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 is going to be a polling place in Rockdale County on May 22. Polls open early and remain open all day. Can you be present through the day to help usher people through our property? If yes, please sign up in the narthex.
For the second year, our neighbors at C.J. Hicks will be hosting their 5th grade promotion services at St. Simon’s. Ceremonies will take place on Thursday May 24 at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. We need a few people around to provide hospitality on the ground that day. While we won’t serve food at the school’s request, we still need smiling faces on our campus to let these children and their parents know that they are welcome at St. Simon's.
St Simon’s is doing a healthy food drive with its culmination date on Pentecost, May 20. If you don’t have time to shop, we’d be happy for a donation of $20 dollars plus so we can purchase healthy foods for Rockdale Emergency Relief. Can we gather 100 bags before May 20? Get a flyer for requested foods at the table in the narthex. If you are making a specific donation for food, please make your donation there as well.
Between services, our adults will start reading and discussing The Way of Jesus, written by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Come and join in a meaningful discussion about how we as 21st Century Christians follow Jesus in our time.
We will be having Christmas in July. Curious? Talk to Janelle.
If you would like to have an older color printer or the large television in the parish hall, please speak with Jeff Clark, Junior Warden, and Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.
A big thank you to parishioners who donated new altar linens and an oil lighter to St. Simon’s for Easter. They are Garry and Dona Bopp, Bob Divito, Betty Jo and John Barnes, Beverly Gulstone, Tomma Stone, Dot Rascoe, Yolande Collins, Kit Roe, and Gerry Fosnot.
St. Simon’s Annual Picnic will be on the church grounds this year. We will celebrate on Sunday, June 10. We will have one service at 10:30 a.m.and then move to our “back yard” for music, great food, and a few ants.
On Pentecost, which is May 20, St. Simon’s will be hosting its first “Come and See” Sunday. There will be one service at 10:30 that morning. It is time to invite friends and family to come and see what we are doing here at St. Simon’s. It is also time to Come and See those who attend “the other service!” Nick is planning some exciting music for the day, and our outreach ministries in particular, will be featured. We will have a food drive collecting healthy food for Rockdale Emergency Relief Food bank in anticipation of the day. If you can speak a language other than English, talk with Jane. We want to hear multiple voices and languages for our readings during our Pentecost Service.
Have you ever wondered how the altar gets set so beautiful each week? Do you know the names of all the vessels and all the paraments on the altar? Do you know what a parament is? What are the priest's garments? What is that poncho-looking thing she wears? St. Simon’s Altar guild prepares the altar for worship each week and then reverently dismantles it after each Eucharist. We will be hosting a Sunday morning class this summer. The altar guild needs more people to help with lots of tasks. Please talk with Dot Rascoe about your interest.
St. Simon’s is looking to build a team of teachers to work with our children and youth. If teaching is your gift, we hope you will consider this important ministry of our church. Talk with Jane if you can help us.
Thanks to Tomma Stone, Mary Bancroft, Bert Breathette and Leslie Hopwah who have volunteered to help out in the office until we hire a parish administrator. Thanks to Gale Thomas-Jones for her work on our bulletins. Let us hear your comments on what else you would like to see in the bulletin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Membership Sunday: May 20
Parish Picnic: June 10
12 to 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall