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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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
March 8 - 21, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Daylight Savings
Women's retreat
Cats On Wheels
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Grounds Team
Lent
  Taize services
  Draw the Circle Wider
  Wednesday series
  Morning Eucharist/Study
  Quiet Evening
  Palm Sunday readers
  Music/flowers
  Reflections
Concert Series
Copier/work room

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Hunger Walk
Rice Bowls
Family Promise

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Blood drive
Clifford Duncan
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Community recycling day
Wheeler concert
Muslim conference
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Youth advisors
Youth pics


WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

3/8 – FP Movie Night;
Diocesan Ministry Summit @ Cathedral

3/9 – Daylight Savings Time begins

3/9, 16, 23, 30 – Widening The Circle;
Taize evening worship

3/11, 18, 25 – Morning Eucharist & study

3/12, 19, 26 – WNL Lent series

3/15 – Lay Eucharistic Visitor training

3/21-23 – Women’s Retreat @ Montara Farm

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Thank You

Dear Friends,

Words cannot begin to express the depth of my gratitude for the warm, embracing “St. Catherine’s hug” that you have enfolded me in during my dear husband Roy’s illness and the period following his death. Thank you for all of the caring thoughts, prayers, hugs, cards, absolutely delicious sunshine meals and offers of assistance. They have helped to sustain the family and me and to carry us through as we embark on this most difficult journey of grieving. Special thanks goes to Jana, Brian and the choir for the glorious music they pulled together for Roy’s service at such short notice. It was everything that we had hoped for, and more. Roy would have been especially pleased to know he had had a part in your learning a “new tune” in Hymnal 1982. As always, the flower guild brought the cream of their art to create works of beauty to the glory of God. Thanks also to the readers, ushers and the funeral committee for their ministry of service and comfort. Father Abstein’s homily brought so many wonderful memories of Roy in his fullness before the ravages of dementia cruelly took him from us; it was a glimpse into the restoration of resurrected life that Roy now enjoys. The service was a joyful celebration of a life well lived. Father Jim, your loving care and support have been and continue to be there for me through it all; I am deeply grateful.

Knowing that Roy is now at peace in the loving arms of God and that he is whole again makes it possible to begin letting him go, so that even with a tear-filled heart, I can give God thanks. I know that these tears will water the garden of my heart and that eventually God will bring healing. I know your caring hearts will play a large part in that healing, as they have already. So it is with a heart full of gratitude that to each of you I say thank you.

With great love,
Amma Susan+


Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9

Don't be late! Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time—SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church (and for the Hunger Walk/Run) bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.


Women’s retreat March 21-23: "Lent, Chocolate, and Transformation"

Reservations due now!

Come for renewal and lively discussion centered around the ideas of "Lent, Chocolate, and Transformation." We will watch the movie Chocolat, and delight you with chocolate and wonderful meals. The retreat will be at Montara Farm in the beautiful north Georgia mountains, from Friday at 4 pm through 1 pm on Sunday. The cost is $275 (gratuity optional) for a single room and all meals. Horseback trail rides and yoga class are included free ONLY IF we can get enough people. Massages ($65) will be available. Reserve ASAP 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. For further questions please 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.


Cats On Wheels trip to Gibbs Gardens

Saturday, March 29

Join Cats on Wheels this month for a day trip to beautiful Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia. You can see photos and information about Gibbs Garden at www.gibbsgardens.com. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200, by Thursday, March 17 if you plan to attend so we can coordinate transportation.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!


Lay Eucharistic Visitor training

Saturday, March 15, 9-11 am

One of the lay pastoral ministries of the church is taking the consecrated sacraments of the Holy Eucharist from the service on Sunday morning to members of the church who are confined to hospital or their homes. By taking the sacraments to those who are homebound Lay Eucharistic Visitors extend the altar into the home of the person they visit so not only do our homebound members receive Holy Communion, they are also included in the worship and community of St. Catherine’s as a whole. Lay Eucharistic Visitors are specially licensed by the diocese to perform this ministry. They must receive training done at St. Catherine’s and receive the Safeguarding God’s People training sponsored by the diocese. We are planning an LEV training for Saturday, March 15 from 9-11 AM in the conference room at St. Catherine’s. If you are interested in becoming licensed as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan at ammasusanstcatherines.org.


Join the Grounds Team

Like to mow grass?

By Richard Pearson

We need help with mowing the lawn at St. Catherine's. The more volunteers we get, the less time each one will have to mow. You need to be at least 16 years of age. It takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours per section and we have 4 sections. There are times when some of the sections do not need mowing. Please contact Richard Pearson at elerichbellsouth.net
or 678-290-0097 if you can help. Thank you!


Keeping a Holy Lent

 

Taizé worship services added for Lent

Sundays, 5:30-6:00 pm begining March 9

We are adding a Taizé liturgy for everyone on Sunday evenings during Lent at 5:30-6:00 pm in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join us for this unique form of communal worship. The services begin on March 9 and continue through April 18.

These services are part of our parish activities planned in conjuction with Amma Susan's "Building Bridges of Peace" sabbatical this year which will include time in the community of Taizé, France. Amma Susan says, "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."

One aspect of Taizé liturgy is meditative singing as a way of listening to God: “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.” The liturgy will immediately follow the “Widening the Circle” Lenten program being offered 4-5:30 pm (see below in this newsletter).

 

"Drawing The Circle Wider: A Conversation" - Sundays in Lent

March 9 through April 6, 4-5:30 pm

By Audrey Nesbit

You are invited to enter into a five-part conversation,“Drawing the Circle Wider,” on Sunday afternoons in the Parish Hall. 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. 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.

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.”

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:

This is what is being called to our attention in the reading from James as well. As the author of the letter stated, “You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’”. To not love your neighbor, to not welcome others—regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age, class, physical condition, or spiritual tradition—is to create barriers, to keep the circle small and closed. Theologian Amy Howe wrote, “Once we acknowledge that there are no walls separating us, love and mercy flow unfettered, and all people are deemed equally valuable”. When there are no walls separating us, love and mercy flow. The circle is made wider still. No one stands alone.

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 prevent 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?

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 l will end this article with the following prayer… "Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. Melt us, mold us, fill us, use us. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.” AMEN.

 

“The Reason for God”: Wednesday Evening Lenten series begins March 12

Our Wednesday night program during Lent will begin with a simple dinner of soup and bread served beginning at 6:00 pm. A big thank you to our guest chefs who will prepare our meal each week: March 12 - Michael & Rebecca Devault; March 19 - Stephanie Yucius; March 26 - Maureen Donoghue; April 2 - Jim and Joan Nixon; April 9 - Harriett Pyburn. No price will be charged but we will ask for freewill donations to help offset the costs to our chefs.

Following dinner, from 7 to 8 pm our programs for youth and for children will continue and the nursery will be available. For adults we will have a small group Bible study with our videos, The Reason for God. The videos capture live and unscripted conversations between author 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. In addition to the course material, a St. Catherine's member will to reflect on the weekly question from the perspective of her or his own life. Our sessions will be:

  • March 12 - "Why is the church responsible for so much injustice? Why are Christians such hypocrites?" (reflection by Hans Kraeger)
  • March 19 - "Why does God allow suffering? Why is there so much evil in the world?" (reflection by Ellis Kilgore)
  • March 26 -" What gives you the right to tell me how to live my life? Why are there so many rules?" (reflection by Elizabeth Lopez)
  • April 2 - "Isn’t the Bible a myth? Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?" (reflection by Margaret Shaw)
  • April 9 - "How can God be full of love and wrath at the same time? How can God send good people to hell?" (reflection by Stephanie Yucius)

There will be time for small group table discussions week to week. 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. If you wish to purchase the book it is readily available online, in bookstores and in the public library, however this is not necessary to participate.

 

Tuesday morning Lenten Eucharist and study begins March 11: “Thrift Store Saints”

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.

 

Save the date for Lent Quiet Evening

Friday, April 11

You’re invited! Join us for our annual Lent Quiet Evening on Friday, April 11. We will take time to be still and listen to what God is saying to each of us as we prepare our hearts for Holy Week and the Paschal joys of Easter.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Beth-Sara Wright, well-known author and speaker, and wife of Bishop Rob Wright. All are welcome for a time of teaching, scripture meditation, and reflection through spiritual exercises and prayer. This evening is sponsored for everyone by Daughters of the King.

 

Palm Sunday readers sign up

A tradition of the church is for the congregation to read the Passion Gospel in parts during worship on Palm Sunday, March 13. It reminds us that the journey that Palm Sunday is not a memorialization of something that happened long ago but a journey of betrayal, pain, suffering and new life we each take in our lives.

We need eight volunteer readers to participate in the reading of the Passion Gospel at 8:45 and 11:15 services. You will read a small part while standing at your seat. This is an opportunity for parishioners who are not already lay readers to be involved (current lay readers are welcome to participate as well). Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Lay Readers chairperson, Bill Selby.

 

Music and Flowers collection

We invite everyone to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our church and special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (or you may send donations with this information to the church office). Please return donations by Sunday, March 6.

 

Lent Reflection of the Day

A wide variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults is available on our resource table in the foyer through the season. In particular, St. Catherine’s 2014 Lent Reflections collection, “Listening Carefully to Our Lord,” written by our own parish members, is available on our website at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm and also in printed form in the church foyer. If you'd like to receive the Reflection of the Day sent direct to you each day by email throughout the season, please sign up at the link on this web page.


St. Catherine’s Concert Series: Georgia Festival Chorus

Saturday, March 30, 6 pm

Free concert, no tickets needed! Invite friends and family to join us at 6:00 pm in our sanctuary for the next concert in our 2013-2014 series. The Georgia Festival Chorus returns to St. Catherine's to present "The Music of Memories," a choral program spanning Brahms, Holst, Moses Hogan and much more. This 100-voice ensemble serves the spiritual needs and ministers to both local audiences and the greater global community by singing a repertoire of classical, contemporary, spiritual and traditional sacred choral works. In 2014 the GFC is celebrating 70 Years of Song by their director and founder, Frank Boggs. Several members of St. Catherine's Chancel Choir are members of this well-known group. Come make some special musical memories of your own! You can find more information and listen to th GFC on their website at www.tgafc.org.


Copier and mail room now locked overnight

In a recent change in our policy, the church's mail & copier room is now locked overnight. If you need access to the mail boxes, copier, or work room supplies please plan your visit for when staff is present during the weekday, Sunday mornings, or occasionally (but not every day) in the evening.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Saturday, March 9 - Are you ready to walk for hunger?

Remember - switch to Daylight Savings Time this day!

Atlanta Community Food Bank Hunger Walk/Run is celebrating 30 years! It 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 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 pm. 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, run registration is $35. Free parking is available in the Gold and Blue and Orange lots. Come enjoy the fun, festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family including games, Atlanta’s finest food trucks, live entertainment, #12 NASCAR race experience, Atlanta Braves Bat Team, Atlanta Hawks Flight Crew, Kids Zone, OPA Circus and more! Hope to see you there!

  • Join our team for lunch: RSVP! - Reply ASAP to Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, if you are coming to the Hunger Walk/Run and will join us for a light lunch 11 am - 12 noon in the Parish Hall before leaving for Turner Field. Note that you will want to attend the 7:30 am or 8:45 am worship this day.
  • Carpool to Turner Field: If you are able to drive to the Hunger Walk/Run and are willing to take passengers, please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net.

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.

Bishop's challenge! Bishop Rob Wright wants to provide $3,000 to the parish/school who sponsors the individual walker or runner raising the most dollars to fight hunger, to be used for the outreach ministry of choice! Bishop Wright will be there wearing his walking shoes. Come by the Episcopal Charities tent for a blessing of the runners, walkers and volunteers prior to the 2 pm step-off. Donuts and water will be available at the tent starting at 11:30 am.

Thank you to everyone who is contributing in support of the St. Catherine's team! As of publication (3/6/14) we have raised $1,490 of our $1,600 goal! Particular thanks go to Daniel Mikkelson for his fundraising efforts. We appreciate all "going the extra mile" to benefit those in need in Georgia!


Rice Bowls for Lent

  • Fact: There are nearly 163 million orphans.
  • Fact: Malnutrition plays a part in more than half of all child deaths.
  • Fact: Nearly one in four people, live on less than $1 per day.
  • Fact: You and your family can help with CHANGE.

Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids worldwide, made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Throughout Lent help Young Families support this program and pick up a plastic “rice bowl” by the preschool office or in the foyer of the church. Use it to collect your spare change to make a difference in the lives of these children. Filled bowls are due back to the church by Easter Sunday (April 20). Questions? Contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net or Jennifer Sherwood, jtsherwood04yahoo.com.

…Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions & in truth... – 1 John 3:18


Family Promise

  • KEEP THE DATE: St. Catherine's will next host Family Promise the week of Sunday, April 6 through Sunday, April 13.
  • Drivers needed: Family Promise of Cobb County now has a van and has need of volunteers to drive it. We have families that have no car and are waiting for this to be added to our ministry. Expected driving times are Monday to Friday and Sunday, 7-8 am and 5-6 pm. Saturday expected times are 8:30-9:30 am and 5-6 pm. These times are approximations and will vary slightly for each hosting week. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Congregational Relations volunteer Sandy Hobson at 404-790-1897 or srhobsonbellsouth.net.

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Blood drives

Photo, right - Fred and Jennifer Massey congratulating Mathew Parker (center), a member of our local community, who was the winner of the gift card given away by the Red Cross at last December's blood drive. The photo was taken at our February drive. Mathew has very kindly regifted his winnings to our church's Clergy Discretionary Fund. Thank you, Mathew!! More photos from February's drive are below. (Photos by Jennifer Massey)

Tuesday, April 22, is the date of our next blood drive so mark your calendar now! In addition to donors, help is also need for greeting, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.


Remembering Clifford Duncan, Elder of Ute Tribe

Clifford Duncan was a member of in our sister parish of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Whiterocks, Utah, on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. Those of us at St. Catherine’s who met him through our Native American ministry remember him with great fondness and respect.

From The Rev. Sue Duffield: Clifford Helm Duncan, age 80, of Neola, Utah, passed away on February 20 at his home. He was a man of great understanding of humanity, always with a thirst for knowledge. He traveled extensively and enjoyed sharing the richness of his culture with many. He enjoyed St. Catherine’s many visits to Whiterocks which began in 2003, and traveled with St. Elizabeth’s to St. Catherine’s in January 2004. One of his most memorable trips was to Athens, Greece escorting the Olympic Flame to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics and being a major participant in the Opening Ceremonies. He met the Dali Lama in Salt Lake City and counted two Bishops among his good friends. He pronounced a traditional blessing at the installation service of The Rev. Sue Duffield as Vicar at Whiterocks and the Consecration service of the Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, 11th Bishop of Utah.

He was a faithful Episcopalian and member of St. Elizabeth's. He was president of the local chapter of the Native American Church for over 40 years and was an activist in getting some of the restrictions lifted for traditional ceremonies. He had a passion for preserving the Ute Culture and served on the language preservation committee and was Curator for the old Ute Museum. His knowledge of the tribal history and Ute language was invaluable. He was born April 10, 1933, in Ft. Duchesne, UT. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. The Celebration of Life and Burial Service was held on February 24 at St. Elizabeth's. Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 100, Whiterocks, UT 84085.


Seen around St. Cat's

Volunteers are always at work around St. Catherine's... (photos by Bill Ivey and Pat Pepper, see more full-size on the church Facebook page in the album at Volunteers with loving hearts

Newcomer Coffee on March 2

Photos by Jan Potter, see more full-size at Newcomers030214

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 4

Pictures by Jan Potter -- see more full-size in the album at Pancakes03042014 AND more on the Youth Facebook page at Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 2014


Do you know about these ministries?

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:

  • March 10-16: Daughters of the King — This week we celebrate the life and work of Daughters of the King, a religious order for women in the Episcopal Church. Members undergo a preparation process and then take a public vow of prayer and service to support the church and clergy. Our chapter’s meetings are the second Wednesday evening each month and all women are invited. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Marilyn Hunter, 770.579.5746, mhunter52bellsouth.net, or Elaine Krupp, 770.514.7505, williamkruppyahoo.com.
     
  • March 17-23: Mentoring Youth — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Mentoring Youth group. Young people need connections with many adults, not just their parents, in order to grow emotionally and spiritually and to make better choices in their lives. Adult members of St. Catherine's are trained to be mentors and friends to teens. Adults and youth meet every two weeks in casual surroundings to talk, plus group events such as bowling, rafting and hiking three or four times a year. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Hale Sanders, 678-472-1839, halesandersatt.net.


Letters

Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Cam and Marti Graham, in thanksgiving for our family, and our parish family at St. Catherine’s
  • Peggy, Megan and Kelly Snook, in loving remembrance of Tom Snook
  • Tim Braman
  • Lisa Johnston, in memory of her parents

Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • Emmaus House, $300 on February 17

To my St. Catherine's family,

Thank you so much for supporting me and the Children's Miracle Network at the spaghetti dinner on Febuary 26. We fed approximately 90 people and raised almost $800! I'm blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive and loving group of people. Thanks again for making this fundraiser such a success!

Love,
Kelly Donoghue

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you for your donation of $700. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of our reisdents. The funds will go towards the operation of both our programs. Our mission is to facilitate transformation for chemically dependent people to sober, accountable members of our community. Thank you for helping to make a difference.

Sincerely,
Kristin, for The Extension

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

My name is Louise Sterling and I am volunteer Case Manager for our Family Promise families... I want to let all of you know how amazing your time and service to our “guests” really was. As you all know it was a tough week, with a new family joining us and Mother Nature challenging us. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for providing everything and more that we might hope for a congregation to provide.

The process of any kind of recovery can only begin with trust and true engagement. That is not easy to achieve in 7 days… for anyone. Well you did that. Anyone can provide a roof and food. It takes a special bit of magic to provide a real sense of home. Anyone can provide kind words, but it takes magic to extend empathy, concern and care in a loving way. Anyone can spend time, but again it takes a bit of magic in such a short time to make people feel that they are in the hands of family. You gave our families… magic.

After meeting with our families, I was so moved by their words, that I felt it necessary to let you know the true impact of how you all affected them. They felt they had a true HOME for a week, they felt that their new found friends cared for them like family. They felt safe, cared for and motivated to hang in there and keep going. It’s not easy to move around weekly and be the new kid every Sunday, however, their time with all of you was so special, they are motivated and hopeful, they can keep going and complete this process. They are encouraged that we at Family Promise can stay true to our word and provide a temporary HOME, rather than a sheltered space. They are encouraged that they can be special rather than “guests”. That happened because of all of you and the magic you extended.

Maya Angelou has a rather famous quote I would like to share with all of you: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Thank you for allowing our families to feel like your family… in the end this is what truly matters and will ultimately be the motivator and catalyst to accomplish their life goals. Please know that your time and efforts were felt in every way.

Best regards,
Louise Sterling, Family Promise

IN THE COMMUNITY

Community recycling day on Saturday, March 8

Wheeler Band Boosters will be holding a community Electronic, Paint and Paper Recycling Day in the East Cobb Middle School parking lot on Saturday, March 8 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. 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.

 

Wheeler Choirs concert - Monday, March 10 at St. Catherine's

The Wheeler High School Choirs will perform their spring concert, "Love and Devotion," in our sanctuary on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited for this delightful evening of music, no tickets or admission cost.

 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community conference - Thursday, March 13

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is hosting a free conference, "Muhammad, The Messenger of Peace and Reconciliation." This event is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to learn about Holy Prophet of Islam, providing an opportunity to learn about the real Muhammad and his character through the pages of history. This event also serves to build bridges and remove misunderstandings as well as bring communities together. Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 6:30 pm, at Chattahoochee Tech (Paulding Campus) in Building B, Room B-108. The campus is located at 400 Nathan Dean Blvd, Dallas, GA. For more information, visit: www.muslimsforpeace.org/events/

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Antioxidants in foods
    Antioxidants are substances with disease-fighting properties that can protect cells from damage caused by diseases such as cancer and heart disease. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, berries ranked as one of the top foods based on their content of antioxidants. Blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and raspberries proved to have some of the highest levels of antioxidants. Researchers recently looked at the effect of processing—peeling, cooking via steaming, boiling—on certain foods. They found that the way a food is processed definitely affects its antioxidant content. Surprisingly, the antioxidant content increased in the following foods when they were cooked: carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, red cabbage, green and red peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes. Steaming resulted in the biggest increase in antioxidant content. Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
     
  • Compulsive exercise
    A regular exercise program brings both physical and mental health benefits, but compulsive exercising can be destructive. Signs of compulsive exercise include exercising despite pain or injury, being unable to skip even one day of exercise, exercising for many hours each day to compensate for binge eating or exercising to the point of dizziness, dehydration or extreme fatigue. If you think you might have a problem with compulsive exercise, it is time to discuss the role exercise plays in your life with a physician, psychologist, exercise physiologist or counselor.

Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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, Mick Phillips, Nancy Saunders, Richard Moser, David Smith, Dick, Barry Dillard, Charles Ohl, Joe Hannigan, Trevor Smith, Vincent, Becky Kohl, Trevor, David Chase, Barbara Chase, Eleanor Thomason, Michelle, Holly Griffin, Craig, Jessie Meissner, Don Killian, Bob Evans, Jonathan Huff, Joyce Bramlett, Susan Trice, Jill Fogarty, Martha Dobernic, Blake Norwrocki, Arianna, Tinka Ivey, Carol Carpenter, Ashlee Wilson, Joyce Hendricks, Beverly Fambrough, Peter Britt, Kerry Hewitt, Erin Holt & parents Ben & Lynn Holt, Sydney Hillman, Bo Berry, Ethan, Dani Dickson, Nancy Mattox, Richard Pearson, Ben Frost, Jr., Shani, Roger Madden, Michael

BEFORE SURGERY: Bette Hamilton; Barbara Perry; Marcia Markette

DECEASED: Lita DiPiatro, friend of Marion Cook

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (3/8) Jessica Pierce, Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Rachel Hutton, Jim Stephens, Lilli Buckalew, (3/9) Chris Kallas, Anthony Wilson, Jeffrey Boyd, Beatriz Montalvo, (3/10) Erika Linstrom, Carol Crosslin, Bruce Heuke, Reghan Bishop, (3/11) Everett Hutto, (3/12) Emma Grace Lowry, (3/13) Jenna Gardiner, (3/14) Rob Stuart, Ellen Ewing Brown, (3/15) Justin Motter, Karolyn Olliffe, (3/16) Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Timothy Carswell, Josh McLean, Linda Smith, Michael Kerr, (3/17) Dashiell Snape, (3/18) Bruce Miner, (3/19) Zach Ladner, Amy Mikkelsen, Anne Hitchens, (3/20) Dale Edwards, Ryan Blakey, Barb Selby, Ron Brannock, Raymond Ban, Briana Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lani Brooks, Laura Turner, (3/21) Amanda Jones, Norma Alexander, Michael Devault

ANNIVERSARIES: (3/8) Woodie & Ralph Patrick

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(3/9) Lani & Bailey Brooks, Malcolm & Morgan Haymes; Tim, Ellen, Josephine & Kendall Brown; Matthew, Stefanee, Alexandra & Samantha Brush; Jennifer, Caitlyn, Connor & Lilli Buckalew; Rick, Tracy, Kate & Clay Buckalew
(3/16) Tom & Kathryn Burgher; Scott & Laura Butzen; George & Marilyn Cain; Neil, Susannah & George Campbell; Cyrille, Courtney, Amelie & Lucas Cardona

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.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • April 13-19: Holy Week; Easter Day April 20
  • Saturday, April 26: Wine Tasting Evening
  • Sunday, April 27: Spring Memorial Service
  • Saturday, May 3: Concert Series – Kaleidoscope (directed by Michael O’Neal), 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 10: Stop Hunger Now
  • June 30-July 3: Vacation Bible School
  • July 18-20: Rite13 Youth Beach Trip
  • October 10-12: Men’s Retreat

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Saturday, April 19 (Great Vigil of Easter)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.

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.

Saturday, 3/8 Saturday, 3/15

8:30AM
 
5:30PM

Diocesan Ministry Summit
  @ Cathedral of St. Philip
YF Movie Night

9:00AM
12:00PM
1:30PM

LEV Training
Donoghue Meeting
Eagle Court
Sunday, 3/9 Sunday, 3/16

 
7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:00AM
11:15AM
2:00PM
2:00PM
4:00PM
5:30PM

Daylight Savings Time Begin
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Hunger Walk Lunch
Holy Eucharist
Solemn Communion
Hunger Walk @Turner Field
Drawing the Circle Wider
Taize Worship

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
2:00PM
4:00PM
5:30PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Solemn Communion
Drawing the Circle Wider
Taize Worship

Monday, 3/10 Monday, 3/17
  
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Men’s Book Study
Wheeler Chorus Concert
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

 
9:15AM
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

Amma Susan's day off
Women’s Book Study
CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Men’s Book Study
Kneeler Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 3/11 Tuesday, 3/18

7:00AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
DOK Training
Jubilate Practice
Fellowship
Outreach

7:00AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
7:00PM
7:30PM
Eucharist & Book Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 3/12 Wednesday, 3/19

9:30AM
12:00PM
6:00PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Bible Study
Christian Formation
WNL
Choristers
DOK
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

9:30AM
11:00AM
6:00PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Bible Study
Preschool Board
WNL
Choristers
Adult Education
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 3/13 Thursday, 3/20
12:00PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Preschool Lunch
Finance
Dismantling Racism
EFM
Men’s Bible Study
Calling & Caring Ministry
HR Committee
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
EFM
Dismantling Racism
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 3/14 Friday, 3/21
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
AA Women’s Meditation
  
21st-23rd
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Retreat
  @ Montara Farm
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
AA Women’s Meditation

YOUTH NEWS

By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org

Click here for the Youth Calendar online

Youth Advisors meeting Sunday, March 9

At the beginning of church school Sunday, March 9, the Youth Advisors from each class will meet with Mike for 5-10 minutes. If you have any thoughts regarding the St. Catherine’s Youth Program, anything you’d like to see us do, not do, do more of, etc., please feel free to pass those on to your Advisors before Sunday. Your Youth Advisors are Grace Adams, Michael Dirksen, Stephanie Gardiner, James Owen, Elizabeth Blackstock, Mark Boutilier, and some seniors.

 

Youth in pics

At the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 4

See lots more photos, full size in the photo albums on the Youth Facebook page at Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 2014 AND at the album at Pancakes03042014

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 21
  • April 4 (Updated: only one newsletter in April 2014)
  • May 2

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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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