July 17, 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, July 19, 2020
The Seventh 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.

An Invitation to 
St. Bede's Virtual VBS 2020
The Way of Love

View an Invitation for ALL to join us...
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for ALL to join us...

***Just two weeks left! Hope to see you there!***

The much-anticipated, all-ages, bilingual St. Bede's Family Vacation Bible School 2020 is in full swing!

Who:    Members and friends of St. Bede's -- all ages! Bilingual!
What:   Bible stories, songs, prayers, crafts, activities
When:  6pm-7pm, Mondays, June 15-July 27.
Where: Zoom for live participation is  HERE; streaming on U-tube  HERE
Why:    To learn about the Way of Love--a rule of life for growing in Jesus!

Ya llega el muy anticipado Estudo Bíblico Familiar de Vacaciones de San Beda 2020 (bilingüe) está en proceso!

Quien:    Miembros y amigos de San Beda -- ¡todos los edades! ¡bilingüe!
Que:      Historias bíblicas, cantos, oraciones, manualidades, actividades
Cuando: 6 a 7 pm, los lunes, 15 de junio a 27 de julio
Donde:  En Zoom para participación en vivo HERE , streaming en YouTube
Porque: Para aprender El camino del Amor -- una guia para vivir creciendo en Cristo

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

"A Litany for those who aren't ready for healing" -- Dr. Yolanda Pierce

Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound.
Let us not rush to offer a band-aid, when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction. Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment. Let us not speak of reconciliation without speaking of reparations and restoration, or how we can repair the breach and how we can restore the loss.

 Click Here for A Litany for Those Who Aren't Ready for Healing

My mother's hip surgery didn't go well. One result was that her body would not close the incision without also creating a cushioning sack of fluid under the skin. This protective sack would continue to swell, contained by her skin, but tearing her internal tissues apart. The doctors opened the incision, drained the fluid, and tried to sew her up again. And again. And again.

Eventually it became clear: she would need to live with an open wound until they could figure out what her body really needed in order to truly heal. For years she did just that.

In our history as a nation and as a branch of the Jesus movement, we have attempted to close the wound of Racism. It cannot and must not remain closed. The tissues of our Body continue to reject and be damaged by these attempts.

May we have grace in this moment to press forward with this open wound, carefully protecting and draining it, listening together as one Body until we can make the changes needed for real healing to take place.

Consider downloading, printing and praying these prayers. You might tuck them into your prayer book or set them on your bedside table to pray personally for one week. You might pray them together with your household, other friends or family, or over Zoom at an online gathering of part of St. Bede's body. 

 To Print the Litany , Click Here

- 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

Healing Our Racism Book Discussion Group on Zoom beginning Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00pm
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 Tuesday of each month, beginning on July 28th. For our July meeting we will discuss Seeing My Skin (A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness) by Peter Jarrett-Schell, the Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C. Rev. Jarrett-Schell is married to a Black woman (also an Episcopal priest) and is the father of a biracial son, and he has wrestled with the question of being White for more than fifteen years.

Alyssa had this book in her resource list last week, as well as the link for free download, which you can find  HERE
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:
August 25:  How to Be an Antiracist  by Ibram X. Kendi
September 22: White Rage, The Unspoken Trust of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
October 27:  White Picket Fences, Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege  by Amy Julis Becker
November 24:  White Fragility, Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism  by Robin Diangelo
December 29:  Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time by Catherine Meeks & Nibs Strope

In Our Prayers

The Cannon Family
Aree Bancroft
John Seggerson, friend of Dixie Snider
Clifton Lewis, brother in law of Dixie Snider
Micki Bruce,  mother of Terry Cannon
Lolita Ada, friend of Larry Bing
Autumn Hierholzer
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 the death of:
David Tarlov, brother of Jane Bowers

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
       7/19:   Jenny Courture
       7/20:   Cathe Echterhobff
       7/21:   Edgar Barajas
       7/21:   Monserrath Fierros-Diaz
       7/22:   Barbara Helms
       7/22:   Julie Mizell
       7/22:   Allisabeth Elguezabal-Bradley
       7/25:   Molly Graves
       7/25:   Jackson Kottke


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


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.

Let's Stay Connected

"Stay Connected" has been part of your weekly E-News
during this time in which we are connecting in new and different ways.

This week, "Stay Connected"  moved into its own periodic communication (apart from E-News)  that will be delivered earlier in the week.

We would love for any of our members  to share any personal reflections, poetry, art, or stories of hope  that will keep us connected and lift our spirits. 

You can send them to:  connect@stbedes.org

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 July meeting will meet on Monday, July 27 at 7:15 pm, and the group will discuss Red Planet Blues by Robert Sawyer.

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.


Around the Diocese

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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  Paris h Administrator
Muriel Diguette

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