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.
St. Simon’s next evening gathering will be June 26 at 6:00 p.m. We’ll have a potluck dinner starting at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. We will discuss how we as a congregation become less inwardly focused as a church and how we become more outwardly focused. How do we follow God into our neighborhoods and participate in the work that God is already doing? We will discuss practices of how we go on this journey together.
Let’s read a book together this summer. The Rev. Ed Bacon is currently the Interim Rector at St. Luke’s in Atlanta. Prior to that, Ed spent 17 years as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. Originally from the Diocese of Atlanta, Ed grew up in Macon (and was at college at Mercer when Gerry Fosnot attended!) and served several churches in this Diocese. He has written a wonderful book entitled, 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life. We will be reading it during Sunday School during the summer (9:15 a.m. in the parish hall) and Jane will lead most discussions. If Sunday school isn’t your thing, we urge you to order a copy and read it anyway.
For those who like to plan ahead, the schedule for the class is as follows:
June 23 - Introduction to the Book and a discussion of Chapter 1, “The Habit of Generosity”
June 30 - Continue discussion regarding, “The Habit of Generosity”
July 7. - Chapter 2, “Stillness"'
July 14 - Chapter 3, “Truth”
July 21 - Chapter 4, “Candor”
July 28 - Chapter 5, “Play”
August 4 - Catch-up and revisit topics of special interest
August 11 - Chapter 6, “Forgiveness”
August 18 - Chapter 7, “Compassion”
August 25 - Chapter 8, “Community”
September 1 - Wind up reflections
If you would like for us to order a book for you, please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex. The cost of the book is $10.
The Rt. Rev. Don A. Wimberly will be making a pastoral visit to St. Simon's on Sunday, June 16. We will have one service at 10:30 a.m. and will also have our Parish Picnic on the same day.
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.
St. Simon’s will have town hall meetings quarterly throughout 2019. The Vestry and Clergy will be available to answer your questions and listen to your ideas at these sessions. The first town hall will be March 31, 2019.
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!
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!
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.
Parish Picnic: June 16