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The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed. Alleluia!
What a joyful Easter season we have entered. Thank you for all the countless gifts each of you brought to this community, especially during Holy Week and Easter Day. From our choirs and musicians, to our acolytes, ushers, altar servers, Easter-Egg-Hiders, greeters, fellowship team, staff, facilities team and countless other groups, you all made Holy Week and Easter spectacular.
The Octave of Easter had held so many delights, including celebrating the joy of Sally and Wallace’s wedding. Sally, in addition to being our youth minister, grew up at St. Cat’s. For me, it was powerful to hear beloved Camp Mikell songs sung in our sacred space, with voices of all ages joining in celebration that Love has once again worked its way into our lives.
And we concluded the Octave the next day, through the waters of baptism, we welcomed Christian Matthew into the Christian faith and life and promised to walk with him on his journey.
All of this leaves my heart so full. What to do with so much gratitude?
Well, on top of all of these joyful events, Stewardship365 is kicking off an Easter project called The Gratitude Wall. The concept is simple enough. Each week you are invited to consider a question and respond with where you find gratitude and joy. Your response, along with many others, will build a colorful, post-it note wall of gratitude. This week was asked folks where they’ve seen signs of the Resurrection. Below are some of the images from the wall, which will build throughout the Great Fifty Days of Easter.
Sneak preview of Sunday’s question: Where did you notice, see or experience the gifts of God’s creation this week? I hope you’ll join in the creation of this wall of joy and gratitude. It will be so much richer with your voice!
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed. Alleluia!
With joy and love,
What is baptism? Who should be baptized? Does baptism actually do anything? What difference does our baptism make in our lives? These are the questions we'll be considering in our four week series Wade in the Water. While this series is open to all, is it designed with special intent for parents and Godparents who are considering having their children baptized.
The series will run for four weeks before major feast days on which we celebrate baptism (next date is Pentecost, May 20). The spring class will be held on Sundays in April and May. We will meet on 10:00 am, during the Christian Formation hour. For more information, please speak to Mother Sarah.
Photo - our baptismal font sculture, picture by Jan Potter
Attention all St. Catherine's ministries, groups and committees: Make sure rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your churchstaff is having a calendar planning session on April 24. We need to know of all meetings and events for your group—tentative and confirmed, one time or on-going. Please send information by Friday, April 20 to Rose Wolfe, rosestcatherines.org.
St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on April 17, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Youth House. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time, so reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. But, of course, walk-ins are always welcome, reservations are never required. And don't forget to save even more time onsite by using Red Cross' online RapidPass on the day of the drive BEFORE you arrive -- see www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Help is needed for greeting donors and set up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Concert Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm
Come, listen, learn and have your soul uplifted! The Schola Cantorum of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church will present the final concert in St. Catherine's 2017-18 Concert Series: “Music for Compline: Guide Us Waking and Guard Us Sleeping, Music for the End of the Day from the 15th to the 21st Century”. The program will include pieces by composers including Palestrina, Byrd, Tallis, Hildegard von Bingen, Hallock, Helvey and more. Led by conductor Shannon Gallier, Schola Cantorum will sing a completely acapella repertoire in the context of Compline and will offer commentary about this traditional evening-time service. A reception will follow the concert with an opportunity to meet the artists. Free, no tickets needed, please invite family and friends.
The 15-member Schola Cantorum of St. Bartholomew’s, Atlanta is a group of dedicated professionals from inside and outside the parish who faithfully offer Compline at St. Bartholomew’s on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, September through May. Members come from disciplines as diverse as professional musicians, scientists, teachers, airline industries, and information technology. In 2014, St. Bartholomew’s celebrated its twentieth year offering exquisitely sung Compline in Atlanta. Learn more about Schola Cantorum and hear a sample of their beautiful sound at www.stbartsatlanta.org/music/choirs .
-> Cookies requested for concert reception -- If you would like to contribute cookies or other finger desserts please leave items clearly marked for "Concert Series" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to the concert. Thank you!
RSVP now for Hills & Dales trip Saturday, Apr. 21
Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us for a day trip to Hills and Dales, a magnificent home and garden in LaGrange, Georgia, hillsanddales.org. We depart St. Cat’s at 10:00 am for lunch at 11:30 am at Mare Sol restaurant in LaGrange, maresolrestaurant.com. We’ll tour the gardens starting at 1:00 pm and have a guided tour of the house at 2:00 pm. We return to church at 4:30 pm. The price including transportation is $25 plus the cost of your lunch. Reservation is required, RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
By Susannah Campbell
The Memorial Garden Expansion will be formally dedicated at 10 am on April 22. All are invited to a short ceremony in the Garden. Prayers and sheet cake will be served.
Together, the original and expanded sections will be known as the St. Catherine's Memorial Garden. Both feature brick walls and walkways, new ironwork, matching pots for plants, and complementary water fountains. New plantings were added inside and out, including camellias and Heaven Scent Gardenias.
The current garden memorializes many St. Catherine's friends and members. Parishioners with family in the current garden may request to be buried in the current section so as to be near their loved ones. All members may request to be buried in the new section of the garden, which features space for at least 315 deceased. While spots may not be reserved or selected prior to death, there is more than enough room for all parishioners who desire to be buried in the garden. For newly approved garden policies, please contact Mother Sarah.
The entire Memorial Garden will be cared for by the new Memorial Garden Guild, which will be led by Linda Smith. If you enjoy gardening and caring for others, please contact Linda at devmor98bellsouth.net.
St. Catherine's thanks the Memorial Garden Expansion committee, which included Beverly & Bill Fambrough, Bill & Donna Hutton, Bill Ivey, Allen Jablonski, Tami Mace, Fred Massey, Beth Sandoval, Bill Sapp, Linda Smith, Karen Tindall, and Susannah Campbell.
We invite the youth on April 22 and the entire congregation on May 6 to participate in the World Dinner, hosted by the St. Catherine's Youth program at 5:00 pm. The goal of this interactive dinner is to experience and better understand the dynamics that generate hunger in the world. This meal and program are open to the whole family, and friends! We hope through eating and sharing a meal designed to stimulate thoughts on world hunger and food scarcity, that you may become more aware of the hunger problem on a local and global scale. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Chandler Sherry, chandlercatherinesherrygmail.com, Sally Paris, sallystcatherines.org, or Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com.
Our custom during worship on the Day of Pentecost is to have people read a scripture lesson in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, please let us know and we will provide you the translation ahead of time. Fill out the Ministry & Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosestcatherines.org.
We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on May 13. Please send us names to be recognized by Sunday, May 6 by filling out the Ministry & Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact or contact Becky Adams, beckystcatherines.org, with the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.
If you are looking for a deeper relationship with God but aren’t sure how to go about it, may we recommend considering becoming involved in one of the many ministry opportunities that St. Catherine’s offers? Many of us have found that deeper relationship by serving others. It is a great way to give back some of your time and God-given talents to God’s work here at St. Cat’s.
For the remainder of 2018 you will see each of our ministry teams showcase what they do and how lives have been transformed by the Holy Spirit. Watch for our newletter articles and opportunities to serve.
St. Catherine’s 2018 summer Vacation Bible School is Abundance Orchard, where faith grows and hungry people are fed! VBS will be open to children of the church and our community ranging from age 4 (potty-trained) to rising 5th grade. In addition to music, games, crafts and Bible stories involving food, we will explore how our community can provide nutritious food to those who need it most.
VBS will be held Tuesday through Friday mornings the week of July 16-20. Our program will kick off on Monday, July 16 with a family potluck dinner in the Parish Hall at 5:30 pm. We will share an abundance of good food, enjoy our time together with family and friends, make sure the children are familiar with the setting, and introduce everyone to our plans for the week. Then, on Tuesday through Friday, children may be dropped off at 9:30 am and picked up at noon in the Parish Hall each day.
Space will be limited so register soon! The cost will be $25 per child. Please note that snacks will be served but lunch is not included.
REGISTER NOW on our VBS registration page.
—> Are you passionate about food, gardening, or helping the hungry? We'd love your thoughts and input - please contact Harriett Pyburn at harriettspyburngmail.com
Our baptismal covenant calls us to respect the dignity of every human being. There have been many conversations lately about how we do that, and our Safeguarding procedures are one way that we make sure to adhere to that promise.
With many spring activities coming up, many of us will be opening our community and sharing photos and event invitations with our friends and the outside community. While we are very proud of all that we do and offer at St. Catherine’s, it is important to protect our children, too.
Please make note that no pictures should be shared publically that include any children or youth under age 18 without permission from the church office, specifically Sally Paris, Director of Youth Ministries, sallystcatherines.org. It can be a safety issue for our children and families. The church office has been given permission by some families, but also need to respect the wishes of all families in our community.
If you have pictures that you would like to post, Sally is happy to check and make sure we have permission to post!
Sunday, April 22, 10:15 am
Or perhaps we could tempt you with coffee and refreshments...
Whatever the reason, Sunday, April 22, we have the great opportunity to welcome Renee McCormack to speak to us during the Church School hour about the amazing addiction and recovery ministry work of The Extension here in Marietta. Please join us at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.
All youth will attend this discussion during their Church School hour this day.
Calling all carpenters, and anyone who wants to learn!
By Connie Bergeron
As parishioner Tom Day said after his first day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity several years ago, "I was very impressed with how professional the people from Habitat were and how well they worked with inexperienced people. It was a very rewarding experience and one l will never forget."
If you want to have the feeling of creation of a new and brighter future for this year's homeowner, we encourage you to be a part of year's build. Even if you have never volunteered for a Habitat build before, the crew leaders are excellent trainers. Please consider signing up, and you will help join boards together into the outlines of walls, and raise walls together with other volunteer builders to form the framework of a home. The feeling of framing day is like barn raisings of old where a community gather together to bring a structure to life to help a neighbor.
The location of this year's build is in the Mableton/Austell area. We encourage carpooling from St. Catherine's if possible. Details about parking close by to the site will be sent to all volunteers. St. Catherine's is requested to provide a specific number of volunteers on the following Saturdays:
Please mark your calendars now and contact Connie Bergeron as far in advance as possible with your preferred dates, connieatlbergerons.net, 770-951-1411. There are minimum age requirements for participation. All volunteer days are from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm.
Support our build with Tshirts
Everyone can help fund this year’s home by buying a shirt at $15.00 each. Our 2018 Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition t-shirts are emerald green. Please see our table in the foyer on Sunday or contact Connie as soon as possible, connieatlbergerons.net, with the number of shirts and sizes desired. Thank you to everyone for your past and future support for this great ministry.
April and May: New American Pathways
During April and May St. Catherine's is collecting items for New American Pathways, a refugee center in Atlanta. We welcome donations of products on the following list -- please note that all items must be new and unopened:
Please bring your contributions to the blue bins next to the Outreach table across from the Parlor. For more information about New American Pathways visit www.newamericanpathways.org or contact Christy Luttrell, pchristy10aol.com.
For many years St. Catherine's volunteers have been picking up "date expired" baked goods from local supermarkets and delivering them to local food banks. At present there are 11 parishioners serving in this ministry and we recently expanded it to 4 days a week: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We could definitely use more volunteers to keep the workload reasonable and even expand the ministry as there are other sources available. If you would be interested in assisting this "hands on" ministry to our neighbors in need please contact Ron Cook, 770 428 4286.
Family Promise of Cobb County is holding its third annual golf outing on June 18 at Indian Hills Country Club and is looking for hole sponsors. If you have a business or know of someone with a business that might be a candidate to sponsor this event, please contact Hale Sanders at halesandersatt.net or call him at 678-472-1839. You can register at www.familypromisecobbcounty.org or print and submit this form to Hale.
By Pat Pepper
“They” say that 20% of the members of non-profits do 80% of the work. Without getting out my calculator I feel safe to say that St. Catherine’s is above the national average! During Lent, Holy Week and 3 Easter Day services St. Cat’s was a very active place. From early morning to late at night volunteers were at work giving their time.
I wish I had every name and could tell you how many hours were given in service. Instead, help me thank these team leaders:
In addition our outstanding staff was hard at work - Mother Sarah Fisher, Jana Williams, Brian Williams, Rose Wolfe, Sally Paris, Becky Adams, Karen Manno, Tom Day.
The names above led countless numbers of people so that we could be greeted, be warm, pray, sing, worship, take communion, read a bulletin, enjoy fellowship, enjoy a meal together, have a cup of coffee, and more. They are looking for others to join them as they minister, so give me a call. Happy Easter!
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
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.
MUST Ministries is celebrating 47 years of helping those who are homeless, hungry or hurting in our community with their SOLD OUT Gala fundraiser themed: Knock Poverty Out of the Park. And while the event is now sold out, you can participate in the silent auction to raise $250,000 for MUST by joining in the bidding fun now at must2018.auction-bid.org/microsite/items . Items include Hamilton tickets, a Yamaha Waverunner, and a trip to Bali! Any of the items may be purchased online, but the silent auction continues until 9:30pm on April 14. Check it out, and thanks for your continued support of MUST Ministries!
The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus and Founding Director Frank Boggs invite you to their spring concert series with classic and contemporary sacred choral works by Brahms, Mack Wilberg, Dan Forrest, Craig Courtney, Mark Hayes and many more. Several members of our parish participate in this premier community chorus. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. For more about this group please visit www.tgafc.org .
Emmaus House announces its 2018 Gala on April 29 at 6 pm. Join special guests Bishop Robert Wright and Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright for a music-filled evening. Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres as we honor the achievements of our neighbors and the support of our dedicated partners. The event will take place at the Stave Room located at 199 Armour Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. A unique pre-event VIP experience at 5 pm includes a distillery tour and tasting at neighboring American Spirit Works. The RSVP deadline has been extended to April 22! For more information and to purchase tickets to support the mission of Emmaus House please visit www.emmaushouse.org/gala .
Jon Sweeney Lecture on the Life of Phyllis Tickle - May 3, 7pm at Cathedral of St. Philip
The Georgia Philharmonic orchestra and the full 150-voice Michael O'Neal Singers chorus, with soprano Caitlin Andrews Bales and organist Tom Alderman, present favorites from classical French composers: Symphony No. 3 “Organ Symphony” by Camille Saint-Saëns, Four Motets on Gregorian Themes by Maurice Duruflé and Gloria by Francis Poulenc. Sunday, May 6, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Tickets are $25 ($20 students and seniors) pre-purchase, or $27 ($22) at the door. For details and to purchase tickets please visit mosingers.com/concert/the-french-connection .
St. Veronica’s Guild of the Cathedral of St. Philip is collecting vintage, estate, and contemporary costume jewelry for their Glitzy and Glamorous Sale in September. This sale benefits four of the diocese's ministries: Crossroads, Holy Comforter, Church of the Common Ground and Emmaus House. The primary beneficiary for this year's sale is benefitting Good Samaritan Atlanta Friday Health Clinic.
This is a great opportunity to clean out your own jewelry box and pass along old pieces from your grandmothers, mothers, and aunts. Even damaged pieces, single earrings, and broken items of sterling or gold will be used. While the sale will not take place until September, donations are needed now as guild members are collecting, cleaning, repairing, and pricing the jewelry. For questions or to make donations please contact mary.rankin2652gmail.com, patticparkergmail.com, or barbarafrolikgmail.com.
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, Matt Bermel, 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: Michael Campion, friend of Joyce Hendricks and Paige Bushart; Doris Biondo.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Vera Bibbings, Joe & Judy Popper, Jayne Gubelman, Oliver Brown, Sarah & Jeramie Brown, Patty Fogelsong, Linda Cox, Pat Hazlin, Karen Kraeger, James Henegar, Pat Henegar, Tomi Wilson, Peter Tezza, Swiss Britt, Maddie Wilfred, Becky Pfeil, Ryan Teal, Kristi Anderson, Melinda Stuk, Kris Kell, Cori Taylor, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham, Brooks Redwine.
BIRTHDAYS: (4/15) Meg Gonzales, Christina Pyburn, (4/16) Connor Buckalew, (4/17) David Zurn, (4/18) Kelly Iacobelli, Jacquie Rice, Olivia Lopez, Shep Worden, (4/19) Nancy Ban, (4/23) Nancy Sandlin, Jan Severs, (4/25) Mary Jane Bancroft, Brian Williams.
ANNIVERSARIES: Jay & Joyce Hendricks (4/17), Richard & Tanya Bowers-Dean (4/20), Bob & Karolyn Olliffe (4/22/89), Bob & Pat Pepper (4/23).
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 Benton, sallystcatherines.org
April 22: Women's Extension talk;
Congratulations to Sally (Paris) and Wallace Benton, wedded at St. Catherine's on April 8! Help them celebrate their marriage Saturday, April 14, 2-4 pm in the Youth House!
April 22, 5:30 pm -- Chandler Sherry is coordinating our World Dinner and is looking for 6 adult volunteers on April 22. The goal of this interactive dinner is to experience and better understand the dynamics that generate hunger in the world. We hope through eating and sharing a meal designed to stimulate thoughts on world hunger and food scarcity, that we all may become more aware of the issue of hunger on a local and global scale. If you are available supervise this event, or you would like to know more, please ask! You can email Chandler Sherry: chandlercatherinesherrygmail.com, or contact Sally or Gina Baumann
8 pm-8 am. Show up and bring your friends, we're going to have a blast. Keep an eye out for an Instagram post so we can brainstorm themes! Sign up here.
The Rite-13 class will be taking their Beach Trip to Panama City, Florida. We will leave at 11 am on Friday, June 15 and come back in the early evening on Sunday, June 17. The cost of the trip is $150 and covers all expenses except lunch on the way down (lodging, food, transportation, and a t-shirt are all included). Confidential scholarship is available by request! This trip is a wonderful opportunity for the Rite 13ers and their leaders to enjoy each other’s company, grow together in their faith, spend some time on the beach, and have loads of fun! Please contact Sally if you have any questions! Register now at goo.gl/5RKYmj.
The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are 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 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, 770-973-8668.
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