St. Benedict's weekly electronic newsletter.                                                                 August 25, 2015   
Children's Ministries Open House
Don't Forget to Dress Up as A Hero (Adults Included) 

Join us Sunday, August 30th at 9:30 am for the Children's Ministries Open House in the parish hall. 

Everyone is invited to dress like their favorite hero (superhero, real-life hero, or biblical hero) for church and enjoy a special breakfast of donuts.  Families are invited to hear all about the upcoming year in Children's Ministries.
Youth and Children's Choir News

Youth and Children's Choir rehearsals begin September 9, 2015.  Click here to Register

Parents and young singers in the K-3rd grades will meet in the Nave on September 9th at 5:15 pm.

4th-8th grade and their families will meet at 6:20 pm in the Nave for the first meeting. 

Get your Registration in for the Kanuga Parish Retreat on January 29-31, 2016. 
Deposit Deadline:  September 1st  (50 more spaces left)
Registrations After September 1st will have to pay in full. 

We are excited to share with you that we are finalizing our plans for our 2016 St. Benedict's Episcopal Church Parish Retreat at Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC.

Click here to download the information and registration packet.

Questions?  Contact Betsy Massie or Stephanie Park

"Filled to be Emptied"  
August 29th

Join St. B's EYC for a day of service with  
the Diocese of Atlanta!

Click here for details.
Parent's Night Out
August 29th
5:30 - 9:30pm
Registration Closes On Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Click here for details.
7th Annual Ugly Pants Registration Is Open 

Proceeds go to support St. Benedict's Mission & Outreach and Path To Shine

Sunday, October 4th Brunch ($5 per person)
Monday, October 5th Golf Tournament ($130 per person)
Click here

Thanks to our Eagle Sponsor: Nuestros Ninos. 

Don't play golf?  Consider a sponsorship, silent auction donation, or volunteering.

Contact Lesley-Ann Drake for more details.

Parish Survey

The Vestry, during their retreat in the fall, has identified some areas where they would like some input. 

Click here to take the survey.

St. Benedict's New Communication Dashboard 
St. Benedict's has a new online tool to help you stay connected to fellow St. B-ers. It enables you to access the church directory and have the contact information for all your new and old friends at St. Benedict's.

The Dashboard works on your computer, phone or tablet.
Click here to sign up. Please contact Betsy for more information or assistance. 

Theology on Tap

Join us on September 8 at 7:30 pm at The Crafty Hog (652 Concord Road) for a chance for adult parishioners (or anyone) to discuss faith in a less formal setting. 

This session of Theology on Tap will have the theme of "Grace."
Contact:  Aaron Caldwell
St. Benedict's School of Music is open and offering private instruction in guitar, flute, piano for children and adults.  Voice ages 14+.
Click here to download the instructor bios and feel free to contact them directly.
EFM Book Club
All are welcome! 

Sept. 2nd at 6:30 pm at Little Azios.
We will discuss: Devil's Ink, a blog from the basement office by Jeffrey Pugh. 

Contact Kathryn Folk or Adrienne Wilson.

Family Promise
Host Week: December 27 - January 3rd

Homeless Families -
What do they have to do with me and my life? 

"For us, it was a healthy reminder of what is important in life.  You don't need things to be a loving family." -Charlotte Mustard

Family Promise of Cobb County is currently serving three families (a total of 15 people).  There are many ways to minister to these families between our host weekends.  Each opportunity will positively impact both YOU and THEM.

  Contact:  Pam Harvey or
Laura Bracci  

Foyer/Casual Dinner Groups  

We need 8-10 more people/couples 


Are you interested in a dinner group? Groups meet once a month and you take turns hosting your group. Send your name, phone number and email address to if you are interested.
Dinner groups are forming for the fall.

Acolyte Ministry at St. Benedict's


The Acolyte Ministry is open to children & youth in 3rd - 12th grade.  This ministry is a great way to serve in the church and get to know their follow parishioners.


All children & youth interested in joining this ministry are invited to join us for an acolyte meeting on Sunday, August 23rd, at 9:00am. During this meeting, new acolytes will get a chance to get know those already serving in the ministry and to hear from other acolytes what it means to be involved.


Please contact Courtney Vaughn  if you child or youth is interested in joining or if you have questions.
Save the Date: Annual Meeting 
Vestry Nominations are closed. The class will be elected the annual meeting on September 20th.

The process this year:
  • There will be four nominees on the slate.
  • The slate will be chosen by the nominating committee comprised of vestry and non-vestry members.
  • If one of your nominees is not selected by the committee, they can be nominated from the floor at the Annual Meeting on September 20th.
FARM is Today!

St. B's own farmers' market, will be held at 4:30PM today until dusk. 

Come see the exciting filming and support our fabulous vendors for veggies, honey, cheese, pasta, pies, spices and oils, tamales, samosas, Thai food and yes, bread! Delicious food to take home, so you can sit and relax with your family, over a healthy dinner.

Check out our Facebook Page or Twitter Feed for Updates

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Market Manager Rafael Cantillo
This Week's Calendar  

Tuesday, August 25th
F.A.R.M., 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 26th
Al-Anon Meeting, 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 27th   
Men's Bible Study, 7:30 am
AA Meeting, 7:00 pm

Friday, August 28th

Saturday, August 29th
Parent's Night Out


Sunday, August 30, 2015    


8:00 am to 12:00 pm Nursery Open
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
8:45 am Centering Prayer
9:00 am Bagels & Coffee
9:30 am Children's Activities
9:30 am Bible Study
9:30 am Episcopal 101
10:30 am Creative Space Children's Chapel
10:30 am Holy Eucharist
1:00 pm Holy Eucharist (Spanish)

Monday, August 31st 
Vestry Meeting  
The Choir of St. Benedict's

The first rehearsal of the new year will be
September 17th at
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Wine, Water, Keurig, and
Hors d'oeuvres will be served before we review the anthems of the new year.

The Choir of St. Benedict's will resume its regular schedule of Sunday morning rehearsals three times a month on
September 20th at 8:45 am.

Contact: Lynn Swanson

Path To Shine Volunteers Needed  


Path To Shine Tutoring Program Can you listen? Can you share your knowledge?  Do you like Children? Do you need an Outreach Project?


If you answered yes to the above questions than Path to Shine is for you!   


St. Benedict's has two Path to Shine programs  

  • St. Benedicto's is on Sunday from 1pm - 2:30pm Starting August 23rd. If you are interested, please contact Sandy Meier.
  • Marietta which meets at Olive Springs Baptist Church is on Monday from 2:30 to 5 pm Starting August 24th. If you are interested, please contact Jim Ell or Ellen Mauzy
Men's Bible Study

Join us at Locanda Firenze
(1260 W. Spring Street SE Smyrna, Georgia 30080)
Thursday at 7:30 am for Men's Bible Study Group.

Contact Gil Morgan
Join Us for Centering Prayer

We're exploring Thomas Keating's book, "Open Mind, Open Heart", a discussion on the basics of centering prayer.


Sundays at 8:45 - 9:15 am in the Rector's Office
Coming In September! 
We Continue to Need Your Pledges  

We're not there yet. Our goal continues to be 100% participation. We use your pledge to determine if we can afford new unbudgeted programs and outreach in 2015. Your contribution is needed.  If you have already pledged your 2015 gift, THANK YOU!

Click here for the Online Pledge Form

Calendar Updates

August 29th
Parents' Night Out

August 30th
Children's Ministries Open House

September 1st
Kanuga Retreat Registration Deadline

September 2nd
EFM Book Study

September 13th
Kickoff Sunday (Fall Programs Start)

September 20th
Annual Parish Meeting

October 4th
Ugly Pants Brunch
St. Francis Service on the Cobblestones

October 5th
Ugly Pants Golf Tournament

October 10th
International Fall Festival

October 11th
Newcomer's Reception at the Loftins

November 8th
Stewardship Ingathering

January 29, 2016
Parish Retreat at Kanuga

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