We Welcome You!
The Newsletter of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
April 4 - April 18, 2004
Remember to set your clocks FORWARD on Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time so you won't be late to Sunday services!
There will be no Church School on Palm Sunday, April
4, or Easter Sunday, April 11.
The clergy of St. Catherine's will again offer the
opportunity for private confession (The Reconciliation of a Penitent) during
Holy Week. This liturgy is found in our Book of Common Prayer, pages 446-452.
The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. The
Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves
of this sacrament, some should, but none must.
"When Jesus arose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them, Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation." (Luke 22:45-46)
Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through
the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy until
Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. The signup poster is on the wall
above the resource table across from Rose's office. 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 Gethesemane. We will have security in the
building throughout the night hours. Won't you spend one hour with your
Adult Monastic Meal
The Episcopal Church regularly observes two days of fasting in our liturgical year, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 17). For those adults who wish to observe this fast, we will once again offer a special Monastic Meal immediately following the Good Friday liturgy. This is a time of reverence, spiritual readings, music, and fellowship to break our fast in the midst of a community of adults who have spent the day in special devotion to the death and passion of our Lord. Our menu consists of Fr. Jim's fish stew (a really wonderful recipe from a wonderful restaurant in Arkansas), fresh bread and wine or other beverages. This is a peaceful time and a wonderful way to end your Lenten journey. Let us know you are planning to join us by signing the Opportunity for Ministry form in your bulletin or by calling the church office.
Easter Egg Hunt
Our youth will offer an Easter egg hunt following the 8:45 celebration on the day of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. They need your help, though! Please bring bags of wrapped candy and plastic eggs to the church as soon as possible so they will have plenty to offer all the young children. The hunt will be complete with Easter bunnies and will be held out front this year, as the back of the church is still not ready for little feet (or big feet for that matter.) If you can help please contact Susan Burkholder at susan.burkholder cobbk12.org or 770-579-0534.
May God Bless You
As part of my Lenten reading discipline I ran across this Franciscan Blessing. I hope you find it as comforting and empowering as I have:
A Four-Fold Franciscan Blessing
May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe you really Can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide...be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore. AMEN.
Seen at St. Cat's!
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Hazel Roberts, Bob Price, Terry Hall, Janice Moody, Donald Haddad, Beverly Casper, Mary Koenig, Henry Adams, Arlene Brooks, Anne-Braxton Smith, Tom Sliger, Olivia McLeod, Alice, Steve, Lynne Joynes, Jim Rice, Richard Huffstetler, Justin Baker, Allen Davis, Warren Brevard, Hakela Doss, Roger Norris, Frances Greene, Sue Palmer, Mabel Roberts, Alice Hadley, Agnes Floyd, Carol Norsworthy, Margaret Harris, Lamar Floyd, Hannon Combs, Anne Smith, James Nesbit, Kim Burch
DECEASED: Nancy Hancock, Claudia Kilgore's mother; Victor Kovachi, Paul Manno's uncle; Fannie Waters, John Wayne Water's mother.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
J2A Silent Auction Success!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Saturday night, March 27, friends and family of this spring's
Rite 13 Celebrants gathered in the Wheeler High School Cafeteria for dinner,
discussion and celebration!
The Rite 13 Celebration was held at the 8:45 service on
March 28. It is a special rite of passage designed to mark the beginning
of the physical crossover that our seventh graders are making, growing
from childhood into adulthood. This event gives us a chance to tell our
youth how much we love them, to recognize their gifts and to tell them
how much we are appreciate them - the kinds of things we often forget to
do in the rush of daily life. Our celebrants this past Sunday were Stephanie
Burkholder, Joe Greger, Kelley Kilgore, Josh Kraeger, Charles McCrary,
and Bill Williams. Please keep them and all of our wonderful youth in your
prayers as they grow into their adult roles in our community of faith.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Mary Lou Shannonhouse, who did an awesome
job of coordinating the entire weekend's events with the clergy, organizing
and decorating the cafeteria beautifully for Saturday's dinner, as well
as the Rite 13 liturgy at the service on Sunday and reception following.
Sundays at 4 PM
An Inquirer's Class is for adults who are interested in being confirmed, received, reaffirmed, or if you simply want to learn more about the Episcopal Church. The diocesan service of confirmation/reaffirmation will be held at the Cathedral of St. Phillip on May 23. For information please call the church office or speak with any of the clergy.
Sat., May 1, 9 am - Noon
Come play in the dirt with us! May
Day is about flowering things that you love. Bring your family to help
spruce up six flower beds around our church grounds.
Helpers are needed to donate flowers and to organize activities and plantings. Please sign up in your bulletin or contact Gail McGill.
Looking ahead to VBS
June 21-25 -- Construction, INC!
Vacation Bible School is set this summer for June 21-25. The theme this year is, of course: "Construction, I.N.C. (In the Name of Christ)," -- it's all about how God remodels kids by grace through his word. We're beginning to line up our team of volunteers for teachers, teacher assistants, photographer, bringing snacks… parents and youth, Rite 13 and older. Please call Sherry at the church office and let her know you can help!
The "Liturgy of the Light" Easter celebration for children in the atrium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14. This is the high point of the atrium year and includes a Paschal Celebration, Raising the Alleluias, and Love Feast. Anyone interested in this children's celebration of our Risen Lord is invited to attend. Parents should have their children at the church by 4:15 PM that day.
Parents, please contact Ana Martin at 678-560-9177 regarding this celebration. Atrium is open and running on Wednesdays at 4 PM and Sundays at 10 AM. Atrium will meet on Palm Sunday, but not on Easter Sunday.
The Jubilate Choir (formerly Blended Music) is actively seeking members. If you are interested in joining us, rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:45 - 9 pm (7:30 for guitarists) in the Youth House. Please consider joining us, we have a lot of fun!
We will meet on the following Wednesdays: April 14, 21 & 28; May 5, 12, & 19 (no rehearsal in Holy Week or after the school year is over). We will provide music on the following Saturdays at the 5:30 service: April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Jablonski, 770-937-7315.
Seen at St. Cat's!
The Red Cross is in great need of blood donations. We have added an extra drive at St. Catherine's on June 20, from 8 AM till 1 PM. Persons age 17 and older are eligible to donate. Signup sheets will be available at church for your choice of time slots. Thank you for your help!
Plans are underway for this summer's companion parish trip to St. Elizabeth's, in Whiterocks, Utah. The trip dates are July 17 through 25. Three mandatory meeting dates to plan, prepare and build a community among the participants for this trip are set for May 6, June 3, and July 8 at 7:00 PM.
This trip is a intergenerational experience and would be great for a parent and child to share. If you are a rising 6th grader or older or an adult and have interest in this ministry, please complete the Opportunity for Ministry section in your Sunday bulletin or contact Paige Schlenker 770-993-4507 or psaskins bellsouth.net for more details.
Daughters of the King is a religious order for women in the Episcopal Church. We are beginning training for prospective new members. Meetings are the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 AM and all women are welcome. Call Ellen Adams, 770-977-8924 if you are interested in finding out more.
Sunday, May 2
Our semi-annual memorial service is scheduled for the evening of May 2, when we remember our loved ones who have died in the past 6 months. If you have someone you would like included in the service please call the church office so that we may send you a form.
Don't wait -- sign up now for the 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 now! The cost is $200, which will be due with your reservation. As always, money should not prevent you from attending.
Find out how much on an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend! Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, and phones -- and focus only on each other. If you'd like greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you'll like the difference an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend can make! The next weekend is April 30-May 2, 2004, at Amberly Suites, in NE Atlanta. Registration is limited so a quick response is encouraged. For more information or to register, please contact: Ron & Connie Bergeron, 3350 Turtle Lake Club Dr., Marietta, GA 30067-5025, 770-951-1411, connieb mindspring.com or go to www.stcatherines.org/atlantaeme
Your old ink cartridges can benefit us!
Just like aluminum cans, empty laser and inkjet cartridges have value. We are beginning a program of collecting cartridges for recycling which will earn money for St. Catherine's. We encourage you to begin collecting them at home, and to check with businesses to see if they would like to participate as well.
A list of the toner and ink cartridges which are accepted in the program we are using will be available soon, and a collection box will be set up at church. We can earn anywhere from 10¢ to $6 per item! Please be sure to check the list and only bring those included in the program - be considerate in what you put in the collection box! Note: please do not bring remanufactured cartridges, toner bottles, or printer ribbons.
If you would like to help with this program, please contact Rose at rosewolfe bellsouth.com or at church. Thanks!
THE TEN MOST WANTED INKJET CARTRIDGES:
Trisha and I would like to thank our parish family of St. Catherine's for all the support and prayers we received during David's illness and after his passing. A special thank you goes out to everyone who helped with the memorial service, the reception after the service, and the meals that were brought to the home. It has been a comfort to us and to our family in Canada knowing we have such wonderful support from our parish family. Words could not begin to express our gratitude.
May God Bless Each of You,
Thank you to the person(s) for the gift certificate to Aspens for dinner.
Bill & Ginney Linstrom
Dear St. Catherine's
Thank you so much for all the love and support that I felt
as I recovered from my recent surgery. The meals, cards, flowers, and phone
calls have all brightened my day. Thanks to Pete and Terri Hogan and Father
Jim for stopping by the hospital.
Thank you to everyone who responded generously to our recent request for donations of Communion wine.
We had a great turnout to the Atlanta Thrashers hockey game on March 19 with 34 folks there, including 16 youth and 18 adults, and not the least important, the Thrashers coming from behind to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in the last 24 seconds! We met beforehand at The Varsity for a nutritious meal of chili dogs, onion rings and an frosted orange (one of the more popular orders). We also had an unexpected visitor in Sarah Jordan who came over from the Tech campus to visit with us.
Then to the game, which was nearly a sell-out with over 17,000 attending. If you haven't been to a Thrashers game, you need to go. It's much better than TV because you can actually see the puck. And, you won't forget the fire-breathing thrasher when they score! By the way, the Thrashers are named after the Georgia state bird, the brown thrasher, which doesn't breathe fire at all. Next time, though, I will remember to bring a jacket: they keep the place cold as a meat locker so the ice won't melt.
Palm Sunday, April 4, Sunday School and S1F3
There is NO Sunday School on Palm Sunday, but there are
plans under way for
For this special event, all groups will meet at from 5:30
- 8:30 pm. Please
Rite-13 Summer Beach Trip !!
Make sure and mark Friday - Sunday, June 11-13 for
the Rite-13 Beach trip to
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Editor: Karen Manno