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.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 9 - 22, 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Stewardship Ingathering
Vestry nominations
Outdoor dedication
Garage sale
OCC Ingathering
Preschool auction
Career Ministry programs
Blessing of the Animals photos
Soda machine needed
Christmas trees/greens
Christmas cards
Thanksgiving schedule
Men's Retreat photos
Looking to Advent
Elizabeth Inn
Coffee Ministry
Low Country Boil photos
Vestry notes
Coracle offerings
Kitchen reminder
Yellow Pages
All Saint's photos
Flowers & candles
Ministry focus
IN THE COMMUNITY
Gobble Jog

Nativities
Craft Shoppe
Nurses Corner:
Vitamin D
Free Diabetes screening

Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
Happening
1,000 cans
Secret Santa
Acolyte Festival reflections

Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

11/11, 18 – WNL

11/13-15 – Happening at Camp Mikell

11/14 – Church-wide Garage Sale

11/15 – Operation Christmas Child ingathering

11/16-20 – Preschool Auction

11/19 – Career Ministry program

11/22 – Christmas tree/greens orders due

11/26 – Thanksgiving Day; Gobble Jog
11/24 – Thanksgiving Eucharist & pie; Elizabeth Inn laundry team

11/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

11/29 – Advent 1 - wreath making, Giving Tree begins

 

 

 

Has God forgotten us?

Our Vestry reflected some on the “Today’s Gifts; Tomorrow’s Hope” stewardship of resources campaign during their meeting in October. It was a thoughtful and reflective conversation. In response to an email I sent following that meeting one of our Vestry members wrote this:

...it comes right down to whether I praise God for the abundance he has given me or do I ask for more and remain fearful that God might have forgotten me.

I wonder if this doesn’t capture the mood of many in our nation today – perhaps even the world? In the midst of the greatest downturn in the economy most of us have ever experienced, with jobless numbers continuing to rise with no end in sight, with home foreclosures still a reality in our neighborhoods – who would blame us if we wondered ... "has God forgotten us."

Our faith proclaims something quite different. Throughout Scripture angels, prophets, and Jesus himself repeat over and over again, "Do not be afraid." Jesus himself in the Sermon on the Mount reminds us:

…do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (Matthew 6:25-26)

God has not forgotten us – this is the very foundation of our Christian faith. In fact, God so loved us that he gave his only Son to show us the way to a life lived in the hope and love of God. I admit it is much easier to write these words than to live them, especially if you’ve been out of work for 6 months or wonder from where the next house payment will come. Yet over and over again God provides, and provides abundantly. Even when I find my life consumed by worry – an honest look at the situation reveals abundance where my lens of worry can only see scarcity and fear.

I have said many times over the past few years as St. Catherine’s has faced difficult times that God has not brought us this far to abandon us. I believe that is true and as we face a challenging budget year ahead I believe that God is with us and will give to us abundantly. These difficult times will end – it’s the only sure thing we can say. But until that time may we continue to come together as a community of faith to proclaim our trust in God who has said to us, "I will never leave you or forsake you." So we can say with confidence:

The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?
(Hebrews 13:6)

Jim+


Stewardship Ingathering – Sunday, November 8

St. Catherine’s sets aside a very special date each year to gather in our prayerful commitment to God–our pledge–for His works in the upcoming year.

How does it work? Each of us should begin with the question, “how has God blessed me/us?” rather than, “what does St. Catherine’s need?” Then prayerfully consider the decision to return a portion of God’s blessings in gratitude. Fill out your card with your pledge amount for the coming year and place it in the collection basket at all services on Sunday, November 8. If you are unable to attend this day, please send it to the church office as soon as possible.

Pledge cards were distributed at the October cottage meetings and have now been mailed to all those who had not picked up their envelope. You can also download a card from our website by clicking here: www.stcatherines.org/PledgeCard2010.pdf.

Your pledge at this time is vital to our programs for 2010. St. Catherine’s budget process works a bit differently than some other religious institutions. We do not set a budget first, and then ask for donations until that amount is reached. Rather, our Finance Committee and Vestry set a balanced budget for the coming year based on the pledges received now. This process begins very soon after Ingathering Sunday. All ministry teams are working now on their budget requests for 2010. The preliminary balanced budget is determined by mid December and finalized in January in time for presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting.

Please join us in this blessing: present your 2010 Giving Cards and honor our sincere hope for "Today’s Gifts…Tomorrow’s Hope."

Lay Stewardship Talks

If you missed these inspiring Stewardship Talks in October, see the texts on the Stewardship 2009 page of our website now:

Stephanie Yucius' Stewardship Talk - October 18, 2009

Ellis Kilgore's Stewardship Talk - October 25, 2009

 


Vestry Nominations and Elections

Nominations due by November 8 / Elections December 13

Photo, right: Our Vestry, 2009

Are you interested in serving as a member of the Vestry? Do you know someone you think would be a good Vestry member? You can nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Vestry candidates must be a “member in good standing” of the parish (a list of eligible members is available at church). Nomination forms are available on our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/vestry-nomination.pdf or at church. Please fill out the form and return it to the church office by Sunday, November 8. The slate of candidates will be published in The Wheel newsletter and in Sunday bulletins the first weekend of December.

We will elect four new Vestry members to three-year terms, to replace the four rotating off at the end of this year. The election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 13. You may also vote by absentee ballot – contact Rose Wolfe in the office for a form which must be returned by 5 pm on Friday, December 11.

Serving on the Vestry is a highly rewarding ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people’s lives. Contact Senior Warden Ginny Lummus or any Vestry member for questions or nominations.


Dedication of Outdoor Worship Space

Wednesday, November 11 at WNL!

Over the summer you might have read The Wheel article about Sally Paris’ senior project, the creation of an outdoor worship space for St. Catherine’s. The space is finished and we invite you to join us for the dedication liturgy at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 11 (rain date Wednesday, November 18 at the same time). We will meet in the back parking lot behind the Parish Hall and process to the worship space where Sally will lead us in a service of Compline and Father Jim will bless and dedicate the space. Thank you to all who have supported this process for Sally, we would love for you to join us!!

Wednesday Night Live Schedule: Early Program 5:00-5:45 / Evening Program 6:30-7:30 pm. Dinner is 5:45-6:30 – be sure to make reservations weekly in the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office by NOON on Tuesday.


Church-wide "garage" sale Saturday, November 14

Come shop! Come sell! 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall, or outside in the front parking lot if the weather is good. This is a simple event:

  1. Purchase a space for $5.00
  2. Bring your items to sell that day (please, no item drop offs before this date)
  3. Remove all unsold items by 5:00 that afternoon.

You keep all your sales! The $5 space fees will go to our Financial Peace University costs or scholarships. Sign up in on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or for questions contact Meg Boyd, 770-977-9362.


Operation Christmas Child ingathering

Sunday, November 15

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 including gift ideas, packing suggestions, and Boy/Girl labels, look for brochures in the foyer or go to the Samaritan's Purse website, www.samaritanspurse.org. 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.


Preschool Silent Auction

November 16-20

It is time for St. Cats Preschool’s Annual Silent Auction! The auction raises funds to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. We will kick off the event on Monday, Nov. 16 and will conclude at noon on Friday, November 10. Your support of donating goods or services and bidding on items is greatly appreciated! Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success.

The auction will be open each day during preschool hours. Contact Karolyn Olliffe, olliffekarolynw hotmail.com for details, or call the preschool office at 770-971- 2839. Thanks for your support!


Career Ministry Programs announced

By Jennifer Massey

If you are on a career journey and could benefit from educational programs as well as emotional and spiritual support, and valuable resources, see what St. Catherine’s has to offer through Career Ministry. We sponsor informational, emotional, and spiritual sessions November - May. All sessions are held in the Parish Hall, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM on the third Thursday of the month. Each session includes a guest speaker. These sessions are open to all St. Catherine’s adult parishioners and the community! For more information contact us at: career.ministrystcatherines.org

November 19: Guest Speaker Mark Walkerm Vice President Client Development, Integrity Solutions®

For over 30 years, Mark has worked in a con­sultative role with senior managers in business, industry and government, while providing his talents as a skilled facilitator in sales development, customer service training and sales coaching. Mark has conducted workshops in effective listening skills, time management, behavior styles, goal setting, and project manage­ment. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Mark has done graduate work in Human Resources Development at George Washington University. He is a retired Navy Reserve Captain, a Vice President for the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, and a volunteer Boy Scout leader. Mark is also a volunteer “Ambassador” for the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and the Facilitator of the “Business Builders” personal growth networking group. Mark is married to Dr. Judy C. Walker, a licensed family therapist. He and Judy are the parents of four, and the grandparents of nine. To find out more about Mark go to www.integritysolutions.com.

January 21: Guest Speaker Jim Browning
Topic: LinkedIn

Jim Browning is a business executive dedicated to helping people improve their business, networking, and leadership skills. As a leader of leaders, he helps individuals become better in networking, communication, and sales. Jim has extensive consumer and customer knowledge, and is an avid networker with connections all over the world.

Jim’s career has been focused on training and coaching, education, apparel and fashion, and the consumer goods industries. He has held positions as President, Owner, Professional Instructor, Director of Chain Retail Division, Director of Business Development, Director of Sales, Senior National Account Executive, Manager ECommerce, Manager Customer Information Services and CRM, Category Manager and District Manager. Jim has a reputation for being highly energetic with excellent organizational, time management, leadership, interpersonal, and problem solving skills. To find out more visit Jim’s website: www.JimBrowningTraining.com

February 18: Guest Speaker Ruthie Powell, "The Ruthie List Theory & Many Common Mistakes Made by Job Seekers"

Ruthie Powell has been recruiting for over 20 years as well as served in all levels of Human Resources. This wealth of experience has helped her to have a broad range of knowledge about many aspects of corporate America and "what they are looking for" in the candidates they consider. She is currently serving as Senior Recruiter for Travelers Insurance, specializing in recruiting for IT/Technical as well as Human Resources throughout the United States.

Although she recruits for a living, she is most "famous" for her Ruthie List! The Ruthie List is a 12 year old list of OVER 7,000 members, made up of ONLY Recruiters and Human Resources professionals working primarily in Atlanta. The FREE list is used to post open positions and keeps the Human Resources and Recruiting community informed about professional meetings. Her belief is that the true meaning of life is “You can get anything in life you want if you'll just help enough other people get what they want." Contact: www.linkedin.com/in/ruthiepowell - uthiepbellsouth.net

April 15, 2010: Guest Speaker Jay Litton
Title: The wwWoW! Interview

Once you’ve heard Jay Litton speak you’ll never hear the word “WoW!” the same again. As the creator of the wwWoW! Interview, he has personally trained thousands of professional job seekers on how to get the job offer they want. Jay derives a tremendous amount of satisfaction from helping others with their careers. He's going to share with us his method of greatly increasing our chances of blowing away any hiring manager and landing the positions we want.

In 2003, Jay tracked over 100 job seekers that went through his five hour workshop. He learned that over 46% of the time they won job offers when they delivered a wwWoW! Interview. This is a significant increase over the 8-12% national average reported by national outplacement firms. Jay leverages his 28 years of sales and sales management experiences to dramatically improve the results of those wanting a new job or a promotion. Jay is the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for GuardianEdge. GuardianEdge provides enterprise software for companies that wish to encrypt their sensitive data on devices that leave their offices (i.e. laptops and USB devices). New customers that Jay has acquired for GuardianEdge include AOL, The Weather Channel, University of Louisville, State of Louisiana Information Services, Vanderbilt University and the NC Dept of Revenue.

You can also find Jay at the RUMC Job Networking Ministry (www.RUMCjobnetworking.com) in Roswell, GA. Jay leads a team of over 140 employed volunteer professionals who donate their time to help job seekers. This is one of the largest volunteer groups for job seekers in the Southeast.


Blessing of the Animals - October 3, 2009

The observance of St. Francis Day -- we blessed them all: dogs, cats, and more! (snails?)

       

See lots more photos by Jan Potter at Blessing of the Animals.


Soda machine needed

Seeking a used but clean and functioning soda machine to replace the one in our Parish Hall. Any suggestions, leads, contact information, please email or call Tracey Pitts at tklpittsgmail.com or 770-509-9136. Those of us who don't drink coffee are missing our Coke/Diet Coke infusion every Sunday! Thank you!


Christmas Tree/Wreath/Garland Sale

Orders due by Sunday, November 22

Buy Christmas trees and greens (preorder only) to support the Youth Program! Our items come direct from the farm in North Carolina and we get comments every year on how nice and fresh they are. All proceeds benefit our Youth program.

Place your order at the table in the foyer or get the order form on our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/christmastree09.pdf, Your items will be ready for pick up at church on Saturday, December 5 (10 am to 2 pm) and Sunday, December 6 (1 to 2 pm). Questions? Contact Amelia Arthur, 770-971-2839 or ameliaarthurgmail.com.


St. Cat’s Christmas Cards

Packs of 25 St. Catherine’s Christmas cards and envelopes are available for just $10.00 for 3 packs! The cards feature a beautiful picture of our baptismal font taken by the rector. Please contact Jennifer Massey at 404- 375-8327 or jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net.


Thanksgiving Schedule

  • Tuesday, November 24: Thanksgiving Eucharist and Dessert Reception at 7:30 PM. Bring your family, friends and your favorite pie or other dessert to share!
     
  • No Wednesday Night Live on November 25.
     
  • The church office will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and on Friday, November 27. Have a safe and blessed holiday!
     
  • Thanksgiving offerings throughout the Diocese of Atlanta are designated for Appleton Family Ministries.
    A special offering for Appleton Family Ministries to be taken in all churches "on Thanksgiving Day or between the Sundays preceding and following Thanksgiving Day, both inclusive" is required by diocesan Canon 24. For 140 years Appleton has been a diocesan ministry with a focus on children. It now operates as an after-school program for at-risk children and a mentoring program for their parents. Our plate offering on November 22 and November 24 will go to Appleton. If you wish to write a check please make it to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta marked for "Appleton Family Ministries."


Men's Retreat - October 16-18, 2009

Photos by Scott Lummus

 


Looking ahead to Advent...

Advent Wreath Making – Sunday. November 29

Join us in the Parish Hall on November 29, the first Sunday of Advent, during the church school hour to make an Advent Wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.

Tuesday morning Advent Eucharist/Study

From 7:00 to 8:00 AM on Tuesdays in Advent: December 1, 8, 15 & 22. Our tradition during Advent is to celebrate a Eucharist and Study on Tuesday mornings. We will gather at 7:00 AM for a brief Eucharist followed by a brief study. This time is designed to fit within an hour so that promptly at 8:00 AM you can be off to work, school, or your day's plans. The materials will be available on our Advent Resource Table in the foyer.

Advent Quiet Evening – Friday, December 4, 6-9 PM

The St. Catherine’s Daughters of the King are sponsoring an Evening of Quiet and Meditation on Friday, December 4 from 6 to 9 pm. Please join us as we begin our Advent quietly exploring “Bearing the Light.” All who are interested in sharing this special time of quiet and prayerfulness are welcome. For more information contact Kathy Holman, 770-971-2839.

Concert by the Georgia Festival Chorus – Sunday, December 6, 5 PM

The renowned community choral group, the Georgia Festival Chorus, will present its Christmas 2009 concert in St. Catherine’s sanctuary. This 85-voice ensemble presents masterworks and the best of contemporary choral literature to audiences in Georgia and abroad. Several of our own choir members participate with this group. Please be sure to bring your family, friends and neighbors! No admission, donations are greatly appreciated. Visit www.tgafc.org for information.

Advent/Christmas Reflections 2009

Look for our annual collection of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Booklets will be available for pickup at church beginning Advent I, and be sure to check for your “Reflection of the Day” on our website throughout the season.


Volunteer at Elizabeth Inn

  • Meal volunteers next date: Saturday, November 28

St. Catherine’s is committed to supplying dinner to the homeless guests at the Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of each month. Please consider coming to "check out" MUST and Elizabeth Inn to see if this Outreach Ministry might be rewarding for you! We have a great time feeding 50-60 at the Inn every month, and we welcome new volunteers to see what it is all about. Please contact Connie Bergeron 770-956- 9609 or Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609.

  • Laundry volunteers next date: Tuesday, November 24

The Elizabeth Inn has initiated a program which no longer requires volunteers to overnight, help is now needed for the men’s laundry in the evening. St. Catherine’s has agreed to staff the FOURTH TUESDAY and FIFTH WEDNESDAY of the month (in each month which has one). Volunteers should plan to arrive by 6 PM and help until done ( 10-11 PM). If you would like to join the “laundry team” please contact Fred Massey at either f_masseyhotmail.com or 404.731.4466. This is NOT a men’s-only opportunity!


Join Coffee Ministry

Want to volunteer for an easy, fun and rewarding ministry? Join us on the Coffee Ministry! You'll provide fellowship on Sundays after 8:45 or 11:15 services by setting up, serving, and putting away coffee and refreshments in the foyer or under our Great Oak when the weather is nice. Dates rotate among volunteers. It's an easy commitment and greatly appreciated by all! Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or for information contact Katja Michael, katja.michaelgmail.com.


Fun at the Low Country Boil - October 24, 2009

Photos by Bettye Harris

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Vestry Notes

from the Vestry meeting on October 20:

  • Vestry Elections are coming up. Please consider running for Vestry.
  • Stewardship process continues. Ingathering is Sunday, November 8.


The Coracle offerings in the new year

The Coracle will be offering the following spiritual formation opportunities beginning in January:

  • Understanding Christian Spirituality – 2nd Saturday of each month Jan-May from 9-12
  • Contemplative Prayer – Sunday evenings 5-7 – Jan. 10 through Feb. 14
  • Parenting: A Sacred Path – Monday evenings 7-9pm – Jan. 25 – March 8
  • Exploring Your Creative Spirit – Saturday February 20 from 9 to 2

Watch for program details or contact Deacon Kathy for more information.


Kitchen Use Reminders

The kitchen and Parish Hall are used by many different groups throughout the week. After using the kitchen, please make certain that you remove all left over food and wipe off all of the tables in the Parish Hall before you leave. If everyone cleans up after themselves,our facilities will always be ready for the next group. Thank you!

— Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team


St. Cat’s Yellow Pages

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 such as printers, realtors, home repairs, bookkeeping, decorators, retailers, restaurants, product representatives, etc. 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 please go to the Career Ministry page of our website.


All Saints Day and Holy Baptism

Photos by Connie & Ron Bergeron
The font is adorned and all is ready 11:15 Choral Eucharist procession forms
The family presents the candidate Alison sealed as Christ's own forever!


Flowers and Candles reminder

If you signed up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one this year, please remember to send your payment to the church office soon if you have not yet done so. Your contributions are very important to keep the beautiful flowers and candles we enjoy each week self-supporting. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20.


November Ministry Team Focus: Liturgy and Music

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Liturgy and Music Ministry Team. The committees on this team include Acolytes, Choirs, Altar Guild, Needlework Brigade, Flower Guild, Funeral Coordinator, Lay Readers and Youth Readers, Ushers, and Wedding Coordinator. To find out more about their activities and how you can get involved, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convener Steve Diffley.

Right: The work of the Altar Guild and Flower Guild in preparation for All Saints Day 2009


IN OUR COMMUNITY

Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day

Put your running shoes on – it’s not too late to get your friends, family, students and neighbors together and get in shape for the 7th Annual Gobble Jog! This event on the morning of Thanksgiving Day features a 1K, 5K, a 10K run/walk and the Tot Trot (for kids 5 and under). It starts and ends at the Marietta Square. The Gobble Jog is certified as a qualifier for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race and the US 10K Classic. All proceeds benefit MUST Ministries, a faith-based, non-profit organization ministering to the homeless and hurting in our community.

Can't run? Want to support the cause but have to stay home and cook the turkey? Sign up as a “phantom runner” and you’ll be mailed your well-deserved race shirt! Plenty of volunteers are also needed to help before, during, and after the event. Go to www.gobblejog.org for complete information & videos, and find out about all the ways to register online or in person at various locations. There will be plenty of food, beverages, entertainment and awards for all age categories. So, come on out and run wild to benefit MUST Ministries!

Pre Race Carb-Up Dinner: November 25 at First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta – $8.00 per person (children 11 & under free). Dinner served 5:00 - 7:00pm, Race Packet pick-up available 3:00 - 7:00pm.

 

Visit Epiphany’s Nativities

For the thirteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 250 nativity scenes from around the world Saturday, November 28 through Sunday, December 6. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For a brochure or more information call 404.373.8338 or visit www.epiphany.org.

 

Faith’s Craft Shoppe

November 14 & 15 at Faith Lutheran Church & School, 2111 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta Georgia 30068. Unique affordable hand-crafted items – over 25 different vendors – Bake Sale – Food Court – Free admission and parking. For information see the website at faithcraftshoppe.tripod.com or call 770-973-8877.


Congregational Nurses Corner

Help fight depression with Vitamin D

If you’ve got your AARP card and the blues, you are not alone; 13 percent of older folks have signs of depression. But that might not be for the reasons you think. It could be a lack of vitamin D, according to a report in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Why does this happen? “There are vitamin D receptors in emotion-regulating brain areas,” says lead researcher Witte J. G. Hoogendijk, M.D., Ph.D., at VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. “Low vitamin D status increases serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels. High PTH levels can cause depression.” In the study, blood vitamin D levels were 14 percent lower in individuals with major and minor depression, while parathyroid hormone levels were an average of 5 percent higher in those with minor depression and 33 percent higher in those with major depression.

You may be low on vitamin D if you shun the sun or don’t eat enough foods fortified with vitamin D or fail to take supplements of the nutrient. How to fix this situation? Research done by Michael Holick, M.D., at Boston University School of Medicine suggests getting out in the sun for 5 to 30 minutes between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. a few times a week (expose your arms, legs and back without sunscreen, but protect your face). You can also add more fortified dairy products or take a supplement.

For adequate intake, the government recommends that people over age 50 get between 400 and 600 IU of vitamin D each day, but most researchers agree that without enough sun exposure, 800 to 1000 IU of the vitamin may be required.

— from Rite Aid’s Inner Strength magazine

 

Free Diabetes Screening

Walgreen’s drugstores will be conducting free blood glucose and A1C testing at select 24-hour stores during the middle two weeks of November. In addition, they will donate $1 for every test conducted to the American Diabetes Association. Event locations and dates can be found by calling 1-877-W-and-YOU (1-877-926-3968), or by visiting www.walgreens.com/findastore - enter your zip code and click on the box for "Diabetes Wellness Events," then click Find A Store.


Letters

The flowers that were delivered to us have been such a joy to us. All the different reds in the different flowers, seeds and leaves were a reminder of our 40th (Ruby) anniversary. Thanks so much for taking the time to deliver them to us. Beautiful, bountiful arrangement!

Ken & Linda Minzenberger

The Shepherd Did Supply Our Need

A warm thank you goes out to everyone who heard the Good Shepherd’s voice this fall and abundantly provided us with art supplies, sewing supplies, gift certificates, volunteer hours, cleaning items, and other necessities for the children’s atria. Oh, and children! You have so abundantly provided us with your children! We have so much it makes us laugh. Always our needs are lovingly and abundantly met with the inquiry, ‘is there anything else I can do?’ Our church is gracious. Your help in this ministry is so needed and welcome and we are always eager for your participation. Many thanks for your gifts—all of them--this fall.

— The Catechists and Assistants at St. Catherine’s

The letter below is from an individual who has been through the MUST Elizabeth Inn program. Celebrate with us his success and spread the word about the impact MUST is having as we seek to serve our neighbors in need, transform lives and communities in response to Christ's call.

Peace,
John R. Moeller, Jr., Executive Director, MUST Ministries

The letter:

Dear Must Staff,

In the past 5 weeks I have been so blessed by the following people: Kelly Henderson, George Williams, Diana, Lawrence, Jules @ the Elizabeth Inn Shelter, and quite a few Volunteers too numerous to list Your staff are top-flite professionals who helped me out at one of the lowest points of my life. I came in a pouring rain, a paper suit + jail shoes, and was welcomed with open arms, treated like a real human and given the best opportunities of my recent years. George, Kelly, & Diana gave me their best of attention to help me believe in the Goodness of People again. I'm blessed to have a new JOB, after searching almost a year, and wish to soon be in the transitional housing, in Smyrna. Thank you all sincerely from the bottom of my heart for what your organization is doing for the "least of those who serve the lord."

Blessings,
Jim Donaldson

Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s

Thank you for your recent contribution. Your faithful support of our organization means that lives that were once in the throes of chaos, despair and addiction are now filled with hope as our residents learn to be accountable to themselves, their families and to God. It is a miracle that your contribution allows us to witness everyday. Indeed your support is the foundation of our growth.

Sincerely,
Lisa, for The Extension


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date -- Sunday, January 10

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, Steve Diffley, Eddie Brewer, Kitty Diffley, Anita Gardner, Stephanie Walsh, Pat M., Bill Krupp, Gin Snead, Michele Moody, John Pennington, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Jacqueline, Dick Kareken, Doris Lummus, Toni Curry, Jane Smith, Linda Smith, Mel Paris, Peter Pelepko, Elizabeth, John, Janis Oxford, Allan Pearson, Marian Harrison, Parker, Sarah Wayne Rice, Mit FitzSimons, Jacqueline DeLorme, Elizabeth Whitton, Sarah Forsyth, Earl Layton, Stephanie, Cary & Asher Halpern, Jan Coraggio, Joan Thurston, Michael, Larry Yeo, Frank Cade, Sharon & Dale Motes, Buck Berkeley, Risa Maier

BEFORE SURGERY: Cozette Tanner, 11/09/2009, friend of Bill Ivey; Woodie Patrick, 11/10/2009; Hugh Wolfe, 11/18/2009, Steve Wolfe’s brother; Nick Wolfe, 11/19/2009; Taylor Baumann, 11/24/2009;

DECEASED: John Kennedy, friend of Sallie Bowes; Marie Nickele, friend of Joan Nixon; David Bottoms, Sr., David Bottoms’ father; Dr. Lawson H. Bowling, Chris Kiefer’s step-father; Larry Yeo, Walt McGill's brother-in-law

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(11/8/09) Lu, Keith, Jillian & Mitch Dumke; Tad, Sarah, Allison & Coleman Dupuis; Dale, Christine & Bryce Edwards; Erica Edwards; Mark, Janice, Seamus & Trenholm Fahy;
(11/15/09) Bill & Beverly Fambrough; Randy, Kristina, Ava, Dylan & Ansley Farmer; Alan & Carol Fey; Mit FitzSimons; William & Eileen Forrester

BIRTHDAYS: (11/9) Sebastian Hutton, Alison Travis, (11/10) Roger Motter, (11/11) Rex Moore, Jordan Dieck, Chuck Zimmerman, Bailey Brooks, (11/12) John Starr, (11/13) Pascale Hunter, Sally Powers, Joe Parker, Melanie Long, (11/15) David Shannonhouse, Risa Maier, Morgan Durbrow, (11/16) Devon Parker, Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore, (11/17) Paul Parisi, Helen Davis, Tyler McAlister, (11/18) Claire Frost, Amelia Arthur, (11/19) Tyler Perry, Don Martin, (11/20) Grant Johnson, (11/21) Linda Carter, Philip Hamilton, (11/22) David Carter, Barbara Cordery, Marcia Markette, Lauren Travis

SPECIAL PRAYERS: Please pray for Pat and Suzanne as they open themselves to find a child to adopt. David Hinshaw & Helena Johnson, out of job, looking for employment, friends of Bill Ivey. Jim Hunkler, looking for employment. Bill Harding, seeking employment. For Kerri & David who are adopting a baby girl due to be born around the first of December. Jeff Tindall, for health and strength and for making the right decision for his family.

TRANSFERS IN: Sarah, Thomas, Allison & Coleman Dupuis from The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul;
Richard, Tanya, Alysia & Celia Bowers-Dean from The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul

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, 11/9 Monday, 11/16
 
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Men’s Book Study
ESL
Women’s Bible Study
B.S. Troop 713

 
16th-20th
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Preschool Auction
Kneeler Project
ESL
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 11/10 Tuesday, 11/17

10:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Grief Group
Jubilate
Mothers & More
PL & F Team
Stewardship
Catechesis Social Youth Ministry

10:00AM
10:30AM
12:00PM
4:00PM
6:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Clericus
Catechesis
Grief Group
Jubilate
Vestry
Wednesday, 11/11 Wednesday, 11/18

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

Executive Committee
Bible Study
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
DOK
Adult Choir

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

Bible Study
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

Thursday, 11/12 Thursday, 11/19
5:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Finance
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
EFM
Career Ministry
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 11/13 Friday, 11/20
 
13th-15th
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Happening Weekend
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
 
10:00AM
10:00AM
6:00PM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Folders
Women’s Bible Study
Wedding Rehearsal
A.A.
Saturday, 11/14 Saturday, 11/21
8:00AM

Garage Sale

6:30PM

Stephens/Handell Wedding

Sunday, 11/15 Sunday, 11/22

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

OCC Ingathering
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Financial Peace U.

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry
Financial Peace U.


YOUTH NEWS

by Amelia Arthur

Happening Weekend!

Happening Weekend is November 13-15 at Camp Mikell and we have many people from St. Catherine’s participating. If you would like to write Caritas (notes of encouragement) to our participants their names are: Blake Sherry, Paul Maxwell, Mitch Dumke, Scott Burkholder, Austin Jablonski, Ben Frost, Molly Frost, Claudia Kilgore, and Mel Paris. In addition, we have many people serving on team: Taylor Baumann (rector), Sally Paris, Shannon Jablonski, Allen Jablonski, Katherine Maxwell, Karen Maxwell, Ellis Kilgore, Keith Dumke, and Gina Baumann. Caritas can be dropped off in the bucket in front of Amelia Arthur’s office until noon on Thursday, November 12th. Thanks!

 

"1000 Cans by Thanksgiving" Food Drive

The Youth have been doing a canned goods drive for MUST and they need your help! We have about 300 cans towards our goal of 1000 cans. The cans will be delivered to MUST the first week of December to help them restock their pantry after all they do for Thanksgiving. If you would like to donate any canned goods you can bring them to the youth house or put them in the bucket marked “1000 Cans for MUST” next to the Christmas Tree sales table in the foyer. Help us help MUST Ministries by donating canned goods!

 

Secret Santa Workshop and Breakfast

The annual Secret Santa Workshop and Breakfast is coming soon! Save the date for Saturday, December 12th from 9-12! Reservation forms will be available in the next few weeks.

 

Reflections on the National Acolyte Festival trip, October 9-11

This was my third time going to D.C. for the National Acolyte Festival and I still had an amazing time. We even got to do new things (like go to the top of the Washington Monument) that I had never done before. The service in the National Cathedral was beautiful and learning about the gargoyles afterwards was fun too. An (almost) all girls weekend was fun and more relaxing than traveling with crazy teenage boys. It was a blast! Thank you to everyone who helped make this trip possible. — Sally Paris

This was my second time going with the church. It was a great time. I feel like we all got to know each other a little better. My favorite part was going to the Washington Monument even though it was nerve-racking. I would love to come again. — Kelly Donoghue

This was my second time going to the National Acolyte Festival and I feel like it helps you become a better acolyte. Thank you so much for supporting us! I had so much fun. We went to the Washington Monument and we had a great time there. We got to ride the Metro, which is a great experience. I hope we get to do this again! — Megan Shannonhouse

This was my second time going to Washington D.C. for the Acolyte Festival. I love the hotel and the Cathedral. It is so pretty! I always love going there. Thank you for everything! — Katie Barrington

This was my first time going to D.C. and I love it! It was fun because we got to tour and our hotel was great and the festival was amazing! Thank you so much for supporting us! — Erin Donoghue

I felt this trip was a great way to learn about the history of D.C., the Cathedral and God. It was the most exciting trip! Everyone laughed and we love each other. Thank you for supporting us on our journey to learn about God. — Mary Alice Barrington

This is my second time going to D.C. but I have never been to the Acolyte Festival before. It was awesome! I loved it! The trip made me feel good and it made me think about God in a better and different way. I would love to do it again. — Abby Baumann

This was my second trip to the National Acolyte Festival. I wondered before the trip if the service would be as moving and as awesome as it was the first time. It wasn’t very long into the service that I realized it was every bit as incredibly moving as it was two years ago. All of our acolytes that were able to go this time were a joy to be with! I hope that every acolyte gets to have this experience at least once. God bless our acolytes! — Bob Olliffe

The experience of walking into the National Acolyte Festival is remarkable. It is almost impossible to share all of the emotions that we felt. We were blessed to see our acolytes processing with acolytes from all walks of life and all regions of our country. It is such a gift to see the larger church and celebrate all of our differences as well as our similarities. Unfortunately, we did not have any of our teen guys go with us due to sports and school conflicts and they were missed! We were blessed to be able to travel with such generous, compassionate, polite, nurturing, and funny young ladies! Laughter filled the air the entire weekend and we experienced the joy of every single moment! Thank you to everyone for all of your prayers and support. — Barbara Barrington

This was my second visit to the National Cathedral but my first time to be there with our young people for the acolyte festival. The most moving moment for me was as we were in procession. When we made the turn to go down the center aisle of the great nave I was overwhelmed by the sea of acolytes that surrounded us on either side; all in their vestments, with their distinctive banners. With over 1,000 acolytes in attendance, this must have been the youngest and largest congregation gathered to worship as these youth renewed their vows for service at the altar. I wish you could have seen our acolytes as I did as I brought up the rear of our part in the procession. Each one of them walked that awesome aisle (almost the length of the Washington Monument) with the greatest of poise and dignity. My heart was bursting with pride in them and with the deepest gratitude for the opportunity to share this moment with our acolytes. Thank you for making this possible. — Susan+


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 20 – print edition
  • December 4 – print edition
  • December 18 – print edition

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