The people of St. Catherine's seek
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has for us and the world by
welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
March 5 - 18, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Concert
Youth House Expansion
WHS/Vanderbilt Chorus
Women's retreat
Daylight Savings Time
Trunk Yard Sale
Cats On Wheels
Rector search update
Keeping a Holy Lent
  Lent lecture series
  Lent morning study
  Reflections
Journey To Easter
  Palm Sunday readers
  Music/Flowers
  Prayer vigil
  Monastic dinner
  Children's Chapel
  Stations of the Cross
  Rites of Reconciliation
  Easter eggs
  Easter receptions
  Meetings
  Office schedule

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Hunger Walk

Rice Bowls
Family Promise board

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Volunteer Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Michael O'Neal Singers
Georgia Festival Chorus
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Elizabeth Inn dinner
EYC Hunger Walk
Parents Night Out
Bring breakfast
You(th) help
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

3/4-6 – Interfaith Immersion

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

3/7 – Wheeler & Vanderbilt Choruses

3/8, 15, 22 – Morning Eucharist & Lenten Study

3/9, 16 – Wednesday Lent Series

3/11-12 – Stephen Ministry Retreat

3/12 - Solemn Communion Retreat

3/13 – Daylight Savings Time begins;
Hunger Walk @ Turner Field

3/19 – Cats On Wheels lunch trip;
Trunk Yard Sale

3/20 – Palm Sunday;
The Extension dinner

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Processions

By Father Dean+

Palm Sunday is a day especially loved by Episcopalians, perhaps partly because we do love processions! (Perhaps you’ve heard the old joke about “What happens when the church catches fire? The Baptists yell, ‘Water, water, full immersion’; the Presbyterians form a committee to study it; the Christian Scientists deny that there is a fire at all; and of course, the Episcopalians grab the wine, form a procession, and process out.”) The Palm Sunday procession mirrors Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem amid palms and praises. But as such, it also mirrors the “procession” of our life—from birth to death, with the hope that we might know love in between, amid the tragedies that every soul runs into.

The actor Christopher Reeves became famous for playing Superman, and it seemed that the procession of his life was leading to all sorts of wonderful things ahead. But then, as you may recall, a horseback riding accident paralyzed him so completely that he could not even breathe on his own. In his autobiography, he tells about a time just after the accident that it began to sink in what his life would really be like, and he came to the conclusion that it would be better off if he had died. That terrible, tragic turn of his life just could not have any meaning. He said that, in that darkest of moments, it was two things that his wife whispered to him that somehow gave him the perspective that his life still had meaning and possibilities—and a higher destiny. She said, “I love you”, and then she said, “You’re still you.” That voice, whispered in his ear, began to turn the corner for him.

I invite you, as we approach this Holy Week and in those “Gethsemane” turns of your life procession, to listen for God’s voice whispering those two things into your ear. No matter what path your life takes, says God, you are a beloved person whom I created with an important purpose and destiny. Your life makes a difference. Knowing that will not exempt us from the pain of life, but it will, we believe and hope, empower us to process on and enter into our destiny, and our lives will be filled with the joy and wonder of that deep, deep love.


St. Catherine's Concert Series

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

Join us for the final concert of our 2015-16 series, a delightful program of Irish and Scottish music featuring Hannah Harris. She and fellow musicians including Pierce Hale and Jeff & Alison Harris will offer ballads, jigs and reels on fiddle, flute, drum, piano and more. The concert is free, no tickets needed and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.

 

-> Cookies requested for concert reception

A reception will follow this concert. If you would like contribute some cookies or other finger desserts please leave your items clearly marked for "Concert Series" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to the concert. Thank you!


Youth House Expansion Project

Ground is broken; Phase Two begins

After the 8:45 service on March 27 we processed down the stairs and out the back for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Youth House Expansion. God blessed us with beautiful weather and we’re ready to get started! Site work will go forward on Saturday, March 5 with brush clearing and installing silt and tree protection fencing.

We are now beginning Phase 2 fundraising. If you have not donated yet, here is your chance! In the pews and foyer there are envelopes for direct donations, or pledge cards if you wish to give monthly from now until August, or you may print one online at www.stcatherines.org/forms/youthhousepledge.pdf. We are hoping for 100% participation from our St. Catherine's family! NO amount is too small. We have currently received almost $90,000 in donations and pledges. We have less than $50,000 needed to fully fund this space that is so needed by our Youth, Family Promise and entire congregation for meeting space and storage.

 

Construction help needed

The construction of this expansion is being handled by our parish members Habitat House-style, the same method as for the orginal building. Sign up sheets are available in the foyer for anyone wanting to help with this build in any way. Please sign up to be on the information distribution list or contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com, 404.731.4466.

Photos below by Bill Ivey and Sally Paris, see more full size in the album at Youth House Expansion 2016.


Wheeler Choruses and Vanderbilt University Choir

Monday, March 7

At 7:00 pm in the sanctuary the Wheeler High School Choruses will be joined by the Vanderbilt University Choir for their winter concert at our church. Everyone is invited, no tickets or admission.

A reception will follow the program and all are welcome. This is a very special offering of hospitality to the students in our community as well as the audience, and it is always very much appreciated! Donations of cookies and help with set up and clean up are requested. Thank you!


Women's retreat - reserve by March 15

You are invited to join the women of St. Catherine’s for our 2016 retreat, "Finding Your Playful Path," Friday to Sunday, April 15-17, at Montera Farm in the mountains of north Georgia. During this retreat we’ll recover our sense of playfulness. We'll explore games, art, dance and music, all for the fun of doing it. In between we'll talk about what is fun and what we might do to have more fun together. And everything we do or talk about will be connected to the 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.

You can see details and photos of Montara Farm's beautiful away-from-it-all setting at www.montarafarm.com -- and anyone who has been to Montera can tell you how wonderful their food is!

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. The total 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. 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.


Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13

Don't be late! Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time -- SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early on March 13 in Eastern Daylight Time.


Trunk Yard Sale — Saturday, March 19

Time for some spring cleaning! Clear out your closets and bring your items to sell at St. Catherine’s trunk yard sale, 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March 19. You’ll rent a parking space in St. Catherine’s lot and sell your things from the trunk/rear of your vehicle in our church-wide yard sale open to the public. Parking spaces are $20, $10 optional table setup. All proceeds will benefit our Youth House Expansion Project.

Reserve soon since spaces are limited. We will be holding these sales on the third Saturday of March, April and May this year. For more information or to reserve your spot sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact LeeAnn Sherry, 770-815-5299, leeannsherrybellsouth.net.


Cats On Wheels lunch Saturday, March 19

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 periodic outings to various places of interest throughout the year.

Our next odd-month, pay-your-own lunch will be Saturday, March 19 at Olde Blinde Dog Irish Pub – the MILTON LOCATION at 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton, 678-624-1090, www.oldeblinddog.com/#!location/c2q4 . Carpools will depart St. Catherine’s parking lot at 11:00 am. RSVP so we can save you a seat -- sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-220 so we know you are coming.


Rector Search update: New Transition Ministry Consultant

By Your Nominating Committee

The Rev. Rob Wood has taken a new position in the Diocese of North Carolina and is no longer serving as our consultant in our rector transition process. The committee is thankful to Fr. Rob for his guidance and support over the last four months and we wish him the best.

We are pleased that The Rev. Hazel Glover will be joining us in our search process to work with us as our new consultant. Her experience and guidance will be a wonderful asset to our transition process. We are grateful for her willingness to work with us and look forward to the months ahead.

Your Nominating Committee is posting periodic updates on the search process on St. Catherine’s blog page – read it now at www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney, and we invite you to add your comments there. You may also contact the committee at nominationsstcatherines.org.


Keeping a Holy Lent

Lenten Guest Lecture Series -- Wednesdays, March 9 and March 16

PLEASE! RSVP if you are coming for supper! Join us for the last two sessions of our Lenten Guest Lecture Series on Wednesdays, “The Character of God in Genesis,” with The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphrey. Supper is at 5:45 pm; Lenten Lecture Series for adults 6:30-7:15 pm (Youth and Explorers programs continue on the usual schedule). 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 Sally Paris in the church office, sallystcatherines.org or 770-971-2839, by Tuesday 5 pm.

 

Tuesday morning Lenten Eucharist and study continues through March 22

Each Tuesday during Lent we gather at 7:00 am for a quiet Eucharist to begin our day, then at 7:30 am for a brief book 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 are being led by Father Dean.

 

Reflection of the Day

Read the reflection of the day now through Easter Day from this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, "40 Days To Prepare," by our own St. Catherine's members. The collection is available on the Reflections page of our website at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm, posted daily on our Facebook page, and you may subscribe to receive a daily email with the Lent Reflection of the Day (sign up on the Reflections page).


Journey to Easter

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends for the week beginning March 20 for Holy Week. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. This time marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. In rites and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. We discover the answer to age-old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ.

Please join us for the special liturgies of the three days of the Easter Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter (7:30 pm each day) — word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. We have additional offerings during Holy Week so please look through the calendar and activities below. The nursery is available as noted in the schedule. You are invited.

 

Palm Sunday, Mar. 20...

7:30 am

Holy Eucharist (HE)

8:00 am

Breakfast

8:45 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

10:00 am

Church School (nursery)

11:15 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

Tuesday, March 22...

7:00 am

HE + Lenten Book Study

6:30 pm

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, March 23...

12:15 pm

NOTE UPDATED TIME
HE + Healing Service

Maundy Thursday, March 24...

7:30 pm

Maundy Thursday Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:30 pm

All-night Prayer Vigil

Good Friday, March 25...

9:00 am

Morning Prayer

12:00 pm

Stations of the Cross (outdoor)

6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross (indoor)

7:30 pm

Good Friday Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

Monastic Supper

Holy Saturday, March 26...

10:00 am

Proper Liturgy

7:30 pm

Great Vigil of Easter (nursery)

Easter Day, March 27...

6:30 am...

Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist (rain or shine)

 

7:30 am...

Breakfast

 

8:45 am...

Festive Family Eucharist (nursery)

 

10:00 am...

Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
(no Church School)

 

11:15 am...

Festive Choral Eucharist (nursery)

 

12:45 pm...

Reception

 

Palm Sunday readers sign up

A tradition of the church is for the congregation to read the Passion Gospel in parts during worship on Palm Sunday, March 20. It reminds us that the journey that we begin on Palm Sunday is not a memorialization of something that happened long ago but a journey of betrayal, pain, suffering and new life we each take in our lives. Volunteers are needed to read a small part while standing at your seat. This is an opportunity for parishioners who are not already lay readers to be involved (lay readers are welcome to participate as well). Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Lay Readers chairperson Bill Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net.

 

Easter Music and Flowers collection - due by Sunday, March 13

We invite you to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our sanctuary and church for the Easter celebration, and for special music at Easter Day services. You will find small brown (manilla) envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (or you may send donations with this information included to the church office). Please send in your donations by Sunday, March 13.

 

Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday (March 24) liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. We will have security in the building through the night. The sign up poster will be in the foyer. You may sign up for the time you desire even if others already have, there is no limit to the number of persons keeping watch at any time period. Please stop by and find a half-hour or hour period of time you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion in the garden at Gethsemane. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?

 

Good Friday Monastic Dinner

We will gather after our Good Friday (March 25) service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy a delicious meal and a little wine or other beverage. As the meal progresses it is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Look for the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin to sign up and join us, or call the office at 770-971-2839.

 

Children’s Chapel omitted on Palm Sunday and Easter Day

Children’s Chapel will not be held during 8:45 services on Palm Sunday and Easter Day. Children will remain in the sanctuary with their families for the whole service on these dates. This program will resume the following Sunday.

 

Stations of the Cross

We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary. Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies for your use, including a history of Stations of the Cross, description of our Stations and map, laminated and in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry). The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary, Station 1 is at the right-hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.

  • A Way of the Cross for Children — Tuesday, March 22. We offer a special family Stations of the Cross during Holy Week on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This is an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. The characters in the drama of the Passion can inspire our own efforts to offer friendship, care and support to those in need. Children old enough to read will enjoy this experience and we invite all children ages 7-12. This experience will help them understand what happened to Jesus, and encourage both children and parents to think about God's presence and action in their lives.
  • Guided Stations of the Cross — Good Friday, March 25.
    Outdoor Stations is held at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm.

 

Rites of Reconciliation

The clergy of St. Catherine's offer the opportunity for private confession ("The Reconciliation of a Penitent") during Holy Week. During Lent we are called to a ministry of forgiveness. Holy Week is a great time to explore the areas in our own lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Please note that confessions are not restricted to times of sickness, they may be heard anytime and anywhere.

The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. The liturgy is found in our Book of Common Prayer, pages 446-452. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament including simply inquiring about it, please contact Father Dean or Amma Susan before noon on Monday, March 21 for an appointment during Holy Week.

 

Easter Egg Hunt – Candy & eggs needed by March 16

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is on Easter Day immediately after 8:45 service for children through 5th grade. We appreciate your donations of candy and empty plastic eggs:

  • Leave eggs and candy SEPARATE, no need to fill the eggs
  • Candy should be individually wrapped—no loose jelly beans, etc.
  • Please make sure the candy contains NO PEANUTS or peanut products. (Sorry, no Reese’s, Snickers, etc.!)
  • Bring items BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 to the box outside Youth Director Sally ’s office. Items left after this date CANNOT be used.

Thank you! The eggs will be assembled at Youth Wednesday evening program on March 16 in the Youth House, please join us.

 

Easter Receptions

Please join us for a light festive reception following 8:45 and 11:15 am services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee will need plenty of assistance with set-up, serving, and clean-up. This year we are keeping it light and are asking for ONLY cookies or other small, light finger desserts. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Shirley Childs sechildsbellsouth.net or Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com if you can help in any way.

 

No meetings to be scheduled for Holy Week

Holy Week is that time when our focus is on coming together as a community through these special days to journey with Jesus to the cross. In order to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do this we ask that no group meetings be scheduled during Holy Week, March 20-27, other than Lenten and Bible studies, and the preparations for Holy Week and Easter Day.

 

Office closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday

The church office will be closed on Good Friday, March 25, and Easter Monday, March 28. The Preschool and Preschool office will be closed on Good Friday.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Hunger Walk/Run on Sunday, March 13

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: 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.


Rice Bowls for Lent

Ingathering - Easter Day

Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Join our Young Families ministry in supporting 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 Day (March 27). Questions? Contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net, or see www.RiceBowls.org for more information.


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.

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Volunteer Corner: “How do you express your gratitude?”

By Pat Pepper

This week on our Lenten journey Atlanta Bishop Rob Wright is asking us to explore with others in the diocese the idea of gratitude. He is asking us to challenge ourselves to reflect on those things for which we're grateful. In the business of everyday life, how can we mindfully steal away and reflect on all the gifts in life? How do you express your gratitude for God's goodness?

One of the greatest gifts that you have received is your own talent. How do you use that gift? How do you express your thankfulness for the special way you are able to serve?

St. Catherine's has many ways for you to serve: helping cut down trees preparing for the Youth House expansion, serving on the Human Resources committee, joining the Stewardship Team… and I could go on and on. Whatever your gift, St. Catherine's is a place where it will be gratefully received. See me or a Vestry member, we have a list of great opportunities.

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


Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron, Daniel Mikkelsen -- see lots more full size in the album at Lent 2016.

Offering the gifts of bread and wine

Barb Selby, Mary Lou Shannonhouse
and Connie Bergeron prepared a
breakfast for Family Promise
hosting week in February

Atlanta Guitar Trio delighted us at
their concert here on February 20
Dennis Freeman featured on recorder
with the Youth Choir on February 28

Young Families celebrating Leap Day at Xdrenaline
(photos Daniel Mikkelsen)


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:

  • March 7-13: Hunger Walk — This week we celebrate the life and work of Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run, an annual event by Atlanta Community Food Bank which raises funds and awareness for hunger relief through a 5K at Turner Field in Atlanta. Proceeds benefit five charities including Episcopal Charities Foundation. St. Catherine’s sponsors a team and promotes donations to the event. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Connie Bergeron, 770.951.1411, connieatlbergerons.net.


Letters

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

  • From MUST Ministries on February 8, acknowledging total cash gifts in 2015 from our parish of $8,795.34.

IN THE COMMUNITY

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. Beethoven works will include his Egmont Overture, Op. 84, and Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, and works by Bruckner will include Locus Iste, WAB 23, Ave Maria, WAB 6, and Te Deum in C Major, WAB 45. Several members of St. Catherine's sing in this renowned north Atlanta chorus of 150 voices. 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.

 

Georgia Festival Chorus Spring Season

The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series with classic and contemporary choral works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Mack Wilberg and many more. The April 24 concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist will be a celebration of "72 Years of Song" for founding director Frank Boggs, including the premier of a new commissioned work by Wilberg. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus well-known to us through appearances in previous years at St. Catherine’s. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. For more about Georgia Festival Chorus and these concerts please visit www.tgafc.org. Dates and locations:

  • Sunday, March 6 – 6:00 pm at Eastminster Presbyterian Church
  • Sunday, March 13 – 4:00 pm at Hillside United Methodist Church, Woodstock
  • Sunday, April 3 – 6:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Marietta
  • Sunday, April 24 – 7:30 pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
  • Sunday, May 1 – 6:00 pm at Cornerstone Bible Church, Lilburn
  • Sunday, May 15 – 6:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Smyrna

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Getting back up is the key to success
    We are now two months into the new year – how are you doing with your health and fitness goals? A Japanese proverb states, “Fall down seven times, get up eight!” Setbacks are a normal part of changing habits and behaviors. The people that are the most successful are those who can quickly refocus and re-commit themselves. This applies to exercise and eating habits, quitting smoking and managing stress. Don’t throw in the towel. Keep trying until you find strategies that work for you. If your goal seems too big, try breaking it up into a few smaller goals and tackle them one at a time. Source: HealthFitness
     
     
  • Healthy dessert idea
    Looking for an easy and healthy dessert option? Consider cooked cranberries as a topping for angel food cake, low-fat yogurt, or reduced-fat ice cream. Mix one bag of fresh cranberries with a half cup of concentrated apple juice and two ounces of water. Simmer on the stovetop for about five minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then refrigerate. One cup of cranberries contains just 50 calories and no fat. It also makes a colorful and tasty dessert topping! Source: HealthFitness dietitian

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: Mary Alice Donovan, Frank Adams’ aunt; Bud Smith, friend of the Donoghue’s

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Glenn Cox, Russ White, Raymond Higgins, Jo Anne Fisher, Maude, Tom Brown, Christie Carter, Blanche & Elmo Schaeffer, Danya Minta, Kathryn Burgher, Bruce Friend, Brent Laman, Bill Riddleberger, Jan Madison, Anne Whittle, Susan Jenkins, Sue Wagner, Trina Williamson, Marlene Stuart, Jo Tucker, Haven Cleckler, Pat Baldwin, Bill Holman, Bill Fambrough, Poula Thompson, Nancy Madaris, Brandon Long, Robert Brown.

BIRTHDAYS: (3/6) Sebastian Calvo, (3/8) Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Jessica Pierce, Rachel Hutton, Lilli Buckalew, (3/9) Anthony Wilson, Chris Kallas, Jeffrey Boyd, Beatriz Montalvo, (3/10) Bruce Heuke, Erika Linstrom, (3/13)Jenna Gardiner, (3/15) Karolyn Olliffe, (3/16) Linda Smith, Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Michael Kerr.

ANNIVERSARIES: (3/6) Vince & Dorothea Westin; (3/8) Woodie & Ralph Patrick

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(3/6) Juan & Elizabeth Sandoval; Bill & Lynn Sapp; Randy Satterfield; Barbara Saunders; Ellen & Tess Sauve.
(3/13) Lisa Scheidt; Daniel, Marianne, Samuel & Noa Schlossberg; Sue Schnorf; Garrett Scott; Jerry & Linda Scott.

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, 3/5 Saturday, 3/12

4th-6th
9:00AM
7:30PM

Interfaith Immersion Weekend
Jubilate
Concert: Hannah Harris

9:00AM
9:00AM

Jubilate
Solemn Communion Retreat
Sunday, 3/6 Sunday, 3/13

7:30AM
8:00AM
8:45AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
12:30PM
2:00PM
3:30PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
The Journey Training
Solemn Communion Class
Girl Scouts

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

Daylight Savings Begins
Hunger Walk @ Turner Field
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
  / Solemn Communion
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
  / Stephen Ministry Commission
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts

Monday, 3/7 Monday, 3/14
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry
Memorial Garden Group
Youth Ministry
Wheeler/Vanderbilt Chorus
Boy Scouts

3:30PM
5:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Youth House Team
Men's Book Study
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 3/8 Tuesday, 3/15

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

Lent Eucharist & Study
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Preschool Event
Computer Lab
Master Planning
Nominating Committee
Fellowship
Outreach

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

Lent Eucharist & Study
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Adult Christian Ed
Nominating Committee
Invitation Ministry
Vestry
Wednesday, 3/9 Wednesday, 3/16
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

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

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

Thursday, 3/10 Thursday, 3/17
 
9:45PM
3:30PM
5:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Father Dean's day off
Preschool Board
Computer Lab
Finance Committee
EfM
DOK Training
Men's Bible Study

 
9:00AM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Father Dean's day off
Kitchen/PH Cleanup
EfM
DOK Training
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 3/11 Friday, 3/18
 
11th-13th
6:30AM
10:00AM
6:00PM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Stephen Ministry Retreat
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Parents Night Out
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

   
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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Women's Retreat - April 15-17
  • Parents Night Out - Fridays, April 8 and May 13
  • Sunday, May 8 - Mother's Day and Youth Sunday
  • Sunday, May 15 - Pentecost; Last day of Church School; School graduates recognized
  • Sunday, May 22 - Summer worship schedule begins (8:00 am and 10:30 am); Parish Picnic at noon
  • Youth Pilgrimage – May 30 to June 8
  • Monday, June 20 – Family Promise benefit golf outing at Indian Hills Country Club
  • 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

 

Serving at Elizabeth Inn

Thank you to those who came to cook and serve dinner at Elizabeth Inn on February 28! We had a blast grilling and we sliced a mean tomato!! (Photos, right)

 

EYC at Hunger Walk

If you plan to participate in the youth team for Hunger Walk on Sunday, March 13, please sign up with the link below and let Sally know ASAP! We want to make sure we have enough seat belts to transport everything!

On the 13th we will meet at church at 8:45 and leave for a service with youth from across the Diocese. We will walk at 2:00 and should be headed home around 4:00. See information and registration links at www.eycdioatl.org/event-information.html.

 

New! Parents Nights Out - Friday, March 11

The Youth will offer Parents Night Out on Friday, March 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, an opportunity for all St. Catherine's parents to have an evening out for themselves while their children (ages 2 and up) are supervised in the Youth House. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child, includes a pizza dinner and veggies. Children must be at least 2 years old.

RSVP now to parentsnightoutstcatherines.org to reserve place(s) for March 11. Sign up MUST be received no later than the Thursday before Parents Night Out so we can be sure to have enough “babysitters” and adults available. Children must be at least 2 years old. Additional dates coming up are April 8 and May 13. We hope to hold Parents Night Out on the second Friday each month as a way for the Youth to participate in fundraising for the Youth House Expansion.

 

Sign up to bring breakfast

We are still in need of breakfast donations for the youth. Please use the sign up form at www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4da9a82ba6fa7-youth to provide breakfast and drinks for the youth one Sunday morning. We have 24 slots to fill between now and May. If you haven't brought part of breakfast yet please consider it! It is an easy way to support the youth on Sunday mornings!

 

How can YOU(TH) help?

  • Wheeler / Vanderbilt Chorus Concert - help serve cake and punch after the chorus concert in the sanctuary on Monday, March 7.
  • Youth House Expansion Fundraisers - Parent's Night Out is a new activity to raise money for our youth house. First PNO March 11: 6-9! We need youth to help with childcare for these evenings. If you're interested, email Caroline Brennan: happybrennanhotmail.com.

 

At Happening - Winter 2016

A wonderful weekend at Camp Mikell February 19-21 with over 130 youth from around the Diocese. St. Catherine's was well represented and continues to make us proud! Photos by Maureen Donoghue, see lots more full size in the album at Lent 2016.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 22

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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