The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Outreach

Serve with the Habitat Team

Our next Habitat home will be built on Saturdays from April 6 through June 8 (skipping Easter and Memorial Day weekends). 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 that you need to make a contribution. You can sign up to build or join our lunch team in the Atrium on Sundays, online at stphilip.atlantahabitat.volunteerhub.com or contact John Champion at 404-307-0817, jchampion@bellsouth.net to get additional information.

Habitat 2019 Project Kickoff Dinner

Join our Habitat kick off dinner Sunday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gould Room to meet our build partners and our new homeowner. Our next Habitat home will be built on Saturdays from April 6 through June 8 (skipping Easter and Memorial Day weekends). 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 that you need to make a contribution. You can sign up beginning February 24 in the Atrium for the dinner, to build, or to join our lunch team. Contact John Champion, 404 307-0817 or jchampion@bellsouth.net for additional information. An online sign-up will be announced as we get closer to our start date.

BCM Drive Wraps up This Week

Last August, the Cathedral took the lead to support BCM’s new transition to a “client choice” food pantry. A fantastic total of $9,189.73 in seed money was raised and now the physical pantry renovations are underway, as well as great progress made toward the operating logistics and technology needed. BCM clients will very soon have the ability to budget for, shop for, and even pay for their own chosen groceries, greatly reducing food waste, promoting more healthy diets, and furthering BCM’s goal of promoting human dignity and independence.

Toiletry Drive Continues

St. Veronica’s Guild thanks all who have contributed toiletries and personal care items for ministries that serve the poor and homeless. Six times each year St. Veronica’s Guild sends more than 220 pounds of donated and purchased items to four local ministries: Crossroads Community Ministry, Emmaus House, Church of the Common Ground, and Holy Comforter. These organizations have an ongoing need for items we take for granted each morning: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, and socks. They also need diapers and feminine hygiene products. Please support St. Veronica's effort to support the work of these ministries by donating unopened, travel or regular size, personal care items.

Give Thanks with UTO this Sunday

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). Having spent time adding daily offerings of thanks to your UTO Blue Box, you can open it on Saturday, November 17 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 on this Sunday, November 18 where you will receive a UTO envelope for the offering plate. Or, you can make a contribution at the Atrium kiosk or online at cathedralATL.org/contribute. Then, take your empty Blue Box and keep the tradition alive at home until the spring ingathering day!

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!

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.

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.

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