Current Events


Buildings and Parking Lot Maintenance and Renewal: Taking care of Holy Family’s remarkable buildings and property while we continue to reach out into the wider community is a major part of our mission. Responding to repeated comments from the Small Group Input Sessionsa team of vestry members and other leaders have committed to lead a campaign to raise at least $100,000 in the coming weeks that is needed to undertake the extensive and important repair and staining of all exterior Church surfaces and the repair and sealing of our parking lot. 

Thank you to all who’ve responded to the campaign to date– we’ve received contributions totaling $35,860. If you would like to be contacted to learn more about the projects, call the parish office and leave a message with Christie or me. A steering committee member will call you. G. Yandell

Steering Committee: Terry Nicholson, Jr. Warden; Jeannine Krenson, Sr. Warden; Jim Braley, Finance Ministry Chair and vestry member; Rosemary Lovelace, Altar Guild Chair and vestry member; Andy Edwards, Grounds Team and vestry member; Alvin Cox, Grounds Team and volunteer consultant; Phil Anderson, Grounds Team, Usher chair, former Senior Warden; Allan DeNiro, Lector, Former vestry member; George Yandell, Rector

The Tai Chi Class meets this Saturday September 30 at 11:00 in the Parish Hall. NOTE THIS CHANGE IN VENUE. Anyone wishing to learn about Tai Chi is welcome to join us. G. Yandell

Adult Sunday Class at 9:15: Each Sunday class focuses on one or more of the readings we hear in Sunday worship. The Sunday class continues this Sunday, October 1. The curriculum Reading Between the Lines is tied to lessons for each Sunday in the Church year. The class is held in the parish hall. This Sunday’s lesson is drawn from Philippians 2:1-13. All are welcome. G. Yandell

John Carter has been organist and choirmaster for Holy Family for 15 years. To celebrate this happy milestone the choir and I invite you to the coffee hour after the 10:30 service this Sunday to offer recognition and appreciation of John’s ministry among us. G. Yandell

Aging Well Programs Coming Beginning Soon at Holy Family: The Aging Well programs at Holy Family will begin soon. Our past programs have included topics such as communications, legal issues, medical issues, housing options, brain health, dementia, planning for your funeral, hospice, and Medicare. Our plan is to repeat some of those programs and include some new topics such as wellness, nutrition, dental health, mental health, exercise and activity, social activities. If you have suggestions for other topics, please contact Lynn Miller.

The Aging Well committee is looking for volunteers to join our group. If you have experience or enthusiasm in any of the program areas, we invite you to join our committee. Please come to our meeting on Thursday, September 28 at 1:00 in the Parish Hall.

Holy Family CPR Course: Many of you have expressed interest in being trained in CPR in the event of an emergency. The training will help us learn to stabilize the life of a family member, friend or colleague until professional help can arrive. Parishioner leaders at Holy Family are sponsoring a CPR course in the Parish Hall. The course is not intended for certification for medical personnel but is an American Heart Association approved course for laypersons like us. There is only space for 18 people in this initial class (details below). Reservations are needed to fill each spot for the class. Please respond quickly if you are interested in this training. Richard Smith

When: Friday, October 6, 2023, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Water and snacks available)
Where: Holy Family Parish Hall

Cost: $25.00 per person, payable in cash or by check at the time of the course.
What to wear: Loose, comfortable, casual clothes.
What to expect: Fun, fellowship, confidence, and learning important information that could save the life of a dear loved one.
How to register: Send an email to: confirming your desire to attend. Registrations will be taken in the order they are received, and you will receive a confirmation note. 

Movie Night at Holy Family!
Wednesday Evening, October 11th, 5 pm—8 pm

Join us for an evening of film, potluck dinner, and shared community sponsored by the Pastoral Care and Hospitality Committees. Associate Priest Bill Harkins will lead a discussion on the theological, psychological, and family systems of a film (TBA) with plenty of merriment, good humor, and discussion topics to consider. You may bring a main dish and/or dessert to share. The schedule is as follows: 

5:00—5:30 pm Gather and refreshments
5:45—7:15 pm Dinner and a Movie
7:15—8:00 pm Discussion
8:00—8​:15 pm Compline/Evening Prayer

Holy Family Supports Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament: Pickens County Habitat for Humanity is holding its annual fund-raising golf tournament on Monday, October 2, at Big Canoe. If you would like to play a round of golf at no expense for a good cause with some of your fellow parishioners, please contact Steve Franzén at and 404-556-7769. We are also looking for volunteers to help with registration and refreshments. If you are interested in spending a beautiful day outside working for Habitat for Humanity and Holy Family’s community ministry, please contact Habitat for Humanity (HFH) executive director Debra Cook. 706-253-2393.

New Yoga Classes at Holy Family:  In addition to her usual Friday class, Laurie Hearn will offer Introduction to Yoga on October 6 and 13 at 11:15 in the Conference Center for $10 a class or $16 if you pay the first week for both classes. Read more about Laurie and the classes offered by clicking here.

We Need You: Holy Family is a major sponsor of this year’s Serve Pickens event. Serve Pickens would like to have a table at Marble Festival to recruit volunteers this year. We need volunteers to serve Saturday, October 7 from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, October 8 from 9 am to 4 pm. You can serve all day, or a few hours. If this sounds like fun, contact Terry Franzen at . Thanks!