The Shamrock
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Epiphany Celebration and 
Burning of the Greens
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 5 pm
All Ages 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  ( ).



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


All Christian Formation

All Christian Formation resumes 
Sunday, January 7, 2018.

9:00 AM - Children and Youth

9:15 AM - Adults


Adult Formation in Epiphany

The Jesus Movement and The Episcopal Way:  1/7-28, 9:15 AM
Our Adult Inquirers Class 
  Led by Fr. Dick

During the season of Epiphany, adult seekers and those who wish to be received or confirmed into the Episcopal Church at the Bishop's Visitation on 2/4 should join us for a study of Presiding Bishop Curry's book, Following The Way Of Jesus.We will end our class with participation at the Annual Meeting on 1/28, which is St. Patrick's local expression of the worldwide Jesus Movement.
Christmas Eve Services

A big THANK YOU goes out to Ramsay Hall and Carter Cooper 
for the photos!

Holy Eucharist with Nativity Pageant

Holy Eucharist with Coral Prelude

    Youth News :

Our youth are headed to Senior DYC, January 5-7, 2018. Please keep them in your prayers!

Senior DYC Staff: Liz, Autumn and Andrew

Participants:  Jillian,  Lyndyn,  Isabella ,  Van,  Rebecca ,  Bailey and  Liam  

St. Patrick's 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 to Diane Rankin. 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. Patrick's with "Art Retreat" on the memo line. If you plan to attend, please call or email Diane Rankin as this helps with preliminary planning.


Annual Meeting and Call for Vestry Nominations

Vestry Elections are coming up on  Sunday, January 28  as part of our Annual Meeting. We will be electing four new vestry members for the 2018-2021 term, as well as a youth vestry member for a one year term.

Nomination forms and qualification details are available at the volunteer desk in the church office or as a PDF here

The deadline to submit a nomination form is Sunday, January 14 at noon. Nomination forms must be accompanied by a photo of the nominee. Please email the photo and completed form to Cowen Harter by the January 14 deadline.   

Eligibility for the office of vestry member is determined by: Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Atlanta, Canon 31, Section 6.(d).(1).

"Those qualified for election to the office of Vestry Member shall be as follows: Any confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish who is not less than eighteen years of age, a regular attendant at the services of the Church in the year preceding election, and known by the Treasurer to have made and fulfilled a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election."

To nominate someone for the office of vestry member, as well as to be eligible to vote in the election, you must be: "confirmed communicant(s)(sic) in good standing not less than sixteen years of age as certified by the Rector or Vicar or the Vestry. Those voters so qualified and being present at the meeting shall constitute a quorum." Canon 31, Section 4.

Candidates please note the following dates:
1/28:  Annual Meeting 9-12:30; vestry meeting 6:00 p.m.;  staff/vestry dinner, 
7-8:30 p.m. (all candidates are invited and welcome to attend the dinner)
2/23-25:  Vestry Retreat, Camp Hinton, Hayesville, NC
(also our Parish Sabbath Weekend dates  4/27-29, Forrest Hills Mountain Resort, Dahlonega, GA)

      If you are still in need of a pledge card, please stop by the office to pick one up     or download one here
     Upcoming Dates:

Have You Ever Wondered? 

Have you ever wondered where you can find paper copies of parish-wide information? In case you were wondering, it can be found on the information table in the narthex. On this table you will find copies of the following:

1. The Weekly Shamrock
2. Visitor Information Card
3. Synthesis CE - A Lectionary Study Guide following the Revised Common Lectionary
4. Much More!!!

Please stop by and check it out!


Save the Dates:

CHILDREN - Contact Becky Beal, with questions.
  • 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