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
It seems a long ways away but before you know it we’ll be at Lake Logan Conference Center as we gather for our Parish Retreat on Labor Day weekend, August 30 - September 2.
Our first visit to Lake Logan in North Carolina was in the fall of 2011 and everyone (nearly 100 people) raved about the location, facilities, the program, and recreational opportunities. Well, it’s time to start planning for our next visit. A Parish Retreat is a time for the people of St. Catherine’s to come together for renewal, to celebrate being a child of God, to make new friends and to strengthen our bonds with one another in the name of Jesus Christ.
We have a group of people who have agreed to work together in planning our retreat and that work will begin in earnest after Easter. For now, it’s time to mark our calendars and to begin the process of registration. We must tell Lake Logan a number by the end of April as well as make a significant payment towards the cost of the retreat. The last date for registration will be April 28 and the final payment for the retreat will be due by July 21.
Ginny Lummus has worked with Lake Logan to reserve the entire conference center for St. Catherine’s. Let’s plan to fill it with sounds of laughter, playing children, singing and worshiping Christians, people making new friends, and all together good will in the name of God. See you at Lake Logan.
Get the registration form now at: stcatherines.org/forms/2013-Parish-Retreat-Registration-Form.pdf
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 PM
All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and volunteers, please be sure a representative of your group will attend this important meeting. Join us in the Parish Hall at 7:00 pm. It will be a time to share ministry team plans and needs for 2013. All those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's are welcome!
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 10
Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time... SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.
By Connie Bergeron and Carol Eskew
For over 28 years, the Hunger Walk/Run has united Atlantans of all ages to support hunger and poverty relief. The annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and, if you designate, Episcopal Charities Foundation. Please help support all our St. Catherine’s team members in the fight against hunger by contributing generously. All proceeds collected through Hunger Walk/Run remain in our community, and your donations are tax-deductible. For questions please contact Connie Bergeron connieatlbergerons.net or Carol Eskew carolharvestmtg.com.
The more people from St. Catherine's, the better! You can see who is signed up to participate, sign up yourself or make contributions to support someone else who is walking -- click here: engage.acfb.org/site/TR/HungerWalkEpiscopalCharitiesFoundation/HungerWalk?team_id=16850&pg=team&fr_id=1530 and:
Our Garden Keepers ministry has a master plan for our church beds and gardens, and is mulching, pruning and more. Please join us for one or more work Saturdays through March 9. Bring work gloves, rakes, tarps and maybe a bag or two of cypress mulch from Home Depot. For questions or suggestions contact Bill and Beverly Fambrough, 770-993-5444 or beverly618mindspring.com.
RSVP by Thursday, March 7
By Jennifer Sherwood and Molly Banko
Please join us Sunday, March 10 from 4:30 to 8:30 p+m in the Parish Hall for a Young Families Game Night. We'll have Yahtzee, Uno Attack, Twister, the fun dice game Farkle and many more! We'll provide chicken fingers, juice and water. Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share. BYOB or wine if desired. RSVP by Thursday, March 7 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Sherwood, jtsherwood04yahoo.com or Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net.
Saturday, March 16 at Johnnie MacCracken’s
Join Cats on Wheels this month for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration lunch (the day before) at 11:30 am at Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200, by Thursday, March 14 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located just off the Marietta Square at 15 Atlanta St., Marietta, GA 30060, 678-290-6641, visit www.johnniemaccrackens.com for information, menu and directions.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!
Father Jim will be using our new St. Catherine’s blog, "The Welcoming Journey," to report the adult pilgrimage trip March 2-12. Be sure to check often for updates and photos! "The Welcoming Journey" is our blog begun on Ash Wednesday. Read it now at www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney - we invite you to add your comments.
Our Wednesday Night Lenten Speaker Series kicked off with a packed house on February 21 with our first speaker, Bishop of Atlanta Rob Wright. The following week, The Rev. Patricia Templeton from St. Dunstan's in Sandy Springs spoke of the need for there to be "fruit" from our repentence, not only to change our ways but "what will you do with that?"
This special series, "Looking For Fruit On This Fig Tree" is continuing weekly through March 20. Speakers coming up are:
Dinner on March 13 will benefit Stop Hunger Now! — Dinner this night will be a taco bar hosted by our Youth, all proceeds will support our effort to bring Stop Hunger Now to St. Catherine’s this spring.
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is our weekly Wednesday evening program with dinner, fellowship and learning: dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Please be sure to make your meal reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or call the church office 770-971-2839 by 5 pm Tuesday, for each week that you will dine with us. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family).
Below - Bishop Wright addressing us on February 20 (photos by Bettye Harris)
Weekly through March 26
Each Tuesday during Lent (through March 26) we gather in the sanctuary at 7 am for Eucharist followed by a 30 minute study. We are done promptly at 8:00 am so you can be on to your day's activities. Our study is "Life is a Verb: Living Intentionally."
A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults is offered to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, “Open Our Eyes, O Lord,” written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. The Reflection of the Day, and the complete booklet, is also available on our website—be sure to check daily through Easter Day at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.
We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends March 24-31 for Holy Week and Easter Day, a week of intense observance and 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 marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. In rites 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? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ.
A tradition of the church is for the congregation to read the Passion Gospel in parts during worship 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. You will read a small part while standing at your seat. This is an opportunity for parishioners who are not already lay readers to be involved (lay readers are welcome to participate as well).
We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary. Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies for your use, including a history of Stations of the Cross, description of our Stations and map, laminated and in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry). The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary. Station 1 is at the right-hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.
The clergy of St. Catherine's offer the opportunity for private confession (The Reconciliation of a Penitent) during Holy Week. During Lent we are called to a ministry of forgiveness. Holy Week is a great time to explore the areas in our own lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard anytime and anywhere.
The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. The liturgy is found in our Book of Common Prayer, pages 446-452. 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 including simply inquiring about it, please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan by noon on Good Friday for an appointment during Holy Week.
Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday (March 28) liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. We will have security in the building through the night. The sign up poster will be in the foyer. Please sign up for the time you desire even if others already have, there is no limit to the number of persons keeping watch at any time period. Please stop by and find a half-hour or hour period of time you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion in the garden at Gethsemane. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?
Vigil security persons needed — Volunteers are needed to watch the church buildings through the night of the Vigil. For information or to volunteer please contact Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net or call the office.
We will gather after our March 29 Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy a delicious fish stew, bread, and a little wine or other beverage. As the meal progresses 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. Look for the Opportunity for Ministry form in your bulletin to sign up and join us.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is on Easter Day (March 31) immediately after 8:45 service for children through 5th grade. We appreciate your donations of candy and empty plastic eggs:
Thank you! The eggs will be assembled at Youth WNL on Wednesday, March 20 in the Youth House, please join us.
Each year we invite you to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our sanctuary and church for the Easter celebration, and for special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (or you may send donations with this information included to the church office). Please send in your donations by Sunday, March 17 to be included in our bulletins.
Festive receptions will be held for everyone after the 8:45 and 11:15 services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee will need plenty of assistance to provide finger foods and assist with set-up and clean-up for these events. Please indicate on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office if you are able to help. Thanks so much!
By Father Jim
Holy Week is that time when our focus is on coming together as a community off and on through these special days to journey with Jesus to the cross. In order to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do just this I am asking that no church meetings be scheduled during Holy Week, March 24–March 29.
Mornings, July 29 - August 1
By Harriett Pyburn
Vacation Bible School is returning to St. Catherine's this summer with “Kingdom Rock,” an epic adventure where kids stand strong for God! The dates will be Monday through Thursday, July 29 - August 1 from 9 am to 12 pm and children from age 4 to rising 5th grade are welcome. Look for registration forms at church and online beginning March 15.
If you are an adult and would be interested in learning how you might help with VBS this year, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net. We will begin inviting youth volunteers in a few weeks!
Young Families Ministry organizes a playgroup for our preschool and younger members. Monthly playdates are on weekdays coordinated by Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net. If you would like to participate but can't make it during the week and would prefer evenings or weekends, please contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net.
If you are seeking support with a family member with special needs, or if you are aware of a family with such needs, 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 look forward to hearing from you.
By Bettye Harris
Thank you to everyone who purchased a new coffee mug in support of our Invitation Ministry, and special thanks to Jason Snape who provided his designs and technical support for this project. If you would like a mug but missed our sale, please contact Ann Snead, ann.sneadearthlink.net or Bettye Harris, bettyecharrisgmail.com.
Next concert: Saturday, March 23
Join us for these next concerts in our 2012-2013 series. All concerts are open seating.
By Harriet Pyburn
Beginning this month, our Outreach collection bins will be seasonally labeled based on critical needs of MUST Ministries and Emmaus House. The bins are located at the Outreach Table to the left of the sanctuary across from the parlor. In March, we are collecting:
By Joan Nixon
As part of your Lenten discipline this year, I have a great idea for you! Rather than "giving up" something (insert your favorite here: chocolate, soft drinks, spinach, etc) try "taking on" something - tutoring! Some 9th graders at Marietta High School need some extra help with math, English, science and/or social studies. They even have special blocks of time set aside during the day, 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. So, you won't be alone. And, for Lent you can do something that will really make a difference in the life of a youngster—keep them on the path to high school graduation! That sounds like a real win-win situation to me. Contact me with questions: Joan Nixon, joana0813gmail.com.
By Connie Bergeron and Tracy Buckalew
Thank you very much to the members of Altar Guild and Flower Guild who provided generous contributions of time, talent and food at Elizabeth Inn on January 28: Nancy Certain, Deana & Eric DeLaBarre, Carol & John Starr, Mary Catherine Smidtt, Julie Brannock, Joan Thurston, Shirley Day, Susan Heuke, Pat Pepper, Emily Gale, Bella Hutto, Marlene Stuart, Barb Selby, Carol Mitchell, Linda Smith, Sally Powers.
St. Catherine’s provides dinner to the guests at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway on the 28th of every month year-round, as well as Laundry Team on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday, and breakfast on the fourth Wednesday. If you would like to help with the next dinner on Thursday, March 28 please contact Connie Bergeron (conniebmindspring.com, 404-819-0891) and Tracy Buckalew (tracyklpcpeoplepc.com). We welcome your support for these terrific ministries of MUST Marietta.
By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood
Make a difference in the lives of of kids worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. 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 throughout Lent. 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 Father Jim
How to call your priest…
By Deborah Hurd
Here's what happened at the February 19 Vestry meeting:
We were proud to witness the commissioning of four new Stephen Ministers and a new Stephen Leader at worship on February 24. Our new Stephen Ministers are Tom Day, Althea Dillard, Suzanne Gardiner and Cathy Larsh; our new Stephen Leader is Amy Morris. In addition, Marilyn Hunter was recognized for her twenty years of service at St. Catherine's as a Stephen Leader and her retirement from Leader (although not from minstry!).
Photos - Left: at the Stephen Ministry retreat, Feb 23 at Simpsonwood Conference Center (photo by Amy Morris). Right - Thanking Marilyn Hunter on February 23 (photo by Connie Bergeron).
At the Newcomer Coffee on February 10 (photos by Connie Bergeron)
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:
[Dear St. Catherine's,]
Now that the numbers for Nets for Life campaign are complete, it is time to say thanks. When looking at the spreadsheet that shows parish giving, St. Catherine's gift is really exceptional. My deepest thanks to all of you for the role each of you played in the campaign. Special thanks go to
St. Catherine's congregation exceeded their goal of 900 nets by 66 nets. In all you contributed almost a 1,000 nets to fight malaria in Africa. Please share this thank you [below] with your congregation.
Debbie Betsill, Diocese of Atlanta Nets for Life Campaign 2011-2012
Dear [St. Catherine’s,]
Many thanks for your recent gift for The School of Theology. With your support and that of other parishes that contribute to our mission and ministry, The School of Theology will continue to provide a formative, humane, and inspiring environment for students to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and faith. You are helping to lay foundations in lives given to God’s service. Bless you for this generosity. …Please keep the students, faculty and staff in your church’s prayers.
Letters have been received from Dr. Ike Rieghard, President and CEO of MUST Ministries, thanking St. Catherine’s for gifts of
From our Congregational Nurses
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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, Erna McGough, Marilyn May, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Raymond Higgins, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Allen Jablonski, Jennifer, Harry, Crista & Harry Tear, Laurell Millirons, John Bowman, Bentley Bohannan, Colin Bowersox, Doris Samples, Tom Prosser, Clifford Kutzbach, Allison, Uncle Joe, Jesus, Phil’s family, Nell Taylor, Andrew Woods, Anne Whittle, Ted & Tina Dyer, Shelley Ransdell, Chuck & Frances Pettit, Emma Jean Moore, Bill & Virginia Chandler, Linda Logan-Smith, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Jolna Thomas, Tim Giese, Avery Bullard, Sharon, Mary Taylor, Elizabeth Horton, Carmen, Frances Short, Elizabeth Hannah, Rick May, Bob Pepper, Lauren Stafford, Dean Donald, Dick Dillenbeck, Chubby Rice, Kathi Eyerserbeck, Rob Warren, Ann Mitchem, Anna, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Risa Maier
DECEASED: Jim Gragg, Mit FitzSimons’ brother-in-law; William Hannum II, brother of the Rev. Chris Hannum; Robert William Richardson, Adam Moran’s grandfather; Mary “Wadie” Hardy, Nancy Denton’s “chosen aunt”; Carl Roberts, Susan Cromer’s brother-in-law
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (3/2) Charlie Zimmerman, Millie Fey, Martin Michael, (3/3) Gary Parker, Elizabeth Lopez, (3/4) Mit FitzSimons, Ethan Cook, Becky Riney, Stephen Lee, Creed Smith, (3/5) Jim Dirksen, (3/6) Courtney Ragan, Nate Knife, (3/7) Owen Nesbit, (3/8) Travis Rader, Jessica Pierce, Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Rachel Hutton, Jim Stephens, Lilli Buckalew, (3/9) Chris Kallas, John Garner, Anthony Wilson, (3/10) Erika Linstrom, Carol Crosslin, Bruce Heuke, Reghan Bishop, (3/11) Everett Hutto, (3/12) Emma Grace Lowry, (3/13) Brittany Rader, Jenna Gardiner, Dylan Farmer, (3/14) Rob Stuart, (3/15) Justin Motter, Karolyn Olliffe
ANNIVERSARIES: (3/4) Jeff & Alison Harris; (3/8) Woodie & Ralph Patrick
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
What: St. Catherine’s Youth worshipping and sharing lunch with Church of the Common Ground
On two Sundays in March, our youth will have an opportunity to serve others, participate in a new and different worship experience, and meet some new people! We will take 2 adults and 8 youth each date to join with the Church of the Common Ground, which is “a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta's unhoused men and women.” Each week, they hold Episcopal church services at Woodruff Park in Atlanta for the homeless. We will prepare bagged lunches, travel to Woodruff Park, worship with the congregants of the Church of the Common Ground, and then stay afterwards to share lunch and fellowship with them.
This is a wonderful opportunity for both service and fellowship, and is also one way by which we can live into Jesus’ call to “feed his sheep!” You can read more about the Church of the Common Ground at commonground.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Church_of_the_Common_Ground.asp .
The new batch of Youth Advisors (2 representatives from each class) will meet during the last 5-10 minutes of the Church School hour this Sunday. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions for the Youth Program, please let your advisors know before then.
The first of our two “big” confirmation classes will be held Sunday, March 3, 6-8 PM in the Parish Hall, for all confirmands and their sponsors. Please be sure to have read chapter 4 (What Do We Believe?) in preparation.
Come celebrate with 16 members of our Rite 13 Class as they Journey to Adulthood:
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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