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.
Muriel's email address is mdiguette@stbedes.org

Sunday, March 20, 2022
The Third Sunday in Lent

Please join us as we gather together
to worship God this Sunday!

Worship in the Nave
in English at 10 am

Registration is no longer required.

Masks are still required this Sunday.
(See article below about upcoming changes to worship protocols.)

We will also be streaming this liturgy live

Worship in the Nave
in Spanish at 5 pm

Register for 5 pm Worship by emailing Fabio Sotelo

Upcoming Changes to Worship Protocols:
Giving-up and Taking-on Things for Lent

Many of you are familiar with the practice of personally “giving something up for Lent”. You are also likely familiar with the encouragement to “take on” new or renewed spiritual practices during Lent for your own personal spiritual renewal. These are indeed holy and worthy disciplines to grow personally in faith during this season of renewal and reflection.
But what about our collective spiritual life? We have all been living a long, two-year, extended pandemic “Lent” in which we have had to give-up or alter so much as what we knew as familiar before we ever first heard the word “COVID”. We are now at a point where the path of the pandemic and the best public health advice that is available indicates that we can “take back on” even more of the things that we have had to lay aside for a long season. We can also rejoice as we are able to “give” up some of the interim measures that have allowed us to worship God together during some of the most challenging parts of the pandemic.
I am happy to announce the following changes to our worship for the upcoming Sundays in Lent and Easter:
Sunday, March 20 – Pre-registration for worship is no longer required. Just show up!
Sunday, March 27 – Masking will become a matter of personal choice for all who are up-to-date with recommended COVID-19 vaccinations (this means that folks are vaccinated and boosted as is age and life-circumstance appropriate). Masking will continue to be required for the unvaccinated or those who are not up-to-date with the recommended vaccination schedule from the CDC. We will not be checking vaccination status – we expect each person to be responsible to these guidelines. It is always appropriate to wear a mask out of your own personal need or preference – just as with any medical device such as a brace or a bandage. Some may choose to continue wearing masks for their own sake and some may continue to wear a mask for the benefit of others. Our goal will be to honor folks’ personal choice in this matter out of love for all in our community.

Sunday, April 3 – Communion served hand-to-hand returns. We will begin by serving communion (bread only – at this point) at standing stations. An additional self-serve station (with bread packets) will continue for a while as well. Clergy will wear masks during the Eucharistic Prayer (as we pray over the elements) and all who will assist in serving communion will be masked as well.
Sunday, April 10 – The Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday – Processions return. We will gather outside (weather permitting) for the blessing of the Palms and process into the nave together.
Sunday, April 17 – Easter Day – We will extend our Easter celebrations outside after worship with a festive Easter reception on the grounds.
Let us rejoice that we can resume even more things that feel significant to us in our worship of God. Let us also be mindful that some of these changes may be challenging for some folks who are comfortable with the ways we are currently worshipping and may have to grow comfortable with these changes. Even in these days of encouraging pandemic metrics, each of us is on our own journey of what “feels right” for us just now.  These feelings can change week-to-week or even day-to-day. Let us continue to extend love and grace to those who may be in different places than where we may find ourselves personally.
You will hear more details each week before these announced changes occur, but I pray that, in the days ahead, we can look forward to our offerings of worship to God feeling even more rich and beautiful. And rest assured that God has been with us through all of the desert days of this pandemic as well and has been pleased with all of the ways we have offered our prayers and praise – even when it may have felt uncomfortable or unfulfilling to us.

Saturday Outdoor Labyrinth Walk
for households with young children

Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors to experience walking a Labyrinth this Saturday, March 19th, at 10AM. We will be meeting at Mercer University's Interfaith Peace Garden. Age-appropriate instruction will be provided. 


As you may know, helping families fleeing violence has been at the heart of Episcopal Relief & Development's mission from the very beginning. In fact, we were established by The Episcopal Church to assist people fleeing Europe during World War II.

Today, we are counting on our faith communities to join us in helping our extended beloved Ukrainian family in need.

Thank you in advance for your compassion, and for praying for those affected by this conflict.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO


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.

Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch. It's free!


CLICK HERE for the daily meditations found in the Day By Day booklets
You can also find paper copies in the Connect Center in the Commons.

Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church , grew out of the determination of the General Convention in 1934 to counter a period of anxiety, distrust, and decline in the Episcopal Church with a "forward movement" charged to "reinvigorate the life of the church and to rehabilitate its general, diocesan, and parochial work."

We are best known for the popular daily devotional Forward Day by Day, which provides daily meditations based on scripture readings appointed by the lectionary and Daily Office. Forward Day by Day is published in English, Spanish, large print, audio cassette, and Braille editions, and the daily meditation is available online.

The 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign
for St. Bede's


Thank you to all who have already 
prayerfully considered and returned 
your 2022 pledge of financial support to St. Bede's.

As of March 10, we have received pledges 
from eighty-six folks/families totaling $416,000.

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.

Thank You!

Gathering Going Forward
Guidance for the Parish

(as you are eligible and able)

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.
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, March 28.

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

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

In Morrison’s acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others—prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

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:
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
Slavery By Another Name by Douglas Blackmon

Mostly Mysteries Book Group
March 28th 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 February selection is A Little Bird by Wendy James.

A homecoming snares a young woman in a dangerous tangle of lies, secrets, and bad blood in this gripping novel by the bestselling author of An Accusation.

Running from a bad relationship, journalist Jo Sharpe heads home to Arthurville, the drought-stricken town she turned her back on years earlier. While some things have changed―her relationship with her ailing, crotchety father, her new job at the community newspaper―Jo finds that her return has rekindled the grief and uncertainty she experienced during her childhood following the inexplicable disappearance of her mother and baby sister.

Returning to Arthurville has its unexpected pleasures, though, as Jo happily reconnects with old friends and makes a few new ones. But she can’t let go of her search for answers to that long-ago mystery. And as she keeps investigating, the splash she’s making begins to ripple outward―far beyond the disappearance of her mother and sister.
Jo is determined to dig as deep as it takes to get answers. But it’s not long before she realises that someone among the familiar faces doesn’t want her picking through the debris of the past. And they’ll go to any lengths to silence the little bird before she sings the truth.

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

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Jai Haithco, son of Robin Brown-Haithco
Danny Fenwick, brother of Fran Snider
Clifton Lewis, brother-in-law of Dixie Snider
Pollyann Matson, friend of Nina Daniel
Joy Sims, daughter of Nina Daniel
Jack Raymer & Ginnie Ferrell
Myles Metcalf, nephew of Susan Reef
Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin
Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kempker
Helen Abraham
Mac Thigpen
Fay Key
Lisa Maloof, daughter in law of Anita Maloof
Kevin Maloof, son of Anita Maloof
Donareen Oakley
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
Ray Lampros
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:

Sarra David
Brian Couch, friend of Lisa Main
Callie Thessen McCarter, cousin of Lynnsay Buehler

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 
3/20: Sam Cannon
3/21:  Bryce Cannon
3/21:  Cullen Branch
3/22:  Matt Faulkner
3/24: Veronica Noess
3/24: Carolina Lopez-Martinez
3/25: Jose Mendez
3/25: Alan Huston

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 $9,000 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 $1,600 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.

Your Amazon purchases can support St. Bede's 
through Amazon Smile
If you shop on Amazon, consider accessing Amazon through 
and designating St. Bede's as your charitable beneficiary.

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.

From around the Diocese
and the wider Church...

Bishop Wright is offering
a diocesan-wide five-part Lenten teaching series.

"The pandemic feels like wilderness,
but God does amazing things in the wilderness,
even when the wilderness stretches on for a while!
These are all wilderness stories
that remind us of what God can teach there,
and that good things come out of wilderness time."
Bishop Wright

the magazine of the Diocese of Atlanta

The new Pathways is now available online! Through original photography, articles, and interviews, Pathways shares inspiring stories from Middle and North Georgia — examples of spiritual growth.

Bishop Wright's Weekly Podcast

Did you know that Bishop Rob Wright has a weekly podcast? You can take a spiritual "deep dive" each week with Bishop Wright and his special guests and grow deeper in faith and understanding as you listen and learn.

Support the Cathedral Book Store.

Friend in Christ,

As violence escalates in Ukraine, over one million people have already fled the country — and the borders are flooded with many more people desperate to leave.

Almost all of them are women and children who have had to seek safety on their own, leaving their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons behind.

As this crisis continues to evolve, we are working with Anglican agencies and our other partners to provide humanitarian assistance, and urgently ask for your help.

Your emergency gift today will support our immediate response, providing cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needs as this crisis unfolds.

Our faith networks are currently on the ground in the border areas of Poland, Hungary and Romania, and we will continue to coordinate with them in order to help those who have been displaced. Specifically, our partner ACT Alliance is helping families on the Hungarian border, and our Anglican partners are mobilizing both an immediate and long-term response in Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO
Episcopal Relief & Development

Several St. Bede's regulars subscribe to-and like! - these e-publications. To stay up to date on activities throughout the Diocese of Atlanta, sign up for the e-newsletter, Connecting.

You can also sign up to receive For Faith, which is a weekly devotional podcast from Bishop Rob Wright sent by email on Fridays. To sign up for either or both,  click here

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Muriel Diguette

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