The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 8 - 21, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Valentine Dinner Dance
New Orleans mission
Pancake Supper
Invitation to a Holy Lent
  Fearless Lenten Study
  Lent morning study
Career Ministry
Exploring Our Creative Spirit
Blood drive
Caring for Aging Loved Ones
Solemn Communion
Cats On Wheels
Cookbook
Women's retreat
Photos - Jan. 3
Newcomer welcome and Coffee
Conference: Sacred Spaces
Stephen Ministers
Pilgrimage 2011
Ministry teams meeting
Photos - Annual Meeting
Ministry focus: Youth
In the Community:
  Ministry Fair
  Marriage Encounter
  Haitian relief

Nurses Corner
  Eye Health
  Diabetes Expo

Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  Pancake Supper
   Happening
  Mission Trip

Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

2/10 – WNL

2/11-16- New Orleans mission trip

2/15 – Valentine Dinner Dance

2/16 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

2/17 – Ash Wednesday

2/18 – Career Ministry

2/20 – Exploring Your Creative Spirit

2/23 – Lent morning Eucharist & Study begins; Elizabeth Inn laundry team

2/24 – WNL Lenten Series begins

Fallow Ground

Lately I have found myself longing for the spring. Perhaps it’s because of the recent brief warm spell we’ve had, with highs in the 50’s after weeks of temperatures in the teens, that I have this urge to get outdoors and plant something and find myself thinking, “I am so over winter and ready to get on to spring.” But fast on the heels of that thought, the cold has come rushing back in. It’s clear that winter isn’t letting go of its grip just yet.

We come to these deep winter periods in our spiritual lives as well… times that I have come to think of as fallow seasons of the soul. Just as the cold winds of winter blow over the frost hardened ground and the dried, seemingly lifeless grass shudders in its path, so too do our spiritual lives seem to have seasons when they lie fallow and there seems to be no visible signs of life. We seem to be going nowhere in our spiritual journey and we find ourselves longing for spring and renewed signs of life.

If you’re like me you want to rush through this uncomfortable spiritual season and get on with your soul’s greening. It’s at times like these that I find it helps to remind myself that fallow times are necessary for the spirit’s growth, just as they are necessary for the greening of the earth in springtime. In the fallow season of winter, the frozen ground appears incapable of supporting life on the surface. But during this time when nothing seems to be happening, fallen leaves and other plant material are broken down by the elements, returning much needed nutrients to fertilize the soil. Even the water that seeps into the crevices of hardened rock can, by its expansion as it freezes, begin to cause cracks in that seemingly impervious stuff and gradually, over time, even large boulders can be broken down into arable soil which can sustain life. Our souls need these fallow seasons too, when God’s spirit can fertilize the ground bed of our spirit and break open the rock-hard places of our souls, making inroads for future soil where new greening can take place. So button up your overcoat, and hunker down for the duration of the spirit’s fallow season; there is a glorious greening to come.

Susan+


Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction Friday, February 12

Feb. 7 - Last Weekend to Buy Tickets!!

Join us for the 11th annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance and Auction! The night begins at 6:30 pm with passed hors d’oeuvres and bidding on the Silent Auction. An open bar will be available throughout the evening with beer, wine, and soft drinks. Following the Silent Auction is a seated five-course dinner. During dessert is the spectacular Live Auction where items such as stays at vacation homes, gourmet dinners, fine art, and overseas trips will be offered. The evening concludes with dancing and music from a professional DJ.

The entire night is a great chance to spend time with friends, eat great food, bid on great items, and raise money for the youth. This is our youth program’s largest fund raiser and this year’s proceeds will go toward offsetting the cost of the YA pilgrimage trip to Costa Rica in June.

Tickets will be on sale in the foyer before and after the 8:45 and 11:15 services. The price is $40 per person or $75 per couple. Get yours while they are available! For more information contact Amelia Arthur at ameliastcatherines.org, or at 770-971-2839. Thank you for your support!

Silent Auction open on day of event

The Silent Auction will be open on Friday, February 12, from 9 am to 3 pm for anyone from the church or preschool community who would like to bid on items.

Auction items needed!

Please consider donating an item for the Live or Silent Auction this year—past items have included personal vacation homes, sports tickets, gourmet home-cooked dinners, gift certificates, crafts, collectibles, gift baskets, etc. To donate an auction item contact Youth Director Amelia Arthur, ameliastcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. Thank you, and remember, donations are tax deductible!


New Orleans mission trip February 11-16

Join the St. Catherine’s mission trip to New Orleans to help our partner parish, St. George’s, raise money during Mardi Gras. We are going again this year to help serve breakfasts, lunches and dinners to the many folks that come to see the parades. Maybe we’ll even come back with a few beads! We leave St Cat's early on February 11 and return in time for the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on February 16. Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or for information contact Sue Jones, 770-565-1013, 4suebellsouth.net.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 16, 5-7 PM

Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! Come to the Parish Hall for pancakes, bacon, spiced apples, King Cake, and fellowship! The youth will be serving them up from 5 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. No reservations needed, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Come out to have fun and help support the Youth Program and St. Catherine’s!


Invitation to a Holy Lent

Ash Wednesday, February 17
Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm

On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. The priest invites all to the observance of holy Lent by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. After our period of silence before the Lord, our maker and redeemer, the priest puts ashes on our foreheads as we take responsibility for this living flesh, notice everything around us, the possessions we hold valuable, the persons we love and know that all will one day turn to dust.

This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls for fasting and church attendance – the other is Good Friday. Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if there extenuating health issues. Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal Churches throughout our community will have services. If you need schedules please call the office and we will be delighted to give you some information on the closest church to your work or function.

 

Fearless: Lenten Study 2010

  • Sunday Mornings at 10:00 am beginning February 21
  • Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 pm beginning February 24

As part of our Lenten journey this year we will be offering multiple study opportunities based on Max Lucado’s newest book, Fearless. We will look at the ways that our faith gives us the keys to “walk out” on fear. Classes are available at your choice of two different times per week.If you can’t make either of those times, we invite you to do individual study and follow along with our conversation. A syllabus will be available on the Lenten Resource Table.

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

Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear. They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, and upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year leased on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors. Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?

Books available – You will need the book to participate in our study. You may obtain it from your own sources, or order it from the church at $20.00 per copy. Please fill out the order form in your bulletin or contact the church office. Scholarships are available to cover a portion of the book cost, please speak with either Jim+ or Susan+

 

Tuesday morning Eucharist & Study

We will gather for Eucharist and Study on Tuesday mornings in Lent beginning February 23, 7:00 to 8:00 am. This Lent we will use Mitch Albom’s new book, Have a Little Faith, described by some as a

"…story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds—two men, two faiths, two communities… Moving between the worlds of a Detroit slum pastor and an 82 year old Rabbi, Christian and Jewish, African- American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Albom observes how these very different men employ faith similarly in fighting for survival… As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Albom and the two men of God explore issues that perplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times… Have a Little Faith is a book about a life's purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all."

 

First Sunday in Lent: The Great Litany

On the first Sunday of Lent, February 21, at both our 8:45 & 11:15 services we will use the Great Litany. The Great Litany is an intercessory prayer including various petitions sung by the priests, with fixed responses by the congregation. It was used as early as the fifth century in Rome. It was led by a deacon, with the collects led by a bishop or priest. The Litany was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in 1544. Its use in church processions was ordered by Henry VIII when England was at war with Scotland and France. It was printed as an appendix to the Eucharist in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer ( BCP). The 1979 BCP titled it "The Great Litany," distinguishing it from other litanies in the Prayer Book. The Great Litany may be said or sung. The officiant and people may kneel or stand, or it may be done in procession.

 

Lenten Resources

We will have several Lenten materials available on our resource table in foyer for children, youth and adults. In particular, our annual booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners, will be available starting on Ash Wednesday. The Reflection of the Day, and the whole booklet, will also be available on our website—be sure to check all starting February 17 and continuing through Holy Week at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.

 

Palms needed for Ash Wednesday

If you saved your palms from Palm Sunday last year, you may return them in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please place in them in the container in the foyer by February 15.


Career Ministry

If you or someone you know is 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. You'll find a variety of information on the Career Ministry section of our website—and be sure to check this page often for recent new job postings!

We hold meetings on the third Thursday of the month through May in the Parish Hall, 7 - 9 PM which include a guest speaker. There is no fee and the programs are open to all in the community. For more information contact career.ministrystcatherines.org.

Next Program: Thursday, Feb. 18

Our guest speaker will be Ruthie Powell on “The Ruthie List Theory & Many Common Mistakes Made by Job Seekers.” Ruthie Powell has been recruiting for over 20 years as well as served in all levels of Human Resources. This wealth of experience has helped her to have a broad range of knowledge about many aspects of corporate America and "what they are looking for" in the candidates they consider. She is currently serving as Senior Recruiter for Travelers Insurance, specializing in recruiting for IT/Technical as well as Human Resources throughout the United States.

Although she recruits for a living, she is most "famous" for her Ruthie List! The Ruthie List is a 12 year old list of over 7,000 members, made up of ONLY Recruiters and Human Resources professionals working primarily in Atlanta. The FREE list is used to post open positions and keeps the Human Resources and Recruiting community informed about professional meetings. Her belief is that the true meaning of life is “You can get anything in life you want if you'll just help enough other people get what they want." Contact: www.linkedin.com/in/ruthiepowell, or ruthiepbellsouth.net

  • Upcoming on April 15: Guest Speaker Jay Litton
    Topic: “The wwWoW! Interview”


“Exploring Our Creative Spirit” Workshop

Saturday, February 20

The Coracle will host our 4th “Exploring Our Creative Spirit” day on Saturday, February 20 from 9 am to 2 pm in the Youth House. Our time together will be focusing on the exploration of the Divine creativity which lies in each of us.

Participants will begin by listening deeply to God’s Living word presented to us by professional storyteller, Ginny Acocella and then will be encouraged by St. Catherine’s artists; John Brooks, Mel Paris, and Jason Snape to express their new awareness of God’s nature through writing, pottery, or drawing. The day will be facilitated by Deacon Kathy and will include a light lunch. No fee for this program, for more information, please contact Deacon Kathy.


Blood Drive Tuesday, Feb. 23 — reserve time now

The next Red Cross blood drive at St. Catherine's will be in the Parish Hall (NOT the Youth House), 3:00 - 8:00 PM. Reserve your time slot by going to www.givelife.org and enter sponsor code HOLTRC. Our schedule for blood drives for the remainder of this year:

  • April 27
  • June 22
  • August 24
  • October 26
  • December 28


Workshop Series for everyone: “Caring for Aging Loved Ones”

Next date Saturday, February 27

We all face aging issues now or in the future that we can prepare for today. This series is 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.

The sessions are held 8:30 - 11:30 AM in the Parish Hall, and breakfast is provided. You're invited to attend all programs or those your schedule allows. Our first workshop was held on January 23, and continues monthly through April.The sessions are free and open to the community, and are a joint presentation of the Adult Christian Education committee and Stephen Ministry. Join us for these upcoming topics:

  • February 27— Caring for Physical Needs
    Presenters: Tillie Carter, hospice worker; Dani Dickson, RN; Bill Ivey; Pat Pepper; Bruce Perry, MD; Natalie Whitlow, social worker
  • March 20 — Caring for Long-Term Planning Needs: Legal, Financial and Insurance Matters
    Presenters: Eric Burkard, CLTC; Diane O’Donnell, elder attorney
  • April 17 — Kennestone Advanced Directives and Critical Conditions
    Presenter: Joan Nixon, RN


Solemn Communion Preparation for Children

Children in Level II Catechesis are invited to participate in the Celebration of Solemn Communion on March 4. Preparation classes are Sundays, February 7 through March 7, 2 to 4 pm. Volunteers are also needed to provide assistance through this process. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Barbara Barrington, 770-516-9224, or Mary Lou Shannonhouse, 770-973-2840.


Cats On Wheels February outing

Cats On Wheels, our fellowship group for active senior adults, will be going to see "What I Did Last Summer" at the Georgia Ensemble Theater in Roswell on Saturday, February 27, 4 pm matinee show. If we have ten or more signed up before February 7th, we can get a group rate! For information and tickets contact st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com.


50th Anniversary Cookbook — start thinking about your recipes!

As part of our church's 50th anniversary celebration beginning later this year, we are planning the first St. Cat's cookbook. Our goal is to have every person represented with a favorite recipe, especially ones that may have been served at special occasions here. Please begin thinking of your favorites—they may be submitted online or by submission cards which will be available soon. For more information contact Amy Morris or Sally Powers.


Spring Women's Retreat — reserve now!

Would you like to meet other ladies at St. Catherine's or strengthen current friendships? Would you like to take some time 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, 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. Check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or call the office, 770-971-2839.


Seen around St. Cat's on January 3 Baptisms and Visitation of the Three Kings

Photos by Jan Potter and Connie Bergeron

See lots more at: ChurchBaptisms101009

The Three Kings - 8:45 The Three Kings - 11:15


these faces around St. Cat’s!

Some new families have recently joined our St. Catherine's family. Please look for them on Sunday and let them know how glad we are to welcome them…

Taryn and Jason Nienaber — The Nienabers moved to the Marietta area from South Africa with young sons Ethan and Ryan about 4 years ago. Jason loves golf and almost all outdoor activities. He is employed with an IT firm in software development. Taryn also like outdoor activities as well as scrapbooking. They are interested in the Young Families group. You will usually see the Neinabers at the 8:45 service.

Bob and Mary Catherine Schmitt — Bob and Mary Catherine began attending St. Catherine's last fall. Their daughters, Erica and Claire, were baptised at the 8:45 service and attend our preschool. Bob is an engineer and Mary Catherine works for a consulting firm. They are also interested in the Young Families and attend the 8:45 service and Wednesday night programs.

Karley and Lauren Barber — The Barbers are long time residents of east Cobb. They have been attending St. Catherine's for about one year. They enjoy Wednesday night dinners. They most often attend the 8:45 service and enjoy being with friends and feeling part of St. Cat's family.

Betsy Broda — Betsy moved to our area a little over a year ago from Irvington, New York. She has a son and two grandchildren here, and two sons and four grandchildren in New York. Her interests are piano, Bible study, travel and calligraphy. She has attended Wednesday night and is a member of our new Cookbook Committee. Betsy found St. Cat's through our website which she said was most informative and helpful. Look for her usually at the 7:30 service.

 

Welcoming Coffee — Sunday, February 28, 10-11 AM in the Parish Hall

No RSVP needed! All newcomers and visitors to St. Catherine's are cordially invited to our next Welcoming Coffee in the Parish Hall during the Church School hour. This will be a social as well as informative gathering, as clergy, staff and lay leaders will be present to answer questions about our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and goodies, and get acquainted with your parish family.


Conference coming to St. Catherine’s: Discovering Sacred Space

Saturday, April 24, 9 am to 4 pm

St. Catherine’s is proud to announce that we will be host of a conference by The Institute for Ministry and Theological Education of the Diocese of Atlanta. The Keynote Speaker will be The Rev. John Ander Runkle, Cathedral Conservator of the Washington National Cathedral. Additional workshops will be led by speakers of national prominence. This is an opportunity for us to share our sacred space with a group of people looking more closely at what such space means and how we create it:

There is a need in all of us for holiness and its connection to beauty. This drives the need for sacred space. This conference has been carefully planned to open our awareness of the sacred as we find it and create it in our lives and in our environments. We will enjoy discovering these spaces at St. Catherine's…

Cost will be just $35/Adult and $15/Teen and includes lunch. Get complete details and register online or download a mail-in form at imte.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Discovering_Sacred_Space.asp


Thinking of becoming a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministry is in the process of forming a new class of ministers. Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one caring ministry designed to care for and support individuals who are undergoing a difficult period in their lives and need the support of a Christian friend who will walk with them through a time of sorrow, loss, uncertainty and shaken faith.

There is no better testament to the miracles that happen in a Stephen Ministry relationship than the following letter written by former St. Catherine's parishioner, Lucy Hilley, who was not only the recipient of Stephen Ministry care but was herself a Stephen Minister:

Dear Marilyn and Tom [Hunter],

This letter is long overdue, and has had so many rough drafts written, but none were good enough to express my feelings. I am so thankful that you two have given so much of yourselves to the work of St. Catherine’s and especially Stephen Ministry.

Without your leadership, I would not have received the help that I needed to conquer my bout of depression. Having a Stephen Minister to be with me, to care, and to bring me back to my former spiritual life was my salvation. Having lost Aubrey, then moving to a new home, and the new church where I knew no one, and no one knew me, was traumatic. I loved St. Catherine’s and the clergy, but would scoot out as soon as the service was over because I couldn’t handle meeting people alone. Aubrey and I had always gone to church together, and one of the times I missed him most was at the Communion rail. Another thing that I missed was having someone to validate my worth. Aubrey was constantly giving love and saw me through rose colored glasses. All of our friends understood how much we cared for each other and what a wonderful life we had together for 52 years, and now I had lost him, and I felt like half a person and unworthy.

Through my Stephen Minister, I was brought back to my spiritual roots, and opened up my heart to the love that was there for me—I only had to accept it. I thought having a Stephen Minister had to be the best that life had to offer me—and then I had the opportunity to train to serve as one myself. I will be forever grateful to you two, and to Liz and John Rea, for the time, love, and inspiration that you give to us all. Now that I have a care receiver I realize that one of life’s greatest joys is to bring the love of Jesus Christ into someone else’s life, whatever their need might be.

Thank you dear friends and mentors for the example you have set for so many—how to live by sharing ourselves with others as our Lord would wish by “giving comfort with care and tenderness.” You are in my prayers daily—in thankfulness for your influence in my life.

In His love,
Lucy

If you are interested in knowing more about Stephen Ministry, please contact the clergy, Tom or Marilyn Hunter, or David Moore who will be happy to discuss the commitment and the details of the training. The new class is planned to start within the next month.


2011 Pilgrimage in planning

We are planning our 2011 Pilgrimage to Turkey. The most likely dates will be mid to late March, 2011. We invite you to consider this trip to this ancient and modern country to follow in the footsteps of Paul as the early church was planted, nurtured, and guided by this apostle. We are not ready to announce exact dates, cost or itinerary but are in the process of finalizing all three. Donna Tuten's (Worldwide Pilgrimages) husband, Jeryl, has been in the hospital and rightfully so she has been spending time with him. As soon as he is better we'll get back to the specific planning but wanted you to know that the Pilgrimage is on the schedule. If you have any questions feel free to speak with Fr. Jim.

Photo right: Library of Celcius at Ephesus


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall

All ministry team members—committee and group chairs, conveners—and all those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's, please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting. It will be a time to share ministry team plans and needs for 2010.


Annual Meeting - January 24, 2010

Photos by Jan Potter—see lots more at Annual Meeting 2010

Enjoying lunch Ralph Patrick and Jason Snape
look over the budget
Thanks to outgoing
Treasurer Rod Pope
And outgoing Senior Warden
Ginny Lummus
Meg Reeves reports on the success of
Faith Builds and Faithful Mission
campaigns
Bill Bowden informs us about
the Great Oak Fund
Youth promote the Valentine's
Dinner Dance coming up on
February 12
Honored with the 2010 St. Catherine's Cross:
Gail McGill and Rod Brannock, by Father Jim


February Ministry Focus: Youth

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Youth ministries. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Youth Director Amelia Arthur.


IN THE COMMUNITY

Diocesan Ministry Fair - March 6

Registration is now open for the 2010 Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair on Saturday, March 6, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration and check-in. The Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, dean of The Virginia Theological Seminary, will be the speaker for the Great Gathering at 9:30. Three workshop sessions and lunch will follow, with the day ending at 4 p.m.

More than 50 workshops are available to choose from, and there will be something for everyone. You can find information and registration materials online at the Diocesan website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Ministry_Fair.asp

 

Try a Marriage Encounter Weekend — for a change!

Looking for a new way to let your spouse know you love them in the midst of jobs, carpooling, and trying to keep up with the house and yard? Tell him or her they're still #1 in your life… share an Episcopal Marriage Encounter Weekend with each other. The next weekend is April 23-25. For more information or to register, please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Ron & Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, atlantaemeearthlink.net, or go to www.stcatherines.org/atlantaeme.

 

Haitian Relief Opportunity

WellStar Health System is activating an Emergency Response Team to provide direct services and coordinate with national and international relief agencies. To prepare for evacuees airlifted to the Atlanta area, this team is compiling a list of resources. The most urgent need is for translators to meet at Dobbins Airfield and three WellStar hospitals. As the situation evolves, there may be other needs that will require a rapid response. To find out about participating contact Dani Dickson, annejsdbellsouth.net, 770-971-1141, or WellStar Congregational Nurse Donna Kremer, 770-793-7388, donna.kremerwellstar.org.


Congregational Nurses Corner

WellStar Program – Eye Health
Wednesday, February 24 at WellStar Douglas Hospital

Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. at WellStar Douglas Hospital, Sweetwater Room – What is Low Vision? Come discover the difference between normal aging of the eye and signs of low vision. Learn about adaptive visual aids that will help you maximize your remaining vision and techniques and services available to the visually impaired or blind. A Q&A session will conclude this presentation by: Sally Thomas, Vision Rehabilitation Services. The program is part of WellStar’s Good Life Club Speaker Series. It is free, but registration is required. To register, please call 770-956- STAR (7827).

 

Diabetes Expo March 27 – free information & fun!

Learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes! Expo Atlanta is for adults and children with diabetes, those at risk, and anyone interested in health living. This event by the American Diabetes Association is on Saturday, March 27 at the World Congress Center, Exhibit Hall B. It features free health screenings, workshops, cooking and exercise demonstrations, one-on-one access to healthcare professionals, Kids Corner with fun activities and much more. For $4 parking coupon and free registration visit www.diabetes.org/EXPOAtlanta or call 1-888- 342-2383 x3166.


Letters

Dear St. Catherine's,

This past Saturday evening Jennifer and I watched in joy as our son Alan took Annie O'Shaughnessy's hand in marriage. As I was sitting in the pew waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle I looked around and my eyes fell on some of our St. Catherine's friends. As time stood still I realized how lucky my family is to call St. Catherine's home.

While raising Alan there were many challenges and concerns; especially in his teenage years. He didn't come to us with an owner's manual, so we relied on "the village" which included friends, clergy, and youth directors to help mold Alan into the person he is today. Without your advice, wisdom, counseling, and love who knows what road Alan may have traveled.

So sitting in the Church anticipating Annie's entrance I said a prayer thanking God for our Church family, knowing that others will receive the blessings we have from the St. Catherine's village which has enriched our lives in more ways than we could have ever imagined. Thank you to everyone who has touched our lives, and especially Alan's.

Sincerely,
Frederick Massey

Hi Father Jim,

Just a note to thank you for the kind note you sent me welcoming me to St. Catherine's. I have felt so pampered since my first visit to the church receiving the gift bag on January 24th, a loaf of oatmeal bread hand delivered to me on my porch by Tom Hunter on January 25th, and shortly thereafter your kind words via the mail. Yesterday I had a nice conversation with Shepherd, Marilyn Hunter, following the service. Also, after visiting with Barb and Bill Selby, I found out about the connection St. Catherine's has with the Cursillo community in the Atlanta area, and last night I attended an Ultreaya with a group at St. Peter's and St. Paul’s. I am very happy to have found St Catherine's and already I feel very much connected to your outgoing and friendly parish. I am delighted to be a part of the early service and I look forward to your Lenten series and other mid-week activities, Bible studies, and various ministries.

Blessings,
Betsy Broda

To everyone at St. Catherine's,

Joan and I want to thank you for your many gifts and remembrances during the Christmas season. Your thoughtfulness and generosity always bring such delight and thanksgiving to our hearts. After 12 years of celebrating the birth of our Son we are still so very grateful for the joy and peace you bring to our lives. Your many and varied gifts continue to make that joy and peace incarnate in our lives.

Jim and Joan

Dear Father Jim and St. Catherine’s,

We are so grateful to be a part of a loving, supportive and prayerful community. It’s easy to say that when all is well—but you don’t realize the depth of feeling and appreciation when all is not well! We have felt the love and support and prayers! And the additional financial support has been an incredible gift!

Thank you—please know we continue to pray for others in our congregation and our world who are experiencing the same pain and uncertainty we are! We appreciate you, we thank you and we are humbled by the spirit and generosity.

Anonymous

Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at Sweetwater Community Action Mission Program ( CAMP), I would like to personally thank you for your generous contribution of $2,782.44 to our organization [part of St. Catherine’s Christmas 2009 Offering collection]. Your commitment to helping the less fortunate in our community is sincerely appreciated.

The poorest in our community were hard-hit by the economic downturn—and then the flood waters came. We continue to see ever-increasing numbers of families seeking assistance with food, clothing and financial aid. Every day, more than fifty families receive services at Sweetwater CAMP, so you can see how your support is so vital to our community.

Thank you for partnering with us in our mission of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” May God continue to bless your church and your entire congregation.

Sincerely,
Darlene Duke, Executive Director, Sweetwater CAMP in Austell, Georgia

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for your generous gift of $250 to support our Kids4Peace mission. Your continued support allows us to continue to bring children from Jerusalem, Christians, Jews and Muslims to Camp Mikell each summer.

Together, the children from Jerusalem, along with their Atlanta Peace Pals, will explore their faith traditions and cultures and discover the common heritage they share as “Children of Abraham.”

Kids4Peace has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and their families in the Holy Land and here in the United States. These children learn to see “other” as brother/sister and friend rather than enemy. Thank you for your continued support.

Blessings,
Edie Teal, Secretary, Kids4Peace Atlanta


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Saturday, April 3 (Great Vigil)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR THE SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Marion Stevensky, Olivia Martin, Eddie Brewer, Gin Snead, Michele Moody, Tommy Osborn, John Clough, Bryan Mellinger, Kathleen Williams, Ginny Johnston, Lee Defore, Ralph Greenhow, Margaret Greenhow, Linda Smith, Larraine Nichols, Keith Muckerman, Jacob Moore, Violet Mary Jayne Rashidi-Yazd, Bill Krupp, Jane Smith, Betty Ayers, Joyce Atcheson, Alfred Alcock, Ed Pitts, Betty Thomas, Simone Taylor, Brittany Wardlaw & family, Yvonne Busch, Jackie Clark, G.B. Baugh, Janet Wheeler, Deborah Hurd, Bishop Keith Whitmore, Emma, Gwen, Jim Dass, Jeryl Tuten, Asa, Luke & their Parents, Laurie Smith, Harry Smith, Cathy Lamb, Trip Campbell, Gloria Johnson, Betty Early, Michael Williams, James Williams

DECEASED: Andrew Olechny, Co-worker & friend of Jason Gardiner; Edward Alvarado, Beth Sandoval’s father

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(2/7/10)
Ellis, Claudia, & Kelley Kilgore, Catie Nelson; Steve, Missy, Jennifer & Will Korwan; Hans, Karen, Josh & Monica Kraeger; Bill & Elaine Krupp; Holly Krupp & Ella Laird
(2/14/10) Michelle, Richard, Jordan & Grayson LaGardé; Bill & Elizabeth Lee; Dianne & Stephen Lee; Ken, Lisa, & Abby Lewis; Christopher & Melissa Lindh

BIRTHDAYS: (2/8) Susan Jenkins, Bronte Taylor, Morgan Haymes; (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, Claire Hunkler; (2/11) John Schnorf, Kari Nixon, Andrew Harrison; (2/13) Isabel Lopez, Susan Jablonski, Jana Caldwell; (2/14) Katie Bann; (2/15) Patricia Brent; (2/16) Tom Heuke, Amanda Braman, Alexandria Walton; (2/17) Chris Sanders, Greg Remter, Jim Mattox, Ken Lewis; (2/18) Elizabeth Ivey, Justin Kerr, Jack Champion; (2/19) Ana Martin; (2/20) Holly Scheel, (2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Cosette Gale, Steve Pyburn

ANNIVERSARIES: ( 2/10) Chris & Barbara Kallas; ( 2/15) Frank & Ellen Adams

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.


St. Catherine's Calendar

 Below is the next two weeks of events and activities. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
 

Monday, 2/8 Monday, 2/15
 
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Men’s Book Study
ESL
Women’s Bible Study
B.S. Troop 713

 
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Coracle Board
ESL
Kneeler Project
B.S. Troop 713

Tuesday, 2/9 Tuesday, 2/16

10:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Adult Ed.
Jubilate
PA & F Team
Mothers & More
PL & F Team

10:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM
5:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Jubilate Choir
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 2/10 Wednesday, 2/17

7:30AM
9:30AM
12:00PM
5:00PM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Executive Meeting
Bible Study
Valentine Program
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Daughters of the King
Adult Choir

7:00AM
9:30AM
12:00PM
7:30PM

Ash Wednesday Service
Bible Study
Ash Wednesday Service
Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, 2/11 Thursday, 2/18
11th-16th
10:30AM
5:00PM
5:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
New Orleans Trip-St. George’s
Preschool regisration
Finance Meeting
Women’s Retreat Meeting
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
10:00AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
CPR
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Career Ministry
Friday, 2/12 Friday, 2/19
 
10:00AM
6:300PM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
Valentine Dinner/Dance
A.A.
 
10:00AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
CPR
Women’s Bible Study
Folders
A.A.
Saturday, 2/13 Saturday, 2/20
9:00AM
9:00AM
11:00AM

Solemn Communion
The Coracle-UCS
Blackstock Party

9:00AM

Exploring Our Creative Spirit

Sunday, 2/14 Sunday, 2/21

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
 
2:00PM
3:30PM
5:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist /
   DOK Installation
Solemn Communion
Financial Peace
Stephen Ministry

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
2:00PM
3:30PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Solemn Communion
Financial Peace


YOUTH NEWS

By Amelia Arthur

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper February 16 – Chefs & servers come early!

Youth who are cooking and serving at the Pancake Supper should plan to come to the Parish Hall kitchen right after school on Tuesday, February 16 to help cook and get ready for the pancake supper. Proceeds from the event go towards programs for each of the youth classes, Rite-13, J2A, and YA.

 

Happening Weekend February 26-28 at Camp Mikell

Happening is a weekend-long event for all high school youth in the Diocese of Atlanta. It is a weekend for the young people to learn more about themselves and their relationship with God. Many St. Catherine’s youth have participated in Happening in the past and we hope that many of our J2A youth will participate in February. The weekend is $100 and forms are available on the bulletin board in front of Amelia’s office or online at www.happeningatl.org.

The weekend is run by youth from around the diocese who have participated in past Happening weekends. Many youth and adults from St. Catherine’s will be serving over the weekend so any youth who goes as a participant will know lots of the people involved. If you would like more information please contact Amelia!

 

Spring Break Mission Trip to New Orleans

All J2A, YA, and Senior youth are invited to join us for a Spring Break Mission Trip to New Orleans April 6-10. We will be working with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana’s recovery efforts in the city to help rebuild a house over the course of the trip. We will also experience the revival that is taking place in New Orleans by visiting many local sites, dining at local restaurants, taking a tour of the areas that are still being rebuilt, and meeting local New Orleans residents who lived in the city when Hurricane Katrina hit in the fall of 2005.

The cost of the trip is $100 per person and covers transportation, lodging, and all meals. Forms are available from Amelia and will be sent out via e-mail to all parents and youth leaders. For more information contact Amelia.


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • February 19 – print edition
  • March 5
  • March 19

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.

We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's 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

If you prefer to receive all your issues by email and NOT to receive any printed copies please check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen:

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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