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
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors! (Luke 2:14)
Our theme this Advent, Christmas and Epiphany is “the Peace of Christmas: Something to Hope For.” Apart from the momentary peace we experience in the quiet beauty of Christmas Eve night, I am left wondering whether such just and lasting peace is possible in the world in which we live. Yet, in Barbara Brown Taylor’s words, “to claim [peace] we may have to surrender our notions of what it is, for peace is offered us not in the absence of struggle but in the presence of almighty God—a peace that comes with a sword, a peace such as the world cannot give, but a peace that promises even now to banish our fears and set our troubled hearts at rest.”
I am reminded of the 19th century carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Based on the poem “Christmas Bells,” written in1863 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the song longs to hear “the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” As the Civil War held the nation in its grip, he laments “for hate is strong And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” We might be excused of similar feelings as we experience the world of Christmas, 2013. Civil war in Syria, bombings and violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, continued unrest in Egypt, poverty and hunger in our homes and gun violence in our schools, malls and streets each in their own way “mocks the song” of peace on earth.
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.’” The song ends with something to hope for: that God and the peace He promises will ultimately prevail. While we desire such peace now, the best way we can move closer to it is to live into it now in our individual lives. The peace we seek—at Christmas and throughout the year—lives within the grasp of our hearts. Our personal challenge, then, is to discover and follow the king of Peace, Jesus Christ.
One of the great pleasures I have in serving you as Rector is the knowledge and experience of your following of Jesus Christ through your extraordinary generosity. In particular at Christmas you make the commitment to seek peace in our community and the world by giving our entire Christmas offering to the larger community. This year your offering will support Family Promise of Cobb County which opens its doors in January, 2014. Serving the least, the invisible and, all too often, the unwanted among us, brings peace and good-will to our community.
We celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm (Children’s Service) and 11:00 pm (The Christ Mass). Special Christmas music precedes the Children’s Service by 15 minutes (4:45 pm) and the Christ Mass by 30 minutes (10:30 pm), and gala receptions follow each service. Christmas Day we celebrate at 10:30 am. We invite you to bring family, friends and neighbors to share in these beautiful liturgies. We invite you to bring your favorite gift to share with us at the Christmas Day worship as we celebrate God’s greatest gift of all—Jesus our Savior.
Joan and I, along with Susan and Roy and all of our wonderful staff, wish you and your family a most blessed and joyous Christmas. Our prayer is that the light, grace and peace of Christ will burn brightly in your words and deeds throughout the coming year.
Congratulations to these persons who were elected to 3-year vestry positions on December 15: Hans Kraeger and Daniel Mikkelsen.
A run-off election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 22, to elect TWO vestry members from a tie of these THREE candidates: Therese Braman, Eric DeLaBarre and Susan Jenkins. You may view the biographies of all the candidates in our last Wheel newsletter at www.stcatherines.org/wheel/13wheel1206.htm#vestryelections. If you cannot attend this day, absentee ballots are available from the church office (call 770-971-2839 or email rosestcatherines.org) and must be returned to the office by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 20.
We thank all our eight candidates in this year's election for allowing their names to be put in nomination. We are deeply grateful for your commitment of service to our parish.
From all of our clergy, staff, and vestry
As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. We can use every hand! This is an evening for every member of the congregation, and your friends and family as well (nursery available for little ones during the work time). We will begin at 5:00 PM to decorate the church, parish hall, youth house, atrium, and outside. At 6:30 we’ll break for a light supper. We'll return to a decorated and candle-lit sanctuary at 7:00 to sing some carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with dessert.Please bring a finger dessert to share and an ornament with your household’s name(s) on it to hang on the big Christmas tree in the atrium. No RSVP needed, see you there!
Join us to go to Emmaus House (near Turner Field in Atlanta) on the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, to be "elves" escorting activities and distributing presents to 700+ smiling faces at their annual Christmas Festival. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! To get details and to find out what time the carpools will depart from St. Cat's parking lot, please contact Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com, 770-841-1356.
Foods requested – Festive receptions follow the 5:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve services. We invite you to donate finger foods for the reception, please bring them to the Parish Hall, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service you attend this night.
If you or someone you know someone is ill or shut in and will not be able to attend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services, please notify the church office so we may schedule a Eucharistic Visitor to bring communion to their homes.
Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.
Check for your Reflection of the Day throughout the season from “Something To Hope For,” our collection of Advent and Christmas reflections for each day through Epiphany (January 6). They are written by our own St. Catherine's members, and you can even receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! Sign up for emails and/or read the complete collection on our Reflections page at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/advent.htm.
* - nursery available
Office schedule — The church office will be closed for the holidays on these dates:
Father Jim and Joan Nixon invite you to a
Christmas Open House
While we love children, we have found that
this evening is not a time they enjoy, so
Flowers & Candles 2014
Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you! The 2014 schedule is now available in the foyer for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one in the coming year. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date.
And, please remember if you signed up for 2013 flowers or candles, send your payment to the church office by December 31 if you have not yet done so. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.
The annual Valentine Dinner Dance is on our calendar for Saturday, February 8. We are already accepting donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – items, services, vacation homes, etc. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program, proceeds go to defray costs of the Youth Pilgrimage coming up in summer 2014.
Donations are tax deductible, which you may find helpful now as we come to the end of 2013. Contact Youth Director Mike Peterson or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin. Tickets for the event will go on sale in January. Thank you for your support!
Thursday, January 23
All women of the parish are invited to join us in the new year for a fun night of food and games at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Please bring a covered dish/salad/dessert to share and your Thinking Caps for Trivia.
Sunday, January 26 - One worship service at 10:30 am
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 26 at 12:30 PM. There will be only ONE worship service this day at 10:30 AM. A light lunch will be served immediately following the service, 11:45-12:30 pm, followed by the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual reports due January 12
Now is the time to start thinking about annual reports - we will gladly accept them early! We really want to have all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send reports by email to rosestcatherines.org by Sunday, January 12. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.
By Claire Paglia
On January 5, Young Lambs will be returning! From the moment a baby is baptized, he or she is welcomed into the "household of God," and the community of St. Catherine's and nurturing the spiritual life of the littlest ones begins. The Young Lambs program will offer children who are two to three years old a very simple beginning in being introduced to Jesus, the Good Shepherd and prayer along with activities that will meet this young child's developmental need for movement. We hope it will provide these littlest ones a meaningful way to meet God where they are, with joy and thanksgiving.
The children will be guided by Claire Paglia, who is a Montessori trained guide and works at a Montessori school in Roswell with 2½ to 6½ year old children. She also completed her Level 1training in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this past spring.
The Young Lambs class will be held during the Church School hour each Sunday. Any interested families with 2 (or almost two) to 3 year old children are invited to contact Claire Paglia at claire.pagliagmail.com for further information.
St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in the new year with these stellar events. We welcome you to all our concerts and hope you'll bring family and friends as well.
Be a Friend of Music
You can also support our series by becoming a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s! If you would like to be a Friend of Music, all donations are welcome. Contributors will be recognized in the concert programs and invited to a reception in the spring; donors of gifts of $100 and above will also receive two free tickets to the Kaleidoscope concert in May, our only ticketed event in this year's series. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it for “Concert Series” in the memo line. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Potluck Sunday Supper on January 19
By Peter and Colleen Morich
As many of you know, we spent last year in Italy. Peter attended the Masters Program in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, a Slow Food University, while Colleen played! We have been asked by many people to share our memories, pictures and stories of our magical year in Slow Food Italy. We especially enjoyed the Potluck Sunday Suppers that we hosted regularly throughout the year. So, now we are eager to invite all of you to a Potluck Sunday Supper in St. Catherine’s Parish Hall on Sunday evening, January 19, 5:00-7:00 pm. Bring a dish made from local ingredients to share and a beverage of your choice. Space is limited, so sign up soon by going to this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A8AC23A3FC1-morich
We are looking forward to sharing our memories, pictures and stories of our magical “More Rich Year in Slow Food Italy!” Email Colleen at cjmorichgmail.com with any questions.
Arrivederci! A presto!
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasures of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment. A non-profit, member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Here are our Outreach collection focuses for December, in addition to the Emmaus House Giving Tree already completed. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Collection bins are located to the left of the main sanctuary doors across from the parlor. If you have any questions or suggestions for future seasonal collections, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
We are proud that Family Promise of Cobb County is opening its doors to begin serving homeless families starting January 5. The first hosting congregation will be St. James Episcopal Church. St. Catherine’s will be hosting the week of January 26 to February 2. Diane Sanders and Eleanore Pearson have been receiving applications for volunteers for our first week. We still need volunteers to spend the night (two are required each night). A bed will be provided to both overnight volunteers so you should be able to get at least seven hours of sleep if you volunteer for this. A Family Promise training session will be provided to the volunteers on Saturday, January 18 from 10 am to noon in the Parish Hall. If you cannot attend that session, please contact Diane or Eleanore for other times being offered at other churches. Also, all volunteers should have attended the Safeguarding God’s Children (next session available January 12 at 3pm; contact Harriett Pyburn if you plan to attend) and Safeguarding God’s People training sessions.
Our new Executive Director Camilla Worrell has begun screening the first families for the program. Due to fire marshal requirements for our new day center (located in a parsonage house behind East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road), it will not be ready on January 5, so daytime activities will occur at St. Catherine’s for the first two to three weeks.
Many thanks go to those who volunteered to clean out the day center on the rainy Saturday, December 14. There will be more volunteer opportunities in January to paint the rooms at the day center. The Board of Family Promise of Cobb County feels very blessed to be opening our doors soon, and we owe St. Catherine’s a huge thank you for supporting us in so many ways!
Hale Sanders, Secretary and Fred Massey, President
Training for all those who wish to volunteer with Family Promise is scheduled for Saturday, January 18 from 10 am to 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall. ALL volunteers MUST HAVE this training no matter what position you volunteer to do.
If you cannot attend the training on this date at St. Catherine's and want to participate our first hosting week (January 26-February 2), there will be a training on January 7 at 7:00 pm at Pilgrimage United Church of Christ located at 3755 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066. If you attend another session of training or training at St. Catherine's, you will need to RSVP to either Diane Sanders or Eleanore Pearsonso we can have enough materials available for your training.
If you don't have Safeguarding God's Children Training or it needs updating, don't forget this next class being offered at St. Catherine's on Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 pm. Please let Harriet Pyburn know if you plan to attend, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
We so appreciate your willingness to volunteer for Family Promise. We realize there is a lot of training but it will make our guests' experience and yours more worthwhile.
Eleanore Pearson, elerichbellsouth.net and Diane Sanders, dianesanders3198att.net
By Bill Lee
St. Catherine’s has received the Power Wise Energy Improvement Matching Grant of $6,900 from the Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. Over the next year we will be working to upgrade our HVAC scheduling system and improve our insulation in an effort to make our facility more energy efficient. Our thanks to Rod Pope and Elizabeth Lopez for their work with GIPL and the Grant Application. Watch the The Wheel for more information on this program.
Senior Christmas Eucharist and Luncheon on December 19 was delicious ... our entertainment spectacular. Thanks to Father Jim & Amma Susan for hosting -- thanks to Joan Nixon for lunch -- and thanks to our Preschool four-year-old chorus (and their teachers) for a rousing rendition of "Go Tell it on the Mountain!" A good time was had by all! (photos by Bill Ivey)
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 everyone at St. Catherine’s,
I just wanted to send my heart-felt gratitude to everyone at St. Catherine’s who did so much to make my Father’s memorial service such a wonderful experience. As always, Saint Catherine’s made this a beautiful service and showed how wonderfully Christ’s light shines among us. My entire family extends their sincere thanks. And I personally want to say thanks for all the prayers and support shown to me during this process.
Much love always and God’s Peace,
Wanted to “thank you” so much for the wonderful memorial service for my husband, Jack. You don’t know how much it was appreciated.
The Clark family would like to thank St. Catherine’s members who sent condolences and words of sympathy and comfort concerning the loss of our son. Thank you so very much for your support.
Donald & Anne Clark
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We would like to thank you for your generous donation [by the Chancel Choir and St. Catherine’s] of $275 to The United Church of Christ in Keene, New Hampshire, in memory of Pete Smith. Your donations will help to continue the church’s many ministries, which are appreciated by, and give help to so many people.
Yours in faith,
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
The Georgia Boy Choir presents its annual Christmas concert on two dates: Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21, 7:00-9:00 pm at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Several members of St. Catherine’s are part of this organization. The concert will feature all five choirs of the Georgia Boy Choir along with a full orchestra. The evening includes Atlanta’s largest performance of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” with the audience invited to join in. Tickets are $20/$40 (Students/Seniors/Children 6 and up $12). During the concert children under 6 years old may attend a fun Christmas party so that parents can enjoy the performance worry-free. For reservations and details visit www.georgiaboychoir.org.
Concerts live online – This year’s concerts will also be webcast live. If you're unable to be at the concert, click on the special link on the page above to reserve virtual tickets for the broadcast, $5 each.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Brandon Presley; Susan Cromer’s grandson
FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
FOR THE SICK: Lewis Gunter, Mark Tidwell & wife Lee, Iris Phillips, Peter, Sally Rattey, Joyce Mason, Angelika & family, Sharon, Jan, Barbara, Paul Beswick, Sybil Hudacko, Jon & Nancy Numair, Sothy, Dalath, Ed Markette, Elaine Krupp, Betty Davis, Mick Phillips, Lisa Shearer, Nancy Saunders, Misty & John Burdette, Holly Griffin, Cameron Smith, Danny, Elizabeth Blackstock, Djenba Fields, Cammie Holmes McCook, Richard Moser, Joan & Family, Kathy Kareken, Jackie Heckel, David Smith, Kyleigh Crapps, Jyll Pickett Laws, Sharon Foster, Fran Coraggio, Nancy Certain, Courtney, Nancy Mattox, Roger Motter, Roberta Loewy, Annette Hutson, Margaret Caudle, Kevin, Brooke Bell, Dianne Lee, Barbara Markette, Steve Diffley, The Rev. Margaret Greenhow, Rebecca Riney, Dick, Robert McMichael, Byron Bagby, Erin Holt & her family,
BEFORE SURGERY: Shirley Day
DECEASED: Virginia Denton, Tim Braman’s grandmother; Ronny Rogers, Scott Lummus’s cousin; Mildred Seibert, Linda Smith’s former mother-in-law
BIRTHS: We celebrate the birth of Marie Grace Hale on December 10th to Katie & Pierce Hale.
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (12/21) Bob Olliffe, Pat Tarentino, George Alexander, (12/22) Knox Gale, Will Selby,(12/23) Michelle LaGardѐ, Noelle Mace, James Nesbit, Nathalie Frank, Steve Tuemmler; (12/24) Alex Dillson, Eleanore Pearson, Holly Griffin; (12/25) Ben Martin, Al Jones; (12/26) Karen Kraeger; (12/27) Deana Cole, Vera Bibbings; (12/28) Ron Bergeron, Milo Thomas; (12/29) Nat Whitlow, John Christian, Katherine Sherwood; (12/30) Nadine Pope, Caroline Spessard, Steven Vavra, Julie Stone; (1/1) Carol Fey; (1/2) Carson Gardner, Scott Heuke
ANNIVERSARIES: (12/21) Tom & Ann Snead; (12/23) Chris & Jan Potter; (12/27) Walt & Gail McGill; Larry & Meg Boyd; Don & Anne Clark; (12/30) David & Abbye Stooksbury
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (12/22) Tad, Alison, Emily & Lauren Travis; Steve, Cindy, Frederick & Forrest Tuemmler; Steven, Susan, Mary, Nicholas & Jennifer Vavra; Gretchen, Charles, Elisabeth, Richard & Alexandra Walton; Natalie, Marilyn & Nat Whitlow
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.
HELP US HELP YOU
Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.
Hold These Future Dates:
Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, January 12
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org
I want to extend my deepest thanks to every single one of you who helped out and/or attended our Christmas Market and our Christmas tree pick-up/distribution! Both events were very successful, ran smoothly, and raised a good deal of funding for our 2014 Youth budget! These events could not have been nearly as successful without the time, work, and love that each of you put into them, and I simply can’t thank you enough for all of your efforts! Thank you all for acting as such incredible stewards of our Youth Program!
With a Grateful Heart,
The youth program at Christ Church Kennesaw (led by St. Cat’s alum Sally Paris) have invited us to join them for a fun and Christmassy movie night on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 PM. As Sally says: “It'll be a great opportunity to make new friends or see ones that you don't get to see often because several youth groups are invited.”
DYC is a weekend long youth conference at Camp Mikell for all 6-12 graders in the Diocese of Atlanta that will be held over the weekend of Jan. 3-5. DYC is planned and led by a committee of teenagers and adults from all around the Diocese of Atlanta. It has a different theme and program each year that this team puts together. This year’s theme is “What Composes the Body of Christ?” which is based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-24. Using music, skits, games, songs, group activities, free time, great food, and more, we will learn about the complex webs that make up the Body of Christ and how beautiful it is. Aside from the planned programming, there will also be a variety of free time activities to indulge in, such as hiking, painting, an epic 4 square tournament, and much more. The weekend will even include an 80’s themed dance and a pajama breakfast!
If you would like to see more information about DYC or sign up for the event,visit youth.episcopalatlanta.org and click on either “Jr. High Opportunities” or “Sr. High Opportunities” on the left. As always, confidential scholarship is available for any who need it; just let me know! In order to assure that we have enough transportation in advance, if you plan to sign up for DYC, please do so ASAP and let Mike know that you have done so. Moreover, if you are an adult who would like to attend DYC, please let me know.
Hey everyone! Are you in 9th-12th grade? Do you enjoy things that are AWESOME?? Would you like to meet lots of other cool people your age from all over the country? Does a weekend never feel long enough for a youth conference? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Winterlight is right up your alley. Winterlight just might be the best youth conference, nay, the best week of the year, and I want you to be part of it! There's no better place to ring in the New Year than the Kanuga Conference Center in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina! Ask anyone who has been to Kanuga (Caitlyn Buckalew, Adryn Bowers-Dean, Megan Shannonhouse, Caroline Miner, Mary Bess Peterson), and they’ll give you an earful about how it will change your life! Take a look at the link below or contact Mike for further information. Remember, confidential scholarship is available and Mike can talk to Kanuga on your behalf to lower your rate if needed. If you want to go, we WILL make sure that you are able! Get all the details at www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar/conference-calendar-details/winterlight.
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