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.
We Welcome You!
March 8 - March 21, 2004
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From "101 Reasons to be an Episcopalian" --
Episcopalians may spend a lot of time arguing with each other about important matters inside and outside the church. And often the arguments are very public. Sometimes they go on for years and seem to reach no definite resolution. But Episcopalians are confident that in and through this kind of engagement with each other, they will come closer to understanding what God is up to and who God wants them, as a church, to be.
We are so proud of our young men and women! On Youth Sunday, all aspects of our three Sunday worship services will be conducted by the Youth. Groups will help prepare the altar, act as greeters and ushers, lead the congregation in music, lay reading, the Intercessions, and administering the chalice. The Young Adults will preach the sermon. Thank you to all the youth and their leaders for preparing this special day for us all.
Sat., March 20
6 - 11 pm
If you have donations...
for the Silent Auction and no youth has yet contacted you, please drop them off at the church with Rose or Ginney. We appreciate your contributions!
Your Hors d'eouvres Desired
Sue Jones, chair of the Silent Auction Food Committee, needs people who would like to prepare an hors d'eouvre for this event. Anyone wishing to help should contact Sue at 770-565-1013.
Getting Ready for Spring's Daffodil Show
These months have been a long journey. The events of January 10th made our journey longer. But out front the daffodils still bloom promising another spring and summer. In our lives showers will fall and sometimes they obliterate the hope of our faith. Yet, something happens to us when we glimpse the promise of another day, a spring of color, or the blue of the clearing sky of our lives.
God surrounds us even when the events and circumstances of life seem to suggest otherwise. Thanks be to God for God s creation. In it and through it we are promised God s mercy and grace.
In thanksgiving for this community and journey we together are on, I offer you the following Celtic prayer:
There is no plant in the ground
SICK: Sharon Parisi, David Roberts, Hazel Roberts, Terry Hall, Debbie Leonard, Michele Richey, Jennifer Noble, Montana Tull, Sonny Cesspoch, Mike Alexander, Marilyn Hunter, Janice Moody, Alexis St. Jean, Frances Yeo, Richard Mays, Judy Knapp, Kevin Sluss, Ethel Blaske, Justin Baker, Calvin Wasdyke, Donald Haddad, John Lemke, Justin Dolan, Sally Biondo, Janice Ordway, Beverly Casper, Susan Foley, Chrissie Gilroy, Rich Nuckolls, Amanda Murray, Henry Adams, Bob Price, Mary Koenig, Arlene Brooks, Dee Leonard, Agnes Floyd, Katie Fahey, Alison, Susan & Ada
DECEASED: Louis Camp, Anne Whittle's cousin; Marian Coffeen, Mary Koenig's mother.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
Progress seems slow right now but that is because many of us are measuring progress as changes to the building. There is much going on behind the scenes as we develop a comprehensive Scope of Loss for all parts of the building; develop estimates for repair; write contracts with the Architect and the Contractors, etc.
This should begin to change over the next couple of weeks. New roof trusses for the Education Building are to be delivered early next week. The trusses should be installed, the roof decking completed and roofing felt installed by Saturday, March 13. This will come close to drying the education building in so that we can finalize cleaning and preparation for construction.
Architectural options for the upper floor of the education wing are being prepared and reviewed. The construction team has developed a phased approach to the project so that we can receive a certificate of occupancy for the education wing in time for the Preschool to open in September. We are developing plans to upgrade the space to include telecommunications wiring for all the rooms and offices in the building.
Lenten Offerings Continue
Totally Terrific Thursdays
Early morning Eucharist at 7 AM, followed by a study at 7:30 AM designed to last 30 minutes, so that you can be on your way by 8:00. A study guide with the stories and questions for reflection is available outside the church office.
Lenten Supper Help Needed
Mark your calendar now for the spring Women's Retreat, May 14-16 at the Center For New Beginnings in Dahlonega. Join us for an uplifting time at this beautiful facility. Space is limited to 25 women, so contact Sherry Coulter for details soon. The cost is $200, which will be due with your reservation. As always, scholarship money is available.
You're invited to our regular men's and women's book study programs:
Sunday, March 21
Select your best walking shoes and sign up your sponsors! Look for bus sign-up and information sheets outside the church office. For questions, please contact Judy Padgett.
Wednesday night (rehearsal 7:45 - 9 PM) ... Joyous...
We're looking for a few more good men (and women)! Contact Choir Director Brian Williams for more information in your Sunday bulletin or email him at
Rehearsals continue for our Blended Music offerings at the 5:30 Saturday services. Practices will be held on Wednesdays through Lent in the Youth House at 7 PM.
Dear Father Jim,
Please forgive the tardiness of this letter, but I want to thank you for all you have done to provide St. Cat's preschool with a new home. I have two kids in St. Cats who love their school and didn't want to have to change to a new school midyear. How happy my family was to know we just had to move down the block. What was particularly touching to me was having you welcome us at the door on the first day. You wouldn't remember me, as all we had was a handshake and a "hello," but it meant a lot to me that you were there "in the trenches." It really showed your commitment to making this work.
Everything has been smooth so far, and we are very happy to be associated with two great churches,
Very truly yours,
The Rev. Jim Nixon:
Forgive me for my delay in expressing my gratitude to Saint Catherine's for your congregation's great generosity at such a difficult time in the life of your parish [...]
Your funds will go to the poorest of the poor and those who also find themselves the victims of natural and man-made disasters. It is heartwarming that your congregation was able to reach out to others at this time. You have indeed honored Faith Lutheran Church, Holt Road Baptist Church and Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services. We are sending them Certificates of Appreciation soon.
What a wonderful and generous gift. Please thank all those who made it possible!
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development I want to express my personal appreciation for your undesignated gift in honor of Cobb County firefighters. It was a very special way to take note of their dedication. Again, thanks.
Dear Rev. Nixon:
Thank you for your letter commending Cobb Fire personnel who responded to a fire at the church on January 10, 2004. I am glad that the building was saved. I am also appreciative of the fact that fire personnel showed care for the congregation who gathered during the fire.
I received a letter from the Episcopal Charities Foundation stating that a donation had been made in honor of Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services. I appreciate your thoughtfulness in making this donation.
Copies of your letter will be sent to Cobb Fire personnel who responded to the fire and copies will also be placed in their personnel files.
Dear Friends at St. Catherine's
All of us here at the Cathedral Book Store thank you for your generous gift dedicated to our relocation project. You have always been one of our most loyal and supportive churches. Thank you.
We hope to move early in May -- and we'll let you know when we are ready to "receive." Thank you once more.
The Rev. Jim Nixon
Thank you for your generous gift to Kids4Peace. In the midst of daily violence in the Middle East, Kids4Peace is a ray of hope for a better way of life. We have see Palestinian and Israeli kids live and play side by side. We've seen American kids so moved by the experience that they have become "evangelists for peace," telling others at their schools and churches about their experience and urging others to join them in prayer for their buddies in Jerusalem. Thank you for helping make this ministry of reconciliation possible.
Yours in His Service,
Do you have a few hours on a Friday morning? Do you enjoy being around fantastic and interesting people? Do you enjoy good food? Well then have we got a deal for you! On Friday, April 7, beginning at 10:00 AM we will gather together to fold, stuff and staple the bulletins for Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
This is a great way to get to know other parishioners and help your regular Friday Morning Folders, as well as your church home! Don t miss out on the fun you can sign up by filling out the Volunteer Opportunity flyer in your Sunday bulletin, call the church office or email Rosemary Wolfe at
New Ministry: Adult Acolytes
Attention all adults at St. Catherine's!
We have had several requests to consider a new ministry at St. Catherine's: Adult Acolytes. If this is something that interests you we will be holding two Training sessions/ meetings on Saturday March 13th at 10:30 and Sunday March 14th immediately following the 11:15 service.
In our society, the line between childhood and adulthood is often a fuzzy one. Unlike other cultures, we don't have formalized rites of passage that define the points along the path to adulthood. We need ways to tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing and learning; they are becoming adults. The Journey to Adulthood program that we use attempts to do just that.
During the regular 8:45 service on Sunday, March 28th, we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with some of our teens. This liturgy is formally called "The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood", but is more well-known as "Rite-13" since it takes place near the candidate's 13th Birthday -- much like a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.
During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood or manhood that God bestows on each one of us. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and need not prove. This gift is the essence of who we are. As we grow and mature in the journey to adulthood, our knowledge and skills increase, but the magical core of who we are remains the same. These are the teenagers who we will celebrate and recognize on March 28th:
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare and plan to be with us to witness this important event.
for Our 13-Year-Old Teens
In the spirit of such books as "Life's Little Instruction Book," we are compiling advice from people at St. Catherine's. We ask that you use one of the forms found in last Sunday's bulletin or outside the church office to give a small bit of advice (one sentence or less) to our young teenagers who will be celebrating an important rite of passage (Rite 13) on Sunday, March 28th at the 8:45am Service. Your advice can be something practical (like "Don't go to bed with gum in your mouth") or something more profound (like "Be content to be who you really are.") Both are important to know.
Please put your completed form in the Offering Plate, the Words of Wisdom Box in the hallway or return to Mary Lou Shannonhouse no later than Sunday, March 21st. Thanks so much for your assistance. The Teens will treasure your Wisdom!!
Summer Mission Trip for J2A & YA
Going to Chicago with Us?
Applications and $100 deposit due by SUNDAY, MARCH 7. Please turn them in to Liz Rea [J2A], Ben Frost, Susan Burkholder [YA] or Rose.
Our Youth (J2A and Young Adults) Mission Trip will venture to the Center for Student Missions in Chicago, IL this summer. We'll work at such places as the Good News Community Church Soup Kitchen, Hope Alive! Apartment Rehabilitation, Casa Central Hispanic Social Service Agency, St. Thomas Soup Kitchen, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and/or Cornerstone Community Outreach.
The program will help us discover Jesus in the city! Through pray, study, and reflection we'll look at our lives and lives of those we serve. We'll plan worship and praise God with youth from many other denominations.
Living in the city is not complete with exciting and varied eating opportunities. We'll eat ice cream at Café Victoria; make our own lunch each day, and have dinner at ethnic restaurants.
We'll leave Sunday, June 6 and return Sunday, June 13. Space is limited to Fr. Jim, 3 adults and 10 youth. All of this (all lodging, meals, programs included) for the low, low price of $400.
March 7th is S1F3 ~ Being a Woman / Being a Man, 5-8pm
The Girl's Night Out will meet at Dani Dickson's house at 5pm and end up at Frankie's restaurant. Bring money for dinner (around $10). Parents, please pick your girls up at Frankie's at 9:00.
The guys will meet at Fred Lopez's house at 6pm and end up at Buffalo's. Don't miss this evening of generational sharing and fun! Bring money for dinner (around $10). Parents, please pick your boys up at Buffalo's at 9:00.
Parent/Acolyte Meeting and Training Session.
Please choose one Session to attend. In our effort to accommodate all acolytes and their parents, we are offering two (2) available sessions:
Please contact one of us as to the session you will be attending:
Please come with any ideas or suggestions you might have. We want to make the Acolyte Program at St. Catherine's worthy of our new worship space. This important ministry needs your assistance and support to succeed.
Youth Lenten Program Thursdays in March at 7pm
Looking at the words Jesus spoke from the cross, we will study how Jesus' words still speak to us today as we contemplate any painful change in our lives. His courage and faithfulness at a time of profound adversity can help us understand how to meet the difficulties we encounter in our lives. Each session will include discussion of the evening's theme, bible study, reflection and prayer. Come for a light supper in the parish hall from 6 to 7pm.
Bring magazines and personal pictures to Sunday School! You will use the magazines and pictures to make posters to describe who you are. These posters will then be used in preparation for the Rite-13 Ceremony on March 28th.
J2A SILENT AUCTION
Plans are well underway for the upcoming SILENT AUCTION, MARCH 20 at HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH on Lower Roswell Rd. For this to be as successful as can be, we need all parents and youth involved - if you have not yet contacted Rebecca Kiefer or Fred Massey to volunteer, please do so now. Youth - continue to collect donations! REMEMBER this will be a primary source of fund for the 2005 Pilgrimage trip, so the more we raise at this event, the fewer additional fundraisers we will have to have over the next year and a half!
New Beginnings Retreat for Middle School aged youth
New Beginnings is designed to respond to issues, concerns and needs of teenagers in grades 6-9. New Beginnings is a spiritual growth and renewal weekend that will be held March 26-28 at Camp Mikell. The weekend is filled with talks, skits, sharing, praying and singing. Forms for candidates and sponsors are available at the church office. If you have any questions contact Jennifer, Bill or Keith.
During Sunday School on Palm Sunday and during S1F3 (NOT THE 11th) the youth will be watching two videos in preparation for Holy Week. During Sunday School, we will watch "St. John in Exile" and then in the evening, we'll watch "St. Mark's Gospel". We'll meet at regular times for S1F3: Rite-13ers 5pm -- 7pm, J2A & YA 6:30pm -- 8:30pm.
Make sure and mark Friday -- Sunday, June 11-13 for the Rite-13 Beach trip to Panama City Beach. We will be staying at the Blue Horizon Lodge and Retreat Center. Stay tuned for a flyer with more info. Sign-up deadline is April 25th.
If you have anything (pictures, news, stories, etc.) that you would like to see on the website, you can just email it to me or give it to me when you see me at church. Also, if you notice any errors on the page (wrong dates on the calendar, etc.), please let me know. Remember to check the page often at www.stcatherines.org/youth.htm as we continue to make changes and updates. Thanks!
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Editor: Karen Manno