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.

In Person and Online Worship
for Sunday, November 28, 2021
The First Sunday of Advent

Join us for
Worship Together in the Nave
at 10 am on
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Masks continue to be required
whenever in the building.

Transition for Online Worship

We have begun live-steaming
our 10 am liturgy from the Nave

We have said goodbye to our
11:30 Morning Worship on Zoom,
which has served us well
during the pandemic.

A very special thank-you to
Judah Sali and Tina Kottke,
who have faithfully served as our
Zoom Technology Team
during this time.

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 
any other Sunday offerings on Zoom
will be sent out in a separate email 
and will be posted to the St. Bede's website
by Saturday afternoon.
The 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign
for St. Bede's

It's the day after Thanksgiving and if you are feeling thankful, rested, and full then that' a great time to offer continued thanks for your St. Bede's community by filling out your pledge card and bringing it with you to worship on Sunday or you can make a pledge to St. Bede's right now by clicking on the link below:

We ask that you return your pledge by the 2nd Sunday of Advent – December 5. On that day, 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.

Pledge packets have been mailed. If you did not receive a packet and would like one, please call or email the church office and we will get one sent out to you as soon as possible.

Thank You!


The Prayer Shawl Ministry

Eight years ago, an inspiration to begin a Prayer Shawl Ministry struck. Junior Abraham had quietly begun crocheting Prayer Shawls and gifting them according to her spirit! Prayer Shawls started to be noticed in Lynnsay’s office and the idea to begin a ministry blossomed!

Since that time several St. Bede’s members have been meeting monthly for fellowship and reverence for the work of crocheting and knitting. In those many years Prayer Shawls have been gifted to our graduating High School seniors. They have been given in times of grief, as going away gifts, for the birth of a child and sometimes because the whims of lives have moved the crocheters and knitters!

Over these years the core group of crafters have gifted close to 200 shawls. Early members included Sarah Jane Ohl, Gayle Smith, Rita Gowler and April Whitt. Over time the group coalesced and current members include Junior Abraham, Suzanne Shapiro, Toni Graney, Cheryl Murphy and two friends who dedicate themselves to our mission and have been faithful from the start, Kathy Gerkin and Ginni Sears.

We meet monthly at the home of Cheryl and enjoy each other’s company and offer prayers from our hearts and hands at the close of the session.

If you are in doubt about LOVE OVERFLOWING at St. Bede’s remember these dedicated crafters. And, if you are interested in joining the group please contact one of the members mentioned above and we will be delighted to welcome you.

Cheryl Murphy


Thanksgiving at Home
through Emmaus House

Thank you to everyone who supported Thanksgiving at Home with Emmaus House this year. With your help, St. Bede’s donated enough food to provide Thanksgiving dinner to over 100 families in the Peoplestown community this Thanksgiving! Special thanks to our volunteers who helped load the bags for delivery to Emmaus House.
If you would like to support Thanksgiving at Home but weren’t able to shop for groceries, you can make a donation through their website https://www.emmaushouseatlanta.org/ or email seminarian Carmie McDonald at cmcdonald@stbedes.org for information on handing out bags next week.

A Successful Semester for ESOL!

With a bit of anxiety and much prayer, our ESOL classes returned to live classroom instruction the third week of August. We were not sure that we would be able to complete the semester with the surge in the Delta variant. However, we had a very successful full semester as we had planned. All of our students and teachers were fully vaccinated, and we all wore masks. Our student numbers were reduced because of the vaccination mandate and the lack of childcare, but the students we had were enthusiastic and made huge progress during our 12 weeks of classes. We plan to resume classes in January.  

Nominations for Vestry for 2021
It's the time of year when nominations for next year's Vestry are sought. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please let a committee member know by November 30. According to our bylaws, the nominating committee consist of the four off-going Vestry members and two at-large members selected by the Vestry. This year, the off-going members are Julie Mizell, Lisa Main, Laura Martin, and Erica Valdez, and the two at-large members are Nina Daniel and Nancy Ward.
The Vestry has legal & fiscal responsibilities for St. Bede's and works in partnership with the Rector to discern what the parish is called to do and to have oversight of that work. We seek members who are intentional and reflective about what our church should be focused on at this time and who have the vision and energy to carry out this work. Members must be able to take into account the needs of all the people in our congregation. The individuals on the Vestry work together for form community, finding common ground, centered on the spiritual life of the individuals and of the vestry as a group, to lead and oversee the church's work.

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 tbcannon@bellsouth.net 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 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.)

For more information contact Beth at tbcannon@bellsouth.net

Gathering Going Forward
Guidance for Parish Activities

Your Gathering Going Forward Group 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)

(even if you are vaccinated)


Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, January 24.

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

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Proposer Together
by Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis of 2008 to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a root problem: racism in our politics and policymaking. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?

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:
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
January 24th 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 January selection will be announced soon.

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 cmcdonald@stbedes.org if you’d like to attend.

A Note of Gratitude
and a Plea for Vaccinations

Many of you know that in August we sent forth twelve of our pews to a new home at New Life Ministries Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. A number of you participated in the loading-of-the-moving-truck and sending off for the pews and some of you met Pastor Kermit Wilson who came to St. Bede’s to take the pews to their new home. Sadly, we learned weeks later that Pastor Wilson had contracted COVID-19 and he remained on our prayer list for the forty-one days that he was in the hospital. In late September, his body succumbed to its battle with the virus. We prayed for him and his family at that time and on the Feast of All Saints’ and we have kept his family in our prayers over that time as well. Recently, we received a note of thanks from Miracle Wilson, Kermit’s widow, thanking us for the gift of the pews and imploring us to encourage folks to get vaccinated against the scourge of COVID-19. Their family was not vaccinated at the time that Pastor Wilson contracted the virus. Now they are a faith community that is doing all that it can to spread the news that vaccines save lives. Please see Miracle Wilson’s note below and please keep Miracle and their three children in your prayers.

My dearest brothers and sisters in Christ:
This was supposed to be a thank you card for your generous donation of your most cherished pews. I wanted to thank you all for being so gracious with your time not just on one weekend but two weekends in a row to help load the pews and send them off to their new home. Instead, I write centrally to ask for your continued prayers as along the journey my dearest love Pastor Kermit Wilson fell ill from COVID and ultimately died from the virus. We were hesitant to get the vaccine due to the potential side effects. Now none of it is a discussion because he has gone home to be with Christ. My prayer is that each of you consider your best options for keeping yourself alive. Please get the vaccine. If we are dead, our work here on earth comes to an end. We will be hosting a vaccine clinic at the church on November 5 at which time I will get the shot. We have 3 small children ages 10, 6 & 2 who can’t afford to lose both parents. May God be with us all!
First Lady Miracle Wilson
New Life Ministries Church
1833 Affirmed Way
Cary, NC 27519

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Myles Metcalf, nephew of Susan Reef
Rita Borge, Andrea Montero, Humberto Méndez, friends of Nora Cruz
Angela Grai, friend of Ron and Connie Aylor
Jack “Bouncer” Robertson, friend of the Buehler Townes family
Douglas Bruce, brother of Nancy Bruce
Laura McIntosh Deck, friend of Suzanne Shapiro
Paul Knopick, son in law of Anita Montelione
Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin
Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kempker
Helen Abraham
Karen Daniel, daughter-in-law of Nina Daniel
Anne Jones, sister of Claiborne Jones
Fay Key
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
Donareen Oakley
Larry Bing
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
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
Ray Lampros
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
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

We give thanks for the safe return of
John and Kay Entrekin
from their mission trip in Honduras.


For those who have died:

Richard Hollahan, friend of Susan Reef
Vicki Bolton, friend of Muriel Diguette and Claiborne Jones

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 
11/29:   Nancy Waring
11/30:   Misty Dumas-Patterson
12/1:     Claudia Fedarko
12/3:     Emma Seif
12/3:     Tyler Busch
12/3:     Angelica Cuevas-Cuevas
12/4:     Kimberly Hernandez-Bernal

The flowers on the altar this Sunday are given
in memory of Ruth Mizell by Elizabeth, Bill, Julie, and Will Mizell

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 $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 Supports Food for the Poor's Response to the Earthquake in Haiti

Episcopal Relief & Development Supports Episcopal and Interfaith Partners in Local Responses to Hurricane Ida

November 11, 2021
Episcopal Relief and Development is supporting partners in targeted local responses to needs created by Hurricane Ida. The organization is partnering with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) to provide aid to impacted people in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx and the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana to support marginalized communities throughout the state.
Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on August 29 as a Category 4 hurricane with gusts in excess of 175 mph and significant storm damage. Ultimately, the storm caused 33 deaths in Louisiana alone and massive destruction to property and infrastructure. On September 1, the storm transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone as it moved up through the northeastern US, causing severe flash flooding and tornadoes. Flooding in New York City caused a shutdown of the transportation system, and water damaged or destroyed approximately 55,000 homes, mainly basement apartments. At least 11 people died in basement apartments that flooded.
The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, with Episcopal Relief & Development support, immediately responded to offer emergency assistance to individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ida. The diocese continues to respond with temporary housing and evacuation support, food and water, cash assistance, pastoral care and construction supplies to help people rebuild damaged residences. This aid is targeted at marginalized populations such as those facing eviction, evacuees from southern Louisiana who are unable to return to their homes, and Latino communities in storm-damaged areas. Staff and volunteers are also facilitating applications for FEMA assistance.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with NYDIS to support under- and uninsured owners and renters in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the flooding. Many of the people affected are undocumented or have lower incomes. Disaster Case Managers are assisting people in accessing government recovery resources first and then providing direct assistance where government support is unavailable.
“Rebuilding after a storm such as Ida will take time,” said Angel Venegas, Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Our partners are committed to supporting these disadvantaged populations, meeting needs not met by other organizations or programs.”
Learn more about how Episcopal Relief & Development responds to disasters, natural or human-made, here.
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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