St. Bede's E-News

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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The deadline for submission to the E-Newsletter each week is Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Please send your submissions ready to go into the newsletter,
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Sunday, October 30, 2022

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Please join us as we gather together

to worship God this Sunday!

Worship in the Nave

in English at 10 am

Receptions honoring

the ministry of

The Rev. Nora Cruz-Diaz

will be held after worship

at 10 am and 5 pm.

Worship in the Nave

in Spanish at 5 pm

We will also be streaming our worship live


St. Bede's YouTube Channel.

Make a gift to St. Bede's

by clicking here

We are still encouraging everyone to wear masks on Sunday

to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Masks are still required

for those who are unvaccinated

or who are not up-to-date

with the boosters that are recommended for them.

Click here to read our masking and worship protocols (updated September 2022)

Sunday Morning Schedule 

10:00 am - 11:15 am Worship, Holy Eucharist Rite II

Food and Fellowship following the service

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Christian Formation for All Ages


for the Ministry 

of Deacon

Nora Cruz-Diaz

After over eight years of faithful servant leadership with us as deacon, the Rev'd Nora Cruz-Diaz will begin a new phase of her life as she retires from active ministry and moves to South Georgia to be closer to family. Nora's last Sunday with us will be this coming Sunday, October 30, when she will preach and we will celebrate her ministry with us with receptions after worship at 10 am & 5 pm.

As is our custom, we will be collecting a "purse" or "love offering" to give to Nora to show our appreciation for her and for her ministry with us. If you would like to contribute to this gift, please designate your gift as "Nora's Purse".

Click here to give online to Nora's Purse through Realm

- choose "Nora Cruz-Diaz Purse" from the funds list.

Blessing of

Halloween Costumes

The Young and Young-at Heart, dressed in their Halloween costumes, are invited to come forward during the 10 am liturgy to receive a blessing for care and protection as they head out into the community for trick-or-treating on the 31st. This blessing is also offered as a celebration of childhood imagination and wonder.

Sunday Formation

for All Ages

Adult and Children's

Sunday Formation classes

will not meet this week

so that all may participate

in the

celebration of 

The Rev. Nora Cruz-Diaz

and her ministry at St. Bede's.

The Youth Class at 4 pm

will continue as scheduled.

Calling all youth!!

Join us on Sunday afternoons from 4-5 pm for an exciting and fun Youth Formation offering. This class will prepare folks for confirmation at the Cathedral on Sunday December 12th.  Please note, all are welcome to this class regardless of whether you kplan to be confirmed.  Participants are NOT required to be confirmed after attending all of the classes if they so decide. This class will run on through December 11.

Looking ahead for youth: Christmas Trees  

The St Bede’s youth will also be selling trees and wreaths again this year beginning Sunday, November 6th.  Trees and wreaths will be available for pick up on Sunday, December 4th.  More details coming soon.

Questions, comments or thoughts, feel reach out to Beth Cannon at

An Altar of Remembrance

This year, as we celebrate All Saints'/All Souls' Days, a tradition returns - an Altar of Remembrance. While many cultures celebrate some festival for the remembering all the faithful departed, we  embrace this tradition from Mexico where these tableaux are set out in homes, churches, and in other community gathering areas around the time of Día de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead (All Saints'/All Souls' Day).


St. Bede's parishioners from all worship services are invited to bring photos of loved ones who have died to place on the altar that will be set up in the Commons (photos may be framed or unframed, and name labels help us all join in the remembrance). Other items representing loved ones who have died may also be placed there - favorite foods, a small article of clothing, or anything that brings that person to mind. Photos and other items may be placed on the tables set up to the left of the entry doors to the Nave any time between Sunday, October 23 and Sunday, November 6 and may be picked up any time after November 7.

Photos from

the Celebration of 25 years 

of the St. Bede's Nave

Photos courtesy of Jan Swoope

A huge "Thank You"

to the 25th Anniversary Planning Team

Jan Swoope, Nancy Ward,

John Whitt, Carmie McDonald,

Claiborne Jones, Molly Graves,

and Muriel Diguette


and to all who worked so hard

to make this past weekend

a wonderful success!

Raymond Walker III

returns to St. Bede’s


Raymond Walker III, who served as a seminarian at St. Bede’s from 2017-2018, will be returning to St. Bede’s as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood next summer. Since graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2019, Raymond pursued professional medical chaplaincy training through extended units of Clinical Pastoral Education and, for the past several years – and through the heart of the pandemic, has served as a chaplain at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Healthcare and at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Ordination is now on the horizon for Raymond and the Bishop’s office would like for him to spend another season in a parish other than his sponsoring parish – Holy Trinity, Decatur. Raymond will mainly be with us on Sundays as he continues to serve in his ministry of chaplain at Emory. Raymond’s first Sunday back with us will be November 6 – All Saints’ Sunday. Welcome back Raymond!


A note of clarification: Like Carmie McDonald, our current seminarian, Raymond will be on track to be ordained (God willing) a deacon in December on their way to being ordained priests in summer of 2023. When they are ordained deacons, Raymond and Carmie will both serve in those roles liturgically at St. Bede’s from December through the middle of next year, but they are not our “new deacon” filling the role held by The Rev’d Nora Cruz-Diaz for the past eight-and-a-half years. It is our understanding that a new vocational deacon may be placed at St. Bede’s in the Spring of next year.

Episcopal Relief and Development

is leading the Episcopal Church's response

to relief from Hurricane's Fiona and Ian.

Click Here to Make a Donation to ERD

The Vestry has adopted

updated gathering protocols.

Click here to read our large group gathering protocols (updated September 2022)

A New Look For St. Bede’s!

Our exterior siding renovation project has been completed

and we have a beautiful new look!

We want to thank everyone

who has generously contributed to this project.

We are still hoping to raise another $12,700

(as of October 21)

to complete our fundraising goal.

If you have not yet contributed and are interested in making a gift to support this project, please know that there is a designated "Exterior Siding" fund on Realm or you may designate a check or other type of gift (stock, retirement distribution, etc.). Thank you!


The following people have made generous donations to the siding project:

Sherry Witt

George & Cheryl Hahn

Connie Coralli

Tom & Loretta Vail

David & Kim Padgett

Peter & Maggie Kottke

Orisha Parsons

Nina Daniel

Cathe Echterhoff

Junior Abraham

Richard & Amy Busch

Richard & Jennie Couture

Taylor & Molly Graves

George & Lois Shingler

Will & Julie Mizell

Nancy Bruce

Kevin Koporec

Dixie & Fran Snider

Jeff & Jan Swoope

John & Kay Entrekin

Steve Hadler & Claudia Fedarko

If you have made a contribution and we have not included you here, please let Muriel know so that we can acknowledge your gift.

Family Ministries Micropractice 

Join our households with
birth through elementary aged children
in this simple intentional practice
as we bring our learning from the lectionary
into our everyday lives.

Healing Our Racism

Book Discussion Group

Monday, December 12

Meeting Time: typically 4th Monday of each month at 2 pm on ZOOM

On Monday, December 12th at 2 pm we will be discussing Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

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.

Email Muriel for the Zoom link to join the discussion.

We typically will meet the 4th Monday of each month at 2 pm.

If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:


Slavery By Another Name by Douglas Blackmon

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston. 

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Alvord and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt 

Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Women's Interfaith Book Group meets the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10-11:30 am (currently on Zoom). The book we are reading for November is

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

For more information or to get the Zoom link, please contact Junior Abraham at

Mostly Mysteries Book Group

Monday, October 24 at 7 pm on Zoom


The Mostly Mysteries Book Group meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 pm on Zoom. If you would like to take part, please contact Connie Coralli and she will send you the link.

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Gudelia Ávila, mother of Pedro Avila 

Patrick Boatenreiter, husband of Glenn  Boatenreiter

Karl Klein, son of Margie, and brother of Jody Klein

Luz Armida Sujia Morales, friend of Alyssa Sali

Lois Ricci, friend of Lois Shingler

Kim Houston and her daughters Sophia and Olivia, friends of Beth Cannon

Sam Klein, grandson of Margie Klein

Bill & Margaret Crawley & family, friends of Lois Shingler

Michael Flanagan

Nicholas Albrecht, friend of Tom & Loretta Vail

Adelle Cottrell, sister of Jennie Couture

Allen Townes Cunningham, sister of Rob Townes

Wallace Victor Simmons, brother of Jerry Simmons

Mellie Frippen, friend of Nora Cruz-Diaz

Caroline Spires

Anne Jones, sister of Claiborne Jones

Joan Davis

Jai Haithco, son of Robin Brown-Haithco

Joy Sims, daughter of Nina Daniel

Jack Raymer & Ginnie Ferrell

Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin

Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kemker

Helen Abraham

Fay Key

Rosalene Larson, mother-in-law of Michael Daniel

Aree Bancroft

Laura Ribas

Jane Wiggins

Willie Diaz

Maggie Williams

Mary Rodriguez

Hollis Pickett

Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein

Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon

Nancy Waring

Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote

Jim Ohl

Frances Bowen

Sydney Lund

Ann Foote

Cameron Maddox

For those who have died:

Violet James, aunt of Lisa Main

Ann Smith, friend of Jim and Sarah Jane Ohl

Judy Sidbury, aunt of Richard Busch

Hector Laguna, friend of Nora Cruz-Diaz

Jose Segovia

Shirley Sutter, friend of Loretta Vail

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 


11/3: Charlie Coates

11/3: Tom Cordner

11/3: Donareen Oakley

11/3: Calvin Kottke

11/4: Helen Smith


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From around the Diocese
and the wider Church...

Discernment for the

Next Presiding Bishop

Did you know that the Episcopal Church is called "the Episcopal Church" because it is a Church that is shepherded by bishops?  The words "episcopal" and "bishop" both come from the Greek word "ἐπίσκοποι" (episcopoi) which means "bishop" or "overseer".  Our bishop in the Diocese of Atlanta is Rob Wright, but the bishop who shepherds the greater Episcopal Church is known as the "Presiding Bishop".  Michael Curry is the current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.  Bishop Curry's term as Presiding Bishop will end in 2024 and a new Presiding Bishop will be elected in that same year.  In preparation for that election, the Nominating Committee would like to hear from folks across the breadth of the Episcopal Church as to what qualities they would like to see in the next Presiding Bishop.  If you would like to share your thoughts, please participate in the survey below.

Take the survey here

The survey is open until October 31.

All Episcopalians are invited to complete the survey about the skills, qualities, and gifts the Church seeks in its next Presiding Bishop. They can also describe the challenges they see facing the Church and the world in the next 10 years. Learn more.


The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop will utilize survey responses in its work to present at least three nominees to stand for election at General Convention in summer 2024.


Questions? Email the committee at

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The new Pathways is now available online! Through original photography, articles, and interviews, Pathways shares inspiring stories from Middle and North Georgia — examples of spiritual growth.

Bishop Wright's Weekly Podcast

Did you know that Bishop Rob Wright has a weekly podcast? You can take a spiritual "deep dive" each week with Bishop Wright and his special guests and grow deeper in faith and understanding as you listen and learn.

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Friend in Christ,

As violence escalates in Ukraine, over one million people have already fled the country — and the borders are flooded with many more people desperate to leave.

Almost all of them are women and children who have had to seek safety on their own, leaving their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons behind.

As this crisis continues to evolve, we are working with Anglican agencies and our other partners to provide humanitarian assistance, and urgently ask for your help.

Your emergency gift today will support our immediate response, providing cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needs as this crisis unfolds.

Our faith networks are currently on the ground in the border areas of Poland, Hungary and Romania, and we will continue to coordinate with them in order to help those who have been displaced. Specifically, our partner ACT Alliance is helping families on the Hungarian border, and our Anglican partners are mobilizing both an immediate and long-term response in Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO
Episcopal Relief & Development

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