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This Sunday, January 10, will be the sixth anniversary of the fire that ravaged our buildings and our common life in 2004. There are times I like to remember what was written and shared in the moments following that day. The following is my article from The Wheel issue published after the fire.
Sunday, January 24
Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 ONLY
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 24 immediately following the 10:30 principal service, approximately 12 PM. A light lunch will be served preceding the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
NOTE: Church School will meet at 9:00-10:00 AM this day.
Annual Reports due this Sunday, Jan. 10
All committees, ministry teams and staff, please turn in your annual reports ASAP to Rosemary Wolfe, rosewolfebellsouth.net. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of the report from last year.
We are nearly complete with our Stewardship effort for 2010. As of today, 212 households have committed $633,260 to the mission and ministry of St. Catherine’s in the coming year. This is an increase of 4.5% over last year. We have 33 new pledges for the coming year and 57% of our households increased their pledge over last year’s pledge. There are 7 households who pledged to St. Catherine’s last year but have yet to make a commitment for 2010.
By any measure, these results are outstanding considering the economic climate we find ourselves struggling with in the nation. We want to thank each and every household who participated in this effort and made a prayerful decision to give of their resources to support the mission and ministry of the congregation.
The Finance Team is currently working on the budget for 2010 and a balanced budget will be presented to the Vestry on January 19 for their approval. We are optimistic that we can begin to restore some portion of the cuts we needed to make last year to balance the budget. The results of our Stewardship effort, the 2010 Budget, as well as other financial information will be presented for your review and discussion during the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 24.
In the meantime, if you have not yet made a pledge for the coming year it is not too late. Mail your pledge card to the church office, or send an email to Rose Wolfe (rosewolfebellsouth.net) or call her (770.971.2839) to complete your pledge to St. Catherine’s. You may download a pledge card at www.stcatherines.org/PledgeCard2010.pdf.
Again, thank you to each of you for your generous support.
Photos by Bettye Harris
Sunday, Jan. 10 – RSVP by Friday, Jan. 8
Parents of young children are invited to the next get-to-know-you lunch with Father Jim and Joan immediately following 11:15 service in the Parish Hall. Child care will be provided. RSVP with the number of adults and kids attending to Jenny Gale, drjennygalegmail.com or 678.923.5627.
January Ministry Focus – This month we celebrate the life and work of our Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convener Ellis Kilgore.
Sunday Church School resumes January 10:
Lenten Series on Sundays & Wednesdays: “Imagine Your Life Without Fear”
Lent begins with our Ash Wednesday celebrations on February 17. As part of our Lenten journey we will be offering multiple study opportunities based on Max Lucado’s newest book, Fearless. For those who do not know Max Lucado, he is Minister of Writing and Preaching for the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas and has written many books that speak to the love God has for each of us. In Fearless, he writes
We will base our Lenten Studies on this book and look at the ways that our faith gives us the keys to “walk out” on fear. We’ll offer classes on Sundays and Wednesdays and invite you to follow along with our conversation even if you can’t make either of those times. Look to the next couple of Wheels and to our other communication tools to discover more about these exciting studies.
Wednesday Night Live
WNL (Wednesday Night Live), our weekday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages, including an afternoon study option particularly designed for young families at 5:00-5:45 PM. Remember to make your dinner reservation each week by 5 pm on Tuesday.
Contemplative Prayer group begins Sunday, Jan. 10
This group will meet Sundays 5-7 pm, Jan. 10 through Feb. 14. Participants will be introduced to several contemplative prayer models including Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer. No program fee. Regular attendance is expected in order to receive the most benefit from this class. For information contact Deacon Kathy.
Bible study groups continue:
"Parenting: A Sacred Path" begins January 25
This class will meet Mondays 7-9 pm, Jan. 25-March 8. The program is intended toward fostering an awareness of one’s personal spiritual journey in the context of parenting. Program fee is $80. Sign up sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Deacon Kathy.
Thursday, January 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Parish Hall
Our guest speaker, Dina Zeckhausen, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who has gained national attention and respect for her work against eating disorders. Dr. Zeckhausen founded the Eating Disorder Information Network ( EDIN) which provides the greater Atlanta community with prevention and treatment services for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity (www.myedin.org). She has also written creatively to raise awareness of eating disorders including a play, What’s Eating Katie?, and a children’s book, Full Mouse, Empty Mouse. Dr. Zeckhausen works with adolescents and adults, and specializes in women’s issues, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and couples therapy.
This program is presented by St. Catherine’s Preschool and Young Families Ministry. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Gale, 678.923.5627.
Saturday, January 16
Our group for active senior adults will have its next bimonthly luncheon at 11:30 am at Picadilly Cafeteria, 536 Cobb Parkway, Marietta (south of the Big Chicken). Join us this date, and on the third Saturday every other month.
Four Saturdays, 8:30 - 11:30 AM
We all face aging issues now or in the future that we can prepare for today. These four workshops are intended to provide information that is valuable to everyone, whether or not you are currently caring for someone. The material will range from how to find and choose nursing care and keeping your loved one safe, to the importance of long term care insurance and advanced directives. Breakfast will be provided. Please mark your calendars and join us on these four Saturdays in the upcoming months:
This series is a joint presentation of the Adult Christian Education committee and Stephen Ministry.
Photos by Jan Potter -- see lots more at ChristmasChurch2009
Next Program: Thursday, Jan. 21
If you are on a career journey and could benefit from educational programs as well as emotional and spiritual support, and valuable resources, see what we have to offer through Career Ministry. Meetings are the third Thursday of the month in the Parish Hall, 7 - 9 PM and includes a guest speaker. No fee, open to all in the community! For more information contact career.ministrystcatherines.org.
Jim Browning is a business executive dedicated to helping people improve their business, networking, and leadership skills. As a leader of leaders, he helps individuals become better in networking, communication, and sales. Jim has extensive consumer and customer knowledge, and is an avid networker with connections all over the world.
Jim’s career has been focused on training and coaching, education, apparel and fashion, and the consumer goods industries. He has held positions as President, Owner, Professional Instructor, Director of Chain Retail Division, Director of Business Development, Director of Sales, Senior National Account Executive, Manager ECommerce, Manager Customer Information Services and CRM, Category Manager and District Manager. Jim has a reputation for being highly energetic with excellent organizational, time management, leadership, interpersonal, and problem solving skills. To find out more visit Jim’s website: www.JimBrowningTraining.com
Next class begins January 24
Are you looking for ways to spend less and eliminate the burden of debt? Do you need guidance on how best to save and invest more of your hard-earned income? Do you want to provide for college educations or to enjoy a long, self-funded retirement? If so, then Financial Peace University ( FPU) is for you.
St. Catherine's “graduated” its first Dave Ramsey FPU class last fall. Our second “semester” will be offered Sundays at 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, starting January 24 and ending May 2 with a two-week Spring Break in April. Phil and Lisa Spessard (students this "semester") have volunteered to moderate the sessions.
To learn more, please stop by our information table between services on Sundays. For questions you may also contact Phil Spessard at pspessardgmail.com or Peter Morich at peter.morichgmail.com.
Friday, February 12
The Valentine’s Dinner, Dance, and Auction has been a St. Catherine’s tradition for 11 years! The J2A class and their parents host this annual event to raise money for their pilgrimage. The pilgrimage is the focal point of the Journey to Adulthood curriculum and is taken after the first year in the Young Adult class. Each year the youth who will be traveling on the pilgrimage work to get donations for both the live and silent auctions. The youth also set up the event, serve dinner, and sell tickets. This is our youth program’s largest fund raiser and this year’s proceeds will go toward offsetting the cost of the pilgrimage trip to Costa Rica in June.
The Valentine’s Dinner Dance and Auction is a great evening. The night begins with a Silent Auction with passed hors d’oeuvres served by the youth and an open bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks. Following the Silent Auction is a seated five course dinner served by the youth. During dessert there is a spectacular Live Auction where items such as stays at vacation homes, gourmet dinners hosted by parishioners, fine art, and overseas trips are offered. The evening concludes with dancing and music from a professional DJ. The entire evening is a great chance to spend time with friends, eat great food, bid on great items, and raise money for the youth.
Tickets will be on sale in the foyer before and after the 8:45 and 11:15am services on Sundays beginning January 17. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple, and include admission to the event, a five course dinner, and beer, wine, and soft drinks throughout the evening. For more information please stop by the table in the foyer or contact Keith Dumke, kdumkebellsouth.net or 770.361.8688.
Auction items needed!
We're collecting donated items for the live and silent auction at the Valentine's Dinner Dance. Please consider donating an auction item this year -- past items have included personal vacation homes, sports tickets, gourmet home-cooked dinners, gift certificates, crafts, collectibles, gift baskets… To donate an auction item contact any of the YA Youth or their leaders. For any question, please contact Keith Dumke, kdumkebellsouth.net or 770.361.8688. This is our youth program's largest fund raiser each year. Thank you, and remember, donations are tax deductible!
“Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education”
Preschool registration for the 2010-2011 school year is here! Currently enrolled students will register January 14-22. St. Catherine’s parish members not currently enrolled may register February 3-5 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration for the general public will be on Thursday, February 11 in the Parish Hall beginning at 10:30 am.
Tours of the preschool are available weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM to noon. Please visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool.htm for more information on our wonderful preschool. As always, we appreciate referring your friends and neighbors to our quality program for ages one to pre-K.
Forty days means we need forty writers! A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won’t you consider writing something for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, only you (and the editor) will know which one is yours. The printed booklet is made available at church and also on our website as the “Reflection of the Day.” Still hesitant? You can view the 2009 booklet to see what your contribution might look like... visit www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.
Please sign up now on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment very soon. Reflections will be due by Sunday, February 7. Thank you!
Thank you to all who have signed up to provide flowers and candles to adorn our sanctuary during 2010. There are still dates available to sign up in thanksgiving for or in memory of a person or occasion. Please check the chart available in the foyer. And when you've signed up, please remember to submit a check for flowers ($60/vase) and candles ($20) on or before your scheduled date. Your donations are the support for these ministries and we appreciate your contributions.
We would like to remind those who might not yet have signed up but are interested, that we invite you to go together with friends or family to sponsor a vase of flowers. The sponsorship for candles or vases of flowers for any date on the calendar is NOT limited to one or two persons or families. Again, thank you for your generosity.
Would you like to meet other ladies at St. Catherine's or strengthen current friendships? Would you like to take some time for yourself to relax and renew your spirit? Would you like to enjoy meals that other hands prepare? Would you like to participate in a horseback ride or treat yourself to a massage? If you answered yes to any of the above, join us April 23-25 at Montara Farm, a private retreat facility in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains. This retreat center will be exclusively ours for the weekend. In addition to great food, facilities and program, you may go horseback riding or have a private massage for an additional charge.
Only 40 slots are available so sign up as soon as possible, a $100 deposit reserves your spot. Final cost is expected to be between $250-$275. Check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or call the office, 770-971-2839.
Laundry team: Tuesday, January 26 / Dinner: Thursday, January 28
Your help is needed! St. Catherine’s supplies laundry assistance at MUST’s Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on the 4th Tuesday and 5th Wednesday each month. We also prepare and serve dinner on the 28th of each month. To volunteer please sign up at the Outreach table opposite the Parlor. Or, for laundry team contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com, 404-731-4466 / for dinner contact Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, or Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609.
Photos by Connie Bergeron -- see lots more at Hanging of the Greens
Dear St. Catherine’s Church Family,
Thank you all for all of your wonderful support during my knee replacement. Clergy visits, communion at home with Bettye, cards, meals, calls, and most important, prayers. Flowers, too! It really does speed your recovery to have such a large, wonderful family with you.
Dear Friends in Christ,
We are so blessed to have spent some time with you, about 4 years! We have received many blessings from you, your love/friendships/help/rides/financial assistance/how God helped you to bless us! We are very grateful and we thank God for you! We enjoyed!
As we celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ the King of Kings, let us look forward to great things that God has in store for each one of us in doing what He wants us to do glorifying His Holy Name wherever He puts us for the extension of His Kingdom! We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Love in Christ,
Dear Father Nixon,
Singing at your church was such a pleasure. Thank you for once again hosting the Georgia Festival Chorus. Have a happy and prosperous 2010!
A Special Request from Phil Owens, Director of Pastoral Care, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital:
As we visit patients in Kennestone, many are receptive to reading devotional literature. The well-known daily devotionals “Guideposts,” “The Upper Room” and the like are what I have in mind. We receive 20 or so copies of “Guideposts” each month but they go quickly.
Our pastoral care volunteers visit many patients. They along with staff chaplains have opportunities everyday to assist patients in their spiritual journey. Having something to read of faith encouragement brings its own kind of healing. The date is not important. We welcome back issues. If you have questions or suggestions please call me at 770-793-5006. Thank you.
Dear St. Catherine’s,
Thanks for your generous support of the Dragon Café in 2009. The Dragon Café feeding ministry at St. George’s has done something incredible—we have survived!
And not only have we survived, we have expanded! In October of 2009 a new ministry of the Dragon Café, Barrington’s Breakfast has been a huge success, averaging more than 75 breakfast plates served each and every Sunday. We now serve meals three days per week averaging about 1000 meals per month. Without your generous support we could not have met this goal. I know that the Lord thanks you and, on behalf of St. George’s Episcopal Church and the Dragon Café Board of Directors, we thank you for helping us to meet the mandate of the Dragon Café: “Feeding the neighbors God has given us…”
Peace be with you,
Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s,
Thank you for your generous support. This is a great time of the year. It’s great to see so many of the guys (and now women) get excited about spending time with their children for the holidays. For nearly all of them this will be the first time in many years. Your support helps bring those families together and helps give them hope for the new year. Thanks again!
Dear Members of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,
On behalf of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your generous on-going donation to the organization. Your support is vital as we continue to work with students and their families in both school systems.
To bring you up to date with all CISMCC’s activities, the Performance Learning Centers ( PLC) both have capacity enrollment with a waiting list and we have almost 50 graduates from the PLCs already this year. 16 students are currently dual enrolled at Chattahoochee Technical College and one of our PLC students received the $1000 renewable PLC Scholarship at Kennesaw State University. Our Parents As Teachers program is currently serving 36 preschool children and their parents. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for the students at the PLCs and literacy tutors for the elementary school age children. Parents Assuring Student Success classes are being scheduled at the various schools. The Borders and reading Is Fundamental books are being distributed and Winnie the Pooh and Biscuit the Dog have assisted at a couple of the distributions.
Our mission is “to champion the connection of needed community resources with school to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.” This mission is led by a board of 21 committed individuals who give of their time and expertise to grow our organization.
Thank you again for your continued interest and support. The many volunteers from St. Catherine’s certainly play a very major role in our success and we couldn’t do it without both the monetary and people resources. We are in the midst of the school year and if any of you are interested in tutoring or mentoring, we would welcome the chance to talk to you about the opportunity. You will benefit as much if not more than the student from the chance to engage with young people and motivate them in their school and life career. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to call.
Next scheduled date -- Saturday, April 3 (Great Vigil)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR THE SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Marion Stevensky, Olivia Martin, Carol Crosslin, Eddie Brewer, Anita Gardner, Gin Snead, Michele Moody, Tommy Osborn, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Dick Kareken, Toni Curry, Risa Maier, John Clough, Milt Hayes, Frank Rios, Pat Farrell, Bryan Mellinger, Joyce Harmon, Charlie Templeton, Garrett Ellington, Barbara Benninghof, Kathleen Williams, Lee Defore, Ginny Johnston, Agnes Floyd, Ralph Greenhow, Margaret Greenhow, Kathleen Pryce, John Hurd, Brian Stringer, Richard Pearson, Paul Hurd, Linda Smith, Ed Alvarez, Larraine Nichols, Keith Muckerman, Jacob Moore, Violet Mary Jayne Rashidi-Yazd, Bill Krupp, Jane Smith
DECEASED: Tina Lillig, Karen Maxwell’s friend; Kay Jordan, former parishioner; Joan Hopkins, Barbara Cordery’s cousin; Carrie Gilliam, friend of Bill Ivey; Glenda King, friend of Barbara Cordery; Marian Harrison, John Martin’s sister; Jackie Miller, co-worker of Michelle Zimmerman; Pat, friend of Kathy Holman
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
BIRTHDAYS: (1/13) George Cain, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Emily Gale, (1/14) Kristin Sheehan, Rob Bibbings, Alan Fey, Carol Starr, Penn Worden, (1/15) Zach Pope, (1/16) Carla von Hoffmann, (1/17) Joann Sampson, (1/19) Sarah Stanley, Bill Krupp, Margaret Shaw, (1/20) Chase Paris, Jacob McGhee, (1/21) Blake Schnorf, Matthew Iobst, Jr., (1/22) Maxson Santivanez, (1/23) Amy Morris, (1/24) Allen Jablonski
ANNIVERSARIES:(1/24 ) Claudia & Ellis Kilgore
SPECIAL PRAYERS: Please pray for Pat and Suzanne as they open themselves to find a child to adopt. David Hinshaw & Helena Johnson, out of job, looking for employment, friends of Bill Ivey. Jim Hunkler, looking for employment. Rikki Stewart, David Shannonhouse’s daughter, who is now in Qatar , returning the first week in February.
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.
Below is the next two weeks of events and activities. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
"At Long Last Christmas"
Photos by Jan Potter
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