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A blessed, safe and happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones
Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine's ministries and missions! If you were not able to give your pledge for 2019 at church last Sunday, it is needed now as we begin our budgeting process. Blank cards are available at church or you may download one here on our website . Please return cards at services on Sunday or send to the church office as soon as possible. (If you are not able to pledge then please let us know that, too.)
Listen to the November 11 Stewardship Sermon
Listen to Jason Gardiner's wonderfully inspiring Lay Stewardship sermon given on November 11, and all the sermons from recent Sundays, on the Sermons page of our website!
We are asking now for members of St. Catherine's who 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) and a half-day retreat in August. You will see the "Eligible to Run for Vestry" list in the November 18 and 25 bulletins. We ask for nominations to be complete by December 9.
This year we are changing the timing of our vestry nominations and election. 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.
The nominating committee has been appointed by the vestry to be the members of the outgoing vestry class: Frank Adams, Marilyn Hunter, Phil Spessard and Stephanie Yucius. If you would like to discuss further the role and expectations of vestry, please feel free to contact Stephanie Yucius or any others on the nominating committee.
By Becky Beal
Worshiping, working and playing together is what St. Cat’s does best! Intergenerational activities are designed so that children have a major part in the activity. It is a chance for families to work together. It is a chance for adults to pull up a chair and get to know our children better. Here are our upcoming activities:
All activities will be held in the Parish Hall. Please note that Christian Formation classes will not meet on November 18 and December 2 so that everyone may participate. Come join us for these days as we move into Advent and await the coming of the Christ Child.
Children can be Snack Buddies
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.
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.
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.
Save these dates now for all our observances and activities! (Click the image to enlarge)
Sunday, December 2 - A service of Advent Lessons and Carols
What a wonderful start to the holiday season! Join us for a very special Festival of Advent Lessons & Carols, the story of Salvation in scripture readings and glorious music. Our choirs will offer musical responses for each reading as well as congregational hymns. The formation hour, 9-10 am, will be an intergenerational activity to make ornaments for the St. Catherine’s tree and pack our Snack Buddy bags for delivery to a school in our community.
St. Catherine's Christmas Market - Sunday, December 9
Shop local this holiday season! Come to our Christmas artisan market which will be held 8 am - 1 pm in our Parish Hall. Vendor booth fees will go to support our Youth Program. We thank you for your support!
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 which will be available for pickup at church and posted on our website in time for the start of the season on December 2.
-> 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. (If you previously subscribed to one of our reflections series you will automatically receive the Advent series, NO NEED to sign up again).
Saturday, December 15
Please join us Saturday evening, December 15 at 7:30 pm for our first concert in our Friends of Music Seventh Season. You will thoroughly enjoy Coro Vocati, directed by Conductor John Dickson, who will present a concert of music for Christmas. An ensemble of professional singers, called to create music at the highest level of choral artistry, Coro Vocati is returning for its fourth St. Catherine’s appearance by popular demand! Hear samples of their sound at www.corovocati.com.
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.
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.
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 .
Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry: Pat Pepper
The Atlanta Diocesan Purpose Statement is: “We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grown spiritually.” The sun has just set and I am giving thanks because I just had three great days. The days were filled with gifts, challenges and spiritual celebrations.
I was delighted to serve as a delegate at the Atlanta Diocesan Council. On day one I was inspired by our own Bishop Robert C. Wright and our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Wow! Their words brought laughter, tears, challenges, inspiration and great pride. Those emotions continued on day two, Saturday, as one of St. Cat’s own Youth, Kathleen, stood before our bishops and a crowd of 600 and delivered the sermon representing the youth. Proud was also the word day two.
Day three was another day of pride and celebration as I listened to Jason Gardiner deliver the Lay Stewardship Sermon. He shared the story of a young woman that had attended high school with his daughter, Stephanie, and this young woman was awarded a $10,000 scholarship.
In his sermon Jason said: “This young lady came up to Stephanie after the award ceremony. She explained that she had been in Family Promise and had seen Stephanie at church, but was too embarrassed about the situation to talk to her. Then she saw how Stephanie, along with other youth, were preparing a meal and working in the Parish Hall with such love, such joy, that she also felt transformed. She realized that she wasn't being judged, but instead was loved unconditionally and her current situation didn't matter as much any more. And so her thoughts moved from lack to abundance. She chose to share this story. Not only with Stephanie. It was the topic for the essay that won her the scholarship. And it doesn't stop there. It was also the essay for her college application. Where she was accepted with an additional scholarship. A school she likely couldn't have afforded to attend otherwise. I have no doubt she will go on to do great things”.
To Jason’s sermon I would add that, in addition to feeling unconditional love as she looked at our St. Cat’s Youth, she was also able to see the face of Jesus from many others during the week when she and her family stayed in our Youth House, as she was served meals and hosted by the volunteers from Family Promise. She was also loved like Jesus because of our wonderful mentoring program, by her St. Catherine’s Mentor, Eleanore Pearson.
Thank you, Jason, for this wonderful story. The people of St. Catherine’s shared their love with this young woman and that love made such a difference. We are already practicing the purpose statement of the Diocese as we serve compassionately, and I am so proud of my church family!
If you would like more information about the Family Promise program please contact Linda Scott, lindamscott1949gmail.com or Barb Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net or I am available if you have questions about this or our many other ministries.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Director of Children and Family Ministries: Becky Beal
My ten year old grandson is not interested in being social. The fact that he is surrounded by extroverts in his family might have something to do with this! There is a lot of family togetherness! His family is his comfort and he feels it is all that he needs.
Remarkably he has formed a friendship in his parish family. An older gentleman has captured his heart (possibly as a result of the mints he keeps in his pocket). During the Peace, my Grand runs over to his friend. Then at Communion, the man passes by and they have another interaction. Every Sunday, every week, since he was seven, it is predictable.
Now this gentleman is preparing for his death. He wants my grandson to be one of the readers at his funeral, Psalm 100. How this touches my heart, a friendship made between generations within the church family. No one has spoken of this plan but I have to think it is an understanding they share.
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
Wednesday Night Live Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19: 6:30 - Dinner & Fellowship; 7:00 – Programming
The Diocesan Youth Commission hosts its retreat, the DYC Retreat, twice a year. It is hosted at Camp Mikell the first week of December for middle schoolers and the first weekend of January for highschoolers. The focus of the retreat is to bring the fun of Summer Camp into an abbreviated winter session. We even have Summer Staffers up to chaperone the weekend. The theme of the DYC Retreat changes yearly, but it is always an exciting weekend that includes music, worship, morning program, afternoon activities, a dance, and plenty of fun! Get information here .
Reflection by delegate Lynn Sapp
If postcards had been available, mine would have said “Having a wonderful time! Wish you were here!” Truly, I wish all of St. Catherine’s could have experienced that wonderful day and a half. Here is my take-away.
Things I expected:
Things I didn’t expect:
My recommendations to you:
And finally, if you are asked in the future to be a delegate to the Diocesan Council, say YES!
Each year the youth attend a lock in at Council and then lead the full assembly in worship on the second day. Our own Kathleen gave the youth address as part of this service in front of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Rob Wright and all in attendance. Watch the awesome video online here!
Photos by John Iacobilli and Mother Sarah; video by John Iacobilli
Stewardship Celebration Dinner
A wonderful evening on November 10, celebrating the wonderful things about St. Catherine's! Photos by Bill Ivey
MOPS learning to relax before the holidays
Saint Catherine's MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) worked on relaxation at their November meeting as they get ready for the holidays. This group of mothers from our Preschool as well as the community meets once a month on the first Wednesday in the Parish Hall. They are ably led by parishioners Julie Fulcher, Jacquie Rice, and Kelly Calvo. Photo by Kelly Calvo
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.
Join ICI (Interfaith Community Initiatives) as we celebrate World Pilgrims. All twenty-seven pilgrimages are coming together at the 2018 World Pilgrim Reunion to reconnect, share experiences, and strengthen bonds of friendship at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive NW, Sandy Springs, on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm. Cost to attend is $25, which includes dinner. Let's continue to show the world that people from different faiths can come together in unity and peace. For full information and registration please see the invitation here.
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 The 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.
BIRTHDAYS: Joseph Harlan 11/23; Emily Dini 11/24; Pam Phillips 11/24; David Shannonhouse 11/25; Linda Cox 11/26; Mike Reeves 11/26; Barbara Barrington 11/27; Alex Morris 11/29; Alex Roberts 11/29; Gretchen Walton 11/30; Carlos Campos 12/1; Gina Baumann 12/2; Bill Lee 12/2; Christian Harvey 12/3; Dewaine Norris 12/3; Taryn Nienaber 12/4; Tad Dupuis 12/5; Phillip Roberts 12/5; Michael Bowers-Dean 12/6; Reese Maier 12/6; Christina McLean 12/6
ANNIVERSARIES: Paul & Ginny Acocella 11/27; Lisa & Phil Spessard 12/2; Bill & Lynn Sapp 12/3; Scott & Ginny Lummus 12/4
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Rod Miller, Marianne Miller, Kris Kell, Don Killian, Mallory Daniel, Ruth Hepler, Doris Lummus, Emil Walcek, Cora King, Mary Kammerle, Dorris Lummus, Jacky Henry, Lucy Perry, Shirley Henry, Natalie Whitlow, Brian Jory, Nancy Certain, 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, Gary Carragio, 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, 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.
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.
The Wheel: get every issue!
Does everyone in your household 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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