July 31, 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. 
Y ou 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, August 2, 2020
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am - Morning Worship on Zoom
Join us for Morning Prayer on Zoom 
and we will attempt to live stream 
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 - Morning Worship on Zoom in Spanish
You can join worship in Spanish with Father Fabio Soteo using the link 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. Bendiciones, Padre Fabio Sotelo. Aqui esta el enlace. Los esperamos.  
Bendiciones, Padre Fabio Sotelo.

8 pm - Compline 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 
Morning Worship, Adult Formation, & Compline 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.

A Pastoral Update from Chad Prior to his Vacation

Dear Friends in Christ,
I pray that this message finds you well.
It has been four months since we last gathered for worship on what was a glorious Sunday when the WHOLE parish gathered together for our visitation from Bishop Wright with confirmations and receptions.  The spirit of that day keeps my heart warm, but that warmth is also continually fueled by all of the amazing faces that have been beamed into my laptop on my sun porch as I have gathered with so many of you online for worship, formation, and fellowship.  None of this is the same, but I also never cease from being delighted during this strange season by the many graces and the beauty of our gatherings in this new way as well...

Chad will be away on vacation 
from Tuesday, July 14 through Tuesday, August 4.
During that time please be in contact 
with either Muriel Diguette, Parish Administrator, 
or our Wardens - Anita Montelione and Molly Graves
concerning church matters.

Guaranteed to bring a smile!

For a bit of light hearted fun,
watch this Episcopal Priest sing and dance "King George" from Hamilton, but with new lyrics

Social distancing got you missing church? You'll be back! St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Tifton, Georgia presents their priest's parody of the hit Hamilton song and turns King George's threat into a joyful promise. To all who miss worship, fellowship, and--yes!--Communion at your churches, just remember: we will get back together even better than we ever were before. Da da dat daa!

Dancing Priest Does Hamilton | CHURCH PARODY |
Dancing Priest Does Hamilton | CHURCH PARODY | "You'll Be Back"

NEW - Sacred Ground Circle

Sacred Circle: A Justice and Faith Group beginning in September
Beginning in September a group will meet every two weeks on Thursday nights (7:00-9:00 pm) to explore a new program developed by the Episcopal Church called 
Sacred Ground: A Film Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith. This group takes the place of the Just Faith group and will be called Sacred Circle.

In our exploration together we will read the books,  Jesus and the Disinherited  by Howard Thurman and  Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race  by Debby Irving. We will also watch videos together, and read articles and essays from many different writers.

Muriel Diguette, Molly Graves, and Miriam Needham will co-facilitate this group beginning with an opening retreat (via Zoom) on Saturday, September 12th beginning at 10:00am. We will then meet on Thursday nights through May.

Space is limited so please let us know if you are interested soon.

If you are interested in making a commitment or have any questions, please contact one of the three co-facilitators.
Muriel Diguette                   digfam@att.net
Molly Graves                     mollygraves724@gmail.com
Miriam Needham               maneedham@yahoo.com


NEW - Weekly Resources for Healing Racism

Dismantling Racism Trainings

"Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase 'racial understanding, healing and reconciliation.' It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing."

Consider investing one day in listening and growing with this excellent training. If you've received the training in the past, perhaps now is a good time to revisit it. I'm signed up for Wednesday, Aug 12, but there are Saturday sessions for those who work full-time.

Alyssa Sali (she/her)
Director of Children's and Family Ministries
St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta

- resources are being compiled by Alyssa Sali


Neither the Episcopal church nor the parish of St. Bede's is new to the complicated and often halting journey of seeing, naming and rooting out the racism that has been part of our movement since its beginning. Our country is having what seems to be a moment of clarity about the legacy and perseverance of racism. What about us? Is this an inflection point, a point where we will individually and collectively choose (or choose again) to see, name, and root out racism in a renewed and sustained way? 

Like many of you, I, Alyssa, am working through the many resources I am finding online--book lists, calls to action, opportunities to demonstrate or sign petitions or give money.

At this time, I am especially grateful for what the Episcopal tradition offers us. Encouraged by a conversation with one of the parents of small children here at St. Bede's, I have begun gathering Episcopal resources to call us, inform us, challenge us, form us, and keep us on the long journey of ending and healing racism. 

Each week St. Bede's will offer a short resource for us to consider on our own journeys to healing racism in our personal lives, in our congregation and faith tradition, in our community and country, and in our world. Each resource will be gathered together at  stbedes.org at Ministries:Growing:Healing Racism

NEW - Healing Our Racism Book Discussion Group
New Meeting Time - 4th Monday of each month 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 August meeting on August 24th we will be reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. KendiIbram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. 

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist  promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

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:
September 21: White Rage, The Unspoken Trust of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
October 26:  White Picket Fences, Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege  by Amy Julis Becker
November 23:  White Fragility, Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism  by Robin Diangelo
December 28:  Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time by Catherine Meeks & Nibs Strope


The Community Engagement Committee will meet via Zoom on Sunday, August 9 at 11:30 am.  We will be discussing programming for the fall.  The CE committee is an open committee and all are welcome.  Spanish-English interpretation will be available.  To receive that Zoom link, please email Melissa Biegler at  lissanoel888@gmail.com

In addition, we explored advocacy in the area of hunger through Bread for the World.  This link suggests ways to get involved beyond donation, including information about legislation which may interest you. 

In Our Prayers

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, son of David Newberry, 
            stepson of Gretchen Berggren
Mark Ahlfinger, son of Jean Ahlfinger  
Carolyn Branan, mother of John Branan
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:
Scott Turk, friend of Tony and Laura Sellers
David Tarlov, brother of Jane Bowers

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
       8/2:   Beth Walden
       8/2:   Clara Branch
       8/3:   Kerry Penney
       8/3:   Mayel Munguia
       8/4:   Sophie Lee
       8/4:   Francisco Avila
       8/4:   Mariana Resendiz
       8/6:   Diana Marquina
       8/7:   Jean Petersen
       8/7:   Eric Main
       8/8:   Melissa Biegler
       8/8:   Matthew Handsfield
       8/8:   Victor Noess
       8/8:   Jose de Jesus Rodriguez


We rejoice at the birth of Beau Raymond, 
great grandson  of Jim Ohl, born on July 7.


Watch Our St. Bede's Garden Grow!

Lorenzo Piedra and Luz Sujia planted the garden and are watering it. They will distribute the vegetables among the most needed people in the areas of Doraville and Chamblee. 

Update on Women's and Non-binary Folks' Retreat

After cancelling our Sept. 2020 retreat, we were offered the opportunity to move the retreat to Sept. 24-26, 2021 and we accepted that offer, which allows us not to lose our deposit.    Hopefully it will be safe for us to gather by then and we can have a joyous celebration!    We are hopeful that Laura Bryant will still be our keynote speaker and we've been in touch with her, but of course, none of us know what things will be like over a year for now.    Let us know if you have questions.    Connie Coralli    & Molly Graves, Retreat Committee Co-chairs.

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 July 2: We have distributed over $1,800 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 $2,000 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.

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.

The August meeting will meet on Monday, August 24th at 7:15 pm, and the group will discuss The Black House by Peter May.

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


Blessed To Be A Blessing Pledge Campaign

Thank you to all who have so generously responded by returning your Blessed To Be A Blessing pledge card. If you haven't yet returned your completed pledge card, additional pledge cards are available in the Connect Center.


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