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Christian Formation Resumes
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Safeguarding Training
Saturday, January 12, 2019

St. Patrick's will host Safeguarding training on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The training sessions are listed below:
9:00 am- 12:00 noon 
Safeguarding God's Children training

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Safeguarding God's People (adult boundaries and Elder Abuse Prevention) training
For registration information, click here.

Ministry Announcements Schedule

We will be taking a bit of time each Sunday during the services to share with you information about our ministries here at St. Patrick's. During this time, you may expect to learn about the purpose of the ministry, upcoming events, and how you can become involved. Below is the schedule of announcements:

January 13: Shine A Light
January 20: Pastoral Visits
January 27: Adult Formation
February 3: AV Team

Annual Meeting and Call for Vestry Nominations
Vestry Elections will take place on Sunday, January 27, as part of our Annual Meeting. We will be electing four new vestry members for the 2019-2022 term, as well as a youth vestry member for a one-year term.
We are asking those who feel called to join our vibrant Vestry team to arrange a meeting with Fr. Dick or Senior Warden Alison Forbes prior to submitting a nomination form. We are also hosting "Vestry 101 Social" at Alison Forbes' house tomorrow, January 10, from 7:00-8:30pm so that nominees may meet with current Vestry Members for a short presentation on the work of the Vestry and an opportunity to speak informally with Vestry and Clergy.
Nomination forms and qualification details are available at the volunteer desk in the church office or as a PDF here.  Nominees are required to be active, contributing, confirmed or received members of the Parish.
The deadline to submit a nomination form is  Sunday, January 13, at noon. Nomination forms must be accompanied by a photo of the nominee. Please email the photo and completed form to Cowen Harter at by the January 13 deadline.   

Candidates please note the following dates:

1/10:        Vestry 101 Social, 7-8:30 pm, Alison Forbes' home, 

1/27:        Annual Meeting, 9-12:30
      Vestry Meeting , 12:30 p.m.
 Staff/Vestry Dinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (all candidates are invited and encouraged to attend the     dinner, with a partner, if desired)

2/22-24:  Vestry Retreat, Ignatius House, Sandy Springs, Georgia

St. Patrick's Endowment Fund

The Mission of St. Patrick's Endowment Fund is to provide parishioners with the opportunity to create a legacy by giving St. Patrick's church an enhanced financial capacity for long term ministry.
"...some sow seeds, some water them, and God gives the increase." 1 Cor. 3:6
What is the Society of Sowers (SOS)?
In accordance with 1 Cor. 3:6, the SOS are the folks who sow seeds for future needs. A more formal definition looks like this: The Society of Sowers is the patron group of St. Patrick's Endowment Fund. Each Sower envisions a future at St. Patrick's where ministries continue to bear fruit and funds enable the next generation to carry on God's work. To this end, he or she is willing to commit financial resources to seed St. Patrick's future.
Why should you contribute?
By contributing financially, sowing seeds, you help to ensure the future of God's work at St Patrick's. Does sowing seeds for the future of St. Patrick's ministries strike a chord with you? If so, we ask that you prayerfully consider joining the Society of Sowers. There is no minimum seed investment. Give as you are led and appropriate to your circumstances.
You may become a Sower by filling out a form that lets us know you have:
  • Included St. Patrick's Endowment Fund in your estate plans
  • Designated St. Patrick's Endowment Fund as a beneficiary of some other financial instrument (life insurance policy, retirement plan, Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Lead Trust, or Charitable Gift Annuities)
  • Contributed assets directly to St. Patrick's Endowment Fund (cash, stock, or real or personal property)
If you wish to join the thirteen who have already become Sowers or have any questions about St. Patrick's Endowment Fund, any member of our board will be delighted to meet with you. In the meantime, please pick up a copy of our brochure found on the information table in the narthex.
            Lander Stoddard, Chairman
            Cowen Harter, Treasurer
            Bruce Wilson, Secretary
            Joan Reddicks
            John Watson
  David White
            Julian Williams
            Dick Game, Ex-Officio
            Alison Forbes, Ex-Officio

The Feast of the Epiphany and Burning of the Greens

Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC)

Transformation for Ministry
A Monday night offering from Mother Julia+

Transformation for Ministry is a class grounded in the exploration of transformational practices to attend to the nurturing of spaciousness for the growth of freedom, joy, and courage in discipleship, prophetic imagination, and ministry of presence.
We will meet for nine Monday evenings, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., interspersed from February through May.
Because creation of community is an essential part of this experience, committed attendance at all classes, as well as completion of assigned practices, readings, and reflective writing is expected. The work load is not heavy, but a commitment to regular practice and completion is essential.
Will you join me? This is an offering that has been developing in my heart for over ten years, and I am so delighted that it is coming to fruition!
The dates for this class are: February 4, February 18, March 4, March 18, March 25, April 8, April 29, May 6, and May 13. 
Pre-registration is required. Please email Mo. Julia+, (, to register or for further questions. 

Chalice, Cheese, and Poetry
Saturday, February 2, 2019

J oin us in the parlor to read and discuss the poetry of Wendell Berry.  Please bring a plated appetizer and beverage to share as well as your own chalice.  Friends are encouraged and welcomed!

Foyers Gathering
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 6:30pm

Happy Foyers New Year 2019!   After several wonderful Foyers dinner parties in 2018, we want to kick off the 2019 Foyers season in good style with a Foyers gathering at the beautiful home of Jim & Martha Myers in Roswell on January 19 at 6:30 pm.  

Foyers is a fellowship activity aimed at building church community and participation is open to all in our parish. Foyers at St. Patricks is a wonderful way to reconnect with old friends as well as to welcome newcomers into the parish family.  If you would like to attend the January Foyers gathering please RSVP  to Martha & Jim Myers at with a CC to no later than Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  In your RSVP please indicate what you would like to bring. Martha and Jim will coordinate and provide directions to their home soon.  

Thanks to all who opened their homes and hearts to Foyers in 2018!

CHILDREN - Contact Kelli Jones,,  
with questions.

YOUTH - C ontact Liz Beal Kidd, 
with questions.


Christian Formation resumes on Sunday, January 13, 2019.
 - Click here for registration form.

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 CHRISTIAN FORMATION OFFERINGS - Click here for registration form.

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 (11th-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.
  • Music8:45-9:00am  J2A and YEA in the Adult Choir Room
  • Music9:10-9:25am  Rite-13, playing the bells in the Youth Music Room (Room 10)

Adult classes run from 9:15-10:15am.
  • The Forum - Parlor: A book discussion group.
  • Scripture Study - Room 8: The Constitution of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. 
  • Art Community - Room 15: Doing Art Looking Up. 
  • Dreams - Library: Listening to God.

The Forum

Come join us for a discussion of the Church's response to immigration, Sundays, January 13 and 20, and February 3 and 10 from 9:15-10:15am, in The Parlor. We will be guided by the Sojourners eBook entitled "Christians and Immigration, " and will examine specifically the Episcopal Church's positions and statements on the plight of the undocumented in the United States.