The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA


Thank You Janie Harris!

Three years ago, Janie Harris returned to the Cathedral as the Program Coordinator for Membership and Stewardship. In that time, Janie has helped the Cathedral welcome new members, say goodbye to departing members, and make sure parishioners are visited and prayed for. She helped everyone get thanked for pledging, and made sure that records were up-to-date in the database and that everyone had easy access to financially supporting the parish. Janie helped implement change at the Cathedral, and she changed and learned a lot too. I’m excited for Janie’s next chapter as a development officer at CARE and I hope you will join me in wishing her the very best.

Why I Give to the Cathedral

Tithing gave us a healthy perspective of money. We never had an argument about money – we argued about other things, but never about money! I think tithing also helped our children to have a healthy attitude toward money. Now that I am alone, I continue to tithe. Like the widow in 1 Kings 17:8-16 who fed Elijah from her little bit of meal and a little oil and it never ran out, I am depending on my Lord to keep my little bit of “meal and oil” from running out.

Calling Parishioners Interested in Assistance for Higher Education

The Cathedral considers education to be one of the four pillars (in addition to worship, mission and community) of our work of building the beloved community. From Godly Play to Bible Studies to LaAmistad, the Cathedral is forming Christian leaders for the future. Thanks to the generosity of a parishioner, the Cathedral will be able to support parishioners with financial need who are seeking a higher learning degree (undergraduate, graduate, community college, etc.). We are forming a committee to draft policies and procedures, mentor scholarship recipients, and identify future scholarship candidates. If you have experience and/or are interested in participating in this work, please contact the Canon Lauren Holder at If you are interested in financially supporting this work, please contact David Rocchio at Thank you!

Summer Stewardship Update

Happy Summer! I hope these months are giving you a chance to take care of yourself and get a little closer to God. The Cathedral remains very busy with church services, blessing of runners, summer camps, and improvements and repairs. We are preparing for a great Homecoming on August 18. And, clergy and staff are already preparing sermons, organizing concerts and recitals, and developing lesson plans for a great program year. In the meantime, join us for Sunday School, or at the Farmers Market, or for Lemonade in the Shade. Of course, your financial contribution to God through the Cathedral makes all this happen. Please visit to give or make a pledge. Thank you!

A New Arrangement for Flowers!

A Flower Guild member has come forward and offered $50,000 to match gifts to a newly established Flower Fund Endowment. The fund will be a part of the Cathedral Endowment and we will use the earnings from gifts to help fund the work of the Flower Guild. A gift of any amount will make a difference and be matched dollar for dollar. I’m pleased to report that 17 families have donated a total of $40,500 in the past two months. We are so grateful for these contributions! As you may know, the process by which we have funded the beautiful flowers at the Cathedral is changing. For years, we could count on weddings to underwrite a large share of our budget for the purchase of flowers. Fewer couples are getting married at the Cathedral (and churches, in general) and that means we need to look at different models for funding. We have two special opportunities. A gift of $1,000 or more will allow the donor or their designee to be recognized with other donors annually on a selected Sunday in the service leaflet. A gift of $5,000 or more will allow the donor or their designee to be recognized on a specified Sunday perpetually.

Final Days of McLean Jenkins Exhibit

The Touches of Gothic exhibition has graced the walls of the Peachtree Overlook in the Atrium since March and is in its final days. Artist McLean Jenkins’ watercolors derive from and celebrate the Classical forms of his trade. Working in graphite, ink, and watercolor, McLean employs a confident, gestural approach that frees his hand to explore a subject’s essence. His compositions (including his latest works of the Cathedral of St. Philip) rely on a quick formal sketch and are then given over to the whims and splashes of watercolor. Please contact David Rocchio at 404-365-1033 or if you are interested in purchasing one of the remaining works of the exhibition for the Cathedral or personally.

Pledge Ingathering at All Services This Sunday

This Sunday, November 11, during our morning services, we will once again form a fantastic and fun offertory procession with our pledge cards! You should have received those pledge cards by mail in the last several weeks. Please pray about your pledge this year, and please pledge generously! Your commitment keeps this cathedral parish serving with grace, excellence, and hospitality. Bring your cards to church, and then walk to the altar following the usual procession of bread, wine, and Sunday gifts. Others will join you. I will provide instructions during the service for this “Episcopal Church altar call!”

March 2017 Stewardship Update

The Cathedral’s 2017 stewardship campaign, “Cloud of Witnesses,” is well underway! We’ve received over $2.2 million in pledges from over 600 households. If you have already made your financial pledge for the year, thank you! You should have received a statement of contributions to-date last week. If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider how you can become part of this great cloud of witnesses and support the worship, community, and mission of this holy Cathedral parish. You can make your pledge today at Please feel free to contact me at 404-365-1033 or with any questions.

Thanks Christie Jennison!

Christie Jennison wrapped up her service to the Cathedral a few weeks when she was called back to the crystal coast of North Carolina where she will be assistant personnel director of Camp Seafarer. Even if you never met Christie, she probably knew you! As program coordinator for stewardship and membership, she maintained all of our parishioner records—new members, baptisms, change of address, etc. She also coordinated stewardship mailings, newcomer dinners, and our weekly thank-you notes to parish life groups. She did all of this with grace, excellence, and hospitality. She always smiled and never failed to pitch in on projects large and small. We will miss you, Christie!

Can You Make a Financial Commitment?

We are making steady progress in reaching our goal of $3,685,000 in pledges from 1,200 parishioners. Thank you! If you have not already done so, please consider making a pledge now. In addition to a lot of other things, pledging gives the Cathedral Chapter confidence that we are on track for the year. Large or small, your pledge impacts the theology, budget, and planning for this sacred community. Pledging is easy! Simply submit the form below or make a pledge online at

Stewardship Update: Starting and Finishing Strong

Many thanks to the more than 500 families who have made their pledge for the 2016 Stewardship Campaign. We are off to a great start and hope to reach at least $3,000,000 by the end of the month. At the same time, we will continue to work hard on finishing the 2015 Stewardship Campaign as strongly as possible. This includes encouraging parishioners to complete their pledges, make pledges if they have not already, and contribute if they can’t pledge. Links for pledging and contributing can be found at and you can always contact David Rocchio, Director of Stewardship, at 404-365-1033 or

Koinonia: Stewardship Update

Thanks to all the families and individuals who participated in the pledge ingathering this past Sunday. The pledge procession was a remarkable display of the spirit, generosity, and good will of this community. More than 125 households pledged and another 100 acknowledged their intent to pledge. Added to those submitted previously, we have received over $890,000 in pledges thus far. The 2016 stewardship campaign is off to a great start and we’d like every member to pledge. Learn more at

Stewardship Ingathering This Sunday

We had a great time kicking off the 2016 stewardship campaign two weeks ago with BBQ, hay rides, and fellowship. By now you should have received your stewardship packets in the mail. Please prayerfully consider what you can contribute to the Cathedral in 2016 and join in the pledge ingathering during services this Sunday, November 1. If you have any questions, contact David Rocchio, director of stewardship, at 404-365-1033 or