The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Outreach

Humane Society Seeks Donations

The Feast of St. Francis is always a special day at the Cathedral. It is a day to celebrate the joy that our pets bring into our lives and our homes. This year in particular,  we also need to remember those pets that have been displaced because of the recent hurricanes. The Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) has accepted animals from areas impacted by the storms. These animals are currently in the care, or will soon be in the care, of the AHS, which is in desperate need of donations. Your donation may be in goods or volunteering of your time, but at this particular time cash is especially appreciated!

Help Crossroads in a Time of Transition

Where in Atlanta could you go if you suddenly found yourself without a place to live? Every month Crossroads Community Ministries greets about 350 newly homeless men, women, and children with kindness and effectively links them to services that can restore their lives to productivity. And, about 45 % are women and children! Crossroads offers a warm morning meal, and service connections, but not overnight shelter – that has been provided by other organizations, including the Peachtree-Pine shelter, Atlanta’s largest emergency overflow shelter.

Church of the Common Ground

On Sunday, September 3, Cathedral members will join Church of the Common Ground for their weekly Holy Eucharist service and for fellowship. Church of the Common Ground is an Episcopal worshiping community on the streets of Atlanta, and it is a sacred experience to worship with them. The service is at 1 p.m. in Woodruff Park downtown. We will also be providing sack lunches for after the service. You can help prepare the lunches during the Sunday school hour, 10:10–11 a.m. on September 3. For more information or to RSVP or donate lunch items, please contact Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043 or czappa@stphilipscathedral.org.

Transitions at Peachtree-Pine

As you may have heard, the “Peachtree-Pine” shelter will be closing soon. For almost 30 years, this shelter, operated by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, has been an important part of the Cathedral’s homeless ministry. Under the leadership of parishioner Keith Franklin and others, faithful Cathedral members have been taking hot dinners to the homeless shelter operated by the Task Force, at the corner of Peachtree and Pine, on every first Sunday of the month. The Task Force also has played a critical role in our annual Homeless Requiem and Dinner, which has taken place on All Saints’ Day (November 1) for the last 28 years; and many of our homeless guests that evening are from the shelter at Peachtree and Pine.

Creativity and Spirituality Book Group

Join us to explore our creativity using the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (available at the Cathedral Book Store). We’ll meet on Wednesday mornings, September 6 – October 11, 10–11:30 a.m. in Room 120. In addition to exploring what the book illuminates for us, we’ll also use our time together to engage in a variety of spiritual and creative practices. If possible, plan on a $10 materials fee. Please sign up by September 1 by contacting Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@stphilipscathedral.org or 404-365-1034.

Toiletry Drive Continues

St. Veronica’s Guild thanks the Cathedral parish for its faithful and consistent support of our toiletry ministry for four local Episcopal ministries, which serve people who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. Each ministry has expressed profound appreciation for our donations. We continue to need new, unopened, travel-sized (or regular-sized) personal care items! Summer is a good time to be thinking about this need, as many of us are traveling and may have access to unneeded travel sized toiletries. Having visited the four ministries, guild members report that the items most requested include travel-sized bar soap, washcloths, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.

Spring 2017 Habitat Build

Join the Cathedral’s Habitat for Humanity team! Our next home begins on Saturday, March 4 and runs through April 29. If you have built before, come join again. 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 in the Atrium or online at stphilip.atlantahabitat.volunteerhub.com. For more information, contact John Champion, 404-307-0817.

February BCM Food Drive a Huge Success

St. Anne’s Guild extends a huge thank you to all in the Cathedral community who faithfully support our semi-annual Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) food drives each February and August! The monthly drives undertaken by BCM’s founding churches provide approximately 60% of the food they need. From their budget, BCM then purchases the remaining 40%, spending approximately $9,000 each month on food. The Cathedral’s collection this past February totaled 294 bags of food and a check for $6,626 to BCM. We are pleased to report an increase in food donations of almost 150 bags compared to last February! Great work!

Reimagining Charity and Service

Our adult series will explore the concepts of charity, service, and poverty; consider new paradigms relating to charity; and invite reflection on our own practices relating to these areas: what seems to be working, what doesn’t, and where do we go from here? The series will be led by Canon Cathy Zappa and others, with a special presentation on March 19 by Shawn Duncan. Shawn is a teacher, preacher, and community organizer, and is the director of training and education at Focused Community Strategies (FCS), an organization with almost 40 years of experience transforming underserved neighborhoods in Atlanta.

ERD Serves with Your Support

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 in this hurting world.

Reimagining Homelessness in Atlanta

Separate from the Cathedral’s Lenten Series, but covering a related topic, the Faith Committee of the Atlanta Homeless Continuum-of-Care is pleased to present an inspirational and educational opportunity to learn more about how communities of faith can align with and create impact on homelessness in Atlanta. The event will take place Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and includes presentations by Shawn Duncan and Cathryn Marchman, as well as workshops that will provide tangible examples of how congregations can align with the goals of the strategic plan to have the deepest impact possible on homelessness in Atlanta. The cost is $15. To sign up, visit stphilipscathedral.org/reimagininghomelessness.

Hunger Walk 2017

This Sunday, March 5, Cathedral youth will attend the Hunger Walk, which benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We will be joining youth from around the Diocese of Atlanta. Last year, there were 300 youth from around the Diocese! We will meet at the Cathedral at 1 p.m. to carpool down to the Walk, which begins at 2 p.m. at Turner Field. After the Walk, we will come back to the Cathedral and share dinner together from 5:30-6 p.m. To sign-up to go the Hunger Walk, go to stphilipscathedral.org/youth and click on the link for Upcoming Opportunities. After you submit the form, you’ll be redirected to the EYCDIOATL team – make sure you register there too!

BCM Food Drive

Thank you for starting our Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) food drive off right on Soup-er Bowl Sunday! February is Food Drive Month at the Cathedral as St. Anne’s Guild reaches out to you for donations of food and/or checks of $20 or more in support of BCM. Make checks payable to Cathedral of St. Philip with “BCM Food Drive” on memo line. The BCM Food Pantry provides 2,000 bags of groceries to more than 1,600 people each month, and is stocked entirely with donations from the community. According to the US Department of Agriculture, one out of five children live in households without access to adequate food. To help, please stop by our table in the Atrium Sundays in February between 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Habitat Potluck Dinner and Project

Join the Cathedral’s Habitat for Humanity team for a potluck kickoff dinner on Sunday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gould Room. If you can attend and/or if you can bring a dish, please sign up in the Atrium on Sunday mornings beginning February 5 or contact John Champion so we can get a headcount and plan for food preparation. We will have a great meal followed by a short program to discuss our Habitat ministry and plans for the upcoming build. Our next home begins on Saturday, March 4 and runs through April 29.

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