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
I tried to stay up last night until we received word on the status of the trapped miners in West Virginia. I was confused when I first heard reports this morning because they were talking about the wrong information that had been passed along to the families. When I finally sorted through the stories I realized that all but one person was found dead. There was one thing I wanted to know more about, how that 27 year old man was doing. They reported that he was in critical condition but nothing more. Having been an intensive care nurse for several years, I know that there are many degrees of severity that fall under the words "critical condition."
The main focus of the reports was on the miscommunication by some and the previous violations of the company. I don't mean to downplay the importance of these things because they're very important. My heart is grieved for the loss of life and the devastation to their family, friends and community. In the midst of my grief there is a feeling of joy over the one man who is alive. I'm not only glad he survived but that his loved ones are so relieved. Even if he doesn't survive, they have an opportunity to see him, touch him, and say their goodbyes. My prayer is that he lives a long, full life. If he does survive, I'm sure he'll always wonder, "why me and not one of them?"
The apparent randomness of who lives and who dies is something most of us try to understand from time to time. I believe that God was with those who died and with the young man who lived. God never abandons us -- even to the grave. May God comfort the grief-stricken, soothe the suffering and show us how to be God's arms of love.Peace,
We are pleased to announce the following results from our Vestry elections for 2006. Elected for three year terms were Maureen Donoghue, Al Jones, Ellis Kilgore, and Hale Sanders. Elected for a two year term was Gina Baumann. We congratulate each of these people and look forward to their leadership over the coming years.
We thank Ron Brannock, Donald Clark, and Rod Pope for their willingness to offer their time and talents to St. Catherine's as Vestry members. We hope that each will consider running for the Vestry in 2006.
We thank everyone who took the time to discern God's will for St. Catherine's and to cast your vote this past weekend. The year 2006 is shaping up to be a transformative year for this congregation. Thanks be to God!
Sunday, January 8
All newcomers to St. Catherine's are invited to join us for coffee and "goodies" at 10 AM in the Parish Hall, and get acquainted with St. Catherine's clergy, staff, and lay leaders in an informal setting. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, January 22 12:30 PM
The canons of the Church (Canon 31) require that the congregation meet annually on a date appointed by the Vestry. St. Catherine's Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Jan. 22 at 12:30 PM. There will be only two worship services that day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM. A light lunch will be served 11:45-12:30 preceding the meeting. The January 21 Saturday service at 5:30 PM will be unaffected.
The Parish Annual 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.
Annual Reports are requested from all ministry teams and committees for presentation at the Parish Annual Meeting. Please email them to Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net. Please contact Rosemary if you would like a copy of last year's report.
Our next Women's Retreat will be held at the Center for New Beginnings in Dahlonega, Georgia. Ginny Lummus will be leading us in a lenten-based retreat using Taizé music and scripture. We will learn about breath prayer and spend time journaling. We'll also spend time in fellowship and have some fun! We hope you will be able to join us for this time to slow down and take in God's splendor. Cost is $180/person for double occupancy, all meals included.
Reservation sign up is in the church foyer. For more information please contact Maureen Donoghue or Lisa Cook.
Saturday, February 11
The annual J2A Valentine Dinner Dance and Silent & Live Auction will be held in the Parish Hall and will include a gourmet meal served by our youth, a fun-filled evening of music and dancing, and an exciting live and silent action. This annual event will raise funds for the group's Pilgrimage, scheduled to take place at the completion of their two-year program (Summer 2007). Tickets will be on sale at church starting in January. The cost will be single $40.00, couples $75.00 (reservations required).
J2A members will be 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 Ellis Kilgore or any of the J2A Leaders or Youth.
Please plan to participate -- it is a wonderful way to support our youth program and have a great time as well. We look forward to seeing you there!
Being the Light of Christ in the World
Epiphany is a time for rededicating ourselves to our own ministries and our missionary task to continue the spread of Jesus' light in the world. In our Wednesday night adult programs throughout January and February, we will discover the many and vibrant ministries to our community and to the world. We will revisit our biblical mandate to be the light of Christ and the salt of the earth.
We will hear each week from one of the many ministries we participate in and support in our community, in the Diocese and in the world. Our first presenter, on January 11, will be Rev. E Claiborne Jones, the Vicar at Emmaus House. This will be an exciting time for us to meet the wonderful staff from many of these ministries and for us to remember our own talents and gifts of the Spirit for mission and ministry. Join us as we celebrate our gifts and ask God to help us develop and offer them for the benefit of others.
Programs begin at 7 PM. Dinner is 6 to 6:45 PM. Please remember to make your dinner reservation by checking your bulletin or contacting the church office.
MENUS coming up:
A schedule has been set for volunteers to help in the nursery on Sunday mornings (8:45 or 11:15 am). If you are scheduled to work a particular day but find you cannot, please be sure to contact someone from the list to cover your time, and also contact Susan Roberts.
Additional volunteers are welcome on Sunday mornings. Please contact Susan at 770-578-6634 or see her in the Nursery.
Registration for St. Catherine's Preschool for the 2006-07 school year is coming soon:
School tour times will be announced soon. Visit the Preschool website for school and registration information.
February 24 at 7 PM
We are bringing a wonderful one-man show of the Gospel of Mark to St. Catherine's and our community! All of St. Mark's characters are portrayed as the story is narrated right from Biblical text, performed solo by the Rev. Joseph Morris of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Marietta. It is not a reading or a talk, but the actual words of the Gospel. Mark's Gospel LIVE has been presented throughout the United States and England.
Don't miss it! You can learn more about this exciting performance at Mark's Gospel LIVE.
Saturday, January 28
We're bringing back the St. Cat's Talent Show to benefit MUST, and we're looking for anyone who wants to sing, play an instrument, dance, recite a poem, or perform a skit, etc. The show is entertaining, and we ask you to give the gift of your talents, solo or with a group for this great evening. Sign up in your bulletin or for information please contact Connie Bergeron or Jim Greene.
You'll find lots more photos on the Parish Life page of our website at Christmas Pageant 2005.
The schedule to sign up for altar flowers and candles for 2006 is now available in the church lobby. Thank you for your contributions.
Once again, St. Catherine's will produce a collection of reflections for the Lenten season written by parish members. It may seem early to think about this, but Lent will be coming along not too many weeks from now (Ash Wednesday is March 1). If you are willing to write a brief meditation on a piece of scripture to be included in the book, please contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org or sign up with your name, email address (if possible), and phone number in your bulletin. We will be in touch with your assignment and your reflection will be due to Karen by February 24.
Dedication Ceremony -- December 18, 2005
Congratulations to the Wilder family, and thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this new home a reality! You'll find lots more photos of the dedication on the Outreach page of our website at 2005 House Dedication.
Parishioner Blake Schnorf graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology at the Fall 2005 commencement. He was awarded a B.S. degree with High Honors in Industrial Engineering. He's a **** of an engineer!
News received from the Volunteer Coordinator at MUST Ministries
Go to MUST Ministries for complete information and to fill out the volunteer form.
Next Date: April 15 (Easter Vigil)
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Lisa Arnold, Natalie May, Elaine York, Lori Matteson, Curtis Bagby, Ron Davidson, Karen Ann Mosso, Jeanne Tweeten, Betty Boyce, Ray Brooks, Bernice Lewis, Joy Lewis, Amondo Fiscal, Richard Huffstetler, Andrew Straub, David & Anne-Elizabeth Straub, Travis Rader, Abigail Durruthy, Mark Walker, Debbie Stokes, Becky, Joyce Hendricks, Renee Bradley, Jeroline Morris, David Shannonhouse, Jim Nixon, Sr., Nancy Riley, June Lewis, Scott Dickson, Alice Freeman, Gene Potter, Kathy Kareken, Judy Little, Ellen Brandt, Ashley Fowler, Trish Nowicki, Brad Smith, Pam Miller
DECEASED:Beverly Mutch, friend of Susan Roberts; Niel Nielson, Chris Williams' brother; Egon Andreasen, Gina Baumann's grandfather; Flonnie Fletcher; Shooter LaRose from St. Elizabeth's in Whiterocks, UT , friend of many in our parish; Bjorg Wickert, friend of Ron & Arlyn Cook
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(1/15/05) -- David, Mary, Catherine & Laura Moore; Lee, Tracy, George, Arthur & Polly Moore; Mark, Sally & Rex Moore; Peter, Kyle & Jill Morich, Chris, Amy, Jacob & Alex Morris
(1/22/05) -- Richard Motter; Roger & Eileen Motter; Keith, Susanne, Gaby & Nicholas Muckerman; David & Marie Elena Murphy, Michael & Richard Quarantello; John, Danielle & Sidney Nabinger
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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.