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By Father Dean
Merry Christmas from your St. Catherine's Clergy and Staff!
Father Dean Taylor+
Photo - At the weekly staff meeting on December 13 (staff not pictured - Jana & Brian)
For all acolytes, old and new!
Join us just before the Greening of the Church on December 18 at 4:30 pm in the sanctuary. We will be doing a general acolyte training alongside our Christmas special service training. We would love for all acolytes AND all those interested in being an acolyte to join us to learn more.
We welcome all children/youth who have a personal desire to serve, and the maturity to sit attentively, follow the bulletin and fully participate in the worship service. Children may begin around age 8 or 9, and youth continue to serve through grade 12. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Acolyte Master Frank Adams, 404.877.2993, frank.adamsaonhewitt.com, Jenna Parker, jennastcatherines.org, or Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org.
Congratulations to the four persons who have been called to serve in 3-year positions on our Vestry in the election held earlier this month: Carol Eskew, Nelson Gale, Diane Sanders and Michael Wherry.
We thank Jim Greene, Scott Lummus, Karen Maxwell and Tim Raasch for being willing to serve on the Vestry. The Vestry is at the very heart of our life together.
Each of these eight individuals offered their time and talents and considerable commitment to this ministry. We are deeply grateful for their generosity. We look forward to continuing to serve alongside each of them in our mission to restore all people to unity with God through seeking to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pledge cards needed now
By Your Stewardship Committee
Your pledge allows our Vestry, the church’s governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: develop a budget for the use of the resources you commit in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Vestry sets our budget based on the total amount pledged to the church.
Cards continue to come in, as of publication date we have received $767,116 in pledges for 2017. This is an excellent rate but is still approximately $30,000 less than the amount at this time last year. We’re looking for all new members, as well as approximately 38 more households/individuals who pledged last year, to reply. If you are not able to pledge this year, then please do let us know that as well.
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 office as soon as possible. Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine's ministries and missions!
From all of our Clergy, Staff, Wardens, Vestry and People
St. Catherine’s parishioners supply many children's gifts to the Emmaus House Christmas Festival on the morning of December 24. Select an ornament from our Giving Tree in the foyer 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 follow this procedure:
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 17, 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.
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.
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.
Desserts requested for 5 pm service – A festive cookies & punch reception will follow the 5:00 pm Family Christmas Eve service. We invite you to donate cookies or other finger desserts, please bring them to the Parish Hall, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service. (Please note that there will not be a reception following the 10:30 pm Festival Eucharist). Help with clean up after the reception would be greatly appreciated.
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.
If you or someone you know someone is ill or shut in and will not be able to attend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services, please notify the church office so we may schedule a Eucharistic Visitor to bring communion to their homes. (Note that Eucharistic Visitors are available for parish members year-round, not only at Christmas time!)
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!
Check for your Reflection of the Day throughout the season from this year's collection of Advent and Christmas reflections for each day through Epiphany (January 6). They are written by our own St. Catherine's members, and you can even receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season. Sign up for emails and/or read the complete collection on our Reflections webpage at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm, in our printed booklets, and our Facebook page.
* - nursery available
Office schedule — The church office will be closed for the holidays on these dates:
Give the perfect gift… Give blood!
This holiday season 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 is also needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
The Journey is St. Catherine's Inquirers Class required for adults seeking baptism and for adults of other church denominations seeking membership in the Episcopal Church. Current church members who want to learn more about the Episcopal Church are also welcome. Come explore your questions about the faith and the church, learn about St. Catherine's and the Episcopal Church, gain spiritual tools for your faith journey, discern your gifts for ministry and grow in community with others here at St. Catherine's. The Journey will begin on Sunday, January 8, and will meet Sundays during the Church School hour, 10-11 am, from January 8 to May 7.
Please sign up as soon as possible on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan Johnson, ammasusan97gmail.com, 770-971-2839.
New class begins in January
Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. If you have ever thought about joining this life-changing ministry by becoming Stephen Minister please prayerfully consider joining us in January, when we will begin training a new class of ministers for service.
Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of St. Catherine’s are trained and organized to help provide Christian care-giving to members of our congregation and community. Stephen Ministers typically are assigned one care receiver at a time and meet with that person for about one hour each week. The Stephen Minister doesn’t try to solve problems; rather, he or she listens, cares, prays, and helps the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness. Stephen Ministers usually serve for two years, which includes an initial 50 hours of training followed by supervision and continuing education sessions. Stephen Ministry multiplies the amount of caring ministry St. Catherine’s can provide by giving us a whole team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to people experiencing issues such as divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or challenges. The Stephen Ministry national organization has information at www.stephenministries.org.
If you would like to learn more, or if you know you are interested now, please contact Stephen Leader David Moore, 404-309-7793, dsmoore1950yahoo.com. Amma Susan Johnson may also be contacted to help answer any question you may have.
Sunday, January 22 - Worship at 8:00 & 10:30 am
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 22 at 12:00 pm following our principal worship service which will be at 10:30 am this day. A light lunch will be served immediately following the service, followed by the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Interim Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual reports due January 8
Now is the time to start thinking about annual reports - we will gladly accept them early! We really want to have all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send reports by email to rosestcatherines.org by Sunday, January 8. Contact Rose now if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.
Saturday, February 11
The 2017 Valentine Dinner Dance, with the always-fabulous Silent and Live Auctions, will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 11. This is our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support. Proceeds will go to defray costs of the bi-annual J2A Youth Pilgrimage.
Ticket sales will be held at church before and after services starting on January 8. Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! For further information, contact Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org.
Auction items being accepted now
We are already accepting donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible, which you may find helpful now as we come to the end of 2016. Contact Sally as above for information and forms.
Now is a great time to donate -- before year end! We are almost there... over halfway to our goal of $50,920, and we can begin ground-breaking for this project when we reach $42,500. Donations received as of publication date: $33,035 (not including pledged amounts not yet received). All donors may remember a friend or loved one. A plaque will be mounted in the Administration Wing (you also may decline recognition -- just let us know). Donations in any amount are tax-deductible. You may send a 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 (no increase for 2017).
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.
St. Catherine's mugs are on sale for Christmas! They are printed 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. Cost is just $5.00 each, and proceeds benefit our Invitation Ministry. Won't be at church this day? Contact Susan Heuke to reserve your mugs, 22sghcomcast.net or 678-231-8558.
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.
With gratitude for all of the dedicated volunteers who have made this project possible! 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.
Latest report on the current amounts contributed to the Youth House Expansion Project: total received $121,560.40 (not including pledged amounts not yet received).
By Molly Banko
A BIG thank you to all who participated in the Family Promise Blessing Bag collection. 122 bags for infants through teenagers, plus 6 packs of diapers, were donated to Family Promise of Cobb County. This outreach project was sponsored for everyone by our Young Families ministry. The bags will be distributed to the children throughout the year as they enter the program.
Next hosting week for Family Promise: January 29 – February 5!
It has been a while since you have had an official update from the Nominating Committee. We have been hard at work!! Since we closed the period for nominations in July, the committee has met every Tuesday night as part of this process. God’s presence has been most evident during this time, and we continue to feel your love and support. Thank you.
The good news is that in October we finally entered into the interview phase of this process! We are getting to know our candidates, planning visits and continuing this discernment process in earnest. It is sensitive and important work. We continue to rely on your prayers, both for us, the committee members, as well as the candidates themselves. Confidentiality continues to be of upmost importance and as always, patience is paramount.
The committee has shared the following prayer together in recent weeks and we hope it will provide as much comfort to you as it has for us. And considering that it is holiday time, you might want to carry a copy in your pocket!
Susie Davis (on behalf of the Nominating Committee)
Nominating Committee contact — Questions for the committee regarding our rector search process may be submitted to nominationsstcatherines.org.
By Pat Pepper
I have to admit I am guilty of Gift Envy. It’s not what you are thinking. I don't envy someone their new car, a larger house, or a pair of diamond earrings. I feel very blessed with all of my worldly possessions. I am talking about the kind of gifts I want each of us to start thinking about, our God-given gifts.
I envy the beautiful voices of the sopranos in the choir, the elementary school age pianist, the member of the Flower Guild who can take $12 worth of flowers and with their hands it becomes a $50 arrangement. I envy the gift of organization in our ministry conveners that makes it possible for them to serve, many of them working full time jobs and/or volunteering with numerous other ministries. Each of these people has amazing, God-given gift(s), and each of them is graciously sharing and giving to others.
Do you know what your sacred gift is? Where is your passion? What are you interested in? Please start thinking about your gifts as you put that big red bow on a package. Start thinking about what sets you apart. What gift did you receive when you were uniquely created by God?
I hope these questions are speaking to you and you are now going through the discernment process. And saying that, I am asking for you to please mark your calendars:
Save the date!! More info coming soon!
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Photos by Bill Ivey. See lots more photos full size in the albums at Photo Albums.
Advent Lessons and Carols on December 4 featured music by Choristers and Chancel Choirs, plus special performances by Leah Banko, Jana Wiliams, Amma Susan, Father Dean and even Paul Vogel on steel drum!
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:
From the Walton Chamber Music Society:
Thank you so much for allowing us to use your church as a venue for our concert on December 3. We are so thankful for the opportunity to share our work and perform our Midwest Clinic program. We greatly appreciate your support and hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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, Taylor Bacon, and Zach Hurley. Those whose serve in the Peace Corps, especially, Charlie.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: Edward Glynn, father of Maureen Donoghue; Clifford Kutzbach, brother of Shirley Childs; James Eugene Graham
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Nancy Johnson, Sean Sheehan, Becky Smith, Kathy Royal, Sharon Harper, Stan Dickson, DeeLee Freeman, Kay Pace, Chris Phillips, Gary Parker, Nikee Russell, Rick Hendrickson, Julian Henderson, Anissa Guzman, Tatum & Burgandy Guzman, John Clark, Dorothea Westin, Brooke Owens, Beth Maier, Stan Dickson, Roy Burns, Ben Haar, Gary England, Teressa Blondell, Jane Moss, Joyce Hendricks, Maliha Islam, Mary Moore, Anne Whittle, Kathryn Burgher, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Chris Phillips, and Michael Wherry.
BIRTHDAYS: (12/18) Tom Bird, Jennifer Tear, Riley Yucius (12/19) Andrew Hutton, (12/20) Liana McLean, (12/21) George Alexander, Pat Tarentino, Bob Olliffe, (12/23) Steve Tuemmler, Michelle LaGarde, Noelle Mace, (12/24) Eleanore Pearson, (12/25) Al Jones, Ben Martin, (12/26) Karen Kraeger, (12/27) Vera Bibbings, Stephanie Langmaid, Missy Worden, Phillip Hutton, (12/28) Ron Bergeron, (12/29) Nate Whitlow, (12/30) Steve Vavra, Nadine Pope, Julie Johnson, Julie Stone, Carolina Spessard, Samuel Vogt, (1/1) Carol Fey, Jennifer Ward, (1/4) Stan Dickson, (1/5) Celia Bowers-Dean, (1/6) Tim Braman, Stephanie Yucius.
ANNIVERSARIES: John & Fran Brooks, (12/18), Tom & Ann Snead (12/21), Chris & Jan Potter (12/23), Oscar & Peggy Price (12/26), Meg & Larry Boyd (12/27), Donald & Anne Clark (12/27).
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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
Save the date! For youth, parents and sponsors -- Sunday, January 8, 2:00 pm!
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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