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Grace upon grace: Reflections from your clergy
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
On Trinity Sunday 2017, we began a new journey together as priest and people. While we’ve still got a few calendar weeks to go until we hit the 1-year mark, liturgically, we mark a year together this week. And what a wonderful year it has been. I am deeply grateful to be with you in this place, at this time. The Spirit is alive and well and I can’t wait to see where we go next!
Reflecting back on the work we have done together as a community, there are obvious milestones—the completion, certificate of occupancy and the dedication of the Youth House, the blessing and completion of the Memorial Garden, and one of the highlights for me, the Renewal of Ministry with the welcoming of a new Rector. We have buried some beloveds and celebrated their lives. And we’ve watched our children and youth grow and mature. I’ve fallen in love with two different vestries and continue to be excited and inspired by the work and thought they bring to the leadership of this place. There is so much more than I can list here, but please know how much I love the ministry we are doing together, building up God’s Kingdom here on earth.
As you know, we are currently searching for both a Director of Children’s and Family ministry and for an Associate Rector. We have strong applicants for both positions. I am hopeful! While we don’t follow a procedure or process nearly as lengthy as a Rector search, I have asked our Wardens, Stephanie Yucius and Keith Dumke, along with Phil Spessard and Eric De La Barre to join me in discerning the call for the Associate Rector. I am eager to work with them as each one brings insight and wisdom to this process. I ask that you pray for us in our work.
There are many wonderful things happening at St. Cat’s this summer, starting this Sunday when we switch to our summer schedule of 7:45 AM (no music) and 10:00 AM (lots of music, including your favorite hymns!). Read about all that’s happening below, and then come and be part of it. It’s so much richer with you present.
With joy and love,
Sarah+From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. — John 1:16
All teachers of our Christian Formation at St. Catherine’s -- children, youth and adult classes -- we will recognize and thank you during the 7:45 and 10 am 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.
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
As we move into the Season after Pentecost, or Ordinary Time, our worship changes a little. A few things you may notice:
Please let me know if you have questions about our liturgical life together!
Beginning on Friday, May 25, the church office will be closed on Friday afternoons starting at 12:00 pm. Our office hours are now:
Please remember that the best way to reach our clergy when the matter is urgent is by telephone, please do NOT rely on emails or social media postings. During or after hours, simply call the church office at 770.971.2839 or toll free 1-877-991-9762. We can be reached no matter the time of day. Mother Sarah's extension is 202. For some suggestions of the news we like to hear from you or cases when you might wish to speak to a priest, please see When to Call a Priest on our website.
Office closed for Memorial Day
The church office will be closed on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day Holiday. Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!
Come celebrate the start of summer, immediately after the 10:00 am service!
-> 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 144 book scholarships for a total of $28,050. 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 designate for College Book Scholarship Fund, or you may donate online in The City to Book/Scholarship Fund. Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
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.
St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on June 19, 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.
Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am
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!
The schedule for publication of St. Catherine’s newsletter, The Wheel, has been changed. The Wheel continues to be published twice per month, with the issue date moved from Fridays to Thursdays. The deadlines for articles and photographs to be submitted has been changed as well, with items now due on Sunday night before the publication date (previously items were due on Wednesday nights). All editions 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.
Holy Hike & Picnic on Tuesday, June 12
By Linda Shrake
You’re cordially encouraged to join in a fun day at Red Top Mountain State Park. We have invited our Holy Comforter Friendship Center friends to hike & picnic with us on June 12. Carpooling will be available leaving St. Catherine’s at 10:00 am. We will return to St. Cat’s around 3 pm The hike is approximately 3/4 of a mile on a shaded woodland trail with a short uphill at the end. The hike begins and ends in the parking lot of the Visitor Center at Red Top Mountain. We have reserved Picnic Shelter #7 for the whole day, so if you would prefer skipping the hike, you can join us for the picnic. We have reserved the best picnic pavilion in the park, located on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by Lake Allatoona with lots of shade and a cool breeze.
If you would prefer drive to the Visitor Center, here are directions: Take I-75 north to Exit #285 (Red Top Mountain Road). Turn right after you exit and go two miles east to Red Top Mt. State Park. Continue a quarter of a mile further and you will see the Visitor Center on your left (a small wooden building with large parking lot). There are restrooms at the Visitor Center. The St. Catherine’s team will greet the Holy Comforter vans there. We will provide directions to Picnic Pavilion #7 (about 1/2 mile from the Visitor Center) for those who wish to wait there. We’ll have bottled water for the hikers.
Let us know if you are able to come along. If you want to car pool, please let us know that, too. Plan to bring a sack lunch and beverage. The entire event is outdoors, so dress for spring weather in Georgia. Please contact us with questions: Linda Shrake: lashrakecomcast.net, Harriett Pyburn: harriettspyburngmail.com.
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. Please consider being a part of this ministry.
Family Promise of Cobb County's "Keeping Our Children On Course" third annual golf tournament will be 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 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, thank you to all who have signed up to help!
By Suzanne McGhee
It’s that time again for MUST Ministries' Summer Lunch Making! Save the dates Wednesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 27, 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 will continue on these Saturdays coming up: 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 at the build site in Austell. Thank you to everyone for your support for this great ministry!
By Christy Luttrell
Thank you, St. Catherine's, for your generous donations of items for the Welcome To America Baskets for New American Pathways. It was greatly appreciated!
By Molly Banko
During Lent, St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool partnered with Rice Bowls, a faith-based non-profit in Spartanburg, S.C. to raise funds for a network of orphanages overseas. Plastic rice bowls were taken to homes, filled with change, and returned on Easter. Together we raised $824.25! These funds will supply much needed food to a network of orphanages in Haiti, India, Africa and other areas of the world where the HIV/AIDS crisis and other factors have greatly marginalized the lives of children. Thank you to everyone who participated in this important outreach opportunity!
By Kelly Iacobelli
The spring weather arrived just in time for the Women's Retreat in April! A small group of women ventured up to Montara Farm in North Georgia for a weekend of renewal. The food was amazing and the setting was magnificent. The rain held off so people could sit on the porch overlooking the lake and really get to know each other. Some of us took solo walks to reconnect with ourselves. Others explored bird watching and hiking in groups. The natural scenery did not disappoint!
We explored ways to take pauses in our daily life. Lisa Spessard led a discussion of the book Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr. The seven pauses provide different themes for each part of the day such as praying for vigilance, deep listening, surrender and trust during The Night Watch whereas the Hour Of Illumination at Midday focuses us on commitment, passion, courage, faithfulness, healing truth and peace.
Diane Sanders took us on an exploration of journaling. We discussed the different methods and the benefits of pausing to express ourselves in writing. We took time to document the room around us and we were amazed at how different the observations were. Maureen Donoghue led us on a discussion of individual prayer styles. Each of us evaluated how we pray best as she guided us through various characteristics. Our findings came to life as we created our own prayer bracelet that reflects our personal prayer style. We also explored yoga and meditation. We connected with our breath and we learned how to stretch and release tension. Pat Pepper helped us learn how to clear our minds and we talked about easy ways to put brief meditations into our day.
Some of us took a pause to explore a local winery. The tour guide was entertaining and tasting wine is always a great way to take a break.
Interspersed throughout the weekend Mother Sarah led us through Compline, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist. These services connected us to our faith and our tradition.
Our thanks to the planning team who put together such an impactful weekend - Gina Bauman, Ginny Lummus, Lisa Spessard, Maureen Donoghue, Diane Sanders and Pat Pepper.
17 years of Youth Mentoring: Thank you, Hale Sanders!
By Pat Pepper
In February 2001, with the blessing of Father Jim Nixon, Hale Sanders started the Youth Mentoring Ministry at St. Catherine’s. Hale had led a mentor program at the Center for Family Resources for three years and saw firsthand the success of the program. Now, in the seventeen years since its start, Hale has led our program with energy, enthusiasm and a belief in its benefits. Under his leadership 65 mentors have been trained and 63 have had relationship with 101 youth for an average of 23 months each.
Hale says, “The most important thing to know is that we (St. Catherine’s Youth Mentoring Ministry) believe that every young person should have a mentor if they want one. We serve the youth in our church, youth referred to us by East Cobb Middle School, young people from the Family Promise program, and young people from the Center for Children and Young Adults.”
According to The Center of Mentoring Youth, “Mentoring at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effect on your people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situation. Ultimately mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will group up without this critical asset.”
St. Catherine’s Mentoring Ministry has met the goals of the program. It has left an impact not only on the 101 youth that have spent time with a mentor but also in the ripple effect from the youth who experienced that love and encouragement. Hale has made a difference. His presence has left a permanent impression on not only the youth and their families but also on the mentors who have been trained.
Hale has announced his retirement from this specific ministry, and Dave Banko will take over as leader of the program—thank you, Dave! Hale will continue to be very involved here at St. Catherine’s in other ministries and with Family Promise of Cobb County. We give thanks to God for Hale’s presence in all of our lives.If you would like more information on our Youth Mentoring Ministry please let me know. You will never regret the time that you give. Hale will agree, I am sure.
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 Mother Sarah, Brian Williams, Frances Bowden, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris, Deana DeLaBarre
Choristers Choir - Celebrating the end of the school year
Royal Wedding watching party May 19
Pentecost, May 20 - We wore red!
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:
Three Cobb County public libraries are hosting free mobile eye clinics for children in need. Pre-registration is required. Each Vision To Learn visit will be held from 9 am to 3 pm. Space is limited and no walk-ins will be accepted, so register soon.
-> We apologize that this period's Prayers of the People were not available in time for newsletter publication, please check your Sunday bulletin insert and in our next issue.
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.
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
June 13: Cookout at East Cobb Park
Wednesday, June 13, 5-7 pm - Join us at East Cobb Park (3322 Roswell Rd, Marietta) for some fun and hamburgers and hot dogs. We will provide those and water, please bring a side or sweet to share!
The youth are beginnings to plan for the J2A Urban Adventure this fall, November 17-19. Please fill out this form by June 3rd and let us know if you are planning to attend. This will be really helpful as the class moves forward in the planning process. An official registration form will open at the beginning of the school year.
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.
Thank you all who served for Youth Sunday on May 13. Listen to Charlie & Nick's sermons on the Sermons page of our website! Photos by Michelle Zimmerman
We will join with the Marietta Convocation (churches near us) for a fun afternoon at the Braves Game. We will meet at St. Catherine's at 12:15 for the 1:15 game. Tickets are $15 and cover your ticket and parking. 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.
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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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