The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Ellis Kilgore is doing this wonderful weekly contest with the youth in his Journey to Adulthood class. Each week he has a question that revolves around a piece of scripture and does so in fun and unique ways. Prizes await the summer winners. His challenge this week revolves around the famous passage from Ecclesiastes and the Pete Seeger 50's song of it. As I read it this morning I thought it appropriate to the beginning of these summer days:
Thank you, Ellis and Amen.
By Amelia Snider
It happens more often than not that I look around at various parish events and see people nodding “yes” to the statement that St. Catherine’s feels like home. In our Pentecost liturgies and at parish picnics, during Baptisms and Funerals we continually affirm that this place is sacred. This place is sacred and special because we live here. Many of us come to church on Sunday and then come back during the week for Bible study, Inquirers Class, Wednesday Night Live, or EFM, and the list goes on. We worship, fellowship, and learn within these walls and in doing so we begin to claim this place as belonging to us and to God. Eucharistic prayer C recognizes that God created everything that is, including “this fragile earth, our island home.” We often cite these words when we talk about our calling as Christians to be good stewards of our world, our environment, and each other. At St. Catherine’s we are good stewards, from our Breakfast Angels who keep us fed on Sunday mornings to our Earth Angels who recycle our paper, cans, and plastic bottles. We do a lot here to maintain and nourish the community we have created.
Part of nourishing our community is to continually ask how we can improve it. I hear the collective buzz about how our young people sit on the back two pews and don’t always pay attention to the service. Sometimes I find myself frustrated at having to ask them to be quiet but it occurs to me that they are just being kids. As a church we give them the gift of allowing them to be who they are and where they are, a gift that at its best the Church gives to all of us. Even in their most child-like moments I know that our young people, and all of us, have a love and reverence for this place and for one another.
On May 22nd two young people [not members of our parish] came into our church and vandalized it. They didn’t cause permanent damage but they cut into the core of how we operate as a community. Here we trust and they violated that trust. In this place we keep our doors open and their actions caused some of us to want to lock ourselves in. Some of us felt violated, and others did not, but the event caused us to re-examine what we are about. The incident raised the issue of our vulnerability and after an emotional staff meeting we came to a compromise that would help us all feel safe. Our response is love. We are called to love those who feel less safe after this incident and to love those strangers we have yet to welcome. We are called to live in the balance between a love that makes us vulnerable and a response that is wise and prudent and affirms all of our feelings. We will not be locking the office doors during the day, but we are installing a chime system to let us know when people enter the building.
This event also caused us to ask what more we can do to keep ourselves and this community safe and still be a church that is open to all. Here is what I think we can all do to help repair what has been broken:
PB&J Party?!?! Wednesday, June 11, starting at 6:00 PM
We need you to join us for our push to finish the Youth House—Painting, Boards on deck, & Joint filling! We'll finish the front deck, paint where needed and fill joints around ac on outside of house. We'll even feed you PB&J if you'd like... Jobs available during the week day, too! Information: contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com or 404.731.4466.
How you can participate:
1. Donate lunch ingredients — Please bring your donations to the Outreach collection by Wednesday, June 18 (bring them with you on Sunday the 15th, or when you come to the parish barbecue dinner on the 18th). Be sure to mark them clearly for "Whiterocks lunch making" (please bring items which need refrigeration to the kitchen refrigerator):
We’ll have the paper bags at church on Sundays for our children to decorate or even write a note to the kids receiving the lunches.
2. Make lunches with us — Partnership grows while we work together! Join us in the Parish Hall on Thursday, June 19 at 9:30 AM to help on our lunch "assembly line." For information please contact Nadine Pope, ronazamindspring.com.
More Parish Activities
Native American Give Away
We still have a few opportunities left to participate - please sign up in the foyer, all gifts must be in the hands of Paige Schlenker by Sunday, June 15
Please accept this invitation to participate in a Native American ceremony called “A Give Away”. This is a long-standing custom for many tribal nations including our Ute partners. By way of explanation, A Give Away represents a thank you celebration from individuals of the host nation to visiting tribal members as a thank you for visiting, sharing in activities, and socializing together. During this visit of our Ute brothers and sisters, St. Catherine’s will host a Give-Away and your participation is invited. A list of the names of those traveling from St. Elizabeth’s along with their age and sizes will be on the Outreach Table in the Narthex.
Please sign up and select someone you would like to give a gift along with your name and phone number. A suggested list of ideas will be posted with the sign up. Questions, email the Schlenkers, edalescomcast.net. Thank you for joining in this expression of welcome and partnership with our companion parish.
The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at St. Catherine's on Wednesday, July 2 from 2:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Save the date and remember to NOT give blood during the month of June if called by Red Cross. You will receive a free gift for donating. The sign up sheet will be in the foyer two weeks prior to the drive. For more information or to sign up to help please call or email Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com or 404.731.4466.
As we celebrate Father's Day on Sunday, June 15, St. Catherine's Outreach Committee for their June collection invites you to make a generous donation of as many of the following items as possible. All donations will be split between MUST Ministries and The Extension, and we hope you will donate to honor or in remembrance of the fathers in your life. Items especially needed include:
Please place your donations in the foyer under or near to the Outreach bulletin board, and we will ensure the delivery of these much needed items promptly after Father's Day. Thank you very much for your support.
Saturday, June 14, 7:00 PM
The end of year Foyers' Party will be held at the home of Tom and Maureen Donoghue, 3651 Clubland Dr 30068 (Indian Hills subdivision). If you are currently in a Foyers group or would like to see what Foyers Dinner Groups is all about, please join us and bring a side dish or dessert to share. For questions or directions contact Maureen (770)973-9776.
Plants get thirsty, too! Volunteers are needed to help water flowers on the church grounds on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, especially June 21-30. Check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Gail McGill, 770-971-8890 or GailMcGillaol.com.
The St. Catherine's pictorial directory is now available online. View it now at http://om027150.onlineolanmills.com/home. Check your weekly Parish Announcements email for the password or contact the church office. If you wish to make updates or corrections to your information please contact Jan Potter, jcpotterbellsouth.net. Also, if your business would like to be included in the new business directory portion, please send a file with the artwork and what category to be placed it in to Jan.
In your printed directories please make this correction: For the Braman family, the first name should be Tim (not Jim), and the phone number is 509-3484 (not 3483). Thank you.
Printed pictorial directories are still available for pick-up in the workroom any day of the week. Last day for pickup will be June 30.
Tickets for our Braves game outing will be on sale at church on Sundays in July—just $5 per person includes admission and transportation! We are going to Turner Field on Tuesday, July 29, to see the Braves play St. Louis at 7:00 PM. Our St. Catherine's bus will leave from the church parking lot approximately 5:00. At this price the tickets will go fast and space is limited! So sign up as soon as the tables appear—your check will hold your seat—and starting tuning up for the seventh inning stretch.
We will elect 5 lay candidates to represent St. Catherine's at the 102nd Annual Diocesan Council, Nov. 14-15, 2008, in Atlanta. Delegates must be members of the parish in good standing, and are required to attend all council meetings in the year including pre-Council Convocation. If you are interested in serving, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Fr. Jim.
July 7 - 11
Watch out as St. Catherine’s will be exploding with excitement this summer at our POWER LAB Vacation Bible School! The sign up table for volunteers and participants will be in the foyer after services on Sundays, June 8 & 15. For questions or to volunteer you may also contact stcatsvbs2008bellsouth.net.
Found at the Monastery of St. Catherine at Sinai, what is thought to be the ancestor of the Burning Bush, which Moses encountered in the Book of Exodus, flourishes where it was transplanted. It is said that this is the only bush of its kind growing in the entire Sinai Peninsula, and that every attempt to transplant a branch of it to another place has been unsuccessful. The holy altar of the chapel stands not upon the sacred remains of martyrs, which is usual, but above the roots of the Burning Bush. Pilgrims enter the chapel without shoes, in remembrance of the commandment of God to Moses, "Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."
Join us March 13 - 24, 2009 for a pilgrimage to the Monastery of St. Catherine, Sinai and many other places as we follow in the footsteps of Moses and Jesus. The trip is beginning to fill and spaces will become limited. The deadline for registration and final payment is December 1. This will be a special time together as we seek to find God where pilgrims have gone for centuries in the same pursuit. If you have questions please feel free to contact Fr. Jim. Registration materials are available on the resource table in the foyer or by calling the office.
Join us Sunday mornings in June ( 9:15-10:15 AM, no class June 22) for "If Paul wrote to the Corinthians twice, does that mean they wrote back?" We'll study who this Paul guy was, why he was writing these letters, and three or four really great lessons we learn from them. Nursery is available, but no program for older children. Contact Bill Ivey for info.
We will offer an intergenerational (all ages) church school series on July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. The theme is a St Catherine’s Country Fair and will feature activity booths, singing and fun for all ages. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the booths, please contact Barbara Garner at barbaragarnerbellsouth.net . We look forward to seeing you at the fair!
’08-’09 activities needed
All St. Catherine’s groups and committees— make sure resources and publicity will be available for your events! Send information any and all activities your group will plan for St. Catherine’s for the coming year, through May 2009, to Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosewolfebellsouth.net by Sunday, June 22. Your church staff needs your information for its upcoming planning day on June 24.
Ministry Directory updates due August 5
Our Ministry Directory is published annually as a guide to all the ministries at St. Catherine’s and how everyone can get involved. The next issue is being prepared for Ministry Fair & Rally Day, August 24. All Ministry Teams, please review your section in the booklet and make sure all your activities and committees are included with up-to-date descriptions and contact information. Send your updates to Karen Manno by August 5 (the date of the next Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting) — email karenstcatherines.org or place them in her mailbox at church. Please contact her ASAP if you would like a copy of your Ministry Directory writeup from last year’s edition.
Are you the kind of golfer who "prays for pars" when you get out on the golf course? If you are like most of us "hackers" then we invite you to join us to play golf on Sunday. We just need for you to confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each golf outing. We will make reservations for enough foursomes to cover who has registered.Please e-mail Walt McGill at wsmcgillaol.com or call him at 770-971-8890.
We want to encourage some fellowship by going to the early church service together and eat breakfast, before heading out for our tee time. Each person is responsible for paying for their own greens fees on the day of the outing. We will have these outings on the second Sunday of the month: remaining dates are July 13, August 10, September 14 and October 12. We look forward to a great time together, regardless of whether you are "praying for pars" or "eyeing some eagles" or "trying for triples"...
from the May 27 Vestry meeting:
Our next trip to New Orleans to support the Episcopal Diocese of New Orleans in rebuilding will be October 8-13. To find out more or to sign up for a trip, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Sue or Al Jones, 770-565-1013.
June Ministry Team Focus
Our Congregational Nurses are part of this month’s focus ministry team, Pastoral Care. This team also includes committees for Daughters of the King, Earth Angels, Flower Delivery, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Mentoring Youth, Pastoral Counseling, Prayer Chain, Prayer Partnering with Youth, Sonshine, and Stephen Ministry. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Margaret Shaw.
Recognize a Heart Attack
Act in Time
The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have launched a new "Act in Time" campaign to increase people's awareness of heart attack and the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately at the onset of heart attack symptoms.
Dial 9-1-1 Fast
Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1. Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast! Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. So again, don't delay — get help right away!
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. The staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too.
If you can't access the emergency medical services (EMS), have someone drive you to the hospital right away. If you're the one having symptoms, don't drive yourself unless you have absolutely no other option.
MUST Ministries continues its need for food donations. MUST gives out ten barrels (2,000 lbs.) of food or 2,500 canned items every day to feed the hungry in Cobb and Cherokee counties. You can help by donating canned foods from the list below and/or organizing a food drive at work, in your neighborhood, etc. At church you may leave donations at the Outreach table in the foyer. Items requested: beef stew, canned tuna, oatmeal, mixed vegetables, canned chicken, canned ham, canned salmon, ramen noodles, canned pork & beans, refried beans, canned fruit.
Dear St. Catherine’s Sonshine Club,
Thank you all very much for bringing two meals to our home after the birth of our daughter, Audrey Grace. They were such a blessing since I was also recovering from surgery. Both meals were very good and we enjoyed them very much. It is so wonderful to be a part of the St. Catherine’s family.
P.S. Audrey Grace is growing like a weed and I am recovering from my surgery wonderfully. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
This is to acknowledge and thank you for your generous gift to sponsor the building of a house in parnership with Cobb Habitat. [2 gifts to date, total by July will be $17,400]
Your faithful and consistent support has been a tremendous blessing to the hard-working families of Cobb County. Because of you, several of those families are now seeing the dream of homeownership become a reality. And as a result of homeownership, community tranformation takes another step forward.
At Cobb Habitat, we view ourselves as your servants. Please let us know how we can help you continue to reach out and transform the lives of deserving families in Cobb County...
Dear St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,
Thank you for your recent Rice Bowls campaign. St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church’s check for $1,257.00 was received on April 23, 2008. Your gift will make a tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable children around the world. Thank you for partnering with us as we seek to serve Jesus throughout the world..
Wow! What a campaign! And we hear your’re telling others in Marietta about Rice Bowls! Thanks for partnering, giving and serving Christ.
Dear Members of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,
On behalf of Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your generous on-going donations to the organization. Your support is vital as we continue to work with students and their families in both school systems.
To bring you up to date on our growth, the Performance Learning Centers ( PLC ) have graduated over 80 students this school year and these are students who otherwise were going to drop out of school. We are very proud of that accomplishment. Our Parents As Teachers Program for preschool children and their parents is growing and we are currently serving 38 parents and 42 children. We continue to recruit mentors and literacy tutors for both the PLCs, 4 elementary schools and the 6th Grade Academy. Parents Assuring Student Success (PASS) classes served 96 parents at 6 schools this past school year and we served over 11,000 children with new books to take home and put in their home library. We are busy and seeing tremendous success for our efforts.
Our mission is “to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.”
Thank you again for your continued interest and support. The many volunteers from St. Catherine’s certainly have a major role in our success. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to call.
Dear Friends at Saint Catherine’s,
We gratefully acknowledge your generous gift to The Extension. Thank you for your loving reponse to assist in the many needs of our ever growing ministries. Without support from our friends like you, our vital programs would not be possible.
Please continue to support us daily with your prayers and take joy in knowing that through your gifts and prayers, broken lives are being changed.
Next scheduled dates -- June 29, August 10
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, David Kerley, Lillian Vu, Linda, Jason, Justin Elliott, Zanny Dillson, Bobbi Smith Beninghoff, Arlyn Cook, Elaine Stergiou, Ron Mighton, Tom Carter, Cindy Alexander, Maggie Alexander, Bill Mashburn, Danielle Edwards, Betty Cantrell, Elizabeth, Ron Collins, Joyce Bramlett, Dan Berry, Richard Herring, Fred Allen, Kyang Choi, Ruth Zins, Marilyn May, Gary Anderson, Pete Foley, Jeanie, Askar, Tom Herron, Bill Brinson, Tessa Wilber
BEFORE SURGERY: Sandra Radford, 6/12/08; Jane Lawrence, 6/27/08.
DECEASED: Stephen Dart, Susan Roberts’ uncle; Rick Dozier, Zanny Dillson’s brother
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER
(6/8/08) Linda Smith; Rodney, Michelle & Matthew Smith; Mark & Karla Smolen; Jason, Sue, Owen & Eva Snape; Jim & Linda Snape
(6/15/08) Tom & Ann Snead; Amelia Snider; Peggy, Megan & Kelly Snook; Kathy & Keith Solomon; David & Susan Spence & Scott Albers
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.
From Ellis Kilgore and the Rite-13 Leaders
We were thinking of a way to encourage you to start daily devotion readings as well as to keep you on track during the summer so we are offering a "Rite-13 Summer devotion" contest. Not to overwhelm you but to challenge you, this is OPTIONAL.
We challenge you to read the "forward day by day" each day this summer. For every individual reading you complete you can put your name in a drawing to be held at the end of summer. We will collect your books at beach retreat, so circle the readings you have completed. We will randomly choose one boys name and one girls name and we will buy a personalized Study Bible for each winner. The more you read the greater your chance of winning. To sweeten the pot Amelia has offered a $20 gift certificate to Panera /Borders/Starbucks, $20 you name it, for the overall winner. For a free “Forward Day by Day” or more information, contact Ellis Kilgore or your Rite-13 leaders! Good Luck!
Sunday, June 8-Saturday, June 14, ten Young Adults and three chaperones will be in Nashville, TN, working with the Center for Student Missions on an inner city mission trip. Please pray for Julian Seneviratne, Taylor Baumann, David Sherry, Riley Barrington, Ben Hilley, Tom Rockwell, Emily Dillson, Cassie Heinz, Kelley Kilgore, Tegan Hurley, Amelia Snider, Keith Dumke, and Jim Nixon. The group will be working with a youth camp each morning and will be working with various other organizations in Nashville who help those in need.
Julian Seneviratne, a rising senior at Hillgrove High School, was named to the Cobb County All-County Tennis Team! Julian is active in the St. Catherine’s Youth Program as well as Happening through the Diocese of Atlanta. Julian is a great asset to our church and a great friend to his peers. When asked what he wanted to be remembered for he responded “the smile on my face.” Congratulations Julian! We’re very proud of you!
The Youth House will be dedicated by Bishop Alexander at the end of the 10:30am service on Sunday, June 22. The dedication will happen in the Youth House followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. We hope to see you there!
This year three youth from St. Catherine’s will be going to EYE, the national Episcopal Youth Event, in San Antonio, TX, July 8 -13. Support Sally Paris, Emma Markette, and Taylor Baumann by stopping by their Bake Sale on Sunday, June 22. The sale will be outside under the Oak after the 8 AM service and will last until the beginning of the 10:30 service. Thanks!
Mike and I invite everyone to our wedding on Saturday, June 28th at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We also hope everyone will celebrate with us at our reception in the Parish Hall immediately after the ceremony. Please e-mail me, Ameliastcatherines.org, if you are planning on coming to the reception. We really hope to see everyone there and hope you can share our special day with us!
Thanks and love, Amelia and Mike
The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form.(Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.
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Editor: Karen Manno