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I am delighted to announce that St. Catherine’s has called Becky Beal to be our Director of Children and Family Ministries. Becky will join us just in time to be at Vacation Bible School in July and we will welcome her formally on Sunday, July 22nd.
Becky comes to us with many years of children’s formation, both in the church and secular world. In addition to teaching in public, private and parochial Pre-K and Elementary schools, Becky has served as Director of Children’s Ministries at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell, and at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Marietta and most recently at St. Patrick’s in Dunwoody.
I came to know Becky while working at St. Patrick’s and appreciated her gentle and wise spirit, her undeniable love of children and her desire to help them grow in faith, while helping parents grow in teaching faith at home. Becky describes her philosophy of children’s formation as the ‘Three I’s’:
Invitation: to be a part of a loving community with teachers who are welcoming every Sunday.
Becky’s experience, passion and wisdom make her a wonderful addition to our staff. I can’t wait for you to meet her! Please join me in thanking the team that partnered with me in this work: Sally Benton, Keith Dumke, Patty Foglesong, Amy Mikkelsen and Stephanie Yucuis.
Peace & all good,
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
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.
Monday, July 16 - Kickoff Potluck Dinner for families 5:30 pm
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 Vestry will elect four lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at the 112th Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta on Friday & Saturday, November 9-10 at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta. Special speaker at this year's council will be our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry.
The Vestry is encouraging those who are newer to St. Catherine's and the Episcopal Church to consider submitting their names as it is a wonderful way to to see the beauty and complexity of how our church works. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's in good standing and are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings. Information about Council is available on the Atlanta Diocese website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Communication/2018-annual-council/ .
If you are interested in serving as a delegate, please apply by July 15 by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 1, we will send our Youth pilgrims, and adults journeying with them, on their long-anticipated 10-day pilgrimage to Scotland. On Sundays in June, everyone in the parish is invited to sign the cards we will have available in the foyer to wish them Godspeed.
By Jason Gardiner
Your Network Team has been hard at work over the past several months, replacing the old office phone system and upgrading the internet and wireless coverage throughout the church. Many of these changes have been behind the scenes. However, one change that just about anyone can see is the addition of new wireless networks.
The "StCats_Guest" wireless network has been around for several months. This is a special network designed for… guests! Guests are Family Promise guests, parents picking up children at Preschool and those in the community that use the conference rooms or Parish Hall for meetings. There is no password, but the speed is limited, as well as the number of people that can use that network. Please be good stewards and do not use this network if you don’t need to do so.
Instead, parishioners should use the "StCats" wireless network. This will be replacing the "new_stcats" network and the Youth House network before the start of the school year. The wifi password for StCats network will be available in the Parish Office, with Parish Administration and members of the Vestry, and on The City. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact Jason Gardiner at jasonnullzero.net.
By Pat Pepper
On June 12-14, Bettye Harris, Linda Smith and I traveled to Sewanee, Tennessee and attended the Invite-Welcome-Connect Summit conference at the University of the South. What a beautiful campus! We had the opportunity to spend time with many Episcopalians from congregations all over the U.S, both ordained and laity. We shared ideas, worshiped (the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright challenged us in a great sermon), enjoyed fellowship and attended workshops and plenary sessions.
The focus of the summit was an introduction to a ministry that cultivates intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality and connectedness. Linda summarized the workshops she attended during the three days by saying, “We heard we are to apply Invite, Welcome and Connect not to increase our membership but because it is God’s work to be done, not something to do for a result.” To Linda’s summary I want to add, I heard the big E word, Evangelism, presented in a new and different way. We are to go out and be the voice, the inviting and welcoming face of Jesus.
In the coming months we are looking forward to sharing the affirmations we received because of the great work St. Catherine’s is currently doing, and also some of our learnings. We have notebooks filled with creative ideas of ways we can work together, take some risks and try new approaches to Invite, Welcome and Connect. Until then please give me a call if you have questions, Pat Pepper, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org.
Photo courtesy Pat Pepper - Pat, Linda, Bettye in All Saints Chapel, University of the South
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
It’s that time again for MUST Ministries' Summer 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.
Meal Packaging Event for all ages
Join us at 2:00 pm in the Parish Hall to help us package 20,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger (aka Stop Hunger Now), to be distributed to hungry children worldwide. This is a fun and educational activity lasting about 2 hours. All ages can participate. The supplies are provided for us – we just need lots of manpower (measuring rice, adding veggies and vitamins, weighing meal bags, packaging in boxes, etc.). Learn more about it at www.riseagainsthunger.org .
Help is needed for set up that afternoon starting at 1:00 pm, please contact Rebeccah George rebeccahfgeorgegmail.com if you are available. Thank you!
Our 2018 Habitat House build continues 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. 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.
Dedication Day will be Sunday, July 22 -- all are invited! (tentatively 3:00 pm – we will help to provide sheet cake and finger foods)
By Linda Shrake, Outreach Team member
God is good… all the time! On June 12, 21 hardy St. Catherine parishioners made the trip to Red Top Mountain State Park. Our mission was to greet, hike & picnic with 39 of our friends from Holy Comforter Church. For those who may not be familiar with Holy Comforter, here is a brief outline: "Holy Comforter is a very special church, and many of its members live in group homes due to Mental Illness. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Holy Comforter opens its Friendship Center to offer art, yoga, gardening, a clothing closet, worship, breakfast and lunch, etc. for these wonderful people.” St. Catherine’s Outreach Team’s work with Holy Comforter is a ministry of Presence. We sponsor an annual Barbecue & Bingo Bash at St. Catherine’s and an outdoor event. This year it was a Holy Hike & Picnic.
So, Tuesday was the day and God provided us with good weather and safe travels for all. We assembled in the Visitors Center parking lot and listened to a short welcome & summary of the hike by Stephane, an interpretive ranger with Georgia Parks. With a lot of enthusiasm, we headed down the Sweet Gum/Visitors Center loop trail (approx. 0.6 miles). Some folks opted for Plan B and went directly to our Picnic Shelter to await the return of the hikers. Just short of the trail’s end, we gathered on a large rock outcrop for a group photo. Everyone completed the hike with smiles at the end.
We then climbed into our respective vehicles for the short drive to Picnic Shelter #7. It is located on a peninsula into Lake Allatoona, surrounded by the lake and a cool breeze. Sack lunches were distributed and lots of bottled water for hydration. We sat together on picnic benches, laughed and talked about the hike. After lunch, Stephane, by now “our ranger”, gave a presentation on the features of Red Top and passed around sample artificial pelts of many of the animals that live in the park. She also brought a variety of park turtles and everyone had a chance to gently touch the shell of a turtle. Now it was time to bid farewell to our Holy Comforter friends. Hugs and goodbyes were exchanged and they headed back to Atlanta. The St. Cat’s folks were the last to leave as we checked for trash (there was none) and reflected on the wonderful day. We were truly blessed by today’s Ministry of Presence.
Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full size in the album at Holy Hike June 12, 2018.
By Nelson Gale
Have you ever entered into an endeavor where you simply wanted to give some time to help and you ended up getting much more than you gave? In August 2016 St. Catherine’s was a little behind in planning for the fall campaign for pledge ingathering. But as is often the case our parish, a group of creative, faithful team members came together and produced a wonderful campaign based on living gratefully. As we continued our work together we began transitioning into a year round stewardship culture. We named this new culture and committee S 365 which stands for Stewardship 365 days per year. This is when I truly began to see how talented the parishioners in our church really are and when I also began to understand what giving from a sense of real abundance is all about.
I learned how much God has blessed me and I began to feel a deep abiding gratitude for all these blessings. This new-found knowledge came from the presence of the Holy Spirit on our stewardship team. This is directly related to what I learned from my teammates and from all of you, my brothers and sisters, at St. Catherine’s. The work of leading S 365 into a year round giving culture has been very exciting and quite invigorating for me. I went into this volunteer position wanting to give something to grow God’s Kingdom, however, I feel I have received so much more from this team and from our work the past 3 years than I could possibly have given. I am so grateful and realize God truly provides all I really need. I am excited to see who God chooses to lead S 365 into the next chapter. I would welcome a conversation with you to discuss this ministry role that has led me to a discovery of deeper gratitude and giving.
Photos by Paul Manno, Frankie Bowden
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 July we are highlighting our Communication Ministry Team and our Technology Ministry Team.
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
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: Taylor Bacon, Matt Bermel, Tom Blackstock, Mychael Claytor, Lucas Elgie , Josh England, Jake England, Ryan Johnson, Pat McDougald, and Ashley Schoolfeild.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Walter Blalock, Anne Whittle, Patricia Lashowen, Esteban Bohorquez, Rebecca Fleming, Ansley Kate, Dale Cromer, Marya, Gary & Allyson, Christian Harvey, Christopher Clements, Joyce Hendricks, Ken Buxton, Helen Ann Spessard, Betty, Donna Schwartz, Heidi Winston, Lorraine, Louise Hellman, Melissa, Ruby, Collette Waudby, Pam Zander, Anne Whittle, Margaret White, Dewaine Norris, Patricia Aramburu, Jimmie Stinnett, Megan Shannonhouse, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Vera Bibbings, Becky Pfeil, Ryan Teal, Melinda Stuk, Cori Taylor, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham
BIRTHDAYS: Michael Morris 6/22; Preston Smith , Eva Snape, Anna Grace Ettel; 6/23; Bill Fambrough, Michael Paris, Nancy O’Neill 6/24; John Nabinger 6/26; Kris Cook 6/27; Anne Whittle, Alex Lewis 6/28; Kristi Johnson, Lisa Cook, Dorthea Westin, Ingrid Blackwood 6/30; Spencer Banko 7/1; Anne Clark, Kathleen Iacobelli 7/3; Margaret Wilson 7/4; Richard Bullard, Todd Smith, Jordan LaGarde 7/5; Judy Dechar, Neal Hughart 7/7; Jude Fontenot, Thad Barrington, Julian Gardiner, Ellie Paris 7/8; Alice McGuire, Erica Edwards, Tori Brogdon 7/10; Rachel Bagby, Bill Ivey 7/11; Emmalin Dechert 7/12
ANNIVERSARIES: Tim & Caroline Brennan, Mel & Michael Paris 6/24; Paul & Karen Manno 6/25; Greg & Margaret Caudle 6/26; Bill & Barb Selby, Brian & Claire Paglia 6/27; Hale & Diane Sanders 6/28; Mark & Harriett Singleton 6/29; Steve & Cindy Tuemmler 7/2; Kelly Beard & David Bottoms 7/3; Stan & Dani Dickson 7/4; Pat & Frank Bent, Eleanore & Richard Pearson 7/7; Dennis & Deelee Freeman 7/8; Jason & Suzanne Gardiner 7/10; Martin & Katja Michael 7/11
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 28: Serve Dinner at Elizabeth Inn
We will leave from St. Catherine's at 5:00 to grill burgers and hotdogs for our homeless brothers and sisters at MUST's Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway. This is a great opportunity to serve! Email or text Sally if you plan to attend.
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!
On Sunday, July 29 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! Tickets are first-come first-served, so register at this link.
We had a blast!
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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