Please consider helping us fill our choir loft as we observe the three Great Days from Maundy Thursday through Easter Day. Come join other St. Simons singers for this short term commitment, singing for as many of the 3 services as your schedule allows. Men and women ages 15 and up are invited to attend Sunday rehearsals from 9-9:45 a.m., or our one Wednesday rehearsal, April 10th from 7:30-8:30 p.m. All you need is the enjoyment of having fun while singing. Anthems will be rather simple to learn and you need attend only 3 of the 7 rehearsal opportunities to participate. If you require child care for the Wednesday night rehearsal, please contact Tim Young to make arrangements or if you have questions. Let's gather to sing both prayerfully and joyfully.
Lay-led Stations of the Cross will take place on Fridays at 1 p.m. during Lent.
The Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent is available during Lent. Call the church office to make an appointment directly with Jane.
You are invited to give donations for Easter Music and Musicians and/or flowers, including Lilies. Forms are available on the table in the narthex. Please complete the form and turn it in with your donations by Palm Sunday. Please print clearly, using first and last names only of those to be remembered with your gifts.
We are exploring the book, Living Well Through Lent 2019: Practicing Forgiveness with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. We meet at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday during Lent in the parish hall.
There will be a service of healing on Sunday afternoon, May 5 at 5 p.m. in the nave.
We are planning a yard sale for May 18. Start collecting your items (except clothes). More details will follow soon.
The bishops, clergy and the people of the diocese are invited to gather on Tuesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip for the annual renewal and reaffirmation of vows. Clergy reaffirm their ordination vows and laity reaffirms baptismal vows as we prepare for the celebration of Easter.
Is it time to start a midweek gathering of sorts at St. Simon’s? Several of you have answered that question with a resounding, “Yes.” Bring your ideas and your enthusiasm to a gathering on Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall.
St. Simon’s will have town hall meetings quarterly throughout 2019. The Vestry and Clergy will be available to answer your questions and listen to your ideas at these sessions. The first town hall will be March 31, 2019.
St. Simon’s will be fielding a team to participate with other churches in the diocese in the 35th Annual Hunger Walk Run on April 28 in Atlanta. Plan to walk or run, and support St. Simon’s team with your contributions.
Every week, our worship in the Nave is enhanced by the beauty and creative expression of the flowers on the altar. These flowers are donated by congregation members like you and placed on the altar by the Flower Guild volunteers. Altar flowers are a wonderful way to honor a special occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baptisms, holidays, etc.) or remember loved ones and friends who have passed away. Is there someone that you would like to honor? The 2019 Flower Calendar is posted on the bulletin board at the entry to the Parish Hall. Please sign up for a Sunday!
Guest organist, Tim Young, recently retired from Holy Trinity Lutheran, Marietta, after serving there for over 22 years. He was born in Kentucky, and has served congregations all over the metro Atlanta area, including Conyers Presbyterian. He earned his music degree in choral conducting and organ from Georgia State University. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and is a past dean as well as the current Georgia Convener. He is also a floral and interior designer, currently working at Vann Jernigan Florist in downtown Atlanta. He has 2 cats and collects organist socks. Ask him about it!
The Rev. Terry Howell will join us at St. Simon’s starting Sunday, December 2, 2018, or as we in the church call it, Advent 1. Terry was a member of St. Simon’s and St. Simon’s sponsored him to become a Deacon. He is finally coming home to us and we look forward to his being in our midst. He will be the first deacon St. Simon’s has had in its history. The Book of Common Prayer tells us that the “Ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.” (BCP p.856) Please be here to welcome Terry on Advent 1.
St. Simon’s is reviving its chapter of the Episcopal Church Women. Sandy Cathcart and Lisa Hill will be leading this effort. Let’s all lend our support to revive this important ministry in our church. More information will follow. According to our national church website, ECW is, “An organization committed to one another and called to be witnesses of Christ. They provide a safe place where every woman is free to become the person Christ created her to be. ECW is made up of women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds in the Episcopal church….” Rumor has it that they have a lot of fun together, too!
St. Simon’s is starting an Advisory Council on youth and children. We want to make sure that we are creating and sustaining good programs for our young people. If you have ideas on bolstering our youth programs, please talk with Ken and Fay Chapman.
The staff and families here at St. Simon's want to know when you are hospitalized, facing a surgery, suffer the loss of a loved one, or are going through an illness. We appreciate a call or email from you so we know how best to support you during your time of need. Let us know if you would like an announcement for a surgery or expression of sympathy for you or your family. Please contact the church office via email or phone or contact Jane directly with requests and concerns.
Donating Altar flowers is a wonderful way to remember a loved one and to support the Flower Guild. The requested donation for altar flowers is $75 per Sunday. If two people give the flowers on the same Sunday, the requested donation is $40 per person. If three give flowers on a Sunday, the requested donation is $25 per person. You can also request a sanctuary candle in remembrance of a loved one for $10. All remembrances are published in the bulletin for that special Sunday. Sign-up sheets for flowers and sanctuary candles are on the bulletin board outside the parish hall.
St. Simon’s garden produced 144 pounds of fresh vegetables for the Rockdale Emergency Relief food pantry in 2017. Green beans and tomatoes were the best crop. We need more volunteers in 2018 to help with watering and picking the crop. Watering requires turning on and off the soaker hoses and watering the pots of tomatoes. If you can help or have questions about being a part of this ministry team, please contact Marie Kosewicz.
Palm Sunday: April 14
Maundy Thursday: April 18
Good Friday: April 19
Easter Sunday: April 21
Hunger Walk/Run: April 28
Healing Service: May 5
Mother's Day: May 12
Yard Sale: May 18