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Celtic Advent Evening - Wednesday, December 9
By Father Dean
The Season of Advent calls each of us to prepare for the arrival of the Holy Child this Christmas Eve, but our culture pushes us with endless activities and expectations so that we often end up on Christmas Eve simply exhausted.
St. Catherine’s will offer you an opportunity to still your soul and mind with silence, with poetry, and with music. In something new for us during Advent, we will have a Celtic Advent Evening, a time of music, poetry and meditation featuring cello, harp, guitar, and voice. Please join us on Wednesday evening, December 9 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall as we have the fun of putting together some of our own musicians to enjoy the season’s most loved Celtic music.
Wednesday Night Live dinner and programs for EYC (Youth) and Explorers will be held as usual this evening. Please RSVP by Tuesday 5 pm if you will join us for the meal: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-971-2839.
* FLASH! from Fr. Dean -- Title of sermon this Sunday (December 6) is "When the Word of God Came to Zena’s Snip-N-Tan” *
One of the hallmarks of St. Catherine's is our warm and welcoming spirit. It's one of the first things that newcomers to our congregation often mention when they visit. It's right there in our mission statement: "The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming..."
So, how can we be even more welcoming? If you think about it for a minute, how do you suppose it would make a newcomer feel if we ALL wore nametags every Sunday, even though we know most everyone already? Perhaps it might say, “This congregation cares enough to go out of their way to make me feel at home here.” Also, remember that we have new staff members this year, including our Interim Rector, who want to greet you by name. And even some of us who have been here a long time might need a little help, too.
--> Do you need a name tag? Is yours getting a bit worn — or perhaps it's gotten lost? To get a new or replacement name tag just fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Parish Secretary Becky Adams, beckystcatherines.org.
Sunday, December 13 at all services
The slate of candidates is announced for our upcoming Vestry election. We are very grateful to these parish members who have stepped forward to be willing to serve us in 2016. The election will be held at all worship services on Sunday, December 13. We will elect four new members to three-year terms; the slate of candidates is listed below. Absentee Ballots — If you will be unable to attend worship this date, absentee ballots are available in the church office (call 770-971-2839) and are due in the office on Friday, December 11 by 5:00 pm.
We are very thankful for the service of our members who have represented us on the Vestry this year. Our Vestry for 2015: Tom Blackstock - Sr. Warden*, Eric DeLaBarre, Jason Gardiner, Jeff Harris*, Bill Hutton*, Bill Ivey, Susan Jenkins, Hans Kraeger, Daniel Mikkelsen - Jr. Warden, Rod Pope*, Beth Sandoval, Natalie Whitlow [* denotes member retiring at end of 2015].
Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6
Thank you everyone who has ordered Christmas trees to benefit our EYC (Youth) program! Trees will be displayed in back of the church near the Youth House to pickout your own -- your orders are guaranteed available, but you'll want to arrive early for the best selection. Times:
Thank you for your support. For questions contact Sally Paris in The City or sally stcatherines.org.
As a step in the search for our new rector, the Nominating Committee will be creating a parish profile from input you provide on our Parish Survey. We are counting on 100% participation on the survey from St. Catherine’s congregation in order to create an accurate picture of our parish for prospective candidates.
Go to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StCatherinesMarietta — or you can find the survey link on our website www.stcatherines.org (click “Parish Survey” on the home page at the bottom of the “Quick Links” section at the lower left).
The survey will be open for your replies until mid December. It is anonymous — your answers are not identified with your name, so you may feel free to reply fully and completely. Allow 20 minutes to complete the survey (you will need to finish it in one session, you will not be able to leave & come back later). After you finish your survey, be sure to pick up your Holy Cow sticker for your name tag from Henrietta the Holy Cow (a.k.a. Margaret Shaw in photo) at church! If you have any questions you can contact the Nominating Committee at nominationsstcatherines.org. Photo by Sally Paris.
A Christmas Artisan Market will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 6 between the services until 1:00 pm. Come “shop local” from your St. Catherine’s friends this holiday season. For questions contact Rebeccah Devault on The City / rebeccahdevaultgmail.com.
On December 9 beginning at 6:30 pm - see Father Dean's letter above in this newsletter.
Each year we invite all to donate money for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. We remind you to insert your donation in the brown envelopes in your pews or send to the church office. Please be sure to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, Dec. 13 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.
The annual Christmas Pageant is on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the 8:45 am service. All children are invited to participate. Many young people are needed for all parts of this special event and volunteer help is welcome.
The rehearsal will be Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 am in the sanctuary. Those interested in a speaking role please contact ASAP Caroline Brennan, happybrennanhotmail.com.
All Young Families are invited to join us for a Christmas Movie and Dinner Night, Sunday December 13, at the home of Todd and Anne Hitchins (814 Sharpshooters Ridge, Marietta, GA 30064) beginning at 4:30 pm. We will have chili, chicken nuggets, fruit, and hot chocolate, and watch two short Christmas movies: The Very First Noel and The Grinch. Kids are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket or sleeping bag to relax during the movies. Please RSVP on the Young Families Shutterfly site or respond to the event on The City so that we can prepare enough food for everyone.
You'll find a variety of Advent study materials for children, youth and adults on the table in the foyer begining on the First Sunday of Advent. A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Look for this year's collection, "Sweeping The Hearth: Preparing for the Birth of Christ," which is available for pickup at church, on our website and daily on our Facebook page.
You may also receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! Sign up now on our Advent Reflections page at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm.
All senior adults are invited by The Rev. Dean Taylor and The Rev. Susan Johnson to be our special guest for a Eucharist and Christmas Luncheon at church on December 17 at 11:00 am. Please let us know you are coming by Monday, December 14 by contacting Becky Adams in the office at 770-971-2839, beckystcatherines.org. Special entertainment will be provided by the four-year-old-classes of our Preschool.
As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. We can use every hand! This is an evening for every member of the congregation, and your friends and family as well (nursery available for little ones during the work time).
Please bring a finger dessert to share. We will begin at 5:00 PM to decorate the church, parish hall, youth house and outside. At 6:30 we’ll break for supper, then we’ll return to a decorated and candle-lit sanctuary to sing carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with dessert. See you there!
Join us to go to Emmaus House (near Turner Field in Atlanta) on the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, to be "elves" escorting activities and distributing presents to 700+ smiling faces at their annual Christmas Festival. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! We will carpool from the St. Catherine's parking lot. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com, 770-841-1356, for carpool time and all the details.
Foods requested – A festive reception will follow the 5:00 pm Family Christmas Eve service. We invite you to donate finger foods for these receptions, please bring them to the Parish Hall, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service you attend this night. (Please note there will not be a reception following the 10:30 Festival Eucharist).
Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.
* - nursery available
Office schedule — The church office will be closed for the holidays on these dates:
For the Season of Advent we’re trying something a bit different. Announcements are BEFORE THE SERVICE BEGINS—at about 10 minutes before the opening hymn. This applies to all our service times. The Vestry Person of the Day will read the announcements and then, after a moment of quiet to “collect ourselves” and prepare for worship, we will begin the service at the regular time.
A suggestion by Father Dean: I invite you to make an “Advent discipline” of arriving at church 10 minutes early, not simply to hear the announcements but even more importantly, to quiet your soul and prepare yourself for worship. When Advent is over, we’ll reflect on this practice, and see how it worked! “Prayer is sitting in silence until it silences us” — Richard Rohr
Thursday, December 10 - RSVP
Reservation is required! Men of the parish are invited to an evening out starting at 6:00 pm at Reformation Brewery in Woodstock. Cost is $15. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Dave Banko (dbankoDARTdirectmail.com). Reformation Brewery is located at 500 Arnold Mill Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188 www.ReformationBrewery.com.
“A Sparkling Evening with Maggie Taylor”
Soprano Maggie Taylor is becoming well known around the south for her roles in opera and musical theatre. She is the Youth Artist director for Act3 Playhouse in Sandy Springs and is Dr. Jana Williams’ assistant choral director at Walton High School. She will sing a program of sparkling seasonal music including outstanding arias, songs from musicals, and holiday favorites such as O Holy Night and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Some friends will accompany her on piano, harp, guitar and more. Free, no tickets needed, please invite families and friends.
--> Cookies requested for concert reception -- A brief reception in the foyer will follow this concert. If you would like to assist by contributing some cookies or other finger desserts please leave your items clearly marked for "December 12 Concert" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to the concert.
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 many music lovers. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a an exclusive “Friends” 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.” Donations are tax deductible. Thank you!
St. Catherine's mugs will be for sale at the Christmas Artisan Market on December 6 from 10 to 1 pm, and also between services on December 13 and 20, in the foyer. The mugs are available in green, and now in purple, too! The mugs are $6.00 each, and feature our logo (created by Jason Snape) and the blessing "Life is short and we do not have much time...". Proceeds will benefit Invitation Ministry and our newcomer events. You also may contact Susan Heuke or Bettye Harris.
The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's after Christmas, December 29 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Collections are always very low during the holiday season so your donation this time will be even more important. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life! 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 of course welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up.
--> Save time with Red Cross’ RapidPass!
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. Please note that RapidPass must 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 as above. How to use RapidPass:
By Tom Snead
Any men who are interested, we would love to have you join us, the 14 loyal learners, 6 men on Thursday evenings or 8 men on Friday morning (including one using Skype from Charlottesville, Virginia). For information contact Tom Snead in The City or tom.sneadearthlink.net.
Sign up now!
By Amma Susan
Our adults' inquirers class, The Journey, begins January 3, preparing adults new to St. Catherine's or the Episcopal tradition for church membership or adult baptism. The Journey is an opportunity to explore your questions about the faith and the church, to learn about St. Catherine's and the Episcopal church, to gain spiritual tools for your faith journey, and to discern where God may be calling you to use your spiritual gifts, all while getting to know others at St. Catherine's in a small group setting.
To sign up, please contact Amma Susan ammasusanstcatherines.org or 770-971-2839. The first six sessions will meet Sunday mornings starting January 3 during the Church School hour. There will be one Saturday morning in-house retreat on February 13. The remaining ten sessions will meet Sunday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am. Childcare will be available.
The Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce these updated figures. The number of pledges for 2016 which have been received at latest report (December 2) is 199, and the total dollars pledged is $749,884. It is so wonderful to see the Holy Spirit at work in our lives!
If you have not yet returned your Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) for 2016: About 46 pledges are still outstanding and each is very important! You may obtain an Estimate of Giving (pledge) card at church in the pews, or print one from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/EstimateOfGivingCard.pdf . Please return your card in the alms basin or to the church office as soon as possible. Your pledges are needed now as we begin the budgeting process for 2016! Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine’s ministries and missions.
Remember to "Save It Forward"
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.
You can shop once, weekly, or anywhere in between — just pick up an envelope any week it is convenient for you! This food pantry serves needy students and their families in the Cobb County School District. For more information, contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) or see www.aliveministriesinc.org
Did you know? St. Catherine’s volunteers provide meals and much more every month year-round at MUST Ministries’ Marietta homeless shelter on Cobb Parkway, Elizabeth Inn: Dinner Team on the 28th of every month; Laundry Team on the fourth Tuesday AND fifth Wednesday; and Breakfast Team on the fourth Wednesday. Your help is welcome, and the guests of the Inn are always so appreciative of our time. To learn more about Dinner Team please contact Connie Bergeron (connieatlbergerons.net) or Tracy Buckalew (tracyklpcpeoplepc.com). For Laundry Team contact Fred Massey (f_massey22hotmail.com). For Breakfast Team please contact Audrey Nesbit (audrey.nesbit
By Bill Ivey
The Thursday before Thanksgiving is the time we celebrate the many faiths that worship in East Cobb. Held on November 19 at the Temple Kol Emeth on Old Canton Road, the synagogue was full to overflowing. Temple Rabbi Steve Lebow and Father Pat from Transfiguration Catholic Church hugged as they celebrated the 11th annual celebration. There were clergy from many faiths in the processional including our own Amma Susan and Father Dean. Representing St. Catherine’s Youth, Chandler participated in the youth prayers and Charlie and Maddy participated with their Scout units for the presentation of the colors. We heard from Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Unity Church, Missionary Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian representatives. There were moments of laughter and tears as we realized again, that we are all gifts from God and we are all seeking him. (Photos by Bill Ivey)
By Pat Pepper
After my mother-in-law passed away we did what families do and started packing her personal belongings. As we were packing her clothes we opened a dresser drawer and discovered it full of items wrapped in tissue paper. The first was a blue sweater that we had given to her for her birthday. The sweater had never been worn and was still in the same tissue we had wrapped it in. The next was a gift that we had given to her for Christmas. That drawer and other drawers contained many carefully selected, unused gifts.
I know that others have had the same experiences: gifts given but never used. Were the gifts being saved for a special occasion? Were they considered too special to use? Did the recipient say, “I don't know what to do with this, or how to use it?”
What about your God-given gifts? God has given each of us a special talent, the gift that is inside each of us. Have you symbolically wrapped it in tissue paper and put it in a drawer, thinking it wouldn't fit or isn't really something you could use? I believe that God works through us, using our gifts, and our talents. We need to respect and not ignore them.
As the holiday approaches, and we are thinking about buying that special gift, take this time during Advent to unwrap your God-given gift and use it.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Wreath-making on the First Sunday of Advent
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:
Atlanta InterFaith Leaders Fellowship invites members, friends and newcomers to the Seventh Annual Taste of Faith, celebrating the diversity of religious holidays and related ethnic traditions which mark this time of the year. The event is 4:30–6:30 pm at Roswell Community Masjid, 345 Market Place, Roswell, GA 30075. The diverse major religious communities of Atlanta will each have a booth or table and members present to introduce you to their holiday celebrations with displays, food samplers, and joy-filled conversation. For more information contact Atlanta InterFaith Leaders Fellowship Secretary, vossduckmindspring.com.
3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist: The 160-voice Michael O’Neal Singers Chorus and guest ensemble The Greater Atlanta Girls’ Choir will perform a concert of well-loved Christmas favorites spanning both sacred and secular aspects of this “most wonderful time of the year.” The concert is presented at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this well-known community chorus. Tickets are $15 adults /$20 students & seniors in advance, $17 / $22 at the door, available online at www.mosingers.com.
For the twentieth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5 adults; $4 Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For information contact 404.373.8338 / infoepiphany.org or visit www.epiphany.org. Schedule: Saturday, December 5, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-4 pm; Wednesday, Dec. 9 – Friday, Dec. 11, 10 am - 2 pm; Friday, Dec. 11, 7-9 pm; Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 13, 2-4 pm.
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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: Harold Melford Paris, father of Mel Paris; Susan Burton, classmate of Becky Adams; Cora Watley, dear friend of Joyce Hendricks
BIRTHS: Nathan Graham Paglia, son of Claire & Brian Paglia, grandson of Al & Karen Maxwell.
FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Alan Certain, Sis Eastland, Barry Dillard, Bill Woods, Ethan Scott, Julian Gardiner, Raymond Higgins, Brandon Long, Jim Weigel, Ron Brannock, Jack Fahey, Janet Myers, Janie Parnell Haar, Adelyn Grace Keown, Heidi Borders, Sueann Bunker, Bill Fambrough, Bill Holman, Bob Behrand, Elizabeth Keely, Libby Taylor, Susan Thompson, Poula Thompson, Anita Gardner.
ANNIVERSARIES: Paul & Jackie Anderson (12/13), John & Fran Brooks (12/18)
BIRTHDAYS: (12/6) Christina McLean, Alysia Bowers-Dean, Reese Maier; (12/7) Peggy Towery, Nick Vavra, Luke Mikkelson, (12/8) Chris Jones, (12/9) Ian Goldman, Megan Goldman, Sebasjian Hutton, (12/10) Ann Snead, Barbara Perry, Paul Anderson, Megan Shannonhouse, Nick Muckerman, (12/11) Bobbye Greene, Margaret Caudle, Sadie Culberson, Abigail Singleton, (12/12) Lee Stuart, (12/13) Terry Sheehan, Brian Jory, Ben Frost Jr., (12/14) Ken Denton, Mark Singleton, Juliet Glass, (12/15) Jennifer Massey, Kevin Manno (12/16) Mike Moran, (12/18) Tom Bird, Jennifer Tear, Riley Yucius.
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 we+e ks 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
Mark your calendar -- Sunday, December 27, 12-2 pm. It will be a great time to visit with all your friends home for the holidays after the 10:30 service this day.
This year we will have an additional Youth Sunday on January 3. Start thinking of how you would like to participate! Youth will acolyte, read, preach, provide music... anything you can think of! Let Sally know now if there is something you know you want to do!
This coming summer the diocese is sponsoring 2 mission trips:
Get information and registration links at www.eycdioatl.org/event-information.html if you are interested in participating in any of these service-oriented Diocesan activities.
At Happening #64, November 20-22. HEY LOOK in the first picture -- we found Fr. Dean on the ceiling at Camp Mikell!!
The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
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