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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 4 - 17, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Stewardship meetings
Budget frozen
Blessing of the Animals
WNL
Low Country Boil
Career Ministry
Flu shots
Grief group
Country Fair photos
Anniversary Kickoff
Mens Book Study
Blood drive
Festival Singers concert
All Saints
Memorial Service
Pilgrimage
Taste of St. Cat's photos
Vestry notes
Elizabeth Inn
Young Families
Grounds/Gardens Teams
Cats Meow
Operation Christmas Child
Reflections writers
A Christmas Carol
Sound Crew
Bulletin boards
September photos
Holy Conversations
In the Community:
  The Coracle
  John Rosemond
  MUST Volunteering

Ministry focus: Finance
Letters

Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  Activities
  Welcome Mike
  Facebook

Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

10/3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Flu shots

10/6, 13, 20, 27 – WNL

10/6 – "Welcome Mike" party @ Donoghues'

10/4 – Grief Support Group begins

10/22-24 – Youth Retreat @ Earthshine

10/24 – Low Country Boil

10/25 – Cobb Festival Singers concert

10/26 – Blood Drive; Elizabeth Inn laundry

10/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner

11/6 – 50th Anniversary Kickoff

 

Stewardship 2011 – Remember, Rejoice, Renew

By Father Jim

“We are fully persuaded that in all things God works for good among those who love him and are called according to his purpose" (Roman 8:28). As the apostle Paul writes to the people of Rome, he argues the grounds for encouragement as a community. Much is happening in first century Rome to those who are new converts to the love of Jesus Christ – and Paul is not justifying persecution as good. But what Paul argues is that in their sufferings there is a promise. The promise is that in the midst of pain and suffering there is a power which changes all evil so that it becomes a source of good. The power is God in Jesus Christ.

As people we are living this Scripture. We are beginning the long and arduous journey to recovery from the greatest recession we have known since the Great Depression. It will be neither easy nor short by all indications. Tough choices lie ahead of us. This two year-long journey has taught us, perhaps (time will tell), some of what the writer of I Timothy cautions against: setting our hopes on "the uncertainty of riches," (I Timothy 6:17). Suddenly we find his words so very relevant.

Many are unemployed or underemployed and for those employed there remains a real and present anxiety about the security of our jobs. We are not spending; choosing, rightly so, to save and/or reduce our debt. The church is no exception. We are experiencing the impact of these worldly pressures. It is in this climate that we enter our stewardship of resources campaign for the coming year. Yet we do so with faith, trust and the assurance that God is journeying with us calling us together once again to bear the Good News to the world and to serve our neighbor in need in Christ's name

When I give the gift of my treasure, my time and my talent to the work of St. Catherine’s this year, I will do so with the deepest thanksgiving for the work God is doing through our collective hearts, minds, bodies and souls. I have a profound sense of God’s abiding presence among us and continue to find a prayer-full peace in that presence which is so often made manifest through each of you. I hope you will join me not only in giving generously and hopefully but in embracing the abundance that marks our life together.

We have much to be thankful for in this congregation. Yes, there are challenges that lie ahead. Two of those challenges your Vestry embraces for 2011 are our desire to increase staff salaries for the first time in three years and to restore our ministry funding to at least pre-2009 levels and perhaps beyond. We are confident in our ability to meet these challenges. Yet, no matter the outcome we will face such challenges in the hope of Paul’s words knowing that through your generous giving and our Vestry’s prayerful stewardship of your gifts, “God works for good among those who love him and are called according to his purpose."

Stewardship Ingathering Sunday, November 14

We invite you to participate in our stewardship of resources for 2011. Stewardship packets will be distributed to all adults/families either at the Stewardship game meetings or by mail. The packet also includes answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. Simply complete the Giving Card and return it to the church by Ingathering Sunday, November 14. Giving Cards will also be available at church If you still have any questions please feel free to call me at 770.971.2839 or email me at fatherjimbellsouth.net. I will be delighted to hear from you.

Faithfully,
Jim+


Sign up for Stewardship meetings

At church now through Oct. 17

Get ready to get your head, your hands, and maybe even your heart in the game! All adults, join us for this year's entertaining small group meetings at church with a new and amazing simulation game to help us explore Stewardship in a new way. All sessions will be in the Youth House (except Wed., October 6 in the Board/Conference Room) and last about 90 minutes.

Jason Snape, one of our creative parishioners, has developed a great card game to help us explore Stewardship in a new way. Originally intended for the youth to spark conversations about the ways we serve and give, the game caught the Stewardship Committee's interest and generated such lively discussion, we were eager to share it with adults and youth alike. Players use "Gift cards" to try to fulfill the needs of "Home Events" (job loss, orthodontia, join vestry) and "Church Events" (Acolyte Festival, Rally Day, Diocesan Tithe).

All meetings will be in the Youth House (except Wed., October 6 in the Board/Conference Room). Each session will be lead by two vestry members and should last about 90 minutes. Sign up for your date and time at the table in the foyer, or contact Alison Harris (harris.jeffaliatt.net), John Garner (john.garnerihg.com) or Juan Sandoval (elsapificogmail.com, 678-355-0722). Choose from one of these dates:

  • Sunday, October 3 — 1 pm
  • Wednesday, October 6 — 6:30pm
  • Sunday October 10 — 1 pm
  • Thursday, October 14 — 7:30 pm
  • Friday, October 15 — 12 pm
  • Saturday, October 16 — 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 17 — 1 pm


Finance Committee reports church budget frozen

On September 16 Fr. Jim, our Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair and Parish Administrator met in our monthly Finance Committee Meeting. It was a difficult meeting. We found ourselves faced with a nearly unprecedented shortfall in giving income. As of the end of August, our contribution income, primarily made of pledge receipts, is more than $25,000 behind the budget, which is based on our pledges. This represents 5.5% of our budget to date. This might not seem like much, but since virtually all the flexibility we have in our budget is in the funding of our ministries, this shortfall has a big impact. In fact, if this shortfall stays the same or gets worse, we have already spent what we have for our ministries. And the trend is not helpful. In 2010 we started the year with a very strong January, but we have not realized our budgeted giving income in any month since then. In other words, the deficit has gotten worse each month. Therefore, it is with a very heavy heart, and an understanding of our collective responsibility to be good stewards of God’s financial resources at St. Catherine’s, that we must declare that THE BUDGET IS FROZEN FOR ANY DISCRETIONARY EXPENDITURES. We simply do not have the money to spend on anything other than clergy and staff salaries and benefits and keeping our buildings functioning and paid for. The Finance Committee will review the situation on a monthly basis to see if either increased giving or unexpected savings in our operating costs has helped the situation. If that occurs, we will be able to unfreeze the budget. The people of St. Catherine's have consistently been faithful to our commitments to our ministry and we trust that, in the end, this year will be no exception.

In Christ,

Bill Selby, Senior Warden
Tom Blackstock, Treasurer
Tom Hunter, Finance Chair


Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 2, 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.


WNL every week

A tasty dinner at WNL on September 15, photos by Connie Bergeron

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is in full swing for the fall! Be sure to make your dinner reservations in the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office by Tuesday for each week that you will dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.

  • 5:00-5:45: Early Program time — This time is open to everyone, and families with young children may particularly find that it is best for their schedule. Our adult program is “Savor The Moments” Bible study.
  • 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.
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Evening Program time — Programs for all ages: adult, youth, and children. Our adult program through November 17 is “Discovering God’s Vision For Your Life.”

Child supervision help welcome -- If you might be interested in leading the kids (ages 2 - 8) in crafts or games occasionally throughout the semester at 5 - 5:45, please contact Stephanie Yucius (stephyuciushotmail.com).


Low Country Boil

Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm

Guaranteed fun evening for all adults, with food, drinks and dancing! Please join us for lots of fun, a great dinner and music at St. Catherine’s Annual Low Country Boil on Saturday, October 23, 7:30 PM in the Parish Hall. Tickets will be sold at the church on Sundays, October 10 & 17, $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!

Photo, right - Dancing and fun at last year's Low Country Boil


Career Ministry announces program year beginning October 21

If you or someone you know is on a career journey and could benefit from educational programs as well as emotional and spiritual support, and valuable resources, see what we have to offer through Career Ministry. We hold regular meetings fall through spring on the third Thursday of the month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall. No fee, and programs are open to all in the community. You'll find a variety of information on the Career Ministry section of our website at www.stcatherines.org/career_ministry.html — check this page for job postings. For more information contact career.ministrystcatherines.org.

2010 – 2011 Guest Speakers

  • Thursday, October 21: Tom Lowry – Rejuvenate Your Career
    Tom Lowry, RFC, is President and Founding Principal of Georgia Financial Group, LLC, a registered investment advisor and Georgia Wealth Management, Inc. Mr. Lowry has been assisting those in or nearing retirement to achieve their financial objectives since 1989. He serves as Past-President of the North-Metro chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and is nationally recognized by the National Ethics Bureau as a Senior Insurance and Financial Advisor. Tom is also a Top of the Table member of the Million Dollar Round Table for financial advisors (MDRT), as well as belonging to the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.
  • Thursday, November 18: Program TBA
     
  • Thursday, December 16: Program TBA
     
  • Thursday, January 20: Tom Darrow – Career Spa
    Thomas M. Darrow is the Founder and Principal of Talent Connections, LLC, specializing in recruiting. In March, 2009, Tom teamed with nationally recognized recruiting and career transition experts to launch Career Spa, LLC (www.careerspa.net). The career transition company is revolutionizing the way unemployed and misemployed workers are equipped to assess and proactively manage their career transitions. Tom has over 19 years experience in the Human Resources and Recruitment profession including 9 years with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He speaks nationally at conferences and workshops on topics related to improving corporate recruiting processes and career transition best practices, and has been quoted in publications including BusinessWeek, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Washington Post, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) and WXIA TV – Channel 11 in Atlanta. Tom has also been a leader and speaker in the Crossroads Career Network career ministry since 1997.
  • Thursday, February 17: Peter Bourke, Author of “ A Better Way to Make a Living….and Life”
    What sets Peter Bourke's message apart is his unique combination of a strong analysis of the changing U.S. job climate and the resulting impact on working Americans; a research-based look at the abundant opportunities for flexible and life-enhancing work that are available to Americans for the foreseeable future; and a motivational, faith-based approach designed to encourage the misemployed, underemployed, and unemployed to think creatively and respond proactively to transform their work life. Peter gives people the career tools they need to overcome the worries, fears, and other obstacles that stand between them and the life they've always dreamed of. The ultimate goal is to lead readers and audiences to either change their paradigm about today's career or endeavor to find the work that is consistent with their purpose, God-given talents, and passions which allows them to flourish in this new world of work. For more information go to: www.betterwaytomakealiving.com/index.php
  • Thursday, March 17: Curtis Engelmann – Boomer’s Winning Job Strategies
    The downturn in the economy has resulted in a significant number of older, more experienced, and more highly paid employees losing their jobs. As these individuals seek new employment they are often being told that they are "overqualified" for the positions they are seeking. During the session, we will investigate the concept of a job seeker being "overqualified" and present strategies for overcoming this perception during all phases of the job seeking process. The session will be conducted by Curt Engelmann, a human resource professional with over 25 years of experience in both corporate and consulting organizations. He is currently Managing Director of TALinsight, LLC, a human resources consulting firm that specializes in helping companies to optimize candidate selection and job fit through the development of customized screening, interviewing, and selection systems.
  • Thursday, April 18: Jane Gentry – “ Dare to be Remarkable®” – Learn how to make key business connections
    Do you Dare? We all have excuses for why our life isn’t as remarkable as it could be – why we aren’t as remarkable as we should be. It is our own mythology about what we are capable of and what we have control over in our lives. Dare to be Remarkable will help you to re-write your myths, challenge you to name your values, name your passions, name your goals and take action toward realizing the remarkable life that is intended for you. www.janegentry.com
    Jane Gentry’s passion for connecting people has inspired her to challenge individuals and organizations alike to strive for more in their personal connections, and in their connections with clients. For nearly twenty years she has helped corporations raise their levels of performance in face-to-face marketing. Jane is a passionate coach, mentor, motivator and storyteller and has appeared at corporate meetings and before professional associations around the world.
  • Thursday, May 19: Program TBA


Flu shots on Sundays in October

Plan on protecting yourself this winter by getting your flu shot! Shots are available to anyone 18 and over and will be administered by our Congregational Nurses every Sunday in October from 8:30AM until after the 11:15 service in the work room (copier room). The cost will be $25.00 and Medicare will be accepted with a Medicare card.


Remembering those we have loved and lost...

Grief Support Group begins Monday, Oct. 4

This group offers support for those who have lost a loved one. Each week, the group utilizes grief education and story telling. Topics include the grieving process, preparing for the holidays, helping yourself through grief, and Scriptural/theological reflections. We will meet Mondays, October 4 through November 8, from 6:30 PM to 8 PM in the Parlor. Led by Gail McGill, for information contact her at (770) 971-8890.


Country Fair fun

St. Catherine's annual Country Fair was held 3 Sundays in August with fun and learning for all. Each Sunday focused on a different Bible story. August 29th's theme was Noah and the Ark -- and what else could we do but to have a petting zoo under our Great Oak? Photos by Connie Bergeron.

       


Fiftieth Anniversary Kickoff Celebration

Saturday, November 6, 4-8 PM

Mark your calendars for November 6! That’s the date of our 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration. There will be music, food and fun for the entire family from: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Watch for more details coming soon.

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Do you have a story or fact about the history of our parish? Send it to Wheel editor Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org!


Men’s Monthly Book Study

Next date: Monday, October 11

All men of the parish are invited to join us. The Men's Book Study meets second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. The location rotates to different members' homes each month and dinner is included. Our next meeting will be at John Brooks' house.

At our initial meeting on September 13, after much consideration, we decided to read Bruce Feiler's new book, "The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness and the Men Who Could Be Me." Bestselling author Feiler ("Walking the Bible"), fearing the outcome of his diagnosis of a rare tumor, decided to recruit six friends in a Council of Dads to leave a legacy for his young daughters. He movingly chronicles his battle to recovery, and building a community to help teach his daughters to travel, dream, and live life to its fullest. For the October meeting please read chapters 1 through 7 (each participant should obtain his own book (from public library, purchase, or borrow from a friend).

Come join us for dinner and an invigorating discussion. Be sure to let us know you're coming so we’ll have plenty of food – RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Tom, thunter41bellsouth.net, 678-488-6675, (and for directions to the meeting place.)


Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 26

3:00-8:00 PM in the Parish Hall

The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on October 26. Making an appointment is easy: go to www.givelife.org and enter Sponsor Code HOLTRC to sign up for available times, or contact the American Red Cross at 770-852-4125.

Remember join us at St. Catherine's for our blood drives throughout the 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, 3-8 PM in the Parish Hall: For more questions or to volunteer to help please contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net, 404.375.8327.

2010-2011 Schedule: October 26, December 28, February 22, April 26, June 28, August 23, October 25, December 27


Cobb Festival Singers Concert

Sunday, October 24, 4:00 PM

St. Catherine’s will host The Cobb Festival Singers in a benefit concert for Rwanda in our sanctuary on October 24. The concert is free and open to the public, a free will collection will be taken for Widows and Orphans Fund of Rwanda.

This chorus of mixed adult voices, led by director Lynn Swanson, performed in a beautiful concert at our church last April. The Cobb Festival Singers specializes in short-form sacred a cappella classical works, spirituals, and folks music from cultures across the globe. Find information about them at www.festivalsingers.org/about/cobb-festival-singers.


All Saints’ Sunday remembrances

The celebration of the Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 7 this year. On this date we would like to remember at the altar the saints in your lives. Please share with us both the names of people in your life who you have lost (whether last week or 25 years ago), and also those who grace your life in the here and now. Please write the names on the Opportunities for Ministry flyer in your bulletin or contact the church office by Sunday, October 31.


Fall Memorial Service and Reception

Sunday, November 7, 5:00 PM

Everyone in the congregation is invited to 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. Please join us for this moving service to offer love and comfort to those who grieve. If you have someone to be remembered please send your information to Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org by October 31.

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall immediately following worship. Your donation of finger foods is greatly appreciated — please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, serve and clean-up. We will also meet at 4:30 pm on Nov. 7 to make finger sandwiches. Please contact Shirley Childs or reply on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin if you can help.


Turkey Pilgrimage 2011 update

by Father Jim

One of the exciting things for me about our upcoming pilgrimage to Turkey is our time in the Cappadocian region of Turkey. In addition to its stark beauty the region is at the core of our Christian faith. The early church did not have the depth of theological structure we enjoy (most of the time) today and so it had to hammered out on the anvil of debate. Heresies were prevalent and it fell to some influential early Christians to come to a place where we can define today an “orthodox” understanding of the faith. Some of these Christians are known as the Cappodocian Fathers. You can read more about them here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cappadocian_Fathers. As in much of the early church woman, too, held positions of honor and it is on their witness much of the church was and is built. You can read about Macrina, sister of Basil the Great, in this same article.

Left - Library of Celcius at Ephesus

In addition to the history and foundations of the early church, I am looking forward to seeing the beauty of this area, both natural and manmade. In addition we will have the opportunity to take a balloon ride (not included in the cost of our trip) for those who want to survey the landscape from the air (see details at www.kapadokyaballoons.com).

As of the September 27 we have 13 pilgrims registered with an additional (that I know of) 13 people considering the trip. Deadline for registration and the payment of the final trip cost is December 15. For complete details of the trip including itinerary and cost please pick up a brochure at church or visit www.worldwidepilgrimage.com/itineraries/DT11003.html.


A Taste of St. Catherine's

The 50th Anniversary St. Catherine's Cookbook was previewed at a Fifties-themed tasting party on August 15. Jay Hendricks was announced as the winner of the competition to name the cookbook -- his winning entry was "The Oak - Fifty Years of Gathering at the Table." Thanks to everyone who came out for this fun evening, and look for your preordered books to be available for pick up in November. Photos by Connie Bergeron.


Vestry Highlights

by Sally Powers

At the regular Vestry meeting on Tuesday, September 21, your Vestry:

  • Received the draft audit from Tom Kuhlmann and Chet Burge of Burge and Associates for the years 2006, 2007, and 2008. They commended St. Catherine’s and especially the Finance Committee for their managements of our assets.
     
  • Heard the presentation from Tom Blackstock, treasurer, of August Financials. August pledge income was down approximately $5,000. This shortfall has resulted in a discretionary spending freeze. The Vestry approved establishing a $20 petty cash fund to be audited quarterly by the treasurer. Also, we approved setting up a temporary restricted fund for the 50th anniversary celebration.
     
  • Trained with Juan Sandoval and Jason Snape for the stewardship game, devised by Jason Snape. This will be the focus of this year’s campaign.
     
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our community last month.


Thank you for our MUST / Elizabeth Inn Volunteers

by Connie Bergeron

Please join us in thanking our dinner sponsors and servers as well as our laundry team at the Elizabeth Inn on Tuesday, September 28th. Our generous volunteers include:

  • Meal providers: Mark & Sally Moore, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Joni House, Claire Harrison, and Ron & Connie Bergeron
  • Meal servers: Mark & Sally Moore, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Ron & Connie Bergeron
  • Laundry volunteers: David Bowman and Tom Hunter

We fed more than 70 guests at Elizabeth Inn, 8 of them children, and everyone enjoyed our yummy menu. We are deeply grateful to Williamson Bros for the discounted price they give us monthly for the barbecued chickens we serve.

Please consider signing up to help for the next date. St. Catherine's serves dinner at the Inn on the 28th of every month. Mark & Sally Moore are "yes" to providing part of the meal and serving dinner that evening; won't you join them?

Next dates to serve will be Tuesday, October 26 for Laundry Team, and Thursday, October 28 for Dinner Team. To volunteer for dinner, please contact Tracy Buckalew (tracyklpcpeoplepc.com or Connie Bergeron (conniebmindspring.com; 404-819-0891). Laundry Team is the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday, contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466 or f_massey2hotmail.com.

Photos below on September 28 by Connie Bergeron

Mary Lou Shannonhouse serves up dessert Waiting for the next laundry load to finish --
Tom Hunter & David Bowmna
Ron Bergeron, Mark and Sally Moore
in the kitchen
Mmm, yummy!

 


Young Families activities

by Molly Banko

Suzanne McGhee and I have recently taken over leadership for the Young Families Ministry. We welcome all ideas, suggestions, feedback and assistance. Contact us to get on the mailing list for this group!

  • Babysitter Directory
    Now available is the much anticipated directory of babysitters in our parish. Contact Suzanne McGhee if you'd like a copy, willandsuzcomcast.net.
  • Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank — Friday, November 12 7:00 pm
    Adults only event! Join us in the Fernbank Café for live music and a casual dinner and drinks at 7:00pm followed by an IMAX presentation. Film and time TBA. Tickets are $12 and dinner and drinks are purchased in the Café. Purchase your tickets before you meet us by calling: 404.929.6400. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30307 www.fernbankmuseum.org.


Join Grounds Team/Church Gardens

Celebrate fall by joining St. Cat’s Grounds Team (lawn care) or Church Gardens Team (flowers and shrubs). Both groups will welcome your help in keeping up that all-important first look of our church for visitors and parishioners to enjoy. Contact Ron Brannock (Grounds) or Gail McGill (Gardens).


“Cat’s Meow®” 50th Anniversary Memento

Order October 24 – November 7 only!

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of St. Catherine’s, the Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry will be selling a beautiful, three-dimensional, detailed replica by The Cat’s Meow® of our church, designed by Jason Snape. Inscribed on the back will be St. Catherine’s mission statement. The Cat’s Meow® produces a well-known series of collectible, handcrafted miniature wooden buildings and accessories.

We will be taking orders for the replicas for $20 at church on Oct. 24, 31 and Nov. 7. A sample will be available for view. They will be received before Christmas and would make a great gift. This Cat’s Meow® St. Catherine’s replica can only be purchased if pre-ordered, so be sure to buy yours on these dates!


Operation Christmas Child – start collecting for your shoe box

Ingathering: November 7 through 14

This Christmas, you and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in countries around the world 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 of what to pack (and what not to pack), watch for Operation Christmas Child brochures in your bulletin and in the foyer beginning soon. This activity is sponsored by St. Cat’s Young Families group, and everyone is invited to participate and learn about the joy of giving.

Don't forget to bring your shoe box gift to church during the week of November 7-14! Information about Operation Christmas Child is available on the Samaritan's Purse website, www.samaritanspurse.org, at Operation Christmas Child.


Reflections writers wanted

by Gail McGill and Karen Manno

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. The printed booklet is available to everyone for pickup at church, and also on our website as the “Reflection of the Day.”

Won’t you consider writing something for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm

Reflections will be due by Sunday, November 14. Many writers are needed – there are 40 days this year from Advent I to Epiphany. Please sign up now on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.


Save the date for “A Christmas Carol”

Sunday, November 21, 3-4pm

Mark your calendar now for a delightful seasonal treat! During his lifetime, Charles Dickens presented readings of “A Christmas Carol” before audiences hundreds of times. Now, Roy Lantz, an internationally sought-after keynote speaker, seminar leader and author, using Dickens’ own annotated text, will present a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol” here at St. Catherine’s. Sunday, November 21 from 3 – 4 p.m. No charge. This fun event is for your whole family and your friends, sponsored by Cats on Wheels. For information about this presentation visit www.achristmascarolreading.com


Sound Crew needed

Set-up help is needed for Jubilate Choir’s sound equipment -- great opportunity for a young person or anyone who likes to be active! If you'd like to be involved contact Bill Ivey, billiveybellsouth.net.


Look for our bulletin board

St. Catherine’s is a busy place! Where do you find information about all our activities around the buildings? We have a number of bulletin boards for display, and we’ve added even more to help keep us all in the know.

Here’s where to look for information… and when your group has an event, here is where to post it:

1. "Life at St. Catherine's" board – at the top of the atrium stairs (starting in October, formerly used for monthly Ministry Team focus) will be for posters about events at our church: Blood Drives, educational events such as FPU, fun gatherings such as Low Country Boil, Valentine’s Dinner Dance, etc., plus the church calendar, newspaper clippings of our parishioners, etc.

** Plus we've added two new events boards also for all your events flyers:

  • Events board in the education wing near the choir room, around the corner from the drinking fountain -- a good view point for Catechesis, children & family events
  • Events board on the north wall of the Parish Hall near the three doors into the atrium walkway

2. Event sign up sheets – for sign up for activities such as blood drives, prayer vigil etc. – small board in the foyer near the coat rack

3. Youth events – continues on the board in the hall outside the Youth Director’s office

4. Outreach – continues on the small board next to the Outreach table opposite the Parlor

5. Community events – the first bulletin board outside the Conference Room (close to the Parish Office) – for non-St. Catherine's events, posters, sales, etc. A copy of our church calendar will also be here so you can check it to find out where your meeting is as you come in the Parish Offices entrance.

6. St. Catherine’s photos -- the second bulletin board outside the Conference Room (near the door to the foyer & sanctuary) that currently has photos, continues for pictures of people, places, and events.

We are establishing some simple rules about putting flyers and information at church:

1. Flyers and announcements should be posted only on bulletin boards. Please, no pages taped on walls, doors, etc.

2. Our staff will monitor and edit the bulletin boards to keep them neat and up to date.


September at St. Catherine's

Photos by Jan Potter

 

Our annual Ministry Fair was held Sepember 12, with a parade of ministries to begin the 8:45 worship service and music led by the Youth Choir.
Below: Sally Jane baptized as Christ's own forever on September 5


Holy Conversation: St. Catherine’s Strategic Planning Team to begin

by Stephanie Yucius

I am very excited to announce that we are ready to begin our prayerful journey together! Our strategic planning team will use the book “Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations” by Gil Rendle and Alice Mann, and consist of the following people: Father Jim, Stephanie Yucius, Bill Ivey, Jason Snape, Betsy Broda, Jeff Harris, Tim Braman, Jennifer Massey, Ash Gale and Tami Mace. Father Jim and I met with the Vestry to establish the qualities of the people that we want on the team. We are very thankful that these individuals have accepted the invitation to serve St. Catherine’s on this planning team. We look forward to listening together to discover God's will for us and for our future.


IN THE COMMUNITY

The Coracle - "Understanding Christian Spirituality" begins October 9

Introduces participants to Christian spiritual thought through study, lectures, group discussion and reflection. Topics will include Imaging God, Spirituality of Children, Contemplative Practice, and Spirituality in Social Justice. This is an 8-month program on the second Saturday from October through May, 9:00 to 2:00. Program fee - $175 plus the cost of books, a $25 non-refundable registration fee is applicable to the program fee. Contact Kathy Holman, kdh53comcast.net.

 

Parenting Expert John Rosemond coming to Marietta

"Parenting from the Inside Out: Raising Principled, Purposeful Kids in a Complex World" featuring John Rosemond, Best Selling Author and AJC Syndicated Columnist, and Stacey Dewitt, award-winning journalist and founder of Connect with Kids. For information and tickets go to www.connectwithkids.com. Admission varies with date and location: Sat., Oct. 2, 1:30-5 PM at South Forsyth High School; Sun., Oct. 3, 1:30- PM at Marist School; Mon., Oct. 4, 6:30-9 PM at Mount Paran Christian School.

 

Help those in Need: Volunteer at MUST

For complete information about MUST Ministries serving the needy in our Cobb and Cherokee communities, visit www.mustministries.org.

  • Toy Shop – MUST is looking for groups of 15-18 people to work in the MUST Christmas Toy Shop. It’s a perfect small group project for outreach! You can bring family and friends (age 10 and older) to fill out your group. It’s a great way to reach out to unchurched friends and neighbors who can work with you in an important ministry. The Toy Shop runs Dec. 4-23 with both morning and evening shifts at 1407 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta. MUST needs toys, new socks and underwear, blankets, hats, gloves and a host of other things for the project, too. For information email prigsbymustministries.org.
  • Volunteer job openings – Receptionist on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 1p to 5p; Must wear on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 12p to 2p; Must wear on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays from 10a to 2p. For information contact Jenaila Hawkins our MUST Marietta Volunteer Coordinator at jhawkinsmustministries.org or call 770-790- 3873.
  • Grounds Beautification Group – At The Foothills/MUST Marietta, 1407 Cobb Parkway North Marietta GA 30062, working on weeding flower beds, spreading mulch and general (light) outdoor clean-up. Please wear gloves and bring a small weeding tool and trash bag with you. This will happen on the last Thursday of each month from 8:30 am - 10:30 am. If interested, please contact Fran Sommerville, Master Gardener at fransommervillebellsouth.net or call her at 770-427-4897 to volunteer.
  • Needed Food Items – Cereal, peanut butter, Jelly, soup, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, canned meat, canned fruit, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned and dry beans, Mac and cheese, Baby Food, rice, boxed meals. Please consider organizing a food drive in your neighborhood, at your school, workplace, civic organization, or church today! Contact Resource Development Coordinator, Annette Lee at leemustministries.org or call 678-218-4481.


October Ministry Focus: Financial Resources

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Financial Resources Ministry Team. This team includes committees for Finance, Stewardship, Great Oak Fund, Counters and more. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convener Tom Blackstock.


Letters

September 2, 2010

Recently Episcopal Relief and Development sent spreadsheets listing donations for the first half of this year. Data indicates St. Catherine’s as giving two very generous donations: $2,674.70 in February and $2,466.63 in May. Please thank [everyone] for helping the people of Haiti in their recovery from the January 2009 earthquake.

Deborah Bruno Betsill,
Diocesan Coordinator Diocese of
Atlanta, Episcopal Relief and Development

Dear Friends of Emmaus House,

Please join us at Emmaus House as we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with our neighbors in Peoplestown. Through our holiday festivities, we remember the goodness in life even in the midst of harsh daily circumstances. Your participation helps shine the light of hope into the lives of others.

Holiday events include:

  • Thanksgiving Baskets, October-November
  • Christmas Family Partnership, November-December
  • Christmas In Peoplestown, Saturday, December 4
  • Senior Strollers' Luncheon, Friday, December 10
  • Grandparents Party, Tuesday, December 14
  • Secret Santa Shop, Sunday, December 19
  • Children's Christmas Festival, Friday, December 24

We hope that you will consider becoming involved this holiday season. Please don’t let the size of your gift keep you from giving. Each candle that burns - no matter how big or small - shines forth with love and hope. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with all of our Emmaus House friends and hope to see you soon!

Peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth J. Roles, Associate Director, Emmaus House
www.emmaushouse.org


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, November 7 (All Saints' Sunday)

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


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Eileen Motter, Vi Pratt, Joe Tarentino, Linda Smith, Trish, Ray Cole, Marilyn Bradbury, Jean Wintrow, Beatrice Ackenbom-Kelly, Ingrid Carmines, Sharon Parisi, Terry, Mike & Leah Gailliot, Alexandra Pepper, Joan, Caroline Leigh & Brady Rose Wilson and their parents, Ben & Kate Wilson, Madison Cox, Ellen Black, Rob Black, Rujeania Woods, Britany McGheen, Ron Brannock, Judith Phillips, Lynn Schmid, Ellen Brandt, Ethel Jane Blaske, Michael Garacia, Sylvia Nash, Alycen, Ann McBrayer, Sheryl Cromer, David Madison, Tim Seibert, Chip Madren, Margaret Bowman, Louise Huey, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Ted, Marilyn Hunter, Barbara Cordery, Julie Brannock, Matt Heil, Penny Harkey, Diane Blackshear-Wood, Nancy Mattox, Nancy St. Onge, Timothy Hewitt, Charlie Walton, Beryl Bestwick, Nancy Riley, Eric Layton, Lita DiPietrao, Richard Newton, Louise Taylor, Austin Jablonski, Jay Hendricks, T.P. Hall, Donna Woods

DECEASED: Trish, added by Margaret Shaw; Erika Rowland, Tina Atchison’s mother; Tom Bradbury, friend of Ann Snead; Nellie Wilson, Stephanie Yucius’ grandmother

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (10/3) Jana Caldwell, John Behunin; Cy, Courtney, Amelie & Lucas Cardona; Doug, Katie, Nicholas, Elizabeth & Timothy Carswell; Joyce Carter; Richard & Linda Carter; (10/10) Tillie Carter; Greg & Margaret Caudle; Alan & Nancy Certain; Tim, Beth Anne & Patrick Chalk; Stacey, Dana, Davis & Jack Champion

BIRTHDAYS: (10/4) Rusty Bird, Abby Baumann, Allison Dupuis; (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) Kevin Sluss; (10/9) Tom Hunter, Justin Baker, Michael Harrison; (10/10) Austin Jablonski, Robin Keith, Rod Pope; (10/11) Katherine Maxwell, Tina Kerr, Jason Nienaber; (10/12) Suzanne McGhee; (10/13) Kitty Diffley, Audrey Nesbit; (10/14) Jason Cook, Sydney Spessard; (10/15) Bill Bowden, Erin Donoghue; (10/16) Marion Cook, Megan Snook, Kelly Beard, Shannon Jablonski, Gabrielle Harwell, Edwina Tims; (10/17) Lee Ann Sherry

ANNIVERSARIES: (10/4) Edwina Tims & Brad Corbin; (10/5) Amy & Jim Hunkler; (October) Jeanette & Michael Harrison; (10/13) Susie & James Davis.

SPECIAL PRAYERS: Melissa, for strength, direction and guidance.

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

Hold These Future Dates:

  • November 10-17 – Preschool Silent Auction
  • November 12-14 – Atlanta Diocesan Council
  • November 25 – Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog for MUST
  • November 30 – First Sunday of Advent, make your wreaths!

 

Two-Week Look Ahead

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

Monday, 10/4 Monday, 10/11
 
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Grief Group
CGS Leaders
Boy Scout Troop 713

 
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Grief Group
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 10/5 Tuesday, 10/12

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

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis - Catholic
Conveners Meeting
Jubilate

10:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis - Catholic
Stewardship
Jubilate
PA & F
Mothers & More
Outreach
PL & F
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 10/6 Wednesday, 10/13

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

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

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

Executive Meeting
CGS Level II
Bible Study
Parenting A Sacred Path
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
DOK
Adult Choir

Thursday, 10/7 Thursday, 10/14
1:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Preschool Staff
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
9:00AM
5:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM
CGS Level II
Finance
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Stewardship
Friday, 10/8 Friday, 10/15
 
10:00AM
7:30PM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
Stewardship Meeting
A.A.
 
9:00AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
CGS Level II
Women’s Bible Study
Folders
A.A.
Saturday, 10/9 Saturday, 10/16
9:00AM
9:00AM
6:00PM

The Journey
UCS
Welcome Mike Party
  @ Donoghues'

8:30AM
9:00AM
11:00AM
 
7:30PM

Jubilate
CGS Level II
Cats On Wheels
  @ Oakland Cemetary
Stewardship

Sunday, 10/10 Sunday, 10/17

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
1:00PM
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Praying for Pars
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stewardship
FPU
FPU (Youth)
Bridges to Contem. Living

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
1:00PM
1:00PM
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stewardship
The Journey
FPU
FPU (Youth)
Bridges to Contem. Living


YOUTH NEWS

By Mike Peterson

Things are in full swing for the youth of St. Catherine’s! Cobb County students are back from their week-long September reprieve and Journey to Adulthood classes are well into their third week. Wednesday Night Live is going strong and providing an often much-needed midweek break for youth and adult leaders alike.

Last Sunday, thirteen of us made the trip down I-75 into the shadow of Turner Field for Emmaus House’s annual “Walk the Road” event. We had the opportunity to learn about the history of Emmaus House and the many various ministries it provides to the community of People’s Town. We all got to play the well-conceived “Game of Life,” which involved M&Ms, paper clips, random good and bad luck, and some delicious but very serious lessons about how challenging, unpredictable, and often unfair life can be. Despite the heavy rain, we also walked the surrounding area to learn some of the local history, neighborhood challenges, and hopes for the future. We were literally able to feed and be fed, as we donated either $5 or five canned goods each for their food kitchen while enjoying a cook-out of burgers, dogs, and veggie-burgers. Most touchingly, our youth had the opportunity to bond with some of the local children who make Emmaus House a regular hang-out spot. And, of course, we got t-shirts!

This month we look forward to a few exciting events. On Sunday, October 17, all Rite 13 age youth are invited to join us after church for a trip to Canton to the Cagle Family Farm’s Corn Maze. Each person should bring $10 for the maze as well as money for Subway (or a packed lunch). Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for further details!

The Fall Youth Retreat to Earthshine Outdoor Center in Lake Toxaway, NC is set for October 22-24. All final payments are due by Sunday, October 17.

 

“Welcome Mike” Party Sunday, October 9

All Parents of Youth and our Youth Leaders are invited on Saturday, Oct 9th to the Donoghue's for a "Welcome Mike" party at 6pm. Please bring an appetizer to share. Beverages will be provided. RSVP in the OpMin or e-mail to Georgiadonoghuescomcast.net.

 

Join us on Facebook!

If you have a Facebook account, join us on the group for St. Catherine’s youth program for updates on all our activities. Go to www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=149084928456245 or search for the Facebook group name “St. Catherine's Youth Group – Marietta”.

 

Ministry Fair procession, September 12

Photos by Jan Potter

 


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 15 – print edition
  • November 5 – online edition
  • November 19 – 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 by email 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. 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 2 days before the publication date. 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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