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By Father Jim
While Joan and I were in Chicago with the kids, the Chicago Tribune ran an article about new year’s resolutions. The article prompted my sermon on Sunday about looking within ourselves for that divine spark of God and resolving to let it shine through our lives. In the article, "Be Kind To Yourself in 2011: 20 Resolutions That Are Worth Keeping," the 7 writers argue that in 2010 we lost plenty which is why they resolve to make 2011 a year of gaining. “Good stuff, mind you,” they write, “Time, joy sleep.”
Here are five of the resolutions that spoke to me:
1. Bake and eat a new dessert each month.
These may not speak to you (there are 15 others – if you want to seem them email or call me) or make little or no sense to you. However to me they speak to the point of my sermon. God has and continues to call us into being who we’ve been created to be and this includes fanning the fire of that divine spark planted within each and every soul.
The point of all this, it seems to me, is this: what are you doing to enjoy your life and to let God shine through that enjoyment? If little or nothing is the answer, perhaps there is something worth gaining in 2011.
However, whatever you decide, “be kind to yourself in 2011.”
Sunday, January 23
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 23 at 12 PM (immediately following the 10:30 principal service). A light lunch will be served preceding the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual Reports due Sunday, January 16
All committees, ministry teams and staff, please turn in your annual reports ASAP to Rosemary Wolfe, rosewolfebellsouth.net. We really want to have all included this year in the Parish Report published at the Annual Parish Meeting. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of the report from last year.
We are nearly complete with our Stewardship effort for 2011. As of January 6, 215 households have committed $642,626 to the mission and ministry of St. Catherine’s in the coming year. This represents 61% of the total households of our parish. We want to thank everyone who participated in this effort and made a prayerful decision to give of their resources to support the mission and ministry of the congregation.
The Finance Team is currently working on the balanced budget for 2011 which will be presented to the Vestry on January 18 for their approval. The results of our Stewardship effort, the 2011 Budget, as well as other financial information will be presented for your review and discussion at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 23.
If you have not yet made a pledge for the coming year it is not too late. Mail your pledge card to the church office, or send an email to Rose Wolfe (rosewolfebellsouth.net) or call her (770.971.2839) to complete your pledge to St. Catherine’s as soon as possble. You may download a pledge card at www.stcatherines.org/forms/2010 Stewardship Plege card.pdf.
Again, thank you to each of you for your generous support.
If you made an Advent wreath at church and took it home, we would appreciate receiving back the wreath forms and candle holders. Please remove the old greens and candles and return to the collection box at church this Sunday.
Photos below (by Connie Bergeron): Advent wreath making on November 28
Look at church for your updated Christian Nurture and Development Brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring 2011.
Church School resumes Sunday, January 9, 10 AM
Bible study groups continue:
WNL resumes January 12
WNL (Wednesday Night Live), our Wednesday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. On January 12 we can use your help after dinner to "ungreen" the church from Christmas.
We have two program times offered. The early program at 5:00-5:45 PM is open to everyone, and is designed to work particularly well for families with young children. For adults during this time our study continues through winter and spring with “Savor The Moments.”
Dinner for all is 5:45-6:30, followed by the 6:30-7:30 program time for youth, adults and children. Be sure to make your dinner reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday each week you dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum
Adult WNL in Epiphany: “Faces on Faith” – Join us in the parish hall at 6:30 pm during the season of Epiphany for our adult program. Through March 2 we will address “Faces on Faith,” a series of classic DVD-based interviews with some of the 20th century’s giants of faith revealing their hopes and beliefs as they confront age-old questions. Topics include life goals and accomplishments, the meaning of prayer, the problem of evil and the role of faith in daily living. Join us to interact with such giants of faith as Desmond Tutu, Parker Palmer, Adele Gonzales, Frederick Buechner, Marian Wright Edelman, Gustavo Gutierrez, Joan Chittister, Marcus Borg, James Lawson and Huston Smith, Rita Brock, Chaim Potok. After we will discuss our own views in light of what these persons have offered.
Coming to WNL in Lent – “The Light, The Word, The Bread: A Lenten Renewal Experience For Adults.” Watch for news in the next Wheel newsletter about this special Lenten experience, a gift in honor of our 50th Anniversary by the catechists of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Men's Book Study
The men's book study group meets the second Monday each month at 6:30 PM. This study is a fellowship-oriented look at our faith with lots of discussion and sharing. Men of all ages are invited to join us to look at what it means to be man in search of faith.
Each month we meet at the home of a member of the group for a light dinner and our study. Our January meeting will be at the home of Bob Pepper. We will finish our book from the fall (which was“Council of Dads” by Bruce Feiler) and select our next book. Please join us!
By Susan Jablonski
What is TAIZÉ? Taizé is a town in France a few hours south of Paris. This town has come to be identified with the faith community founded there by Brother Roger during WWII. Brother Roger was called to provide a place of sanctuary during the war. He established there a community of faith based on service, spirituality and communion. “By its very existence, the community is a ‘parable of community’ that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.”
In Taizé, a community prayer service is part of the daily discipline. Many who have visited Taizé long to bring the spiritual mysteries of that liturgy back home with them.
Starting Sunday, January 16 at 7:30 pm, St. Catherine’s will hold a monthly Taizé Community Prayer Service in the Sanctuary. This form of Prayer Service includes; Psalms and Scripture Readings; Music; Reflection; Silent Meditation; and Intercessions. It will typically last approximately 30 minutes. We invite you to join us in this unique and enlightening liturgy.
By Stephanie Yucius
It is "Continuing the Vision for St. Catherine's." Ten members of St. Catherine's including Father Jim have been gathering since late September to discern plans, hopes, dreams, weaknesses, strengths and opportunities for our church. We have been in deep conversation with God and with each other. And now we are preparing to invite ALL of St. Catherine's into that conversation!!
We will have a brief presentation at the Annual Meeting and you will begin seeing us at the ministry team meetings. In addition, we will be encouraging ALL of us to offer our unique perspective and ideas by responding to questions that we will distribute in various forms in late January.
Saturday, January 22, 7:30 pm
Experience the entire Gospel of St. Mark in two amazing hours of awesome storytelling by priest and actor, the Rev. Joseph Morris on Saturday evening, January 22 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary of St. Catherine’s. This performance will be not a reading or talk, but a dynamic proclamation of ancient story about God’s healing love. Pastors from the UK, Canada, and the USA have called it “mesmerizing,” “powerful,” and “a profound experience.”
Don't miss it! Please invite family and friends to this exciting performance. Open to all in the community, no charge for admission, a free-will offering will be taken. The production is "non-denominational." Information about the show states that many children age 8 and up have enjoyed Mark's Gospel Live!, and some younger children may also enjoy it -- guardians may use their discretion.
This amazing experience is brought to you by the Liturgy and Music Ministry Team as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration. For more information visit www.gospelofmark.us.
January Ministry Focus: Liturgy and Music
This month as part of our Anniversary Year of Celebration we celebrate the life and work of our Liturgy and Music Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, read the article in this week's Wheel newsletter or contact convener Steve Diffley.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Parish Hall
By Sue Snape
Come have a nice, hot lunch with your friends and help support our local parish at Emmaus House. We will serve hot soups and breads, and will be collecting donations of canned goods as well as monetary donations to help Emmaus House stock their food pantry. Tickets are available at church for $4 per person, or you can RSVP via email and purchase your ticket that day.
To RSVP, or to volunteer to help, contact Sue Snape at 770.971.0236 or yummyleafandloaf.com. For information about Emmaus House, a ministry in the Peoplestown neighborhood in Atlanta, visit www.emmaushouse.org
Next class begins Sunday, January 16
We are pleased to announce our fourth adult Financial Peace University ( FPU) class starting January 16. Previews will be held Sundays through January 16 at 10:00 a.m., see Peter Morich in the foyer.
FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is your Total Money Makeover Program. It takes the knowledge from God and turns it into real action in our lives through a step-by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey. FPU is a 13-week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more!
Who is Financial Peace University for? It's for EVERYONE!...from the financially secure to the financially distressed. Over 1 million families and individuals have attended Financial Peace University – 55 from St. Catherine’s. Applying God's Word radically changes your life. On average, FPU graduates have paid off over $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 during the 91-day program!
All St. Catherine's couples and singles are invited to take the class. The registration fee is only $150, covering all FPU materials and program costs. Sign up at our table in the foyer or contact Peter and Colleen Morich at 770-424-9054, or Phil and Lisa Spessard at 770-565-8244.
These testimonials from our recent FPU St. Catherine's graduates say it all:
November 6, 2010 was the grand kickoff of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration. It was cold but we bundled up and had a great party!
Photos by Jan Potter -- see lots more at 50thAnniv110610
“Our History, Our Future, Our Journey”
Get ready for February 12, the annual Valentine's Dinner Dance and Live/Silent Auction at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets will be on sale in the foyer on Sundays beginning this weekend. New price this year is just $25 per person and includes food and beverage with a distinctly global flavor, the exciting live and silent auctions, and dancing. All proceeds benefit the Youth J2A Pilgrimage. This is always our biggest fundraiser of the year and we appreciate your support!
Auction item donations needed now
We're collecting items for the live and silent auctions at the Valentine's Dinner Dance. Please consider donating an item this year -- past items have included personal vacation homes, sports tickets, gourmet home-cooked dinners, gift certificates, crafts, collectibles, gift baskets, personal services, etc. For information contact Youth Director Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net. Thank you, and remember, donations are tax deductible.
Benefit Spaghetti Dinner at St. Ann's Friday, January 28
By Al Jones
MUST Ministries is in need of a new building to replace two old structures on the MUST Marietta campus, one of which has been destroyed by termites. There is a consortium of 5 local churches which is working to see how to make this happen. These two old buildings are about 800 square feet each, and the goal is to replace them with one new structure having about 2000 square feet of usable floor space, nearly the same as the St. Catherine’s Youth House.
The consortium of 5 churches has been raising funds and building Habitat houses together for a number of years. The group includes St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal, Mt Zion UMC, St. Ann’s Catholic, The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, and The Lutheran Church of the Incarnation. St. Catherine’s and the local Methodist coalition have been invited to join! All these churches have had ongoing relationships with MUST and all want to help make it happen.
This group has been called the “Covenant Churches” and already has $10,000 in the bank as seed capital to begin. In addition, the Covenant Churches have always had an annual fundraiser and it’s upcoming, a Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30-8:00 pm on January 28 at St Ann’s. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/children under 10 or a family ticket for $25. Please consider buying tickets, available at St. Catherine’s this Sunday between services.
Fred Massey, Carol Eskew and I met with the consortium and MUST personnel in early December. Because of our recent experience in building the St. Catherine’s Youth House, Fred volunteered to help get a cost estimate for the MUST project. The next meeting will be in our Youth House on January 20 at 7:30.
This project is really an exciting opportunity for outreach. It’s like a Habitat build, but in addition will benefit many, many people who are MUST’s clients and guests. As we know, the needs have only increased over these last years! Please consider participating in the St. Ann’s Spaghetti dinner and keep a look-out for more information as the planning for this building develops. Please contact us for more information: Fred Massey F_massey2hotmail.com; Carol Eskew carolharvestmtg.com, or Al Jones 4albellsouth.net.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser: Tickets on sale at St. Cat's for this event: Friday, January 28, 5:30-8:00 pm at St Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/children under 10 or a family ticket for $25. Eat there or pick up meals to go. Tickets also available at the door.
December 19 -- The annual pageant this year told the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas (more photos below in Youth News).
Photos by Connie Bergeron and Jan Potter, see lots more at ChristmasChurch2010
Join Father Jim to help make breakfast for the guests at the Elizabeth Inn on a Wednesday morning. He would like one or two volunteers with him each month. You will arrive at the Inn at 5:30 am, cook breakfast, serve at 6:30 am and then leave. No clean-up is required, just please wear closed-toed shoes. Dates are the fourth Wednesday each month – currently open beginning in April this year. Contact Father Jim, fatherjimbellsouth.net or 770-971-2839, or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin.
Thank you to all who have already signed up to provide flowers and candles to adorn our sanctuary during 2011. There are still dates available for this year to make donations in thanksgiving for or in memory of a person or occasion. Please look for the chart in the foyer. And when you've signed up, please remember to submit a check for flowers ($60/vase) and candles ($20) on or before your scheduled date. Your donations are the sole support for these ministries and we appreciate your contributions.
We would like to remind those who might not yet have signed up but are interested, that we invite you to go together with friends or family to sponsor a vase of flowers. The sponsorship for candles or vases of flowers for any date on the calendar is NOT limited to one or two persons or families. Again, thank you for your generosity.
The Jubilate Music Team leads us in contemporary praise music on the first Sunday of the month at the 8:45 service, and at some special services. Upcoming Jubilate dates are February 6, March 6, April 3, May 8, and the April 24 Easter Sunrise service at 6am.
All are welcome to join this group as a singer and/or instrumentalist. Our rehearsals are Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm in the choir room, and on the Saturday before these worship service at 8:30-10 am in the sanctuary. For information contact Susan Jablonski, Sjablonskiwater.com.
Photo, right: Jubilate leading our worship music last summer
Mark your new 2011 calendar now for giving at St Catherine's as follows. All dates are Tuesdays, 3-8 pm in the Parish Hall. To schedule your time go to www.givelife.org or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (733.2767). Thank you for saving a life!
A live-recording CD of December's Advent Lessons and Carols service is available, made by a member of the choir. No charge, a donation of $5 per copy is suggested to the St. Catherine's Piano Fund. To order please contact Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org, and indicate the number of CDs desired. Thank you!
December 19 -- Many hands made work fun!
Photos by Jim Nixon
By Sally Powers
At the regular Vestry meeting on Tuesday, December 21, your Vestry:
We traveled to Emmaus House in Atlanta oh so early on Christmas Eve morning and had a great time being helper elves at their annual Christmas Festival.
Photos by Rod Pope (more below in Youth News)
We gratefully acknowledge a gift of communion wine to the church by the Mitzenbergers.
November 17, 2010
Thank you very much for your gift [offering collected at the October Blessing of the Animals Service]. It is with your ongoing and generous support that we can continue our mission to help save the lives of abused and neglected animals, and find them the loving forever homes they deserve.
Your Atlanta Humane Society is about to embark on a project which will enable us to help many more animals in need. Earlier this year our Board of Directors authorized us to open an second facility in North Fulton County. We have a contract to purchase improved property on Mansell Road and hope to close on it before the end of 2010. A capital campaign is underway to raise the funds to renovate the existing facility and the new “Atlanta Humane Society - Mansell Road Campus” is slated to open in January 2012.
Atlanta Humane Society is able to take on this project thanks to your unwavering loyalty and generosity of spirit. Your past and continued support is what will allow us to continue our good works at “Atlanta Humane Society - Mansell Road Campus”, AND double the number of animals we assist each year once the new facility opens in January 2012.
Again, thank you for your generosity.
Next scheduled date: Saturday, April 23 (Great Vigil of Easter)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Vi Pratt, Joe Tarentino, Linda Smith, Ray Cole, Marilyn Bradbury, Jean Wintrow, Beatrice Ackenbom-Kelly, Ingrid Carmines, Sharon Parisi, Alexandra Pepper, Madison Cox, Alycen, David Madison, Barbara Cordery, Charlie Walton, Lita DiPietrao, T.P. Hall, Bryan M., Melissa Bryan, Bud Bryan, Lori Brown, Vera Bibbings, Cindy, Marshall, Tommy Williams, Annie Lipsitz, Howard Sherman, Lou Cappiello, Julie Brannock, Arlene Brooks, Rachel Tezza, Clifford Nesbitt, George Lindley, Felicia Murray, Dick Kareken, Michael Dillson, Greg Lavigne, Jim Morrison, George Williams, Katherine Hilliard, Carol Crosslin, Pat Weills, Ian McLeod, Dave Norton, Ann Correll, Eric Layton, Debbie Fronzak, Julia Ann Tinsley, Michael Goodman, Angie, Courtney Cardona, Annie Walls, Luckner Bastien, Margaret White, Fleming Rowell, Ginny Lummus, Sylvia Nash, Kathryn Webb-Jansen, Jeanne Warman, George Sutton, Althea Dillard, Russ White, Joe Porter, Dallas Ryder, Donna Hale, Sarah Besselieu, Padma Atluri, Mary Alice Donovan
BEFORE SURGERY: Liz Burlas, 1/20/2011, former parishioner
DECEASED: Frank Donovan, Frank Adams’ uncle (godfather); Henry Reese Ivey, Bill Ivey’s father; Randy Gable, Fay Hawks & June Ellen Yates, friends of Amanda Jones; Chad LeCroy, friend of the Muckerman & Zimmerman families
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (1/9) Scott, Kris, Gabrielle & Grace Harwell; Cary, Karen, Kristen & Kyle Henderson; Jay & Joyce Hendricks, Jerilyn & Carson Gardner; Bruce, Susan, Scott & Tom Heuke; Kristina Higgins; (1/16) Carolyn Hilley; Debra Stockton & Ben Hilley; Todd, Anne & Frannie Hitchins; Eric, Amy, Christian, Cameron & Lauren Hollis; Toby Hopper; Rita Horne
BIRTHDAYS: (1/10) Sara-Alison Massey, Linda Scott; (1/13) George Cain, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Emily Gale; (1/14) Kristin Sheehan, Rob Bibbings, Carol Starr, Penn Worden; (1/15) Zach Pope; (1/16) Carla von Hoffmann; (1/17) Joann Sampson; (1/19) Sarah Stanley, Bill Krupp, Margaret Shaw; (1/20) Chase Paris, Jacob McGhee; (1/21) Matthew Iobist; (1/22) Maxson Santivanez, Jennifer Cook; (1/23) Amy Morris, Eli Snape
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.
Hold These Future Dates:
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below is the next two weeks of events and activities. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
By Mike Peterson
Happy Epiphany! After a long and enjoyable break for the Christmas holiday, we in the St. Catherine’s Youth Program are happy to be back in the swing of things! Though I was at home with my family in North Carolina, I am told that Christmas services at St. Catherine’s were beautiful. Immediately following Christmas, Caitlyn Buckalew and I were both fortunate enough to attend the Winterlight High School Youth Conference at the beautiful, snowy Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. Stay tuned to the next issue of The Wheel for further details on that wonderful event!
We return from break to dive straight into a characteristically busy schedule, particularly for our J2A class (our 9th and 10th graders). The entire J2A class, all four of their teachers, and I will be heading to Nashville for the long MLK weekend for our Urban Adventure very soon. This trip is almost entirely planned out by the youth in the J2A class. What happens on the trip and how it turns out is almost completely up to them. The J2Aers will plan out our meals, transportation, activities, and budgeting for the entire weekend. We are anticipating an exciting trip as well as a wonderful learning experience.
We are also beginning ticket sales for the annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance. This event takes place on Saturday, February 12 here at St. Catherine’s. It consists of a formal meal comprised of delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres with a distinctly global flavor, live and silent auctions, and, of course, dancing. This year’s theme is “Our History, Our Future, Our Journey” and will reflect on past pilgrimages and future possibilities. The new ticket price is $25 per person and all proceeds benefit the Journey to Adulthood Youth Pilgrimage. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
We are also in the process of soliciting donations for our live and silent auctions. If you have any items, services, vacation houses, etc. that you would like to offer up to be auctioned in support of our youth, please contact me at mike.petersonbellsouth.net, any of our J2A youth, or any of our four wonderful J2A teachers (Gina Baumann, Keith Dumke, Ellis Kilgore, and Robbie Roy) to receive a donation form. All donations are tax deductable and highly appreciated.
In other news, the Diocesan Sr. DYC conference is later this month on the weekend of January 21-23. This event is held for all high schoolers and occurs at Camp Mikell . Our young people will recognize many of their diocesan peers from Happening conferences at this event as well. The cost is $100, and financial aid is, as always, available for those who need it. Transportation to and from the event will be arranged from St. Catherine’s. Anyone interested in attending this conference should contact me at church or at mike.petersonbellsouth.net. Let’s represent St. Catherine’s on a diocesan level at this conference as well as we do at Happening!
Photos by Jan Potter, Connie Bergeron, Rod Pope
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