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Next weekend, your Vestry will head to Montara Farm to begin our work together as a new vestry. I’m excited to do both the work and the play that come from such retreats. For a body to function together well, it’s important to know each other—to know what matters, to know what makes us laugh, to know where we are anxious, to know where we are hopeful. Much of our time will focus on becoming a team. Our work will be filled with prayer, conversation, imagining, dreaming and creating. In other words, the Vestry will be living into the vocation of being the Vestry. We will be doing both the work and the play, the hard stuff and the delightful stuff of being this body.
The word “vocation” is one of the most important words I know. So often we throw it around with clergy—clergy have a vocation, clergy are called by God to serve. And that is true. But we miss the mark when we only talk about clergy vocation. For all of us have a vocation. All of us are called by God to do work in and for God’s kingdom.
Last Sunday in the Rector’s report, I invited you to consider where God might be calling you. How is God calling you? Where is God calling you? Perhaps it is to a different ministry or perhaps it is to join a team that could use your wisdom and work. Perhaps God is calling you to sabbath from a ministry you’ve been tending for years. And perhaps God is calling you to something wholly new.
My favorite words about vocation are from Fredrick Buchener. I invite you to read them and consider where God might be inviting your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger to meet:
Peace & joy,
Saturday, February 10 - tickets almost sold out!
Please join the YA Youth Class at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall for the annual Valentine's Dinner Dance! If you haven't yet reserved your seat ($35 per person), contact Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org to learn if tickets are still available or to get on the waiting list (please, no walkins for this limited-seating event). This evening is our biggest fundraiser of the year for the Youth Program with the bulk of the proceeds going toward this summer's Pilgrimage trip to Scotland. We hope you can join us for a fun-filled evening of eating, dancing, fellowship and showing support for our St. Cat's Youth!
-> NOTE: If you purchased a ticket but will not be able to attend, please contact Sally as soon as you know this in case someone on the waiting list would like your seat!!
Auction items needed now
Are you crafty or do you own your own product-based business? Do you own a vacation home? If so, we are gratefully accepting donations of anything you want to share with us for our Live and Silent Auctions, regardless of whether you attend -- vacations, jewelry, paintings/artwork, dinners, homemade items, outings, services, gatherings, tickets, gift certificates, etc. There is a donation bin outside Sally Paris' office if you wish to drop something off or feel free to contact Jennifer Tear (jbtearhotmail.com) or Sally (stcatsyouthgmail.com) about making a donation. Donations are tax deductible.
Donate via a “Wish” - submit by January 28
Did you know that you can support the Youth without bidding in either of our auctions? How? By making a Wish. A Wish is a request for a service to be provided by one or more of our youth, for example: "Rake leaves in my front yard for 2 hours on a weekend day this fall for a donation of $100"; or similar services such as babysitting, kitchen prep help, pet sitting, tutoring, etc. Wishes are being accepted both by paper form at the ticket table in the foyers on Sundays, and online with this link: goo.gl/forms/IrF1mbZys9Gdx5QC2 . To complete a form you will need to specify (1) what your wish is and a specific timeframe; (2) how much time you think this wish will take; (3) your donation amount. We are accepting Parishioner Wishes on paper and online through Sunday, January 28. Those whose wishes are “granted” will be notified via email no later than Wednesday, February 7.
No ticket needed to bid in Silent Auction
Our Silent Auction will feature over 100 items. It will be open for bidding by everyone, with or without a ticket, prior to the start of the event on Friday/Saturday afternoon. Watch for details!
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.
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.
February 13, 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. Come for tasty food and fellowship! Our Youth will cook & serve in the Parish Hall. This annual event will support some new community outreach activities by our Youth.
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.
A tradition within the church is that the ashes which are imposed at our services on Ash Wednesday are made by burning palm fronds which have been saved from the previous year's Palm Sunday. Why the palms from then? We take the palm branches, which have been blessed on Palm Sunday, and help them return them to dust. It is from dust that God creates. And to dust we return. The ashes remind us of our mortal nature, and they connect us to the season into which we enter.
All are welcome for the Burning of the Palms which will be held on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, at 5:45 pm.
Return your saved palms -- If you saved your palms from last year, please bring them to church and place them in the container in the foyer by February 11. Thank you!
Saturday, February 17 luncheon
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 pay-your-own lunch out... On February 17 we're going at 11:30 am to Yeero Village Greek Restaurant, Roswell, www.yeerovillage.net. RSVP so we can save you a seat on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Cats On Wheels coming up
St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on February 20, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Youth House. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. And don't forget to even further shorten your time on site with Red Cross' RapidPass on the day of the drive to complete the questionaire online before you arrive -- see www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Help is also needed for greeting donors and set up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
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. Last year as new challenge, the committees and ministries of St. Catherine’s were called model sabbath time in a practical way by not holding business meetings during the forty days of Lent. Many of us were able to spend the time saved from such meetings in special and creative ways such as meals with loved ones, reading, trying new prayer methods learned in a Formation course, or just enjoying a little needed rest time.
This year we are not calling all to a strict observance of a “no meetings” policy. But we are all encouraged to consider the lessons learned last year and judge how it might affect your regular scheduled meetings which will fall during the period of this Lent, February 14 through March 31. Ministries including Bible/book/Formation study and education classes, prayer groups, and worship preparation (choirs, lay readers, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, acolytes, etc.) should of course continue through this period, as well as necessary preparations for activities that will begin during/soon after Lent.
No meetings during Holy Week or during any worship services — Holy Week is that time when our focus is on coming together as a community to journey with Jesus to the cross. In order to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do this, no group meetings should be scheduled during Holy Week, March 25-31, other than Lenten and Bible studies and prayer groups, and the committee/ministry preparations for our activities of Holy Week and Easter Day. In addition, meetings should not be scheduled or held while any worship service is being conducted.
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!
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 are being finalized now and will be announced soon.
St. Catherine’s first hosting this year will be Sunday to Sunday, February 11-18. It’s time to sign up to help guide our guest families through their week with us. We welcome volunteers for dinner preparation, evening hosts, overnight hosts, set up and take down. We usually have about 50 people volunteer for each hosting week, so when everyone does a little we accomplish quite a lot! For more information about our hosting week or to volunteer, please contact Barb Selby, 404-216-1640 theselbysbellsouth.net, or Linda Scott, 678-446-4676 Lindamscott1049gmail.com.
If you are interested in finding out more about Family Promise check out -> this introductory video. Family Promise of Cobb County is made up of 15 hosting congregations and synagogues and 4 assisting churches. Each participating church takes four weeks during the year and hosts 1-4 homeless families enrolled in the program.
By Harriet Pyburn
Would you like to learn more about the mission of Emmaus House? You might have seen our collections for Secret Santa and the Giving Tree each Christmas, but if you have never had the opportunity to visit Emmaus House in person (or even if you have and you just want to know more!), you are in luck because Emmaus House is coming to us! Please join us Tuesday, February 6 at 7 pm in the St Catherine's Library for a 1 hour presentation from Greg Cole, the executive director at Emmaus. There is no ask—this is just a chance for us to learn more about one of the mission churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. All are welcome!
By Harriet Pyburn
Outreach committee is seeking leadership for several seasonal activities including MUST Summer Lunch packing, Rise Against Hunger meal packing, and neighborhood school support. If you would like to be more involved in outreach without a year-round commitment, this is a great way to help out. Please contact Harriett Pyburn for more information (harriettspyburngmail.com)
As part of your new year's resolutions, please consider signing up for a shift in 2018. 2 volunteers work together from 6:30pm-11pm. Instructions are available and simple, and the men at the MUST shelter are extremely grateful for the service. All months in 2018 are available. If you are a veteran of this volunteer work, please consider inviting someone new to attend with you this year so we can grow our volunteer base. If you are new and interested in attending with someone who has been before, contact Dave Yucius and he can help you find a partner (dyuciusmindspring.com). Sign up at: signupgenius.com/go/4090449a9ad23a13-must
Want a fun and quick way to volunteer in our community? Try a RealityU — we guarantee it will make you want to come back for more! RealityU is a financial literacy simulation run by Communities In Schools in various middle and high schools in Cobb. Students are assigned jobs, salaries, student loans and children based on an interest survey and their current GPA. They are then tasked with paying their bills for a month (making decisions about transportation and housing choices, child care, groceries, entertainment, insurance, healthcare, savings, etc.). Students learn firsthand about costs in the real world, the importance of education, and other important life skills.
No training is required ahead of time, and all materials are supplied. We just need volunteers willing to staff each station as the students visit them. You can sign up for a single event or many. Two events are coming up, please see these signup links:
STEP UP - STOP HUNGER! Let's make the 34th Annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for St. Catherine's participation! We will soon announce the link for you to support St. Catherine's team as we join people around Atlanta in the fight against hunger. The event will be held at Georgia State Stadium (the former Turner Field). The family-friendly, festival atmosphere makes it a fun day with food trucks, games, educational activities, live entertainment and more! St. Catherine's Youth go early each year for the special diocesan youth breakfast and Eucharist with Bishop Wright.
Save the date now! Whether you choose to walk, run, volunteer and/or make a donation, you’ll join thousands of participants coming together to support our neighbors in need and celebrate achievements already made in the fight against hunger. Again, watch for sign up to support St. Catherine's team.
Part of our celebration on the day of our Parish Meeting on January 21 was the annual awarding of the St. Catherine's Cross during the 10:30 service. The St. Catherine's Cross is given to special individuals each year in recognition of their 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 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!
By Jenna Parker
Sally Paris, our Director of Youth Ministries, and Jenna Parker, our Director of Children & Family Ministries, have been attending the annual Forma Conference, January 23-26 in Charleston, South Carolina. St. Catherine’s Karen Maxwell is also be attending as a representative of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Forma is the network for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Church and beyond. Our representatives are joining hundreds of other Christian Formation leaders from around the church comprised of lay, clergy, volunteer, and staff positions. Through participating in workshops, listening to speakers, and networking with other Christian Formation leaders, they will return to St. Catherine’s with new ideas and refreshed energy.
By Pat Pepper
On January 21 in Mother Sarah’s sermon, and then again at our annual meeting, we heard lots of good news. St. Catherine’s had a great year in 2017 not only ministering within our walls but we also served many in the community. However we still have work to do, and in her Rector’s Report she said, “We are called to not be afraid, and then to move out into the world in new ways, carrying the good news of a God who loves us more than we can imagine. At a practical level, that will mean shoring up some of our ministries here—helping new people find their way into ministries and helping folks who have long been carrying the load to gain some time of sabbath.” And I say Amen, Sarah.
We have ministry team leaders that have been hard at work for years and are ready for their next ministry or their sabbath. Are you ready to answer God’s call? Were you waiting to hear the opportunities for service that matches your God-given gifts? Do not be afraid… the ministries that are ready for new leadership are:
In addition to leaders we would also welcome new team members, the hands and hearts that make our ministries. I am available to answer any of your questions about any of our ministries. Do not be afraid… call or email me.
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, Phil Spessard. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Annual Meeting Day - January 21
2017 Year in Review
Watch the slideshow of our year in pictures -- Thank you to Bill Ivey for creating this video treat!
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.
Words cannot express how grateful for the Christmas gift. I don't know why I was chosen but it was an answer to a prayer. Thank you for the bottom of my heart. The check enabled me to get prescriptions I had no money for. Thank you again. God bless St. Catherine's Church and all the wonderful St. Catherine's people.
[From a recipient of St. Catherine's Special Christmas Fund]
You are invited to a Celebration of the Life and Ministry of Absalom Jones on Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 pm at Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Reconciliation, 807 Fair Street, Atlanta 30314. A reception will follow the service. This annual service celebrates the legacy of Absalom Jones, the first priest of African descent in the Episcopal Church.
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 Go Summit will feature The Rt. Rev. Rob Wright and Robert D. Lupton (author of Toxic Charity) – February 10 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Cathedral of St. Philip. The Summit is sponsored by The Diocese of Atlanta (Global Mission Commission, Ministry Innovations Task Force, Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, Episcopal Relief and Development). Registration fee $30. For information and registration go to -> this link .
The office of Congregational Vitality, the Commission for Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present an exciting workshop... "Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home", at Grace Church in Gainsville, GA on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we "do" to how we live. Learn how to: create bonds between church and home; elevate the role of home in formation and outreach; foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls. Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. David Anderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry. Anderson has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation.
This workshop is open to everyone. Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. For more information email Cheryl Kelley, ckelleygracechurchgainesville.org. Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, www.gracechurchgainesville.org . To register, please fill out at gracechurchgainesville.org/bringingfaithhome.
Information to increase awareness about opioid use and warning signs of possible addiction from the Marietta Police Department, Chief Dan Flynn.
Never touch pills, suspected narcotics or drug paraphernalia with your bare hands, as this could lead to serious health conditions or even death! See more information including signs of possible addiction, the law regarding immunity from arrest or prosecution for persons seeking medical assistance for drug overdose, and resources for crisis stabilization and addiction recovery -- download the pamphlet at www.mariettaga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5255 .
--> Pill Take-Back -- You may drop off old or unused medicines safely and anonymously at the Marietta Police Department in their drop box near the main lobby, open 24 hours a day. Simply stop in and ask where to drop off medications. Marietta Police Department is located at 240 Lemon Street, Marietta, GA 30060. Main Office: 770-794-5300; Anonymous Tip Line: 770-794-6990.
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.
FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.
DECEASED: William “Shelley” Ransdell
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Raymond Higgins, Neil Johnson, Jay Read, Nelson Gale, Kris Kell, Grace Bunke, Elizabeth Keeley, Lee Harrison, Janet Cranston, Kim, Melissa and Jennifer, Laura Christian, Marilyn Hunter, Natalie Whitlow, Fran Corragio, Susan Bayless, Melinda Stuk, Cori Taylor, Greyson Brinson, Ben Hudgins, Marion Cook, Elspeth De La Barre, Winn Hampton, Kaley Harris, Erin Bennett, Bruce, David, Gene Harlan, Jim Lutes, Alyssa, Norma Alexander, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.
BIRTHDAYS: (1/28) Greg Caudle; Katja Michael, Tami Mace, Foster Walton, (1/29) Rod Deutscher, Al Maxwell, Lisa Messinger, Logan Buckalew, Sandra Fantz, (1/30) Riley Devault, (1/31) Rebecca Dailey, (2/1) John Martin, Jana Wiliams, (2/2) Janet Livingston, (2/3) Jacqueline Hurley, (2/4) Kristin Blackstock, Courtney Hickson, (2/5) Tom Day, Fred Massey, (2/7) Molly Norris, (2/8) Susan Jenkins, (2/9) Andy Mitchell, Rose Wolfe, Claudia Kilgore, Neil Campbell.
ANNIVERSARIES: Meg & Mike Reeves (1/31), Tom & Shirley Day (2/7)
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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 27: New Beginnings Training
Parents, we have several opportunities for providing Sunday breakfast at the Youth House before Church School. Please follow the link to sign up! signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4da9a82ba6fa7-youth5
We need as many youth as we can get right after school on Shrove Tuesday, February 13. Please plan to join us to make a TON of pancakes and have a "mess" of fun!
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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