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By Amma Susan
Advent is a transition time as the church calendar begins the new liturgical year. The Johnson family is also going through a transition in our life together as we enter Advent. As many of you know, my beloved husband, Roy, has been living with vascular dementia for many years. It has now come to the point, that to keep him safe from falling on our stairs at home, I have made the difficult decision to move Roy to Bickford Assisted Living. Last Sunday, Father Jim asked a special blessing and prayer for Roy, myself and our family as we go through this time of transition. We will need those prayers to see us through this chapter in our lives. This will be a very hard change for us, after 43 years in our marriage journey.
Many of you have asked how you can help. First of all, we cherish your prayers for peace in the midst of this difficult time and that Roy will be well cared for. If you are interested in helping further, there are two things that Roy really enjoys doing that won’t be happening unless he has a visitor to make it possible: listening to classical music and going for a walk. Roy will be spending most of his time in the common room, where he can be supervised, but would love to have someone come to visit, take him to his room and sit with him to listen to classical music on his CDs or the music channel on TV. He would also enjoy going for a walk, either inside at Bickford, or on a nice day, out in the neighborhood or at the local park. If you would like to be such a friendly visitor, please let me know. We thank you all for the support you have and are continuing to give.
Please invite all your friends and neighbors! The annual Christmas Market is an event for all ages and benefits the Youth Program of St. Catherine’s. This year’s event features:
Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8
Your preordered Christmas trees, wreaths and garland 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). If you come on Saturday be sure to step inside to view our Christmas Market. Thank you for your support of our Youth Program!
Sunday, December 15 at all services
The slate of candidates is announced for our upcoming Vestry election. We are very grateful to these parish members who have stepped forward to be willing to serve us in 2014. The election will be held at all worship services on Sunday, December 15. We will elect FOUR new members to three-year terms from the slate of EIGHT candidates listed below. Absentee Ballots — If you will be unable to attend worship this date, absentee ballots are available in the church office (call 770-971-2839) and are due in the office on Friday, December 13 by 5:00 pm.
We are very thankful for the service of our members who have represented us on the Vestry this year. Our Vestry for 2013: Tom Blackstock, Nancy Denton*, Steve Diffley, Susan Heuke, Jeff Harris, Bill Hutton, Bill Lee* (Sr. Warden), Elizabeth Lopez (Jr. Warden), Bob Pepper*, Rod Pope, Tad Travis [* denotes member retiring at end of 2013].
3 – 8 pm in the Youth House
Calling all Blood Donors—those of Decembers PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE: Please join us for a very important blood drive on Tuesday, December 17 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Youth House. The holiday season is a difficult time for blood collection so your donation this day is especially needed! Donors will enjoy fellowship and Nutter Butters®, and your name will automatically be entered to win a $25 AMERICAN EXPRESS GIFT CARD. Last December the winner was our own Tom Snead!
No appointment is necessary, although the Red Cross would prefer you sign up in advance at www.redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code STCATS). All donors are welcome the day of the drive whether or not you reserved a time. For more information contact Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com or 404.375.8327.
Friday, December 13, 7 pm -- The theme of our Advent Meditations this year is “The Peace of Christmas: Something to hope for…” Join us Friday evening, December 13, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary for an Advent Quiet Evening. We will hear a series of meditations on the subject of “peace.” We will explore how we are agents of peace and how by our words and deeds we become the peace we hope for during this season of peace and goodwill. There will be time for personal reflection trough writing, use of the labyrinth, music, etc. The evening ends with refreshments. We invite you to set aside a few hours in this hectic season to reflect on the coming of the king of peace, Jesus Christ.
Each year we invite all to donate money for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. We remind you to insert your donation in the brown envelopes in your pews or send to the church office. Please be sure 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. 15 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.
The pageant is on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the 8:45 am service. Our pageant this year is “The Nativity.” Those without a speaking role will only need to attend rehearsal at 10:00 am on Saturday, Dec. 14. Practice for speaking roles will be Wed., Dec. 11, 5-6 pm and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 am. Those interested in a speaking role please contact Stephanie Yucius, stephyuciushotmail.com. Volunteers are ALWAYS welcome to help out! For questions please speak to anyone on the Christmas Pageant Committee -- Kell Owen, Juliet Stone, Tinka Ivey, Roberta Griffin, Cameron Ward, Stephanie Yucius.
All senior adults are invited by The Rev. Jim and Joan Nixon and Mr. Roy and the Rev. Susan Johnson, to be our special guest for a Eucharist and Christmas Luncheon at church on Thursday, December 19 at 11:00 am. Please let us know you are coming by Monday, December 16 by calling the office at 770-971-2839 or contact Ginney Linstrom, ginneystcatherines.org. Special entertainment will be provided by the four-year-old-classes of St. Catherine’s Preschool.
As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. We can use every hand! This is an evening for every member of the congregation, and your friends and family as well (nursery available for little ones during the work time).
Please bring (1) a finger dessert to share, and (2) a family ornament to place on the big tree in the atrium. 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 dinner with soup, cornbread, French bread, beverages and PBJ for kids if desired. Then we’ll return to a decorated and candle-lit sanctuary to sing some carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with dessert.
Just to get you in the mood now, you can see some of the fun we had last year singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in this video on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4347390916121&set=vb.190058747741108&type=2&theater. See you there!
Join us to go to Emmaus House (near Turner Field in Atlanta) on the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, to be "elves" escorting activities and distributing presents to 700+ smiling faces at their annual Christmas Festival. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! We will carpool from the church parking lot. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com, 770-841-1356, for all the details.
Foods requested – Festive receptions follow the 5:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve services. We invite you to donate finger foods for these receptions, please bring them to the Parish Hall, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service you attend this night.
Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.
* - nursery available
Office schedule — The church office will be closed for the holidays on these dates:
Young Lambs class begins January 5
By Claire Paglia
On January 5, Young Lambs will be returning! From the moment a baby is baptized, he or she is welcomed into the "household of God," and the community of St. Catherine's and nurturing the spiritual life of the littlest ones begins. The Young Lambs program will offer children who are two to three years old a very simple beginning in being introduced to Jesus, the Good Shepherd and prayer along with activities that will meet this young child's developmental need for movement. We hope it will provide these littlest ones a meaningful way to meet God where they are, with joy and thanksgiving.
The children will be guided by Claire Paglia, who is a Montessori trained guide and works at a Montessori school in Roswell with 2½ to 6½ year old children. She also completed her Level 1training in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this past spring.
The Young Lambs class will be held during the Church School hour each Sunday. Any interested families with 2 (or almost two) to 3 year old children are invited to contact Claire Paglia at claire.pagliagmail.com for further information.
Potluck Sunday Supper on January 19
By Peter and Colleen Morich
As many of you know, we spent last year in Italy. Peter attended the Masters Program in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, a Slow Food University, while Colleen played! We have been asked by many people to share our memories, pictures and stories of our magical year in Slow Food Italy.
We especially enjoyed the Potluck Sunday Suppers that we hosted regularly throughout the year. So, now we are eager to invite all of you to a Potluck Sunday Supper in St. Catherine’s Parish Hall on Sunday evening, January 19, 5:00-7:00 pm. Bring a dish made from local ingredients to share and a beverage of your choice. Space is limited, so sign up soon by going to this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A8AC23A3FC1-morich
We are looking forward to sharing our memories, pictures and stories of our magical “More Rich Year in Slow Food Italy!” Email Colleen at cjmorichgmail.com with any questions.
Arrivederci! A presto!
* Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasures of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment. A non-profit, member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
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.
Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you! The 2014 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. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date.
And, please remember if you signed up for 2013 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.
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!
By Cindy Tuemmler
Where can you help a man get just the right pillow for a good night’s sleep? Where can you make someone’s day by cleaning their personal burgundy sheets? And how about providing those two bars of soap to a homeless man who takes cleanliness very seriously? Our family did laundry at MUST Ministries on November 26 and learned how a little bit of effort can make a big difference to people who need a meal and some clean clothes to make it through the next day.
If you get the opportunity to do laundry at MUST Ministries, you will find it rewarding. Each person who stays at MUST puts their laundry in a numbered box. Not all boxes are washed every night, because it would be impossible to wash all of the clothes every night. On our night we were tasked with washing the clothes in boxes 1 through 22, and we got to know many of those guys and learned how important our service was to them.
The other thing you do at MUST is hand out the little hotel shampoos and conditioners, donated bars of soaps, as well as clean towels and sheets and pillows to those who need them. Sometimes the customers will be familiar with the different blankets available on a cold night, and will steer you away from selecting the stripy one in favor of the purple one. Sometimes they know which pillow is which. Helping someone get what they need can be worth all the (small) effort of giving up one’s evening.
Our teenagers were very helpful and took over the folding task with great skill. They also enthusiastically helped the clients get the shampoo or soap or towel that they wanted. But more importantly, they got a glimpse of a different world than their own, and a chance to see how serving others in need can be rewarding. The work you put in is worthwhile and as long as the man with the burgundy sheets has a clean place to sleep that night, it’s all right.
Steve, Cindy, Frederick and Forrest Tuemmler
St. Catherine’s volunteers staff the laundry team for MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter every month year-round on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday (when there is one). The next dates coming up are December 24, January 28 and January 29. If you would like to learn more about helping with this important service to our neighbors in need right here in Marietta, please contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.
By Molly Banko
A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Operation Christmas Child outreach project! Thanks to church and preschool families, we were able to send almost 100 gift-filled boxes, which will be used to make Christmas brighter for needy children all over the world.
By Hale Sanders and Fred Massey
Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) held an event on November 16 to recognize homeless people and the conditions they have to endure, and to raise funds for the program. Approximately 50 members of our 15 different congregations chose to spend the night in a car or box and pay the program for doing it. We were fortunate to have very good weather (no rain and not cold), which is not always the case for people that are homeless, as we all know. We also had wonderful music from the Australian Bakery Bluegrass Jam band (thanks to Greg Beyer) and from our own Jubilate choir (thank you Jeff Harris for leading the music!). All in all, this was a very successful first Box City event for FPCC as we collected over $3,600 from registrants and donors, and had 26 cars and seven boxes with people spending the night. We also had food donated by Chick-fil-A, Jersey Mike’s, and some of our own members, so we were fed, and shared our food with some homeless men who happened by.
Again, our experience was not meant to simulate true homelessness but merely to give us a taste of what it might be like to sleep in a car or box for a full night in a noisy environment with freight trains passing by every 30 minutes or so. We can at least say that it was a moving experience and helps us to empathize better with folks who experience this on a regular basis.
Family Promise at St. Catherine’s in January!
Our first hosting dates have been tentatively scheduled for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 2 and we need lots of 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.
Photos below -- See Box City to raise awareness of homelessness (pictures by Bill Ivey -- see more fullsize in the Family Promise album on our Facebook page).
By Hale Sanders and the Outreach Ministry Team
In response to requests from our parishioners for more information about possible volunteer activities that you and your families can do, we have placed a matrix of activities on the St. Catherine’s website. In an attempt to make it more useable, we have put age requirements on each activity, so that families can determine if their children can get involved. For each program in addition to age requirements, we have provided the name and description of the opportunity, location, frequency requirements, contact information, and a website address if available. Included in this list are activities from the Atlanta Food Bank, Blood Drive, Communities in Schools, Day of Service, Emmaus House, The Extension, Family Promise, Gobble Jog, Hunger Walk, Habitat for Humanity, The Matthew Project, Hands on Atlanta, MUST Ministries, and several other opportunities.
We hope that this will provide our parishioners with a better idea of possible places for them and their families to volunteer. To locate this on our website, go to the “Outreach” page (under the “Serving” tab) -- direct page link is www.stcatherines.org/servin/outreach/ -- then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Outreach Volunteer Opportunities Resources List.” Special thanks go to Connie Bergeron for developing this list. Please let us know if the information is useful, if you have ideas on how to improve it, or if you know of some other volunteer activity that we should include in further updates. For feedback please contact Hale Sanders, halesandersatt.net.
By Father Jim
What an amazing evening! From the Islamic Call to Prayer to the Judaic blessing this was the most enriching and uplifting experience. With so much hate and fear in the world, it was a delight to sit with our brothers and sisters of so many faiths and to say thanks to God no matter what we may call Him or believe Him to be. It was truly a night of great thanksgiving. And thanks to the very many people who participated and attended from St. Catherine’s. It was remarkable. I’m looking forward to next year.
The entire service was recorded and is available to view online: go to http://crawford4.video4ever.net/transplayer and click on “Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration.”
Photo -- Representatives, including Father Jim, of the participating congregations who spoke at the service on November 21 (picture by Ronni Landau)
Thanksgiving Day dinner at Elizabeth Inn
EXTRA-SPECIAL thanks to those who devoted part of Thanksgiving Day to cook and serve dinner to our neighbors in need at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn shelter. St. Catherine's volunteers serve dinner at the Inn on the 28th of every month year-round -- to learn more about how to help please contact Connie Bergeron, Connie Bergeron (connie
Advent wreath making on December 1, the First Sunday of Advent (photos by Phil Spessard)
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:
Your visit and simple prayer; the Altar Flowers and kind words; my HOME church is always in my heart. To you, staff and my brothers and sisters—GOD'S PEACE.
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
Thank you so much for opening your beautiful church to us for our chorus concert. The space was so aesthetically pleasing and perfect for our needs. I can’t tell you how many parents came up to me afterwards asking if we could have all our concerts there. Your generosity and kindness made it an incredible experience for myself and the students. Thank you!
Thank you to everyone at St. Catherine’s for their loyal support of MUST. Your gifts enable MUST to transform lives. Serving 247,000 lunches to children during the summer, providing safe and warm nights of rest to 65 people, and providing a ton of non-perishable food to those in need is where your support is utilized. We understand about church budgets and are very thankful of all the ways St. Catherine’s supports MUST. Your prayers, service and gifts are greatly appreciated.
Dear St. Catherine’s Vacation Bible School,
Thank you for your donation in the amount of $835.84 on August 1. Your donation is helping in the fight to end homelessness in Cobb County… one family at a time.
Emmaus House, an Atlanta Diocese community center in one of our nation’s poorest neighborhoods, has received a wonderful challenge from a longtime friend. The donor will give up to $60,000 in matching funds to Emmaus House for three years. This promise of $180,000 depends on others—individuals and parishes—making a three year commitment as well. These funds will secure Emmaus House’s mission to promote economic security for their neighbors.
For new donors, all of their three year pledge will be matched. For returning donors, all the increase in their giving, pledged for three years, will be matched. Setting up monthly gifts through your financial institution may make your participation easier. For example, new gifts or increases of $25/month will result in $1800 for Emmaus House over three years. For more information, go to www.emmaushouse.org/match or contact Greg Cole or The Rev. Claiborne Jones at Emmaus House, 404.525.5948.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
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: Allison Ross, Larry Boyd, Raymond Higgins, Dan Narocki, Tom Moniak, Lewis Gunter, Mark Tidwell & wife Lee, Iris Phillips, Jean Rousseau, Peter, Sally Rattey, Joyce Mason, Angelika & family, Sharon, Jan, Barbara, Paul Beswick, Sybil Hudacko, Jon & Nancy Numair, Sothy, Dalath, Ed Markette, Elaine Krupp, Elizabeth Guy, Betty Davis, Mick Phillips, Lisa Shearer, Megan Shannonhouse, Nancy Saunders, Rod Deutscher, Margaret Caudle, Allison Dupuis, Misty & John Burdette, Holly Griffin, Cameron Smith, Christina Jones, Danny, Elizabeth Blackstock, Djenba Fields, Cammie Holmes McCook, Richard, Joan & Family, Kathy Kareken, Jackie Heckel, David Smith, Kyleigh Crapps, Jyll Pickett Laws, Sharon Foster, Fran Coraggio
BEFORE SURGERY: Nancy Certain; Steve Diffley
DECEASED: Jack Dumke, Keith Dumke’s father; Laura Hope Laws, added by Claire Harrison; Don Thomas, Rosemary Wolfe’s uncle; Laura Lee Gross, Jeff Harris’s aunt; Melvin Johnson, Jay Hendricks’s brother-in-law
BIRTHS: We celebrate the birth of Mark Chandler Massey born December 3 to Alan & Annie Massey, grandparents Jennifer & Fred Massey.
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (12/7) Peggy Towery, Luke Mikkelsen, (12/8) Gail McGill, Chris Jones, Macyn Alexander, (12/9) Gene Carter, Sebastjan Hutton, Megan Goldman, Ian Goldman, (12/10) Ann Snead, Barbara Perry, Nick Muckerman, Megan Shannonhouse, (12/11) Bobbye Greene, Margaret Caudle, Elaine Krupp, Mark Herndon, (12/12) Chris Kiefer, Lee Stuart, Glady Ragan, (12/13) Terry Sheehan, Ben Frost, Jr., (12/14) Ken Denton, (12/15) Jennifer Massey, Kevin Manno, (12/16) Vann Bartlett, Mike Moran, (12/17) Mary Bess Peterson, (12/18) Tom Bird, Riley Yucius, Jennifer Tear, (12/19) Catherine Boyd, Christopher Nesbit, Andrew Hutton, Elisha Elias, (12/20) Kendall Cook, Liana McLean
ANNIVERSARIES: (12/12) Roy & Susan Johnson; (12/1) John & Fran Brooks
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (12/8) Mark, Shelly, Bronte & Ross Taylor; Harry, Jennifer, Lauren & Harry, IV, Tear; Clarke, Beth & Kaitlin Thomas; Gaye Thomas; Matt, Cindy, Nate & Bryce Thompson; (12/15) Joan Thurston; Edwina Tims; Karen Tindall; Kate, Rachel & Nathan Tomchik, Rhett & Tori Brogdon; Peggy Towery
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
There is a training this Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12:45 for all current Youth Readers as well as those who would like to become Youth Readers. Youth readers read the Epistle (New Testament reading) during the 8:45 service each week. It’s a great way to serve your parish while also improving your public speaking skills! Lunch will be provided.
All current and former St. Cat’s Youth (that means YOU) are invited to a Christmas Homecoming Party in the Youth House on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 6 PM. Come out and welcome back our beloved former St. Catherine’s Youth alums as they return home from their various exciting spots on the globe! Snacks and beverages will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite snack to share. Spread the word to any St. Cat’s Youth alums you know!
During our final WNL Youth Group meeting of 2013 on Dec. 18, we will be holding a contest to see who has the “best” tacky Christmas sweater. Go ahead and hit up thrift stores, your grandparents’ closet, Bill Cosby, or wherever else you might find a delightfully atrocious Christmas sweater and rock it at Youth Group that night!
DYC is a fun and refreshing weekend-long youth conference for all 6-12 grade youth that is held at Camp Mikell each year. It is planned and led by a committee of 10-12 graders and adults (including Mike) from around the Diocese of Atlanta, and changes up a bit each year. It is a great chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones and involves games, singing, skits, videos, relaxing free time, and much more, plus you’ll get a cool shirt! If you’ve been to Happening, New Beginnings, or summer camp at Camp Mikell, there’s a good chance you’ll see some people you know at DYC. In the past, we’ve had two separate DYC events for middle and high schoolers, but this year it will all be combined into on mega-DYC for everyone! The cost for the weekend is $100, and confidential scholarship is available for any who need it. For more information or to sign up, talk to Mike or visit youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/S_High_Youth_Activities.asp and click on “DYC Retreat.” If you are an adult who would like to come to DYC, please contact Mike ASAP!
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. 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.
Photos by Mike Peterson, Connie Bergeron, Phil Spessard -- see lots more (full size) on the Youth Facebook page at Photo Albums
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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