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By Father Dean
Where is God? That’s what the Wise Men wanted to know. It’s what they spent their lives trying to find out. For some mysterious reason, says our Gospel lesson this Sunday, their astronomy—their look at the natural world—led them to the manger of Jesus Christ. In that journey that began in the natural world, a star, they found God in the form of a human being, a baby lying in a manger.
They found God, even though they were not in any way God’s “chosen.” Perhaps that’s why the symbol of this new season, the season of Epiphany, is most appropriately, a star. A star is up there for anyone in the world to see, any human being on the planet. God wishes to be found not just by the chosen people but by every human being. Epiphany invites us to believe that God’s ways of becoming known to humanity are “more than we can ask or imagine.” And so, why wouldn’t God be generous and gracious enough to include such ways of Revelation as the beauty and grandeur of nature, through music, literature, and the arts, through the insights of other cultures, and even (this is radical) through the insights of other faiths?
I invite you to celebrate this most open, ecumenical and even inter-faith season of the church year by considering how God reveals God’s self to you in nature, art, music, poetry, and even the wisdom of those who do not profess your faith. Our God, the God revealed to us this Epiphany Season, is a God generous and gracious enough to make Himself known in more ways than we can imagine!
Sunday, January 15, 10 am
Come during the Church School hour to the Parish Hall and hear the fascinating story of the Episcopal Church in the nation of Honduras. Adult Church School classes will attend this presentation in lieu of regular classes. We will be honored to have the Bishop of Honduras, The Right Reverend Lloyd E. Allen, visiting Saint Catherine's along with Canon Stephen Robinson and Rhonda Robinson, who are a part of the St. Catherine’s community.
The Robinsons will share their story of Honduras over the past two years as they have worked with the diocese’s seven bilingual Episcopal Schools. Bishop Allen who, as the first Honduran-born Bishop in the history of the Episcopal/Anglican Church in Honduras, has served in that capacity since 2001. They will share some of the exciting things that God is doing in Honduras, as well as some of the challenges that face the work of the Episcopal Church.
-> Learn about The Honduran Story: Steve & Rhonda's Call in their video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_Q-h1XQvvg&feature=youtu.be
Saturday, January 21, 8:30-11:45 am
By Pat Pepper
I recently read a quote from author, blogger and preacher Sarah Bessey: “The love of God is bigger, wilder, more wonderful, more beautiful, more healing, more alive than you ever dare to hope. And it's for you.” And I would add, that message is for us to share with others, especially the bigness that the love of God is big enough for all of us. We can each share this message, in our own personal way.
On January 21 an exciting opportunity is available which will help us accomplish this. Julie Johnson, Doctor of Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, keynote speaker, wife, mother, and St. Cat's member, says she will help us “discover how who you are can help you live authentically in your daily life and joyfully in your ministry to the church and world.” She will guide us through discovering and discerning our Temperament, Spiritual Gifts and Interests/Passion/Mission. Julie has as two of her goals to help us answer:
A continental breakfast will be served. If you have questions or need additional information contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, ppepper97bellsouth.net or Stephanie Yucius, Vestry member, stephyuciushotmail.com.
Special schedule this day!
St. Catherine’s Parish Annual Meeting will be held on January 22 at 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall, following our 10:30 am worship this day. A light lunch (no charge) will be served immediately following the service, followed by the meeting.
Bring your smart phone to the service this day! And if you don't have a smart phone, don't worry, you will of course participate in our special activity. Start thinking now... what would you like to tell our next Rector about yourself? If you have questions please contact Nelson Gale, ngale1950gmail.com or Joy Ettel, joy_sealmsn.com.
The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Interim Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, Nominating Committee and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that will particularly lie ahead in this new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual reports are due January 8
We really want to have all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send reports by email to rosestcatherines.org as soon as possible. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.
Lunch help needed
The Fellowship Ministry is looking for help with set up of the Parish Hall (noon on Saturday, January 21), and clean up after the meeting. Please contact Deana DeLaBarre, deana_delabarrecomcast.net, to lend a hand or if you have questions.
Stephen Ministry feature on Sunday, January 29
Do you hurt when you see someone else hurting? Have you ever wanted to help that person but just didn't know how? Be at church on Sunday January 29. We have a resource that will help you.
In the meantime, click on this link to learn a little more about Stephen Ministry: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ8Z_Q8LHAM
Saturday, February 11 - get tickets soon!
The 2017 Valentine Dinner Dance, with the always-fabulous Silent and Live Auctions, will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 11. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support. Proceeds will go to defray costs of the bi-annual J2A Youth Pilgrimage.
Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! Ticket are $35 per person, and are available before and after Sunday services until sold out. For information, contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org.
Auction items being accepted now
We are now seeking donations for the Live and Silent Auctions – all types of items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Please pick up a form outside Youth Director Sally Paris’s office, or contact her as above.
By Your Stewardship Committee
Congratulations St. Catherine’s! Our fall Stewardship season has grown pledge income by almost 2% over 2016, with 211 pledges returned for a total of $804,216, adding 24 new pledges, and more than 76 families increased their pledges. This good news will allow your finance team to balance our budget granting each ministry team the core requests they have made. Thank you for your prayerful support of all our missions and ministries.
Pledges still needed
Every pledge is important now as our budgeting is done from our pledged income. If you have not yet had the opportunity to send in your 2017 pledge, please pick up a card at church or print one from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/PledgeCard.pdf . Return it at church on Sunday or mail to Rosemary Wolfe in the office as soon as possible.
New classes begin Sunday, January 8! Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring.
Church School - Sundays, 10 AM
Weekday Bible study groups
Children & Youth programs weekly beginning January 11; Adult Lenten Series begins March 8
Our Wednesday nights have wonderful things in store this year, so join us deepen our walk in Christ. We’ll have fellowship and learning for children, youth and adults. In addition to programs for all ages, Choristers of St. Catherine’s (kids and youth grades 3-12) have rehearsals 6:15-7:00 pm and Chancel Choir (adults) 7:15-8:45 pm.
The Advent wreath recycling bin is now in the foyer. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made at St. Cat's for the past season. Thank you!
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! Mark your calendar now for our activities coming up. For each, please RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200:
Saturday, January 21 – Stage play: “Greetings Friend, Your Kind Assistance is Required” at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in this new year with these stellar events. Please add these dates to your calendar now! We welcome you to all our concerts and hope you'll bring family and friends. All programs are free, no tickets needed and the public is invited.
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s
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!
Did you know that our sanctuary flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries? We thank you for your donations!
The 2017 schedule is available at church for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one. Please note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, so choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each (no increase for 2017!).
By Barb Selby and Linda Scott
Hosting of families through our Family Promise ministry was a wonderful experience in 2016 for our guests and our volunteers alike. Our thanks to the support — financial, spiritual and hands-on — to all of you! We are so appreciative of the time, talent and love that you bring to this outreach program.
For those who have dropped off donations at the Day Center, please note that it has moved to a house on the property of Transfiguration Catholic Church at 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta 30066. They are currently getting organized, so we suggest calling first to be sure they can receive donations – of course the monetary kind are always welcome!
You can view a video about Family Promise on YouTube, called "Family Promise: An Introduction To An Interfaith Hospitality Network" – watch it now at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDChLrNYnyk.
Sign up for next Hosting Week - Jan. 29-Feb. 5
St. Catherine's will be hosting Family Promise families the end of this month from Sunday, January 29 to Sunday, February 5. If you would like to help out by cooking and serving dinner one night that week, being an evening host for a couple of hours, spending the night or setting up or taking down the accommodations in the Youth House, please contact Linda Scott (lindamscott1949gmail.com) or Barb Selby (theselbysbellsouth.net).
As we begin our fourth year in the program, we want to invite anyone who is interested in experiencing Family Promise to contact either Barb or Linda as above. Our 2017 hosting dates are January 29 – February 5; March 26 – April 2; August 6-13; and November 26 – December 3. Our annual fundraising Golf Tournament is June 19 at Indian Hills Country Club. Please mark these dates in your calendar and help us partner with other churches in our county to help families with children find safe and secure housing in which to grow and thrive. Thanks again!
Highlights from the December Vestry meeting
By Marilyn Hunter, Vestry member
By Stephanie Yucius
St. Catherine's has a group of 10 children that meet on Wednesday nights after Choristers rehearsal. They are called the Wednesday Night Explorers and are aged 9 to 12. This year we are exploring people or movements that bring good into the world and don't follow the status quo expectations of society. To just name a few, we have learned about Nancy Brinker (sister of Susan Komen), TRAP kitchen catering in Compton, Mother Teresa, several people that overcame their disability, the National Parks movement and our very own Richard Pearson.
In connection with our discussion of India and the change that Mother Teresa brought to bring help to the unloved and unwanted, we learned more about Episcopal Relief and Development. We discussed their gifts of life program that can bring livestock, gardens, water, medicine, schooling, and health worker training to a community that is in need. While I thought we could buy a single goat for the program, the children showed me that they had much bigger plans to help! They listed out everything they wanted to offer as gifts to a community. The list consisted of a donkey and cart, a goat, a flock of chickens, a community garden, clean water, reforestation of trees, prenatal care, nourishment and learning for a preschooler, and health worker training. These gifts added up to $1,220. Wow, 10 kids with big dreams!! So we formed a plan on how to raise the money. We formed 3 areas of fundraising. They were to request funding from our outreach ministry, serve a fee-based lunch as Nancy Brinker would have, and to sell cards that could be given as gifts. We were able to raise $300 from outreach, $300 from the lunch and $900 from selling the cards!
We exceeded our goal to raise $1,500. On top of that accomplishment, Episcopal Relief and Development had a matching donation program for the month of December. Our Wednesday Night Explorers had an impact of $3,000 for a community in need in the form of livestock, gardens, health benefits and education. Way to go, kids!!
By Pat Pepper
“The New Year stands before us like a chapter in a book waiting to be written. We can help with that story by setting goals.” — Melody Beattie
I love paper calendars. I use the calendar on my laptop, but the paper one that hangs in the laundry room is my favorite. On January 1st of each year every square is clean and ready for me to add my appointments. I think our calendars are like our check books—what is written on the piece of paper says a lot about our priorities, our goals and who we are.
I invite you to have serving at St. Catherine's as one of your goals for the coming year, and have “Loving Like Jesus” be one of your 2017 goals. A good time to start is in January, the first month of the new year! So please add the following to your calendar: two very important events in the life of St. Catherine's...
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Photos by Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris, Jan Potter, Connie Bergeron, Phil Spessard. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Christmas Pageant - See LOTS more pictures full size in the album at Christmas Pageant 2016 !
Greening of the Church (aka Hanging of the Greens) - a little work, a lot of fun!
Merry Christmas on Christmas Eve!
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:
St. Catherine's Boy Scout Troop 713 is in need of adult help. We especially need help in teaching/counseling BSA merit badges.The full list of badges and an explanation of the process is available at: www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx. Please call troop leader Larry Bishop at 770 317-2122 to discuss.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities 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.
MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jake England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousins; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Andrew Hutton, Taylor Bacon, and Zach Hurley.
DECEASED: Edwin Caudle
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress, and Donald, our President-Elect.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Liz Leiberman, Walt Gansser, Grace Adams, Alison Adams, Joan Nixon, Brenda Webb, Derrick Smith, Jeanette Wallace, Byron Lyon, Shelley Ransdell, Nancy Johnson, Sean Sheehan, Becky Smith, Kathy Royal, Sharon Harper, Stan Dickson, Kay Pace, Chris Phillips, Gary Parker, Rick Hendrickson, Julian Henderson, John Clark, Gary England, Teressa Blondell, Joyce Hendricks, Maliha Islam, Kathryn Burgher, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, and Chris Phillips.
BIRTHDAYS: (1/8) Michael Goodstone, Mark Boutilier, Lucas Brennan, Gabriella Nienaber, (1/9) Ashley Friend, (1/10) Michael Motes, Linda Scott, (1/11) Brian Paglia, (1/13) Emily Gale, Dianne Blaskshear-Wood, Noah Zurn, (1/14) Carol Starr, Alan Fey, Penn Worden, (1/15) Barri Gehrand, Zach Pope, (1/16) Kylie Morris, (1/17) Susannah Campbell, Carla von Hoffman, Joann Sampson, (1/19) Bill Krupp, Jillian Fulcher, Becky Adams, Jay Hendricks.
ANNIVERSARIES: Elizabeth & Daniel Goldman (1/8)
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 Volunteer Opportunities 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
Thank you to my fabulous youth and their families for the generous Christmas gift. It is truly a blessing to get to know and work with so many amazing people. My heart is full!
Thank you to all who helped partner with Daughters of the King to pack bags for Holy Comforter for Christmas. Many hands really made light work and it was a joy to pack gifts for others!
Thank you to all who served at Emmaus Elves on Christmas Eve! We had a wonderful time serving the community of People's Town!
Confirmation Classes begin for the J2A Class (9th and 10th grade) with an orientation meeting for all youth, parents and sponsors -- Sunday, January 8, 6:00 pm!
The YA class is planning a retreat this summer, June 16-18, for all in 7-12th grade! More information to come about theme, but we all know it will be a blast! This is an incentive-based trip. Youth are eligible if they have earned 100 points through participation on Sunday morning, Wednesday night, in church, or for service projects. Many already have 100 points, and those who do not are well on their way. A complete list of points through December (1st semester) will be posted next week!
2017 - Diocese and National
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 on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due by midnight on Wednesday 2 days before the publication date. 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 Volunteer Opportunities form 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, Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668
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