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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The Newsletter of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
What has God planted within us?
During our quiet day in December our deacon, Kathy Holman, led us through a series of meditations based on the Annunciation. I know for those who attended it was a powerful morning. Her words and the time she gave us to reflect on the power of God in our lives led us from the visitation of Gabriel to Mary to the visitation of the Holy Spirit upon ourselves and ultimately to the visitation of the Holy Spirit upon this community. In each instance Kathy asked us to consider what God was doing within Mary, within ourselves, and within this community. During the last meditation she had us sit as a community touching one another in whatever ways we were comfortable. I don’t know about the others but there was a powerful sense of peace and safety in this time for me. While we all went our separate ways at the end of the meditation we all agreed there was a sense of loss as we "embarked" to our various corners of privacy.
I deeply believe that St. Catherine’s is at a place unlike any other we have experienced during my time as Rector. God has planted within us a spirit that is aching to grow from within us into something beautiful and powerful. It may seem arrogant to put it this way, but my sense is that we have "found favor" in God’s eyes. I don’t believe this favor singles us out and places us beyond or above other churches, but I do believe God’s favor is calling us into a new life together the details of which are, at best, vague to me. Like Mary, I find myself pondering these things in my heart. What will this newly planted seed call forth from us? What will be required of us? What must we give up? What must we take on?
During these latter days of Christmas and with the approach of Epiphany it is good for us to ponder what and where God calls us. As the manifestation of Jesus is upon us and his works will be made known during the days of Epiphany, so, too, is the manifestation of this community upon us. I ask that we pray with intention and hope that God will show us the way over these coming months. Pray that it will be a way that will find favor with God, with our community, the larger church and the people to whom we are called to be the body of Christ.
Mark your calendar now! The annual J2A Valentine Dinner Dance and Auction will include a gourmet dinner, a fun-filled evening of music and dancing, and an exciting action. This annual event raises funds for the group's pilgrimage trip. Watch for tickets going on sale soon.
J2A members are asking our parishioners for donations to be auctioned off. In the past, we have had vacation rentals, vintage wine, classes and lessons, gourmet-cooked dinners, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, gift certificates, pottery, tickets to sporting events, and much more. If you have suggestions, opportunities, or can assist our youth in helping make this event a success, please contact Amelia, ameliastcatherines.org or call the church office.
The Vestry at St. Catherine's is a working body willing to roll up their sleeves and lead the congregation by example. As the old saying goes, we are willing to do more than "talk the talk." We are willing to "walk the walk." This means that in addition to regular monthly Vestry meetings, members are expected to involve themselves in the life of this congregation as leaders and/or participants consistent with their interests and the gifts God has given them.
Nine outstanding individuals willingly offered themselves to this ministry for 2007-2009. Each by his or her own gifts and presence is an outstanding leader. They are Mark Blythe, Sallie Sompayrac Bowes, Steve Diffley, Ash Gale, John Garner, Marilyn Hunter, Ginny Lummus, Chris Potter and Lisa Spessard. On December 17, the congregation elected the following to a 3 year term on the Vestry: Ash Gale, Marilyn Hunter, Ginny Lummus, and Lisa Spessard. We welcome them with enthusiasm and look forward to their leadership and contributions to our life together.
It is with a deep thanksgiving that we celebrate Mark, Sallie, Steve, John, and Chris and their willingness to stand for election. We look forward to their continued leadership in the life of this congregation. We hope, as well, that they will be willing to offer their gifts not only in coming Vestry elections but in the many areas of mission and ministry we share together.
Wednesday Nights in Epiphany begin January 10
Our Wednesday night programs will resume starting January 10. The meal portion of the evening starting at 6 PM will continue to be BYOS (Bring Your Own Supper). Programs begin at 7 PM.
For adult program during Epiphany we will return to “The Thoughtful Christian” material. It has been enthusiastically received and generated many good conversations and learning. What is a thoughtful Christian? — you are! By attending these discussions, you are showing that you want to wrestle with the questions that inform the way we live out our faith in everyday life. We think you will find this time enlightening and challenging as we explore our faith through scripture, contemporary issues, popular culture, spirituality and Christian living.
Lenten Series begins February 28
Lent will be upon us before we know it. Ash Wednesday is February 21 and beginning the following week on Wednesday evening, February 28, we will begin our annual Lenten Series. In the past few years we have done this series in conjunction with Wonderful Wacky Wednesdays, however WWW is in a period of hiatus right now as we determine the best options for food service. Therefore, we are inviting members of the congregation to volunteer to provide a simple meal of soup and bread each week during our Lenten Series. The series will be 5 weeks long beginning February 28 and continuing through March 28. Each evening we will provide a choice of soups, bread, and simple beverages. If you are interested in helping out with this tradition at St. Catherine’s please call the office or complete the Opportunities for Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin.
Sunday, January 21 following 10:30 service
The canons of the Church (Canon 31) require that the congregation meet annually on a date to be appointed by the Vestry notice of which must be given 14 days prior to the appointed date. St. Catherine s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21 immediately following our 10:30 worship. There will only be two services that day -- 7:30 am and 10:30 am.
A light lunch will be served immediately following our 10:30 am worship and meeting will begin following our lunch. A nursery will be provided for our youngest members and activities for our children will be provided during the course of the meeting.
The Annual Parish Meeting is an opportunity for members of the congregation to come together to receive reports from the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Treasurer, and from various other groups and 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 take the opportunity to be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual Reports are requested from all ministry teams and committees for presentation at the Parish Annual Meeting. Please submit them as soon as possible and no later than January 14 to Rosemary Wolfe, by email if at all possible at rosewolfebellsouth.net. Please contact Rosemary if you would like a copy of last year's report.
The schedule to sign up for altar flowers and candles for 2007 is now available in the church lobby.
Flowers are $42.00 per vase and candles are $10.00. Thank you for your contributions.
Registration deadline: January14
“But we have this treasure in [earthen vessels], so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
The women of St. Catherine’s are invited to come together for a weekend retreat at the beautiful Lodge at Amicalola Falls, February 16-18. The cost is $175 for two nights lodging and meals, and your payment secures your reservation. Sign up in the Opportunities for Ministry in your Sunday bulletin. For questions please contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusearthlink.net, (770) 649-5391.
If you have lost a loved one, we invite you to our Bereavement Group, continuing on January 7 and 14. Meetings are scheduled immediately after the 11:15 service for one and a half hours. Lunch will be provided. We will learn from each other, as well as support each other. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Sherry Coulter, Kathy Holman or Gail McGill.
From the December 19, 2006 Vestry Meeting
The Vestry will be on retreat February 2-4 at the Center for New Beginnings in Dahlonega, GA. As always this will be time of bonding, of planning for the upcoming year, and for reflections on our corporate life. It is a time of joy and hard work. This year we will be continuing our discernment about the future mission and ministry of St. Catherine s. We feel that we are a critical moment in this congregation. We have been praying together and with you over these past months and now is the time for us to determine our next steps in fulfilling God’s call to us. We ask for your prayers.
Our mentoring program is looking for a few good women to become mentors of teenage girls. This program requires that you go through a brief training program, and then you meet once every two weeks for an hour with the young person and become a good friend to her. Check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Hale Sanders, 770-565-2719.
Reserve February 24, all day, for the 2007 Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair, "Renewing Our Baptismal Covenant," at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Special guest for the Great Gathering this year will be the Rt. Rev. Duncan Gray, Bishop of Mississippi, who will share with the ongoing work being done to repair and rebuild after last year’s hurricanes and flooding. Cost of the Fair will be $20/person if registered and received by 2/18 and $25/person, if paid after that date or at the door. See you there!
For complete information about all the workshops and activities and to register online go to Diocesan Ministry Fair. Also, watch for registration material to be available on our resource tables at church.
Parents, we need volunteers to help in the nursery while we are looking for new workers to hire. The nursery is one of the first areas of ministry young families encounter at St. Catherine's. We greatly appreciate your help with this important service at St. Catherine’s.
We are currently hiring workers for our nursery who should be 18 years or older; enjoys working with infants ages 0-5; has own transportation; reliable worker; able to work flexible hours; and a team player. Background checks will be conducted. Experience working with infants a plus. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Rosemary Wolfe in the church office at 770-971-2839.
Summer Volunteen Program at Wellstar
Wellstar Partners Newsletter announces that applications for the 2007 Summer Volunteen Program at Wellstar Cobb and Wellstar Kennestone are now available. Applicants must be 15 years old by May 31 and have not turned 18 by May 31, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be in good standing with their school/community, and should have an interest in a medical career. They must commit to 4 hours per week for eight weeks and to follow Wellstar policies and procedures (infection control, confidentiality, etc.). They will need to submit to TB testing and purchase a uniform, attend an interview with a parent or guardian, and attend a one-time orientation session.
Space is limited in this program so apply soon. Call Wellstar Cobb at 770-732-3605 or Wellstar Kennestone at 770-793-7120 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for an application or more information.
Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta will offer a seven-session program on Centering Prayer at Holy Family Catholic Church, 3401 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068. The program includes an all-day workshop on Saturday, January 20, from 9:30-3:30 (Registration begins at 9:00) and six Tuesday night sessions beginning the following Tuesdays after the workshop from 7-8:15 pm.
Centering Prayer is a simple method of prayer, rooted in ancient Christian tradition. The series will introduce participants to the four simple steps of Centering Prayer and provide opportunities to practice the discipline in daily life. For more information or to pre-register, contact Cathy Hightower, chighatlaol.com or call and leave message at 770- 973-6243 and Cathy will return your call.
Dear Jim [Nixon],
... We are so grateful for your gift of money towards our flowers and greenery. It truly helps to make the church very beautiful but more than that – it reminds us that we are connected not only by Christ, but in a special way by the Episcopal Church.
The kindness of St. Catherine’s generosity to Holy Comforter will not be forgotten.
Yours in Christ’s love,
Rhoda Copus, Vestry
Next Date: April 7
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Natalie May, Betty Boyce, Lisa Arnold, George Schnorf, Reese & Margaret Ivey, Paige Schlenker, Jonathan Pearson, Jennie Costa, Debbie Henderson, Jim Rader, Shelley Ransdell, John Yorke, Jean Marie Coleman, Bill Linstrom, Judy Robinette, Taylor Baumann, Ann Wiseman, Janell Calvert, Elizabeth Boyce, Bill Fleming, Mary Ann Sedberry, Jake Weiss, Hugh Wolfe, Nancy Foster, Gary Foster, Pat & George Davis, Helen, Julie Brannock, Anne Whittle, Terry Adams, Cheryl Hannigan, Al Seneviratne, Shea Palmer, Nick Manno, Joyce Hendricks, Kathryn Brown, Joni Cope, Mike Baumann, Jackie Gray, Jerri Blake, Bill Fisher, The Skinner Family, Sonya’s family, Lavonne Sanders, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Lil McRitchie
BEFORE SURGERY: Ginny Acocella, 1/4/07 & 1/18/07; Shirley Childs, 1/9/07
DECEASED: Bob Skinner, father-in-law of Margaret Shaw’s cousin; Sonya, Carol Eskew’s nephew’s sister-in-law; Natalie Drewnicky, Nadine Pope’s mother; Ursula Schutz, added by Judith Phillips; Cathy Lebkuecher & Benjamin Blake, friends of Paul & Sharon Parisi; Evelyn Bruegge, Nancy Certain’s mother; Fran Paist, friend of Bill Ivey.
PRAYER FOR THANKS FOR BLESSING: We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the work of the Parish Admin & Facilities/Grounds Team.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(1/7/07) Scott & Ginny Lummus; Charles, Tami, Noelle & Justice Mace; Todd Magill; David, Joyce, Hudson & Shayne Mann; Paul, Karen & Kevin Manno
(1/14/07) Kristine & Jeremiah Marchant; Marcia & Emma Markette; Don, Ana, Oak & Ben Martin; John & Susan Martin; Fred, Jennifer, Alan & Sara-Alison Massey
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.
Register for events asap!
Youth Service Day
Join the St. Catherine's youth group as well as the youth groups from St. Aidans and Holy Innocents on January 20th for a day of service. Pick up a flier on the bulletin board in the J2A hall.
Valentine's Dinner Dance and Auction
The Valentine's Dinner Dance and Auction is coming Febuary 10th. If you have items that you would like to donate to the live or silent auction please drop them off at church or contact Amelia. Thanks and stay tuned for more details.
Rite 13 Dinner and Ceremony
The Rite 13 Dinner will be January 27th at 7pm and the ceremony will take place during the 8:45 service on January 28th.We need "WORDS OF WISDOM" from the congregation. If you have any words of wisdom that you would like to pass on to our Rite 13 group, please e-mail them to Amelia at ameliastcatherines.org by January 23. Thanks!
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 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.
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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