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Wednesday evening speaker series begins October 19
By Amma Susan+
There are so many divides in our culture today: racial, sexual orientation, religious, and even tensions with those sworn to protect society, police men and women. On five Wednesday evenings, October 19 – November 16, we will gather in the Parish Hall from 6:30 to 8:00 pm to ask the question: “How do we love like Jesus when it comes to various cultural divides we encounter in our everyday lives.” Our series will feature special guest speakers:
Mark your calendars now for these dates. Let us seek together how we can better Love Like Jesus.
The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys continues leading our Wednesday evening adult speaker series through October 12 in the Parish Hall. His topic is “King David, from Goliath to Mid-Life Crisis: A Study of I & II Samuel.” Dr. Humphreys is Professor Emeritus at the University of Knoxville, Department of Religion and author of “The Character of God in Genesis,” and “Introduction to the Old Testament."
Wednesday Night Live program also continues weekly for Explorers (children) and Youth at 7:00-8:00 pm each week (no WNL for Youth or Explorers on September 28 due to Cobb Schools fall break).
Next Adult Series: "Loving Like Jesus" begins October 19
See Amma Susan's letter above for our next exciting series, "Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides," with a wonderful line up of guest speakers. Don't miss it!
A special kick-off dinner for everyone will be served 5:30-6:30 pm on October 19, for the start of this next series. No RSVP will be needed, donations will be taken to benefit the Youth House Expansion.
*SUNDAY*, October 2 at *5:00* pm
By John Nabinger
St. Catherine’s will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a service of the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 pm at the front doors of the church. All our four-legged and other pet friends are invited and welcomed to receive a blessing from Father Dean. In previous years, blessings have been bestowed upon dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, ferrets, chickens and even an iguana! Please bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. Our collection at the service will benefit a local charity for the care of animals.
Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (who became St. Francis after his death) was an Italian friar and preacher who lived from 1181-1226. He was venerated as a saint in 1228. According to legend, he created the Christmas Crèche or nativity scene and is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters”, and considered nature to be the reflection of God.
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Good food, good fun, good music! Please join us for an evening of food and dancing at the annual Low Country Boil on October 1 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We supply the shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, beer, wine, tea, dessert, and music. You should bring your appetites and dancing shoes. The event is open to adults 21 and older. Tickets are $17.50 per person and will be on sale 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 Episcopal Relief and Development. Please contact Elizabeth or Fred Lopez at eslopezcomcast.net for more information or to sign up to be part of the awesome kitchen staff!
By Bettye Harris
Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee & coffee cake)! Our next Newcomer and Visitor Coffee is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, at 10 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to an informal gathering with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Please join us for coffee, coffee cake, fruit, and conversation about our programs & ministries. Get to know us a little better as we get to know you. Feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. Contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) if you have questions or if you can assist.
October 7-9 at Montara Farm
Make your reservation today! All men are invited to the 2016 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 7-9 at Montera Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, www.montarafarm.com. We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. More details will be coming soon but space will be limited. Total cost of the retreat will be $316.25.
Hold your place now by signing up with your $100 deposit on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact John Fulcher, jfulchergmail.com.
Order by October 16
Get your latest church spirit wear! Choose from long-sleeve T-shirts, 3/4 sleeve jerseys, long-sleeve Henley shirts, short-sleeve golf shirts or sweatshirts, ewith different designs for each (St. Catherine’s or Atlanta Diocese or St. Cat Youth). Proceeds from sales will benefit our Youth House Expansion project. All orders are due by Sunday, October 16.
To view designs, sizing and prices, and to place your order, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7SGI1APPx1xE-tgb62yUsE8jUGRJlGFAKdXlTwoLpK11cmw/viewform?c=0&w=1. For questions please contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Donate by October 31 so we can begin work!
Are you planning a donation to support the Memorial Garden project? Many people have told us “yes”, but haven’t gotten around to it yet — everyone is busy, and this is at the bottom of the “to do” list. But we'd like start the project before the weather turns bad, so our target deadline for contributions is October 31!
All donors may remember a friend or loved one with their donation. A plaque will be mounted in the Administration Wing recognizing each donor. (You also can decline recognition -- just let us know!) Please donate now so we can enhance our existing Memorial Garden and create a sacred and affordable burial space for current and future members.
Donations in any amount are welcome by check, or St. Catherine’s members may donate online via your account in The City. Please make checks to “St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,” designate it in the memo line for “Memorial Garden Expansion”, and place in the collection plate on Sundays or send to the church office. See details of our plan at www.stcatherines.org/memorial-garden-expansion/ .
By Sally Paris
A new Young Adults Ministry has begun at St. Catherine’s in conjunction with the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Kennesaw State University. The Young Adults group is now meeting at our church each week on Sunday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm. This ministry seeks to offer a safe place for young adults to build community and explore questions of faith as they encounter society independently as adults.
We would love for members of St. Catherine’s to fix and enjoy dinner with these students. The request is for dinner to serve about 15 people. Students eat a lot of pizza and microwave food and really enjoy having a home-cooked meal. You are welcome to sign up for just one date, but I would also love you to consider signing up to join us on a regular basis. There are some really great young adults involved in this ministry, it is a blessing to get to know them. To sign up or if you have any questions contact Sally Paris at sallystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Adult and Young Adult volunteers are wanted to help with Children’s Chapel which is offered each Sunday during the 9:00 and 11:15 am services. This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a child-friendly setting in the Parlor during the time between the sequence hymn and the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word, the age range is usually 3 to 9 years old.
If you are interested in helping on a rotating basis at either service please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Jenna Parker, jennastcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Michael Paris leads the lesson during 9 am service (photo by Bill Ivey)
Our Acolyte Ministry invites children and youth to volunteer on a rotating basis for 9:00 and 11:15 services. While there is no minimum age, typically the youngest are 8-9 years old; older youth serve through grade 12. Basic qualifications are ability to sit quietly and attentively during the service; follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service; and have a personal desire to serve in this position. Written instructions and walk-through training provided. See the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Acolyte Master Frank Adams frank.adamsaonhewitt.com, Youth Director Sally Paris sallystcatherines.org, or Children & Family Director Jenna Parker jennastcatherines.org.
This Saturday, September 25 starting at 7:00 am we'll finish OSB on outside, finish roof decking and start papering roof, drip edge and wrapping house. To get on the mailing list for upcoming tasks and schedule, contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.
Also needed are volunteers to help with refreshments each week, icing-down water and Gatorade, and keeping our construction workers fueled with fruit and snack bars. To help with refreshments contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 404-819-0891. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes for all jobs as you will be walking in an active construction site!
Save the date: Thursday, November 17 at Temple Kol Emeth
It’s the Twelfth Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration—a dynamic evening of worship and community-building on the Thursday 1 week before Thanksgiving Day. Each year, this celebration brings together spiritual leaders, musicians, and participants from many faiths to celebrate both unity and diversity, and is attended by more than 800 worshippers. Members of St. Catherine’s will join in this community event at 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30062, www.kolemeth.net . A reception with a wonderful variety of foods will follow.
Mass Choir – all invited to sing
The musical offerings at this service will include a choir of singers from various churches and religious organizations in our community. Anyone may participate, no auditions. Singers must provide their own copies of the music. The pieces are “Tikkun Olam” (“Repair the World”) by Gary Kent Walth ; "The Power of One" by Beth Jacoby and Larry King; "There is So Much Work for Love to Do" by Cynthia Gray. Rehearsals will be at 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth on October 10, October 24 and November 14. For questions contact Kathy Mittelman, mittelmanbellsouth.net.
The next training for Family Promise volunteers and anyone interested in joining the team, will be Tuesday, October 11, from 7-9 pm, at the Family Promise Day Center, located in the back parking lot of East Cobb United Methodist Church, 2325 Roswell Rd. NE, Marietta. To attend, please send your request to trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org .
Our next Family Promise hosting week will be November 27-December 4. For any questions please contact Linda Scott, lindamscott1949gmail.com or Barb Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net. If you would like to view a short YouTube video about the Family Promise program, please let Barb or Linda know and they will be happy to send it to you!
The build began on August 13 with the house blessing and quick raising of the walls. Sign up to help or support the build with our $15 tshirts, contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 404-819-0891. St. Catherine’s volunteers are scheduled to help on the dates below at the build site on Lee Road in Mableton:
By Natalie Marcus Whitlow
Nathaniel Monroe Whitlow is St. Catherine’s oldest acolyte. He has been an acolyte for about 16 years. What you may not know is that he has been a Special Olympics athlete for longer than that. He began practicing with the competing athletes at age 8. He started competing at age 10 in the summer games. He ran/walked short and mid distances. Eventually, he began competing in the winter games, held at several venues in Cobb County. He competed in bowling or basketball. He now competes in track and field in Summer games, bocce in fall games, and masters bowling in August. This August 26 and 27, Nat competed in masters bowling at Warner-Robins and earned a gold medal for his efforts. We are so proud of our family "jock." Congratulations, Nat Whitlow. We love you.
Photo - Nat in the Medal Ceremony at the Master Bowling Games in August
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
I was in a St. Catherine's ministry team meeting recently (nothing new or different for me!) and a visitor to the group said in a very loving way, “St. Catherine's is a church that believes in mission.” All of us sitting in the group agreed, yes, we do believe in being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.
So many of the members of St. Cat's have as their mantra, “Love like Jesus.” It’s not a simple thing to do. If this was an article on the many aspects of how we are challenged by showing that kind of love, I could fill several pages with subjects taken just from the evening news.
Beginning October 19, on Wednesday evenings St. Catherine's will host a six week series, “Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides,” which will address some of these challenges. (For details see Amma Susan’s letter above!) Our wonderful lineup of outstanding speakers is exciting, and each of them will help us to meet that challenge to love others the way that Jesus loves each of us.
This year our Diocese is being very intentional in reminding us to Love like Jesus. I found these beautiful quotes on their Facebook page:
Do you need assistance in finding the way to be the hands, heart and feet of Jesus? Call me. I have many opportunities for you to choose from.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
The church office has a well-loved IBM Wheelwriter typewriter that is no longer in use. We’d like to pass it along to a person or organization that can make use of it. Please contact Rosemary Wolfe in the church office, rosestcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Pictures by Bill Ivey, see lots more photos full size in the albums at Photo Albums
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:
Dear St. Catherine’s,
Thank you so much for all your help and support during this difficult time but most importantly, opening your home and arms to me and my family. I have felt and still do all your thoughts and prayers. I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people. God Bless You All!
Dear Church Members,
We really appreciate you selecting Simple Needs GA for your generous financial donations. Thank you! As a community based non-profit, we depend on donations to sustain our mission to meet the simple needs of children, people experiencing homelessness, and others in need. On behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you.Sincerely,
The SNGA Board
The Cathedral Book Store is located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, www.cathedralbookstore.org.
The Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County in conjunction with Common Courtesy Rides is sponsoring door to door rides for our members. This personal ride service will pick up our members from any location in Cobb County and take them up to 15 miles for $2.00 per person per ride. There can be up to 3 people per car and there is a nominal charge for more than 15 miles. Riders are limited to 2 round trip rides per week.
Highlights of the program:
Specific questions on this and any of our programs can be addressed to the Senior Council Delegates at each Cobb Senior Center, see contact information at http://seniorcitizencouncilofcobb.org/contact_us.asp
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities 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, Jake England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousins; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Andrew Hutton, and Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: Barry Yancey, Patsy Pardue
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Courtney Greenway, Will Lee, Anne Whittle, Nick Wolfe, Annabel Hogue, Jay Hendricks, Trudy Cobb, Dedra Martin, Jennifer Steiner, Savannah Bennestt, Mary Reeves, Jennifer James, Bill Lewis, Jackson Altricher, Glenn Cox, Berlyn, Jamie Gregg, Susannah Campbell, Kerri Hewitt, Shelley Ransdell, Betty Robinson, Raymond Higgins, Mike Meehan, Scott Hargreaves, Holly Griffin, Gordon Spessard, Sascha, Jim Weigel, Robert Ingram, John Moore, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Cliff Kutzbach, Philip Johnson.
ANNIVERSARIES: Susan & Art Bayless (9/25), Ron & Connie Bergeron (9/25), Gary & Brenda Parker (9/25), Cam & Marti Graham (9/25), Ed & Tracey Pitts (9/30), Jim & Laurie Dirksen (10/2).
BIRTHDAYS: (9/25) Brenda Parker, Bette Hamilton, Virginia Langmaid, (9/26) Mel Paris, Joshua Harvey, (9/27) Susan Martin, Beth Lee, Maddock Jones, (9/28) Art Gardner, (9/29) Treholm Fahy, (9/30) Cam Graham, Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Richard Pearson, Jennifer Sherwood, Nathan Tomchik, Cole Nabinger, (10/2) Sue Jones, David Yucius, Molly Johnson, (10/3) Isaac Hale, Sydney Khan, (10/4) Chuck Shrake, Adam Stone, Allison Dupuis, Abby Baumann, (10/5) Matthew Greene, (10/6) Rhonda Robinson, Tom Donoghue, (10/7) Lou Dini.
FOR OUR 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 Volunteer Opportunities 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
Space is still available, please email Sally ASAP if you're interested! All youth are welcome to this year's Fall Youth Retreat which only comes around once every 2 years. We will have outdoor fun and games, programming, fellowship and foursquare! Cost is $150, scholarships available.
Saturday, October 1, 7-10 pm
Come join us as we try to make it through a new maze!! We will explore the maze and then return to the Youth House for an ice cream party! Cost is just $15. Register by September 25 at https://goo.gl/forms/U9CrgoLbgRGoFWPw1
New Beginnings October 7-9
New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth in grades 6-9th. It was created in the Diocese of Central Florida by adults and young people to help youth grow in love of themselves, others, and Christ. In 1998, The Diocese of Atlanta hosted 20 youth for the first New Beginnings in Georgia. Over the years, New Beginnings has grown and now hosts no less than 100 youth every October and February at Camp Mikell. Get information and register at www.eycdioatl.org/new-beginnings.html.
Happening is a renewal weekend sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Happening Team, which facilitates the weekend experience, consists of young people and adults who are active members of their parish. Happening is open to all high school youth that have completed their first semester of freshman year. Get information and register at www.eycdioatl.org/happening.html.
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 on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due by midnight on Wednesday 2 days before the publication date. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
The Wheel: get every issue!
Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org
Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668
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