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
As I watched the morning news this week, my heart was deeply moved by the terrible plight of the people in the Philippines, who in the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan are now also victims of a 4.8 magnitude earthquake. Typhoon Haiyan had winds of tornado-like speeds, produced storm surges of up to 20 feet high that sent waves more than half a mile inland, and left unbelievable suffering in its wake. Recue and relief efforts are being slowed down by roads clogged with debris, people are desperate for food, clean water, medicine and shelter. As of November 14 the death toll is estimated to be near 2,500 souls, over 9.5 million people have been affected by the storm and 630,000 have been displaced and around 2,000 homes have been destroyed.
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines is working with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines to develop a coordinated response. Episcopal Relief & Development plans to offer technical and financial assistance. This Sunday [November 17], you will have an opportunity to give. In the offering, all cash and all checks made out to ERD or designated for “Typhoon Relief” will be sent to the relief effort. I encourage you to stand with our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world by giving generously. As you consider your response, please hold in your prayers those who are most vulnerable, the children separated from their parents, the sick and the injured, the disabled and the elderly. I leave you with this prayer from our Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori:
O God our help in time of trouble, we pray for the Filipino people who have suffered this grievous natural disaster. We pray that survivors may find water, food, and shelter, and news of their missing loved ones. There is trauma and destruction in many places, and little news from some of the areas hardest hit. Give peace and confidence, O Lord, to those in the midst of the whirlwind. Open hearts and hands around the world to respond sacrificially to the urgent need. Help us to remember that we are connected, one to another, the living to the dead, the comfortable to the suffering, the peaceful to the worried and anxious. Motivate us to change our hearts, for our misuse and pollution of the earth you have given us to share has something to do with this disaster. Show us your suffering Son in the midst of this Calvary, that we might love one another as he has loved us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.
Order deadline is Sunday, November 17It's time to order your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland, all to benefit the Youth Program! Our items come direct from the farm in North Carolina and we get comments every year on how nice and fresh they are. Orders are due by Sunday, November 17, and your items will be ready for pick up at church on Saturday, December 7 (10 am to 2 pm) or Sunday, December 8 (1 to 2 pm).
Look for our table in the foyer, or download our order form at www.stcatherines.org/forms/ChristmasTrees2013-Orderform.pdf. For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or mikestcatherines.org. Thanks for your support!
Saturday, November 16 at Sam’s BBQ1
Join Cats on Wheels this month for lunch at Sam’s BBQ1 restaurant (the East Cobb location!), on Saturday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. This restaurant was named one of the top 10 by a recent issue of Atlanta Magazine. Please contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200, if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 4944 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068, visit bbq1.net for information. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us!
Mark your calendar now for December 19
On Thursday, December 19 is the annual Senior Christmas Eucharist with luncheon at St. Catherine’s, hosted by Fr. Jim & Joan Nixon and Amma Susan & Roy Johnson. Please join us beginning at 11:00 am. Carols and entertainment will be provided by the Preschool Chorus.
Sunday, November 24
Our own Chandler Sherry, Ambassador for the Fragile Kids Foundation, will be selling a variety of homemade baked goodies to raise funds for the Fragile Kids Foundation Kids Birthday Bash Basket program. The Fragile Kids Foundation provides equipment for disabled and handicapped children. The Birthday Bash Basket Program, which Chandler oversees, collects all types of birthday party items for these children. To learn more about this organization please visit www.fragilekids.org.
Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
By Alison Harris
You are invited to explore, discover, and contemplate with us the Messianic Prophecies and the Infancy Narratives through our children’s atria on Wednesday, November 20 from 6:30 to 8:30. This unique experience is an adult offering for parents, grandparents, and parishioners of St. Catherine’s. You will have the opportunity to enter into a scripture study either with a Messianic Prophecy or an Infancy Narrative – listening and contemplating its message that may give you an opportunity to enliven your preparation for Advent. We are really looking forward to sharing this time with you! Our first Journey and Discovery last spring focused on the Eucharist. Since Advent is right around the corner, this session will focus on the presentations we typically offer children around this time.
Whether or not you have children attending Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, we hope you will come and explore with us! If you do have children attending, this is a great way to find out what they are up to each Sunday morning. We know you will enjoy this experience. This is your opportunity for discovery. Join us for WNL dinner 6:00-6:30, followed by program starting at 6:30. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 19 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Lisa Cook (casilcomcast.net) or Karen Maxwell (kmaxwell55gmail.com).
--> Wednesday Night Live continues each week (no meeting in Thanksgiving week, November 27)
Join us for WNL dinner, fellowship and learning for everyone. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Please make dinner reservations 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).
Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm: one week before Thanksgiving Day
Usher in the Thanksgiving season with a joyous celebration of the things that bring us together! St. Catherine’s invites you to join us with twelve other congregations in the 9th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth, located at the corner of Old Canton Road and East Piedmont Road. The address is 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, www.kolemeth.net.
The evening will be inspiring, humorous and music-filled, and a dessert reception will follow the service. Our parishioners will be very involved in this event: writing and presenting prayers, singing in the joint choir, assisting with the reception, and writing spiritual messages as part of the announcements to our general community. The other congregations presenting and organizing this event include: Baitul Baqi Mosque, East Cobb United Methodist Church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Interfaith Community Initiative, Islamic Center of Marietta, Islamic Speakers Bureau, Masjid Al-Muminum, North River Church of Christ, Sikh Educational Welfare Association, Temple Kol Emeth, Transfiguration Catholic Church, and Unity North Atlanta Church.
The public is invited. Collections will be held of non-perishable foods and donations for Family Promise. Mark your calendar carefully: this service will be on the Thursday one week before the date of Thanksgiving. (Please note that St. Catherine’s will NOT have a worship service on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving as we have held in previous years.)
If you are unable to attend the service in person, it will be streamed for viewing live online at http://crawford4.video4ever.net/transplayer/. Friends and family out of town will be able to tune in also!
By Harriett Pyburn
NOTE: This is the Sunday after Thanksgiving! We will be offering a "Safeguarding God's Children" course on Sunday, December 1 from 3 to 6 pm at St. Catherine's. If you need this training to work as a volunteer for catechesis, youth, Family Promise, or other reasons, please reserve this date on your calendar! No cost, but RSVP to Harriett Pyburn (harriettpyburnbellsouth.net).
Safeguarding God's Children is the training program for protection of children and youth with regard to sexual exploitation. This training is required for volunteers, staff and clergy who work with children and/or youth with St. Catherine’s and should be renewed every 3 years. This class is only offered a few times a year throughout the diocese, and there is no place to take it as convenient as right here at St. Cat's!
Reserve early for breakfast discount
Please invite your friends and neighbors, and come to St. Cat’s annual Christmas Market with your whole family! Come enjoy a hot breakfast, get professional photographs with Santa (all between 9 am and 12 noon), and enjoy browsing among the more than 30 booths set up by artisans, crafters, and vendors who will be on site from 9 am to 3 pm. The annual Christmas Market is an event for all ages and benefits the Youth Program of St. Catherine’s. PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a children’s Secret Santa Shoppe this year. For further information, contact Mike Peterson, Director of Youth Ministries, mikestcatherines.org or 770-971-2839.
Reservations are recommended for breakfast. Prepurchase price is $5/adult, $2/children 12 and under (at-the-door price will be $7/adult, $4/children). For reservations please pick up a form at church or preschool, or download one now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/ChristmasMarket2013-ReservationForm.pdf.
VENDOR SPACE IS FULL! Thank you to all who have applied for our Christmas Market, our table and booth space is now filled (a waiting list is open).
-> NO CHURCH SCHOOL this day
Join us in the Parish Hall on December 1, the first Sunday of Advent, during the church school hour to make an Advent Wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.
Special: ceramic wreaths available -- Parishioner and potter Mel Paris will have a limited number of his hand-made ceramic Advent wreath bases available for sale to make your wreaths if you are interested. A table will be set up in the Parish Hall this day to make your purchase.
It can be very difficult to keep our focus on Christ during the holiday season and our journey of expectation, remembering that Christ is the focus of our expectation and not stressing about the best gifts under the tree. This is the first step to a blessed Christmas.
We can help each other do just that. One way is to get together for the Advent Quiet Evening on December 13 from 7 to 9 pm, led by Father Jim. Being together, praying, reflecting, is a wonderful way to begin our journey of Expectation to meet the Christ Child. Light refreshments will be available.
A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Look for this year's collection, "Something To Hope For," which will be available for pickup at church and also available on our website in time for the start of the season on December 1.
New this year! You can receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! You may sign up now on our Advent Reflections page at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm. (If you subscribed to our Stewardship Reflections this year you will automatically receive the Advent series, no need to sign up again).
Our tradition for Advent is to celebrate an early morning Eucharist followed by a brief study focused on the themes of the season. We will journey through the season each Tuesday morning celebrating Eucharist at 7:00 AM followed by study at 7:30 AM. We finish promptly at 8:00 AM so that you can be on to the day’s responsibilities. We meet on four dates this year on December 3, 10, 17 and 24.
This year our study will use reflections from The Book of Christmas: Readings for Reflection During Advent and Christmas. In her prologue, author Phyllis Tickle writes “The four Sundays which precede Christmas Day itself are the calendar by which we mark the passing of the Advent season and the approach of the Christmas one. These have traditionally been times of retreat and introspection for Christmas – if no longer to think penitentially on our sings, at least to consider with godly fear and joy the blending of our life into divine process.” Join us each Tuesday morning during Advent for meditations on the themes of Waiting, Gifts, Hope Mystery and Love, and Peace. In our time together we will work to blend our lives “into divine process.”
By Father Jim
Our WNL Advent Study will center around a made-for-TV movie aired in 1987: We Three Kings. On each of three Wednesdays in Advent we’ll watch a portion of the movie and end our time with a discussion. This is a movie suitable for all ages. We’ve seen it before at St. Catherine’s and every time it is an unqualified hit. Here’s a brief synopsis of the movie: “A Christmas story about three inmates from a mental institution who believe they are The Three Wise Men of the Bible. They escape on camelback into the urban sprawl of Los Angeles in a whimsical search for the Christ child.”
Join us Wednesday evenings December 4, 11 and 18 for dinner at 6:00 pm and study at 7:00 pm, or just come for the study at 7:00. You are guaranteed a “whimsical” and “profound” look at the Christmas story. Please be sure to make your dinner reservation for each date you'll dine with us, either fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, by 5 pm on Tuesday. Dinner cost is $7 per adult, $3 children, maximum of $25 per family.
Add it now to your holiday calendar!
Check your schedule: our next blood drive is the week before Christmas. The holiday season is a very slow time for blood collection so your donation this day will be extra-important! You can sign up for your time slot now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our code, STCATS. Thank you!
St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in the new year with these stellar events:
We welcome you to all our concerts and hope you'll bring family and friends as well. You can also support our series by becoming a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s! If you would like to be a Friend of Music, all donations are welcome. Contributors will be recognized in the concert programs and invited to a reception in the spring; donors of gifts of $100 and above will also receive two free tickets to the Kaleidoscope concert in May, our only ticketed event in this year's series. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it for“Concert Series” in the memo line. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Photo - Our first concert on November 2 featured Sacre Voci (photo by Bill Ivey)
Thank you to everyone who has returned their Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) for 2014. If you have not yet had the opportunity to return your card, you may obtain one from the church office or print one from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/EstimateOfGivingCard.pdf. Cards have also been mailed to those who have not yet returned one. Please send your card to the church office or place in the alms basin at worship.
In an effort to give our parish members more personalized, real-time information on how they are doing in their 2013 pledge commitments, we have begun sending you monthly pledge statements. And in order to keep our costs down, we are sending out these statements via email using the address we have on file for everyone.
Did you receive your financial statement on November 12? (Message subject line was "Parish Announcements - IMPORTANT: Email Pledge Statement".) If you did not, or you would like us to email your pledge statement to an alternate email address, please contact Communications Director Karen Manno as soon as possible, karenstcatherines.org. Also, if you cannot receive email and need to continue receiving a paper statement, please notify Karen, Parish Administrator Rosemary Wolfe or Parish Secretary Ginney Linstrom as soon as possible.
If you have an idea of the location of the Stephen Ministry banner which formerly hung in the conference room, please contact Rosemary Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org.
Ingathering Sunday, November 17
By Molly Banko
Bring your filled boxes for ingathering at church this week, by this Sunday, November 17. If you don't have your packing guides & labels while you're shopping they are also available at www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ , as well as more information about this program. For additional questions please contact Molly Banko at mdbankocomcast.net. Sponsored at St. Catherine's by Young Families Ministry.
By Connie Bergeron
To volunteer for these Outreach opportunities, please call Connie Bergeron at 770.951.1411 or email at connieatlbergerons.net:
The Extension has both a men’s facility and a women’s facility in Marietta. Both provide addiction recovery services through a comprehensive Residential Recovery Program, outpatient counseling and various out-reach initiatives. The Extension is a non-profit, community-supported organization serving Cobb County and the metropolitan Atlanta area. St Catherine's currently provides a nutritious dinner for 18-25 residents of the Women's Center on the third Sunday of each month. Can you help by providing a portion of the dinner meal and setting up the dinner service at the center? We generally do a short devotional service before the meal and enjoy eating dinner with the residents. Time requested is from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm at The Women's Center.
Is your family looking for a way to add community service to your Thanksgiving Day celebration? You are invited to help provide and serve dinner for 65 to 70 guests at the Elizabeth Inn at MUST Ministries. The shelter is located on Cobb Parkway, and our menu ensures a healthy dinner for the men, women, and up to 13 children who are staying at The Inn. Won't you help make the holiday memorable? Time requested is from 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm at Elizabeth Inn.
The Giving Tree and more!
By Nancy Denton
Emmaus House is one of a number of Outreach Ministries that St. Catherine’s supports. Emmaus House is a center for community life in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field. Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors in Peoplestown. For more information about Emmaus House please go to their website, www.emmaushouse.org . The following are opportunities listed below that are available to be a part of this coming Advent season.
If you have any questions about these Outreach opportunities, please contact Nancy Denton, ndenton3aol.com or 770-428-6058.
Many volunteers needed!
By Eleanore Pearson and Diane Sanders
Homelessness can seem like an overwhelming problem. Many people wonder what one person or congregation can do to truly make a difference. Family Promise provides a way for churches and synagogues to work together to help homeless families. Family Promise of Cobb County (affiliate) consists of 13 congregations. Every congregation provides overnight lodging and meals for three to five families (up to 14 persons) for one week four times a year. Affiliate “guests” stay in a church facility from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily. Guests are taken to the day center where they meet with the Director, care for preschool children and make phone calls seeking housing and employment.
Family Promise enables us to meet important basic needs of homeless families. Families with children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Usually, over half of the guests in the affiliate are children, and most of the children are under the age of six. Nationally, more than 6,000 congregations participate in Family Promise with tens of thousands of volunteers who help families regain their independence.
Volunteers are the foundation of the affiliate. There are many ways that you can help. Whether you provide a hot meal, arrange activities for children, or stay overnight, you can make a difference in the lives of families who have suffered the ordeal of losing their home. St. Catherine’s has committed to participate in this important ministry and our first hosting dates have been tentatively scheduled for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 2.
We need your help. Please view the list of our needs of volunteer time and item & money donations on our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/FamilyPromise-VolunteerNeeds.pdf or pick up a form at church. Please return as soon as possible to the church office or in the alms basin. Training will be provided prior to our first hosting week. Our Co-volunteer Coordinators are Eleanore Pearson, elerichbellsouth.net and Diane Sanders, dianesanders3198att.net
Added: Coats for Cobb
Here are our Outreach collection focuses for November. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Collection bins are located to the left of the main sanctuary doors across from the parlor. If you have any questions or suggestions for future seasonal collections, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
On Thanksgiving morning, more than 11,000 people will come to the Marietta Square to participate in the 11th Annual Gobble Jog, benefitting MUST Ministries. This annual event features a timed 10K and 5K Run, untimed 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk and Tot Trot (the 5K and 10K are certified as qualifiers for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race). The course starts and ends at the Marietta Square. Join many other St. Cat’s members and the community for a fun time and great fundraiser for MUST. You will still have plenty of the TV parade to watch and have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast. Can't run? Support the event as a "phantom runner" and get your well-deserved race shirt by mail! Get all the details and register at www.GobbleJog.org.
This year: Be a part of a world record! The Gobble Jog is one of a series of races being monitored by the Guinness Book of World Records that will determine the largest number of participants/runners in a multi-venue event. Thanksgiving races all over the country have banded together to take this world record.
Congratulations to parishioner Michael Devault, 2013-14 Teacher of the Year at Osborne High School! Michael teaches business education at this Cobb County school. We’re proud of you!
By Susan Heuke
Have you ever had the thought that St Catherine’s is just where I belong? Perhaps you have found friendship, support, and spiritual guidance. It is no doubt a great feeling, one that you wouldn’t hesitate sharing with someone else.
In the past twelve months we have had at least 60 newcomers visit with us and perhaps wonder if this is a church where they could feel like they might belong. It must be a bit overwhelming when they experience our sharing the “peace” for the first time. We do seem to go on and on greeting each other…right in the middle of the service! I wonder if newcomers ask themselves, “Can I become a part of this seemingly tight knit group”? If you notice a family or individual who looks like they might be new (no name tag, closely following the service in the bulletin, not engaging with others…) take a moment and share the peace with them! You can also say, “I don’t believe we have met, I’m (your name). Newcomer or not, your offer of friendship will help them take a step towards a feeling of belonging at St. Catherine’s.
St. Catherine’s has a more intentional way of welcoming newcomers with our Shepherds ministry, a part of Invitation and Fellowship. If you would like to learn more about being a Shepherd, please contact Susan Heuke, 22sghcomcast.net, 678-354-1199.
We are all Shepherds, aren’t we!
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Saturday morning, November 2, Al Jones calls and says, “there is a broken water pipe at church and I need some men.” I got on the phone and started making calls, asking for “strong men with shovels,” ASAP. The following dropped what they were doing and came to dig in the mud, and some spent the entire day. You are special: Dave Banko, Mark Childs, Kris Cook, Ethan Cook, Al Jones, Charles Mace, Justice Mace, David Moore, Roger Motter, Bob Pepper, Phil Spessard. Thank you guys, you worked hard! The Face of God had Georgia red clay on it that day.
By Nancy Denton & Harriett Pyburn
To everyone who helped with the Day of Service: A GREAT BIG THANK YOU! St. Catherine’s is very blessed to have people that are willing to serve our St. Catherine’s community & the greater Atlanta community. Here’s a brief overview of what all happened on Saturday.
Thank you to all who helped with this Day of Service. Most especially, Thank you to David Yucius – for organizing the inside jobs, Al Jones – for regularly taking care of our facilities & he did a lot of prep work prior to Saturday, Jennifer Massey & Shirley Childs – for organizing the parish hall & kitchen clean-up & for the breakfast & lunch, & to Bill & Beverly Fambrough – for organizing the pansy planting & grounds beautification. Thanks to Fred Massey for getting the lift for changing the very high light bulbs. To those who volunteered: Rose Wolfe, Elizabeth, Fred, Isabel, & Olivia Lopez, Al Jones, Bill Hutton, Andrew Hutton, Phillip Hutton, Claire Harrison, Steve Diffley, Eric DeLaBarre, Rose Wolfe, Jason, Owen, & Eva Snape, Elisha Elias, Joleigh Josephs, Susannah & Neil Campbell, Peter & Swiss Britt, Emily Gale, John & Cole Nabinger, Rebeccah Devault, Cary Phillips, Barbara & Bruce Perry, Althea Dillard, Audrey Nesbitt, Mitchell Waldron, Barb Selby, Carol Eskew, Kristin Hester, Tad, Allison, Emily & Lauren Travis, Kristina Higgins, Eleanor Pearson, Tillie Carter, Deanna DeLaBarre.
I found this quote a year or so ago & it seemed so appropriate for our Ministry teams: “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.” (Clarissa Pinkola Estes) Thank you all again for reaching out and for making the Day of Service successful.
Photos below by John Nabinger and Connie Bergeron
By Beverly Fambrough
Saturday, November 9 was an incredible day of laughter, learning and simply being together. There were 32 “family members” hard at work. The cutting garden for the Flower Guild was put in place. The team that raked the bed, fertilized, put the plants in place and mulched were: Emily Gale, Bill, Andrew and Phillip Hutton, Carey Phillips, Barb Selby and Kristen Hester. Peter Britt prepped the bed 10 days before the work day using his “monster” roto tiller.
Early Saturday morning we had 128 pansy plants on hand. We needed at almost triple that amount. Panic time! But, as Jesus fed the multitudes, we experienced our own “loaves and fishes” moments. While we won’t call it a miracle, it was pretty darn close. We ended up with close to 400 pansies donated and planted. Families, couples, and individuals appeared all morning – bearing pansies. Everyone worked hard at raking leaves, tilling the beds and planting the pansies. The group included Neal and Susannah Campbell, Owen and Eva Snape, John and Cole Nabinger, Swiss Britt, Althea Dillard, Audrey Nesbit, Rebeccah Devault, Bruce and Barbara Perry, Claire Harrison, Mitchell Waldron, Carol Eskew, Tad, Alison, Emily and Lauren and Jolee Josephs.
Swiss Britt and Kristina Higgins took on a massive project over the past 3 weeks ripping out old and outdated Juniper bushes at the steps coming from the parking lot and made a vast badly needed improvement. After the Junipers were gone, new rose bushes and Petit Purple Weeping Loropetalums were planted.
All in all it was a wonderful day and together we made a difference in the gardens of St. Catherine’s. My greatest joy of the day was teaching children how to plant pansies. Hopefully, this will give them a start on learning how to take care of this wonderful earth the Lord has entrusted to us. Next time we do this, come play in the dirt with us.
Photos by Bill Fambrough: Playing in the dirt; Carol Eskew, Susannah Campbell and Rebeccah Devault; Barb Selby and Carey Phillips; Beverly Fambrough and Susannah Campbell
By Bill Ivey
Nearly 600 people at the 107th Diocese of Atlanta Annual Council November 8-9 worshipped, studied the Bible and heard Bishop Rob Wright lay out plans for the next year. Your delegates enjoyed a day-and-a-half of learning about what goes on in the other 95 churches in our diocese. The Council was held at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs(they turned the school gymnasium into the meeting room for all gathered). Here are some reflections on the experience by our delegates who represented you and St. Catherine’s.
I enjoyed hearing the Bishop of Washington, DC, Mary Ann Budde. Both her homily on Friday and meditation on Saturday challenged me to think about the circles I draw in my own life. Her observation that it takes both a strong core and creative work at the edge helped me see that diversity of thought, gifts, and ministries is essential to healthy church. It gave me a great deal to think about in terms of my own ministry and the ministry of this congregation.
I'm very grateful to have served as a delegate to a busy and spirit-filled Diocesan Council. I was inspired by the youth who participated; humbled and challenged by the preaching and teaching of our Bishops; and excited by the progress and promise of several Diocesan initiatives. I, too, commit to help spread the circle wider.
My favorite part was the worship - all those Episcopalians praying and singing together. Bishop Budde's address about the circle - the inner one with leadership and the need to support it and those there as well as the outer edge where the growth occurs and the need to forge ahead and meet people there - where they are to embrace and support them as well.
Memories still with me after Council:
I loved the focus of this year’s council, "Drawing the circle wider." Inside the circle is what God has made. To grow into community is drawing the circle wider. I attended the break out session on Dismantling Racism and Human Trafficking and discovered that the number one county in the state of Georgia for Human Trafficking is Cobb County. With this information and what God has created in me, I am intent on working to change this. Even if we think that we have conquered racism, we still have a lot of work to do. I want to be the instrument for God’s story.
I was very impressed by the energy and involvement of the 600 participants in this years’ Council of the Diocese of Atlanta. From the opening Communion Service to the Committee Meetings there was a bright, positive spirit. Two specific things stand out in my memory. A big part of this energy came from the involvement of the youth of the Diocese in the work of the council. Young lay readers, some amazing reports on the work of Kids 4 Peace and a moving talk and a very professional video on what it means to have church in your life, all presented by teenagers, gave the general meetings a strong positive and hopeful feel. And the sermon by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, first female Bishop of Washington, on the topic of the Council – “Draw the Circle Wide” – was moving and challenging. She pointed out that while we reach out to the edge of the circle of inclusion to widen our acceptance of all God’s people, we must also pay attention to strengthening the center of the circle. Without a strong center we cannot reach out.
I’m proud to be an Episcopalian in North Georgia. We have a fine Bishop who has a growing vision for our church. We have exciting outreach ministries that we heard about and saw some of their activities. We have vibrant youth ministries, growing our children in their faith. We have Rectors, Vicars and Deacons who are preaching, teaching and serving in our churches and working in our outreach ministries. And we are growing – a net gain in parishioners served in the last year. We have much to be proud of … and many blessings to be thankful for. God has blessed us, richly.
All Saints Sunday: Jana Williams plays harp with the Chancel Choir on "Be Thou My Vision"; Wayne Gammon reading at the Fall Memorial Service while the candles are lit for each person remembered (Photos by Bill Ivey)
Baptisms on All Saints, November 3 -- Photos by Jan Potter, see LOTS more full-size at Baptisms110313
At the Newcomer Coffee on November 10 (L-R): Elisha Elias (center) w Pat Pepper & Arlyn Cook; The Wolst family; Sheila Bishop; Linda Langston and Vera Bibbings (Photos by Bettye Harris)
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Dear Father Jim, Chancel Choir, and St. Catherine’s,
Jana and I were quite surprised by the recognition bestowed on us by St. Catherine's and Father Jim last Sunday, November 10. The words spoken and the actions taken mean more than any of you can imagine. Over the ten years, we have come to know and love the people who make up St. Catherine's and not just those who sing and play with us. We are honored to have Father Jim's faith, support and leadership and we realize that we could not effectively minister without the support of all the church’s staff, to whom we are also grateful. This church is a large part of our family and we feel like we're home. Thank you allowing us minister to you in the best way we know how and for accepting us as we are.
Brian and Jana Williams
Dear Father Jim,
I cannot thank you and the congregation of St. Catherine's enough for your support over the last year. My YASC experience was life changeing and faith growing in so many ways. God is doing incredible things in Kenya and worldwide. I look forward to sharing more about my work and what I learned about mission with you and the congregation. Thank you again for joining me in this work and journey.
Parishioner Mel Paris will hold his Annual Pottery Show and Sale on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, December 8 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. All pottery is microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe. Come see new glazes and new items as well as old favorites. The sale will be held at 2937 Gant Quarters Circle, Marietta, GA. 30068. (Mel will also be at the St. Catherine’s Christmas Market this same Saturday.)
The Work of Our Hands Artists’ Market will celebrate its 11th anniversary November 21- 24 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. This acclaimed market features over 80 local and regional artists offering fine art, folk art, and crafts, including paintings, glass, fabric and wood art, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, and many other handmade and original gifts in a variety of price ranges. Admission to the market is free and open to the public. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9:00-5:00 and Sunday 8:30-1:30. Proceeds from The Work of Our Hands benefit organizations that promote and support arts and crafts programs that serve persons marginalized by socioeconomic, mental health, and intellectual challenges.
For the eighteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 and from Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 8. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. Schedule: Sat., Nov. 30, 10 am-4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 1, 2-4 pm; Wed., Dec. 4 – Friday, Dec. 6, 10 am - 2 pm; Friday, Dec. 6, 7 - 9 pm; Sat., Dec. 7, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4 pm. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. The church is located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / infoepiphany.org or visit www.epiphany.org.
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If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
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: Lisa Marshall, Destiny, Gina Duncan, Dick McKibben, Theresa Lengsfeld, Allison Ross, Traci Landis, Opal, Matt Gibson, Gina Barnes, Emmie, Aidan, Jane Atkins, Samantha Caldwell, Genie Lee, Larry Boyd, Raymond Higgins, Dan Narocki, Carol, Carl, Tom Moniak, Lewis Gunter, Mark Tidwell & wife Lee, Al Rowe, Iris Phillips, Jean Rousseau, Peter, Sally Rattey, Joyce Mason, Angelika & family, Susan, Charlie & Rachel Porter, Sharon, Alycen Widdon, Marilyn, Stan Dickson, Jack Dumke, Barry Dillard, Susan Heuke, Althea Dillard Laura Pennington, Jan, Barbara, Chuck Zimmerman, Mit FitzSimons, Paul Beswick, Elizabeth Blackstock, Sybil Hudacko, Jon & Nancy Numair, Ed Markette, Betty Davis, Mick Phillips, Lisa Shearer, Sothy, Dalath, Bill Bowden, Elaine Krupp, Elizabeth Guy
BEFORE SURGERY: Nancy Saunders; Rod Deutscher; Margaret Caudle; Steve Diffley
DECEASED: Ethel Jane Blaske, Carla von Hoffmann’s mother; Sarah Kaighn Taylor, Susan Jablonski’s aunt
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (11/16) Devon Parker, Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore, (11.17) Paul Parisi, Helen Davis, Roberta Hoyt-Johnson, (11/18) Claire Frost, (11/190 Tyler Perry, Don Martin, (11/21) Linda Carter, (11/22) David Carter, Barbara Cordery, Marcia Markette, Lauren Travis, (11/23) Claire Harrison, Jada Ellis, (11/24) Pam Phillips, Clark Remter, Emily Dini, (11/15) Kimberly Blythe, David Shannonhouse, (11/26) Evan Austin, Mike Reeves, (11/27) Barbara Barrington, (11/29) Alex Morris, (11/30) Greg Beyer, (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, Rese Maier, Hannah Beyer
ANNIVERSARIES: (11/21) Adam & Erica Handell; (11/27) Carla von Hoffmann & Rod Deutscher; (12/1) Jim & Donna Stephens; (12/2) Phil & Lisa Spessard; (12/4) Scott & Ginny Lummus
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (11/17) Alex, Courtney, Carson & Olivia Shillington; Richard Sjoblom; Jane Smith; Linda Smith; Ryan, Dana & Laurel Smith (11/24) Mark & Karla Smolen; James & Linda Snape; Jason, Sue, Owen & Eva Snape; Tom & Ann Snead; Peggy Snook (12/1) Phil, Lisa, Sydney & Caroline Spessard; John & Carol Starr; David, Abbye, Olivia, Lily & Annabelle Stooksbury; Lee, Marlene & Rob Stuart; Pat Tarentino
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.
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 12
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.
By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org
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! Ask anyone who has been to Kanuga (Caitlyn Buckalew, Adryn Bowers-Dean, Megan Shannonhouse, Caroline Miner, Mary Bess Peterson), and they’ll give you an earful about how it will change your life! Take a look at the link below or contact Mike for further information. Remember, confidential scholarship is available and Mike can talk to Kanuga on your behalf to lower your rate if needed. If you want to go, we WILL make sure that you are able! Get all the details at www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar/conference-calendar-details/winterlight.
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!
Photos by Mike Peterson -- see lots more (full size) on our Facebook page at Photo Albums
Trip to the Cagle corn maze, plus fabulous dessert at the Marietta Dinner on October 26:
More trips (L to R) - New Beginnings at Camp Mikell in October; Church of the Common Ground on November 3.
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.
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Editor: Karen Manno
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