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. 

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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.

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Sunday, June 18, 2023

The Third 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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The Rev’d Raymond Walker, III

to continue at St. Bede’s

as Priest Associate


It is with great joy that I can announce that the Rev’d Raymond Walker, III will be continuing at St. Bede’s as Priest Associate after he is ordained to the priesthood on June 24. Raymond will continue his full-time work in hospital ministry at Emory while adding a very part-time (averaging 5 hours per week) pastoral and liturgical presence at St. Bede’s. Raymond’s pastoral heart and bilingual ability will allow him to be supportive of the full breadth of the parish. 

In addition to presiding at worship and occasionally preaching and teaching, Raymond will take on the ministry portfolio of “pastoral coordination” that has been shepherded by the Rev’d Lynnsay Buehler for the past several years (Lynnsay will continue as Priest Associate and Director of the Julian of Norwich Center). This means that Raymond will help coordinate our pastoral care efforts by working with members of the Pastoral Care Team, Eucharistic Visitors, and the other clergy to make sure that pastoral needs are attended to. 

Raymond’s appointment to this work has been met by a one-year commitment from the Vestry to fund this position by special gifts outside of the parish budget. This could be extended by mutual discernment at the end of that period. Please join me in rejoicing that Raymond’s ministry will continue with us for an extended season.



Also...Save the Date

Saturday, June 24 at 2pm

at the Cathedral of St. Philip

where, by the grace of God,

The Right Reverend Robert Christopher Wright,

The Bishop of Atlanta,

will ordain

Raymond Walker Ill


Carmie Jones McDonald

along with nine others

to the Sacred Order of Priests

in Christ's One Holy Catholic

and Apostolic Church

Please join this celebration in person or

you may also offer your prayers and support

by joining the live stream at

View the full invitation here.

Advocating for Better Nutrition for Georgia's Incarcerated

Prison food has never had a good reputation, but people in Georgia prisons aren’t getting enough calories or nutrition. 

In recent years, inmates had only two meals on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. During Covid, they received a sandwich at noon, but beginning July 1, they will again be served only two meals on weekends and holidays.

Inmates no longer get milk. They rarely get eggs. There is very little cheese or meat. The meals lack protein, fat, calories, and nutrients such as calcium, vitamins, and fiber. Diseases such as diabetes cannot be controlled with diets of carbohydrates.

Beef mac, pear bits, broccoli salad, and cornbread. No salt. No milk or dessert.

This was the May 17, 2023 lunch at Dooly State Prison, Unadilla, GA (40 miles south of Macon): a flour tortilla, diced turkey, processed cheese slice, chopped raw cabbage, mayo, mustard, and cake leftover from breakfast, served on a wet tray.

May 22, 2023 - This meal should be between 700 - 800 calories, but the tray has no more than 325 - 350 calories.  

What can we do about this? Consider writing to your elected leaders and advocating for better nutrition for those incarcerated in Georgia's prisons. You can find your legislators at 

If you would like to receive updates on incarceration in Georgia, send an email to Neva Corbin at


Here’s the story of a group of ladies,

Who were all from very different walks of life.

They were complex, comforting, and openminded,

And they were all polite.

Then all these ladies started playing Bunco,

They became sassy, optimistic, and upbeat.

Knowing they would roll three sixes on the dice,

They began to compete.

Till the one day when a lady yelled Bunco,

And she knew that it was much more than a hunch.

That this group must somehow form a family,

That’s the way they became the Bunco Bunch

The Bunco Bunch

The Bunco Bunch

That’s the way they became the Bunco Bunch

Sunday, June 25 2:00 pm

Barbara Helms’ Pool

Wear a bathing suit and bring a towel

We might be getting wet

See attached map for directions

Remember: bring an appetizer & $10 to play

RSVP by June 19th

Click Here for a Map to Barbara Helms' Home

Calling all 2023 Graduates!!

We are honoring all of our graduates and want to make sure that you are included. Please email Muriel Diguette and let us know from where you are graduating and what your plans are for the future (further study, career plans, etc.) This can be a graduation from any kind of school or study program. We will list all our grads in E-News.


Jackson Kottke graduated from The University of Hawaii with a degree in political science. He plans to become a high school teacher.

Barb Pettitt will be graduating with a Masters in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Ashley Sali graduated from Hybrid Education in Greater Atlanta (HEGA) on May 20.

Samantha Cannon graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management with a minor in Applied Psychology.

Johnny Klein graduated from UGA with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in Sports Marketing. He is completing an internship this summer and will start a Master’s degree program in Advertising and Marketing in the fall. 

Mike Lampros graduated from Georgia State University in December with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics.

Carmie McDonald graduated from Candler School of Theology.

Jo Marie Lyons is completing/graduating from her 8th 4-year cycle of co-mentoring the St. Bede's EfM group with Lynnsay Buehler.  This represents 32 years as a co-mentor.

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, June 26

We will be discussing this book at our June meeting.

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

Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelo

Mostly Mysteries Book Group

Monday, June 26 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:

Raquel Rodriguez & Cristobal Lecuna, St. Bede's ESOL students

Walt Ehmer, friend of Will & Julie Mizell

Philip Needham, brother of Miriam Needham

Gail Whatley, friend of Larry Bing

Jose Balbona, friend of Larry Bing

Margie Klein

Kay Howington

Dixie Snider

Willie Diaz, husband of Nora Cruz- Diaz

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

Mary Rodriguez

Nancy Waring

Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote

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:

Judy Lemoine, friend of Sarah Jane Ohl

Joann Huston, mother-in-law of Cindy Huston

Kent Logan, friend of Lynnsay Buehler

Deacon Joseph (Joe) Pearson, friend of Lynnsay Buehler

Barbara Buehler Seeger, Lynnsay Buehler’s aunt who turned 100 in February 

June Williams, sister of Connie Coralli

John Weatherford, friend of Fred & Cheryl Murphy

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 

6/19    Laura Sellers

6/23    Joan Davis

6/23    Kim Padgett

Please note that the bulletins for this upcoming Sunday were printed earlier than usual and may not contain all of the updated names on the Prayer List as published here. These additional names will be added to the Prayer List published in the bulletin on Sunday, June 25.

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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