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I love what Frederick Buechner has to say about Lent:
Sunday, Mar. 12 at Turner Field
Come join the fun and the fight against hunger! Sign-up at the Outreach table in the church lobby or contact Susan Burkholder at 770-579-0534 or Paige Schlenker at 770-993-4507.
The Hunger Walk/Run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and several other local charities including Episcopal Charities Foundation. Find details on the website at Hunger Walk/Run.
AN INVITATION TO A HOLY LENT
Our annual Lent Reflections booklet, 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!
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.
This Lent we will study meditations by contemporary writers from the book Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter. Each week we will reflect on a writing from each of themes of the book: invitation, temptation, passion, crucifixion, resurrection, and new life. Copies of the meditations are availalbe on our Lenten resources table in the foyer.
Fr. Jim and Sherry's Adult Classes combine each Sunday during Lent for “Why forgive: Questions we all ask; stories that help with the answers." Each week we will read a reflection and share our own experiences of forgiveness as we make our individual journeys of reconciliation, forgiveness and restoration to the fellowship of the Church as we are invited to do on Ash Wednesday. Some of the questions we may consider are: What if I don’t feel like forgiving? What good is forgiving when the damage can never be mended? Where can I learn how to forgive? How is forgiving someone else really more about myself?
We invite you to join us during the entirety of Lent or any one Sunday. A packet of resources and a schedule is available on the Lenten resources table
Saturday, March 11, 9 AM-noon
Everyone in our church and community are invited to the Lenten Quiet Morning, sponsored by the Daughters of the King. There will be light refreshments and social time from 9-9:30. Father Jim will lead us in the Quiet Day program including readings, meditation, and an opportunity to walk a labyrinth in the Parish Hall.
If you have never experienced a labyrinth, we invite you to do so during this second week of Lent. Labryinths are made of circuits, or paths, all winding toward the center, which traditionally represents a holy place of God. One walks a labyrinth by stepping into the entrance and putting one foot in front of the other. After traveling through all the paths and windings, the walker comes to the center. After a time there, the walker returns out to cover the same path out as in. According to Rev. Lauren Artress, “mother” of the practice of walking labyrinths, “It’s a great way to quiet the mind and deepen prayer life.”
Please invite a friend and join us from 9 to noon to “quiet the mind” during this season of Lent.
Thursday, March 16 in the Parish Hall
The Labyrinth will be available in the Parish Hall for groups and individuals all day and evening on Thursday, March 16.
Volunteers are needed to set up the Parish Hall and lay out the labyrinth after the Wednesday evening program on March 15, AND take down the labyrinth and reset the Parish Hall on Friday, March 17. Please contact Rose Wolfe if you can help at rosewolfebellsouth.net.
6:00 PM Supper; 7:00 PM Programs for all Ages
Frogs Without Legs for Lent: A Preaching and Teaching Series
Nurturing Disciples in Home and Congregation
Our adult program for Lent is titled Frogs without Legs Can’t Hear, and offers a thematic presentation for both worship and study that will help members and friends of our congregation, homes, small groups and Bible study participants into a deeper experience of the life of the church that partners home and congregation in ministry. This preaching and teaching series offers the congregation:
Experience Lenten worship and study through the practice of four foundational faith disciplines. This series provides Family/Small Group Activities Guides that help disciples uses the Four Key faith practices of
The gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to be heard, received and lived in a way that shapes lives and welcomes others into God’s reign of grace, mercy and peace. Let it happen through this preaching and teaching series as our congregation invites members, friends and neighbors into a journey that will inspire, encourage and celebrate God’s presence in our lives and world with the message of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Join us during the Wednesday evenings of Lent. A Model for Christian Worship and Study presented by The Youth & Family Institute
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 by the Monday before.
The selection of Father Jim as one of four nominees for Bishop Coadjutor of Northern California has raised a number of questions. Always wanting to seize the teaching moment, we thought we'd begin to answer these questions over the coming weeks. If you have a question that doesn't get answered please contact Fr. Jim (fatherjimbellsouth.net) or the editor of The Wheel, Karen Manno (karenstcatherines.org)
What is the process by which Jim arrived at this point?
What is a Bishop Coadjutor?
How is a bishop elected?
Georgia Festival Chorus Concert
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 bring your family, friends and neighbors! We look forward to a wonderful program of inspiring music. Look 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.)
Get involved with our youth by becoming a Prayer Partner. If you would like to pray daily for a St. Catherine's youth person please check the Volunteer Opportunities in your bulletin or contact Hale Sanders, 770-565-2719
Every couple of years, Saint Catherine's Stephen Ministry recruits and trains people from our congregation to become Stephen Ministers. We are now in the process of identifying those individuals to comprise our new class of trainees this spring. A Stephen Minister undertakes 50 hours of training to equip him of her to provide one-on-one, medium- to long-term care for people who are dealing with a crisis or otherwise difficult time in their lives.
Does the idea of becoming a Stephen Minister seem daunting? If you think it does, just reflect on these simple questions:
And perhaps the most important question on which to reflect is:
Stephen Ministry is looking for a few men and women who want to make a difference in someone's life by simply showing up, listening, and caring. A daunting task? Well, for one who has not only been a Stephen Minister, but who has also had a Stephen Minister to lean on, I can attest that it is far less daunting as it is eminently rewarding.
For more information about Stephen Ministry in general and the formation of our new class in particular please indicate your interest to any of the Stephen leaders or the clergy.
David Moore, Stephen Leader
Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 PM
All Ministry Team convenors and members should plan to attend -- see you there!
Sunday, Mar. 12, 10 AM in the Parish Hall.
All newcomers at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" coffee during the Sunday School hour in the Parish Hall. This will be a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions that you may have regarding our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and "goodies," and get acquainted with your parish family!
From the February 21 Vestry Meeting:
Vestry Retreat 2006
Once again the Heart of St Catherine’s shone through at the annual Valentine Dinner Dance and Live and Silent Auction in February. Parents, youth leaders, youth and the members of St Catherine’s pitched in with eager enthusiasm and pulled off another record-breaking and memorable event. The J2A youth outdid themselves canvassing the community to solicit donations, services and vacation opportunities to raise over $26,000 to help fund the 2007 Pilgrimage.
This year we were honored to have the services of Professional Chef Ms. Jennifer Franklin, Food Service Manager for Sevenanda. The menu included hand passed hors d ’oeuvres of Rosemary Chicken Skewers, Italian Sausage-stuffed Button Mushrooms and Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Pesto and Basil. Entrée selections included Beef Tenderloin w/ Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese and Béarnaise Sauce, Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast with Dijon Shallot Cream Sauce or Ginger Tamari Glazed Salmon, and capping off this veritable feast was Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis or Death by Chocolate.
After dinner we were treated to the musings of Head Auctioneer Mr. Fred Massey, who with the assistance of Mr. John “Guido” Rea collaborated to confiscate cash from most in attendance and peddle paddles for canoes, vacation villa’s from St. Simon's to Bear Valley, and many man hours promised by the J2A youth. DJ Jay Jackson kept the dance floor hopping, spinning tunes from every generation.
Also, in the spirit of St Catherine’s this year's J2A youth group is in the discernment process as they have pledged to donate a portion of their proceeds to a yet-to-be-named project. Stewardship is contagious!!
Finally, a special thanks to all who served as well as those who attended – sharing time, talent and TREASURE! A successful event like this takes the cooperation and participation of many.
If you ever considered joining St. Catherine's choir, any time during the year is the right time. You are invited to come to any rehearsal now as we prepare special music for Lent and Easter. There is no audition, and sight-reading ability is not required. We'd love to have you to join in our joyful noise to our Lord!
Did you enjoy our special Advent Lessons and Carols services last December? A few privately produced recordings on CD have been made of that service and are available to anyone who would like a copy. Please contact Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org if you are interested.
The drought in the country of Tanzania continues and increases the suffering of the people of that land. We remember fondly Bishop Valentine Mokiwa of the Diocese of Dar es Salam, who visited St. Catherine's last October. A note from St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia, asks us to remember our missionary there, The Rev. Sandra McCann and her husband, Dr. Martin McCann, who are ministering to the people through teaching and aid to the hospital. Sandy writes, "...I covet your prayers for rain and for wisdom...pray that we can find a way to help and do it well and with kindness and a good heart." Please hold up in your prayers the people of Tanzania, the McCanns, and Bishop Valentine and his family.
Saint Joseph's Cancer Survivors' Network invites everyone for a free day of information, inspiration and support at their sixth annual "Sharing the Journey" Conference on Saturday, March 25, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Carroll Conference and Education Center. Join other cancer survivors and caregivers in a variety of inspirational and educational sessions, resource materials and a day of support and camaraderie with other cancer survivors. Featured speaker will be Dr. David S. Hong, MD, from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. This program is free to the community regardless of physician or where treatment was received. To receive a conference brochure by mail, call 404-851-5051, email CSNinfosjha.org, or go to St. Joseph's Cancer Support for more information.
Dear Father Jim,
On behalf of MUST -- I thank you for your continued support of our ministry. Please express our gratitude to your members also. We could never thank you enough for all you do
Dear St. Catherine's:
Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your Epiphany series last Wednesday night. I enjoyed seeing everyone and appreciate the opportunity to cast the spotlight on MUST.
St. Catherine's Episcopal is such a strong partner of ours and we appreciate all you do to support MUST. Most recently, we were delighted and honored to be the recipients of funds raised at your talent show.
Please thank Jim and Sherry, the 28th of the month overnight and serving teams and everyone at St. Catherine's on my behalf for your continued support and commitment to MUST. We are very blessed to have your friendship.
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, Joy Lewis, Missy Greene, Joe Hannigan, Travis Rader, Lillian Swint, George Schnorf, Mel & Laurel Ayerst, Frank Odom, Debbie Stokes, Ruth Kell, Ron Boyle, Dan Hodges, Mary Rofrano, Polly Morris, Jack Hamilton, Patricia Raftaniel, Mary Webb, Mrs. Scott, Lawrence Guy, Mary Ellen McCurly, Lorne Barkley, Josh Casey, Bob Pepper, John & Susan Martin & family, Becky Kilkenny & children, Sawyer Tate Barrington, Valerie, Steve & Gabi Gosnell, Jack Daws, Kari Boyles, Chris Barnaby, Lucille Heir, Trudi Bayless, Lawrence Christensen, Kimberly Blythe, Jack London, Sarah Webb, Ronnie Caldwell, Suzanne Heck and her parents Pam & Jimmy, Thelma Morris, Hazel Outen, Bebe Moore Campbell, Paul Maxwell, Jerry Riski, Coach Ransom, Frank White, Toby Hopper, Barbara Shipp
BEFORE SURGERY: Nick Wolfe, 3/17/06
DECEASED: Charles Shipp, friend of Jim Greene; Bill Kilkenny, former son-in-law of John & Susan Martin
For Youth: Guide the minds of those who shall choose a Youth Minister for St. Catherine’s that we may receive a faithful and caring leader.
For Presiding Bishop: Look graciously on those nominated and strengthen the Bishops who shall choose the 26 th Presiding Bishop of our church.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(3/12/06) -- Cindy Richards; Susan & Trisha Roberts; Hale, Diane & Chris Sanders; Randy, Andrea, & Brian Sanders; Lisa Scheidt
(3/19/06) -- Dale & Paige Schlenker; John, Sue, Blake & M.E. Schnorf; John, Michele, Emily & Samuel Schuring; Gerry, Linda, Garrett, Eric & Adam Scott; Jeff, Jennifer, Drew, Preston & Jonathan Seavey(3/26/06) -- Bill & Barb Selby, Al, Amelia, Camille & Julian Seneviratne; David, Mary Lou, Matthew & Megan Shannonhouse; Margaret Shaw; Terry, Cindy & Kristen Sheehan
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 --
In our society, the line between childhood and adulthood is often a fuzzy one. Unlike other cultures, we don’t have formalized rites of passage that define the points along the path to adulthood. We need ways to tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing and learning; they are becoming adults. The Journey to Adulthood program that we use attempts to do just that.
During the 8:45am service on Sunday, March 26, we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with some of our teens. This liturgy is formally called “The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood”, but is more well-known as “Rite-13” since it takes place near the candidate’s 13th Birthday – much like a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood or manhood that God bestows on each one of us. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and need not prove. This gift is the essence of who we are. As we grow and mature in the journey to adulthood, our knowledge and skills increase, but the magical core of who we are remains the same. These are the teenagers who we will celebrate and recognize on March 26:
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare and plan to be with us to witness this important event.
There will be a Dinner Celebration and Rehearsal on Saturday, March 25 at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. The entire Congregation is welcome to attend and celebrate with the Youth. For more information please call Mary Lou Shannonhouse at 678-762-2369.
We would like to extend a special THANK YOU to the many St. Catherine's families and friends who attended the Youth-hosted annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This year's celebration was an enormous success. Over $1,100 was collected, and after expenses the profits go to the benefit of our Youth Programs. We greatly appreciated help from our three Youth Programs: Rite 13, J2A, and YA, and couldn't have done it without their hard work both inside and outside the kitchen!
We would like to recognize the following for their culinary abilities, excellent clean up skills, and total commitment to teamwork: Riley Barrington, Taylor Baumann, Scott Burkholder, Stephanie Burkholder, Cassie Heinz, Tom Heuke, Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, Shannon Jablonski, Emma Markette, Sara-Alison Massey, Gaby Sutton, Ryan Olliffe, Sally Paris, Keely Phillpott, Zack Pope, Matthew Shannonhouse, David Sherry, Bill Williams, and the many parents of these great Youth who also helped.
Your St. Cats Shrove Tuesday adult team: John Barrington, Sheila Crowe-Bishop, Keith Dumke, Molly Frost, Susan Jablonski, Claudia and Ellis Kilgore, Fred Lopez, Don Martin, Al Maxwell, Fred and Jennifer Massey.Music was provided by: Lee Adkins, Program Director, Camp Jam USA, ladkinscampjamusa.com .
A coin was found on the playground the night of the Pancake Supper. If yours, please contact Rosemary Wolfe in the church office to identify.
Summer Camp Dates
Summer camp dates and couselor applications are available now at Camp Mikell. This year registration and information for summer camp will be available primarily on-line. Reservations are first come, first served basis, so register early for best selection.
Summer Camp counselor applications are available on the website and are due by March 8. For more information, contact Amanda Segers, registrar, at 706-886-7515
The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is in electronic form (HTML) posted on our website 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 website in PDF form.. Extra copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.
Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.
The Wheel: get every issue!
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, note them on 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