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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

Episcopal Visitation

Sunday, September 25, 2016


     Bishop Wright will be with us at the 9:00 and 11:15 am Masses on Sunday, September 25. He will also lead the Adult Forum at 10:10 that morning.  

     The Bishop's annual visitation is always an exciting time for us as a parish community.  We will have the opporutnity to hear the Bishop preach at the 9 and 11:15 Masses, answer questions and tell us about the work of our diocese during the 10:10 forum, and renew our baptismal vows at each Mass.  

Please join us to welcome the Bishop of Atlanta to St. Columba's on September 25!


Weekday Opportunities for Adults

Yearning:  Practicing An Ancient Faith In A Modern World

Sunday Evenings (resumes September 18)

5:00 pm (Cottage #102)

This small group will offer a combination of Bible study, prayer, discussion, and felllowship as we talk about the changing face of religion and spirituality in culture and what that means as we seek to live as sacramental, spiritual followers of Christ in an increasingly complex, divided, and secular world.  This Fall we'll move this class from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday evenings to better accomodate everyone's schedules.  Dinner & Dessert will be available beginning at 6:30 (pot-luck style; a sign up sheet is availble each class).

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Discovering the New Testament Anew

Thursdays (resumes September 1)

12:30 pm (In the Narthex)

Our regular mid-week Bible study will resume it's in depth discussion of the New Testament using video and materials from "The Great Courses."  We'll watch the presentation of New Testament scholars, hear from archaelogists, and examine portions of the Gospels, letters of St. Paul, and letters commonly called "Epistle General," whose authorship and or audience is not specificly identified.  This is a wonderful mid-week opportunity for lively discussion over coffee and refreshments during the lunch hour.  No need to worry if you can't attend regularly - each class stands on its own, so join us as often as you are able.


Rally Sunday

Rally Sunday, September 11, 2016
  7:45 am – Rite I Mass
  9:00 am – Low Mass (Children’s Chorister Choir)
10:10 am – Sunday School resumes (all ages)
11:15 am – Sung Mass (St Columba Choir)
12:30 pm – Parish Luncheon 

Join us on September 11 as we begin another wonderful year of Sunday school for all ages!  We return to our regular Sunday schedule and launch an exciting year of Christian education and fellowship.

Age 3 - 5th Grade:  Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is the foundation of formation for all children ages 3 through 5th grade.  Level 1 is for 3-5 year olds.  Level 2 is for those in 1st through 3rd grade.  Level 3 is for those in 4th and 5th grade.

Middle & High School:  Focusing on belief, community, and mission, this exciting interweaving of Scripture, sacramental formation, and youth ministry will be the focus of our middle and high school program.  The goal of this program is to help teens navigate the complexities of their lives with faith as their foundation while calling on the love and hope experienced in the Christian community to lead them into young adulthood.  Much like the structures of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, this will be a hands on formation program that will give teenagers practical applications of faith and opportunities to deepen their relationship with God through their growing closer to one another in community.

Adults:  A number of opportunities come together to form our Adult Formation Program.  The Sunday morning Rector's forum, mid-week Bible study, pastoral care and fellowship groups, and seasonal retreats and workshops come together to help us along our Spiritual journey.   Whether you may just be beginning your journey, or perhaps you are looking to grow deeper in faith, there is an opportunity for you this fall!  Each aspect of our adult ministry seeks to meet us wherever we are and guide us into a closer relationship with God, who formed us and calls us as His own.

Lunch on the Lawn” is an annual tradition for Rally Sunday.  Everyone is invited to a parish luncheon that begins at 12:30 pm.  The Knights of Columba will be doing the cooking:  hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, and more.  No need to bring a thing - just plan to join us for a wonderful afternoon.  

Plan to make a day of it and join us for Sunday school, a festive Eucharist, and parish luncheon.  Rally Sunday is great way to see before us all of the the excitement and energy of our parish as we live out our mission to be a "holy place where love is found, all are named, and hearts are set free to change the world."