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By The Rev. Sarah Fisher
Have you heard the old joke “how many Episcopalians does it take to change a lightbulb?” I need not tell you the punchline, because there are almost as many punchlines for that old joke as there are Episcopalians. Yet, I do think it tells us something, those lightbulb jokes. It tells us about our relationship to change. Change is hard. There’s just no way around it. The weight of Amma Susan’s departure hit me on Sunday as we processed down the aisle. What a gift she has been to this parish. I am deeply grateful for her ministry here. A huge thank you to everyone who made Saturday night and Sunday morning just wonderful. Food, photo booths, anthems and hymns, prayers, holy tears and holy laughter and so much love—all of these are the markers of not only Susan’s leave-taking events, but also the care and love shared by both priest and people.
As we move forward, there are many questions that come to mind. The two biggest ones that I’ve heard are: will we hire another associate rector, and how will pastoral care be handled?
In answer to the first question: yes. We will hire another associate rector. What I can’t tell you is when. But I can tell you both the Vestry and I have this as a top priority.
How are we going to handle pastoral care? Personally, pastoral care is something I love. It is an honor and a gift to be with people in times of joy and in times of crisis. Because we are a large parish, I may not automatically know if you have a pastoral need. Please let me know if you would for me to be with you for pastoral care, either at home, by way of visit in my office, or in the hospital. I am happy to do that. You can reach me by phone at 770-971-2839 extension 202, or by email sarahstcatherines.org.
Pastoral care is a primary function of any priest, but it also is work that lay people are gifted and equipped to do. In this in-between time, I have asked The Rev. Julie Johnson and Tom and Marilyn Hunter to join me in leading the pastoral care team. When I am out of town, Julie, Tom and Marilyn will be available to pray with you before surgery or be present should an emergency arise. When you call the church office, the staff will be able to connect you with a pastoral care provider, and if you call after hours, there will be easy to follow instructions to help you connect.
I remain grateful to be among you. It is an honor to be your priest. Thank you for letting me walk with you.
Peace & all good,
NEW TIMES for the school year
Our new schedule begins on Sunday, August 6:
All ages! Start off the new school year by bringing your backpack to be blessed at the 8:45 service. If you're no longer a student, feel free to bring a briefcase or work bag!
All adults, please come to a Parish Town Hall at 10-11 am in the Parish Hall as Mother Sarah will have a Q&A session and reflection on her first few weeks with us. You may submit a question now for Mo. Sarah at goo.gl/forms/CazqZYAfmN9pILS62 .
This Sunday, August 6! Our Breakfast Angels offer breakfast for everyone at minimal cost in the Parish Hall at 8:30 am on the first and third Sunday each month. Come and see us for a great start to your morning!
Children’s Chapel is offered each Sunday during both the 8:45 and 11:15 am services. This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a child-friendly setting. The children leave the service before the Gospel reading and return at the Peace. This is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually 3 to 9 years old.
-> Helpers wanted - Adult and young adult volunteers are needed to assist with this program, if you are interested please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Jenna Parker, jennastcatherines.org.
Beginning this Sunday we will have 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.
Saturday-Monday, September 2-4
The DEADLINE to register Thursday, August 10 since we must submit our final numbers and payment the next day. The Parish Retreat is for everyone - adults, youth, children - singles, couples and families! We really hope you will come 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. 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.
Sign up now at goo.gl/forms/XqABE6RtwSU3eoEx2 or on Sundays at church. 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, 404-630-2156, deeleefreemanbellsouth.net.
Send Us Your Pictures & Stories
During our retreat we will be taking a look at the "roots" of St Cats. If you are not able to come, you are still invited to participate. Send a photo or story about a memorable event in St. Catherine's history, and please make sure you include the date and your name. Send all materials to Delee Freeman, 404-630-2156, 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!
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.
Wow! Our first schedule to share a meal with Mother Sarah filled up very quickly. We have created five additional opportunities to meet with Sarah in a small-group setting. The new available dates are September 6, 21, 24, October 15, 29. The hosts on the date you choose will contact you approximately 3 weeks prior to the event. The entree and coffee/tea will be provided, and you will be asked to bring a side dish and your own adult beverage. Go now to www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4aaeaf29a57-share to check the open dates/times and sign up, or contact Pat Pepper, ppepper97bellsouth.net.
As the people of God in the Diocese of Atlanta we are committed to the safety of all God’s people and to the integrity of all work carried out by our clergy and people. Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of many of the volunteers (and all staff and clergy) at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. Classes are offered around the diocese. There is no charge to attend but please be sure to register in advance. You may visit these web pages to learn if you are one of those needing training and for more information.
Safeguarding God’s Children is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve. This training must be renewed every 3 years.
Safeguarding God’s People is a training program for the prevention of sexual exploitation in communities of faith. Training is designed to help participants understand the ways in which exploitation and harassment occur in church, school and institutional settings. This training must be renewed every 5 years.
Saturday, August 19 trip to MODA
Join us for our next even-month excursion... We will take visit to Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), 1315 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, www.museumofdesign.org , and have lunch out. To get all the details including carpool time, RSVP on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card (though no card is needed!) and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for lunches and outings to places of interest throughout the year.
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 22, 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 need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
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 price schedule: Children (elementary age and younger) $3 / Youth $5 / Adults $7 / Family: $20 max. A Semester Pass (14 weeks August-December) may be purchased: Children: $35 ($7 savings) / Youth: $60 ($20 savings) / Adults:$80 ($18 savings) / Family: $250 ($30 savings). Scholarships are available, please contact Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org.
-> 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!
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! Rehearsals for Choristers and Chancel Choir begin August 30. (Photo by Bettye Harris)
Enrolling now, classes begin September 7
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 a variety of philosophical approaches to religion in the world. We meet once a week and spend time talking about the readings for the week. After that we try to connect the dots between the “Word” and the real world in a series of theological reflections. Information about the program can be seen online at www.sewanee.edu/efm .
We would love to have you join us this year. Our new class this year will meet on Thursday evenings beginning September 7 at the church. There is a yearly charge, scholarships are available. Please contact the church office or Chris or Jan Potter (jcpottergmail.com) for more information.
Please remember to wear your name tag each Sunday and gently remind other parishioners who may have forgotten. This is a great time for all of us to resume this important habit as we as we help our visitors and newcomers, Mother Sarah, and everyone get to know each other better. Name tags are kept in the kiosk on the wall in the foyer. If you don't have a name tag or have misplaced your old one, simply request one using the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Becky in the church office, beckystcatherines.org, 770-971-2839. Thank you!
Photo by Bettye Harris
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!
By Harriett Pyburn
During the month of August, we will be reflecting on Outreach Ministries for which we are grateful as part of Stewardship 365. We are so excited to share a little more detail about a few of the many ministries that provide such joy and satisfaction that they keep our volunteers coming back for more. Each week, we will be offering you a short video to watch, and on Sundays one of our volunteers will get an opportunity to tell you about a ministry that has moved them in a personal way. On Sunday, August 27, we will have two guest speakers present our sermon at all 3 services. Santos Perez is a graduate of Osborne High School, and Anna Santiago is the Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at Osborne. Santos will present to us his story of struggle and success and the role that CIS played in his path to graduation and beyond. Throughout the month, come view the bulletin board in the foyer next to the nametags and across from the coffee station. There, we will post photos and personal stories of various Outreach ministries and the amazing impact they have had on our volunteers. We look forward to this month of sharing our stories of living gratefully with the congregation of St Catherine's!
By Christy Luttrell
Want to take advantage of back to school sales now and help local students in need? Please consider participating in our school supply drive for Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CIS). This drive will take place throughout the month of August. Collection bins are located by the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Items most needed are listed below. Thank you!
Congratulations to Gina Baumann and Jim Kareken, married at St. Catherine's on July 22! May God bless you richly!
"Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads."
Photo by Bill Ivey
By Anne Hitchins
On Sunday, July 23, the Invitation Ministry Team hosted a summer Newcomer Coffee & Fellowship. We had a great turnout, welcoming many who were both new to us in recent weeks and some who, while still new to St. Catherine’s, have already started making this their home by getting involved. Our quarterly events are a great way for newcomers and visitors alike to meet with parishioners and learn about our ministries through a short, informal yet informative program introducing some of what St. Catherine’s has to offer. We’d like to thank the Conveners and those who represented their ministries at the Coffee, as well as our volunteers who graciously lent their time and talents for this event.
Our next newcomer event will be Sunday, November 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Parish Hall. Photos below by Bettye Harris.
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Last Sunday at Amma Susan’s leave-taking celebration, Reverend Canon John Bolton challenged us to Love Like Jesus. There are so many ways to do this—easy (for me, loving my grandchildren!) and harder (for me, doing the men’s laundry at MUST). In Matthew 25:31-40, which is one of my favorite scriptures, this Gospel tells many ways we need to do this. The last sentence of this passage is very clear and simple: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.”
Today I have an opportunity that, if you like to shop, is one of those very easy ways to serve: our Fellowship Ministry is looking for a volunteer to do inventory shopping for the staple items in the kitchen and Parish Hall. You could even team up with a friend and make this quality time spent with another parishioner! Shopping is done at Sam’s Club at least once a quarter, sometimes more when there is a special event, and a church credit card is used for the payment. There is a standard shopping list kept in the kitchen. The items are brought to the Parish Hall supply closet and/or kitchen pantry. The shopper(s) would also be responsible for keeping both of these areas organized. Interested? Contact me at ppepper97bellsouth.net for more information.
We give a BIG thank to Jennifer Massey for being St. Catherine’s primary shopper for many years. We also thank Jennifer for leading our Red Cross Blood Drives, MUST Summer Lunch Program and all the many other ways you serve. Yes, Jennifer, you do Love Like Jesus.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page at www.stcatherines.org/sermons. Check the page to listen to Mother Sarah's first sermons and much more!
Photos by Bettye Harris, Bruce Perry. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.
Godspeed, Amma Susan!
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.
Mr. Fred Massey,
Thank you so much for all of your hard work on the Youth House. You have given us a place to meet new people, try new things, and explore more on our path through life with God. Thanks to you, we can keep welcoming and embracing others into our happy St. Cat's home. The Youth House is so important because it represents love, safety, and trust. I can't wait to keep making new memories with a new addition to our Youth House.
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
The 160-voice Michael O’Neal Summer Singers will present “Sounds of Today: Choral Music of the 21 st Century” on Sunday, August 13, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, Georgia. The concert will include pieces by Dan Forrest, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and more. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Visit www.mosingers.com or call 770-594-7974.
The Cathedral Book Store is located at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, online at www.cathedralbookstore.org .
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.
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: Edward Maloney
BEFORE SURGERY: Hale Sanders
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Dave Daniels, Carol Eskew, Hugh Gardner, Pat Mitchell, Nina Goodall, Aaliyah Grace, Keith Buller, Gail Ball, Bea Cowan, Brian Williams, Emily Mikkelsen, Chase Blanton, Rick Sullens, Dot Lacy, KJ Rosynek, Stacy Willingham, Stephen Burd, Pat Hazlin, Erica Bernhard, Sam Watson, Darlene Knight, Ann Brazil, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham, Chubby Rice.
BIRTHDAYS: (8/6) Charlotte Glass, (8/7) Bruce Perry, Ann Davis, (8/8) Del Halstead-Nussloch, (8/9) Katie Morris, Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Robbie Roy, Bill Hutton, Jackie Bosarge, Alison Adams, (8/11) Christina Jones, Julie Brannock, (8/12) John Barrington, Ginny Pierce, (8/13) Donna Hutton, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Pat McDonald, (8/15) Owen Snape, (8/16) Kellen Pierce, (8/17) Dale Voyles, Tim Brown, Chase Hutton, (8/18) Cary Phillips, Caroline Greene.
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
August 5 - Rise Against Hunger; Diocesan Tubing Trip
1:00 pm - Rite 13 Parents (6th & 7th grade)
Parents and Youth are encouraged to attend together. We will go over the calendar and events and what you can expect from the Youth Program at St. Catherine's in the coming year. My goal is to have permission forms from all youth by the end of August. Please check email for the forms to print it off ahead of time and complete it ahead of time, or forms will be in your packet at the meeting. There is a lot going on this year and you'll want to be informed!
Youth Parents, please pick one or more Sundays for which you would be willing to provide breakfast at 10 AM in the Youth House for ~60 people (bagels, fruit, etc... doesn’t have to be anything fancy!) . Please choose your date on our signup form at www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4da9a82ba6fa7-youth5
Thank you to everyone who came to help clean up in the Youth House on July 29 to get ready for our first day of Church School! It looks AMAZING!!! (photos by Sally Paris)
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 to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her 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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