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The Sacred and the Practical
First: The Sacred
May the God who shakes heaven and earth,
I wonder how we, St. Catherine’s, are being called to go forth and proclaim the Gospel? There are the familiar ways, the important ways that we do this well. I think of Choristers leading us in worship and families making our youth house a home for a week. I see coffee and lemonade to help create community and notice Stephen Ministers engaged in the sacred art of listening. The Gospel is proclaimed in so many ways here. And still God is ever moving and calling us to go to new places, to explore uncharted parts of our spiritual lives. How is the God who “lives to disturb and heal us” empowering us to go forth and proclaim the gospel in a new way? If you notice a place, I’d love to hear about it. Stories of transformation give us glimpses of God’s movement in our world.
Second: The Practical
Rachel brings many gifts to this position. She is everything we were looking for in an Executive Assistant—thorough, efficient and she doesn’t make a mistake more than once. She brings strong background experience to the work and she is a fast learner. And all of those are wonderful things. What I find myself most grateful for is the spirit Rachel brings to the office. She’s funny and kind, eager to help and learn, and always willing to pitch in. She is a fantastic addition to our staff. I’ve had the sense for a while that this is who God called to journey with us for this work. I am delighted that we can finally buy her some business cards and make it official.
Rachel is known to many at St. Catherine’s. She sings in the Chancel Choir. She’s married to Matt and is mom to Sebastjan, Zoey and Chase. And you may know her mom and dad—Deana and Eric—who are also well known to St. Cat’s! Welcome, officially, Rachel!!
Peace & all good,
** I’ve seen this blessing attributed to Janet Morley and to the Iona Community Prayer Book.
By Nelson Gale
For the past two years you have heard about stewardship not just being a few weeks in the fall where we consider our pledge for the year. It is the way we live our lives at St. Catherine’s every day of the year. Stewardship 365 days of the year has everything to do with how we respond to God in thanksgiving for the gifts that God has so generously given to us.
On September 30 we will kick off the six weeks of the pledge season. This year’s theme is “Sowing Seeds of Generosity in God’s Kingdom”. You will hear and see lots of symbolic seeds. This pledge season you will be involved interactively in literally sowing seeds.
On Sunday September 30 we will reveal a new logo created by our very own, very talented, Jason Snape. We will explain how it came about and what it symbolizes. For the six weeks of the season there will be:
Stewardship 365 Team
Begins September 30
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 be considering in our four week series, Wade in the Water. While this series is open to all, is it designed with special intent for parents and Godparents who are considering having their children baptized. The four-week series will run before major feast days on which we celebrate baptism.
The next date for Baptism is All Saints Day, Sunday, November 4. The next class begins on Sunday, September 30. We will meet at 10:00 am, during the Christian Formation hour, on these four Sundays: September 30, October 7, October 14 and October 21. For more information, please talk to Mother Sarah or Father Joe.
Reserve by October 1
All men are invited to the 2018 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 26-28 at Montara Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, www.montarafarm.com. We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. Our co-leaders for this year's retreat will be Father Joe Greene and Father Jim Nixon. Total cost will be $373.75 including gratuity. Final payments are due by October 15 .
Space is limited so hold your place now by contacting John Fulcher, jfulchergmail.com, and send in your $100 deposit. John is also looking for volunteers to help with planning the retreat, please contact him now if you are interested.
A new choir is forming for kindergarten to second grade children! We will meet from 5 to 5:30 in the Choir Room on Wednesdays beginning on October 3.
This choir will be led by Judy Guard, a talented parishioner who brings her love of music and children to this ministry. Please contact Judy for more information, judy.guardyahoo.com.
Thank you to Helen D. for her beautiful artwork!
Saturday, October 6
An intergenerational and interspecies event! Join us for our annual celebration of the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 6 at 10 am. All pets are welcome, or bring a photo or stuffed animal for those pets who prefer to remain at home.
Please remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. For more information, please contact Father Joe.
All children and their families, come enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and lots of fun! We start at 11:30 am (or if you come to Blessing of the Animals, just stay and play!), until to 2:00 pm. We will provide picnic fare 11:30-12:30. Please bring a side or dessert to share.
Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited along with the children. Questions & sign up: Patty Fogelsong pafoglesonggmail.com or Becky Beal beckybstcatherines.org.
Get tickets soon
You are invited to an evening of food, fun, and fellowship at our annual Low Country Boil on Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets will be $17.50 per person and will beavailable on Sundays at church between all services beginning September 23 until all are sold. Your ticket includes the shrimp boil, dessert, beer/wine, and tea.
Make your plans soon: this event usually sells out quickly. The event is open to adults 21 and older. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.) For questions please contact Elizabeth and Fred Lopez, eslopezcomcast.net. We look forward to seeing you there!
St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on October 16, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Youth House. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time, so reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. But, of course, walk-ins are always welcome, reservations are never required. And don't forget to save even more time onsite by using Red Cross' online RapidPass on the day of the drive BEFORE you arrive -- see www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Help is needed for greeting donors and set up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Saturday, October 20, RSVP
Cats on Wheels, our fellowship group for active senior adults, will enjoy a Fall Foliage Tour of North Georgia on Saturday, October 20. We will leave St Catherine’s in the church van at 9:30 and travel via Blue Ridge to Rayburn, where we will have lunch at Dillard House. After, we will return to St Catherine’s, arriving about 5:00. We need an early indication of how many people are interested. The church van holds a maximum of eleven people. If more are interested, we need time to arrange transportation. Please reply if, currently, you plan to participate -- contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. When the plans are finalized, we will ask for a firmer commitment.
Saturday, October 28
Join us at church from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for Trunk or Treat! This event is sponsored by our Young Families Ministry and welcomes our children, our Preschool and the neighborhood.
Have fun, meet people, be creative! Rain or shine! Contact Julie Fulcher, juliejuliefulcher.com; Caroline Brennan, cbmaileg.dk; Kristie Johnson oaktrdraol.com; or Becky Beal beckybstcatherines.org. with questions.
November 15, 7 pm at Temple Kol Emeth
By Pierce Hale
It’s the Fourteenth 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. The evening is held at Temple Kol Emeth, which is located only 2 miles from St. Catherine’s at 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, www.kolemeth.net.
This is a wonderful event and it takes a lot of support from many different communities to make it a success! Here are a few opportunities for ways you can contribute to this evening:
Please contact Pierce Hale, pierce.d.halegmail.com if you have any questions or to volunteer. Thanks for your service!
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
This is a terribly bad paraphrase of Luke 15:9, not at all accurate to the text. But we hope it has your attention! Our Lost and Found basket can be found in the foyer, just below the coat rack. Right now it's filled with books, coats, an umbrella and even some kitchen wares! Please check for your loved and lost items. We will donate all unclaimed items on the 15th of each month.
Bingo prizes - please donate by October 7
One of our favorite annual traditions is hosting a BBQ & Bingo Bash each fall for our friends from Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Our guests arrive to the St Catherine's Parish Hall in time for a hearty lunch. Afterwards, we enjoy fellowship, music and bingo. This day is a success because of the many volunteers that make it a party vs. a job. If you would consider joining us, we have all kinds of roles to fill from minglers to dessert makers to drink fillers to instrument players. You will leave the day with new friends and a wonderful knowledge of the impact of the ministry of presence. You are enough!
One of the highlights of the day is the lively bingo and the fun bingo prizes everyone receives (everyone is a winner!). If you have items around your house that you think would make good bingo prizes or happen to see some fun things while out shopping, we would appreciate your donations! You can place items in the black labeled bin across from the Parlor through October 7. Popular items include ball caps, costume jewelry, stationary, umbrellas, gloves, scarves, small games, watches, crafts, etc.
For a sample of what our day looks like, watch our video: Holy Comforter BINGO party . Please speak with Glenn or Linda Cox glennmcoxgmail.com or Harriett Pyburn harriettspyburngmail.com for any questions or if you are interested in knowing more!
Communities In Schools of Cobb County/Marietta is seeking volunteers to participate in its high school financial literacy simulation, Reality U. No training is required. The event is a fun, fast paced, decision making exercise for students to practice budgeting and understand the importance of staying in school for long term income potential. Volunteers are assigned a station to sit at upon arrival, and all instructions and materials are provided. See the links below to see who else from St. Catherine's is going and to sign up!
Looking for a way to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence? Consider giving to Episcopal Relief and Development. Learn more about their relief efforts and donate at support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to help ERD respond this and future needs.
Director of Children and Family Ministries: Becky Beal
October, Late Pentecost
Late Pentecost is also called Common Time and the beauty in this season is a gift to us. The transition of trees in our backyard and neighborhood calls us to simple everyday enjoyment. Taking time to go on walks, collect leaves, and make memories in the kitchen using favorite family recipes is restorative. Consider decorating your house with gourds, pumpkins and pressed leaves. Ironing leaves and crayon shavings between waxed paper sheets could make a present for neighbors we would like to know better. Sharing memories of your childhood with nightly prayers will spark more ideas!
Halloween can be fun or scary for young children. If costumes create anxiety, consider a costumes that can also be worn in the Christmas Pageant, perhaps a calf or baby chick. Children might want to answer the door and give a welcoming greeting instead of going out. (We notice that is what happens each Sunday at Saint Catherine’s.) Candy collected can be used to make a day by day Advent calendar to await the coming of the Christ Child.
There are many events happening at Saint Catherine’s which promote family time! We have rescheduled our Picnic and Play for October 6th and invite you to share food and fun with other families! You can also have blessings for family pets, real or stuffed on that day. Trunk or Treat is a way to connect with our Preschool and the neighborhood on October 28th. Have fun decorating your car and join us! Above all, enjoy the peace and fun of the season!
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
This year, as part of my continuing education I will be taking a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and Spiritual Care Education course for Youth Ministers and Christian Educators through the Iona Center at Seminary of the Southwest. It is a 100-hour course where I will spend about half of my time in seminars and then half doing documented pastoral care. I will travel to Austin in October to kick off the program with an overnight in-person gathering and then will meet via video conference weekly until the final seminar. There is also a course review at the FORMA Conference in Indianapolis in January.
The course covers things such as listening and responding skills, grief and loss, discernment, self-care and much more. We will read independently and will learn and discuss together each week. I am excited about what I will personally learn from this training and how the information and skills I gain will make me a more effective communicator and care giver to youth and adults. I am also looking forward to what this means for the St. Catherine’s community as we continue to grow in deeper community together.
If you are interested in spending some time with me throughout this process, I would greatly appreciate it. You can get on my calendar here: calendly.com/sallybenton/cpe .
September 29: New Beginnings Team Training
Some of our Rite 13 youth got together to cook dinner on September 9. Looks like it was a blast!!
More from Happening 70...
Sunday, October 28, 5:00-7:00 pm -- We're grilling out for our friends at Elizabeth Inn. Come cook and serve with us!
Friday, October 26, 5:00-10:00 pm - Come enjoy the fall weather and friends on a Friday night in October. Corn mazes in the dark are a blast! Remember that you are always welcome to bring friends to youth events and this event is perfect for friends! Register HERE!
November 17-19 in Charleston, SC - The youth are working hard to coordinate this event. More information about timing and packing to come, but for now, register HERE!!
January 12-13 at All Saint's Episcopal Church - We will gather at St. Catherine's at noon on Saturday and will return on Sunday afternoon. Register HERE!!
By Anne Hitchins
On September 15 a team from St. Catherine’s went to St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell to attend Invite Welcome Connect, an all-day conference focused on inviting others into our church and welcoming them, and forming connections once they are here. We left the day feeling excited about what St. Catherine’s already has in place for Invitation and welcoming, and energized on how we can build on such a solid foundation. The group will meet at the end of September to begin planning how we can implement the Invite Welcome Connect ethos at St. Catherine’s. Learn more at www.invitewelcomeconnect.com.
Photo (courtesy Rebecca George): St. Catherine’s team with Mary Parmer, founder of Invite Welcome Connect.
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.
In the month of October we are highlighting our Stewardship 365 Ministry Team. The mission of St. Catherine’s Stewardship 365 Committee is: “To connect the dots between God, Love, Generosity, and Giving”. The committee works to advance its mission through the accomplishment of several goals, including growing financial stewards and growing spiritual stewards through ministry and service.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
St. Veronica’s Guild of the Cathedral of St. Philip invites all to a jewelry sale to benefit Good Samaritan Health Center’s Friday Homeless Clinic and St. Veronica’s ongoing project to supply personal care items for ministries in our diocese: Crossroads, Holy Comforter, Church of the Common Ground, and Emmaus House. The Guild has been collecting costume, vintage and contemporary jewelry all year, and has cleaned, repaired and repurposed thousands of pieces from rings to necklaces, tie tacks to watches, religious pieces and seasonal pins and earrings. For jewelry makers there are bags of broken jewelry and beads that can be turned into spectacular pieces. Thursday, Sept. 27 10 am to 8 pm, and Thursday, Sept. 28 10 am to 4 pm, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta.
St. Bede’s and the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal churches are joining to host Art From The Heart, a joyful celebration of artists and all those who love the wonderful gifts of the soul those artists create. Everyone is invited to this Artist Market on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at St. Bede’s, 2601 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. All proceeds from the event will benefit the community engagement programs of the sponsoring churches.
Artists are invited to apply now. Please see this application form and send with booth fees to Lois D. Shingler, P.O. Box 941067, Atlanta, Georgia 31141, or email to lshinglerpcgmail.com with payments sent to the post office box. Final application deadline: Friday, October 5.
Why has the zombie apocalypse become one of the most dominant narratives in the Western world? Is it possible that these stories about living death can teach us something about living life? Come to the Cathedral of St. Philip for the Cathedral Book Store’s 2018 Jane Baird Lecture on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm. This year’s featured speaker is author and cultural critic Greg Garrett who will discuss how zombie stories are actually retelling some of our most powerful secular and sacred stories. The annual Jane Baird Lecture, in honor of former Cathedral Book Store Manager Jane Baird, is hosted each year to engage the community in topics surrounding faith and community. Free admission, reserve tickets now at 2018 Jane Baird Lecture.
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please 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: Taylor Bacon, Matt Bermel, Tom Blackstock, Mychael Claytor, Lucas Elgie , Josh England, Jake England, Ryan Johnson, Pat McDougald, and Ashley Schoolfeild.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.
DECEASED: Benita Robinson, family of Bettye Harris; Jim O’Brien, friend of Tim Smith
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Allen Rosenfield, Ruth Hepler, Sarah Stedman, Patty Austin-Pendroid, Robinson family, Pam Johannessen, Ken, Bobbye & Floyd family, Daniel, Fran Corragio, Kris Harley, Raymond & Kristina Higgins, Ralph, Marion & Richard Bullard, Kristin Blackstock, Nancy Certain, Arthur & Roberta Loewy, Peter Britt, Dean Motter, Jaqualine, Barbra & Bruce Perry, Terry Adams, Rod Miller, Carol Fey, Michelle & Caitlyn Galloway, William & Ellen McGill, Debbie & Paul Gavin, Gwen, Sally Powers, Jane Smith, Luana Campos, Lou Smith, Marion Cook, Hale Sanders, Tom Kaminski, Gary Carragio, David Hackworth, Jim Snape, Bill Sisk, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, Debbie Mege' The Dilworth Family, Holly Krupp, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, Judy Cooper, Deborah Weigel, Mike Daniel, Chris & Susie, Lauren & Oliver, Megan Lowery, Susan Shank, Binks Franklin, Tom Bonner, Bryan, Michael & Kacey Barton, Sue Schnorf, Jeanette Dini, Jane Moss, Larry Long, Wyatt Pope, Rod Deutscher, Christian Harvey, Christopher Clements, Joyce Hendricks, Ken Buxton, Donna Schwartz, Heidi Winston, Melissa, Ruby, Collette, Waudby, Pam Zander, Patricia Aramburu, Jimmie Stinnett, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Becky Pfeil, Melinda Stuk, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham, Velasta Buford, Juanita Butte, Diane Lee, Laurie Kelly, Nancy Eade.
BIRTHDAYS: Art Gardner 9/28; Treholm Fahy 9/29; Cam Graham 9/30; Bryce Pyburn 9/30; Julia Denton 10/1; Cole Nabinger 10/1; Richard Pearson 10/1; Jennifer Sherwood 10/1; Molly Johnson 10/2; Susan Jones 10/2; Dave Yucius 10/2; Isaac Hale 10/3; Sydney Khan 10/3; Abby Baumann 10/4; Allison Dupuis 10/4; Chuck Shrake 10/4; Adam Stone 10/4; Matthew Greene 10/5; Alberto Ulloa 10/5; Tom Donoghue 10/6; Geoffrey Gardner 10/6; Richard Motter 10/6; Rhonda Robinson 10/6; CJ Bell 10/7; Lou Dini 10/7; Paige Bushart 10/8; Harriett Singleton 10/8; Marti Graham 10/9; Tom Hunter 10/9; Rod Pope 10/10; Jennifer Benton 10/11; Glenn Cox 10/11; Tina Kerr 10/11; Joshua McLean Jr. 10/11; Jason Nienaber 10/11
ANNIVERSARIES: Ed & Tracy Pitts 9/30; Jim & Laurie Dirksen 10/2; Will & Suzanne McGhee 10/9; Jim & Linda Snape 10/10
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 the church office.
When to contact the church
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 call 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:
The Wheel is published two times per month on Thursdays. All editions are 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 Sunday the week of publication date. Please submit items to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her mailbox at church.
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Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org, 770-973-8668.
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