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for Sunday, February 14, 2021
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
10 am - Morning Worship (in English) on Zoom
Join us for Morning Worship on Zoom
also live streamed
1 pm - Worship (in Spanish) on Facebook
Join us for Sunday Worship in Spanish
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.
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.
Flowers for Giving & Enjoying
for yourself or to give to someone you love.
One last floral Alleluia for Valentine's and Mardi Gras
before we enter Lent.
Lois Shingler and Fran Snider
on behalf of the Flower Guild
will be arranging small bouquets in vases
for giving and enjoying.
They will be available beginning
on Saturday, February 13th after 1:00 p.m.
if you have a key and would like to pick one.
Remember that you must wear a mask
and sign-in to the register near the office
if you enter the building.
Fran will be at the church on
Sunday, February 14 from 1 to 2 p.m.
if you don't have a key
and would like to pick up a bouquet.
Tuesday, February 16th
6 to 7:30 pm on Zoom
drop in any time
Make your own pancakes
and then join us on Zoom
as we celebrate
the cleaning out of the cupboards
before Lent begins.
The Zoom link will be in the Saturday worship email.
(see article below about Youth Group batter fundraiser)
Wednesday, February 17th
7pm on Zoom
We will offer
the Liturgy of Ash Wednesday on Zoom.
The Zoom link will be in the Saturday worship email.
During the liturgy, we will break into small groups
and create space for ashes to be self-imposed
or imposed by someone else
who is with you in your home.
Ashes will be available in individual small envelopes
to be picked up outside the front doors of St. Bede's.
Please look for the plastic bin containing the envelopes.
They may be picked up
anytime between this afternoon (Friday)
and Ash Wednesday.
One small envelope should be enough ashes
for as many as four people.
It is also possible for individuals or families
to creatively provide for ashes or dust
of their own creation
to use during this part of the liturgy.
Waffle House Pancake Batter for Sale
Youth Group Fund Raiser
While we cannot gather together this year for our traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, the tradition will carry on!
For a mere $20 per bag
you can make your own pancakes
(or waffles) in the pleasure of your home.
The batter comes directly from Waffle House and will make more pancakes than you can eat in just one sitting. (It's a BIG bag!)
Just fill out the form below and you pick up your batter mix from the tub, in front of the church doors, anytime after 8:00 AM Saturday morning. This is a limited supply offer, so be sure to order yours soon. As always, thank you for your ongoing support of the St. Bede's youth group!
All-ages Lent Formation Resources
The all-ages formation team has found two great resources for all of us to use during the season of Lent. Use as much or as little of the resource as fits the needs and energy of your household. Our hope is that you will feel blessed and encouraged, not burdened!
Households with children will receive a packet that includes coloring pages, paper crafts, and biblical reflections to read and wonder about together. Households with middle and high schoolers will receive a personal/family devotional booklet geared toward older teens and adults, with places to journal and doodle and suggestions for responses in your real life.
All other households can pick up copies of the devotional booklet or kid-centered packet near the front door of the church starting Friday afternoon. We will also send an electronic copy of both resources to E-news subscribers so you can access it digitally or print off just the pages you need.
What about the alleluias?
This year, we will be creating an alleluia together rather than burying and raising the alleluias.
Our alleluia butterfly is divided into 40 tiles. Each member who participates will receive one tile--or more, if we have enough!--to color or decorate however you like. When you are finished, we will reassemble them into a giant Alleluia poster to use for our Easter services. Please contact Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get tiles mailed or delivered to you, or stop by the church and pick up your tiles in the bin outside the church door starting Friday afternoon.
ESOL Classes Resume on Zoom at St. Bede's
The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers and students are eagerly beginning classes via Zoom starting this next week. Zoom ESOL classes are not easy, and many of our students do not have computers or wifi in their homes. We will work on conversational English skills as we eagerly await our return to our beautiful mission wing classrooms, perhaps this fall, si Dios quiere (God willing), as our 5:00 congregants would say.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
Thank you to all who have already
prayerfully considered and returned
your 2021 pledge of financial support to St. Bede's.
As of February 4, we have received pledges
from eighty folks/families totaling $409,000.
If you have not already made a financial pledge
to support St. Bede's in 2021,
we hope that you will prayerfully consider
your pledge to St. Bede's
and return your pledge card
or use the link below to pledge online.
If your pledge packet never arrived in the mail,
please contact Muriel Diguette (email@example.com)
and we will send out another packet to you.
Healing Our Racism Book Discussion Group
Meeting Time - 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm
Monday, February 22nd 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 February meeting on February 22nd we will be reading Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men-bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
March 22: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
April 26: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
May 24: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
June 28: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
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 February 22nd meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading A Time For Mercy by John Grisham.
This is book 3 of the Jake Brigance series.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham's most powerful courtroom drama yet.
There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.
For more information, please contact Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill LaBorde, friend of Toni Graney
Rosalene Larson, mother in law of Michael Daniel
Lori Burks, friend of Tom & Loretta Vail
Robyn Weiss, friend of Tom & Loretta Vail
Deena Holcomb, granddaughter of Sarah Ohl
Rhonda Tingle, friend of Sarah Ohl
The Cannon Family
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
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
For those who have died:
James Cottrell, Meghan Boyd Cottrell's father-in-law
Brenden Burks, son of friend of Tom & Loretta Vail
Ellen Hayes Wright, friend of Connie Coralli
Joan Baker McClanahan, former member of St. Bede's
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
2/17: Jim Helms
2/17: Hollis Pickett
2/17: Lucy Pettitt-Schieber
2/17: Milagros Acosta
2/17: Marilyn Gonzalez
2/17: Mark Wirtz
2/18 Austin Guadarrama
2/18: Ramon Omana
2/18: Michelle Leon-Hernandez
2/20: Cate Faulkner
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 January 13: We have collected around $8,700 and distributed over $6,000 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 $2,700 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.
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Episcopal Relief & Development Focuses on Lament in 2021 Lenten Meditations
In response to the unprecedented events of the past year, Episcopal Relief & Development's 2021 Lenten Meditations
share deeply personal reflections on the theme of lament from a diverse group of writers. Many of the authors share experiences related to a variety of issues including disease, violence, racial injustice and poverty.
"2020 was a deeply challenging year for many, filled with losses," said Sean McConnell, Senior Director, Engagement, Episcopal Relief & Development. "We hope our supporters will use the 2021 Lenten Meditations to guide them through the four steps of lament and to help them heal and grow."
The meditations follow the "Four Steps of Lament" outlined by author and speaker Heidi Weaver
- Rest, to take sabbath time to simply be present to our current situation
- Reflect on that which has been lost
- Repent for the sufferings and loss we have caused or overlooked
- make Restitution and be Restored to God and to one another
The authors of the meditations are all leaders in The Episcopal Church and represent diverse perspectives, ministries and backgrounds.
"Editing the collection was powerful to me on a personal level," said Sandra Montes, Editor of the 2021 Lenten Meditations. "Reading each reflection by Episcopal leaders of color who invited me into this season of Lent by opening up their hearts and using their voices to help me lament, while giving me hope, was incredibly moving."
The 2021 meditations are available online to download
. Supporters are also invited to sign up
to receive the daily meditations in English and Spanish by email. Unlike previous years, the meditations are only available online, not as printed booklets.
"As many churches have moved their services online, we felt it was important to create a Lenten experience that would continue to be useful for our supporters," continued McConnell.
Episcopal Relief & Development also invites churches and supporters to observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday this year on Sunday, February 21
or another Sunday in Lent. Lent was officially designated at the 2009 General Convention of The Episcopal Church as a time for dioceses, congregations and individuals to remember and support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. Although the first Sunday in Lent is the official day of observance, churches may hold a special service on any Sunday. Liturgical resources to help congregations observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday are available at episcopalrelief.org/sunday
"The expressions of lament in the 2021 Lenten Meditations share sorrow, but they also come from a place of deep love," said the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church. "Because God loves us we know that God joins us in lamenting the loss of any living being."
Download the Lenten Meditations and learn more about planning an Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday at episcopalrelief.org/Lent
For 80 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.
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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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