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The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
Our ever-growing Gratitude wall grows as does my gratitude for all that is blooming and growing at St. Catherine’s. Last week we asked where you see God’s presence in the St. Catherine’s community. Below you can see a few of the responses, in pink. Sneak peek at this week’s gratitude pondering: What ministry at St. Catherine’s brings you abundant joy and delight?
Last week we dedicated the Memorial Garden Expansion, creating a sacred dwelling space for those we love but see no longer. I have profound gratitude to the entire team, and especially for Susannah Campbell who spearheaded this project with grace and strength.
More good things are on the horizon. On Sunday, May 6th, our wonderful Youth will host a World Dinner for the entire parish. Sally tells me she hopes to have at least 100 people present. What is a World Dinner? Well, for starters, it’s part of the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, so it’s filled with rich and fun theological and real-world fodder. But it’s also a chance to be together with our youth. The goal of the dinner is to experience and better understand the dynamics that generate hunger in the world. Hopefully, through eating and sharing a meal designed to stimulate thoughts on world hunger and food scarcity, we will become more aware of the issue of hunger on a local and global scale. Of this offering, our own Riley Yucius writes: “My experience at the world dinner was awesome. Whether you were dining at a five-star restaurant or enjoying humbler accommodations, the environment is upbeat and enjoyable. The presentation is very well put together and opened my eyes to the issue of world hunger.” I hope you’ll be part of this wonderful offering. You can sign up here.
And… drum roll please… we are hiring!! We are happy to have posted the job description for the Director of Children and Family Ministries. Please take a look at this job description and if you know a qualified candidate, let them know about the opportunity to work on a fabulously fun and talented staff in the best parish in the whole world.
Finally, as I prepare to head out with some of the women of St. Catherine’s for the Women’s Retreat, I find myself looking at our robust and wonderful life together. It is good and exciting. There is movement and motion, hope and joy. And, in this midst of all of this: the busy and the good and the hopeful and even those place of weariness, I find myself grateful and full of hope. Thank you for allowing me to be on this journey with you. I want to leave you with the words of one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver.
With gratitude and love,
Saturday, Apr. 28
All ages are invited from 5 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall for family-friendly games and culinary competition! We will have Twister, Jenga, puzzles and board games available -- and feel free to bring your own family-friendly board games! Please sign up to bring chili or another item if you are able. If not, bring a favorite game to share and a healthy appetite! Soft drinks and juice will be provided. RSVP and/or sign up to bring food at this link. Hosted for everyone by our Young Families Ministry.
We invite everyone on May 6 to come and 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.
Please RSVP at this link. (Please note that while everyone will eat at the World Dinner, some people may still be a little hungry at the end of the event.) We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Chandler Sherry, chandlercatherinesherrygmail.com, Sally Paris Benton, sallystcatherines.org, or Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com.
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.
By Sally Paris Benton
Please mark your calendars for Youth Sunday on May 13! That morning we will hear the last of our senior sermon series at all three services. The 8:45 service will be led by our middle and high school age youth. We will have youth greeters, ushers, readers, and acolytes. We will even have a youth (and adults who work with youth) led music team. We will have a mix of familiar music and more modern music, but it has all been chosen by the youth. They are excited to share some of the things they love about church with you, and we hope you are just as excited to participate in worship together.
Youth can sign up to participate at this link.
-> Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors!
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.”
Pentecost, “the Fiftieth Day,” is a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." The feast has also been called Whit Sunday, especially in the Anglican Church. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, and is on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.
The Day of Pentecost is a day of baptism and renewal of our baptismal vows. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-15) in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event.
One sign of Pentecost in Western churches is the color red to symbolize joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests wear red vestments, and in modern times lay people may wear red clothing as well. Red banners (as on our cross) are often hung to symbolize the blowing of the "mighty wind" of the Spirit. They may depict words or symbols related to the church and the Holy Spirit, such as the dove or flames. Red flowers are often used to adorn the church.
Readers needed for Pentecost
Our custom during worship this day 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.
By Tami Mace
Please join us at the annual Sip & Swirl on Saturday, May 26 at 7 pm at the home of Emily and Nelson Gale (228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta, 30067). This St. Catherine’s favorite is hosted by our Fellowship team and is open to all adults of the parish. Please BYO tasting glass and a "pick-up" tapas or appetizer to share.
The cost is $25 per person and we ask that you RSVP by Monday, May 21 by filling out the Ministry & Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or by contacting Tami Mace at tamimacegmail.com to ensure that we have enough tastings to go around. Hope to see you there!
All teachers of our Christian Formation at St. Catherine’s -- children, youth and adult classes -- we will recognize and thank you during the services and enjoy coffee and doughnuts together between the two service times as a way to show our appreciation for your dedication to teaching. For questions contact Sally Paris Benton, stcatsyouthgmail.com.
By Sally Paris Benton
St. Catherine’s Youth Committee is currently a group of adults who oversee the youth ministry at St. Catherine’s. In conjunction with the Director of Youth Ministries, this group manages the youth calendar and ongoing programming. This year we have 3 adults who have rolled off of our committee after several years of service: Michael Devault, Maureen Donoghue, and Keith Dumke. These three members have brought a lot to the committee and they will be missed.
As we move into a new year, the Youth Committee has committed to some intentional visioning for the future of our ministry. We will take a look at St. Catherine’s mission statement and see how the youth ministry aligns with that to create a specified mission for our youth that fits within the mission of our church. With that in place, we will be able to cast a vision for future programming as well. In the fall, we will talk in the Youth House and welcome youth onto our committee as well as at least one of our youth alumni who have stayed local. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry in any way, please contact Sally Paris Benton (sallystcatherines.org). As we look to grow there will be many ways to be involved and we would love to put your gifts and talents to use in the best ways possible. Sally is available for questions as well and would love to talk to you about the youth at St. Catherine’s. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
St. Catherine's has a large church facility, and we need you to help us keep our church home in good working order and appearance! A Maintenance Request order form for the church and preschool is available. If you see something that needs our attention around our church building or grounds, please pick up our form and submit a maintenance request.
The forms can be found on the different tables and the literature rack in the foyer, in the church office and on Rose Wolfe's door, and also available to download & print on our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/MaintenanceRequestForm.pdf. You'll find this online link each week in the Tuesday Parish Announcements email. Please fill out the form and give it to Parish Adminstrator Rose Wolfe, or put it in either the church main office or Rose's mailbox in the work/copier room.
NOTE - as always, if you see something that is URGENT -- water flowing, roof leaking, etc. -- then please contact the church office as soon as possible!
St. Catherine’s 2018 summer Vacation Bible School is Abundance Orchard, where faith grows and hungry people are fed! 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. Our program will kick off on Monday, July 16 with a family potluck dinner in the Parish Hall at 5:30 pm.Then, on Tuesday through Friday, July 17-20, 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!
VBS will be open to children of the church and our community ranging from age 4 (potty-trained) to rising 5th grade. 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.
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.
Construction start date changed to May 5
Our 2018 Habitat House build is in the Mableton/Austell area. Framing Day and the beginning of our volunteer Saturdays is now on May 5. Please contact Connie Bergeron as far in advance as possible with the dates you would like to volunteer, connieatlbergerons.net, 770-951-1411. There are some minimum age requirements for participation. All workdays are from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm. Thank you to everyone for your past and future support for this great ministry. The new schedule is:
Support our build with Tshirts
Still available! 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 contact Connie as soon as possible, connieatlbergerons.net, with the number of shirts and sizes you desire.
Through May 13: New American Pathways
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 by Sunday, May 13 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.
Family Promise Golf Outing June 18 at Indian Hills Country Club
By Eleanore Pearson
Thank you, St. Catherine's, for the many volunteer hours you have given to our Family Promise of Cobb County program over the last four years. FPCC is holding its third annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 18, at Indian Hills Country Club. Last year this event raised $22,000 after expenses. This money goes toward the $150,000 it takes to keep this program operating for a year. A critical element of success is attracting sponsorships. Would you, your business, group or employer be able to be a sponsor for the event? We have a range of sponsorships from $100 to $5,000. Sponsorships allow individuals, businesses and organizations to associate themselves with this critical work for homeless families in Cobb County. More information about this, including sponsor registration, is available at the Family Promise website: www.familypromisecobbcounty.org/3rd-annual-golf-outing-event-details/.
The cost is $125/golfer; $500/foursome which includes green fees, cart, luncheon and prizes. The format is a scramble with a shotgun start at 9:00 am (registration 8:00 am). Golfer registration is available at the Family Promise website. Raffle prizes in the form of gift cards would also be greatly appreciated. For questions please contact Eleanore & Richard Pearson, elerichbellsouth.net
-> Next Family Promise Hosting Week: June 3-10
MUST's Food Pantry has put out an urgent request for non-perishable food donations. You may view the list of most-wanted foods at this link. Please bring items to our blue bins by the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Learn more about MUST at www.mustministries.org/pages/food-is-a-must .
Happy season of Easter to St. Catherine’s! Since the Vestry last met in March we have had a meaningful first Holy Week and Easter Celebration with Mother Sarah. Our services on Maundy Thursday with the Agape feast brought a sense of community that was established by Jesus teaching us of His love and humility. The powerful liturgy in the Good Friday service was embraced by many. I was especially moved by touching the cross in prayer. And our joyous celebration at Easter Eve Vigil and Easter Sunday had us all rejoicing! Many thanks to Mother Sarah and the staff and so many volunteers that worked so seamlessly together in preparations for the services of Holy Week and Easter.
The Vestry met on Tuesday, April 17. We began our meeting with a conversation with Brigadier General Tom Blackstock. Tom shared the input we received from the Master Planning Team gratitude dinner. At the dinner we thanked the team for all their diligent work over the past two years and listened to their experiences and recommendations. We further discussed the format of the smaller Master Planning Team. The Vestry was charged with the task to nominate candidates from the parish that have qualities such as sense of process, strategic thinking, respectful listening, consistent attendance and a global view of all the ministries and facilities at St. Catherine’s. The Vestry was able to nominate 4 candidates and Mother Sarah is in discussion with these candidates for their discernment on accepting this role. More information will be published about master planning in the month to come.
We heard from 2 more of our ministry team liaisons. This meeting we heard from Maureen Donoghue on Facilities and Keith Dumke on Outreach. Both ministry teams are doing well. Facilities is working hard on our grounds and making plans for our mowing schedule. Outreach continues to help people in our community and is a ministry team that has many volunteers active almost every week.
Rose presented the financials and they were approved by Vestry. We are in good standing with pledges/income and our expenses well managed in this first quarter.
Next Vestry meeting is May 15 and the next quarterly ministry team meeting is Tuesday, June 5. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask myself or any member of your Vestry.
In Christ’s Love,
Stephanie Yucius, Senior Warden
It has been a joy having The Rev. Spenser Simrill with us during Lent, Holy Week and the first few weeks of Easter. Spenser has been offered some supply work at other places and is going to be sharing his gifts with other parishes around the Diocese but will return to us for supply as his schedule allows. He'll be with us this Sunday. We celebrated his ministry on April 22 with, you guessed it, the traditional sheetcake.
By Pat Pepper
When this journey is near the end do you think you will be able to say that? At the end of some days I can reflect and say, yep, I did that. But then on many other days there is no way I am even close to reaching that goal. Last week, as I listened to the tributes at the funeral service for former First Lady Barbara Bush, it seemed to me that she had done a wonderful job of using everything she was given.
At St. Catherine’s there are many places to use your talents. So many opportunities are at our finger tips:
…and the list could go on. You have many talents. Are you using them? Call me, I can help.
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 Ron Cook, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris
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.
Love and Thank Yous
I have come to believe that the meaning of life is captured in the oft-heard phrase: “to love and be loved.” My experience of God and of his Son is captured in those words: we are loved and we are called to love.
I celebrated my 70th birthday this week in grand fashion thanks to my family. A surprise party with friends from near and far, an intimate dinner with family and close friends and, finally, a two day retreat to a resort in Wisconsin all made for a wonderful celebration. Driving home from Wisconsin on Thursday I was content to move into my 71st year. Much to my surprise our neighbors announced a gift had arrived while we were away.
I went to collect the gift and was given the most beautiful floral bouquet. I couldn’t imagine where it came from until I read the note: “Happy 70th Birthday, Jim! We love you. St. Catherine’s.” For those who know me, it was an emotional moment – for sure.
Thank you to each and every one of you. I am a better person today because of the love you have shown me over these past 20 years. I continue to experience your love and I assure you of my love and affection for each of you.Father Jim Nixon
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Do you have unused or expired medicines or sharps (needles, lancets, etc.)? Do your part to prevent accidental poisoning, overdoses and improper use of medications—simply take items between 10 am and 2 pm to one of these drop-off locations. No questions asked, no forms, ID or registration required. For questions regarding these events, call 770-793-7373. For more information about medication safety and proper disposal, please visit www.rxdrugabuse.org.
The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus and Founding Director Frank Boggs invite you to the final concert in their spring series, aGala Celebration Concert on Sunday, April 29, 6 pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta. The chorus will present 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 .
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 .
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.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Margie Cook, Megan Shannonhouse, Linda Smith, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Marvin, Vera Bibbings, Jayne Gubelman, Oliver Brown, Brooks Redwine, Sarah & Jeramie Brown, Pat Hazlin, Karen Kraeger, James Henegar, Pat Henegar, Tomi Wilson, Peter Tezza, Maddie Wilfred, Becky Pfeil, Ryan Teal, Kristi Anderson, Melinda Stuk, Kris Kell, Cori Taylor, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham.
BIRTHDAYS: (4/29) Frank Brent, Cody Pitts, (4/30) Ina Bachmann, (5/1) Steve Wolfe, (5/3) Nancy Denton, Cindy Sheehan, (5/4) Sheila Bishop, Beth Thomas, John Iacobelli, Marcia Zurn, Kelsey Kimball, (5/5) Bill Selby, Beau Paris, (5/6) Bettye Harris, Marlene Stuart, Jack Khan, (5/8) Madison Handell, Stella Pierce, (5/10) Jim Voyles, Jamie Brownlow, Elizabeth Blackstock.
ANNIVERSARIES: Camilo & Kelly Calvo (4/30), John & Julie Fulcher (5/2)
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 27-28: Lock-in!
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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Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org, 770-973-8668.
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