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By Amma Susan+
Happy Easter! Yes, Easter Sunday was last week but unlike the culture around us, the church sets aside the 50 days from Easter Sunday until the feast of Pentecost for us to celebrate the season of Easter. The season of Easter calls us to reflect on the new beginnings in our own lives that are possible because of Jesus’ resurrection. Father Dean’s Easter Sunday sermon reminded us that because Jesus’ tomb was empty on the first Easter morning, the tombs of our own lives are also empty and we are presented with new life-giving possibilities. We no longer need to fear death, the ultimate “bogey man,” or any of the little deaths of life.
I invite you to reflect during these great 50 days of Easter on the empty tombs of your life. Where and what are the new beginnings that are possible for your life, now that the stone has been rolled away? Christ is risen, we are risen with Him! Thanks be to God! Alleluia, alleluia!
Information meeting Sunday, April 3
Our Chancel Choir is planning to sing in the International Choral Festival in Tuscany as part of a trip in summer of next year, June 14 - 21, 2017. Parishioners (singers and non-singers) are invited to join us on what promises to be an unforgettable tour in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. You’ll experience amazing history, culture, food, wine and music with the most fun people we know! Excursions will include the cities of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and more. The tour itinerary and details can be viewed at www.stcatherines.org/forms/TuscanyInternationalFestival2017.pdf.
An information meeting will be held for anyone interested in learning more on Sunday, April 3 in the Parlor at 12:30 pm (immediately following the 11:15 service). You may also contact Brian or Jana Williams with any questions about this trip, brianwstcatherines.org or janastcatherines.org.
A deposit will be due by Wednesday, April 20. Please make deposit checks in the amount of $300 payable to "Music Contact International." The remainder of the trip cost may be paid in twelve monthly installments of approximately $250. We hope you’ll join us for our Tuscany Tour in summer 2017!
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is our weekly Wednesday evening program with dinner, fellowship and learning. Schedule:
Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family). 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 Sally Parish, sallystcatherines.org or 770-971-2839, by Tuesday 5 pm.
By Amy Mikkelsen
Want to learn CPR and first aid and be prepared for an emergency? Learn infant, child and adult CPR as well as first aid and how to use the AED (defibrillator) from certified instructor and nurse, Kathy Barnett. This is a 3 hour American Heart Association class appropriate for teenagers and adults. The class is $40 and limited to 12 students. It will be held Tuesday, April 12, 6-9 pm in the Parish Hall. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or email Amy Mikkelsen at mikkandmegmail.com for more info.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about two-thirds of Americans do not know how to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or they’ve forgotten how to do it. And, most cardiac arrests happen at home, so the life you save with CPR is very likely to be someone you love. Classes are offered at many times and locations in our community. If you’re not able to attend our class on April 12, AHA Training Centers are another source – find one near you at www.cpr.heart.org. You may save the life of a family member, friend or neighbor!
Friday, April 15 at the Gales’
All adults over 21 are invited to join us for our annual Sip and Swirl on April 15 at 7 pm at the home of Emily and Nelson Gale (228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta, 30067). This St. Catherine’s favorite is hosted by Fellowship Committee with help this year from Lisa Spessard and Stephanie Yucius. Please BYO tasting glass and a "pick-up" appetizer to share.
RSVP needed -- The cost is $20 per person. RSVP by Monday, April 11 by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Molly Banko at mdbankocomcast.net to ensure that we have enough tastings to go around. Please, no walk-ins for this event. Hope to see you there!
Next date Saturday, April 16
Time for more spring cleaning! Clear out your closets and bring your items to sell at St. Catherine’s trunk yard sale, 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 16. You’ll rent a parking space in St. Catherine’s lot and sell your things from the trunk/rear of your vehicle in our church-wide yard sale open to the public. Parking spaces are $20, $10 optional table setup. The youth will have a table selling pizza and drinks for the day. All proceeds will benefit our Youth House Expansion Project.
Reserve soon since spaces are limited.For more information or to reserve your spot sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact LeeAnn Sherry, 770-815-5299, leeannsherrybellsouth.net. We have another sale on the calendar in May on the 21st so plan now!
Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? You can be a volunteer blood donor and make a lifesaving difference at our next St. Catherine’s blood drive on April 19 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Reserving an appointment is easy: go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. Remember, though, that appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are of course welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Don't forget to save time on the day of your donation by completing the Red Cross RapidPass from home or work. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass (must be done on the actual day of the event) to do the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online before you come to your appointment.
Join us in the back parking lot from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a night of fun for the whole family. We will have dinner, games for the kids, nursery will be provided for the little ones. McCall Kimball and her band will be performing for us, and Monica Kraeger will open for her. You won’t want to miss this event!
Admission is $5 adults, $2 children 12 & under -- food, drinks, treats and games for additional purchase. All proceeds from the festivities will go to the Youth House Expansion. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org.
The initial construction phase continues and we expect the building permit to be applied for soon. Watch for announcements of each stage of the construction and lend us a hand!
Fund raising efforts are proceeding, as of publication date over $95,000 of the required amount has been collected or pledged, with approximately $40,000 still to be raised. The Youth will be working to earn their portion in a number of activities coming up, including magnet sales, trunk yard sales April 16 and May 21, Parents Night Out babysitting on May 13, bake sale on May 8, and car washes on May 22, June 19 and July 17. Be sure not to miss the Raise The Roof party on April 23! Thank you so much for your support of our Youth House.
Time for volunteers!
Join us as we dive DEEP into God's love with St. Catherine's Vacation Bible School 2016 - A Deep Sea Discovery, Monday through Thursday, June 20 - 23, 9:00 a.m. – Noon. If you would like to serve the youngest members of our St. Catherine's community during Vacation Bible School, please contact Susie Davis as soon as possible: sdavis5226gmail.com. We have openings for all levels of availability.
Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of many volunteers, and all staff and clergy, at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. These trainings will be offered on Saturday, May 14 here at St. Catherine’s. This will be a great opportunity to take the training conveniently at our church. Please look ahead and consider if you will need it for activities you will want to be involved in. Some examples are Family Promise, Vacation Bible School, youth or children’s activities in the fall, Church School teachers, Stephen Ministry, Eucharistic Visitors, The Journey mentors.
The morning session (9 am to noon) will be for those who work with children and youth. An afternoon session (1-4 pm) will be for those who work with adults. There is no fee to attend but registration is needed, contact Becky Adams, beckystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839.
Please visit www.episcopalatlanta.org/Safe-Church/ for information about these trainings and to learn if you are one of those who need it for your volunteer work at church.
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
By Daniel Mikkelsen
One of the benefits of our new online collaboration application, The City, is that is comes with Online Giving capability. We have put together a comprehensive plan for rolling this out to the parish this year. Coming soon you will see our pilot phase of leveraging this new capability for contributions to the Youth House Expansion. It is safe, secure, saves us money and time compared to other payment methods our church receives today. I've already used this new capability myself. I did it using my phone and it was a snap!
Here is the update from our Project Lead, Hans Kraeger:
Next hosting week is May 29-June 5
By Linda Scott
We had a great experience in February with our first Family Promise guests for this year. We're excited about the additional room being added to the Youth House which will enable us to add another family to our future hostings. Please mark your calendars for May 29 through June 5, our next opportunity to offer meals and a home to these hardworking families in their transition to permanent housing.
The next date for Family Promise training is Tuesday, April 12, from 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church, 2325 Roswell Rd. Marietta. The training provides important information on the state of homelessness in Cobb County and the importance of the ministry the 13 churches that make up Family Promise of Cobb County are doing. If you are planning on working with us next time, May 29-June 5, please be sure to register for the training by emailing trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org, stating that you plan to attend. For those already trained, please consider inviting another parishioner to attend the training and work with you at the next opportunity.
The 2015 Family Promise of Cobb County Annual Report is available on their website now, go to www.familypromisecobbcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Annual-report-2015.pdf
From one of our February Family Promise guests...
Thanking you for your kindness and thanking God for you. Nymir and I really appreciated the friendly faces and many laughs we share there with your church family. We thank you for your time and hospitality.
Ebony & Nymir
One Tuesday a month, a group from St. Catherine’s travels to Holy Comforter Church in Atlanta and opens a clothes closet for the parishioners who are attending the Friendship Center that day. We are currently in need of shoes in good condition (sneakers or other sturdy shoes in both men's and women's sizes) as well as casual men's shirts / t-shirts in size Large. Please drop off donations in the bin marked "Holy Comforter" across from the Parlor.
Please consider joining the team to organize the MUST Summer Lunch events (which will take place during June and/or July this year). Your help will be needed make this program a success at St. Cat’s this summer. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Minstry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.
This program has been sponsored by MUST Ministries since 1995. During the summer months children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year can have a free lunch delivered to them. Volunteers and community effort make it possible to keep this program running. You can learn more about it on the MUST website at www.mustministries.org/summer-lunch.
By Pat Pepper
Holy Week and Easter at St. Catherine’s were rich and full because of the willingness, energy and time of the following committee chairs along with their many committee members. Each of these people are wonderful examples of servant leaders:
In addition to our volunteers, St. Catherine's staff also worked many extra hours and added to the quality of our worship experiences: Fr. Dean, Amma Susan, Brian and Jana, Rose, Sally, Becky, and Karen [Ed. note: and Pat!]. Many, many thank yous to you all!
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Photos by Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron, Bettye Harris, Jan Potter, Daniel Mikkelsen, Jennifer Buckalew
Serving dinner at MUST's Elizabeth Inn
Our Vestry served at our March date -- teams from St. Catherine's serve dinner on the 28th of every month year-round!
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:
To my St. Catherine’s friends,
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have taken a moment to drop a card into the mail or come by for a visit. Since December when I began chemo, I found my time occupied with getting prepared for an upcoming chemo treatment or getting over the effects of that treatment and preparing for another in two weeks. Admittedly, from time to time, it made for what I termed “dark days”. You have no way of knowing what a ray of sunshine it was to go out to the mailbox and find a card from someone. It made a dark day bright.
Thank you so much for your support and caring shown me as I travel on this journey. A date has not yet been selected for my surgery but it will be within a month.
With deep appreciation and thanks.
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
Communication network sharing for March: Between 200-300 children a month are trafficked for sex in counties across Georgia. Here is an action parishes that can take to fight Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, DMST, in our communities. Many Rotary Clubs across our state and beyond partner with the non-profit End Human Trafficking Now www.endhtnow.com. Ask the Rotary Club in your town if they work on the issue of DMST and partner with this non-profit. If they do, ask how your parish can partner with them in this effort. If the Rotary Club in your town is not part of this movement, you can recommend that they e-mail Dave McCleary daveendhtnow.com at Rotary Roswell http://roswellrotary.club/end-human-trafficking-now/ to request a toolkit and training on both DMST and End Human Trafficking Now. You can also contact Lisa Venable who fights DMST through her Columbus chapter, lisawgherring.com.
You are invited to Go! A Celebration of Global Mission, a one-day conference on Saturday, April 16 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St., Atlanta. This event sponsored by the Diocese of Atlanta will feature speakers and workshops and a special chance to thank and honor the Rev. Sandra McCann and Dr. Martin McCann of Columbus, who have returned from 12 years of ministering in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. Cost is $25 per person, lunch is included. For information and to register please go to www.episcopalatlanta.org/Events/2016/04/16/go-a-celebration-of-global-mission/. For additional questions, contact Terry Franzen, Global Mission chair for the Diocese of Atlanta.
On the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm readers from the Cathedral of St. Philip parish and the broader community gather in the Walthour Library at the Cathedral to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. The Hart Readers was formerly known as the Community Reading Group. The new name for our group is in memory of Dabney Hart who passed away in 2015, a longtime active parishioner at the Cathedral, university professor, C. S. Lewis scholar, and loyal advocate of the Cathedral Book Store. The Cathedral of St. Philip is located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information call Kerith Lee at 404-237-7582 or email cbs3mindspring.com.
On Friday, May 13, 160-voice chorus of the Michael O'Neal Singers will present hit songs from some of Broadway's more recent blockbusters, including Wicked, Ragtime, Aida, Mamma Mia! Spamalot, and The Lion King, among others. The concert is 8:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors & students in advance, or $22/$17 at the door. Several members of St. Catherine's sing in this community chorus. For information and tickets go to www.mosingers.com or call 770-594-7974.
The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series with classic and contemporary sacred choral works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Mack Wilberg and many more. The April 24 concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist will be a celebration of "72 Years of Song" for founding director Frank Boggs, including the premier of a new commissioned work by Wilberg. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. For more about please visit www.tgafc.org. Dates and locations:
The 4th Annual Links for LAMB golf tournament, hosted by St. David’s, St. Aidan's, and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, will be held on Monday, May 2 at the beautiful Trophy Club of Atlanta. All proceeds from this tournament will directly benefit the children of the LAMB Institute (www.lambinstitute.org ). Cost is $150/player and includes covers greens fees, cart fee, driving range, all contests, continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and drinks. Sign up online by visiting www.tinyurl.com/znpz3q4 or email the tournament coordinator at amy.erin.hillgmail.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; and Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: Mida Gore, cousin of James Nesbit; Dutch Kawasoe, cousin of Jim Greene
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Vic Pettett, Gary Parker, Nancy Madaris, Bob Mannion, Aunt Dori, Sally Busko, Chris Sumsky, Todd Greenwood, DeeLee Freeman, Cathy Moskovis, Ken Litton, Mark Smolen, Lee Berman, Jo Hunt, Marilyn May, Mark Pendroid, Bill Fambrough
BIRTHDAYS: (4/2) Tom Snead, Linda Langston, (4/3) Ralph Patrick, Steve Diffley, Elizabeth Singleton, Parker Handell, (4/4) Danielle Yucius, (4/5) Monica Kraeger, Jett Mikkelsen, KyleLuttrell, (4/6) Sarah Langmaid, (4/7) Meg Reeves Ramsay, Grace Adams, (4/9) Audrey Grace Greene, (4/10) Ben Frost, Molly Frost, (4/11) Sue Schnorf, Beth Brinkley, (4/12) Kelley Francis, Ben Mikkelsen, (4/15) Christina Pyburn, (4/16) Connor Buckalew, (4/18) Kelly Iacobelli, Matthew Shannonhouse, Olivia Lopez, (4/19) Nancy Ban.
ANNIVERSARIES: (4/4) Tim & Therese Braman, (4/6) David & Ina Bachmann, (4/10) Tom & Kristin Blackstock, (4/16) Greg & Wendy Beyer, (4/17) Jay & Joyce Hendricks, (4/18) Juan & Beth Sandoval, (4/20) Richard & Tanya Bowers-Dean, (4/22) Bob & Karolyn Olliffe, (4/23) Bob & Pat Pepper.
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
Reminder: A Mandatory YA Pilgrimage Meeting will be held on Sunday April 10 at 4:00 PM. Youth Pilgrims, their parents, and leaders are all expected to attend! Please be sure to bring your passport with you.
The Youth WILL have Church School both Sundays of Spring Break (April 3 & 10)! We will not meet for WNL during Spring Break (April 6)!
Put our youth lock-in on your calendar! We will have a blast, but in order to make this event happen we also need adult chaperones. If you are an adult and willing/able to chaperone all or part of the night, please let Sally know as soon as possible!
Calling all alumni of St. Catherine's Youth! We are expanding our Youth House to accomodate our growing youth program and we need your help to do that! We ask that you click this link: stcatherines.onthecity.org/give and give what you can. After you have given, either tag three other former youth or post a picture/story on the St. Catherines Youth Group FB Page at www.facebook.com/StCatherinesYouth/ and ask them to donate. We need your help to reach our goal!
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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