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.
We Welcome You!
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On Pentecost Sunday (May 23), those who participated in the intergenerational event in the parish hall had a wonderful treat. We were joined by Bishop Whitmore as we celebrated the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit which were first given to the members of the church on Pentecost. Each and every member of Christ’s body is a recipient of those gifts. These gifts are given to you and to me in very personal and particular ways. Your gift(s) may be different than my gift(s), but all of these gifts share something in common. They are given to us by God, not to hold to ourselves, like some warm and fuzzy experience, as wonderful as that experience may be. They are given to us to empower us for ministry, so that we might give ourselves away in loving service to others, giving and loving unselfishly as we have been loved by God. The amazing thing that I have discovered in my own giving of myself in service to others is that the more I give of myself, the more I receive in return, pressed down and running over.
I want to invite you to consider a new program that we are offering at St. Catherine’s as a way for you to share your gifts with others. It’s called THE JOURNEY, St. Catherine’s catechumenal process. The catechumenate is a journey in faith. This process is designed for those seeking baptism and those seeking to reaffirm their baptismal vows through confirmation, reception or reaffirmation. THE JOURNEY is open to all people, baptized and unbaptized, who want to enter a process of exploration and growth in their faith.
Each one of the participants in THE JOURNEY will be receive a sponsor to accompany them in the process. Their sponsor will be a member of St. Catherine’s who will befriend, guide and support their participant as they accompany them in the catechumenal process. In addition to Amma Susan and Father Jim there will be several lay catechists (teachers) needed to lead the small groups.
I ask your prayers for the success of St. Catherine’s catechumenal process and that God will provide the teachers and sponsors to accompany the participants in THE JOURNEY. I trust that God has poured out the gifts needed to empower us for this new ministry. Please prayerfully consider giving of yourself to this wonderful new ministry as a teacher or sponsor. THE JOURNEY will take time and commitment, but the blessings of sharing your faith journey with another person’s journey will be profound and beyond number.
Your input is important and your reply is requested by June 4!! The 2010 Time and Talent Pledge Card is now available and we invite each household to fill out and return it. Note that this form covers about half our ministries this time, and we will have another form in the fall.
For the 2010 Time and Talent Pledge form go to this secure webpage: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3B68WYK
You will also find a link to the form on our website at www.stcatherines.org. If you prefer a written form please pick one up at church or call the office, 770-971-2839.
Sunday, June 6 at the Donoghues'
If you are part of a Foyers group or would like to know more about being part of a dinner group for next year, please join us for the Foyers Finale Party on June 6, 5:00 pm at home of Tom and Maureen Donoghue. Please bring a side or a dessert to share. Please reply ASAP by contacting the Donoghues at 770-973-9776.
"Foyers" is a long-standing St. Catherine's tradition of dinner groups of 6-8 people which meet one a month during the school year on a rotating basis at members' homes. It is a wonderful night out for couples and singles of all ages, and a great way to get to know fellow parishioners better than just a friendly hello in church. Join us on June 6 for a great party and to find out about our next season starting this fall.
Saturday, June 12
Join us in the Parish Hall on June 12, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please bring a covered dish item to share. This is a great way to learn about Cursillo and renew Cusillista friendships. Cursillo’s goal is to help Christians to more fully understand God’s incredible redeeming love and healing power and then to bring that good news into the environments in which we live. For more information visit the National Episcopal Cursillo website at www.episcopalcursillo.org and the Atlanta Episcopal Cursillo community website at www.aecc.us.
Our Vacation Bible School will be roaring with fun June 21-25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm as we go on safari exploring the Lord's Prayer with songs, games, crafts, and snacks. VBS is open to children ages 4 (by July 1) through rising 5th graders. Registration forms are available in the foyer or download a form now from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/vbs2010-registration.pdf. The cost is:
Youth & adult volunteers still welcome! Want to join a fun and once a year ministry? If you have interest in one of the areas like crafts, games, music, Bible themes, snack or decorations please sign up now on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact stcatsvbslive.com.
Give the gift of life! The Red Cross does not need blood – patients do. Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. The next Red Cross blood drive at St. Catherine's will be June 22 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Reserve your time slot now by going to www.givelife.org and enter sponsor code HOLTRC. Our schedule for blood drives for the remainder of this year (all dates are Tuesdays):
Did you know that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts in our country? The St. Catherine’s Adult Choir invites everyone who'd like to give the summer choir a go to join us. You don’t need to be part of our choirs to participate! We’ll meet at 9:45 am on the Sundays below to rehearse a new piece for that day’s 10:30 service. And don’t worry if you can’t make all of these dates, just come on those when you are able. During the service, we'll gather in the choir area after the Peace, sing the anthem and then head back out to our seats in the congregation. Here is our schedule to sing:
And start thinking now about joining us for the coming year — watch for announcements of the start of regular rehearsal schedule for the fall for all our choirs.
A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing our favorite hymns at worship during the summer months. Please submit just 3 or 4 of your most favorite hymns. It doesn't matter what season they are from, but they all must be in The Hymnal 1982. We will do our best to schedule as many as possible. Fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office.
Attention, all St. Catherine’s groups and committees: Make sure resources and publicity will be available for your events! Send information on any and all activities, planned or tentative, for the coming year (now through May 2011) to Rose Wolfe in the office, rosewolfebellsouth.net by June 15
Are you the kind of golfer that "prays for pars"? If you are like most of us "hackers" then we invite you to join us one Sunday per month through October. Let's go to the early church service together and eat breakfast in the Parish Hall, before heading out for a 10:00 am tee time. Please confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each outing. Each person is responsible for their own greens fees on that day. To get started, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Walt McGill, wsmcgillaol.com, 770-971-8890.
By Father Jim
The visit of our assisting Bishop, Keith Whitmore, was a glorious day. We have received so many comments about his time with us. It was a wonderfully enriching day. From our worship to the intergenerational education time with red galore to our meeting with the Vestry, Bishop Keith had the opportunity to experience first hand the warmth and vitality of this congregation. We want to thank everyone who planned and participated in the day. Our loose plate offering for that day was $325 and was given to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund as is the custom and canon (law) of the church.
During Bishop Keith’s visit with the Vestry we presented a PowerPoint presentation to him entitled "Welcome to St. Catherine’s." The presentation grew out of a discussion at our May Vestry Meeting concerning what it was we wanted to present to the Bishop during his visit. Tanya Bowers-Dean took that information, wrote a story with it and developed a wonderful presentation with wind chimes and all. In response Bishop Keith wrote, “I have to say I have never in my 12 years as a Bishop had as well prepared a vestry presentation as I experienced Sunday. Thank you and the Vestry for your leadership and faithfulness.” We hope to develop the presentation in the near future with voice over and make it available on our website. In the meantime if you’d like to see it feel free to email Fr. Jim (fatherjimbellsouth.net) for a copy.
Photos by Connie Bergeron
You can see lots more pictures of Bishop Keith’s visit by diocesan photographer Bill Monk on the Diocese of Atlanta's photo site at picasaweb.google.com/atldiophotos/PentecostAtStCatherineSMarietta#.
Sunday, June 13
On June 13, the Rev. Tom Chesterman, representing Food for the Poor, will be with us to preach at both services. Food For The Poor is the number one international relief and development charity in the United States, feeding 2 million poor every day. Their Christian relief programs and projects are helping children and the poorest of the poor by providing food, housing, health care, education, water projects, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In particular with the devastation of the Haiti earthquake, Food for the Poor is taking a lead in rebuilding the cities, towns and villages destroyed by this cataclysmic event. The earthquake presents Haiti with its greatest challenge yet. Countless homeless people now live in refugee camps beneath bed sheets and tarps that offer little or no protection against the approaching storm season. Our compassion and support are urgently needed to rebuild communities for displaced families in Haiti.
For Haiti’s earthquake victims, you can help heal the anguish of a horrific disaster by providing a ray of hope. Our compassion can place a roof over the heads of an unsheltered family or give them lifesaving water. Your generous heart can provide sanitation units for a tent city or offer the opportunity to earn an income to those whose workplace was destroyed. In all, you can help ease an innocent family’s devastation by offering them the chance of a better future.
For more information about Food for the Poor visit them at www.foodforthepoor.org.
Five lay delegates are needed to represent St. Catherine's at the 2010 Atlanta Diocesan Council, November 12-13 at Cathedral of St. Philip. Delegates must be members of St. Catherine's in good standing, meaning they "pray, work and give" for the spread of God's kingdom on a regular basis. Delegates must attend all meetings including pre-council convocation meetings. If you would like to be considered for election to this position, check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Father Jim for information.
Saturday, June 19
Cats On Wheels, our fellowship group for active senior adults, is going to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Admission is $8 seniors, $10 adults, add $2 if you wish the audio tour. Carpools leave St. Catherine's at 10 am. RSVP by checking the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200. See information about the museum at www.boothmuseum.org. Contact Alan Certain to get on the mailing list for all our activities.
God's blessings and our love go with you and Bill as you move on to the further work you are called to do!
Sunday, August 8
Join us on August 8 in the Parish Hall at 12 noon (immediately after 10:30 worship) for an Informational Kick-off and forming of groups for the coming year. We'll provide a simple lunch and child care. Marriage Journey is a ministry focused on growing your marriage in a spiritual environment while building community and fellowship. Married couples or couples preparing to marry are invited. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact the office.
By Father Jim
Once again this year (and the second of a two year commitment) I will be at St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church (photo, right) on MacMahan Island, Maine during August. My first Sunday with St. Cuthbert’s will be August 1. I’ll be their preacher, pastor and chaplain until Sunday, August 29. I’ll return to St. Catherine’s on September 1st.
As I did last year, I plan to share with you a weekly article that we’re going to call “Musings from MacMahan.” This will be a time to reflect a little on life in the slower lane and what insights I might have from driving a bit slower and in an unfamiliar landscape.
I know this sounds like a dream come true opportunity – an island in Maine in August. And it was and is! Last year I admitted to some apprehensions of being on a small island “at sea” with only three ferries a day to terra firma. Will I get bored? Will I enjoy it so much that...? Will there be a sense of isolation and if so how might I respond? Am I capable of slowing down and enjoying it – or will I pace back and forth over the island’s foot paths, leaving them a bit more trodden? Will I feel out of touch with only a cell phone and a laptop but no internet? Am I planning to read too much; think too much; plan too much; pray too much; etc.? In some ways they are all questions that once again face me as I anticipate my visit.
I look forward to this year because I know the “lay of the land.” In addition to time for reading and relaxation, I look forward to Joan being with me the majority of the month this year. In addition Katie, Kari, Matt and Peyton are planning to visit the last half of the month. Joan and I look forward to a wonderful time of bonding between Peyton and her paternal grandparents and aunt. It will be a special time. We look forward to visits from good friends from St. Catherine’s during the early part of the month. In addition I’ll once again be able to test the theory that the world of MacMahan is more like the real world God has created where everyone has time to enjoy hospitality, worship with ease, read, and enjoy one another’s company.
So each week, as I did last year, I will try to reflect on what’s happening and capture some thoughts on paper and find some way to send them to Karen Manno for publishing in the parish email and The Wheel.
EFM… is it for you?
By Jan Potter
I know that many of you faithful Wheel readers are probably laying awake nights thinking… if only I could studying the Bible and learn about theological reflection. Or maybe not…. I imagine that some of you think that EFM is an egghead pursuit that requires a ton of study and serious thought.
EFM, Education for Ministry is a program from the University of the South. There is a set of weekly reading (approximately 20 pages a week). Each student at each level reads that lesson and it is discussed in a group (so you have plenty of chances to argue, affirm, decry, whatever, about what you have read that week). You sign up for one year at a time (it’s a total of 4 years) and there is a cost. We have limited scholarship money to pay part of the cost for those in need. The first year students study the Old Testament, second years study the New Testament, third years study church history, and fourth years study church philosophy. We spend about half of our time each week talking about what we’ve read and learned from the lessons (or what we disagree about). We connect the dots using all four pieces of information to help us figure out where we are today and where we might be going.
The second half of our time together is devoted to a “theological reflection.” Always sounded a bit priestly to me, but it is a way of looking at everything theologically. People in the class can bring in anything they want – a picture, a story, an article, a thing, or an idea. Rarely is it a religious item. Usually it is not.
We take that everyday thing and we compare its reality from our own experience, our culture, and our religion. We help each other hash out – in a loving and genuine community – just what matters and what we really believe.
What about Jesus, Richard Petty, and Elvis? We covered that last year but I’m sure something equally as interesting will surface when YOU join us.
For more information, contact Chris Potter, 404-376-7430, cdexterpottergmail.com or Jan Potter, 404-444-8627, jcpottergmail.com, or call the church office and they will let us know of your interest. We meet on Thursday nights beginning September 9 for a couple of hours each week through the school year.
By Mary Alice Barrington
When my sister, Katie had been offered a place in Kids4Peace 2008 journey, she said yes. Earlier this year when I filled out the form, I had no idea what was going to happen. When I went to the interview I was excited and nervous. They asked if any of the kids had questions, told us what we would be doing, and went over our forms. I enjoyed it and really thought this would be something I wanted to do.
Later that month, I got an e-mail that I had been selected to attend Kids4Peace 2010. I felt overjoyed and thrilled that I would get to embark on this journey. There will be 12 kids from Georgia, all from Episcopal churches, and 12 kids from Jerusalem, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. I will have a girl Peace Pal that may be any of the three religions.
The first week of July we will be at Camp Mikell. The second week we will be in Atlanta. We will visit a Mosque, a Temple, and an Episcopal church. In Atlanta, we will visit the Georgia Aquarium, MLK Center, and will shop at Target. They take very seriously the Middle Eastern tradition of gift giving and we get to help them pick gifts for their families.
Kids4Peace is not a one time thing. Katie is still in contact with many of her friends from Kids4Peace and gets to promote the program several times a year. I look forward to continuing that tradition.
“Be the change that you want to see in the world” — Mohandas Gandhi
Preview Party Sunday, August 15
By Amy Morris & Sally Powers
Thank you all for your recipes! We have received an abundant amount and are busily proofing and editing them. Pre-sales will start at the end of summer so keep an eye out for more info. Please save the date: Sunday, Aug. 15, 5:30pm. We will be having a big preview party in the Parish Hall featuring recipes from the cookbook. Your entire family is invited.
You will hear more soon about the competition to Name the Book. At the preview party, we will announce the winner of the title competition so start thinking of a title. You will win a cookbook if your title is chosen! Details will follow soon on both the party and the contest.
Sundays, August 15, 22, 29
For the past two summers, St. Cat’s has hosted the Country Fair (not to be confused with Rally Day Fair). This event will take place three Sundays this August between the 8 am and 10:30 am services It's fun for all ages (intergenerational).
The County Fair offers three to four centers/activities focused on a specific parable each Sunday. This is where volunteers come in. Two to three volunteers work on a Sunday together.This is an easy, short-term event to volunteer for and helps you meet a lot of people. If you are interested please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Kristin Blackstock, kgblackstockhotmail.com, 770-971-2649.
The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments after 10:30 services during the summer under the great oak (or indoors when weather demands). Are you interested in helping? It's a fun way to meet people! Lemonade and cookies are provided or you may bring your own.
Volunteers are needed for 1 or more dates beginning June 6. Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Katja Michael.
Photo, left by Connie Bergeron: Paul Manno and Woody Patrick enjoy Sunday refreshments
Next Dinner: Monday, June 28
Thank you to everyone who supported our St. Catherine's dinner service at Elizabeth Inn on April 28. To those who donated food and those who served, please know how grateful we are for your generosity and kindness. Outreach ministries at St. Cat's take many volunteers and helping hands, and this month was a splendid example of everyone working together and helping to ensure the guests had a delicious and healthy dinner.Appreciation goes to Carol Eskew, Linda Smith, Claire Harrison, Barbara Harrison, Karley Barber, Tanya Bowers-Dean and family Richard, Alysia and Celia, Peggy Powell, Connie and Ron Bergeron, and Tracy and Rick Buckalew.
St. Catherine’s volunteers prepare and serve dinner on the 28th of every month for the guests at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter in Marietta. Families and individuals are invited to choose a month and lend a hand. Youth ages 16 and older may help in the kitchen. Children ages 10 and older may help serve in the dining room. Complete guidelines are available at www.mustministries.org/documents/MealInformation.pdf. To sign up to help with dinner on Monday, June 28, or to find out more please contact Tracy Buckalew, tracyklpcpeoplepc.com, 770-956-9609.
In addition, volunteers are needed for Laundry Team on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday each month. Please sign up at the Outreach table in the foyer (opposite the Parlor) or contact Fred Massey, f_masseyhotmail.com or 404.731.4466.
From The Anglican Digest, Summer 2010, www.anglicandigest.org
By Gail McGill
For those who hung ornaments on the Christmas Memory Wreath on the gate of the Memorial Garden, the ornaments are located in the church work room if you wish to pick them up.
By Amelia Arthur
1. It's a great way to celebrate your kid’s birthday.
2. Husbands, show your wife you “planned ahead” for your anniversary.
3. Pine straw doesn’t look good in front of the altar.
4. One more obstacle for the clergy to navigate around.
5. Keep Emily Gale (Flower Guild chair) happy!
6. Ragweed isn’t good PR for our newcomer ministry
7. See your name in the bulletin, it’ll impress the in-laws.
8. Flowers cost less than Chanel, diamonds, or a massage.
9. It takes two to tango—two people or families can sign up for each week.
10. Because they are beautiful, enhance our worship, and keep our Flower Guild in business.
Remember, your donations are the ONLY funding for the flowers which adorn our sanctuary and we appreciate your contributions. There are still Sundays open to sign up in thanksgiving for or in memory of a person or occasion—birthdays, anniversaries and more! Sponsorship is NOT limited to one or two persons or families per date so please choose the date you prefer. Check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin which lists the next open dates coming up, or see the complete year chart in the foyer. And when you've signed up, please remember to submit a check ($60/ vase) on or before your scheduled date.
Photos of the Women's Retreat at Montara Farm on April 23-25 by Ginny Lummus
"The Second Holy Land— Paul’s Missionary Journeys" will be March 26 - April 8, 2011, led by Father Jim. For the complete itinerary, cost details and reservation form pick up a brochure which is now available in the foyer, or visit the web page at worldwidepilgrimage.com/itineraries/DT11003.html.
This month we celebrate the life and work of the Parish Administration and Facilities Team. This team is responsible for the effective operation, maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings; the development and upkeep of the grounds and landscaping; and the extensive communication systems including the church computer network, building audio services, maintenance of the St. Catherine's website, publication of The Wheel newsletter and Parish Announcements weekly emails, and much more.
To find out more about their activities or to become involved please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact team convener Al Jones.
Summer Lunch Program at MUST Needs You!
Did you ever wonder what happens when the thousands of Cobb County children who eat on the school lunch program go home for the summer? Many have little to no food. You can help. Have your family, cell group or neighborhood make bagged lunches for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. Every day, MUST delivers 2,000 lunches to targeted, low-income housing area so the children will have a meal. That’s 100,000 lunches each summer! Go to www.mustministries.org/documents/FlashDocuments/sl_flyer_cobb.pdf for details. Please help feed the children in our neighborhoods today.
“On Golden Pond”
August 13-15 at The Strand Theater to benefit MUST
The Mount Paran Players present “On Golden Pond” by Earnest Thompson at the Strand Theater on the Marietta Square in a performance benefiting MUST Ministries. Show times are Friday, Aug. 13 and Sat., Aug. 14 at 8 pm, and Sunday, Aug. 15 at 3 pm. Tickets are $18 and are available at www.earlsmithstrand.com or call 770-293-0080
Dear St. Catherine's
Before, during and after my surgery you have surrounded me with your prayers, love and support. Such wonderful gifts. Thank you also for the beautiful altar flowers, for visits, calls, cards, and meals. I am healing and getting better each day, slower than I would like, but on the Dr's. schedule.
Thank you for being there, our extended family.
With love and gratitude,
Dear All at St. Catherine’s,
Steve and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing the altar flowers with us to celebrate Christine’s birth – they were absolutely beautiful and enjoyed for many days. We feel so fortunate to be raising our family in such a close and loving church home.
Thank you very much for your contribution to Holy Comforter Church. We are so grateful for your generous support that sustains the life and work of our congregation.
Blessings and peace to you,
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 continued support of our organization. Your support is vital to us as we continue to work with students and their families in both school systems…
To bring you up to date with all CISMCC’s activities, the Performance Learning Centers ( PLC) graduated over 115 students this school year who otherwise were going to drop out of school. We are very proud of their accomplishments. We are especially proud of those who have received scholarships and are enrolled in college. Our Parents As Teachers program is currently serving 25 parents and 32 children. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for the students at the PLCs and literacy tutors for the elementary school age children. Parents Assuring Student Success classes have been completed at various schools and apartment complexes. The summer program, Project Lynx, will be starting the 1 st of June at Osborne High School for students from Smitha and Campbell Middle Schools who are not having success in school. They will be motivated to improve their attitude towards education and start seeing rewards for their efforts. CIS of Marietta/Cobb County believes that every child can succeed if encouraged and shown that someone cares…
It is through the support of individuals with both their time and treasure that means so much to the success of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. The organization couldn’t do it without you. The advocacy for CISMCC that you do in our community is important and very much appreciated. Thank you for your continued interest and support. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please don’t hesitate to call me at 678-503-0901.
Dear [St. Catherine’s,]
Your gift has made a difference in the lives of men, women and children in your community who struggle daily just to get their basic needs met. Thank you for your gift of $3,119.63 [Easter 2010 offering] for MUST. Let me tell you how your dollars have helped during this Easter season.
Daily, we give a family hope in three communities by helping them with job readiness and employment preparation, clothing and school supplies for their children, or rent assistance to help keep them in their home. Daily, we offer people a place to start over, to break the bonds of poverty, homelessness and addiction which can only happen through the power of the resurrected Christ…
Occasionally, I eat lunch in our soup kitchen in Marietta and I am overwhelmed with Christ’s blessing. I am blessed by the delight on a child’s face when he is offered an extra dessert. I am blessed by the gratitude someone has just to be able to come in from the cold for 30 minutes. I am blessed by the volunteers serving the meal. I am blessed by the staff working to make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone’s needs are met. And, I am reminded, once again, of God’s glorious presence at MUST.
Thank you for joining me this Easter season with a humble heart before God. I will never comprehend His grace but together, we will honor His sacrifice by loving others, responding to His call and serving His people.
Next scheduled date: Sunday, November 7 (All Saints' Sunday)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR THE SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Eddie Brewer; Emma, Gloria Johnson, Eileen Motter, Jarrett & parents Jill & John, Miles Pearson, Ellen Brandt, Karen Price, Jean Huffstetler, Marge Lowden, Mark & Cathy; Sherri Cromer, Richard Cromer, Judith Phillips, Ann Pagel, Jenny Powers, Joe Tarentino, Kim Michaux, Dick Kareken, Zach Pope, Tom Herron, Yvonne, Mary Hurd, Margaret Cowart, Jim Morrison, Jason, Jean Housley, Ron Brannock, Christie Cave, Chuck Callender & Richard, Anne, Daniel, Jeremy Williams, Mike, Chuck M., Robert Duncan, Trish, Pat Pepper, Beth Sandoval, Michele, Louise Bottoms, Barbara, Susan, Hillary, Jean, Ryan, Irene, Pat Drew, Peggy, Ray Cole, Robert Baldwin, Marilyn & Tom Bradbury, Jean Wintrow, Keely Phillpotts,
BEFORE SURGERY: Diane Blackshear-Wood, 6/16; Colleen Morich, 6/22
DECEASED: Lynn Patton, friend of Marion Cook
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
BIRTHDAYS: (6/7) Rebecca Kiefer; (6/8) Fred Lopez, Kathy Solomon, Kelly Donoghue; (6/9) Nathan Keith, Paul Maxwell, Abigail McCoy; (6/10) Jeanette Harrison, Leah Banko; (6/11) Naomi Morris; (6/12) Justice Mace; (6/13) Lindsay Walls, Jason Tindall; (6/14) Eugene Potter, Michael Arthur; (6/15) Jennifer Buckalew; (6/17) Paul Manno, Becky Ban, Michael Dillson, Elyse Tindall; (6/18) Judith Phillips, Peggy Snook, Corey Acocella, Beverly Fambrough, Linda Snape; (6/20) Carroll Mitchell, Jim Rawls
ANNIVERSARIES: (6/7) Paul & Sharon Parisi; (6/12) Bruce & Barbara Perry; (6/17) Bill & Elaine Krupp; (6/19) David & Molly Banko
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.
Hold These Future Dates:
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below is the next two weeks of events and activities. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
Please pray for all the Rite-13 youth and youth leaders who will be on the Rite-13 Beach Trip, June 4 - 6.
Prayers for the YA Pilgrimage to Costa Rica
Please pray for the YA class and leaders as they prepare for their Pilgrimage to Costa Rica, June 11-20. Please pray for safe travel, meaningful fellowship, and that we will seek and find God on our journey. And watch for reports and pictures on the St. Cat’s website during the trip (link coming in your Parish Announcements emails).
Costa Rica Pilgrimage Sharing Dinner
Join the YA class on Sunday, June 27th for a Pilgrimage Sharing Dinner in the Parish Hall from 5-7pm. Please bring a dish to share! We will be presenting pictures and reflections of our trip! We hope the whole community will join us for a fun night of sharing and fellowship.
VBS Help Needed!
Vacation Bible School is June 21-25 at St. Catherine’s and we need lots of youth group members to help! If you want to help for some or all of the week please email Stephanie Yucius at stephyuciushotmail.com. Thanks!
Save the Date for Summer WNL!
There will be a special summer WNL for all youth in Rite-13 through YA on Wednesday, July 21st from 6-8pm! Save the Date and look for more details in the Youth Newsletter coming out June 18!
Mentor Hike to Blood Mountain
Photos & report by Hale Sanders
The mentor group did their annual hike on May 1 up Blood Mountain on the Appalachian Trail. This mountain is 4,458 feet in elevation although our hike was an approximate 1,800 foot climb from the parking lot off of US 19. As can be seen from the picture, the weather was not very cooperative with a misty drizzle throughout the hike. But we never considered not doing the hike, and took it on with enthusiasm, and plenty of gasps.
As we reached the top, we were feeling quite proud of ourselves for having accomplished such a steep hike, although the normally spectacular views from the top were blocked by the fog on the mountain. We ate lunch in the dry stone hut with some other hikers and remembered the life of Stephen Nicholson, a former member of the youth group. Some of the youth wanted to hike down the other side of the mountain to see the large bear that the hikers had told us about, but we elected not to, for safety’s sake.
After lunch, we headed back down the mountain to the Walasi-Yi Center where we where we looked at the cool hiking gear and tee-shirts before driving home. Hopefully, next year’s hike will cooperate with better weather, but even if it doesn’t, we won’t let that stop us!
More news coming soon
Read the Youth Newsletter coming out June 18 for more events, activities, save the dates, and pictures!
Youth Ministry Committee meeting
The Youth Ministry Committee will have its June meeting on Tuesday, June 8th at 7pm. Please email Amelia at ameliastcatherines.org if you have any issues that you want us to discuss.
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