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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 6-19, 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Valentine Dinner Dance
Cats On Wheels
Pictorial directory
Preschool registration
Women's retreat
Wheel signup
Ladies Night Out
Men's Game Night
Pancake Supper
Blood drive
Reflections writers
Ministry Teams meeting
WNL
Annual meeting
Lent 2012
   Wed. Evening series
  Tues. Eucharist & study

Needlepoint Brigade
Newcomers
  Ministry focus: Invitation

CIS
Save the date
Communion wine
MUST build
In the Community
  NetsforLife
  Diocesan Fair
  Hunger Walk

Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  Happening
  New Beginnings
  Thank you
Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

2/8, 15, 29 – WNL

2/5-6 – Pictorial Directory photos

2/6-7 – Preschool Registration (church)

2/11 – Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction

2/16 – Preschool Registration (community); Ladies’ Night Out

2/17-19 – New Beginnings @ Mikell

2/17– Cats On Wheels @ Fernbank’

2/18 – Men’s Game Night @ Masseys’

2/19 – Pictorial Directory photos

2/21 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

2/22 – Ash Wednesday

2/21 & 29 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

2/24-26 – Happening @ Mikell

2/28 – Lenten Eucharist & Study; Blood Drive; Elizabeth Inn dinner

 

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God Moments… Little Epiphanies

By Amma Susan

I first heard the tree singing on a day in the heart of winter. It was one of those tired, frozen mornings when the early light is wrapped in a grey mist. As I walked down the driveway to retrieve the newspaper lying near the street, I passed a tree that suddenly burst into song. I was so startled by the sound that I stopped in my tracks to listen. A nest of sparrows sleeping deep within a nearby tree had suddenly awakened to their inner alarm clock and burst into song to herald the dawn. It was a God moment. A sudden revealing of God’s glory that transformed my heart. The cares and worries of that winter morning were lifted as I received the gift of that hidden music and a smile crept across my face. I returned to the house with a lighter heart and a renewed sense of vitality.

We are now deep into the season of Epiphany, the season whose symbol is light, as when light reveals what has been hidden in a dark place. Biblical stories like of the Magi and the transfiguration acknowledge and reveal Jesus’ glory as God’s son. The meaning of the word epiphany is to reveal or make known to the world the presence of God. The early church used this word to refer to the incarnation, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, revealing that God is not only “out there” but also is here, with and among us.

For this season to have personal significance for you and me we must ask ourselves, “How is the epiphany relevant in my own life?” What is an epiphany for you and me? Sometimes it’s one of those God moments, when we have an unexplainable knowing that God is in our midst, like my encounter with the singing tree. It may come in the laughter of children, or the voice of a loved one calling to say hello, or the glorious music of the choir as the music speaks to the depths of your heart. What are the little epiphanies awaiting us? May we watch and listen for those God moments, like my experience of the winter song of the sparrows in the spruce tree. Watch and listen closely and our hearts will be blessed by the presence of God revealed in our daily lives.

Epiphany Blessings,

Amma Susan+


Valentine's Dinner Dance sold out!

The annual Valentine's Dinner Dance and Live/Silent Auction is Saturday, February 11, 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. The entire night is a great chance to spend time with friends, eat great food, dance to our live DJ, bid on great items, and raise money for the youth. This is our youth program’s largest fund raiser and proceeds go toward the YA pilgrimage this summer.

If you weren't able to get a ticket contact Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net to get on the waiting list. Our seating is limited so please, no walk-ins for this event. If you did buy tickets but find you will not be able to come please let us know as soon as possible so we may offer your seat to someone else.

Auction items list: more gratefully accepted!

Thank you everyone in the community who has donated so far! Here are just some of the items that will be available for bidding at the live and silent auctions. We still need more donations, to contribute please contact Mike Peterson by Wednesday, February 8 at 770-971-971-2839 or mike.petersonbellsouth.net. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

Trips and Getaways: One week at 3-bedroom Florida waterfront condo, privately owned/not a rental property); 3 day weekend in St. Helena Island, SC waterfront vacation house (sleeps 12-14)
Dinners and Outings: Gourmet dinners by chefs Bill & Barb Selby, the Kilgores, Fred & Elizabeth Lopez; Lu Dumke; Atlanta Braves package; Day behind the scenes for Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club and admission to tournament; Atlanta Hawks/Utah Jazz tickets
Miscellaneous and Fabulous: Zeikos 50” tripod and Zeikos deluxe camera/camcorder hard case; 2 dozen specialty cupcakes; Handmade St. Catherine of Alexandria bracelet; Holistic massage with hand and foot paraffin treatment; Girl Scout cookie packages; Framed acrylic painting Richard Pearson; Calligram of Psalm 23; Handmade stained-glass kaleidoscope; Red wines assortment; Miche Petite Base handbag; Handmade earrings; Copper, turquoise, and glass pearl necklace; 2 hour SAT strategy course plus Barron’s SAT Strategy Book; 3 soups by Chef Sue Snape; 2 books by Dr. Colleen J. Morich (one with illustration by Owen Snape); Gift baskets with themes including Home Yard, Italian Dinner, Hair Salon, Kitchen, Literary, Spa, Tea/Coffee, Movie, and Board Games, Beauty and the Beast Theater package; Gift certificates for local businesses including Adore Furniture, Aurora Cineplex, Bradley’s Grill, Marco’s Pizza, Bellissimo Fine Jewelry, Mello Mushroom, Mingles Café, Kroger, Abbey Road Grill, Bruster’s, SG Hair & Spa, Leaf and Loaf, StoriesBySuz.com, Menchie’s Frozen Treats, and more!

Silent Auction open to everyone

The Silent Auction will be open on February 11, the day of the event, 9 am - 3 pm for anyone in the church or preschool who would like to bid on items—no ticket needed. Thank you for your support!

Send us your music requests

For dancing to music by our live DJ at this year’s event we’d like to give everyone the opportunity to dance to one of your favorite songs. You can send your song suggestions to Mike Peterson before the event at mike.petersonbellsouth.net. We’ll do our best to include as many as possible!


Cats On Wheels

DATE CHANGED 2/7/12    Friday, February 17— Martinis and IMAX

RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 15! Put on your dancing shoes and join Cats on Wheels for an evening at Martinis and IMA. We will meet at St. Catherine’s at 5:45 PM and leave the churchno later than 6 PM. Cost of $12 covers admission, one IMAX film and enjoying spicy Latin music. Martinis (other attractive beverages are available) and made-to-order nibbles are extra. Your check for $12 (“Cats on Wheels” in the memo line) pays your admission and holds your spot. Contact person: Amma Susan at fathersuebellsouth.net.

Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!


Pictorial Directory

Last dates for portraits: Feb. 5-6 OR Feb. 19

Don’t be left out! We’ve had great response from most households in our parish for our new Photo Directory. Be sure to sign up at church for your appointment time ASAP on the sign-up sheets in the foyer. Feb. 5, 6 and 19 are the final days to get your pictures taken. Please remember that your participation is important for all of us, newcomers and those who have been here a while, to know who we all are. Participation is free of charge and everyone will receive a free 8x10 and directory. If you have any questions please contact Maureen Donoghue at georgiadonoghuescomcast.net.


Preschool Registration

St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood, Valuing Education

Registration for the 2012-2013 school year is here!

  • Tours are available each Wednesday and Thursday, 10 AM to noon
  • St. Catherine’s Church families not currently enrolled may register Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7, starting at 10 AM at the preschool office.
  • Open registration for the community will be Thursday, February 16 in the Parish Hall beginning at 10:30 am.

Please visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool/ for more information on our wonderful preschool. We appreciate you referring your friends and neighbors to our quality program for ages one to pre-K — voted the #1 preschool in East Cobb in the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards!


Women’s Retreat 2012

By Amma Susan

The 2012 Women’s Retreat will be held at Montera Farms on April 27-29, arriving Friday at 4 PM and departing after lunch at 1 PM on Sunday. Come join other women of our parish for a time away of rest, sharing, fun activities, great fellowship and delicious food, all in the beauty of the north Georgia mountains. The cost for the weekend is $275 (gratuity is optional) for a single room and all meals. Horseback trail rides ($40) or massage ($65) will be available this year upon request.

There is a space limit of 22 people for the retreat so get your reservation in soon. A deposit of $100 will reserve your place. Checks should be made payable to St. Catherine’s, with "Women’s Retreat" in the memo line. The deadline for reservations is no later than March 4. After March 4, all deposits are non-refundable. Please speak to Amma Susan+ if you need assistance from the retreat scholarship fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact Rose Wolfe. It is a wonderful gift that you can give to help a sister in Christ in her faith journey.


The Wheel – sign up reminder

Effective with this issue of The Wheel newsletter, St. Catherine’s is converting all of our newsletters to email/online only and will no longer be sending printed copies by postal mail.

What can you do to stay informed of everything happening in our very busy parish? Most important is to be sure we have your correct email address(es) for everyone in your household who desires to read The Wheel. You can use our online subscription form at www.stcatherines.org/subscription/, or sign up forms are available at church. Even if you think we have your email, please help us by giving it to us again!

We will continue to send a weekly parish email as well. For those on our mailing list who do not have the technology or the desire to receive The Wheel electronically, we will have print copies of The Wheel available for pickup at church, and will develop access for those who cannot pick up their copy in person. Going forward, we are investigating the use of an e-news software—similar to what the Diocese of Atlanta uses—which will allow us to include more color and photographs, access more in-depth articles, and improve the “curb appeal” of our weekly email. We hope that by the end of the first quarter we will have all our news in a weekly document you receive via email.

If you have ideas or concerns about our communications we are always ready to listen and respond. Simply contact Karen Manno, our Communications Director, at karenstcatherines.org or Fr. Jim at fatherjimbellsouth.net.


Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, February 16

By Sally Powers

Mark your calendar now! Get to know ALL the ladies of St. Catherine's (7:30, 8:45, and 11:15 attendees) at our "Ladies' Night Out" on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. Bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert to share, or just some chips, etc. Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry Team will provide wine, tea, coffee. Most important is to bring yourself.

We will play Bunco in the parish hall (free lessons for those who don't know how) and get to know each other better. If you have a set of dice, please bring them along. Please RSVP by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Sally Powers, sallyp30att.net.


Men's Game Night Saturday, February 18

6:30 pm at the Masseys’

By Harry Tear

The inaugural men’s game night will be at 6:30 at the home of Frederick Massey. We will have Texas Hold 'Em and Blackjack tables set up (and possibly other games). It will be BYOB, but we will provide snacks, pizza, wings, etc… Please bring $10 for food and $10 for the kitty. 10% of the proceeds will go back to St. Catherine’s. Please RSVP so that we have an accurate head count for the food by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Harry Tear at hrtear3uvahotmail.com for information and directions. Come enjoy some great fellowship and test your bluffing skills against Mr. Massey!


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 21 in the Parish Hall

Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Come to the Parish Hall for pancakes, bacon, spiced apples, King Cake, and fellowship. The youth will serve them up from 5 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall (plan to arrive by 6:30 pm to get your pancakes). No tickets or reservations needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Come out to have fun and support the Youth Program!


Blood Drives

Next date: Tuesday, February 28

You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason:

  • Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
  • Some know that a loved one might need blood some day.
  • Some believe it is simply the right thing to do.

Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals! And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life.

You can schedule an appointment by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. Please join us at St. Catherine's for our Red Cross blood drives throughout this year: April 24, June 26, August 28, October 30 (and watch for December date). Blood drives are held in our Parish Hall from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. For information contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net, 404.375.8327


Lenten Reflections writers still needed

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? We need 47 writers to cover all the days from Ash Wednesday to Easter!

You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Sunday, February 12. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org.


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 PM

All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and volunteers—and all those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's, please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting. Join us in the Parish Hall at 7:00 pm. It will be a time to share ministry team plans and needs for 2012.


Wednesday Night Live (WNL) schedule

WNL will meet through February 15, then will not meet on Ash Wednesday, February 22. We’ll resume the following week, February 29 (Leap Day!) with our Lenten programs, and the youth will be preparing dinner this day as fundraiser for their pilgrimage. Adult program coming in Lent: “The Screwtape Letters” (see Lenten Series, below).

Join us each week for dinner 5:45-6:30 pm and programs for all ages 6:30-7:30 pm. Please make your dinner reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or by calling the office at 770-971-283 by 5:00 pm on Tuesday before each date you'll dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.


Annual Meeting — Good news!

January 22 was a wonderful and busy day for St. Catherine's. During our 10:30 am combined service we were glad to be witnesses to the installation of eight new members of our chapter of Daughters of the King. Following this we gathered out on the new BrickWalk to take a large group parish photo for our new Pictorial Directory coming soon.

Then our Parish Hall was packed with a great crowd for lunch and the Annual Meeting. We heard wonderful news in the presentation of the Holy Conversations Report (you can view the entire presentation now on our website at www.stcatherines.org/HolyConversationsReport01_22_12.pdf), and about our finances and budget for the coming year. Finally, Father Jim made his annual award of the St. Catherine's Cross, this year recognizing Ellis Kilgore and Keith Dumke for their outstanding contributions to our youth program and so much more. Congratulations to them both!

Photos below by Bill Fambrough and Jan Potter -- see lots more at AnnualMtgJan2012#

Our Parish portrait
Daughters of King installation The lunch line
Stephanie Yucius presents the
Holy Conversations report
Fr Jim awards the St. Catherine's
Cross to Keith and Ellis


Invitation to a Holy Lent

Ash Wednesday, February 22

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

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

 

Wednesday Evening Lenten Series

Adult program at 6:30 pm in the Board Room — Our WNL Lenten Series will be each Wednesday in Lent, with our first meeting on February 29. Join us for a delightful yet profound look at the world of human temptation. Our book, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is widely available in libraries and for purchase in book stores and online. A study guide and syllabus will be available on our Lenten Materials Table in the Foyer. Led by Fr. Jim+

The Devil Made You Do It?!

Temptation is a part of the human condition. We all struggle against it and frequently it wins the battle. And while we have a way of dealing with our surrender to temptation – “The devil made me do it” – we wonder if we can ever conquer the great tempter. 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 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.

Some have noted that reading the Letters is not a pleasant experience. Indeed, it is difficult to discover how tainted and corrupted we truly are. But such self-knowledge is essential to spiritual growth and maturity. The Lord’s Prayer will take on a new meaning and greater urgency, as we cry, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

We know you are TEMPTED to join us. Give in this one time!

 

Lenten Morning Eucharist and Study begins February 28

Our Lenten Eucharist and Study will meet Tuesday mornings, February 28 through April 3, at 7:00 am. We meet for a quiet and brief Eucharist followed by a study. We're done by 8:00 am and on to our day's demands. For those who have participated in this time over the years we have found it to be special, a time we look forward to as an opportunity to respond to the invitation to a holy Lent. We hope you will join us.


2011 and the Needlepoint Brigade – A year of much progress

By Beverly Fambrough

If you take a moment and walk completely around the altar, you will see that 2011 was a big year for the Needlepoint Brigade in making progress toward bringing the project to conclusion. Starting at the left side, which tells the story of the Old Testament, you will notice the following.

In the first position (left), which is “Creation”, this kneeler was dedicated on October 16. Creation was sponsored by Joyce Carter in memory of her husband Cyrus F Carter Jr. It was stitched by Nancy Denton. Here are photos from the dedication service which was held. Bill Fambrough stood in for Beverly who was ill that day.
Moving to the adjacent kneeler (below), you will see “Mankind” which was dedicated on May 8. Mankind was sponsored by Bruce Hueke and was stitched by his wife, Susan Hueke and was dedicated in memory of Bruce’s mother, Christine Harrison. Following the dedication, Bruce and Susan placed the kneeler in position.
“Noah’s Ark,” at position #4 (below), docked at the altar on November 8 in a dedication service conducted by Father Jim. Noah’s Ark was sponsored by Beverly and Bill Fambrough in honor of their parents and grandparents. Courtney Shillington stitched Noah’s Ark.
Moving to position #6 (right) you will see “Joseph and his Coat Of Many Colors,” beautifully stitched by Julie Brannock. Joseph was dedicated June 16 and was sponsored by Peter and Coleen Morich in memory of Collus and Eugenia Morrison.

Look under the Clergy Party chairs and you will see five magnificent Clergy Party Kneelers (right and below) which were all dedicated on October 23rd. These are…

  • “Saint Luke” was co-stitched by Alan Certain and Susan Jablonski and sponsored by Steve and Kitty Diffley. Saint Luke was dedicated in memory of Joe and Lola Diffley and Jack Ruff.
  • “Saint Mark” was stitched by Martha Bowden and was sponsored by the Bowden family in honor of the St. Catherine’s clergy.
  • “Saint John” represented the second kneeler sponsored by the Bowden family and was stitched by their daughter Frances Bowden and dedicated to the choir members.
  • “Saint Matthew” was sponsored and stitched by Susan Jablonski in memory of her mother Ann Lord Kaighn.
  • “Saint Catherine” was likewise stitched by Julie Brannock and was sponsored by Ron and Julie Brannock in honor of their grandchildren.

Photos by Bill Fambrough

Yes, 2011 marked considerable progress and in 2012 we might see as many as ten additional kneelers completed and dedicated. This is only made possible by the generous kneeler sponsors and the untiring effort of our team of dedicated stitchers.


New Faces at St. Cat’s

By Sally Powers

February Ministry Focus: Invitation Ministry Team

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Invitation Ministry Team, helping our newcomers find a home at St. Catherine's. Committees include Bread Makers, Getting to Know You, Greeters, Shepherds, Newcomer Coffees and Porch Visitors. For more information please contact the team’s convener Maureen Donoghue.

 

Welcome to the following people who have joined our family at St. Catherine’s. Look for their names and let them know how happy we are to have them here.

  • Abbye and David Stooksbury

David, Abbye, Olivia and Lily moved to Marietta about three years ago, arriving just two weeks before welcoming their third daughter, Annabelle. St. Catherine's Preschool welcomed Lily right away, and Annabelle now enjoys coming here to school and church. Abbye was raised in the Episcopal Church. David grew up in the United Methodist Church where his father was an ordained minister. David and Abbye were married at St. George's Episcopal Church in Nashville and prior to moving to Marietta they lived in both Knoxville and Nashville. The whole family enjoys the outdoors, pets, photography, and DIY activities around the house. Olivia is in second grade and Lily started Kindergarten this past fall. Olivia and Lily are really enjoying Catechesis and we look forward to becoming more involved at St. Cat's.

  • Nick and Laura Turner

Congratulations to Nick and Laura, married last month at St. Catherine’s! They are both originally from Huntington, WV, and attended West Virginia University for their undergraduate degrees. They moved to the Atlanta metro area after finishing college, and have lived in several places around Atlanta. They are currently settled in Lawrenceville for the next 2 years as Laura finishes her Pharm.D. degree from University of Georgia. Nick works in Alpharetta as part of a cancer diagnostics laboratory. They love taking their beagle on long walks at some of the local parks; when they aren't out and about, they love movies. Laura was raised Episcopalian, so once they moved to the Marietta area and became engaged, they immediately began looking for an Episcopal church to call home. They feel very fortunate to have found that in St. Catherine's and generally attend the 11:15am service and look forward to making new friends in the church. Laura and Nick are interested in becoming involved with the Young Adults group at St. Catherine's and discovering new opportunities to serve our community through the church.

  • Greg, Wendy, and Hannah Beyer

Wendy is a native Australian and is part owner of the Australian Bakery on the Marietta Square. Greg likes bluegrass and plays banjo. He is interested in layreading. Hannah is a junior in high school she loves lacrosse and is enjoying our youth group. The Beyers have already joined a Foyers group. Look for them most often at 11:15.

  • Tom and Kathryn Burgher

The Burghers are longtime Mariettans and come to us from St. Philip’s. Kathryn is an avid tennis player and is interested in genealogy. Tom is enjoying retirement and is currently writing a book. Usually they are at the 11:15 service.

  • Marti and Cam Graham

Marti was born in the northeast, but has lived in Atlanta for many years, almost 30 of which were spent with IBM before retiring. Now she enjoys working at the After School Program of Mt. Bethel Elementary School helping working parents. Cam up in west Cobb County, leaving home at 17 to join the Navy, and has worked more than 30 years in healthcare information systems technology. His hobbies include collecting military artifacts and music. He is interested in the men’s groups and offering assistance to Scouts. Marti and Cam's interests include traveling and all sorts of entertainment offerings including theater, movies, and other "singing and/or dancing" performances (and live sports, too!)! They came to St. Cat's seeking a smaller, more "personal" and nurturing church environment (found it!!). 8:45 is the service they most often attend.

  • Gaye Thomas

Look for Gaye at 11:15. An art major, she is a retired interior designer. She loves music, art, books, and teaches puppetry arts. Gaye is a birthday party planner (girls only) and a seamstress specializing in making matching outfits for girls and their American Girl dolls. She lives with her dog, and has attended our Blessing of the Animals.

  • Mary and Robert Dailey, Colin and Rebecca

Mary is a native to Marietta and Robert moved here in the late 80s from Wisconsin (Go Packers!)! They both graduated from Wheeler High School. They are the parents of 2 toddlers, Colin and Rebecca. They like doing things together as a family and try to get outside with the kids as much as possible. Mary enjoys book clubs and bunco. Robert is in to bocce, sports, and gadgets. They really like St Catherine's and we look forward to getting to know more of the members.

  • Bill and Donna Hutton, Mary Hutton, Andrew and Philip

The Huttons learned about St. Catherine’s through Bill’s sister who is the rector of the Episcopal Church in Pinellas, Florida. She had met Fr. Jim through some conferences. Bill is interested in becoming an usher and cooking breakfast at MUST. Donna is interested in Breakfast Angels. Andrew is in high school and Philip in middle school. Mary is Bill’s mother. They most often attend 8:45.

  • We also welcome:

Jennifer and Michael Sherwood, Sandy Turnbull, Dan and Lisa Drahushuk, and Kathy Kageff and hope to have some information about them in the next newsletter.


CIS (Communities in Schools) Report

By Joan Nixon

As the St. Catherine's representative for this board, I want to tell you a little more about what CIS is all about and ask for your help. CIS’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We do this by providing a powerful, collaborative community effort and support families with necessary resources, inspiration and motivation for all students to obtain a high school diploma. We provide a site coordinator to schools to offer various areas of support to promote keeping the youth in school to attain their diplomas. Other areas of support include mentoring, tutoring, books (for kids of all ages), and food so they have the fuel needed for their minds to learn.

Here's where you come in! These young people need tutors to help them learn the subject matter needed to graduate. especially if you have a working knowledge of physics, chemistry, or economics—we need you! If you can give an hour once or twice a week you can make an incredible difference in a child's life! They can work around your schedule. So even if you travel, they can use your knowledge and your time!

These young folks need food—real food. Some of their home situations are meager, and that makes learning difficult. If you can provide some staple items, it can really help. Specifically, they need things like canned tuna, canned chicken, macaroni and cheese, dry black beans, powdered milk, creamy peanut butter, jelly, and individual-serving-sized real juices.

I'd like to challenge us to open our hearts to these young people. If you'll bring items to church marked for CIS, I'll get it to them. If you're interested in learning more about tutoring, please call Graciella Perez at 770-437-5900 x227 or call me for more information. The organization's website may be found at www.marietta.communitiesinschools.org/.


Save The Date: Saturday, March 3

All adults, please join us for an Engagement Party honoring Youth Director Mike Peterson and his fiancé, Mary Bess DuBose, to be held at the Masseys' home. Watch for more details coming soon.


Communion wine donations needed

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.


MUST building progress

A great work day was held on January 28 – the weather was perfect, everybody (25+) were kept busy and we got much accomplished. We are so close to calling for our first building inspection. The work plan for February 4 included finish porch, deck and roof over front porch, finish electrical and wrap and hardi plank the gable, and start caulking the exterior in preparation for painting. Thanks to all of the volunteers from all the churches working so hard each Saturday.

See 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.


IN THE COMMUNITY

Nets For Life

Watch the video now! www.inspirationfund.org/videos/inetsforliferegi-instilling-a-net-culture

The NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund is a grassroots effort to educate, engage, and unite Episcopalians to support the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) through the fight against malaria. Bishop Neil Alexander launched a diocese-wide NetsforLife campaign at the 105th Annual Council meeting last November. The goal is to purchase and send 35,000 malaria-preventing mosquito nets to sub-Saharan Africa.

Watch for announcements of how St. Catherine’s will participate in the campaign. You can find lots of information about NetsforLife on the diocese website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Diocesan_Campaign.asp.

 

Diocesan Ministry Fair — Saturday, March 10

Join hundreds of other Episcopalians for a full day of fun, fellowship and learning at the annual Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair. The event is 9 am to 4 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Choose three workshops from more than 40 topics, including Christian Formation, Worship, Leadership, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Safe Church Ministries, Accessibility & Disabilities, Environment & Culture, Episcopal Church, Interfaith Stewardship, and Church Administration. The Great Gathering guest speaker will be Stephen C. Smith, Ph.D., research chemist in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Registration is just $20 per person. To get details including the list of the workshops, and to register online or by mail go to www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Ministry_Fair.asp. Brochures are also available for pickup at our church.

 

Take a Walk for Hunger

On Sunday, March 11, Episcopalians from across the Diocese of Atlanta will join with organizations around Atlanta to help hungry neighbors in our communities. Your participation can help the thousands of families who experience poverty in our state. The 2012 Hunger Walk at Turner Field in Atlanta will raise money for charities including Atlanta Community Food Bank and Episcopal Charities Foundation. For all the details go to www.hungerwalkrun.org.


Letters

Dear [Rev. Nixon],

Thank you and the people of St. Catherine’s for your very kind $250.00 contribution to Kids4Peace received in December. With your help, Kids4Peace Atlanta continues to make a difference in the lives of children in both the Holy Land and here in Atlanta. We are able to bring Christian, Muslim and Jewish children from Jerusalem to Georgia each summer. Side by side with their Atlanta area Peace Pals, these children can explore their faith traditions and cultures and discover the common heritage they share as “Children of Abraham.”

Peace, Salaam, Shalom,
Glenna B. Smith, Kids4Peace Atlanta


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Saturday, April 7 (Great Vigil of Easter)

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


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR THE SICK: Madison Cox, Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Jan Dennis, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Kent Moss, Sandy Curran, Bill Straub, Teresa Witham, Neal Aimar, Paul Beswick, David French, Barbara, Jean Windrow, Alycen Whidden, Judy Anderson, Rusty Phillips, Joe Tarentino, Charlie Michaux, James Ellis, Anne Parke, Anna Jenkins, Debbie Shelton, Janet Wheeler, Anne Whittle, Ron & his family, Jim Greene, Joanne Pinkney, Katherine Sjoblom, Jennifer James, Kindness Israel, Page Loyd, Edmund, Lori Blosz, Edmund, Opal Litton, Joe Sanders, Linda Day, Beverly, Marilyn Gradwell, Jana Williams, Holly, Trisha Gallut, Bea Tolley, Jack Stachura, Brant Frost, Lynn McDowell, Evans Caudle, Angie Henson, Diane Valesquez, Tom Bird, Kimberly, Debbie Bruner, Vivien Mazzara, Joe Porter, Melissa & baby, Jackie Heckel, Kathleen Kageff, Anne Pagel, Barry Costello, Owen Williams, Holly Krupp, Snow Lucchosi, Joan

BEFORE SURGERY: Kathleen Kageff, 2/9/12

DECEASED: Jimmy Thompson, friend of Robbie Roy; Winter Taylor, neighbor and friend of the Markette girls; Jay Ingram, friend of several parishioners

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/7) Rhiannon Bishop, (2/8) Susan Jenkins, Bronte Taylor, Morgan Haymes, (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, Claire Hunkler, (2/11) Kari Nixon, (2/13) Isabel Lopez, Susan Jablonski, Jana Caldwell, (2/14) Katie Ban, (2/15) Patricia Brent, (2/16) Tom Heuke, Amanda Braman, Alexandria Walton, (2/17) Chris Sanders, Greg Remter, Jim Mattox, Ken Lewis, James Ellis, (2/18) Elizabeth Ivey, Justin Kerr, (2/19) Ana Martin

ANNIVERSARIES: (2/7) Tom & Shirley Day; (2/10) Chris & Barbara Kallas; (2/12) Al & Karen Maxwell; (2/15) Frank & Ellen Adams

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (2/5) James, Jada, Cody & Larry Ellis; Richard, Marti, Andy & Tommy Engstrom; Mark, Janice, Seamus & Trenholm Fahy; Bill & Beverly Fambrough; Randy, Kristina, Dylan, Ansley & Ava Farmer, (2/12) Alan & Carol Fey; Mit FitzSimons; William & Eileen Forrester; Ben, Molly, Claire & Ben, Jr. Frost; Julie, John & Jillian Fulcher

A Prayer for the Diocese of Atlanta: O God, you lead your Church into all truth: Give the guiding presence of your Holy Spirit to those who have dedicated themselves to your service in our search for the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. May our prayers and discernment be in accord with the mission you have given us to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. May our next bishop be a person of prayer who is present to us as pastor and teacher while prophetically calling us to the ministry of justice, peace, and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Hold These Future Dates:

  • April 1-7 - Palm Sunday and Holy Week

  • April 8 – Easter Day

  • April 22 – Spring Memorial Service

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.
 

Monday, 2/6 Monday, 2/13
 
10:00AM
4:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Preschool Registration
CGS - Catholic
Boy Scout Troop 713

  
4:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
CGS - Catholic
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 2/7 Tuesday, 2/14

10:00AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
6:30PM
6:30PM

Morning Prayer
Preschool Registration
Staff Meeting
Jubilate
Conveners

10:00AM
10:30AM
6:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate
Wednesday, 2/8 Wednesday, 2/15

9:30AM
10:00AM
12:00PM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

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

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

Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

Thursday, 2/9 Thursday, 2/16
12:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Preschool Program
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
10:00AM
5:30PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
Preschool Open Reg.
Finance
EFM
Ladies Night Out
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 2/10 Friday, 2/17
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM

Jim's day off
Men’s Bible study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
 
17th-19th
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM

Jim's day off
New Beginnings @
   Camp Mikell
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.

Saturday, 2/11 Saturday, 2/18

6:30PM

Valentine Dinner Dance

9:00AM
12:00PM
6:30PM

Baptismal Rehearsal
Cats on Wheels
Men’s Game Night
   @ Masseys'

Sunday, 2/12 Sunday, 2/19

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Vestry
Stephen Ministry

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist


YOUTH NEWS

By Mike Peterson

Happening #57

If you are in high school and have never been to Happening at Camp Mikell, now is your chance! Find out what all of your friends at church have been talking about. The event is February 24-26 and registration deadline for candidates is Friday, February 17. For information go to youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Happening.asp.

 

New Beginnings

If you are not yet in high school, there’s a great program for you at Camp Mikell as well called New Beginnings! It’s open to all 6-9 graders and is a fantastic way to grow in your faith, have fun, and make friends from all over North Georgia. The event is February 17-19 and registration deadline for participants is Saturday, February 11. For information go to youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/New_Beginnings.asp

 

Thank you, Ellis and Keith

Congratulations to youth leaders Ellis Kilgore and Keith Dumke who were honored at the January Annual Parish Meeting as recipients of the St. Catherine’s Cross award for their years of selfless dedication to the youth of St. Catherine’s and more. We know from experience how much they each deserved it, and we thank them for their continuing ministry!


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • February 17
  • March 2
  • March 16

The Wheel is published two times per month, usually on Fridays. Beginning February 1, 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 and photos 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 The Wheel, 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
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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