St. Margaret's Notebook
October 24, 2019
Minds to think. Hearts to love. Hands to serve.
FROM THE RECTOR
On Sunday, Julia Gable, our guest speaker reminded us that if we are made in the image of God, then we are encouraged to grow in that likeness. If God is all-loving, then we are to be too. If God is generous, then we should be too. To that end, over 60 families pledged generously to the mission and ministry of St. Margaret’s, 36 of whom increased their pledge, and 17 of whom were new pledgers! Because of that, our budget number increased by 11%! That is amazing. The people of St. Margaret’s are always so generous, and I cannot thank you enough. If you feel called to pledge and have not yet, please do so by  November 3 , All Saints Sunday. Cards are being mailed to previous givers who weren’t here Sunday and they are also available in the church office. Again, thank you for being the image of our generous God!

Jeff+ 
(If you would like to receive a weekly text like this from me, text me at 706-761-0115 with your name and "add me.”)
Dear Parish Family-

Thank you so much for the awesome “Countdown to Charlie” cake and dinner last night.  We are so grateful to each of you and cannot wait to introduce you all to him this holiday season.

I also wanted to let you all know that I will be on maternity leave (assuming Charlie follows rules stays put until his due date) from roughly around December 1 st  through February 28 th .  Father Jeff, Marcy Brewer (Vestry Outreach Liaison), and I will be working diligently together over the next few weeks to finalize the plans for while I am out on maternity leave.  We will post those plans in the newsletter when complete.

Thank you again for celebrating with us and for the gift of maternity leave-

In Thanksgiving-
Meghan, Drew, and William

Episcopal 101 Sundays at 6:00pm
Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of the Episcopal Church? You may be someone who’s been here a long time or someone who is brand new, either way, this class is for you! All questions are welcome as we learn who we are and how we express our faith. If you are interested in joining the class, please contact jeff@stmargaretsga.com. 

Also, if you have decided to be baptized (adults or parents of a child desiring to be baptized), confirmed (making a mature public statement of faith for the first time), received (becoming an Episcopalian from another denomination), or reaffirmed (renewing your own Episcopal identity), you will want to be a part of this class. The next opportunity to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed by the Bishop is on St. Margaret’s Day, November 17 at either 9:00am or 11:00am. 

October 27: What’s our history? Where do we come from?
November 3: How do we pray?
November 10: What is God calling us to do?

(Childcare will be provided)
FYI for anyone that needs it - 

St. Andrew's in the Pines Episcopal Church in Peachtree City is hosting a Dismantling Racism Training on Saturday, November 2 from 8am-4pm. Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase “racial understanding, healing and reconciliation”. It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members. To register, email starver@episcopalatlanta.org (include your parish name and your role). Registration is required and must be done by Oct 25, 2019. Lunch will be provided.

Please note anyone who would like to run for Vestry will need to take this course.
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY, November 3, 2019

 On All Saints we will remember those who have died. If you have someone you would like to be remembered please call Julie in the church office at 770-832-3931 or email at stmargaretsga@gmail.com
The tune  Foundation,  to which we sing the hymn “How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord”, first appeared in print in 1832. The composer is unknown but the popularity of the tune makes it one of the most well-known tunes in churches today. It is included in over 200 hymnals and numerous arrangements exist for choir, organ, piano, and soloists.

The tune has been a personal favorite of mine and my family for many years—indeed, it’s one of the first hymn tunes I remember having an emotional impact on me. When I was young, my sister was the organist at our family’s church, and I remember her playing it and being enthralled with the melody. I remember the thrill at hearing the melody soar to the high note with the text “That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

This Sunday includes the premier performance of my own new arrangement of the hymn tune as the closing Voluntary. The arrangement is dedicated to my sister, Lalla McGee, the first organist I ever heard.

Dock

September 2019 Treasurer Report

September Vestry Minutes

October Calendar

The Worship Committee and and Father Jeff decided it might be helpful to do a series of short videos that teach us about the various aspects of our worship. This is intended to be helpful for new folks or children or even folks who might have forgotten why we do what we do. I hope it's helpful.
Click here for our next video Pledging and Tithing
ADULT EDUCATION / SUNDAY SCHOOL
Adult Class: Our class will meet  this Sunday October 27th  in the Vestry room at 10:10 am. We will continue our discussion of the readings for the day. Here is a link to those readings.


Here is a link to a lesson plan based on the appointed gospel, Luke 18:9-14.

ReviveATL: Love in Action
an Episcopal Church Revival
January 22, 2020 from 6–8 p.m.
Atlanta University Center

Please join  Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry , Bishop Robert Wright, and the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Atlanta for ReviveATL: Love in Action, an Episcopal Church Revival, on January 22, 2020 from 6–8 p.m. at  Atlanta University Center .

This past year, Presiding Bishop Curry has urged people of faith to follow The Way of Love, fostering a community of people who follow Jesus by forming loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God, their neighbors, and the environment.

This Way of Love is reflected by the Diocese of Atlanta’s purpose statement:
"We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually." 

What does Love in Action look like in a world that is hurting? ReviveATL invites us to live out our call to serve Jesus and love as he loves the unwelcome, the disenfranchised, the lost, and the found.

All are welcome. Come experience Love in Action. 

Details: Prior to the Revival, food trucks will be available from 4:30–6 p.m. to allow for early arrivals. A more detailed program will be released this fall. Early bird registration before Nov. 1 includes guaranteed seating. Registration will be opening soon!

Want more information about Episcopal Revivals? Find out more at this link:  https://buff.ly/2yRLke1 . And watch a video released by the Episcopal Church about Revivals here:   https://buff.ly/31qjqSF
CALENDAR

Monday
Yoga, 5:30 p.m.,
EFM, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday
Eucharist - 12 :15 p.m.
Centering Prayer Group - 1:00 p.m. (Callahan Center)
Supper 5:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. choir rehearsal 6:15 p.m.
Family Game Night, 6:15 p.m.

Thursdays
Ladies Bible Study, 11:00 a.m.
Yoga 5:30 p.m.
Grief Support Group, 6:30 p.m.
NEW
SCHEDULE
November 3, 2019 - January 26, 2020
November 3, 2019

9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Crucifer
Lillie Cary
Rowan Laffoday
Bookbearer
Ella Hill
Brenda Laffoday
Taperer
Xander Adams
William Louttit
Lay Readers
Ryan Roenigk
Margaret Louttit
Stephen Wilson
Brenda Hattaway
Sue Medeiros
Chris Lindahl
Ushers
Taylor Gordon
Ella Smith

Gary Bachus
Wade Ballard
John Lyons
Greeter
Carolyn Cary
Jean Conley
Children's Church
Juan Forero

Altar Guild
Jane Lyons, Carol Bachus, Debbie Pyles, Debbie Covington
Vestry Person of the Month
Paul Jarrell

Prayer List
Ann, David, Martha, Judy, Mary, Bill, Berniece, Jean, Lance, Sunny, Amy, Katrina, Lamont, Ron, Jackie, Peggy, Jeff, Bob, Pat, Chase, Ceci, Karen, Bob, Cathy, Glenn Peacock, Nicholas, Rhonda, Tiffany, Fran, Brian, Joyce, John
OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
17-Oct Stephanie Turner, Rebecca DeGaris, John Dean Uglum 
18-Oct Georgia Carter 
19-Oct Allison Gordon, Irene Berard
20-Oct Bridget Bobick, Xander Adams, Jon Adams
22-Oct Eden Long, Nikhol Dysart
24-Oct Corey Cusick 
25-Oct Kelsey Cain, Bruce Bobick, Sandra Huey, Daniel Brewer
26-Oct Meghan Sullivan, Rob Cooper
27-Oct Amy Rash, Jaime Rash, Katy Greene 
28-Oct Barbara Paul, Lucy Louttit
29-Oct Monica Adams, Steve Adams
30-Oct Charlotte Collins, Gary Solomon


OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES
19-Oct Chris & Julie Lindahl
21-Oct Rowan & Brenda Laffoday
23-Oct Patrick & Pam Castleberry


NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS
02-Nov Andrew, Gordon, Lilly Kate Hitzeman, Loren Weber, Tai Jackson
04-Nov Mary Hart, Alexis Graf, Pat Gibbons, Ralph Fleck
05-Nov Fran Chalfant, William Mizell
06-Nov Carolyn Cary, Swede Sullivan 
07-Nov Martha Minor
08-Nov Neal Uhlich, Heather Sciolis
09-Nov Irving deGaris, III
10-Nov Ashley Carter
12-Nov Lesley Davis, Bob Swanson, Jr, Jim Naughton
14-Nov Sam Lenaeus, Hugh Smith
19-Nov Julia Bernhardt, Rick Prince
20-Nov Marlene Uglum
21-Nov Billy Lindahl, Wright Roenigk
23-Nov John Godard, Elaine Holmes
24-Nov Snowe Wilks Greene
25-Nov Amanda Reynolds
27-Nov Judy Smith
28-Nov Margaret Hickson, Tommy Cox, Wyn Hall
29-Nov David Hoffman
 
NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
02-Nov Dave & Amanda Reynolds
02-Nov Alex & Susan Roush
07-Nov Randy & Lisanne Denmon
15-Nov Chris & Debbie Pyles
17-Nov John & Cindy Hull
21-Nov Fred & Jeanette Bernhardt
22-Nov Jay & Chloe Sullivan
23-Nov Steven & Catherine Minor
David & Laura Hoffman
24-Nov Frank & Carol Chapman
ON LINE CHURCH DIRECTORY

Dear Members, 

Our church directory is now available to view on any web browser! Instant Church Directory — the program we use to build our church directory — has a free website for church members to view our directory online.

To view the directory online, go to members.InstantChurchDirectory.com to log in.

You will be asked to enter in your email address as it's listed in our directory. If your email address isn't listed in the directory, let Julie Foreman know so it can be added.

The first time, click on the “Create a login now” under the Sign In button. Enter your email address and set up a password to be sent an email confirmation. Click on the link inside that email to confirm your email and log in with the password you just created.

The directory can also be viewed on your mobile device. A free app is available for church members to download on their Apple, Android and Kindle Fire devices. 
  1. Go to your device's App Store.
  2. Search for Instant Church Directory
  3. Enter your email as it's listed in our church directory
  4. Follow the directions on screen to complete the login process.
St. Margaret's Schedule of Services

Sunday Worship - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday - Morning Prayer - 8:30 a.m.: Eucharist - 12:15
Wednesday Centering Prayer Group - 1:00 p.m. (Callahan Center)
2019 - 2020 Vestry

Eric McDonald - Sr. Warden
Randy Denmon - Jr. Warden
Randy Coggins
Paul Jarrell
Marcy Brewer
Margaret Louttit
Ryan Weber
Rowan Laffoday
Jeana Langford

Commission Liaisons
Worship - Paul Jarrell
Adult Formation - Ryan Weber
Youth - Ryan Weber, Jeana Langford
Children - Margaret Louttit
Building and Grounds - Randy Denmon, Ryan Weber
Communications - Eric McDonald
Hospitality - Rowan Laffoday
Outreach - Marcy Brewer
Pastoral Care - Margaret Louttit, Randy Denmon
Parish Life - Randy Coggins
Stewardship / Finance - Eric McDonald
St. Margaret's Staff

Rector - The Rev. Jeff Jackson -  Jeff@stmargaretsga.com

Parish Administrator - Julie Foreman -  Stmargaretsga@gmail.com

Outreach Director - Meghan Bennett -  smco.stmargaretsga@gmail.com

Youth Director - Debra Titkemeier - debra@stmargaretsga.com

Organist / Choirmaster - Dock Anderson -  dock@stmargaretsga.com