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 a.m.

Please send your submissions ready to go into the newsletter,

text and images attached in an email to the Parish Administrator.

Laura's email address is

Our Parish Administrator transition is now complete.

Please contact Laura Pittman, our new Parish Administrator

through her email:

or through the general parish email:

(Please update your contacts

to use only these two addresses

to contact the Parish Administrator. Thank you.)

Look for upcoming information about how we will celebrate

Muriel Diguette's ministry with us as Parish Administrator

for the past four years.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Feast of the Transfiguration

Please join us as we gather together

to worship God this Sunday!

Worship in English

in the Nave at 10 am

Worship in Spanish

in the Nave at 2:30 pm

Afternoon worship in Spanish

has moved to 2:30 pm for the Summer.

We will also be streaming our worship live


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Altar Flower Dedications

Many of you notice and compliment the beautiful floral creations that enhance our worship space on Sundays. But did you know that the work is done by volunteers? A faithful group of twelve parishioners dedicates hours each month to the selection, conditioning, and arrangement of the flowers. St. Bede’s Flower Guild is solely dependent financially on your generous contributions and dedications each week. Thanks to all who have supported this ministry in the past and it is hoped that many more of you will consider honoring special people or events in your lives with a donation. A suggested amount is $60, but any offering is appreciated.

To make a dedication, fill out a Flowers Dedication envelope found at the Connection Center, note your check for flowers, and leave the envelope in the office or place it in the collection plate. Or you may email our Parish Administrator, Laura Pittman, at with your information and follow up with your offering later.

Again, thank you for your continued support,

The Flower Guild



Saturday, August 26 at 5:30pm in the Parish Hall

Pizza and Salad provided

Meal will also include dairy free, gluten free &

vegetarian options

Suggested donation $10 per person

Join us to share a simple meal that will include dairy free, gluten free and vegetarian options, after which we will watch this 2022, Spirituality and Practice Award-winning film, rated PG, running less than 2 hours. A small contribution is requested for the meal.

This a heartwarming, uplifting comedy-drama of how an ordinary woman becomes an extraordinary inspiration to all around her by daring to follow her dreams.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

PG, 1 hour and 50 minutes

Starring Lesley Manville as Mrs. Harris,

Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, and Rose Williams

Mrs. Harris is a cleaning woman in London in the 1950’s who falls in love with a haute couture dress, created by Christian Dior, she sees in one of the homes she cleans regularly. Ada Harris (played by Lesley Manville) decides she wants to own a Dior dress so we see her work very hard and deprive herself of bus rides to work and heat in her flat to save the large sum of money she will need to purchase a dress. She travels to Paris and encounters those who think someone like her is not worthy of wearing a Dior dress and some who think it will be good for the House of Dior to open its doors to ordinary

women. With her irrepressible spirit and determination, Mrs. Harris brings healing and transformation to the people of the House of Dior. The film also stars Jason Isaacs, Isabelle Huppert, Lucas Bravo, Ellen Thomas and Rose Williams.

Please sign up on the sheet found on the table in the Commons

ESOL Volunteer Opportunities

Many of you know that our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program has been going strong since January of 2013. We will be starting a new "year" on August 22nd with some returning students and new ones as well. We have been getting regular calls and emails about classes. Our students are desperate to speak English!

ESOL classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30 PM and Wednesdays from 10:30 until Noon. If you have interest in learning more or participating in this amazing ministry, please talk to Claudia Fedarko (703) 819-4127 or Connie Coralli (404) 218-6668 or any of the amazing ESOL teaching team. You can also come to the ESOL teacher training on Saturday, August 12th from 9:30 to Noon at the church. 

Nursery Volunteers for ESOL

We staff a nursery for the young children of our English students and would love to have volunteers from church to play with and read to the children. Could you volunteer either Tuesday or Thursday night from 7-8:30 pm? Classes begin on August 22 and continue throughout the school year with a month-long break around Christmas. There are usually only a few children there and the work is very rewarding. You'll make a difference in their and their parents' lives. 

Contact Claudia Fedarko ( or

Connie Coralli to volunteer. 

Thank you.

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On behalf of the Outreach Committee, many, many thanks to all of the generous people of St. Bede’s who made our back to school supplies ingathering a huge success! On July 21, 36 stuffed back packs were distributed to students who participated in the summer camp program. The remaining supplies that were collected after July 21 will be distributed to students participating in the CCC after school program. The staff and families of students were immensely appreciative. Special thanks to Melody Murray for coordinating this event!

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Kelly Gissendaner was the only woman executed in Georgia. Before her execution in 2015, she studied theology and graduated from Candler's prison school of theology. 

In July and August the community is invited to read the book You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row by Jennifer McBride

Then - on August 26 at 3 p.m. - gather in-person at The Cathedral of St. Philip for a discussion. The Rev'd Dr. Jenny McBride (author) and Mary Catherine Johnson (New Hope House) will be the moderators for a panel discussion with The Rev'd Kim Jackson, state senator and Susan Casey (lead defense attorney for Kelly Gissendaner).

Buy the book for a 10% discount at Buy book here

Claudia Fedarko and Iñaki Guevara will lead a group from St. Bede's

to Lumpkin, Georgia tomorrow, Saturday August 5,

to offer hospitality to detained immigrants and their loved ones.

Please keep this group in your prayers.

If you are interested in participating in a future trip,

please contact Claudia or Iñaki.

Claudia Fedarko 703.819.4127


Deacon Iñaki Guevara 404.418.2608

Learn more about El Refugio

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.

Healing Our Racism

Book Discussion Group

will not be meeting in August

Monday, September 25 at 2:00pm on Zoom

Meeting Time: 4th Monday of each month at 2 pm on ZOOM

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


Mostly Mysteries Book Group

Monday, August 28 at 7 pm on Zoom

The Mostly Mysteries Book Group meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 pm on Zoom. If you would like to take part, please contact Cathe Echterhoff and she will send you the link. 

McLemore's Musings

We hope you are enjoying a new feature in St. Bede's E-News - McLemore's Musings. Many of you have met the Rev'd Bill McLemore who has joined the St. Bede's community. Bill has been a priest for over 57 years and has served parishes all over the Episcopal Church. Bill is the former archivist of the Diocese of Atlanta and authored the 100th anniversary book on the history of the Diocese. Bill is also an artist and has used his artistic skills and sense of humor for many years to draw hundreds of cartoon that comically comment on life in the Episcopal Church. Each week we will share a cartoon here that Bill selects from his collection. Enjoy!

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Mary Eleanor Harrigan Parsons, mother of Orisha Parsons

Victoria Hendrix, sister of Connie Coralli

Jean Petersen

Alice Vaughn

Donareen Oakley

Billy Baldy, friend of Susan Reef

Cindy Robinson, friend of Susan Reef

Philip Needham, brother of Miriam Needham

Margie Klein

Kay Howington

Dixie Snider

Eleanor Pearlman, granddaughter of Gwen Heaton

Diana Segovia, cousin of Zulma Gutierrez

Caroline Spires

Brian Metcalf, brother-in-law of Susan Reef

Timothy Knapp, friend of Susan Reef

Denise Benson, friend of Susan Reef

The Sujia Family

Robin Schreiber

Allen Townes Cunningham, sister of Rob Townes

Mellie Frippen, friend of Nora Cruz-Diaz

Anne Jones, sister of Claiborne Jones

Joan Davis

Carmen Graciaa, friend of Laura Martin

Jim Poulos, husband of Carol Kemker

Helen Abraham

Fay Key

Aree Bancroft

Laura Ribas

Jane Wiggins

Hilda Bell

Nancy Waring

Jim Ohl

Frances Bowen

Sydney Lund

Ann Foote

Cameron Maddox

We give thanks for those serving our country in the military:

Joshua Bowers

Will Grimm

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 

8/3 Joyce Lee

8/7 Eric Main

Jean Petersen

8/8 Melissa Biegler

8/9 Ashton Busch

Johnny Klein

8/10 Jack Heller

8/11 Beth Cannon

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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