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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 21 - October 4
, 2013

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Evening Under the Oak
Day of Service
Cats on Wheels
Garden Lights
Low Country Boil
New Consecration Sunday
Reflections
Time & Talent
Blessing of the Animals
Finance report
Caring for Inactive Members
YF fun
Concert Series
Children's Chapel
Lessons & Carols
WNL
Flowers & candles
Christmas Market
Birthdays
 
OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Furniture drive
Family Promise
Outreach collections

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Fellowship report
Oak Tree reflection
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Pumpkin patch
ECF conferences
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
WNL
New Beginnings
Bring your change
Youth texts

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

9/21 – Cats on Wheels @ Seed Kitchen;
Evening Under The Oak

9/22 – Day of Service @ Emmaus House

9/24 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

9/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

10/5 – Blessing of the Animals

10/5 & 6 – Furniture Drive

10/11-13 – New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell

10/12 – Caring for Inactive Members training

10/19 – Low Country Boil

10/20 – Habitat House dedication @ Mableton site

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CREDO Bound

By Amma Susan+

The philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He believed that we are unable to grow toward greater understanding of our true nature unless we take the time to examine and reflect upon our life. Not all of us are given the luxury of time to step back from our busy schedules so that we may examine where we are and where we envision God leading us into the future. Fortunately the Episcopal Church recognizes this need for the healthy vocations of her clergy. To that end, each year the Church Pension Group selects participants at random, from all the active Episcopal clergy, to attend what is known as CREDO (meaning, “I believe”) conferences. At CREDO, participants have eight days in which they are given the gift of time to prayerfully discern the wellness and the direction of their individual vocations in four areas: spiritual, health, vocation and finances.

This week I am joining 30 other clergy from dioceses around the country at the CREDO conference to be held at the Duncan Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over the course of the conference, we will meet in plenary sessions, small groups, in private consultations with faculty members and in quiet personal reflection, working on these four major areas in our personal and professional life. At the conclusion of the discerning and visioning process of the conference I hope to have created an individual CREDO plan for the coming years of my vocation. I am blessed and grateful to have this time to step back and reflect on my life, on where I am now, and where I envision my vocation progressing and I look forward to how that will manifest itself in our ministry together in the future.


Evening Under the Oak — Saturday, Sept. 21

RAIN OR SHINE! Picnic & concert for everyone

--> If it’s raining Saturday, please join us in the Parish Hall. Tables and chairs will be set up if we are inside, so no need to bring your own in this case.

Everyone is invited to St. Catherine’s second annual "Evening Under the Oak," featuring acoustic guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory who will perform beginning at 6:00 pm. This is an event in the style of a Chastain picnic & concert (if you’re familiar with this Atlanta tradition).

So, bring your picnic dinners, chairs and drinks to our gathering outside in front of the church if it's not raining, in the Parish Hall if it is. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! The event is a show for all St. Catherine’s parishioners, preschool families, and friends, sponsored for you by our Young Families Ministry. No admission or tickets are needed, donations will be accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events.


Day of Service at Emmaus House "Walk The Road"

Sunday, September 22

Everyone is invited to St. Catherine's fall Day of Service on Sunday, September 22. We will meet in the St. Cat's parking lot at 2:15 pm to carpool to Emmaus House in Atlanta where we will join in their 8th annual Walk The Road event. The event itself is 3 to 6 pm. Cost is $5 or bring 5 canned goods for their food pantry, and you'll receive a tshirt! Come and experience the diversity of housing in the Peoplestown area of Atlanta and the challenges facing this neighborhood. We'll learn from housing leaders and residents, serve as we walk to a variety of houses, and celebrate at a community cookout hosted by Church of the Annunciation.

Emmaus House is a center for community life on the corner of Hank Aaron Drive and Haygood Avenue in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field. Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Emmaus House offers over 150,000 hours of direct service annually in programs for youth, adults, seniors and families, and St. Catherine's participates in many activities with them each year. For more information visit emmaushouse.org.


Cats On Wheels Luncheon Saturday, Sept. 21

The year flies by, and we are in another odd-numbered month. On September 21, at 11:30 am, meet your friends at our next pay-your-own luncheon at Seed Kitchen restaurant, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta, 678-214-6888. It is located in Merchant’s Walk shopping center between Whole Foods and Steinmart, get directions and view the menu at www.eatatseed.com . Please be aware that the East Cobber Parade will close Johnson Ferry Road this day 9:30 - 11:15 am and traffic may take some time to clear up afterwards, so plan your travel accordingly.

RSVP so we can have seating together to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200. Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults – if you’re old enough for AARP, we welcome you (but you don’t need an AARP card to come!).


"Garden Lights, Holiday Nights" at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Get tickets this week, by Sunday, September 29!

By Sally Powers

Join your fellow parishioners for Christmas in November! The Fellowship Team has purchased a block of advance tickets for "Garden Lights, Holiday Nights" on Sunday, November 17 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The discounted price is $20 per person. This show features more than 1 million lights. See more information at www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/events-classes/events/garden-lights .

We will meet at St. Cat's parking lot at 5 pm to carpool. Dinner is available in the Garden as well as drinks at "The Edible Garden Glow Bar." There is moderate amount of walking involved and once you have purchased a ticket, there are no refunds or exchanges. The deadline for purchasing is September 29. Please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact Sally Powers, sallyp30att.net. You may make checks payable to St. Catherine’s.


Low Country Boil — Saturday, October 19

By Elizabeth Lopez

Let the good times roll! The Low Country Boil will take place Saturday October 19 beginning at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Enjoy music from the beach and bayou as you fellowship with old and new friends. Join us for bountiful servings of shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage, corn bread, and dessert. Beverages, including wine and beer, are included in the $17.50 per person ticket cost.

Tickets will be sold in the church foyer on Sunday September 22 and 29, and, if tickets are still available, on October 6. For more information, please contact Fred Lopez at lopezfredcomcast.net or Hans Kraeger at Hans.kraegergmail.com.

Photo - Swinging it at last year's Low Country Boil (photo by Bettye Harris)


October 27: New Consecration Sunday is coming

All invited to Celebration Brunches

By Stewardship Committee

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

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

During morning worship services on New Consecration Sunday, October 27, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. After each service, please plan to attend a celebratory brunch.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on New Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend even if you are opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

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

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

Yours in Christ,
Stewardship Committee: Rachel Bagby, Greg Beyer, Therese Braman, Tom Snead


Reflections: “Flourish in Spirit”

St. Catherine's presents its new collection of reflections, “Flourish in Spirit,” thirty-five meditations on stewardship written by our own St. Catherine's members. The booklet is available for pickup at church in the foyer beginning September 22, and it is available on our website now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/stewardship.htm.


Time and Talent 2014 — your update needed

By the Stewardship Committee

We only ask you to fill this out once per year and now is the time! For those of you who have not already done so, please take a minute or two to complete your Time and Talent Form for 2014. Why do we ask you to fill out a form each year?

  1. We need to make sure our records accurately reflect your chosen ministries.
  2. During the year, people take on other activities (or have changed roles).
  3. Some people are not involved but would like to get involved and this process is a reminder of the many opportunities available.
  4. The heads of each ministry need current information for planning purposes.

You may complete your form online at surveystcatherines.org, or use the paper version available at church. Thank you for your part in the Mission and Ministries of St. Catherine’s!


Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 5 at 10 am

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

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

(Photo at last year's service by Jan Potter)


Finance update

By Steve Pyburn, Treasurer of St. Catherine’s

Please see this chart for an update on our pledge revenue through the month of August.
(click the chart to enlarge)

 

Projected pledge revenue for the year has dropped vs. our prior month projection, and we are now estimating a ~$32k shortfall in revenue vs. budget. The biggest driver behind the drop is that a few pledging units notified us that they needed to decrease their pledge for the rest of the year. We are extremely thankful to these families for doing what they have been able to do this year, as well as letting us know what to expect through December. It is vital for the Vestry to have as much information as possible when making financial decisions on behalf of the congregation. If any other families feel like they will not be able to fulfill their 2013 pledge, please contact Rose or Father Jim directly. Your information will be kept strictly confidential—no one other than Rose and/or Father Jim will have any idea that you have had to decrease your pledge amount.

As you all know, we run a balanced budget at St. Catherine’s, which means we do not have any padding in the budget to offset revenue shortfalls. If we are not able to close a balanced book this year, we will need to make expense cuts in 2014 to make up for this year’s deficit. Since a high percentage of our expenses are fixed (e.g., the mortgage, Diocesan loan, salaries and benefits), any expense cuts will have material impact on most, if not all, of our Ministry Teams. So if you have the ability to fulfill your 2013 pledge this year, it would greatly help our Ministry Teams both this year and next.

And as always, if you have any questions about the numbers above, please contact me, Senior Warden Bill Lee or Junior Warden Elizabeth Lopez. Thank you!


Training sessions for new ministry October 12 & 26

A new ministry is beginning at St. Catherine's, “Caring for Inactive Members.” All members of St. Catherine’s are invited to the training sessions whether or not they intend to become involved in the formal part of this new ministry. The training will be done in two sessions conducted on Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Both sessions are necessary to complete the training. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin.

This new ministry, “Caring for Inactive Members,” is an attempt to reach out to those parishioners who have drifted away from St. Catherine’s, people who no longer attend worship or participate in church activities. There will be a full range of participation in this ministry. We plan to have a core committee to coordinate the ministry’s activities and to make contact with inactive members, but you can also participate by knowing what to say in a chance meeting or by letting the Ministry Team know when you miss seeing a fellow parishioner. This is a ministry for all members of St. Catherine’s.


Young Families fun!

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

Here are some upcoming events for our Young Families. For questions or to get on the Young Families activities mailing list please contact Molly Banko mdbankocomcast.net or Jennifer Sherwood jtsherwood04yahoo.com.

  • Mom’s Night Out - Monday, October 21 at 7:00 pm
    Join us at Mirko Pasta in the Merchant’s Walk shopping center (Johnson Ferry Rd. at Roswell Rd.) to catch up or get to know some other moms of St. Cat’s. Please RSVP to Jennifer Sherwood at jtsherwood04yahoo.com so we can reserve tables.
  • Operation Christmas Child - Boxes collected November 10-17
    This annual service opportunity is a great and simple way to teach kids about the importance of giving. Start collecting shoeboxes and toys now to make a child’s Christmas special. Look for packing instructions and labels at church and in the preschool in October.


St. Catherine’s 2013-14 Concert Series

First concert Saturday, November 2

St. Catherine’s is offering its second annual Concert Series to our congregation and community. The first program will be Saturday, November 2 at 8 pm. Here are the concerts for this season:

  • November 2, 2013 - Sacra Voci, 8 pm
  • January 18, 2014 - Atlanta Guitar Trio, 8 pm
  • March 30, 2014 - Georgia Festival Chorus (time tba)
  • May 3, 2014 - Kaleidoscope, 8 pm

Children’s Chapel: Come to the parlor

All two- to ten-year-old kids are invited each Sunday during the 8:45 am Family Eucharist to hear the Gospel of the day in a relaxed setting in the Parlor. Follow the Cross during the Processional Hymn before the reading of the Gospel. We leave the Sanctuary for the Parlor during the hymn and return at the Peace. We stretch our legs, read the Gospel and discuss it with our friends. We also talk about the Church seasons, vestments, sacraments, Jesus, God and our lives together. If you want to bring Mom or Dad that is OK, too.

Youth volunteers are needed to assist with Children’s Chapel. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Mary Lou Shannonhouse at 770-973-2840 or mshannoncolpipe.com.


Reserve soon for Advent Lessons & Carols at Sewanee

Saturday, December 7

We have acquired 12 tickets for the 5:00 pm 54th Festival of Lessons and Carols at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN on Saturday, December 7. If you want to get a flavor of this beautiful liturgy take a look at highlights from last year's Festival at vimeo.com/55612046 . These tickets went very fast and we are fortunate to have assembled 12 of them. We have commitments for three so far with 9 still available as of publication date on a first come basis. If you are interested in a magnificent liturgy and are willing to travel including a late night arrival back in Marietta, please contact Fr. Jim ASAP at fatherjimbellsouth.net.


Wednesday Night Live each week

Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, Programs 7:00-8:00 pm

WNL (Wednesday Night Live) continues each week with dinner, fellowship and learning for everyone. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Choristers of St. Catherine’s (for kids and youth grades 3-12) will rehearse 6:15-7:00 pm; Youth and Adult programs meet 7-8 pm; Chancel Choir (for adults and youth past the age for Choristers) rehearses 7:15-8:30 pm. PLEASE BE SURE to make your dinner reservation each week on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday. Dinner prices are $7/adults, $3/children (maximum $25/family). We hope to see each of you there.


Flowers & candles dates available

There are still many Sundays open to sign up to sponsor our beautiful altar flowers and/or sanctuary candles, in thanksgiving for or in memory of a special person or occasion -- birthdays, anniversaries and more! See the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin which lists the next open dates coming up, or the complete year chart in the church office. Sponsorship is NOT limited to one or two persons or families per date so please choose the date you prefer. And when you've signed up, please remember to submit a check ($60/vase for flowers, $20 candles) on or before your scheduled date. Remember, these special donations are the ONLY funding for this ministry! We greatly appreciate your generosity.


Vendors – apply now for Christmas Market

The annual St. Catherine’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 7 to benefit our Youth Program. The event will include a craft and vendor fair open from 9 am to 3 pm. A hot, fresh-served breakfast and a professional Santa Claus & photographer will be available 9 am to noon. We are now accepting vendor applications. For more information please go to www.stcatherines.org/christmas-market/ to view details and download the vendor reservation form.


When is your special day?

We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Furniture collection drive for Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank

Saturday, October 5: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 6: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Episcopal Deacons of the Marietta Convocation are sponsoring a collection of furniture and certain household goods for Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank. Please bring donations during our collection times to the collection van located in St. Catherine’s parking lot: Saturday 9 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm – 4 pm. There may be limited service offered to pick up donations from homes if needed. Items are tax deductible, forms will be available at dropoff.

Please read carefully the following lists of items which are desired AND those which will NOT be accepted. Your donations should be in good condition: no repairs needed to be usable, and fabrics without rips, tears, stains or visible pet hair. Volunteers are needed to help staff this project to help load furniture into the van, and individuals with trucks to collect items from homes and bring them to the church. For information or to volunteer please contact Swiss Britt, swiss_brittearthlink.net.

The Furniture Bank works to improve the lives of people in our community by distributing essential home furnishings to individuals and families in need. It does not sell the items donated, instead giving them to clients who are moving out of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, or fleeing domestic violence. You can find information about Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank at www.furniturebankatlanta.org .

  • Furniture Items Most Needed (Please NO super-sizes as they will not fit into homes of recipients)
    Bedroom Furniture: Dressers, Nightstands, Chests
    Living Room: Coffee Tables/ End Tables / Sofas / Loveseats
    Kitchen: Kitchen Tables / Kitchen Chairs
    Twin Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Other Needed Items
    Bed linens - twin or full size (sheets, blankets, pillows)
    Twin and full bed frames (with mattress only)
    Working small appliances (microwaves, vacuums, coffee makers, etc.)
    Boxed dishes, glasses, pots, pans, kitchen flatware
    Small Entertainment Centers, bookcases
    New or gently used Mattresses (twin or full size only)
  • Items we CANNOT accept
    Worn furniture with rips, tears, stains, or visible pet hair; Furniture in need of repair to be usable.
    Desks; File cabinets; Office furniture; Outdoor furniture; Large appliances; Pianos; Game tables
    Exercise equipment; Hospital beds; Waterbeds; Knick-knacks; Light fixtures;
    Window treatments, Carpets or rugs; Computers; Books, Clothing; Toys;
    Car seats; Strollers; Playpens; Cribs, Changing tables, other children's furniture


Family Promise reaches goal

By Hale Sanders

Family Promise of Cobb County now has 13 hosting congregations! East Cobb Methodist has signed the hosting covenant agreement and will host with us in 2014. We have now reached our goal of 13 congregations which means that no church will have to host more than four weeks in a given year. This is great news! We continue to move ahead on all other fronts including fundraising, securing a new day center location, and hiring a director which we are in the process of doing. Don’t forget our two upcoming events: Keep up with all our news at familypromisecobbcounty.org

Don’t forget the East Cobber Parade along Johnson Ferry Road on September 21 at 10 am starting at Mt. Bethel Elementary. We will be marching in the parade and will have a car that will look like one owned by someone who is homeless. We will also have kids from Mt. Zion Methodist riding their decorated bicycles. We will have a booth at the end of the parade at the Fountains of Old Towne Shopping Center on Johnson Ferry Road. We will be selling water, tee shirts, and informing visitors about Family Promise. Come see us and help get the word out!


Outreach items collection

Here are the Outreach collection focuses for September:

  • The MUST food item of focus is peanut butter. All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.
  • School supply drive for high school students continues by Communities in Schools. Items in need include: Calculators, spiral notebooks, index cards, 1 inch binders with dividers, 2 inch binders, 3 ring notebook paper, binder dividers, folders, blue and black ink pens, mechanical pencils, pencils, Post-it notes of all sizes, hand sanitizer, tissue packages, book bags.
  • Year-round needs: men's belts; maternity, work and professional clothing & shoes
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Collection bins are located to the left of the main sanctuary doors across from the parlor. This is a great opportunity to involve younger children in family discussions about community need and ways we can all help. If you have any questions or suggestions for future seasonal collections, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

What’s Happening – A report from your Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry

By Sally Powers

Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry plans a variety of events year-round for adults, youth and children at St. Catherine's to build community and provide opportunities to gather for entertainment and fellowship. Here are some notes from the monthly Fellowship Committee meeting on September 10:

  • We discussed the Ministry Fair and discussed possible changes that might be made next year.
  • Betty Harris reported on the Ice Cream Social which all felt was a success.
  • Molly Banko updated us on Young Families and the upcoming Evening under the Oak and Moms Night Out.
  • We thanked Mike Petersen for his help with movie time at the Ministry Fair.
  • Deana DeLaBarre told us we have purchased a new lemonade urn.
  • Guest, Larry Boyd, reported on Foyers Kick-off and his experiences with the Low Country Boil.
  • We learned that there will be no Eucharist and Pie Evening this Thanksgiving because of a planned community ecumenical event.
  • Susan Heuke and Nancy Denton asked for a member to attend the Invitation Ministry meetings so we can coordinate our activities. Diane Sanders will attend the October meeting.
  • Sally Powers told of plans to attend the Holiday Lights Show at the Botanical Gardens on November 15 as a group.
  • Vera Bibbings gave an update on Cats on Wheels activities.

If you would like to be part of this group or if you have ideas and suggestions of activities please contact any of the members of this team which is headed by Jennifer Massey and Shirley Childs.


A reflection on our oak tree

TAYLOR TAWNY PORT

By Lisa Johnston

How dare I kneel and sip?

I have cursed a misbehaving relative,
lost my temper in traffic,
ignored the latest blood drive,
passed the homeless on my way to buy shoes.
Slept in a few Sundays.

I hope, Lord, that you feel people like me
are the ones who need Communion most.
We need the words, the burning taste of Grace.
Each of us -- like our injured Great Oak -- are torn by our own storms
and imperfections.
And desperate for healing, sun and rain.

I want to grieve to see the mighty tree ripped wide and missing a limb.
But it comes into my heart as I take the chalice, O God,
that this is a time to give thanks.

A time to realize that, just maybe, through our oak's great hurt
You have given St. Cat’s a new gift –
a symbol of the mighty power of your son, Jesus Christ.
Gutted by violence
but still standing,
Reaching out to all of us with sheltering arms
and touching the sky.


Seen around St. Cat's

At the Habitat House build in Mableton this month (photos by Bettye Harris and Connie Bergeron)

 

 

Introduction to Stephen Ministry workshop on September 14

The Parish Hall was full as we hosted a workshop led by representatives from national Stephen Ministry for several churches in our area, all about how to begin Stephen Ministry in their congregation. (photos by Amy Morris and Bettye Harris)


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:

  • September 23-29: Education for Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of Education for Ministry (EFM), a four year program from the University of the South which meets weekly from September to May. EFM offers education and opportunity to discover how to respond to our individual call to Christian service. Registration is yearly and a charge is involved, scholarships available. To find out more please contact Jan Potter, 404.444.8627, jcpottergmail.com, or Chris Potter, 404.376.7430, cdexterpottergmail.com.
  • September 30-October 6: Finance Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Finance Committee, which is responsible for the leadership of planning for St. Catherine’s financial future and security, as well as reviewing and managing the church’s finances throughout the year. For information please contact Tom Hunter, 678.488.6675, thunter41bellsouth.net


Letters

St. Catherine’s Family,

Thank you so much for keeping me in your thoughs and prayers these past few weeks, it means a lot. I am on a very long road to recovery but with your help I am off to a great start. Thank you again for being so loving and thoughtful lately.

Love always,
Austin Jablonski

IN THE COMMUNITY

Pumpkins at Christ Episcopal

Christ Episcopal Church will have a pumpkin patch daily from October 6 through 31. The patch will be open for purchases Mondays thru Fridays noon-8 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 7 pm, Sundays 11 am – 5 pm. They will have 1,000 pumpkins to sell along with other fall items. All proceeds will support CEC's 2014 Youth Mission activities. The church is located at 1210 Wooten Lake Road, Kennesaw, christchurch.episcopalatlanta.org .

 

Free web conferences by Episcopal Church Foundation

ECF (Episcopal Church Foundation) is offering a range of web conferences this month, covering stewardship, vestry leadership, vision and planning, and community engagement. There is no cost to participate and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to take part. We hope these web conferences will engage and empower Episcopal leaders throughout the Church to transform their faith communities and respond to God's call. For a full list and registration for upcoming web conferences go to www.episcopalfoundation.org/news-and-events/events. Some upcoming conferences in September include:

  • Picturing the Future: Vision and Planning (September 24, 7:00-8:00 PM ET), presented by ECF President, Donald V. Romanik
  • Homegrown Communion: Connecting our Faith Communities with Land and Neighbor (September 26, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Strength training
    There has been debate about whether multiple sets (2-4) of a strength-training exercise produce more strength gains than doing only one set. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, more sets are better. However, if time tends to be an issue, completing even one set can be beneficial, especially if you choose a weight that causes you to reach muscular failure—the point at which you cannot perform any additional repetitions with proper form. So, the bottom line is that both quantity and quality will produce the best results from your strength training. Source: American College of Sports Medicine
     
  • What is MyPlate?
    MyPlate is the new graphic symbol recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture that replaces the USDA’s MyPyramid image. The MyPlate icon is a simple circle split into four sections that include protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables; a circle shape next to the plate represents dairy products. The sections are different sizes to reflect the portions that are recommended. The new symbol is intended to be a simple visual cue that supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information. Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Brandon Presley; Susan Cromer’s grandson

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

FOR THE SICK: Polly Schadt, Jim McNiff, Eric Fruchtnicht, Marta Sanchez, Aiden, John Ryan and his parents, Julia Weeks, Walter Duffey, Mischa Davis, Fred Brannock, Franklin Eason, John Giles, Elizabeth Solter, Bob Davis, Rich, Diondi, Hugh Norman, Ken Litton, Bill Krupp, Mrs. Jones, Lisa Marshall, Terry Hall, Raymond Higgins, Frances Short, Al Rowe, Destiny, Gina Duncan, Jim Greene, Cathy Larsh, Kathy Holman, Robbie Roy, Roberta Abstein, Chandler, Carol Viering, Erin Strunk, Mr. Wilson, Dick McKibben, Nancy Mangiante & family, Maria Ortiz, Shelley Ransdell, Carol Eskew, Marty Chapman, Teresa Lengsfeld, Deborah Guy, Risa Maier, Nancy Certain, Elaine Krupp, Allison Ross, Traci Landis, Opal, Gina Barnes

BEFORE SURGERY: Tillie Carter; Iris Phillips; Al Jones

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS): (9/21) Jeffrey Tindall, Jay Hendricks, Logan Powell, Molly Khan, (9/22) Ben Hilley, (9/23) Jim Greene, Marshall Jones, (9/24) Libby Rouleau, Lauren Tear, Matt Hutton, Rebeccah Devault, (9/25) Sonny Gillespie, Bette Hamilton, Vic Phillpotts, Charles Mace,(9/26) Mel Paris, (9/27) Susan Martin, Beth Lee, Brenda Parker, (9/28) Maddock Jones, Justin Alexander, Stephenie Blythe, Justin Blythe, Eric Ragan, Art Gardner, (9/29) Peter Morich, Trenholm Fahy, (9/30) Robbie Selby, Henry Gary, Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Julia Denton, Nathan Tomchik, Nancy Perkins, Cole Nabinger, Richard Pearson, Sarah Clark, (10/2) Ansley Bayless, Sue Jones, David Yucius, (10/3) Andrew Benton, Isaac Hale, Sydney Khan, (10/4) Rusty Bird, Abby Bauman, Allison Dupuis, Adam Stone

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/21) David & Emilie McLaughlin; (9/25) Susan & Art Bayless; Ron & Connie Bergeron; Gary & Brenda Parker; Cam & Marti Graham; (9/30) Ed & Tracey Pitts; (10/2) Jim & Laurie Dirksen

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(9/22) Ralph & Woodie Patrick; Richard & Eleanore Pearson; John & Laura Pennington; Bob & Pat Pepper; Nancy Perkins
(9/29) Bruce & Barbara Perry; Rosemarie & Tyler Perry; Mike & Mary Bess Peterson; Cary & Pam Phillips; Judith Phillips

TRANSFERS IN: Sue Schnorf from Sacred Tapestry UMC, Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia

HELP US HELP YOU

Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • Saturday, October 19 – Low Country Boil
  • Sunday, October 20 – Habitat House Dedication Ceremony at Mableton build site
  • Sunday, October 27 – New Consecration Sunday
  • Saturday, November 2 – St. Catherine's Concert Series: Sacra Voci
  • Sunday, November 3 – Feast of All Saints; Fall Memorial Service at 5 pm

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, November 3 (All Saints)

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, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 9/21 Saturday, 9/28

7:45AM
9:00AM
11:30AM
6:00PM

Habitat Build Day
Jubilate Practice
Cats on Wheels @ Seed
Concert Under the Oak

6:00PM

Elizabeth Inn
Sunday, 9/22 Sunday, 9/29

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
2:15PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Day of Service
  @ Emmaus House

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
  / Teacher Appreciation
Choral Holy Eucharist

Monday, 9/23 Monday, 9/30
 
3:30PM
7:30PM

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

 
3:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Amma Susan's day off
CGS-Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 9/24 Tuesday, 10/1

10:00AM
10:30AM
6:00PM
7:00PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
MUST Laundry Team
Jubilate Practice

10:00AM
10:30AM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Wednesday, 9/25 Wednesday, 10/2

5:30AM
9:30AM
2:00PM
6:00PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Family Promise
WNL
Choristers
DOK
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

9:30AM
12:00PM
6:00PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Bible Study
Christian Formation
WNL
Choristers
CGS Silent Journey
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 9/26 Thursday, 10/3
8:30AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Stewardship Meeting
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
 
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Cobb Schools Closed
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Weddington HOA
Friday, 9/27 Friday, 10/4
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
PANDA Meeting
A.A.
 
 
6:30AM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
Cobb Schools Closed
Men’s Bible Study
A.A.

YOUTH NEWS

By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org

Youth Calendar available online

 

WNL Youth Group every week

Wednesday Night Live Youth Group has been rocking so far; if you haven’t tried it out yet, come on out next week! We hold WNL Youth Group each week from 7 to 8 PM in the Youth House. Parish-wide dinner is also served in the parish hall starting at 5:45 PM. WNL Youth Group is open to ALL youth in grades 6-12, and is an opportunity to connect with other youth, sing, play games, discuss a wide variety of topics, engage in different weekly activities, play loads of 4 square, share your weekly highs and lows with your friends, and much more! I hope to see you there!

 

Calling all 6-9 Graders: Check out New Beginnings at Camp Mikell Oct.11-13

If you are currently in 6-9 grade, then you can attend the next New Beginnings conference at Camp Mikell over the weekend of October 11-13. New Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, grow in many ways, and make friends from all over the Diocese of Atlanta (which includes churches from all over northern Georgia) during a weekend that is filled with wonderful talks, skits, sharing, praying, singing, games, and lots of great food! A large portion of the weekend is led by teenagers like you! Ask any of us who have been before, and we’ll tell you that it’s an experience you won’t regret! Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. For more information about New Beginnings, contact me or visit the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings website: youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/New_Beginnings.asp.

*10-12 graders (or 9th graders who have previously attended New Beginnings) can apply to be on team to help run the weekend! You can apply at the link above.

 

Bring your change and change a life!

The St. Catherine’s Youth Program participates in and/or organizes multiple events per year that help feed the hungry. To help us achieve this mission, we keep a large change jar in the main room of the Youth House that helps fund these efforts. If you find any loose change (or even bills, why not?) in your pocket, car, sofa, or anywhere else, bring it in, drop it in the jar, and help feed someone who needs it! Last year we raised over $120 in just a few months with the change jar, let’s see if we can beat that this year!

 

Sign up for Youth text messages

The St. Catherine’s Youth Program is now sending periodic announcements via text messaging in addition to our various other means of communication. You will only receive text messages from the Youth Director and can opt out of the service at any time that you choose. If you would like to receive text announcements just use your phone to send the code for your class to (404) 445-1371. (Click the picture at left to enlarge.)

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. 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 a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org

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

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