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By Amma Susan
The church in her wisdom provides for an extended period of sabbatical leave for priests after they have served at a parish for six years. This time away gives the opportunity for much-needed rest, reflection and study, to do whatever makes the heart sing, and enables them to return to the parish with new insights and vigor for ministry. It’s hard for me to believe that I will have been at St. Catherine’s for six years when April 1st rolls around this year. With the support of the team that helped me write my application for the Lilly Foundation Grant, I have been planning for my sabbatical which will begin on May 1 and end August 31 of 2014. It will be the sabbatical leave of a lifetime, focused on my desire to gain new understanding in how to build bridges of peace between different faith traditions, between those within our own tradition who differ from us and finding inner peace within. My travels will take me to Corrymeela, Ireland; Taizé, France; making pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain; Iona, Scotland and pilgrimage in Ireland. The grant that I (along with St. Catherine’s) have been awarded will provide generous funding for my sabbatical as well as related activities at St. Catherine’s to enrich her life before, during and after my time away.
For three weeks between May 1 and May 31 I will be at Corrymeela, near Ballycastle, Ireland. During the “Troubles” between Roman Catholics and Protestants, key players were lifted out of conflict situations into Corrymeela’s community where they could begin to talk to each other. I will be serving as a volunteer for three weeks at Corrymeela, offering morning and evening worship services and participating in community life where I hope to learn new ways of building peace, one person and one relationship at a time.
June 1 through 8 will find me at Taizé, France. Taizé has drawn my heart for many years. I first learned of it through the healing music that comes from the soul of that community. I want to join other pilgrims to worship, be soaked in its prayer and study the way of reconciliation along with the young people who come there from all the corners of the world. I will explore how youth and their openness to the “other” become agents of unity amidst the diversity of cultures and Christian traditions. It is my hope that these experiences will provide a foundation for me to work with young and old at St. Catherine’s to develop ministries that empower them to be builders of bridges of peace.
June 9 through July 10 I will make my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. For a period of a hundred years the three Abrahamic faiths lived in peace together in an era when that was not the norm. This will be the most challenging part of the sabbatical for me physically, spiritually and emotionally. I will be pushed beyond my comfort zone where there will be life lessons to be learned as I walk the highs and lows of this path, which I hope will better enable me to build bridges to a more peaceful center in my life and share insights to benefit others. My son and his wife will join me for the last two weeks of this journey—an added blessing.
July 11 through August 10 will find me in residence at the St. Columbia Hotel on the Island of Iona, Scotland, to rest between the pilgrimage portions of my renewal. Here I will have opportunity for academic study on peace and reconciliation work; begin unpacking my walk on the Camino; and reflect on how these experiences might be incorporated into my ongoing ministry.
August 11- 24 will be spent on pilgrimage with my adult children through Ireland to the ancient monastic sites that preserved Christianity during the dark ages. I have long wanted to share with my family those places that were so special to Roy and me on our first sabbatical time. This will be an opportunity to have a time of healing as we grieve the ongoing loss from dementia of the husband and father we dearly love.
August 25 through 31 will find me back at home preparing to return to ministry at St. Catherine’s, refreshed and ready to challenge us to consider our shared needs for peace and reconciliation, not only with the world around us but also within.
Plans are in progress for the congregation during my sabbatical. Father Jim will assume many of my duties during my absence, with support from congregational leaders and supply clergy as needed. There will be a parallel program for the parish to allow St. Catherine’s to experience some of what I will be experiencing including:
The parish will keep track of my travels on maps around the church labeled, “Where in the World is Amma Susan?” I will communicate my progress on the website, writing a blog throughout my time away. The congregational dinner in September will include my travel log.
Saturday, February 8 - Just a few tickets left!!
Remember - Seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door. Please, no walk-ins at this event. Our evening begins at 6:30 pm with bidding on the Silent Auction. We serve dinner and an open bar will be available with beer, wine, and soft drinks. During dessert is the always-spectacular Live Auction! We’ll conclude with dancing to music with a professional DJ. There are just a few tickets left, $30 per person – to reserve contact ASAP Youth Director Mike Peterson, mikestcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. Proceeds of this event will defray costs of the YA Youth pilgrimage to Ireland this summer. We thank you for all your support!
Incredible auction items
We have fabulous special events, gourmet dinners, vacation condos, 60" flat screen TV, a reserved church parking spot, babysitting and yard services, music lessons, Hawks tickets, movies and plays, car care services, restaurant and store certificates, massages, facials, cooking classes, jewelry, wine, art, tours... For full lists of the live and silent auction items click on the links below or see our website. Please note: Visa and Mastercard are accepted for auction items, however cash or check is appreciated to save the processing fees.
Silent Auction early bidding
The Silent Auction will be open in the atrium to the Parish Hall on the following dates for anyone who would like to bid on items, no event ticket needed: Thursday 2/6, noon – 5 pm; Friday 2/7, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday 2/8, noon – 4 pm. NEW "Buy it Now" option: Is there an item you really want? Try our new option: if you bid the posted "Buy it Now" price on an item, it is closed to other bidders and you are the winner! Items sold via "Buy it Now" during the early selling times will be removed from the display tables prior to the event start. Winners will be contacted to come back on Monday, February 10 to pay for their items and take them home.
Parent information meeting Sunday, Feb. 9
By Alison Harris
Attention parents of 1st through 5th graders! Solemn Communion will be beginning soon. Every other year our Catechists of the Good Shepherd offer Solemn Communion Preparation, a meaningful preparation for Reconciliation, Reaffirmation of Baptismal vows, and receiving the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. This year we will begin February 23 and culminate on Sunday, March 23 (please note this is a change from the schedule announced at the beginning of the Church School year). The preparation occurs over four Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm, separate from, and in addition to, the morning sessions, followed by a Saturday retreat from 9 am to 3 pm, and then on the next day they will receive Communion as a group at the 8:45 am service. It is a preparation spanning five weeks, and we invite you to prayerfully consider with your child if they would like to participate in this very special program.
Need to know more? Come to the Parish Hall on Sunday, February 9, during the Church School hour, to hear the details. Questions? Contact your child’s catechist, or Alison Harris (harris.jeffaliatt.net), Lisa Cook (casilcomcast.net), Laurie Dirksen (thedirksenfamilybellsouth.net) or Karen Maxwell (kmaxwell55gmail.com).
Would you like to be involved? We need assistance with sewing, retreat lunch coordinating, and chaperoning. Above all we need your prayerful support! Please contact us as above.
—> A note to parents from Fr. Jim regarding Solemn Communion:
Information meeting Sunday, Feb. 9; reservations due Feb. 16
By Amma Susan
Join Cats on Wheels on April 9-12 (Wednesday through Saturday) for a delightful trip to Savannah, Georgia, one the most beautiful places in America. We will visit the squares and parks of Savannah’s historic district where ancient live oaks are draped with Spanish moss, travel on a guided trolley seeing the magnificent architecture and learning the fascinating history of Georgia’s first city. Hopping on and off the trolley, we will tour many of Savannah’s elegant historical homes and churches, see the treasures of the Telfair Museum, enjoy a boat tour along Savannah’s historic waterways watching Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins play around historic Tybee Beach and visit the Mighty Eight Air Force Museum. This 4 day, 3 night trip to Savannah is a bargain at only $350.00 double occupancy ($125.00 single occupancy supplement). Fare includes transportation, lodging, breakfast, and all admission and tour costs.
On Sunday, February 9 at 2:30 pm there will be a meeting in the Parish Hall where you can learn more of the tour details. February 16 is the deadline to hold your place on this trip with your non-refundable deposit of $150.00 (please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, with “Savannah” in the memo line). Space is limited, so sign up soon. Call Amma Susan+ for more information (770-971-2839).
Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, we welcome you!
Reserve by February 21
By Julie Fulcher
Come join other women of our parish for a lively discussion centered around the ideas of "Lent, Chocolate, and Transformation." Be careful what you choose to give up for Lent. We will watch the movie Chocolat, and we do intend to tempt you with lots of chocolate, and amazing food. The 2014 Women’s Retreat will be held at Montara Farm in the beautiful north Georgia mountains on March 21-23. Plan on arriving Friday at 4 pm and departing after lunch at 1 pm on Sunday. The cost for the weekend is $275 (gratuity is optional) for a single room and all meals. You can see information and photos of our retreat location at www.montarafarm.com .
Horseback trail rides and a Yoga class are included FREE of charge IF we can get enough people, so make sure to let me know with your reservation if you are interested in one of these activities. Massages ($65) will be available upon request. There is a space limit of 22 people for the retreat so get your reservation in soon. A deposit of $100 will save your place. Checks should be made payable to St. Catherine’s, with "Women’s Retreat" in the memo line. The deadline for reservations is no later than February 21. After February 21, all deposits are non-refundable. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Julie Fulcher juliejuliefulcher.com or 404-697-0278.
If you would like to make a contribution to the retreat scholarship fund, it is a wonderful gift that you can give to help a sister in Christ in her faith journey. Currently, there is no money in the fund, if you would like to contribute please contact Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosestcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. All amounts gratefully accepted.
Training session Saturday, Feb. 22
By Tina Kerr & Frank Adams
The Acolyte Ministry team is looking for youth members of our congregation who are willing to serve in this wonderful ministry. Service, fellowship and fun! The requirements are few — rewards abounding. We are especially in need of our younger members who are willing to begin as torch bearers. While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they begin as torch bearer. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:
A training session will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 11:15 am in the sanctuary. Written instructions as well as walk-through training will be provided. If you have any questions or would like to sign your child up, see the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or for questions contact Acolyte Co-Masters Tina Kerr & Frank Adams. We look forward to hearing from you!
Our next blood drive will be held on February 25 – new time: 3:00 to 7:00 PM, in the Parish Hall. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event.) Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Red Cross Update
Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 450 American Red Cross blood drive cancellations and nearly 14,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. There is an urgent need for every blood type. Your donation can help ensure blood is available for patients close to home or in other areas affected by the weather.
Tyler, a 15-year-old wrestler, is proof of the difference donated blood and platelets make every day. Tyler ruptured his spleen during a wrestling match on January 10 and needed three units of blood and one unit of platelets during his treatment. Without the generosity of blood donors, Tyler would not have been able to receive the treatment he needed.
Join us on Tuesday, February 25 between 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm to help save a life. Or, call (1-800-733-2767) for additional opportunities.
Reflections due by Sunday, February 23
Forty days of Lent means we need 40 writers! A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection?
Volunteers will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Sunday, February 23. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm . Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
Saturday, March 8
By Jennifer Sherwood and Molly Banko
Join us in the Parish Hall. Bring your blankets and we’ll gather around the big screen as we watch “Madagascar 3.” We’ll start serving food at 5:30 with the movie beginning at 6:00. Pizza, grapes, carrots, cookies will be provided. Parents, feel free to BYOB (beer & wine only please). Please let us know if you'll be joining us so we'll have enough food -- RSVP to Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net on our new Shutterfly website (see below) by Wednesday March 5.
New Young Families communications: If you have a child under age 12 and would like to receive communications from the Young Families' Shutterfly site, please contact us at mdbankocomcast.net or jtsherwood04yahoo.com with the following information: Parent 1 Name & Email Address (cell # optional); Parent 2 Name (email address & cell optional); Children’s Names and Month / Birth Year (home phone # optional). This site will only be accessible to members which will include our Young Families plus Father Jim and the few church staff members who advertise our events in the Wheel and emails.
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Registration is now open to all for the 2014-15 school year. 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! Tours are available each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 am and 12 pm, no appointment necessary. Please visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool for more information on our wonderful preschool.
By Susan Jablonski
In support of Amma Susan’s upcoming sabbatical (which includes a visit to the Taizé community in France) we will offer a Taizé liturgy on Sunday evenings during Lent at 5:30 pm, following the “Widening the Circle” Lenten program.
One aspect of the Taizé Liturgy is meditative singing… “Singing is one of the most essential elements of worship. Short songs, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. Using just a few words they express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being. Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God. It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God.”
The services begin on Sunday, March 9 and continue through April 18 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join us for this unique form of communal worship!
By Molly Frost
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
Would you like to be more active in worship services at St. Catherine’s? Volunteer help is needed to serve on a rotating basis in the following positions. To learn more about any of these opportunities please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the persons listed.
By Rosemary Wolfe
It is important that we have an up-to-date list of authorized van drivers with our insurance company. Anyone who is driving or will be driving the church van, please submit the following information as soon as possible: full name, driver’s license number and date of birth. Please send information to Parish Administrator Rose Wolfe in the church office at rosestcatherines.org. Thank you!
By Harriett Pyburn
The collection bins are located at the Outreach table to the left of the sanctuary across from the Parlor. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. For questions or if you would like to be involved in this effort, please contact Harriett Pyburn at harriettpyburnbellsouth.net
By Diane Sanders & Eleanore Pearson, Co-Volunteer Coordinators for Family Promise
What a challenging, inspiring and rewarding week it was at St. Catherine’s as we opened our doors to our first Family Promise guests! We fed, housed and developed friendships with two families. The week wasn’t without challenges, mainly caused by the area’s infamous winter storm. There were many heroes who helped us to be a sanctuary for others during those difficult few days. We are grateful to Father Jim and Karolyn Olliffe who stayed overnight during the storm to make certain that our guests were safe, comfortable and well-fed. Camilla Worrell, Executive Director of Family Promise of Cobb County, trekked through the snow to Kroger to buy food. Jerry and Linda Scott drove in treacherous conditions to make certain that everyone was well-fed on Tuesday night.
Our first hosting week was a success because of the individuals and families who donated supplies and gift cards, prepared delicious meals, spent time with our guests, and helped us set-up and take down the space we used. We also want to particularly thank Pam Phillips, who expertly coordinated all of the meals throughout the week. St. Catherine’s Youth House was a very comfortable home for the families. We are grateful to Mike Peterson and the youth for so willingly sharing their space with us.
The week gave us a new perspective about what it means to have a home, to be together as a family, and to be cared for. The congregation of St. Catherine’s can be proud of the fact that they provided all of those things to people in need. We developed friendships with the four members of the two families we hosted, which made the most difficult part of the week telling them good-bye on Sunday and sending them on to the next church. One of the mothers commented, “I didn’t know where we were going to go. Most shelters would take me, but because of the over-population of men, they could not take my son.” She also said, “I told my son that when he graduates from college, he’s going to look back on this program and remember that it was the start of a new life for us.” Upon waking the first morning, another guest said, “Thank you for the mattress pad!” When was the last time you were grateful for a mattress pad?
We are looking forward to our next hosting week, which will be April 6-13. We hope that you will join us in this new and exciting ministry. Please let one of us know how you can help.
Photos below of St. Cat's volunteers setting up the Youth House for our guests at the beginning of the week (by Pat Pepper and Bill Ivey) - Diane Sanders and Ele Peterson; Bob Jansen, Diane Sanders, Tom Snead; Fred Massey and Hale Sanders; Jim Snape; Candy Jansen and Tom Snead; Pam and Cary Phillips.
St. Catherine's will host Family Promise next on April 4-13. If you would like to volunteer and need any one or all of these trainings, they are all available before our next dates of hosting. No cost for these trainings but be sure to register:
Family Promise training - Register by contacting Diane Sanders (dianesanders3198att.net) or Eleanore Pearson (elerichbellsouth.net)
Safeguarding God's Children training - Register by contacting Harriet Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net. Early registration is required for all Safeguarding courses.
Safeguarding God's People training - Register by contacting Harriet Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net. Early registration is required for all Safeguarding courses.
By Pam Phillips and other contributors
Volunteers from St. Catherine’s Altar and Flower Guilds were scheduled to provide our monthly dinner at MUST’s Elizabeth Inn shelter on January 28 – the day of the big snow jam! Briefly, here is the story:
We were planning to pick up all food items and head up to the Inn early to beat the traffic, but we had to wait to hear from the Inn to see when someone would be there. When Williamson Bros. restaurant called saying they were closing after lunch because of the weather, Fred Massey kindly offered to pick up the BBQ chickens we take for the meal and bring them home. Meanwhile gridlock had begun on the roads. By the time we heard that someone was at the Inn, the plea to stay home was loud and clear, and the decision was made shortly after 5 pm not to chance anyone getting out in it (although, let the record show, Fred was still wanting to do it). We informed the Inn that we could not get our food to them. They said they would make do—Elizabeth Inn has a pantry, so the guests were fed. In the meantime, the rest of the food which was waiting in the St. Catherine’s kitchen before the storm began came in very handy to prepare unexpected meals for people sheltering at the church and hosting Family Promise! We delivered food to Elizabeth Inn in the days after the road cleared.
The 30th annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run is Sunday afternoon, March 9. The more participants, the more hungry people will be fed, through Atlanta Community Food Bank and co-sponsor Episcopal Charities Foundation! The Hunger Walk/Run raises funds and awareness for hunger relief through a sponsored 5K event every spring. Whether you choose to walk or run, you’ll join thousands coming together to support our neighbors in need and celebrate the work that’s being done. The festival atmosphere includes food, games and live music. So mark your calendar now and watch for information coming soon on how to join in support of St. Catherine’s team! Plenty of details are available now at acfb.org/about/our-programs/hunger-walkrun.
By Susan Jablonski, Finance Committee Chair
The 2014 Budget as approved by the vestry was presented to the parish at our Annual Meeting in January.
Briefly the budget includes:
The full budget is available for you to view at Budget 2014. Thank you to all our parishioners for making this plan possible.
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries at St. Catherine's
How many Good Samaritan stories did you hear following the January 'Snow Jam?’ In the midst of cold temperatures, driving challenges, and worries about absent family members, we heard story after story of people helping others, people forgetting 'self' and reaching out to help a stranger. We witnessed the power of people working together.
Here at St. Catherine's we do those things every day. Each day we have the opportunity to give back. Your time and your talent are needed. I want to help you find a fit with what you enjoy doing, in partnership with the many opportunities that are available at St. Catherine's and in the community. Some of the opportunities include:
Do you have gifts that are needed for these positions? Send me an email (volunteerstcatherines.org), stop me in the foyer, let me help you find the Ministry Team that is a good fit for you. We have unbelievable power when we work together for the common good. Say yes!
By Bill Lee
Thank you to all who were able to attend the Annual Meeting, we had a very good turnout and good interaction. This year we took a different approach to our meeting: instead of using the time for reports we focused on two topics. The intention was to begin a conversation and gain input on our facilities and our finances. These areas represent two of our foundational goals as a congregation:
During the meeting we were able to consider these goals and how they impact our life as a church at this particular time and place. Those present were asked to consider questions specific to these goals and provide feedback. The feedback was collected and provided to the Vestry as input and guidance to their work during this past weekend’s retreat.
This is an exciting time for our church as we work to discern God’s call for us to be stewards and care givers of the many gifts He has given us as a congregation.
2014 St. Catherine's Cross awarded
Father Jim delighted us all in his annual award of the St. Catherine's Cross, this year recognizing Bill Ivey for his outstanding contributions to our parish in sound and AV design and operation, convenor of the Communications Ministry Team and so much more! The St. Catherine's Cross is given each year in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution to our life as a community. The cross was designed by Dean Motter, son of Roger and Eileen Motter. It is given by the Rector with the consent and advice of the Executive Committee of the Vestry. Congratulations, Bill!
By Bill Hutton
The vestry held their annual retreat at Montara Farm January 31 – February 2, focusing on the themes of gratitude and abundance. We reviewed and discussed the excellent comments generated during the annual meeting in the areas of Finance and Facilities. We took these comments to heart and will work with the various ministry groups during the year especially in these areas. We elected Tom Blackstock as Junior Warden, Barbara Selby as Vestry Clerk, and Steve Pyburn as Treasurer. Eric DeLaBarre will serve on the Preschool Board for a two-year term (joining Tom Blackstock who is in his second year as vestry representative on the Preschool Board).
As always we enjoyed great food, excellent conversations and, most surprising, given the situation earlier in the week, nice weather. We left feeling refreshed, challenged and energized. We value the opportunity to serve on the vestry and are looking forward to the coming year.
Parishioner Blake Sherry (third from right) meeting Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia, at the statehouse in January -- wow!
Dinner and a little friendly competition on January 23 (photos by Bettye Harris).
A great day at the Parish Annual Meeting on January 26! (Photos by Bill Ivey) Choristers and Chancel Choir rehearse their anthem; Fellowship Committee served us a choice of tasty homemade soups; outgoing Senior Warden Bill Lee and Father Jim led us through valuable discussions on facilities and finance.
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 Father Jim,
Thank you to you and your congregation for supporting and uplifting me and my son. It has been a fantastic blessing the way everyone embraced us. And I am so very thankful and blessed for this program. Thank you so much for all your efforts.
A Family Promise guest
An update from Jenny Korwan:
Hello again St. Catherine’s! For those of you who do not know or remember, this past year I went to Kenya to serve as a member of the Young Adult Service Corp as a missionary with the Episcopal Church. Well, I am back! There are so many stories and experiences that I would love to share with y’all, and there will be a time for that. Right now, I think it is even more important to talk about the journey as a whole and where I am now and where I am going.
I returned home from Kenya in August of 2013 and while my journey with YASC is finished, my journey into my faith is only just beginning. Last year brought me joy and challenged me in ways that I could never have predicted. Since my return last August I have had some time to reflect on what that means and how I will move forward. The organization I worked with was called Tatua and they use a community organizing model to do mission work. Some of you may think of mission work as people going out to ‘convert’ people to Christianity or to go out and tell people about Jesus. You are definitely not alone in this. At one point in my life I saw it that way because that was the definition I was given, but once I learned I could challenge that school of thought I did and I have not looked back since. Relationship building is at the foundation of the community organizing model. It gives communities an opportunity to come together to create the change they want to see. It is a model I believe in and it has made me think critically about my own views.
If I truly think about what I believe it means to serve one another and love as Christ loves, my thoughts return to the last line in our Baptismal Covenant. It says… “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?” “I will with God’s help.”
How powerful is that question? Lack of justice and peace are pervasive all over the world and I think sometimes we get lost in our lives and forget what it means to respect the dignity of EVERY human being. In Kenya it is easy to see injustice and people living in dire poverty and it does nothing but break my heart, and I have to believe it breaks God’s heart as well. It is only with God’s help that we can look through the dirt-covered faces and drug addictions that plague children living on the streets of Nairobi and begin to understand that they too are human beings created and loved by God. While that image is in your face, the same types of injustice and loss of dignity exist here and everywhere.
One thing I have always believed as I studied social work at the University of Georgia is that every culture is unique and has something to offer to the world. The next part of my journey starts here. I am about to embark on a three-month adventure where I will serve in Rome, Italy at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center at St. Paul’s Within The Walls Episcopal Church. It will be a new challenge and a new opportunity to love people who come from a different background than my own. Refugees face things that I will never have to and for that I am thankful, but also burdened. They are a whole other population of people who have been treated as less than human.
All in all I can say that my experience with YASC only enhanced my desire to continue to serve and love others in this way. The way in which I view mission work is constantly evolving. The more relationships I get to build around the world, the more I learn about God and the way he loves each of us. Thank you all for supporting me and the work the church is doing all over the world to ‘strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.’
Ned Harris, a former parishioner, acolyte trainer and layreader writes to all St. Catherine’s:
God has been busy with me recently out here on the Left Coast (California), and I wanted to let my former faith community know what's been happening. I'd be delighted to hear from anyone there, especially any who actually remember me! Here's a link to a talk I gave in November: vimeo.com/83698352.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like our Diocesan Ministry Fair in previous years, but with a new name, a new format and a new purpose. Join Bishop Rob Wright, guest speaker Tom Brackett, and others from across the diocese on Saturday, March 8, for an important day of conversations about innovative and effective ministries. The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip ‒ Saturday, March 8 ‒ is "Faith in Transition". The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m. We’ll conclude by 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.
This is your opportunity to participate in charting the future for the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia. You also will be given time to reflect on your parish ministry and how it may be impacted by the conversations. We hope you will come prepared to listen and learn, share your hopes and fears, and dream and envision! You may sign up for two 90-minute Conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. For details and to register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Ministry_Fair.asp
As we celebrate Black History Month in February, here are some resources from the Episcopal Church for your reading, reflection and discussion: www.episcopalchurch.org/page/black-history-month
Wheeler Band Boosters will be holding a community Electronic, Paint and Paper Recycling Day on Saturday, March 8 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the East Cobb Middle School parking lot, on Holt Road. Items recycled in an environmentally friendly way are electronics (including computers and TVs), paint, all metals, and paper for secure shredding. Cost is $10 to unload a car full of recyclable items, plus additional fees of $15 for each TV or computer monitor, $15 for up to 10 gallons of latex or oil paint, and $10 for first box of paper to be shredded and $5 for each additional box. For a complete list of items that may be recycled, visit wheelerwildcatpride.wordpress.com/fundraising/recycle/, for additional information please contact wildcatpriderecyclegmail.com.
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
FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
FOR THE SICK: Lewis Gunter, Iris Phillips, Sally Rattey, Joyce Mason, Angelika & family, Jan, Paul Beswick, Sybil Hudacko, Elaine Krupp, Mick Phillips, Lisa Shearer, Nancy Saunders, Misty & John Burdette, Elizabeth Blackstock, Djenba Fields, Cammie Holmes McCook, Richard Moser, Joan & Family, David Smith, Kyleigh Crapps, Sharon Foster, Fran Coraggio, Courtney, Annette Hutson, Barbara, Ed & Marcia Markette & Kay Pace, Dick, Erin Holt & her family, April Nall, Elizabeth Welch, The Allen Family, Judith Harrison, Barry Dillard, Charles Ohl, Joe Hannigan, Trevor Smith, Vincent, Susannah Campbell, Allen Jablonski, Maxwell Miles Knight & family, The Rev. Alan Sandlin, Bill White, Becky Kohl, Mark Moore, Trevor, Shirley Day, Anne Miller, David Chase, Barbara Chase, Bo Berry Mrs. McGowan, Eleanor Thomason, Trisha Bennett, Michelle, Dee, Chase, Johnny, Holly Griffin, Connie Tuttle, Dani Dickson, Richard Pearson, Craig, Jessie Meissner, Don Killian, Harper Nixon, David Shannonhouse, Bob Evans, Paula Morris, Jonathan Huff
BEFORE SURGERY: Ashlee Wilson, Althea Dillard’s daughter
DECEASED: Marlen Beethe, cousin of Bruce Heuke
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/8) Susan Jenkins, Bronte Taylor, Morgan Haymes, (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, Neil Campbell, (2/11) Kari Nixon, (2/13) Isabel Lopez, Suan Jablonski, (2/14) Katie Ban
ANNIVERSARIES: (2/10) Barbara & Chris Kallas; (2/12) Karen & Al Maxwell; Jana & Brian Williams
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (2/9) Kristin, Tom & Elizabeth Blackstock; Dwight, Dianne, Nigel & Ingrid Blackwood; Paul & Karen Blakey; Kimberly, Stephenie & Justin Blythe; David & Rachel Bottoms, Kelly Beard
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 - Saturday, April 19 (Great Vigil of Easter)
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 am excited to share a mission trip opportunity with you all. Our friends in the St. Columba’s Youth Program are taking a mission trip June 1-6 to Nashville with the Center for Student Missions, the same group that we worked with for our mission trip to Washington, DC last summer. I can say that CSM is a terrific organization and that they do some truly wonderful work in many communities! The good news is that St. Columba’s has invited the youth of St. Catherine’s to join in on this trip! Our own Keith Dumke is already signed up, and they have spots for 8 more youth and one more adult (preferably female) chaperon. This trip is open to all who are currently in 6-12 grade (including those who are graduating this May). Cost will be $325, a deposit of $100 is due by Feb. 26 to officially reserve your spot. Unfortunately, this trip overlaps with the YA Pilgrimage, so this is not available to those who will be on that trip. If you would like to go on this trip or have any questions, please contact Keith Dumke at keithdumkegmail.com by February 26.
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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