ECA WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
 "Our Mission is to bear witness to God's love and invite, encourage, and prepare God's people to share that grace with others." 
Reminder: Limited activities are now allowed on the outside grounds of ECA following CDC and Health Dept. guidelines. Read ECA guidelines HERE
Updated guidelines for Phase I (limited outside attendance) HERE
Join us for Morning Prayer/Communion this Sunday: Services at 9 am (online) and 10:30 am (Reservations Required)*
As we transition through these difficult and uncertain times with COVID-19, ECA is adapting services with your health and well-being as a priority. This Sunday, ECA will offer two services: one at 9 am online via Facebook, and one outside service for 50 people in the field by the playground *(weather permitting / reservations required) at 10:30am. Please email ecaparish@gmail.com to sign up to attend the service.
Please note: we must follow strict physical distancing guidelines and attendance limits in accordance with the Diocese of Atlanta, CDC & Health Dept. details. See guidelines below or on our website for details.
New Sunday Service Worship Opportunities, Drive thru Communion Offered.
While we are still not allowed to gather for large crowds for in person worship inside, providing opportunities for worship is still our top priority. We will be doing drive-thru communion during the 10:30AM service as weather permits. Please start arriving at the church at 11am and pull around to stop sign. We will line up cars and distribute the sacrament of communion. All in-person activity and group meetings at ECA must still go through Fr. Paul to ensure accountability measures. Here is the latest information we have. Click on the links below to review:
·        Gathering Guidelines for Phase I limited outside Sunday Service as of 9/10: Click Here
·        Click here for Guidelines for Activities at ECA during COVID -19
·        Latest bishop's directive as of August 19, 2020. Please click on the link HERE
2021 Pledge Campaign “Faith Filled Generosity” to Date Numbers
During these unusual times, collecting our pledges has been a little more sporadic than what we are use to. We appreciate those who have been able to turn in their pledges this year. As of today, we have 53 pledges for $136,524. We had 90 pledges last year, so we have a little way to go. We understand the difficult times we are in and ask that you prayerfully consider how you can support ECA’s ministry moving forward for 2021. There are multiple ways to send in your pledge, you can mail the envelope we sent back to ECA, you can email us at ecaparish@gmail.com or Fr. Paul if you wish, you can leave in the secure mailbox down at the street, or leave with us when you attend a service at ECA. We are deeply grateful for all who continue to support ECA and our ministry and worship together and we hope to be back together soon.
Fire Pit Social Event (Safe & Physically Distanced) Planned for Saturday Dec. 12 at 4:30PM
We are planning a multiple fire-pit smores' night social on December 12 at 4:30 p.m. Come kick the COVID blues away and enjoy some Church family time together! Stay tuned for more info on what to bring and guidelines that need to be implemented in order to have a fun & safe event with everyone!
Virtual Christmas Pageant: Participants Needed
ECA will host a virtual Christmas Pageant this year; the trials of 2020 will not stop our tradition! We need names of the children, grandchildren, and friends who wish to participate.  Parents will video record their children playing their part and then we will piece it together in a fun-filled, loving video to play on Christmas Eve.  If interested, please email or call Sandi Harden at sandi.harden@gmail.com by 11/29. We need the following information:
  • Full name of child
  • Reading or non-reading
  • Part preference (If no preference, we will assign)
Once names are submitted, we will send you a script and guidelines for recording. We are excited to make Christmas 2020 a memorable celebration for our ECA church family.
It's Time for Pecans! ECW Selling Pecans Now
Fresh Georgia Pecans available for purchase! You may contact Penny Capawana: pcapawana@gmail.com to order. One pound bags of shelled pecan halves from this year's crop cost $10.00. Please make checks payable to ECA with 'Pecans' in the memo (mail to 1673 Jamerson Dr. Marietta, GA 30066). Pecans sales are to raise funds for ECW. Thank you for supporting this ministry! Note: If you need help getting pecans due to COVID, contact Bliss Peterson at blisspeterson@gmail.com or by phone 678-662-0508.
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Open Hearts Thanksgiving Dinner
ECA Reach is providing Thanksgiving Dinner to the families of Open Heart Kids this year. If you would like to provide a dinner (or portion of a dinner), please mail a donation to the ECA Office at 1673 Jamerson Road Marietta, GA 30066. Mark your donation with: "Thanksgiving Dinners". A Dinner is $65 per family. Thank you to all who continue to give so generously!
Pavilion Update: We finally have our building permit. Construction to begin Construction has begun on the pavilion. If everything goes according to schedule, we should be complete soon after Thanksgiving. In order for work to progress, please refrain from stopping by until construction is complete.  
Advent Wreath Workshop, Saturday, Nov. 28 At 10:00 Am- Outside
Christmas is coming! All are welcome to join us Nov. 28 at 10:00am for our annual Advent Wreath Workshop.  Bring clippers and greenery that you've cut from your yard or ECA's, everything else will be provided. Cost is $15 for supplies.  Please email Brenda Pinkston at bpinkston57@gmail.com or Bliss Peterson at blisspeterson@gmail.com if you plan to attend so that we can purchase enough forms and candles for everyone who wants to participate. Protocols for C19 and social distancing will be implemented as per the Dioceses and CDC. Note: if you would like to participate but do not feel safe coming to the church, please contact Bliss Peterson at blisspeterson@gmail.com or by phone 678-662-0508 to have supplies delivered to you.
Vestry Nominations Still Open
Those interested in serving on Vestry at ECA please contact Wanda Ziembinski, Chris Renaud or Fr. Paul. Vestry is a 3 year commitment and meets once a month with a retreat in January. Vestry members serve in a leadership role with a ministry within the parish. Vestry qualifications are: any confirmed communicant in good standing of the parish not less than 18yrs of age, a regular attendant of church services the preceding year before election, and known by the treasurer to have made and fulfilled a stated financial commitment for church support throughout the preceding year before election.
No Adult Christian Formation this Sunday
Adult Christian Formation this week has been canceled. CF typically meets at 9:40 am via Zoom. Contact Ron Allen at ronallenga@yahoo.com or contact Fr. Paul for Zoom meeting information. Current topics have been about how to adjust to the current COVID-19 climate as a faithful Christian in a divided community.
Volunteers being Sought for Sunday Service: Readers Needed!
While we are still not allowed to meet in our worship space, we continue to stream a Sunday service to our parish and cyber community. If you are interested with helping during the service, please contact Fr. Paul at pcm09@bellsouth.net. There are several minor tasks we need help with in order to make sure we are able to live stream and record for parish members. I look forward to hearing from those who may be interested. *Volunteers especially needed to read Sunday Lessons.
Do you need Prayer, Counseling or Confidential Assistance?
Fr. Paul is making his Pastoral Rounds virtually via telephone calls and online check-ins. If you are in need of counseling, prayer, simple virtual visi or confidential assistance, please contact Fr. Paul directly at pcm09@bellsouth.net or call him at 770-490-7234. You may also contact the ECA Senior Warden, Wanda Ziembinski at ziemby@hotmail.com. Part of what makes ECA so special is the community and support we offer to one another!
(YTD) Through OCT. 2020   __        Actual                      Budget               _+/-____         
Revenues                                            $179,616                   $194,907          ($15,291)
Expenses                                             $176,966                   $193,044           $16,048
Net Year to date                                      $2,620                       $1,863                $757