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“May we always enter Lent with renewed hope, forgetting what is behind, setting the mark, and pressing forward to the fullness of life in the risen Jesus.” -- M. Basil Pennington OGSO
It’s hard to believe that next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent is upon us. What will I give up this year? What spiritual discipline will I add? What book will I read? When will I find time to be more intentional in my prayer practice? I do look forward to feasting on pancakes on Shrove Tuesday but then I wonder if I will be able to muscle through the 40 days of no chocolate or 30 minutes of daily prayer or read that book I think will give me a proper insight or even more drastic, regular days of fasting.
In his book, Listen With Your Heart, Abbot Basil Pennington talks about how St. Benedict moved into Lent with joy. St. Benedict felt that our Lenten disciplines should be the very things that invite us into the fullness of the joy of Easter. All we do during Lent should be intended toward experiencing the mystery of the depth of God’s love for us through our risen Lord.
As you consider what spiritual discipline you will take on this Lent, let joy be your goal. What keeps you from fully enjoying your relationship with the Divine? Is it something you regret? Perhaps the sacrament of reconciliation would be helpful. Is there some attachment that preoccupies you? Try fasting. One can fast from the computer, the television, the newspaper, or some food or drink that has become an unhealthy habit. Maybe you have not made space in our busy-ness for intentional time with God. What might you do this Lent to shore up your friendship, understanding, and/or communication with the one who loves you completely?
If you missed having your picture taken for the new Pictorial Directory, you may:
(1) Submit a photograph (no emails, please) to Jan Potter's box in the workroom at church by February 3. Include each family member's name on the back or on an attached piece of paper.
(2) Or Jan Potter has offered to take pictures of any family who wishes between services on February 3. Please contact her if you are interested.
This will be the last chance to have your photo in the new Directory. We hope that every St. Cat's family is included! Thank you for helping to make this a success.
February 5, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday and Super Tuesday this year with great food and fun! Join us in the Parish Hall, where our menu will include: Banana Pancakes, Bacon Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Hot Cinnamon Apples, Bacon, Sausage, Milk, Orange Juice, and Coffee. We’ll have jazz music and Mardi Gras festivities plus a parade for the little ones! No admission fee or reservations, donations collected to support our Youth program. Bring your friends & family!
The Three Kings arrive at St. Catherine's! Sunday, January 6 (8:45 and 11:15, respectively):
The parish “Youth House Signing” which was scheduled for January 20 was postponed due to icy conditions that day. Watch for the announcement of the new date for your opportunity to write your messages and wishes for our youth in their new space.
The siding is almost done and painting will be starting soon! Come help any weekend with building and/or with meals. Food volunteers (any age) please call Larry or Meg Boyd at 770.977.9362.
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6
On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. The priest invites all to the observance of holy Lent by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. After our period of silence before the Lord, our maker and redeemer, the priest puts ashes on our foreheads as we take responsibility for this living flesh, notice everything around us, the possessions we hold valuable, the persons we love and know that all will one day turn to dust.
Our Lenten Eucharist and Study will meet Tuesday mornings, February 12 through March 18, at 7:00 am. We meet for a quiet and brief Eucharist followed by a study. We’re done by 8:00 and on to the day’s demands. For those who have participated in this time over the years we have found it to be special, a time we look forward to as an opportunity to respond to the invitation to a holy Lent. We hope you will join us.
Our study will be Psalm Meditations for the Church Year. Each week we will reflect on the Psalm appointed for the following Sunday. We will attempt to discover how the Psalm has become an integral part of our worship and how many traditions have interpreted them. Many of our hymns, choral pieces, and even contemporary music is based on the richness of the Psalms, and we will bring those resources to bear.
You will find a study booklet available on our resource table beginning Ash Wednesday. In the meantime mark your calendar and set your alarm.
St. Catherine’s is pleased to announce a Lenten Speaker Series for adults Wednesday evenings, February 13 through March 12. Having moved through the beauty and excitement of anticipating the birth of Love into a broken world; the joy of celebrating the arrival of Light into our darkness; the awe and wonder of witnessing God’s activity in the ordinary, we now find ourselves moving into the richness of Lent. Lent’s invitation is to a deeper, fuller, more intimate relationship with the Divine through growing awareness of God’s presence in and around us.
Join us on Wednesday nights as we gather to consider what it means to be obedient. How might we experience obedience as grace? What are the blessings of obedience? How does obedience draw us to a closer, more intimate relationship with the Living God? Our speakers will be:
Our evenings together will begin with dinner at 5:45. Be sure to make your dinner reservation each week by 5 PM Tuesday – sign up in your bulletin or contact Amelia Snider in the church office. Menu schedule coming up is Feb. 13 – Italian Night; Feb. 20 – Joyful Diner; Feb. 27 – Moe’s. We end each evening with a Taizé service at 7:30. For information, contact Father Jim.
The St. Catherine’s Daughters of the King is offering a morning of quiet reflection from 9:00 AM to 12 noon on February 16. This special morning is open to anyone who would like to take some time during Lent to focus on deepening their Lenten experience. Led by Deacon Kathy, we will consider how we might move through our Lenten disciplines in an attitude of joy and appreciation for the mystery of Easter. The morning will consist of three teachings and ample quiet “space” for reflection.
Please consider giving yourself this short three hours as a way to deepen your Lenten and Easter experience this year. Feel free to invite a friend to share with us as we consider what it means to open ourselves to the “joy” of Lent.
“May we always enter Lent with renewed hope, forgetting what is behind, setting the mark, and pressing to the fullness of life in the risen Jesus.” – M. Basil Pennington OCSO
You will find many resources on the table in our lobby for your whole family beginning Sunday, Feb. 18. Our annual booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, written by our own St. Catherine’s parishioners, will be available starting on Ash Wednesday. The Reflection of the Day (and the whole booklet) will also be available on our website, be sure to check all through Lent and Holy Week at www.stcatherines.org.
First Sunday in Lent: The Great Litany
On the first Sunday of Lent, Feb. 10, 8:45 & 11:15 services, we will sing the Great Litany. The Great Litany is an intercessory prayer including various petitions sung by the priests, with fixed responses by the congregation. It was used as early as the fifth century in Rome. It was led by a deacon, with the collects led by a bishop or priest. The Litany was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in 1544. Its use in church processions was ordered by Henry VIII when England was at war with Scotland and France. It was printed as an appendix to the Eucharist in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The 1979 BCP titled it "The Great Litany," distinguishing it from other litanies in the Prayer Book. The Great Litany may be said or sung. The officiant and people may kneel or stand, or it may be done in procession.
Additional Sundays in Lent: Rite 1/Rite 2
Lent 2008 will introduce some liturgical changes within our Sunday worship. These changes will primarily center around the Eucharistic Liturgy and the language and prayers we use each week.
Let's talk about our language. During Lent the 7:30 and 11:15 worship will use Rite I rather than Rite II. The easiest distinction we might draw between the two is that Rite I uses traditional language (thee, thou, thy, etc) versus Rite II which uses contemporary language (he, you, our, etc.). The traditional language rites are known as Rite 1, and the contemporary language rites are known as Rite 2. The Rite 1 liturgies reflect the language and piety of the Elizabethan era and the first Book of Common Prayer (BCP), although the structure of these liturgies also reflects the influence of modern liturgical scholarship. The Rite 2 liturgies reflect more fully the influence of the liturgical movement and contemporary theology. Rite 2 liturgies tend to reflect greater sensitivity for inclusive language issues.
The music we will use will follow the same structure. The Hymnal 1982 provides service music settings that are designated for Rite 1 and Rite 2 services. There is nothing to suggest that a Rite I liturgy is more "holy" than a Rite II liturgy, it is just a matter of preference and/or a desire to reflect the rich heritage and diversity of the BCP. It is for this reason that we’ll use Rite I at 7:30 and 11:15 am during Lent.
Let's now talk about our prayers. In both Rite I and Rite II we have a selection of Eucharistic Prayers that we may use, labeled Prayers I and II in Rite I, and Prayers A, B, C, and D in Rite II. At 7:30 and 11:15 we will use Eucharistic Prayer I at both services. This is an ancient prayer of the church finding its shape in the earliest (4th century) celebrations of the Eucharist. The text of this prayer in our current BCP is from the Scottish rite dating from the 17th century. While the language has changed some in its current form, this prayer is in the same basic form as on the day Samuel Seabury agreed to bring it to the American prayer book as the "price" he paid to be consecrated bishop in Scotland. When we pray it we can rejoice in its ancient words and our continued links to the body of Christ throughout the centuries.
During our 8:45 am service we’ll use Rite II, Prayer C. Like many of the ancient Eastern churches’ prayers, Prayer C contains much congregational response which is largely words from Scripture. The prayer was drafted for the 1979 BCP by Capt. Howard E. Galley. It is often nicknamed the "Star Wars" prayer because of its rich creation imagery. In addition ths prayer reminds us that we do not come to the table week in and out "for solace only" but that we come to be strengthened for service in Jesus’ name. It reminds us that we do not come "for pardon only" but to be renewed and sent back out into the work to do ministry. The prayer reminds us of the Old Testament drama of God’s continuing effort to draw His people back to Himself. The recital of salvation history reaches its climax in the proclamation of the incarnation and atonement.
We hope in making these changes during Lent you will be introduced to the rich diversity of our liturgy and that you will find some new dimension of your faith enriched.
First through Fifth Grade children are invited to a time set aside to deepen their understanding of how our relationship with Jesus is lived out through the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation in the Celebration of Solemn Communion. We will meet on Sundays from February 10 to March 9 in the Level II atrium from 10 am 12 pm to intentionally prepare to participate in these sacraments. To culminate their preparations, the children will have a Children’s Retreat on Saturday, March 29, 9 am - 3 pm. They will have an opportunity during the retreat to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Father Jim and to participate in a family liturgy for the Renewal of Baptismal Promises. Then, the children will come to communion together as a group on Sunday, March 30, at the 8:45 service.
Please discuss this opportunity with your child and decide together if this is something that they would like to do. This is the second time we are offering this preparation at St. Catherine’s and we anticipate that it will again be a peaceful, joyful, and memorable experience. Please contact Ana Martin at 678-560-9177.
Saturday, February 9, 9 AM to noon
St. Catherine's Stephen Ministry holds quarterly continuing education seminars which are open to all. Join us for a very special speaker for our seminar on February 9 on the topic of suicide. Please check the Opportunity for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact David Moore or other Stephen Leaders for information.
St. Catherine’s in partnership with Wellstar Health Systems will again offer a six session series of Cecil Fikes’ “Good Grief.” Join us on Monday evenings, February 11 through March 16, 6;30 to 8:30 PM. The cost is $15 for curriculum and registration fee. For information please contact Gail McGill or Kathy Holman.
Sunday, February 17, 10 AM
All newcomers at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" coffee in the Parish Hall during the Sunday School hour. This will be a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions that you may have regarding our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and "goodies," and get acquainted with your parish family!
St. Catherine's Preschool: Cherishing Children – Valuing Education
Registration for Preschool for the 2008-2009 school year is here!
As always, we appreciate referring your friends and neighbors to our quality preschool program for ages one to pre-K. Tours are available weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM to noon. Please visit the Preschool page of our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool.htm for more information on our wonderful programs and the latest issue of the Preschool’s newsletter.
The parish met for the Annual Meeting on January 20 following the 10:30 worship and a lunch in the Parish Hall. Each year we gather to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We received reports from Father Jim, Senior Warden Ben Frost, Treasurer Rod Pope, Tom Hunter for the Finance Committee, Ginny Lummus for the Stewardship Committee, Meg Ramsay for Faithful Mission campaign, and more. Copies of the Annual Report are available at church.
St. Catherine’s Crosses awarded
The St. Catherine’s Cross is given in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution to our life as a community. The cross was designed by Dean Motter, son of Roger and Eileen Motter. It is given annually in a tradition going back to 1985, and is awarded by the Rector with the consent and advice of the Executive Committee of the Vestry. A list of all known former awardees is published in the Annual Report. Below is the text Father Jim read to the assembly in presenting the 2008 St. Catherine’s Crosses to Meg Ramsey and Ron Bergeron
Meg Ramsey –
The first cross goes to someone whose work is largely unseen and, too often, unsung. This person has always been a visible and active member of this congregation, but since 2004 has played a much larger role in leading and supporting the congregation. Her contributions include ushering, grounds crew, and a plethora of other activities. In nominating her for the cross the head of the grounds crew told me, “She is the most reliable person on the team.” And I believe it! During the summer I am always quite amazed to see her here on Saturdays at all hours of the day. Whether pushing the lawn mower or raking or just doing those pesky yard tasks she contributes unselfishly to the care and upkeep of our beautiful grounds.
While these are important and all contribute toward my decision to give this St. Catherine’s cross, they are not the primary reasons. Meg Ramsay has been a part of our financial team for nearly 4 years and in that time she has been first the treasurer of Faith Builds! picking up in the early stages of the campaign when the previous treasurer resigned. And not only did she step into an ongoing campaign but had to figure out a bookkeeping system that was not all that easy to figure out. When it came time for Faithful Mission Meg – even though no one would have blamed her for taking a break – stepped up and not only agreed but actually volunteered to assume the role of campaign treasurer. And so month after month she has kept the books of first –Faith Builds! and now Faithful Mission.
In addition Meg has continued to sit on the Finance Team and contributed toward the management of our finances including our capital campaigns. For the last few years Meg has done the research on gas prices and has succeeded in locking us into extremely competitive gas rates each year (this year less than last year – for example) which is evidenced by a gas budget for the church which is actually lower than two years ago. Through all of this Meg has cared for her mom first here in Georgia and then in a move to Utah. She keeps her sense of humor and is often the one who can see the good in a situation in which many of us can see only challenge and disappointment. She takes our notes at Finance Team and if it weren’t for her most of us would not remember what we’ve decided from month to month.
All of you who have pledged to Faithful Mission hear from Meg each quarter as she updates all of us concerning our individual pledge as well as the status of the overall campaign. It’s now time for Meg to hear from us as we tell her how much we appreciate her unselfish commitment of time and her talents to this congregation. It is therefore with deep respect and affection that I award the St. Catherine’s Cross to Meg Ramsay.
Ron Bergeron –
The second cross goes to someone who again works behind the scenes, but whose work in many way is the public face of St. Catherine’s. In fact, in this day and age his work, it might be argued, qualifies him to be identified as our chief evangelist. In fact, as today’s Gospel invites us to “come and see” the Messiah, his work invites countless people to “come and see” the mission and ministry of St. Catherine’s.
Ron Bergeron has been our webmaster since we created a website. He can tell us the exact number of years but it’s been most of the time I’ve been at St. Catherine’s. Because of the vision of a former member of the congregation we claimed the stcatherines.org site address early. But Ron has been the one to build the website virtually from scratch and then to build it again as the technology has changed and improved over the years.
I always ask people how they find St. Catherine’s. These days it’s always the website. In fact, I often get unsolicited emails from various people around the country commenting of the quality of presentation and the information they find on the website. During our recent Assistant Rector search many of our candidates “checked us out” on line before making their decision to apply for the position.
Ron does a terrific job of keeping the website up to date. How many times have you gone to other church websites and the most current information on the website is from Christmas—2001. That is not true of our website – yes you can find pictures from that far back, but you can find pictures as well from all of the wonderful ministries and events of this past year. You can go there as well and discover Parish events for Winter and Spring, 2008. You can view a calendar that tells you when and where meetings and special events are to be found. The list is endless.
A website is always a work in progress and we continue to work on ours under Ron’s leadership. One thing I know about the site and, given the opportunity he’ll tell you as well – the site is only as good as the data, dates, pictures, articles, etc. that you give him. People often say – oh the pictures on the website are so old – well send Ron pictures of your event and you’ll see them on the site. Yes, there are opportunities for improvement to the site and Ron continues to work on it. His commitment to the site and keeping it up to date and accurate is outstanding and I hope you commend him for it and while you’re at it contribute to making the site accurate and up to date.
I can’t give this cross to Ron without mentioning his commitment (along with Connie’s) to the Atlanta Marriage Encounter dedicated to strengthening marriages and rekindling of romance. Both of them work tirelessly to support marriages and to be role models in doing so. By the way the next Marriage Encounter is April 18-20, 2008 – in case you are wondering.
And so to our chief evangelist and webmaster supreme, it is my pleasure to award the St. Catherine’s Cross to Ron Bergeron with deep respect and affection.
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Financial Resources Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Rod Pope.
Deacon Kathy Holman will speak on "Transformation: The Christian Life," Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. James', Marietta, 161 Church St. The program is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a simple lunch. Cost $10. Information: 770-428-5841
Saturday, February 23, 9 AM - 4 PM at the Cathedral
Reserve February 23 for the 2008 Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. There will be a full day of activities including the Great Gathering, a multitude of workshops for every interest and lunch, too.
Cost of the Fair will be $20/person. Registration deadline is Feb. 19 (if mailed must be postmarked by Feb. 15). For complete information about all the activities and to register online or by mail go to the Diocesan website, www.episcopalatlanta.org. Registration material is also available at church. See you there!
The Speak Up Campaign is national campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the health care team. The Speak Up Campaign, sponsored by The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, encourages everyone to:
Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know.
Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medications by the right healthcare professionals. Don’t assume anything.
Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing and your treatment plan.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
Know what medications you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common healthcare mistakes.
Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center or other type of healthcare organization that has undergone a rigorous on-site evaluation against established state-of-the-art quality and safety standards, such as that provided by the Joint Commission.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the healthcare team.
For more information visit www.jointcommission.org/GeneralPublic/Speak+Up
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,
We are so grateful for your gifts to the Kairos Prison Ministry. Through your donations, the ministry is able to pursue its mission of ministry to those who are impacted by incarceration. Through the grace of God, and enabled by your gifts, we are working to bring persons lost in shame, guilt, unforgiveness, and hatred to know the healing and saving power of Jesus Christ, and a new way of life.
We hope you understand how much your support of this ministry means to the people with whom we come into contact. Lives are touched and new hope is born because God has put our work on your heart. We are eternally grateful and hope that your love for us and our mission in Christ’s name might continue.
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, Lauren Baldwin, Eric Lewis, Page Loyd, Allen Walton Jr., Anthony, Jason, Tom Carter, Lisa & Katie, Kay Keith, Susan Martin, Clark Rowland, Bill Krupp, Bryce Canfield, Bill, Brian Dorsey, Diane Morrell, Rod Deutscher, David Works & family, Maggie Selman, Steve, Jamie Harding, Claude, Lynn Patton, Robin Raffa, Beckett Unger, Joe Greger, Michael Byrd, Elizabeth White, Mike, Carol Norsworthy, Lara Rodgers, Paula, Michael, Mike, Mavis Nicholas, Betty Robinson, Joyce Hendricks, Chris Kallas, Sharon Busch, Sylvia Franks, Roger Motter, Jack Watson, Randy Hall, Pete, Zach Hurley, Pat Brunner, Marilyn Hunter, Travis Rader, Bob Pepper, Doug Findlay, Ronnie King, Jim Jones, Chandler Sherry, Paul Caporusso, Gail Tyre, Vivian Cromer, Milton Cunningham, Audrey Blanck, Johnny & Jennifer Blanck, Neil Ledford, Kitty Diffley, David Kerley, Lillian Vu, Richard Cheatham, Randy Hall, Dianne Lee, Julie Brannock, Mark Moore, Mary Daneke
BEFORE SURGERY: Phil Spessard 2/4/08
DECEASED: Dorothy Burns, Linda Smith's sister; Allison Blanck, friend of Marcia & Emma Markette; Evelyn Wood, Susan Martin's cousin
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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.
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.
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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