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By Amma Susan
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” As I prepare for my leave-taking service and retirement to follow, these words from Ecclesiastes come to mind. Throughout the seasons of my life, from my mother’s arms to kindergarten, to elementary school, middle and high school, college, marriage, motherhood and ordination, I have known the truth of these words. Now it is time for me to leave the season of active ordained ministry to enter this new season called retirement. The ending of this and each of life’s seasons is a new beginning; everything must end for something new to emerge.
In my 20 years of ordained ministry I have served three churches: assistant rector at Holy Innocents, rector of St. Clare’s, Blairsville, and, with Roy’s advancing dementia, almost 9½ years ago I accepted the call to serve as your associate rector. You welcomed Roy and me into your hearts and your homes, we have stood together on holy ground at bedsides and in hospital rooms, we have worshipped, celebrated and shared tears, and worked and played together in this corner of God’s vineyard we call St. Catherine’s. Thank you for loving me and my family. I am deeply grateful for each of you and our ministry together and will miss you almost beyond the bearing of it. At the same time, I know that my decision to retire is the right one for this season in my life.
When my pastoral relationship with St. Catherine’s ends on July 31st, it will be the beginning of a wonderful and exciting new season in the life of this parish, as you go forward in ministry with Mother Sarah. My retirement brings with it the personal joy of beginning a wonderful and exciting new season in my own life as well. I look forward to the opportunities that retirement will bring for me to be more present to my family, to enjoy leisure activities and open myself to what God is calling me to be in this continuation of life’s journey. Wherever that leads me, know that you will always hold a special place in my heart.
“Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who journey with us, so be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”
Sunday, July 23, 9-10 am
Our Summer Newcomer Coffee will be at 9 am in the Parish Hall. Newcomers, visitors, and new or returning church members are invited to this informative gathering for coffee and fellowship and to learn more about our ministries. It is a great opportunity to meet with lay leaders, staff and clergy, and get to know us and get a better understanding of St. Catherine's. Feel free to bring a friend, relative, or neighbor -- all are welcome! Please contact Susan Heuke 678-231-8558 or Anne Hitchins 404-432-6222 for any questions.
Please come and celebrate Amma Susan Johnson's nine years with us and the beginning of her new journey of retirement.
Retirement Dinner & Celebration Saturday, July 29 - Waiting list open
6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Space is currently full for this evening, so if you do not yet have a ticket please sign up on the waiting list at church this Sunday or contact Marilyn Hunter mhunter52bellsouth.net or Elizabeth Lopez eslopezcomcast.net.
Leave-taking service Sunday, July 30
Parking for this service - We are expecting a large attendance this day, and we request that you consider carpooling if possible. If needed, overflow parking will be available in the East Cobb Middle School parking lot (south of the church on Holt Road).
Saturday-Monday, September 2-4
Adults, youth, children - singles, couples and families! We really hope you will come to the Parish Retreat this Labor Day weekend at beautiful Lake Logan in North Carolina. There will be an adult program co-led by Mother Sarah and Julie Johnson, and full programs for youth and children hosted by Sally Paris and Jenna Parker. Our Retreat “officially” starts Saturday at lunchtime and goes through noon on Monday. Also, there is an optional Friday night stay if you’d like to come up early and get in an extra day! We’ve built in plenty of free time for hiking, boating, bonfire and fellowship. And this will be great opportunity to get to know Mother Sarah and Mandy a little more in an informal setting. You can see photos and more about Lake Logan at www.lakelogan.org.
Hold your place with your $100 deposit -- sign up now at
Pricing for 2 nights Saturday-Monday includes meals: Couple $495 / Adult Single $325 or Shared $250 / Children $40 / Teens $100. Additional cost for the optional Friday night. Payments may be made through on The City (select “Parish Retreat” in the drop-down tab), or by check (please designate for “Parish Retreat” on the memo line). For any questions or information about scholarships please contact Delee Freeman, deeleefreemanbellsouth.net.
For Kids and Youth
Get ready to have an awesome time with the whole family at the Parish Retreat! In addition to fellowship, enjoying the outdoors, and creating family memories, there will be age-appropriate and dynamic programming no matter your age. We are excited to offer both a youth program for sixth through twelfth graders and a children’s program for pre-k through fifth graders to ensure everyone will come away from a great weekend full of fun and formation. Contact Sally Paris sallystcatherines.org for questions about the youth program and Jenna Parker jennastcatherines.org for questions about the children’s program. Also note that youth may attend without a parent (adult chaperones will supervise youth staying in a house together). We are excited to see you there!
NEW worship times for the school year
Holy Eucharist service times will be changed from previous years! Our new scheudle for begins on Sunday, August 6.
Christian Formation and Church School for everyone 10-11 am
Beginning August 6 we will have Christian Formation programs and Church School offerings 10-11 am for all age groups. Please see our plan below:
Children's Church in August and September
By Jenna Parker
Along with school starting, Church School is about to get ready for children at St. Catherine's as well! We have a lot going on so please be mindful of the dates for children's Church School, ages preschool through 5th grade, at 10:00 am on Sundays this fall. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program will not commence until after Labor Day, but we will be busy each Sunday before then! Please let Jenna Parker (jennastcatherines.org) know if you have any questions.
We're so close to being complete!! Work is ongoing and lots of help is so important now. For more schedule/details contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com.
ALL HANDS NEEDED:
Photo - 3 Spessards at work on the Youth House (photo by Bill Ivey)
Apply by August 1
Stephen Ministry is one-to-one lay caring ministry that equips laypeople to provide confidential, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to persons experiencing difficult times such as grief, divorce, job loss, illness, relocation and more. Stephen Ministers receive initial training and then attend continuing education after commissioning. You can learn more about this program at www.stephenministries.org.
A class of new Stephen Ministers is being formed now for this fall. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Chris Potter, 404-376-7430, cdexterpottergmail.com by August 1.
MONDAY, August 7, 7-8:30 pm
All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to have a representative present at this important meeting in the Parish Hall as we prepare for the ministry "Brunch & Learn" on August 13, plus planning for our many fall activities coming very soon! Our purpose is to provide a forum for information exchange between the conveners, staff, clergy, Vestry and all ministry leaders. We’ll also have time allotted for separate ministry team breakout meetings. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
Dinner and programs for all ages!
August 30th kicks off our NEW WNL (Wednesday Night Live) with dinner and programs for children, youth, adults, and even young adults!
We are hoping this is a schedule with offerings that fit everyone in some way. Please come when you can and leave when you must. We want to be able to make this work for your needs.
-> Dinner teams wanted -- We are looking for teams of people to cook/serve/cleanup dinner for WNL one night a month. We will have an easy, set menu to make your planning simple. If you are interested in helping with dinner, please contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org. Many hands make light work and we NEED your hands!
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
Enrolling now, classes begin September 7
By Jan Potter
Have you ever sat and listened while someone “witnessed” about their faith? Does it make you feel a bit squeamish, and maybe guilty, because you think you are just not “getting it”? Talking about how you feel about God can be a challenge – especially for an Episcopalian. Or maybe you were raised on the felt board Jesus and you can’t figure out how to connect the dots to the world today.
Education for Ministry (EFM) is a program out of Sewanee (University of the South) that helps you understand just what you believe and how you can apply it in the world we live in today. The entire program is four years, and you commit to one year at a time. The first year is a very in-depth study of the Old Testament. Maybe you have always wondered why we still have that terrifying Old Testament God who could flood the world when it misbehaved. And, why Noah? Why do we keep those stories? This is not the “whitewashed” if the Bible says it, it must be true version. This is something that looks at everything from a variety of traditions.
The second year is an in-depth study of the New Testament. When was it written? Who wrote it and why? Why were some books written in one language and some in another? Why did Mary get to sit and listen while Martha had to work? Why did one guy get paid as much for one hour and someone who labored all day? And, if the disciples didn’t “get it” – how can I? The third year is all about church history. How did the Episcopal Church come to be? What does it mean inside the history of the whole church? This isn’t the memorize-facts-for-a-test version – this is the full piñata of fascinating information to help you understand just how we got where we are today.The fourth year brings us back to how we translate all these ideas into a living working faith for our time. It includes various stories about how we can connect with our physical world and how we can accept and nurture all peoples.
In addition to looking at the materials, we also set aside a time each week to practice thinking theologically. The very word “theological” can be scary but the theological reflection is a time to look at anything in the world today (or a Bible verse, or a personal experience or belief) and connect that to our own sense of what we believe. It’s a way of understanding why you believe one thing and someone else might not.
EFM is about how we can find our way and make sense out of a sometimes senseless world. We meet once a week (during the school year), usually on Thursday evenings. This is not a “smart people sit around and tell you what to think” kind of class. It is an open forum. It is one of the few places in church where you can say, “I’m not sure I believe that” and not be judged. The program gives you the background to make sense out of what you see and hear all around you and, eventually, to understand why and what you believe.
There is a yearly charge, but there is scholarship money available to defray the cost. We would love to have you join us. We start back on September 7, the first Thursday after Labor Day. Please contact the church office or Chris or Jan Potter (jcpottergmail.com) for more information.
Sunday, July 23, 3 pm
Thank you to all of our volunteers who are supporting this year's home we are building as part of Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC), a consortium of local area churches, mosques, synagogues and companies. Our new homeowner is Ms. Lynch and her family of five children. Everyone is invited to the joyous celebration of the finished house on Dedication Day at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 23. The house is located at 433 Lee Road in Mableton. For questions please contact Connie Bergeron, 404-819-0891.
Providing food for hungry kids worldwide
If you have not attended this event before, it is fun for all ages! On Saturday, August 5, join us at 10:30 am in the Parish Hall to help package 10,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger (formerly known to us as Stop Hunger Now), to be distributed to hungry children all over the world. All supplies are provided for us – we just need lots of manpower (measuring rice, adding veggies and vitamins, weighing meal bags, packaging in boxes, etc.). The event will take about 2 hours, depending on our number of volunteers.
Learn more about the program at www.riseagainsthunger.org. Looking forward to this wonderful multi-generational outreach event!
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By Linda Scott and Barb Selby
Our next week to host Family Promise is Sunday, August 6 through Sunday, August 13. This time our guests will be housed at East Cobb United Methodist Church, August 6-13. This church will host the following week, so the families will not have to move for two weeks which should be better for them. We have the same sign-ups for hosting meals, Evening Hosts and Overnight Hosts -- we'll just be using their facilities instead of ours. East Cobb Methodist is only a few blocks away from St. Cat's at 2325 Roswell Road, it should be easy to get to.
We will need more sign-ups in all categories. Please see Barb Selby or Linda Scott after Sunday services in the next couple of weeks so we'll have a full chart and can let you know any specifics for the alternate location. If you can serve and want to contact us directly, please do so at Lindamscott1949gmail.com.
-> Family Promise fundraiser at Mountasia – Thursday, July 27
Family Promise of Cobb County will host a summer fun day for men, women, children of all ages, at Mountasia miniature golf, go karts and game room. Mountasia will donate to FPCC 15% of all sales of outdoor attractions on Thursday, July 27, from 12 noon to 10 pm. Mountasia is located at 175 Barrett Pkwy (east of Town Center Mall), Marietta, www.mountasiamarietta.com . Everyone’s invited to come have fun and support FPCC!
Stock the ECMS Pantry
During the month of July, our Outreach collection is focusing on stocking the food pantry at East Cobb Middle School. The food pantry at ECMS assists families during tough economic times. The top needs include: canned tuna/chicken, peanut butter, jelly, canned spaghetti/ravioli, dry pasta and sauces, individually wrapped snack foods (chips, crackers, pretzels), canned vegetables and fruits, cereal/oatmeal, toilet paper, personal hygiene products, and gift cards to Walmart, Kroger, or Publix. If giving gift cards please label for “ECMS” and give to an usher or to Becky Adams in the church office. Other items may be brought to the Outreach collection bins across from the Parlor.
The Extension Women's Center is a residential substance abuse recovery center in Marietta housing 20 to 21 ladies. St. Catherine's has provided dinner on the third Sunday of each month for many years. We thank Connie and Ron Bergeron for their long and dedicated leadership of this important outreach of our church. The Outreach Ministry Team is now pleased to announce that Marlene Stuart and Deborah Weigel have graciously agreed to assume coordination of this continuing program. Please watch for sign-up to host these dinners in the coming months -- next opportunity is August 20. We thank you!
We are so proud of our 2017 rising college freshmen! This year we award 5 college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education:
Donating to St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund
St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships each year to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 130 scholarships. We are able to give small scholarships now but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund" or pay online in The City. Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
Thank you to Tim Raasch, Mark Singleton, Anne Willcocks, and Stephanie Yucius, and alternate Steve Diffley, who have been appointed by our Vestry to represent St. Catherine's as our lay delegates to the 2017 Atlanta Diocese Annual Council taking place November 10–11 at First Baptist Church, Gainesville. We thank all who volunteered for your service to St. Catherine’s and The Church.
As a special thank you to all donors at our June 20 blood drive, the Red Cross offered two Braves game tickets for the July 15 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. A drawing was held, and while the first winner (Molly Banko) was not able to use the tickets, a second drawing awarded them to Mary Gault. A big thank you to all who have responded to the Red Cross's urgent need this summer!
Mark your calendar now for our next Blood Drive: Tuesday, August 22.
Our Stewardship Committee invited Mother Sarah to respond on a few questions to continue to introduce her more fully to St. Catherine’s. So, read on…!
Welcome to St. Catherine’s! You have been here for a few weeks. What, so far, has most excited or gratified you about our parish? What has most surprised you? What, do you think, might be a challenge?
Tell us about your call to the priesthood.
What is the single most important element in your role as rector? What is most essential?
Who are your spiritual role models or mentors?
How do you approach preaching? How do you keep your sermons fresh, relevant, engaging?
What is your theology of stewardship? What does year-round stewardship mean to you and how can St. Cat's continue to move into a culture of year-round stewardship (Stewardship 365)?
You currently serve as the Vice President of the Board for TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship). Tell us about TENS. (www.tens.org)
What are you currently reading?
I have three books on my bedside table: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu; a book of poetry by Marie Howe (currently Magdalene, but her poetry books rotate on my table); and The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker.
Atlanta Brave or Chicago Cubs?
By Stephanie Yucius
This article is a tribute to Fred Massey. For those of you who have not had the pleasure to meet Fred, let me tell you a little bit about him. Fred was gifted with a gigantic-sized heart. Although I have not consulted a cardiologist on this, I know it to be true from his actions. One of the locations that Fred has been spotted over the past years is at Elizabeth Inn doing many, many, many loads of laundry for the homeless guests at this shelter. You might have also seen Fred looking all cleaned up as the live auction host at the Valentine Dinner Dance for our youth and their pilgrimage. He can be quite persuasive! Every quarter you will find Fred dressed as a Count or Uncle Sam sharing with us the opportunity to save a life at the blood drive. This is another action that supports my gigantic heart theory!
In the past two years you would have found Fred almost every week sweating it out at the Youth House build. He has led this expansion project with enthusiasm, complete dedication, immense appreciation for those volunteers helping, and truly a love in his heart for our youth program at St. Catherine's.
Fred Massey, we give thanks to God for blessing you with your gigantic heart and for you using it to bless so many others. The completion of the Youth House expansion is in sight. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have and continue to give of their time and pledges to this project.
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 Bill Ivey. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
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.
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Attention St. Cat’s Golfers: come on Monday, September 11 to Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw for a fun-filled day of golf as we raise funds to help your neighbors in need! TWO flights of golf this year – 7:30am registration and breakfast , 9 am start, OR 12 noon registration and lunch, 1:30pm start. Sponsorships available and contests, gift packs and prizes! Single $225, Twosome $450, Foursome $900. See MUST’s Upcoming Events page at mustministries.org/page.aspx?pid=272 for details and registration.
Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Covington invites all to consider coming with them for “On The Pilgrims' Way: Discovering the Historic Beauty and Rich Tradition of Christianity in the British Isles”, an 11-day pilgrimage and tour of England & Scotland. The trip will be May 30 - June 9, 2018 and will be led by Father Edwin Beckham. Deadlines for early bird discounts on registration are coming up very soon. To see the full details and trip brochure, and for registration please visit registernow.ittworld.com/Registration?tripId=Beckham18 .
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: Linda Thompson, friend of Harry Tear
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Chase Blanton, Brian Williams, Emily Mikkelsen, Rick Sullens, Anna Klaiss, Dot Lacy, KJ Rosynek, Stacy Willingham, Stephen Burd, Pat Hazlin, Charlie Zimmerman, Erica Bernhard, Roger Irwin, Sam Watson, Emily Richardson, Roger Carroll, Darlene Knight, Ann Brazil, Declan F., Dawn Ford, Bob Black, Sheila Lewis, Nancy Stokes, Keira Woodrow, Hale Sanders, Steve Burkholder, Marty Rankin, Marti Graham, Suzanne Gardiner, Chubby Rice, Betty Robinson, Jan Pienezza, Wes Woodruff, Jim Raasch, Janice Larkin.
BIRTHDAYS: (7/23) Nelson Gale, (7/24) Greyson LaGarde, Margaret McDouglad, Luke Fleming, (7/26) Amma Susan Johnson, Jan Potter, Susanne Muckerman, (7/28) Corry Sandlin, Joanne Foster, Pierce Hale, (7/30) Arlen White, Shirley Day, Maureen Donoghue, Scott Lummus, Wes Wilson, James Davis, (8/1) Mary Alice Barrington, (8/2) Dave Daniels, Laurie Dirksen, Rebekah Fontenot, Matthew Dirksen, (8/3) Elisabeth Walton.
ANNIVERSARIES: Michael & Rebecah Devault (7/27)
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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
July 29 – Youth House Cleaning Day
The Youth Mentoring program is sponsoring a summer rafting trip! Join us for a day of paddling fun! Cost is $35 per person. Pack a lunch to raft with. If you are interested, Please email Sally ASAP! You do not have to be part of the mentoring program to participate.
EYE, the Episcopal Church’s international youth event held every three years, was July 11-13 in Oklahoma City, OK! Owen Snape was one of the three St. Cat's youth who attended along with Youth Director Sally, and below is his reflection on his experience:
Come join over 200 Episcopalians on the rivers of Helen, Ga. This is our third annual Diocesan Tubing Trip that you cannot miss. We spend the day tubing the river, eating good food, and we close it with a Youth Led Liturgy at Church of the Resurrection. Get information and register at www.eycdioatl.org/tubing-trip.html .
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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