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The Rev. Joe Greene
Sometimes you just need to get back to basics. For me, being the new guy on staff, I get asked a lot about the basics of my life: where I’m from, where did I go to school, what my family is like. The great thing about questions like these is that even though I may find my own answers boring, those of you that are asking them are genuinely intrigued. The question that comes at me a good bit is “why did you become a priest?” And the question, while aimed specifically at me and my vocation, is an inquiry that serves as subtext. The real question, I believe, is “why Christ?”
Let’s face it, I wouldn’t be a priest nor would you even be reading these words in your Christian church’s newsletter if it wasn’t for Christ. In a world full of uncertainty, fear, violence, and sadness, the question “why Christ?” is a very real and valid one. It requires us to make bold statements about who we are and whose we are. That’s where the answer begins to take shape.
Why Christ? Because I am broken and long for healing and acceptance. This is what the death and resurrection ultimately tell me. Why Christ? Because on my own, I will not find the thing which quenches my thirst to be loved, affirmed, or to feel a part of something bigger than myself. Why Christ? Because in my own self-doubt and selfishness, there is a voice that calls me to see the world in a way much larger than I normally would. Look around you next time you are in church. What do you have in common with each other? Possibly a ZIP code, or that your kids went to the same school. Maybe you cheer for the same team, especially the right one (Go Dawgs!). But the surface things vary and are often far from common. What we all have is that basic desire: to feel loved, to know belonging, to want more than the limited possibilities of our individual work.
And that is “why Christ?”. Because even in the uncertainty of life and the drudgery of day-to-day existence, we are given a perspective of joy, hope, love, and forgiveness. We find meaning and fulfillment. We struggle and yet struggle together. That’s why we are here. That’s why I’m here. And that’s why I’m looking forward to working together, bringing the kingdom of God closer to one another. That’s why I’m filled with gratitude to be God’s priest, in our church, here at St. Catherine’s.
In faith, I am humbly yours,
Our new schedule for the school year begins:
Christian Formation at 10 am
Our Christian Formation offering on our first Sunday, August 12, will be an intergenerational presentation on pillgrimage for everyone in the Parish Hall. Formation classes first day will be on August 19 for children, youth and adults.
Special events this Sunday, August 12
We will recognize all our rising college freshmen at services on August 12 to wish them God-speed, and present to them the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards. Congratulations to all!
St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund
In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults. Each summer we present these awards to our rising college freshmen. 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 over 100 scholarships totalling more than $20,000.
We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund" or pay 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.
Wednesday Night Adult Formation offering begins August 15
Beginning Wednesday, August 15th, Father Joe, Mother Sarah and Elizabeth Lopez will be leading a class called Transforming Questions. This class 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.
The class will have 10 core sessions, plus a few additional classes that we’ll add as we get feedback from the participants. This is not a drop in class—each session anticipates community and builds upon the last. While we know some will have to miss an occasional class, we hope those who sign up and participate will be at most, if not all sessions.
The class will meet in the Parish Hall on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. We have made an earlier start in the hopes that some choir members may wish to join in, recognizing they’ll have to leave a few minutes early. This class includes a light, simple supper.
We hope you will come! If you’re planning to attend, please fill out this short form so that we will know you’re coming. We look forward to learning and being with you.
** The Presiding Bishop is not expected at these sessions… but you never know.
By Becky Beal, Director of Children and Family Ministry
The beginning of each school year is filled with excitement and a certain amount of anxiety. 'Will my best friend be in my class?'. After the first two weeks a routine is established and other concerns arise. As parents, there are ways you can work with your child and help grow their faith and lessen anxieties.
Building time into your day to include sharing highs and lows that were encountered is a good practice. ‘I wrote a poem. I flubbed my math test.’ The whole family can participate. Follow this with a round of the experienced blessings, ‘I saw a monarch butterfly in our garden!!!'
Praying is a good way to close your time together. Prayers come from the heart. You may want to start a prayer journal with your children as you listen to their day and help them notice answer to prayer.
Addressing concerns as we continue to be amazed with God’s plan for our children is important. The Young Families Ministry is a good way to be involved. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at BeckyBstcatherines.org or 770-971-2839.
As the school year begins, so returns our Christian Formation time at St. Catherine’s. The first day of Christian Formation (Aug., 12, 10:00-11:00) will be our parish family reflecting on pilgrimages, especially the one our youth took to Scotland. There will be a table in the back of the Parish Hall with an activity to prepare an imaginary backpack for a pilgrimage. This is designed for children who want to participate more actively. I will be there to help them create and imagine.
The Breakfast Angels volunteers are excited to serve you in the new school year. Breakfast will be available for everyone on the first three Sundays each month at 8:30 am in the Parish Hall. Suggested donations are $3 adults and $2 children.
If you are also interested in helping with this ministry, new hands are always welcome – please contact Dorothea Westin for more information, dorothea.atlgmail.com.
By Stephanie Yucius, Senior Warden
The Vestry met on July 24 and August 4. Our July meeting focused on a mutual ministry review and what qualities are found in successful vestries. John Thompson Quartey led us in the mutual review of ministry to evaluate how well the Rector, Wardens and Vestry are fulfilling their responsibilities to each other and to the ministries we share. We spent time in a team exercise building structures with spaghetti, tape, marshmallows, and a paper bag. While we laughed a lot we also learned the importance of listening to each other, patience in our work and focus on the goal.
We extended this time with John at our retreat day on Saturday, August 4th. He led us through the Vital Teams presentation. We learned about the many resources of the Episcopal Foundation. We also discussed the scripture of Exodus and Moses' role of empowering others in the duties that he had as judge. This discussion really helped us to see through the lens of the Bible the success that was found in sharing the work. We talked about the three ingredients for vital teams - strong relationships, clear process and focus on results. From there we went into work on SMART goals. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, assigned to, realistic and time specific.
As vestry and rectors we had wonderful ideas, prayer, hopes, dreams and goal setting for our future. We are most grateful for the time that John spent with us and that this presentation is provided for us by our diocese. As we come together again in September we will more formalize the verbage of our goal and can't wait to share it with St. Catherine's. We concluded our retreat with dinner celebrating a joyous time together in ministry!
By Alan Certain
Cats on Wheels is St. Catherine’s Seniors’ Ministry. We are a group of age 50+ parishioners who get together about once a month (usually the third Saturday) to drive to a nearby restaurant or take a day trip and enjoy each other’s company. There is no church budget item for this, so we each pay our own way. There are about 100 names in our email list, and we usually have 10-20 participants. All are welcome. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to keep up with our activities just send your name, street address, telephone number and email address to St.Cats.on.Wheelsgmail.com.
What we’ve done recently… lunches out at Maggiano’s, Diner Baking Company, Red Lobster, Sushi Village, Yeero Village, Keegan's Irish Pub, Camps Kitchen & Bar, Pure Taqueria; trips to Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers), Museum of Design Atlanta, Georgia Ensemble Theater productions "Morningside" and "Tenderly - The Rosemary Clooney Musical", Hills & Dales Estate (LaGrange); and Seniors' Eucharist & Christmas luncheon.
What we plan to do soon… you are invited!
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.
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 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 or pick up a printed copy at church. For further questions contact Jana Williams, janastcatherines.org. We hope you'll join us!
Sunday, September 9
All are invited on Sunday, September 9 from 2 to 5 pm in the Parish Hall for a free, community-wide event featuring an expert panel of speakers including:
Sponsored by Stephen Ministry at St. Catherine’s. Kindly RSVP by September 5 to the church office.
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.
Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the "Sermons" page at www.stcatherines.org/sermons .
Check this page to listen to the latest entries including Father Joe on his first Sunday at St. Cat’s. Many thanks to Bill Ivey for his continuing work to make these recordings available for all of us!
St. Catherine’s will be hosting the guests of Family Promise of Cobb County next from August 26 to September 2. Sign ups for set up and take down, dinners, Evening and Overnight Hosts are underway but we could use a few more. If you’re available, let Barb Selby or Linda Scott know. If you need training from Family Promise, the next one will be Monday, Aug.27, 7-9 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta. To sign up, email trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org and tell them you want to attend the August training.
Through this program we provide a safe and comfortable haven in our church buildings for Cobb homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Barb at theselbysbellsouth.net or Linda at Lindamscott1949gmail.com. We’d love to have you join our Family Promise Team!
Dear St. Catherine’s Family,
I am Maddie Zimmerman. I serve as an acolyte and a youth reader. I am a Girl Scout with Troop 7010 and I am now currently working on my Girl Scout Silver Award. I am collecting school supplies and backpacks as part of my project to help elementary children in South Cobb start the school year with the tools they need for academic success. I will provide filled backpacks and extra supplies to Title schools to be distributed to students identified as being in the most need. Any additional supplies will be distributed upon need.
Supplies suggested – backpacks, notebooks, composition books, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, index cards, pencil box, and tissues. I am aiming to assist an elementary school in South Cobb as well as our own East Cobb Middle. As making this a sustaining project, I will be collecting school supplies year round, with a collection box out front. If you are able to assist, please drop any supplies that you can contribute to this box, especially as you purchase your own school supplies. If you have any questions, please contact my mom, Michelle Zimmerman at zaczim3aol.com or 404-502-3940.
Thank you very much in advance!
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Do you think you might “waste” 3 hours per week? I know I do—I admit I spend moments standing in front of the TV amazed at what I am hearing, or researching on the internet for our next vacation spot. If you are similar to me I have a great opportunity for you.
St. Catherine’s needs you! If you can serve just 3 hours, from 2:00 to 5:00 one day, Tuesday through Friday and you can answer the phone, can welcome visitors and have a smiling face, you qualify. We need someone in the office to answer phones after Rachel leaves at 1:30. Your time will be greatly appreciated and your presence will mean Rose Wolfe won’t have to keep interrupting her important work to answer a call. In addition you can bring your favorite novel or your computer (if you are doing research for your next holiday spot!) because there is some lovely free time in air conditioned comfort, and occasionally a friend drops by.
If you are interested please go to this form and fill in the day (or two) that works best for you.
If you are looking for something more challenging I have a list of other rewarding ways you can serve.
Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or volunteerstcatherines.org to get connected!
Sunday, July 29 - Father Joe's first Sunday with St. Catherine's
Starting off the school year with Blessing of the Backpacks, too. We enjoyed breakfast -- and a sheet cake reception for Fr. Joe of course! See lots more photos full size in the album at WelcomeJoeGreene072918 (pictures by Jan Potter).
Day of Service, August 5
We cleaned up, spruced up, and moved a mountain of mulch! Thank you to everyone who turned out and lent a hand! Pictures by Michael Wherry
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 months of August and September we will be highlighting our Outreach Ministry Team.
Dear Parishioners & Mother Sarah,
Thank all of you for your prayers, calls, visits, trips away from Respite Care at Heritage of Brookstone. I was a resident there for 2 months while a foot fracture healed. I pretty much won the "Resident who gets the most mail" contest. Your cards helped me run away with the win.
I sincerely appreciate all the love shown to me from my St. Catherine's family.
In Christ’s Love,
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.
Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Camp Mikell offers the only folk school in Georgia! Fall classes will be Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21 in Woodturning, Weaving, Soap Making, Photography, Painting, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. For information and to register please go to www.campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/ .
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: Bea McDowell , Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, Lou & Caroline Smith, Holly Krupp, Barbara Perry, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, James Fleming, Judy Cooper, Deborah Weigel, Ann Snead, Mike Daniel, Chris & Susie, Lauren & Oliver, Noah Cook, Megan Lowery, Susan Shank, Binks Franklin, Tom Bonner, Bryan, Michael & Kacey Barton, Sue Schnorf, Jeanette Dini, , Jane Moss, Larry Long, Wyatt Pope, Rod Deutscher, Christian Harvey, Christopher Clements, Joyce Hendricks, Ken Buxton, Betty, Donna Schwartz, Heidi Winston, Melissa, Ruby, Collette, Waudby, Pam Zander, Patricia Aramburu, Jimmie Stinnett, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Becky Pfeil, Melinda Stuk, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham, Velasta Buford, Juanita Butte, Diane Lee, Laurie Kelly, Nancy Eade, Arthur Loewy and Liz Burlas
BIRTHDAYS: Robbie Roy 8/10; Bill Hutton 8/10; Alison Adams 8/10; Julie Brannock 8/11; John Barrington 8/12; Ginny Pierce 8/12; Donna Hutton 8/13; Gage Gillelan 8/13; Art Bayless 8/14; Rick Buckalew 8/14; Patrick McDougald 8/14; Owen Snape 8/15; Kellen Pierce 8/16; Dale Voyles 8/17; Chase Hutton 8/17; Cary Phillips 8/18; Caroline Greene 8/18; Jim Kareken 8/21; Libby Hickson 8/22; Grady Hitchins 8/23
ANNIVERSARIES: Joseph & Christina Harlan 8/10; Alan & Susan Jablonski 8/13; Eric & Deana De La Barre 8/18; David & Jane Sanders 8/23
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
August 12: Pilgrimage Return Presentation (all youth together!); Parent Meetings; Youth Leader Training
August 12, 10:00 am -- The YA class will share their experience during Christian Formation. Please join us in the Parish Hall then!
August 12, 12:30 pm -- All youth and their parents are encouraged to attend this meeting in the Youth House to get us off on the right foot for a new school year!
Fun at the Braves game in July -- 105 youth and adults representing our Marietta Convocation
Some of our youth have joined with other youth from Province IV for fellowship, service, and lots of fun!! This group served by pulling weeds at Trees Atlanta!
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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