March 27, 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. 
Y ou 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

Upcoming Virtual Worship Opportunities

This Sunday (March 29) we will have 
Morning Prayer on Facebook at 10 am 
and Compline on Zoom at 8 pm.

Instructions on joining both offerings will be posted on the St. Bede's website by Saturday afternoon.

Lent Madness Update

Molly Graves and Alyssa Sali 
are tied for first place  after the first round!

See Photos from Bishop Wright's 
March 8 visit  to St. Bede's 
shared with us 
by roving Diocese of Atlanta Photographer 
Bill Monk.


Sermons online

We have an archive of Sunday sermons on our website.  Check out the list of available sermons.  Each sermon lists the Gospel reading for that Sunday and many have a public domain painting that relates to the reading.  Filters on the right side of the page allow you to see all of the sermons for a particular speaker.

You can locate " SERMONS" under the "Connect with Us" heading on the website. 


In Our Prayers
Rick, Tammy & Katlyn Buck, friends of Nina Daniel
Junior Abraham
Craig Sturken, grandson of Dee Weems
Eliza Hamilton, friend of Sam Cameron
Peggy Allen , mother of Lisa Main
Dixie Snider
Ray Lampros
Suzanne Shapiro
Gwen Cordner
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Maggie Williams
Jim Sease
Mary Rodriguez
Hollis Pickett
Dixie Snider
Beth Cannon
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, son of David Newberry, 
            stepson of Gretchen Berggren
Connie Aylor
Mark Ahlfinger, son of Jean Ahlfinger  
Carolyn Branan, mother of John Branan
Andy Matia and Darryl Schwartz, friends of Ann Foote
Brooke & Taylor Harty, granddaughters of Nancy Waring
Jim Ohl
Bill Stegall , friend of Jan & Jeff Swoope
Frances Bowen
Max Carpenter , grandson of Sarra David
Andrea Abelman , friend of Junior Abraham
Judy Penney , sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Helen Abraham
Cameron Maddox

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
    3/30:  Kay Howington
   3/30:  Geoff Flanagan
   3/30:  Efren Mendez
   3/30:  Miguel Lubin
   4/01:  Rubi Chavez
   4/01:  Jose Felipe Mendez-Graciano
   4/01:  Yazmin Lopez
   4/02:  Sarah Warlick

Let's Stay Connected

In the season ahead, we would love for any of our members to share any personal reflections, poetry, or stories of hope that will keep us connected and lift our spirits. You can send them to:  connect@stbedes.org and we will offer these in the weekly e-newsletter or on Facebook.

This week we received the following offerings:


What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath-
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, 
on trying to make the world
different than it is. 
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another's hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love-
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
-Lynn Ungar 3/11/20


Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion Based Ethics is offering free online daily compassion meditation. 
WHEN:    Monday through Friday at 7 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM(Eastern US time zone)
WHAT:    45 minutes of guided meditation and discussion led by an Emory-certified CBCT instructor, free and open to everyone
WHERE:  Click on  this link  to join the video conference.  For more on CBCT, click here.


Yes, there is fear
Yes, there is isolation
Yes, there is panic buying
Yes, there is sickness
Yes, there is even death
They say in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again;
They say that after a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes,
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number
Throughout the neighborhood
So that elders may have someone to call on.
Today churches, synagogues, mosques and temples
Are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary;
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting;
All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way;
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are,
To how little control we have;
To what really matters;
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes, there is fear,
But there does not have to be hate;
Yes, there is isolation,
But there does not have to be loneliness;
Yes, there is panic buying,
But there does not have to be meanness;
Yes, there is sickness,
But there does not have to be disease of the soul;
Yes, there is even death,
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Fr. Richard Hendricks, OFM (Order of Franciscans Minor) in Ireland


QT Cards, Snacks and Vitamins and Analgesics

Thank you so much to all those who contributed QT gift cards and snacks for the Stewart Detention Center.  In the end we were unable to make the trip to Stewart last weekend given that a prison population is extremely high risk because of the close quarters.  However, I delivered the snacks and the QT cards to the program director of El Refugio, and she was so happy to receive them.  She said they are the number one things that families who visit their loved ones need because they often come from far away.  They can easily hand a juice pack and a granola bar or the like to the children in the back seat.  Please remember these families in your prayers as they experience continuing distress.

Thank you also to the amazingly generous congregation of St. Bede's that provided us with vitamins for children as well as adults and many analgesics (aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.)  We collected around 15,000 pills or so, and they are all nicely cataloged and organized, living in my guest bedroom.  We hope to return to Cuba and deliver all the pills late summer or early fall.  Thank you for your open hearts.  You are a gift to so many people!  As the Presiding Bishop said last Sunday in his sermon: "Be contagious in love and healing and help."  You are doing so.



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.


Join with others from St. Bede's to visit detainees at the
Stewart Immigration Detention Center
St. Bede's congregation has the opportunity to visit detainees at the   Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin Georgia on the following Saturday dates; we hope to visit three times this year. If you are interested in joining in this ministry for one or more visits, please sign up on the sheet in the commons or email Junior Abraham
     July            11,  2020 
    November   7,  2020 
We will leave St. Bede's at about 7:00 am and return in the afternoon. Orientation is required for first time visitors and will be provided at St. Bede's. English, Spanish, and French languages are spoken, as well as others. Visits are a maximum of one hour. This has been a blessing for those who have visited and we hope you will consider joining us.

Welcome to St. Bede's Episcopal Church

Welcome! We're delighted to have you here. You are invited to visit our Commons Area for coffee and conversation after the 10:00 service. There you will find parish life materials to the right as you exit from the church.
Here are some other ways to get better acquainted with St. Bede's.
  • Visit stbedes.org and sign up for the church's weekly email and learn more about the active life of St. Bede's.   Also visit St. Bede's Facebook page, another way to check out the activities.
  • Fill out a visitor information form located on the Visitor's table located in the commons area. Let us know more about you so we can be in touch.
  • Contact the church office, 770-939-9797, to be placed on the mailing list or learn more about the life of St. Bede's.
The Invite Welcome Connect Committee has dinners for our newcomers with some of our "seasoned" parishioners. These dinners help you connect with the activities and life of St. Bede's. If you are a newcomer watch for an invitation to an "Invite Welcome Connect" dinner.

Around the Diocese

Several St. Bede's regulars subscribe to-
and like! - these e-publications. To stay up to date on activities throughout the Diocese of Atlanta, sign up for the e-newsletter, Connecting.

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

Help us be there for communities impacted by COVID-19

Last week the deadly spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus 2019) was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Please know that all of us at Episcopal Relief & Development are praying for you and your loved ones in these difficult and frightening times.

While the full extent of the virus's impact is still not clear, and knowing what actions to take may feel uncertain, one thing we can always do is prepare. Now is a time to hold fast to our faith and continue on with hope. Or, as Luke 12:35-38 says, "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit."

That is why Episcopal Relief & Development will continue to be that light for our neighbors in need right now. I hope you will join us 
by making a donation to our COVID-19 Pandemic Response efforts today.

COVID-19 is having wide-ranging effects - in our own church communities here at home and in communities around the world. 
Your support  today, will help us:
  • Provide our partners with critical resources to help local communities both immediately and in the long run
  • Ensure the most up-to-date and accurate knowledge about the disease is continuously shared, including training on personal and community preparedness
  • Help partners support high-risk communities who are most vulnerable to COVID-19
  • Adapt and act to meet the changing needs of those we serve as the emergency evolves
As you know, our preparedness and response work are devoted to helping communities recover and emerge stronger from COVID-19 and its devastating impact. Your support is critical in this, so please make a donation to our COVID-19 Pandemic Response efforts today.

Stay healthy and safe, and thank you again for keeping your lamp lit for your neighbors both here at home and around the world.

Yours faithfully,

Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO

P.S. As events surrounding the COVID-19 continue to unfold, we know it will be of the utmost importance to remain a source of hope and support for those who need us most. Please join us in putting our faith into action by  making a gift to our COVID-19 Pandemic Response efforts today.

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2601 Henderson Mill Rd      Atlanta, GA 30345
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