The Shamrock
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Welcome Aboard Cowen Harter

I am so pleased to be joining the St. Patrick's staff as the Interim Communications Director! For those of you who may not know me, I have been a member at St. Patrick's for over 30 years. I am married to Biff Harter and we have two wonderful children - James (27) and Cate (25). Professionally, I was trained as an educator. I taught high school math, was a high school administrator, was an Accountability Specialist at both the Governor's Office of Student Achievement and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), served as Director of Accountability at GaDOE, and served as a District Effectiveness Specialist at West Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency. In my spare time I like to make jewelry, collage and paint, work out, and travel. If allowed, I would wear my slippers all day every day!

As the Interim Communications Director, my work will include but is not limited to the following: Shamrocks, bulletin announcements, website updates, ministry heads liaison, and much more. My office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am - 4pm. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your communication needs at


Trunk or Treat: Thanks to all who came out on a very cold Sunday afternoon for a fun and festive Trunk or Treat!   

The Feast of All Souls Day

We will celebrate The Feast of All Souls' on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 PM. We will remember our beloved dead on this day (we will also remember them in our All Saints' liturgy on November 5).   
Chalice, Cheese and Mark Nepo - this Saturday, November 4th (7 pm).
P lease join us i n the Parlor for another delightful evening. Please bring a plated appetizer and beverage to share, as we ll as your own chalice. If you have any Mark Nepo poems to share, bring those too! Contact Mo. Julia ( for more info.  
All Saints' Day, this Sunday, November 5:  We will celebrate  All  Saints' Sunday on November 5. Please join us for a special treat from our children and youth. We will also honor our adult and youth participants in the upcoming diocesan council meeting, next weekend:

-Council Delegates: Brenda Marquis, Dana Dolan, Pat Finlen, Bonnie Dykes

-Youth Delegate: Lyndyn

-Diocesan Youth Council: Natalia, Autumn, Andrew
Please thank them for their service and offer them your prayers.  
St. Patrick's Acolyte Festival and Commissioning, this Sunday, November 5:  Calling acolytes of all ages, past, present, and future. Join us on 11/5 at the 10:30 service when we will commission our Acolyte Corp. Join us at 12:15 pm in the Parish Hall for a fun time of acolyte olympics, training, and food. We will have  thurible swinging, as well as  torch handling & cincture tying. Lunch provided for those who register ahead.  Contact Dana Dolan (; 678-467-4098 ) to register.


Pub Theology: Fellowship - Team Trivia - Tuesday, November 7: A motley crew of St. Pat's regulars and friends meets monthly at the Dunwoody Tavern (Shops of Dunwoody, 5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Road) to get our smartypants on. Join us on Tuesday, November 7.  We arrive at 7 or thereabouts for fellowship and discussion, theological or other, and play the game together from 8-10. Sean or Dana Dolan ( can answer any questions (see what we did there?).
Children's Formation Update: This week the class learned that AGAPE means Love, and love comes in many forms. Loving God means loving everyone (the most important comm  andment).   Emotional, soulful, mindful and physical - it was an amazing class with insights you had to be there to appreciate.  We took a tour to see how St. Patrick's shows its Generosity of Love by learning more about Malachi's Closet and Storehouse.  Love also means playing floor Tic Tac Toe with activities for each square - our kids know how to hop and hug!
Youth Formation Update: The Journey To Adulthood YEA class is currently preparin g for Confirmation. Last Sunday the class learned about the prayer book and this coming Sunday they learn about the meaning of the sacraments as well as spent time at the altar. This class is open to all youth grades 10-12.  Please contact Liz Beal ( for more information.  

The Rev. Sarah Fisher Installation: Hi St. Pat's friends! I would love to see some of your faces at St. Catherine's on November 15th! With love, Sarah/Mofi.
Stewardship In-gathering and Thanksgiving Potluck: Please plan to join us on Sunday, November 19th! Bring your pledge cards with you to the service to be blessed. Then stay for our Parish Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch after the 10:30 am service. St. Patrick's will provide the turkey and a vegetarian option. Like last year, please bring your favorite side dish to share and/or a dessert. Your Parish Events team will also need some volunteer help, please:
a) kitchen prep and receiving of dishes starting at 9 am
b) set out of food right after communion
c) and of course no feast comes without the need of  a clean -up team
If you would like to help on the day, please ping Alison Forbes (  or 678-644-5553) so we can plan more effectively. 

We are participating in a charity give-away for Atlanta non-profits which is based on a multi-round voting process. We made it to Round 2, thanks to your votes! Malachi's will make it to the next round if we receive enough votes again. Please vote again in Round 2! 
You  can only vote one time per round. Round 2 ends today (Wednesday), 11/1 at midnight.
Now is your chance to vote, even if you didn't in Round 1! 
Please take 2 minutes to vote for Malachi's TODAY! 
Follow this link to vote:


$5000 feeds 5050 people at Malachi's! 

Malachi's Clothing Closet is in need of Men's Clothing! Please bring us clean, usable items like pants, shorts, shirts, and shoes, underwear, in good shape and without holes. You can drop off your items in the Clothing bin located in St. Pat's parking lot.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church recently collected hygiene products and dropped them off at St. Patrick's for Malachi's! Look at the abundance! We a re very grateful for this dona tion which should be enough products to provide to our clients for 6 months! 

Wednesday Night Bible Study and Lectio Divina, 7-8 pm in the Parlor.

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 discussion of Living Into Generosity.
  • 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: Listening to God.
Save the Dates:
YOUTH  (contact Liz Beal Kidd [] with questions)
  • Diocesan Youth Lock In, November 10-11, Gainesville, Georgia. More info and registration here
  • Happening, November 17-19, Camp Mikell. More info and registration here
  • Confirmation, December 10 (4 pm), Cathedral of St. Philip.
CHILDREN  (contact Becky Beal [] with questions)
  • Family Advent Wreath Workshop and Chili Cook-off, December 3 (5-7 pm)
  • Stories, Hot Chocolate and Saint Nicholas, December 10 (4-5:15 pm)
  • Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, December 17 (12-1:30 pm)
  • Holy Eucharist with Christmas Eve Pageant, December 24 (5 pm)