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.
Is there interest in starting a grief counseling group here at St. Simon’s? If this is something you might be interested in, please let Jane know.
Until we hire a new parish administrator, if you can volunteer to answer phones and do light administrative tasks at church, please talk with Jane. We need coverage on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the office. It would be most helpful to have someone with Microsoft Word experience to help with the service bulletins for Sunday.
Thanks to your generosity, Project Renewal was able to deliver Christmas gifts to the adults and children living in their shelter. The Lord has done great work through you. Gently used clothing, especially coats, black pants, and white shirts, will be delivered next. If you need a receipt for taxes, see Tomma.
Thank you to all who have submitted pledges for 2018. We have 66 pledges for $156,006. If you intend to give, let us know so we may prepare our budget.
Jane will lead a class on Reform Judaism on Sunday, January 28 between services. This class will be designed to prepare for our February 7 tour of The Temple in Atlanta.
What things might happen if we took this admonition seriously here at St. Simon’s. Before we start planning our future, let’s decide who we are. What do we value here at St. Simon’s? What word or words best describe our community?
Our organist, Keith Nash has organized our tour of The Temple in Atlanta to take place on Wednesday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. The Temple was established in 1860 and its history is integrally tied to the history of Atlanta. Please sign the sheet in the narthex if you wish to attend. If you need a ride or can drive, let us know that, too.
During the season of Lent, we will have Morning Prayer on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. in the nave. Consider making this a part of your Lenten discipline in 2018.
St. Simon’s Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, February 4 after the 10:30 a.m. service. Let’s have a potluck lunch! We will report on the past year’s activities and look to our future. We will elect several new vestry members that day. If you can step into a leadership role, please speak with Jane or Gale.
Bishop Wright will join us at St. Simon’s on Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. for a potluck dinner and for Lenten reflections. Mark your calendar now for this evening which promises to enhance our Lenten season here at St. Simon’s.
Is it time for St. Simon’s to have a team of walkers in the Episcopal Community Foundation Annual Event on February 25th? Funds raised through the event help the foundation support organizations and ministries that relieve hunger and poverty throughout the Diocese. If you are interested, let us hear from you.
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. The next gathering will be on Wednesday, January 3rd.
St. Simon's will be electing several new vestry members at its annual 2018 meeting. Prayerfully consider whether it might be time for you to step into the leadership of our congregation. Talk with Jane or Gale if you think you might be called into this ministry of our church.
St. Simon’s has been awarded a $500 grant from the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County to assist with its proposed program to hold nutrition classes for women in Rockdale County who use food bank food. Chandra Carty and Janelle Parchment will work with Mary Beth Hornbeck from the Cooperative Extension office in Rockdale County to formulate and develop these classes which will be held at St. Simon’s in the spring.
Thanks for your continued donations to the Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund. Your contributions are always needed and appreciated. Donations will be delivered to Rockdale Emergency Relief on a weekly basis.
Sunday School starts Sunday morning between services at 9:15 a.m. Children ages 5 to 10 will meet in the atrium. Youth ages 11 to 16 will be in the classroom/vestry room off the parish hall. Adults will be in the Parish Hall.
Children will be engaging in our traditional Bible stories with some Lego-play involved. Youth will be exploring what it means when we talk about the Body of Christ. Adults will discuss Richard Rohr’s book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. If you want a copy of the book, it is $12. See Jane.
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.
Annual Meeting: February 4
Ash Wednesday: February 14
Palm Sunday: March 25
Good Friday: March 30
Easter: April 1
12 to 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall