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By Father Jim
National Public Radio has presented a fascinating series this week titled, “Losing our Religion.” It has been interesting as it’s presented a number of good questions and challenges to those of us who might consider ourselves religious and spiritual and, in my case, a church leader. The series is based on this premise undergirding a similar series produced by Radio Boston.
The religious landscape in the country is undergoing a tectonic shift. And it is as jarring as it is unprecedented. Five years ago, 15 percent of American adults were religiously unaffiliated. Today, that number has jumped to 20%. One in five American adults — and one-third of adults under age 30 — have no religious affiliation. That doesn’t mean they’re atheists, just uninterested in joining a church, synagogue or mosque.
These 20% of American adults claiming no religious affiliation are popularly referred to as “Nones.” As I’ve listened to the series, I’ve had a number of reactions and the following is simply a laying out of those reactions:
You can listen to the series at www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/ . I’d be interested in hearing your reactions and insights.
The Annual Meeting of St. Catherine’s will be held on January 27 following the 10:30 principal service. A light lunch will be served first, then we'll proceed with business. There will be two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM, and Church School at 9-10 AM.
The Parish Annual Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual reports due now
All committees and ministries at St. Catherine's! We really want to have all included in the annual report to the parish to be distributed at the Parish Annual Meeting. Please send them to Rosemary Wolfe ASAP, rosewolfebellsouth.net asap.
The Stewardship Committee is pleased to report the results of the New Consecration Sunday program, which emphasizes the biblical and spiritual principals of generous giving. A total of 216 giving units completed Estimate of Giving Cards for 2013. The current pledged total for the next twelve months is $690,951, which represents a 5% increase over last year’s total pledge amount and a 9.4% increase in the average pledged amount per giving unit.
We give sincere thanks to all who have made a pledge for 2013. Anyone wishing to make a pledge for 2013 may still do so by completing an Estimate of Giving card found in a church pew or online at www.stcatherines.org/forms/EstimateOfGivingCard.pdf .
Did You Know?
If you use an online bill paying system in your household, did you know you can pay your pledge to St. Catherine’s by simply setting us up as a company in your system? For many of us this helps us manage our household cash flow while at the same time maintaining your pledge as current. Many folks at St. Cat’s use this quick and convenient method, and you can, too.
Tuesday, January 22, 8:00 pm
Join us for the next concert in our 2012-2013 series featuring three well-known Georgia academic choruses:
These choruses have been selected to demonstrate exemplary choral performance at this year's Georgia Music Educators Association’s Annual Conference in Savannah. Each will present for us exciting and beautiful choral music in a wide range of styles. Composers will range from Sweelinck and Sacred Harp to India’s "Mozart."
The concert is free and the public is invited so please spread the word to your family and friends. For details about this and all concerts in our series please visit www.stcatherines.org/concerts . Don't miss it!
Saturday, February 9 – Get tickets now!
Join us for the 14th annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance and Auction! The night begins at 6:30 pm with bidding on the Silent Auction, followed by dinner. During dessert is the spectacular Live Auction, and conclude the evening with dancing. The entire night is a great chance to spend time with friends, eat great food, bid on great items, and raise money for the youth. This is our youth program’s largest fund raiser and proceeds go toward the J2A pilgrimage. Tickets are on sale on Sundays in the foyer at $30 per person. Seating is limited and this event usually sells out so get your tickets soon (please, no walk-ins at this event).
Auction items needed now
We are now collecting items for the live and silent auctions at the Valentine's Dinner Dance. Please consider donating an item this year—past items have included personal vacation homes, sports tickets, gourmet home-cooked dinners, gift certificates, crafts, collectibles, gift baskets, personal services, etc. For information contact Youth Director Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net or any of the J2A Youth or Leaders. Thank you, and remember, donations are tax deductible.
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Registration for our Preschool for the 2013-14 school year is coming up. 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 Reader Choice Awards from Around About East Cobb magazine!
By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood
We have numerous fun events planned for this winter and spring for our Young Families group. Please see below to save the dates. More information will shared closer to the event dates.
Happy New Year! To get on the mailing list for all the Young Families activities contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net.
February 12 in the Parish Hall
Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Come to the Parish Hall starting at 6:00 pm for pancakes, bacon, spiced apples, King Cake, and fellowship. No tickets or reservations needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. We’ll have fun and support our Youth—and watch for announcements about our drive for “Stop Hunger Now.”
The Advent wreath recycling box is now in the foyer by the name tag board. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made in November. Thank you!
Mark your calendar now for these worship opportunities and special activities:
Wednesday Evening Speaker Series begins February 20
By Father Jim
Our Lenten program will begin on Wednesday night, February 20 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus tells the parable of the man who plants a fig tree in his vineyard. “He came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none.”
This Lent five speakers from throughout the Diocese of Atlanta will join us to explore what it means to be fruitful as an individual and a congregation in this time in our society and the life of the church. We hope this will be an interesting conversation as we look at the many and varied demands placed on each of us in society as well as on the church as it responds to changing demographics and needs.
The vineyard owner, in Jesus’ parable, vows to cut the tree down. But the gardener intervenes, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good, but if not, you can cut it down.”
This series will give us an opportunity to explore with our five speakers what it means to bear fruit and what it also might mean to face the challenges of digging around us and applying fertilizer to our lives in Jesus Christ. Come join us for dinner beginning at 6:00 pm each Wednesday evening. A nursery will be provided and each evening will finish at 8:00 pm. Come and join us as we journey through Lent with these speakers:
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? 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 3. 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... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
Proclaimed at St. Catherine’s on The Feast of The Epiphany, January 6, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The glory of the Lord has shone upon us and shall be ever manifest upon us until the day of his return. Through the rhythms of times and seasons let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation. Let us recall the year’s culmination, the Easter Tridium of the Lord: his last supper, his crucifixion, his burial, and his rising celebrated between Maundy Thursday, the 28th of March and Easter Day the 31st of March. On Easter, as on each Sunday, the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deed by which Christ has conquered sin and death. From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will be celebrated on the 13th of February. The Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated on the 9th of May. Pentecost, the joyful giving of the Holy Spirit and the culmination of the Easter season will be celebrated on the 19th of May. And this year the first Sunday of Advent will be on the 1st of December. To Jesus Christ who was, who is, and who is to come, Lord of time and history, be endless praise forever and ever. Amen.
By Joan Nixon
One of the major functions of Communities in Schools (CIS) is the provision of Performance Learning Centers. These alternatives to traditional high schools are for youth who are not successful in the traditional high school setting for a variety of reason, and are therefore at risk for dropping out of school. They are invited to attend this program, it is not for kids with disciplinary problems.
Some of these kids need a little help once in a while: tutoring for a particular class or prepping for a special test. Especially if you're good at high school math and sciences, this is for you! It doesn't entail a long commitment—whatever time you can offer is appreciated, especially when you get a message back from the youth that they passed THAT test!!
Some kids could really benefit from a caring and listening adult, called a mentor. No special talents are needed other than to be a willing listener and to offer encouragement and occasional advice to help them keep their eyes on the prize—their high school diploma! Mentoring calls for an hour's commitment /week during the school day at school on Lemon St in Marietta, just to meet with and listen to the youth to whom you are paired. It's very rewarding as well. This is a great opportunity for us retired folks and for those who have a flexible work schedules.
People will often forget the car you drove, or the house you lived in. But they will never forget that you made a difference in the life of a child! Please contact Joan Nixon if you have any questions, joana0813gmail.com.
The next meeting of Family Promise of Cobb County will be at 7 pm on Thursday, January 31 at Unity North Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066, www.unitynorth.org . All are welcome as we continue to work toward helping homeless families in our community by bringing the Interfaith Hospitality Network to Cobb County. Keep up with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Promise-of-Cobb-County/127033997436684 or learn more about the national program at www.familypromise.org/program/interfaith-hospitality-network.
Parishioner Steve Diffley will be inducted into the Wheeler High School Athletic Hall of Fame on January 19 at the Wheeler/Cherokee basketball game. Steve was a coach of different sports in his 25 seasons at Wheeler from 1975 to 2000. He was an assistant football coach and the head coach of some of Wheeler’s stronger boys’ soccer teams in the ’80s. A Marietta Daily Journal article on January 9 had details, you can read it at Marietta Daily Journal - Wheeler readies hall class. Congratulations, Coach!
The Three Kings visited us on The Feast of The Epiphany, January 6! Below, left - Bill Selby, Bob Pepper, Mel Paris at 8:45 service. Below, right - Cary Phillips, Nelson Gale, Paul Manno at 11:15 service. (Photos by Bettye Harris and Karen Manno)
We welcomed newcomers and visitors at a wine & cheese social at the home of Nelson and Emily Gale on January 12 (Photos by Bettye Harris)
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:
December 20, 2012
At Emmaus House we are digging deeper, trying to partner more comprehensively and productively to assist our neighbors who desire economic security. Sometimes in our digging, we hit sharp stones and it hurts. Other times, when we dig deep enough, we find the tender roots of self-esteem and strength that can help nourish and grow the innate gifts hidden there.
Your wonderful year end gift, your willingness to dig deeper with and for our neighbors, is the very water, fertilizer, peat moss and pair of good gloves without which our efforts would be fruitless. Thank you for giving so generously to our mission.
December 27, 2012
As we look back on 2012 the Cathedral Book Store celebrates another successful year. Your support and the outreach opportunities you provided empowered us to expand our ministry and reach more people. We have so enjoyed working with you and look forward to continuing these relationships in 2013. May it be a year rich with God’s blessings for us all.
The Cathedral Book Store Staff and Volunteers
December 31, 2012
Dear Friends of God,
Thank you for your gift of $750; it means so much to those we serve. Your gift provides the opportunity our residents desperately needed when all but the faintest glimmer of hope was lost. With your support they can now enjoy the holidays the way they should be enjoyed—as sober, accountable, productive members of our community. Because of your support families are being healed, and they can look forward to the year ahead with hope and purpose. On behalf of the board, staff and residents we wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous 2013.
Community recycling day sponsored by Pope Band
Saturday, January 26, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bring metal, electronics, paint and paper shredding—for a small donation the Pope High School Band will recycle the stuff piling up in your garage or basement. Bring everything to the school this day, located at 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta, GA 30062. Minimum donation is $10 for all-you-can-bring electronics and metal. TVs and CRTs $15 each, Paint (oil or latex, up to 10 gallons) $15. Paper shredding $5 per box (10" x 12" x 24" file storage box). Pick up is available within 10 miles of Pope based on truck availability (Business: $100 minimum plus any TV, CRT or Paint charges / Residence: $50 minimum plus any TV, CRT or Paint charges / No document pickup, for your security). For details and a complete list of accepted items please visit Pope’s website at http://www.cobbk12.org/pope/ .
Health tip: Icing For Injuries
From our Congregational Nurses
Icing many types of injuries aids the healing process. Icing four to eight times a day for the first 24-48 hours is generally recommended. However, it is important to use ice safely. Use these precautions when treating injuries: Do not leave an ice pack on an injury after the skin becomes numb (usually 15-20 minutes). Always keep a thin cloth between the ice pack and your skin. Don't use ice on open blisters or wounds. Never fall asleep with ice on your skin. If an injury does not respond to self-treatment within 24 to 72 hours or is severe, see a doctor.Source: National Institutes of Health. Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (1/20) Chase Paris, Jake McGhee, (1/21) Matthew Iobst, (1/22) Maxson Santivanez, Jennifer Cook, Danielle Nabinger, (1/23) Amy Morris, Eli Snape, (1/24) Allen Jablonski, (1/25) Sidney Nabinger, (1/26) Keyton Weissinger, Ross Taylor, (1/27) Emily Bayless, Nick Vavra, (1/28) Tami Mace, Greg Caudle, Michael Caudle, Kate Buckalew, Nicholas Carswell, Foster Walton, Brooklynn Walker, Devon Cox, Katja Michael; (1/29) Ben Kareken, Caitlyn Buckalew, Rod Deutscher, David Bowman, Al Maxwell, (1/30) Riley Devault, Christian Hollis, Ash Gale, (2/1) John Martin, Anita Gardner, Jana Williams
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, May 19 (Pentecost)
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
Pray for J2A class and leaders in Chicago
Please say some prayers for the 19 J2A youths and their 5 adult chaperones who are travelling to Chicago over the MLK holiday weekend, January 18-21, for the J2A Urban Adventure. We greatly appreciate your prayers for safety and guidance as this class works together to plan, lead, and navigate this trip.
[A message from Jennifer Buckalew and Ellen Adams] We are organizing a parent meeting for all parents/girls interested in starting a Junior Daughters of the King Chapter here at St. Catherine's on Sunday, February 3. Target age is girls 6th through 12th grade. There will be several weeks of instruction and then an installation ceremony (likely to take place in June). The Jr. Daughters, like the adult chapter, is focused on prayer and service. Any questions? Please contact Ellen Adams (epadamscomcast.net) or Jennifer Buckalew (jlbuckalewgmail.com).
This year’s Super Bowl will be on Sunday, February 3, and we will be having 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.
On Saturday, May 11, the St. Catherine’s Youth Program will be hosting a meal packaging event for the entire parish through an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now will provide the supplies, training, and enthusiasm to enable us to literally package tens of thousands of meals in a matter of hours to be sent to feed school children all over the world! I can say from multiple experiences that this is an amazing and incredibly powerful experience to participate in! We want to be able to package as many meals as we can, so we are collecting money in a large change jar in the Youth House to help pay for these meals. Each meal costs $0.25 to package, so every quarter that you drop into the jar will provide a meal for a hungry child somewhere! Next time you have some loose change (or loose bills, why not?) bring it to the Youth House and drop them in the jar.
As most of you know, each Sunday of Church School different families in the Youth program graciously provide breakfast and milk/juice for the ravenous teenagers. Please go to stcatherinesyouth.pleasebringit.com/public/r6Z$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!
The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. 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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Editor: Karen Manno
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