The people of St. Catherine's seek
We Welcome You!
The Newsletter of
By Father Dean+
I recently found an old copy of a church newsletter from Eufaula, my hometown. I must confess that I was always glad to get these in the mail because I enjoyed the occasional mistakes. The secretary back then was a very nice person, doing that job part-time for very little pay. But she was getting along in years, and was prone to get things a little mixed up.
The rector gave her a note to put in the newsletter that said, “To those who are not aware of this, there is a nursery provided for your children during the service.” She wrote, “For those of you with children and are not aware of it, there is a nursery provided.” Another time she wrote, “Gladys Dunford is in the hospital with an injured leg. At the Wednesday Eucharist, we will lift up her leg in prayer.” The latest one this week got my attention, though. I’m not sure what she was trying to say, but apparently there was a picnic at the Paradise Gardens, and what got written was, “All who are not lost, please refer to your map to get to Paradise.”
“All who are not lost.” Logically, that would be nobody. Why? Because, spiritually at least, nobody is not lost. Everybody is lost. And that includes whole nations. Week after week, we’ve had to insert special prayers in our Prayers of the People to include victims of this or that terrible tragedy. It seems more clear than ever that the political world, in nations all over the earth, does not seem to have good answers on how we human beings can save ourselves from violence to one another.
So what are we to do? It sounds very simple, but perhaps this is the clearest way to go forward in times of upheaval and uncertainty: look to Jesus. Look to Jesus, and hear Jesus’ words every week in the midst of community worship, and in Adult Education classes this fall, and in your children and youth’s experiences with Jesus, words made clear for their age, and finally, in your own prayers to Jesus yourselves. In those words, seek out the Spirit of Jesus, that gracious, generous, kind, expansive, creative, spirit of Hope and Love that, we believe, points to the heart of God’s own self.
Sometimes when the world gets too complicated, and we feel the most lost, it’s times to refer to the simplest solution. Look to Jesus!
All adults are invited to the final class in our Financial Education series this summer, on Sunday, July 24 from 9:15 to 10:15 am in the Board Room, led by Randy Satterfield. No charge, no RSVP needed! "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.
Got questions? We may have answers! Join your Vestry and several other ministry leaders at St. Catherine’s on July 31 between services at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall to find out the latest during this fast-moving era in our history!
Please bring your questions, concerns, or suggestions about the ongoing ministries of St. Catherine’s. See you there!
NEW worship times for the school year
“One Body - Many Members”
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
You are invited to join St. Catherine's Ministry Teams in the Parish Hall throughout the Sundays of August to learn more about what ministry teams there are, what they do and how you can join into what interests you. Each Sunday will feature different Ministry Teams so we encourage you not to miss any of these four Sundays to get a full picture of St. Catherine's. Light refreshments will be provided for you at the various tables during the Fair.
Questions can be directed to Stephanie Yucius, stephyuciushotmail.com or Pat Pepper, ppepper97bellsouth.net.
"Fairs," by Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
One of my favorite things to do is go to art fairs, and we have been to great art fairs in many cities. I love the variety of art. I also love seeing the finished product that the skills and gifts from each artist were able to produce. If I am fortunate enough to find that piece of art that is a match with my taste and my need (actually I have to admit it is a 'want', not a need) then it was an especially great fair.
Some of the painters that I know (a few in our church) can pick up a brush and reproduce a mirror image of what they are wanting to paint. Gifts identified and used. Other artists have had to stop and identify their passion, and then practice and perfect those skills. The end result is so often the same, a beautiful creation.
Are you the person who has identified your special gifts and you are using them on a regular basis? Or are you the person who isn't sure and will need to search until you find your passion, and then use those gifts?
Every Sunday during the month of August you are invited to attend St. Catherine's Ministry Fair. It's not quite the same as an art fair, yet very similiar. Each Sunday you will have the opportunity to experience the multiple ways to use your gifts, or ways you can develop gifts that you have never used. You will have the opportunity to ask members currently involved in a specific ministry, “What skills do I need?” “Who will benefit?” “What is my time commitment?” “Will I work with other people? ” “Do I need to bring my own brush?”
WE are seeking YOU, each Sunday in August at 10:00 am. Come to our Fair!
On August 7 at the 9:00 am worship service (NOTE THIS TIME because worship schedule changes this day!) we will recognize all our rising college freshmen to wish them God-speed, and present to them the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards. Congratulations to each!
-> St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund
St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships each year to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the annual Parish Picnic. We are able to give small scholarships now but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
By Rebeccah Devault, St. Catherine’s Treasurer
Please see this chart for a summary of our January – June 2016 financials.
If you have any questions about the numbers above, please feel free to contact Rebeccah Devault (rebeccahdevaultgmail.com).
You can now view your most current financial statement at any time online through your account in The City. You can also give to St. Catherine’s one-time or on a continuing basis using The City. This is a great way to help St. Catherine's by staying up-to-date with your pledge. However, please note that you can view your statement whether or not you use Online Giving.
Class begins soon
By Jan Potter
Sometimes it is very hard to be religious in times like these. We want to pray for those in dire straits, for wisdom, for something. And yet we know that throwing out prayers may only help us to cope with things we cannot fathom or understand. It is the only “doing” we know how to do.
Education for Ministry is a four year program (you sign up independently each year) of religious education. But far more than that, it is a place where you can safely talk about what you believe and what you don’t believe. It is a forum where spirituality, practice, and study can go hand in hand to help you understand the world – and to help prepare you for ministry in the greater church and the world. There is a yearly charge, but there are scholarships if you need them.
The first year of the program covers the Old Testament, the second year covers the New Testament, the third year covers religious history, and the fourth year covers a variety of philosophical approaches to religion in the world. We meet once a week and spend time talking about the readings for the week. After that we try to connect the dots between the “Word” and the world in a series of theological reflections. That sounds more high-falutin’ than it is. We take religious ideas and see how they pan out in the real world and, hopefully, help each other figure out what we believe and how we can act to make a better world.
We are currently recruiting for a new class in the fall (operators are standing by!) (okay, not really). We will meet on Thursday evenings beginning September 8 at the church. We would love to have you join us this year. Perhaps, together in faith, we can help each other navigate the maze of current events.
Please contact Chris (cdexterpottergmail.com ) or Jan Potter (jcpottergmail.com) or the church office if you want more information or to sign up.
Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of many volunteers, and all staff and clergy, at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. Please look ahead and consider if you will need either training for activities you will want to be involved in. Some examples are Family Promise (some tasks), Church School teachers, Stephen Ministry, children and youth activity leaders, Eucharistic Visitors, The Journey mentors.
To attend please register by contacting The Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilverepiscopalatlanta.org. In addition, be sure to notify Becky Adams in our church office at beckystcatherines.org so we may keep track of your training record. The training must be renewed every 3 years. If you are not sure if you need the training, are due to renew, or have any other questions, please contact Becky. If you cannot attend these dates there will be more opportunities coming up around the diocese. Visit www.episcopalatlanta.org/Safe-Church/ for information.
The Youth are offering Parents Night Out 6-8 pm on August 12, an opportunity for all St. Catherine's parents to have an evening out while your children are supervised in the Youth House. Cost is $20 for the first child, $10 each additional child, includes a pizza dinner and veggies. Children must be at least 2 years old and potty-trained. Sign up by Thursday, August 11 so we will have enough babysitters and adults. See the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Caroline Brennan at this email: parentsnightoutstcatherines.org. Proceeds benefit the Youth House Expansion.
All acolytes are invited to attend the Atlanta Diocese Acolyte Festival on Saturday, September 10, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Bishops Wright and Whitmore will participate fully in the festival by leading special sessions designed to help acolytes develop their leadership skills. The Festival will conclude with Eucharist featuring dozens of acolytes serving in various roles. The cost is $20. Register soon at http://goo.gl/forms/gMhtG7b1Lj4gdJ1I2. If you have any questions please contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org or Jenna Parker, jennastcatherines.org.
The nominations period for our new Rector is now closed. Please join us at the July 31 Parish Town Hall for a status report on the search process.
The 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:
Anyone who has questions or comments for the Nominating Committee regarding our rector search process please submit them to nominationsstcatherines.org.
Saturday, July 30, 1:00 pm
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!
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. St. Catherine's hosts these families four weeks per calendar year. See more details about the program in our brochure online at stcatherines.org/forms/FamilyPromise_CompanyIsComing.pdf or pick up a copy at church. If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please contact Barb Selby, theselbysbellsouth.net or Linda Scott, Lindamscott1949gmail.com.
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 10-11 am in the Parish Hall on that day. See you then and don't forget your undies!
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.
Do you have a few hours free on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon twice a month? Do you know how to smile and say, "welcome"? Do you have something relatively quiet you can work on (homework with kids, a book, a crossword puzzle, work for another church activity) in between your friendly welcomes? If so, WE NEED YOU! We open our after-school computer lab beginning August 9 to Wheeler students and will staff the lab each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:00 pm.
Minimal computer knowledge is needed and you will always have a partner volunteer. Have questions or willing to say yes? Sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Harriett Pyburn, 678-612-7384, harriettspyburngmail.com.
Sunday, August 28
Hello Tokyo! — Join us 12:00-2:00 pm on August 28 in the Parish Hall to see the latest styles from cabi, mixing ultramodern and traditional style, previewing the latest collection from the heart of bustling capital of Tokyo, Japan. Tickets are $15, reservations are recommended. All proceeds from this annual event will benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults, www.ccyakids.org. To reserve tickets or for more information please contact Lee Ann Sherry, 770-815-5299, LeeAnnSherrybellsouth.net.
Remember to "Save It Forward"
Have you had a chance to try the Save it Forward program yet? This pantry of food and toiletries serves needy students and their families in the Cobb County School District. Simply pick up an envelope on the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Envelopes are marked "Save it Forward" and stamped with the grocery store you prefer: Kroger or Publix. Take it to that store by the "Shop By" date printed on the outside (usually Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week). Use the shopping list and coupons inside. Your bill will be less than $6 after all of the sales and coupons. At your convenience, bring the items back to church and leave in the bins underneath the Outreach table.
You can shop once, weekly, or anywhere in between — new envelopes are set out each Wednesday so just pick one up when it is convenient for you! We also collect the coupon fliers you receive from RedPlum or SmartSource, please bring them to the clear plastic bin on the Outreach table. For more information, contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com) or see www.aliveministriesinc.org.
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 is now delayed into August 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 Bill Ivey
We welcomed and installed our two new staff members at services on July 17. A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Tami Mace and Karen Maxwell who chaired the two search committees for these new positions! (photos below by Bill Ivey)
Jennifer “Jenna” Parker – Director of Children & Family Ministries
Jenna is a recent Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Rapids. She moved to Atlanta after her fiancé moved here for work and recently, they were married. Her experience includes Youth Ministry in The Diocese of Iowa and in her home church, St. Timothy’s, in Des Moines. She has event planning, communications and “Godly Play” experience which will help her in the work she will be doing at St. Catherine’s. The position has been developed to help our youngest children (birth to sixth grade) and their families receive the quality formation that has been a hallmark of the curriculum here at St. Cat’s. In addition, she will be responsible for many of the family social activities that surround the various seasons of the church: Lent, Advent, Back-to-School, VBS and many others. She will work with Sally Paris on those activities that span the elementary to middle school years, such as Acolytes. Please welcome Jenna to our church! Jenna may be reached at jennastcatherines.org.
Tom Day – Facilities Manager
Tom is our new Facilities Manager, but “new” doesn’t really apply. Tom and his wife Shirley have been members at St. Catherine’s for quite a while. He was confirmed here after going through “The Journey” program and is excited by the opportunity to give some of himself to St. Cat’s. His expertise as a building contractor will help us to do a better job of managing our almost 15 year old “new” building and our aging ones, too. Tom will also be involved in the Facilities & Grounds Ministry Team and will be our lead to manage our building service vendors. Welcome, Tom! Tom may be reached at TomDaystcatherines.org.
Congratulations to Jim Greene, Elizabeth Lopez, Joyce Hendricks, Tim Raasch and Anne Willcocks who have been elected by our Vestry to represent St. Catherine's as our lay delegates to 2016 Annual Council taking place on Friday & Saturday, November 18-19 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. We thank you for your service to St. Catherine’s and The Church!
RSVP required by August 1
The Blackstock Family invites the St. Catherine’s congregation to share a special day in their lives as Thomas H. Blackstock Jr. (St. Catherine’s member and last year’s Senior Warden) is promoted to Brigadier General on Friday, September 2. The pinning ceremony will be held at 1:00 pm at at the National Guard Center in Marietta. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
A security list/RSVP is needed by Monday, August 1. ID for all attendees will be required to attend. Casual business attire or duty uniform. Please allow plenty of time to enter through the security gate as the ceremony will start promptly. For the online link to RSVP and the location of the ceremony please see the details in your St. Cat's weekly email news or contact Kristin Blackstock, 678-438-8793, kgblackstockhotmail.com.
By Rebeccah Devault
The BELONG Tour is coming to the Gwinnett Infinite Energy Area on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 18 & 19. BELONG is an event bringing women together in arenas across the country to hear remarkable communicators Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist & others. It is designed for women who long for a life of purpose, deeper connections and faith that makes a difference. Regularly $130, a block of tickets to the event are on hold for St. Catherine's at a rate of only $85 for both days. The group ticket order has to be submitted by Friday, August 26 to use the discounted rate. If you would like to be a part of the St. Cat's group—invite your friends!—contact Rebeccah Devault, rebeccahdevaultgmail.com or 404-277-6356. For more information visit www.belongtour.com.
Baptism on July 10
Sealed as Christ's own forever! Photos by Jan Potter -- see lots more full size in the album at Kyliebaptism071016
More wall raising happening on July 23 and we're now working one floor up! Construction is continuing each week and help is needed -- if you're not already on the mailing list for upcoming schedule and tasks, contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.
Photos by Connie Bergeron and Bill Ivey -- see lots more full size in the album at Youth House Expansion 2016.
Serving at St. Cat's
Photos by Jennifer Massey 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:
Dear [St. Catherine’s,]
I brought the flowers to Holly today. She was so surprised and delighted! Thanks for all you do that makes St. Catherine's such a special community. Please forward thanks to the Flower Guild.
Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s,
Thank you for a wonderful party and all the welcoming love!
Your Holy Comforter/Friendship Center friends [signed by 24 attendees of the June 25 event]
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Cathedral Book Store announces first Hart Readers selection for the fall - Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 pm in Walthour Library at Cathedral of St. Philip. Rev. Cathy Zappa and Dr. Catherine Meeks will lead a discussion around Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The discussion of Stevenson's book is a prelude to his appearance at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in late September. Just Mercy has been honored as #1 New York Times Bestseller and named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, Esquire, Time. The Rev. Cathy Zappa is Canon for Spiritualilty and Mission at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Dr. Catherine Meeks serves as the Chair of the Diocese of Atlanta's Commission called Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism.
About Hart Readers: On the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30-7:30 pm, readers from the church parish and the broader community gather in the Walthour Library at the Cathedral of St. Philip to discuss contemporary books and issues. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. The Cathedral Book Store and the Walthour Library are in the Cathedral of St. Philip located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information call Kerith at 404-347-7582 or email cbs3mindspring.com.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, 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.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Dee Adamson, MaryLou Shannonhouse, Anne Whittle, Savannah Bennett, Shelby Bennett, Dale Cromer, Mitch McBrayer, Cliff Kutzbach, Wayne Fulcher, Karen Schubert, Martha Dean, Bill Woods, Holly Griffin, Philip Johnson, Russ White, Gary Parker, Marilyn May.
BIRTHDAYS: (7/24) Greyson LaGarde, (7/26) Amma Susan Johnson, Jan Potter, Susanne Muckerman, (7/28) Corry Sandlin, Pierce Hale, (7/30) Arlen White (7/31) Shirley Day, Maureen Donoghue, Scott Lummus, James Davis (8/1) Mary Alice Barrington, (8/2) Dave Daniels, Laurie Dirksen, Rebekah Fontenot, Matthew Dirksen, (8/3) Elisabeth Walton, (8/4) Chris Morris, (8/5) Lu Dumke.
ANNIVERSARIES: Michael & Rebeccah Devault (7/27)
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
Congratulations to Kathleen and the J2A class. Because of Kathleen's dedication on July 17 the J2A class has won the YHE Trophy for the time-being. I hope that you all are able to participate in our next fundraiser. Be sure to thank Kathleen, Chandler and Abby for representing the youth at the car wash. They worked really hard and raised $330 for the Youth House Expansion!
Summer serving & fun! (photos courtesy Sally Paris) -- see youth photos full size at www.facebook.com/StCatherinesYouth/photos
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, Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668
Copyright 2016 St. Catherine's Episcopal Church