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 of Atlanta and wider Church. 

Our e-newsletters are now being archived on our website. 
You can go to and look under the Connect With Us tab
at the top of the home page to find past newsletters.

The deadline for submission to the E-Newsletter each week is Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Please send your submissions ready to go into the newsletter,
text and images attached in an email to the Parish Administrator.
Muriel's email address is

Sunday, April 22, 2022
The Second Sunday of Easter

Please join us as we gather together
to worship God this Sunday!

Worship in the Nave
in English at 10 am

This Sunday, there will be festive receptions
following the 10 am and 5 pm liturgies
to celebrate the ministry
of The Rev'd Fabio Sotelo.

Worship in the Nave
in Spanish at 5 pm

Mask wearing is now a personal choice
for those who are fully vaccinated
and up-to-date with any boosters available
and recommended for them.

Masks are still required
for those who are unvaccinated
or who are not up-to-date
with the boosters that are recommended for them.
(Read the full updated worship protocols through the link below.)

We will also be streaming our worship live
Fiesta de Fabio

This Sunday, April 24, we will host festive receptions after the 10 am and 5 pm liturgies to celebrate the ministry of The Rev'd Fabio Sotelo.

After a decade of ministry with us at St. Bede's, the Rev'd Fabio Sotelo will be departing from us to continue in his ministry as Priest-in-Charge of St. Edward's Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville.

As part of celebrating Fabio's ministry with us and offering our thanks to Fabio, we are collecting a "purse" or "love offering" to give to Fabio as he goes forth. If you would like to contribute to this gift, you can designate checks for "Fabio's Purse" or use the link below to give through Realm (choose "Fabio Sotelo's Purse" from the drop-down box under "Funds")
Photo credit: The Rev'd David Rider

New Look For St. Bede’s!
We are pleased to announce that St. Bede’s has awarded a contract to CMC Services Group for replacement of the exterior plywood siding and updating of our main entrance. This project is Phase 1 of a facilities Master Plan that was developed with the help of our Master Planning Committee and Randy Young of Young / Goldstein Architects. The project will replace the existing deteriorating siding with new James Hardie cement fiber siding panels around the perimeter of our buildings. New main entry additions will highlight the area and provide an attractive, fresh new look to our entryway. Provisions have also been included to accommodate a future covered walkway to the entrance.
The project plans were submitted to DeKalb County along with CMC’s application for a building permit on March 10, 2022. Our schedule is based on receiving the approved building permit by mid-April and a planned completion date of late July 2022. You will start to see some landscaping changes as well as preliminary construction setup activities including the delivery of a dumpster, Porta-Potty, and temporary fencing in the coming few weeks.
The Vestry has approved a contract amount of $84,000, plus a contingency allowance of $8,400. Much of the project will be funded from existing maintenance reserve funds and grants from the Endowment. It is our goal to raise an additional $25,000 to offset costs associated with this exciting project and avoid having to borrow the final portion. We have already received several generous donations towards the project. Your donations are welcomed and you will soon be hearing more about opportunities to contribute to this project. We should note that this is the first major capital expenditure on our facilities since the construction of our Nave 25 years ago.
We hope you will share our enthusiasm for this exciting addition to St. Bede’s! If you have questions or comments, please contact Molly Graves, Jeff Swoope or Chad Vaughn.


Work began this week on the exterior siding replacement and renovation project. Building supplies were delivered and the first Hardie siding panels were installed!

Please note that we will temporarily lose the use of two parking spaces in the upper lot accommodate a construction dumpster and a portable toilet facility.

Hallelujah!! High Tea
May 14, 2-4 p.m.
will be here very soon.

Tickets will go on sale Sunday, April 24, before and after the service for $15.00. Tickets need to be purchased before May 14.
As in the past, we are asking for donations of auction items, new or gently used, for baskets and the raffle table. Suggestions include: items for a laundry basket, tea basket, accessories bag (so far, we have a folding umbrella), shower caddy basket, coffee basket and others. Use your imagination!!
Also, we are asking for sweets and savories. If you enjoy baking please consider making cookies, brownies, candy. If you enjoy making sandwiches, please join on Saturday morning, May 14th. We will be making cucumber, egg salad, and chicken salad sandwiches. It is fun, yes, it is fun, and a great way to know other people in the church.
Looking for another way to make the High Tea a huge success and bond with others in the church, join us on Friday, May 13th to set up the tables for the tea, silent auction tables and raffle table. We will be there all day Friday.
Please contact Loretta Vail, or Fran Snider,, and let us know how you will help make our 12th Annual High Tea a success.
Welcoming our Youngest Members
Back to the Building

During this time of decreased risk of Covid infection, our households with little ones are letting us know that they are ready to re-engage in person. Isn’t that exciting? Let’s welcome them with arms wide open!

Godly Play - April 24, May 1

At 9am this Sunday and next we will be welcoming children birth-5th grade and their caregivers back to the Godly Play circle. Weather permitting, please meet near the large white cross outdoors on the Henderson Mill side of the building. We will provide the circle and blankets to sit on, and a canopy should we need it for gentle rain. If you feel comfortable joining the indoor worship service with your little ones afterwards, we will have coloring supplies and quiet toys available. (for more about Godly Play,

Prayground (a space for families in the Nave) - May 1

As we lean into the Easter season, we are excited to announce a “resurrection” for our Prayground. The Prayground is a radically hospitable place that we as a congregation create in the Nave for the youngest amongst us. It’s the place where the young can begin to explore their own faith as they are enveloped in the midst of the assembly of the faithful. We need their gifts! And according to recent research, children are more likely to continue in their faith tradition if they are engaged in intergenerational worship.

In our Prayground space, children and their caregivers can engage in worship more fully and sustainably. Children will find developmentally appropriate, engaging quiet activities to keep their hands busy as their minds absorb the rhythms of worship action and words going on around them. As a result, their caregivers will be able to more fully engage in worship as well.

So what’s “new” in this new birth for the Prayground? 
(Resurrection is not just resuscitation, after all!)

Location! As we researched the best way to welcome children, we learned that to truly engage and learn the rhythms of worship it is best to be as close as possible to the action. So we are “letting the little children come”-- to the front (please see pictures below), where they will have direct sightlines to the ambo and altar. As one worshiper at another church put it, “When the space is near the front, the children know they are part of something bigger than themselves.”

What does this mean for you? 
  • If you choose to utilize this tool with the children in your life, please sit near your little ones (or on the carpet with them, if you prefer!). Of course, children are not required to sit in or near the Prayground--they are welcome anywhere in the building! 
  • If you are not a caregiver of children, please support the Prayground with your smiles! Caregivers are choosing to bring their little ones to Jesus--that is something to smile about! If you hear a little noise from the quiet space, consider offering a prayer of thanksgiving for the next generation learning to worship. Trust the Spirit, the children, and the caregivers to find their worship rhythm.

Nursery - Coming Soon

Even with an engaging space in the Nave, children and caregivers may need or prefer a separate place at times. We are working to staff our nursery as soon as possible to create another welcoming space for households with children from birth - 3 yrs old. 

I hope we can all join in celebrating these ways in which we are intentionally beginning to welcome back children and young families. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at:

Alyssa Sali (she/her)
Director of Children's and Family Ministries
St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta

(The pictures below demonstrate the planned configuration
for when the Prayground returns on Sunday, May 1).

Family Ministries Micropractice 

Join our households with
birth through elementary aged children
in this simple intentional practice
as we bring our learning from the lectionary
into our everyday lives.
An Announcement from Senior Warden Molly Graves
Concerning the Upcoming Sabbatical for the Rector

Dear People of St Bede’s,

Did you know that this summer we will mark the milestone of Chad having been our Rector for ten years? And, as written in his original letter of agreement and affirmed by the vestry last year and this year, Chad, will be taking his every-five-years sabbatical this summer. Chad’s sabbatical will begin in mid-May, and he will return in mid-September, exact dates to be announced soon... Click here to continue reading Molly's announcement.


As you may know, helping families fleeing violence has been at the heart of Episcopal Relief & Development's mission from the very beginning. In fact, we were established by The Episcopal Church to assist people fleeing Europe during World War II.

Today, we are counting on our faith communities to join us in helping our extended beloved Ukrainian family in need.

Thank you in advance for your compassion, and for praying for those affected by this conflict.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness and prevention. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

If every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change one life. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children.


All clergy whether stipendiary, non-stipendiary, or otherwise who are engaged in ministry or service to the church; all persons who teach, supervise or assist with supervising children or youth in ministries, programs or activities more often than occasionally. All paid or volunteer Church Personnel whose work regularly takes them throughout the facility or grounds; all persons who provide transportation to children or youth without other adults in the vehicle more than occasionally; all vestry members or members of similar decision making groups who have the authority to approve the creation of ministries, programs or activities for children or youth.

Upcoming in-person trainings will be offered as listed below:

Safeguarding God's People:
May 7, 2022 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at St. Luke's

Zoom trainings for both formats continue and are open for registration. 

If you have questions about your Safe Church training certification status, please contact the church office or check with Nina Daniel who is St. Bede's Safe Church compliance coordinator.


CLICK HERE for the daily meditations found in the Day By Day booklets
You can also find paper copies in the Connect Center in the Commons.

Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church , grew out of the determination of the General Convention in 1934 to counter a period of anxiety, distrust, and decline in the Episcopal Church with a "forward movement" charged to "reinvigorate the life of the church and to rehabilitate its general, diocesan, and parochial work."

We are best known for the popular daily devotional Forward Day by Day, which provides daily meditations based on scripture readings appointed by the lectionary and Daily Office. Forward Day by Day is published in English, Spanish, large print, audio cassette, and Braille editions, and the daily meditation is available online.

The 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign
for St. Bede's


Thank you to all who have already 
prayerfully considered and returned 
your 2022 pledge of financial support to St. Bede's.

As of April 17, we have received pledges 
from eighty-seven folks/families totaling $421,000.

If you have not already made a financial pledge 
to support St. Bede's for 2022,
we would love to hear from you. 
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 call or email the church office
and we will get one sent out to you as soon as possible.

Thank You!

Gathering Going Forward
Guidance for the Parish

(as you are eligible and able)

The Gathering Going Forward Group continues to encourage all eligible St. Bede’s parishioners to get vaccinated and keep up-to-date with 3rd doses (for the immunocompromised) and boosters - which have now been authorized for all adults. We would love to be a parish that models Christ’s call to love our neighbors and the most vulnerable among us by being a community that is as fully vaccinated as it can be.
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, April 25.

Meeting Time:
4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm 

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of literature.

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.

Email Muriel for the Zoom link to join the discussion.

We will meet the 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm.

If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Race Matters by Cornell West
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Slavery By Another Name by Douglas Blackmon

Mostly Mysteries Book Group
April 25th at 7pm on Zoom
Meeting Time:
4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm 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 March selection is
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See.

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.

A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Hilda Bell
Ginny Askins, friend of Muriel Diguette
Steve Means, nephew of Larry Bing
Treshaun Bates, friend of the Cannon Family
Joan Davis
Jai Haithco, son of Robin Brown-Haithco
Joy Sims, daughter of Nina Daniel
Jack Raymer & Ginnie Ferrell
Myles Metcalf, nephew of Susan Reef
Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin
Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kemker
Helen Abraham
Mac Thigpen
Fay Key
Lisa Maloof, daughter in law of Anita Maloof
Kevin Maloof, son of Anita Maloof
Bill Edgar, father of Beth Cannon
Rosalene Larson, mother-in-law of Michael Daniel
Aree Bancroft
Laura Ribas
Jane Wiggins
Willie Diaz
Maggie Williams
Mary Rodriguez
Hollis Pickett
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Nancy Waring
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Jim Ohl
Frances Bowen
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Cameron Maddox

For those who have died:

Pollyann Matson, friend of Nina Daniel

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 
4/25:  Jeff Swoope
4/27:  Meghan Vesel
4/28:  Josh Bowers
4/28:  Lesley Guadarrama
4/28:  Violet Kottke

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.

From around the Diocese
and the wider Church...

Forging Futures in Haiti is sponsoring a wine tasting event at Kyma in Buckhead to support our ongoing mission of educating students in Leogane, Haiti. All the wine, food and the location are donated, so all proceeds go directly to Haiti for financial assistance to our schools there. They desperately need our ongoing support. 

For more information please contact Jan Swoope at or

The ticket information is located on the link below. Thank you very much!

the magazine of the Diocese of Atlanta

The new Pathways is now available online! Through original photography, articles, and interviews, Pathways shares inspiring stories from Middle and North Georgia — examples of spiritual growth.

Bishop Wright's Weekly Podcast

Did you know that Bishop Rob Wright has a weekly podcast? You can take a spiritual "deep dive" each week with Bishop Wright and his special guests and grow deeper in faith and understanding as you listen and learn.

Support the Cathedral Book Store.

Friend in Christ,

As violence escalates in Ukraine, over one million people have already fled the country — and the borders are flooded with many more people desperate to leave.

Almost all of them are women and children who have had to seek safety on their own, leaving their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons behind.

As this crisis continues to evolve, we are working with Anglican agencies and our other partners to provide humanitarian assistance, and urgently ask for your help.

Your emergency gift today will support our immediate response, providing cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needs as this crisis unfolds.

Our faith networks are currently on the ground in the border areas of Poland, Hungary and Romania, and we will continue to coordinate with them in order to help those who have been displaced. Specifically, our partner ACT Alliance is helping families on the Hungarian border, and our Anglican partners are mobilizing both an immediate and long-term response in Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO
Episcopal Relief & Development

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 podcast from Bishop Rob Wright sent by email on Fridays. To sign up for either or both,  click here

Quick Links

To schedule events, please contact our 
Muriel Diguette

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