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St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 21 at 12:00 pm following the 10:30 am worship service. Formation/Church School will meet at an hour earlier, at 9 am. A light lunch will be served immediately after the service, followed by the meeting. Childcare will be provided for children; Youth grades 6 & up may attend the meeting.
The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in this new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.
Annual reports now due
Our Annual Meeting is a terrific opportunity for leaders of all our committees, groups and ministries to showcase your work. You are invited to write a piece that briefly shares your ministry's purpose, highlights for 2017, and dreams for 2018. Consider as your audience newcomers who might be interested in joining your team. We really want to have all included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish.
Submissions of no more than 300 words per individual committee or group (multiple reports per ministry team encouraged) are due NOW to Rose Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org. Contact Rose now if you would like a copy of last year's report to use as your basis for this year.
Sunday, January 14, 4 pm
St. Catherine’s Friends of Music will present The Summit Trio as a Sunday afternoon concert on January 14. The Summit Trio is made up of three musicians on the faculty at Kennesaw State University. Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist who has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Helen Kim, violinist, has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, and is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. Charae Krueger is Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras, and has played throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe, including Merkin Hall, Rockefeller University, Brown University and MIT. The Summit Trio appeared as part of the All Saints Atlanta Concert Series last fall.
This will be the second in St. Catherine’s sixth annual concert series which is free and open to the public. Please take this opportunity to introduce your friends and neighbors to St. Catherine’s Concert Series. Our programs always feature comments by the perfomers, and guests are invited to a reception afterwards where they may meet the artists. For future concerts check our website at www.stcatherine.org/concerts.
--> Cookies requested for concert reception -- If you would like to contribute some cookies or other finger desserts please leave items clearly marked for "Concert Series" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to the concert.
Reminder: Check your check in the New Year
Now is a good time to make sure your new 2018 donations amounts are reflected in your payments this year. Do you pay your St. Catherine’s pledge online with The City or via your bank’s bill-pay feature? Remember to adjust any automatic pledge or other payment amounts to reflect your 2018 amount. Thank you from your Stewardship Team!
Pledge cards for 2018 needed now
Thank you so much to all those who have pledged to the mission and ministries of St. Catherine's for the coming year! We still are looking for all households/individuals who pledged last year, and all new members, to pledge this year. Please keep in mind that we set our balanced annual budget based on the pledges received, so EVERY pledge is VERY IMPORTANT now as we are developing our budget for 2018. If you will not able to pledge, then please do let us know that, all such information is in confidence. If you have not yet done so, please pick up a pledge card at church or print one from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/PledgeCard.pdf, then return your card at church on Sunday or send to Rose Wolfe in the church office as soon as possible.
Saturday, February 10 - get tickets soon!
The 2018 Valentine Dinner Dance, with the always-fabulous Silent and Live Auctions, will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 10 at 6:00 pm. Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support. Proceeds will go to defray costs of the J2A Youth Pilgrimage this summer.
Tickets are $35 per person and are available at church on Sundays until sold out, or contact Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org. You may pay by check or cash, or Sally will be present between the 8:45 & 11:15 services this Sunday to take card payments.
Auction items being accepted now
We are now seeking donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Contact Sally as above for information and forms.
By Karen Friend
"We would love to welcome you!" Our next newcomer and visitor coffee will be Sunday, February 11 at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Newcomers, visitors and new or returning members are invited to this lovely informal gathering with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Please join us for coffee and sweet treats along with conversation about our programs & ministries. Feel free to bring a friend, relative or neighbor. All are welcome! Childcare is also available. Contact Anne Hitchins (404-432-6222), or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) for any questions.
New adult class begins January 27
By Jenna Parker
Level One Training is the foundational adult training in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Christian Formation program for children, preparing catechists to work with children three to six years of age. This training will be held from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at St. Catherine's on January 27, February 24, March 17, April 14, May 19, August 18, September 22, November 3, and December 8, 2018 as well as February 16, March 9, April 13, and May 4, 2019. This course is designed to be a spiritual formation for adults as well as instruction in this method of catechesis for children. The pace of the course is retreat-like, allowing for its contemplative nature to be a prayer experience for adults as well as model the atrium experience for children. This course is ideal for parents, grandparents, and anyone with a love of working with children. Contact Karen Maxwell, karenmaxwellcgsusa.org for more information.
A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm.
Reflections will be due by Friday, February 2, in order to be published by Ash Wednesday (February 14). Please sign up on the Ministry & Fellowship Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at Karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with your assignment.
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Preschool registration for the 2018-2019 school year is here! As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years.
Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am - noon, no appointment needed. Classes are available for ages 1 through 4 (Pre-K) in a structured learning environment and small class size, with a comprehensive preschool curriculum including math, art, music, and reading. St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference.
Please visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool for more information on our wonderful preschool.
Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of our continuing offerings for winter and spring.
Formation/Church School - Sundays, 10 AM
Weekday Bible study groups
WNL - Wednesday Night Live
Wednesday nights offers special program time of fellowship and learning, so join us to deepen our walk in Christ. WNL for Youth for the winter/Epiphany season will meet each week with new schedule:
Adult Inquirers Class
Watch for announcement of our winter/spring class which will prepare adults new to the Episcopal tradition and those seeking adult baptism for membership in the church. Church members may also attend to refresh their faith journey. We will offer opportunities to explore questions about faith, learn about St. Catherine’s and the Episcopal church and gain spiritual tools for your faith journey. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and The Rev. Sarah Fisher.
The Advent wreath recycling bin is now in the foyer. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made at St. Cat's for the past season. Thank you!
St. Catherine’s has a variety of music ensembles which are open to everyone with no auditions... and now is a great time to join in as we start the new year and begin preparations for the seasons of Lent and Easter. Please come and try us out!
Photos below - Choristers on Christmas Eve (photos by Jan Potter, see more full size at ChristmasEve2017Church).
Cursillo in the Diocese of Atlanta is taking the next steps in restructuring and renewing the ministry. Bishop Wright appointed a working group several years ago and diligent prayer and work has gone into determining the best path forward. With the Bishop's support the working group is now ready to call together the larger 4th Day Community and anyone interested in the Cursillo ministry to hear of the Task Group's progress and help guide the way forward. This regional gathering is the first of several planned throughout the Diocese during 2018 as a way to share information and draw the 4th Day Community together. We pray that the Holy Spirit will work through all to revitalize the Cursillo ministry in our parishes and in the Diocese. Please share this information with anyone interested in fully living as a disciple of Jesus Christ, because Christ is counting on YOU.
Regional Gathering on Saturday, February 3 - RSVP!
The Cursillo Task Group is pleased to announce that a regional gathering will be held Saturday, February 3 from 10 am to 2 pm at St. Aiden's Episcopal Church parish hall in Milton, Georgia, www.staidans.org. Please join us as we move forward in revitalizing the 4th Day. Lunch will be provided as well as Cursillo music to enrich the celebration. ALL are welcome! Please join us if you are a Cursillista or if you are interested in learning more about discipleship in small groups. Please RSVP to: Nina Daniel, ninadmikedcomcast.net so we might have enough lunch for all as well as resource materials for everyone. Or contact Barb and Bill Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net. We welcome your inspiration as we prayerfully move forward!
If you had directory photos taken and did not order any photo packages, please pick up your complimentary 8x10 from the box in the foyer as soon as possible. Please note that if you purchased any photo packages your complimentary 8x10 is being mailed directly to you.
The 2018 Women's Retreat will be Friday to Sunday, April 27-29, at beautiful Montara Farm in north Georgia. Please reserve these dates on your calendar now, details and registration will be announced soon.
Saturday, January 27 at St. James, Marietta
“Dismantling Racism” training is a program developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism and seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation.” It is offered several times throughout the year in locations around the diocese and is required for all parish clergy and lay leaders including vestry members. It was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said. Training runs for a single day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Although there is no charge, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.
The next opportunity will be Saturday, January 27, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street, Marietta, GA, 30060. For information on the trainings and to register, contact Mary Job, mjobepiscopalatlanta.org. For complete program details and more training schedules please visit www.episcopalatlanta.org/Dismantling_Racism .
Please note for anyone having a book study, consider ordering your books as a group through the Cathedral Book Store (at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta) and get 10% off with a minimum order of 8 books. Order for shipment, or just have one person go to pick up the books at the Store and mention the discount. See information, directions and hours at www.cathedralbookstore.org .
The 2018 schedule is available in the foyer for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one in the coming year. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.
Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you!
By Linda Scott
As many of you know, Family Promise of Cobb County is made up of 15 hosting congregations and synagogues and 4 assisting churches. The Family Day Center with the Director’s office is based at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta. Each participating church takes four weeks during the year and hosts 1-4 homeless families enrolled in the program.
St. Catherine’s first hosting this year will be Sunday to Sunday, February 11-18. We’re looking forward to an excellent fifth year after the completion of the Youth House expansion in November. We had wonderful comments from both guests and volunteers on the new space and how attractive and so much roomier it is. Thanks to all who made it so!
It’s time to sign up to help guide our guest families through their week with us here at St. Catherine’s. We welcome your sign-ups for dinner preparation, evening hosts, overnight hosts, set up and take down. If you are interested in finding out more about Family Promise check out -> this introductory video. For more information about our hosting week or to volunteer, please contact either Barb Selby or Linda Scott. Linda will be glad to put you on our mailing list for this and future weeks so you can find out all about the sign-ups. We usually have about 50 people volunteer for each hosting week, so when everyone does a little we accomplish quite a lot!Barb Selby, 404-216-1640 theselbysbellsouth.net
Linda Scott, 678-446-4676 Lindamscott1049gmail.com
Once again it was St. Catherine’s privilege to cook and serve dinner for the guests at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter on December 28. This would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers who provide food, cook, and serve. Thanks to Nancy Barke, Tracy Buckalew, Nancy Denton, Deana Delabarre, Rebeccah Devault, Nancy Certain, Janet Livingston, Kell and Jimmy Owen, and Linda Smith the guests were feed a very nutritious meal. Thank you also goes to Williamson Brothers Barbecue for giving us a discount on the entree and Fred Massey who arranged this.
St. Cat’s has served dinner at the Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of each month for over 28 years! Our 2018 schedule is filling up quickly with the generosity of many groups and individuals volunteering to be on our dinner team. Contact us if you would like to learn more about this very humbling ministry.
Connie Bergeron (connieatlbergerons.net),
Tracy Buckalew (tracyklpcgmail.com)
Photos below - Preparing food are Rebeccah Devault, Janet Livingston and Kell and Jimmy Owen - Kell and Jimmy drove from Young Harris, GA to join us. And at right - Linda Smith making salad for 70 guests!
By Stephanie Yucius
This year our Explorers number in four girls with really big hearts!! The wanted to do an outreach service project as groups before them have done. We talked with Harriett Pyburn of the Outreach Ministry Team and learned of the great need for underwear in our local schools. So the girls raised $600 by selling Christmas cards for their underwear project. We had a fun time shopping together and them expressing their excitement for the gift they gave! We have donated 300 pair already and plan to make another donation of similar number in the spring. The Explorers thank you for your contribution to their service project and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
By Jenna Parker
Though 2018 has just begun, the Level Two Atrium room of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program has seen a lot of change! Just before Christmas, pocket doors were installed in order to make two rooms have the option of being one. This allows for us to make the best use of the space. The extra room allows for our many Level Two children to freely select work and work independently or in small groups. This new space also means we can gather comfortably together as one large group! We are very excited about the new use of our space!
Photos by Jan Potter, Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Christmas Pageant on December 17 - see LOTS more below in this newsletter AND full size at ChristmasPageant1217.
Merry Christmas! (see more photosfull size at ChristmasEve2017Church)
The 3 Kings visited us on Jan. 7... (left) at 8:45: Mel Paris, Bob Pepper, Bill Selby; (right) at 11:15: Cary Philips, Michael Wherry, Bill Ivey.
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved.
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
On behalf of the Atlanta Chapter of CISV, I just wanted to send big thanks for allowing this group of kids to utilize our fantastic youth house!! It was the perfect space for group activities, while including the smaller offices for break-out meetings. The kids just loved it – the pool table, the 4square, the comfy seating… it had it all for a bunch of energetic 11-to-18-year-olds!! I appreciate your trusting this organization to keep it under its care and they were over the moon with gratitude!!
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Saturday, January 27, 7:30 pm -- World-renowned concert organist Todd Wilson will perform this season’s only Friends of the Organ Recital at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Wilson is head of the Organ Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH; he is also Director of Music at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral. The program includes works by Marcel Dupré, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerre Hancock, Maurice Duruflé, Charles-Marie Widor, and an improvisation on a submitted theme. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $10 for students (with ID), and free to members of Friends of the Organ. Friends of the Organ members are invited to a pre-concert reception in the meeting room at 6:30 pm. A public reception follows the concert. St. Bart’s is located at 1790 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta, www.stbartsatlanta.org .
The Multi Cultural Consortium for Ending Child Slavery presents “Hidden Dangers” experts forum for teens and parents on the topics of sexting, pornography, social media, trafficking, Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. Speakers will be Susan Norris, Rescuing Hope founder & director, and Jeff Shaw, Out of Darkness founder & director. There will be separate forums for middle/high school students and parents/adults. Raffle prize drawing. RSVP at www.etzchaim.net/hiddendangers
The Cathedral Book Store is located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404.237.7582, www.cathedralbookstore.org .
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Get a healthy start to the year by learning about glaucoma and reducing your risk for vision loss! Take steps towards protecting your eyes and the vision health of your loved ones. Know the facts, know the risks, and take action.
Don’t Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight... Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve. About 3 million Americans have glaucoma; however, since there are often no early symptoms, 50% of them don’t even know they have the disease...
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, Matt Bermel, 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.
BIRTHS: Vincent Mackenzie DeCross, son of Susan & Morgan DeCross, great-grandson of Tom & Ann Snead.
DECEASED: Carl McCallum, friend of Cary & Pam Phillips; David Lee, Sr., friend of Becky Adams
BEFORE SURGERY: Nelson Gale
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
January 19-20: Happening Team Training
(photos by Sally Paris, Michelle Zimmerman, Jan Potter)
Rite 13 Beach Trip is June 15-17 at Panama City Beach, Florida. Mark your calendar now!
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 to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her mailbox at church.
The Wheel: get every issue!
Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org
Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668
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