The Shamrock
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In-Gathering Sunday
What a way to celebrate! Our guest preacher was The Rev. Dr. Mike Tanner, we offered our pledges, and we gave thanks!


There will be no Christian Formation classes this Sunday with the exception of the Rector's Forum.

FYI - It's Not Too Late to Pledge!
God loves a cheerful giver....You may think you have missed your chance to give....but you haven't! It is never too late to turn in your pledge card. Please stop by the office to pick up a card (see what they look like below) or download one here.    

Advent Schedule:

Saturday, December 2 - Foyers Christmas Gathering, 4 pm
Sunday, December 3 - Advent Wreath Making, 5-7 pm
Wednesday, December 6 - Moravian Love Feast, 7-8 pm
Saturday, December 9 - Advent Quiet Morning, 8:30 - 11:30 am, Parents' Day Out, 2-6 pm
Sunday, December 10 - Stories, Hot Cocoa, and St. Nicholas, 4-5 pm
Wednesday, December 13- Advent Songs and Silence, 7-8 pm
Friday, December 15 - Malachi Toy Party Set-Up, 6-7:30 pm
Saturday, December 16 - Malachi Toy Party, 1-5 pm
Sunday, December 17 - Blue Sunday Service, 7 pm

The church office will be closed from Thursday, December 21 (at 11 am) through Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  For pastoral emergencies, please call 770-400-9746.

Christmas Schedule:

Sunday, December 24 - No Christian Formation Classes
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Services
   8 am - Advent IV Holy Eucharist
   10:30 am - Advent IV Holy Eucharist
   5 pm- Holy Eucharist with Nativity Pageant (Family Service)
   10 pm - Holy Eucharist and Choral Prelude
Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day
   10:30 am - Holy Eucharist
Saturday, January 6 - Feast of the Epiphany and Burning of the Greens, 5 pm

The church office will be closed from Thursday, December 21 (at 11 am) through Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  For pastoral emergencies, please call 770-400-9746.

The Rector's Forum:

We are shaking things up a bit at The Rector's Forum and you are not going to want to miss this! So join us on the following Sundays for fellowship and a dynamic discussion.

Sunday, November 26, 9:15 am - Guest Presenter is John Ray (This will be John Ray's last day.)
Sunday, December 3, 9:15 am- Guest Presenter is Bonnie Dykes
Sunday, December 10, 9:15 am- Guest Presenter is Wayne Ware
Sunday, December 17, 9:15 am- Guest Presenter is Fr. Dick and Mo. Julia ( It's a 2 for 1!)
John Ray - Postulant Deacon Extraordinaire Is Leaving Us For Pastures New:

John will join the congregation of Holy Comforter for Advent I. He has been a presence indeed amongst us and will be sorely missed. Please join the Clergy and Vestry in saying thank you, goodbye and God Bless! We will have a reception in his honor after the 10:30 service on Sunday Nov 26th.

 John Ray with his fellow pilgrims on their Pilgrimage of Presence to El Refugio.
Catherine Renaud receives The Miriam Award on behalf of  
Shine-A-Light at Diocesan Council

Yoga with Mother Julia:

There will be no yoga class this Friday.

Save The Date! Foyers Christmas Gathering December 2, 2017 at 4 pm

Continuing our annual tradition, the combined Foyers groups of St. Patrick's will gather at the Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University Campus for the holiday favorite "Emory University Nine Lessons & Carols". With combined university choruses, this Emory tradition, since 1935, features sacred choral music as well as popular holiday classics in a candlelit service. After the concert, we will gather at a nearby popular restaurant to complete this Foyers season in style. Group rate tickets have been bought for $15.  Please reserve your ticket to this event at  or call 404 702 8928 for additional information. 

Moravian Love Feast - Wednesday, December 6, 7pm

Celebrate a traditional Moravian agape feast in the spirit of Advent. Come to the Narthex at 7:00 p.m. to nourish your Christmas spirit.

Advent Quiet Morning; Led by Mother Julia with Music by Ramsay Hall:

An Advent Quiet Mornin g will be offered on Saturday, December 9 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Coffee and light fare will be available at 8:30 a.m. with song and silence beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. Join us for a time of Advent quiet, reflection, and music here at St. Patrick's.  If you are able, email Mother Julia ahead at . Otherwise, just come, dear hearts.

A  7:30 a.m. yoga offering is available if there are at least five people interested ----- for this please speak with Mother Julia by Thursday, December 7.

P.S. You may also simply come to yoga and know that all is well.
Parent's Day Out:

It was happening at Happening!

Children and Family Offerings:

We will not have Christian Formation Classes on November 26; however, the nursery will be open!
Baptism Class:
Baptism class is being offered at 9:15 am in room 1 on December 3, 10, and 17. If your child would like to be baptized, please plan on attending. Parents and Godparents of children seeking baptism may also attend. Lastly, any adult who plans to be baptized should plan to attend as well. Any questions? Contact Becky Beal at The baptismal service will be January 7, 2018 at the 10:30 am.
What are your plans for Advent? Saint Pat's has two inter-generational events for you!

Sunday, December 3, 5-7 pm - Advent Wreath Making
Our St. Patrick's family will make Advent wreaths and light the first candle together.We will enjoy chili from our famous St. Pat cooks! What do we need?
1. Greenery (drop off at the Parish Hall door on 12/2 or 12/3)
2. Chili (all categories)  
3. Sides for chili (cheese, sour cream, etc.)
Sunday, December 10, 4-5 pm - Stories, Hot Cocoa, and St. Nicholas!
Come learn abo ut this Saint, put your shoes out for treats, and enjoy this time together! What do we need?

1. Storytellers
2. Cocoa a nd cookie makers
3. AND YOU!  

Sign up sheets are available in the narthex and in the parish hall.

Christmas Pageant Dates:  
Sunday, December 10
Pick up costumes during Formation, 9 am or at Cookies, Cocoa & St. Nicholas, 4:00 pm 
Sunday, December 17
Practice for the pageant, 11:45-1:15, lunch will be included (costumes will be available)
Sunday, December 24  
Be at the church at 4:30 for 5 pm service (costumes will be available)  

Malachi's has advanced to Round 4 in the Charity give-away! 
We are now in the Top 3! 

Our competition is Arthritis Foundation and Susan G. Komen, and we CAN win this with YOUR help! 
Please vote and share this link on Facebook, Instagram or in an email with family and friends. 

You can only vote one time per round per email address. Round 4 ends Monday, 11/27 at midnight.
Now is your chance to vote, even if you didn't vote previously! 
Please take 2 minutes to vote for Malachi's TODAY! 
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Come Join the Team at Malachi's!

We are so grateful for the opportunity to build community around the giving and receiving of food.We have a couple of volunteer openings. See if these sound rewarding and fun.

1)  Join the kitchen team helping to clean-up after lunch.  Dish drying and tidying up. Hours :  11-2:30ish. Under direction of Elaine Judge (and lots of other fun peeps) as Team Lead.

2) Join the Nave Team that welcomes our clients and assists with traffic flow in the Storehouse. Hours 11:00-1:30p. Under direction of gracious host Bonnie Dykes and other welcoming saints.

3)  Bathroom assistant. Whaaaaat???? Yup-  Malachi's Storehouse volunteers clean 7 bathrooms at end of day on Wednesday and we need a couple more hearty souls who will help the place sparkle for the Wednesday night dinner/programs guests. Extra jewels in your crown are included. This job is currently staffed by who gets the shortest straws on Wednesday.   

Call, text, or smoke signal Kathy Malcolm Hall (678-687-5357,
to chat about your place in this fun and rewarding ministry. The first step is taking a tour and chatting about what it takes to be part of the team.   #serveandhavehappymoments

Attention, Attention, May I Have Your Attention Please:

The deadline for Shamrocks and bulletin submissions has been moved. All submissions are due to Cowen Harter, by Monday at 1pm.
Anybody and everybody is invited to send St. Patrick's news and pictures to Cowen at There is a ton of really good stuff happening within our family so let's not be shy about sharing the news!  

Our next Wednesday night program is the Moravian Love Feast on December 6. Advent Songs and Silence will be offered on December 13.

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.
Save the Dates:
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 pm)
  • Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, December 17 (12-1:30 pm)
  • Holy Eucharist with Christmas Eve Pageant, December 24 (5 pm)
 (contact Liz Beal Kidd [] with questions)  
  • Jr. DYC, December 1-3, Camp Mikell More info and registration here.
  • Confirmation, December 10, 4 pm, Cathedral of St. Philip.