The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We Welcome You!
The Newsletter of
By Father Jim
You might have noticed that the printed Wheel newsletter is arriving at your home later these days. Indeed, the Christmas Wheel announcing many of our holiday activities arrived in many of our homes the week after Christmas. Not so useful! We mail The Wheel at nonprofit bulk rate vs. first class postage and the delivery of bulk rate material has slowed down noticeably over the past six months. We have worked with the USPS and seen some relief in some zip codes but not across the board. We don’t see much opportunity for improvement. As a result we are moving ahead with a plan to improve our communication with you. The plan includes both a short and long term solution.
On the short term we are planning to convert all of our newsletters (two per month) to e-Wheels (email/online only) effective February 1. You will receive one last printed Wheel sometime after January 20 (depending on the USPS) which will essentially reiterate what this article is advising but with perhaps bit more detail. We will continue to send a weekly parish email on Tuesdays as we have been doing for some time now. We recognize that some people do not have the technology nor desire to receive The Wheel electronically. For you (and for our newcomer packets) we will print several copies of The Wheel and have them available in a specific location on Sunday mornings. We will monitor these copies so that we know we are providing adequate copies. They will, however, be just that – copies of the e-Wheel and not printed on the traditional cream and green Wheel stock we’ve all gotten used to seeing.
On the long term we are investigating the use of an e-news software – similar to what the Diocese of Atlanta uses in their weekly communication – which will allow us to include more photographs, the opportunity to access more in-depth articles, and generally improve the “curb appeal” of our weekly parish email. We hope that by the end of the first quarter we will have positioned ourselves to condense all of our news communication into a weekly document you receive via email. As on the short term, we recognize some will not be able or willing to do this and thus copies will be made available on Sunday depending on demand.
What can you do in the meantime? The most important action you can take is to be sure we have your correct email address(es) where you desire to receive The Wheel. You can do this by completing the form that is in the Opportunities for Ministry insert in the worship bulletin each Sunday. In addition, in the coming weeks we will place a special insert in the bulletin for your use in letting us know your email address. Even if you think we have your email, please help us by giving it to us again.
These changes are being made to better serve you and to be sure we are getting our communication to you in a timely manner and in a way that allows you quicker and more extensive access to the depth of information available to each parishioner. We hope you will agree, however, if you have other ideas or concerns we are always ready to listen and respond. Simply contact Karen Manno, our Communications Director, at karenstcatherines.org or Fr. Jim at fatherjimbellsouth.net.
Congratulations to the following persons who were elected to the vestry on December 18. Elected to 3-year positions were Steve Diffley, Deborah Hurd, Elizabeth Lopez and Tad Travis; elected to 2-year position was Susan Heuke. The Vestry is at the very heart of our life together. Each of these individuals offered their time and talents and considerable commitment to our life together. We are grateful for their generous service.
Portraits taken at church January 12-16
Here’s a great solution: a church directory with everyone’s name and photo. Shouldn’t everybody be in the directory—including YOU?
Sign up for your portrait appointment time on the list in the church foyer by Monday, January 9. Photo portraits will be taken at the church at no cost to you on your choice of dates: Thursday, January 12 through Monday, January 16. Each household will receive a free 8x10 plus a free copy of the finished directory. There will be opportunity to purchase additional photos only if desired, no purchase is required. If you have any questions please contact Maureen Donoghue, georgiadonoghuescomcast.net.
Hosts and Hostesses needed for portrait days
During the days that we are having photos taken for the new directory, we need help checking people in for their appointments and to answer any questions the photography crew may have. If you are available for a 2 hour shift on Jan. 12 - Jan. 16, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Maureen Donoghue at georgiadonoghuescomcast.net. Your help would be much appreciated.
Sunday, January 22 - Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am ONLY
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Jan. 22 following the 10:30 principal service. A light lunch will be served first, then we'll proceed with business. There will be only two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM, and Church School at 9-10 AM.
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 now!
All committees and ministries at St. Catherine's! We really want to have all included in the annual report to the parish to be distributed at the Parish Annual Meeting. Please send them by email to Rose Wolfe, rosewolfebellsouth.net -- contact Rose ASAP if you'd like a copy of last year's report for your group.
Sunday, January 15
By David Moore
How many times have you tried to share with someone a profound experience you have had only to give up and say, “Well, you just had to be there”? Stephen Ministry is like that: it is a profound experience led by God between you and a person in need, and all you have to do is “be there.”
Stephen Ministry is one of Saint Catherine’s cornerstone ministries. It provides Christian support and care to individuals who are struggling with a special need. A Saint Catherine’s trained Stephen Minister is there for someone after the funeral is over and the family has returned home, after the doctor’s prognosis, after the job has been lost, after the relationship has ended. A Stephen Minister is not somebody that's going to preach or judge. A Stephen Minister is somebody who will be there for you: to walk along beside you and to hold your hand the whole way. If you want to talk you can. If you just want to sit there and cry, that's fine. If you want to pray that’s ok!
January the 15th is Stephen Ministry Awareness Sunday at Saint Catherine’s. After the 11:15 service in the Parish Hall, you are invited to join the clergy and Stephen Ministers past and present for a “brunch and learn”. We will provide a brief history of Stephen Ministry, answer frequently asked questions such as, “How do I become a Stephen Minister?” and “How do I refer someone to Stephen Ministry?” and hear powerful testimonials from two individuals who have received care from this ministry.
Please RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin so we will have plenty of food available. Join us on Sunday, January 15 -- all you have to do is “be there”!
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Stephen Ministry. To find out more about their activities please contact one of our Stephen Leaders: Nelson Gale, David Moore, Marilyn Hunter, Tom Hunter, Susan Johnson+ and Jim Nixon+.
Saturday, January 14, 7 pm
Sponsored by Episcopal Marriage Encounter
Looking for a great start to 2012? You are invited to come for a potluck dinner provided by Marriage Encounter and a wonderful presentation on "Goal Setting for Couples." All couples are welcome, and we know you will find this evening as helpful and beneficial as we have. There will be a short presentation on the basics of goal setting, followed by private time to work on your goals together so you end the evening with a structure and plan for 2012 and beyond. The event will be held in the Parish Hall from 7 to 10 pm; please RSVP to Ron and Connie Bergeron by calling 770-951-1411.
Saturday, January 14 at Brunswick Zone Marietta
By Molly Banko
Let’s take to the lanes! Join Young Families on Saturday, January 14 at 5:30pm for a Family Bowling Night at the Brunswick Zone Marietta on Delk Road. Bowl for 2 hours for $9.99 per person (including shoe rental) or just join us to socialize. The location is 2749 Delk Road, Marietta, GA 30067, 770-988-8813. For directions and information visit www.bowlbrunswick.com/about-us/244.
Please RSVP by Thursday, January 12 to Molly Banko at mdbankocomcast.net and indicate how many bowlers you will have (#kids and #adults) so we can reserve enough lanes.
Coming up for Young Families: We’re planning a Sunday afternoon in April or May at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, watch for announcements.
Look at church for your updated Christian Nurture and Development Brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring 2012.
Church School resumes Sunday, January 8, 10 AM
Bible study groups continue:
WNL resumes January 11
WNL (Wednesday Night Live), our Wednesday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. Dinner for all is 5:45-6:30, followed by 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: “Holy Women and Holy Men ” – The season of Epiphany celebrates the manifestation or revelation of Christ to the gentiles. Epiphany, itself, is Greek word meaning “showing forth, appearance, manifestation, revelation.” The Feast of Epiphany proclaims the good news that Jesus revealed God to all humanity. Epiphany is a time for rededicating ourselves to our own ministries and our missionary task – too continue the spread of Jesus’ light in the world. It is also a time to celebrate all those who through their lives have modeled for us discipleship.
During Epiphany we will look at five individuals as their lives and ministries are remembered through Holy Women and Holy Men. Fully revised and expanded, this new work is the first major revision of the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church in more than 40 years! It is the official revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts and authorized for trial use by the 2009 General Convention. We will explore the lives of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury (Jan. 11), St. Peter the Apostle (Jan. 18), St. Paul the Apostle (Jan. 25), Cornelius the Centurian (Feb. 8) and Thomas Bray (Feb. 15).
Coming to WNL for adults in Lent: “Screwtape Letters ” - Join us for an opportunity to introduce or revisit, depending on each individual, C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Versions of the letters were originally published weekly in the Anglican periodical The Guardian between May and November 1941. The Screwtape Letters is one of Lewis' most popular works, although he claimed that it was "not fun" to write, and "resolved never to write another 'Letter'."
In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in living out Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, as seen from the devils' viewpoints. Screwtape holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy of Hell, and acts as a mentor to Wormwood, the inexperienced tempter. In the body of the thirty-one letters which make up the book, Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and promoting sin in the Patient, interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine. Wormwood and Screwtape live in a peculiarly morally reversed world, where individual benefit and greed are seen as the greatest good, and neither demon is capable of comprehending or acknowledging true human virtue when he sees it.
The book is readily available in the public library and for purchase at bookstores and online sources. A syllabus will be published by the middle of February in preparation for our start. We will meet each Wednesday night beginning February 29 in the Conference Room in the office area of the church from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Everyone is invited. Child care will be provided. You are invited to come for dinner starting at 5:45 pm. Following our study each week we will gather in the sanctuary for prayer with music provided by Mike Peterson (Youth Director) and a group of our youth.
Tickets available beginning January 15
By Mike Peterson
The St. Catherine’s Young Adult class will be beginning ticket sales for the annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance after each Sunday service starting January 15. This event takes place on Saturday, February 11 here at St. Catherine’s. It consists of a formal meal comprised of delicious heavy hors devours with a distinctly Spanish flavor, live and silent auctions, and, of course, dancing. Once again, the ticket price is $25 per person and all proceeds benefit the Journey to Adulthood Youth Pilgrimage to Spain this summer. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Items & services donations needed
We are also now accepting donations for the live and silent auctions. If you have any items, services, vacation houses, or anything else that you would be willing to donate to assist the YA class in their fundraising efforts, please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson or any of the YA Youth and Leaders. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Our 50th Anniversary Brickwalk is installed under our great oak tree. Many thanks to the Parish Administration & Facilities Ministry Team who led the project, to everyone who worked so hard on the installation in November and December, and to all who contributed to this beautiful addition to our church grounds.
Photos from several contributors
By Pam Phillips, Altar Guild
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave your donation in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
Saturday, January 21 at Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Join Cats on Wheels this month for lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room at 11:30 a.m. Please sign up in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan+, 770-971-2839, by Thursday, January 19 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 224 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, (404) 876-1800, visit www.marymacs.com for information and directions.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!
Lunch volunteers needed Saturday, February 4
By Connie Bergeron
St. Catherine's is providing food for the volunteers helping to build the new building on the grounds at MUST. We will be feeding approximately 30-35 volunteer construction workers, some from St. Catherine's and some from other churches. Volunteers must be 18 years of age to be on the build grounds at MUST. If you are able to provide and/or serve either continental breakfast at 7:30 am to 10:00 am or lunch from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or call Connie Bergeron for more information at 404-819-0891. Thank you.
Latest work day: January 7 the plan, depending on weather, was to finish siding on the back, the side and start on the front, install doors, finish electrical rough in, and work on porch and side decking. Be sure to check often for current news & photos on the website at www.mustbuild.org! St Catherine's is at work now with other Cobb County churches to construct a new building for MUST Ministries. Plenty of building help is needed, contact Fred Massey/ 404.731.4466 /f_massey2hotmail.com. Must be 18 years old or older to be on the build site.
Pictures below: Providing food for the team and working on the building on December 3 (photos by Connie Bergeron)
Thank you to everyone who helped with dinner and laundry at the Inn during the very important Christmas week. On December 28 our dinner volunteers were Sally & Mark Moore, Barbara Garner, Karen Blakey, Kristina & Randy Farmer, Margaret Shaw and The Buckalews. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU from dinner team chairs Tracy Buckalew and Connie Bergeron and laundry team chair Fred Massey for each and every person who volunteered throughout 2011!
St. Catherine's prepares and serves dinner at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta on the 28th of every month, and provides laundry assistance on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday. We need you! To help with for dinner, please contact Tracy Buckalew, tracyklpcpeoplepc.com, or Connie Bergeron, conniebmindspring.com, 404-819-0891. To help with laundry contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466 or f_massey2hotmail.com.
Please help keep our kitchen clean and organized! If you have leftover food from a church event that you want to leave in the refrigerator or freezer, please be sure that you label it with the contents and date. Any unlabeled food will be thrown out. The Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry thanks you for your help keeping the kitchen refrigerator and freezer clean.
Thank you to every one of our 2011 donors and helpers for helping maintain this vital service! You can add our blood drive dates now to your new 2012 planner. All are on Tuesdays, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Help is always needed for greeting donors, setup and cleanup, please contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net, 404.375.8327 to volunteer.
(and stay tuned for December date). Sign up for your appointment time on the website at www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code HOLTRC.
Photos by Connie Bergeron and Jan Potter -- See lots more at ChristmasPageant2011
If you have checked out a key to the church and no longer need it, to please turn it in to Rose Wolfe in the church office. Thank you!
Thank you to all who have already signed up to provide flowers and candles to adorn our sanctuary during 2012. All dates available to make donations in thanksgiving for or in memory of a person or occasion – remember that sponsorship is NOT limited to one or two persons or families per date. Please look for the chart in the foyer. 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 date.
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. Thank you for your generosity.
November 11, 2011 was the culmination of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration. A great day for St. Catherine's and all of us!
Richard Rohr at the Cathedral - Thursday, January 12
Father Richard Rohr returns to The Cathedral of St. Philip to introduce his latest book, “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” His visit includes a lecture, question and answer period as well as book signing. The event is Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 PM in Child Hall at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305. The lecture is free.
Reservations are required, please email cbs3mindspring.com or call 404-237-7582. Books may be ordered through www.cathedralbookstore.org.
Dear St. Catherine's:
Brian and I wish to thank you for the prayers, words of encouragement, cards, telephone calls, meals, and prayer shawl you so generously gave during my recent shoulder surgery. Thank you for wrapping your loving arms around us. We are grateful to be a part of this very special church family.
Our sincerest gratitude for the gift of Christmas luncheon and entertainment by the Preschool. What a joyful way to celebrate together—young and old-er (not old). We enjoyed the luncheon meal, we loved the chorus and bells, and we loved Eucharist together!
Dear Friends in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am deeply grateful for your recent contribution [50 th Anniversary Worship collection] to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund of the Diocese of Atlanta. Bishop Whitmore and I use the proceeds of this fund to support our clergy and clergy families when particular needs arise, to minister to those who are less fortunate in a variety of ways, and to support a variety of unbudgeted ministry opportunities that arise from time to time. Your faithfulness and generosity contributes greatly to my ability to serve God’s people more broadly in this way. I thank you for your partnership in the work of the Gospel of Jesus.Faithfully, in Christ,
The Right Reverend J Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta
Next scheduled date: Saturday, April 7 (Great Vigil of Easter)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR THE SICK: Madison Cox, Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Jan Dennis, Laura Gary, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Kent Moss, James Ellis, Sandy Curran, Bill Straub, Anne Whittle, Teresa Witham, Neal Aimar, Paul Beswick, David, French, Barbara, Mike Barletta, Beth, Bebe, Jean Windrow, Alycen Whidden, Janet Wheeler, Selecia Culbreath, Stacey Davis, Lynn, Silas, Olivia, Judy Anderson, Rusty Phillips, Anne Lipsitz, Joe Tarentino, Charlie Michaux, Toni, Susan, James Ellis, Anne Parke, Anna Jenkins, Bob Chadwick, Debbie Shelton, Ron & his family, Sharon Foster, Ashlee Wilson, Janet Wheeler, Jim Greene, Ann McBrayer, Joanne Pinkney, Eva & Keith Estes, Judy Smith, Winnie Sweetman, Katherine Sjoblom, Charla Colburn & parents Carl & Isabel Hill, Jennifer Jaymes, Barbie Cox, Paige, Greg & Autumn Arnette, Kindness Israel, Page Loyd, Lorraine Morich, Lori Blonz, Edmund, Opal Litton, Joe Sanders, Dale Cromer, Jill Morich, John Hurd, Bill Holman, “Pinkie” Parisi, Trisha Gallut, Jack Stachurn, Pat Pepper, Bea Tolley, Jack Lewis, Marilyn Gradwell, Beverly, Dennis Freeman, Holly, Linda Day, Alison Travis, Jana Williams
DECEASED: Kim Munroe, added by Bette Hamilton; Cathy Powell, Megan Snook’s godmother
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (1/10) Sara-Alison Massey, Linda Scott, (1/13) George Cain, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Emily Gale, (1/14) Kristen Sheehan, Rob Bibbings, Alan Fey, Carol Starr, Penn Worden, (1/15) Zach Pope, (1/16) Carla von Hoffmann, (1/17) Joan Sampson, (1/19) Sarah Stanley, Bill Krupp, Margaret Shaw, (1/20) Chase Paris, Jacob McGhee, (1/21) Matthew Iobst, (1/22) Maxson Santivanez, Jennifer Cook
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
A Prayer for the Diocese of Atlanta:
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 and is correct as of publication date. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
We had a great time at Winterlight at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina, December 27 through New Year’s Day. Check out what Adryn Bowers-Dean, Cait Buckalew and Mike Peterson got to do:
Photos - Youth Retreat Fall 2011
Photos by Mike Peterson -- see lots more at Retreat w/ St. Cat's, Holy Innocents', & Holy Communion - Nov. 11
The Wheel is published two times per month, usually on Fridays. Beginning February 3, 2012 all editions will be in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.
We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles 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. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may 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
Editor: Karen Manno
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