The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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The Newsletter of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Our first family pet was a “pound puppy” who we named Molly. Her full name was Molly Bauch (pronounced Bowch) Holman. This name was painted on the dog house which sat empty in the back yard – she just never took to it, she preferred the shelter of the space under our deck. I called her Miss Molly. Molly was part Golden Retriever and part German Shepherd. Once when one of the neighborhood kids remarked that our Molly was not a full-blooded dog, our son replied, “Yes she is! She’s a German Retriever!” She was playmate to the boys and trusted friend and companion to Bill and me.
One time she ran away. I was frantic. She was nowhere to be found in our fenced backyard and she was not in the house. I ran down the stairs, got into the car and drove for hours around our neighborhood and the surrounding area calling for her. The boys would be home from school soon and I didn’t know how to face them with such tragic news. I parked the car in our drive-under garage, slowly walked up the steps and sat on the couch and cried. Drying my tears, I decided to sit on the front porch to wait for the school bus. I unlocked our front door which we hardly ever use and there she was! She had run away to our front porch.
Molly was always close by – always “present.” She was silent support, totally accepting, trusting in all things, fully loving, and always happy to see us. She was a watchful guardian also. She watched the boys catch the bus every morning from a bedroom window and waited patiently in the same bedroom for their return in the afternoon.
This week we celebrate the life and ministry of St. Francis of Assisi by bringing our animals for a blessing. Stories of Francis reveal an uncanny relationship between him and animals of all kinds. He loved them and they responded to that love.
Reading The Canticle of the Creatures carefully though, I notice something deeper in Francis’ words. It appears that the sacred relationship Francis has with ALL creation is also “response” on the saint’s part to a reflection of God’s Self seen through the creature.
Molly had a good home, to be sure. We fed her and loved her and took good care of her. Her gift to us was to reflect the support, acceptance, trust, love, and protection of an ever present Creator, the Master’s “spiritual fingerprint” evident in His creature.
God’s gift to us through all of creation is mutual blessing.Kathy +
Saturday, Oct. 6, 10:00 AM
Bring your pet for a service under the Big Oak Tree. This day commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God’s creatures. St. Francis had a special affinity for animals. He reminds us of the importance of our relationships with all of God’s creation.
Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be available. There will also be an opportunity to donation to support the “Paws To Rebuild” fundraising drive of the Humane Society of Louisiana (learn more about them at www.humanela.org).
You Are Invited!
The Stewardship Committee invites you to attend one of three Stewardship Celebration Gatherings to share St. Catherine’s abundant opportunities to serve and give in support of the ministry and outreach work which God has called us to do.
Sunday, October 7 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner (Parish Hall)
Sunday, October 21 – 12:30 p.m. (Parish Hall)
Saturday, October 27 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner (Parish Hall)
This year’s theme has blossomed into four sub themes, representing the four seasons of the year and our first steps toward year-around stewardship. Your participation will provide the necessary nourishment to continue our growth as a community of faith.
Ingathering will be held on Sunday, November 11, at all services, for your pledges of Time, Talent and Treasure for 2008.
October Ministry Team Focus: Financial Resources
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Financial Resources Ministry Team, which includes the Finance Committee, Planned Giving Team, Stewardship Committee, Faithful Mission Campaign Treasurer, and Counters Team. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Rod Pope.
October 13, 7 PM
Good food, dancing and fellowship! Adults of the parish, join us for a delicious shrimp & sausage boil with all the fixings, plus some country/beach dance music to make it even more fun. Sign up by Wednesday, October 10, in your bulletin, in the church lobby or just call Larry or Meg Boyd at 770.977.9362 to reserve. Payment is requested now, please make your check for $12.50 per person to "St. Catherine's" and designate it for "Low Country Boil”
Help Needed! with food preparation, set up and clean up -- please contact Larry or Meg asap.
Is God in your Marriage? Want to get closer to each other and God?
Find out how on an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend! Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, and phones - and focus only on each other. If you’d like greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll like the difference Episcopal Marriage Encounter can make!
The next weekend is November 2-4, and the registration deadline is October 10 which is coming right up! For details or to register, call Ron and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, email atlantaemeearthlink.net. For more information or to register online, go to www.stcatherines.org/atlantaeme.
Already Encountered? Our next Monthly Spiral is Saturday, October 13, come join us and renew old friendships, meet new people. Call Ron & Connie for time and place.
All Saints Sunday will be November 4, 2007. On this date we would like to remember at the altar those people in your life who you have lost, whether last week or 25 years ago. Please also share with us the names of those who grace your life in the here and now. Please write the names on the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin or contact the church office by October 28.
NEW! Sign up each week for WNL meals by 5 PM the *TUESDAY* before each date on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office. The price is $5 per person, not to exceed $15 per family, and includes drinks & dessert. The food will be from a selection of several well-known restaurants such as Williamson Brothers Barbeque, Moe’s Southwest, The Joyful Diner, Zaxby’s, etc., to ensure that there is something for everyone in the family. Of course we will also have peanut butter and jelly available for little folks.
Help still needed -- We need people who are willing to help us pick up food, set up the Parish Hall, and clean up each evening. Why not make all of our work light by offering another set of hands? Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or call the office.
Our adult program, “Lights, Camera... Faith!”, looks at the next Sunday’s Gospel through the lens of a particular movie that highlights themes or issues emphasized in the Gospel. Each week will propose practical points for reflection, conversation and personal growth in addition to insightful film analysis. Here is a list of some movies coming up:
Remembering those we have loved and lost... Someone once wrote “grief shared is grief diminished.” With this in mind, the Pastoral Care Ministry Team is offering grief groups with the purpose of supporting individuals who have lost loved ones. Often, people find comfort and strength in hearing others’ stories and in sharing their own. If you have lost a loved one, we invite you to attend the following groups:
Monday, November 12
The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine’s on November 12. Sign up for a time between 2:30 & 7:30 PM – signup sheets will be available in the church lobby as the date approaches.
Construction continuing, next date to provide food is October 13
Extra hands needed! Our Habitat House build schedule could use your help to us catch up! We work each Saturday through the beginning of November. Please sign up to build one or more dates. In addition we are providing food on location on October 13. Look for the table at the church entrance to sign up or check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin. Contact Tom Snead at 678-795-9508 or Connie Bergeron at 770-951-1411 for more information..
Construction of our new Youth House will be a building project in the style of Habitat For Humanity. Sessions will be on Saturdays beginning very soon, watch for announcements! HELP NEEDED for construction, and with breakfast and lunch for the workers each date. Sign up is coming in the foyer or on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin. Food volunteers can also call Larry or Meg Boyd at 770.977.9362.
The Men's Retreat on September 28-30 enjoyed beautiful weather and was a relaxing and fulfulling experience for all who attended.
We encourage all women to consider the Women's Retreat coming up on February 22-24. Montara Farm in the mountains of north Georgia was a wonderful facility and is sure to make this retreat a delight for you. A $100 deposit will hold your reservation. Check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Ginny Lummus at 770-649-5391 for information.
Please welcome more new families to our family at St. Catherine's. Look for their nametags and let them know how happy we are they have become part of our community:
Next date – October 8
Our book, “Wild At Heart,” book inspired some great discussion at our September gathering. We hope you can join the next meeting on Monday, Oct. 8, at John Brook’s house, 6:30 PM. We will be discussing chapters 3 and 4. The group meets the second Monday each week at rotating locations. For questions please contact Tom Hunter.
Saturday, October 27, 8:30-10 AM
Kids, roll out of bed and bring your dad to breakfast in the Parish Hall. The Young Families group invites you for donuts, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $5 per family OR invite a friend and their data and you all eat free! Let us know you are coming by contacting stcatsyoungfamilieshotmail.com or call 770-579-0657.
Every couple of years, Saint Catherine's Stephen Ministry recruits and trains people from our congregation to become Stephen Ministers. We are now in the process of identifying those individuals to comprise our new class of trainees.
A Stephen Minister undertakes 50 hours of training to equip him or her to provide one-on-one medium to long-term care for people who are dealing with a crisis or otherwise difficult time in their lives. Does the idea of becoming a Stephen Minister seem daunting? If you think it does, just reflect on these simple questions:
And perhaps the most important question on which to reflect is:
Stephen Ministry is looking for a few men and women who want to make a difference in someone’s life by simply showing up, listening, and caring. A daunting task? Well, for one who has not only been a Stephen Minister, but who has also had a Stephen Minister to lean on I can attest that it is far less daunting as it is eminently rewarding.
For more information about Stephen Ministry in general and the formation of our new class in particular please indicate your interest to any of the Stephen leaders or the clergy.
David Moore, Stephen Leader
Our search for our new Assistant Rector has begun. A search committee will work with Father Jim as we invite our next Assistant Rector to join our clergy team. The search committee is Susan Bayless, Stan Dickson, Steve Diffley, Bill Krupp, Jennifer Massey, and Gail McGill. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your hopes for our assistant rector, please contact any one of them.
Our fall Planting Party will not be held as previously scheduled on Sunday, October 14. The event is postponed until the watering ban eases. In the meantime join us in prayers for beneficial rains in Georgia and all the drought-stricken areas.
Have you ever wanted to ask someone a question about something to do with St. Catherine’s but never knew who to ask? Well, now you can fill out a Vestry Feedback/Questionnaire form and get a response.
The forms are in the foyer to the right of the Name Tag display. Simply fill out the form and deposit in the box. The Senior Warden will pick up the forms that are deposited into the box on Thursdays before the monthly Vestry meeting. Then during the meeting, responses to those parishioners who ask or provide feedback will be prepared and given back to the parishioner at the earliest convenience.
Find out the answers to those questions. Let us know what you are thinking. We are all a part of the great family that I call St. Catherine’s.
Ben Frost, Senior Warden
Dear St. Catherine's,
We sometimes read in The Wheel letters of gratitude and thank you notes from other members who had been ill. You may have wondered if those notes could really be so true. Are people that grateful? Well, they are. Take it from me. Those visits, cards, notes, prayers plus the Holy Eucharist that I have received in the hospital made my time there a bit more tolerable and hopeful, that I feel my complete recovery is right around the corner. June 5, I was sent to Kennestone for gall bladder surgery. Here's where cards, visitors, altar flowers and Holy Communion with Jim, Kathy, Gail, Tom, Marion, and Nancy were very welcome. I was released on the 8th and two days later, I fell at home and went back to the hospital and after a series of tests, I was diagnosed with a minor stroke, and was admitted once more on the 10th. Word got around and I received more visitors, phone calls, cards, plus Eucharist. I was released July 3 and the people brought delicious meals to our home. The rehab team from Wellstar came to our home to help me recover. They left last week. All this reminded me of my friends at St. Catherine's who sent their good wishes, and prayers.
Yes, folks! It's really true! I'll be looking around the corner next.
Thank you all for your loving kindness and generosity.
Your sister in Christ,
We have enjoyed the altar flowers that we received for our 38th Anniversary every day this week! Except for yesterday, our anniversary, when we rode off into the [Georgia] mountains on our motorcycle, the flowers have been a colorful delight each time we sat in, or passed by, our living room. Thanks so much for remembering us. We'll see you soon.
Ken and Linda Minzenberger
Dear [St. Catherine's],
I want to thank you for a gift of $3,000 to Cobb County Habitat for Humanity... We understand that this contribution is to be credited to the 2007 Habitat house being sponsored and built by the Smyrna Cobb Coalition.
You hear and often read in the media about corporate abuses, fraud, failures of the church, religious zealots, and extremists of all sorts, but despite the negativity and the hype to sell newspapers or build ratings, we know that mainstram America represents the very best the world has to offer. Habitat and other human service organizations can testify to the compassion and generosity to be found in America's churches and faith based organizations, whose gifts and volunteers give hope to families like ours that they might own a simple decent home.
We are excited about building again with the churches of the Smyrna Cobb Coalition. We couldn't ask for a better partner. With your support and God's provision, we have built over 270 homes in Cobb County. We still hold the mortgages on 228 of them, and in two decades, have experienced but five foreclosures -- truly a miracle!
Thank you for your interest and support of God's work through Cobb Habitat for Humanity.
Phone Number for Metro Atlanta HERO Unit
These are telephone numbers for the HERO units that stop and help motorists in case of an emergency on the highways for the Atlanta Metro Area ONLY. This is a good number to put in your cell phones and/or in your car. The HERO Units travel on the interstates and can assist you with highway emergencies. They can change a flat tire, charge a battery, bring gas, etc.
According to the website for Georgia NAVIGATOR, the Georgia Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation System, "Motorists who become stranded due to mechanical difficulties on metro-Atlanta interstates may call operators at the TMC (Transportation Management Center) to report being stranded. TMC operators will advise the next available HERO of the situation and, when possible, that HERO will go to the scene. If for some reason a HERO is not available, TMC operators can arrange for other assistance to be summoned to the location. Motorists experiencing problems with their vehicles are advised to exit the interstate if possible. If that is not possible, they are advised to drive the vehicle to the right shoulder, moving as far away from the roadway as is safe, and remain in the vehicle until assistance arrives."
"ICE" Campaign -- In Case of Emergency
So many of us carry our cell phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) campaign.
The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. All you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" (In Case Of Emergency).
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, emergency service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE."
For more than one contact name, simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, etc. A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our phones now!
Ovarian cancer's early signs
Contrary to common belief, there are early warning signs of ovarian cancer, until now considered a “silent killer” because it’s often diagnosed in late stages. Bloating, pelvic, or abdominal pain, as well as trouble eating or feeling full and urgent or frequent feelings of needing to urinate are common red flags, said the American Cancer Society, the Gynecological Cancer Foundation, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in a June14, 2007 news release. While such symptoms might occur with any number of ailments, they raise the possibility of early ovarian cancer “when their occurrence is unusual, when they present almost daily and when they last for more than a few weeks.” The Cancer Society’s “Detailed Guide to Ovarian Cancer” is available at www.cancer.org. [from Nursing Spectrum/APB Media, July/August 2007]
Free mammograms offered
WellStar offers a few free mammogram certificates to under-served women as part of the Cancer Program's "Prevention in the Park" event. For information call 770-956-STAR (7827) asap since these certificates are first-come-first-served. This is a great opportunity to advocate for those women who would otherwise not be able to get a mammogram. In order to be eligible, women must meet the following criteria:
Baptisms are next scheduled for January 6. Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Natalie May, William Fleming, Frank Lavar, Ed, Courtney, Justin, Sharon Parisi, John Jaeger, Susan, Courtney, Anne, Diane, Bennett, Steve Boyce, Page Loyd, Elissa Huffstetler, Mary Hopkins, Kathleen Williams, Peggy Duryea, Jimmy Parker, Chloe Hrechko, MaryAnn, Donna Warfield, Michael Patterson, Stephanie, Ethan, Zachary, Laura, Eric, Luke & Jack, Janet Wheeler, David Lowe, Kevin Blackwell, George Wyatt, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Bob Behrend, Sarah Ackerman, Risa Maier, Earl Whitley, Marion Cook, Jack Torbett, Jerilyn Gardner, Travis Jordan, Harold Gray, Shirleen, Cindy Bronk, Sallie Bowes, Ruth Kell, Don Cherry, Elizabeth, Richard Carter, Hudson Mann, Carolyn Flythe, Debra, Betty Boyce and family, Arlyn, Lillian, Laura Ann, Nancy, Cristalia, Barbara, Eileen, Karen
BEFORE SURGERY: Bruce Perry, 10/9/07; Jodi Gammon, 10/10/07
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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.
Corn Maze Trip, October 21st
We will be going to Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze on Sunday, October 21st from 12:30-4:30pm. All youth are invited to attend. We will have lunch and then head up to the corn maze for tons of silly fun! We will end the afternoon by making s'mores! The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch. Sign up with Amelia.
St. Cat's Youth Retreat is happening October 26-28, 2007. All youth in Rite-13, J2A, YA, and Seniors are invited to attend. We will be going to Grace Point Camp outside of Knoxville, TN. We will be meeting at church at 6pm on Friday the 26th and returning to church at 3pm on Sunday the 28th. The cost of the weekend is $125 per person. Sign up forms are available on the bulletin board in front of Amelia's office. Contact Amelia at 770-971-2839 with questions. Thanks and hope to see everyone there!
Register for Happening
Happening registration forms are available on the bulletin board in front of Amelia's office. You must be in grades 10-12 to attend. We have many youth who are on the planning team or who have gone in the past. If you are thinking about going and want to talk to someone who has, contact Amelia at 770-971-2839.
Youth House Build
Stay tuned for information about the Youth House Build! We project the first date will be Saturday, October 20th!
The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form. Extra copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church. (Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas)
Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.
The Wheel: get every issue!
Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry 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