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The VBS team wants to thank our congregation for the many ways in which you support this wonderful ministry. We have 40 adult and youth volunteers to make sure that the week is special for every single one of our children attending. Many of you have donated items or gift cards to offset the cost of this fun week. Please pray for us as we share the word of God's abundant love during our week together and look for pictures in our next Wheel!
Setup, take down help needed
If you are available to help setup on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning (7/15 or 7/16) or help breakdown on Friday at noon (7/20), contact Harriett Pyburn harriettspyburngmail.com or Amy Mikkelsen mikkandmegmail.com.
Our new Director of Children and Family Ministries, Becky Beal, is joining us just in time for our July 17-20 Vacation Bible School. We will welcome her formally on Sunday, July 22. You can meet her at a reception (with sheet cake, of course!) following the 10 am service on this day.
By Lisa Spessard
The mission statement for the Communications Ministry Team is to inform, invite and inspire participation in the life of St. Catherine's by actively communicating our message out to the congregation and the community through a variety of channels including The Wheel newsletter, parish emails, the Sunday bulletin, the website, event publicity and social media and networking.
Your Communications Ministry Team is currently evaluating how we communicate so that we can find the best ways to inform and engage you and the surrounding community. Realizing we serve a diverse population of parishioners who have their own specific preferences, we want to gather as many thoughts as we can before we revise our website and current newsletters. One of our primary goals is to update our website, as we know that often it is someone’s first impression of St. Catherine’s. Research shows that it is one of the top two ways visitors are likely to find a church - the first is word of mouth, and second is the website. Given that, we want to be very deliberate in what information we share and how it is organized and viewed.
Communications survey – your input wanted by July 25!
We recently held a Town Hall Meeting, and we would like to thank the parishioners who helped us get a start on this project. Because many people are traveling this summer, we created an electronic survey in hopes of hearing from more of you over the next two weeks. If you attended the Town Hall, we would like for you to complete the survey as well so that we can access all the results in the same format. This quick five-minute survey can be found at:
The team would be most grateful for your feedback before July 25th. If you need a paper version to complete, we will have some in the foyer near the welcome table on Sunday, July 15, and they can be dropped off in the church office once completed.
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.
If you are interested in serving as a delegate, please apply by email to rachelstcatherines.org. 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. 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. Information about Council is available on the Atlanta Diocese website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Communication/2018-annual-council/ .
The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is currently in session, July 5-13 in Austin, Texas. You can watch live streaming, videos and the latest news from their website at www.episcopalchurch.org/general-convention-2018-media-hub .
Saturday, July 21 Dahlonega day trip
Join us for our next even-month excursion... Join us on a day trip to Dahlonega for a gold mine and wine tour. To get all the details including carpool time, RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card (though no card is needed!) and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for monthly lunches and outings to places of interest throughout the year.
All ages! Start off the new school year by bringing your backpack to be blessed at the 10 am service. If you're no longer a student, feel free to bring a briefcase or work bag!
By Dorothea Westin
The Breakfast Angel ministry will be resuming in August. That's right -- hot breakfasts will be back at St. Catherine's in August. If you are interested in serving on this wonderful ministry, we are having our kick off meeting on Sunday, July 29 after the 7:45 am service in the Parish Hall. Teams will enjoy a continental breakfast and finalize our schedule for the new year.
We can always use extra set of hands because, as they say, many hands make light work. Breakfast Angel teams usually work one Sunday every two months. For more information, please contact Dorothea Westin, dorothea.atlgmail.com or 770-841-2194.
Tuesday, August 7, 7-8:30 pm
All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to have a representative present at this important meeting in the Parish Hall as we discuss the startup of the school year and prepare for our many fall activities. Our purpose is to provide a forum for information exchange between the conveners, staff, clergy, Vestry and all ministry leaders. We’ll also have time allotted for separate ministry team breakout meetings. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out. Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions! Weekly rehearsals will begin on August 29 and our first Sunday to sing will be September 9.
By Jan Potter
Perhaps in the last year, you might have heard a sound that sounded mostly like an old time chant (maybe you envisioned someone in a cheerleader uniform). That would be your faithful EFM leader, Jan Potter. EFM is a wonderful program brought to you by Sewanee, the University of the South, that dives deeply into the literature and traditions that produced the Episcopal Church.
It is a four year program designed to give you a full grounding in all it means to be a person of faith in today’s world. You sign up for one year at a time and there is a cost involved (the church has scholarships to help those who need it). The first year is devoted to a study of the Old Testament; the second year covers the New Testament; the third year covers Church History; the fourth year covers the ideas and philosophies of those involved in the church. It is an excellent roadmap to how we got to where we are today. Why do we believe what we do? Are you ever uncomfortable with some of the “tenets of the faith” and you want an open space to study and develop your own theology? This is the non-judgmental perfect place to do that. It is not a ‘teacher-led’ class – it is an open forum where all opinions and beliefs are welcome.
We meet once a week from September to May (usually on Thursday evenings). We spend about an hour going over and discussing the week’s readings. What did you agree with? What did you disagree with? Where did you feel the Holy Spirit or feel its loss? The second hour is devoted to what is fondly called “theological reflection” – a fancy way of saying, “let’s put our faith to work in the real world and figure out why we think and do what we do.” Some people have said that it’s a college level class only for smart people, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a place for anyone at any point in their faith journey to understand more about what you think or know about our faith. No one tells you what to think. We all contribute to each other.
Won’t you join us? And you don’t even have to find that old cheerleader uniform! More information about EFM is online at www.sewanee.edu/efm . If you are interested, please contact the church office or Chris or Jan Potter (cdexterpottergmail.com or jcpottergmail.com). We would love to have you!
Information meeting Sunday, August 26
By Jana Williams
Where will you be on Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of Advent 2019? Consider joining St. Catherine’s Chancel Choir from Saturday, November 23 to Monday, December 2, 2019 as they sing in the Vienna International AdventSing. Our musical adventure will begin in the stunning city of Prague, continue to the charming small village of Cesky Krumlov, on to Salzburg, hometown of Mozart as well as The Sound of Music, and finish with the festival in Vienna. Among the venues in which the choir will sing will be in the Salzburg Cathedral, the stunning Baroque chapel in Melk Abbey and the magnificent City Hall in Vienna. The Christmas markets and incredible decorations will make for a most memorable time. And, of course, the most fun is traveling with such a wonderful group of people!
Singers and non-singers are welcome to join this trip, you need not be a member of the Chancel Choir. An information meeting will be held on Sunday, August 26 at 12:30 pm in the Choir Room, and sign up will follow shortly.
View the trip itinerary and details now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/ChancelChoir-AdventSing2019.pdf . For further questions contact Jana Williams, janastcatherines.org. Please mark your calendar and start planning now!
All men of the parish, please save the date for the 2018 Men's Retreat this fall. The retreat will be Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28 at beautiful Montara Farm in the north Georgia mountains. More information coming soon!
St. Catherine's Stephen Ministry group will present the program "Suicide Awareness: Providing Resources on our National Epidemic" on Sunday afternoon, September 9, 2:00-5:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Please mark your calendar for this special event which will be open to all Stephen Ministers, parishioners and the public. Watch for more information coming in August.
Attention all ministries and committees: When you have a need for meeting or event space at church please send your request now to Rachel Hutton in the office, rachelstcatherines.org (formerly these requests were made to Rose Wolfe). Thank you!
Remember that printed copies of The Wheel newsletter are available each week in the foyer. You’ll find them on the welcome table and in the literature rack on the wall behind this table. Please feel free to pick up a copy any time and take it home to read at your convenience.
Our Parish Administrator, Rose Wolfe, is a commissioned notary public. Her notary services are available to members of the congregation during weekday office hours. Please feel free to come to the church office if you have a document needing notarization (call ahead to be sure Rose will be in). Remember, please, NO requests on Sundays.
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!
Thank you to everyone for your support of our 2018 Habitat House build as part of Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC), a consortium of local area churches, mosques, synagogues and companies. All are invited to the Dedication Day ceremony on Sunday, July 22 at 3 pm at the build site in Austell. It will be a wonderful celebration, and St. Cat’s volunteers are helping provide reception food (including sheet cake, of course!). For information please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 770-951-1411.
By Linda Scott
Bill Sapp, Bill Selby, Andy Mitchell and Richard Pearson made up one of the foursomes at the recent Family Promise Annual Golf Tournament. A big thanks to them, our other golfers and the donations made by St. Cat’s Family Promise Volunteers, totaling well over $500, in addition to a number of individual and company sponsorships. The tournament, held on June 18 at the beautiful Indian Hills Country Club, was the most successful one yet with the total net raised topping $30,000. These funds will help this important ministry of 15 different churches and synagogues in Cobb County who help homeless families transition to permanent housing.
St. Catherine’s parishioners are involved in Family Promise of Cobb County in so many ways, through financial support, participation during our hosting weeks, board membership, housing committees, fundraising, donation of materials and more. If you would be interested in finding out more about St. Catherine’s part in Family Promise, pick up a Family Promise brochure on the Outreach table across from the Parlor, or contact Barb Selby or Linda Scott. Our next hosting of families will be August 26-September 2. Barb and Linda are so very thankful for St. Catherine’s volunteers since the only way to make a difference in the lives of these parents and children is through your gifts of time, talent and treasure. Family Promise is truly a Stewardship 365 effort!
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
In a previous Wheel article I shared my experience in Sewanee at the Invite-Welcome-Connect Summit in June. Looking through my workshop notes I found this great poem I wanted to share with you:
I am available if you would like to talk.
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 Frankie Bowden, Neil Campbell,
Making 2,000 MUST Summer Lunches - June 20 & 27
Parish Workday June 23
Thank you to everyone for a great clean-up, spruce-up day -- particularly the incredibly delicate dusting of our baptismal font sculpture! Next workday is coming up on August 5, watch for details.
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.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers present a program of music by popular American composer Dan Forrest featuring “Requiem for the Living” on Sunday, August 5, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075. Several members of St. Catherine's sing in this well-known Georgia community chorus. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door, visit www.mosingers.com/tickets or call 770.594.7974.
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: Lou Smith, Jane Moss, Larry Long, Wyatt Pope, Rod Deutscher, Nathan Sluss, Gary Coraggio, Anne Whittle, Patricia Lashowen, Rebecca Fleming, Esteban Bohorquez, Christian Harvey, Christopher Clements, Joyce Hendricks, Ken Buxton, Betty, Donna Schwartz, Heidi Winston, Louise Hellman, Melissa, Ruby, Collette, Waudby, Pam Zander, Patricia Aramburu, Jimmie Stinnett, Megan Shannonhouse, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Becky Pfeil, Ryan Teal, Melinda Stuk, Cori Taylor, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, and Marti Graham.
BIRTHDAYS: Emma Rice 7/13; Liz Burlas 7/14; Diane Sanders 7/14; Jacob Morris 7/16; Ron Cook 7/17; Carol Eskew 7/17; Drew White 7/17; Bob Pepper 7/18; Sylvie Clare 7/18; Anslee Slocum 7/18; Lisa Spessard 7/20; Riley Barrington 7/20; Anne McDougald 7/20; Eric Bushart 7/21; Kevin Sherry 7/21; Sue Snape 7/21; Tinka Ivey 7/22; Connie Bergeron 7/22; Tracey Pitts 7/22; Miller Anderson 7/22; Eli Nelson 7/22; Nelson Gale 7/23; Terry DeGan 7/23; Talbot Lee Tindall-Balch 7/23; Greyson LaGarde 7/24; Margaret McDougald 7/24; Luke Flemming 7/24; Jan Potter 7/26; Susanne Muckerman 7/26
ANNIVERSARIES: Tom & Marilyn Hunter 7/18; Daniel & Amy Mikkelsen 7/19; Ron & Arlyn Cook 7/20; Jason & Taryn Nienaber 7/22
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
July 17-20: Vacation Bible School
6:00-8:00 pm in the Youth House. Join us for a fun evening of taco building, 4-square, cornhole, water balloons and sundae making! See you there!
Rite 13 Beach Trip in June -- see lots more photos full size in the album at Rite 13 Beach Trip 2018 .
Making and serving dinner at MUST's Elizabeth Inn shelter on June 28 was a blast!
Scotland Pilgrimage -- Lots more photos coming soon of the July 1-10 trip! (Photos by Paul Manno, and courtesy Wonder Village)
1. Congregation gathering to lay on hands to send off our pilgrims
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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Editor: Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org, 770-973-8668.
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