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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
April 12 -25, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Liturgy in Easter
Cookbook recipes
Women's retreat
Choral concert
Sacred Spaces Conference
Career Ministry
Caring for Aging Loved Ones
Wine Tasting
Memorial Service
Holy Week photos
Graduates
VBS
Whiterocks trip
Outreach collection
Easter prep photos
Summer schedule
Elizabeth Inn
Cats On Wheels
Blood drive
Elevator repair
Respect our space
Pilgrimage 2011
Ministry focus: Pastoral Care
In the Community:
  Cursillo
  Young Adults group
  Mystery Dinner
  Habitat Haiti relief

Nurses Corner
  Pollen problems

Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  Acolyte pics

Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

4/14, 21, 25 – WNL

4/14 – Cats on Wheels @Actor’s Express Theater

4/15 – Career Ministry

4/17 – Caring for Aging Loved Ones

4/18 – Choral Concert

4/23-25 – Women’s Retreat @ Montara Farm

4/24 – “Discovering Sacred Space” conference

4/30 – YF Wine Tasting @ Gales’; Last day to submit cookbook recipes

 

Easter Reflections

I received this reflection from parishioner Audrey Nesbit after our journey through Holy Week. She says it best, what this journey means to those who make it each year. I thought you would enjoy reading her thoughts and she was gracious enough to allow me to publish it in The Wheel. A blessed and joyous Easter to you all.

Fr. Jim +

So this morning as I was driving into work I was reflecting on the past week. I normally use this hour for prayer and to center myself for the day. The most I can deal with at that hour (5:30 am) is the noise of my own thoughts or NPR on low. I know all too well that it is probably the quietest and the most secluded time I will have all day. This morning as I said my prayers all of the past few days flowed through my mind, a kaleidoscope of events. For many reasons this was not the easiest Lent for me. I love Holy Week not only for what ultimately it brings me to but for the simple fact it takes me out of the rote nature of church going and awakens me again to what walking with Christ truly means.

I always look forward to Maundy Thursday as we begin, to immerse myself into the journey to Easter. The feet washing is a beautiful moment as it puts me in the mind of what simple yet powerful acts our lord is prepared and willing to do for me everyday… If I would only let him. This year you provided a different perspective reminding me to seek opportunities to “wash someone’s or others’ feet” in my life. The starkness of the altar never fails to bring a lump to my throat. When I take in that scene, the removal of everything familiar, not unlike what I need to do regularly within my own life, to empty myself (remove) everything that stands in the way of me completely experiencing my journey with Christ, I am reminded of the loneliness that Jesus must have felt. Fully knowing that he was about to embark on a journey that only he could walk. I always leave our darkened church with a heavy heart. Ultimately, this service prepares my spirit for Friday.

It is odd to say but Good Friday is one of my favorite days in the church calendar. To actually walk the stations, read and hear the words of that pivotal day. More steps in the journey. It is the cold water in the face moment: Easter could never have been without Good Friday. If Maundy Thursday did not get me in the proper frame of mind, once I leave this service I am completely there. Fasting is a struggle but it truly reminds me of what this entire Lenten season has all been about. Refocus, slow down and meditate on the word… The Monastic supper, the actual meal coupled with the readings is a wonderful date night. An odd thing to say but what could be better then hearing the readings that are shared or listening to spiritually soothing music and sharing those moments with people you love. This year you focused on death… the elephant in the room of our lives. We can all hope to die as well as Cardinal Bernardin. You made a couple of salient points, one being that we should not be so fixated with what happens to us when we die but, if we trust in God until the end that final journey will take care of itself. That indeed is the challenge. The other that has stayed with both James and I is that how one dies has a significant impact on the living. A simple but true fact demonstrated as how Jesus’ death continues to reverberate thousands of years later. Even closer to home I think about the deaths of my parents. Two completely different deaths and how they have impacted me.

Easter vigil has become a cherished celebration. The readings tell the story that has led us to this moment. We literally in the service go from darkness to light, from solemnity to joyous, murmured voices to singing and bell ringing, sleep to wakefulness. It is for me hands down one of the most beautiful services that we have at St. Catherine’s. If I miss this one somehow Easter is not quite the same.

Finally Easter sunrise service is the exclamation point. Having services outdoors on a beautiful morning with all the promise of the new day, literally singing with the birds was wonderful. I have made it again from the fear and bleakness of Maundy Thursday, the sadness and anguish of Good Friday, through to a Glorious Easter Vigil and finally to Easter morning. So now the work begins once more for me. Renewed by this past week, awakened again by remembering the suffering that was endured for me; how do I keep from going back to the same Audrey that I was on Wednesday? But you gave me a starting place at Easter sunrise: do not look for the living among the dead. That will be my charge this Easter time and beyond.

Happy Easter, Father Jim. The Lord is risen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Audrey Nesbit


Changes to the liturgy during the Easter season

Borrowed from Holy Trinity, Decatur

What happened to the Confession? During the Great 50 Days of Easter, we do not say the General Confession during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Lenten season of penitence and fasting has come to an end. Easter has burst into our lives, offering us hope and promise of the Resurrection. By leaving out the Confession for a season, we may also recapture a sense of the ancient connection between the prayers of the people (our prayers for the Church and the world) and the passing of the Peace (our sharing hope for Christ’s peace with one another).

Why do people stand during the Great Thanksgiving? Especially during the Great 50 Days of Easter, we are encouraged to stand during the Great Thanksgiving. When kneeling became the custom of the Church, it was generally associated with a view of humankind that was very low. (Think, "We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs from under thy table...") Today we tend to focus instead on such ideas as the one from Eucharistic Prayer B: "In [Jesus], you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life." ( BCP, 368) Standing to pray does not suggest that we don’t acknowledge our sinfulness and our need to repent. It simply means that as Easter people, people who have been saved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are indeed made "worthy to stand" in the presence of God.


Enter your recipes for St. Cat's Cookbook

Now is the time to enter your recipes for the St. Catherine's 50th Anniversary cookbook. Our goal is to have every person or family in the parish represented with one or more favorite recipes! 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®.)

Here’s how to enter recipes:

  1. Go to www.typensave.com
  2. Click the "logIn" button ("For existing accounts")
  3. Enter Contributor: (Your name)
    Group Login: cat50
    Password: recipe

All recipes needed by April 30! While online is preferred you may submit them in written form, please pick up submission cards at church and return them to the cookbook "stock pot" in the foyer. For more information contact Amy Morris or Sally Powers.


Women's Retreat April 23-25—space filling fast!

Would you like to meet other ladies at St. Catherine's or strengthen current friendships? Take some time for yourself to relax and renew your spirit? Join us Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25 at Montara Farm in the north Georgia mountains. Only 40 slots are available so sign up now with your $100 deposit. Final cost is expected to be $250-$275. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or call the office, 770-971-2839.


St. Catherine’s hosts choral concert Sunday, April 18

The Second Annual Marietta Festival of Music will be held this day at 6:00 pm in our sanctuary. The 90-minute concert features three choirs, The Cobb Festival Singers and The Northside Young Singers under the leadership of Music Director Lynn Swanson, and The William Baker Festival Singers under the direction of Dr. William O. Baker. Program will include classical works by Handel, Purcell and Hassler, modern selections by Taverner and Nystedt, and a diversity of American spirituals, folk and gospel. Admission is free (donations gratefully accepted) and the public is invited.

For information about these groups and the concert, visit www.FestivalSingers.org.

Photo, right: Cobb Festival Singers in concert


Register now for “Discovering Sacred Space”

Saturday, April 24, 9 am to 4 pm

St. Catherine's is proud to be the host for a diocesan conference featuring keynote speaker The Rev. John Ander Runkle (photo, left), conservator of the Washington National Cathedral's building and fine arts collections. The day also features workshops on sacred spaces—internally, on the move, in the garden or in the home. A special program addresses the sacred space of young people. The conference is presented by The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Institute for Ministry and Theological Education.

Workshop presenters will be:

  • Dr. Barbara Dolan Meinert, Atlanta spiritual director, teacher and writer, on "Sacred Interior Space"
  • CeCe Balboni, Atlanta psychotherapist and spiritual director, on "Sacred Space on the Move"
  • Victoria Register-Freeman of Jacksonville, Fla., founder of Urbfarmers United, on "Sacred Space in the Garden"
  • Lisa White Persons of Decatur, mother of two school-age children and an associate at Green Bough House of Prayer, on "Sacred Space in the Home"
  • Brother Randy Greve, Order of the Holy Cross, a Benedictine monastic community based in West Park, N.Y., on "Sacred Space for Youth"

The conference fee is just $35 adults/$15 teens and includes lunch. Get complete details about the workshops and speakers, and register at imte.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Discovering_Sacred_Space.asp or call Linda Scott, 404-601-5353.


Career Ministry meeting

Thursday, Apr. 15, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Parish Hall

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 at www.stcatherines.org/career_ministry.html — check this page for job postings! No fee, programs are open to all in the community. For more information contact career.ministrystcatherines.org.

Program for April 15: The WoW! Interview™

Once you’ve heard Jay Litton speak you’ll never hear the word “WoW!” the same again. As the creator of the WoW! Interview™, he has personally trained over 10,000 professional job seekers on how to get the job offer they want. The WoW! Interview™ is about exceeding the expectations of hiring managers by presenting specifically how you will add value if you were hired. During the recession of 2002, Jay tracked over 100 job seekers that went through his five hour workshop. He learned that over 46% of the time they won job offers when they delivered a WoW! Interview™. This is a significant increase over the 12% national average reported by national outplacement firms.

Jay leverages his 29 years of sales/sales management experience and over 12 years of leading one of the largest job networking groups in the Southeast to dramatically improve the results of those wanting a new job or a promotion. Jay is the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for GuardianEdge Technologies (www.GuardianEdge.com). GuardianEdge provides enterprise software for companies that wish to prevent data breaches by encrypting all their data on devices that leave their offices (i.e. laptops and USB devices). You can also find Jay providing career advice at the RUMC Job Networking (www.RUMCjobnetworking.com) in Roswell, GA. Jay leads a team of over 235 employed volunteer professionals who donate their time to help those in career transition. Jay Litton—direct - 770-518-1547; personal email - jaylittongroup.com; work email - jlittonguardianedge.com


"Caring for Aging Loved Ones" Workshop

Saturday, April 17

Join us for our final workshop in this series, 8:30 - 11:30 AM in the Parish Hall. On April 17 our topic will be "Kennestone Advanced Directives and Critical Conditions" with presenter Joan Nixon, RN.

We all face aging issues now or in the future that we can prepare for today. The workshop will provide information valuable to everyone, whether or not you are currently caring for someone. This presentation is free and open to all in the community.

Photo: Presenter Eric Burkard at our March 20 workshop


Wine Tasting Friday, April 30

The Young Families' group will host our fourth Wine Tasting, 6:30 PM at the home of Nelson and Emily Gale. Join us as Cy Cardona introduces us to wines from France. Please bring your tasting glasses and an appetizer to share. Cost is $10 per person.

All adults of the parish are invited (childcare will not be provided, please make your own arrangements). Be sure to RSVP by Monday, April 26 by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or to Lisa Spessard, lnspessardyahoo.com.


Spring Memorial Service

Sunday, May 2, 5:00 PM

Our semi-annual Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our fall observance. Everyone is invited to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service. If you have someone to be remembered at this service, information will be due by Sunday, April 25, to Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org.

Reception help needed -- We greatly appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception, as well as help with set up, serving and clean up. Please bring foods (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service.


Journey through Holy Week

Photos by Jan Potter, Chris Potter, Connie Bergeron, Karen Manno

See more Palm Sunday photos at picasaweb.google.com/StCatsPics/PalmSunday2010#

Easter Vigil baptism at picasaweb.google.com/StCatsPics/Baptisms040410#

 

Ron Brannock and Gail McGill spruce up our grounds for the week ahead
Flower Guild at work: Dani Dickson and helper Karen Manno and Nancy Certain ready to
decorate the church doors for Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday, March 28
Easter Vigil, April 3: Lillian Grace baptized as Christ's own forever!


Calling All Graduates!

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, on Sunday, May 16. If you or someone you love is graduating this spring, please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net with the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are. All names are needed by May 9 in order to be included in our bulletin.


VBS, June 21-25

This summer's Vacation Bible School at St. Catherine’s will be in the afternoons: June 21-25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. We’re going on a wild safari, "Kingdom of the Son," exploring the Lord's Prayer with songs, games, crafts, and snacks. Program is open to children ages 4 (by July 1) through rising 5th graders, cost is $25 per child. Registration forms are available in the foyer.

Volunteers needed—Adults and youth! Want to join a fun and once a year ministry? If you have interest in one of the areas of VBS like crafts, games, music, Bible themes, snack or decorations please sign up now on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Stephanie Yucius or Lisa Spessard.


Companion Parish Trip, July 9-14

Get on the team 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 cultural activities as well as assist the leadership of their Vacation Bible School. This is an intergenerational trip—mature youth (rising 8th grade and older) and adults are welcome. A fee will be involved.

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

Photos from the 2006 trip:
Making finger puppets during VBS; Erecting a teepee on the church grounds


Outreach collection in April

The Elizabeth Inn Clothes Closet at MUST is in need of GENTLY USED adult size jeans, "tennis" shoes and socks. Please bring items to the Outreach Corner, across from the Parlor.


Seen around St. Cat's – Preparing for Easter

Photos by Connie Bergeron, Karen Manno

Emily Gale and Barb Selby prepping with flowers
Don Martin puts up the proper banner Carol Starr polishes the brass with care
Fellowship gets things set for the festive receptions
Ron Bergeron hooks a decoration in place Father Jim checks the view from the pulpit
Nancy Denton and Pam Phillips prepare the new Pascal candle We're ready!


 

Summer's coming!

Some dates for your calendar:

  • Sunday, May 16 –
    - Last Day of Church School
    - Graduates recognized at all services
  • Sunday, May 23 –
    - Pentecost – WEAR RED!
    - Bishop Whitmore’s visit — The Rt. Rev. Keith Whitmore, assistant bishop of our diocese, will visit us this day. This will be his first visit to St. Catherine's for worship. We will have an all-ages gathering with him from 10 to 11 AM, so watch for announcements.
  • Sunday, May 30 –
    - Summer worship schedule begins with worship at 8:00 and 10:30 AM
    - Parish Picnic at noon, following 10:30 AM worship


Elizabeth Inn

Next Dinner: Wednesday, April 28 / Laundry: Tuesday, April 27

St. Catherine's volunteers prepare and serve 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.

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

Laundry Team – extra opportunity

If you are interested in helping with laundry team but find you can’t come on one of St. Catherine’s dates, we have more opportunities for you. The volunteer team from Mt Bethel United Methodist occasionally needs extra help on its laundry dates – first Saturdays, second Fridays and fifth Tuesdays. Please contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net, 404.375.8327, or Fred Massey as above.

Monthly Breakfast

Father Jim invites you to join him to do breakfast for the Elizabeth Inn on the fourth Wednesday of the month. He would like one or two volunteers for each date. You’ll arrive at the Inn at 5:30 am, cook breakfast, serve at 6:30 am, and then leave—no clean up is required. Please be sure to wear closed-toe shoes. Volunteers are currently needed for these months: June, August (Father Jim will be away this date), September, October, December. To find out more check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Father Jim, 770-971-2839.


Cats On Wheels – Fellowship for active senior adults

  • Theater outing on Wednesday, April 14

Cats On Wheels is going to the Wednesday, April 14 ( 8:00 pm) performance of “100 Saints You Should Know” at Actor’s Express Theater in the King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta. We’ll rideshare from St. Catherine's at 7 pm. Tickets $20 each, reserve by check payable to St. Catherine's designated for “Cats on Wheels.” For more information, contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. See information about the theater and production at www.actors-express.com.

  • Games group forming

St. Cat’s seniors are exploring the possibility of having a game night or day (maybe both) once a month. The primary game of interest is Bridge, but some have indicated an interest in other card or board games. You do not have to bring a game partner. We'll change around and/or take turns if need be. First we have to determine who is interested in such a program and which time of day they prefer, day or night. If you are interested, please email Woodie and Ralph Patrick at wood1ralphcomcast.net or mail to 616 Cobblestone Circle, Canton, GA 30114. You will receive a report on the interests indicated mid/late April.


Blood Drive coming up

Due to the Red Cross’ training schedule, we will not hold a blood drive at St. Catherine’s in April. We would like to encourage our regular donors to visit the East Lake Red Cross Center on April 27 (date originally scheduled here). Please keep in mind you must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood—if you give blood AFTER this date you will not be eligible for our next blood drive which will be held on Tuesday, June 22. Thank you for helping save lives!


Elevator Repair

By Al Jones

On Sunday, March 7 we found the elevator stuck between floors and inoperable. The door at the top floor was ajar probably from passenger(s) climbing out after the car became lodged between floors. We had to call the repair company and they sent two men who spent a total of ten hours between them making necessary repairs. The cost for this will exceed $1,000 at this time of tight budgets, and of course we didn’t plan on having this expense.

The American Disabilities Act requires us to provide this equipment. Not only that, it makes it possible for those who need it the opportunity to fully utilize our facilities. The repair crew was complimentary of our elevator. They also advised that overloading, horse-play, jumping while in service may have contributed to this problem. Please keep the use of this elevator only for purposes that it is meant to serve.


Respect for our space

We have a wonderful space for our worship, meetings and activities. Please remember to be continually respectful of all who share it with us all year long.

  • Nursery and Preschool rooms: Children should not use these rooms without supervision. Be sure that toys and furniture are returned neatly to their proper place, in the condition in which you found them. Preschool room supplies should not be used without prior arrangement.
  • Parish Hall and meeting rooms: Return chairs and tables to the way you found them.
  • Kitchen: Clean all surfaces and put all items away. Take trash out to the dumpster in back of the church.
  • Youth House: Return furniture to the way you found it, and be sure to lock the doors when you leave.
  • Turn out lights when you leave the room, even if you think another group will be using it later. Studies show that leaving them on does NOT produce significant savings in light bulb life (any bulb type).
  • If you see something that needs repair, inform the church office.


Pilgrimage 2011: “The Second Holy Land – St. Paul’s Missionary Journeys”

March 26 – April 8, 2011

By Father Jim

Our Pilgrimage to Turkey is planned and we are waiting for final pricing from the Turkish land based operator and airfare. Here are some highlights of the trip:

We arrive in Kayseri, Turkey in the heart of Cappadocia to view the fairy chimneys which were formed through years of erosion. We’ll visit Selime, Goreme and Zelve, all used as hiding places during the rise of Christianity. In each place we will see some of the incredible art left behind. During our stay there will be an opportunity to take an optional hot air balloon ride over this magnificent landscape. Our last evening in Cappadocia we will enjoy a performance of the world famous Whirling Dervishes.

We travel to Konya, one of the fastest growing cities in Turkey. Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas delivered sermons here in Konya and it was the location of one of the ecumenical councils in 235. We will continue to Pamukkale where you will see the ruins of the Roman baths. St. Phillip was martyred here in 80 AD.

We will drive to Aphrodiasis, the city of Aphrodite, goddess of love. The archaeological site is huge and the ruins are breathtaking although only a portion of the site has been excavated so far. We will visit Selcuk where we will see the ruins of the Basilica of St. John which ranked with Hagia Sophia as one of the largest Byzantine churches. The grave of St. John the Divine is located here. We will visit Mary’s House, thought to be the last home of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in the world. Paul preached at the Stadium and the Theater and wrote some of his Epistles here. We will visit the Double Church of Mary where we will celebrate Holy Eucharist. While in Kusadasi we’ll take a free day at a resort to enjoy the beautiful beaches and relax.

We then begin our journey to Istanbul as we travel to Bergama, the modern name for the ancient Greek-Roman site of Pergamum, another of the Seven Cities of Revelation and a magnificent architectural and artistic center in its heyday. We visit the Acropolis, Asklepieion, and the ruins of the ancient library which once contained 200,000 books. We will continue to ancient Nicaea, modern Iznik, where the two great Ecumenical Councils were held, one in 325 AD and the other in 786 AD. These councils resulted in the Nicene Creed.

We begin our visit to Istanbul with a visit to Topkapi palace, home to the sultans and their harems until 1868. Then we visit the Kariye Museum which occupies what was once the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora. The 14th century mosaics and frescoes depicting biblical scenes are considered to be among the finest Byzantine works in the world. We will explore the great Blue Mosque, a grand monument to Islam and then visit Hagia Sophia ( Church of Holy Wisdom), Christendom’s most important church for 900 years before it was turned into a mosque in 1453. And of course we will enjoy some unique shopping experience in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.

The price of our 14 day trip (for 20 - 24 participants) is estimated to be $2,969 per person not including the airline taxes. The price includes air and land transportation, hotels and most meals. If you would like further information please contact Fr. Jim. We hope that trip brochures will be available in the next week or so.


April Ministry Focus: Pastoral Care

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Pastoral Care Ministry Team. This team includes committees for

  • Career Ministry
  • Congregational Nursing
  • Creation Care
  • Daughters of the King
  • Financial Freedom
  • Flower Delivery
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers
  • Youth Mentors
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Prayer Chain
  • Sonshine
  • Stephen Ministry.

To find out more about about the mission and activities of any of these committees, and to explore whether you might like to get involved, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convener Margaret Shaw.


IN THE COMMUNITY

Cursillo Weekend May 13-16

What is Cursillo? Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us.

What is the Goal of Cursillo? The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment.

What does Cursillo do? It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Cursillo is one of many renewal movements. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience which causes many to feel like newly made Christians with a purpose and with support.

Atlanta Episcopal Cursillo Weekend #64 will be May 13-16 at Camp Fortson in Hampton, Georgia (near Atlanta Motor Speedway). For an application to attend go to www.aecc.us. For more informaiton on the National Episcopal Cursillo, go to www.acswebnetworks.com/episcopalcursillo/article106390.htm. Questions? Contact Tanya Bowers-Dean at 404-943-1688 or radiant_tanyayahoo.com.

 

Young Adults of NW Atlanta

Attention all YOUNG ADULTS!! Interested in getting to know other Episcopalians your age around the northwest Atlanta area? Come spend an evening with other young adults (18-35, married & single) on Wednesday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Marietta Pizza Company on the Marietta Square (3 Whitlock Avenue SW, Marietta, GA 30064-2321). We’d love to get to know you! Contact Sean Holder at 678-230-9214 or nwatlepiscopalyagmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Mystery Dinner Theater at St. James’ April 16 & 17

“Pizza Driver: Murder By The Slice” Mystery Dinner Theater will be presented at 6:00 pm on April 16 and 17 by St. James’ Episcopal Church Women with the Polk Street Players community theater company.. Guests may participate in the festivities or simply be entertained as the mystery unfolds and hysterical banter ensues. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to bid on spectacular silent auction items such as a week’s stay at a St. Augustine condo, jewelry, photography sessions, sports memorabilia and lots more. Proceeds will benefit community charities. Tickets are $50 each, reservations are required—call 770-403-7920. The church is located at 161 Church Street N.W. Marietta, Georgia 30060. Directions and information on their website at www.stjamesmarietta.com.

 

Volunteers needed for Habitat for Humanity's Haiti relief project

Help is needed to assemble 13,250 emergency shelter starter kits. Volunteer time slots are limited—you must register at https://www.habitat.org/cd/volunteer/rka/apply.aspx to attend. Shifts are available April 7-10, 8:30 am to 5 pm , and April 12-15, 7:30 pm to 4 pm. Volunteers will receive and unpack materials, count, re-pack into individual kits, and load into containers. No experience necessary, but the work may include heavy lifting and repetitive tasks. The kits will be assembled at the Whirlpool Regional Distribution Center , 195 King Mill Road , McDonough , GA 30253 . Please bring work gloves, and dress in layers since work takes place in a large warehouse. Volunteers must be age 16 or over. For questions, please contact Rita Bennett at Rbennetthabitat.org or 1-800-422-4828 ext. 7656.


Congregational Nurses Corner

Pollen: Little grains that cause big problems

From “Allergy Relief Guide” by RiteAid and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Do you have allergies? If so, you’re not alone. Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the U.S. Simply put, allergies are your body’s overreaction to common substances found in the environment, called “allergens.” Allergens can be a number of things — from pollen and mold to dust and pet dander. Certain foods and drugs can also be triggers. While there is no cure for allergies, they can usually be controlled and treated. Here’s how:

  1. Learn what triggers your allergies.
  2. Work with your allergist and other health care professionals to diagnose and relieve your allergies.
  3. Make lifestyle changes to reduce the allergens around you.

Asthma affects millions of Americans. Many people have “allergic asthma,” which means that allergens make their symptoms worse. Could your asthma be triggered by allergies? Talk with your doctor or allergist to find out what’s causing your asthma symptoms and to find the best treatment option for you.

Pollen can cause itchy or watery eyes, a stuffy, runny nose, allergic eczema, and asthma. Seasonal allergies are often caused by pollen from trees in the early spring, from grasses during late spring and early summer, and from weeds in late summer and early fall. In warmer places, pollination can be year-round. The further north you are, the later in spring the season starts.

Try these tips to power over pollen:

  • Close windows at night.
  • Minimize early morning activity when pollen levels are high, between 5 and 10 a.m.
  • Keep car windows closed when traveling.
  • Try to stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is high and on windy days when dust and pollen are blown about.
  • Make sure you take any medications prescribed by your doctor or allergist regularly, in the recommended dosage.
  • Keep up with pollen levels. Pollen levels measure allergens in the air. If you have allergies, monitoring these levels can help you limit outdoor exposure at peak pollen times, and in turn, reduce your allergy symptoms.


Letters

 

To the person (s) who found my cell phone at church on March 21, THANK YOU.

Barbara Cordery

 


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, May 23 (Pentecost)

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, Eddie Brewer, Michele Moody, Linda Smith, Larraine Nichols, Bill Krupp, Emma, Luke Wynn & parents, Gloria Johnson, Wanetta Riegling, Liz Falcone, Lavon Wiggins, Richard Keener, Barbara Keener, Donald Haddad, Joshua, Eileen Motter, Tom Holloway, Brittany Wnek, Stephie Suprock, Randy Gable, Jarrett & parents Jill & John, Miles Pearson, Betty Robinson, Beth Jordan, Greg Jordan, Tom Nichols, Lyn Nichols, Ellen Brandt, Nancy Evans, Jamie Harding, Arlyn Cook, Ellie Appenzeller, Annabeth Hopper, Fr. Jim Nixon, Jack Hart, A. William Bibbings, Walt McGill, Ryan Reily, Jason Tindall, Patricia Raymond, Jean Huffstetler, Vera Bibbings, Bill Stephen, William Gaines, Shona Morris, Joe Tarentino

BEFORE SURGERY: Katja Michael, 4/12/10; Kim Michaux, 4/27/10 , added by Jennifer Massey; Beth Sandoval, 5/27/10

DECEASED: Arleen Kareken, Jim Kareken’s mother; Sam Williams, friend of Jim Greene; Evelyn Schaefer, Molly Banko’s sister-in-law; Bill Lee, Bill Lee’s father; Brian Stringer, Tyler & Nick Wolfe’s coach from Sewanee

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(4/11/10) James & Audrey Nesbit; Larraine Nichols; Jim & Joan Nixon; Bob, Karolyn, Sean & Ryan Olliffe; Gordon & Nancy O’Neill
(4/18/10) Joe, Karen, Alexander & Ryan Ordway; Claire & Brian Paglia; Mel, Michael, Chase, Preston, Sally & Kyleigh Paris, Caroline Brennan; Paul & Sharon Parisi; Scott, Michelle, Mason & Logan Parisi

BIRTHDAYS: (4/12) Kelley Kilgore, Carson Heath, Emma Katherine Greene, Claire Schmitt; (4/14) Shepherd Worden; (4/15) Nathan Sluss, Justin Perry, Richard LaGardé, Patrick Chalk; (4/16) Connor Buckalew; (44/17) Erica Schmitt; (4/18) Adam Scott, Olivia Lopez, Matthew Shannonhouse; (4/19) Nancy Ban; (4/20) Scott Burkholder; (4/23) Matthew Garner; (4/24) Kayla Dickerson, Mary Catherine Schmitt; (4/25) Jim Nixon, Brian Williams

ANNIVERSARIES: ( 4/17 ) Jay & Joyce Hendricks; ( 4/18 ) Juan & Beth Sandoval; ( 4/20 ) Richard & Tanya Bowers-Dean; ( 4/23) Bob & Pat Pepper

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, 4/12 Monday, 4/19
 
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, 4/13 Tuesday, 4/20

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

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis
Adult Ed.
CGS Team
Jubilate
Concert Rehearsal
Mothers & More
PL&F Team
Youth Minstry

10:00AM
10:30AM
12:00PM
12:00PM
4:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Clericus
Preschool
Catechesis
Jubilate
Vestry
Wednesday, 4/14 Wednesday, 4/21

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

Executive Committee
Bible Study
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Daughters of the King
Cats on Wheels -
  Theater outing
Adult Choir

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

Bible Study
Preschool
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

Thursday, 4/15 Thursday, 4/22
5:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Finance
EFM
Career Ministry
Men’s Bible Study
6:30PM
7:00PM
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 4/16 Friday, 4/23
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
 
23rd-25th
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Women’s Retreat
Folders
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
Saturday, 4/17 Saturday, 4/24
8:30AM
9:00AM
10:30AM

Caring for Aging Parents
Catechesis Regional
YA Event

9:00AM

Sacred Space conference

Sunday, 4/18 Sunday, 4/25

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
3:30PM
6:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Liturgy of the Light
Choral Holy Eucharist
Financial Peace
Choral Concert

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Financial Peace
Stephen Ministry


YOUTH NEWS

Acolytes lead us through Holy Week

Photos by Jan Potter, Connie Bergeron


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • April 23– print edition
  • May 7 – online edition
  • May 21 – 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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