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Wine Tasting Gala

Saturday, 24 August

     Save the date!  St. Columba's Wine Tasting Gala will be at the Olde Atlanta Club on Saturday, 24 August.  

     Tickets will go on sale 15 June.  If you are interested in helping coordinate this event, contact Lauree Watkins or Kristi Parkinson.  More details will be posted soon. 


Parish Meeting

Sunday, May 12 from 9:30 - 10:15 am

        You are invited to a special parish meeting on Sunday, 12 May between the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses.  We will gather in the Narthex and hear a “state of the parish” update from the Rector and Wardens.  As you may know, we did not achieve our pledge goal for 2019.  We currently have 94 pledges toward our 2019 ministry operating budget, with a total pledged of $370, 411.  In addition, we have 29 households who have pledged just over $125,000 to our Writing the Next Chapter campaign; these pledges are spread over 3-year term, and approximately $60,000 will be received in 2019.  

        Unfortunately, that still leaves us with a significant gap to our minimum operating budget.  So, this parish meeting will be a town-hall discussion that will give you a chance to ask questions as well as offer your suggestions and ideas for how best we can overcome our current projected shortfall for the year.

         There are some incredible stories to share of the many ways our parish is engaging the Gospel and sharing the Good News with those in our community and beyond.  

  • We are growing.  Since Christmas, 2018 we 23 new families have joined the parish.
  • We continue to have one of the two largest youth ministry programs in our diocese.  Our youth program leads the diocese in many areas of outreach and mission! 
  • Our outreach initiatives this year deliver on average 300 lbs. of food to local and diocesan food banks, our special outreach ingatherings have helped families in need locally through the ministries of Rainbow Village, the Veterans Hospital, Antebellum Assisted Living Center, and as far as Jerusalem (our Good Friday offering raised $908 that help support the Church’s mission in Jerusalem).
  • During this school year, we have started 5 new small group ministries and classes this year that are strengthening our discipleship and personal faith.
  • Our Holy Week and Easter attendance surpassed both 2017 and 2018 numbers.   

We have much for which we can celebrate and be thankful.  During our parish meeting on 12 May, we will all be invited to prayerfully consider how we can help continue these signs of growth and vitality while at the same time continue to pay down our mortgage and improve our financial outlook.  We hope to hear from you on the 12th!



David Blumenthal & Ian Crassweller, Parish Wardens

Father Tripp Norris, Rector 


Youth Sunday & Parish Cookout

Sunday, May 19 @ 10:30 Mass

Last Day of Sunday School + Teacher Appreciation + Youth Sunday + Parish Luncheon


     Mark your calendars now for Youth Sunday!  On Sunday morning, May 19 at the 10:30 Mass, we will give thanks for young people of our parish and our rapidly growing youth ministry program.  
     We will celebrate the success of another great year of Sunday school as we thank the teachers officially at the 10:30 Mass as well, and several of our graduating seniors will preach at both the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses.
     The entire day will conclude with a festive and delicious cookout at the talented hands of our Knights of Columba.  They will provide the main dish, and everyone is asked to bring a dessert or side dish to share.  The cookout begins at 11:30pm.    
       Please plan to join us for the celebration and parish luncheon on Youth Sunday as we rejoice in the growth of our Christian Education and Youth Ministries!  



Outreach Ministry News

Antebellum Assisted Living, The Place, & the Church of the Common Ground:  Setting Hearts Free To Change the World

2 May 2019


Outreach Team 

       Energy and momentum continue to build as we pull together the ideas, suggestions, and advice generated during our parish-wide Outreach Vision Dinner this past February.  A growing team of parishioners have gathered to distill and focus all the ideas that were generated during the dinner.  Parishioners Helen Chapple, Wil Smee, and Pat Weatherly have volunteered to serve as the conveners for the outreach team.  They will be assisted by the vestry ministry liaisons for Mission & Outreach, Ian Crassweller, Wendy Lambert, Ed Murphy, and Lauree Watkins. We have been very blessed that this newly forming “outreach team” continues to grow in number and we will continue to reach out to parishioners as we meet in the coming months.

       The Outreach Team’s goal is to identify one activity to roll out by the end of this school year and two new outreach ministry initiatives that can be launched this fall.  

Spring Outreach Ministry

       For the spring outreach initiative, the goal is to provide graduation gift cards that families coming to The Place of Forsyth can use for their graduating students.  The staff at The Place have identified 40 graduating seniors whose families are in need and who would be very grateful by our support.  We are soliciting donations of $25 gift cards from any of the following:

  • Visa
  • Target or Kohl’s
  • Belk, Old Navy, or American Eagle
  • Grocery:  Public, Kroger, Ingles, Wal-Mart
  • Other:  Chick-fil-a, Wendy’s, Zaxby’s, Stars & Strikes, Race Trac, QuickTrip

Looking Ahead

       A follow up presentation to our February Outreach Vision Dinner will take place on Youth Sunday, 19 May during the parish luncheon.  On the horizon is how we might solidify our relationship with Rainbow Village for specific needs they have during the year as well as ongoing support.  Parishioner Gregg Freeman will be leading this discussion over the summer and into the new school year.  In the fall we will be exploring reviving our support of the Backpacks of Love ministry that serves elementary schools in North Fulton and Forsyth.

Outreach Event Stories

(Pictures from these events are posted on the parish website:  click here)

  • Maundy Thursday Ian Crassweller joined Archdeacon Ed Fuller at the Church of the Common Ground for a foot washing service there and haning out the socks that were donated on Laetare (Rose) Sunday this past March.
  • Holy Saturday Beanie Baby Event Kristi Parkinson and Wendy Lambert led a group of adult and teen parishioners on a trip to Antebellum Assisted Living where they delivered to 40 residents the beanie babies that were donated on Laetare Sunday this past March.  The Easter Bunny was a huge hit with the residents and many wanted a picture with the costumed bunny (worn by a senior high teenager from our EYC).
  • Worship on the Road  Archdeacon Ed and Wendy Lambert began a first Sunday of the month worship service at Antebellum.  They lead a service with hymns, Scripture, and prayers that is welcoming to the many denominations represented among the residents.  The first two services had a large crowd of residents and their families in attendance.  They are all looking forward to this continuing each month.  Parishioners accompany Archdeacon Ed and Wendy and a group from St. Columba’s joining with the residents at Antebellum gave it a very “church family” feel.  

Sunday Evening Small Groups

Sunday 4/28 will be our last Sunday evening group gathering of the spring.  We hope to see everyone on our regular schedule.  
The Gospel of St. John
5:00 pm
We will discuss the final section of our meditation on John.
Crazy Christians Book Study
7:00 pm
We will discuss the final two chapters of Bishop Curry's book Crazy Christians.
*** Dinner at 6:00 pm
The Blumenthal's will provide a delicious Boston butt for the main dish.  Others are encouraged to bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to share.