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. 

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The deadline for submission to the E-Newsletter each week is Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
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The Annual Parish Meeting

is postponed until Sunday, March 5

We want the Annual Parish Meeting to be as informative and beneficial as it can be, and so due to Chad's unexpected illness this week and a few other preparations that would benefit from a little more time, we are postponing the meeting until Sunday, March 5.

The Vestry Election will take place via electronic voting (as it did last year) in the next few weeks, so look for more information about the Vestry slate and how to vote in your inbox in the weeks ahead.

Please join us this Sunday

for Worship, Fellowship, and Formation

at the regular times.


The Wardens & Rector

Sunday, February 5, 2023

The Fifth Sunday

after the Epiphany

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

We will also be streaming our worship live


St. Bede's YouTube Channel.

Make a gift to St. Bede's

by clicking here

While masking is now a matter of personal choice,

we are still encouraging the wearing of masks in worship

to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Masks are still required

for those who are unvaccinated

or who are not up-to-date

with the boosters

that are recommended for them.

Sunday Formation

for All Ages

Episcopal 101:

A class for newcomers and long-timers

(and everyone in between)

This Sunday at 11:30 (after worship) we will continue to explore what it means to be a Christian of the Episcopal variety.

This week's topic:

Catechism with Claiborne:

Everything you've always wanted

to know about Church,

but were afraid to ask

Join the Rev'd Claiborne Jones this week

as she leads a conversation about

the "Outline of Faith"

(also known as the Catechism)

from the Book of Common Prayer (p. 845-862).

Click Here to View the Prayer Book Catechism Online

All are welcome for fun and formation - please join us.

This week we will meet in Room M-110

at the end of the Mission Wing.

Participation in this class will prepare anyone to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, but it a class designed for any who wish to attend.

Children's formation for Pre-K through 5th grade 

will be meeting at 11:30 am in room M104

in the Mission Wing. 

Younger children (birth through 3 years old)

are welcome with an adult.

We will be using Godly Play and 

Illustrated Ministry's MiniRevolution curriculums.

Please email Molly Graves ( 

to register children in this age-range.

We are eager to hear from adults who could share teaching and learning with these young people. If you feel called to the ministry of Children's or Youth Formation, please contact Molly or Beth.

Calling all Youth between 6th and 12th grades!

Please join us this Sunday,

from 3:45-4:45, 

to explore where God is

and what that means for you. 

We’ll have snacks and drinks. 

We look forward to seeing you all then

and feel free to bring a friend!

Questions, comments, or thoughts, 

feel reach out to Beth Cannon at:

Adios Alyssa


As many of you know, Alyssa Sali (our Director of Children and Family Ministries for the past four years) began her seminary formation this past Fall toward ordination to the priesthood. Because I was going to be away on sabbatical mid-year and because of the other pastoral transitions with the departures of Fabio and Nora and the arrival of Mimi, I asked Alyssa if she would remain in her staff role through the end of the 2022 calendar year to provide continuity and she graciously agreed. The time has now come for us to say “Adios Alyssa” - which literally means that we hand her “to God” – a Dios.


We will celebrate Alyssa’s ministry with us with a reception after worship on Sunday, February 12. Alyssa will back with us on that Sunday to preach as well. We will also offer thanks for Alyssa’s ministry with us by collecting a “purse” or “love offering” in thanksgiving for Alyssa and the gifts that she has shared with us through her ministry here. If you would like to contribute, you can designate a gift (cash or check) as “Alyssa’s Purse” or you can make a gift through Realm - choosing “Alyssa’s Purse” from the list there.


You may be wondering? - Who will shepherd Children and Family Ministries now? 

I believe that Senior Warden Molly Graves and I have discerned the ideal candidate to take on the role of Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries…and that person is Molly Graves. Molly will take on this work as she finishes her term on the Vestry and her role as Senior Warden over the next few weeks. Then, this summer, our plan is to search for a new Director of Children and Family Ministries. Molly will, of course, share this work with the other faithful folks who already serve on the Children and Family Ministry Team. Thank you all!


Please keep Alyssa and her family in your prayers

y Gracias por todo Alyssa!




A New Look For St. Bede’s!

Our exterior siding renovation project has been completed

and we have a beautiful new look!

We want to thank everyone

who has generously contributed to this project.

As of February 1, 2023,




If you have not yet contributed and are interested in making a gift to support this project, please know that there is a designated "Exterior Siding" fund on Realm or you may designate a check or other type of gift (stock, retirement distribution, etc.). Thank you!


The following people have made generous donations to the siding project:

Junior Abraham

John Branan

Nancy Bruce

Richard & Amy Busch

Connie Coralli

Richard & Jennie Couture

Nina Daniel 

Cathe Echterhoff

John & Kay Entrekin

Steve Hadler & Claudia Fedarko

Taylor & Molly Graves

Bill & Cheryl Hayn

Kevin Koporec

Peter & Maggie Kottke

Anita Maloof

Laura Martin

Will & Julie Mizell

David & Kim Padgett

Orisha Parsons

Jean Petersen

Laura Pittman

The Sisters of Bede Advent Bake Sale

George & Lois Shingler

Helen Smith

Dixie & Fran Snider

Jeff & Jan Swoope

Tom & Loretta Vail

Chad & Amanda Vaughn

Sherry Witt

Thank You!

If you have made a contribution and we have not included you here,

please let Muriel know so that we can acknowledge your gift.

Donate children's clothing

to help family affected by fire

Please join in helping out two families who lost almost everything they owned in an apartment fire. These families are very close family members of a St. Bede’s parishioner. There are seven children in the two families – five girls and two boys. One of the children is an infant.

There is a bag in the Commons labeled "Donation of Children's Clothing" for your donations to these families in great need or you may make a monetary donation to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund by check or through Realm designated for “Family Fire Assistance”. Thank you for helping.

The needs and sizes are as follows:

Infant Girl

Clothing - 2 months

Young Girl

Shirts – XS, Pants – 0, Shoes – 5 ½ (little kids)

Young Girl

Shirts – XS, Pants – 00, Shoes – 4 (little kids)

Young Girl

Shirts – S, Pants – S, Shoes – 4 (little kids)

Young Boy

Shirts – 6, Pants – 6, Shoes – 13 (little kids)

Pre-Teen Girl

Shirts – 10 in girls, Pants – 10 in girls, Shoes – 2 (big kids)

Pre-Teen Boy

Shirts – 7 in boys, Pants – 7-8 in boys, Shoes – 4 (big kids)

Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have returned their 2023

"God's Blessing's Flow" pledge cards!

As of January 26, we have received

71 pledges totaling $385,000.

Thank You!

If you have not yet made your pledge

to support the mission and ministry

of St. Bede's in 2023,

we would love to hear from you.

If you need a pledge card,

they are available on the table

near the Parish Office

or you can use the link below to pledge online.


End-of-year giving statements for 2022

were mailed on Wednesday, February 1.

Thank you and check your mailboxes.

Baby Jesus Baskets delivered! Thanks to everyone who donated to this season’s Baby Jesus Baskets. The items were delivered to Our House on Friday, January 20th. Our House is most appreciative of all the items and said they will put them to immediate use!


Here’s brief summary about Our House:

At Our House, we provide a pathway to stability and independence for families experiencing homelessness through access to health care, early childhood education, housing, and employment. Our interrelated programs address the root causes of homelessness and ensure every family that leaves Our House has the tools needed to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

Programs include Early Childhood Education, Housing Services, Healthcare Services, Employment Services and Family Services. 


Want to learn more?

There is great information about

all the program areas on their website:


Thanks again for your donations

for the Baby Jesus Baskets!

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

Reschedule for Monday, February 6th

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

On Monday, February 6 at 2 pm we will be discussing Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke

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 typically will meet the 4th Monday of each month at 2 pm.

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


Slavery By Another Name by Douglas Blackmon

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Alvord and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt 

Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi

Mostly Mysteries Book Group

Monday, February 27 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 Connie Coralli and she will send you the link.

The Vestry has updated

gathering & masking


Click here to read our masking and worship protocols (updated September 2022)
Click here to read our large group gathering protocols (updated September 2022)

St. Bede's Prayer List

Prayers have been requested for:

Diana Segovia, cousin of Zulma Gutierrez

Jerry, friend of Steve Hadler & Claudia Fedarko

The Vaughn Family

John Sommers, brother-in-law of Barbara Helms

Caroline Spires

Brian Metcalf, brother-in-law of Susan Reef

Timothy Knapp, friend of Susan Reef

Denise Benson, friend of Susan Reef

Maggie Benson, friend of Susan Reef

Marianne Elliott, friend of Suzanne Shapiro

The Rev. Angela Lerena, friend of Loretta Vail

The Sujia Family

Guillermo Romero, grandfather of Jelani Valdez

Julia & Francisco Castillo

Barb Pettitt

Robin Schreiber

Mary Braswell, friend of Dee Weems

Helen Jo Hardwick, mother of Taylor Graves

Michael Flanagan

Allen Townes Cunningham, sister of Rob Townes

Wallace Victor Simmons, brother of Jerry Simmons

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

Mary Rodriguez

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:

Maggie Williams

Hollis Picket

Thomas Wathen Fenwick, brother of Fran Snider

Briana Reef, great-niece of Susan Reef

Mary Lonsdale, friend of Loretta Vail

Jason Maderis, friend of Suzanne Shapiro

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


Joshua Bowers

Will Grimm

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 


2/9           Susan Anderson

2/9           Cindy Huston

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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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