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Have you signed up for our Women’s Retreat 2023?

Have you signed up for our Women’s Retreat 2023?

The Women’s Retreat will be February 17-19, 2023, at Camp Mikell. This is open to all St. Gabriel’s women, past and present, and friends. The cost will be $175/person which covers lodging and meals. Responses can be sent to Nena Lund at nwlund@yahoo.com, or you can use the signup sheet in the Parish Hall.

The theme is “How can I keep from Singing?” We will sing the theme song on Sunday during the close of the retreat. Nena Lund, Lindsay Lemay and Esther Atkinson are working hard to prepare for the retreat. They are open to new ideas and reminders of things that have been special at past retreats. They welcome anyone who would like to be part of the planning.

In addition, we have one lady who planned to attend and has paid, but is now unable to go. She has requested that her payment be used as a scholarship to anyone who wants to attend but hasn’t signed up due to financial constraints. Contact Nena Lund at nwlund@yahoo.com.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have you signed up for our Women’s Retreat 2023?

Don’t Forget: Sign up for the Women’s Retreat 2023

The retreat will be February 17-19, 2023, at Camp Mikell and it’s not too late to sign up! We need volunteers to help plan. We also need a general headcount of who will be attending. This is open to all St. Gabriel’s women, past and present, and friends. The cost will be $175/person which covers lodging and meals. Responses can be sent to Nena Lund at nwlund@yahoo.com.

New Location for this week’s Thursday Lunch Bunch!

New Location for this week’s Thursday Lunch Bunch!

Rich and Debbie Roszel have offered to host the Terrific Thursday Lunch group at their home in Flowery Branch this week on January 12th. The Parish Hall, where we usually hold our lunch gatherings, is still in a bit of disorder as we wrap up our cleanup project, so we thought a nice, relaxing, lunch gathering off-site might be in order. Please let the Roszels know if you’d like to attend by calling the church office at 770-503-7555. We don’t like to post personal addresses on the website so call first and they can give you the directions by phone, text or email. This will also help the Roszels know how many people to expect. We hope you’ll make plans to attend!

Restoration Continues – Services Resume!

Restoration Continues – Services Resume!

Our church office is up and running again and we’ve resumed weekly services in the Sanctuary. Sheetrock still needs to be replaced in several of the rooms off the main hallway and baseboard needs to be replaced. Most likely, the last of the renovation work will involve installing new cabinets in the kitchen and putting the sink back in place. On another positive note, we’re talking with the plumber about moving the supply pipe that caused these issues to a warmer location, most likely about two feet in from the edge of the roof so as to provide much better insulation of the pipe and avoid freezing in the future. We’re grateful that this disruption was relatively brief, and we’re grateful to those in our congregation who stepped in to help during Christmas to dry out the church.

Christmas – Take 2

Christmas – Take 2

Please join us Sunday for a special Rite II Service. Since our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services got canceled due to our building flooding, Gregory and the choir will present the full Christmas program they had planned for Christmas Eve this Sunday, January 8th, at 10:30am. In addition to the choir performance, Taylor Spires, an accomplished clarinetist will also perform a couple of special songs. Taylor is the son of Lee-Ann and Billy Spires and grandson of Jean and Jim Waller. Even though Christmas has passed, this will give us an opportunity to celebrate Jesus’s birth.

Restoration Continues – Services Resume!

Restoration Continues – Services Resume!

This week we were able to get the parish offices put back together so that Esther and Nena could do their work. John came in to clean the restrooms, empty the trash and vacuum. Ron is waiting to hear from the contractor and get a quote on the cost to finish the repairs. Hopefully, we will have that information the week of January 9th. We are anxious to get the church repairs completed as soon as possible.

In the meantime. we do plan on resuming services in the church THIS WEEKEND (Jan 8)! Please plan to attend either the Rite I service at 8am or the Rite II service at 10:30, and don’t forget that we resume our study of The Apocryphal Jesus at 9:15 in the Adult Education room.

Restoration Underway Following Burst Pipe

Restoration Underway Following Burst Pipe

While the interruption of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services due to a frozen water pipe that burst was very sad, the timing really couldn’t have been better.  The pipe burst in several places due to the extreme cold, but it did so  very shortly before members of our church arrived to get ready for the Christmas Eve service.  As such, we caught the problem very quickly.  Water got into several offices, two of the bathrooms, and the kitchen.  Some sheetrock had to be removed as well as some baseboards and some of the kitchen cabinetry.  However, we were able to get the water remediation company, Serenity Restoration, out on Christmas Day with industrial fans and dehumidifiers, and we were able to bring a plumber in on Wednesday to repair the broken pipe and make it so that we can turn the water back on as needed.  Our hope is that we can be back in the building in very short order.

We will NOT be holding services New Year’s Day, but do plan to be back in the sanctuary by January 8th. Please watch your email and this website for updates.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services Cancelled

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services Cancelled

We’re sad to report that all services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have been canceled due to a burst water pipe at the church. Water remediation crews will be getting us dried out and back to normal as quickly as possible. We’ll post updates here as they become available. Meanwhile, we hope you have a happy, safe and dry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Good Food and Fellowship at our Potluck Lunch

Good Food and Fellowship at our Potluck Lunch

On December 4th, following our Annual Parish Meeting, members of St. Gabriels’s gathered in the Parish Hall for a delicious Pot Luck Lunch.  Soups, salads, meatballs, breads, and deserts were all on hand and a “good meal was had by all.”  As a congregation, we’d like to do this more often, so be on the lookout for news of upcoming gatherings in the Parish Blast.  If you’re not yet subscribed to the Parish Blast, fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you’ll start receiving it in your email inbox each week.  Oh, and a big thank you to all who brought those delicious dishes!

Angel Tree Gifts

Angel Tree Gifts

Please return your Angel Tree gift(s) to the church no later than Sunday, December 18th. The gifts will be delivered during the week leading up to Christmas. If you would like to help deliver the gifts designated for the Prison Fellowship Program, please contact Rich Roszel at 770-503-7555. For the residents at the personal care home, please contact Jean Waller at 770-540-6080.

In addition to the gifts we’re providing to our Angel Tree families, we’ve also had some age-appropriate Children’s Bibles donated, and each child will receive a scholarship to attend a summer camp for free this year, so our chance to bless these families (and especially the children) continues to grow thanks to God’s amazing provision.

So thanks for your generosity to help make Christmas a little brighter for the recipients of these gifts!

Read and Feed – Ways to Serve

Read and Feed – Ways to Serve

If you would like to be a lay reader for one of our services, if you’d like to be a regular lay reader in an on-going basis, or would be willing to provide refreshments on occasion, please let us know. You can email the church office at parishadmin@saintgabriels.org. Thanks!

New Vestry Member Added

New Vestry Member Added

At our Annual Parish Meeting on December 4th, we elected our 2023 Vestry. Marshall Cheves, who had served on the Vestry during 2022 decided to step down due to time constraints in his schedule. Regina Grisham, Ron Petrey, Rich Roszel and Jean Waller agreed to serve for another year, and Rama Doussa has stepped up to serve as our fifth Vestry member. The five were voted on and approved as a whole by the Parish. We are grateful for Rama’s willingness to serve and welcome her input and guidance in the new year.

Stewardship Campaign and Upcoming Parish Meeting

Stewardship Campaign and Upcoming Parish Meeting

As a church, we are still behind in our giving toward our 2022 pledges.  By this point, we hoped to have received 92% of our pledges but, to date, have only received about 85%.  If you made a pledge this year, we hope you will be able to honor your commitment before the end of the year. Our goal is to reach 100%.

Meanwhile, the 2023 Pledge/Stewardship Campaign is now underway. There are so many ways to support our church, by your presence, service, and financial contributions. To help our church budget and plan for 2023 please complete the pledge form that was mailed to you and return it to the church by mail, or better yet, attend a service and place in the offering plate. If you didn’t receive a pledge form, please pick one up on Sunday. And thanks to those who have already returned their 2023 pledge!

At the upcoming parish annual meeting, the 2023 vestry candidates will be voted on by the congregation. The Diocese requires a minimum of 5 members. We would love to add more members. Please prayerfully consider becoming a part of the vestry and sharing your talents to help our church grow and become more vibrant. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any vestry member.

Work is continuing on the church parking lot and will be finished in a couple of weeks. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of this project, please note “Parking Lot” on your check.

TERRIFIC THURSDAYS Lunch Bunch Group!

TERRIFIC THURSDAYS Lunch Bunch Group!

Our Terrific Thursdays Lunch Bunch continues to meet on Thursdays at Noon.  Make plans to get together with fellow parishioners and others in the Parish Hall.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a casual time of fellowship and conversation.  If you’re busy during the week and can’t make it to the church on Thursdays, our Wednesday Lunch Group continues meeting via Zoom each week and would welcome newcomers.  If you’re interested in learning more about either lunch gathering (and especially if you want a Zoom invitation to participate on Wednesdays), please call the church at 770-503-7555 and speak with Rich.

Advent Study and Thursday Lunch Bunch

Advent Study and Thursday Lunch Bunch

A 4-week Advent Study Is underway on Thursdays thru December 22nd. Father Don leads the study at 11:00 a.m. The book chosen is “Names for the Messiah: An Advent Study”, by Walter Bruggemann. The book can be purchased in paperback or Kindle through Amazon. Following the study, stick around for our Thursday Lunch Bunch, a BYO lunch gathering at the church.

Father Bob announced Sunday morning that Thursday evening Eucharist services have been cancelled for the next two weeks.

Volunteers Needed for Trunk or Treat!

Volunteers Needed for Trunk or Treat!

As part of the Oakwood faith community, St. Gabe’s has been invited to join other churches in sponsoring this year’s TRUNK OR TREAT on Sunday, October 30, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., in Oakwood. Railroad Street will be blocked off for the celebration. There will be hot dogs as well as sweets for all participants. YOU CAN HELP simply by DONATING BOTTLED WATER OR CANDY here at St. Gabe’s, OR YOU CAN HAND OUT TREATS at the event. If you’d like to compete for a (FABULOUS) PRIZE, decorate your own car trunk or enter your best recipe in the Chili Cook-Off!

Bring your favorite Trick or Treaters to join the fun!

DONATIONS: Please leave bottled water and candy donations on the designated table in the parish hall on October 16 or 23. Please NOTE DATES – we need donations prior to the day of the event.

TRUNK DECORATION AND CHILI COOK-OFF: Further details will be available soon about these contests. Please contact Debbie Roszel, 770-965-1193 or 678-943-7837, or debbie@richroszel.com. Thanks!