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Can we have too much joy!?
This Sunday we celebrate the end of a four week session of Solemn Communion preparation with 18 first through fifth grade children. As part of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, this is not first communion, but rather an opportunity for our children to see this sacrament through the eyes of our Lord Jesus who said "I am the true vine." I am excited about the opportunity to spend time with these children in retreat on Saturday before the celebration on Sunday.
Ana Martin and Karen Maxwell have spent countless hours with these children and their parents. I am so grateful to both of them for their unselfish offering of time and talents. I have had the opportunity to sit with them and the children over these past few weeks. I was once again reminded that Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is as much about adult formation as it is about children's formation. The children bring such profound insights to their relationship with Jesus and thus to the adults who work for them.
There is an insert in your bulletin this week that captures some of the sheer joy of these children. Listen to them:
One afternoon when I was with the children, Karen led them in prayer to which one young child responded, "I don't think anyone could ever have too much joy."
In my time with the children this weekend we will be doing a gentle form of reconciliation of penitent. I will kneel before the altar myself and ask God's forgiveness for what I do as an adult to take this unadulterated joy from a child's life. Lord, forgive me!
Ingathering Weekend is November 12-13
The theme for this year's Stewardship Program is "Perfecting Our Faith Through Giving." Christ calls us to serve both by the use of our time and talent and by financial donations to the church. Your prayerful reflection about this is requested. The text of Father Jim's Oct. 1st & 2nd sermon on stewardship is on our website at Father Jim's sermons.
This fall the annual stewardship giving campaign will involve Cottage Meetings in parishioner's homes and two will be held at the Church. You will be receiving an invitation soon. If you did not receive an invitation, or if you need to attend a meeting at a different time, please contact by email Al Jones, 4albellsouth.net or Tom Hunter, thunterlithonia.com. You will find a schedule of the meetings at Cottage Meetings.
Stewardship Note from Al Jones:
I have often wondered how much of what I've been given should be donated to someone who has greater need. The Old Testament mentions the tithe, or ten percent of one's annual income. Christ speaks in terms of love for our neighbor(s). C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity speaks in different terms:
"The Faces and Places of Renewal"
Our adult program in October will be "The Faces and Places of Renewal," a reflection of our experiences together and apart during Father Jim's sabbatical. Dinner is 6 -6:45 PM, programs for everyone at 7:00 . Please remember to make your dinner reservation by Monday each week. If you weren't able to reserve, call to check food availability or come in at 6:20 PM. The nursery is open and staffed from 6:45 PM until after the programs end. Wednesday night nursery is staffed by Marilyn Whitlow, and we are always open for additional volunteers.
Menu for 10/12: Adults -- Chicken and Beef Enchiladas, Rice and Pinto Beans, Salad; Children's options -- Cheese Quesadillas or PBJ Bar; Dessert -- Bread Pudding .
Cooking Help Needed
We need your help until we hire a new cook for WWW meals. If you can help Tuesday evenings for initial preparation or come Wednesday afternoons to help cook and set-up please contact the church office.
Saturday, October 22
Y'all come! Put on your jeans, bring your gardening tools and come play in the dirt as we decorate the church gardens for autumn and winter. We'll then enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch.
Things we need:
Contact Gail McGill (770) 971-8890 if you have questions.
The Rt. Rev. Valentine Mokiwa, the Bishop of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, is the youngest bishop in the Anglican Communion and a member of the Pan-African Anglican Conference. Bishop Mokiwa is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and has spoken in several dioceses throughout the U.S.
Bishop Mokiwa has graciously agreed to come to St. Catherine's on Sunday, Oct. 16 as part of his trip to the US, to share his experiences and his ministries with African Christianity. Bishop Mokiwa will preach at both services, teach, and spend time educating us on God's work in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Tanzania. We hope he will be able to share fellowship with us at the congregational dinner Saturday night and visit with our Preschool, Vestry and our Wednesday Night Live youth. This will be a great opportunity to experience the diversity of culture that exists within our Anglican community.
Bishop Valentine is coming to the States to begin setting up a formal diocesan companion relationship with the Diocese of Arizona. This is also a follow up to a visit in early 2005, when he met with officials at the national office of the Episcopal Church, along with Bishops and church members in various dioceses, including New York, Colorado, Western Michigan, and South Carolina. Our own Bishop Alexander visited with Bishop Mokiwa this past summer as he made his way to the Diocese of Central Tanganyika.
The Diocese of Dar es Salam is a diocese in the Anglican Church of Tanzania. The Universities Mission to Central Africa and the Church Missionary Society began work in 1864 and 1878 at Mpwapwa. The Province was inaugurated in 1970 following the division of the Province of East Africa into the Province of Kenya and the Province of Tanzania . The nineteen dioceses represent both evangelical and Anglo-Catholic churches.
Monday, October 24
The Red Cross needs us now that the first rush of donations after the hurricanes is over. They will be at St. Catherine's on October 24 from 2:30 to 7:30 PM. Time slots are available every 15 minutes. Signup sheets are now posted at church. For questions, please contact Fred Massey (a.k.a. Dracula, the October blood drive sponsor).
Where in the World WAS Father Jim, And What Do We Do Now?
When: Saturday, October 15, 7:00 PM
The tables are now filled for our Post-Sabbatical Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 15, to celebrate the 2005 Clergy Renewal. The evening promises delicious food--with a hint of France and Costa Rica--great fellowship, photography and interesting tales, as well as a look at how we as parish can use the lessons learned from the sabbatical in our ongoing ministries. If you are interested in attending the dinner please contact the church office and we will keep you on the waiting list.
If you already have tickets that you will not be able to use and can pass along to someone else please be sure to contact Emily Gale at 770-953-3407 or email augaleearthlink.net as soon as you know!
Many thanks to everyone who has brought and continues to bring all the items for distribution to Katrina victims, who have assisted in transporting those items, and who have donated through Episcopal Relief and Development. Our plan is to provide long-term support to those who have come to our community, knowing that this will be a long term commitment. If you are interested in participating in any way with Katrina relief and assistance efforts, please let us know by noting it in the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or by contacting Nadine Pope at ronazamindspring.com
We will collect food and other items every week on the following schedule. Lists of baby supplies and toiletries are at the Outreach table in the narthex and will be in your bulletin each week.
From the recent Episcopal News Service International Briefing
EL SALVADOR : Church designates entire month's offerings to ERD's hurricane relief fund
[Source: Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador ] The Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador (IAES) is designating all of September's offerings to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) for hurricane relief efforts. The IAES Diocesan Council, parish lay leaders and all the clergy decided that the four Sunday collections should be given in solidarity to those affected first by Hurricane Katrina and now potentially by Hurricane Rita. In addition to the monetary offering, children from churches and schools are making cards to send to ERD in which they express their love and solidarity to those affected by the hurricanes.
Bishop Martin Barahona of El Salvador and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Region of Central America (IARCA), said, "We wish to let the Episcopal Church know of our sadness, accompaniment, and our solidarity. We share your pain. We pray that God will give people the strength to surmount the current difficulties. We are particularly saddened by what happened in New Orleans." He added that Salvadorans are ready to come to the United States to help with relief efforts in Spanish-speaking communities.
Fundacion Cristosal, a Vermont-based foundation for the support of the Anglican Church of El Salvador, is also supporting this effort.
On September 28, the five bishops of the Anglican Church of the Region of Central America will be meeting with Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold in New York City , at which time they will extend their solidarity, support and help.
Barahona said, in conclusion, that this offering "comes from the heart of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador."
ENGLAND : York Minister, Mississippi Cathedral partner to help Katrina victims
[ENS, Source: York Minister] A newly-formed transatlantic partnership between York Minster, England , and St. Andrew's Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, will help to channel donations to church relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
A former North Yorkshire priest, the Rev. Tim Jones, 38, is now rector of St. Paul 's, Corinth, in northern Mississippi. Shortly after the hurricane struck he contacted York Minster to ask for support for the churches' efforts to help people in need.
Dr. Jonathan Draper, York Minister's canon theologian, said, "Church members in Mississippi are in the front line of helping needy people from day to day. People of good will in the north of England will want to stand alongside them and those they are helping, and the York Minster Hurricane Katrina Appeal is one way they can do that."
Donations may be sent to: York Minster Hurricane Katrina Appeal, Church House, Ogleforth, York YO1 7JN, or placed in a designated collecting box in the Minster. Cheques should be payable to York Minster Hurricane Katrina Appeal.
For further information contact Martin Sheppard, Diocesan Communications Officer, on + 44 (0)1904 699530, email: martin.sheppardyorkdiocese.org, or Eleanor Course, York Minster Media Co-Ordinator, on +44 (0)1904 557216, email: eleanorcyorkminster.org.
Flu shots will again be given at church on Sundays in October and into November to persons 18 and over who would like one. Price will be $20 and Medicare will be accepted. This is an easy way to get your shot, so watch for signups at church.
January 28 , 2006
Brush up on your acting, singing, instrument, poetry, etc. and be prepared to let your light shine for the benefit of MUST Ministries. We're bringing back this St. Catherine's tradition. We need a team of organizers to make it all happen -- if you're interested in helping please contact Father Jim!
Sunday, October 30 at 8:45 AM Service
What's a Crossover Ceremony?
I'm so glad you're taking a moment to find out what a J2A crossover ceremony is! It's something I hope will become a tradition at St. Catherine's.
It's important that we pay attention to our own culture, don't you think? And one thing it doesn't take us long to discover about ourselves is that mainstream American culture has never done "rites of passage" well. In the Jewish community, yes, there are the bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah ceremonies that celebrate "coming of age." Some groups in the U.S. have debutante celebrations, sweet-sixteen parties or quincenieras, but these have never really incorporated much of a spiritual dimension. Our youth are often caught in a "wasteland" of adolescence even into their late teens, never really certain where childhood ends and adulthood begins.
The "wasteland" is bad: most youth, irrespective of culture, feel a need for some sort of rite of passage. If the adults in their lives don't recognize this and provide it, the youth look for it among their peers, often with disastrous results.
The Journey to Adulthood curriculum recognizes this need and seeks to address it. The J2A crossover ceremony is one we've never performed here at St. Catherine's; its purpose is to begin the journey towards responsible young adulthood for our ninth and tenth grade students, and to recognize the conscious efforts they will make over the next two years to cultivate the spiritual development, character qualities, and personal skills we expect of responsible adults.
If you're an adult, can you think back to otherwise-normal friends you had in high school that for some reason never successfully made the transition to responsible adulthood? Friends that either succumbed to drugs or alcohol, or never developed the skills our society expects of adults, or just never took responsibility for their own actions? I certainly can. I don't think that becoming an adult person worthy of respect and admiration happens by accident, and I applaud our young people for realizing so early that it will take earnest and sincere effort.
I hope you'll join me in supporting them as we celebrate the beginning of this journey on Sunday, October 30, at the 8:45 service.
If you can work with our children ages 2-9 approximately 20 minutes during the 8:45 service, please sign up on the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin or contact the office. Children at this service are invited to leave the sanctuary between the Gospel and the Peace to hear the Gospel in a relaxed environment. This is a great way to get to know our youngest parish members. Training and materials are provided.
Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, October 30
Remember to FALL BACK 1 hour!
Don't forget to set your clock back this morning -- we'd love to see you at church early, but you might want to sleep in that extra hour you had to give up when Daylight Savings began back in April!
Sunday, November 6, at 6 PM
The congregation is invited to join us in support of those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. A reception follows the ceremony. If you have someone you would like remembered, please forward your information to Karen Manno by email to karenstcatherines.org by October 21.
Reception help needed -- We need people to bring finger food items for the reception afterwards. Please sign up on the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin or contact the office if you can bring food or help with setup and clean up.
On November 6 we would like to recognize everyone who has been trained as a Stephen Minister as we celebrate 20 years of Stephen Ministry at St. Catherine's. Please sign up on the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin with names we should include.
We would like to remember at the altar on Nov. 6 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.
Our Habitat House build continues every Saturday through December 10 (except Thanksgiving weekend). Volunteers are needed to build each Saturday rain or shine, and to bring food on four dates. Please sign up at the Habitat table in the foyer. For questions, please contact Tom Snead, 678-795-9508, or Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411.
One of St. Catherine's special traditions is to produce a book of meditations for the coming Advent and Christmas season. These meditations are written by the parishioners, staff and clergy of St. Catherine's. If you would be willing to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraph) reflection on a piece of scripture to be included in this year's book, please sign up on the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin. You will be contacted with your scripture assignment.
The deadline for submitting your reflection will be Friday, November 11. Finished booklets will be available at church by the end of November, and the Reflection of the Day will be featured on our website throughout the season.
By Youth Director Brian West, who has no bias. Promise.
I saw my first elf today.
It's barely, barely October. The Weather Channel reports that today's high was 84 degrees. The leaves haven't really even begun to change here in North Georgia (except the poplar leaves, and everybody knows that tulip poplars are just big wimps, anyhow). I mean, is it even really autumn yet?
It's not too soon for the Christmas merchandising, though. Honest to goodness: I saw a cardboard elf today, destined for deployment in some department store or other. When I was a kid, retailers had the self-respect to wait until after Halloween, at least. Thanksgiving wasn't even too much to hope for.
Okay, I'm going to introduce two concepts, and you tell me if they go together. First concept: Christmas elves. Second concept: game one of the National League Division Series. Yeah. See what I mean? The boys of summer and the gnomes of midwinter, frolicking about at the same time. Our cultural compass headings are way, way off, people.
So I have a solution, or at least part of one: if you must buy Christmas stuff, buy it from St. Catherine's Youth Group, rather than the Evil Retail Empire. The Lord knows we need the money, and hey, I'll promise not to rant about how I'm writing my congressperson to ban "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime." Deal?
Here's how to help the youth program:
The Secret Santa Shop: On December 10, from 9-12 AM , we'll host an opportunity for your little ones to buy their parents Christmas gifts. When you give the little darlings a small sum of money, they disappear into a Secret Santa Shop hidden from parental view, where they browse through charming gift ideas. They emerge a few minutes later with a wrapped present and the glow of genuine Christmas spirit (which they acquired by pocketing your change).
Christmas Tree Sales: Be on the lookout for a conveniently-placed table on Sunday mornings! We'd love to be your holiday evergreen supplier. We'll pick them up, drive them to the church, and even trim the suckers and tie them to your car. It's a St. Catherine s tradition, so you've got to order one. Besides, it can't really be Christmastide until someone's had to take a chainsaw away from Bill Williams or Matthew Shannonhouse.
On August 27 Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) hosted their annual board of directors meeting at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. The guest speaker was David Connell, 2005 Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman. Our own Nadine Pope was honored as Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc.'s Volunteer of the Year for her dedication and support of the Georgia Literacy Connection at Brumby Elementary. She has served as the volunteer Literacy Volunteer Coordinator and Parents Assuring Student Success Facilitator at Brumby last year and again this school year. She recruits and trains volunteers to be literacy tutors and also facilitates classes for the parents at Brumby to help them learn what they can do at home to help their child be successful in school. Her assistance and enthusiasm for both programs have made her a very valuable asset of the Communities In Schools organization.
Communities In Schools is the nation's leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. Literacy tutors are needed year-round. You can find out more at Communities In Schools.
If you are interested in receiving the weekly (Tuesday) Atlanta Diocese newsletter via email please go to Episcopal Atlanta and click on "Join the Bishop's Newsletter" to subscribe.
Elizabeth Marshall Lilly, daughter of Rich and Caroline Nuckolls and Michael Lilly, Sr. was married to Alexandre Raoul Blagojevic at Saint Radegonde Church, Giverny, France on August 6. Elizabeth and Alex attend St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ft. Myers. Their new address is: 13971 Avon Park Circle , Ft. Myers , Florida 33912 , phone 773.551.6153, email emlillyhotmail.com. Wedding photos may be viewed at pictage.com Lilly-Blagojevic.
Dear friends at St. Catherine's,
It was such a nice surprise to receive the beautiful arrangement of flowers on Sunday. Thank you so much for thinking of us during this special time. The Sonshine Committee has also made plans to deliver a meal, too. We are busy but really enjoying THREE boys! Reed has been such a blessing and a joy. Thank you all again for your prayers and gifts!
This is one of Cobb County's largest ecumenical events. Don't miss it -- A huge community-wide event featuring area churches all vying to be recognized as the best cooks in Cobb County. Special added event -- a silent auction! Churches prepare and serve samplings of their favorite dish to people attending the event. People's Choice and Chef's Choice Awards are given Tickets for the event are $20.00. Children under 10 are free. There will be entertainment and special activities for the kids. For complete information and registration visit The Extension
Third Annual Gobble Jog -- A MUST Run for Thanksgiving!
When : Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th, 2005
Where : Marietta Square - Glover Park
Please join the St. Catherine's team this Thanksgiving Day, November 24, for the 3rd annual Gobble Jog to benefit MUST. The Gobble Jog features a 5k run, a 1-mile run and a "tot trot" for kids 5 and under. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson is the honorary Chair and Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway is the Grand Marshall for this event. All participants receive a colorful, quality, long sleeved shirt. There will be plenty of food, fluids, entertainment and awards for all age categories.
The race is open to everyone -- runners, walkers, children and adults. $15 by November 21, $20 after November 21 and on race day. Get complete details and register online at Gobble Jog. Contact Carol Eskew for information about St. Catherine's team for this event.
Sewanee Fall Preview is a day-long comprehensive look at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, for high school juniors and seniors. Visiting a college campus is a great way to determine if a college is right for you. Sewanee Fall Preview allows visitors to meet current Sewanee students, professors, and admission staff members, learn about their nationally recognized academic programs, and explore the array of extra-curricular activities on campus. Classroom experiences will be taught by Sewanee faculty in a variety of academic areas including English, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, languages and interdisciplinary studies. The Academic Forum will give you a chance to hear from faculty about a variety of programs available at Sewanee. Panel discussions will include student life, athletics, study abroad, admission and financial aid, and multicultural student life. Other activities will include campus tours (with stops at residence halls and The Fowler Sport and Fitness Center), optional visits to The Tennessee Williams Performing Arts Center and the Equestrian Center, and special presentations by organizations like the Sewanee Outing Program.
You can get full details and register online at Sewanee Fall Preview
Next Date -- November 6
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Lisa Arnold, Natalie May, Elaine York, Julius, Scott Buxton, Alex Parisi, Lori Matteson, Curtis Bagby, Cecil Selby, Lori Gaddy & her family, Ron Davidson, Bob Bibbings, Cynthia Sapero, Elaine Krupp, Velma Kutzbach, Shirley Childs, Karen Ann Mosso, Jean Hampton, Martha Lam, Beth Knight, Jewel Johnson, Al Aigner, Ron Katis, Bud Ewald, Niel Nielson, Margaret Poore, Nell Taylor, Chuck, Matt Heil, Charlie, Scott Dickson, Donald Chapman, Sr., Jeannie Desmarais, Peter Rowland, Jacob Schreiber, Dick Miniat, LeAnn & her daughter
BEFORE SURGERY: Eileen Motter, October 18
Defend all the men and women of our armed forces at home or abroad especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait that they will have a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.
Please pray for the friends of Lucy Hilley whose homes were completely destroyed by Kristina.
THANKSGIVING is offered for the gift of Henry Hanson Gary. Parents are Laura & Bill Gary and grandparents are Dani & Stan Dickson.
A PRAYER FOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY KRISTINA & RITA: God of mercy and compassion, be in our midst and bind us together in your Spirit as a community of love and service to bear one another's burdens in these days as we face the ravages of storm and sea. This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord from whom alone comes our hope. Amen.
A STEWARDSHIP PRAYER: Eternal God, through whom all goodness comes, and by whose grace we are blessed with all that we have; inspire us, we pray, to serve you through our gifts. Loose us from our fears and the bondage that keeps us from doing your will, that in perfecting our mission, we may fulfill your heavenly purposes and live in the joy that you meant for all of us to share.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(10/16/05) -- Jay & Joyce Hendricks, Jerilyn & Carson Gardner; Bruce, Susan, Scott & Tom Heuke; Carolyn Hilley; Debra Stockton Hilley & Ben Hilley; Lucy Hilley
(10/23/05) -- Pete, Terri, Kevin, Scott & Mark Hogan; Ruby Hoofman & Jon Wilson; Toby Hopper; Christina Huey; Joseph, Jiovanne, Leighann & Neal Hughart
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. Cat's Youth --
New! Pilgrimage Reflections --
Now on the Pilgrimage 2005 web page -- individual reflections. Thanks to the authors! Read them now at Pilgrimage Reflections.
WNL Every Wednesday!! See you there!!
Here are some of our topics & movies coming soon --
More Stuff Coming Up...
Get registered for Youth Diocese-wide Events
Check the Diocese Youth webpage for complete details and registration forms for all these events:
October 21 -- print Wheel
November 4 -- eWheel
November 18 -- print Wheel
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