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
Today, as I write, is Epiphany, January 6. The twelfth day of Christmas. It is the day we celebrate the arrival of the wise men as they seek the new born king, Jesus. They have arrived after having been told by Herod that he, too, would like to worship the new born king. He asks them to please stop by on the way out of town to let him know where he might find this king. We know the story. In a dream they are told to not fulfill this request but rather to return to their home by another way.
How different this story might have been if the wise men had not listened to that angel and obeyed. I wonder, too, where those moments are in my life where either knowingly or simply by accident I've listened and obeyed. At the same time, I wonder how my life might have been changed by another choice.
As we enter into Epiphany we are reminded that it is a season of light; manifestation; revelation. In the light of the season, we are all invited to listen and obey. How God comes into our lives varies for each of us; that God is in our lives is of no question. Each of us looking back on our journeys can see the footprints of a God who loves us and is always more willing to give us options than we are to either listen or obey. During this season of Epiphany I invite each of you to seek God and to listen with intent as God gives direction. And with courage, I hope you will find the will to follow and obey.
Saturday, Jan. 8, at 7 PM in the Parish Hall
All adults of the parish invited! For all current Foyers participants and anyone who might be interested joining, or just finding out more about Foyers dinner groups. We'll gather at 7:00 and see what happens. Beverages will be provided. RSVP to Joan Nixon at 770-977-2525 or email at joan0813 bellsouth.net.
A special ingathering will be held at all services this weekend, January 8-9, for money donations to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami. Our collection will be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development. Thank you for your generosity.
Sunday, January 9, 12:30 PM
Intergenerational Outreach Project -- No Sewing Required! Everyone is invited to join in the fun! After the 11:15 service, we will have lunch and make fleece blankets to be donated to The Center for Children & Young Adults, Inc. This is a non-profit, temporary, emergency shelter for children taken into DFACS custody here in Marietta. The children often arrive with only the clothing they have on and every child is given a blanket to keep as their own. You do not need to sew a stitch! The blankets will be "hand-tied." Each family is asked to bring two pieces of fleece, colors may coordinate or contrast. Each piece should be 1 1/2 yards long. (You may bring smaller pieces for baby blankets or larger pieces for teen size blankets.) Please bring a sharp pair of scissors, too.
We will have a light lunch of soup and bread. Please bring a bread or dessert to share. Fellowship, food and a sparkle in your crown! What a great way to start Epiphany! If you would like additional information, please call Barbara Barrington, 770-516-9224.
Build Dates: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29
Our Habitat House building project has resumed after a good rest over Christmas break. We will be responsible for food again on January 15. Please sign up on the sheets available at church every weekend. For information please contact Tom Snead (build) or Connie Bergeron (food).
Note for the Cobb Community: Cobb County Habitat For Humanity is having an open applicant meeting for anyone interested in applying to become a homeowner with Cobb Habitat. The meeting will be January 29, 10 AM at Milford Church of God, 3950 Hicks Road, Austell, at the corner of Hicks Rd. and the East-West Connector. Cobb Habitat serves families who have lived or worked in Cobb County for at least the last six months and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Anyone who meets this criteria is welcome to come and learn more about HFH and apply for a home. For questions call Cobb County Habitat at 770-432-7954.
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30 AM
The Annual Meeting of the congregation of St. Catherine's will be held on Sunday, January 23. On that day we will celebrate one service at 10:30 AM. The Meeting will begin immediately following our worship and will be in the Parish Hall. A light lunch will be available. All members of the congregation 16 years of age and older are invited to participate in the meeting. A nursery will be available. There will be programing for our children during this time.
The Annual Meeting is a time to hear reports on the state of the congregation, to receive financial updates, and to recognize members of our congregation who have contributed significantly to our well being over the past year and years. This year we discuss our financial health and some the challenges that face us this year and in the next few years. We'll hear a report from the planning team for Fr. Jim's sabbatical beginning in April and, in particular, the plans for the congregational events which will parallel his time away.
Annual Reports from all of our ministries and Ministry Teams are due in the office as soon as possible and no later than January 16. If at all possible, please email your reports to Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfe bellsouth.net, to make the job of compiling the Annual Meeting packet far easier than in years past.
We hope you will make this congregational time a priority and make every effort to be a part of these conversations.
Received to date, as of 1/7/05:
Number of pledges received - 168
Number of pledges outstanding - 21
2004 Stewardship total:
Thank you to everyone who has made their 2005 pledge. If you have not had an opportunity to make your pledge to the congregation, please do so as soon as possible. Your contribution is very important as we prepare the 2005 budget, which will be based strictly on the total pledges received.
Wonderful Wacky Wednesdays continue each Wednesday evening for the new year. We have established a set of menus to be used on a rotating basis, plus a salad bar and the PB&J table for children and the young at heart. Please remember to tell us the number in your family who will join us for dinner each week in your bulletin or by calling the church office.
The adult program will use the videotape series, "Wrestling with Angels." This series is an intimate look at the tough questions of life through intimate conversation with people who tell about their personal spiritual experiences. Each episode is hosted by a well-known author who has struggled with and written about these particular issues. In particular we will examine these questions over the five weeks of Epiphany: Doubt - How can I question and still believe? Love - Why is loving so hard? Prayer - Why donít my prayers get answered? Guidance - How do I know what to do? Forgiving - How do I forgive and get on with my life?
We invite you to join us for dinner and the program, for dinner alone, or for the program alone. The adult program will start each Wednesday evening at 7 PM in the new conference room in the administration wing.
Saint Catherine's volunteers, Chris, Jay and Bill Williams, Nadine, Rod and Zach Pope, Susan and Stephanie Burkholder, Jamie and Andrew Harding, and Tracy and Rick Buckalew, all cooked and served food for the guests of the Elizabeth Inn at MUST Ministries tonight. The guests and staff members were humbly appreciative. Fred, Sara-Alison, and Alan Massey spent the night at the Inn and washed the guests' clothing.
Are you looking for an opportunity to have a special night out? Sign up to spend a rewarding night at the Elizabeth Inn. Saint Catherine's volunteers staff the Elizabeth Inn and provide dinner for the guests on the 28th of each month. In January our Young Adult youth group will provide dinner and overnight help at MUST. We also have a Foyer's Group which has volunteered to do the meal in March.
We are putting together a pool of volunteers to help at the Inn. Training is included! Your name would be rotated with the goal of having enough volunteers to be called only once or twice per year. We'll even call your boss to get you the next day off!
If you would like to help with dinner please call Tracy Buckalew (770-956-9606) or Connie Bergeron (770-951-1411). To volunteer to stay overnight call Carolyn Hilley (770-973-8636) or Fred Massey (404-731-4466). Both tasks are very rewarding.
In the words of the Persian prophet, Kahil Gibran, "Work is love made visible." Thank you for considering this special ministry.
Why not join the Women's Reading Group for the new year? Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 PM. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, meeting in the conference room, now through May.
We're reading "The Cavedweller" by Dorothy Allison. It is a story of a mother's reconcilation with her daughters, herself, redemption, family survival, and lots of funny situations along the way.
Please join us, you would be welcome! If you have any questions, please contact me, phone: 770-578-8169.
Love and Peace,
Our next meeting will be Monday, January 10, 6:30 PM at the home of John Brooks. We meet the second Monday of each month. The book we are reading now is "Soul Brothers: Men in the Bible Speak to Men Today" by Richard. Rohr. You are welcome to join us!
January 22 at St. Catherine's
Here is an opportunity for interested persons to find out about Cursillo and experience this community. The next Grand Ultreya will be at St. Catherine's in the Parish Hall on January 22 from 10-4. It will be a pot luck affair and we urge all Cursillistas and folks interested to attend any or all of this event. A good time will be had by all! For more information contact Fr.Jim, or Carla von Hoffmann at 404-213-7408.
We will resume the celebration of our monthly healing service on Thursday, January 27, at 7:00 PM. We invite you to participate in this service and especially invite you to identify anyone in particular you would like remembered in the liturgy.
Saturday, February 5, in the Parish Hall
It's that time again! Help the J2A class go on their spiritual pilgrimage: mark your calendars, go get your new dress-up clothes and prepare for the event of the season. The Annual Valentine Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held on February 5, in St. Catherine's lovely new Parish Hall. The festivities begin at 6:15 PM with the Silent Auction. Dinner is served at 7:15 PM, immediately followed by the live auction and dancing. Get your tickets while they last -- $40.00 per person and $75.00 per couple Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, January 8. You'll have an opportunity to purchase tickets and/or get your questions answered after your service on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Space is limited, so please plan ahead!
We are currently collecting items for the Live & Silent Auction. We especially need vacation condos/homes and host homes for dinners. We cannot stress enough our appreciation for your consideration towards this exciting event. To donate an item or a service, please contact any of the following: Fred Massey (404-731-4466), Ellis Kilgore (404-906-9619), Liz Rea, Terry Hogan, or Fred Lopez.
Once again, St. Catherine's will produce a collection of meditations for the Lenten season. It may seem early to think about this, but Lent will be coming along not too many weeks from now (Ash Wednesday is February 9). If you are willing to write a brief meditation on a piece of Scripture to be included in the book, please sign up in your bulletin or through the church office, and we will be in touch with your assignment.
February 8 in the Parish Hall
Family fun and food! Mark your calendar now for this annual event. No tickets to buy, your donations benefit the Youth Program.
Dates have been announced for registration for the 2005-2006 school year at St. Catherine's Preschool. Visit the Preschool's webpage for information at St. Catherine's Preschool. Prospective parents may tour St. Catherine's starting this month on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 AM - 12 PM. To schedule a tour and pick up a registration form please call the Preschool office at 770-971-2839.
By Jana Williams
To see how much you understand about hymn selection for our traditional services, 8:45 and 11:15 at St. Catherine's, answer the following question.
Hymns for the 8:45 and 11:15 services are chosen by:
Most of the time, the correct answer is "C." As you are probably aware, the Episcopal Church publishes a suggested list of hymns which relate to the lectionary readings and liturgical season for every service. Our goal as your music leaders is to sing hymns which are meaningful and in keeping with the lessons, season and sermon of the day. We strive to sing in balance hymns that are familiar, hymns that are profound, hymns that challenge, and hymns whose text alone are worthy of contemplation. Believe it or not, confusing or annoying folk is not the goal!
I defend the 1982 Hymnal. I cherish the tradition. I love that is it not like what I hear on the radio and that I must think and read. I love that I am continually renewed and inspired by text and melody.
Is our hymnal perfect -- no. But just as the Book of Common Prayer sets us apart from other denominations, so does our Hymnal. It also binds us together. Just as we don't have a drop-down screen to read scripture or the Prayer Book, I cherish holding a hymnal. Even if the tune doesn't allow you to "tap your toe," you can bet that the text can challenge, inspire and uplift you. Over and over.
Do we "like" or agree with every lectionary reading? Does every individual have to "like" every hymn for it to be meaningful and appropriate and our best for worship?
Just as our new worship space reflects worship, reverence and the traditions of the church and just as our vestments and following of the prayer book reflect our beliefs, so should the hymns and anthems we sing also reflect the meaning of our faith in sometimes simple and other times profound ways.
Offering our very best to God and to His people each service is what we strive to do. Perfect? No. But always know that every prelude, hymn, anthem, and postlude is offered in a most genuine, thoughtful, and sincere way to be used by God in our worship.
The schedule to sign up for 2005 Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Candles is now available on the sideboard in the church foyer. For 2005 flowers are $40 and candles are $10.
Submitted by a St. Catherine's parishioner:
Saturday, January 8 at St. Mary's Retreat Center, Sewanee, TN
The Rev. Tom Ward, Chaplain of the University of South, will lead a centering prayer workshop at St. Mary's Retreat Center in Sewanee, TN beginning Saturday, January 8. Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer. It consists of responding to the Spirit of Christ by consenting to God's presence and action within. It furthers the development of contemplative prayer by quieting our faculties to cooperate with the gift of God's presence. This workshop serves as an introduction as well as a refresher. The workshop begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. Lunch is included. The fee is $35. Scholarships are available. For additional information, call St. Mary's Retreat Center at 931-598-5342. To register, please send your name, address, phone # and retreat fee to St. Mary's Retreat Center, PO Box 188, Sewanee, TN 37375.
on the first Christmas in our new church!
St. Nicholas Party, December 12, 2004
Children and Youth present the Christmas Pageant, December 19, 2004
Hanging of the Greens, December 19, 2004
Christmas Eve Festive Reception
Dear St. Catherine's,
Kelly, Megan, and I can't even begin to say "thank you" enough for all the love, care, concern, cards, meals brought to the house, and so many of you just being there for us. Tom's memorial service was everything I wanted it to be and more!! I know that he was smiling down on us that Saturday at St. Catherine's.
Also, a big thank you goes to Father Jim and Sherry for helping all of us through this difficult time. We are truly blessed with "our St. Catherine's" family and are so happy to call it our church home. Tom is at peace... thanks be to God!
To My St. Catherine's Family,
Words cannot say enough for what it has meant to me and the rest of my family in what you all have done for us during this time after Stephen's death. To Father Jim and Sherry for the wonderful service words cannot express our gratitude. For all the cards, calls, the food, and people that were just here that made me laugh, held me when I cried and just let me know that they loved me. All the flowers were beautiful. Thank you John and Liz Rea for the altar flowers. The prayers and the love from all of you have meant so much since the outpouring is still coming. Thank you Father Jim and Liz Rea for just being here with me that horrible night. Father Jim, bless you for hanging in there while we planned the service on Sunday.
I have had so many comments from friends that said what a warm church it was and what a perfect service it was under the circumstances. I know in the days and weeks and months that lay ahead of us you will be there and I cannot say thank you enough. I know there are things that have been done that we do not even know about but my gratitude is there.
The youth have been fantastic and I cannot tell them enough how much love and how proud I am of them for the outpouring of love and caring that has come from them. Parents you need to let them know how proud you are of them and how much you love them. They are a great group of kids.
St. Catherine's is a wonderful church family and I am proud to be a part of it. You truly are a loving community that knows how to love and care for people. Again I cannot say thanks enough.
We love you,
December 10, 2004
Thank you for St. Catherine's Episcopal Church's recent gift of $1,150. Your gift will be designated for our US Hurricane Relief Fund.
An active hurricane season caused several deadly hurricanes, including Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. The hurricanes killed over a hundred people, causing major destruction in places such as Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. High winds and heavy rains damaged and destroyed tens of thousands of homes, businesses, and other structures.
... Thank you for your gifts of kindness. Because of you, we respond quickly and compassionately to the needs of children and families.
Please continue to pray for hurricane victims, and thank you for caring so much!
What a wonderful and generous gift. Please thank all those who helped make it possible.
December 20, 2004
As Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development I want to express my personal appreciation for your recent gifts of $1100 undesignated and $50 for U.S. Hurricane Relief. You can be sure that all will be put to good use. You are indeed part of this ministry of the whole church to the whole world. Again, thank you.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Mary Koenig, James, Dawn Houston, Julie Heath, Barbara Perry, Jean Pitts, Peter Rowland, Mollie Patton, Kevin M., Linda Jones, Madeleine Caudell, Ben Martin, Ron Renn, Jean Shrader, Debbie Hughes, Jim Greene, David Spence, Ruth Kell, Myrtle Plemmons, Norma Taylor, Ruth Shaw, Alice Hadley & family, Ernie Norsworthy, Leigh Bledsoe & family, Lee Kelly, Reese Ivey, Bill Lewis.
SICK:FOR THE DECEASED: Zeberd Blunt, Step-father of Henry Everhardt (co-worker of Andy Mitchell); Willamena Sanders, Friend of Katie Nixon; Robert Chandler, friend of Mikel Parker.
SPECIAL PRAYERS:Defend all the men and women of our armed forces at home or abroad especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait that they will have a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(1/16/05) -- Mark, Sally, Sarah & Rex Moore; Peter, Kyle & Jill Morich; Richard Motter, Roger & Eileen Motter; Keith, Susanne, Gabrielle & Nicholas Muckerman
(1/23/05) -- John, Danielle & Sidney Nabinger; James, Audrey & Christopher Nesbit; Maury & Pam Newton; Larraine Nichols; Jim, Joan, Katie & Matt Nixon.
Next Date -- March 26
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
Keep up with everything at the St. Cat's Youth Webpage
Wednesday Night Live!
Every Wednesday night -- Dinner with families at 6 PM -- Wonderful Wacky Wednesday -- our program revves up at 7:00. See you there!
Happening #43 -- April 15-17
The Happening website for Atlanta is up and running. Go to Happening Atlanta and browse, check out the pictures and leave some comments.
Team and candidate applications are now available on the website! Applications are due by January 30th for team and March 10th for candidates (complete with all signatures).
J2A Valentine Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction
Saturday, February 5 -- Plans are under way for this single most important fund raiser for the 2005 J2A Pilgrimage. Auction items are needed now, and committee chairs are seeking volunteers to help make this a great success.
e-Wheel on the first Friday of the month (articles
due the Wednesday before)
Editor: Karen Manno