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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 7 - 20, 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction
Newcomer coffee
Blood drive
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Lent begins
  Ash Wednesday
  Burning palms
  Great Litany
  Wed. Lent Series
  Morning Eucharist & Study
  Resources
  Rice Bowls
Preschool registration
Cats On Wheels
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Safeguarding training
Parish Retreat
On the radio

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Save It Forward
Hunger Walk
Communities in Schools

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Thank you Conveners
Volunteering corner

Annual Meeting
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Happening
Hunger Walk
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

2/6th-8th – Vestry retreat;
New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell

2/11 – WNL

2/12 – Valentine Dinner Dance silent auction opens
2/14 – Valentine Dinner Dance

2/15 – Newcomer coffee;
Vestry commissioning;
The Extension dinner

2/17 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

2/18 – Ash Wednesday services 7 am, 12 noon, 7:30 pm

2/20-22 – Happening @ Camp Mikell

2/21 – Cats On Wheels

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The Bridges Go On…

By Amma Susan

As the season of Epiphany draws to a close, I am mindful of its meaning: making Jesus Christ known to all the world. At his birth the angelic choirs sang, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” This Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, to reconcile all of humankind to God’s self. Jesus is the prince of peace and we as his followers are called to be his co-workers in that work of reconciliation.

I am sure that you, as I have been, are acutely aware of the divisiveness around us in the world and of the longing for peace that lies at the heart of all humankind. This longing is what led me to make the focus of my sabbatical the building of bridges of peace, both bridges of inner peace and of peace with those who differ with us within our own faith and peace between people of different faith traditions.

As part of my sabbatical plans, two interfaith immersion weekends were offered in which 45 people from St. Catherine’s participated. The response from those who went on those weekends has been very positive and many have expresses a desire to take part in other interfaith activities. I have been working with Pierce Hale to facilitate making that desire a reality. Recently five people from St. Catherine’s participated in an interfaith contemplative prayer and discussion group that meets on the second Sunday evening of each month at the One World Spiritual Center on Shallowford Road. On January 22nd, people interested in interfaith opportunities for children were invited to take part in the Interfaith Movement in Cobb County's Celebration of Children event sponsored by some Methodist and Episcopal churches and with wide support from our Hindu, Buddhist, and Moslem brethren.

I am very excited about our upcoming Lenten Series designed by Father Jim, which will feature spiritual leaders from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Baha’i and the Unitarian Universalist church who will lead us in seeking to understand Sin and Forgiveness from the view of these diverse faith traditions. This series is another opportunity to deepen our interfaith journey with these traditions.

Pierce Hale and I are committed to providing ongoing opportunities for the people of St. Catherine’s to participate in this work of building bridges of peace and understanding with those who have different faith backgrounds from ours. Look for more in the weeks and months to come and join us in these opportunities to be co-workers with Christ for peace and reconciliation.


Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction - February 14

Waiting list open

The annual Valentine Dinner Dance, including the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions, will be Saturday, February 14. Reservations are being taken now for the waiting list, contact Donna Hutton at dshuttoncomcast.net or Mike Peterson at mikestcatherines.org. Please, no walk-ins for this event, all seats are sold out. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support! Donations are still needed for the live and silent auctions – contact Donna or Mike as above.

If you purchased a ticket but will not be able to attend, please contact Donna or Mike right away (as above) in case someone on the waiting list would like your seat.

Auction preview and early bidding

Visit www.stcatherines.org/forms/valentinedinnerdanceauction.pdf now to see the most recent list of items that will be available for bidding at the live and silent auctions. This list is not complete, as donations are still being collected.

No ticket needed to bid on silent auction items starting Feb. 12. The silent auction will feature over 100 items. It will be open for bidding by everyone prior to the event, with or without a ticket at these times: Thursday 9 am to 1 pm, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm. The bid sheets will be set up in the downstairs atrium and corridor.


Newcomer and Visitor Coffee Sunday, February 15

10:00 am in the Parish Hall

All are welcome! Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to an After-Valentine’s Coffee, an informal gathering with clergy, staff and lay leaders. Join us for coffee, fruit, goodies and conversation about our programs and ministries. Please invite a friend or neighbor. Contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) with questions or to assist.


Blood drive next date: Tuesday, February 24

Reserve your time now!

The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply! Our next blood drive will be held on February 24, 3:00 to 7:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: this time we will be set up for your donation in the Parlor and Choir Room, due to the other activities taking place at church this date.

Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper to benefit Stop Hunger Now

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. We'll have fun Mardi Gras décor, live jazzy piano tunes, spiced apples, king cake, bacon AND bacon pancakes, and more.

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!


Keeping a Holy Lent

 

Ash Wednesday, February 18

Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm

Nursery is open for the evening service. On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls for fasting and church attendance (the other is Good Friday). Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if you experience extenuating health issues. Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal churches throughout our community will have services, if you need information on the closest church to your work or function please contact our office at 770-971-2839 OR you may use the Church Locator on the Diocese of Atlanta website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/ChurchDirectory to find church locations and call/visit their websites for service times.

 

Burning of ashes for Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Some have asked "Where do the ashes used on Ash Wednesday come from?" The tradition within the church is that the ashes are made by burning palm fronds which have been saved from the previous year's Palm Sunday. They are then blessed by a priest—blessed ashes having been used in God's rituals since the time of Moses (Numbers 19:9-10, 17).

Why the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday? Because Palm Sunday was when the people rejoiced at Jesus' triumphal entrance to Jerusalem. They celebrated his arrival by waving palm fronds, little realizing that he was coming to die for their sins. By using palms from Palm Sunday, it is a reminder that we must not only rejoice of Jesus' coming but also remember that he died for us.

Ashes were used in ancient times to express grief. When Tamar was raped by her half-brother, she "put ashes on her head, and tore the long robe that she was wearing; she put her hand on her head, and went away, crying aloud as she went." (2 Samuel 13:19). The gesture was also used to express sorrow for sins and faults. The prophet Jeremiah calls for repentance by saying: "O my poor people, put on sack cloth, and roll in ashes..." (Jeremiah 6:26). Christians continued the practice of using ashes as an external sign of repentance. Tertullian said that confession of sin should be accompanied by lying in sackcloth and ashes. The historian Eusebius recounts how a repentant apostate covered himself with ashes when begging Pope Zephyrinus to readmit him to communion.

We will burn and bless the ashes at St. Catherine’s on Shrove Tuesday, February 17 at 5:00 pm preceding the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. You are welcome to join us.

Send in your palms -- If you saved your palms from Palm Sunday last year, please bring them to church and place them in the container in the church foyer.

 

First Sunday in Lent: The Great Litany

On the first Sunday of Lent, February 21, we will use the Great Litany in our worship services. The Great Litany is an intercessory prayer including various petitions sung by the priests, with fixed responses by the congregation. It was used as early as the fifth century in Rome. It was led by a deacon, with the collects led by a bishop or priest. The Litany was the first English language liturgy prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in 1544. It’s use in church processions was ordered by Henry VIII when England was at war with Scotland and France. It was printed as an appendix to the Eucharist in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The 1979 BCP titled it "The Great Litany," distinguishing it from other litanies in the Prayer Book. The Great Litany may be said or sung. The officiant and people may kneel or stand, or it may be done in procession.

 

Wednesday Lenten Series begins February 25: Five interfaith guest speakers

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 views of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Baha'i. Each Wednesday (February 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25) we will gather at 6:00 PM for a simple meal of soup and bread followed at 7:00 PM by a presentation and question and answer session led by a spiritual leader from each of these faith traditions.

Each Lent our Book of Common Prayer invites us to a time of "self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word." This year we will explore the theme of sin and forgiveness. Each of our guest presenters will explore that theme from the perspective of their faith tradition. This will be a time for them to give us an overview of their understanding of sin and forgiveness from the viewpoint of their faith tradition followed by an opportunity for the community to reflect on their words (perhaps through some questions they pose) and then a time of questions and answers. I’ve told each presenter that they are free to approach the theme in any way that makes sense to them and is consistent with their tradition. I am hoping that these evenings will lead to greater understanding among our faith traditions and instill a desire to learn more.

We’ve encouraged our guests to invite their faith community to join us for dinner and to be a part of their particular evening as well as the entire series if they so desire. Our presenters and the date they will be with us is as follows:

  • February 25 - The Rev. Kimberley Buchanan, Pastor Pilgrimage United Church of Christ
  • March 4 - Dr. Iraj Khodadoost, Lay Leader Atlanta Baha’i Community
  • March 11 - Rabbi Erin Boxt, Assistant Rabbi Temple Kol Emeth
  • March 18 - The Rev. Brian Germano, Senior Pastor East Cobb United Methodist Church
  • March 25 - Amjad Taufique, Outreach Director Islamic Center of Marietta

We are deeply committed to the work that these leaders along with Amma Susan and I have begun together and truly hope this Lenten series at St. Catherine’s can and will be another step in our understanding one another’s faith traditions and be a step toward building community across our faith communities.

-> Supper help still needed for March 4 - We still need one or more households to provide a light supper of soup and bread on March 4. Are you willing to help? Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fr. Jim at fatherjimstcatherines.org.

 

Tuesday morning Lenten Eucharist and study begins February 24: “The Power of a Focused Heart”

Each Tuesday during Lent we will gather at 7:00 am for a quiet Eucharist to begin our day. Following the Eucharist we will gather at 7:30 am for a brief study. We conclude by 8:00 am so that we can be on our way to our day’s activities.

This Lent we will use “The Power of a Focused Heart” by Mary Lou Redding. We used one of her books during our 2014 Advent study and all of us enjoyed her writing. In this book she uses Jesus’ sayings that we call the Beatitudes and guides users in simplifying their life by finding ways to say no to people in order to remain free to say yes to God. This study provides a strong basis for learning to live out of one’s own particular spiritual gifts. Eight chapters examine one Beatitude each week with daily Bible readings. Brief chapters may be read in fifteen minutes followed by daily exercises in responding to Scripture.

-> Request your book now -- The books will be made available to those who participate, provided through the generosity of an anonymous donor. If you plan to be a part of this study please contact Fr. Jim now at fatherjimstcatherines.org to receive a copy of the book prior to our first meeting on February 24.

 

Lent reflections and resources

A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults will be available to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. You may subscribe to a daily email with the Lent Reflection of the Day from the collection -- sign up is available now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. (If you subscribed to our Advent Reflections you will automatically receive the Lent series, no need to sign up again.) The whole booklet will also available on our website so be sure to check daily from Ash Wednesday through Easter Day.

 

Rice Bowls coming for Lent

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.


Preschool registration

St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education

Preschool registration for the 2015-2016 school year is now in progress every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the month of February and until all spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Tours are 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.

NEW: A Young 5's class is coming to the Preschool! This is a re-emerging class based on the response we have gotten from the community. The program is designed to give children the gift of time and self-esteem. The curriculum is a pre-curser to what they will experience in kindergarten. It is designed for children with spring/summer birthdays who have mastered the 4’s but would benefit from an additional school year in a smaller setting at a more relaxed pace. Kindergarten skills and behavior are emphasized, while students are given the loving support needed to be successful.

St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier child development in a loving and nurturing atmosphere. 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.


Cats On Wheels

Next outing: Saturday, February 21

Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us for our next even-month excursion to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, www.civilandhumanrights.org. After the museum we'll do lunch at perennial Atlanta favorite, The Varsity.

Please let us know you are coming and get the details of our departure and visit times -- RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.

Photos below (by Bill Ivey) - The Cats On Wheels group having a tasty lunch in January at Henry's Louisiana Grill in Acworth.


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

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. 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.


"Safeguarding" trainings February 28

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.


Save the date: 2015 Parish Retreat

For everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families! Join us on Labor Day weekend, September 4-7 for our bi-annual Parish Retreat 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. If you have any questions 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.


Did you know? St. Catherine’s on the radio

St. Catherine’s through our Communications budget supports three radio spots each year on local Freedom Radio Marietta 89.7 FM. Our most recent spots supported Elderly Awareness on February 2 through 6. You can hear the ads three times during the 6 AM-10Am time slot on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Save It Forward is back at St. Catherine's

By Harriett Pyburn

  • Do you grocery shop at Kroger or Publix?
  • Do you wish you could resourcefully help hungry families in Cobb County on your own schedule?
  • Do you want to do your part, but don't want to make another weekly commitment?

Then “Save it Forward” is right for you! Here's how it works:

  1. You pick up a shopping envelope marked either Kroger or Publix from the Outreach table across from the parlor between Thursday and Tuesday of any week you choose.
  2. The envelope will contain a shopping list and appropriate coupons for the week. You are told exactly what to buy. With sale and coupon savings, your bill will be under $6 before tax. You must shop by the date printed on the envelope in order to get the sale prices.
  3. At your convenience, you return the food items to the collection bin marked “Save it Forward” across from the parlor at St. Catherine's
  4. Save it Forward will pick up these food items from St. Catherine’s and use them in their monthly bins that they distribute to needy families in Cobb County Schools (as identified through school social workers). They will then drop off new coupon envelopes for us.

There will be new envelopes each week, but there is no weekly commitment on your part – participate only when it works for you. This program is an amazing food pantry that has grown from a small project on one woman's dining room table into a real source of change for our local community, helping hungry kids be more prepared to succeed in school. If you would like to know more, please visit www.aliveministriesinc.org/about.html or contact Harriett Pyburn at harriettspyburngmail.com.


Sunday, March 15: Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run

By Connie Bergeron

Let's make the 2015 Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for St. Catherine's participation! Yes, it's time to register for this year's Hunger Walk/Run. You are invited to join thousands in the fight against hunger at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. The 5K walk /run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits, including the Episcopal Charities Foundation, that have strong hunger relief programs.

The event opens at noon and the 5K walk and 5K “fun run” begin at 2 p.m. Pre-register online as a St. Catherine's Episcopal Church team member (see link and directions below) or at the registration tent the day of the event. Walk registration is $25 and includes an official Hunger Walk/Run 2015 event tshirt. Run registration is $35 and includes a special moisture-wicking tshirt. Come enjoy the fun, festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family including games, Atlanta’s finest food trucks, live entertainment and more!


Communities in Schools needs you

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.

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

A Thank You to our Ministry Team Conveners

From Fr. Jim’s Annual Report to the Parish...

One challenge I identified last year was the need for a leadership transition especially at the Ministry Team Convener level. I am pleased to tell you that this goal has been accomplished.

I want to thank Steve Pyburn (Finance and Administration), Ellis Kilgore (Christian Formation), Ann Snead (Invitation), Bill Ivey (Communication), Al Jones (Facilities and Technology), and Hale Sanders (Service & Outreach) for their outstanding leadership of their respective teams. I also want to thank Margaret Shaw and Steve Diffley for their continued shepherding of Pastoral Care and Liturgy & Music, respectively. These two roles are seen as a part of the Service & Outreach Ministry Team (Pastoral Care) and Christian Formation Ministry Team (Liturgy & Music). With new leadership of both of those teams I plan a renewed effort to live more fully into our vision of the structure of ministry at St. Catherine’s. It’s taking longer than I expected but we continue to make steady progress.

I want to welcome to our leadership ranks Rebecca DeVault (Finance and Administration), Tanya Bowers-Dean (Christian Formation), Susan Heuke (Invitation), Tad Travis and Julie Fulcher (Communication), Harriet Pyburn (Service and Outreach) and Bill Lee (Facilities and Technology). I have every confidence in each of these people that they will take their leadership teams to a new standard of ministry. Each team has its work defined for them in this coming year and I look to make much progress in accomplishing that work.


Volunteering Corner

Living Into Abundance

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (volunteerstcatherines.org)

If you were not able to be present on January 25, the Parish Hall was filled to capacity for the Annual Meeting. The energy in the room was positive and there was a spirit of celebration that filled the air. “Living Into Abundance” was a very appropriate theme. St. Catherine's has gratefully experienced abundance in every ministry. I am especially grateful for all of our volunteers at St. Catherine's and the list of volunteers is very long.

During the time frame of December 22 to January 22 there was a total of 802 volunteer hours given at St. Catherine's. This was over 800 hours that were outside our daily routine. These hours did NOT include Acolytes, Altar Guild, Bread Bakers, Bible study leaders, Catechists, choir members, etc. You get my point, and I only got as far as the C's. Examples:

  • Twenty volunteers gave over 180 hours to staff Parish Secretary Ginney Linstrom’s office while she was in the hospital and in rehabilitation. (Happy to report that Ginney is better!)
  • While on the Urban Adventure trip, 3 adults volunteered as sponsors for the Rite 13 group and gave over 165 hours to our youth.
  • Seventy volunteers gave over 449 hours during Family Promise Week here at St. Catherine's.

The great poet Kahil Gibran says, "You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your Abundance." I give thanks each day for the abundance of volunteers in our congregation.

If you are looking for an opportunity to give back I would love to talk to you.


Annual Parish Meeting held January 25

A standing-room only crowd filled the Parish Hall for our Parish Annual Meeting. The theme of the day was "Living Into Abundance." We heard updates on our very active volunteer ministries, our finances and the 2015 budget, and looked ahead to developments in technology and the focuses for our work together in the coming year. Retiring Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez and Father Jim gave their "state of St. Catherine's" remarks, and then we finished with Father Jim's annual slide show of the past year in pictures. A great day!

Annual Report available -- An important part of the Annual Meeting is presenting St. Catherine's Annual Report. You may view it online at www.stcatherines.org/forms/annualreport.pdf, or printed copies may be requested from the church office.

Photos by Bill Ivey and Jan Potter -- see lots more full-size at AnnualMtg01252015.


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:

  • February 9-15: Vestry —This week we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry which is the board of directors for the church and is responsible for overseeing its operation including finances, facilities, personnel and policies. Members are elected by the congregation for three-year terms, with four members rotating off each year. Vestry members also serve as facilitators for our ministry teams. The Senior and Junior Wardens head the Vestry: the Junior Warden is elected by the Vestry for one year and becomes Senior Warden for the subsequent year. To find out more please contact our clergy or any current Vestry member.
     
  • February 16-22: Cats On Wheels — This week we celebrate the life and work of Cats On Wheels. If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card (although no card is needed!) and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of active senior adults for monthly lunches and trips to places of interest. To get on the mailing list for all their activities contact Alan Certain, 770.933.9277, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com.


Letters

Thank You! Thank You!

I can’t begin to thank the many persons who “stepped up” to cover the office while I have been recovering from two strokes. Those who visited in the hospital and rehab, all the cards, the wonderful food, the transportation to doctors and other places, to Jim and Susan for their visits, the many prayers which I hope you will continue while I do further therapy. Thank you again and God bless.

Ginney Linstrom

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

  •  Lisa Johnston, in memory of her mother

A letter from The Lopez-Tabor Duo, who were our artists for our Concert Series event on January 17:

Alfonso and I want to let you know how much we enjoyed our visit and performance at St. Catherine's Church, and what a pleasure it was meeting you and the other nice people there. The audience was among the most friendly and enthusiastic we have ever seen. The performing conditions were great, with the wonderful piano and beautiful church's acoustics. We were very impressed with the really nice concert series you have organized there, as we know how much work all of that entails.

After our recitals in Georgia, we drove south to Florida and ended our January tour down in the Keys. Alfonso flew home to Caracas on Sunday and he is back hard at work in his orchestra and teaching routine. We are looking at my possibly going to Caracas at the end of February for some performances there. Please give our regards to [everyone].

Michelle Tabor

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

  • Holy Comforter Church, on January 8, for $1,311.50 (Christmas offering)
  • The Center for Family Resources, on January 15, for 4,190 food items and 200 lbs. of fresh produce during the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2014.
IN THE COMMUNITY

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Motivation on the treadmill
    If you live in a cold climate and have trouble staying motivated to walk or jog on a treadmill, try this tip to keep you going until warmer weather arrives. Create a 25-minute playlist on your mobile device or MP3 player. Walk or jog for one song and speed up for the next. Continue to alternate for the entire workout and be sure to end with a slower interval to cool down. Add five minutes of music every two weeks to gradually increase your workout and you will be ready to hit the road in the spring!
     
  • Body image and kids
    Did you know that girls as young as 6 years old are worried about their body image and express the desire to lose weight? A recent study found that young girls who dieted only increased their risk to be overweight. Weight loss can also affect a child’s growth and it can lead to an eating disorder. Kids’ most influential role model is their parents. Set a good example by eating healthy meals together as a family; limiting fast food; increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables; and making sure the entire family stays physically active. Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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: Lenny Campbell, David Gooder, Althea Dillard, Pat Hazlin, Marti Graham, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Katie Rohert, Georgene Schnorf, Jody Peligrino, Nancy Arrington, Sybil, Jeff Martin, Carroll Mitchell, Genie, Ginney Linstrom, Robert Morris, Catherine Moore, Tony, Klyer Seagle, David, Tony, Lauren Butzen, Scott Hargreaves, Yony Campos, Mary Mayton, Ann Williams, Robert Abstein, Margaret Ivey, Raymond Higgins, Robbie Certain, Will Fambrough, Warren Martin, Bill Martin, Donna Burton, Swiss Britt, Richard Pearson, Beverly Fambrough, Nancy Burnaugh, Wanda Johnson, Debbie, Rick Venable, Chris, Lisa, Ted & Cheryl Simon, Joan Pfeffer, Martin Michael, Bill Selby, Cary Phillips, Jay Hendricks, Ron Brannock, Emily Estes, Vernice Knatt, Lanie Bartlett, Ian Gross, Dr. Tolbert Williams, Caitlyn Buckalew, David Bridges, Caitlyn Buckalew, Humberto Trujillo

DECEASED: Betty Early, Mandy Maier’s grandmother; Robert Palmer, Susan Bayless’s brother

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/8) Susan Jenkins, Bronte Taylor, Morgan Haymes, (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, (2/11) Kari Nixon, (2/13) Isabel Lopez, Susan Jablonski, (2/14) Katie Ban, (2/15) Patricia Brent, Jeanette Dini, (2/16) Tom Heuke, Amanda Braman, Alexander Walton, (2/17) Chris Sanders, Greg Remter, Jim Mattox, (2/18) Elizabeth Ivey, Justin Kerr, (2/19) Ana Martin, Mary Vavra, (2/20) Holly Scheel

ANNIVERSARIES: (2/7) Tom & Shirley Day; (2/10) Chris & Barbara Kallas; (2/12) Karen & Al Maxwell; Jana & Brian Williams; (2/15) Frank & Ellen Adams

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

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Saturday, April 4 (Great Vigil)

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, 2/7 Saturday, 2/14

2/6th-8th
2/6th-8th
9:00AM

Vestry retreat @ Montara
New Beginnings @ Mikell
Jubilate Practice

9:00AM
9:00AM
6:00PM

Jubilate Practice
Journey Orientation
Valentine Dinner Dance
Sunday, 2/8 Sunday, 2/15

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
10:15AM
11:15AM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer Coffee
Holy Eucharist
 / Vestry Commissioning

Monday, 2/9 Monday, 2/16
  
3:30PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
Men's Book Study
Space Planning
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts Troop 713

 
9:15AM
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Amma Susan's day off
Women's Book Study
CGS-Catholic
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 2/10 Tuesday, 2/17

10:00AM
10:30AM
11:00AM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Preschool Puppet Show
Fellowship
Youth Ministry

10:00AM
10:30AM
6:30PM
7:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Vestry
Wednesday, 2/11 Wednesday, 2/18
7:15AM
9:30AM
12:00PM
6:00PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Executive Committee
Bible Study
Preschool Program
WNL Dinner
Choristers
DOK
WNL Program
Chancel Choir

7:00AM
10:00AM
12:00PM
7:30PM

Ash Wednesday Service
Bible Study
Ash Wednesday Service
Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, 2/12 Thursday, 2/19
12:00PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Preschool Program
Finance
EFM
Calling & Caring
HR Committee
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
EFM
DOK Training
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 2/13 Friday, 2/20
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation
  
2/20th-22nd
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
Happening @ Camp Mikell
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women's Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Next Family Promise hosting week - February 22 – March 1
  • Sunday, April 5 – Easter Day
  • Sunday, May 17 – Visitation by Bishop Rob Wright; Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am; Youth & Adult Confirmation; Last Day of Church School; Graduates recognized
  • Sunday, May 24 – Pentecost; Summer worship time schedule begins (8:00 & 10:30 am, no Church School); Parish Picnic
  • Vacation Bible School - Tuesday through Friday, June 16-19, 9 am to noon
  • Youth Mission Trip - June 21-26
  • Parish Retreat - September 4-7 (Labor Day weekend)

YOUTH NEWS

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

Youth Calendar online

 

10th-12th graders: Happening Feb. 20-22

Registration deadline Feb. 8, spaces are filling up fast!

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 at youth.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Happening_Registration.asp

 

Hunger Walk – special team for Diocesan youth

The Hunger Walk coming up on Sunday, March 15 is an annual event held at Turner Field that benefits the Atlanta Food Bank. Many of us have participated in the past by joining thousands of other to walk/run the course through Atlanta and raise money for a great cause. This year will be extra-exciting, as the Diocese of Atlanta Youth will be hosting a worship, cook-out, and pep rally with Bishop Wright before the Hunger Walk begins. We hope that you’ll join sign up for the Diocesan youth team and join us for the events. Please let Mike know if you sign up and plan to attend the Youth Rally before the Hunger Walk. The link to sign up for the youth team is engage.acfb.org/site/TR/HungerWalkEpiscopalCharitiesFoundation/HungerWalk/469170417?pg=team&fr_id=1661&team_id=28492.

 

Pics

Winterlight at Kanuga on December 27 through January 1 -- see lots more, full-size, in our Facebook album at St. Cat's at Winterlight 39 (remember, you do not need a Facebook account to view the photos).

Some of our stylish selections at December's Tacky Christmas Sweater Contest -- #1 & #2 tied for first place! See lots more at Tacky Christmas Sweater Contest 2014.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • February 20
  • March 6
  • March 20

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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