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Good People of St Cat's:
It was a joy to celebrate the year of 2018 in our Annual Meeting on Sunday. Thanks to the many faces that made it a full and rich day.
This year we sought to make our parish reports a bit more focused on telling the stories of what's happening in our ministries. If you didn't have a chance to review the ministry reports, you can see them all here.
Finally, one of the joys of being in this place is awarding the St. Catherine's Cross. This year, Crosses went to Karolyn Olliffe and Stephanie Yucius. They were well earned. A bit about each awardee is below.
Peace & joy,
The St. Catherine's Cross is given to special individuals each year in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution to our life as a community. Photos by Jan Potter.
Photos by Jan Potter and Brian Williams, see lots more full size in the album at Annual Meeting 2019.
Congratulations to the four persons who have been called to serve in 3-year positions on our Vestry in the election held on January 20: Susie Davis, Bill Krupp, Eleanore Pearson, Jason Snape.
We thank Lisa Johnston, Beth Lee and Sara Thomas for being willing to serve on the Vestry. Each of these seven candidates offered their time, talents and considerable commitment to this ministry at the very heart of our life together, and we are deeply grateful for their generosity.
Saturday, January 26
All are invited to our next parish work day from 8:00 am to noon to help clean up, fix up and spruce up around the inside of our church home. For questions please contact Tami Mace, tamimacegmail.com, 404-457-9437.
Valentine's Dinner Dance & Auction
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.
For questions regarding tickets and/or donations please contact Sally Benton.
Sunday, February 10
Plan on having St. Catherine's fun at the Sock Hop, 4:00-5:30 pm! We will have an authentic juke box with lots of music. All ages are invited to show their dance moves! Dress in 50’s attire if you wish, and please bring kid-friendly appetizers to share. We will also pack bags for Snack Buddies*, contributions welcomed.
Everyone is invited to this event sponsored by the Young Families Ministry, for questions contact Becky Beal.
*Snack Buddies is our child-to-child outreach for children in our community who don't come to school with a snack. It involves 11 classrooms in grades K-2. The collection bin for snack item donations is in the Catechesis hallway.
February 16 at Alliance Theater
Our next even-month excursion will be Saturday, February 16 to see the musical production, Ever After, at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Please contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200 as soon as possible for details regarding tickets.
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.
St. Catherine’s Words of Wisdom for our Rite 13 Teens
Our Rite 13 Ceremony is coming up and one tradition here at St. Catherine's is to share words of wisdom with our youth. Please give us a small bit of advice (one sentence or less) to our Rite 13 teens who will be celebrating an important rite of passage on Sunday, March 3. Your advice can be something practical ("Don’t go to bed with gum in your mouth") or something more profound ("Be content to be who you really are"). Both are important to know. And please identify yourself by your first name and age, or stage in life (for example “Bob, age 41” or “Susan, mother of 3”).
No matter how old or young, please consider sharing a few words of wisdom that we will include in the bulletin and may share on social media as well. All you have to do is fill out this form. Thank you!
Sign up now for photo appointments
Are you in our Parish Directory? Are you new to St. Catherine's, or maybe you weren't in town during our last photoshoot? We are updating our directory and you're invited to be in it!
Photo appointments are available on Saturday, February 26. Please sign up here to select a time for your household's photo to be taken. Slots are limited and will fill up fast. Contact Rachel Hutton or Nancy Barke, email@example.com, for more details.
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 for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one or occasion. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date.
Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each. For available dates contact Rachel Hutton.
Start 2019 by doing good... Give blood! The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's from 3 to 7 pm in the Youth House. Making an appointment is easy: call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. BUT... remember that appointments are never required, walk ins are always welcome!
Help will also be needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
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.
Join us on Saturday, March 9, 9:00-11:45 am in the Parish Hall, for a spiritual mini-retreat, Sandy Saints: Who were the Desert Fathers and Mothers and What Can They Teach Us Today about Life and Ministry? Our presenter will be Dr. Paul Lang.
This event is free and open to all. Vestry members, conveners, and those who might be unable to attend Sunday adult formation classes (including catechists and choir members) are particularly encouraged to attend. You give so much—here’s an opportunity to be spiritually challenged and nourished. To allow us to prepare for refreshments, please RSVP to Rachel Hutton .
We are already planning this summer’s Vacation Bible School! Please mark your calendar to reserve Monday-Friday, July 15-19 for VBS. For questions or if you are interested in joining the planning team please contact Becky Beal.
St. Catherine’s provides Laundry Team volunteers on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday of each month to provide this much appreciated service for the guests at MUST Ministries Elizabeth Inn Shelter on Cobb Parkway. This shelter houses roughly 30-40 guests whose stay typically lasts for 30 days while they get back on their feet. Most of these guests are day laborers and also are looking for job opportunities—and in need of clean clothes to continue their climb. The Must Shelter has 3 washing machines/dryers to cover this large group of guests. Volunteers are needed to do the laundry and provide clean, folded clothes back so that the guests can go about their business.
Dave Yucius, chair for this ministry, says: "In providing this service in the past, I have truly enjoyed the experience. It is very gratifying to help someone who is working hard to improve their place in life, and to assist in a way that matters very much to them. I have brought along some young men (mentees, mostly) who were looking to fill required service hours for their school, or just interested in delivering a worthwhile service. Each and every time, we leave feeling accomplished and feeling like the world is actually spinning in a good direction."
The Ask: We need two people (usually) to work from about 6pm to 11pm. It isn’t the most taxing thing—empty baskets into the washer, change to the dryer and fold/repeat. There is down time to read or talk to volunteers and guests. If you could give this a try just once a year, we can leave the world in a better place.
Please check the Laundry Team schedule here and plug your name into a date that fits your schedule. Thank you!
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
Wednesday Night Live: 6:30 - Dinner & Fellowship; 7:00 – Programming
Saturday, February 2, 1:00 pm 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!
Fun at the Chili Cook-off
Yummy tummies and a good time were enjoyed by everyone at the Chili Cook-off on January 12. Many thank yous to the cooks, sponsors, and guests for a great event! The awards were given to: (drum roll...) First Prize went to Sara Thomas for her Moose barbeque and Second Prize went to Julie Fulcher for her acorn squash barbeque. Honorable mention went to Becky Beal for her veggie barbeque and Patty Foglesong for chicken nuggets! Photos by Becky Beal and Bettye Harris.
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.
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 series led by The Rev. Thee Smith along with engaging videos and 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.
The Diocese of Atlanta Cursillo Working Group invites everyone interested in Cursillo to attend a Team training day on Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 3 pm in the Parish Hall at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1520 Oak Road, Snellville. A lunch will be included. As the 4th day community continues to work on strategies to strengthen the Cursillo movement, we also want to begin to offer a series of Team Training Days designed to connect the Diocesan purpose statement with the Cursillo mission. Goals for the training day are to equip the 4th day community to hold a weekend and also to equip individuals to return to their parishes to renew Ultreyas and develop group reunions to support those individuals who will attend a future weekend. We hope that you will attend this gathering even if you do not plan to serve on a weekend team since we need your input and expertise as we move forward.
The training day will review some of the Cursillo literature and then ask those attending to participate in table discussions patterned around leadership skills needed for conference room table leaders, Palanca team, music team, 4th day team, etc. This is the first in a series of weekend team training events which will use the information from each successive training to identify key strategies and provide a solid base of Cursillistas to staff a weekend and to build up the Cursillo community. To register for this event contact ninadmikedcomcast.net
Sunday, February 10, 3 pm at Church of the Incarnation — The Center for Racial Healing and The Atlanta Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the remarkable life and witness of the first African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. The preacher will be The Rev. Naomi Tutu, Missioner for Economic and Reconciliation Issues in western North Carolina at The Cathedral for All Souls, Asheville, North Carolina, and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The 3 pm Holy Eucharist service will be held at Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta. For more information, contact Tiffany King, tifferlkoutlook.com
Global Missions’ annual Go! Summit will explore racial reconciliation and healing on a local and global level. The one-day event will feature speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, using the companion relationship between the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Cape Coast Ghana as a lens through which we can explore how to address our past and embrace our future. Special guests will include The Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fr. Theophilus Odametey from the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, and Bishop Rob Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta.
The event is 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. The registration fee is $30 ($35 after February 11) and includes lunch and refreshments. Register online here.
Women affected by breast cancer have a unique set of needs and questions. This education series will provide answers and resources on some of the unique concerns for young women as well as a variety of topics that pertain to all women who have been through treatment. Sessions will be held on four Mondays in February, 6:00-7:30 pm at WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road, NE, Marietta. Topics will include: February 4 - Genetic and Cancer Risk; February 11 - Long Term Side Effects; February 18 - Hot and Bothered; February 25 - Let’s Talk About Sex. To register contact cancersupportwellstar.org with your full name, phone number and sessions you would like to attend. Or, call 1-877-366-6032 option 0 between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
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, Brian, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Fran Donoghue, Kelly Pearson, Gabi & Michael Sandbrink, Tristan Patterson, The Boyd Family, Meta Gary, Joe Sanders, John and Jackie Clark, Lauren Feldman, Bailor Bennett, Elrod Family, 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, Mallory Daniel, Doris Lummus, Emil Walcek, Cora King, Jacky Henry, Lucy Perry, Shirley Henry, Peter Bernhardt, Charles Barnard, Mark Ernst, Christion Abercrombie, Lindy Moot, Beth Sandoval, Allen Rosenfield, Patty Austin-Pendroid, Robinson family, Pam Johannessen, Daniel, Kris Harley, Raymond & Kristina Higgins, Ralph, Marion & Richard Bullard, Arthur & Roberta Loewy, Terry Adams, Rod Miller, Michelle & Caitlyn Galloway, Debbie & Paul Gavin, Gwen, Luana Campos, Lou Smith, 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, Becky Pfeil, Melinda Stuk, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham, Velasta Buford, Juanita Butte, Diane Lee, Laurie Kelly, Nancy Eade.
BIRTHDAYS: Alyce Brennan 1/25; Dana Johnson 1/25; Sidney Nabinger 1/25; Nick Vavra 1/28; Nancy Barke 1/28; Greg Caudle 1/28; Angela Green 1/28; Tami Mace 1/28; Katja Michael 1/28; Foster Walton 1/28; Logan Buckalew 1/29; Rod Deutscher 1/29; Sandra Fantz 1/29; Al Maxwell 1/29; Lisa Messinger 1/29; Riley Devault 1/30; Rebecca Dailey 1/31; John martin 2/1; Jana Williams 2/1; Janet Livingston 2/2; Jacqueline Hurley 2/3; Kristin Blackstock 2/4; Courtney Hickson 2/4; Tom Day 2/5; Fred Massey 2/5; Molly Norris 2/7; Neil Campbell 2/9; Claudia Kilgore 2/9; Andy Mitchell 2/9; Rose Wolfe 2/9; Susan Jablonski 2/13; Isabel Lopez 2/13; Madison Morey 2/13
ANNIVERSARIES: Bruce & Susan Heuke 1/26; Mike & Meg Reeves 1/31; Tom & Shirley Day 2/7; Chris & Barbara Kallas 2/10; Al & Karen Maxwell 2/12
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.
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