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I write to you with the joy of All Saints Day still fresh in my mind. It was a day filled with hope and renewal, a place where the distance between earth and heaven grew a bit thinner. Thank you to each and every person who made it a reality.
One of the most profound moments of the day was the welcome, the initiation, the baptism of seven people into the Church. I was struck not only by the power of parents and children together saying yes to God and to the Church, but by the power of hearing the entire congregation respond “we will” when asked if they would support these people in their new life in Christ.
What does it mean when we say that? How do we support one another in our Christian faith and life? I see it lived out in different ways at St. Catherine’s: the willingness to make a casserole for someone who is sick; picking up a friend who doesn’t drive and bringing them to church; youth reading in our Sunday morning liturgies; choirs filled with people of all ages, making a joyful noise to God; the friendships that are formed through Bible Studies and coffee hours; a Catechist teaching a child the sign of the cross; the vibration of energy that comes forth from the youth house on Wednesdays and Sundays; the welcome, through Family Promise, of the strangers who need a place to sleep. In these places and so many others, St. Catherine’s lives into that promise to do all in our power “to support these persons in their life in Christ.”
The work God calls us to is clearly stated in our baptismal covenant. We are called to continue to seek to serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. In the days to come, I hope we will continue to be curious about who our neighbors are. May we seek to recognize the face of Christ in all we encounter here on Holt Road, in Marietta and in the world around us.
Peace & all good,
Your pledge card for the mission and ministries of St. Catherine's in 2019 may be brought to church at all services on Sunday, November 11. Blank cards will be available or you may download one here on our website .
Stewardship Celebration Dinner
Our Stewardship Celebration Dinner is Saturday, November 10 and we are looking forward to a wonderful evening together. Please note that reservations are required for this event. If you have a reservation but find you won't be able to attend please contact Joy Ettel to give your seat to someone on the waiting list. Thank you!
By Senior Warden Stephanie Yucius
This year we are changing the timing of our vestry nominations and election. The nominating committee has been appointed by the vestry to be the members of the outgoing vestry class. This includes Frank Adams, Marilyn Hunter, Phil Spessard and Stephanie Yucius. For this committee we have all experienced a deepening of our spiritual formation, a team building environment and a commitment to the stewardship of the many areas in the life of the church. We have shared time together in area such as outreach, fellowship, formation and working hard to be good stewards of the finances.
We are asking for members of St. Catherine's that are eligible to serve to ponder in their heart if it is their time to serve on vestry. Potential members have a commitment to Jesus Christ, the Gospel and His Church, in regular attendance and service, a good steward in areas of our church life, and willing to attend the winter retreat (first weekend in February 2019) and a 1/2 day retreat in August 2019. You will see the "Eligible to Run for Vestry" list in the November 18 and 25 bulletins. We would ask for nominations to be complete by December 9.
We will publish the photos and bios of the nominees in the January 6 and 13 bulletins. Election will be held during the services of January 20 (day of our Annual Meeting). If a runoff is necessary, it will be held during the Annual Meeting. Our new vestry members will be announced at the end of the Annual Meeting. You must be present in the service to cast a ballot.
If you would like to discuss further the role and expectations of vestry, please feel free to contact Stephanie Yucius (above) or any of the members of the nominating committee listed above.
The Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 9-10, at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. All the churches in the diocese will gather to do the business of the wider Church. Our lay delegates this year are Keith Dumke, Lynn Sapp, Eric DeLaBarre, Natalie Whitlow and Pat Pepper. We thank them for their service!
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be guest preacher and speaker at Council. You can watch his Holy Eucharist sermon broadcast live at on Friday, November 9 at 4:00 pm, online at bit.ly/holyeucharist or on the Diocese of Atlanta’s Facebook page .
Learn all about this year’s Council including the agenda and the resolutions on the Diocese website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Communication/2018-annual-council/.
By Becky Beal
Young Families Ministry would like to invite all children to be Snack Buddies! These snacks will go to children in kindergarten through second grade at a school in our community who come to school without a snack. We would also like to support the eleven teachers at this school who buy snacks weekly for these little ones! We are joyfully working with our Outreach ministry on this project. How does it work?
There will be a collection box marked Snack Buddies in the foyer if you would like to participate but cannot be here on December 1st.
November 15, 7 pm at Temple Kol Emeth
All are invited, no tickets or reservations needed! 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 and is attended by more than 800 worshippers. This year’s theme is “Harmonizing the Voices of Humanity,” and the celebration will provide a night of uplifting music, humor, good food, and inspirational messages from various religious leaders about ways to work together to make our community and our world a better place. The event will also spotlight an interfaith effort, New American Pathways, an organization dedicated to promoting safety and stability, self-sufficiency, success, and service for individual refugees and refugee families in Georgia.
Please bring non-perishable foods to donate to MUST Ministries.The evening is held at Temple Kol Emeth, only 2 miles from St. Catherine’s at 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, www.kolemeth.net.
Reception foods requested – Please bring them to the event, or you may leave food items in St. Catherine’s kitchen no later than 3 pm on the day of the event, clearly marked for “Ecumenical Thanksgiving”. Guidelines: Finger foods such as single desserts, fruit platters, salty mixes, cheese/crackers, veggies/dip. Meatless is preferred. No pork or shellfish. Please pre-cut and pre-plate items. Label items, especially if gluten free or contains common allergens.
Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, November 17 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Pappadeaux’s Marietta location, 2830 Windy Hill Rd., 770-984-8899, www.pappadeaux.com/location/27. RSVP so we can save you a seat, contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Contact Alan to be on the mailing list for our next events coming soon.
Save these dates now for all our observances and activities! (Click the image to enlarge)
Ingathering November 11
Our Outreach team is collecting any size diapers and pull-ups, wipes and pajamas for infants through size 12 as well as Activity Kits to be given to children entering the Family Promise program. Plastic bags are available in the foyer with instructions for the kits which contain items such as coloring or puzzle books, crayons, and books. Or, if you’d prefer to have us do the shopping, donations are accepted. For more information, please contact Molly Banko at mdbankocomcast.net. For more information on the Family Promise program, see www.familypromisecobbcounty.org.
-> Next Family Promise hosting week is November 18 - 25 (Thanksgiving Week) - your help will be needed!
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 Thanksgiving feast! The money raised with the Gobble Jog helps MUST provide the food, clothing, shelter, job training and more to more than 28,000 of our neighbors in need in Cobb and Cherokee counties 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 otherwise won't run, you can still support the Gobble Jog by signing up as a Phantom Runner – you’ll receive the race shirt by mail!
-> Register or donate now -- Save $10 per person if you register by November 15! If you wish, join up with the St. Catherine's team and Sally Benton on the team “St. Catherine’s Marietta”. Sign up online, by mail, at the Packet Pickup event on Wed., Nov. 21 (10 am-6 pm at the Cobb County Civic Center), or on race day beginning at 6:30 am. Get all the details at www.GobbleJog.org .
By Harriett Pyburn and Linda Shrake
Gratitude - this is the word that best sums up my emotions upon leaving church on the afternoon of November 3. Gratitude for friends, smiles, crisp blue skies, music that warmed the heart, food that made us all want a little more than we could comfortably handle, the healthy competition that comes with a good game of bingo, and most importantly, community. Our parish hall was full on Saturday afternoon - full of love and full of people. I believe our last count showed that we hosted 55 from Holy Comforter and 41 from Saint Catherine's. Talk about a party!
In March of 2015, St Catherine's Outreach Committee invited Alexis Chase, the vicar at Holy Comforter, to come to a meeting and talk with us about how we could get involved in the ministry there. It is a mission church of the Diocese of Atlanta located very near Zoo Atlanta. A few in our congregation loved the people of Holy Comforter deeply, but many of us were just hearing the name of the church for the first time. Alexis came and talked to us about the amazing community they have at Holy Comforter Church and the Friendship Center it runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those living with mental illness in their local community. They are a tight community that supports each other and cares for each other deeply. They spend time together in worship, in their garden, sharing meals, making art, playing bingo, and just visiting. In typical St Catherine's fashion, we jumped in and asked Alexis, "how can we help?". I will never forget her response - it was something along the lines of, "come and be with us and then you will see. Ours is a ministry of presence." A few of us drove down on a Wednesday night to share in a worship service and a meal. We brought nothing. No food, no donations, not even a sheetcake. Can you imagine?
That visit to Holy Comforter was the beginning. We have shamelessly plagiarized this term "ministry of presence" since 2015. While Holy Comforter does need and accept monetary and other donations (and yes, St. Catherine's does a little of this), its members also need to be noticed, accepted, appreciated, nurtured, and respected. This is where we come in. For the past 3 years, we have embraced the idea of this ministry of presence. Whatever we do for Holy Comforter, we want to do WITH Holy Comforter. This has resulted in our annual BBQ and Bingo Bash we hold in our parish hall and other various field trips where we can enjoy time together in new and different places (Chattahoochee Nature Center, bowling, Red Top Mountain).
Fast forward to this past Saturday - our 3rd Annual BBQ and Bingo Bash with Holy Comforter. At 11am, several vans pulled up to our parish hall, and 55 of our friends from Holy Comforter walked into a room set for a party by 40+ of our own members. Everyone had hand-made placemats (courtesy of 3 youth group classes and an adult Sunday school class), the tables were decorated with baskets of fresh fruit for the taking, coffee was ready for those who were coming in from the chill, a slide show was showing on the big screen with pictures of some of our previous fun times together, and the smells coming from the kitchen were WONDERFUL! Several from our talented Jubilate group came and set up their instruments and serenaded us during the meal. At one point, everyone stopped eating just to clap along. Bowls of Brunswick stew and plates of barbeque sandwiches, beans and coleslaw were served. Seconds were offered. Fruit was eaten. The dessert table never ran out. The conversation was lively. And then the tables were magically cleared and bingo boards were handed out. The competition was lively and intense, and over the course of the next hour, every single person managed to win and choose a prize from the overflowing prize table. Winners at my table selected perfume, cologne, matching fuzzy gloves and socks, a set of colored pens, a set of glass angel ornaments, body lotion, a watch, and a notebook/pen set. They were all delighted. They wanted to win, but somehow they always celebrated when their friends won first. They cheered for my daughter, Christina, when she got Bingo as if it was them getting the prize instead of her. The love in that room was overwhelming - love for God, love for each other, love for us, love among us. It was fluid. It was plentiful. It was beautiful.
After a parting Irish Blessing, a few tears, and a fun group picture, our afternoon was over. We are already looking forward to our next time together. And we hope you might want to join us! Each year, it seems our numbers grow. I was delighted to find 41 from St. Cat's partying with us on Saturday. We are finding that the ministry of presence goes both ways - I was loved on and cared for and ministered to in such a special way Saturday. I was shown first-hand that I am enough. I was respected and welcomed and nurtured. Sound familiar? Sound inviting? Join us!
Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey -- see more full-size at HolyComforterBBQandBingo.20181103.
Director of Children and Family Ministries: Becky Beal
Jesus welcomed children. Jesus said that we should be like a child to enter heaven. These are powerful visuals. Does it mean we should strive to be simple and earnest, or wise and insightful?
Children are very close to God and there is wisdom in their speech and in their questions. Perhaps this is what troubles us when deep conversations occur. We don’t know all the answers. The best response might be, “I’m not sure about that, could we work on the answer together?”
Of course, to do this you must be ready to talk at any time, possibly inconvenient to your schedule! Being available to listen is one of the most important things we can do with our children (along with reading). These conversations, no matter how or when they happen, will increase opportunities to build this piece of family life.
Saint Catherine’s is providing times for our parish children and their families, as well as many others, to listen to each other during Advent with Intergenerational activities. You might begin with Advent wreath making and family ornament designing. Maybe you could volunteer and meet others by helping with Cookies and Cocoa or the Christmas pageant? We will all become better listeners with practice.
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
Wednesday Night Live Nov. 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19: 6:30 - Dinner & Fellowship; 7:00 – Programming
January 12-13 at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta - We will gather at St. Catherine's at noon on Saturday and will return on Sunday afternoon. Register HERE
DYC Retreat -
December 7-9 (middle school) and January 4-6 (high school) at Camp Mikell | $100
By The Rev. Joe Greene
It wasn’t much but it meant the world to him. As we sorted through the mounds of toys, books, games, and puzzles, looking for things that we no longer played with, he pulled out his favorite Lego set. One that he had actually put together, disassembled, repeating the pattern several times but never allowing even a single block to be lost to the bin of disassociated Lego pieces, the landfill of sets that had been assembled just like on the box yet faced the inevitable destruction and relegation to the Lego bin.
“I’ll give this,” he said, his little hands trembling as he hands me the precious and lovingly cared for Lego set. “Are you sure?”, I asked. “Yes, Dad, this one is my favorites and I think someone else can love it as much as I do.” I took the box and laid it on the pile of stuff that was going to the church bazaar. It would be sold and the money received would go to help children and young mothers.
Now I know that my son giving his prized Lego set to charity doesn’t carry the same weight as the widow’s offering to the temple that we hear about in the twelfth chapter of Mark. But the concept is the same: giving the most valuable from what little you may think you have. There’s a real selflessness to this, an authenticity. Often, whether we realize it or not, we are stuck in the selfishness of a toddler who grabs anything and declares victoriously, “Mine!” We find comfort and safety in our material wealth. And rightfully so, because poverty is terrifyingly chaotic.
What we fail to realize, and what the widow and to some extent my son exhibit, is that what we have and all that we are belongs to God. The widow had no problem in giving away a large percentage of her money even if it would leave her more vulnerable. Why would she do this? Simply enough, she trusted God. She realized that God was moving in ways in her life that she possibly didn’t understand but was willing to give her all to participate in that movement. The same with my child. He realized that his prized possession had brought him much joy but it was too good to not share. What was his was indeed God’s and he had to pass it along. It was very much a giving of the first fruits, the top and best portion.
When we give of ourselves from what God has given us, we aren’t just sowing the seeds of our gifts to help the church and others in ministry and good works. We are actually making room in our hearts and lives for Christ to sow seeds in the fertile grounds of our lives. We grow and help to grow. We have more room for greater possibilities. We become transformed and become agents of transformation. It’s simple and naïve yet hard and sacrificial. But it’s who God created us to be, in God’s image, giving, outpouring, emptied of selfishness, and filled with love.
At the Low Country Boil
Food and fun on October 20! Photos by Connie Bergeron
Trunk or Treat!
Thank you to all who decorated cars, took pictures, donated candy and came to our Trunk or Treat on October 28. It was a beautiful afternoon celebrating our Preschool and neighborhood community! — The Young Families Ministry
Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full-size in the album at Trunk or Treat 2018.
The Company of Heaven
Top: Observance of All Souls Day with a service on November 2;
Below: Celebrating All Saints Day on November 4 with worship and a Sup with the Saints picnic on this beautiful fall day.
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 Family,
It was a wonderful surprise to receive your [2018 St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship]. Thank you so much for thinking of me as I transition into college. It is helpful to be able to supplement my school supplies and wonderful to know I have your support. Thank you!
Come hear glorious songs and favorite carols of Christmas as performed by the 100-voice Georgia Festival Chorus, Founding Director Frank Boggs, with works by Handel, Rachmaninoff, Berlioz, Dawson, Rutter, Forrest, and more. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this chorus bringing the best in traditional and contemporary sacred choral works to venues around wider Atlanta. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. See information about Georgia Festival Chorus at www.tgafc.org.
Now in its 29th season, the Michael O’Neal Singers' full 155-voice symphonic chorus presents programs of artistic excellence and variety. These holiday concerts will be held at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this well-known North Atlanta-based chorus. Tickets are available at www.mosingers.com:
For the twenty-third holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 8 through Sunday, December 16. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 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 is $5.00 for adults; free for children under 12. Schedule: Dec. 8 10 am-4 pm; Dec. 9 2-4 pm; Dec. 10 10 am–2 pm; Dec. 12 10 am–2 pm; Dec. 1, 10 am–2 pm; Dec. 15 10 am-4 pm; Dec. 16 2-4 pm. The church is located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta. For a brochure or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / infoepiphany.org or visit www.epiphany.org .
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.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Ruth Hepler, Sarah Stedman, Doris Lummus, Emil Walcek, Bob Pepper, Cora King, Mary Kammerle, Dorris Lummus, Jacky Henry, Lucy Perry, Shirley Henry, Natalie Whitlow, Brian Jory, Nancy Certain, Hazel McCurdy, Jean Buckalew, Ron Brannock, Lisa Powell, Marshall Jones, Shirley Day, Peter Bernhardt, Charles Barnard, Mark Ernst, Christion Abercrombie, Miles, Grace Adams, Lindy Moot, Beth Sandoval, Lamar Lowe, Allen Rosenfield, , Patty Austin-Pendroid, Robinson family, Pam Johannessen, Daniel, Fran Corragio, Kris Harley, Raymond & Kristina Higgins, Ralph, Marion & Richard Bullard, Kristin Blackstock, Arthur & Roberta Loewy, Peter Britt, Dean Motter, Jaqualine, Terry Adams, Rod Miller, Carol Fey, Michelle & Caitlyn Galloway, William & Ellen McGill, Debbie & Paul Gavin, Gwen, Sally Powers, Jane Smith, Luana Campos, Lou Smith, Hale Sanders, Tom Kaminski, Gary Carragio, Bill Sisk, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, 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, 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: Ellis Kilgore, Wallace Benton 11/16; Helen Davis 11/17; Don Martin 11/19; Shirley Childs 11/20; Linda Carter, Bruce Friend, Karen Friend 11/21; Barbara Cordery, Lauren Travis 11/22
ANNIVERSARIES: Adam & Erica Handell 11/21
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:
SCHEDULE due to Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays:
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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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 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, 770-973-8668.
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