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This is an exciting time in the life of the Diocese of Atlanta, as the process of seeking the person who will serve as the 10th Bishop of this diocese goes forward. The people of this diocese have an important role to play throughout the process. As you may remember, there were a series of listening sessions over the summer. The information received in these sessions has now been used to produce the diocesan profile (www.atlbishopsearch.org). The profile is complete and nominations are now being welcomed by the nominating committee.
Again, the people of the diocese play an important role. If you have a person in mind who you believe would be a good candidate to be considered for bishop of this diocese, you have the opportunity to submit that person’s name in nomination. You are encouraged to first speak to that person before submitting their name. Then, if that person assents, the name and e-mail address of the candidate can be sent to the Nominating Committee’s website, nominatingatlbishopsearch.org. The process is moving quickly, as the deadline for applications and names closes at 5 p.m. on October 30.
Pray that God will send us the right person to shepherd the Diocese of Atlanta in this time in the life of the church.
Reflection: It Takes All Kinds
By Alison Harris
When I was in high school, one of my favorite teachers wrote to me “whenever you feel confused or overwhelmed in life, go back to your basic beliefs and apply them.” I have remembered this often, whether overwhelmed or not, and I have discovered that each time I remember, I am going back to my basic beliefs and asking if they still apply. In some ways this is like the periodic review of a mission statement. Laurie Beth Jones writes in “The Path” that a mission statement should be three things: one, no more than one sentence long; two, easily understood by a twelve year old; and three, able to be recited from memory at gunpoint. Although the last point startled me, it made me realize in such a situation we would be likely acting on reflex, and so whatever we know at our core should come to the surface.
Our household has been inundated with catalogs filled with t-shirts printed with various pithy sayings. It occurred to me that some of these are “core attitude statements.” As the time to decide about our pledge draws near, I began to wonder what attitude statement would I choose? What would St. Catherine’s church wear as an attitude statement? What would each of us proclaim when pressed?
My mother has a few sayings that she could wear. One of my favorites is “It takes all kinds to make a world.” While this is usually said with a shake of her head or perhaps a sigh, as an explanation for otherwise inexplicable actions or behaviors on the part of others, what draws me to this particular phrase is the challenge it offers on many levels. Is it a recognition of the irreconcilable? Is it a call to accept others whether or not you agree with them? Is it an assurance to stay focused in the midst of overwhelming crowds or circumstances? Is it a rally for all heads to come together? For all hands on deck? For all hearts to be open? I like to think so.
When I think of the variety of ministries and missions at St. Catherine’s I see a willingness to live that statement. It takes all kinds of gifts—our time, our money, our presence—to be the working Body of Christ. It takes all kinds of efforts to make things happen. It takes all kinds of people willing to pitch in. Not everyone can give the same amount or fill the same role. This is why we live and worship in community. Doing so challenges us, encourages us, and enables us to do greater things for the good of the Kingdom than we can alone. It takes gifts from and of every kind to make a community work.
The uncertainty of the times feels a bit like we are being asked to state our mission at gunpoint. Whatever we are about is coming to the surface. What will be our response?
Reply by October 15 for Time & Talent Pledge
Time now for your fall Time and Talent form to pledge your time for these four of our ministry areas: Invitation Ministry, Outreach Ministry, Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry and Financial Resources Ministry. St. Catherine's wants to know where your abilities are and to which you can spend time in ministering to the congregation and the world. The way to do this now is to complete the pledge card by going to www.surveystcatherines.org.
If you are involved, we want to know if you want to continue to be involved. If you are not involved, we want to know if you want to get involved. Or, if you are not involved and would like more information before you get involved, we want to know that so that a person on the Ministry Team can contact you. Please complete the form as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. You will not receive any spam or unrequested email by using our online form. If you prefer to use a printed card please pick one up at church or call the office at 770-971-2839.
Treasure Pledge: Ingathering Sunday - November 6
Each fall we focus on our Stewardship of Resources.You will soon receive a pledge card from St. Catherine’s enclosed with a personal note from a fellow parishioner. We ask you to take time to read, pray, and consider how you will respond with a gift of resources to God’s call in your life. Ingathering Sunday will be November 6. The following week we will be celebrating 50 years as a parish. We hope you will join with the rest of St. Catherine’s in joyous celebration of both our individual and collective blessings of the past, but also looking to the future and how we may continue to do God’s work in the world.
Below -- Father Jim Clark on August 7, Rev. Hazel Glover (with John and Fran Brooks) on September 18 (photos by Jan Potter, Connie Bergeron)
Flu shots will be offered by our Congregational Nurses following services at St. Catherine’s on these Sundays in October: 9, 16, 23, and 30. Cost is $25, Medicare will be accepted if card is presented. Blood pressure checks will be offered at the same time.
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 25. Making an appointment is easy: go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code HOLTRC to sign up for available times, or contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.
Remember to 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! For more questions or to volunteer to help with greeting donors, setup or cleanup, please contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net, 404.375.8327.
Are you available for a few minutes after the service? Why not be a Shepherd and greet our newcomers at the Welcome table? Or if you have time on Sunday afternoon or Monday, we need volunteers to take a loaf of bread to our newcomers. If interested in finding out more, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Maureen Donoghue, georgiadonoghuescomcast.net.
50th Anniversary Ministry Focus for October: Invitation Ministry Team
This month as part of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration we celebrate the life and work of our Invitation Ministry Team. This team includes committees for Bread Makers, Getting to Know You, Greeters, Shepherds, Porch Visitors and Newcomer Coffees. Their special event this month is the Trivia (and dessert!) Night for everyone on October 8. To find out more about their activities please contact convener Maureen Donoghue.
The mission of the Young Families Ministry at St. Catherine’s is to provide opportunities and community that strengthens relationships between parents and children and to provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for families to grow together in their faith and love of God. For more information about the Young Families Ministry or any of these events, please contact Molly Banko mdbankocomcast.net or Suzanne McGhee willandsuzcomcast.net.
Saturday, October 22, 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.
We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions. Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided.
Cloe Linstrom gets her blessing from Amma Susan last year (photo by Jan Potter)
Training session Sunday, October 23
“Safeguarding God’s People” training will be offered at St. Catherine’s on Sunday afternoon, October 23, from 1 to 4 pm. “Safeguarding God's People” is the training program in the diocese which is for protection of adults with regard to sexual harassment and sexual exploitation. If you are a volunteer who works with adults in our parish please check with your committee’s leaders to see if you need to have this training, and RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin to take advantage of this training date.
Ingathering: November 6 through 13
Start saving your shoeboxes! Young Families Ministry will be collecting filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child from Nov. 6 to 13. Information will be in the bulletins soon. 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. This activity is sponsored by St. Cat’s Young Families Ministry, 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 6-13! Information about Operation Christmas Child is available on the Samaritan's Purse website, www.samaritanspurse.org, and click on Operation Christmas Child.
Have extra standard size shoeboxes? Please leave them under the wooden table by the MUST collection corner. We'll wrap them and pass them out to anyone willing to fill one for this great cause.
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) continues each week with dinner 5:45-6:30 pm and programs for all ages 6:30-7:30 pm. Please make your dinner reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or by calling the office at 770-971-283 by 5:00 pm on Tuesday before each date you'll dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.
The celebration of the Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 6 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 30.
Sunday, November 6, 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 Sunday, October 30.
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. Please contact Shirley Childs or reply on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin if you can help.
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 13. Many writers are needed – there are 41 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.
St. Catherine's Youth will sponsor the annual Christmas Market this year on Saturday, December 10, including breakfast, the Secret Santa Shoppe for children, and fabulous holiday shopping for adults. We are currently accepting applications for vendors at $50 per 8 ft. table, and space will be limited. All proceeds benefit St. Cat’s Youth Program. If you or any other artist/crafter/vendor you know would like to apply please pick up a form from the church office or preschool office, or contact Lee Ann Sherry, 770-815-5299, with questions.
September 11 -- It was an impressive procession of the banners of all our ministries at 8:45 service and then down to the Parish Hall, followed by a blessing and the Ministry Fair for one and all to sign up for Church School and all the ministry opportunties of our busy parish!
Photos by Craig McHattie
By Sally Powers
At the regular Vestry meeting on Tuesday, September 20, we:
St Catherine's is at work now with other Cobb County churches to construct a new building for MUST Ministries. Check the website for the project, www.mustbuild.org for what’s happening now and pictures of work underway! Get on the volunteer list by signing up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fred Massey/ 404.731.4466 /f_massey2 hotmail.com.
Here are bulletins on some of the recent work … think of it as a "blog" by participants...
September 23 – We have purchased "Builders Risk" insurance... We can only have people working on building that are 18 YEARS OLD. We'll need folks to print out waivers, fill out legibly and return to site when showing up to help.
September 28 – Today we passed muster with the Fire Marshall and now we await Cobb permit department for our full building permit...
September 29 – We have dug out our footings but we need help designing proper footings for the dirt we have… we'll install that and call for footing inspection...
October 4 – We are installing rebar/steel in footings today and have called for inspection on Wednesday. Then we can finally pour concrete and then erect walls...
October 5 – We're pouring "MUD" We're pouring MUD!! We passed our inspection for the footings and we'll be pouring concrete on THURSDAY!! Thank GOD for GREAT weather. Foundation walls SOON!!
The Nominating Committee is continuing its meetings around the Diocese as part of its discernment process. The Diocese Profile and the Application are now posted on the Committee’s website, www.atlbishopsearch.org. Please talk with those who may be called to be the Tenth Bishop of Atlanta and direct them to the website to review the application process. Completed applications are due by October 30. Thank you for your participation in this important process.
Prayer of the Diocese of Atlanta: O God, you lead your Church into all truth: Give the guiding presence of your Holy Spirit to those who have dedicated themselves to your service in our search for the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. May our prayers and discernment be in accord with the mission you have given us to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. May our next bishop be a person of prayer who is present to us as pastor and teacher while prophetically calling us to the ministry of justice, peace, and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A great time was had by everyone at the Parish Retreat in August! Here are a few reflections from the participants. Mark your calendar now for the next parish retreat booked for Labor Day Weekend 2013, we have reserved the entire facility of Lake Logan!
Dear Friends in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am deeply grateful for your recent contribution to the Bishops’ Discretionary Fund of the Diocese of Atlanta. Bishop Whitmore and I use the proceeds of this fund to support our clergy and clergy families when particular needs arise, to minster to those who are less fortunate in a variety of ways, and to support a variety of unbudgeted ministry opportunities that arise from time to time. Your faithfulness and generosity contributes greatly to my ability to serve God’s people more broadly this way. I thank you for your partnership in the work of the Gospel of Jesus.
Faithfully, in Christ,
Next scheduled date: Sunday, November 6 (All Saints)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR THE SICK: Madison Cox, Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Sally Shimell, Jan Dennis, Laura Gary, Michael Dillson, Jack Kerr, Joe Cochran, Anna Pierotti, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Sylvia Franks, Kent Moss, James Ellis, Sandy Curran, Joan Schlesinger, Bill Straub, , Marianne Mighton, Dale Buran, Jordan Brinson, Anne Whittle, Teresa Witham, David Sherry, Neal Aimar, Sydney, Paul Beswick, Sylvia Franks, Melvin Knight, Bill Acree, Sharon Foster, Barbara, Jonathan Hart, Rev. Steve & Dorrie Dean, Anthony Amescua, David French, Bill Brinson, Dean Donald, Mike Barletta, Beth, Bebe, Roberta Abstein, Trisha Bennett, Jean Windrow, Kimberly Blythe, Anita Gardner, Charlie Zimmerman, Cal, Charles Bell, Grace Adams, Alycen Whidden, Janet Wheeler, Selecia Culbreath, Stacey Davis, Lynn, Silas, Olivia, Ashleigh Hungerford, Deborah Hurd, Gaby Sutton, Tony Amoruso, Mitchell Scheidt, Ivan Cote, Barbara Markette, Judy Anderson
BEFORE SURGERY: Annie Lipsitz, 10/14/2011, friend of Susan Bayless
FOR THE DECEASED: Katherine Pierce, friend of Jada Ellis
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (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, Althea Dillard, (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, (10/18) Bill Woods, Chandler Sherry, Lisa Johnston, (10/19) Mason Lewis, (10/20) Kevin Acocella, David Moore, Amelie Cardona, (10/21) Woodie Patrick, Charlotte Fox, Claire Selby, (10/22) Gaston DeLemos, (10/23) Holly Krupp, Cody Ellis
ANNIVERSARIES: (10/13) Susie & James Davis; (10/20) Rachel & Matt Hutton; (10/22) Tom & Maureen Donoghue; (10/23) Al & Sue Jones
CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of Isaac Thomas Hale on October 3 to Katie & Pierce Hale.
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
SPECIAL PRAYERS: + We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the mission and ministry of our Invitation Ministry Team, especially as they contribute this month to our celebration of our 50th Anniversary.
TRANSFERS IN: Tim Braman from All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Tarpon Springs, FL
TRANSFERS OUT: Elyse Tindall to Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, GA
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5 -- Number of weeks to St. Catherine's Anniversary Celebration!
Hold These Future Dates:
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.
by Mike Peterson
Walk The Road
On the beautiful Sunday afternoon of September 25 the St. Catherine’s youth enjoyed the pleasure of returning to take part in Emmaus House’s 6th annual Walk the Road event. This event, sponsored each year by Emmaus House, provides local churches, groups, or interested individuals the opportunity to learn about the many ministries of Emmaus House and the community of Peoplestown that they serve as well as to help stock their food pantry, make sandwiches that are handed out throughout the year, play some fun and educational games that illustrate the difficulty of poverty and the unpredictability of life, and enjoy delicious cook out food.
This year we took 14 people from St. Catherine’s, roughly the same size as last year’s group. Unlike the previous Walk the Road Sunday when it rained mightily on us all afternoon, the weather was beautiful, which enabled us to do some gardening and yard work help we had been unable to do before. As the name of the event implies, we also walked the neighborhood and had the pleasure of viewing some of the tremendous strides Peoplestown has made in the last year, especially in the form of a very large and very impressive community park that sits on what was once a hazardous (and, as it turned out, highly flammable) landfill. It was educational and inspiring to us all to see a committed group of people take such pride in their community and dedicate so much of themselves to it. It is also always a pleasure to be reminded of the myriad ministries that Emmaus House runs and the role it plays in this community.
If you would like to learn more about Emmaus House, please visit their website at www.emmaushouse.org.
Youth Retreat – Reservations due Sunday, October 16
Over the weekend of November 4-6 the youth of St. Catherine’s will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in a joint retreat with the youth groups of three other Episcopal churches: Holy Innocents’ in Atlanta, Calvary Episcopal of Memphis, and Holy Communion of Memphis. The cooperative retreat will take place at the beautiful DuBose Conference center in the mountains of Monteagle, TN. I have already participated in planning sessions with the other 3 youth directors and am very excited about what we have planned. The weekend is open to all 6-12 graders and will be centered around fun, fellowship, music, the outdoors, and observation of the All Saints’ Holiday.
We want St. Catherine’s to have an enthusiastic presence on this retreat, which means we want YOU (yes, you!) to be there! The cost of the trip is $100, which covers transportation, meals, and programming. Participants should also bring money for lunch on the road on Sunday. Space is limited, so be sure to save your spot by turning in a permission form and a $50 deposit by October 16. Confidential scholarship is available. Permission forms can be obtained in the Youth House or from Mike. For more information, please contact Mike at mike.petersonbellsouth.net or by calling the church office. I’ll see you on the mountaintop!
Permission form is required for each person, if you have not sent in one for this year, download a copy now from our website at Youth Permission Form 2011-2012 www.stcatherines.org/forms/youth-permission-form-2011-12.pdf.
See new pics!
See lots of pictures on the St. Cat's Youth Facebook page -- April's Easter Egg hunt and Rite 13 Urban Plunge trip to Emmaus House, June's Confirmation & more! Check the photo albums at St. Cat's Youth Facebook page .
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. (Print versions may be scheduled in place of online before Christmas and Easter.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.
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