Inreach / Outreach
St. Bartholomew’s has a rich history in outreach and social justice. Together, we are a parish called to act. A parish called to pray, reflect, discuss, and grow. We are called to worship in joyful togetherness. Called to love our neighbors and called to give to those in need.
The Outreach and Social Justice ministries at St. Bartholomew’s provide opportunities for each of us to love and act like Jesus by doing more for those in need, however big or small. And to manifest our love beyond the walls of our church.
For further information contact:
Sara Irwin, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Neva Corbin, Death Penalty Ministry (email@example.com)
Carol Lyle, Haiti Ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Linda Erhard, liaison to Toco Hills Community Alliance (email@example.com)
Jane Thorpe, Toco Hills Community Alliance, Refugees and Communications (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Legacy Ministries of St. Bartholomew’s are our parish’s footprints from walking as Jesus’ disciples serving the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless for over five decades. Nicholas House, Jerusalem House, Project Open Hand were started and incubated at St. Bart’s. Over the years, organizations like Villa International, Friends of L’Arche Atlanta, and Kid4Peace have captured parishioners’ passion for service. Today, the St. Bartholomew’s legacy of service lives as our parishioners serve on the boards or donate time and funds to many of these ministries.
A “legacy ministry” that remains deeply embedded in St. Bartholomew’s DNA is social justice activism. Beginning with our first rector, Austin Ford’s, leading parishioners to march in for civil rights in the 60s through today — whether standing for LGBTQ rights, the environment, gun violence, refugee rights, racial justice, against the death penalty — St. Bartholomew’s parishioners organize and walk their faith in the streets, on the phone. and with their pens and prayers for justice.
Outreach-Social Justice ministries provide us opportunities to do much more good in the world collectively than we could do individually, outside our walls in our surrounding neighborhood and beyond. We believe that in coming to know those who may seem very different from ourselves, we are able to discover God’s presence in us all and expand our understanding of the world.
These documents are mentioned in the Annual Report for 2017:
THCA Task Force Report Final
Summary Outreach Communications Plan
Outreach Communication Survey Responses
Information coming soon
Episcopal Relief and Development
An international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church. Our work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity. – Page Love Smith – 912-308-5590 or visit their website
Healing Racism: Pray, Listen, Act
Racial healing efforts have been a part of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church for a long time. Two years ago our emphasis received a boost when the parish studied The Cross and the Lynching Tree and took two bus loads to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum, in Montgomery, AL. Since then, our commitment to healing the sin of racism has accelerated. We offered a Lenten series titled
Racial Healing: Pray, Listen Act.
Monthly gatherings assumed the same title and have continued for 2 ½ years. A class of 25 parishioners completed Sacred Ground, a 10-session, film-based dialogue series on race and faith, and a second group is being formed for 2020-2021.
Responding to the times, the Vestry organized ways for families to participate in the Black Lives Matter protests.
St. Bart’s is adding to its rich history of outreach and social justice as parishioners pray, listen, and act to heal systemic racism.
Nicholas House provides housing programs along with supportive services to meet the various levels of need that homeless families face in Atlanta. It began on the grounds of St. Bartholomew’s in 1982 as the first shelter in the Atlanta area for homeless families that keeps the family unit intact in the sleeping quarters by not separating parents from children.
Parishioners of St. Bartholomew’s are involved on the Nicholas House board and as volunteers. For more information, please visit the web site at www.nicholashouse.org.
Prisoner/Anti-Death Penalty Ministry
Through the work of parishioners like our own Neva Corbin and Susan Casey, an parishioners have an opportunity to connect deeply and personally with issues related to the death penalty in Georgia. Our members write letters to prisoners and prisoners on death row as well as visit with inmates. We have also act as a voice for them through writings, demonstrations protesting the death penalty, and raising our voices to our elected representatives.
New American Pathways (NAP) connects refugee families with crucial local resources that assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. Their mission is to help refugees reach their full potential in the United States.
St. Bartholomew’s supports NAP by sponsoring a refugee family, helping to set-up their household and with transition to their new country with volunteer tutors, education coordinators, job searches) Today, St. Bart’s assist families from Burma, Eritrea, and Syria To participate in St. Bartholomew’s efforts, contact Karen Werner 404-906-3992.
Refugee Kids Closet | We have an easy way to help our refugee families! The Refugee Kids Closet will again collect donations for the next season to match the sizes of the kids in families St. Bart’s Episcopal Church has helped to settle in Clarkston. Please contact Malia Escobar for details about items currently needed at email@example.com.
Toco Hills Community Alliance
An alliance of neighborhood churches that serve the poor and underserved in our area with food and assistance. – visit their website
Since 2006, we have supported our sister congregation, St. Marc’s in Bois Blanc, where the current focus of our work is with the school, contributing to teacher salaries, lunch program, uniforms and school supplies. In addition to the school partnership, regular medical mission teams visit Haiti to provide medical care to the congregation. For more information, contact Carol Lyle.
Honduras Medical Mission
During the week-long mission trip, medical and non-medical personnel travel to the southern part of Honduras in the department of Choluteca where 1500 people are served for medical, dental and vision problems. Our Rector, Mac, and several parishioners have joined the mission team as the parish raises money for the purchase of vitamins and other medications for distribution during the visits. For more information, please contact Lynn Tesh 404-735-6256.
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD)
ERD is an international relief and development agency on behalf of The Episcopal Church. St. Bartholomew’s supports ERD through participation in Nets For Life and Kids4Peace programs. For more information, visit the ERD website, episcopalrelief.org, or contact Page Love Smith at 912-308-5590.
Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, KIDS4PEACE is a global movement of Jewish, Christian & Muslim youth, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world.- Page Love Smith at 912-308-5590.
St. Bartholomew’s is a community who prays. We pray together. We pray alone. We pray for one another through the ministry of the Prayer Chain, and through our parish prayer list which can be found on the weekly announcement sheet. Submit your prayer requests by calling the clergy or the church office, or by emailing your name and details to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call the church office at 404-634-3336 and press 5 to be connected to the clergy on call number.
OTHER PASTORAL CARE MINISTRIES
Prayer Chain – Alice Davidson
Care Notes – Kay Kuck
Inreach ministries provide us with intentional ways to ‘reach in’ to our Parish family offering support – physically, emotionally and spiritually. These ministries also give us organized methods to tend to our building and grounds with the same care.
Care-Giver Support Group
An informal group that gathers monthly over a brown-bag lunch in a spiritual setting to offer and receive encouragement supporting those who are care-givers to family members. All conversations are confidential. Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. For more information, contact the church office at 404-634-3336.
Named for the flower symbol of our patron saint, this ministry is a group of compassionate parishioners who have been trained to be good listeners. This support is available to anyone who needs it as they offer confidential, non-judgmental, prayerful company and can only do so with your invitation. For more information contact the church office at 404-634-3336, or program coordinator, Kaaren Nowicki at 404-371-0990.
This ministry provides meals to parishioners who are in a state of temporary need due to life altering circumstances. Providing meals at these times is a tangible expression of the love and concern the members of our parish family have for one another. We have a group of 30 parishioners who prepare and deliver the meals. For more information or to reach out for meals, please contact Linda Dacey-Caban or at 404-634-9539.
Toco Hills Community Alliance
We provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to be of service to their neighbors by helping individuals and families in need.
Toco Hills Community Alliance (THCA) was founded in 1998 by a community of faith as a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to our neighbors. The organization became a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and has expanded its service area in the Northeast Atlanta area. We currently serve a five ZIP code area providing emergency food supplies, rent, and utility assistance. We are located on the property of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
To provide assistance and support for individuals and families living in our service area (Dekalb County for food; zip code areas for financial assistance) who face the possibility of the loss of housing and/or who are without sufficient food for themselves or their families.
To make available emergency assistance to individuals and families in need in the northeast communities of Atlanta. To sponsor and promote assistance programs and services that will result in greater economic stability and independence for those individuals and families in need. To provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to be of service to their neighbors by helping individuals and families in need.
Closed to the public on Monday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
We are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 12pm – 4 pm.
Doors open at 11:30pm, shopping begins at at 12 pm and lunch is from 1 pm – 2:30 pm.
Clothing Pantry open Tuesday and Thursday – Noon – 3 pm.
For more information about THCA, please call 404.325.0677 or visit their website.
St. Bartholomew’s Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling (ECPC) offers psychotherapy, pastoral counseling and spiritual direction to individuals, couples, groups and families. Our therapists also offer pre-marital counseling. The Emmanuel Center was officially incorporated in 1994. Our offices are inside the main church facility. Services are available to parishioners and non-parishioners, those of faith and those of no stated faith.
- Our services are strictly confidential.
- Counselors also offer educational workshops and seminars.
- ECPC keeps several appointment slots available for clients on a sliding scale fee structure based on need.
- The Emmanuel Center offers spiritually sensitive care and our counselors consider themselves to be spiritually multilingual.
- Our counselors are trained in many modalities and offer services based on client need.
- Our counselors offer Spiritual Direction.
On average, the Emmanuel Center provides approximately 472 hours of Mental Health Outreach out of a total of 1,908 hours of counseling to the Church and the community at large. Many of the non-MHO hours were provided on a sliding scale, making it possible for a wider range of people to draw on our resources. The Emmanuel Center gratefully acknowledges the personal and financial support provided by the members of St. Bartholomew’s to make this ministry possible. While many private and public organizations offer programs geared toward alleviating the pressures of financial difficulties, disability, displacement, under-employment, and unemployment, the negative psychological and spiritual effects of these crises frequently go untreated. At the same time, even people with regular incomes and health insurance now face shrinking and restrictive benefits for mental health. These difficulties may exacerbate a common reluctance to seek therapy in times of need. The result is a gap in the continuum of care offered to the neediest members of our community, to those caught in the midst of disruptive life transitions, and to those whose needs are not well met by a medically oriented managed care model. Because clients often report that pastoral counseling offers a less intimidating psychotherapeutic environment than other more bureaucratic or medically driven settings, the Emmanuel Center can provide accessible, affordable, and spiritually sensitive care.
CeCe Balboni, MAT, EDS
CeCe is an Episcopal laywoman, psychotherapist and spiritual director. CeCe serves on the adjunct faculty of Shalem Institute in Washington, DC in the Spiritual Guidance Program. CeCe enjoys retreat and workshop leadership. She uses the writings of the mystics and poets as well as Scripture and art to open the mind in heart experience. This year she participated in several ecumenical and interfaith events in the diocese. CeCe, a lifelong Episcopalian and religious studies major in college, likes to consider herself spiritually multilingual. She can be reached at 404-467-8643.
Richard Bondi, Ph.D.
Individual, Couple, and Group Therapy Fellow, AAPC
Richard attended Oberlin College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in English and Religious Studies. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bondi has taught at Notre Dame, at Marquette University, and at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He is the author of Leading God’s People: Ethics for the Practice of Ministry. He has practiced pastoral counseling and psychotherapy at the Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling since 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He can be reached at 404-895-8509.
Tere Canzoneri, M.Div., LCSW
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
Tere joined The Emmanuel Center in January 2003. Originally trained in psychodynamic and systems theories, she has kept up with innovations in various treatments as well as research about trauma and the impact of neurobiology on mental and emotional well-being. As appropriate she draws on insights from mindfulness, internal family systems, imago therapy, and bilateral stimulation. Her formal education includes an undergraduate degree in human services and social philosophy from Mercer University, an M.Div. from Emory’s Candler School of Theology, an M.S.W. from the University of Georgia, and a residency in pastoral counseling from Georgia Baptist Medical Center. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and is a diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. For further information see terecanzoneri.com. For an appointment, contact Tere at 404-664-6254.
1790 LaVista Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30329