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By Father Dean+
Several years ago, in a Sunday morning Adult Education class, I offered the class two different questions to consider: Do you believe that there will come a time in your life when things will be better than they are now? Do you believe that there will come a time in the world when things will be better than they are now? I found it fascinating to hear the great number of people who answered “yes” to the first question and “no” to the second.
Our lesson that morning was on the Kingdom of God, or “God’s good future” that draws us towards it and gives us hope. Of course, given the incredible negativity of our political world, it’s no wonder that the negative has gained access to our very attitude toward the future. And yet, as good as it was to hear that many have hope in their personal lives, how can we then not have hope for the world?
I myself believe that Church is the place—or should be the place—where the hope in our personal lives intersects and even transforms the hope in the world. I also have a strong sense of hope and expectation for the future of St. Catherine’s as just such a place. In fact, as wonderful as our history has been thus far, I believe that our best days are still ahead of us.
As we look ahead to the important events ahead of us—the hiring of two new staff positions (more information in this newsletter and coming soon), the selection of a new rector, the rush of ongoing ministries and offerings with the start of the school year coming up quickly, I invite you to share in that expectation and belief. I believe that our best days are ahead of us. I hope that you believe that as well.
Note date changes!
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. (Please note that the dates have been changed for Class 2 & Class 3 from the original announcement.) No charge, no RSVP needed, so come to:
By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden
Your Vestry is on break for the month of July (as opposed to last year where we met four times!). But that doesn’t mean that things have slowed down. On the contrary – as you see in other parts of this Wheel newsletter, June has been a busy month. And July is being spent getting ready to kick off the new school year. Here’s a brief list of items we are working on:
Our Nominating Committee is focusing on discernment this month. 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 July:
Prayer for Discernment [Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus]
Rector Nominations due by July 15
The Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for our new Senior Rector through July 15. Anyone wishing to submit a name for nomination may do so by sending an email to nominationsstcatherines.org.
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. If your committee has not replied yet, please send all informationby Friday, July 15 to Rose Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org.
Saturday, July 16 at Atlantic Buffet
"Cats On Wheels" is our fellowship group for active senior adults, we invite you to join us! Our next even-month, pay-your-own lunch gathering will be 11:30 am 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.
Sunday, July 17, 9-noon
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 12 noon. No charge, all donations gratefully accepted.
Sunday, August 7 - NEW worship schedule begins for the school year
“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
Did you know about our Sermons page on our website? You can listen to recordings or read the text of most of the sermons delivered on Sundays at St. Cat's.
Listen to Emily Dini's wonderful senior youth sermon from July 3 and many more at stcatherines.org/sermons/.
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.
Classes begin August 16
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.
You can now view your most current financial statement and give to St. Catherine’s online through The City.
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. We have worked with ACS, the vendor of The City, to ensure the highest safeguards are in place for individual privacy and information security.
Saturday, July 30, 1:00 pm
By Harriett Pyburn
On Saturday, July 30, join us at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall to help package 20,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now program, which distributes meals to hungry children via schools all over the world. If you have not attended this event before, it is fun for all ages. All supplies are provided for us – we just need lots of manpower (measuring rice, adding veggies and vitamins, weighing meal bags, packaging in boxes, etc.). The event will take about 2 hours, depending on our number of volunteers. Our Stop Hunger Now director for the day, Philip Burns, will introduce us to their program, train us on our jobs, and then keep us motivated with great music and regular updates (via gong!) of our meal production!
This year, we are asking everyone to register for the Stop Hunger Now event ONLINE. Simply go to this webpage:
We are also looking for 8-10 volunteers to arrive at noon to help unpack the truck and set up tables. Please contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) if you are able to arrive early. Looking forward to this wonderful multi-generational outreach event!
UndieSunday is BACK! - Sunday, August 7
By Harriett Pyburn
UndieSunday is back!! We will be doing an ingathering of NEW socks and underwear on Sunday, August 7 for ages 5-18 for students at East Cobb Middle School, Wheeler High School, and a few local elementary schools. Please bring new, sealed packages of underwear, undershirts or socks -- all sizes needed for boys and girls (used items can NOT be accepted). We will collect and sort items during the Ministry Fair for Outreach and Pastoral Care in the Parish Hall between the two church services on that day. See you then and don't forget your undies!
Summer school supplies collection continues
Our Vacation Bible School Mission Team wants to share with you the following message and inspirational news story. The link can be found below. The story, which has gone viral, again demonstrates how a single act of kindness can be multiplied by to make profound and lasting impacts in the lives of others! We hope that it will inspire you as well.
"While we were collecting school supplies all week we were relating it to how when you don't have enough money for food there won't be any money left for school supplies. We were trying to inspire the children to be the hands, eyes and feet of Jesus. I can say that many of them were inspired by how many school supplies we were able to gather."
We are continuing our collection of these school supplies throughout the summer begun in our June VBS. We also have MUST Ministries food donation bins. Please bring items to the collection bin at the Outreach table near the Parlor.
St. Catherine's will be hosting the guests of Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) from Sunday, August 7 to Sunday, August 14. 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 6:00 p.m. and goes until 8:00 a.m. the next day. The children go to school during the day and the adults go to work or to the FPCC Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. They return to our Parish Hall for their evening meal; stay overnight and have breakfast in the 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. See more details about the program in our brochure online at stcatherines.org/forms/FamilyPromise_CompanyIsComing.pdf or pick up a copy at church. We ask all our new volunteers to attend the two-hour Family Promise Training session. The next session is Tuesday, July 12, 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road. Please e-mail trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org to register.
St. Catherine's hosts families four weeks per calendar year. If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please contact Barb Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net or Linda Scott, Lindamscott1949gmail.com.
St. Catherine's Episcopal Church is once again stepping up to mentor and tutor one of our FPCC teens. Adult members of St. Catherine's are trained to be mentors and friends to teens. Adults and youth meet once every two weeks to talk about the young person's experiences. Mentors and youth also participate in fun group events like bowling, rafting and hiking three or four times a year. St. Catherine's mentorship program started including FPCC teens in late 2014 and have now provided mentors to almost every graduate family. To find out more about being a St. Catherine's Youth Mentor please contact Hale Sanders, 678-472-1839, halesandersatt.net.
By Linda Shrake, Outreach Ministry
The welcoming team met four vans as they arrived from Atlanta on June 25 carrying 60 guests from Holy Comforter Church. St. Catherine’s was host to these special folks for a luncheon and bingo party. The Parish Hall was filled with colorful decorations, thanks to our VBS Team. Tables were set and adorned with placemats created by our VBS children and two of our St. Catherine Youth. The cooking team was putting the finishing touches on the meal: barbecue, Brunswick stew, baked beans and coleslaw. The dessert table was filled with trays of cookies, and other goodies prepared by our parishioners. The bingo prize team had a table overflowing with donated gifts to be distributed to bingo “winners” and something for everyone. The music team was well rehearsed and ready to lead a sing-a-long of familiar tunes. The bingo caller and his team were prepared for B-I-N-G-O after lunch. The clean-up crew was on stand-by.
Amma Susan gave the blessing, lunch was served and enjoyed, tables were cleared, singing filled the room, fruit and cookies were offered, B-I-N-G-O was called, winners shouted their victory, prizes were distributed, a closing Celtic prayer was offered, gifts for everyone were handed to our departing guests. Throughout the day, smiles, conversations and laughter filled the room. In all, 27 volunteers created a wonderful atmosphere of welcome and love. A true “Ministry of Presence”.
Here are two paragraphs from the letter sent to us from Liz Mitchell, Parish Administrator of Holy Comforter Church and Coordinator of Wellness & Recovery at the Friendship Center of Holy Comforter:
Bettye Harris has created a great slide show of the event on YouTube which captures the essence of the day -- view it at https://youtu.be/_JnNmDSTFy
Thank you to everyone who turned out to make 2,000 lunches for the MUST Ministries' Summer Lunch program. We sent the van off with the lunches full of our blessings and love we packed in each bag. Great fun in a great ministry! Photos by Bill Ivey, see lots more in the album at Feeding Hungry Kids.
St. Catherine’s will again this year help build a new Habitat for Humanity home with the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC). The build start has been delayed from the original expected date of July 9 due to a longer process in obtaining the needed permits. We will keep you informed as soon as the schedule is firm. Our special tshirts are still available so contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, to order yours. Your engagement with Habitat for Humanity is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to a great build!
By Pat Pepper
In the last issue of The Wheel I walked us through St. Catherine's activities calendar for the week of June 19-June 25. I named events and activities that were on the calendar for each day of the week. My best guess is that approximately 150 people volunteered at St. Catherine's in that one week. And, I do have to add that a few of those individuals were serving all 7 days.
The following week was not a lot different, and the weeks in the future will be similar. St. Catherine's responds, and I believe we respond to a call from God, because Love Does. The other reason is that we believe God first loved us (I John 4:19) and we have listened to God's call. Many of our volunteers also respond because someone else invites them, another volunteer who already knows the love that can be felt while serving.
Is your name included in that long list of volunteers? If so, are you willing to invite someone who was not present to your next volunteer activity? Are you willing to share how much you enjoyed your experience? Sharing your experience and sharing your joy is also what Love Does!
If you need more information so that you can also enjoy the gifts that those 150 individuals received, just ask me. I would love to help you find the place where you can use your gifts. I am grateful for all who respond to our many ministries.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
The walls are up! Thank you to everyone who turned out for our wall raising day, June 25! Construction is continuing each week and more help is needed -- to get on the mailing list for upcoming schedule and tasks, contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.
Photos by Bill Ivey and Bettye Harris -- see lots more full size in the album at Youth House Expansion 2016.
Serving at St. Cat's
Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see lots more 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:
A letter to the Episcopal Church from The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, and The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President, House of Deputies
June 28, 2016
We all know that some things in holy Scripture can be confusing, hard to understand, or open to various ways of understanding. But some essential teachings are clear and incontrovertible. Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27).
This age-old cycle of fear and hatred plays out again and again in our broken world, in sickening and shocking events like the massacre targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Orlando, but also in the rules we make and the laws we pass. Most recently, we’ve seen fear at work in North Carolina, a state dear to both of our hearts, where a law called the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” has decimated the civil rights and God-given dignity of transgender people and, by extension, drastically curtailed protections against discrimination for women, people of color, and many others. We are thankful for the prayerful and pastoral public leadership of the North Carolina bishops on this law, which is known as House Bill 2.
North Carolina is not the only place where fear has gotten the better of us. Lawmakers in other jurisdictions have also threatened to introduce legislation that would have us believe that protecting the rights of transgender people—even a right as basic as going to the bathroom—somehow puts the rest of us at risk. This is not the first time that the segregation of bathrooms and public facilities has been used to discriminate unjustly against minority groups. And just as in our painful racial past, it is even being claimed that the “bathroom bills,” as they are sometimes called, ensure the safety of women and children—the same reason so often given to justify Jim Crow racial segregation.
But we believe that, as the New Testament says, “perfect love casts out fear.” On June 10, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church stood against fear and for God’s love by passing a resolution that reaffirms the Episcopal Church’s support of local, state and federal laws that prevent discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression and voices our opposition to all legislation that seeks to deny the God-given dignity, the legal equality, and the civil rights of transgender people.
The need is urgent, because laws like the one in North Carolina prey on some of the most vulnerable people in our communities—some of the very same people who were targeted in the Orlando attack. In a 2011 survey, 78 percent of transgender people said that they had been bullied or harassed in childhood; 41 percent said they had attempted suicide; 35 percent had been assaulted, and 12 percent had suffered a sexual assault. Almost half of transgender people who responded to the survey said they had suffered job discrimination, and almost a fifth had lost housing or been denied health care due to their gender identity or expression.
In keeping with Executive Council’s resolution, we are sending a letter to the governor and members of the North Carolina General Assembly calling on them to repeal the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.” When legislation that discriminates against transgender people arises in other places, we will also voice our opposition and ask Episcopalians to join us. We will also support legislation, like a bill recently passed in the Massachusetts state legislature, that prevents discrimination of all kinds based on gender identity or gender expression.
As Christians, we bear a particular responsibility to speak out in these situations, because attempts to deny transgender people their dignity and humanity as children of God are too often being made in the name of God. This way of fear is not the way of Jesus Christ, and at these times, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our belief that Christianity is not a way of judgment, but a way of following Jesus in casting out fear.
In the face of the violence and injustice we see all around us, what can we do? We can start by choosing to get to know one another. TransEpiscopal, an organization of transgender Episcopalians and their allies, has posted on their website a video called “Voices of Witness: Out of the Box” that can help you get to know some transgender Episcopalians and hear their stories. Integrity USA, which produced the video, and the Chicago Consultation are two other organizations working for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the church. Their websites also have online materials that you can use to learn more about the stories of transgender Christians and our church’s long journey to understand that they are children of God and created in God’s image.
When we are born anew through baptism, we promise to respect the dignity of every human being. Today, transgender people and, indeed, the entire LGBT community, need us to keep that promise. By doing so, we can bear witness to the world that Jesus has shown us another way—the way of love.
-> This letter may be found online at www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/letter-episcopal-church-presiding-bishop-president-house-deputies-0
Georgia Cares, the single statewide coordinating agency for treatment and care of victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST), is offering free in-depth training for the ten convocations within the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta throughout the summer and fall of 2016. This training will be interactive and engaging, with videos, activities, and group discussion around the epidemic of DMST and what it looks like here in Georgia. The goals of the training are: Increase understanding of DMST and Human Trafficking as a whole; Understand the trauma, abuse and victimization of DMST; Understand manipulation tactics used by traffickers; Become familiar with warning signs that trafficking victims might display; Increase knowledge of community intervention and services available to victims; Learn about how to get involved in the fight against DMST.
As invested members of the Diocese of Atlanta, this training will educate you on the research related to DMST, the victimization of these children, statistics in Georgia, and will prepare you to spread awareness and teach others. Our hope is that after the training, you will be mobilized to act and move towards combatting this horrific crime. Whether you choose to tell one person about what you learned, or you volunteer to serve victims after this training, your individual impact will make a difference. For information and trainings please visit www.gacares.org .
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: Jeff Adams; Bonnie Smith, Dale Voyles Mother
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Anne Whittle, Hannah Pitts, Ann Adams, Denise Basnett, Mitch McBrayer, Caroline Wolfrum, Cliff Kutzbach, Wayne Fulcher, Karen Schubert, Martha Dean, Mary Katherine Bond, Dean Brownlow, Alverna Jenkins, Dorothy Stephens, Tracey Pitts, Bill Woods, Holly Griffin, Laura Dabundo, Philip Johnson, Shelby Bennett, Russ White, Gary Parker, Marilyn May.
BIRTHDAYS: (7/10) Erica Edwards, Karen Blakey, (7/11) Rachel Bagby, Bill Ivey, (7/14) Diane Sanders, (7/16) Jacob Morris, (7/17) Ron Cook, Carol Eskew, (7/18) Bob Pepper, Anslee Slocum, (7/20) Lisa Spessard, Riley Barrington, (7/21) Eric Bushart, Kevin Sherry, Sue Snape, (7/22) Tinka Ivey, Connie Bergeron, Tracey Pitts, Mitchell Waldron, Miller Anderson, Eli Nelson.
ANNIVERSARIES: Martin & Katja Michael (7/11), Matt & Catie Nelson (7/11), Tom & Marilyn Hunter (7/18), Daniel & Amy Mikkelsen (7/19), Ron & Arlyn Cook (7/20), Jason & Taryn Nienaber (7/22)
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
RSVP to Sally by Saturday so that we know who to expect. If you decide to come last minute (after Saturday), please text Gina.
Rite 13 Beach Trip -- fantastic trip in June! The class was able to bond a little more, enjoy fun in the sun and learn that God will carry us through the difficult times in our lives! -- see LOTS more photos full size in the album at Rite 13 Beach Trip 2016.
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