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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 20 - March 4, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Youth House Expansion
Concerts
Cats On Wheels
Blood drive
Keeping a Holy Lent
  Lent lecture series
  Lent morning study
  Reflections
  What to do for Lent
Busy parish
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Interfaith immersion
Women's retreat
Safeguarding training
Announcements policy

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Volunteer Day
Hunger Walk

Rice Bowls

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Vestry notes
Newcomer coffee
Volunteer Corner
Sermons online
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
MUST concert
Michael O'Neal Singers
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Elizabeth Inn dinner
EYC Hunger Walk
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

2/19-21 – Happening @ Camp Mikell

2/20 – Cats On Wheels Marietta museums;
Atlanta Guitar Trio Concert

2/21-28 – Family Promise hosting

2/21 – The Extension dinner

2/23, 3/1 – Morning Eucharist & Lenten Study

2/24, 3/2 – Wednesday Lent Series

2/23 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

2/24 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

2/29 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

3/1 – Quarterly Ministry Teams

3/4-6 – Interfaith Immersion Weekend

3/5 – Solemn Communion Retreat;
Concert: Hannah Harris & Friends

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What kind of God do we worship?

By Father Dean+

It was toward the end of a high school History class, and I was the “guest speaker,” there to talk about the Protestant Reformation—and, more interestingly, to answer any questions the students had about my denomination. First question: “What do Episcopalians believe about salvation? How do you all get saved?” I answered, “Episcopalians as a whole pretty much disagree on everything. But I’ll tell you what I believe. I believe that we’re born saved.” I said, “I just can’t imagine a God who would create most of the world’s human beings only to be sent to a place of eternal torture because of a wrong belief. It would be hard for me to love a God like that.”

The boy in the front row leaned over his notes and I could hear his one-word response: “Cool.” But this caused a stir with some others. “But what about Hell? What about the Ten Commandments? Does any of that matter?” My answer: “I don’t believe there’s a Hell.” (That got their attention). “At least, not in the afterlife. I think that Hell describes what happens here on earth when we break the commandments and hurt each other.”

Then I remembered a former seminary professor’s comment on this subject, and so I said, “Let me ask you something. When you picture in your minds God giving Moses the Ten Commandments, what is the expression on God’s face, and what is God’s tone of voice? Was it a stern, frowning face with a finger pointed and an angry, accusing voice, saying, ‘Thou shalt not murder, or steal, or commit adultery.’ Or, was it rather, something like, ‘Please, please, people, don’t steal, or kill, or commit adultery, because you’ll hurt yourselves so badly—you’ll put yourself in your own hell. Please, please, don’t do these things.’

And this time the boy in the front raised his hand and said, “But, you know, it, like, makes God seem kind of weak.” And I thought, “Bingo.” That’s it. That’s the real issue when it comes to God. God loves us so much, but God will not overpower us. We always have the choice to say no to God’s plea. Why? Because that is the only way that there can be love in the universe.

Love cannot be gotten by way of power. You can’t MAKE someone else love you. All you can do is to offer up your love to them, let your wishes be known, and let them be perfectly free to respond. Offer up your love, and give up whatever power you may have to manipulate or intimidate, or make them feel guilty, or pressured—and simply leave them free to respond. That’s what God does, and that is the love that we are called to imitate with one another.

May this Lenten Season, with its opportunities to “fast, pray, and meditate on God’s holy word” (Prayer Book p. 265) bring us all to know more fully the God who alternatively hopes, guides, grieves, but ultimately loves us all, no matter what.


Upon This Rock... we will begin the Youth House Expansion!

At right -- drawings of the expansion (click to enlarge)

Praise God and a huge “Thank You” to our donors and vestry for moving us forward with the Youth House Expansion build. Donations and pledges to date [February 18] total just shy of $85,000—simply unbelievable! Enough funds have been pledged to complete Phase 1 of the project which includes constructing a weathertight building behind the existing Youth House. Donations are still being accepted – please make checks to St. Catherine's with “Youth House Expansion” on the memo line

That said, we will need all volunteer hands-on-deck to assist with the build. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Sally Paris sallystcatherines.org, or complete the sign-up sheet in the church foyer. It’s important that you include your interests and / or any specific skills / knowledge that you can provide as they relate to building construction.

Fundraising and plans for Phase 2 of the project which will include interior systems, finishings and the connection to the existing building will be forthcoming. With God, all things are possible!

Watch the Youth video - "What St. Catherine's means to me"

What does St. Catherine's, the Youth Program, and the Youth House Expansion mean to our youth? Watch their inspiring video to see and hear their candid opinions about their church family...
--> See it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Q4PRv4jbs


St. Catherine's Concert Series

Saturday, February 20, 7:30 pm — Atlanta Guitar Trio

Join us for the next concert of our 2015-16 series on Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. The Atlanta Guitar Trio, which performed to a large audience at St. Catherine’s in 2014, is back for a return engagement. Scott Plato, Adam Craighead, and Bill Hearn have many decades of experience in guitar performance and teaching. Working together as The Atlanta Guitar Trio, they provide audiences with exciting, fun, and entertaining concerts. We will be treated to a delightful selection of music from Spanish and baroque styles all the way up to favorite tunes by The Beatles using guitars, mandolins, and exotic stringed instruments such as the theorbo (!).

Please join us for the program 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. To learn more about this group and listen to some of their recordings visit www.atlantaguitartrio.com.

 

Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm — Hannah Harris and Friends "An Evening of Celtic Music"

Hannah Harris, a senior in violin performance at Furman University, is well known to St. Catherine’s in performance and as a parish member. Her studies have led to a passion for Celtic music. She will bring a band of friends for a delightful program influenced by her recent travels in Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton.

 

-> Cookies requested for concert receptions

A reception will follow each of these concerts. If you would like contribute some cookies or other finger desserts for either or both dates please leave your items clearly marked for "Concert Series" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to the concert.

 

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

Now in our fourth season, this concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of many music lovers. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a an exclusive “Friends” reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Donations are tax deductible. Thank you!


Cats On Wheels outing Saturday, February 20

Change of plans!!

Join us for our next even-month excursion. The previously-announced destinations (Rhodes Hall and Museum of Design in Atlanta) are cancelled and instead we will tour The Museums of the Marietta Square. Carpools will depart from the St. Cat’s parking lot at 9:30 am. Our proposed visit sequence is:

10:00 am - 11:45 am -- Marietta Museum of History and/or Gone With the Wind Museum
11:45 am - 1:15 pm -- Delicious lunch at Stockyard Burgers and Bones, 26 Mill Street, www.stockyardburger.com
1:15 - 4:00 pm -- Marietta Museum of Art and/or Root House Museum

RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-220 so we know you are coming. All museum admissions and lunch costs will be pay-your-own. Free parking is available at several paces around the Square. Cats On Wheel is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!


Blood drive Tuesday, February 23

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. Appointments are not required -- but making one is easy and can save time at the drive: go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. If you don’t get around to making an appointment 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 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 do reserve your time slot as above. How to use RapidPass:

  1. Go to www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass .
  2. Read the information and answer the questions.
  3. Print the pass, or email it to be readable on your mobile device at the drive location


Keeping a Holy Lent

Lenten Guest Lecture Series -- Wednesdays through March 16

On the first Wednesday in Lent an initial gathering of over 60 people began a five week study of God as revealed in Genesis. You are invited to bring your Bibles next week at 6:30 pm as we study the way God is revealed in the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah. Each Wednesday evening we’ll examine how the creator and the narrator of Genesis intertwine in the words of the stories of Genesis. The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys, former Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and author of several books, leads our discussion (and he is an amazing speaker!). A light dinner of soup and bread is served at 5:45 pm and “class” begins at 6:30. Dr. Humphreys will finish by 7:15 (note that Chancel Choir members can go to rehearsal then and not miss any of this series).

Our Wednesday evening schedule will continue in Lent through March 16 -- 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 their 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.

Photos below - Dr. Humphreys at the kick-off session of our Lent lecture series on February 17 (photos by Bill Ivey)

Tuesday morning Lenten Eucharist and study -- each week through March 22

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.

This Lent our study is using the book, "If Grace is True: Why God Will Save Every Person” by Phillip Gulley and James Mulholland. Please join us for the Eucharist, the study or both. These sessions will be led by Father Dean.

 

Lent Reflections and resources

A variety of Lenten study materials for children, youth and adults are available for pick up on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, "40 Days To Prepare,' written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. You may subscribe to receive a daily email with the Lent Reflection of the Day from this collection -- sign up at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. The whole booklet is available on this page of our website and posted daily on our Facebook page so be sure to check now through Easter Day.

 

What To “Do” for Lent?

By Father Dean
[This article is also found as the first reflection in St. Catherine's 2016 Lent Reflections book]

In the Ash Wednesday service that begins the forty day season of Lent, we are “invited” to a “the observance of a Holy Lent.” It means to make a decision about this season, a decision to make a change, to be transformed, even if just a little bit, into the kind of soul that God has been hoping all along we will become -- a soul that is more humane: more kind, more just, more compassionate, more forgiving, more courageous.

This brings us to the practical side of this day. So much of religion seems to do with what we believe. And belief is important. But even more important, at least to this season of Lent, is what we do. How do we act? How do we treat one another? How do we treat ourselves? What habits or patterns of action can we stop doing, or what habits or patterns of action can we create, to actually make a change in our actions?

And so, the very practical goal of this day is to begin this season, saying to ourselves and to God, “O.K., this is what I’m going to do for the season of Lent.” The liturgy helps you to pick out what to do because its Confession acts like a kind of diagnosis. We confess this anger, that intemperate love of things, this lack of forgiveness, that failure to do the right thing -- this pointing of the finger, that talking about people instead of talking to them. We confess, we acknowledge, the damage we do to one another and to the world. So, we diagnose, and we decide -- as in the epistle reading for Ash Wednesday, 2 Corinthians: “Behold, now is the acceptable time.” Now is the time to make a change. It’s very practical.

The great insight of the season, the “how” of Lent, is found in the last words of the Ash Wednesday Gospel, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” You see, it’s not the other way around. You generally don’t become kinder, or more loving, or more generous by feeling that way to begin with. But rather, you act that way first, whether you feel that way or not. And then, often, a kind and generous heart will follow.

So, let’s get practical: what will be your diagnosis this year? And then, what will you say, to yourself and to God? C.S. Lewis famously said, “If you’re going to learn forgiveness, don’t begin with the Gestapo!” And yet you do have to begin somewhere. Some hints. Try to balance between something “doable” and yet something challenging, even impossible. Give up sweets or alcohol, but also, pray to God for help in forgiving your sister for hurting you that time years and years ago. By the end of Lent, that second “discipline” of forgiveness might force you to say, “Lord, I can’t do this on my own. I need your help,” which is its own important lesson.

And here’s another thought. Do something not just “public”, so to speak, that you can tell people about, but something private, that’s only between you and God. I’ve already heard of someone who has decided to do something that reflected the traditional three-fold Lenten disciplines of “Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving,” along with “reading and meditating on God’s holy word.” (Prayer Book, p. 265). She has decided to begin and end each day with a prayer -- even ten seconds, “Thank you God for this day” would do it. For the Fasting & Almsgiving she has decided to give up three lunches out per week and give that amount of money -- secretly -- to an outreach project at the church. She has decided to read the Tuesday morning book study book, “If Grace is True,” by Quaker author Phillip Gulley, and be challenged his view that all human beings are, in the end, saved.

Some people get creative: give up driving your car for two or three days a week for a “lighter environmental footprint” on the earth; read a poem every day; give up TV on week nights; write a note to someone three times a week; give up gossip (at least during week days!); commit to the Wednesday Lenten Speaker series with Prof. Lee Humphreys; spend ten minutes a day in silence; give a donation that is absolutely anonymous.

Some make an appointment with a priest or counselor and say, “This is where I am in my life journey. These are my wounds; this is what my life is like. How does it look to you? What could God be up to? What might I do to change my life?”

Whatever it is, be bold! Step out! Take a chance. Do something for a change. Do something for a change. And remember that the God who created you and who loves you, the God who beckons you on the journey, who created you for the blossoming of your soul, that God will also help you along the way, “Until your light breaks forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly.” Amen.


St. Catherine’s – A Busy Parish!

By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden

When you drive through East Cobb you see lots of churches. Lots. And it’s the parking lots that give them away. Yes, all are full on Sundays, and some on Wednesday nights. But it seems our parking lot is full most all the time. Weekday mornings, it’s full of teachers’ cars and parents dropping off children at our preschool. Nearly every evening there are meetings and classes and studies and community groups meeting here. One of my peers on the Vestry used to say, “We’re the meeting-est parish I know!” Well, maybe we are. But there is a lot of energy moving through here, too.

Many of our committees and ministry teams are working on major projects. You can read though the articles here in The Wheel and see the many activities going on. And who plans and executes these exciting events? It’s all done by volunteers – people just like you and me. In fact, some of our ministry team leaders are reaching their three-year commitment and are asking new leaders to step up. There are committees that need new energy and some that are looking for “new blood” to strengthen their ranks. If you have been wondering how to get involved, you can contact Pat Pepper, our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerstcatherines.org – or you can ask me or any one of the vestry members (all volunteers, too). There is a list of vestry members and ministry team leaders on the front of the bulletin insert, and the bulletin board in the lobby that has just been updated. There are so many jobs to do and many opportunities to serve your fellow parishioners through your gifts of time and talent.

Specifically, we are looking for someone with HR experience to guide our HR Committee, someone with fundraising or stewardship campaign experience to lead our Stewardship Committee, a coordinator for our many Pastoral Care ministries—from Sonshine to Stephen Ministers—and two people who love event planning and execution to guide our Fellowship Team. Please consider how you can help St. Catherine’s during this interim year. The momentum continues and we need your help!


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, March 1

Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us at 7:00 - 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.


Interfaith Immersion Program - March 4-6

Space is limited and registration is required. The total cost of 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 -- Istanbul Culture Center - Lunch and conservation, worship service (Jumah), introduction of contemplative prayer; Congregation Or Hadash - Introduction to sacred space, Kosher dinner, worship service (Shabbat).
  • Saturday, March 5 (Vedanta, Hinduism, Buddhism) 8:30 am – 3:30 pm -- Vedanta Center - Introduction to sacred space, Ccommunal worship, and Q&A; Chin Maya Mission - Hindu (Dharma), lunch and conversation; Shambhala Center - Buddhism introduction, meditation time, conversation.
  • Sunday, March 6 (Christianity - Episcopalian) 10:45 am – 3:00 pm -- At St. Catherine’s - Introduction of sacred space, worship service, lunch, evaluation & closure.

TO PREPARE

  • Dress comfortably with casual modest clothing, scarves for women (Friday only). Bring sweater or long sleeves for those who get chilly in air-conditioning.
  • As we will remove our shoes in some locations it is strongly recommended to wear SOCKS and easy, comfortable shoes.
  • Bottled water provided on the bus.
  • Bring a pen and small notebook for keeping track of key points and questions.


Women's retreat: "Find Your Playful Path"

Reserve by March 15

You are invited to join the women of St. Catherine’s to go on retreat together, Friday to Sunday, April 15-17, at Montera Farm in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. During that retreat we’ll recover and explore our sense of playfulness. 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 who we are, a beloved child of God.

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. A fee of $275 for the weekend includes lodging, gourmet meals, and all other retreat activities. Horseback riding, winetasting at a local vineyard and massage are also available but extra. See details and photos of Montara Farm's wonderful setting at www.montarafarm.com. Partial scholarships are available. You may also contribute to the retreat scholarship fund for others, a wonderful gift to help a sister in Christ, all amounts gratefully accepted. To register or for information please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan Johnson, ammasusanstcatherines.org.


"Safeguarding" trainings February 27

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.


Scheduling in-person announcements at Sunday services

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.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Day this Saturday, February 20

We will take a field trip to volunteer with Simple Needs Georgia, an organization that serves to fill in the gaps with simple needs (such as toiletries and cleaning products) for organizations in our community that we love including MUST Ministries and Family Promise. Learn more about them at simpleneedsgablog.com.

We will meet at the church at 9:30 am and caravan over together (10 minutes), ending at 12 noon. Please wear closed toed shoes and dress in layers, as the warehouse is not climate controlled. Ages 8 and older are allowed to volunteer. RSVP to Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) and indicate if you are willing to drive or would prefer a ride.


Hunger Walk/Run on Sunday, March 13

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!

To sign up for St. Catherine's Team or to make a donation in support of our Team, go to this link: http://engage.acfb.org/goto/stcatherinesepiscopa
OR FOR YOUTH see the special Dioscesan Youth Team (information below in this newsletter).
-> To Make a Donation, click on the button labeled "Donate Now" and fill out the donation form
-> To Join our Team and fundraise with us click the "Join Team" button and complete the registration process. Once done, you will have your own personal fundraising page that you can share with others to ask for donations on your behalf! Any gifts made directly on your behalf will automatically be credited to our team's overall fundraising totals.

  • LUNCH: A light lunch will be provided in St. Cat’s Parish Hall by Connie & Ron Bergeron from 11:00 am to noon. (Note that this is for adults & families, the Youth team will depart at 9 am.) PLEASE be sure to RSVP if you are planning to go and would like to join us before leaving for Turner Field. Lunch service will end promptly at 12:00 noon so we can be on our way. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Connie at connieatlbergerons.net.
  • Car pooling to Turner Field: If you plan to drive to the event and would be willing to have others ride with you, please let us know so we can coordinate car pools. Reply on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Connie at connieatlbergerons.net.
  • Please note: If you are walking or running, you should attend the 7:30 am or 8:45 am service on March 13 in order to be able to depart on time.

Thank you for your support of Hunger Walk/Run 2016!


Rice Bowls for Lent

Fact: There are nearly 163 million orphans in the world.
Fact: Malnutrition plays a part in more than ½ all child deaths.
Fact: 2.2 billion people live on less than $2 per day.
Fact: You and your family can help with CHANGE.

Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. 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.

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Vestry Notes – February 2016

by Bill Ivey

Your vestry met on Tuesday, February 16. We started with prayer and Eucharist, as always. Our agenda was quite full. We began by discussing and approving the expansion of the Youth House. Construction will begin around March 1. Over half of the needed funds have been collected, and fundraising will continue until the house is competed and ready for use this fall. We have received approval from the diocese to build this expansion, and our Youth House Expansion (YHE) committee is working on putting together a volunteer work schedule for decking, building stud walls, painting, etc. Watch for the sign-up opportunity!

We received a report from the Nominating Committee with a very rough draft of the Parish Profile. Mostly, this will be an electronic (web-based) document, but copies will be available to pass around as needed. Future drafts will sharpen the focus and it will be presented to the Vestry by our next meeting. The Vestry was very appreciative of the work the committee is doing to find the next rector for St. Catherine’s.

We discussed some realignment of our ministries that will be reviewed with conveners and ministry teams on March 1 at our Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting. This is an open meeting and all are welcome (7:00 pm in the Parish Hall).

Our finances are in good shape as some of our members prepay their pledges for the entire year. We will monitor the budget monthly with the help of our treasurer, Rebeccah Devault, and Finance Committee chair, Susan Jablonski.

We approved a Master Planning process that will be used to assist Ministry Teams in developing new projects. A master plan for our facility of painting, repairs, replacement of aging equipment is in development.

Soon you will see an opportunity to pay your pledge and make one-time donations online – this new process will be implemented in March, we hope.

Our work at the recent Vestry retreat to create a parish vision— both short-term and long-term—will continue; now the work will be passed along to the Ministry Teams for their review and prioritizing. There is much to do in our church and we are busy at doing God’s work. We ask for your prayers as we work though many opportunities to grow in this transition year.


24 newcomers attend Coffee & Croissants!

By Bettye Harris & Susan Heuke, Invitation Ministry Team

A record number of newcomers and new members joined us in the Parish Hall on February 7 for our welcoming coffee. On the menu: coffee, croissants and other goodies; introductions; and conversation about our ministries. Special thanks to clergy, staff and lay leaders for supporting the event and helping us welcome our guests. We think everyone had a fine time and we appreciate the excellent turnout!

Our next newcomer event will be a special breakfast gathering in the Parish Hall at 9:15 am on Sunday, June 5. All are welcome!

Photos by Bettye Harris, Susan Heuke, Bill Ivey -- see lots more full size in the album at Newcomer Coffee 2016


Volunteer Corner: “How to love like Jesus ”

By Pat Pepper

During this season of Lent Bishop Rob Wright is inviting us to participate in a conversation about how to love like Jesus. Each week Bishop Rob will focus on one specific area, offering ideas and posing questions in order for us to grow even stronger and more courageous in loving like Jesus during this special time of year and beyond. While the relationship each of us has with God is unique, God’s love is universal and we are being challenged to look inward to determine what loving like Jesus means to us.

At St. Catherine's there are several opportunities to be considered while you are on this journey. Bill Ivey, Junior Warden of the Vestry has written an article ("St. Catherine’s – A Busy Parish!" above in this newsletter) telling us about opportunities that are going to be available for strong leaders. Current leaders who have given their time, talent and love serving in the area of Fellowship, Human Resources and Stewardship are ready to move into other ministries. Thank you, Therese Bramen – Stewardship; Shirley Childs and Jennifer Massey – Fellowship, and Elizabeth Lopez – Human Resources. You have loved like Jesus.

During this time of Lent you are invited to look inward and ask yourself, “Am I serving and giving back?” During this time of self-discipline and reflection are you preparing to determine what loving like Jesus means to you? If you have questions give me or a Vestry member a call.

Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!


Sermons online

Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page at www.stcatherines.org/sermons. Check here to listen to the latest entries:

  • Ash Wednesday by Amma Susan
  • First Sunday in Lent (February 14) by Father Dean (featuring Thin Mints® !)

And many more! Thank you to Bill Ivey for his continuing work to make these recordings available.


Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey -- see lots more full size in the albums at Winter 2016 and Lent 2016.

Nominating Committee members Tom Hunter and Chuck Shrake
taking more input at the Rector Search forum on February 7

Children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes -- the traditional
"burying the Alleluias" at the start of Lent (the Alleluias
reappear at Easter!)


Do you know about these ministries?

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:

  • February 22-28: Chancel Choir — This week we celebrate the life and work of Chancel Choir, for adult singers and youth past the age for Choristers. This choir sings for 11:15 service, September through May, plus special services. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:15 pm and Sundays 10:30 am. No auditions needed, and sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. To find out more about being part of this ministry contact Director Brian Williams, 678.461.9656, brianwstcatherines.org, or ask any Chancel Choir member.
  • February 29-March 6: Shepherds — This week we celebrate the life and work of Shepherds, part of our Invitation Ministry. This group staffs the welcome table in the foyer to give newcomers and visitors directions, encourage them to sign the guest book, help to introduce them to others, make follow-up phone calls, and generally help them feel at home. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Susan Heuke, 22sghcomcast.net, 678-354-1199.


Letters

Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • From The Center for Family Resources on February 4 for gift of 3,061 pounds of food items in 4th quarter 2015.

IN THE COMMUNITY

“Unplugged” concert benefit for MUST - Mac Powell and Mark Lee of Third Day

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.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 .

 

Sunday, March 13: "Beethoven and Bruckner: Musical Titans"

The Michael O’Neal Singers will join forces with Georgia Philharmonic to perform some of the grandest music produced by these musical titans on Sunday, March 13, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. The concert will begin with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op. 84, followed by his Choral Fantasy, Op. 80. The second half of the concert will be Bruckner's exquisite motets Locus Iste, WAB 23 and Ave Maria, WAB 6, and his grand Te Deum in C Major, WAB 45.

Tickets are $20 adult, $15 student/senior ($2 additional at the door). For more details and tickets visit www.mosingers.com/concert/beethoven-and-bruckner.

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Washing produce
    Fresh produce (even organic) can be contaminated with harmful bacteria from a variety of sources. All produce should be washed before using, whether it’s from the store, the farmer’s market, or your own backyard. Also, be sure to wash produce like onions or melons that will be peeled, so cutting into them doesn’t transfer bacteria from the outside into the edible portion. Rinse fresh produce under running water and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Using soap or a commercial produce wash is not recommended. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
     
     
  • Trans fats ban
    The Food and Drug Administration has released a rule that partially hydrogenated oils, a source of artificial trans fat, must be removed from food products by mid-2018. Trans fats raise “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and can lower "good" (HDL) cholesterol, contributing to the risk of heart disease and stroke. Common sources of trans fats are fried foods like doughnuts and French fries, and baked goods such as pastries, pie crusts, cookies, and foods made with stick margarine or vegetable shortenings. Look at the ingredients on product labels before you buy. If the words “partially hydrogenated” appear in the ingredient list, the product likely contains trans fats. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration; American Heart Association

Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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: Lauren Ford, a youth in the Diocese of Atlanta; Tomari Jackson, a youth from North Cobb High School; Harper Lee, author and great-aunt of Father Dean

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Jan Madison, Ford Family, Anne Whittle, Susan Jenkins, Stan Dickson, Sue Wagner, Daniel Mikkelsen, Trina Williamson, Dease Family, Monohan Family, Marlene Stuart, Jo Tucker, Judy Hayes, Marlene Stuart, Haven Checkler, Pat Baldwin, Bill Holman, Bill Fambrough, Elizabeth Keely, Poula Thompson, Brian Burnaugh, Nancy Madaris, Brandon Long, Robert Brown, Nancy Perkins, Roger Hamilton, Tyson, Warren Martin, Kathryn Burgher

BIRTHDAYS: (2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Steve Pyburn, Cecelia Pumpelly, (2/22) Kent Hankinson, Katie Barrington, (2/23) Joyce Carter, Swiss Britt, (2/24) Natalie Whitlow, Gwen Gillespie, Joy Ettel, (2/27) Jeff Harris, (2/28) Hannah Harris, (3/1) Candy Jansen, (3/2) Marilyn May, Charlie Zimmerman, (3/3) Gary Parker, Elizabeth Lopez, (3/4) Barbara Saunders, Rebecca Riney, Ethan Cook, Jenna Fulcher.

ANNIVERSARIES: (2/25) Swiss & Peter Britt, (2/26) Chris & Alyce Brennan, (3/4) Jeff & Alison Harris

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(2/21) Steve, Harriett, Connor, Bryce, & Christin Pyburn; Michael & Meg Ramsey Reeves; Rebecca & Willow Riney; Steve & Rhonda Robinson
(2/28) Fleming Rowell; Robbie Roy & Risa & Mandy Maier; James & Joann Sampson; Hale & Diane Sanders; Corry & Nancy Sandlin.

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.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism

To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

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.

Saturday, 2/20 Saturday, 2/27

19th-21st
9:00AM
9:00AM
9:30AM
7:30PM

Happening @ Camp Mikell
Jubilate
CGS Level 1 Training
Cats On Wheels Outing
Concert: Atlanta Guitar Trio

9:00AM
9:00AM
9:00AM

Family Promise Board
Jubilate
CGS Level 1 Training
Sunday, 2/21 Sunday, 2/28

21st-28th
7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
2:00PM
7:00PM

Family Promise Hosting
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Solemn Communion Class
The Extension Dinner

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
2:00PM
3:00PM
3:30PM
6:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Solemn Communion Class
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts
Elizabeth Inn

Monday, 2/22 Monday, 2/29
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry
Mentors
Boy Scouts

3:30PM
6:00PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 2/23 Tuesday, 3/1

7:00AM
9:30AM
10:00AM
3:00PM
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Lent Eucharist & Study
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Computer Lab
MUST Laundry Team
Nominating Committee
Christian Formation

7:00AM
9:30AM
10:00AM
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM

Lent Eucharist & Study
Bible Study
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Computer Lab
Adult Christian Ed
Conveners
Quarterly Ministry Teams
Wednesday, 2/24 Wednesday, 3/2
5:30AM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

MUST Breakfast
Wednesday Lenten Supper
Choristers
Lent Lecture Series
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir

 
9:30AM
5:45PM
6:15PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Wheel Newsletter Deadline
MOPS
Wednesday Lenten Supper
Choristers
Lent Lecture Series
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 2/25 Thursday, 3/3
 
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
EfM
Men's Bible Study

 
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Women's Retreat Planning
EfM
DOK Training
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 2/26 Friday, 3/4
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

   
4th-6th
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Interfaith Immersion Weekend
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Monday, March 7 - Wheeler High School chorus concert, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 20 - Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week
  • Sunday, March 27 – Easter Day
  • Women's Retreat - April 15-17
  • Youth Pilgrimage – May 30 to June 8
  • Vacation Bible School – Monday-Thursday, June 20-23, 9:00 am - noon
  • Rite 13 Youth Beach Trip - June 24-26

ST. CAT'S EYC - YOUTH - NEWS

By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Pics - Valentine Dinner Dance 2016

Good food, good cause and over $30,000 raised on February 6 in support of our youth! Photos by Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron, Bettye Harris -- see lots more full size in the album at Valentine Dinner Dance 2016.

Serving at Elizabeth Inn

Youth will be serving dinner at the MUST Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway on Sunday, February 28. If you are able to help please let Sally know!

 

EYC at Hunger Walk

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. The Walk/Run begins at 2 pm. See information and registration links at www.eycdioatl.org/event-information.html.

 

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1

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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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