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By Amma Susan+
It’s summertime and as I watch children at play I am reminded of the joy of going barefoot in my youth and feeling dirt between my toes and the springy coolness of the grass. Slipping my shoes off at home or walking the beach is the closest I get to that at this stage in my life. Unless you are in the choir, you wouldn’t know that I take my shoes off when I enter the pulpit. It is a simple gesture but removing my shoes helps to ground and settle me before I begin to preach, because it reminds me that the ground on which I stand is holy. Of course, all of the ground on which we stand, garden, labor, recreate, farm and worship is holy. When I take off my shoes, it helps me remember that people have been taking off their shoes for thousands of years not just to keep the floors clean but because it is a holy act, an act of humility in the presence of the Holy. Recognizing that the ground is holy and removing my shoes is the first step towards helping myself remember. When I feel the cold hard wood or rugged stone beneath my feet, I remember that I am connected to the ground upon which I walk. The earth gives life and is the source of much that nourishes our lives.
When Moses stepped onto holy ground, he felt God’s presence in the burning bush. Actually, all of creation reveals God’s glory if we but pause long enough to recognize it. In the moment God asks Moses to take off his shoes, God is offering a way to be close to the earth and feel its holiness as it reveals the glory of God. That same offering is made to us. When we remove our shoes, we feel the coolness of stone, or the warmth of the dust, or the small hidden pebbles and we walk more carefully aware of living creatures on our path. When we remove our shoes we feel our interconnectedness with the earth and the rest of creation around us.
I love that Moses took off his shoes before starting the journey that would carry him through forty years in the desert and to Mount Nebo where he would lay down and be at rest. I love that we can follow in his footsteps and remember the holy ground that we are walking on and tending. I invite you on your faith journey to remove your shoes and feel the earth between your toes, to experience being grounded and connected to the holy world around you and to remember your place in God’s cathedral of creation.
Saturday, June 25, starting 8 am
It’s time to raise the new walls for the expansion of our Youth House! Whether you want to be involved in the actual construction or helping to support the team, we need your time and talent! The construction of this expansion is being handled by our parish members Habitat House-style, the same method we used to build the original building. We will need 20-30 volunteer builders this day. If you’re not interested in swinging a hammer we still need plenty of hands to move supplies and serve refreshments.
Please be sure to park in the main parking lot this day, not in the back. You’ll want to wear a hat and sunscreen. Builders should bring hammer, gloves, etc. All volunteers will need to print & sign our waiver form at stcatherines.org/forms/Volunteer_Waiver_of_Liability.pdf. NO OPEN TOE SHOES/SANDALS/FLIPFLOPS on site. For details or to get on the mailing list for the upcoming construction dates, contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.
Photos below - foundation is poured and ready!
The Nominating Committee began accepting nominations for our new Senior Rector on June 1. This nominating period will close on June 30. Anyone wishing to submit a name for nomination may do so by sending an email to nominationsstcatherines.org.
From the Nominating Committee - "Join us in prayer"
[Blog posting June 20, 2016] - During the months of June and July the nominating committee is focusing on discernment. One way we are doing this is by joining in a common prayer for discernment. The committee invites you to join us by praying daily for guidance during the remainder of this month and July:
Prayer for Discernment (Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus)
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.
All adults are invited to one or more of our classes on three Sundays this summer. Each class will meet from 9:15 to 10:15 am in the Board Room, and will be led by Randy Satterfield. No charge, no RSVP needed, so please come to:
Saturday, July 16 at Atlantic Buffet
Join us at 11:30 am for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Atlantic Buffet in Marietta Trade Center just south of the Big Chicken, 270 Cobb Pkwy S, Marietta, GA 30060, (770) 794-8288. RSVP so we can save you a seat on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Photo - On the June day trip to Dahlonega --courtesy Alan Certain (left to right): Susan Martin, Vera Bibbings, John Martin, Ron Cook, Nancy Certain, Alan Certain, Kathryn Burgher, Arlyn Cook (foreground).
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.
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. Photos below from June 19 car wash by Sally Paris.
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 left 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 both you and 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, your use of online giving in The City will reduce the workload on our staff and volunteers. 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.
Breakfast Angels are our volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up a simple breakfast available to everyone on Sunday mornings at church. New hands are needed to join the teams that are scheduled to work on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Margaret Shaw, mhbshawbellsouth.net.
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.
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 on July 21 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.
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.
“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
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!
Be part of the “ministry of presence”! Our Outreach Ministry is inviting members of the Holy Comforter Friendship Center to come to St. Catherine's for a fun day of lunch, music and bingo on Saturday, June 25 starting at 11:30 am. 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. For information contact Linda Shrake, lashrakecomcast.net
It’s time again to help MUST Ministries in this summer’s effort provide over 250,000 lunches to children in our community. St. Catherine’s will make approximately 1,000 lunches on two dates this summer: Wednesdays, June 29 and July 6. You can lend a hand! 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. Thank you!
We are teaming up with the Boy Scouts to collect new or gently used books for MUST in association with the Summer Lunch Program. Needed are books for children ages 1 – 18 (NO romance novels, need the most for lower grade students, notes inside the book are ok – only sign your FIRST name). Please bring the books to the collection bin at the Outreach table near the Parlor.
House blessing and construction start 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!
In conjuction with our June Vacation Bible School we are collecting school supplies for two local schools. We appreciate contributions of these items any time in the month of June, please bring them to the collection bins at the Outreach table near the Parlor. 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 you!
The Family Promise First Annual Golf Outing at Indian Hills Country Club on June 20 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone from St. Catherine’s who contributed in any way to this event. We couldn’t have done it without you. A extra thank you to Eleanore and Richard Pearson and Hale and Diane Sanders for helping making it such a wonderful success!
Next FP hosting week: August 7- 14
By Pat Pepper
My good friend, Bill, loaned me the book, “Love Does,” by Bob Goff. As the title suggests this book is about putting hands and feet on love. Goff tells us through great stories that love does things. All of us want, need and experience love, and many of us are doing because of love.
St. Catherine's is a Love Does church. Looking at this week’s church calendar reminded me how much St. Catherine's Does Love.
Whew, and I didn't even include all of the activities of the week. WE are amazing. I could never begin to list the names of everyone who is Doing in Love but you know what you did in love, and you know how good you feel because of it.
Bob Goff says, "I used to think being loved was the greatest thing to think about, but now I know love is never satisfied just thinking about it." Call me if you need a suggestion of where you can go and DO. And thank you, Bill, the book is great.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Vacation Bible School - Deep Sea Discovery!
Photos by Sarah Thomas, Dennis Freeman, Susan Jenkins -- see lots more full size in the album at Vacation Bible School 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 St. Catherine’s,
My deepest thanks to all who brought delicious Sonshine meals, tasty desserts, wrote get well cards and surrounded me with your prayers for healing following my recent surgery. Your caring hearts and helping hands enveloped me in a St. Catherine’s “hug” that did much to speed me on my way to recovery. I am richly blessed.
With a grateful heart,
Dear St. Catherine’s Episcopal Family,
Thank you for your prayers during my latest battle with [illness]. God has listened and all seems to be going well at the moment. The flowers were especially welcome this past dreary Sunday afternoon. Your continued support and kindness over the past two years is most appreciated.
St. Catherine’s Parish,
Thank you for the card and flowers. Most of all thank you for your prayers. I'm doing much better as from your prayers, finding a good doctor, and some medications that are working.
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: Mark Thompson, Jeanette Dini’s cousin
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Jamie Cox Brownlow, Andrea Hollister, Mary Katherine Bond, Joyce Hendricks, Madison Ballard, Alverna Jenkins, Dorothy Stephens, Tracey Pitts, Bill Woods, Rod Pope, Bill Fambrough, Holly Griffin, Tillie Carter, Laura Dabundo, Philip Johnson, Russ White, Gary Parker, Marilyn May.
BIRTHDAYS: (6/26) John Nabinger, (6/27) Kris Cook, (6/28) Anne Whittle, Alex Lewis, (6/30) Kristi Johnson, Lisa Cook, Dorothea Westin, Rachel Tomchik, (7/1) Spencer Banko, (7/2) Peter Crespo, (7/3) Kathleen Iacobelli, (7/4) Margaret Wilson, (7/5) Jordan LaGarde, (7/7) Judy Dechar, (7/8) Jude Fontenot, Thad Barrington, Julian Gardiner, Ellie Paris.
ANNIVERSARIES: Paul & Karen Manno (6/25), Greg & Margaret Caudle (6/26), Amy & Chris Morris (6/26), Bill & Barb Selby (6/27), Claire & Brian Paglia (6/27), Hale & Diane Sanders (6/28), Steve & Cindy Tuemmler (7/2), Kelly Beard & David Bottoms (7/3), Stan & Dani Dickson (7/4), Ken & Nancy Denton (7/5), Eleanore & Richard Pearson (7/7), Dennis & Deelee Freeman (7/8)
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
Let’s get together 5:00-7:00 PM to play games in the Youth House and enjoy each-others company! Bring your favorite game or come enjoy some of the fun games we have on hand. This is the perfect time to bring a friend and introduce them to your youth group friends.
The Youth are serving dinner at Elizabeth Inn on Tuesday, June 28th. We will leave St. Cat's at 5:00PM and grill burgers and hotdogs for dinner. We would love for you to join us for a fun evening of outreach. If you plan to attend, please let Sally know by June 26th.
Congratulations Rite 13 Class! You had the most participation in the Father's Day YHE Car Wash Fundraiser! You are the winners of the fundraising trophy until our next car wash, July 16. Thank you to Jeanette for taking charge!
Vacation Bible School photos by Sarah Thomas, Dennis Freeman, Susan Jenkins -- see more full size in the album at Vacation Bible School 2016.
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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Editor: Karen Manno
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