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The Rev. Sarah Fisher
One of my earliest memories is standing in front of the stove, on a small brown stool next to my grandmother. We were making a big pot of vegetable soup for dinner. She would place into my small hands whatever ingredient was to go into the soup next. She would ask what I thought we needed more of—my answer was always the same—the soup needs more corn. And she would stand by me as I stirred. Then we would wait. While we waited, she would tell me stories of my mother and my uncle when they were little, of her work as a nurse, of my grandfather in his Army uniform, of her beloved mother, Ruby, who died before I was born. We would explore outside, sing Elvis songs and we would watch and check the soup, until the rest of the family came and, together, we would feast.
Below is a little bit of information about each service. They are imperfect words to describe such transformative liturgies, but I hope they help. And, time permitting, I’m hoping to do a small video series in the next few weeks to talk about some of these liturgies, so keep an eye out on Facebook and in your email.
Under the Mercy,
Don't be late! Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time -- SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.
Sunday, March 11 after 8:45 & 11:15 services
It's with a mixture of sadness and delight that I write to tell you that Jenna Parker, our Director of Children and Family Ministries, is moving to Indianapolis. While I am thrilled for her and for Regan, who has received a wonderful job opportunity, I am saddened for our St. Cat's community. In her short time here, Jenna has brought talent and joy to this place. We have benefited from her work and her gifts and we shall miss her.
Please join me in thanking Jenna for her good and faithful service to St. Catherine's. We will celebrate with her and Regan on March 11th, which will be her last Sunday with us. As is the St. Catherine's tradition, we'll have cake and conversation. We'll be celebrating in the parlor after both the 8:45 and 11:15 services.
Of course, with Jenna's departure, we're left to wonder what comes next. We will be talking with Jenna about her thoughts about the position. And the vestry will be working on next steps as well. We will keep you apprised of our work and plans. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at Sarahstcatherines.org.
Peace & all good,
Dear St. Catherine's
Nearly two years ago, you so warmly welcomed my husband Regan, and me into your midst. In the time since, we have been so blessed to share in this community with you. I am so joyful to have been able to wonder and grow with the children of St. Catherine's and to have fulfilled a life-long call to work with young people of the church. It is with heartbreak that I announce the truly bittersweet decision for Regan and I to move to be closer to our family and follow the advancement of his career. I will forever cherish the time and experiences I have had serving as your Director of Children and Family Ministries and am so grateful for this opportunity. I will miss all of you more than I can say.
Faith, Money and God: Writing your Money Autobiography
March 24, 9 AM-1 PM - Reservation required
We invite everyone to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our church and special music for Easter Day services. You will find small manila envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (you may also send donations with this information to Becky Adams in the church office, beckystcatherines.org, or pay through your account on The City).
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Lenten materials are available on our resource table in the foyer, including Lent in a Bag take-homes, and "Seeking God in Darkness and in Light," written by our own St. Catherine's members. You may receive the Reflection of the Day by daily email -- sign up at www.stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. The whole booklet is available on this page of our website and posted on our Facebook page so be sure to check each day through Easter Day.
8 am to noon
By Tami Mace
If not you, then who? Please join us to clean up and spruce up our church home for spring, 8:00 am until 12 noon! Our lovely St. Catherine's facilities are in need of:
Donuts and drinks will be provided to keep everyone energized. See you there!
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us for our next pay-your-own lunch to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17, 11:30 am at Keegan's Irish Pub, Vinings location at 4687 South Atlanta Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 (upper level), keegansirishpub.net/locations/vinings. Keegan’s expects an overflow crowd this day! Be sure to RSVP so we can reserve enough seats for everyone to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Beginning on Sunday, March 18, Children’s Chapel will be offered at the 8:45 am services only, and no longer at the 11:15 services. Children’s Chapel provides a time in our Sunday worship for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a more “child friendly” setting. The children go for Chapel during the Sequence Hymn and return to their families at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word—the age range is usually three to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to assist each Sunday, serving in rotation. This a great opportunity to get acquainted with some of the young members of our Community in Christ. For questions please contact Mary Lou Shannonhouse, 770.973.2840, mshannoncolpipe.com.
We are now taking reservations on the waiting list 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 and time for relaxation and the always-delicious Montara food! You can see photos and more about Montara Farm at www.montarafarm.com.
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 fill out the Ministry & Fellowship Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com for reservation or questions. Please write checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for “Women’s Retreat”, or make payment through your account on The City.
Mark your summertime calendar now with the dates of St. Cat's VBS 2018 - July 16-19. Details to come!
By Ron Cook
For many years St. Catherine's volunteers have been picking up "date expired" baked goods from local supermarkets and delivering them to local food banks. At present there are 11 parishioners serving in this ministry and we recently expanded it to 4 days a week: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We could definitely use more volunteers to keep the workload reasonable and even expand the ministry as there are other sources available. If you would be interested in assisting this "hands on" ministry to our neighbors in need please contact Ron Cook, 770 428 4286.
By Hale Sanders
Family Promise of Cobb County is holding its third annual golf outing on June 18 at Indian Hills Country Club and is looking for hole sponsors. If you have a business or know of someone with a business that might be a candidate to sponsor this event, please contact Hale Sanders at halesandersatt.net or call him at 678-472-1839. You can register at www.familypromisecobbcounty.org or print and submit this form to Hale.
By Connie Bergeron
Walkers and runners from St. Catherine's Team for the Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run on February 25 were blessed with only a light mist at race time, instead of the deluge that the dark skies seemed to forecast. Bishop Rob Wright was there with his running shoes on to greet parishes from around Georgia who gathered on February 25th to fight hunger. What an amazing event this year's Hunger Walk/Run was for everyone who came to the Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and walked or ran with thousands of other volunteers.
St. Catherine's was well represented by about 20 youth and adults, including David Bachmann, who enthusiastically led the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band that inspired us at the Start Line and the Finish Line with great music. Thank you as well to the dozens of parishioners who generously donated to help feed the hungry families in Georgia.
Good news! If you meant to make a donation and have not yet done so, you may still support St. Catherine's and help us get closer to our fundraising goal online at goo.gl/DbDSy3 up to March 15.
Photos below courtesy Betty Harris
By Connie Bergeron
For anyone who has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and worked alongside the homeowner to help construct a brand new home, there is nothing to compare with the exhilaration of Framing Day. Day one starts with a concrete slab, and throughout the day, boards are joined together to form the outline of walls, and at the end of the day - as with barn raisings of old - volunteers joyously raise the four walls to create the outline of what 9 weeks later will be a finished home.
This year's Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition build is in West Cobb and will commence on Saturday, April 28. We need 3 St. Catherine's volunteers for that day. If you have lots of experience with hammers, nails, saws, etc., or if you are a novice and willing to learn, for more information please contact Connie Bergeron at 404.819.0891 or by email at connieatlbergerons.net.
By Pat Pepper
During this season of Lent we are hearing reminders that it is important to stop and listen. I appreciate this reminder because I don’t stop very well. Bob (my spouse of 52 years) says I am a type A+, always doing and moving, and I must admit that most of the time what he says is true. During Lent I have been listening and I have heard there is value when I say no, which is almost as important as my yes.
My hope is that during this season of Lent you have been able to stop and listen. And as you listened, my desire is that you have heard that still, quiet voice urging you to say “the right yes.” Here are some opportunities for ministry and for service that may be what matches your gifts:
- Outreach leadership opportunities (contact Harriett Pyburn if you are interested in any of these or just curious to know more, harriettspyburngmail.com)
- Pastoral Care
- Invitation Ministry
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.
Oh, St. Catherine’s,
You have showered me with prayers, love and support. My heart is filled with gratitude and joy. Thank you, each one! I am recovering well-supported and sustained as I travel this road. My meals were fabulous! We are still enjoying them. Your cards fill my living room. The flowers are such a blessing! You have so blessed me!
Thank you—may God continue to bless this church.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! On Friday, March 16, the 160-voice chorus of the Michael O'Neal Singers will be joined by the Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance to present a program of true Irish favorites in both song and dance. The concert is 8:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Tickets are $23 adults, $18 seniors & students in advance, or $25/$20 at the door. Several members of St. Catherine's sing in this community chorus. For information and tickets go to www.mosingers.com or call 770-594-7974.
The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus and Founding Director Frank Boggs invite you to their spring concert series with classic and contemporary sacred choral works by Brahms, Mack Wilberg, Dan Forrest, Craig Courtney, Mark Hayes and many more. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. For more about this premier choral group please visit www.tgafc.org . Dates and locations are (all concert dates are Sundays):
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.
FOR 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.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Trevor, David, Karen Kraeger, Pat Henegar, Tomi Wilson, Jenni, Tilden, Peter Tezza, Swiss Britt, Collette Waudby, Maddie Wilfred, Ron Brannock, Becky Pfeil, Ryan Teal, Lisa Johnson, Kristi Anderson, Susan Jenkins, Melinda Stuk, Kris Kell, Grace Bunke, Elizabeth Keeley, Natalie Whitlow, Cori Taylor, Elspeth De La Barre, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat.
BIRTHDAYS: (3/12) Ken Buxton, (3/13) Jenna Gardiner, Michael Wallis, (3/15) Karolyn Olliffe, (3/16) Linda Smith, Joyce Hendricks, Michael Kerr, (3/19) Anne Hitchins, Amy Mikkelsen, Duncan Wilson, (3/20) Ron Brannock, Barb Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lauren Fransen, (3/21) Norma Alexander, Cynthia Richards, Michael Devault, Desiree Harvey, (3/22) Susan Heuke, Claire Paglia.
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
March 25-30: Holy Week, No Wednesday Night Live
June 8-10 at St. Christopher's Camp and Conference Center, SC
NO COST - Applications due March 11! We believe in the leadership abilities of the youth of our Diocese. Because of this, we will have a leadership retreat for our high schoolers the first week of June. The focus throughout the weekend will be the leadership of Jesus. Bishop Wright, Mary Hooper, a leadership professor from the University of West Georgia, and Youth and Young Adult Missioner, Easton Davis, are the primary designers of the retreat. Our work is teaching about what it means to lead like Jesus, how we can lead in the secular world we are a part of, and the next steps to take in order to live into who Jesus calls us to be.
The target ages are rising 10th, 11th, 12th, and those graduating in May of 2017. We will travel together and stay at the St. Christopher's Camp and Conference Center in South Carolina. If you are interested, complete the participant application as soon as possible at the diocesan youth calendar page at www.eycdioatl.org/calendar.html .
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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