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 Amma Susan
I have always loved going on pilgrimage. Pilgrimage takes me outside of my comfort zone on paths of discovery, not only of places and people not encountered before, but on paths of discovery on my inner spiritual walk with Christ that are revealed as I respond to challenges and joys of the people and places I experience along the way. Pilgrimage is a path of transformation.
The forty days of Lent invite us to pilgrimage with Christ into the innermost truth about ourselves, meeting along the way all of our brokenness and imperfections, but also encountering the holy and living God who travels with us on the way, and our lives are never again the same. The pilgrimage of conversion is the most important journey any of us will ever take. The Lenten disciplines of self-denial, almsgiving and prayer are not means to themselves, but always the stepping stones of this inner journey.
“A Lenten Pilgrimage” is the theme for St. Catherine’s quiet evening that I will be leading on Friday night, Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 PM. This will be an evening of inner pilgrimage with Christ, using stories taken from Albert Holtz’s sabbatical pilgrimage journal, Pilgrim Road, to reflect upon the meaning of our own journeys of inner transformation as we seek to live more fully into our life in Christ. Music will lead us from each reading into quiet time for personal meditation, prayer, journaling or walking the labyrinth by candlelight. Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available upon request, either through filling out an Opportunities For Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or calling the church office (770-971-2839). I invite you to join me on this Lenten pilgrimage, a stepping stone on the journey.
January 27 was a wonderful and busy day for St. Catherine's. During our 10:30 am combined service we enjoyed a special anthem by the combined Choristers and Chancel choirs. Then our Parish Hall was packed with a great crowd for the Annual Meeting. Lunch was served first, with choice of three delicious soups prepared by the Fellowship Committee. We heard reports by Phil Spessard and Harry Tear about the Great Oak Society and from Eric DeLaBarre about the work of Human Resources committee. Therese Braman gave us the good news of the 2013 pledge results from last November’s New Consecration Sunday. Treasurer Steve Pyburn made great presentations of our financial picture for the ending of 2012 and our budget for the coming year. We recognized our outgoing and incoming vestry members, and outgoing Senior Warden Tanya Bowers-Dean and Father Jim made their reports on the State of St. Catherine’s.
Father Jim delighted us all in his annual awards of the St. Catherine's Cross, this year recognizing for their outstanding contributions to our parish: Emily Gale (for her work with Flower Guild and more) and Al Jones (for his work with our building and facilities and more). Congratulations to them both!
The Annual Report to the Parish is available for pickup at church if you haven’t yet received a copy. It contains great information about the activities and ministries of St. Catherine’s. We recommend you open it up and read through to find out more about our very busy year.
(Photos by Connie Bergeron)
Saturday, February 9, 6:30 PM
By Mike Peterson
Join us for the 14th annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance and Auction! This year’s event is a Hollywood themed evening of “Reaching for the Stars!” The night begins with bidding on the Silent Auction. We'll serve a formal meal of a wide variety of delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres! An open bar will be available throughout the evening with beer, wine, and soft drinks. During dessert we will hold our always spectacular Live Auction! We’ll conclude with dancing to music from a professional DJ.
The entire evening is a great chance to spend time with friends, eat delicious food, bid on great items, and raise money for the youth. This is our youth program’s largest fund raiser and all proceeds go toward the J2A pilgrimage in the summer of 2014. Tickets are on sale in the foyer at $30 per person and we usually sell out our seating (so please, no walk ins at this event). Get your tickets on Sunday, Feb. 3 or contact Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net, 770-971-2839.
Auction items gratefully accepted
Thank you everyone in the community who has donated so far! We still need more donations, to contribute please contact Mike Peterson ASAP. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!
Silent Auction open to everyone Saturday, Feb. 9
The Valentine's Dinner Dance Silent Auction will be open 10 am - 4 pm on the day of the event for anyone who would like to bid on items, no ticket needed. Thank you for your support!
Sunday, February 10, 10 am
All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" session over coffee and goodies during the Church School hour, 10-11 am in the Parish Hall, with conversation about our programs, services and ministries. No reservations are needed, please come!
This is a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to bring a friend, and families are welcome. For more information, contact Bettye Harris at 678-463-7827.
February 12, 6:00-7:30 pm
By Mike Peterson
Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Come for pancakes, bacon, spiced apples and fellowship. The youth will cook & serve supper in the Parish Hall. No tickets or reservations needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Invite family & friends!
This year all proceeds from this year’s Pancake Supper will go towards the Youth Program’s effort to host a parish-wide Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on Saturday, May 11. If we meet our fundraising goals, we as a congregation will be able to package at least 10,000 meals to be sent to school children all over the world! See the article about Stop Hunger Now below in this newsletter!
By Therese Braman
You spoke, we listened. St. Catherine’s Time & Talent process has been streamlined for 2013! For those who have been at St. Cat’s for a while, you have seen various processes surrounding Time & Talent. Many of you may have been confused by the most recent forms and the twice-yearly push to fill them out. As such, we took a hard look at the form, the process and our goals.
Our new form has been simplified (we hope to your liking) and covers all St. Cat’s ministries. We are only asking you to fill this out once per year. Since this is a new format, we are asking everyone to fill one out at this time. In the future, we will ask that you fill out a new one during our Ministry Fair each September (yes, that means you will see it again this fall). After that it will truly be once per year.
Why do we ask you to fill out a form each year? (1) We need to make sure our records accurately reflect your chosen ministries. (2) During the year, people take on other activities or have changed roles. (3) Some people are not involved but would like to get involved and this process is a reminder of the many opportunities available. (4) The heads of each ministry need current information to work with.How do you put your Time and your Talents in writing? If you have not yet had the opportunitiy, please go now to our online Time & Talent pledge form at www.surveystcatherines.org (you will not receive any spam or unrequested email by using our form), OR contact the church office to receive a printed form or make inquiries. Thank you for your part in the Mission and Ministries of St. Catherine’s!
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
It's time this month for registration for our preschool's 2013-14 school year. 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!
Ash Wednesday, February 13
Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm
On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls for fasting and church attendance—the other is Good Friday. Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if there extenuating health issues. Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal churches throughout our community will have services, if you need information on the closest church to your work or function please contact our office at 770-971-2839 OR you may use the Church Locator on the Diocese of Atlanta website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/ChurchDirectory to find church locations and call/visit their websites for service times.
If you saved your palms from Palm Sunday last year, you may return them in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please place in the container in the foyer by Sunday, February 10.
Friday, February 15, 7-9 pm
“A Lenten Pilgrimage” is the theme for this year’s Lenten quiet evening led by Amma Susan on Friday, February 15 from 7 to 9 PM. All adults are invited for an evening of inner pilgrimage with Christ, using stories taken from Albert Holtz’s sabbatical pilgrimage journal, Pilgrim Road, to reflect upon the meaning of our own journeys of inner transformation as we seek to live more fully into our life in Christ. Music will lead us from each reading into quiet time for personal meditation, prayer, journaling or walking the labyrinth by candlelight. Light refreshments will be served. Nursery will be offered by advance arrangement—please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or call the office, 770-971-2839, by February 13 to reserve.
Series begins February 19
By Father Jim
Each Tuesday during Lent (February 19 – March 26) we will gather at 7:00 am for Eucharist followed by a 30 minute study. This offering is designed for everyone who wants a mid-week opportunity to worship and/or study during the season of Lent. We are done promptly at 8:00 am so those who have work or personal daily commitments can be on their way.
The title of our study this year is “Life is a Verb.” I read a book several years ago that not only inspired me but in reading it I found a sense of solace and peace about my life. Not surprisingly some people have described Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally by Patti Digi as not “a self-help book, but a soul-help book.” Each week we will listen to Patti as she tells us a story about one of the six practices for intentional living she proposes in Life is a Verb:
In her book and on her blog (www.37days.com) she says this about these practices:
Come join us each Tuesday morning to worship and to study. You will enjoy the time!
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 (please make your meal reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by 5 pm Tuesday). 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:
We will have a variety of Lenten materials on our resource table in foyer for children, youth and adults. In particular, our annual booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners, will be available for pick up starting on Ash Wednesday. The Reflection of the Day, and the whole booklet, will also be available on our website—be sure to check starting February 13 and continuing through Easter Day. And, see the article in "In the Community" section below in this newsletter for a Lenten daily video series from the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist.
Saturday, February 16 trip to Carter Center
Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us for a day trip to the Carter Center in downtown Atlanta, followed by lunch at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Avenue, a long-time fixture on the Atlanta bar & grill scene. We’ll leave the St. Cat’s parking lot at 9 am. Admission to the Center and your lunch cost will paid by each attendee. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. Information and directions for both locations: Carter Center www.cartercenter.org; Manuel’s Tavern www.manuelstavern.com.
Garden Keepers help needed Saturdays, Feb. 16 – March 9
By Beverly Fambrough
St. Catherine’s is blessed to have an abundance of core shrubs and trees. However, we are challenged with a major overhaul of all plants and trees in our gardens. In January we attended a seminar conducted by members of the Cobb County Master Gardeners Association. We were fortunate enough to have the seminar leader (whose specialty is pruning) volunteer to advise us in the proper method of pruning. The entire St. Catherine’s grounds were walked and an action plan was developed. Our consultant has volunteered to return and advise should we encounter specific problems. The amount of prep work before us is enormous.
We have a master plan and are ready to get started. Our window of opportunity is February 16 and 23, March 2 and 9 (weather permitting). We will gather on each of these Saturdays under the great oak at 9:30 a.m. All shrub beds need to be cleaned up and mulched. Phase One of the pruning will also be done during these four weeks.
If you have a willing heart please join us for one or more of these work days. Bring your work gloves, rakes, tarps and maybe a bag or two of cypress mulch from Home Depot, and join the party. Feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or suggestions, Bill and Beverly Fambrough, 770-993-5444 or beverly618mindspring.com.
By Father Jim
We invite you to join the Wednesday Morning Bible Study as we begin a study of the Book of Job. All of us at one time or another wonder if God is all-loving why people still suffer. This wrestling with theodicy (why innocent people suffer) is a part of the human condition. The Book of Job addresses that question. We invite you to join in this study as we (men and women) meet each Wednesday 9:30 am to 11:00 am in the Library of the office wing. Come join in a lively conversation.
By Bettye Harris
Our Ministry of Invitation team is offering a handsome, newly-designed ceramic mug for sale in February. The mugs are priced at $6.00 each and proceeds will support newcomer events and supplies at St. Catherine's. Our special thanks and appreciation to Jason Snape for providing the designs and his artistic support for this project. You may purchase a mug at church between services on February 3, 10, 17, or by contacting ann.sneadearthlink.net or bettyecharrisgmail.com.
By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood
We have numerous fun events planned ffor our Young Families group. Please see below to save the dates. More information will shared closer to the event dates. To get on the mailing list for all the Young Families activities contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net.
“How do I do church with ‘MY’ kid?”
By Natalie Whitlow
If you know the Whitlows, then you know much of this story, but if you don’t, this may give you some insight into why you see that big Black man walking around St. Catherine’s unchecked, making funny noises, and not really responding to you.
When my family moved to Georgia in 1991, it was to dial back our lives a little. We had been living in suburban New York, and life, while pleasant, was expensive and stressful. We did manage to reduce our housing expense, but we brought most of our stressors with us. One of the potential stressors was relieved in a number of ways. Our beautiful 2 year old son had just been diagnosed with Autism (it wasn’t a “Spectrum Disorder” at that time), and I had spent 2 months finding an appropriate school for him. So, he had a school that would nurture and teach him, and teach the rest of us how to be with him. The other way in which our stress was relieved with regard to our son was that we found St. Catherine’s. I have told this story many times within our community as well as outside of it, but it bears repeating here because of the subject at hand. When I brought my children into the service, Nat immediately grabbed his ears and went screaming out of the Nave as soon as the organ struck a chord. Even after he adjusted to hearing the organ (music makes everything better), he would have to make noise when he heard speaking (you know, like the scripture reading and praying, etc.). His own noises protected him from the external noises.
After about two visits to St. Catherine’s, the rector at the time, The Rev. Laurence K. Packard, scheduled a meeting with me to talk to me about my son. What he said, and the subsequent actions taken by him and others in the congregation, have kept the Whitlows at St. Catherine’s for over twenty years. He told me of his experience with children with autism, and that he would make a place for my son at St. Catherine’s. He would assist the nursery staff, and any volunteers who worked with Nat in understanding how to engage him.
It wasn’t just Larry or the nursery staff. His first Church School teachers were Tracey Buckalew and Barb Selby. They enabled him to participate in his church school classes. They were kind and compassionate to us. They made it possible for all of us to worship here. There were many others, too many to name—church school teachers, acolyte teams, the youth community—who included Nat and made it possible for us all to worship here.
I’d like to extend that blessing to others. I’m certain there are other families in our congregation who are either struggling with how they can participate in worship, or are taking the “easy” way out and just staying home. It wouldn’t have to be that way if we had a way to let families know that we will support them, “no matter what.”
We have loving and caring people in our congregation who want to help, but they don’t always know how. Here’s where an intentional ministry might be of some assistance. We can provide training for a team of volunteers whose task it is to assist an individual in whatever way is needed so that they can participate in the life of the parish while the rest of their family participates in the life of the parish in their own way. The family would be confident in the knowledge that their loved one is safe, cared-for and actively engaged.
If you are a family who is seeking this kind of support, or if you are aware of one, please contact Natalie Whitlow, whitlownbellsouth.net, 770-998-1259. We are also seeking volunteers to be trained as one-on-one buddies for individuals needing assistance. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
By Mike Peterson
It is a relatively safe bet that most of us at St. Catherine’s have never experienced true hunger. Indeed, we all deal with occasional stomach rumbles, skipped meals, snack cravings, and seemingly endless waits for dinner to be ready, but it is unlikely that many of us have ever experienced true hunger. Few of us have felt the crushing anxiety of not knowing when, whence, or even if our next meal would come. We have likely never experienced severe undernourishment and the desperation, fatigue, and ailments it can bring. To most of us, true hunger is a stranger.
Not all are as fortunate as we. As you read this sentence, 925 million people do not have enough to eat. Ninety-eight percent of them live in developing countries, where one out of every seven people suffers from hunger. Heartbreakingly, 400 million of these people are starving children. Moreover, under-nutrition is associated with more than half of all childhood deaths, and a child dies every fifteen seconds because he or she is severely underweight or lacks essential nutrients. This loss of young life is the equivalent of twenty jumbo jets crashing every day. Overall, more than 25,000 people die of hunger-related causes every single day. Yearly, more people die from hunger-related causes than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Statistics such as these can be staggering. They can also be dispiriting. In the face of such numbers, we often ask, “What can I do about that?” In actuality, we have it within our reach to do quite a bit. Right now, there is enough food and water in the world to feed every person on earth 4.3 pounds of food every day. Another advantage we have in stopping hunger is that hunger is scientifically understood, as are the steps to fight it.
In John 21:16-18, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time, Peter replies by saying, “Lord, you know that I love you,” to which Jesus responds, “Then feed my sheep.” Perhaps it was with this command in mind that the Anglican Communion (including the Episcopal Church) endorsed and adopted the UN Millennium Development Goals, the very first of which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; specifically, to cut hunger in half by 2015.
We are called by our faith, our Lord, and our Church to fight hunger. We will have an incredible chance to do just that on Saturday, May 11 as St. Catherine’s Youth invite the congregation to join us in bringing Stop Hunger Now to St. Catherine’s. Stop Hunger Now is an extraordinarily effective program whose name sums up its mission to fight hunger by assisting churches, schools, conferences, student organizations, and many other groups in hosting meal packaging events. Since they began their meal packaging program in December of 2005, they have enabled over 550,000 volunteers to package over 70 MILLION meals that have been sent to over 40 countries. Stop Hunger Now specifically targets school feeding programs, which both feed hungry children and encourage people to attend schools.
On May 11, Stop Hunger Now will bring us all the supplies and tools for a meal packaging event, provide an orientation on world hunger and their program, and guide us in the preparation and packaging of meals containing rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. These meals are nutritionally balanced, easily transportable, and have a shelf life of up to five years. Through Stop Hunger Now’s process, 35-40 volunteers can package an astonishing 10,000 meals in only two hours! Another amazing aspect of the program is that each meal can be packaged for the mere cost of $0.25. Of course, our aim is to package not one, but 10,000 meals, which is a lot of quarters! (For the math-averse among us, 10,000 meals at $0.25 per meal comes to $2,500.) The Outreach Committee has graciously agreed to assist in financing a large portion of this cost, and the Youth Program has pledged to raise the rest. Our base goal is to raise the $2,500 minimum. However, the more successful we are at fundraising, the more meals we as a congregation will be able to provide!
What can you do to help? In order to make this meal packaging event a reality and a success, we will need both money and manpower/womanpower. One major way in which our Youth Program will be seeking to raise funds is through our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This year, rather than benefitting the youth budget, we will dedicate every penny we raise to bringing Stop Hunger Now to St. Catherine’s. We encourage you to consider joining us on Shrove Tuesday, filling your stomach with delicious pancakes, and helping to fill the stomachs of hungry children across the globe. If you are unable to attend the Pancake Supper but still wish to financially support this endeavor, please contact me.
The second way that you can help is by signing up to participate in the meal packaging event on May 11. We will be hosting the event as part of a larger “Youth Weekend”, with Youth Sunday falling on May 12. I can say from experience that participating in a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling, and gratifying experiences you will ever have! It’s also a lot of fun! Keep your eyes and ears open for sign-up opportunities as we move closer to May.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to help. More information on Stop Hunger Now can be found at www.stophungernow.org. Together as a parish, we can and will live into our Christian calling and push back against hunger in a major way!
Next date: Tuesday, February 26
The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply! Our next blood drive will be held on February 26, 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not needed, all donors are welcome the day of the event.
For our February 26 Blood Drive, Zaxby’s on Lower Roswell Road (located in the Massey Automotive Shopping Center) will provide a coupon to all who attend! You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the new sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Saturday, March 2 – Sign up now!
Enjoy a full day of spiritual formation and fellowship at this year's Atlanta Diocese Ministry Fair, "Growing with God." Join hundreds of other Episcopalians for a full day of fun, fellowship and learning, 9 am to 4 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Choose three workshops from topics including Christian Formation, Music, Outreach, Theology, Spirituality, Communication, Stewardship, Leadership, Hispanic Ministry, Safe Churches, Environment, Pastoral Care and more. The Great Gathering in The Cathedral Nave begins at 9:30 with some wonderful music and special guest speaker, Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Lunch is included.
Registration is just $20 per person, and you are invited to bring food donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. To get details, including the list of workshops, and to register go to www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Ministry_Fair.asp or pick up a brochure at our church.
By Connie Bergeron and Carol Eskew
(Photo - Our team having fun for a great cause at last year's Hunger Walk)
One in six Georgians and one in four children lives in a household at risk of going hungry. On Sunday, March 10, more than 15,000 people will come together at Turner Field in Atlanta to get outdoors, get moving, and have fun, all for a good cause—to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief in our community. Your participation in Hunger Walk/Run 2013, whether you walk, run, spectate, or simply make a donation, can make a tremendous difference in their lives. The schedule of events:
We invite you to support the Hunger Walk/Run with the St. Catherine’s team. We have a strong history of participating in this annual event which benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and, if you designate them on your registration form, the Episcopal Charities Foundation as well. Go now to this webpage: engage.acfb.org/site/TR/HungerWalkEpiscopalCharitiesFoundation/HungerWalk?team_id=16850&pg=team&fr_id=1530 and:
Learn more and watch the video now at engage.acfb.org/site/TR/HungerWalkAtlantaCommunityFoodBank/HungerWalk?pg=informational&fr_id=1521&type=fr_informational&sid=1160
By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood
Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids, made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Beginning Ash Wednesday (February 13), help our Young Families Ministry support this program and pick up a plastic “rice” bowl in the foyer of the church or by the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change to make a difference in the lives of these children. Filled bowls are due back to the church by Easter Day (March 31). Information about Rice Bowls is available at www.ricebowls.org. Questions? Contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net, or Jennifer Sherwood, jtsherwood04yahoo.com.
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.
By Sally Powers
Here’s what happened at the Vestry meeting on Monday, January 21:
This is my last Vestry Highlights report. On a personal note, I would like to express my thanks to all of you for choosing me to serve on your Vestry. It has been a real privilege and joy to work with you and with all the members of the Vestry.
Ed. note: Thank you to Sally for her faithful and informative reports of these monthly meetings, we greatly appreciate her excellent job of keeping us all “in the know” about the work of our Vestry.
Parishioner Sally Paris has begun her blog of her experiences during her study abroad program in Ireland. You can keep up with Sally at irelandadventure2013.blogspot.com.
By Father Jim
The following blog entry written in December by Dan Edwards, the Bishop of Nevada and former rector of St. Francis in Macon, is a good reminder of how our words and deeds can lead to a welcoming and accepting environment at St. Catherine’s. We’d all like to think that we are more sensitive to our brothers and sisters than this article implies, but the truth is that all of us probably are guilty of some of this behavior in our welcoming of people, even at St. Catherine’s:
Read the complete article at bishopdansblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-real-reason-people-who-have-left.html.
By Beverly Fambrough
December 2012 and January 2013 were significant dates in the altar kneeler project. It represented the first time kneelers were dedicated on the right side, The New Testament Side, of the altar. Appropriately, on December 23 “The Birth of Christ” was dedicated and placed in position #13. The Birth of Christ kneeler was sponsored by the members of the St. Catherine’s Choir and was stitched by Martha Bowden, a member of the choir. The dedication on the kneeler is “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” The Chancel Choir members came to the front of the altar for the dedication.
On January 6 the second kneeler was placed in position #16 on the New Testament side with the dedication of “Saint Peter.” Saint Peter was sponsored by Carolyn Hilley and is dedicated to the memory of her mother and former parish member Lucy P. Hilley. Carolyn and a number of family members participated in the dedication ceremony. St. Peter was stitched by Peggy Towery.
Photos by Jan Potter
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:
To my St. Catherine’s Family,
Thank you for the meals, flowers and well wishes I received during my recuperation form hand surgery. Most of all, thanks for the prayers and love received from all of you continuously.
Peace and love,
December 31, 2012
Dear [St. Catherine’s]
Thank you for St. Catherine’s generous contribution of $4,491.71 to Episcopal Relief and Development. $4,391. 71 was designated for NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and $100.00 for the Hurricane Sandy Response Fund. Your commitment to healing in a hurting world is essential as we continue our work in support of our church partners in the Caribbean and the northeastern United States…
January 15, 2013
Dear Members of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,
On behalf of Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your continued support of our organization especially in these economic times. Your support is vital to us as we continue to work with students and their families in both school systems. The education success of our students is such and important part of our community’s progress.
…CISMCC has place an additional site coordinator at Osborne High School in the 9 th grade and also a site coordinator in Marietta High School’s 9 th grade. They will be working with repeat ninth graders to help their transition in the 10 th grade instead of dropping out. A s site coordinator has also been placed at Marietta Middle School and in November, Pebblebrook High School welcomed a site coordinator to their campus… Both of our PLCs are increasing their enrollment and we will be working with Marietta City Schools to place a PLC on the high school campus to serve 25 9 th graders who are struggling to succeed. Our Parents As Teachers program continues to thrive as we work with families to help them transition their children in to kindergarten ready to learn. Reality U, the financial literacy simulation program is in demand as we continue to get calls wanting to have the program at the various schools…
… The advocacy for CISMCC that you do in our community is important and very much appreciated… If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please don’t hesitate to call me at 678-503-0901.
All are invited to a festival Eucharist commemorating the first African American Priest of the Episcopal Church, Absalom Jones (b. 1746 – d. 1818). This annual celebration will be held at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 10. A reception will follow in Child Hall. For details see the news article on the Atlanta Diocese website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/News/newsView.asp?NewsId=409681297 .
“Hope for Grieving Children” is a support group for grieving children impacted by death and for those who are a part of their lives. Orientation for new families will be held Sunday, February 10, 6:00 p.m. For information visit www.hopeforgrievingchildrengeorgia.org or contact Dr. Doyle Hamilton, Pastoral Counselor, (770) 915-2537, doylerfbc.org.
Saturday, February 23, at Zion Baptist Church Marietta
This Lent the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist will offer a daily video series on prayer called Praying Our Lives. "Prayer is what we are about," Br. Geoffrey Tristram explains, "and I believe that prayer is what people deep down are longing for." Each video will invite viewers to think deeply (yet briefly) with the Brothers about the joys and challenges, practices, and patterns of prayer that bring us close to the heart of God. The series will include practical tips, personal stories, and questions for meditation. The series will also be available via SSJE’s YouTube - Facebook page - Twitter - Pinterest. You may subscribe to "Brother, Give Us A Word" and during Lent you will receive a short daily video via email. View the trailer or sign up at: www.ssje.org/prayer.
From a friend of St. Catherine’s: One bedroom apartment available for rent in the 30062 zip code area near Sandy Plains & Scufflegritt, first floor of our home. Furnished or unfurnished. Separate entrance, heat & air, parking, grill & garden area. Kitchen with full size refrigerator, new 2-burner stove with full size oven/broiler, new microwave. Use of swimming pool & hot tub. Smoking outdoors only. $600/month rent, all utilities $100/month additional (within past usage limit). Contact Betty Motter, 770-256-4864, for more information or to make an appointment to view.
From our Congregational Nurses
Regular weight training causes your body to build more muscle; but muscles, just like people, need rest in order to rebuild. Give each set of muscles at least 48 hours of rest between serious workouts. So if you weight train every day, it’s best to alternate muscle groups. Otherwise, try an every other day routine for maximum benefits.Source: American College of Sports Medicine. 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: Lee DeFore, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Doug May, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Elinor Burson, Eleanor Thomason, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Sherri Vann, Kellen Williams, Brandi Parisi, Charlie Zimmerman, Erna McGough, Marilyn May, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Raymond Higgins, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Ben Sushan, Allen Jablonski, Virginia Snead, Kristen Shirah, Frances Short, Jennifer, Harry, Crista & Harry Tear, George Maslak, Laurell Millirons, Doris Webber, John Bowman, Bentley Bohannan, Colin Bowersox, Rona, Leah’s father & family, Joyce Hendricks, Doris Samples, Tom Prosser, Clifford Kutzbach, Allison, Uncle Joe, Jesus, Phil’s family, Jim Gragg, Howard Lawrence, Pat Soto, Suzanne FitzSimons , Nell Taylor, Andrew Woods, Paul Acocella, John Rea, Jean Ellis, Anne Whittle, Ted & Tina Dyer, Bernice Lewis, Joan Thurston, Shelley Ransdell, Chuck & Frances Pettit, Buddy Heath, Emma Jean Moore, Russ White, Bill & Virginia Chandler
BEFORE SURGERY: Beth Sandoval, 1/31/13
DECEASED: Irene Farmer, submitted by Althea Dillard; Sharon Lamb, added by Susan Cromer; Ryan Taylor, Arlyn Cook’s nephew; Dr. John Drives, Patty Phillpotts’ father
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/2) Julie Miner, (2/3) Jacqueline Hurley, (2/4) Kristin Blackstock, Wayne Gammon, (2/5) Frederick Massey, Kelly Ely, Tom Day, (2/7) Rhiannon Bishop, (2/8) Susan Jenkins, Bronte Taylor, Morgan Haymes, (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, (2/11) Kari Nixon, (2/13) Isabel Lopez, Susan Jablonski, (2/14) Katie Ban, (2/15) Patricia Brent, Jeanette Dini
ANNIVERSARIES: (2/7) Tom & Shirley Day; (2/12) Karen & Al Maxwell; (2/15) Frank & Ellen Adams
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, 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
Thanks to a well-placed rallying cry, we are going ahead despite the low number of RSVPs. So, the Super Bowl party will be in the Youth House at 6:00 PM on Sunday, February 3. We will have enough snacks/munchies for the number of people who RSVPed by January 30. If you did not RSVP, you are still welcome and encouraged to come, however, please bring your favorite snack or dish to share with. Parents may plan on picking up right after the game is over.
Congratulations to “Hermy” Alex Roberts for becoming an Eagle Scout last week! Alex went before a review board last Thursday and by all accounts represented himself (and the Episcopal Church, for that matter) extremely well. Thanks to Keith Dumke and Ellis Kilgore for their presence and support at the board of review!
See lots more photos (full size) in the J2A Chicago Urban Adventure 2013 album on the St. Cat's Youth Facebook page! (Photos by Mike Peterson and ??)
Those who are currently Youth Readers please contact Mike as soon as possible with the coming Sundays you are not available. If you are not currently a Youth Reader, I would encourage you to consider becoming one. It requires minimal time commitment but is a great way to serve your church community while getting some practice with public speaking at the same time! Youth Readers are scheduled on periodic Sundays (not every Sunday!) to read the Epistle (the second Bible reading in the service) out loud to the congregation. We provide training for all new readers. If you think you might be interested in doing this, please let me know and we’ll make it happen!
We are only a few weeks away from the deadlines for registering to attend New Beginnings or Happening as a participant/candidate. These conferences are two incredibly spiritual weekends at Camp Mikell that are youth-led and designed specifically for middle (New Beginnings) and High Schooler (Happening) needs, personalities, and spirituality. They are both great weekends, and any of your peers who have attended either of them will be happy to tell you how great they are (as will I). Moreover, our own Austin Jablonski will be the Rector (student leader) for this upcoming Happening weekend; even greater incentive to go! To register for either weekend, go to youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Youth_Event_Registration.asp . Please let me know if you have questions about either one, and remember, confidential scholarship is always available to any who need it!
We will be travelling to Washington, DC June 1-8 to help out and do some mission work with the Center for Student Ministries. More details coming soon.
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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