The Shamrock
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The nursery will not be available on December 24 at the 5 PM or 10 PM service.


The deadline for Shamrocks and bulletin submissions is Monday at 1pm. Send your submission to Cowen at

Office Closure

 The church office will be closed from Thursday, December 21 (at 11 am) through Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  For pastoral emergencies, please call 770-400-9746.

Malachi's Toy Party!!!

The Parish Hall had steaming cocoa and cookies, the Board Room and Rite 13 Room were turned into toy shops brimming with new toys.  Last Saturday, 50 volunteers from St. Patrick's, Malachi's, and Dunwoody Girl Scout Troops gathered together to escort parents through the toy shops to choose gifts for their children and then have them beautifully wrapped in the Narthex (aka wrapping Station).  700 toys were collected and 600 kids will receive toys on Christmas morning due to the generosity of many hearts and hands.  When you gather with your family this Christmas, gather knowing you play a part of many families having a brighter Christmas!


Sunday Service, December 31, 2017

 There will be no 8:00 a.m. service and no formation classes. The 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist will include Lessons and Carols.  

St. Patricks' Art Retreat -  YOU are Invited!
      January 12-14, 2018        
Fort Mountain Retreat Center

Everyone is welcome because we are all artists! No pressure. Just come and enjoy the beautiful mountain atmosphere or give yourself the gift of time to spend on your personal form of creativity. $100 deposit is due by December 30. Total reservation costs are $200 for 2 nights, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts. The remaining $100 will be due at check-in. Make checks payable to St. Patricks with "Art Retreat" on the memo line. If you plan to attend, please call or email Diane Rankin as this helps with preliminary planning.

Epiphany Celebration and Burning of the Greens
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 5 pm
All Ages Are Welcome!

 Star of wonder, star of us to thy Perfect Light! Let us celebrate the Epiphany together. Come on Saturday,   January 6 at 5 pm, dressed casually for Epiphany carols and Eucharist in the nave, and the burning of the greens on the   lawn.  We will provide the cocoa.  You bring cookies to share, and a joyful heart as we join in the telling of the story of the   Wise Ones' arrival in Bethlehem. For more information, please contact Father Dick ( ).


We Have Tidings of a Great Joy For All of The People of St. Patrick's!

  First, as of today we have received 92 pledges to our 2018 Operating Budget! 

  Second, the total pledged to date is $440,820!

  Third, 12 of the 2018 pledges so far are new - from newcomers and others who did not pledge last year!

  Fourth, we are on a path to exceed last year's Operating Fund Campaign! 

 We have an opportunity to experiment in holy generosity in a very tangible way.  If you have not yet made a 2018 pledge or   completed your pledge for 2017 to the budget or Raise our Staff '17, it would be a great help if you would do so by the   last vestry meeting of the year, December 17, when the vestry begins to consider the 2018 Budget.  Thank you so much   for giving joyfully from your heart on this Journey to Generosity!          

  If you are still in need of a pledge card, please stop by the office to pick one up (see what they look like below) or download      one here.

Children and Family Offerings

Christmas Pageant Dates:  
Sunday, December 24
Costumes may be picked up in room 1 at 4:15 pm. Please be at the church at 4:30 pm for the 5 pm service.

Save the Dates:

CHILDREN - Contact Becky Beal, with questions.
  • Holy Eucharist with Christmas Eve Pageant, December 24 (5 pm)
  • Parent and Children's Brunch, Saturday, January 20 (10 am - 12 noon)
YOUTH - C ontact Liz Beal Kidd,  with questions.
  • Sr. DYC at Camp Mikel for grades 9-12, January 5 - 7. Click here for more information. 


Our nursery is available at 8:45 am. All children/youth classes begin promptly at 9:00 am. Adult formation classes begin promptly at 9:15 am.
  • The Nursery - Room 6
  • The Alleluia Class (Kindergarten-2nd Grades) - Room 4A
  • The Agape Class (3rd-5th Grades) - Room 7
  • The Rites of Passage Class (Rite 13: 6th-7th Grades) - Room 12
  • J2A Class (8th-9th Grades) - Room 3
  • YEA (10th-12th Grades) - Room 14
  • Rector's Forum - Parlor: Join us for a lively discussion. The topic changes weekly. 
  • Scripture Study with Marigold Watson - Room 8: Getting Personal with Scripture.
  • Art Community - Room 15: Doing Art Looking Up. Book making and Visio Divina, along with other opportunities.
  • Dreams - Library - Room 2: Listening to God