This month we’re highlighting St. Fiacre’s Guild, also known as our Garden Guild.
The garden guild is a task-oriented group that works to maintain and beautify the grounds and garden of the parish. It is also an outreach to the community. Members meet the second Saturday of each month from 9:30am to noon, though the time commitment is flexible, with members participating as they are available.
The guild provides the flowering pots by the church doors and maintains the flowering beds around the yard. They trim the hedges, and mulch the bushes and plant beds. In dry weather, they see that the planted areas are watered. The guild maintains the lower garden and children’s play area, keeping the plantings trimmed and the play areas covered with soft bark chips. Through the work of Saint Fiacre’s Guild, our gardens achieved certification as a wildlife habitat area, a refuge for song-birds, butterflies, and other small wildlife. More than once, the parish has been offered thanks by a neighbor expressing gratitude for a quiet place in the midst of a busy city to stop and to rest.
If you were wondering, Saint Fiacre was raised in an Irish monastery in the seventh century. Later in life, he traveled to France and established a hermitage in a cave near a spring. Saint Faro of Meaux, bishop at the time, responded to Fiacre’s request for land to grow food and healing herbs, offering as much land as he could entrench in one day. The next morning Fiacre walked around the perimeter of the land he wanted, dragging his spade behind him. Through a miracle, wherever the spade touched, trees were toppled, bushes uprooted, and the soil was entrenched. This garden, miraculously obtained, became a place of pilgrimage for centuries for those seeking healing. His day is observed on August 30 in Ireland and France. (Adapted from “Saint Fiacre.” Catholic Saints.Info. May 9, 2016.)
The Stewardship Committee would like to thank Kathie and all those participating in the Garden Guild who exemplify our parish life in Christ to the community. If you would like more information about this guild or any other opportunities to begin or increase your participation at Our Saviour please reach out to Kathie or one of the Stewardship Committee members (Jeff Chancellor, Brian Mullaney, Lauren Giles or Mary Sommers).
Remember, it only takes a minute to share God's love. Do you have a minute?
Father Dean has a Rector’s Forum each Sunday between the services (9:45 – 10:45) in the library. Currently the class is exploring the many unexpected insights they are finding in their study of Jon Domminic Crossan’s series, THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS. You are invited, even if you have not attended in the past! Remember: the COOS Library, Sunday mornings, at 9:45am, with Father Dean Taylor.
The garden guild meets the second Saturday of each month to work on the grounds and gardens of the parish. Please come by between 9:30am and noon on Saturday, October 14, and offer your skills for as much time as you can spare. If you have any questions about this guild, please contact Kathie Spotts at 770-216-9985.
On October 17 and November 7, from 7:45-9pm upstairs in Garrison Hall, we will be having a session of Godly Play just for adults. This is a great opportunity for adults to find out what Godly Play is all about by experiencing it first hand. Just as with the children, the sessions will consist of a story, a feast and an opportunity to address spiritual concerns and questions. However, unlike the children’s sessions, the feast portion of these sessions will consist of heavy appetizers and festive beverages.
Plan on coming and invite a friend (either someone with children or someone without). Come to both of the sessions or only one. The goal is to introduce adults to what the children at the Church of Our Saviour are doing on Sunday mornings, and also help develop a sense of community among those attending.
The Church of Our Saviour AIDS Walk Team can also be found on Facebook. AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is the Southeast’s largest community fundraiser and awareness event for HIV/AIDS, benefiting AID Atlanta & seven other participating organizations. Over its history, more than 300,000 people have participated in AWA5K, raising $40M for HIV/AIDS prevention and care, saving countless lives and improving the well-being of thousands still living with HIV/AIDS today. This year, we expect thousands of people to join us. AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will continue until the epidemic end.
To download a copy of the October 2017 Angelus, click here.
Church of Our Saviour can now be selected as a Community Rewards Partner in conjunction with your Kroger Plus Card. Make sure you have a card, sign in to your account and designate the parish as your selected organization. (47253 is our official Kroger number.) From then all you have to do is use your card when you shop!
And don't forget, make your Amazon purchases through AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the parish. All monies raised will be donated to our parish’s St. Vincent Fund which is used to assist the poor and people in need.