Our Flower Guild will host a demonstration of flower arranging on Saturday, September 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Please come and participate in this hands-on demonstration.
Fall ministry schedule sign-up forms are now available in the narthex. Please pick up a copy and complete the form indicating your availability for the months of September through December of 2018. Please return all schedules to Consuela’s mailbox by August 19.
The Membership Team will meet on Saturday, August 25th at 10:30am in the Parish Hall.
Often in our youth obsessed society, age is viewed as a negative, especially for women, and we sometimes start to believe that it is. Phooey! Women of St. Simon’s, come for a discussion of Joan Chittister’s book, The Gift of Years on Wednesday, September 5 at 1 p.m. in the parish hall. Library Journal says, “Chittister beautifully downplays regrets and accents the rewards of a mature life…she focuses on the new beginnings that life can offer at this stage.” Helen Prejean says, “The Gift of Years brims with insight, pluck, verve, and courage—and trust that finally in God’s love ‘all will be well’”. Jane will lead the discussion on September 5 and those gathered can decide if they are interested in additional sessions. Bring a friend, and a sack lunch, too. If you want to preview the book, Jane has a copy in her office.
Adult and Youth formation classes will resume on Sunday, September 9 at 9:15 am.
Please stop by the table in the narthex to review your current directory information. Please make any necessary changes to your personal information and initial next to the changes. If all of your information is accurate, please initial to verify.
The next date for Baptisms at St. Simon’s will be at the Feast of All Saints, which will be celebrated on Sunday, November 4. If you are interested in being baptized, please talk with Jane.
St. Simon’s will have its patronal feast day on Sunday, October 28. However, this year, we are going to celebrate on Saturday, October 27, too. Yolande Collins is leading the team that will put together this event in the life of our church. Speak with her regarding your ideas and how we might best celebrate the weekend.
The Diocese has asked us to become current on having those who serve at the altar and those who take communion to our homebound have Diocesan issued licenses for this work. All licensed Lay Ministers are required to participate in training by their local clergy. Jane will be hosting a training session for all who do this important work on Saturday, August 4 at 10 a.m. at the church. Our goal is to have all licenses issued by September 1.
The 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is meeting July 5 through July 13 in Austin, Texas. A hearty delegation from the Diocese of Atlanta is in attendance. Our own Cate Faulkner, daughter-in-law of Sue and Mat Zimmer-
Dauphinee is representing young Episcopalians at the convention. Cate will be blogging about her convention experiences.
Check out Cate’s blog as she experiences General Convention first hand. Follow the Episcopal News Service and Episcopal Cafe websites for news about General Convention. Please pray for our delegates.
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.
Would you like to learn how to channel your inner creative energy and design floral arrangements? No experience is necessary; all you need is the love and appreciation of flowers.
The Flower Guild is a self-sustaining ministry, and not supported by the parish budget. All donations to the Flower Guild are dedicated, tax-deductible gifts that can be used for no other purpose than to provide flowers for our parish services and visitations. Any money remaining after purchasing the necessary supplies go into a reserve fund that is maintained to provide beautiful alter flowers even when there is no donor. If you are interested in learning more about the Flower Guild ministry, please contact Sandra Channer or Delores Ratteray.
Anyone who was trained by David Collins to use the church defibrillator, or if you are interested in being trained, please see Jeff Clark or Gale Thomas-Jones at your earliest convenience.
St. Simon’s has been awarded a $500 grant from the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County to develop and host nutrition classes for women who use food bank food. We have named it Eleanor & Naomi’s Kitchen to honor Jane and Chandra’s mothers, both home economists, who worked hard to better their own communities. Chandra Carty and Janelle Parchment will work with Mary Beth Hornbeck from the Extension Office to develop these classes. Let Chandra and Janelle know if you would like to help.
St. Simon’s is looking to build a team of teachers to work with our children and youth. If teaching is your gift, we hope you will consider this important ministry of our church. Talk with Jane if you can help us.
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.
Has it been a while since you have engaged in Bible study? Susan Collins is leading a Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. in the classroom off of the parish hall. The class will include general information about the Bible and will take a look at the passages that we don’t read on Sundays. Bring your lunch and bring friends. It promises to be an important part of our adult formation here at St Simon’s. If you have questions, contact Susan.
Church of the Epiphany in Decatur offers a free acupuncture clinic for veterans and their family members to relieve stress, insomnia, PTSD and pain. See Acupunctureforveterans.org for more information.
Please mark your calendars! The Lunch Bunch will meet on the second Thursday of each month starting in September. Special guests will present a topic at each meeting beginning with concerns specific to seniors. Because this will be a catered event, reservations are required. Please watch for the reservation sheet, which will be in the narthex. If you have any questions, please talk with David Neville.
Join Jane for coffee and pastries on Tuesdays, starting at 10 a.m. on September 12. We will discuss the lectionary readings for the following Sunday, and any other topics folks bring to the table.
All Saints' Day: November 1
Christmas Day: December 25
Epiphany: January 6
12 to 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall