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.
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.
Help move the pews to a new home!
Wednesday, July 28th at 7:00pm
Saturday, July 31st in the morning
As Molly Graves has announced, we will be removing the pews from the nave next week in preparation for their donation to New Life Ministries in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Greensboro church suffered flood damage earlier this year and have been renovating their worship space. They are extremely excited and thankful that St. Bede’s has chosen to donate our pews to their ministry and we are happy that the pews will be put to good use after serving St. Bede’s well for 50 some years.
We need some help to move the pews into the commons area on Wednesday evening July 28th at 7:00PM. They will have been unbolted from the floor and we will just need to set them on moving dollies and roll them into the commons. On Saturday morning July 31, New Life Ministries will be at St. Bede’s to pick up the pews. We will need some help then to assist in loading onto their truck and giving the pews our final sendoff. We will confirm a time later but expect early morning, between 8 and 9AM. We will also be moving chairs into the nave that morning to replace the pews.
If you are available to assist on Wednesday evening, Saturday morning, or both, please let Jeff Swoope or Jim Helms know. Thanks!
A New Home for Our Wooden Pews
Announcement from Senior Warden, Molly Graves
As announced in the e-newsletters sent on July 2 and July 9, the vestry recently decided to remove the wooden pews in the Nave and replace them with chairs that have been in storage and that match the other chairs in our worship space. If you missed this announcement, please read my letter to the parish Click here to read Molly's letter to the Parish. This change is a long-delayed fulfillment of how the seating was originally envisioned in the “New Nave” and will allow us flexibility moving into the future.
I am happy to report that we will be donating the pews to the New Life Ministries Church of Greensboro, NC, where their congregation will, I hope, continue to worship in them for years to come. We will be moving the pews from the Nave on Wednesday, July 28 or Thursday, July 29, and placing them in the Commons for a few days. And on Saturday morning, July 31, members of the New Life Ministries Church will come pick them up.
If you wish to bless the transition of the pews from St. Bede’s to New Life Ministries Church, I invite you to share a memory or picture that includes the pews by sending it to me at email@example.com. You might be inspired by Taylor Graves’ poem below!
Remember that the pews will be in their current location for only two more Sundays, July 18 and July 25. Please join us for in-person worship one (or both) of those days if you wish to “say goodbye” to the pews.
Ode to my Pew
Goodbye old pew, my familiar friend.
I knew someday this would come to an end.
My whole life I have always sat in a pew.
Sitting in a chair will be something new.
Pews seem right, pews seem good.
Sturdy, strong, supportive wood.
You've served us faithfully for many years.
In your absence, I'm sure I will shed some tears.
The vision for our future does not include you.
I'm sorry there was nothing I could do.
But you are going to a brand new place.
You will be cherished in a different space.
To continue the role you've done for so long.
The decision to let you go is not wrong.
Because chairs offer flexibility and so much more,
opening possibilities we've never had before.
Rearranging the chairs gives us the chance,
to have concerts, programs, congregational dance!
And so I fondly say goodbye.
I understand the reasons why.
The church will move forward to visions new,
but I think I will miss my pew.
Humbly and respectfully submitted,
VBS t-shirts ready for pick up
If you ordered a VBS t-shirt, stop by the church building and find yours (labeled with name/household name) in the bin outside the front doors.
A big thanks to John Whitt, our t-shirt designer!
Vacation Bible School /
Estudio Bíblico del Verano
Thanks to all who participated in our All-ages - Bilingual
- Zoom - Dinnertime VBS
What a wonderful summer it’s been!
May we be filled with compassion
May we be filled up to the top of our hearts
When we have the power to make something right
May we show God’s love
Que en tu piedad caminemos.
Grabada está en nuestro corazón
Dios, haciendo el bien, yo demostraré
Tu precioso amor
May we be shown compassion
May we be found in the center of peace
When we have needs that others can meet
May we find God’s love
De tu piedad deseamos
Dios, llévanos a tu centro de paz
Cuando en soledad tu pueblo me ve,
que me muestren tu amor
Thanks to all who gave this week, we were able to surpass our second goal of $2000 for #FreeBlackMamas
Thank you, to John Etrekin, Junior Abraham, and Molly Graves who challenged, sponsored and motivated us along the way. Be sure to check out Molly’s hair on Sunday or in next week’s Enewsletter!
This year the St. Bede’s community has the opportunity to exercise compassion by raising money to donate to #FreeBlackMamas National Bail Out, a partner initiative of SONG (Southerners on New Ground):
As described in their mission, “The National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention [being in jail when you have not been convicted of a crime] and, ultimately, mass incarceration [the unique way the U.S. has locked up a vast population in federal and state prisons, as well as local jails].
“We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.”
“With your generous support we are able to continue to bail out our mothering community members, provide life-changing supportive services, and resource groups who are organizing to transform the criminal justice system.”
How to participate: GIVE HERE , choosing "VBS Outreach" from the Fund list.
To give by check, mail to: 2601 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30345
Learn more at:
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 Pat Callaway
who was in our inaugural Sacred Circle group:
I think it is important for the stories of people in America who have been silenced, marginalized, and oppressed to be heard by those of us who live in and benefit from the dominant society. The goal is not to make white people feel ashamed or guilty, but to help us be a part of ending such repression whether of women, immigrants by choice or by force, or native peoples. I read Alex Haley’s Roots back in 1976 and Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee also in the late 70’s and felt that I was paying pretty good attention in the years since then. The Sacred Ground Circle went places I had not been and presented insights that I had not absorbed, and I am grateful for the experience.
Chad will be away
on the rest of his summer vacation
from Sunday, July 11
through Wednesday, July 28
(back at work on Thursday, July 29).
Please contact the Church Office
(770.938.9797 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you have any pastoral needs
and Muriel Diguette, our Parish Administrator,
will help connect you with someone who can respond.
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.
Connecting with God & Connecting with Each Other
AKA Retreat At St. Bede's For All Women - Trans, Non-binary, Cis and anyone identifying and living as a woman
Sept. 24-25, 2021
We have a name and theme for our fall retreat and soon we'll have an announcement about our keynote speaker so stay tuned for more information soon!
Thanks to everyone who made a donation to the retreat fund to cover the deposit that was lost when the Forrest Hills reservation was cancelled. If anyone else would like to donate, you may give a check to Nancy Bruce or to the office indicating its purpose. We appreciate your generosity.
We are still working out the final cost and other details but anticipate that registration will open in the next two weeks. We look forward to joining together in this time and hope you will join us. We have a very special weekend planned.
Connie & Molly, Co-chairs, Retreat Planning Committee
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
will take a break for July,
and will begin meeting again on 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 July 26th meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz.
New York Times–bestselling author Anthony Horowitz and eccentric detective Daniel Hawthorne team up again in a new mystery, the sequel to the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder, to delve deep into the killing of a high-profile divorce lawyer and the death, only a day earlier, of his one-time friend.
“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late . . . ”
These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine—a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.
Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?
Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.
But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed—even at the risk of death . . .
If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli
St. Bede's Prayer List
Prayers have been requested for:
Summer Callaway, daughter in law of Ray and Pat Callaway
AnnaLisa Stillman-Patterson, friend of Beth Cannon
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:
The Rev. Joel P. Hudson, founding Rector of Christ Church, Norcross
Sarah Beth Lindsay, friend of Beth Cannon
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
7/25: Jackson Kottke
7/26: David Boyd
7/27: Mariano Valenciano
7/27: Mike Flanagan
7/28: Stan Meiburg
7/28: Victoria Aguilar
7/29: DeAndra Smith-Hall
7/29: Sean Bevacque
7/29: Arturo Cruz-Perez
7/30: Alfred Studwell
7/30: Dayana Mata
7/30: Rosa Bartolon
7/31: Emma Brantley
7/31: Cindy Platto
7/31: Alison Palle
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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