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 of Atlanta and wider Church. 

Our e-newsletters are now being archived on our website. 
You can go to and look under the Connect With Us tab
at the top of the home page to find past newsletters.

The deadline for submission to the E-Newsletter each week is Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Please send your submissions ready to go into the newsletter,
text and images attached in an email to the Parish Administrator.
Muriel's email address is

Dearly Beloved,

As this is being written, Christians throughout of the world are observing the Feast of the Ascension, when Jesus left the earth. From the earliest days of Christian art, the image for the day is of Jesus' feet disappearing into a cloud. The Rev. Carrie Ballenger, Pastor of a Lutheran Church in Jerusalem, used such an image and words to reflect on the Ascension:
I love the idea that the last bit of Jesus the disciples saw,
before the Spirit arrived,
and before the birth of the Church,
Dust from the roads of Galilee,
Dirt from consorting with sinners,
Callouses from standing with the oppressed,
Blisters from walking in the shoes of the poor,
And the holes:
Holes from the nails which held him on the cross,
Holes from which poured the blood of our salvation.

This Sunday our worship acknowledges the absence of Jesus, the Christ, and we will pray for God to send a Comforter (strengthener) whom we call the Holy Spirit. Some decades ago, churches would also remove the Easter paschal candle during the ten days, another way of acknowledging Christ's ascension.

Ten days from today, June 5, we will celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit. As recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, with tongues of flame people from many nations were able to hear the good news in their own languages. You'll hear a few words in different languages in church. And It is a custom in some places for worshippers to wear flame-colored (red, yellow, orange) clothing. (Clergy garb is restricted but there's no rule about the color of shoes!)

And after the service we're outside invited for lemonade and cookies.

We have much to ponder, and much to celebrate.

Yours faithfully,

Sunday, May 29, 2022
The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Please join us as we gather together
to worship God this Sunday!

Worship in the Nave
in English at 10 am

Worship in the Nave
in Spanish at 5 pm

Mask wearing is now a personal choice
for those who are fully vaccinated
and up-to-date with any boosters available
and recommended for them.

Masks are still required
for those who are unvaccinated
or who are not up-to-date
with the boosters that are recommended for them.
(Read the full updated worship protocols through the link below.)

We will also be streaming our worship live

It’s the time of year when many of us go on vacation, which people think of as a time of rest and relaxation. But sometimes vacations aren’t restful. For sure, I have sometimes tried to pack so much “doing” and “seeing” into my vacation, that I’ve returned exhausted and needing a vacation to recover from my vacation! So how does one truly take holy rest? How does one pause on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and longer basis to incorporate restful and restorative practices into one’s life?

During this time that our rector Chad is on sabbatical, I hope that we can all examine our practices of rest and perhaps explore new ones. I will be offering reflections and resources weekly in this space called “Rest is holy.” For this first installment, I’m going to direct you to The Episcopal Church’s Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life.

If you are not familiar with the Way of Love, it is not a program or curriculum as much as a rule of life, centered around 7 practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. When we incorporate these practices, which were modeled by Jesus, into our lives, we become better followers of Jesus. In fact, they help us to truly abide in Christ as Christ abides in us.

When you have time, be sure to check out all seven practices in the Way of Love, but for now, read what The Way of Love says about REST by clicking here. There is a wonderful 3-minute video that I recommend watching. The video says a lot of great things, but my biggest “takeaway” from it is that to fulfill the command to love others as we love ourselves, we must love ourselves first! And an important way we can love ourselves is to receive God’s gift of rest.
I wonder how you will start resting on the Way of Love?
Molly Graves, Senior Warden

The 12th Annual High Tea on May 14th
was a great success!

The 12th annual St. Bede’s High Tea held on May 14th was a welcome and special event. The parish hall was decked out and ready for a party; sweets and savories were delicious; silent auction and raffle items were in demand and a grand time was had by all.

The Tea was well attended (72 tickets sold despite the pandemic) and grossed $2,916.00. The proceeds will go toward renovating the Guild Room in the Mission Wing. This room provides workspace for the flower guild as well as other guilds.

Our many volunteers made for a successful High Tea. We thank volunteers who set up the parish hall; baked delectable sweets; made sandwiches; brewed tea; our men tea servers and cleanup crew. A special thanks to Nancy Ward and Connie Coralli for arranging the lovely centerpieces.

Thanks also to folks for their generous donations of items for the Silent Auction and Raffle. Last, but not least, thanks to everyone who attended. The Tea Committee is grateful for all the support.

The Tea Committee

Congratulations to all graduating Seniors!!!!

If you are a graduating Senior or know a graduating Senior, please send the information to our parish administrator, Muriel at and she will post it in the e-news.
From Highschool:

Clara Branch from Decatur High School, attending Loyola University in Chicago as an environmental engineering major.

Calvin Kottke from The Galloway School, attending Georgia State University Honors College, majoring in biology.

Lane Sali from Lakeside H.S., attending GSU Perimeter College Dunwoody Campus to study Computer Programming 

Wil Tate from Lakeside H.S., attending Middle Georgia College in Eastman, Ga. to study Aviation

ESOL Celebration

The ESOL classes have officially stopped for summer break. Given our COVID restrictions (only fully vaccinated students and no children), we had a total of 18 students who worked very hard for 2 semesters, 15 students in person, and 3 by Zoom. We thank all the teachers who gave of their time and love. We especially want to thank Erica and Jelani Valdez who kept us organized. They even power washed the picnic tables so we could have our "graduation" celebration outside. They also organized the students and facilitated the transport of the teapot boxes and bins from the undercroft to the Parish Hall for the High Tea. Thank you Erica and Jelani!

Do You Have Documents to be Shredded?
Do you Want to Help St. Bede's at the same time?

If you need to dispose of personal documents, DeKalb County is hosting their annual Shredding Event on Saturday, June 11th from 8:00 AM until noon at the Sanitation Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive in Decatur. The event is free, but you must be a DeKalb resident, and the limit is 10 standard-sized boxes of documents per vehicle. St. Bede's has a number (4-6) of boxes that have been waiting for this event. To help transport them from St. Bede's, please contact Muriel Diguette at

New Look For St. Bede’s!

As our new look is near completion, we would like to be near our goal of individual gifts (c. $25,000). As the Spirit moves you, please offer your commitment as soon as you are able. There is a designated "Exterior Siding" fund on Realm Thank you!

Celebrate Together--Vacation Bible School 2022
(Estudio Biblico de Verano Celebramos Juntos)

Mark your calendars! Our bilingual, all-ages evening VBS (dinner included) is returning in person Tuesday Evenings at 6pm in July (and August 2)! 

We'd love to have you on the team! Please get in touch with Alyssa ( to learn how you might get involved.
Volunteers needed:
Music Makers
Craft designers
Games wranglers
Food providers and preparers
Bilingual helpers

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

Family Ministries Micropractice 

Join our households with
birth through elementary aged children
in this simple intentional practice
as we bring our learning from the lectionary
into our everyday lives.

The Altar Guild Seeks New Members
No Experience Necessary

Are you being called to join a ministry of service at God's table? Would you like to get to know others by serving on a team that helps prepare the church for worship?

The Altar Guild is a ministry open to all members. Members work as a team and serve one weekend per month. All training is provided and grace abounds. If this sounds interesting to you, please let us know. We'd love to have you join us!

For questions or to join the Altar Guild contact:
Anita Montelione -
or Helen Ackall -


As you may know, helping families fleeing violence has been at the heart of Episcopal Relief & Development's mission from the very beginning. In fact, we were established by The Episcopal Church to assist people fleeing Europe during World War II.

Today, we are counting on our faith communities to join us in helping our extended beloved Ukrainian family in need.

Thank you in advance for your compassion, and for praying for those affected by this conflict.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO



CLICK HERE for the daily meditations found in the Day By Day booklets
You can also find paper copies in the Connect Center in the Commons.

Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church , grew out of the determination of the General Convention in 1934 to counter a period of anxiety, distrust, and decline in the Episcopal Church with a "forward movement" charged to "reinvigorate the life of the church and to rehabilitate its general, diocesan, and parochial work."

We are best known for the popular daily devotional Forward Day by Day, which provides daily meditations based on scripture readings appointed by the lectionary and Daily Office. Forward Day by Day is published in English, Spanish, large print, audio cassette, and Braille editions, and the daily meditation is available online.

The 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign
for St. Bede's


Thank you to all who have already 
prayerfully considered and returned 
your 2022 pledge of financial support to St. Bede's.

As of April 17, we have received pledges 
from eighty-seven folks/families totaling $421,000.

If you have not already made a financial pledge 
to support St. Bede's for 2022,
we would love to hear from you. 
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 call or email the church office
and we will get one sent out to you as soon as possible.

Thank You!

Gathering Going Forward
Guidance for the Parish

(as you are eligible and able)

The Gathering Going Forward Group continues to encourage all eligible St. Bede’s parishioners to get vaccinated and keep up-to-date with 3rd doses (for the immunocompromised) and boosters - which have now been authorized for all adults. We would love to be a parish that models Christ’s call to love our neighbors and the most vulnerable among us by being a community that is as fully vaccinated as it can be.
Healing Our Racism
Book Discussion Group

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.

Email Muriel for the Zoom link to join the discussion.

We will meet the 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm.

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

Race Matters by Cornell West
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Slavery By Another Name by Douglas Blackmon
The Church Cracked Open by Stephanie Spellers
Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene

The Book Group will be on recess for the months of June and July.

Mostly Mysteries Book Group
June 27 at 7pm on Zoom
Meeting Time:
4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm 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 June selection is
Life or Death
by Michael Robotham

Why would a man serving a long prison sentence escape the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent ten years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

On the day before Audie is due to be released, he suddenly vanishes. Now everybody is searching for him -- the police, FBI, gangsters and other powerful figures -- but Audie isn't running to save his own life. Instead, he's trying to save someone else's.

Michael Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase.

If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link, please email Connie Coralli

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Danny Fenwick, brother of Fran Snider
Mansour, friend of Larry Bing
Zeno Johnson, friend of Larry Bing 
Joan Davis
Jai Haithco, son of Robin Brown-Haithco
Joy Sims, daughter of Nina Daniel
Jack Raymer & Ginnie Ferrell
Myles Metcalf, nephew of Susan Reef
Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin
Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kemker
Helen Abraham
Mac Thigpen
Fay Key
Lisa Maloof, daughter in law of Anita Maloof
Kevin Maloof, son of Anita Maloof
Bill Edgar, father of Beth Cannon
Rosalene Larson, mother-in-law of Michael Daniel
Aree Bancroft
Laura Ribas
Jane Wiggins
Willie Diaz
Maggie Williams
Mary Rodriguez
Hollis Pickett
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Nancy Waring
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Jim Ohl
Frances Bowen
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Cameron Maddox

For those who have died:

Marisue Bevacqua, mother-in-law of Laura Ribas
Laura Deck, friend of Suzanne Shapiro

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 
5/30: Elizabeth Zuniga
5/31: Antonio Maia
6/1:  Alex Tate
6/1:   Leonard Castillo
6/2:  Lesiva Betancourt
6/4:   Nancy Ward




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Friend in Christ,

As violence escalates in Ukraine, over one million people have already fled the country — and the borders are flooded with many more people desperate to leave.

Almost all of them are women and children who have had to seek safety on their own, leaving their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons behind.

As this crisis continues to evolve, we are working with Anglican agencies and our other partners to provide humanitarian assistance, and urgently ask for your help.

Your emergency gift today will support our immediate response, providing cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needs as this crisis unfolds.

Our faith networks are currently on the ground in the border areas of Poland, Hungary and Romania, and we will continue to coordinate with them in order to help those who have been displaced. Specifically, our partner ACT Alliance is helping families on the Hungarian border, and our Anglican partners are mobilizing both an immediate and long-term response in Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
President & CEO
Episcopal Relief & Development

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