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By Jenna Parker, Director of Children and Family Ministry
In the midst of a spiritually enriching Holy Week, St. Catherine’s introduced a new opportunity for children and their families to experience the events of Maundy Thursday together. In attendance were sixteen different families, with a total of fifty-five people. The program revolved around the commandment for which Maundy Thursday is named (it is believed that “Maundy” is an abbreviation of the Latin word for mandate) and families together explored the love Jesus showed for us and how to share it with others.
The first way they did this was by listening to scripture where Jesus lets us know that by washing His disciples’ feet he’s given them a model for what they should do for each other. We put it to practice by washing the feet of the people in our families. Watching the pure love on the faces of children and their families while they washed each other’s feet was a joy to behold. Next, we reenacted the Last Supper as we ate a snack of pita bread and grapes. The children wore name tags belonging to the different disciples and gathered around a table as the scripture was read. When the fifth grader playing Jesus got to the part where the bread was broken he whispered, “Should I break it?” After receiving an encouraging nod, without further direction he beautifully broke the bread up in the air just as we watch our clergy break the bread every Sunday. The rest of the children playing disciples gleefully passed the bread, sharing it with each other.
As our evening came to an end, we remembered that this meal was the last Jesus would share with those he loved before he gave his life the next day. Just as the altar is stripped at the end of the Maundy Thursday service, we stripped the table of the candles, linens, and other adornments while singing “Jesus, Remember Me.” Finally, candles were lit next to a small cross as we sat in a circle, reminding us that Jesus rose again after he was crucified. Remembering that Jesus showed us that the way we can share his light is by loving each other as he loved us, the light was spread to votive candles in the shape of a heart as we sang together “This Little Light of Mine.” Witnessing the children of St. Catherine’s experience Jesus' love and light along with their families was a powerful component of Holy Week.
Parents shared some beautiful examples of the aftermath of the evening. "As I put my son to bed I asked him how he felt when he was looking at the candles (because he looked so transfixed), and he paused before saying, hesitantly, ‘I felt God?’"—Parent of child age 7. “My children woke up talking about Jesus. What a blessing”—Parent of two children, age 4 and 6. “My son so enjoyed breaking bread with his friends as Bartholemew. He said, ‘Next time, can we do that again?’ I also heard him singing ‘This Little Light of Mine’ while getting ready for bed”—Parent of child, age 6.
RSVP by Monday, April 24!
Join us for a delightful evening beginning at 7:00 pm at the home of Emily & Nelson Gale, 228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta, 30067. This St. Catherine’s annual favorite event is hosted for all adults of the parish by our Fellowship Ministry Team. Our tasting this year will be led by Hans Kraeger. Please BYO tasting glass and a "pick-up" tapas or appetizer to share. Cost is $20 per person.
Please RSVP by Monday, April 24 to ensure that we have enough tastings to go around! Reply on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Our next even-month excursion will be a day trip on Saturday, April 29 to the Gainesville location of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, www.atlantabg.org/visit/gainesville. Costs including admission and lunch are pay-your-own. For all the details including departure time please contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
By Mary Lou Shannonhouse
In our society, the line between childhood and adulthood is often a fuzzy one. Unlike other cultures, we don’t have formalized rites of passage that define the points along the path to adulthood. We need ways to tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing and learning; they are becoming adults. The Journey to Adulthood program that St. Cat’s utilizes attempts to do just that.
During the regular 9:00 am Eucharist on Sunday, May 7, we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with some of our teens. The Liturgy is formally called “The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood,” but is more well-known as “Rite 13” since it takes place near the celebrants’ 13th birthday – much like a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood and manhood that God gives to each one of us. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and we need not prove it. This gift is the essence of who we are. As we grow and mature in the journey to adulthood, our knowledge and skills increase, but the magical core of who we are remains the same.
We will celebrate and recognize the following Rite 13ers on Sunday, April 28. Please keep these young people in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for this ceremony. Also, please plan to be with us to witness this important event and support these teens on their journey into adulthood:
Leah Banko, Ingrid Blackwood, Amanda Braman, Rett Brogdon, Connor Buckalew, Sebastjan Hutton, Gavin LeBlanc, Jordan LeGarde, Justin Kerr, Michael Kerr, Jake McGhee, Drew Michalak, Jake Michalak, Maxwell Morey, Sidney Nabinger, Connor Pyburn, Willow Riney, Sydney Spessard, Emily Travis, Aubrey Ward, J.P. Westin, Shep Worden, Riley Yucius and Maddie Zimmerman.
In the spirit of such books as “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” we are compiling advice from St. Catherine’s parishioners. Please give us a small bit of advice (one sentence or less) to our Rite 13ers who will be celebrating an important rite of passage on Sunday, May 7 at the 9:00 am service. Your advice can be something practical ("Don’t go to bed with gum in your mouth") or something more profound ("Be content to be who you really are"). Both are important to know. And please identify yourself by your first name and age, or stage in life (for example “Bob, age 41” or “Susan, mother of 3”).
Download and print our form from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/WordsofWisdom.pdf or pick up a copy in the foyer at church. Please put your completed form in the green Words of Wisdom Box in the foyer or return them to Mary Lou Shannonhouse by Sunday, April 30. Thank you!
WNL is meeting each week with programs for Explorers (children) and Youth 7 to 8 pm through the end of the school year: April 26, May 3, 10, and concluding on May 17.
We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at services on Sunday, May 14. Please send in names by May 7 – fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Becky Adams at beckystcatherines.org with the graduate's name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.
Saturday, May 20
Come join us behind the church for fellowship and play as we celebrate the end of the school year. Bring a picnic for your family and get ready to have fun with new and old friends Saturday, May 21 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact Jenna Parker with any questions at jennastcatherines.org.
By Jenna Parker
"Hero Central" Vacation Bible School uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God! VBS this summer is Monday through Thursday, June 12-15, 9:00 am to noon. St. Catherine's VBS is for children age 4 by July 1 (potty-trained), through rising fifth graders. Cost is $35 per child.
Volunteer help needed
Youth and Adults! If you would like to serve the youngest members of our St. Catherine's community, please sign up by contacting Jenna Parker at jennastcatherines.org or Susie Davis at sdavis5226gmail.com.
Our next Parish Day of Service will be Saturday, May 20 at St. Catherine's from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Everyone is invited to join the Facilities and Grounds volunteers in whatever area you are most interested! To find out more please contact Tami Mace, 404-457-9437, tamimacegmail.com or Bill Sapp at wmsapp111aol.com.
By your Stewardship Committee
The Lord is Risen Indeed! After having travelled through the contemplative time of Lent, we have now arrived at the joyous season of Easter. There is so much for which to be joyful and so much for which to be grateful. Just look around when you walk outdoors. The leaves are green, the flowers and trees are blooming and the weather is warm and beautiful. This spring let's be mindful of the rebirth of nature and the rebirth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The best way to show our gratitude for this is to show our generosity. Think about ways we can give of our time and talent to God's Kingdom here on earth. St. Cat’s has so many wonderful ways for each of us to show our gratitude and deepen our relationship with God.
Spring is also a great time to check on your pledge – have you received your statement? It is available anytime through The City, and statements are emailed to each household once per month. If you wish, you may call Becky in the church office and she will be happy to email or snail-mail your statement to you.May this Easter Season we all find a deeper relationship with our risen Lord through service to others.
Watch St. Catherine's video! - Click here (https://youtu.be/4iMZGTrtcrk ) Stewardship of Time & Talent
By Linda Smith and Susannah Campbell
The Memorial Garden Committee has been attempting to contact the family members of all those who are interred in the Garden since last September. A letter was sent to inform them of the planned expansion & assure them that the expansion would not disturb the cremains of their loved one, along with a description of the plans. However we have incomplete information for some of these persons. We hope by sharing this list that some of you will be able to help us with family names, relationship and addresses. Even if you don’t have current address, it will help if you remember names and relationship of family members. We would like to send all another letter that the construction has begun, as well as plans for the dedication. Please contact Linda Smith at devmor98bellsouth.net, or Susannah Campbell at susannah.s.campbellgmail.com, or leave a note addressed to us in the church office. Thank you for your generosity & support for the Memorial Garden Expansion, and the Memorial Garden Guild.
Mark your calendar for these activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year and the start of summer:
Construction begins April 29
By Connie Bergeron
St. Catherine’s is now a five year member of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC), a consortium of other area churches, mosques, synagogues and companies to build a new Habitat for Humanity home. This year's 9-week home build will start on Saturday, April 29. We will provide volunteer workers on Saturdays, including April 29, May 6, May 20, June 10, and July 8. In addition we will provide breakfast and lunch for 40 people on site on May 20. Please mark your calendars for these dates now and watch for signup (there are minimum age requirements for participation).
The coalition is offering special Habitat T-shirts at a cost of $15 each. This shirt sale is a small part of the funds needed for this build, and will identify those of us who want to support this outreach ministry. Sales of this year's great T-shirt (purple with white lettering) will be in the foyer the next two Sundays. Sign up for shirts by contacting Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, with the number and size of shirts you would like and also please email your available dates to build and help with May 20 meals for this year.
Your engagement with Habitat for Humanity is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to a great build. The build site is at 433 Lee Road in Mableton, just down Lee Road from last year's home site. All volunteers are welcome. For more information, see Connie Bergeron and David Daniels on Sunday or call Connie at 404-819-0891.
Photo courtesy Tom Hunter
By Connie Bergeron
On Easter Sunday, we had a wonderful group of St. Catherine's volunteers providing and serving dinner at The Extension Women's Center. When the Stuarts were unable to serve due to Marlene’s mother’s death, their good friends quickly stepped forward to provide and serve the evening meal. Cary and Pam Phillips, their son, Tate, and his girlfriend, Leigh Anne, Dennis and Deelee Freeman, with Deborah Weigel as the coordinator, made a delicious meal for the 20 ladies who are residents at The Extension and going through their outstanding substance abuse recovery program. Many thanks to all!
St. Catherine’s provides dinner on the third Sunday every month at The Extension Women's Center. For more information or to volunteer for a future date please contact Connie Bergeron, 404.819.0891, connieatlbergerons.net .
We hope you will consider stopping by for Simple Needs Georgia's Open House on Saturday, April 29 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. They will need a few volunteers that day (especially those who have volunteered there and can talk with visitors about SNG's programs) - or just pop by, take a tour if you have not already seen their facilities, and have some food! Simple Needs Georgia's programs overview is available at their website www.simpleneedsgablog.com and they are one of the great ministries supported by St. Catherine's with time, talent and donations, including a portion of this year's Easter offering.
Simple Needs Georgia's Address: 991 Industrial Park Drive in Marietta -- Follow the Simple Needs GA signs on the street at their driveway. Park in the parking lot next door (at Piedmont Graphics) or around the lot/building (not blocking the tire company on the other side of the building). Enter across the metal bridge (bright blue awning)
Thank you to everyone who so very generously donated so many cookies to the Easter Sunday receptions at St. Catherine's. After our two receptions the extra cookies were delivered to MUST's Elizabeth Inn shelter in time for their Easter Sunday dinner, thanks to Janet Livingston's suggestion, and the guests were delighted.Grateful for your hospitality,
Connie and Ron Bergeron
Family Promise of Cobb County is holding its second annual fundraiser golf tournament this summer on Monday, June 19 at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta. Would your business, group or employer be able to sponsor? We have a range of sponsorships from $100 to $5,000 which allow businesses and organizations to associate themselves with this critical work for homeless families in Cobb County. Please talk to your employer's Human Resources Department, or to other members of any Cobb County group to which you belong. If you were a sponsor last year, please do so again; and if your situation permits, please consider upping your sponsorship to the next higher category. For information please talk to Richard or Eleanore Pearson at 678-290-0097, elerichbellsouth.net. They can make forms available and informational brochures about Family Promise so that you can be more effective in explaining to potential sponsors why you are so passionate about Family Promise of Cobb County.
In the March 2017 issue of Guidepost magazine (thank you, Barb Selby), there is an article titled, “How Volunteering Adds Life to Your Years.” You have probably seen similar articles. This one contains a simple to understand list of the reasons why you will live longer and better if you volunteer:
During Holy Week, the days leading up to our glorious Easter Sunday celebration, if you were at St. Catherine’s you would have seen countless volunteers. Each of them had smiles on their faces which reflected the joy in their hearts. Hundreds of volunteer hours were dedicated to make our Easter as beautiful as it was, from the curb to the altar, from the choirs to the Easter egg hunt and more. I have no doubt that each of those volunteers would put a check mark next to the list above and say, “Yes, all of those things were accomplished.”
Are you looking to find a fulfilling volunteer opportunity? Think about your skills, interests and priorities. What do you hope to learn and accomplish? Do you want to try something new or do something you already know how to do? Do you prefer to work alone or as a team? Are you better behind the scenes on in a more visible role? I can help you find the answer to these questions, just send me a note. You will be glad you did.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Holy Week 2017
A glorious Easter Day!
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.
Photos below - in the Catechesis atriums (pictures by Jan Potter)
Do you have unused or expired medications? Turn them in for safe disposal! Your efforts can save lives by removing expired and unused prescription medications from your medicine cabinet. Do your part to prevent accidental poisoning, overdoses and improper use of medications. Simply take your old medications to one of the drop-off locations from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm , turn them in by driving through and receive a free gift. No questions asked, no forms or ID required. Three drop off locations: Cobb Senior Services (1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta); WellStar Acworth Health Park (4550 Cobb Parkway, Acworth); WellStar East Cobb Health Park (3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta). This event is sponsored by WellStar, SafeKids Cobb County and the Cobb County Police Department. For questions regarding these events, call 770-793-7373. For more information about medication safety and proper disposal, please visit www.rxdrugabuse.org or contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.
Come to the Cathedral Book Store at the Cathedral of St. Philip for their Community Open House on Saturday, April 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There will be stories for children, labyrinth tours and cathedral tours, and refreshments. The Book Store offers books, gifts, CDs, jewelry, and more. Located at 2774 Peachtree Rd. in Atlanta. Contact them at 404-237-2917 or visit www.cathdralbookstore.org .
The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to "30-60-90," their series concluding concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church at 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 30. This will be a gala celebration in honor of the chorus's 30th anniversary, and founding director Frank Boggs's 60th wedding anniversary and 90th birthday. The concert will present special sololists in favorite hymns, as well as classic and contemporary choral works by Mozart, Moses Hogan, Palestrina, Mark Hayes, Craig Courtney, Dan Forrest and many more. A special reception will follow the program. The concert is free, no tickets needed (a free-will offering will be taken). Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus well-known to us through appearances in previous years at St. Catherine’s. For more about Georgia Festival Chorus and these concerts please visit www.tgafc.org -- and see the recent AJC feature article about Director Frank at www.myajc.com/lifestyles/life-with-gracie-georgia-festival-chorus-year-old-leader-has-own-rich-history/hM8hW3Wz7Y34zt7k1AP4MN/ .
Come to this annual event hosted by St. Aidan's, St. David's, and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, on May 9 at the beautiful Bradshaw Farms. All proceeds directly benefit the children of the LAMB Institute. Cost is $150/player and includes covers greens fees, cart fee, driving range, all contests, continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and drinks. Sign up online by visiting tinyurl.com/gp5e6nu or email the tournament coordinator at amy.erin.hillgmail.com.
Kids, bring your grandparents to the Cobb County Safety Village on Saturday, May 13, from 9 am to noon. It is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta 30008. Five 30-minute interactive programs: Bus, Lake, and Firework Safety; Safety Village Puppet Show; Rules of the Road; Fire Extinguisher Training; Sparky’s House Tour for Kitchen Safety, Slips and falls prevention, Home Escape Plan. Registration is required (no fee), call 770-956-7827. For more information about Cobb County’s Safety Village go to www.cobbcounty.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=529&Itemid=2037 . Offered in partnership with Safe Kids Cobb County, Wellstar the Good Life Club.
The Commission on Dismantling Racism for the Diocese of Atlanta and Emmaus House invite you to watch the ground-breaking film, “13th,” and participate in a discussion afterward on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Emmaus House (1017 Hank Aaron Drive Southwest, Atlanta, GA, 30315). There is no charge for this event which is made possible by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Everyone is invited and welcome!
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: Pat McDougald, Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jake England, Lucas Elgie, Andrew Hutton, Taylor Bacon, Ryan Johnson and Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress, and this Country.
DECEASED: Gary Parker; Frances Miglis, Marlene Stuart’s mother
BEFORE SURGERY: Julie Brannock, Kathleen Iacobelli, Paul Manno
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Chubby Rice, Audrey Nesbit, Elizabeth Ivey, Kristi, Nancy Anderson, Lisa Buchanan, Julie Brannock, Steve Robinson, Roger Motter, Betty Robinson, Paul Manno, Barbara Renehan, Edie Teal and family, Jan Pienezza, John Seefeldt, Jarrisha Watson, Wes Woodruff, Mark Pendroid, Jennifer Buckalew, Roger Irwin, Jim Raasch, Janice Larkin, Joni Valoria, Joyce Hendricks, Warren Martin, Bill Lewis, Dan Montgomery, Jane Smith, Elizabeth Keeley, George Alexander.
BIRTHDAYS: (4/23) Nancy Sandlin, Jan Severs, (4/25) Brian Williams, (4/28) Susan Partus, Therese Braman, Sarah Sherwood, (4/29) Frank Brent, Cody Pitts, (4/30) Marilyn Cain, Vice westin, Ina Bachmann, Sofi Jones, Erin Wilson, (5/1) Steve Wolfe, (5/3) Nancy Denton, Cindy Sheehan, (5/4) Sheila Bishop, Beth Thomas, John Iacobelli, Marcia Zurn, (5/5) Beau Paris.
ANNIVERSARIES: Bob & Pat Pepper (4/23), Doug & Susan Jenkins (4/28), Camilo & Kelly Calvo (4/30), John & Julie Fulcher (5/2)
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
April 21-22 - Lock-In
We will gather the first and third Wednesday of each month this summer, 5-7 pm unless otherwise noted.
May 24 - Last Day of School
Special thank you to all who served throughout Holy Week! Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Sally Paris
12:15-3:00 pm - We will be worshiping with our homeless brothers and sisters at Church of the Common Ground on April 23rd and will be serving them food. If you are interested, please let Sally know ASAP!
Youth! Are you interested in helping out with HERO CENTRAL VBS this summer, June 12-15? You should sign up with this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409054CABAA2BA0FD0-vacation .
Who: Youth grades 7-12, friends are welcome!
There are still a few spaces available for this trip. If you're interested, let Sally know!
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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Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668
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