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The Newsletter of
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
As we head into the season of graduations and summer vacations, much is happening at St. Cat’s. A few things I want to highlight:
A special thanks to all who are able to attend the Town Hall Meetings. Your insights, curiosities, wisdom and hopefulness was inspiring. I will keep you posted on our search for both an Associate Rector and a Minister for Children and Families.
It remains a joy and a delight to be among you. You are a powerful witness to the love and hope of God, made known in Cobb County.
Under the Mercy,
Activities and schedule changes coming up for the start of summer:
Summer Sunday worship schedule - Note NEW times!
Each week starting May 27, through June and July:
-> Remember to WEAR RED or other bright 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." It is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day. 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.
More readers needed for Pentecost
Reply by Wed., May 16! 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.
The schedule for publication of St. Catherine’s newsletter, The Wheel, is changing with our next issue. The Wheel will continue to be published twice per month, with the issue date being moved from Fridays to Thursdays. The deadlines for articles and photographs to be submitted is being changed as well, with items now due on Sunday night before the publication date (previously items were due on Wednesday nights). All editions will continue to be posted on the newsletter page of our website and distributed by email to everyone subscribed to St. Catherine’s email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are also available for pickup in the foyer on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. Here is the schedule for the next few months of The Wheel:
Thank you for reading The Wheel! We welcome your articles of interest to our parish and photographs of our life together. Please send to Editor Karen Manno via email at karenstcatherines.org or bring to her mailbox in the church workroom/copier room.
Our Breakfast Angels will offer breakfast for everyone at minimal cost in the Parish Hall at 8:30 am on Sunday, May 20. Come and see us after the 7:45 am service or before the 8:45 am service for a great start to your morning!
Breakfast takes a summer break
Breakfast Angels volunteers will take a well-deserved break for summertime -- Sunday breakfasts will not be served during June and July. Breakfasts will return in August with some tasty new options, so please watch for announcements!
RSVP by Monday, May 21
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 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. Please, no walkins for this event. 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.
Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Join us immediately after the 10:00 service this day for food, fun and fellowship. No tickets or reservations are needed. Donations at the picnic go to benefit the St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund (see article below).
-> All men! “Butts 4 Books” cookout the night of June 2
On Saturday evening, June 2, the men of St. Catherine's will be cooking 30 Boston Butt pork roasts for the Parish Picnic on Sunday. This event is open to all men over 18 to spend the night in grilling and fellowship. We are planning to have dinner prior to cooking "da butts" as we warm up the grill, and we will be setting up for Sunday's picnic. The following are needed: a prepared Boston Butt, donations for the fixin’s, and sweat equity for many tasks. Please text Fred Massey, 404.731.4466, or email fredmasseyautomotive.com to express interest/thoughts and willingness to help.
In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. Each summer we present these awards to our rising college freshmen. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people.
The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by individual gifts plus donations collected at the annual Parish Picnic. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships totalling more than $20,000. At this time we are able to give small scholarships only to our first-year college students, but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift or have the ability to help support them each year of their college careers.
How can you help? Income to the Fund continues to struggle to keep up with the wonderful growth of our Youth program. We are now collecting gifts to the Fund (tax deductible). Please make checks to St. Catherine’s and denote it in the memo line for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
We invite you to help pick our hymns! In June, July and August, our services will include one or two favorite hymns of the people of St. Catherine’s. We will ask you to provide the hymn number and title (must be in The Hymnal, 1982), and one or two sentences about why you love this hymn to include in the bulletin.
We will try to include all the hymn submissions we receive, but please recognize that we may not have space for all. Fill out the Ministry & Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or use our online form here.
7:00 pm in the Parish Hall
All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this important meeting as we begin planning for activities for the start of the school year in August and through the fall. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
By Stephanie Yucuis, Senior Warden
Mother Sarah and the vestry are pleased to announce the new members of the Master Planning team for St. Catherine’s. Brigadier General Tom Blackstock will lead the team with Rachel Bagby, Barbara Barrington, Rebecca George and Lee Stuart. Al Jones will act in the role of ex officio from facilities.
Master planning was formed out of the work of the space planning committee. It evolved as the details of projects to our facilities were coming to the vestry for answers. While vestry is involved with the plans for the life and facilities of St. Catherine’s, the degree of the details of questions were bringing the Vestry to be less productive in the overall management of St. Catherine’s. From there a team was formed and they put together processes and charters for how projects would be presented for final approval from vestry. As the structure of our ministry teams changed over the past 3-5 years, the need to reform the structure of master planning came to be. We are in a period now that the former master planning structure completed the exceptional work of several large scale projects during an interim rector and timing was good to restructure to a smaller team.
This smaller team will be appointed by the vestry. This appointment by vestry is a decision that will bring the master planning team closer to an advisory board to vestry and less of a ministry team representation board. The intent is to have a master planning group of people that keep the overarching mission of St. Catherine’s for all ministry teams.
The vestry has selected parish members that they see can have consistent attendance, a global view, a sense of process, methodical thinking, respectful listening, and strategic planning.
In year one (May 2018 – Jan 2019) we are asking 4 members, and 1 staff and 1 person from Facilities Ministry Team to join Tom on master planning. Out of the 4 members asked we would ask 2 to serve 2 year terms and 2 to serve 3 year terms. From there 2 members would be added in January 2019. Then in January 2020 2 members would roll off and 2 more would come on. The intention is for a member to serve a 3 year term. This particular format of 2 2-year and 2 3-year terms in the beginning is hoping to keep continuity of the team in those initial 3 years.
If you have any questions, please ask Mother Sarah or a member of your vestry. We are quite grateful to Rachel, Barbara, Rebecca, Lee, Al, and Tom for saying yes to this role. Thank you!!
Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am
By David Moore
Saint Catherine’s is seeking individuals to train as Stephen Ministers this fall. So, we are hosting a “Come And See” luncheon to learn about this dynamic and life changing ministry on Sunday, June 24, after the 10:00 service.
If you think that you may be called to this ministry or if you just want to know more about it, then come and see what it is all about. At this casual luncheon your Stephen Ministry team will make a short presentation and then answer any questions you may have. Please join us! For questions please contact David Moore at dsmoore1950yahoo.com or call (404) 309-7793
St. Catherine’s 2018 summer Vacation Bible School is Abundance Orchard, where faith grows and hungry people are fed! 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 dayegister soon! VBS is for children of the church and our community ranging from age 4 (potty-trained) to rising 5th grade. Space will be limited so register children now on our VBS registration page.
Plenty of help is needed from adults and youth to assist as directors, musical leaders, classroom teachers, arts & crafts teachers, group leaders and snack helpers, plus donations of VBS craft supplies and snack food. Adults, please contact Harriett Pyburn at harriettspyburngmail.com. YOUTH - see signup below in this newsletter!
Applications due May 15
If you know of a qualified candidate, please inform them about this opportunity. The job description and application information is available at this link. Questions regarding the search process should be directed to The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher, Rector. All materials should be postmarked or emailed to sarahstcatherines.org no later than May 15.
Ingathering Sunday, May 13
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 -- Cleaning products, Diapers, Dishwashing soap/detergent, Laundry baskets, Paper goods, food storage bags, Trash bags, Shower curtains and rings, Towels, washcloths. 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 of Cobb County is holding "Keeping Our Children On Course", its third annual golf tournament, on Monday, June 18 at Indian Hills Country Club. 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 which 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 is June 3-10, watch for signup!
Holy Hike & Picnic on Tuesday, June 12
By Harriett Pyburn & Linda Shrake
Welcome to the warm weather! In just a month, we will be gathering with the folks from Holy Comforter at Red Top Mountain State Park on June 12 at 10 am for a Holy Hike and picnic. Holy Comforter is a Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta located in southeast Atlanta. Many of its members live with mental illness and come to the Holy Comforter Friendship Center for worship, hot meals, gardening, art and a sense of community. Our work with the Friendship Center is a ministry of presence – we specialize in field trips and hospitality together.
Please consider joining us! All ages and abilities welcome. Nothing is required except your presence and your sack lunch (and even the hike is optional if you prefer just the picnic!). Please contact Bettye Harris (bettyecharrisgmail.com) or Linda Shrake (lashrakecomcast.net) if you are interested in carpooling or learning more.
By Suzanne McGhee
It’s that time again for MUST Ministries' Summer Lunch Making! Save the dates Wednesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, to help us make 2,000 MUST Summer Lunches in the Parish Hall. All Youth and older are welcome either or both dates.
Each year during the summer months, children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year can have a free lunch delivered to them through MUST's Summer Lunch Program. Please consider donating your time, food items, books, or $! For more information about MUST Summer Lunches at St. Cat’s, contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404-375-8327 OR Suzanne McGhee, willandsuzcomcast.net / 678-361-5194.
-> Learn more about the MUST Summer Lunch program in their video here
Our 2018 Habitat House build has begun! We kicked off oh-so-early on May 5 with clergy blessings of the construction start, then raising the walls! Many thanks to Mother Sarah who was there to lead prayers as part of our Cobb Interfaith Coalition.
Construction will continue on Saturdays June 9-30 and July 14. We will also provide breakfast and lunch to the workers onsite on June 9. Please contact Connie Bergeron 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 support for this great ministry! Photos below courtesy Paula Wilson.
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 here to listen to the latest entries including:
The May 13 Youth Sunday sermons will be posted here in the following week. Many thanks to Bill Ivey for his continuing work to make these recordings available for all of us!
Photo - Chandler's sermon on April 29, picture by Bettye Harris
We are proud of our graduates! (Below – graduating from / continuing to)
Congratulations to St. Catherine's Preschool teacher Wendy Cooper who is the East Cobber Magazine 2018 Mother of the Year! Read the lovely article written to nominate her by her daughter in the May issue.
By Pat Pepper
Deuteronomy 4:9 “…do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
On May 6 fifteen children, first grade through fifth grade, experienced the Celebration of Solemn Communion. This was possible because four catechists gave their time, showed their love and helped shape the faith journey of our children. The love of God is shown to our children by their actions. The celebration of Solemn Communion was a wonderful celebration. The catechists are: Laurie Dirksen, Alison Harris, Ana Martin and Karen Maxwell. A special thank you also to Ina Bachmann, Caroline Brennan, Dennis Freeman, Tami Gillian, Jeff Harris, Christy Hayes, Anne Hitchins, Amy Mikkelsen and Mother Sarah for their dedication, time and support.
If you would like to be a part of this wonderful celebration next time, give me a call. I am sure we can find a place for you!
Photos of the Solemn Communion retreat May 5 contributed by Amy Morris, Jennifer Sherwood, Greg Stewart.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
At the World Dinner on May 6
What a fantastic opportunity for this illuminating exercise to explore the issues of hunger in our world! Many thanks to everyone for participating! Photos courtesy Gina Baumann.
Women's Retreat in April
A relaxing, renewing, reflective time away at the always-beautiful Montara Farm. Many thanks to the retreat planning team (first picture). Photos courtesy Pat Pepper
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.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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: Paul Harris, uncle of Jeff Harris
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Anne Whittle, Margaret White, Dewaine Norris, Tillie Carter, Margie Cook, Megan Shannonhouse, 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, Bill Lee, Marti Graham, Joyce Hendricks, Cary Phillips.
BIRTHDAYS: (5/13) Kristina Higgins, Ginny Lummus, (5/14) Dean Motter, Suzanne Gardiner, Michelle Zimmerman, Michael Wherry, (5/15) Dani Dickson, Deelee Freeman, Todd Hitchins, (5/16) Hans Kraeger, Tim Morey, (5/17) Linda White, (5/19) Cheyne Thompson-Quartey, (5/21) Joan Thurston, Gordon O’Neill, Maria Salgado, (5/22) John Fulcher, (5/23) Michael Burnaugh, Frank Adams, Forrest Ettel, (5/25) Peter Britt, Piper Brennan, (5/26) Juan Sandoval, Caroline Brennan, (5/27) Karen Maxwell.
ANNIVERSARIES: Bill & Tinka Ivey (5/14/77), John & Kelly Iacobelli (5/16/92), Nelson & Emily Gale (5/17/75), Kevin & Sara Thomas (5/21/05), Bill & Beverly Fambrough (5/22/65).
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
May 11-12: YA Pre-Pilgrimage Retreat
By Sara Thomas
Attention Youth—it’s time once again to sign up for VBS leadership!! The theme this year is “Abundance Orchard: Where Faith Grows and Hungry People are Fed,” and you’re not going to want to miss it. It’s Tuesday - Friday, July 17-20 from 9:30 am to 12 noon. We will also host a FAMILY pot-luck dinner on Monday, July 16 at 5:30pm in the Parish Hall to introduce our program, share food and fellowship, and give everyone a quick taste of the week to come. Training for youth will be Monday, July 16 from 2-5 pm, immediately preceding the potluck.
I know you’re excited as we are, so go sign up immediately on this form!
If you’re new to St. Catherine’s VBS leadership: “Traveling leaders” are typically older youth (and on rare occasion those who are younger but have a lot of VBS experience) who help guide participants from station to station, manage the needs of participants, and liaison between participants and adults. “Station leaders” work at an individual station (usually crafts, storytelling, missions, snack, games, etc.) These typically younger youth help adult leaders set up and break down, keep supplies and energy stocked, and act as runners when adult station leaders need various things from elsewhere in the church.
I heard so much positive feedback about our phenomenal youth leaders last year. I honestly think our little church has the best youth leaders in the VBS business. I look forward to working with you again this year! Grace and peace as you finish up the school year.
Several youth participated in the Diocesan Graduation Celebration held on May 6 at St. Patrick's in Dunwoody - Charlie, Thad and Shane... and Kathleen was there as part of the Diocesan Youth Council. Photos by Michelle Zimmerman
We will join with the Marietta Convocation (churches near us) for a fun afternoon at the Braves vs. Dodgers game. We will meet at St. Catherine's at 12:15 pm for the 1:15 game. Tickets are $15 and cover your ticket and parking (scholarships are available, we want you to join us). Please bring money for snacks if you would like them. Friends are always welcome to join!
Please register by July 8. Tickets are first-come first-served, so register at this link as soon as you know if you can go.
The Wheel is published two times per month on Thursdays. 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 Sunday the week of publication date. Please submit items to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her mailbox at church.
The Wheel: get every issue!
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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