September 11, 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, September 13, 2020
The Fifteenth 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 
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.


All Ages Christian Formation
this Sunday, September 13, at 11:15 am 
(just after morning worship) on Zoom for our kickoff event!  

Gather any children scattered around your household (if you have them--cats and dogs are welcome, too) and join us Sunday, September 13, at 11:15am (just after morning prayer) on Zoom for our kickoff event! Under one hour, kid-centered, all-ages invited and welcomed!

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. If you need delivery, please contact asali@stbedes.org).
  • Monthly all-ages get-together on Zoom, with songs, crafts, and running-around-your-house activities
Weekly suggestions for making spiritual connections at home, including prayer, scripture, a Godly-play "mini", wondering questions for different ages, a craft, mindful recreation, and a Love in Action activity. Here are this week's resources!

The Zoom link for the September 13th Formation 
will be in the Saturday, September 12th e-mail and on the web site.

A "Rally Day" Weekend 
Parish Update from Chad

Beloved in Christ,

It is September - Can you believe it?

The Sunday after Labor Day is approaching and this is the Sunday we would, by custom, celebrate as "Rally Day" - the day upon which we kick-off the Parish program year. This year, in case you have not noticed, is a bit different (and that's an understatement). This year as we have learned to stay connected in new ways, we have translated many Parish offerings into online expressions. We have also initiated some new offerings during this time. This is all to say that while some Parish programs "took a break" for the summer this year, many continued on - just to stay connected in these unusual times. So, this year, while we "Rally" for some programs, we also gratefully celebrate those offerings that have continued right through the summer to keep folks engaged and connected!

If you have not joined us online for worship since the Spring, give it another try. We have streamlined and enhanced our Sunday morning worship - adding glorious music, and, WOW, can this bunch of Episcopalians pray extemporaneously!

This Sunday, the voices of our choir return to lead us in our hymn singing during worship. They will also be preparing a few special offerings during the fall as well. I am thankful to all of the members of the choir who are stepping-up their technical as well as their vocal game to make this all possible.

I hope many of you will also join us after worship this Sunday for the first of our new online, intergenerational formation offerings. This is Christian Formation for ALL Ages and we want you there! It will start at 11:15 and wrap up around Noon. If you enjoyed our summer VBS offering, this offering will continue some of those elements. Please come - the more folks, the more fun and formation...


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: cmcdonald@stbedes.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.



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.


Education for Ministry
September 21, 2020 - May 24, 2021
Mondays, 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.**
The Julian of Norwich Center
770-938-9797 x27

Only two spots left for new EfM students!

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?
*Any adult
**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 lbuehler@stbedes.org 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 

Monday, September 28th 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 28th 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 digfam@att.net 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 conniecoralli@gmail.com


In Our Prayers

Tracy Cannon, sister of Terry Cannon
Lawson Armstrong and her family, family of the Cannon family
Connie Coralli
Haila Smith and her husband Steve, friends of Larry Bing
Julie Mizell
Mary Sommers, sister of Barbara Helms
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:

Diane Fowlkes, friend of Rob Townes and Lynnsay Beuhler 

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
       9/13:   Jandry Munguia
       9/14:   Jaime Ramirez
       9/15:   Fabio Sotelo
       9/15:   Alejandra Martinez
       9/16:   Chad Vaughn
       9/16    Carmie McDonald
       9/17:   Carol Kemker
       9/17:   Chris Echterhoff

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.

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 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.

Around the Diocese

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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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