St. Catherine 
of Siena
Episcopal Church

10435 Double R Blvd.
Reno, NV
775-851-4168

A publication to promote our mission:
"In community, love God, love others, serve both."

PRAYER LIST

Those on our prayer list include:  Eric, Victoria, Nonette and Jay.
SUNDAY SERVICES

Family Gather Service: 9 a.m.

Godly Play for kids : 10 a.m. on the 1st Sunday of the month. Art, music and stories for kids of all ages.

Traditional Service : 11 a.m.
AA Men's Group: Meets at St. Catherine's on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

If you know of a community group in need of space to meet, please speak to a Vestry member or Fr. Tom about how St. Catherine's might be able to meet that need.
JANUARY EVENTS

Sunday, Jan. 5: Presentation by NETworX USA, a possible parish mission opportunity, following the 11 a.m. service at the church. All are encouraged to attend (see article).

Sunday, Jan. 5: Baby Bundles donations collection, 9 & 11 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 6: Epiphany service, 12 noon. 

Monday, Jan. 13: "Nevadans for the Common Good" planning meeting, 6 p.m. at the church.

Tuesday, Jan. 14: Catherine's Corner Book Club, 12 noon at the church. All are welcome, whether or not you're up-to-date on the current book.

Thursday, Jan. 16: Lap Quilt Sewing Group meeting, 10 a.m. at the church.

***Sunday, Jan. 19:  ANNUAL MEETING, 10 a.m. between the services. All are encouraged to attend this important, once-a-year, all-congregation meeting. And, as is our tradition, we'll make this a Pot Luck: bring a dish to share, and your appetite!

Sunday, Jan. 19: A new " Living Compass" workshop series begins, following the 11 a.m. service. It will meet Sundays through Feb. 23. A sign-up sheet is in the entryway at church. See Carol Lacy for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 28:  Catherine's Corner Book Club, 12 noon at the church. 

Tuesday, Jan. 28: "Nevadans for the Common Good" teaches us how to build an organization to help make a positive difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors, 6-8 p.m. at the church.
SAVE THE DATE 

August 21-23: Galilee Fun Days! St. Catherine's has reserved this weekend in August 2020 at Camp Galilee, the Episcopal Diocese's retreat center on the shores of Lake Tahoe.  Come just for the day on Saturday, Aug. 22, or stay all weekend; the camp offers comfortable lodgings and excellent meals. It will be a chance to relax, rejuvenate, and connect with each other in a beautiful setting. More details to follow, but you can go ahead and mark your calendar.
ST. CATHERINE'S VESTRY

Charlie Dickinson Sr. Warden
Liz Skogerson, Jr. Warden
Kevin Goss
Gretchen Korver
Carol Lacy
Mike Nusbaum
Donna Sanders, Clerk
Sally Dickinson, Treasurer
GET INVOLVED

Prayer Ministry
Contact Joann McKeeman:
815-4637

Coffee Hour Hosts,  Greeters
& Ushers
Contact Sharyl Milegich:
853-5016 or smilegich@aol.com
  
Lay Readers
& Eucharistic Ministers 
Contact Anne Towner:
827-3784 or annetowner@att.net
  
Altar Guild  
Contact Linda Stetzell:
826-8585 or stetzreno@att.net

Lap Quilts for Seniors
Contact Amy Heintz: 
851-1026 or heintzad@gmail.com

Children's Flannel Blankets
Contact Carol Dyer:  702-496-8595

Episcopal Recovery Ministry
Contact Joann McKeeman:
815-4637
YOUR NAME MATTERS
Name Tag
Why wear a name tag?
  • Name tags encourage conversation;
  • Name tags promote an outward focus;
  • Name tags make guests feel more comfortable; &
  • Some folks aren't great at remembering names!
SANCTUARY FLOWERS
You can provide flowers for one of our  Sunday  services  in the name of someone, such as to mark a birthday or anniversary, in memory of someone who's passed on, or to the  Glory to God. Look for the Flowers  sign-up sheet in the lobby of the church. Choose an open date, and put a  check for $45 into the collection plate any Sunday with "Flowers" in the memo line.  Thank you!
Our phone number, P.O. box

St. Catherine's updated its phone number this year; the last four digits stayed the same but the first three numbers changed to 851.  The new number is: (775) 851-4168. We also moved our mailing address to the McCabe USPS branch:  P.O. Box 17831, Reno, NV 89511.
Pledges can be set up with a bank's automatic bill pay

Some St. Catherine's members have found it very convenient to use their bank's "bill pay" service to handle their pledge to the church.  You can instruct your bank to have a check of a certain amount generated on a certain date, which will then show up automatically each month at the church's P.O. box. If you're interested in setting this up to save yourself the step of writing checks for your pledge, please talk to your bank or financial institution. 
IMPORTANT LINKS
January 2020
The Rev. Thomas Blake
Father Tom's Message

We are well into the Christmas season, but I have a few words about Advent still left to share. There was something wonderfully symbolic about beginning our ministry together on the First Sunday of Advent. Besides being a time of new beginning -- the start of a new liturgical year -- Advent is also a time of wandering, wondering, discerning, and awaiting. In great mystery, Christ comes to us, and consequently, the world will never be the same.

Mutually discerning and entering a new pastoral relationship as we have done can be described in much the same way. It is a new beginning, but it is more than that. It is a time of expectation, transformation, and surprise. God has formed us through our respective past experiences, and by God's grace these in turn are already being interwoven into our common experience. There are many gifts, but one body.

At the advent of our journey together, it's worth remembering that faith is often not cut and dry. It is more typically messy and unpredictable. We inevitably seek a direct path to the Promised Land, but maybe first there is a little wandering in the wilderness to do. We naturally want to get right to the answers, but first there are important questions to be stirred. 

Like our forebears in faith, maybe sometimes we will tend to notice all the things that could possibly distract us from what God wants us to see. But one day, also like our forebears in faith, by God's grace what we will notice instead -- and this is what makes the story worth telling -- is God's near and profound presence among us. God is with us, and has been all along, even before we realized it: accomplishing far greater things than we could ever ask for or imagine on our own.

By God's grace may we, too, walking together in ministry, get to wander in directions unforeseen. May we, too, be stirred and surprised in wonderful new ways. May we, too, get to behold the very near presence of God. Let it be our joy and delight to share in South Reno and beyond the good news upon which our faith rests and without which nothing else matters: that Christ's kingdom is at hand and the time of its fulfillment is wonderfully near.

Fr. Tom +
Parish Mission Discernment Opportunity

Following the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, January 5, representatives of NETworX USA will give a 1-2 hour presentation on their nationwide movement to address issues of financial poverty, and how St. Catherine's might consider extending the NETworX movement to South Reno. 

We are hoping that as many parishioners as possible will plan to attend. Lunch will be provided.
St. Nick's Helpers ... thank you!

By Sally Dickinson
 
This year the counseling staff at Double Diamond Elementary School gave us the names of 5 families who were in need of some help this Christmas and holiday season.  St. Catherine's provided presents for 15 children of those families, along with Winco gift cards to help in the purchase of their holiday meal.  

A HUGE thank you to all who participated in this ministry and for your generosity.  I believe it means a great deal to those who receive our gifts.  I know the school staff were amazed when we brought in all the gifts.  Thank you again.
Please join us at 10 a.m. Sunday, 1/19

Everyone is encouraged to attend our Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.  

This is a between-the-services event to bring us all together to conduct some brief but important church business. 

Whether you're brand new to St. Catherine's or a longtime member, we really want YOU to be included. We'll receive a report from our treasurer, and we'll nominate and elect new Vestry members, as well as new delegates to our next Diocesan convention. 

In addition to electing new Vestry members and Diocesan delegates, we will also be voting on a change in the Parish By-Laws to include wording relative to a Priest-in-Charge and to clean up wording in other parts of the By-Laws.  Candidate information and the proposed changes in the By-Laws will be available at the Parish and will be sent out to Parishioners prior to the annual meeting.

Of course we'll also have a potluck brunch, so consider bringing your favorite dish to share and enjoy.

Let's convene in Christ's name to ensure we remain a strong, united church in 2020.   See you there!
St. Catherine's Lap Quilts meeting

By Amy Heintz

There will be a meeting of the Lap Top sewing group on Thursday, January 16, from 10 a.m. until noon at the church.  Please bring any projects you are working on, as well as your sewing machines and other supplies.  If you need batting for the quilts please let me know.  There will be an iron and ironing board available. There will also be quilting magazines available and some patterns for your review.
Catherine's Corner now on Tuesdays

By Lajuana Bryan

New year, new day, new books! Please join Catherine's Corner Book Club at noon on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays: January 14 and January 28, for inspiration and fun.  

Our current book is Sanctuary by Terry Hershey.  It's a good read ... Bring a lunch and some good humor to brighten a dreary month.  I still have one copy of Sanctuary available, if you'd like it.  Please join us for chapters 2 and 3.

If you have any questions,  contact Lajuana Bryan at lajuanabryan@gmail.com or 707-226-6809.
Baby Bundles

By Ann Crase

"Baby Bundles" is composed of and supported by members of St. Catherine's and Trinity Episcopal Churches. With items donated by both congregations, volunteers assemble "Bundles" of layette items for St. Mary's and Renown hospitals. They are then distributed by hospital staff to disadvantaged new parents who have little or nothing for their newborn.

Any help with the following items would be greatly appreciated:
CURRENT NEEDS
  • Wipes (urgent need!)
  • Boys' and girls' pull-on pants
  • Boys' sleepers
  • Unisex outfits
**Any clothing should be Size 0-3 Months.  This is the most useful size -- thank you!

Monetary donations are welco me, too, if you'd like us to shop for you.  God Bless! 

Questions? Contact Susan Lombardi at 329-2044 or Ann Crase at 356-1155.
St. Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church | http://stcatherinesreno.org
 E-mail: office@stcatherinesreno.org  | Phone: 775-851-4168 
Physical address: 10435 Double R Blvd.  Reno, NV  89521
Mailing address:  PO Box 17831 Reno, NV  89511-1033