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By Father Jim
The Universal Church’s custom was, for centuries, to baptize only at the Easter Vigil. Baptismal candidates would spend a year in preparation for this glorious event. Indeed, this is why the baptismal font was and is still found outside the sanctuary in the narthex in many churches. Until their baptism the candidates were not allowed in the worship space, the closest they came was the narthex. The celebration of our Lord’s Passover from death to life, then, became the church’s celebration of baptism which is our personal Passover as we “are buried with Christ in his death...and share in his resurrection." This is what makes the Easter Vigil, in the words of the Church, the queen of all services.
Along with our brother and sister Christians throughout the world, we followed this tradition this past Saturday evening as we baptized Mary Elizabeth Daily and Liana Noelle McLean. However we made “history,” at least for St. Catherine’s, by adding a new dimension to our liturgy.
Liana Noelle’s Godfather is Josh McLean’s brother, Jonathan, who is stationed in California with the Marines and was not able to be here. With today’s technology they asked if he could be the Godfather but join us through Skype or similar technology. Very often we are finding that scheduling baptisms is a matter of finding a time when family and friends can be physically together. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to try something new. We said “yes.”
The evening of the baptism Jonathan “joined” us for the baptism. We sent him a copy of the baptismal liturgy so that he could participate. And participate he did. His responses were a bit delayed over the phone, but we quickly learned that and adjusted our cadence so that his response was fully a part of the liturgy before moving on. What impressed me was Jonathan’s eagerness to participate. At one point I felt that if he could he would have “leaned” out of the phone to be with us. It was particularly touching to watch him as we held Liana up to the phone so he could see her after her baptism. All in all it was a wonderful experience—and one that touched me deeply at this “queen of all liturgies.”
Since that time I’ve kidded about adding a large screen tv and camera at the baptismal font—but only half jokingly. As the church continues to move into the 21st century (sometimes grudgingly and all the time slowly) we will be given more of these opportunities. From the expression on Jonathan McLean’s face and the faces of his family at the Easter Vigil, we will do well to respond affirmatively to these opportunities.
Congratulations, Liana Noelle and Mary Elizabeth. Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen, indeed. Alleluia.
Photo - left - Godfather Jonathan on screen at the Easter Vigil; right - the newly baptised with their sponsors and family (photos by Bill Ivey).
Sunday, April 14, 5:00 PM
Our Memorial Service will be held on the evening of April 14 to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our last observance. Everyone is invited to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service.
We greatly appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception—please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service—as well as help with set up, serving and clean up. Thank you.
If you have someone to be remembered at this service, please send information to be included in the bulletin to Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org, by Sunday, April 7.
Order study books by Sunday, April 8
By Tom Snead
We invite all men to join us. If you are interested in one of these studies please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Tom Snead, 678-795-9508, tom.sneadearthlink.net. Please do this by April 8 as books will be ordered on April 9.
On Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 beginning on April 18 for ten weeks men are invited to join Tom Snead and others for an in-depth study of the Psalms. We will use the Short-term Disciple Bible Study curriculum titled "Invitation to Psalms" published by Abingdon Press, c 2008. This study will require a Participant Book for each man at a cost of $11 plus tax and shipping. This series: (1) presents the Bible as the premier text; (2) calls for daily preparation on the part of each member; (3) features a weekly meeting based on small-group discussion; (4) includes a video component for making available the insights of biblical scholars to set the scripture in context; and (5) has as one of its goals the enhancement of Christian discipleship. Group discussion, rather than lecture, will be the preferred learning approach.
On Friday mornings from 6:30 to 7:30 beginning on April 19 for thirteen weeks men are invited to join Tom Snead and others for a study of Isaiah through Lamentations. We will use "Journey Through the Bible" authored by Dr. Katheryn Pfister Darr, published by Cokesbury, Nashville, TN c. 1995. Dr. Darr was Associate Prof essor of Hebrew Bible at Boston University School of Theology. The participant will require a Participants Guide which costs $10 plus tax and shipping. This study involves weekly readings from the Bible, questions about what the Bible says, discussion about what the Bible means, and discussion about what the Bible means to us.
By Bill Ivey
St. Catherine’s has received a gift from a parishioner to invest in an assistive listening system in our sanctuary for the hearing impaired. Some have said they find it hard to hear in certain areas of the nave, or that some speakers are difficult to hear. This system features headsets for one ear or T-Coils that feed digital hearing aids directly; each receiver has its own volume control. It’s similar to systems you may have used in a concert hall or museum.
We will post a sign (right) that will direct those who wish to use the headsets to the usher’s stand for assistance. The earphones will be sanitized after each use.
Thursday, April 18
By Sally Powers
This time we won’t be stopped. Neither rain, sleet, snow or hail will stop our Ladies’ Night Out this time around. It’s back by popular demand – Ladies' Night Out! April is a great time to come out and make new friends and renew old friendships. All ladies are invited at 6:45 pm to the Parish Hall for dinner, 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. We will end the evening by 9 pm since many of us have to to keep an early morning the next day to get children off to school, get to work, etc.
RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Sally Powers (sallyp30att.net) for this evening of fun. Also, if you have a card table you will be able to bring and/or a Bunco set or dice, please let Sally know.
Saturday, April 20 at Providence Canyon
Join us for a day outing to beautiful Providence Canyon (Georgia’s "Little Grand Canyon") and the town of Westville in west Georgia. For information contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. Cats on Wheels is our “social networking” group for active senior adults -- anyone who’s old enough for an AARP card (although AARP membership is not needed!). Please join us.
Your advice wanted by April 21!
By Mary Lou Shannonhouse
In the spirit of such books as “Life’s Little Instruction book,” we are compiling advice from St. Catherine’s parishioners for a Book Of Wisdom for our Rite 13 teens. Please submit a small bit of advice (one sentence of less) to our Rite 13ers who will be celebrating an important rite of passage on Sunday, April 28. Your advice can be something practical (“Don’t go to bed with gum in your mouth”) or something more profound (“Be content to be who you really are”). Both are important to know!
Use the special form in your Sunday bulletin or download a copy now at stcatherines.org/forms/WordsofWisdom.pdf . Please identify yourself by your first name and age or stage in life (for example, “Bob, age 41” or “Susan, mother of 3”). You may put your completed form in the Words of Wisdom Box in the church foyer or return it to Mary Lou Shannonhouse by Sunday, April 21. Thank you!
Sunday, April 21, 3-6 pm
By Harriett Pyburn
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Safeguarding God's Children training at St. Catherine's on Sunday, April 21 (to be taught by our own Lisa Cook and Mike Peterson). The class will be held from 3 to 6 pm in the Board Room. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP so we can plan space and materials — sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net, 770-509-3552.
All volunteers and staff who work with children and/or youth at St. Catherine's are required to have Safeguarding God's Children training every three years. If you would like to check the status of your training, please contact Harriett. If you cannot attend this day there are other training opportunities in the area this spring. Please visit the following webpage for the most current list of courses: resources.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Safeguarding_Trainings_Scheduled.asp
Our next Red Cross blood drive will be April 23 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can reserve your time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the new sponsor code: STCATS. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are of course welcome on the day of the event.
Extra help needed
Help is particularly needed for this date for set up, take down, and host / greet – please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.
Tuesday, April 23/Wednesday, April 24
By Lisa Cook
Please join us for a unique opportunity to explore and experience the atrium of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our children’s Christian education program. Each session is open to parents, grandparents and any parishioner of St. Catherine’s interested in knowing more about the child’s special relationship with God, how it is different than the adult’s and how the atrium is a wonderfully sacred space for the child’s encounter with God. All three atrium levels (Level I for three to five year old children, Level II for 6 to 8 year old children, and Level III for 9-12 year old children) will be available part of this special journey.
Two session options are available: Tuesday morning, April 23, 9:45-11:45 am OR Wednesday evening, April 24, 6:30-8:30 pm (both sessions will begin in the Parlor). Please RSVP as quickly as possible to Lisa Cook, casilcomcast.net or Karen Maxwell, kmaxwell55gmail.com as each session is limited to 25 participants.
Friday, April 26 at the Gales’ - RSVP needed
By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood
It’s time for the annual Young Families wine tasting on Friday, April 26 at 7 pm at the home of Emily and Nelson Gale (228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta, 30067). This St. Catherine’s favorite is open to ALL adults of the parish so please join us. This year’s tasting will be led by Scott and Ginny Lummus who just returned from the pilgrimage to Greece and who will be sharing some of their favorite Greek wines. Please BYO tasting glass and an appetizer to share.
The cost is $15 per person and we ask that you RSVP by Friday, April 19 by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net, to ensure that we have enough tastings to go around. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, May 4, 8 pm at St. Catherine’s
Join us for the final program in St. Catherine’s 2012-2013 Concert Series. The Atlanta Sacred Chorale is a nationally ranked ensemble of auditioned singers known for unparalleled choral artistry. Whether at Piccolo Spoleto, Spivey Hall or with the Atlanta Symphony, ASC’s rich repertoire — from the Renaissance to folk spirituals to contemporary — seeks to touch both the human heart and the Divine. Directed by Dr. Eric Nelson of Emory University, the chorale and its popular CDs are regularly broadcast on NPR and across the U.S. and Canada. You can listen to them on their website at www.atlantasacredchorale.org. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience ASC live in a small setting. You will be transported.
Tickets are $20 if purchased before the concert (by Thursday, May 2) or $25 at the door. To order tickets please see the form in your Sunday bulletin or get one now at stcatherines.org/forms/May4-ticketorderform.pdf. Seating will be limited. In addition, you are invited to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” by supporting this and our future concert series with your donation (Friends of Music details are included on the order form).
Our 2013 Parish Retreat is for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families! Join us on Labor Day weekend, August 30 - Sept. 2. at beautiful Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the western North Carolina mountains. Please register soon with your deposit, registration deadline is April 28. Final payments will be due by July 21.
For information about retreat accommodations, activities and cost please pick up our registration form at church or get it now at stcatherines.org/forms/2013-Parish-Retreat-Registration-Form.pdf. You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at www.lakelogan.org. If you have any questions about our retreat please contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com, 770-845-1742.
Photo - Canoeing on Lake Logan at the last Parish Retreat
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 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and children from age 4 to rising 5th grade are welcome. Registration is open now, forms now are available in the church foyer as well as the preschool.
Youth helpers – sign up!
Youth who are interested in being Group Leaders (middle and high school) or Junior Helpers (rising 5th graders), please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
St. Catherine's Preschool has a few openings for the 2013-14 school year. Please spread the word to your friends and new families in your neighborhood about our quality program for ages 1 to pre-K. Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am to 12 noon with no appointment needed. Current information about our classes, curriculum and tuition rates is available on our website at www.stcatherines.org/growing/preschool.
Have you read it? Father Jim's latest entry as of this publication was "Children’s Way of the Cross" posted on March 27. The St. Catherine's blog continues at www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney, here you can read new postings and catch up on previous entries. We want this to be a dialog, so we invite you to leave your comments!
By Harriet Pyburn
The people have spoken and we are listening! Feedback from our Holy Conversations team indicated that our parishioners would like to participate in more hands-on outreach opportunities. On Saturday, April 27, we have arranged service opportunities in the morning through United Way (2013 Shoebox Project) and in the afternoon at MUST Ministries (donation center). In addition, there will be a clean-up day held at the church during the morning. This is a great way to spend time with others from St. Catherine's while also giving back to our community. Special St. Catherine’s T-shirts will be available for approximately $15.00, details coming soon
If you are interested in signing up for one of the outreach opportunities, RSVPs are required and space is limited. Please see the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Nancy Denton, 770-428-6058, ndenton3aol.com.
If you are participating in the church cleanup activity, there will be a light breakfast available at 8:15 a.m. followed by prayers before we all disperse to our jobs for the morning. Please bring cleanup equipment such as buckets, rags, rubber gloves -- cleaning compounds will be provided. Lunch will be available at 12:30 pm -- reservations are needed for the meal which will consist of a sub, chips and a drink, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin.
By Jennifer Massey
Can you help your fellow man? Willing to do something very simple that means so much? Got about 5 hours to do some laundry on the fourth Tuesday or the fifth Wednesday of the month? Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466, to find out how YOU can make a difference in 22 people's lives in just one night at the Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway. Free training and guaranteed rewards!
Next dates coming up: Tuesday, April 23; Tuesday, May 28; Tuesday, June 25; Tuesday, July 23; Wednesday, July 31.
By Ron Cook
One “behind the scenes” Outreach ministry at St.Catherine’s is a group of 8-9 volunteers who each week pick up “date expired” baked goods from two Publix supermarkets and deliver them to the food bank operations at MUST Ministries or the Center for Family Resources in Marietta.
Sunday morning volunteers pick up at the store at East Piedmont and Roswell Road, and Thursday’s volunteers pick up at the store at Sandy Plains and Scufflegrit Roads. They box or bag the bread, pies, cakes, donuts, cookies, etc. and transport them to the organizations which then distribute them to needy area families. The market value of the baked goods is about $30,000-$40,000 per year — a significant help to the recipients.
This ministry has been going at St. Catherine’s for 20 years or more, and many parishioners have served in it. The present scheduler is Ron Cook (Ph. 770-428-4286) and he would be happy to involve you in this useful ministry if it is of interest to you.
By Mike Peterson
On Saturday, May 11, you are invited to help St. Catherine’s provide 10,000 meals to under-nourished school children around the world, all in the span of 2-3 hours! We will be hosting a meal-packaging event through an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now who will bring all the necessary supplies and tools for meal packaging to St. Catherine’s, 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.
Parishioners of all ages are invited and encouraged to take part in this event! You can sign up at the bulletin board at St. Catherine’s at the top of the stairs (next to the door to the church offices) or by emailing Mike Peterson at mike.petersonbellsouth.net. This event is sponsored by the St. Catherine’s Youth Program and Outreach Committee.
By Harriett Pyburn
Thank you to everyone who donated items in March for MUST Ministries and Emmaus House. Our March food item of focus was peanut butter, and we delivered 26 jars of peanut butter this week (along with 135 additional non-perishable food, baby and toiletry items!). Your generosity provided an overflowing shopping cart to MUST Ministries that was gratefully accepted. In addition, our efforts to collect work and professional clothes delivered 40 clothing items to MUST. Finally, our effort to provide playground supplies for Emmaus House’s summer camps is well underway. We have already collected 30 items including chalk, playground balls, jump ropes and hula hoops. We will continue collecting for this cause through the month of April.
Collection focus for April:
Collection bins are located to the left of the main sanctuary doors across from the parlor. This is a great opportunity to involve younger children in family discussions about community need and ways we can all help. If you have any questions or suggestions for future seasonal collections, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
Photos below - Taking a full load of food to MUST! (pictures by Harriett Pyburn)
We’re building a house in 2013! St. Catherine’s is proud to announce that we are joining Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition for their 2013 Habitat For Humanity house build. The Opening Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for August 10. Watch for lots more details and dates to participate coming this summer.
Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm
By Lee Ann Sherry
Join us for a preview of Spring Fashions from Cabi & Lisa Spessard, plus a Luncheon & Silent Auction with all proceeds to benefit the Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA). Tickets will be $15 and will be available at church. Donations of gently used men’s and women’s career & special occasion clothing for the CCYA "Dress for Success" Closet and donations of birthday items (cake mixes, decorations, paper products) for the "Fragile Kids Birthday Bash Basket" Program will be collected. Please contact Lee Ann Sherry at 770-815-5299 or LeeAnnSherrybellsouth.net for more information.
By Beverly Fambrough
We’ve all heard the word “confluence” which is usually used to describe the coming together of two bodies of water or streams. But, there can also be a confluence of events.
A perfect confluence of events occurred on Palm Sunday, March 24, with the dedication of the New Testament side altar rail kneeler entitled “Palm Sunday.” Beautifully stitched and sponsored by Susan Heuke, the kneeler dedication ceremony was conducted by Father Jim. Palm Sunday was dedicated to Susan’s parents, John B. and Lois D. Guthrie. Upon completion of the dedication, Susan placed the kneeler at position #18 on the right side of the altar. Palm Sunday represents the 11th completed altar rail kneeler to be finished and dedicated; representing the halfway point in the project of a total of 22 kneelers.
Photos by Bill Fambrough
Palm Sunday, March 24 -- The rain held off so we could have our palm procession! Photos by Jeff Pierce and Bill Ivey -- see lots more (full size) at PalmSunday2013 and on our Facebook page at Palm Sunday
Great Vigil of Easter, March 30 -- (1) Kindling the new fire and lighting the Pascal candle; (2) Baptisms in the darkened church and receiving the light; (3) Altar Guild and Flower Guild members dress the altar and reveal the blooming garden as the bells ring out; (4) the newly baptized and their families waiting to hear the Word. Photos by Bill Ivey -- see more at the top of this newsletter, and on our Facebook page (full size) at Easter Vigil.
Easter Day, March 31 -- Alleluia, Christ is Risen! A glorious day in worship plus receptions and the Easter egg hunt. (Photos by Bill Ivey, see more on our Facebook page (full size) at Easter at St. Catherine's.
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:
To the congregation of St. Catherine’s:
I want to thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and support during my recent bout with atrial fibrillation. Your prayers were definitely felt during my nineteen hour stay in the hospital. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful church, congregation and friends. I can’t say enough about the love that permeates our church family and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.
Bathroom remodel – Thank You
This project started with my approaching Fr. Jim asking if it was OK to paint the ladies’ room. A special THANK YOU to St. Catherine's Preschool for purchasing all the new tile for the bathrooms on the Catechesis Hallway. Thanks Karolyn Olliffe for your help in overseeing this project. Thanks to Roger Motter for removing all the old tile; Maureen Donoghue and Barb Selby for painting; Richard Pearson for the framing of the mirror; and Bob Pepper. Gentlemen... we haven't forgotten to paint your walls, that will happen after Easter.
Thank you! The Hunger Walk/Run 2013 was a great success! Because of your hard work and excitement, the Diocese of Atlanta had more than 600 walkers and runners! From Columbus to Toccoa—Macon to Norcross—Decatur to Douglasville—all over Atlanta! You put faith into action for all to see. The increase in participation this year means more dollars that Episcopal Charities Foundation will grant to fund hunger relief organizations in every convocation in the diocese!! Thank you for your wonderful efforts to fight hunger!
C. Wynn Callaway, Assistant / Ginny Heckel, Chair, Episcopal Charities Foundation
Dear [St. Catherine’s,]
The Hunger Walk/Run 2013, a fundraising project for Atlanta Community Food Bank, was a great success! As you know, The Episcopal Charities Foundation partners with ACFB to raise money to provide food assistance to families, children, seniors and individuals in need. Your parishioners joined over 600 fellow Episcopalians… [who] walked, ran, made donations and raised funds to benefit non-profit hunger relief organizations all over the Diocese of Atlanta! Most especially, they put faith in action for all to see.
The increase in participation this year means more dollars that ECF will grant to fund hunger relief organizations in every convocation in the diocese. Thank you for your support and your parish’s participation.
With every blessing,
Dear NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund Supporter,
The NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund has successfully exceeded its $5 million goal due to the incredible generosity of supporters across the Episcopal Church and beyond. Thank you! During this time, thousands of individuals joined congregations, dioceses, schools and organizations in this church-wide, grassroots effort to unite Episcopalians in the fight against malaria.
Letters have been received acknowledging the following gifts by St. Catherine’s:
Kids4Peace Atlanta invites you to participate and support peace by participating in our 2nd annual Walk4Peace and raffle, and help us celebrate our Chapter’s 10th Anniversary. Walkers will assemble at 3:00 p.m. at Al-Farooq Masjid on 14 th Street and walk 2.3 miles to the Cathedral of St. Philip. A celebration follows. Visit our website for details and registration at www.k4p.org/atlanta/ . Please register by Friday, April 12 in order to get the very cool, totally unique Kids4Peace T-shirt!
Canterbury Club at Kennesaw State University is the local chapter of a national ministry which serves staff and faculty as well as students. If you know anyone who attends or works at KSU, please suggest that he or she join us for a free lunch and Eucharist on Tuesdays at 12:30 in Room 301 of the Student Center. Together with students, faculty, and staff and direction from a local priest, we have dynamic discussions and thoughtful reflections. We have been the beneficiaries of your priests; you could be, too. Parishioners are also welcome; just let us know you are coming so we will have lunch for you. You can reach us at canterburyksugmail.com or call Ellen Mintzmyer, Lay Chaplain, 404-421-8476.
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, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Elinor Burson, Eleanor Thomason, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Sherri Vann, Kellen Williams, Marilyn May, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Jennifer, Laurell Millirons, John Bowman, Colin Bowersox, Doris Samples, Tom Prosser, Clifford Kutzbach, Allison, Phil’s family, Andrew Woods, Ted & Tina Dyer, Emma Jean Moore, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Tim Giese, Avery Bullard, Sharon, Elizabeth Horton, Carmen, Lauren Stafford, Dean Donald, Dick Dillenbeck, Kathi Eyerserbeck, Rob Warren, Ann Mitchem, Anna, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Risa Maier, Doug May, Jo Stegall, Ann Smith, Agnes Floyd, Lisa McRae, Raymond Higgins, Shelley Ransdell, Kari Nixon, Anne Whittle, Rt. Rev. Keith Whitmore, Ron Brannock, Marilyn Hunter, Foley, Alex Welk, Katie Nixon, Allen Jablonski, Tyler James, Wendy Purdue, Jim, Delores Pope, Royce Huckeba & family, Mr. Simpson, Mark Gross, Natalie Henderson, Jane Atkins, Linda Smith, Alec Galloway, Katie Gleason, Bobbye Greene
BEFORE SURGERY: Jennie Costa, 4/10/13, former Preschool teacher
DECEASED: Eloise Brody, friend of Nancy Denton’s mom; Betty Steigelman, Matt Hutton’s grandmother; Ken Proefrock, Susan Jenkins’ step-father
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (4/6) Olivia Smith, Karla Smolen, (4/7) Meg Reeves, Grace Adams, (4/8) Tad Selby, (4/9) Audrey Grace Greene, (4/10) Molly Frost, Eric Miner, (4/11) Jillian Dumke, Morgan Cox, (4/12) Samantha Brush, Kelley Kilgore, Carson Heath, Emma Greene, Claire Schmitt, (4/14) Shepard Worden, (4/15) Nathan Sluss, Justin Perry, Richard LaGardѐ, Patrick Chalk, Christina Pyburn, (4/16) Connor Buckalew, (4/17) Erica Schmitt, (4/18) Adam Scott, Olivia Lopez, Matthew Shannonhouse, (4/19) Nancy Ban
ANNIVERSARIES: (4/10) Tom & Kristin Blackstock; (4/16) Greg & Wendy Beyer; (4/17) Jay & Joyce Hendricks; (4/18) Juan & Beth Sandoval
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
How often do we think to ourselves, “She knows I love her – it goes without saying” or “He knows how much I appreciate all his hard work – it goes without saying?” The truth is, words are a powerful affirmation and the absence of the right words can leave a void that hurts. The truth is, very little goes without saying. The important things never should. We know this but sometimes we need to hear them loud and clear.
During the 8:45 am Eucharist on Sunday, April 28, we will celebrate an important rite of passage with our 7th and 8th graders. This group is named “Rite 13” after the special liturgy we will celebrate with them on this day. In some respects, this is a new way of saying things we have meant to convey all along, like: “We stand with you as you make your way on the journey; we are here if you need us; we think you are terrific; we love you.” We often assume that our teens feel appreciated and accepted as a vital part of our congregation, but adolescence can be such a time of uncertainty that some things cannot be said often enough.
One of the unique aspects of our Christian education program for our youth, Journey to Adulthood, is that it seeks to provide rites of passage that are often lacking in our culture. We help define points along the path to adulthood. Rite 13 is the liturgical cornerstone that lays the foundation for the entire congregation at St. Catherine’s. It is a way that we fulfill our baptismal covenant of “seeking and serving Christ in all persons.”
The Rite 13 Liturgy is a rite of passage that recognizes the gift that God bestows upon each one of us: the gift of manhood or womanhood. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and need not prove. The same energy that pushes us through adolescence gives us the power to change the world. As these young people grow and mature, their knowledge and skills will increase but the core of who they are remains the same. These are the young adults we will celebrate and recognize on April 28:
Here is a priceless opportunity for us to affirm all that is good in the young people who live and grow around us and to recognize them as young men and women in our midst. Do not miss this incredible opportunity to say in a loud and powerful way what we have meant to say to them all along. Remember – nothing goes without saying!
A great weekend at Emmaus House for the Rite 13 Urban Plunge on March 23-24. See lots more photos (full size) on the Youth Facebook page at Rite 13 Urban Plunge 2013 album (pictures by Mike Peterson).
Thank you to every family that helped out and/or donated food for the March taco dinner to raise money for our Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event. Everything ran very smoothly, the food was delicious, and we successfully raised enough to meet our goal! We now have enough money to package the minimum number of meals that is required in order to host a Stop Hunger Now packaging, so we are officially set to package at least 10,000 meals on May 11! Of course, I encourage you to keep bringing change for the change jar in the Youth House, because each additional $0.25 that we raise is another meal that we’ll be able to package! Your work and generosity will help feed a lot of hungry school children all over the world, and that is something to feel good about!
Easter Day 2013 -- see more pictures above in this newsletter and on the church Facebook page at Easter at St. Catherine's (photos by Bill Ivey).
We will have the Youth House open and supervised during the Church School hour on both Sundays of Spring Break. If you are in town, come on down and hang out. The Rite 13 class will also be using this time to work on their preparations for the upcoming Rite 13 Ceremony.
There will be no WNL Youth Group during Spring Break, April 10. We will resume with our regular schedule the following Wednesday.
The time has come to sign up for one of the most popular events at St. Catherine’s: the Youth Lock-In! All St. Catherine’s Youth (grades 7-12) and their friends are invited for a full night of fun, games, music, fellowship, and more. This lock-in will be largely planned and led by the juniors and seniors of the YA class, so you know it will be a great time! If you want to come, just turn in the reservation form, $10, and (if you haven’t done so this school year), a completed 2012-2013 St. Catherine’s Youth Event Permission Form by Wednesday, April 17.
Note: We are in need of adult chaperones for this event. Please contact Mike if you are willing and able to help out!
In the first week of June, we will be going on a mission trip to Washington DC to work with a wonderful program called the Center for Student Missions. This trip will include hands-on service and labor, relational ministry (such as listening to someone’s life story or playing with children), eating at family-owned ethnic restaurants in our volunteer area, sight-seeing, and much more! To reserve your spot, please turn in a deposit of $150 by Sunday, April 21. The total cost is $300, and confidential scholarship is available to any who need it. It’s going to be great! For more information about the trip contact Mike or browse the CSM website at www.csm.org.
The St. Catherine’s Grounds Team is in need of some extra man/woman-power to help mow the lawns at St. Catherine’s and keep our church looking beautiful. We need anyone who is 16 or older and willing to spare an hour every now and then to help out (with adult supervision provided). This parish does a lot for its youth program and this is a great way that you can volunteer to give a little back! If you would like to place your name on the list of available mowers, please contact Mike. So far we’ve had one awesome volunteer, but they could really use some more!
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