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
Advent is here. Just four short weeks remain until Christmas day is upon us. This season is meant to give us time to prepare our hearts to celebrate God’s coming to be intimately present with us in the birth of the Christ child and to make ourselves ready for his second coming.
I find it especially difficult to be aware of God’s nearness as I zoom through December, busy, as I’m sure each of you are, with all the planning and preparations that I would like to do before Christmas comes. The month of December can become like an overfilled Christmas stocking, bursting with concerts, parties, family reunions, shopping expeditions, baking projects and special events.
We read articles lamenting our December lifestyle and find ourselves agreeing with them, but nothing ever changes. I think it’s because we are seeking to create the perfect family Christmas that the catalogs and Christmas commercials promise: to fulfill the deepest longing of the human heart—families together and happy, safe and warm and loved. This desire cannot be fulfilled by parties, festive events or presents under the tree, no matter how perfect the gifts may be. Some of us will be blessed with family gatherings, but they don’t always live up to expectations. Each year, someone is missing a loved one who has died or moved away or a relationship that has not survived the passing of time. Still others are experiencing some life crisis and cannot summon the energy and excitement that our culture expects of us at Christmastime. The deepest longing of the human heart cannot be filled by a present, but only by a presence.
The birth of Jesus assures us of God’s presence with us. In Christ’s birth, God takes away our loneliness, comforts those who mourn, and strengthens us to face the challenges of our lives. Christ’s coming fills our deepest longing. God is with us, loving us and calling us to love in return.
As Christians we can let the things we do in December remind us of the message from God that awaits us under the façade of our busy lives. Christ has come and will come again and because of this our lives are completely different. We can reach out to give our love and support in being present to those who are hurting or lonely. When we do this we find our own wounds healed, and know a joy in this season of Advent that may surprise us.Christ has come and is coming again and this makes all the difference. Let us prepare our hearts for his coming, so that when the rush of the Christmas season is over and the decorations have come down, we will not be left with emptiness, but with hearts filled by the greatest gift of all, God present with us. Then we will really know what all the fuss was about.
Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2
All pre-ordered trees, wreaths and garland will be ready for pick up in back of the church near the Youth House on Saturday, Dec. 1 (10 am to 2 pm) and Sunday, Dec. 2 (1 to 2 pm). For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or mike.petersonbellsouth.net. Thanks for your support of our Youth program!
Sunday, December 2, 5:00 pm
What a wonderful start to the holiday season! Advent Lessons and Carols gets a new look and feel this year. Join us in the sanctuary for the story of Salvation in dramatic readings and glorious music. You’ll hear fellow parishioners enact dialogues by the biblical figures of Eve, Abraham, Miriam, David, Isaiah and his wife, Malachi, Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary of Nazareth, and the Shepherds Abiding. Our choirs will offer musical responses tailored to each reading. The nursery will be open.
Please bring your family and friends, no admission or tickets. This is the second in St. Catherine’s Concert Series 2012-2013.Lessons & Carols Reception — cookies requested – A cookies & punch reception will follow the Advent Lessons & Carols service on December 2. Cookie donations will be greatly appreciated. Please bring them to the kitchen prior to the service. Your Fellowship Committee thanks you!
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:
For further information, contact Mike Peterson, Director of Youth Ministries, mike.petersonbellsouth.net or 770-971-2839.
2012 Christmas Market Vendors
Advent studies and resources for everyone
Jim & Joan Nixon and Susan & Roy Johnson invite all senior adults to Holy Eucharist and luncheon at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 13 in the sanctuary. We’ll also have some very special entertainment. RSVP by Sunday, Dec. 9.
Each year we invite all to donate money for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. We remind you to insert your donation in the brown envelopes in your pews: remember to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, Dec. 9 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.
Rehearsal Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 am — The annual Christmas Pageant will be the third Sunday of Advent, December 16, during the 8:45 am service. All children and youth are invited to participate. A rehearsal for everyone will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the sanctuary. We also have an opportunity for an adult to be a costume manager. Please contact Stephanie Yucius for further information, stephyuciushotmail.com
As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. We can use every hand! This is an evening for every member of the congregation, and your friends and family as well (nursery available for little ones during the work time). Please bring a finger dessert to share. We will begin at 5:00 PM to decorate the church, parish hall, youth house, atrium, and outside. At 6:30 we’ll break for a light supper. Then we’ll return to a decorated and candle-lit sanctuary to sing some carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with dessert. See you there!
Foods requested – Festive receptions follow the 5:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve services. We invite you to donate finger foods for the reception, please bring them to the Parish Hall prior to the service you attend this night.
Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.
By Father Jim
This year we will have a Jesse Tree in our sanctuary during the weeks of our Advent celebration. What is a Jesse Tree?
The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.” It is a vehicle to tell the Story of God in the Old Testament, and to connect the Advent Season with the faithfulness of God across 4,000 years of history. It is an appropriate symbol of Jesus the Christ, who is the revelation of the grace and faithfulness of God. Our Jesse Tree will be in the sanctuary upon which we will place ornaments each week that tell the marvelous story of deliverance, redemption and promise. Each ornament represents a portion of the story and in placing the ornament on the tree the story is told anew. The Tree will be decorated each week as we invite members of households forward to place ornaments representing Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus. The ornaments, a gift to Father Jim, were handmade by a member of Grace Episcopal Church in New Lenox, Illinois. As each ornament is placed on the Jesse Tree a brief verse of Scripture from the story is represented.
Sunday, December 30 - One service time this day: 10:30 am – Join us to prepare to ring in the new year! We will have one worship service this day at 10:30 am. Everyone is invited to bring a dish for a festive potluck brunch in the Parish Hall following worship. With your help we’ll have a great spread of delicious food—maybe even some black-eyed peas would be appropriate—so bring your family as we look forward to all God’s blessings in 2013. (Church School will not meet this day.)
* - nursery available
Sunday, December 16 at All Services
The slate of candidates is announced for our upcoming Vestry election. We will elect FOUR new members in an election held at all worship services on Sunday, December 16.
Absentee Ballots - Register for absentee ballots by calling the parish office, 770-973-8668. Absentee ballots are available in the church office the week of December 3rd and are due in the church office by Friday, December 14 by 5:00 pm.
Your 2012 Vestry ( * denotes retiring members):
Thank you to all who have returned pledges on their Estimate of Giving Cards for 2013! Stewardship at St. Catherine’s is based on the Biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his/her own spiritual development. If you have not yet sent your Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) for 2013, you may obtain a card from the church office, or print one from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/EstimateOfGivingCard.pdf . Please return your card to the church office as soon as possible. Thank you.
Stewardship includes treasure, time and talent as a triple opportunity to share our blessings and fulfill our need to give. When it comes to offering your time and talent, you will find an abundance of opportunities at St. Catherine’s to serve and contribute to our church family and community. Our time and talent opportunity form is located online at www.surveystcatherines.org . Please take “time” to fill it out!
Next date: Wednesday, December 26
The day after Christmas – sign up for your time slot now! The holiday season is a difficult time for blood collection so your donation this day will be extra-important.We have moved to a Wednesday this month since Tuesday is Christmas Day. Thank you!
Special liturgies this month
By Amma Susan
“The Journey,” our inquirer’s class for adults, has just completed the Inquiry stage. This stage is a time during which people who are attracted to the Christian community have the opportunity to explore their questions about the Christian faith and to learn about the Episcopal church, in order that they may discern whether or not they wish to pursue a deeper exploration of the implications what it means to have life in Jesus Christ. Those who have chosen to continue with the following three stages of The Journey have now received a sponsor. As they enter the second stage, Formation in Christ, there are two liturgies that take place within Sunday morning worship that mark this transition: Admission of Catechumens and Welcoming of Members Baptized in Other Traditions.
Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults. Add these upcoming Cats On Wheels dates to your calendar now:
By Molly Banko
A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Operation Christmas Child outreach project! Thanks to church and preschool families, we beat last year’s total and were able to send 107 gift-filled boxes, which will be used to make Christmas brighter for needy children all over the world.
Each year St. Catherine’s supports the Emmaus House Christmas Festival. We welcome your donations of any of these items, please bring them to the designated area near the Giving Tree in the foyer.
By Connie Bergeron
Thanks to the generosity of the people St. Catherine’s, and to everyone's heartfelt gifts to "Nets for Life," our parish goal of sponsoring 900 nets in 12 months has been reached!! $10,800 in donations has been recorded to date, and the number will be even higher once all records are in.
As Steve Diffley shared with us when our fund-raising campaign was introduced, every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria. Malaria, a preventable disease, kills nearly 655,000 people every year—most of them children under five in Africa. Through Episcopal Relief & Development's Malaria/NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund, this program empowers communities by providing life-saving prevention training and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for making a difference and for responding to help African families desperate for these terrifically simple and truly effective "Nets for Life."
by Joan Nixon
Reality U is a financial literacy program offered through Communities in Schools (CIS) aimed primarily at 8th-9th grade students to help them become aware of financial issues they face as young adults and the impact their school experience (including graduation from high school and possibly college) and their GPA will likely have on their future. This simulation of how to have money left at the end of the month (instead of having days left at the end of the money) is a fun and safe way for young people to learn some challenging life lessons.
Here are just a few of the comments from students who recently completed a Reality U session here in Cobb County. "Buying food and child care are so much more expensive than I thought"; "Even with a decent job it's still a challenge to pay bills"; "having a great education will move you toward your goal"; "I need to get it together!"; "Wow! Kids are expensive!"
Seeing this learning taking place first hand is exhilarating and a lot of fun! No special skills are required - except your willingness to help a young person on the road to adulthood. The next scheduled Reality U is at Lovingood Middle School on Thursday, December 20. Volunteering for some or all of the day is an experience you'll not regret. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Joan Nixon at joana0813gmail.com or 678-910-4924.
CIS continuing needs
Communities in Schools (CIS), a program to promote literacy for all children and support getting teens to graduate from high school, has a need for plus size women’s clothing, maternity clothing, professional clothing for Dress for Success days, men’s size 32 and 34 pants, Men’s shoes sizes 10, 12, and 13, men’s belts, gently used winter clothing for high school students and winter coats for all ages. Additionally, books (both new and gently used) for children, youth, teens and young adults are always needed and appreciated. There are some homes in Cobb County in which there are no owned books. Now is a perfect time for you to clean out those closets and shelves in preparation for the holidays. We also maintain a staple product food pantry for some families that simply can't make ends meet when other resources are no longer available—keeping kids from going to school hungry every day. Please bring items to the Outreach corner in the atrium outside the Parlor, and label them for "CIS."
MUST Ministries has continuing needs for foods for their food pantry. Please bring donations to the barrels at the Outreach table in the atrium to the left of the main foyer, opposite the Parlor. Foods needed include these boxed or canned items: beef stew, tuna, chicken, oatmeal, ramen noodles, peanut butter, jelly, pork & beans, refried beans, canned fruit, chili, spaghetti sauce, dry beans, boxed dinners, and dry potatoes.
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 www.er-d.org/donate-select.php .
Making our Advent wreaths
We had lots of fun as everyone came to make an Advent wreath for their household on November 25. Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at AdventWreath2012
By Beverly Fambrough
The altar rail needlepoint kneeler project continues to make progress and on Thursday, November 29 three more canvases were delivered to the upholstery finishing company to be mounted. These were “The Birth of Christ”, “The Good Shepherd”, and “Saint Peter”. These will be dedicated in the next few months.
It seemed like a good time, as 2012 draws to a close, to update the congregation on the status of the entire project. When the above three kneelers are dedicated, this will bring the total number which are in place to 10 out of a final total of 22. So we’re quickly approaching the half-way point in this endeavor. Good progress is being made on the remaining 12 kneelers. Here is the current status of each kneeler position and some photos recently made of those in progress.
I want to thank the team of stitchers for their tireless dedication of time and talent in bringing this project to fruition.
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:
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
Congratulations on your decision to become a hosting congregation for the Family Promise of Cobb County network! We appreciate your generous commitment to do so, and are very excited to partner with you as we begin our service to families in transition throughout our community.
We will be in continual contact with you as we continue to develop our network and get ready to open our doors in the spring of 2013. We are currently developing several forms of media for public communication, such as a printed informational brochure, website, and newsletter. You can also search for Family Promise of Cobb County on Facebook for updates on network progress.
Please consider who, in your congregation, might be interested and best suited to be the liaison(s) between St. Catherine’s and the Family Promise of Cobb County. We would like to be in touch with that person for informational and training opportunities.
Thank you, once again, for your commitment to be a part of this wonderful outreach ministry. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Current, the best way to reach us is via email to the Network Secretary, Hale Sanders, halesandersatt.net.
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
Thank you for St. Catherine’s generous contribution of $533.00 [portion of total contributions] to Episcopal Relief & Development. You gift was designated for the NetsForLife Inspiration Fund, a special campaign within The Episcopal Church to help fight malaria…
Dear Friends in Christ,
On behalf of The Extension, thank you for your generous contribution of $750.
We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala to be held on December 1… For the past 25 years, our mission has been to facilitate a transformation that empowers chemically dependent men and women to become sober, accountable members of society and to become a resource to the community. Your donation will help us ensure that we are meeting the objectives of our mission and organizational goals as well as help to save lives and reconnect families. Thanks again for supporting your community and for helping to address substance abuse and homelessness in Cobb County!Kindest regards,
Barbara Frost, Director of Administration, The Extension
Annual Pottery Sale
Parishioner Mel Paris is having his annual Pottery Sale on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 2 from 12 noon to 5 pm at 2937 Gant Quarters Circle, Marietta, GA 30068.
Health Tip: Is it my appendix?
From our Congregational Nurses
Do you know the symptoms of appendicitis? According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, symptoms include pain to the right of the navel (beginning near the navel and moving down to the right), or worsening pain in the same area associated with moving, deep breathing, coughing or sneezing. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting or abdominal swelling. Anyone with symptoms of appendicitis needs to see a doctor immediately.
Source: National Institutes of Health. Provided by HealthStart www.wellstarhealthstart.org .
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, Joanne Pinkney, Marilyn Gradwell, 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, Pat Drew, Doug May, Angel Graham, Susie Bishop, Mary Lee, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Charlie Zimmerman, Pat Patterson, Nancy Rawls, Elinor Burson, Elizabeth Hannah, Sheri Siegel, Jim Ruwoldt, Eleanor Thomason, Ed Markette, Elisa Watson, Heather Watson, Ray Cole, Paul Acocella, Fred Massey, Henry, Bernice Lewis, Alycen Whiddon, Dr. Arnaldo Fiedotin, Alison Travis, Sandra Weeks, Jack Dumke, Dorothy Maloney, Tyler Smith, Sherri Vann, Sarah Pope, Blake Geoffrion, Barbara Kallas, Beatriz Montalvo, Kellen Williams, Shane & Meg Ladner, Janet Wheeler, Deanna Murray, David Stone, Brandi Parisi
DECEASED: Janeen Stanley, friend of Mark & Sally Moore; Edwin Brant Frost, III, Ben’s Frost’s father; Dottie Brown, Bobbye Greene’s great aunt; Clement Coote, Sybil Coote’s brother; Harry Dermody, West Point classmate of Jim Greene.
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (12/1) Gracie Dover, (12/2) Gina Baumann, Paddy Phillpotts, Bill Lee, (12/3) Shelly Taylor, Eric Hollis, Kate Herndon, (12/4) Katie Carswell, Taryn Nienaber, Wendy Beyer, (12/5) Michael Smith, Phillip Roberts, (12/6) Christina McLean, Alysia Bowers-Dean, Hannah Beyer, (12/7) Peggy Towery, Luke Mikkelsen, (12/8) Gail McGill, Chris Jones, Macyn Alexander,(12/9) Gene Carter, Sebastjan Hutton, Megan Goldman, Ian Goldman, (12/10) Ann Snead, Barbara Perry, Nicky Muckerman, Megan Shannonhouse, (12/11) Bobbye Greene, Margaret Caudle, Chandler Parker, Christopher Rader, Elaine Krupp, Mark Herndon, (12/12) Chris Kiefer, Lee Stuart, Glady Ragan, (12/13) Terry Sheehan, Ben Frost, Jr., (12/14) Ken Denton
ANNIVERSARIES: (12/1) Jim & Donna Stephens; (12/2) Phil & Lisa Spessard; (12/4) Ginny & Scott Lummus; (12/12) Roy & Susan Johnson
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
TRANSFERS IN: Michael, Rebeccah & Riley Devault from St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta
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, January 13
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
Pray for those of us at Jr. DYC
Please keep everyone from St. Catherine’s who will be attending the Jr. DYC middle school conference at Camp Mikell November 30-December 2 in your prayers.
Youth Homecoming Party on Sunday, December 16
The St. Cat’s Youth will be hosting a party to welcome back all of our former Youth Group members who have graduated and gone off into the world on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 PM in the Youth House. Come join in the fun and welcome our friends home for the holidays! Spread the word, invite your friends, and see who is coming on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/379100902175591
Sr. DYC Weekend at Camp Mikell: Jan. 4-6, 2013
All 9th-12th graders are eligible to go to Sr. DYC in January! Senior 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 Jan. 4-6, 2013. 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 me or go to youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/S_High_Youth_Activities.asp
Winterlight: The BEST. WEEK. EVER!!
Hey everyone! Are you in 9th-12th grade? Do you enjoy things that are AWESOME?? Would you like to meet lots of other cool people your age from all over the country? Does a weekend never feel long enough for a youth conference? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Winterlight is right up your alley. Winterlight just might be the best youth conference, nay, the best week of the year, and I want you to be part of it! There's no better place to ring in the New Year than the Kanuga Conference Center in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina! Take a look at the link or contact Mike for further information. Remember, confidential scholarship is available. If you want to go, we WILL make sure that you are able! www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar/conference-calendar-details/winterlight
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.
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