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.
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
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.
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.
for All Saints’ Sunday (November 7)
and Going Forward
On Sunday, November 7 (not this coming Sunday, but the next) we will be bringing more things that are familiar to us back into our worship and common life together.
On that day, we will celebrate the Saints of the Church and the faithful in our community who have entered into eternal life since the Feast of All Saints 2020. We will also resume congregational singing (with masks) and hymnals will be back in the slots on the chairs. Our choir is scheduled to be back with us as well (Thank you choir for your gifts of adaptive music making for the past fifteen months or so!). We will refill the baptismal font with flowing water – a sound that accompanied regular worship at St. Bede’s for 25 years now – and we plan to welcome new members into the Body of Christ that day through the waters of baptism. We will also be kicking off our 2022 annual pledge campaign that day. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Let Love Overflow!”.
Out in the Commons, it’s starting to look like November at St. Bede’s! The Altar of Remembrance for Día de Los Muertos is up and ready to receive pictures of any of the beloved saints of your life for sharing with the community. Bags of groceries for the Emmaus House Thanksgiving at Home Food Drive are beginning to appear. The nametag displays will be back on November 7 so that we can all better greet one another and any new folks who join us.
That’s a lot – and, I have to say, it so refreshing to write about things that we are adding to our worship and common life instead of things that are being removed. With that said, we are still travelling the long journey of pandemic together, so please remember that masks are still required at any time you are in the building. Also, please remember that pre- and post-worship fellowship is best conducted outside of the building. For the time being we will also continue to share communion in the form of pre-consecrated wafers only.
Like you, I continue to be encouraged by the improving public health data surrounding the pandemic. As a dad, I am also excited about the very near horizon of emergency use authorization of vaccines for children ages five to eleven. Please continue to keep up to date with your own vaccination status as you are eligible for additional doses and/or boosters – remembering that our vision as a parish is to be a community that is as full vaccinated as possible. We hold this vision out of love for neighbor and the most vulnerable amongst us.
Please join me in celebrating what we are adding back into our worship and common life at this point, while looking forward to more things we will be able to add back in the weeks and months ahead.
My love to you all,
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:
October 31st - 9:30 - Trees & wreaths go on sale, Youth please arrive at 9:30 and we will sell trees/wreaths to parishoners of the 10:00 service as they arrive and depart. As your reward you will be fed donuts:)
November 7th - 11:30 - We will gather outside on the grounds of St. Bede's and after pre-selling trees and wreaths we will help Taylor and the MOB clean up the deck and path down in the (for lack of another term) gulchy area. Wear your grubby clothes. Bring a sack lunch and please be prepared to stay until 2:00.
November 14th - 9:00 - Church Chat - Join us for a nosh as we come together, share our highs, lows and anything and everything else that is on our minds.
Trees & Wreaths will be on sale on the 14th immediately following the 10:00 service.
(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.)
New Four-Part Adult Formation Class:
Texts of Terror
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. Co-facilitators Claiborne Jones and Carmie McDonald (our seminarian) invite you to join the discussion as together we explore the diversity of the Old Testament “Texts of Terror” beginning with the Great Flood.
This four-part series will meet on Zoom at 7pm
on Thursday evenings October 28, November 11,
correction: December 9, and TBA.
An Altar of Remembrance
This year, as we celebrate All Saints'/All Souls' Days, a tradition returns - an Altar of Remembrance. While many cultures celebrate some festival for the remembering all the faithful departed, we embrace this tradition from Mexico where these tableaux are set out in homes, churches, and in other community gathering areas around the time of Día de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead (All Saints'/All Souls' Day).
St. Bede's parishioners from all worship services are invited to bring photos of loved ones who have died to place on the altar that will be set up in the Commons (photos may be framed or unframed, and name labels help us all join in the remembrance). Other items representing loved ones who have died may also be placed there - favorite foods, a small article of clothing, or anything that brings that person to mind. Photos and other items may be placed on the tables set up to the left of the entry doors to the Nave any time between Sunday, October 24 and Sunday, November 7 and may be picked up any time after November 8.
Support Thanksgiving at Home through Emmaus House
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!
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
St. Bede's Prayer List
Prayers have been requested for:
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
For those who have died:
Dennis Bowman, Director of Nicholas House
Steve Owens, friend of Ray Callaway
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
11/3: Charlie Coates
11/3: Tom Cordner
11/3: Donareen Oakley
11/3: Calvin Kottke
11/4: Helen Smith
11/5: Bill Mizell
11/6: Marisol Callejas
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
and the wider Church...
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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