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The Newsletter of
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
We have entered the season in our parish life where we ask people to consider what they feel called to give, financially, to St. Catherine’s in 2018. In this season, I sometimes worry that people will simply zone out, assuming that this season is nothing more than an NPR pledge drive. I have a former parishioner who told me she always skipped church for the six weeks of the annual pledge campaign. “I just don’t want to talk about money,” she said.
Theologian Walter Brueggemann has said that one of the greatest spiritual crises we have is our relationship with our money. Talking about money is hard. It can be one of those places where we carry pride or shame, hope or fear. We’re all in different places in our lives with stewardship. And that’s good. It creates space for curiosity and learning. And so as we enter this season, I hope you’ll come to it with a spirit of openness and presence.
The other thing I’ve discovered is that sometimes folks have really good questions about stewardship, but feel a little afraid to ask them. So to that end, below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve heard in the area of stewardship. Are there more questions out there? If so, send them to me and I’ll try to get them answered—or at least wonder about them with you.
With deep gratitude to be among you,
Frequently Asked Questions, Stewardship Edition
What is the difference between Philanthropy, Charity and Stewardship?
What is a pledge?
What is not a pledge?
Why should I pledge?
What if I need to change my pledge?
If God owns everything, why does God need my pledge?
Why shouldn’t I just fund specific ministries that are important to me?
How can I know if I’m up to date on my pledge?
I’m worried my pledge is too small.
St. Catherine’s is soon getting a new Pictorial Church Directory. Everyone who participates by having their picture taken will receive a free 8x10 photo, a printed directory, and a mobile directory for your devices. We hope all St. Catherine’s members will make this a priority – our new directory depends on everyone to participate! Please go now to booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/y6g0jmyx/ to book your appointment, or if all dates are full at the moment join the waiting_list for the next set of appointments which will be opened soon. If you have any questions about our directory project, contact Kristin Blackstock, kgblackstockhotmail.com, 770-971-2649. Note: if you wish to opt-out of being included the directory, either photo or contact information, please inform Kristin.
RSVP for Saturday, October 21
The Stewardship 365 Committee joyfully invites you to join us for an evening of thanksgiving, 5:00-7:00 pm in the Parish Hall, in celebration of a year of abundant blessings. A delicious complimentary meal, catered by Sue Snape (Leaf and Loaf Catering), will be followed by entertainment from some of our talented parishioners, including Leah and Spencer Banko.
Activities and childcare will be available for children of all ages. Children ages 0-5 will be cared for in the nursery. Pizza will be available upon request for preschoolers. Activities for children ages 6-11 will be provided in the Youth House, including a pizza dinner. The St. Catherine's Youth will take their annual trip to a local corn maze.
We encourage you to sign up soon as last year’s event was full! Sign up on our form at signupgenius.com/go/4090a4aacaa2ba57-stewardship or at church on Sunday. Please indicate specific plans for your children or younger family members (including ages)—note if your children will attend the scheduled activities, or if they will be having dinner in the Parish Hall. Space is limited; a wait list will be made available if we reach maximum capacity. For questions, please contact Joy Ettel, Stewardship 365 Committee, joy_sealmsn.com, 770-315-0232 or Lisa Buchanan, emhbuchan1674gmail.com. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Sunday, October 1, 8:30 am - 1 pm
Please plan to visit the annual "Cathedral Book Store at St. Catherine's" on Sunday morning, October 1. Tables will be set up in the Parish Hall and items will include Bibles, prayer books, children and youth items, books on meditation and inspiration, gifts and much more. You'll find many things for yourself and for gifts (thinking ahead to holiday time?). If you have a special request from the Book Store, please let Linda Scott know ahead of time (lindamscott1949
And, Breakfast Angels will be serving breakfast this day starting at 8:30 am, so if you come early to the Book Store's sale you can enjoy breakfast, too!
Next date: October 1
Our Breakfast Angels offer a delicious cooked breakfast for everyone at minimal cost in the Parish Hall at 8:30 am on the first and third Sunday each month. Dates coming up are October 1 & 15, November 5 & 19. Come and see us after the 7:45 am service or before the 8:45 am service for a great start to your morning!
Tickets are going fast!
By Elizabeth Lopez
You are invited to an evening of food, fun, and fellowship at our annual Low Country Boil, Saturday October 7 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets are $17.50 per person and are available on Sundays at church between all services until all are sold. Make your plans soon: this event usually sells out in 2-3 weeks. The event is open to adults 21 and older. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.)
Your ticket includes the shrimp boil, dessert, beer/wine, and tea. Any proceeds from the evening will be donated to Episcopal Relief and Development for their ongoing relief efforts in Houston, and in any community with great need. Please see Fred or Elizabeth Lopez for more information or email eslopezcomcast.net. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join us at Candler School on Wednesday, October 11
Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. All adults and youth are invited to join us at the Candler School of Theology for his Keynote Address at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 11. Our Wednesday Night Live programs will not meet this night so all may attend (WNL dinner will still be provided).
Registration is required by October 9 to attend this event. You may make your reservation through us at goo.gl/forms/IuPHX7gpc7TMikft1 or through the Atlanta Diocese registration site. Reserve soon as this event is expected to be very full! A carpool will leave from St. Catherine's at 5:00 pm or you may arrange your own transportation. The Candler School of Theology is located at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322. For questions please contact Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org or Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org.
Bishop Curry’s address will be “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta.. This event is open to the public. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for The Jesus Movement to Atlanta. Bishop Curry will also celebrate and preach at the worship service for the Annual Vergers’ Guild Conference on Friday, October 13 at 12 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
Baptism preparation class October 15, 22, 29
"Wade in the Water" is a class designed with special intent for parents and Godparents who are considering having their children baptized (but it is open to all who are interested). What is baptism? Who should be baptized? Does baptism actually do anything? What difference does our baptism make in our lives? These are the questions we'll consider. This class will meet during the Christian Formation/Church School hour (10-11 am). Facilitator will be Mother Sarah Fisher.
If you are considering baptism please contact the church office now at 770-971-2839 for information and schedule. "Wade In the Water" series will be offered in the weeks before each major feast day on which we celebrate baptism. The October sessions are preparation for baptism on November 5, our celebration of the Feast of All Saints.
By Tami Mace
Come one, come ALL, big or small! A Fall Workday is planned for 8:00 am to noon at St. Catherine's on October 14 to clean up and spruce up our church home. Projects planned include:
Many hands really do make light work, folks. Please feel free to stop by for all or part of the work time . Your Facilities Ministry Team will be ready and organized to help you jump right in!
-> NO WNL on September 27
Wednesday Night Live will not meet on September 27 due to Cobb Schools fall break. Our Wednesday nights will resume on October 4, so join us each week to deepen our walk in Christ. We have fellowship and learning for all ages! Our evening includes dinner and a worship time. Choir rehearsals are also held -- Jubilate at 6 pm, Choristers and Chancel Choir times as below. Come for any or all portions of the evening as fits your schedule.
Adult program at 7:15 pm: "Praying and Seeking: An invitation to encounter the Holy" - Our series focuses on looking at the world around us, doing a bit of theological reflection and wondering where God is in the midst of it all. We'll end each night with space for stillness and night prayer, using prayers from around the world. Led by Mother Sarah.
6:15-7:00 PM –
6:30-7:30 PM – Dinner and worship for everyone. (Dinner on September 13 will be Taco Bar, see your weekly parish email for menus coming up.)
7:15-8:15 PM –
-> RSVP for dinner : RSVP is requested for dinner each week - you may reply online at www.goo.gl/AqaaL7 .
-> Dinner help wanted -- 3-4 people to help with set up, serve, and clean up per week - go to our sign-up form to indicate date(s) you can participate, or check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org. Many hands make light work and we NEED your hands!
As the people of God in the Diocese of Atlanta we are committed to the safety of all God’s people and to the integrity of all work carried out by our clergy and people. Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of many of the volunteers (and all staff and clergy) at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese. Classes are offered around the diocese. There is no charge to attend but be sure to register in advance. Trainings must be renewed periodically. If you take either class, or if you have questions whether you need either training, contact Becky Adams, beckystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839, so that we can keep our records up to date.
Mark your calendar for the evening of Wednesday, November 15 for a very special service of Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of The Rev. Sarah Fisher as Rector of St. Catherine's. More details coming soon!
Join us for our annual celebration of the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals in the evening of Wednesday, October 18. Liturgy will be at 6:00 pm, and Blessings are available through 7:30 pm. For more information, please contact Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org.
Mark your calendar now for our next American Red Cross blood drive -- YOU can make a critical difference! The drive will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are never required, all donors are always welcome on the day of the event.) And don't forget to save time by using Red Cross' RapidPass on the day of the drive to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online before you come. Improvements have been made to RapidPass®, making drives more efficient and offering donors more ways to get their pass including on on mobile devices -- see www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Our church flowers and altar candles are solely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you! The schedule of upcoming dates is listed on the Volunteer Opportunities in your bulletin and available in the church office. You may sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one or special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, feel free to choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Please remember to send your payment on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.
St. Catherine's has a large church facility, and we need you to help us keep our church home in good working order and appearance! A new Maintenance Request order form for the church and preschool is now available. If you see something that needs our attention around our church building or grounds, please pick up our form and submit a maintenance request. The forms can be found on the different tables in the foyer, in the church office, and also available to download & print on our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/MaintenanceRequestForm.pdf. Please fill out the form and give it to Parish Adminstrator Rose Wolfe or put it in the church main office.
NOTE - as always, if you see something that is URGENT -- water flowing, roof leaking, etc. -- then please contact the church office as soon as possible!
Holy Comforter is a Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta located near the Atlanta Zoo in a neighborhood with many group homes. Many of its members live with mental illness and come to Holy Comforter for worship, hot meals, gardening, art and a sense of community. Our work with Holy Comforter is a ministry of presence – we specialize in field trips and hospitality.
St. Catherine's is now the sponsoring congregation for a Save it Forward food pantry at Osborne High School. Once a month (always Wednesdays 4 - 6 pm), we will send 2 volunteers to Osborne to help distribute the food for students whose families are in need. If you would like to help with this effort, please see our sign up sheet at signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44afaa2fa7f94-save . Contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) with questions.
As you heard from Dave Yucius at church back in August, St. Catherine's does the Men's Laundry at MUST Ministries monthly on the fourth Tuesday (and fifth Wednesday when there is one).The job is straightforward and humbling, and the men staying at the shelter are most appreciative of the service. The work requires 2 volunteers, starts around 6 pm, and is complete around 11. No long term commitment is required on your part - you may sign up for individual shifts as your schedule allows. Please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry. If you have never attended and would like to go with a seasoned veteran, we can arrange for that! Please see the sign up link for dates where your help is needed and refer any questions to Dave Yucius at dyuciusmindspring.com. Thank you!
Children’s Activity Kits, diapers and wipes for Family Promise
For the past 2 years, Young Families Ministry has sponsored the collection of Blessing Bags to support homeless children entering into the Family Promise of Cobb County program with needed items such as pajamas, undergarments and toiletries. Due to the generosity of St. Catherine’s parishioners and preschool families, Family Promise is well stocked with these bags. They have identified a new need – Activity Kits, Diapers and Wipes. We are collecting any size diapers, pull-ups and wipes as well as Activity Kits – plastic bags containing items such as coloring or puzzle books, crayons, and books. Plastic bags with age ranges are available for pick up in the foyer. Or, if you’d prefer to have us do the shopping, donations are accepted and will be used to fill in needed sizes of diapers.
Ingathering will be Sunday, October 15. For more information, please contact Molly Banko at mdbankocomcast.net. For details about the Family Promise program, see www.familypromisecobbcounty.org .
Our own Willow Riney was elected freshman representative to the Homecoming Court at Wheeler High School. In the September 21 homecoming parade along Holt Road (past the adoring crowds in front of the church) she got to ride in "Daisy,” parishioner Ron Bergeron's beautiful 1957 Buick Special convertible. Willow, we’re proud of you! Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see more in the album at All for Fall 2017.
By Susan Heuke, Invitation Ministry Convener
This month Stewardship 365 is spotlighting the Invitation Ministry Team. We are the Greeters who greet you every Sunday in the Foyer, the Shepherds who personally welcome visitors and forward their inquiries to the appropriate staff, the Porch Visitors who deliver bread to the visitors, the Bread Bakers who provide the bread, and the Event Planning team who put on quarterly coffees where newcomers and parishioners can get to know each other. If you have a half hour or so to spare once a month, won’t you consider joining our team? Detailed fliers are available on the large bulletin board next to the name tags.
Our Bulletin Board (right) -- Take a look at all those we have welcomed. See our bulletin board next to the name tag kiosk in the foyer. We invite you to join us in welcoming all newcomers to St. Catherine's!
Here is what some of our team members are saying about being on Invitation:
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
We have started hearing about stewardship at St. Catherine’s… which is another way of talking about ministry. “Ministry” in both Greek and Hebrew is the same word as “servant.” Servants are people who are at the disposal of another. When we replace the word ministry with the word service, we begin to see that stewardship is ministry in the sense that all of us are responsible to do what God wants and are accountable to him. Stewardship implies the care of people, resources, gifts and talents, and the grace of God.
The majority of us were taught to turn off the light when we leave the room …Stewardship.
In the coming weeks we will hear at church personal stewardship stories of how our members received so richly when they became good stewards and served others. As you pray, meditate and listen in the coming weeks you may have questions about how you can become a good steward. If you do, please contact me. I have many areas where your gifts are needed and where you will receive great joy because you have given.
And thank you to our Stewardship 365 Team. What a great job this team is doing, gently reminding us what we already know: we have been given, therefore we will freely give.
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 Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
WellStar Community Medication Take Back Day - Saturday, September 23, 10 am – 2 pm
Sharps, liquids and pills will be accepted. Do your part to prevent accidental poisoning, overdoses and improper use of medications. Simply take your medications to one of the three drop-off locations and receive a free gift. Your efforts will ultimately save lives by removing expired and unused prescription medications from your medicine cabinet. No questions asked, no forms or ID required. No registration is required. For questions regarding these events, call 770-793-7373. For more information about medication safety and proper disposal, please visit www.rxdrugabuse.org or contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.
Flu Shots Available - Flu shots will be offered in the community rooms at WellStar Acworth and East Cobb Health Parks (Not available at the Cobb Senior Services location) to all adults and children age 13 and older. All major payers accepted or $24 out of pocket. For more information about flu shots, please contact WellStar Clinical Partners at 470-644-0889 or wellstarclinicalpartwellstar.org.
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Pat McDougald, Tom Blackstock, Josh England, Jake England, Lucas Elgie, Andrew Hutton, Taylor Bacon, Ryan Johnson and Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Hannah Brinson, Pam Bearden, Allison Mayfield, Jennifer Lowe, Grace Adams, Neil Guy, Jennifer, Tom Day, Elizabeth Garvin, Janet Miller, Martin Michael, Elizabeth Blackstock, Brandi, Allison, KJ Rosynek, Austin Eldrid, Anne, Peter Howard, Bill Woods, Steve Wolfe, Todd Denton, Mark Singleton, Donovan Parnes, Stephen Burd, Pat Hazlin, Sam Watson, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham, Chubby Rice.
ANNIVERSARIES: Howell Haunson & Joey Boebel (9/24); Ron & Connie Bergeron (9/25), Cam & Marti Graham (9/25); Ed & Tracey Pitts (9/30), Jim & Laurie Dirksen (10/2).
BIRTHDAYS: (9/24) Raymond Higgins, Rebeccah Devault, Lauren Tear, Charles Mace, (9/25) Brenda Parker, Bette Hamilton, Virginia Langmaid, (9/26) Mel Paris, Joshua Harvey, (9/27) Susan Martin, Beth Lee, (9/28) Art Gardner, (9/29) Treholm Fahy, (9/30) Cam Graham, Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Richard Pearson, Jennifer Sherwood, Nathan Tomchik, (10/2) Sue Jones, Dave Yucius, Molly Johnson, (10/3) Isaac Hale, Sydney Khan, (10/4) Chuck Shrake, Adams Stone, Allison Dupuis, Abby Baumann, (10/5) Matthew Greene, (10/6) Richard Motter, Rhonda Robinson, Tom Donoghue.
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
September 24 - No Church School
Monday, September 25, 12-3 pm in the Youth House -- If you're on fall break, join us for lunch and boardgames with Mother Sarah. Please let Sally know if you plan to attend!
5:00-10:00 pm, for all youth grades 6-12! This is a fun fall event and a great time to introduce us to your friends! Cost is $10. If you're interested register soon at goo.gl/forms/V2En0tT27WhxkpOK2
Now that we have a beautiful new space to meet in, we are in need of a few things to help finish off the space and make it a home! If you are willing to donate something, please take a look at our Amazon Wish-list at a.co/6qFU6BB . You can even have things shipped directly to St. Cat's, but let us know it’s from you!! Shipping address: Sally Paris, 571 Holt Rd., Marietta, GA 30068
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 to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her mailbox at church.
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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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