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The Rev. Sarah Fisher
I was about four years old when it snowed for the first time. Or at least the first time that I remember. It seemed like a miracle—magical, cold, white powder lining the Georgia pines and green ivy turned white. But what I remember most was being sick. I was sick and quarantined to the house, bundled up and being given pink medicine on a regular basis. More than anything I wanted to go outside, to play, to be part of that world that so eluded me. But alas, it was not to be.
Later that day, my beloved, ever-fun uncle came over. He had me put my face to the window and then made snowballs and threw them at the window so that it was almost as good as being hit with a real snowball. He brought in buckets full of snow and we made snow ice cream and built an indoor snowman that no doubt melted oh so quickly, but was still a delight to a four year old. And so my memories are mixed—the disappointment of being sick, of not getting to play, but also of being deeply loved and cared for, of having the fun brought to me, since I couldn’t get to it.
Y’all: it’s flu season. And it’s not just any ordinary flu season, it’s flu epidemic season. Reports are saying that Georgia is one of the states being hit the hardest. Several on our staff are experiencing the fun of the flu first hand. And phone calls, Facebook and emails all tell me it’s not just the staff—the flu is making the rounds at St. Cat’s. And so, we need to be mindful. It’s one of the most basic and profound ways we can love each other.
For the next little bit, I am asking us to observe some new practices in the hopes of keeping the flu at bay. Here are the suggestions/requests/changes that we are implementing.
It’s my hope that nobody gets stuck at home, miserable, wanting to play in the snow but unable to because of the flu or the crud. But the reality is that some of us will get sick this season. I hope we can embody the joy and love my uncle did for that sick little girl, and care for each other in ways that mirror the love of Christ and the tremendous love of this community.
With prayers for peace and wellness and deep gratitude for each of you,
by Stephanie Yucius, Senior Warden
Over the weekend of February 2-4, the St. Catherine's Vestry gathered at Montara Farm in North Georgia. This weekend was a time of getting to know each other more, making plans for the upcoming year and time spent in prayer.
The Vestry, with Mother Sarah leading us, discussed vestry roles in leadership as presented in a section from the publication, Beyond Business as Usual by Neal O. Michell. This discussion included topics such as a learning community and casting, embodying a vision and realizing that vision among the congregation. From there we reviewed several years of strategic planning for St. Catherine's dating back to the origination of the parish, to 1984, to Emmaus Project in 1999, to Holy Conversations in 2012. We engaged in expressing thoughts about the goals and objectives brought to Vestry in 2012. We plan to continue work on these goals for the entire parish and more specifically with the ministry teams. Mother Sarah then led us through the “gather, transform, send” model. This exercise was very beneficial to us and we can't wait to share more of this with St. Catherine's.
During our business session on Sunday we appointed Stephanie Yucius as Senior Warden and elected Keith Dumke to Junior Warden. We also elected Francis Bowden to Vestry Clerk and Scott Lummus to St. Catherine's Treasurer. Each Vestry member has a role as a liaison, or “shepherd” as we call them, to each of our ministry teams. The following shepherd and ministry team will be in communication with each other for the upcoming year: Formation - Bill Sapp, Worship & Music - Diane Sanders, Fellowship - Stephanie Yucius, Facilities and Grounds - Maureen Donoghue, Human & Financial Resources - Frank Adams, Outreach - Keith Dumke, Stewardship 365 (with volunteerism now in this ministry) - Nelson Gale, Technology - Michael Wherry, Invitation - Carol Eskew, Pastoral Care - Marilyn Hunter, Master Planning - Phil Spessard, Communications - Rhonda Robinson.
We closed our retreat with excitement about the work ahead. We invite your questions and plan further discussion with the ministry teams at the Quarterly Ministry Team meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Photos courtesy Mother Sarah, Stephanie Yucius- The Vestry on their retreat (not pictured: Nelson Gale, Michael Wherry)
All adults are invited for a Formation/Church School offering on Sundays, 10-11 am, beginning on February 11 and continuing for the six Sundays of Lent. “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, Lent 2018” is from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. The Gospel of John attests to the fact that God is love. His love for us is boundless, grace-filled, and eternal. Our journey together in Lent will explore this love.
At our first meeting, we will distribute study journals containing a weekly reflection, daily scripture readings, and space for you to write. You are invited to participate in any way that works for you. If you wish to receive daily emails and video content from SSJE, you may sign up on the following website (scroll down to the form): www.meetingjesusinjohn.org .
Watch the video: An Invitation from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry about this series at www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9xlkCfEGEw
We are excited to share this Lenten journey with you.
Mother Sarah & Elizabeth Lopez
By Jenna Parker
This year we have a new way for you and your family to practice Lent at home. There will be “Lent in a Bag” take-homes in the foyer starting on Ash Wednesday. Each bag includes an assortment of items with a corresponding reflection and some suggestions on how to use it. This is appropriate for individuals and families and for all ages. Please contact Jenna Parker with any questions at jennastcatherines.org.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, a variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults will be available for pickup on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, "Seeking God in Darkness and in Light," written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. You may also subscribe to receive a daily email with the 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 be available on our website and posted on our Facebook page so be sure to check each day from Ash Wednesday through Easter Day.
"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.
All women are invited to join us for a wonderful retreat weekend, Friday to Sunday, April 27-29, at beautiful Montara Farm, a 400-acre private mountain-view ranch, just 55 miles north of downtown Atlanta. We’ll have enriching activities, time for relaxation, and enjoy Montara’s famously wonderful food. You can see photos and more about Montara Farm at www.montarafarm.com.
Details including price, program and schedule are still being determined and will be announced soon. The final cost will be between $325 and $375 based on the number of participants. The price includes your room for 2 nights, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday brunch, plus snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.
Reserve your place now with a $100 deposit—space is limited and we will have a waiting list! Please write checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for “Women’s Retreat”, or make payment through your account on The City. Final balance will be due March 18. If you have questions please contact any member of the planning team: Gina Bauman, tabby257aol.com; Maureen Donoghue, georgiadonoghuescomcast.net; Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com; Pat Pepper, ppepper97bellsouth.net; Diane Sanders, dianesanders3198att.net; Lisa Spessard,lnspessardyahoo.com.
Saturday, February 17 luncheon
Join Cats On Wheels 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 is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!
St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on February 20, 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Note that we will be set up in the Youth House! 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 shorten your time onsite by using Red Cross' online RapidPass on the day of the drive 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.
Sunday, March 4, 4pm
By Linda Scott
Feiner Musicke is a husband and wife team with Mel Foster, tenor and Ellen Heinicke Foster, harp. The Fosters blend their power, grace and passion to create a unique and unforgettable musical experience. They will perform “Art Songs of the Early 20th Century: Music of Hope and Love”, inspirational music from the traditions of Europe and America. Due to a lack of music for the voice and harp, the Fosters have transcribed many pieces originally written for piano and voice. Learn more about this duo and their music at www.feinermusicke.com .
The concert is free, with a freewill offering, and open to the public. A reception will follow with time to meet the artists. Come join us and bring family and friends for an enjoyable and uplifting afternoon!
By David Moore
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Although I heard about the St. Catherine’s Stephen Ministry program from ministry fairs, announcements, and sermons, I couldn’t identify exactly what it was that led me to this ministry at the time; that realization came years later. I only knew it then as a little voice that told me, “You can to do this.”
I always thought I was a good listener (mostly it was the enjoyment I got listening to myself). When I told my wife, Mary, I was thinking about becoming a Stephen Minister she said, “I just hope they can teach you how to listen!” And she was right! The good news is that Stephen Ministry is a ministry that will teach you the skills you need to listen and be present with someone who needs care.
Be present and listen. Sounds like what God said: “Be still and know that I am God.” When you are still (present) and listen, you’ll know. So Stephen Ministry is sort of a “show up and shut up” kind of ministry! And oh, by the way, that’s when God shows up, every time!
-> St. Catherine’s Stephen Ministry is now recruiting a new class of ministers to begin training this fall. If you would like to know more about this ministry, I encourage you to ask one of our Stephen Ministry leaders who will be happy to give you the specific information on what the training entails and the commitment required. Please contact Amy Morris amymorris73yahoo.com, Chris Potter cdexterpottergmail.com, Mother Sarah sarahstcatherines.org, or myself, David Moore dmooreoaklandcemetery.com.
Perhaps you, too, have heard that little voice saying, “You can do this!”
STEPHEN MINISTRY ANNUAL REPORT
Stephen Ministry at Saint Catherine’s is part of a national inter-denominational lay caring ministry that provides one on one, medium to long term Christian care for people dealing with a variety of life’s crisis. Stephen Ministry provides the confidential caring of a Christian friend to those under emotional stress and pain. The Stephen Minister provides the care, God provides the cure.
A Stephen Minister undergoes fifty hours of initial training culminating in a retreat and commissioning. A Stephen Minister will be assigned to a care receiver and typically meets with that person once a week for an hour. The relationship is confidentially monitored in bi monthly supervision sessions. In addition, every Stephen Minister attends continuing education classes on a quarterly basis. The ministry requires a two year commitment.
The Stephen Minister leaders are Rev. Sarah Fisher (who completed her training in Orlando in January of 2018), David Moore, Amy Morris, and Chris Potter. In addition to these 4 leaders, Natalie Whitlow has agreed to serve and will be trained later in this year. Natalie will be a welcome addition to the leadership team! Each leader has a responsibility assigned to them which includes recruiting and training, arranging for and delivering the ministers’ continuing education, overseeing the supervision process, making assignments, attending to administrative details, and acting as liaison to the congregation.
The leaders and ministers continue to asses this ministry’s effectiveness to meet the caring needs of our growing congregation. In 2017 we conducted several “lunch and learn” sessions entitled Come and See, which were designed to educate the congregation on the principles of Stephen Ministry and the benefits of becoming a Stephen Minister and of receiving Stephen Ministry care. This congregation awareness revealed three new class trainees who will be commissioned this spring. We also paired 7 new relationships as a result of congregation members coming forward and asking for care. Our quarterly continuing education programs continue to focus on issues that will better equip our ministers to help others who are struggling with life changing events and difficult times.
Sunday, March 4 at 8:45 service
By Tina Kerr
We would like to invite all Scouts & Scouters to attend St. Catherine's Scout Sunday on March 4 at the 8:45 am service. All Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Eagle and Gold Award Scouts—both young & old—come in your uniform to be recognized at this service. Patches will be available for all children and youth in uniform.
Tuesday, March 6
Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, come at 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have important discussions of the 2018 budget and ministry plans for this year. Please be sure that a representative of all minstry teams and committees will be there to hear and participate. All those who are interested in the ministry work of St. Catherine's are welcome to attend.
If you have not yet received your copy of our new pictorial church directory, you may pick it up in the foyer on Sunday before or after the 8:45 and 11:15 services.
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Preschool registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now in progress! Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am - noon, no appointment needed. We appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years. St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. Classes are available for ages 1 through 4 (Pre-K) in a structured learning environment and small class size, with a comprehensive curriculum including math, art, music, and reading. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference. Please visit the website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool for more information on our wonderful preschool.
By Connie Bergeron, Hunger Walk Team Captain
STEP UP - STOP HUNGER! Let's make the 34th Annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for participation! Please join St. Catherine's Team at Georgia State University Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and help ussupport the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Episcopal Community Foundation. Everyone can help us reach our team fundraising goal by making a donation on behalf of the entire team or a specific team member. It’s a fun day with food trucks, games, educational activities, live entertainment and more.
FYI - Atlanta Community Food Bank partners with many of the organizations we support as a parish, including Emmaus House and Save It Forward. While the ACFB is based in downtown Atlanta, their reach helps feed those throughout north Georgia, including Marietta. Twenty-five percent of your donation will be allocated to the Episcopal Community Foundation to support non-profit ministries in Georgia.
The event opens at noon and the 5K walk and run begin at 2:00 pm. 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 minimum donation ($30 at event); Run registration is $35 ($40 at event).
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
Congratulations to Charlie Zimmerman who received his Eagle Scout award at his troop's Court Of Honor on January 28.
Charlie and his family have been active members of St. Catherine's for many years. Photo by Bill Ivey
By Pat Pepper
Recently I heard a friend say, “Lent is a great time for me to lose some weight because I always give up chocolate.” Why give up a favorite food during Lent? Lent is the 40 days of preparation for the Easter season. We are called to deepen our spiritual practices and increase our spiritual health just as we exercise to improve our physical health. Many people have an annual custom of giving up a favorite indulgence. I would also like to suggest adding to what you do in service to others.
St. Catherine’s will have many opportunities for Lenten observance this year with special worship starting with Ash Wednesday, two retreat/quiet days, Holy Week services and much more. There are also many opportunities to take something on, a way to give back.
If you have been thinking about being more involved in service to others I suggest that Lent is the ideal time to begin. What better time to be the hands and face of Jesus? You might begin with just one thing, one hour, one act of kindness. Or if you want to challenge yourself you could try to spend more time volunteering. After 40 days I think you will find you have a new and calorie-free habit, and you will have experienced the joy of giving and receiving.
Need some help? I won’t offer you chocolate, but I will gladly tell you about the many, many ways St. Catherine’s gives and serves 365 days a year. There is a place for you, a place where your gifts will be gratefully received!
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
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.
You are invited to a Celebration of the Life and Ministry of Absalom Jones at 4:00 pm at Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Reconciliation, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd SW, Atlanta, www.centerforracialhealing.org, with The Rev. Dennis Patterson, Jr., Preacher, The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Swanson, Celebrant, and music by Clark Atlanta University Choir directed by Dr. Curtis Powell. 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. Limited parking at Absalom Jones Center and nearby streets, additional parking at Clark Atlanta University parking deck at 156 Mildred Street SW for nominal cost.
The annual Go Summit will feature Bishop Rob Wright and Robert 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. 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.
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: Elise Catherine Nelson, daughter of Catie & Matt Nelson and granddaughter of Ellis & Claudia Kilgore.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Swiss Britt, Ryan Teal, Lisa Johnson, Kristi Anderson, John, Susan Jenkins, Melinda Stuk, Gene Cowart, Jake S., Jay Read, Nelson Gale, Kris Kell, Grace Bunke, Elizabeth Keeley, Lee Harrison, Janet Cranston, Marilyn Hunter, Natalie Whitlow, Fran Corragio, Cori Taylor, Ben Hudgins, Elspeth De La Barre, Winn Hampton, Kaley Harris, Erin Bennett, Bruce, David, Gene Harlan, Jim Lutes, Alyssa, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.
BIRTHDAYS: (2/13) Susan Jablonski, Isabel Lopez, Madison Morey, (2/15) Patricia Brent, Richard Halstead-Nussloch, (2/16) Lexie Walton, (2/17) Jim Mattox, (2/18) Justin Kerr, Aubrey Ward, (2/19) Ana Martin, Mary Vavra, (2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Steve Pyburn, (2/22) Joyce Carter, Kent Hankinson, Katie Barrington, (2/23) Swiss Britt.
ANNIVERSARIES: Al & Karen Maxwell (2/12), Brian & Jana Williams (2/12), Frank & Ellen Adams (2/15)
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
February 10: Valentines Dinner Dance
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!
We will meet at St. Catherine's at 9:00 AM (come for the 8:45 service and we will gather outside). We will head downtown for a light breakfast followed by a contemporary Youth Led Liturgy. Following Eucharist, we walk as a group to former Turner Field to register for the walk and to grab lunch at the food trucks. **Please bring money for lunch. Register with St. Catherine's Hunger Walk Team at https://goo.gl/HcgaMw .
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.
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Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668
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