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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
March 19 - April 1, 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Holy Conversations
Newcomer coffee
Lent activities
Holy Week activities
Easter Triduum
Easter activities
Church School newcomer class
VBS
Hunger Walk report
Nets for Life
Cookbooks sold out
Photos pickup
New piano
Prayer chain
Care calendar
Young Families
Ministry focus: Vestry
In the Community
  Diocesan Young Adults
  Bishop candidates
LETTERS
Holy Baptism

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  Shower
  Elizabeth Inn
  Contests
  Emmaus House
  Special events
Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

3/18 – Holy Conversations meeting

3/20, 27 – Lenten Morning Eucharist & Study

3/21, 28 – WNL Lenten Series & Compline

3/21 – Holy Conversations meeting

3/25 – Newcomer Coffee;
Easter flowers/music donations due;
Easter eggs/candy donations due

3/27 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

3/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner;
Easter egg assembly

4/1 – Palm Sunday;
No Church School
 

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The mid-point of Lent

By Father Jim+

We are the mid-point of this journey from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday—the mid-point of Lent. If you are anything like me, the journey hasn’t gone necessarily as I had envisioned. This is not to say that I am disappointed in the journey or that I haven’t enjoyed the unexpected challenges and joys I’ve encountered along the way. In fact, I have! It is to say, however, that what I envisioned of this journey on Ash Wednesday as I knelt to receive ashes and to be reminded of my destiny is not what it’s been these past twenty-something days. Of course, some of it has—my reading and meditating on God’s word and your words in reflection, my Happening encounter with God, the worship we’ve shared together and now my Lenten retreat.

What is different, though, is my encounter with my life in this time. Ever since being sick at Christmas I have taken a new view of life events. I’m not entirely sure the meaning of this view, but I find through it a new-found freedom to be who God has created me to be. I find myself trying to focus on doing the things I think are important milestones along my journey (things that bring me joy) and to put a lower priority on doing things I think “others” expect me to do. This “look” at life has allowed me to encounter God in new ways apart from the chatter and clutter of “things” to be done. I can’t explain it completely— I’m working on it—but I think it has a lot to do with living more fully into the pilgrim’s prayer I often use, “Life is short and we do not have much time….”

I look forward to the continued journey through Lent and into the new life of resurrection joy. I invite you to make good use of this time!


Holy Conversations: Developing a Long-Term Plan for our Parish

Working with our vestry, the Holy Conversations Team has developed goals and objectives to begin to prioritize our tasks and actions in developing the strategic plan for our parish. View the goals now on our website at www.stcatherines.org/longtermplan2012.pdf. Come for one of our two meetings for discussion of our goals & objectives and ask your questions:

  • Sunday, March 18 -- 10:00 am in the Parish Hall
  • Wednesday, March 21 -- 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall (WNL program)

Visit the bulletin board in the foyer near the nametags to post comments, or get team members' contact information for questions and your input.

Holy Conversations -- catch the video!

Thank you to Mitch Dumke and our all-star cast!!

or go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6Jk5rrQTw&feature=youtu.be


Welcoming/Newcomer Coffee

Sunday, March 25

All newcomers and visitors to St. Catherine's are cordially invited to our next Welcoming Coffee at 10-11 AM in the Parish Hall. 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. No RSVP needed. Please come for coffee and goodies, and get acquainted with your parish family.


Lent activities continue

  • Wednesday Night Live (WNL) -- WNL continues through March 28, then is on break during Holy Week and the week after Easter, resuming on April 18. "The Screwtape Lettters" is our Lenten series for adults. Come for WNL with 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 770-971-2839 by 5:00 pm on Tuesday before each date you'll dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.
  • Read your Reflection of the Day on our website now through Easter Day at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm, from our collection of Lenten reflections written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners.
  • 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. We are done promptly at 8:00 am so you can be on your way to your day's activities. Please join us.
  • Rice Bowls outreach -- Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Use your plastic "rice" bowl to collect your spare change throughout Lent. 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.

Holy Week preparation activities

Calendar

April 1 - Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist at 7:30
Breakfast, 8 am
Family Liturgy of the Palms + Holy Eucharist at 8:45 am *
(No Church School)
Choral Liturgy of the Palms + Holy Eucharist at 11:15 am *
April 3 - Tuesday in Holy Week Holy Eucharist + Study, 7-8 am
Children’s Stations of the Cross, 6:30 pm
April 4 - Wednesday in Holy Week Holy Eucharist + Healing Service, 7:30 pm *
April 5 - Maundy Thursday Proper Liturgy, 7:30 pm *
Prayer Vigil, 9 pm to 9 am
April 6 - Good Friday Morning Prayer, 9 am
Stations of the Cross (outdoor), 12 pm
Stations of the Cross (indoor), 6:30 pm
Proper Liturgy, 7:30 pm *
Monastic Supper, 9 pm
April 7 - Holy Saturday Proper Liturgy, 10 am
Easter Vigil + Baptisms, 7:30 pm *

* - Nursery available

 

  • Palm Sunday Readers needed

A tradition of the church is for the congregation to read the Passion Gospel in parts on Palm Sunday. It reminds us that the journey that we being on Palm Sunday is not a memorialization of something that happened long ago but a journey of betrayal, pain, suffering and new life we each take in our lives.

Volunteer readers are invited 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 as well). Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Steve Diffley.

 

  • Wednesday Healing Service (April 4, 7:30 pm)

“While Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.” (Mark 14:3)

The mystery of the anointing with holy oil (holy unction) provides both physical and spiritual healing. The sacrament, with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit, is most commonly celebrated during Holy Week on Holy Wednesday evening. Everyone in the parish may be anointed with the holy oil for the healing of spiritual and bodily ills. The oil carries God's grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. The service follows the apostolic tradition mentioned in the New Testament: "...let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15).

Holy unction is a mystery of great comfort to the faithful and integral to our journey through Holy Week to the new life of resurrection. It provides uplifting and asks for patience to accept the will of God whatever the physical outcome.

 

  • Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil (April 5 - April 6)

He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; into temptation the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’ (Mark 14:37-42)

Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. Security is in the building through the night. The sign up poster is in the foyer on the bulletin board next to the name tag kiosk, and there is no limit on the number who may come per time period. Please find a half-hour or hour period you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?

Security for Prayer Vigil -- Three individuals are needed to help provide “security” through the night at church as parishioners arrive to pray in the Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil, April 5-6. If you are interested please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office.

 

  • Good Friday Monastic Dinner (April 6, following 7:30 pm liturgy)

We will gather after our Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. We break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy fish stew, bread, and a little wine or other beverages. It is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Please RSVP on the Opportunity for Ministry in your bulletin or call the office.

 

  • Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion used by individuals or groups who wish through prayer and reflection to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary. It is one of the most important devotions honoring the passion of Jesus. What matters most in the Stations of the Cross is to follow Jesus Christ in his passion and to see ourselves mirrored in him. To face life's dark side in ourselves and in our world, we need images of hope, and Jesus offers images of hope in his passion. By accompanying him on the Way of the Cross, we gain his courageous patience and learn to trust in God who delivers us from evil.

Guided Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday, April 6, with Outdoor Stations at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm. A Way of the Cross for Children is held Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 pm. This is an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. Children old enough to read will enjoy this experience in particular but all children are invited ages 7-12.

 

  • Flowers and music donations due Sunday, March 25

We invite all in the parish to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our church for the Easter celebration as well as for special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please return donations by March 25. 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 included to the church office).

 

  • Rites of Reconciliation

Our clergy offer the opportunity for private confession during Holy Week. During Lent we are called to a ministry of self-examination and forgiveness. Holy Week is a great time to explore areas in our lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard any time and anywhere. The Reconciliation of a Penitent, (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 446-452) is available for all. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament or simply inquire about it, please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan by noon on Good Friday, April 6.


Journey to Easter: April 5, 6, 7

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join us April 5, 6 and 7 for three days of intense liturgy with word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. Please come! This time is often referred to as the Easter Triduum. It marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. It begins with Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. From the events remembered, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In liturgy and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. And we discover the answer to age old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us?

In the celebration of Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday, April 5), Jesus sacramentally anticipates the gift he makes of himself on the cross. His command to serve others is dramatically recalled in the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which he performed for his disciples. This year our Stephen Ministers and Youth will join us in this ancient tradition of washing feet. Like the Paschal lamb, killed and eaten by the people, Jesus is a sign of God's salvation. In our prayer vigil [following this service] through the night, we respond in word and deed to Jesus’ wish for his disciples to watch one hour with him in the garden.

Good Friday (April 6) liturgies retell the story of that last day with a simple dignity and drama not seen at other times in the church. During this time we pray for the entire world asking that this powerful paschal mystery bring blessings to the world. According to ancient tradition, the cross is venerated this day, and the sacrament of Christ's love for his church is received. It is one of two days the Episcopal Church asks us to fast—the other is Ash Wednesday, therefore a fitting beginning and end to our Lenten journey.

 

Easter Vigil (April 7) is the high point celebrating the passion and resurrection of Jesus. It is the most beautiful of all liturgies – the queen of all festivals! Bring your favorite and loudest bells to this service. With a rich display of symbol, liturgy and readings, the church expresses her faith in the mystery that brings her into being. The vigil opens with a service of light. The lighting of the fire and the Easter candle go back to time before Christianity. The candle, carried with loving reverence and lyrically praised, is a sign of Christ, "the light of the world," and celebrates the victory of light that humanity longs for. Next, a series of readings recalls the great interventions of God in history, from creation to the redemption of Israel from Egypt, and ends with the story of Jesus' resurrection. Those preparing for Baptism receive the sacraments of initiation. The blessed water signifies the blessing of new life. The great "alleluia" proclaims with quiet joy the triumph of God's Son. And finally, Rejoice! this night says to all creation as it brings before us the deepest symbols of our hopes and fears. The darkness, sign of evil and death, has been overcome by light. A lamp, a candle has been lit; a fire is enkindled in our hearts; a nourishing water flows through our lives; a baptism destroys what is unclean and brings to life again. The Word who made all things freshly proclaims God's promise of life. All creation celebrates God's love.

Holy Week & Easter 2011 photos above and below by Jan Potter


Easter Day – Sunday, April 8

Schedule:

6:30 am - Sunrise Eucharist
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:45 am - Festival Family Eucharist
10 am - Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
     No Church School
11:15 am - Festival Choral Eucharist
12:45 pm - Reception

  • Flowering of the Cross

We invite all children to bring cut flowers to the 8:45 AM Easter morning worship service. It is our custom to flower the cross in front of the sanctuary just as the glorious worship service begins. Be sure to bring flowers for each child, and we always appreciate some extras for children who are visiting or simply forgot theirs in the rush of dressing in their Easter finery.

 

  • Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt will be on Easter Day for children through 5th grade immediately after 8:45 service (about 10:00 am). We ask that parents supervise their own children during the hunt. Young children (toddlers-2nd grade) meet under the Great Oak and older children (3rd-5th grade) meet in the downstairs atrium. Youth 6th grade and older may be helpers, please contact Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net.

Candy & eggs needed by Sunday, March 25

We appreciate your donations of

  • empty plastic eggs
  • individually wrapped candy
    Please make sure the candy contains NO peanuts or peanut products

Please leave eggs and candy separate, no need to fill the eggs. 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!

  • Receptions help needed

The Fellowship Committee invites everyone to an Easter reception following the 8:45 and 11:15 services. Volunteers are needed to help especially for the 8:45 reception. Please sign up in on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Pat Pepper at ppepper97bellsouth.net if you can help serve or clean up. We also need volunteers to bring finger foods to share. Please bring your contribution to the kitchen before the service that you attend.

 

  • Parking helpers

We need 3 people before the 8:45 and 11:15 services on Easter Sunday to assist with directing traffic in our parking lot. If you are able to arrive 30 minutes before either service to help, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, contact the church office.

 

  • Easter Communions

We invite you to let us know if you will not be able to be in church on Easter due to illness. The Church's tradition is to bring the communion of Sunday of the Resurrection to those unable to celebrate in the midst of the community of faith. Simply contact the office and we'll have one of our Eucharistic Visitors call to arrange a visit.


New Adult Church School Class begins April 15: "FAQs for Newcomers"

By Amma Susan+

Beginning on April 15, a new class will be offered for adults: FAQs for Newcomers. This class will explore the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Episcopal Church and other information about who we are at St. Catherine's. Designed for Newcomers, this class will be enjoyed by "old-timers" at St. Cats as well. Class meets in the Conference Room during Church School hour on Sunday.


SKY Vacation Bible School 2012

June 25–28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

This year, we'll take to the SKY and discover that by trusting God, everything is possible! Sky VBS helps kids realize that God is active in our lives and with us every single day. At Sky VBS, we’ll encourage kids to look for evidence of God in things like a sunset, a rainstorm, a laugh, a kind word, or a tasty snack. Our days will be filled with music, games, stories, and imagination!

The program is open to ages 4 by July 1st through rising 5th graders. We welcome volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week.Registration forms are available at church in the foyer or preschool, or you can download a form from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/vbs-registration-form2012.pdf. The cost is $25 per child. After June 10th cost is $35 per child.

Thank you and we look forward to sharing our Sky theme with your children this summer! Please note our VBS is 4 days (Monday through Thursday) in anticipation of July 4th week. Email questions or to volunteer – stcatsvbslive.com


Hunger Walk success!

More than 35 parishioners came to Turner Field on March 10 to walk or run for this year's event. A BIG congratulations to Davis Waldron and Andrew Hutton who placed 8th and 9th respectively in the run! Our new blue St. Cat's t-shirts were helpful for finding each other in the crowd of 15,000 people. Many thanks to Connie Bergeron, Carol Eskew and Hale Sanders who led our effort. Donations from St. Catherine’s were made online, at church and at the event – final figures to come.

It’s not too late to contribute —Hunger Walk donations are still being accepted online through the end of Marchclick go to the St. Catherine’s team page


Nets for Life begins March 25

By Steve Diffley

The Nets for Life campaign at St. Catherine’s will kick off on Sunday, March 25 at all three services. There will be a brief explanation of what the mosquito nets are for and strategies to sell the treated, life-saving nets. In your bulletins there will be a pamphlet which outlines the malaria problem in sub-Sahara Africa and explains the “Nets for Life” program. The nets may be ordered online or by check sent to the church. All received monies will be sent to a collection point, nets purchased and sent to Africa. Be sure to indicate “St. Catherine's, Marietta, Ga.” online or on the check.

This outreach program of the Episcopal Church is something all of us can participate in and know we are saving lives. The goal for St. Cat’s is 900 nets; it can be reached with your help. Information about Nets For Life and how our diocese is participating is available at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/NetsForLife.asp.

I need two to three people to help me, one or two from each service will do. Thank you for your support.


Cookbooks are sold out

By Amy Morris

Thank you for all of your purchases! We are officially 100% SOLD OUT of our 50th Anniversary Cook Books now. We hope you have enjoyed them and had fun cooking each others’ recipes! Thank you once again to all of the hands that worked on the many different aspects of this 50th anniversary project.


Pictorial Directory photos pickup reminder

For those who had photo directory pictures taken in JANUARY or FEBRUARY 5-6, you may pick up your photos in the church office during office hours or between services on Sunday. (Pictures for those whose photos were taken February 19 have been mailed to each household.) The directories will be delivered later this spring. For questions please contact Maureen Donoghue at georgiadonoghuescomcast.net.


Our New Piano

By Father Jim

You may have seen or heard a new addition to our worship this past Sunday, March 11. If not, you will have plenty of opportunities. A grand piano has entered our common life in worship through a generous gift from the family of Larraine Nichols. It is an extraordinary gift given to the glory of God and in memory of one who loved our music program at St. Catherine’s. The piano is a Hailun model 178 5' 10" grand with an ebony black finish and trimmed with birdseye maple. This instrument was chosen for its brightness, clarity, and ability to carry well throughout our sanctuary. This proved very true on its inaugural Sunday as Jana Williams played it at the 8:45 and 11:15 am services.

The piano will be dedicated at a service which will be announced when we have selected a date with the family. In the meantime we give thanks to God and to the Nichols family for this wonderful gift. It is a glorious addition to our worship.

Photos by Paul Manno and Brian Williams


St. Catherine’s Prayer Chain

Did you know? St. Catherine’s Prayer Chain is a network of dedicated persons who pray regularly for those in need. A weekly prayer list is distributed primarily by email of those who form our concerns through the congregation. In addition there is an “Urgent Requests Prayer Chain” for more immediate and urgent needs, which has been administered for many years by Marion Cook, and Barbara Cordery has agreed to take on this role now. If you are interested in joining the Prayer Chain to pray for the concerns of our parish members and/or would like to be part of the Urgent Requests group, please contact Margaret Shaw, mhshawzbellsouth.net for information.

If you have a concern which you would like to be prayed for by the members of the Prayer Chain, please contact Parish Secretary Ginney Linstrom in the office, 770-971-2839.


Care Calendar

Parishioner Anne Whittle will need some help with meals over the next couple of months as she recovers. A care calendar has been set up to help coordinate volunteers who are able to provide meals to her. If you are interested, check your Parish Announcements email or contact the church office for log in information. Thank you!


Young Families activities

Save these dates for fun and fellowship!

  • Annual Wine Tasting at the home of Nelson and Emily Gale on Friday, April 20
  • Outing to Chattahoochee Nature Center late morning on Saturday, April 28

March Ministry Focus: Vestry

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry. For information please contact Senior Warden Tanya Bowers-Dean, Junior Warden Bill Lee, or any member of the Vestry.


IN THE COMMUNITY

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 walk-about schedule

Information about the five nominees for Atlanta's 10th bishop is available on the Bishop Search and Transition website as well as 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 election of the 10th Bishop of Atlanta will be held on June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Philip.

The candidates will participate in walkabouts in several churches around the Diocese as opportunities for deputies and other interested individuals to meet all of the candidates. The schedule for the walkabouts is as follows (times in the evening, TBA):

  • Monday, May 14 - Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville
  • Tuesday, May 15 – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta
  • Wednesday, May 16 – Christ Episcopal Church, Macon
  • Thursday, May 17 – St. David’s Episcopal Church, Roswell
  • Friday, May 18 – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rome


LETTERS

Hi St. Catherine’s family,

My name is Jenny Korwan and I have been a member of St. Catherine’s since I was a little girl. I graduated from Wheeler High School in 2006 and moved to Athens for school at the University of Georgia. I graduated last May with a degree in social work. While in Athens I have been attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church where I have worked as a youth intern and been involved with the young adults ministry. My time in Athens has been wonderful and I have grown in many ways. One thing I am always learning about is what God is calling me to do.

During my second year at UGA, I discovered a passion I have for learning about people and different cultures and how we all relate. This led to my final major change to social work. I had the opportunity to study abroad and go on a few different mission trips during my time in college and those were the times I felt closest to God. I know I love to travel, but I kept thinking to myself, “Can God be calling me to travel?” In a way I believe He is, but not in the lavish way of the Travel Channel. One place and culture in particular that had captured my heart is East Africa. I have been blessed with opportunities to visit Kenya twice now. It is hard to explain my love and passion for the people and the country other than to say God has given me a heart for it. The joy and peace I feel when I think about my time there or when I get to talk about it or learn more about it is unlike anything I have experienced before. After graduation my plan was to travel with an African Children’s Choir from Kenya. They were to come over here and lead worship at different churches all over the United States for 9 months. Unfortunately they were denied visas to travel, so there went my plan, but it is good because God’s plan is always better.

Now, here is why you are reading my story. As I said God’s plan is always better. With a lot of support, prayer, and guidance I was led to a program through the Episcopal Church missions called the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC). Just recently I was accepted into the program to be a participant this coming year. YASC is a program for Episcopal young adults, ages 21-30, to serve for 12 months in the mission field alongside a permanent missionary in the Anglican Communion all over the world. This is an incredible opportunity for young adults to get involved in what the Episcopal Church is doing worldwide. I am beyond excited about this coming year and how my family at St. Catherine’s can partner with me in this journey. I do not know for certain where I will be placed yet, but I should know by the end of March or beginning of April. The next steps for me are to raise $10,000, attend 2 weeks of training in July, and then depart in August. I look forward to opportunities to share more with you all about my story and what God is calling me to.

Jenny Korwan


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, Teresa Witham, Neal Aimar, Paul Beswick, David French, Barbara, Jean Windrow, Alycen Widdon, 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, Lawrence Guy, Doris Bailey, Vincent Bagby, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Risa Maier, Caroline Brennan, Laurel Glidewell, Richard Pearson, Tara Nesbit, Bill Falinski, Estelle Partin, Robert Palmer, Sue Palmer, Jim, Barry, Mike, Rebecca Weaver, Kristen Robinson, Julie Heath, Gail Bartlett, Cliff Kutzbach, Mabel

DECEASED: Walter Childs, Mark Childs’ father; Philip Myerly, Phil Spessard’s uncle; Thurston Harrison Boyd, friend of Barbara Cordery

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (3/19) Zach Ladner, Amy Mikkelsen, (3/20) Dale Edwards, Ryan Blakey, Barb Selby, Ron Brannock, Ray Ban, Briana Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lani Brooks, Laura Turner, (3/21) Amanda Jones, Norma Alexander, (3/22) Susan Heuke, April Studley, (3/23) Claire Paglia, Laura Dover, (3/25) Bradley McGhee, (3/26) Chris Potter, Alan Certain, Zachary Ladner, Tad Travis, (3/27) Randy Satterfield, (3/28) Marilyn May, Sybil Coote, (3/29) Forrest Tuemmler, Catherine Moore, Alison Gale, (3/30) Marilyn Whitlow, Siena Glidewell, (3/31) Tate Phillips,(4/1) Lucas Cordona

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: (3/24) Chuck & Jan Severs

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (3/18) Claire & Rob Harrison, Davis & Mitchell Waldron; Judith Harrison; Scott, Kris, Gabrielle & Grace Harwell; Jay & Joyce Hendricks, Jerilyn & Carson Gardner; Bruce, Susan, Scott & Tom Heuke; (3/25) Kristina Higgins, Carolyn Hilley, Debra & Ben Hilley; Todd, Anne, Grady & Frannie Hitchins; Eric, Amy, Christian, Cameron & Lauren Hollis

TRANSFERRED IN: Steven, Susan, Mary Kathryn, Nicholas & Jennifer Vavra from The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta, Georgia

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 22 – Spring Memorial Service
  • May 20 - Youth Sunday, Graduates recognition, Last day of Church School
  • May 25-June 3 –Youth Pilgrimage
  • May 27 - Pentecost, Parish Picnic, Summer worship schedule begins (7:30 & 10:30 am)
  • June 2 – Election for 10th Bishop of Atlanta at Cathedral of St. Philip
  • June 25-28 - VBS, 1-4 pm
  • July 21 - Talent Show & Potluck Dinner

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.
 

Monday, 3/19 Monday, 3/26
 
4:00PM
6:30PM
7:000PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
GSC Catholic
Kneeler Group
Theater Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

  
4:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
CGS Catholic
Theater Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 3/20 Tuesday, 3/27

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

Lenten Eucharist/Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Adult Ed.
Jubilate
Vestry Meeting

7:00AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
6:00PM
6:30PM
Lenten Eucharist/Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry
Jubilate
Wednesday, 3/21 Wednesday, 3/28

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

Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir
Compline

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

MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Elizabeth Inn Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir
Compline

Thursday, 3/22 Thursday, 3/29
8:30AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Stewardship Meeting
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Theater Group
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Theater Group
Friday, 3/23 Friday, 3/30
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM

Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.

Saturday, 3/24 Saturday, 3/31

 

 

8:30AM
9:00AM

Stephen Ministry
Flower Guild

Sunday, 3/25 Sunday, 4/1

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

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
   /Jubilate
Church School
Newcomer’s Coffee
Choral Holy Eucharist

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

Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
No Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry


YOUTH NEWS

Wedding shower Wednesday, March 21

All St. Catherine's youth and youth leaders are invited to a Wedding Shower 6:30- 7:30 pm in the Youth House for Mary Bess and Mike to celebrate their upcoming marriage. Please plan to come and bring a snack to share if you wish.

 

By Mike Peterson

Serving at Elizabeth Inn

Our Wednesday Night Live activity is going to be a bit different on March 28 as we will be serving dinner at the Elizabeth Inn that night. Elizabeth Inn is an emergency homeless shelter that is run by MUST Ministries here in Marietta. The youth of St Catherine’s (along with several other ministry teams) have served there many times over the years. It is always a good time and a great opportunity to help some folks out and get to know them as well. To add to the excitement, we will also use some of our time that evening to stuff Easter Eggs for the St. Catherine’s Easter Egg Hunt!

Youth who would like ride to Elizabeth Inn from St. Catherine’s, please be at church by 5 PM and let me know in advance that you plan to ride with us. Otherwise, feel free to meet us at Elizabeth Inn at 5:30 PM (if you can’t make it that early, we will be there until 7:30, so come join us whenever you are able). Hope to see you there!

 

Contests for Nets For Life

There are some wonderful opportunities for you to help out an incredibly important cause while potentially winning cash prizes! The Diocese of Atlanta is holding a video contest to support the Nets for Life campaign. If videos aren’t your thing, there is also an essay contest. Nets for Life provides crucial supplies to help fight the spread of diseases such as malaria. You can find more information at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Flicks_for_Nets_Video_Contest.asp (for the diocesan video contest) and/or www.inspirationfund.org/making-a-difference-contest (for the Inspiration Fund Essay Contest and video contest). Check it out!

 

Emmaus House fundraiser

Emmaus House will be holding the EMMAUS HOUSE KICKBALL FUNDRAISER TOURNAMENT on Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 PM. All proceeds will benefit the new youth group at the Emmaus House Chapel in Peoplestown. There will be prizes, food for sale, music and a whole lot of fun! Cost: $10 per contestant, $75 per 10-person team. Where: D.H. Stanton Park, Peoplestown (a couple blocks from Emmaus House) 213 Haygood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. If you are interested, please let me know. Please note that I will be returning from my honeymoon during this event, but I will be delighted to register a team and make the necessary arrangements if enough people are interested.

 

Special events

In addition to putting your special events on the calendar in the youth house, I am happy to promote any events that you would like the St. Catherine’s Youth community to know about! To that end, I am happy to announce that Gracie Dover will be starring in the musical Hairspray this Friday night at 7 PM at Roswell High. Moreover, Mason Lewis will be starring in Beauty and the Beast, which runs this weekend and the following weekend. Enjoy some wonderful evenings of theater while supporting Gracie and Mason in their theatrical endeavors!


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 30
  • April 20
  • May 4

The Wheel is published two times per month, usually on Fridays. Beginning February 1, 2012 all editions are 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.

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Editor: Karen Manno
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