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The Rector and Vestry’s Challenge for Lent
By Father Dean
“Our culture’s biggest spiritual challenge,” says theologian Walter Brueggeman, “is the recovery of the Sabbath.” The ancient Hebrews were as guilty as we are today. Our “business,” as important as it is, (even the business of spreading the Kingdom in our parishes), becomes our “busy-ness.” We, like those ancient Hebrews, become so busy with our good works, that we squeeze away time for our spiritual lives. This includes, by the way, time with friends, with family, and with prayer life in God’s presence.
That is why so much is devoted in the Torah to what is called “Sabbath Time.” For the Hebrews, it was literally the “Sabbath” day of the week, a day (mirroring the seventh day of creation, when God Himself rested from his work) that we are commanded—yes, COMMANDED—to take time away from our work (even our good work) and spend time in rest, reflection, and family.
We are a very, very busy parish, and there is no doubt that the work we do furthers the Kingdom and affects many of God’s children who are in need. Your Vestry and Rector, however, in the spirit of that ancient call to Sabbath Time, announced at the Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting on February 7 that they have decided to model Sabbath time in a practical way. They have decided not to meet during the forty days of Lent (from March 1 to April 16, Easter Day).
Your Vestry invites the committees and ministries of St. Catherine’s to do the same! This will involve some practical considerations. Your group will need to cover two months’ worth of business before Lent. Please note that this challenge is intended for business meetings; Bible/book /Church School study and education classes, prayer groups, and worship preparation (choirs, lay readers, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, acolytes, etc.) will of course continue. There will be necessarily some exceptions—for example, the Nominating Committee will continue its important final interviews, financial meetings may need to happen, as well as preparation for activities that begin during/soon after Lent.
But you are invited to think creatively on how you spend this time that you would have been in a meeting. A special meal with your family? “Date night” with spouse? Time to read that book or try that new prayer that you learned in one of your Adult Education courses? Better yet, pray for the imagination to make the best use of your gift of Sabbath time. And perhaps, as happened with those ancient Hebrews, it might become a Holy Habit.
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.
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!
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, the Museum of Arts and Sciences www.masmacon.org, and lunch at Back Burner restaurant, departing St. Cat’s at 8:30 am. Museum admission, lunch costs and van gas-share will be on pay-your-own basis. RSVP to let us know if you'll ride in the church van to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall
During this month, the Red Cross is currently on emergency appeal, which means they are facing emergency-level blood shortages. You can help at St. Catherine's next blood drive on 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.
February 19, and every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Our Breakfast Angels offer breakfast for everyone at minimal cost in the Parish Hall at 8:30 am on the first and third Sunday each month. Come and see us after the 8 am service or before the 9 am service for a great start to your morning!
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 and live piano tunes by master of the keys Pierce Hale, bacon, music, bacon, king cake, bacon, and more.
Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm
Nursery is open for the evening service. On Ash Wednesday, we are marked with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls for fasting and church attendance (the other is Good Friday). Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if you experience extenuating health issues.
Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal churches throughout our community will have services. If you need information on the closest church to your work or function please contact our office at 770-971-2839 OR you may use the Church Locator on the Diocese of Atlanta website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/ChurchDirectory to find church locations and call/visit their websites for service times.
A tradition within the church is that the ashes of Ash Wednesday are made by burning palm fronds which have been saved from the previous year's Palm Sunday. If you saved your palms, please bring them to church and place them in the container in the foyer. Why the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday? Because Palm Sunday was when the people rejoiced at Jesus' triumphal entrance to Jerusalem. They celebrated his arrival by waving palm fronds, little realizing that he was coming to die for their sins. By using palms from Palm Sunday, it is a reminder that we must not only rejoice of Jesus' coming but also remember that he died for us.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, a variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults will be available on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. You may subscribe to a daily email with the Lent Reflection of the Day from the collection -- sign up is available now at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. (If you subscribed to our Advent Reflections you will automatically receive the Lent series, no need to sign up again.) The whole booklet will also available on our website and posted on our Facebook page so be sure to check daily from Ash Wednesday through Easter Day.
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.
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.
Registration is now in progress for St. Catherine’s Preschool 2017-2018 school year, every Wednesday and Thursday 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.
By Connie Bergeron
Let's make the 33rd Annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for St. Catherine's participation! You are invited to join thousands in the fight against hunger at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. Our fund-raising goal for St. Catherine's is $5,000.00, and we know you will help us beat that number!
The 5K walk /run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits, including the Episcopal Charities Foundation, that have strong hunger relief programs. The event opens at noon and the 5K walk and 5K “fun run” begin at 2 p.m. Pre-register online as a St. Catherine's Episcopal Church team member (see link and directions below) or at the registration tent the day of the event. Walk Registration is $25 online and $30 day of event and includes an official Hunger Walk/Run 2017 event t-shirt. Run Registration is $35 online ($40 day of event) and includes a special moisture - wicking t-shirt. Come enjoy the fun, festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family including games, live entertainment and more!
STEP UP - STOP HUNGER with a generous donation today. Thank you for your support of Hunger Walk/Run 2017!
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!
Open House at new Day Center March 5
Family Promise of Cobb County invites you to an Open House to celebrate the opening of their new Day Center at Transfiguration Catholic Church on Sunday, March 5, 12:30 - 2:30 (drop-in). The House blessing and short ceremony will be at 1:00 pm. Drop by for light refreshments, enjoy a tour, talk with the Board members and learn more about what is planned for 2017. The new Day Center is located at 1823 Blackwell Rd., Marietta, GA 30066 (if traveling east on Blackwell Rd., take first left past Knight Rd. into Transfiguration Catholic Church parking lot. The little brown house will be on the right. You will see balloons and the Family Promise banner). FPCC says, “We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your continued support!” RSVP appreciated but not required on their Facebook event page or for more information: 678-594-3150, infofamilypromisecobbcounty.org.
Following is a letter from one of the families we hosted January 29-February 5:
Next Family Promise hosting week
Mark your calendar: March 26 - April 2!
-> Sunday morning Bread Pick-up
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.
-> Reality U – Financial learning for Cobb school kids
Have you tried volunteering at Reality U yet? 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:
-> 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
By Bill Ivey, Senior Warden
Your Vestry held their winter retreat on February 4. Many thanks to Stan and Dani Dickson for hosting the day in their beautiful clubhouse!
We’re excited to announce that Stephanie Yucius has been elected as our new Junior Warden. Bill Ivey was appointed by Father Dean as the Senior Warden. We elected Rebeccah Devault as Parish Treasurer for her third year, and Frances Bowden as our Clerk of the Vestry for her second year. St. Catherine’s is very grateful to these individuals and all our Vestry members for your vital service to our parish.
By your Invitation Ministry Team
On February 12 the Invitation Ministry Team hosted a heart-filled Newcomer and Visitor Coffee. We welcomed several new families who have joined our community in the past year; and several visiting families who are considering joining St Catherine's. Delicious treats were provided by parishioners including homemade banana chocolate chip bread which vanished before the program even began! Our quarterly coffees are a great way for newcomers and visitors to meet with church members and to learn about our many ministries. We want to thank all the conveners and reps who described our ministries and helped with introductions, and a special thank you to each volunteer who gave of their time and talents for this event.
Our next newcomer event will be a special breakfast gathering in the Parish Hall at 9:15 on June 11. All are welcome. (Photos by Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey)
By Pat Pepper
As I type it is Valentine Day. If you walk into the grocery store, the drug store, or the dollar store there are many opportunities for you to purchase a gift that will say "I love you." It may be made of velvet, chocolate, silver, or even plastic. These are gifts that you typically give a very significant other, a spouse, a lover.
Then we have the love that is mentioned in John 13:34, when Jesus said; "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you." We all know that love is the greatest gift of all. Loving one another seems to be St. Catherine's mantra. Anytime you walk in the doors at St. Catherine’s it is obvious we are following that commandment. In every ministry, in every class room, in every activity, members are loving one another.
One major example of this Christian love is our Rector Nominating Committee. The work the team is doing says “we love St. Catherine's, we love the ministry that takes place in our church and in the community, and because we love we are willing to spend the time, wrestle with the challenges, embrace the emotions, give our time and make the sacrifices.”
When you read this, all of those Valentine gifts will be off the shelves. So instead of something to hold, I ask that you give from your heart. Take a moment to express your love and appreciation to members of the Rector Nominating Committee – they need to hear our gratitude, receive a hug and know that our prayers surround them. They have been on a long journey. Thank you: chairperson Bill Lee, Molly Banko, Susie Davis, John Fulcher, Joyce Hendricks, Anne Hitchins, Tom Hunter, Ellis Kilgore, Audrey Nesbit, Margaret Shaw, Chuck Shrake and Jason Snape. And you might also stop and say thank you to the significant people in their lives who are also making a sacrifice for our benefit.
I’m grateful for each of you!
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, Connie Bergeron. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction February 11
A gala night, and over $28,000 raised for the Youth Pilgrimage! Thank you to everyone for a fabulous success!
See more photos from the Valentine Dinner Dance below in this newsletter!
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:
To the people of St. Catherine’s,
Thank you all so much for allowing our KARC (Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club) to use your dining room and kitchen. It is so nice, and we want everyone to know how much we appreciate it.
Go with God,
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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.
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.
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 .
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.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this country.
DECEASED: Gordon Spessard, Larry Wayne Harley, Dr. Fred Jenkins.
BEFORE SURGERY: Susan Martin
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Alice Moran, Caryl, Betty Robinson, Kris, Richard & Nick, Chris Phillips, Sheila Bishop, Manuel Deisen, Abbey & Family, Brian’s Family, Russell, Kay & Steve, Lisa Buchanan, Madison, Dan Montgomery, Lou Smith, Pat Robinson, Jane Smith, Scott Mikkelsen, Chris Roper, Elizabeth Keeley, Lavonne, James Henegar, Pat Henegar, George Alexander, Joyce Hendricks, Heather Finch Baker, Kathy Royal, Gary Parker, Kathryn Burgher, Mary Lou Shannonhouse.
BIRTHDAYS: (2/19) Ana Martin, Mary Vavra,(2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Steve Pyburn, Cecelia Pumpelly, (2/22) Kent Hankinson, Katie Barrington, (2/23) Joyce Carter, Swiss Britt, (2/24) Natalie Whitlow, Joy Ettel, (2/27) Jeff Harris, (2/28) Hannah Harris, (3/1) Candy Jansen, (3/2) Charlie Zimmerman, (3/3) Gary Parker, Elizabeth Lopez.
ANNIVERSARIES: Frank & Ellen Adams (2/15); Swiss & Peter Britt (2/25); Chris & Alyce Brennan (2/26)
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
NO Church School on February 19! Enjoy the start of February Break!
Feb. 19 - No Church School
The J2A class raised over $28,000 for their pilgrimage at the Valentine Dinner Dance on February 11. Thank you for all your hard work! (photos by Bill Ivey, see more above in this newsletter!)
The YA class is planning a retreat for all youth 7-12th grade this summer! More information to come about theme, but we all know it will be a blast! This is an incentive-based trip! You are eligible for this trip if you have earned 100 points through your participation on Sunday morning, Wednesday night, in church, or for service projects. Many of you already have 100 points, and those who do not are well on their way. Look for the posted list of points!
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.
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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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