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By Amma Susan+
While walking through the halls of Kennestone Hospital this week on the way to visit a parishioner, I was struck by the number of people I encountered who were talking on their cell phones as they walked along. Every other person had a phone attached to their ear. We have all seen it, people talking while driving, while walking down the sidewalk, while shopping in stores and while dining in a restaurant. It’s like there’s this need to constantly be connected and distracted from what they were doing in that moment.
Today, I am rarely where someone cannot “reach out and touch” me by phone, not to mention texts and emails and Facebook. Sometimes I miss the days when I was not quite so accessible. I love my cell phone as much as the next person. My smartphone is the ultimate gadget, a hand-held computer that can do amazing things at the touch of a button or a swipe across the screen. At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur, however, I remember when getting in my car, taking a morning walk, making hospital visits or eating out was a little respite from the telephone tether.
It’s no coincidence that the word “present” is synonymous with the word “gift.” Those times away from distractions were opportunities to be still and aware of the present moment: delighting in a beautiful sunrise, or the sounds of birdsong, the smell of newly mown grass, the savoring of a delicious meal and companionship. These were little presents from God that I would have missed if I had not been present to the moment. It is only when we free ourselves from distractions that we can truly encounter God, for the present is where God always is. When Moses encountered God in the burning bush, the miracle was not that the bush was burning and not consumed. The miracle was that Moses stopped long enough to notice the bush. The beautiful poem below, "I Am" by Helen Mallicoat, captures one of the timeless truths of all the great spiritual traditions: that God is to be found in the present moment.
So here is my gift to you, and I hope you accept this challenge and give this gift to yourself. I invite you to take time, to disconnect from life’s distractions, maybe even put your phone on silent so that you can be in the present moment.
At the end of the seven days re-read your reflections and notice the “God moments” as you learn to let go of stress, to let go of fear, to let go of worry, and to surrender and experience the joy and gratitude of simply being in the present moment with God.
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.
June Outreach collection and VBS Mission: School Supply Drive
St. Catherine's VBS program will be collecting school supplies for two local schools. We appreciate contributions of these items on the VBS dates below, or any time in the month of June. Note for items below: We ask for some brand-specific items because the cheaper versions just don't last and these children cannot afford to replace them. Thank you1
The St. Catherine’s Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for our new Senior Rector from June 1 through June 30. This position has been posted on the Episcopal Digital Network, with the Office of Transition Ministry, and on the diocesan web site. In addition, it will appear in The Sermons That Work and Episcopal News Service mailings.
If you know of an individual that you would like to nominate (with their permission), please send their name and contact information to nominationsstcatherines.org. Candidates who interested in entering into a conversation with us about the position of rector of St. Catherine’s, we would like to learn more about you. Please complete your OTM Portfolio and send a copy of your resume, references and a link to an audio or video recording of your sermons. Send your nomination by June 30, and we would appreciate your completed information no later than July 22. Inquiries may be sent by email to nominationsstcatherines.org, or by postal mail to Bill Lee, Nominating Committee Chair, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Rd, Marietta, GA 30068.
We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of our invitation. We know that the presence of the Holy Spirit will guide our committee and the candidates to the right decisions. We are committed to frequent communication with all candidates about the progress of our search process. Please know that you are in our prayers and keep us in yours.
You can now view your most current financial statement and give to St. Catherine’s online through The City. This is truly an invitation and not a requirement.
When you log into The City, look for “Giving” on the menu list on the right side of the screen. You will see four options:
One of the main reasons for St. Catherine’s to invest in The City was its Online Giving capability. You’ll find its ease of use and the convenience of automatic payments is a great benefit to you and to St. Catherine’s as you stay up to date with your pledge. You have complete control of the payment amounts and when they are made. In addition, as our parish continues to grow so do the demands on our staff. Your use of online giving in The City will reduce the workload on our staff and volunteers. At the moment, 20-25% of our parishioners use online bill-pay. While this has been a great benefit to our parishioners in automating payments, this capability does not automate payment processing. Our staff still has to open letters from these banks and manually process each check. The City’s Online Giving module automates processing for both parishioners and St. Catherine’s.
With respect to individual privacy and information security, we have worked with ACS, the vendor of The City, to ensure the highest safeguards are in place for online giving. ACS has informed us that no sensitive information is stored in The City. The information you enter is actually transmitted into ACS’s partner’s (Vanco Payment Solutions) system in real-time. Vanco is a payment processor and is a registered ISO (Independent Sales Organization) with Wells Fargo Bank. Vanco Payment Solutions is a PCI DSS Level 1 compliant service provider. PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Other PCI DSS compliant payment processors include Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB.
See demonstration Sundays, June 12 and 19
Join us in the Board Room for an overview of the new Online Giving feature between services on June 12 and June 19.
It's a fun way to meet more people at St. Catherine’s! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) to everyone after 8:00 and 10:30 am Sunday services on the brick walk in front of the church. You have the opportunity to bring cookies, serve lemonade, or both after the 8:00 and the 10:30 services this summer. The Lemonade Brigade will set up, make the lemonade and clean up.
To provide cookies or to serve the refreshments after services please see the sign up sheets in the foyer, the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Deana DeLaBarre at deana_delabarrecomcast.net / 678-354-3839.
By David Moore
From the beginning of our existence, Saint Catherine’s has been blessed with a healthy Stephen Ministry program. Our priests have always been trained as Stephen Leaders and have fully supported this ministry. Saint Catherine’s has trained literally hundreds of Stephen Ministers.
What are Stephen Ministers? They are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or issues regarding aging and loss of independence. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
If you would like to learn more about this ministry, or if you think you are being called to it, you have impeccable timing! We are forming a new class of Stephen Ministers to start in the fall. There is an application to fill out and an interview process that we would like to complete with you in early August. For more information on this life changing ministry please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Stephen Leader David Moore, (404) 309-7793.
Come get your car clean and support our Youth House Expansion project at the same time! Our Youth are holding a car wash at church after both services on this date, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. No charge, all donations gratefully accepted.
We have second car wash date planned next month on July 17 so add both dates to your calendar now. See you there!
Saturday, June 18 -- Day trip to Dahlonega
Join Cats On Wheels to take a day trip on Saturday, June 18 to the Dahlonega Gold Mine and Smith House. RSVP soon for trip details to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
2016-2017 activities announced
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! We meet usually on the third Saturday of the month, alternately for lunch or for a day trip (or longer). Transportation is by carpool and/or the church van. Your Cats On Wheels planning team have proposed a schedule of events through July 2017. Mark your calendars now for any events that appeal to you and watch for announcements of the details as each date approaches. Costs for all events are self-paid.
Apply by Sunday, June 19
The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at this year's Diocesan Council on Friday & Saturday, November 18-19 at Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's "in good standing" (meaning that they "pray, work, and give for the spread of God's Kingdom" on a regular basis) and are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings. If you are interested, please check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Sr. Warden Daniel Mikkelsen, Jr. Warden Bill Ivey or our clergy by June 19.
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. Don't forget to use RapidPass on the day of the drive to save time by completing the pre-reading and donation questions online before coming -- go to www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
At St. Catherine’s we always have a need for additional copies of the Book of Common Prayer for the pews to replace those that become worn out or are missing pages. If you would like to give one or more prayer books in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one, we will place a book plate in the front of each showing your name and who you are dedicating the book to.
Books are $20 each. To donate one or more books please download and fill out the form at www.stcatherines.org/forms/DedicatePrayerBook.pdf or pick one up at church. Place the form with your check in the offering plate on Sunday, or bring/mail to the church office. We thank you!
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. Even if it's a continuing or repeating activity from the previous year it's important that you inform us now.
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. If your committee has not replied yet, please send all information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Rose Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org.
RSVP needed by Wednesday, July 6
The Youth are offering the next Parents Night Out from 6 to 8 pm on July 8. It's a great 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 the evening of Wednesday, July 6 so we will have enough babysitters and adults to care for your child. See the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Caroline Brennan at this email: parentsnightoutstcatherines.org. Proceeds benefit the Youth House Expansion.
“Looking Inward – Looking Forward – Seeking You”
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.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ… Romans 12:4-5a
St. Catherine's Preschool has a few spots open for the 2016-17 school year. Please tell friends and neighbors about our quality program for ages 1 to pre-K. Tours are available throughout the summer, contact Director Karolyn Olliffe, Karolynstcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. Information is on our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool .
The Men’s Retreat will be Friday to Sunday, October 7–9 at Montara Farm in the north Georgia mountains. Watch for details coming soon!
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
Wednesday, June 29 AND Wednesday, July 6
We need your help to make 1,000 lunches each time for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. We will begin at 9:30 am in Parish Hall. With many hands it's surprising quick task! All ages can participate (children with parents supervising). Help is also needed in any of these ways listed below:
To assist or for questions please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.
Family Promise of Cobb County will host a scramble-format golf outing on Monday, June 20, 8:00 am at Indian Hills Golf Club. Have you signed up as a sponsor or as a player? Our Golf Committee members have been working hard to make sure it is an enjoyable event that raises money to support the mission of FPCC: to assist homeless families with children achieve adequate and consistent income, stable housing and lasting independence by mobilizing our local interfaith community to provide temporary meals, shelter, compassionate hospitality and professional social services.
Men and women players are welcome at all skill levels. The cost is $125 per golfer which includes greens fees, golf cart and lunch. Get details about the event, see sponsorship opportunities, and register online – go now to www.familypromisecobbcounty.org/events/ . Come out and have a great time with FPCC!
Next FP hosting date: August 7- 14
Construction begins Saturday, July 9
St. Catherine’s will again this year work with a consortium of other area churches, mosques, synagogues and companies to build a new Habitat for Humanity home, coordinated by the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC). The build will start on Saturday, July 9. This year's home owner is a family of four, and the build site is on Lee Road in Mableton. Your engagement with Habitat for Humanity is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to a great build.
We will provide construction workers to the project on these dates: Saturdays, July 9, July 30, August 6, 13, 20 and 27. In addition, we will provide breakfast and lunch for 40 people on site on August 13. You may sign up to help at the table in our foyer on Sundays, or contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 404-819-0891. Please note there are minimum age requirements for participation at the build site.
Show your support with our T-shirt
Everyone is invited to support this year’s build with a t-shirt! The coalition is offering special Habitat T-shirts at a cost of $15 each. This sale is a small but important part of the funds needed, and will identify those of us who want to support this outreach ministry. See the table in our foyer on Sundays, or request by contacting Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, with the number and size of shirts you would like. Get yours soon for best selection of sizes!
The word “acolyte” is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. St. Catherine’s is blessed to have had 29 acolytes during the past year who have been our constant companions, attendants and helpers! We are so thankful for the gifts of their time and talent.
Special Thanks to Our 2016 Graduating Seniors
Our Returning Acolytes
Is your child interested in being an acolyte?
Acolytes are our children and youth who assist the clergy during worship services. Training and vestments are provided. We welcome all who have a personal desire to serve, and the maturity to sit attentively, follow the bulletin and fully participate in the worship service. The youngest typically may begin around age 7 to 8. To find out more please contact Acolyte Master Frank Adams, 404.877.2993, frank.adamsaonhewitt.com.
By Bettye Harris & Susan Heuke, Invitation Ministry Team
An enthusiastic group of newcomers, visitors, parishoners, and clergy enjoyed “Breakfast & Fellowship” on June 5 in the Parish Hall. We were pleased to welcome and get better acquainted with more than 20 new faces!
Thank you to the Breakfast Angels team for preparing and serving a scrumptious meal to more than 45 appreciative diners (including some of our Family Promise guests). Thank you to volunteers who brought homemade casseroles and other treats. Thank you to reps and conveners for describing your ministries. Thank you to everyone for attending, assisting us, and embracing one another.
Remember there are many recent photos on our Newcomer Bulletin Board (located next to the nametag kiosk in the church foyer). Please visit and get to know some of our new faces so you can help welcome them.
Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see lots more full-size in the album at Summer 2016
By Pat Pepper
I am not telling you anything that you don't already know, but, St. Catherine's is not your “typical'” congregation (in more ways than one). One specific difference is that St. Catherine's has more members who say “yes” to service than the average congregation. I believe we have become so accustomed to serving others on a regular basis that such activities simply seem to be the natural manifestation of our personal growth as followers of Christ.
Unfortunately, many are giving because they have been “guilted” by an overzealous staffer with an org chart to fill. I must admit I may have been that overzealous person a few times. But being motivated primarily by guilt doesn't even fit the definition of volunteer. We who follow Christ are identified as servants, i.e., volunteers (Matthew 20:25-28) and we are told that in our service we are responding to God by saying yes. When we do those things we are becoming the feet, the hands, the body of Christ who was the Model Volunteer. I want to give you the opportunity to say yes, not to fill the slots on the org chart, but instead share with you opportunities for sharing and giving because LOVE DOES. I am looking forward to talking to you.
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, Bettye Harris, Hans Kraeger, Hale Sanders -- see LOTS more full size in the album at Summer 2016 .
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:
Dear people of St. Catherine's:
I am sorry this is so late coming to you, but that doesn't mean it wasn't appreciated at the time I was ill again. As the old song goes "Love lingers on" (that shows how old I am), and that love of one another was shown by the many cards, phone calls, food and other items too numerous to name, made by you stepping up in my time of need. I hope I won't need to call on you again, but if that time comes, I know you will "be there"—that is what St. Catherine's is all about. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness.
Thank you for selecting me and Shirley Childs to get the Sunday, May 22 altar flowers (a lily plant). I feel like we hit the flower delivery jack pot!! Thank you so much for thinking of us, and for the special note. We are truly blessed and so thankful for your remembrance of us [as the retiring chairs of Fellowship Ministry].
Peace and Blessings,
Dear St. Catherine’s Episcopal Family,
We are so very grateful for your recent gift to over 32,000 clients we are serving this year. For 20+ years St. Catherine’s has been a faithful supporter of your local neighbors in need. The hope you provide is changing lives. May God bless you for your faithfulness. “For when I was hungry you gave me food…”
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
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, Jake England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousins; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Andrew Hutton, and Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: Roger Day, Tom Day’s brother; Ryan LaSource, son of friends of Linda Smith; Victor Pettett. Becky Adams’ uncle; Cam Collins, friend of Janet Livingston; Ember Elliott Cohen, grandchild of friend of Kilgores
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Madison Ballard, Cohen & Ramsaur Families, Alverna Jenkins, Carol Fey, Dorothy Stephens, Gene Justice, Stephanie, Melly Martinez, Tracey Pitts, Vernie, Dennis & Henrietta Gomez, Debbie & McKayla Wernowsky, Bill Woods, Rod Pope, Marshall L. Portivent, Sr., Ken Buxton, Helen Joyce, Henry Brown, Bill Fambrough, Holly Griffin, Tillie Carter, Salvadore Reyes, Priscilla, Laura Dabundo, Elisabetta, Beth Sandoval, Philip Johnson, Russ White, Gary Parker, Marilyn May
BIRTHDAYS: (6/13) Paris Brennan, (6/15) Jennifer Buckalew, Frannie Hitchins, (6/17) Paul Manno, Mike Dillson, David Bachmann, Becky Ban, (6/18) Linda Snape, Beverly Fambrough, Peggy Snook, (6/20) Anne Willcocks, (6/21) Justin Hayward, Julie Fulcher, Frederick Tuemmler; (6/22) Pat Ennever, (6/23) Eva Snape, Anna Grace Ettel, (6/24) Lilibet Goldman, Bill Fambrough, Michael Paris, Nancy O’Neill.
ANNIVERSARIES: Bruce & Barbara Perry (6/12); Chris & Christy Jones (6/15); David & Molly Banko (6/19); Steve & Kitty Diffley (6/21); Ann & Todd Hitchins (6/21); Rick & Tracey Buckalew (6/23); Tim & Caroline Brennan (6/24); Mel & Michael Paris (6/24).
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
We have a few tickets left so RSVP to Sally right now -- sallystcatherines.org! We'll meet at church at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $16, please eat before-hand or bring money/snacks.
Next Youth House Expansion Fundraiser! Join us from 9 to 11:30 am 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!
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 on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due by midnight on Wednesday 2 days before the publication date. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
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Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org
Editor: Karen Manno
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