December 6, 2019
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St. Bede's Announcements

Blessed To Be A Blessing Pledge Ingathering 
This Sunday, December 8

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, our pledge ingathering will be at the Sunday services on December 8th. Additional pledge cards are available in the Connect Center.


Sunday Worship Schedule

Our Sunday worship schedule:
     8:15 am - Holy Eucharist
     9:30 am - Christian Formation for All Ages
   10:45 am - Holy Eucharist
     5:00 pm - Santa Eucaristia

Adult Christian Formation

Adult Christian Formation on December 8 and 15
St. Bede's has been and continues to be a wonderfully hospitable place, where people feel their belonging and know they can bring all they are into this space. In a two-week conversation on December 8 and 15, we will consider together how a shared, deeper understanding of gender and sexuality might expand our hospitality and enrich our experience of community.  Please join us -- your voice and your experience are an important strand in the St. Bede's tapestry! 9:30am in Room M-110

Christian Formation on December 22
Our community formation will be the Las Posados service at 4:00pm and decorating the Christmas tree in the Commons. There will be no morning children or adult formation on this day. Children who wish to be in the Pageant on Christmas Eve at the 4pm service are invited to rehearse at 9:30am, especially those who have speaking parts.


The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - 
Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm

A celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place at St. Bede's on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm. The bilingual celebration will feature festive music from the parish choir, mariachis, dancing, and a pageant depicting the story of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Parishioners are invited to bring food such as snacks, appetizers, & desserts to contribute to the reception.

Christmas Flowers & Music Dedications

Please complete the form on the envelope found in your bulletin or at the Connect Center, and place in the offering plate or return it to the Parish Office with your check to St. Bede's Church. Specify Flowers or Music on your check. Donations must be received by Sunday, December 15 to be printed in the Christmas Eve booklet.


Baby Jesus Baskets

During the seasons of Advent & Christmas, we will be filling laundry baskets with items to help new mothers in need at Our House shelter.
Baskets will be in the Commons through Epiphany. Here is a list of their most-needed items: Baby Food, Formula, Baby Cereal, Baby Bottles, Pacifiers, Diapers, Diaper Rash Cream, Baby Wipes, Baby Shampoo/Soap, Crib Sheets, Baby Blankets. Our House helps children and families experiencing homelessness by providing the tools, support and education they need to thrive.


Children's Christmas Eve Art
St. Bede's has a tradition of illustrating our Christmas Eve bulletins with art created by the children in our community. Children may create their nativity themed art on the papers provided by the parish as part of their formation classes, during the services, or at home, but feel free to let them use any white paper, making sure to write the artist's name on the back. Place the art in the bin located in the Connect Center by December 15.


Christmas Pageant, December 24 at 4:00 pm - Please join in!

Children of all ages--including extended family and friends--are invited to participate in our annual telling of the beautiful ancient nativity story. No advance rehearsal required! Participants can come dressed as an animal, angel, shepherd, etc. We also have a whole collection of simple costume pieces available to borrow (please arrive around 3:30pm to choose costumes in room M110).

Participants will sit with their families during the pageant until prompted to join the manger scene. If you have questions, please email Alyssa Sali ( asali@stbedes.org )

  **Please note that we will not offer a nursery at the 4:00pm service.  This will also allow our wonderful nursery staff to enjoy Christmas Eve with their families and our littlest children to participate in the family-friendly service.


The Gift of Your Help is Requested - Christmas Eve Reception!

We need treats and assistance with light clean-up for the reception following the 4 pm Christmas Eve service. Please bring your goodies with you on December 24. If you are willing to help clean up after the reception, please sign up on the sheet in the Commons or email Alyssa Sali. (asali@stbedes.org)


Las Posadas, Holy Eucharist, Tree Decorating, & Fiesta!

The whole parish is invited to join in any and all of the festivities! On December 22 at 4 pm, Las Posadas (the celebration of the arrival of the Holy Family in Bethlehem - looking for room in the Inn) will begin as the Liturgy of the Word in a simplified bi-lingual Eucharist. At the end of the liturgy we will process to the Commons singing "Go, Tell it on the Mountain" and decorate the Christmas Tree. After the tree is decorated, we will all join in a festive potluck supper including tamales, posole, & sweets in the Parish Hall. All are invited to bring a potluck soup, chili, or stew for the dinner. The evening culminates with the breaking of Piñatas at around 6:30pm. Invite friends, neighbors, and family to join us for the festive evening as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.  

St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30345

Grieving During the Holidays:
An Advent Quiet Day
With Candle Lighting and the Naming of our Loss
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Guided by Ms. Lea Robinson, R.N., M.S.N.
and The Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler
Lunch provided
Please call 770-938-9797 ext. 27 to register for the day
*Scholarships available
The Julian of Norwich Center
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2601 Henderson Mill Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30345

Volunteers needed at the NET Food Pantry January 2020

St. Bede's is responsible for staffing the Northlake-Embry Hills-Tucker Food Pantry during the month of January. The Pantry is open 10:30am - 2:00pm, Mon, Wed, & Fri. Staff should arrive by 10:20am and plan to stay until 2:15pm, if needed. If you have worked previously, or if you have never worked but would like to volunteer, please call or email Nancy Ward at 678-592-2276 (nlbward@comcast.net).


Mostly Mysteries Book Group - January 20

The next meeting will be on Monday, January 20 at 7 pm.  

The meeting will be at  Fran's house:
1516 Regency Walk Drive

The book for January was selected by Jennie and is  A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George.  
This is Inspector Lynley Book One.  

Elizabeth George tells a wonderful tale; crafted as carefully as an elaborate quilt. She deserves the accolades she's received, including the Anthony & Agatha Best First Novel in the USA for A Great Deliverance.

Nominations for Vestry for 2020

It's the time of year when nominations for next year's Vestry are sought. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please let a committee member know by November 24. The nominating committee consist of the three off-going Vestry members (John Branan, Laura Martin, and Orisha Pasrons),  and two at large members who are being identified.

The Vestry has legal & fiscal responsibilities for St. Bede's and works in partnership with the Rector to discern what the parish is called to do and to have oversight of that work. We seek members who are intentional and reflective about what our church should be focused on at this time and who have the vision and energy to carry out this work. Members must be able to take into account the needs of all the people in our congregation. The individuals on the Vestry work together for form community, finding common ground, centered on the spiritual life of the individuals and of the vestry as a group, to lead and oversee the church's work.

If You Need a Name Tag ...

Please let the Parish Office know if you need a name tag. The procedure is simple. Just put a note on the Parish Administrator's desk in the office and by the next Sunday your new name tag will be on the "spinners".

Gifts for Life from Episcopal Relief & Development
There is always someone on your list who has everything. Episcopal Relief and Development has the answer for your gift giving. Not only can you surprise someone with a pig you give a life-giving gift to someone in need. Consider giving from Episcopal Relief and Development's Gifts for Life catalog. I placed one in the communications center or you can order online at https://support.episcopalrelief.org/gifts or call 1-855-312-4325. Your gift is tax deductible and a card for the recipient is included.

NET Food Pantry Jelly
The jelly supply and demand has balanced out, so we're back in the business of collecting jelly donations. There is a jelly basket in the Connection Center for your jars. Or you may write a check to St. Bede's and designate it for NET jelly. Lewis and Sally Cook faithfully deliver your contributions or purchase jelly as needed. Thanks to all for your generosity.

Welcome to St. Bede's Episcopal Church

Welcome! We're delighted to have you here. You are invited to visit our Commons Area for coffee and conversation after the 10:00 service. There you will find parish life materials to the right as you exit from the church.
Here are some other ways to get better acquainted with St. Bede's.
  • Visit stbedes.org and sign up for the church's weekly email and learn more about the active life of St. Bede's.   Also visit St. Bede's Facebook page, another way to check out the activities.
  • Fill out a visitor information form located on the Visitor's table located in the commons area. Let us know more about you so we can be in touch.
  • Contact the church office, 770-939-9797, to be placed on the mailing list or learn more about the life of St. Bede's.
The Invite Welcome Connect Committee has dinners for our newcomers with some of our "seasoned" parishioners. These dinners help you connect with the activities and life of St. Bede's. If you are a newcomer watch for an invitation to an "Invite Welcome Connect" dinner.

Sunday, December 8

Vestry of the Week
Anita Montelione, John Branan

Cade Walden

Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors
  8:15 am -   Orisha Parsons
10:45 am  -  Pat Pickett, Colin Brown, Rob Townes
  8:15 am -    T.B.A.
10:45 am  -   Claude Oakley, Brad Joiner, Fred Murphy, 
                                                                           Jeff Swoope

Altar Guild
Helen Ackall, Anita Montelione, Kay Howington, Helen Smith

Flower Guild
Donareen Oakley, Orisha Parsons

Nancy Bruce, James Hanksfield

Bede Counters
Connie Coralli, Helen Ackall, Stephen Platto

Bread Guild
Carmen Camino

In Our Prayers
Ruth Scott & her family, friends of Beth Cannon
Marshall Wellborn, friend of Fred & Cheryl Murphy
Jimmy Hays, brother of Muriel Diguette
Dale & Gloria Hansen, parents of Alyssa Sali
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Tatum & Harley, great granddaughters of Sarah Jane Ohl
Brooke Harty, granddaughter of Nancy Waring
Jolene Marsh, mother of Sue Ellen Lampros
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Ed Bennett , brother-in-law of Laura Martin
Olga Faramend, mother of Helen Ackall
Anita Maloof
Laura Sellers
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Nancy Waring
John Branan
Kerry Penney
Patrick Newberry, son of David Newberry, 
            stepson of Gretchen Berggren
Connie Aylor
Tony Sellers, husband of Laura Sellers  
Alice Brown, mother of Robin Brown-Haithco  
Mark Ahlfinger, son of Jean Ahlfinger 
Carolyn Branan, mother of John Branan
Andy Matia and Darryl Schwartz, friends of Ann Foote
Taylor Harty, granddaughter of Nancy Waring
Jim Ohl
Bill Stegall , friend of Jan & Jeff Swoope
Frances Bowen
Max Carpenter , grandson of Sarra David
Andrea Abelman , friend of Junior Abraham
Judy Penney , sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Blaine Tinsley , cousin of Lisa Main
Helen Abraham
Cameron Maddox

For those who have died:
Bonnie Bambinelli, friend of the community    
Betty Lyons, mother of Jo Marie Lyons 
Julieto Jeronimo, mother of Manuel Johnson
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
12/9:    Benjamin Klein
12/12:  Anita Montelione
12/12:  Daniel Saavedra
12/12:  Karina Ramirez
12/13:  Adain Mejia
12/14:  Aly Bancroft
12/14:  Leisha Albarran

We give thanks for the birth of Amari Oakley-Gordon,
  grandson of Claude and Donareen Oakley

Around the Diocese

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Please join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Robert Wright,
and the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Atlanta for

ReviveATL: Love in Action
an Episcopal Church Revival
January 22, 2020 from 6-8 p.m.
Atlanta University Center

This past year, Presiding Bishop Curry has urged people of faith to follow The Way of Love, fostering a community of people who follow Jesus by forming loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God, their neighbors, and the environment.

This Way of Love is reflected by the Diocese of Atlanta's purpose statement:
We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. 

What does Love in Action look like in a world that is hurting? ReviveATL invites us to live out our call to serve Jesus and love as he loves the unwelcome, the disenfranchised, the lost, and the found.

All are welcome. Come experience Love in Action. 


Details: Prior to the Revival, food trucks will be available from 4:30-6 p.m. to allow for early arrivals. A more detailed program will be released this fall.
Early bird registration before Nov. 1 includes guaranteed seating. Registration will be opening soon.


More St. Bede's Information
Wi-Fi is available throughout St. Bede's building!
Password is: 0011223344 
Worship Schedule


8:15 am  
  Holy Eucharist
9:30 am 
  for All Ages

10:45 am  
  Holy Eucharist
There is a nursery for  children ages 4 and  under available during  the 10:45 am service
5:00 pm 
  Santa Eucaristía

Quick Links
To schedule events,
please contact our
Paris h Administrator
Muriel Diguette
Weekly Classes
Tues  7 pm  
  ESL  & Children's      Program
Wed 10 am  

Thur   7 pm  
  ESL & Children's

(September through May)
Contact Information
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2601 Henderson Mill Rd      Atlanta, GA 30345
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