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Happy New Year! Thank you to each and every one of you for wonderful Christmas and Epiphany Celebrations. They felt full of hope and joy. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
These are a few of my favorite images from the seasons.
I am delighted to tell you that beginning this month we will be welcoming a seminarian to St. Catherine’s for field placement. Seminarians (those studying for the priesthood) typically train in a parish for a year or so. In a parish they learn some of the basics of parish ministry and life—preaching, teaching, pastoral calls and other functions that priests need to have experienced. Gray Hodsdon will join us, and you can meet him at the Annual Meeting. Gray and his fiancée Catie have been at St. Catherine’s several times, and I am delighted to have him train with us. You can read his bio below.
Finally, I do hope you’ll join us at the Annual Meeting. It’s a wonderful time to be together to celebrate all the ministries and community of St. Catherine’s. We’ll do some business, eat some delicious food, hear from our newest choir, the Cherubs, elect new vestry members and say thank you to our outgoing vestry. It will be richer with you in the room.
It remains a joy and honor to be part of this life-giving community. I love this journey we are on together.
With gratitude and love,
Gray Hodsdon is a second year (middler) seminarian at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Prior to seminary, Gray attended Florida State University, where he studied Religion and Sacred Music. While there, he also became actively involved at the Episcopal University Center and at St. John’s Church in Tallahassee, where he discerned a call to ordained ministry.
Gray met his fiancée, Catie Richardson, at the Episcopal University Center at Florida State. Catie resides in Atlanta and is currently in her first year of Physician Assistant school at Emory. They will be married in Tallahassee in December of this year.
Annual reports due January 11
Reports for the Annual Meeting are due on January 11. This year we are trying something a little different. We are asking Ministry Conveners and Ministry Team chairs to help us better tell the story of St. Catherine’s, as realized through our vibrant ministries. This year, we are asking for your ministry reports in a very specific way. Below you will find a link to an online form (our preferred method) or you can print and bring your responses to the office. Each team is invited to answer the three questions below and submit, if you’d like, a picture that you think captures your ministry. We know it’s hard to pick just one, but ask that you try. We are excited to hear about where we’ve been and where we’re going!! Here is the link -- ideally, please use this! And note that answers are limited to 1600 characters, about 300 words.
The Questions (please limit your response to each question to 300 words):
We will elect four new Vestry members for 2019 from the following slate of candidates. The election will be held during the two services (7:45 and 10:30 am) on January 20, the day of our Parish Annual Meeting. You must be present at the service to cast a ballot. If a runoff is necessary, it will be held during the Annual Meeting. Our new vestry members will be announced at the end of the Annual Meeting. For questions please contact Senior Warden Stephanie Yucius.
We are very thankful for the service of our members who have represented us on the Vestry this year. Our Vestry for 2018: Stephanie Yucius, Sr. Warden *, Keith Dumke, Jr. Warden (‘20), Frank Adams *, Maureen Donoghue (‘20) , Carol Eskew (’19), Nelson Gale (’19), Marilyn Hunter *, Rhonda Robinson (‘20), Diane Sanders (’19), Bill Sapp (’20) , Phil Spessard *, Michael Wherry (’19)
Candidates for Vestry
Reminder: Check your check in the New Year
Now is a good time to make sure your new 2019 donations amounts are reflected in your payments this year. Do you pay your St. Catherine’s pledge online with The City or via your bank’s bill-pay feature? Remember to adjust any automatic pledge or other payment amounts to reflect your 2019 amount. Thank you from your Stewardship Team!
Pledge cards for 2019 needed now
Thank you so much to all those who have pledged to the mission and ministries of St. Catherine's for the coming year! We still are looking for all households/individuals who pledged last year, and all new members, to pledge this year. Please keep in mind that we set our balanced annual budget based on the pledges received, so EVERY pledge is VERY IMPORTANT now as we are developing our budget for 2019. If you will not able to pledge, then please do let us know that, all such information is in confidence. If you have not yet done so, please pick up a pledge card at church or print our online pledge card, then return your card at church on Sunday or send to Rose Wolfe in the church office as soon as possible.
Baptismal preparation class begins Sunday, January 13
What is baptism? Who should be baptized? Does baptism actually do anything? What difference does our baptism make in our lives? These are the questions we'll be considering in our four week series Wade in the Water. While this series is open to all, is it designed with special intent for parents and Godparents who are considering having their children baptized. The next date for Baptism is Sunday, February 24. Baptisms will also be offered in Easter season. If you would like for your child to be baptized in February or in Easter season, please attend this class, which begins on Sunday, January 13th. We will meet at 10:00 am, during the Christian Formation hour, on January 13, 20, 27 and February 10. For more information, please contact Mother Sarah . (Photo credit: Jan Potter).
Saturday, January 12
Plan to cook and judge the best chili from St. Catherine's, 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall! Bring yourselves and some chili or chili toppings. Water and lemonade will be provided. Children can play, all can taste, eat and vote (to win coveted prizes)! How can you participate?
Sunday, January 13, 4 pm
St. Catherine’s Friends of Music will present The Lopez-Tabor Duo as a Sunday afternoon concert on January 13 at 4:00 pm. This Venezuelan duo returns for their second appearance at St. Catherine’s. Alfonso Lopez, violin, is the concert master of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra; Michelle Tabor, piano, was born in Venezuela and educated in the United States. She lives in Tallahassee, FL. They have performed together since 2004. Their recitals have taken place in American colleges, universities, churches, and community centers.
This will be the second in St. Catherine’s seventh annual concert series which is free and open to the public. Please take this opportunity to introduce your friends and neighbors to St. Catherine’s Concert Series. Our programs always feature comments by the perfomers, and everyone is invited to a reception afterwards to meet the artists. For future concerts check our Concert Series webpage.
--> Reception cookies requested -- Donations of cookies for the reception are greatly appreciated, please bring to the foyer before the concert or leave them in the kitchen clearly labeled for “Concert Series”.
Saturday, January 12 at St. Patrick's
Safeguarding training sessions will be held on January 12 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4755 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, http://stpat.net . The times are Safeguarding God's Children 9:00 am- 12:00 noon, and Safeguarding God's People 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Please register for either or both trainings by contacting Cowen Harter, cowen.harterstpat.net .
The Diocese of Atlanta requires Safeguarding training of clergy, staff, vestry and many volunteers to protect children and youth from abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. For information please visit Safe Church.
It appears we had picked a marvelously terrible time for a party. So we're changing our plans. Our party to bid Karolyn Olliffe farewell as Preschool Director has changed from a parish-wide gathering on January 11 to a private, off-site event. But fear not! Karolyn will still be around St. Cat's on Sundays, so you'll have plenty of ways to connect with her!
An offering for Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE). "So much of our stress and anxiety drives from our pollution of time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. In a series of short videos, the Brothers of SSJE invite us to recapture time as a gift." During Epiphany we will offer an adult formation class on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings using the "It's Time..." curriculum from SSJE. You are invited to participate in any way that works for you.
Join us on Sunday mornings during the Christian Formation hour or on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm to be part of this conversation! All are welcome (and we'll even feed you dinner on Wednesday nights!) For more information, please contact Mother Sarah.
Saturday, January 19 lunch at Frankie's
Our next odd-month, pay-your-own lunch will be Saturday, January 19, 11:30 am at Frankie's Italian Restaurant, 3100 Roswell Road (at Old Canton Rd), 770-578-6608. RSVP so we can save you a seat, to 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! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card (though no card is needed!) and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for monthly lunches and outings to places of interest throughout the year. What we plan to do coming up:
Saturday, February 9
It's time to mark your calendar for the next Valentine's Dinner Dance. This fun evening to benefit the J2A Youth Pilgrimage will be Saturday February 9. Watch for ticket sales beginning soon!
Auction items being accepted now
Auction items are being accepted now. Please consider donating items, services, vacation homes, event tickets, etc. for the live and silent auctions. Donations are tax deductible and forms are available outside Youth Director Sally Benton's office (contact her with questions).
Sunday, February 10
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, teenagers had dances in the gym after basketball games. They couldn't wear their shoes because the floor was a protected area, and thus the Sock Hop was begun!
Come experience our free, fun-for-all-ages event, 4:00-5:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We will have a juke box to spin your favorites. Dress in 50’s attire if you wish, and bring kid-friendly appetizers to share. Everyone is invited to this event sponsored by the Young Families Ministry! For questions please contact Becky Beal.
Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries and we thank you! The 2019 schedule is available in the foyer to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date.
Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each. For more information please contact Rachel Hutton.
St. Catherine’s has a variety of music ensembles which are open to everyone with no auditions. Now is a great time to join in as we start the new year and begin preparations for the seasons of Lent and Easter. Please come and try us out!
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Preschool registration for the 2019-2020 school year is here! As always, 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. Children enjoy a planned learning program under the guidance of a qualified staff in a loving, safe, and healthy environment. One year olds are nurtured in a loving environment while our two, three and four year olds enjoy a planned academic program. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference. Please visit the Preschool's website for more information on our wonderful offerings.
Just like all of us, cold and flu season hits The Women's Extension hard every year. Living in close quarters and not having the option of missing work is a challenge for the women. The small items that we take for granted in our lives are a luxury for them. Beginning in January, please consider donating the following items:
Please bring your items to the collection bins which will be at the Outreach table across from the Parlor from January 6 to 20.
The Extension is a non-profit, community-supported organization serving Cobb County and the Atlanta area with both a men’s facility and a women’s facility in Marietta which provide addiction recovery services through a comprehensive Residential Recovery Program, outpatient counseling and various outreach initiatives. St. Catherine's volunteers provide dinner for the residents of the Women's Center on the third Sunday each month. Anyone is welcome to join us in this outreach ministry. For questions or suggestions please contact Marlene Stuart, mmstuart99gmail.com, and Deborah Weigel, dhweigelbellsouth.net.
When: Sunday, January 27 at 12:30 pm
Snack Buddies is a ministry of Young Families and MOPS. All children are inviteded to please bring wrapped and nut-free school snacks by Sunday, January 27 and put them in the bin in the Catechesis hallway.
Last month we took snacks to teachers of children kindergarten through second grade in a local school where little children often do not have a snack! We also took some classroom supplies and chocolate to these teachers who often purchase snacks themselves! Our children decorated the bags and divided the snacks. Contact Susie Davis, sdavis5226gmail.com, Sara Thomas, Sthomas8677gmail.com, or Becky Beal with questions!
A huge thank you to the Pyburn family and the Masseys for coordinating and supplying the monthly dinner for our guests at Elizabeth Inn on December 28. It was delicious with hamburgers, Southwest veggie burgers and hot dogs, cottage potatoes covered in olive oil and parmesan cheese, baked beans and black beans. Dessert featured peaches and sponge cake and nearly everyone came back for seconds. We fed between 50-60 people. Those participating included Harriett and Steve Pyburn, Bryce, Jennifer and Fred Massey, Bettye Harris, Tanya Bowers-Dean and Janet Livingston. And extra appreciation to Harriett who also coordinated and helped serve breakfast the previous morning at Elizabeth Inn! (Photo by Fred Massey)
Would you like to help serve our neighbors in need right here in our Marietta community? St. Catherine's volunteers serve meals and help with laundry every month year-round for the guests at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn overnight shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. See information online about the Inn and the Loaves and Fishes Kitchen.
Family Promise of Cobb County is a local non-profit organization which assists homeless families with children to achieve adequate and consistent income, stable housing, and lasting independence by mobilizing our local interfaith community to provide meals, shelter, compassionate hospitality, and professional services. St. Catherine’s is one of several congregations participating in this network and we host the families in the program for one week in our church buildings four times per year. To learn more about being part of this ministry please contact Linda Scott, lindamscott1949gmail.com, or Barb Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net, and see the FPCC website.
-> Next Family Promise Hosting Week is January 20-27
Director of Children and Family Ministries: Becky Beal
A New Year! We make resolutions. When I look at our busy lives, I wonder how anyone can add one more activity, no matter how worthy Perhaps looking at small acts in a different way might give us a bigger space. Here are two examples:
Making everyday occurrences meaningful and involving the whole family is a way to praise God. It will give joy and perhaps a bit more time to add a resolution.
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
January 12-13: Rite 13 Urban Plunge
Wednesday Night Live meets weekly. Schedule: 6:30 – Fellowship, 7:00 – Programming. Please note that we will not be having dinner this semester.
At All Saint's Episcopal Church. Atlanta. We will gather at St. Catherine's at 2:00 Saturday and will return on Sunday afternoon. If your name isn't on the registered list and you would like to participate, please email Sally as soon as possible!
Saturday, February 2, 1:00pm at East Cobb Park – We will meet to challenge youth from across the Marietta Convocation to a flag football tournament. Come ready to play, cheer, hang out with friends, and have snacks!
Celebrating Christmas at St. Catherine's (photos by Jan Potter, Todd Claire, Michelle Zimmerman)
Welcoming Christmas Eve Visitors
Members of our Invitation Ministry Team & friends packaged some of our newcomer gift mugs, special ornaments, assorted goodies, and Christmas messages that we handed out during our Christmas Eve services to visiting families, new and returning guests, and others. Thanks very much to our greeter volunteers and other parishioners who helped us greet and welcome folks! (Photos courtesy Bettye Harris)
- Anne Hitchins, annehitchinsmac.com, and Bettye Harris, bettyecharrisgmail.com
Christmas at St. Catherine's
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.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
In Arabic, the word fatwah simply means opinion. A religious or ethical fatwah provides a spiritually instructive opinion, usually given as the answer to a question about religious law. In that regard, Jesus was a master of the art. We submit that Jesus meant it when he told us to love our neighbors. Especially important, in an age of increasing Islamophobia, is the love of Muslim neighbors. The process begins when others learn who Muslims are and what Muslims actually believe. This three-night series led by The Rev. Thee Smith along with guest speakers, engaging videos with guest speakers from the Muslim community, will examine the basic tenants of Islam, separate fact from misinformation, and explore how to build bridges and relationships across differences of faith. This program is free and open to the public, and will be held at 6:30PM at the Cathedral Bookstore, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta.
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please 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: Taylor Bacon, Matt Bermel, Tom Blackstock, Mychael Claytor, Noah Cook, Lucas Elgie, Josh England, Jake England, Nathanial Herzog, Andrew Hutton, Ryan Johnson, Pat McDougald, and Ashley Schoolfield.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: The Boyd Family, Meta Gary, Don Killian, Joe Sanders, John and Jackie Clark, Lauren & Oliver Feldman, Bailor Bennett, Elrod Family, Julie Brannock, Marilyn Hunter, Herb Winters, Kelly Allgood, Ginney Linstrom, Claire Murphy, Jennifer Kellam, Gina Baumann, Lila Hahn, Jim Seal, Bill Brinson, Bill Woods, Liz Burlas, Rod Miller, Marianne Miller, Kris Kell, Don Killian, Mallory Daniel, Doris Lummus, Emil Walcek, Cora King, Mary Kammerle, Dorris Lummus, Jacky Henry, Lucy Perry, Shirley Henry, Peter Bernhardt, Charles Barnard, Mark Ernst, Christion Abercrombie, Miles, Grace Adams, Lindy Moot, Beth Sandoval, Allen Rosenfield, Patty Austin-Pendroid, Robinson family, Pam Johannessen, Daniel, Fran Corragio, Kris Harley, Raymond & Kristina Higgins, Ralph, Marion & Richard Bullard, Arthur & Roberta Loewy, Terry Adams, Rod Miller, Carol Fey, Michelle & Caitlyn Galloway, Debbie & Paul Gavin, Gwen, Luana Campos, Lou Smith, Hale Sanders, Gary Carragio, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, The Dilworth Family, Holly Krupp, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, Megan Lowery, Susan Shank, Binks Franklin, Tom Bonner, Bryan, Michael & Kacey Barton, Sue Schnorf, Jeanette Dini, Larry Long, Wyatt Pope, Rod Deutscher, Christian Harvey, Christopher Clements, Joyce Hendricks, Ken Buxton, Donna Schwartz, Heidi Winston, Melissa, Ruby, Patricia Aramburu, Jimmie Stinnett, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Becky Pfeil, Melinda Stuk, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham, Velasta Buford, Juanita Butte, Diane Lee, Laurie Kelly, Nancy Eade, Tristan Patterson.
BIRTHDAYS: Jacob Fleming 1/11; Brian Paglia 1/11; Dianne Blackshear-Wood 1/13; Emily Gale 1/13; Noah Zurn 1/13; Alan Fey 1/14; Terri Gabrielson 1/14; Carol Starr 1/14; Penn Worden 1/14; Arianna Cantillo 1/15; Barri Gehrand 1/15; Kylie Morris 1/16; Carla VonHoffmann 1/16; Susannah Campbell 1/17; JoAnn Sampson 1/17; Gail Greene 1/18; Henry Michalak 1/18; Becky Adams 1/19; Jillian Fulcher 1/19; Bill Krupp 1/19; Margaret Shaw 1/19; Jake McGhee 1/20; Paige Culberson 1/22; Scott Fantz 1/22; Danielle Nabinger 1/22; Amy Morris 1/23; Allen Jablonski 1/24
ANNIVERSARIES: Beth & Angela Stone 1/20; Ellis & Claudia Kilgore 1/24
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 the church office.
When to contact the church
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 call 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:
The Wheel is published two times per month on Thursdays. All editions are posted on The Wheel 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 Sunday the week of 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 household 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 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 www.stcatherines.org.
Editor: Karen Manno, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-973-8668.
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