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By Tad Travis
St. Catherine's is now live on The City! The City is St. Catherine's new online system for engaging, communicating, and interacting with one another and with our ministry teams. We are going to use The City as our parishioner roster and our event RSVP system. But more significantly, it will be our system for extending the way that we engage and communicate with one another.
Since we opened the application to St. Catherine's on September 8, over sixty of you have activated your accounts, joining the one hundred plus parishioners already using the system. In the coming weeks we will meet with ministry teams, helping them learn how to manage their work and events.
Once you've accepted the invitation email and created your account and profile, you can use these ways to get to The City:
We have established five small-group training classes in September and October for people who want extra assistance. Dates coming up are Sunday, September 20, 12:30 - 2 pm; Tuesday, September 22, 10 - 11:30; Sunday, October 4, 12:30 - 2 pm; Sunday, October 11, 12:30 - 2 pm. Please log on to The City or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin for our training dates.
We welcome your feedback on The City over the next several weeks. Please contact Tad Travis in The City or at tadtravis2004yahoo.com to share your thoughts about how to improve the experience.
Adult parish members: if you did NOT receive your invitation to The City please contact the church office or email Alison Travis alisonbtravishotmail.com, Rose Wolfe rosestcatherines.org or Karen Manno Karenstcatherines.org. Youth 13 & up will be added in the coming week.
By Tom Blackstock, Senior Warden
The Vestry continues to work through the transition process. We have met nine times over the last several weeks to establish the search committee for our new rector. We considered the generous guidance provided by the Diocese that helped us consider the many different groups, activities and demographics within our parish. We also looked at all the members of our parish that we felt would bring unique gifts to the process and help to represent the breadth and depth of who St Catherine’s really is. Given all of this input, the Vestry developed a list of potential committee members and we’re now in the process of talking with them to form the committee. I anticipate the committee will be set in the next two weeks. At the same time, the Bishop has assigned The Very Rev Rob Wood, Rector at St Aidan’s in Alpharetta, as our diocesan consultant for the search process. I’ve talked with Father Rob and we will schedule a meeting of the Vestry, Father Rob and the search committee as soon as possible to begin their work. The chairperson of the search committee will be selected by the Vestry and will be responsible for updating the Vestry and the parish frequently on their progress. As I said in a previous article, this is a confidential process, but not a secret process. The search committee will be working on the parish profile, conducting meetings to gain input from parishioners, conducting surveys, reviewing candidates and ultimately make a recommendation to the Vestry. This will not be a quick process and from everything I’ve read on the subject, we don’t want to rush to a decision. It is a very deliberate and methodical process that is designed to ensure that we reach the right decision on our next rector.
We 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 Mikkelsen, Jr. Warden, at drmikkelsengmail.com. You may also contact any of our Vestry members in the many meetings we participate throughout the month. [See the "Vestry Highlights" article below in this newsletter]
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 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.
New schedule this year!
Wednesday programs and dinner have begun for Youth and Explorers. Here is this year’s schedule -- join us for any or all portions of the evening! (No meeting on September 23 due to Cobb Schools fall break.)
Wednesday night dinners - reservations & dinner passes
Be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office by Tuesday 5 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults & youth, $3 children (maximum $25 per family), or take advantage of our new dinner passes for youth & kids! Families can save with a dinner pass for the fall semester: 8 weeks for $40 for youth / $25 for kids 11 & under. These passes are good for 3 weeks of the month: on first Wednesdays the dinners are a fund raiser with donations accepted toward the Youth program. Purchase the passes on Wednesday Night or in your bulletin -- please make checks to St. Catherine’s with “WNL dinner” and your child's name in the memo line.
First Wednesdays benefit Youth
New this year -- 1st Wednesday of each month is a fund raiser for our Youth program. Youth families will provide the food and youth will cook! This will give our hardworking WNL dinner chefs a little break, and donations these evenings will benefit the class responsible: October 7 - YA; November 4 - J2A; December 2 - Rite 13; January 6 - Seniors. Thank you!
“TV Gospel: From Andy Griffith to Modern Family”, led by Father Dean
Join us weekly at 6:30 pm for a new series on Wednesday evenings! 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. We'll discuss life issues that arise and, always, the “Good News” that is at the heart of all great comedy. Facilitator for our weeks together will be The Rev. Dean Taylor.
Dinner is served also -- see the WNL dinner information above. Be sure to make your reservation each week that you will dine with us: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office by Tuesday 5 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults & youth, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) See you there!
First concert Thursday, October 29
Now in our fourth season! Join us for these concerts in our 2015-2016 series. All programs are free with no tickets needed, held in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. Please reserve these dates on your calendar now, and invite family and friends!
Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s
This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a Friends of Music reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Mail to the church office at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068. Donations are tax deductible.
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.
Saturday, October 3 at 10 am
Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 am on the pavers/lawn in front of the church. 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. We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions plus some fun and favorite songs including our Choristers.
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 Humane Society of Cobb County, whose mission is to promote humane welfare and responsible animal guardianship through educational community outreach, shelter, and spay/neuter programs. You can get information about them at www.humanecobb.com.
Get tickets soon!
By Elizabeth Lopez
Please join us for an evening of food, fun and dancing at the annual Low Country Boil on October 17 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We supply the shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, beer, wine, tea, dessert, and a DJ. You bring your appetites and dancing shoes. The event is open to adults 21 and older. Tickets are $17.50 per person and will be on sale at church starting Sunday, September 20 until we sell out. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.)
Any proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Stop Hunger Now. Please contact Elizabeth or Fred Lopez at eslopezcomcast.net for more information or to sign up to be part of the awesome kitchen staff.
Friday October 2, RSVP
Join Cats On Wheels for their next even-month outing. We will go to the “Munro: Light in the Garden” display at Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Friday, October 2 (the show closes the next day). A limited number of tickets are available for just $12.00. RSVP right away on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. Shared transportation will depart from St. Catherine’s this date at 6:00 pm. See details about the show at www.atlantabg.org/events-classes/events/bruce-munro-light.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you’re invited to join us!
Thursday, October 1
St. Catherine's will host the chorus of our Holt Road neighbor, Wheeler High School, for their fall concert at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary. Please come and hear the fine program the students of our community have prepared. We host a reception after the concert for the kids, in our great St. Catherine's welcoming tradition, which they always greatly enjoy. Free, no tickets needed.
By Linda Scott
Sue Davy from The Cathedral Book Store is returning to St. Catherine’s on Sunday, October 4. She will have lots of books and special items to purchase for yourself and for gifts (maybe thinking ahead to Christmas?). She will be arriving in the Parish Hall at 8 am and should be ready for sales about 8:15. Sue will be here until about 1:30 pm. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
Best of all, the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to an outreach program of our choice. You can start taking a look through the Book Store's catalog now, online at www.cathedralbookstore.org
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 homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. The children go to school during the day and the adults go to work or to the Family Promise 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. We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. It takes approximately 50-60 of our volunteers to staff the program for the week:
St. Catherine's hosts 4 weeks per calendar year and our next hosting week will be November 29 - December 6. Volunteer trainings are second Tuesdays each month at 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road, email trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org to register for a date. 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.
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. 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. The items most needed are
"Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads."
Congratulations to Father Dean and Dawn Taylor, married at St. James Marietta on September 12! May God bless you richly! Photo by Bill Ivey
By Dorothea Westin and Jeanette Dini
We would like to congratulate Alison Adams, Grace Adams, Emily Dini, Stephanie Gardiner, Isabel Lopez, Olivia Lopez, and Rebecca Westin on earning the “God & Life” Religious Award. Ellen Adams, Suzanne Gardiner and Dorothea Westin earned the Parent Mentor Award while Jeanette Dini earned the Counselor Award. This program took two months to complete and was a moving process for all who participated.
The God & Life Award program is offered through the international non-denominational group called P.R.A.Y. It crosses the bounds of all Christian faiths to help high school youth find their path with God’s guidance. The curriculum is based on the life of the Apostle Paul and describes how Paul encountered Christ and was changed forever. The overall course illustrates key elements in learning how to live one's life for Christ. This program is officially recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire USA, and the Girl Scouts of the USA as the religious awards program for youth in our church; and youth in those organizations are particularly encouraged to attend. In addition to participating in the meetings, the girls also deepened their relationship with Amma Susan, completed several family projects and participated in community outreach.
The P.R.A.Y. organization has a program for every level of students and their parents: God & Me (first and second grades), God & Family (third and fourth), God & Church (sixth to eighth grade) and finally God & Life for high school youth. Rebecca Westin has completed all four Awards programs and has earned the Four Star Award through P.R.A.Y.
We would like to congratulate all our St. Catherine’s Awardees. We look forward to more opportunities for P.R.A.Y. programs to be offered at St. Cat’s. You can learn more at www.praypub.org . If you are interested in having your family participate please see Dorothea Westin.
By Daniel Mikkelsen, Jr. Warden
As I mentioned in the July Vestry Highlights update, we normally do not meet during July. Given the Rector transition however, the Vestry met three times in July, on the 7th, 12th and 14th. For August and September, the Vestry remained very active. Our meetings included:
As I have mentioned in prior updates, if you are interested in how the Diocese recommends parishes conduct the Rector transition process all the materials which the Vestry is using are available here: www.episcopalatlanta.org/Parish-Support/Leadership-Transition/Resources-for-Parishes-in-Transition. If you have questions, my email address is danielalumni.vanderbilt.edu and Tom’s is thblackstockgmail.com.
By Pat Pepper
I will let individuals far greater than me speak on Volunteering. Read their words, open your mind and your heart and then give me a call.
Interested in finding your passion for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
At the retreat, Labor Day weekend at Lake Logan, NC. Photos by Bruce Perry, Sally Paris & more -- see lots more below in this newsletter, and full size in the albums at Parish Retreat 2015 and Parish Retreat - Lake Logan.
Sunday, September 6
Thank you to Fr. Chris Hannum, our supply priest this day... (Photos by Bettye Harris)
Fall schedule change and Church School begins
By Bill Ivey
September 13 was the beginning of our Church School activities for the fall and the change to our school year schedule of three worship services. We commissioned our Christian Formation teachers at the 8:45 and 11:15 services. Many classes were full including a record 71 youth in a "get-to-know-you" exercise at the Youth House and a very full Catechesis program in the three atria. The Choristers sang at 8:45 and the Chancel Choir was back for the 11:15 service. A great kickoff to fall at St. Catherine's! Photos by Bill Ivey, see lots more in the album at All for Fall - 2015
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:
St. Catherine's Family,
Your comforting words, loving presence, cards and many acts of care have been a soothing balm for soul. I am very grateful for Amma Susan: she came into my mother's room at 4:30 pm September 11 and beautifully gave my mother, Ruth Jones, last rites. It was a sacred moment for all of us in the room and 30 minutes later my mother took her last breath. Bless you all for holding our family in prayer and for being the caring, giving people of God that you are. My mother had a full 93 years and left positive footprints everywhere she went.
Pat and Bob Pepper and the Family of Ruth Jones
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Saturday, October 10 at St. Peter’s, Rome, Georgia
The Daughters of the King St. Francis Chapter at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia present a Women’s Day Retreat on Saturday, October 10, 9 am - 5 pm. The retreat is titled "Becoming Who I Am: On Being Obedient" and features speaker Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright. How can we be obedient to God as we experience the ups and downs, the messiness, the joys, and the travails of our lives? In this time together, we’ll reclaim that word, “obey” and realize that it is truly about becoming who we are, wholly and divinely-made, according to God’s dream for us. Additional activities may include: Gentle Chair Yoga, Art Therapy, Poetic Inquiry, and Evening Prayer. Beth-Sarah Wright, PhD is an author, inspirational speaker and retreat leader on spirituality and healing, well-known in the Atlanta diocese and beyond.
Cost is $35, payment at the door and includes breakfast & lunch. Open to all women everywhere. Call St. Peter’s to reserve your spot, 706-291-9111. The church is located at 101 E. 4th Ave, Rome, GA 30161 www.stpetersrome.org .
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.
BEFORE SURGERY: Austin
SICK: Jennifer, & baby Delaney, Richard Oates, Mit FitzSimons, Susan Drouse, George Kastendike, Walt Whitton, Kathryn Webb, Pat Henegar, Wesley, Miranda & Bryson Denton, Roger & Louise, Beth Pickles, Ansley Woodard, Desiree Douglas, Eleanore, Jean England, Chris Sumsky Sr., Libby Taylor, Laurie Griffith, Bob & Helen Davis, Ashley Culley, Susan Thompson, Poula Thompson, Nancy Burnaugh, Bella Hutto, Susan Martin, Evan Butler, Elaine Welk, Anita Gardner, Tillie Carter.
ANNIVERSARIES: (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger, (9/25) Art & Susan Bayless, Ron & Connie Bergeron, Gary & Brenda Parker, Cam & Marti Graham. (9/30) Ed & Tracey Pitts, (10/2) Jim & Laurie Dirksen.
BIRTHDAYS: (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Eric De La barre, Arrevia Pierce, (9/21) Jay Hendricks, (9/22) Kevin Thomas, Jim Weigel, (9/23) Jim Greene, Oscar Price, Dennis Freeman, (9/24) Lauren Tear, Matt Hutton, Rebeccah Devault, (9/25) Bette Hamilton, Charles Mace, (9/26) Mel Paris, (9/27) Susan Martin, Beth Lee, Brenda Parker, (9/28) Maddock Jones, Art Gardner, (9/29) Pater Morich, Treholm Fahy, James owen, (9/30) Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Julia Denton, Nathan Tomchik, Nancy Perkins, Cole Nabinger, Richard Pearson, Sarah Jordan Clark, (10/2) Ansly Bayless, Sue Jones, David Yucius, Molly Johnson, (10/3) Isaac Hale.
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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.
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
Thank you to everyone for supporting the youth program by donating to purchase new chairs for our growing group! Our first order was expected to arrive this week.
All youth in grades 6-12! If you plan to eat, please sign-up on The City or email Sally by Tuesday afternoon!
New this year is dinner passes – 8 dinners at $40 per youth, $25 children 11 and under (does NOT include youth sponsored Wednesdays). If you pay ahead for the semester youth will be taken care of through December and will only be expected to pay on the first Wednesday of the month when donations go to support the youth program. Regular weekly cost for youth without pass is $7.
First Wednesday of each month for WNL! Youth families will provide the food and youth will cook. Donations will go to support the class responsible:
Sign up for these opportunities:
RSVP soon! 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. Departure time from St. Catherine's TBA.
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! 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, focusing on the subjects of Self, Friends, Siblings, Parents, School, God’s Love, Jesus and Prayer. 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. Information and registration is online at www.eycdioatl.org/new-beginnings.html
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. 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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