St Catherine’s Bahamas Relief Effort

Hurricane Dorian was one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history. It decimated the Bahamas, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless, without access to water, shelter, or food.

St Catherine’s is the “Little Church That Can” and we can help these folks by doing what we do well — Beans and Rice!

Using our connections around the Diocese, we have made contact with Celine Albury on the Island of Treasure Cay in the Bahamas (Treasure Cay is in the central part of the Abaco Islands, Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Abaco took the brunt of the hurricane and suffered the most damage). Using our talents and a friend’s plane, we plan to take our Beans and Rice Pantry to the Bahamas next week.

We will refit the airplane to enable it to hold 800 lbs. of rice and grits (grits, rather than beans for this particular population), peanut butter, vegetables and fruits. These folks also need children’s socks and shoes because their small feet have suffered serious lacerations from all the debris left by the hurricane. 

Our friend and contact, Celine, will meet the plane and take a truck load of supplies from the airport to the local Community Center, where they will be shared with as many families as possible.

Here is how each of us can help with this very special and worthy effort:

  • Give money for the purchase of supplies (put a check in the collection plate at church on Sunday with Beans and Rice on the memo line),
  • Purchase and bring to the church 50 pound bags of rice and grits (we are going to ask McEwen & Sons in Wilsonville for a donation of grits – fingers crossed that they will help),
  • Purchase cases of peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables; experience has taught us that Aldi is a good source for this,
  • Make a run to the Farmer’s Market for fresh produce (the flight is only 5 hours, so it will arrive fresh),
  • We will make a run to Ft. Payne, AL, the “sock capital of the world”, to buy socks.

Estimated day of takeoff to deliver? Wednesday or Thursday of this coming week!

We are the “church family that can” and we can do this!

Turkey Trot for Hunger 5K Run

On Thanksgiving morning we will host our 2nd Turkey Trot to benefit our Beans and Rice Food Pantry.

Are you ready to run?


Registration is now open. To register and for additional information about the Turkey Trot  click here.

The race will begin at 7:30 am, to be held “come rain or shine”.  It begins at the Chelsea Ballpark Complex on County Road 39 and ends at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church at 642 Kings Home Road.  This a chip-timed race with a certified 5K course.

We are going to need a number of volunteers to help manage the Turkey Trot run in the following areas: 

  • making signs,
  • registration on race morning,
  • race course marshall,
  • volunteer wrangler,
  • parking assistance,
  • hospitality including prize awards,
  • giving directions,
  • first aid,
  • giving water at course water stops,
  • managing music,
  • turnaround point guides.

 A sign up sheet will be posted on the board in the parish hall.  Please sign up – we need your help!  If you have any questions, please see Wanda Wheeler, Teresa McLarty or Bill / Margo Churchwell.

Directory Update

Do we have your most recent contact information?  Many of you know that the St. Catherine’s Congregation Directory is on the website in two versions – one with contact information, and a second one with pictures.  To make sure we’ve got the most accurate contact information, it has been printed it out and placed on a display table in the Parish Hall.  Please take a minute this Sunday to review your information and write in any changes that are needed. Perhaps you have not moved, but you may no longer have a land line, or your email address may have changed. Without your current contact information on file, you will miss important St. Catherine’s information.  And if you want an updated photo of your family in the Directory, please see Pam Kimball.

September’s Beans and Rice Food Pantry

Thank you to everyone for your donations for tomorrow’s pantry. We will be able to share with 36 families. Here are a few last minute suggestions to fill our shelves:

*  tubes of toothpaste (we only have one tube on hand)
*  toothbrushes (we only have 14 toothbrushes)
*  cereal (we only have 12 boxes)
*  toilet paper
*  paper towels

We could also use additional volunteers to help when the pantry is open tomorrow since two of our most faithful helpers are out of town. So if you are free tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am, please come by and lend a hand. Hope to see you there!

Adult Sunday School 

The Adult Sunday School class moves to Chapter 3 of our book Misquoting Jesus. Chapter 3 is titled: Texts of the New Testament and will frame our discussion this week. As always, in order to facilitate discussion, everyone is encouraged to read the chapter prior to class.

Parish Prayer List

“If we genuinely love people, we desire for them more than it is within our power to give, and that will cause us to pray.” 

If you would like to place someone on the Parish Prayer List, including yourself, please contact the Parish Office. Names will be included weekly in Sunday service bulletins and Weekly e-News.