The Shamrock
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Ingathering and Celebration
Sunday, March 18

Yes, we know it is Lent!  But it is also time to celebrate Patrick, our patron saint! On Sunday, March 18, both services will include a time for those who have agreed to increase their commitment to the operating budget (and those making first-time pledges this year) to offer pledge cards during the liturgy.  We will have a reception, with an Irish flair, following the 10:30 to service.  Join us on March 18 for a deep drink at this Lenten oasis as we celebrate what God is doing among us here at St. Patrick's.

 Lenten Speaker Series: Water in a Dry and Weary Land

    Join us for our Lenten series, "Water in a Dry and Weary Land", as we hear from different  voices about their journeys of creating a way or rule of life that sustains and  refreshes them, in times that are dry and weary.

To view the Lenten brochure, click here

Join Us for Dinner Thursday Nights Before Programs!
Here's the Thursday Evening schedule:

Meal at 6 p.m.
All-Hands Clean-Up at 6:40 p.m.
Programs run from 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, March 15
Guest Presenter: Deacon Postulant John Ray

John, a Deacon Postulant, is the founder of Backpacks of Love, which works through North Fu lton and Forsyth County schools, serving homeless and at risk children and youth with hunger needs. He has also been active in ministries related to housing, immigrants and refugees, the elderly, and hospice. He is currently in the Deacon formation process for the Diocese of Atlanta. John's sponsoring parish is St. Aidan's in  Milton and he is currently serving at Holy Comforter in Atlanta. John runs his own business advisory practice, providing fractional CFO services and pricing strategy consulting to small and medium sized businesses.


Yoga class has been cancelled on the following dates:
March 16, and 26

Would you like to help with Easter eggs?  Donations of candy and small prizes are wonderful! Drop them off in Becky's office, room 4.  Would you like to help stuff eggs?  Stay after the  10:30  service on Sunday, March 18, 
and enjoy a bit of reception food and join us in room 1. Email Becky at  if you're able to help.


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

Lenten Speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Underwood

Young Families Lunch at Takorea

Guest Preacher on Sunday, March 11
Bonnie Wallace

Stations of the Cross Services

The Stations of the Cross is a liturgical way to reenact Jesus' journey as a meditation and an act of devotion.  In remembering, we are making our own journey.  

Friday, March 23, 6:00 PMThe Family Stations offer a reenactment of Jesus' last week beginning with Passover. We use costumes and actors to tell the story as we  move around the church. 

Click  here for the 2018 Stations of the Cross book.

Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Birthday and Anniversary Blessings

Birthday and Anniversary blessings will not occur on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. If you are having a birthday or anniversary during these weeks and would like to receive a blessing during the service, please consider receiving your blessing on either March 18 or April 8. We appreciate your flexibility!

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, March 25th. 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 posted outside the church office or you may sign up here

Altar of Repose - Sacred Watch

To sign up for a shift, click here or fill your name in for a time slot on the sign-up sheet outside the church office. 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.

Holy Saturday

Join us for holding the sacred space of Holy Saturday, as the church will be open between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm for the opportunity to pray at the Garden of Repose in the nave and/or to walk the labyrinth in the parish hall.

St Pat's Parish Family - Sabbath Weekend
SAVE THE DATE -- if you haven't already!

We will be returning to 
Forrest Hills Mountain Resort, Dahlonega  
for a joyful time of Sabbath on  Friday April 27 thru 29th .

Please talk with Alison Forbes (678-644-5553 or if you 
have questions or wish to join the rooming and/or welcome team.

We will take room bookings starting on Palm Sunday. 
Book early to avoid disappointment!  

Save the Dates:

CHILDREN - Contact Becky Beal, with questions.

YOUTH - C ontact Liz Beal Kidd,  with questions.

Children and the 10:30 AM Sunday Service:

We welcome and encourage all ages to be a part of the activities and worship at St. Patrick's. Children multi-task very well and there is a table of quiet activities in the office hallway for use during the 10:30  Sunday service. 


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. 
  • Dreams - Library - Room 2: Listening to God.

As of Sunday, March 4, 2018