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By Father Dean+
It was a shocking thing to hear, especially from a famous “spiritual” speaker, an ancient old monk named Thomas Keating. The comment came as he answered a question someone asked about the medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich. St. Julian, said Keating, re-captures for many the original spirit of Jesus, which is totally and thoroughly and absolutely, love. God’s love for us is absolute and indissoluble, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that we can do to “change God’s mind,” so to speak.
What, then, of sin? What of the Bible’s descriptions of the “wrath” of God? Again, it begins and ends in God’s love. God’s love, especially for the least of God’s children—the poor, the hungry, and the destitute—demands that the rest of those children form a world in which there is justice for all. It is said that the “wrath” of God burned against the nation of Israel in the time of Amos because the divide between the rich and the poor widened, and the nation collapsed and was taken into slavery.
God is similarly “interested” in our own personal sins only to the extent that God’s children end up hurt—ourselves and others. When we fall into any of the seven “deadly sins”, including gluttony, lust, envy, wrath, jealousy, and pride, and the like, God does not need to “punish” us for those sins; the sins themselves punish us.
God is the force of love that grieves over our pain, offers the healing balm of God’s self as Holy Spirit, and invites all of us into a community of that Holy Spirit, the Church. Imagine, in your prayer and meditation time, the face of God who grieves over your pain and smiles with love and invitation. The sins themselves make us miserable, not God. Give up that old image of God, and see what happens!
Activities and schedule changes for the start of summer:
Summer Sunday worship schedule
Each week starting May 22 through June and July:
It's a fun way to meet people! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) to everyone after 10:30 am Sunday service on the brick walk in front of the church. Individuals and families are needed to work on a rotation schedule -- if we have enough volunteers you'll only work one or two days this summer. Please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Deana DeLaBarre at deana_delabarrecomcast.net. / 678-354-3839.
A tradition at St. Catherine's is to sing favorite hymns by request during worship in the summer months. Please send us your hymn requests now -- please be sure they are in our blue hymnal (The Hymnal 1982). Fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (include title AND hymn number PLEASE), or send email to Dr. Brian Williams, brianwstcatherines.org. We will schedule as many as possible.
Sunday, May 22, 9:00 am
Got questions? We may have answers! Join your Nominating Committee and Vestry for one of these sessions to find out the latest on issues during this fast-moving era in our history!
Photos below by Bettye Harris - at the first Town Hall session on May 11
Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Join us immediately after the 10:30 service this day (about 12 noon) to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s. No tickets or reservations are needed. Donations go to benefit the St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund (see article below).
Picnic help needed! – We need lots of help particularly from the men of the parish to run the picnic. Please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin.
In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund continues to struggle to keep up with the wonderful growth of our Youth program.
The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from the Parish Picnic and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships in a total approximately $20,000. At this time we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen, but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.
How can you help? First, be generous when you attend the Parish Picnic on May 22 and are asked for a contribution. Second, consider an outright gift to the Fund (tax deductible) by writing a check to St. Catherine’s and noting its use for the College Book Scholarship Fund. Third, keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
Highlights from the May Vestry meeting
By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden
Your Vestry begins each meeting with Eucharist, but this month Karen Maxwell, representing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, brought us a meditation over the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. It was a moving way to begin our long evening of deliberations.
Our meeting was adjourned at 10:30 pm. 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.
Please communicate these opportunities to persons you feel may qualify. Parish members and non-members may apply. To apply, send resume to HRstcatherines.org.
The Nominating Committee is posting continuing updates and news in the blog for our rector search. Don’t miss the latest entries at stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney/:
Sunday, June 5, 9:00 am
By Bettye Harris
All Are Welcome! Our next event for Visitor and Newcomers is scheduled for June 5 from 9:00 to 10:00 am in the Parish Hall, iimmediately after 8:00 am service. Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to joins us for our regular breakfast hour ... our treat (price for parishioners is $3). We look forward to getting to know you better and chatting informally about our programs & ministries. Feel free to invite a neighbor or friend.To help us with our planning, your RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Bettye Harris, bettyecharrisgmail.com or Susan Heuke, 22sghcomcast.net if you have questions or can assist (we are looking for a few folks to bring an extra casserole or breakfast treat).
7:00 pm in the Parish Hall
All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this important meeting where we will discuss plans for the Ministry Fair and other important developments in our parish. Please be sure that a representative of your group will be there to hear and participate. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure that rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you and your activities! Your church staff is having a calendaring retreat day to plan out the coming year. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for your group—tentative or confirmed, one time or on-going—from June 2016 through May 2017.
Communication about this will be more important than ever in the coming year! Remember, if your activity is not scheduled on the church calendar, another event may occur at the same time and/or the space you need may be in use by others. Please send all information by June 1 to Rose Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org.
6:00-9:00 pm in the Youth House
The Youth are offering Parents Night Out, an opportunity for all St. Catherine's parents to have an evening out while your children are supervised in the Youth House. Cost is $20 for the first child, $10 each additional child, includes a pizza dinner and veggies. Children must be at least 2 years old and potty-trained. Sign up by Thursday, June 9 so we will have enough babysitters and adults. See the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Caroline Brennan at this email: parentsnightoutstcatherines.org. Proceeds benefit the Youth House Expansion.
RSVP by June 11
By Hans Kraeger
Join this fun dinner program where only the host knows who is coming for dinner! Hosts coordinate privately with guests (3 other couples or mix of individuals) to schedule 1 dinner engagement anytime in this cycle (June 25 – December 31). It’s a great way to get to know more of your St. Catherine’s fellow members. Inquire for information by signing up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, on The City or email Hans Kraeger, hans.kraegergmail.com. Open to anyone 21 years of age and older. Registration for this cycle closes on Saturday, June 11.
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.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you to join us! Contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200 to get on our mailing list or to RSVP for any of these events. (All activities are pay-your-own.)
Parking in upper lot on Sundays
We request that each Sunday everyone reserve ALL of the upper parking lot spaces, not just the designated handicapped spaces, for those who require the close-up parking to be able to get to the building. Thank you for your consideration!
Our June blood drive will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Youth House. Add the date to your calendar now! Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
-> Men’s Retreat! Friday to Sunday, October 7–9 at Montara Farm in the north Georgia mountains. Watch for details coming soon!
Donations wanted: diapers for hosting week, May 29-June 5
By Barb Selby and Linda Scott
Thank you so much for your response to fill the volunteer needs for Family Promise this month! We have three families coming for this hosting week, May 29-June 5, with a total of 9 children. The families would greatly appreciate any help we can give with diapers for the little ones. Sizes needed are: size 5 toddler pull-ups, size 5 diapers, and size 2-month diapers. Donations may be left at the Outreach table across from the Parlor.
Family Promise Golf Benefit - Monday, June 20
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.
Item donations – new requests
By Harriett Pyburn
We are currently collecting the following items for the clothes closet at Holy Comforter's Friendship Center:
In addition, if you have shopping bags with handles you can donate, these are very helpful on our monthly distribution days. All donations may be placed in the bin at the Outreach table across from the Parlor.
Lunch & Bingo Party for Holy Comforter Church - Saturday, June 25
Be part of the “ministry of presence”
Our Outreach Ministry is inviting members of the Holy Comforter Friendship Center to come to Marietta for a fun day of lunch, music and bingo on Saturday, June 25 starting at 11:30 am. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church is a diverse worshipping community in the heart of Atlanta. About 60% of this congregation live with mental illness. The Friendship Center is part of the outreach ministry of Holy Comforter. 75-80 members come to the Friendship Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays for hot and nutritious meals, mental and physical health education, advocacy, recreational activities, and programs in art and gardening.
Everyone at St. Catherine’s is invited to help make this a special event. There are lots of ways for you to join in. Help is needed to greet our guests, help serve lunch, make nametags, clean up, bring a dessert, join the music team, or just come for an hour or so and be a part of the “ministry of presence” by socializing with our guests, refilling beverages, or offering second helpings. To join the team, please sign up on the Opportunities For Minstry form in your bulletin or contact Linda Shrake, lashrakecomcast.net
St. Catherine’s will once again join the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition to build a new Habitat For Humanity home in Cobb County this summer. Procedures are underway and construction is expected to begin in early July. Watch for announcements coming soon of the dates you can participate as a builder or to provide food for the volunteers on site!
Wednesday, June 29 AND Wednesday, July 6
Keep it on your summer activity schedule! St. Catherine’s will again make 1,000 lunches on two dates for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. The work will begin at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall each date. 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. Learn more about it on the MUST website at www.mustministries.org/summer-lunch. To help contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.
By Father Dean+
In the Episcopal Church, why do we not say “Alleluia, alleluia” every Sunday at the dismissal at the end of the service? We have finished the Great Fifty Days of Easter and now enter the season of Pentecost, so you will see this change in your Sunday bulletin as it occurs every year.
There’s a “quick” answer and there’s a “deeper” answer to this very good question.
The quick answer is that it is a “call and response” liturgical act. The congregation “responds” with “Alleluia, alleluia,” when the deacon “invites” them by saying “Let us bless the Lord, Alleluia, alleluia” (or whatever dismissal call she might be using, p. 366 of the Book of Common Prayer). It’s similar to the times when the lector says, for example, “The Word of the Lord” at the end of the Lesson or Epistle reading and we answer, “Thanks be to God;” or when the celebrant opens the service with “Blessed be God; Father Son and Holy Spirit” and we respond “And blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever.” And so, if the deacon says only, “Let us bless the Lord,” the congregation answers only, “Thanks be to God”—though, of course, with great enthusiasm!
This of course leads to a “deeper” question: Why doesn’t the deacon invite the congregation to add “Alleluia, alleluia” every Sunday? First of all, the rubrics of our Prayer Book, on p. 366, reserve the double alleluia for Easter season only. Some priests and deacons “stretch” this rubric by saying that “each Sunday is an Easter Sunday,” while others are more circumspect. As one clergy friend said, “I say it during Easter season, and when the spirit just insists on it!”
To the editors of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, however, to do this every Sunday would in a sense make the extraordinary exuberance of that season commonplace and, as a result, less special. As one of my professors said, “It would be a bit like saying ‘Merry Christmas’ all year round. Sometimes,” he added, “being more reserved on some occasions can actually enhance the joy of other times, which is a very Anglican way to do things!”
Below - Jennifer, Shirley and Deana were celebrated at the May 10 Fellowship meeting with the most appropriate recognition -- a sheet cake! (Photos by Bettye Harris)
by Susie Davis, Harriett Pyburn and Stephanie Yucius
Last week, we wrapped up another year of Wednesday Night Explorers, our evening activity group for our 3rd - 5th graders. This group has spent the year diving into the St. Catherine's mission statement. What does it mean to “welcome, accept, nurture and serve?” Over the course of the school year, we have:
As a final, fun wrap-up for the year, we sent the kids on a picture scavenger hunt around the church. They were told to bring us back two pictures that represented the words of our mission statement. Their results were beautiful and insightful:
These children have been such a joy this year, and it has been so rewarding for them to explore our church and our identity in the context of Jesus' teachings. We plan to meet again next year from 7 pm-8 pm on Wednesdays for those 3rd - 6th graders who would like to join us. We'd love to have you!
We are proud of our all graduates!
“Looking Inward – Looking Forward – Seeking You”
By Stephanie Yucius
Join us on these four Sundays in August – August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10-11 am – for our 2016 Ministry Fair. St. Catherine’s Parish Hall will host Ministry Teams for you to learn more about and sign up for their opportunities in ministry. Each Sunday will feature 2-3 ministry teams for you to explore. Light refreshments will be provided by the hosting ministry teams.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
The Day of Pentecost, May 15! Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see more full size in the album at Spring 2016.
--> HEAR THE CHOIRS : click here to listen to the anthem "The Flame" by David Lantz sung by the Choristers and Chancel Choir this day!
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:
Thank you all so very much for the prayers and the lovely flowers. Both are very much appreciated. My appointment (second one) with the doctor shows things are doing well. No surgery is needed and I can wear the boot and not a cast. I am blessed to be a part of St. Catherine’s.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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.
Half a day of visual art! Half a day of culinary! Lunch in the middle! 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. 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.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities 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: Jon Moore, math teacher at Campbell High School; Steve Smith
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Charlie Zimmerman, Jennifer Tear, Amma Susan Johnson, Bill Fambrough, Holly Griffin, Julie Brannock, Tillie Carter, Salvadore Reyes, Priscella, Donna Boney, Stephanie Smith & Family, Jim Hutson, Jerry Venable, June Currant, Elisabetta, Kathryn Burgher, Chubby Rice, Beth Sandoval, Philip Johnson, Dr. Ike Reighard, Russ White, Judi Rogers, Davis Waldron, Pat Kenoyer, Myrtle Gearring, Susan Jenkins, Donna Cates, Ron Sellens, Stanley Hummel, Greg Gambill, Jo Anne Fisher, Laura Berry, Cliff Kutzbach, Victor Pettett, Gary Parker, Chris Sumsky, Marilyn May, Ken Buxton, Laura Dabundo.
BIRTHDAYS: (5/22) John Fulcher, (5/23) Mike Burnaugh, Frank Adams, Forrest Ettel, (5/25) Peter Britt, Piper Brennan, (5/26) Juan Sandoval, Caroline Brennan, Blake Sherry, Reagan Jones, (5/27) Karen Maxwell, (5/28) Nancy Certain, Jason Snape, Jennifer Vavra, Sullivan Thomas, (5/29) Isaac Bachmann, (5/30) Tanya Bowers-Dean, (5/31) Shelley Ransdell, Susan Vavra, Coleman Dupuis, (6/1) Jane Smith, (6/2) Tillie Carter, Fran Books, Emily Travis, (6/4) Mary Moore, Mary Dailey, (6/5) Willow Riney, (6/6) Steve Robinson, Frances Bowden, Adrian Aumann, (6/8) Jackie Anderson, Kelly Donoghue, Hannah Parrot, (6/9) Bill Sapp, Harriett Pyburn, Paul Maxwell, Hillyear Jones, (6/10) Tim Langmaid, Robert Dailey, Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan.
ANNIVERSARIES: Norma & George Alexander (5/22), Bill & Beverly Fambrough (5/22), Alan & Nancy Certain (5/28) Harry & Jennifer Tear (5/29), Susannah & Neil Campbell (5/29), Fred & Elizabeth Lopez (5/30), Scott & Laura Butzen (5/30), Karen & Hans Kraeger (6/2), Beth & Clarke Thomas (6/3), James & Audrey Nesbit (6/3) Lisa & Kris Cook (6/9).
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 Volunteer Opportunities 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
Please pray for all the pilgrims of the YA class and their chaperones who will depart on May 30 for the 9-day pilgrimage in Belize. We will send them off with our blessings at the 10:30 service on May 22. Pilgrims: Alison, Thad, Matthew, Stephanie, Phillip, Sofi, Olivia, Justice, Nick, Chandler, Cheyne, Forrest, Nick, Elisabeth, Beca, Charlie. Chaperones: Dave, Jeanette, Katja, Sally, Dean, Dave.
We will spend the day 9 AM-5 PM floating the river, laughing, and will close with lunch and Eucharist at Church of the Resurrection. $20 per participant. Please RSVP to Gina: tabby257aol.com
We're having a youth outing the Turner Field before the Braves move to Cobb County. Meet at church at 12:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please let Sally know by May 22nd so that tickets can be ordered. Friends are welcome to join, but please RSVP for them as well. Tickets are $16, please eat before-hand or bring money/snacks.
Next Youth House Expansion Fundraiser! Join us after the 8:00 service on Sunday the 19th to wash cars! It'll be good, clean, fun!! This is the next opportunity to claim the YHE Fundraising Trophy!
We will meet on Sunday 5:00-7:00 PM over the summer unless otherwise noted!
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