Cathedral Continues Sponsorship of 2020 Habitat Project
Habitat for Humanity continues! We are maintaining our financial commitment to build a home for Nilaja Brooks and her family. However, due to the current Covid-19 environment, Habitat is not having outside volunteers participate. Habitat will do the work with their internal team of house leaders plus contractors. We look forward to getting photos and updates of the progress and can share that as things progress! And we hope to be involved with the home dedication once construction is complete. We look forward to returning to an active role with Habitat in the coming year. If you have questions, please contact John Champion at email@example.com. If you’d like to support Habitat homeowners during this time of uncertainty, donate to their mortgage relief fund.
Antiques Show Beneficiary to Present at OFSS
This Sunday, May 17, at 10:10 a.m. the Cathedral Antiques Show welcomes representatives from next year’s beneficiary, City of Refuge, to talk about their mission and impact at Old Fashioned Sunday School. City of Refuge was founded by Bruce Deel in 1997 with a mission to transform the lives of individuals and communities in Atlanta and beyond. The faith-based nonprofit is housed in a 210,000-square-foot warehouse on the Westside in the 30314 zip code: a neighborhood where 60% of murders in Atlanta happen and nearly 40% of the residents live below the federal poverty line. The grant received from the 2021 Cathedral Antiques Show will go toward renovating the 180 Degree Kitchen, a fully operational culinary environment where meals are prepped and served three times a day, 365 days a year.
UTO Ingathering May 10
Sew Many Masks!
Can you sew? Many people in our extended community are in need of masks, and we are eager to start a mask-making ministry. If you’d like to participate as a mask-maker, or if you’d like to help coordinate this effort (no sewing skills necessary to coordinate!), please contact Canon Lauren Holder, lholder@cathedralATL.org. Note—there is already a shortage of fabric and elastic to make masks! Please contact Canon Holder if you can donate:
Habitat Kickoff Dinner and Project 2020
Join our Habitat kickoff dinner Sunday, March 15 to meet our build partners and our new homeowner. Our next Habitat home will be built on Saturdays from March 21 through May 16 (skipping Easter weekend). We welcome past builders and new builders. If you have never built, come be part of this exciting ministry. No skills required, just your enthusiasm. We will give you the tools and training you need. You can sign up in the Atrium or online for the dinner, to build, or to join our lunch team. Contact John Champion at 404-307-0817 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Go! A Celebration of Global Mission 2020
This year, Global Missions’ annual Go! Summit will explore faithfully responding to climate change on local and global levels as 21st century discipleship. The one-day event, on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Saints’ in Atlanta, will feature the Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley, Executive Director of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, which equips faith communities to care for creation. The day will also include panel discussions and breakout sessions. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Register at bit.ly/GoSummit20.
Volunteer with Respite Care Atlanta
Respite Care Atlanta (RCA), an organization co-founded by the Cathedral to provide an environment for intellectual stimulation, physical exercise, and meaningful connections for adults with cognitive challenges, is moving along at a fast pace. RCA is now operating three days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, across the street from the Cathedral.
Soup-er Bowl of Caring!
This Sunday, February 2, the Cathedral’s youth ministry sponsors the annual Soup-er Bowl of Caring.Parishioners are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations to support Buckhead Christian Ministries as we kick off our semi-annual drive. Choose who you predict to win the Super Bowl by placing your donation in that team’s bin. Who will the Cathedral pick to win?
Help Stock BCM’s Client Choice Food Pantry
February is food drive month at the Cathedral in support of Buckhead Christian Ministry’s “Client Choice” Pantry. St. Anne’s Guild helps coordinate this drive and will again be stationed in the Atrium and in the halls every Sunday in February between 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. to receive your monetary donations of $20 or more. Donations made by check should be payable to “Cathedral of St. Philip” with “BCM Food Drive” on the memo line. Donations can also be made specifically to the BCM Food Drive through the Cathedral website.
The Camels are Coming: St. Veronica's Epiphany Toiletry Drive
The Epiphany camels are coming to the Atrium January 5-12 to collect your donations of personal care items for the four Atlanta ministries St. Veronica’s Guild supports. As the Wise Men on their camels brought gifts for the Christ Child, follow the camels and bring your gifts of new, unopened individual and family size items. Your gifts will help low income women, men, and children served by Emmaus House, Crossroads Community Ministries, Holy Comforter Church Friendship Center, and Church of the Common Ground. The wise women of St. Veronica’s Guild welcome all unopened personal care items you get when you travel or shop this holiday season.
Habitat for Humanity Christmas Baskets 2019
Come be part of the annual and joyful experience of Christmas baskets for our Cathedral Habitat families – we are building an amazing 24 this year and need your help! This has become a very popular event for us each year and you can help in any of several ways, including contributing food or monetary support, building baskets (beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 13), or delivering baskets (meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 14). This is something for kids and adults alike; make it a family event. Sign up in the Atrium beginning Sunday, November 17 or contact John Champion at 404-307-0817 or email@example.com for more details.
Toy Drive 2019
Please join St. Monica’s Guild in a toy drive to assist Emmaus House in providing a cheerful Christmas to all in their neighborhood. Santa and Mrs. Claus come to Emmaus House and give presents to more than 550 children from all over Atlanta.
Volunteer with Respite Care
The Cathedral is part of an exciting initiative this year to provide weekday adult respite care in our community staffed primarily by volunteers. With other interfaith congregations, we formed Respite Care Atlanta to offer a safe place for those with early to mid-stage cognitive impairment to interact with others, as well as give caregivers time for self-care. Will you volunteer to help us provide this vital service?
St. Veronica's Collecting Toiletries
St. Veronica’s Guild would like to thank all those who have participated in this year’s toiletry drive for four Episcopal ministries in the Atlanta area which serve people who are poor, homeless, or have mental and emotional disabilities. Six times this year more than 200 pounds of donated and purchased personal care items were sent to these ministries. For example, the ministry that serves people who are homeless requested 100 each of soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, and washcloth and lesser amounts of razors, combs, and emery boards. The other three ministries requested different quantities of these, some needing individual sizes and others family-size packages of diapers, feminine hygiene products and white socks.
UTO Fall Ingathering 2019
We’re entering a season of Thankfulness! Every day we have so many blessings that come our way. Let us rejoice and give thanks this fall by participating in our Cathedral’s United Thank Offering (UTO), and its ingathering on Sunday, November 17.
2019 Homeless Requiem
The Cathedral has a long tradition of outreach, discipleship, and caring for others in our Atlanta community— particularly those in need. Please join us in fellowship and support at our 31st annual Homeless Requiem on Friday, November 1.
Emma's Closet 2019
In preparation for the Homeless Requiem, Emma’s Closet is currently collecting coats and shoes for adults and children. We will distribute them to our guests on November 1. Check out the Cathedral Thrift House for gently used options. Donations can be dropped off at the Information Desk. For more information, contact Lisa McNamara, lmcnamara@cathedralATL.org
Cathedral Surpasses August Goal for BCM Food Pantry
St. Anne’s Guild heartily thanks all at the Cathedral for their generous support of Buckhead Christian Ministry’s new client choice food assistance program. As administrators of the Cathedral’s semi-annual drives for BCM, St. Anne’s can happily and gratefully report that a record amount of $10,925 and $175 worth of specified items was collected in August.
Prison Ministry Training
Join the Cathedral, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and Covenant Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 22 from 2–4 p.m. to learn about the work of Restoration Partners, the prison ministry of these three parishes. Whether you simply want to learn about how our congregations are working together to support Georgia’s incarcerated, you have been working in this ministry for some time, or you want to determine whether this ministry is right for you, we invite you to join us for networking, discussion of the theological basis for, and training in the practical aspects of prison ministry. We’ll examine our current programs and imagine the possibilities for future collaboration and support among our churches. Bring your questions, reflections, and ideas to the meeting in Heritage Hall at Peachtree Road UMC. Please RSVP by September 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Nicole Lambelet, seminarian@cathedralATL.org, with any questions.
ERD Funds Hurricane Dorian Relief for Coastal Food Service Workers
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (ECSC), the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia (EDG) and Giving Kitchen (GK) are proud to announce the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund: a partnership to offer financial assistance to food service workers experiencing hardship due to Hurricane Dorian in Coastal Georgia and Coastal South Carolina.
Help BCM Store Fresh Food
August is the Cathedral’s month to support the Buckhead Christian Ministry’s newly established “Client Choice” food pantry. Much work has gone into the implementation of this new concept at BCM and our Cathedral Farmers Market is now consulting with them in hopes of providing more fresh food choices. In order to make this happen, BCM will need to acquire two coolers similar to the model pictured. Such industrial coolers cost approximately $10,000 each and St. Anne’s would like to challenge the Cathedral this month to raise enough to purchase at least one for BCM. Of course, if anyone knows of a business willing to donate such equipment, that would be equally fantastic!
Help Support BCM’s “Client Choice” Food Pantry
St. Anne’s Guild, as ambassadors for Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) at the Cathedral, will again be grateful for your support in August of the ministry’s new “client choice” food pantry. Last year, the Cathedral took the lead by raising over $9,000 in seed money for this exciting concept. Then, in our February drive, your gifts exceeded that record in the amount of $10,618. Today, thanks to your generosity, BCM has completed the necessary physical build-out of their pantry space and purchased software that will allow clients to shop for their own food instead of receiving pre-selected food bags. Also, more fresh foods can be offered thanks to new partnerships with local suppliers and farmers. BCM is also happy to announce the recent hiring of Robyn Hazelrigs as its food pantry manager. She will implement every aspect of the new pantry concept, especially the option for clients to choose food items via a touchscreen computer.
Help Support BCM’s “Client Choice” Food Pantry
BCM now asks for monetary donations in our semi-annual drives (August and February) because they are carefully transitioning to the systematic purchase of specific foods from selected suppliers in order to control quality and inventory. Its purchasing power with your donations of $20 or more will be substantial.