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What’s a Deacon?
By The Rev. Kathy Holman
I’ve been asked to write an article which will explain what a deacon is. Sounds easy enough. As luck would have it though, even the National Church seems unclear on this subject. One of the reasons for this is that the function of a deacon has changed many times throughout Church history. In scripture, we find the first deacons anointed by the apostles to help with the distribution of food to Greek widows in the early Christian community (Acts 6). We then hear stories of Stephen and Philip, two of that first group of deacons who go out from the community to baptize, preach, teach, and heal in communities outside of Jerusalem (Acts 6 and 7). We know that deacons continued as a part of the early Christian community because Paul includes a description of the qualities to be looked for in a deacon in his First Letter To Timothy (chapt. 3, vs. 8).
The function of the deacon changes throughout history from what amounts to be the bishop’s treasurer, to virtual non-existence, and then back as servant of the poor and assistant to bishops and priests. The connection between the Episcopate (bishops) and the Diaconate (deacons) appears to be consistent throughout church history.
So, where does that leave us now? Deacons are one of three orders in the Episcopal Church. We are ordained into ministry “outside” the parish community. We are agents (ministers) of the Church who are appointed to a parish at the request of the rector and under the authority of the bishop. We are vowed to assist bishops and priests at the sacramental table and to proclaim the gospel to the world through actions of kindness and Christian care and concern especially to those in need. We are to interpret the needs, concerns and hopes of the world to the church and are to be examples of service to others.
In the contemporary understanding of the diaconate, deacons have “day jobs.” These positions are as varied as the occupations of the laity. Typically, one will find a deacon employed in helping occupations. Many deacons work in hospital and hospice environments. They work with prisoners, with the homeless, and in soup kitchens. Deacons are also found in the teaching professions and in child advocacy programs. They are also retreat leaders and spiritual directors and teachers. Deacons advocate for the poor and the elderly, the weak, sick and lonely. We live in a world where there is material poverty and spiritual poverty; physically weak and emotionally weak; people who are alone and people who are lonely. As you can see the scope of the diaconate is far reaching and I believe this is why it’s so difficult to define “a deacon.”
So, what about “us”? My training and ministry are in the areas of spiritual formation. I have been a spiritual director for groups and individuals for more than a decade. I have trained spiritual directors, lead retreats and quiet days, taught contemplative prayer and lead Taize and Iona worship services. I have spent time in prison ministry, hospital ministry, hospice ministry and have been involved in the Peachtree-Pine Ministry and the Atlanta Task Force for the homeless. I presented a paper last year to the Georgia delegates to the White House Conference On The Aging around the issue of spiritual needs of the elderly – most particularly those in nursing homes. For now, I am an observer at St. Catherine’s. Jim and Sherry and I have some vague ideas around my service here which I expect will come more and more into focus as time moves on. We will explore, learn and discover together.
I am deeply appreciative of the welcome my family and I have received in this warm and embracing community. You have been kind, patient, and loving with Bill and me. I look forward to our continued ministry together with great joy and excitement. Clearly St. Catherine’s is a community dedicated to the work and growth of Christ’s Gospel and I am thrilled to be a part of your mission and ministry.
Yours in Christ,
Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:00 AM
Bring your pet for a service under our Big Oak Tree. This day commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who renounced his place in a wealthy family and 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 make donations to the Fulton County Humane Society.
Sunday, Oct. 22 after 11:15 service
Y’all come! Come to worship this day dressed to work together. We’ll have lunch, then team up to clean and organize many areas inside the building and outside on our grounds, and plant flowers for autumn and winter. We’ll have jobs for all ages and abilities. Some garden tools, work gloves and wheel barrows will be handy, please bring them along.
Donations needed: flats of giant pansies in dark yellow, purple and white. Contact Gail McGill, 770-971-8890 or GailMcGillaol.com, if you can donate plants or have questions.
Saturday, Oct 21, 6:30-10:00 PM
Fun, good food, dancing and fellowship! Adults of the parish, please join us for a delicious shrimp & sausage dinner with all the fixings, and some country/beach dance music. Cost is $10 per person. Childcare will be available by donation to our youth who will provide the supervision, plus $3 if your child wants to have a pizza dinner. Sign up in your bulletin or in the church lobby, and we’ll see you there!
Some help is needed as well for set-up, cooking, and clean-up, please contact Meg Boyd.
“Spooky” Adult Night Out - October 29
Join us for a murder mystery dinner and play at Big Top Theater on Sunday, October 29, 8-10pm. $15 per person. Costumes optional. RSVP to Jennifer Gale by the 24th -- jennifer-galehotmail.com. The theater is located at 2060 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068
It's that time of year again... Operation Christmas Child, organized by the Young Families Ministry, will host an ingathering on Sunday, November 12, at 10am in the Parlor. Bring already assembled shoeboxes or your donations: shoeboxes, small toys, small balls, candy, mirrors, candy - we will assemble boxes to send to children all over the world. ALL boxes are due to the church by November 12th.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Gale, 770-579-0657 or jennifer-galehotmail.com, or Lisa Spessard, lnspessardyahoo.com.
A great time was had at our annual Foyers Kick-off Dinner on September 23. Foyers (dinner groups) is a fun way for new members, old members and visitors (adults) to get to know others in our parish family by having dinner together in a small group once a month. If you like to participate it's not too late -- contact Joan Nixon to find out how you can be part of this delightful St. Catherine's tradition.
What is an AED? It is an Automated External Defibrillator or Defibrillator. It is a computerized medical device programmed to analyze heart rhythm, recognize rhythms that require defibrillation and provide visual and voice instructions for the device operator. It is used, if needed, after CPR has begun and in conjunction with CPR.
Opinions and questions accepted by Fr. Jim and the Congregational Nurses. More details will follow.
The Congregational Nurses will be administering flu shots at church on Sundays starting at the end of October. No registration or reservation will be necessary this year. We will be administering the “shots” every Sunday until our supply or demand (whichever comes first) ends.
Remember, to receive the flu shot:
By Al Jones
On September 20-24, Ron Cook and I joined 3 Parishioners from St Matthew’s, Wilton, CT and many from our partner church, St George’s Episcopal in New Orleans, to work on Katrina storm damage. Together we stripped, sanded and refinished entry doors, replaced and refinished damaged drywall, replaced and re-glazed broken window panes, cleaned and refinished many pieces of water-damaged furniture, cleaned and organized several working areas of the church, polished and cataloged many pieces of silver, installed shelving, moved furniture, carried things to Goodwill. The results were truly dramatic.
We also worshiped together, helped in the Dragon Café together, ate together, and got to know one another better. It was a blessing to be able to participate and to make new friends.
Insurance repairs to the St George’s roof and worship space are progressing well. They have a good chance of being ready for the wedding scheduled October 21, although it seems likely there will be more to do before restoration is complete.
More than 13-months have passed since the storm. St George’s is located on high ground but suffered water damage when the roof blew off. In other parts of the city, 150,000 homes were inundated and became uninhabitable. More than 1,500 people lost their lives, perhaps 350,000 were made homeless. Most of the damage is still un-repaired; it’s hard to comprehend to scope of the loss unless you see it first hand. We brought back a 150-page book on Katrina published in July by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. I encourage you to look through it. I also encourage you to participate in our next visit, or in any other way you feel able to help this wonderful area recover.
Monday, Oct. 23, 2:30- 7:30 PM
Come give the gift of life! The Red Cross is coming to St. Catherine's to accept all types of blood from people 16 and older. Limited seating for this engagement as always, so sign up in the narthex while slots are still available. "Don't give blood until Dracula comes" -- see Fred Massey (aka "Dracula") for more details, 404-731-4466.
Our fall campaigns have begun: Faithful Mission Campaign to reduce our building debt; and the annual Stewardship Campaign for Time, Talent and Treasure. Campaign Callers from our congregation are scheduling home visits. Please be responsive and gracious as they share their stories and excitement with you. Thank you to those of you who have already pledged. Please be in prayer for both campaigns.
“In a hundred years, no one will care what kind of car I drove, how big a house I lived in, or the brand of clothes I wore. But they may notice that I made a difference in the life of a child.”
I’m inspired by that anonymous message on a plaque I’ve seen because it is so true. In the long run it really doesn’t matter about those material things. Sure, we want to live in a safe and comfortable home, drive a reliable vehicle, and have clothes on our back. But that’s not what is really important in life.
What’s really important in life is that we take care of each other, support each other, and love each other. We do that by participating in the various ministries within the St. Catherine’s community and outside its walls as well. By actively participating in the education of our children and adults, serving meals at Elizabeth Inn, donating blood, working on the Habitat House, financially supporting those who give of their time to help the Hurricane Relief in Louisiana, or countless other activities and ministries that are available to us, we can make a difference that will have a lasting effect. You may not see that effect, but God does.
Your gifts of time, talent and treasure WILL make a difference in the life of a child – all the children of God! Please be generous. We’re counting on YOU!
Faithful Mission Capital Campaign
By now most of you have heard that our Faithful Mission Capital Campaign to reduce our residual building debt is off to a good start. The purpose of this campaign is to reduce our debt so that we can adequately fund our many and vital ministries at St. Catherine’s. We are very excited about the commitment so many parishioners have already made and we hope that each of you will prayerfully consider your level of support if you haven’t already. When we visit you, we will be talking with you about the Stewardship Campaign and also about Faithful Mission. The Stewardship pledge is for Operating Budget and will be for 2007. Faithful Mission pledges are payable over the next three years (2007 – 2009).
We really want to live into our Mission Statement at St. Catherine’s:
Our Campaign Callers are already scheduling visits so please be ready to hear their stories and maybe add your own story of what St. Catherine’s has meant to you.
Here is the list of our Campaign Callers:
If you have any questions please feel free to call our co-chairs, Nelson Gale (770.953.3407) or Jennifer Massey (404.375.8327) for the Faithful Mission Campaign, or Tom Hunter (770.579.5746) or Joyce Hendricks (770.218.0513) for the Stewardship effort this year.
Great job by all our volunteers so far! Progress report as of September 29 – So far all the siding is complete, 3/4 of the inside and outside are painted, the interior doors are hung, window sills are trimmed out, attic stairs installed, aluminum fascia is installed and the porch soffit is completed. The dedication date is not established yet but is tentatively set for Sunday, November 12.
We need plenty of volunteers to help build each Saturday through the beginning of November. We also need help serving food Saturday, Oct. 7. For information please contact Tom Snead, 678-795-9508/tom.sneadearthlink.net, for building questions, and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, for questions about food.
Many have asked whether our trip to Israel is “still on” for the spring. It is! And it's not too late to sign up for what will be a sacred experience. We leave on Sunday afternoon, March 4, and return to the United States on Thursday, March 15. What lies between these two points in time will be truly life changing.
I was asked recently how the trip I made in December changed me. At first it was difficult to find words to describe my reactions to the trip. In the end I identified two events that have changed me. The first is fairly broad and sweeping observation. Since I have returned from Israel I see scripture through new eyes. They are eyes that now see time and place. I can't read Scripture in general and the gospels in particular without the experience of "seeing" Jesus and his disciples among the people and in the places I personally experienced. The other change I spoke about was the experience I had outside the walls of the Temple in Jerusalem. When I heard our guide speak these words something changed within me. We were walking on an ancient street recently excavated outside the walls of the temple and along a series of ancient shops. Our guide said to us, "We have walked in many places this past week some of which Jesus must have walked. But here there can be no doubt that Jesus walked where we are walking at this moment." Something that I cannot find the words to describe changed within me at the moment. All I remember at that moment was the tears and feeling of wonder.
During the next few weeks I want to host an evening in the Parish Hall for all who wish to come and see about the trip. We will have some beverages and light food and, of course, the mandatory pictures. You'll be able to ask questions and talk to others interested in the trip. Please watch your St. Catherine's email and The Wheel for further information. In the mean time, there are brochures and registration information on the resource tables throughout the building. I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have and if I don't have the answer I'll get the information for you.
Sunday, October 29
The Sollentuna Music School Choir from the city of Sollentuna, Sweden, will be St. Catherine’s guest choir at the 8:45 and 11:15 services on October 29. This is a group of 20 girls and 10 boys ages 14 to 16 who are touring the US and will be making a weekend stop in the Atlanta area. We look forward to a wonderful music experience during worship this day.
Sollentuna is north of Stockholm. If you’re interested in learning more, a starting place for information about the city is the Wickipedia entry for Sollentuna.
Sunday, November 5, at 6 PM
The congregation is invited to join us at our fall memorial service on All Saints Sunday, to support those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. A reception follows the service, and if you can bring a donation of a finger-food item for the reception it will be greatly appreciated.
If you have someone you would like remembered at this service, please forward your information by Friday, October 20, to Karen Manno, email karenstcatherines.org (contact Karen if you need to find out what information to include).
Sunday, December 3
Our adult program for fall continues each Wednesday night, “Who is a Thoughtful Christian?” Wonderful Wacky Wednesday dinner is at 6-6:45 PM and programs for children, youth and adults follow at 7 PM. Nursery care is available starting at 6:45.
If you are dining with us please sign up for your meal each week no later than the Monday before on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office. Menus coming up: Oct. 11 - Baked Chicken, Salad Bar; Oct. 18 - Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw (no salad bar).
You are invited, and we welcome your friends in the community!
Financial Resources Ministry Team
This month we celebrate the life and work of the Financial Resources Ministry Team, which includes the Finance Committee, Resource Development Team, Stewardship Committee, Faithful Mission Committee, and Counters. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact team convenor Rod Pope.
You can sign up for a number of weekly electronic newsletters from the Diocese of Atlanta including Connecting, Alleluia Fund, Liturgical Calendar, Bookstore News, Christian Educators and many more – just go to episocopalatlanta.org and click on Connecting... our weekly email newsletter to enter your email and start receiving news of our diocese. See Deacon Kathy’s recent report of Bishop Alexander’s pilgrimage to Scotland in September!
On October 15, our diocese will join millions around the world in standing up against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) – now the number one mission priority of the Episcopal Church.
All the details are on the diocesan website at Stand Up For Poverty, ready for your information and for download. If we get 100% participation, it will send an especially strong message and will help build on the enormous excitement and commitment to this ministry that’s already building around the diocese. For more excellent information about the MDGs, check out the Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (EGR) website.
Blessings to each of you,
Retreat at St. Mary's Sewanee, TN: "T.S. Eliot and Contemplation"
T.S. Eliot's “Four Quartets” circles about a contemplative center. In this retreat, we will both read and discuss selections from Quartets and enter into the contemplation to which they bear witness through the practice of centering prayer. No prior knowledge of the poems or the practice is required. The presenter, The Rev. Tom Ward, is an Episcopal Priest of the Diocese of Tennessee, a student of English Literature and practitioner of Centering Prayer.
Cost: Residential-$160, Commuter-$60 + meals. For additional information: Phone: 931-598-5342 or 800-728-1659, Email: stmarysccsewanee.edu, visit the website at: www.stmaryssewanee.org
Azalea Fine Art at Holy Family Catholic Church
You are cordially invited to attend an Art Exhibit and Auction presented by Holy Family Catholic Church, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068, (770) 973-0038,. Preview at 6:00 pm, Auction at 7:30 pm. Donation $5.00. There will be Hourly Door Prizes, with Hors D’oeuvres, Wine, Beer & Refreshments available.
There will be over 200 pieces of art prints, originals and popular artists auctioned off... something for everyone's taste and budget. There will also be a silent auction during the art auction with a large variety of items, vacations, entertainment, golf and sporting events to bid on. Next day sale - 9am to 1pm. For further information please contact: Mike Hoffman 404-255-7400. For Artist information go to www.azaleafineart.com.
Next Date: November 5 (All Saints' Sunday)
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Jenny Thomas, Grayson Smith, Lee Stuart, Sharon Parisi, James, Natalie May, Betty Boyce, Lisa Arnold, George Schnorf, Carrie LaMorte, Marie DeLong, Betty Motter, Reese & Margaret Ivey, Jon Stine, Bill Fambrough, Paige Schlenker, Paul Beswick, John Giampoli, Ross Croy, Colin Freeman, Jan Sigmon, Timo & Eileen Kokko, Allison Drukenmiller & her family, Jim Hamilton, Susan Rader, Allen Tate, Shelley & Fraylie Nord, Johnathan Pearson, Jennie Costa, Amy Senn, Rick Howell, Carol Rai, Ed, Shelley Ransdell, Mike Laguta, Debbie Henderson, Steve Diffley, Jana Williams, Jim Rader, Marion Cook, Kathryn Brown
BEFORE SURGERY: Carolyn Hilley, 10/9; Joan Thurston, 10/17; Shelley Ransdell, 10/20
Defend all the men and women of our armed forces at home or abroad especially in Afghanistan , Iraq and Kuwait that they will have a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.
We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the work of the Finance Ministry Team.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(10/15/06) Lynne & Bob Gates; Steven, Valerie & Gabriella Gosnell; Donna Green & Angela Giles; Jim & Bobbye Greene; Lynne Greene
(10/22/06) Germany Greer; Ron, Susan & Joe Greger; Deborah Guy; Bette Hamilton; and Jamie, Andrew & Bill Harding
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.
Register for events asap!
Information and forms for youth activities may be found on the bulletin board outside Amelia's office, or now on our website! Click on a link below to open the form on your screen, then print it, fill it out, and return with your check.
Deadline to return forms for the Fall Retreat is Oct. 22. Deadline to return forms for Urban Plunge is Oct. 30.
Calendar for October
Hey St. Cat’s Youth, here is what is going on in October.
If you have any questions about any event please call or e-mail Amelia, 770-971-2839 or Ameliastcatherines.org.
Upcoming Events for next month:
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.
Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.
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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