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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"Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have become true because we dream too small. When we arrive safely because we sail too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord when with the abundance of things we possess, we’ve lost our hunger and thirst for the waters of life. Disturb us, Lord, to dare boldly, to venture onto wider seas where storms will show your mastery and not our own, where losing sight of land, we will find the stars. This we ask in the name of our sure captain, Jesus the Christ."
I wrote about this poem by Sir Walter Drake in The Wheel of March 13-19, 2000. I spoke then of being cast as a church "onto wider seas where storms" show us God's mastery and not our own. Over the past eight years I believe all of us can point to those times we’ve sailed the "wider seas" where we have often lost "sight of land," but in the end have found "the stars."
It seems to me that as a nation we are taking a similar journey – undoubtedly a more anxious journey. We have been cast out upon the wider seas to experience the storms of life. However we have gotten here does not seem to matter at this point although it seems at times our energy is being spent trying to pin blame on those who have "done it to us." Of course, we have done it to ourselves. But does it matter – except for the obvious need to learn lessons for the future?
The truth is that we are at sea in our many and varied boats where storms are tossing us about and will, undoubtedly, for some time to come. The hope we bring on our journey as Christians is that the captain of our boat is Jesus the Christ. He’s a different sort of captain as he calls us away from name calling, from aimless wandering (he need not ask for directions because he is the way), from short cuts which get us lost physically as well as spiritually, and away from all earthly measures of success in our journey. Rather he calls us to hope, a hope firmly grounded in the experience of the past. Because our captain has been faithful in the past, because he has guided us with grace and skill through other storms, we have a blessed assurance that He will be faithful in the present.
The sea is rough and it may get rougher. Each of us in our way is disturbed. We can rest, however, in the hope that our captain will guide us to that place where at last we will see the stars.
Hopefully no one has to tell you we are in the midst of our annual stewardship campaign. Natalie Whitlow spoke a few weeks ago and Claire Frost this past Sunday. We have had two lunches and debuted our Stewardship Video. We have one more Stewardship Lay Talk and a dinner on October 12. The stewardship team has worked hard to introduce a new concept for our effort this year.
The overall message of all of these events has been this: the abundance we share in this congregation. The video says it best but it’s really each of you who contribute your gifts of time, talent and treasure to the many wonderful ministries that "welcome, accept, nourish and serve" every one of us.
We ask you to consider attending the last congregational event on Sunday evening, October 12 at 5:00 pm. You can sign up in the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin on Sunday. Child care will be available as well as Sunday evening meal. We will talk with one another about our stewardship and what this congregation means to us.
No one has to tell you about the economic pressures in the world today. This will be a critical year and a challenging year to develop an operating budget that will support all of our ministries and the staff that makes them possible. We hope you will be both generous and grateful for all that we do together at St. Catherine’s. We encourage you to come and be with us on October 12 and then to visit our website to make your pledge of time and treasure online. If you don’t wish to interact online, simply call Ginny Linstrom at the office (770.971.2839) and she will send you a Stewardship packet.
Ingathering is Sunday, Oct. 19. Please visit our Stewardship web page at www.stcatherines.org/stewardship2008.html for our "Why Stewardship" video and Simple Steps for Completing Your 2009 Pledge. To return printed pledges please use the box in the narthex.
Why Stewardship? Because I can....Can you?
Saturday, Oct. 4, 10:00 AM
Bring your pet for a blessing under the Big Oak Tree! This day commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures. St. Francis had a special affinity for animals. He reminds us of the importance of our relationships with all of God's creation. Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided.
All offering collected will go to the Petsmart Emergency Relief Waggin' to aid pets affected by natural and man-made disasters including Hurricane Ike. For information, visit the Petsmart Charities website, www.petsmartcharities.org , for Emergency Relief Waggin.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 PM
Come and compete with your signature award-winning delectable edible in the form of desserts and appetizers at our annual Hors d'oeuvre Competition. Even if you are kitchen-challenged, bring some snacks to share and join us for a great evening.
Make sure to bring copies of your recipes and MONEY -- part of the fun is voting with cash (coins and the folding kind) for your favorite dish. Proceeds from the judging will go to a non-profit organization/charity. Any questions or if you would like to help out with the event, please contact Paddy Drives Phillpotts at 770-565-0195.
Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7:00 PM
Guaranteed fun evening for all adults! Cost is just $12.50 per person or $25 per couple, and wine and beer are included. We will have Vince the DJ with "Shaggin" ( Carolina Beach) music and dancing for all. Tickets are on sale Sundays in the foyer.
Help: we need 2 more deep fry turkey cookers. Any helping hands are appreciated for set up/ break down after the event. If you need more details please contact Larry or Meg Boyd at (770) 977-9362.
November 3 - 10
For eight days in November, St. Catherine’s will host a photographic exhibition by Israeli photographer Shai Ginott entitled "From the Beginning." The exhibition is on loan to us from the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta.
The show will be housed in our sanctuary and open to the public through the week at specific times of the day. As a special part of this exhibition, St. Catherine’s will host a community-wide reception on Saturday evening, November 8, to celebrate this exhibition and to share it with the faith communities throughout East Cobb. We have invited a speaker from the Consulate General to be with us that evening. Details will be available in a couple of weeks. In the meantime you can view some of the photographs on the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, www.mfa.gov.il, at the From The Beginning page.
Based on the creation narrative in the book of Genesis, the exhibition is an encounter with nature. It is a deep multi-layered experience, like leafing through the pages of history, alternating between the world of reality and an imaginary world, between what has occurred in the past and what will happen in the future. The power of nature light, earth, water, heaven and the world of flora and fauna - is described dramatically in the Biblical story of the creation.
Reading the Bible is like a journey. It is a journey of personal acquaintance with the Land, with its landscapes and its ancient and new sites, with the history of ages past and of recent times and archeological remains serving as our milestones. All the photographs shown have been taken in Israel, the Negev desert, the Mediterranean coast, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, the forests of the Galilee and the snowcapped peak of Mount Hermon; in the hot and dry summer, in the rainy and cold winter, in the seasons of bird migration and in the flowering spring. The photos in this exhibition portray imaginary landscapes; they are composed of two photos superimposed on one another. The photos are taken from the book Reflections, published by MOD, 1999. This exhibition was produced by the Public Affairs Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel 1999.
About the artist: Shai Ginott was born in Jerusalem in 1958. A biologist by profession, her career as a fine arts and nature photographer began in 1984 as director of photography of the Israel Nature Reserves Authority. Her photographs have appeared in newspapers, periodicals and books, including the bestseller Echoes of A Landscape (1992, MOD), which won the Gold Prize at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1993; A Place in the Heart, Jerusalem (1995, MOD); Israel Das Heilige Land (1995, Bruckmann); Israel (1998, Bruckmann); and Spectacular Israel (1998, Hugh L. Levin Asc.), for which she also served as photoeditor. Shai Ginott teaches in various photography workshops throughout Israel. Her photographs have been displayed in exhibitions in Israel and abroad, among them the Barbican Centre in London and the Olympus Gallery in Tokyo.
Our home build continues each Saturday morning through Nov. 1. Sign up in the foyer after services each Sunday, to work one or more dates. You must be at least age 16 to build, all ages may help with food. Look for details and a map to the location on our website at www.stcatherines.org/habitat08map_info.pdf.
Food volunteers needed: To sign up for Oct. 11 or Oct. 25 when we again supply meals, please contact Connie Bergeron at 770-951-1411 or conniebmindspring.com.
Tuesday, October 28, 7 PM
All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please mark your calendar and be sure to be at this very important meeting as we begin the 2009 budgeting process. (Note this date is at the end of October – the usual date of first Tuesday in November was moved back 1 week because of Election Day on November 2). Anyone who is interested in ministry at St. Catherine’s is welcome to join us. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work at our church is welcome to attend.
All Saints Sunday will be celebrated this year on November 2. On this date we would like to remember at the altar those people in your life who you have lost, whether last week or 25 years ago. Please also share with us the names of those who grace your life in the here and now. Please write the names on the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin or contact the church office by Sunday, October 26.
Sunday, November 2, 5:00 PM
Everyone in the congregation is invited to join us at our semi-annual Holy Eucharist and Memorial Service in support of those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. If you have someone to be remembered at this service please send your information to Karen Manno, email@example.com by October 26.
A reception follows the service. We appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception — please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service.
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. The printed booklet is made available at church and also on our website as the “Reflection of the Day.”
Won’t you consider writing something for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editor) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent-list.htm.
Reflections will be due by Sunday, Nov. 9. Many writers are needed – there are 45 days this year from Advent I to Epiphany! Please sign up now on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
by Gail McGill and Karen Manno
Ingathering: November 16
This Christmas, you and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in a country like Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, or El Salvador by using a simple shoe box. Operation Christmas Child is an easy project that children and adults alike enjoy participating in by filling a shoe box with small gifts and toiletries. For complete details including suggestions of items to include (and what not to include), watch for Operation Christmas Child brochures in your bulletin and in the foyer beginning Sunday, October 19. Our goal this year is 400 boxes!
Don't forget to bring your shoe box gift to church on or before Sunday, November 16. For more information, contact Jennifer Gale at 770.579.0657. Information about Operation Christmas Child is available on the Samaritan's Purse website, www.samaritanspurse.org, at Operation Christmas Child page.
by Jennifer Gale
Bring family and friends to one or more of these great events coming soon and qualify for reduced-rate group ticket prices. For all outings, please reserve in the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or send checks to the office. Make checks to St. Catherine's and specify the event on the check. For more information please contact Gail McGill, 770-971-8890.
“Adopt A Kneeler”
The Needlepoint Kneeler project is please to announce that all altar party kneelers have been sponsored and so far, three altar railing kneelers have been sponsored. Two collection plate silencers have been sponsored. Please remember that to sponsor an altar railing kneeler, a 50% deposit of only $400 is required at this time with the balance due in 12 to 18 months from now when stitching is completed and our kneelers are ready to be turned over to the upholsterer for finishing.
Please consider supporting this endeavor to beautify our sanctuary and leave a lasting memorial in honor or in memory of a loved one. Individual or family group sponsors are encouraged to “Adopt a Kneeler.” Your name and to whom you have dedicated it with be stitched into the gusset area of the kneeler. The name of the St. Catherine’s volunteer who stitched your kneeler will also be noted and remembered. Please look for the kneeler brochures at church. For information contact Beverly Fambrough at 770-993-5444 or Beverly618mindspring.com.
The Red Altar Kneeler
For a number of Sundays to come, you will notice a red kneeler at the altar. The red kneeler is representative of how the new kneelers will be finished off by the upholster. We encourage you to try out the kneeler during communion. You will note that it does not slip and slide or raise up on one end.
by Beverly Fambrough
Join us for our last golf outing of the year on Oct. 12 -- please respond by Oct. 5 to Walt McGill, wsmcgillaol.com or 770-971-8890. Let’s go to the early church service together, then eat breakfast, before heading out for our tee time. Please confirm your participation by one week before each outing. We look forward to some great fellowship together regardless of whether you are "praying for pars" or "eyeing some eagles" or "trying for triples"!
On October 8-12 our next group is traveling to New Orleans in our continuing outreach effort with our partner parish, St. George's, and the people of New Orleans. More dates will be coming soon for our next mission opportunities there. Please watch for announcements and consider being part of the team. Contact Al or Sue Jones, or check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin.
Join us each week at Wednesday Night Live for all ages. Dinner is served 5:45-6:30 PM, programs at 6:30-7:30. Please sign up for meals each week in your bulletin or contact the church office by 5 PM on Tuesday. Price - $6 adults; $3 kids under 12 or $1 for the PB & J bar, $20 maximum for a family.
Guest Chefs needed for WNL!
Have a talent for cooking or a special dish you would like to prepare for a Wednesday Night Live dinner? Please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact LeeAnn Sherry, 770-815-5299 or impactlkaol.com.
Marriage Encounter Weekend
Next date: October 24-26
Give your kids the best gift they can get – parents with a great marriage! All you have to do is attend an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend. Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, and phones, and focus only on each other. If you’d like greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll like the difference an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend can make! Registration is limited so a quick response is encouraged. For more information or to register, please contact: Ron & Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, atlantaemeearthlink.net or go to: www.stcatherines.org/atlantaeme.
by Ron & Connie Bergeron
The Jubilate Choir needs a roadie or two. As we grow and serve the congregation at 8:45 and at special services, we need someone to help us set-up and clean-up before and after each time we sing (about once a month). Someone with DJ or band experience would be a plus, training is available. See John Schnorf, Susan Jablonski, Bill Ivey, or email maxprofitbellsouth.net or billiveybellsouth.net. Great benefits!
On September 20, about twenty-four folks met with Susan Johnson+ to discuss activities for the Cats on Wheels active senior adults group. Cats On Wheels welcomes your participation and assistance. To join the email list and keep informed of all the great opportunities coming up, please contact Alan Certain, alanteamcertain.com. To get involved with planning activities contact Susan+ at 770-971-2839 or fathersuebellsouth.net.
from Cats On Wheels email news by Alan Certain
We hope you and your family can join us for these upcoming events. For more information about the Young Families Ministry or any of these activities, please contact Jennifer Gale 770.579.0657 or Lisa Spessard 770.565.8244.
by Lisa Spessard and Jennifer Gale
“Radical Abundance: a Theology of Sustainability” – January 21-23
St. Catherine’s will be one of several parishes in our diocese to host a webcast of an important three-day conference to be held at Trinity Wallstreet Episcopal Church in New York City. The conference will begin Wednesday, January 21 at 4:30 and will close Friday, January 23 at 5:15. The Trinity Institute will be hosting feature speakers Majora Carter, Timothy J. Gorringe, and David C. Korten as participants explore issues of sustainability through the lens of liberation theology.
Those who wish to be a part of this conference may attend at St. Catherine’s through video webcasts to be broadcast live from Trinity Wallstreet. There will be a registration fee. For more information, go to the Trinity Wallstreet website, www.trinitywallstreet.org Conference 2009 page or talk with Deacon Kathy. Watch for progress of our plans in upcoming issues of The Wheel.
by Kathy Holman
We had another successful ESL (English as a Second Language) class this week! We now have six students in our Level 1 class and one student in our Level 3 class. What’s most exciting about this is that our student, a woman from Colombia, is currently preparing to take her citizenship exam in October, and she will be bringing in her practice questions and working to prepare for her very big day! Our Level 1 students are wonderful and just love their teachers. We have two students in the class who, we believe, may need to be placed in a Level 2 class at some point, possibly soon as they build up their confidence.
We continue to get calls about the program, and I am happy to report that we ordered Teacher’s Editions this week. Keep spreading the word!
by Lu Dumke
Next date: October 13
For those of you who haven’t joined us yet, the Men’s Book Group is a gathering of 10-15 men who meet once a month at each other’s homes for a meal, fellowship and to discuss a book with spiritual implications. We are just finishing up “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis and are in the process of deciding on the next book. You now have a chance to let us know if you would like to join us and have a book you would like to suggest. We will then send out the nominees and we will vote.
Please note that the next meeting of the Men's Book Group will be on Monday, Oct. 13, at Al Maxwell's house at 6:30 PM (please don’t show up at Al’s on the 6th). For questions please contact Tom Hunter, thunter41bellsouth.net.
by Tom Hunter
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Liturgy and Music Ministry Team. Committees on this team include Acolytes, Adult, Youth and Jubilate Choirs, Altar Guild, Needlework Brigade, Flower Guild, Wedding and Funeral Coordinators, Lay Readers & Chalice Bearers, Ushers, and Youth Readers. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact vestry liaison Ellis Kilgore.
Right - At the 2007 National Acolyte Festival
Flu Shots - Sunday, Nov. 9
Plan on protecting yourself this winter. Get your flu shot at church on Sunday, November 9, 8 AM to 1PM, by the lower level elevator. You MUST be at least 18, not be pregnant, and not allergic to latex or egg products. Cost: $25 or free with Medicare (regular Medicare Part B, bring a copy of your card). You will remain for 15 minutes after the shot to ensure your safety. The shots will be administered by Registered Nurses from WellStar Corporate & Community Health.
Breast Health Guidelines from American Cancer Society
The following guidelines from the American Cancer Society were developed for the average American woman regarding breast health. These guidelines may be modified by your doctor to meet your particular needs. They represent your best guard against breast cancer. In fact, over 90% of breast cancers can be detected when all three methods outlined below are used together in a planned program.
For women at high risk the ASC guidelines advise you to discuss your risk with your healthcare provider to decide whether or not additional testing is indicated. For more information about early detection including instructions for BSE, visit the American Cancer Society’s website, www.cancer.org, and the page for breast cancer early detection information
In The Community
Sat., Nov. 8 ( 9 am - 5 pm) and Sun., Nov. 9 ( 9:30 am - 4 pm) -- Get a start on your holiday shopping at the annual Faith Craft Shoppe at Faith Lutheran Church and School. Over 25 booths with unique hand-crafted items, bake sale, soup and salad bar. Also knife and regular scissors sharpening for nominal fee. Admission and parking are free. The church is located at 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068. For information visit the website at faithcraftshoppe.tripod.com.
First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, presents two seminars by internationally acclaimed parenting writer and speaker John Rosemond on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Morning seminar: "Parenting the Strong-Willed Child" 10-11:45 am; afternoon seminar: "Assuming the Power of Parenthood" 1-2:45 pm. For information, contact (770) 427-0293.
WellStar Health System is very fortunate to have large, active group of volunteers. From patient care to fundraising, there are over 150 volunteer opportunities from which to choose. Discharging patients, delivering x-rays and lab results, providing emotional support to family members, greeting patients and visitors, providing custormer service in gift shops, and ssisting nursing staff are a few examples of volunteer opportunities.
To become a volunteer you must be available for one 4-hour shift per week, preferably for a minimum of six months. Days, evenings and weekends are available to fit your schedule. You must complete an application, submit to a background check, secure a health statement from your doctor and attend a general orientation session. For contact information and forms please visit the www.wellstar.org website Volunteers page.
Team TTBB would like to say, "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you" to our St. Catherine's family for your support and your prayers. The 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer was great and with your help we raised almost $27,000!! The Walk raised $1.1 million with just over 1,000 walkers.
To the Clergy and Parishioners:
Thank you so much for all the love and kindness that was bestowed on me and my family during my surgery and recovery. The prayers, cards, meals from Sonshine committee, flowers, Daughters of the King, communion and all your visits were greatly appreciated. All this is a testimony to what St Catherine's is all about. Many thanks to Jim and Susan for being there when I needed them.
With love in Christ,
Joan and I arrived home this past Sunday evening after a hectic day to find altar flowers on our doorstep. The gracious note welcomed us home from vacation. We want to thank the people of St. Catherine’s for such a kind gesture. The note was right – it is always good to come home to the people you love and who love you. Thank you for being the ones who fill our life with joy and grace.
Jim and Joan Nixon
Dear [St. Catherine’s]
Thank you for your generous gift of $1000 to support our Kids4Peace mission and in support of Katie and Liam. Your continued generous support allows us to continue to bring children from Jerusalem, Christians, Jews and Muslim, to Camp Mikell each summer. Together, the children from Jerusalem, along with their Atlanta Peace Pals, will explore their faith traditions and cultures and discover the common heritage they share as “Children of Abraham.” Kids4Peace has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and their families in the Holy Land and here in the United States as theses children learn to see the “other” as brother/sister and friend rather than enemy. Thank you for your continued support.
Dear Friends in Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am deeply grateful for your recent contribution to the Bishops’ Discretionary Fund of the Diocese of Atlanta. Bishop Whitmore and I use the proceeds of this fund to support our clergy and clergy families when particular needs arise, to minister to those who are less fortunate in a variety of ways, and to support a variety of unbudgeted ministry opportunities that arise from time to time. Your faithfulness and generosity contributes greatly to my ability to serve God’s people more broadly in this way. I thank you for your partnership in the work of the Gospel of Jesus.
Faithfully, in Christ,
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
On behalf of MUST Ministries, I would like to thank you for your financial donation of $580.00 for MUST Marietta in honor of Rev. Jim Nixon. Your gift, to the families served by MUST Ministries, is helping change lives and provides hope for the disenfranchised in our community. Our goal is to support and give the tools to these families so that they can become self sufficient and not have to rely on social service agencies in the future…
Thank you for your continued support of MUST. With your help, we can make a difference.
Next scheduled date -- November 2
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, David Kerley, Lillian Vu, Jason, Justin Elliott, Cindy Alexander, Ella Laird, Hugh Wolfe, Marilyn May, Steve Diffley, Tom Carter, Margaret White, Louise Bottoms, Francine Blau, Mark Blau, Frances Yeo, Bonita Jackson, Abby Muckerman, Mark Gross, Susan Jenkins, Kevin Keller, Rose Logan, Genie Green, Chris Repotski, Jim Smith, Sarah Wayne, Demarius Crawford, Joni Cope, Margie LaSalle, Alicia Morgan, Andrea Giuliano, Elizabeth White, Mit FitzSimons, Lucy Willard, Anne, Lavonne, Richard Pearson, Sharon, Michael Buckalew, Maggie Moore & her Caregivers, John Jackson, Agnes Floyd, Buddy & Kathy Heath, Joy Gilliand, Judy Holmes, John Paul Richardson & family, Willow Riney, Linda Thompson, Vance Whttle, Marcus Nickell, Pat Bramlett, Chris Edwards, Max Asklar, Anna Walls, Mary Hurd, Frank Rowland, Linda Callender, SteveWolfe, Judith McCall, Charles Heckel, Linda Snape, Sue Clark
DECEASED: Ven Hardie, uncle of Susan Cromer; Jim Hill, friend of Jim Nixon; Lois Golden, aunt of Joyce Hendricks; Virginia Rogers, aunt of Scott Lummus
SPECIAL PRAYERS: Order of St. Helena, seeking a new home for their convent as they consolidate from two convents.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER
(10/5/08) Jennifer, Chad & Kendall Cook; Kris, Lisa & Ethan Cook; Marion & Jason Cook, Amanda & Marshall Jones; Ron & Arlyn Cook; Cybil Coote
(10/12/08) Barbara Cordery; David, Nisha, Kayla & Alex Daniel, Matthew Gottesman; James, Susie, Ann & Helen Davis; Terry, Lezlie, Sean, Meghan & Dylan Degan; Eric & Deana DeLaBarre
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.
The Rite-13 class is spending the next weeks preparing for their Rite-13 Ceremony on Sunday, October 12, during the 8:45 service. This ceremony is a celebration of manhood and womanhood that finds its roots in the Jewish Bar/Bat Mitzvah tradition. During the ceremony the Rite-13 class will acknowledge the changes that are going on inside them as they grow toward adulthood, and as a community we will promise to support them as they take the next step in their journey.
Rite 13 Words of Wisdom wanted by Sunday, Oct. 5
It is a St. Catherine's tradition to give our Rite-13 youth a book with words of wisdom from the congregation. If you have Words you would like to share please email them to ameliastcatherines.org, use the form in your bulletin or send them the church office.
St. Catherine’s Youth will have our fall retreat in the mountains of north Georgia. We’ll be staying in two cabins on the Soque River just north of Clarkesville. The weekend will be a mix of outdoor activities like hiking at Tallulah Gorge (photo - right), bonfires, nature walks, etc., and presentations based on our theme, “Walk Down This Mountain.” The presentations and activities will help our young people reflect on times in their lives when they feel close to God and help them talk about and identify how they can translate those feelings into their daily lives. We’ll focus our discussion on how to bring those mountaintop experiences off the mountain and into our lives.
Cost of the weekend is $75 per person and covers everything from dinner Friday night to lunch on Saturday. The cabins are fully furnished with kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Permission forms are available on the bulletin boards in the Youth House or next to Amelia’s office. For questions or if you would like to be an adult chaperone contact Amelia at Ameliastcatherines.org.
Eat, Work, Play is our Sunday evening program for all youth in the Youth House every week that we have Church School, 5-7 PM, with open house time following at 7-8 PM (no Eat, Work, Play on October 26 due to the youth retreat).
from Youth Newsletter Sept. '08 by Amelia Arthur
The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form.(Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.
Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.
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Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the 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