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!
The Newsletter of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of Epiphany. I was touched by not only the beauty of our worship, but by the depth of commitment and preparation it represented. A planning team representing both the Liturgy and Music Ministry Team and the Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team put in countless hours to plan, write, rehearse, and guide the liturgy. The depth and passion of their commitment was evident as we worshiped.
We are in the process of compiling the gifts you gave as a integral part of our liturgy. We hope to publish them during the coming weeks. We also plan to keep our gift box visible at the altar for several weeks in order to remind us of our commitment to give these gifts consistently during the upcoming cycle of redemption (Epiphany - Lent - Easter - Pentecost).
Our worship yesterday showed us the range and depth of the gifts we share together as a congregation. It also showed us what can happen when an idea is offered, accepted, and developed by a committed lay leadership team.Jim +
Wednesday Night Live resumes on January 9, program time will be extended by 15 minutes beginning this week. Programs for youth, and adults will be from 6:30 to 7:45, and worship will be from 7:45 to 8:00 PM. You can still sign up for dinner (menu is Moe's Southwest), until noon on Wednesday, please contact Amelia Snider, ameliastcatherines.org or 770-971-2839.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 AM to 2 PM
Join with some of St. Catherine's creative artists for a day to support, encourage, and massage the creative spirit in you. Whether you fancy yourself as an artist or consider yourself hopelessly devoid of creativity, you will enjoy this workshop. Professional storyteller, Ginny Acocella and spiritual director, Kathy Holman will begin the day with scripture and reflection. Participants will then choose words, clay, or paper and pencil to articulate their experience of the morning with writer John Brooks, potter Mel Paris, or artist Jason Snape. Lunch will be served, and then our group will gather to process our reflections and creations.
The day will be light, fun and wondrous, and we look forward to exploring with you. Contact the church office to sign up. For information contact Kathy Holman.
Featuring Facing the Giants (PG)
All ages invited! Join us in the Parish Hall for dinner and a movie. Space will be available for blankets or lawn chairs in addition to the Parish Hall tables. The film will be shown first, pizza and discussion follows after the film. No reservations are needed, donations will be appreciated.
We will watch Facing The Giants, "...a family-friendly action-packed drama about a Christian high school football coach who uses his undying faith to battle the giants of fear and failure. In six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never led his Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. After learning that he and his wife Brooke face infertility, Grant discovers that a group of fathers are secretly organizing to have him dismissed as head coach. Devastated by his circumstances, he cries out to God in desperation. When Grant receives a message from an unexpected visitor, he searches for a stronger purpose for his football team. He dares to challenge his players to believe God for the impossible on and off the field. When faced with unbelievable odds, the Eagles must step up to their greatest test of strength and courage. What transpires is a dynamic story of the fight between faith and fear. Facing the Giants is a powerful experience for the whole family inspiring viewers to live with faith, hope, and love!"
Sunday, January 20 at 12:00 PM
Two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM
St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 20 immediately following the 10:30 principal service at, 12:00 PM. A light lunch will be served preceding the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
NOTE: Church School will meet at 9:00-10:00 AM this day.
Congratulations to the following persons who were elected to three-year terms on the Vestry in the election on December 16: Dani Dickson, Jennifer Massey, Bruce Perry, Bill Selby.
A great thank you goes to Steve Diffley, Bill Ivey, Bill Krupp, and Charles Mace, who were willing to let their names stand in nomination. We hope they will consider the office of Vestry member again in the future.
Final session on Sunday, January 13
Grieving the loss of a loved one is particularly difficult during and after the holidays when others are celebrating. Our Holiday Grief Group will meet for its last session immediately following the 11:15 service on January 13. Lunch will be provided. If you interested in attending please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or call the church office. You need not have attended all sessions. For questions please contact Gail McGill or Kathy Holman.
All ministry teams and committees, your annual reports must be turned in by January 13. We really want to have all groups and ministries included this year. Please send them by email if at all possible to rosewolfebellsouth.net. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year’s report for your committee.
Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for their photo appointment. Pictures will be taken January 15, 16, 24, 25, and 26 at the church. Each family photographed will receive a complimentary directory and a free 8 x 10 portrait.
We need 100% participation and it will not be complete without YOU! At-church and online appointments are now closed. If you missed the chance, you may make an appointment by calling Cheryl Lippit of Olan Mills at 770-932-8194. Olan Mills will be calling everyone on our parish roster who has not yet signed up to give you the opportunity. You may sign up until the last photo session day, but spaces are very limited.
Materials for active military to be recognized and business advertisements are due to Jennifer Gale no later than January 15. For information, contact her at drjennygalemsn.com.
Tuesday, January 29, 5:00-9:00 PM
Have dinner, have fun, and support St. Catherine’s Adult Choir at no additional cost to you! Dine on great-tasting food from the full menu of all-American favorites on this date between 5 and 9 PM at the Johnny Rockets restaurant in The Avenue of East Cobb, and tell your server to designate it for St. Catherine’s when you order. Johnny Rockets will donate a very generous 15% of your total to our church, to benefit our choir's fund to replace their 20+ years old robes.
Be sure to tell family, neighbors, and friends all about it, everyone is eligible to help out as long as you mention St. Catherine’s. The restaurant location & phone is 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062, 770-509-0377. Visit www.johnnyrockets.com for menu and directions.
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team. Walking in the way of Jesus Christ is a life-long commitment. This team’s goal is to honor our life’s journey and to prayerfully deepen our relationship with God. This includes Church School between 8:45 and 11:15 AM services, and Wednesday Night Live and the Lenten Series with dinner or supper and programs for all ages.
Below are just a couple of the adult Christian education offerings for Winter 2008. For complete listings please check your bulletin and watch for the new edition of the Christian Nurture and Development brochure to be available at church later this month. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenors Kristin and Tom Blackstock.
"Catch Your Breath: Living in Sabbath Time"
For many today, life's fast pace increases stress and leaves little time for spritual development. The ancient practice of sabbath offers an antidote as it encourages physical rest and spiritual renewal. Starting in February, we will offer an adult Sunday morning class focusing on spiritual practices that deepen our relationship with God, ways to create sacred space, and the concept of sabbath time. Class material will be based on Don Postema's Catch Your Breath: God's Invitation to Sabbath Rest. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lopez at 770-514-1482 or eslopezcomcast.net.
Men’s Weekly Bible Study Group
The weekly Men's Bible Study meets each Thursday evening, 7 to 8:30 PM in the conference room. We have concluded our fall study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. We are now studying the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. Our group has been challenged, educated, and reawakened to the Old Testament and the New Testament as we look into the books we have studied. We are using the Methodist Church's "Journey Through the Bible" from Cokesbury with authors from various seminaries around the U.S. This next study guide is written by Dr. Kathleen A. Farmer, Professor of Old Testament at Untied Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. The cost of the study guide is just $8.
You do not need to have studied the prior books to gain from this Bible study. Any man who wants to come and be with other men to learn what the Bible says to him is more than welcome. For information please contact Tom Snead, 678-795-9508 or tom.sneadearthlink.net
The next planned trip to New Orleans and our partner parish, St. George's, is scheduled to leave Thursday, January 31, returning on Tuesday, February 5, in time for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Most of the time spent on this trip will be helping out in the kitchen, working alongside St. George's parishioners plus groups from other partner parishes. This is a fund raising time for St. George's, as they offer lunches, dinners and sometimes breakfast. You will have the opportunity while you're there to watch the parades and collect beads. For more information, or to sign up, please fill out the Opportunity for Ministry in your Sunday bulletin or contact Sue Jones.
Forty days means we need 40 writers! A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won’t you consider writing something for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, only you (and the editor) will know which one is yours. The printed booklet is made available at church and also on our website as the “Reflection of the Day.” Still hesitant? You can view the 2007 booklet to see what your contribution might look like... visit www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent-list.htm.
Please sign up now on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment very soon. Reflections will be due by Monday, Jan. 28. We thank you for participating in this important spiritual work.
February 22-24 at Montara Farm
Our 2008 Women's Retreat is now full and we have started a waiting list! We will spend this weekend at Montara Farm exploring the beauty and gracefulness of Christian Celtic Spirituality through the lives of St. Brigid and St. Patrick. Our weekend will include teaching, prayer and fellowship as we settle into a relaxed rhythm for a time of refreshment and renewal during the Lenten season. The 2007 Women's Retreat at Amicalola Falls was a spirit-filled weekend with plenty of time for play (even in the snow!), and this year's retreat promises to be just as wonderful.
Montara Farm is a private retreat facility located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. Food is prepared by the Montara Farm chef and the facility is conducive to relaxation, team building, recreation and learning. The cost per person is $300.00. Please make checks payable to St. Catherine's, and note on your check that it is for Women's Retreat. For information about the facility, visit www.montarafarm.com. You can also contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com, or Kathy Holman, kathystcatherines.org to learn more about this trip or to get on the waiting list. We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday, January 19
Join the Cats On Wheels, our active senior adults group, for a covered dish event at 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall on January 19. Coffee and tea will be provided, bring your own beer or wine. Contact Alan Certain, alanteamCertain.com or 770-933-9277, with what dish you will bring. Contact him, too, to get on the mailing list for all the concerts and other outings coming up soon!
The schedule for donations for sanctuary flowers and candles is available in the foyer for you to sign up for your 2008 dates. The prices are $50 per vase for flowers and $15 for candles.
We are excited to announce a pilgrimage to holy sites in Egypt & Jordan March 13-24, 2009. We will depart from Atlanta and arrive in Cairo. Our itinerary will include visits in Egypt to the church built to commemorate the flight of the Christ Child to Egypt as well as the great Pyramids of Giza and a drive to Memphis. We will then journey through the desert to (our own) St. Catherine’s monastery. We will make an very early morning climb to the top of Mt. Sinai and celebrate Eucharist at dawn. Later that day after exploring the Monastery we’ll have time to rest before leaving for Jordan.
We’ll continue on to Jordan to visit Petra which some historians equate with Sela, a town in which the Israelites had a famous victory over the local Edomites. We depart Petra and drive north along the Kings Highway to Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land and see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Judean Hills beyond. We continue on to Madaba to see the remains of the mosaic map of the Middle East and Jerusalem.
Using Amman as a place of rest and refreshment we’ll visit Jerash, a close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan. The ancient city boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years and fantastic ruins from the Christian era. On our last day we’ll visit the site where archaeological evidence is mounting that John baptized Jesus on the eastern side of the Jordan River at Bethany Beyond the Jordan and renew our own baptismal vows. Later that day we'll have a free afternoon to explore Amman. The next day we will fly from Amman, Jordan back to Atlanta.
It should prove to be an exciting and spiritually rich trip as we follow Moses through the desert and end in the land that most certainly influenced our early Christian brothers and sisters. Brochures are available at church. The estimated cost of the trip is $2,899 per person double occupancy and includes all air and ground transportation, hotels and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
Father Jim Nixon recently signed the annual charter agreement between St. Catherine’s and the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. With that signature, Troop 713 will enter its thirty-third year at St. Catherine’s. The Boy Scouts was established in England in 1907 and came to the U.S. in 1910, and is therefore celebrating centennials this year and again in 2010.
(Photo, right: Troop member Thomas Pilliod designed and built our new outdoor Stations of the Cross last fall for his Eagle Project, shown here with Scoutmaster Larry Bishop)
Our Troop meets in the Parish Hall each week on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and presently has twenty-one Scouts and nine registered adults. The Troop has had eight young men become Eagle Scouts during the past two years and has a long history of Scouts reaching the highest level. Scouts participate in many exciting meetings and outings, including camping, hiking, biking, backpacking, caving, snow skiing, fishing, shooting, archery, canoeing, sailing, snorkeling, and whitewater rafting.
Young men ages eleven to eighteen may become Scouts. Any young men or adults interested in our scouting program may call Scoutmaster Larry Bishop at 770-317-2122.
The Scout Oath
On my honor, I will do my best,
The Gospel of Mark: Two performances to benefit MUST
The Book of Mark will be narrated entirely from memory and performed by Rev. Joseph Morris. St. Catherine’s parishioners will remember Rev. Morris’ presentation of Mark at our church in February 2006. There is no admission charge, a free-will offering will be held at intermission for those who would like to contribute, proceeds will benefit MUST Ministries. This will be a profound experience that entire families will enjoy. For information visit the website at www.gospelofmark.us
Dear Mr. [Fred] Massey,
My name is Veronica Frewer. I work for the American Red Cross and have worked twice in St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church.
Every time I worked at your Church, dinner has been provided for my co-workers and I. I am writing to you today to let you know how much I appreciate your kindness toward us. I know you are under NO obligation to provide us with anything and that makes coming to your Blood Drives special. I always feel welcome and that is an awesome feeling to have when one goes to work.
In addition, your Drives are always well organized and the people are very pleasant and nice all the time, it is obvious to me that when I come to St. Catherine’s to work I am coming to a place where the words “warmth and family” take the most beautiful of meanings.
Once more, thanks for your kindness toward us. May the Lord always bless all of you,
Dear St. Catherine’s,
I want to share our good news! Our Christmas present from our daughter, Cati, was a call saying she was engaged to be married in September on the west coast! That gives me license to do a little free advertising, don't you think? Her fiancee Arne Johnson has just finished directing a documentary film that will be in the movies here in March or April -- Girls Rock Movie (PG). Several of you have already mentioned hearing about it on Good Morning America, Oprah, New York Times, and other places. It's all about a girl's rock and roll camp in Oregon and has been extremely well received and was awarded accolades at film festivals all over the world. It's stupendous! The documentary is about girls, but it has a great message for boys, parents, teachers, school counselors, and people in general. I hope we can all go see it!
I'll let you know when and where it will come to Marietta. He said if we get enough people to go together, he'll send us t-shirts and other paraphernalia! Wheehoo! Check out the website at girlsrockmovie.com. You can even email Arne there! He's a sweetie -- you can tell him I said that!
Next scheduled date -- The Great Easter Vigil, March 22
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Justin, Sharon Parisi, Susan, Courtney, Diane, Steve Boyce, Lillian Vu, David Kerley, Kim Brown, Lauren Baldwin, Doris Samples, Eric Lewis, Ray Guy, Page Loyd , Cindy & Family, Allen Walton, Jr., Anthony, Jason, Tom Carter, Lisa & Katie, Kay Keith, Susan Martin, Jill Hadden, Clark Rowland, Nelson Goddard, Bill Krupp, Bryce Canfield, Wayne Dickson, Bill, Cynthia Sapero, Jan Sigman, Bach Whiteside, Brian Dorsey, Diane Morrell, Rod Deutscher, David Works & family, Steve, Sylvia Franks, Jamie Harding, Claude, John Harte, Margie Cook, Lynn Patton, Kim Morris, Marj Hilderbrand, Robin Raffa, Beckett Unger, Joe Greger, Michael Byrd, Elizabeth White, Mike, Paula, Michael
BIRTHS: Cameron Luke Davison Hollis and Lauren Trinity Latting Hollis, son and daughter of Amy and Eric Hollis, on 1/7
BEFORE SURGERY: Roger Motter, 1/14
DECEASED: Betty Boyce, friend of Bill Ivey
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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.
Winter Wonderland Ball
Please come out and support our youth programs by having a great evening of good food, dancing and fun at the Dinner/Dance/Auction which will be held Saturday, January 26, 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall. On Sunday, January 13, tickets are onsale after 7:30 service and before & after 8:45 and 11:15 services. On January 20 ticket sales are after 7:30 service and before and after the 10:30 service. Prices are $75 per couple or $40 per person. Tickets can also be purchased by e-mailing Amelia at ameliastcatherines.org.
Auction items needed now
If you have items to donate for our live & silent auctions for the Winter Wonderland Ball, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Amelia, ameliastcatherines.org or 770-971-2839. Remember, donations are tax deductible!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Save the Date! The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper sponsored by the youth is coming on Tuesday, February 5, in the Parish Hall.
There will be a super surprise youth event on Friday, January 18 from 6:30 to 10pm. Stay tuned for more details...
Roofing will be finished this week! Thanks to all the efforts of our workers on January 5 & 6 and through the week to finish up before the next forecast rains. Weather permitting we will start on Saturday, January 12, at 8 AM with the goal to wrap the house and install doors and windows and possibly start siding -- how exciting!!
Help needed with building and with meals each Saturday. Food volunteers (any age) please call Larry or Meg Boyd at 770.977.9362. Youth grades 9-12 who help with building must return the permission form to Amelia prior to the beginning of the build day.
Youth program calendar
The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form.(Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.
Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.
The Wheel: get every issue!
Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the 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