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As Lent Approaches
We arrive very early at Lent this year. Next week we'll celebrate Ash Wednesday and the forty days of Lent will begin. The hallways are abuzz with what this one or that one plans to give up for the coming season of penitence and self-reflection. I include myself in those discussions. Yet, when we read the prayer book and its invitation to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word it's pretty obvious that we all should be planning to add something to our lives--unless, of course, you are already doing these things as a regular part of your spiritual discipline. So the question is, what will you add to your spiritual journey during these coming forty days?
We hope that you will consider one of the many opportunities available through this community of faith. Let's look at a partial list of available opportunities:
Well, the list could go on still further, but hopefully you get the point. St. Catherine's has at least one opportunity for you to add something this Lent to your spiritual journey. Lent really is a time to do more than give up. It is a time to take on. Won't you consider doing so?
Saturday, February 5
A reminder to those who may have taken a flyer/ticket from our signup table--we don't have your names! Please contact Brian West at the St. Catherine's office (770-971-2839) so we know you're coming. This is going to be a wonderful event with all the dancing your heart desires to the music of a great LIVE band, and includes two adult beverages, dinner and wine, and the auction event. The silent auction begins at 6 PM, and the seated dinner at 7:15. See you there!
The proceeds benefit our J2A group and their pilgrimage this summer. Fred Massey, organizer of the event, would like to remind the St. Catherine's community to come with open hearts and open checkbooks. "It's important that people see this event not just as a party, but as a ministry," he said.
And, we'd love a few more auction items! Please contact Fred Massey (404-731-4466 or f_massey2 hotmail.com) or Ellis Kilgore (770-928-7753 or elliskilgore bellsouth.net). Thank you!!
February 8, 6-7:30 PM in the Parish Hall
No reservations needed, your donations support our Youth Program
By Brian West
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is a party, a pancake supper, and a tradition all in one. 'Course, not growing up Episcopalian, I didn't know anything about that. When you say church calendar to a Baptist, she thinks you're talking about the dates for Vacation Bible School and the menu for Wednesday night fellowship suppers. To illustrate: "Isn't Epiphany this Wednesday?" "No, I think it's Meatloaf this Wednesday. Maybe they're cooking Epiphany next week."
So I had to ask around to get the full story on Shrove Tuesday. I decided that the first task was to figure out the name.
"What's a shrove?" I asked one of my seminary friends. I was picturing a small, furry mammal. "Is it like a vole? A muskrat? Some kind of rodent, right?"
"I think you're thinking of a shrew," he said. "A shrove isn't an animal at all." He paused in thought. "I think it's prison slang for knife. You know, like don't come any closer, man, I've got a shrove and I'm not afraid to use it." He waved his Bible around like a weapon, looking menacing.
I nodded and thanked him, but mostly because I was afraid of getting stabbed by his King James Version. I was doubtful, though, since it didn't seem very Episcopalian to name a day on the liturgical calendar after a penal idiom. Finally I broke down and asked Father Jim.
"Traditionally, a household would clean out the larder before the lean days of Lent," he said. "People would eat all the rich, fatty foods before Ash Wednesday, so they wouldn't be tempted later."
"Oh," I said, and nodded sagely. I didn't mention muskrats or prison slang, figuring that might invite awkward questions. I think he could tell I was confused though, since he kept explaining (slowly, and using small words).
"That's why some call Shrove Tuesday Fat Tuesday. In the French tradition, it's Mardi Gras." I'm sure I goggled at him. It wasn't that the new information was so shocking really, it all made sense. I was just thinking how glad I was that I hadn't mentioned the famous New Orleans festivities to my seminary friend. One mention of imbibing or bead throwing might have gotten my gizzard skewered by one of the sharper proverbs. Lamentations, even. Sheesh.
So in summary, at 6 PM on February 8, be sure to come by the Parish Hall for some fine flapjacks. Donations benefit the Youth Ministry, and my understanding is that we'll have a special performer who'll lead the kids in a parade. And hey, if you have any non-Episcopalian friends, invite them too. They'll enjoy it, and it'll be an education for both of you. Just be sure to gently explain that there won't be any rodents or bead throwing, and that they have to check their Bibles at the door. The Youth Director's skittish.
7:00 AM -- Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday Evenings in Lent Begin February 16
6:00 PM -- Supper in the Parish Hall
Adult Program -- "When It's Hard to Choose"
Our Wednesday evening (WWW) program for adults is entitled When It's Hard to Choose. Each Wednesday evening we will take some time to reflect on the moral and ethical choices facing us in everyday living. "Wrong is wrong... even if everybody's doing it. Right is right... even if nobody's doing it."-- This legend appeared on cards distributed in a state park campground. It reflects our desire for certitude about what is right and our suspicion that the values we were raised on have eroded. We know the issues are more complex even as we wish they weren't. In fact, as a noted ethicist points out, many ethical dilemmas rise not from right vs. wrong, but from right vs. right.
When it's not a matter of choosing right over wrong, or when right and wrong are not as clear as we would hope, where do we look? Over and over we hear that we need to recover our values. But which values? And what about those times when we have to choose which value to give priority? We value responsibility but we also value freedom, and sometimes responsibility means giving up some aspect of our freedom. We value truth-telling but what if telling a truth would cause needless pain to an innocent person? So even when we identify our values, we struggle sometimes with how to live them out in a world that seems more and more complicated.
This video series provides some learning from people who have spent their lives thinking about and talking about and consciously living our values, It is designed to evoke discussion and reflection. The values in this series were selected from several studies that attempted to discover values people not only think are important but hold in common across religious faiths. Are these the only values we should consider? Of course not. But it did seem to the producers that these six values, as reflected in a number of surveys, are widely held and also are at the heart of our faith.
The leaders of the series include: Tony Compolo, a well known as an out-spoken evangelist, dynamic preacher and author of many provocative books; Joan Chittister, widely known by Catholics and non-Catholics for her penetrating wisdom and limitless compassion; Monty Roberts, a world-renowned horse trainer, perhaps best known as the model for the hero of the novel The Horse Whisperer; and Renita J. Weems, a prominent preacher and respected biblical scholar. Our sessions will be as follows:
February 16 -- Compassion
Come for a light supper (soup and bread) at 6:00 PM and join us at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Each week we will end our times together with Compline and Taize Music in the Sanctuary.
Tuesday Mornings in Lent Begin February 15
7:00 am -- Holy Eucharist
We will meet each Tuesday morning in Lent 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 and continue 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.
This Lent we will study The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom. In this book Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife--and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure. The book is readily available in most local bookstores. An outline of the six weeks of study is available on the Lenten resource table in the church lobby.
Appointment Signups Begin This Weekend!
Do you ever see people in church and wonder what their names are? Have you ever heard an announcement regarding a member and wished you could put a face with a name? Are you new to the church and wish you had something to help you put names with faces? Well, help is on the way! We are producing a new pictorial directory for our church. There is no cost to you or the church to have your photographs taken, and you will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and directory for participating. You will be able to view your images electronically immediately after you are photographed. At that time, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits to share with family and friends, but you are under no obligation to purchase additional photos.
To make our directory a success we need volunteers. If you are interested in helping during our photography signups, telephoning our members, or serving as a host or hostess during the actual photography sessions, please contact Terri Hogan at 770-565-1840 or Nancy & Alan Certain at 770-933-9277. You may also volunteer by checking the box in the Opportunity for Ministry flyer in your bulletin.
Below are our photography dates and when we will begin making those appointments. Please check your calendars and plan on being part of our new Directory. Our goal is 100% participation! We look forward to "seeing you in pictures!"
Our photography appointments are as follows:
We will schedule appointments on the following weekends - before and after services:
Registration for St. Catherine's Preschool 2005-06 will be held at church for members of St. Catherine's not already in the preschool on Sunday, February 13, at 10 AM. Open registration for members of the community will be held Thursday, February 17, at 10:30 AM. Please visit the Preschool's webpage for information at St. Catherine's Preschool. Prospective parents may tour St. Catherine's this month on Wednesdays 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.
A project by the Cobb Faith Partnership, Inc.
Through the end of February, we will be gathering items to send to soldiers in Iraq who are not receiving "goodie" boxes from home. Please put donations in the Ingathering baskets located the church lobby. Because personal space is very limited, "snack size" containers of food items (if you donate food) would be most appreciated. Also, due to the extreme temperatures, please do not include chocolate. Thanks for your support!
WHAT TO BRING:
Saturday, February 12
The Daughters of the King will be hosting a Quiet Day for Lent on February 12 at the St. Catherine's Parish Hall. A light breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9, and the program will be from 9 AM to noon. Fr. Jim Nixon will be the guest speaker and leading the program. Please RSVP to Ellen Adams at 770-977-8924.
Saturday, February 19, 10:30-2:00
The Sonshine Ministry delivers meals to our parishioners in times of special needs such as a new baby, home from the hospital, loss of a job, or a death in the family. The Sonshine Ministry will meet on February 19 from 10:30 AM until 2:00ish to prepare meals to freeze, share ideas and recipes, and get to know each other a little better. We will also prepare enough food for us to enjoy lunch together. We would love to have you join this wonderful ministry! For more information, please call Sue Snape, 770-971-0236, Rebecca Kiefer, 770-509-8929, or Nancy Denton, 770-428-6058.
"Incorruptible" on Sunday, February 20
We're putting together a group to see Theater on the Square's production of "Incorruptible" by Michael Hollinger, on Sunday, February 20, at 7 PM. This break-neck paced farce is set in a monastery in 1250 A.D. when a sack of sacred bones could cause one holy uproar. The dark ages setting is brightened by a wild assortment of monks and minstrels, a bumbling Abbot and a rampaging Abbess.
Our group ticket rate will be less than $25. Please sign up on your bulletin, or contact Gail McGill for information.
We're putting a team together now for our trip to St. Elizabeth's in Whiterocks, Utah, this summer. The trip dates are June 11-18. We will help with their annual Vacation Bible School for the children of Whiterocks, enjoy a celebration of Native American culture at a special "Bear Dance," and participate in festivities for the 100-year anniversary of the parish.
This is an intergenerational trip, youth (rising 6th grade and older) and adults are encouraged to consider this wonderful opportunity. If you have interest in the trip, or would simply like to learn more about Native American ministry, please check your bulletin or contact Paige and Dale Schlenker, 770-993-4507.
The new "Clergy Renewal" page of the St. Catherine's website is underway. Our intent is to keep everyone up to date with the latest news of Father Jim's sabbatical which begins in April. Read the first news installment now at Where In The World Is Father Jim.
It has come to our attention that on a couple of occasions people have come to the church during evening meetings seeking assistance for various reasons. We ask that if you are meeting here and are approached for assistance please suggest to them that they return during normal office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday) and speak to one of our clergy. Please do not give them money. You need not feel obligated to engage them in conversation beyond giving them the above directions. Also, please let Rosemary Wolfe know when this happens.
You are cordially invited to attend a Fund Raiser Dinner for Kairos of Georgia Prison Ministry. The event will take place on Saturday, February 19, at the Dunwoody Baptist Church. The church is located at 1445 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Atlanta. The event begins at 5:00 PM and will go until 8:00. The evening will be filled with music, good food, testimonial and fellowship. There will also be a silent auction. It is a good time to learn more about Kairos Prison Ministry. Please RSVP to Carla von Hoffmann, 404-213-7408, or Ann Armstrong, 770-365-4386. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 5 -- Registration Due February 8
Join hundreds of fellow Episcopalians as we come together in worship and fellowship to connect, grow and transform our individual and parish ministries. The Diocese of Atlanta's annual Ministry Fair provides opportunities for clergy, lay leaders and other parishioners to gain knowledge, skills, increased interest and excitement in a variety of ministries. This year the Ministry Fair will be held at the Cathedral of St. Phillip in celebration of their new added education building and remodeling.
Plan to spend the day in this beautiful new space, attending workshops and events that take advantage of the many facilities the cathedral offers. We begin at 9 AM with the Gathering in the cathedral nave, full of music, special events and guests, followed by three workshop sessions and a lunch hour. The last workshop will end at 4 PM
Check at church or on the Atlanta Diocese website for brochures with complete listings of the day's activities. Workshops on liturgy and music will be offered, along with a wide variety of other topics such as congregational growth and development, outreach, stewardship, justice issues, Christian education and many more. The Gathering will feature a hymn festival celebrating the church year with the Glen Ellyn choirs from Illinois, and our special guest, The Most Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane, Archbishop of Capetown, South Africa.
You may register online at the Diocese website using credit card or check. You may also register by mail-- registration forms may be printed from the website or are available in the St. Catherine's lobby.
EXPRESS Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 8. You receive your registration confirmation in the mail prior to the Fair and insure your best chance of getting the workshops you want. Express check-in also means you walk in & pick up a folder -- no standing in long lines!
LATE Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 22. You must pick up your registration materials the morning of the Fair; no confirmation materials will be mailed to you. Registrations received after February 22 are not guaranteed workshop availability or lunch.
April 17-May 22
An Inquirer's Class is for adults who are interested in being confirmed, received, reaffirmed, or if you simply want to learn more about the Episcopal Church. Our annual class will be held Sunday afternoons at 4 PM, April 17 through May 22.
The diocesan service of confirmation/reaffirmation will be held at the Cathedral of St. Phillip on June 5. For information about the class please call the church office or speak with one of the clergy.
Next Date: Monday, Feb. 28
A big thank you to our YA youth group which provided help at MUST in January. We have a Foyers Group which has volunteered to do the meal in March.
Are you looking for an opportunity to have a special night out? Why not sign up to spend a rewarding night at the Elizabeth Inn? Saint Catherine's volunteers staff the Inn and provide dinner for the guests on the 28th of each month. We are putting together a pool of volunteers to help. 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.
"Work is love made visible." -- Kahil Gibran
In a continuing desire to live in to our Vestry Statement concerning the actions of General Convention, 2003, you will find copies of a paper in our church lobby, "The Windsor Report and the Anglican Communion: Beginning the Conversation" by the Rt. Rev. Carolyn Irish, Bishop of Utah. It concerns the Windsor Report in general and the recent House of Bishops meeting in particular. We hope you find it worthy of reading and discussion.
Submitted by a St. Catherine's parishioner:
Teacher and parishioner Carla VonHoffman was featured on 11Alive TV as their "Class Act" winner in January. Carla was lauded as offering a lesson for all in effective teaching skills. The report and interview with Donna Lowry can be seen at Class Act Excites Third Graders. Congratulations!
Parishioner Karen Manno received Wheeler High School's Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award for 2005 at a school-wide assembly on January 19. The school gives its awards annually to recognize service to the school and community. Karen was recognized for 12 years of producing newsletters and many publications for schools, and additional volunteer work including her service at St. Catherine's. Karen is editor of The Wheel, administrator of Parish Announcements email, and member of the Adult Choir.
Cobb & Douglas Public Health are now offering flu shots to anyone, including those not in high risk priority groups. Influenza season can last as late as May and usually peaks in Georgia in January or February. Health officials recommend people who want a vaccination get one as soon as possible. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to begin protection. Shots are given Monday through Friday, 8-11 am and 1-4 pm at the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Centers, first come first-served while supplies last. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Medicare Part B are accepted.
A list of the dates remaining open on the schedule for 2005 Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Candles is in your bulletin. Please sign up in your bulletin or on the chart in the church office. Flowers are $40 and candles are $10.
Joan and I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtfulness and generosity during this holiday season past. The many gifts received from ornaments to books, from adult beverages to baked goods, from Starbucks cards to Bishop's Blend coffee, from pop-up books to preaching books we are truly grateful for your love and generosity. And of course the congregational gift on Christmas Eve is always deeply appreciated and honored in our home. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Joan and Jim Nixon
Dear St. Catherine's,
You all have been so generous and supportive as Don, Oak, and I adjusted to having Ben with us. Your meals have been nourishing and have kept me out of Publix and the kitchen for a month now (!!) and we are so very thankful. I think Sonshine gives the marching order to provide lots and lots and lots of food! Also, your prayers were felt. Ben was born with healthy lungs and the ability to eat on his own. Answered prayers. Thank you for the flowers and the visit from Sherry--she was right there when he was born despite it being Christmas Day!--all of the beautiful gifts and phone calls and cards. I will get around to thanking everyone personally by June--don't you think??--but until then, many thanks. Your kindness has been sustaining.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Mary Koenig, James, Dawn Houston, Julie Heath, Barbara Perry, Jean Pitts, Jean Shrader, Ruth Shaw, Alice Hadley & Family, Bill Lewis, Steve Molina & Family, Harry Beswick, Susan Weeks, Sue O’Neil, Tommy Hill, Deborah Guy, Sue shamble, Andrew Harding,, Stan Dickson, Cathy, Pres Shrader, Todd Magill, Annabella Villacci, Gloria Few, Patricia Ordner, Georgia Baumann, Jim Nixon, Sr., Maury Newton, Karen Ann Mosso, Justin Motter, Ashley Townsend, Ed Glynn Ted Edwards, Jo Kelly, Katie, Marion Fox, Cheryl Jones, Bryan Edward Derry, Anna Grace Derry, Adam Jacob Derry & their Family, Libby Rouleau, Anne, Rosemary Wolfe.
BEFORE SURGERY: Bill Linstrom, 2/7/05.
FOR THE DECEASED: Tom Fahey, Ginny Acocella’s father; Bill Mateer, friend of Donna Patton; Allen Walton, Bettye Harris’s godfather; Nicholas David Derry (one of the quads born premature - grandson of Eileen Motter’s friend); Phyllis Dickenson, Jamie Harding’s sister-in-law’s mum.
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.
For All Saints’ Church in Florence, South Carolina.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(2/13/05) -- Susan & Paul Partus; Ralph & Woodie Patrick; John, Donna & Will Patton; Bruce, Barbara, Justin & Courtney Perry; Rosemarie, Allison, & Tyler Perry
(2/20/05) -- Cary, Pam, Tate & Matthew Phillips; Judith Phillips; Christopher, Catherine & Brianna Pirtle; Ed, Tracey, Cody & Wyatt Pitts; Rod, Nadine & Zach Pope
Next Date -- March 26 (Easter Vigil)
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!
Ash Wednesday services on February 8 (No additional program). Then, every Wednesday night in Lent.. Dinner with families at 6 PM -- Program revves up at 7:00. See you there!
Tween Fellowship Coming Up
Sunday, February 13, 2-3 PM
NEW BEGINNINGS #13 - February 25-27 at Camp Mikell
Deadline for registration is February 14! New Beginnings #14 will be October 14-16 at Indian Springs. New Beginnings is for grades 6 through 9. Get online registration forms and information at New Beginnings.
Happening #43 -- April 15-17
Go to Happening Atlanta and browse, check out the pictures and leave some comments. Applications are now available on the website! Applications for Candidates (10th - 12th graders who have never been to Happening) are due by March 10th (complete with all signatures).
Feb. 18-21 -- Valle Crucis, NC . Space is filled and it's going to be great!
Rite-13 Urban Plunge
March 11-13... Stay tuned for more details!
e-Wheel on the first Friday of the month (articles
due the Wednesday before)
Editor: Karen Manno