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
The Vestry approved the 2015 Operating Budget Tuesday night. And they did so in 7 minutes. A record, I believe. To leave the story with these two headlines: "approved" and "7 minutes" would, however, be an act of deceit.
Susan Jablonski, the chair of the Finance Committee, put it best when she lead the presentation of the budget to our Ministry Team Conveners on January 10. “We have developed a wel- managed process by which we develop the budget” she said as she opened the conversation. Our 2015 process began at the Quarterly Ministry Team meeting on November 4th and ended at the Vestry meeting on January 20th. We ask our Ministry Teams to effectively tell us what they plan to accomplish in the coming year and how much financial support they need to accomplish the work. The process involves listening and discussion and negotiation at every step of the process. When the final budget is proposed, there are few if any surprises and if there is – we stop and listen to any concerns and/or ideas offered in the course of the discussion.
It takes time to do a good job at process. But that is what we do at St. Catherine’s. We listen. We discuss. We revise. We negotiate. We agree. It doesn’t happen every time, but approving an $842,000 budget in 7 minutes points to the wisdom of the process.
I am proud to work with this Budget team and the many and varied teams that accomplish the work we are given to do in Christ’s name. I continue to learn and grow. I continue to celebrate our life together. Thank you to each and everyone of you who participate in our life together.
The Annual Meeting of St. Catherine’s will be held on January 25 following the 10:30 principal service. A light lunch will be served first, then we'll proceed with business. There will be two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 am, and Church School at 9-10 am. Breakfast will be served by Breakfast Angels at the regular time of 8:00 am.
For children during the Parish Meeting time we will have a special Sunday activity of our regular Wednesday Night Explorers group. The Nursery will be available for our youngest children. All youth are invited as members of our parish to be a part of the Annual Meeting.
The Parish Annual Meeting is a time for the congregation to to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
An important part of the Annual Meeting is distributing St. Catherine's Annual Report. This year we will hand out a printed sheet of figures including the budget and statistics. The complete Annual Report containing reports from Father Jim and Amma Susan and details of all the many and varied ministries will be available to everyone at the meeting and afterwards -- you will view it online at www.stcatherines.org/forms/annualreport.pdf (find the link in the "Quick Links" section on our home page).
So be sure to bring your device (phone, tablet, etc.) to follow the report during the meeting and check it afterwards. Anyone who would like a printed copy of the full report, please contact Rosemary Wolfe in the office, rosestcatherines.org -- one will be produced for you and left for pickup in the church work/copy room.
Tickets going fast!
The 2015 annual Valentine Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 14. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support! Proceeds go to defray costs of the Youth Pilgrimage. With the event falling on Valentine’s Day this year (and thanks to very generous parishioner support), the event will feature a special one-year-only format with a formal, sit-down dinner prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Tracy Melton of the Rose and Crown.
Tickets are $35 per person, and are available on Sundays before and after each church service until February 8 (or until tickets are sold out). Seating will be limited, so be sure to get yours as soon as possible. For further information, contact Donna Hutton at dshuttoncomcast.net or Mike Peterson at mikestcatherines.org.
Auction items being accepted now
We are still gratefully accepting donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – all types of items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Contact Youth Director Mike Peterson for information and forms.
WNL, our weekly Wednesday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. The schedule is the meal at 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs for children, youth and adults 7:00-8:00 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.
For adults, through Feb. 11: Special Diocesan-wide study of Civil Rights Martyr Jon Daniels St. Catherine’s is participating in a diocesan-wide book study during Epiphany in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. The book is Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by Charles W. Eagles. The study is organized by the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism.
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Preschool registration for the 2015-2016 school year is here!
Tours are now available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am -12 pm, no appointment necessary. As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program for children ages 1 through 4. St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference. Please visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool for more information on our wonderful preschool.
February 17, 6:00-7:30 pm
Invite family & friends to celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Come for tasty food 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 spiced apples. AND 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 9. 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!
Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Here is some of our schedule coming up. Annoucements are coming soon with details, so please join us. To get on the mailing list for these activities contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Tuesday, February 24 – Special Leader Appreciation Evening
Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us at 7-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. This meeting will be a special evening of celebration and appreciation for you, our outstanding leaders of the ministries of St. Catherine's. Invitations are coming, for questions please contact Pat Pepper.
We’ll also have important discussions of the 2015 budget and ministry plans for this year. Please be sure that a representative of all minstry teams and committees will be there to hear and participate.
A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Sunday, February 8. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.
Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at Karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
Five exciting guest speakers - begins February 25
By Father Jim
Our Lenten Program for 2015 will seek to understand Sin and Forgiveness from the view of diverse faith traditions. We will speak to the topic from the view of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Baha'i, and Unitarian Universalist. Each Wednesday (February 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25) we will gather for a simple meal of soup and bread followed by a presentation and question and answer session led by a spiritual leader from one of these faith traditions.
We have asked our presenters to both prepare a discussion of their faith tradition’s theology and understanding of sin and forgiveness. We asked them as well to be available during this time for questions about their presentation and their faith tradition. Each presentation should prove to be stimulating and informative.
We will be visited by Erin Boxt from Temple Kol Emeth, Brian Germano from East Cobb United Methodist Church, Jeff Jones from Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Iraj Khodadoost from the Baha’i tradition and Amjad Taufique from the Marietta Islamic Center. We have invited members of their worshiping communities to join us for the entire series of for the evening of their particular faith tradition. We hope this series will continue to deepen our interfaith journey with these traditions and will bring us new insights into the wrestling we each do with this notion of sin and forgiveness.
-> Supper help needed
We need people who would be willing to prepare and serve the simple Lenten meal of bread and soup for 25-40 people. We usually have two kinds of soup including a meatless option and bread to go along with it. If you would like to provide a simple dessert we are always ready to end our meal with something sweet but not too sinful. If you are willing to help please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fr. Jim at fatherjimstcatherines.org.
The mission of Young Families, as a part of the Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry, is to welcome young families and create quarterly opportunities for fellowship and service for young families with children from newborn through age 12. We also serve St. Cat's by helping during baptisms, administering the Rice Bowls collection during Lent and Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes before Christmas, and offering playgroup opportunities.
The St. Catherine's Young Families Shutterfly share site at stcatherinesyoungfamilies.shutterfly.com is our main point of communication. If you would like to receive our news, email Ina Bachmann (ina.bachmanngmail.com) and we'll get you added.
Please pencil in the following activities into your calendars and check the The Wheel and weekly announcements for finalized dates and times:
If you have an interest in learning more about or helping to plan one of the events above, please contact us. Also, if you have any ideas for other fellowship or service projects, let us know. We are all busy keeping up with our families and children, so we greatly appreciate our church family "village" to help each other when possible. We look forward to seeing you and your families soon.
Young Families Co-Chairs: Amy Mikkelsen (mikkandmegmail.com), Anne Hitchins (anneannehitchins.com), Ina (ina.bachmanngmail.com) & David Bachmann (volleyjacketgmail.com)
Below - at the December 14 Movie Night (photos by Ina Bachmann)
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
Our supply of communion wine is currently 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. Please note: we use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
As the people of God in the Diocese of Atlanta we are committed to the safety of all God’s people and to the integrity of all work carried out by our clergy and people. Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of all volunteers, staff and clergy at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment.
These trainings will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The morning session (9 a.m. to noon) is for those who work with children. An afternoon session (12:30-3:30 p.m.) is for those who work with adults. A boxed lunch will be available for $7 for those who want lunch between the two sessions. To register, contact The Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilverepiscopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358. Please visit these web pages to see if you are one of those needing training and for more information. And when you have completed a training please be sure to inform Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com, so that we can keep our records up to date.
Join us for Labor Day weekend
Our bi-annual Parish Retreat takes place again this year at beautiful Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the western North Carolina mountains. It is always a time of great fellowship, games, laughter, recreation and reflection. This retreat is for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families!
Join us on Labor Day weekend, September 4 - 7. If you have any questions about our retreat, please contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com, 770-845-1742 or Father Jim, fatherjimstcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. Cost and theme is to be announced; watch for registration opening soon.
Note: St. Catherine's Parish Retreat is held in odd-numbered years; in even-numbered years are separate retreat weekends for women, men and youth groups.
By Joan Nixon
Actually, the kids they serve need YOU! The mission of Communities in Schools (CIS) is "to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life." Through the Georgia Literacy Connection Program, we are looking for people who have a desire to open the eyes of a child (kindergarden through 5th grade) through the world of books. The tutor (that's YOU) meets with two children (each child individually) for thirty minutes a week throughout the school year — a total of just one hour a week.
You'll read books, work on word skills, phonics, and grammar. You'll provide overall support to these kids learning to read, raising their reading and language skills. We really need YOU at Dunleith and Hickory Hills schools. You can find more information about Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County at marietta.communitiesinschools.org. Please contact Joan Nixon, 678-910-4924 or Carol Fey 678-503-0901 for more details and to get involved.
Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) is in need of help on several of their committees. If you have the drive to help, please contact FPCC Director Camilla Worrell, cworrellfamilypromisecobbcounty.org, 404-556-5465. Thank you!
Coming for Lent: beginning Ash Wednesday, February 18, you'll be able to 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 5. Information about Rice Bowls is available at www.ricebowls.org. Sponsored for everyone by our Young Families Ministry, for questions contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net, or Jennifer Sherwood, jtsherwood04yahoo.com.
Thank you to two extra-special parishioners who prepare gifts for our candidates which are presented each time we have a baptism at St. Catherine’s.
Photo - one of Julie's baptismal banners, presented on January 11 (photo by Jan Potter).
Ready to be Connected? Or are you connected and want to try something new?
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Join Father Jim and me Sunday morning during the Church School hour. We are facilitating a conversation on Being Connected. If you have visited St. Catherine's one time or if you have been a member fifty-one years your contribution to our conversation is important.
Researchers say that when we’re connected, with other people, we feel more positive and that leads to greater happiness. Researchers also find that people with strong social connections have less stress-related health problems, lower risk of mental illness, and faster recovery from trauma or illness. Belonging to a group or community gives us a sense of identity. It helps us understand who we are and feel part of something larger than ourselves. Connections are essential. Life without connections is merely existing and not living. Life is about connecting with God and other people.
Some questions and discussion topics that we have started discussing in our class:
Are you ready to be connected?
Adlyn Morgan sealed as Christ's own forever! See lots more pictures full-size in the album at Smithbaptism011115 (Photos by Jan Potter and Bill Ivey).
A very special gift, a painting by parishioner Richard Pearson, was presented to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at St. Catherine's on January 11 as a gift to our children. Thank you, Richard, for this beautiful work. (Photos by Bill Ivey)
Congratulations to the new Miss Fayette County 2015 - parishioner Kelly Donoghue, winner of the pageant on January 17 (with proud parents Maureen and Tom).
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Dear St. Catherine's,
My family and I wish to extend our heartfelt thanks for all the support we received from St Catherine’s during our time of bereavement over Nancy’s passing. We especially thank Fr. Jim for making things easy for us and Nancy Certain and her associates for providing delicious food for our family. The many cards we have received have been a special expression of love from all of you, and we sincerely appreciate it.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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: Lenny Campbell, David Gooder, Althea Dillard, Pat Hazlin, Marti Graham, Catherine Ransdell, Carol Bowser, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Kathryn Burgher, Charlene Schever, Katie Rohert, Georgene Schnorf, Camden Bradbury, Jody Peligrino, Nancy Arrington, Sybil, Jeff Martin, Susan Martin, Katrina Williams, Polly Schadt, Graham Schadt, Mike Harris, Tolbert Williams, Bill Hutton, Carroll Mitchell, David Lewis, Jamie, Susan, Jake & Spencer Smith, Elspeth DeLaBarre, Tristan Patterson, Stephen Kruse, Denny Waldron, Genie, Ken Litton, Amanda Hwang, Ginney Linstrom, Robert Morris, Catherine Moore, Tony, Kyler Seagle, Martha Bowden, Deborah Guy, David, Bella Hutto, Tony, John Hurd, James Bowers, Laura Butzen, Scott Hargreaves, Yony Campos, Mary Mayton, Mit FitzSimons, Ann Williams, Roberta Abstein, Margaret Ivey, Raymond Higgins, Bill Fambrough, Richard Pearson, Swiss Britt, Dave Fieser, Rita Yahnke, Kathie Elliott
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (1/24) Allen Jablonski, Kendall Brown, (1/25) Sidney Nabinger, Alyce Brennan, (1/26) Ross Taylor, (1/27) Nick Vavra, (1/28) Tami mace, Greg Caudle, Michael Caudle, Kate Buckalew, Nicholas, Carswell, Foster, Walton, Brooklyn Walker, Devon Cox, Katja Michael, )1/29) Ben Kareken, Caitlyn Buckalew, Rod Deutscher, David Bowman, Al Maxwell, Keyton Weissinger, (1/30) Ash Gale, Riley Devault, Christian Hollis, Georgia Gary,(2/1) John Martin, Anita Gardner, Jana Williams, (2/2) Julie Miner, Alex Butler, Janet Livingston, (2/3) Jacqueline Hurley, (2/4) Kristin Blackstock, Wayne Gammon, (2/5) Fred Massey, Kelly Ely, Tom Day, (2/6) Nigel Blackwood
ANNIVERSARIES: (1/24) Claudia & Ellis Kilgore; (1/26) Susan & Bruce Heuke; (1/31) Meg & Mike Reeves
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.
Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Saturday, April 4 (Great Vigil)
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.
Please hold these dates:
By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org
An updated St. Catherine’s Youth Spring 2015 Calendar of Events is now available. Notable changes and additions include a 6:00 PM start time for both Confirmation Youth/Sponsor classes, a “World Dinner” activity, a spring youth lock-in, and a date to serve dinner at the Elizabeth Inn. Our online Google calendar is kept up to date regularly – check it often at Youth Calendar online.
Photo - Headed to Winterlight on December 27 (photo by Jeanette Dini)
Sign-up deadline is Sunday, January 25 -- If you are currently in 6-9 grade, then you can attend the next New Beginnings conference at Camp Mikell over the weekend of Fe. 6-8. New Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, grow in many ways, and make friends from all over the Diocese of Atlanta (which includes churches from all over northern Georgia) during a weekend that is filled with wonderful talks, skits, sharing, praying, singing, games, and lots of great food! A large portion of the weekend is led by teenagers like you! Ask any of us who have been before, and we’ll tell you that it’s an experience you won’t regret! Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. For more information about New Beginnings, contact Mike or visit the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings website here. The sign-up deadline is January 24. If you are planning to attend New Beginnings, please let Mike know as soon as possible so that transportation to/from the weekend can be arranged for you!
Happening is a weekend long conference for second semester 9th graders up to seniors that occurs twice a year at Camp Mikell and that many St. Cat’s youth and adults have been deeply involved with for several years. As the Happening brochure says, “More than just a retreat, Happening is a powerful encounter in which young people minister to young people, bringing Jesus joyfully alive in an enthusiastic community of disciples.” Happening consists of talks, skits, songs, games, and a lot of great surprises, and is attended and almost entirely led by other 10-12 graders from all around the Diocese of Atlanta (including several of your friends from St. Cat’s). Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. If you are curious about Happening, feel free to talk to Mike or any of the many St. Cat’s youth and adults who have been before. You can also find more information and register to attend by visiting the Happening website.
The J2A class went on an Urban Adventure in New Orleans January 16-19 (love the Saint Cat shirts!). Photos by Katja Michael and ?
The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
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Editor: Karen Manno
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