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The journey through Holy Week to Easter begins. I hope you will be part of the journey. The schedule, which includes a special Maundy Thursday offering designed specifically for families with young(ish) children, is included in this copy of The Wheel.
Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets. Her poem, Gethsemane, speaks so simply but beautifully of this holy time and space we enter. I leave it for you below.
Under the Mercy,
Gethsemane by Mary Oliver
The grass never sleeps.
Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept.
The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet,
Jesus said, wait with me. And maybe the stars did, maybe
Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut, that could not
Maundy Thursday Agape Meal
By Mother Sarah
On March 29 we will observe the Maundy Thursday liturgy. This night, which remembers the first Eucharist, has distinct actions: the footwashing, Holy Eucharist, the Agape Meal and the stripping of the altar. The Agape Meal is a new practice at St. Catherine's. It is contained within the liturgy, but the worship moves to the Parish Hall, where we share fellowship and simple food on this most holy night. Part of what is special is that we can all share in the preparation of the meal by bringing some part of the meal. Items are small and easy to prepare and bring. The list includes things like dried figs, dates, cheese, olives, apples, almonds and hard-boiled eggs. We bring one or two small things and suddenly a feast appears!
You may view the list and sign up online at this link or at the church in the foyer to bring food for this special meal. Please label your items for “Agape Meal” and bring to the kitchen by Wednesday, Mar. 28 if possible, or as early as possible on Thursday.
Then come and join us on Maundy Thursday. For questions, please contact Pat Pepper, ppepper97bellsouth.net, Deana Delabarre, deana_delabarrecomcast.net, Janet Livingston, janetlivingstonegmail.com.
Lent Reflections - through Easter Day
"Seeking God in Darkness and in Light," Lenten reflections written by our own St. Catherine's members, has daily meditations through the end of Lent. In addition to the printed booklets, you may receive the Reflection of the Day by daily email -- sign up at stcatherines.org/reflections/lent.htm. The collection is available on this page of our website and posted on our Facebook page so be sure to check each day throughout the season.
Spring greetings from your Vestry, even if it still feels a bit like winter. March has been a productive month at St. Catherine's. On March 6, there was a quarterly ministry team meeting. The meeting began with a Rob Bell video named Shells. It provided thoughts around our time with God and finding that time even when we are so busy doing good. Mother Sarah encouraged us all to take time with God in this Lenten season and gave description of the upcoming offerings in Holy Week. We learned of events like Tenebrae and the Agape Feast. Please check your announcements for times and dates for these and other services during Holy Week. Stephanie Yucius introduced the communication form that the Vestry created to initiate more conversations with the ministry team conveners. At the Vestry retreat in February, there was a focus on improving communications between Vestry and ministry teams and this form will serve as a tool to create more of the conversations between vestry liaisons and conveners. The quarterly meeting was then turned over for each ministry team to have time to discuss their work and plans.
On March 20, Vestry met and then welcomed Tom Blackstock to the meeting. Tom and Daniel Mikkelson have been in conversation with Mother Sarah and Stephanie to relay information about the history of the master planning team. The Vestry approved a reorganization of the master planning team to be a 4-8 person board elected by Vestry serving in 3-year terms. With the completion of the Youth House and Memorial Garden projects, the timing for this change in structure is well suited. The Vestry also had lengthy conversation about the Children and Family Ministry Director position. We gained a better understanding of that job description and tasks that Jenna Parker led. It was a good discussion about one of the newest positions that had been added to St. Catherine's. Our first reports between vestry liaison and convener were presented on Education and Nurture and Pastoral Care. Vestry will continue to receive updates on other ministry teams each month. Rose Wolfe and Scott Lummus reported that our financials are off to a good start for 2018. Vestry reviewed the lengthy list of volunteers that have been everywhere from the kitchen to the altar to the grounds to the computers and phones to the outreach programs in our community. St. Catherine's is blessed by so many people that contribute with their many talents and gifts. We the Vestry give thanks for your dedication to the mission and work of St. Catherine's.
Next Vestry meeting is April 17 and the next quarterly ministry team meeting is Tuesday, June 5. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask myself or any member of your Vestry.
In Christ’s Love,
Stephanie Yucius, Senior Warden
Our baptismal covenant calls us to respect the dignity of every human being. There have been many conversations lately about how we do that, and our Safeguarding procedures are one way that we make sure to adhere to that promise.
With Holy Week and Easter coming up, as well as many other spring activities, many of us will be opening our community and sharing photos and event invitations with our friends and the outside community. While we are very proud of all that we do and offer at St. Catherine’s, it is important to protect our children, too.
Please make note that no pictures should be shared publically that include any minors without permission from the church office, specifically Sally Paris, Director of Youth Ministries, sallystcatherines.org. It can be a safety issue for our children and families. The church office has been given permission by some families, but also need to respect the wishes of all families in our community.
If you have pictures that you would like to post, Sally is happy to check and make sure we have permission to post!
St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on April 17, 3:00 to 7:00 pm 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. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time! And don't forget to save even more 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.
Concert Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm
The Schola Cantorum of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Atlanta will present the final concert in St. Catherine's 2017-18 Concert Series: “Music for Compline: Guide Us Waking and Guard Us Sleeping, Music for the End of the Day from the 15th to the 21st Century”. The program will include pieces by composers including Palestrina, Byrd, Tallis, Hildegard von Bingen, Hallock, Helvey and more. Led by Shannon Gallier, conductor, Schola Cantorum sings a completely acapella repertoire in the context of Compline and will offer comments about the nature of this traditional evening-time service. A reception will follow the concert with an opportunity to meet the artists. Free, no tickets needed, please invite family and friends. Come, listen, learn and have your soul uplifted!The 15-member Schola Cantorum of St. Bartholomew’s is a group of dedicated professionals from inside and outside the parish who faithfully offer Compline at St. Bartholomew’s on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, September through May. Members come from disciplines as diverse as professional musicians, scientists, teachers, airline industries, and information technology. In 2014, St. Bartholomew’s celebrated its twentieth year offering exquisitely sung Compline in Atlanta. Learn more about Schola Cantorum and hear a sample of their beautiful sound at www.stbartsatlanta.org/music/choirs .
We invite the youth on April 22 and the entire congregation on May 6 to participate in the World Dinner, hosted by the St. Catherine's Youth program at 5:00 pm. The goal of this interactive dinner is to experience and better understand the dynamics that generate hunger in the world. This meal and program are open to the whole family, and friends! We hope through eating and sharing a meal designed to stimulate thoughts on world hunger and food scarcity, that you may become more aware of the hunger problem on a local and global scale. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Chandler Sherry, chandlercatherinesherrygmail.com, Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org, or Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com.
By Harriett Pyburn
This summer's Vacation Bible School will be held Tuesday through Friday mornings the week of July 16-20. This year, we will have a special kickoff event on Monday evening, July 16 for families to enjoy with their children. All week, we will be exploring food through the theme, “Abundance Orchard.” In addition to music, games, crafts and Bible stories involving food, we will explore how our community can provide nutritious food to those who need it most.
Registration information will be available in April. VBS will be open to children of the church and our community ranging from age 4 to rising 5th grade. Are you passionate about food, gardening, or helping the hungry? We'd love your thoughts and input - please contact Harriett Pyburn at harriettspyburngmail.com
By Linda Scott and Barb Selby, Co-Volunteer Coordinators for Family Promise
Thank you to all to the 69 volunteers who served a total of 287 hours during our recent Family Promise Week. We were able to host three families (4 adults and 7 children) for the week in our wonderful, spacious Youth House. This is an amazing outreach ministry that we are proud to be a part of. We look forward to our next hosting week (June 3-10).
Here are two thank you notes from our recent guests:
Golf Tournament – sponsors wanted
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.
This year's Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition build is in West Cobb and will commence on Saturday, April 28. 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.
Three St. Catherine's volunteers are for that day. If you have lots of experience with hammers, nails, saws, etc., or if you are a novice and willing to learn, please contact for more information Connie Bergeron, 404.819.0891, connieatlbergerons.net.
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 Beverly Fambrough
It stands in a corner of the Narthex, mostly unnoticed and many times unseen by parishioners and visitors alike. Sunday to Sunday to Sunday.
How many of you know the rest of the story? What does this charred piece of wood represent?
In early 2004, after several years of discernment, discussion and planning, the new sanctuary and parish hall were nearly completed. The end of a long, arduous journey was in sight. The sprinkler system was complete but not yet charged and activated. We were waiting on a final inspection and approval by the Cobb County Fire Marshall. The artisan-crafted cross was at last hanging in the sanctuary. It had been put in place on Friday, January 9.
Early Saturday morning, January 10 – DISASTER! The church was on fire. Many parishioners and our clergy watched helplessly as the Cobb County Fire Department fought to extinguish the fire. We stood there cold and unbearably saddened. Matt Nixon went to Panera Bread to get coffee, bagels and light breakfast food. The management of Panera, upon hearing that the church was burning, donated all the food. About mid-day Meg and Larry Boyd arrived with an enormous pot of chili.
During the morning and early afternoon the clergy of Holt Road Baptist Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Eastside Baptist Church and Transfiguration Catholic Church came by to offer prayers, encouragement and assistance. Our Bishop, Neil Alexander, left a conference at Stone Mountain to join us.
At the end of a long, heartbreaking day, two Cobb County firefighters emerged from the shell of the church carrying a still-smoking beam. Like the mythical Phoenix that rose from the ashes, that charred price of wood represents the resurrection of St. Catherine’s dream.
Every Easter Sunday since, that burned beam is an integral element of the decorations at the altar. Miraculously, the cross was untouched by the fire. Thanks be to God.
By Pat Pepper
When I pulled into St. Catherine’s driveway Sunday morning I was amazed. Our grounds looked beautiful. Early Saturday morning a group of energetic people arrived with gloves on, rakes in hand and spent their Saturday morning getting St. Catherine’s ready for Holy Week and Easter. At the end of the morning sweat was dripping off of their brows and St. Catherine’s looked as if a pro team of landscapers had been at work. The finished product was professional and the cost was time, energy, and love for their church home. A special thank you to Tami Mace, Convener of Facilities and Grounds, and this great group of volunteers:
Bill Ivey, Bill Sapp, Al Jones, Dana & Camden Lansdale, Keith Duke, Wyatt Pitts, Susannah, Neil, George and Henry Campbell, Beverly and Bill Fambrough, Janet Livingston, Matthew Greene. You made such a difference. Thank you.
There are many areas of ministry at St. Catherine’s that have many hands at work—greeters meet us at the door, the altar is prepared, the altar flowers are arranged, and the list goes on. Many “ministers” give their time so that when we walk into church everything is ready for us to worship and to receive the gifts that have been given. Many thanks, to all of the behind-the-scenes volunteers who will be at work in the busy weeks ahead. Your efforts and gifts are noticed.
If you are looking for an area of ministry so that you can quietly give perhaps an hour, or make a larger commitment, let me know. I know the names of the team leaders that would love to welcome you.
Grateful as we prepare for a glorious Easter!
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Godspeed to Jenna and her husband Regan -- we were sad to say farewell on March 11, but we wish you all happiness in your new home!
New Stephen Ministers
A great day as we comissioned 3 new Stephen Ministers in our parish! Left - Stephen Ministers on retreat 3/17; right - Becky Adams, Nancy Barke and Michael Wherry commissioned on 3/18.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Help support the theatre program at our Holt Road neighbor, Wheeler High School, by coming to see Shrek the Musical. Performances are child-friendly and help fund the entire year of drama and musical theatre at the school. The show dates are April 12, 13, and 14 at 7 pm. You may buy tickets online at www.wheelerhigh.com (follow the ticket link). If you have questions, please contact Wildcat.Theatrewheelerhigh.com.
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):
St. Veronica’s Guild of the Cathedral of St. Philip is collecting vintage, estate, and contemporary costume jewelry for their Glitzy and Glamorous Sale in September. This sale benefits four of the diocese's ministries: Crossroads, Holy Comforter, Church of the Common Ground and Emmaus House. The primary beneficiary for this year's sale is benefitting Good Samaritan Atlanta Friday Health Clinic.
This is a great opportunity to clean out your own jewelry box and pass along old pieces from your grandmothers, mothers, and aunts. Even damaged pieces, single earrings, and broken items of sterling or gold will be used. While the sale will not take place until September, donations are needed now as guild members are collecting, cleaning, repairing, and pricing the jewelry. For questions or to make donations please contact mary.rankin2652gmail.com, patticparkergmail.com, or barbarafrolikgmail.com.
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.
BEFORE SURGERY: Patty Fogleson
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Charley & Susan Porter, Gail Cambre, Rod Deutscher, Linda Cox, Linda Garrett, Family of Jansen Chazanof, Pat Hazlin, Karen Kraeger, James Henegar, Pat Henegar, Tomi Wilson, Jenni, Tilden, Peter Tezza, Swiss Britt, Maddie Wilfred, Becky Pfeil, Lisa Johnson, Kristi Anderson, Melinda Stuk, Kris Kell, Grace Bunke, Cori Taylor, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham.
BIRTHDAYS: (3/25) Chuck Brownlow, Ed Pitts, Bradley McGhee, (3/26) Alan Certain, Chris Potter, Tad Travis, George Campbell, Thomas Reeves, (3/27) Randy Satterfield, (3/28) Sybil Coote, Mark Bartlow, Forrest Tuemmler, (3/31) Ryan Morris, Derek Bartlow, (4/2) Lynn Barton, Tom Snead, Linda Langston, (4/3) Karen Dechert, Ralph Patrick, Steve Diffley, Elizabeth Singleton, Parker Handell, (4/4) Amanda Fleming, Danielle Yucius, Kyle Luttrell, (4/5) Jett Mikkelsen, (4/6) Sarah Langmaid, JP Westin, (4/7) Meg Ramsay Reeves, Grace Adams, (4/8) McCall Kimball, (4/9) Audrey Greene, (4/10) Ben Frost, Molly Frost, (4/11) Sue Schnorf, (4/12) Ben Mikkelsen, (4/13) Ruth Hepler.
ANNIVERSARIES: David & Ina Bachman (4/6), Tom & Kristin Blackstock (4/10)
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 26-30: Holy Week, No Wednesday Night Live
St. Catherine's has invited women from the Women's Extension to share their stories with us during our Church School time in the Easter season. The Women's Extension is a ministry that we support regularly through the Outreach. This will be a great opportunity to hear from some of the people we, as a church, minister to and to learn more about who they are and what the program we support has done for their lives!
8 pm-8 am. Show up and bring your friends, we're going to have a blast. Keep an eye out for an Instagram post so we can brainstorm themes! Sign up here.
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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