The people of St. Catherine's seek
The Newsletter of
The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher
Earlier this month, Father Joe and I joined the Vestry and Canon John Thompson Quartey for a Vestry retreat day. We did all the things one does at such events—ate donuts and drank coffee, told stories about our parish, shared a bit out our own lives and did some dreaming about St. Catherine’s. We will be asking you to join in with some of that dreaming too. When I was called here, much of what I heard in the parish profile, in the search team conversations and with the Vestry was a longing to move into the community in a new way. And so we, as a parish, will begin doing some of that discernment in the next few months.
One experimental way I’m hoping to try to be more present to the community around us is on All Saints Day. I’d like to solicit your help as we begin to plan what this may look like. While it may seem far away, we’re going to create a glorious, fun, rich experience on All Saints Day. It may seem early to be talking about a day that doesn’t happen until November, but the planning and work needs to begin now. So a quick refresher on All Saints and All Souls may be helpful….
All Saints and All Souls Day are two of my favorite days in the entire Church year. On these days, we remember the Saints of the Church, those who have trod the way of our faith and our church. These are the Saints who taught and lived and loved and died, and by their example, we glimpse what embodied faith looks like. And on All Souls Day we remember our own beloved dead—the ones we knew and loved, the ones who shaped us into the Christians that we are.
This year we will once again have an All Souls Day Mass where we will remember, in a quiet and intimate candle lit service, those whom we love but see no longer. Linda Carter has graciously agreed to play her harp and I anticipate another beautiful service.
For All Saints Day, we are planning a very big combined service. We have many baptisms set for this day and it should be glorious. But we have some new components too. After the service, we will go outside and remember and bless all those souls who are buried in our Memorial Garden, followed by Sup with the Saints. Gathered in and around the Memorial Garden with simple picnic food, lawn chairs and wonderful conversations, we will feast with the Saints.
But here’s where I really need your help. I’d like us to go out into our community—both the community around St. Catherine’s and in your own communities—neighborhoods, schools, book groups—wherever you find community. We’re creating simple, colorful paper flags that will invite people both in and outside of St. Catherine’s to remember their beloved dead. A name and an one sentence remembrance. These colorful paper flags will then adorn the Nave, our worship space, for All Saints. Joining with all the Saints—past, present and yet to come, will be the reminder of those whom we love, and those whom our community loves, but we see no longer.
So how can you be part of this? First and foremost, I wanted to let you know the plan. In the next few weeks, we’ll start organizing on how to put this whole plan into action. We’re still putting the plan in place, but I know a few distinct needs right now. We would love a couple of leaders to help us get out into the community around Holt Road. This is the brave and bold work of knocking on doors, not expecting a thing, but offering the hospitality and care of St. Cat’s to our neighbors. If you are interested in being a Team Lead, please send me an email or give me a call at 770-971-2839 x202. Maureen Donoghue is heading up the effort of displaying the paper flags in the church. If you’d like to be part of her team, please reach out to her.
I remain ever grateful to be in your midst.Sarah+
Children’s Chapel – Our Children’s Chapel is offered during the 8:45 am Sunday service. We begin before the Gospel reading and the children return to the Nave during the Peace. Children’s Chapel is designed to speak to children from kindergarten through third grade although children are always welcome to remain with their family. Adults are welcome to be a part of this retelling of the lectionary of the day. Please let the coordinators know if you would like to be a part of this ministry.
Nursery for infants through age 4 – Our nursery is a welcoming and safe environment for children through the age of four. Our experienced childcare workers welcome you in the cheerful room which is located downstairs in the Education wing. It is open from 8:30 am through the 11:15 am service.
Coordinator: Becky Beal.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work. Guided by the CGS Leadership Team: Karen Maxwell, Ana Martin, Alison Harris, Kristi Johnson, Amy Mikkelsen. Contact: Becky Beal.
SIXTH GRADERS FORMATION
St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2018-2019 for grades seven through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood. Facilitator: Sally Benton, Director of Youth Ministries.
Bible Study Groups:
Book Study Groups:
Information meeting Sunday, August 26
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 Parish Hall, and sign up will follow shortly.
View the trip itinerary and details now at stcatherines19.music-contact.com or pick up a printed copy at church. For further questions contact Jana Williams, janastcatherines.org.
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.
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.
Come to our meet and greet on Sunday, September 16 to kick off the year for Young Families. We will have game time and a picnic supper from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited! We will supply the grilled main dish, please be on the lookout for sign up to bring side dishes. Plan to come join the fun!
Our Young Families ministry welcomes families with children under age 12 and is designed to let the children have time to play and the adults time to get to know each other outside of formation classes. Please contact Becky Beal beckybstcatherines.org, Julie Fulcher juliejfulchergmail.com, Caroline Brennan happybrennangmail.com, or Patty Fogelsong pafoglesonggmail.com, with any questions.
October 26-28 at Montara Farm
Registration is now open! All men are invited to the 2018 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 26-28 at Montara Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, www.montarafarm.com. We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. Our co-leaders for this year's retreat will be Father Joe Greene and Father Jim Nixon. Total cost will be $373.75 including gratuity.
More details will be coming soon but space will be limited. Hold your place now by contacting John Fulcher, jfulchergmail.com, and send in your $100 deposit. John is also looking for volunteers to help with planning the retreat, please contact him now if you are interested.
By Tami Mace
The Breakfast Angels of St. Catherine’s is pleased to announce that we are now serving breakfast at 8:30 am in the Parish Hall on the first three Sundays of each month unless there is an announced change in service times that would cause a conflict. We are able to offer a third Sunday because of our new volunteers. Please congratulate Tina Kerr, Jason Gardiner, Dwight Blackwood, Lisa Messinger, Becky Sullivan and Vince Westin for joining our angelic ranks.
We are still looking for a few more interested candidates to bring back breakfast every Sunday. If you have a group of friends who want to serve once or even twice a year, this is a great opportunity to serve our congregation and get to know some of your fellow parishioners. Contact Dorothea Westin for more information, dorothea.atlgmail.com.
Please come out and have breakfast with us! Suggested donations are $3 adults and $2 children. Upcoming schedule:
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. 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. Click here to register now. Scholarships are available if needed. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to learn more about this empowering ministry, and so close to home!
By Kelly Iacobelli and Lisa Spessard
Thanks to all who participated in the Town Hall on Communications and/or who answered our survey! As technology continues to change, we will need to continually adapt. We had 87 people respond to the survey to provide insights on how they would like to receive information from St. Catherine’s. This information will be tremendously helpful.
We confirmed that we are providing information in ways (such as websites, emails, newsletters) that work for people. More good news: 76% of people answering the survey said that St. Catherine’s is not over-communicating or missing opportunities. The communications are also well read—89% read all or most of the Tuesday emails and 98% read some or all of The Wheel content.
Facebook works well for many people. 66% said they see posts from St. Cat’s (or Mother Sarah) at least occasionally. This is an easy way for people to “share” information about our church with their friends.
Some groups, like the acolytes, may want to add Group Texting to their communications to help with last minute changes but no other gaps were identified.
We did learn that we need to differentiate the Grace Upon Grace emails from clergy from other emails to make sure people are drawn to their content with more urgency.
We also confirmed that people are dissatisfied with functionality of The City. We are hopeful that the new software, The Realm, will be far more user-friendly. Some information like the serving schedules, church directory and volunteer information/registration could be housed on this site.
There is money in the budget to redesign the St. Catherine’s website, so that will be the Communications Team’s next priority. Studies of how people find new churches indicate that the website is the second most influential factor, after a personal invitation. We need to make sure the website reflects who we are and provides a potential visitor with information to encourage them to come to see us. People were split about how often they currently visit the site. The team will work to ensure that it meets the needs of members as well as potential members. If you come across websites that you think do a good job of representing the parish and organizing information, let Lisa Spessard know via email (Lnspessardyahoo.com) so the team can review good sites as they map out our new site.
Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 15 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Marlow's Tavern East Cobb (Merchant's Walk) location at 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd #208, Marietta, www.marlowstavern.com/locations/east-cobb. RSVP so we can save you a seat, contact 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! Contact Alan to be on the mailing list for our next events coming soon.
St. Catherine’s will again host the guests of Family Promise of Cobb County August 26 to September 2. Through this program we provide a haven in our church buildings for homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. To assist please contact Barb Selby theselbysbellsouth.net or Linda Scott lindamscott1949gmail.com. If you need training from Family Promise, next date is Aug. 27, 7-9 pm at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta (sign up at trainingfamilypromisecobbcounty.org). We’d love to have you join our Family Promise Team!
Would you like to help serve our neighbors in need right here in our Marietta community? St. Catherine's volunteers serve meals and help with laundry every month of the year for the guests at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn overnight shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. More hands are always welcome, and your time and effort is greatly appreciated by the shelter guests! See information about MUST Ministries and its work in our communities at www.mustministries.org.
By Becky Beal, Director of Children and Family Ministries
What are your family memories, the ones you share during family gatherings? Perhaps they are funny or touching ones that everyone loves to hear, over and over… shared history. What are your core memories, the ones that helped make you who you are today? Perhaps you have memories of a family member, a teacher, or a friend trigger feelings of love stored in the deepest part of your being.
The memories I hold dear include being in church on Sunday mornings with my family. I loved playing with my mother’s bracelet and lovingly leaning against my grandmother, who always smelled so nice. Being close and quiet in the church pew, listening to my father sing, this was my sermon. Even though I had siblings, in my memory it was just me. My parents modeled this precious Sunday ritual with love.
We are so proud of our 2018 rising college freshmen! This year we have awarded 11 college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education:
St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund
St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships each year to our rising college freshmen. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the annual Parish Picnic. We are able to give small scholarships now but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. Any and all support of this fund is greatly appreciated. To donate, please make checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for College Book Scholarship Fund, or you may donate 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.
The Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta happens each year in November. All the churches in the diocese gather to do the business of the wider Church. This year Keith Dumke, Lynn Sapp, Eric DelaBarre, Natalie Whitlow and Pat Pepper will be serving as delegates to the 2018 Annual Council which will be held at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. We are grateful to all put their names forward to be considered for this ministry of service.
Parish Day of Service, August 5
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 are highlighting just a few of the many ministries of our Outreach Ministry Team.
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church and the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church are joining to host Art From The Heart, a joyful celebration of artists and all those who love the wonderful gifts of the soul those artists create. Everyone is invited to this Artist Market on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. All proceeds from the event will benefit the community engagement programs of the sponsoring churches.
Artists are invited to apply now. Please see this application form and send with booth fees to Lois D. Shingler, P.O. Box 941067, Atlanta, Georgia 31141, or email to lshinglerpcgmail.com with payments sent to the post office box. Priority placement deadline: Friday, August 31 / final application deadline: Friday, October 5.
Why has the zombie apocalypse become one of the most dominant narratives in the Western world? Is it possible that these stories about living death can teach us something about living life? Come to the Cathedral of St. Philip for the Cathedral Book Store’s 2018 Jane Baird Lecture on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm. This year’s featured speaker is author and cultural critic Greg Garrett who will discuss how zombie stories are actually retelling some of our most powerful secular and sacred stories. The annual Jane Baird Lecture, in honor of former Cathedral Book Store Manager Jane Baird, is hosted each year to engage the community in topics surrounding faith and community. Free admission, reserve tickets now at 2018 Jane Baird Lecture.
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: Luana Campos, Marion Cook, Hale Sanders, Tom Kaminski, Gary Carragio, David Hackworth, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Jim Snape, Bill Sisk, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, Debbie Mege' The Dilworth Family, 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
BEFORE SURGERY: Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Nolan Parker
BIRTHDAYS: Linda Minzenberger 8/24; James Sampson 8/25; Jennifer Mitchell 8/25; David Sherry 8/25; Wyatt Pitts 8/25; Seamus Fahy 8/26; Karen Manno 8/27; Ellen Adams 8/27; Joel Hickson 8/27; Susie Davis 8/27; Deborah Weigel 8/28; Greg Stewart 8/28; Jeff Pierce 8/28; Melina Smith 8/29; Harry Tear 8/29; Courtney Perry 8/29; David Worden 8/20; Zoey Hutton 8/30.
ANNIVERSARIES: Chuck & Michelle Zimmerman 8/27; David & Stephanie Yucius 8/31; David & MaryLou Shannonhouse 9/2; Charles & Tami Mace 9/5; Fred & Jennifer Massey 9/5; Adam & Julie Stone 9/5; Scott & Sandra Fantz 9/6; John & Barbara Barrington 9/10.
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.
When to contact the church
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
September 2: No Church School
6:30-7:00 pm - Dinner & Fellowship
All youth are invited to the Youth House on Wednesday nights. WNL is a time for the youth to all come together for fun, fellowship, and programming. We will gather for games, sing a few songs, and learn together. We will have a simple dinner available at 6:30 pm for $5 each week, or $80 will cover you for through December!
HERE. We are looking for youth and adults to join us in visioning for the youth ministry at St. Catherine's. If you have any questions, please ask Sally!
We ask that parents provide breakfast for the youth on Sundays throughout the school year. Please sign up here to select a date to provide breakfast for about 50 youth. Note that breakfast should be delivered to the Youth House by 10:00 am on Sunday mornings.
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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