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 7-20, 2011

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Stewardship
50th Anniversary
Christmas Trees/Greens
Greeters, Shepherds, Porch Visitors
Preschool auction
Op. Christmas Child
Cats On Wheels
Men's Book Study
Trivia Night photos
Elizabeth Inn
Thanksgiving
Looking to Advent
Vestry elections
Christmas Market
Blessing of Animals photos
Elizabeth Inn
Vestry notes
Blood drive
Gift Bearers
Young Families
MUST build
WNL
In the Community
  Gobble Jog
  Faith Craft Shoppe
  Free Dental Day
  Nativities

Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  New Facebook
  Corn Maize
  Cambodia mission
  Jr. DYC
Wheel Schedule

 

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

11/9, 16, 30 – WNL

11/11 – Office closes at noon;
Anniversary Gala @ The Pavillion

11/12 – Cats On Wheels @ Shillings

11/13 – Anniversary Celebration;
Worship 10:30 am ONLY; Church School 9 am;
OCC Ingathering

11/14-18 – Preschool Silent Auction

11/18-20 – Happening @ Camp Mikell

11/20 – Christmas trees/greens orders due

11/22 – Elizabeth Inn laundry;
Thanksgiving Eucharist & Pie

11/23-25 – Office closed

11/23 – Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog @ Marietta Square

11/27 – First Sunday of Advent;
All ages wreath making 10 am (no Church School)

11/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner

11/29 – Advent Eucharist & Study begins

11/30 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

And I hope to be one too…

By Amma Susan

All Saints Day has always been a very special day for me. Yes, November 1st is that day set aside in the church calendar to remember all of those saints whose lives have been models of how to walk the journey of faith. We remember and celebrate on All Saints Day the lives of all the saints, both those famous saints whose name everyone knows, like St. Francis and St. Nicholas, but also that multitude of saints whose names are known only to God.

Long before I came to understand the meaning of celebrating the lives of all the saints, November 1st has been special to me because it’s my father’s birthday. This gives the idea of sainthood a more personal meaning for me. Dad would be the last to list himself among the saints, but I know of very few other people in my life who have been such a model for me of the practice of the way of Christ. When I think of those not-so-famous saints who now rest in Christ, I also include in my own litany of names Mrs. Burch, the organist/choirmaster of Bexley Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, who nurtured my love of music in worship. It’s largely because of her that singing is a deep part of my spirituality and why I stayed in church (as a member of the choir) during those teen-aged years when I was wrestling with God and doubting my faith. The faith of the unnamed saints in that choir carried me through that time until I stood again on the firm rock of my own belief.

My personal list of saints goes on and on. Without these godly people who have helped to shape my faith journey, I might not be blessed with the relationship with God that I have today. We all have people who have been models of the life of faith for us; people who have been influential in helping us on your path to God. And as the beloved song goes… these saints, “were just folk like me… and there’s not any reason, no, not the least why [you and] I shouldn’t be one too…” With God’s help, may it be so.


Stewardship Ingathering - Sunday, November 6

St. Catherine’s sets aside this very special date each year to gather in our prayerful commitment to God for His works in the upcoming year. Pledge cards have been mailed everyone in the parish, and extras are available at church. Please return your pledge at worship services this Sunday or send to the church office, 571 Holt Rd., Marietta, GA 30068.

As you hear about our 2012 Stewardship Program and the Ingathering, you may be wondering… What is this big deal about pledging?

So why should I pledge?
Well, let’s first define pledge. A pledge is a written financial commitment to the church for the year ahead.

So why? Put simply – without your pledges we have no budget.
Your pledge allows our Vestry, the church’s governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: develop a budget for the use of the resources you commit in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Vestry sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to the church. While regular giving that is not pledged is important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish. In 2011 your pledges made up 94% of our income.

So why? Pledging is a spiritual discipline representing your relationship with God.
Spiritually, because stewardship concerns our relationship with God; it helps us understand that those things we call possessions are really ours in trust; it allows us the chance to let go of some of our earthly possessions and experience the joy that comes from sharing what we have been given and offering it back to God.

So why? Your pledge is your commitment to our vision and the ministries that support it.
By making a pledge to St. Catherine’s we are affirming our Financial Stewardship in support of the continuation of our ministries and the realization of our mission “to welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people” in Christ’s name. Last year 58% of us made a pledge to support the ministry that 100% of us share.

So why? Your pledge helps you establish a firm and manageable household financial plan.
Your pledge allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values.

So why? Your pledge represents a commitment to “just do it.”
The amount of your first pledge is not nearly as important as your decision to make the commitment to God and to Christ’s ministry. Getting on the journey of pledging is a decision each one of us has faced or will face as part of our spirituality and membership in a faith community. For those who have made the decision we hear often of the profound sense of joy and abundance in taking the step.

Have more questions about pledging?
See the "About Stewardship" page on our website.

 

Pledge pay online

Did you know you can pay your pledge to St. Catherine’s throughout the year by simply setting us up as a company in your online bill pay system? For many of us this helps us manage our regular household cash flow while at the same time maintaining our pledge as current with the church. Most systems allow you to set the payment up as reoccurring over the period of your yearly pledge. Many folks at St. Catherine’s already do this and you can join them. For questions contact Rosemary Wolfe in the church office.

 

Stewardship Letters 2012

A great group of St. Catherine's members met on October 16 to explore what stewardship means and write personal letters to every household in the parish to ask all to pledge to the mission and ministry of St. Catherine's in the coming year. Thank you to everyone who was such a vital part of our 2012 Stewardship of Resources effort.

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with who there is no variation or shadow due to change -- James 1:17, NRSV

Photos by Connie Bergeron


50th Anniversary Celebration

1 -- Number of weeks to St. Catherine's Anniversary Celebration!

Friday, November 11: GALA!

We're ready for a fantastic evening beginning at 6:30 pm at The Pavillion of East Cobb located at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, in Fountains of Olde Towne plaza. For directions visit www.pavillioncatering.com/ecContact.html.

Confirmations by email or phone have been sent to everyone who is registered for the Anniversary Gala. If you think you are registered for the Gala but have not received a confirmation please (1) check with your partner/guest to see if the confirmation was sent to them, and (2) contact Molly Frost bcfchapaol.com or Joan Nixon ASAP. If you were not able to register before the deadline but would like to attend please contact us to find out if space is available. If you did register but find you will not be able to come please let us know as soon as possible.

  • Note: The church office will close at noon on November 11

 

Sunday, November 13: Remembering, Rejoicing, Renewing

  • ONE worship service at 10:30 am ONLY!
  • Church School: 9:00 am

Join us for a very special service of Remembering, Rejoicing and Renewing as we celebrate the culmination of our 50th Anniversary year. There will be one service time only this day at 10:30 am. Bishop J. Neil Alexander will join us this day and we will have special music from all our music teams — Adult Choir, Youth Choir, and Jubilate. A joyful reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall. Please note that Church School will meet at 9:00 –10:00 am this day, and breakfast will not be served.

 

Parking help needed Sunday, Nov. 13

We are recruiting a small crew to assist with parking for the 50th anniversary celebration 10:30 am service on November 13. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Al Jones, 4albellsouth.net, 404-457-3658 to volunteer.


Christmas trees & greens

Order by November 20

It's time to order your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland, all to benefit 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. Please place your order at the table in the foyer on Sundays, or download and print the order form from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/christmas-greens-orderform-2011.pdf and return it to church with your check payment.

Your items will be ready for pick up at church on Saturday, December 3 (10 am to 2 pm) or Sunday, December 5 (1 to 2 pm). For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or mike.petersonbellsouth.net. Thanks for your support!


Greeters and Shepherds, Bread Bakers and Porch Visitors

Are you available for a few minutes before or after the service? Why not be a Greeter to welcome all in the foyer, or a Shepherd and greet our newcomers at the Welcome table? If you have time on Sunday afternoon or Monday, we need volunteers to take a loaf of bread to our newcomers. Or do you have time during the week to bake a few bread loaves?

Our Ministry of Invitation’s mission is to welcome all newcomers into the community of God’s love at St. Catherine’s. You are vitally needed. If interested in finding out more, check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Maureen Donoghue, georgiadonoghuescomcast.net.


Preschool Silent Auction

Open for bids November 14-18

The St. Catherine’s Preschool silent auction will be open daily starting Monday, November 14 during preschool hours (9:30 am to 1:00 pm) and close at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 18. Proceeds will go to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success, and we greatly appreciate your support! Please contact Karolyn Olliffe at olliffekarolynwhotmail.com or 770-971-2839 for donation details or other questions.


Operation Christmas Child

Ingathering: November 6 through 13

Time to bring in your shoe box! You and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in countries around the world. 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. Bring your filled box to church any time during the week of November 6-13.

For complete details of what to pack (and what not to pack), pick up an Operation Christmas Child brochure in the foyer or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/. This activity is sponsored by St. Cat’s Young Families group, and everyone is invited to participate. For further information please contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net or Suzanne McGhee, willandsuzcomcast.net.


Cats On Wheels

Lunch at Shillings November 12

Join Cats on Wheels this month for lunch at Shilling’s Restaurant on the square in Marietta, on Saturday, November 12 at 11:30 a.m. Please sign up in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan+, 770-971-2839, by Thursday, November 10 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 19 North Park Square, Marietta, Georgia 30060, 770-428-9520, visit www.shillingsonthesquare.net for information and directions.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us!


Men’s Book Study starts a new book

Monday, November 14

The Men’s Book Study will start a new book at their November meeting: “Radical: Taking back your faith from the American Dream” by Davis Platt is currently a New York Times Bestseller. In “Radical,” David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple—then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

The study meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm for dinner and fellowship followed by our time of study. Our next meeting is scheduled on November 14 at Keith Dumke’s home. All men are invited, if you are interested in joining the group contact Tom Hunter at thunter41bellsouth.net.


Trivia Night fun!

Trivia and Dessert Night on October 8 was fun for young and old alike, with great questions designed to make everyone's talents a vital asset to their team. A tempting variety of desserts, an ice cream bar, and gourmet coffees rounded out the evening. This event was offered by the Invitation Ministry Team as their 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration ministry focus month.

Photos by Bettye Harris


 

Thanksgiving Service & Dessert Reception

Tuesday, November 22

By Father Jim

Our annual Thanksgiving service will be Tuesday evening, November 22 at 7:30 pm. Thanksgiving has a tendency to get lost in the rush to Christmas, but we can certainly stop at this opening of the holiday season to remember how God has so richly blessed us especially in this time when many face this season in want. As Christians we stop to be reminded of our responsibility to be “faithful stewards of God’s great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need.” (BCP, 246) It’s very hard to commercialize gratitude so we don’t see much about it in our stores, but that doesn’t make this time inconsequential.

Our Diocesan canons require us to include Appleton Family Ministries in our prayers and to give generously for the support of this 140 year old ministry. Appleton Family Ministries was begun in Macon as a home for orphans of Confederate soldiers and changed with the times to become a group home serving various needs and an outdoor therapeutic center. It now operates as an after-school program for at-risk children and a mentoring program for their parents. Our offering this evening will be designated to this Ministry.

In addition at St. Catherine’s we take time following our worship to share our favorite pies. So plan to join together for a time of thanks giving and share in fellowship by bringing your favorite holiday pie or other dessert to share.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

  • No Wednesday Night Live on November 23
  • The church office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 23-25. Have a safe and blessed holiday!


Looking ahead to Advent...

Advent Wreath Making – Sunday, November 27

Join us in the Parish Hall on November 27, 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.
We need help on Saturday, Nov. 26 for room set up, and on Sunday for prep and for clean up. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact Mary Catherine Schmitt, marycschmitthotmail.com or 678.777.6566

 

Tuesday mornings in Advent: Eucharist and Study

From 7:00 to 8:00 AM on Tuesdays in Advent (November 29, December 6, 13, 20). Our tradition during Advent is to celebrate a Eucharist and Study on Tuesday mornings. We will gather at 7:00 AM for a 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. No RSVP needed, please join us.

Our study will be “Rejoice! Reflections on Four Seasonal Hymns.” Whether it's memories of caroling, Christmas pageants, or Christmas Eve services, the hymns of Christmas are some of the most evocative parts of the season for many of us. They refocus our spirits and remind us of the holiness and mystery of God's incarnation. We will study the history behind some of our favorite carols and encounter the rich wording anew. Focusing on the ways in which words and music can speak to the core of our experiences, we will spend time in reflection, conversation, and simple enjoyment of these beloved hymns. These four hymns will be examined in the study: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "Silent Night, Holy Night," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." The materials will be available on our Advent Resource Table in the foyer beginning November 27.

 

Wednesday Night Live during Advent

WNL will pause for Thanksgiving week, not meeting on November 23, and then resume in the first week of Advent on November 30. Our adult program will be “Advent Through the Eyes of Those Who Waited.” This study will introduce and re-introduce participants to several biblical characters found in the lectionary readings for Advent. First, the prophets in the book of Isaiah present us with the idea of waiting and preparing for the Messiah—our work for Advent. Next we meet John the Baptist who announces the coming of the Messiah. Finally, Mary, the mother of Jesus, teaches us about patience and courage from the mother of Jesus.

 

Advent Quiet Evening – Friday, December 2

All adults are are invited to this evening of quiet and meditation on Friday, December 3, from 6 to 9 pm. Join us as we begin our Advent in shared contemplation of this season of preparation, sponsored by St. Catherine’s Daughters of the King.

 

Advent and Christmas Reflections 2011

You'll find Advent resource materials for adults and children on the resources table in the foyer beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 27). In particular, 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 this table, and also be sure to check for your “Reflection of the Day” on our website throughout the season.


Vestry Elections

Sunday, December 11

Photo, right: Our Vestry, 2011

Each year at this time we elect new Vestry members. This year we will elect four new members to three-year terms and one member to fill the recently vacated two-year term. We are grateful to all those who have submitted their nomination forms, due by November 6. The slate of candidates will be published in the first Wheel newsletter in December and in Sunday bulletins the first weekend of December.

The election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 11. If you cannot be present this day, you may vote by absentee ballot – contact Rose Wolfe in the office, 770-971-2839, for a form which must be returned by 5 pm on Friday, December 9.

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 Susan Jablonski or any Vestry member for questions.


Christmas Market is coming

December 10, 9 am to 1 pm

  • Holiday shopping with a wide selection of artisans, crafters and vendors
  • Secret Santa Shop for children ages 3-10
  • Delicious hot breakfast

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and a huge variety of shopping among our featured vendors while your little ones do all of their Christmas shopping. Adults can browse through over 25 vendor displays featuring pottery, crafts, jewelry, inspirational gifts and cards, organic artisan body products plus much more! Meanwhile, our youth will lead children through the “Secret Santa Shop” full of (inexpensive) goodies for all the special people on their shopping list. After shopping, they’ll be assisted in wrapping their gifts. Breakfast will be served from 9 am to12 noon for only $5 ($2 for those under the age of 12)! Watch for breakfast reservation forms coming soon. For more information, please contact Lee Ann Sherry at 770-815-5299.

Here is our most recent Christmas Market list to whet your appetite...

Snape’s Ridiculorum - Nonsensical cards, prints & drawings; Mel Paris Handmade Pottery; Miche Handbags – Barbara Barrington; Silpada Designs Jewely – Lisa Cook; Busy Fingers Crafts by Sue Jones; Snape Stained Glass by Jim Snape; More Rich Relationships – Dr. Colleen Morich- children’s books; Scentsy Candles -- Ilene Talley; Vicki Chase Studios - Handmade Aprons & Baskets; CK Designs-Unique Handmade Jewelry; Lemon Balm & Honeybees Painting; The Busey Family Handmade Crafts; Stories by Suz - Digitial Scrapbooks, Gifts & Cards; Monogrammed Marketplace ; Culinary Classics Cookbooks – Benefiting the Center for Children & Young Adults ; The Permission List – Inspirational Gifts & Cards; Treasures from the Sea - Jewelry made from less than perfect shells; Purple Zebra Gifts - Eco Mugs, Eco Cups, Earbuds & Trendy Hairbands; Peace of Mine - Organic Artisan Soaps, Lotions & Butters; More Rich Relationships Co. books - children's book "Nonna P'ease!" illustrated by Owen Snape and an educational book, "Reviving Classrooms with CPR - Creating Production Relationships”

Artists, Crafters, Vendors wanted

Space is limited! We are currently accepting applications for vendors, $50 per 8 ft. table. 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.


Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals was held on October 22 this year and we had a great turnout in lovely weather. Thank you to Jubilate for leading us in some fun music. Proceeds of the collection from this service will benefit Atlanta Humane Society and Humane Society of Louisiana.

Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at BlessingAnimals2011


Elizabeth Inn – For more than 25 years!

Laundry Team: Tuesday, Nov. 22 AND Wednesday, Nov. 30
Dinner Team: Monday, November 28

St. Catherine's serves dinner at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta on the 28th of every month, and provides laundry assistance on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday. Dates to serve in November will be Tuesday, Nov. 22 AND Wednesday, Nov. 30 for Laundry Team, and Monday, Nov. 28 for Dinner Team.

To volunteer for dinner team, please contact Tracy Buckalew, tracyklpcpeoplepc.com, or Connie Bergeron, conniebmindspring.com, 404-819-0891. To volunteer for laundry team contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466 or f_massey2hotmail.com.


Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

Here’s what happened at the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, October, 18.

  • We had a community discussion on ten financial stewardship tips.
  • Marilyn Hunter brought us up to date on the 50th Anniversary celebration. We have reached the maximum number of available reservations and there is a waiting list.
  • Susan Jablonski, Al Maxwell, Robbie Roy, and Harry Tear were appointed to the nominating committee for 2012 Vestry elections.
  • Tom Blackstock explained the budgeting process. All ministry teams will be given worksheets for their budget requests. These will be turned in to the Finance Committee who will prepare a preliminary budget.
  • We wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family last month.
  • We discussed the successful stewardship training of October 15 and 16.
  • Susan Jablonski reported on progress made by the Human Resources Committee. They are developing forms for the staff concerning setting goals and are studying the CPI to address fairness in salary issues. Also, they are researching the impact that having both lay and ordained staff on the diocesan insurance plan will make on our budget.
  • Tom Blackstock presented September financials. Income was down and expenses were higher than expected largely because of utilities and insurance premiums. Parishioners are encouraged to keep pledges up to date.
  • We voted to tithe the health care act tax credit that we received. The purpose of the tithe is to make a contribution to a health care charity which will be researched and selected at a later time.
  • Adjourned at 10:02 p.m.


Blood Drive success!

By Jennifer Massey

We SAVED LIVES together! I am so excited to let you know our October 27 Blood Drive was a huge success. For the first time since bringing the Red Cross to St. Catherine's EVERYONE who came to donate blood in October was able to give (no problems with low iron, taking antibiotics, medications, new tattoos, or body piercings). The Red Cross collected 29 pints and worked non-stop, with a steady flow of donors throughout the afternoon with little to no waiting.

Fred, Pat Pepper and I would like to thank the following individuals for their time and commitment to help save a life and hope to see you all again for our next drive on Tuesday, December 27. October's Life Savers include: Rachel Bagby, Tim Braman, Ron Brannock, John Brooks, Matilda Carter, Keith Dumke, Ben Frost, Molly Frost, Wayne Gammon, Alison Harris, Jeff Harris, Austin Jablonski, Al Jones, Tami Mace, Hilary Mellon, Ken Minzenberger, Mark Moore, Chris Morris, Audrey Nesbit, Mike Peterson, Vic Phillpots, Ed Pitts, Bill Selby, Tom Snead, Harry Tear, Carol Starr, Dave Yucius!

Photo, right - Fred & Jennifer Massey make a "seasonal" appeal for the October blood drive (photo by Connie Bergeron)

Red Cross & Chef Cat Cora

The Red Cross will have a gift for all who participate in our drive on December 27. The holidays and winter months are a difficult time for blood collection. That’s why the American Red Cross and Chef Cat Cora have teamed up to offer all blood donors a FREE Soup Mug & Special Chef Cat Cora Recipe Card (while supplies last)! The Red Cross needs you now more than ever to donate blood.

Additionally, as promised, we will have NUTTER BUTTERS!!


We come bearing Gifts

By Father Jim

We will introduce a new tradition to St. Catherine’s on Sunday, November 13 at our Anniversary Celebration. It is the ministry of gift bearers. The gift bearers will present the wine and bread to the priest for consecration. The ushers will continue to present the monetary offering. The honor of being a gift bearer requires no special skill or permanent ministerial duty, yet, is a beautiful and significant part of the Eucharist performed by lay people.

Our ushers each Sunday at the 8:45 and 11:15 am worship service will ask parishioners if they would "present the gifts today." The gift bearers will gather at the rear of the Sanctuary during the offertory. When the ushers have gathered the offering they will join together in bringing the offering, the bread and the wine to the altar. After leaving the altar, the gift bearers will return to their seats for the Eucharist.

Gift bearers – while we need two – need not be scheduled or, for that matter, trained. They need not be from the same household but might be friends together. Gift bearers need not be just two people if a mom and dad and children want to come to the altar as a family.

When, on November 20 (gift bearers will be assigned on the 13th) the ushers approach you to be a gift bearer we encourage you to joyfully respond yes. Whether you are an usher who is designated to ask parishioners to present the gifts or you are a parishioner who is asked to do this honor perhaps a pause and reflection before speaking might be: If the three wise men had said "no" and decided not to follow that star, would we be telling the wondrous story about the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh presented to the Lamb of God?

We are all "one body" whether we are involved in some type of full time parish activity or ministry or maybe none at all. However, there is one time during the Eucharist that an individual, when asked, can actively take part in a beautiful and special moment of honoring our Lord and that is to become like one of the three magi by bearing gifts.


Events for Young Families

Saturday, December 3 — 7:30pm — Adults only event! Join us at the McGhee’s for a beer version of our annual wine tasting event. Watch for announcements coming soon. For information about this group contact Molly Banko mdbankocomcast.net or Suzanne McGhee willandsuzcomcast.net.


MUST building progress

See their website for photos & news!

St Catherine's is at work now with other Cobb County churches to construct a new building for MUST Ministries. The project website has the newest news and photos at www.mustbuild.org! 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_massey2hotmail.com. Here’s some of the latest developments:

WOW. What a great day Saturday, October 29 was. Thirty or so people came together to install the floor system for the new MUST building. It was cold and windy but clear and we all worked well together measuring and moving floor joists and had them all installed before lunch. After a wonderful Lutheran lunch we were able to finish the floor decking by 3PM. On Saturday, November 5 we'll erect the walls and all are welcome to "raise the barn." Bring hammers, gloves and a patient spirit and we'll have another marvelous day.

A Blitz Week is scheduled:
Monday, Nov. 14th Finish roof decking
Tuesday, Nov 15th Install OSB
Wednesday, Nov 16th Install Hardi plank (Plumbing to be roughing in)
Thursday, Nov 17th Start electrical rough-in
Friday, Nov 18th Finish Hardi plank, install soffits
Saturday, 19th Finish electrical rough-in (Wait on inspector)


Wednesday Night Live

WNL continues each week with dinner and programs for all ages. We take a break for Thanksgiving on November 23, then resume in Advent on November 30. 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.


IN THE COMMUNITY

Gobble Jog 2011 - November 24

Time to start planning for the Gobble Job on Thanksgiving Day morning, the annual MUST Ministries benefit featuring a 10K run/walk, 5K, a 1K, and Tot Trot. It starts and ends at the Marietta Square. Join many other St. Cat’s members and the community for a fun time and great fundraiser for MUST. You will still have plenty of the TV parade to watch and have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast. Can't run? Support the event as a "phantom runner" and get your well-deserved race shirt by mail! Find out all about it at www.GobbleJog.org or 678-218-4521.

 

Faith’s Craft Shoppe - November 12

Saturday, November 12, 9 am to 5 pm at Faith Lutheran Church and School, 2111 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068. Unique, affordable hand-crafted items – Over 25 vendors – Bake Sale – Food Court by CIRCLE Youth Group – Entertainment by Faith Lutheran schoolchildren. Sponsored by Faith Ladies Guild/Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. For directions and more information visit http://faithcraftshoppe.tripod.com or call 770-973-8877.

 

Free Dental Services Day - November 19

Marietta Family Dental Care will have a Free Dental Day at their practice on Saturday, November 19, specifically geared to people of the East Cobb community who cannot afford regular dental care. There are no strings—it's simply a way for them to give back to the community that supports them. This is a first come first serve event that will start at 7 am. More than 50 volunteer dental teams will be available to provide examinations, digital x-rays, blood pressure and oral cancer screenings, and a choice of an extraction, filling or cleaning. Patients will be taken on a first come first serve basis starting at 7am (one procedure per person). The practice is located at 4720 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068, for information visit www.naturalsmile.biz/free_dentistry.php or call 770-973-8222.

 

Visit Epiphany’s Nativities - November 26 & 27

For the fourteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 250 nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 and from Wednesday November 30 through Sunday, December 4. 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. The church is located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, at
the corner of Ponce de Leon and East Lake Road. For more information call 404.373.8338 or visit www.epiphany.org/nativities.htm.


Letters

Thank you for the beautiful altar flowers to celebrate our anniversary and to Marcia Markette for delivering them. It was such a nice surprise and they are still beautiful a week later!

Thanks again,
Tom and Maureen Donoghue

Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for your contribution to Holy Comforter Parish. We have receive your check in the amount $120.00. We are so grateful for your generous support that sustains the life and work of our congregation.

Blessings and peace to you,
Liz Mitchell, Administrative Coordinator, Holy Comforter Church, Atlanta

Dear Friends in Christ,

We would like to thank you for your continued support of The Extension as evidenced by your recent donation of $600. Because of your generosity, we are able to further our mission of facilitating a transformation that empowers chemically dependent men and women to become sober, accountable members of society. We thought that you would be interested in hearing what one former resident who successfully transitioned had to say about The Extension: “The Extension saved my life. It is a place that will forever be in my heart.”

Saving lives and creating lasting results is what we do. Helping The Extension serve residents and be a source for former residents and the community is what you do with your continued support. Thus, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to you.

Again, many thanks for your support. It means the world to us and all of the men and women at The Extension!

Kindest regards,
Tyler M. Driver, Executive Director, The Extension


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, January 8

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


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR THE SICK: Madison Cox, Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Sally Shimell, Jan Dennis, Laura Gary, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Kent Moss, James Ellis, Sandy Curran, Bill Straub, Anne Whittle, Teresa Witham, David Sherry, Neal Aimar, Paul Beswick, Sylvia Franks, David French, Barbara, Mike Barletta, Beth, Bebe, Roberta Abstein, Trisha Bennett, Jean Windrow, Kimberly Blythe, Anita Gardner, Charlie Zimmerman, Alycen Whidden, Janet Wheeler, Selecia Culbreath, Stacey Davis, Lynn, Silas, Olivia, Barbara Markette, Judy Anderson, Lee FitzSimons, Rusty Phillips, Annie Lipsitz, Joe Tarentino, Pressley Shrader, Charlie Michaux, Toni, Alex Hill, Sam Agan, Susan, James Ellis, Anne Parke, Anna Jenkins, Jim Clarke, Beverly Fambrough, Bob Chadwick, Debbie Shelton, Ginny, Anne, Kevin, Jamie, Tommy, Ron & his family, Sharon Foster, Colleen Morich, Trisha Bennett, Janet Wheeler, Katie Renz, Ashlee Wilson, Fleming Rowell

BEFORE SURGERY: Jim Greene, 11/10/2011

DECEASED: Dev, former co-worker & friend of Margaret Shaw; Ed Williams & Joe McDonald, friends of Jim Greene

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (11/7) Jerry Scott, Jason Gardiner, Olivia Shillington, Richard Bowers, Jackson Ragan, (11/8) Laurel Glidewell, Missy Korwan, Harry Tear, Jr., Ethan Nienaber, (11/9) Alison Travis, Lauren Barber, (11/10) Roger Motter, (11/11) Rex Moore, Chuck Zimmerman, Bailey Brooks, (11/12) John Starr, III, Alison Harris, (11/13) Pascale Hunter, Sally Powers, Joe Parker, (11/15) David Shannonhouse, Risa Maier, Morgan Durbrow, (11/16) Devon Parker, Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore, (11/17) Paul Parisi, Helen Davis, Tyler McAlister, Roberta Hoyt-Johnson, (11/18) Claire Frost, (11/19) Tyler Perry, Don Martin, (11/20) Grant Johnson

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/11) Jim & Dana Rawls

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(11/6) Ron & Julie Brannock; Tim, Caroline & Bourke Brennan; Frank & Pat Brent; Beth Brinkley; Betsy Broda
(11/20) John, Fran, Patrick & Addison Brooks; Lani & Bailey Brooks, Malcolm & Morgan Haymes; Michael, Jennifer, Caitlyn, Connor & Lili Buckalew; Rick, Tracy, Kate & Clay Buckalew; Tom & Kathryn Burgher

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:

  • Sunday, December 4 - St. Nicholas celebration

  • Sunday, December 18
    - Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service, watch for announcement of rehearsal days & times
    - Hanging of the Greens at 5 pm

  • December 24 - Christmas Eve worship and festive receptions
    - Family Holy Eucharist at 5:00 pm
    - The Christ Mass: Special music prelude 10:30-11:00 pm, Worship begins at 11:00 pm

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, 11/7 Monday, 11/14
 
4:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
CGS – Catholic
Boy Scout Troop 713

 
14th-18th
4:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Preschool Auction
CGS- Catholic
Men’s Book Study
Mentors
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 11/8 Tuesday, 11/15

10:00AM
10:30AM
12:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Holy Conversations
Jubilate
Outreach
PL&F
Youth Ministry

10:00AM
10:30AM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Adult Ed.
Jubilate
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 11/9 Wednesday, 11/16

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

Executive Committee
Bible Study
The Journey
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Programs
Daughters of the King
Adult Choir

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

Bible Study
The Journey
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Programs
Adult Choir

Thursday, 11/10 Thursday, 11/27
5:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Finance Meeting
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
8:30AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Stewardship
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 11/11 Friday, 11/18
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
6:30PM
 
8:00PM

Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
50th Anniversary Gala
  @ The Pavillion
A.A.
 
18th-20th
  
6:30AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM

Jim's day off
Happening @
  Camp Mikell
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Folders
A.A.

Saturday, 11/12 Saturday, 11/19


 

11:30AM

Cats on Wheels
@ Shillings

Sunday, 11/13 Sunday, 11/20

9:00AM
10:30AM

Church School
50th Anniversary Worship
Celebration

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry


YOUTH NEWS

by Mike Peterson

New Facebook page for Youth!

A new “page” has been created on Facebook for St. Catherine’s youth that everyone can “like” to join. It will enable us to do and share more than the “group” does. It’s also easier to remember: www.facebook.com/stcatherinesyouth. We are transitioning away from our old Facebook "group" so be sure to “like” us to stay up to date with news and lots of photos!

 

Rite 13 trip to the Corn Maize

Last Sunday, October 30, the Rite 13 class enjoyed a trip to the Cagle’s Family Farm Corn Maize (yes, they intentionally spell it that way)! Immediately following Church School, we piled 7 highly energetic boys and two brave girls into the St. Catherine’s van, stopped at Subway to enjoy lunch together, and cruised up to Canton to navigate the corn! On a gorgeous autumn day the Rite 13ers flew through the maze in what has to be record time. They spent the remainder of their time bouncing on what can only be described as a gigantic inflatable pillow contraption, saying hello to the farm goats just on the other side of the fence, soaking up a beautiful day, and enjoying a surprisingly wide array of available concessions. It was truly a great, light-hearted outing for the newest members of the St. Catherine’s Youth Program, and no one got too lost…

Photos by Mike Peterson

 

WNL program feature on Cambodia mission

On November 2, the Youth Program had the pleasure of welcoming Catie and Matt Nelson (Claudia and Ellis Kilgore’s daughter and son-in-law) to Wednesday Night Live for a fantastic presentation on the mission work that they did for ten weeks last summer in Cambodia. Matt and Catie will be returning to Cambodia in January for a two-year stint of working to improve the quality of living for highly impoverished communities, developing foundational relationships with the members of these communities, and sharing the love that Christ has for all of us. This presentation was open to the whole parish and it did not disappoint! I cannot do justice to all that Matt and Catie shared with us in this article, but it was truly inspiring to hear both of them speak so openly about living their lives as apostles and truly responding to Jesus’ command to make disciples of all people.

Please pray for Catie, Matt, and the people who love them as their walk in faith and discipleship leads them back to Cambodia!

 

Jr. DYC in December

All 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders are eligible to go to Jr. DYC in December! Junior DYC is a great event hosted by the Diocese of Atlanta at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia. It is completely planned and led by teenagers (with a little help from adults) from all over the North Georgia area. It is a laid-back and fun chance to make new friends and enjoy the company of exciting people your age. This year it is over the weekend of Dec. 2-4. The cost is $100 and confidential scholarship is available for any who need it. For more information, feel free to talk to Mike Peterson and/or Paul Maxwell (we are both on the team that planned the weekend). You can also find information on this and other Diocesan youth opportunities by going to www.episcopalatlantayouth.org and clicking the link that say “Junior High Opportunities” and/or “Registration Forms.” Let’s make St. Catherine’s a real presence at Jr. DYC this year!


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 18– print edition
  • December 2 – print edition
  • November 16 – 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. (Print versions may be scheduled in place of online before Christmas and Easter.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.

We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles 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. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may 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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