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It's hard to believe, but Lent is less than a week away. On Tuesday we will feast on pancakes and burn some palms. Those palm ashes will be used to create ashes for our Ash Wednesday service, where we remember that we are made from dust and that we all return to dust. A stark marker of our mortality, Ash Wednesday invites us to look deeply at our lives, and wonder about those places where we might need to re-orient ourselves. Indeed, Lent allows us that same reflection, as we travel with our Savior on the road to Jerusalem.
Your program staff has spent much time creating opportunities for growth, learning and community during the holy season of Lent. And in this issue of the Wheel you can read all about them. A few I'm excited about include:
All of this is good and well thought out and I hope you'll come to those offerings that feed you. Most of all, I pray that in this season we might use this holy time to take a breath and simply be with our Savior. So often we glorify busy. Lent invites us to do the opposite. To be still and listen to those places of longing, of pain, of hope, of God speaking to us in the still small place.
With gratitude and love,
I Want to Be a Better Caretaker of What God Has Blessed Me With
I want to be a more trustworthy caregiver of all that God has graciously given to me. Your Stewardship 365 team will be offering ideas about how we can be better stewards of our different blessings. We will treat each of these topics as a season. In each season we will explore the abundance of God’s gifts and help us all see how we can better care for those blessings.
These blessings (seasons) are:
During each season we will hear, and explore ways to become more trustworthy stewards.
May we all find our deepest joy in realizing the mysteries God has given us and in learning how to care for them as he cares for us.
Be On the Watch!
Bring your palms by this Sunday, March 3
A tradition within the church is that the ashes imposed at our services on Ash Wednesday are made by burning palm fronds saved from the previous year's Palm Sunday. If you saved your palms from last year, you may bring them to the container in the church foyer by this Sunday.
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 in the Parish Hall. Come for tasty food and fellowship! Our Youth will cook & serve at this annual event to benefit the Youth program. 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.
-> ALL YOUTH! Please come straight from school to start flipping pancakes!
Ash Wednesday services - March 6
Ash Wednesday invites us to enter the holy season of Lent. If our service times are not convenient this day, you may use the Atlanta Diocese's Church Locator tool to find churches near your work or function and contact them for service times.
Wednesday Nights: The Practice of Prayer begins March 13
Our Lenten prayer series on Wednesday evenings, The Practice of Prayer, will begin with a soup supper at 6:00 pm and the program at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Each session will feature a different leader, teaching on a different prayer practice. You'll get to try out each practice and get some ideas for how you might incorporate this style of prayer into your daily life.
Sunday Morning Rector’s Forum: Exploring Lent: Scripture, Liturgies, Practices and Conversation
Begininng March 10, in the Boardroom. Each week will explore the Holy season of Lent. Some days will look at the liturgical practices of the season--Ash Wednesday, the Great Litany and the Triduum. Some days we’ll look at the Scripture for the day and wonder what God is saying to us. We’ll talk about Lenten practices and how we’re using them (or not using them), and be in conversation with each other about how we are experiencing Lent as we walk with Jesus to the Cross and anticipate the mystery of Easter morning.
Lent reflections and resources
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, a variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults will be available on our resource table in foyer. In particular, look for:
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.
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.
Lunch out with us on March 16
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! All Cats On Wheels, join us to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a day early over a pay-your-own lunch on Saturday, March 16 at Keegan's Public House, 1625 Ridenhour Boulevard Northwest #301, Kennesaw (Barrett Parkway near Cobb Parkway). This will be a busy day at the restaurant so be sure to RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200 as soon as possible so we can save you a seat.
Sunday, March 31, 4 pm
St. Catherine's seventh annual Concert Series is proud to present two fine choirmasters/organists, Shannon Gallier from St. Barthomew's, Atlanta and Austin Clarke from Church of Our Saviour, Atlanta. They will perform organ solos and duets from the works of Bach (“St. Anne” Prelude & Fugue), Mendelssohn, Shearing (jazz-inspired settings of hymn tunes), Howells, Hancock, and others. The Friends of Music are thrilled to have these two musicians perform at St. Catherine's and invite all to join us for this free concert, open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken. This Concert Series always includes introductory and anecdotal comments by the artists and all are welcome to speak with them at the reception after the concert.
Come join us and bring family and friends for an enjoyable and uplifting afternoon! For questions regarding our concert series contact Martha Bowden, martha_bowdenbellsouth.net.
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s!
This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a Friends of Music reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome and are tax deductible. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music,” and send/bring to the church offic. St. Catherine's members may also give online through your account in The City. For more information, see our Concert Series page.
Sunday, April 28
The annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run will be held at a new location this year, at The Home Depot Backyard adjacent to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In 2018, more than 7,000 participants came together to raise over $1,000,000 to combat hunger in our community! This year, thousands of people will come together again to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in our community. St. Catherine’s team will be there, and your support is invited. Join the team or make a donation in support at St. Catherine's Team. For questions please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net.
-> Bishop Wright's Challenge
Bishop Wright is asking the good people of St. Catherine's to "lace up your shoes" and also make generous donations in support of this year's Hunger Walk. In addition to inviting your support, there is a Bishop's Challenge Grant which will be awarded to the Episcopal Church in the Diocese that raises the most money this year. The Grant will be made to the church's Outreach ministries. Let's get going with sign ups and contributions to this year's St. Catherine's Hunger Walk/Run Team. We can achieve this Grant by working - and walking or running - together!
Save the date! Our 2019 Habitat build with the Cobb Habitat Interfaith Coalition will be a 9-week effort beginning June 1 in Mableton. Watch for details to learn how you can support this year’s project!
Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton
Wednesday Night Live: 6:30 - Fellowship; 7:00 – Programming
At the 8:45 service we ask that the youth all sit together in the front. There will be reserved seating and you all have a role to play in the ceremony. Please be there to celebrate your peers!
March 5 -- All youth, join us in the Parish Hall AS SOON AS you get out of school! We're going to have a blast and make probably thousands of pancakes! This is a whole lot of fun, so plan to be there!!
6:30 pm - Fellowship
We will not meet March 6 because it is Ash Wednesday. Join us for one of our Ash Wednesday services at 7am, 12pm, or 7:30pm.
Good People of St. Cat's:
As you know, we are in the process of searching for our next Associate Rector. I am hopeful that we will call someone to join us by early summer. But in the meantime, I wanted for us to have someone join us for a brief season so that we have two full-time clergy on staff.
I am delighted to tell you that The Rev. Charles L. Fischer III, will be joining us very soon. Charles will be with us for three months beginning next Sunday, March 3. Charles will preach at the 7:45 & 11:15 liturgies (I'll be preaching at the 8:45 as it's our Rite 13 ceremony). Let's give him a warm St. Cat's welcome!
You can read more about Charles below!
Sarah+ [The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher]
Meet The Rev. Charles L. Fischer III
The Rev. Charles L. Fischer III, a native of New Jersey, grew up in an Episcopal family. He comes to St. Catherine's after serving as Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development & Special Assistant to the President at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC. His work and ministry focused on reestablishing and strengthening the relationship between the University and the Episcopal Church. Rev. Fischer's parish ministry has been focused on the Christian formation of children and youth of the parish as well as global and local outreach in the areas of: feeding, clothing and education.
Rev. Fischer received his undergraduate degree in finance from Morehouse College. He continued his studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in Alexandria, VA where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. During his course of study he was deeply committed to the life of the community, holding many leadership positions including Student Body President. Also during this time, he was a Canterbury Scholar at the Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England.
Rev. Fischer is a fellow of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Wesley Theological Seminary, Howard University Divinity School, Columbia Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Bexley-Seabury, and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Annually, Rev. Fischer returns to Princeton Theological Seminary, serving as a Theologian in Residence with the Black Theology and Leadership Institute.
Rev. Fischer has served parishes in the Diocese of Atlanta (St. Paul's, Atlanta), the Diocese of Maryland (St. James, Layfayette Square, Baltimore), and the Diocese of Washington (St. Luke's, DC). Rev. Fischer was proudly inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College in April, 2012. He is also an inaugural member of the Martin Luther King Jr. International College of Pastoral Leadership. Rev. Fischer currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA, WellStar Atlanta Regional Health Board, as well as member of the Alumni Association Executive Committee for the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA. He is a man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Rev. Fischer is blessed to share his ministry with his lovely wife, Mrs. Rhonda D. Fischer. They are the proud parents of two sons, Charles IV and Cameron.
Baptizing the newest member in the body of Christ, on February 24. Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at Baptism 02-14-19.
Faces at St. Cat's
Photos by Connie Bergeron, 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.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish (Christmas 2018 offerings):
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.
Answering the Call to Pray: Ancient Christian Wisdom for Finding the Love of God in Our Hearts and in Our Lives will be a day-long workshop focusing on the most important of all quests — seeking the presence and love of God in our lives to equip us to live more faithfully and joyfully as Christians in today’s world. Carl McColman is a Christian writer, speaker, teacher and author of books like Answering the Contemplative Call, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He regularly teaches and leads retreats. Doors open at 9:00 am, seating begins at 9:30 am and will end about 3:00 pm. Tickets are $25 ($15 students) and includes lunch. The event will be at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. Register by Wednesday, March 20 at this link.
The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series, presenting stirring arrangements of favorite hymns, spirituals and contemporary choral works. Listen for “O God Our Help In Ages Past”, “For All The Saints”, “There is A Balm in Gilead”, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and many more. All concerts are free, no tickets needed (a free-will offering will be taken). Several members of St. Catherine’s participate in this renowned community chorus now in its 32nd year. The chorus will be capping its season with a tour of London in April including performance at Prom Praise at Royal Albert Hall. For more about Georgia Festival Chorus and these concerts please visit www.tgafc.org.
"Spirit Songs" -- Atlanta Master Chorale brings music that lives at the intersection of mind and soul, craft and spontaneity, human and divine. Saturday, March 16, 8:00 pm at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (campus of Emory University), 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta GA. Tickets are $30 adult, $25 senior/group, $10 student. Get information and tickets online here.
The Michael O’Neal Singers and the Georgia Philharmonic orchestra will join in a concert that features well-known pieces from choral/orchestral masterworks. The program will include beautiful and exciting selections from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Orff, with Maestros John Morrison and Michael O’Neal conducting. The concert is 7:30 pm at Lassiter Concert Hall, located at Lassiter High School, 2601 Shallowford Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors & students in advance, or $27/$22 at the door. Several members of St. Catherine's sing in this 155-voice premier community chorus now in its 29th year. For information and tickets go to www.mosingers.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.
DEATHS: Richard Pearson, George Alexander
BIRTHS: James William Christian, grandson of Paul & Karen Manno; Travis Williams Kareken, grandson of Jim Kareken
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Emma Winston, Jere Smith, Francie, Ralph & Woodie Patrick, Norma Alexander, Althea Dillard, Eleanore Pearson, Scott & Emily Power, Lorna Carter, Bob Chute, Susan Flythe, Beth Sandoval, Ernest Nelson, Sandy Carnery, 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, 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, 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, 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: Candy Jansen 3/1; Martin Michael 3/2; Charlie Zimmerman 3/2; Elizabeth Lopez 3/3; Ethan Cook 3/4; Jenna Fulcher 3/4; Rebecca Riney 3/4; Barbara Saunders 3/4; Jim Dirksen 3/5; Sebastian Calvo 3/6; Anthony Friend 3/6; David Perdue 3/7; Brenna Wilson 3/7; Jane Bird 3/8; Lilli Buckalew 3/8; Keith Dumke 3/8; Rachel Hutton 3/8; Jessica Pierce 3/8; Jeff Boyd 3/9; Charis Kallas 3/9; Ray Ban 3/10; Judy Guard 3/10; Bruce Heuke 3/10; Ken Buxton 3/12; Jenna Gardiner 3/13; Michael Wallis 3/13
ANNIVERSARIES: Woodie & Ralph Patrick 3/8
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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Editor: Karen Manno, email@example.com, 770-973-8668.
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