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.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 6-26, 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Stewardship
Blessing of Animals
Hors d'oeuvre Competition
Low Country Boil
Photo Exhibit coming
Habitat build
Ministry Teams Quarterly
All Saints remembrance
Memorial Service
Reflections writers
Operation Christmas Child
Parish outings
Kneelers update
Praying for Pars
New Orleans trips
WNL
Marriage Encounter
Roadies wanted
Cats On Wheels
Pick Your Pumpkin
Trinity Conference
ESL update
Mens Book Study
Ministry focus
Nurses Corner
Faith Craft Shoppe
Parenting expert Rosemond
Volunteering at Wellstar
Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
Rite-13
Youth Retreat
"Eat, Work, Play"
Diocesan activities
Wheel Schedule

Calendar Highlights

10/8-12 - New Orleans Trip

10/8, 15, 22, 29 - WNL

10/11, 18, 25 - Habitat build

10/12 - Rite 13 Ceremony; Pray for Pars; Stewardship Dinner

10/13 - Men’s Book Study

10/18 - Hors D’eouvre Competition

10/24-26 - Marriage Encounter; Youth Retreat

10/25 - Cats On Wheels outing; Low Country Boil

10/26 – YF Pick Your Pumpkin

10/28 - Ministry Team Quarterly; Elizabeth Inn

Disturb us, Lord!

"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."
— Sir Walter Drake

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.

Fr. Jim+



Stewardship 2009

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?


Blessing of the Animals

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.


Hors d'oeuvre Competition

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.


Low Country Boil tickets on sale this Sunday

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.


Israel Photographic Exhibition coming to St. Catherine’s

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.


Habitat build—many more volunteers needed!!

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.


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

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 remembrances

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.


Fall Memorial Service and Reception

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, karen@stcatherines.org 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.


Reflections writers wanted!

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


Operation Christmas Child

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


St. Catherine’s goes to…

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.

  • “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” – Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 PM at Atlanta Civic Center
    We will leave St. Cat's following the 10:30 service. Tickets are $32.50 for adults and $15 for youth (at least ten adults needed to qualify for this group rate). Tickets must be reserved with your check by November 1.
     
  • “A Very Merry Holiday Pops” – Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 PM at Symphony Hall
    Hear the Atlanta Symphony with our own Jana and Brian Williams leading their choruses from Walton and Lassiter High Schools. Tickets are $43 for adults (at least 15 people needed to qualify for this group rate). Tickets must be reserved with your check by November 15.
     
  • “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Warriors” – Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 PM at the High Museum
    $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, $3 additional for the guided audio tour (at least 15 adults needed to qualify for this group rate). Tickets must be reserved with your check by December 1.


The St. Catherine’s Needlepoint Kneeler Ministry

“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


Praying for Pars

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"!


Next New Orleans trips

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.


WNL continues

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


Help wanted: Roadies

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!


Cats On Wheels Report

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.

  • Our first excursion will be a motor trip to John and Sue Martin’s farm in the north Georgia foothills on Saturday, October 25. Join us for a fun-filled day of seeing the autumn leaves, buying apples fresh from the orchard, riding in an old-timey car, paddling on the pond, or taking a hay ride. Lunch will be at a near-by modestly-priced restaurant. We will leave from St. Catherine’s at 9am and return in the late afternoon. RSVP by October 21 to Susan Johnson+ if you plan to attend.
     
  • The third Saturday of each odd-numbered month, the group will meet beginning at 11:30am for a dutch treat luncheon at the Piccadilly Cafeteria at 536 Cobb Parkway South ( US 41 across from U-Haul). Next date is November 15. We have reserved the private meeting room, so the only noise will be our own. This luncheon is simply to socialize and keep up with each other. Meal cost starts at $4.99 for a meat, two vegetables and bread. Watch for reminders by e-mail, as the venue is subject to change.

from Cats On Wheels email news by Alan Certain


Events for Young Families at St. Catherine’s

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.

  • Pick Your Pumpkin – Sunday, October 26, 4:00 pm
    Burt’s Farm in Dahlonega has been a favorite of families for years….it’s the BEST place to choose your pumpkin, go on a hayride, take photos of the kids, drink apple cider and just enjoy a gorgeous fall day in the North Georgia Mountains. We’ll meet there at 4 PM to enjoy the afternoon with a hayride at 4:30 PM. The farm closes at 6 PM – for directions and other info, go to www.burtsfarm.com.
     
  • Martinis & IMAX @ Fernbank – Friday, November 7, 7:00 pm
    Adults only event! Join us in Fernbank’s Café for live music and a casual dinner and drinks at 7:00pm followed by an IMAX presentation of “ Antarctica” at 9pm. Tickets for the movie are $15 and dinner and drinks are purchased separately in the Café. Purchase your tickets before you meet us by calling: 404.929.6400. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30307. www.fernbankmuseum.org.
     
  • Operation Christmas Child – boxes due November 10-16
    See article above in this newsletter! This annual service opportunity is a great and simple way to teach kids about the importance of giving. Start collecting shoeboxes and toys now to make a child’s Christmas special. Look for packing instructions and labels in the preschool and at church.
     
  • Holiday Playdate/Parents’ Day – December (Date TBA)

by Lisa Spessard and Jennifer Gale


Conference coming to St. Catherine’s

“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


Report: ESL growing!

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


Men’s Book Study

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


October Ministry Team Focus: Liturgy and Music

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


Congregational Nurses Corner

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.

  • Breast Self Exam (BSE) – Know how your breasts normally feel. Beginning in your 20s’s, learn the benefits of BSE and you should be instructed on the proper technique of BSE at the time of your routine health examination. You should also know the limitations of BSE and report any changes promptly to your healthcare provider.
  • Clinical Breast Exam – Should be part of a woman’s periodic health examination, about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and annually for women age 40 and older.
  • Mammography – Should be preformed annually beginning at age 40. Mammograms may be recommended at an earlier age if there is a strong family history of breast cancer or other risk factors.

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

Faith Craft Shoppe at Faith Lutheran

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.

 

Parenting Expert John Rosemond coming to Marietta

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.

 

Be a Wellstar volunteer

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.


Letters

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,
Marilyn May and Family

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.

Blessings,
Edie Teal, Kids4Peace Mission Committee

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,
The Right Reverend J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta

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.

Sincerely,
Rev. John R. Moeller, Jr., Executive Director


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date -- November 2

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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.
Please remember the following who will be attending the upcoming Cursillo Weekend # 61, (Oct.2-5). Team Members: Tracy Buckalew, Rector; Rick Buckalew, Carla von Hoffmann, Bill & Barb Selby and Pilgrim, Tanya Bowers-Dean. Prayers are also asked for those attending the Men’s Retreat, October 3-5th and for Susan who is going through a divorce.
For Jacqueline and Jim Martin.

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.


St. Catherine's Calendar
 
Monday, 10/6 Monday, 10/13
 
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Grief Group
ESL
Boy Scout Troop 713

 
6:30PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Men’s Book Study
Grief Group
ESL
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 10/7 Tuesday, 10/14

10:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Conveners
Jubilate
Discernment

10:00AM
10:30AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM
7:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Cub Scouts
Youth Ministry
Jubilate
Fellowship
Mothers & More
Wednesday, 10/8 Wednesday, 10/15

8th-12th
9:30AM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM
7:30PM

N O. Mission Trip
Bible Study
WNL – Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL – Programs
Stephen Ministry
Adult Choir
Catechesis Team

9:30AM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Bible Study
WNL – Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL – Programs
Adult Choir

Thursday, 10/9 Thursday, 10/16
7:30AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Executive Committee
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Wheeler Parade
6:30PM
7:00PM
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 10/10 Friday, 10/17
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
 
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Folders
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
Saturday, 10/11 Saturday, 10/18
8:00AM
9:00AM
6:00PM

Habitat
Coracle Group
Rite 13 Dinner

8:00AM
8:30AM
9:00AM
7:00PM

Habitat
Finance
Level I Formation
Hors d'oeuvre Competition

Sunday, 10/12 Sunday, 10/19
7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
5:00PM
5:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Rite 13 Ceremony
Church School
Praying for Pars
Choral Holy Eucharist
Youth Group
Stewardship Dinner

 
7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
11:15AM
2:00PM
5:00PM
5:00PM

Stewardship Ingathering
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Catechesis
Stephen Ministers
Youth Group


YOUTH NEWS

Rite-13 Celebration and Ceremony

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.

 

“Walk Down This Mountain” Fall Youth Retreat — October 24-26

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.

 

Sunday nights: Eat, Work, Play

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).

 

In the Diocese

  • Happening #50 – November 21-23 at Camp Mikel Conference Center in Toccoa, GA. Registration forms are available on the bulletin board next to Amelia’s office or online at www.happeningatl.org.
     
  • Winterlight #33 - "To you all hearts are open" – December 27-January 1 at Kanuga Camp and Conference Center. Registration forms are on the bulletin board next to Amelia’s office or online at www.kanuga.org.

from Youth Newsletter Sept. '08 by Amelia Arthur


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 24 – print edition
  • November 7 – online edition
  • November 21 – print edition

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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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
Contact karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668