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.
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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.
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
5 pm - Worship in the Nave (in Spanish)
Registration is required.
Please email The Rev'd Fabio Sotelo
if you would like to attend.
Masks are required.
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.
The 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign
for St. Bede's
Last Sunday, November 7, we kicked off our 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign. Cheryl and Fred Murphy are chairing this year’s campaign and Cheryl preached a wonderful call-and-response sermon celebrating so many ways in which God’s love overflows from St. Bede’s. You can watch that sermon here.
This week your pledge packets were mailed to you. Your packet may have already arrived or it may be in your mailbox in the next few days (there was a postal holiday last Thursday). When you receive your pledge card, please prayerfully consider your response and then prayerfully fill out your pledge card and return it to St. Bede’s. You can return your paper pledge card to the offering basin on Sundays, or you can mail your pledge card in the included return-reply envelope, or you can pledge online through Realm by clicking here.
We ask that you return your pledge by the 2nd Sunday of Advent – December 5 – when 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.
Support Thanksgiving at Home
through Emmaus House
BAGS DUE THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Please join the community of St. Bede’s in our annual food drive to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for more than 200 families in need. We are seeking donations of the items listed below. Emmaus House will provide the turkeys!
Each bag needs the following ingredients:
- 2 Cans of String Beans (English cut)
- 2 Cans of Corn
- 2 Cans of Peas
- 1 Can of Cranberry Sauce
- 1 Large Bag of Stuffing
- 1 Box of Brownie Mix
- 1 Bag of Rice (1 lb.)
- 2 Boxes of Cornbread / Muffin Mix
Please place all of the sides for each household into one large reusable grocery bag with handles and deliver your bag to St. Bede’s between now and November 14th.
Please contact Melissa Biegler with questions and please visit the Emmaus House website if you’d like to donate a turkey.
Thank you for sharing with those in need this Thanksgiving!
Interested in volunteering?
3 volunteers are needed to help load bags on Wednesday, November 17th at 10am at St. Bede’s and
5 volunteers are needed to help distribute bags at Emmaus House on Tuesday, November 23 from 9am-1pm.
Together Zoom is this Sunday, Nov. 14, 1pm
Don't forget! All ages are invited to hop on Zoom for about 45 min to reflect together on the kind of generosity that is a Big Deal for Jesus--with music, story, wondering, whole-body prayer, and robust story sharing. Feel free to bring your lunch and be sure to bring your open heart. See Saturday email for Zoom link.
This year St. Bede's Youth Group will again be selling Christmas trees and wreaths as our primary fundraiser for the year. We are partnering with the same tree vendor that we did last year, so we are sure the quality of the trees and wreaths will be the same. To pre-order your trees and wreaths you have the option to select from either online, or in person before or after the 10:00 church service.
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 me at email@example.com with any additional questions.
Hope for peace and grace during this Advent season, Beth
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, November 14th - 9:30 - 10:00 AND 11:15 - 11:30 - Sell Christmas trees and wreaths, 10:00 - Church, 11:30 - 12:15 - Youth group check-in. Bring your lunch and we'll hang out, share our highs and lows and catch up.
Sunday, November 21st - 9:30 - 10:00 AND 11:15 - 11:30 - Sell Christmas trees and wreaths, 10:00 - Church, TBD
Sunday, November 28th - 10:00 - Church - No YG - Happy Thanksgiving weekend
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.)
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.
Gathering Going Forward Update
(for October 6, 2021)
Your Gathering Going Forward Group continues to meet monthly (and as needed) to offer advice to the Vestry and the Parish about best practices and protocols for how we order our common life as a parish during these ongoing days of global pandemic.
The group met on October 6 and 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 (as they are approved). 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)
WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC
(even if you are vaccinated)
KEEP WASHING YOUR HANDS
SOCIALLY DISTANCE AROUND OTHERS
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, November 22.
4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm
Native Son by Richard Wright
“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” —Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.
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 Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
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
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 November 22nd meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
Originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Lippman's Tess Monaghan novella turns the intrepid Baltimore PI's at-risk late-pregnancy bed rest into a compellingly edgy riff on Hitchcock's Rear Window. Lovingly tucked up on her winterized sun porch, Tess marshals her forces--doting artist boyfriend Crow, best friend Whitney Talbot, middle-aged assistant gumshoe Mrs. Blossom, and researcher Dorie Starnes--to probe the disappearance of a chic blonde green-raincoated dog walker she'd been watching from her comfy prison. Tess also takes in the missing woman's abandoned green-slickered Italian greyhound from hell, a miniature canine terrorist whose anti-housebreaking vendetta offers comic relief from Tess's threatened pre-eclampsia, her obsessive unraveling of a complex scam, and her last-trimester spats with Crow about their future. Though postpartum Tess turns alternately weepy and shrill, that condition won't last, and this entertaining romp leaves plenty of hints of detective-mother exploits to come
If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli
Texts of Terror Class
Continues 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.
Our class will take a break for Thanksgiving, but will resume on December 9th. 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).
Please contact Carmie McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.
St. Bede's Prayer List
Prayers have been requested for:
Laura McIntosh Deck, friend of Suzanne Shapiro
Paul Knopick, son in law of Anita Montelione
Pat Raybourne, sister of Fran Snider
Brand Hodson, husband of Sarah Jane Ohl's great niece, Jessica
Sue Zimmer-Dauphinee, mother in law of Cate Faulkner
Myles Metcalf, great nephew of Susan Reef
George, Lois, and Paul Shingler
Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin
Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kempker
Karen Daniel, daughter-in-law of Nina Daniel
Anne Jones, sister of Claiborne Jones
Mari Garnica, friend of the Sali Family
William Gunter, brother of Doris Bushart
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
and for John & Kay Entrekin
as they travel to Honduras on a Mission Trip this week
For those who have died:
Vicki Bolton, friend of Muriel Diguette and Claiborne Jones
Dennis Bowman, Director of Nicholas House
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
11/14: Eve Doolittle
11/14: Alexis Dumas Patteron
11/14: James Spires
11/14: Samantha Sotelo
11/15: Maria Piedra-Sujia
11/16: Orisha Parsons
11/16: Fidencio Patina
11/18: Terry McClean
11/18: Alejandro Olea
11/18: Shane Hunziker
11/19: Nancy Lopez
11/19: Caroline Magee
We rejoice with those who were baptized last weekend
Felicity Rose Blackburn
Rosie Angeline Villalobos Flores
Ainoa Lizbeth Villalobos Flores
Jack Loflin Parey
And we rejoice at the birth of
Edward Glen Thomas
son of Amelia and Glen Thomas
grandson of Steve Hadler and Claudia Fedarko
St. Bede's Online Giving
If you would like to make a gift to St. Bede's
(debit or credit card or ACH transfer from your bank account)
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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From around the Diocese
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Episcopal Relief & Development Supports Food for the Poor's Response to the Earthquake in Haiti
October 4, 2021
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with Food For The Poor to provide humanitarian assistance to communities in Haiti that were impacted by the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
With the support of Episcopal Relief & Development and other partners, Food For The Poor has designed a multi-step response that will support marginalized communities both in the short term and over time.
The August 14 earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace destroyed nearly 61,000 homes and damaged another 76,000 in the Grand’Anse, Nippes and Sud departments. In response, Episcopal Relief & Development, through Food For The Poor, is sending tents that will provide shelter. The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti will distribute the tents to vulnerable groups such as families led by women or those with young children in hard-to-reach communities.
Food For The Poor is also shipping parcels of food for immediate distribution. Over the long term, the organization is planning to build schools and houses.
“For many Haitians, the recent earthquake was a vivid reminder of the trauma of the 2010 earthquake,” said Nagulan Nesiah, Senior Program Officer, Disaster Response and Risk Reduction, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Through this partnership with Food for the Poor, we are leveraging our extensive network of churches and community partners to meet the basic need for shelter, so vulnerable Haitians can begin to recover in dignity.”
Episcopal Relief & Development has a long history of disaster response and community-building in Haiti. Since the recent earthquake, the agency has been working directly with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, Church World Service and other local partners to provide emergency assistance such as medical care, food, clean water and hygiene kits. Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Haiti Fund will support continued response efforts.
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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