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By Amma Susan+
The overarching theme of my sabbatical leave in 2014 was "Building Bridges of Peace." One facet of that was focused on building bridges of understanding and peace between people of different faith traditions, especially between the faiths from the Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Those bridges of peace are needed today more than ever.
As I was away on sabbatical, learning new ways of building these bridges, St. Catherine’s had parallel activities here at home. We sponsored two interfaith immersion weekends in which 45 people visited in the houses of worship of many different paths to God: Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic, and Hindu. In addition, there was opportunity to interact with members of each of these faith communities, sharing a meal and getting to know a little about their lives and learning from them about their faith.
This interfaith work has continued as St. Catherine’s participated over the last three years in the Interfaith Thanksgiving services held at Temple Kol Emeth. In addition, I am a member of a monthly meeting of leaders of various faith traditions who meet over lunch to build bonds of friendship and mutual understanding. Last year St. Catherine’s Lenten Speaker Series included leaders from five of these various faith traditions who spoke about what Sin and Redemption mean in their faith.
There are two opportunities in the near future for you to participate in this continuing work of building bridges of understanding and peace between different faith traditions. On Saturday, January 23, from 4-6 pm the East Cobb Islamic Center (on Braswell Road in Marietta) has invited the community to Visit a Mosque (details below). This is like an open house, and a delightful way to visit their place of worship and learn a little about their members and their beliefs. The second opportunity is a new Interfaith Immersion weekend Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. There are some at St. Catherine’s who were not able to participate in the two interfaith immersion weekends that took place in connection with my sabbatical. For those who would like to participate in such an experience, St. Catherine’s will be joining together with other people from other faith traditions for a special two-day immersion. This interfaith group will visit Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddist and other faith communities to study, pray, eat and join in fellowship. The registration details are below in this newsletter. I invite you to join me for this exciting weekend as we continue the important work of building bridges of peace.
Your Muslim neighbors at East Cobb Islamic Center invite you for an evening of conversations and refreshments. You may hear about Muslims and Islam in the media almost every day. But, have you had an opportunity to meet your Muslim neighbors and learn about them, their beliefs, and their position on hot topics such as terrorism? Or you may have a question or two that you wanted to get answered. They are located just 1.5 miles’ drive from St. Catherine’s: East Cobb Islamic Center, 1111 Braswell Rd., Marietta GA 30062, www.ec-ic.org .
The Annual Meeting of St. Catherine’s will be held on January 24 following the 10:30 principal service. A light lunch will be served first, then we'll proceed with business. There will be two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 am, and Church School at 9-10 am. Breakfast will be served by Breakfast Angels at the regular time of 8:00 am. Children's activities and the nursery will be available. All youth are invited as members of our parish to be a part of the Annual Meeting.
The Parish Annual Meeting is a time for the congregation to to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Lunch help needed
The Fellowship Ministry is looking for help in the following areas: Set up (Sunday morning after the 7:30 AM service/breakfast), serving and clean up (specifically need help moving furniture). Please contact Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com or Shirley Childs sechildsbellsouth.net to lend a hand or if you have questions.
Annual Report online
An important part of the Annual Meeting is distributing St. Catherine's Annual Report containing reports from Father Dean and Amma Susan and leaders of all our many and varied ministries. This year we will have some printed copies for hand out at the meeting. The complete Annual Report is available online to everyone at www.stcatherines.org/forms/annualreport.pdf (look for the link on the home page of our website).
Anyone who would like a printed copy of the full report after the meeting, please contact Rosemary Wolfe in the office, rosestcatherines.org -- one will be produced for you and left for pickup in the church work/copy room.
Our Youth House is full to overflowing! And the Vestry has agreed to expand the Youth House. The goal is to complete the construction to be ready by late August for use in the fall.
Similar to the original Youth House building project, the expansion will be built using volunteer labor, much like a Habitat House build. In order for the youth to be able to contribute some of that labor, the build needs to occur during the summer break. And we’ll want to break ground before Easter to meet this timeline.
So the time has come for fundraising. We’ll kick the campaign off on January 24 with information in your Sunday bulletins. Also this day a full report of the expansion project will be presented during the Parish Annual Meeting. The total funds needed for this project are estimated at $130,000, and we have about $30,000 already committed. Our fundraising aspiration is to obtain the remaining $100,000 in commitments by Feb 16th, the date of the next Vestry meeting where the Youth Committee will be updating the Vestry on progress and discussing the timeline for construction. Our youth program continues to grow, with our young people leading both outreach and diocesan programs. It’s an exciting time for our youth and they deserve our support. If you miss filling out a pledge card this weekend, they will be available online and in the foyer during February.
Saturday, February 6 - tickets going fast!
The annual Valentine Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 6 with a seated dinner, dancing to a live DJ, and the always-fabulous Live and Silent Auctions. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support! Proceeds will go to defray costs of the Youth Pilgrimage which will take place this summer.
Ticket are $35 per person, and are available before and after each church service. Seating is limited and we always sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early (please, no walkins for this event)! For all information, contact Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org, or Susanne Muckerman, readersuebellsouth.net. PLEASE NOTE: if you purchase a ticket but then find you will not be able to attend, please contact Sally or Suzanne right away (as above) in case someone on the waiting list would like your seat.
Auction items being accepted now
We are now seeking donations for the Live and Silent Auctions – all types of items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Contact Sally or Susanne as above for information and forms.
No ticket needed to bid on Silent Auction items
Our Silent Auction will feature over 100 items. It will be open for bidding by everyone prior to the start of the event, with or without a ticket at these times: Friday, February 5 from 9 am to 1 pm, and 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday. The bid sheets will be set up in the downstairs atrium and corridor.
Thank you for completing the Holy Cow survey! The Nominating Committee seeks more input from you now during our 20-30 minute Town Hall discussions. Please sign up for one of the four forum times. Sign-up sheets are in the church foyer on Sundays or contact nominationsstcatherines.org. More questions or input can be submitted to this email address.
Your Nominating Committee is posting periodic updates on the search process on St. Catherine’s blog page, “The Welcoming Journey.” Read it now at www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney - we invite you to add your comments.
Pot Luck Dinner & Book Swap Thursday, January 28
All ladies of St. Catherine’s, please join us at 6:00 in the Parish Hall for a night out with a pot luck dinner and book swap with new friends and old. Bring books you have read and enjoyed, then choose from those brought by others to take home for a good read. Please also bring a dish to share. Friends and family are also welcome! Our evening of fun and fellowship is open to all ladies age 18 & up.
Help is welcome for this event -- set up (meet in Parish Hall at 5:30 PM) and clean up immediately after. For questions or to volunteer please contact: Maureen Donoghue georgiadonoghuescomcast.net, Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com or Shirley Childs sechildsbellsouth.net
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Open House - Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Preschool registration for the 2016-2017 school year is here! As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years.
St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference. Please visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool for more information on our wonderful preschool.
7 février 2016 [that’s Sunday, February 7]Our next newcomer event will be Sunday, February 7 at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to meet informally with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Join us for coffee, des croissants, fruit and other treats, along with conversation about our programs & ministries. Feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. Contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) or any member of the Invitation Ministry Team if you have questions or can assist.
February 9, 6:00-7:30 pm
Invite family & friends to celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Come for tasty food and fellowship! Our Youth will cook & serve in the Parish Hall. No tickets or reservations are needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. We'll have pancakes in many flavors — bacon! — chocolate chip! — plain, too — plus fun Mardi Gras décor, jazzy tunes, bacon, king cake, and more.
Keeping a Holy Lent
Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm
Nursery is open for the evening service. On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls for fasting and church attendance (the other is Good Friday). Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if you experience extenuating health issues. Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal churches throughout our community will have services, if you need information on the closest church to your work or function please contact our office at 770-971-2839 OR you may use the Church Locator on the Diocese of Atlanta website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/ChurchDirectory to find church locations and call/visit their websites for service times.
Some have asked "Where do the ashes used on Ash Wednesday come from?" The tradition within the church is that the ashes are made by burning palm fronds which have been saved from the previous year's Palm Sunday. They are then blessed by a priest—blessed ashes having been used in God's rituals since the time of Moses (Numbers 19:9-10, 17).
Why the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday? Because Palm Sunday was when the people rejoiced at Jesus' triumphal entrance to Jerusalem. They celebrated his arrival by waving palm fronds, little realizing that he was coming to die for their sins. By using palms from Palm Sunday, it is a reminder that we must not only rejoice of Jesus' coming but also remember that he died for us. Ashes were used in ancient times to express grief. When Tamar was raped by her half-brother, she "put ashes on her head, and tore the long robe that she was wearing; she put her hand on her head, and went away, crying aloud as she went." (2 Samuel 13:19). The gesture was also used to express sorrow for sins and faults. The prophet Jeremiah calls for repentance by saying: "O my poor people, put on sack cloth, and roll in ashes..." (Jeremiah 6:26). Christians continued the practice of using ashes as an external sign of repentance. Tertullian said that confession of sin should be accompanied by lying in sackcloth and ashes. The historian Eusebius recounts how a repentant apostate covered himself with ashes when begging Pope Zephyrinus to readmit him to communion.
Send in your palms -- If you saved your palms from Palm Sunday last year, please bring them to church and place them in the container in the foyer.
Join us for four Wednesday evenings in Lent for supper and our guest lecturer series, “The Character of God in Genesis,” with The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys, former Professor of Religious Studies, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and author of several books, including “Joseph and His Family: A Literary Study” and “The Character of God in Genesis: A Narrative Appraisal.” Have you ever wondered how our human view of God has changed since God is depicted in Genesis as One who “walks in the Garden with Adam and Eve”? How has your own view or “image” of God changed since you were a child? What can the evolution of God in Genesis and the Bible inform and inspire our view of God and even change the way we pray? Join Dr. Humphreys for this lively and informative lecture and discussion.
Our Wednesday evening schedule will continue through Lent (excluding Ash Wednesday and Wednesday in Holy Week) -- Dinner 5:45-6:30 pm; Lenten Lecture Series for adults at 6:30 pm; Youth and Explorers games & study hall at 6:30 OR Choristers at 6:15, followed by programs 7-8 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family). Be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office, beckystcatherines.org or 770-971-2839, by Tuesday 5 pm.
-> Supper help still needed - We still need one or more households to provide a light supper of soup and bread on February 17 and March 9. These dates will include set up, preparing the meal, serving and clean up. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office.
Each Tuesday during Lent we will gather at 7:00 am for a quiet Eucharist to begin our day. Following the Eucharist we will gather at 7:30 am for a brief study. We conclude by 8:00 am so that we can be on our way to our day’s activities. Please join us for the Eucharist, the study or both. These sessions will be led by Father Dean.
This Lent our study will use the book, "If Grace is True: Why God Will Save Every Person” by Phillip Gulley and James Mulholland. "In this controversial bestseller, authors and Quaker ministers Philip Gulley and James Mulholland expand upon their belief in eternal salvation for all through God’s perfect grace. For seekers, for thoughtful Christians, and for the simply curious, Gulley and Mulholland offer a beautiful, timeless message of hope."
A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1-3 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Friday, January 29, and the collection will be published in time for the start of Lent on February 10. Names are not attributed to the individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at Karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
By Julie Johnson
Can you name 4 sacred celebrations within the 5 major world faith traditions?
Come get to know your neighbors of other faiths: Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. St. Catherine’s will be joining together with other seekers for a special immersion experience to learn about diverse faith communities around metro Atlanta. An Interfaith Immersion is the best way to get beyond a comparative religion class. Spend a few days truly experiencing the worship and culture of many communities of faith in our area. We will join with persons from other faith communities to form a unique community. This interfaith group will travel around Atlanta to visit faith communities to study, pray, eat and join in fellowship.
We have been able to reduce the total cost to just $100 which includes five meals, transportation, speakers’ fees and learning materials (scholarships are available). We will travel in the St. Catherine’s van with different faith neighbors to various interfaith communities. Bring your questions, curiosity and hospitable spirit.
Schedule: Friday, March 4 8:30am-8:30pm; Saturday, March 5 8:30-4:30pm; Sunday, March 6 at St Catherine’s. Space is limited and registration is required. To register please go to www.interfaithci.org. For more information, talk to Amma Susan, ammsusanstcatherines.org or Julie Johnson (holycreekaol.com).
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Join Cats On Wheels for their trip to historic Charleston, South Carolina, April 20-23. Among the activities included are tours of historic Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, USS Yorktown and a cruise to & tour of Fort Sumter. Fee of $390 single or $550 double occupancy covers transportation, lodging, breakfast and admission to all attractions. Deadline to sign up is February 15. For questions please contact Amma Susan.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for lunches and outings to places of interest throughout the year.
By Hale Sanders
The Youth Mentoring program at St. Catherine’s needs people willing to be mentors of youth ages 12 to 18. Our mentoring program serves young people in the following groups: members of our church, children of our Family Promise guest families, youth living at the Center for Children and Young Adults in west Cobb, and middle schoolers referred by the East Cobb Middle School guidance counseling department. To become a mentor at St. Catherine’s, there are certain requirements that must be met including:
After getting trained and being assigned a young person to mentor, there are certain expectations that the mentor should meet including: He/she must be willing to meet with the young person for at least every other week in a public place like a restaurant, must be willing to drive the person to that place, and bring them home. And, most importantly, the mentor must care about young people and be willing to be their friend.
Here are some testimonials from some of our current mentors:
Perhaps you would like to make a difference in a young person’s life? Please consider becoming a mentor. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions: Hale Sanders, Mentoring Coordinator, 678-472-1839, halesandersatt.net
By Barb Selby and Linda Scott
St. Catherine's will be hosting Family Promise of Cobb County from Sunday, February 21 to Sunday, February 28. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven for families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. Responsibility for our guests starts each day about 5:00 pm and goes until 8:00 am the next day. The children go to school during the day and the adults go to work or to The Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. They return to our Parish Hall for their evening meal, then stay overnight and have breakfast in the Youth House for 7 nights. It takes approximately 50-60 volunteers to staff the program for the week.
The many volunteer opportunities include:
We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Linda Scott (lindamscott1949gmail.com) or Barb Selby (theselbysbellsouth.net).
Training for new volunteers: Tuesday, February 9, 7 pm
We ask all our new volunteers to attend a two-hour training session. The next session is Tuesday, February 9, 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road. Please e-mail trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org to register. We host 4 weeks per calendar year.
Family Promise board is looking for a few good… people
Family Promise of Cobb County wants to expand their Board of Directors to bring in expertise they don’t now have. If you might be interested in helping lead this wonderful organization, they would love to hear from you. They are particularly looking for folk with connections to the large employers in Cobb (KSU, Wellstar, Home Depot, the Braves, etc.) and for fundraising professionals, web and IT professionals, realtors, bankers, health care professionals and others. For information please call Hale Sanders at 678-472-1839, or FPCC President Julie Binney at 770-490-9841.
St. Catherine's will be opening a weekday afternoon computer lab for local students in need of computer and online access to do schoolwork. We are seeking volunteers to set up the computers and help with after-school staffing. If you are interested please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com, 678-612-7384.
When was the last time someone thanked you for doing laundry?
Here’s an opportunity to be greatly appreciated just for the simple task of washing and drying clothes. TWO PEOPLE are needed to do laundry on Tuesday, January 26 at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway. To volunteer or for more information contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466, massey.jmgmail.com.
If you're busy in January, please consider another month. Laundry Team welcomes your help year-round every FOURTH TUESDAY (and FIFTH WEDNESDAY, when there is one in the month).
By Harriett Pyburn
Is one of your 2016 resolutions to find a meaningful way to give back to our community? Communities In Schools (CIS) has a variety of volunteer options available (one-time events or ongoing commitments—you choose!). Please see below and reach out to Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) if you would like to learn more!
Reality U is a one-day financial literacy event designed to help students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood. At Reality U, students are provided an adult scenario of their chosen career, complete with marital status, number of children, occupation, and net monthly income. Students visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communication services, child care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. Volunteers are needed to run each booth. No experience or special skills necessary. A brief training provided at the event and then the fun begins! Please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0445A4AB23A0FD0-reality8
Career Day volunteers are needed to present different career paths and options to 9th and 10th grade students. Students have expressed an interest in health care related fields, construction, retail store management, computers/graphics, entrepreneurs, public service fields like firefighters etc… We are open to other field and areas as well.
Ongoing volunteer needs
The children in the Wednesday Night Explorers (WNE) program decided for one of their projects to make “God's Eyes” and offer them as special gifts to St. Cat's Sunday morning visitors. These lovely art pieces are packaged in small envelopes with a description and greeting from the crafter, and then added to our green visitor gift bags. Thank you, WNE, for your gift idea, your beautiful creations, and for helping us welcome our newcomers and visitors!
-- from the Invitation Ministry Team
Wednesday Night Explorers meets in the Conference Room during our Wednesday evening programs throughout the school year. Facilitators are Susie Davis, Harriett Pyburn and Stephanie Yucius.
Photos below by Bettye Harris.
By Pat Pepper
On January 3 (Epiphany Sunday) at the 8:45 service the Choristers’ singing brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I was not the only one in the congregation who was touched. I saw many individuals sitting in the pews with a hand to their cheek wiping the tears away. Wow, they were amazing! When I stopped Choristers Director Jana Williams after the service to tell her how great they were, she agreed. She then shared that during rehearsal not only were they learning the song but they were also doing choreography which included making turns. When the members of the Choristers asked her which way to turn she replied, “always turn toward Jesus,” meaning the figure of the baby Jesus in the crèche on the steps of the altar this day. Later she realized how much that simple statement meant.
Our Choristers are “turning toward Jesus” and that is obvious. Their singing is not only coming from their mouths but is ingrained in their hearts. Their message was strong and made us take note. How many hours do they spend rehearsing, practicing and using their God-given gifts? "A little child shall lead them…”
Are you giving as much time to St. Catherine's as the members of the Choristers? Are you using your gifts as joyfully as our children? If not, call me, I can help. And thank you, Jana, you are amazing!
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
A Letter by Father Dean Taylor
By now you've probably heard the news that on January 14 the Episcopal Church was "sanctioned" by the gathering of the "primates" of the Anglican Communion. Specifically, this gathering of the leaders of the various Anglican "Communions" have stated that "The (American) Episcopal Church no longer represents us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, and should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee," for a period of three years.
What does this mean? Perhaps just as importantly, what does this NOT mean? First of all, it does not mean what the Washington Post reported in its headline, which ran, "Anglican Communion suspends the Episcopal Church after years of gay rights and debates." The Anglican Communion, unlike, say, the Roman Catholic Church doesn't—and can't—work like that. The Archbishop of Canterbury is not like the Pope, and the Anglican Communion is not like the worldwide Catholic Church. The Episcopal Church is one "communion," like the Canadian Anglican Church, or the Church of South Africa, or the Anglican Church of Australia, and so on. The "Presiding Bishops," or "Primates" of each of these communions have no more authority over other communions than the governor of Georgia has over the governor of Alabama. We are, rather, like a great, expansive Anglican "family," and each year, the "Primates" of each "Communion" are invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to gather together to pray, to share spiritually, and to discuss areas of concern. What we say to one another matters spiritually and emotionally. And, like any family, there are inevitable disagreements and rupture.
It has been obvious over the years that several Communions, especially those in the southern hemisphere, have had problems with the American church's discernment of the nature of sexuality. Over the past decades, as you and I know, after much prayer and learning and much, much angst, the Episcopal Church has moved in a direction of inclusion and justice when it comes to our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters.
We have come to believe that this is not an issue of "Modernity" trying to change the traditions of the church; rather, we believe that the Holy Spirit has led us to this position. Remembering our own painful history of such issues as slavery, we note that both tradition and scripture clearly condoned slavery; however we certainly believe now that the Holy Spirit moved over the land and led us to a new vision of equality and justice. We have come to believe that the same thing is happening in this issue of sexuality. The Spirit is leading us to view one's sexuality as simply an innocent, God-given difference, and there should be fairness and justice when it comes to that difference.
In many such convictions of the Gospel, there is a price to pay. When the protester turned up in the back of St. Catherine's and began yelling condemnation and abuse, that was part of the price we paid for the Episcopal Church's stand on this justice issue. Jesus never said it would be easy. This action by the "Primates" of other communions, even if it has no "legal" authority on how we run our Episcopal Church, is another such "price" to pay for that stand. There will be consternation, and there will be second-guessing, and there will be renewed doubt. I must tell you, however, how proud I am of our Presiding Bishop, our Bishop, and our clergy and lay leaders and preachers who have taken this opportunity to affirm what we believe to be the Holy Spirit's movement among God's people.
Let me put it a final way: If my cousin Mary Nell, from over in Troup County, Alabama, decides to hold a Taylor family reunion and for some reason does not invite my family, yes, it will hurt. And yes, we will hope for a work for a reconciliation of the whole family. But Mary Nell has no authority in how our branch of the Taylor family lives together and prays together and loves and cares for one another, and how we discern the Spirit's movement in our lives.
And, as always, we will do what Jesus taught us all to do, and that is to continue to pray for unity, for justice for all God's children, and for peace.
From The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry: "Our commitment to be an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all. While I understand that many disagree with us, our decision regarding marriage is based on the belief that the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians are true for the church today: All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ."
Photos by Bettye Harris and ? -- see more full size in the album at Winter 2016.
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Healing and wellness ministries are central in the ministry of Christ and of the Church. Living Compass will offer Certified Congregational Wellness Advocate (CWA) training at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Tuesday-Wednesday, February 2–4. Participants will meet and learn from others from around the country. Lay and clergy leaders are welcome to attend. Tuition is $360 per participant for all training materials and 6 meals (lodging not included). Group rates available; full and partial scholarships are available from Living Compass. For details and to register please visit beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events/living-compass-cwa-training-feb-2016.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: Anita Gardner, parishioner; Margaret Lewis, aunt of Susan Cromer; Doris Hamilton Boyd, mother of Larry Boyd
BEFORE SURGERY: Ellis Kilgore, Susan Jenkins
FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Jimmy Ely, Joyce Hendricks, Dave, Bobbie & Eli Nelson, Rod Miller, Roberta Loewy, Ron Brannock, Raymond Higgins, Pat Baldwin, Bill Hollman, Jim Weigel, Bill Fambrough, Elizabeth Keely, Libby Taylor, Poula Thompson, Brian Burnaugh, Nancy Madaris, James, Robert Brown, Nancy Perkins, Roger Hamilton, Tyson.
BIRTHDAYS: (1/23) Amy Morris (1/24) Allen Jablonski, Kendall Brown, (1/25) Sidney Nabinger, Alyce Brennan, (1/27) Emily Bayless, Nick Vavra, (1/28) Tami Mace, Michael Caudle, Kate Buckalew, Nicholas Carswell, Foster Walton, Brook Walker, Katja Michael, (1/29) Caitlyn Buckalew, Rod Deutscher, David Bowman, Al Maxwell, (1/30) Riley Devault.(1/31 Rebecca Dailey, (2/1) John Martin, Jana Williams, (2/2) Janet Livingston, (2/3) Roberta Griffin, Jacqueline Hurley, (2/4) Kristin Blackstock, (2/5) Tom Day, Fred Massey.
ANNIVERSARIES: (1/24) Claudia & Ellis Kilgore, (1/26) Susan & Bruce Heuke, (1/31) Meg & Mike Reeves.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Catherine’s, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.
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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.
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
Please hold these dates:
By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org
Parents and Youth, I wanted to extend a thank you to all of you for your support in my first six months at St. Catherine's. I also wanted to thank you for the generous Christmas gift I received at the Christmas Eve service. I sincerely apologize for not saying something sooner. I was taken aback by your generosity! Thank you all!!
Youth should plan to arrive at church at 3:30 pm (or as soon as you can after school) to help cook the pancakes!
7:00 pm in the Youth House -- please bring $5 for pizza, a snack to share, a water bottle, sleeping bag, nice clothes for church Sunday! We will be watching "God's Not Dead"!
Our Cool Clothes Collection has gone really well! We have been able to supply a lot of needed items for East Cobb Middle / Wheeler as well as Communities in Schools. As you all know, the weather is much cooler. As you look through your closets, please consider donating any coats that no longer fit (we are currently looking specifically for a boys 14-16). I have a box for clothes donations in my office, so please continue to bring things to me when you have them!
New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth grades 6-9th. See information and registration at www.eycdioatl.org/new-beginnings.html.
Happening is a renewal weekend sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Happening Team, which facilitates the weekend experience, consists of young people and adults who are active members of their parish. Happening is open to all high school youth that have completed their first semester of freshman year. See information and registration at www.eycdioatl.org/happening.html.
The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
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Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and 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
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