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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 3 - 16
, 2012

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Clergy Letter
New Consecration Sunday
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Evensong & Dedication
Advent reflections
Vestry nominations
Preschool auction
YF activities
Christmas trees
Diocesan Council
Pilgrimage deadline
Cats On Wheels
Thanksgiving service
Looking ahead to Advent
Christmas Market
Communion wine
Hurricane relief
Operation Christmas Child
Emmaus outreach
Shoe collection
Gobble Jog
Elizabeth Inn
Kneeler dedication
Prayer shawls
This I Believe
Ministry focus
  Nativities Exhibit
  Health tip


  J2A Meeting
  Congrats & thanks
  Jr. DYC
  Change a life
  Youth readers
  Church of Common Ground
  Rite 13 Ceremony
  Mission Trip
  Call for musicians



11/2-4 – Youth Retreat at Earthshine, NC

11/3 – Stephen Ministry Seminar

11/4 – Daylight Savings Time ends;
All Saints Sunday;
Evensong & Piano Dedication

11/4-11 – Operation Christmas Child Ingathering

11/6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

11/7, 14, 28 – WNL

11/9-10 – Diocesan Council at Cathedral of St. Philip

11/11 – New Consecration Sunday & Celebration Brunch;
No Church School
J2A Youth/Parent Meeting

11/12-18 – Preschool Silent Auction

11/14 – Advent reflections due

11/17 – Cats on Wheels lunch @ Henry's Louisiana

11/20 – Thanksgiving Eucharist & Pie



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A Christian Voting Guide

By Father Jim

Around this time of year, our office staff often discovers a “gift” of Christian Voting Guides left at our office door for “our convenience.” You do not see such guides because we believe that our role as a church is to encourage you to exercise your conscience and your right to the freedoms we enjoy in this great country of ours—no less; no more. Now, we do believe the church has a place at the discussion table in the sense that the church shapes our moral conscience (more on that in a minute).

And so as we approach the 2012 election, we encourage you to vote and to do so without the church urging on you a particular social and/or political agenda. You will not see Christian Voter Guides in your bulletins, but you will hear me encourage you to exercise your right to vote by going to the polls on Tuesday, November 6.

The Church does, however, have something to say when it comes to shaping our moral conscience. And I believe the place we find that best is in the words of the Baptismal Covenant. It is in some respects an Episcopalian’s Christian voting guide. We will repeat the Covenant (coincidentally) on Sunday, November 4, as we baptize Paris Brennon. In it we promise to

  • continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers;
  • persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord;
  • proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ;
  • seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself;
  • strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

To each of these promises we respond, “I will, with God’s help.”

Tuesday gives us a chance to exercise our freedom to vote and to stand for our Baptismal Covenant. I encourage you to do both with joy and grace.


New Consecration Sunday - November 11

New Consecration Sunday is almost here! November 11 we will gather at each service to give thanks for the many gifts God has bestowed upon us, to worship together and to enjoy a catered brunch together afterwards. In years past, we have called this day "Ingathering Sunday" which is a time to give thanks and offer to God a portion of our income, as we feel He calls us to give (a.k.a. a "pledge"). On the 11th, we will have the opportunity also to fill out "Estimate of Giving" cards (new lingo, same idea) and offer this up to God during the worship service as a sign of our commitment to the work God calls us to do. We can't wait to see you there!

Missed the reservation card? Reservation cards for the worship services and brunches on November 11 are available during the worship service this Sunday, in the church office, or online at .
Can't be in church on the 11th? Estimate of Giving cards are available in the church office, online at , or will be mailed to the congregation.
Questions about the reservations? Contact Tom Snead at


Stewardship is for everyone

For those of you who attended worship on October 28, you heard a stewardship presentation by Tim Braman. This presentation highlighted our theme of “Grow One Step” in your pledge for 2013 and showed where our members stand today. If you missed this announcement, please check out the posters in the foyer, find your current step and see if you can “Grow One Step.”

On a very exciting note – we received our very first pledge for 2013! It was from one of our youngest members—a 7 year old! How wonderful to know that God spoke into this child’s heart and told him to lead the way! There are Children’s Stewardship pamphlets on the table in the foyer. If you did not already receive one, please take one and discuss the many different aspects of stewardship with your children. You might be amazed at their insights and their excitement about giving back to God through St. Catherine’s.


Stewardship Reflection of the Day

Read a reflection today from "Grow One Step," our new collection of thirty reflections on stewardship written by our own St. Catherine's members. Pick up a copy of the booklet at church or read online now at .

Ministry Teams quarterly meeting Tuesday, November 6

7:00-8:30 PM in the Parish Hall

All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be at this very important meeting as we begin the 2013 budget process. We recognize that this date is Election Day so be sure to vote, and be present at this meeting also. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

Evensong, Piano Dedication & Reception

Sunday, November 4, 5 pm

Join us 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.


-> Reception foods needed

A reception will follow the service, the Fellowship Committee requests donations of cookies and finger foods (prepared and ready to serve). Please bring them to the parish kitchen before the service.

Advent Reflections – writers needed now

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 Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.


On being a Reflections writer

By Marcia Markette

It’s a small booklet. Unique in that it’s available only seasonally. For many of us, these booklets are an integral part of our own personal prayer times, a special seasonal blessing. The readings are contributions from our own church family. As most of you have realized, I’m referring to Advent Reflections.

Please take a minute and read the “non-requirements,” specially offered for those who may not usually contribute. After reading, please prayerfully consider this special opportunity.

  • Subject matter: a Bible verse is provided; your choice as to the content of your personal reflection
  • Length: a paragraph or two; it’s your sharing
  • Subject knowledge: none needed; some enjoy researching their verse, maybe from different versions of the Bible; others write whatever is present when sitting down to reflect
  • Signature: (this is what seals the deal for me) your contribution is anonymous (except to the two editors of the collection). You have freedom in expressing your thoughts, feelings. So no self-doubt, no comparisons. How great is that?

When we have to have repeat requests for more writers, I always wonder why. It seems simple—anonymous writing, few rules. Best of all, our reflections are written from who we are. We share ourselves in ways we otherwise may not. I never know what I’ll read that will speak to me. I never know what I’ll write when I start, because it comes from somewhere else inside of me. As so often happens, the blessings I’ve received have far surpassed any “not for me” feelings.

Reflection writers are needed. This special booklet is written for us, by us, wrapped in God. Please be a part of it by sharing your own reflections. Just email to sign up.

Vestry nominations due this Sunday, November 4

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 four persons to serve three-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 are available at church.

The slate of candidates will be published at the beginning of December and the election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 9 (absentee ballots will be 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.

Preschool Silent Auction

November 12-16

The Preschool's Annual Silent Auction raises funds to enhance our facility and update the curriculum. The auction kicks off on Monday, November 12 and concludes promptly at noon on Friday, November 16. We will have the auction open every day during preschool hours, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, and during Wednesday Night Live that week, Nov. 14. 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 to donate items. We can also be reached at the church at 770-971-2839. Thanks for your support.

Young Families activities coming up

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

  • Mom’s Night Out – Please join us on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm at Cheeky’s Mexican restaurant at the Avenues of East Cobb, . Please RSVP to Jennifer Sherwood at so we can reserve tables.
  • Baptism Cake Committee – As most of you know, St. Cat’s parishioners love their sheet cake. Young Families has a list of volunteers that serve cake after services with baptisms. We need two volunteers each time to cover picking up the cake, set-up, serving and clean-up. If you would be able to assist with this once or twice a year, please contact Molly Banko, .

Christmas trees & greens – order by November 18

It's time to order to support our 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. Place your order for Christmas trees, wreaths and garland at the table in the foyer, or download and print the order form from our website at and return it to church with your payment. Orders are due by Sunday, Nov. 18. Items will be ready for pick up at church on December 1 & 2. For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or

The 106th Council of the Diocese of Atlanta

By Father Jim

The 106th Council of the Diocese of Atlanta will meet Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10. The newly ordained 10th Bishop of Atlanta, the Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, will preside. Your delegates to the Council are Fr. Jim, Amma Susan, Joyce Hendricks, Marilyn Hunter, Tom Hunter, Joan Nixon and Sally Powers. The Cathedral of St. Philip hosts council this year. We thank the dean, the Very Rev. Sam Candler, for once again inviting the parishes and clergy of the diocese to meet at the Cathedral.

While the regular business of the Diocese will take place as in the past there are some significant changes to the agenda and structure of the Council. The Agenda is revised to include an Opening Eucharist which usually took place at the end of business on the first day of Council. Rather than committee meetings on the afternoon of the first day we will gather as Discussion Groups grouped by interest in various topics of interest to Parish and Diocesan life.

The other change will be in our seating arrangement in Child’s Hall at the Cathedral. This year, for our business sessions, Council is opting for open seating in Child Hall. Open seating means delegates may sit wherever we want and not according to parish or convocation. This is a great way to make new friends; the Council requests that there is a mix of clergy and lay people at every table.

Additional information concerning the Council is posted on a special section of the Diocese of Atlanta website at .

Adult Pilgrimage 2013

Registration deadline is November 15, 2012

Registration for our Adult Pilgrimage to Greece for March 2-12, 2013 is nearing its deadline on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Our trip will begin in Thessaloniki and we’ll make our way south towards Athens over the 10 days of the trip. We will follow in the footsteps of Paul, but we also visit classical sites such as Delphi (the home of the Oracle) and Olympia (the home of the Olympics and the great temple of Zeus) and explore the tension between the religion of the ancient classics and the emerging Christianity. Continuing to Corinth we will visit the Temple of Apollo before spending a relaxing afternoon and evening on our own in Nauplion of the shores of the Gulf of Argos. In Athens we will attend a church service in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and visit the modern and ancients sites of the city including the recently (2007) opened Acropolis Museum. We will climb to the top of Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Court of Areopagus – and from the vantage point of our time together ask how we are called to preach the Gospel in our own times.

A detailed itinerary and reservation form is available in the church foyer near the bulletin board or by contacting Fr. Jim, If you have any questions about the trip please contact him.

Cats On Wheels luncheon

Saturday, November 17

Join Cats on Wheels this month for lunch at Henry’s Louisiana Grill, on Saturday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. Please sign up on Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200, if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 4835 N. Main Street in downtown Acworth, 770-966-1515, visit for information. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us!

Photos below: Cats On Wheels' October trip to see the autumn colors in north Georgia on October 20! (by Susan Johnson)

Thanksgiving Service & Pie

Tuesday, November 20

By Father Jim

Our annual Thanksgiving service will be Tuesday evening, November 20 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. See information online at 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 (or other dessert you enjoy). So plan to join together for a time of thanks giving and share in fellowship by bringing your favorite holiday pie/dessert to share.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

  • No Wednesday Night Live on November 21
  • The church office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 221-23. Have a safe and blessed holiday!

Looking ahead to Advent...

Advent Wreath Making – Sunday, November 25

Join us in the Parish Hall on November 25, 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.


Advent Quiet Evening – Friday, November 30

By Marilyn Hunter

It can be very difficult to keep our focus on Christ during the holiday season and our journey of expectation, remembering that Christ is the focus of our expectation and not stressing about the best gifts under the tree. This is the first step to a blessed Christmas.

We can help each other do just that. One way is to get together for the Advent Quiet Evening on November 30 from 7 to 9 pm, led by Father Jim. We will be focusing on a book authored by Katerina Katsarka Whitely called Light to the Darkness: Lessons and Carols, Public and Private. We will explore the role of the Prophets pointing the way to the Messiah, offering guidance to the Hebrew people, while providing contemporary guidance for the 21st century. As God offered guidance to the Hebrews to ready themselves for the coming of Christ, God will also guide us through this holiday season. All we have to do is take the time and ask.

This Quiet Evening will be a reflective time to put the pressures of our daily grind aside. Being together, praying, reflecting, (and of course snacking!), is a wonderful way to begin our journey of Expectation to meet the Christ Child. Hope to see you there.


Tuesday mornings: Advent Eucharist and Study

Our tradition during Advent is to celebrate an early morning Eucharist followed by a brief study focused on the themes of the season. We will again journey through Advent 2012 each Tuesday morning celebrating Eucharist at 7:00 AM followed by study at 7:30 AM. We finish promptly at 8:00 AM so that you can be on to the day’s responsibilities. We begin this year on November 27 and continue for a total of four weeks on December 4, 11 and 18.

This year our study will be based on the book Light to the Darkness: Lessons and Carols, Public and Private by Katerina Whitley. Light to the Darkness is a fresh interpretation of the well-loved Advent tradition of Lessons and Carols. Replacing the usual scriptural readings from the Old and New Testaments are first-person dramatic monologues based on these and other passages of scripture. Special emphasis is given to the role of the prophets, pointing the way to the Messiah and offering guidance to the Hebrew people, while providing very contemporary guidance for the 21 st century. An added bonus this year is that this book will serve as the basis for the Advent Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols our choirs will share with the congregation on the evening of the First Sunday of Advent, December 2.

Christmas Market is coming – Saturday, December 8


  • Christmas Market: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Santa’s Shop, photos with Santa, Breakfast: 9 am – 12 noon

Please invite your friends and neighbors! The annual Christmas Market is an event for all ages and benefits the Youth Program of St. Catherine’s. This year’s event will feature:

  • Dozens of local vendors – An array of local vendors selling handcrafts, clothing, artwork, victuals, and much more will be ready to help you take care of all your holiday shopping.
  • Secret Santa Shop for children ages 3-10 – Each child will be paired with one of our St. Catherine’s “elves” who will guide them through Santa’s Shop as they select presents for their family from our wide selection of affordable gifts.
  • Professional Santa Claus and photographer – Printed photos will be available for purchase on-site.
  • Continental Breakfast

For further information, contact Mike Peterson, Director of Youth Ministries, or 770-971-2839.

Artists, Crafters, Vendors wanted

Space is limited and filling rapidly! We are currently accepting applications for vendors. 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 get one from our website at .

Communion wine donations

By Molly Frost

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.


Emergency update: Hurricane Sandy

[From an article by Episcopal News Service] Not long after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Eastern Seaboard, affected Episcopal dioceses were starting to mobilize and assess the storm’s impact. Episcopalians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba are picking up the pieces after the same hurricane rampaged through the Caribbean, bringing further devastation to some of the world’s poorest communities. Episcopal Relief & Development continues to reach out to partners along the U.S East Coast and throughout the Caribbean and is working with affected dioceses to assess needs and provide critical, life-saving assistance. You may make donations to the ER&D Hurricane Sandy Fund at church or online at .

NetsforLife campaign through this week, donate at church or online

Now is the time for final contributions! St. Catherine's has been participating in our diocese's year-long campaign to help NetsforLife by funding malaria-preventing mosquito nets in sub-Saharan Africa. Please consider giving enough to purchase one $12 net in honor of each member of your family. Send a check for your contribution to St. Catherine's clearly designated for “NetsforLife.” If you prefer to donate online please go to and be sure to designate "St. Catherine’s Atlanta Georgia" as your church/parish.

Ingathering — now through Nov. 11 for Operation Christmas Child

By Molly Banko

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 are available in your bulletin or in the foyer, or online at Young Families Ministry is sponsoring this collection. Help us reach our goal this year of 200 boxes! For additional questions please contact Molly Banko,

Outreach opportunities this holiday season

By Nancy Denton

Emmaus House is one of a number of outreach ministries that St. Catherine’s supports. Emmaus House is a center for community life in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field in Atlanta. Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors in Peoplestown. For more information about Emmaus House please go to their website, . The following are opportunities listed below that are available to be a part of this coming Advent season.

  1. Emmaus House Secret Santa items: We are collecting scarves, slippers, hankies, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, decorative items, costume jewelry, watches for the Emmaus House Secret Santa Shop to be held on Sunday, December 18th. After the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, children visit the Secret Santa Shop to buy gifts for their parents and grandparents. All items are priced at 10 cents. Please deliver these donations for Secret Santa to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 9th.
  2. The Giving Tree: St. Catherine’s parishioners buy gifts for the Emmaus House Children’s Christmas Festival which will be the morning of Christmas Eve. Beginning November 18, we will have a tree with ornaments with suggested gift ideas for the 700+ children who come for the festivities on Christmas Eve morning. These gifts should be returned to St. Catherine’s no later than Sunday, December 16 to be taken down to Emmaus House. Suggestions for the Giving Tree – We are asking that you shop for boys and girls ages 9 to 16 years. Some suggested gifts include: portable CD players with batteries, back packs, sleeping bags, books, videos, socks, gloves, sports equipment, watches, CDs, sunglasses, playing cards, cologne, and manicure sets. A more complete list of suggestions and instructions can be found at the Outreach table in the narthex. Once you have bought a gift, we ask that you attach the tree ornament securely to your gift and then deliver the gift to St. Cat’s by December 16.
  3. More Needs for Emmaus House: Gift cards from Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart are always welcome. Large adult winter outerwear such as jackets, hats, scarves and gloves.
  4. Be an “elf” for Children’s Christmas Festival: For the past few years, several parishioners have gone to Emmaus House on Christmas Eve morning to be “elves,” helping to distribute presents to 700+ smiling faces, and escort the guests to the various events. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Gina Bauman,

If you have any questions about these Outreach opportunities, please contact Nancy Denton, or 770-428-6058.

About Christmas at Emmaus House

By Kelly Donoghue

Going to Emmaus House on the morning of Christmas Eve was an experience that I don't think anyone can be prepared for. While you are helping other people, they will touch your heart in ways you cannot imagine. I worked with the magician my first year, so I was surrounded by little kids. They all were just so appreciative of what they were receiving. The smiles on their faces, the hugs they give, the sense of wonder is magical. It is the epitome of the Christmas spirit. I feel like living in a privileged area, we lose the true appreciation for what we receive. But time and time again, we are told that Christmas is about giving not receiving, and this is exactly what Emmaus House gives us the opportunity to do. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested or not, adult or youth. It will be worth your time.

Shoe collection this month

By Stephanie Yucius

Around the world and here at home, there are hundreds of millions of people who don’t have a pair of shoes to call their own. Girl Scout Troup 2362 is hosting a shoe collection drive through a wonderful program called Soles4Souls. The goal is to collect new and gently used shoes to give to people in need. The Soles4Souls drive accepts all types of shoes. A collection bin is in the outreach area in the St. Catherine’s foyer. The girls continue to accept shoe donations through the end of November.

Gobble Jog 2012

Start planning now 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! For all details and registration go to or call 678-218-4521.

Elizabeth Inn

Thank you to Daughters of the King for providing food and cooking and serving dinner in October at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. St. Catherine's serves dinner at the Inn on the 28th of every month, provides laundry assistance on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday, and serves breakfast on the fourth Wednesay. Dates to serve in November will be Tuesday, Nov. 27 for Laundry Team, and Wednesday, Nov. 28 for Dinner Team and Breakfast Team.

For more information, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Connie Bergeron, Tracy Buckalew, Father Jim+ or Fred Massey. To learn more about MUST Ministries and the Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter, go to .


Dedication of “The Ten Commandments” needlepoint kneeler

By Beverly Fambrough

On Sunday, October 7 one of the most iconic depictions from the Old Testament was dedicated when “The Ten Commandments” kneeler was blessed and dedicated and then placed in position at space #8.

The Ten Commandments was sponsored by Maureen and Tom Donoghue and “Dedicated to their families near and far.” The kneeler was stitched by Jennifer Buckalew who is now working on her second kneeler. Father Jim and Amma Susan conducted the dedication ceremony with Beverly Fambrough, Tom and Maureen Donoghue, and their children Kelly and Erin in attendance.

Photos by Karen Tindall

Prayer Shawls – The Mystery

By Beverly Fambrough

Sunday, October 14, saw an unusual activity in front of the altar at both the 8:45 and 11:15 services. After the Peace, announcements, and birthdays and anniversaries suddenly a group of women gathered in a circle around Father Jim and Amma Susan. Some kind of ceremony took place. What the heck was going on?

Here at St. Catherine’s we have a chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King. This community of women have dedicated their lives to prayer and service. One of their ministries is to knit or crochet prayer shawls. A prayer shawl takes many hours to complete. Each Daughter works prayerfully and lovingly as each stitch is made. When finished all prayer shawls are blessed at the altar.

These prayer shawls are given to members of our parish for a number of reasons such as serious illness or major surgery. Two or more members of the Order present the shawl to the recipient with prayer. This a gift from our hearts to bring peace, comfort and hope. The shawl is yours for life. Once the current situation is resolved, it will continue to bring comfort and peace. Believe me, I know this from personal experience.

This I believe... About Stewardship

By Tom Snead

Sunday I read the Gospel lesson, heard it read in church, and heard Father Jim's sermon. I read the notes in my NIV Bible about this passage about the rich man (Mark 10:17-31) or rich young man (Matthew 19:16-30)or rich ruler (Luke 18:18-30). They all explain that in order to inherit eternal life (Mark & Luke) or get eternal life (Matthew) the man must sell everything he has and give to the poor. "Then come, follow me," says Jesus. My interpretation of this is that we must not let our material possessions or our wealth get in the way of following Jesus.

When I was young and starting our family our possessions weren't much and our money was little. We finally settled in our new home and new church. Our donation to the church was the last of our concerns and $5 or $10 a week was a small step.

As we grew in our faith and understanding and as our love for our church family grew and as our understanding of God and His love for us grew, we felt called to move toward the tithe or 10% of our income as the goal for our contribution to God's work in His and or world through our church. We moved in increments of 1% each year such that, after a long time, we succeeded in arriving there.

As our learning grew we recognized that all we had was God's gift to us and so we stopped thinking after-tax calculations and included all our earnings and all of the 401k contributions including the employer match and IRA contributions. Thus, we achieved what we believe is the true goal. We did this by growing one step each year.

God's love for each of us is unearned. He has this for Adam & Eve, Abraham & Sarah, Moses & Zipporah, Jacob & Rachel, Boaz & Ruth, David & Bathsheba, Job & his wife, Peter & his wife, all the apostles (including Judas), all the disciples, Paul, for each and every one of us. God's grace is on all of us and we only have to receive it. One thing we are asked to do is to share that love with our neighbors. we are all given gifts by God. Gifts unused are a possession not given away and useless. Learning to give them and how to give them and giving them is a fulfillment of love for God and for neighbor. Giving His time, talent, and treasure in step-by-step increments is a learning process as we receive God's love and give it away. Be swift to love!

Seen around St. Cats

October Newcomer & Visitor Coffee

Newcomer coffee on October 7 with our new friends Alison Hastings Fransen, Jeff Pierce and Sara Thomas. Photos by Jan Potter


Low Country Boil

October 13 - Great food, great dancing, great fun! Photos by Bettye Harris


Men's Retreat 2012

Food, relaxation and renewal at Montara Farm October 19-21. Photos by Rod Pope and Al Jones

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:

  • November 5-11 – Website: This week we celebrate the life and work of our Website committee which works to keep our website, , an up-to-date resource for the community and parish members to learn about and stay informed of St. Catherine’s and our many activities. Many newcomers to our church comment that they discovered us and were encouraged to come by our website! To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact webmaster Ron Bergeron, 770.951.1411,
  • November 12-18 – Adult Education Committee: St. Catherine’s offers many opportunities for adult Christian formation, including Church School, Bible study groups, Wednesday Night Live, The Journey and much more. Trained volunteers and our clergy lead the programs. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Michael Paris, 770.509.0161, or Amma Susan, 770.971.2839,, or Father Jim, 770.971.2839,


Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Al & Sue Jones
  • Jerry & Linda Scott for their 40th Anniversary
  • Ellis Kilgore
  • Cam and Marti Graham, in memory of our deceased family members and in thanksgiving for our parish family.
  • Richard & Eleanore Pearson

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

…Thank you for choosing to help impact some of the 34,000 people who come to MUST seeking help and hope. They come for food, job training, career counseling, housing, clothing, healthcare and—and perhaps most of all—hope. Your gift of $375.00 on October 1, 2012 for MUST has provided that hope.

Never in the history of MUST have so many felt so desperate. The lines for assistance are longer. The recovery time is longer. The resources are shorter. But in the midst of a difficult economic downturn, you have reached out to those in need. You have helped provide a lifeline. You are making a difference. May you find inner joy in transforming the life of someone else.

In His Service,
Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO, MUST Ministries


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 / or visit .


Health tip: “Right-size” your portions

From our Congregational Nurses

“Super-sizing” has become very popular at many restaurants, especially with fast food. For only dimes more, you can get more food for your money. However, bigger is rarely better when it comes to processed and fast foods. The true price of larger portions is more calories, and often a larger waistline!

Protect your health. When eating out, order the smallest size or share the larger size with a friend or family member. Also, consider balancing your meal with healthier options such as a side salad, fruit or yogurt parfaits.

Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest



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, Joanne Pinkney, Marilyn Gradwell, Lynn McDowell, Snow Lucchosi, Bea Tolley, Lee DeFore, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lake Bozman, Kati Toft, Carol Viering, Michael, Andrew Woods, John, Althea Dillard, Jamar Nesbitt, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Marie Bremer, Pat Drew, Doug May, Angel Graham, Susie Bishop, Mary Lee, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Shani, Collin, Donald Amoroso, Charlie Zimmerman, Pat Patterson, Nancy Rawls, Elinor Burson, Elizabeth Hannah, Sheri Siegel, Clement Coote, Jim Ruwoldt, Eleanor Thomason, Ed Markette, Elisa Watson, Heather Watson, Ray Cole, Kimberly Blythe, Kathy Duggleby, Paul Acocella, Marina, Kevin & Nessie Krim, Lawrence Loewy,

BEFORE SURGERY:Alison Travis, 11/7; Barbara Kallas, 11/15; Beatriz Montalvo, 11/16

DECEASED: Lawrence Guy, Deborah Hurd’s grandfather; Lucia “LuLu” Krim & Leo Krim, added by Molly Khan; Bobbi Suprock, Alison Harris’ brother-in-law’s mom; Lawrence Loewy, Karen Manno's uncle

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (11/3) Cindy Tuemmler, (11/4) Deana DeLaBarre, Missy Greene, (11/5) Arlyn Cook, Colleen Morich, Christopher Scott, (11/6) Collin Rayfield, (11/7) Jerry Scott, Jason Gardiner, Olivia Shillington, Richard Bowers, Jackson Ragan, (11/8) Laurel Glidewell, Missy Korwan, Harry Tear, Ethan Nienaber, (11/9) Alison Travis, Lauren Barber, (11/10) Roger Motter, (11/11) Rex Moore, Chuck Zimmerman, Bailey Brooks, (11/12) John Starr, Alison Harris, (11/13) Pascale Hunter, Sally Powers, Joe Parker, Marti Graham, Robert Turner, (11/14) Chuck Severs, (11/15) Risa Maier, Morgan Durbrow, (11/16) Devon Parker, Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/6) Steve & Rosemary Wolfe; (11/11) Jim & Dana Rawls

TRANSFERS IN: Bill Hutton from The Episcopal Parish of St. Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona.

(11/4/12) Gaye Thomas; Matt, Cindy, Nathan & Bryce Thompson; Joan Thurston; Edwina Tims; Karen Tindall
(11/11/12) Kate, Rachel & Nathan Tomchik, Rhett & Tori Brogdon; Peggy Towery; Tad, Alison, Emily & Lauren Travis; Steve, Cindy, Frederick & Forrest Tuemmler, Laura & Robert Turner


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:

  • Tuesday, November 20: Thanksgiving Service & Pie reception, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 27: Tuesday morning Advent Eucharist & Study begins 7:00-8:00 am
  • Friday, November 30: Advent Quiet Evening 7 - 9 pm
  • December 1 & 2 - Christmas trees & greens order pickup
  • Sunday, December 2: First Sunday of Advent; Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 8: Christmas Market
  • Sunday, December 9: Second Sunday of Advent; Vestry Elections; St. Nicholas celebration
  • Thursday, December 13 - Senior Adults Holiday Eucharist & Luncheon
  • Sunday, December 16: Third Sunday of Advent; Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service
  • Sunday, December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent; Hanging of the Greens 5 pm

Holy Baptism: next scheduled dates - Sunday, January 6 (Epiphany)

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, 11/3 Saturday, 11/10


Youth Retreat @ Earthshine
Jubilate Practice
Stephen Ministry Cont. Ed.


CGS Level 1 Training
Stephen Ministry Training
Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, 11/4 Sunday, 11/11


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
  / Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
The Journey
Evensong & Dedication


New Consecration Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Celebration Brunch
Family Holy Eucharist
Celebration Brunch
Holy Eucharist
Celebration Brunch
Welsh Society
J2A Parent Meeting

Monday, 11/5 Monday, 11/12

Amma Susan's day off
Catechesis Meeting
Stephen Ministry Training
Stewardship Meeting
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Auction
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 11/6 Tuesday, 11/13


Election Day
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Quarterly Ministry Teams

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
PL & F Meeting
Youth Ministry
Outreach Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 11/7 Wednesday, 11/14


Bible Study
CN & D Meeting
WNL Dinner
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Executive Committee
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Daughters of the King
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 11/8 Thursday, 11/15
Finance Meeting
Men’s Bible Study
HR Committee
Stewardship Meeting
Men’s Bible Study
Jubilate Practice
Friday, 11/9 Friday, 11/16
Fr. Jim's day off
Diocesan Council @
   Cathedral of St. Philip
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Girl Scouts

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Lunch


By Youth Director Mike Peterson,, 770-971-2839

Mandatory J2A Youth and Parent meeting Sunday, Nov. 11

We will be holding a mandatory meeting for ALL youth in the J2A class and at least one of their parents on November 11 at 2:00 pm in the Youth House. At this meeting we will discuss important next steps for planning the Valentine Dinner Dance, which is the main source of funding to help offset the cost of the Pilgrimage that we will be making in 2014. We will also further discuss the Urban Adventure. If you are unable to make it to this important meeting, please contact Mike Peterson as soon as possible.


  • Congratulations to Kelly Donoghue for being named Miss Cherokee Rose Outstanding Teen
  • Congratulations to Emily Dini for her Girl Scout Silver Award project benefitting the Center for Children and Young Adults. See the article in the CCYA November 2012 newsletter (second from the top) at She was so successful that they named the project after her! As the article says, "Sometimes kids feel like they can’t make much of a difference in the world, but Emily is proof that with some big ideas and a lot of heart and determination, you can accomplish BIG things at any age.” Great work, Emily

Thanks for our new Youth House sign

Take a look as you enter the Youth House and admire the beautiful new hand-carved “St. Catherine’s Youth House” sign, designed, carved, and painted by our very own Allen Jablonski!

Night at the corn maze, October 20

Jr. DYC Weekend at Camp Mikell

All 7th and 8th 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 Nov. 30-Dec. 2. This year’s theme will center around "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone." The cost is $100 and confidential scholarship is available for any who need it. For more information, feel free to talk to Mike or go to .

Bring your change and change a life!

The St. Catherine’s Youth Program is hoping to sponsor a major event for the parish later in the school year to help feed thousands of people all over the world through an amazing organization called Stop Hunger Now. We have placed a change jar in the Youth House, and every quarter that you place in it will provide a meal for a hungry person somewhere! Bring your loose quarters to the Youth House and help change some lives for the better

Youth Readers wanted

If you are not currently a Youth Reader, I would encourage you to consider becoming one. It requires minimal time commitment but is a great way to serve your church community while getting some practice with public speaking at the same time! Youth Readers are scheduled on periodic Sundays (you would definitely not be scheduled every Sunday!) to read the Epistle (the 2nd Bible reading in the service) out loud to the congregation. We provide training for all new readers. If you think you might be interested in doing this, please let me know and we’ll make it happen!

Youth to join with Church of the Common Ground March 2013

St. Cat’s Youth are scheduled to worship and visit with the Church of the Common Ground on two Sundays this coming March. The Church of the Common Ground is a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta's unhoused men and women. We will prepare bag lunches for their congregation, head down to Atlanta, worship with them, and then enjoy lunch and fellowship together. Group sizes will be limited to 2 adults and 8 youth for each trip. You can learn more about Common Ground at:

Save the Date: Rite 13 Ceremony in April

The Rite 13 class will be taking part in the Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood (a.k.a. the “Rite 13 Ceremony”) at the 8:45 service on Sunday, April 28, 2013. All youth, please mark this date on your calendars as this ceremony requires support and participation from all of you

Summer 2013 Mission Trip to Washington, DC

This June, we will be taking a group to Washington DC to work with the Center for Student Missions, a faith-based service organization with branches in several major US cities. This will be an amazing experience, but space on this trip will be very limited. Further details about this trip will be coming soon so stay tuned!

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 me 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.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 16
  • November 30
  • December 14

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

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: or 770-973-8668

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