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By Amma Susan+
Nobody needs to define playfulness for us. We know what is it when we feel it. We know what it is when we see it. Those are the best of times, when we are playful, when we feel spontaneous, alert yet relaxed, accepting and accepted, ready to do something unplanned, when we feel competent happy and free. Those are the times when we are on what might be called our playful path. So why is it so unusual? Why is it we so rarely find ourselves on that path? It probably has something to do with growing up, something to do with becoming responsible, having to make money, dealing with life’s everyday problems, worrying… always worrying.
So here’s the invitation: You and other women from St. Catherine’s, we’ll go on retreat together to Montera Farm in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia, Friday to Sunday, April 15-17. During that retreat we’ll learn all kinds of games (no, you don’t have to play) and we’ll do something like art and something like dance and something like making music – but all for fun, for the fun of doing it. In between we’ll talk about what’s fun for us – for each of us in particular – and what we might do to have more fun together. And everything we do or talk about will be connected to this one idea of finding our playful path, your own playful path, where each of us is whole and responsive and liking who we’re with and who we are, a beloved child of God. A fee of $275 for the retreat weekend includes lodging, gourmet meals, and all other retreat activities. Horseback riding, winetasting at a local vineyard and massage are also available but extra.
A deposit of $100 (checks made out to St. Catherine’s with “Women’s Retreat” in the memo line) by March 15 holds your reservation for this opportunity to Find Your Playful Path. Partial scholarships are available. You may also contribute to make these scholarships available for others. To register or for information please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan Johnson, ammasusanstcatherines.org.
Saturday, February 6 - waiting list!
All seats are sold (thank you!!) but the waiting list is open. The annual Valentine Dinner Dance and Live & Silent Auctions will be Saturday, February 6 starting at 6:00 pm. If you didn't reserve a seat but would still like to come, contact Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org to see if a place is open (please, no walkins for this event). Thank you so much for your support of our wonderful Youth!
-> If you purchased a ticket but will not be able to attend, please contact Sally ASAP in case someone on the waiting list would like your seat!!
No ticket needed to bid on Silent Auction items
Our Silent Auction will feature over 100 items. Visit www.stcatherines.org/forms/valentinedinnerdanceauction.pdf now for the most recent list of items that will be available for bid. It will be open for bidding by everyone prior to the start of the event, with or without a ticket, at 1 pm to 4 pm on the day of the event. The bid sheets are set up in the downstairs atrium and corridor.
Sunday, February 7 after 11:15 service
Don’t miss this last opportunity to provide your input at this step of our Rector Search process.The Nominating Committee is holding one more 20-30 minute Town Hall discussion on Sunday, February 7 immediately following the 11:15 service in the Parish Hall. As you prepare your input, please consider the following, as we will be concentrating our time in these areas:
With 30 minutes together, it will be important to maintain a focused discussion. Further opportunities for feedback will be scheduled if necessary. If you are unable to join us for one of these meetings, you may provide input on these questions via e-mail at nominationsstcatherines.org.
Survey results available
As you may have heard from Father Dean’s sermon or during the Annual Meeting on January 24, the results from the Parish Survey were overwhelmingly positive. If you are interested in seeing the survey results, please e-mail the committee at the following address: nominationsstcatherines.org.
And remember to follow us on our blog throughout this time of transition at www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney - we invite you to add your comments.
Photos - At one of the Town Hall Forums, by Jan Potter -- see more full size in the album at TownMeeting013116.
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.
"Upon This Rock..."
Dear St. Catherine’s friends and family,
We pray for the things in our lives that matter most to us. We pray for people we love, those in distress, when we are scared or in need of comfort, and in thanksgiving for all that the Lord provides. Today, on behalf of the Youth of St. Catherine’s, we are asking you to prayerfully consider donating to our Youth House Expansion.
As you may have heard on Youth Sunday or at the Parish Annual Meeting, our current space is no longer sufficient to hold the 90+ youth and leaders (4 classes, 3 classrooms) that use the youth house on a weekly basis. Last summer, the Youth Committee put together a proposal to expand our youth house. In the months that followed, the proposal was presented to the Master Planning Committee, the Finance Committee and the Vestry. All three committees approved the proposal as the first step in a Master Plan for St. Catherine’s future. This project will give us a needed extra classroom, an additional bathroom, added space to host Family Promise, a larger common area for meetings and fellowship as well as much needed church wide storage.
We kicked off our fundraising campaign “Upon This Rock… (Matthew 16:18). We need to raise $130,000 to fund this project. We will build this addition like a Habitat build, with our parish family doing most of the work. We are praying for 100% participation from our congregation. As in the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus talks about the poor widow donating her two coins, every donation matters and will add up to make a huge difference. Thanks to many generous givers, we have already raised $54,000 which is a great start, but means we have a long way to go.
On the attached page is an architectural drawing of the expansion. Also on that page is the projected number of youth through 2022. Those numbers reflect the current children and youth in our J2A and Catechesis program without any projected growth from newcomers. Both of these programs have contributed greatly to St. Catherine’s growth in the past few years. Our flourishing youth program needs your help to give our teenagers a special space to grow in their faith on their journey to God.
Please consider supporting this project by sending your donation. Pledge cards may be found at church or you may print one online at www.stcatherines.org/forms/youthhousepledge.pdf. Every gift matters. Your help matters.
Won't you join us as we build “Upon this Rock…”
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, bacon, live jazzy piano tunes, bacon, king cake, bacon and more.
Ash Wednesday, February 10
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.
The tradition within the church is that the ashes of Ash Wednesday are made by burning palm fronds which have been saved from the previous year's Palm Sunday. If you saved your palms, please bring them to church and place them in the container in the foyer. 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.
Join us for five Wednesday evenings in Lent for supper and our guest lecturer series, “The Character of God in Genesis,” with The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys. Genesis, the first book in our Bibles, covers a vast sweep in time and space. It offers a rich cast of characters. But only one character appears throughout the book, tying together its many distinct stories. This character is God. In Genesis God interacts with and reacts to a range of other characters in many ways. He speaks, he acts, he things, he feels. Sometimes other characters speak of God. At time God's motives are clear, while at other times we are left to wonder. In this five-week series we will explore the many aspects of the character of God as God appears in the several major segments of Genesis. We will also compare how God appears in Genesis with how God appears in other parts of our Bibles, and especially with how we ourselves have come to understand the character of God in or lives.
Dr. Humphreys will lead this lively and informative lecture and discussion series. He is a former Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Director of the Learning Research Center at UT, and author of several books, including “Joseph and His Family” and “Crisis and Story: Introduction to the Old Testament.” His has his BA in Literature and History from University of Rochester, MDiv Berkeley Divinity School and PhD in Biblical and Related Studies Union Theological Seminary
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 through Lent will be by donation to help offset the cost to our guest chefs. (WNL dinners with regular prices or dinner pass resume after Easter.) 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 March 9 and March 16. 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."
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, a variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults will be available to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. You may subscribe to a daily email with the Lent Reflection of the Day from the collection -- sign up is available now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. (If you subscribed to our Advent Reflections you will automatically receive the Lent series, no need to sign up again.) The whole booklet will also available on our website and posted daily on our Facebook page so be sure to check daily from Ash Wednesday through Easter Day.
By Jan Potter
Have you ever wondered about other religions? Why do people in X or Y faith do something? Many people have no opportunity to learn about other religions – either they don’t know anyone of that religion or they are afraid to ask. I have a vague “scholar’s” knowledge of several other religions but reading about it is not the same as experiencing it. I was always afraid to ask someone about an aspect of a faith not my own (you never know what is “appropriate” and we, here in the South are all over the idea of behaving appropriately, bless our hearts).
St. Catherine’s has been very lucky to participate twice in an Interfaith Immersion Program with a number of other faiths. It is a chance to visit other places of worship for other faiths with a guide who can answer your questions. You will have another opportunity the weekend of March 4-6. The cost is $100 and transportation is provided.
You will travel with other pilgrims from many faiths and you will have ample opportunities to sit down and talk about what you believe and what they believe in a safe non-threatening environment. When Chris and I went, we visited several mosques, synagogues, Hindu temples, Buddhist temples and other places of worship. At each place, we had a sit down talk where we could ask questions and, in many cases, we then went on to services. We were treated like honored guests.
What did I learn? Yes, I did learn a great deal about those religions. Each question was answered sincerely with the given that we were all pilgrims looking for answers. But most of all I learned that my Hindu or Jewish or Buddhist or Islamic neighbor was much, much more than someone who is different. We all are seeking peace and we all want what is best for our families. It is a lesson you can only learn walking in their holy spaces. It is an experience everyone should be lucky enough to have.
Space is limited and registration is required. Total cost is now just $100, includes five meals, transportation, speaker fees and learning materials (scholarships available). To register please sign up now on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan, ammsusanstcatherines.org or Julie Johnson, holycreekaol.com.
AGENDA (Return times each day are approximate)
Friday, March 4 (Islam and Judaism) 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 5 (Vedanta, Hinduism, Buddhism) 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday, March 6 (Christianity - Episcopalian) 10:45 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 day trip
Join us for our next even-month excursion, this time to the Rhodes Hall and Museum of Design in Atlanta. We'll do lunch lunch together, too. Please let us know you are coming and get the details of our departure time -- RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
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.
Reserve by February 15 for trip to Historic Charleston
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, please reserve on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan, susanstcatherines.org.
Saturday, February 20, 7:30 pm
Join us for the next concert of our 2015-16 series. On Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 pm the Atlanta Guitar Trio, which performed to a large audience at St. Catherine’s in 2013, is back for a return engagement. Scott Plato, Adam Craighead, and Bill Hearn have many decades of experience in guitar performance and as educators of guitar. Working together as The Atlanta Guitar Trio, they provide audiences with exciting, fun, and entertainingly musical concert programs. The group performs music from many different historical time periods.
Scott, Adam, and Bill incorporate not only guitar in the trio ensemble, but they also perform arrangements of music for guitar and mandolin, as well as guitar and theorbo. During concerts, the trio entertains audience members with historical information on the musical instruments they use. They also provide historical insight into the composers and compositions performed. Bill Hearn received his doctorate in guitar from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He currently teaches guitar at Clayton College and State University. Bill was chosen three times as an International Semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation of America Solo Competition. Adam Craighead received his Bachelor's degree from North Georgia College. Adam currently teaches various styles of guitar techniques at a number of schools in the metro Atlanta area and in north Georgia, and he is working on a Masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Reinhardt University. Scott Plato received his Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Georgia State University under the instruction of John Sutherland, a protege of Andres Segovia. In 1995 Scott founded the guitar department at Gainesville College in Gainesville Georgia and was the Head of Guitar Studies there until 2000. Previous collaborations have included performances with members of the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Scott is a performer and teacher in the Atlanta area, Head of Guitar Studies at Gordon State College and Brenau University, and a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy.
Please join us for the concert at St. Catherine’s and the reception following where you can meet the artists. The concert is free, no tickets needed and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken. You can learn more about this group at www.atlantaguitartrio.com.
Reserve your time now!
Put the power of faith into action and help save a life! Your donation is needed now as winter weather and winter colds and flu can make it difficult to have a sufficient blood supply at this time of year. The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on February 23 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Making an appointment is easy: go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are of course welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.Save time with Red Cross’ RapidPass
The Red Cross has a new feature called RapidPass which allows you to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of home or office, reducing the time spent at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. Please note that RapidPass must be completed only on the day of the drive. If you leave the printed pass behind or can’t show it on a mobile device at the drive, you will just need to complete the questions again. RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment so be sure to reserve your time slot as above. How to use RapidPass:
As the people of God in the Diocese of Atlanta we are committed to the safety of all God’s people and to the integrity of all work carried out by our clergy and people. Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of many volunteers, and all staff and clergy, at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment.
These trainings will be offered on Saturday, February 27, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The morning session (9 am to noon) is for those who work with children and youth. An afternoon session (1-4 pm) is for those who work with adults. There is no fee to attend but registration is needed, contact The Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilverepiscopalatlanta.org.
Please visit these web pages to see if you are one of those needing training and for more information. And if you are registering for either class please be sure to inform Becky Adams, beckystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839, so that we can keep our records up to date.
Tuesday, March 1
Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us at 7-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have important discussions of the 2016 budget and ministry plans for this year. Please be sure that a representative of all minstry teams and committees will be there to hear and participate. All those who are interested in the ministry work of St. Catherine's are welcome to attend.
Everyone is reminded of our policy regarding announcements which are now made by the Vestry Person of the Day and a limited number of other parish members, after The Peace during worship on Sundays. A concise list of announcements are carefully scheduled for this time during the service.
If you wish to personally speak about a parish activity please be sure to make this request to the church office during regular office hours, by 12 noon on Thursday at the latest. Announcements should NOT be done by individuals without scheduling them before Sunday. Please plan your statement in advance, your announcement should take a maxiumum of 60 seconds to present.
Also please note that table displays and sales in the foyer must be scheduled as well. For all requests please contact the church office by calling 770-971-2839 or email Rose Wolfe rosestcatherines.org or Becky Adams beckystcatherines.org.
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 in our church buildings 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 last opportunity before our next hosting week iis Tuesday, February 9, 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road. Please e-mail trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org to register.
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.
Fact: There are nearly 163 million orphans in the world.
Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Beginning Ash Wednesday (February 10), help our Young Families ministry support this program and pick up a plastic “rice” bowl in the foyer of the church or by the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change throughout Lent to make a difference in the lives of these children.
Filled bowls are due back to the church by Easter Sunday (March 27). Questions? Contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net, or see www.RiceBowls.org for more information.
…Let us not Love with Words or Tongue but with Actions & in Truth... – 1 John 3:18
By Harriett Pyburn
Have you ever wondered about Communities In Schools (CIS)? It is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization, and St. Catherine's supports the Marietta / Cobb County chapter both with funding and volunteers. But what does it do? Among other things, it places site coordinators at schools to remove barriers to student success (whatever those might be). The CIS program at Osborne High School recently received a national award after improving graduation rates dramatically.
Please take four minutes to watch the video below to understand how placing site coordinators at schools can make such a difference (and to see our own Carol Fey!). Want to know more? Ask Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com)
By Connie Bergeron
Let's make the 32nd Annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for St. Catherine's participation! You are invited to join thousands in the fight against hunger at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. This 5K event raises funds and awareness for hunger relief every spring. Whether you choose to walk or run, you'll join thousands coming together to support our neighbors in need and celebrate the work that's being done. The event benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits, including the Episcopal Charities Foundation, that have strong hunger relief programs. It opens at noon and the 5K walk and 5K run begin at 2 pm. Pre-register online by noon on March 11 for the early bird discount (see link and directions below) or at the registration tent the day of the event. Walk registration is $25 and includes an official Hunger Walk/Run 2016 event tshirt. Run registration is $35 and includes a special moisture-wicking tshirt. (Registration onsite is $30 for walkers and $40 for runners.) The family-friendly, festival atmosphere at Turner Field’s Green Lot includes food trucks, games, educational activities, live entertainment and more!
Thank you for your support of Hunger Walk/Run 2016!
St. Catherine's will be opening a weekday afternoon computer lab for local students in need of computers and online access to do schoolwork. We are seeking volunteers to help from 4 pm – 6 pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays. If you are interested (can be as little as once a month), please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com, 678-612-7384.
Father Dean delighted us all in the annual award of the St. Catherine's Cross during the combined service on Annual Meeting Day, January 24. Tom Blackstock was recognized for his years of outstanding contributions to our parish and especially for his leadership through this past year of transition as Senior Warden of our Vestry.
The St. Catherine's Cross is given each year in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution to our life as a community. The cross was designed by Dean Motter, son of Roger and Eileen Motter. It is given by the Rector or Interim Rector with the consent and advice of the Executive Committee of the Vestry. Congratulations and thank you, Tom!
Vestry appointments announced
The 2016 Vestry was on retreat the weekend of January 29-30. Daniel Mikkelsen was appointed Senior Warden by Father Dean. Other officers elected by the Vestry were Bill Ivey as Junior Warden, Frances Bowden as Clerk, and Rebeccah Devault as Treasurer. Phil Spessard was elected as the Vestry member to serve on the St. Catherine’s Preschool Board for 2016-2017.
Your new Vestry bonded together as a team, studied scripture and worshiped together. Holy Inspirational work was done on potential opportunities for the church to live into our mission and the goals described in our Parish Survey. Exciting short term opportunities and inspirational longer range visions were discussed. These opportunities for ministry and possibilities for what God may be calling us to do will be passed along to our ministry team conveners at the Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting on March 1. All are welcome at this meeting in the Parish Hall!
By Jan Potter
As a child, as some of you know, I moved a lot. At one point, I had attended 13 schools in 13 years. In other words – that is 13 new Sunday school classes in as many years. Being new is really just not fun (imagine walking into an already established clique of school girls…). At this point in my life, I rarely ever volunteer to truly step outside of my comfort zone.
However, I love to sing. I’m not very good at it, but it really matters to me. For years I have longingly watched St. Catherine’s Chancel Choir and wished I was “good enough” to belong. Finally, one day, the opportunity presented itself (translated: someone heard me say I loved to sing and wished I was good enough to be in the choir). So I decided to bite the bullet and show up. It was hard. While I did know most of the people, they were not really “my” people and I wasn’t sure how it would go. I hadn’t sung in a choir in over fifty years. I expected some insular group of the “in” people. I guess I expected to have it pointed out to me that perhaps singing was not really my skill (politely, with a “bless your heart” kind of approach).
Nothing could be further from the truth. First of all, both Jana and Brian are the absolute kindest and most accepting people I have ever met. Second of all, I was immediately greeted and “sucked in” to the overall feeling that choir is important and that we all belong. No one made me stand up and sing to see how good I was. No one complained that I missed a note (or seven or eight…). No one suggested that this was not my true calling. I probably should ask for more help than I do – but I am certain that if I asked, someone would help me.
So… if you are sitting out there wishing that you could be one of the cool people that sing God’s blessings each week, I promise you, there is a place for you. Join the choir and you will find a rich place to love and honor God with people who will love you right where you are. Be a part of something that can show the world how wonderful it is every single week.
Photo - combined children, youth and adult choirs at the Annual Meeting.
For information about Chancel Choir contact director Brian Williams, 678.461.9656, brianwstcatherines.org, or just ask any choir member! If Jubilate is your interest contact Jason Gardiner, jasonnullzero.net; Michael Moran, mikemnmoran.org; or Susie Davis, sdavis5226gmail.com. For Choristers contact director Jana Williams, 678.461.9656, janastcatherines.org.
By Pat Pepper
St. Catherine’s is not a “10% of the people do 90% of the work” kind of church. Our percentages are much better than that. However, I have noticed that I keep seeing the same group of volunteers at St. Catherine's, always present, doing what needs to be done. Did you know that some of our volunteers have been serving on the same ministry team for many years? Did you know that the same group of people keep saying “Yes” regardless of the job that needs to be done? Why is that? I think it is because volunteering makes them happy.
Linda Fried, a professor of public health at Columbia University Medical Center, agrees with me. She says, staying physically active and also staying socially active is not only good for your health, it makes you happy. Volunteering helps you accomplish both these things. She also says volunteering has been proven to make you feel better about yourself and helps you find greater stability in life. Being focused on others does provide positive benefits.
Last weekend our Vestry, Clerk and Treasurer were on retreat. These fourteen men and women spent the majority of their time at work for St. Catherine's. I wasn't there, but based on the pictures I saw on St. Catherine's Facebook page it looked like they were happy. I hope they spent some time relaxing and enjoying being together, but I do know that for many hours they were focusing on the ministries of St. Catherine's. They were in service for you and me. They were leading us and representing us, and I am grateful that they said yes! I encourage you to thank them for being focused so that we will all benefit. I also encourage you to ask a Vestry member, or ask me, what you can do. We want to help you get involved, and I can almost guarantee you will be happier because of it.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
One of the traditions of our Annual Meeting is a slide show of the past year in review -- watch this year's at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lq-fJY6cQI (by Bill Ivy)
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:
Dear St. Catherine’s,
In usual St. Cat’s style, you ALL have wrapped your warm, loving, caring arms around Claudia, myself and my family during a time in which we needed you most. As we both sadly awaited the departure of Catie, Matt and Hope to their mission field, the Youth, leaders and dear friends surprised us with a "laying on of hands" to pray for that and my eminent surgery. You can't know how much that helped sustain us through that time and moving forward as we grapple with their distance. You prayed for us and with us as we prepared for, underwent and recovered from my surgery. You fed us emotionally, spiritually and literally. The phone calls, cards, letters and emails have been timely, heartfelt and cuddled us in your ever loving arms.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
In His Name,
Dear St. Catherine’s Family,
My deepest appreciation for all the cards, calls, flowers, prayers, love and support you have shown me after the passing of my father. My family and I have felt every prayer and it is very comforting and uplifting. I am so blessed to be part of a community family that cares and shares so deeply. Thank you all so much!
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Saturday, February 20 at Roswell Street Baptist Church - World-renowned Christian singers Mac Powell and Mark Lee of Third Day are hosting an “Unplugged” concert Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. to benefit MUST Ministries. The event is presented by Glory Haus and hosted by the Roswell Street Baptist Church. General admission tickets are$10. A private Meet and Greet from 6-6:30pm with Mac and Mark, followed by limited VIP premium seating is available for $20. “Mac and Mark are Cobb County residents who sing all over the world and are coming home to help those in need in their own community. It’s a remarkable blessing.” said Ike Reighard, President and CEO of MUST. “These men have won four Grammy Awards, 26 Dove Awards and an American Music Award. Their music has captivated Christians for 20 years and now they are coming to sing to help MUST clients.”
Doors open at 6 pm and parking is free. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a new or gently used blanket to donate to those in need. For tickets, go to www.itickets.com/events/355881/Marietta_GA/Unplugged_with_Mac_Powell_and_Mark_Lee_of_Third_Day_.html .
The Diocese of Atlanta Commission on Human Trafficking invites you to sign up and show up for 2016 Lobby Day at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, February 11, at 9 am. To learn more go to www.streetgrace.org/lobbyday/. The day is sponsored by the non-profits Georgia Cares, StreetGrace and Wellspring Living, all of which serve to eliminate the crime of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Over the past few years members of our diocese standing with hundreds of other Georgians of all faiths have helped bring about legislation that protects our children and prosecutes offenders. Standing together does make a difference! For more info e-mail dbbetsillearthlink.net or call 770-815-1222.
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.
BEFORE SURGERY: Susan Jenkins
FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Hazel Elizabeth Cleckler, Walter Ray, James & Pat Henegar, Judy Hayes, Marlene Stuart, Kollange Franklin, Gene Justice, Gary, Jimmy Ely, Rod Miller, Roberta Loewy, Ron Brannock, Raymond Higgins, Pat Baldwin, Bill Holman, Jim Weigel, Bill Fambrough, Elizabeth Keely, Libby Taylor, Poula Thompson, Brian Burnaugh, Nancy Madaris, James, Brandon Long, Robert Brown, Nancy Perkins, Roger Hamilton, Tyson, Ellis Kilgore, Warren Martin.
BIRTHDAYS: (2/8) Susan Jenkins, (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, Neil Campbell, (2/10) Marie Hale, (2/13) Susan Jablonski, Isabel Lopez, (2/15) Jeanette Dini, (2/16) Amanda Braman, Lexie Walton, (2/17) Jim Mattox, (2/18) Justin Kerr, Aubrey Ward, (2/19) Ana Martin, Mary Vavra.
ANNIVERSARIES: (2/7) Tom & Shirley Day, (2/10) Chris & Barbara Kallas, (2/12) Karen & Al Maxwell, (2/12) Jana & Brian Williams, (2/15) Frank & Ellen Adams.
FOR OUR 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.
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.
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
Join us March 13 for the Hunger Walk at Turner Field. Before the walk, we will have Eucharist very close to Turner Field in the community of Peoplestown and Emmaus House. All parishes and youth groups are encouraged to participate in the Eucharist. Cost is $25 for registration, you can also fundraise for more. We will meet to leave St. Catherine's at 9:00 am. At the event we will start with fellowship and a continental breakfast at 9:45 am. Eucharist will start at 10:30 am. Bishop Whitmore will be there with us to celebrate. After Eucharist, we will take a group shot and get lunch at the food trucks around Turner Field. See information and registration links at www.eycdioatl.org/event-information.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.
All events are subject to additions and changes, please follow the weekly Youth Announcements for updates:
Feb. 6 – 6:30 PM: Valentine Dinner Dance
Diocesan Mission Trip atlSERVE | July 10-15
This is our first middle school Diocesan Mission Trip, for rising 7-8th grade youth! The diocese has partnered with All Saints' Atlanta to provide a tailored mission trip experience. What will the nature of our work be? Our weekly schedule is filling up with some great work projects. Youth and adults will be put on teams and will serve in a variety of ways. So far, our service will include the following: volunteering at Emmaus House, construction work to benefit local families in need, sandwich making for Church of the Common Ground, advocacy work with Street Grace and a few other outdoor work projects that are in the planning stages. Cost is $325 per youth and $150 per adult chaperone. See information and registration links at www.eycdioatl.org/event-information.html .
Diocesan Mission Trip Birmingham | July 10-15
This will be our first high school Diocesan Mission Trip, for rising 9th thru just graduated high school! The diocese has partnered with YouthWorks to provide a tailored Episcopalian mission trip experience for the youth of the diocese. The first half of the week, participants will spend time serving the local community of Birmingham by leading Bible lessons, games, and making crafts with community children. The other half of the week, participants will be involved in activities with local organizations to meet various needs of the community. These activities include serving at a food shelter, working in clothing distribution , working at a soup kitchen, or serving at an elderly care facility. Cost is $450 per youth and $250 per adult chaperone. See information and registration links at www.eycdioatl.org/event-information.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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Editor: Karen Manno
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