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+
I attended Happening 57 at Camp Mikell this past weekend. While I missed the liturgy of the First Sunday in Lent, I can’t think of a better way to start my journey into Lent, 2012. I was filled by the love and grace of God which flowed so freely through the teenagers who led the weekend as team members and attended the weekend as candidates. I was one of eight adults who attended as candidates.
I left the weekend with a few reflections:
I had a wonderful weekend and am very glad I went. To think that I nearly didn’t is to be thankful for a God who nudges me (lights the fire, shall we say?!) even when I don’t want to be nudged.
Tuesday, March 6
Join us at 7:00-8:30 PM in the Parish Hall. All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and members—and all those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's, please attend this important meeting. It will be a time to share ministry team plans and needs for this year.
Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time... SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.
Parish Lenten Quiet Evening: A Date With God
By Amma Susan+
Where do you want to be spiritually on Easter Sunday? Are your Lenten practices deepening your relationship with Jesus? God is waiting for you to take your mind off yourself and be free. Need some time to move out of yourself and into God’s presence? Come to the Parish Lenten Quiet Evening, Friday, March 16th from 7-9 PM. Amma Susan will offer meditations followed by time for reflection, walking the labyrinth, body prayer,and a Taize service. Light refreshments will be served. Nursery will be available.
Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run
Sunday, March 11 at Turner Field
For over 27 years, the Hunger Walk/Run has united Atlantans of all ages and athletic backgrounds to support hunger and poverty relief. The annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and, if you designate, Episcopal Charities Foundation. Please help support all our St. Catherine’s team members in the fight against hunger by contributing generously. All proceeds collected through Hunger Walk/Run remain in our community, and your donations are tax-deductible.
The more people from St. Catherine's, the better! You can see who is signed up to participate, sign up yourself or make contributions to support someone else who is walking -- click here: St. Catherine’s Team (or go to www.hungerwalkrun.org, click on "Episcopal Charities Foundation", and follow the links to Join An Existing Team). You may also sign up in the foyer or on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact Connie Bergeron connieatlbergerons.net or Carol Eskew carolharvestmtg.com.
Read your Reflection of the Day
Read your daily reflection now through Easter Day from “A Journey of Prayer, Study and Service,” our collection of Lenten reflections written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. See it now online at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.
More copies of the booklet are now available in the foyer. You’ll also find the reflections collection by our East Cobb community churches, and more Lenten materials for all ages.
RiceBowls.Org outreach for Lent
Fact: There are nearly 144 million orphans.
Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Pick up a plastic “rice” bowl in the foyer or near the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change throughout Lent to make a difference in the lives of these children. Filled bowls are due back to the church Easter Day (April 8). Information about Rice Bowls is available on the website at www.RiceBowls.org. Sponsored at St. Catherine’s by Young Families ministry. Questions? Contact Suzanne McGhee, 770.971.2740, willandsuzcomcast.net or Molly Banko, 770.977.8336, mdbankocomcast.net.
…Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions & in truth... – 1 John 3:18
Tuesday morning Lenten Eucharist & Study continues
Each Tuesday during Lent, through April 3, we gather at 7:00 am for Eucharist followed by a 30 minute study. Our study this year is “Learning Forgiveness.” We are done promptly at 8:00 am so you can be on your way to your day's activities. Please join us.
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) continues
WNL continues weekly with dinner 5:45-6:30 pm and programs for all ages 6:30-7:30 pm. Our adult program for Lent is “The Screwtape Lettters,” and we finish the evening with a brief compline service. 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.
Music and Flowers collection
We invite everyone to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our church and special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (or you may send donations with this information to the church office). Please return donations by Sunday, March 25.
Palm Sunday readers sign up
We need volunteer readers to participate in the reading of the Passion Gospel at our 8:45 or 11:15 am services on Palm Sunday, April 1— eight readers per service, a total of sixteen. You will read a small part while standing at your seat. This is an opportunity for parishioners who are not already lay readers to be involved (lay readers are welcome to participate as well). Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Steve Diffley.
Easter eggs/candy needed by Sunday, March 25
For the annual Easter egg hunt on Easter Day, we appreciate your donations of empty plastic eggs and individually wrapped candy. Please leave eggs and candy separate, no need to fill the eggs, and please make sure the candy contains NO peanuts or peanut products. Items can be dropped off in the box outside Youth Director Mike’s office by Sunday, March 25.
The eggs will be assembled on Wednesday, March 28, at 6:30 pm in the Youth House. Please join us! The Easter egg hunt will be on Easter Day (April 8) immediately after 8:45 service for children through 5th grade.
Sunday, March 11
Have you wanted to visit the wonderful bookstore at the Cathedral of St. Philip, but just don't get to Buckhead that often? The Cathedral Bookstore is coming to you. Sunday, March 11, the “traveling store” will be at St. Catherine's for your shopping pleasure between services and following 11:15 service. Ten percent of the proceeds this day will go to benefit Emmaus House.
You can browse the bookstore's catalog any time (and place orders for regular delivery) on their website at www.cathedralbookstore.org.
Monday, March 12, 3-7 pm
If you had your Pictorial Directory pictures taken on February 5-6 (or in January), you may pick up your free portrait picture and additional orders at church on March 12, 3 to 7 pm. The finished directories will be delivered to church later this spring.
Reservations full, call now for waiting list
Thank you for the great response to our women’s retreat. The reservation list is full, but call now to get on the waiting list—contact the office at 770-971-2839. The Women's Retreat is April 27-29 at Montara Farm. Cost is $275 (gratuity optional) for single room & all meals. For questions you may contact Amma Susan+ or Julie Fulcher, juliejfulchergmail.com. Information and photos about Montara Farm and directions to it are available at www.montarafarm.com. 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, rosewolfebellsouth.net. It is a wonderful gift that you can give to help a sister in Christ in her faith journey.
Saturday, March 17 at Rose & Crown
Join Cats on Wheels this month for St. Patrick’s Day lunch at 11:30 am at Rose and Crown Tavern, on Powers Ferry Road south of Windy Hill Road. Please sign up in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan+, 770-971-2839, by Thursday, March 15 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 1931 Powers Ferry Road, SE Atlanta, GA 30339, phone 770-933-5595, visit www.roseandcrowntavern.com for information, menu and directions.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!
Two great days of baptisms in February ... Photos by Jan Potter.
Isaac Thomas (see more photos at HaleBabyBaptism021212)
Jacob Evans (see more pictures at DrahushukBaptism021912)
Saturday, March 17
By Molly Banko and Suzanne McGhee
Please join us at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall for a Young Families Game Night. We’ll have Yahtzee, Uno, Zingo, Twister, Hyperdash and more. You can also see if you have the luck of the Irish in the dice game Left, Right, Center. Please bring three $1 bills for each player (all ages). We’ll provide chicken fingers, juice boxes, and water. Bring an appetizer, side or dessert to share. BYOB or wine if desired. RSVP by Thursday, March 15 to Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net.
YF activities coming up
We’re planning a family afternoon at Chattahoochee Nature Center as well as the annual adults' Wine Tasting. Information and dates will be coming soon.
Men’s “Gospel of Mark” Bible Study
A new offering has been added to Church School on Sundays, a men’s bible study of the Gospel of Mark, led by Bill Ivey and Hans Kraeger. The class meets in the Study Room (across from the library in the administration wing). What does Jesus have to say to the 21st Century man for his life—family, career, volunteer, Christian, and more? We will tackle a chapter a week and cover Mark’s story of Jesus by the time we get to Pentecost. Please join us.
Sunday, March 25
All newcomers and visitors to St. Catherine's are cordially invited to our next Welcoming Coffee. Please join us 10-11 AM in the Parish Hall, no RSVP needed. This is a social as well as informative gathering, as clergy, staff and lay leaders will be present to answer questions about our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and goodies, and get acquainted with your parish family.
We have begun to make available for your reception gluten-free bread at communion. All you need do is alert the priest at the communion rail to your desire to share the Eucharist with gluten-free bread, and she or he will make it available. We hope that this will allow many who have not been able to share in the body of Christ to do so at this time. We are always open to your feedback about how this is working.
Mark your summer vacation planning calendar now! This summer’s Vacation Bible School will be Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28, 1 pm to 4 pm. Watch for the announcement of our theme, coming soon.
Our VBS coordinators this year are Angela Herndon, Amy Mikkelson and Harriet Pyburn. Please contact them to get involved now with planning—plenty of adult and youth volunteers will be needed, so sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin.
We’ve passed inspections!! First we had interesting issues which required altering the stairs and the deck, but now we’ve passed inspection on plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and framing! We are really moving on. The plan for Saturday, March 3 is insulation, some painting, minor framing and electrical, soffits, and to empty the building to prepare for sheetrocking.
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.
Photo, right - Progress as of mid-February, by Tom Hargis
Beginning a new book Monday, March 12
“The beloved spiritual writer meditates on the parable of the prodigal son's return—a powerful drama of fatherhood, filial duty, rivalry, and anger between brothers—and its enduring lessons for Christianity.” This is how Amazon.com describes Henri Nouwen’s book, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. The Men’s Book Study will begin reading Nouwen’s book at their March12 meeting at Hale Sander’s home beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm. Every man in the congregation is invited to join us but to be sure we have enough food we’d like you to let Hale know you will be attending (halesandersatt.net). If you plan to attend please read the Prologue and the Introduction before Monday evening.
Men’s Book Study meets on second Mondays starting at 6:30 pm and includes a light dinner. Each month the group meets in a different member’s home, be sure to check the calendar for each meeting. Members obtain their own copy of the study book whether through the library, purchase from book stores or online sources, or borrowed from a friend. Please join us!
Another review of the book suggests that “the Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us. For all who ask, ‘Where has my struggle led me?’ or for those ‘on the road’ who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination of a known way and safe passage, this work will inspire and guide each time it is read.”
By Sally Powers
At the regular Vestry
meeting on February 21, your Vestry:
March Ministry Focus: Vestry
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry. The Vestry holds regular monthly meetings on the third Tuesday which are open to all in the parish (check the church calendar for schedule). For information about their activity please contact Senior Warden Tanya Bowers-Dean, Junior Warden Bill Lee, or any member of the Vestry.
Diocesan Ministry Fair Saturday, March 10
9 am to 4 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip
Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair workshops this year include those on outreach that's local: Ministry Mentors & Community Investing; outreach that's national: Mind the Gap & The Joy of Reading Camp; and outreach that's global: Conducting a NetsForLife Campaign, Introduction to a New Partner: The Moravians, World Peace Village, and Sing to the Lord a New Song. The day begins with Great Gathering guest speaker Dr. Stephen C. Smith, from St. Bartholomew's, Atlanta, who will share the important work he is doing at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta on prevention of malaria using treated mosquito nets. The diocese has the goal of supplying 35,000 of these nets through the NetsforLife program; each parish will take part in this effort, so come and find out more about it!
So join hundreds of other Episcopalians for a full day of fun, fellowship and learning. Choose 3 workshops from more than 40 topics. Registration is $20 per person. To get details including the list of the workshops, and to register go to www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Ministry_Fair.asp. Brochures are also available for pickup at our church.
Saturday, March 10
A spaghetti dinner will be held at 5:30 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall to raise funds to benefit Beatrice, a six-year-old former St. Cat’s Preschool student diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), a rare, aggressive and almost always terminal brain cancer. The dinner is being hosted by Girl Scout Troops 28260 and 28289. For information about Sweet Bea and the fundraising campaign for her treatment please visit http://sweetbeafund.blogspot.com/.
Young Adults of NW Diocese
Next meeting Wednesday, March 21
Attention all YOUNG ADULTS! Interested in getting to know other Episcopalians your age around the northwest Atlanta area? Come spend an evening with other young adults (18-35, married & single) Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Ray’s New York Pizza in Kennesaw for some Team Trivia (600 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144). Come on out, we’d love to get to know you! Contact Elizabeth Dobos at 678-923-5791 or elizabethdobosgmail.com if you have any questions.
Five Bishop nominees: learn more about them
Information about the five nominees for Atlanta's 10th bishop is posted now on the Bishop Search and Transition website, including brief profiles and their answers to essay questions posed during the search process. Also available is much more information about the selection and election process on the diocese website. See it all now at bishopsearch.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Bishop_Search.asp .
The candidates will participate in walkabouts in several churches around the Diocese the week of May 14. The walkabouts will be opportunities for deputies and other interested individuals to meet all of the candidates. This will also be a time for the candidates to become more familiar with the diocese as they travel through the area. A detailed schedule of the walkabouts will be announced soon. The election of the 10th Bishop of Atlanta will be held on June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
Dear St. Catherine’s Family,
Pat and I want to thank you for the beautiful flowers. They lift our spirits every day as they remind us of your faithful thoughts and prayers that mean so much to us.
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, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Kent Moss, Sandy Curran, Teresa Witham, Neal Aimar, Paul Beswick, David French, Barbara, Jean Windrow, Alycen Whidden, Judy Anderson, Rusty Phillips, James Ellis, Anna Jenkins, Pressley Shrader, Anne Whittle, Ron & his family, Jim Greene, Joanne Pinkney, Katherine Sjoblom, Jennifer James, Kindness Israel, Page Loyd, Beverly, Marilyn Gradwell, Holly, Bea Tolley, Jack Stachura, Lynn McDowell, Angie Henson, Melissa & baby girl, Anne Pagel, Barry Costello, Owen Williams, Snow Lucchosi, Joan, Lilli, Jeanine & George, Joe Tarentino, Isha, Tammy Lange, Gloria, Kenny Denton & family, Scott Moore, Shirley Burland, Tim Denison, Sophie Polakowski, Marjorie Tomlin, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sue Jones, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Deborah, Gordon, Risa Maier, Doris Bailey, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Vincent Bagby, Caroline Brennan
BEFORE SURGERY: Sarah Moore Stanley
DECEASED: Jeannine Row, friend of Barb & Bill Selby, Linda Day, Tom & Shirley Day’s sister-in-law; Mark Zimmerman, Chuck Zimmerman’s uncle; Juanita Tally, friend of Barbara & Bruce Perry
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (3/5) Jim Dirksen, (3/6) Jim Hunkler, Courtney Ragan, (3/8) Travis Rader, Jessica Pierce, Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Rachel Hutton, Jim Stephens, Lilli Buckalew, (3/9) Chris Kallas, John Garner, (3/10) Erika Linstrom, Carol Crosslin, Bruce Heuke, Reghan Bishop, (3/11) Everett Hutto, (3/12) Emma Grace Lowry, Conner Dylan-Cicci Grohocki-Proctor(3/13) Brittany Rader, Jenna Gardiner, Dylan Farmer, (3/14) Rob Stuart, (3/15) Justin Motter, Karolyn Olliffe, (3/16) Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Timothy Carswell, Joe Greger, Susan Greger, Josh McLean, Gabi Gosnell, Linda Smith, Michael Kerr, Patrick Garner, (3/17) Dashiell Snape, (3/18) Marc Rader
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: (3/8) Woodie & Ralph Patrick
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (3/4) Jim & Bobbye Greene, Becky & Willow Riney; Matt, Missy, Caroline & Audrey Grace Greene; Germany Greer; Ron, Susan & Joe Greger; Rick, Scott & Amber Grohocki-Proctor, Conner Cicci Grohocki-Proctor; (3/11) Pierce, Katie & Isaac Hale; Bette Hamilton, Erica, Adam & Madison Handell; Bettye Harris; Jeff, Alison & Hannah Harris
TRANSFERRED IN: Gregory, Wendy & Hannah Beyer from St. James’ Episcopal Church, Marietta and Bruce, Julie, Caroline, Eric & Rachel Miner from St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church, Marietta
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.
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 entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
Pancakes succulently successful!
A great time at the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, thank you to everyone who turned out to support our youth program. Did you get some of the *bacon* pancakes?!?
Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at Pancakes022112
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