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
November 10-23, 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Stewardship
Photo exhibit
Flu shots
Vestry nominations
Habitat dedication
Blood drive
Preschool auction
Op. Christmas Child
Christmas trees/wreaths
First Emperor exhibit
Cats On Wheels
Newcomer coffee
Women's retreat
Be a mentor
Intinction
Rebuilding New Orleans
Christmas cards/ornaments
Secret Santa
St. Cat's Carolers
All Saints photos
Ecuador mission
Flowers & candles
Thanksgiving schedule
In Advent
Gobble Jog
Adopt kneeler
WNL
Men's Retreat photos
Trinity conference
Ministry focus
Nurses Corner
Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
Wheel Schedule

Calendar Highlights

11/9, 16 – Flu shots

11/10 – Blood drive

11/10-14 – Preschool auction

11/12, 19, 26 – WNL

11/14-15 – Diocesan Council

11/15 – Cats On Wheels lunch

11/16 – Op. Christmas Child ingathering; Newcomer coffee

11/21-23 – Happening @ Camp Mikel

11/23 – Advent wreath making

11/25 – Thanksgiving Eucharist, dessert reception

11/27 – Gobble Jog; Thanksgiving Day

11/28 – Office closed

11/30 – First Sunday in Advent

When to call a priest…

  • When someone in your family dies. Call immediately. We want to be involved as your loved one approaches death. We don't mind you waking us up, and we want to be on hand and available to you in the midst of your grief, not just after the fact.
  • When someone in your family is critically ill. Call immediately. We will do our best to see them in the hospital as soon as possible.
  • When someone in your family is going to have surgery. Call in advance. Let us know time and place. In this age of outpatient surgery centers, the more detail you can give us the better. We are happy to bring communion to the hospital or to have healing prayers with those awaiting surgery.
  • When you or someone in your family is having a crisis of faith. Call to make an appointment to come and sit down for a conversation. You really are our top priority and we will see you just as soon as possible.
  • When someone in your family is planning a wedding. Call to make an appointment to come in and meet the priest who will perform the service.
  • When someone in your family loses a job, or loses a friend to death, or is suffering from chemical dependency or depression.
  • When a child is born, it's great to get a call even before the birth. We'd like the opportunity to make a visit to bless both parents and child.
  • When something wonderful is happening in your life. We know it is important to share your saddest times, but we want to be with you in the best times of your life, too.

How to call us...

Your priests are in the office from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm five days a week. (Jim's day off is Friday; Susan's day off is Monday). After hours, our individual cell phones are connected to the church phone system. If you do not have our cell phone numbers simply call the church (770.971.2839) – you can reach us no matter the time of day. Once you've called the church you can reach Jim at extension 202 and Susan at extension 203. Record a message for us, then follow the instructions to mark your message urgent (press #32 at the end of the message) and the system calls our cell phones.

Fr. Jim+



Stewardship Ingathering continues

Our Stewardship 2009 ingathering continues in the coming weeks. We ask two things of every household in this community of faith: please complete your pledge for 2008 if you have made one and please consider making a pledge for 2009 – even if you've not done so in the past.

Why stewardship? Clearly, the world's economy is stark. All of us recognize that we come to this stewardship season in challenging economic times. While we talk about the abundance of God's blessings at St. Catherine's, the economic numbers paint a picture quite the opposite of abundance. Families are worried about jobs, gas prices take a more substantial portion of our income and prices overall seem only headed up. Listening to the 24 hour news cycle quickly challenges any sense of abundance we legitimately feel in our spiritual lives and in this community of faith. There is a tension between our sense of abundance and the world's sense of scarcity.

Why stewardship? Yes, we must develop and support an operating budget that is $702,000 in 2008. Yes, we must fund salaries for staff members who work tirelessly, but like many of you are now concerned about the security of their jobs. Yes, we must fund programs that nurture our children's faith, walk with our youth on their journey to adulthood, spiritually feed our adults as they face the many challenges of today's world, and reach into that world to build shelter, feed the hungry, and educate. Yes, as Juan Sandoval reminded us last weekend, we must be good stewards of the facilities God has given us by heating and cooling them, providing lights, and repairing them when they are broken. All of these are good enough answers for "Why Stewardship" but not THE answer.

Why Stewardship? THE answer is we "do" stewardship because God first loved us and our stewardship is our response to that love. Yes, giving our time, talent, and treasure to the Church and to other worthy organizations is a manifestation of our love for God and a desire to say thank you to God. As we become more and more aware of God's blessings our response is thanks giving. Stewardship is that journey of becoming more and more aware of God's abundant blessings in our life.

We ask your prayers and support in the coming weeks. We've got our work cut out for us. Here's where we stand after Ingathering Sunday,
On the income side of the budget, we have received (as of November 2) 132 pledges for $507,074. We still have 67 households who pledged $126,896 in 2008 who have yet to pledge for 2009. Of course, the Ingathering is not over, but you can see we are off to a slower start than in the past few years. Your vestry has prepared a vision for our life together that is located in the stewardship section of our website (www.stcatherines.org) under Vision & Needs for 2009. As you know, your Vestry is committed to budgeting only after every one of us has made our commitment for 2009. We encourage you to visit the website and from there make your pledge of treasure and time and talent).

We trust God to be faithful and we know and trust that God will journey with us through the challenges that will face us as we prepare a budget for 2009. We want to say thank you for your commitment to St. Catherine's. May you and your family know the light of Christ's love and peace as we continue to live in a world of turmoil.

If you have not yet returned your Time & Talent pledge OR Treasure pledge, visit the Stewardship web page on our website (OR pick up printed copies from church):

  1. Complete the Time and Talent Pledge Card on this web page (Password is stcats2008)
  2. View and print the 2009 Giving Card - Treasure. Fill it out and return to the church.


Israel Photographic Exhibition

Special Reception on Saturday, Nov. 8

St. Catherine’s will host an exhibit November 5-9 by Israeli photographer Shai Ginott entitled "From the Beginning." The show will be housed in our sanctuary and open to the parish and the public through the week. As a special part of this exhibition, we will host a community-wide reception on Saturday, November 8, 7-9 pm, to celebrate and share it with faith communities throughout East Cobb. Deputy Consul Sharan Kabalo of the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta will be our special guest speaker. Please make plans to join us and invite friends and family.

More open viewing times:

  • Fri., Nov. 7 -- 9:00 am - 5:00 pm -Open, with worship opportunities
  • Sat., Nov. 8 -- 9:00 - 11:00 am - Open
  • Sun., Nov. 9 -- Worship at 7:30 am, 8:45 am, 11:15 am
    2:00 - 4:00 pm - Open
    5:00 - 7:00 pm -Youth “Eat, Work, Play” program


Flu Shots at church

Sundays, Nov. 9 and 16, 8 AM to 1PM

Plan on protecting yourself this winter by getting your flu shot at church. 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). Look for us at our station by the lower level elevator. You will be asked to remain for 15 minutes after the shot to ensure your safety. The shots will be administered by Registered Nurses from WellStar Corporate & Community Health. Blood pressure screenings will also be available on the 9th.


Vestry Nominations due this Sunday, Nov. 9

Are you interested in serving as a member of the Vestry? Do you know someone you think would be a good Vestry member? You can nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Vestry candidates must be a member in good standing of the parish. A list of eligible members and nomination forms are available at church. The slate of candidates will be announced at the start of December. Elections will be held at all services on Dec. 14. If you cannot be at church to vote this day, please contact the church office for an absentee ballot (all absentee ballots must be returned by Friday, December 12 at 5 PM).

Serving on the Vestry is a rewarding ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people’s lives. Contact Senior Warden Al Jones or any Vestry member for questions or nominations.


Habitat Home Dedication – Sunday, Nov. 9

The joyous dedication of the new home will be Nov. 9 at 2 PM. Our new homeowner is Jaclyn Brewster, with her 2 year old son, Jalyn. Jaclyn works at the Cobb/Douglas Board of Health on the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program. She joins her mother and sister as Cobb Habitat house owners. Directions to the home site are on our website at Habitat 2008. Please join us in celebration.

Roger Motter and Beth Sandoval with
new homeowner Jaclyn (seated)
Front of the new home nears completion
Al Jones hard at work Tom Snead finishes up the soffit


Blood Drive

Monday, Nov. 10, 2:30-7:30 PM

Give the gift of life! The Red Cross is coming to St. Catherine's to accept all types of blood from people age 16 and older. Signup sheets are available in the. For questions or to volunteer to help contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.

Our next blood drive in the spring will be April 13. We will be trying to expand the number of units we collect and opening the blood drive up to Wheeler, East Cobb Middle, Holt Road Baptist and more. Our new goal will be 100 pints. Please plan your schedule of donations to be able to participate on this date.


Preschool Silent Auction

November 10-14, during preschool hours

It is time for the Preschool Annual Silent Auction! The auction raises funds to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. We will kick off the event on Monday, Nov. 10 during preschool hours and will conclude at noon on Friday, November 14. Your support of donating goods or services and bidding on items is greatly appreciated! Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success.

The auction will be open every day during preschool hours. Please contact Karolyn Olliffe, olliffekarolynwhotmail.com or Beth Thomas, stcats_bethbellsouth.net for donation details, or call 770-971-2839. Thanks for your support!


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


Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale

Orders due by Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1 PM

Fundraiser to benefit the Youth House Furniture Fund! This year the youth are selling Christmas trees and wreaths in the weeks leading up to Advent. The trees and wreaths will be available for pick-up in the lower church parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 6 ,11 AM - 2 PM, and on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1:00 - 2:00PM. Order your trees and wreaths at church on Sundays, or click here to download an order form… print it, fill it out, and return to church with your check. Thank you!


Let’s go to “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Warriors”

Reservations due by December 1! Join us on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 PM, to see this very special exhibit at the High Museum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, $3 additional for the guided audio tour (we must have at least 15 adults to qualify for this group rate). Reserve with your check 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.


Next Cats On Wheels lunch

Saturday, Nov. 15 at Picadilly

Cats On Wheels, our group for active senior adults, meets for lunch the third Saturday of odd-number months. Our next date is on November 15, a Dutch-treat lunch at 11:30 am at Picadilly Cafeteria at 536 Cobb Parkway South (Highway 41, just south of South Loop 120). See you there!

Below -- Fun for everyone on the Cats On Wheel fall trip to the north Georgia mountains and John & Susan Martin's farm on October 25

 


Newcomer Coffee

Sunday, Nov. 16, 10 AM

All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a “get acquainted” coffee in the Parish Hall, during the Church School hour. This will be a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy, staff and lay leaders will be present to answer your questions about our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and “goodies,” and get acquainted with your parish family!


Women's Retreat announced

March 6-8, 2009

Reserve ASAP! The Women's Retreat will be Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, at Amicalola Falls Lodge in North Georgia. It will be a great time to have fun, meet new friends, and renew old friendships in a spiritually fulfilling, beautiful setting. Cost will be approximately $225, double occupancy. Space is limited, reserve your spot soon with a $100 deposit. (Please make checks out to St. Catherine's and write “Women's Retreat” on the memo line.) Check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Ginny Lummus, Susan Johnson, Kathy Holman or Elizabeth Lopez; email gslummusgmail.com.


Be a mentor

The Youth Mentoring Program is looking for candidates for the Mentoring program. If you have an interest in becoming a friend to a young person in a mentor relationship, or if you’d like to know more about how that works, please contact Hale Sanders at 770-565-2719, or via email at halesandersmindspring.com .


About Intinction

Intinction is the practice of dipping the body of Christ into the chalice rather than consuming the wine directly from the chalice. As many of our parishioners find this practice more appealing than drinking from the common cup, and as flu and cold season approaches, we'd like to remind you of a couple of "rules" that make for a pleasant experience of receiving the Eucharist for everyone.

First, if you intinct please remember to place only a small portion of the bread in the wine. If the chalice bearer does not place the chalice low enough please feel free to guide the chalice down to eye level. Crumbs from bread or large pieces breaking off make for an unpleasant experience for those who receive from the cup after you.

Second, if you desire your children to receive by intinction, we encourage you to "practice" with them at home. Most children "love" to play church and this would be a perfect opportunity to show them the proper way to "dip" their body of Christ into his blood – the wine.

Third, nothing, in terms of spread of germs, is accomplished if when you intinct your fingers make contact with the wine. Some studies suggest that holding the bread for a few seconds and then dipping it into the wine whether one's fingers touch the wine or not is actually less healthy than receiving from the common cup. But we respect the individual practices of each household. We simply ask that fingers not touch the wine.


Rebuilding New Orleans

Three of us traveled to New Orleans October 8-12 to help with rebuilding. Our first two days were at a house in the Upper Ninth Ward where we removed siding and replaced it with new plywood sheathing. On this same block, one home was occupied and there were FEMA trailers at two others. Most of the remaining appeared to have been gutted, but not yet rebuilt. This house is owned by Mrs. Williams, a grandmother with three daughters, one son, 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Although the house has no water, sewer or power, Mrs. Williams’ son, Marvin, has been living there, which is termed “squatting” due to the lack of utilities.

The third day we finished dry wall with about ten others from St. George’s, our partner parish, at a home in the Lake View Section of the city owned by a blind couple. Parishioners from St. George’s volunteer to rebuild on the second Saturday of each month.

Aboout this photo - Al Jones (left) and Linda Smith (right) with Bill Hargrave and Ross Koon. Bill is a parishioner at St James, Marietta, who has joined us in this ministry both this October and also last December, and has worked together with us on many Habitat houses sponsored by our two churches. Ross is Construction Manager, a volunteer/employee with the reconstruction effort for the Episcopal Diocese of LA who lead the work we did on the house pictured here.

In the three years since Katrina, much has been accomplished in the New Orleans area. However, much still remains to be done. This need has increased since Hurricanes Gustav and Ike this past summer. Consequently, we have decided to continue this outreach ministry from St Catherine’s. Several trips are planned during the coming year: February 18-24; a trip by the Youth later in the spring; and one or two others scheduled to coincide with volunteers from our partner parishes. Please consider how you might serve either with your time and talent during one of these trips or through a contribution to the Office of Disaster Response, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. For information please contact Al or Sue Jones, 770-565-1013.

By Al Jones


Christmas Cards/Ornaments

The Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team is selling beautiful St. Catherine's Christmas cards and ornaments after the 8:45 and 11:15 services. Cost is $10 for a pack of 20 cards & envelopes and $5.00 each for ornaments. Be sure to get yours before they're gone! All proceeds will be used for supplies for the kitchen and Parish Hall.


Shhh! Santa is coming!

Secret Santa Shop, Craft Show and Breakfast on Saturday, December 13

St. Catherine's Youth will once again sponsor our Secret Santa Shop for children ages 3-11 on Saturday, December 13, 9 am to noon. As children shop & make for gifts for their loved ones, adults will enjoy a nice breakfast and time for holiday shopping at our craft show. Last year this event was attended by approximately 125 adults. Adults generally will have about an hour wait time as their children visit the shop assisted by our St. Catherine's Youth.

Wanted: Vendors, Crafters & Artisans

We are currently accepting vendor reservations, space will be limited. Tables are $50 each. For vendors representing the exact same product line (for example, Creative Memories) we will only accept the first paid reservation. Set up will be on Friday evening, December 12, beginning at 4:30 p.m. For information and sign-up, please contact Lee Ann Sherry at 770-815-5299, leelistingimpression.com.


St. Cat's Carolers for your holiday

Give a gift of music—hire the St. Cat's Carolers! Members of the Adult Choir will come to you to sing Christmas favorites for neighbors & friends or home parties. Limited dates and locations are available, donation begins at $50 depending on event. Proceeds will go toward music for the choir and a fund to maintain our new choir robes (premiering soon). Contact Karen Manno to schedule, email Karen StCatherines.org or phone 770-973-8668.


All Saints Sunday 2009

Aubry Grace and Ryan Samuel sealed as Christ's own forever! See more great pics at Baptisms 11/02/2008.


The Medical Mission Trip to Ecuador

During the week of October 18-25 a team of 14 practitioners, nurses and support staff representing the Diocese of Atlanta went to Mission Buen Pastor in our Companion Diocese of Central Ecuador. Various clinics were set up in all parts of the church. The team provided primary care, well child visits, dermatology care, dental care, glasses and medicines. Overall we saw over 800 individuals from the impoverished community our Episcopal mission church serves. For many this was their first dental visit. The people we served were extremely grateful. They wanted us to express their love to all our Diocese.

On behalf of the mission team we want to thank all of St. Catherine’s for the generous donation of medications and vitamins. We fully met the medication needs of our patients with your gifts, and you help forward the Companion Diocese relationship.

Thank you,
Barbara and Bruce Perry


Flowers and Candles reminder

If you signed up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one in 2008, please remember to send your payment to the church office soon. Your contributions are very important to keep the beautiful flowers and candles we enjoy each week self-supporting. Flowers are $50 per vase and candles are $15.


Thanksgiving Schedule

  • Thanksgiving Eucharist and Dessert Reception on Tuesday evening, November 25, at 7 PM. Bring your family, friends and your favorite pie or other dessert to share!
     
  • No Wednesday Night Live on November 26.
     
  • The church office will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and on Friday, November 28. Have a safe and blessed holiday!


Looking to Advent

  • Advent Wreath Making - November 23

Join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 23 to make Advent Wreaths. Yes, yes, you are right, Advent does not start until Sunday, November 30, but we felt you'd like to have your Advent wreath ready. And besides, November 30 is Thanksgiving weekend and many of our families will be traveling. So on Sunday, November 23 during the church school hour we will make Advent Wreaths in the Parish Hall.

This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. There will be no regular church school classes that day so that we can gather as a community. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative wreath. Young and old alike are invited to join together in the Parish Hall for this wonderful event.

  • Advent Lessons and Carols on December 7

We will celebrate Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 7 at 10:30 am. NOTE: This is change in schedule from some published calendars which originally listed it on November 30. There will be ONLY two services this day – 7:30 am and 10:30 am. This is a special time as we anticipate the coming of Christ through the reading of Scripture and the reflection in song on the great words of the prophets. Our choirs are hard at work in preparation for this seasonal favorite.

The tradition of the "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" was established in England on Christmas Eve, 1918, in the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge University. The Kings College service was first broadcast by radio in 1928; and, excepting the year 1930, these broadcasts have continued (for seventy years internationally) to this day. You can hear the broadcast on WABE FM 90.1 (National Public Radio) on Christmas Eve morning. This wonderful tradition is duplicated in cathedrals and churches throughout America.

  • A Seasonal Sabbath - Advent Guided Meditation on December 5, 6-9 PM

The St. Catherine’s Daughters of the King wish to invite all adults for a special evening of quiet guided meditation on Friday, December 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. We will gather in the Sanctuary for prayerful meditation on the Mystery and Wonder of the Christmas Season. The evening will be led by Deacon Kathy. Light finger food will be available for those who must come from work. All who are interested in sharing this special time of quiet and prayerfulness are welcome. For more information contact Kathy Holman, 770-971-2839


Sixth Annual Gobble Jog to benefit MUST

The Gobble Jog is an event on the morning of Thanksgiving Day featuring a 1K, 5K, a 10K run/walk and the Tot Trot (for kids 5 and under). It starts and ends at the Marietta Square. The Gobble Jog is certified as a qualifier for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race and the US 10K Classic.

Can't run? Want to support the cause but have to stay home and cook the turkey? Sign up as a "gobbler" and we will mail your well-deserved race shirt! Plenty of volunteers are also needed to help before, during, and after the event.

Get complete information and register now at www.gobblejog.org. There will be plenty of food, beverages, entertainment and awards for all age categories. So, come on out and run wild to benefit MUST Ministries!


Adopt A Kneeler

The Needlepoint Kneeler project is proceeding well. Several designs are being stitched now by our volunteers at our regular meetings. Please consider supporting this endeavor to beautify our sanctuary and leave a lasting memorial in honor or in memory of a loved one. You’ll find the kneeler brochures at church. For information contact Beverly Fambrough at 770-993-5444 or Beverly618mindspring.com.


Wednesday Night Live continues

Please join us for dinner, fellowship and programs every Wednesday night in the Parish Hall. We have been enjoying some outstanding meals this year, many that have been cooked by St. Catherine’s own “guest chefs.” It’s quite a bargain at only $6.00 (for adults) a meal! Dinner is served from 5:45 until 6:30. If you can’t stay to eat, you can order take out and we’ll be happy to send you on your way with a delicious meal. If you can’t be there before 6:30, let us know and we’ll save a meal for you to pick-up.

Following the meal, programs are offered for all ages. A nursery is available for pre-school aged children. We have fun programs for school-aged children, youth and adults. Each week through November 19 the adults view a movie that is tied to the week’s gospel. Lively discussion follows the movie and the program concludes each week by 7:45. We take a break for Thanksgiving with no WNL on November 26, and then watch for a special series of programs in Advent starting December 3!

You are welcome to join us for the meal and program or just come for the great food and fellowship. We hope you’ll give it a try and give the cook at your house a night off! 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.

by Diane Sanders for Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry Team


Men's Retreat 2009


“Radical Abundance: a Theology of Sustainability” – January 21-23

On January 21 to 23, 2009 , St. Catherine’s will be one of several parishes in our diocese to host a webcast of an important three-day conference at Trinity Wallstreet Episcopal Church in New York City . Feature speakers will be Majora Carter, Timothy J. Gorringe, and David C. Korten, as participants explore issues of sustainability through the lens of liberation theology. You may attend this conference at St. Catherine’s through live video. 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


November Ministry Team Focus: Pastoral Care

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Pastoral Care Ministry Team. This team includes committees for Congregational Nurses, Creation Care, Daughters of the King, Flower Delivery, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Mentoring Youth, Pastoral Counseling, Prayer Chain, Sonshine Ministry, and Stephen Ministry . To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact team convenor Margaret Shaw.


Congregational Nurses Corner

Preventing Infections

“An ounce of prevention is work a pound of cure…” Preventing infection is much easier than curing some infections:

  • Wash your hands frequently (especially before you eat, drink, touch your eyes or nose) for at least 10 seconds with warm water and soap.
  • Take advantage of available immunizations to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Use antibiotics wisely. We must all be aware of the increase in the number of germs that are resistant to available antibiotics. Don’t demand antibiotics when your healthcare professional has determined that they’re not needed. When you are given antibiotics take the medicine exactly as the doctor tells you – do not skip doses, and complete the prescribed treatment eve if you are feeling better. Do not save any antibiotics for the next time you get sick. Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else – their antibiotic many not be the right one to treat your illness, and taking the wrong medicine may allow the germs to multiply while you delay getting the correct treatment.
  • Eat safely: remember the importance of selecting, washing, preparing and storing foods properly to avoid food related infections (“food poisoning”).
  • Safe, responsible personal practices include balancing your exercise and rest, and avoiding high-risk sexual activities or sharing personal grooming items that may be soiled with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids.
  • A clean environment can make a world of difference in preventing infections: pay special attention to items that are used by multiple people (sinks, bathrooms, doorknobs, drawer handles, etc.).
  • As we age, we need to take extra precautions because our immune systems become weaker over time. The elderly are more susceptible to infections such as influenza, especially when living in residences where many people share close quarters (e.g., in nursing homes or board and care facilities).
  • Kids – warm, messy, irresistibly cute… and covered with germs. Potty habits, shared toys and foods, the spread of germs before symptoms of illness become apparent–all contribute to kids getting and sharing a variety of infections. Especially in a day care setting adults must accept responsibility for controlling the spread of infections by practicing and teaching the kids good person hygiene and environmental cleanliness.

From “Health Notes,” October 2008, by Maria Lichtsinn, RN


Letters

Dear Friends at St. Cat’s,

Thank you very much for the gift of the altar flowers for us recently! They were gorgeous and your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated!

Thanks again,
Meg Ramsey and Michael Reeves

Dear Father Jim & St. Catherine’s Parish,

Thank you so much for the scholarship money toward my school books. I really appreciate it! The money helped me and my family so much. Starting out my college career with some extra help was so nice to be able to have. I’m really enjoying school but I truly miss St. Catherine’s Parish! Thank you again.

Always,
Katherine Maxwell

Dear Friends,

With the support of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, the Atlanta Community Food Bank has reached out to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry children, seniors and families through our network of 800 non-profit feeding agencies across Metro Atlanta end North Georgia. Nearly 600 of our 800 partners are church-affiliated agencies that join us in the fight against hunger by serving meals or distributing food boxes to those in need. We remain deeply committed to moving beyond our warehouse walls into the communities in need, and serving them in a united effort of faith communities, area businesses and other community partners…

With appreciation,
Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date -- January 11

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


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Jason, Cindy Alexander, Marilyn May, Steve Diffley, Tom Carter, Louise Bottoms, Mark Gross, Alicia Morgan, Agnes Floyd, Frank Rowland, Marcus Nickell, Kim, Sue Clark, Linda Callender, Chris Edwards, Max Asklar, Jim Hamilton, Judi Petee, Betty Ayers, Hazel Glover, Mike Baumann, Shirley Laxer, Ben Wischusen, Debbie May, Alice Easter, Ginney Johnston, Joyce Bramlett, Lynn Patton, Clifford Nesbitt, Alice Bessellieu, Randy Gibson, Wayne Neal, Ellen, Angela, Douglas Simmons, Glenda King, Roger Motter, Stephanie Shaw, Margaret & Reesse Ivey, Cary Phillips, Kathy Blacklund, Debbie Joyner, Mary Trenker, Elizabeth White, Lynn Patton, June Lewis, Ella Laird, Brenda Jackson, John Bowman, Shirley Bird, Ann Snead, Paul Smith, Tracey, Audrey & Gordon

BEFORE SURGERY: Anne Whittle, 11/11/08 ; Joan Nixon, 11/12/08 ; Meena Patel, 11/18/08 , added by Dianne Blackshear-Wood

DECEASED: Sarah Ellen Castilllo, Barbara Barrington’s aunt; Mabel Pruit Senn, Ellen Adams great aunt; Marie Jordan, Sarah Jordan’s grandmother

SPECIAL PRAYERS: For Jacqueline and Jim Martin; For Becky Keown; Margaret & Bob Bowman .

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER

( 11/9/08) Alan & Carol Fey; Mit FitzSimons; William & Eileen Forrester; Ben, Molly, Claire & Ben Frost; Ash, Jennifer, Emma & Cosy Gale

(11/16/08) Nelson & Emily Gale; Jodi & Wayne Gammon; Jason, Suzanne, Jenna, Stephanie & Julian Gardiner; Art, Anita, Geoffrey, Stuart & Caroline Gardner; John, Barbara, Matthew & Patrick Garner

BIRTHDAYS: ( 11/10 ) Roger Motter, (11/11) Rex Moore, Jordan Dieck, Chuck Zimmerman, Bailey Brooks; (11/12) John Starr, (11/13) Pascale Hunter, Sally Powers, Joe Parker, Melanie Long, (11/15) David Shannonhouse, Risa Maier, Morgan Durbrow, (11/16) Devon Parker, Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore, (11/17) Paul Parisi, Hope Amoruso, Helen Davis, (11/18) Claire Frost, Amelia Arthur, Hudson Mann, (11/19) Tyler Perry, Don Martin, (11/20) Walker Smith, (11/21) Linda Carter, Philip Hamilton, (11/22) David Carter, Barbara Cordery, Marcia Markette, Lauren Travis

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, 11/10 Monday, 11/17
 
2:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Blood Drive
ESL
Mentors
Women’s Bible Study
Youth Comm.
Discernment
Boy Scout Troop 713

 
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
ESL
Kneeler Project
Mentors
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 11/11 Tuesday, 11/18

10:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM
8:30PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Cub Scouts
Invitation Group
Jubilate
Mothers & More
Fellowship
PL&F

10:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Vestry
Jubilate
Wednesday, 11/12 Wednesday, 11/19

9:30AM
10:00AM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

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

9:30AM
10:00AM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

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

Thursday, 11/13 Thursday, 11/20
7:30AM
10:00AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Executive Committee
Prevent Blindness
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
10:00AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Preschool Event
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
DOK
Friday, 11/14 Friday, 11/21
 
14th-15th
10:00AM
12:00PM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Diocesan Council
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Lunch
A.A.
 
21st-23rd
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Happening @ Mikel
Folders
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
Saturday, 11/15 Saturday, 11/22
8:30AM
9:00AM
11:30AM

Finance
Level I Formation
Cats On Wheels @Piccadilly

 


Sunday, 11/16 Sunday, 11/23
 
7:30AM
8:00AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
12:30PM
2:00PM
5:00PM
5:00PM

OCC Ingathering
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Flu Shots
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer Coffee
Holy Eucharist
Grief Group
Catechesis
Stephen Ministers
Youth Group

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
12:30PM
2:00PM
2:00PM
4:00PM
 
5:00PM
5:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Advent wreaths
Holy Eucharist
Vestry candidates
Catechesis
Harpers
Happening Closing
  @ Mikel
Stephen Ministers
Youth Group


YOUTH NEWS

Coming up:

  • Happening #50 – November 21-23 at Camp Mikel Conference Center in Toccoa, GA. Information online at www.happeningatl.org.
       
  • Secret Santa Shop & Craft Sale - The youth will help the children select gifts at the Shop while their parents relax with breakfast and shop themselves at the craft sale. Lots of youth & adult volunteers needed -- see article above!
     
  • Christmas Tree & Wreath sale benefits the Youth House... Trees & wreath orders are being taken each Sunday through November 23. The orders will be brought to St. Catherine's on December 6, and will be available for pickup in the lower parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 6, 11 AM - 2 PM, and Sunday, Dec. 7, 1:00 - 2:00PM. Get the order form here.
     
  • 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.
Below - "Eat, Work, Play" -- on September 14 around the Youth House
Below: On theYouth retreat, October 24-26, in the north Georgia mountains

 


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 21 – print edition
  • December 5 – print edition
  • December 19 – 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