The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 5-18, 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Stewardship
Blessing of the Animals
Flood relief work
Ministry focus
Grief support group
Ssandwichs for MUST
Newcomer Sunday
WNL
Low Country Boil
Elizabeth Inn - dinner & laundry
Choirs invite you
All Saints
Memorial Service
Remembrance Ministry
Men's book study
Understanding Christian Spirituality
Sonshine cook day
Blood Drive
Cats On Wheels trip
Yellow Pages
Men's retreat
Op. Christmas Child
Children's Chapel
Rally Day reflection
Sunday annoucements
Biltmore trip
IN THE COMMUNITY
Cobb debris pickup

Cobb schools
Holiday pops
Nurses Corner:
Flu Season

Alcohol dependency
Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
Thank you

1000 cans
October outreach
Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

10/5 - Grief support group begins

10/7, 14, 21, 28 - WNL

10/9-11 - National Acolyte Festival in Washington, DC

10/10 - Sonshine Cooking Day

10/11 - Newcomer Sunday, Coffee

10/12 - Men's Book Study @ Brooks'

10/13 - Blood Drive

10/14 - Sandwich making for MUST

10/16-18 - Men’s Retreat @ Montara Farm

10/24 - Low Country Boil

 

 

 

St. Francis

Most high,
glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me, Lord,
a correct faith,
a certain hope,
a perfect charity,
sense and knowledge,
so that I may carry out Your holy and true command.

— St. Francis of Assisi

He was the first born of one of the richest men in Assisi. Drawn to wild nightlife and high living, Francis is said to have bankrolled much food and drink for his companions. He was well loved and known for his out-going and fun-loving life. In keeping with his romantic ideas of bravery and heroic action, Francis joined the soldiers of Assisi in an attack against the neighboring city of Perugia and found himself in prison suffering from malaria. After his release from prison, Francis returned to his beloved Assisi, a changed man. He found no solace in merrymaking and began his journey to a deeper meaning of life and love. Francis literally stripped himself of his fine clothes in a public gathering in the piazza and committed himself to a life of poverty.

Living in caves in the neighboring mountains of Assisi, he found that relationship with God meant relationship with all of creation. For years he resisted the urgings from the Vatican to build a Monastery. He felt a building would only hinder true communion with God who was so accessible in the breathtaking surroundings of the Italian countryside. Eventually, he did begin a community of men dedicated to peace and “Holy poverty” and then later, with St. Clare, he founded a convent for women dedicated to the same ministry with the poor and sick. The order of the Franciscans is still a well established and influential monastic community in our world.

This week our Church remembers St. Francis and his work as we gather to bless the creatures – large and small – that reflect the perfect Love of God into our daily lives. May we, like Francis, be careful not to build walls around ourselves which might hinder a deep and authentic communion with God.

Respectfully yours,

Deacon Kathy+


Stewardship 2009 – Sign up now for a Cottage Meeting

by Mark Blythe

We have now entered our 3rd segment of our year round campaign — Stewardship of Resources. Our theme this year is “Today’s Gifts…Tomorrow’s Hope.” We have an exciting calendar of events upcoming and it is our sincere hope that we can spend some time together over the coming weeks continuing our year round discussion of stewardship. Pledge Ingathering Sunday is November 8.

October Cottage Meetings – choose your time!

Our host families have set aside 25 opportunities throughout the month of October for us to come together as a congregation to discuss… in ultimate comfort I might add…the Stewardship of Resources. Meetings are just one hour, at the host family’s home or in the Parish Hall if so noted. Choose from one of these times below and please RSVP by either signing up at the table in the foyer on Sundays or contacting Mark Blythe, m.blytheatt.net.

Day

Date

Hours

Host Family

Thursday

October 1

7-8 PM

Fred & Jennifer Massey

Saturday

October 3

6-7 PM

Ron & Julie Brannock

Sunday

October 4

4-5 PM

Hale & Diane Sanders

Monday

October 5

7-8 PM

Bill & Elaine Krupp

Thursday

October 8

7-8 PM

Al & Sue Jones

Saturday

October 10

9-10 AM

In Parish Hall

Saturday

October 10

6-7 PM

David & Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Sunday

October 11

1-2 PM

In Parish Hall - Stan & Dani Dickson

Sunday

October 11

4-5 PM

Tom & Kristin Blackstock

Monday

October 12

7-8 PM

Nelson & Emily Gale

Wednesday

October 14

6:30-7:30 PM

In Parish Hall - Al & Sue Jones

Thursday

October 15

7-8 PM

Mike & Amelia Arthur

Saturday

October 17

6-7 PM

Bruce & Barbara Perry

Sunday

October 18

10-11 AM

In Parish Hall

Sunday

October 18

4-5 PM

Bill & Barbara Selby

Monday

October 19

7-8 PM

Tom & Maureen Donoghue

Thursday

October 22

7-8 PM

Richard & Eleanore Pearson

Saturday

October 24

9-10 AM

In Parish Hall

Saturday

October 24

6-7 PM

John & Carol Starr

Sunday

October 25

1-2 PM

In Parish Hall

Sunday

October 25

4-5 PM

Tom & Marilyn Hunter

Monday

October 26

7-8 PM

John & Fran Brooks

Wednesday

October 28

6:30-7:30 PM

In Parish Hall - Bob & Pat Pepper

Thursday

October 29

7-8 PM

Tom & Marilyn Hunter

Saturday

October 31

6-7 PM

John & Carol Starr

 

Stewardship Education Day -- All Saints Day, November 1

What is a steward? What makes me a steward?
What gifts do I have to offer? How can I offer these gifts?
What is my responsibility as a steward?
Am I a steward?

Christian Nurture and Development, the Stewardship Committee, staff and clergy have deemed All Saints Day, November 1st, as Stewardship Education Day. All services and Church School classes (Catechesis-Young Lambs thru Level III and all Adult classes) will coordinate their program discussions around stewardship. We will have specially designed pledge cards to send home with our youth to allow parents to continue this all important discussion at home. As part of our year round program, we felt that a day dedicated to discussing these points as a congregation could be invaluable.

 

October Ministry Focus: Finance Ministry Team

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Finance Ministry Team. To find out more about the Stewardship Committe and the other groups of this team please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Rod Pope..


Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM

Bring your pet for a blessing under the Big Oak Tree! This day commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures. St. Francis had a special affinity for animals. He reminds us of the importance of our relationships with all of God's creation.

Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided.


Flood relief work for our neighbors in need

Food and Clothing collection – Sunday, Oct. 4

With almost 1,700 people in need of supplies following the flooding in Cobb County, St. Catherine's is organizing an emergency drive to collect food and new or like-new clothing. Bring donations to the church any time between now and this Sunday, Oct. 4. Please place them in the Narthex (the room between the two glass walls just outside the worship space).

What is needed:

  • Food: Peanut butter, Jelly, Cereal, Canned meats, Macaroni & Cheese, Canned vegetables, Dry pasta,
  • Clothing: New underwear and socks, New and like-new clothing for every age and size. (many school-age children need clothing and adults with jobs need work clothes)

Work Parties October 3 & 4

By Frederick Massey

How do you eat an elephant? This Wednesday a group from St. Catherine's ventured out to Austell to assist home owners devastated by the recent flood. When we got there we realized that this was ONE BIG ELEPHANT. We only took a nibble out of the tail and there's plenty more to do.

There were no government agencies, community organizations or churches helping that we saw. Many are without insurance, family or any form of support. This weekend looks like the weather will be good so I would like to invite anyone that feels the urge to help their neighbors come join me Saturday, October 3, (morning and afternoon shifts) and Sunday, October 4, after the late service. Let's leave St Catherine's at 8 AM Saturday and 1 PM Sunday. If you can devote four hours during either of these days Father Jim promises you you'll leave with many sore muscles (lol).

Wear long pants, work boots if you have them, bring gloves, a shovel, brooms, sunscreen, water, etc., and a willing spirit. So I have an idea whom to expect, please e mail f_massey2hotmail.com or call 404.731.4466. Bless all of you for your support and efforts.

More work days likely to be added, watch your Parish Announcements email for updates.

 

Austell Work Day Reflection

by Amelia Arthur

On Wednesday, September 30th about twelve men from St. Catherine's and the Marietta community gathered at Massey Automotive to carpool to Austell to help clean up houses for the afternoon. I tagged along to document the afternoon, my plan was to take pictures and bring people water. When we got to Austell my plans changed. As we drove down Jones Road the water line on the trees was easily 20 feet high, and everything was covered in a thin layer of mud. There was a house that had been picked up and twisted 90 degrees on its foundation, another that the entire roof had caved in, and piles of trash and debris taller than the cars.

Jones Road looked like it could have been a street in New Orleans after Katrina, and to the people whose homes were totally flooded the flooding here was their Katrina. To them, it doesn't matter that the scope of the damage in total isn't as extensive as Katrina, their homes are destroyed and they have to start over.

We stopped at a house that had been turned into a duplex prior to the flood and met Ray, the uncle of the homeowner, Anne. Ray had a gruff southern accent but a big smile. As we got out of the car he smiled and thanked us many times. He said something like "regular folks helping regular folks, you all sure are a blessing".

For the next few hours our particular crew, Larry Boyd, Bob Pepper, Jim Nixon, and myself, along with a guy named Jacob, worked to take up a hardwood floor in the living room, gut the kitchen of cabinets and flooring, and pull down the remaining wall paneling and insulation. Across the street from us was a team that included Mark Blythe, Al Jones, and Ed Pitts who worked to clean out debris and "gut" the house. Although the work was hard we all had a good time.

Father Jim said of the afternoon, "no matter how many times I help out with something like this, it always surprises me how much satisfaction and fun come out of an afternoon like yesterday." The work is important, but it’s also important to know how big a difference just a few hours of work make to the lives of people who have lost everything. When we arrived the pile of hardwood outside the house was a few feet tall, when we left it was taller than any of us. When we arrived walking into the house was a challenge because of all the broken wood, wet cabinets, and trash, by the time we left the trash and debris were out of the house, there was no longer a kitchen, and the house was pretty much "gutted". If anyone has a few hours to help out on one of the work days I recommend it, you will get as much out of the time you spend as the people who you are helping, you will get to know people from St. Catherine's a little better, and you will have made a difference.

Above: Jim Nixon, Jacob, Ray, Larry Boyd, Bob Pepper
Mark Blythe moves debris out
Larry Boyd views the growing pile
Ed Pitts pulls up flooring
Father Jim and Bob Pepper see good progress
Al Jones digs in


Remembering those we have loved and lost...

Grief Support group begins October 5

Recognizing that grief is a difficult journey, St. Catherine's is offering a grief support group which will meet on Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and on November 2, from 6:30 PM until 8 PM. Often people find comfort and strength in hearing others stories and in sharing their own. Also, the group will offer information about the grieving process.

If you have lost a loved one, we invite you to attend. A minimum of four participants is required. The group will be led by Gail McGill. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or for information contact Gail at 770-971-8890.


Sandwiches for MUST

Wednesday Night Live, October 14

On October 14 during the 6:30-7:30 Wednesday Night Live program the youth, adults, and children will be making sandwiches to take to MUST Ministries. We need your help! We are having an ingathering for the sandwich making materials from Sunday, October 4, until Wednesday, October 14. We need Ziploc sandwich bags, brown paper lunch bags, wheat bread, turkey, ham, and cheese. We could also use gift cards to Wal-mart or Kroger to buy the meat and cheese. Our goal is to make 250 sandwiches but we will make as many as we have materials to make.

Please bring any donations for the sandwich making to the kitchen. There will be an area of the big refrigerator marked for the meat and cheese, and a box on the counter for the bread, Ziploc, and paper bags. Thanks in advance! With your help we can help MUST feed a lot of people! For more information please contact Amelia Arthur at 770-971-2839.


October 11 is Newcomer Sunday

Challenge: Invite a newcomer to church

Sunday, October 11, is our Newcomer Sunday when we will kick off our new Ministry of Invitation Shepherd program. We challenge everyone in the congregation to invite someone to attend St. Catherine's that day. There will be a special newcomer coffee in the Parish Hall between services, gifts for our visitors and more.

Welcoming Coffee – 10 AM

All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" coffee in the Parish Hall during the Church School hour with coffee, goodies and conversation about our programs, services and ministries. This is a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions you may have.


WNL every week!

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is in full swing for the fall! Be sure to make reservations weekly in the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office by NOON on Tuesday (note this corrected time).

  • 5:00-5:45: Early Program — This time is particularly designed for families who wish to arrive before dinner, have programs for both adults and children, share dinner together and get home for early bed times.
  • 5:45-6:30: Dinner — Join your fellow parishioners for food and fellowship. Each week a delicious dinner will be served. Kid-friendly selections are always available. Meals will be catered by various restaurants and our own Celebrity Chefs. Prices are $7 for adults and kids 12 and up, $3 for kids under 12, $1 for peanut butter & jelly. $25 maximum per family.
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Evening Program — Programs for all ages: adult, youth, and children!

 

WNL help needed

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the WNL children’s programs at either of the two times, 5-5:45 or 6:30-7:30. We hope to make this on a rotating basis, once every two months. If you are interested please contact Amelia Arthur at ameliastcatherines.org.


Low Country Boil

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm

Guaranteed fun evening for all adults, with food, drinks and dancing with a DJ featuring beach music! Join us at 7:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

Tickets are on sale after services each Sunday, $12.50 per person includes all you can eat, wine and beer provided. Any helping hands are always appreciated for set up/ break down after the event. If you need more details please contact Larry Boyd at (770) 977-9362. See you there!


Our volunteer opportunities with Elizabeth Inn

Meal Volunteers needed on the 28 th of every month

Join us in thanking Daughters of the King for the excellent work they did providing and serving coordinating August 28th. We are so grateful to you, our volunteers, and for the compassion and generosity you continue to extend - especially in these challenging economic times.

St. Catherine’s continues to be committed to supplying dinner to the guests at the Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of each month. If you are interested in assisting with this program please contact either Connie Bergeron 770-956-9609 or Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609.

If you are a veteran volunteer at Elizabeth Inn or if you have never been before, October 28th will be a treat for all. Please consider coming as an active participant or as an observer to "check out" MUST and Elizabeth Inn to see if this Outreach Ministry might be rewarding for you personally. We have a great time feeding 50-60 people every month, and we welcome new volunteers to see what it is all about.

-- Connie & Tracy

 

New: Laundry volunteers

To our valued St. Catherine’s families, individuals, and Youth who have participated in the Overnight Program at the Elizabeth Inn:

In August the Elizabeth Inn initiated a program which no longer requires MUST to reach out to the community for “overnighting” while helping with their guests’ laundry. Under the new program volunteers are now needed simply to help with the men’s laundry. In keeping with our commitment to the Elizabeth Inn St. Catherine’s has agreed to staff volunteers as follows:

** The THIRD TUESDAY of the month
** The FIFTH WEDNESDAY of the month (in each month which has one)

Going forward, laundry help is needed for the MALE guests only. Volunteers are asked to plan to arrive by 6:00 PM, and help until done (approximately 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM). (Laundry for females and children is now being coordinated by the female guests themselves in their new facility downstairs).

If you would like to join the new “laundry team” please contact Fred Massey at either f_massey2hotmail.com or 404.731.4466. This is NOT a male only opportunity! Bless you for your continued support of MUST and especially the Elizabeth Inn.

-- Frederick Massey


Seen around St. Cat's -- Our choirs at work

Choir practice is every Wednesday night -- you are invited to sit in with us any time during the year!


All Saints’ Sunday remembrances

The Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 1 this year. On this date we would like to remember at the altar those people in your life who you have lost, whether last week or 25 years ago. Please also share with us the names of those who grace your life in the here and now. Please write the names on the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin or contact the church office by Sunday, October 25.


Fall Memorial Service and Reception

Sunday, November 1, 5:00 PM

Everyone in the congregation is invited to join us at our semi-annual Holy Eucharist and Memorial Service in support of those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. If you have someone to be remembered at this service please send your information to Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org by October 23.

A reception follows the service. We appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception — please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service.


New Remembrance Ministry

We are starting a Remembrance Ministry at St. Catherine's. It will be very similar to our Birthday Card Ministry. A card signed by our staff will be mailed to parishioners in remembrance of loved ones they have lost in their immediate family on the anniversary of their death.

If you would like your loved ones remembered (immediate family) please complete the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Robbie Roy, robbierroygmail.com, with the following information: your name, loved one’s name, relationship to you, and date of death. Thank you.


Men's Book Study begins October 12

by Father Jim

Our Men's Book Study will begin our fall study on Monday evening, October 12 at 6:30 pm at John Brook's home. Our book this year will be Where God Was Born: A Daring Adventure Through the Bible's Greatest Stories by Bruce Feiler. If you've never read Feiler's books on the Bible and the Middle East, this is another absorbing blend of travelogue, history, Bible commentary, memoir, current events and passionate preaching. What differentiates Feiler from most other Bible commentators is that he actually visits the places he describes, despite Palestinian suicide bombers, Iraqi insurgents, Iranian fundamentalists and his very worried family back home. From a review by Warren Kelly on Amazon.com, where you can purchase the book for $11.66, we learn

Bruce Feiler's Where God Was Born takes us on a journey that is both physical and spiritual. From the outset, we encounter an Israel that is very different from the one we see in Feiler's other books. His group is beset with obstacles thrown up by the Israeli Army in the name of 'security.' He encounters victims of suicide bombings first hand. He is watched by armed gunmen (Israeli and Palestinian) everywhere he goes. The theme that seems to run through each of Feiler's books is a quest for unity in the midst of diversity. Feiler treats the Bible with great respect, often skewering liberal criticisms of the texts, but just as often questioning conservative interpretations.

Come join us for dinner and an invigorating discussion. All men of the parish are invited to join us. Simply let John know (johnbrooksbellsouth.net) that you'll be attending so that we have plenty of food.


"Understanding Christian Spirituality"

A shift in the wind ...

Due to popular demand, the advisory committee of The Coracle has decided to offer “Understanding Christian Spirituality” in an abbreviated format beginning in January.

The program will meet from 9 to 12 noon on the second Saturday of January through May. Program cost is $100 plus books. A $25 deposit is required to hold your place and will be applicable to the program fee. Topics to be explored are: An Introduction to Christian Spirituality, Image of God, Prayer, Rule of Life, and Native American and Celtic Spirituality. For more information contact Deacon Kathy, kdh53bellsouth.net.


Sonshine Ministry Cook Day

Saturday, October 10

The Sonshine Ministry is holding a parish cook day on October 10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to stock up St. Catherine's freezer for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. It's not too late to sign up as a cook or to donate groceries or freezer ware. Please contact Amy Morris for more information, amymorris73yahoo.com,770-218-1843.


Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 13

2:30-7:30 PM in the Youth House

The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on October 13. Sign up for your time slot now: go to www.givelife.org and enter Sponsor Code HOLTRC or contact the American Red Cross at 770-852-4125.

Remember join us at St. Catherine's for our Blood Drives throughout this year. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals! All drives will be on Tuesdays, 2:30-7:00 PM in the Youth House: For more questions or to volunteer to help please contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net, 404-365-8327


Cats On Wheels trip to Hindu Temple and Moslem Mosque

Saturday, October 17

by Alan Certain

By numbers of adherents, the world’s three largest religions are, in order, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Come along with your Christian friends in Cats on Wheels to see places of worship for the other two. On Saturday, October 17, we will visit the Hindu Temple, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Lawrenceville and the Muslim Mosque, Al-Farooq Masjid, in midtown Atlanta.

Mandir (temple): www.atlanta.baps.org
Masjid (mosque): www.alfarooqmasjid.org

Here's our schedule:

  • Depart St. Catherine’s parking lot at 10:00 a.m.
  • Visit Hindu temple.
  • Dutch treat lunch at the Hindu vegetarian restaurant at the temple.
  • Visit Muslim mosque.
  • Return to St. Catherine’s by 5:00p.m.

In both places of worship, we are expected to remove our shoes, so wear loafers or sandals. In addition, their traditions require women to cover their heads, so bring a scarf. There is no admission charge, but free-will donations are welcome.

Cats On Wheels is our active senior adults group, and friends including those who are not parishioners are welcome to join us. If you would liek to come please RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200, and let him know if you are able to drive if needed.


St. Cat’s Yellow Pages -- send us your entry now

St. Catherine's Yellow Pages is open and we want your entry. The Career Ministry Team is constructing a Yellow Pages Directory to include a listing of any products, services, or businesses parishioners want to share with the church community. Listings can vary from major local businesses to individual services such as babysitting, lawn maintenance, and tutoring.

If you have a product or service to offer, or are affiliated with a company where you are the contact, please complete the form now on our website at www.stcatherines.org/yellow_pages_form.html. Or if you prefer, pick up the form now available in the foyer.This new Directory will be available on our website, updated regularly, and become part of our Welcome Package.

For more information about St. Catherine's Career Ministry and our services, please go to the Career Ministry page of our website.


Men's Retreat October 16-18 – final call!

Last call! The Men's Retreat will be October 16-18 at Montara Farm in the north Georgia mountains. Join us to make new friendships and renew old ones, explore your spirituality, have great food and enjoy some relaxing activities. Final cost reduced from original estimates, will be around $250. Check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Hans Kraeger, hans.kraegergmail.com or 404.512.5124.


Operation Christmas Child – start collecting for your shoe box

Ingathering: November 11

by Jennifer Gale

This Christmas, you and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in a country like Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, or El Salvador by using a simple shoe box. Operation Christmas Child is an easy project that children and adults alike enjoy participating in by filling a shoe box with small gifts and toiletries. For complete details, watch for Operation Christmas Child brochures in your bulletin and in the foyer beginning Sunday, October 11. Our goal this year is 200 boxes!

Don't forget to bring your shoe box gift to church on or before, Sunday, November 15! For more information, contact Jennifer Gale at 770.579.0657.
Information about Operation Christmas Child is available on the Samaritan's Purse website, www.samaritanspurse.org, at Operation Christmas Child.


Children’s Chapel Assistants Needed

Here is your chance to get to know the youngest members of our Congregation and the easiest volunteering you will ever do. Adults – young and old – are needed to sit with us during Children’s Chapel at the 8:45am service. All you need to bring is a sense of calm and a willingness to let the Holy Spirit fill us. Assistants will be required to attend a “Safeguarding God’s Children” training session and your time commitment will depend on the number of volunteers – hopefully just one Sunday per quarter.

If you are interested, please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or email Mary Lou Shannonhouse at mshannoncolpipe.com. Thanks so much.

By Mary Lou Shannonhouse


"An Enchanted Evening"

Reflection on Rally Day 2009

by Amelia Arthur

About two hours before the Rally Day Carnival was scheduled to begin I got a call from the delivery service for the moon bounces. Somehow they had been sent to Cartersville, and they were going to be about two hours late. I didn't know what to think, but I knew that our carnival wouldn't be the same if we didn't have the moon bounces. Thankfully, the driver got to church about an hour before the carnival started and everything was set up by the time people started to arrive.

Planning for the carnival was a lot like the delivery of the moon bounces, I think all of us on the committee would agree that it was a lot of planning and then waiting to make sure everything worked out. But it did, and in large measure. By the time the sun was setting over St. Catherine's on September 12th there were over 200 people eating, playing, laughing, and having a great time.

The carnival turned out to be better than anyone on our committee had imagined. All the ministry teams sponsored one aspect of the evening and got volunteers to work, Lee and Marlene Stuart and Fred and Jennifer Massey (along with the fellowship committee) made sure that everyone had enough wonderful food, many of the St. Cat's men braved the dunk tank, Tom Hunter and Bill Ivey provided music and entertainment (as well as score updates for the Georgia game), and in the end everyone pitched in to clean up. Thank you to all the ministry teams and their volunteers, thanks to everyone who supported the carnival by coming out to eat and play, and thanks to all the people who said they had a wonderful time, we'll do it again next year!

Below: Fun for all at the carnival!

See more pictures in Youth News, below and LOTS more pictures online at Rally Day Carnival September 12, 2009. Photos thanks to Jan and Chris Potter and Trudi Bayless.


Sunday Announcements: new policy

We have taken some time to reflect on the place of announcements in our worship. We believe these announcements contribute to the sense of communal responsibility for our ministry, are informative, and bring joy to our time together at St. Catherine’s. As a way of being good stewards of our time, we have re-instituting announcements by individual members of the congregation with some simple guidelines:

  1. The announcement must be sent to and approved by the Rector not later than Thursday afternoon.
  2. You must use the microphone in making an announcement (training is free and available).
  3. We ask you to keep your announcement short and to the point.
  4. Only one announcement by an individual per week (in addition to Vestry Person Of the Day announcements).
  5. Only one announcement per activity.


Biltmore trip

Fall is in the air, so let's look ahead to a fun opportunity! Cats on Wheels, our active seniors group, is sponsoring a trip December 8-10 to see the Christmas decorations at the fabulous Biltmore Estate plus other sights in Asheville, North Carolina. All adults over age 18 are invited, including friends who are not parishioners. The cost is just $252 per person, double occupancy. This includes transportation, lodging, two continental breakfasts, two dinners, admissions, taxes and gratuity. Lunches are pay-as-you-go. Single occupancy is $60 additional. Space is limited, and seats will be filled first-come, first-served. For more details, including information about trip insurance for just $35, send email to St.Cats.on.Wheelsgmail.com.


IN OUR COMMUNITY

Cobb County announces storm debris pick up

Cobb County's Department of Transportation will coordinate pick up of flood debris from properties in unincorporated Cobb County. For a 30 day period between September 29 and October 26 residents can request and be provided a container/dumpster which can be filled by the resident with flood damaged materials such as furniture, carpeting and sheet rock. The cut off for such requests will be October 26 allowing seven days for those residents to complete their debris removal. Vegetative debris and concrete are not to be placed in the container. Dumpsters will be automatically removed after seven days. Requesting residents must agree that the container be placed on private property so as not to impact traffic in the roadway. Dumpster requests should be directed to 770-528-3666.

Cobb County has a central web page dedicated to flood disaster recovery information, where residents can find details including volunteering, road closures, emergency shelters, public safety and a field guide for cleaning up flood damaged homes. For more information, visit www.cobbcounty.org/flood

 

Cobb Schools flood relief

The Cobb Schools Foundation is coordinating relief efforts for Clarkdale Elementary School. If you would like to help the students, families and teachers impacted by the flood, you can do so in the following ways:

  • Donations of school supplies and teacher instructional supplies can be made at your local Cobb County School OR you may bring them here to St. Catherine's and deposit them at the Outreach Corner.
  • Monetary and gift card donations can be made through the Cobb Schools Foundation at www.cobbk12.org. There is a link on the home page of the school district to make a secure on line contribution to the Foundation. All contributions are tax-deductible. Cash, check, and gift card donations can also be mailed to: Cobb Schools Foundation, 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

 

ASO “A Very Merry Holiday Pops” – special ticket offer extended

Take all your favorite holiday songs and combine with conductor Michael Krajewski, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the energetic voices of the Lassiter and Walton High School Choruses. Add the most talented singing and dancing Santa, and you've got a show perfect for the whole family. Plus — a very special rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas! St. Cat’s own Music Director Brian Williams and Organist Jana Williams are the directors of these excellent high school choruses.

“A Very Merry Holiday Pops” is December 18 at 8:00 pm and December 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm. A limited number of discounted tickets are available, get them before they're gone! $25 Floor Seats, $18 Second Balcony Seats. To order contact Nellie Cummins at (404) 733-5278 or nellie.cumminswoodruffcenter.org.


Congregational Nurses Corner

Flu shots at church October 11, 18, and 26

Plan on protecting yourself this winter by getting your flu shot! By getting your vaccination you are helping yourself to stay healthy. Flu shots will be administered by our Registered Nurses from WellStar Corporate & Community Health after services on October 11, 18, and 26. This is the regular seasonal flu immunization, not the H1N1 vaccine. The cost will be $25.00, or Medicare part B accepted (regular Medicare Part B, please bring a copy of your Medicare card at the time of vaccination).

In order to receive the vaccine, you MUST be at least 18 years of age, not be pregnant, and not be allergic to latex, eggs or egg products. You will be asked to remain in the area for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to ensure your safety.

Alcohol Dependency

Nancy Certain, RN, presents this final article in a 5 part series on alcohol dependency:

I wish that these articles were an all-inclusive education piece on alcohol dependence; space does not lend itself to that. Here is a highlight of the messages I wish to convey:

  • Alcoholism is a progressive, often fatal disease
  • The early stage alcohol dependent person has no idea how his whole system is changing to accommodate alcohol
  • When the alcohol dependent person becomes aware of his difficulty with alcohol, he is already addicted and needs professional help

The good news is that with effective intervention and treatment, even the most advanced, deathly ill alcoholic can recover! The human organism has extraordinary abilities to restore or compensate for damaged tissues. The surviving cells can regenerate, poisons can be flushed out, and the body can begin the slow process of healing itself. The alcohol dependent person can recover and be recovered.

There are many different treatment choices for those who desire help. The most famous, of course, is Alcoholic Anonymous. It has helped hundreds of thousands of people. There are also successful programs which are non-12 step based and they build success on anti-craving medications, nutrition, amino acid supplements and therapy. The anti-craving medications reduce or eliminate the cravings for alcohol while the nutritional and amino acid supplements help return the body and brain to a healthy and balanced state so that, eventually, the desire for alcohol dies.

Imagine being free of the agonizing, seductive, self-destructive voice in your head that will go to any length to obtain alcohol. Imagine being clear-headed, happy, alert, joyful, peaceful in a consistently sober state. It’s a great place to be; you deserve it. Life is beautiful when you are recovered and sober. If you have additional questions, please contact Nancy Certain, RN.


Letters

Fr. Jim:

I was really moved by [preparing and serving breakfast at Elizabeth Inn] this morning… The fellowship while making breakfast was wonderful (people can be civil at the wee hours of the morning, who knew?) and seeing the grateful faces, especially the young children and imaging their other needs, makes me even more grateful and humble.

The experience will stay with me for a while. My heart is ambiguous this morning. I am pleased in that I hope I helped in a small way, but also saddened knowing that in this great country of ours, for whatever reason, many go without.

I would love to have the opportunity to participate again, please advise on any upcoming opportunities.

Audrey Nesbit

[Note: Father Jim and a volunteer or two prepare and serve breakfast to the guests of the Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on the fourth Wednesday morning each month. Contact Father Jim if you are interested in participating.]

Dear Members of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,

On behalf of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your generous on-going donation to the organization. Your support is vital as we continue to work with students and their families in both school systems.

To bring you up to date with all CISMCC’s activities, the Performance Learning Centers ( PLC) are both at capacity enrollment with a waiting list and we have 5 graduates from the PLCs already this year. We graduated over 101 students last school year who otherwise were going to drop out of school. We are very proud of their accomplishments. Our Parents As Teachers program is currently serving 22 parents and 31 children. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for the students at the PLCs and literacy tutors for the elementary school age children. Parents Assuring Student Success facilitator training is scheduled for September 24 th so those classes will be staring soon at the various schools. The book drive conducted by Borders Books was just completed so we have been keeping our volunteers quite busy with labeling the books…

Our mission is “to champion the connection of needed community resources with school to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.” This mission is led by a board of 21 committed individuals who give of their time and expertise to grow our organization.

Thank you again for your continued interest and support. The many volunteers from St. Catherine’s certainly play a major role in our success and we couldn’t do it without both the monetary and people resources. …if any of you are interested in tutoring or mentoring, we would welcome the chance to talk to you about the opportunity. You will benefit as much as the student from the chance to engage with young people and motivate them in their school year. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to call.

Sincerely,
Carol Fey, Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc.


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date -- Sunday, November 1 (All Saints)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR THE SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Glenda King, Pia Johanson, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Marion Stevensky, Olivia Martin, Carol Crosslin, Hugh Wolfe, Joy Hurd, Bob Davis, Becky Jones, Susie Davis, Steve Diffley, Eddie Brewer, Kitty Diffley, Anita Gardner, Earl Layton, Bill Marshall, Brad Lowe, Margie Cook, Don Thomas, Stephanie Walsh, Pat M., Bill Krupp, Betty Kaspereit, Walter Ullrich, Rob, Julia, Katherine, Agnes Floyd, Gin Snead, Tammy Osborn, Elizabeth White, Dallas Ryder, Dee Gay, Melissa Bryan, Angela Williams, Merril King, Evan Walker, Juan Sandoval, Pat Patterson, Liz Burlas, for the Sarotte family, Michele Moody, Bill Lee, Bill Steckenrider, Crissy Bayless, John Pennington, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Jacqueline

BEFORE SURGERY: Doris Lummus, 10/9/09, Scott Lummus’s mother; Joan Thurston, 11/4/2009.

DECEASED: Lorraine Brown, Vera Bibbings’ niece; Zanny Dillson, Theodore John Gainnes, added by Carol Starr, Sterling Taylor Brown, Art Bayless’ brother

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (10/11) Marion & Jason Cook, Amanda & Marshall Jones; Ron & Arlyn Cook; Sybil Coote; Brad Corbin & Edwina Tims; Barbara Cordery; (10/18) Daniel, Nisha, Kayla, Alex Daniel & Matthew Gottesman; James, Susie, Ann & Helen Davis; Tom & Shirley Day; Terry, Lezlie, Sean, Meghan & Dylan Degan; Eric & Deana DeLaBarre

BIRTHDAYS: (10/5) Palmer Bayless, Matt Greene, Mason Smith, Baylee Heil, Amber Sinclair, Ryan Ordway; (10/6) Richard Motter, Kaitlin Thomas, Geoffrey Gardner, Stuart Gardner, Tom Donoghue; (10/7) Valerie Buxton, Kevin Sluss;(10/9) Tom Hunter, Justin Baker; (10/10) Austin Jablonski, Robin Keith, Rod Pope, Michael Harrison; (10/11) Katherine Maxwell, Christina Kerr; (10/12) Suzanne McGhee; (10/13) Kitty Diffley, Audrey Nesbit

ANNIVERSARIES: ( 10/5) Amy & Jim Hunkler; ( 10/9) Jeanette & Michael Harrison; ( 10/13) Susie & James Davis

SPECIAL PRAYERS: Please pray for Pat and Suzanne as they open themselves to find a child to adopt; David Hinshaw & Helena Johnson, friends of Bill Ivey, out of job, looking for employment; Jim Hunkler, looking for employment; For the family of Sue Snape on the death of her uncle; For the birth of Ethan Nienaber to Jason & Taryn Nienaber on September 19.

TRANSFERS IN: Harry, Jennifer, Lauren & Harry, IV, Tear from Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia

TRANSFERS OUT: Kristina & Dick Meyer to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Parker, Colorado

HELP US HELP YOU

Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.


St. Catherine's Calendar

 Below is the next two weeks of events and activities. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
 

Monday, 10/5 Monday, 10/12
 
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Grief Group
Men’s Book Study
ESL
B.S. Troop 713

 
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Grief Group
ESL
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 10/6 Tuesday, 10/13

10:00AM
10:30AM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting

10:00AM
10:30AM
12:00PM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Clericus
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 10/7 Wednesday, 10/14

9:30AM
10:00AM
12:00PM
5:00PM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Bible Study
Parenting: Sacred Path
CN & D
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

7:30AM
9:30AM
10:00AM
5:00PM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Executive Meeting
Bible Study
Parenting: A Sacred Path
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

Thursday, 10/8 Thursday, 10/15
6:30PM
7:00PM
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
5:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Finance Meeting
Catechumenate
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Career Ministry
Friday, 10/9 Friday, 10/16
 
9th-11th
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Nat'l Acolyte Festival
  @ Washington , DC
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
 
16th-18th
 
9:00AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Men’s Retreat
  @ Montara Farm
Martin ( ESL )
Folders
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
Saturday, 10/10 Saturday, 9/17
9:30AM

Sonshine cookingl

10:00AM
4:00PM

Cats on Wheels trip
Mothers & More

Sunday, 10/11 Sunday, 9/18

 
7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
5:30PM

Newcomer Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer Coffee
Choral Holy Eucharist
Financial Peace U.

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
4:00PM
5:00PM
5:30PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
YF Get-Together
Stephen Ministry
Financial Peace U.


YOUTH NEWS

by Amelia Arthur

Thank You

Thank you to all the youth and parents for the surprise shower for Lucy at WNL on September 30th! I was so surprised and had a wonderful time! I'm so glad that Mike and I get to bring Lucy into such a loving and supportive environment! Many thanks!

"1000 Cans by Thanksgiving" Food Drive

We are collecting 1000 cans of food by Thanksgiving for MUST ministries. There is a BIG box in the main room of the youth house labeled "1000 Cans by Thanksgiving." Bring your canned goods on Sundays, Wednesdays, and to youth events from now until Thanksgiving and we will make a huge difference to the people served by MUST.

Outreach Focus for October

During October we will focus on outreach during our Wednesday youth gatherings. On October 7th our program will focus on outreach and charity, on October 14th we will be making sandwiches for MUST, and on October 28th we will be making baked goods for our Halloween Youth Event at MUST on Friday, October 30th. The Halloween Youth event will be at MUST Ministries on Friday afternoon, October 30th, we will be throwing a Halloween party for the children involved in MUST Ministries. More information about the Halloween Youth Event will be coming out in the next week or so. Save the date on your calendars and stay tuned for more info!

Rally Day 2009


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 16– print edition
  • November 6 – online edition
  • November 20 – print edition

The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form.(Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.

We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org

If you prefer to receive all your issues by email and NOT to receive any printed copies please check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen:

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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Are you receiving CONNECTING, the weekly email news published by the Diocese of Atlanta? Each week it reports on events, classes, conferences, concerts, job offerings, clergy moves and much more from all around our diocese, plus a select of news items from our national church. Recent issues included an article and photos of Bishop Alexander’s visit to St. Cat’s for our confirmation service, and another article on the June 3 fundraiser for our joint youth mission trip with Holy Innocents. To begin receiving CONNECTING, go to the diocesan website at www.episcopalatlanta.org.