December 18, 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 (and In-Person) Worship  
for Sunday, December 20, 2020
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

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.



3 pm - Creekside Outdoor 
In-Person Worship
for the 4th Sunday of Advent
and information about attendance guidelines 
can be found in the registration link.

or to review the guidelines and requirements.


Love one another by keeping the whole community safe.


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.

Advent and Christmas Worship 2020

Please join us for any or all of the following special worship offerings for Advent and Christmas:
(These are in addition to our regular online Sunday offerings)

Sunday, December 20 at 3 pm 
In-person Creekside Worship (in English)
registration required
see link above

Thursday, December 24 at 4 pm
Christmas Eve Worship (in English)
Live on Zoom 
with Christmas Pageant, Choir, and Hymns
Bring a candle to light for Silent Night!
(This liturgy will then be posted to YouTube
and may be prayed with at any time
on Christmas Eve or Day.)

Thursday, December 24 at 8 pm
Christmas Eve Worship (in Spanish)
on Facebook Live
(combined worship of San Beda y San Eduardo
on San Eduardo Facebook page)

Sunday, December 27 at 10 am
Christmas Lessons & Carols on Zoom

Sunday, December 27 at 4pm
In-person Creekside Worship (in Spanish)
registration required

Links for special online worship offerings
and links for in-person worship registrations 
will be sent out in a separate email 
and posted to our website closer to the date.

Christmas Offering for St. Bede's

As you prepare to celebrate Christmas this year,
please remember St. Bede's 
on your Christmas list 
and consider making a Christmas offering 
to support the ongoing 
mission and ministries of the parish.
or you may mail your offering 
or drop it off in St. Bedes' secure mailbox 
at the Midvale Road entrance.

You may also use this link to keep current
on your 2020 pledge or to make any other
gifts or offerings to St. Bede's online.

Oh, my goodness, people! The pageant video clips are pouring in and they are SO wonderful! What a balm of joy for our souls this pageant is going to be this year.

And we have room for more sheep and angels - no script necessary! This is for children, adults, grandparents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors - anyone from near or far!

To participate:

1) Make a horizontal recording of the person saying "Glory to God" OR "Baaaa!"
2) Go to wetransfer.com on the browser of the device you used to record.
3) Follow the very simple instructions to upload the video from the device.
4) Send the link to asali@stbedes.org by Sunday evening, December 20.

Creative costuming is adorable but not required. 

Alyssa Sali (she/her)
Director of Children's and Family Ministries

Christmas Flowers to Share

We are all missing the beautiful Christmas Flowers that bring joy to our Christmas worship celebration, BUT...

Our wonderful Nancy Ward and Ray Callaway are working to make up several dozen small Christmas mini-arrangements. You will be able to come to St. Bede's and collect for yourself or pick one up and deliver it to another St. Bede's parishioner who might need a little extra Christmas joy.

Look for more information about pick-up times in your Saturday worship supplement email and in the special Tuesday edition of E-News that will be sent out next week.

If you would like to deliver a mini-arrangement to another parishioner, you can contact Muriel Diguette (mdiguette@stbedes.org) and she can help connect you with a parishioner who might enjoy having one delivered.


Thank you to all who have already 
prayerfully considered and returned 
your 2021 pledge of financial support to St. Bede's.

As of December 17, we have received pledges 
from sixty-three folks/families totaling $352,000.

If you have not already made a financial pledge 
to support St. Bede's in 2021, 
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.

If your pledge packet never arrived in the mail, 
please contact Muriel Diguette (mdiguette@stbedes.org) 
and we will send out another packet to you.


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

December is upon us.
As hard as it is to believe.
And while all are tested,
We can still receive,
The love and joy of friendships
Shared virtually apart
So distances are shortened,
And connections warm the heart.
Let's gather for Bunco on Zoom on December 20 at 6:30. We have a game of sorts to play and welcome ideas of other games that might be fun!  But mostly, just come and spend a little time catching up and visiting with each other. We will not be doing our gift exchange this year, so save those neat and funny gifts for next December!

Your Memorial Garden Committee 
has been hard at work!  

Jim Helms worked with
Jeff Swoope, Dixie Snider, and Drew Spires
to assemble and install new benches.
Please take a moment to stop by 
and admire this place 
of beauty, rest, and contemplation.

Thank you Jim, Jeff, Dixie, and Drew!
(photos courtesy of Drew Spires)


All Ages Formation Resources
for this week

For Advent and Christmas, elementary school children 
will be receiving their Illustrated Ministry resources once a week through the US Postal Service! 

Resources are also available for download and printing:
Advent calendar with short, daily activities
Weekly devotionals including:
-Coloring page
-Paper craft. 

Print them for yourselves and share the link with your families. Because of copyright (E-news is posted on our public website) we will be sending that link in a separate email, so keep your eyes open for it!


Join us in "Keeping the Faith" 
through our 2020 ParishTime Capsule

We invite everyone to participate in our "Keeping the Faith" project!  If you have not yet submitted a reflection for our 2020 time capsule, now is a great time to act.  If you need a little inspiration, you may want to consider the following questions to help get you thinking:
  • 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?
  • Advent is a time of preparation in which we anticipate Christ's coming.  Where, how, and through whom have you witnessed the light of Christ in the world during the darkness of the pandemic?
And remember, we welcome other forms of reflection if writing is not your thing.  Decorate a mask, sketch an image or submit a photograph that reflects your experience.
Questions?  Please email our seminarian Carmie McDonald at cmcdonald@stbedes.org if you need more information.  
She'd love to hear from you!


Looking for some prayerful ways 
to enrich these shorter, colder days of Advent?

Enjoy reading or listening to this series 
of daily Advent meditations 
from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas 
(your Rector's alma mater).


  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

Next Date:
Thursday, January 7th
at Noon

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


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

Monday, December 28th 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 December meeting on December 28th we will be reading  Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time by Catherine Meeks & Nibs Strope

"In Passionate for Justice, we find a compass that points us to the future, where we can each give voice and action to justice, equity, and life-giving community. Ida Wells would have had it no other way."
--From the foreword by Stacey Abrams, 2018 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia

Ida B. Wells was a powerful churchwoman and witness for justice and equity from 1878 to 1931. Born enslaved, her witness flowed through the struggles for justice in her lifetime, especially in the intersections of African Americans, women, and those who were poor. Her life is a profound witness for faith-based work of visionary power, resistance, and resilience for today's world, when the forces of injustice stand in opposition to progress.

These are exciting and dangerous times. Boundaries that previously seemed impenetrable are now being crossed. This book is a guide for the current state of affairs in American culture, enlivened by the historical perspective of Wells' search for justice.

The authors are an African-American woman and a child of white supremacy. Both have dedicated themselves to working, writing, and developing ministries oriented toward justice, equity, and mercy. This book can be used in all settings, but most especially in churches (pastors and other church leaders, study groups), seminaries, and universities.

If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
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
June 28: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho 

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 January 25th meeting at 7:00pm we will be reading  The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.

This beautifully written novel of American history tells the story of two families-one black, one white-swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power at the end of World War I.

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


In Our Prayers

Mercaldo family, cousin's family of Anita Montelione
Jean Petersen
Justin Lillie, nephew of Loretta Vail
Carmen Camiro
Nancy C., friend of Lynnsay Buehler and Rob Townes
Hadler/Thomas family, daughter/family of Claudia Fedarko & Steve Hadler
Mary Sommers, sister of Barbara Helms
Spires family
Betty Strauser, aunt of Loretta Vail
Suzanne Shapiro
Betty Strauser, aunt of Loretta Vail
Leslie Joiner
Bill & Terry Rogers, family of Sydney Lund
Scott Hardy, son in law of Nancy Waring
Danny Shea, cousin of Anita Montelione
Bruce Garner & family, friends of the Cannons
Glen Dispo & family, friends of the Cannons
Zach Hamilton & family, friends of the Cannons
Lawson Armstrong & family, friends of the Cannons
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 give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week 
       12/22:   Ted Walden
       12/22:   Luis Cuellar 
       12/23:   Edwin Blanco
       12/23:   Alexis Patino
       12/24:   Lois Shingler
       12/24:   Maria Limon
       12/25:   Daniela Nava-Palma
       12/26:   Lewis Cook

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 December 3: We have collected around $6,700 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 $2,500 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

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Greetings, Episcopal Relief & Development Ministry Partners.
Thank you for all you do to support the work of our staff and partners. We appreciate each and every one of you and all you do for Episcopal Relief & Development. You are in our prayers and in the prayers of an ever-growing network of faithful people who support our work around the globe.
We know this because analytics tell us that prayers are the most engaging content Episcopal Relief & Development posts on social media. Prayer posts are the most liked and the most shared and because of this, we know that our online community prays for our work, our partners, our staff and our volunteers. Some who encounter these prayers may not know much, if anything about Episcopal Relief & Development. We want to give those new friends a way to learn more about our work. To that end, we have created a new digital experience  that invites deeper engagement with our prayers and our work. We invite you to share these prayers with whomever manages your diocesan or congregation's social media as well as your own social media friends and followers 
As hurricane season is drawing to a close, we have created this curated prayer experience to share prayers for all of those who were impacted by or responded to hurricanes in 2020. To share a prayer, simply click on the "Amen" at the end of each prayer, and you will be given an opportunity to share the prayers on Facebook or Twitter. If you would like to join the network of those who pray for our work, sign up at the bottom of the page to become an Episcopal Relief & Development Prayer Partner. This means that whenever new prayers are posted, you will receive them in your email inbox.
Future prayer experiences will expand to include other themes like liturgical seasons and our work with Women, Children and Climate. As we grow this tool, we hope to expand our network of those who pray for our work as well.
Thank you again for all that you do and for sharing this new prayer experience with your social media community.
Sean McConnell

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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