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!
Congratulations to George Woods and Marjorie Lewars for being elected to St. Simon’s Vestry for a three-year term. Gale Thomas-Jones will be the senior warden for the coming year.
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 Center for Racial Healing & Reconciliation & Union of Black Episcopalians invites you to a celebration of the life and witness of The Reverend Absalom Jones (the first Black priest to be ordained in the Episcopal Church). It will be held on February 10th at 3:00 pm. Rev. Naomi Tutu will preach at the Church of the Incarnation 2407 Cascade Rd SW in Atlanta.
St. Simon’s will be presenting three more cooking classes on March 4, 11 and 18 in the parish hall. If you are interested in learning more about how you may assist with these classes, please talk with Chandra Carty.
Many of you have asked about the Forward Day by Day publication. Unfortunately, the most recent publication that was shipped in December was lost in the mail. A new shipment should arrive this week. Please visit
http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/forward_day_by_day.php?d=7&m=2&y=2019 for daily readings, meditations and many other resources provided by Forward Movement.
Eaton Davis, who is on Bishop Wright's staff at the Diocese, and is the Youth and Young Adult Missioner for the Diocese of Atlanta, will speak St. Simon's at both services on February 3. Easton will also speak with youth and adults interested in youth ministry between services. As we grow our ministry here at St. Simon's, please attend so we can learn together how to bolster our ministry for young people.
The Diocese's Faith and Formation Commission is hosting a special event at the Cathedral on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on how to best use the internet in our ministries for education and communication purposes. Keynote speaker is Lisa Brown who is often featured at Christian Education forums. The program is titled: "Finding God in the Digital Space: Moving from an Informational to a Relational Understanding of Digital Storytelling for Evangelism and Discipleship." Jane is on the committee sponsoring the event, has meet the speaker and has great hopes for what we all can learn from this event.
Happening is a renewal weekend intended for high schoolers set for Camp Mikell on February 15-27. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend for the high schoolers. Twice a year, young people gather at Camp Mikell to talk about God and share the unconditional love of Jesus with all that attend. If you or your teen are interested, please talk with Jane.
Our own Yolande Collins will lead our next Safeguarding God's Children session on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. until noon. New vestry members, other church leaders, and all who work with children who have not been through training previously, must attend this training. If you have previously attended the training, but that has been over three years ago, please talk with Yolande regarding how to make your compliance current.
Congratulations to Kendall Andries and Charmaine Pollydore on their confirmation on December 9th at the Cathedral of St. Phillip. St. Simon's had a great showing and we are proud of our girls.
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.
Training for Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors will be held on Saturday February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nave. We want all members involved in these important ministries to participate to become licensed in the Diocese. Training is a prerequisite to being licensed according to the Diocese. If you are experienced in these ministries or if you are curious regarding them, you are invited to attend.
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.
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 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.
Ash Wednesday: March 6
Palm Sunday: April 14
Good Friday: April 19
Easter Sunday: April 21
Mother's Day: May 12