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on the latest information from the parish
and from around the Diocese of Atlanta and wider Church.
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Sunday, February 6, 2022
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
We have pressed the "pause button"
on in-person worship.
Due to the surge in COVID cases
in Georgia and metro Atlanta,
we are going to take a brief "pause"
in our in-person worship.
(Please see the article about worship below.)
Worship in English
on Zoom at 10 am
We invite all to join us on Zoom at 10 am.
(You can even come in your pajamas
and bring your hot chocolate, tea, or coffee.)
We will also be streaming this liturgy live
but we hope you can join us on Zoom
for the interactive community experience.
Following Worship on Zoom this week
Again this Sunday, The Rev'd Lynnsay Buehler will offer
a special Adult Formation offering entitled
Talking Together About Grief & Loss:
(Please scroll down to see more about this class.)
Adult Formation Offering this Sunday
following Worship on Zoom
About Grief & Loss:
Even if you didn't attend the last two Sunday's sessions on grief and loss,
please join us for this Sunday's session.
Join us after worship on Sunday (February 6) as the Rev'd Lynnsay Buehler leads us through some conversations about how we are experiencing and living through periods of loss and grief in our own personal lives and in the world around us. Our time together around this topic will be spent with some teaching from Lynnsay and some small group discussion in breakout rooms. Please join us using the same Zoom link as Sunday Worship.
(this includes prayers, poems,
and a recorded meditation
of Lynnsay introducing "Welcoming Prayer")
St. Bede's Vestry Election 2022
It has been our custom for many years at St. Bede’s to elect new Vestry members by affirming a slate of four members to fill the four open positions in the new class of the Vestry.
The 2022 Vestry Slate is:
This year, the election process is taking place online. To vote, please click on the red button below.
When you click the red button, you will be taken to a secure Google Form where we ask that you provide your name and email address so that we can verify that each member votes only once.
We also ask you to read the qualifications for voting in parish elections and then acknowledge that you believe that you are eligible to vote by checking the box indicating your eligibility.
After that, cast your vote: "YES" to affirm the slate or "NO" to not affirm the slate.
Finally, click the green "Submit" button at the bottom of the form to record your vote.
Online voting will be open until
4 pm TODAY - Friday, January 4, 2022
Worship to remain online
through February 6.
The Gathering Going Forward Group met on Wednesday, January 26 and unanimously recommended extending online-only worship through Sunday, February 6 due to the current surge of the Omicron variant.
The Group will monitor conditions and then meet again on Wednesday, February 9 to make further recommendations about when we can resume in-person worship.
Sunday, February 13
Save the date!
Mark your calendars for Together Zoom, Sunday, Feb. 13. Come as you are! Eat your lunch! Sing loudly on mute! This all-ages, intergenerational, kid-centered time is for all of us. Join your wisdom with that of our littlest members for a rich formational experience you can unpack all month.
Calling all Visionaries!
As we look forward to what Children and Family Ministries will be in the coming year, we'd love to hear what God might be calling you to create with us.
Maybe you would like to help curate or manage a lending library to help parents build faith at home?
Maybe you would like to be trained as a Godly Play teacher in preparation for the time when we will rebuild those circles? (training coming up Feb 25, 26, and March 5)
Maybe you would like join the planning team, supporting parents and teachers with curriculum, events, and resources?
Please reach out to Alyssa at email@example.com if you are interested in getting involved.
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.
Stop by the front doors of the Church
to participate in this meditative Epiphany exercise:
“We saw his star when it rose
and have come to honor him.”
Friends and neighbors:
Take a moment. Breathe. Listen to the birds, the wind.
Then let your eyes read these guiding-star words as you continue breathing deeply.
I wonder which one of these words is yours?
Which one might the Holy Spirit use to guide you to see and honor Christ this year? Christ, divine and human.
Then choose your star.
Take a star or stars home with you.
Keep them in sight--on your fridge, your desk, your mirror, the inside of your bedroom door.
Let them guide you to the one who is called Love this year.
CALLING ALL BUNCO-ITES!
Sunday, February 6th
6:30pm on Zoom
Calling all Bunco-ites! After a bit of an hiatus we are gathering for Zoom Bunco on Sunday, February 6th at 6:30. We are not planning to play a game but plan to just get together, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company. Since we are meeting just before Valentine’s Day we thought it would be fun to wear something red and/or sparkly: a hat, a red scarf, a tiara, a lot of red lipstick. You can come without adornment if you choose, but come. We miss each other.
A zoom invite has been sent to those on the Bunco list, but if you didn't receive one, or would like to be added to the festivities, you can text Lois Shingler at : (404) 593-9001, or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check the St. Bede’s website where the zoom meeting invitation information is posted.
English Classes at St. Bede's
We hope to resume in-person classes in English as an Other Language (ESOL) in February. We will continue to require vaccinations and masks and unfortunately we are not yet able to resume the children's program or the nursery.
If you would like to hear about how you might help with this important educational experience we'd love to have you join our teacher training (on Zoom) on Tuesday February 8 at 7 pm. No commitment required - feel free to attend and see what we are all about. Contact Connie Coralli at email@example.com or 404 218 6668 to get the Zoom link.
Any potential students should contact Claudia Fedarko at 703 819 4127 prior to Feb. 9 when we will hold registration.
This is one of the wonderful ministries we provide at St. Bede's and the students are so grateful. It is a blessing to all who work with this program as much as it is to the students.
Claudia Fedarko & Connie Coralli
Welcome Postulant for the Diaconate
We welcome Florence Mitchell who will be joining us for a season as she continues on her journey toward being ordained a Deacon. Florence comes to St. Bede's from her home parish of the Church of the Incarnation in southwest Atlanta. Florence will be with us to observe and join in ministry with us and we will learn from her and be blessed by her as well. It is a privilege that the Bishop's office and the Commission on Ministry continues to place folks in the ordination process at St. Bede's to journey with us and to teach us, learn from us, and grow with us. Welcome Florence!
A note of greeting from Florence to St. Bede's:
Greetings St. Bede’s,
I come to you as one learning the role of a deacon in the Episcopal Church. My sponsoring congregation, The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in southwest Atlanta, is where I am involved in several ministries: outreach, liturgy planning and active in its Daughter of the King chapter where I serve as president. I grew up in South Georgia, reared by my grandparents, wherein my village had people but my mother, aunt and uncle were key players in supervision and teachers of life expectations. I graduated from Books County High School, earned a BS degree in chemistry from Fort Valley State University and extended the concept of service to the community through my sorority (Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.). I am one who enjoys learning; consequently, I earned a Master’s degree in Biology education and an Educational Specialists degree in leadership and administration from Albany State University. In order to meet the needs of those who chose to complete their teacher’s training with me, I secured training from the University of Georgia to be a Student Teacher Support Specialist. Students assigned to me were recipients of high quality instructions regardless of their learning styles or disabilities. Consequently, I worked to become endorsed as a teacher of the gifted and reading endorsement to help those who needed a little extra help.
There were people who crossed my path that reached out to help me when I needed it. I believe God placed them there to prevent me from falling because of the love He has for all of us. Now it is my time to be present for people who are hurting in whatever way the Lord requires of me. This is the reason I am in deacon formation to be the eyes and servant of the people and make it known that they are not alone.
I want to thank Chad and the St. Bede’s community for opening your doors to me to be an observer of your ministries.
The 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign
for St. Bede's
THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
Thank you to all who have already
prayerfully considered and returned
your 2022 pledge of financial support to St. Bede's.
As of February 3, we have received pledges
from eighty-three folks/families totaling $398,000.
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.
Gathering Going Forward
Guidance for the Parish
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.
Please remember that the Delta and Omicron variants of the COVID-19 virus spread 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.
GET VACCINATED - AND BOOSTED!
(as you are eligible and able)
WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC
(even if you are vaccinated)
AND CONSIDER UPGRADING
MEDICAL GRADE MASKS
SUCH AS N95, KF94, or KN95 MASKS
(cloth masks do not seem to offer
sufficient protection for you or for others
against the latest variants)
KEEP WASHING YOUR HANDS
SOCIALLY DISTANCE AROUND OTHERS
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, February 28.
4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm
See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur
How do we love in a time of rage? How do we fix a broken world while not breaking ourselves? Valarie Kaur—renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer—describes revolutionary love as the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are part of me I do not yet know. Starting from that place of wonder, the world begins to change: It is a practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, even a nation.
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:
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
February 28th at 7pm on Zoom
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 February selection is The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill.
Laos, 1978: Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old medical doctor, has unwillingly been appointed the national coroner of the new socialist Laos. His lab is underfunded, his boss is incompetent, and his support staff is quirky, to say the least. But Siri’s sense of humor gets him through his often frustrating days. When the body of the wife of a prominent politician comes through his morgue, Siri has reason to suspect the woman has been murdered. To get to the truth, Siri and his team face government secrets, spying neighbors, victim hauntings, Hmong shamans, botched romances, and other deadly dangers. Somehow, Siri must figure out a way to balance the will of the party and the will of the dead.
If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli
St. Bede's Prayer List
Prayers have been requested for:
Callie Thessen, cousin of Lynnsay Buehler
Joy Sims, daughter of Nina Daniel
Jack Raymer & Ginnie Ferrell
Brian Couch, friend of Lisa Main
Myles Metcalf, nephew of Susan Reef
Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin
Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kempker
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
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Max Carpenter, grandson of Sarra David
Judy Penney, sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
For those who have died:
Raymond Mark Moore, friend of Connie & Ron Aylor
Jodi Reynolds, friend of Loretta Vail
Neville Brown, brother of Claude Oakley
Douglas Bruce, brother of Nancy Bruce
Mauro Prudente, uncle of Itzel Thule
Shelby Long, friend of Sam Cannon
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
2/6: Melvin Hernandez-Martinez
2/9: Susan Anderson
2/9: Annette Davis
2/9: Cindy Huston
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.
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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Episcopal Relief & Development Tornado Relief in
Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee
December 13, 2021
Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with Episcopal dioceses in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee in response to the devastating tornadoes that struck this past weekend.
A line of severe weather spread across the central US late Friday evening, December 10 through early Saturday morning, December 11. The storms created over 50 tornadoes, including one with a 200-mile long path through Kentucky. At least four EF-3 and five EF-2 tornadoes had been confirmed in Missouri and Illinois. EF-3 tornadoes
are considered severe with estimated wind speeds of 158-206 mph.
Rescue efforts are underway to locate missing people and the full extent of the damage is unknown at this time. As of Monday morning, at least 26,000 homes in Kentucky are without power.
“We are in contact with Episcopal dioceses in the affected areas,” said Katie Mears, Senior Director, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Our partners are assessing the needs in their communities created by the storms. We stand ready to assist in the coming days and weeks.”
Please pray for the people impacted by the deadly tornadoes. Donations to the US Disaster Fund
will support Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners as they respond.
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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