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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
December 3- 16, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Vestry election
Stewardship update
Advent
  Artisan Market
  Flowers/music donations
  Giving Tree
  Seniors lunch
  Pageant
  Morning Eucharist/Study
  Greening of the Church
  Emmaus Elves
  Reflection of the Day
  Christmas reception
  Special Fund
  Youth Alumni
  Christmas calendar
The Journey
Youth Mentors
Safeguarding
Blood drive
St Cats mugs
Memorial Garden
Year end

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Family Promise
Save It Forward

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Volunteering
Ripple Effect
YHE report
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
DMST
Boy Scouts

Nativities
Health tips
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Mentor for youth
EYE 17
DYC
Happening
New Beginnings
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

11/27-12/4 – Family Promise hosting week

12/3 – Dr. Lisa Miller “The Spiritual Child”;
Walton H.S. Choir

12/4 – Special schedule:
Holy Eucharist 8 am;
Church School 9 am;
Advent Lessons & Carols Service 10:30 am

12/6 – Morning Eucharist & Study;
Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting

12/7 – Youth & Explorers WNL

12/9 – Absentee ballots due 5 pm

12/11 – Vestry Election;
Christmas Artisan Market;
Emmaus House adult items due

12/13 – Morning Eucharist & Study

12/14 – Youth & Explorers WNL

12/15 – Seniors Eucharist & Christmas Lunch

12/17 – Pageant rehearsal

12/18 – Giving Tree ingathering;
Christmas Pageant at 9:00 service;
Greening of the Church;
The Extension dinner

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“Advent preparations”

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.”

Advent Blessings,
Amma Susan+


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

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.


Vestry Election

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].

Vestry Candidates

Carol Eskew

Years at St. Catherine’s: 17
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Vestry, Outreach, Diocesan Council, Daughters of the King, Holy Comforter Host, Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, Book Studies, Funeral Ministry, Paths Crossing & Native American Ministry, Diversity Weekends, The Journey, Youth Confirmation Sponsor
Occupation—Private mortgage lender, builder/developer for residential and commercial projects.
Biographical Information—I am a cradle Episcopalian and I’m proud every day for who we are as Episcopalians. I married Shelley Ransdell who I met at a Wednesday Healing Service and when we married I became an instant mother and grandmother. Church drama and my Mom’s death brought us to St. Cat’s. We got the St. Cat’s Vera/Connie/Ginney and Mel welcomes...this was going to be a wonderful place to worship and we never looked back. I felt the nudge when the first Vestry announcement was made that I could use the gifts and talents God gave me of organization, energy, leadership and listening to serve. I have always believed that loving like Jesus is the way things are done at St. Cat’s and I’d like to serve to deepen the love within our space and help carry that message outside our doors.

Nelson Gale

Years at St. Catherine’s: 23
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Usher, Stephen Minister, Stephen Leader, Co-chair of “Faithful Mission” capital campaign, Journey sponsor, Journey small group leader, Stewardship committee chair, Youth Mentor, Great Oak Endowment Board
Occupation—Retired. My career for 45 years was in sales, marketing and operation leadership and business ownership.
Biographical Information—I am retired after 45 years of sales, marketing and operation leadership experience. I am married to Emily Gale, have 2 grown sons, 2 wonderful daughter-in-law and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I now have time to use what talents I have to try to give back to St. Catherine’s and God some of what both have given to me.

Jim Greene

Years at St. Catherine’s: 39
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Vestry, Outreach Committee, Vietnamese Family Sponsor, Lay Reader, Cursillo, Grounds Maintenance, Chancel Choir, Stephen Minister, Family Promise
Occupation—Retired Delta Pilot; Substance Abuse Counselor, Family Therapist at Ridgeview Institute & Safety Net Recovery, Inc.
Biographical Information—I bring my experience in the history and traditions of St. Catherine’s and the Episcopal Church. A “cradle Episcopalian”, I bring my acquired traits of acceptance of others, and an ability to adapt to change, while being faithful to my understanding of Christ’s purpose in his church, our community, and the world. I speak the truth as I understand it; and I strive to keep an open mind. I know how to listen and empathize; and I know how to agree to disagree. I’m married to Bobbye, father of 4—Rebecca Riney and Matt Greene are current members of St. Cat’s; grandfather to 4 girls including Willow Riney, Audrey Grace and Caroline Greene at St. Cat’s.

Scott Lummus

Years at St. Catherine’s: 26
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Vestry Member, J2A & YA youth advisor, youth mentor, Finance Committee, HR Committee, Parish Retreat, Men’s Retreat, Foyer groups, Valentine Dinner Dance, Parish Administration & Facilities Ministry Team, Usher, Coordinator of Men’s monthly book study, Great Oak Endowment Society Board Member.
Occupation—Accountant with Arby’s Restaurant Group
Biographical Information— My wife Ginny and I have been at St. Catherine’s for 26 years. Over the years I have participated and witnessed the church grow and change through the many chapters of good times and challenging times. I’ve served in many various capacities which I believe will assist me, along with the other Vestry members, guide her into the next adventure of calling a new Rector and the discernment of who St. Catherine’s is being called to be.

Karen Maxwell

Years at St. Catherine’s: 12
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Catechist for children/Formation Leader for adults in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Leadership Team for CGS and coordinating CGS Intergenerational Events; Marriage Journey; Search Committee for Director of Children/Family Ministries.
Occupation—Director of Formation for the National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Biographical Information—My family and I have been active in the life of St. Catherine’s in a variety of ways over the years. I have an interest faith formation for all ages and have helped to develop and sustain the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children and training catechists for our church and other churches in the area. I’ve also served and chaired for six years on the Commission for Christian Faith Formation for the Diocese. The gifts I bring as a member of the vestry include a deep understanding of parish life and a practical knowledge of the “Behind the scenes” activities that must go into the operation of our church including ministering to others, working with volunteers, finance, promotion and event coordination.

Tim Raasch

Years at St. Catherine’s: 1
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Delegate of Diocesan Annual Council, Lay Reader
Occupation—Retired
Biographical Information—In addition to being a parishioner in good standing, and historically active at the parish level, I have the following experience on the Diocesan level: Current member of the Commission of Ministry, helped on the Marietta Convocation team hosting Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, Executive Board—2 terms, Executive Committee, Convener of Integrity/Atlanta—5 years and Delegate to Diocesan Council—16 times.

Diane Sanders

Years at St. Catherine’s: 39
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Vestry, Fellowship Convener, Lay Reader, Greeter, Shepherd, Youth Mentor, Master Planning Committee, Women’s Bible Study, Volunteer Coordinator for Family Promise, Family Promise, Jr. & Sr. Warden
Occupation—Retired educator (Elementary Principal), Adjunct Professor (KSU, Berry College)
Biographical Information—My husband Hale and I have been married for 41 years. We have one son, Chris, who is married to Megan and lives in Charleston, SC. We have a granddaughter and a grandson on the way. My father, Warren Martin, attends church with us and lives nearby at Parc at Piedmont. We love spending time with family and enjoy travel. Hale and I have been members for 39 years. I’ve served the church in many different roles, including 3 terms on the vestry under the leadership of different priests.
Now that I am fully retired, I have time available to fulfill the responsibilities of vestry service. I’m excited about new leadership and the possibilities that opportunity will bring to the church. I believe my leadership experiences in my profession and years of service to the church have prepared me to make a positive contribution to the future of St. Catherine’s.

Michael Wherry

Years at St. Catherine’s: 2
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Invitation Ministry Shepherd & Invitation Ministry
Occupation—IT Consultant
Biographical Information— Hello, I am Michael Wherry. I am originally from Chester, SC. and moved to the Atlanta area 14 years ago. I enjoy reading, travel, spending time with family and friends and watching old movies. I am interested in being on the Vestry to get more involved in church duties and functions. My skills and gifts to the group would include: business accounting and IT (Information Technology) skills. I am also a good listener and like to learn and suggest new ideas.


Stewardship report

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


Journey through Advent

Christmas Artisan Market - Sunday, December 11, 9 am to 1 pm

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.

 

Christmas flowers/music donations due by Wednesday, December 14

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.

 

Holiday Outreach opportunities for you and your family

  • Emmaus House Secret Santa items - due by Sunday, December 11: We are collecting adult gifts for the Secret Santa Shop to be held at Emmaus House in Atlanta. New or very gently used items suggestions: scarves, slippers, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, home items, small appliances, costume jewelry, watches. Children of the Emmaus House community visit the Shop to buy gifts for their parents and grandparents (all items are priced for them at 10 cents). Do NOT wrap items. Please deliver these donations for Secret Santa to the box at the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 6.
     
  • The Giving Tree - due by Sunday, December 18: St. Catherine’s parishioners buy gifts for the Emmaus House Children’s Christmas Festival on the morning of December 24. A tree with ornaments is in the church foyer with suggested gift ideas for the 700+ children who come for the festivities on Christmas Eve morning. Select an ornament to provide a gift for an Emmaus House boy or girl ages 9 to 18 years. A list of gift suggestions and instructions is on the table next to the tree. Please (1) Wrap the gift & write a brief description on the label on the ornament; (2) Attach the ornament securely to your gift; (3) Bring to the Giving Tree by December 18.
     
  • Holy Comforter Christmas gifts for adults – due December 14 - Daughters of The King is collecting gifts for 80 men and women at their annual Christmas luncheon. Suggestions: fun socks, hat, mittens, toiletries, perfume, pocket-size calendar, notebook & pen, greeting cards, romance novel, perfume, covered tumbler/mug, sunglasses, cosmetic bag, coloring book & crayons, glow bracelets. Bring to the Holy Comforter box at the Giving Tree in time to be packed on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
     

 

Seniors Adults Eucharist and Christmas Lunch – Thursday, December 15

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.

 

Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 18

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.

 

Morning Eucharist & Study - Tuesdays through Dec. 20

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.

 

 

Greening of the Church – Sunday, December 18, 5-8 pm

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!

 

Be an elf at Emmaus House Christmas Festival – December 24

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.

 

Advent reflections: "Advent: Ready? "

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.

 

Christmas Eve Reception - 5:00 pm

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).

 

Special Christmas Fund

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.

About our Special Christmas Fund... by Tim Braman:

Back in 2005 Fr. Jim started the St. Catherine’s Special Christmas Fund. This fund, as some of you know, aids needy families of St. Catherine’s during this holiday season. Last year we distributed approximately $5,000 to these families in need, making their holiday season something more than they ever imagined.

I know that many of you have been asked many times to fund various ministries at St. Catherine’s this year, as well as multiple capital improvement projects. As we are in pledge season, you may well feel ‘donation fatigue’ and a quick impulse to simply skip this plea for yet another check for our church. I urge you to take a moment and say a quick prayer before you skip this message, and think about what you are thankful for and how many blessings God showered on you this year.

I did. My quick reactions were a) I’m crazy busy and I didn’t want to lead this ministry one more time and b) it hasn’t been a great financial year for us, so I’ll kick this can down the road. The more I thought about this, I realized those were ‘knee jerk’ reactions that aren’t who I am or who I want to be or even who God wants me to be. Investing another 30 seconds, I recognize that I’m financially blessed more than 95% of the people on this planet and that if I consider my family and their health and all the other blessings that God grants us every day – not just does my cup runneth over, my bucket runneth over.

If you are into math, last year we collected from 25 families (down from 46 the prior year) with gifts ranging from $35 to $1,000, with the average about $275. I’ll seed the fund with $500, but if you can give even $50 or $5 you can help someone in our parish who is having a hard time during this, most blessed part of the year.

Checks, payable St. Catherine's marked for the ‘Special Christmas Fund’ should be dropped in the plate no later than 12/18 (the earlier the better). Or you can go online to The City and give to this fund electronically (by 12/14). If you can’t make it to church – email me and I’ll drive by your house. Your support means the world to these families. Gods’ unlimited love and blessings to each of you and your families.

 

Youth Alumni Reunion Brunch - Saturday, December 31

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!

 

Calendar of activities - Advent and Christmas

* - nursery available

  • December 4 - Advent 2 — Special schedule:
    * 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist
    * 9:00 am - Church School
    * 10:30 am - Advent Lessons & Carols Service
  • December 11 - Advent 3 — * Regular worship schedule
    Vestry election at all services
    Christmas Artisan Market 8 am - 1 pm
    Christmas decorating/music donations due
  • December 15 - Senior Adults’ Eucharist & Christmas Lunch 11 am
  • December 17 - Christmas pageant rehearsal 10:00 am
  • December 18 - Advent 4 — * Regular worship schedule
    Giving Tree ingathering
    * Christmas Pageant at 9:00 am service
    * Greening of the Church, 5-8 pm
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve —
    8 am — Christmas Festival at Emmaus House
    * 5:00 pm — Holy Eucharist with music featuring Choristers, followed by Reception
    10:30 pm — Festival Eucharist with music featuring Chancel Choir, organ and string quartet
  • December 25 - Christmas Day — Holy Eucharist (one service only) 10:30 am
  • December 31 - Youth Alumni Homecoming Brunch 11 am - 1 pm
  • January 1 - First Sunday after Christmas —
    * one service only at 10:30 am (no Church School)

Office schedule — The church office will be closed for the holidays on these dates:

  • Thursday through Monday, December 22-26
  • Friday, December 30 and Monday, January 2


“The Journey” Inquirer’s Class

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.


Mentors wanted for our young people

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.


"Safeguarding" training class opportunity

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.


Next blood drive: Tuesday, December 20

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.


Get your St. Catherine's mugs

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.


Memorial Garden Expansion update

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/ .

Workshop coming

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!


End of Year / New Year

  • Donations to the church for 2016 must be postmarked or delivered to the office no later than Dec. 31. (Note that the church office will be closed from December 30 through January 2.)
     
  • Please turn in invoices and requests for reimbursement for 2016 expenses by Dec. 31.
     

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.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Family Promise news

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.


Coupon shopping program every week

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).

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Volunteer Corner: "Advent - Are you Ready?"

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?


“The Ripple Effect: Together the Change We Want to See”

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.

Deo Gloria,
The Rev. Susan Johnson
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, November 17, 2016


Youth House update

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).


Seen around St. Cat's

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."


Do you know about these ministries?

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:

  • December 5-11: Greeters—This week we celebrate the life and work of our Greeters, who offer a warm welcome to visitors before and after Sunday services and other special services; assist the clergy by helping to guide visitors to our Welcome Table; and work closely with the Shepherds to assist newcomers during their visit. Greeters also look for opportunities to introduce visitors to others. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Adam Stone, 678.237.2707, astonegsu.edu.
     
  • December 12-18: Breakfast Angels—This week we celebrate the life and work of Breakfast Angels, volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up a hot breakfast available to everyone on first and third Sunday mornings year round. Teams are scheduled on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw, mhbshawbellsouth.net.


Letters

Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Joyce L. Carter, in memory of Cyrus F. Carter Jr, and thanksgiving for our family.
  • The Yucius Family
  • Molly Banko, in memory of Blanche Schaefer and in honor of Elmer Schaefer
IN THE COMMUNITY

DMST says, "Thank you, You did it!"

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.

 

Boy Scout troop seeks merit badge help

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.

Thanks,
BSA Troop 713

 

Nativity events in our community

  • Live Nativity at St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Acworth – Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17. Sixth Annual Live Nativity Celebration, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. All are invited to this outdoor presentation to see and hear the story of the Nativity involving live actors and animals. A performance occurs every 30 minutes. Last show is at 8:30 pm. Free Parking and Free Admission. Additional musical entertainment inside the church. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies in the Parish Hall. 5725 Fords Road, Acworth, Georgia, www.stteresasacworth.com .
  • Live Nativity at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Dallas – Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10. Listening to the Nativity story while it unfolds right before your eyes. Listen to the angels sing, drink hot cocoa, sing with our carolers and enjoy the animals at the petting zoo. Free admission and all are welcome. Come early and enjoy the Christmas Marketplace with gifts and holiday crafts; Red Apron Café with soups, salad, and pizza; and Bake Sale. 4-9 pm on both days. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 680 W Memorial Dr., Dallas, Georgia, www.saintvincentdepaulchurch.org .
  • Tour Church of the Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit - For the twenty-first holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11. 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: $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12. Schedule: Saturday, December 3, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, December 4, 2 - 4 pm; Monday to Friday, December 5-9, 10 am - 2 pm; Saturday, December 10, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, December 11, 2 - 4 pm. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / infoepiphany.org or visit www.epiphany.org .

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Stand tall when stair climbing
    Walking stairs is a great way to burn calories, increase heart rate and build strength. When climbing stairs on a stair-climbing machine, at the office, or even at the mall, try not to lean forward. Staying upright forces your legs to lift the weight of your entire body. This provides more resistance and a more intense workout. Source: HealthFitness
  • When is stress harmful?
    Some stress is a normal part of life and can even be positive by helping you stay focused, alert, and performing at your best. But, excessive and constant stress can lead to serious health problems. The long-term effects of chronic stress include high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It can also lead to anxiety, depression and decreased work productivity. Don't let stress take control, learn how to manage it. Source: American Psychological Association

Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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:
(12/4) Eric & Amy Hollis; Roberta Hoyt-Johnson; Tom & Marilyn Hunter; Rachel , Matt, Zoey, Sebastian & Chase Hutton; Bill, Donna, Andrew & Phillip Hutton.
(12/11) John, Kelly & Kathleen Iacobelli; Bill & Tinka Ivey; Susan, Allen & Austin Jablonski; Bob & Candy Jansen; Doug & Susan Jenkins.

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.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism

Date coming up: January 15. To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

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.

Saturday, 12/3 Saturday, 12/10

 
9:30AM
11:00AM

Family Promise Hosting
Dr. Lisa Miller
Walton HS Chamber Orchestra


 
Sunday, 12/4 Sunday, 12/11

  
8:00AM
8:45AM
9:00AM
  
10:30AM
2:30PM
7:00PM

Family Promise Hosting
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Church School /
  St. Nicholas for Catechesis
Lessons & Carols Service
Girl Scouts
Young Adults

  
8:00AM
8:00AM
8:30AM
9:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
3:00PM
7:00PM

Vestry Elections
Artisan Market
Holy Eucharist
The Journey Orientation
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Young Adults

Monday, 12/5 Monday, 12/12
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Youth Committee
Boy Scouts

3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Adult Christian Formation
Men's Book Study
Staff Christmas Party
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 12/6 Tuesday, 12/13

7:00AM
9:30AM
10:00AM
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Advent Eucharist & Study
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Nominating Committee
Jubilate
Quarterly Ministry Teams

7:00AM
9:30AM
10:00AM
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Advent Eucharist & Study
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Master Planning
Stephen Leaders
Nominating Committee
Fellowship
Jubilate
Outreach
Radio Club Party
Wednesday, 12/7 Wednesday, 12/14
9:45AM
12:00PM
6:15PM
7:00PM
7:15PM
MOPS
Preschool Program
Choristers
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir

 
6:15PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Choristers
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 12/8 Thursday, 12/15
 
3:30PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
EFM
Men's Bible Study
Preschool Program

 
11:00AM
3:30PM
5:00PM
6:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
Father Dean's day off
Sr. Adults Eucharist&Lunch
Computer Lab
HR Committee
EFM
Finance Committee
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 12/9 Friday, 12/16
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
5:00PM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Vestry Absentee Ballots Due
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

   
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Women's Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Tuesdays through December 20 – Advent Morning Eucharist & Study, 7-8 am
  • Saturday, December 17 – Christmas Pageant rehearsal 10:00 am
  • Sunday, December 18 - Christmas Pageant at 9 am service; Greening of the Church (Hanging of the Greens) 5-8 pm
  • Tuesday, December 20 - Blood drive
  • Christmas Eve - Worship at 5:00 and 10:30 pm; reception after 5 pm service
  • Christmas Day - 1 worship service at 10:30 am
  • Saturday, December 31 - Youth Alumni Brunch 11 am -1 pm
  • New Year's Day - 1 worship service at 10:30 am, no Church School
  • Church office holiday closings: December 22-26 and December 30-January 2
  • Parish Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 22

ST. CAT'S EYC - YOUTH - NEWS

By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

 

Would you like a mentor?

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

 

EYE application

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 Retreat January 6-8

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 67 - February 24-26

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 37 - February 3-5

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

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • December 16
  • January 6
  • January 20

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

Copyright 2016 St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068
770-971-2839