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Christmas at St. Columba's

With joy we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, and prepare our hearts to greet him with joyful expectation again this Christmas.  Please join us as we celebrate the wonder of His love!

As we gather in the splendor of the Bethlehem miracle, that holy night when God made his home among us, our prayer is that you feel welcome and at home here at St. Columba's!  

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 4th Advent

12:30 pm - Greening of the Church for Christmas


Saturday, December 24, 2016 - The Eve of the Nativity

  5:00 pm - Christmas Pageant & Mass

  8:00 pm - Candlelight Mass with St. Columba Choirsters

10:30 pm - Festal Prelude & Christmas Carols

11:00 pm - Solemn Mass of the Nativity with St. Columba Choir


December 25, 2013 - Christmas Day

10:00 am - Mass of the Nativity & Carols


Sunday, January 1, 2017 - The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

10:00 am - Christmas Lessons & Carols followed by Mass

*** Note our usual Mass schedule is abbreviated on 1/1

      We will have only ONE Mass at 10am and will resume our regular schedule 1/8

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The Parish Offices will be closed from 12/24/2016 through 1/03/2017.  We will resume our regular office hours beginning Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  If you have a pastoral emergency during this time, please call the church (770) 888-4464 and press "3" to reach Father Tripp.


Stewardship Ingathering Sunday

Sunday, November 20, 2016

For Where Your Heart Is

 “Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”   - St. Matthew 6: 19-21

     You’ll no doubt recognize these verses from the Sermon on the Mount. It is that time of the year, when we speak very openly about Stewardship. When we speak about Stewardship, we speak about time, talent and treasure. We actually speak about Stewardship throughout the Church year, but there is more conversation about time and talent, those incredibly important and valuable contributions made by the people of the parish, and less about treasure.

     The generosity of the people of St. Columba’s in their gifts of time and talent is inspiring and so valued. Now we need to speak of our treasure.

     The Stewardship Committee, Vestry, Clergy and Staff have set a two-year goal of a total increase of $80,000 in pledged giving.  This increase would allow us to continue our ministries, add additional clergy, and satisfy our current ministry commitments.  This increase is not insurmountable.  If we all prayerfully commit to increase our giving just 6% in 2017 and 2018, the $80,000 ministry addtions would be within our reach.  Our committing to increase our giving by 12% over the coming two years is not a leap of faith, rather it is a statement of faith.  It is a way of setting our hearts on mission.

     Bishop Wright, during his recent pastoral visit to St. Columba’s, reminded us that we are family, to give not out of obligation but out of faithful generosity.  Jesus  instructs, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”   Where will your heart be?  Please join in our celebration of faith and set your heart on mission by returning your pledge card on Ingathering Sunday, November 20.

     The Treasurer and every member of the Vestry are available and eager to answer any questions you may have about Stewardship. 


What Your Pledge & Support Make Possible

Current Budget: $580,498 -> Two-Year Goal:  $660,498


Bishop Whitmore's Final Visit to St. Columba's

Final Visit to St. Columba
Sunday, November 20   |   11:15 am
     Bishop and Mrs. Whitmore will be leaving the Diocese of Atlanta and moving back to Wisconsin at the end of the year.  Before Bishop Whitmore came to Atlanta to become our assistant bishop, he served as the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  As he retires from Atlanta, they will return to Wisconsin and live closer to their families.  
     Before moving, however, he wants to make one more Sunday visitation to St. Columba's.  It so happens that November 20 will also be Bishop and Mrs. Whitmore's 50th wedding anniversary.  So we are planning a special celebration for them both.
     So please mark your calendar now and plan to be part of the gala celebration! 
     Bishop Whitmore will be our celebrant at the 11:15 Mass, and a reception for Mrs. and Bishop Whitmore follows at 12:30 pm in the Narthex.

Thanksgiving At St. Columba's

Thanksgiving Day  |  November 24 
Mass at 11:00 am
Dinner at 12:30 pm

     Join us for Thanksgiving Day at St. Columba's.  Whether you're in town alone this Thankgiving or would simply like to join in a larger table for the holiday, think of spending Thanksgiving at St. Columba's.  Mass that morning is at 11:00 am.  We gather later that day for a community Thanksgiving Day celebration.  Bill & Kristi Parkinson provide the turkeys and everyone is asked to sign up to bring a salad, vegetable, or dessert to share.  We start appetizers at 12:30 pm and sit down for dinner about 1:00 pm.  All are welcome - bring neighbors or friends too! 
     More details and a sign up is available online (click here) or you can sign up at the Welcome Table on Sundays, if you prefer.


The Feast of All Saints

Tuesday, November 1 - 7:00 am


Sunday, November 6 - 7:45, 9:00, & 11:15 am


But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!


       Each year churches around the world gather to celebrate the Feast of All Saints’ on November 1.  In the celebration of the great feast of All Saints, we thank God for the many blessings God pours into our lives through the Church catholic and especially through the witness, life and labors of the great Saints of our faith upon whose very lives the Church has been built. 

       The Feast of All Saints—those known to us and those known only to God—reminds us how important each of our witnesses to the Gospel truly is.  While we continue to work and share and give for the ministry of the Church, we remember on All Saints’ Day those who “now in glory shine.”  What a great image for us all to hold on to as we live as Christians in complexities of the modern day.  This glorious feast helps us see what is really important in our lives and how the hope we find in Christ Jesus, the hope proclaimed by all that goes on here day after day, how this hope brings joy and meaning to our lives.  This is the hope passed down to us through the Saints of God.  It is this very hope that gave light to a darkened world in ages past and changes the world even still.

       We will celebrate the Feast of All Saints on both Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 am and again on Sunday, November 6 at 7:45, 9:00, and 11:15 am.

       Following the 11:15 Mass on Sunday, November 6, we will bless the new Memorial Prayer Garden that has been made ready for the interment of ashes of loved ones whom we will entrust back to Almighty God in years to come. 

Please join us for one of the four celebrations of All Saints!