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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
July 9 - 22, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Financial Ed
Vestry notes
Rector nominating
Calendaring
Cats On Wheels
Car wash
Worship schedule
Ministry Fair
Sermons
Breakfast Angels
Preschool
Online giving

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Stop Hunger Now
UndieSunday
School supplies

Family Promise
Holy Comforter
Summer Lunch
Habitat delay

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Volunteer Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Bishop's letter
DMST
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Bowling
Summer schedule
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

7/10-15 – Youth Diocesan Ministry Trips

7/10 – Youth Bowling @Brunswick Delk

7/16 – Cats On Wheels @Atlantic Buffet

7/17 – Car wash;
Financial Ed class:
The Extension dinner

7/21 – Staff calendaring;
Office closed

7/24 – Financial Ed class;
Youth Whirley Ball

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“Two Questions”

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.


Financial Education classes

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:

  • Sunday, July 10 - Identity Theft and Fraud: Identity theft has been the fastest growing areas of crime in the United States for the past decade. Fraud is not new but still prevalent. This class describes the methods used, how to prevent them, and what to do if it happens to you.
     
  • DATE CHANGE: Sunday, July 17 - Credit Scoring and Reporting: Your credit score is the most important number in your life today. This class will show why, how it is determined, and how you can improve it. If you only attend one class in this series, this is the one recommended.
     
  • DATE CHANGE: Sunday, July 24 - How to Pay Off Debt: We all know how to do this but this class will show you the most efficient and least painful way to do so.


Vestry Notes

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:

  • Late in June we hired two new employees. Our new Facilities Director, Tom Day, is already at work as of July 1 making lists of things that need to be done around the church – from painting and plaster repair to how to do a check of all our electronic systems. Our new Director of Children and Family Ministries will join us beginning on July 11. We’ll introduce both of these great new additions to our staff formally at our July 17 worship service and you’ll hear more about them in the next Wheel newsletter.
  • The Youth House Expansion project has already poured foundations and set up the basement walls. Check in with Fred Massey on the next phase of construction. We need your help.
  • Our ministry teams continue to be the life blood of our church. We are looking for new leaders on several ministry teams. If you wish to be a part of the work of our church (the hands and feet of Our Lord) please come to the Town Hall meeting on July 31 to get updated on openings for workers in ministry at St Cat’s.
  • Our finances continue to be in good shape – however, as in many summers past, our pledge payments have dropped below the expected budget. If you are behind on your pledge (no apology necessary) please drop a check in the plate or use the new on-line payment feature in The City. It doesn’t cost you anything and helps to save our staff time of entering manual checks.
  • A plan has been developed to expand our memorial garden. Susan Campbell and a host of other volunteers have developed a beautiful presentation that will be shared at our Town Hall on July 31. We have actually run out of space and need to develop more space for interring ashes. This is part of the exciting work our Master Planning Team has been doing.
  • Our summer worship schedule comes to an end and we return to three worship services on Sunday mornings on August 7 – however, look for a new time schedule (see below in this newsletter). This coincides with the beginning of school in Cobb County. Church School classes for Children and Youth will begin August 7. For adults the Sundays in August will be devoted to Ministry Fair, then Christian Formation classes begin after Labor Day.
  • All vestry meetings are open to visitors. We ask that you let us know if you have questions or concerns for the vestry by contacting us at vestrystcatherines.org or by seeing any of your vestry members. We wear green nametags at Sunday services to help you find us. We will respond to your inquiries and comments.


From the Nominating Committee - "Join us in prayer"

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]
God our Father, You have a plan for each one of us, You hold out to us a future full of hope. Give us the wisdom of Your Spirit So that we can see the shape of Your plan In the gifts You have given us, And in the circumstances of our daily lives. Give us the freedom of Your Spirit, To seek You with all our hearts, And to choose Your will above all else. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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.

  • View our Parish Profile and details about applying by going to our Rector Search page at www.stcatherines.org/rector-search/.
  • Anyone who has questions or comments for the Nominating Committee regarding our rector search process please submit them to nominationsstcatherines.org.


Calendar planning -- dates needed by July 15

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.


Cats on Wheels luncheon

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.


Come to the car wash

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.


Worship schedule changes coming soon

Sunday, August 7 - NEW worship schedule begins for the school year

Holy Eucharist service times are changed from previous years! The schedule will be:
-> 8:00 am
-> 9:00 am
-> 11:15 am

  • Church School 10-11 am:
    - For Children and Youth:
    Church School each Sunday beginning August 7
    - For Adults:
    Church School for Sundays in August is our Ministry Fair series with a different ministry topic each date (see below!);
    Christian Formation classes for adults begin Sunday, September 11 -- watch for information coming soon on the new offerings this fall.


Ministry Fair - four Sundays in August

“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.

  • August 7: Christian Outreach and Pastoral Care
  • August 14: Invitation, Communication and Technology
  • August 21: Fellowship; Finance, Stewardship & HR; Facilities
  • August 28: Christian Formation and Worship

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


Hear the latest sermons

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/.


Be a Breakfast Angel

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.


Preschool spaces available

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.


Online statements and Online Giving

You can now view your most current financial statement and give to St. Catherine’s online through The City.

  • Log in to your account on The City via the web (not mobile app) using your laptop or desktop computer at www.stcatherines.onthecity.org
  • Your financial statement is available for viewing whether or not you use Online Giving.
  • If using the online giving feature, we highly encourage you to use bank draft from checking or savings account rather than debit or credit card (a significant savings of processing costs to the church).
  • The City is for all members of St. Catherine's -- if you don't have an account please contact Rose Wolfe in the office, rosestcatherines.org for an invite.

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.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Stop Hunger Now

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:
events.stophungernow.org/StCatherines -- and click on the REGISTER FOR EVENT button (in red). Each adult needs to complete this form. If you are a parent registering with children under the age of 18, you can submit one form for you and all of the children.

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!


Outreach collections

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."
www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/27/i-didnt-know-this-much-love-could-exist-in-one-place-gofundme-campaign-raises-250k-for-impoverished-teen/

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.

  • 24 ct. Crayola-brand crayon packs, Ticonderoga-brand pencils
  • White board markers, Sharpie-brand permanent markers (for teachers)
  • Glue sticks, scissors (all sizes)
  • Composition notebooks (black & white only)
  • $15 Walmart gift cards to be used for clothing or toiletries for children and youth


Family Promise hosting August 7-14

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:

  • Setting up the Youth House (Sunday Aug.7, 12:30 p.m.);
  • Preparing and serving one dinner, Sunday-Saturday (6:30 p.m.) or Saturday breakfast (Aug.13., 9:00 a.m.);
  • Hosting one evening (also tutoring and playing games with children), Sunday - Saturday (6:30-8:30 p.m.);
  • Staying overnight one night (you do not have to stay awake) Sunday-Saturday; (8:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.);
  • Clean-up and restore youth house (Sunday, Aug. 14, 8:00 a.m.)
  • Washing and returning the towels and sheets (can be done at your convenience—pick them up Sunday, Aug. 14)

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.


Did you know? "St. Catherine's Mentors," from FPCC News, June 20

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.


A good time had by all: Hosting our friends from Holy Comforter

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:

On the way back, the folks in my van kept talking about how nice y’all were and several have come up to me on Sunday and today to talk about it, and reminisce. I think there was a genuine sense that you were glad to see us, not that you were just doing good works. This party somehow felt more reciprocal, as opposed to us being “done to,” even though we didn’t actually provide anything but ourselves. Maybe the round tables were conducive to more sociability than at other events. I guess St. Cat’s made us feel like “providing ourselves” was a valuable and happy exchange.

It was great being served (rather than waiting in a line) and I think the cheerfulness and good humor of the volunteers made us feel like they truly wanted to serve us. Definitely the bingo was a success, not because of the prizes, but because of the chance to do an activity together, rather than just being given stuff. There was so much unforced laughter and good feeling. Love was palpable in that room.” …Liz

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


Summer Lunch Program - success!

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.


Habitat House build delayed

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!

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Volunteer Corner: "Love Does" - Part 3

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!


Seen around St. Cat's

 

Youth House Expansion construction is underway

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.

Baptized as Christ's own forever!

on June 12

Thank you to our Acolytes!

Greg Caudle proudly displays the
colors on July 3


Do you know about these ministries?

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:

  • July 11-17: Lemonade Brigade/ Coffee Hour — This week we celebrate the life and work of Coffee Hour and Lemonade Brigade, which provides for fellowship after our principal worship services. Refreshments are set up in the foyer or outside on the brick walk. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis to share making, serving and cleaning up after the services -- it's a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members of the congregation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Deanna DeLaBarre, 678.354.3839, deana_delabarrecomcast.net.
     
  • July 18-24: Sonshine — This week we celebrate the life and work of Sonshine Ministry, volunteers who cook and deliver meals to fellow parishioners during a time of special need. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Nancy Certain, 678.576.9459, ncertain1gmail.com.

IN THE COMMUNITY

“Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves”

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
Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:

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).
There’s no confusion about what Jesus is telling us, but it often requires courage to embody it in the real world. Again and again, we become afraid, and mired in that fear, we turn against Jesus and one another.

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

 

Diocese of Atlanta Commission on Human Trafficking training opportunities

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 .


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Regular dental check-ups
    Regular dental check-ups are an important part of prevention and health care maintenance. According to the American Dental Association, your dentist may be the first health care professional to detect a health problem, such as oral cancer. By visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and oral exams, you can guard against cancerous conditions while maintaining healthy teeth and an attractive smile. Source: American Dental Association
     
     
  • Make your own trail mix
    Are you looking for a way to use up odds and ends of cereal in your pantry? Try making your own trail mix. Combine whole-grain cereal, mixed nuts, and dried fruit in a large food storage bag and shake to combine. It’s a tasty snack for your family, especially when you are on the go. Just be mindful of your portion sizes, since the calories in dried fruit and nuts can add up quickly. Source: HealthFitness Dietitian

Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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:
(7/10) Kristin, Tom & Elizabeth Blackstock; Dwight, Dianne & Nigel Blackwood; Paul & Karen Blakey; Bill & Martha Bowden; Frances Bowden.
(7/17) Richard & Tanya Bowers-Dean; David & Eve Bowman; Jeffrey Boyd; Larry & Meg Boyd; Therese, Tim, Matthew & Amanda Braman.

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.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism

Dates coming up: July 10, August 14. To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

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.

Saturday, 7/9 Saturday, 7/16

12:00PM

MOPS

11:30AM

Cats On Wheels @Atlantic Buffet
Sunday, 7/10 Sunday, 7/17

10th-15th
8:00AM
9:00AM
9:15AM
10:30AM
5:00PM

Youth Diocesan Mission Trips
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Financial Ed Class
Holy Eucharist / Baptism
Youth EYC

 
8:00AM
9:00AM
9:00AM
9:15AM
10:30AM
7:00PM

Youth Preaching
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Car Wash
Financial Ed Class
Holy Eucharist
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 7/11 Monday, 7/18
6:00PM

Adult Christian Ed

9:15AM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:00PM

Women's Book Study
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Invitation Ministry
Youth Ministry

Tuesday, 7/12 Tuesday, 7/19

9:30AM
10:00AM
7:00PM

Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Outreach

9:30AM
10:00AM
6:30PM

Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Nominating Committee
Wednesday, 7/13 Wednesday, 7/20

 

 
9:30AM

Wheel Newsletter Deadline
MUST Summer Lunch

Thursday, 7/14 Thursday, 7/21
 
10:00AM
7:00PM

Father Dean's day off
PANDA Meeting
Men's Bible Study

 

Father Dean's day off
Office Closed
Staff Calendaring Day
Friday, 7/15 Friday, 7/22
 
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

   
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Amma Susan's day off
Women's Bible Study
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, July 24 – Financial Ed class “How to Pay Off Debt” 9:15 am
  • Saturday, July 30 - Stop Hunger Now meal packing event 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 31 – Town Hall 9:15 am
  • Sunday, August 7 - Fall worship schedule begins, NOTE CHANGES!: 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:15 am;
    College send off and freshman book scholarships presented; UndieSunday ingathering;
    Church School 10-11 am for Children & Youth begins August 7;
    Ministry Fair 10-11 am for Adults August 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • Family Promise hosting week – August 7-14
  • Wednesday, August 10 - Youth Belize Pilgrimage dinner and presentation
  • Tuesday, August 23 – Blood drive
  • Sunday, August 28 – Fashion show to benefit CCYA
  • Tuesday, September 6 - Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting 7-8:30 pm
  • Men's Retreat - October 7-9

ST. CAT'S EYC - YOUTH - NEWS

By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

 

We're going bowling Sunday, July 10

When: 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Please meet at Brunswick Marietta, 2749 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067, www.brunswicks.com/marietta.html
*The van will be away on mission trip, so if you need a ride, please call Gina Baumann (770-841-1356)
Cost: Please bring $10 for 2 games and shoe rental
Adults: Please look for Steve Pyburn when you get there! He will collect your money and coordinate the game.

RSVP to Sally by Saturday so that we know who to expect. If you decide to come last minute (after Saturday), please text Gina.

 

Pics

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.

Summer schedule

  • July 10 – Bowling - Please bring $10 to bowl and money for food if you would like to eat.
  • July 10-12 – Diocesan Mission Trip: Middle School – ATLServe, High School – Birmingham
  • July 17 – YHE Car Wash Fundraiser 11:30 AM - No evening activity!
  • July 24 – Whirley Ball - Please bring money for games and food.
  • July 31 – End-of-Summer Pool Party! - We’ll grill out, bring a side-dish/dessert!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • July 22
  • August 5
  • August 19

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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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