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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It has become our custom to have a "Summer Parish Meeting" mid-way through the year. We’ve used this time in the past to update you on certain subjects and on-going pieces of work that effect our life together in the community. This year will be no different.
We will meet on Sunday, July 26 at 9:15 in the Sanctuary. This is the time between our summer services. We will gather and we’ll update you briefly on the current efforts of the Vestry as well as give you a update on Rally Day and Ministry Fair plans.
The bulk of the meeting, however, will be devoted to a Q&A session. As leaders of St. Catherine’s we wonder whether we give you enough time to ask questions directly and receive answers directly. When Joan and I were in seminary our rector at the Sewanee parish church used to periodically take advantage of sermon time to allow people to ask questions. I often wondered whether this was more a function of not having prepared a sermon, but nonetheless I found the time helpful – if not too short. There is not much ground you can cover during the "normal" sermon time.
We will begin our meeting with some prepared topics (about 10 - 15 minutes) and then spend the rest of the time answering whatever questions you have concerning our common life together. So bring your questions and we’ll enjoy some time together in the Sanctuary on July 26 at 9:15 am.
All invited to our summer Vacation Bible School — "Crocodile Dock" bayou adventure where kids shine God’s light! Monday through Friday, July 20-24, 9:30am - 12:30pm. VBS is open to all children who will be 4 years of age by 07/01/09. The cost is:
Registration forms are available in the foyer. Plenty of adult and youth help is needed! For questions or to volunteer, email stcatsvbslive.com.
The Coracle Spiritual Formation Ministry will be offering two 8-week reflection groups which are intended to foster new awareness and enlightenment of one’s personal spiritual path in the context of parenting. These groups are based on the book Parenting: A Sacred Path written by Shalem graduate Patience Robbins. Our Monday evening group begins August 24 and will be facilitated by Karen Maxwell. A Wednesday morning group will be facilitated by Kathy Holman and begins August 26.
Each session will include a meditation, small group reflection, and large group discussion. Our large groups will be limited to 15 participants and are open to anyone who is a parent. Class cost is $80.00 which includes the book. Please indicate your interest on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin, or for more information contact Deacon Kathy or Karen Maxwell.
The triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church meets this summer, July 8-17 in Anaheim, California. You may want to know more about what specifically will be addressed at this year’s Convention. We continue our four Sunday forum series in the Board Room from 9:15 to 10:15 am, during General Convention and one session following the Convention’s conclusion. This will be an opportunity to discuss, anticipate and react to the work of Convention and the many resolutions to come before the Convention.
Communications from Convention
For information about the structure of General Convention and review pending legislation visit the General Convention website at www.episcopalchurch.org/gc2009.htm.Your bishops and deputies will blog from General Convention at generalconventionatlanta.blogspot.com. You can bookmark it now and check back when Convention begins. The Episcopal Church's extensive Media Hub will keep you up to date in a variety of ways. Visit the Episcopal Church website to find the links as convention begins July 8.
This month we celebrate the life and work of this newest Ministry Team in our parish life. To volunteer, or to find out more about their activities, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Maureen Donoghue.
Our Ministry of Invitation has proposed a way to welcome newcomers to our church. We want to begin testing it this summer. We are now looking for additional volunteers to help. Some will be greeters, some will be shepherds to facilitate the newcomer’s introduction to St. Catherine’s; some will bake bread for a welcoming gift, some will deliver the bread on the Sunday the visitors first attend. Our Mission is to welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is an opportunity to do this for those who enter our church for the first time.
Did you know that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts in our country? According to a new study (Chorus America, June 2009, www.chorusamerica.org) , in America an estimated 42.6 million children and adults (32.5 million adults), regularly sing in choruses today.
The St. Catherine’s Adult Choir invites everyone who'd like to give the summer choir a go to meet during the Sundays in July at 9:45 to rehearse a new piece for that day’s 10:30 service. During the service, we'll gather in the choir area after the Peace, sing the anthem and then head back out to the congregation.
And start thinking now about joining us for the coming year — watch for announcements of the start of regular rehearsal schedule for all our choirs.
RSVP by July 12 for next outing
"Praying For Pars" is our monthly golf outing on the 3rd Sunday through October. Please confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each outing -- email Walt McGill at wsmcgillaol.com or call 770-971-8890. Mark your calendar for the following dates: July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18. 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."
The Young Families group will be gathering at East Cobb Park on Wednesdays, 4-7 PM all summer long for "Ultimate Playdate" -- weather permitting: check the park website at www.eastcobbpark.org each date or sign up to receive their e-mail notices for cancellations! Bring a sack dinner, a blanket or chairs for fresh air and family-friendly music. No charge, no RSVP, just look for the families from St. Catherine's.
Join Father Jim to help do breakfast for the guests at the Elizabeth Inn on a Wednesday morning. He would like one or two volunteers with him each month. You will arrive at the Inn at 5:30 am, cook breakfast, serve at 6:30 am and then leave. No clean-up is required, just please wear closed toed shoes. Available dates are the fourth Wednesday each month: July 22, September 23, October 28, November 25, and December 23. Contact Father Jim, fatherjimbellsouth.net or 770-971-2839, to find out more or sign up.
We need a "few good men" who are willing to help plan, organize and execute the Men's Retreat this fall. If you are willing to be part of the team, please let us know and we'll get you involved. Please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or speak with Keith Dumke, Hans Kraeger, Rod Pope or Fr. Jim for further information.
Left: Fun on the 2008 retreat
Our Stewardship campaign this fall will include small group meetings in homes. We are inviting you to consider hosting one or more of these meetings. We ask that you open your home for an hour and provide some light snacks for a small group of people at a time convenient for you during October. If you are willing to be a host please check here and we will be in touch. If interested please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin, or see John Garner or Juan Sandoval for more information.
Cats on Wheels trip to Blue Willow Inn, June 20
Photos by Jim Nixon
Pentecost - May 31,2009
Photos by Jan Potter... see lots more at Pentecost053109
Father's Day 2009
Photos by Connie Bergeron
NOT seen at St Cat's...
Calling all adults at St. Catherine’s and their friends: December 8–10, 2009, Cats on Wheels, our active seniors group, is sponsoring a trip to Asheville to see the Christmas lights at the famous and fabulous Biltmore Estate. The $252 price includes transportation by modern air-conditioned motor coach plus double-occupancy lodging plus 2 breakfasts plus 2 dinners plus a full day at the Biltmore plus other sites and sights in Asheville . The coach capacity is 50, available first-come, first-included.
A refundable $75 deposit will be due in July. Indicate your interest now and receive full details by sending an email to st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com.
By Alan Certain
We extend congratulations to Nadine Pope and Juan Sandoval who have been received as Postulants in the "Diocesan Phase" of the Deacon Discernment Process. Nadine and Juan will be spending the next two years in formation as Deacons in the Church. At the end of this formation period, God and the Church willing, they will be ordained to "make Christ and his redemptive love known, by their word and example, to those among whom they live, and work, and worship; to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world; to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and the ministration of God's Word and Sacraments; and to carry out other duties assigned to them from time to time."
When you see Nadine and Juan please congratulate them and learn more about their formation. And of course keep both them and their families in your prayers as they prepare for this particular service to God.
Congratulations to Claire and Brian Paglia, married at St. Catherine’s on June 27. Claire is the daughter of Al and Karen Maxwell. The couple will reside in Roswell.
A big thank you to Pat Pepper, Eleanor Pearson, and Jennifer Massey for spending the day on July 1 cleaning the kitchen. Their gift of time is deeply appreciated! They have set up a table in the Parish Hall with items which the Parish Hall or Kitchen has inherited over the years. These are items we do not use, and have no place for. Please feel free to take what you want, and make a donation to the Fellowship Committee if you can. Any items not "taken to a nice home" within two weeks will be donated to charity.
Our kitchen gets used a lot and over a period of time it becomes cluttered with things that people bring out but never seem to be able to put back where they belong. A good example is that all of our coffee dispensers have a home under the coffee maker, but over the past month or so they've all migrated to being left on top of the counter, significantly reducing counter space. This is but one of many examples. If we all work together we can keep the kitchen clean, supplies in the right place, and a pleasant environment to work. In summary, we would like to ask anyone who uses the kitchen on a regular basis to please put things back where they belong.
Again a big thank you to Pat, Eleanor, and Jennifer for a job well done.
By Juan Sandoval
I awoke early on a spring morning at Honey Creek. I got dressed to go to morning Eucharist. As I walked across the beautifully wooded area, I noticed movement on the ground. As I looked closer, there were many small hermit crabs scurrying around looking for their next meal, although it seemed like they were saying “good morning”. I walked into the chapel to find several other people praying and waiting for Eucharist to begin. I looked up behind the altar to see a breathtaking view of the morning sunrise with hues of yellow and orange brightly shining on the table of God. I continued to be in awe of the magnificent background God had provided us for this morning service. This environment was perfection.
The stewardship of environment is one that touches so many aspects of our senses, our lives and the wonderful planet we live on. Let us ponder on who, what, where, why and how the environment is acted upon, acted with and acted in.
First, who refers to all that make our environment beautiful, cluttered, invigorating or however we perceive it. At Saint Catherine’s, we have people who provide their time and talent to keep the grounds beautiful. When you walk up to the church on Sunday, do you think about who is doing all this? What about the physical building we gather in on Sundays and other days during the week? Who insures that the church is clean, the roof is not leaking and the windows are clean? Who keeps the lawns mown and the flowers planted? Who cares for your environment?
What is our environment? This can be many things – where we live, where we work, where we pray or where we play. Environment can also be those people we work with, people we socialize with, our families and our church families. We listen to the voices of our talented choir, but how often do we stop to appreciate all that they sacrifice to practice and make those lovely sounds that so enhance the environment of our worship? This can be said of so many of our ministries: altar guild, lay readers, outreach and so many others. Our environment is what each of us makes it. What do you do to make your environment better?
Where is our environment? I think that it is where we are at that point in time. Are we deep in prayer, resting or working? There are so many aspects that contribute to “our” environment and to coin an old phrase, “we need to take time to smell the roses”. Where is your environment and are you taking that time to smell the roses?
Why should we be aware of our environment? Our environment determines many facets of our lives. For example, the safety of our home, the safety of our vehicle, the cleanliness of the air we breathe, the quality of the water we drink, the beauty of nature, our relation to others and our relation to God. Why is it important to you?
How can we act on our environment? This is a question for each us to consider in relation to our environment and to the gifts God has provided us. This is like Pentecost, although we are not speaking in tongues, we each have gifts that allow us to care for the various aspects in unison. This allows us to simultaneously care for the environment with like purpose and for the benefit of all. How can I make the environment better?
We at Saint Catherine’s have beauty that encompasses all these aspects of the stewardship of environment. As we walk up to the church we see an awesome great oak, one that has survived many years. We walk into the church and see the baptismal font with the artful water flowing into it. Then we look up and see the suspended Cross with a lovely background of sky and trees. The most exciting gift that happens is when we enter the church and find our wonderful greeters providing visitors and parishioners with the gift of invitation. The children, running and jumping, smiling and laughing, provide us with joy and refreshment. The youth and teens active in our services provide us with hope for the future. Our teachers and preachers bring words of wisdom and comfort. We are so fortunate to have the blessing of such a special environment. How will you assist in maintaining the environment in your home, your church, your community and your planet?
Prayer for Stewardship: O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the need of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen - BCP, p, 25
MUST Summer Lunch Program
This summer MUST Ministries will deliver over 100,000 lunches to hungry kids living in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. This is a program that has been sponsored by MUST since 1995. During the summer months those children who are eligible to receive a reduced or free lunch during the school year are also given the opportunity to have a free lunch delivered to them by way of volunteers. Monday through Friday a child receives a sacked lunch that contains a sandwich, chips, any assortment of vegetables or fruit, a dessert item and a juice box. For details about the program and how you can help go to www.mustministries.org.
Thoughts from the MUST Summer Lunch Program
Following is a reflection by Carol Hunt, a full-time volunteer with MUST Marietta’s weekly day services. Read more of her stories from MUST at www.mustministries.org/whoweare/stories.aspx.
The morning haze hung over the old gray van as children and volunteers from the community placed with care their gifts of brown paper sacks on the seats of the van. The outside of some sacks were decorated with yellow sunshines; other crayoned with stick people. Inside the two hundred sacks were sandwiches, cookies, and chips
Our first stop was public housing apartments where the yellowest of butterflies hovered over clusters of blue thistle weeds and quickly scattered at the sounds of barefoot children running down the long hill. The children greeted us with “hellos,” but best of all were the hugs and toothless smiles and that wonderful question, “do you have books today?” We brought not only nourishment to the body, but nourishment to the mind and the soul. Oh, the preciousness of that one book, long after the last bit of peanut butter melts in the mouth. As I watched, the children choose and open the pages that spill forth ideas challenging them as they hunger to know what the words say, I remembered that a gift only becomes a gift when it is received with hands and heart. Read more....
Long-time art and pre-school teacher Tinka Ivey will be hosting a Rainforest Summer Art Camp at St. Catherine's. For grades K-5, the camp will run Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. The cost is $150 per child. Brochuresare available at the church. For more information or to register, please contact Tinka Ivey at 770-578-1945 or at cuteasabugartgmail.com.
It’s important to recognize a stroke
Stroke is a medical emergency. It is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart and cancer. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts!
If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don't delay! It's very important to take immediate action. Call 9-1-1 so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. tPA is the only FDA-approved medication for the treatment of stroke within three hours of stroke symptom onset. – from the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, www.strokeassociation.org
Nancy Certain, RN, presents this second article in a 5 part series on alcohol dependency:
One of the first symptoms of alcoholism is, ironically and tragically, an ability to increase alcohol intake and still function “normally.” It is ironic because most diseases incur immediate and obvious penalties, not benefits, and result in reduced functioning rather than improvement in functioning. The alcohol dependant person is “blessed” with a supernormal ability to tolerate alcohol and enjoy its euphoric and stimulating effects.
This improvement of functioning is tragic because the alcohol dependent has little or no warning of the deterioration inevitably to follow. Neither the early stage alcohol dependent person nor his friends have reason to suspect that he is suffering from a progressive and often fatal disease. In this stage it would be difficult if not impossible to convince the alcohol dependant to stop drinking. Why should she stop if she does not feel sick but in fact feels better when she drinks?
There is a mistaken idea that the disease of alcoholism begins only when the drinker begins to suffer from drinking and shows some deterioration in physiological functioning, such as severe withdrawal symptoms, personality disintegration or inability to control his intake. Most people assume that before symptoms appear, alcoholics and non-alcoholics experience precisely the same physical reaction to alcohol. In fact, they do not. The alcohol dependent person reacts physically in an abnormal way to alcohol and his disease begins long before he behaves or thinks like an alcohol dependent person. The reactions or adaptations of the body’s cells to alcohol remain hidden in the early stages of the disease, but they are nevertheless happening. In months or years, the cells will have been so altered by alcohol that the dependent person’s behavior and thought processes will be affected. Then the disease will no longer be hidden and the alcohol dependent person will clearly be in trouble with alcohol.
This message is from Andy Mitchell, but when I am in a hospital I am known as William Mitchell. St Catherine's is just amazing . For some of you older members you may remember in 1978 I spent 49 days at Piedmont Hospital. Carroll and I had two small children and St Catherine's was wonderful. But, the most wonderful part of this story is that Carroll in the mid 70's chose to join St Catherine's and I got to tag along. We both love the community of St. Catherine's.
To the People of St. Catherine’s,
I am working on a Senior Project through my English class at Wheeler High School. The purpose of a Senior Project is to acquire new skills, prepare for college work, and develop a more focused career plan. I have decided to build an outdoor worship space at St. Catherine’s and to write my research paper on forms of worship and worship spaces including Pre-Christian, Early-Christian, and Modern-Christian. I am trying to complete as much of my project as I can before school starts so that I can dedicate the time needed. I plan on using a variety of materials to create this space and would appreciate any help in finding sources for the following: mulch to cover the ground, pressure-treated wood for the altar, and all-weather tiles for the altar. If you have any suggestions for any part of this or would like to help in any way, please let me know.
Back to School Drive:
My name is Jenna Gardiner and I am a member of St. Catherine's, as well as a Ambassador Girl Scout, the highest level of Girl Scouts. Currently, I am working on my Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts. For my project, I have chosen to start a back to school drive, in which the supplies benefit foster teenagers, who are greatly in need. If you would still like to donate or would like more information about my project, please email backtoschooldrive2009gmail.com. Thank you for all of your support!
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
On behalf of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ), I want to thank you for your generous contribution of $1,500 to the work in the Middle East. This is a time of constant crisis for the people there and the diocesan institutions are struggling to maintain some kind of stability through worship, education and healthcare.
St. Catherine’s gift will mean so much to Our Saviour’s School as it serves 300 children of all faiths who are sight-impaired. They’re integrated together and the curriculum addresses issues of co-existence and respect for difference. Theses funds will provide scholarship funds. Also, this is a hotbed of terrorism and the scholarship resources allow us to keep more of the youth in school rather than being recruited for destructive purposes. Your part is immensely important.
Thank you on behalf of all of us, but especially from our fellow Episcopalians in the Diocese of Jerusalem. May this find you spending some of the summer months in rest and recreation.
Next scheduled date -- Sunday, November 1 (All Saints)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Glenda King, Zanny Dillson, Pia Johanson, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Lorraine Brown, Mary Ann Howell, Athena Geges, Marion Stevensky, Ruth Kell, Keena Rosetti, Joan Unger, Anne Geddes, Alan Carter, Keith, Linda Carter, Edward Alvarado, Jackie McCracken, Susan Stanton, Jack, Andrew, Jim, Barbara, Susan, Stan Dickson, Ann, Larraine Nichols, Tony Rissley, Olivia Martin, Cliff Pepper, Carol Surtees, Karla Smolen, Charlie Templeton, Eleanor Watrous, Mary Garner, Mary Daneke, Andy Mitchell, Cindy Thompson, Bruce Corrigan, Ruth Koch, Barbara Mashke
BEFORE SURGERY: Kaitlin Thomas, 7/14/09
DECEASED: Sandy, friend of Kathy Holman; Herbert Holmes, friend of Marcia & Emma Markette; Jeanette & Matthew Prather, Terry & Lezlie Degan’s neighbors; Bill Mashburn, friend of Amanda Jones; Antonia , sister of Marion Cook’s neighbor
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
BIRTHDAYS: (7/7) Neal Hughart, (7/8) Thad Barrington, Julian Gardiner, (7/10) Karen Blakey, Tori Brogdon, Christi Nakajima, Trevor Kiefer, (7/11) Rachel Bagby, Alyssa Nichols, Bill Ivey, Pam Newton, (7/12) Nikolas McAlister, (7/13) Kathy Kareken, Oliver Long, (7/14) Diane Sanders, (7/16) Jacob Morris, (7/17) Ron Cook, Carol Eskew, Sydney Shushan, Michael-Ryan Fendley, (7/18) Bob Pepper
ANNIVERSARIES: 7/11, Martin & Katja Michael; 7/18, Tom & Marilyn Hunter
SPECIAL PRAYERS: For Annie and her family
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.
Mission Trip to Perry County, Alabama
Please pray for everyone going on the mission trip to Perry County next week: Austin Jablonski, Mitch Dumke, Ben Frost, Alysia Bowers-Dean, Megan Shannonhouse, AJ Detmar, Amelia Arthur, Al Jones, and Jim Nixon. We will be in Perry County from July 6 to 10.
Ice Cream Social for VBS Helpers July 12!
All youth who are planning to be VBS helpers are invited to an ice cream social on Sunday, July 12th immediately after the 10:30 service in the youth house. We hope to have lots of helpers this year and we want to give everyone all the information they need about helping with VBS. If you are interested in helping or have questions you can contact Amelia Arthur at ameliastcatherines.org, or Stephanie Yucius, VBS Coordinator. Again, mark your calendars for Sunday, July 12th after the 10:30 service in the Youth House!
by Amelia Arthur
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.
We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
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Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry 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
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Editor: Karen Manno
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