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welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 20 - September 9, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Ministry Fair
Catechesis
Blood drive
Join choir
Great Oak Fund
Memorial Garden
Adult ed
Acolytes
Rector search
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Men's retreat
YHE
City profile
Cathedral Book Store

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Fashion show
Habitat build
Note cards
Outreach report

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Belong Tour
Young Adults
Membership
Volunteer Corner

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Hymn Sing
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Breakfast signup
WNL
Program & forms
Diocesan retreat
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

8/17 – Acolyte training;
WNL for Youth

8/20 – Vestry Day Retreat;
Cats On Wheels @ Botanical Gardens

8/21 – Ministry Fair;
Teacher Commissioning;
Children’s Church School (Catechesis) begins;
Acolyte training;
The Extension dinner

8/23 –Blood drive;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

8/24 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team ;
WNL for Youth

8/27 – Diocesan Youth Retreat

8/28 – Ministry Fair;
Fashion show & lunch;
Choristers Monster Golf;
Elizabeth Inn dinner team

8/31 – WNL Youth & Kids Explorers;
Choristers & Chancel Choir rehearsals begin;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

9/4 – No Church School

9/5 – Labor Day Holiday, office closed

9/7 – WNL Adult Series begins;
WNL Youth & Explorers;
Kickoff Dinner

9/10 – Diocesan Acolyte Festival

9/11 – Adult Church School classes begin

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“Renewal”

By Amma Susan+

OK… the school year has begun, with its flurry of activity: open house to meet the teachers, parents moving freshmen into dorm rooms at college, students meeting new classmates, going to orientation, buying school supplies, shopping for new clothes for growing bodies, registering for extra-curricular activities, getting into different bed time schedules, finding new classrooms. For those of us not involved in school, the harried looks on the faces of family members and friends who are brings back memories, and we get breathless, just thinking about it. The fall schedule has begun at St. Catherine’s too, accompanied by a succession of Ministry Fair Sundays in August, each Sunday featuring different ministry teams offering opportunities for us to respond to God’s call to love like Jesus by getting involved in these ministries.

All of this activity is good, very good. Schooling and God’s work are good, very good. They deserve the best of our time, talent and energy. However, in the midst of all this activity, it is easy to lose our centering on God, and with it, the inner peace that is our anchor when the waters of our lives become choppy and windswept by the busy-ness of life.

In order to maintain your inner peace, I invite you try this little meditation practice. It’s not difficult, you just start. Everyone has something in their life that rejuvenates them. While it might not be meditation in a formal sense, it has the same effect on our brains – a renewal that refreshes our inner being, like the feeling of waking up from a nap. Begin by asking yourself, “How does this activity make me feel different, like just waking from sleep?” It can be anything, from cleaning, to a walk in the park, to music, to a massage. Once you recognize this feeling, try recreating it with a different activity or even better, no activity at all. This develops the practice of awareness. It’s only a start to the practice of meditation and recognizing your own releases can lead to more formalized meditation and spiritual practices for centering on God. It’s like an oasis in the midst of the busy-ness of our lives that sustains, energizes and is life-giving. Do we know that in stillness we are renewed?

“Be still and know that I am God.”
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Be.


Ministry Fair - each Sunday in August, 10-11 am

“Looking Inward - Looking Forward - Seeking You!”

  • August 21: Fellowship; Finance & Human Resources; Facilities & Grounds; Daughters of the King
  • August 28: Education & Formation; Worship & Music

You are invited to join St. Catherine's Ministry Teams in the Parish Hall each Sunday in 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 them to get a full picture of St. Catherine's. Light refreshments will be provided for you at the various tables during the Fair - NOTE: on August 21 the Fellowship team will serve SHEET CAKE, of course!

Photos by Bettye Harris


Church School for children: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Begins Sunday, August 21

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is our Christian formation program offered during Church School for children age 3 (by September 1) through 5th/6th grade. We begin the program year on August 21. Please fill out this year’s registration form at www.stcatherines.org/forms/CGSRegistrationForm_2016-17.pdf or copies are available at the CGS bulletin board in the atrium wing. We are asking for a materials fee of $20/child, not to exceed $40/family, to help defray the cost of consumable materials. We deeply appreciate your support of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and what it offers your children. Keep up with the latest about our program on our Facebook page at “The Good Shepherd and the Child at St. Catherine's,” www.facebook.com/goodshepherdstcats.

-> Special for Sixth Graders

Sixth graders this year will have a choice to attend either the Catechesis Level III atrium, or a new class 10-11 am in the Parlor. Its curriculum is designed to empower them empower these active learners to explore their faith and ask questions they wonder about the Bible, creed, disciples, Jesus, other beliefs, and hot topics. For more information please contact Jenna Parker, Director of Children & Family Ministry, jennastcatherines.org.


Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 23

YOU can make a critical difference this summer! The Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the most needed blood types. Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference to others. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Our next blood drive will be on August 23, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are never required, all donors are always welcome on the day of the event.) And don't forget to save time by using Red Cross' RapidPass on the day of the drive to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online before you come -- see www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Help is also needed for greeting donors, set up and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.


Join Choir – you are invited!

This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out. Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions and there's no charge to participate. Jubilate rehearsals are ongoing now, and Choristers and Chancel Choir rehearsals will begin August 31.

  • Choristers of St. Catherine's -
    --> Monster Golf kickoff Sunday, August 28! Any young guy or girl grades 3 - 12 interested in singing with the Choristers this year is invited to meet in the choir room at 2:30 pm on Sunday, August 28 to be fitted for vestments and then out for fun at Monster Golf 3 - 5 pm. Please contact Stephanie Yucius for details (stephyuciushotmail.com).
     
    Choristers rehearsals are Wednesdays beginning August 31, 6:15 – 7:00 pm. We lead music September through May at the 9:00 amservice for all but one Sunday per month. We also sing at the 5:00 pm Christmas Eve service. No rehearsals when Cobb schools are on breaks. Open to anyone who enjoys singing and playing instruments. Being an acolyte or participating in Youth WNL will not conflict. For information please contact director Dr. Jana Williams, janastcatherines.org, 678.461.9656.
     
  • Chancel Choir - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning August 31, 7:15-8:30 pm — Adults, and youth in grades 10-12, are invited to join us. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily, and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. We rehearse September through May on Wednesdays, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead the 11:15 am service. We also sing for special services including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information please contact director Dr. Brian Williams at brianwstcatherines.org, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.
     
  • Jubilate - Rehearsals each week on Tuesdays, 7-8 pm — For instruments and singers! This group leads contemporary worship music at the 9:00 am service once per month, plus a few special services. Our musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this ensemble. For information please contact Susie Davis, sdavis5226gmail.com, Jason Gardiner, jasonnullzero.net, Michael Moran, mikemnmoran.org.
     
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew are also needed, a great opportunity for adults or youth — training is provided, contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945, billiveybellsouth.net.


Apply for grants from Great Oak Endowment Fund

Proposals due by August 31

The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas:

  • Capital needs of the parish;
  • Outreach ministries and grants;
  • Initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects.

For 2016, $1,500 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any St. Catherine’s parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for this cycle is Wednesday, August 31. For complete details of requirements and how to submit a proposal, please pick up a copy of the RFP (Request For Proposal) document at church or download one now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/GreatOakFundRFP_2016.pdf . For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Daniel Mikkelsen or Junior Warden Bill Ivey, or email Vestrystcatherines.org.


Memorial Garden Expansion campaign

By Karen Tindall

Where will you be buried when you die? Many of us don’t want to think about it. For some of us, it is an easy answer. Since 1993, St. Cat’s has offered the option of burying cremains in its Memorial Garden. The existing garden is now full, and over the past two years we have developed a plan to expand the garden to accommodate about 500 cremains.

Though we have already raised over $19,000, work can only begin when we reach our goal of $50,920

The expansion resolves many of the issues members voiced over the years.

  • Increased access, for mourners during services: (1) a walkway surrounds the center burial area on 4 sides; (2) the two-sided fenced expansion allows unobstructed views from outside the garden for choir & mourners; (3) sound system amplifies priest’s voice;
  • Extra seating, subdued lighting, water features and planters filled with seasonal flowers in both gardens will create a beautiful, peaceful and reflective space.
  • Careful improvement of existing garden without disturbing any cremains
  • Unobtrusive grid system, so accurate burial records are maintained.

Please donate to enhance our existing Memorial Garden and to create a sacred and affordable burial space for current and future members. Donations in any amount are welcome online or by check.

  • Online: St. Catherine’s members may donate online one time or on a schedule you determine, via your account in The City — log in to https://stcatherines.onthecity.org.
  • By check: Anyone may donate by check, please make your check to “St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church” and be sure to designate it in the memo line for “Memorial Garden Expansion”. Place checks in the collection plate on Sundays or mail to our church office at 571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068.


Adult Church School and study opportunities

Begins Sunday, September 11

Church School offerings - Five topics to choose from this fall:

  • Christian Caregiving – Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about your faith, praying with others, or trying to comfort a friend? There is a deep need in today’s world for the distinctive care of those who follow Christ in the way. However, Christian caregiving may not be recognized or articulated and as a result, not actualized. Through dealing with real-life issues in caring and relating and reading our text, "Christian Caregiving—A Way of Life" by Kenneth Hauck, this course will challenge and equip you to care for others in a distinctively Christian way. Facilitators: David Moore and Chris Potter
  • One River, Many Wells – Every day, in billions of hearts around the world, words of praise, supplication, and thanksgiving go out to our Creator. Who are these people who find their way to God on paths that diverge from our own? What exactly do they believe? How do they worship? How do they differ from us historically, morally, ethically, liturgically, and theologically… and how are we the same? The answers will sometimes surprise. We will study all major and most minor faith groups. We will include, as requested, the study of Judaic and Islamic mysticism, including Kabbala and Rumi. We'll take a fun break in Advent to learn about the "Return of the Light", winter holidays of all faiths. Come with an open mind and heart to see how your own faith will be enriched by this study. Teacher: Ginny Acocella
  • Paths to Prayer: One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Have you found yourself wanting a deeper relationship with God? Would it surprise you to learn that God wants that also? That your longing comes from God’s deep desire for a closer relationship with you? Prayer brings us face-to-face with God, who loves us and draws us into relationship. Prayer is not one size fits all. There is no single right way to pray, no one method that works for everybody all the time. In this course, we will try on different prayer and spiritual practices. We will discover for ourselves what prayer paths fit, so that we may enter more fully into relationship with God. Facilitator: Amma Susan Johnson
  • Welcoming-Accepting-Nurturing-Serving – A series of discussions about what it means to truly embody the core values of our mission statement. Incorporating texts, videos & podcasts from top Christian & secular leaders together, we will explore the “art of neighboring” and identify opportunities to bring Bishop Curry’s vision to #lovelikejesus to life – both inside and outside the walls of St. Catherine’s. Facilitators: Rebeccah Devault and Harriett Pyburn

Bible Study Groups:

  • Weekday Bible Study, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM—Everyone is invited to join us for lively discussion and probing questions each week as we ask “how does the there and then of this Scripture impact my life in the here and now?” Coffee provided. No prerequisites or text required, just bring your Bible, any translation. Facilitator: Bill Selby.
  • Women’s Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 10-11:15 AM — Join us as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays beginning September 12, 7-8:30 PM — This year's study works with the Song of Solomon. We will use the newly published book of April Love-Fordham, Dismantling Injustice - A Disorderly Parable of the Song of Solomon. The book is divided into eight lessons, each ending with a suggested spiritual practice. It teaches the way Jesus taught, using everyday stories to illustrate spiritual truths. We gather each month and share a light meal. We welcome you to join us at any point in our lively and engaging the study. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study,Thursdays beginning Sept. 8, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. We will begin our study using the book What Paul Meant by Garry Willis. We meet weekly through December 8 (except Thanksgiving Day). After this book we will continue with the same author through his next two books, What Jesus Meant and What the Gospels Meant. Any and all men are invited as we discuss the Bible and these books (available from many book sources). In 2017 we will resume meetings on January 5. Facilitator: Tom Snead.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays beginning Sept. 9, 6:30-7:30 AM — T This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. We will begin our study using Journey Through the Bible study of Revelation for 13 weeks through December 9 (except Thanksgiving Day). All men are welcome and encouraged to join us. On January 6, 2017 we will start the Abingdon Press series with Invitation to The Old Testament. All one needs is a Bible and a study book (available from many book sources). Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.

Book Study Groups:

  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:15-11:00 AM — All women of St. Catherine’s are invited to join us. We’ll read some inspirational, thought-provoking books and share our thoughts as we look for the sacred in our everyday lives. Facilitator: Barb Selby.
  • Men's Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 8:30 pm — This study is for men to gather over a light supper and study books selected by the group. We meet each month at the home of one of our members to explore the interaction between our faith, our soul, and our work. The meal and fellowship time is followed by study, reflection, and prayer. Our fall book is On God's Side by Jim Wallis, a new book will be chosen sometime in November. All are invited (and no requirement to host a meeting). Facilitator: Scott Lummus.

 

Wednesday Evening Dinner and Programs — For everyone!

Our Wednesday nights have wonderful things in store this year, so join us deepen our walk in Christ. We’ll have fellowship and learning for children, youth and adults. In addition to programs for all ages, Choristers of St. Catherine’s (kids and youth grades 3-12) have rehearsals 6:15-7:00 pm and Chancel Choir (adults) 7:15-8:45 pm.

  • Youth now each week: Grades 7-12 — We meet at 6:30 pm for fellowship, then a program from 7 to 8 pm. Wednesday night gatherings include music, discussion and fun, with relevance for all the J2A age groups. Facilitator: Sally Paris.
  • Children - Wednesday Night Explorers beginning August 31: Grades 3-6 — We meet at 6:30 pm for fellowship, then a program from 7 to 8 pm. We will explore faith formation with a fun, collaborative, hands-on approach. We are contemplative and fun, sometimes loud and sometimes serious, at all times we are curious and open to hearing God's word. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Adult programs beginning September 7 — 6:30-7:30 pm. Join us as The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys returns to St. Catherine’s September 7 to October 12 to present another of his popular programs: “King David, from Goliath to Mid-Life Crisis: A Study of I & II Samuel.” Dr. Humphreys is Professor Emeritus at University of Knoxville Department of Religion and author of “The Character of God in Genesis” and “Introduction to the Old Testament." Then Amma Susan Johnson will lead a 5-week study series October 19 through November 16. Watch for more details iin announcements soon.

 

"The Journey" - Course for Inquirers and Adults Seeking Baptism

The Journey prepares adults new to St. Catherine’s or the Episcopal tradition and those seeking adult baptism for membership in the church. Some long-standing St. Catherine’s members also attend the class to refresh their faith journey and life in Christ. The Journey is an opportunity to explore your questions about the faith and the church, to learn about St. Catherine’s and the Episcopal church, to gain spiritual tools for your faith journey, and to discern where God may be calling you to use your spiritual gifts, all while getting to know others at St. Catherine’s in a small group setting The Journey begins on January 8th, 2017 however registration begins at the Ministry Fair, 10 AM, Sunday, August 28. Contact Amma Susan Johnson (ammasusanstcatherines.org) or (770-971-2839) if you have any questions.

 

MOPS - Kickoff Wednesday, September 7

MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers”, and by preschoolers we mean kids from birth through kindergarten. MOPS connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. St. Catherine’s MOPS group meets monthly in the school year on first Wednesdays, 9:45 to noon in the Parish Hall. Dates this year are: September 7 (Kickoff meeting); October 5; November 2; December 7; January 11; February 1; March 1; April 12; May 3. What to expect: Brunch - we can’t meet without coffee & food; Speakers – to give us insight & ideas; Small Groups – to relate & share advice with local mommy friends; Crafts – fun easy projects, even for the least crafty of us.

Childcare is provided – While moms are in the meetings their children are divided into age-appropriate classes where they participate in fun, educational activities through St. Catherine’s Preschool. Contact us for more details: stcatsmopsgmail.com, or call Julie Fulcher 404.697.0278, or Michelle 770.891.2113. You can learn more about MOPS International at www.mops.org.

 

EFM - Education for Ministry - begins September 8

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 belief. It is a forum where spirituality, practice, and study can go hand in hand to help you understand and prepare for ministry in the greater church and the world. 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 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 real world in a series of theological reflections.

We are recruiting for a new class to meet on Thursday evenings beginning September 8 at the church. There is a yearly charge, partial scholarships are available. 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 Potter (cdexterpottergmail.com ) or Jan Potter (jcpottergmail.com) or the church office for more information or to sign up.


The joy of serving as Acolyte

By Jenna Parker, Director of Children & Family Ministry

I remember the first time I served as an acolyte in the third grade. It was something I had watched the “big kids” do my whole life and though it felt natural that now, at my advanced age of eight I would join them, it was still a little scary. Everyone was watching. What if I messed up when everyone was watching? What if I ruined church? I soon realized that sitting in church without my parents was very much the same as sitting with them and that there was always someone nearby to help if I had a question or lost my place in the service. Soon after that initial rush, I settled into the pattern and didn’t think much about the meaning behind what I was doing—until one day when an Anglican bishop from a country in Africa joined my congregation. He sat next to me, the tiny torch bearer who was much smaller than her age would suggest. I was thrilled to be a part of such a special service and to serve with someone I perceived as so important.

Looking back, what I experienced that day is what is so remarkable about the opportunity for children and youth to acolyte. It is not about standing in front of everyone or fulfilling an expected rite of passage. Instead, it is about serving in the liturgy in a very real and important way. As a child, I sat with a Bishop as we both celebrated the Word of God. It is easy to take for granted the work of an acolyte as just the way that we do things in the Episcopal Church, but it really creates a remarkable space for our children and youth to serve. In this service comes confidence, leadership, and a personal relationship with the liturgy that will carry on into adulthood. This work helps provide material for resumes and the confidence that comes with contributing to an important function in other people’s lives. Most of all, it helps plant the seeds for a personal relationship with the Church and a knowledge that there is a place for everyone to serve no matter the age, size, or place in life.

Interested in serving?

If you or your child is interested in serving as an acolyte, contact Jenna Parker at jennastcatherines.org or Sally Paris at sallystcatherines.org.

Sign up for Diocesan Acolyte Festival September 10

Acolytes old and new are encouraged to join us for the Diocesan Acolyte Festival from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on September 10th. Cost is $20 (scholarships available). Get details and register by September 3 to get a spot: https://goo.gl/forms/Ar4RUDsk61E9ZhwH.


Rector Search update

Message from the Nominating Committee

Now that the period of nominations for our rector search is officially closed, the Nominating Committee has received all the preliminary information it needs to begin reviewing candidates. It is exciting, intriguing and important. The members of the committee are carving out large amounts of time to devote to this phase of the process, so if we go "under the radar," you'll know why. As always, thank you for your patience, support and trust. We feel your prayers, and offer the following devotion shared during our most recent meeting:

"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." - Saint Thérèse de Lisieux

Nominating Committee questions - Anyone who has questions for the committee regarding our rector search process please submit them to nominationsstcatherines.org. Also, watch for updates on our rector search blog at stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney/ .


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, September 6

All leaders of St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us at 7-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have important discussions of the plans for the fall and the upcoming stewardship campaign and budgeting process. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.


Men’s Retreat – reserve your place          

October 7-9 at Montara Farm

Make your reservation today! All men are invited to the 2016 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 7-9 at Montera Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, www.montarafarm.com . We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. More details will be coming soon but space will be limited. Total cost of the retreat will be $316.25.

Hold your place now by signing up with your $100 deposit on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact John Fulcher, jfulchergmail.com. John is also looking for volunteers to help with planning the retreat, please contact him now if you are interested.


Youth House Expansion progress report

NO construction on Saturday, August 20, or on September 3 (Labor Day weekend). The goal is to install roof trusses on Saturday, August 27 pending approvals. Construction is happening on Saturday mornings from 7 am to noon. Please come and we’ll put you to work! To get on the mailing list for upcoming tasks and schedule, contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.

Photo by Connie Bergeron


Set your profile in The City

The City is the source for our electronic parish directory. If you are already in The City, please take a moment to check your profile and set the privacy setting for both address and phone number to “everyone in this church”. The City is for all members of St. Catherine’s, log in to your account at https://stcatherines.onthecity.org. If you do not have an account please contact Rose Wolfe in the office, rosestcatherines.org.


Cathedral Book Store coming to St. Cat’s

Sunday, September 18

The Cathedral Book Store is coming to St. Catherine’s on September 18. Drop in to the sale 9:00 am – 1:30 pm in our Parish Hall to find books and special items to purchase for yourself and for gifts (maybe thinking ahead to holiday time?). Choices will include Bibles, BCPs, adult books, children’s books, devotionals, fiction & non-fiction, gifts, stationary and more. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Best of all, the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to a St. Catherine’s ministry. You can preview the Book Store's catalog online at www.cathedralbookstore.org.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

“Elegantly Different” Fashion Show, Lunch & Silent Auction

Sunday, August 28

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.


Habitat House build underway

The build began on August 13 with the house blessing and quick raising of the external wall frame and plywood, and hoisting the 44-foot porch beam into place. Sign up to help or support the build with our $15 tshirts, contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 404-819-0891. St. Catherine’s volunteers are scheduled to help on the dates below at the build site on Lee Road in Mableton.

  • Saturday, September 10 – construction
  • Saturday, September 17 – construction
  • Saturday, September 24 – construction, plus providing continental breakfast & lunch for the volunteers
  • Saturday, October 1 – construction
  • Saturday, October 8 – construction
  • Sunday, October 16 - Dedication Day

Meet our Homeowner: The Abban Family

Hello! We are a Christian family. I am from Ghana, West Africa, and have lived in the United States for over 20 years. We believe in Jesus Christ and know that with God all things are possible. He is our creator and provider. I have been faithfully employed with the same company for 12 years. My wife and I have four wonderful children. My mother-in-law, who is 80, also lives with us. We are very grateful for this blessing, and thank everyone for this opportunity. We look forward to living in peace in a healthy and safe home.


"The Good Shepherd" note cards

Available for purchase on Sundays in the foyer, proceeds from the sale benefit Family Promise. These note cards are reproduced from the Good Shepherd painting done by Richard Pearson which hangs at the entrance of the Catechesis hallway. Cards are blank inside so they have many uses, i.e., get well, thank you, birthday, thinking of you. The cost is 6 cards/$5. Thank you for your support.


Thanks for Your Outreach

By Harriett Pyburn

"Stop Hunger Now" success!

On July 30, we had over 75 people attend our Stop Hunger Now event in the Parish Hall. In less than two hours, we were able to pack 20,000 meals to be shipped around the world to feed hungry children, many of them in a school setting (double bonus—food and education!). If you have not had a chance to join us for one of these events, you will not want to miss the next one. The energy is high, the conversation is lively, and the gong is a great way to celebrate every time we pack 1,000 more meals. Participate as each table tries to improve their assembly line efficiencies. There is a job for everyone of all ages: measure rice or other ingredients, drop in vitamins, be a runner to get bags from one station to the next, perform quality control with your scale, seal the bags, pack the bags, ring the gong, run the vacuum... no matter your choice, you are sure to have a good time, learn something new about this great organization, and feel good as you walk out the door in less than two hours. Thanks to all who attended!

 

UndieSunday thanks!

Our ingathering of new socks and underwear for local school-aged children was a great success. On August 7 we collected 372 items – a great mix of socks and underwear for ages 6-18. The items were delivered to Monica Bright, the social worker at East Cobb Middle School (who also serves Wheeler High School and Sedalia Park Elementary) the following day. She was extremely appreciative for these needed items and says it is a huge help to be able to provide these to students at the start of the school year. Thanks for your UndieSupport!

 

Ministry Fair follow up

Thanks to all who attended the first week of our Ministry Fair Program on August 7 introducing opportunities in Outreach and Pastoral Care. We loved sharing our ministries with you and the wonderful morning of fellowship. If at any time you wish to explore ways you can get involved (with any passion, talent and time schedule), please reach out to Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com). I welcome the conversation!

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

BELONG Tour – reserve tickets now

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.


Young Adults Ministry – St. Catherine’s and beyond

By Sally Paris

There are two conversations that usually happen around Young Adults. One side emphasizes the importance of young adults in the church while the other deals with the struggle of not seeing young adults active in church. Most often, even with the strongest of youth programs, youth graduate and take time away from the church, and if they return it’s generally not until they have families/children of their own.

The Church doesn’t often know what to do to engage young adults, so we don’t try. The Diocese of Atlanta has reached out about the Campus Ministry at Kennesaw State University and St. Catherine’s was, in turn, given the opportunity to help to foster this thriving Young Adult Ministry. The group is geared toward, but not limited to, college-age people, traditionally high school graduates through their 20s. Currently, we have about 5 active members, but we know of over 20 new students (freshmen and transfers) who have started at KSU this fall. Many are former St. Catherine’s youth. How wonderful would it be to see these young adults continue to be engaged in the Church and to see how they can change the world with the support of the Church on their side!

What are the expectations for Sally/St. Catherine’s? I will be meeting with KSU students in the evenings after their classes and my office hours. We will meet twice a week. One meeting will be during the week at First United Lutheran Church just off campus. We will also have the opportunity to host these young adults for dinner and fellowship time Sunday evenings.

I will continue to be as dedicated to our exceptional youth as I have tried to always be. In fact, I believe that the involvement of Young Adults in the life of St. Catherine’s will be a benefit to our youth. An example of involved young adults is likely to shape our youth to live into the expectation that your spiritual formation doesn’t end when you graduate from high school.

My hope for St. Catherine’s is that we will embrace this group of young people and support them in ways that will become more evident as our ministry together grows. My vision is that St. Catherine’s will be the “home away from home” for students that have left their home parish to pursue higher education. The hope is that we can be an intentional and supportive community to these people as they grow as independent individuals in Christ.

What does that mean for St. Catherine’s? I would love for our parish to engage this community in whatever way they are able. This is a new year, and new years come with change and negotiation. Before I can speak to exactly what I need from the parish, I need to talk with the students to see what their needs are.

My initial thoughts are that I would love for adults/couples/families to sign up to bring dinner on Sunday nights. This will give the young adults a hot, home-cooked meal once a week as well as give parishioners opportunities to engage with these young adults and make direct connections.


All about membership in St. Catherine's Episcopal Church

We have many questions from those new at St. Catherine's, and those who may have been here for a bit, how to become a member of our church. The information below has been developed by our clergy and Invitation Ministry Team to address some of these questions.

If you wish to become a member of St. Catherine’s, please call the church office at 770-971-2839 and ask to speak with Rose Wolfe, our Parish Administrator. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for worship on Sunday mornings or at any of our church activities. We understand that first and foremost, membership at St. Catherine’s means being part of a community that is drawn ever more deeply into relationship with God through Jesus Christ. However there can be more to it than that. For those who are interested in making a formal commitment of membership to the Episcopal Church, and St. Catherine’s in particular, we have put together a brief summary of how the Episcopal Church defines the terms of membership. If you still have questions after reading this, please feel free to reach out to one of our clergy members, and we’d be happy to talk to you more about it.

There are four ways to join St. Catherine’s:

  • Letter of Transfer—If you are a member of another Episcopal Church parish and would like to transfer your membership to St. Catherine’s, please contact the parish office to let us know. We have a special form we send to your former parish that “transfers” your membership to St. Catherine’s.
  • Baptism—The sacrament of Baptism is the initiation rite into the Christian Church. To be Baptized, as an infant, child or adult is to become a full member of the Church with access to the Sacraments. To learn more about our Sacraments, please go to Sacraments page.
  • Confirmation—Confirmation is a Sacrament of the Church. It is an informed affirmation of the Baptisimal vows and profession of the faith that may be made by teenagers or adults. To be Confirmed is to outwardly proclaim your choice of the Episcopal faith and tradition. It involves the laying on of hands upon the head of the individual Confirmand by the bishop.
  • Reception—If you have been Confirmed in another liturgical tradition (such as Roman Catholic or Lutheran) you are Received into the Church rather than Confirmed. A person is Received into the Episcopal Church by a bishop.

In summary, an “official” member of St. Catherine’s is a baptized person who requests to be placed on the membership rolls of this parish. If you are Baptized, Confirmed, or Received at St. Catherine’s, you automatically become a member. A person who is a member of another Episcopal church can transfer their membership to St. Catherine’s through a Letter of Transfer. "The Journey" is a program at St. Catherine’s for those interested in pursuing adult Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception, see the article above in this newsletter.

More Questions…

  • Why officially join the Episcopal Church? — We believe that God speaks to people in a variety of ways and that no one particular expression of this faith is “right.” For Episcopalians, this way of relating to the divine balances scripture, tradition, and reason. The Episcopal Church is a sacramental and liturgical form of Christianity that respects the ancient nature of the church yet allows room for a prayerful discussion of theology.
  • What is expected of members of St. Catherine’s? — We expect members of this parish community to strive to lead a life of faith. This means sharing the joy of corporate worship as regularly as possible; recognizing that God is the source of all that we are and all that we do; being tolerant of one another and respecting the dignity of every human being; understanding that we don’t have all the answers about faith but we’re always seeking to learn from God and one another; offering of ourselves to the church through our talents, time, and financial resources; helping to spread the message of Christ’s love in whatever way is possible for you.
  • What if I don’t want to officially join the Episcopal Church or St. Catherine’s? — That’s fine. We consider our parish family to be a wide net of individual beliefs and situations and while we encourage people to seriously consider official membership, it is not a requirement to partake in the life of the community. According to the canons (governing laws) of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Atlanta, the only thing non-members may not do at the parish level is serve on the Vestry, vote at the annual parish meeting, and serve as a chalice bearer.
  • What about pledging? — Giving money is not a requirement for membership at St. Catherine’s. We firmly believe that stewardship of our financial resources is an integral part of being a Christian and we rely on the generosity of our community to support our common ministry and pay our bills. Episcopal Churches do not receive financial assistance from the Diocese or the National Church. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: we pay a yearly apportionment to the Diocese of Atlanta to support the mission and ministry of the larger church. If you would like to fill out our pledge card, please see information on our Treasure Offering page.


Volunteering Corner

"Going for the Gold"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

Are you like me, a little sleep deprived this week because of staying up late watching the Olympics? I love the Olympics and because it only comes every four years I am willing to give up an hour or two of sleep. The competition is great but I especially love the inspirational stories of the athletes. Their stories have as much variety as the countries the athletes come from. However, every athlete who is interviewed is similar in that they all talk about the hours of preparation, the passion for what they are doing, the dedication to accomplishing the goal, and the focus that is required to “go for the Gold.”

I have seen that type of dedication here at St. Catherine's:

  • Last week we were the host home for the guest of Family Promise. A dedication to goal was obvious when 3 adults and 9 children were greeted at the Youth House and were made to feel at home. The Family Promise leaders and volunteers were ready for the guests because they spent hours preparing.
  • When the children arrive for Catechesis this Sunday the teachers will have spent hours preparing, studying, reading. That dedication is because the children's Christian education is their goal.
  • When the volunteers arrive at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning to build the Youth House Expansion, they come knowing there would be hours of labor, sweat and moments of exhaustion. They are maintaining their focus because they are going for the gold… the finished Phase 2 of the Youth House.
  • The members of the Rector Search Committee have shown “going for the gold” dedication with hours in dedicated service and the focus being finding the right Rector for St. Catherine's.

I could fill The Wheel with examples of inspirational stories—stories that are as rich and as full as those of the Olympic athletes. These volunteers may not receive a gold medal for their efforts (though I wish I could give one to each of them) but I am sure they would tell you they have received more than they gave.

Can I help?

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

See lots more photos full size in the album at Summer 2016.

Baptisms August 14

Sealed as Christ's own forever! Photos by Jan Potter and Bill Ivey, see many more full-size at Baptism081416 and above link.

Messy Olympics

Good "clean" fun! Thanks to Sally Paris and Jenna Parker for setting up a fun afternoon for us on August 7. Photos by Amy Mikkelsen


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:

  • August 21-28: Education & Formation Ministry Team; Worship & Music Ministry Team — This week we celebrate the life and work of these 2 Ministry Teams which lead committee efforts to achieve our parish goals: Education & Formation, and Worship & Music. For information on how to get involved please come to our Ministry Fair on August 28 or contact the Ministry Team conveners Michael Paris (Interim) and Bill Selby (respectively).
     
  • August 29-September 4: Education for Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of Education for Ministry (EFM), a four year program from the University of the South which meets weekly from September to May. EFM offers education and opportunity to discover how to respond to our individual call to Christian service. Registration is yearly and a fee is involved, scholarships available. To find out more please contact Jan Potter, 404.444.8627, jcpottergmail.com, or Chris Potter, 404.376.7430, cdexterpottergmail.com.
     
  • September 5-11: Adult Education Committee — St. Catherine’s offers many opportunities for adult Christian formation, including Church School, Bible study groups, Wednesday Night Live, EFM and much more. Trained volunteers and our clergy lead the programs. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Michael Paris, 770.509.0161, mparis2hotmail.com or Amma Susan, 770.971.2839, ammasusanstcatherines.org.


Letters

Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • From The Extension, on June 11

IN THE COMMUNITY

"One Voice Hymnal" Dedication and Community Hymn-Sing Sunday, August 21

Join your hearts and raise your voices together in celebration of a new publication, “One Voice Hymnal,” a curated treasure of best-loved hymns and gospel songs. Special guest will be well-known choral composer Tom Fettke. The event will be held on Sunday, August 21 at 5 pm in the Chapel (old sanctuary) at First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Georgia 92. Everyone will be invited to sing many of the beautiful and powerful songs of our faith from this new collection and hear from speakers and soloists including Dr. Johnny Hunt, Scott White, Johnny Hall, and others from the metro Atlanta area. Frank Boggs and The Georgia Festival Chorus will perform Fettke’s anthem, “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name.” Special pre-service music begins at 4:45 pm featuring Jerry Nelson (piano) and Susan Caudill (organ). The event is free, registration is requested at www.eventbrite.com/e/one-voice-hymnal-dedication-and-community-hymnsing-tickets-26597494823 .

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

C.E.R.T. class at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in September
Community Emergency Reponse Team (C.E.R.T.) classes will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24, at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Rd., Marietta. C.E.R.T. classes are designed to educate and train people with basic disaster response skills at the time of a community-wide event, such as a tornado. They are open to anyone in the community who is interested in helping themselves, their family, their workplace and their community in the event of an emergency event, when professional responders are not immediately available to help. A certificate will be issued by Cobb Emergency Management Agency upon completion of the full course (all three Saturdays). Advance registration is required, space limited. Contact Linda Walsh, RN in Pastoral Care at 770-552-6400 ext. 6019 to sign up.

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: Sue Anderson, Jason & Lea Farese, Michael & Kim Perry, Austin & Angi Poole

BEFORE SURGERY: Susan Jenkins; Anne Whittle

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Mike Meehan, Alison Adams, Tamara Conklin, Christina Diaz, Scott Hargreaves, Susannah Campbell, Holly Griffin, Nina Smith, Sarah Wayne, Nancy Denton, Robbie Roy, Preston Paris, Gordon Spessard, Caroline Wolfrum, Alan Certain, Pat Robinson, Julie Brannock, Mary Moore, Helen Joyce Phillips Brown, Keisha Taggert, Roberta Loewy, Aidan Allen, Jim Weigel, Stephanie Yucius, Heather Flannigan, Bill Wyatt, Pastor Tony Cantaneo, Wanda Johnson, Berger Scott, Sascha, Robert Ingram, John Moore, Jean Windrow, MaryLou Shannonhouse, Anne Whittle, Cliff Kutzbach, Wayne Fulcher, Philip Johnson.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michelle & Chuck Zimmerman (8/27), David & Stephanie Yucius (8/31), Tad & Allison Travis (9/1), David & Mary Lou Shannonhouse (9/2), Chuck & Linda Shrake (9/3), Fred & Jennifer Massey (9/5), Charles & Tami Mace (9/5), Adam & Julie Stone (9/5).

BIRTHDAYS: (8/21) Jim Kareken, (8/23) Grady Hitchins, (8/24) Linda Minzenberger, (8/25) James Sampson, Wyatt Pitts, (8/26) Seamus Fahy, (8/27) Karen Manno, Ellen Adams, Susie Davis, (8/28) Deborah Weigel, Pierce Hale, (8/29) Harry Tear, (8/30) David Worden, Zoey Hutton, (8/31) Davis Waldron, (9/2) Pat Pepper, Mark Moore, (9/3) John Brooks, (9/4) Maggie Culberson, (9/5) Regan Parker, (9/6) Vincent Bagby, (9/8) Rosemarie Crespo, (9/9) Hale Sanders, Connor Pyburn.

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(8/21) Joyce Carter; Linda Carter; Tillie Carter; Greg & Margaret Caudle; Alan & Nancy Certain.
(8/28) Shirley & Mark Childs; Donald & Anne Clark, Kris, Lisa, & Ethan Cook; Marion Cook; Ron & Arlyn Cook.

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

Date coming up: November 6. 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, 8/20 Saturday, 8/27

8:00AM
8:30AM
7:00PM

Master Planning
Vestry Day Retreat
Cats On Wheels @ Botanical Gardens


Diocesan Youth Retreat
   @ Cathedral
Sunday, 8/21 Sunday, 8/28

8:00AM
9:00AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
12:30PM
1:00PM
1:00PM
7:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist /Teacher Commissioning
Ministry Fair
Youth & Children Church School
Holy Eucharist
Acolyte Training
J2A Training
Nominating Committee
Women's Extension Dinner

8:00AM
9:00AM
10:00AM
10:00AM
11:15AM
12:30PM
2:30PM
3:00PM
6:00PM

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair
Youth & Children Church School
Holy Eucharist
Fashion Show
Choristers
Girl Scouts
Elizabeth Inn

Monday, 8/22 Monday, 8/29
3:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Stewardship Committee
Boy Scouts

3:30PM
7:30PM

CGS Catholic
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 8/23 Tuesday, 8/30

9:30AM
10:00AM
3:00PM
3:30PM
6:00PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Computer Lab
MUST Laundry Team
Nominating Committee
Jubilate

9:30AM
10:00AM
3:30PM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Nominating Committee
YHE Team
Jubilate
Wednesday, 8/24 Wednesday, 8/31
5:30AM
7:00PM
MUST Breakfast
Youth WNL

6:00PM 
6:15PM
7:00PM
7:15PM

MUST Laundry Team
Choristers
Youth & Explorers WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 8/25 Thursday, 9/1
 
3:30PM
6:30PM

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Calling & Caring Ministry

 
3:30PM
5:00PM
7:00PM
Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Girl Scouts
DOK
Friday, 8/26 Friday, 9/2
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

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

   
5:00PM
8:00PM
8:00PM

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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Ministry Fair 10-11 am on August 21 & 28. Adult Church School class topics begin September 11
  • Tuesday, September 6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting 7-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 7 – WNL adults speaker series begins, special kickoff dinner
  • Saturday, September 10 – Diocesan Acolyte Festival @ Cathedral of St. Philip
  • Sunday, September 11 – Adult Church School classes begin
  • Sunday, October 2 – Blessing of the Animals at 5:00 pm
  • October 7-9 – Men's Retreat
  • Saturday, November 5 – Parish Clean-up/Fix-Up Day

ST. CAT'S EYC - YOUTH - NEWS

By Youth Director Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

 

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Parents and Families, Please take some time to look at our Breakfast Sign up and see where you may be able to provide breakfast for the youth program at this link: www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4da9a82ba6fa7-youth2

 

Wednesday Night Live each week

Youth WNL meets each week in the Youth House – fellowship 6:30-7 pm, followed by program 7-8 pm. Note that we are no longer gathering for dinner. You are welcome to bring dinner to our fellowship time at 6:30.

 

Youth Program 2016

We have an extremely active youth program which is exciting, but that also means that there are often many moving pieces to what we do. Here is important information regarding the year as well the 2016-17 Youth Permission Form (needed for all youth events), the Calendar of Youth Events (August - May) and Parent Volunteer Form.

Rite 13 (Grades 7 & 8)

  • Urban Plunge (tentatively March 25-26) - This event is a long-running Rite 13 tradition that is specific to St. Catherine’s and is a wonderful experience. We will be going to Emmaus House in Atlanta to learn about Peoplestown (the neighborhood around Emmaus House), to experience what life can be like for some of the people who live there, and to help Emmaus House to serve them.
  • Rite 13 Ceremony (May 7) - A Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood
    The Rite 13 Liturgy is designed to welcome teenagers to the journey of becoming adults and celebrate, publically and in the midst of our worship, God’s gift of manhood and womanhood. This liturgy recognizes the holy power of creation that God gives to each one of us.

J2A (Grades 9 & 10)

  • Confirmation Classes Begin (January 8)
  • Urban Adventure (January 13-16) - Almost entirely planned and led by youth. Has as significant of an impact on group dynamics as any other event in the curriculum
  • Valentines Dinner Dance (February 11) - Main fundraiser for the Pilgrimage (a spiritual journey that is the central aspect of the Journey to Adulthood curriculum). Composed of 3 simultaneous and equally important components: a dinner dance; a live and a silent auction. Requires every youth/family to participate (future meetings will be required)
  • Confirmation (tentatively May 21) - Confirmation is the process of taking adult ownership of our own faith and our relationship with God. It is an adult decision and affirmation of our commitment.

YA (Grades 11 & 12) - Goals for this class include developing leadership skills by:

  • Planning Summer Beach Weekend for entire Youth Group
  • Investigating Mission Opportunities

Events for ALL YOUTH

  • Wednesday Night Live
  • Corn Maze
  • Fall Youth Retreat
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Youth Worship Service

Scholarships -
Always confidential and available to any who requests it for any St. Catherine’s or Diocese of Atlanta event. Can also be acquired from the Diocese; Sally will help with that. Enables our young people to have their lives changed! **Do not EVER let cost be a deterrent from participating! If you are ever in need of a scholarship for a trip or event, please email Sally directly: sallystcatherines.org

Incentive Program -
This program is ONLY to encourage involvement in youth and volunteer activities. The goal is at least 100 points. The hope is that those who reach the goal of 100pts will be eligible to attend the summer youth beach retreat. I would love to have everyone be as involved as possible, but I also understand that everyone has life demands that require them to miss out on some opportunities. No youth will be prohibited from being involved from any activity based off of these points.

  • 20 pts - sign up to read (you must follow through with commitment to earn points)
  • 30pts – sign up to acolyte (you must follow through with commitment to earn points)
  • 10 pts – parents sign up and provide breakfast
  • 10-20 pts – parents sign up and help with other events
  • 10 pts – each outreach/building event you participate in (beg. August 1)
  • 1 pt - each Sunday School Class
  • + any other activities/points that are given out at the discretion of Sally or any of the youth leaders

Diocesan Events

  • New Beginnings- October 7-9 and February 3-5
  • Annual Council Lock-in – November 18-19
  • Happening – November 11-13 and February 24-26
  • DYC Retreat – January 6-8
  • Hunger Walk - March 12
  • Diocesan Tubing Trip in Helen – June

 

Diocesan Service Day Retreat

Join us August 27 at All Saints' Episcopal Church for our second annual Diocesan Service Day Retreat. The day will consist of service learning and projects, fellowship, singing songs, and Eucharist. This year, we have partnered with 5 organizations that provide various services throughout the state to better equip our youth with a meaningful service learning experience. The theme for the retreat is Serve Compassionately, which is a key part of our Diocesan Purpose Statement. Youth will spend the day learning about service organizations and assisting with various service projects. We ask that each youth bring 5 canned goods, 3 books, and 3 gently used clothing articles. All items collected will go to one of our service partners of the day! The cost per participant is $5. This cost covers lunch. Come join us as we explore what it means to serve compassionately and grow spiritually!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 7

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
571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068
770-971-2839