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. 
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.

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.

In Person and Online Worship
for Sunday, December 5, 2021
The Second Sunday of Advent

Join us for
Worship Together in the Nave
at 10 am on
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Masks continue to be required
whenever in the building.

Transition for Online Worship

We have begun live-steaming
our 10 am liturgy from the Nave

We have said goodbye to our
11:30 Morning Worship on Zoom,
which has served us well
during the pandemic.


Information about how to join 
any other 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.
The 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign
for St. Bede's

This Sunday – December 5 – the 2nd Sunday of Advent – is Pledge Ingathering Sunday. We will give thanks at the Altar for the abundance of generosity that overflows in support of the ministry and mission of St. Bede’s.

Please prayerfully consider filling out your pledge card and bringing it with you to worship on Sunday, or drop it in the mail, or you can make a pledge to St. Bede's right now by clicking on the link below:

Pledge packets have been mailed. If you did not receive a packet and would like one, please call or email the church office and we will get one sent out to you as soon as possible.

Thank You!


Children and Youth Ministry
About 20 years ago, our parish started a search for a meaningful Children’s Sunday school curriculum. At that time Laura Bryant and Molly Graves traveled to Boston to be trained in the Godly Play children’s formation. They brought the program to St. Bede’s and you know the rest! The curriculum, based on the Montessori method, was supported by the congregation and thrived. We had preschool, Kindergarten, and combined classes over the years with wonderful, loving teachers and helpers. We are anxious to begin in person Sunday morning formation and hope we may Let Love Overflow once again for our children.
About the same time we explored options for our older youth and adopted the Journey to Adulthood program. Each class covers two years of curriculum including: Rite 13, a prelude to becoming an adult in our parish with a dinner for the youth and their parents and Sunday school teachers. In the middle section, an Urban Adventure weekend away is planned for bonding and traveling skills. The culmination of that time is the Journey 2 Adulthood Pilgrimage during the middle of the two-year series. My son David and his class were the first Pilgrimage group to test the curriculum. The class gathered at the airport, teary and leery; they returned home several days later teary and bonded. It was a wonderful experience for the youth. Since that time we have wholeheartedly sponsored an every other year pilgrimage journey to California, the desert Southwest, England, New York, and South Dakota.
The culmination of the Journey to Adulthood program is Young Adults in the Church, otherwise known as YAC, and the highpoint is confirmation for those who choose to participate. Youth may become acolytes, lectors, choir members and ushers as they prepare to become independent young adults.
We celebrate this ministry and pray for the time when we may once again return to in person meeting.

Pre-ordered trees and wreaths will be available for pick up on Sunday, December 5th between 9:00 - 9:45 and 11:15 - 12:00. Deliveries are also available for a fee and will be delivered between 8:30-9:45 and following the 10:00 church service from 11:30 - 12:30. 

Please feel free to contact Beth Cannon at tbcannon@bellsouth.net with any additional questions.  

On the first and third Sundays of the month, (weather permitting) we will meet and explore God's creation together from 11:30-1:30. The locations will vary, but will be nearby and will be announced no less than a week ahead of time. On the second and fourth Sundays of the month, (again weather permitting), we will meet outdoors at St. Bede's (please bring a chair if you can) and catch up before the 10 o'clock service.  

The expectation is that each of you will bring and wear your mask while you are present at youth group events, even while you are outside if you are in close proximity to each other (within 3 feet of one another) unless you are from the same household.

Here is our schedule for this Sunday: 

Sunday, December 5th - 9:00 - 12:30 - Please arrive at the church by 9:00, wear grubby clothes and bring work gloves to avoid all that icky sap. We need parental units to assist with the delivery of trees so if you're up for delivering a couple of trees that morning, please let me know asap.  

(Please note that all of these opportunities are intentionally planned to be outdoors to be as safe as possible, so if the weather is inclement then we will not meet.)

For more information contact Beth at tbcannon@bellsouth.net

Texts of Terror Class
Continues This Thursday,
December 9

In 1984, Old Testament scholar Phyllis Trible published her groundbreaking book, Texts of Terror, in which she explored certain deeply troubling biblical passages. Although Trible’s “Texts of Terror” dealt specifically with stories that portrayed the victimization of women, the term is now used more broadly to describe those texts that continue to challenge and confound the contemporary reader. 
Please make plans to join co-facilitators Carmie McDonald and Claiborne Jones and other members of the St. Bede’s community as we continue our study of the Texts of Terror by discussing the story of Jephthah’s daughter (Judges 11:29-40) on Thursday, December 9th at 7pm on Zoom.
Please contact Carmie McDonald at cmcdonald@stbedes.org if you’d like to attend.

Family Ministries Micropractice 

Join our households with birth-elementary aged children in this simple intentional practice as we bring our learning from the lectionary into our everyday lives.

Together Zoom
moved to Second Sundays
(Dec. 12 at 1pm)

Mark your calendar! All ages are invited to hop on Zoom for about 45 min to celebrate "Rejoice Sunday"--with music, scripture, wondering, a beautiful sparkly craft, and more! We will be providing craft supplies. Pick up your craft kit at the church this week or email Alyssa at asali@stbedes.com to get your craft kit delivered. Feel free to bring your lunch and be sure to bring your open heart.

Please join us for any or all of the following special worship offerings for Advent and Christmas:
(These are in addition to our regular Sunday offerings)

Sunday, December 12 at 5 pm 
Santa Eucaristía (in Spanish)
for Our Lady of Guadalupe

This year we observe the
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
during the regular
5 pm Sunday Spanish Liturgy.

Friday, December 24 at 4 pm
Christmas Eve Worship (in English)
with Carols & Festive Music

Friday, December 24 at 7 pm
Christmas Eve Worship (in English)
with Carols & Choir

Saturday, December 25 at 1 pm
Christmas Day Santa Eucaristía (in Spanish)

Sunday, December 26 at 10 am
Christmas Lessons & Carols (in English)

Links for in-person worship registrations 
will be sent out in a separate emails 
and posted to our website
closer to the dates of each offering.

It is our plan to livestream
each of these offerings
on our YouTube channel.

Gathering Going Forward
Guidance for Parish Activities

Your Gathering Going Forward Group continues to affirm that our current protocols and mitigation strategies are strong and will allow for us to continue meeting in-person, inside for worship. With that said, we ask everyone to please be vigilant about the protocols and expectations that the group has for our time together when we gather – in particular:

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

Please remember that 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). Vaccination is the best and most effective mitigation strategy and even it should still be combined with secondary layers of protection such as masking when indoors or keeping appropriate distance when outdoors.

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.


(if you are eligible and able)

(even if you are vaccinated)


Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, January 24.

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

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Proposer Together
by Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis of 2008 to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a root problem: racism in our politics and policymaking. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?

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:
See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Race Matters by Cornell West
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Mostly Mysteries Book Group
January 24th at 7pm on Zoom
Meeting Time:
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.

The January selection will be announced soon.

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

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Fran Snider
Suzanne Shapiro
Myles Metcalf, nephew of Susan Reef
Rita Borge, Andrea Montero, Humberto Méndez, friends of Nora Cruz
Angela Grai, friend of Ron and Connie Aylor
Jack “Bouncer” Robertson, friend of the Buehler Townes family
Douglas Bruce, brother of Nancy Bruce
Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin
Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kempker
Helen Abraham
Fay Key
Lisa Maloof, daughter in law of Anita Maloof
Kevin Maloof, son of Anita Maloof
Donareen Oakley
Larry Bing
Bill Edgar, father of Beth Cannon
Sarra David
Rosalene Larson, mother-in-law of Michael Daniel
Aree Bancroft
Laura Ribas
Jane Wiggins
Hilda Bell
Willie Diaz
Tim Waring
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
Ray Lampros
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Maggie Williams
Mary Rodriguez
Hollis Pickett
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Nancy Waring
Kerry Penney
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Jim Ohl
Frances Bowen
Max Carpenter, grandson of Sarra David
Judy Penney, sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Cameron Maddox


For those who have died:

Richard Hollahan, friend of Susan Reef

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 
12/5:   Ashley Brown
12/6:   Regina Studwell
12/7:    Amy Busch
12/7:    John Melaryo
12/9:    Benjamin Klein
12/11:  Peg Harriss

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".

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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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.

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Episcopal Relief & Development Launches Year-End Match Campaign
to Support Transformative Work in Priority Areas of
Women, Children and Climate

November 17, 2021
Episcopal Relief & Development is kicking off its annual Year-End Match, offering supporters the opportunity to transform lives with twice the impact this holiday season. Thanks to a very generous group of donors, contributions that Episcopal Relief & Development receives between now and the end of the year will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $650,000.
“One of the wonderful things about our work at Episcopal Relief & Development is that it’s a shared effort. By working together, our efforts multiply to transform lives,” said Rob Radtke, President & CEO, Episcopal Relief & Development. “I am deeply grateful to the generous donors who have stepped up to match donations and to every donor who partners with us to create lasting change.”
The Year-End Match will benefit the organization’s Global Needs Fund, supporting key programs in three priority areas: WomenChildren and Climate. Gifts will bolster work promoting the health and wellbeing of children, empowering women and helping communities adapt to our changing climate. They will also strengthen the organization’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic in marginalized communities in the United States and around the world.
Contributions made to Episcopal Relief & Development before the end of the year are eligible for matching, including Gifts for Life, the organization’s alternative giving catalog, and direct contributions online, over the phone, or by mail. Gifts of stock or from an IRA are also included in the Year-End Match Challenge. This year’s stimulus package extended provisions on charitable deductions until December 31. Donations may qualify, even if donors don’t itemize deductions.
“Each year, during this matching gift period, thousands of generous donors – individuals and churches – answer the challenge to contribute, said Mike Smith, Major Gift Officer. “It is a strong financial partnership, and it’s what makes the global work of Episcopal Relief & Development possible.”
Between now and December 31, eligible contributions up to $650,000 will be matched. Donate online at episcopalrelief.org/match, or call 1.855.312.4325. Gifts can also be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
For over 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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