The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Outreach

Join the Wise Men During Epiphany

Join the wise men during Epiphany by bringing personal care “gifts” to the marked bin in the Atrium on Sundays, January 14 and 21, for our neighbors experiencing poverty and homelessness. St. Veronica’s Guild will package your gifts of new, unopened hotel and regular size toiletries for four Atlanta ministries: Emmaus House, Church of the Common Ground, Holy Comforter Friendship Center, and Crossroads Community Ministries. Shampoo, deodorant, diapers, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are especially needed, and all personal care items are greatly appreciated. You can also leave your gifts at the Information Desk in the Atrium at other times. For more information, contact Lucy Perry or Judy Bodner.

Habitat Christmas Baskets

Come be part of the annual and joyful experience of creating Christmas baskets for our Cathedral Habitat families. We are building an amazing 22 this year and need your help! This has become a very popular event for us each year and you can help in several ways, including contributing food or monetary support, building baskets (beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 15), or delivering baskets (meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 16). This is something for kids and adults alike; make it a family event. Sign up in the Atrium beginning Sunday, November 19 or contact John Champion at 404-307-0817 or jchampion@bellsouth.net for more details.

UTO Ingathering this Sunday

Don’t forget your Blue Box when preparing for Sunday services this week. Every day we have so many blessings that come our way. Thank you for joining the ECW in counting those blessings this fall and 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 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 Sunday. 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/contribution. Then, take your empty Blue Box and keep the tradition alive at home until the spring ingathering day!

2017 Homeless Requiem

The Cathedral of St. Philip 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 29th Annual Homeless Requiem on Wednesday, November 1. We know that you will find this special service to be both moving and transformational. The service commemorates the homeless men and women who died on the streets of Atlanta in the past year. Hours before the service, we will serve dinner to our guests; the many homeless men, women and children of Atlanta. We need your help to make the night a success.

Emma's Closet

Children’s Ministries is collecting new or gently used coats and shoes for children in assorted sizes. They will be used at a store during the Homeless Requiem. There will be no charge to the children of homeless parents, but they can experience the fun of selecting the coat and shoes they like best for the cooler season approaching. Emma Ellis began this project at last year’s Homeless Requiem and we want to carry on this beautiful idea. For more information, contact Lisa McNamara, lmcnamara@stphilipscathedral.org

Children’s Book Drive

For the third 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, and the young people at Covenant House. With a goal of 250 books, donated books will be distributed to children attending the Homeless Requiem on November 1, and in December to the other groups. Books are available to purchase at the Cathedral Book Store during regular business hours or in the Atrium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sundays throughout October. Please help each of these beautiful children receive a wonderful new book this year!

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.

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