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
I am writing to you to share the news that Mike Peterson, our Youth Director, has accepted the position of Youth and Family Minister at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas. Please see his letter below in this newsletter. I share this news with a heart filled with gratitude, sadness, and joy.
I am grateful to Mike for his leadership over these past 5 years as Youth Director. Our program has continued to grow not just in numbers but in our faithfulness to our vision and to the young people who find such joy and faith. Mike has brought a focus on outreach that has invited us more fully into the realm of the kingdom through mission work -- Stop Hunger Now, Emmaus House, and Hunger Walk to name just a few.
At the same time, I am sad that Mike will be leaving my staff. He has become not just a Youth Director but a friend and companion on this journey. Someone in staff just this past Tuesday commented on how Mike seems to miraculously keep many balls in the air in his role which might be better compared to that of a juggler. He has not only made lasting relationships with the staff and the congregation -- as he so eloquently describes in his letter -- but he has made many lasting and life changing relationships with our young people. I know they will miss him deeply.
I write, as well, with joy in my heart. St. Catherine's has done an outstanding job of preparing Mike for this new role. His new position is in a much larger church and the responsibilities will be even more demanding. We can give thanks that Mike takes a part of our hearts and our vibrancy with him and will begin to build a new program at Good Shepherd that will benefit the young people of Austin. From the many outstanding ministries we have built together these past 5 years will emerge new ministries that will touch new lives. This is the church at its very best and it fills me with joy.
And of course, I want to thank Mary Bess. Youth Ministry is extremely demanding and Mike's success at St. Catherine's is as much a reflection of Mary Bess' support as it is the skill sets Mike brings to the work. I will miss her and the bright smile she brings to each room she enters.
I hope you will join me in expressing your deepest gratitude and thanksgiving to Mike and Mary Bess for their work among us and their friendship shared with us all. This transition will take place in June as Mike is committed to finishing a number of important initiatives over these coming months.
Please see Mike’s letter in the Youth News section below in this newsletter.
Don't be late! Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time -- SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.
Four-week session, through March 22
Harriett Pyburn will facilitate a 4-week "This I Believe" writing workshop designed for houses of worship based on the famous NPR Radio series of the same name. No prep work is required. Join us in the Board Room at 10:00 am on Sundays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22. This workshop is in place of Sue Snape's "Life is Short and..." class for these 4 dates.
Saturday, March 21 at Rose & Crown Tavern
Join Cats on Wheels for lunch at 11:30 am on March 21 at Rose & Crown Tavern. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 1931 Powers Ferry Road, SE Atlanta, GA 30339, 770.933.5595, visit www.roseandcrowntavern.com for information, menu and directions.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!
By Tina Kerr & Frank Adams
The Acolyte Ministry team invites all youth members of our congregation to come and serve with us as acolytes! This is a wonderful ministry filled with service, fellowship and fun. The requirements are few — the rewards abounding!
The Acolyte team is in need of youth members of all ages and those willing to serve as Torch Bearers (typically age 8 to 12), 2nd Crucifer (typically age 12-14), and as Captains (typically age 15-18). While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they begin as torch bearer. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:
Training is currently being held on an as needed basis with written instructions as well as walk-through training being provided. We would love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions you might have in regards to this wonderful ministry. Both Frank and Tina will be available in the foyer between 10:30 am and 11:00 am on March 8, 15, and 22 to assist with questions and to allow the youth an opportunity to carry a torch or cross and get a feel for what our acolytes do each Sunday. Please see the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or reach out to one of our Acolyte Co-Masters, Tina Kerr (cmwkerrgmail.com) and Frank Adams (frank.adamsaonhewitt.com), for more information – or just to sign up! We look forward to hearing from you!
Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm
Join us for the next concert in our 2014-2015 series. Coro Vocati returns to St. Catherine’s after being featured in our inaugural concert series, to present their spring concert, "Doors". Coro Vocati, led by Artistic Director John Dickson, is an ensemble of professional singers in the metro Atlanta area who come together for the joy of making music at the highest levels of choral artistry. Coro Vocati rewards audiences with an array of diverse repertoire that is both engaging and satisfying.
Please invite family and friends to come and be part of this very special evening. All St. Catherine’s concerts are open seating and are free with no tickets needed (a collection will be taken). For more information about Coro Vocati and to listen to samples from past performances go to www.corovocati.com.
Photo - Amma Susan addresses a question to Dr. Iraj Khodadoost of Atlanta Baha’i Community, our guest speaker on March 4. More members of this community were also our guests this date. (Photo by Bill Ivey)
Our Lenten Program for 2015 will seek to understand Sin and Forgiveness from the view of diverse faith traditions. Each Wednesday in Lent (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 our guest spiritual leader each date. 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.
--> Please be sure to make your meal reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by 5 pm Tuesday. Dinner is by freewill donation to help offset the costs to our guest chefs.
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 all be on our way to our day’s activities. Our study is “The Power of a Focused Heart” by Mary Lou Redding. Books are being provided through the generosity of an anonymous donor.
A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults is now available to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find "Lenten Trust," this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. There is, of course, no charge to receive our publication in any of these ways:
We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends March 29 - April 5 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. 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. Volunteers are needed to 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 Lay Readers chairperson Bill Selby.
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 Wednesday evening program on Wednesday, March 25 in the Youth House, please join us.
Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday (April 2) 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 that you may 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 contact Rosemary Wolfe at rosestcatherines.org or call the office.
We will gather after our April 3 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 Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin to sign up and join us, or call the office.
We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary. Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies for your use, including a history of Stations of the Cross, description of our Stations and map, laminated and in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry). The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary. Station 1 is at the right-hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.
The clergy of St. Catherine's offer the opportunity for private confession (The Reconciliation of a Penitent) during Holy Week. During Lent we are called to a ministry of forgiveness. Holy Week is a great time to explore the areas in our own lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard anytime and anywhere.
The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. The liturgy is found in our Book of Common Prayer, pages 446-452. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament including simply inquiring about it, please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan by noon on Good Friday for an appointment during Holy Week.
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 small brown (manilla) 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, March 22 to be included in our bulletins.
Festive receptions will be held for everyone after the 8:45 and 11:15 services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee will need plenty of volunteers to provide finger foods and/or assist with set-up and clean-up for these events. Please indicate on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Shirley Childs sechildsbellsouth.net or Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com if you can help in any way.
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 29 – April 4.
Only 5 bricks left! If you would like to sponsor our St. Catherine's legacy in the Brick Walk in front of the church, orders are now being taken for new bricks which are about to be added to the walk. Bricks are 8'' x 8'' and are laser-engraved with your message of up to four lines, up to 18 characters per line (including spaces). The cost is $50 each. If you are interested please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rosemary Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Mornings, June 16-19
Save the date now for St. Catherine’s Vacation Bible School this summer: Tuesday through Friday, June 16-19, 9 am to noon. Registration forms will be available soon, plus plenty of adult and youth volunteers will be needed!
Let's make the 2015 Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for St. Catherine's participation! 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 pm. Pre-register online (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!
Thank you for your support of Hunger Walk/Run 2015!
By Harriett Pyburn
It’s the 10th Anniversary of United Way’s Shoebox Project. Last year, 44,000 shoeboxes were collected and distributed to homeless women and children across Great Atlanta in time for Mother's Day. This year, the Wednesday Night Explorers will be coordinating this work at St. Catherine's. They are asking for donations of empty shoeboxes as well as the supplies listed below. They will wrap and pack the boxes, and include some encouraging notes in each of the boxes. Thank you for supporting this project!
Requested items (must be NEW):
Note: we cannot accept: medicine, food, sewing kits, razors, used or opened items. All donations may be placed in the labeled donation bins at the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Questions? Please ask Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com.
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 throughout 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.
Reality U is a fun one-day event in financial literacy for Cobb 9th graders sponsored by Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County. Reality U helps students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood. Each event serves approximately 100-150 students. Adult volunteers are needed, no experience or special skills necessary, training is provided at the event. Help is needed at these upcoming dates (all will be held at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave): March 9, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM; March 20, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Sign up at the Sign Up Genius site at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4ab23a0fd0-reality2. For more information contact Patty Yohn, 678-503-0901, pyohncismcc.org. You can find more about Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County at marietta.communitiesinschools.org.
Family Promise thanks!
Thank you to all who provided our Family Promise guests a safe haven February 22-March 1. Whether you cooked, prayed, drove the van, did laundry, loaded and unloaded the beds and bins, spent time visiting with our guests, read to the children, shared the Youth House or stayed overnight, it was so appreciated. Our guests were very complimentary. We look forward to our next week of hosting which is May 3 to May 10.
Family Promise Bed Race - Saturday, March 28
Please join us for the First Annual Bed Race on Saturday, March 28 at 9 am at the Kennesaw State U Marietta (Southern Polytechnic) campus to benefit homeless families and homeless students. Grab five of your co-workers, church members, or friends and race other teams to show you have a heart for the homeless. Teams will build a bed with four wheels, and run to greatness. The bed race will be fun to participate in and fun to watch. Pajama Parade, too—if bed-racing isn't your style, partake in the Pajama Parade by sporting your family-friendly sleepwear! Awards will go to the fastest, funniest, and most creative beds. All proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Cobb County and the C.A.R.E. Center of KSU. Participants, donors, supporters, and sponsors are needed. For questions, please contact Hale Sanders (halesandersatt.net) or Fred Massey (f_massey2hotmail.com), visit the FPCC website at www.familypromisecobbcounty.org or call 678-594-3150.
Applications due by Monday, March 16
The position of full-time Parish Secretary for St. Catherine’s is now open. For description of the position, qualifications and application details see our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/StCatherines_Parish_Secretary_Job_Description.pdf. Applications should be sent by mail or fax to Father Jim Nixon by March 16. Please communicate this job opportunity to persons you feel may qualify. Non-parish members and parish members may apply.
Some golden opportunities
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (volunteerstcatherines.org)
Are you looking for a fun project, and something that will also make you feel good? See below for some Golden Opportunities. No experience is required for any of these activities.
THANK YOU to all of the special volunteers who are named above. In addition to these experts, please contact me if you have questions or need additional information. Wishing you joy on your journey!
Bowling plus pizza -- the afternoon outing on February 28, how fun! Our Young Families group is for families with children 12 & under, to get on the mailing list for all their activities contact Amy Mikkelsen, mikkandmegmail.com. Photos by Ina Bachmann
Congratulations to Parish Secretary Ginney Linstrom on your retirement. Thank you for your 54 wonderful years of devoted service to your very grateful congregation. Photos by Bill Ivey, Jennifer Massey
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,
Many thanks for the beautiful flower arrangement from this past Sunday. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness at this time so close the the anniversary of Richard's death -- a very emotional time.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
St. Catherine’s will host the choirs of our Holt Road neighbor, Wheeler High School, for their spring concert on March 10 at 7:00 pm. Please come and hear the fine program the students of our community have prepared. Free, no tickets needed.
The 110 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series, "Reflections," with classic and contemporary choral works by Mozart, Beethoven, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Randall Thompson, Mack Wilberg and many more. The April 26 concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist will be a celebration of "71 Years of Song" for founding director Frank Boggs including special guests Lisa Klausman with David Carnes. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. Dates:
The Georgia Festival Chorus 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. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus well-known to us through their excellent concerts in previous years at St. Catherine’s. For details and directions please visit www.tgafc.org.
The Michael O’Neal Singers will present Rachmaninoff’s Vespers in two performances: Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, and Sunday, March 15, 3 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church. Tickets are $15/$20 in advance and $17/$22 at the door. For tickets and information visit www.mosingers.com or call 770-594-7974. Composed of a symphonic chorus of over 130 auditioned voices and an ensemble of 30 voices, The Michael O’Neal Singers provides a unique opportunity to the north metropolitan Atlanta community to experience choral presentations of artistic excellence and variety. Several members of St. Catherine’s participate in this outstanding community chorus.
Hosted by the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4010 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066:
The Cathedral of St. Philip hosts Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson for their Lenten Series focusing on The Revelatory Body: Theology as Inductive Art. Dr. Johnson is the R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology. Come to Child Hall, Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., March 11, 18, and 25. The Cathedral Book Store will be at each session to make Dr. Johnson's books available. For more information visit www.stphilipscathedral.org/Learn/Lenten-Series/ .
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, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Georgene Schnorf, Nancy Arrington, Sybil, Jeff Martin, Tolbert Williams, Genie, Ginney Linstrom, Robert Morris, Catherine Moore, Tony, Kyler Seagle, David, James Bowers, Laura Butzen, Scott Hargreaves, Yony Campos, Mary Mayton, Mit FitzSimons, Ann Williams, Roberta Abstein, Margaret Ivey, Raymond Higgins, Robbie Certain, Will Fambrough, Warren Martin, Bill Martin, Donna Burton, Richard Pearson, Beverly Fambrough, Nancy Burnaugh, Wanda Johnson, Debbie, Rick Venable, Chris, Lisa, Ted & Cheryl Simon, Joan Pfeffer, Sarah, Mick Phillips, Ron Mighton, Gordon Spessard, Opal, Marguerite Raskopf, Ann Snead, Jeanette Glynn, Chuck Severs, Debbie, Savannah Grace Bennett, Emily Estes, Vernice Knatt, Lillian & Ernesto, Jodi, Jay & Jaz Pellegrino, Tim Seibert, Mary Hamilton Jennings, Martha Crabendam, Charlie.
BIRTHS: Jenna Marie Fulcher on March 4, daughter of Julie and John Fulcher
DECEASED: Mike W. Reeves, Sr., father of Michael Reeves; Carroll Mitchell; Jesse Thorn, Rosemary Wolfe’s great-aunt
BIRTHDAYS: (3/8) Jessica Pierce, Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Rachel Hutton, Jim Stephens, Lilli Buckalew (3/9) Chris Kallas, Anthony Wilson, Jeffrey Boyd, Beatriz Montalvo (3/10) Erika Linstrom, Carol Crosslin, Bruce Heuke, Reghan Bishop (3/11) Everett Hutto (3/12) Emma Lowry (3/12) Jennifer Gardiner (3/14) Ellen Brown; (3/15) Justin Motter, Karolyn Olliffe; (3/16) Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Timothy Carswell, Josh McLean, Linda Smith, Michael Kerr; (3/17) Dashiell Snape; (3/18) Bruce Miner; (3/19) Zach Ladner, Amy Mikkelsen, Anne Hitchins; (3/20) Dale Edwards, Ryan Blakey, Barbara Selby, Ron Brannock, Raymond Ban, Briana Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lani Brooks, Laura Turner; (3/21) Amanda Jones, Michael Devault; (3/22) Susan Heuke, April Studley, Anthony Pepper; (3/23) Claire Paglia, Rachel Miner, Brad Forness; (3/24) Ginney Linstrom, Kim Moran; (3/25) Bradley McGhee; (3/26) Chris Potter, Alan Certain, Zachary Ladner, Tad Travis, Thomas Reeves, George Campbell, Chris Brennan; (3/27) Randy Satterfield
ANNIVERSARIES: (3/8) Woodie and Ralph Patrick; (3/24) Chuck & Jan Severs
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (3/8) David, Abbye, Olivia, Lily, and Annabelle Stooksbury, Lee and Marlene Stuart, Rebecca Sullivan, Pat Taraentino, Mark, Shelly, Bronte, and Ross Taylor
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
We will have a Confirmation class for all confirmands and their Confirmation sponsors at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Parents do not need to attend this class. We will be discussing chapter 4 from My Faith, My Life, entitled "Faith: What Do We Believe?" Please come having read the chapter and be prepared to discuss it.
The Hunger Walk, 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.
Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and with the Tennessee River running through it, Chattanooga (nicknamed the “Scenic City”) has beautiful scenery and lots of opportunities for exploration and adventure. We’ll engage in a variety of service activities that may include working with underprivileged children, in a food bank, serving at soup kitchens, elderly care, land preservation, and more. We’ll also have time to explore the well-known Lookout Mountain, enjoy swimming and playing at Chester Frost Park, spend time with new and old friends at a community cookout, and experience a great deal of what this beautiful city has to offer!
When: June 21-26
On Sunday, March 22, you will have an opportunity to serve others, participate in a new and different worship experience, and meet some new people! Those of us who have participated in past years really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it; just ask any of us about it! We will be taking a group to join with the Church of the Common Ground, which is “a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta's unhoused men and women.” Each week, they hold Episcopal church services at Woodruff Park in Atlanta for the homeless. On March 22, we will prepare bagged lunches at St. Catherine’s right after Church School, travel to Woodruff Park for the service at 1:00 PM, worship with the congregants of the Church of the Common Ground, and then stay afterwards to share lunch and fellowship with them before heading back up to St. Cat’s. We should be back by 3:00 PM. We will only have be able to take a small group, so if you would like to join in, please let Mike know by email as soon as possible. You can read more about the Church of the Common Ground at commonground.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Church_of_the_Common_Ground.asp
February 25, 2015
Dear People of St. Catherine's,
When I first came to St. Catherine's in August of 2010, I had no idea what I would find here. I was already aware that St. Catherine's was a healthy, vibrant parish with a deep commitment to discipleship, outreach, fellowship, formation, and the nurturing and affirmation of its young people. In the almost five years since that time, I have found the community of St. Catherine's to be so much more than I could possibly have imagined. There is so much that I could say about this parish, and much that I hope to say in the coming months, but I believe I can best encapsulate my experience at St. Catherine's by saying that what I found here is a place that is, and always will be a home for me. This parish family has supported me as I have grown both in my ministry and my personal life. This parish has supported me every day that I have been here. You have helped me to grow immensely, both in my ministry and as a person. You have always actively supported and stood behind our Youth Program as it has continued to grow in both size and vitality. You helped shepherd Mary Bess and me through our engagement and wedding planning, and many of you stood with us on our wedding day and pledged to support us in our vows as Father Jim blessed our union. You have repeatedly demonstrated in thought, word, and deed what it truly is 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," as the St. Catherine's mission statement calls us to do. St. Catherine's will always be home for Mary Bess and me, and you will always be our family. Serving the youth of St. Catherine's has been among the highest honors and greatest joys of my life.
It is with a bittersweet mixture of excitement and sadness that I announce that I have accepted the position of Youth and Family Minister at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas. Mary Bess and I have spent countless hours in prayer and discussion. While this decision was neither easily nor lightly arrived at, knowing that our journey will take us away from the parish and people we have grown to love so deeply over the last five years, we feel that this is the best course for us and for our future. We are excited about the possibilities that this opportunity brings, but we also know that no community will ever replace St. Catherine's in our hearts and minds, and we will carry you with us as we go. If you ever find yourself in Austin, please know that you will be most welcome with us!
While specific dates have yet to be worked out, I plan to finish out the school year with St. Catherine's, with my last day coming sometime in June and our move to Austin coming in early July. I will have so much more to share about St. Catherine's in the months to come, but please know that I am always available if you wish to discuss this move with me. In the meantime, I will leave you with the words we hear from Father Jim each week that mean so much to all of us: Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thank you for continually gladdening our hearts, loving us deeply, making haste to be kind from our first moments here, and empowering us to go in peace to love and serve the Lord. You have blessed us in so many ways. For that, for you, for St. Catherine's, and for our time here, we will always be immeasurably grateful.
With Deepest Gratitude and Love,
New! See even more pictures from the J2A Urban Adventure in New Orleans in January -- go to the album J2A New Orleans Urban Adventure 2015 on our Facebook page.
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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