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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By Father Jim
I will be away for eight days at a conference entitled CREDO. Sponsored by the Church Pension Fund, this is an opportunity to stop for a brief moment and examine my life in a number of different dimensions. With the pressures of a busy and spirit filled church, the loss of a good friend, and the approaching celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary, this opportunity comes at a profound moment in my life.
The eight-day conference provides participants with the means to find direction and clarity in four component areas: spiritual, health, vocational, and financial. CREDO provides a foundation for participants to embrace wellness and to prayerfully discern the direction of their vocation.
Over the course of the conference, participants meet in plenary sessions, small groups and private consultations with faculty members. Participants also have ample quiet time to reflect on their personal and professional lives. Each participant commits to extensive reflection through pre-conference instruments and surveys that focus on personal and professional wellness. The work of CREDO is organized around four major areas in each person’s personal and professional life. Each of these components is explored as an integral part of the whole.
Through this discernment and visioning process, and with the help of a faculty team of professionals, each participant builds a CREDO Plan – a personal covenant based on his or her CREDO work and a formal expression of the CREDO experience. The CREDO Plan provides a personal baseline and strategy for effective implementation.
Sunday, May 15, 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 this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service. If you have someone to be remembered at this service, please send information to Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org by May 8 to be included in the service bulletin.
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.
Favorite hymns for summer
A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing our favorite hymns from The Hymnal 1982 during worship in the summer months – doesn’t matter what season they are from. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites and we will schedule as many as possible.
A few spaces are now available for the 2011-2012 school year. We appreciate you referring your friends and neighbors to our quality program for ages one to pre-K — voted #1 in East Cobb! Tours are currently available any weekday, 10 AM to noon, no appointment needed.
Last day of classes for the this year is May 20. Visit our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool/ or call 770-971-2839 for more information.
Friday, June 27 - Thursday, June 30
By Lisa Spessard
This year's Vacation Bible School is not just for the children – there is a place for YOU in "Hometown Nazareth" June 27-30, 1 - 4 PM.
For the first time, we are hosting an intergenerational "Holy Land Adventure" as our VBS offering. While the schedule and format is basically the same as in past years, the activities encourage all ages to participate so everyone has a chance to see what life was like when Jesus was a child. A key part of this program is hearing from Mary, as we will explore Jesus' life and hometown through her eyes. Children and adults will also have time to discuss the bible points from each day and make connections about how they relate to our modern-day lives.
You are strongly encouraged to get involved , as it will be a more meaningful and rewarding experience if we have adults and children in community together learning about Jesus' childhood and his significance in our lives today. We need volunteers who would enjoy helping in various areas, ranging from Games and Snacks to serving as "shop keepers" in the Marketplace or as group leaders and mentors. The youth will continue to lead groups, but ideally we would like to have youth and adult members serving together. We also need parishioners who are gifted in the areas of woodworking, pottery, sewing, beading, and baking. Participants will observe some of the typical work people did back when Jesus lived.
If you are not available during the week, we can still use your help! Snack donations , as well as assistance with decorations and set-up the week before VBS, would be much appreciated. Please look for our bulletin board in the foyer this week and in early June for our specific requests.
This is the last year Stephanie Yucius and I will be leading Vacation Bible School, and it has been rewarding for both of us. It has been a blessing to see so many children experience God and His many blessings in such a fun and special way. We are looking for someone to work with us this year in preparation to lead the program in 2012, so if you feel called to serve St. Catherine's in this way, please let Stephanie or me know.
We look forward to seeing you in Nazareth! For questions or to volunteer contact us at stcatsvbslive.com.
Register children now
Cost is $25 per child if paid by June 10, $35 if paid after this date. 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/vbs2011-registration.pdf.
Next date: Sunday, May 15, 7:30 pm
Taizé Community Prayer Services are being held on third Sundays through June at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary, lasting approximately 30 minutes. This form of prayer service includes psalms and scripture readings, music, reflection, silent meditation, and intercessions. We invite you to join us in this unique and enlightening liturgy.
There are still Sundays open in this year to sign up to sponsor altar flowers or sanctuary candles 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 office. And when you've signed up, please remember to submit a check ($60/vase for flowers, $20 candles) on or before your scheduled date.
Remember, your donations are the ONLY funding for flowers and candles, and we appreciate your contributions!
Are you the kind of golfer that “prays for pars”? If you are like most of us “hackers” then join us for a monthly golf outing. Let’s go to the early church service and eat breakfast together, 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. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Walt McGill, wsmcgillaol.com, 770-971-8890.
By Barb Selby
I know that many of you have noticed the distinct silver Greek cross worn by various women at St. Catherine’s. The bearers of these crosses are members of Daughters of the King, a lay order for women of the Episcopal Church. Every Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong vow of prayer and service dedicated to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom and to the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish. At St. Catherine’s, the Daughters’ Chapter meets once a month to renew ourselves with a short meditation or study, then we share prayer requests for ourselves, our families, our friends, and other members of the congregation. Our meetings are open to all women of the church, and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us on the second Wednesday night of each month at 6:30 PM. We plan to start a new training class in the fall for those interested in joining us.
In addition to our ministry of prayer, we have a few other ongoing projects. These include providing baptismal banners of all being baptized (Julie Brannock is in charge of this). We also have a prayer shawl ministry for church members in need. We provide supper twice a year at Elizabeth Inn and have made rosaries for youth pilgrimages and members of the Journey. The Daughters of the King also sponsors Quiet Days (or Nights) of prayer which are open to the whole parish.
Our hope for our chapter is not to do more, for we are all active in many, various ministries in the church already, but rather our goal is to support each other in fellowship and prayer to enable us to continue doing our chosen ministries. I think I can speak for all the Daughters in our Chapter that I find D.O.K. to be a safe place in a busy world where I can be together with like-minded Christian women and feel supported through the love of Christ.
Please look for an Opportunity for Ministry which will be coming soon in your Sunday bulletin or feel free to ask any of us wearing the Greek cross for more information!
May is another odd-numbered month, so we will have our bi-monthly Dutch-treat luncheon the third Saturday, May 15. Join us this data at Salah Thai restaurant, (Red Elephant Thai Cuisine), 3000 Windy Hill Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30067, (770) 980-1890
Cats on Wheels is St. Catherine’s “social networking group” for the young-at-heart who are old enough to join AARP (although AARP membership is not needed). Contact Alan Certain to get on the mailing list for all our activities, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
WNL resumes on May 11 and continues for 3 weeks, concluding on May 25. Please make your dinner reservation by the Tuesday before each date you'll dine with us -- fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office by 5 pm Tuesday. Early program time (young families) 5:00-5:45 / Dinner 5:45-6:30 / Program time (all ages) 6:30-7:30. Meal prices: $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.
Turkey Pilgrimage presentation May 18
On May 18 at 6:30 pm we’ll have a special presentation of the adult pilgrimage to Turkey with photos and reflections.
Mother's Day is here and we just happen to have a few St. Catherine's anniversary cookbooks available at the rock-bottom price of $15.00. What a perfect gift! Maybe your Mom is a great cook, or maybe you wish she could be, here's the answer. Please contact the office, Amy Morris or Sally Powers to purchase one of these rare first edition copies!
Register now for the Parish Retreat on August 26-28 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, www.lakelogan.org. We have extended the deadline to May 15. Pick up an information/registration form at church or download a copy at www.stcatherines.org/forms/ParishRetreatRegistration2011.pdf.
The Day of Pentecost this year is Sunday, June 12. Our custom during worship this day is to have people read one of the scripture lessons in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, and are interested in participating, please let us know and we will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosewolfebellsouth.net.
Recognizing and thanking Father Jim on March 20, in honor of his 20th anniversary of his ordination to the ministry. Representatives of our parishioners young and old presented him with special remembrances at 8:15 and 11:15 services this day.
Photos by Jan Potter and Connie Bergeron
The Holy Conversations team thanks you for your survey responses. We have received great feedback and are now discerning, organizing and discussing. Expect to hear more from us in the late summer/early fall.
St. Catherine's mission statement says that we will be "...welcoming, accepting, nurturing and serving all people." We need help at the Visitor table each Sunday to do just that. Our Shepherds give about 15 minutes of their time after the 8:45 and 11:15 services to assist newcomers and visitors sign the guest book, give them a gift bag and encourage them to return and worship with us again.
If you would be willing to give a bit of your time every few weeks after a service you already attend, please consider becoming a Shepherd. As part of the Ministry of Invitation, you could be the reason a newcomer becomes part of our parish family. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Maureen Donoghue.
This month as part of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry. To find out more about their activities please contact Senior Warden Susan Jablonksi, Junior Warden Tanya Bowers-Dean, or any member of the Vestry.
Photo below: 2011 Vestry on retreat in February
Photos by Jan Potter -- See lots more at EasterJourney2011
Identifying Your Risk = Disease Prevention
St. Catherine's will host a preventive health screening on Friday, May 27 for residents in and around our community. Life Line Screening will perform screenings for:
These screenings may be recommended for anyone 50 and older, or 40 and over with cardiovascular risk factors. They are non-invasive, painless, and take 60-90 minutes to complete. The results, which are mailed directly to you, will help you and your doctor protect your health. Stroke, Vascular and Heart Rhythm Package for $139.00 Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners to schedule your appointment.
St. Catherine’s on the air
St. Catherine’s is sponsoring three days of awareness campaign for issues affecting the elderly, May 9 through May 11, on FM radio station 89.7, Freedom Radio Marietta – tune and listen. Freedom Radio Marietta is part of Edgewater Broadcasting Network, which offers Bible-based programming that is wholesome, relevant and unique to this source.
I’m writing to thank all of the St. Catherine’s family for your prayers and caring during my father's illness. I also thank all of you for your prayers and words of comfort and caring following his death. My family, my brothers and sister, and our extended family, thank all of you who put your time and love into the beautiful memorial service for our father, Richard Kareken. It was a beautiful service, the lilies stayed alive at our house for more than two weeks afterwards as a beautiful reminder of his life. I've read these notes many times in The Wheel before, but it was a great joy to feel the love of this wonderful church surround me and my family at a very hard time in our lives. THANK YOU to all.
To all of our Friends of St. Catherine’s,
Over the past five years many of you have supported Bruce and I through meals and cards of sympathy. As you know, I recently lost my mother and my father 18 months ago. Bruce and I spent many weekends going back and forth to Charleston. Because of our St. Catherine’s family and our faith we have been able to continue on into our next phase of life. Bless all of you.
Thanks to everyone at St. Catherine’s for the wonderful gift you sent to MUST. We appreciate your support which enable us to continue to serve our neighbors in need.
Next scheduled date: Sunday, June 12 (Pentecost)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Joe Tarentino, Madison Cox, Alycen, Barbara Cordery, Melissa Bryan, Bud Bryan, Felicia Murray, Ashley, Victoria Moon, Olivia, James Day, Mary Ann, Sally Shimell, Lou Cappiello, Keith Bollete, Jan Dennis, Gordon, Rebecca Cantrell, Dustin Meineke, Martin Shaw, , Brad & Kenny Bond, Laura Gary, Ernest Moreland, Michael Dillson, Helen Guilderson, Susan Bibins, Lynn Barton, Tom Stone, Ed Rogge, Carmen Hawtin, Andrei Bersatti, Althea Dillard, Tom Moniak, Phillip Dipiepro, Robert Morris, Ann Brunetti, Jean Ellis, Jim Petee, Barbara, Lori, Emily Estes, Dianne Lee, Michael, Leah, Darrell Gray, Bobby Causey, Bramlett Family, Rick Durbrow, Wendy & sons, Joan Schoppe, Woody Woodward, Sam Folk, Beth Sarc, Lois, Alex Anderson, Jack Kerr, Dot Diefender, Robin Howard, Dale Cromer, Oliver Mosier, Karen Smith, Susan, Karen Stickel, Ellen Brandt, Ray Mitchell, the family of Kim Mitchell, Riley & Cindy Young, Jennifer Bean, Virginia Bauman
BEFORE SURGERY: Charles Lum, 5/11, added by Joyce Hendricks; Wil Fambrough, 5/13, Beverly & Bill’s son; Dick, 5/18, Judith Harrison’s neighbor; Margaret White, Steve Wolfe’s mother
FOR THE DECEASED: Ben, Katie Nixon’s co-worker’s partner; Josh Wittes, friend of Mary Alice Barrington; George Nall, added by Anne Whittle; Sharon Parisi; Ann Correll, Nancy Denton’s, friend; Martha Cook, Dale Cromer’s stepmother; Kim Mitchell, childhood friend of Kelley Kilgore; Roxanne Plichta, friend of Susan Bayless
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (5/9) Carol Murphy, (5/10) Ryan O’Neill, Elizabeth Blackstock, (5/11) M.E. Schnorf, Alan Carter, Karen Henderson, Jodi Gammon. (5/12) Chris Selby, Ken Minzenberger, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Scott DeLaBarre, (5/13) Ginny Lummus, David Paul Frank, Kristina Higgins, Mackenzie Ward, Brianna Ward, (5/14) Michelle Zimmerman, James Tanner, Suzanne Gardiner, (5/15) Dani Dickson, Ryan Olliffe, Maelin Alexander, (5/16) Hans Kraeger, (5/17) Alexander Ordway, Don Clark, (5/18) Rachel Bottoms, Luke Daniel, (5/20) Ansley Farmer, Chad Cook, (5/21) Gordon O’Neill, Joan Thurston, (5/22) John Fulcher
ANNIVERSARIES: (5/17) Emily & Nelson Gale; (5/21) Joe & Devon Parker; (5/21) Peter & Colleen Morich; (5/22) Norma & George Alexander; (5/22) Jim & Joan Nixon; (5/22) Bill & Beverly Fambrough
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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.
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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.
By Mike Peterson
Rite 13 Dinner and Ceremony
I would like to extend my deepest, heartfelt thanks to Mary Lou Shannonhouse for tirelessly working to make this year’s Rite 13 Ceremony and Rehearsal Dinner as wonderful as they turned out to be. Recognizing the Rite of Passage from childhood into manhood and womanhood is a charge that is far too often overlooked in our society, as important as it may be. I was nervous that, as one who had never participated in a Rite 13 Ceremony before, I may not have been able to do justice to this ceremony and give our young people (and their parents) the recognition, affirmation, and support that they deserve at this significant stage in their life journey. The Lord eased any anxiety I had through the person of Mary Lou. Though she was unable to attend the dinner and ceremony, none of it could have happened with the grace, foresight, organization, and effect that it did without the countless hours or preparation and consultation she provided. I simply cannot thank her enough, nor can I understate the impact of her stewardship in this ministry. Mary Lou, thank you for giving our Rite 13ers and their families the affirmation they both deserve and need. Though you could not be with us last weekend, the Spirit truly was!
Congratulations to Paul Maxwell for being selected as a member of the Diocesan Youth Council. Among other things, Paul will take part in the planning, leadership, and implementation of diocesan level Junior and Senior High youth events over the next year. We have been blessed by Paul’s creativity and initiative here at St. Catherine’s. We are so proud that he will share those qualities and represent St. Catherine’s on a diocesan level as well!
A Reflection on Rite 13
By Rebecca Kiefer
On Sunday, May 1 St. Catherine’s graduated its largest ever Rite 13 group. Proudly, my son Trevor was part of the group. Trevor is a cradle Episcopalian, and it occurs to me that he always came to church simply because we told him to get into the car. This past Sunday he chose to come to church and attend his own ceremony. As a mom having been a part of the ceremony two years earlier I was reminded how uplifting and heartbreaking the service is for me. My baby has spoken the words that acknowledge that he is leaving childhood and entering adulthood. My husband and I spoke words of encouragement, acceptance and release to the greater community for my son’s journey into adulthood. I feel a sense of relief that he understands the changes that face him and he realizes that we as parents may need reminders to help him grow emotionally and spiritually. I am grateful that Father Jim brought the Journey to Adulthood and Rite 13 curriculum to St. Catherine’s. Sometimes the days fly by and all look the same. But for an hour on Sunday I stopped time and paid attention and acknowledged that my beautiful baby boy is becoming a man. I savored the words he spoke to me and I allowed my heart to swell with pride and my eyes to moisten as I gave thanks to our Creator for the gift of children and His grace at allowing me to watch them grow and flourish.
Photos below by Jan Potter, see lots more at Rite1305011.
At Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, March 8
Photos by Connie Bergeron
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