December 1:
The 1st Sunday in Advent – Consecration Sunday – Annual Parish Meeting

December 1 is the First Sunday in Advent and as such, marks the beginning of a new church year. In Latin “advent” means coming, and our celebration is one of anticipation and preparation. This year as we welcome our new rector on this first Sunday in Advent, we will further carry out the theme of anticipation and preparation by consecrating our financial pledges for 2020. After the 10:30 am worship service we will gather in the parish hall for a potluck lunch and our annual parish meeting. 

St. Catherine’s Christmas Card Design Contest

Winners of our Christmas card design contest will be announced this Sunday at coffee hour – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with two Honorable Mentions!  All of the artwork by our 15 participants is displayed in the Parish Hall.  Thanks to everyone who made this such a fun event!

Pecans Available This Sunday

We still have a few extra bags of the 2019 fall harvest pecans available for purchase. At $10/bag this is an excellent opportunity to stock up for your holiday cooking. Check with Pam Kimball. 

Annual Giving Campaign

2019 has been a banner year for St Catherine’s and so it is “with a joyful heart” (the theme of this year’s campaign) that we consider the contribution each of us is able to make for the year 2020. 

2020 promises to be an exciting time for St. Catherine’s. We will have an interim rector who has a great deal of experience and will be able to lead us as we continue to enjoy being in our very own buildings on our very own property. We will be learning how these expanded facilities can allow us to expand our programs in order to spread our message of good news, love and acceptance throughout the community.

We’ve done so much in 2019, just think what we would be able to do in 2020 “with just a little bit more”.  And so, please continue to give this matter your prayerful consideration; St Catherine’s needs the support of each of us — the support of our time and our financial support. 

When you have decided on the level of financial support you are able to provide, please fill out the pledge card you received with your Vestry letter and either mail it to the church in the envelope provided, or put it in the offering plate on a Sunday morning. We will conclude this year’s giving campaign on November 17, the day of our annual meeting.

Turkey Trot for Hunger 5K Run

The Turkey Trot (and Thanksgiving) is just 2 weeks away!  To register and for additional information about it click here.  Be sure to watch the ABC 33/40 morning show Talk of Alabama on Monday, November 25.  Margo Churchwell will be featured on it discussing the Turkey Trot!

It’s now all hands on deck time – a number of volunteers are needed to help make the race a huge success. You can sign up via the Volunteer sheet posted in the parish hall, or see Wanda Wheeler or Teresa McLarty.  And you have any questions about the race, please see Bill / Margo Churchwell.  What a great way to support the Beans and Rice food pantry!

Sign Making Party for the Turkey Trot

After the 10:30 am service this Sunday, we will have a sign making party for the Turkey Trot to encourage runners on race day.  We would LOVE to have an abundance of signs to use along the route, so please join in for the sign-making fun!

Please bring poster paper (or foam core boards) to make your signs. We will have markers to use. Also, think of some clever sign ideas to use to get the runners pumped up and/or amused!  The party will be held during coffee hour so there will also be refreshments.

November Beans and Rice Pantry

Tomorrow is Beans and Rice Pantry Day for November. We invite each family visiting our pantry to choose 12 cans of soup, vegetables, peanut butter and fruit from the shelves to take home.  In addition each family can make a couple of selections from the bread and sweets donated by Publix.  Finally they can choose cereal, toothbrushes, and paper towels while they last.

Your donations are most appreciated!

Next week we will begin training at the Foodbank of Central Alabama and they will make an visit on site to see if St. Catherine’s is a fit for this program.

Adult Sunday School 

The Adult Sunday School class has completed its discussion of Misquoting Jesus and will begin a new video study series “The Wisdom of Faith” by Huston Smith.  He is a best selling author and professor of comparative religion at several major universities. Smith has traveled around the world 10 times, visiting ashrams and temples, synagogues and mosques, zen masters and swamies, and engages in various faith practices from several religions.  In discussions with renowned journalist Bill Moyers, the following topics will be covered: Hinduism and Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and Judaism, Islam, and A Personal Philosophy, and how, taken at their best, they provide universal truths that unite and define the human spirit.

In the new year the class will watch and discuss the DVD series, The City of God. The class meets at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. Everyone is invited to join in at any time.

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.