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 of Atlanta and wider Church.
Our e-newsletters are now being archived on our website.
at the top of the home page to find past newsletters.
Masks continue to be required
whenever in the building.
11:30 am - Morning Worship (in English) on Zoom
Join us for Morning Worship on Zoom
also live streamed
This Sunday our Zoom worship will not be live streaming to U-tube
due to technical complications. You will be able to watch the service on U-tube
on Monday morning.
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.
5 pm - Worship in the Nave (in Spanish)
Registration is required.
Please email The Rev'd Fabio Sotelo
if you would like to attend.
Masks are required.
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.
An Update from the Rector
and Gathering Going Forward Group
(from the week of Sunday, August 8)
Your Gathering Going Forward Group met last week to review the new pandemic guidance from the CDC in light of how we are currently operating at St. Bede’s.
The GOOD NEWS is that, at this time, we do not feel that we need to change any of the guidelines under which we are currently operating! We do, however, need to adhere to our published guidelines ever more vigilantly so that we can continue gathering the way we have been for over two months now. If there is any bad news, it is that we will have to delay adding back in some of the things that we have been missing that we had hoped to return to our worship by late summer. That’s okay. They’ll still come back – it may just take a little longer.
The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads more aggressively and can be spread by both unvaccinated and vaccinated people (even if they do not know that they are transmitting the virus and have no symptoms themselves).
Out of love of self and neighbor and out of Christ’s call to care for the most vulnerable, let us recommit fully to the guidelines we have set forth for how we gather at St. Bede’s. The Gathering Going Forward Group will soon be submitting to the Vestry and then publishing guidelines for all group gatherings at St. Bede’s.
In the meantime, please be vigilant and remember to:
Wear a mask whenever you are in the building
Visit with St. Bede’s friends outside before and after worship
where ventilation is better
Honor distance around other people
Claim a seat for worship when you arrive
and try to stay close to it throughout your time there
Your Gathering Going Forward Group and your Rector also encourage you - out of love for neighbor and the most vulnerable amongst us - to take care of yourselves and others out in the world as well.
(if you are eligible and able)
WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC
(even if you are vaccinated)
KEEP WASHING YOUR HANDS
SOCIALLY DISTANCE AROUND OTHERS
Interested in Joining the Altar Guild?
The Altar Guild is seeking new members. You do not have to have any experience, and you will serve once a month on a team. If you are interested, please contact either Helen Ackall or Anita Montelione. They are eager to talk to you about this opportunity.
Women's Retreat Update
from Molly & Connie
Regretfully, we have an unhappy update about the scheduled Women's Retreat planned for Sept. 24-26.
Given the conditions in our community with the rise of Covid cases in the vaccinated and unvaccinated, as well as input from the medical professionals in our community, it no longer feels safe to go forward with the retreat. All of us are in such desperate need to convene and reconnect, so this is very disappointing news. This decision wasn't made lightly, but circumstances just don't make it wise to convene in the way envisioned at this time. Hopefully there will be a time soon when we can get together safely as we all desire to do, and when that time arrives we will joyously and enthusiastically do so.
Until then, continue to keep in touch with each other and love and care for each other in Christian community. Be well and stay safe.
A NEW GROUP IS FORMING - Sacred Ground Circle
Sacred Circle: A Justice and Faith Group beginning in October
Beginning in October a new group will meet approximately every two weeks on Thursday nights (6:30 - 8:30pm) to explore a new program developed by the Episcopal Church called Sacred Ground: A Film Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith.
If you would like to explore the website and watch a short video about the program, please click here
In our exploration together we will read the books, Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. We will also watch videos together, and read articles and essays from many different writers.
Muriel Diguette, Molly Graves, and Miriam Needham will co-facilitate this group beginning with an opening retreat (via Zoom) on Saturday, October 16th beginning at 10:00am. We will then meet every other week on Thursday nights through April. We will meet predominantly on Zoom, but will discuss meeting occasionally in person as the year unfolds.
Space is limited so please let us know if you are interested soon.
If you are interested in making a commitment or have any questions, please contact one of the three co-facilitators.
A testimonial from Kim Padgett, with David and Ben
who were in our inaugural Sacred Circle group:
We’re STILL talking about the Sacred Ground Circle, which says our time with this group must have been rather impactful. Going in we three felt we were fairly in-the-know about the thorn of racism in our country’s history, but also felt it would certainly not hurt to join Sacred Ground Circle to read through the material and participate in sharing perspectives with others in the group. WELL, gratefully the experience turned out to be even more meaningful and educational than we expected; what we learned plus being privy to the collective insight of such thoughtful seekers and leaders has helped us to better understand how and why we sometimes see things so very differently - and how easy it is to not see them at all. This program has reminded us that knowing is the first step toward understanding and helpfulness.
ESOL for Fall
We are planning to resume in-person English Instruction for Speakers of Other Languages. We have adjusted our program and added safety measures as we continue to adjust to living in the time of Covid. If you're interested in helping with the program please let Claudia or Connie know. No experience in teaching is required - as long as you speak English you have valuable skills! Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday night from 7-8:30 beginning August 17 through November 4. Vaccines are required and unfortunately we will not be able to offer a nursery or any children's program in the fall.
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, August 23.
4th Monday of each month 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.
If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
The Devil You Know by Charles Blow
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur
Mostly Mysteries Book Group
4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm
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 August 23rd meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading Miss Pinkerton by Roberts Rinehart.
When Herbert Wynne supposedly commits suicide, Miss Pinkerton poses as a private nurse to his aunt Juliet and discovers that his "bedridden" aunt takes midnight jaunts, a stranger skulks about the stairs, and the other nurse on duty is scared of her own shadow, and Miss Pinkerton must unmask a killer before he strikes again.
This book was originally written in 1932 and served as a basis for a movie of the same name.
If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli
St. Bede's Prayer List
Prayers have been requested for:
Pat Raybourne, sister of Fran Snider
Rachel Bivens, friend of Doris and Jim Bushart
Mari Garnica, friend of the Sali Family
William Gunter, brother of Doris Bushart
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
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:
Pedro Ávila, father of (our) Pedro Ávila, grandfather of Pedro, Shelby, & Francisco Ávila
SMSgt David Woodrow Holly, Jr., father of Richard Busch and grandfather of Tyler and Ashton Busch
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
8/17: Wil Tate
8/17: Maria Saavedra
8/17 Garrett Fraser
8/19: Pat Callaway
8/19: Edwin Mata
8/20: Julia Dalbom
8/20: Barbie Olsen
8/20: Laura Ribas
St. Bede's Online Giving
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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 June 24, 2021: We have collected around $10,500 and distributed over $8,000 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 $2,600 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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From around the Diocese
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Episcopal Relief & Development
Launches New Spiritual Resource, Lectio Divina
Episcopal Relief & Development has created a new resource to guide deep reflection on Scripture. Lectio Divina, a Latin phrase that means “sacred reading,” will invite readers to join the organization’s program partners from the US and around the world as they reflect on brief passages from the Bible.
“Episcopal Relief & Development’s Lectio Divina is a form of centering prayer that invites us to listen to God and to listen to the experiences of fellow followers of Jesus from across the Anglican Communion,” said Josephine Hicks, Vice President, Episcopal Church Programs, Episcopal Relief & Development.
The Lectio Divina is designed to be used individually or by congregations. Each reflection contains a short video that provides an opportunity to connect to program partners who work with Episcopal Relief & Development across the globe. These partners share their personal reflections for each Scripture reading from the context of their life and work. New meditations will be added regularly.
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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