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
Happy St. Brigid's day!
On February 1st the Church celebrates the life of St. Brigid. Next to Patrick, Brigid is the most beloved of Irish saints. Born at Fauchart about the middle of the fifth century, she may have met Patrick as a young girl. She was said to be the daughter of Dubhthach, poet laureate of King Loeghaire, and was reared in a Druid household. She decided early in life to dedicate her life to God alone as a Christian. She received a nun's veil from Bishop Macaile of Westmeath.
Gathering around her a group of women, Brigid, in 470, founded a nunnery at Kildare, a place whose name meant "Church of the Oak." To secure the sacraments, Brigid persuaded the anchorite Conlaed to receive episcopal ordination and to bring his community of monks to Kildare, thus establishing the only known Irish double monastery of men and women. Brigid actively participated in policy-making decisions in Church conventions.
Many stories are told of Brigid's concern for the poor and needy. When a leper woman asked for milk she was healed also of her infirmity. Two blind men were given their sight. Best known is the tale that tells of Brigid's taming of a wolf at the request of a local chieftain whose pet dog had been killed accidentally by a peasant.
The Gaelic name given to the oyster-catching bird, galle-brigade, attests to her affinity for birds. Her feast day itself, February 1, was long held sacred as Imbolg, the Celtic festival of Spring.Brigid, also known as Bride, was very popular both in Scotland and England , where many churches have been dedicated to her. The best known of them is the church which was designed by Christopher Wren on Fleet Street in London . In Wales , Brigid achieved fame under her Gaelic name "Ffraid." Brigid died about 523 at Kildare, outside whose small cathedral the foundations of her fire-house are still shown to tourists. Her remains are said to have been re-interred, at the time of the Danish invasions of the ninth century, with those of Patrick, at Downpatrick. (Lesser Feasts and Fasts, Church Publishing)
Our youth will participate in "The Souper Bowl of Caring" to join with other youth worldwide to fight hunger and poverty in our community. They will be in the narthex with their "soup" pots to collect money donations after each service on Super Bowl weekend, February 4 & 5. Your donations can be change, dollar bills or checks. All St. Catherine's contributions will be donated to MUST Ministries.
Please support our youth in this outreach project. If you have any questions, pleas contact Susan Burkholder, or visit the Souper Bowl of Caring website. Thanks for your support!
Thank You reception for Susan Roberts
There will be some new faces in our Nursery over the coming weeks. Susan Roberts, after nearly 5 years, has decided to retire from the nursery to pursue other ministries in her life and at St. Catherine's. We are grateful to her for her ministry to our young children and their families. Susan, more than many, can tell you how difficult it is to staff the nursery on a continuing basis. But for these past years Susan has succeeded sometimes by the skin of her teeth to do a great job of caring for our youngest members. We intend to honor her time in this role with a reception in her honor following the 8:45 AM service on February 12. Stop by and thank Susan, and get a piece of the famous St Catherine's sheet cake.
New Lead Nursery Worker
We have hired a new lead Nursery Worker. Sandi Foggey will begin her responsibilities on Sunday, February 5. Please stop by and welcome her to St. Catherine's. Sandi is no stranger to St. Catherine's since her son Miles attends our Preschool. Sandi is a trained pediatric LPN and lives nearby. She will be in the nursery every Sunday and 2-3 Wednesdays per month. She will be the lead worker in that she will be responsible for interfacing with our St. Catherine's Nursery Coordinator, coordinating work schedules, and overall responsible for the workings of the Nursery.
Rosemary Wolfe intends to hire an additional two Nursery Workers to support Sandi. She is interviewing right now and hopes to have these people a part of our staff by the middle of February. This will give us the flexibility to offer the ministry of the nursery on Wednesday nights as well as at worship, administrative, and social events that require a nursery.
The nursery is one of the first areas of ministry young families encounter at St. Catherine's. Many parents decide to make St. Catherine's their church home because of their initial experience with our staff in the Nursery. We are grateful for Susan's commitment to this ministry and look forward the commitment we are confident Sandi will bring to us and youngest members.
We met in our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 22. To characterize the tone of our meeting: A good time was had by all!
Ministry reports were distributed (we thank everyone who took the time to make a report to the congregation) and verbal reports were made by the Stewardship Committee, the Finance Team, the Senior Warden, and the Rector. All of these reports emphasized the generosity and health of this congregation.
The Stewardship Committee celebrated your response to the Fall Campaign by distributing money (chocolate), cheering your generosity (Nadine, what large hands you have), and hearing a report from Father Time (Al, how long did it take to grow that beard?). They went on to report that the congregation made 206 pledges (an increase of 36 over 2005) for a total income of $614, 640 (a 22.4% increase over 2006). In addition, this year we introduced stewardship to our children and youth in meetings designed specifically for them and they responded with 23 pledges of time, talent and treasure. Thanks go out to Tom Hunter, Joyce Hendricks, Al Jones, Chris Williams, and Nadine Pope.
The Finance Team reported that we ended 2005 with a balanced budget. Our income of $552, 421 (approximately $10,000 more than budget) was balanced with our expense of $552,421. They presented a balanced budget for 2006 based on an income of $649,500 (a 19.8% increase over 2005). All budget areas are fully funded and we look forward to continued ministry and mission at St. Catherine's. Thanks go out to Mikel Parker, Chuck Zimmerman, the members of the Finance Team, the Ministry Team Conveners and every person in this congregation whot heard the message of stewardship and responded.
The Capital Gifts planning team led by Nelson Gale and Jennifer Massey made a report to the congregation concerning the upcoming capital campaign. They announced this campaign will be known as Faithful Mission and will have a goal of $750,000 to be raised over three years (2007, 2008, and 2009). They told us that the campaign will be solely for debt reduction so that our operating income is freed up for mission and ministry. We will hear more about the campaign as the spring progresses.
St. Catherine's Crosses awarded
Two St. Catherine's Crosses were given in recognition of individuals who have significantly contributed to our life together and our mission to serve God in Jesus Christ. A list of those who have received the Cross in years past was published in the Annual Meeting packet. Each recipient has served St. Catherine's with distinction.
The first cross was awarded to Hale Sanders in recognition of his work with our youth and particularly the creation and growth of our mentoring program. No one needs to tell you that our youth are growing up in an unsteady and confusing world, and they are doing so sometimes in breaking or broken homes, in difficult relationships and with an ever-competitive environment. But for many young boys and girls Hale Sanders has tirelessly worked to create a mentoring program. His mentors, including himself, listen and coach, tutor and feed (spiritually; emotionally; physically), and join in fun and games (baseball games, hockey games).
The second Cross was given to Joan Nixon in recognition of having served St. Catherine's faithfully over these past nearly 8 years. It is hard to characterize Joan's contribution in one particular area of ministry. One is just as likely to find her in the kitchen cooking with friends as in the board room leading a training session. One is just as likely to find her weeding the garden as cleaning a bathroom. But wherever you find her she is fully present, focused, and more times than not laughing. Through her effort and leadership of Parish Life and Fellowship over these past 8 years we have continued to build community at St. Catherine's as we devoted ourselves, in the words of scripture, to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. The efforts of this group have continued to bring us closer together by providing diverse opportunities for us to know one another and to share laughter and joy in her words to have fun and games.
The Rector took the opportunity to thank the congregation for their support over this past year. In particular he gives thanks for his staff; for Sherry's leadership during the sabbatical and her continued care not just for the congregation but for the members of the staff, including the Rector. He gave thanks for each member of the staff (Rose, Ginney, Jamie, Brian Williams, Jana, Karen, Karolyn, and Brian West) who worked so hard over this past year to continue to build up this wonderful congregation.
SPACE STILL AVAILABLE for you to join us on February 17-19 at the Center for New Beginnings in Dahlonega, Georgia. If you are interested please call Maureen Donoghue, , or Lisa Cook, right away. If you have not paid yet, please get your payment to Rose ASAP.
Wonderful entertainment supporting a great cause! Plan now to see Bus Stop by William Inge at Theatre in the Square on Tuesday, March 14. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in the church lobby between services. All proceeds benefit The Extension's new women's treatment facility. For more information, see Carol Fey, Carol Eskew or Nadine Pope.
Saturday, February 11
Last chance for tickets and space is limited! Tickets are on sale at church this weekend. 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). The cost is single $40.00, couples $75.00 (reservations required).
We have a wonderful evening planned for you. We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday, February 25, 9 am to 2 pm in the Parish Hall
Catechists' meeting 8-9 AM, all welcome
A LITTLE HELP, PLEASE!
We need adults skilled in: Calligraphy, Woodworking, Lettering Photocopying, Sewing, Ironing General Putting-Together & Running After Children. We will provide raw materials, direction, meaningful work, snacks, and snappy banter. How great is that?
You want more? Okay. IF YOU RESPOND, we'll throw in Delicious Lunch and Childcare. Please call 678-560-9177 (Ana Martin). You have a cell phone? How handy! Call Now!
"Connecting In Mission"
Saturday, March 4, 8:30 AM to 4 PM at the Cathedral of St. Phillip
The 6th Annual Ministry Fair includes the Great Gathering, displays, and over 50 workshops on leadership skills, spiritual growth, education, administration, and many more for all Episcopalians. Come learn, share and enjoy fellowship together.
Tom Key, Executive Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit and local actor who has been in the news lately for his "C.S.Lewis on Stage" production at the Balzer Theater in Atlanta, will be our morning special guest for the Great Gathering, which begins at 9:30am. Please plan to join us for singing, some words from the Bishop and a performance by Tom Key, demonstrating expressions of faith through theatrical art, drawing on the works of Wilder, C. S. Lewis, and the Book of Revelation, among others.The cost is $20 per registration. Workshop placements are by first come, first serve basis. To ensure attending the workshops you want, we recommend that your reservation be received by Monday, February 20. To register, you may fill out the registration form online and pay with credit card or use an online check. You may also pay by check and place in the mail.
All the information and registration is available on the Atlanta Diocese website at Ministry Fair. Information is also available in our church lobby.
February 28, 6-7 PM 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. Mmm, bacon pancakes!
Wednesday, March 1
Your palms needed
Each year the ashes for Ash Wednesday are made by burning palms saved from Palm Sunday the year before. If you have palms to donate, please bring them to the collection container in the foyer. Thank you!
Money Anxiety -- February 12, 19, 26We will offer a special series during the Church School hour of three sessions of discussion about the spiritual impact of money in our lives and how our anxieties over money keep us from spiritual wholeness. We will start with "What is Money?", looking at how we define money and compare how culture defines money with how Jesus defines money. In the next session we will talk about our money lives: "Know Your Money Life." We'll learn about the different styles or attitudes about money that influence how we think about it and use it, and talk about how the source of our anxieties about money and how it affects our lives. Our last session is "Making Peace with Money." In this session, we will talk about aligning our attitudes about money with our core values and reducing our anxieties about money.
Tours are being conducted each Wednesday and Thursday between 10 AM to noon, no appointment necessary. Visit the Preschool page on our website or call 770-971-2839 for school and registration information. Please tell a friend -- we appreciate your referrals to our school.
February 24 at 7 PM
A first-century story of love, betrayal and newness of life! We are bringing a wonderful one-man show to St. Catherine's for everyone in our parish and our community! The actual 15,000 words of the Gospel of Mark are staged and performed as a play by the Rev. Joseph Morris of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Marietta. Mark's Gospel LIVE has been presented throughout the United States and England.
Don't miss it! Please invite family, friends, everyone to this exciting performance. The show is recommended for adults and children. The production is "non-denominational," for everyone and anyone. Information about the show states that many children about age 8 and up have enjoyed Mark's Gospel LIVE, and some younger children may also enjoy it -- guardians are encouraged to use their own discretion. Though the first half of Mark is often funny, light-hearted, and gentle, the second half includes the horror of crucifixion.
Admission will be a freewill offering. You can learn more about this show on the website at Mark's Gospel LIVE.
Sunday, March 26, 4PM
The renowned community choral group, the Georgia Festival Chorus, will present its spring concert, "Choral Gems," at St. Catherine's on March 26. This 100-voice ensemble presents masterworks and the best of contemporary choral literature to audiences in Georgia and abroad.
Please be sure to bring your family, friends and neighbors! We look forward to a wonderful program of inspiring music. Watch for posters at church, and you can find out more at Georgia Festival Chorus. (Look carefully at the poster photo and the pictures on their website, and you might find some of the five St. Catherine's Choir members who sing with this group.)
For our Wednesday night program during Epiphany we discover the many and vibrant ministries at St. Catherine's and from representatives of ministries we participate in. Join us as we celebrate our own gifts of the Spirit for mission and ministry and ask God to help us develop them for the benefit of others.
PROGRAMS coming up:
MENUS coming up:
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.
We know it's still winter, but start saving your unwanted items for our Spring Yard Sale on April 29. We will start collecting the items at church in mid-April. Tell family and friends to do the same so we have plenty of great things to sell!
From the immediate family of Shooter Lukie LaRose, Whiterocks, Utah:
Would like to thank each and everyone of our extended family and friends especially whose who took time out of your lives to be with us during our difficult time and those of you who helped financially, prepared and ordered food, sent flowers, and cards. A very special thank you to those who made sure we made it through, we couldn't have made it without all of you. Thank you to those who are still stopping by just to see how we are doing. Thank you to those with very powerful words of caring, your words will help our damaged hearts heal. Thank you to those who prayed for little Shooter and those of you who continue to pray for him and us, we will continue to pray for you also. We would like to thank the staff and children of Head Start, where Shooter attended, for the little memorial. I'm sure Shooter is having fun reading our messages. We thank all of the Episcopal and the Native American churches for the prayer and the loving concerns. We thank Shooter Lukie LaRose for choosing us to be his family. He reminded us of how much we need and love each other, and that we will never forget.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you so much for your generous contribution to The Extension. I am grateful for people like you who care enough for the residents at The Extension to give to our program. Because of your support, I have a chance to reconnect with my family and friends, a chance at recovering and a chance to start my life over. This is truly the best gift I have ever received. The rewards are eternal. I personally want to thank you myself and on behalf of all the residents at The Extension for your support.
Dear Christmas Stars of Emmaus House,
T'was the Eve before Christmas Eve and all through Emmaus House, the gifts were wrapped with loving care for boys and girls, infants to 16 year olds. You see, we were expecting 700 special guests Christmas Eve morning. Santa had arrived from the cold, snowy Northeast and Mrs. Claus had pressed her red plaid taffeta dress with care. The magician, storyteller, and Karaoke and Snoopy video were awaiting the squeals of delighted children. Our guests began arriving promptly at 8:00 a.m., happily forgetting for the moment their challenges and remembering again the everlasting hope of humankind. The love they felt was the generosity of each parish, individual and organization showing the true meaning of Christmas through Emmaus House.
Many of you gave from your hearts to purchase new gifts for children, Christmas trees and wreaths.... You wrapped special gifts and teddy bears for 700 children. Students attending the After School and Saturday Arts Programs received parties with gifts and met new friends at the celebrations. You offered music and fabulous feasts for our festive Grandparents' and Senior Strollers' parties along with baskets holding warm socks, small gifts and gift cards for these 92 Peoplestown elders. You generously supported over 33 Adopt-a-Families in the Emmaus House community and supplied gift bags for the Group of Hope recovery program members. Most of all, each of you gave to our Emmaus House guests the gift of steadfast love, whether you gave directly or indirectly to our Christmas Ministry.
The Christmas star is the heavenly sign of a promise long ago--that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that the whole world might be saved through Him (Jn 3:16-17). Each of you is a symbol of God's wondrous gift. Your generosity has brightened the way for God's people in this corner of the Kingdom. You are our Christmas stars. Thank you from the Emmaus House Advisory Board, staff, volunteers, and all our guests. With warm appreciation and prayers for God's blessings of peace and love in this New Year, we remain,
-> See photos from Emmaus House's Christmas celebrations
Dear [Fr.] Jim,
Thank you so much for your contribution to Episcopal Charities Foundation. Gifts like yours not only go to support some very crucial poverty ministries, they also lift the spirit and enthusiasm of those involved in such serious work.
Because of you we are able to continue to see that the hungry are fed, the homeless housed, and the poor are made sharers of the Good News of the Gospel. This is the core of our Christian identity. We are most grateful. Thank you again for your care for the poor.
[P.S.] Thanks so much for helping this gift be possible. Could you please pass our gratitude on to any/all of the folks who helped make it happen? ...
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, Betty Boyce, Ray Brooks, Bernice Lewis, Joy Lewis, June Lewis, David Shanonhouse, Jim Nixon, Sr., Nancy Riley, Scott Dickson, Alice Freeman, Judy Little, Ellen Brandt, Ashley Fowler, Pam Miller, George Wyatt, Missy Greene, Ann Frensley, Rebecca Shaw, Lois Liverman & family, Fran Paist, Marion Cook, Roxanne Plichta, Michelle Voight, Pansy Selby, Nick Brown, Alice Martin, Jody Brown, Andrew Harding, Joe Hannigan, Lane York, Esther McGrew, Travis Rader, JoAnn DePace, Jane Lawrence, Brian & Gina Tate, Lillian Swint, George Schnorf, Katrina Ivey, Mel & Laurel Ayerst
BEFORE SURGERY:Kimberly Blythe, February 8
DECEASED: Sal DePace, added by Jamie Harding; Sarah Elizabeth Tate, Jenny & Ash Gale's little niece; Lewis Rockwell Fish, son of a business acquaintance of Larry Boyd; Judy Stubbs Williams, friend of Katha Stuart; Gil Crumpler, John Brooks's best friend; Sheila Fripp, childhood friend of Katha Stuart; Robert Collett, added by Judith Phillips; Coretta Scott King
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(2/12/05) --Scott, Michelle, Mason & Alex Parisi; David, Ellen & Jonathan Parker; Gary, Brenda & Danielle Parker, Deanna Cole, Dawn Lyons; Mikel, Dina, Chandler & Preston Parker; Susan & Paul Partus
(2/19/05) -- Ralph & Woodie Patrick; Bruce, Barbara & Justin Perry, Courtney Gardner; Rosemarie, Allison & Tyler Perry; Cary, Pam, Tate & Matthew Phillips; Judith Phillips
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.
St. Cat's Youth --
J2A Youth Reflections
The Urban Adventure Trip to New York City in January
Stephanie Burkholder -- "The New York Trip was so much fun! I enjoyed getting to know everyone better and getting to know everyone's true personally...St. John Divine's Cathedral was phenomenal...the highlight was being able to share the trip was some amazing people."
Julian Seneviratne -- "I really liked the whole trip. I loved when it snowed...my favorite part was getting to know my youth group a lot better...what they want to be when they grow up, what they like and what they dislike. I can not wait for the next trip."
Sally Paris -- "My favorite things were: Bill falling in an icy puddle, Julian slipping on the ice, Joe's ski mask, Keith's question game, Ben and his map, Stephanie and our purses, Snow...I loved NYC!"
Josh Kraeger -- " Overall I really like the trip...there were some really fun times...the Empire State Building, Trump Tower, and the really big churches. The weather in general and walking everywhere and not getting dinner Sunday night were bad. I would definitely do it again."
Shannon Jablonski - "The Trip was great! I learned how to use a subway map and we all bonded even more than we did in Panama City. We got lost sometimes but tried to make it more fun anyway. We learned how to get along...we always could find a Starbucks to warm up and drink hot chocolate. I like the youth group and the leaders even more now."
Kelley Kilgore -- " Everyone got closer and got to know each other better...we had fun even when we got lost...it was fun when it snowed and people slid on the ice. Playing the Question game with everyone was interesting. McDonald's is way better than yogurt and goldfish for dinner, even if it is not fancy!"
Taylor Baumann -- " New York was great -- I was glad that it snowed although I was mad when I got pegged with the snow! I was frustrated when my sheets fell off my bed on the top bunk and I froze."
Bronte Taylor -- New York was fun! I learned a lot about people. I was mad when we did not eat dinner on Sunday. I love New York"
Ben Hilley -- I enjoyed the entire trip and thought it was a helpful experience. I improved at reading Subway maps...I loved getting to eat in the authentic Italian restaurant. I bonded with the youth and leaders. I liked the chance to step up and lead the group through the subway."
David Sherry -- Good things: "It was a fun trip, got to know everyone better, ice and snow, the leaders, Starbucks and I came home with leftover money." Bad things: "Room heater did not work, cold weather, no one would listen to Stephanie and me!"
Joe Greger -- "The whole trip was fun. I liked the penguin game Bill came up with. I regret not asking the six girls I saw out for a date. I was mad when we got lost for a long time right in front of the place we were staying."
Riley Barrington -- " New York was the best trip ever -- I had never been."
Summer Camp Dates
Summer camp dates and couselor applications are available now at Camp Mikell. Online registration will be available.
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