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
October 6 - 19
, 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Bishop Ordination
New Consecration Sunday
Blessing of the Animals
Foyers Kickoff
Newcomer/Visitor Coffee
Men's Retreat
Low Country Boil
Pumpkin painting
Blood drive
BrickWalk
Cats On Wheels
Stewardship reflections
Stephen Ministry
Concert series
Lay readers
Mowers & blowers
OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Family Promise
Operation Christmas Child
NetsforLife
ERD rep
Elizabeth Inn
MUST newsletter
PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Kneeler dedication
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters
IN THE COMMUNITY
  NW Atlanta Young Adults
  10th Bishop Ordination
  Flu shots
  Diocesan adult formation

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR
YOUTH NEWS

  Four Square court
  Fall Youth Retreat
  Emmaus Walk pics
  YA Youth/Parents
  Urban Adventure deposit
  Youth Night at the Maze
  CCYA Update

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

10/10, 17, 24, 31 – WNL

10/6 – Blessing of the Animals; Foyers kickoff @ Valencia Hills

10/7 – Newcomer Coffee
10/13 – Bishop Ordination @ Morehouse; Low Country Boil

10/14 – YA Youth/Parents meeting; YF Pumpkin Painting

10/19-21 – Men’s Retreat
 

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Spectator Sports

By Amma Susan

Football season is here! This beloved spectator sport occupies a lot of our time. Even if we don’t have tickets to attend a game in person, most of us can watch our favorite team’s game as it plays live on TV. We arrange our calendars around the football schedule. We spend hour upon hour as arm-chair quarterbacks watching them on TV. But in the end, all we have done is watch. Most of us are spectators, not participants.

Watching people at the top of their game is great fun. Being a spectator gives us some sense of vicarious fulfillment and, for some, brings back fond memories of their youth. I enjoy armchair quarterbacking with the best of them. The frustrated cheerleader in me sometimes gets carried away. It’s a great emotional release for me, but not necessarily for the others in the room with me, especially our cats, who high-tail it for a quieter part of the house when I get too rowdy. But as much as I may feel I have helped to boost the team on by my vicarious participation in the game, being a spectator is empty of any real responsibility or authority.

Some folks think of Christianity as a spectator sport. They attend church but just sit and watch, or some watch a worship service on TV. We can’t entirely get away with being spectators in the Episcopal church, because our liturgy has designed into it congregational participation in the singing, the prayers, the creed, the psalm, and receiving Holy Communion, not to mention the exercise of standing to sing, kneeling to pray and sitting to hear the lessons and sermon. But if this is all we do, we haven’t gone very deeply into living the Christian life, because worship is only one facet of exercising our faith.

For those who play the sports that the rest of us watch, the game is only a small part of their lives. The lion’s share of their time is devoted to long hours of hard practice. Unlike the game, there is no glory associated with these practice sessions. They aren’t always fun. However that hard work between the games is what makes the player’s performance something that people want to watch and with which they want to associate themselves.

Our participation in worship represents only a very small part of living out our faith. The post communion prayer closes with these words: “And now Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” The heart of the Christian life is what we do during the rest of the week as we live out this ministry of reconciliation that we have been given, by loving God and our neighbor in our day-to-day lives. This is what draws others to the faith and makes them want to be a part of it, too. Christianity is not a spectator sport. So rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, we go into the world in peace, to love and to serve the Lord.


EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Bishop Ordination service, October 13, will “draw the circle wide”

From an article by Nan Ross, Diocese of Atlanta

The ordination of The Rev. Robert C. Wright as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta. No tickets or special invitations are required for admission. Driving directions and free parking details can be found on the Diocese of Atlanta website, www.episcopalatlanta.org.

“My hope for this ordination is to welcome and worship with as much of our diocese and our neighbors as possible. Like the children's song says, I want to ‘draw the circle wide,’” Wright said. The service begins with 30 minutes of music by a massed choir from across the diocese. (Five members of St. Catherine’s Chancel choir will participate.) The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside at the service, and Ambassador Andrew J. Young. former mayor of Atlanta and ambassador to the United Nations as well as an ordained minister, will deliver the sermon.

The event also will draw bishops from across the church joining with some 250 diocesan clergy in procession. (Fr. Jim will be a Minister of Communion and Sally Paris will carry St. Catherine’s Banner in procession.)

When it was determined that the cathedral would not have enough seats, the event was moved to the King Chapel at Morehouse. Wright has thanked the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Carter, dean of the chapel, for making the space available. He also noted the symbolism of ordaining the diocese’s first African-American bishop at the historically black college, the alma mater of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A video stream of the service is anticipated. See bishopordination.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Bishop_Ordination.asp for all the news. A downloadable copy of the service booklet will be posted as well.


St. Catherine’s New Consecration Sunday is coming

Sunday, November 11

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

St. Catherine’s finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year. New Consecration Sunday (NCS) is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship services on New Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on New Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend even if you are opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in NCS events through the NCS team and your vestry. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend New Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in New Consecration Sunday events.

Yours in Christ,

Stewardship Committee
Rachal Bagby, Greg Beyer, Therese Braman, Alison Harris, & Tom Snead


Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 6

Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 AM under the Big Oak Tree. Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures.

We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions. Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. Music for this service is provided by Jubilate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided.


“Foyers” Dinner Groups Kick-Off

Saturday, October 6 at Valencia Hills clubhouse

By Meg Boyd

Foyers is a wonderful tradition at St. Catherine's of dinner groups open to all adults, singles and couples. It’s a great way to meet new people in the parish and share your favorite recipes. We meet in groups of 6-8 once a month from September to June. The host rotates each month with everyone bringing a dish to contribute to the meal at the host’s home.

Every adult is welcome to participate. Our kick-off dinner is set for Saturday, October 6 at 6:00 PM. The Certains have been kind enough to offer their clubhouse for our dinner, in the Valencia Hills neighborhood at 3019 Balearic Drive, Marietta, GA 30067. Any questions and to RSVP call Meg and Larry Boyd, 770-977-9362. You can then share if you would like to bring an appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert that night. We look forward to a great turn-out and another year of fellowship and good food.


Newcomer/Visitor Welcoming Coffee

Sunday, October 7, 10:00-11:00 am

All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to the Parish Hall on October 7 for our next "get acquainted" session over coffee and goodies, with conversation about our programs, services and ministries. This is a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions you may have. No reservations needed, please come.


Men's Retreat – registrations needed by October 7

All men are invited to the 2012 retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 19-21 at Montara Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, www.montarafarm.com . We will have workshops and discussions with Saturday afternoon reserved for your choice of activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding. Cost will be $325 total, with a $100 deposit. All lodging and food included except for adult beverages.

Space is limited so register now with your deposit check, by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office. If you have questions please contact Bill Hutton wj.huttonyahoo.com or Daniel Mikkelson drmikkelsengmail.com.


Low Country Boil - Saturday, October 13

Space is limited, get tickets now!

By Bill Lee

All adults are invited to join us for an evening of great food, dancing and fellowship at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall on Saturday, October 13. Tickets are $17.50 per person and include dinner, beverages (including beer and wine), dessert, and music. This is a great opportunity to spend an evening with your St. Cat's community and to introduce our parish to friends and neighbors.

Tickets are on sale at church following all services – be sure to purchase soon as we only have 100 spaces. It’s always excellent food and a fun time so don’t miss out! Any proceeds remaining after we cover dinner expenses will be donated to NetsforLife. For more information please contact Bill Lee, leewcjoutlook.com, 770-971-0174 or Elizabeth Lopez, 770-514-1482, eslopezcomcast.net.


Young Families Pumpkin Painting

Sunday, October 14, 3 pm

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

Pumpkin Painting in the Parish Hall - Say that three times fast! On Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 pm we will gather in the Parish Hall to paint pumpkins, play on the playground and enjoy an ice cream social. Please bring your own pumpkin(s).

RSVP to ensure we have enough painting supplies and ice cream available — sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Sherwood, jtsherwood04yahoo.com.


Blood Drive next date: Tuesday, October 30

The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

Our October blood drive will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can reserve a time slot now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are still welcome to come. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.


BrickWalk payments and orders due October 13

By Parish Facilities & Administration Ministry Team

We've extended the deadline to order your bricks for the 50th Anniversary BrickWalk addition for two weeks only, until October 13. Please place your order online at www.stcatherines.org/brickwalk and then place your check for $50 in the offering plate CLEARLY MARKED for "BrickWalk." Thanks for your support, we're excited to finish this tribute to our 50 years together as a community of faith. Questions? Call Bill Ivey at 770-953-2828 or email to billiveybellsouth.net.


Cats On Wheels

October 20 trip to Brasstown Bald & Young Harris

Autumn color at Brasstown Valley Resort! On Saturday, October 20 Cats On Wheels’s even-month day trip is to the north Georgia mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort www.brasstownvalley.com and the town of Young Harris. Contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200 for trip details. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us.


Reflections: “Grow One Step”

St. Catherine's presents its newest reflections collection, “Grow One Step,” thirty meditations on stewardship written by our own St. Catherine's members.

The booklet is available for pickup at church in the foyer, and it is available on our website now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/stewardship.htm.


Seminar by Stephen Ministry

Saturday, November 3

By David Moore

Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something, right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it. God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in His work in this world. Your Stephen Ministry group invites you to join in a discussion of God's work in our lives: how He challenges, provokes and inspires us to join in His work, on Saturday, November 3, in the Parish Hall from 9 until noon. Light refreshments will be served.

We will watch three NOOMA short videos which are designed to open our hearts and minds to explore God's work in our world and in our lives, with a lively discussion to follow. (NOOMA is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion). Stephen Ministry looks forward to seeing you on the 3rd!


Concert series begins Sunday, November 4

St. Catherine’s is offering a Concert Series to our congregation and community in 2012-13. The first program will be Sunday, November 4 at 5 pm – Sung Evensong and Piano Dedication presented by St. Catherine's Chancel Choir and special musicians.

St. Catherine’s will offer a Concert Series to our congregation and community over the coming nine months. We are very excited about this opportunity and outreach to the East Cobb Community, and hope that it is the beginning of a tradition for many years to come. Here are the concerts for our inaugural season:

  • November 4 - Sung Evensong and Piano Dedication
  • December 2 - Contemporary Advent Lessons and Carols presented by St. Catherine’s Chancel Choir
  • January 22 - Joint Concert by the Georgia State University Concert Choir and Walton High School A Cappella Choir
  • March 23 - Coro Vocati presents their spring program, “The Sacred and the Profane, Part II”
  • May 4 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale at St. Catherine’s

We are looking for a few volunteers to assist with publicity, day of concert tasks such as greeting, hospitality, etc., establishing a concert patron fund, etc. If you are interested please let Fr. Jim (fatherjimbellsouth.net) or Dr. Jana Williams (janagracecomcast.net) know of your interest.


Interested in lay reading?

Opportunities added for 8:45 service

Beginning in December we will add a Lay Reader to our 8:45 worship service who will read the first Lesson and lead the Psalm only. Interested? You will not need to vest, and you will sit in your usual pew rather than in the chancel. If interested please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office.


"Mowers and blowers and edgers, oh my!"

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the church’s lawn and grounds. Groups are scheduled on a rotating basis to provide up to four mowers each week that mowing is needed. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ron Brannock, 770-992-9505, jrbrannockcomcast.com or Al Jones, 770-565-1013, 4albellsouth.net.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Family Promise work day Saturday, Oct. 13 at Cantrell House

Family Promise of Cobb County, an organization that will provide shelter to homeless families through church facilities starting in the spring of 2013, is having a house-cleaning day at the Cantrell House, 3740 Old 41 Highway in Acworth. Help is needed to load the truck with unneeded furniture, carpet, and other debris as we get the facility ready to become the Day Center for Family Promise. You will see a white house on the right back from the highway just after you pass North Cobb High School. Work starts at 8:30 am. For questions please contact Hale Sanders, 678-472-1839, halesandersatt.net. Keep up with Family Promise of Cobb County at www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Promise-of-Cobb-County/127033997436684.


Operation Christmas Child

Ingathering November 4-11

By Molly Banko

This Christmas, you and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in a country like Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, or El Salvador by using a simple shoe box. Operation Christmas Child is an easy project that both children and adults can do by filling a shoe box with small gifts and toiletries. Ready-to-fold shoe boxes are available in the foyer along with packing guides and labels – no need to wrap a box this year! Operation Christmas Child brochures will be available in your bulletin or in the foyer.

Young Families Ministry is sponsoring this collection of filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child from November 4 to 11. Help us reach our goal this year of 200 boxes! Information can also be found on Samaritan’s Purse website at www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/. Please contact Molly Banko with any questions at mdbankocomcast.net.


NetsforLife campaign continues through November 1

By Father Jim

Every minute in sub-Saharan Africa a child dies from malaria, a deadly infectious disease transmitted by a mosquito bite. Just one life-saving, long lasting insecticide-treated net can save three lives from suffering and death.

Bishop Neil Alexander challenged the Diocese of Atlanta to raise sufficient funds for NetsforLife to purchase 35,000 life-saving mosquito nets. St. Catherine’s determined that our goal would be 900 nets – the total number of our membership (every man, woman and child). Over this past year we have continued to make our way towards this goal.

We have raised sufficient funds to purchase about 50% of our goal of 900 nets at $12 each. “It makes St. Catherine's one of the leaders in the diocese in campaign giving,” reports Debbie Betsill the Diocese of Atlanta Episcopal Relief and Development Coordinator. This is very exciting and we are very proud of our congregation. Yet, we have not achieved our 900 goal.

The campaign extends through November 1. Consider giving enough to purchase one $12 net in honor of each member of your family. All you need do is place a check for your contribution in the alms basin on Sunday clearly marked for “NetsforLife.” (If you prefer to donate online please go to www.er-d.org/inspiration-fund and be sure to designate “St. Catherine’s Atlanta Georgia” as your church/parish.) If you’ve already given, please consider what you might be able to give over and above your initial gift.

At St. Catherine’s, let’s help NetsforLife distribute at least 900 nets in the name of our commitment to “welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people.” For a video and other resources please go to www.inspirationfund.org/videos/inetsforliferegi-instilling-a-net-culture.


Parish Representative needed for Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is the compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Parish Representatives are appointed by their rector or volunteer to be the spokesperson for ERD in the congregation by sharing ERD’s message with their congregation and helping to save lives world-wide. If interested please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact one of our clergy. Learn more about ERD at www.er-d.org .


Elizabeth Inn Teams thanks

By Tracey Buckalew

Thank you to our generous volunteers, Christy and Robert Luttrell, Katie and Doug Carswell, Karley Barber, Claire Harrison, Lisa Johnston, Hale Sanders, Pam Phillips, Marcia Markette and Rick Buckalew who provided food and served the guests at the MUST Elizabeth Inn on September 28. Saint Catherine’s is committed to providing dinner on the 28 th of each month and breakfast on the 4 th Wednesday of each month to 70+ homeless guests of the Inn. We also provide Laundry Team on the 4 th Tuesday and 5 th Wednesday (when there is one) each month. These are all rewarding opportunities to serve the community of those less fortunate.

For more information, contact Connie Bergeron, Tracy Buckalew, Father Jim+ or Fred Massey. To learn more about MUST Ministries and the Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter, go to www.mustministries.org .


Introducing the MUST Volunteer Center

From the September MUST Ministries’ Volunteer Newsletter

Want to volunteer with MUST but don't know how to get started? Already volunteer at MUST and want to get friends or groups (Sunday School, Scout Troop, Company) involved too? If you answered yes, then you need the MUST Volunteer Center! Staffed by volunteers, the Volunteer Center serves as a central point of contact for those seeking a rewarding way to serve their neighbors in need. The Volunteer Center assists individuals and groups in finding the volunteer opportunity that best utilizes their time and talent!

To get started, visit the MUST Volunteer Page www.mustministries.org/behelp.html to submit an application as an individual or a group, then e-mail the Volunteer Center (volunteermustministries.org) or call 770-790-3874.

Here are some ways to help our neighbors in need. Don’t see the perfect opportunity here, or need more information? Want to do a group project to benefit MUST clients? Contact the MUST Volunteer Center to find the perfect fit: volunteermustministries.org.

  • Day Service Center volunteers
    Food Pantry; Clothing Closet; Breads & Sweets; Education & Employment; Bilingual volunteers are ALWAYS in demand!
  • Coach and mentor Supportive Housing Residents
  • Elizabeth Inn Campus - Serve our shelter clients
    Shelter Host; Mail Room; Education and Employment; Children/Youth Volunteers
  • Loaves & Fishes Kitchen Elizabeth Inn Campus – serve a meal
  • Gobble Jog
  • Donation Center
    Donation Ambassador; Bike Repair Help


PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Dedication of needlepoint kneeler “Resurrection”

By Beverly Fambrough

On Sunday, September 30th a significant event occurred as the first kneeler on the New Testament side of the altar was dedicated. “Resurrection” was placed in space #22 at the front right when facing the altar. The kneeler was sponsored by Mary Lou and David Shannonhouse in thanksgiving for Megan and Matthew. Courtney Shillington stitched the kneeler and this represented the second kneeler she has completed. She previously stitched “Noah’s Ark” which was dedicated in November, 2011. Courtney, a prolific stitcher, is currently working on her third kneeler, “The Good Shepherd.” Father Jim and Amma Susan conducted the dedication with Beverly Fambrough, Courtney Shillington, Mary Lou and Megan Shannonhouse in attendance.

Photos by Bill Fambrough and Alex Shillington


Seen around St. Cat's

“Bringing our church out to meet people.” Father Jim
and Mike Peterson watching the Wheeler homecoming
parade Sept. 27 along Holt Road
-- shot from a parade float!

Bob Pepper chats with musician Jay Memory
at the Sept. 29 Evening Under The Oak

"Evening Under The Oak" photos by Father Jim Nixon


Do you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:

  • October 8-14 - Communities in Schools: This week we celebrate the life and work of Communities In Schools, a nationwide organization with a mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Volunteers may assist in local schools serving as mentors, tutors and much more. To find out more about helping with the local Cobb/Marietta affiliate please contact Carol Fey or Meghan Wilson, 678-503-0901, mwilsoncismcc.org.

  • October 15-21 - Cursillo: This week we celebrate the life and work of Atlanta Episcopal Cursillo, a three-day retreat designed to renew participants in their Christian journey, showing lay people how to become effective leaders and how to take this into the world. For information on the Cursillo movement contact Carla von Hoffmann, 404.213.7408, cvhbuggieaol.com or Tanya Bowers-Dean, 404.943.1688, radiant_tanyayahoo.com.


Letters

Hello friends,

It was so lovely to be back and St. Catherine's and hear all the exciting things that continue to grow out of your vibrant youth program. You may not know this, but you all have one of the most consistently wonderful youth ministry programs in our diocese – and actually are probably in the top 5 of all the hundreds of parishes I have ever trained. I love to see how St. Cat's always seems to do such a great job of getting the whole parish to support your ministry to, for and with the young people in your midst!

God's peace to you all!
Tracey E. Herzer, Executive Director, LeaderResources

I would like to recognize the following parishioners who so graciously gave of their time to help with the Coffee/Lemonade Brigade this summer: Tanya Bowers-Dean, Nancy and Alan Certain, Molly Frost, Claire Harrison, Tina Kerr, Suzanne and Will McGhee, Linda Smith and Stephanie Yucius.

From all of us on the Brigade, “Thank You”.
Deana De La Barre

 

Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I write to thank you for your “Fair Share” giving toward God’s work and our common mission and life in the Diocese of Atlanta. As your bishop-elect, I am inspired and encourages to see so many of you give so faithfully.

Having been rector of a parish, I know full well the financial balancing act that is performed at Vestry tables. I have experience making those difficult decisions. So, again, I say thank you.

We have been richly blessed in the Diocese of Atlanta. Blessed with faithful stewards. Blessed with hard working bishops, clergy, deacons and laity. Blessed with a diocesan staff that is utterly dedicated. But above all, we are blessed to know and serve a self-giving God. To respond to this God is our delight and the point of all our giving.

God’s Peace and Power,
The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop-elect, The Episcopal Diocese of Altanta


IN THE COMMUNITY

NW Atlanta Young Adults - Tuesday, October 23

Attention all YOUNG ADULTS!! Interested in getting to know other Episcopalians your age around the NW Atlanta area? Come spend an evening with other young adults (18-35, married & single) Tuesday October 23rd at 7:00pm at Chicago Pizza (3405 Busbee Dr. Kennesaw, GA 30144). Come on out for pizza and trivia we’d love to get to know you! Contact Lauren Wainwright, 256-477-2166, or Frances Bowden, 770-403-0043 or email nwatlantayoungadultsgmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Flu shot time

From our Congregational Nurses

Seasonal flu (influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness, infecting millions of people every year. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 deaths occur due to flu-related complications every flu season. The flu is often spread to others by an infected individual before they have any symptoms of the flu. Getting the flu vaccine is the best protection against the seasonal flu. Since flu viruses change from year to year, annual seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are widely available at many retail locations.

 

Adult Formation offerings in our Diocese

  • Thursday, October 25 – J. Philip Newell: “A New Pentecost: Christianity Born Again”, 6:30 PM in The Nave at Cathedral of St. Philip. Free, reservations are required. Call 404-237-7582 or email cbs3mindspring.com. Sponsored by The Cathedral Book Store.
  • Saturday, October 27 – A Day with Joyce Rupp: “The Liberated Heart: Becoming Who We Really Are”, 9 AM – 3 PM. $50 registration fee required by Sunday, October 21. Call 404-365-1034 or go to www.stphilipscathedral.org/ruppconference. Sponsored by The Cathedral of St. Philip Spiritual Formation and Nurture Committee.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock

FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.

FOR THE SICK: Crystal Herman, Brian Lee, Sandy Curran, James Ellis, Joanne Pinkney, Marilyn Gradwell, Lynn McDowell, Snow Lucchosi, Bea Tolley, Lee DeFore, Debra, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Sybil Carr, Katie and parents Barb & Dale Braman, Lake Bozman, Gwen Moody & family, Kati Toft, Carol Viering, Michael, Robert Horine, James Payton, Karen Price, Andrew Woods, John, Althea Dillard, Bobbi Suprock, Chandler, Marshall Potter, Jamar Nesbitt, Raymond Higgins, Wendy Purdue, Frances Short, Owen Williams, Lori Brown, Carson Gardner, Iris Phillips, Marie Bremer, Jim Gragg, Lance Wooten, Danielle & baby, Betsy, Susie Bishop, Jim Hutchinson, Jim Mattox, Bill Brinson, Pat Drew, Elizabeth Lengyel, Doug May, Angel Graham, Tim Raasch, Elaine Krupp, Scott Lummus, Mary Lee, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Charlie Zimmerman, Riley Karr, Omar Carpenter, Joseph Mott, Matthew Jobe, Donald Amoroso, Shani, Collin, Eleanor Thomason

BEFORE SURGERY: Barbara Kallas, 10/25; Beatriz Montalvo, 11/16

DECEASED: Morris Lee Nolting, Lee Ann Sherry’s uncle; Max Nolting, Lee Ann Sherry’s father; Helen Samuels, added by Althea Dillard

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (10/6) Richard Motter, Kaitlin Thomas, Geoffrey Gardner, Stuart Gardner, Tom Donoghue, (10/7) Kevin Sluss, Lou Dini, (10/8) Aubrey Nall, Jennifer Sherwood, (10/9) Tom Hunter, Justin Baker, (10/10) Austin Jablonski, 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, Annabelle Stooksbury,(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

ANNIVERSARIES: (10/9) Will & Suzanne McGhee; (10/13) Susie & James Davis

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(10/7/12) Jennifer, Michael, Katherine & Sarah Sherwood; Courtney, Alex, Carson & Olivia Shillington; Richard Sjoblom; Jane Smith; Linda Smith
(10/14/12) Ryan, Dana & Laurel Smith; Mark & Karla Smolen; Jim & Linda Snape; Jason, Sue, Owen & Eva Snape; Tom & Ann Snead

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:

  • Saturday, October 20: Cats On Wheels day trip; Youth Corn Maze trip
  • Tuesday, October 23 AND Wednesday, October 31: Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team
  • Sunday, October 28: Cathedral Book Store at St. Catherine’s; Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team; Christmas Tree sales begin
  • Tuesday, October 30: Blood Drive 3-8 pm
  • Sunday, November 11: New Consecration Sunday - all invited to Celebration Brunches at 10:00 am or 12:30 pm (No Church School)

Holy Baptism: next scheduled dates - Sunday, November 4 (All Saint's Sunday)

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

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next two weeks of events and activities and is correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 10/6 Saturday, 10/13

9:00AM
10:00AM
6:00PM

Jubilate Practice
Blessing of the Animals
Foyers Kickoff Dinner

9:00AM
11:00AM
7:30PM

CGS Level 1 Training
Bishop Ordination @ Cathedral
Low Country Boil

Sunday, 10/7 Sunday, 10/14

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
  / Jubilate
Church School
Newcomers Coffee
Praying for Pars
Choral Holy Eucharist
The Journey

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
12:30PM
1:00PM
1:30PM
3:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
YA Parent Meeting
The Journey
Welsh Society of GA
YF Pumpkin Painting

Monday, 10/8 Monday, 10/15
 
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Amma Susan's day off
CGS-Catholic
Men’s Book Study
Stephen Ministry
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

 
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Amma Susan's day off
CGS-Catholic
Kneeler Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 10/9 Tuesday, 10/16

10:00AM
10:30AM
5:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Luncheon
Family Promise
PL&F
Youth Ministry
Outreach

10:00AM
10:30AM
7:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Vestry
Wednesday, 10/10 Wednesday, 10/17

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

Executive Meeting
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Choristers
HR Committee
DOK
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

9:30AM
11:00AM
6:00PM
6:15PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Bible Study
Preschool Board
WNL Dinner
Choristers
Youth WNL
Safeguarding God’s Children
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/11 Thursday, 10/18
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Finance Meeting
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
8:30AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Stewardship Meeting
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Jubilate Practice
Friday, 10/12 Friday, 10/19
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
3:30PM
8:00PM
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Girl Scouts
A.A.
 
19th-21st
6:30AM
10:00AM
6:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Retreat @ Montara Farm
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Stephen Ministry Party
A.A.


YOUTH NEWS

By Youth Director Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net, 770-971-2839

Four Square court painting this Saturday, Oct. 6

We will meet 9:00-10:00 am to will paint a permanent, regulation-size court for the game of Four Square in front of the Youth House. Paint provided – wear clothes & shoes which are okay if you get a little paint on them. If you would like to help please contact Mike Peterson ASAP.

 

Fall Youth Retreat

Register by October 7!

Join the youth of St. Catherine’s on November 2-4 for a great weekend of fun, fellowship, music, worship, good food, hiking, high-ropes, zip-lining, and a whole variety of indoor and outdoor activities at Earthshine Mountain Lodge in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! We held our retreat here two years ago and had a blast, as many of you can attest! The retreat is open to all youth in grades 7 through 12. The cost of the trip is $160 and includes all transportation, meals, lodging, and SO MUCH FUN! *Please note that confidential scholarship is available by request to the Youth Director for any who need it.*

Reserve your spot by turning in an $80 deposit and completed permission forms by Sunday, October 7. Sign up today; bring a friend!
--> 2012-2013 Youth Permission form is available on our website, www.stcatherines.org/forms/youth-permission-form.pdf

  

At Emmaus House "Walk the Road"

Fun and service with the Emmaus House in Peoplestown on September 23. See more in the Emmaus Walk 2012 album on our Facebook page.
Photos by Mike Peterson

 

Sunday, October 14: YA Youth/Parent Meeting

An important meeting will be held 12:30-1:30 PM in the Youth House to discuss aspects of the upcoming year. All youth in the YA class (11th and 12th Grade) and at least one of their parents are encouraged to attend.

 

J2A Urban Adventure deposits needed by Monday, Oct. 15!

The J2A Youth Class will make its Urban Adventure trip to Chicago on January 18-21. Full class participation is one of the most important aspects of this trip, we want everyone in the J2A group to come! In order to get the lowest possible airfare, all who are going must send a $40 deposit to the church by October 15. No late deposits accepted. Total cost of the trip will be $300. Confidential scholarship is available to any who request it. Contact Mike Peterson ASAP with any questions or issues. We are very excited about the possibilities that this trip will hold for our J2A group!

 

Youth Night Out at the Maze

Let’s get lost! Come for an evening trip to the Cagle’s Farm Corn Maze at Cagle’s Farm, Canton, Georgia on Saturday, October 20, 7-11 PM. Bring $8 for the maze, plus extra money for late-night dessert at Marietta Diner. For all youth in grade 7-12, friends are welcome. RSVP to Mike Peterson by Wednesday, October 17 if you plan to come!

 

Update: Center for Children and Young Adults

St. Cat’s Youth will be supporting the wonderful ministry of the Center for Children and Young Adults (www.ccyakids.org) over the next few months. Each class has decided on a project that they would like to do for the residents of the CCYA. Here’s what each class will be doing:

  • Rite 13: Collect supplies/materials to donate for the CCYA residents to have a birthday party each month (cake mix, candy, decorations, cards, etc.).
  • J2A: Pick a local movie theater and collect at least 35 movie passes for the CCYA residents to use on Thanksgiving, a time when they are often at the center alone while most of us are celebrating with our families.
  • YA: Put together packages of goodies and fun stuff for Halloween.

We're looking forward to seeing each project over the next few months!


Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16

The Wheel is published two times per month, usually on Fridays. Beginning February 1, 2012 all editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos 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 The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and 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

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

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