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 8 - November 21, 2004

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Calendar Highlights

Nov. 7 - All Saints Sunday; Rite-13 Celebration; Meet Our Sanctuary; Memorial Service
Nov. 8 - Men's Book Club
Nov. 9 - Women's Reading Group
Nov. 12 - Silent Auction Ends
Nov. 12-14 - Happening at Camp Mikell
Nov. 13 - Habitat build begins
Nov. 14 - Stewardship Ingathering
Nov. 14 - Thanksgiving Centerpiece orders
Nov. 16 - Advent Meditations due
Nov. 18 - Women's Bible Study
Nov. 21 - Building Dedication
Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 25-26 - Office Closed
Nov. 28 - Breakfast begins
Nov. 28 - Elizabeth Inn

IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

Meet Our Sanctuary

Silent Auction

Rite-13

Memorial Service

Stewardship

Sanctuary Dedication

Planting Party

Habitat Build Delayed

Mentors for Youth

New Cleaners Hired

Order Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Advent Meditations Needed

Breakfast Angels Begin

WWW Returns

Thanksgiving & Advent Schedule

Polar Express Movie

Nursery Care

Vestry Nominations

Faith Builds!

Flowers and candles

Greeters

Book Signing

EPPN

Book Groups

Try Saturday Services

Valentines Dance Date

Where is the Coke Machine?

Letters

Nativities Exhibit

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Holy Baptism

Calendar

YOUTH NEWS

Wheel Schedule

Clergy Letter

The Light

I was telling someone about our new sanctuary on Tuesday. He turned to me during a pause in my description and asked, "What do you like about the new space?" It was really the first time anyone had asked. I thought about his question. "The light," I responded.

I am overwhelmed by the light in the new space. As I think of our faith and the great stories of our Scripture, light plays a dramatic part in the stories of a pilgrim people. The radiance of Moses' face when he returns from the mountain top. The star that leads the wise men to the Christ child. The radiance of Jesus in the transfiguration. There are so many other stories. Every time God shows up there is light. And, of course, another thread in these stories is that these epiphanies always have a way of catching God's people unprepared.

Have you ever taken a tour of a cave? Do you remember that moment you emerge from the underground tunnel into a magnificent cavern? This is how I feel right now. I am overwhelmed by the enormity of the space compared to the old sanctuary and, of course, the space in the parish hall. I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the furniture and the art. But most of all I celebrate the great light of the space.

God's presence in our new sanctuary precedes any of us. However, as we live into the space we will see reminders of God's grace and beauty throughout the building. The sun this past Sunday as it played hide-and-go-seek behind the clouds emerged at one point to illuminate the chalice and paten upon the altar just as Sherry performed the epiclesis calling down the Spirit to consecrate the sacrament as the body and blood of Jesus.

I suspect this is just one example of how the profusion of light that fills this space will continue to bring new epiphanies to us all.

Jim +



Meet Our Sanctuary

Sunday, November 7 at 10:15 AM

Join us in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday, November 7, during the Christian Education hour (10:15 AM) to meet our Sanctuary! Members of our congregation will introduce you to the new space and answer your questions. Come hear about the building design, about our pieces of art, and a special introduction to the wonderful new organ.

Sunday, October 17: Leaving our Parish Hall worship space for the new sanctuary

11:15 service: Jim Greene followed by Barbara Perry

Rosemary Wolfe, Tom Hunter, Kevin Hogan, Walt McGill

New baptismal font and glass sculpture

Our sign announces the good news!

Trying out the new altar party chairs: Diane Sanders, Fr. Jim, Stan and Dani Dickson

Organ installer gives the pipe loft a stamp of approval



Silent Auction Going On Now!

The preschool is sponsoring a silent auction to raise funds to complete our new playgrounds. The sale continues daily during preschool hours and will conclude at noon on November 12. We will have the auction open this Sunday, November 7, for your bids! 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. Please contact Karolyn Olliffe at 770-645-8164 or pick up a donation form outside the preschool office. Thanks for your support!



Why is Rite-13 Important?

Rite-13 Celebration on Sunday, November 7, 8:45 AM Service

Celebrities:

Shannon Jablonski
Sally Paris
Julian Seneviratne

Among the Native Americans of the Great Plains, the custom was for a young man on the verge of manhood to go off in search of a new identity. Abandoning his boyhood, his task was to undertake a "vision quest:" a days-long ordeal of fasting from food and sleep in search of his adult name and adult purpose.

Many cultures had similar rites, even until recently. Europeans had no vision quest that I know of, but had other ways of marking a child's passage from childhood to adulthood. Until very recently in Germany, adult men would paint a boy's face with the blood of his first kill while hunting in order to initiate him into manhood. In Mexico, a girl became a young woman at her Quinceanera celebration, coinciding with her 15th birthday. In Victorian England and America, a boy (who wore short pants, or knickers) would be taken by an older male relative to be fitted with his first suit (with long trousers), marking his "arrival" into manhood. Those of Jewish faith have the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah celebrations.

Our postmodern American culture has few formal rites of passage, and the resulting confusion is terribly harmful. When we give our youth no formal rites of passage, they are forced to create their own, or live with uneasy questions about whether they are on the right path to adulthood.

The Rite-13 ceremony is a wonderful way to communicate to youth that they have arrived at young manhood or young womanhood. Manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and we want to celebrate the laying aside of childhood in favor of the next stage of growth and maturity.

But the Rite-13 ceremony is also for the benefit of the church. We need your commitment to begin seeing these young men and women as persons taking on new roles and new responsibilities. We need your commitment to help them become women and men of character and faith. Won't you join with us at the 8:45 service this Sunday as we celebrate this important time in their lives? I hope you will.

Brian West, Youth Director



Memorial Service

Sunday, November 7 at 6 PM

Our semi-annual Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our spring observance. We welcome everyone to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones.

Reception help needed -- We appreciate your donations of finger-food items for the reception afterwards. Please contact Diane Danford at 770-429-9093. Donations may be brought on Sunday or arrangements an be made for drop off. Thank you!



Stewardship

Everything For Good 2005

We want to thank Ana Martin for her stewardship talk this past Sunday. We have gotten a number of positive comments about her willingness to share her journey. We have posted her sermon on our website and in this article. We look forward to Mikel Parker sharing his words with us on In-Gathering Sunday, November 14.

In the coming week you will receive a Stewardship packet from the church. In it you will find a second letter from the Stewardship letter, pledge cards, and a small booklet of Pledge Prayers written by a member of a neighboring congregation. We invite you as individual households to pray about your commitment to St. Catherine's in the coming year and then to return your commitment to the church on Saturday/Sunday, November 13/14 at all services.

Ana Martin's Lay Stewardship Talk

October 31, 2004

I am Ana Martin. I'm going to speak very briefly about ministry today. Not because I don't have a lot to say. I do. I usually do. I've written this stewardship talk about four times now. That's a gracious plenty. Each time there's something different. I could write a book on this. You'll be happy to hear that I'm not going to read you a first draft.

Jim asked me to talk about why I give myself to ministry. Why I enter into it with passion and with the conviction that I'm going about God's work. Why is it that I behave as if something will be done when it seems, in fact, really unlikely? Truth is, God made me that way and prayer only increases this tendency. Sometimes that's good. Sometimes that's bad. I don't wade into cold water. I jump. I am not a pessimist. I'm a realist. And what I know is that God is reality. All the rest of it, jobs, tv shows, obsessing over the beauty or cleanliness of the house, the quest to be the epitome of Suzy Homemaker is a futile effort to avoid wrestling with Him. To stay in the sycamore tree. To try to avoid the massive overhaul that He's got planned for us through the work of consistent and diligent ministry.

Furthermore, there's this four-year-old child who is watching me. He will hold me accountable. He hears me pray, they all hear us pray: And now, Lord, send us out to do the work you have given us to do. To love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart. I could pray this in front of him every day but if I didn't actually do it, what would it mean? What would I be telling him about integrity? About being accountable? About how seriously we take our relationship with God? Our children know what we value. They are not confused. Living with integrity in front of this child is very important. Ministry is a big part of that. It's my chance.

The time I spend in ministry feeds me. Compare these two scenes. Scene one: sitting on the couch reading a book about spirituality. Scene two: standing with a child in the atrium. He's got a Bible in his hands. He's six. He's just asked you about the nature of transubstantiation although that's not the language that he's used. And you've asked him what he thinks. He tells you that Jesus said it's His body and blood and that he believes Jesus.

Oh.

Why do I make time for ministry? Are you kidding me? Why would I have a Big Mac when I can have a steak?

There is no job or overtime on the planet that will satisfy my need to be right with God the way ministry does. Money doesn't buy the peace that I have when I sense that God is saying Well done good and faithful servant. You ask me why I give myself to ministry. Why I spend so much time here. As if, knowing what I know, having seen what I have seen and heard what I have heard, there's a choice.

There's an uneasiness that creeps in when I've gone a day or two without going about my Father's work. Or when the work isn't going well. It matters. And I don't think that my experience is unique. There are plenty of folks who have plunged into ministry here. Ask Roger. Gail. Meg. Margaret. Allen. Hale. Lucy. Brian. That's a start. There are so many others. I think that all God requires is that we say Yes when he calls us, that we pray hard and aim to do His work, that we rely upon Him completely. If we do this, it's enough. He doesn't look upon us from heaven and say well, we've done a cost-benefit analysis on your ministry and it's not terribly impressive. That's the world talking. When we do our best to follow the instructions that He gives us He is pleased. That is what we're after here, isn't it? That is why we show up, right?

This is why I do what I do.

My prayer for you is this: that you will say Yes when you're called. A Yes like Mary's. I am the servant of the Lord. Pray without ceasing. Ask boldly that you be used for God's purposes and that you be given discernment. Having prayed and meditated with purity of heart, that you will go forth with confidence. Know that the road will not be easy. Expect problems. Persist. Pray some more. Then thank God. And sleep well.



Dedication and Consecration of our New Church

The Afternoon of Sunday, November 21

At 4:00 PM

Your Prayers and Presence are requested

We are fully persuaded that in all things God works for good among those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
(Romans 8:28)

A Reception Follows

 

View of the glass sculpture above the baptismal font, from underneath looking up to the skylight



October Planting Party

 

Liz Rea makes our entrance beautiful

Ron Cook puts the final touches on a bed of pansies

Abigail and Gina Baumann with Gail McGill

Woody & Ralph Patrick sprucing up the walk to the Memorial Garden



Habitat House Build Start Moved Again

Saturday, November 13

The first build date for this year's Habitat House has been moved again due to problems including obtaining building permits. Look for the new schedule sheets outside church this weekend. Your help will be very important as soon as construction begins, both with construction and with food. We appreciate your patience and continued interest.



Mentors for Youth at St. Catherine's

Would you like to like to connect with young people in a deeper way than you may be currently experiencing? Would you like to be a part of a young person's life as they share with you their experiences? Simply put, would you just like to have a young person as a friend? If so, you should consider participating in one of the following programs offered uniquely at St. Catherine's:

Prayer partnering is you praying for a St. Catherine's teenager daily. This is an easy way for you to get involved with our youth while requiring very little of your time. As you pray daily for this person you may, at some point, want to connect deeper, through phone calls, emails, or just dropping them a card. Our prayer partnering program has been going on for about 9 months, and we currently have approximately 70 St. Catherine's youth being prayed for. We still have openings for about 20 more, so we encourage you to consider this wonderful opportunity.

Mentoring is meeting with a young person regularly in order to become his/her friend. You do this by listening to his/her experiences, being supportive, and respecting him/her by keeping shared information confidential. Once assigned to a young person, you will meet with him/her once every two weeks at a place that the two of you choose (e.g. restaurant, ballpark, library, theatre, even Home Depot, etc.) for about an hour. Even with such a small commitment of your time, the benefits to you and the young person are potentially huge. As the relationship progresses, you are likely to experience satisfaction just knowing that you are impacting someone's life in a positive way, while the young person may find himself or herself growing in stature.

How much more rewarding can anything be? In addition to St. Catherine's young members, this program has been expanded to include young people referred by our neighboring East Cobb Middle School. You choose which category of mentoree you want to become involved with. If either of these programs interests you, call Hale Sanders at 770-565-2719 to learn more.



New Cleaning Service Hired

The Vestry has agreed to hire a new cleaning service for our facilities. Larry Jenkins & Co. began their work on Monday evening, November 1. They will clean three times a week and perform a variety of cleaning functions on each of those nights. The Vestry made this decision although we have no remaining budgeted funds in the 2004 Budget for janitorial services. We spent the budgeted amount in the first half of the year. The congregation's generosity and our continued control of 2004 spending gave the Vestry confidence the sufficient funds will be available in November and December to take this step. We hope that the 2005 budget will allow us to continue these services.

We want to thank Natalie Whitlow for leading this effort and Steve Diffley, Jim Greene, Joyce Hendricks, and Rose Wolfe supporting her. We also want to take this time to give thanks for everyone who unselfishly offered their time to clean our buildings in the time between July 1 and October 31. Your commitment and hard work meant a great deal to those of us who live in this space 7 days a week. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The cleaning crew will be working late at night on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you do run into them please take the time to introduce yourself and to thank them for their hard work.



Order your Thanksgiving Centerpieces

November 7 and 14

St. Catherine's Flower Guild is again selling beautiful centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table. This year's arrangement will contain an assortment of fall flowers, roses, greenery and a burgundy taper candle. Presales will be Sunday, November 7 and November 14. Cost will be $30. So bring your checkbook and buy one for yourself or a friend! Any questions, call Lisa Cook, 770-971-9505.



Advent and Christmas Meditations

Once again, St. Catherine's will produce a book of meditations for the coming Advent and Christmas season. If you are willing to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraph) meditation on a piece of scripture to be included in the book, please sign up below and we will be in touch with your assignment. Meditations will be due not later than Wednesday, November 16.

We plan to feature the daily meditation on our website as we did earlier this year during Lent. Be sure to check in all this Advent season for your St. Catherine's Meditation of the Day!



Breakfast Angels Sighted Near St. Catherine's!

Have you heard the rustle of wings lately? Listen closely and you'll hear them -- coming from the kitchen! Like the swallows that return to Capistrano, the Breakfast Angels are returning to St Catherine's. After their "time off" during construction (and lack of a kitchen) the angels are gearing up to cook some delicious food for us on Sunday mornings.

They'll be serving breakfast on Sunday mornings after the 7:30 service until 8:45 beginning on Sunday, November 28! For a nominal fee, come to the parish hall and enjoy a hot homemade breakfast and the camaraderie of some good friends.

If you're interested in learning more about the Breakfast Angels, contact Margaret Shaw or Jerome Laux.



Wonderful Wacky Wednesdays Return!

Beginning December 1

Wonderful Wacky Wednesdays will return to weekly schedule beginning the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, December 1. Marsha Williams has agreed to return as our principal cook and we will be working with her to plan meals that will serve the entire family including salad bar and special kid's meals. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

Our programs will focus on children, youth and adults. The adults will engage our preparation for Advent and Christmas through a program called "Unplug the Christmas Machine." The book answers the questions we most often hear about Christmas, such as: How can I reduce the stresses of preparing for Christmas? How can I make our celebration more spiritual and less materialistic? How can I get my spouse to be more enthusiastic about Christmas? How can I help my children see that Christmas is more than just presents? We will discuss these questions among ourselves and explore realistic and achievable ways of disentangling ourselves from the media and commercial hype of the holidays.

Our children will have the opportunity to work in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atriums. At this time of year, the children begin to explore and wonder about the great prophecies that tell of the coming messiah. Invite your children to wonder about the world and the coming of Jesus as they prepare for the celebration of his birth. Of course, this is also a time when they will begin to interact with the richness of the birth narratives.

Our weekly Youth Meetings will continue under the leadership of our Youth Director, Brian West. Come each week for a little music, a lot of conversation and an opportunity to explore your faith during this season of waiting, watching, and hoping.



Looking Ahead

Thanksgiving Service

Thanksgiving Day Worship at 10:30 AM

The nursery will not be providing service on this day

Christmas Eve at St. Catherine's

We have set the Christmas Eve schedule of worship times. For those who plan ahead, and since there is some change from past years, we wanted to publish them as soon as possible. We will have two worship services on Christmas Eve. Our Children's Service will be at 5:00 PM (note the change from 4:00 PM). This service, as always, will be oriented towards our children with a Christ Child procession, special prayers and celebration of the Eucharist, and the participation of our Youth Choir. We will celebrate the Christ Mass with the Adult Choir at 10:30 PM beginning with 30 minutes of special music followed by a solemn celebration of the Eucharist.



The Polar Express

The movie version of Chris Van Allsburg's wonderful story, The Polar Express, arrives in theaters on November 10. You may find this website helpful as you see the movie and want to build on the story with your children:
Education World Polar Express Lesson Plan.



Nursery Care Updates

Nursery care will be provided at the Memorial Service, Sunday, November 7, and at the Dedication & Consecration Service on Sunday, November 21.

Nursery care will not be provided at the Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, November 25.

We are in need of volunteers to help Carol Bittle in the Nursery on Sunday, November 28, at the 8:45 service; during Sunday School, and at the 11:15 service. We need at least two adults at each time slot. If you can help at one service or all three, please contact Nursery Coordinator Susan Roberts at 770-578-6634 as soon as possible.



Vestry Opportunity

Elections -- December 12

Vestry elections will take place on the second Sunday of December. At this time we will elect four new members of the vestry to serve three-year terms. Persons who are at 18 years old and are members in good standing are eligible. If you'd like to nominate yourself or someone else, please pray over it and speak to them; and inform a member of the Nominating Committee. The committee consists of Jim Greene, Ellis Kilgore, Natalie Whitlow and Mel Paris.



Faith Builds! Campaign Update for St. Catherine's Family

Thanks be to God for the success of our renovation project as the construction nears completion! We've added more seats, there's one for you, and opportunities to participate in this amazing project are still available. Our original Faith Builds! Campaign to fund the renovation of our Church home and office space began in 2001 and will end in April 2006. Since we are a little more than halfway through the campaign and since we are now enjoying our truly glorious worship and fellowship spaces, it seems like a good time to offer a financial update.

The original amount of pledges received for the Faith Builds! Campaign was $1,542,773. As of June 30, 2004, we had received $860,630 toward that goal! This fabulous result is due to the generosity of so many people connected to St. Catherine's!

Many within our church family have fulfilled pledges made to Faith Builds! and some of these family members have offered even more financial support. We are very grateful for these gifts. Many of our family members are making great strides toward completing Faith Builds! pledges and we are thankful for this continued support and commitment to the campaign. We have also received contributions from others who did not make pledges and we thankfully accept these gifts as well. The success of the renovation project and the Faith Builds!! Campaign is a reality due to all of these gracious gifts.

Our original Faith Builds! Campaign has been a great success so far and the anticipation is for it to continue on this strong path until its conclusion. By April 2006, we need to receive approximately $682,200 to fulfill the original Faith Builds! pledge amount. Some of the original campaign pledges will not be fulfilled because some Church family members have left our Parish since the campaign began.

My hope is that new and current St. Catherine's family members who have not made pledges to Faith Builds! will provide new pledges to help us reach our goal. If anyone is interested in establishing a financial pledge or renewing a financial pledge in support of the Faith Builds! Campaign, please contact me (678-355-1225) or pick up a brochure at church for information about donation options. We will gladly accept pledges for any amount. Opportunities for donating toward specific items for our new facility are available. A Thanksgiving Gift Program list may be acquired at the Church.

Please join us for the Dedication Ceremony on November 21, 2004 at 4:00 PM as we offer thanks for the blessing of our newly renovated church home.

Thank you again for your support of St. Catherine's through the Faith Builds! Campaign!

Sincerely,
Meg Ramsay, Faith Builds! Campaign Treasurer



Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Candles

Reminder -- If you signed up for Altar Flowers and/or Sanctuary Candles this year, please be sure you have paid for them. Flowers are $32 and candles are $10. Please contact the church office with any questions.



Greeters Needed

Please help us welcome our parishioners, new members and visitors to our services, and help us plan and resume some special events for new members. Whether you're a new or a long-time member, a couple or single, we would appreciate your help with this ministry. Greeters serve approximately once every six weeks. Check your bulletin or contact Bettye Harris, 770-578-1186, for more details.



Lecture/Book Signing by David Bottoms
at the Margaret Mitchell House

Tuesday, November 9

Parishioner and Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms will present a lecture and sign his newest collection of poems, Waltzing Through the Endtime at the Margaret Mitchell House (corner of 10th and Peachtree Streets in Atlanta). A reception begins at 6:30 PM and David's lecture is at 7:30. Admission is $8 (free to members of Margaret Mitchell House).

You may make reservations for the reception and lecture event by calling 770.578.3502 or visit the website at GWTW.org



Participate in the Episcopal Public Policy Network

Do you ever wonder why General Convention passes so many resolutions when no one is listening anyway? Do you look at the world around you and wish there was something that the Church could do to influence our world for the better? Would you like to be more involved in that process, but you cannot see how you can squeeze one more meeting in much less become intensely involved? Would you like to see Congress and the administration pay attention to moral concerns from the Episcopal Church's point-of-view?

The Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) is supported by the National Church and is in the Peace and Justice Ministries Cluster. Physically located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., EPPN has its offices in the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations. The staff there calls on Congress members every day to make sure our voice is heard.

This is where we come in. While EPPN does have a staff, it is primarily a grassroots advocacy network. EPPN sends out periodic emails as legislation is slated to come before Congress. Only those issues that directly pertain to resolutions passed by General Convention are authorized to be added to the mailings. This is not a political request for action but a religious one. Email recipients can choose whether or not to act on a particular issue. A button in the email allows you to send a form letter to your Congress member or you can write your own. Using the email response helps the EPPN staff present statistical data to the Congress members when the staff visits the members in person. Names are not attached to the data, but the staff can tell a member how many people sent an email to the member from his or her own district. This helps the member justify taking the requested action based on appeals from the member's constituency.

How can you get involved? Go to Episcopal Public Policy Network for more information or to sign up for the email list. For those without online access, the address is Episcopal Public Policy Network; 110 Maryland Ave. NE Ste. 309; Washington, DC 20077-0575. The toll-free number is 800-228-0515. Postcards are mailed out once or twice a year to be certain those without email access can make their voices heard.



Book Groups Continue Every Month!

Men's Book Study

Second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM -- next meeting: November 8.

Womanís Reading Group

Second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM -- next meeting: November 9.



Why Not Try Our Saturday Evening Worship?

We received the following note from Lyn Zeman this week and thought it might be of interest to those who have never attended one of our Saturday evening worship services:

Driving home from church this Saturday, I was wondering how we could introduce more people to this service. I love this service-- its spirit of simplicity and holiness, the guitar music (which really sounds awesome in the new space) and Praise hymns. Maybe more advertising? A Saturday service Open House? Which I would be happy to help with? A special dispensation to suggest it's o.k. to come to church on Saturday? How can I help?

Look forward to some special opportunities to be offered during Advent at this service. During the season of Epiphany we will continue our effort to make this worship both distinctive and welcoming. It is a really good opportunity to introduce people to the Episcopal Church in a more casual, simple and holy environment. And thanks to the Jubilate Choir which is tireless in their effort to bring music to this service. It really makes a difference.



For Your Calendar

The Valentine Dinner Dance and Silent Auction will be back, in our wonderful new Parish Hall! Mark your calendar now and start saving your pennies (ok, dollars) for Saturday, February 5, 2005.



Those Evil Cokenappers

By Brian West, Youth Director and special correspondent to the Wheel

Tuesday's staff meeting was dry. I don't mean that it was boring, though. It was just dry. I looked over at Rose; she was polishing off a Diet Coke. Tuesday's staff meeting was getting dryer by the moment.

Now, I know a lot of you would agree that mornings are only good for keeping nighttime from bumping into afternoon. There are occasional mornings when I drag around the office like an extra from Night of the Living Dead, sans the green makeup. So when forced to get up and do challenging things during the mornings, I drink Coke. It's my coffee. You can see me making my daily pilgrimage to the back porch, out behind the old parish hall area (now being turned into offices). When I have one of those challenging mornings, the most welcome sound of the day is the clunk that Coke makes as it falls into the tray.

The next morning was one of those challenging mornings. Everything was a blur. The situation required Coca-Cola, and urgently. I lurched down through the old parish hall area and out onto the deck, squinting. Something seemed missing. That thought wandered around my brain, looking (unsuccessfully) for something relevant to connect with. Finally, it dawned on me. Unthinkable, but true--the Coke machine was missing. Missing?

Standing in front of Rose's desk, I tried to explain my problem. I was a little confused, but the matter was urgent. Some evil, evil people had stolen the Coke machine. These, these--Cokenappers--were clearly dangerous; they had to be treated with caution. Had they made any demands? Was the Coke machine okay?

"It's downstairs in the vending area," she explained. When that didn't register, she tried again. "In the new Parish Hall," she said. She waited.

"Parish Hall?" I said, a little weakly.

"Yes," she nodded, patiently. "Go to the new Parish Hall."

So I went to the new Parish Hall. I wandered around aimlessly, distracting the EFM students, looking for my displaced friend. Big, noisy, red...a Coke machine is hard to miss. Or so you'd think. After a few minutes, I came to the unsteady conclusion that there was no Coke machine in the Parish Hall. Only EFM students and lots of doors. I looked at the EFM students carefully. They didn't look like Cokenappers, but it was impossible to be sure.

Standing in front of Rose's desk again, I tried to explain my problem. "EFM," I said. "Cokenappers."

Rose must have been distracted or something, because she looked at me quizzically. "Come with me," she said. She led me down through the new Parish Hall, all the way to the door marked "Restrooms."

I didn't need to go to the bathroom, I needed a Coke. But before I could say so, Rose had the door open. From beyond the door came a faint red glow and a familiar hum.

"Oh," I said. Rose went back upstairs and I stood blissfully next to the relocated Coke machine--it didn't seem to be the worse for wear. I bought my 12 ounces of happiness and glared at the EFM students over the first sip.

Cokenappers, you'll never get the best of me.

Summary: The Coke machine has been moved near the bathrooms by the new Parish Hall. (Coke and Coca Cola are registered trademarks of The Coca Cola Company.)



Letters

On our last service in the Parish Hall:

[Father] Jim,

I want to thank you for your comments this morning about the Parish Hall and how well it has served us. Our time there has really demonstrated that the Church is not where Christians meet; the Church is Christians meeting. As I thought about today being the last time we used the parish hall as a sanctuary, I was struck with the image of a lifeboat. Especially since the fire, that space has been there for us to be the Church in; and it has been so important, I think, that we continued as the part of the body of Christ that we are for that time. I was also struck by the image from the movie "Apollo 13", when the crew moved from their lifeboat, the lunar lander, back to the command module to return to earth. "Goodbye, you've served us well" was its legacy.

While I know that the Parish Hall will continue to serve us well (we don't even want to think of it sharing the fate of the Lander), I feel we have left it the right way.

I would love to say that I came to the late service today as part of a plan to be at the last service held in the Parish Hall, but as I drove in, I was pleased with the serendipity. (I basically overslept the 8:45) The closing/opening service in the new sanctuary was, as we agreed, beyond words.

In any event, thank you for speaking my thoughts this morning.

Peace,
Jim Waddell

 

From St. Luke's Episcopal Church:

Dear Friend of John Westerhoff:

As you may already know, John will retire from his ministry in January 2005. We here at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta cannot express our sense of loss, but we would like you to join us in recognizing this remarkable man and his ministry by honoring him for his life of service.

For the past ten years, John has served with grace as Theologian-in-Residence and Director of the Institute for Pastoral Studies at St. Luke's. After a time of sabbatical and teaching at General Theological Seminary, John will become Theologian-in-Residence at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

Please take a moment to write a one-page letter to John, expressing how he and his ministry have touched your life. You may have been a student or a colleague or a friend of his--in whatever capacity you came to know John, please take the time to share a thought, a reflection, a funny story, or a note of congratulations as he moves into his next phase of ministry.

You may write or type your letter, using your personal or official letterhead. We will then compile the letters in a bound volume and present it to John during a week of celebration in his honor at St. Luke's from January 2-9, 2005. We would love for you to attend the week's activities so you can also express your good wishes to John in person.

Please send us your letter by November 15, 2004, to allow us time to prepare the book. Elaine DeCostanzo is the St. Luke's parishioner who is coordinating the group of volunteers working on this project. You may send your letter directly to her at: Elaine DeCostanzo, 2299 Shasta Way, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

So many of us have been blessed by what John has taught us and by how he has touched our lives. Thank you again for your help in honoring this great man of God.

In Christ,
The Rev. Daniel P. Matthews, Jr., Rector

 

September 25, 2004
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

As Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development I want to express my personal appreciation for your recent gift of $1,431 for U.S. Hurricane Relief. ERD tries to provide help quickly and your immediate response to those disasters make such assistance possible. Again, thanks.

Faithfully,
John Titus



You're Invited to Tour Epiphany's Nativities Exhibit

For the tenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, presents an exhibit of over 200 nativity scenes from around the world from Monday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 5. 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 is $4 for adults; $3 for Seniors and Students, children under 12 free. Schedule: Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 10 AM - 2 PM; Dec. 3, 10 AM to 2 PM and 7-9 PM; Dec. 4, 10 AM - 4 PM; Dec. 5, 2-4 PM. For a brochure or more information call 404-373-8338 or visit their website at 200 Nativities.



PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SICK:Sharon Parisi, Mary Koenig, Arlene Brooks, Tom Snook, James, Dawn Houston, Lisa Arnold, Missi Driussi, Mit FitzSimons, Julie Heath, Barbara Perry, Caleb Hall, Daniel Hournigan, Virginia Tugwell, Jan Iturigga, Carol R., Evan Cocomonoleo, Howard Simmons, Mary Ellen Simmons, Chris Baker, Margaret White, Jean Pitts, Cheryl Biggers, Bob Wilkinson, Nathan Keith, Stacey Bailey & twins, Travis Rader, Robert Smith, Nancy Stokes, Larry Boyd, Eileen Motter, Stan Dickson, Suzette Moran, Susan Roberts, Peter Rowland, Scott Brown, Wesley Boutilier, Lindy Harrison, Jane Mitchell, Lou Cappiello, John Ringo, Mary Lamm, Tefta Karapantso, David Anderson, Aaron Johnson, Jenny Thomas

SPECIAL PRAYERS: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.

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:

(11/14/04) -- Allen, Susan, Austin & Shannon Jablonski; Carolyn Johnson; Tom Johnson; Al & Sue Jones, Cassie Heinz; Bruce Jones

(11/21/04) -- Chris & Barbara Kallas; Jim, Kathy & Bart Kareken; Dick Kareken; Kevin, Robin & Nathan Keith; William & Carey Kelly



Holy Baptism

Next Dates -- November 7 and 21

Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.



St. Catherine's Calendar
Monday, 11/8 Monday, 11/15
4:30PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM
Catechesis
EFM
Menís Book Study
Boy Scouts Troop 713
 
6:30PM
4:30PM
7:30PM
Sherry's Day Off
EFM
Catechesis
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 11/9 Tuesday, 11/16
10:00AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Staff Mtg.
Executive Meeting
Womenís Reading Group
10:00AM
12:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Staff Meeting
Clericus Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Wednesday, 11/10 Wednesday, 11/17
8:30AM
9:30AM
6:00PM
6:45PM
7:30PM
7:45PM
Construction Meeting
EFM
Youth Council
Youth Choir
Youth Weekly Meeting
Adult Choir
8:30AM
9:30AM
6:45PM
7:30PM
7:45PM
Construction Meeting
EFM
Youth Choir
Youth Weekly Meeting
Adult Choir
Thursday, 11/11 Thursday, 11/18
7:00PM
7:00PM
D.O.K.
St. Nicholas' Meeting
6:30PM
7:00 PM
7:30PM
Womenís Bible Study
Pilgrimage Meeting
Mentor Meeting
Friday, 11/12 Friday, 11/19
 
 
12th-14th
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's Day Off
Silent Auction closes
Happening at Camp Mikell
Folders
A.A.
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's Day Off
Folders
A.A.
Saturday, 11/13 Saturday, 11/20
8:00AM
8:30AM
8:30AM
10:00AM
3:00PM
5:30PM
Habitat
Menís Bible Study
Finance Meeting
Omega Point
Century 2000
Holy Eucharist
7:00AM
8:00AM
8:30AM
5:30PM
6:00PM
Breakfast Angels
Habitat
Menís Bible Study
Holy Eucharist
Marriage Encounter Dinner
Sunday, 11/14 Sunday, 11/21
7:30AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
6:30PM
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministers
 
7:30AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
3:15PM
4:00PM
Stewardship Ingathering
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Choir Call
Dedication Service/Baptism



YOUTH NEWS

Keep up with everything at the St. Cat's Youth Webpage

All Youth -- Support Rite-13 This Sunday!

All Youth: This Sunday, November 7, we celebrate three Rite 13ers at our 8:45 service: Julian Seneviratne, Sally Paris and Shannon Jablonski. Please plan to come to that service and sit together in the front pews to the left of the central aisle -- these seats will be reserved for you, so come fill them up! After the ceremony, Sally, Shannon and Julian will cross the aisle and sit with you for the remainder of the service.

Wednesday Night Live!

Every Wednesday night -- Meet us in the new youth rooms at 7, if you want to get some refreshments and hang out, and weíll start the fun at 7:30! We'll be done sometime before 8:45. Hope to see you there!

JuBiLaTe Choir Members

Father Jim has asked that the JuBiLaTe Choir lead two of the Communion Hymns at the Dedication of the new Sanctuary on Sunday, November 21 at 4 PM.

In preparation we will have rehearsals from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesdays, Nov. 3 & 10, and Thursday, Nov 18.. We will also practice and sing these songs on Saturdays between 4:30 and 6:30 PM (Nov. 6, 13, and 20). AND we will lead the Offertory at the 8:45 service for the next two Sundays (Nov. 7 and Nov. 14) to introduce the congregation to these songs. One of the songs will be HERE I AM LORD and the other is yet to be determined.

Please join us at any of these times that you are available. We particularly need strong singers!

Happening #42

Friday November 12, 2004 -- There is a wonderfully large contingent of St Cat's folks who will be participating next weekend at Happening #42 at Camp Mikell. Please keep them all in your prayers: Brian West, Brooke Wallace, Catie Kilgore, Claire Frost, Ellis Kilgore, Erin Hurley, Fred Lopez, Pete Hogan, Tegan Hurley and Katherine Maxwell will attend as Candidates and Mark Hogan, Randy Wallace, Stuart Wallace, Julia Denton, Sarah Jordan, Terri Hogan, Kevin Hogan and Claire Chironi will participate on the Team.

The Happening weekend begins on Friday evening with registration at 5 PM. The weekend is full of singing, fellowship, surprises, fun and friendship and is designed so that individuals are given opportunities to discover more about themselves, their Lord, their families and their world. The Happening weekend finishes late on Sunday afternoon with a celebration of the Eucharist.

CALLING ALL YOUTH PARENTS!

We are looking for parents to volunteer to pick-up and bring FOOD and BEVERAGE (you can do one or both) to Wednesday Nights Live between now and early December. If you can help -- you will be reimbursed -- please contact Jennifer Massey at (w): 404.926.5460 / (cell): 404.375.8327 / jennifer_massey rhco.com. It's easy, and greatly appreciated by our Youth!! Thanks so much for your consideration.

Brian needs additional adults to assist as discussion leaders and/or end-of-evening crowd exit controllers (8:15 - 8:45 in the parlor). Please contact Brian ASAP if you can assist in either capacity.

J2A Valentine Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction

The Valentine Dinner Dance and Silent Auction will be back in our wonderful new Parish Hall on Saturday, February 5, 2005. Plans are under way for this single most important fund raiser for the 2005 J2A Pilgrimage. Committee Chairs are seeking volunteers to help make this a great success. Since the current Rite 13 parents will be taking over this event next year, we are seeking volunteers from that group as well as among the J2A parents -- This will help the J2A group attain their fund raising goals this year and prepare the Rite 13 parents for taking over this event next year. Here is the list of committees and chairpersons. If you are a J2A or Rite 13 parent, please pick a committee, call the chair and Volunteer -- J2A NEEDS YOU!

Auction Chairpersons: Fred Massey, Ellis Kilgore
Tickets: Mark, Shirley, Rachel Childs
Advertising: Natalie Whitlow
Items Collection and Pricing: Sue Jones, Rebecca Keifer
Bid Sheets and Thank You Notes: Pete Hogan (?), Mary Lou Shannonhouse
Auction Program Booklet with Item Bid List: Keith and Lou Dumke
Auction Set-Up: Fred Lopez, Keith Dumke
Food: Fred Massey, Ellis Kilgore, Pete Hogan, Sue Jones
Bar: Susan Heuke
Welcome Table: Ben Frost, Natalie Whitlow
The Youth: Jennifer Massey, Terri Hogan
Photographers: David Shannonhouse, Al Jones
Band: Jennifer Massey
Pre Check Out: Jacqueline Hurley
Check Out: Allen Wallace
Clean Up: The YOUTH

Meeting -- 2005 Pilgrimage and the Valentine Dinner/Dance Auction

Valentine Dinner/Dance/Auction Chairpersons, J2A Parents and Youth: There is a JOINT meeting Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 PM to finalize plans for these events.

Next Youth Council Meeting

Nov. 10th @ 6pm

Be sure to check out our new Yahoo! Group

For more information, please click here.Please send news, photos and announcements to Youth Director Brian West at stcatsyouth bellsouth.net, or to the Youth website Webmaster, Stuart Wallace at stcatyoutsbellsouth.net



Wheel Schedule:

e-Wheel on the first Friday of the month (articles due the Wednesday before)
Print Wheel mailed on the third Friday of the month (articles due the Wednesday before)

Editor: Karen Manno
Email: KAREN DBLEGL.ATL.GA.US
Phone: 770-973-8668