St. Simon’s has heard you!! We intend to roll out two new methods of communications in September. We plan to commence an automated phone tree and an e-mail communication. Help us communicate effectively by providing one good phone number and one good e-mail for your family. See the sign-up sheet on the wood table in the narthex if you wish to receive communication by e-mail and telephone.
The Outreach Team is once again collecting school supplies for our adopted school C. J. Hicks. This drive will run through the end of July. Please stop by our table in the narthex to drop off your donations. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
St. Simon’s deacon, Terry Howell, is a gifted painter and has painted three beautiful painting for St. Simon’s. He has painted St. Simon the Zealot, our patron Saint, Simon of Cyrene, and Jesus. The paintings are hung in the office suite. Please tell Terry that you appreciate these works of art.
Join us for an important gathering with our new Parish Musician, Tim Young, on Sunday, July 28th, between morning services. He will share his experience in liturgical space enhancements and discuss ways we might visually enhance our worship space. Those interested in banners, flowers, art and other creative expressions are encouraged to join the discussion this day. Please speak with Tim if you have questions.
While our choir is on summer break, we’re going to give the congregation the chance to fill the offertory anthem slot. Watch for a women’s and men’s flash mob opportunity in July. Then, in August, we’ll count down the 4 most requested hymns from the congregation. To request a hymn, write the title and page number down and turn it into Tim Young, Parish musician, or leave it on the organ console. Submissions with the most requests will be selected. The rest will be kept for future use. Please, let’s leave Christmas and Easter hymns for those seasons. Otherwise, anything in the 1982 hymnal or LEVAS is fair game. Now’s the time you can sing something you know!
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?
There will be a blessing of the backpacks and school supplies for C.J. Hicks on Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. service. We want all of our young people to have the best year possible. Please be present to support our young people with your presence that day.
Ministry schedules for this quarter, July – September, have been mailed. If you did not receive your ministry schedule in the mail, there are a few extras on the table in the narthex.
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 on July 31 at 6:00 p.m. with a potluck dinner in the parish hall. We will discuss how we as a congregation become more outwardly focused. Watch for the potluck sign up in the narthex.
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.
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.
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.
Blessing of the Backpacks: July 28
Wednesday Night Dinner: July 31