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The Newsletter of
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
Summer is upon us! The Blessing of the Bikes and the Parish Picnic on June 3 were both full of joy and delight—big thanks to Fred Massey for heading that up and all the men of the parish who helped not only feed us, but provide scholarship money for our college freshmen. I know I speak for the whole parish when I say thank you! And thanks to Phil Spessard for capturing some photos (below) of both.
Tomorrow I will be heading to Seattle for a week at the College of Congregational Development or CCD. I first learned about CCD about 3 years ago and fell in love with the concept. CCD seeks to marry the academics and tools of organizational development with the realities of congregational health and vitality. During the week, we look at emotional health, spiritual growth, organizational functionality and communication efficacy all through the lens of the work we do as a parish. Although I’m a graduate of CCD, I continue to learn from the wisdom of the program.
This year I return to CCD as a trainer intern. The Diocese of Atlanta is considering bringing CCD to Atlanta, and in preparation for that possibility, I’m training to be a trainer. I covet your prayers this week. Of note—this program starts at 7:00 AM and ends at 9:00 PM and there aren’t many breaks in between, so I will be hard to reach, and I won’t be checking my email at all. I’ll return emergency calls as I’m able, but please know most business will need to wait until I return on the 17th. In the event of an emergency, please call the parish office or me and I’ll connect you with a local priest.
Interested in learning more about CCD?
A final note—this week marks my 1 year anniversary at St. Catherine’s. My heart is full. It is such a joy to be here. Thank you for being who you are.
Peace, joy and love,
On July 1, we will send twenty-one pilgrims, youth, and adults journeying with them, on their long-anticipated 10-day pilgrimage to Scotland. During the next few Sundays, everyone in the parish is invited to sign the cards we will have available in the foyer to wish them Godspeed.
Join us for the third annual St. Catherine's Book Swap, 3 pm at the home of Sue Schnorf, 4117 Manor House Dr., Marietta 30062. Bring books to swap and drinks to share -- snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Sue Schnorf, smschnorfbellsouth.net, or Rebeccah George, rebeccahfgeorgegmail.com.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 16 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Pure Taqueria located at 1143 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, www.puretaqueria.com/roswell/. RSVP so we can save you a seat, contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Here is our calendar of activities planned for 2018-2019 (all dates are Saturdays except as noted). Please contact Alan to be on the mailing list for all events!
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.
Our next Parish Day of Service will be Saturday, June 23 at St. Catherine's from 8:00 am to 12 noon. Everyone is invited to join the Facilities and Grounds volunteers to clean up, fix up and spruce up our church home, inside and outside. To find out more please contact Tami Mace, 404-457-9437, tamimacegmail.com.
Parish Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, June 24, 9 am
Join us for coffee and conversation at a Town Hall meeting. We'd love to hear from you on how your parish can best communicate with you. Your insights are needed as we begin working on a new website for St. Catherine's.
Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am
Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide individual, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting for reasons such as divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or challenges.
Perhaps you, too, have heard that small voice saying, “Maybe I could do this”? Saint Catherine’s is seeking individuals who would like to train as Stephen Ministers this fall. If you have ever thought about joining this life-changing ministry, or if you just want to know more about it, then come and see what it is all about in Parish Hall after the 10 am service on June 24. At this casual luncheon your Stephen Ministry team will make a short presentation and answer any questions you may have. Please join us! For information please contact David Moore, dsmoore1950yahoo.com, (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 day. VBS is for children of the church and our community ranging from age 4 (potty-trained) to rising 5th grade. The cost is $25 per child. Snacks are provided but lunch is not included.
Plenty of help is needed from adults and youth to assist as directors, music leaders, classroom teachers, arts & crafts teachers, group leaders and snack helpers, plus donations of VBS craft supplies and snack food:
The church office is now closed each week on Friday afternoon starting at noon. Our office hours are:
Our 2018 Habitat House build is on track! Volunteer builders, painters, gardeners and more are needed on these Saturdays coming up. Whether or not you have experience, the Habitat house leaders are great at mentoring and training volunteers!
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. And everyone can still support our Habitat House with our 2018 Tshirts. Thank you for your support!
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 there 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, and 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. 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. Registration 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. For questions please contact Eleanore & Richard Pearson, elerichbellsouth.net.
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. Raffle prizes in the form of gift cards would also be greatly appreciated. More information about this, including sponsor registration, is available at the Family Promise website: www.familypromisecobbcounty.org/3rd-annual-golf-outing-event-details/.
It’s that time again for MUST Ministries' Lunch Making! 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.
June 1, 2018
Summer is here and there is so much alive and growing in the earth and here at St. Cat’s. It’s undeniable that we’re in a season of transition. We currently have three staff positions open, although I’m hopeful that some of those may soon be filled. I will update you soon as I have more to share.
This week, our dear Becky Adams submitted her resignation [see below]. We wish her well in her new endeavor and look forward to continuing to see her on Sundays as a member of the parish. Moving into a season, when much of the staff will be new, gives us an opportunity to evaluate what we most need in our parish support staff team. Part of our work in this transition time is considering anew the needs of the parish and what how the staff can best be configured to meet those needs.
For this reason, and to allow time for sound discernment, we are going to take our time in filling the position of Parish Secretary. We will outsource our bulletin and bulletin inserts to a strong communicator who has a proven history of excellence in producing bulletins for Episcopal liturgies for other parishes in the area. She knows the liturgy and has a passion for making bulletins welcoming and inviting for newcomers.
We have contracted with our own Rachel Hutton (photo at right) to fill some of Becky’s duties on an interim, part time basis. For the summer, Rachel will be with us Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. She will begin June 4th, shadowing Becky.
How does this impact the members of St. Cat’s? Overall, I hope you will find minimal disruption and change. But there are a few things that we could use your help with.
Even as change can be stressful, it is also exciting. My journey with you all continues to be a joy for which I am profoundly grateful.
Peace & all good,
Becky's last day at the parish will be June 8th. In partnership with the vestry and staff, I will be looking at creative ways to fill the void Becky leaves. More details will follow in due time, but in the meantime, please make sure to say thank you to Becky for her ministry as Parish Secretary and come share in some sheet cake at the Parish Picnic and wish her well in her new adventure. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at sarahstcatherines.org
Peace & all good,
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
By Pat Pepper
We all have 1,440 in a day... Do you have a minute?
I know I have asked this question before. However I still stand in amazement at how many of the St. Cat’s family can get so much accomplished in those 1,440 minutes, and then say ‘Yes’ to one more thing. Are you willing to add one more thing to your list? And if you don’t have a list, are you willing to start one?
St. Catherine’s needs a minute (or so) of your time. Here are some examples:
If you have questions, give me a call. We can chat for a minute or more. I have many more ideas of where your time will be received as a welcome gift. When you look at your calendar this week what does it say about you? How are you going to spend those 10,800 minutes (total minutes in a week)?
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 Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey, Paul Manno, Karen Manno
May's dinner at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn shelter - This month served by volunteers from the Fellowship Ministry Team. St. Cat's serves dinner here on the 28th of every month year-round!
Some favorite St. Cat's folks!
More of Blessing of the Bikes, June 3
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.
In the month of June we are highlighting ministries which are part of our Fellowship Ministry Team:
Dear St. Catherine’s,
It has been a wonderful three years working at the church. You have welcomed me, loved me, and supported me. I am grateful for all of you. I am excited to be able to worship on Sundays and get involved in other ways. My heart is truly full.
Dear St. Catherine’s,
On the last Sunday in April, when Bill and I were in Dallas, our cat sitter sent her customary daily text. But this time, instead of an image of Bridget peering suspiciously from behind a piece of furniture or glowering from under a bed, I beheld a flat of beautiful green and flowering plants. When I returned, I opened the card and discovered that they were in thanks for my work with the Concert Series. But I still do not know who delivered them or what group organized the delivery. Whoever you are, thank you! And thank you to the parish family for recognizing my work!
I should make two things clear. I do not do this work alone—I have a wonderful committee, and receive advice and support from the Drs. Williams and Mother Sarah. The concerts could not have their professional polish without all these folks. Nor would I be able to bring in the caliber of musicians without the generosity of the Friends of Music. The second matter is that I get an great sense of accomplishment and pleasure from the Concert Series, and that really is reward enough. I enjoy beautiful music in a welcoming space, I see the appreciation and pleasure in the audiences, and I have met a lot of really great people. It is astonishing to me how eager these very fine musicians are to come to us for what is not a princely sum, and what nice people they are!
Thank you, all of you, for allowing me to continue this rewarding work.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Georgia Cares is the coordinating agency in the state of Georgia connecting services and support for child victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. It offers community trainings located across the state in an effort to educate communities on the issue of Child Sex Trafficking and what this agency is doing to combat this crime and serve child victims. Georgia Cares will offer Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Community Training at St. Catherine’s on Saturday, June 30, 9 am – 12 pm in Parish Hall. The training is interactive and engaging, with videos, activities, and discussion around the epidemic of child sex trafficking and what it looks like in our state. Information on Georgia Cares and free registration for the training is available at www.gacares.org/community-trainings.html .
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: Ken Buxton, Helen Ann Spessard, Betty, Donna Schwartz, Heidi Winston, Lorraine, Louise Hellman, Melissa, Ruby, Gabi Neinaber, Collette Waudby, Pam Zander, Anne Whittle, Margaret White, Dewaine Norris, Joyce Hendricks, Patricia Aramburu, Jimmie Stinnett, Megan Shannonhouse, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Vera Bibbings, Oliver Brown, Brooks Redwine, Karen Kraeger, James Henegar, Pat Henegar, Becky Pfeil, Ryan Teal, Melinda Stuk, Cori Taylor, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham.
BIRTHDAYS: (6/4) Mary Moore, Mary Dailey, (6/5) Sarah Stedman, Joey Boebel, Alisha Barnes, Willow Riney, (6/6) Frances Bowden, Adrian Aumann, Oliver Zurn, (6/8) Jackie Anderson, Kelly Donoghue, (6/9) Bill Sapp, Harriett Pyburn, Julian Calvo. (6/10) Tim Langmaid, Robert Dailey, Leah banko, Bourke Brennan, (6/11) Cary Kilgore, Naomi Morris, (6/12) Justice Mace, (6/13) Paris Brennan, (6/14) Rev. Sarah Fisher, (6/15) Jennifer Buckalew, Frannie Hitchins, (6/16) Steve Robinson, Barbara Davenport, (6/17) Paul Manno, Mike Dillson, David Bachmann, (6/18) Linda Snape, Beverly Fambrough, Peggy Snook, (6/19) Kathleen McDougald, (6/20) Anne Willcocks, (6/21) Julie Fulcher, Fred Tuemmler.
ANNIVERSARIES: Clarke & Beth Thomas (6/3/89), James & Audrey Nesbit (6/3/78), Kris & Lisa Cook (6/9/90), Jim & Bobbye Greene (6/11/65), Michael & Katie Morris (6/11/65), Bruce & Barbara Perry (6/12/73), David & Molly Banko (6/19/99), Steve & Kitty Diffley (6/21/87), Todd & Anne Hitchins (6/21/03).
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
June 15-17: Rite 13 Beach Trip
Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 16th this year, and as you know, the youth volunteers are our secret sauce! For all the details and the link to sign up, please click HERE!
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 J2A youth are beginnings to plan for the 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.
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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