The Shamrock
Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Advent Wreath Making and Chili Dinner!
Please join us this Sunday, December 3, from 5-7 pm for Advent Wreath making and a chili dinner. After making our wreaths, we will light the first candle together. We will also enjoy chili from our famous St. Pat cooks! We still need the following:
1. Greenery (drop off at the Parish Hall door on 12/2 or 12/3)
2. Sides for chili (rice, corn chips, cheese, sour cream, etc.) and dessert


We Have Tidings of a Great Joy For All of The People of St. Patrick's!

  First, as of today we have received 78 pledges to our 2018 Operating Budget! 

  Second, the total pledged to date is $363,789!

  Third, 11 of the 2018 pledges so far are new - from newcomers and others who did not pledge last year!

  Fourth, we are on a path to exceed last year's Operating Fund Campaign! 

  We have an opportunity to experiment in holy generosity in a very tangible way.  If you have not yet made a 2018 pledge or      completed your pledge for 2017 to the budget or Raise our Staff '17, it would be a great help if you would do so by the last      vestry meeting of the year, December 17, when the vestry begins to consider the 2018 Budget.  Thank you so much for giving    joyfully from your heart on this Journey to Generosity!          

  If you are still in need of a pledge card, please stop by the office to pick one up (see what they look like below) or download    one here.    

Malachi's is beyond thrilled to announce that we are the winner of the  StyleBlueprint Atlanta $5000 Charity Give-Away! We are so grateful for your support through votes, shares, prayers and love and we certainly could not have done it without you all, our Malachi's friends and family!  

What a wonderful, crazy ride this has been! We are so thankful to  StyleBlueprint and  Mednikow Jewelers for hosting this give-away and so proud to be associated with all the well-deserving non-profits who participated. 

More details will come as we learn of them. 
Please share this good news with all who voted for us! 

With Enormous Gratitude, 
Malachi's Board and Volunteers


Reception for John Ray


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, December 3 , 9:15 am- Guest Presenter is Bonnie Wallace

Wait and Pray

During Advent we are asked to wait and pray for birth and rebirth and the kind of transformation where we barely recognize ourselves any longer. In waiting, there is often a feeling of emptiness and unknowing as God slowly shapes us into something new and full of wonder. Join us for a time of shared hope and deep listening as we wait for God to be birthed within us again and again.

Sunday, December 10, 9:15 am- Guest Presenter is Wayne Ware

Luke 10: 41-42:  "Martha, you are worried and distracted by so many things.  Only one this is necessary...."

Advent, being a time of expectant waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ, can seem lost in the blur of activity this time of year.  So, let's take some time to be quietly reflective and prepare our hearts.  Let's take some time to be open together to the movement of the Spirit.

Sunday, December 17, 9:15 am- Fr. Dick will lead the discussion on Advent Through the Centuries. 
Moravian Lovefeast - Wednesday, December 6, 7pm

The Moravian Lovefeast is a gentle, deeply moving tradition that 18th Century settlers from the Moravian Church brought with them from Central Europe when they arrived in the New World.  Based on the agape meals described in the Acts of the Apostles, our Lovefeast includes singing Advent carols, eating sweetened buns and drinking mulled cider in our candlelit narthex.  Come to our Lovefeast, and let us wait together in hope, peace, joy and love for the coming of Jesus.

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

Malachi's Toy Party Needs You!

Get in the Christmas Spirit! Join us for our Annual Christmas Toy Drive as we support our Malachi's families. We encourage you to give your time, and would appreciate your donations of toys and/or gift cards, gift wrap, tags, and tape. Cash donations are also welcome. The children we are serving are ages newborn - 15 years old. Please bring all donations to St. Patrick's and drop off in the boxes in the Narthex.

Toys will be distributed to pre-registered parents  on  Saturday, December 16  from 2:00 - 5:00pm. Parents will come and select a gift for their child. They will be served hot chocolate and cookies and the gifts will be wrapped for them to take home. We are using an on-line program for parishioners to sign up to help. It is really easy, but if you have any questions please contact Judi Carlson at  630 220-2178 or

Please sign up for Malachi's Toy Party 2017 - here's how it works:

   1. Click this link to go to our Sign Up Genius: 
   2. Sign up! Choose your spots - Sign Up Genius will send you 
       an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: Sign Up Genius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

There's another way you can help, too! One of our partners, For the Kid in All of Us, is having their annual Toy Party on Saturday, December 2. They need assistance with set up on Friday, Dec 1 as well as at their Toy Party Saturday, Dec. 2. This is a great volunteer opportunity for your Foyers or Home Group! Please click here for additional information:

Pub Theology

Pub Theology: Fellowship - Team Trivia - Tuesday, December 5 at 7 pm: 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. 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.

Children and Family Offerings

Baptism Class:
Baptismal preparation class, three Sundays in Advent, December 3, 10, and 17.  This class is for all adults desiring baptism and  for parents of children who are being baptized on the first  Sunday  of Epiphany ( January 7 ).  Attendance is required for baptism .  Godparents are strongly encouraged and welcomed to attend as well!  We look forward to our joyful, exploratory time together!  Questions?  Speak with Becky Beal ( .


Sunday, Decembe r 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! We will have:

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

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 pm, 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)  
Children's Bibles for View

There are some Bibles in the Godly Play room (room 9) specifically for children and youth. If you are considering buying a Bible for Christmas, you are welcome to look at these as good suggestions.

            We Have a New Deacon Postulant!

We are delighted to welcome our new Deacon Postulant, Victoria Jarvis! Her first Sunday with us will be this Sunday, December 4.  Please introduce yourself to her after the 10:30 am service.


The deadline for Shamrocks and bulletin submissions has been moved. All submissions are due to Cowen Harter, by Monday at 1pm.
You are invited to send St. Patrick's news and pictures to me at If you are planning an event, if possible, please speak with me several weeks in advance so that I can help you with advertising preparation, including photographing the event to share with our St. Patrick's family afterwards.

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 Dinner, December 3 (5-7 pm)
  • Stories, Hot Cocoa, and Saint Nicholas, December 10 (4-5 pm)
  • Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, December 17 (11:45 - 1:15 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.