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I pulled something in my back recently and was confined to home for a couple of days because the muscle relaxants and pain killers made it unsafe for me to drive to work. I tried to work from home on my laptop. The short commute to work in robe and slippers was nice at first but the novelty soon wore off and I found the medication made me too drowsy to think clearly, so the quality of the work I attempted suffered. Thankfully, the rest and medicine and your prayers did their work and I am now on the mend.
I don’t think it was coincidence that this interruption of work happened this week as we observe the Labor Day holiday, in which we honor workers. I have been reminded by this of what a blessing it is to have the gift of good health and work to do that you enjoy. I invite you to join me this Labor Day weekend in giving thanks to God for the blessings of health and work. May we give thanks not only for the work we do each day to put food on the table and a roof over our head, but also give thanks for the work God calls us to do where we live and work each day. Our Lord once said, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers few, so ask the Lord to send laborers into his harvest.” There is no shortage of work, as evidenced by our celebration last Sunday of the Ministry Fair at St. Catherine’s. It was exciting to see the parade of banners representing all the ministry opportunities at St. Cats. Where else will you see a washing machine and a sheet cake in a ministry procession?
Those ministries don’t just happen. Their work is done by people like you and me. Their work is done by people who feel the tug on their heart to get involved. That gentle tug is the nudging of the Holy Spirit and maybe also the voice of a friend who invites them to join in. So pray with me that God sends workers into his harvest because people don’t come to know our loving Lord by accident. They don’t become Christians by osmosis. Someone has to go. Someone has to pray. Someone has to give. Someone has to serve. Someone has to work. The work is not confined to the walls of St. Catherine’s; it happens wherever we live and work each day, and what a blessing it is. So give thanks for the gift of health and work and come, labor on…
Our Sunday morning worship times and activities change starting on Sunday, September 13 to our schedule for fall through spring:
Children’s Chapel at 8:45 am service
Children ages 3-9 may leave the Sanctuary during the presentation hymn for Children’s Chapel, to hear the Gospel in a more child-friendly environment. The children return to the Sanctuary during the Peace.
Church School begins
Church School begins for all ages at 10-11 am on Sunday, September 13. See the “Church School and Study Opportunities” article in the last Wheel newsletter at stcatherines.org/wheel/15wheel0821.htm#churchschool for all our Church School offerings for children, youth, and 6 different classes for adults. There will be a map in your bulletin this date with the location of the classes.
WNL (Wednesday Night Live) programs and dinner have the first session for Youth and Explorers on September 16. This year’s schedule is dinner 5:45-6:30 pm; choice of either games & study hall 6:30-7:00 pm OR Choristers 6:15-7:00 pm; Youth and Explorers programs 7:00-8:00 pm. No meeting on September 23, due to Cobb Schools fall break, then meets weekly starting September 30.
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”
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.
Look for your invitation on Wednesday, September 8
The City is our new parish communication and collaboration tool for all of St. Catherine’s. It will be the place for you to find the parish directory, committee communications, events & volunteer opportunities.
All adult parish members not already logged in will receive an email invitation to join The City on September 8. If you do not receive an invitation then please contact Alison Travis alisonbtravishotmail.com, Karen Manno karenstcatherines.org, or Rose Wolfe rosestcatherines.org.
Want some help in accessing and using The City? Register for our small-group sessions by emailing The City administrator Alison Travis at alisonbtravishotmail.com. And if you cannot make one of these dates there are more to come in September and October.
By Stephanie Yucuis
The Women's Monday Evening Study will begin a new year on Monday, September 14 from 7:00-8:30 in the boardroom. This fun group will studying the book "James in the Suburbs" this year by local author and fellow Episcopalian, Dr. April Love-Fordham. Join us on the second Monday of each month as we enjoy a lively discussion, share dinner, and support one another while deepening our individual relationships with God. All women of the parish are welcome with open arms. For more information about the study, please contact Kell Owen at sacfarmgmail.com or to be added to our contact list and to have a book ordered, please contact Stephanie Yucius at stephyuciushotmail.com.
"Safeguarding God's Children" is for those who work with children or youth. "Safeguarding God's People" is for those who work with adults. There is no cost but registration is required for space and materials. Also, please be sure to inform Becky Adams in the St. Catherine’s office, beckystcatherines.org so we can keep record of your training.
More locations coming:
“Safeguarding” training in sexual exploitation awareness and prevention is required of volunteers, staff and clergy at St. Catherine's and in our diocese, and must be renewed every 3 years. For information see www.episcopalatlanta.org/Safe-Church/.
Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 19 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at the O’Charley’s at 3550 Sandy Plains Road (corner of Shallowford Road), Marietta, GA 30066, 770-579-2690, www.ocharleys.com/locations/detail/GA/OCharleys-of-Marietta/323 . RSVP so we can save you a seat -- contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!
Sunday, September 27, 10:15 am
By Bettye Harris
Our next Newcomer and Visitor Coffee is scheduled for Sunday, September 27 in the Parish Hall at 10:15 am (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to an informal gathering with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Please join us for coffee, fruit, pastries, and conversation about our programs & ministries. Feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. Please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) if you have questions or if you would like to assist.
Fall festival Friday, October 2
Our wonderful school turns forty this year! October 2 will be a day of celebration with a birthday party and a Fall Festival with games, food and fun. Watch for more details to follow! It is quite a feather in our school’s cap to have such a successful program with a great reputation for forty years in East Cobb.
Saturday, October 3 at 10 am
Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 am on the pavers and lawn in front of the church. We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions. Jubilate music team will lead us in some fun and favorite songs. Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures.
Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided. Our collection this day will benefit a local charity devoted animal care. See you there!
Saturday, October 17
Mark your calendar now for great food, beverages, music and dancing at our annual Low Country Boil on Saturday, October 17, 6:30 pm. Announcement coming soon for the start of ticket sales, but plan to be there!
Next hosting date: September 27 - October 4
By Eleanore Pearson and Diane Sanders
St. Catherine's will be hosting Family Promise of Cobb County in our church buildings from Sunday, September 27 to Sunday, October 4. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven for families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. Responsibility for our guests starts each day about 5:00 p.m. and goes until 8:00 a.m. the next day. The children go to school during the day and the adults go to work or to The Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. For the seven nights of our hosting week they will return to our Parish Hall for their evening meal and then stay overnight and have breakfast in our Youth House. It takes approximately 50-60 volunteers to staff the program for the week. The many volunteer opportunities include:
We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. We ask all our new volunteers to attend a two-hour training session. The next session is Tuesday, September 8, 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road. Please e-mail trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org to register.
St. Catherine's hosts 4 weeks per calendar year and our next hosting week will be November 29 - December 6. If you'd like to volunteer or need additional information, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Diane Sanders, dianesanders3198att.net or Eleanore Pearson, elerichbellsouth.net.
“One Family” Concert benefits FPCC
Kudos to everyone who participated in the recent "One Family" concert on August 29. Thanks especially to our Jubilate group for performing at the concert and to those who attended. Family Promise of Cobb County raised about $5,000 through this event, which will help the guest families in their search for independence and a second chance. Your support is greatly appreciated. Photos below by Bill Ivey.
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
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 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.
By Connie Bergeron, with material from Marietta Daily Journal August 31, 2015
On Sunday, August 30 Senait Ayele and her family gathered with representatives from St. Catherine’s and the 12 other faith-based organizations that comprise the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC) to dedicate her new 1,450-square-foot Habitat house in Marietta. Representatives lined the inside of the home to present the family with housewarming gifts including a golden hammer and a Bible, in addition to keys to the house. As her 4-year old son happily explored their new home, Ayele said she was very grateful for the support and kindness she and her two children have received. “Habitat gave me a lot of help,” she said. “I’m very, very happy for me and my children. Everyone at all the churches and NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity are very nice people.”
Volunteers began building the Marietta home on June 27, and Father Jim gave a blessing at the start of construction on that date. We are grateful to Amma Susan Johnson for participating in the Dedication program and for giving such a moving closing prayer and blessing of the house. St. Catherine's of course provided a sheet cake with a picture of Senait's new home on top!
Participating in the CIHC gives St. Catherine's and each of the member organizations the opportunity to help build a new home for a deserving family through donations, volunteer work and meals. Thanks to each and every one of our St. Catherine's volunteers who donated funds, helped build, helped provide food, and supported this year's Habitat project as well as attended this ceremony. Special thanks to our Vestry and Outreach Committee for this year's generous donation of $4,000 towards the $60,000 cost of the build.
Habitat House families are selected through a rigorous application process to be able to buy the house at principal only, no interest paid, and are required to put 200 hours of “sweat equity” into building other families’ houses as well as their own. David McGinnis, president and CEO of NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity said the dedication ceremony was more than presenting the home, it was about giving hope. “Our mission statement says, ‘Seeking to put the love of Jesus Christ into action.’ We bring people together to build houses, community and hope. As you see, we build a good house. We complement the community. But the real factor is building the hope of the family.”
See all our 2015 Habitat build photos in our album at Habitat House (& thanks to all who contributed!)
The lovely ladies of St. Catherine's at the annual lunch, fashion show and silent auction on August 30 -- all to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults (photos by Caroline Brennan).
Linda Carter featured for work at Wellstar
Parishioner Linda Carter was featured for her volunteer activities in this article in the “Volunteer Voice” newsletter of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for August 2015. Thank you, Linda, for your beautiful ministry in music!
By Kell Owen
With hearts full of gratitude, the members of the Ministry Fair Committee would like to thank everyone in the parish who helped with this year's fabulous Fair. From the Meet and Greet breakfast with Father Dean to the procession of banners to the fun luncheon, it was a joy to make new friendships and renew existing ones as our parish came together for this always fun time in our common life. Trying to make a complete and comprehensive list of all of the individuals who had a part in this undertaking would be impossible. It has certainly been a blessing and an adventure to plan this fun event and to have fellowship with over 200 parishioners on a stormy turned sunny Sunday. Special thanks to the Men's Bible Study and Beverly and Bill Fambrough for helping to provide our lunch as well as to Rebecca Devault for heading up our breakfast-with gratitude for the glorious donations from The Bread Bakers and many loving parishioners. We are gleeful to announce that we raised $241.00 in donations towards our Stop Hunger Now fund. We now look faith-FULLy forward as we begin the many Fall happenings at St. Cat's and encourage anyone who was unable to attend to please pick up a Ministry Directory and/or contact our gifted Volunteer Coordinator, Pat Pepper to see where you might use your gifts in our dynamic parish.
-> Listen to the sermon this day by Father Dean and Volunteer Coordinator Pat Pepper on the Sermons page www.stcatherines.org/sermons/ of our website at August 23 sermon stcatherines.org/mp3sermons/2015/FrDeanTaylorandPatPepper.20150823.mp3 .
By Deana De La Barre
I would like to recognize the following parishioners who so graciously gave of their time to help with the Coffee/Lemonade Brigade this summer: Janet Livingston, Molly Banko, Stephanie Yucius, Rebeccah Devault, Deborah Weigel, Linda Shrake, Roberta Griffin, Holly Griffin, Ina Bachmann, and Dorothea Westin. From all of us on the Brigade, “Thank You”.
By Stephanie Yucius
St. Catherine's was FaithFULLY vibrant for ministry fair!! Beginning with a FULL spread of breakfast treats in the Parish Hall, we learned more about Father Dean. He answered quite an assortment of questions where we learned more about him and his interest like biking and canoeing. He is impressed with St. Catherine's and how much and well we serve inside and outside of our doors. Then we proceeded upstairs to the parade of banners. Everyone got a kick out of Fred's washer for Must. One reason to love the one service Sunday is to see a sanctuary FULL of so many people that serve. It truly is a wonderFULL site to behold! Our breakout sessions were FULL of energy and enthusiasm for the coming year of activities and service. The sessions were FULL of information about wine tasting, learning how we feed the sheep, inviting visitors through our doors, organizing our communications and profiles on the City, maintaining our facilities and so much more. Thanks be to God for filling us with great volunteers to organize our fair and lead us into finding the work that God calls us to do! Did you find something that could make you feel FULL of the grace that God gives us to give out to others?
Interested in finding your passion for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Serving dinner at Elizabeth Inn
The 28th of the month... that means fun times serving the guests at the Elizabeth Inn (on August 28). Remember:
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
The Cathedral Book Store is in the Cathedral of St. Philip located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Saturday, September 19 is the Ormewood Park Plant and BBQ Festival, 10 am - 2 pm at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, a mission of the Diocese of Atlanta. Proceeds will benefit the Friendship Center and its garden program.The Seedtime and Harvest Folks at the Friendship Center will have all you need for your autumn gardening: collards, kale, beets and lots of other plants. The festival includes an art & craft sale by Friendship Center artists, classic rock 'n roll by The Back of the Bus, and $10 BBQ plates made by Holy Smokes or you can preorder a smoked pork butt for 8-10 for $40. The church is located at 737 Woodland Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30316. Get information and order BBQ at www.holycomforter-atlanta.org
Each year Progressive Insurance and their program partners provide free vehicles through their facilities in select cities throughout the country. The vehicles are all late models and completely reconditioned. This offer is available to those who meet the following qualifiers: Candidates MUST reside IN OR IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA of: Decatur, GA 30030, Marietta, GA30066. Open to current and past members of the military from all branches and the National Guard and Reserve; Open to Honorably Discharged Veterans; Open to Veterans of all eras; Must have a valid driver’s license; Must have a driving record free of DUIs; Must not have been convicted of a felony involving a crime against people or property; Must have insurance; Must be a US citizen; Must be able to attend the event on the day of the giveaway on or around Veterans Day; Must submit a brief bio, the reason for the need, and how having a vehicle will help; Must be able to provide an address of record, phone number, and email address; Must be willing to sign a release allowing the use of their name and image. Nomination applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Nominators must include the best phone number to reach them in their email and be prepared to provide the email and best phone number for their nominee as needed. Please note that military members and Veterans without families are also eligible. Please direct all questions to both Katie Magoon at KATIE_I_MAGOONprogressive.com AND Julie Magruder at Julie_MagruderProgressive.com.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
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.
BEFORE SURGERY: Austin
SICK: Ruth Jones, Pat Henegar, Jean England, Beth Pickles, Nancy, Ellen Montero, Connie Bergeron, Anna Ettel, Chris Sumsky Sr., Libby Taylor, Laurie Griffith, Bob & Helen Davis, Mit FitzSimons, Dean Donald, Raymond Higgins, Greg, Ashley Culley, Susan Thompson, Carol Carpenter, Poula Thompson, Nancy Burnaugh, Bella Hutto, Susan Martin, Evan Butler, Elaine Welk, Anita Gardner.
ANNIVERSARIES: (9/10) John & Barbara Barrington; (9/14) Jimmy & Kell Owen.
BIRTHDAYS: (9/5) Ben Frost, (9/8) Nick Wolfe, Tyler Wolfe, (9/9) Connor Pyburn; (9/10) Sally Moore, Jim Snape, (9/11) David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/13) David Goldman; (9/14) Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, (9/15) Emma Markette, Maddie Zimmerman, (9/16) Stephanie Gardiner, (9/18) Kyleigh Paris, Molly Banko, Madelyn Pierce, Sydney Pierce, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Eric De La Barre, Arrevia Pierce.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH:
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.
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
Please hold these dates:
By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org
By Jack Owen
The Diocesan Youth retreat was held on August 29 at All Saints Church in Atlanta. To put it in simple words, it was very welcoming and many youth from all different parishes in our Diocese were represented. We had a lovely time seeing old friends and making new ones! The theme of the retreat was "Filled to be Emptied" and was taught by our fellow youth, youth leaders, and the leader of Emmaus House, Joseph Mole. He spoke to us about what the state of poverty looks like in Atlanta at this time, how it is made worse by inequality, and how we can help to make it better. We also had great small group time throughout the day and learned more about the meaning of how God fills us up in order for us to then be able to empty our love into our communities. There was a great Q&A with Bishop Wright. No matter what we threw at him, he was happy to respond, whether it be a silly or serious question. It's great to have a bishop who relates well and is so active with the youth! We all took away many valuable lessons and had a great time at this event! Many thanks to the Jenkins for driving the van and spending the day at the retreat and to Sally for being awesome as well as being on the committee who put this day together!
See lots more photos full-size in the Diocese's album at Filled to be Emptied - Youth Day Retreat!
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.
An annual event hosted by Emmaus House. Come out to learn about the community of Peoplestown while doing some local service projects such as sorting food donations and packing meals. Youth will have the chance to do local service projects, walk Turner Field, and become more aware of the impact the demolition of Turner Field will have on the community of Peoplestown. Cost is $5 donation or $5 worth of canned goods. If you plan to attend please email Sally so she can get a head-count.
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
Happening is a renewal weekend sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Adults attend as chaperons, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Happening Team, which facilitates the weekend experience, consists of young people and adults who are active members of their parish. Happening is open to all high school youth who have completed their first semester of freshman year.
First time youth attending Happening come to the weekend as candidates. The candidates are who the weekend is for! Happening Team is the group of high school youth that lead the entire weekend. Adults are there to chaperon, but get to step back and let the teens make it all "happen." (Registration is now open for Happening 64 Team). See details and registration at www.eycdioatl.org/happening.html.
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.
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Editor: Karen Manno
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