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The Newsletter of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Who are you?
Last night’s Lenten Study was based on this past Sunday’s gospel on the temptation of Jesus. We viewed a scene from the 1980's film, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and wondered together about the temptations we each face. A line from the film that stuck with me is during the scene when Satan (who we hear in the gospel has gone away from Jesus until an “opportune” time) leads Jesus away from the Cross and when Jesus asks whether he is dead or not responds, “Haven’t you done enough?”
We are each created in image of God, given certain gifts and talents, and asked to use them to be most fully who God has created us to be. Like “The Last Temptation of Christ,” we are always being tempted by the world to be something other than what God has created us to be. And these temptations are always so attractive: success, fame, power, etc. If I’d gotten the chance to preach my sermon this past Sunday I would have said this:
The trouble with all of this is that if we are to resist the easy temptations; if we are to pursue God’s purpose for our life, then we need to know who we are. Who are we? This is the question that plagues our lives as we move through them. Who has God created you to be? Do you have any idea? What are the clues? How are you pursuing that calling? Or are you living day to day aimlessly moving through life or pursuing what the world offers as substitutes for your calling?
This is the season of self-examination and repentance. I invite you to take some time during these remaining 32 days of Lent and ask the question "Who am I, Lord?" And then listen and watch for what God has to say. And be prepared to be called into something much different than you currently imagine about your life.
A tradition at the ancient and remaining western wall of the great Temple in Jerusalem is to leave prayers in the cracks between the stones. These prayers must be written on very small scraps of paper and include whatever you wish. The pilgrims from St. Catherine's who will pray at that wall during their visit to Jerusalem would like to take your prayers and leave them on your behalf. If you would like us to do so, please write your prayers on a very small piece of paper, put them in an envelope and give them to Fr. Jim, Joan, Liz Rea, or Tom Hunter on Sunday, March 4th. We will see that they are delivered and left at this most sacred of spaces in the world.
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
All ministry team members -- committee and group chairs, convenors, and all who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's, please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting.
Sunday, March 18 following 11:15 Service
On March 18 we have scheduled an acolyte training session following the 11:15 service. All acolytes are highly encouraged to attend. We will have lunch together and then focus our training on each individual position (i.e. Captain, 2nd Crucifer and Torch). We have allotted time for discussion concerning this ministry and to answer some of the "why" questions. We will be done by 2:30 PM.
The requirements to acolyte at St. Catherine’s are:
If you meet these requirements and would like to learn more, please join us. If you could help provide lunch, please contact Barbara Barrington at 770-516-9224 or barbbarringyahoo.com.
All I could think as I awoke Sunday morning was, “Oh what a beautiful morning!” A fresh blanket of snow covered the ground and the sky was cobalt blue. It summed up my feelings about the weekend. It was a wonderful group of 20 ladies who came together for fellowship, hiking, snowball fights and decorating our own earthen vessels. I think I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves. Look soon for our weekend for next year and mark your calendars!
NEW DATE: Sunday, March 11!
Spring forward and don’t be late for church! Don’t miss the Hunger Walk! Beginning this year Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March. So set your clocks forward and enjoy the extra hour of evening light.
Not only clocks, but some older computers, computer programs, and many other devices may need to be set by hand -- TVs, cameras, recording devices, thermostats, sprinkler systems, timers, etc. Check for updates to this condition from the manufacturer of each (visit the Microsoft website to see if your Windows computer needs updating). Many older electronic devices programmed to automatically adjust for Daylight Saving Time will have to be set ahead by hand on March 11 and corrected again on April 1 (the date which would have been used before the change). The reverse will be true in the fall when such devices will adjust the time back on October 28, while Daylight Saving Time will not end until November 4.
Sunday, March 11, at Turner Field in Atlanta
12:00 — Park Opens, Registration Begins
Your Canned Food Donations are being collected at church through March 11.
Join the fun and the fight against hunger! Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin to come on the church van, lunch included for just $6. We will leave from our parking lot immediately after 11:15 service this day.
There will be entertainment, food and games before the races begin. Festivities conclude at 4:00 p.m. The Hunger Walk/Run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and several other local charities including Episcopal Charities Foundation. Register for the races and find details on the website at the Atlanta Community Food Bank website, www.acfb.org (under “Projects,” click on “Hunger Walk/Run”).
Hunger Dinner at St. Cat’s
Saturday, March 10, 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall
Whether or not you will join us for the Hunger Walk, you are invited to a Hunger Dinner the evening before to promote awareness of people throughout the world who experience hunger on a daily basis. Proceeds from the event will support Episcopal Charities Foundation through the Hunger Walk. We will explore the global issue of hunger through a variety of experiential and reflective activities and discussion over a shared simple meal.
The cost is $10 per person, and covers your dinner and donation. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or email Kathy Holman at Kathystcatherines.org.
I would like to start the men’s communal Bible Study again after a six-month sabbatical. I have looked over several resources and have settled on a program titled “Journey Through The Bible” from Cokesbury, with the first of the series looking at Genesis. There are 13 chapters that will be covered with one chapter each week. The Chapters are titled Creation, Sin, Flood, Pride and Confusion, Covenant and Sojourn, Willfulness and Grace, Hospitality and Laughter, Sodom and Gomorrah, Sacrifice, Esau and Jacob, Jacob and God, Dreams, and Restoration. The Participant's Guide is $7.25 + tax. All you need to bring with you are:
We'll need about 1 1/2 hours for each session. I would like to begin on or after March 24. The questions I have for you are:
Please reply whether or not you want to be involved. If you want to be involved, please give me your suggestions about days and times for the weekly sessions. I look forward to hearing from you at tom.sneadearthlink.net.
Many more adult volunteers are needed for children's Wednesday evening programs for ages 5 and up. Amelia Snider will prepare and lead the activities, volunteers are needed just to supervise and assist. Please contact us with one or more dates you can help -- our Lenten programs are weekly through March 28, then after an Easter break the Wednesday programs will be held from April 18 to May 23. Email to Amelia Snider at Ameliastcatherines.org or Kristin Blackstock at kgblackstockhotmail..
Activities in the season of Lent
People are needed to participate in the Passion Gospel at our 8:45 and 11:15 AM service on April 1. You'll read a small part while standing at your seat. This opportunity is for parishioners who are not already Lay Readers. Please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Steve Diffley for more information.
Friday, March 30, 10 AM
Our Holy Week & Easter folding party is March 30, beginning at 10 AM and ending with a scrumptious lunch. Come help us fold the mountains of bulletins and enjoy each other's company, we always have fun. Let us know you're coming for the lunch count by checking the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contacting Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net.
On April 5 following the Maundy Thursday evening liturgy we hold a prayer vigil to keep watch with our Lord through the night, until the celebration of Good Friday Morning Prayer at 9 am. A sign-up sheet for times will be available in the narthex beginning this weekend.
Security Persons Needed -- Volunteer security persons are needed to watch the church buildings through the night for the Prayer Vigil. Please contact Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net to help.
All adults of our church and community are invited to the Lenten Quiet Morning, sponsored by the Daughters of the King. A light breakfast will be available from 8:30 to 9:00. Kathy Holman will lead us in the Quiet Day program with reflections based on Julian of Norwich. Please invite a friend and join us from 9 to noon to “quiet the mind” during the season of Lent.
Each Wednesday night through March 28 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. No dinner reservation needed, see you there!
Adult Program: Pausing on the Road to Jerusalem
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..
Program for Youth and Children
During Lent our youth and children will be learning about the faces of Jesus through Lent through an interactive prayer model. They will be using various artistic media to tell the stories they learn about in their own words and create image based prayers from the stories they learn.
We meet in Lent each Tuesday morning, now through April 3, 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. This Lent we are studying “A Season for the Spirit” by Martin L. Smith Copies of the meditations are available on our Lenten resources table in the foyer. 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.
Our annual Lent Reflections booklet, "The Journey of Forty Days," written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners, is now available for pickup on the table in the lobby along with many more resources for you and your family for the Lenten season. To read your Reflection of the Day from the booklet on our website go to St. Catherine's Lent Reflections daily now through Easter -- bookmark it and visit it often!
Our sincere thanks to the dinner providers and servers at Elizabeth Inn Shelter on January 28, including Norma Alexander, Ron and Connie Bergeron, Marci Blair, Kimberly, Mark and Justin Blythe, Sybil Coote and Joni Cope. We also appreciate our Elizabeth Inn overnight volunteers, Susan and Art Bayless, Al Jones, Carol Staff and Justin.
Without wonderful volunteers such as these and many other St. Catherine's parishioners, our support for this important organization, MUST Ministries, could not continue. On behalf of the St. Cat's Outreach Committee, please know how grateful we are for your gifts of time, talent and food.
Tracy Buckalew and Connie Bergeron, Elizabeth Inn Coordinators
To sign up for the 28th of any month, please e-mail Tracy at tracyklpcpeoplepc.com or Connie at conniebmindspring.com
From the Vestry meeting on February 20, 2007
You can do that on an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend!
Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, and phones - and focus only on each other. If you’d like greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll like the difference an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend can make! The next weekend is March 16-18, 2007. For more information or to register, please contact: Ron & Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, atlantaemeearthlink.net or go to Atlanta Episcopal Marriage Encounter.
Teams are now forming for our programs April 18-May 23. If you would like to be on a team to set up, prepare, serve, and clean up a Wednesday night supper during the season of Easter please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office. For information contact Diane Sanders.
Monday, April 30
Our spring blood drive at St. Catherine's will be held on April 30 from 2:30 to 7:30 PM. Please note that if you are a regular donor, the latest date you can give somewhere else would be March 3, in order to be eligible to give at our drive. So save the date and be ready. Look for a sign up sheet two weeks prior and remember this is LESS PAINFUL than giving to UNCLE SAM on the 15th!
Contact Paul Parisi at 404-315-8850 for information or to become involved in our ministry with our partner parish in New Orleans, St. George’s.
This month we celebrate the life and work of the Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team. This team includes ministries for child, youth, and adult Christian formation such as Church School, Bible study groups, EFM, Daughters of the King, Inquirer’s Class, Advent & Lenten Eucharist and Study, Men’s Book Study, Wednesday Evening Programs, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Children’s Chapel, Christmas Pageant, and Vacation Bible School.
To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, visit the team’s page on our website at Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team, or contact convenor Kristen Blackstock.
“Where the ancient ones stood, I stand, facing the sacred place where slowly the sun rises”
This summer, July 24 - July 1, the women of St. Catherine’s are invited to attend a unique educational experience in the Black Hills of South Dakota at Borderlands Education and Spiritual Center. Our teacher for the week will be Dr. Martin Brokenleg, an Episcopal priest, Benedictine oblate, and Lakota pipe carrier.
We will explore the spiritualities of the Benedictine order and the Lakota peoples through the lens of sacred space. The ancient Lakota culture assumes a primacy of spiritual tradition and practice, but Benedictine tradition, in writing much longer than Lakota tradition, appears to be older. Both spiritual traditions include spiritual practices and perspectives that may support one another and be a mirror to the other. The Lakota Benedictine Experience will include exploring these two traditions in worship, discussion sessions, film and daily spiritual practice. We will recognize the Benedictine rhythm of daily prayer and have time for work as well as silence and free time surrounding Dr. Brokenleg’s presentations. Some of the topics addressed will be the sense of kinship of all of creation, a reverence for the earth, pilgrimage as an exterior and interior journey, the role of women, the gifts of intuition and the imagination, and the sense of life as a sacred ceremony. Throughout the week we will deepen our own understanding of spirituality and will use that knowledge to recognize and reflect on ourselves as spiritual beings.
The cost is $1250 and includes airfare, tuition for the week, and room and board. Your space is reserved with a deposit of $150 made out to St. Catherine’s by March 25th. Visit the Borderlands Education and Spiritual Center website for information about Borderlands and the Lakota Benedictine Experience. Brochures are now available at church. If you have questions please contact Deacon Kathy Holman or Amelia Snider.
You are invited to join the Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, on an 12 day pilgrimage to the great cathedrals of southern England. The pilgrimage leaves Atlanta on Monday, August 20 and returns Friday, August 31. In between we will visit three of the most glorious cities in England: Oxford, Salisbury, and Canterbury. In each city we’ll have the opportunity to explore the earliest roots of Christianity in England to see how out of these roots grows our Anglican tradition. Visiting some of the great cathedrals in Oxford, Llandaff in Wales, Gloucester, Bath, Wells, Salisbury, Winchester, Rochester and Canterbury we will have the opportunity explore our Christian and Anglican heritage as the Bishop shares his unique perspective in teaching opportunities. While in Canterbury we’ll have the opportunity to walk the traditional path of the Old Pilgrim’s Way.
The trip includes all of our air and ground transportation, all breakfasts, accommodations in Oxford, Salisbury and Canterbury, and some dinners and lunches. The cost is $3,699 per person double occupancy.
Get details including itinerary and registration form on the Bishop's Pilgrimage page of the Diocese of Atlanta website. Registration is now open and you can get additional information by contacting Fr. Jim.
Dear St. Catherine’s Family,
Thank you to everyone for your concern and support during my recent surgery and recovery. The delicious food, flowers, phone calls, visits, cards and prayers were so very appreciated and in witness that the people of St. Catherine’s seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us.
Dear Reverend Nixon,
On behalf of Cobb habitat for Humanity, I thank you for the donation of $4,4000 on 8/29/2006 from St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. This generous gift will apply to the sponsorship of the Habitat house built by The BEEL Team.
The BEEL Team has been an important partner in our effort to eliminate poverty housing and provide decent affordable homes to God’s people in need. Since 1986, Cobb Habitat has helped over 260 families experience the pride of home ownership, and we intend to fulfill the same dream for 100 more families over the next four years. Thanks to friends like you and the volunteers of The BEEL Team, we get closer to this goal every day.
Thank you again for your generous support of our mission.
Dear Father Nixon,
Many many thanks to you and the people of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church for your recent gift for the School of Theology. The support of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church for our seminarians would be welcome at any time, but just now it comes at a time when budgets are stretched and many parish contributions diminished. I hope you will share with the vestry and congregation our deep appreciation for including Sewanee in their outreach mission.
We are blessed to have a continuing enrollment of more than 90 men and women, ninety percent of whom depend on scholarship support. Your parish’s gift makes it possible for the Seminary to take good care of these students and their families as they devote their lives to ministry in our Church. On behalf of all the students, thank you!
With all best wishes,
Dear Father Nixon,
On behalf of the students of the School of Theology, many thanks to you for your parish gift to Sewanee for our theological education! Enclosed, as a small token of our great appreciation, is a certificate which we hope that you will display in a prominent place. It is important to us that your parishioners know of our sincere gratitude for their support of us in our formation.
We send this to you in February in celebration of Theological Education Sunday, officially designated on February 4. Because of your parish’s contributions, theological education at Sewanee continues to be affordable. Seminarians have the opportunity to grow through a challenging academic curriculum, to develop spiritually through formation with in community, and to become ever more grounded in worship, prayer, study, and devotion. Nearly all the students here depend on some type of financial support. We simply couldn’t be what we are called to be without your help.
Thank you again for supporting us and the School of Theology through your gift to theological education.
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, George Schnorf, Reese & Margaret Ivey, Jonathan Pearson, Shelley Ransdell, Helen Senchak, Jerri Blake, Lavonne Sanders, Anne-Braxton Smith, Ursula Christie, Paige Schlenker, Katie Fahey, Aric Hartman, Reggie Leavell, Bill Von, William Fleming, Michael Byrd, Colleen, Bill Sisk, Joan Rowland, Melissa Sullivan, Tracy Buckalew, Diane Blackshear-Wood, Wes Gilley, The Henderson Family, Mae Danzy, Nellie Gaylord, Jerry, Betty, Junior, Tanika, The Bennett Family, Erin Hurley, Dr. Lawson Bowling, Bill Fisher, Allen Tate, Jack Ruby, Kitty Diffley, Jason, Justin, Teresa Kruse, The Campion Family, The Annesley Family, Cassie & Patrick Conn, Justin VanHoy, Dorothy Rose, Vernon Baxley, Susan Roberts, Linda Smith, Sam Scales, Ron Smith, Glenna Krongold, Donna Arrants, Cynthia, Velma Kutzbach, Julie Brannock, Lucy Hilley, Anne Whittle
BEFORE SURGERY: Ron Brannock, 3/9/07
DECEASED: Louis Norwick, friend of Tracey Pitts father; Joan Fitch, Tracey Pitts’ aunt; Dorothy Campion, friend of Susan Roberts; Irma Annesley, friend of Susan Roberts; McKenzie, child of a friend of Lisa Spessard
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
PRAYER FOR THANKS FOR BLESSING: We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the work of the Christian Nurture and Development Ministry 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.
The annual pancake supper was a huge success this year! The youth, helped out by the cooking talents of Jennifer and Fred Massey, raised almost $800 to go towards the youth program. The youth decorated the parish hall with balloons and beads, served pancakes with all the fixin’s, and led a parade for the younger children as Riley Barrington played “When the Saints Go Marching In” on his trumpet. The evening was a blast for everyone who came, ate, and cooked. Thanks to the parish for your support of our youth program.
The Diocese of Atlanta is sponsoring Happening #47 March 16-18 at Camp Mikell for youth in grades 9-12. The weekend is run by youth from around the diocese who have attended Happening in the past. St. Cat’s is proud of our youth in leadership positions for Happening #47. Tegan Hurley will be the Rector of the weekend and will be helped out by many of our youth who will serve on “team.” If you are interested in attending the weekend you can fill out an application at www.happeningatl.org or see Amelia for more information. Thanks!
Youth Sunday is right around the corner. On April 22nd the youth of St. Catherine’s will lead our worship services at 8:45 and 11:15 am. They will participate in all aspects of the service from the readings and prayers to the music and ushers. If you or a youth you know is interested in participating on Youth Sunday please contact Amelia at church.
During Holy Week youth in grades 9-12 will travel to New Orleans to do clean up work from Hurricane Katrina. The youth will be staying at the rectory at St. George’s Church, our partner parish, and will participate in a variety of projects coordinated through the Diocese of Louisiana’s Office of Disaster Relief. The week will be an important opportunity for our youth to see the effects of Katrina first hand and to journey together to do mission work outside the Atlanta area. During the week the group will also tour the city and have time for some fun and fellowship. Forms are available on the bulletin board outside Amelia’s office. Thanks!
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 copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church. (Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas)
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