Our annual Community Thanksgiving service will be on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Rockdale County Auditorium. St. Simon’s clergy and choir will participate. Let’s have a great showing from St. Simon’s this year.
St. Simon’s will be represented at Diocesan Council on November 9 and 10 at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Greta Ann Hurst and Katura Wright will be our delegates along with Jane. Seven youth from St. Simon’s will be participating in a lock-in at Holy Innocents that Friday night with Eudene Pollydore and Angela Andries as their chaperone. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be in attendance at this year’s Council and will also visit our young people during the lock-in.
As we approach the holidays we would like to make our building beautiful and welcoming for guests and members. There are areas in the building that need a little sprucing up and Jeff is looking for a few friends to help paint in the very near future. If painting with Jeff sounds like fun, please contact Jeff or Consuela in the church office
Copies of Forward Day by Day are available on the table in the Narthex. Please remember to leave $2.00 in the envelope provided.
Cold weather will eventually come. We want to help the people at Project Renewal be prepared, so we will be collecting new or gently used coats, for women and children. Bring them to church through early November. Rev. Jane will bless them before we deliver them November 15th.
St. Simon’s will have hundreds of people through the church on Tuesday, November 6. Can you be here for a couple of hours to assist Jane and Consuela with the anticipated crowds? There will be a sign up sheet in the lobby as we get closer to election day.
St. Simon's will celebrate its patronal feast day on Sunday October 28 with one service at 10:30 a.m. (no 8:00 a.m. service on that day). Plans are underway and include a chili luncheon immediately following the service, a bake sale, a crafts sale, and raffles. All proceeds will benefit the Youth Program at St. Simon's.
We Need Your Help - Sign-Up sheets are on the table in the narthex, as we are in need of volunteers to prepare and bring chili (turkey or chicken, beef and vegetarian), donate baked goods for the bake sale, and make crafts for the craft sale. Invitation flyers are on the table, as well. Please invite your family, friends and neighbors!! More information to come next week!!
St. Simon's Stewardship Campaign for 2019 starts on Sunday, October 6 and ends with the annual In-Gathering of pledges on Sunday, October 28.... our Patronal Feast Day. The theme is A Season of Gratitude ---- Be Thankful & Festive. As you consider and prepare your pledges, please keep in mind that it is through your support that all our vital ministries can be funded. During this time, we are reminded that all of creation is a gift to us from a very loving God. And, in turn, we are called to be responsible and grateful stewards of the gifts that God has entrusted to us. You are invited to pray and discern what you value most and how your giving reflects your gratitude for God's blessings.
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!
Our confirmands and their parents are invited to join Jane in her study after the 10:30 a.m. service to plan their fall work together. Diocesan Confirmations will be on Saturday, December 9 at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philips.
St. Simon’s will have a service of healing on Sunday, November 11 at 5 p.m.
St. Simon’s Vestry meetings are on the third Sunday of the month. For those who are new to Episcopal Church terminology, the Vestry is the elected governing board of the church. Vestry meetings will be held on October 21, November 18 and December 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the classroom off of the parish hall.
Our youth formation classes are in the classroom off the parish hall. All of our young people are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Our adults are looking at the history and scriptural references for many of our beloved hymns. Join them in the parish hall after the conclusion of the 8 a.m. service.
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.
St. Simon’s wants everyone who attends to have the opportunity to serve on the teams/committees of the church. Where does your passion lie? What piques your interest? Where you do feel called to serve? What might stretch you? For the next three months, all of St. Simon’s committees will meet on the first Sunday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the parish hall. Those committees are hospitality, outreach, building and grounds, communication, stewardship, membership, and finance. If you are not already engaged, come and see what we are doing and help us make St. Simon’s all it can be. Meeting dates will be on October 7, November 4, and December 2.
Women of St. Simon’s, come for a discussion of Joan Chittister’s book, The Gift of Years. We meet each Wednesday 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”. Bring a friend, and a sack lunch, too.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
All Saints' Day: November 1
Healing Service: November 11
Vestry Meeting: November 18
Vestry Meeting: December 16
Christmas Day: December 25
Epiphany: January 6