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How can Christians live together faithfully in the midst of disagreement? Is there a better way to make decisions than the win/lose method of majority vote?
These are two of the questions we are asking in our current Wednesday night adult study. We live today in a world polarized on the right and the left. There seems hardly room for those of us who want to occupy the moderate ground to have our voices heard in the constant battle between the two sides. Whether it’s the political world, the church world, or the business world we seem to live in the extremes. But is that reflective of what we know about life or more importantly what we know of our faith in Jesus Christ? I, for one, don t think so.
Christ calls us into oneness in him and in his father, God. Increasingly, however, we hear of schism and separation in the church in general and, in particular, our branch of Christendom, the Anglican Communion. Our study is helping us talk about this place we find ourselves. And it is helping us see that maybe if we spent more time talking about our concerns and our fears rather than calling one another names, insisting on absolute doctrinal allegiance, and/or proposing solutions to what we believe is the problem we could come to see that as human beings we are each seeking to be faithful to and serve our savior, Jesus Christ.
Our study is leading us to a place where we do not need to make decisions by parliamentary procedure which allows the majority to decide the rules under which even the minority must live. It suggests that a growing number of regional, national, and international church bodies are taking seriously a new process for how to engage one another when significant differences exist. The process is called communal spiritual discernment, and it is a process that has been around for quite some time but proving useful in our time. The study explores the church’s call to witness to its oneness in Christ and discusses how parliamentary procedure can exacerbate win/lose dynamics. It goes on to describe the process of communal discernment to help participants imagine an alternative to these win/lose modes of decision making.
Tonight as we ended our study we prayed that we might be delivered from the arrogance of thinking that our particular view is the only way to see things and that our love of doctrine not blind us to the love of one another. I pray that it may be so in my heart.
Saturday, February 10
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 auction. This annual event will raise funds for the group's Pilgrimage to Italy this summer.
Get tickets now
Tickets are on now sale at church after services. The cost is single $40.00, couples $75.00. Reservations are required.
Auction items needed
J2A members are still taking donations for our live and silent auction. In the past, we have had exciting items available such as 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 Snider at 770-971-2839 or Ameliastcatherines.org, 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!
February 20, 6:00-7:00 PM in the Parish Hall
Attention St. Cat’s Pancake Lovers, and all who just want to have some fun! Please join our YOUTH for the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner. Our traditional menu includes Banana Pancakes, Bacon Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Hot Cinnamon Apples, Bacon, Sausage, Milk, Orange Juice, and Coffee, plus lots of fun for the children. Our Parish Hall will be filled with jazz music and Mardi Gras festivities with a parade for the little ones!
Admission is by donation to support our Youth program. If you have questions, please contact Amelia Snider.
By Al Jones
Katrina came to New Orleans Aug 29, 2005 -- that was more than 16 months ago. Do they still need help?
There are 15 of us from St Catherine’s and many others from our partner parish St George’s in New Orleans who can tell you about the huge amount that still needs to be done.
The drive into the city on Interstate 10 passes through East New Orleans. There are mile after mile of vacant residential homes on either side of the highway. Last August we were told there were 150,000 houses currently unoccupied. Unless you actually visit the city, it is hard to comprehend the extent of the loss that still exists today.
In August we traveled there with others to help. Since then, Ron Cook and I have been there twice more working at our partner church and in the city. There has been a little progress in the past 5 months, but the extent of the devastation is still difficult to understand-mile after mile of unoccupied houses. In homes that were flooded, almost the entire contents are ruined and must be removed along with the cabinets, moldings and drywall before the mold can be killed and reconstruction considered.
The population of New Orleans before Katrina was 490,000 residents. Now there are only 190,000. A sociologist from Brown University made a study recently. Using this study and a little algebra, it is possible to estimate maybe another 80,000 will eventually return, but almost all need help.
Imagine the economic impact if 3 out of every 5 neighbors were forced to leave your town. Imagine several feet of dirty water in your house causing furniture, TVs, clothing, appliances, toys, to be completely ruined. Imagine being without a paycheck for a long time. That’s what happened to these folks.
Those who were homeowners might have had enough insurance to pay the mortgage. But the house has to be gutted to kill the mold brought in by the flood. In other words, all value of the home has been reduced to little more than the value of the land. If it can be rebuilt, all the costs of doing so must be reinvested. Many people in this situation have difficulty even thinking about what to do.
In December we worked with other Diocese of Louisiana volunteers to help gut two homes. At one of these we met Miss Gerry, a small, black grandmother who was the third generation to live in her house, and she has three generations now who follow her. She plans to rebuild, one room at a time, working until this family homestead has been restored.
We also worked in the home of a middle class family who now live in Tennessee with their children. We spent two days there first removing all the destroyed contents of the house, and then the moldings, door frames, cabinets, plaster board until only the interior 2x4 framing remained. We found significant termite infestation. This family may choose not to return, but at least they are now at a point where they can make a decision about what was once a major family asset, and get on with their lives.
New Orleans is a unique, wonderful place. The people, the music, the food, the neighborhoods are unforgettable. Those parts of the city that are on high ground are recovering, and are available to visit now. Parts of the city still need a lot of work.
There are many, many things volunteers can do to help. We hope to return to New Orleans five times this year. This ministry is highly rewarding. When we first went, I met Matthew, a college student who had spent 8 months volunteering. He told me how it had changed his life. I know it has changed mine.
The schedule for this Ministry between St Catherine’s and St George’s is available for you to consider. Check your calendar and see if you might be able to participate.
2007 New Orleans Ministry Work Opportunities
Sunday, February 11, 10 AM
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!
Preschool registration for the 2007-2008 school year is here! Please visit the Preschool page on the St. Catherine's website for more information on our wonderful preschool, including ongoing school tour times. As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our school.
A list of our adult Wednesday Evening Programs continuing through Epiphany—bring your own supper at 6 PM, programs at 7.
January 6, 2007
St. Catherine’s met in Annual Meeting as called for by our canons on Sunday, January 21. The meeting was well attended as evidence by the empty pots of soup, the short supply of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, the mad scramble for extra chairs, and every table on deck. A good time was had by all even as we accomplished the business of the meeting.
We heard from the financial team of our congregation who reported a small surplus from our 2006 budget. The Vestry recommended that we tithe the surplus to the outreach budget for use at their discretion and the balance was transferred into our liguidity account which we maintain as a condition of our building loans. A balance budget representing a slight increase from 2006 was presented for the fiscal year 2007. A change this year is the request from the Finance Ministry Team that each Ministry Team determine the distribution of money within the team. All in all fiscal year 2007 is a flat budget year. We were able to give the staff a 2% raise which as Mikel Parker pointed out is below even the average increase in the cost of living. Several people expressed their disappointment in not being able to do more for the staff.
Nelson Gale and Jennifer Massey reported on the success of the Faithful Mission campaign. Our goal was $750,00 and we raised $760,00 through the tremendous effort of the campaign team and the nearly 180 families who made the commitment to the future ministry of St. Catherine’s. We are still waiting for our 2007 financial analysis to be completed, but we are confident that this campaign will allow us to easily absorb the full building debt maintenance in our 2010 budget.
The outgoing Senior Warden, Liz Rea, reported on the vestry election and introduced our four new vestry members: Ash Gale, Marilyn Hunter, Ginny Lummus, and Lisa Spessard. She thanked the four outgoing members: Nancy Denton, Joyce Hendricks, Gail McGill, and Liz Rea. She also announced that as per our tradition the Junior Warden, Ben Frost, will become the Senior Warden in 2007. A new Junior Warden will be elected by the Vestry at their retreat February 2-4, 2007.
Father Jim made his report to the Annual Meeting reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the coming year. He asked us to look around St. Catherine’s at what we have accomplished together. There is new space, new ministries, and new staff. I think its time we live more fully into all three. This means to me not necessarily adding new ministries but learning to execute what we are doing with greater intentionality and focus on the now. This means not adding new space but learning to use our existing space in new and creative ways or learning to use it more fully. Whether Ministry Teams or Music Ministry; whether Catechesis or Children’s Ministry, whether Youth Ministry or Young Family ministry let’s work together to find ways to continue to improve those ministries so that they continue to build up the body of Christ.
We thank everyone for being a part of this exciting time at St. Catherine’s. For those who were not able to be with us you will find annual report packets throughout the building. If you can’t find one we invite you to call the office and we’ll see that you get one.
The Fellowship Committee will not hold a St. Cat's Yard Sale this April, so there is no need to keep back items as you do your spring cleaning this year. Thank you.
We have a wonderful group of St. Catherine’s women signed up for our weekend retreat at the beautiful Lodge at Amicalola Falls, February 16-18. Please pray for us as we enjoy this time of refreshment and renewal together.
“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
Ash Wednesday, February 21
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.
Your Palms Needed for Ash Wednesday
The ashes for the Ash Wednesday liturgy are the burned palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. If you have palms to return from last year, please place them in the box at church by Sunday, February 18.
February 25: The Great Litany on the First Sunday in Lent
On the first Sunday of Lent we 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.
Beginning February 28, each Wednesday night in Lent we will gather for a simple meal of bread and soup at 6:00 pm followed by our Lenten Study at 7:00 pm. All members of the family are invited. There will be programming for children, youth and adults.
The adult study, Pausing on the Road to Jerusalem, is built around the Common Lectionary Gospel readings for the five Sundays in Lent and Palm/Passion Sunday of 2007. As a Lenten study, it ends with anticipating, indeed aching, for Easter Sunday. But Easter is another story and another study, albeit one that casts its light back over the preceding Lenten dim. Participants will find that these lessons amplify their Sunday hearing of these same passages and the sermons preached on them. This year, most of the Lectionary Gospel readings are from Luke’s Gospel enriched, as is often the case in Lent, by several from John’s Gospel.
The great Lenten themes found in this study include
Neither Lent nor Advent is exactly "biblical," of course. But the days they each await Easter and Christmas recall events central to the story of Jesus in the Gospels. Over the centuries, Christians have found it helpful to prepare for the keeping of these two central biblical feasts of the Christian year with seasons that offer a shared discipline to ready our hearts and minds to celebrate our Savior’s birth or resurrection. Hence the later creation of these two seasons of "making ready." Lent, and originally Advent as well, has long been essentially penitential, that is, a time set aside for making sacrifices, for "giving things up for Lent," for rigorous self-examination, for honest confession. In recent years, however, many Christian have focused their Lenten preparation more on study and prayer. Nevertheless, such study and prayer occurs even as Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem, where he will meet betrayal and death. So the very act of study in Lent is Lenten; it cannot escape the shadow of the cross and invites us to engage the ancient Lenten themes of sacrifice, self-examination, and confession. (from TheThoughtfulChristian.com)
We will meet in Lent each Tuesday morning for Eucharist and Study. This time is designed to meet your needs to have some mid-week worship and to do so at a time that fits with a hectic schedule. We meet for Eucharist at 7:00 AM with a short study immediately following. The time is kept to an hour so that promptly at 8:00 AM you can be on your way to your day's obligations.
You will find many resources on the table in our lobby for your whole family. In particular, 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 on our website at Lenten Reflections.
If you have volunteered to write for the booklet, please return your reflection by Friday, February 9, to Karen Manno by email at KarenStCatherines.org. If you have volunteered but not received an assignment, have questions or cannot make the deadline please email her or call 770-973-8668.
The Daughters of the King are sponsoring a Quiet Day on the morning of March 11. All are invited for a time of reflection on the season. Please mark your calendar and join us.
A few weeks ago about 50 people young and old alike met in the Parish Hall to discuss the future of our Wednesday night programming. It was a good and powerful meeting. The message was clear: we want Wednesday night programming including a meal. Which brings us to the point of this article.
One of the alternatives we have considered for some time and, indeed, tried once before during an interim period between caterers is the formation of Wednesday night cooking teams, not unlike our approach to breakfast on Sunday mornings. We agreed that during the season of Easter we will try this approach. This season will include six Wednesday nights from April 18 to May 23.
If you are interested in joining a team or forming a team please let us know by filling out the Opportunities for Ministry form on Sunday mornings or by phoning the office or sending an email. We are in the process of writing a job description for the teams so that everyone knows what has to be done each Wednesday evening. In addition, if you should have a good idea for title of these teams (such as we have for Breakfast Angels) please speak with Diane Sanders or Father Jim.
The evening Women’s Bible Study Group is moving from the third Thursday to the second Monday each month at 7:00 pm in the Library. The February meeting will be on Monday the 12th. All are welcome.
In the Diocese
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A fundraising event for Emmaus House is being planned by a group headed by Ann Hobbs at Holy Innocents. The date is April 29th and it will be a Garden Tour, dinner and auction at a local parishioner's home (8 acres of incredible gardens!). They would like to invite someone from St. Catherine's who enjoys planning events like these to join their planning team. If you would be interested, please contact Ann Hobbs at annhobbsearthlink.net or you may call Linda Scott at 404-601-5353 days/770-518-7554 evenings.
The Feast of Absalom Jones, which commemorates the first African-American Episcopal priest (ordained in 1802), will be celebrated February 11 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina, will be the guest preacher for the service and will be joined by Bishop J. Neil Alexander as celebrant. Providing music will be the choirs of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, directed by Trey Clegg. A reception, featuring entertainment by the Fort Valley State University Jazz Ensemble, follows in the Cathedral's Great Hall. The Atlanta chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians annually sponsors the Absalom Jones Day activities. All are welcome. For information contact the Rev. Carolynne Williams at the Cathedral.
[From Episcopal News Service, Wednesday, January 31, 2007] The month of February, Black History Month, is a time to celebrate and embrace the contribution that Black people have made to the United States. The Episcopal Church has designated February 13 as the day to celebrate the life and ministry of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American priest ordained in the church. The 1991 edition of Lesser Feasts and Fasts states that "Absalom Jones was an earnest preacher. He denounced slavery, and warned the oppressors to 'clean their hands of slaves.' To him, God was the Father who always acted on ‘behalf of the oppressed and distressed.'"
Atlanta Episcopal Cursillo Community will host an evening with John Michael Talbot, a prolific Christian singer/song-writer known throughout the world for his spiritually meditative compositions. Concert begins at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 23, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Cathedral Bookstore or online at www.itickets.com/events/169926.html
Reserve Saturday, February 24, all day, for the 2007 Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Hurricane recovery work will be the topic for keynote speaker Mississippi Episcopal Bishop Duncan. "Renewing Our Baptismal Covenant" is the theme for the day, which includes more than 50 workshops and scores of exhibits.
Registration deadline is February 18. 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. For complete information about all the workshops and activities and to register online go to Ministry Fair on the Diocesan website. Registration material is also available at church. See you there!
Dear St. Catherine’s Family:
It is hard to express my thankfulness for all your caring, concern and many prayers that were offered up for me during my recent illness and surgery. There were many calls, cards, food and altar flowers that were delivered to my house., so I feel you truly are “family” and am fortunate to be a part of that family. God Bless you all.
Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s
As the days are darkening and the temperatures chill, life becomes both more frightening and more expensive for the poor. Then there is Christmas, and the children who (along with most of us adults) long for a brightening of the heart.
Emmaus House is deeply grateful for your gift of $2,177.83 in support of our work, especially at the end of the year. You are a light in the darkness for seniors and infants, mothers and children, students and the unemployed, the homeless , the hungry and those recently released from prison, all who come to this place with heartfelt needs.
The special work of our Christmas programs in no way diminishes the ongoing work of our year ’round programs: Senior Strollers, Community Arts, After School, Community Supper and Poverty Rights. As we look ahead to 2007, we will need additional funding of some $60,000 to maintain our current staff and assistance. Thank you for helping us move toward ending 2006 in the black, and possibly even having a surplus to add to next year’s budget.
On behalf of the board, the staff and the community we serve, I wish you a blessed New Year prosperous in works of love and charity.
Dear St. Catherine’s Episcopal,
We had many great celebrations at The Extension during the holiday season. Volunteers served great meals and provided special treats for the residents. In addition, we provided emergency shelter to 84 homeless men during the coldest nights of December.
Thank you for your generous contribution. Because of your support, the lives that you have helped to restore is the greatest gift of all.
Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward with our Women’s Program. We wish you and your family the best in 2007.
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
As we wrap up our books for 2006 I couldn’t help but notice the strong support we have from our faith community. This is no surprise to me so I wanted to take a moment to say thank you!
Looking back on 2006, I recall:
- the young girl who ate half of her lunch sandwich each day and saved the other half for her supper;
The people who come to MUST look forward to and enjoy the nourishment we provide. While physical hunger is an enormous problem – there are other kinds of hunger that we see at MUST every day...
- an elderly man delaying us to show pictures of his deceased wife;
We are all hungry. Whether it is for food, a house, the warmth of a human touch, or a closer relationship with our Creator, each of us knows deep inside how it feels to yearn for something. Thankfully, we have learned that when we feed one another, we also nourish ourselves. As people of God, we have an important role to play in meeting the world’s deep hunger and in making life easier for those in need.
Looking forward to 2007, I know we can count on you to help us answer Christ’s call to help those around us. Whether through volunteerism, financial contributions, food drives or prayer, your support is greatly needed and appreciated...
As the memories of this past Christmas season fade, let us not forget the message of Christmas. Thank you for your continued support and your many prayers.
Next Dates: March 18, 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, Jonathan Pearson, Shelley Ransdell, Helen Senchak, Julie Brannock, Nick Manno, Jerri Blake, Lavonne Sanders, the Rev. Patty Roberts, Lil McRitchie, Shirley Childs, Anne Whittle, Hoyt, Trudy, Doris Ramsay, Fr. Nick Abraham, Holy Trinity Church, Cliff Wingo, Bob Pepper, Anna Walls, Lois & Matthew Golightly, Sadie Mastley, Bill Brinson, Sheila Crowe Bishop, Betty Temple, Pat Repotski, Peggy Stewart, Anne-Braxton Smith, Paige Schlenker, Katie Fahey, Aric Hartman, Reggie Leavell, Bill Von, William Fleming, Michael Byrd, Jamie Harding, Bill Sisk, Mara Weissinger, Lucy Hilley, Joan Rowland
BEFORE SURGERY: Jim Lange, 2/6/07; Tracy Buckalew, 2/9/07
DECEASED: Teri Schmidt, friend of Katie Nixon; Doug Ferguson, Jim Kareken’s brother-in-law; Alice McKibben, Bill Selby’s aunt; Beverly Gale Reeves, Sallie Bowes’ biological mother; Rick Leonard, added by Claire Waldron.
PRAYER FOR THANKS FOR BLESSING: We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the work of the Pastoral Care Team.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(2/4/07) David, Mary, Catherine & Laura Moore; Lee, Tracy, George & Arthur Moore, Polly Magill; Mark, Sally & Rex Moore, Sarah Stanley; Peter, Colleen, Kyle & Jill Morich; Chris, Amy, Jacob & Alex Morris;
(2/11/07) Richard Motter, Roger, Eileen & Dean Motter; Keith, Susanne, Gaby & Nicky Muckerman; John, Danielle & Sidney Nabinger; James, Audrey & Christopher Nesbit
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.
Rite 13 celebrated January 28,2007
Watch for the February edition of the Youth Newsletter coming soon!
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