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St. Columba's Trip to Atlanta Botanical Garden

October 12, 2016

     On Wednesday, October 12, our Pacesetters Group will travel to Atlanta Botanical Garden for the special exhibit showcaseing works by the internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly, amidst the beautiful backdrop scenery of the Botanical Garden. Ticket cost $21.95, plus tax & fees (approximtately $27 total).  

>> Click Here to purchase your ticket.

     The plan is to also have dinner at The Colonnade, not far from the Botanical Garden.    We will meet at the church 3:30 PM, carpool to the Colonnade restaurant, for an early dinner, then around 6:00 PM we enter the Gardens for an evening of beauty. The Gardens close at 11:00 PM. Everyone does not have to stay for the full time, some folks may desire to leave earlier.  All are welcome to join in this trip!  

     For more information, contact Kathy Edwards or call the parish office.  


10th Annual Parish Festival

Saturday, October 22, 3:00 - 7:00 pm

  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Dinner & Chili Cook-Off  (football tailgaiting throughout the festival)
  • 3:00 - 7:00 pm - Entertainment, Bonfire, Bounce House, Games
  •     @   7:00 pm - Movie Begins

The date is set for the annual parish fall festival! 

  • chili cook-off contest
  • football on the big screen & tailgaiting
  • pumpkin patch/decorating
  • brats, hotdogs and all the fixin's
  • games, bounce house, music
  • bonfire & s'mores

It will be fun for the whole family!  You can enter your famous chili in the annual chili cook-off and win a year's worth of  bragging rights (as well as the apron and gift card).   

     This year we'll have several football games up projected onto big screens so parents can tailgate while the kids enjoy the pumpkin patch, bounce house, and games.  Dinner will be served from 4:00 - 6:00 pm and the chili contest winner will be announced at 6 pm.   

     As the sun sets, we'll light the bonfire and make s'mores.  Afterwards (about 7:30 pm) we'll start the movie.       

     But wait ... there's more!  Our Festival continues with our first annual "Kirkin' o' The Tartans" celebration Sunday morning.   We'll begin our Scottish celebration with tea and shortbread during the Sunday school hour, and then we'll lay our tartans on the altar rail for them to be blessed during the 11:15 Mass.  Tea continues after Mass.

     St. Columba our patron and evangelist to the Scottish Isle, will certainly rejoice as we give thanks for our family and church roots across the pond.  A bagpiper will add to our celebration that Sunday morning.




>> Click Here to Enter  the Chili Cook-Off


>> Click Here to Help Cook  Brats/Hot-Dogs

St. Columba's Welcomes New Youth Minister

     Durham Harris joins us as our new director of youth ministry, beginning September 1, 2016.

     Durham is a graduate of Young Harris College and is currently in the Master of Theological Studies program at Emory University.  He has a rich experience in youth ministry, mission work, and outdoor education.  His energy and passion for leading young people in their faith journey will be a great next step in our ministry to teenagers and their families.

     Pictured here with his wife Tiffany, Durham and Tiffany live in Gainesville.  Tiffany recently graduated with a degree in counseling and is earning the requisite hours and certifications to complete her PhD in counseling. 

    "We look forward to the opportunities Durham brings to this next chapter in our youth ministry program," said Scott Doyle, parish warden.  "He will help us grow our program and build on our strong past that former youth director Easton Davis helped us establish." 

     Our new EYC year kicks-off with a dinner on Sunday, September 18 for teenagers (grades 6-12) and their parents.  In the meantime, please join in welcoming Durham and Tiffany into the St. Columba's family!


Outreach Ministry: Family Promise

Family Promise Volunteers Needed

Being without a safe, warm place to sleep, eat, and care for children; being without the security of familiar people and belongings and surroundings – this is homelessness. Families with young children account for up to 40 percent of America’s homeless, and they make up its fastest growing segment. Now we have a chance to help – to be part of providing a warm place to sleep, eat, and care for children, to welcome local families into our church home with radical hospitality. Through Family Promise of Forsyth County, St. Columba’s will host local homeless families several times each year, with our first host week scheduled October 30-November 6.

We need LOTS of volunteers for each host week, covering tasks from setting up bedrooms to providing meals to staying overnight at the church. To volunteer in any capacity (whether for the October host week or in the future), please SIGN UP HERE. Registration for specific volunteer jobs will be distributed to those who SIGN UP HERE.

Family Promise will conduct a 90-minute volunteer training session on Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm at St. Columba’s. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. (If you cannot attend the September training, but still want volunteer, SIGN UP and we’ll make arrangements for your training).

This is a unique opportunity to live out our mission to be a holy place where love is found, where all are named, and where hearts are freed to change the world. Please join us.


EYC in September

5:00 pm - Middle School EYC
6:00 pm - Dinner (All EYC)
6:45 pm - High School EYC
  • 9/4 - No EYC (Labor Day Weekend)
  • 9/11 - Rally Sunday & Parish Cookout:  SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES (no evening EYC)
  • 9/18 - Regular EYC
  • 9/25 - Regular EYC