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 angel Gabriel appears to Mary with this message: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you… Therefore the child to be born… will be called holy, the Son of God.” In this Advent season, each of us, like Mary, is expecting. We are not expecting in the same way that Mary was, but we are living expectant lives, waiting for the rebirthing of Christ within our hearts. In the Christmas hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” we sing: “Oh holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray; cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.” In the waters of baptism, we have received God’s Holy Spirit. We rise from those waters, having died to the old life of sin, and from that moment forward we are new beings, alive, only as Christ’s spirit lives within us. In a sense we, like Mary, are with child, are God bearers. We then spend the rest of our lives living into the fullness of the reality of who we have become.
These last days of Advent are a special time of standing on our tiptoes in expectant waiting and preparation. With those on the banks of the Jordan, we have heard John’s call to repentance, turned again from sin and returned to God, to prepare our hearts to receive anew this holy child. Let us now go to Bethlehem to hear the angels’ song, and with the shepherds, kneel at the manger.
“O Holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray. Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.”
Sunday, December 16 at All Services
The slate of candidates has been announced for our upcoming Vestry election. We will elect FOUR new members in an election held at all worship services on Sunday, December 16. Click on a picture below to read about the candidates as published in your December bulletins and in the last Wheel newsletter:
Your 2012 Vestry ( * denotes retiring members): Senior Warden: Tanya Bowers-Dean*; Junior Warden: Bill Lee
From all of our staff
Be an Emmaus Elf on Christmas Eve morning! See the article with a special reflection in Outreach Opportunities section, below.
Sunday, December 16 – Rehearsal Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 am
All children and youth encouraged to participate! The Christmas pageant will be Sunday, December 16 at the 8:45 service. Please contact Stephanie Yucius for information, stephyuciushotmail.com. Practice for everyone will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:00 am in the sanctuary.
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). 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. We'll return to a decorated and candle-lit sanctuary at 7:00 to sing some carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with dessert.Please bring an ornament with your household’s name on it, and a finger dessert to share. See you there!
Each year we invite all to donate money for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music on Christmas Eve. Please 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. 16 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins. Or, please send your information and donation to the church office.
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.
If you or someone you know someone is ill or shut in and will not be able to attend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services, please notify the church office so we may schedule a Eucharistic Visitor to bring communion to their homes.
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.
Reflection of the Day – all through the season!
Check for your Reflection of the Day throughout the season from “Presence,” our collection of Advent and Christmas reflections for each day through Epiphany (January 6). They are written by our own St. Catherine's members, online now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm . Printed copies of this booklet are available for pickup on our resource table in the foyer.
Wednesday Night Live is each week through December 19, then takes a break for Christmas. We will resume in the new year starting January 9. WNL dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, programs 7:00-8:00 pm. PLEASE BE SURE to RSVP for dinner 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 $25 per family.
On Tuesday mornings during Advent we celebrate an early morning Eucharist at 7:00 am, followed by a brief study at 7:30 am. We finish promptly at 8:00 am so that you can be on your way to your day’s responsibilities. Dates this year: November 27, December 4, 11 and 18.
* - nursery available
Church office hours for the holidays
By Therese Braman
The Stewardship Committee is very excited to announce results from New Consecration Sunday (NCS) which was held on November 11. Of the 280 families who attended NCS, we received 164 giving cards for a total of $611,000 pledged for 2013. These numbers represent a 30% increase over Ingathering Sunday from 2011!! It is so wonderful to see the Holy Spirit at work in our lives! Stay tuned for final details at the Parish Annual Meeting in January.
Did you miss NCS? Have you misplaced your Estimate of Giving Card? If so it’s not too late. You may obtain a card at church in the pews, 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.
Sign up now – new sponsor code is “STCATS”!
Our next blood drive will be 1:00 to 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall on the day after Christmas. The holiday season is a difficult time for blood collection so your donation this day will be extra important. Appointments are not needed, all donors are welcome on the drive days. However, scheduling your slot in advance is helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time! So, call 1.800.733.2767 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the new sponsor code: STCATS to reserve. Thank you!
In our desire to serve the greater community of Atlanta/Marietta, we host American Red Cross blood drives every 56 days throughout the year. Besides needing blood donors we need volunteers to help set up the Parish Hall as well as registrars. For information contact Jennifer Massey at massey.jmgmail.com or 404.375.8327.
Mark your calendar for our 2013 dates
Sunday, December 30 - One service at 10:30 am
Join us to prepare to ring in the new year! Come to a festive potluck brunch in the Parish Hall immediately following our 10:30 am worship on the First Sunday after Christmas Day. We invite you to bring your favorite brunch or New Year's Day dish to share. Come to worship, preparing for the new year by sharing the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood and then celebrate this community together as we look to the ministry opportunities and fellowship of 2013. (Church School will not meet this day, and no 8 am breakfast.)
Flowers & Candles 2013
The 2013 schedule is now available in the foyer for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one in the coming year. And, please remember if you signed up for 2012 flowers or candles, send your payment to the church office by December 31 if you have not yet done so. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each. The church flowers and altar candles ares entirely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries. Thank you!
Sunday, January 27
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 27 at 12:30 PM. A light lunch will be served 11:45-12:30 preceding the meeting. There will be only two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM, and Church School at 9:00-10:00 am. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual reports due January 13
Now is the time to start thinking about annual reports. We will gladly accept them early. We really want to have all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's included in the annual report distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send them by email to rosewolfebellsouth.net by Sunday, January 13. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.
Join us in the new year for these next concerts in our 2012-2013 series. All concerts are open seating.
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s!
This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers like you. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community:
Please make checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for “Friends of Music,” and send to the church office. Donations are tax-deductible.
The annual Valentine Dinner Dance is on our 2013 calendar for Saturday, February 9. We are already accepting donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – items, services, vacation homes, etc. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program, proceeds go to defray costs of the Youth Pilgrimage coming up in the summer.
Donations are tax deductible, which you may find helpful now as we come to the end of 2012. Contact Youth Director Mike Peterson or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin. Tickets for the event will go on sale in January. Thank you for your support!
Giving Tree gifts due Sunday, December 16
Please return gifts to the Giving Tree in the foyer with the ornament securely attached, and wrapped if directed.
Be an Emmaus Elf on Christmas Eve morning!
St. Cat's parishioners go to Emmaus House (near Turner Field in Atlanta) on the morning of December 24 to be "elves" escorting activities and distributing presents to 700+ smiling faces. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! To get details and to find out what time the carpools will depart from St. Cat's parking lot, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Gina Bauman, tabby257aol.com.
A Reflection on Christmas Festival at Emmaus House
By Kelly Donoghue
Going to Emmaus House on the morning of Christmas Eve is 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.
The good news was announced on December 9—St. Catherine’s total donation for the year-long effort by the Diocese of Atlanta is $11,500, well over our goal of a $12 net to represent every member of our parish! Thank you so much for everyone's heartfelt gifts. Malaria, a preventable disease, kills nearly 655,000 people every year—most of them children under five in sub-Saharan Africa. Through Episcopal Relief & Development's Malaria/NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund, communities in desparate need are empowered through life-saving malaria prevention training and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.
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, in the holiday season now, and all year long. 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.
By Tillie Carter
As we begin a new church year, let us welcome these new members of our church family at St. Catherine’s:
Lessons and Carols
A beautiful service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Advent was held on December 2. All our musicians and the enactors of our special dialogues on the lessons were outstanding! Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at ChurchAdventCarols120212. (Who was that man behind the grey beard?!?!)
St. Nicholas celebration
St. Nicholas visited us during Church School on December 9 and we learned all about him, the historic Bishop of Myra and the patron saint of children, sailors and the innocent. We had fun, and thank you for the hand-made cookies and other goodies you left for us! Photos by Connie Bergeron.
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:
Young Adults of NW Atlanta
Next gathering December 18 at Chicago Pizza
Attention all young adults! Interested in getting to know other Episcopalians your age around the NW Atlanta area? Come spend an evening with other young adults (18-35, married & single) on Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 pm at Chicago Pizza, 3405 Busbee Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30144, chicagopizzasportsgrille.com/locations/atlanta. Come on out for pizza and fellowship (and if we are lucky, Trivia), we’d love to get to know you! Contact Lauren Wainwright, 256-477-2166, or Frances Bowden, 770-403-0043, or email nwatlantayoungadultsgmail.com if you have any question.
Health tip: Exercise for a better mood
From our Congregational Nurses
If you're feeling down, consider going for a walk, bike ride, or doing some kind of physical activity. Research shows that exercise has the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while boosting self-esteem and improving sleep. For mild to moderate depression, exercise is often an underused treatment option. Exercise is not a cure all, but it releases endorphins that can improve your feelings of well-being, help to manage stress, and create a sense of accomplishment.
Source: Cleveland Clinic. 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, Jamar Nesbitt, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Doug May, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Nancy Rawls, Elinor Burson, Elizabeth Hannah, Jim Ruwoldt, Eleanor Thomason, Elisa Watson, Heather Watson, Ray Cole, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Alison Travis, Jack Dumke, Dorothy Maloney, Tyler Smith, Sherri Vann, Blake Geoffrion, Barbara Kallas, Kellen Williams, Shane & Meg Ladner, Janet Wheeler, Deanna Murray, Brandi Parisi, Hampton Nager, Celeste Zehr, Verla Davidson, Lori Cord, Charlie Zimmerman, Erna McGough, Jodi Abramsky, Marilyn May, Jane Moss, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Raymond Higgins, Dan Power, Gary & family, Albert Joynes & family, Chuck Severs, DeJager Family, Steve Norford
BEFORE SURGERY: Ellen Montero, 12/21/12, Vera Bibbings’ daughter
DECEASED: John Rowland, Susan Cromer’s uncle; Dorothy “Buzz” Harris, fraternity cook of Harry Tear; Maxine Power, neighbor of Michelle Zimmerman and other parishioners
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (12/15) Jennifer Massey, Kevin Manno, (12/16) Vann Bartlett, (12/17) Mary Bess Peterson, (12/18) Tom Bird, Riley Yucius, Jennifer Tear, (12/19) Catherine Boyd, Christopher Nesbit, (12/20) Kendall Cook, (12/21) Bob Olliffe, Pat Tarentino, George Alexander, (12/22) Knox Gale, Will Selby, (12/23) Michelle LaGardѐ, Noelle Mace, James Nesbit, Nathalie Frank, Steve Tuemmler, (12/24) Alex Dillson, Eleanore Pearson, (12/25) Ben Martin, Al Jones, (12/26) Karen Kraeger, (12/27) Deana Cole, Vera Bibbings, (12/28) Ron Bergeron, (12/29) Nat Whitlow, John Christian, Katherine Sherwood, (12/30) Nadine Pope, Caroline Spessard, Amy Hunkler, Steven Vavra, (1/1) Carol Fey, (1/2) Carson Gardner, Scott Heuke, (1/4) Stan Dickson, Todd Magill, Katie Martin
ANNIVERSARIES: (12/18) John & Fran Brooks; (12/21) Tom & Ann Snead; (12/23) Chris & Jan Potter; (12/27) Walt & Gail McGill; Larry & Meg Boyd; Don & Anne Clark; (12/30) David & Abbye Stooksbury; (1/4) Mike & Angela Herndon
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 date - 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
Youth Homecoming Party Sunday, December 16
6:00 pm in the Youth House
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 Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 PM in the Youth House. Come join in the fun and welcome our friends home for the holidays! All are welcome! Spread the word, invite your friends, and see who is coming on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/379100902175591
Christmas Market December 8 - A great day for all of Santa's helpers! See lots more photos on the Youth Facebook page at Albums - Christmas Market 2012. Pictures by Mike Peterson.
Elizabeth Inn November 28 - Cooking & serving dinner at the MUST shelter. See more on the Youth Facebook page at Albums - St. Cat's Youth Serve at Elizabeth Inn. Pictures by Mike Peterson.
Thank You to Fundraiser Volunteers!
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped out with the Christmas Tree Sales and the Christmas Market! Both events ran very well and we raised a combined total of almost $4,000 for the Youth Program!! Thank you for helping to insure that 2013 will be another big year for YOUR Youth Program!
This year’s Super Bowl will be on Sunday, February 3, and we will be having a Super Bowl watching party in the Youth House. More details to come as we move closer to the big game, but go ahead and mark your calendars!
Sr. DYC Weekend at Camp Mikell: Jan. 4-6
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 Mike or go to youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/S_High_Youth_Activities.asp
Happening Team Applications Due by January 1
If you have been to Happening and want to return to serve on Happening team this February when our own Austin Jablonski will be serving as rector, you must complete a Happening team application online by midnight on January 1, 2013. You can find more info and apply here: youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Happening_Registration.asp. If you want to serve on New Beginnings team, your application will be due by January 27.
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.
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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