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It’s no secret that we mark time a bit differently in the church. Instead of measuring months and days, we go by the liturgical calendar, moving from Ordinary Time, the season of growth, into seasons distinct for different reasons. We begin with Advent, the start of the new year, a time of waiting and anticipating, moving to Christmas, the season of Incarnation, of Word made Flesh, on to Epiphany where new things are revealed and made known, then traveling to Lent and Holy Week where we walk in the wilderness, to the shadow of death, somehow, miraculously, emerging in Easter, the season of new life and hope, of resurrection, then making our way to Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and season where we recognize the many ways the Spirit moves in and with us. Then back to Ordinary Time. And then we do it all over again.
There are many reasons why we do this. It helps us frame the story of Jesus and the Incarnation. It gives us context for the stories of our faith. But I think we mostly do this because it helps us learn what it means to live in different seasons of life. I think of a friend from college whose 16 year old son has cancer. I imagine her to be in something like Lent—not knowing what’s next, and perhaps trusting that Easter will come, but unable to imagine that right now. Or of the couple about to get married next month—perhaps they are living in the hopeful expectation of Advent—full of joy and hope for what is to come. A new grandparent may be dwelling in the Epiphany—aware of something new being brought into sight—a new revelation of what it means to be a parent, made clear by the birth of a grandchild. At their truest, our lives are marked not by what month or day it is, but where we find our hearts and lives dwelling in God’s time.
I imagine St. Catherine’s has been dwelling in Advent—that eager expectation of what is to come. For years you waited for a new Rector, and since my arrival, there has been an Advent waiting for an Associate Rector. We’ve had several hellos and several goodbyes. And now, with the arrival of Fr. Joe and Becky Beal, it feels, at least to me, like we’re moving out of Advent—out o the season of waiting and into the season of discovering what it means to be St. Catherine’s in this moment.
I am grateful for this moment and this movement. We do not yet know what our common life will look like as we welcome Joe and Becky into this space, and yet, I know from personal experience that they will be welcomed into a place that leads with grace and hope, welcomed into a community that is full of faith and joy, welcomed home.
A new season dawns… and it promises to be good.
With joy and delight,
Image from: World Life Church
Dear St. Catherine's:
It is with great joy that I write to introduce you to our new Associate Rector, The Rev. Joe Greene. I've known Joe since we were in seminary together. He's a great guy and will be a wonderful addition to the St. Cat's team. He's thoughtful with a dry wit, kind and approachable. He is a gifted preacher and writer, and has a love for pastoral care. I can't wait for us to welcome him and his family to St. Cat's.
Father Joe began in the office with us on July 23. His first Sunday will be July 29th. You can meet Joe at breakfast served by Breakfast Angels at 8:30-9:00 am on the 29th, or following the 10 am service.
Below is a little bit more info about Joe and his wife, Ashley, and their three boys, J.D., Reynolds and Asher. I know St. Catherine's will provide an abundant welcome to them in this wonderful place. Finally, please join me in thanking Stephanie Yucius, Keith Dumke, Eric DeLaBarre and Phil Spessard for partnering with me in this search process. They were a fantastic team, providing wise council and discerning hearts.
The Rev. Joe Greene is a native of Georgia and has been ordained to the priesthood for 12 years. Joe grew up in the small town of Gray, just outside of Macon, being baptized at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Macon. Joe has a B.A. in history from the University of Georgia and a M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary. Joe previously served as curate of St. Columba's in Suwanee, as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, Georgia, and returns to the Diocese of Atlanta after serving as rector of St. John's in Larchmont, NY. He and his wife Ashley have three sons: J.D. (8), Reynolds (5), and Asher (2). Joe enjoys reading, fishing, playing with the boys and watching the Braves and Bulldogs.
With love and joy,
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!
Breakfast Angels meeting
Breakfast Angels will serve breakfast for everyone on July 29 after the 7:45 am service in the Parish Hall. Breakfast Angels will be resuming their regular schedule, if you are interested in serving in this wonderful ministry come to our kick off meeting at the breakfast on July 29 in the Parish Hall. Breakfast Angel teams usually work one Sunday every two months. We can always use extra set of hands because, as they say, many hands make light work. For information, please contact Dorothea Westin, Dorothea.atlgmail.com or 770-841-2194.
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.
Feedback from July 22
On Sunday, July 22, Mother Sarah polled the congregation about two things. The first was about the Summer Service Schedule. She asked, on a scale of 1-6 (1 = I hate it and 6 = I love it) how folks felt about the 7:45 AM, no music, and 10:00 AM, with music, schedule for the summer. Here’s how the tally came in:
This is helpful for us as we consider next year’s summer schedule. While it didn’t work well for some, for the vast majority of folks, it seems like this is a pretty good schedule. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights with us!
The second question was about a class that Mother Sarah and Elizabeth Lopez are planning to offer. The class, called Transforming Questions, is a chance to go deeper in faith and in community. We imagine this class to be great for folks new to the Episcopal Church or the Church in general, those considering baptism or confirmation. But it’s also open and good for folks who just want to explore their faith in a new and perhaps deeper way. Your feedback tells us that a Wednesday night class is a strong option for many. Alas, an almost equal number expressed a desire to be part of the class, but said a Wednesday evening wouldn’t work. If you would like to participate, but can’t do Wednesday evening, please email Mother Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if there’s another option that might work.
Here’s a bit more about Transforming Questions, taken from the introduction:
Save these dates on your calendar as we look forward to the start of the school year:
Everyone is invited! We will have one worship service this day starting at 8 am. Then immediately following will be our parish day of service until noon, to help spruce up our church home inside and outside. A potluck lunch will follow in the Parish Hall, please bring a dish to share. For questions contact Tami Mace, 404-457-9437, tamimacegmail.com.
The worship times for the school year will be Holy Eucharist at 7:45 am, 8:45 am, 11:15 am and Christian Formation/Church School at 10 am. On our first Sunday, August 12, we will have an intergenerational program on pillgrimage for everyone in the Parish Hall. Formation classes first day will be on August 19 for children, youth and adults.
We will recognize all our rising college freshmen at the 8:45 service this day to wish them God-speed, and present to them the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards.
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. Father Joe and Becky Beal will be introduced in their ministries.
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.
YOU can make a critical difference this summer! Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference to others. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
Our next blood drive will be on August 21, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Youth House. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are never required, all donors are always welcome on the day of the event.) And don't forget to save time by using Red Cross' RapidPass on the day of the drive to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online before you come -- see www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
September 15 at St. David’s
Join Mother Sarah and other members from St. Catherine’s who will attend an Invite Welcome Connect seminar. Invite Welcome Connect is a ministry program in many Episcopal dioceses of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to learn more about this empowering ministry, and so close to home! It will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell. The cost is $10 per person, and includes lunch. Scholarships are available if needed.
If you have questions or need registration information contact Pat Pepper at volunteerstcatherines.org.
Rehearsals begin Wed., August 29
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.
Education for Ministry is a four year program (you sign up independently each year) of religious education. But far more than that, it is a forum where spirituality, practice, and study can go hand in hand to help you understand and prepare for ministry in the greater church and the world. The first year of the program covers the Old Testament, the second year covers the New Testament, the third year covers religious history, and the fourth year covers a variety of philosophical approaches to religion in the world. We meet once a week September through May and spend time talking about the readings. After that we try to connect the dots between the Word and the real world in a series of theological reflections. There is a yearly charge, scholarships are available. Information about the program can be seen online at www.sewanee.edu/efm .
Won’t you join us? 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!
Mark your calendar - our next hosting week for the guests of Family Promise of Cobb County will be from Sunday, August 26 through Sunday, September 2. Through this program we provide a safe and comfortable haven in our church buildings for the homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. Watch for announcements of volunteer signup coming soon.
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Can you count the hours given in service in one July week by St. Catherine’s members and friends?
This is one week in the life of St. Catherine’s and I know I did not list every activity or group meeting that occurred. It is mind boggling, isn’t it! All of these people were in ministry. They were giving of their time and their talent. If you ask them why, I don’t hesitate to say they were doing it all because of the joy they received. If you want to know more about any of these ministries or others please call me.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Vacation Bible School
Abundance Orchard July 17-20! Photos by Jan Potter, see them full size with LOTS more in the albums at VBS 071618.
Welcoming Becky Beal (photos by Bettye Harris)
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 Technology Ministry Team; in the month of August we will be highlighting our Education & Nurture Ministry Team.
Ceremony Saturday, August 25 at Cobb Civic Center
By Randy Satterfield
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War the Department of Defense is seeking to thank all Vietnam Era veterans. This is being implemented in Georgia by the Georgia Department of Veteran's Service (GDVS). It consists of a ceremony honoring and thanking Vietnam Era veterans and presenting each with a certificate of thanks and a lapel pin. GDVS is having their first, and likely only, ceremony in Cobb on Saturday, August 25 at 1400 at the Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta. To participate, veterans will need to fill out a very short form and send it in with their DD214. This is for all Vietnam Era veterans, you need not have served in-country. Vietnam Era is defined as service dates from 6/1/54 to 5/15/75.
In addition to the standard certificate of thanks presented to the veteran there are other certificates available:
For more information on these and more background go to this article online. Should you not wish or not be able to attend the event at the Civic Center you can receive your pin and certificate via mail. Contact Randy Satterfield for more information, randsat71gmail.com, who can also forward the forms to you.
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: James & Pat Henegar, Megan Lowery, Susan Shank, Binks Franklin, Desiree Mystic, Tom Bonner, Ann Snead, Marilyn Hunter, Brad & Debbie Mege’, Bryan, Michael & Kacey Barton, Dewaine Norris, Sue Schnorf, Jeanette Dini, Lou Smith, Jane Moss, Larry Long, Wyatt Pope, Rod Deutscher, Nathan Sluss, Gary Coraggio, 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, Marti Graham, Velasta Buford, Juanita Butte, Diane Lee, Laurie Kelly, Nancy Eade, Arthur Loewy and Liz Burlas.
DECEASED: Isabel Trono; Sean Gilboy; Chris Rankine
BIRTHDAYS: Corry Sandlin 7/28; Joanne Foster 7/28; Pierce Hale 7/28; Arlen White 7/30; Shirley Day 7/31; Maureen Donoghue 7/31; Gary Lummus 7/31; Wes Wilson 7/31; James Davis 7/31; Rujeania Crenshaw 8/1; Mary Alice Barrington 8/1; Dave Daniels 8/2; Laurie Dirksen 8/2; Rebekah Fontenot 8/2; Matthew Dirksen 8/2; Elisabeth Walton 8/3; Rose Friend 8/5; Lu Dumke 8/5; Colin Stewart 8/6; Charlotte Glass 8/6; Bruce Perry 8/7; Ann Davis 8/7; Del Halstead-Nussloch 8/8; Katie Morris 8/9; Beth Sandoval 8/9.
ANNIVERSARIES: Chase & Lindsey Paris 8/8; Rod & Nadine Pope 8/8PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
7/29: Hale & Diane Sanders, Chris & Brooke Sandlin, Corry & Nancy Sandlin, Juan & Beth Sandoval, Bill & Lynn Sapp.
8/5: Randy Satterfield, Barbara Saunders, Ellen Sauve, Lisa Scheidt, Sue Schnorf.
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
Blessing of the Backpacks;
Saturday, August 4, 8 am-5 pm - At the end of the summer, we come together for a day of community, good food, and worship in Helen. We start the day by meeting at Helen Tubing Co., tube the river together, take the bus back to the flea market, and then we head over to Church of the Resurrection for lunch and Eucharist.
Vacation Bible School
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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