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Sunday
Jan292017

Confirmation Class: The Anglican Way - Exploring Our Faith

   Each Sunday in February & March  |  10:10-11:00 am     
A JOURNEY THROUGH THEOLOGY, HISTORY & PRACTICE

OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

      Beginning February 5, we'll embark on a ten week adult confirmation class for anyone who wishes to be baptized, confirmed, or received into The Episcopal Church. In addition, The Anglican Way class is a great opportunity for those who are new to the Episcopal Church as well as for long-time members who want a refresher in the way we worship and what our liturgy conveys about our ancient faith.  

     The class provides an opportunity to get to know other parishioners and ways to become involved in the life of our parish.  We will meet in the chapel.  The class is open to all adults and youth in 9th grade and up.  

     Confirmation Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 pm.   Realizing that April 2 is the beginning of spring break for Forsyth/Fulton/Gwinnett schools, we are exploring an additional/alternative date for Confirmation.  We'll publish that information as soon as we have an answer from the Bishop's office.

>> Click Here to complete the Confirmation Preparation Information form, if you are planning to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church this Spring, or if you are planning to reaffirm your vows of baptism.


Our Schedule

  • Sunday February 5 - Overview & Introductions

  • Sunday, February 12 - Covenant, Creeds, & The Holy Trinity

  • Sunday, February 19 - Holy Scripture & God's Plan of Salvation

  • Sunday, February 20 - The Anglican Vision: Ancient Spirituality for a Modern World

  • Sunday, March 5 - Sacramental Worship & Spiritual Formation

  • Sunday, March 12 - Instructed Eucharist

  • Sunday, March 19 - Rhythyms of Prayer & Symbol: Sanctifying Time

  • Sunday, March 26 - Confirming Promise & Living Discipleship

  • Sunday, April 2 - Holy Living, Faithful Serving, Loving God


Friday
Jan132017

First Communion Class 2017

February 5 - March 5

First Communion class is open to all children who are at least 6 years of age, regardless of whether they have received Communion in the past. We will be taking a deeper look at the meaning of Communion and Sacramental Grace leading up to the First Communion Mass, which will take place on Sunday, March 5 at 9:00 am. The class will meet for five 45-minute sessions and end with a half-day retreat, which will be on Saturday, March 5.

CLICK HERE to register.

 What is First Communion Class?

First Communion class is a program for children of at least six years of age to help them get the most out of Mass by giving them the instruction they need to participate in a more well-informed and intentional way.

 My child already receives Communion. Can she still participate?

In the Episcopal Church, every baptized Christian is allowed to receive Communion, so naturally some children have already received Communion. Other parents choose to wait until their child has had instruction before permitting them to receive Communion. But whether this is your child’s first Communion or their 300th, this class is valuable because it will give her a new and deeper experience of the Mass.

When does this class meet?

The program we are using this year is part of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Curriculum which we use in Sunday school. It has five one-hour sessions and a half-day retreat for the children. All meetings will be at the St. Columba’s Church. The meeting times have recently changed; the new times are listed below:    

  • Sunday, 5 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Sunday, 12 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Sunday, 19 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Sunday, 26 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Saturday, 4 March @ 10:00am - 12:30p (1/2-day retreat)
  • Sunday, 5 March @ 9am - First Communion Mass
When is the First Communion Mass?

The First Communion Mass will be on Sunday, March 5 at 9:00am. The children will be front and center, and the whole parish will celebrate this important rite of passage with them. You may want to invite friends and family to join us as well.  Children should be at church on the morning of March 5 by 8:30 am, since they are part of the procession at the 9:00 Mass.

How do I find out more?

If you have any questions, feel free to speak with Kristin Weems during the Sunday school hour (Level III Atrium, Cottage 302) or contact Father Tripp.

CLICK HERE to register.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Pacesetters: Historic Park, Restaurant, & Hockey

     The Pacesetters Group has two outings planned and you're invited!  On Thursday, January 19 a trip is planned to Chatsworth to visit Chief Vann's House followed by lunch at Edna's Restaurant.  The cost is $6.00 for admission to the historic park.  Deadline for making your reservation is January 12.

     Next up is the Atlanta Gladiators Ice Hockey outing at the Gwinnett Arena on Feburary 4.  We're hoping to have a big St. Columba's crowd attend.  We'll order a block of tickets for a group discount, so the exact cost will be determined once we make our reseration.  The game is Saturday, February 4 at 7:05 pm.  

     For more information or to sign up to be a part of the fun, contact Linda and Karl Sammons (click here).

Wednesday
Dec212016

Family Promise Ministry

Family Promise Returns to St. Columba's
January 8 - 15, 2017
 

Host Week Volunteers Needed
       Sunday, January 8. We’ll be hosting three families and a total of 12 people (though this is always subject to change). We’ll need lots of volunteers to cover meals, evening activities and overnight host shifts, as well as donations of food and drinks. 

       >> SIGN UP HERE to volunteer or donate. This is an incredible week and you don’t want to miss out on welcoming our guest families with radical hospitality!

A Christmas Thank You

     A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated gift cards for Family Promise families this Christmas. Your generosity is overwhelming and the families are very grateful!

Wednesday
Dec142016

Annual Parish Meeting & Vestry Election

Sunday, January 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

     Our Annual All-Parish Meeting will take place at 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 15, 2017.   We’ll begin with dinner (smoked Boston pork shoulder & all the trimmings, provided by the Knights of Columba) and then move into our annual parish meeting.  It’s an exciting time in the life of the parish as we celebrate the blessings we’ve all shared in our parish and look into the coming year of new programs, mission opportunities, and growth. 

     During the annual meeting, we will take the opportunity to thank those who have served on vestry for the past three years and will rotate off upon the election of new vestry members.  Please join in thanking  Brian Dempsey, Dan Burrows, Kathleen Kraynick, and Tom Russell  for their outstanding service and sharing of their time and talent in ministry leadership during these past three years. We extend a special thanks to Brian Dempsey, who has also served as our senior warden this past year.

     If you would like to nominate yourself or another parishioner to be elected to the vestry at the annual meeting, please submit their names to either of the parish wardens (Brian Dempsey or Scott Doyle) by Sunday, January 8, or complete the nomination form found on the parish website (see the link below).  

     To be eligible to serve on vestry, candidates must meet the following requirements set by Canon Law:  (i) be a confirmed communicant of at least 18 years of age; (ii) have been a member of the parish for at least one year; (iii) have made and maintained a financial pledge to the parish operating budget for the current and previous years; (iv) and be able to attend the monthly vestry meetings held on the 3rd Monday of each month.  Vestry members must also be able to attend the annual weekend retreat held the fourth weekend of each January and also coordinate one of the 11 ministry commissions.  Ours is a 12 member vestry with each member serving a three-year term.  

            >> Click Here to submit a nomination online.