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
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: 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.
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.
COMING SOON! Bingo Night via Virtual Online Gathering! Mark your calendar for Wednesday Sep 2ndat 7:00pm 
We are happy to announce, as a way of staying connected in these trying times, we will be offering a virtual online ECA Bingo night. The virtual platform is through Zoom ( it is very easy to do). Vestry members had a practice run and they had a BLAST with one another and enjoyed the evening as a way of connecting and fun. The first time we host it with the parish, we will have up to 30 people play with 2 cards, up to 6 games. Please contact Penny Capawana by email at pcapawana@gmail.comand she will send you the invite link.  We look forward to seeing you at a virtual ECA Bingo night soon.

Did you know.....
Lainey Gaines is the Vestry liaison for the ECA Reach Ministry. Lainey was born and raised in Atlanta. She was baptized at St. James in Marietta and was a member growing up a St. Martin in the Fields. She joined ECA in 2009. Lainey is retired from Cobb County School System and is now working from home part-time for Norfolk Southern Railroad as a Utility Billing Analyst. Lainey loves children and started the ACE Open Hearts organization in 2015 to bring fun to the under-served children in Cobb. She is a member of Marietta Golden K Kiwanis and enjoys volunteering in the community. She is excited about her 2nd year on the Vestry and hopes to spread her joy of serving to the members of ECA.
Lainey Gaines, Reach Ministry - laineygaines3@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.
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 6,20,27 ; October 4 & 11; November 15, 22, 29 . 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 July 2020           Actual                                  Budget                                +/-         ____
Revenues                                             $128,073                                $136,030                           ($7,958)
Expenses                                            $126,010                                 $137,013                             $11,003
Net Year to date                                 ($2,063)                                    ($983)                               $3,045