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It seems like God is at work in so many exciting and new ways at St. Catherine’s. The energy felt around new ministries like Career Ministry, Financial Freedom Ministry and the Young Adult Ministry is exciting and leading us in new and different directions. One of those directions is the opportunities these ministry present to encourage us to invite the community into our life together. I’ve attended both of the initial offerings in Career Ministry and each time the attendees have largely been people outside of St. Catherine’s. I hope the same will be true of the Financial Freedom Ministry.
The Career and Financial ministries are all a part of what we introduced as the "Hope Initiative" this past fall. We said at that time:
It seems to me that this vision is now becoming a part of our common life. These new ministries will lead us into new places and will challenge us to see the world in new ways and through the eyes of many who have not been a part of our community. I pray that God will challenge us to listen and respond to our world in new and exciting ways.
Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time! SPRING FORWARD 1 hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church in Eastern Daylight Time.
Join us following 11:15 worship this day, 12:30-4:30 pm, for "Spring Clean Up" of St. Catherine’s to get our buildings and grounds ready for Holy Week and Easter. A light lunch will be provided from 12:30-1:00 pm before we tackle these needed tasks. There will be opportunities for the entire parish from Middle School age and up: cleaning scuffs and spills, replacing lights, painting, mulching, planting, etc. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin to reserve your place. Leaders of the various projects are needed, please contact Al Jones if you would like to help, 4albellsouth.net.
Lenten Quiet Morning – Saturday, March 28
The Daughters of the King invites everyone to a Lenten Quiet Day to be held from 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday, March 28. Please join us as we gather together to consider the teaching of Julian of Norwich on God’s Enfolding Love. Our morning will include a brief teaching about Mother Julian, three guided meditations, and group processing of the meditation experience. This Quiet Day is open to anyone who is interested, no charge and no RSVP needed. For more information, contact Deacon Kathy.
Our ongoing adult classes for this year include "The Sunday Lectionary," "Denominationally Speaking" and "What's On Top." New classes began on March 1 and you are welcome join in:
Our Wednesday Night Live series for Lent continues weekly through April 1, with dinner at 5:45 pm, programs 6:30-7:30 pm, and concludes with Taize evensong at 7:30 pm. Please remember to sign up for the meal each week in your bulletin or by calling the church office by 5 PM Tuesday.
Read your Reflection of the Day online throughout Lent from "Psalms, Reflections, Dialogue," our annual reflections collection for 2009 written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners, on our website at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent-list.htm. The printed booklet is available on the Lenten resource table in the foyer.
We meet for a quiet and brief Eucharist at 7:00 am each Tuesday in Lent (now through April 7), followed by a study. We're done by 8:00 and on to the day's demands. We will use a small book by Kimberly Dunnam Reisman, “Following At A Distance: A Lenten Study for Adults” as our text. The book is inexpensive ($5 or less) so you are encouraged to purchase a copy to maximize your experience not just of our Tuesday study but throughout Lent. It is available from many sources including online sites such as barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. Set your alarm and join us.
Next date: Saturday, March 28
“Give to those in need. Provide for yourselves a treasure that will not fail. For where your treasure is ,
Saint Catherine’s provides dinner and overnight volunteers on the 28th of every month year-round to serve the homeless guests of The Elizabeth Inn at MUST Ministries, www.mustministries.org. We are asking for help with coordinating the meals and volunteers this year. Please prayerfully consider organizing a month in 2009. If you, your family, your Sunday school class, your Foyers group, or any other group can help out, please let us know. Connie and I will be happy to assist with the details for serving dinner. Fred Massey coordinates the overnight volunteers and will provide instructions for that part of the ministry.
Serving the guests of the Elizabeth Inn, by serving dinner or spending the night helping with laundry, are very rewarding experiences. Please sign up on the Outreach table in the foyer or contact:
Dinner Team: Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609, and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411
Next date: Thursday, March 12, 7-9:00 PM in the Parish Hall
Our new Career Ministry program is off to a great start! We’ve had great turnout from the community and two sessions so far with wonderful speakers.
Our next program speaker will be Mark Walker, Vice President of Client Development for Integrity Solutions®. For over 30 years, Mark has worked in a consultative role with senior managers in business, industry and government, while providing his talents as a skilled facilitator in sales development, customer service training and sales coaching. Mark has conducted workshops in effective listening skills, time management, behavior styles, goal setting, and project management. Mark is also a volunteer “Ambassador” for the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and the Facilitator of the “Business Builders” personal growth networking group. After Mark's talk we will divide up into small groups for sharing, support, and networking, as well as offer an opportunity for participants to explore other resources.
Mark your calendar for these additional program dates:
You can plan to attend them all, or come as you wish. These sessions are open to all St. Catherine’s adult parishioners; friends, neighbors, and extended family members! Future Topics will include: Communication Skills, Creating a Brand, Networking, Online Tools, Resume Writing, Dealing with Rejection, Getting the Offer, and more. If you have any questions, or suggestions, please contact St. Catherine’s new Career Ministry Team: Bill Holman, Tom Hunter, Hans Kraeger, Jennifer Massey, Bruce Perry, Margaret Shaw.
Stay informed! We have started an email news list for those who want to be notified of Career Ministry offerings. To subscribe please contact Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org.
April 23 and May 5
Our planning for a new Financial Freedom Ministry continues. You will hear more about this exciting opportunity in the coming weeks. For now we invite you to put April 23 and May 5, both at 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall, on your calendar. On these two dates we will offer four hours of free classes to help families get started on the road of sound financial stewardship. These classes are no charge, no RSVP needed and are open to all in the community – please invite your family, friends, neighbors and everyone you know who might be interested! Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta will teach these courses and your attendance will be funded by a grant they have for providing this training to non-profit organizations. The topics these two evenings will be “Financial Success Starts Here,” “Recruit Your Family,” “How Do I Get Out Of Debt,” and “Where Do I Want To Be In 5 Years.” Mark your calendars and join us in the Parish Hall.
This new ministry is being planned to provide programs and resources that allow individuals and families to accomplish financial freedom. If you are interested in being part of the formation of this ministry, contact Fr. Jim.
Nine young adults and one old (young at heart) adult (Fr. Jim) had dinner together a couple weeks ago to discuss the beginnings of a new Young Adult Ministry. We had a great dinner and a far ranging conversation. The conclusion of our conversation was that what people want right now is a fellowship event once a month to get to know one another. Some ideas we discussed were Theology on Tap, Trivia Evenings, Dinner and a Show/Movie, etc. Our next event is described by Amelia Arthur as follows:
Next Young Adults Event!!! Hi Everyone! Thanks to everyone who made it to Margaritas and Mardi Gras! I hope everyone had a great time. At the dinner we discussed getting together about once a month to have dinner or play trivia. Let’s do trivia at Mellow Mushroom (on Windy Hill and Powers Ferry) on Tuesday, March 31st. I'm thinking we could meet at 7pm for dinner and then play trivia at 8pm. Let me know if that sounds fun and if you can make it!
If you are wondering if this ministry is for you – come and join us on the March 31st. Since as Christians we’ve been freed from the law, we’re not going to make up a whole bunch of new laws to govern our time together. If you are in your 20's or 30's, married or single, with or without children, drinker or non-drinker, got all the questions of life answered or just wondering a whole lot – then this ministry is for you. See you at Mellow Mushroom.
By Father Jim
Cats On Wheels, our group for active senior adults, will have their next luncheon at Piccadilly Cafeteria on Saturday, March 21, at 11:30 am. We’ll meet at the Marietta location at 536 Cobb Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060, south of the Big Chicken. Please RSVP by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Susan+, fathersuebellsouth.net .
We’re updating our email list for those who want to be informed about activities coming up with our Young Families Ministry. If you are already signed up OR would like to be added, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Lisa Spessard.
Easter Flower & Music Donations
Each year we invite you to contribute to the cost of decorating our sanctuary for the Easter celebration and for special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews beginning this Sunday, March 8, for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you want your donation remembered, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one, for our Easter bulletins. Return envelopes by Sunday, March 29.
Photo, right: The Easter Bunnies pose with the Flowered Cross on Easter Day last year.
We need 8 people (a total of 16) to participate in the reading of the Passion Gospel at our 8:45 or 11:15 am services on Sunday, April 5. You will read a small part while standing at your seat. This is an opportunity for parishioners who are not already lay readers to be involved (lay readers are welcome to sign up as well). Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Steve Diffley.
“Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’”
Our custom is to keep watch with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday (April 9) liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday (April 10) at 9:00 AM. The sign up poster will be available soon in the foyer. Please stop by and find a half-hour or hour period of time you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion in the garden at Gethsemane. You may sign up for the time you desire, there is no limit on the number who can participate at any part of the Vigil. We will have security in the building through the night. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?
Security Persons Needed — Volunteers are needed to watch the church buildings through the night of the Vigil. For information or to volunteer please contact Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net or call the office.
Please look for these new(ish) families who have become part of our community of faith at St. Catherine’s:
Molly, David, Leah & Spencer Banko – The Bankos live in Walton Reserve Subdivision. Leah attends Eastside and Spencer is in St. Cat’s preschool. The Bankos have been attending since September. They are involved in our Young Families Group and Molly is a committee member for this group. She works part-time as a physical therapist. David is in marketing and is now a counter for St. Cat's. They love the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Look for them most often at the 8:45 service.
Suzananne,Will, Jake, and Bradley McGhee – The McGhees live in Holcomb Lake Subdivision. Jake is at Kincaid and Bradley is a student at St.Cat’s preschool. Will is a CPA and is a counter for St. Cat's; Suzanne is a teacher in our Catechesis program.
Brad Corbin and Edwina Tims – Edwina, a native of Sidney, Australia, is a data analyst and Brad, from Snellville, is a medical transcriptionist. They are both interested in choir – Brad, a tenor and Edwina, an alto. She is a member of the Georgia Festival Chorus. Their interests include cooking and yoga. Brad and Edwina have two dogs and also foster dogs for rescue agencies. Brad would like to become involved in Habitat and Edwina volunteers at the Thrift Shop in Norcross. The service they usually attend is 11:15.
Cheryl and Russ Short – The Shorts moved here eight years ago from Buffalo, NY. Cheryl is a lawyer and Russ is a marine scientist. Their daughter who is epidemiologist and their son, a lawyer in Washington, D.C. Cheryl has been involved in Altar Guild and hospitality at previous parishes.
Mary Jane Bancroft – Mary Jane is a former French teacher. She lives off the Marietta Square and is interested in choir and Stephen Ministry.
Harry, Jennifer, Lauren and Harry Tear – The Tears live in Ashbrooke Subdivison and have become involved in the Young Families group at St. Cat’s. Harry is a lawyer in Marietta. Lauren is a student at Eastside and Harry is at our preschool.
By Sally Powers
Our Wednesday morning Bible study is a great group of folks who gather for coffee, Scripture study and reflection and conversation. We look through the eyes of Scripture into our own lives and experience in order to determine how God is leading us into new places in our life. Everyone is invited especially you! We meet in the Library beginning at 9:30 and finish at 11:00 am. We are now studying the Apostle Paul's letters to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. We invite you to come and join us.
By Father Jim
What in the world is an Instructed Eucharist? Well first off, let us tell you that we are going to have one on April 26 at both of our principal services, 8:45 and 11:15 am. So, what is it?
An instructed Eucharist is a real-time worship teaching or commentary which is intended to shed light on the various elements of the service. The teaching takes place throughout the worship service and explains the reasoning behind the various prayers, rituals, readings, postures, and forms of participation. The instructed Eucharist usually takes the place of the sermon for the day on which it is presented.
By Father Jim
St. Catherine's newsletter, The Wheel, is published in two issues per month: an issue in print mailed to all parish members, and an issue in electronic form (this eWheel you are reading now!) sent by email to all on our “Parish Announcements” news list. Also, all issues are posted on our website.If you would prefer to receive all your issues by email and NOT to receive a printed copy, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office (be sure to provide your current email address).
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Senior Warden Ginny Lummus.
Below: Your Vestry on retreat, February 2009 (photos by Jim Nixon)
Emmaus House Benefit: “Garden Gala” on April 26
The fourth annual "Garden Gala" to benefit Emmaus House will be held Sunday, April 26, at the Sandy Springs woodland-garden home of Holy Innocents’, Atlanta, members Bernadine and Jean-Paul Richard. As in past years, the ’09 Garden Gala promises to be highly entertaining. The theme of “Tents and Temptations” is designed to benefit the Emmaus House Summer Camps programs which assist 150 at-risk children.
The gardens open at 5:00 to enjoy self-guided tours of the five-acre woodland gardens. A silent auction will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. An al fresco gourmet buffet begins at 6:30 and a live auction with well-known auctioneer and comic actor Rob Cleveland concludes the evening. Tickets are $150 per person ($75 per person for 30 and under). All but $25 per ticket is tax deductible. Please send your check in advance to: Garden Gala, Emmaus House, 1017 Hank Aaron Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, please contact Amy Booth at (404) 525-5948 or amyboothemmaushouse.org
Emmaus House is the primary inner-city outreach organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. It offers educational, social and recreational programs for children, youth, families, and seniors in the Peoplestown neighborhood, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Atlanta.
Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend 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 an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend can make! The next weekend is April 24-26, 2009. Registration is limited so a quick response is encouraged. For more information or to register, please contact: Ron & Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, atlantaemeearthlink.net or go to www.stcatherines.org/atlantaeme.
Cursillo is not for everyone, but those who feel led to participate often experience a closer, more meaningful, relationship with their Creator and others. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but you seek a more integrated daily Christian experience, then you may find participation in Cursillo worthwhile.The next Cursillo weekend will be April 23 -26 and is $150.00. Scholarships are available. You can check our web page at www.aecc.us, contact Carla von Hoffmann at cvhbuggieaol.com, 404-213-7408, or talk with Fr. Jim, for additional information. Pamphlets regarding Cursillo are in the Nathex. The deadline for registration will be the April 10th.
Diabetes Expo – Saturday, March 21, at Georgia World Congress Center
For free VIP admission, register online at www.diabetes.org/AtlantaExpo, or for more information call 1-888-342-2383 ext. 3166.
Are you controlling asthma … or is asthma controlling you?
Dear Congregation of St. Catherine’s,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of [Borderlands Education and Spiritual Center] as well as the volunteer staff, I thank you for your gift of $150.00… Your gift represents the continuing commitment of an entire community that makes Borderlands the exception spiritual destination that it is today. We are doubly blessed by your care and support because your gift will be doubled by the J2A Challenge Grant…
Your donation will be put to good use, as this is an investment in the future of Borderlands and the seekers and pilgrims who frequent the front gate… It is my sincere hope that you, too, will be able to visit Borderlands yourself and participate in what is happening here. The Board joins me in wishing you a life of depth and contentment and hop in 2009!
Thank you for your generous donation in the amount of $250… Your gift to Emmaus House not only serves our poverty rights center, but helps to fund our Thanksgiving and Christmas ministries, as well as our work with seniors, families, prisoners and the homeless in Peoplestown, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Atlanta just south of Turner Field. In a typical year we provide more than 150,000 client hours of service with an annual operating budget of $630,000 and a staff of only six full-time and two part-time people.
Your prayers, your suggestions, your time and your material gifts are greatly appreciated by our staff, board, volunteers and those we serve.
Next scheduled date -- Saturday, April 11 (Easter Vigil)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Agnes Floyd, Glenda King, Tracey, Zanny Dillson, Doug Simmons, Hugh Wolfe, Joan Nixon, Mary Anne Chavala, Pia Johanson, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Tim Gale, Renita Mozley, Sandy, Christel Sandbrink, Helmut Sandbrink, The Pierce Family, Ben, Presley Shrader, Dottie Simmons, Sylvia Franks, Izzy Carlton, Anthony Scott Hobbs, David Bowman. Mrs. McLemore, Bill Krupp, Ann Bondi, Sallie Bowes, The Sharpe Family, Dale Cromer, John McGaha, Richard Ewing, Jill Morich, Bill Mashburn, Connor Gwin, Betty Easley, Mike McCabe, Joe Burlas, John
BEFORE SURGERY: Norma Alexander, 3/16/09
DECEASED: Joy Gilliland, Jason Cook’s godmother & friend of Marion Cook; Loretta McNutt, mother of PANDA member Shea McNutt.
SPECIAL PRAYERS: For the birth of Alexandria Hallynde Walton on February 16 to Charles & Gretchen Walton; For the birth of Brooke Elizabeth Ryan on February 27 to Kim and Michael Ryan, Vera Bibbings’ great nephew and his wife; Prayers for peace and stability for Libby and children and a job for Libby.
TRANSFERRED IN: David, Molly, Leah & Spencer Banko from St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta; Edwina Tims & Bradley Corbin from Christ Church, Norcross
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
( 3/8/09) Andy, Carroll & Jennifer Mitchell; Charles Monk; David, Mary, Catherine & Laura Moore; Mark & Sally Moore; Peter, Colleen, Kyle & Jill Morich
(3/15/08) Chris, Amy, Jacob, Alex & Naomi Morris; Richard Motter; Roger & Eileen Motter; Keith, Susanne & Nicky Muckerman, Gaby Sutton; John, Danielle, Sidney & Cole Nabinger
BIRTHDAYS: (3/9) Chris Kallas, John Garner, (3/10) Erika Linstrom, Carol Crosslin, Bruce Heuke, Reghan Bishop, (3/11) Everett Hutto, (3/12) Sharon Parisi, Emma Grace Lowry, (3/13) Brittany Rader, Jennifer Gardiner, (3/14) Rob Stuart, (3/15) Justin Motter, Maggie Sloss, Karolyn Olliffe, (3/16) Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Timothy Carswell, Joe Greger, Susan Greger, Gabe Gosnell, Linda Smith, Michael Kerr, Patrick Garner, (3/18) Marc Rader, (3/19) Zach Ladner, (3/20) Dale Edwards, Ryan Blakey, Barb Selby, Ron Brannock, Raymond Ban, Brianna Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lani Brooks, (3/21) Amanda Jones, Norma Alexander, Cindy Richards, (3/22) Susan Heuke, April Studley
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.
by Amelia Arthur
“Pay it Forward”
We got your note and we will pay it forward, and bloom where we are planted. We will be talking tonight (March 4) at youth group about how we can pay it forward and we will let you know in the next Wheel. The message of Pay it Forward is that one person or a group of people can make a difference in the world. We will make a difference and we will tell others to pay it forward.
Thank you so much,
Valentine's Dinner Dance and Save the Date
A BIG thank you to all the people who came out and supported the J2A class at the Valentine's Dinner Dance! The food was amazing, the youth did a great job, and the evening was a big success! Overall the night raised over $13,000 for the J2A Pilgrimage that will happen during the summer of 2010. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, thank you to all the parents and youth who worked the event, and thank you to everyone who donated items for the live and silent auctions, without all of you we couldn't have done it!
Save the date for the Valentine's Dinner Dance 2010, set for Saturday, February 13th! We hope to see you all there!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper '09
Photos by Ellis Kilgore
Please pray for the Rite-13 class this weekend, March 7-8, as they take their Urban Plunge to downtown Atlanta. They will be doing a service project at Emmaus House and will get to know the Peoplestown community through a prayer tour, neighborhood walk, and dinner at a local restaurant. The Urban Plunge is a great experience and opens the eyes of our young people as they experience Atlanta in a new way.
Happening Weekend is April 17-19! All youth in grades 10-12 are invited to attend. St. Cat's own Stephanie Burkholder will be the Rector and we will have many other people from St. Cat's serving on team. The cost of the weekend is $100 and applications are available online at www.happeningatl.org. Contact Amelia if you want more information.
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 print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) 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.
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