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By Father Dean
Or, Seinfeld’s “Kramer” about speaking the truth in love? Beginning Wednesday night, October 7, and continuing each week at 6:30 pm we’re doing something a little different. Join your friends each week and watch a 20 minute episode of a favorite sit-com (perhaps Modern Family, or Everybody Loves Raymond, or even The Office), and discuss where one might find “Good News” beneath the surface. This is a fun way to think about your faith and enjoy fellowship in a very informal way—and no commercials!
Join me each week for a new episode. Dinner is available also, 5:45-6:30 pm -- see the Wednesday Night Live dinner and schedule below in this newsletter. If you'll dine with us be sure to make your reservation each week (no reservation needed for the program).
New Date: Saturday, October 10 at 10 am
Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 am on the pavers/lawn in front of the church. Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures. We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions plus some fun and favorite songs including our Choristers.
Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided. Our collection this day will benefit Humane Society of Cobb County, whose mission is to promote humane welfare and responsible animal guardianship through educational community outreach, shelter, and spay/neuter programs. You can get information about them at www.humanecobb.com.
--> October Outreach drive: Items for the animals
During October, our Wednesday Night Explorers group is sponsoring a collection drive to help the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Cobb County. Items being requested for HSCC include: dry cat and dog food, unscented cat litter, pet toys, and Publix and Petsmart gift cards. A collection bin is located across from the Parlor. Please bring your items by Sunday, October 25.
Nominating committee announced
By Tom Blackstock, Senior Warden
The Vestry is excited to announce the formation of our nominating committee for our next rector. Bill Lee will be the chairperson of the committee and will be responsible for leading the committee and updating the Vestry and the parish on the committee’s progress. Molly Banko, Susie Davis, John Fulcher, Joyce Hendricks, Anne Hitchins, Tom Hunter, Ellis Kilgore, Audrey Nesbit, Margaret Shaw, Chuck Shrake and Jason Snape are the other members of the nominating committee. The nominating committee will be commissioned during the services on Sunday, October 11.
As I have reported in previous updates, the Vestry considered the generous guidance provided by the Diocese that helped us consider the many different groups, activities and demographics within our parish. We also looked at all the members of our parish that we felt would bring unique gifts to the process and help to represent the breadth and depth of who St. Catherine’s really is. The committee and the Vestry met on October 1 with our diocesan consultant, The Very Rev Rob Wood, Rector at St. Aidan’s in Alpharetta. The nominating committee will begin working on the parish profile, conducting meetings to gain input from parishioners, conducting surveys, reviewing candidates, and ultimately make a recommendation to the Vestry. Again as I’ve said before, this will not be a quick process. It is a very deliberate and methodical process that is designed to ensure that we reach the right decision on our next rector.
We will continue to offer opportunities for input from everyone in the parish over the coming months. If you have thoughts, concerns or questions, you may email them at any time to our Vestry mailbox at vestrystcatherines.org . If you would like to contact me directly, please email me at thblackstockgmail.com or you may contact Daniel at drmikkelsengmail.com. You may also contact any of our Vestry members in the many meetings we participate throughout the month.
Please continue to pray for our search and transition:
We have so much to be thankful for in our many blessings at St. Catherine’s. We also have much to look forward to as we move into the future. As I have said in previous articles, I am confident that we will continue to fulfill our mission of sharing 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.
By Linda Scott
Sue Davy from The Cathedral Book Store is returning to St. Catherine’s on Sunday, October 4. She will have lots of books and special items to purchase for yourself and for gifts (maybe thinking ahead to Christmas?). She will be arriving in the Parish Hall at 8 am and should be ready for sales about 8:15. Sue will be here until about 1:30 pm. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
Best of all, the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to our Outreach ministry. You can preview the Book Store's catalog online at www.cathedralbookstore.org
Tickets going fast!
Good food, good fun, good music! Please join us at the annual Low Country Boil on October 17 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We supply the shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, beer, wine, tea, dessert, and a DJ to spin music of the beach and bayou. You bring your appetites and your dancing shoes!
The event is open to adults 21 and older. Tickets are $17.50 per person and are available at church on Sundays until we sell out. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.) Any proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Stop Hunger Now. Please contact Elizabeth or Fred Lopez at eslopezcomcast.net for more information or to sign up to be part of the awesome kitchen staff.
Wednesday programs and dinner meets every week for all ages! Here is this year’s schedule -- join us for any or all portions of the evening! (No meeting on September 23 due to Cobb Schools fall break.)
Wednesday night dinners - please RSVP
Be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office by Tuesday 5 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults & youth, $3 children (maximum $25 per family), or use dinner passes for youth & kids. On first Wednesdays the dinners are a fund raiser with donations accepted toward the Youth program.
First Wednesdays benefit Youth
New this year -- First Wednesday of each month is a fund raiser for our Youth program. Youth families will provide the food and youth will cook! This will give our hardworking WNL dinner chefs a little break, and donations these evenings will benefit the class responsible: October 7 - YA; November 4 - J2A; December 2 - Rite 13; January 6 - Seniors. Thank you!
Reply by Sunday, October 25
The Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 1 this year. On this date we would like to remember at the altar the saints in your lives. Please share with us both the names of people in your life who you have lost (whether last week or 25 years ago), and also those who grace your life in the here and now. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office by Sunday, October 25.
The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on October 27. Making an appointment is easy: go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are still welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up.
Remember to join us at St. Catherine's for our blood drives throughout the year. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!
Save time with Red Cross’ RapidPass
Help save lives in less time! The Red Cross has a new feature called RapidPass which allows you to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of home or office, reducing the time spent at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. How to use RapidPass:
Please note that RapidPass may be completed only on the day of the drive. If you leave the printed pass behind or can’t show it on a mobile device at the drive, you will just need to complete the questions again. RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment so be sure to reserve your time slot in the usual way.
St. Catherine's is now live on The City! The City is St. Catherine's new online system for engaging, communicating, and interacting with one another and with our ministry teams. We are going to use The City as our parishioner roster and our event RSVP system. But more significantly, it will be our system for extending the way that we engage and communicate with one another.
If you'd like some help to access and use all the features of The City please register for one of our small-group hands-on classes by contacting Alison Travis at alisonbtravishotmail.com. Dates coming up are Sunday, October 4, 12:30 - 2 pm; Sunday, October 11, 12:30 - 2 pm. If you have NOT received your invitation to The City please contact Alison Travis alisonbtravishotmail.com, Rose Wolfe rosestcatherines.org or Karen Manno Karenstcatherines.org.
Picture - Susan Heuke leads a City session (photo by Bill Ivey)
Now in our fourth season! Join us for these concerts in our 2015-2016 series. All programs are free with no tickets needed, held in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. Please reserve these dates on your calendar now, and invite family and friends!
First concert Thursday, October 29: Skylark presents “Lieder + Love Songs” - 7:30 pm
This group is not to be missed! Skylark, directed by Matthew Guard is a nationally renowned professional choral group, based in Boston and Atlanta. A smaller ensemble of the main group will sing an entirely a capella program for us from the American Songbook. Skylark will appear at Spivey Hall in May 2016, as part of Spivey Hall’s 25th Season. www.skylarkensemble.org
Coming in this season
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s
This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a Friends of Music reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Mail to the church office at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068. Donations are tax deductible.
Nominations to serve on the Vestry will begin soon. This year we will elect four new vestry members to serve three-year terms. Nominees must be a member in good standing of the parish, in that they “work, pray and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom.” You may nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission).
A list of the eligible members and nomination forms will be available in your bulletin and at church beginning October 11. Nominations will be due by November 8 for the election in December. Contact Senior Warden Tom Blackstock or our clergy for questions.
The schedule of upcoming dates is listed on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin and available in the church office. You may sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one or special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Please remember to send your payment to the church office on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.
Our church flowers and altar candles are solely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you!
Remember to "Save It Forward"
By Harriett Pyburn
Have you had a chance to try the Save it Forward program yet? Simply pick up an envelope on the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Envelopes are marked "Save it Forward" and stamped with the grocery store you prefer (Kroger or Publix). Take it to that store by the "Shop By" date printed on the outside (usually Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week). Use the shopping list and coupons inside. Your bill will be less than $6 after all of the sales and coupons. At your convenience, bring the items back to church and leave in the bins underneath the envelope table. This food pantry serves needy students and their families in the Cobb County School District. You can shop once, weekly, or anywhere in between. Just pick up an envelope any week it is convenient for you! For more information, contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) or see www.aliveministriesinc.org
Bulletin! Alive Ministries joins MUST!
On September 30 Alive Ministries and MUST Ministries announced that they are merging! Now two of our favorite organizations are working together to fight childhood hunger! The Save it Forward couponing program will still be in effect and will now have the opportunity to stretch to the 7 counties that MUST Ministries currently services. The Founder and Director of Alive Ministries, Rhonda Smith, will work for MUST Ministries as Senior Director of Program Operations and will still oversee the couponing food pantry.
We are sad to announce the death of Archer D. Smith III, husband of The Rev. Doris Graf Smith, on September 25. Doris joined St. Catherine's as Deacon in 1983 and was ordained here as a priest the following year. She was then our Assistant Rector until January 1988 when she became Priest in Charge after Rector David Wayland's departure, until Fr. Larry Packard became Rector in 1989.
Archer’s funeral was held September 28 at Christ Episcopal Church, Kennesaw, and many St. Catherine’s current and former members attended. "Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord; And let light perpetual shine upon him." Thank you to John Brooks for this report.
By Pat Pepper
The TV newscasters would tell you the Pope’s visit is yesterday’s news. I would like to think his message will stay fresh and live with us for a life time. His visit to America touched many people in such a positive way. I was one of those people.
Were you like me? When Pope Francis arrived in the United States I couldn’t move away from the TV coverage of his visit. I kept hearing newspersons repeating what they felt was the Holy Father’s message, “love each other,” “be compassionate,” and “it is up to each individual to make a difference in the world.” A major message I was hearing from Pope Francis is based on Matthew 25, which in summary says when we serve others we are serving Jesus. On the second day of the Pope’s visit to America the reference to this chapter was made again and often; a recurring theme. “Truly I tell you, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you do for me.”
On day two following his message to Congress, instead of going to a fancy dinner with the congressmen, this great man went to Washington Catholic Charities where over 200 of the Washington D.C. needy were gathered for lunch. He went to bless them and be close to them. The Pope says, “It is what we do and not what we say that matters.” To quote one of the Bishops, “He is walking the talk”.
I ask myself, and I am asking each of you, “Am I, are you, walking the talk?” We have so many opportunities available at St. Catherine’s and through St. Catherine’s, for you to be able to say “Yes, I am walking the talk.” Thank you for what you are already doing to make a difference.
Interested in finding your passion for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Newcomer & visitor coffee -- A warm St. Catherine's welcome!
Thank you, Breakfast Angels!
Jubilate leading music at 8:45 service
Serving in worship
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Saturday, October 10 at St. Peter’s, Rome, Georgia
The Daughters of the King St. Francis Chapter at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia present a Women’s Day Retreat on Saturday, October 10, 9 am - 5 pm. The retreat is titled "Becoming Who I Am: On Being Obedient" and features speaker Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright. How can we be obedient to God as we experience the ups and downs, the messiness, the joys, and the travails of our lives? In this time together, we’ll reclaim that word, “obey” and realize that it is truly about becoming who we are, wholly and divinely-made, according to God’s dream for us. Additional activities may include: Gentle Chair Yoga, Art Therapy, Poetic Inquiry, and Evening Prayer. Beth-Sarah Wright, PhD is an author, inspirational speaker and retreat leader on spirituality and healing, well-known in the Atlanta diocese and beyond.
Cost is $35, payment at the door and includes breakfast & lunch. Open to all women everywhere. Call St. Peter’s to reserve your spot, 706-291-9111. The church is located at 101 E. 4th Ave, Rome, GA 30161 www.stpetersrome.org .
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: Archer Smith, III, Rev. Doris Graf Smith’s husband; Jack Nabinger, John Nabinger’s uncle
BEFORE SURGERY: Austin; Pam Phillips
FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Nancy Burnaugh, Bella Hutto, Mit FitzSimons, Cathy Kaumeyer, Oscar Price, Mike Burnaugh, Chloe Lovello, Jackie Heckel, Amma Susan, Keith Dilbeck, Elizabeth Keely, Margaret White, Jim Weigel, Sarah, Newborn Baby Delaney, T.P. Hall, Susan Drouse, Walt Whitton, Kathryn Webb, Pat Henegar, Bryson Denton, Roger & Louise, Beth Pickles, Jean England, Chris Sumsky Sr., Libby Taylor, Ashley Culley, Susan Thompson, Poula Thompson, Evan Butler, Anita Gardner.
ANNIVERSARIES: (10/9) Will & Suzanne McGhee, (10/10) Jim & Linda Snape, (10/13) James & Susie Davis
BIRTHDAYS: (10/4) Abby Baumann, Allison Dupuis, Adam Stone, Chuck Shrake, (10/5) Matt Greene, Cam Graham, (10/6) Tom Donoghue, (10/7) Lou Dini, (10/8) Jennifer Sherwood, Harriett Singleton, (10/9) Tom Hunter, (10/10) Austin Jablonski, Rod Pope, (10/11) Tina Kerr, Jason Nienaber, (10/12) Suzanne McGhee, (10/13) Kitty Diffley, Audrey Nesbit, Althea Dillard, (10/14) Sydney Spessard, (10/15) Bill Bowden, Erin Donoghue, Ella Lea Luttrell, (10/16) Marion Cook.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Catherine’s, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.
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.
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
Please hold these dates:
By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org
At Emmaus House "Walk The Road", September 27
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