Tuesday, May 11
6:30-8:30 pm via Zoom
Avoid, Deny, Defend: Protecting Oneself in an Active Shooter Situation
It's impossible to escape the news of the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Boulder, among others. Have you ever wondered how you would respond if you found yourself in an active shooter situation? Officer Hal Shoffreitt of the Alpharetta Police Department will share the Avoid/Deny/Defend (ADD) program designed to help civilians be better prepared in an active shooter situation or any act of violence. ADD is an awareness tool that will empower and instill confidence to civilians of all ages, helping us understand that “what we do matters” in an active shooting event. Hopefully, none of us will ever need to use this information, but being informed and educated can empower and strengthen us.
As is our custom, after Officer Shoffreitt's presentation, we will gather in small groups for confidential discussion. For more info, contact LeeHunter@kw.com.
The Zoom invitation is included in your Weekly Illumination and is on the App.
Help us celebrate Rev. Dean Taylor on his last Sunday, May 9th. We not only want to honor the gift of his ministry here at St. David's but are also excited to congratulate him on his upcoming retirement.
If you are unable to make it to a service that morning, all are invited to attend a celebratory "drive-thru farewell" from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m., where you can personally express your best wishes to Dean.
Please also consider the following ways you might join in honoring Dean:
1. There's nothing like a heartfelt note! Express your gratitude in a card, which you can bring with you on May 9th, or send into the church at the address below.
2. If you would like to contribute to a parish gift (or love offering) the deadline is May 9. You can:
a. Click this link to make a one-time donation online.
b. Bring or mail in a check (marked "Father Dean Offering") at:
St. David’s Finance Office
1015 Old Roswell Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076
We are so grateful for the leadership that Dean has provided during this season in our parish life. This is our chance to make sure he knows just how much we appreciate him!
Congratulations, St. David’s. We made it! Can you believe that its been almost two years since you and I began this Interim time together and
your new rector will soon be here!
Back in August of 2019, who knew what a crazy, unprecedented Pandemic Year we would all go through together. I still remain so inspired to have seen a great parish pull together and do what needed to be done, and to keep these wonderful ministries going strong. Tough times bring out the true spirit of a people, and St. David’s can be proud of the work that you all did this past year, especially the extraordinarily talented staff, and the faithful, hard-working Vestries that have served St. David’s so well.
I always approach the leaving part of Interim work with mixed feelings. I am so proud of this parish and am so excited about your future! And yet, there is a sadness in moving on as well.
For me, the “leaving” is more significant than usual, for I have decided that it is time for me to retire from full-time ordained ministry. According to the computers at the Church Pension Fund, I have served in ordained ministry for exactly 36.57863 years! (They like to be very exact!).
I will be able to work occasionally as a priest in the diocese, but I will not be able to do further work in the parish that I leave as a full-time priest (ie, St. David's). I think that's actually a wise policy.
This is a big step for me, and I have had mixed feelings, as perhaps many of you know from your own retirement planning! But I'm grateful that I am able to end my full-time ministry at such a parish as St. David's. This parish has been a blessing to me, and I will always remember you all fondly.
Despite the mixed feelings, I am looking at this new era in my life as a "new adventure," and I'm curious as to what God has in store for me now!
Thanks to this wonderful staff and Vestry, and to you all, for being good friends and faithful partners in ministry during this difficult year! And congratulations on this exciting new era ahead!
As you may have heard somewhere, “Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us, so be quick to love, make haste to be kind, and may the blessing of God be with you always!”
Meet the Rev. Remington Slone, the next Rector of St. David's Episcopal Church.
We thank God for sending St. David's this amazing person to be our next Rector and look forward to Rev. Slone beginning his ministry here May 20th. We look forward to planning events, in different formats, for us to meet him. Stay tuned!
Join Kristen Acker, St. David's Senior Warden, and Marilyn Hedrick, Chair of the Nominating Committee, as they announce the new Rector of St. David's Episcopal Church.
Kristen Acker, St. David's Senior Warden, and Marilyn Hedrick, Chair of the Nominating Committee, invite you to join them at THIS SUNDAY for a very exciting announcement regarding our Rector Search!
This announcement will be made at all services. Additional information will be available on all of St. David's media channels at noon.
We hope you can join us!
To make reservations for Sunday: