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August 22 - September 4, 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Ministry Fair
Divorce workshop
Blood drive
Men's Night Out
Great Oak Fund grants
Eucharistic Visitors
MOPS
Join Choir
Fall Schedule
Church School & studies
Children
Youth
Adults
Wed. programs
Prayer beads group
EFM

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Family Promise
Habitat dedication
Fashion Show
MUST breakfast
School supplies
Reality U
Undies Sunday
Day of Service

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Finance report
Scheduling announcements
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Cathedral Book Store
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Diocesan youth retreat
Parents meeting
Chair donations
Walk The Road
New Beginnings
Sign up for texts

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CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

8/23 – One service ONLY 9 am;
Ministry Fair;
Parish picnic;
J2A Leader training

8/25 – Church office closed;
Blood Drive;
Men’s Night Out;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

8/26 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

8/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

8/29 – LEV Training;
Diocesan Youth @All Saints;
Family Promise concert @ Unity North

8/30 – Fashion Show;
Habitat House Dedication

9/2 – MOPS meeting

9/4-7 – Parish Retreat

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The Peace: “Fellowship” or “Companionship”?

By Father Dean

When you share the Peace, and take the other person’s hand or give them a hug, and say, “Peace be with you,” I want to invite you to think about it in perhaps a different way.

What if you were to think of those words as really meaning, “I am praying that God’s Peace be with you”? Thinking about it in this way, the Peace becomes not so much a moment of “fellowship,” but rather a prayer—a prayer, if you will, for the “companionship” that will follow. (The root word “pan,” from “Panis” in Latin found in the middle of the word “companionship,” means “bread,” and suggests that we “break bread” or “com-pan-ion with” one another on our journey to the Kingdom.)

In our liturgy, we prepare for the liturgical “breaking of the bread” with one another by praying God’s Peace on one another. Holy Companionship leads to Fellowship, and Fellowship is of course one of the fruits of a warm, caring community of Christ. However, in our liturgy, the Peace is not a time of fellowship. That happens after the service!

Please know this as well: research has shown that, after only 30 seconds of a parish’s exchange of the Peace—only 30 seconds!—newcomers begin to feel “left out.” Why? Because they see “fellowship” happening around them, and they are not a part of it.

You can tell when you are drifting into “fellowship” during the peace when you begin to visit, or “catch up” with your friends: “How are you?” How was your weekend?” “How was your operation?” etc. These are important elements of Fellowship, but they do not belong in the Prayer time—the “companionship” time—of the Peace.

So I invite you to think of the Peace in this way, as Prayer, and let’s reflect together on how your experience of worship is affected. Peace be with you!


Ministry Fair 2015: Stepping Forward in FaithFULL Ministry

Sunday, August 23 - One worship service ONLY at 9:00 am

  • 8:00 am- Meet & Greet with Father Dean - In the Parish Hall... Continental breakfast will be available. All are invited!
     
  • 9:00 am - ONE Worship Service only today! Join us in worship and be in community with this wonderful congregation. Banners of all our many ministries will join the opening procession. The sermon this day will be on "Why do I serve?" with Fr. Dean, Volunteer Coordinator Pat Pepper and others.
     
  • 10:30 am -12:00 pm - Your choice of workshops in three sessions featuring many of the St. Cat's ministries (nursery available for children age 7 and under) -- You can join Fellowship for a wine tasting, learn how you can serve through our many Outreach ministries, be informed about how you can be a part of the upkeep of our Facilities, Grounds, and Technology ministry, learn about "The City" communications tool, and details about how we are good stewards of our money and people!
     
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch provided for everyone (no RSVP, no charge) -- our way of saying Thank You to everyone serving and sharing all our many talents and gifts.

 

Stepping Forward in Faith-Full Ministry

by Volunteer Coordinator Pat Pepper

If you had to summarize your life in six words, what would they be? Do me a favor—take 5 minutes to stop, get a pen and write down six words that would summarize your life. Are you happy with what you see on that paper? Are you happy with the pattern of your days?

The challenge in this exercise is to focus on what matters most. Each day, do we miss a divine opportunity that God has set before us? Are we saying “yes” when we are invited to partner with God? That divine possibility comes to all of us, it is an open door. The image of the open door is a symbol of boundless opportunity. The open door is provided by God, to act with God and for God. God's primary will for each of us is that we become a magnificent person in His/Her image.

This coming Sunday during the Ministry Fair many doors will be there for us to open and all we have to do is step forward and open that door and become engaged, engaged in faithful ministry. If you take that first step I can almost guarantee that in six months if I ask you to write down six words to summarize your life those words will be much different.

I am here to help connect you, contact me at volunteerstcatherines.org, 770-971-1269.


Workshop: “Caring for Those Experiencing Divorce”

Saturday, August 22, 9 am - noon

Everyone is invited to attend a workshop on “Caring For Those Experiencing Divorce,” presented to you by St. Catherine's Stephen Ministry. Please join us from 9 am to 12 pm in the Parish Hall. We will explore how divorce affects children and families, how to provide spiritual care for divorcing people and learn about the different stages people may go through. We are pleased to have a panel discussion which will include members of our congregation and a visiting local family law attorney. A light breakfast will be provided. No RSVP needed.


Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 25

YOU can make a critical difference this summer! The Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the most needed blood types. Donations have fallen to critically low levels and patients needing O negative, B negative and A negative blood could go without the lifesaving support they need. You are needed to help prevent an emergency shortage. 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

Space is limited, RSVP!

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.


Apply for grants from Great Oak Endowment Fund         

Proposals due by Sunday, August 30

The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas: capital needs of the parish; outreach ministries and grants; or initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects.

For 2015, $1,500 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for this cycle is Sunday, August 30, 2015.

For complete details of requirements, please pick up a copy of the RFP (Request For Proposal) document at church or download one now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/GreatOakFundRFP_2015.pdf. For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Tom Blackstock or Junior Warden Daniel Mikkelsen or email Vestrystcatherines.org.


Interested in becoming a Eucharistic Visitor?

Training Saturday, August 29

One of the lay pastoral ministries of the church is taking the consecrated sacraments of the Holy Eucharist to our members who are confined to hospital or their homes. Eucharistic Visitors extend the altar into the home of the person they visit, so not only do members receive Holy Communion, they are also included in the worship and community of St. Catherine’s as a whole. Eucharistic Visitors are specially licensed by the diocese to perform this ministry. They receive Eucharistic Visitors training (held at St. Catherine’s) and complete the diocesan "Safeguarding God’s People" training.

We are planning a training on Saturday, August 29, 9-11 am, to allow more of our parish members to serve in this fundamental and rewarding ministry. If you are interested in becoming licensed as a Eucharistic Visitor, please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan at ammasusanstcatherines.org.


Mothers of Pre Schoolers (MOPS) begins September 2

By Julie Fulcher

MOPS is 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. 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 is 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!


Join choir – You are invited!

This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out. Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions! The rehearsals will begin soon (see details below) so start planning now:

  • Choristers of St. Catherine's - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning September 2, 6:15 – 7 pm — Choristers of St. Catherine's is our choir for guys and girls in grades three through twelve. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am family service for all but one Sunday per month -- for the rest of this year we do not sing on the last Sunday; in 2016 we will not sing on the first Sunday. We also sing at the family Christmas Eve service. Being an acolyte or participating in Youth WNL will not conflict. For information please contact director Dr. Jana Williams, janastcatherines.org, 678.461.9656.
     
  • Chancel Choir - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning September 2, 7:15-8:30 pm — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily, and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. We rehearse September through May on Wednesdays, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead the 11:15 am service. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information please contact director Dr. Brian Williams at brianwstcatherines.org, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.
     
  • Jubilate - Rehearsal Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am — For instruments and singers! This group leads contemporary worship music at the 8:45 am family service once per month: for the rest of this year we sing on the last Sunday; in 2016 we will sing on the first Sunday. In addition we sing at occasional special services including Blessing of the Animals (October) and Easter sunrise service, plus the Family Promise Concert. Our musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this ensemble. For information please contact Susie Davis, sdavis5226gmail.com, Jason Gardiner, jasonnullzero.net, Michael Moran, mikemnmoran.org.
    Jubilate sound technicians and crew are also needed, a great opportunity for adults or youth — training is provided, contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945, billiveybellsouth.net.


Worship and activity schedules changes coming soon

Mark your calendar now:

  • Sunday, August 23 - ONE SERVICE ONLY at 9:00 am, followed by Ministry Fair 10:30 pm -12 pm and lunch at noon.
  • Sundays, August 30 and September 6 - Summer worship times schedule continues: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Sunday, September 13 - Worship times change to fall schedule & Church School begins:
    - 7:30 am - Holy Eucharist
    - 8:00 am – Breakfast
    - 8:45 am - Family Holy Eucharist
    - 10:00 am - Church School for all ages
    - 11:15 am - Choral Holy Eucharist
  • Wednesday, October 7 - Wednesday evening dinner & programs begin for all ages


Church School and study opportunities for fall

Church School begins Sunday, September 13

Church School begins for all ages at 10-11 am on Sunday, September 13. A map will be included in your bulletin this day for the location of all classes.

CHILDREN

Nursery for infants through age 4 – Nursery care is available for infants through age four. The nursery area is located downstairs in the Education building and is open at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings. It remains open through the 11:15 AM service. Nursery care is provided by paid, experienced childcare workers. On occasion, additional assistance is needed and anyone interested in providing help is welcome. Coordinator: Rosemary Wolfe.

Children’s Chapel – This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a “child friendly” setting. The children leave the 8:45 am Sunday Service during the Sequence Hymn and return at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually from three to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to assist with this group each Sunday, a schedule is provided once volunteers are identified. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest members of our Community in Christ. Coordinator: Mary Lou Shannonhouse.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 2 through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work. Leadership Team: Alison Harris, Ana Martin, Karen Maxwell.

  • Young Lambs – 2 to 3 years old. The children will hear the Good Shepherd parable, learn about the Eucharist, work with Infancy Narratives, and enjoy Kingdom parables. The Young Lambs formation is based on the most essential elements of Level I formation with the addition of handwork that hones concentration, encourages contemplative silence, and prepares the child for prayer.
  • Level I Atrium – 3 years old through Kindergarten. Children on their journey of faith get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Eucharist work, and as they work with the liturgy materials. The credo of this child is "help me do it myself." Children select their own work and are given the time and space to work independently and without interruption.
  • Level II Atrium – 1st through 3rd Grades. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations of moments from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork with the materials and utilizing their developing skills in reading and writing.
  • Level III Atrium – 4th through 5th Grades. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan to be realized. This leads to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick.

 

YOUTH

St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2015-2016 for grades six through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood. Facilitator: Sally Paris, Director of Youth Ministries.

  • Rite-13 (6th and 7th Grades) – The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.
  • J2A (8th and 9th Grades) – Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program It blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.
  • YA (10th and 11th Grades) – Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class also focuses on serving as leaders within the Youth Program and the broader congregation.
  • Senior Class (12th Grade) — The Seniors meet on Sunday mornings to reflect on where they’ve been and where they are going, to implement the leadership skills they’ve developed, to define and affirm their faith.

 

ADULTS

Church School offerings - Six topics to choose from this fall:

  • Be Still and Know: A Course on Meditation - Come and learn why meditation is important in our current world, hear about the history of meditation through the ages, and discuss and practice various techniques. This can be an introduction course about meditation, or a springboard to future learning about it. In addition to discussing various methods (breath, mantra, body scan, labyrinth and more) we will practice the techniques at each class. Facilitators: Hale Sanders and Pierce Hale.
  • An Intentional Life - A series of thoughtful conversations about the person you want to be, the life you want to live and the impact you want to have on your community. It's about having a deep life—not just a good life. Facilitator: Rebeccah Devault.
  • The Lectionary - This class on the Lectionary studies and discusses the Bible readings in the service each Sunday. We take an in-depth look through facilitated discussion at the passages themselves as well as issues and concepts they raise. Doing so often makes the service that day more meaningful and gives us a deeper understanding of God's Word. We hope you’ll join us. Facilitator: Randy Satterfield.
  • Take It As Gospel: Men’s Study Group - Every Sunday a Gospel scripture is read in our services. We follow the Lectionary, used by Episcopal churches worldwide. This men’s class will open up this scripture and allow sharing and discussion. Each week we will delve more deeply into what it says to us. We use a three-part study system and read various translations. This class is for beginners through scholars. No preparation needed. We welcome you to hear the Word of God with us. Facilitator: Al Maxwell.
  • Seeing the Voice: Witnessing the Word - In Exodus 20, the people of God have received His Law. They "see" the thunder and the noise of the trumpet; the Lord says, "You have seen that I have talked." Commentators have probed this mystery of "seeing" sound for millennia. The consensus: we learn best seeing the Word in action. In our class we will look at the lives of some People of God: the great and not so great, the well-known, the nearly forgotten, the nameless; people from Scripture and history, around the world and around the corner, hoping that through their lives we might see the Voice of God. Facilitator: Ginny Acocella.
  • Why and What: A Roving Look at the Episcopal Church and St. Catherine’s - Have you wondered why the baptismal font is in the back of our church? What does the Vestry do? Why are there no ends on our pews? How can I discover a ministry at St. Catherine’s that calls to me and get connected to it? Did you know there is rock right here from St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai? If you’ve ever wondered about such questions and more, this class is for you. Let’s go a bit deeper to educate ourselves about the Episcopal Church in general and St. Catherine’s in particular. We will meet in varying locations in/outside the building and ask what these places have to say to us. Look forward to stimulating questions and discussions. Facilitators: The Rev. Susan Johnson and Pat Pepper.

Bible Study Groups:

  • Weekday Bible Study, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — Everyone is invited to join us for lively discussion and probing questions as we ask “how does the there and then of this Scripture impact my life in the here and now?” Coffee provided. No prerequisites or text required, just bring your Bible, any translation.
    Facilitator: Bill Selby.
  • Women’s Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 10-11:15 AM — Join us as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays beginning September 14, 7-8:30 PM — Our content focuses on discussions that lead us to support one another while deepening our relationship with God. We have lively discussion and dinner together. We welcome you to join us at any point in the study. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study,Thursdays beginning Sept. 10, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible translations are encouraged. We will use the book Revelation: Four Views, A Parallel Commentary edited by Steve Gregg. Book purchase is optional, available through a variety of online sources including www.thomasnelson.com/revelation-four-views and www.amazon.com. It talks about the meaning of the Millennium. The views are HISTORICIST (the prophecies have been fulfilled throughout history and are still being fulfilled today), PRETERIST (most prophecies were fulfilled during the time of the Roman empire), FUTURIST (most prophesies are yet to be fulfilled), and SPIRITUAL (or Symbolic, or Idealist) (most prophecies portray ongoing cosmic conflict of spiritual realities and may have many fulfillments throughout history). It's going to be strange and hopeful. We will continue with this study through December 10. Winter and spring 2016 topics announced soon. All men are invited. Facilitator: Tom Snead.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays beginning Sept. 11, 6:30-7:30 AM — This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible translations are encouraged. The syllabus is Cokesbury’s Journey Through the Bible, and a chapter in the study book is read before each session. We are having a great time and during our last session we Skyped Wayne Gammon into our session after they moved to Charlottesville, Virginia the previous week. We next study the Epistles of Romans through Philippians through December 11. Winter sessions will cover Colossians through Jude and spring will cover Revelation. All men are invited. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.
    --> Contact Tom Snead by Monday, August 31 to order this class's study book in time to read the first chapter before the first session, email tom.sneadearthlink.net. Cost is $13 plus tax and shipping.

Book Study Groups:

  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:15-11:00 AM —All women of St. Catherine’s are invited to join us. We’ll read some inspirational, thought-provoking books and share our thoughts as we look for the sacred in our everyday lives. Facilitator: Barb Selby.
  • Men's Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 8:30 pm —This study is for men to gather over a potluck-style supper and study a variety of books selected by the group. We meet each month at the home of one of our members to explore the interaction between our faith, our soul, and our work. The meal and fellowship time is followed by study, reflection, and prayer. All are invited (no requirement to host a meeting). Facilitator: Scott Lummus.

 

Wednesday Evening Dinner and Programs — For everyone!

Our Wednesday nights have wonderful things in store this year! Join us weekly beginning Octobery 7 to deepen our walk in Christ. We’ll have food, fellowship and learning for children, youth and adults. In addition to programs for all ages, Choristers of St. Catherine’s (kids and youth grades 3-12) will have rehearsals 6:15-7:00 pm and Chancel Choir (adults) 7:15-8:45 pm.

  • For children: Wednesday Night Explorers — Do you have a child between 3rd and 5th grade? Do you have Wednesday nights open during the school year? If so, please consider Wednesday Night Explorers! We meet directly after the children's choir practice during regular youth group and adult Wednesday night programming each week. Our topics have ranged from prayer to anger to heaven to forgiveness to how to best advertise and underwear collection at the church.... and beyond. We are contemplative and fun and whimsical and love to use markers and crayons. At times we are loud. At times we are serious. At all times, we are curious and open to hearing God's word. Would your 3rd-5th grader like to join us? Please reach out to Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) if you have any questions or interest!
  • For Youth: Grades 7-12 in the Youth House — Wednesday Night Live fellowship includes music, discussion and fun, with an emphasis on relevance for all J2A age groups.
  • For Adults: “TV Gospel: From Andy Griffith to Modern Family”
    Over the years the great classic TV sitcoms have made us laugh, and made us think as well. What does Andy Griffith’s trust in Opie teach us about faith? What does Raymond’s impromptu funeral for a hamster teach us about death and grief? What does Kramer’s outrageous honesty suggest about “speaking the truth in love”? Join your friends each week as we watch a 20-minute episode (without commercials!) from such classics as Seinfeld, Modern Family, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, and even The Simpsons, then discuss life issues that arise and, always, the “Good News” that is at the heart of all great comedy.
    Facilitator: The Rev. Dean Taylor.


New group this fall - "Inviting God's Presence: Praying with Prayer Beads"

Sundays beginning Sept. 13, 1:00-2:00 pm

By Althea Dillard

Several years ago I felt the need to look for ways of rekindling my faith. Inexplicably drawn to the Catholic rosary, I discovered stories of non-Catholics who practiced this prayer practice. Like myself many users stated similar reasons for choosing to practice the rosary -- a centered focus, calming/relaxed state after prayer conclusion but, most importantly a resounding response of feeling closer to God. The ability to focus our prayers in order to deepen our relationship with God the father, Jesus Christ the son and the Holy Spirit.

The Anglican rosary is young in comparison to its predecessors but no less impacting on those who pray with them. Praying with the rosary is another form of contemplative prayer. it is not a substitute for other forms of prayer but an enhancement. The methodical recitation of prayer over time for some helps to block out the normal annoying, distractive thoughts that can occur while praying. These intrusions inhibit our concentration on inviting God's presence. Please come and join with me this fall as I navigate through the history of prayer beads, help attendees make their own Anglican rosaries, and learn how to use them. Hope to see you there.


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.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

“One Family, One Promise, One Song” concert 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. Tickets are on sale at St. Catherine's this Sunday, available online at www.familypromisecobbcounty.org/upcoming-event/ or at the door.

“Good Shepherd” notecards available to benefit FPCC

Parishioner Richard Pearson's painting of "The Good Shepherd" (on display in the Catechesis wing) is now available on notecards. The price is $5 for 6 notecards with envelopes. All profits will be donated to Family Promise of Cobb County. They are available on Sundays at church between services or by emailing your order to elerichbellsouth.net.

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


Habitat House Dedication Ceremony

Sunday, August 30 at 2:00 pm

Everyone is invited to celebrate the completion of the Habitat House we have helped build this year for the Ayele family as part of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition. The Dedication Ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm at the new home site, located on Fair Oaks Avenue (off Austell Road, near Atlanta Road). Please note that parking is not available at the build site, park in the lot directly across the street. For questions please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 770-951-1411.


"Fall into Fashion" Benefit Luncheon

Sunday, August 30, 1-3 pm

By Lee Ann Sherry

Join us on Sunday, August 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Parish Hall for a mother / daughter Fashion Show, Ladies Luncheon and Silent Auction to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults. Fall fashions from Dress Barn and Gymboree will be modeled by many of our own St. Catherine's ladies and "young" ladies! Bring your moms, daughters, grandmothers, aunts & special friends. All ages are welcome! All proceeds benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults, a shelter for homeless teens.

Tickets are $15, reservations are recommended. Please contact Lee Ann Sherry at 770-815-5299, or leeannsherrybellsouth.net for tickets or additional information.


MUST Breakfast Team volunteers wanted

Fourth Wednesday year-round: choose your month

Teams of three to four volunteers make breakfast each month on the fourth Wednesday for the guests at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway. If you would like to choose a date to participate in this rewarding ministry, you will arrive at the Inn at 5:30 am, cook breakfast, serve at 6:30 am and then leave. No clean-up is required, just please wear closed-toed shoes. The next open dates are September 23, November 25 and December 23. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or for information contact Audrey Nesbit, audrey.nesbitbirch.com.

Further opportunities for service at Elizabeth Inn include: Dinner Team prepares and serves dinner on the 28th of every month, contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 770-951-1411 and Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609; Laundry Team helps with the men’s laundry on the 4th Tuesday and 5th Wednesday every month, contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com or 404.731.4466.


School supplies collection for high school level

Now through September 30

We are hosting a school supplies drive now through the end of September to benefit high school students working with Communities in Schools. The items most needed are

  • 3 ring binders
  • college ruled paper
  • composition notebooks
  • backpacks

This is a perfect time to take advantage of those back-toschool sales going on now! Please place donated items at the Outreach collections area (across from the Parlor) in the bin marked "Communities in Schools School Supplies." Contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com with questions.


Reality U at Sprayberry September 8

Reality U is a fun one-day event in financial literacy for Cobb 8th-9th graders sponsored by Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC). Reality U helps students understand some of the realities involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood. Students are provided an adult scenario of their chosen career, complete with marital status, number of children, occupation, and net monthly income. Students visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communication services, child care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. Adult volunteers are needed, no experience or special skills are necessary, training is provided at the event.

Help is needed at the next date at Sprayberry High School on Tuesday, September 8, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. To sign up or for more information contact CISMCC Volunteer Coordinator Patty Yohn at 678-503-090, pyohncismcc.org. You can find more about Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County at marietta.communitiesinschools.org.


Undies Sunday approaches the 1,000 item mark!

By Harriett Pyburn

This past spring, the Outreach committee made a decision to work towards establishing a relationship with our local schools to see how we could provide support for our closest neighbors in need. Molly Khan is currently our liaison with the social worker servicing Wheeler, East Cobb Middle, and Sedalia Park Elementary.

This July, Janet Livingston organized for us a second Undies Sunday at St. Catherine's. This time, we collected new socks and underwear for children at these local schools: Sedalia Park Elementary, East Cobb Middle School, Wheeler High School as well as Fair Oaks Elementary. Despite everyone's summer vacation schedules, St. Catherine's responded in a HUGE way. We collected 239 pairs of underwear for boys and young men and 383 pairs of underwear for girls and young ladies. In addition, we collected 201 pairs of new socks as well as many new undershirts and bras.

At the same time, we began asking for "Cool Clothes for Kids" to stock a complete clothing closet for these schools. This will be an ongoing collection—as your kids' closets are being cleaned out, please bring these items to Youth Director Sally Paris' office or a marked collection bin at the Outreach table by the Parlor. We currently have over 100 clothing items (both uniform and just plain cool) and are excited to get started with distributions.

East Cobb Middle and Wheeler are being serviced by a new social worker this year. She is currently assessing the need at her schools and then we will begin distributions. Thanks to everyone for the 977 items donated at this point. Your generosity and style are amazing and greatly appreciated. We look forward to sharing more information about this new clothes closet shortly!


Day of Service at The Garden

By Harriett Pyburn

This fall's outreach day of service took place on Saturday, August 8 at The Garden. The Garden is one of the ministries of the non-profit Seven Bridges to Recovery (www.7bridgestorecovery.org). The Garden is a shelter for homeless women and children, including boys ages 11 and under, that is spiritually-based (mandatory Bible study happens three times a day).

We were charged with providing a fun activity for the women at the shelter for a Saturday morning when many of the children would be in a dance class. Tami Mace came to the rescue and agreed to lead a jewelry making workshop for everyone. Armed with great helpers (Noelle Mace, Carley and Lauren Barber, Ellen and Alison Adams, Melissa Hill, Harriett Pyburn, Janet Livingston and Eleanore Pearson), Tami brought a huge supply of equipment ready for every woman to get to design and create an original necklace.

Our day started with a group prayer led by men who would be working in their street ministry later that day. We worked in a busy dining hall (sandwiches were being prepared for street ministry that afternoon and donations were also being sorted for use). At 10:00, we had one lady excited and ready to go. After walking around the dormitory and the kids' play area outside, more women started trickling in. By the time we were rolling, about 15 women (and a few children too!) came and participated. One lady made a beautiful crystal necklace for a wedding gift for a Garden employee's fiancé. Another commented that she had no idea that she had it in her to make something so beautiful. One woman had extensive jewelry-making experience, while many were trying this for the first time.

Our volunteers helped with color selection, tracked down matching beads, held babies while the women worked, visited with children, listened to the ladies talk about their design process, and even kept the young ones from putting beads in their mouths!! All the while, Tami was answering questions from everyone and finishing the ends of completed necklaces. We worked right up until the moment of mid-day Bible study and then Tami still finished a few more necklaces in the hallways so the women would have their completed product before she left.

All in all, it was a busy and extremely rewarding day. Thanks to everyone that helped, and please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions about The Garden or just want to hear more!

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Financial update

By Rebeccah Devault

Please see this chart for a summary of our January – July 2015 financials.

Click chart to enlarge

  • Pledge revenue has fallen 3% behind budget. While this “summer slump” is not unexpected with all of the travel & other activities that occur during this time of year; please remember that our budget is based upon all pledge commitments being fulfilled.
  • Human Resources expenses will continue to run under-budget for the rest of the year due to staffing changes.
  • Building Maintenance expenses YTD include the water main replacement and Admin Wing roof replacement from Q1, as well as the recent replacement of the air conditioner in the sacristy ($4,375) and funding for the Parish Hall carpet replacement ($9,870)
  • The Finance and Buildings & Grounds Committees continue to work together to develop a 3–5 year plan for utilization of the Strategic Reserves for planned replacement & repair of our facilities. The building is aging and we need to be proactive in our planning to avoid any additional potentially catastrophic events (such as the water line break).

If you have any questions about these numbers, please contact St. Catherine's Treasurer, Rebeccah Devault at rebeccahdevaultgmail.com.


Scheduling in-person announcements at Sunday services

Everyone is reminded of our policy regarding announcements during worship on Sunday. Announcements are carefully scheduled for this time during the service. If you wish to personally speak about a parish activity please be sure to make this request to the church office during regular office hours, by 12 noon on Fridays at the latest. Also note that table displays and sales in the foyer must be scheduled with the office as well. Please contact Becky Adams or Rose Wolfe in the church office, 770-971-2839 or by email.


Seen around St. Cat's

Young Families Service Project & Pool Party

Young Families Ministry met on August 8 for a service project of cleanup of the church's labyrinth. Great job by everyone! Then all headed over to the Fulchers' neighborhood pool for lunch and cooling off in an end of summer pool party.

Christian Formation Sunday on August 16

A wonderful session on August 16 as we learned about the wide variety of ministries under the umbrella of Christian Formation. We learned about caring for and serving at the altar, making music, stories of the Good Shepherd, Youth and fun, and experience worship through body prayer. We considered what it means to be formed as a Christian, as individuals and as a body. Photos by Bill Ivey, see more full-size in the album at Friendly Faces - Summer 2015.


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:

  • August 23-30: Adult Education Committee – St. Catherine’s offers many opportunities for adult Christian formation, including Church School, Bible study groups, Wednesday Night Live, EFM and much more. Trained volunteers and our clergy lead the programs. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Michael Paris, 770.509.0161, mparis2hotmail.com or Amma Susan, 770.971.2839, ammasusanstcatherines.org.
     
  • August 31-September 6: Garden Keepers This week we celebrate the life and work of Garden Keepers. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with planting and maintaining flowers and shrubs around the church grounds. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Beverly Fambrough, 770.993.5444, beverly618mindspring.com.


Letters

Dear St. Cat’s,

Thank you so much for the gift card [St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship]! It is going to help make college a little bit less-expensive, and that means so much to me!! I love St. Cat’s and will miss everyone very much! St. Cat’s has made me the person I am, today, thank you for everything you’ve done!

Love,
Lauren Barber

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

  • Peter and Swiss Britt, in thanksgiving for St. Catherine’s

IN THE COMMUNITY

Events at the Cathedral Book Store

  • New Community Reading Group begins September 2 – The Cathedral Book Store announces a new community reading group which will meet monthly on first Wednesdays starting on September 2, 6:30-7:30 pm, to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. This is not a book club. This is a group for all who, like C.S. Lewis, read to know we are not alone. Let's talk about what we've read! All are welcome. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. For more information call Kerith at 404-237-7582 or email cbs3mindspring.com.
  • 9th Annual Jane Baird Lecture September 17 – featuring Stuart Higginbotham, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 17 at The Cathedral of St. Philip. Reverend Higginbotham will present Risky Bliss-ness: Toward the Practice of Christian Mindfulness. "Given the pressures and strains on parish communities, do we yearn for a space to explore the deeper resonances of our vocation and ministry?" Stop by the Atrium 6:00-7:00 pm for wine and light refreshments, and stay for a reception in the Book Store following the lecture. There is no charge for this event but please RSVP to the Cathedral Book Store at 404.237.7582 or cbs3mindspring.com.

The Cathedral Book Store is in the Cathedral of St. Philip located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Heart attack? Take action!
    Don't try to "tough out" what might be a heart attack by telling yourself that the symptoms will pass. Call 911 immediately! Every minute matters. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense but most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Some of the most common signs include chest discomfort (pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain); pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; nausea; sweating; or lightheadedness. Source: American Heart Association
     
     
  • Folic acid
    Folic acid is a B vitamin and everyone needs it. It’s especially important for women who can become pregnant. An adequate intake of folic acid before and during pregnancy (400 micrograms for most women; 400 to 800 micrograms if pregnant or able to get pregnant) helps prevent birth defects. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women who can become pregnant get their folic acid daily from folate-rich foods, fortified foods, supplements or a combination of these choices. Good food sources of folic acid include: leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, whole grains and beans. Fortified breads, cereals and other grain products also contain folic acid. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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.

DECEASED: Jean Simon-Hazzard

BEFORE SURGERY: Raymond Higgins, Austin

SICK: Raymond Higgins, Linda Smith, Jim Weigel, Lashaundra Walker & Kids, Jackie Heckel, Elizabeth Nelson, Susan Thompson, Carol Carpenter, Margaret White, Beth Pickles, Poula Thompson, Alan Certain, Nancy Burnaugh, Marion Cook, Bella Hutto, Susan Martin, Evan Butler, Elaine Welk, Anita Gardner, Ashley Culley, Greg Dini, Mit FitzSimons, Dean Donald

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/27) Chuck & Michelle Zimmerman; (8/31) David & Stephanie Yucius; (9/1) Tad & Alison Travis; (9/2) David & Mary Lou Shannonhouse; (9/5) Fred & Jennifer Massey; Charles & Tami Mace; Adam & Julie Stone.

BIRTHDAYS: (8/18) Caroline Greene; (8/23) Grady Hitchins, (8/24) Linda Minzenberger, (8/25) Jennifer Mitchell, David Sherry, Wyatt Pitts, James Sampson, (8/26) Seamus Fahy, (8/27) Ellen Adams, Karen Manno, Susie Davis, (8/28) Jeff Pierce, Deborah Weigel, (8/29) Harry Tear, (8/30) Chris Potter, Zoey Hutton, (9/2) Mark Moore, Pat Pepper, (9/3) John Brooks, John Owen, (9/5) Benjamin Frost.

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(8/23) Lou, Jeanette, & Emily Dini, Alex Roberts; Jim, Laurie, Matthew & Michael Dirksen; Tom, Maureen, Kelly & Erin Donoghue; Keith, Lu, & Mitch Dumke; Tad, Sarah, Allison & Coleman Dupuis.
(8/30) Erica Edwards; Troy, Joy ,Forest & Anna Ettel; Mark, Janice, Seamus & Treholm Fahy; Bill & Beverly Fambrough; Alan & Carol Fey.

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

To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

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, 8/22 Saturday, 8/29

 
9:00AM
9:00AM
9:00AM
2:00PM

Kitchen/Parish Hall Cleanup
Jubilate
Stephen Ministry Workshop
Vestry Day Retreat @Dicksons'
Ministry Fair Setup

9:00AM
10:00AM
7:00PM

LEV Training
Diocesan Youth Day @All Saints
One Family Concert @Unity North
Sunday, 8/23 Sunday, 8/30

8:00AM
 
9:00AM
10:30AM
12:00PM
1:00PM
3:30PM

Meet & Greet Fr. Dean
& Continental Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair
Parish Picnic
J2A Leader Training
God & Life Program

8:00AM
10:30AM
1:00PM
2:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Fashion Show
Habitat Dedication @ Site

Monday, 8/24 Monday, 8/31
7:00PM
7:30PM

Mentors
Boy Scouts

6:30PM
7:30PM

Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 8/25 Tuesday, 9/1


9:30AM
9:30AM
3:00PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Church Office Closed
Bible Study
Staff Planning Retreat
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team
Men's Night Out
Jubilate
Christian Formation

9:30AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
6:00PM
Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Adult Christian Ed
Wednesday, 8/26 Wednesday, 9/2
5:30AM

MUST Breakfast

 
9:30AM
6:15PM
7:15PM

Wheel Newsletter Deadline
MOPS
Choristers
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 8/27 Thursday, 9/3
 
12:00PM
4:30PM
Father Dean's day off
Interfaith Leaders
Girl Scout Recruiting
 

Father Dean's day off
Friday, 8/28 Friday, 9/4
 
10:00AM
6:00PM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Women's Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

   
4th-7th
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • September 4-7 – Parish Retreat (Labor Day weekend)
  • Sunday, September 13 – Fall worship schedule and Church School begin; Youth Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm
  • September 27 - October 4 – Family Promise hosting week
  • Saturday, October 3 - Blessing of the Animals, 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 7 - Wednesday evening dinner and programs begin

YOUTH NEWS

By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org

-> Youth Calendar online

 

Diocesan Youth day retreat: Filled to be Emptied

Saturday, August 29 at All Saints Atlanta

Youth from around the diocese will all gather at 10 am – 5pm 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). If you are interested in going please let me know so that we can plan for transportation. If you have not registered already, you may still attend, you are just not guaranteed a shirt.

 

Youth Parent Meeting

Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 pm

All youth are encouraged to attend with at least one parent/guardian. We will go over important information about the upcoming school year, complete necessary forms/sign-ups and answer any questions that you might have about the youth program.

 

Youth program requests donations for chairs

Due to the large increase in active youth in our St. Cat's EYC, we would like to purchase 25-50 camp-style chairs as a temporary, cost effective means of maximizing classroom space. If you would like to sponsor a donation of a chair or two, you can do so at $20 each. Please place donations in the offering plate or send to the church office, and be sure to designate for “Youth Seating”. Thank you!

 

Emmaus House "Walk the Road" September 27

An annual event hosted by Emmaus House. Come out on Sunday, September 27 to learn about the community of Peoplestown while doing some local service projects such as sorting food donations and packing meals. If you plan to attend please email Sally so she can get a head-count.

 

New Beginnings #34

New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth grades 6-9. The program consists of songs, skits, films, tapes, talks
(by youth and adults) and small group discussions. The weekend focuses on the subjects of Self, Friends, Siblings, Parents, School, God’s Love, Jesus and Prayer.
There is plenty of time for caring, creating and sharing. Participants will not only learn and grow, but will have a great time doing it!

New Beginnings 34 will be October 9-11 at Camp Mikell in north Georgia. Youth participants of the weekend do not have to be Episcopalians, but must come recommended through an Episcopal Church and have the backing of an adult sponsor that attends the weekend in full with the participant. Sally will be leading music this fall, so it will be a great weekend for youth to engage in a Diocesan activity with the security of a familiar face!

Information and registration for Team and for Participants is online at www.eycdioatl.org/new-beginnings.html

 

Sign up for St. Cat’s Youth text announcements

Just text your class code to 81010 -- see the image at right for the class codes (click to enlarge). Please note that the codes did not change from last year, but the classes did! You will ONLY receive text messages from the Director of Youth Ministries and can opt out at any time.

 

Do you have a design for the youth program?

We will be following the lead of the Diocese and will begin using “St. Cat's EYC” instead of Youth. EYC stand for Episcopal Youth Community and helps to set us apart as Episcopalians and united us with other churches in the Diocese. I would love to come up with a new logo this year and need your help to do that. If you have a logo idea please email it to Sally! Please include St. Catherine's (or Cat's) EYC in the design!!

 

Youth pics

Blessings on Sally, our Youth Director! (On August 9, photos by Bill Ivey).

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 4
  • September 18
  • October 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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