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Monday
Oct232017

Stewardship 2018: Fulfilling Our Mission, Together

I AM A MEMBER of St. Columba’s
and I thank God I am.
I care for this holy place.
Love is found in me.
This is my church family;
all are named here.
I pray our hearts are freed 
to love each other unconditionally
and change the world. 

This year, we embark on a year-long stewardship journey; informed by our diverse voices, inspired by our commitment to each other, and enriched by loving kindness and boundless hospitality.

Our intentional stewardship has been the hallmark of our birth and life as a parish; from our founding families to our newest members, WE make our mission possible. For that, the leaders of our church are humbled and grateful to God. What brought us together and built this church also draws new parishioners to us, allows us to reach outward to the community, and continues to inspire and grow the next generation of spirit-filled Episcopalians. Together, WE make each day as a parish possible.

Year-long Stewardship:

  1. Weekly Stewardship Prayer - Each week, check your inbox for an email that unites us in prayer and thanksgiving as we prepare for Sunday worship. As you read the three little sentences, you're saying the prayer and proving love is found here! Thanks to Aileen Sayce for this wonderful suggestion!
  2. Subscribe to our St. Columba's Stewardship Channel - We'll upload videos all year! Some will celebrate our church family and events and others will highlight the important stewardship our ministries provide. Share the videos with others and invite them to experience our holy place!
  3. November: Attitude of Gratitude Messages - Look for a display in the Narthex and fill out messages of love for your church family; messages of gratitude, thanksgiving, joy, happiness, love are all welcome!
  4. December: To the Glory of God - We'll install our donation recognition book in the Narthex to honor our past, celebrate our present, and look to the future. Holiday Cookie Swap – Purchase a beautiful plate and collect cookies and recipes from the bakers of St. Columba’s. Thanks to Gail Koch, Laura Dillon, Anna Walker, and Elora Emory for inspiring this event!
  5. January: Ministry Calendar - In January, we'll publish a sturdy booklet with all the ministry events for the year, as well as descriptions and contacts. Great for new and long-time parishioners alike. Thanks for Susan Bruch for this wonderful suggestion.
  6. February: Lenten Devotions - Volunteer to write a short devotion (it's easy!) and be sure to subscribe, so your hearts are freed to change the world.
  7. March: Georgia Grown Farmer's Market Kickoff - We're in the planning stages to host a regular farmer's market. If you're interested in helping us or being a vendor, click HERE. Thanks to Gail Koch for inspiring our Georgia Grown movement. Did you know we have a community garden behind the Sunday School Cottages? We do!
  8. April: Parishioner Directory - It's that time again! Let's make sure all are named. Stay posted for dates and times. Easter/April Fool’s Healthy Bake Sale – Don’t let the healthy ingredients of our baked goods fool you, they promise to be DELICIOUS! Buy some Easter goodies to share with friends and family.
  9. May: Pentecost, Let There Be Light - The narthex will be warmed by pictures spanning the life and times of our church. Thanks to Kristi Parkinson for this wonderful suggestion.
  10. June: A-Z Summer Craft Fair – Join us for a fun, crafty fair and take advantage of 30 min. how-to lessons from local artists and crafters. From arranging flowers to zentangle, vendors will be there to help you release your inner artist! If you're interested in helping us or being a vendor, click HERE. Thanks to the talented Dani Startt, Jeannie Lamp, and all the Guild of St. Rose artisans for inspiring this event.
  11. July: Barn Raising Campaign Kick-off - Stepping out in faith, we’re planning to create a beautiful outdoor space for gatherings, events, weddings, celebrations. We’ll kick-off our campaign with a modern version of an old-fashioned barn raising – where cooperative work builds relationships and community. If you're interested in helping us plan for the future, click HERE. Thanks to Gordon Ralph, Trace Watkins, and Dale Humphries for inspiring this event.
  12. August: The Generosity Movement ½ Day Retreat - Stewardship is... ALL that we do, with ALL that we have, ALL the time. Stewardship is discipleship; it is a complete reorientation of our lives toward God, who calls us through Jesus Christ.  Stewardship is… Everything I do after I say, “I believe.”
  13. September: Ministry Fair - Back in the familiar rhythms of fall, we’ll host a ministry fair, celebrating the work of our ministries and recruiting new volunteers!
  14. October: 2019 Pledge Drive! If you're interested in being on our Stewardship Committee, click HERE.

Vestry Contact for Stewardship & Planned Giving - Linda Reid

Sunday
Oct222017

Fall Festival Highlights

Our Fall Festival was awesome.

Congratulations to Allison Bronk, who won the 2017 Chili Cook-Off contest and the Bundt Cake raffle! Allison's winning recipe will be featured in our next St. Columba's Cookbook.

Congratulations to Steve Sillay who won the 50/50 Raffle! 

Thanks to those who entered the chili contest, to the Knights of Columba for cooking the delicious food, to the delicious bakers raised $700 in the bake sale, and for all those who shared in the fellowship and friendship of the day.  

For these, and all the blessings in our lives, may God's holy Name be praised!

Friday
Oct202017

Fall Festival | October 20, 2017

Our annual fall festival is this coming Saturday! So get your crock pot and award-worthy chili recipes ready. We're sprucing up the festival this year. In addition to the chili cook-off contest and the Knights of Columba cooking brats, hotdogs, pulled pork, and side trimmings, we'll have music, a corn-hole tournament, bouncy houses, raffle, and ... the overnight campout returns!

You heard it here: the overnight campout returns this year. ANYONE who would like to camp out individually or as a family is welcome to set up their tent Saturday and plan to stay the night. Children planning to stay should have an adult staying with them (middle and high school teenagers will be part of an EYC camping event and do not have to have a parent/adult stay with them). Don't want to camp outside? That's totally ok -- you can pitch your sleeping bag and air mattress inside in the church! Just remember children preK through 5th grade must have an adult stay with them. Middle/High school teens are welcome to stay as part of the EYC lock-in.

We will wrap up the night will end with a large bonfire and compline, with music led by the EYC. Then as we're settling down for the night, we'll have a large-screen, outdoor movie on the lawn with popcorn and s'mores. The Knights will have breakfast ready for those staying the night as well as those coming for Mass Sunday morning from 8:00-11:00 am.

If you have any questions, contact the October Festival planning team: Dan Burrows, Kristi Parkinson, Laura Dillon, and Durham Harris. It's not too late to enter your chili for the cook-off contest... just click the button below.

>>Enter The Chili-Tasting Contest <<

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

4:00 pm -- Festival Begins
4:30-6:30 pm -- Chili Tasting & Voting
5:00-7:00 pm -- Dinner & Fellowship
7:00 pm -- Bonfire & Compline Worship
8:00 pm -- Movie & Camping

 

Wednesday
Oct042017

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Atlanta

 

 

Good Evening Brothers and Sisters,

In the aftermath of the horror of Las Vegas, I am heartened to know that you’re gathered to remember and pray for the souls of those who have died, including Mr. Paddock.  I am heartened that you have gathered to comfort one another with the comfort we find in Christ Jesus.  Were I not traveling today, I would be blessed to be with you.

Holy Scripture reminds us that we are to “…rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.”  Tonight we weep.  Tonight is an important part of what makes us human.  Even though Las Vegas is more than fifteen hundred miles away from Georgia, we are nevertheless connected with the men and women struck down and the loved ones the left behind by our ability to empathize and have compassion.  

So, we pray.  We reach to God in familiar words to remember the dead and send our positive psychic and spiritual energy to those still in shock and who will grieve for years to come.  

But let us remember also, Jesus was a man of prayer and of action.  Prayer, for us, is prelude to action.  Prayer with no corresponding action is a useless and vain exercise. Most importantly, prayer without action is not the faith Jesus practiced!

My sincere prayer is that the lives of those killed in Las Vegas will not be in vain.  I still have the audacity to believe that America is a great country!  I still believe we can accomplish great things together.  I believe we can affirm the Second Amendment, protect the rights of hunters and sportsman and enact common sense gun laws and put into practice intelligent safety measures.

This is not a partisan sentiment.  Morgues and cemeteries are not divided by political affiliation.    And families do not cry red or blue tears.  This is about coming to the realization that moments of silence and prayer will not, of themselves, make our culture safer.  What will make our culture safer is ordinary people like you and I, from every political stripe, finding the courage to act.

Jesus often asked men and women he encountered, “What do you want?”   As you are gathered to pray and remember tonight, I put his question to all of us:  What do you want?  I want an America where we are less afraid and more neighborly.  An America where it is more difficult to get a semi-automatic weapon or high capacity magazines than it is to get a pac of Sudafed or Nasonex.  I want an America where special interests like the NRA don’t control our elected officials with campaign donations and render them spineless.

I want an America where law enforcement officers are better equipped to keep us safe than criminals are equipped to do us harm.  These are not Democratic dreams or Republican dreams, this is an American dream that can save us from our present American nightmare.

What makes these kind of dreams a reality is when you and I, by prayer and strengthened by the Sacraments and our fellowship together, take seriously the words our post Communion prayer:

“…Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart….” 

 

You are always in my thoughts and prayers, please let me be in yours.

 

Your brother and bishop,
 
The Right Rev’d Robert C Wright
Bishop of Atlanta


  4 October 2017



Thursday
Aug312017

Theology on Tap

Friday, September 15  |  7:00 pm

Theology on Tap is a fellowship ministry for people of all ages who come together on the last Friday of each month at a nearby restaurant.  Theological conversations find their way into the overall fun and fellowship of the evening.  

Theology on Tap meets once a month at a parishioner's home near the church.  All adult parishioners of St. Columba's are invited and you're always encouraged to bring friends with you.

Our next gathering will take place Friday, September 15 at 7:00 pm at the home of Donna Cory and Lauren Garner. For details and to RSVP, contact Donna (click here) or Dani Start (click here).