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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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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
This Sunday our Zoom worship will not be live streaming to U-tube
due to technical complications. You will be able to watch the service on U-tube
on Monday morning.
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.
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.
Gathering Going Forward Update
(for September 2, 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 August 4 and September 1 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 at this time. 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
New Formation Year Begins
Family Ministries Micropractice
Join our households with birth-elementary aged children in this simple intentional practice as we practice what we learned from the lectionary this week.
Please find two opportunities
to Haitian earthquake relief
in the section
"Around the Diocese
and the wider Church"
near the bottom
of your E-News.
Join us in Education for Ministry (EfM) this year!
Education for Ministry
September 20, 2021 – May 23, 2022
Mondays, 7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., on Zoom for now
with occasional meetings on
Sundays, 2:00-4:30, outside on a screened porch
(in place of the Monday meeting)
EfM is a program of theological education and spiritual formation in a small community committed to attentive listening and nonviolent communication. The hope in EfM is to provide space for each participant to wonder about and to grow in her/his/their understanding of and relationship with God, as well as to offer resources to support each person in discerning and blessing their gifts to share in the community. Although the program is designed as a four-year process, a person enrolls for just one year at a time, as one’s life circumstances allow. All of the EfM materials were updated several years ago with new books explored each year; if you are a graduate of the program, you are welcome and encouraged to consider joining the group to have the gift and adventure of moving through the new materials.
EfM begins Monday September 20 at 7:15 p.m., meeting until 9. We’ll begin the year meeting on Zoom most weeks with occasional meetings on Sunday afternoons, 2-4:30, on a large screened porch. The group will select the Sunday afternoons that work best for these meetings.
The mentors for the group are The Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler and Dr. Jo Marie Lyons. Each mentor has over 30 years’ experience in guiding an EfM group.
Click here for more information about the EfM group at St. Bede’s, tuition for the year and how to register.
A testimonial from Miriam Needham
who co-facilitated our inaugural Sacred Circle group:
Many years ago when I was beginning my vocation as a pastoral educator of seminarians and clergy members, I learned a valuable lesson that I have tried never to forget. If I am successful as an educator/teacher then I have to realize and rejoice in the fact that the roles between teacher and student are often reversed. Through these many years I have been taught by the most amazing students whose courage to learn and risk have made them my teachers.
And I know that the truth of this same principle has been integral to my facilitation, along with Muriel and Molly, of this past year’s Sacred Circle group. Along with group members we found ourselves confronting histories of oppression in our country that dated back hundreds of years. We were determined to engage our own personal histories as they intersected with the historical narratives we were encountering in films and articles and various texts. The conversations were rich ….. the feelings stirred were at moments sadness, at other moments anger, and at other moments gratitude. When the material lifted intense feelings, our group worked to support one another and offer spaces of deep listening and acceptance. I was frequently aware that we all worked to bring balance as emails were sent out between groups sharing something that was happening currently that reminded us of the hope that is always present.
Working with Molly and Muriel was delightful. We are each so different and it seemed that each time we met to plan the next group, we learned from each other. The material assigned for each session was descriptive and challenging and we sought to facilitate the group so that the material ‘opened’ us to questions and, inevitably, to learning. Our facilitation, however, would have been futile had our group not been willing to engage. I am thankful for this past year’s Sacred Circle and I look forward to our coming year and the continued learning with a new group who will engage the curriculum in new ways. Working with Molly and Muriel again will always be a privilege but also ….. great fun!
Please join our circle as we spend the months of October through April exploring these issues.
A NEW GROUP IS FORMING - Sacred Ground Circle
Sacred Circle: A Justice and Faith Group beginning in October
Beginning in October a new group will meet approximately every two weeks on Thursday nights (6:30 - 8:30pm) to explore a new program developed by the Episcopal Church called Sacred Ground: A Film Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith.
If you would like to explore the website and watch a short video about the program, please click here
In our exploration together we will read the books, Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. We will also watch videos together, and read articles and essays from many different writers.
Muriel Diguette, Molly Graves, and Miriam Needham will co-facilitate this group beginning with an opening retreat (via Zoom) on Saturday, October 16th beginning at 10:00am. We will then meet every other week on Thursday nights through April. We will meet predominantly on Zoom, but will discuss meeting occasionally in person as the year unfolds.
Space is limited so please let us know if you are interested soon.
If you are interested in making a commitment or have any questions, please contact one of the three co-facilitators.
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group
Monday, September 27.
4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series
“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”
“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.” So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. “There is a fix,” Acho says. “But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations.”
In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask―yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.” In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity―but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.
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 Devil You Know by Charles Blow
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
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 September 22nd meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson
Recovering from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Sheriff Walt Longmire returns to Absaroka County, Wyoming, to lick his wounds and try once again to maintain justice in a place with grudges that go back generations. When a shepherd is found dead, Longmire suspects it could be suicide. But the shepherd's connection to the Extepares, a powerful family of Basque ranchers with a history of violence, leads the sheriff into an intricate investigation of a possible murder.
As Walt searches for information about the shepherd, he comes across strange carvings on trees, as well as play money coupons from inside Mallo Cup candies, which he interprets as messages from his spiritual guide, Virgil White Buffalo. Longmire doesn't know how these little blue cards are appearing, but Virgil usually reaches out if a child is in danger. So when a young boy with ties to the Extepare clan arrives in town, the stakes grow even higher.
Even more complicating, a renegade wolf has been haunting the Bighorn Mountains, and the townspeople are out for blood. With both a wolf and a killer on the loose, Longmire follows a twisting trail of evidence, leading to dark and shocking conclusions.
If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli
St. Bede's Prayer List
Prayers have been requested for:
Pastor Kermit Wilson & family
Mary Maitland Kimball, sister of Jan Swoope
Jane Lewis, sister of Dixie Snider
David Allen, brother of Lisa Main
Ken and Barbara Peck, friends of Loretta Vail
Lauren James and her family, friends of Larry Bing
Vicki Bolton, friend of Muriel Diguette
Karen Daniel, daughter-in-law of Nina Daniel
Anne Jones, sister of Claiborne Jones
Pat Raybourne, sister of Fran Snider
Rachel Bivens, friend of Doris and Jim Bushart
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:
Jim Coleman, friend of Jennie Couture
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
9/20: Melanie Sotelo
9/21: Fernando Valdez
9/22: Guadulupe Najera
9/23: Jose Medina
9/24: Frances Bowen
9/24: David Gowler
9/24: Erica Valdez
9/25: Sarah Jane Ohl
9/25: Sherry Poland
9/25: Victor Caceres
We give thanks for the births of
Lucia Aurelia, granddaughter of Anita Montelione,
daughter of Kristen and Paul, born September 3,
Hayes Michael Echterhoff, grandson of Cathe Echterhoff,
son of Susan and Christopher, born on September 3.
We rejoice with the newly baptized,
Betsy Zenet Garcia Lorenzo
Manuel Alberto Pinzon
Bryan Jesus Pinzon
Nolan William Baker
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...
Emergency Disaster Relief in Haiti
An Update the Rev'd John Porter...
Forging Futures is sending financial assistance to the ravaged towns of the Lower Peninsula - The Sud - and in particular, the towns of Jeremie and Les Cayes. Our own schools - located on the Sud in Leogane - were utterly destroyed by the devastation from the earthquake 11 years ago. This week the earthquake ( tranblemann te ) struck an area 60 miles west. This area is rural and less populated but more difficult to access. As is the case with most blessings, the good news is mixed.
What is the situation on the ground near Jeremie and Les Cayes?
Needed medical supplies are scarce. Water wells and cisterns are broken. Roads blocked by mud and debris. Grocery stories flattened. Hospitals and clinics have been damaged. The earthquake struck during the harsh and flooding rains of Fred - and now as I write - hurricane Grace.
Why is the situation so dangerous?
In the United States, we breathe a sigh of relief as the storms are “downgraded” from hurricane category to tropical depression. The winds represent our danger. Not so in Haiti. The winds are less to be feared. It is the rain bombs that loosen foundations and cause the Lavalas - horrific avalanches of earth and debris, destroying all in its path. Sweeping it all away. Crashing down the hillsides.
Is this a good time for Haiti?
There is a government barely struggling to survive, let alone govern. The President has been murdered by mercenaries from Columbia. There is no functioning infrastructure in Haiti. Severe punishing poverty remains. Covid is everywhere, as it is here. Lawlessness is too frequently the rule for the day.
from Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry:
“These are difficult times. Let us set aside our many quarrels. Put aside everything that threatens to divide us. Let us now look to the safety of the poorest and most needy among us.”
What can be done today?
It is not hard to understand that Haitians turn to the church in times of hardship because, more often that not, it is the church that does not abandon them in times of disaster. Any additional funds donated to Forging Futures this month will be sent to Haiti to alleviate the misery on the Sud. Our staff in Leogane know how to get every penny of designated financial aid to colleagues in the stricken areas of the country.
Or send a check to: Forging Futures in Haiti c/o John J Porter, 215 Abington Drive, NE, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328
Ke pa janm two lou pou meti li. Difisil pa bone, Se la chans ki bay.
One’s burdens will never be unbearable. Difficulty isn’t pretty, but hopefully, something good will happen.
Episcopal Relief & Development Supports the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California in Response to Wildfires
September 9, 2021
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California as it provides emergency assistance in response to the Caldor, Dixie, McFarland and Monument wildfires that have burned over 1.4 million acres in seven counties and led to widespread evacuations.
Severe drought and record-breaking heat across the state are contributing to the extremely active wildfire season. Nearly one-third of the population of California is affected by the hazardous air quality caused by the fires.
The Caldor Fire ignited on August 14, 2021, and quickly spread through El Dorado County, destroying property and closing roads. Nearly 25,000 people were initially evacuated from their homes. Some evacuation orders have been downgraded in recent days, allowing people to begin to return home, but the fire is not yet fully contained. The Dixie Fire began on July 13, 2021, and is the largest “single start” fire in California history, overshadowed only by the August Complex (multiple points of ignition) of 2020 which totaled 1,032,000 acres. The Dixie Fire has burned over 922,000 acres as of September 8. The Dixie Fire displaced many migrant farmworkers and rural farmers who may not have the resources to support an extended period away from the farms. The McFarland Fire has burned over 128,000 acres and at least 66 structures, including 24 residences, while the Monument Fire has burned over 189,000 acres since both fires ignited at the end of July.
The Diocese of Northern California, a long-term recovery partner of Episcopal Relief & Development, has organized a disaster response program to bring aid to farmworkers, regardless of documentation status, people who had already been experiencing homelessness prior to the wildfires and other evacuees. Due to the size and unpredictability of the fires, many evacuees are relocating entirely. The diocese is providing monetary support to cover food, fuel and other emergency supplies as they travel. Additionally, through its network of churches, the diocese is setting up hygiene stations with wash areas, dumpsters and portable toilets to assist evacuees. Diocesan staff are also coordinating with representatives from FEMA. All relief efforts are being carried out with physical distancing and other COVID-19 protocols in place.
“The Diocese of Northern California is experienced at responding to disasters, particularly wildfires,” said Katie Mears, Senior Director, US Disaster Program. “The staff had prepared in advance so they were able to quickly mobilize to help people affected by this year’s fires.”
Please pray for all the evacuees, firefighters, emergency responders and all who are impacted by the wildfires in California, and consider a donation to Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Fund to support continued response to this disaster.
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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