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, GA
November 7 - 20, 2005

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Calendar Highlights

Nov. 6 - All Saints Sunday; Memorial Service; Stephen Minister recognition; Level III Fellowship
Nov. 7 - Men's Book Study
Nov. 9, 16, 30 - WWW & WNL
Nov. 11 - Advent reflections due
Nov. 11-12 - Diocesan Council
Nov. 12-13 - Stewardship Ingathering
Nov. 13 - Operation Christmas Child ingathering; Congregational Nurses
Nov. 17 - Last day of Preschool Auction
Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 25 - Office closed
Nov. 28 - Elizabeth Inn


Clergy Letter
Memorial Service
20 Years Stephen Ministry
Stewardship campaign

Vestry Nominations
Operation Christmas Child
Preschool Auction
Habitat Builders Needed
Gobble Jog
And I want to complain...
Thanksgiving Observance
Flu Shots Available
Congregational Nurses Meeting
Blood Drive
Advent Lessons & Carols
J2A at Elizabeth Inn
Giving Tree
Advent Study & Worship
Budget Requests
Christmas Trees, Secret Santa
Advent/Christmas Reflections
Nursery Update
Hurricane Relief
News from St. Elizabeth's
Talent Show
Diocesan Council
Concert at St. Michaels
Cobb Habitat Meeting
Nativities Exhibit
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Wheel Schedule

Clergy Letter

It Takes a Village

We began a three-week series November 1 at WWW entitled "Parenting by Heart." The world of parenting is, indeed, a wonderful world, but there is not one of us who has done it, is doing it, or will shortly be doing it who hasn't felt overwhelmed at times at the level of responsibility. I suppose we could give a test and add up the scores to see who the best parents are, but the fact is: parenting is hard work! There are, in spite of what many in the world want us to believe, no easy answers, no foolproof methods that will guarantee perfect kids. So often, at least in my experience, parenting is something we often feel unqualified to do and end up making up a lot on the run.

The one thing I know about parenting is that Joan and I didn't do it alone. It was our families of origin and our church family who helped us. In many ways they deserve the credit for the fine young adults Kate and Matt have grown up to be. Indeed, I dare say we couldn't have done it alone and maintained our marriage, our careers, and our emotional and spiritual selves. It took people like Joan's mom, my parents, Miss Kaye, the Malathion sisters (don t even ask), Fr. Davis and Pam, Judy the choir director, certain teachers, the school band director, Diana and Jim, Foof, Chris, and countless others to help us raise our kids.

Many years ago, Hillary Clinton wrote a book that I never read. In it she argued that it takes a village to raise a child. Of course, in our fiercely independent society she was laughed at and made fun of. But in the end she is right. And I was reminded of that when Bishop Mokiwa visited with us a few weeks ago. In the African culture, Clinton's observation would have been old news. The Bishop spoke eloquently of the accountability he and others feel to raise the children of his people and country.

The community of faith is many things and it is hard to say one thing is more important than the next. But right up there is our commitment to be the village and to take seriously our responsibility to one another to help raise our kids. To raise them so that they know God and Jesus, of course, but also to raise them to know us as people whose words and deeds reflect the unconditional love that Jesus taught us. So I hope young and old, empty nesters and those in the thick of it will come to our program to become the village that raises kids we can all be proud of.

Jim +

Fall Memorial Service

Sunday, November 6 at 6 PM

Everyone in the congregation is invited to join us at our Holy Eucharist and Memorial Service in support of those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. A reception follows the ceremony.

Reception help needed

Please contact Shirley Childs as soon as possbile if you can bring finger foods or help with setup and clean up.

Twenty Years of Stephen Ministry at St. Catherine's

Stephen Ministry Celebration on November 6

Twenty years ago, Father David Wayland, Gene Wood and I were trained by the Stephen Ministry program in St. Louis to be Stephen Leaders. Upon returning to St. Catherine's, our charter was to train lay members to be Stephen Ministers. Our initial class had thirteen trainees. Liz was trained to be a Leader the second year of the program. Since then many, many lay persons have been commissioned as Stephen Ministers and 16 people have gone through the Leadership Training.

Stephen Ministers are trained to offer one-on-one Christian lay pastoral care to parishioners and people in the larger community. They give the gift of presence to those experiencing difficulties in their lives. These caring relationships are initiated with the help and the blessing of our clergy.

Although Liz and I have retired as Stephen Leaders, the skills that we learned as Stephen Ministers have stayed with us; indeed, they have been life changing for both of us. The training encompasses listening skills, how to live assertively rather than aggressively or passively, and how to be a compassionate caregiver while maintaining a sense of objectivity. All of this is in the context of a relationship with Jesus Christ in the middle. The training has helped me in my role at St. Catherine's as a mentor to young people.

Stephen Ministry has been an important part of my spiritual journey. We pray that Jesus will be with us, in each meeting we have with our Care Receiver. We know that are not alone as we care for others. Seeing how Jesus Christ is working in the lives of the Care Receivers and Stephen Ministers has nurtured my relationship with Christ.

St. Catherine's is noted for its hospitality and compassion. I think that this is due in part to our parishioners who have been trained as Stephen Ministers and all those who have received the care and love of a Stephen Minister. They want to share their experience and care for others.

Do you feel the urge to learn how to offer lay pastoral care? Do you want to give the gift of presence to someone in need? Do you want to learn life skills that can improve all of your relationships? Or do you wish to receive the care and love from a Stephen Minister? If so, please contact our clergy.

In Christ’s love,

John Rea

Fall Stewardship Program: Perfecting Our Faith Through Giving

Ingathering Weekend is November 12-13

"Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation bangs on your door forever."

November 12-13 is Ingathering, the time to bring your pledge cards if you haven’t already done so. There is much wisdom in this year’s Stewardship theme, "Perfecting Our Faith Through Giving." You are asked to prayerfully consider the offering of your time, your talent, and your monetary treasure and bring your pledge to the service you attend.

Our Cottage Meetings continue through November 10. 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, or Tom Hunter, You will find a schedule of the meetings at Cottage Meetings.

Vestry Nominations Due November 13

The Top Ten Unmentioned Treasures of the Vestry

10. You get to go away with other adults for a weekend without the family to a very beautiful place. And you are fed very well.

9. You will make long-lasting friendships with other that you may otherwise never have really gotten to know.

8. You learn how to read graphs and spreadsheets, and use words like "fiduciary!"

7. You learn how to make a budget and stick to it.

6. You are in a place where you are encouraged to share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions.

5. You learn tasks that may be different than you have ever done before.

4. You learn to be tolerant and accepting of opinions and ideas that you may not share.

3. You learn that your ideas and opinions may change as you listen to others.

2. You have the opportunity to work with two fine individuals who have given their Life to God and those of us who share their love.

And No. 1...

The One who you are truly serving will bless you immensely.

Are you interested in serving as a member of the Vestry? Do you know someone who you think would be a good Vestry member? You can nominate yourself or someone else. Eligible Vestry members are any confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish who is not less than 18 years old, a regular attendant at services in the year preceding election and known by the Treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election. Vestry members make a commitment to attend vestry meetings and retreats (winter retreat is February 3-5, 2006). A list of eligible members of St. Catherine's is available at church. Contact Barbara Perry, Senior Warden at 770-565-3514 or any Vestry member if you have any questions or nominations. A meeting for all candidates will be held on November 23 at 10:15 AM.

Candidates will be announced December 2 and elections will be at all services Dec. 10-11. If you cannot be at church to vote on these dates, absentee ballots will be available starting Monday, December 5 at the church office or they can be sent via email. The deadline for submitting absentee ballots is Friday, December 9 at 5 PM.

Serving on the Vestry can be a spiritually rewarding experience, please consider if it's for you!

Operation Christmas Child

Your filled shoeboxes due at church by Sunday, November 13

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. This program of Samaritan's Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas -- Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift.

This is a great opportunity for families and everyone to pack one or more shoe boxes with Christmas gifts to be distributed to needy children worldwide. Please pick up complete packing instructions/labels and prayer cards on the Outreach Table in the lobby. If you have questions please contact Jennifer Gale, 770.573.0205 or

Preschool Silent Auction

Open Sunday, Nov. 13
and during preschool hours Nov. 3-17

The preschool is sponsoring a silent auction to raise funds to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. The event kicked off on November 3rd during preschool hours, and will conclude at noon on November 17. Your support is greatly appreciated! Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success.

Tthe auction will be open on after services on November 13 for your bids! Please contact Karolyn Olliffe at 770-645-8164 with questions. Thanks for your support!

We Need You for the Habitat Build!

We're a bit behind schedule, we need many more builders for our Habitat House! Everyone age 16 and older is invited to participate, friends too! Volunteers are needed each Saturday, rain or shine, through Dec. 10 (except Thanksgiving weekend). 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.

Third Annual Gobble Jog

Preregister by Nov. 21

A MUST Run for Thanksgiving! Please join the St. Catherine's team at the Marietta Square 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 5 and under. All participants receive a long sleeved shirt. There will be plenty of food, fluids, entertainment and awards for all. The race is open to everyone--runners, walkers, children and adults. $15 by Nov. 21, $20 after Nov. 21 and on race day. Get complete details and register online at Contact Carol Eskew for information about St. Catherine's team for this event.

WWW every Wednesday

Our November adult program is "The Perils of Parenting", and we especially encourage parents of ALL AGE children (infants to young children, to adolescents and to adult children!) to attend. We'll discuss topics such as attention, respect, responsibility, monitoring, and siblings. Please join us each night so that we might all benefit from the collective wisdom of the community. Each week we'll discuss a different topic, we'll have materials to hand out, and there will be expert discussion starters to help us get an overview of the topic at hand. But we'll always turn to the experience of our in-house experts to listen and discuss those things that work and those that don t work for you and your family.

The following are the thoughts of one of the participants in our Wednesday evening series on parenting, Parenting by Heart:

The more I thought about this and talked to my sister, the more I realized that for me the God-line in the program was more than just the unconditional love of God although that, of course, was very obvious. The saying "and a little child shall lead them" kept coming to mind as I drove home; I kept thinking of the mother speaking of forgiveness. I think we all feel guilty over things we have done that we ought not to have done and things we have said that we ought not to have said (to paraphrase a bit). The mother speaking of the ability of her children to recognize a mean-spirited action or phrase. to forgive her for that action/word, and to really forget that it happened was really meaningful to me. The mom walked around, sometimes for days, feeling guilty for what had occurred and she had already been forgiven by her kidlings. The gift God has given us, through Christ's death, of forgiveness for our sins is so very important to me. I believe that I am loved (unconditionally) despite of what I have done or said and that if I am bold enough to ask for forgiveness, it is freely given...the slate of my life is made clean. This is so important to my belief and spirituality...and was an important message. Just wanted to share this with you so I don't come popping into your office tomorrow to tell you of this epiphany. I am grateful to the group for the free discussion that allowed me to make connections through the program.

The series continues next week with "The Key to Discipline." Won't you join us? Call the office (770.971.2839) for dinner reservations by Monday afternoon, November 7.

WWW during Advent

In Advent WWW turns to all-age activities with Advent craft or Advent custom that will engage every member of the family:

  • November 30 -- We will learn about the tradition of Advent wreaths and each family will make a wreath to take home. All materials will be provided including meditations for each night of Advent.
  • December 7 -- We will work together to make new Chrismon ornaments to help decorate our Sanctuary this Christmas.
  • December 14 -- A fun and meaningful experience for everyone as we celebrate the Mexican custom of Las Posadas, a remembrance of the pilgrimage Mary and Joseph made as they traveled to Bethlehem. Be sure to mark your calendar for this very special evening!

What's on the menu??

Enjoy these meals by our new chefs in the weeks coming up! Please remember to make your dinner reservation by Monday each week by checking your bulletin or contacting the church office.

NOV. 9: Ami's Famous Homemade Chicken Pot Pie, Banana Pudding; Salad Bar
Kids option: Chicken Nuggets, Veggie Dippers, Applesauce or PB&J Bar

NOV. 16: Thanksgiving Feast with Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Soufflé, Green Beans, Cranberry & Orange Salad, Rolls, Buttermilk Pie (No Salad Bar)
Kid's option of PB&J bar only.

NOV. 23: No WWW this week, Happy Thanksgiving!

NOV. 30: Baked Chicken Tarragon, Rice, Chocolate Cake, Salad Bar
Kids Option: Chicken Nuggets and Chips or PB & J Bar

At the Clergy Cookoff

On October 16 at St. James' -- a great time and a great benefit for The Extension! Fr. Jim and Sherry sponsor St. Catherine's appetizer, Cowboy Caviar.

And I want to complain about...

A reflection on Bishop Mokiwa's visit

Imagine you're at work early one morning, and while your wife is giving birth to your second child she and the child die during delivery. You're not contacted with the tragic news until later that morning. After this initial shock it dawns on you, without help from any other family members, you're now solely responsible for the care and well being of your three year old, blind, crippled and totally handicapped son. From this point on you must take your son to work with you every day; feed him, cloth him, bathe him, and care for his many disabilities. In the meantime, you're working for a non-profit organization that does not offer a pension, or pay you enough to build a home to retire to, even after twenty years of hard work.

Would you say this is a test of your Faith?

Jennifer, Sara-Alison and I have been extremely fortunate to have recently spent five fulfulling days hosting one of the most amazing, peaceful, loving, caring, giving, selfless, God trusting men we have ever met. The Bishop Valentine Mokawa, from Tanzania, Africa has truly touched our souls and we'll remember his visit for years to come. Bishop Valentine is a man whose own father (also a priest) did NOT want his son to become a priest. He knew the pay was low, the hours were long, there would be no 401(k) for retirement, and nothing tangible to show for his years of hard work, caring, and selflessness. Bishop Valentine has left us with a new outlook on life! He lives in a place where it takes 6000 cinder blocks to build a very small house; where each family not only has to do the building themselves, but must make their own cinder blocks ! He's 41 years old, has been working on his house for some years, and still has 5550 cinder blocks to go!

In his village he has started a school to better educate the children; to give them hope and to teach them to make a greater contribution to their society. It cost $350 a year tuition for one student to attend year-round classes. The school can only accommodate 100 students, with many waiting for the opportunity to attend, although most can not afford it.

Will I ever get upset because I've once again gotten in the slow line at the grocery store, or traffic isn't moving as fast as I think it should, or I have an ache in this or that muscle? If I begin to think of such small annoyances I'll stop to consider how Bishop Valentine and "his children" are living and get the reality check I so desperately need. I'll always remember this very special person, who accidentally came into our lives, who has endured so much in such a short time, and still lives to serve his Lord in any way he can.

Kevin and Robin Keith, and St. Catherine's have given us a gift we are so thankful for. My wish for St. Catherine's is that Bishop Valentine will return to share his stories and experiences. to touch others' souls and to give others the opportunity to share Christ with this wonderful man.

Frederick A. Massey, Sr.

Bishop Mokiwa introduces his home in Tanzania to St. Cat's preschool children


At the Cathedral: Bishop Mokiwa, Debbie Shew (Canon for Community Ministries) and Fr. Jim
Fr. Jim, the Bishop and the Rev. Thee Smith, Priest Associate at the Cathedral of St. Phillip

Thanksgiving Day Service

Please join us for Holy Eucharist and Worship at 10:30 AM on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24.

Please note the Church Office will be closed on November 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. A blessed and happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Flu shots still available

Our Congregational Nurses still have some flu shots available this Sunday, Nov. 6, and perhaps later into November, during the Church School hour. The cost is $20 and Medicare is accepted. (If cost is problem, our nurses may be able to help with a grant from Wellstar.) The shots will be given in the workroom (copier room) in the administration wing. If you have questions please contact Dani Dickson or any of our nurses.

Congregational Nurse Meeting

November 29 at 7 PM

There will be a meeting for Congregational Nurses on Tuesday, November 29, at 7 PM at church. Anyone interested in this ministry is welcome to attend. If you have questions, please contact Dani Dickson.

Blood Drive Success

Once again St. Catherine's family "rolled up their sleeves" and gave the greatest gift of all -- their blood. On October 24 over forty people stopped by the parish hall and the Red Cross was able to "suck out" thirty-two pints of blood (goal was thirty-three). These thirty-two pints will help save ninety-six lives. Now that's something any Dracula would be happy about. One very luck donor, Shelia Crowe, was also the recipient of dinner for four at Bishop Valentine Mokiwa's favorite restaurant (Williamson Brothers). Come give at our next blood drive in the spring, and you might be the one to also Receive!

PS. One Red Cross worker happened to mention she was looking for a new church and was promptly told her search was over! So, if you see Margie with her very red hair please welcome her to her new "family."


Advent Festival of Lessons and Music Returns to St. Catherine's

Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 PM

The choirs of St. Catherine's, along with some special musicians, will present a service of Advent Festival of Lessons and Music on Sunday afternoon, December 11, at 5:30 PM. We hope you will make a point of saving this time and inviting your friends and family to be a part of this wonderful evening. This traditional service of Advent is a time for the community to gather in anticipation of Christ's birth and to hear the story of salvation told in the words of Scripture and haunting melodies of song.

This tradition first began at King's College at Cambridge University in England. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918. It was planned by Eric Milner-White, who at the age of thirty-four had just been appointed Dean of Kings after experience as an army chaplain which had convinced him that the Church of England needed more imaginative worship.

The original service was, in fact, adapted from an Order drawn up by E.W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for use in the wooden shed, which then served as his cathedral in Truro, at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1880. A.C. Benson recalled: "My father arranged from ancient sources a little service for Christmas Eve -- nine carols and nine tiny lessons, which were read by various officers of the Church, beginning with a chorister, and ending, through the different grades, with the Bishop." The suggestion had come from G.H.S. Walpole, later Bishop of Edinburgh.

Almost immediately other churches adapted the service for their own use. A wider frame began to grow when the service was first broadcast in 1928 and, with the exception of 1930, it has been broadcast annually, even during the Second World War, when the ancient glass (and also all heat) had been removed from the Chapel and the name of King's could not be broadcast for security reasons. Sometime in the early 1930s the BBC began broadcasting the service on overseas programs. It is estimated that there are millions of listeners worldwide.

In these and other ways the service has become public property. From time to time the College receives copies of services held, for example, in the West Indies or the Far East and these show how widely the tradition has spread. The broadcasts, too, have become part of Christmas for many far from Cambridge. One correspondent writes that he heard the service in a tent on the foothills of Everest; another, in the desert. Many listen at home, busy about their own preparations for Christmas. Visitors from all over the world are heard to identify the Chapel as "the place where the Carols are sung."

Wherever the service is heard and however it is adapted, whether the music is provided by choir or congregation, the pattern and strength of the service, as Dean Milner-White pointed out, derive from the lessons and not the music. 'The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God ... 'seen' through the windows and words of the Bible." Local interests appear, as they do here, in the bidding prayer, and personal circumstances give point to different parts of the service. Many of those who took part in the first service must have recalled those killed in the Great War when it came to the famous passage "..all those who rejoice with us but on another shore and in a greater light." The center of the service is still found by those who "go in heart and mind" and who consent to follow where the story leads.

J2A Serves at Elizabeth Inn

The J2A youth group helped serve dinner on October 28 at the Elizabeth Inn. They gave up football, movies and doing "fun" things with their friends to step out of their safe zone and experience people that really need their support. They grilled some awesome hotdogs and hamburgers, cooked some delicious parsley, cheese new potatoes, had the guests sit to be served rather then go through a line and topped off the evening with cake and fruit. Many of our youth were unsure what to expect but came away with a new understanding of how blessed their lives truly are and an understanding of how serving others can be so rewarding. It was a pleasure having them help and their enthusiasm is very contagious!

Giving Tree begins November 26

Our Giving Tree will be up and decorated on November 26 with ornaments for your selection supporting The Prison Ministry and Emmaus House in downtown Atlanta. Each ornament will have complete instructions on the back as how to participate. This year St. Catherine's has committed to supplying 100 gifts for youth ages 13-16. Emmaus House is also accepting donations of Christmas Paper and Christmas Bags for the collected gifts.

The deadline for gifts to be returned is December 13. They should be unwrapped, with gift tag attached, and placed under or near the Giving Tree in the church lobby.

Each year Emmaus House hosts a Christmas Party on Christmas Eve for about 600 youth living in the community. This has been a tradition for over 20 years and St. Catherine's has supported this ministry for the past five years. This is a fun activity for kids of all ages! Select an ornament and make a difference in a young person's life. Questions, please contact Paige Schlenker at 770-993-4507 or

Advent Eucharist and Study

Tuesday Mornings at 7:00 AM beginning November 29

Our tradition during Advent is to celebrate an early morning Eucharist and Bible Study on Tuesday mornings. This year we will gather on November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 at 7:00 AM each morning in the tradition of the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers. This time is designed to fit within an hour so that promptly at 8:00 AM you can be off to work, school, or your day's plans.

This year our study will use Between Two Worlds: Daily Readings for Advent written by an Episcopal priest and mother of two, Kate Moorhead. In describing the book, Moorhead's publisher writes:

Advent -- the season in which we prepare for the coming of the Savior -- provokes a certain ambivalence among modern believers. We know that Christ has come in the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth, and we live anticipating his return, knowing that our true home is one which he has gone ahead to prepare for us. In the meantime, we are left living between those two worlds.

Moorehead uses the witness of the scriptures, her wealth of experience in long years of ministry, and the wisdom of her own life of prayer to guide us in praying the ambiguity of living faithfully between "here and now" and "there and then."

Barbara C. Harris, Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts (Ret.) in her review of the book says:

In the midst of the frenetic, non-stop pace of our modern lives, Morehead's Advent meditations offer an opportunity to slow our step and thoughtfully ponder our daily walk with God during this season of waiting and preparation for the yearly observance of the Incarnation, the coming of Christ. These brief reflections on the human response to God's great gifts and what the author calls "the greatest act of God's love" are well worth our time and our measured attention as we heed the Psalmist's words to "wait on the Lord and be of good courage..."

It is not necessary to purchase the book to participate in the study, but if you should want a copy to use for the entire season of Advent you can order it directly through the Cowley Publications at Between Two Worlds. The cost of the book is $9.95 plus shipping. Amazon and Borders may have some copies, but their most recent stock was slim.

Budget process begins

2006 Budget requests due November 20

Budget request forms were distributed for all budget items at the November Ministry Teams meeting. All Ministry Teams and committees should return their 2006 budget requests to the church office no later than November 20.

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Christmas Tree orders begin this Sunday

Be on the lookout for a conveniently-placed table on Sunday mornings! Our youth would love to be your holiday evergreen supplier. They'll fetch the trees, drive them to the church, and even trim the bottom and tie them to your car. It's a St. Catherine's tradition!

Secret Santa Shop -- Saturday, December 3

On December 3, 9 AM to noon, our youth will host an opportunity for your little ones to buy Christmas gifts for family members. They'll help your children choose just the right gifts for a very small charge and wrap it to keep it very secret! Mark your calendar now!

Advent and Christmas Reflections Coming

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have responded to contribute a reflection to our annual booklet! (Please remember to return your reflection to Karen Manno, by Friday, November 11.) The booklet will be ready for you to pick up at church by the first Sunday of Advent. And, you'll be able to read the Reflection of the Day on our website throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Nursery Staffing Update

By Nursery Coordinator Susan Roberts

Beginning in November, I will be not in the Nursery on the 4th Sunday of each month. I have put together a schedule of the parent volunteers to assist Marilyn Whitlow on these Sundays. This schedule will be given to the parent volunteers along with a list of other parents who have indicated they are willing to assist also.

If you would like to volunteer to help periodically in the nursery please contact me and I will be happy to answer questions.

Hurricane relief efforts continue

We are examining opportunities for relationships and assistance trips to the areas affected by hurricanes. If you are interested in participating with such efforts, please note it in the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or by contact Nadine Pope at

Many thanks to everyone who has participated in our continuing hurricane relief efforts. 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. We are collecting food and other items every week on the following schedule:

  • 1st Sundays (Nov. 7, Dec. 5): Non-perishable food items
  • 2nd Sundays (Nov. 13, Dec 11): Baby supplies
  • 3rd Sunday (Nov. 20, Dec. 18): Toiletries
  • 4th & 5th Sundays (Nov. 27, Dec. 25) Linens & pillows, new and gently used.

News from St. Elizabeth's

Our Companion Parish in Whiterocks, Utah

  • Paths Crossing

St. Elizabeth's has accepted the invitiation to host the National Church Conference Paths Crossing next year. The conference will begin with registration and supper Thursday, April 20, and continue until Sunday, April 23rd concluding with lunch. Our Theme is: To Dance with the Bear! Stay tuned for more details.

  • Be Still!

Five youth from St. Elizabeth's attended the fall Jr. & Sr. High retreat at Camp Tuttle. Attending were Jerome Beston, Brandon Cuch, Ashley and Charlie Denny and Willy Ridley. They reported having a good time sharing a variety of activities, from hiking, learning yoga to making friendship pillow cases. They are looking forward to the Winter Retreat.

  • The Mescalero Project

The Mescalero Project is the first novel authored by Doug Buchs, high school classmate of [Rev.] Sue's. Actually, they have known each other since elementary school in Darien, CT. The story has a unique premise and lends itself to revealing the Gospel message in a special way. Two hundred prisoners sentenced to life, all living together! Doug is on a book tour of the USA and has arranged to visit us in Whiterocks, on Sunday, October 23. Doug will answer questions and autograph books.

  • Broken Walls Concert, October 14 at West Jr. High

This group is led by Jonathan Maracle, a Mohawk from Canada. Maracle sings for Jesus today after a spiritual awakening from a life of alcohol and drug addiction. He almost ruined his voice in the 1980's by screaming his lyrics while high on cocaine. His music doesn't fit the typical contemporary Christian mold. He uses Native drums, flutes and rattles as well as guitars, and his colorful beads, feathers and fringed shirts complement his Mohawk hairstyle. Some of his songs are in Native languages. What makes Maracle's music so unique is that he is not afraid to blend the gospel with the rich cultural heritage of Native life...

Noochu (the people) of St. Elizabeth's welcome you to Worship, share Hospitality and grow in God's love to better serve the Church and Community.

These articles are taken from the October issue of Apahgteeket WHsee-ev "Prayer Feathers," the newsletter of St. Elizabeth's. Copies are available at church.

Talent Show returns

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. Preparations are now underway. If you're interested in helping please contact Connie Bergeron or Jim Greene.

Diocesan Council

From the Diocesan weekly e-news, "Connecting" --

As most of you know by now, our Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at Holy Innocents' Church, Atlanta. We look forward to seeing lay delegates representing our near-100 parishes and missions along with all the clergy. As we prayerfully enter into our discussions and deliberations, we will be practicing Church democracy at its best. Canon 20 will be a major focus. With changes in this canon, we plan to do a better job of supporting the diocesan offices and the mission of those offices-- which is to serve the parishes and missions as we connect, grow and transform and bring our church closer to the people of this region. We also will hear a report on the Digital Diocesan Community, a project that aims to bring our presence on the World Wide Web and the rest of our communications into the twenty-first century. Again, the objective is to connect, grow and transform. We look forward to the gathering at Holy Innocents' and know that Christ will be with us as we continue building a solid foundation for the future.

Mission Prayer: Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

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In The Community

Jazz Concert at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church November 5 & 6

Saturday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. and at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, November 6. With Deanna Witkowski, Jazz Artist The concert is free and the public is invited! For directions to the church see St. Michaels website or call 770-469-8551, ext 1#. Ms.Witowski is currently serving as music director of Church of the Redeemer, a bilingual (Spanish/English) church in Astoria, Queens. She is a featured presenter at the 2006 Calvin College Worship Symposium, and has recently had some of her congregational music published in the jazz hymnal, Resources for Jazz Worship, and in a Presbyterian Church USA children's curriculum, We Believe.


Apply to be a Cobb Habitat Homeowner -- Saturday, November 12

Cobb County Habitat for Humanity is having an open applicant meeting for anyone interested in applying to become a homeowner with Cobb Habitat. Cobb County Habitat for Humanity serves families who have lived OR worked in Cobb County for at least the last six months and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Anyone who meets this criteria is welcome to come and learn more about HfH and apply for a home. All you need to bring to the meeting is a pen to take notes.

The meeting starts promptly at 10:00 AM at Milford Church of God, 3950 Hicks Road, Austell, GA 30106 (at the corner of Hicks Road and the East-West Connector). For questions, call Cobb County Habitat at (770) 432-7954, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the meeting. This is the ONLY time anyone will be able to receive an application with Habitat.


Church of The Epiphany's Annual Nativities Exhibit

For the tenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 200 nativity scenes from around the world from Monday, November 28, through Sunday, December 4. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. In the church nave, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. The remaining birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall, where a catered lunch (weekdays only, by reservation), light refreshments, baked goods, crafts and gifts can be purchased. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For a brochure or more information call 404.373.8338 or send an e-mail to

Schedule: Monday - Thursday, November 28-December 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 7 - 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, 2 - 4 p.m.

Holy Baptism

  • All Saints Sunday -- Nov. 6, 2005
  • Baptism of our Lord -- January 8, 2006
  • Easter Vigil -- April 15, 2006
  • Pentecost -- June 4, 2006
  • All Saints Sunday -- Nov. 5, 2006

We will add a later summer baptismal date based on need and schedule. 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, Lori Matteson, Curtis Bagby, Cecil Selby, Ron Davidson, Bob Bibbings, Shirley Childs, Karen Ann Mosso, Jean Hampton, Martha Lam, Al Aigner, Ron Katis, Niel Nielson, Chuck, Jacob Schreiber, LeeAnn & her baby, Peter Rowland, Scott Dickson, Charlie, Donald Chapman, Sr., Roger Motter, Sharon Neukam, Julie Brannock, Tom Bryan, Sally Granade, Winnie Spratlin, Diane Glynn, Eileen Motter, Steve Hadley & family, Will Gamble, Linda Smith, Austin Brunhoeber, Linda Burke, Mike Baumann, Stacy McEllen, Ann Bailey, Joe Glidden, Sally Powers, Jeanne Tweeten, Betty Boyce, Ray Brooks, Jane Scott, I.D. Jones, Sandy Asay

BEFORE SURGERY: Gail McGill, 11/7/05

DECEASED: Sallie Hicks, Sallie Sompayrac's mother; James Bailey, father of Susan Roberts' friend; Jim Vaughn, Ginny Acocella's friend

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.

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.


(11/13/05) --Kevin, Robin, Nathan & Kelley Keith; Tim, Catherine & Caroline Kenney; Kevin, Kristina, Michael & Justin Kerr; Chris, Rebecca, Trevor &Robin Kiefer, Justin Baker; Cary Kilgore

(11/20/05) -- Ellis, Claudia, Catie & Kelley Kilgore; Vonda & Elijah Klein; Steve, Missy, Jennifer & Will Korwan; Hans, Karen, Josh & Monica Kraeger; Richard, Michelle & Jordan LaGarde


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, 11/7 Monday, 11/14
Sherry's Day Off
Men's Book Group
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Sherry's Day Off
Girl Scouts
Finance Meeting
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 11/8 Tuesday, 11/15


School Holiday
Staff Meeting
Cub Scouts
Mothers & More
Cottage Mtg @ Jones'
Staff Meeting
Clericus Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 11/9 Wednesday, 11/16

7:45 PM

Youth Choir
A.A. New Beginnings
Programs & WNL
Adult Choir

7:45 PM

Youth Choir
A.A. New Beginnings
Programs & WNL
Adult Choir

Thursday, 11/10 Thursday, 11/17
Crucial Conversations
Cottage Mtg @ Perry's
Daisy Troop
Women's Bible Study
Mentor 's Meeting
Friday, 11/11 Friday, 11/18

Jim's Day Off
Diocesan Council
   @ Holy Innocents

Advent Reflections due

Jim's Day Off
Happening Weekend

Saturday, 11/12 Saturday, 11/19
Stewardship Ingathering
Men's Bible Study
Century 2000
Holy Eucharist


Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist

Sunday, 11/13 Sunday, 11/20


Stewardship Ingathering
Op. Chrst. Child Ingath.

Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Daisy Troop Ceremony
Rite 13 Labyrinth


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministers (Supv.)


St. Cat's Youth --
What we're about: Learning to know God and to live like Jesus.

Get registered for Youth Diocese-wide Events

Check the Diocese Youth webpage for complete details and registration forms for all these events:

  • JR. DYC -- Registration deadline is November 8
    Camp Mikell, December 2-4.

  • SR. DYC -- Registration deadline is December 15.
    Camp Mikell, January 6-8.


Youth Readers needed

If you're 12-17 years old and would like to be part of a rewarding ministry, contact Brian West with your interest in becoming a Youth Reader. You should be somewhat comfortable with reading out loud and willing to serve at the 8:45 service once every 4-6 weeks; we'll teach you to do the rest!


WNL Every Wednesday!! See you there!!

Here are some of our topics & movies coming soon --

  • “Would you break the law for someone you love?” -- The Iron Giant
  • “Do you find it hard to speak the truth?” -- The Messenger
  • “What do you feel most passionate about?” -- Holy Man


More Stuff Coming Up...

  • YA trip to Amicolola Falls -- Saturday, Nov. 5
  • Level III Atrium Fellowship -- Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 PM.
  • Christmas tree sales start this weekend
  • Secret Santa fundraisers -- Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 AM to noon



  • Check the schedule -- It's changed recently, and may change again!
  • Sign up early for things -- transportation space is limited!

Wheel Schedule:

Publication schedule:

  • November 18 -- print Wheel
  • December 2 -- print Wheel (2 print Wheels in December)
  • December 16 -- print Wheel

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Email: karen
Phone: 770-973-8668