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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Did you know there is a new ministry team at St. Catherine's that everyone in the parish belongs to? It's the Invitation Ministry Team. We all have a role in welcoing newcomers to St. Catherine's. I wrote about this role in a recent Wheel article: wearing nametags, speaking to someone you don't know beofre you speak to someone you do, helping people who are obviously new find their way through the service and around the building, and simply being conscious about what might make them feel at home here.
In addition to the role that everyone at St Catherine's has in welcoming newcomers in our midst, the Invitation Mininstry Team is planning a few new opportunities for ministry that you will be hearing about in the coming months. We will soon be seeking people to be members of a Bread Baking Guild, Porch Visitors and Sheperds.
The Bread Baking Guild is just right for people who enjoy baking. Theses folks will make small loaves of bread, package them in a plastic bag with a little note on it that says, "Welcome to St. Catherine's. We are glad you worshiped with us this week" and place them in the freezer. The loaves will be thawed as needed and taken to the homes of those who visit with us for the first time.
This leads me to the next opportunity for ministry, the Porch Visitors. These folks will take those loaves of bread to the homes of first time visitors within 24 hours of their visit. They go to the porch and if the person is home, welcome them to St. Catherine's and tell them we are glad they worshiped with us this week, offer them the bread as a small gift, and then leave, saying, "Hope to see you next week." They do not go in (hence the term "porch visitor"), politely declining if invited. It's just a short, non-threatening visit to make folks fell welcome. If no one is home, the bread bag is left hanging on the doorknob.
Another very important opportunity for ministry will be the Shepherds. This group of people will "person" the welcome table, give visitors directions or take them where they need to go, encourage them to sign the new guest book, offer them a gift bag filled with goodies and information about St. Catherine's, help to introduce them to others, make follow-up phone calls, and generally be a friend over the coming months to help them feel at home.
These are exciting new opportunities to become involved in ministry at St. Catherine's. I encourage you to prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to serve on the Bread Baking Guild, as a Porch Visitor or a Shepherd. We will be recruiting people to for these exciting new ministries in the coming months.
Reply requested by Sunday, May 10
The Spring Time and Talent Pledge Card is now open online. We invite each household to visit and complete a pledge card. The Pledge Card is found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Tv8rEycCGjnHYiHOTe7Lng_3d_3d or you can find the link on the church website homepage at www.stcatherines.org. The word to put in for the survey is stcats2009. We ask that you complete your pledge by Sunday, May 10.
We understand that some parishioners completed a Time and Talent survey this past fall and may be asking, "Why am I doing this again so soon". With a change to a year round emphasis on stewardship and a desire the make the process more inviting, we have chosen to begin the process by separating our Time and Talent pledge from our Financial pledge and to have both a Spring and Fall Time and Talent survey.
The new survey is shorter than this past fall, however it still asks for the same demographic information at the beginning of the survey. Please complete one survey per family unit (a family unit could be one individual, a couple, or a married couple with children etc). We are working on future improvements to further decrease the time required to complete the survey and receive a reminder of what ministries you showed interest.
In the current economic environment, we rely more and more on Time and Talent to fill the gaps left by budget cuts. We invite your participation as each of us gives of our gifts for the mission and ministry we share at St. Catherine’s. As always, if you wish a paper copy of this survey they are available at church.
Sunday, May 3 5:00 PM
Our semi-annual Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our fall observance. Everyone is invited to join us at the is beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service.
We greatly appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception — please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service — as well as help with set up, serving and clean up.
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall
Our Financial Freedom Ministry offers the second of two nights of classes to allow people to accomplish financial freedom in order to claim all of God’s blessings. Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Atlanta will teach our courses. No charge, no RSVP needed, please invite family, friends, neighbors. The topics this date will be “How Do I Get Out Of Debt” and “Where Do I Want To Be In 5 Years.”
Next program Thursday, May 14
Join us for our next Career Ministry program on May 14, 7-9 PM in the Parish Hall with Kelly Beard - Attorney / Employment Law and Debby Stone / InterVision Group, LLC. All are welcome, no cost and no RSVP, so please invite friends and neighbors. If you have any questions, or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Massey at career.ministrystcatherines.org. Special thanks to our St. Catherine's Career Ministry Team: Bill Holman, Tom Hunter, Hans Kraeger, Jennifer Massey, Bruce Perry, Margaret Shaw. To get on the email list for announcements about Career Ministry, send email addresses to Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org
Sunday, May 24 4:00 PM
We discovered recently that the Diocese of Atlanta had cancelled their Diocesan Confirmation on May 31 and moved it to April 26. We were preparing our Adult and Youth Confirmation classes to participate in the Diocesan event on the 31st and can’t be ready for the 26th. While we are disappointed that will not be able join our fellow Episcopalians in the Diocese for Confirmation, we are excited that Bishop J. Neil Alexander will visit with us for Confirmation on Sunday, May 24 at 4:00 pm.
It will be a glorious day as we gather in celebration of members of this congregation making a mature commitment to the Episcopal Church. The worship will include our adult choir and a wonderful reception will follow in the Parish Hall. We hope each and everyone will put this date on your calendar and plan to be in attendance to support those who will give themselves to the ministry of Christ as expressed through the ministry of the Episcopal Church.
Cats On Wheels, our group for active senior adults, will have their next luncheon at Piccadilly Cafeteria on Saturday, May 16, at 11:30 am. We’ll meet at the Marietta location at 536 Cobb Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060, south of the Big Chicken. Please RSVP by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Susan+, fathersuebellsouth.net .
Wednesday Night Live continues in the season of Easter, through May 21, at 5:45 pm for dinner and 6:30 pm programs for all ages. Please be sure to sign-up each week for the meal so that we have enough food for each member of your family. You can sign up in the Sunday Opportunities for Ministry insert or by call the office (770.971.2839) or emailing Ginney (ginneylinstrombellsouth.net) by 5 PM Tuesday each week.
The adult program during the Easter season will be a discussion of Jesus’ post resurrection appearances using various media to portray those appearances. The resurrection is not something that happened 2000 years ago but a profound cornerstone to our contemporary faith. We will discover how Jesus’ continues to walk the road to Emmaus with each of us in our day to day struggles to remain faithful as we face the challenges that come with living in the 21st century. Bring your questions and experiences to the table to make for a lively discussion and perhaps a few hearts “burning within us.”
All are invited to join the youth and the mentor group for the annual Stephen Nicholson Memorial Hike. We will be hiking in the Raven Cliffs Scenic Area in north Georgia. This is fairly gentle hiking as we will take a 2 ½ mile trail up Dodd Creek to the Raven Cliffs Falls and then back, about approximately an hour and a half each way. As stated in Wikipedia.org, “the trail runs northwest into a scenic valley teeming with mountain laurel, rhododendron, mixed hardwoods and moss-covered seepages. Along the way, the trail passes smaller waterfalls, clear pools and cascading whitewater. The trail ends at an impressive 80-foot cliff formation split down the middle with Raven Cliff Falls in between.”
Meet at church at 9am with a sack lunch and water. We will return to St. Catherine’s between 3-4pm If you are interested please contact Hale Sanders, halesandersmindspring.com or phone 770-565-2719 or 678-472-1839; or Amelia Arthur.
Reply by May 13
We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, on Sunday, May 17. If you or someone you love is graduating this spring, please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net. Please include the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what college they will attend. All names are needed by May 13 in order to be included in our bulletin.
May 16, 6 PM
The Marriage Journey ministry will sponsor a showing of the film “Fireproof” on Saturday evening, May 16 at 6:00 pm at the home of Fred and Jennifer Massey. “Fireproof” is the third feature film (the first two: “Facing the Giants” and “Fly Wheel”) from the movie making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. The movie is a dramatic story about a firefighter and his wife as they discover that each must contribute to the marriage partnership. It’s only then that each person finds fulfillment and grace in the relationship. The movie is fun, funny but dramatic and moving and is sure to impart its grace to each viewer.
We ask that you bring with you a heavy hors d’oeuvre to share and beverage(s) of your choice. We will watch the movie together and then have some opportunities to reflect on it through questions and small group discussions. Fred and Jennifer’s home address is 1850 High Trail, Atlanta, GA 30339. Jennifer can be reached by email at jennifer_massey att.blackberry.net.
Some dates for your calendar:
Our VBS will be raging and romping on the bayou with this year's “Crocodile Dock” theme! St. Catherine's Vacation Bible School will be 9:30am - 12:30pm. It is open to children who will be 4 years of age by 07/01/09 through rising 5th graders. The cost is $25 per child. Registration forms are available now at church. We hope to see you in the swamp this summer at St. Catherine's VBS!
We welcome and appreciate all adults and youth as volunteers during the week. Please mark your calendars and email us if you want to be a part of this fun summer ministry. You could be a station leader for the week or volunteer for just a day. Emails can be directed to stcatsvbslive.com
Your child will thoroughly enjoy this farm-themed week long camp in the same loving environment that St. Cat’s Preschool is known for. Many of our favorite teachers will be staffing the camp to make your child feel right at home “down on the farm.” The camp will include a visit from Barnyard Friends Petting Zoo, pony rides and other fun-filled camp activities and crafts.
The camp is available for children ages 2 through 5. Hours are 10 am to 1:30 pm, and the cost is $125 per child. Registration is now open to children not current enrolled in our Preschool! Please email the Preschool at stcatspreschoolbellsouth.net for an online registration form or call us at 770-971-2839. Registration forms are also available in the foyer or outside the Preschool office.
Photos by Jan Potter
Are you the kind of golfer that prays for pars when you get out on the golf course? If you are like most of us "hackers" then we invite you to come join your fellow parishioners to play golf on Sunday. The idea is to encourage some additional fellowship by going to the early church service together and eat breakfast in the Parish Hall, before heading out for a 10:00am tee time. This will be an informal approach, with each person responsible for paying for their own greens fees on the day of the outing. We just need for you to confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each golf outing. We will make tee time reservations for enough foursomes to cover who has registered.
We are planning to have these "Praying for Pars" golf outings on the third Sunday of each month, starting in May and going through October. Please mark your calendar for the following dates:
To get started, please send an e-mail to Walt McGill at wsmcgillaol.com or call him at 770-971-8890. We will use e-mail to communicate the logistics for each golf outing. If you cannot make it for some of these outings, it's no problem to just come on the dates that you can. If you were on the list from last year, please look for an e-mail from Walt to confirm you participation again this year.
We look forward to some great fellowship together playing golf, regardless of whether you are "praying for pars" or "begging for bogies" or "dancing for double bogies"...... See you there!!!
From the Vestry meeting on April 21:
This year Pentecost is Sunday, May 31. Our custom during worship this day is to have people read one of the lessons in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, and are interested in participating, please check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosewolfebellsouth.net. We will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time.
Photos by Ellen Adams
Join us at St. Catherine's for Red Cross Blood Drives throughout this year. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. Less than 5% of eligible donors in Georgia donate blood.
Please mark your calendar for these Tuesdays in the Youth House: June 9, August 11, October 13, and December 22 (this last is a critical day, donors will receive an appreciation gift). If you have questions or would like to help, please contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net/ 404.375.8327, or Frederick Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com/ 404.731.4466. Bless you!
The St. Catherine’s team which traveled to New Orleans during Mardi Gras this year worked on the home of Ms. Borden The exterior painting, the kitchen cabinets and the interior doors were parts of our contribution. The house is now completed (see photo!) and she is all moved in. Ms. Borden's house was rebuilt by the efforts of a number of church and college groups from all over the United States and Canada. St. Catherine’s is proud to have been a part of this rebuild program. You can see more photos of finished houses from the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana (EDOLA) here: picasaweb.google.com/edolarebuild
We’re updating our email list for those who want to be informed about activities coming up with our Young Families Ministry and our new Young Adult Ministry. If you are already signed up OR would like to be added, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Lisa Spessard, lnspessardyahoo.com for Young Families and contact Amelia Arthur, Ameliastcatherines.org for Young Adults.
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Joan Nixon.
Presiding Officers, others will field questions from audience, online
[Episcopal News Service, April 14, 2009]
General Convention 2009 of The Episcopal Church will be the topic of a live webcast on Wednesday, May 13 at11 a.m. Eastern time (8 a.m. Pacific, 9 a.m. Mountain, 10 a.m. Central). The webcast will originate from Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, where General Convention 2009 will be held July 8 – 17. Participants in the live webcast will be: Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori; President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson; Executive Officer and Secretary of the General Convention, the Rev. Gregory Straub; and Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles, the host diocese. Questions will be accepted via email and from the invited guests in the audience.
The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, held every three years, is the bicameral governing body of the church. General Convention, the second largest legislative body in the world, is comprised of the House of Bishops, with more than 200 members, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay representatives from 110 dioceses in 15 nations, at over 700 members. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
“Arms and The Man” at Polk Street Players
Polk Street Players presents their 30th Anniversary production of the George Bernard Shaw comedy, “Arms and the Man”, written by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Michael Campion and featuring Brad Corbin in a starring role. The Polk Street Players are located at the “The Stellar Cellar”, St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street Marietta, GA 30060. Tickets are $10/*$16. The show runs Fridays/Saturdays May 8-23 at 8:00pm., Thursday May 21 at 8:00pm, Sunday matinee May 17 at 2:30pm.
On opening night, May 8, there will be a reception preceding the show at 7:00pm. For tickets or information contact the box office at 770-218-9669 or visit their website at www.stjamesmarietta.com/Polk.St.Players/Main.html
Saturday, May 2 - “Reducing the Risk of Stroke”
Join WellStar Health System for free stroke risk factor screenings, presentations by local stroke experts, and life saving information. No registration required, walk-ins welcome. Call 770-792-5460 for more information.
By James M. Steckelberg, M.D, Mayo Clinic
You're not alone in your confusion about the current swine flu outbreak, which seems to have started in Mexico near the end of the regular 2008-2009 flu season. Since then, the swine flu strain of influenza has also been reported in the United States, Canada and Spain. No one knows whether this particular swine flu will become pandemic — that is, whether it will affect large numbers of people in wide geographic regions.
Swine flu is one of the many type A influenza viruses. It's unusual for humans to catch swine flu, but occasional cases occur, usually in people who have contact with infected pigs. Like other flu viruses, the swine flu virus changes its DNA as it spreads, giving rise to a number of subtypes.
Health officials around the world are concerned about the current swine flu outbreak because:
In the United States, the same new strain of H1N1 swine influenza has infected some recent visitors to Mexico and their household contacts. So far, the infection has resulted in relatively mild respiratory illnesses in this group. Why is there such a big difference in severity? One possibility is that the virus mutated to a less dangerous form around the time it showed up in the United States. Another, more sobering possibility is that the severe illness linked to swine flu in Mexico is the result of viral mutations that haven't yet appeared in other countries — but possibly will in time.
Efforts to understand and contain swine flu are under way on a global scale. Until more definitive information is available, the best response for those outside the most affected areas is to:
On April 19 and 26, members of the parish were treated to a lovely surprise. Will Fambrough, son of Beverly and Bill Fambrough, has a special friend named Crissie Baldwin who grows orchids for a living and works for Peach State Orchids located at 920 Homer Road in Woodstock, 770-751-8770. Crissie and Will made a donation of an astounding number of fresh cut orchids which were used by members of the Flower Guild for arrangements in the sanctuary and narthex. As beautiful as these were, these were cull outs from their stock in the greenhouse.
From time to time, Crissie and Will will be donating more orchids as they become available to beautify our sanctuary. A big thank you goes to them for remembering St. Catherine’s.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you for your generous gift. Without the support of friends lik eyou, we would not be able to continue our vital programs. Please support us in your prayers,
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 donation 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 of CISMCC’s activities, the Performance Learning Centers ( PLC) are both at capacity enrollment with a waiting list and we already have 25 graduates. We are looking forward to a good year with a bright outlook for students who otherwise were going to drop out of school. We are very proud of their accomplishments. Our Parents As Teachers program is currently serving 22 parents and 32 children. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for the students at the PLCs and our tutors are serving 105 elementary school age children with tutoring services. Parents Assuring Student Success classes are being conducted throughout the county and we have served 189 parents this year. We have just about completed our book distributions to students in Title 1 schools and have handed out over 7300 books so far this year. We are looking forward to our celebration of the Dare2Dream Program at Marietta High School for students who were repeat 9 th graders. We hope to see improvement in their efforts to succeed in school.
Our mission is “to champion the connection of needed community resources with school to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.” This mission is led by a board of 14 committed individuals who give of their time and expertise to grow our organization.
Thank you again for your continued interest and support. The many volunteers from St. Catherine’s certainly play a major role in our success and we couldn’t do it without both the monetary and people resources. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to call.
Next scheduled date -- Sunday, May 31 (Pentecost)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Agnes Floyd, Glenda King, Zanny Dillson Hugh Wolfe, Pia Johanson, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Sandy, Richard Ewing, Jill Morich, Cathy, Mark Gross, Norma Alexander, Chris, Edward Markette, Lorraine Brown, Susan Stanton, Mary, Marilyn May, Charlie Templeton, Walter & Michelle Fann, Andrea, Deborah & Dan, Katherine Starkey, Jim Nixon, Sr, Rebecca Aggett, Cindy Kitson, Katie, Miles, Morgan, Willy Canady, Bob Davis, John Hurd, Evan, Alan Carter, Malcolm Haymes, John, Bill Krupp, Marilyn McCallum, Tim Dennison, David Shannonhouse, Megan Shannonhouse, Cary Phillips, Athena Geges, Gale Jones, Bridget, Eula Adams, Eliza Alvarez, Leon Perrin, Laurie Parker, Mary Hugo, Danny Woodland, Cheryl Lowe
BEFORE SURGERY: Barri Gehrand, 5/13/09 ; Tom Nichols (Rosemary Wolfe’s brother) 5/28/09 ; Mary Daneke (Kathy Holman’s mother) 6/22/09
DECEASED: Deborah Parker, mother of a friend of Amelia Arthur; Andrea Warner, friend of John Hurd; Dick Miniat, former parishioner.
SPECIAL PRAYERS: Prayers for peace and stability for Libby and children and a job for Libby.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
BIRTHDAYS: (5/4) Mark Taylor, Jay Starr, Beth Thomas, Sara Tanner; (5/5) Bill Selby, Laura Moore; (5/6) Bettye Harris, Shepherd Smith, Marlene Stuart; (5/7) Scott Harwell; (5/10) Ryan O’Neill, Elizabeth Blackstock; (5/11) M.E. Schnorf, Alan Carter, Karen Henderson; (5/12) Chris Selby, Ken Minzenberger, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Scott DeLaBarre; (5/13) Ginny Lummus, David Frank, Kristina Higgins, Mackenzie Ward, Brianna Ward; (5/14) Michelle Zimmerman, James Tanner, Suzanne Gardiner; (5/15) Dani Dickson,, Ryan Olliffe, Mick Bowes; (5/16) Hans Kraeger; (5/17) Joe Ordway, Don Clark
ANNIVERSARIES: May 17 , Emily & Nelson Gale
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.
NEW! Click here to read the latest Youth Newsletter: May '09 (pdf file)
Photos from Barbara Kallas
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.
Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.
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Editor: Karen Manno