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My heart is full. Thank you for being who you are. It is a pure joy to be here.
I am awash in images of Wednesday night—they come to me in waves—the prayers of the people, written by and led by our children and youth, the choirs (both of them!) singing, Jana’s rendition of Widor’s Toccata, the beauty and diversity of the voices presenting and reading our Scripture, the Photo Booth, the flowers, the food, our acolytes, images of light, of healing… the list goes on. There are many beautiful photos that capture the splendor of this night. This one, in this moment, is my very favorite: you, the people of St. Catherine’s, joined by your bishop and new rector, covered in the waters of baptism, renewed for ministry to and with the world, preparing to move to the Table that unites us in all things.
With joy and love,
Photo by Jan Potter, see more below in this newsletter
A blessed, happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones
Pledge cards needed now
Pledges continue to come in! As of publication date we have received 172 pledge cards for a total of $746,056 so far. We’re looking for 56 more households/individuals who pledged last year, and all new members, to pledge this year. Every pledge is important now as we begin our budget process for 2018. If you are not able to pledge this year, then please do let us know that.
Pick up a pledge card at church or print one from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/PledgeCard.pdf, then return your card at church on Sunday or send to Rose Wolfe in the church office as soon as possible. Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine's ministries and missions!
Space filling fast!
If you have not yet had the opportunity to attend one of our small-group "get to know you" meals with Mother Sarah, we offer 3 more dates, Sundays, 1 to 3 pm: December 3, January 28, February 11. Please go to SignUpGenius.com/go/8050C4AAEAF29A57-share1 to sign up, or for questions contact Pat Pepper, ppepper97bellsouth.net.
Last chance for photo appointments November 24 & 25
If you have not yet had your photo taken for our new pictorial church directory, appointment times are available on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25. If you were on the waiting list or need to schedule an appointment please contact Kristin Blackstock right away, kgblackstockhotmail.com, 770-971-2649. Note that this is the last opportunity to have photos taken for the directory.
If you had your directory photos taken and have not yet received your complimentary 8x10 picture, it is available for pick up in the church foyer -- please get yours by Sunday, Nov. 19. The mobile directory will be ready in early December and the printed directory is expected by our January annual meeting.
Are you considering being baptized or joining the Episcopal Church? We are considering offering a winter/spring class for people new to the Christian life and new to the Episcopal Church. If this is an offering of which you would like to be a part, please sign up in your bulletin or contact Elizabeth Lopez, eslopezcomcast.net or Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org.
If you like the sweatshirts the Youth Program sold last year but didn't get one, or need a new one, here's your chance! Price is $20 each, available in heather grey only.
Orders are due by December 3 and will be ready for pick-up December 17, so they will make great Christmas gifts as well. Place your order at https://goo.gl/GVh8uG . For questions contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Advent Wreath Making Sunday, November 26
—> NO Christian Formation classes this day
Join us at 10-11 am in the Parish Hall during the Church School hour, 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. Wreath bases and materials are provided, or if you have a base already please be sure to bring it. Parishioner Mel Paris will offer his hand-made ceramic wreath bases for purchase at the event for those interested.
We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults – to gather with us to anticipate this 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.
-> Refreshments wanted -- If you would like to help make our wreath making even more festive by bringing some food or drinks, please sign up for your item on our form at https://goo.gl/xy6xLw . Contact Jenna Parker, jennastcatherines.org with any questions. Thank you!
You'll find a variety of Advent study materials for children, youth and adults on the table in the foyer begining on the First Sunday of Advent. In particular, a special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our own booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our parishioners. Look for this year's collection, "Pause, Ponder, Prepare," which will be available for pickup at church, on our website and on our Facebook page in time for the start of the season on December 3.
-> Sign up now for the Reflection of the Day -- You may receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! Sign up now on our Advent Reflections page at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm. (If you previously subscribed to one of our reflections series you will automatically receive the Advent series, NO NEED to sign up again).
Sunday, December 3 – Vendors still wanted
Shop local this holiday season! Save the date now for our Holiday Artisan 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.
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.
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:00 pm - All are welcome for a quiet mid-week Eucharist. On Wednesday Nights, from 7:15-8:00 PM, we will gather at the side chapel in the church for a simple Eucharist with space for stillness and meditation, simple singing and prayers for healing. For more information, please contact Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org.
All adults and youth 12 & older are invited to join with Daughters of the King from 7 to 9 pm for the annual Advent Quiet Evening. Let's take time out during the busy holiday season to focus on our journey of expectation to meet the Christ Child -- praying, reflecting and being together. We will have Advent readings and time around our outdoor fire pit, and walk our labyrinth.
Beginning December 3: “Practicing Wonder” - On Sundays in Advent, join Mother Sarah and Elizabeth Lopez during the Christian Formation hour (10-11 am) for a time of exploration: “Practicing Wonder with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind.” This series will use a small Advent booklet to offer space to wonder, develop Advent practices and create space for listening for God. All are welcome! We will meet in the Parlor for the first Sunday in Advent and in the Parish Hall for the remaining Sundays. For more information, please contact Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org or Elizabeth Lopez, eslopezcomcast.net.
It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless it isn't. For many, this season is not a joyful one, but a time that highlights loneliness, depression or loss. This year we are holding a Blue Christmas service, a liturgy that creates space to hold the places of our sorrow, pain, burdens, fears, worries, and losses. We will have a candle-lit service with music, poetry, prayers, silence and scripture. All are welcome. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org.
Each year we invite everyone to donate funds for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. Please insert your donation in the brown envelopes which will be in the pews (or send to the church office). Remember to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, December 17 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.
Prague, Vienna, Salzburg!
By Jana Williams
Where will you be on Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of Advent 2019? Consider joining St. Catherine’s Chancel Choir as they plan to accept the invitation to sing in the 2019 Vienna International AdventSing. Our musical adventure will begin in the stunning city of Prague, continue to the charming small village of Cesky Krumlov, on to Salzburg, hometown of Mozart as well as The Sound of Music, and finishing with the festival in Vienna. Among the venues in which the choir will sing will be in the Salzburg Cathedral, the stunning Baroque chapel in Melk Abbey and the magnificent City Hall in Vienna. The Christmas markets and incredible decorations will make for a most memorable time. And, of course, the most fun is traveling with such a wonderful group of people! Singers and non-singers are welcome to join us.
View all the trip details at stcatherines.org/forms/ChancelChoir-AdventSing2019.pdf . More information will come next year, but mark your calendars and start planning and saving now.
Join us each week to deepen our walk in Christ. We will take off the 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. Please note that Nursery will no longer be offered during the evening. 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.
By Linda Scott
Our final hosting of families is the week after Thanksgiving. 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.
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. You can get more information about our hosting week by contacting either Barb Selby, 404-216-1640 theselbysbellsouth.net, or Linda Scott, 678-446-4676 Lindamscott1049gmail.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.
-> Register or donate now --
November 26 - December 17
By Christy Luttrell
St. Catherine's Episcopal Church and Preschool will be collecting food pantry items from November 26 to December 17 for the East Cobb Middle School students. This collection drive is to help the students who are in need over the winter break. Grocery bags with lists of desired items are available for pick up in the preschool office and the church foyer. Kids may decorate the bags if they would like but are not obligated to take a bag.
Items wanted: peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna or chicken, canned spaghettios/ravioli, dry pasta and sauce, individually wrapped snack foods-chips, goldfish, pretzels, personal hygiene products, toilet paper, cereal/oatmeal, microwave mac and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables. We are also collecting gift cards to Walmart, Kroger, and Publix. These gift cards may be dropped off to either the preschool office, a church usher, or to Becky Adams in the church main office.
By Molly Banko
Emmaus House is an Episcopal Community Center which predominantly serves the residents of Peoplestown & Summerhill neighborhoods in Atlanta. At Emmaus House, people from all walks of life work together joyfully to diminish poverty and its broader consequences. Each year, around 900 children come to Emmaus House on Christmas Eve where they and their families celebrate with gifts, snacks and entertainment.
Secret Santa Shop - Items due December 10
Children at Emmaus House are invited to shop for their parents and grandparents in the Secret Santa Shop where all items are priced at 10 cents. Donations of new or very gently used items can be brought to St. Catherine's by Dec. 10 and placed in the Secret Santa bin located near the Giving Tree. The following items are requested: scarves, slippers, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, home items, small appliances, costume jewelry and watches. Items do not need to be wrapped. Please contact Molly Banko with any questions.
The Giving Tree - Gifts due December 17
Beginning November 26, a tree with ornaments will be set up in the church foyer. Select a tag for a boy or girl ages 10 to 18 years. A complete list of gift suggestions and instructions can be found on the table next to the tree. Once you have purchased a gift, we ask that you:
Please contact Molly Banko with any questions.
Christmas Elves - Morning of December 23 (note date change from usual Christmas Eve!)
Be a Christmas Elf at Emmaus House! Every year, parishioners from St. Catherine's go to Emmaus House to be “elves”, helping to distribute presents to 900+ smiling faces and escorting the guests to various events. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Gina Bauman, tabby257aol.com.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Both hurricanes were Category 5 storms when they devastated the Caribbean two weeks apart. Slamming the islands on Sept. 6, Irma was one of the worst storms to come from the Atlantic in the last century, causing catastrophic wind damage and rising water. After the outcry that Puerto Rico was being overlooked in favor of the places on the continental U.S. by the White House, the American territory earned more attention and help. But what about the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands, as well as the British Virgin Islands?
Read the full article from Episcopal News Service at episcopalnewsservice.org/2017/11/08/the-virgin-islands-are-still-recovering-from-hurricanes-irma-and-maria/ .
Give the perfect gift… Give blood!
Note this date on your calendar NOW to give something during the holidays that really means something. The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on December 19 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Blood collections are always very low during the holiday season so your donation will be even more important. Making an appointment is easy: go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, walk ins are always welcome! Help will also be needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
By Stephanie Gardiner
My name is Stephanie Gardiner and this past weekend, I was the youth delegate at the Annual Council for the entire Diocese of Atlanta. As the delegate for the entire Marietta convocation, I was a little bit intimidated to go to the council because I did not know whether or not I was going to be good enough. Little did I know that it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get to actively participate in deciding unionizations of different churches to the Diocese, but I also got to listen to interesting resolutions that our Diocese is planning to do this year. For example, the council decided that the Diocese of Atlanta was going to become a companion to the one in Cape Coast, Ghana. This is really cool because Christ is not only present among us but we can make connections with people all over the world through our faith. I also got the opportunity to sit in on the Committee for Youth and hear about some of the future plans for the Episcopal Youth Community. We also acted as a panel for youth ministers that had questions or wanted a youth delegate’s perspective on how to better organize a youth group. Overall, I had such an enlightening experience seeing all of the people in our diocese wanting to make it better and meeting so many cool people who wanted to serve God better in the church.
Photo courtesy Mo. Sarah - St. Catherine's delegates at Council on November 10-11 (Stephanie at second left).
Photo, right -- You are looking at the second place winners of the first annual Episcopal Community Foundation Barbeque Competition held at the 111th Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta in Gainesville. Congratulations and a BIG thank you to the Smokin’ Cats team, run by Lee and Marlene Stuart, who placed second and won for St. Catherine's Outreach program a $2,500 grant! Great job!
Photo courtesy Marlene Stuart
By Anne Hitchins
On Sunday, November 12, the Invitation Ministry Team hosted a Newcomer Coffee & Fellowship with an autumn theme and a bountiful table of breads. Once again, we had a fantastic turnout, welcoming many who were new to us in recent weeks and some who, while still new to St. Catherine’s, have already started making this their home by getting involved. Our quarterly events are a great way for newcomers and visitors alike to meet with parishioners and learn about our ministries through a short, informal yet informative program introducing some of what St. Catherine’s has to offer. We’d like to thank the Conveners and those who represented their ministries at the Coffee, as well as our volunteers who graciously lent their time and talents for this event. We also greatly appreciate all that baked the delicious breads. For the inquiring minds that wanted to know, Elizabeth Sandoval baked the chocolate zucchini loaf that was the talk to the room! Our next newcomer event is being planned for Sunday, February 11. Photos by Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey
By Pat Pepper
There was an article in The New York Times recently about the power of gratitude. The article lifted up scientific research and anecdotal experience about the power of gratitude. Not only does gratitude build you up, it also builds up those around you. Giving thanks inwardly and outwardly, giving thanks for things large and small, giving thanks for things useful and useless makes a difference.
During the past month I hope you had the opportunity to view one, or all of the videos of St. Catherine’s parishioners sharing their stories of transformation. Each individual shared their joy and their transformation because they were grateful. Their gratitude came because they were able to serve, help someone, and something as simple as being present. They gave, and the result was that they received more than they gave. I loved watching the videos and seeing their joy. If you haven’t experienced that feeling recently give me a call. I have many suggestions of ways you, too, can be transformed. I am beyond grateful to be in ministry with you.
Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
A glorious Celebration of Renewal of Ministry and the Installation of The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher as 7th Rector of St. Catherine's on November 15! See lots more photos full size in Jan Potter's album at SarahMinistry.
More around St. Cat's
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.
#LoveChangesLives on #GivingTuesday! The purpose of GAgives on Giving Tuesday is to empower all Georgia nonprofits to increase funds, gain new supporters, and raise awareness through one 24-hour state-wide marathon of giving. You can boost MUST Ministries’ efforts to help over 30,000 of our neighbors in need by donating any amount on Tuesday, November 28, 12-1 pm or 5-6 pm, at bit.ly/MM-GT .
For the twenty-second holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from December 9 through 17. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 200 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12. Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 - 4 pm; Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10 am – 2 pm; Thursday, Dec. 14, 10 am – 2 pm; Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 - 4 pm. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / infoepiphany.org or visit www.epiphany.org .
Come hear glorious songs and favorite carols of Christmas as performed by the 100-voice Georgia Festival Chorus under the direction of Founding Director Frank Boggs. The audience will have a chance to join in 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: Jada Ellis, former parishioner; David Mace Sr., Charles Mace’s father
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Julie Johnson, Ellen Adams, Norma Alexander, Jo Brokenshire, David & Brian Wilcox, Bernice, The Miller’s, Fran Corragio, Dale Voyles, Steve Wolfe, Riley Yucius, Ron & Judy Holmes, Alexis Miniat, Debi Morrow, Taylor Barrett, Tillie Carter, Jimmy Seal, Bettie Coldron, Linda Gettys, Mary Lee, Elizabeth Hannah, Helen Zimmerman, Lauri Kelcher, Stephen Burd, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham, Becky Adams.
ANNIVERSARIES: 11/21 Adam and Erica Handell; 11/22 Rod Deutscher and Carla von Hoffman.
BIRTHDAYS: 11/19 Helen Slaven and Don Martin; 11/20 Shirley Childs; 11/21 Linda Carter, Bruce Friend, Karen Friend; 11/22 Barbara Cordery, Marcia Markette and Lauren Travis; 11/2 Joseph Harlan and Claire Harrison; 11/24 Pam Phillips and Emily Dini; 11/25 David Shannonhouse; 11/26 Linda Cox, Michael Reeves; 11/27 Barbara Barrington; 11/29 Alex Roberts, Alex Morris, Nathan Paglia.
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 17-19: Happening #68
December 17 at 3:30 pm -- Training, and a hot chocolate bar!
Please join us 6:30-8:30 pm to celebrate the season together along with Mo. Sarah. We'll have snacks, Christmas music and great fellowship!
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. You can even have things shipped directly to St. Cat's to make things easier, but let us know it’s from you! Please look here: http://a.co/6qFU6BB .
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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