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.

Muriel's email address is


Chad is on vacation through Monday, July 31 -

back at work on Tuesday, August 1.

Please contact the parish office at

770.938.9797 or

in the meantime if you need a response

from a a member of the clergy.

Sunday, July 16, 2023

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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


St. Bede's YouTube Channel

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Sunday, July 23rd - 10:00 - 5:00 - As summer begins to wind down, before school starts again, we're heading to White Water!! Wear your swimsuits, pack a towel, your sunscreen and a change of clothes and join us for the Dive Bomber, Caribbean Plunge or maybe just hang out with me in the lazy river. Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 19th at noon.  Only bring money if you would like to purchase merchandise, entrance to the park and food are covered.


Contact Beth Cannon,

Director of Youth and Family Ministries



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

St Bede’s has changed the name of the Community Engagement Fund back to Outreach as it is more indicative of where the funds are allocated. We have divided the funds to be distributed into three categories: local, national,and international.

Recently ERD( Episcopal Relief and Development) have asked for donations to assist the humanitarian crisis that has developed in Poland ,Hungary, and Romania by the influx of refugees from Ukraine. We have donated $500 to ERD earmarked for this endeavor. If you have any questions please contact Karen Werner and/ or Anita Montelione.

Ingathering of School Supplies

for the Clarkston Community Center

The Outreach Committee is excited to sponsor a school supply drive for the CCC! This will continue through July 30 in preparation for a back to school start date in early August. Many children in Clarkston start school with no supplies. We hope to give them a great back to school start! Thank you for your support. Bins for collecting supplies are in the Commons.

List of needed supplies:


No. 2 pencils

Spiral Notebooks

Color pencils

Pencil Pouches

Hand Held pencil sharpeners

Packs of Wide ruled paper

Reusable Water Bottles 


$10 gift cards: Walmart, Target, Kroger 

Kleenex tissues

Paper towels

Hand wipes

Learn more about Clarkston Community Center

El Refugio Visit

on Saturday, August 5th

El Refugio (the refuge/shelter) is a hospitality ministry located in Lumpkin, Georgia about 2+ hours south of Atlanta. Its mission is to support the immigrant detainees who are in Stewart Detention Center, a for profit prison that houses only immigrants, many of whom turned themselves in at the border seeking refuge. El Refugio has a house in Lumpkin where family members of detainees can stay and eat for free while they visit their incarcerated loved one. Those detained at Stewart who do not have family members or friends in this country are visited by volunteers from El Refugio. An inmate is allowed one visit (through plexiglass, speaking on phones) for one hour per week. Stewart Detention Center closed its doors to all visits in March, 2020 as did all Georgia prisons. However, this prison only allowed visits to inmates to begin again this spring after much lobbying on the party of many concerned people. St. Bede’s supports El Refugio in three ways. We send a sum of money every year to support their ministry. We sometimes have special collections (backpacks for those being deported; Christmas cards for inmates). A small group of parishioners has been traveling to Lumpkin once a quarter since 2016 to visit detainees and have fellowship with the families of the detainees. At this time only those people who can speak Spanish are needed for visitations. Our first scheduled visitation since March, 2020 is Saturday, August 5th.

If you speak Spanish and are interested

in joining this ministry, contact:

Claudia Fedarko 703.819.4127


Deacon Iñaki Guevara 404.418.2608

Learn more about El Refugio

Honduras Mission Trip Opportunity

John and Kay Entrekin will be heading back to Honduras with HOI (Honduras Outreach International) again this November 11th-18th. They will be helping with vacation bible school, mixing cement for home floors and wash basins, and preparing a United States style Thanksgiving dinner for the Honduran HOI staff (about 60 people).

If you are interested in joining John and Kay in this ministry, John invites you to speak with him at church or contact him at, or at 678.677.1350.

Speaking Spanish is not required to participate.

Learn more about Honduras Outreach International


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. 

July - August - Read You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row by Jennifer McBride

August 26. 3:00 p.m. - In-person meeting at St. Phillip's Cathedral for a discussion. Dr. Rev. Jenny McBride (author) and Mary Catherine Johnson (New Hope House) will be the moderators for a panel discussion with Senator Rev. Kim Jackson and Susan Casey (lead defense attorney for Kelly Gissendaner)

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

Laura Pittman

called as

Parish Administrator


I am pleased to announce that I have called St. Bede’s own Laura Pittman to serve as Parish Administrator effective upon the retirement of Muriel Diguette at the end of July. Laura will assume this role after most recently serving as the front desk manager for St. Benedict’s Episcopal School and Church in Smyrna for the past year-and-a-half. Prior to that, Laura taught for sixteen years in the DeKalb County School System – mostly at Briarlake Elementary (where St. Bede’s first began worshipping back in 1960). Laura comes from a family of folks who have worked in the Church and she herself holds advanced degrees in theology and religion from Columbia Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University. Laura’s first language is English and she also speaks conversational Spanish. She has taught in our ESOL program for several years. Laura’s introduction to St. Bede’s occurred when one of her students at Briarlake asked Laura to be their godparent at their baptism at St. Bede’s. Please join me in welcoming Laura to this new role.





Laura’s first day in the office will be Monday, July 24. She and Muriel will overlap for a week and Muriel will wrap up around the first of August (you will hear more later about how we will celebrate Muriel’s ministry with us). Until the week of July 24, please continue to contact Muriel for any Parish Administration needs. Laura’s email will be: and the Parish Administrator can also be reached by emailing:

Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have returned their 2023

"God's Blessings Flow" pledge cards!

As of June 15, we have received

90 pledges totaling $438,000.

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.


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

Monday, July 24 at 2:00pm on Zoom

Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi

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.

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


Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelo

Mostly Mysteries Book Group

Monday, July 24 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:

Alice Vaughn

Donareen Oakley

Samantha Cannon

Mari Balbona Elosequi, friend of Larry Bing

Mary Eleanor Harrigan Parsons, mother of Orisha Parons

Michelle Schultz, sister of Doris Bushart

Paige Bushart, sister-in-law of Doris Bushart

Helen Hernandez and her son Derek, ESOL Student

Kath and Ken Turner, friends of Claudia Fedarko

Marge & Sharon Emerling, friends of Helen Loeb

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 pray for those who have died:

Betty Strauser, aunt of Loretta Vail

Olive Koporec, mother of Kevin Koporec

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 

7/16   Martha West

7/19   Jennie Couture

7/20 Cathe Echterhoff

7/22 Barbara Helms

7/22 Julie Mizell

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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