It is time to prepare the Ministry Schedules for October through December. Please take a moment to complete the form and put in the basket in the narthex by September 22.
There will be an Usher Meeting and Training Session for all ushers, current and new, on September 22 at 9:15 a.m. All ushers who currently serve at 8:00 and at 10:30 services and those who may be new volunteers to this ministry are requested to attend. We are trying to standardize the Usher role at St. Simon's, and so we ask that you attend this meeting. Thank you in advance for your continued service to this ministry.
St. Simon’s Vestry will meet on October 20th at 12:30 p.m. Regular vestry meetings are on the third Sunday of each month.
St. Simon’s will be having baptisms on All Saint’s Sunday on November 3, 2019. If you or someone you know wants to be baptized, please speak with Jane.
St. Simon’s next evening gathering will be on September 25 at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner in the parish hall.
Betty Jo Barnes, Janelle Parchment and Bob DiVito will be co-chairs of St. Simon’s Stewardship drive this fall. The theme for stewardship is “Stand up and Stretch”. Stretch yourself and join this important ministry. Talk with one of the co-chairs or with Jane if you can help.
How long has it been since you have prayed the Daily Office of the Episcopal Church? These rich liturgies of our church settle into our bones and help form us. There are written and audio versions of Morning, Noonday and Evening Prayer that you can find online at missionstclare.com.
If you're coming to church for a meeting or are in the area, please come 15 minutes earlier and pull a few weeks out of our vegetable beds. This can be done at your convenience and would be greatly appreciated.
Are you interested in knowing more about the Episcopal Church and exploring more fully what Episcopalians believe? Join us on Wednesday afternoons at 5 p.m. in Jane's Study. All are invited to attend and ask questions.
The Diocese of Atlanta has an excellent on-line newsletter to keep us all informed about events throughout our Diocese. Go to connecting.episcopalatlanta.org to subscribe. It is free and you can keep current on what our larger church is doing.
Each Sunday the Flower Guild uses God's beautiful flowers to enhance the altar in our church. We welcome Bridget Jones as our newest "Bud". Bridget has already created a beautiful arrangement. Our Flower Guild members are Sandra Channer, Leslie Hopwah, Marie Kosewicz and Delores Ratteray. You are welcome to join us each Saturday at 9:00 to learn about the art of flower arrangements. We are delighted to have Tim Young, our Organ and Choir Master, create a floral arrangement and share his expertise with us on the first Sunday of each month.
This quarter’s issue of Forward Day by Day is now available on the table in the narthex. Please leave $2.00 in the envelope provided.
The next St. Simon’s Town Hall will be on Sunday, September 29 between services. Mark your calendars now and plan on attending.
The membership team will begin meeting on the second Saturday of the month. Please join us on September 8th in the parish hall at 10:30am.
The fall semester of choir will begin rehearsals Sunday, August 25th at 9:10 AM in the Nave. We'll be focusing on music to offer during the months of September and October. The next semester of rehearsals for Advent and Christmas will begin late October. We hope this shortened schedule will allow those that have work or travel commitments to still participate in music making at St. Simons. Please see Parish Musician Tim Young if you have an interest in participating. Come join us, have some fun, and make music.
Facebook is a great way to stay connected to our church and an easy way to reach out into the community. Visit the St Simon’s Episcopal Church page @StsimonsConyers to see current pictures, announcements, and other content. Be sure to “like” our page and then the posts, which will also let your friends be able to see us. If you’d like to add pictures or make suggestions, contact the church office. How much more simple could this evangelism tool be?
Women of St. Simon’s continue to read Joan Chittister’s wise book, The Gift of Years. Join them on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
We need more volunteers in 2019 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.
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!
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.
Potluck Dinner: September 25
Town Hall: September 29
Vestry Meeting: October 20
All Saint's Sunday: November 3
Vestry Meeting: November 17
Vestry Meeting: December 15