The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Outreach

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 jchampion@bellsouth.net for more details.

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.

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 dianes@prumc.org. Contact Nicole Lambelet, seminarian@cathedralATL.org, with any questions.

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.

Donate Toiletries for Local Ministries

Summer is coming with travel and shopping, so please remember to collect both travel and standard size containers of personal care items. St. Veronica's Guild will pack these items for use by Emmaus House, Holy Comforter's Friendship House, Church of the Common Ground and Crossroads Ministry. Recipients will benefit from your contribution of things you may take for granted each morning. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, and soap are so necessary to preserving human dignity. St. Veronica also collects combs, razors,diapers, feminine hygiene products, white socks, and lotion.

May 20 Labyrinth Walk and Taizé

Get your week off to a peaceful start with a labyrinth walk and Taizé service this Monday, May 20. A labyrinth introduction will take place on the outdoor labyrinth, near the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a facilitated walk from 7-8 p.m. (In case of rain, we will be on the indoor labyrinth in Child Hall.) Then, the Taizé prayer service starts at 8 p.m. in Mikell Chapel. Originating in Taizé, France, this simple service of scripture, music and candlelight will bring a beautiful and prayerful close to your Monday. The labyrinth and Taizé take place every third Monday of the month at the Cathedral. Come to one, or both – and bring a friend!

Give Thanks with UTO

Ingathering May 12 . 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 has been a tradition since 1889 and supports the missions and ministries of the Episcopal Church. Every cent collected fulfills diocesan grant requests. In the last 130 years, UTO has awarded 5,257 grants. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

2020 Antiques Show Beneficiary

The Cathedral Antiques Show is pleased to announce Moving In The Spirit as the beneficiary for the 2020 show. They will introduce themselves with a presentation on Sunday, May 5, at 10:10 a.m. in Child Hall. All are welcome. Moving in the Spirit is an award-winning creative youth development program that uses the discipline of dance to help children and teens develop the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to thrive. Funding from the Cathedral Antiques Show will support the significant program expansion that will accompany the organization’s 2020 transition to a new facility currently under construction at the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station. The 2020 Cathedral Antiques Show will be January 23-25.

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.

Cathedral Provides Record Support for BCM’s New “Client Choice” 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 parish’s semi-annual drives for BCM, St. Anne’s can happily and gratefully report that $10,618 was raised in February. This total is a record high when compared to the past five years of giving and will enable BCM to more efficiently stock their newly renovated and technologically updated food pantry. Goals are for individualized attention to client health and choice, as well as heightened quality and inventory control through partnership with local food suppliers.

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.

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