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
On Tuesday night at the Vestry Eucharist our Junior Warden, Tom Blackstock, read Jesus’ words in the 15th chapter of the gospel of John: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” I was immediately reminded of nearly a week ago sitting at my computer in my dining room. Looking out the window I saw snow, ice, and a cold and paralyzed world. But at my computer I had this powerful sense of a community in which Jesus is the vine running throughout our lives. The email announcing Richard Carter’s death had just begun to circulate. Roy Johnson’s serious condition was known.
Every few seconds or minutes another email would arrive with prayers for the Carter and Johnson family. It didn’t help that I was feeling trapped by the winter weather, unable to get to the hospital to be with these families. Yet there on my computer screen was something more than a virtual community—whatever that might mean. On the screen were words that “filled out” the vine we call Jesus with branches and with fruit: “Extremely saddened.” “Praying.” “I’m here.” “Sad, sad news.” “Prayers lifted.”
Later in the day on Wednesday and then on Saturday, Richard and Roy’s pictures were posted on our Facebook page and the comments began which enriched the email conversation. The branches bore much fruit in the few hours after the postings.
I don’t imagine the Internet, whether email or Facebook, as an adequate substitute for flesh and blood community. But last week as we were all separated from one another by an ice and snow storm, there was comfort in words. Those words—at least in those moments—became the fruit of branches that find their nurture and life in the vine of Jesus. Thank you, St. Catherine’s.
3:00 - 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall
Join us on Tuesday, February 25 between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to help save a life! 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.
You can reserve your time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Or, call 1-800-733-2767 for additional blood drive opportunities. Please note that while reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time, they 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.
Reservations due now
By Julie Fulcher
Come 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 will tempt you with chocolate and amazing food. The retreat will be at Montara Farm in the beautiful north Georgia mountains. Plan on arriving Friday at 4 pm and departing at 1 pm on Sunday. The cost is $275 (gratuity is optional) for a single room and all meals. Horseback trail rides and a Yoga class are included free IF we can get enough people, so make sure to let me know. Massages ($65) will be available. There is a space limit of 22 people so get your reservation in soon with your deposit of $100 (make checks to St. Catherine’s, with "Women’s Retreat" in the memo line). You can see information and photos of our retreat location at www.montarafarm.com. 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. To contribute please contact Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosestcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. All amounts are gratefully accepted.
Join Cats on Wheels for 4 days & 3 nights in Savannah, April 9-12. The fare will include transportation, lodging, breakfasts and tour costs, and is a bargain at only $350 double occupancy ($125 single occupancy supplement). Please send in your deposit now of $150, non-refundable (make checks to St. Catherine’s, with “Savannah” in the memo line). Space is limited. For details please contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, we welcome you!
Wednesday, February 26
Take a night off from cooking and bring family/friends/neighbors from 5:30 to 8 pm in the Parish Hall for a delicious, homemade spaghetti dinner. As part of her journey to compete in Miss Georgia, parishioner Kelly Donoghue is raising money to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. A donation is requested of $10 per adult, $6 per child for dinner, beverage and dessert. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, March 2, 10 -11 am
Our next coffee is scheduled for Sunday, March 2 at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new (or returning) members are invited to an informal gathering with clergy, staff and lay leaders. We will offer coffee, pastries, fruit, and conversation about our parish & ministries. You are welcome and encouraged to invite a friend. Please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) if you can assist or if you have questions.
March 4, 6:00-7:30 pm
Invite family & friends to celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Come for pancakes, bacon, spiced apples and fellowship. Our Youth will cook & serve in the Parish Hall. No tickets or reservations are needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Note: There will be bacon pancakes. That’s right, BACON. PANCAKES.
All proceeds from this fun and delicious evening will go towards the Youth Program’s effort to host a parish-wide Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on Saturday, May 10. If we meet our fundraising goals, we as a congregation will be able to package at least 10,000 meals to be sent to school children all over the world!
Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm
On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. The ashes we bless are made from burning the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday celebration. This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls for fasting and church attendance—the other is Good Friday. Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if you experience extenuating health issues. Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal churches throughout our community will have services, if you need information on the closest church to your work or function please contact our office at 770-971-2839 OR you may use the Church Locator on the Diocese of Atlanta website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/ChurchDirectory to find church locations and call/visit their websites for service times.
If you saved your palms from Palm Sunday last year, you may return them in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please place them in the container in the foyer by Sunday, March 2.
On the first Sunday of Lent, March 9, we will use the Great Litany in our worship services. The Great Litany is an intercessory prayer including various petitions sung by the priests, with fixed responses by the congregation. It was used as early as the fifth century in Rome. It was led by a deacon, with the collects led by a bishop or priest. The Litany was the first English language liturgy prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in 1544. It’s use in church processions was ordered by Henry VIII when England was at war with Scotland and France. It was printed as an appendix to the Eucharist in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The 1979 BCP titled it "The Great Litany," distinguishing it from other litanies in the Prayer Book. The Great Litany may be said or sung. The officiant and people may kneel or stand, or it may be done in procession.
Our Wednesday night Lenten program during Lent will begin with a simple dinner of soup and bread served beginning at 6:00 pm on March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 and 9. We will ask for a freewill donation for the meal to help offset the costs to our six chefs, but none is required. We want to thank Harriot Pyburn, Maureen Donoghue, Stephanie Yucius, Michael and Rebecca Devault, and Sue Snape for graciously volunteering to prepare our suppers for us.
We’ll continue the evening at 7 pm with a small group Bible study around our parish hall tables. Our videos, The Reason for God, capture live and unscripted conversations between Tim Keller and a group of people to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, and Scripture, Keller and the group explore the truth of Christianity. In his New York Times best-selling book, The Reason for God, Timothy Keller established himself as a modern-day C. S. Lewis who brings together faith and intellect, theology and popular culture, modern-day objections and historic Christian beliefs.
The book is readily available in several different formats online, in bookstores and in the public library. However, you will not need to purchase the book for the study if you do not wish to do so. In addition to the material from Tim Keller and the discussion guide, we will ask a member of the congregation to reflect on the weekly question from the perspective of her or his own life. There will also be time for small group table discussions week to week.
Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this Lenten journey. We hope you will see in this series an opportunity to be challenged to wrestle with yours and others hardest questions, and to engage those questions in ways that will spark an honest, enriching, and humbling dialogue, as is modeled during the DVD sessions. We will be selecting five topics from the six included in the book and DVD: 1. Isn't the Bible a Myth? 2. How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God? 3. What Gives You the Right to Tell Me How to Live My Life? 4. Why Does God Allow Suffering? 5. Why Is the Church Responsible for So Much Injustice? 6. How Can God Be Full of Love and Wrath at the Same Time?
March 9 through April 6, 4-5:30 pm
By Audrey Nesbit
This coming Lenten season you are invited to enter into a five-part conversation entitled “Drawing the Circle Wider.” This will be an opportunity for St. Catherine’s as a congregation to explore some of what God has given us and what he is calling us to be as Episcopalians.
As Episcopalians we are aware that Lent is a time of reflection. This Lenten season at St. Catherine’s we will be using this time to reflect on the sin of racism. Lenten practices, Episcopal disciplines call for a period of self-examination and repentance. True personal reflection is difficult and the subject of racism is equally as hard. However, the hope is that we will be able to encounter these conversations with a prayerful spirit and an undefended heart. The conversation begins on March 9 and continues on March 16, 23, 30 and April 6; Sunday afternoons in the sanctuary from 4 to 5:30 pm.
In "Draw The Circle Wide," by The Rev Anna Carmichael 09/07/2012 (Rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Hood River, Oregon), she writes:
While our Lenten conversations will be focused on racism, we would all do well to remember all of the other diverse areas in life that prevents us from “Drawing our Circles Wider”. The question posed by Bishop Wright is, "What would it mean for your parish, your ministry or you personally to draw the circle wider…?" I would pose yet another question: what does it cost society, our church and ourselves to exclude certain people from our circle?
As part of this Lenten conversation we will have five interrelated topics supported by scripture and resources that will help to guide us through “Dismantling Racism.” The Commission for Dismantling Racism (formerly the Diocesan Anti-Racism Commission) has been in existence for two decades with the goal to fulfill God’s desire for his children to exist in a loving community. The commission’s principal goal is "to engage all of the parishes of the diocese in the work of being able to see God's face in everyone, to create new paths upon which God's light and love can shine in ways that make us a beloved community.”
These conversations will be held in a safe, sacred place, girded by spirituality, creating an environment conducive to discernment. This space will encourage intentional, careful listening, the sharing of stories, and being present for others.
Why hold these conversations? An answer can be found in a quote by Bishop Wright from his For Faith weekly devotionals: "Faith is to connect to and live out God-induced dreams... Division is false. True realty is oneness" And in the Bishop's Address to the 104th Annual Diocesan Council, The Right Reverend J. Neil Alexander stated, “By not counting my sins against me, God has made me a minister of reconciliation... If God, in Christ, has made us ministers of reconciliation then we must be keenly aware of the sin of racism in all its forms: personal, relational, corporate, and institutional.”
Unraveling the issue of racism is a journey, not a destination. We hope that you will come join us for this very important conversation where we will have the opportunity to explore this subject together, reflect and share our stories. Only in hearing other individuals' stories can we widen the understanding of the issue of institutional racism. Intentional, careful hearing of the other can make all the difference. At our best, the Church provides a safe venue where truth-telling and –hearing can happen. Until we meet during Lent l will end this article with the following prayer…
By Father Jim
Each Tuesday morning during Lent we meet to celebrate Eucharist followed by a book study. We start at 7:00, move to study at 7:30 and finish promptly at 8:00 am. Our study this Lent will be “Thrift Store Saints” by Jane Knuth. The book is available from online sources as a paperback book (Amazon $11.80) or ebook (Kindle $9.39; other formats such as Nook, Kobo, etc.). An outline of the Study will be on our Lenten resource table beginning on Shrove Tuesday – even if you can’t attend the morning study we welcome your journey with us over the forty days of Lent. Each week we will discuss a few chapters of our reading.
Thrift Store Saints is a collection of true stories based on Jane Knuth’s experiences serving the poor at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in the inner city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. At the outset of the book, Knuth is a reluctant new volunteer at the store, sharing that her middle-class, suburban, church-going background has not prepared her well for this kind of work. By the end of the book, Knuth has undergone a transformation of sorts, and neither she nor we can ever view the poor in the same way again.Knuth’s transformation is rooted in the prevailing message of Thrift Store Saints: When we serve the poor, they end up helping us as much as we help them. Throughout the book we are introduced to new “saints,” as Knuth thoughtfully, at times humorously, describes how her encounters with the poorest people led her to the greatest riches of God’s grace.
Thrift Store Saints makes clear that it doesn’t require heroic Mother Teresa-types to make a difference with the poor, and it even more powerfully shows us that working with them is not gloomy, depressing work. Knuth’s moving stories demonstrate the profound joy any of us can experience when we see serving the poor not as social work, but as a spiritual path that leads us to the heart of Jesus.
By Susan Jablonski
Everyone is invited to join us for this unique form of communal worship! We will offer a Taizé liturgy for everyone on Sunday evenings during Lent at 5:30 pm. The services begin on Sunday, March 9 and continue through April 18 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. The liturgy will immediately follow the “Widening the Circle” Lenten program being offered 4-5:30 pm (see above in this newsletter).
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.”
A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults will be available to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. You may subscribe to a daily email with the Lent Reflection of the Day from the collection -- sign up is available now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. (If you subscribed to our Advent Reflections you will automatically receive the Lent series, no need to sign up again.) The whole booklet will also available on our website so be sure to check daily from Ash Wednesday through Easter Day.
Another online Lenten resource is available from the Brothers of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) whohave developed an easy-to-use video series and accompanying workbook, “Love Life: Living the Gospel of Love.” Subscribers will be emailed each morning with a mobile-friendly video and evocative question. The daily email subscription is free, as are all the supporting materials which are available to download for free. See details now and sign up at episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/01/15/innovative-free-formation-resource-for-lent-2014/
By Father Jim
Holy Week is that time when our focus is on coming together as a community off and on through these special days to journey with Jesus to the cross. In order to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do just this I am asking that no church meetings be scheduled during Holy Week, April 13 - April 19. In keeping with this request, the Vestry has rescheduled its monthly meeting to April 8.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 8, 9 am to 3 pm at Cathedral of St. Philip
The Ministry Summit is new this year. Formerly the Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair, “FAITH in Transition” will be your chance to meet with people from around the Diocese of Atlanta and join in considering how we will be doing Episcopal ministry over the next several years in a changing world and a changing church. The Great Gathering speaker for the day will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Missioner for New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives at the Episcopal Church Center. His topic will be “The Disciplines of Leading Faith Communities in Transition,” discussing fresh perspectives on the chaos we inhabit as an Episcopal Church, moving from a Church-Shaped Mission to a Mission-Shaped Church, restoring the prophetic imagination in a time of high anxiety, and personal practices of transformative leaders .
Your choice of two 90-minute Conversation Group sessions will follow, covering a wide variety of ministry topics facilitated by leaders knowledgeable and experienced in their fields. Our own Father Jim and Mike Peterson will facilitate the “Ministries for Every Generation” morning session and Karen Maxwell will co-facilitate the “Spiritual and Faith Formation” afternoon session.Your voice is needed to help ministries in the Diocese of Atlanta be fresh and exciting while holding up the foundations and traditions that make the Episcopal Church what it is today. Cost for the day is $20 and includes morning snack and lunch. For details and to register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org/Communication/2014-Ministry-Summit/ or look for brochures at church.
Did you receive your February 14 statement?
The February financial statements reporting 2014 year-to-date contributions were emailed on February 14 to one email address per household. Please note that statement links are valid for one month or until the next statement is sent, so be sure to save a copy of your statement if you will want to refer to it later on. Please check only the most recent statement email to read your statement since a new link is created each time. (At this time statements are not being sent for children's pledges unless they have an email address separate from parents.) If the designated member of your house did not receive a statement, or you would like us to email your statement to a different address, please notify Communications Director Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org, Parish Administrator Rosemary Wolfe or Parish Secretary Ginney Linstrom as soon as possible.
Please note that paper financial statements are no longer being mailed with quarterly or annual summaries.
Saturday, May 10: We will be bringing Stop Hunger Now back to St. Catherine’s! Stop Hunger Now is an incredible organization that will bring all of the supplies, tools, and training we’ll need to package over 10,000 meals for hungry school children all over the world. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for further announcements about the efforts we’ll be making to raise funds and make this event happen!
Next dates: Dinner Team Feb. 28 / Laundry Team Feb. 25
As you may know the Altar and Flower Guilds made a valiant effort to provide dinner to the guests of the Elizabeth Inn on January 28th but Mother Nature had different plans! Thank you for your efforts and thanks to all groups who have signed up for 2014. Saint Catherine's is committed to feeding the guests of MUST's Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of each month. In addition we assist with Laundry Team on the fourth Tuesday AND fifth Wednesday, and breakfast on the fourth Wednesday. For Dinner Team please contact Connie Bergeron (connieatlbergerons.net) or Tracy Buckalew (tracyklpcpeoplepc.com). For Laundry Team contact Fred Massey (f_massey2hotmail.com). For Breakfast Team please see sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Father Jim.
Below is the most current list of "sponsored" dinners. If your committee or group can adopt February or another a month please contact us, above. As always, we are thankful for your devotion to this ministry.
Tracy Buckalew and Connie Bergeron, Dinner Team Coordinators
Dinner team schedule for 2014
By Connie Bergeron
For the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 2014 is a very special year as the ACFB Hunger Walk/Run is celebrating 30 years! That’s right—since 1984, the Hunger Walk/Run has clocked millions of steps, covering hundreds of miles of Atlanta streets and raising over $7 million for the fight against hunger.
You are invited to join thousands in the fight against hunger at Turner Field in Atlanta on Sunday, March 9. The event benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits, including Episcopal Charities Foundation, that have strong hunger relief programs. The event opens at noon and the 5K walk and 5K “fun run” begin at 2 p.m. Pre-register online as a St. Catherine's Episcopal Church team member (see link and directions below) or at the registration tent the day of the event. Walk registration is $25 and includes an official Hunger Walk/Run 2014 event t-shirt. Run registration is $35 and includes a special moisture-wicking t-shirt. Come enjoy the fun, festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family including games, Atlanta’s finest food trucks, live entertainment and more! Hope to see you there!
To sign up for St. Catherine's Team, or to make a donation in support of our Team, please go to St. Catherine's Episcopal's Team Page at: engage.acfb.org/site/TR/HungerWalkEpiscopalCharitiesFoundation/HungerWalk/1046764036?pg=team&fr_id=1602&team_id=23400. You may then click on the yellow "Join our Team" button to register as either a Walker ($25 minimum donation) or a Runner ($35 minimum donation); or you may click on the yellow "Support St. Catherine's Episcopal" button to make a donation only.
Alternate method: You may find our team page by the steps below. If you have any problems with these directions, please email Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net and I will be happy to assist.
FIRST, SOME GOOD NEWS! Family Promise of Cobb County received their Certificate of Occupancy for the new Day Center. We are happy the program is progressing -- but we do miss seeing Director Camilla around St. Catherine's on a daily basis.
St. Catherine's will host Family Promise next on April 4-13. Some of the volunteer positions to help with Family Promise require up to three training courses. If you have any questions about trainings needed for the activity you are interested in, please contact Harriett Pyburn, Diane Sanders or Eleanore Pearson and they will be very glad to help you.
The position of "Host" does require three training courses to be completed: Family Promise, Safeguarding God's People and Safeguarding God's Children. This includes Hosts for dinner, evening, overnight and weekend. If one fully-trained Host is present, then other adults may interact with the guests if they have had the Family Promise training. Children may interact with guests at dinner and during the evening as long as they are with a parent. Watch for more details as our next hosting date approaches.
If you would like to volunteer as a host and need any one or all of these trainings, please see the offerings below. There is no cost for these trainings but be sure to pre-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 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
Congratulations to Stephanie (Burkholder) and Martin Fisher who were married on January 25 in Oxford, Mississippi. A wedding blessing was held at St. Catherine’s on February 16, and we celebrated with cake after the service. The couple is residing in Mississippi.
Photo by Jan Potter, see lots more full size at WeddingBlessingBurkholder021614.
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries
According to the Independent Sector's National Value of Volunteer Time:
How much did your presence save St. Catherine's or another not-for-profit organization?
Congratulations to us! The percentage of volunteers per membership at St. Catherine's is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following for Volunteering in the United States - 2012: The volunteer rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 26.5 for the year ending in September 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. About 64.5 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2011 and September 2012.
I asked Ministry Team Conveners, Team Leaders, Staff, and other leadership at St. Catherine's for the names of volunteers on their team(s). I have put that information on a spread sheet which lists 793 members, (thank you Rose) and our total serving on one of the Ministry Teams or in Outreach is 28.5%
In 2014 can we increase that percentage? I think we can! I invite your prayerful consideration for the next time someone says, "Can you _______?" Just say "Yes."
For the many ways you are already serving, for the many ways you give back, Thank You.
By Father Jim
I couldn’t think of an attention-grabbing title that would make you want to read about controlling the operating budget line items for the copier, postage and printing. But bear with me and read on....
Together these three line items will cost St. Catherine’s $13,800 in 2014. To put that in perspective, this cost is twice what we spend on youth education, five and a half times what we spend on children’s education and seven times what we spend on adult education -- all of this for stamps, copier paper and clicks on a copier.
These line items have, over time, simply escalated each year without much thought or management shown them. This year the Vestry is asking the staff to better control these costs and they’ve challenged us by rolling these budget line items back to 2012 levels.
So here are some ideas we are pursuing....
What can you do?
We invite you to join us in this challenge. We certainly can’t think of every idea but we know that between all of us we can find ways to minimize these costs. The good news is that every dollar we save in these budget line items can go to a ministry line that this changing the lives of our members and in the lives of those to whom we minister in the world.
By Tom Blackstock, Junior Warden
Here’s what happened at the regular Vestry meeting on February 18:
Dear St. Catherine's,
Greetings in the name of our savior Jesus Christ! As we begin another year in our life together, I thank God for each and every one of you. As a community, we continue to show faithful response to our bishop's call to "draw the circle wider" as we welcome, worship, serve, and nurture from our home base on Holt Road. Not only is our increased emphasis on our facilities and long-range planning a sign of our care for what we have been given, but your increased gifts of time, talent, and treasure are also a sign of thriving stewardship. Through nurture of these gifts, we are able to invite new folks into our church home, to provide sacraments, formation and pastoral care to those among us, and to venture out boldly to serve those in our East Cobb community. Thanks be to God!
Through your faithful work and monetary giving, we are able to provide Christian formation for 295 children, youth, and adults each week; to sustain worship for an average of 304 souls each Sunday; to provide meals, laundry service, and monetary gifts to MUST Ministries throughout the year; to participate fully in the new Family Promise of Cobb County ministry serving families experiencing homelessness; to work with tree experts to save our beloved Great Oak; to repair and replace air conditioning units and water lines when they break; and to pay fair salaries and health insurance to our dedicated staff. It would take another 2 pages or more to list all of the work we accomplish through you. You make a real and measurable impact on the lives of our parishioners, staff, clergy, and community members.
This begins the second year of emailed monthly financial statements, a result of our focus on communicating our messages clearly within the congregation and using our financial resources to respond to God's call. Your vestry, clergy, and treasurer hope that these statements aid you in knowing where you stand in terms of your pledge or other financial giving to the church on a month to month basis. We appreciate your faithful and timely attention to your giving because without your prayerful commitments of time, talent, and treasure, St. Catherine's could not have the impact it does. If you have any questions about your financial statement, please contact Rose Wolfe at rosestcatherines.org. For questions about the work of your finance team or the vestry, please contact your treasurer Steve Pyburn stephen.pyburnturner.com, your Junior Warden Tom Blackstock thomas.h.blackstock.milmail.mil, or me at eslopezcomcast.net.
I look forward to a fabulous year together of worship and service.
Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full size at StCatsPics/MiscChurch021414.
Another member of our church, sealed as Christ's own forever, as family and friends gathered from near and far. Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full size at MarieGrace.
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Thank you for your in-kind contribution of 1,754 food items! Your support directoy impacts the many familiesin need in our community... A great need continues, and thanks to friends like you, so does our work. Thank you again for your support of CFR's programs and services.
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, Pace, Dick, Erin Holt & her family, Elizabeth Welch, The Allen Family, Judith Harrison, Barry Dillard, Charles Ohl, Joe Hannigan, Trevor Smith, Vincent, Susannah Campbell, 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, Dani Dickson, Richard Pearson, Craig, Jessie Meissner, Don Killian, David Shannonhouse, Bob Evans, Paula Morris, Deborah Guy, Jonathan Huff, Joyce Bramlett, Lita DiPiatro, Swiss Britt, Eric DeLaBarre, Susan Trice, Sascha Michael, Jill Fogarty, Barbara Perry, Martha Dobernic, Blake Norwrocki, Barbara, Ed & Marcia Markette & Kay, Arianna, Nancy Mattox
BEFORE SURGERY: Ashlee Wilson, Althea Dillard’s daughter; Joyce Hendricks; Beverly Fambrough
DECEASED: Roy Johnson; Richard Carter; John Callahan, founder of Ellis Kilgore’s company; Betty Douglas, added by Tom Snead; Nick Stebnicki , father of Daniel Mikkelsen’s colleague; Ed Jelen, Jason Gardiner’s neighbor; Tom Blackstock Sr., father of Tom Blackstock.
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/22) Joyce Carter, Sarah Antonucci, Michael Baumann, Katie Barrington, (2/23) Swiss Britt, (2/24) Natalie Whitlow, Ian Phillpotts, Gwen Gillespie, (2/25) John Pennington, Emily Dillson, (2/26) Nate Thompson,(2/27) Will Korwan, Jeff Harris, (2/28) Hannah Harris,(3/1) Bryce Edwards, Candy Jansen, (3/2) Charlie Zimmerman, Millie Fey, Martin Michael, (3/3) Gary Parker, Elizabeth Lopez,(3/4) Mit FitzSimons, Ethan Cook, Rebecca Riney, Stephen Lee, Creed Smith, Barbara Saunders, (3/5) Jim Dirksen, Wesley Boutilier, (3/6) Courtney Ragan, Nate Knife, Sebastian Calvo, Owen Nesbit
ANNIVERSARIES: (2/25) Swiss & Peter Britt
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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
Top - New Beginnings Youth Retreat at Camp Mikell February 14-16; Bottom - Valentine Dinner Dance on February 8.
Last weekend, several youth and adults from St. Catherine’s participated in the New Beginnings Conference at Camp Mikell. Like the Happening Conference (New Beginnings’ high school oriented counterpart), New Beginnings is a weekend long retreat that occurs twice per year and is largely led by teens from around the Diocese of Atlanta. Both New Beginnings and Happening are national programs that take place in many dioceses throughout the country (and world), and the youth and adults of St. Catherine’s are deeply involved in both conferences in the Diocese of Atlanta. The following is a reflection that Emily Dini, a sophomore in the St. Catherine’s YA Class, shared after her most recent experience serving on the team of youth and adults to lead the New Beginnings weekend. With her permission, this reflection is shared below:
By Mike Peterson
On behalf of the St. Catherine’s Young Adults Class, their leaders, and myself, I want to say thank you to the people of St. Catherine’s for the many ways in which you supported our recent Valentine Dinner Dance. Whether you donated to our live and silent auctions, assisted with preparation for the event, talked it up to your friends, made a donation, or simply came out and had a great evening with us, you have helped us to make our pilgrimage to Ireland this summer a reality. Pilgrimage is an essential aspect of the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, and serves as an incredibly transformative means for us to go in search of God where others have found him. Thank you for demonstrating beyond a doubt that, when we step onto the plane for Dublin on May 28, we do so with the support, blessings, and prayers of this parish.
While the Valentine Dinner Dance is, at its core, a fundraiser (and let me tell you, we raised some funds!), it is also a fantastic opportunity for members of our parish to come together, enjoy each other’s company, stuff ourselves silly with food and drink, dance with abandon, and embrace the lifeblood of who we are as a congregation. While it takes a great deal of work to put the event together, we can truly sense the pay-off each year before auction bidding has even started or a single dollar has been counted. We can feel it in the fellowship that we share, in the smiles and encouragement our youth and parishioners trade as each guest arrives, in the way you graciously enable us to serve you for the evening, and in the joy with which individuals separated in age by dozens of years (but with little to no difference in enthusiasm levels) share the dance floor into the later hours of the night. Without so many of you, none of this would have been possible.
While there are many, many individuals who deserve thanks and credit for their contributions to this year’s Valentine Dinner Dance, I would be remiss if I did not specifically recognize the following people by name. These four individuals began working on this 2014 Valentine Dinner Dance before the 2013 event had even ended, and dedicated weeks and weeks of time and energy to making this year’s event a smashing success. Thank you to Cindy Tuemmler for heading up the kitchen and overseeing the food for the event. This is no easy task, and Cindy carried it out with admirable organization and composure. Thank you to Lisa Cook and Tracey Pitts for coordinating our live and silent auctions, respectively. Both of these jobs required huge amounts of organization, preparation, and dedication, and Tracey and Lisa committed themselves to these tasks selflessly. Finally, the entire YA Class and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Kristin Blackstock, who served as chair of the Valentine Dinner Dance. Rarely have I had the pleasure of working with anyone who possesses the organization skills, foresight, and work ethic that Kristin has. Though Kristin was new to the event prior to 2013, I firmly believe that she has taught me more about running a successful Valentine Dinner Dance than I taught her. While all four of these wonderful individuals would be the first to tell you that they all performed their jobs with a great deal of help, they deserve recognition for their roles in putting together the most successful Valentine Dinner Dance to date.
Once more, I extend my deepest thanks to the parishioners of St. Catherine’s, not only for your support of the Valentine Dinner Dance and the YA Pilgrimage, but also for your continued support of our young people in their roles as vital and cherished members of this parish and of the body of Christ.
Do you have a burning question that you’d love to hear Father Jim answer? Have you wondered what why we always stand up for the Gospel reading? Are you curious why he sold his purple car? Do you have trouble reconciling an omniscient and omnipresent God with a broken and hurting world? Did something from last week’s New Testament reading confuse you? Have you always wanted to ask Father Jim how he would respond to a zombie apocalypse? Do you wonder what the hardest and most rewarding parts of being a priest are? Are you curious how one person could love Julia Roberts so much? Well, now you have a chance to ask these or any other questions to Father Jim! There is currently a question box in the Youth House where you can write down any question you’d like to hear Father Jim answer, stick it in the box, and show up to WNL Youth Group next week to hear what he has to say! He always has great answers and it always makes for a fun evening. Hope to see you there!
The Youth of St. Catherine’s are invited to join the Youth of Christ Church, Kennesaw (where our own former St. Cat’s Youth and former Rite 13 leader Sally Paris is Youth Director!) for a fun and exciting lock-in over the night of Saturday, March 1-2. The event is open to all 6-12 graders and the cost is $10. To sign up, just go to www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-lock-in-tickets-10527478973. You can reach Sally with any questions at YouthMinisterchristchurchkennesaw.com.
Note: If enough St. Catherine’s Youth sign up, we will be in need of adult chaperons to help Christ Church supervise the event. Please let Mike know if you are willing/able to help out!
Rite 13ers, mark your calendars! It is a fun and wonderful tradition at St. Catherine’s for the Rite 13 class to spend a weekend together at Panama City Beach celebrating their first year together, getting to know each other better, and just having a great time at the beach. More details will come as we get closer to summer, but make sure you keep that weekend open!
Our friends at St. Columba’s have graciously offered spots for 8 youth and 1 extra adult chaperon on their summer mission trip to Nashville to the St. Catherine’s Youth Program! They will be working with the Center for Student Missions, which is the same incredible organization that we worked with on our mission trip to Washington DC last summer. Our own Keith Dumke is already signed up and can give you more information if you are interested. 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.
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