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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

Wednesday Evenings (resumes September 6)

6:45 pm (In the Narthex)

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."   


Rector's Sabbatical: May 1 - July 31, 2016


Father Tripp will be away May 1 through July 31 on sabbatical.  He will share weekly reflections from that journey on the parish website.  

To read more, click here.


Vacation Bible School: July 18-22

Following Jesus, the Light of the World

     This year, our Vacation Bible School, CaveQuest will ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love. During the week, kids will strengthen their faith as they learn that God provides hope and light during life’s darkest times.  VBS week is July 18-22, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.

       The week will be filled with songs, crafts, Bible lessons, delicious snacks, and fun outdoor games!  Kids will make new, lasting friendships and deepen their relationship with God.

       Groups are divided up according to their rising grade level, from Pre-K through 6th grade.  Older teenagers are needed to help lead the groups and activities. 

       Each morning begins with an opening gathering that introduces the Bible story for the day.  At the end of the week, we have a closing program (Friday, July 22) at 12:00n for parents, grandparents, and family friends.

       Volunteers - both adult and teenagers - are needed to make the week possible.  Please consider volunteering as a group leader, classroom helper, snack helper, photographer, decorating/set up volunteer (on Sunday, July 17), or substitute volunteer.  We can't have VBS without volunteers!  It's a fun week for volunteers as well as children, and the time commitment is only 3 hours a day for just one week out of the summer, or even just one morning!  For more information on how you can help, contact our VBS Coordinator, Christine Burrell, or speak with Father Tripp.

       Space is limited, so register early.  The program is open to non-parishioners as well, so bring your friends!  The $30 cost covers the snacks and craft materials for each child, as well as a VBS T-Shirt, and a CD of the week's songs and music that you can listen to at home or in the car (one CD per family).  

Please Note:  The Registration Deadline is June 27.  After the 27th, you can still sign up if there are extra spaces or if we have a cancellation.  However, we cannot guarantee that children who sign up after the deadline will receive a music CD or t-shirt.