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My friends, the arrival of the Holy Child fast approaches. The door between heaven and earth will soon fling wide open. May we prepare our hearts to welcome Christ’s return.
I look forward to celebrating the joys of this season with you.
With anticipation and love,
From all of our Clergy, Staff, Wardens, Vestry and People
Advent 4 - Schedule for Sunday, December 23
Hanging of the Greens - December 23, 5 pm
Family & friends invited! As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. All are invited, we can use every hand!
Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve
The Christmas Pageant will be part of the service at the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist. Wonderful memories are made as we listen to the Nativity story each year! All children, family, and friends are invited to participate, no rehearsal needed. Contact Becky Beal with questions.
-> Costume pickup: Costumes are available for choosing in the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 23 until 1:00 pm, and again at 3:00 pm on the night of the pageant.
Be a Christmas Elf at Emmaus House! Every year, St. Catherine's parishioners go to be “elves” at their annual Christmas Festival, helping to distribute presents to 900+ smiling faces and escorting the guests to various activities. 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, neighborhood children come to Emmaus House on Christmas Eve morning where they and their families celebrate with gifts, snacks and entertainment.
It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! We will gather at St. Catherine's at 7:00 AM to carpool. All are invited. For questions please contact Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com.
Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund,” or online through your account in The City. Any amount is gratefully accepted.
Festive receptions will follow the Christmas Eve services this year. We invite you to donate cookies for the 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm worship times, please bring them to the Parish Hall prior to the service. Thank you!
Check for your Reflection of the Day throughout the season from this year's collection of Advent and Christmas reflections for each day through Epiphany (January 6). They are written by our own St. Catherine's members, and you can also receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season. Sign up for emails and/or read the complete collection on our Reflections webpage or in our printed booklets.
Special service times on December 30 & January 6
Our brand-new children's choir, the Cherub Choir, will sing the offertory anthem at the 10:30 am combined service on Sunday, January 6. We are so excited to hear our newest ensemble of our youngest members! This choir is open to children in grades K-2 and is directed by Judy Guard. For more information please contact Becky Beal.
Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine's ministries and missions! If you have not yet been able to give your pledge for 2019, it is needed now as we develop our 2019 budget. 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.)
Flowers and Candles
Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries. We thank you! The 2019 schedule will be available for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each. For more information please contact Rachel Hutton.
If you signed up for 2018 flowers or candles, please send your payment to the church office by December 31 if you have not yet done so.
Reports for the Annual Meeting, which will be held on January 20, 2019, are due on January 11. This year we are trying something a little different. We are asking Ministry Conveners and Ministry Team chairs to help us better tell the story of St. Catherine’s, as realized through our vibrant ministries. This year, we are asking for your ministry reports in a very specific way. Below you will find a link to an online form (our preferred method) or you can print and bring your responses to the office. Each team is invited to answer the three questions below and submit, if you’d like, a picture that you think captures your ministry. We know it’s hard to pick just one, but ask that you try. We are excited to hear about where we’ve been and where we’re going!!
Here is the link -- ideally, please use this! And note that answers are limited to 1600 characters, about 300 words.
The Questions (please limit your response to each question to 300 words):
An offering for Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE). "So much of our stress and anxiety drives from our pollution of time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. In a series of short videos, the Brothers of SSJE invite us to recapture time as a gift." During Epiphany we will offer an adult formation class on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings using the "It's Time..." curriculum from SSJE. You are invited to participate in any way that works for you.
Join us on Sunday mornings during the Christian Formation hour or on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm to be part of this conversation! All are welcome (and we'll even feed you dinner on Wednesday nights!) For more information, please contact Mother Sarah.
Karolyn Olliffe will retire as Director of St. Catherine's Preschool at the end of 2018. Join us for a party to celebrate with her on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to Rachel Hutton by January 4.
If you would like to make a gift to honor Karolyn, you may do so by any of the following methods. We will present the gift to her on January 11.
- Check - payable to St. Catherine's Preschool or St. Catherine's Episcopal Church with memo "Karolyn Olliffe Purse"
Saturday, February 9
It's time to mark your calendar for the next Valentine's Dinner Dance. This fun evening to benefit the J2A Youth Pilgrimage will be Saturday February 9.
Auction items being accepted now
Auction items are being accepted now. Please consider donating items, services, vacation homes, event tickets, etc. for the live and silent auctions. Donations are tax deductible and forms are available outside Youth Director Sally Benton's office (contact her with questions).
Sunday, January 13, 4 pm
St. Catherine’s Friends of Music will present The Lopez-Tabor Duo as a Sunday afternoon concert on January 13 at 4:00 pm. This Venezuelan duo returns for their second appearance at St. Catherine’s. Alfonso Lopez, violin, is the concert master of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra; Michelle Tabor, piano, was born in Venezuela and educated in the United States. She lives in Tallahassee, FL. They have performed together since 2004. Their recitals have taken place in American colleges, universities, churches, and community centers.
This will be the second in St. Catherine’s seventh annual concert series which is free and open to the public. Please take this opportunity to introduce your friends and neighbors to St. Catherine’s Concert Series. Our programs always feature comments by the perfomers, and everyone is invited to a reception afterwards to meet the artists. For future concerts check our website at www.stcatherine.org/concerts.
Saturday, January 12
Mark your calendar for January 12 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Bet you'll be tired of turkey and dressing and ready for some extreme chili dishes by then! Plan to cook and to judge the best chili from St. Catherine's 2019 (good for your resume!). All ages will be invited to this event hosted for everyone by our Young Families Ministry! Questions? Ask Becky Beal.
January collection: for women of The Extension
Just like all of us, cold and flu season hits The Women's Extension hard every year. Living in close quarters and not having the option of missing work is a challenge for the women. The small items that we take for granted in our lives are a luxury for them. Beginning in January, please consider donating the following items:
Please bring your items to the collection bins which will be at the Outreach table across from the Parlor from January 6 to 20.
The Extension is a non-profit, community-supported organization serving Cobb County and the Atlanta area with both a men’s facility and a women’s facility in Marietta which provide addiction recovery services through a comprehensive Residential Recovery Program, outpatient counseling and various outreach initiatives. St. Catherine's volunteers provide dinner for the residents of the Women's Center on the third Sunday each month. Anyone is welcome to join us in this outreach ministry. For questions or suggestions please contact Marlene Stuart, mmstuart99gmail.com, and Deborah Weigel, dhweigelbellsouth.net.
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
December 23: Ringing of the Bells 8:45; Christmas Coffee & Cocoa for Youth Alumni; Hanging of the Greens
All alumni of our Youth programs are invited 10-11 am for coffee and cocoa, and time to catch up.HERE!!
Sr DYC: January 4-6 (high school) at Camp Mikell | $100
Photos by Jan Potter
Cookies and Stories on December 16
The Young Families team turned the Youth House into a perfect place to hear stories, drink cocoa and eat wonderful homemade cookies! The space was complete with fireplace, wreaths, garlands, lights and a Christmas tree. Delighted and excited children were a joy to behold! Thank you to all who made this time special! See more in the album at Cookies & Stories.
Sunday, December 9
Readers and Choristers lay leaders at 8:45 service; and in the first photo, St. Nicholas made his unseen visit with traditional gifts to fill the shoes of children in their Catechesis classes. See more in the album at Choristers December 2018
Cherub Choir in rehearsal
See more photos in the album at Cherub Choir Dec 2018
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.
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, Noah Cook, Lucas Elgie, Josh England, Jake England, Nathanial Herzog, Andrew Hutton, Ryan Johnson, Pat McDougald, and Ashley Schoolfield.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Kelly Allgood, Will Kulpa, Ginney Linstrom, Isabelle Lopez, Bailor Bennett, Claire Murphy, James & Pat Henegar, Jennifer Kellam, Gina Baumann, Lila Hahn, Jim Seal, Bill Brinson, Lauren & Oliver Feldman, Bill Woods, Liz Burlas, 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, Shirley Day, Peter Bernhardt, Charles Barnard, Mark Ernst, Christion Abercrombie, Miles, Grace Adams, Lindy Moot, Beth Sandoval, 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, Terry Adams, Rod Miller, Carol Fey, Michelle & Caitlyn Galloway, Debbie & Paul Gavin, Gwen, Luana Campos, Lou Smith, Hale Sanders, Gary Carragio, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, The Dilworth Family, Holly Krupp, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, Megan Lowery, Susan Shank, Binks Franklin, Tom Bonner, Bryan, Michael & Kacey Barton, Sue Schnorf, Jeanette Dini, 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: Natalie Dettwiler 12/22; Michelle LaGarde 12/23; Noelle Mace 12/23; Steve Tuemmler 12/23; Eleanore Pearson 12/24; Al Jones 12/25; Ben Martin 12/25; Karen Kraeger 12/26; Vera Bibbings 12/27; Phillip Hutton 12/27; Stephanie Langmaid 12/27; Missy Worden 12/27; Josephine Benscoter 12/28; Ron Bergeron 12/28; Milo Thomas 12/28; Katherine Sherwood 12/29; Nat Whitlow 12/29; Julie Johnson 12/30; Caroline Spessard 12/30; Julie Stone 12/30; Steve Vavra 12/30; Samuel Vogt 12/30; Patricia Kennington 12/31; Carol Fey 1/1; Stan Dickson ½; Kate Tomchik ¼; Celia Bowers-Dean 1/5; Tim Braman 1/6; Stephanie Yucius 1/6; Martha Bowden 1/7; Mark Boutilier 1/8; Lucas Brennan 1/8; Gabriella Nienaber 1/8; Ashley Friend 1/9; Linda Scott 1/10
ANNIVERSARIES: Chris & Jan Potter 12/23; Anne & Donald Clark 12/27; Jim & Dale Voyles 12/28
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
COMMUNION WINE DEDICATION: In celebration of Lillian Sandoval’s 97th Birthday
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-973-8668.
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