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has for us and the world by
welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 4 - 17, 2017

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Valentine Dinner Dance
Newcomer coffee
Stewardship
Concert Series
Blood drive
Adult acolytes
Cats on Wheels
Memorial Garden
Pancake Supper
Preschool
Young Adults

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Super Bowl
February collection
Bread pickup
Outreach

Family Promise

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Spiritual Gifts
St. Cats Cross
Volunteering

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Absalom Jones
Tea Time
DMST
Funky Socks run
Job opening
Cathedral Bookstore
Wellness tips
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Upcoming
New Beginnings
Youth Readers
Happening
EYE 17
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

2/3-5 – Youth New Beginnings @ Mikell

2/4 – Vestry retreat

2/7 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

2/11 – Valentine Dinner Dance/Auction

2/12 – Newcomer & Visitor coffee

2/15 – Youth & Explorers WNL

2/18 – Cats On Wheels day trip;
Concert “Duo 2”

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Does God know who the next Rector will be?

By Father Dean

It’s about that time in the Search Process when the committee comes to a place in their discernment when the list is narrowed to several, usually excellent, candidates. In one of my former interim parishes, the head of the search committee made this interesting statement at this juncture. “Of course,” she said, “God already knows who our next rector will be. Our job is to find that out.”

I took issue with that theological proclamation (she was a good friend, and we had a lively, fun discussion over lunch one day). The statement has in it a certain truth about where God is in the search process: that God will be with us every step of the way, and we can count on God’s inspiration for discernment, energy, and imagination that will be directed toward the future of the parish. God is with us!

The problem with that proclamation, however, is that it tends to take away much of the “human freedom” element in the prayerful process. And, it implies that there is a “right” versus “wrong” choice to be made. As Rev. Martin Smith puts it, that kind of prayer approach is “as if the future is all written on a set of files in heaven, and prayer is an attempt to get a peek at those files.”

I rather prefer the image of God as our “Co-creator.” As John Schaar says, “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” I believe that our deepest prayers have that kind of dynamism and power, and that is the spiritual place that I hope to be present in our Nominating Committee.

Each candidate probably represents a different path that the parish might take, depending on that person’s particular gifts and talents. There probably is no “right” or “wrong” path, nor a “right” or “wrong” candidate chosen at this point. (As I jokingly told that search committee, “The Good News for you guys is that there’s probably no way to screw this up at this point!”) And so, I would rather offer up this prayer: “Lord, You and I are co-creators of our future together. I have several paths that I can take, several candidates, and I know that You will be with me in whatever path that I choose. I ask that you give me a confident heart and a discerning wisdom, as much as is possible, to see down each path and discern which candidate’s gifts and talents we can imagine most enlivening this parish in our time ahead.”

I am imagining great things ahead for St. Catherine’s!


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, February 7

Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us from 7:00 to 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 committees and ministry teams will be there to hear and participate. All those who are interested in the ministry work of St. Catherine's are welcome to attend.


Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction        

Saturday, February 11 - just a couple of seats left!

The annual Valentine Dinner Dance and Live & Silent Auctions will be Saturday, February 11 starting at 6:30 pm. If you haven't yet reserved your seat, contact Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org to see if tickets are still available or to get on the waiting list (please, no walkins for this limited-seating event). All proceeds help defray costs of the J2A Youth's biannual pilgrimage. Thank you so much for your support of our wonderful Youth!

-> NOTE: If you purchased a ticket but will not be able to attend, please contact Sally ASAP in case someone on the waiting list would like your seat!!

No ticket needed to bid on Silent Auction items

Our Silent Auction will feature over 100 items. It will be open for bidding by everyone prior to the start of the event, with or without a ticket, on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The bid sheets will be set up in the downstairs atrium and corridor leading to the Parish Hall.

Auction items still wanted!

Help us make this event the biggest success possible for our Youth! We are collecting all types of items, services, vacation homes, etc., for the Live and Silent Auctions. Donations are tax deductible. Please pick up a form outside Youth Director Sally Paris’s office, or contact her as above.


A Heart-filled Coffee Hour for Newcomers & Visitors

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.


Your input wanted: Time & Talent

What would you like to tell our next Rector about yourself?

We need input from all St. Catherine’s members! If you have not yet filled out our form then please go now to https://form.jotform.com/70113661504142 to provide your input. Or, you may pick up a paper copy to fill out at church. For questions please contact Nelson Gale, ngale1950gmail.com or Joy Ettel, joy_sealmsn.com. Thank you to everyone who has replied to our survey.

 

Stewardship 365

From Your Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee would like to thank you for your generous pledges which will fund our budget for 2017. We are very blessed to have such a generous parish. Your pledges will ensure we can continue to fund the many wonderful ministries we support at St. Cats which help us fulfill our mission of seeking to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Stewardship is not limited to gathering pledges during the fall each year. The Stewardship Committee’s year-round mission is to help the parishioners of St. Catherine’s find a deeper relationship with God. We do this by educating people about the many ministry opportunities to which we can generously give our time, talent and financial resources. The Stewardship Committee, in collaboration with the clergy and lay leadership, will be introducing a concept called 365 Stewardship (year-round Stewardship). It features all aspects of Stewardship; our gifts of time, talent, and our financial resources all through the year.

You will be hearing more about how we are positively changing the lives of people through our various ministries. In January we featured the Pastoral Care Ministry Team and a spotlight on Stephen Ministry. In February we will feature the Worship & Music Ministry Team with the spotlight on Acolytes. Stay tuned!

Photo - Tom Hunter delivers a wonderful lay sermon for the Stephen Ministry spotlight on January 29 (photo by Bill Ivey).

    Listen to Tom's Stephen Ministry lay sermon! -- on our Sermons webpage at www.stcatherines.org/sermons.


Concert Series - Duo "2"

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 continues 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 and harp, 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. Bloom and Rupert are known especially as champions of American music. They have concertized together for 25 years, appearing in venues across the globe, with CDs on North Star, Navona and Ravello Records. "2" is a member of the New England States Touring Roster and the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists in Education Roster. Learn more about them and listen to some of their artistry at www.americasmusicworks.com/duo-2.html .

The concert is free, no tickets needed (a free-will offering will be taken). The public is invited and we hope you'll bring family and friends. Following the concert is a reception where you'll have an opportunity to meet and chat with the artists.

We welcome you to all our concerts. Save this next date in our series: Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm, presenting 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!


Blood drive Tuesday, February 21

3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall

During the month of February, the Red Cross is currently on emergency appeal, which means we are facing emergency-level blood shortages. You can help at St. Catherine's next blood driveon February 21, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. Reserve your 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.


Adult acolytes needed

By Bill Selby and Frank Adams

We are currently seeking adults who would like to serve as acolytes at the 11:15 Sunday services as well as occasional services such as during Holy Week, weddings and funerals. If you would like to serve in this capacity, please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Bill Selby, bill.selbyatt.net, as soon as possible. Training will be provided. Thank you for your help.


Cats On Wheels

Saturday, February 18 day trip

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for lunches and outings to places of interest throughout the year.

Join us for our next even-month excursion! This month we're taking a day trip to Macon... we'll visit the Tubman Museum www.tubmanmuseum.com, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences www.masmacon.org. Please let us know you are coming, get the details of our departure time, and tell us if you'll ride in the church van. Museum admission and lunch costs will be on the usual pay-your-own basis. RSVP on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.


Memorial Garden Expansion – work begins!

By Susannah Campbell

The Memorial Garden Expansion project team has been granted permission to move forward with the groundbreaking for the new portion of the garden. The team has $43,000 in hand, which covers the slated expenses but not the 20% contingency funds needed for the project. That said, the Vestry agreed we should move forward.

The team met this past weekend to map out a 14-week timeline to project completion, including the procurement of ironworks and fountains in the next few weeks. Very soon, we will request volunteers for a series of work days (clearing, painting, planting). If you are interested in helping, please contact Pat Pepper, volunteerstcatherine.org, or Linda Smith, devmor98bellsouth.net.

-> Contributions needed

Contributions are still needed to reach our campaign goal! Funds may be donated via The City or the collection plate – please just designate them for the Memorial Garden Expansion.


Mark your calendar for Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 28, 6:00-7:30 pm

Invite family & friends to celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Catherine’s style at the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Come for tasty food and fellowship! Our Youth will cook & serve in the Parish Hall. No tickets or reservations are needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. We'll have pancakes in many flavors — bacon! chocolate chip! and plain, too — plus fun Mardi Gras décor, bacon, music, bacon, king cake, bacon, and more.


Preschool registration

Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education

Registration is now in progress for St. Catherine’s Preschool 2017-2018 school year, every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the month of February and until all spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am -12 pm, no appointment nedeed. As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program.

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 child development in a loving and nurturing atmosphere. 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.


Host a dinner for Young Adults Ministry

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.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Super Bowl Showdown - for Episcopal Relief & Development!

You’re invited to help the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta bring home the win from a challenge we’ve been issued by Episcopal Church bishops in New England. Leading up to the 2017 Super Bowl game, they want to see who — Falcons’ fans or Patriots’ fans — can raise the most money for Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) by game time. Share the link with family and friends and encourage them to take the challenge as well. Show your team pride at the links below:

Regardless of whether the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots come out on top in the big game or this challenge, the true winner will be ERD and those they assist world-wide. ERD provides disaster relief, public health, and economic development ministries in an effort to heal a hurting world. Bishop Robert Wright invites everyone to participate: "Let's harness our Atlanta pride to advance toward the goal of compassion and health for all God's children!"

Photo by Becky Adams


February Outreach collection drive: New American Pathways

By Christy Luttrell for the Outreach Ministry Team

In the month of February our Outreach team is collecting items for a Valentine Care Package for New American Pathways Refugee Center in Atlanta. New American Pathways is a nonprofit organization which provides programs for refugees and other immigrants to help them realize their full potential and dreams while becoming productive, contributing members of Georgia’s communities. Services range from initial resettlement to literacy, employment, youth education and school services, and immigration and citizenship assistance. Learn more about this organization at www.newamericanpathways.org .

Items we are collecting are deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bars of soap, sanitary napkins, diapers and baby wipes. Please bring your items to the collection box at the Outreach table near the Parlor by Sunday, February 26. Thank you!

 

Introducing: Christy Luttrell, Outreach Collection Drive Chair

Recently, Harriett Pyburn, Outreach Ministry Team convener, sent out an email asking anyone from the Young Families group to help out with the Outreach Collection Drives at St. Catherine’s. The position seemed ideal to me being a stay at home mom of two young kids, Ella and Kyle. Prior to staying at home, I was an elementary school counselor and loved teaching kids through guidance lessons and community service projects. I stressed the importance of giving back to your community and helping others. I also worked at at-risk lower income schools where we often had collection drives for our students. My husband Robert and I want to instill in our own kids about giving back to others. Currently I’m in the process of creating a year-long calendar of the different outreach collection drives that we have at St. Catherine’s throughout the year. Please feel free to reach out to me atpchristy10aol.com if you have any ideas, questions, or a group is interested in co-sponsoring a collection drive.

Christy Luttrell


Sunday morning Bread Pick-up

By Ron Cook

Each Sunday morning our Bread Pickup ministry volunteers pick up the “day-old” baked goods from the Publix near the church at 1050 East Piedmont Rd., and deliver them to MUST Ministries’ Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen on Hwy 41 (Cobb Parkway). We box and bag the bread, cakes, cookies and pies in back of the store and deliver them to MUST.

Sundays are a busy time for us all but perhaps you would like to help do this one Sunday per month? The task would take about 1½ hours of your time. If you are interested in becoming part of this ministry, contact Ron Cook, 770-428-426, to discuss.


Outreach opportunities

By Harriett Pyburn

Did you make 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!

 

-> Reality U – Financial learning for Cobb school kids

Have you tried volunteering at Reality U yet? If not, I promise it is one of the best uses of a few hours that you will find. Based on current GPA and career interests, middle and high school students are given a scenario of a job, salary, student loans, and family situation (sometimes with children) and are put in a simulation where they must take care of their expenses for a month (secure housing, purchase transportation, pay for insurance and childcare, buy food, clothing, entertainment, utilities, cell phones, etc.). Your job as a volunteer is to represent one of these vendors. You might sell cars, have students roll a dice to see if they have unexpected expenses, sell insurance, etc. You quickly work with each student to make their choices and balance their checkbooks before they move on to the next station. At the end of the day, you would be AMAZED by the connections these students make in their evaluations with regards to the importance of schooling, the sacrifice their parents are making, etc. There is always a fun St. Cat's representation at these events, so you will not be alone. Check out the dates below and sign up for what might work with your schedule - I promise you will not be disappointed!

 

-> Literacy tutors with Communities in Schools (CIS)

Be a literacy tutor for elementary aged students at Sawyer Road Elementary School (about 4 miles from St. Catherine's). You will work on reading with two students each week (30 minutes each for a total of 1 hour). Training and volunteer support provided through Communities In Schools. Background check required. Contact Harriettspyburngmail.com for more info.

 

-> After-school Computer Lab monitors

Wanted: volunteers to staff St. Catherine's after-school computer lab on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 pm. Duties involve setting out computers and snacks, providing a friendly welcome to Wheeler High School students while they work on their homework, and generally being comfortable with silence (bring a book or some work for yourself while the students are busy). Minimal computer skills are needed. Our goal is to have enough volunteers that everyone serves once a month. You can work as little or as often as you like! Contact Harriett Pyburn at harriettspyburngmail.com


Sponsors wanted for 2nd Annual Family Promise Golf Tournament

By Barb Selby and Linda Scott

Family Promise of Cobb County is holding a fundraiser golf tournament this summer on Monday, June 19 at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta. Last year this event raised $17,000 for FPCC after expenses and this went a long way toward the approximately $120,000 it takes to keep this program operating for a year. As a first year event, it was a big success, but we would like to improve on this for 2017. A critical element of success is attracting generous sponsorships.

Would your business, group or employer be able to sponsor? We have a range of sponsorships from $100 to $5,000. Sponsorships allow businesses and organizations to associate themselves with this critical work for homeless families in Cobb County. Please talk to your employer's Human Resources Department, or to other members of any Cobb County group to which you belong. If you were a sponsor last year, please do so again; and if your situation permits, please consider upping your sponsorship to the next higher category.

If you would like more information, please talk to Richard or Eleanore Pearson at 678-290-0097 or e-mail at elerichbellsouth.net. They can make sponsorship forms available as well as informational brochures about Family Promise so that you can be more effective in explaining to potential sponsors why you are so passionate about Family Promise of Cobb County.

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Reflection on Spiritual Gifts workshop

By Eleanore Pearson

On a rainy Saturday morning in January, I attended the “Discovering Your Gifts” seminar led by Julie Johnson. What an incredible gift she has for leading a group! I had completed the Spiritual Gifts Survey which seemed kind of tedious (but later proved to be so revealing). There was an inspirational video and affirmation opening and closing. We broke into groups, and listened and shared topics based on our years as Episcopalians and also as members of St. Catherine’s.

As St. Catherine’s always does so well, there was coffee, fruit and yummy breakfast snacks to keep us all nourished and refreshed!

Our goal was to listen, discern and hear God’s intentions; learn what God’s dream is for each of us; and draw closer to the heart of God through numerous different spiritual gifts. This was time well spent for me. If this course is ever offered again, I would strongly urge you to attend.


St. Catherine's Crosses awarded

By Bill Ivey and Karen Manno

Part of our celebration on the day of the Parish Meeting on January 22 was the annual awarding of the St. Catherine's Cross during the 10:30 service. The St. Catherine's Cross is given each year in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution to our life as a community. The cross was designed many years ago by Dean Motter, son of Roger and Eileen Motter. It is given by the Rector or Interim Rector with the consent and advice of the Executive Committee of the Vestry. Congratulations and thank you to each of these outstanding St. Catherine's volunteers!

  • Dani Dickson — She’s been active in the Flower Guild and Altar Guild, and formed a memorial fund in honor of her mother which has become our College Book Scholarship Fund. Retiring from our Congregational Nurses ministry, she’s been responsible for getting an AED in our building, and provided flu shots, CPR clinics and published health tips in our newsletters. She and her husband, Stan, served as Wedding Coordinators and Funeral Coordinators for many years. On top of all that, they have often supported our vestries, staff and other groups by personally hosting wonderful meeting places for retreats.
  • Paul Manno — A bass in our Chancel Choir for 15 years, he’s also been our tech guru for over 12 years. He is now retiring from chair of the IT Committee, which he founded because there was no support, data backup, or even budget for the staff's computers. Whether he was fixing a very old computer to run the even older system of HVAC control, updating staff machines, stringing cable for our Wi-Fi and the new HVAC thermostats, running to the store for replacement UPSs, or answering Rose’s need for a quick technical solution, he’s kept it all running on a shoestring budget for the church.
  • Bill Lee — He has served as chair of our Nominating Committee since they began meeting almost 18 months ago, this after he served three years on the Vestry and as Junior and Senior Warden. While on the Vestry, he and Elizabeth Lopez provided a major upgrade to our HR function and worked to bring our staff salaries to parity with their peers in the Diocese. He has been consultant to many wardens and our clergy.
  • Pat Pepper — She is our volunteer staff member - our Volunteer Coordinator, a position she has created, for almost three years. In addition to finding volunteers for everything from repairing a broken pipe to planning a Spiritual Gifts course with Dr. Julie Johnson, she has also sent thank yous to myriad people in our congregation, offering them a “pat” on the back and a sincere thank you for all they have done. She has done this with much grace and patience, and with her ever-present smile. Her passion for photography has resulted in bulletin boards full of people doing the volunteer efforts they love. And she has helped many long-time committee chairs and ministry conveners find their next task and a replacement chair for the current one. With her husband, Bob, they have painted boards for the Youth House, cleaned up the grounds and made countless pots of soup—even after Pat retired from her previous service as co-convener of the Fellowship team.
  • Daniel Mikkelson — It was a personal invitation from a friend that brought him out to an early morning Bible Study Group, and a post as an usher (he even got Father Jim to allow his sons to help him usher). He has served as a member of the HR team, became a Vestry member and has served diligently as Junior and Senior Warden during the Interim. He is now taking up leadership of the Master Planning Committee.

Dani, Paul

Bill, Pat

Daniel with family


Volunteer Corner: "Rise up!"

By Pat Pepper

Even the Bishops in New England and Atlanta are looking forward to the Super Bowl! (See above in this newsletter!) Leading up to the game, they’re challenging us to see who—Falcons fans or Patriots fans—can raise the most money for Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) by game time. The enthusiasm, energy and team spirit that a football game can bring always amazes me. I like football and especially love it when my home team is winning. But (you knew there was a BUT) do we create the same enthusiasm, energy and spirit for the volunteer work we do?

Many of us do... Our four outgoing Vestry members, Daniel Mikkelsen, Susan Jenkins, Eric DeLaBarre and Hans Kraeger showed that “rise up” energy. Julie Johnson, who led our “Finding our Spiritual Gifts” retreat, has that spirit. Bill Ivey, our soon-to-be Senior Warden, has that “let’s win” energy, and the Stewardship Team under the leadership of Nelson Gale has that enthusiasm, along with Karen Manno who helped with the Time and Talent survey. My list could go on because so many members at St. Catherine's have that “rise up” willingness.

My challenge to everyone is to join the Bishop so that we all can raise money for ERD. In addition I challenge each of you to find your passion, identify your gift, and if you have not done so already complete the online Time and Talent survey at https://form.jotform.com/70113661504142 . Yes, “rise up”!

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, Hans Kraeger. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.

 

Parish Annual Meeting Sunday - January 22

Thank you to our retiring vestry
members - Eric DeLaBarre, Susan
Jenkins, Hans Kraeger, Daniel
Mikkelson

Stewardship Team's Time &
Talent Survey banner


Preparing lunch for everyone -
Fred Lopez, Beth & Bill Ivey

The Westons during church

Nominating Committee Chair Bill
answers questions

Daniel delivers his Senior Warden's
report


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 6-12: 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.
     
  • February 13-19: Bible/Book Study Groups — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bible and Book Studies. Groups are led by facilitators who bring a desire to teach and an interest in the material. A variety of offerings are available, please check our publications for dates and times, including The Wheel, Ministry Directory, Christian Formation brochure and the church calendar. For information please contact our Adult Christian Education Committee, The Rev. Susan Johnson, 770.971.2839, ammasusanstcatherines.org or Michael Paris, 770.509.0161, mparis2hotmail.com.


Letters

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for the gift of flowers today from the [church]. What a thoughtful gesture. I appreciate the flowers but more importantly all the prayers. Thank you.

Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Dear Friend in Christ,

I hope you had a very blessed Christmas with your loved ones—and would like to personally thank you for your extraordinary generosity. As part of the Episcopal Relief & Development community, together we are healing a hurting world. I'm honored to share that, thanks to compassionate supporters like [St. Catherine’s], we were able to meet our $500K Matching Gift Challenge goal this holiday season—doubling the support we provide to our brothers and sisters worldwide. These additional funds will help us extend our reach even further in 2017—as we continue to fight poverty and disease, respond to disasters, create economic opportunities and help people lead healthier, happier lives. I am truly amazed… It's the reason we're able to do the work we do every single day—and for that I can never thank you enough. I look forward to sharing more wonderful news and updates with you throughout the year. May God bless you and your loved ones in 2017.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke, President, Episcopal Relief & Development

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

  • The Extension
  • Path To Shine at St. Benedict’s on January 12, for gift of $250.
  • Sweetwater Mission on January 17, for gift of $250.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Feast of Absalom Jones - Sunday, February 19 at St. Luke's

The Union of Black Episcopalians will celebrate the Feast of Absalom Jones at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta on Sunday, February 19 at 4:00 pm. The Honorable Clinton Deveaux , Retired Judge, Municipal Court of Atlanta will deliver the message. Mr. Deveaux is a longtime member of the Chapel at Emmaus House. Tre Clegg will direct the choir, with featured performances by the Trey Clegg Singers. Individuals from around the diocese are invited to join the diocesan-wide choir.

This annual service celebrates the life and legacy of Absalom Jones, the first priest of African descent in the Episcopal Church. For additional information, please contact Tiffany King at 770-380-4615, or email atlanta.ubegmail.com.

 

Tea Time at Annunciation on February 25

The ladies of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 1673 Jamerson Road in Marietta, invite you to join us for our Fourth Annual British Style Tea to take place on Saturday, February 25, from 2 to 4 pm in the church’s Activities Building. Tickets are $15.00 and seating is limited, so make your reservation now. Contact Linda Dobos at 770 928-7916 or AnnualECAteaGMail.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

 

DSMT Share: February 28 is Lobby Day

The Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking of the Atlanta Diocese invites you to join with Georgia’s anti-sex trafficking advocates on Tuesday, February 28 for Lobby Day at The Historic Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. You can demand social justice and help people who are victims of human slavery in the State of Georgia. To register click on this link; www.eventbrite.com/e/georgia/as-anti-sex-trafficking-lobby-day-2017-tickets-2884193004 . Lobby Day will be followed by a luncheon hosted by the Lobby Day partner organizations.

 

“Funky Socks to Stock” Fun Run

Saturday, March 18 at East Cobb Middle School

The 3rd Annual Funky Sock to Stock 5k and 1-mile race is to raise awareness and funds for the East Cobb Middle School (ECMS) Food Pantry and PE Department. This race is Peachtree Qualifier. The course follows streets through the Beverly Hills subdivision. Health Fair and refreshments immediately follow the race. Bring 3 canned goods for the food pantry and get 1 ticket for the raffle!

ECMS, our Holt Road neighbor school, provides a Food Pantry for families in need in our community with items such as food, snacks, basic hygiene items and paper products. 50% of the proceeds from the race will go toward the Food Pantry and 50% of the proceeds will go to purchase equipment for students’ use in the ECMS Health and PE Department. For details and registration go to racewire.com/register.php?id=6930 .

 

Parish Administrator position at Annunciation

The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, located at 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, is taking applications for the position of Parish Administrator. Interested parties may send a resume to Father Paul McCabe at rectorecamarietta.org.

 

Support the Cathedral Book Store by joining Book Fellows

The Cathedral Book Store has grown from being a small book store to a vibrant ministry that serves as a resource to explore faith and values – striving to be a catalyst for creating an engaged and thoughtful community through education programs, speakers, discussion groups and fellowship and outreach programs. Book Fellows offers everyone the opportunity to support the Cathedral Book Store's mission. More information on how donations have been used and the benefits of becoming a Book Fellow can be found at www.cathedralbookstore.org or by visiting the Book Store at the Cathedral of St. Philip.

 

Wellness Tips

  • Women and heart disease
    Heart disease is commonly thought of as a “man’s disease,” but did you know it’s the leading cause of death for American women? One in four women in the United States dies of heart disease. Eighty percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for heart disease. Research shows that even one risk factor can double your chance of developing heart disease. Start taking action today to protect your heart. By eating right, being physically active, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight, you can make a difference and reduce your risk of heart disease. Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
  • It’s citrus season
    Citrus fruits are delicious and nutritious. Best known for their high vitamin C content, these fruits are also good sources of other nutrients such as potassium, folate, fiber and a variety of phytochemicals (health-protecting compounds found in plants). Choose from favorites including oranges, grapefruits and tangerines. Select citrus fruit that is firm, feels heavy for its size, has vibrant color and a smooth peel. Add them to a salad or simply peel and enjoy! Source: Produce for Better Health Foundation

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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.

OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.

MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jake England, Lucas Elgie, Andrew Hutton, Taylor Bacon, Ryan Johnson and Zach Hurley.

DECEASED: Gary Marsh, cousin of Linda Smith

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Paul, Dan Montgomery, Jana, Lucy & Ned, Jillian Fulcher, Marsh Family, Pat Robinson, Dr. Fred Jenkins, Jane Smith, Scott Mikkelsen, Chris Roper, Dave Worden, Elizabeth Keeley, Kevin, Lavonne, James Henegar, Pat Henegar, Megin Robinson, Van Foster Family, Luis Escobar, Kathie Elliott, Taylor Barrett, Alison, George Alexander, Joyce Hendricks, Heather Finch Baker, Gary Winston, Beverly Ferguson, Elsie Collins, Liz Leiberman, Walt Gansser, Joan Nixon, Becky Smith, Kathy Royal, Gary Parker, Kathryn Burgher, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Chris Phillips, Kelly Sims, Martha Lokey.

BIRTHDAYS: (2/4) Kristin Blackstock (2/5) Tom Day, Fred Massey, (2/7) Molly Norris, (2/8) Susan Jenkins, (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, Neil Campbell, (2/10) Marie Hale, (2/13) Susan Jablonski, Isabel Lopez, (2/15) Patricia Brent, Richard Halstead-Nussloch, Jeanette Dini, (2/16) Dexter Bushart, Amanda Braman, Lexie Walton, (2/17) Jim Mattox.

ANNIVERSARIES: Tom & Shirley Day (2/7), Chris & Barbara Kallas (2/10)

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(2/5) Al & Karen Maxwell; Patrick & Kathleen McDougald; Terri McEvily; Will, Suzanne, Jacob & Bradley McGhee.
(2/12) Alice McGuire; Josh, Christina & Liana McLean; Lisa Messinger; Katja Michael; Daniel, Amy, Luke, Jett & Ben Mikkelsen.

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.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism

Date coming up: February 26. 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, 2/4 Saturday, 2/11

3rd-5th
 
9:00AM
10:00AM

New Beginnings @ Mikell
Family Promise Hosting
Vestry Day Retreat
Nominating Committee

8:00AM
9:30AM
6:30PM
Nominating Committee
Stephen Leaders
Valentine Dinner Dance
Sunday, 2/5 Sunday, 2/12

 
8:00AM
8:30AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
1:00PM
2:30PM
7:00PM

Family Promise Hosting
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Church School
Holy Eucharist
The Journey
Girl Scouts
Young Adults

8:00AM
9:00AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
2:30PM
3:00PM
7:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Newcomer/Visitor Coffee
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts
Young Adults

Monday, 2/6 Monday, 2/13
3:30PM
6:30PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

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

CGS Catholic
Adult Christian Formation
Men's Book Study
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 2/7 Tuesday, 2/14

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

Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Master Planning
Stephen Leaders
Quarterly Ministry Teams
Jubilate

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

Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Master Planning
Fellowship
Jubilate
Outreach
Wednesday, 2/8 Wednesday, 2/15
12:00PM
6:15PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM
Preschool Valentine Program
Choristers
Youth & Explorers WNL
DOK Training
Stewardship
Chancel Choir

 
10:00AM
6:15PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Preschool Board
Choristers
Youth & Explorers WNL
DOK Training
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 2/9 Thursday, 2/16
 
12:00PM
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM

Father Dean's day off
Preschool Valentine Program
Computer Lab
EFM
The Journey
Men's Bible Study

 
3:30PM
5:00PM
6:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM
Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
HR Committee
EFM
Finance Committee
Men's Bible Study
Weddington HOA
Friday, 2/10 Friday, 2/17
 
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

   
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:

  • Saturday, February 18 – Concert Series: Duo “2” 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, February 19 – No Youth or Children’s Church School (Cobb Schools Winter Break)
  • Tuesday, February 21 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Wednesday, February 22 – No Youth or Children’s WNL
  • Tuesday, February 28 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Ash Wednesday - services at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm (no WNL)
  • Sunday, March 5 - Atlanta Hunger Walk at Turner Field
  • Wednesday, March 8 - Wednesday Evening Lent Series begins; Youth & Explorers WNL resumes
  • Saturday, March 16 - Concert Series: Enjoo Lee-Huls 7:30 pm
  • March 25-26 - Rite 13 Youth Urban Plunge
  • March 26 - April 2 - Family Promise hosting week
  • April 9 - 15 - Holy Week
  • Sunday, April 16 - Easter Day

ST. CAT'S EYC - YOUTH - NEWS

By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

Feb. 3-5 - New Beginnings at Camp Mikell
Feb. 11 - Valentine Dinner Dance and Auction
Feb. 19 - No Church School
Feb. 20-24 - February Break (Cobb County Schools)
Feb. 22 - No WNL
Feb. 24-26 - Happening at Camp Mikell
Feb. 28 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
March 1 - Ash Wednesday (NO WNL)

 

New Beginnings February 3-5

Please pray for our youth and adults who will be at New Beginnings this weekend at Camp Mikell: Gina, Sebastjan, Drew, Jake, Rett, Willow and Sally.

 

Youth Readers sign up

If you're interested in becoming a Youth Reader at the 9:00 am Sunday services, now is the time to sign up. A new schedule will be made for March-May and you know you want to be on it!

 

2017 - Diocese and National

  • Happening 67 - February 24-26
    Happening is a renewal weekend intended for high schoolers. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Twice a year over 150 young people come together at Camp Mikell to talk about God and share the unconditional love that this community is all about. Happening is open to all high school youth. Registration is available at www.eycdioatl.org/calendar.html .
  • EYE - apply now!
    Nearly 1,500 Episcopal youth and their adult leaders and mentors will gather at University of Central Oklahoma for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17). Held every three years; this will be the 13th EYE. If you are currently in high school, consider applying now to go to EYE this summer, July 10-14, 2017. EYE is planned and implemented by a Mission Planning Team of Episcopal youth and adult mentors. Apply online at EYE 17 .

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • February 17
  • March 3
  • March 17

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

Copyright 2017 St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068
770-971-2839