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.
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By Amma Susan
The leaves have begun falling from the trees, scattering a brightly colored patchwork over my lawn. Since it first unfurled itself last spring, each leaf has tirelessly participated in that miracle of photosynthesis that gives growth, not only to the tree but to everything around it that depends upon oxygen to live. And now, the autumnal trees are going dormant for a season and are letting go of their spent leaves in order to continue their growth cycle.
People too go through cycles of growth, like the trees. There are some parts of our lives that are like an autumn harvest, mellow and fulfilling. And sometimes human growth is preceded by a dormant, fallow season. There are some parts of our life’s journey that we need to let go of in order to grow, like the trees letting go of their autumn leaves. Some of the autumnal leaves of our journey might be a child leaving home, a change of attitude, the loss of a job, an illness, a death, a bad habit, a toxic friend, or some injury over which we are nursing a grudge. These are some of the leaves of our autumnal life experience. Each of these autumns requires us to lose something in order to gain something new for our growth.
And yet, we often resist letting go of these autumnal leaves of our lives. Perhaps it is because we are fearful of letting go. And so we hold on all the more tightly...and our growth becomes stunted. In his book entitled With Open Hands, Henri Nouwen reminds us that a tightly clenched fist is not able to receive. The fingers must first relax and let go so that the hand can open up. Only then is it able to receive anything. Lives that are clenched tightly like a fist cannot receive anything new. We must be able to let go of the autumnal leaves of our lives, in order to receive new growth from God in mind, body and spirit.
We are being invited to “Grow One Step” this year. In order to grow, sometimes like the autumnal trees we must first be able to let go of the spent leaves in our lives. What is it in your life’s journey that you need to let go of in order to grow one step this year?
Who? All of St. Catherine's Church
We hope you will make every effort to be present!
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. The films are an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion. Stephen Ministry looks forward to seeing you on the 3rd!
Join us on Sunday, November 4 at 5 pm for a Sung Evensong Service and the celebration and dedication of our grand piano new to our sanctuary this year. The service will feature music by Organist Dr. Jana Williams, St. Catherine's Chancel Choir and special musicians.
A reception will follow this occasion. The Fellowship Committee requests your donations of cookies and finger foods (prepared and ready to serve), please bring them to the Parish Kitchen before the service.
St. Catherine’s is offering a Concert Series to our congregation and community in 2012-13. 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:
Are you interested in serving as a member of the Vestry? Do you know someone you think would be a good Vestry member? The time for vestry elections is approaching. This year we will select persons to serve four 3-year positions.
You can nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Nominees must be a member in good standing of the parish. A list of the eligible members and nomination forms will be available in your bulletin and at church, Nominations are due by Sunday, November 4. The slate of candidates will be announced at the start of December. The election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 16. If you cannot be present this day, you may vote by absentee ballot available from the church office.
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 Tanya Bowers-Dean or any Vestry member for questions.
Photo, right - The Vestry on retreat, February 2012
Reply by Sunday, October 28
The celebration of the Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 4 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 fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office by Sunday, October 28.
Sunday, October 28
By Sally Powers
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping right in our Parish Hall. Sue Davie from The Cathedral Book Store is excited to be returning to St. Catherine’s Sunday October the 28th. She will have lots of Advent calendars, ornaments for your tree, and lots of special books, icons, and more items that will make wonderful Christmas gifts. She will worship with us at the 11:15 service, and will be available for you to shop at 8 am, between the services and after 11:15 service until 1 pm. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. If there are special titles or items that you would like for her to bring, please contact Sally Powers, sallyp30att.net or see her at church.
The best part of all is that the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to an outreach program of our choice and we have selected “Nets for Life.” To take a look through the Book Store's catalog, visit cathedralbookstore.org
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. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time, but are not needed — all donors welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time slot now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
The end of October is approaching and fall is in the air. But—it's time to look ahead and 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.
Look for our order table in the foyer beginning Sunday, October 28. Your items will be ready for pick up at church on Saturday, December 1 (10 am to 2 pm) or Sunday, December 2 (1 to 2 pm). For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or mike.petersonbellsouth.net. Thanks for your support!
Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 PM
It’s Election Day and also the date of our next quarterly meeting. All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be at this very important meeting in the Parish Hall as we begin the 2013 budget process. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
Budgets for 2013 due November 6
Budget requests are due from all ministry teams by Tuesday, November 6. All committees, please check with your ministry team’s convenor as soon as possible and be sure to communicate your budget information.
It is time for the Preschool’s Annual Silent Auction! The annual auction raises funds to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. We will kick off the event on Monday, November12 during preschool hours and will conclude at noon on Friday, November 16. We will have the auction open every day during preschool hours (9:30 am to 1:00 pm), and during Wednesday Night Live.
Your support of donating goods or services and bidding on items is greatly appreciated. Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success. Please contact Karolyn Olliffe at olliffekarolynwhotmail.com to give a donation. We can also be reached at the church at 770-971-2839. Thanks for your support!
WNL is each week for everyone, with dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, programs 7:00-8:00 pm!
PLEASE BE SURE to make your dinner reservation for each date you'll dine with us, either fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, by 5 pm on Tuesday. Dinner cost is $7 per adult, $3 children, maximum of $25 per family.
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. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Wednesday, November 14. 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. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
By Molly Frost
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. We use Taylor Tawny Port. If you would like to donate wine, please leave it in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. Thank you.
Read a reflection today from "Grow One Step," our new collection of thirty reflections on stewardship written by our own St. Catherine's members. Copies of the booklet are available for pickup at church, and it is available on our website now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/stewardship.htm .
St. Catherine's is participating in our diocese's year-long campaign to help NetsforLife by funding malaria-preventing mosquito nets in sub-Saharan Africa. To date we are one of the leaders in the diocese in campaign giving. Yet, we have not achieved our goal of 900 nets representing the members of our congregation.
Your participation is very important. Please consider giving enough to purchase one $12 net in honor of each member of your family. Just 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.
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.
It’s 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.
By Sally Powers
At the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, October 16, your Vestry:
It was a beautiful day on October 6 as we gathered for the annual Blessing of the Animals! A photographer from the Marietta Daily Journal was on hand as well as our own Jan Potter to catch some great moments. Our collection from this service is being donated to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society.
Photos by Jan Potter -- see lots more of her pictures at at BlessingAnimals2012
To view and purchase the photos taken by the Marietta Daily Journal go to http://mdjonline.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1546179&CategoryID=6514&ListSubAlbums=0
By Rachel Bagby
Like most of us my stewardship journey began in childhood watching my parents. We were a multi-denominational household, my pop attended Tabernacle A.M.E.; mother and I attended St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Their method of instruction can be summarized by Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Back in former times stewardship was called pledging and we all had our envelopes and put money it them. I also got instructional messages from my Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Martha Jane Russell, “When you leave West Palm Beach find a church to join, put your money in and do something to make yourself useful.”
Well, I found a church in each state I lived. I put in money (when I went) but didn’t always make myself useful. After arriving in Marietta in 1980 we stumbled upon St. Catherine’s a year later. My son, Vincent was six years and his sister, Dina, was two years old (currently ages 39 and 34 years). The one thing I remember about our first Sunday was the warm friendly welcome by the Greeters on duty that day, Susan and Dave Albers. We felt like we were home, I got involved and the kids did, too. Then as now, we had a kind, caring group of volunteer Sunday school teachers and youth workers. I got serious about our attendance and my giving because I wanted my kids to have a foundation and be “trained in the way they should go.”
I believe pledging is a way of fulfilling my duty to work, pray and give for the spread of His kingdom. In order to effective plan and budget the vestry and clergy need to know how much and what kind of resources are coming in and when it’s coming. Imagine working for an employer and knowing what your salary is but having no set payment schedule or amount of compensation. It would be difficult to plan, pay bills or conduct your life in an orderly fashion. I pledge because those founding families and subsequent members generously pledged their time, talent and treasure to make sure St. Catherine’s was here for me and my family. I want St. Catherine’s to be here so that future families and my grandchildren can bring their children to catechesis and be “trained in the way they should go.”
Great weather for a fun afternoon of painting pumpkins and enjoying ice cream!
Photos by Jim Nixon
The ordination of Robert C, Wright, former rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, as 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta was attended by some 2,500 church members and worship participants, and streamed via Internet live to an even larger audience. Many members and friends of St. Catherine’s were participants in the service: Sally Paris carried the St. Catherine’s banner in the procession; Father Jim Nixon was a Minister of Communion; five members of our Chancel Choir (Eric DeLaBarre, Emily Gale, Linda Smith, Anne Willcocks and Rose Wolfe) sang in the 350-voice combined choir; Deacon Juan Sandoval was the Gospel Lector (reading in Spanish); Rev. Hazel Glover, Chair of the Commission on Ministry, read the Evidence of Ordination.
Photo, right, by Jan Potter -- see lots more including some short videos of the service at Bishop 101312 .
Also, more photos by Bill Monk for the Diocese of Atlanta can be viewed at TheOrdinationRobertCWrightAsTheTenthBishopOfTheDioceseOfAtlanta.
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:
Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you! Your gift of $750 is helping the men and women at The Extension. It is helping them reconnect with families; it is helping them find jobs; it is helping them get their GED; it is helping them stay clean and sober; and it is helping them become responsible members of society.
By donating to The Extension, you have made a decision to be selfless. You have made a decision ot save lives and give hope. For that, we are thankful.
NW Atlanta Young Adults
Next gathering Tuesday, October 23
Interested in getting to know other Episcopalians your age around the NW Atlanta area? Come out for pizza and trivia with other young adults (18-35, married & single) October 23 at 7:00 pm at Chicago Pizza, 3405 Busbee Dr. Kennesaw, GA 30144, chicagopizzasportsgrille.com/locations/atlanta . We'd love to get to know you! Contact Frances Bowden, 770-403-0043 or Lauren Wainwright at 256-477-2166 or email nwatlantayoungadultsgmail.com if you have any questions.
Tour Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit
For the fifteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 and from Wednesday, December 5 through Sunday, December 9. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 250 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. In the narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. The remaining birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / infoepiphany.org or visit www.epiphany.org .
Flu shot time - Part Two
From our Congregational Nurses
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu shot as soon as it is available in your area because it takes about two weeks after vaccination before it can provide protection against flu viruses. It is especially important to get the vaccine if you, someone you care for, or someone you live with is at high risk for complications from the flu. Many employers offer annual flu shots at the workplace so look for announcements this month or contact your employee health department. You can also visit flushot.healthmap.org to find where to get the flu vaccine in your area. Source: flu.gov
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.
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, Elaine Krupp, Mary Lee, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Charlie Zimmerman, Riley Karr, Omar Carpenter, Joseph Mott, Matthew Jobe, Donald Amoroso, Shani, Collin, Eleanor Thomason, Pat Patterson, Nancy Rawls, Elinor Burson, Elizabeth Hannah, Clement Coote, Hale Sanders, Sheri Siegel, Margo Prestel,
BEFORE SURGERY: Kimberly Blythe, 10/30; Fred Massey, 11/1; Barbara Kallas,11/15; Beatriz Montalvo, 11/16; Paul Acocella
DECEASED: Henry Massey, Jana Williams’ uncle
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (10/20) Mike Herndon, David Moore, Kevin Acocella, Amelie Cardona, Kathryn Burgher,(10/21) Woodie Patrick, Claire Selby, (10/23) Holly Krupp, Cody Ellis, (10/24) Ginny Acocella, (10/25) Anna McCoy, (10/26) Oak Martin, (10/27) Preston Paris, Devon Durbrow, Alex Shillington, (10/28) Doug Jenkins, (10/29) Susan Bayless, Sally Paris, Katherine Sherwood, (10/30) Alan Massey, Keely Phillpotts, Marilyn Marcus, (10/31) Tracy Buckalew, Clarke Thomas, Mitch Dumke, Tom Blackstock, David Banko, (11/1) Clay Buckalew, Rachel Childs, Paul Acocella, Bob Jansen
ANNIVERSARIES: (10/20) Rachel & Matt Hutton; (10/22) Tom & Maureen Donoghue; (10/23) Al & Sue Jones; (10/24) Christina & Joshua McLean; Claire & Rob Harrison; (10/25) Sue & Jason Snape; (10/26) Ron & Laura Dover; (10/28) Terry & Lezlie Degan
TRANSFERS IN: Chris, Beth & Nate Knife from St. Peters’ Episcopal Church, Conway, Arkansas
TRANSFERS OUT: Sarah Fulton to St. Julians’ Episcopal Church, Douglasville, Georgia
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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.
Hold These Future Dates:
Holy Baptism: next scheduled dates - Sunday, November 4 (All Saint's Sunday)
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.
By Youth Director Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net, 770-971-2839
Limited space available for Youth Retreat, Nov. 2-4
If you missed the deadline to register for the Fall Youth Retreat to the beautiful mountains of NC over November 2-4, there is limited space remaining. If you would like to come, please contact Mike Peterson ASAP, mike.petersonbellsouth.net.
Call to all musicians for WNL Youth Group
If you are a musician and you would like to join in for the songs we enjoy at the beginning of each Wednesday Night Live Youth Group meeting, just bring your instrument and let Mike Peterson know during dinner. We will use 15-20 minutes before the meeting starts to run through the tunes so that you feel comfortable with them before everyone arrives. If you are in the Choristers (good for you!) and feel comfortable enough to jump straight in reading chords off a page without practicing in advance, you are also quite welcome to join in.
Youth Advisors meet
The first meeting of our Youth Advisors was held on October 14. If you have any feedback, ideas, suggestions, etc. that you would like the Youth Director to hear, be sure to speak with one of the advisors for your class. As a reminder, they are: Chandler Sherry & Nick Muckerman (Rite 13), Mary Alice Barrington & Marshall Jones (J2A), and Caitlyn Buckalew & Megan Shannonhouse (YA)
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
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