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Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry: Pat Pepper
We live in a world of ratings, and numbers are frequently a strong indicator of how successful something may be. I have heard a few people in ministry say that numbers don’t measure success of an event/program/activity. There are good examples when I would agree and say yes, numbers don’t matter.
However there are times when I would definitely say numbers are important, and that is when we are counting the number of volunteers that are involved in a ministry. Let me share with you a few of those important numbers at St. Catherine's:
And added to those numbers are: Catechists, Youth Formation Teachers, Youth Adult Leaders, Adult Formation Teachers, Ministry Team members, Young Families Ministry, dozens and dozens of Outreach volunteers, and many more.
One of my 2019 goals is for those numbers to increase, and to add new names to that current list. Call me if you need information about where you can add your name.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Over the weekend of February 1-3, the St. Catherine's Vestry along with Mother Sarah and serveral staff members gathered on retreat at Montara Farm in North Georgia. This weekend was a time of getting to know each other more, making plans for the upcoming year and time spent in prayer. Photos courtesy Frankie Bowden; warden portraits by Jan Potter.
February 16 activity change!
This month our plan is changed! Instead of an outing to Georgia Ensemble Theater, we will gather for a pay-your-own lunch at 11:30 am at Los Arcos Mexican restaurant, 3101 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, at the corner of Old Canton and Roswell Road. So that the restaurant can arrange a big table and have staff to serve us, please RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200 as soon as possible.
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.
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! And don't forget to save time onsite with RapidPass BEFORE you arrive - see www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass .
Help will also be needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? Forty writers are needed for the forty days of Lent!
You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to our Lent Reflections page. Reflections will be due by Sunday, February 24, in order to be published by Ash Wednesday. Please sign up by contacting Karen Manno to receive your assignment.
Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s People” and/or “Safeguarding God’s Children” are required of many volunteers, and all staff and clergy, at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. Some examples are Vestry, Family Promise (some tasks), Church School teachers, Stephen Ministry, children and youth activity leaders, Eucharistic Visitors, The Journey mentors.
There are many at St. Catherine's who need training one or both trainings. Here are the trainings provided by the diocese at this time.
Safeguarding God's People:
Safeguarding God's Children
Please let Linda Scott (lindamscott1949gmail.com) or Becky Beal (beckybstcatherines.org) know if you can take any of these trainings. We will send you the link to register.
The training must be renewed every 3 years. If you are not sure if you need the training, are due to renew, or have any other questions, please contact us. Visit www.episcopalatlanta.org/Safe-Church/ for full information about these programs.
The Parish Directory photo appointments scheduled for February 26 have been postponed to a later date. Please watch for announcement of the new day and times for updates to our photo directory.
March 5 , 6:00-7:30 pm
Invite family & friends to celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Catherine’s style at the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Come for tasty food and fellowship! Our Youth will cook & serve in the Parish Hall. This annual event will support some new community outreach activities by our Youth.
No tickets or reservations are needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. We'll have pancakes in many flavors — bacon! chocolate chip! and plain, too — plus fun Mardi Gras décor, bacon, music, bacon, king cake, bacon, and more.
Ash Wednesday services
Join us on Saturday, March 9, 8:45-11:45 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.
Tuesday, March 12
Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, come at 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have important discussions of the 2019 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.
St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education
Preschool registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now in progress. As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years. Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am - noon, no appointment needed.
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.
St. Catherine's volunteers were featured in the February newsletter from Family Promise of Cobb County. (Photo courtesy FPCC)
Family Promise of Cobb County has been 'Keeping Our Children on Course' for 5 years now. Many congratulations on the wonderful work you are accomplishing!
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
Wednesday Night Live: 6:30 - Fellowship; 7:00 – Programming
Thank you to everyone for your support of the Valentine Dinner Dance! Your generosity helped us raise over $28,000 for the J2A Youth Pilgrimage in 2020. We are so grateful for you! #lovelikeJesus
The Rite13ers had a great time in January playing at All Saints and learning about, worshipping with, and serving our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness in Atlanta at Church of the Common Ground. See more photos full size in the album at Rite 13 Urban Plunge 2019 (pictures by Sally Benton).
Parents, please follow this link and select a week to provide a Sunday breakfast for the youth this semester. Almost every week is available!
Mark your calendars. ALL youth have a role in this ceremony!
The Feast of Absalom Jones service was held on February 10 at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Decatur, sponsored by UBE and Incarnation. Bettye Harris reports it was a lovely and festive service and reception and several St. Catherine's members attended. John Thompson-Quartey was a clergy participant and the guest preacher was The Rev. Canon Naomi Tutu, daugher of Bishop Desmond Tutu. Photos here courtesy Bettye Harris -- you may also watch a video of the procession, a video of Tutu's sermon, and see many more photos and videos by Bill Monk for the Atlanta Diocese.
Photos by Connie Bergeron, Bettye Harris
Valentine Dinner Dance February 9 - a wonderful evening!
Photos by Connie Bergeron
Fun at the Sock Hop
The Sock Hop on February 10 was a Blast, Groovy, and Cool! The juke box played wonderful old music, the children chose their favorites. Jim and Laurie Dirksen helped us set the mood for this relaxing event! We had limbo, locomotion, shag, hokey pokey, strolling, and electric slide as well as a lot of interpretive dance and cool moves! Photos by Jan Potter -- see lots more full size in the album at Sock Hop.
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.
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.
Second annual Ministering to Families Facing Alzheimer's and Related Dementias workshop for faith and community leaders. Thursday, March 21, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm at Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064, 770-427-3835, www.duewest.org. Click here to register. For questions contact Sheila Welch, sheilaowelchgmail.com.
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.
BIRTHDAYS: Patricia Brent 2/15; Jeanette Dini 2/15; Richard Halstead-Nussloch 2/15;Dexter Bushart 2/16; Lexie Walton 2/16; Jim Mattox 2/17; Justin Kerr 2/18; Aubrey Ward 2/18; Ana Martin 2/19; Mary Vavra 2/19; Richard Barke 2/20; Marilyn Hunter 2/21; Stephen Pyburn 2/21; Katie Barrington 2/22; Joyce Carter 2/22; Kent Hankinson 2/22; Swiss Britt 2/23; Joy Ettel 2/24; Roberta Griffin 2/24; Natalie Whitlow 2/24; Jeff Harris 2/27; Hannah Harris 2/28; Katherine Michalak 2/28
ANNIVERSARIES: Frank & Ellen Adams 2/15; Peter & Swiss Britt 2/25; Chris & Alyce Brennan 2/26
DEATHS: Richard Pearson
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYERS:
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Sandy Carnery, George Alexander, Kelley Austin, Mark, Kathie Elliott, Tom Nichols, Kyle Luttrell, Ian McLeod, Lynne Chazanof, Glen & Shelley Harrison, Norma Lytle, David Shannonhouse, Chris and Hayley, Kelly Pearson, Gabi & Michael Sandbrink, Tristan Patterson, Meta Gary, Joe Sanders, John and Jackie Clark, Lauren Feldman, Bailor Bennett, Julie Brannock, Herb Winters, Kelly Allgood, Claire Murphy, Lila Hahn, Jim Seal, Bill Brinson, Bill Woods, Liz Burlas, Rod Miller, Marianne Miller, Kris Kell, Mallory Daniel, Doris Lummus, Emil Walcek, Cora King, Peter Bernhardt, Charles Barnard, Mark Ernst, Lindy Moot, Allen Rosenfield, Patty Austin-Pendroid, 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, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, Holly Krupp, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, Megan Lowery, Susan Shank, Binks Franklin, Tom Bonner, Bryan, Michael & Kacey Barton, Jeanette Dini, Wyatt Pope, Rod Deutscher, Christian Harvey, Christopher Clements, Joyce Hendricks, Ken Buxton, 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.
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, email@example.com, 770-973-8668.
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