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By Amma Susan+
For over two years I have been participating in a monthly meeting of leaders from various faith traditions. Over lunch, we discuss a pre-arranged topic as it pertains to our own faith. We have learned from each other and formed bonds of friendship, building bridges of peace. Our respective faith communities have participated in the annual East Cobb Interfaith Thanksgiving service.
This group of interfaith leaders is now offering another opportunity for people of different faith traditions to stand together in a prayer vigil to end gun violence. Please note this vigil is an interfaith effort to stand together for peace, not a political movement for or against gun legislation nor an anti-gun rally. In a rarely-seen public sign of spiritual unity, we will seek God's help in working in our communities to end violence, particularly those crimes where guns are the medium of the violence. Christians, Muslims, Unitarian Universalists, Jews, Baha'is, and Unity Church members will gather together for a Prayer Vigil for an End to Gun Violence. This public event will be hosted by the Cobb Interfaith Spiritual Leaders on Sunday, May 1, at 2:30 pm on the Marietta Square. All in the community are invited to participate, no matter their religious affiliation. The event should last around 40 minutes, so please bring a blanket or camping chair if you need to sit. I will be attending and encourage you to come out for it.
God’s peace, Shalom, Salam.
You won’t want to miss it! Join us in the back parking lot from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a night of fun, food and music for the whole family. We will have dinner featuring delicious BBQ, games, and 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. Activities will include a DUNK TANK (the youth director! the rector! and ?!!).
NOTE: Bring lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets. 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.
Saint Catherine’s is seeking individuals to train as Stephen Ministers this fall. So, we are hosting a “Come And See” luncheon for everyone to learn about this dynamic and life changing ministry on May 1 immediately after the 11:15 service.
If you think that you may be called to this ministry, or if you just want to know more about Stephen Ministry, then come and see what it is all about. At this casual luncheon your Stephen Ministry team will make a short presentation and then answer any questions you may have. Please join us. For questions contact David Moore at dsmoore1950yahoo.com or call (404) 309-7793.
Please join us for one of two town halls coming in May which will include updates from the Nominating Committee regarding our rector search, and more important initiatives in our parish life. Choose one to attend:
We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at services on Sunday, May 15. Please send in names by Sunday, May 8 -- fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Becky Adams at becky stcatherines.org with the graduate's name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.
Our custom during worship on the Day of Pentecost is to have people read one of the scripture lessons in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, and are interested in participating at the 8:45 or 11:15 am service this day, please let us know and we will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosestcatherines.org.
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.
St. Catherine’s Calling and Caring Ministry is now over two years old. We have called on and cared for quite a few parishioners and we have given support to good friends who have helped shape St. Catherine’s in the past. Our initial mission of calling on people we haven’t seen in church recently has evolved into two important activities.
We need more help. If you can provide a ride or spare a half hour for a friendly visit, please consider signing up. This is not a regular or long-term commitment. When a need arises, we will send out an email to all our volunteers and you can decide each time if you can help. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact us as below. Thank you for caring.
Alan Certain, St.Cats.Ridesgmail.com
Mark your calendar for these important activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year and the start of summer:
New friends! Awesome experiments! Cool games! Surprising adventures! Great music! Fun snacks! And so much more! Join us to dive DEEP into God's love with VBS 2016 - A Deep Sea Discovery, Monday through Thursday, June 20 - 23, 9:00 am to noon. St. Catherine's VBS is for children age 4 by June 20 (potty-trained), through rising fifth graders. Cost is $35 per child.
-> Register now at https://form.jotform.com/61043367664154
If you would like to serve the youngest members of our St. Catherine's community, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Susie Davis as soon as possible: sdavis5226gmail.com. We have openings for all levels of availability.
"Tell me about St. Catherine's Episcopal Church!" That’s what your Nominating Committee has been working on since late January! Soon we will have completed two important and required documents: the Parish Profile and the OTM (Office for Transition Ministry) Profile. These documents are our "marketing material" for prospective rectors: they tell our story. The Parish Profile is "who we are" - including how we are organized (liturgy, music, Christian formation, outreach, facilities, etc.), where we've been on our journey as a parish family, where we think we want to go, and where we think God may be leading us. A Parish Profile is as unique as the parish that produces it. While it might seem easy to describe all that we are, it is a task that takes time, prayer, thoughtfulness and much discussion.
The OTM Profile is a "fill in the blank/answer the questions" document that all Episcopal Churches nationwide in the search process must create. This document provides prospective clergy a way to compare "apples to apples" in their searches for a new pastorate. The OTM Profile has questions like "How many worshipers per Sunday?" and “Number of weeks of clergy vacation?" Additionally, the OTM Profile requires us to choose 5 narrative questions (from a list of 10-12) to answer, and those answers further describe our parish personality and priorities.
Both of these documents have to be approved by the Diocese and the Vestry before they can be published and released for viewing by prospective candidates. We expect all approvals to be given by mid-May at the latest, and the Parish Profile will be shared with you at that time.
Looking back over our time as a committee (our first meeting was in October), we have been through two major phases - the first was listening and gathering your input about "Who are we? Where are we going? What are our strengths? What are our challenges?", and this current phase is to take all that input and produce two less-than-Bible-length documents that tells our story.
In closing please remember:
Here is the current state of the Youth House Expansion project. We are at the stage of obtaining all proper approvals to begin the actual construction:
Are you interested in helping plan and/or host a summer gathering for our friends from Holy Comforter? Please attend a meeting Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 in the Board Room. We are looking for help of all sorts to plan a luncheon and bingo party on Saturday, June 25 to be held at 11:30 in the St Cat's Parish Hall. For information please contact Harriett Pyburn,
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.
By Barb Selby and Linda Scott
St. Catherine's will host Family Promise of Cobb County from Sunday, May 29 through Sunday, June 5. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven in our church buildings for families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. Responsibility for our guests starts each day about 5:00 pm and goes until 8:00 am the next day. During the day in the summer, the children go to the Day Center and the adults go to work or to the Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. They return to our Parish Hall for their evening meal, then stay overnight and have breakfast in our Youth House for 7 nights. 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. If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Linda Scott (lindamscott1949gmail.com) or Barb Selby (theselbysbellsouth.net).
Training for new volunteers: Tuesday, May 10, 7-9 pm
We ask all our new volunteers to attend this two-hour training session which will be at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road. Please e-mail trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org to register. We host 4 weeks per calendar year.
Family Promise Golf Benefit this summer
Family Promise of Cobb County will host their First Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 20, 8:00 am at Indian Hills Golf Club. The cost is $125 per golfer. This will be a scramble format. Registration includes greens fees, golf cart and lunch. Men and women golfers welcome, no matter your skill level. For registration forms and/or information, please contact Eleanore & Richard Pearson at elerichbellsouth.net or 678-290-0097.
Lunch dates: Wednesdays, June 29 and July 6
Please consider joining the team to organize the MUST Summer Lunch events (June and/or July this year). Your help will be needed make this program a success at St. Cat's this summer. We will make 1,000 lunches on these two dates: Wednesday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 6, 9:30 am in the Parish Hall. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry 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.
Thank you for parking lot re-striping
A big thank you to everyone involved in the April project to repaint the lines in our parking lot, including Eric DeLaBarre, Kent Hankinson, Chuck Zimmerman, and members & parents of Boy Scout Troop 713. You made short work of the parking lot, cleaning and clearing the spaces, and seeing that all the striping was painted. We also greatly appreciate the contribution of our Preschool to this effort.
From Father Dean, Interim Rector
On Sunday, April 17, several parishioners, including Nursery Workers and Ushers, were approached by a newcomer who asked for money. The funds were needed, she explained, for a family emergency.
Your Vestry and I have discussed the need for a PARISH POLICY for such situations: on the one hand, it is in the very nature of the Church as “Christ’s Body on earth” to be responsive to those in need; on the other hand, the hustle and bustle of Sunday morning worship and education is not the most practical time for individual parishioners to try and discern those needs.
Our Parish Policy is simply this: Only Clergy may dispense funds on Sunday morning.
If you are approached by someone who asks for money, you are to listen kindly and compassionately, and even prayerfully, if needed, and then, direct that person to the clergy. If the person persists, then simply say, “Our Parish Policy is for only clergy to dispense funds on Sundays.” By saying this, you the parishioner are free to act compassionately, without having to “discern” the legitimacy of the request.
Other concerns: If this happens when the clergy are in worship, then obviously, the person will have to wait until after worship to be directed to the clergy. Also, it is not advisable to give rides to those in need without a second parishioner to go with you. For any questions concerning this policy, please see Father Dean or Amma Susan.
By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden
Highlights of the Vestry meeting on April 19 — We celebrated Eucharist at 7pm and our meeting began about 7:35pm with our senior warden Daniel Mikkelson presiding. We had two guests: Jason Snape and Bill Lee from the Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee has nearly completed their work on the Parish Profile – a document that will become a piece of our website accessible to those who may be interested in becoming our next rector and how they may feel called to lead us into the next chapters of our existence. The document gives a look deep into the personality of who we are as members of St. Catherine’s. Our parish is lively, diverse and growing in the work we are called to do – and the Parish Profile shows that. Through photography and beautifully crafted, but minimal, text, the design team has done a terrific job of putting us on display. The Parish Profile will be presented at two Town Hall meetings that will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30pm and Sunday, May 22 between the two services (about 9 am). Please feel free to attend one or both sessions.
Our Youth House Expansion (YHE) project is revving up. Volunteers will be needed in the coming weeks for flooring and wall-building. Sign up in the lobby before or after church. YHE fundraising continues: We have raised over $100,000 towards our goal of about $138,000. Pledges have been received from 81 of our parish homes. Payments should be completed by September 1 if possible. See above in this Wheel newsletter for details on the Raise the Roof fundraiser on April 23.
A project committee has been formed to establish a plan for expanding the Memorial Garden. The initial planning and design work done by Beverly and Bill Fambrough and their committee will continue under the leadership of Susannah Campbell. If you are interested in serving please contact Tami Mace or Susannah. The expansion will include room to more than double the number of those who may wish for their cremated remains to be buried here at St. Cat’s.
The HR committee has developed job descriptions for the two new positions we will hire this summer: A Director of Children & Family Ministries will help develop the Catechesis program for our young children and coordinate the activities of the Young Families group. And a Facilities Manager (currently part-time) will be hired to better address the needs of our aging facility and help manage repairs, upkeep and various projects (like clean up days) to keep our facilities looking and running well.
Eric DeLaBarre presented a preliminary Incident Response plan. We will train ushers and greeters to better cope with an issue like the protesters who visited last fall, as well as weather or medical emergencies.
Our financials are looking good – we encourage you to go to The City and look at the new TAB called GIVING. You can set up online giving for your pledge and automatically pay your pledge monthly so you’re always up to date. This is a VERY secure feature of our accounting software – none of your personal financial information is stored on our servers – only on the very secure systems banks use to transfer funds (similar to PayPal).
The parking lot re-striping project has been completed – this was prompted by a safety concern that people wind through our parking lot without being aware of the crosswalks. STATE LAW requires cars to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. We have also added a crosswalk sign at the Preschool entrance – Do drive carefully!
Our meeting was adjourned at 9:30. All vestry meetings are open to visitors – we ask that you let us know if you have questions or concerns at vestrystcatherines.org or by seeing any of your vestry members – we wear green nametags.
By Pat Pepper
Help wanted—minimum skills are required. Positions offer great benefits and excellent rewards. If you can do any of the following:
If the list above does not utilize one of your gifts I have many other opportunities for you. We need you!
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
See LOTS more full size in the album at Spring 2016
Photos by Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron, Bettye Harris
Confirmation at the Cathdral
The Journey group with sponsors and more members of St. Catherine's attended the Diocesan Confirmation service on April 10 to reaffirm baptismal vows and be received into the Episcopal Church by Bishop Wright. Pictures by Bettye Harris and Bill Monk. See more photos and video in the album by Bill Monk for the Diocese at picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/DiocesanConfirmationService.
April 15-17 at beautiful Montara Farm (photos by Linda Shrake)
The return of the Alleuias
Our children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atriums held their Liturgy of the Light celebration on April 3. We dug up the "Alleluias" buried during Lent and everyone received a personal light from the Paschal candle. (Photos by Amy Mikkelsen)
Baptisms on April 10
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:
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
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. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. For more about Georgia Festival Chorus please visit www.tgafc.org. Dates and locations:
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.
What better way to learn about Camp Mikell than checking it out in person? Camp Mikell is the camp and conference center for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, located in Toccoa, Georgia. They are holding the first Open House on Saturday, June 4, 1:00-4:00 pm. Counselors and staffers will be gearing up for the first week of summer camp and ready to answer any questions you may have! If you’ve never been to Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the diocese. No RSVP is necessary. See the Open House event page at https://goo.gl/GBNS66, or for more information about Camp Mikell including the summer camp program see their website at www.campmikell.com . Contact amandacampmikell.com with any questions.
Leaf and Loaf, LLC presents parishioner and Chef Sue Snape along with Artist Ellen Bulterman in their art & food summer camp this July. Explore creativity with food and cooking, art and expression. Half a day of visual art! Half a day of culinary! Lunch in the middle! For kids who have completed Grades 2 through 5. Session 1 is July 11-15, session 2 is July 18-22, each 9 am-4 pm in St. Catherine's Parish Hall. Cost of $450 includes lunch, food and art supplies. For information and registration go to www.leafandloaf.com/#!creative-summer-camp/mu7bg, or you may contact Sue Snape with any questions, snapesuegmail.com.
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: Christine de Catanzaro
BEFORE SURGERY: Susan Jenkins, Bill Fambrough
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Donna Cates, Uncle Sumter, Stanley Hummel, Greg Gambill, Ron Sellens, Joe H., Myrinda Burch, Andy Mitchell, Jo Anne Fisher, Paul Moore, Caroline Smith, Laura Berry, Cliff Kutzbach, Braley Camara, Charlie & Pat Robinson, Vic Pettett, Gary Parker, Bob Mannion, Aunt Dori, Sally Busko, Chris Sumsky, Cathy Moskovis, Mark Smolen, Jo Hunt, Marilyn May, Mark Pendroid.
BIRTHDAYS: (4/20) Scott Burkholder, 4/25) Brian Williams, (4/28) Susan Partus, Sarah Sherwood, Therese Braman, (4/29) Cody Pitts, (4/30) Marilyn Cain, Vince Westin, Ina Bachmann, Sofi Jones; (5/1) Steve Wolfe, Taylor Baumann; (5/3) Nancy Denton, Cindy Sheehan; (5/4) Sheila Bishop, Beth Thomas, John Iacobelli; (5/5) Bill Selby, Beau Paris; (5/6) Bettye Harris, Marlene Stuart, Jack Khan.
ANNIVERSARIES: (4/28) Doug & Susan Jenkins, (4/30) Camilo & Kelly Calvo, (5/2) Julie & John Fulcher.
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
If you are interested in babysitting, St. Catherine’s Preschool would like some names to give out to parents. Please email Sally your name and contact information that you would like to be shared. You are also welcome to create a flyer to hang in the preschool to advertise your babysitting services!
We are still in need of breakfast donations for the youth. Go to www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4da9a82ba6fa7-youth to sign up to provide breakfast and drinks for the youth one Sunday morning. We have 24 slots to fill between now and May. If you haven't brought part of breakfast yet please consider it! It is an easy way to support the youth on Sunday mornings!
This event is for all graduating seniors, family, and friends at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Atlanta. The event will be from 3:30-5:30 pm. We will start with Eucharist and a ceremony to recognize all seniors. Bishop Wright will be to celebrate with us. After the service, we will have a reception from 4:45-5:30. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Seniors need to register themselves with number of guests online at public.serviceu.com/RegistrationForm/8625048-343592254/?OrgKey=7d7ed618-26bb-48b6-b8da-5273f3545433 .
Note: If you plan to register for any Diocesan events, please let Sally know so that she can help coordinate transportation and other necessary communications.
Photos by Sally Paris, Caroline Brennan, Jan Potter
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