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“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.”
We are over half way through our Lenten journey. So how’s it going for you? Are you finding, as I am, that the frenetic pace of daily life often leaves you finding inner peace slipping through your fingers, like so much sand? Running here and there, frenzied for the well-being of our children, frenzied on the job, frenzied in politics…yet we know down deep that there is more. We know there is something more than any or all of the things in the universe that we could buy or consume, something more than we can make or taste or grasp or achieve or sell. When all the time the heavens are telling the glory of God and the mountains are singing God’s peace and the birds of the air chant and flutter and float by the grace of God, what are we doing? If all God’s creatures, great and small, all things bright and beautiful are simply breathing and living and in the moment, what are we doing? The whole of creation dances but we don’t join in the dance, for we are frenzied people and we do not know how to invite the holy into our lives.
Lately I find myself feeling like Martha, worried and distracted by many things as I rush about trying to pick up the fallen strands of my life. And then I hear Jesus saying to Martha and to me, “there is need of only one thing.” What is the one thing that you can name that makes sense of your journey? What is the one thing that is the pathway out of the frenzy, that single focus that brings clarity and peace? What is that one thing that determines whether a relationship is okay or not, the church is okay or not, or whatever is okay or not, including you, including me? Jesus says to us and to the worried and distracted Martha, “Honey, you are worrying about too many things. There is need of only one thing.” Jesus doesn’t name what that one thing is but there is a great big clue. While Martha is feeding her frenzy, rushing about in her futile attempt to play the perfect hostess, her sister Mary is in the other room, quietly sitting in Jesus’ presence, in the presence of the One who says “Peace, be still” and the storms of life cease their frenzy. I think I’ll go sit for a while with Mary at the feet of Jesus.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam.
Saturday, March 29
By David Moore
Saint Catherine’s is hosting a very special workshop on Contemplative Prayer and Presence on Saturday morning, March 29, from 9 am until noon in the Parish Hall. The workshop will be led by Carl McColman, a lay minister who specializes in helping Christians to grow in the life of prayer. He is a spiritual director, author, teacher, and retreat leader. He teaches in Columbia Seminary's certificate program in Spiritual Formation, and regularly leads retreats and workshops at churches and retreat centers. Perfect for the Lenten season, this program will invite you to reflect on, and experience, the Christian tradition of contemplative (silent) prayer, and to consider how this prayer can be a blessing to Christians who minister to others. Our program will include a brief overview of the history of Christian contemplation, instructions in how to practice contemplative prayer and time for shared reflection on how this kind of prayer can support our ministries as members of the Body of Christ.
A light breakfast of coffee, juice, fruit and pastries will be available. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact David Moore, dsmoore1950yahoo.com. This program is sponsored for all by Stephen Ministry. Please join us along with several of our neighboring congregations as we learn and grow stronger spiritually together.
Saturday, March 29
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us! Join Cats on Wheels this month for a day trip to beautiful Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia. We will leave the church at 10:30 am to ride share to the gardens. Sandwiches and other light lunch food are available in the garden, and there are picnic tables. Admission is $18 for seniors ($20 if under 65). You can see photos and information about the Gardens 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 27 if you plan to attend so we can coordinate transportation.
Sunday, March 30, 6 pm
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 its spring concert, "The Music of Memories," a choral program spanning Brahms, Holst, William Dawson 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 part of this well-known group. Come make some special musical memories of your own! No charge to attend (a freewill offering for the chorus will be taken). You can find more information and listen to the GFC on their website at www.tgafc.org.
Reception help needed: Cookies!
A reception will be held following this concert and the Concert Committee would like donations of cookies. Please bring items clearly marked for "March 30 concert" to church prior to the program. For questions or if you would like to help host the reception please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rebeccah Devault, rebeccah.devaultgmail.com.
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s
This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers like you. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. Gifts in any amount are welcome. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a reception in the spring; donors of gifts of $100 and up will also receive two tickets to the May 30 Kaleidoscope concert, our only ticketed event in this year’s series. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Donations are tax deductible.
Thursday, April 3
Seeking help to thoroughly clean our St. Cat’s Kitchen! No experience necessary. Please join us on Thursday, April 3, starting at 9:30 AM. RSVP to Jennifer Massey at massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
By Kell Owen
This is an invitation for your child to participate in the new Wednesday evening program. Currently, we are doing a Lenten series with topics on Faith, Focus, Friends, Fitness, and Food, and possibly a sixth week recap of all the classes, which will bring us into Easter.
Class is from 7 to 8 pm every Wednesday and is for elementary kids through the age to move up to Youth group. Our hope and prayer is that we will be instilling in the children the tools of Emotional Intelligence, How to make healthy choices, and Discerning how God calls us each into the Body of Christ. Combining those tools with Christ's love gives them a firm foundation for when they fly from the nest and journey forward to serve the Lord with their life's work, all this while at the same time creating avenues of peace within themselves and those around them which is ultimately what Christ calls of all of us. The perception is that these tools cannot be handed to them until they are teens or adults, but really the children have an astounding awareness and innate knowledge of it at very early ages. Our WNL classes have already very much confirmed this for us. They blow us away each week with their answers... and questions. We view this as an extension of our wonderful Catechesis program on Sunday mornings and as a bit of a Jr. EYC program—the best of both worlds.
Our meeting place changes, but we can usually be found in the Parlor or in the Board Room. This class has been created specifically for children, so if you are an adult and interested in this series, feel free to attend the Adult Church School class “Life is Short and”, it is very similar. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Harriet Pyburn, Kell Owen, or Sue Snape.
Friday, April 11, 7:00 pm
Please join us to hear Dr. Beth-Sara Wright, well-known author and speaker, and wife of Bishop Rob Wright. This evening will be an opportunity to visit with Dr. Wright and hear her speak about her Lenten Journey and what inspires us all. We will take time to listen to what God is saying to each of us as we prepare our hearts for Holy Week and the Paschal joys of Easter. Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome for this special evening, sponsored for everyone by Daughters of the King.
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, March 13-March 19.
We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends April 13-20 for Holy Week and Easter Day, a week of intense observance and liturgy with word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. Please come!
This time marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. In rites and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. And we discover the answer to age old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ.
A tradition of the church is for the congregation to read the Passion Gospel in parts during worship on Palm Sunday, April 13. It reminds us that the journey that we begin on 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. 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 (lay readers are welcome to participate as well). Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Bill Selby.
Each year we invite you to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our sanctuary and church for the Easter celebration, and for 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 included to the church office). Please send in your donations by Sunday, April 6 to be included in our bulletins.
Our custom is to keep vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday (April 17) liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. We will have security in the building through the night. The sign up poster will be in the foyer. Please sign up for the time you desire even if others already have, there is no limit to the number of persons keeping watch at any time period. Please stop by and find a half-hour or hour period of time you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion in the garden at Gethsemane. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?
Vigil security persons needed — Volunteers are needed to watch the church buildings through the night of the Vigil. For information or to volunteer please sign up on the Opportunity for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rosemary Wolfe, rosewolfestcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
We will gather after our April 18 Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy a delicious fish stew, bread, and a little wine or other beverage. As the meal progresses it is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Look for the Opportunity for Ministry form in your bulletin to sign up and join us.
Please join us during one of our many Easter celebrations. Festive receptions will be held for everyone after the 7:30 pm Easter Vigil service on Saturday, April 19, and following the 8:45 and 11:15 am services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee will need plenty of assistance with set-up and clean-up for these events. Please indicate on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey (massey.jmgmail.com) or Shirley Childs (sechildsbellsouth.net) or call 404.375.8327. Additionally, contributions of desserts and finger foods are greatly appreciated. Please bring them to the kitchen, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is on Easter Day immediately after 8:45 service for children through 5th grade. We appreciate your donations of candy and empty plastic eggs:
Thank you! The eggs will be assembled at Youth WNL on Wednesday, April 9, please join us.
By Pat Pepper
Spring is in the air, and we love the spring and summer. But the arrival of spring means the grass starts growing, and so do bushes and weeds! Did you know St. Catherine's grounds work is all done by volunteers, and that work is being done by just a few people? Susannah Campbell, a member of the Grounds Team recently said,
Does your Lenten preparation include the question, "How can I give back?" "Where am I needed?" Will you say "Yes!"?
Teams work in rotation, and the more volunteers we have the less time each one will mow. Mowers must be at least 16 years of age. It takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours per section and we have 4 sections (not all sections need mowing each time). Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact Richard Pearson at elerichbellsouth.net or 678-290-0097.
If you are already giving of your time and resources, Thank You!
Please join us for Amma Susan's send-off dinner before she leaves on her 2014 sabbatical, "Building Bridges of Peace." We will gather for good food and fellowship in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, April 30 at 6 pm. More information to come!
By Connie Bergeron
Thank you so much for every one's contributions that helped make the 30th anniversary Hunger Walk/Run an experience to remember. On a beautiful, sunny afternoon at Turner Field, your enthusiasm, energy and incredible support made it shine even brighter. You joined more than 15,000 people who took to the streets March 9th to run, walk and take the next step against hunger. The result was a truly powerful exercise in community. We want to especially thank Daniel Mikkelson for leading the charge as a fundraising "hero." By emailing family, friends and colleagues, Daniel raised more than $1,200 in donations, helping St. Catherine's top 2013's donations by nearly $500. It’s people like you and our great team members who go above and beyond that have been the driving force behind Hunger Walk/Run for 30 years. You can take great pride knowing that every dollar raised will help provide meals to hungry children, seniors, and families across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.
The good news is that there's still time to send a final message to your friends asking for their support, or to make a final contribution yourself. Online and offline donations will be accepted through Monday, March 31. Also, don't forget to ask if your employer will match the funds you raised. The Atlanta Community Food Band will be sure to share the impact of what we achieved together when all gifts are tallied later in April. The following link should take you to St. Catherine's Team Page if you would like to make a donation: http://engage.acfb.org/site/TR/HungerWalkEpiscopalCharitiesFoundation/HungerWalk/1046764036?pg=team&fr_id=1602&team_id=23400
Thank you again for taking the next step against hunger with us. Your participation in and support for Hunger Walk/Run 2014means that shelves will be stocked and struggling neighbors fed throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Photos below - (left) Sheila Bishop, Ron Cook, Ron and Connie Bergeron celebrate finishing the Hunger Walk/Run with smiles at the Episcopal Charities Foundation tent; (right) team photo op with the Bishop (by Bill Monk for the Diocese of Atlanta, see lots more on his site including at https://plus.google.com/photos/114749828757741527421/albums/5989535478618298481).
Volunteer opportunities for next hosting week: Sunday, April 6 through Sunday, April 13
St. Catherine’s will host Family Promise again on April 6-13 and we need your help! Below are the volunteer jobs for that week. Please let us know by Monday, March 24 what you would like to do and the days that you are available. We will let you know your schedule once we have heard from everyone. If you are preparing a meal, Pam Phillips will contact you prior to the week to set up a menu. At this time, we are expecting 3 families with a total of 7 people (this may change). Please see the training and time required, as well as the duties for each volunteer opportunity listed below. To volunteer please contact Eleanore Pearson, elerichbellsouth.net or Diane Sanders, dianesanders3198att.net.
Overnight Hosts, 2 per night, 1 man & 1 woman
Dinner Preparation and Dinner Host/Co-host, 2-4 people per evening
Prepare Breakfast and Serve Breakfast on Saturday Morning, 2-4 people per Saturday
Evening Host (will be in charge for the evening), 1 or 2 person per evening
Evening Co-host (will assist host), 1 or 2 person per evening
Set Up Rooms, 2-4 people, per week
Take Down Rooms, 4 or 5 people, per week
Laundry, 2 or 3 people, per week
-> Family Promise Training Sessions
Family Promise Training Sessions will be held at the Day Center located behind East Cobb United Methodist Church, 2325 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 on the following dates: April 24 (7-9 pm); May 20 (7-9 pm); June 26 (7-9 pm).
Report: Day Center Grand Opening and ongoing needs
By Hale Sanders
We had a wonderful day center grand opening event on March 1, with our special guest Karen Olson inspiring us as she shared her experience in starting the program. She was also very impressed with our day center which looked fantastic. Thanks also go to our Executive Director, Camilla Worrell, and our Board President Frederick Massey for speaking inspirationally to the group gathered there. Also, special thanks go to East Cobb UMC for allowing us to use their facility and to Williamson Brothers for the wonderful barbecue & trimmings. And, of course, many thanks to those who worked hard to fix the day center up over the last few weeks and months.
The day center has several needs including these items needs: Office supplies including these printer paper, Lexmark x4650 #3 #37 ink cartridges, Samsung SCX- 3405W MLT-D101S Toner; a recent model fax machine; PCs (recent models); Folders & dividers; Gas cards; Walmart cards; Cleaning supplies; CCT bus cards; Backpacks for school. We also need these services: Job openings/referrals/listings in vocational areas related to written and oral communications; Second chance landlords; Volunteer van drivers; Day center volunteers. Please bring any of these items to the day center or contact Camilla Worrell at 678-594-3150, cworrellfamilypromisecobbcounty.org. The day center is located at 2325 Roswell Road, Building 400 at Marietta, GA 30062 and is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday.
Ingathering: Easter Day
Pick up a plastic "rice bowl" in the foyer of the church or by the preschool office and use it to collect your spare change through Lent to make a difference in the lives of children worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Ingathering will be Easter Day, April 20. Information about Rice Bowls is available at www.ricebowls.org. Sponsored by Young Families Ministry, for questions contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net, or Jennifer Sherwood, jtsherwood04yahoo.com.
Saturday, May 10
By Mike Peterson
It is a relatively safe bet that many of us at St. Catherine’s have never experienced true hunger. We all deal with occasional stomach rumbles, skipped meals, snack cravings, and seemingly endless waits for dinner to be ready. Few of us have felt the crushing anxiety of not knowing when, whence, or even if our next meal would come. We have likely never experienced severe undernourishment and the desperation, fatigue, and ailments it can bring. Not all are as fortunate as we.
As you read this sentence, 925 million people do not have enough to eat. 98% live in developing countries, where one of seven people suffers from hunger. Heartbreakingly, 400 million of these are children. Under-nutrition is associated with more than half of all childhood deaths. Overall, more than 25,000 people die of hunger-related causes every day. Statistics such as these can be staggering. In the face of such numbers, we often ask, “What can I do about that?” We have it within our reach to do quite a bit. Right now, there is enough food and water in the world to feed every person on earth 4.3 pounds of food every day. Of 400 million starving children, 110 million live in just ten countries.
In John 21:16-18, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time, Peter replies by saying, “Lord, you know that I love you,” to which Jesus responds, “Then feed my sheep.” Perhaps it was with this in mind that the Anglican Communion (including the Episcopal Church) adopted the UN Millennium Development Goals, the first of which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; specifically, to cut hunger in half by 2015.
We are called by our faith, our Lord, and our Church to fight hunger. We will have an incredible chance to do just that on Saturday, May 10 as we bring Stop Hunger Now to St. Catherine’s for a second year. Stop Hunger Now is an extraordinarily effective program to fight hunger by assisting churches, schools and many other groups in hosting meal packaging events. Since they began in December 2005, over 70 MILLION meals have been sent to over 40 countries. Stop Hunger Now specifically targets school feeding programs, which both feed hungry children and encourage people to attend schools.
On May 10 Stop Hunger Now will bring us all the necessary supplies and tools, provide an orientation on world hunger and their program, and guide us in the preparation and packaging of nutritionally balanced, easily transportable meals with a shelf life of up to five years. 35-40 volunteers can package an astonishing 10,000 meals in only two hours. In fact, last year we were able to pack more in even less time!
Each meal costs just $0.25. Our aim is 10,000 meals (for the math-averse, this comes up to $2,500). The Outreach Committee has graciously agreed to finance a large portion of this cost, and the Youth Program has pledged to raise the rest.
What can you do to help? In order to make this a reality and a success, we need both money and manpower/womanpower. While we have made great strides in raising the necessary funds, we can still make use of every dollar. If you wish to contribute, please contact Mike Peterson or simply make out a check to St. Catherine’s with “Stop Hunger Now” in the memo line and drop it in the offertory plate or send to the church office.
The second way is by signing up for the event on May 10, part of a larger “Youth Weekend” with Youth Sunday on May 11. Anyone who participated last year can tell you that it is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling, and gratifying experiences you will ever have! It’s also a lot of fun! Watch for sign-up opportunities as we move closer to May. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to help. Together as a parish, we can live into our Christian calling and push back against hunger in a major way! More information on Stop Hunger Now can be found at www.stophungernow.org.
Sunday, May 18
By Lee Ann Sherry
Join us 1-3 pm in the Parish Hall for a wonderful luncheon, silent auction and show of fashions by Dress Barn & Justice, all to benefit The Center For Children & Young Adults. Tickets are $15 and all ages are welcome. For reservations please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with checks made payable to “CCYA”, or contact Lee Ann Sherry, 770-815-5299, leeannsherrybellsouth.net. Information about CCYA and their mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk, is available on their website at www.ccyakids.org.
In addition, we would be grateful for the following donations:
By Steve Pyburn, Treasurer
Now that we have a few months under our belt, I’d like to give you an update on pledge revenue. As you can see in the middle section of the chart above, year to date pledge revenue is on pace with the budget, which is a promising sign. At this point last year, we had ~$20k less pledge revenue and were already well short of budget. The far right column reflects the breakdown of last year’s activity as compared to this year. Compared to 2013, we have 7 more pledging units on or ahead of pace for the year and 7 less pledges that have not yet made a payment. Thank you to everyone for your efforts to fulfill your pledge to St. Catherine’s!
As mentioned above, we had a challenging year in 2013. For those who attended the annual meeting in January, you likely remember a graph reflecting actual pledge revenue ~3% lower than budgeted pledge revenue each of the past several years. We had some table discussions about how to minimize, if not eliminate, the difference between budgeted and actual revenue, and we collected some fantastic feedback from all tables. We then reviewed all feedback very carefully at Vestry retreat in early February and have already started working closely with Ministry team leaders to act on many of your suggestions.
That being said, there was one very common suggestion that the Vestry fundamentally opposes, and that suggestion was “budget to the gap.” It’s easy to see why so many tables proposed this—after all, if we know based on history that our actual revenue will be ~3% less than budget, just budget less and the problem is solved! While seemingly practical, this solution would cripple our Ministry teams as a huge portion of our expense budget is fixed (e.g., mortgage payment, Diocesan pledge, salaries & benefits), and deciding to cut ~$20-30k from the budget at the beginning of the year would all but eliminate entire budgets for many Ministry teams. Thus, instead of simply lowering our expectations, we instead choose to have faith that families will find a way to raise our historical performance vs. budget. We fully recognize that bad things happen to good people and some families simply cannot fulfill their pledges regardless of how much they would like to do so. In those cases, we simply ask to be notified of the change in your pledge, and only then can we adjust our spending patterns appropriately. In 2013, 79 pledging units did not fulfill their pledges—but only 7 notified us of any issues. Thus, it was difficult for Ministry teams to manage their expenses toward year end.
But 2014 is a new year! We are off to a great start and we hope that we can continue to keep up with our pledge budget. And as mentioned above, the Vestry and Ministry team leaders will be working hard this year to act on many of the suggestions you offered at the annual meeting. Thank you so much to everyone who has made a financial commitment to St. Catherine’s and supporting the wonderful work that our Ministry teams do! As always, if you have any questions about our finances, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez or Junior Warden Tom Blackstock. And if you have not received an email with your monthly pledge statement, please contact Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org.
by Daniel Mikkelsen
Notes from your Vestry's regular meeting on March 18:
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 to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
Find a deal and help someone in need—bargain hunting never felt so good! MUST Ministries’ Marketplace is open to the public, a 4,600-sq. ft. thrift store to help fund this organization’s commitment to helping area residents move from poverty to stability. You can find a 20% off shopping coupon for both you and a friend valid now through April 30, 2014 on their website at www.mustministries.org/marketplace#.Uyr4V4VCO_I . The store is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, at 1407 Cobb Parkway NW, Marietta. (Item donations for MUST Marketplace may taken to the Donation Center Tuesday-Saturday, 9-5 at 55 Chastain Road, Suite 110, Kennesaw.)
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: Nancy Saunders, Richard Moser, David Smith, Dick, Charles Ohl, Joe Hannigan, Trevor Smith, Vincent, Becky Kohl, Trevor, Michelle, Holly Griffin, Craig, Jessie Meissner, Don Killian, Bob Evans, Jonathan Huff, Arianna, Carol Carpenter, Joyce Hendricks, Beverly Fambrough, Peter Britt, Kerry Hewitt, Erin Holt & parents Ben & Lynn Holt, Sydney Hillman, Ethan, Dani Dickson, Richard Pearson, Ben Frost, Jr., Marilyn Hunter, Shani, Roger Madden, Shelby Bennett, Barry & Nell Bolt, Jodi Gammon, Paul Lange, Katie Nixon, Mark Ranney, Bette Hamilton, Bill Woods, Mike Knight & Joan, Adam & Hunter, Eleanor Thomason, Jacqueline, Tinka Ivey, Rachel Bagby, Billy, Gwen Moody, Karl Lehman, the Rev. Randall Hansen, wife Susan and daughters Saray & Hilary, Barbara, Marcia, Allen, Anne Willcocks, Peter Paglia, Hugh & Valerie Fenlon, Andrew, Grant Butler
BEFORE SURGERY: Ron Bergeron
DECEASED: Bo Berry, Linda & Jim Snape’s nephew; Bill Dewhurst, Katja Michael’s “adopted” brother; Roberto Moraes, friend and former co-worker of Bettye Harris; Jo Stegall, high school friend of Ellis Kilgore; Martha Dobernic, friend of Carla vonHoffmann
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (3/22) Susan Heuke, April Studley, Anthony Pepper, (3/223) Claire Paglia, Rachel Miner, (3/24) Kim Moran, (3/25) Bradley McGhee, (3/26) Chris Potter, Alan Certain, Zachary Ladner, Tad Travis, Thomas Reeves, George Campbell, (3/27) Randy Satterfield, (3/28) Marilyn May, Sybil Coote, (3/29) Forrest Tuemmler, Catherine Moore, Alison Gale, Adam Moran, (3/30) Marilyn Whitlow, Sienna Glidewell, (3/31) Tate Phillips, (4/1) Lucas Cardona, (4/2) Tom Snead, Walt McGill, Linda Langston, (4/3) Steve Diffley, Ralph Patrick, (4/4) Andrew Boyd, Danielle Yucius, Jack Owen
ANNIVERSARIES: (3/24) Chuck & Jan Severs; (4/4) Tim & Therese BramanFOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(3/23/14) Doug, Katie, Nicholas, Elizabeth & Timothy Carswell; Joyce Carter; Linda Carter; Tillie Carter; Vito Casella
(3/30/14) Greg & Margaret Caudle; Alan & Nancy Certain; Beth Anne, Tim & Patrick Chalk; Mark, Shirley & Rachel Childs; Donald & Anne Clark
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
On behalf of the St. Catherine’s Youth Program, I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who took part in running or attended our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 4. It was, as usual, a fun and delicious evening, with a variety of pancakes, breakfast foods, king cake (in the true spirit of Mardi Gras), live musical entertainment, terrific atmosphere, and our largest turn-out to date. Additionally, we were able to raise a significant amount of funds, every penny of which will go toward supporting our Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging event on May 10. There is something gratifying and fitting about simultaneously filling our own stomachs and celebrating God’s abundance while also ensuring that many others around the world will be able to eat.
While many enthusiastic hands made for light and joyful work, I would be remiss if I did not specifically recognize and thank Fred and Jennifer Massey, who coordinated the “flapjackery” for their final year after doing so for the last two decades. Our deepest gratitude goes out to them both, and we will salute their dedication and generosity with every delicious bacon pancake we throw on the griddle in the years to come.
As mentioned above, we were able to make great strides in our endeavor to raise funds for our May 10 Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event (see above in this newsletter). However, please be aware that we will still gladly accept any donations toward that effort. Every dollar we bring in can provide four fully balanced meals to hungry school children around the world! You can read about donating to this cause as well as much more about Stop Hunger Now below, or simply talk to any of our parishioners who participated last year. Thank you for your support!
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