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 beginning Sept. 27th) HERE
Join us for this Sunday's Service Streamed Live
Join us this Sunday for an online Morning Prayer service via Facebook live at 9:30am. Christian Formation for adults to follow at 10:30am. Note, the time will change for services on Sept. 27th to allow for a limited in person, outside service time. Stay tuned for details.

Note: We have agreed to follow recommendations of the Bishop diocesan task force and follow strict CDC, health Dept guidelines, as well as Diocese of Atlanta Phase 1 re-opening guidelines regarding physical distancing and attendance limits. The ECA Vestry has adopted detailed plans to comply with the Diocese of Atlanta phase 1 re-opening guidelines, as soon as we are given the green light again, we will gather. Please see below, or go to our website at ecamarietta.org to read about our worship guidelines.
Journeys Group will resume THIS SATURDAY, September 12th as per the Diocese and Father Paul’s approval.
'Journeys' is a gathering of those coping with loss, grief or any of life's challenges who may benefit from the fellowship of others. We will resume our meetings on Saturday, September 12th from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Activity Building. We will follow all CDC, Public Health Department and our Diocese guidelines (posted in the ECA news) - masks are mandatory and we will adhere to physical distancing. Please call Suzie Hart with questions: 404.234.5294. 
GREAT NEWS: On Sept. 27th we will have worship Online at 9:00am and Outside Service at 10:30am
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.  On Sunday Sept. 27th at 10:30AM we will offer one outside service for 50 people in the field by the playground.  We will continue to stream online Sunday services via Facebook; at 9:00AM with Morning prayer, additionally, we will meet outside (weather permitting) on Sunday Sept. 27th 10:30AM for Morning prayer. Please note: we must follow strict physical distancing guidelines and attendance limits in accordance with the Diocese of Atlanta, CDC & Health Dept.  Stay tuned for more details.  Please email ecaparish@gmail.com to sign up to attend the service. To view current guidelines for Phase I re-opening/outside service, click here.
Volunteers being Sought for Sunday Service
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.
Did you know.....
Carol Schiedler is the Vestry Worship Ministry Liaison . Carol joined the Episcopal Church in 1990. After finding ECA, she became a member and was baptized on Easter of 1992. Carol initially fell in love with the campus and grounds at ECA, and quickly became involved with the choir, serving as a lay reader (lector), serving on the altar guild, and with ECW (Episcopal Church Women). She also started the ‘Afghan Guild’ which still continues today and was renamed the “Southern Comforters”. We are honored to have Carol serve on Vestry as the Worship Ministry Liaison.
Carol Schiedler, Worship Ministry Liaison - belljangles@gmail.com
Adult Christian Formation class this Sunday at 10:30
Those who are interested can participate in our Adult Christian formation class 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.
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Virtual Women’s Growth Group Beginning Sept 22
All ladies are welcome to join a new group study beginning Sept. 22 at 7:30pm virtually. We will be studying Wholeness Rising ~ Every Woman’s Wholeness Handbook , available for $18.00 (book and online materials). The study will cover one chapter a week and openly discuss how it resonates in the lives of participants. The goal of the study is personal growth and to better know ourselves and each other; with God’s help. For more information or to participate, contact or Lainey Gaines (laineygaines3@gmail.com) or Michele Floyd (bunnycottage18@gmail.com) Click Here to View the Flyer
NEW Online Directory Now Live!
The new directory is now live and available on our web-site or via the link here: Click here (password is required, please email: ecaparish@gmail.com to request the password). You may download the directory to your electronic device, print it, or.... get an app! That way, it's always at your fingertips.
Links to Member Apps
There is still time to update or add a photo, however. You may upload a photo yourself here. Simply take a selfie and upload!
Pavilion Update. Site work is being Done
We have begun working on the site area for our outdoor pavilion and we are looking forward to moving ahead with the project. We ask that you please refrain from going to the church to see what is happening. We will keep the parish updated as work progresses. We do not have an end date for the project to be completed because we have to order materials and we have been told there is a 4-6 week wait period due to COVID-19. We are excited about this next phase and look forward to its completion. We are very blessed and we thank all those who have contibuted to the project to help make it happen.
Altar Flowers: Dates Available
ECA is still taking dedications and donations for Altar Flowers during this time of quarantine and social distancing. Now that services may be streamed from the church again, Altar Guild will continue their ministry of preparing the altar for services. This includes flowers. Thank you for supporting this ministry. Available dates: September 27 ; October 4 & 11; November 15, 22. Please email your dedication (complete with wording in thanksgiving for/in memory of) to ecanews@bellsouth.net.
Important NEW COVID-19 Guidelines & Info for limited In-person worship & group gatherings
The diocese has come out with some updated gathering documents this past week. While we are still not allowed to gather for large crowds for in person worship, providing opportunities for small gatherings will be allowed. Here is the latest information we have. Click on the links below to review:

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!
Financial Report and Giving Statements have been sent out, contact office with any concerns or questions
Every Month we will make available our year to date financial results. Currently, for the year we are in good financial shape. The finance committee, in conjunction with the Vestry, has been paying close attention to our expenses during the current hardships we are facing with no in-person services at ECA. We are $7,958 below projected revenue with pledge and non-pledge income and plate collection revenues. Since our expenses are down, we are in positive scenario with income/expenses. Thank you for your continued financial support during these difficult times!
 
(YTD) Through August 2020    Actual                                  Budget                            +/-       
Revenues                                             $146,842                                $158,355                        ($11,,513)
Expenses                                            $140,067                                 $153,438                         $13,371
Net Year to date                                 $6,775                                 ($4,917)                           $1,858