The Shamrock
 Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The deadline for Shamrock and bulletin submissions is Monday at 1pm. Send your submission to Cowen Harter at
This Week at St. Patrick's
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 .
Yoga Is Cancelled:
Monday, March 11, 2019 and Friday, March 15, 2019

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.

March 10: Lemonade Days
March 17: Chalice and Cheese
March 24: Communications & Marketing
April 7: Intercessory Prayer

We Want To See Your Smiling Face This Sunday!

Please don't forget to set your clock forward 1 hour.

Upcoming Events & News
Lamentation: A Holy and Essential Journey
A Lenten Program for Adults
March 14, 21, and 28
April 4 and 11
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:

March 14: Dr. Kyle Lambelet - The Gift of Lament
March 21: Mr Nathan Medley - In the Ruins of Suffering
March 28: Starving Artists - Our Stations of the Cross
April 4: The Rev. Julia Rusling - Expressing Lament Through Word and Art
April 11: The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright - The Essential Space of Holy Saturday

Click here for online access to the Lenten brochure.
Lenten Program for Children
March 14, 21, 28 and April 11
Have you ever enjoyed a night around the campfire, singing songs and telling the grand stories of days gone by, maybe stories that helped make you who you are today? If so, you have had a glimpse at the joy and excitement of the beginning of the Easter Vigil. It is our time to gather around the fire and tell some of our very best tales from the journeys of the mothers and fathers of our faith.
This year in Lent on Thursday nights at 5:30, come and join an all-ages adventure as we explore some of these stories in fresh ways, with a hands-on, interactive presentation from the Bible and then a time to respond with our own creations (in art, craft, or even LEGOs!) to represent what the story means to us. Stay for dinner at 6:15! And then at 7:00, children and youth are invited to recreate the story of The Flood and make a video to be shared with the parish at the Easter Vigil! Participants will plan, build, film and edit their version of this formative story. You won’t want to miss it! We are in need of some additional adult participants for this endeavor. If you can assist for one or more Thursday nights from 7:00-8:00, please contact Kelli Jones at  or via phone or text at 770.403.4664.
Click here for online access to the brochure.
Call for Vestry Nominations
The Vestry is seeking nominations to fill the unexpired term of Star Rios, who recently stepped down from vestry.  Star’s term ends in January of 2021. 
At its retreat this past weekend, the Vestry discerned that there is a particular need for a new member who feels called to the Feed Pillar, which focuses on the many ways we care for our parish family (pastoral care, parish events, etc.).

We are asking those who feel called to join our vibrant Vestry team to arrange a meeting with Fr. Dick or Senior Warden Michael Crowe prior to submitting a nomination form. 
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   Wednesday, March 20, at noon.  The Vestry hopes to discern a call to a new vestry member at the March 24 Vestry Meeting . Nomination forms must be accompanied by a photo of the nominee. Please email the photo and completed form to Cowen Harter at by the March 20 deadline. 

St. Patrick's workday is coming and the date has changed. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 16th from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.
To purchase tickets, click here .
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.

How Can Gift Plans Help You Meet Your Current Or Future Needs?

An endowment fund is like an orchard from which we harvest fruits and nuts. And there are many ways for you to plant new trees.

Would you consider a planned gift if we could show you how? A planned gift should/could be a part of your diversified portfolio.

You might be able to relate to one of these scenarios:

1.    Are you concerned about income? How to grow it, provide security for a spouse, with CD rates so low?
2.    Do you have rental property you no longer want to manage, but need the income and are concerned about capital gains taxes?
3.    Do you have appreciated property that you would like to convert to income for your family?
4.    Can you see a time when you are no longer able to drive to your vacation home and your children don’t want it?
5.    Are you supporting an older generation and cannot make a gift now? Do you believe you must wait until that obligation has ended at some future undetermined time?
6.    Are you concerned about a child with issues?
7.    Do you have appreciated stock that has reached a price that you want to cash in on?
8.    Are you considering gifting your home, vacation home, or farm?
9.    Are you concerned about the taxes on required minimum distributions?
10. Are any of your portfolio assets illiquid?
11. Are you sure of who the beneficiaries are for all of your financial accounts?
12. Do you have a business to sell or leave to heirs, and are concerned about capital gains or estate taxes?

Most attorneys, accountants, wealth management advisors, and estate planners are not aware of the variety and benefits of gift plans. If you’re at all curious, please talk with John Watson.
For those who love to collect toiletries when traveling, please consider donating the extras to Malachi's Storehouse guests. Gather up those tubes of toothpaste, shampoo, moisturizer and anything else you can imagine that makes one shiny and clean and drop them off at the church. Please bag them and deliver them to St. Pat's on Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or during the week during office hours. It is time to purge!
Lee County, Alabama - Tornado Relief

If you feel called to support the residents of Lee County, donations may be directed to the Community Foundation of East Alabama Lee County Disaster Fund. Contributions may be made via the website, or mailed to the Community Foundation of East Alabama, P. O. Box 165, Opelika, Alabama 36803-0165.
Our St. Patrick's Family
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew 
Arts Retreat
Burying the Alleluias
Youth and Labyrinth
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.
  • 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.
See announcement at top of The Shamrock.
Children and Youth Ministry
For Questions Contact:

Children - Kelli Jones,

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