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 each week for submission to the E-News

is Wednesday at 10 am.

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

The church office will be closed

this Monday, September 4,

in observance of Labor Day.

A Collect for Labor Day

Holy One, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

14th 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

We will also be streaming our worship live


St. Bede's YouTube Channel

Make a gift to St. Bede's

by clicking here.

Join us in Education for Ministry (EfM) this year!

EfM is a program of theological education and spiritual formation in a small community committed to attentive listening and nonviolent communication. The hope in EfM is to provide space for each participant to wonder about and to grow in her/his/their understanding of and relationship with God, as well as to offer resources to support each person in discerning and blessing their gifts to share in the community. Although the program is designed as a four-year process, a person enrolls for just one year at a time as one's life circumstances allow. All the EfM materials were updated several years ago with new books explored each year. If you are a graduate of the program, you are welcomed and encouraged to consider joining the group to have the gift and adventure of working through the new materials.

EfM begins Monday, September 18th at 7:15 - 9:30 p.m., meeting in person at St. Bede's. The year concludes on Monday, May 20th, the Monday before Memorial Day.

The mentors for the group are The Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler and Dr. Jo Marie Lyons. Each mentor has over 30 years experience in guiding an EfM group.

Click on the flyer below for more information about the EfM group at St. Bede's. This year the tuition will be $325.00. If you'd like to register, please speak with Lynnsay and she will be glad to answer your questions.

The Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler

770-938-9797 ext. 27

Click here for EfM Flyer

St. Bede's Bread Guild

The St. Bede's Bread Guild is looking for a few good folks to join the Bread Guild. Specifically, we are in need of someone who would be interested in baking gluten free bread. Any interested bakers should contact

Jody Klein 

Calling All Youth!

Join us Sunday, September 10th from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (between morning and afternoon worship) for lunch, fun, and fellowship. Together we will plan our fall calendar of events so bring every fun idea you've ever had and we'll put them all together and create an AMAZING calendar!

If you are interested in more information about our youth group, please contact:

Beth Cannon


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 arrangements 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 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

Bible, Books, and Banter

Bible, Books, and Banter is a group for Christian formation and fellowship. Meetings are twice a month on first and third Tuesday mornings.  We share our stories as we try to discern God’s presence in our lives.  We discuss our current reading – which may be fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic.  Our first two meetings after the summer break are scheduled for August 15 and September 5.  We will begin a new book:  My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation, edited by Jennifer Howe Peace, Or N. Rose, and Gregory Mobley.  We would be happy to welcome new participants.  

Please see Martha West or Molly Graves if you are interested in joining us.

Outreach Meeting

Sunday, September 10 at 11:30 am

Our Outreach Committee will have our next meeting on Sunday, September 10, at 11:30 (following the 10 am worship) in room C101.

If you have an interest in Outreach, please join us!

Outreach CoChairs

Karen Werner

Anita Montelione

St Bede’s Outreach Update

A large part of St. Bede's annual Outreach budget goes to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). Prior to 2000, this organization was called the Presiding Bishop’s Fund fro World Relief. Since 2015, it has worked in 21 countries reaching 250,000 people annually. In recent years it has been involved in responding to large scale disasters. To this end, we at St Bede’s have given ERD funds to aid those devastated by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria in 2022.

This year we have assisted those countries that are aiding refugees from Ukraine. Currently we are sending ERD $1,000 to aid families that have lost loved ones, homes, and their belongings to the fires in Maui.

You can read more about Episcopal Relief and Development and make a donation below.

Of course, we are continuing to support our local communities through the Atlanta Food Bank, NetWorks, and other organizations.

NETWorks Nuggets

104,933 meals were provided by NETWorks between January and May 2023.

226 counseling sessions were held between January and May 2023.

4,436 individuals were served by the pantry between January and May 2023.

1,522 cubic feet of space are available in our walk-in cooler/freezer.

NETWorks Late Summer Food Drive

This week as our food drive for NetWorks food pantry continues, we delivered 267 pounds of food. That's a total of 947 pounds so far! We still have two weeks to go to make our goal of one ton of donated food! Thank you so much for your generosity St. Bede’s! We are making a huge difference in helping to feed our neighbors. A list of needed food items is below and lists are available in the Commons on the table. Food donations can be left by that table. The food drive continues through September 17.




such as Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Chicken,

Spam, Potted Ham, Vienna Sausage




Hearty Soups/Stews (not condensed)

Hormel Complete Meals

Ramen & other Noodle Meals

that come in Single Serve Microwave Containers

Canned Chili


Bags of dried black beans and canned black beans

Canned Fruit

Granola or Cereal Bars

Masa Corn Flour

Salt and pepper

Diapers size 3 and 4

Click here to volunteer with NETWorks
Click here to learn more about NETWorks

NETWorks Church Partners Trivia Night!

Did you know that NETWorks Ministry is blessed with 21 church partners?

Are you interested in joining in a St. Bede's trivia team to compete against other church partner teams?

Teams will compete for prizes, have some fun, and show off your smarts! 

When: Saturday, September 23, 2023

Doors open at 6:00pm   Trivia begins at 7:00pm

Where: Holy Cross Catholic Church Parish Hall

3733 Chamblee Tucker Road

BYO beverages and food

Choose a theme and make plans to decorate your table! 

10 Rounds of Trivia, Games, Prizes, & More!

Prizes awarded for Trivia Champions, Best Table Decor & Trivia Spirit!

If you are interested in helping form a St. Bede's trivia team for this event,

contact Laura Pittman in the church office by Thursday, September 14.

Laura Pittman

Tutoring Volunteers Needed

Once again, many thanks to all of the generous people of St. Bede’s who made our back to school supplies ingathering a huge success! To give you some idea of what we delivered for the kids, we had a total of 45 back packs, 82 packs of No. 2 pencils, 86 spiral notebooks, 64 packs of lined paper and 100 packs of colored pencils. The staff and families of students were immensely appreciative! 

Now that school has started, there is an after school program that is run at the Clarkston Community Center, on Monday - Thursday 3:30 pm - 6 pm. The age groups are K - 8th grade, and provides help with homework tutoring and then supervised free time. The Center is actively looking for volunteers to join them on afternoons that you are available. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact:

Melody Murray



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

to Lumpkin, Georgia on Saturday, September 2

to offer hospitality to detained immigrants and their loved ones.

Please keep this group in your prayers.

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, September 25 at 7 pm on Zoom

Meeting Time: 4th Monday of each month at 7 pm on Zoom

If you would like to take part, please email Cathe Echterhoff and she will send you the link. 

McLemore's Musings

We hope you are enjoying this 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:

John Montelione, brother of Anita Montelione

Beth Cannon

Jennie Couture

Bob Bruce, brother of Nancy Bruce

Dave and Robin Hering, friends of Larry Bing

Darlene Smith, friend of Larry Bing

Pat Sarle, cousin of Anita Montelione

Victoria Hendrix, sister of Connie Coralli

Balbona Family, friends of Larry Bing

Jean Petersen

Donareen Oakley

Mary Eleanor Harrigan Parsons, mother of Orisha Parsons

Carter Garrett, family member of Sarah Jane Ohl

Bill Baldy, friend of Susan Reef

Cindy Robinson, friend of Susan Reef

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

Margie Klein

Kay Howington

Dixie Snider

Mary Rodriguez

Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote

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 pray for those who have died:

Mike Powell, father of Ray Lampros

Philip Needham, brother of Miriam Needham

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

Joshua Bowers

Will Grimm

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week: 

9/3 Laura Martin

9/5 Claude Oakley

9/6 Lisa Main

9/7 Lou Sadler

9/8 Lewis Anderson

9/8 Stephen Platto

9/9 Ruth Avila

The flowers on the altar this Sunday

are given by Nancy Ward

in thanksgiving for her son Peter's birthday

on September 2nd.

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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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