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Sunday Worship 10:00 am

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Every Perfect Gift Campaign

We had a lovely celebration on COMMITMENT SUNDAY
with the offering & blessing of pledge cards and nearly 40 people enjoying a boxed lunch inside and outside a well-ventilated Parish Hall!

 

Status of our 'Every Perfect Gift' campaign:

  • We give thanks to God for 41 pledges for 2022 thus far, totaling $200,925. THANK YOU, Good Shepherders!

  • We give thanks to God for four new families making a pledge

  • We give thanks to God that 44% of pledging families were able and inspired to increase their commitment from last year

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The vestry set a goal this year of growing the number of pledging households from 55 to 60. We are well on our way, but we need to hear from EVERYONE - we are all in this together. If you haven't responded, yet, please let us know your plans by placing your commitment card in the offering basket on Sunday, mailing it to the church office, setting up a pledge online (link below), or contacting bookkeeper Hallie Sway (cgse.hallie@gmail.com/ 770-786-3278).

Updated COVID Precautions

On July 28 the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta issued an update to the Phase 4 Regathering Protocols we’ve been operating under since May 24. The update comes as we’ve seen dramatic increases in coronavirus infection rates across the country, especially in places with lower vaccination rates such as Georgia, including Newton County. This update pivots us from a long list of diocesan-specific protocols to instead a minimum standard of following the current public health recommendations from the CDC. So, we’ll make the following updates in our ongoing effort to shepherd each other’s health, beginning Sunday, August 15.

For Sunday morning worship: 

  • For now, we will all – regardless of vaccination status - need to return to wearing a mask when indoors. When outdoors, masks are not required, though we should continue to be aware of our distance from others not in our household, an easy precaution to take.

  • We will still be seated socially distanced and ask that as you move around the church, inside or out, you try to keep a bit of distance from others who are not in your household.

  • Please continue signing in to help us in contact tracing if it becomes necessary.

  • There’s good news, too!

    • Singing behind our masks, from the Hymnals in the pews, continues!

    • For Holy Communion, wafers will no longer need envelopes – just sanitized hands doing the distribution - and we’ll finally return to the tradition of drawing nearer to God by coming to the altar rail to receive (keeping a little distance as we do). Consecrated wine will also be distributed using individual cups.

  • Offerings can continue to be placed in the basket in the back, or given online.

Thanks for your understanding and willingness to, for a season, make these adjustments so that, together, we continue doing our best to “love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:36-40), particularly the most vulnerable among us.

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News From Rio

 

Our sister church in Rio, St. Luke's Episcopal, often sends more prayer requests than what is included on Sunday mornings.  So that you know more about what trials and tribulations they face and need prayer for, please see the most recent communication for prayer needs.

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Faithful Practices for Busy People

 

Resources for daily prayer, personal & family devotions, and other spiritual practices

The Episcopal Church's presence in Covington, Newton County, and the surrounding area since 1950.

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