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The Rev. Sarah Fisher
Friends, it is with great delight that I write to tell you that, beginning this Sunday, February 25, The Rev. Spenser Simrill will be joining us on Sundays for a season at St. Cat's. Spenser is a beloved priest in the Diocese of Atlanta. Having served as Rector of both St. Luke's, Atlanta and St. John's College Park, Spenser is living into his retirement by working part-time at Canterbury Court retirement community in Atlanta. He has graciously agreed to be with us on Sundays until Hazel arrives.
Some of you had the joy of meeting Spenser when he served as Supply Priest earlier this month. Spencer told me he loved being at St. Cat's. He was particularly impressed with the kind hospitality he was shown, the wisdom of the Catechists and students in the atria and the beauty of the both the Choristers and the Chancel Choir. He is eager to get to know us and to be with us.
Please note Spenser will be present with us on Sundays and other occasional services, including some Holy Week liturgies. But he will be with us on a very part time basis. While we are all eager for Hazel Glover's arrival as Associate Rector, having Spenser with us for a season will be a delight and joy. Please take a moment to welcome him on Sunday!
Peace & joy,
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
March 3, 11 AM - 3 PM -- Reservation required
March 24, 9 AM-1 PM - Reservation required
Faith, Money and God: Writing your Money Autobiography
This year we have a new way for you and your family to practice Lent at home. “Lent in a Bag” take-homes are on the table in the foyer. 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.
A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults are 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. The whole booklet is available on this page of our website and posted on our Facebook page so be sure to check each day from Ash Wednesday through Easter Day.
Sunday, March 4, 4pm
Feiner Musicke is a husband and wife team with Mel Foster, tenor and Ellen Heinicke Foster, harp. Husband & wife Mel Foster, tenor, and Ellen Heinicke Foster, harp, blend power, grace and passion to create an unforgettable musical experience. They will perform “Art Songs of the Early 20th Century: Music of Hope and Love”, with pieces by Debussy, Ravel, traditional spirituals and more. 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! For questions regarding our concert series contact Martha Bowden, martha_bowdenbellsouth.net.
-> 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.
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 music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a Friends of Music reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome and are tax deductible. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music,” and send/bring to the church offic. St. Catherine's members may also give online through your account in The City. For more information, see our website at www.stcatherines.org/concerts.
All women are invited to join us for "Renewing You", 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 and time for relaxation. Anyone who's been to Montara can tell you all about how delightful is their food! You can see photos and more about Montara Farm at www.montarafarm.com.
Space is limited, so reserve your place now with a $100 deposit! Registration includes your room for 2 nights, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday brunch, plus snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. Cost will be $325, final balance due March 18. Please write checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for “Women’s Retreat”, or make payment through your account on The City. If you have any questions please contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com.
Saturday morning, March 3
Please come from 9 to 10:45 am to enjoy fellowship over coffee, hot chocolate and donuts. We will review best practices and talk through plans for Holy Week and Easter, with time for all your questions. For more information contact Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org.
Sunday, March 4 at 8:45 service
All Scouts & Scouters are invited 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. For questions please contact Tina Kerr, cmwkerrgmail.com.
Tuesday, March 6
Leaders of all tSt. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, come at 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have an opportunity for team leaders to meet with their new Vestry Shepherds, 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. For questions contact Mother Sarah, sarahstcatherines.org or Senior Warden Stephanie Yucuis, stephyuciushotmail.com.
Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide individual, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting for reasons such as divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or challenges.
-> St. Catherine’s Stephen Ministry is now recruiting a new class of ministers to begin training this fall. Perhaps you, too, have heard that little voice saying, “Maybe I can do this”? If you have ever thought about joining this life-changing ministry please contact one of our Stephen Leaders to learn more: Amy Morris amymorris73yahoo.com, Chris Potter cdexterpottergmail.com, David Moore dmooreoaklandcemetery.com.
STEP UP - STOP HUNGER! Please join St. Catherine's Team at Georgia State University Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and help us support the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Episcopal Community Foundation. Everyone can help us reach our team fundraising goal! The event opens at noon and the 5K walk and run begin at 2:00 pm. It’s a fun day with food trucks, games, educational activities, live entertainment and more. Walk registration is $30 at event; Run registration is $40.
The Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) has offered a Small Acts of Charity grant to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta, Inc. in partnership with St. Catherine’s. The $5,000 challenge grant will support the house to be built by the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC). St. Catherine’s partners annually with CIHC, a local interfaith group focused on funding and building Habitat homes as their way of giving back to the community. With rising costs for building materials and land, ECF will match any new funds raised towards this build by March 31, 2018 (up to $5,000).
ECF hopes that this incentive will encourage others in the community to support the increased expenses for this year’s build which has been initially scheduled to begin on April 28. For information on St. Catherine's work with Habitat please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net.
By Del Halstead-Nussloch
On a Saturday in January, I found myself in a mosque, totally absorbed in a conversation about a book. The hour and a half of amazing conversation was with a group of women who ordinarily would not have an opportunity to talk with one another. The book we were discussing was “Daring to Drive”, the story of a Saudi Arabian woman’s struggle for civil rights in Saudi Arabia, including the right to drive. What made this time so special is that the group was composed of Ahmadiyya Muslim and Episcopal women. This group, an inter-faith book club, was begun by three women, Mahmooda Rahman, Baitul Ata Mosque; Debbie Betsill, St. James’ Episcopal Church, and Muriel Diguette, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church. The book club itself grew out of the inter-faith work that Ms. Betsill and Ms. Rahman do together. As Ms. Rahman has said, “the purpose of the group is to build bridges of understanding among women of all faiths, to talk about our commonalities, and to make life-long friends”. They decided to open up the group to other parishes and faiths after they were established.
St. Catherine’s has now been invited to join the group. The book club meets once a month on the third Saturday morning of the month, 9:30 – 11 am, and alternating between the Mosque and St. Bede’s. I know I will be attending as often as I can. The dates, locations and books are:
If you are interested in joining us please contact me, Del Halstead-Nussloch, kelltie357gmail.com. I will share what I know and can put you in touch with people who may have answers to questions I don’t. Come and join us in fellowship, conversation and the opportunity to be in relationship with women of other faiths.
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.
By Invitation Ministry Team
Thank you to the enthusiastic group of visitors and newcomers who joined us in the parish hall on Sunday morning, February 11, for conversation, coffee, and Valentine's goodies. We enjoyed getting to know you better. Thanks also to parishioners who spoke about our ministry teams and helped us welcome and serve our guests.
Our next scheduled newcomer event will be a breakfast on June 10, in the Parish Hall; and stay tuned for news about a special clergy party for newcomers which we hope to schedule later this year. Photos below by Bettye Harris
By Tracy Buckalew
DOK member Desiree Harvey and her husband, Joshua, were showered with gifts at a baby shower in their son Christian’s honor on February 11. Christian joined the party as he was born in December two months early, weighing only 3 lbs, 11 oz. The party was hosted by DOK members Barb Perry, Marilyn Hunter, and Rhonda Robinson at the Perry’s home.
Photos below - (1) Desiree with hosts Barb Perry, Marilyn Hunter, and Christian; (2) Proud maternal grandmother Carlene Douglas with Rhonda Robinson, (3) Happy mother with healthy 10 week old, 8lb Christian. TBTG (thanks be to God)!
By Bettye Harris
I was pleased to attend and assist at the February 11 "Life & Ministry of Absalom Jones Celebration" by the Diocese of Atlanta, held this year at the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing at AUC. The service (a favorite of mine) was wonderful, this time in a much smaller, but oh-so-perfect space. Dennis Patterson from Holy Cross was preacher. Our hosts included Catherine Meeks and John Thompson-Quartey. Music was sung beautifully by a Clark Atlanta University student. We were hHappy to see
a few other St. Catherine's folks there including George & Norma Alexander with daughter Lillyann
and grandson George III, Dave Daniels and Barbara Hilke.
Photos by Bill Ivey. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Observing a Holy Lent
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,
Once again you have rallied to support one of your own. I am greatly humbled and deeply appreciative of all that you have done to help me and my sister following my surgery. From meals to durable equipment to Eucharist to prayers to cards and calls. Way to “love like Jesus”! I love you back. Thank you, again, for everything.
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
On behalf of the Rotary Club of East Cobb, thank you so much for letting us use the parish hall to make lunches for the Clifton Ridge apartment complex on Allgood Road. We packed lunches then delivered them to the children at this complex. We all know when school is out, feeding kids becomes a challenge for many parents who rely on the lunch programs for their kids. It’s a small number but like the starfish who was thrown back into the sea, it makes a difference to these 53 kids!
Please come to Wheeler Performing Arts Center, 6:30-8:00 pm on Monday, February 26, for an evening with Dr. Terrence Roberts. Dr. Roberts will talk about his personal experience as one of the Little Rock Nine and the impact of that experience on his life and the lives of others. The Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1999, he and the other people of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton.
This event is free and seating is first come, first served. Time is 6:30-8:00 pm, the doors open at 6:00. At the conclusion of his talk until 9:00pm, Dr. Roberts will be available to sign his books Lessons From Little Rock and Simple Not Easy. To guarantee a copy, books should be pre-ordered (available from book stores and online sources). Wheeler Performing Arts Center is located at 375 Holt Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30068. For more information, please contact East Cobb Middle School Foundation President Sarah Kirwan at smkirwanbellsouth.net
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 the form 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.
DECEASED: Steve Burkholder; Rev. Robert McMichael III; Butch Higley; Warren Martin
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Peter Tezza, Swiss Britt, Collette Waudby, Jenni & Tilden, Maddie Wilfred, Ron Brannock, Dave Yucius, Howard Heinbuch, Becky Pfeil, Ryan Teal, Lisa Johnson, Kristi Anderson, John, Susan Jenkins, Melinda Stuk, Jake S., Jay Read, Nelson Gale, Kris Kell, Grace Bunke, Elizabeth Keeley, Lee Harrison, Janet Cranston, Natalie Whitlow, Fran Corragio, Cori Taylor, Elspeth De La Barre, Winn Hampton, Kaley Harris, Erin Bennett, Bruce, David, Gene Harlan, Jim Lutes, Alyssa, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham.
BIRTHDAYS: (2/27) Jeff Harris, (2/28) Hannah Harris, (3/1) Candy Jansen, (3/2) Martin Michael, Charlie Zimmerman, (3/3) Elizabeth Lopez, (3/4) Barbara Saunders, Rebecca Riney, Ethan Cook, Jenna Fulcher, (3/5) Jim Dirksen, (3/6) Anthony Friend, Sebastian Calvo, (3/7) David Perdue, Brenna Wilson, (3/8) Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Jessica Pierce, Rachel Hutton, Lilli Buckalew, (3/9) Chris Kallas, Jeff Boyd.
ANNIVERSARIES: Swiss & Peter Britt (2/25), Chris & Alyce Brennan (2/26), Jeff & Alison Harris (3/4), Ralph & Woodie Patrick (3/8)
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 25: Hunger Walk
We will meet at St. Catherine's at 9:00 am. We will head downtown for a light breakfast followed by a contemporary Youth-Led Liturgy. Following Eucharist, we will 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. If you would like to ride with the youth, please email Sally ASAP. We will take enough cars for those who have asked to ride together, but cannot guarantee seatbelts if you don't let me know by Friday.
Mo. Sarah is hosting a time for coffee/hot chocolate, doughnuts, fellowship, and a little bit of training on Saturday, March 3 at 9 am. Anyone who is currently a youth reader or would like to become one should do their best to be there! It will be good time to spend together and my hope is that we all walk away knowing a little more about each other and what Mo. Sarah would like us to do in the service! If you have questions, let me know.
Cooking up a feast! (photos by Bill Ivey)
The Rite-13 class will be taking their Beach Trip to Panama City, Florida, June 15-17. We will leave at 11 am on Friday, June 15 and come back in the early evening on Sunday, June 17. The cost of the trip is $150 and covers all expenses except lunch on the way down (lodging, food, transportation, and a t-shirt are all included). Confidential scholarship is available by request!
This trip is a wonderful opportunity for the Rite 13ers and their leaders to enjoy each other’s company, grow together in their faith, spend some time on the beach, and have loads of fun! Please contact Sally if you have any questions! Register now at goo.gl/5RKYmj
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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