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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.”
“Looking Inward - Looking Forward - Seeking You!”
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Begins Sunday, September 11
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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/ .
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet our Homeowner: The Abban Family
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
"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:
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!
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.
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
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:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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 .
C.E.R.T. class at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in September
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jake England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousins; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Andrew Hutton, and Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
DECEASED: 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:
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
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
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.
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)
J2A (Grades 9 & 10)
YA (Grades 11 & 12) - Goals for this class include developing leadership skills by:
Events for ALL YOUTH
Incentive Program -
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!
The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due by midnight on Wednesday 2 days before the publication date. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
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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
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