The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Outreach

Pajama Day in Support of Emma’s Closet

Emma’s Closet is now collecting coats and shoes to be distributed at the Homeless Requiem. Children who bring items on Sunday, October 21 to donate are invited to wear their PJs to church. This year we are collecting items for all people. We have noticed a high demand for men’s shoes. We would love to collect a large selection of men’s track shoes or outdoor thick-soled shoes in assorted sizes. We still need items for children but we are expanding our inventory this year to adults.

Annual Children's Book Drive

For the fourth year, the Cathedral Book Store is collecting new books for the children at the Homeless Requiem, the children at the Arrendale Prison Children’s Center, the young people at Covenant House, and the children at Wilderness Works, this year’s Antiques Show beneficiary. Books are available to purchase at the Cathedral Book Store during regular business hours or in the Atrium from 9 -11 a.m. each Sunday in October. Our goal is to collect 250 books to be distributed to children attending the Homeless Requiem in November and to the other groups in December. Please purchase a book and help each of these beautiful children receive a wonderful gift this year!

A Generous Start for Planting BCM’s “Client Choice” Food Pantry Concept

St. Anne’s Guild, as volunteer ambassadors for Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM), are pleased to announce the results of their Cathedral-wide collection to fund the newly proposed “Client Choice” food pantry concept at BCM. The generosity of our Cathedral parishioners in August yielded a record $9,190 in seed money. The guild is very thankful for such tremendous support of this new BCM direction; we will hope for your ongoing help to match or exceed this great result at our next scheduled collection in February. As the Cathedral takes the lead in sponsoring BCM’s new food assistance concept, kudos to all who are contributing the seed for exciting growth ahead!

Respite Care Atlanta Seeks In-Kind Donations

With six other congregations, the Cathedral has formed Respite Care Atlanta to offer a safe place for adults with mild cognitive impairment to interact with others, as well as give caregivers time for self-care. Starting a program from scratch requires gathering a lot of necessities and many of these are not very expensive. We have picked out just the right items to suit the needs of our program. Log on to our Amazon registry of current needs and help us create the best respite program in Atlanta: cathedralATL.org/respitecareatlanta. To make a financial contribution, go to respitecareatlanta.org/supporters.

Walk the Road with Emmaus House

Emmaus House invites you to rally your friends, families, and church communities to “Walk the Road” on Sunday, September 16. This is an opportunity to learn, serve, and walk with neighbors in Peoplestown exploring the community’s experience living in the neighborhoods south of downtown Atlanta. This year, the theme is gun safety. Save the date for an afternoon of service projects and a guided tour. Before the march to the Capitol Building Plaza, clergy and advocates will share perspectives on gun safety and legislation. The afternoon will conclude with a community meal. Contact Canon Lauren Holder, lholder@cathedralATL.org, for more information.

Help BCM Launch New Food Assistance Concept

In lieu of its traditional August Food Drive, Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) has asked our Cathedral parishioners to partner with them in the development of an updated client-choice food pantry. Instead of donating non-perishable food items, you can prayerfully provide a monetary donation which will serve as seed money for this exciting endeavor. People from the community will be able to shop for their own groceries in the new food pantry, helping reduce food waste and promoting human dignity.

New Initiative for Adults with Cognitive Challenges

The Cathedral is part of a new initiative to provide weekday adult respite care in our community, staffed primarily by volunteers. With six other congregations, we have formed Respite Care Atlanta to offer a safe place for those with mild cognitive impairment to interact with others, as well as give caregivers time for self-care. The program is scheduled to operate four days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a targeted ratio of one volunteer for every two participants. We are currently recruiting volunteers and participants from our founding congregations. Potential volunteers, please contact Lola Battle, batlola@att.net, or Mary Caroline Cravens, marycarolined@cs.com. Caregivers of potential participants, please contact: Wendy Liverant, director, at 404-591-4365 or wliverant@spdl.org. For more information, visit respitecareatlanta.org.

St. Veronica’s Continues Toiletry Drive

As you travel and shop this summer, please collect unopened individual or regular personal care items to donate to St. Veronica's Guild. Your donations of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products and hand sanitizer will be organized by guild members and donated to assist Episcopal ministries in Atlanta. Crossroads Community Ministries, Emmaus House, Church of Common Ground and Holy Comforter Friendship Center use these donations to help people in need retain their dignity by remaining clean and healthy. Leave your personal care donations at the Information Desk in the Atrium. St. Veronica’s Guild will organize and get the supplies to the four ministries.

Give Thanks with UTO: Ingathering This Sunday

Every day we have so many blessings that come our way. Let us rejoice and give thanks this spring by participating in our Cathedral’s United Thank Offering (UTO). Having spent time adding daily offerings of thanks to your UTO Blue Box, you can open it on Saturday, May 12 and count your offerings. Write a check for your total amount, payable to the Cathedral of St. Philip (with UTO in the memo line), and bring it to church May 13 where you will receive a UTO envelope for the offering plate. Or, you can make a contribution at the Atrium kiosk or online at stphilipscathedral.org/contribute. Then, take your empty Blue Box and keep the tradition alive at home until the fall ingathering day!

2018 Habitat House Dedication

The Cathedral’s Habitat for Humanity team dedicated its thirtieth house on a sunny Saturday, April 28. Working with homeowner Lisa Reyes, her daughter Alexandria, and teams from several other churches, the builders spent Saturdays throughout March and April working on the home. The event was capped off by our traditional feast of grilled ribs, chicken, and sausages and numerous side dishes and desserts, all prepared by our fabulous food team. And, team leader John Champion was recently named one of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers of the year. Thank you for all your hard work, John and the rest of the Habitat team!

You’re Invited to Celebrate the Spirit of Emmaus House

Join special guests Bishop Robert Wright and Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright for a music-filled evening at the Stave Room. Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres as we honor the achievements of our neighbors and the support of our dedicated partners. A unique pre-event VIP experience includes a distillery tour and tasting at American Spirit Works. Help us to continue to make a difference in the southside of Atlanta. Learn more at emmaushouse.org/gala.

Bring Jewelry Donations This Sunday, April 15

St. Veronica’s Guild is collecting vintage, estate, and contemporary costume jewelry for a glitzy and glamorous sale in September. This is an opportunity to clean out your own jewelry box as well as pass along any old pieces from your grandmothers, mothers, and aunts. Even damaged pieces, single earrings, and broken items of sterling or gold will be used. While the sale will not take place until September, we need your donations now. Guild members are preparing for the sale by collecting, cleaning, repairing, and pricing jewelry in the coming weeks.

Eagle Scout Project to Help Food Bank

Jesus tells us to help others, and one of the easiest ways is to donate food to a food bank. In Georgia, one in four children don’t get enough food each day. For my Boy Scout Eagle Service Project, I am holding a food drive to help support the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and through them, the hungry in Georgia. You can participate by placing food in the collection barrels, labeled Atlanta Community Food Bank, conveniently located in the youth hall upstairs. By donating, you are helping the hungry in Georgia to have enough food on the table.

ERD Lenten Meditations Available

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) has served as a compassionate response to worldwide human suffering. In particular, the agency collaborates with local church and ecumenical partners in nearly 40 countries to help communities create long-term development strategies and to rebuild after disasters. In 2009, the General Convention of The Episcopal Church designated Lent as a time to support, remember, and pray for ERD’s work and witness.

Diocese of Atlanta Hosts “The Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty”

Join community and faith leaders and special guest Sister Helen Prejean for a panel discussion on the death penalty in America, Thursday, February 15 from 6–9 p.m. at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. Other panelists include Bishop Robert Wright, Bishop Andrew Doyle of the Diocese of Texas, attorneys Stephen Bright and Susan Casey, and Justice Norman Fletcher, retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The event is free, but registration is required. Learn more at connecting.episcopalatlanta.org.

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