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By Amma Susan+
I read an advertisement this week that said, “Is your house ready for holiday guests?” It got me thinking, “That mattress in the guest room really needs replacing before the family gets here for Christmas. That bed is so lumpy it encourages a very short stay by the one who occupies that room.” I look forward with great expectation to the upcoming holidays and visits with friends and family. Most of us will spend a good bit of time giving the house a deep cleaning, decking the halls with evergreens and making special recipes in expectation of our Christmas guests arrival.
Advent is both a beginning and an end, an alpha and an omega of the church’s year of grace. It is more than a season of preparation for the annual commemoration of Christ’s birth. This rich and many-layered season is actually designed to prepare the Christian for the glorious possibilities of the second coming of Christ, the parousia.
While we occupy ourselves with preparations for the Christmas festival, getting our homes in order and ready for expected guests, let us be sure to set our spiritual houses in order as well. Are our hearts so occupied with the daily cares of life that we have neglected to make room for the Christ to make his home? Do the guest rooms of our hearts have lumpy beds of distractedness and unreceptiveness that discourage a lengthy stay for the mighty guest whose coming we await? Let’s spend this Advent-tide in prayer and self-examination, asking for grace to sweep away the barriers to wholeness in our relationships with God, self and others. The way into the heart must be open, for the greatest Guest of all is coming to make us his home — “Come, Lord Jesus.”
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm
All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees: please be sure to have a member of your group present in the Parish Hall as we consider the 2017 budget process. And, we'll hear more about Saturday January 21: Learning to Love Like Jesus" and the Parish Annual Meeting on January 22.
A light supper will be served to you beginning at 6:45 in thanksgiving for the wonderful work of all our volunteers this year. This is a very important meeting and your presence is needed. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
Sunday, December 11 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 2017. The election will be held at all worship services on Sunday, December 11. 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 (email Rose Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org or call 770-971-2839) and are due in the office on Friday, December 9 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 2016: Frank Adams, Eric DeLaBarre*, Jason Gardiner, Marilyn Hunter, Bill Ivey - Jr. Warden, Susan Jenkins*, Hans Kraeger*, Daniel Mikkelsen - Sr. Warden*, Beth Sandoval, Phil Spessard, Natalie Whitlow, Stephanie Yucius [* denotes member retiring at end of 2016].
Pledge cards needed now
By Your Stewardship Committee
Pledges continue to come in, as of publication date we have received 173 for a total of $712,311! We’re looking for 68 more households/individuals who pledged last year, and all new members, to pledge this year. If you are not able, then please do let us know that.
Pick up a pledge card at church or print one from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/PledgeCard.pdf. Return your card at church this Sunday or send to Rose Wolfe in the church office as soon as possible. Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine's ministries and missions!
Thank you, Fellowship!
The Stewardship Committee would like to thank the Fellowship Committee and recognize them for the wonderful work they did on the recent Living Gratefully celebration dinner. Not only did Deana DeLaBarre and Janet Livingston work with Rebeccah Devault and Joy Ettel on the extensive planning, but they and their members made some fantastic salads to go with the entrees we had. Behind the scenes they worked tirelessly to make sure we had a wonderful celebration that evening. By the fact they generously gave of their time and also donated the salads, we saw a perfect example of Living Generously at work at St. Catherine's.
Hear the stewardship sermons
Did you hear the wonderful lay sermons on stewardship in the last month? Listen to the one by Dennis Freeman, on October 16 on the Sermons page of our website. Photo by
Come “shop local” at St. Catherine’s this holiday season! We’ll have 20+ vendors with wonderful gift items for yourself, friends and family. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Program. For information contact Rebeccah Devault, rebeccah.devaultgmail.com.
-> Explorers will offer ERD "Gifts For Life" cards -- Our very own Wednesday Night Explorers group (kids age 9-12) will participate in the Artisan Market by selling cards that you can gift to anyone on your list. The card will have a message letting the recipient know that a gift has been made in their honor to the Episcopal Relief and Development "Gifts for Life" program. The Explorers have set a goal to give a donkey and cart, a goat, a flock of chickens, community garden for 1 family, reforestation for 50 trees, clean water for 1 family, health worker training, postnatal care for 1 infant and to nurture and nourish an early learning child. This goal equates to raising $1,220. Each card will detail the information about the gift that is being made in their honor. You can choose the dollar amount, minimum purchase $5 per card. For information about ERD Gifts For Life, visit www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/gifts-for-life.
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 Dec. 14 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.
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 15 at 11:00 am. Please let us know you are coming by Monday, December 12 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.
The annual Christmas Pageant is on December 18 at the 9:00 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. If your child is interested in participating, please fill out the online form at this link as soon as possible... Pageant sign up.
The rehearsal will be Saturday, December 12, 10 am in the sanctuary. On the day of the pageant, children should arrive at 8:30 am to put on costumes before the service. Contact Jenna Parker at jennastcatherines.org, 770-971-2839, with any questions or if you are interested in volunteering as an adult or youth helper.
Each Tuesday morning we gather to celebrate an early morning Eucharist at 7:00 am followed by a brief study at 7:30 am focused on the themes of the season. This year’s study book is “Let Every Heart Prepare” by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, copies will be provided to all who attend. We finish promptly at 8:00 am so that you can be on to the day's responsibilities. Led by Father Dean.
Formerly known as Hanging of the Greens! 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 Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com, 770-841-1356, for carpool time and all the details.
You'll find a variety of Advent study materials for on the table in the foye. In particular you'll find "Advent: Ready?", St. Catherine's 2016 collection of Advent and Christmas reflections written by our own parishioners. 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. The complete collection is available in printed copies, on this page of our website, and our Facebook page.
Foods requested – A festive reception will follow the 5:00 pm 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. (Please note there will not be a reception following the 10:30 pm Christmas Eve service).
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 Interim 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.
All alumni of St. Cat's Youth program are invited for brunch, 11 am - 1 pm. Please pass the word to any other St. Cat's youth alumni you know! We would love to see all friends again during the holiday season!
Breakfast casseroles are kindly requested of parish members to help feed the alumni coming to our brunch. Please sign up online to bring one at Brunch Casserole Signup . For questions contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. Thank you!
* - nursery available
Office schedule — The church office will be closed for the holidays on these dates:
Orientation and Sign-Up Information Meeting Sunday, Dec. 11
The Journey, St. Catherine’s Inquirers Class, prepares adults new to the Episcopal tradition or those seeking adult baptism for membership in the Episcopal Church. This course is an opportunity to explore your questions about the Christian faith and the church, to learn about the Episcopal church, 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.
The Journey begins on January 8, 2017, meeting Sunday mornings from 10 to 11 am. There will be an orientation session and an opportunity to sign up for The Journey on Sunday morning, December 11, at 8:30 am in the church parlor. A light breakfast will be provided. If you are not able to attend ton the 11th but are still interested in participating in The Journey, please contact Amma Susan at ammasusan97gmail.com or 770-971-2839.
We need adults willing to be mentors to youth in our Youth Mentoring Program. We particularly need women to be friends to a young female teenager and to meet with her once every other week. If you are interested, please contact Hale Sanders for full details of our program, halesandersatt.net, or 678-472-1839.
A "Safeguarding God's Children" training is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 at St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta from 9 am to 12 pm. Register with Deborah Silver at dsilverepsicopalatlanta.org.
Give the perfect gift… Give blood!
Note this date on your holiday calendar now, and give something that really means something. The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on December 20 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Blood collections are always very low during the holiday season so your donation this time will be even more important. 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, walk ins are always welcome! Help will also be needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up.
St. Catherine's mugs will be on sale for Christmas! They are printing with the church logo and our favorite blessing,"Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts....". They will be available at the Welcome Table in the foyer between the 9:00 and 11:15 services on December 18 and at the Artisan Market on December 11. Cost is just $5.00 each, and proceeds benefit our Invitation Ministry. Won't be at church on those dates? Contact Susan Heuke to reserve your mugs, 22sghcomcast.net or 678-231-8558.
Good news: We can begin when our fund reaches $42,500 — and we’re almost there!
We know you are planning to donate — you’ve told us that. Please donate now we are so close — over halfway to our goal of $50,920, and we can begin ground-breaking for this project when we reach the above amount. Donations received as of publication date: $32,170 (not including pledged amounts not yet received). 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!) Donations in any amount are welcome by check, or St. Catherine’s members may donate online via your account in The City. See details of our plan at www.stcatherines.org/memorial-garden-expansion/ .
The Memorial Garden Expansion Committee is planning to present a workshop for everyone on wills, advanced directives, and funeral planning in the coming year. Please watch for announcements!
Flowers and Candles 2017
Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you! The 2017 schedule will be available at church for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one in the coming year. Note that 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. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.
If you signed up for 2016 flowers or candles, please send your payment to the church office by December 31 if you have not yet done so.
From FPCC Newsletter December 2016
Our New Daycenter
After an entire year of looking, the FPCC board settled on a house located on the property of Transfiguration Catholic Church. The house has been lived in but most recently was used for storage. The new day center will have 2 bathrooms with showers and will feature more space for FPCC guests. This could not have happened without Transfiguration having an open heart to FPCC and its work with homeless families. Our move in date is still scheduled for late December -- watch for service days to help us pack and transport. Thank you to everyone involved in the search of a new day center.
Our "Elves" Are Not on the Shelf…
For the second year, St. Catherine's assembled and donated blessing bags containing toiletries, pajamas, underwear, and socks for children who come into our network. These bags are available throughout the year to give to our kids: from the smallest babies to the oldest teens. St. Catherine's members donate all the materials for the bags. Photo courtesy of FPCC.
Service work days for new Day Center
We have scheduled two service work days for Friday, December 9 and Saturday December 10 beginning at 10 am at the new Day Center (at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Rd, Marietta) There were will be more upcoming opportunities also. Outside: clean up the area outside the house so that Home Depot can install the fence and our storage shed and swing set can be moved to our new location—bring work gloves, rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, garbage bags. Inside: a deep clean to include wiping down shelves, cleaning kitchen, bathrooms, etc. We will have some cleaning supplies but you may want to bring rubber gloves, paper towels, rags, scrubbing pads or vacuum cleaners (especially dust vacs). Email infofamilypromisecobbcounty.org to let us know if you can join us on either of these two days—or if you can't make it this time, we can put you on our contact list for these type of future projects.
Remember to "Save It Forward"
Have you had a chance to try the Save it Forward program? This year-round program to stock a pantry of food and toiletries serves needy students and their families in the Cobb County School District. 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 to purchase the week's items -- your bill will be less than $6 after all of the sales and coupons! Then, at your convenience bring the items back to church and leave in the bins underneath the Outreach table.
You can shop one time, every week, or anywhere in between — new envelopes are set out each Wednesday so just pick one up when it is convenient for you! We also collect the coupon fliers you receive from RedPlum or SmartSource, please bring them to the clear plastic bin on the Outreach table. For more information, contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com).
By Pat Pepper
Advent is when we are to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the birthday of Jesus. Are we preparing by looking for gifts? I am not talking about the gifts you are going to give to your sister Sue, and Aunt Kate, not the gifts you will wrap in brightly colored paper and adorn with a big red bow and place under the Christmas tree. I am talking about discovering the gifts that help to answer the question asked during Advent, "Are you Ready?" I am talking about that God-given gift that is uniquely yours, to use and freely give. Your gift will help you grow in faith when you give it away.
The extension of the Youth House is being built (exterior is now finished!) because many men and women shared their gifts and spent many hours for our current Youth and for future generations. St. Cat's week of hosting the Family Promise guests is coming to an end. Families that are currently without their own homes were welcomed, fed and had a warm bed at St. Catherine's because many men and women shared their gift of time, their gift of listening, their gift of cooking, their gifts of scheduling and organizing. Many gifts were shared and with strangers.
I could list many, many more ways that members at St. Cat's are sharing their gifts during this time of Advent, people that have experienced the rich joy when their gifts have been shared. Are you Ready?
Amma Susan’s address at the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration on November 17
I remember, as a little child, tossing a pebble into a pond, and watching in amazement as the ripples from that one little action swept over the smooth surface of the water in ever expanding, concentric circles, until it reached the outermost edges of the pond. What I was experiencing is the ripple effect; the effect that one small action can have upon the whole. We experience this ripple effect every bit as much in our human relationships and interactions as we do in the physical effects of a pebble tossed into a pond. Each individual action has a responding reaction that sends out ever increasing waves, amplifying the original. It ripples out, in ever widening circles until the entire environment around it is transformed. If the initial action is caring and kind, it will result in amplified waves of caring and kindness. If the initial action is mistrust and hostility, the ripple effect will result in amplified waves of hostility and mistrust.
There is a Cherokee legend: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
We are at critical juncture in our nation today. This election year has been one that has inflicted deep wounds and deep division in our nation. The election is behind us but the issues raised in the campaign have not been resolved. We stand at the precipice, and must decide which wolf we will feed. For those of us who want to feed the wolf of joy, peace, love, hope, kindness and faith, how can we be the change we want to see?
For me, as a Christian, that means living daily into the scriptural calling to Love God with all my being and to love my neighbor as myself, even when, and especially when that person does not look like me, or has different beliefs than the ones I hold…. Love is not an option. That means willing the good of the other, no matter what. That means being the change I want to see: being kind, being compassionate, listening to those who differ from me, holding dialogue, and seeking the way forward together, by building bridges of relationship and reconciling differences.
In response to the violence that has erupted in our nation this summer, we at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church have been asking ourselves, “How do we love like Jesus, across cultural divides of racism, sexuality, and religious intolerance? How do we love our neighbor as ourselves in these circumstances? We have listened to each other’s stories, and our hearts have been moved by compassion to respond to the concerns of our brothers and sisters who have different cultural experiences because of race, religion or sexuality. We have prayed together, and shared dialogue together as have sought what the way forward might be. St Catherine’s is just one pebble in the pond, but we hope to be the change we want to see, as the ripple effect of loving God in our neighbor expands from one person to another, washing over cultural divides, until we all become one beloved community.
We are gathered together tonight, people of many different races, people of many different cultural backgrounds, people of many different paths to God. May we listen with compassion to each other’s stories. May we reach out in caring and kindness to those who are different from us, may we stand with each other respecting the dignity of every human being, and work together for justice, freedom and peace. May the ripple effect of this beloved community expand in ever widening circles until, together, we become the change we want to see.
We got it done before the rains -- exterior is complete!!! Thank you!! Fred Massey reports "God has granted me MANY gifts but today was especially rewarding... Now, the God gift. In order not to electrocute myself when we cut the opening I decided to go into the new building and remove a random section of OSB under the window to look for wiring. When I pulled the piece off, it was the full message that Jennifer Massey had written 8 years ago (photo below). I will save this and have it framed as a reminder that if we put our hearts and minds in doing good things they can get accomplished."
To be on the mailing list for weekly construction schedule contact Pat Pepper volunteerstcatherines. org, Fred Massey f_massey2hotmail.com -- or to help with refreshments contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 404-819-0891. With gratitude for all of the dedicated volunteers who have made this project possible!
Latest report on the current amounts contributed to the Youth House Expansion Project: total received $117,860.40 (not including pledged amounts not yet received).
Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris, Connie Bergeron. See lots more photos full size in the albums at Photo Albums.
Sealed as Christ's own, forever! Baptisms on November 20 - see LOTS more photos full size at Baptism November 20, 2016 (by Jan Potter).
Advent wreath-making on November 27
Diocesan Council 2017 -- (left) Amma Susan and Chandler after the Bishop asked us to be WE from the Presiding Bishop's mantra of "We are the Episcopalian branch of the Jesus Movement."
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:
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, DMST, wishes to thank parishioners who voted for passage of Amendment 2 on Election Day 2016. The amendment passed! There is now a constitutional amendment in place in Georgia that sets up a dedicated fund to help children who are rescued from sex trafficking. This fund will help address the mental and physical health services needed by these children. Thank You! For more information see the GA Cares website www.gacares.org.
St. Catherine's Boy Scout Troop 713 is in need of adult help. We especially need help in teaching/counseling BSA merit badges.The full list of badges and an explanation of the process is available at: www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx. Please call troop leader Larry Bishop at 770 317-2122 to discuss.
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.
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. We pray for those whose serve in the Peace Corps, especially, Charlie. We pray for all Veterans.
FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: Alice Riley, grandmother of Barbara Barrington; Saundra Kaye Harris, sister-in-law of Bettye Harris; Tiffany Stafford-Jordan, sister of Lisa Favro; Paul Guzman, coworker of Althea Nesbit; Dell Lloyd, cousin of Bill Ivey
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Fran Brooks, Anissa Guzman, Tatum & Burgandy Guzman, John Clark, Dorothea Westin, Nick Vavra, Beth Maier, Brooke Owens, Norma Alexander, Stan Dickson, Dewaine Norris, Roy Burns, Ben Haar, Bill Couch, Joan Smith, Kianna, Keisha, Pam King, Gary England, Teressa Blondell, Briana, Lou Smith, Caroline Smith, Jane Moss, Joyce Hendricks, Maliha Islam, Mary Moore, Anne Whittle, Kathryn Burgher, Mary Lou Shannonhouse.
BIRTHDAYS: (12/3) Peggy Price, Dewaine Norris, Chandler Massey, (12/5) Tad Dupuis, (12/6) Christina McLean, Adryn Bowers-Dean, Alysia Bowers-Dean, Reese Maier, (12/7) Peggy Towery, Luke Mikkelsen, (12/9) Ian Goldman, Megan Goldman, Sebasjian Hutton, Atticus Miles, (12/10) Ann Snead, Barbara Perry, Megan Shannonhouse, Nick Muckerman, (12/11) Bobbye Greene, Margaret Caudle, Sadie Culberson, Abigail Singleton, (12/12) Lee Stuart, (12/13) terry Sheehan, Brian Jory, (12/14) Ken Denton, Mark Singleton, Juliet Glass, (12/15) Jennifer Massey, Michael Moran, Kevin Manno.
ANNIVERSARIES: Scott & Ginny Lummus (12/4), Paul & Jackie Anderson (12/13).
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
All youth: How would you like to have a friend who would always be there for you no matter what? Someone you could talk to, hang out with, and learn things from? Well, that’s what the St. Catherine’s Mentor Program provides: a mentor, or adult friend for any youth who requests it. For interested youth, we assign trained adults from within our church to be mentors who promise confidentiality of all that’s discussed between the mentor and yourself. Why do we do this? Because we respect and honor your life, and want to support you as you go thru your teen years.
Typical activities with your mentor might include eating out, going to a movie, getting coffee/hot chocolate and just talking, going to church together, or many other things. In fact, the mentor group sometimes gets together to go to a Braves game, rafting, hiking, or bowling. At these events, you get to know the other teens who also have mentors and find out that it’s a pretty regular thing. If this sounds interesting to you, then you should take the first step and contact Hale Sanders. But first, run it by your parents to make sure they’re okay with it.
Hale Sanders, Mentoring Coordinator - cell 678-472-1839, halesandersatt.net
In just under one year, nearly 1,500 Episcopal youth and their adult leaders and mentors will gather at University of Central Oklahoma for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17). Held every three years; this will be the 13th EYE. If you are currently in high school, consider applying now to go to the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) this summer, July 10-14, 2017. Unlike any other event in the Episcopal Church, EYE is planned and implemented by a Mission Planning Team of Episcopal youth and adult mentors. Apply now online at EYE 17 .
DYC is our middle and high school retreat hosted at Camp Mikell the first full weekend in January. It has a very similar feel to a summer session at Camp Mikell, and we even have summer staffers up for the weekend! The theme of the retreat changes every year. DYC is led by high schoolers and adults, the DYC Staff, and the participants are the youth and adults that come up for the weekend. We spend mornings doing a traditional dean staff style programming with afternoons spent in rec, art shack, and hikes. 10th graders and up can apply for DYC Staff and register as a participant below. The participant registration deadline is January 1. Cost: $100. Get information and registration links at www.eycdioatl.org/dyc.html .
Happening is a renewal weekend intended for high schoolers. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Really, teenagers lead the entire weekend. Twice a year over 150 young people come together at Camp Mikell to talk about God and share the unconditional love that this community is all about. Happening is open to all high school youth. Registration is available at www.eycdioatl.org/calendar.html .
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. Registration is available at www.eycdioatl.org/calendar.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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