The Shamrock
 Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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This Week at St. Patrick's
Lamentation: A Holy and Essential Journey
April 4, 2019: Expressing Lament Through Word and Art

Please join us on Thursday evenings in Lent for our Lenten series, Lamentation: A Holy and Essential Journey. Our evenings will begin in the Parish Hall with a simple soup dinner at 6:15pm, with the program to follow in the nave from 7:00-8:00pm. Our speakers are:

Click here for online access to the Lenten brochure.
Lenten Program for Children
March 14, 21, 28 and April 11
This week's theme is: Spring Break - No Program

Due to spring break, there will be no children's program this week.
Christian Formation on
Sunday, April 7, 2019

All ages are invited to Christian Formation on Sunday April 7, brought to you by the Contemplative Group’s Leadership Team. We will experience ways to center ourselves using our breathing and body movements. We will be moving among nine yoga stations and will have some group yoga game play times to kick off and wrap up our time together. Don't forget to wear comfortable clothing!

Easter Lilies Sign-Up

Easter Lilies, which are placed at the altar for the Easter service, are available for ordering now through sign-up. The cost is $20 each. The lilies are a lovely way to honor friends and family during the season of Easter. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, April 14th. Please note the information you want printed in the bulletin (in honor of / in memory of) and note "Easter Lily" on your check. The sign-up sheet is available in the narthex.
Altar of Repose
Sacred Watch Sign-Up

To sign up for a shift, please select a time slot and fill in your name. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex. There should be at least two people keeping vigil at all times throughout the night, but more than two are welcome! Feel free to sign up for longer than one hour. The Sacred Watch will take place in the Nave.

Name Tags

Wearing your name tag each Sunday is a form of hospitality.

If you do not have a name tag, please sign your name on the Name Tag sign-up sheet located on the podium in the narthex.

Ministry Announcement Schedule

During Sunday service, you may expect to learn about the purpose of church ministries, upcoming events, and how you can become involved. Here is the schedule of ministry announcements for the next few weeks.

April 7: Intercessory Prayer
April 14: Palm Sunday - No Announcement
April 21: Easter Sunday - No Announcement
April 28: Team Trivia
Upcoming Events & News

Palm Sunday Procession
and Formation

Bring your drums and noisemakers on Palm Sunday for the outdoor procession! We will process from the front parking lot (or portico in the event of rain) at both the 8:00 am and 10:30 am services. Please arrive early to prepare for the procession!
 Children and Youth are invited to the courtyard at 9:45 am to build noise makers for the procession. Those serving at the Easter Vigil service, 6:30 am on Easter Sunday, will rehearse the liturgy in the nave during the Formation Hour.
Preparing for Holy Week

We have made some intentional changes to our Palm Sunday liturgy to better prepare us for the journey of Holy Week. We will not be reading the passion narrative during the liturgy this Palm Sunday.  Rather, we invite all to participate fully in all of the events of Holy Week, on the days in which they occur. Join us on Wednesday evening for Tenebrae, Thursday evening for Maundy Thursday foot washing, feast of friends and stripping of the altar, and Friday for Good Friday liturgy at noon and the Artists Stations of the Cross in the evening. Come experience sacred space on Holy Saturday, with a brief liturgy and Taizé music at 10 am in the nave, and labyrinth and Altar of Repose available 9am-2pm.  Pick up a copy of our Triduum booklet on the way out of church on Palm Sunday, and bring it back with you for these liturgies. If you are unable to be with us during Holy week, then we encourage you to worship at a parish more convenient to you, or to participate from home, using the booklet as your guide.

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt
We Need Your Help

 We want this year's egg hunt to be the best ever and to make that happen, the Children's Ministry Team is requesting your help. We need donations of:

  1. New plastic eggs
  2. Candy

Please drop your donations off in the church office by Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Also, we would love for you to join us as we stuff the eggs with candy after the 10:30am service on Palm Sunday, April 14. We will meet in Room 1, the Gathering Room.
Book Discussion

Join Sharon McWhorter and Bonnie Stephenson in a group discussion about the possibilities of a reborn and reconnected Christian faith. John Philip Newell in his book The Rebirthing of God offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us, leading to new possibilities for sacred living.  The discussion will be held on the following Fridays from 10:00 -11:30 AM: April 26, May 3, May 17, and May 24, in the Gathering Room.  The book is available through Amazon. There are also two copies in the St. Patrick’s library. Please read the Introduction and first two chapters before the April 26 meeting.

All are welcome—newcomers, former group members, and those who don’t read!
Experiencing Poverty

On April 6, the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia will partner with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to conduct an interactive event for Episcopalians which will provide a small taste of what life is like for those living in poverty.

This is a great opportunity for those engaged in outreach ministry already and for those who are interested in learning more about how poverty affects our local communities. For more information and to register click here .

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families in the communities of the Diocese of Atlanta, but unless you’ve experienced poverty personally, it’s difficult to truly understand what day-to-day life feels like when you’re poor. Our goal is to help Episcopalians in our Diocese who are active in their parish outreach ministries to better understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month so that we can be more responsive and supportive to the communities we work with.
The event is $15/person and includes lunch:
  • 9am Registration
  • 9:45am Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 10am Poverty Simulation with United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • 12pm Break/Pickup Lunch
  • 12:15pm Debrief Session (while everyone eats)
  • 1pm Closing Remarks
Holy Monday
April 15, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm: Labyrinth will be available
12:00pm: Noonday Prayer, Chapel
Holy Tuesday
April 16, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm: Labyrinth will be available
12:00pm: Noonday Prayer, Chapel
Holy Wednesday
April 17, 2019
7:00pm: Tenebrae, Nave
Maundy Thursday
April 18, 2019
7:00pm: Holy Eucharist, Feast of Friends, Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar, Parish Hall & Nave
9:00pm - 9:00am April 19: Vigil at the Altar of Repose, Nave
Good Friday
April 19, 2019
12:00noon: Good Friday Liturgy, Nave
7:00pm: Stations of the Cross, Artists’ Stations, Nave
Holy Saturday
April 20, 2019
9:00am - 2:00pm: Holding the Sacred Space of Holy Saturday, Parish Hall & Nave, including Taize & Labyrinth
10:00am - Holy Saturday Liturgy, Chapel
10:30am - Taize, Nave
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
6:30am - Easter Vigil with Holy Eucharist in the Nave
8:00am - Easter Breakfast in the Parish Hall
9:45am - Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
10:15am - Flowering of the Cross in the Narthex
10:30am - Holy Eucharist in the Nave
Our St. Patrick's Family
Thursday Evening Lenten Series
Christian Formation


Children's classes run from 9:00-10:15am. 
  • Nursery - Room 6: Care for infants and children up to age four is provided on Sunday mornings in Room 6, 8:30am-noon, with the wonderful Marias.
  • Little Lambs - Room 6: Ages 3 and 4 begin in the Nursery, and then move next door to an adjoining room for a half hour of story, craft, and music, after which they return to the nursery for additional play time.
  • Agape - Room 4: Kindergarten through Fourth Graders meet and use the curriculum "Living the Good News" and building community.
  • Club 5/6 - Room 7: Fifth and Sixth graders meet and use the curriculum "Living the Good News," building community, and preparing to move into St. Pat's youth program the following year. Teachers design fun "field trips" around the church as part of the lesson.
  • Music - 9:00-9:10am Kindergarten through fourth grade in their Sunday School room
  • Music - 9:25-9:45am Club 5/6 in the Youth Music Room (Room 10)


Youth classes run from 9:00-10:15am.
  • The Rites of Passage Class (Rite 13: 7th-8th Grades) - Room 12: A major component of J2A is the way it is structured around Rites of Passage that mark the transition of young people from childhood to adulthood. 
  • J2A Class (9th-10th Grades) - Room 3: This class begins a two-year preparation for a Holy Pilgrimage. This sacred journey has the potential to transform not just the young pilgrims who travel, but also the congregation who has sent them forth. 
  • YEA (1th-12th Grades) - Room 14: The YEA class has learned to pray, to share their faith with each other and they have traveled to sacred places where others have found God. This last piece of the journey into adulthood seeks to actively equip and enable them to be a part of God's healing presence in the world. Confirmation is offered in this class.
  • Music - 8:45-9:00am J2A and YEA in the Adult Choir Room
  • Music - 9:10-9:25am Rite-13, playing the bells in the Youth Music Room (Room 10)


Adult classes run from 9:15-10:15am.
  • Scripture Study & The Forum - Room 8: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week
  • Art Community - Room 15: Doing Art Looking Up. 
  • Dreams - Library: Listening to God.
Scripture Study & The Forum
Room 8
Sunday Morning Adult Lenten Study

Scripture and Forum Classes are joining together this Lent as we explore the fulness of Holy Week, using Amy-Jill Levine's new book and DVD,  Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week . We are super excited about this new offering, and believe it will bring a richness and depth to your experience of Holy Week. Class will meet in Room 8.

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. 

Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges. 

In  Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week , author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. 

Entering the Passion  of Jesus provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike. The book is part of a larger six-week study that is perfect for Lent and includes a DVD, and a comprehensive Leader Guide. 

The book’s six chapters include: 
  1. Jerusalem: Risking Reputation 
  2. The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger 
  3. Teachings: Risking Challenge 
  4. The First Dinner: Risking Rejection 
  5. The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends 
  6. Gethsemane: Risking Temptation

To purchase the book on Amazon, click  here .
Children and Youth Ministry
For Questions Contact:

Children - Kelli Jones,

Youth - Liz Beal Kidd, 
Income Summary
As of March 24, 2019
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
4755 N.Peachtree Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338