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The Newsletter of
The Rev. Joe Greene
I had the pleasure of guest preaching at St. Columba’s this past Sunday. This is the parish that I was called to serve as curate right out of seminary. I was pretty green. St. Columba’s is very similar to St. Catherine’s: warm, inviting, folks take care of each other. They were celebrating their 15th anniversary. When I first started there, we worshipped in the cafeteria of a local middle school. In fact, I celebrated the Eucharist for the first time in a lunch room. My dad said that I should have worn a hair net since I was serving food!
The beauty of being back there was to re-enter a community that holds a lot of nostalgia. And the temptation is to look back at the time that I spent there and the folks that I served, the mistakes that I made, the joy of learning the art of parish ministry. I said as much in my sermon — it’s easy to reminisce.
Yet something wonderful happened. I realized that I didn’t know half of the people who came to the altar rail. St. Columba’s has changed in the near decade since I left. They’ve grown, people have come and gone, different ministries have taken shape. The atmosphere was similar, but the tone was somehow strange. I felt like a guest in a place where I once was the host.
And things are different, perhaps, at St. Catherine’s. I’m now more of a host even though I’m new enough to feel like a guest. You’ve certainly done a good job of making me feel welcome and I’m settling in to my new home here. Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again. And this is partially true because home is a transient place. In fact, our only home is God. St. Augustine in his Confessions remarked “You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.” (Confessions, Book I, Chapter I). That is, our journey can be surmised as “constantly coming home to God”.
And so we find ourselves varying between host and guest, being at home or being on pilgrimage. The Rev. Dr. John Koenig (Mo. Sarah and my New Testament professor at General Seminary) wrote:
We are called to create hospitality and to be a warm and welcoming community. Yet we are also called to be guests, to know that we are pilgrims on a journey together to reach the heart of God. We can look back at the past, resting and riding on our ancient faith, yet the future is before us. And no matter where or who we are, the loving Christ knows us to our very core, redeems us from our failings, and gives us the blessing of eternal life. One day, perhaps soon, maybe in the distance ahead, our hearts will find our rest in the living God.
Due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Deal, we are postponing the Young Families Picnic and Play scheduled for September 16 until a later time. We're using an excess of caution because we believe that the safety of our children and families is essential. Fifty-mile-an-hour winds and bouncy houses don't mix! We look forward to enjoying the fellowship of this event in the near future. Our Sunday morning worship and formation schedule this date will continue as usual.
We will formally welcome new members of St. Catherine’s at the 8:45 and 11:15 am liturgies. And no St. Cat's welcome would be complete without sheet cake! Please come and help us welcome all the wonderful new faces that have become part of our community!
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. IMPORTANT NOTE: the East Cobber Parade closes Johnson Ferry both directions between Roswell & Lower Roswell roads 9:45 to 11:30 am, so access Merchant’s Walk via the entrance at Roswell Road & Providence and allow time for traffic. 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 .
What is baptism? Who should be baptized? Does baptism actually do anything? What difference does our baptism make in our lives? These are the questions we'll be considering in our four week series, Wade in the Water. While this series is open to all, is it designed with special intent for parents and Godparents who are considering having their children baptized. The four-week series will run before major feast days on which we celebrate baptism.
RSVP for next class beginning September 30
The next date for Baptism is All Saints Day, Sunday, November 4. The next class begins on Sunday, September 30. We will meet at 10:00 am, during the Christian Formation hour, on these four Sundays: September 30, October 7, October 14 and October 21. For more information, please talk to Mother Sarah or Father Joe.
The Breakfast Angels serve breakfast for everyone on the first three Sundays each month. Our new breakfast start time is 8:15 am. Remember that breakfast is served on the first, second and third Sundays each month in the Parish Hall. If you're attending or serving at the 8:45 service, we'll get you in and out in time. Suggested donations are $3 adults and $2 children. Join us on these dates coming up:
Trip deposits due by September 25
Consider joining St. Catherine's Chancel Choir for next year's Vienna International AdventSing, November 23 to December 2, 2019. Singers and non-singers are welcome, you need not be a Chancel Choir member. Full information is available on the trip website at http://stcatherines19.music-contact.com -- please use this site to sign up and make your deposit by September 25. For questions please contact Jana Williams, janastcatherines.org.
A new choir is forming for kindergarten to second grade children! We will meet from 5 to 5:30 in the choir room on Wednesdays beginning on October 3. This choir will be led by Judy Guard, a talented parishioner who brings her love of music and children to this ministry. Please contact Judy for more information, judy.guardyahoo.com
Saturday, October 6
Join us for our annual celebration of the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 6 at 10 am.
Please remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. For more information, please contact Father Joe, joestcatherines.org.
Ticket sales begin September 23
You are invited to an evening of food, fun, and fellowship at our annual Low Country Boil on Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets will be $17.50 per person and will beavailable on Sundays at church between all services beginning September 23 until all are sold. Your ticket includes the shrimp boil, dessert, beer/wine, and tea.
Make your plans soon: this event usually sells out in 2-3 weeks. The event is open to adults 21 and older. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.) We look forward to seeing you there!
Pierce Hale is representing St. Catherine’s on the board for the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Temple Kol Emeth. We could use some additional support as we draw closer to the event date which is November 15 (1 week before Thanksgiving Day). The committee meets about once a month on Mondays. Please contact Pierce now to learn more, pierce.d.halegmail.com.
Photo from 2015's celebration
By Lisa Johnston
Who cares? We do! Do you know of a fellow parishioner who hasn’t been to church in a long time – or is a shut-in who might love Communion or a friendly visit? Maybe someone needs a ride to Sunday services or the doctor. Our Calling and Caring Committee wants to know. Please send any suggested names to Father Joe at joestcatherines.org or Tom Hunter at thunter41bellsouth.net so our volunteers can reach out and help.
By Pat Pepper
This is a great opportunity! If you have 3 hours once a week, or can only come one time, we could use you in St. Catherine’s front office. What is needed? Your friendly voice to answer phones and your smiling face to greet visitors. It’s a simple but rewarding task. A fringe benefit of this opportunity is you can bring a book or your laptop, it can be quiet at times.
Help is needed Mondays through Fridays, 2:00-5:00 pm. Please check for open dates and sign up on our form. For questions please contact Pat Pepper, volunteerstcatherines.org or Rachel Hutton, rachelstcatherines.org.
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. Space will be limited so 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.
St. Catherine’s is an organization which can benefit from the Amazon Smile program. If you shop at Amazon.com, you may have 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases donated to St. Catherine’s. Simply open your Amazon searches and shopping by going first to www.smile.amazon.com and search for the charitable organization “St Catherine Episcopal Church Inc.”, or go direct to this link this link. You receive the same products and prices as through the main Amazon site, and benefit St. Catherine’s at the same time.
Bingo prizes, volunteers wanted
By Harriett Pyburn
One of our favorite annual traditions is hosting a BBQ & Bingo Bash each fall for our friends from Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Our guests arrive to the St Catherine's Parish Hall in time for a hearty lunch. Afterwards, we enjoy fellowship, music and bingo. This day is a success because of the many volunteers that make it a party vs. a job. If you would consider joining us, we have all kinds of roles to fill from minglers to dessert makers to drink fillers to instrument players. You will leave the day with new friends and a wonderful knowledge of the impact of the ministry of presence. You are enough!
One of the highlights of the day is the lively bingo and the fun bingo prizes everyone receives (everyone is a winner!). If you have items around your house that you think would make good bingo prizes or happen to see some fun things while out shopping, we would appreciate your donations! You can place items in the black labeled bin across from the Parlor through October 7. Popular items include ball caps, costume jewelry, stationary, umbrellas, gloves, scarves, small games, watches, crafts, etc.
For a sample of what our day looks like, watch our video: Holy Comforter BINGO party
Hurricane Relief news
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is carefully monitoring the current hurricane situations and implementing plans for assistance. Donations are invited now to their Hurricane Relief Fund at support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to help ERD respond this and future needs.
ERD features a new logo
There is a new logo at Episcopal Relief & Development. The logo (above) features colors that reinforce a connection to the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The tagline, “Working Together for Lasting Change,” highlights the importance of collaboration, and achieving a measurable and sustained impact in all aspects of its global programs. While the logo and tagline have changed, their mission hasn't. ERD remains embedded in communities around the world, listening, learning and working together to build upon local knowledge and strengths that already exist. They continue to respond to disasters in the US, helping people prepare for crises and providing emergency support so that communities can make a full and sustained recovery. For full information about ERD and its programs please visit www.episcopalrelief.org .
On August 26, the Stewardship 365 Team invited Karen Maxwell to present a short reflection to the parish known as a “Ministry Minute.” The purpose of the Ministry Minute is to reveal, through the spoken word, the transformative, and often unexpected power of unconditional, joyful giving. Karen spoke about her experience serving children as a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Ministry at St. Catherine’s and the bountiful gifts that are offered to us all through the gift of receiving formation in our faith. If you were unable to hear her inspiring words on the 26th, we invite you to listen to them now:
The History of Gifts is a beautiful three-dimensional timeline material that announces the progressive action of God’s love through gifts found in the natural world of creation, in humankind, with Jesus and through the Holy Eucharist. It is presented to our elementary aged children involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is one of the ways we announce to children the reality of God’s love and action in the world. The engagement with this material with real items found in the mineral world, the plant world, and photos of animals and of people of various cultures and groups serves to cultivate a sense of awe, wonder and gratitude for all that God provides.
The capacity to be generous comes from recognizing and appreciating the abundance of gifts God first gives to us. It isn’t enough for God to give us only the sun to light our day, God gives us more! As recipients of God's love and goodness, we are invited to respond. What is the natural response to any gift we receive but to give a heartfelt THANK YOU!
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been a powerful, life changing experience for me as well. While it better prepared me to serve children in nurturing their relationship with God and in helping them recognize the love language God speaks to them each day, it also has given me a depth of understanding God that encourages me to search and discover more of the mystery of God in the world. It also opened my eyes so that I share the light of Christ to others.
To be able to see an exchange of gifts in the world between God and us, one must be initiated into the language of the Word of God and the signs through which God speaks. Recognizing God’s action in the world empowers us to be more compassionate and giving to others. And yet, such an exchange can remain unnoticed to one who hasn’t received any formation in the faith. Galileo one wrote, “the book of the universe is open to all, but in order to understand one needs to know its language.” God’s love spoken through the language of signs and symbols in our liturgies of Baptism and Holy Eucharist and in the Word of God, does not hold the same meaning to one who hasn’t been initiated in the faith. This is why the ministry of faith formation for children, youth and adults is so valuable. Such formation helps us have eyes to see and attunes our ears to the love God speaks to us, His beloved children, each day. What a gift!
Congratulations and blessings to Anna (Hou) & David Sherry who were married on September 2.
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Last week I joined millions of others and watched as the life of Senator John McCain was remembered and celebrated. As I watched, Republican and Democrat sat side by side and differences were forgotten. One of the many speakers said, “He (John McCain) lived by a set of public virtues that brought strength and purpose to his life and to his country.”
I could make that same comment about the volunteers of St. Catherine’s. During the same week John McCain’s memorial services were occurring St. Catherine’s hosted the families of Family Promise. Differences were not seen or felt as volunteers read to children, prepared dinner for the families, and were present to listen and be of service.
Each and every day the volunteers of St. Catherine’s are giving, serving and bringing strength and purpose to their lives. If you want more information about Family Promise or our many other areas of service please contact me.
This poem, by an unknown author, says it well:
Families with Young Children
By Becky Beal
Groups are formed from the time your child is born: the mommies & daddies play groups, gymnastics, T-Ball, preschool, etc. Some are groups formed for seasons and others continue for years.
Your group at Saint Catherine’s is your forever group. We have built-in grandmothers and grandfathers, uncles and aunts, people who will rejoice when you rejoice and weep when you weep. These people are on your same journey. We have planned opportunities to gather during the year and would love for you to join us.
The ministry for families with young children is beginning the year with a fun Picnic and Play on September 16 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Father Joe will be grilling and our playground, four square and bounce house will provide the fun. Please join us.
School supplies success!
Maddie Zimmerman and her friend, on August 29, delivered 2 pallets of school supplies to East Cobb Middle School for their Girl Scouts Silver Award project! There were boxes and bags full of supplies – 42 book bags, composition books, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers crayons, markers, colored pencils, folders, glue, scissors, pencil box/ pouch, rulers, etc, even a protractor. Thank you to all St Catherine's parishioners who gave, and to St Catherine's for a school supply bin, which will be available for continued giving.
We are humbled by your generosity and thrilled to give back to our wonderful Middle School. Thank you!
Vietnam vets honored in our community
Thank you to our veterans! In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War the Georgia Department of Veteran's Service held a ceremony on August 25 honoring and thanking Vietnam Era veterans. Several St. Catherine''s members attended the event including Tom Hunter, Randy Satterfield, Terry Sheehan, and Steve Wolfe. A report on the event by the Marietta Daily Journal may be viewed at Cobb honors Vietnam vets at Civic Center ceremony. If you know a U.S. veteran eligible to be recognized for their Vietnam service please see this article online about receiving their pin and certificate. Photos below by Bettye Harris and Rose Wolfe.
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 September we are highlighting just a few of the many ministries of our Outreach Ministry Team.
Dear St. Catherine's family,
I am simply overwhelmed by your kindness during my hip surgery and subsequent (and continuing) recovery. The prayers, cards, visits, meals, flowers,dog care, and multiple errands that have been run for me are all beyond my wildest expectations. Thank you all for being there. I now truly know what we mean by "it takes a village" and what a wonderful village I am privileged to be a part of.
Bless you all,
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Join The Extension for a special benefit night on Thursday, September 27, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the beautiful Brickyard, 2129 Church St, Marietta, GA 30060 (near the Marietta Square). The evening will be co-hosted by Sheriff Neil Warren and his wife Penny. Hear inspiring stories from Extension alumni and great blues music, with great food, a silent auction, local craft beer and wine, and a great reason to celebrate! RSVP early since space is limited. The suggested minimum donation is $25. See details and register online at www.theextension.org/bluesbash or call 770-590-9075 and ask for Barb.
St. Veronica’s Guild of the Cathedral of St. Philip invites all to a jewelry sale to benefit Good Samaritan Health Center’s Friday Homeless Clinic and St. Veronica’s ongoing project to supply personal care items for ministries in our diocese: Crossroads, Holy Comforter, Church of the Common Ground, and Emmaus House. The Guild has been collecting costume, vintage and contemporary jewelry all year, and has cleaned, repaired and repurposed thousands of pieces from rings to necklaces, tie tacks to watches, religious pieces and seasonal pins and earrings. For jewelry makers there are bags of broken jewelry and beads that can be turned into spectacular pieces. Thursday, Sept. 27 10 am to 8 pm, and Thursday, Sept. 28 10 am to 4 pm, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta.
Tuesday, September 25, 7:00-9:00 pm at East Roswell Recreation Center, 9000 Fouts Rd., Roswell. Showing school short file "Only One Time", and an expert panel discussion featuring medical professionals, mental health professionals, law enforcement agencies, legal experts and recovered members of society. For information please contact 678-561-7115.
Due West UMC & The Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter invite you to their 7th Annual Caregivers’ Conference on September 22, 8:30 am-2:00 pm. This free event offers help, hope, inspiration, and dementia education. Lunch is included. Speakers will include Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, Reverend Bill Edwards, Hal B. Cole, MTS, Carolyn Cook, Sheila Welch, Teepa Snow. The conference will be held at the Family Life Center (Building B) of Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064, 770-427-3835, www.duewest.org. To register go to caregivers.echurchevents.com .
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: Terry Adams, Rod Miller, Carol Fey, Michelle & Caitlyn Galloway, William & Ellen McGill, Debbie & Paul Gavin, Gwen, Sally Powers, Jane Smith, Luana Campos, Lou Smith, Marion Cook, Hale Sanders, Tom Kaminski, Gary Carragio, David Hackworth, Jim Snape, Bill Sisk, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, Debbie Mege' The Dilworth Family, Holly Krupp, Barbara Perry, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, 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, 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.
BIRTHDAYS: Phil Spessard 9/14; Luke Paglia 9/14; Will McGhee 9/14; Harrison Bell 9/15; Emma Markette 9/15; Maddie Zimmerman 9/15; Stephanie Gardiner 9/16; Laurie Bartlow 9/16; Barbara Buxton 9/17; Kyleigh Paris 9/18; Madelyn Pierce 9/18; Sydney Pierce 9/28; Ryan Nienaber 9/19; Eric DeLaBarre9/20; Barbara Kallas 9/20; Jay Hendricks 9/21; Marshall Jones 9/21; Dennis Freeman 9/23; Jim Greene 9/23; Matthew Hutton 9/24; Rebeccah George 9/24; Lauren tear 9/24; Bette Hamilton 9/25; Virginia Langmaid 9/25; Charles Mace 9/25; Joshua Harvey 9/26; Mel Paris 9/26; Beth Lee 9/27
ANNIVERSARIES: Kim & Michael Moran 9/14; Kenneth & Linda Minzenberger 9/20; Art & Susan Bayless 9/25; Ron & Connie Bergeron 9/25; Marti & Cam Graham 9/25
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
This weekend I had the joy of experiencing Happening with ten of our youth and several adults. Happening is a renewal retreat for high school youth lead by high school youth, but it is WAY more than that. This weekend I saw youth experience the love of Christ in a way they haven’t ever before. When you see these youth around St. Cat’s, ask them about their experience and be willing to listen to how the Spirit is moving within them. The Spirit of God is so palpable at Happening that it may even spread through the entire church if you’re willing to let it. Open your ears and your hearts to conversations with these young people and you won’t be disappointed!
September 23: 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! No WNL on September 26 (fall break)!
November 17-19 in Charleston, SC - The youth are working hard to coordinate this event. More information about timing and packing to come, but for now, register HERE!!
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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