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By Amma Susan
When I’m watching a program on TV, there are many occasions when I wish I could hit the pause button, especially when the phone rings and the dialog is at a pivotal point in the drama. Or sometimes, I wish I could hit pause in order to stop the action long enough to reflect a moment on some significant turn of phrase of thought. There are also times I wish I could hit the pause button in life when I am tempted to react quickly, rather than thoughtfully respond, to something another says that just gets my goat. If I do not pause, the potential for damage in hastily spoken words can be horrific.
Today is inauguration day for the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. Members of this parish are all over the map on where they stand on this election. In the midst of your individual political fervor, I ask you to remember who and whose you all are, beloved children of God, adopted in baptism as God’s sons and daughters, each and every one of you. No matter where you stand, in harmony with each other’s convictions, diametrically opposed, or somewhere in between, before you speak, I ask you to pause. Pause and consider carefully whether to speak, or not, and if it is to speak, to do so in a way that respects the dignity of your brothers and sisters.
It is healthy to enter into dialogue with one another, not with the intent to change the other’s mind, but to speak your truth in love, and with a willingness to listen to the other with a mind open to the possibility that truth may lie in the other scale. When we disagree, this is the only way we can seek to discern the mind of Christ together. We need to hear one another’s stories, to understand one another’s pain or joy and why we hold the beliefs that we do. We need to pause and remember that we are all citizens of two kingdoms: the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. As Jesus’ life and death on the cross reveals, those kingdoms often have different values; that’s what got him killed. In our dialog with our brothers and sisters in Christ, pause to consider how God’s kingdom values of loving God and neighbor as self hold sway, not only in your convictions but also in the way you speak with one another. Hit the pause button before you speak and consider, whether your words will build up or tear down.
As we renewed our baptismal vows last Sunday, we reaffirmed our promises to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to strive for justice and peace among all people, to respect the dignity of every human being, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves. Living into these solemn vows may bring us into conflict with the kingdom of this world and powers of evil, they may cause us to have lively dialog in order to discern the faithful way forward together, but it should not bring us to denigrate or belittle other sons and daughters of God. So pause, beloved, be swift to love, make haste to be kind….
Saturday, January 21, 8:30-11:45 am
How God has uniquely created you? What gifts and passions God has given you? Join us in the Parish Hall as Julie Johnson, Doctor of Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, keynote speaker, wife, mother, and St. Cat's member, 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. This workshop is free, no registration needed, and a continental breakfast is iincluded.--> Preview the Spiritual Gifts Survey tool we will use at stcatherines.org/forms/Discover_Your_Spiritual_Gifts.pdf. 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!
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.
Parish Annual Meeting
St. Catherine’s Parish Annual Meeting will be held at 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall. A light lunch (no charge) will be served immediately after the 10:30 worship service, followed by the meeting. The Parish Annual 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.
Please make sure your new 2017 pledge amount is reflected now in your payments... Do you pay your St. Catherine’s pledge online with The City or via your bank’s bill-pay feature? Remember to adjust any automatic payment amounts to reflect your 2017 pledge amount. Thank you from your Stewardship Team!
Stephen Ministry feature on Sunday, January 29
Are you struggling? Do you feel confused, frightened, anxious? Are you grieving? Do you need someone to talk to, to pray with, someone to help? On January 29 we will be offering a parish resource to help. In the meantime, click on this link to learn a little more about Stephen Ministry: https://youtu.be/qNjiwWRAjvc.
Stewardship and Stephen Ministry
The Stewardship Committee is lifting up to us our 365 days-a-year-role of being stewards of the time and talents that God has given each of us. Each month a different ministry team will featured, kicking off in January with the Pastoral Care Team. On Sunday, January 29, Stephen Ministry, one of the opportunities to use our God-given talents in caring for others, will be the focus in our worship. Tom Hunter will be our preacher for each service that Sunday, sharing his personal experience of having a Stephen Minister and the profound difference it made in his life. Following each service, look for the Stephen Ministry table in the vestibule, where you can talk with Stephen Ministers and learn more about this deeply rewarding ministry.
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. 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. 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. For information, contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org.
Auction items needed
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.
Tuesday, February 7
Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us at 7-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have important discussions of the 2017 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.
Sunday, February 12
Our February “Heart-Filled” Newcomer Coffee is scheduled for Sunday, February 12 at 10 am in the Parish Hall, during the Church School Hour. Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning church members are invited to this informative gathering. It is a great opportunity to meet with lay leaders, staff and clergy, and get to know us and the “heart” of St. Catherine's. Please bring a friend, relative or neighbor. All are welcome. Please contact Susan Heuke 678-231-8558 for any questions.
Saturday, February 18, 7:30 pm
Join us for the next concert of our 2016-17 series! On February 18 at 7:30 pm St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in this new year with Duo "2' presenting Chamber Music for Flute & Piano: European and American Masters. Duo "2" consists of two artists: Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo, and Mary Jane Rupert, piano. They have garnered consistent acclaim for their creative programming and compelling performances of repertoire from the great works of the European masters to the stellar new pieces of today's composers. Learn more about them at www.americasmusicworks.com/duo-2.html .
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. And save this date for our following concert: Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm, Eunjoo Lee-Huls: "My Mother’s Love and Life: A Tribute." Mezzo-soprano Eunjoo Lee-Huls enjoys a rich performing career that embraces a combination of oratorio, symphonic soloist, opera and recitals. Her accompanist will be her sister-in-law, Junyoon Lee-Huls, who lives in Marietta.
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!
St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on February 21, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. And don't forget to even further minimize time by using Red Cross' RapidPass on the day of the drive to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online before you come -- see www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Help is also needed for greeting donors, set up and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
By Sally Paris
The Young Adults Ministry meets at our church each week on Sunday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm. This ministry is in conjunction with the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Kennesaw State University, and seeks to offer a safe place for young adults to build community and explore questions of faith as they encounter society independently as adults.
We would love for members of St. Catherine’s to fix and enjoy dinner with these students. The request is for dinner to serve about 10 people. Students eat a lot of pizza and microwave food and really enjoy having a home-cooked meal. You are welcome to sign up for just one date, but I would also love you to consider signing up to join us on a regular basis. There are some really great young adults involved in this ministry, it is a blessing to get to know them. To sign up go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E49ACA828A2F49-ksuyoung or contact Sally Paris at sallystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s People” and/or “Safeguarding God’s Children” 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. Some examples are Family Promise (some tasks), Church School teachers, Stephen Ministry, children and youth activity leaders, Eucharistic Visitors, The Journey mentors.
To attend please register by contacting The Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilverepiscopalatlanta.org. In addition, be sure to notify Becky Adams in our church office at beckystcatherines.org so we may keep track of your training record. The training must be renewed every 3 years. If you are not sure if you need the training, are due to renew, or have any other questions, please contact Becky. If you cannot attend these dates there will be more opportunities coming up around the diocese. Visit www.episcopalatlanta.org/Safe-Church/ for information.
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Preschool registration for the 2017-2018 school year is here! As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years.
Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am -12 pm, no appointment needed. Classes are available for ages 1 through 4 (Pre-K) in a structured learning environment and small class size, with a comprehensive preschool curriculum including math, art, music, and reading. St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference.
Please visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool for more information on our wonderful preschool.
By Karen Tindall
Nearly there... donate today to help us reach the goal! Thank you to all who have donated - we are so close to beginning this project, and we are very appreciative of your support.
I know January is kind of a blah month; Christmas is over, bills arrive, weather dreary, but you can add smiles to our faces and yours knowing you have helped us reach our goal. If 33 people donate $50.00, and 20 donate $75 we can start. Or if you’ve won the lottery, and just want to write a check for the remaining amoun that’s okay, too. Please help us make the Memorial Garden expansion a reality. Donations in any amount are welcome by check, or St. Catherine’s members may donate online via your account in The City. See details of our plan at www.stcatherines.org/memorial-garden-expansion/ .
We're very grateful. Thank you for helping us honor and care for the remains of the St Catherine's community.
A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Reflections will be due by Friday, February 17, in order to be published by the first day of Lent (March 1 this year). Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.
Please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at Karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
By Barb Selby and Linda Scott
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).
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.
Have you made some New Year's Resolutions to do some good for the world this year? Contact Harriett Pyburn to see how you can give 15 minutes a week, 1 hour a week, or the timing and frequency that is right for you! We have all kinds of opportunities through St. Catherine's to serve our local community and the world and would love for you to play a part!
Highlights from the January Vestry meeting
By Stephanie Yucius
The Vestry met Tuesday, January 17th. The following were points of the meeting:
Check out the profile of parishioner Blake Sherry featured in the “Amazing Students” section on the University of Georgia website… www.uga.edu/amazing/profile/sherry-blake/
Thank you to the scouts and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 713, as well as Pat and Bob Pepper and Tom Day, for their un-decorating work in taking down the large Christmas trees and wreaths at church. It was a Merry Christmas!
By Pat Pepper
From a daily meditation by Gunilla Norris:
We all have many gifts that not only strengthen our individual bodies, but God has also given us gifts that enable us to assist others. I hope you take a deep breath, and just for a few hours focus on yourself and join us on Saturday morning, January 21, at 8:30 in Parish Hall as we retreat and go on a journey of discovery of our Spiritual Gifts and Talents.
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 Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris, Pam Phillips, Emily Gale. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Three newest members of the Body of Christ! Baptisms on January 15, see LOTS more pictures full size in the album at Baptisms 011517 !
Honduras Mission presenation on January 15 with The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, 3rd Bishop of Honduras; Canon Stephen Robinson, PhD, Canon for Education, Diocese of Honduras; and Rhonda Robinson, Executive Director, Honduras Development Network.
The Season of Epiphany
Thank you to all our Three Kings... 9 am service (Bob Pepper, Mel Paris, Richard Pearson) and 11:15 service (Cary Phillips, Michael Wherry, Bill Ivey);
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:
Day of Dance for your health - Saturday, February 11
February is American Heart Month! Get your family and friends out of the house and onto the dance floor to Show Us Your Moves! Join WellStar on Saturday, February 11, 1-4 pm at Town Center Mall, 400 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, for dancing and fitness demonstrations, and family-friendly activities for better heart health! Registration is not required. This event will include free heart health screenings and interactive “Ask the Experts” health and wellness information booths. Registration is not needed. For more information, contact 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org.
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, Lucas Elgie, Andrew Hutton, Taylor Bacon, Ryan Johnson and Zach Hurley.
DECEASED: Barbara Dillson, mother of Michael Dillson; Joe Hunt.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: George Alexander, Joyce Hendricks, Megin Robinson, Kevin, James & Pat Henegar, Lavonne, Elizabeth Keeley, Luis Escobar, Von Foster Family, Dave Worden, Gary Winston, Beverly Ferguson, Elsie Collins, Byron Lyon, Liz Leiberman, Walt Gansser, Jeanette Wallace, Joan Nixon, Brenda Webb, Nancy Johnson, Sean Sheehan, Becky Smith, Kathy Royal, Chris Phillips, Gary Parker, Teressa Blondell, Jane Moss, Maliha Islam, Kathryn Burgher, Mary Lou Shannonhouse.
BIRTHDAYS: (1/22) Danielle Nabinger, Paige Culberson, (1/23) Amy Morris, (1/24) Allen Jablonski, (1/25) Alyce Brennan, Sidney Nabinger, (1/27) Matthew Braman, Nick Vavra, (1/28) Greg Caudle, Katja Michael, Tami Mace, Foster Walton, (1/29) Al Maxwell, Lisa Messinger, Cait Buckalew, (1/30) Riley Devault, (1/31) Rebecca Dailey, (2/1) John Martin, Jana Williams, (2/2) Janet Livingston, (2/3) Roberta Griffin, (2/4) Kristin Blackstock.
ANNIVERSARIES: Claudia & Ellis Kilgore (1/24), Bruce & Susan Heuke (1/26), Meg & Mike Reeves (1/31).
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Catherine’s, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the 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
Feb. 3-5 - New Beginnings at Camp Mikell
J2A's Urban Adventure in New Orleans January 13-16 (photos by Sally Paris).
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. Look for the complete list of points through December (1st semester)!
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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