The people of St. Catherine's seek
to share in the love that Jesus Christ
has for us and the world by
welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
the power of the Holy Spirit.

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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
July 25 - August 7, 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE


EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Transition update
Parish Retreat
Contrasts In Belief
BBQ & Movie Night
Acolytes
College send off
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Cats On Wheels
CF Sunday
Stephen Ministry
Ministry Fair
Safeguarding
Blood drive
Mens Night Out
EFM
Communion wine
MOPS

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Day of Service
Undies Sunday
Holy Comforter
Family Promise

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Volunteer Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Summer Singers concert
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
WNL Meet Sally
God & Life program
Diocesan youth
Joint event
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

7/26 – Registration due for Parish Retreat;
Contrasts In Belief;
God & Life Bible Study begins

7/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

7/29 – Youth WNL;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

8/1 – Acolyte training;
BBQ & Movie Night

8/2 – Father Taylor’s first Sunday;
College send off;
Youth @ St. Patrick’s

8/8 – Day of Service

8/9 – Homecoming Potluck lunch

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Update from the Senior Warden

By Tom Blackstock

The Vestry is excited to welcome The Reverend C. Dean Taylor as our interim rector. Rev. Taylor is familiar to many in the Diocese of Atlanta and has served a number of congregations in his 30-plus years of ministry. He most recently served as interim rector of Church of Our Savior in Jacksonville, Florida. He will join us on August 1 and preach at both services on Sunday, August 2. We look forward to our time of transition together. We will schedule some opportunities in the coming months for you to get to know him. Please join the Vestry in welcoming Rev. Taylor!

(Photo, right: Rev. Dean Taylor)

We also welcome Sally Paris as our Youth Director! Sally is a familiar face in our parish and we look forward to her leadership with our youth. Her first day in the office was July 20th and she has truly “hit the ground running”.

We were fortunate to have The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster-Weltner join us on July 12 to participate in our services and talk with us about the rector transition process. [Listen to the recording of Canon Schuster’s sermon on the Sermons page of our website at stcatherines.org/sermons/.] We will meet with the diocesan consultant early in August and will continue to offer opportunities for input from everyone in the parish over the coming months. If you have thoughts, concerns or questions, you may email them at any time to our Vestry mailbox at vestrystcatherines.org . If you would like to contact me directly, please email me at thblackstockgmail.com or you may contact Daniel at drmikkelsengmail.com.

Please continue to pray for our search and transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We have a very busy schedule as we begin the new school year. Please take a look at the many offerings throughout the coming weeks. We have plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved and have fun! We have so much to be thankful for in our many blessings at St. Catherine’s. We also have much to look forward to as we move into the future. As I have said in previous articles, I am confident that we will continue to fulfill our mission of sharing in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Parish Retreat: Come “Back To The Future”!

Register by Sunday, July 26

By Ginny Lummus

We will soon be gathering on retreat at Lake Logan Conference Center for our Parish Retreat this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7. Our program and discussions this year will center around looking towards the future while celebrating the past. Some of the activities will be our popular intergenerational games and body prayer as well as the old standards of swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and fellowship.

A Parish Retreat is a time for the people of St. Catherine’s to come together for renewal, to celebrate being a child of God, to make new friends and to strengthen our bonds with one another in the name of Jesus Christ. It’s for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families!

We must tell Lake Logan a number by the end of July. The last date for registration and final payment will be due by July 26. Ginny Lummus has worked with Lake Logan to reserve the entire conference center for St. Catherine’s. You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at www.lakelogan.org. Let’s plan to fill it with sounds of laughter, playing children, singing and worshiping Christians, people making new friends, and all together good will in the name of God. See you at Lake Logan!

For information about retreat accommodations and cost please see our registration form at www.stcatherines.org/forms/ParishRetreatRegistration2015.pdf . Register soon with your deposit (balances will be due by July 26). For any questions or information about scholarships please contact Amma Susan or Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com, 770-845-1742.


"Contrasts: Explorations in Belief" class

Final session: Sunday, July 26

All adults are invited for a facilitated discussion class in the Library from 9:30 to 10:20 am. At each gathering we will start with information on a practice or belief from another religion. Then we'll introduce a comparable belief or practice from our own faith and discuss the differences and commonalities. In so doing we hope to gain a deeper understanding not only of other's beliefs but also our own. Please join us for open-ended questions and lively conversation. The group is facilitated by Randy Satterfield.


BBQ & Movie Night - Saturday, August 1

Everyone is invited! Join us for a night of amazing food, friends, and a movie under the stars and on the bricks with fun for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the BBQ dinner starting at 6:00 pm provided by the Friday Men’s Bible Study group. The Young Families group will provide a four square ball, a basketball and some bubbles for young ones before the movie.

Our movie, “The Princess Bride” will begin around 8:30 pm depending on time of darkness that evening. No charge for the dinner (donations welcome toward the cost of the movie). See you there!


Acolytes needed

Training/review session on Saturday, August 1

The requirements are few — rewards abounding! Our Acolyte Ministry is looking for children and youth members of our congregation who would like to serve in this wonderful ministry. While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they begin. The positions are: Torch Bearers (age 8-12), Second Crucifer (age 12-14) and Captain (age 15-18). As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join: Sit quietly and attentively during the service; Follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service; Have a personal desire to serve in this position.

We will have a training / review session on Saturday, August 1 at 10 am in the sanctuary. Written instructions and walk-through training are provided until each member is comfortable with his/her tasks. If you have any questions or would like to sign your child up, see the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or for questions contact Acolyte Co-Masters Frank Adams frank.adamsaonhewitt.com or Tina Kerr. We look forward to hearing from you!

Acolyte team serving on July 19 (photo by Bettye Harris)


College send-off Sunday, August 2

On August 2 at both worship services we will recognize all our rising college freshmen to wish them God-speed, and present to them the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards. Congratulations to each!

-> St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund

St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships each year to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the Parish Picnic. To date, we have presented 127 scholarships. We are able to give small scholarships now but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.


Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting

Tuesday, August 11

The next Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting will be August 11 in the Parish Hall, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. This meeting is for leaders of all ministry teams, groups and committees of our parish, please be sure to have representative attend. Our purpose is to provide a forum for information exchange between the conveners, staff, Clergy, Vestry and all ministry leaders.

At this meeting, we will hear from Rev. Dean Taylor, our Interim Rector, and Ms. Sally Paris, our Youth Director. We’ll also get an update on The City, space planning, permanent rector search, Ministry Fair and the parish retreat. We’ll also have time allotted for questions and separate ministry team breakout meetings. All are welcome!


Cats On Wheels

Saturday, August 15 -- Day trip to Rome, Georgia

Join Cats On Wheels to take a day trip to visit Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum in Rome (Georgia!). RSVP soon for trip details to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. (Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, we invite you to join us!)


Come to Christian Formation Sunday

August 16 at 9 am

By Tanya Bowers-Dean

Christian Formation is not just another name for Sunday School. Christian Formation is about all of us being formed as Christians. It's about opening to God and deepening our relationship with Him. It's about preparing ourselves to do the work Jesus has given us to do, and supporting each other while we do it.

God uses many experiences to grow us as Christians, including some that are special to our life at church, like study, worship, music, prayer, Communion, sacred space, art, and sharing our stories. That's why the Christian Formation Ministry at St. Catherine's includes not only our fantastic educational programs for children, youth, and adults—Church School classes, Bible Studies, Book Studies, The Journey, EFM and more—but also Altar Guild, Lay Readers, Acolytes, Ushers, all the Choirs, Needlework Brigade, Flower Guild and even more.

There are in fact so many wonderful parts of Christian Formation that we are taking over one Sunday morning to share them with you! We won't just talk about Christian Formation: we invite you to participate in some Christian Formation experiences with us. All ages are invited!

Note: Since we have a Sunday all of our own, Christian Formation will not be represented at the Ministry Fair the following Sunday -- except at the parade! Want more information? Contact Tanya Bowers-Dean at radiant_tanyayahoo.com or 678-772-6729.


Stephen Ministry “Come and See” Lunch

Sunday, August 16 at 12 pm

By David Moore

Saint Catherine’s is seeking individuals who would like to be trained as Stephen Ministers this fall. So, we are hosting a “Come and See” luncheon to learn about this dynamic and life changing ministry on August 16 in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 service. If you feel that you may be called to this ministry, or if you just would like to know more about it, then come and see what it is all about. At this casual luncheon your Stephen Ministry team will make a short presentation and then answer any questions you may have.

Stephen Ministry trains parish members to help provide one-on-one Christian care giving to those in our congregation who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses in life. You can ask more about it now by contacting David Moore at dsmoore1950yahoo.com or (404) 309-7793.


Ministry Fair: Stepping Forward in FaithFULL Ministry

Sunday, August 23

  • One worship service ONLY at 9:00 am
  • Ministry Fair 10:30 am to noon
  • Parish Picnic at 12:00 pm

The Fellowship Ministry Team invites you!

Do you like to eat and have fun? The Fellowship Ministry Team (aka “The Fun and Games Team”) is the place for you! We invite you to stop by for a visit on August 23 at the Ministry Fair. Our ministry includes events for all ages and includes “Breakfast Angeles” - “Cats on Wheels” - “Young Families”. The time commitment varies. You can serve the famous St. Cat’s sheet cake at special occasions or you can volunteer to help out at receptions (Easter and Christmas) or parties ( BBQ and Movie night and Wine Tasting). Come see us on the 23rd – co-conveners are Jennifer Massey and Shirley Childs.

The Service and Outreach Ministry Team invites you!

Our Ministry Fair theme this year is “Stepping Forward in FaithFULL Ministry”. Stop in for a visit with the outreach team at the Ministry Fair on Sunday August 23 to hear about a FULL list of opportunities to serve our neighbors in our community and beyond. Do you like to feed? Like to organize? Like to work with your hands? Like to help children and youth? Do you need to volunteer outside the hours of your regular job? Want to find places you can serve alongside your children? We can help! Time commitments vary based on what you are interested in doing. Weekly and monthly commitments are available but not required. We are also interested in hearing from you - what do you want from your Service and Outreach Ministry Team? Come meet our team, ask some questions, and see where the conversation takes you! We're looking forward to a FULL discussion on August 23!


“Safeguarding God’s Children” training

Sunday, August 9 at St. Peter & Paul

Do you volunteer in a class or activity that requires “Safeguarding God's Children training”? A session will be offered on August 9, 1 to 4 pm at Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Registration is required for space and materials, to register please contact KBoyetpeterandpaul.org AND also please notify Harriett Pyburn at harriettspyburngmail.com if you plan to attend so we may keep track of your training record. Do take advantage of this offering if you will need the training this coming season, as they are not always this close and convenient!

"Safeguarding God's Children" is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness and is required of all volunteers, staff and clergy at St. Catherine's and in our diocese who work with children and youth. This training must be renewed every three years. If you are not sure if you need the training, are due to renew, or have any other questions, please contact Harriett. If you cannot attend this date there are more opportunities around the diocese, view times and locations at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Resources/Safe-Church/Safeguarding-God-s-Children/Training-for-Safeguarding-Children/


Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 25

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. One pint of blood can save up to three lives!

Our next blood drive will be on August 25, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are never required, all donors are always welcome on the day of the event.)

Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.


Men's Night Out

Tuesday, August 25 at Craft Beer Factory and The Wing

All men of the parish are invited to an evening out for beer tasting starting at 6:30 pm at The Craft Beer Factory in Eastlake Shopping Center. Cost is $5 for 5 pours and you can choose any of the 45 beers on tap. After the beer tasting, we will walk next door at 7:30 pm to The Wing for "Double Down" Tuesday (buy 10 wings, get 10 free!).

RSVP is required. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Hans Kraeger (hans.kraegergmail.com). The Craft Beer Factory and The Wing are located at 2145 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062, see thecraftbeerfactory.com and www.thewingmarietta.com.


EFM: Education For Ministry

New class begins September 10

In the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, we look intensively at all facets of what it means to be a Christian and what it means to use that knowledge in the real world. All together, it is a four-year program (with materials from Sewanee, the University of the South); you register for one year at a time. There is a charge, but we have a wonderful scholarship program at St. Catherine’s to help defray the cost for anyone who needs it.

  • The first year is an in-depth look at the Old Testament. This is a God who many Episcopalians don’t really know. But the journey, how we got from there to our religion today, is both fascinating and essential. It is a way to “read” a text that was written thousands of years ago and use it as a roadmap to figure out just what you believe today.
  • The second year is an in-depth look at the New Testament with the same lens of – here’s what it says, what some believe it means, and, most importantly, a very careful guide to the development of just what you believe. You’ll figure out a roadmap for your own development as a thinking, Christian being.
  • The third year covers another path to knowledge about how we have gotten where we are – church history. Even today, we can see the enormous impact of the Christian belief structure on history and politics. The story of the church can be both violent and mesmerizing, and is also important in figuring out just where you are today.
  • The fourth year ties the church to the real world. Each year has a different overall theme.

A new EFM class will begin the first Thursday after Labor Day (September 10). We would love to have you join us. For more information, please contact us or the church office. We love to talk about EFM. Chris Potter – 404-376-7430, cdexterpottergmail.com; Jan Potter – 404-444-8627, jcpottergmail.com.


Communion wine donations requested

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. Please note: we use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.


MOPS - Mothers of Pre Schoolers - group begins September 2

By Julie Fulcher

We are excited to announce that MOPS will be coming to St. Catherine's this fall. MOPS is a gathering of local mothers who support and encourage each other through affirming meetings and fun events. Mothers of Preschoolers is a place for women with children from birth to pre-kindergarten to find friendship, community, resources and support so they never feel alone.

MOPS is organized and run by mothers of preschoolers. We provide Member Care to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our MOPS group. We will plan Mission Projects to support the church and various outreach programs throughout the community. During our monthly meetings we will have speakers on topics that will help us be better moms, wives and women. Throughout the year we will have social events for our moms, dads, kids and families. We are also planning to have Bible studies, Book Clubs, Dining Clubs, Playgroups and much more.

Our meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every month in the Parish Hall from 9:45 to noon starting on September 2. Childcare will be provided. Please contact Julie Fulcher (juliejuliefulcher.com) or Erica Handell (jsteph5710aol.com) to join our MOPS group! We are looking forward to a great year!

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Saturday, August 8: Day of Service

Opportunties for all ages

  • Young Families Service Project and End of Summer Party – Come serve and swim with Young Families! We will meet from 9:30-10:30 am at the St. Cat's labyrinth to do some much-needed weeding, and then caravan to John and Julie Fulcher's neighborhood pool for a cookout and cooling off from 11:30-2:20 pm. Our Young Families group is for parish families with children under 12. Contact Ina Bachmann, ina.bachmanngmail.com, for more info or to be added to the Young Families’ news list.
     
  • J2A Youth Painting Party – 4 pm at the Youth House. Contact Youth Director Sally Paris for details, sallystcatherines.org.
     
  • The Garden women & children’s shelter in Smyrna – St. Catherine's is hosting a Day of Service on Saturday, August 8 from 10 am to 12 noon at The Garden in Smyrna. The Garden is a Christian shelter for homeless women and children. Our morning will involve treating the ladies at the Garden to a fun morning (the activity is still TBD). The children will be attending a dance class at this time, so we are looking for something fun to do for the ladies—possibilities include craft project, Zumba, game day... the possibilities are ENDLESS. If you have a talent or idea that you would be willing to share with these ladies on August 8, please contact Harriett Pyburn to discuss in more detail. Also, if you are interested in attending, we will need many hands to help (estimated women to attend is 35). For questions or to sign up please check the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Harriett at harriettspyburngmail.com. We are looking forward to learning about and working with another organization in our area serving those in need! For more information on The Garden please see their website at www.7bridgestorecovery.org/what-we-do/the-garden/


Undies Sunday

Collection through August 2

Bring your undies to church -- REALLY! Our Outreach team is sponsoring Undies Sunday now through Sunday, August 2 to benefit the school children in Powers Ferry Elementary and East Cobb Middle School districts who are served by Title 9. These are children right here in our backyard.

  • Please bring new, sealed packages of underwear, undershirts, t-shirts or socks -- all sizes needed: S, M, L, XL, Boys' and Girls' sizes (used items cannot be accepted).
  • These children are also in need of Cool Clothes for school, so please bring in gently worn pants, jeans, shirts, t-shirts & tennis shoes that your kids have outgrown.

Drop off your donations at church and know they will find a good home. Please bring your items to the Outreach table across from the Church Parlor (next to the steps down to the nursery). Donations will be collected and stored offsite each week. Contact Harriet Pyburn or Janet Livingston for any questions.


A visit to Holy Comforter

By Harriett Pyburn

On July 15 ten members of St. Catherine's made a trip to East Atlanta to attend the weekly Wednesday evening Eucharist and dinner at Holy Comforter. Holy Comforter is a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and serves a diverse congregation, a large majority of which suffer from some type of mental illness. In addition to the church, the Friendship Center is also located on the grounds and is a day center that offers art classes, weaving, gardening, pottery, woodworking, etc. The night we attended church, there was a liturgy of leave taking for the director of the Friendship Center, Matthew and his wife, Sarah. Between the facts that we had just attended our own liturgy of leave taking at St. Catherine's with Father Jim, and that Matthew and Sarah could be long-lost twins of Mike and Mary Bess, we felt very much at home.

Photo, right (by Linda Shrake): Holy Comforter Vicar, The Very Rev. Alexis Chase, serving the Eucharist with Friendship Center Director Matthew and wife Sarah

The worship experience was intimate and unique. I am guessing there were a hundred people in the pews. The Gospel reading was from Matthew 25:35-40, where Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave me something to drink... Whenever you did one of these things for the least of these, you did for me." Members of the congregation were asked to compare Matthew (their leader at the Friendship Center) with this scripture, and they were then invited to share their feeling about Matthew and Sarah with the group. The responses were varied, specific, emotional, and true. You could tell how important the Friendship Center is in the lives of these individuals and how they have been fed and loved and treated so compassionately at this place.

After Eucharist, we walked downstairs and joined everyone for the Wednesday evening meal. Each Wednesday, various church congregations provide dinner for anyone who attends (this night, there were about 100 people there - a large group). The space is crowded, but with some efficient staging, the meals were served quickly and everyone enjoyed the company. A few in our group have an extensive history with Holy Comforter and had a lot of catching up to do with friendly faces.

So now what? We are still not sure. St. Catherine's has a lot of members who are interested in doing more for this mission. Our largest barrier is its location / distance (we left St. Catherine's at 5:30 and arrived right at 6:30 - this was summer traffic, HOV, and no accidents). In addition to Wednesday evening dinners, volunteer drivers are needed to pick up people from group homes to come to the Friendship Center during the week. Volunteers are also need to help with the many activities at the Friendship Center - talent not required. There is also a possibility to help with an existing clothing closet on campus. Alexis Chase, the vicar at Holy Comforter, has mentioned many times that this is a ministry of presence, so any way we can be present is a possibility. I know we will not find one opportunity that will work for everyone (those working, those wanting to avoid rush hour traffic, etc.), but I do think we should continue to explore what we can do.

If this is a ministry that interests you, I encourage you to speak with someone who attended last Wednesday and share your thoughts. Those who went along for the ride were: Ellen, Alison, and Grace Adams, Bettye Harris, Janet Livingston, Harriett Pyburn, Hale Sanders, Jane Smith, Linda Shrake and Deborah Weigel. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas and look forward to sharing more with you soon!


“One Family, One Promise, One Song” Saturday, August 29

Family Promise of Cobb County and Unity North Atlanta Church will present the third annual “One Family, One Promise, One Song,” Interfaith Concert to benefit homeless families on Saturday, August 29, 7:00 PM at Unity North Atlanta Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta GA 30066, www.unitynorth.org . The concert will feature twelve Cobb County congregations including members of St. Catherine’s. Tickets are $20 Premium Seating or $10 Regular Seating, available online at www.familypromisecobbcounty.org/upcoming-event/ or at the door.

Family Promise next hosting week at St. Catherines: September 27 - October 4

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Volunteering Corner

Everything is Spiritual

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (volunteerstcatherines.org, 770-971-1269)

Last week I had the great pleasure to be with a group of fourteen people from St. Catherine's who went to see former pastor, author, speaker, etc., Rob Bell. Rob Bell was in Atlanta on the “Everything is Spiritual” tour. Rob spoke for two hours and during that time he shared with the audience that “new discoveries are made right and left, and more and more people are asking bigger and bigger questions about just what kind of world we're living in and what that means for our hearts, our souls, and our spirits.” He made surprise connections between the universe we are living in and the life we are living. He shared with us how science and spirituality are long-lost dance partners. Listening to him inspired, provoked and challenged, and he also gave messages of hope. We do live in a beautiful, mysterious and fascinating world.

During the two hour presentation I heard Rob say two things loud and clear:

  • Jesus' story is about the love of God for every single one of us. It is a stunning, expansive love that is for everybody, everywhere.
  • To live a full and rich life we need to Serve.

Rob Bell does have some critics, and not everyone agrees with everything he has to say, but I think we can all agree on the two points above. Jesus’ story is about love, and if we find ways to serve we will experience a richer and fuller life. Talk to me about how you want to serve—I can help.


Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bettye Harris -- see more full size in the album at Friendly Faces - Summer 2015

Guest clergy in July: Rev. Cannon Alicia Schuster-Weltner on July 12;
Rev. Chris Hannum on July 19

Parishioners provide special music at worship:
Oak M. on July 19; Paul Anderson on July 12
Friendly faces in July...


Do you know about these ministries?

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:

  • July 27 – August 2: Human and Financial Resources Ministry Team – This week we celebrate the life and work of the Human and Financial Resources Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To develop financial and human resources to respond to God’s call.” For information on how to get involved please contact convener Steve Pyburn, 404.493.4492, stephen.pyburnturner.com.
     
  • August 3-9: Invitation & Fellowship Ministry Team – This week we celebrate the life and work of the Invitation & Fellowship Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To invite each person to share in the blessings of St. Catherine’s through fellowship events.” For information on how to get involved please contact the conveners — Invitation Ministry: Ann Snead 678.795.9508, ann.sneadearthlink.net and Susan Heuke 22sghcomcast.net, or Fellowship Ministry: Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com, 404-375-8327 and Shirley Childs 770.977.5275, sechildsbellsouth.net.


Letters

Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Cam and Marti Graham, in thanksgiving for our Family and the caring Parishioners of St. Catherine's
  • Al and Sue Jones
  • Jane Smith
  • Peter and Swiss Britt

IN THE COMMUNITY

Summer Singers concert August 2: A Musical Bucket List

The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers will present “Essential Choral Classics: A Musical Bucket List” on Sunday, August 2, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, Georgia. The program will feature the160 voices of the 11th annual MOS Summer Singers in well-known and best-loved choral music from celebrated composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and more. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets online please visit www.mosingers.com/tickets/.

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Sports in the summer heat
    Does your sport require a lot of time outdoors? Take the right steps to stay safe when exercising in the summer heat. Schedule outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or in the evening. Wear lightweight, light-colored fabrics. Start slowly and allow your body to adjust to the warmer temperatures. Hydrate before, during, and after physical activity. Be aware of the signs of dehydration and heat-related illness. If you feel faint or weak, stop all activity and get to a cool environment. For more information on staying safe during hot weather, visit www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     
     
  • Summer snacks
    As the temperature rises, what sounds better than something cool, crunchy, and sweet? Frozen grapes are a great way to enjoy this nutrient-packed fruit. Just rinse, pat dry, put into a plastic bag, freeze overnight, and enjoy! Other refreshing summer snacks include sliced watermelon and any berries in season. Take advantage of this time of year’s seasonal bounty and fuel your body with delicious summer snacks. Source: HealthFitness Registered Dietitian

Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or 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: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Zach Hurley.

OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.

BIRTHS: Anslee Elizabeth Slocum, daughter of Ben & Hannah Slocum, grandparents are Bill & Beth Lee.

DECEASED: Skip Wells, Sprayberry High School graduate

BEFORE SURGERY: Alan Certain

SICK: Libby Taylor, Mindi Keller, Kelly Donoghue, Maureen Donoghue, Mary Lane Hays, Joe Sanders, Lavonne Sanders, Rachel Childs, Marion Cook, Mit FitzSimons, Bella Hutto, Evan Butler, Elaine Welk, Anita Gardner.

ANNIVERSARIES: (7/27) Michael & Rebecca DeVault (8/6) John & Laura Christian; (8/8) Rod & Nadine Pope; Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Chase & Lindsey Paris.

BIRTHDAYS: (7/26) Susan Johnson, Jan Potter, Josh Kraeger, Susanne Muckerman, (7/28) Corry Sandlin, (7/30) Cathy Larsh, (7/31) Scott Lummus, Maureen Donoghue, James David, Shirley Day, (8/1) Rujeania Woods, Mary Alice Barrington, (8/3) Elisabeth Walton, (8/5) Lu Dumke, (8/7) Bruce Perry, Ann Davis

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(7/26) Greg & Margaret Caudle; Alan & Nancy Certain; Mark & Shirley Childs; Donald & Anne Clark, Kris, Lisa & Ethan Cook.
(8/2) Marion Cook, Amanda Jones & Marshall Jones; Ron & Arlyn Cook; Sybil Coote; Barbara Cordery; Mary, Robert, Colin & Becca Dailey.

TRANSFERRED IN: Paul & Jackie Anderson from Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens, GA; John, Kelly & Kathleen Iacobelli from St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta, GA; Brian Jory from St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Canton, GA; Chuck & Linda Shrake from St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta, GA

TRANSFERRED OUT: Deborah Guy to St. Clement's Episcopal, Canton, GA; Jenny Korwan to St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Durham, NC; Sarah Jordan Clark to St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, GA

PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Catherine’s, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.

HELP US HELP YOU

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 contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, November 1 (All Saints)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.

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.

Saturday, 7/25 Saturday, 8/1

 

 

9:00AM
10:00AM
6:00PM

Jubilate
Acolyte Training/Review
BBQ & Movie Night
Sunday, 7/26 Sunday, 8/2

8:00AM
9:00AM
9:20AM
10:30AM
12:30PM

Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Contrasts in Belief
Holy Eucharist
God & Life Program

 
8:00AM
 
9:00AM
9:00AM
10:30AM
 
12:30PM
4:00PM

Fr. Taylor's First Sunday
Holy Eucharist
  / College Sendoff
Breakfast
Ministry Fair Planning
Holy Eucharist
  / College Sendoff
God & Life Program
Youth @ St. Patrick's

Monday, 7/27 Monday, 8/3
7:00PM

Youth Ministry

6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Stephen Ministry
Memorial Garden Group
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 7/28 Tuesday, 8/4

9:30 AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
6:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
MUST Dinner Team
MUST Laundry Team
Christian Formation
Inivitation Ministry

9:30AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 7/29 Wednesday, 8/5
6:00PM
6:30PM

MUST Laundry Team
Youth WNL

 

 

Thursday, 7/30 Thursday, 8/6
9:00AM
Art Camp
 
Friday, 7/31 Friday, 8/7
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Women's Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

 
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Women's Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Saturday, August 8 – Day of Service activities
  • Sunday, August 9 – Homecoming Potluck Lunch, 12 pm
  • Tuesday, August 11 – Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting, 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 15 – Cats On Wheels day trip; Newcomer Ice Cream Social
  • Sunday, August 16 – Christian Formation open house 9 am; Stephen Ministry “Come & See”12 pm
  • Sunday, August 23 – One service ONLY at 9 am, Ministry Fair 10:30 am, Parish Picnic 12 pm
  • Tuesday, August 25 – Blood Drive 3-7 pm; Men's Night Out at Craft Beer Factory/The Wing, 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, August 30 – Music Sunday
  • September 4-7 – Parish Retreat (Labor Day weekend)
  • Sunday, September 13 – Fall worship schedule and Church School begin

YOUTH NEWS

Youth Calendar online

 

Youth WNL Wednesday, July 29: meet Sally!

RSVP by Monday, July 26 -- Come and get to know our new Youth Director, Sally Paris! Join us 7-9 pm in the Youth House. We will have a cookout, games and music. All rising 6th thru 12th grades are invited and encouraged to attend! For questions and to RSVP please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com or 770-841-1356 (after 4 pm).

 

Sunday, July 26 - God & Life program begins for high school ladies

Dear St. Cats High School Ladies,

You're invited to participate in a God and Life Bible study/service group to be held at St. Catherine's and led by Jeanette Dini and Dorothea Westin. This is a National Religious Awards Program recognized by the Episcopal Church, Girl Scouts and various Honor Societies. We will meet on Sunday afternoons following the 10:30 service in the Youth House beginning July 26 through August 23. The cost is $25, which includes your study materials and our final celebration dinner. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Jeanette at dinirobertsgmail.com.

 

Diocesan Youth Day Retreat - RSVP by July 29

Saturday, August 29 at All Saint’s Atlanta, 10 am – 5pm

Youth from around the diocese will all gather together in Atlanta on this day. The focus of the retreat will center around hunger and what it means to be called to serve those in need and to reach our hands out into our communities. Join us for a day of worship, fellowship, service, programming for young adults, and even special programming for Youth Workers! All rising 6th thru 12th graders and college-age young adults are encouraged to attend. The cost is a $5 donation (scholarships available) that will cover lunch and a shirt. If you are interested in going please RSVP by July 29 to Sally, sallystcatherines.org, so that we can order shirts and plan for transportation.

 

Youth event at St. Patrick’s

Sunday, August 2

We have been invited by St. Columba’s to join them and St. Patrick’s for a fun youth event at St. Patrick’s. We will play games and enjoy fellowship and food together and end with a youth-lead Eucharist. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sally, sallystcatherines.org, so that we will have transportation for everybody. We will meet at St. Cat’s at 3:15 to leave together for the event, 4-8 pm.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 7
  • August 21
  • September 2

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our 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, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family 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 note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, 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 at www.stcatherines.org

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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