November 13, 2020

Welcome to St. Bede's E-News! 

We hope that this weekly offering will keep you up-to-date on the latest information from the parish and from around the diocese

Our e-newsletters are now being archived on our website. 
You can go to www.stbedes.org and look under the Connect With Us tab at the top of the home page to find past newsletters.
St. Bede's Announcements

Online Worship  
for Sunday, November 15, 2020
The 24th Sunday after Pentecost
The Lessons for
the 24th Sunday after Pentecost
can be found here

10 am - Morning Worship (in English) on Zoom
Join us for Morning Worship on Zoom 
also live streamed 
to the St. Bede's YouTube page.  
(If the live stream does not work, 
we will post the recording to our YouTube page later.)

1 pm - Worship (in Spanish) on Facebook
Join us for Sunday Worship in Spanish by following the links below.

Querida Comunidad de San Beda, Unase a nosotros a orar. 
Nuestro servicio en español es los domingos 
a la 1 p.m. a través de Facebook live. 
Aqui esta el enlace. Los esperamos.  
Bendiciones, Padre Fabio Sotelo.

8 pm - Compline (in English) on Zoom
End your Sunday by joining others from St.Bede's 
in the quiet evening prayer form known as Compline.
We usually take a few moments at the end to catch up as well.

Information about how to join 
all of our Sunday offerings on Zoom
will be sent out in a separate email 
and will be posted to the St. Bede's website 
by Saturday afternoon.
There is always a call-in (from a regular telephone) option for 
all worship, fellowship, and meeting opportunities 
that are offered on Zoom.

Chad will be on vacation this Sunday
and through Saturday, November 21st.
If you have any pastoral concerns
or if you need assistance from the office,
please call the parish office 
and Muriel will assist you or 
direct your call to the appropriate staff member.

We hope that you will prayerfully consider
your pledge to St. Bede's
and return your pledge card
or use the link below to pledge online.


A Grateful Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast - Gratefulness.org
A Grateful Day with
Brother David Steindl-Rast
(from www.gratefulness.org)


All Ages Formation Resources
for this week

The Lord's Prayer: Part 3
"Give us this day our daily bread 
and forgive us our trespasses 
as we forgive those who trespass against us"

We are continuing our four-part unit on The Lord's Prayer. Please stop by the church to refresh your formation craft supplies (outside the front door). Grab one kit for each member of your household who will be crafting.
Access your six, 3-10 minute activities for the week of Nov 15-21 here: The Lord's Prayer: Part 2
"Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
We are continuing our four-part unit on The Lord's Prayer. Please stop by the church to refresh your formation craft supplies (outside the front door). Grab one kit for each member of your household who will be crafting.
Access your six, 3-10 minute activities for the week of Nov 8-14 here:

Thanksgiving at Home
at Emmaus House

St. Bede's started a Thanksgiving program at Emmaus House 31 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this is the first year we will not been able to fill sacks of food, pick up turkeys, and go to the farmers market to get fresh collards and sweet potatoes.  

Good News...Thanksgiving at Home will still happen at Emmaus House this year. 

St. Bede's has given $800 to help buy the staples for the dinners and the Atlanta Community Food Bank will be donating 200 turkeys this year. 

If you would like to contribute money ($$) for additional food it would be very helpful. Just send a check to St. Bede's and mark it for "Thanksgiving at Home" and we forward that along to Emmaus House.

We will resume the bag collection next year when it is safe to do so.  This is a tradition that will continue on long after COVID is gone!

  Do you miss dropping by the office 
to hang out or visit with the staff?

Join us for lunch on Zoom!

Make your sandwich, 
heat up your soup,
zap those leftovers in the microwave 
and the rev up your Zoom machine to
have lunch with the Staff and others on

Tuesday, November 24th
Thursday, December 3rd
at Noon

Please let Muriel know if you would like the Zoom link
to join the lunch bunch!



Consider Organ Donation

My husband Richard and I have been attending St Bede's for about two years. Some of you may know that I had a kidney transplant in August, 2019. I had experienced declining health for several years and was finally at the point that I would have to go on dialysis. My doctors suggested a transplant and encouraged me to look for a living donor since the wait for a kidney from a deceased donor is 3-5 years. Richard volunteered to be tested as a donor and, through what I consider a true miracle, he was what the doctors termed "a perfect match" for me! Of course I already knew he was my perfect life match; organ match, too? Unbelievable! His selfless and loving gift saved my life and I am eternally grateful. I never had to start dialysis and we are both recovered and doing very well! I know that living organ donation is not for everyone and is certainly a major decision. But if it is something you might want to consider or if you are just curious and would like first-hand information, feel free to contact Richard for a chat.

I was fortunate to have a living donor but many others are not so lucky. Right now there are over 100,000 men, women and children waiting for a life-saving organ. And thousands more need corneal and tissue transplants. One deceased donation can provide organs to save the lives of 8 people, restore sight to 2 people and heal more than 75 people through tissue donation.

I am here today to ask you to consider signing up to donate your organs at your death to leave behind the priceless gift of life. I know that a lot of you have probably already signed up as a donor on your driver's license. I also recommend that you register with LifeLink. LifeLink is the organization that handles all aspects of organ donation at the time of someone's death. Registering with them will ensure that your desire to donate your organs is known.

If you want more information about donation please go to:

You can register as a donor on the site and find lots of other information including an excellent explanation of how the donation process works. You can also find more information about organ donation and religion here.

My life has been totally changed by Richard's gift and words cannot express how grateful I am. I hope you will consider blessing someone with your organs at the end of your life on earth.

Thank you,
Jennie Couture

On Sunday, November 1st, 
21 folks gathered creekside
for our All Saints' in-person worship offering.

Jan Swoope captured these
wonderful photographs of the gathering:

Thank you to all who made this offering a success!


Join us in "Keeping the Faith" through our 2020 Time Capsule
St. Bede's has been an integral part of the community since it was founded in 1960, but did you know that people have worshipped on the property we now call home for more than 100 years?  This photograph (that Chad mentioned in his sermon last Sunday) shows people being baptized in the creek that runs alongside the church in the early 20th century.  How have you experienced the spirit of God in the sacred spaces at St. Bede's?  How have you experienced God's presence as we create new sacred spaces during this time of pandemic?
In celebration of St. Bede's 60th year, and to mark this historic time in our nation's history, we invite you to participate in our upcoming "Keeping the Faith" project. During the month of November we will collect written reflections and other creative expressions of our faith to preserve for future generations of this community. 
Consider the following questions as you begin to reflect on your experience for our time capsule:
"What would you like to tell future generations of St. Bede's parishioners about your experience of the Covid-19 pandemic?  How have you felt God's presence during this time?"
"Scripture is filled with assurances of God's presence in times of uncertainty.  What passage(s) have been meaningful to you during the Covid-19 pandemic?"
"Future parishioners may also face times of hardship during their journey together.  What words of hope do you have to offer them from 2020?"
For more information, please contact Carmie McDonald at  cmcdonald@stbedes.org 

If there is interest for an evening group,
please let Muriel know and we will begin a second group.

Healing Our Racism Book Discussion Group
Meeting Time - 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm 

Monday, November 23rd at 2:00 pm

Please join Muriel Diguette and other members/friends of St. Bede's to discuss current books pertaining to the issues of racism and white privilege.
We will meet the 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm.

For our November meeting on November 23rd we will be reading  White Fragility, Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

If you wish to join the conversation, please email Muriel at digfam@att.net and she will send you the Zoom link.

If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:

December 28: Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time by Catherine Meeks & Nibs Strope
January 25: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
February 22: Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
March 22: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
April 26: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
May 24: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Mostly Mysteries Book Group on Zoom

The Mostly Mysteries Book Group is continuing to meet on Zoom. If you would like to take part, please contact Connie Coralli and she will send you the link.

For our November 30th meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading  Queen of the Flo wers by Kerry Greenwood.

For more information, please contact Connie at conniecoralli@gmail.com



Updated Contact Information for The Rev'd Fabio Sotelo

If you would like to be in touch with Fabio, you can continue to reach him through his fsotelo@stbedes.org email address.  If you have previously communicated with Fabio through his hotmail account, please remove that address from your contacts as he has deactived that account.

In Our Prayers

Judy Baumgardner, aunt of Julie Mizell
Clyde Alexander & his family, friends of the Cannon family
Anne Callaway Hewner
Mack Dobson & the Dobson Family, friends of Larry Bing
Betty Strauser, aunt of Loretta Vail
Monica DeMars, friend of Toni Graney
Bill Deneke
Miriam Needham
The Akinbiyi Family
The Cannon Family
Aree Bancroft
Laura Ribas
Jane Wiggins
Hilda Bell
Willie Diaz
Tim Waring
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
Ray Lampros
Gwen Cordner
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Maggie Williams
Mary Rodriguez
Hollis Pickett
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Ed Bennett, brother-in-law of Laura Martin
Anita Maloof
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Nancy Waring
John Branan
Kerry Penney
Patrick Newberry, stepson of Gretchen Berggren
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Brooke & Taylor Harty, granddaughters of Nancy Waring
Jim Ohl
Frances Bowen
Max Carpenter, grandson of Sarra David
Judy Penney, sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Helen Abraham
Cameron Maddox

We pray for those who have died:

Abbie Farr,  grandmother of Sarah Jane Ohl's daughter-in-law


We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week 
       11/15:   Maria Piedra-Sujia
       11/16:   Orisha Parsons
       11/16:   Fidencio Patino
       11/18:   Terry McClean
       11/18:   Alejandro Olea
       11/19:   Nancy Lopez
       11/19:   Caroline Magee
       11/21:   Jean Ahlfinger
       11/21:   Gwen Cordner
       11/21:   Bruce Lampros
       11/21:   Anne Murff
       11/21:   Parker Jameson

Vestry Establishes 
Community Emergency Assistance Fund

In addition to all of the wonderful ways that the Community Engagement Team is leading us in supporting community ministry partners (locally, churchwide, and globally) during this critical time, the Vestry has established a Community Emergency Assistance Fund to help people within the greater St. Bede's community with food assistance during the current public health crisis.  This fund will be administered confidentially by the clergy in a similar way as their normal discretionary funds, but will be used exclusively to help with food assistance during this crisis.  

If you would like to contribute to this fund you may do so through Realm Giving and selecting "Community Emergency Assistance Fund" from the "Fund" drop-down menu. You may also mail a gift to St. Bede's designated for "Community Emergency Assistance Fund".

UPDATE of November 5: We have collected around $5,800 and distributed over $4,200 in assistance though food and utility support for individuals and families so far during the current public health crisis. The current balance of the fund stands at around $1,500 and new needs continue to present themselves.  A dedicated group of members work with Fabio to help identify need and deliver food.  Thank you to all who have contributed!

If you have questions about this offering to the greater St. Bede's community or if you are in need of food assistance or know someone who is, please contact either the Rev'd Caroline Magee or the Rev'd Fabio Sotelo.

Your Amazon purchases can support St. Bede's 
through Amazon Smile
If you shop on Amazon, consider accessing Amazon through 
and designating St. Bede's as your charitable beneficiary.

To find St. Bede's in the beneficiary list,
you must search for "St Bedes Episcopal Church" 
(without the apostrophe) 
and choose the one located in Atlanta.

Around the Diocese

10 Tips for Going Green at Home

I feel grateful to work for an organization that cares about the environment and recognizes climate as a key priority.
Did you know that Episcopal Relief & Development offsets around 350 tons of CO2 emissions each year by planting trees in the Philippines through the Episcopal-CARE Foundation? We also help communities prepare for and recover from climate-related disasters in a way that safeguards land and other natural resources to protect the environment. 

In recent months, many of my colleagues have personally taken steps to live an environmentally-conscious lifestyle. 

Check out these ten simple tips from our staff for going green at home. I hope that these tips inspire you to take small steps to go green in your own home as well!

Support the Cathedral Book Store.

For People with Bishop Rob Wright

Welcome to For People, a conversation with Bishop Rob Wright, spiritual leader to the more than 50,000 people in the 117 worshipping communities of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. In this podcast, Bishop Wright meets listeners at the crossroads of faith and life to explore the challenges of an ever-changing world. Listen in to find out how he expands on his For Faith devotional, draws inspiration from the life of Jesus to answer 21st-century questions.

Several St. Bede's regulars subscribe to-
and like! - these e-publications. To stay up to date on activities throughout the Diocese of Atlanta, sign up for the e-newsletter, Connecting.

You can also sign up to receive For Faith, which is a weekly devotional message from Bishop Rob Wright sent by email on Fridays. To sign up for either or both,  click here

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Muriel Diguette

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