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.
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By Father Jim
Are you a showing forth Christian? It’s a question you might ask yourself this Epiphany. Epiphany celebrates the manifestation—the showing forth—of our Lord, Jesus Christ. From his baptism in the river Jordan, to his first miracle in Cana, his preaching in the synagogue in Capernaum, and finally his Transfiguration, Epiphany is a season where the divinity of Christ is on full display.
We “show forth” the divine spark that lives within us every day. However, during Epiphany it is an appropriate season for us to take time to ask, “How are we doing at displaying our Christian faith in the world?” How do we act when traffic doesn’t quite adhere to our (finely tuned and always correct) driving habits? What does that say about our faith? How do we act when the customer ahead of us in the “15 items or less lane” empties a basket full of groceries? What does that say about our faith? How do we act when our office mate tells an off-color joke with an ethnic group as the target? What does that say about our faith? How do we act when… well, you get the picture.
The Vestry discussed an article at their December meeting titled “Why don’t people come to church?” Its premise is that people don’t come to church because they’ve seen how church people—you and me—act in the world. In a word, they think we are hypocrites. It goes on to say that “the church won’t grow until we learn to love and value people who look and sound different from us. The church won’t grow until we begin to love others the way Jesus first loved us.”
Epiphany is a great season to show forth love for others “the way Jesus first loved us” by showing that love in the things we say and do in the every day. The little things in the end add up to the big thing—LOVE!
Be a showing forth Christian. Go and show forth this Epiphany!
Congratulations to the four persons who were elected to 3-year positions on December 16: Tom Blackstock, Jeff Harris, Bill Hutton, Rod Pope.
We thank Frances Bowden and Randy Satterfield for allowing their names to be put in nomination. The Vestry is at the very heart of our life together. Each of these six individuals offered their time and talents and considerable commitment to this ministry. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.
Sunday, January 27 - Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am ONLY
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Jan. 27 following the 10:30 principal service. A light lunch will be served first, then we'll proceed with business. There will be only two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM. Church School will be held 9-10 AM.
The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual reports due January 13
All committees and ministries at St. Catherine's! We really want to have all included in the annual report to the parish to be distributed at the Parish Annual Meeting. Please send them by email to rosewolfebellsouth.net by Sunday, January 13. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.
Saturday, January 12
Looking for a great start to 2013? Join us at 6:30 to 9:30 pm in the Parish Hall for a potluck dinner provided by Episcopal Marriage Encounter and a wonderful presentation on "Goal Setting for Couples." All couples are welcome, and we know you will find this evening helpful and beneficial. There will be a short presentation on the basics of goal setting, followed by private time to work on your goals together so you end the evening with a structure and plan for this year and beyond. RSVP to Ron and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, conniebmindspring.com.
Saturday, January 12 at the Gales’ home
Come spend an evening with other adults new to St. Catherine's in the past year! All newcomers and visitors are cordially invited to a Wine & Cheese Social, 5 to 7 pm at the home of Nelson & Emily Gale, 228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta, GA 30067. Father Jim, Amma Susan, Vestry members and Ministry Team leaders will also be present. Take this opportunity to broaden your circle of friends and become more familiar with all that St. Catherine's has to offer.
If you've been a newcomer at St. Catherine's any time this past year, we would love to see you. RSVP to Ann Snead, ann.sneadearthlink.net, 678-795-9508.
Thursday, January 17
Back by popular demand – Ladies' Night Out! January is a great time to come out and make new friends and renew old friendships. All ladies are invited at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We will play Bunco (free lessons for those who don't know how to play!), and maybe some other easy games. This is such a good way to meet your fellow parishioners who attend a different service as well as to get to know some of our newcomers. Please bring a favorite appetizer, salad, or dessert to share.
Saturday, January 19 at Valencia Hills Club House
By Harry Tear
All men are invited to enjoy some great fellowship! The 2013 men’s game night will be 6:30 pm at the Valencia Hills Club House. Alan Certain is graciously offering the club house in his neighborhood. The condos are on Balearic Dr., on the east side of Powers Ferry Rd. just south of Terrell Mill Rd. The club house is the first building on the left; park and walk across the bridge to it.
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 to get into a game at a quarter a chip. Ten percent 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 form in your bulletin or contact Harry Tear at hrtear3uvahotmail.com or Bob Pepper 770-971-1269 for information and directions.
Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring 2012.
Church School resumes Sunday, January 6, 10 AM
Bible study groups continue:
WNL resumes January 9
Wednesday Night Live (WNL), our weekly Wednesday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Rehearsals for Choristers of St. Catherine’s (our choir for kids and youth grades 2-12) are 6:15-7:00 pm. Youth groups meet weekly throughout winter and spring. For adults our program will take a break in Epiphany (January 9 to February 6), then we’ll have our special Lenten Series February 20 to March 20.
Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.
Tickets available beginning January 13
The annual Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction This annual event is always a fabulous evening and is our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program. This year it will take place on Saturday, February 9 here at St. Catherine’s. The event includes food, live and silent auctions, and, of course, music and dancing. Tickets will be on sale after each Sunday service starting January 13. Space is limited so don’t wait—we usually sell out! All proceeds benefit the biannual Journey to Adulthood Youth Pilgrimage.
Items & services donations needed
We are now accepting donations for the live and silent auctions. If you have any items, services, vacation houses, or anything else that you would be willing to donate to assist the YA class in their fundraising efforts, please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Ensembles open to everyone with no auditions... come try us out!
Saturday, January 19 at Marietta Fish Market
Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Our next odd-month pay-your-own luncheon will be on January 19, 11:30 am at Marietta Fish Market restaurant, 3185 Canton Road, Marietta, 770-218-3474 (get directions and view the menu at www.mariettafishmarket.net ). RSVP so we can have seating together, fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200.
Add these upcoming 2013 Cats On Wheels activities to your calendar now:
Join us for these next concerts in our 2012-2013 series. All concerts are open seating.
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s
This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers like you. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community:
Please make checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for “Friends of Music,” and send to the church office. Donations are tax deductible.
Thank you to all who have already signed up to provide flowers and candles to adorn our sanctuary during 2013. All dates are available for you to make donations in thanksgiving for or in memory of a person or occasion – remember that sponsorship is NOT limited to one or two persons or families per date. Please look for the chart in the foyer. We would like to remind those who might not yet have signed up but are interested, that we invite you to go together with friends or family to sponsor a date.
When you've signed up, please remember to submit a check for flowers ($60/vase) and candles ($20) on or before your scheduled date. Your donations are the sole support for these ministries and we appreciate your contributions. Thank you for your generosity.
Check for your Reflection of the Day now through January 6 from "Presence", our collection of Advent and Christmas reflections written by our own St. Catherine's members, online at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm.
Mark your new 2013 calendar now! This year's Parish-wide Retreat will be Friday through Monday, August 30 to Sept. 2 [DATES CORRECTED 1/7/13] (Labor Day weekend). Details coming soon!
By Marcia Markette
We cannot help all in need. God doesn’t expect us to do so. But, I believe God wants us to do our part. Help one at a time. “How can I change anything helping only one person?” The answer: If each of us does so, then we do have an impact. That’s helping a lot of people!
Family Promise is one very special path of involvement. When St. Catherine’s Outreach Committee first started looking at this ministry, it was brand new for all of us. While successful on a national level, there was nothing like it in our own area. In less than a year, Family Promise of Cobb County is ahead of the national time line (18 to 24 months). Lots of preliminary work has been completed. Of course, more is to come as we add the next steps.
Some updated details: Of the thirteen covenants needed to go operational, we are excited to have seven committed! We have several others expressing a firm interest. We’ve added the fundraising areas, including letters of personal appeal and grant applications to a variety of foundations and organizations. The 2013 budget includes some specific requests. For the next 12 months, our total budget is $120,000. Prior to opening, we expect some $60,000 of that amount to be in (drum roll!) the new bank account. Family Promise of Cobb County has its own bank account, now open and accepting donations!
As always, anyone and everyone is invited to the core group meetings. Ideas, comments, suggestions are welcome—really. Meetings are generally the last Thursday of the month, rotating among the involved churches.
So far, more than so good! Thank you, St. Cat’s family, for your prayers and involvement.
It’s a new year – and MUST Ministries has continuing needs for foods for their food pantry. Please bring donations to the barrels at the Outreach table in the atrium to the left of the main foyer, opposite the Parlor. Foods needed include these boxed or canned items: beef stew, tuna, chicken, oatmeal, ramen noodles, peanut butter, jelly, pork & beans, refried beans, canned fruit, chili, spaghetti sauce, dry beans, boxed dinners, dry potatoes.
By Sally Powers
Here’s what happened at the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2012:
See lots more pictures (full size) at ChristmasPageant2012 - (Photos by Jan Potter)
Fun, food, singing -- and a beautiful church when we were all done! Thanks to everyone who came to lend a hand.
Hanging of the Greens--the movie!! The Twelve Day of of Christmas, St. Cat's-style:
See more on our Facebook page at Timeline Photos (photos & movie by Julie Fulcher).
By Karen Maxwell
In these times, it is a joyous experience of worship to see the children and youth of St. Catherine’s feel so at ease in proclaiming the glorious news of Jesus’ birth during the Christmas Pageant among family and friends. It is a rich testimony of the kind of community we share and the value of worshipping together. Special thanks to Stephanie Yucius and all those who worked with her to make the wonderful Christmas pageant possible.
And too, the catechists and assistants who welcome your children each Sunday in the atrium share the Good News of the gospel with them to help them grow in their relationship with God in Jesus. In so doing they become comfortable with their faith so that they can make connections in their worship. One of the aims of every Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentation is to nurture the child’s participation in the life of the church. Your children’s participation in both worship and in the atrium supports and strengthens their faith in countless ways. This past Sunday, it was particularly poignant to see how these experiences go hand in hand for them.
During the Sundays of Advent, in each atrium, we have been walking with your children through a series of prophecies about the Messiah and the Kingdom of God along with narratives surrounding Jesus’ birth. We are helping them prepare for the feast of Christmas. I wanted to share with you an example of this kind of preparation. In the 9-12 year old atrium this past Sunday [December 16], three children served as prayer leaders and prepared a Christmas Celebration Prayer Service for the group. Children and adults gathered around the prayer table in the atrium. We sang Light One Candle as we lit each candle representing the first three Sundays of Advent – light one candle for hope, one candle for peace, and one candle for joy. For the fourth week of Advent, we light one candle for love. We will incorporate this into the Epiphany celebration when we return on January 6th from our Christmas break.
The children read from a selection of messianic prophecies and special proclamations from the Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary, The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and the Birth of Jesus and the Adoration of the Shepherds. All of these scriptures the children have heard since they were in the Level I atrium but with each atrium level, our reflection on these scriptures grows with the children. We then talked for a few minutes about the Kingdom of God that Jesus came to announce to all. Is that Kingdom here yet? What will this kingdom be like? Then we wondered if our preparations during Advent only helps us get ready for this Christmas or are we preparing ourselves for something more? We considered the words of the Our Father, when we pray, “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” acknowledging that we pray for the time that is yet to come – Parousia – a time when God will be all in all. That will be the time, we hear in Isaiah 11:9, when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
Then we thought about what happens when we gather to worship when we receive the gifts from God in Jesus. During Eucharist, Fr. Jim says, “The Peace of the Lord be with you.” We respond, “And also with you,” and then he says, “Let us offer each other the sign of peace.” At St. Catherine’s, that moment turns into a rather noisy, joyous greeting one to another but we indeed pass a gift that is holy to one another – Christ’s peace; a peace that only comes to us from God; a peace that will lead us to the peaceable kingdom that Isaiah prophesied so long ago; a peace that is the kingdom that Jesus spoke of in parables.
When the children were asked how they wanted to conclude their prayer service, one fourth grader said, “Why don’t we say the Our Father.” Another said, “We need to stand and hold hands like we do in church.” So we all stood, held hands in a circle and recited the Our Father together. Then another child suggested we squeeze the hand next to us as we pass the peace. So beginning with one of our sixth graders, one by one each child and adult looked to the person next to him or her and said, “Peace of the Lord be with you,” and we went around the circle watching each person pass Christ’s peace one to another.
Our final song as the children departed was Go Now In Peace. The words are: “…may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.” Your children are surrounded in that kind of love and peace each Sunday. It is our hope that this joy and peace that comes only from God may be yours this Christmas; that it may nourish and strengthen you and your children for all that you encounter each day. Thank you for being a part of this community of faith and bringing your children where they can receive and proclaim such Good News. It gives all of us hope.
[Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is our Church School curriculum for children ages 3½ through 6th grade.]
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
For Young Adults: Vocare
Vocare is an Episcopal ministry that enables young adults (ages 18 -30) to gather in community for an intentional weekend and explore their God-given vocations in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Vocare weekend finds its heart in a series of talks that each focus on a unique aspect of the Christian faith and life, connecting to the overall theme of God’s call to us, here and now. Talks may be followed by discussion, contemplation, worship, or any number of activities, but the weekend’s ultimate theme is found in the intentional consideration of calling and vocation. The next Georgia Vocare weekend will be held January 25–27 at Camp Mikell in north Georgia. The participant registration deadline is January 14. For more information, please visit www.vocareingeorgia.org on the web, www.facebook.com/groups/vocareingeorgia/ on Facebook, or contact Julie Shipp at laydirectorvocareingeorgia.org.
Health tip: Beverage calories add weight
From our Congregational Nurses
Don't forget to count the calories in sugared beverages. One 12-ounce soda contains about 150 calories. Drinking three cans of regular soda each day, without eating less food or doing more exercise, can add up to about a 1-pound weight gain each week. If you regularly drink sugared beverages, try cutting back. Start by switching part or all of your consumption to sugar-free drinks. Consider making your own flavored beverage by simply squeezing fresh lemon juice into your water.Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock
FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
FOR THE SICK: Brian Lee, Sandy Curran, Joanne Pinkney, Marilyn Gradwell, Lee DeFore, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lake Bozman, Kati Toft, Michael, Andrew Woods, John, Jamar Nesbitt, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Doug May, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Nancy Rawls, Elinor Burson, Elizabeth Hannah, Jim Ruwoldt, Eleanor Thomason, Elisa Watson, Heather Watson, Ray Cole, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Alison Travis, Jack Dumke, Dorothy Maloney, Tyler Smith, Sherri Vann, Blake Geoffrion, Barbara Kallas, Kellen Williams, Shane & Meg Ladner, Janet Wheeler, Deanna Murray, Brandi Parisi, Hampton Nager, Celeste Zehr, Verla Davidson, Lori Cord, Charlie Zimmerman, Erna McGough, Jodi Abramsky, Marilyn May, Jane Moss, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Elaine Krupp, Pam Brewer, Raymond Higgins, Dan Power, Gary & family, Albert Joynes & family, Chuck Severs, DeJager Family, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Ellen Montero, Ben Sushan, Allen Jablonski, Ray & family, Virginia Snead, Tracy Buckalew, Kristen Shirah, Zac Kristofak, Frances Short
DECEASED: Crystal Herman, friend of Ellis Kilgore; Bea Tolley, former Preschool student; Alex, nephew of a friend of Margaret Shaw; Jake York, friend of Jennifer Buckalew
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (1/4) Stan Dickson, Todd Magill, Katie Martin, (1/5) Celia Bowers-Dean, (1/6) Stephanie Yucius, Tim Braman, (1/7) Martha Bowden, Caroline Gardner, Charles Santivanez, Cameron Hollis, Lauren Hollis, (1/10) Sara-Alison Massey, Brandi Parisi, Linda Scott, (1/11) Brian Paglia, (1/13) George Cain, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Emily Gale, (1/14) Robert Bibbings, Alan Fey, Carol Starr, Penn Worden, Kristen Sheehan, (1/15) Zach Pope, (1/16) Carla von Hoffmann, (1/17) Joan Sampson
ANNIVERSARIES: (1/4) Angela & Mike Herndon; (1/7) Robert & Laura Turner; (1/8) Elizabeth & Daniel Goldman
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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:
Holy Baptism: next scheduled date - Sunday, January 13
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are 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.
By Youth Director Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net, 770-971-2839
Mandatory Super-Important J2A/Confirmation meeting January 13
There will be a meeting for ALL youth who wish to participate in Confirmation as well as their Confirmation Sponsors and at least one of their parents on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 6:00 PM in the Youth House. We will spend the bulk of the meeting kicking off our Confirmation course. Toward the end, we will excuse all Sponsors and non-J2A Confirmands so that we can briefly discuss the Urban Adventure and the current status of the Valentine’s Dinner Dance.
RSVP for Super Bowl Watching Party!
This year’s Super Bowl will be on Sunday, February 3, and we will have a Super Bowl watching party in the Youth House. All are welcome! If you plan to come, please let Mike know by email or in writing no later than Wednesday, January 30.
As most of you know, each Sunday of Church School different families in the Youth program graciously provide breakfast and milk/juice for the ravenous teenagers. Please go to stcatherinesyouth.pleasebringit.com/public/r6Z$mBkS$FU to sign up for a Sunday this semester to provide either breakfast (bagels, fruit, donuts, etc…your choice) or milk and juice for ~60 people. I will send you an email reminder the Thursday before you are responsible for breakfast/beverages. The Youth and I greatly appreciate your generosity and thank you for your continued support!
See more photos (full size) on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StCatherinesYouth/photos_stream (pictures by Mike Peterson)
Below - In the Christmas Pageant on December 16 (photos by Jan Potter, see lots more, full size) at ChristmasPageant2012 )
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. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. 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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Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org
Editor: Karen Manno
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