom invitation.


From Darkness to Light

Workshop on Grief
Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00pm
October 21 - November 4
on Zoom
Led by St. Bede's Jody Klein

My loved one has died. All the logistics have been met. The ceremonies and funeral traditions are over. Family and friends have gone back to their own lives. The realization of the loss starts to sink in and we are feeling alone, sad, grieving. Now what?
It happened to me. The phone call came two days before my dad was to attend the senior dinner for Benjamin, our High School graduate. It was his wife who was telling me that dad was in North Georgia Regional Medical Center and had been admitted to the ICU with an injury to his belly. He was on a ventilator. A few weeks later we made the harrowing decision to end his life support. This was a moment that changed my life and the lives of my siblings forever. After the memorial service we all went back to our lives, but not in the same way. The best medicine for me was to allow myself to fully experience the waves of grief that came early. Even though less frequently now, it has been an invaluable gift for me having allowed myself to fully grieve, and also looking for all the gifts of my dad's life.
Some of the most important learnings during and after this very painful experience, in my life, was that I allowed myself to fully grieve. Another one was finding the gifts in the grieving experience.
First, I discovered that I was not alone. I also discovered that sharing my experience with other people made it more manageable. And most importantly, I discovered that I can share all my learnings and more with people going through the hardships that stem from loss and grief.
We invite you to our workshop on grief. Come share your experience while listening to others' experiences. Come feel the unconditional and non-judgemental care from people going through similar experiences. Come feel empowered and re-energized to face life after your loss.
When: Our workshop will take place beginning Wednesday evening, 7:00 - 9:00 PM from October 21st through Wednesday, November 4th. It will be held on Zoom Link: From Darkness to Light
The investment: Pilot Workshop Offering Free for St. Bede's members
Some individual sessions will be offered so that you get exactly the personal attention that you need. We will be coordinating those once the workshop starts.
Now is the time to invest in yourself with the love, care, and support you need to fully experience the grief and come out on the other side with gifts from the experience.


"......Jackie gave me a lot of homework. You might turn up your nose at homework, but this kind was not a chore. I delved into my core and was surprised to find there was more strength there than I had thought possible. I learned that grief is a part of life and it's ok to let it wash over you. But then you have to gain perspective and go on living for the other people in your life that love and need you. Today there is a hole in my heart that will always be there. It gets a little smaller every day, but it will always be there. But there's another part of my heart that I can still share with my loving husband and children and the 2 cats, one bird, one dog, and a gerbil. I could not have done this by myself.   Jackie gave me the ability to heal and regenerate and come out on the other side. She's not a life coach; she's a life jacket.
With eternal gratitude,
Kristy-Ann Shelby...."
Imagine what it will be like if you can get a life jacket that will help lift you up from the depths of your sorrow, and show. you the light again...
We know it is difficult right now to spend the time and money on yourself. Please know that you are totally worth it and that we are looking forward to seeing you and being there with you as you move from darkness to light.
Jackie Levi, Grief and Life Coach, CPCC
Jody Klein, Grief and Life Coach, CPCC

Update on the Vitamins and other Medicines collected for Cuba

Although it seems like a lifetime ago, last March I was packing to get ready to fly to Havana for the 86th Annual Convention of the Organization of Episcopal Women of Cuba (OMEC).  St. Bede's parishioners outdid themselves by donating vitamins and medicine to be given to delegates who in turn would distribute the much needed medicines in their local communities.  Of course, COVID-19 entered our lives, and the Convention was cancelled.  You donated over 8435 vitamins (half of which were for children) and 5964 other medicines (aspirins, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc.)   Those same medicines and vitamins have now been distributed to needy families here in our area. Father Fabio commissioned a group of parishioners with making sure neighbors and parish families received the medicine.  Thank you to all who donated and to the parishioners who distributed the vitamins and medicine!

Claudia Fedarko

Healing Our Racism Book Discussion Group
Meeting Time - 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm 

Monday, October 26th 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 October meeting on October 26th we will be reading  White Picket Fences, Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege by Amy Julis Becker

A Gentle Invitation into the Challenging Topic of Privilege
Gently addressing the challenging topics of privilege and race, power and inequality, White Picket Fences is a memoir of Amy Julia Becker's growing awareness of the unequal benefits (and secret harm) she received by virtue of her white skin, Protestant heritage, education and able body.

If you wish to join the conversation, please email Muriel at digfam@att.net and she will send you the Zoom link.

If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
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


Team St. Bede is forming to join the 2020 Georgia 2-day VIRTUAL Walk for Breast Cancer Experience. Virtual means you will walk a total of 30 miles (or whatever distance is feasible for you) but not necessarily in a group and over a period of 2 weeks. To join Team St. Bede, register to walk, and/or donate click on this link:

Beginning Monday, September 21st, you can start racking up your miles for the 2020 2-Day Experience on MoveSpring, our virtual walk platform! You'll still be traveling 30 miles throughout Atlanta, and will still "see" some of our wonderful partners at B'Rest Stops (called "Milestones" in MoveSpring") approximately every 2.5 miles! Each Milestone will unlock video or picture messages to help bring the 2-Day experience to you wherever you are!

MoveSpring works with tracking devices (like FitBit, Apple Watch, etc.) or even just your cell phone to track your steps/miles! You can compete on the mileage leaderboard, and, on the website, there are some really great ideas on how to get support from donors by incorporating MoveSpring features!

On Sunday, October 4th, you can head out with other participants for the final mile, culminating in a Facebook Live Closing Ceremonies Experience at 12:00 pm, so that we can all celebrate together! More details TBA on website as we get closer!
Registration is only $35 (includes access to virtual platform, Victory t-shirt, credentials, and year button), and there are no minimum fundraising requirements for 2020.

Contact Fran Snider, fran.snider@gmail.com, for more information or questions.

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.

For our October 26th meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading  A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley - picked by Connie.  Connie is taking us to Botswana where we meet Detective Kubu.

For more information, please contact Connie at conniecoralli@gmail.com


Saturday October 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM 

4643 North Springs Court
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

Forging Futures is excited to continue our annual BBQ fundraiser in a socially distanced, safe way! This year, BBQ will be ordered to go! Orders will be available for pickup for you to enjoy safely in the comfort of your own home or those of family and friends. BBQ choices will still include your favorites: pork, brisket, and chicken. What could be better than watching college football and eating the best BBQ in Atlanta all from your home? As always, 100% of the proceeds will be used to support the education of the Haitian children attending our 5 schools. 

This is a huge college football weekend, so let us do all the cooking for you! Pickup will be available in at two times: 11:00am for the early games (lunch) and 2:00pm for the afternoon/evening (dinner) games.

$150 for a family pack (feeds 4-6) includes your choice of two meats (pulled pork, chopped brisket, or pulled chicken) and two sides (beans, cole slaw, or roasted gouda street corn).

$300 for a party pack (feeds 8 - 10) includes all three meats, all three sides, and a bonus...banana pudding!

After buying your ticket, if purchasing a family pack, please email eric.mees@forgingfutures.org with your selection of 2 meats and 2 sides. 

Covid-19 has exacted an enormous price in Haiti as it has here. This funding event is cruicial for Forging Futures and for Haiti. Our continued support of our schools depends on this BBQ. What an easy way to support Haiti by letting us do the cooking. Please help us if you can. Our schools in Haiti need your support more than ever! 
Email Jan Swoope for more information.


Updated Contact Information for The Rev'd Fabio Sotelo

If you would like to be in touch with Fabio, you can continue to reach him through his fsotelo@stbedes.org email address.  If you have previously communicated with Fabio through his hotmail account, please remove that address from your contacts as he has deactived that account.

In Our Prayers

Michael Flanagan
Monica DeMars, friend of Toni Graney
Bill Deneke
Alice Stapleton, friend of the Mostly Mysteries Book Club
Scott Means, nephew of Larry Bing
Denny and Nancy Bing, brother and sister in law of Larry Bing
Chris DiDomizio, friend of Lois & George Shingler
The people of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia
Tracy Cannon, sister of Terry Cannon
Lawson Armstrong and her family, family of the Cannon family
Haila Smith and her husband Steve, friends of Larry Bing
Julie Mizell
Miriam Needham
The Akinbiyi Family
The Cannon Family
Aree Bancroft
Laura Ribas
Jane Wiggins
Hilda Bell
Willie Diaz
Tim Waring
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
Ray Lampros
Gwen Cordner
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Maggie Williams
Mary Rodriguez
Hollis Pickett
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Ed Bennett, brother-in-law of Laura Martin
Anita Maloof
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Nancy Waring
John Branan
Kerry Penney
Patrick Newberry, stepson of Gretchen Berggren
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Brooke & Taylor Harty, granddaughters of Nancy Waring
Jim Ohl
Frances Bowen
Max Carpenter, grandson of Sarra David
Judy Penney, sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Helen Abraham
Cameron Maddox

We pray for those who have died:

The Rev'd Woody Bartlett, retired priest of the Diocese and former Rector of St. Bartholomew's 

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week 
       10/4:   Nina Daniel
       10/4:   Catteryn Valdez
       10/5:   Jim Handsfield
       10/5:   Kevin Patino
       10/5:   Ashley Ortega
       10/7:   Areli Barajas
       10/8::  Tait Robb
       10/10: Edwin Rodriguez

Vestry Establishes 
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.  

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".

UPDATE of September 24: We have collected around $5,800 and 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 $3,000 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.

Your Amazon purchases can support St. Bede's 
through Amazon Smile
If you shop on Amazon, consider accessing Amazon through 
and designating St. Bede's as your charitable beneficiary.

To find St. Bede's in the beneficiary list,
you must search for "St Bedes Episcopal Church" 
(without the apostrophe) 
and choose the one located in Atlanta.

Around the Diocese

Bulletin Blurb:

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.  


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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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You can also sign up to receive For Faith, which is a weekly devotional message from Bishop Rob Wright sent by email on Fridays. To sign up for either or both,  click here

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Muriel Diguette

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