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
Vestry Volunteers and Nominations at Critical Status
We have not yet met our requirements for nominations to Vestry. We have one member who has volunteered and another individual who is considering serving. We now have 4 (FOUR) positions we need to fill. If you have ever thought about serving at ECA, now is the time! We need you. We have never been in this position before and COVID may have something to do with it. Vestry members are a VITAL role in the life of the parish and we can not operate without a functioning VESTRY. Please contact Fr. Paul pcm09@bellsouth.net or Wanda Ziembinski ziemby@hotmail.com to learn more about serving on Vestry. Stay tuned for details on the upcoming Annual Meeting.  
Journeys Group Meeting This Saturday at 11:30am All are welcome this Saturday at 11:30am (masks and social distancing required). This is a group that offers support, care, and compassion to those coping with grief, loss or any difficult life challenge. If you are seeking support through fellowship, please join us the second Saturday of each month from 11:30am-12:30 in the Activity Building. Please call Suzie Hart at 404.234.5294 for more information.
Thanks ECA - You're Helping to Make a Big Impact in Our Community!  In addition to literal tons of food, school and baby supplies, etc. that you donated in 2020; here are a couple of highlights: During our ‘Cathy's Closet’ food drive in October, you donated 2,000 food items and $450 in Kroger gift certificates. Thanks for making it a huge success! We also gave two local families a total of $2,000 during the holidays. Thanks to donations and a grant that Fr. Paul secured, Reach now has $20,000 to help local residents. Additionally, right before Christmas in 2019, we helped shelter a family that had lost everything in a fire. They contacted us recently to let us know that they have a new house, and that ECA's help "made all the difference and we couldn't have done it without you." Thanks to everyone who tithes, donates, volunteers, lets Fr. Paul know about needs, or supports Reach in any way. Together, we make a difference! 
Poinsettias and Pledge Envelopes: Pick up at Church
Poinsettias are available in the church if you would like one. Pledge envelopes are also available this Sunday for those who would like to come and pick them up.
Sunday Morning Prayer This Week: Join Us!
Join us online this Sunday at 9:00am for Morning Prayer online via Facebook and at 10:30am for a Drive-in Morning Prayer with Communion. All are Welcome (see instructions for drive in parking below).
Drive-In Service Instructions when we Gather outside
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: Currently, we are offering a Drive -In Service to allow parishioners to stay in their warm vehicle for the service. See parking diagram to the right (please park straight and not diagonal).  Notice the parking pattern to allow every car the opportunity to see directly in front of them. Join Us! All in-person activity and group meetings at ECA must still go through Fr. Paul to ensure contact tracing 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
End of Year Statements to be Mailed Next Week
Thank you to all who gave to ECA in 2020! End of year statements will be mailed next week. Feel free to contact the office at ecaparish@gmail.com with any questions.  
Volunteers being Sought for Sunday Service including Readers! We need YOU! 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 are especially needed to read the 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!
  ECA Finances to Date
   (YTD) Through NOV. 2020   Actual                      Budget               +/-         
   Revenues                              $199,764                   $217,232             ($17,468)
   Expenses                              $190,264                   $210,025              $19,761
   Net Year to date                      $9,500                       $7,207                  $2,293