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

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Daylight Savings Time
50 Hours of Prayer
Stewardship Reflection
Hunger Walk
Valentine Dinner Dance photos
Journey to Easter
Observing Lent
  Fearless
  Reflections
  Labyrinth walk
  Tuesday H.E.+study
  Rice Bowls

Holy Week to Easter
  Palm Sunday readers
  Seasonal donations
  Stations of the Cross
  Rites of Reconciliation
  Prayer Vigil
  Monastic Dinner
  Easter Receptions
  Calendar

Caring For Aging
Outreach collection
Women's Retreat
Seen at St. Cat's: Coffee
Bread Ministry
Cats On Wheels
Sacred Spaces conference
Cookbook
VBS
Whiterocks trip
Time & Talent survey
Elizabeth Inn
New Orleans ministry
Ministry focus: Vestry
In the Community:
  Parishioners recognized
  & in video
  Marriage Encounter
  Literacy tutors

Nurses Corner
  Exercise & Arthritis

Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  Lock In
  Mission Trip
  Valentine DD pics

Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

3/9,16 – Tuesday Eucharist & Study

3/10,17 – Morning Labyrinth Walk; WNL Lenten Series

3/12 – Youth Lock In @ Masseys’

3/14 – Daylight Savings Time begins; Hunger Walk @ Turner Field

3/20 – Caring for Aging Loved Ones; Cats on Wheels @ Piccadilly

3/21 – Seasonal donations due

 

Worship Attendance

By Father Jim

I’ve noticed a trend in attendance at our church recently. And, frankly, it concerns me!

The trend is that apparently some people are coming to St. Catherine’s on Sunday mornings to attend church school, but not attend our worship. Admittedly, I do not have eyes in the back of my head nor do I have a photographic memory of who has attended worship. There are many times when I miss someone who is there. But this past Sunday—and it wasn’t an exception—I noticed a youth teacher and a youth walking through the foyer neither of whom I am certain were in our worship at 8:45 or 11:15 am. This is but one example and clearly this trend is not limited to our youth or their teachers.

In particular it deeply concerns me if our adult teachers/catechists are coming to teach and not joining the community in worship. I simply ask you: what example are you setting for our children, our youth, and our parents?

In our Outline of the Faith commonly called the Catechism (BCP, 845) the church asks (BCP, 856) "What is the duty of all Christians?" It answers

The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.

Again it asks (BCP, 857) "What is corporate worship?" It answers

In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, to celebrate the sacraments.

Each time we baptize we renew our Baptismal Covenant and as such promise “with God’s help” to

...continue in the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers.

I am extremely proud of our educational offerings at St. Catherine’s. We each accept that these offerings set us apart as a faith community. However not one of those educational offerings are worship. To be a Christian is to worship together week in and week out with the body of the faithful. I would hate to think that our busyness of life demands that we choose worship or education. But if we must make that choice the most appropriate and faithful choice is worship.


Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 14!

Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time... SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.


“Continuing to Grow and Bloom”— 50 Hours of Prayer

March 19 to 21

By Sally Powers

As part of our observance of the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Catherine's, all members of our parish family are invited to join in a 50 hour prayer vigil in thanksgiving for these past wonderful 50 years and in seeking God's will for our future. We are asking God's guidance in our process of renewal, visioning, and development.

The vigil will begin at 10 am on Friday, March 19 and end at noon on Sunday, March 21. Please consider signing up for a 30 minute slot (or more; perhaps you would like to pray as a family). The church will be open and building security will be provided during the night. Materials will be available for prayer and meditation. You may also participate by praying from your home.

Please sign up for a time slot on the chart at church, or online at www.3dayol.org/Vigil/GetVigil.phtml?pvid=4386&commid=1635. Those who use the online sign up will receive an automated thank you message and a reminder. Please note that while the online chart allows only one person to sign up per time slot, there is no limit to the number of people who can take part at any time during the 50 hours.

Please prayerfully consider joining in this important event in the life of our family as we look to the future together. This vigil is being hosted by St. Catherine’s Daughters of the King, and all parishioners are invited to participate.


A Reflection on Stewardship of Self

By Tracey Pitts

Stewardship of Self: “the caring for our selves in all aspects of our lives.” That’s the definition Father Jim provided to me for this article. Having been one of the inaugural St. Catherine’s students to experience the Financial Peace University course, I now see how the two concepts are intertwined: the benefits of taking FPU tie into taking care of one’s self. Here’s a synopsis of my family’s journey…

For thirteen weeks’ worth of Sundays, my family and I reserved a little over 2 hours to return to St. Catherine’s in the evening to attend Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. We made a commitment as a family to attend this course and fully participate in it. Even my twelve year old son, Cody, sat with all the “grown ups” during the first 10 weeks to take notes in the workbook during the DVD that started each week’s specific topic. He didn’t mind that there were snacks on hand, either!

For me and my husband, Ed, we had a new project to tackle. We had to work together as a team to find common ground when setting a budget for “everything”; we celebrated as we reached “mini” goals and brainstormed together when we came across obstacles. As our sense of financial peace started to grow stronger and stronger, so did our partnership in this project. Participating in this course brought financial stability to our household. We decided where our financial resources were directed and in what priority. I am happy to say that we have been able to increase our pledge to St. Catherine’s as well.

Our kids have a much better understanding of our family’s financial goals—both short term and long term. They know that all of us want to go to Vermont again this summer on vacation!

FPU teaches people about finance but maybe even more importantly, it provides the tools and the setting to better understand what’s important to the “student.” Setting goals as an individual, as part of a couple and as the mother in a family of four has been challenging. I now have a better understanding of how important and empowering it is to get one’s financial “self” organized. Unexpected benefits include better communication with my spouse, fewer explanations needed when I tell my kids “No,” and a sense of empowerment. So, while I can’t control much around me, I do have a sense of direction and actual peace in knowing that my financial house is now in order.


Hunger Walk|Run

Sunday, March 14 at Turner Field in Atlanta

Did you know:

  • 20.1 percent of Georgia’s children live in poverty – that’s nearly half a million children under age 18.
  • Nearly 1.4 million Georgians (14.7%) are living in poverty.
  • 11.9 percent – more than one in every ten senior citizens in Georgia– is living in poverty.

Far too many people are struggling to put food on the table. The annual Hunger Walk|Run is a day when Georgians from all walks of life gather as one community to do something about this situation. You can Walk, Run, or sponsor someone who's participating. All proceeds collected through Hunger Walk remain in our community.

How you can help:

  • Donate: We are collecting your spare change in mason jars on the Parish Hall tables.
  • Be a Walker on the St. Catherine’s Team: This is a very family friendly event and attracts walkers and runners from 8 months to 88 years old! There is a family fun area at Turner Field full of carnival games and entertainment along the route too! We will meet on the day of the event following 11:15 worship to have lunch and ride downtown in the church van. The walk begins at 2 pm and we will return to St. Cat's approximately 5 pm.

Money raised at St. Catherine's will benefit Episcopal Charities Foundation. Sign up to join our team on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin. For Hunger Walk details see the website at www.hungerwalkrun.org.


Valentine's Dinner Dance February 12

The snow didn't stop us! Thank you to everyone, we had a fantastic fundraiser for the Youth pilgrimage!

Photos by Connie Bergeron

See more pictures from this event on the Photo Album page on our website at www.stcatherines.org/ValentineDinner2010.html


Journey to Easter

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends April 1 to 3, for three days of intense liturgy with word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. Beginning Thursday evening we will meet together on and off over the days leading up to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. Please come!

This time is often referred to as the Easter Triduum. It marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. It begins with Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ.

From the events remembered these days, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In rites and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. And we discover the answer to age old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ. Nowhere else does God's love appear so vividly.

In the celebration of Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday, April 1) evening, Jesus sacramentally anticipates the gift he makes of himself on the cross. His command to serve others is dramatically recalled in the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which he performed in the supper room for his disciples. Like the Paschal lamb, killed and eaten by the people, he is a sign of God's salvation. In our prayer vigil [following this service] through the night, we respond in word and deed to Jesus’ wish for his disciples to watch one hour with him in the garden

The Good Friday (April 2) rites center around the reading of the Passion of Jesus. With simple dignity the story is retold, followed by prayers for the entire world, for this powerful mystery brings blessings to the world. According to ancient tradition, the cross is venerated this day, and the sacrament of Christ's love for his church is received. It is a day of fasting.

The Easter Vigil (April 3) is the high point of the Easter Triduum celebrating the passion and resurrection of Jesus. It is the most beautiful of all liturgies! With a rich display of symbols, rites and readings, the church in worship expresses her faith in the mystery that brings her into being: that light conquers darkness. The vigil opens with a service of light. Like the Jewish Passover, our Easter celebration coincides with the beginning of spring, when the sun offers new warmth and earth is ready to flower again.

The lighting of the fire and the Easter candle go back to rites that long preceded Christianity. The candle, carried with loving reverence and lyrically praised in word and song, is a sign of Christ, "the light of the world," and celebrates the victory of light over darkness that humanity has ever longed for.

A series of readings recalls the great interventions of God in history, from creation to the redemption of Israel from Egypt, and ends with the story of Jesus' resurrection. Those preparing for Baptism receive the sacraments of initiation. The blessed water sprinkled over others signifies the blessing of new life. The great "alleluia" proclaims with quiet joy the triumph of God's Son.

Rejoice! This night says as it brings before us the deepest symbols of our hopes and fears. The darkness, sign of evil and death, has been overcome by light. A lamp, a candle has been lit; a fire is enkindled in our hearts; a nourishing water flows through our lives; a baptism destroys what is unclean and brings to life again. Rejoice! this night says to all creation. The Word who made all things freshly proclaims God's promise of life. All creation celebrates God's love.


Observing a Holy Lent

“Fearless” Study Series continues

"Fearless" is our study during Lent which focuses on Max Lucado's book by the same title. It is offered at your choice of two times: Sunday mornings at 10 am led by Rev. Susan Johnson OR Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm led by Rev. Jim Nixon. If you can’t make either time, we invite you to do individual study. The syllabus is available on the Lenten Resource Table in the foyer. You may obtain this book from your own sources or order it from church at $20 (scholarships available to cover a portion of the cost).

 

Get your “Reflection of the Day”

The 2010 Lenten collection, "Blooming in God's Love," is compiled of reflections written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. Printed booklets are available on the Lenten Resource Table in the foyer, along with more materials for children, youth, and adults. And, read your "Reflection of the Day" from the collection on our website throughout the season at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.

 

Wednesday Morning Meditation and Labyrinth Walk

Our Labyrinth under our Oak Tree in front of the church is complete and can be used any time for your prayer and meditation. There is a small booklet in the book rack next to the Welcome Station in the foyer (to the left of the door to the Catechesis hallway). We invite you to stop by on a warm afternoon to enjoy the walk and the peace that comes with it.

You are invited to spend each Wednesday morning of Lent in a quiet hour walking the labyrinth and meditating on a reflection for the day. The morning begins at 7:30am at the labyrinth in front of the church with a prayer, followed by quiet time to walk and meditate, and ends at 8:30 with a prayer. You are welcome to come and go at any time between 7:30 and 8:30 am. Led by Amelia Arthur.

 

Tuesday Morning Eucharist & Study

During Lent we meet 7 to 8 AM each Tuesday through March 30 for an early morning Eucharist in the sanctuary (at the front to the right of the altar) and study in the conference room.. Our study this year is based on Mitch Albom’s book, “Have a Little Faith.” Study materials are available in the foyer. This time is designed to fit within hour so by 8:00 you will be on your way to your day’s activities.

 

Rice Bowls Ingathering – Palm Sunday

Pick up a plastic “rice bowl" in the church foyer or by the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change to make a difference in the lives of orphan children worldwide. Filled bowls are due back to the church by Palm Sunday, March 28. Questions? Call Ash & Jenny Gale, 770.579.0657, or see the website at www.RiceBowls.Org.


Holy Week and Easter 2010

 

Palm Sunday readers needed

We need volunteer readers to participate in the reading of the Passion Gospel at our 8:45 or 11:15 am services on Palm Sunday, March 28—eight readers per service, a total of sixteen. 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 participate as well). Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Steve Diffley.

 

Easter Flower & Music Donations

Each year we invite you to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our sanctuary and church for the Easter celebration, and for special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (or you may send donations with this information included to the church office). Please return donations by Sunday, March 21.

Photo, right: The cross and altar adorned, Easter 2008

 

Stations of the Cross

We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary.

Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies for your use, including a history of Stations of the Cross, description of our Stations and map, laminated and in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry). The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary. Station 1 is at the right hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.

  • Guided Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday, April 2—Outdoor Stations at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm.
     
  • A Way of the Cross for Children — We offer a special family Stations of the Cross during Holy Week on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. This is an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. The characters in the drama of the Passion can inspire our own efforts to offer friendship, care and support to those in need. Children old enough to read will enjoy this experience in particular but we invite all children ages 7-12. This experience will help them understand what happened to Jesus, and encourage both children and parents to think about God's presence and action in their lives.

 

Rites of Reconciliation

The clergy of St. Catherine's offer the opportunity for private confession (The Reconciliation of a Penitent) during Holy Week. During Lent we are called to a ministry of forgiveness. Holy Week is a great time to explore the areas in our own lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard anytime and anywhere.

The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. The liturgy is found in our Book of Common Prayer, pages 446-452. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament including simply inquiring about it, please contact Father Jim or Father Sue for an appointment during Holy Week.

 

Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday (April 1) liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. We will have security in the building through the night. The sign up poster will be in the foyer. Do sign up for the time you desire even if others already have. 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. 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.

 

Good Friday Monastic Dinner

We will gather after our April 2 Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy fish stew, bread, and a little wine or other beverage. As the meal progresses it is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Look for the Opportunity for Ministry form in your bulletin to sign up and join us.

 

Easter Receptions

Gala receptions will be held after the 8:45 and 11:15 services on Easter morning. We will need volunteers to provide finger foods and assist with set-up and clean-up for these events. Please indicate on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office if you are able to help. Thanks so much!

 

Looking ahead: Holy Week and Easter Day

Palm Sunday, Mar. 28...

7:30 am

Holy Eucharist (HE)

 

8:00 am

Breakfast

 

8:45 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (Nursery)

 

10:00 am

Church School (Nursery)

 

11:15 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (Nursery)

Tuesday, March 30...

7:00 am

HE + Study

 

10:00 am

Morning Prayer

 

6:30 pm

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, March 31...

7:30 am

Labyrinth Walk

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7:30 pm

HE + Healing Service (Nursery)

Maundy Thursday, Apr. 1...

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (Nursery)

 

9:00 pm

All-night Prayer Vigil

Good Friday, Apr. 2 ...

9:00 am

Morning Prayer

 

12:00 pm

Stations of the Cross (outdoor)

 

6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross (indoor)

 

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (Nursery)

 

9:00 pm

Monastic Supper

Holy Saturday, Apr. 3 ...

10:00 am

Proper Liturgy

 

7:30 pm

Easter Vigil + Baptisms (Nursery)

Easter Day, Apr. 4 ...

6:30 am

Sunrise Service

 

7:30 am

Breakfast

 

8:45 am

Festive Family Eucharist

 

10:00 am

Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
(no Church School)

 

11:15 am

Festive Choral Eucharist

 

12:45 pm

Reception


Workshops: “Caring for Aging Loved Ones”

We all face aging issues now or in the future that we can prepare for today. We are presenting a series of four workshops which provide information 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. Each program is 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. Please invite friends and family, the series is free and open to all in the community.

Join us for these upcoming topics:

  • 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


March Outreach collection

For the month of March we are collecting TOWELS for the Elizabeth Inn, of any kind (hand, bath, washcloth, face) for bathing. Please bring your new or slightly used towels to the Outreach Basket in the foyer opposite the parlor.


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

Newcomer and Visitor Welcoming Coffee on February 28

Photos by Jan Potter


Bread Ministry volunteers needed

Every Thursday & Sunday morning, volunteers from St. Catherine’s pick up expired baked goods from local Publix supermarkets and deliver it to food banks at the Center for Family Resources or MUST. Retail value of these goods is about $35,000 per year so this is a valuable ministry to the needy in our community. If you would like to help please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ron Cook, 770-428-4286, rfabcookcomcast.net.


Cats On Wheels Luncheon

Cats On Wheels, our fellowship group for active senior adults, will have their next Dutch treat luncheon at Piccadilly Cafeteria on Saturday, March 20, at 11:30 am. We 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.


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

Saturday, April 24, 9 am to 4 pm

St. Catherine’s is proud to be host of an upcoming 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.

In life, many of us have experienced places where the presence of God was so real we practically could taste it. Places we call sacred, holy ground. Michael Downey, a theologian, writes, “[Sacred spaces] are places where people can find God and know themselves to be in God by being in these places.” Certainly, once we have experienced such a place, our heart is restless to return. Yet, what may be sacred space for you may not be the same for me, and vice versa. Which begs the questions, “What is sacred space?” “Can we define it?” “Can we hope to create it?”

Cost will be just $35/Adult and $15/Teen and includes lunch. Get complete details including all the speakers and topics, and register (online or download a mail-in form) by going to imte.episcopalatlanta.org and following the links for "Discovering Sacred Space."

Photo, right: St. Catherine's Baptismal Font


St. Cat’s 50th Anniversary Cookbook—Begin thinking of your recipes!

As part of our church’s 50th Anniversary celebration beginning later this year, we are planning a St. Catherine's cookbook. Our goal is to have every person or family represented with one or more favorite recipes, especially ones that may have been served at special occasions here.

Any recipe can be submitted—even if it's not your own creation, from sources such as magazines, newspapers, etc.—as long as the title of the recipe is not trademarked or copyrighted such as Toll House® Cookies, Killer Brownies®, Derby Pie®. (Recipes may specify brand name ingredients, i.e. Toll House® morsels, Jell-o©, Cheerios®.)

Please begin thinking now of your favorite recipes. We’ll be collecting them during the month of April by on-line submissions and recipe cards. For more information or to be involved contact Amy Morris or Sally Powers.


For your calendar: Vacation Bible School

Save the date for VBS summer fun at St. Catherine’s: June 21-25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. VBS this summer is going to be a wild safari theme, "Kingdom of the Son." We will explore the Lord's Prayer with songs, games, crafts, Bible themes and snacks. The program is open to children ages 4 (by July 1) through rising 5th graders. The cost is $25 per child. Registration forms are available now in the foyer. We welcome volunteers, adults and youth for 1 or 2 afternoons—or the whole week. Hope you can join our safari!!

Volunteers needed

Want to join a fun and once a year ministry?? Join the Vacation Bible School Team. If you have interest in one of the areas of VBS like crafts, games, music, Bible themes, snack or decorations please check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Stephanie Yucius or Lisa Spessard.


Whiterocks Companion Parish trip this summer

By Ginny Lummus

We're putting a team together now for our July 9-14 trip to our companion parish, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church on the Ute Indian reservation in Whiterocks, Utah. We will enjoy fellowship and cross cultural activities as well as assist the leadership of their Vacation Bible School that week. This is an intergenerational trip, mature youth (rising 8th grade and older) and adults are encouraged to consider this wonderful opportunity. A fee will be involved.

If you have interest in the trip, or would simply like to learn more about Native American Ministry, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Ginny and Scott Lummus, gslummusgmail.com or 770-649-5391.

Photo: Regalia demonstration on the grounds of St. Elizabeth's during our 2007 trip


Parish Time & Talent Survey coming soon

Watch for our survey of the time and talents you wish to offer our parish, coming this month. We invite the entire congregation to partake in this survey which will provide critical feedback to our all important ministry teams! This survey will focus on these teams: Invitation, Outreach, Parish Life and Fellowship & Parish Administration & Facilities.


Elizabeth Inn

Next dinner: Sunday, March 28

St. Catherine's prepares and serves dinner on the 28th of every month to the guests at the Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter— please sign up on the Outreach table in the foyer or contact Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, or Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609.

Next laundry dates: Tuesday, March 23 AND Wednesday, March 31

Volunteers help with the men’s laundry at the Inn on the 4th Tuesday and 5th Wednesday every month. To join the laundry team contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466 or f_massey2hotmail.com.


New Orleans Ministry

Six members of St. Catherine’s traveled to New Orleans and our partner parish, St. George’s, on February 11-16. For several years we have made a trip at this time to assist St. George’s with their fund raising during Mardi Gras as well as ongoing rebuilding projects. The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans had a lengthy article on February 11 about churches which provide food and other services to the crowds of parade-growers. The article includes a report of St. George's activities, and mentions “a group from Marietta, Ga”, too! (Read the complete article, “Schools and churches raise funds on New Orleans Mardi Gras parade routes” at www.nola.com/mardigras/index.ssf/2010/02/schools_and_churches_along_the.html.)

The Dragon Café is St. George’s year-round Feeding Ministry to the homeless and needy of its community, and others supporting the recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans. You can find information about St. George's parish on their website at www.stgeorge-nola.org. A note sent to St. George’s in January was forwarded to St. Cat’s:

Dear [Saint Catherine's],

...Here is a small contribution towards the Dragon Café. I have just brought my son to Ashevillle and he’s told me about having meals at your church [St. George's]. Your program has probably saved his life. I am deeply, beyond words, grateful.

Even though this note was mailed to St. George’s the salutation bears your name—as a supporter of the Dragon Café please accept our thanks, too.

Jim Quigley, Rector of St. George’s, and the Dragon Café Board


March Ministry Focus: Vestry

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry. The Vestry is the board of directors for the church and is responsible for overseeing its operation including finances, facilities, personnel and policies. Members are elected by the congregation in December for a three-year term, with four members rotating off each year. They meet with the rector, associate rector, and church officers on the third Tuesday of the month. The Senior and Junior Wardens head the Vestry. At St. Catherine's the Junior Warden is elected by the Vestry one year and becomes Senior Warden for the subsequent year.

Vestry members for 2010 are: Senior Warden Bill Selby, Junior Warden Susan Jablonski, Tanya Bowers-Dean, John Barrington, Eric DeLaGarde, Dani Dickson, Jennifer Massey, Al Maxwell, Bruce Perry, Vic Phillpotts, Sally Powers , and Robbie Roy. Clerk of the Vestry is Kimberly Blythe. To find out more about the Vestry please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact any Vestry member.

Below: On the Vestry planning retreat, February 5-7. Photos by Jim Nixon.

See more pictures from this retreat on the Photo Album page on our website at www.stcatherines.org/2010VestryRetreatpics.html


IN THE COMMUNITY

Great job, Owen!

Parishioner Owen Snape and his family are currently featured on MUST Ministries’ website at www.mustministries.org,. He organized a peanut butter and jelly collection drive as a school project for service above self. Owen and his family collected over a 100 jars of peanut butter and jelly and brought it to MUST to give to their neighbors in need. For information about organizing food drives please contact MUST’s Resource Development Coordinator, Annette Lee at aleemustministries.org or call 678-218-4481. Visit MUST on their website , and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mustministries.

 

Parishioner on YouTube for Relay For Life

Parishioner Tegan Hurley can be seen in a great YouTube video made to help raise money for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The students, faculty and staff of Georgia College & State University, where she is a student, put on their purple gloves and made this video to dance for the cure. In the video Tegan holds a sign in memory of her father, former St. Catherine's member Chip Hurley. See the video now at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWyqkFfCyqI. For more information on Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org.

 

Economy Affects Marriages:
    Marriage Encounter Weekend April 23-25

It takes much effort just to make ends meet in our world today. Do you wish you could talk about something besides all the stresses in your life? An Episcopal Marriage Encounter Weekend gives you the time and tools to revitalize romance, deepen communication, and nourish the spirituality in your marriage. 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.
Already Encountered? We'd love to hear from you. As you may remember from your Marriage Encounter Weekend, the loving support of couples praying was an important element of its success. Also, you may want to make an Anniversary Weekend. The Weekend has changed—you may have, too. Please contact Ron or Connie as above.

 

Literacy tutors needed

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child? Why not volunteer for one hour a week to help a child improve their reading skills. There is flexible scheduling and training provided. What a wonderful way to allow God’s love to shine through you. For more information, please contact Donna Frankovsky at 678-503-0901. These opportunities are offered through The Georgia Literacy Connection, a program of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. www.cismcc.org.


Congregational Nurses Corner

Arthritis and Exercise

From “Aging Issues Newsletter,” January 2010 by Home Health Options, Inc.

Recent research and clinical trials have confirmed the importance of exercise in the treatment of arthritis. Major medical teaching institutions and pharmaceutical companies are now recommending exercise therapy as part of the treatment of arthritis. For example, from Johns Hopkins University:

  • Regular exercise can keep the muscles around affected joints strong, decrease bone loss and help control joint swelling and pain.
  • Regular activity/exercise replenishes lubrication to the cartilage of the joint and reduces stiffness and pain.
  • The therapeutic importance of exercise and physical activity in the management of arthritis is new to many patients and physicians.
  • A little exercise goes a long way.
  • Patients with arthritis need clear messages (from their doctors) about the benefits of exercise.
  • Lack of physical activity/exercise is associated with increased muscle weakness, joint stiffness, reduced range of motion, fatigue and general deconditioning.
  • Exercise needs to be directed at the entire body and not just the joints that are affected with arthritis.
  • Strengthening the muscles surrounding affected joints helps to relieve pressure on the joint and cartilage.


Letters

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for once again choosing to share your parish’s financial resources with Episcopal Charities Foundation. I can’t tell you what it means to have a circle of supporters who continue to partner with us over time. It makes you part of the sustaining foundation on which we build as we seek to broaden and deepen our work. Your parish’s ongoing generosity is truly part of the heartbeat of this ministry. And though we never, at any time, take your gifts for granted, we are deeply aware of how much more you have likely sacrificed in these economic times in order to continue your partnership with us. For that, we are particularly grateful.

Know that this note comes with our prayers as you enter a new year. May it be full of the grace which you have shared with us.

In the peace of Christ, and on behalf or our entire board,

The Rev. Canon Debbie Shew, Director, Episcopal Charities Foundation


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, Olivia Martin, Eddie Brewer, Michele Moody, Tommy Osborn, Linda Smith, Larraine Nichols, Bill Krupp, Simone Taylor, Janet Wheeler, Emma, Jeryl Tuten, Luke Wynn & parents, Harry Smith, Cathy Lamb, Trip Campbell, Gloria Johnson, Michael Williams, James Williams, Richard Cromer, Wanetta Riegling, Liz Falcone, Mit FitzSimons, Risa Maier, Lavon Wiggins, Doris Samples, Gale Jones, Phil Sapero, Jane Lawrence, Richard Keener, Barbara Keener, Donald Haddad, Bruce Hansbrough, Coy Colwell, Peggy Derry, Phil Spessard, Richard Carter, Joshua, Eileen Motter, Tom Holloway, Brian Stringer, Pat McBurnett, Brittany Wnek, Stephie Suprock, Sherrie Cromer, Randy Gable

BEFORE SURGERY: Betty Robinson, 3/11/10

DECEASED: Rita Travers, friend of Larraine Nichols; Betty Thomas, Clarke Thomas’ mother.

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(3/710) John & Susan Martin; Fred, Jennifer, Alan & Sara-Alison Massey; Jim & Nancy Mattox; Al, Karen, Katherine & Paul Maxwell; Marilynn May
(3/14/10) Christina & Josh McLean; Eddie, Ana, Emma & Abigail McCoy; Teri McEvily; Will, Suzanne, Jake & Bradley McGhee; Walt & Gail McGill

BIRTHDAYS: (3/8) Travis Rader, Jessica Pierce, Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Rachel Hutton, Jim Stephens; (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, Jenna Gardiner; (3/14) Rob Stuart; (3/15) Justin Motter, Karolyn Olliffe; (3/16) Meg Boyd, Joyce Hendricks, Timothy Carswell, Joe Greger, Susan Greger, Josh McLean, Gabi Gosnell, Linda Smith, Michael Kerr, Patrick Garner; (3/18) Marc Rader; (3/19) Zach Ladner, Amy Mikkelsen; (3/20) Dale Edwards, Ryan Blakey, Barb Selby, Ron Brannock, Ray Ban, Briana Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lani Brooks; (3/21) Amanda Jones, Norma Alexander, Cindy Richards

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.

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, 3/8 Monday, 3/15
 
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
7:30PM

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

Tuesday, 3/9 Tuesday, 3/16

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

Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Jubilate
Mothers & More
PL&F Team

7:00AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
12:00PM
4:00PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Clericus
Catechesis
Adult Ed.
Jubilate Choir
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 3/10 Wednesday, 3/17

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

Labyrinth Walk
Bible Study
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Daughters of the King
Adult Choir

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

Labyrinth Walk
Bible Study
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

Thursday, 3/11 Thursday, 3/18
5:00PM
5:30PM
6:30PM
Finance
Retreat Planning
EFM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Career Ministry
Friday, 3/12 Friday, 3/19
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
Youth Lock-in @ Massey’s
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
Saturday, 3/13 Saturday, 3/20
9:00AM
9:00AM

Solemn Communion
The Coracle-UCS

8:30AM
11:30AM

Caring for Aging
Cats on Wheels @ Piccadilly

Sunday, 3/14 Sunday, 3/21

 
7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
12:30PM
3:30PM
5:00PM

Daylight Savings Time begins
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Hunger Walk
Financial Peace
Stephen Ministry

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

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


YOUTH NEWS

By Amelia Arthur

Lock-In March 12

The Spring Lock-In will be at the home of Fred and Jennifer Massey on Friday, March 12, from 8 pm to 8 am. We will be “locked in” at the Massey’s house all night and there will be tons of games and fun throughout the evening. The cost of the evening is $15 per person and covers all the fun, as well as snacks and breakfast on Saturday morning. Sign up forms are available in the Youth House and on the bulletin board outside Amelia's office, or contact Amelia Arthur, ameliastcatherines.org.

Spring Break Mission Trip to New Orleans

Trip may be full, check with Amelia -- J2A, YA, and Senior youth may participate in the 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.

Valentine Dinner Dance Success!

Photos by Connie Bergeron


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 19 – print edition
  • April 9 – online edition
  • April 23 – print edition

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. 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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