The people of St. Catherine's seek
We Welcome You!
The Newsletter of
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
St. Catherine’s Friends:
Good things are happening in our common life right now, including a nearly-finished Memorial Garden expansion, a full menagerie at the Blessing of the Animals, the welcoming of the wider community into our space at Trunk or Treat, and the many other ministries, friendships and joys that make St. Catherine’s the place that it is.
There are a few things that are coming soon I want to highlight. The Feast Days of All Saints (celebrated Sunday, November 5) and All Souls (celebrated Thursday, November 2) are important times in our common life. In them we remember the Saints of the church and those saints in our own lives whom we love but see no longer. And on Wednesday, November 15, we will celebrate the ministry we share in this place with the Celebration of a New Ministry. I hope you will be there.
Finally, this weekend is our ingathering weekend, when we will return our pledge cards to the Glory of God for the work of the Kingdom through St. Catherine’s. The Rite I Eucharistic prayer we are reminded that “here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee.” These pledge cards and our offerings each week embody this offering of ourselves to God and to this place.
I remain humbled and delighted to be in your midst.
Under the Mercy,
Pledge Ingathering Sunday, October 22
As we look forward to how we will grow God’s work in 2018 in our parish, in Cobb County, in Georgia and in this world, we humbly invite you to reflect upon the abundance with which God has blessed you and your family. Please prayerfully consider how much of that abundance you joyfully desire to give back to continue God’s good work. Ingathering of our financial pledges will be at all services on October 22. Cards were mailed to all households and extras are available for you at church -- or you may download and fill out a card from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/EstimateOfGivingCard.pdf and return it to the church office.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for our “Journey to Generosity” celebration dinner on Saturday, October 21 at 5 pm. Please note that reservations are full, if you have not yet RSVP'd please contact Joy Ettel, joy_sealmsn.com, 770.315.0232, to find out if a space is available from our waiting list.
Stories of Transformation
During this Stewardship season, the Stewardship 365 Committee invites you to view real stories of impact told by our own parishioners, highlighting the transformational power of the Holy Spirit alive in the ministries of St. Catherine's. This St. Catherine's-produced video series is being released one per week. Please use the links below to revisit these powerful personal stories:
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.
3:00 to 5:00 pm in St. Cat's back parking lot
Join us for St. Catherine’s Young Families Ministry’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This is sure to be a fun event for all and a great way to share in fellowship with St. Catherine's as well as the rest of the community. Contact Jenna Parker with questions at jennastcatherines.org.
Thursday, November 2
We will celebrate The Feast of All Souls on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 pm. We will remember our beloved dead on this day (we will also remember them in our All Saints’ liturgy on November 5). On All Souls’ we particularly recall those who have died within the past calendar year. If you have lost someone dear to you within the past year, please reply by Sunday, October 29 to Parish Secretary Becky Adams, beckystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839, and we will make sure your loved one is added to our list. You will be invited to participate in the liturgy by lighting a candle in memory of your loved one.
Reply by Sunday, October 29
We will celebrate All Saints' Sunday on November 5. On this date we would like to remember at the altar the saints in your lives whom you have lost (whether last week or 25 years ago).
Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry & Fellowship form in your bulletin or contact the church office (Parish Secretary Becky Adams, beckystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839) with this information by Sunday, October 29.
Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 pm
All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees -- please be sure to have a member of your group present at this important meeting in the Parish Hall as we begin the 2018 budget process. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
Our Cats On Wheels excursion this month will be to a new comedy play production by Georgia Ensemble Theater. We will see the 8 pm performance of “Morningside" on Saturday, October 28 at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075 www.get.org . Before the theater, we will dine at The Mill Kitchen and Bar, 590 Mimosa Blvd at the corner of Marietta Highway in Roswell, commencing at 5:45 pm. Tickets and dinner cost will be pay-your-own. Contact Alan Certain ASAP, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com , 404-661-2200, to inquire about tickets and/or dinner reservations.
Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you.
Due Sunday, November 12
It's time to consider if you would like to serve on the Vestry of St. Catherine's. This year we will elect four new vestry members to serve three-year terms. You may nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Nominees must be a member in good standing of the parish, in that they “work, pray and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom.” A list of the members who are eligible are available with nomination forms in your bulletin and at church. Nominations are due by Sunday, November 12. The slate of candidates will be announced in The Wheel newsletter beginning December 1 and in your bulletin on December 3, and the election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 10. For those who cannot be present for the election you may vote by absentee ballot available from the church office (absentee ballots must be returned by December 8).
Serving on the Vestry is a highly rewarding ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people's lives. Contact Senior Warden Bill Ivey, Junior Warden Stephanie Yucius or Mother Sarah for questions.
A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Reflections will be due by Friday, November 17. Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections .
Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
Sunday, December 3 – Vendors, sign up now
Shop local this holiday season! Save the date now for our Holiday Market which will be held 8 am - 1 pm in our Parish Hall. Vendors are invited to apply now, limited space is available. A $25 booth fee will be due the day of the event. Proceeds will go toward our Youth Program. To reserve a booth please contact Rebeccah Devault, rebeccah.devaultgmail.com.
Join us each week to deepen our walk in Christ. We will meet October 25 through November 15, then take off November 22 for Thanksgiving week and resume on November 29 through December 15. We have fellowship and learning for all ages, dinner and a worship time. Come for any or all portions of the evening as fits your schedule. RSVP is requested for dinner each week - you may reply online at www.goo.gl/AqaaL7 . Price: Children $3 / Youth $5 / Adults $7 / Family $20 maximum.
6:15-7:00 PM –
6:30-7:30 PM – Dinner and worship for everyone.
7:15-8:15 PM –
-> Dinner help wanted -- 3-4 people to help with set up, serve, and clean up per week - go to our sign-up form or check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org. We NEED your hands!
November 16, 7 pm at Temple Kol Emeth
It’s the Thirteenth Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration—a dynamic evening of worship and community-building on the Thursday one week before Thanksgiving Day. Each year, this event brings together spiritual leaders, musicians, and participants from over 20 different faith traditions to celebrate in prayer and song both unity and diversity, and is attended by more than 800 worshippers.
This year the theme is "Dare to Do!" We will celebrate our children and their desire to make a difference. The Community Highlight this year will be The Center for Children and Young Adults. Members of St. Catherine’s will join in this community event at 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth which is located just a few miles from our church at the corner of Old Canton Road and Sewell Mill Road (1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30062, www.kolemeth.net) . A reception with a wonderful variety of foods will follow!
By Harriett Pyburn
Want to volunteer in our community but not able to make a long term commitment? No problem! St. Catherine's has many opportunities where you can sign up as you have availability. Please contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) if you have questions about any of these opportunities:
Our 2018 Habitat build has been scheduled! For those of you unfamiliar with our annual build team, St. Catherine's is part of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition. We work with many houses of worship of various faiths in Cobb County to complete one new Habitat House each year. It is such a great expression of the power of coming together as a community.
Our start date has been scheduled for April 28, 2018. If you have interest and availability in any of the build days (all kinds of skills needed), you are invited! It will be a nine week build and will end June 30 (with a dedication on July 22). We'd love to get you involved. If you would like to be on informational emails going forward, please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net.
A letter from our 2017 Habitat House homeowner
Hello [St. Catherine's],
I want to share with you that I am enjoying my beautiful home. God has blessed me with this home and I am so excited. I want to thank all of you for your time, efforts, and energy in helping me build my beautiful home! So much fun and excitement and many pictures to remember this special occaion. I want to thank all of you for your kindess, your caring and faith love in helping my family build this home. It is a wonderfu blessing! It is very much appreciated in all that you have done for me and my family. All the prayers and scriptures that was added to the wood planks is so beautiful in blessing my home. My beautiful front porch chairs that was done by the children's ministries are amazing! Again thanks to you all so much so filled with love.
By Harriett Pyburn
“A ministry of presence” – you've heard those words, but what exactly do they mean? The October 7 BBQ and Bingo Bash we held in our Parish Hall with the people of Holy Comforter is a perfect example. Thanks to so many for taking the time to make this such a wonderful celebration. A lot of work went into making the day special, and yet I felt like we had so many people helping that we all just enjoyed ourselves as well.
From the moment we started, it felt like a great reunion. A big crew was on hand to welcome the vans as they drove up. The greetings and opening blessings made everyone feel at home right away. Janet Livingston made sure we all had nametags so everyone was on a first name basis. The decorations by Deborah Weigel were beautiful and perfectly edible. Everyone loved their personal placemats made by the children and youth at St. Catherine's. The meal, prepared by Glenn Cox, John Fulcher, Karen Kraeger and Monica Kraeger was both beautiful and delicious (and served in courses!). Everyone was able to eat their fill and even take home a sandwich or two if they wanted. The rolling video of past times together was fun to see and remember - we're so glad Bettye Harris and Bill Ivy like to take pictures! The dessert table was truly spectacular. And how wonderful to choose (and take more than one thing)! Sue Schnorf jumped in at the last minute to help us with that most important task, and she actually said, "thanks for the invitation!" The joyful music led by Deelee and Dennis Freeman allowed us time to be grateful for and savor the great meal we had just had before we entered our cutthroat bingo game. The bingo calling by Chuck Shrake was enthusiastic, patient, and flexible. The games were fun and the prizes for everyone brought so many smiles to the room. Our church made so many generous donations, and Linda Cox did a wonderful job organizing, supplementing and finding that just-right item for everyone. It was great to watch everyone cheer for each other until we had all won. Bill Ivey and Linda Shrake closed us with a beautiful prayer and Irish blessing. I am still smiling.
What I loved is that everyone pitched in in such an easy way. Everything was handled along with the way without a flinch - Rebeccah Devault made unplanned coffee, someone found some take-home bags, Chuck managed the bingo game to balance the need for competition and prize-winning, and somehow the kitchen was clean before bingo was even over (I'm pretty sure Carol Fey had something to do with that).
Meanwhile, Christina and I had the chance to visit our way around the room and eat a delicious meal. We learned about composting, the winter crops that just went in at the HC garden, folk school in Brasstown, NC, the trials and celebrations of quitting smoking, different people's amazing art talents, people's kids and cats, who is the luckiest and best at bingo, who is dating who, and how much everyone in that room cares for each other.
Thank you for your wonderful hearts and your time and talents you contributed to make Saturday a special day. In additions to donations of bingo prizes, desserts, and decorated placemats, so many came out to be part of the day as part of this ministry of presence. Thanks to Glenn & Linda Cox, John Fulcher, Chuck & Linda Shrake, Karen & Monica Kraeger, Bill & Tinka Ivey, Harriett & Christina Pyburn, Bettye Harris, Candy & Bob Jansen, Nancy Certain, Carol Fey, Nancy Barke, Janet Livingston, Rebeccah Devault, Tim Raasch, Sue Schnorf, Barb & Bill Selby, Rachel & Vincent Bagby, Dennis & Deelee Freeman, Joan Thurston, and Deborah Weigel.
The smiles on everyone's faces as we said goodbye were the perfect summary of this ministry of presence. It is being seen, being heard, and being loved. We invite everyone to join us for our next event with Holy Comforter! It is always a special time together.
Our next hosting week for Family Promise is November 26-December 3. Your help will be needed!
A large group of St. Catherine's members traveled to St. Philip's Cathedral to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's keynote address during his visit to the Atlanta Diocese this month. Bishop Curry also preached at a noon eucharist at St. Luke's. Here are video links to hear what he had to say to our community in Christ:
Photos by Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” Early on Saturday morning, October 14, the volunteers arrived at St. Catherine’s for our Parish Workday. In their hands they had work gloves, shovels, clippers, sledge hammers and even a jack hammer. They were ready to work, and work they did! Thank you Tami Mace and Fred Massey for leading us, for planning, coordinating, and for your own sweat labor. Hours were given, fellowship was shared, and delicious donuts were consumed. Work Day Volunteers: Ellen Adams, Molly Banko, Spencer Banko, Dwight Blackwood, Joey Boebel, Tanya Bowers-Dean, Keith Duke, Carol Eskew, Bill Ivey, Al Jones, Dana Lindsell, Tami Mace, Justice Mace, Fred Massey, Mel Paris, Bob Pepper, Pat Pepper, Bill Sapp, Barb Selby, Bill Selby, Marlene Stuart, Harry Tear III, Harry Tear IV, Tad Travis, Dave Yucius.
Thank you, volunteers. Because you care, the grounds at St. Catherine’s, our church home, are now so much more beautiful! (Photos below by Bill Ivey)
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, Jan Potter, Bettye Harris. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Low Country on October 7 -- Great food and great fun! See lots more pictures in the album at Low Country Boil.
Blessing of the Animals on October 18 -- see lots more photos in the album at BlessingAnimals101817.
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved.
Dear St. Catherine's,
My thanks to all of you who sent cards, the beautiful sanctuary flowers and gave me your condolences at church. I am very grateful to have my St. Catherine's family extending their thoughts and prayers to me and my family at this time of loss of my brother Jack. We will be going to Denver for a celebration of his life. May he rest in Peace.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Come for this one day conference at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am – 4 pm. The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor will explore how religious pluralism challenges and deepens Christian identity in a world of many (and no) faiths. She will also speak in the Dean's Forum on Sunday, October 29 at 10:10 am. Tickets and information are available at www.stphilipscathedral.org/Learn/Prayer-and-Spiritual-Formation/Spirituality-Conference.
The previously announced Michael O’Neal Singers concert of “A German Requiem” on October 22 has been postponed. Please see updates at www.mosingers.com .
All are invited to “Siempre Preciosa”, a Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Concert on Monday, October 30, 7:00 pm at Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door. Seating is limited and advance purchase is recommended. All proceeds to benefit United for Puerto Rico. For information and tickets visit www.auroratheatre.com/teatro-aurora/puerto-rico-hurricane-relief-concert/ .
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.
DECEASED: Brett Baxley, brother of Jana Williams; Fran Cook, mother of Kris Cook; James Dunn, uncle of Amy Mikkelsen
BEFORE SURGERY: Steve Wolfe, Riley Yucius
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Tom Day, Bruce, Nathan York, Dean, Carlton Vaughn, Mary Lee, Elizabeth Hannah, Judy Dechar, Helen Zimmerman, Fleming Rowell, Anne Whittle, Tracy Buckalew, Lauri Kelcher, Hannah Brinson, Pam Bearden, Allison Mayfield, Jennifer Lowe, Neil Guy, Jennifer, Elizabeth Garvin, Janet Miller, KJ Rosynek, Austin Eldrid, Peter Howard, Bill Woods, Stephen Burd, Pat Hazlin, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.
ANNIVERSARIES: Tom & Maureen Donoghue (10/22), Al & Sue Jones (10/23), Josh & Christina McLean (10/24), Jason & Sue Snape (10/25), Jerry & Linda Scott (10/28).
BIRTHDAYS: (10/22) James Fleming, Scott Butzen, Andrew Smith, (10/23) Lynn Sapp, Aaren Bell, (10/24) Ginny Acocella, AvaKate Aumann, Michael Sherwood, (10/26) Oak Martin, Natalyn Smith, (10/27) Preston Paris, (10/28) Doug Jenkins, Abe Fontenot, (10/29) Susan Bayless, Sally Paris, (10/30) Marilyn Marcus, (10/31) Dave Banko, Clarke Thomas, Tracy Buckalew, Tom Blackstock, Sally Dupuis, Daniel Mikkelsen, (11/1) Paul Acocella, Bob Jansen, Christy Luttrell, (11/2) Sarah Thomas, Keith Muckerman.
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
October 21: Corn Maze Trip
By Riley Yucius
The D.C. Trip was very different from any of the other experiences I have had with the church. To be able to go, serve, and worship at a church of that magnitude is just mind-blowing. The history of not only the cathedral but the city is very interesting and well developed. I really enjoyed how we could choose the activities and tours that we would take. Not only did we learn about our spirituality as Episcopalians, but we learned about our culture by visiting the Holocaust museum. The exhibit is very well done as well as very somber. Everyone in the group walked away from the tour with a new perspective on the Holocaust and ways we can prevent it from happening again. While the trip was short in hours, it was not short in memories.
See lots more photos in our photo album ...
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.
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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