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The Newsletter of
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
This week I spent the day at Ignatius House, a gem of a retreat center, just a few miles down the road from St. Cat’s. A quiet retreat, we focused on the Fall season, on self and on listening for God in the midst of it all. In thinking about the fall, my mind turns to things like leaves as they burst forth with red, orange and yellow and then begin their annual return to the earth. It is a generous gift that God gives us, to see this splendor of holiness and color, to watch as life and death and rebirth all collide in the season of fall.
In our retreat prayer time, one of the leaders read a quote from Sharon Salzburg. It resonated deeply with me. I love how it connects letting go, freedom, and generosity. Salburg writes: “Generosity has such power because it is characterized by the inner quality of letting go or relinquishing. Being able to let go, to give up, to renounce, to give generously—these capacities spring from the same source within us. When we practice generosity, we open to all of these liberating qualities simultaneously.”
As the leaves change and fall, I am grateful to be walking with you. I am grateful for the generous hearts and generous lives that you all bring to St. Catherine’s and to God’s Kingdom. They give hope and love to a ready world.
Under the Mercy,
Don't miss sleeping in that extra hour...
Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 pm
Pledge Ingathering is underway
By Nelson Gale
The Stewardship Committee would like to thank all those who have turned in their pledges. Your pledge helps our Finance Team and Vestry begin the budgeting process by having some idea as to what our income will be for 2018. For those who have not yet turned in their pledges, you can see it is important to do so as soon as you can. Cards are available for pick up at church or you may print one at www.stcatherines.org/forms/EstimateOfGivingCard.pdf . You may put your pledge in the collection plate on Sunday, or mail it to the church or simply drop it off in the office, attention Rose Wolfe, Parish Administrator. Thank you.
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. See the links below to revisit the latest in our powerful video series of personal stories:
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.
Please join us Friday evening, November 10 at 7:30 pm for our first concert in our Friends of Music Sixth Season. You will thoroughly enjoy The Charlestones -- a men's a cappella quartet from, of course, Charleston, South Carolina. Their program is "The Charlestones Sing Everything" and will include songs from Broadway, barbershop, jazz, Renaissance, spirituals, country, and pop! Bring friends and family and feed everyone's musical taste! This is a free concert with no tickets needed, open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken. All concert goers are invited to a “meet and greet” reception with the artists after the concert.
Cookies requested for concert reception
If you would like to contribute some cookies or other finger desserts please leave items clearly marked for "Concert Series" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to this concert.
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s!
This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a Friends of Music reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome and are tax deductible. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music,” and send/bring to the church offic. St. Catherine's members may also give online through your account in The City. For more information, see our website at www.stcatherines.org/concerts.
If you had directory photos taken and have not yet received your complimentary 8x10 picture, it is available for pick up in the church foyer. Please take yours no later than Nov. 19. The mobile directory will be ready in early December and the printed directory is expected by our January annual meeting.
All Young Families (those with children to ages 0 to 12) are invited for a trip to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, www.chattnaturecenter.org. We will meet at the Center at 10:00 am and enjoy learning something new with friends. Reserve now at goo.gl/forms/sk83LorwgNpHVlNB3 . For questions contact Jenna Parker, email@example.com, 770-971-2839.
Sunday, November 12
Bountiful Breads & coffee! Join us in the Parish Hall during the Christian Formation hour, 10 - 11 am on Sunday, November 12. Newcomers and visitors are invited for coffee, fellowship and to learn more about our ministries. It’s a great opportunity to meet with lay leaders, staff and clergy, and get to know us better. Feel free to bring a friend or relative.
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.
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.
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) . 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. Donations of non-perishable foods for MUST Ministries will be collected. A reception with a wonderful variety of foods will follow!
Reception foods are requested -- Please bring to the event, or if you will not be attending please leave items in St. Cat's kitchen no later than 3:00 pm on day of the event (clearly marked for “Ecumenical Thanksgiving”). Guidelines: Meatless is preferred (NO PORK OR SHELLFISH); please pre-cut/pre-plate items and mark your trays for return; label items if gluten free or contains common allergens such as peanuts, strawberries, etc.
We thank Stephanie Gardiner, Tim Raasch, Mark Singleton, Anne Willcocks, Stephanie Yucius and alternate Steve Diffley, who will be serving as St. Catherine's lay delegates to 111th Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta. We are especially proud of Stephanie Gardiner, who was elected to serve as the youth delegate for the Marietta deanery. We ask your prayers for them, along with Mother Sarah Fisher, as they participate in Council on Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11 at First Baptist Church, Gainesville. For information about Council including agenda, reports and resolutions please see the Diocese webpage at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Communication/2017-annual-council-/.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this month at Nagoya Sushi and Hibachi, 910 Marietta Highway, Roswell, nagoyasushihibachi.business.site. Be sure to RSVP so we know you’re coming to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. Meet us in the restaurant at 11:30 am.
Cats On Wheels coming up
Please join us each month for lunch out or a day trip:
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.
Sunday, December 3, 6:15-7:00 pm
All children are invited to meet us in the Parlor in cozy pajamas as we share seasonal sweets and listen to Christmas stories from Mother Sarah and our Director of Children and Family Ministries, Jenna Parker.
Mark your calendar now!
Join us each week to deepen our walk in Christ. We will meet November 8, then take off for two weeks (15th for The Celebration of New Ministry and 22nd for Thanksgiving week) and resume on November 29 through December 13. 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 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!
A blessed, happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones from the people of St. Catherine’s!
Advent Wreath Making Sunday, November 26
—> No Christian Formation classes this day
All ages! Join us in the Parish Hall from 10 to 11 am to make an Advent wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults – to gather with us to anticipate the season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.
Wreath bases and materials are provided, or if you have a base already please be sure to bring it this day.
Advent begins December 3
Here is a preview of some observances and special activities coming up for Advent season at St. Catherine's, add them to your calendar now!
Last hosting week this year
By Linda Scott
Our final hosting of families will be the week after Thanksgiving, and this year we will be welcoming a new member into the Cobb County family, Temple Kol Emeth. Since they are so close by, we will have a couple of their members with us on occasion during our hosting to see one in action.
As you consider ways in which you might sign up to help (dinner preparation, evening hosts, overnight hosts, set up and take down), keep in mind that we are now in our new improved Youth House space! So much hard work went into this greatly enlarged space and we are so thankful and so proud of all of the hands that helped build it! And, our guests will find the extra two bedrooms, two baths and HUGE living/dining/kitchen areas wonderful.
As always, if you’re new to Family Promise and want to volunteer, we invite you to sign up for the next Family Promise training on Tuesday, November 14, 7-9 pm at the new Day Center, 1823 Blackwell, Marietta, next to Transfiguration Catholic Church. Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Signing up is a must since on occasion they need to be cancelled and you will be notified if that occurs.
Lastly, the two new classrooms are full of large beautiful windows, but as bedrooms they do need window coverings. Fred Massey has purchased the blinds so we’ll have them up by Thanksgiving, and we ask that anyone interested in helping pay for one or more sets of blinds (needed 8), please make a donation to the Youth House fund.
As always, you can get more information about our hosting week by contacting either Barb Selby or Linda Scott. Also, they are usually around after each service on Sunday: Barb 404-216-1640 email@example.com; Linda 678-446-4676 Lindamscott1049@gmail.com.
Join many other St. Cat’s members and the community for a fun time and great fundraiser for MUST Ministries! In what has become a Thanksgiving tradition, thousands of people will again converge on the Marietta Square on the morning of Thanksgiving Day to run or walk in the Gobble Jog. You will still have plenty of time afterwards to watch the Thanksgiving Day TV parades and football, and you'll have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast. The Gobble Jog is MUST's largest fundraiser of the year and the money raised with this event helps provide food, clothing, shelter, job training and more to more than 30,000 of our neighbors in need each year.
It all starts and ends at the Marietta Square. The event features a timed 10K and 5K (qualifiers for the Peachtree Road Race), plus an untimed 5K, 1K, and Tot Trot for kids 5 and under. Many volunteers are needed, too. If you are going to be out of town or cooking at home, you can still support the Gobble Jog by signing up as a Phantom Runner – you’ll receive the race shirt by mail! Register soon either online, by mail, at the Packet Pickup event on Wed., Nov. 22 (10 am-6 pm at the Cobb County Civic Center), or on race day beginning at 6:30 am. All the details are available at www.GobbleJog.org, and see the link below to register for our team.
From Sally Paris: Join the team!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means the Gobble Jog is just around the corner as well. I have set a goal to run at least one 5K a month until my upcoming wedding and encourage friends to join me when they can. One of my 5Ks in November is the Gobble Jog and I want to invite you all to run with me this year. This running goal of mine is a way for me to stay active, but also to continue to build community with friends and loved ones. A 5k is a great way to enjoy friends. We don’t all run at the same pace, but that is part of the fun. We can still all bond over a run in the chill of Thanksgiving morning and embrace one another before we depart to celebrate the holiday. I would love to see all of you at the Gobble to walk/run/waddle together!
Register now at must.convio.net/site/TR/WalkRun/General?fr_id=1060&pg=entry
By Molly Banko
A BIG thank you to all who participated in our recent Family Promise collection. Over 1,500 diapers, 2,600 wipes and 40 activity bags were donated by Preschool, MOPS and church members. The activity bags will be distributed to kids as they are entering the Family Promise program to give them quiet activities while their parents are busy with interviews and housing or job searches. The diapers and wipes are needed because food pantries frequently only give 12 diapers at a time, and clients aren’t eligible for more until the following month. Family Promise was once again overwhelmed by St. Catherine’s generosity!
Photo courtesy Molly Banko
Thank you so much to Outreach for reaching out!
St. Catherine's Outreach Committee, with Harriett Pyburn as Convener, generously provided and served dinner at the MUST / Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on October 28. Fred and Jennifer Massey organized a cook out, despite the rain showers, and special thanks as well to the following food donors and servers: Outreach Committee members who generously donated financial support for dinner included Phil Spessard, Del Halstead-Nussloch, Deborah Weigel, Harriett Pyburn, Deana and Eric De La Barre, Nancy and Richard Barke, Jerry and Linda Scott, Janet Livingston, Molly Banko, Ron and Connie Bergeron and Tracy and Rick Buckalwe. Dinner was served by: Phil Spessard, Nancy and Richard Barke, Janet Livingston, Fred and Jennifer Massey, and Bill and Barb Selby.
Our next dinner will be on Tuesday, November 28. Anyone interested in more information on volunteering at MUST / Elizabeth Inn in November should email Connie Bergeron at firstname.lastname@example.org. December 28 (Thursday) the dinner will be coordinated by Tracy Buckalew, and to sign up please reach out to Tracy at email@example.com
We are most grateful for St. Catherine's ongoing support for this important ministry that feeds more than 70 guests at Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of every month year-round.
Tracy Buckalew and Connie Bergeron
Photo courtesy Janet Livingston
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:
By Jason Gardiner
I have walked the labyrinth at St. Catherine’s many times over the years. The first time I did so was on a whim. It was after the 8:45 Service. My children were at Sunday School and I was bored. I thought that it would be a mindless diversion while I waited. But, like many things spiritual throughout my life, I was humbled and awed by how it has spoken to me. I’ve walked it many times since that morning. What draws me to it? Many things.
The very act of walking though it brings about different sensations. If I hurry, the crunch of the pebbles underneath my feet serves to complement the briskness in stride. But while the crispness of sound may lift my spirits, it scatters my thoughts. And the buoyancy is superficial. I find that a slower, measured pace produces a completely different feel, one that I greatly prefer. The pebbles sound almost like the ocean waves and the shift of stones underfoot affects my step, a continual subtle shift in balance. The sound and sway both serve to bring the experience into a deeper focus, where the physical and spiritual work together in harmony. And the effects are as long-lasting as they are profound.
The journey is a parable of my faith and understanding. As I enter the labyrinth and begin, I approach the center very quickly. The path appears quite simple and direct. Within a few steps, I skirt by the inner circle, and the end is tantalizingly close. But then suddenly, the path turns and takes me farther from the center. And as it does, I feel a sense of loss. Of discouragement. Of isolation and abandonment. Perhaps like me, you may feel tempted to “cheat” and step over the path edge. After all, you can clearly see the center and can easily get there more efficiently. But I know deep inside that doing so will leave my sense of satisfaction strangely hollow and incomplete. So I persevere. I come to the outer edge of the maze and am now circling at the greatest distance from my goal. It is now that listening to the tidal sounds of my steps and relying on my faith is what carries me forward. The farther I go, the deeper I sink into that feeling. And then, almost unexpectedly, the path turns and I am standing where I longed to be.
As I surface from the depths of my thoughts and look around from the center, I see myself surrounded. By a sea of pebbles. By the grounds of St. Catherine’s. By the love of the parishioners. By the love of God. I am not ashamed to say that sometimes I feel that it is the Universe. To me, the labyrinth very much like The Gospel in the both the simplicity and depth of what it holds. There are great riches to be found there, if you are still and listen.
Photos by Bill Ivey. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Journey to Generosity! A wonderful celebration of Stewardship at the dinner on October 21 with delicious food and great entertainment in our fabulously decorated Parish Hall.
Trunk or Treat! The weather outside was frightful but we had great fun in the Parish Hall for our first Trunk or Treat event on October 28.
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],
Words cannot express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your love and graciousness towards The Friendship Center. The bingo party was fabulous. Everything from the hospitality to the food was amazing. We felt the love that was put into the event. Our friends here are still talking about how much they enjoyed coming to St. Catherine's. You all really made us feel at home. We pray that you all will be blessed. Thank you again!
With Christ's love,
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Come hear glorious songs and favorite carols of Christmas as performed by the 100-voice Georgia Festival Chorus. The audience will have a chance to sing along as well. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this community chorus presenting the best in traditional and contemporary sacred choral works. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. See information about Georgia Festival Chorus at www.tgafc.org.
The Michael O’Neal Singers concerts are presented at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this well-known community chorus. Tickets are available at www.mosingers.com for their holiday programs:
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, Matt Bermel, 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: Janet Miller, cousin of Carol Eskew & Lynn Barton; Laura Berry
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Steve Wolfe, The Miller’s, Fran Corragio, Ann Davis, Dale Voyles, Riley Yucius, Ron & Judy Holmes, Alexis Miniat, Debi Morrow, Taylor Barrett, Tillie Carter, Jimmy Seal, Bettie Coldron, Linda Gettys, Nathan York, Mary Lee, Elizabeth Hannah, Helen Zimmerman, Lauri Kelcher, Hannah Brinson, Stephen Burd, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.
ANNIVERSARIES: Steve & Rosemary Wolfe (11/6/82)
BIRTHDAYS: (11/5) Arlyn Cook, (11/7) Jerry Scott, Cindy Tuemmler, Jason Gardiner, Richard Bowers-Dean, (11/8) Harry Tear, IV, Ethan Nienaber, (11/9) Alison Travis, Lauren Barber, (11/11) Chuck Zimmerman, Gretchen Walton, (11/12) Benny Starr, Alison Harris, (11/13) Camilo Calvo, Sally Powers, Alma BellaFiore, Wendy Wilson, (11/14) Chuck Severs, Lucas Bachmann, (11/15) Risa Maier, (11/16) Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore, (11/17) Jenna Parker, Helen Davis.
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
November 10-11: Annual Council Lock-in
Photos courtesy Sally Paris
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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