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
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.
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Vacation Bible School /
Estudio Bíblico del Verano
All-ages - Bilingual - On Zoom
June 28, July 12, July 19
Last call for T-shirts! (see design at the top and bottom of this announcement) Click here to put in your order by the end of today (Friday, June 25)
We hope your household will join with the St. Bede’s community for our All-ages, fully bilingual, dinner-time VBS. We will be live on Zoom, Mondays at 6:30pm, on June 28, July 12, 19. Each Tuesday we will send out a YouTube video link to all who are registered, so if you can’t be there live, you don’t have to miss out on the fun! Grandparents -- this would be a great activity to enjoy together with visiting grandkids!
Theme: “Compassion Camp: Be loved. Be kind. Be you.”
Included in each session:
Whole body prayers
Simple, catchy and profound music
Bible stories told by the creative households who brought us the Christmas and Easter Pageants
Compassionate crafts to help you put your love to work
We look forward to seeing many of your beautiful faces this summer!
Alyssa Sali and the All-Ages Formation Team
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Save the date! Victoria Esquivel is inviting all of us to walk with her at Dresden Park on Wednesday, July 7, at 6pm. More details to follow. Consider asking friends and family to sponsor your miles. This will spread awareness and gather more funds for our donation to #FreeBlack Mamas.
This year, our VBS, “Compassion Camp”, participants will have 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:
1. If you have dollars to share, you may give them!
Make your donation to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church with the comment “for VBS Outreach”
To give online, click GIVE HERE and choose "VBS Outreach" from the list.
To give by check, mail to : 2601 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30345
2. If you would like to walk (on your own or with friends), you can earn $5 per mile walked up to 5 miles ($25) with a VBS challenge gift from John Entrekin.
3. If you want to earn even more money walking, talk to friends and family and see how much they would sponsor you for per mile walked. Have them follow the directions above for giving their dollars.
Learn more at:
Fall Retreat for Women
including Nonbinary Folks and Transwomen
Hold the dates: Sept. 24-26, 2021
Due to ongoing concerns about Covid and the results of the survey we did about the retreat scheduled at Forrest Hills in September, we have cancelled that reservation. But don’t despair, plans are underway for a Women’s Retreat that same weekend to be held at St. Bede’s. This will allow us to have more control over our environment and still spend some concentrated time together catching up with each other again and renewing our spirituality after this long hiatus apart.
We did lose the deposit paid to Forrest Hills, and if you’d like to make a donation to defray those costs, please send a check to the church and let Muriel know it’s a donation for the retreat. If you were one of the folks who paid for the retreat, we’ll be in touch with you about your refund.
If you'd like to volunteer to serve on the planning committee please contact Connie or Molly.
Stay tuned for details as plans evolve. If you’d be willing to help with the planning of this retreat please let Connie or Molly know.
Connie & Molly, Co-chairs, Retreat Planning Committee
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
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.
For our June meeting on the 28th we will be reading The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.
One of Publishers Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2017
Longlisted for the National Book Award
This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review). In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.
If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
July 26: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
August 23: The Devil You Know by Charles Blow
September 27: Native Son by Richard Wright
October 25: The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
November 29: 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 June 28th meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.
During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.
The trip begins innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps, just as a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.
Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead. . . and another of them did it.
If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli
St. Bede's Prayer List
Prayers have been requested for:
Eferdita Prroni, friend of Suzanne Shapiro
Kevin Maloof, stepson of Anita Maloof
Oscar Orlando Sanchez Garay, brother of Paola Sanchez Garay, Geriatrics
Fellow who is training with Taylor Graves
Bill Edgar, father of Beth Cannon
Rosalene Larson, mother in law of Michael Daniel
The Cannon Family
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:
Randy Witt, son of Sherry Witt
Maria Guadalupe Hernandez, mother of Martha Padron and grandmother of Martha Gomez
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
6/27: Diana Vaquero
6/28: Trey Brantley
6/28: Jorge Chavez
6/29: Ivan Perez
6/29: Deisy Calvillo-Gomez
6/29: Mariana Muriel
6/29: Phil Murff
6/29: Juan Zuniga Paramo
6/29: Charlize Warren
6/30: Junior Abraham
7/1: Carmen Camiro
7/2: Michael Ambrocio
7/2: Rachel Robb
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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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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