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By Amma Susan
Every Saturday morning was “clean your room day” when I was little. Once your room was tidied up, you could go out to play. Usually cleaning my room was a very quick matter: pick up all the toys and the clothes scattered around the room, and toss them in the closet. Open the dresser drawer and swipe all the clutter into the top drawer and dust the surface. Presto chango! My room looked great! Now time to play. Only, Mom wasn’t “born yesterday,” as she was fond of saying, and when she opened the closet door, out poured an avalanche of all the stuff I had thrown in there in my hurry to get on to my agenda for the day.
Rather than hollering at me to clean up the mess in my closet, Mom put on a record to some musical, like Mary Poppins, and sang along with me as I folded up the clean clothes, tossed the dirty clothes in the hamper and placed my toys back on the shelves where they belonged. By the time the recording was finished, my closet, as well as my room, was neat and tidy. The chore no longer was burdensome, because Mom stayed with me and we shared in singing “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”
This memory came to mind as I think of our Lenten call to clean up the messiness of broken relationship with God and our neighbors, hidden in the closet of our hearts, and of God’s presence with us through the process. We like to present a tidy appearance to the world, but we all have closets where we hide all the untidiness of our spiritual lives and relationships.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and the ashes on our foreheads that remind us that life is short. One day we will return to the dust from whence we have come, and what we do between the two dusts is important. Have we been going through life acting as if our room is clean but praying that no one opens the closet door hiding our selfish motives and shallow goals? Lent invites us to clean up the closets of our heart. To be who we appear to be when it comes to our relationships with God and my neighbor is a goal of our Lenten disciplines.
The wonderful thing that happens as we examine the closets of our hearts, tossing out those things that draw us away from God and keeping those things that help us to place God first in our lives, we find we are reconnected to our need for God, to our love for God above all other. In the process, the burden of Lenten task of spiritual closet cleaning falls away, because God keeps us company while we clean our closets. Renewed relationship with our creator puts a song in our hearts and we arrive at Easter morning singing the happy tune of a closer walk with God that lightened the task. So I invite you this Lent to clean the room of your heart, and don’t forget your closet.
A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults is available on our resource table in the foyer. In particular you’ll find "Growing In Love," this year’s 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 at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. The whole booklet is available on this page of our website and posted on our Facebook page so be sure to check each day now through Easter Day.
Additional Lent resource from Episcopal Relief and Development - ERD invites you to share in their 2017 Lenten email series. Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of Anglican Communion and other faith leaders. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith. Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish. Sign up online here.
-> Preview of Holy Week and Easter Day at St. Catherine’s
We offer some new observances and changes to our traditional schedule this year. Mark your calendar now:
Please note that these activities from previous years will not be offered this year:
Saturday, March 11, 9 am to noon
Many projects and many hands make for a well-kept church! We need everyone, all ages welcome, for a parish work day at St. Catherine's as we clean up and fix up our grounds and buildings. Coffee and snacks will be provided to power our volunteers!
Please join us for a few hours of focused work and fellowship helping maintain our beautiful church home.
Take advantage this day of opportunities to clean out some closets of your own! (Please take your items to these locations, NOT to the church.)
Don't be late! Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time -- SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early on March 12 in Eastern Daylight Time.
Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm
Join us for an evening of beautiful music and song in the midst of our Lenten journey… the last concert in our 2016-2017 Concert Series with mezzo-soprano Eunjoo Lee-Huls. She is dedicating this concert in memory of her mother; the title of her concert is an allusion to Robert Schumann’s great lieder cycle, Frauenliebe und Leben. Her accompanist will be her sister-in-law, Junyoon Lee. Learn more about Ms. Lee-Huls and listen to some of her recordings at www.eunjooleehuls.com.
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.
Eunjoo Lee-Huls enjoys a rich performing career which embraces a combination of oratorio, symphonic soloist, opera and recitals. This season she performs as a soloist in Salon 4: Schumann & Brahms Lieder with New Opera NYC and in Mozart’s Missa Brevis, K. 275 with Westchester Korean Choral Society. Ms. Lee-Huls recently sang as soloist in Händel’s Messiah with Lynchburg Choral Union in Virginia and Westchester Korean Choral Society; Micah in Händel’s Samson with Voices Chorale in New Jersey; Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon with Bel Cantanti Opera; and a critically acclaimed triumph as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Opera Roanoke. First prizewinner of New York Vocal Arts Competition and the Naomi Artists Rising Star Competition (both of which included performances at Carnegie Hall), Ms. Lee-Huls received the Bachelor of Music from Chugae Art University, went on to study at St. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and earned the Artist Diploma Masters Degree from Licinio Reficeo Conservatory Frosinone in Italy.
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, March 18, 9 am to 5 pm
By Randy Satterfield
On March 18 St. Catherine's will host a Home Buyer's Workshop in the Parish Hall from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It will be facilitated by Randy Satterfield in his capacity as an educator for Clearpoint, a national nonprofit agency which offers free credit and housing counseling. This will be a quarterly event at St. Catherine's and is open to the public. This is the HUD-approved workshop that most down payment assistance programs require their clients to take. Randy will present classes on financial literacy, followed by industry members presenting information on their fields, including mortgages and mortgage qualification, the role of the real estate agent, insurance, and hope inspection.
In order to keep the class to eight hours (a HUD requirement) we do not break for lunch and lunch will not be provided so make sure you bring your own. This workshop is being covered by a grant from Wells Fargo so there is no charge. You will receive a certificate at the end of the workshop indicating your completion.
Believe it or not it's a fun day, we work hard to make sure that you not only get the information you need but are engaged and, to the greatest extent possible, entertained. Contact Randy for more information, randysatterfieldearthlink.net.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for periodic outings to various places of interest throughout the year.
Our next odd-month, pay-your-own lunch will be Saturday, March 18 at Olde Blinde Dog Irish Pub – the MILTON LOCATION at 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton, 678-624-1090, www.oldeblinddog.com/location. RSVP for departure time and carpools -- sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-220 so we know you are coming.
March 5, 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!
Construction is entering the final stages and we're pushing hard now – all hands, we can put you to work each weekend! For schedule\details contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com; to help with refreshments contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 404-819-0891.
By Connie Bergeron
STEP UP - STOP HUNGER with a generous donation today! 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 the former 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!
By Molly Banko
Fact: There are nearly 163 million orphans in the world.
Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. This Lent, everyone can help our Young Families Ministry support this program. Just pick up a plastic “rice” bowl at church in the foyer or near the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change throughout Lent to feed the hungry around the world and make a difference in the lives of these children. Filled bowls will be due back to the church on Easter Sunday (April 16). Questions? Contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net. or see www.RiceBowls.org for more information.
…Let us not Love with Words or Tongue but with Actions & in Truth... – 1 John 3:18
Time to sign up!
By Linda Scott and Barb Selby
St. Catherine's will be hosting Family Promise of Cobb County from Sunday, March 26 - Sunday, April 2. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven in our church buildings for families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. Responsibility for our guests starts each day about 6:00 pm and goes until 8:00 am the next day. The children go to school during the day and the adults go to work or to The Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. They return to our Parish Hall for their evening meal, and stay overnight and have breakfast in the Youth House for seven nights. It takes approximately 50-60 volunteers to staff the program for the week. The many volunteer opportunities include:
New volunteers wanted – training March 14
We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. We ask all our new volunteers to attend a two-hour Family Promise Training session. The next session is Tuesday, March 14, 7-9 pm at the new Day Center at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1823 Blackwell Rd., Marietta 30066. To reserve a spot please e-mail the trainers at trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org as soon as possible and let them know you plan to attend.
If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please contact Barb Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net or Linda Scott, Lindamscott1949gmail.com. We will be happy to send you more information and put you on our mailing list for upcoming hostings. New St. Catherine’s Family Promise brochures are available on the Outreach desk, across from the parlor.
The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of Atlanta, announced on February 22 the appointment of The Rev. Juan Sandoval, Deacon, as Archdeacon. Juan's family are long-time members of St. Catherine’s.
This appointment brings the number of Archdeacons in the diocese of Atlanta to three. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Juan is a US Airforce Medic, and a Nurse Corps Officer of the US Army. He joined the diocese of Atlanta in 2009, and has served in various lay leadership capacities since then. As a Vocational Deacon, Juan has served in various congregations including: Christ Church, Norcross, Atonement, Sandy Springs, St. Patrick's, Dunwoody, and St. James' in Marietta. He is currently the Deacon at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Juan will be joining Archdeacons Carole Maddux and Janet Tidwell, and each archdeacon will have a specific area of responsibility: Discernment, Vocation, and Deployment. As Archdeacon, Juan’s area of responsibility will be primarily in Deacon deployment. Congratulations, Juan!
By Pat Pepper
My mama always said, “Many hands make light work.” She also said, “Charity begins at home.” I would add, “A new Rector will be coming in the not too far future and we want everything to be fixed, cleaned up, polished, spruced up, straightened up.” We want St. Catherine’s to be the best that it can be and you can lend a helping hand to make that a reality.
St. Catherine’s volunteer parish work day on March 11 (see above in this newsletter) is an opportunity for you to give back. This is the day when we ask all members to come out and serve together to tackle projects that volunteers are able to complete. Great skills are not required and we feel safe in saying you will have fun. As volunteers you aren’t only making a more vibrant church, but you will also be helping with projects that just require a helping hand and a loving heart.
On March 11, from 9:00 am to 12 noon the project day will be made possible by the power of its people. Thank you for doing something good! Thank you in advance for putting this on your calendar!
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, Jan Potter, Connie Bergeron. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Baptisms on February 26
Sealed as Christ's own forever! Photos by Jan Potter, see LOTS more full size in the album at Baptisms022617 .
Many faces around St. Cat's!
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. (Photo - Young Families Ministry getting ready to serve up some St. Catherine's sheet cake after the baptisms on February 26, picture by Bill Ivey.)
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series beginning March 12 at locations around the Atlanta area, with classic and contemporary choral works by Mozart, Moses Hogan, Palestrina, Mark Hayes, Craig Courtney, Dan Forrest and many more. The April 30 concert, "30 - 60 - 90" at Johnson Ferry Baptist will be a gala celebration in honor of the chorus's 30th anniversary and founding director Frank Boggs's 90th birthday. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus well-known to us through appearances in previous years at St. Catherine’s. All concerts are free, no tickets needed (a free-will offering is taken). For more about Georgia Festival Chorus and these concerts please visit www.tgafc.org. Dates and locations:
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 .
The Michael O’Neal Singers and the Georgia Philharmonic will partner again this season in a concert at 7:30 pm at Lassiter Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Rd., Marietta. The program will include Debussy's Nocturnes and Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams. Several members of St. Catherine's sing in the MOS, a renowned north Atlanta chorus of 150 voices. Tickets are $25 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students ($2 additional at the door). For tickets visit www.georgiaphilharmonic.org/tickets.html.
The American Red Cross is looking for high school and college students who are interested in a leadership and scholarship opportunity. The “Leaders Save Lives” program is a great opportunity for students who want leadership experience, are looking for scholarships and want to build their resumes. Students will have the accomplishment of helping save lives. Encourage students you know to check out Leaders Save Lives and sign up to host a blood drive during their summer break. See complete information at www.redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives .Thank you for your support and helping build a safe blood supply for years to come!
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.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Pat McDougald, 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.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Lacy Dobbs, Erin McKaharay, Warren Martin, Jacqueline Heckel, Jason Warren, Bill Lewis, Harold Shapiro, Susan Martin, Dale Voyles, Amanda, Dickie Pridgen, Marie, Bryan & Suzanne, Arthur Loewy, Roy Mathers, Jo Anne Fisher, Rev. Bob & Roberta Abstein, Deborah Weigel & her Sister, Cheryl & John Hassen, Alice Moran, Betty Robinson, Kris, Richard & Nick, Chris Phillips, Manuel Deisen Cancek, Russell, Kay & Steve, Lisa Buchanan, Madison, Dan Montgomery, Pat Robinson, Jane Smith, Scott Mikkelsen, Elizabeth Keeley, George Alexander, Joyce Hendricks, Heather Finch Baker, Kathy Royal, Gary Parker, Mary Lou Shannonhouse.
BIRTHDAYS: (3/5) Jim Dirksen, (3/6) Bruce Friend, Sebastian Calvo, (3/7) Brenna Wilson, (3/8) Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Jessica Pierce, Rachel Hutton, Lilli Buckalew, (3/9) Chris Kallas, Jeffrey Boyd, (3/10) Bruce Heuke, (3/12) Ken Buxton, (3/13) Jenna Gardiner, (3/15) Karolyn Olliffe, (3/16) Linda Smith, Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Michael Kerr.
ANNIVERSARIES: Woodie & Ralph Patrick (3/8)
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Catherine’s, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.
HELP US HELP YOU
Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
Please hold these dates:
By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org
March 5 - Hunger Walk
Youth and parents, a flyer will go home on March 5 with information about the Urban Plunge. It will be a short (one night) weekend trip. If you have any questions, please let me know!
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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Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668
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