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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
July 4- 17, 2011

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
Time & Talent
Sunday Forums
Summer Parish Meeting
Office schedule
Brick Walk
50th focus: Outreach
  MUST lunches
  Elizabeth Inn
  MUST build
  Did you know?

Sonshine
Cats on Wheels
Vestry highlights
Deacon ordination
Country Fair
Praying for Pars
Kneelers dedication
Visiting clergy
Stephen blog
Acolytes
FPU
Confirmation photos
Congrats Stephanie
Congrats Paul
Cats Tales: Labyrinth center
Pentecost photos
In the community:
  Summer Singers

Letters
Holy Baptism
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Complete Calendar
YOUTH NEWS
  WNL
  Confirmation pics
Wheel Schedule

 

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

7/4 – Independence Day; office closed

7/6 – Office closed

7/6, 13, 20, 27 – Youth WNL

7/10, 17, 24 – Sunday Forums

7/16 – Cats on Wheels @ Rose & Crown

7/17 – Praying For Pars

7/26 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

7/27 - MUST lunch making

7/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner

7/31 – Summer Parish Meeting;
Acolyte Recognition;
College sendoff

A note from Nazareth

By Father Jim

St. Catherine’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) is in full swing as I write this reflection. We are midway through the week. Life in Nazareth is our theme and the week is being ably led by Stephanie Yucius and Lisa Spessard. What a profound sense of joy I feel when we gather each day with 90 children to sing about Jesus and to discover some about his life in Nazareth. One of the most popular stops during the afternoon is at Mary’s House. Mary and her friend Eunice (a.k.a. Pat Pepper and Erin Donoghue) tell of their experience of Jesus both as mother and a friend of the family. Today the children are hearing about the anxiety Mary felt when she “lost” Jesus at the temple when he was 12 years old and her joy upon hearing when she found him that he saw the Temple as his “Father’s house.”

I have been most thankful for the number of youth and adults who are giving freely of their time to make this week a reality. What impresses me the most is the involvement and support we are getting from adults of all ages. Yesterday it was a delight to see Bob Pepper, Tom Day, and Juan Sandoval each participating in the “woodworking shop.” They had kids making wooden crosses and pounding nails. And this is just one example among many of the kind of involvement we have this year.

Church is many things and each of us have our own beliefs about what the Church should be and do and what Church shouldn’t be or do. But I hope we can all agree that at its best the Church is a place where we come to know one another and to encounter people of all ages in the name of Jesus Christ – and then to go out into the world empowered by His love. Our children learn about faith and develop a love for Jesus and the Church by observing both youth and adults at work around them and with them. This week as St. Catherine’s is transformed into first century Nazareth we are learning once again the truth that it takes a village to raise our children into loving and caring Christians.


Time for Time & Talent!

It is time for your 2011 Time and Talent Pledge! Please go online now to

www.surveystcatherines.org

or you may obtain a printed form at church or by calling the office at 770-971-2839. This call for your pledge is part of our “Year-round Stewardship” process. We are now gathering your pledge for four of our ministry teams: Christian Nurture & Development, Liturgy & Music, Parish Administration & Facilities, and Pastoral Care. We will gather pledges for the others in the fall. (Using our online form will not cause any spam or unwanted email.) Thank you for making your commitment to the Mission and Ministries of St. Catherine's during the coming year.


Sunday Forums in July

This summer you are invited to join Fr. Jim in the Board Room to discuss some contemporary questions in the life of the church. These “church school” sessions will be 9:15 to 10:15 am on Sundays, July 3, 10, 17, and 24. You may attend any or all. For elementary age children we will provide a fun program during this time.

Our four topics will introduce some “hot button” issues in the life of our church and/or society. These forums are designed to give us practice in the skill of discussing issues on which we might disagree yet at the same time work to respect the opinions as well as dignity of each other.

  • Spiritual, but Not Religious? – Let’s take a look at what these terms mean and why so many people are claiming that they are spiritual, but not religious.
  • White Privilege – Is there such a thing as white privilege? If so, what can we as Christians do to level the playing field?
  • Same-Sex Marriage – For better, for worse?
  • The Anglican Covenant – Does the Anglican Covenant strengthen or weaken the Anglican Communion?


Summer Parish Meeting

Sunday, July 31, 9:15 am

It is our tradition to have a one hour mid-summer Parish Meeting to check in on the state of St. Catherine’s. This meeting will take place this year on Sunday, July 31 between services ( 9:15 am to 10:15 am). This is a time for an update in the life of the parish, to look at any pressing issues before our leadership team, and to ask and answer your questions. Our Annual Meeting in January is always so jam packed with business that we often do not have the opportunity to talk with one another and to express what is in and on our hearts. This is a time for such a conversation. Plan to meet in the sanctuary immediately following the 8:00 am worship.


Office schedule

The church office will be closed:

  • Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Have a safe and blessed weekend!
  • Wednesday, July 6 for your staff's annual planning day.


Brick Walk Project – Order now!

Remember to order your 50th Anniversary memorial brick at:

www.stcatherines.org/brickwalk

As of the end of June, about a third of the pavers for the brick walk have been sponsored. It’s been fun to see the creativity of some of our parish members. Some have dedicated their bricks to others, some have honored family members or loved ones, and some have chosen to feature scripture. Just below, you’ll see some of the messages that will be engraved for the new brick walk in front of the church main entrance.

Be a part of our legacy and help celebrate our 50th anniversary! The Parish Administration and Facilities Ministry Team has undertaken replacing the asphalt under the Great Oak Tree with a brick walkway as the team's 50th Anniversary ministry focus. The bricks will be installed in an attractive design of approximately 250 laser-engraved 8" x 8" dark red bricks, surrounded by plain 4"x 8" sand color pavers. Sample bricks are on view in the church foyer.

Each brick costs just $50, a tax-deductible contribution of $30 may be taken for each. After placing your message order online, please bring/send your check or cash payment to church. All orders and payments are due by August 15. If you are unable to order on-line or have questions, contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404-375-8327, or Bill Ivey, billiveybellsouth.net, 770-953-2828.

Examples of some messages submitted so far:

  • Thanks be to God for this community
  • Our pets are God’s blessing to us
  • God Bless St Cat's
  • In gratitude for all God's caring and love
  • Married@StCats
  • In celebration of our children & grandchildren
  • God's Peace!
  • Lord, give me only your love and grace and I am rich enough
  • Be still and know that I am God!
  • In thanksgiving for God’s love at St. Catherine’s
  • In Thanksgiving to St Cat's where all are welcome

Installation help needed this fall

Volunteers will be needed to help install the brick walk, contact Al Jones at 4albellsouth.net or 770-565-1013.


50th Anniversary Ministry Focus for July: Outreach

This month as part of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration we celebrate the life and work of our Outreach Ministry Team.

Sandwiches for MUST - Wednesday, July 27

As part of our outreach focus for July we are making lunches at church on Wednesday, July 27 for MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. There are tens of thousands of children in North Metro Atlanta who are eligible for Federal Free & Reduced Lunch during the school year. What happens when school is out for the summer? MUST has sponsored the Summer Lunch Program since 1995 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties in an effort to answer that question. Last year, MUST volunteers packed and delivered 103,000 lunches to hungry children in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. The program is run almost entirely by volunteers. This year, MUST has expanded it to Douglas, Paulding, North Fulton and Gwinnett communities, while continuing to grow the number of children served in Cobb and Cherokee, and plans to serve 180,000 nutritionally balanced summer lunches. (See details and more volunteer opportunities at www.mustministries.org/summerlunch/index.aspx)

We’ll begin in the Parish Hall at 8:30 AM and we will need as many helping hands as we can get. All ages are invited! Watch for announcements of ingredient donations needed and more about this activity. There will be another opportunity to make MUST lunches as one of our Country Fair Sundays, August 7. We hope you can be a part of either or both dates to provide this important service to the children in need in our community.

 

Elizabeth Inn

Next dates: Laundry team Tuesday, July 26; Dinner team Thursday, July 28

By Connie Bergeron

Thank you to the great volunteers who supported recent Elizabeth Inn MUST dinners:

  • April 28 - Daughters of the King provided and served dinner
  • May 28 - Youth and Parents, Youth Leader Mike Peterson, Advisors and Volunteers provided and served dinner

For those of you who are regular volunteers you know how rewarding this ministry can be. We hope to spread this spirit of generosity to more at Saint Catherine’s. Volunteer groups already scheduled are July 28 – Altar Guild; August 28 – Youth Groups; October 28 – Daughters of the King. Please consider asking any other group which you are involved with (Bible Study, Sunday School class, Foyers Group, etc.) to cook and serve dinner as a group project. And individuals are always welcome to join us of course.

Thank you all for your ongoing heart for and support for the Outreach ministry commitments to MUST and Elizabeth Inn. As you will read in Father Jim's article, "Did You Know This About Your Outreach?" (below), St. Catherine's outreach to the community and the world continues with passion and generosity this year.

For over 25 years! St. Catherine's prepares and serves dinner on the 28th of every month to the guests at the Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter -- contact Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, and Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609. Volunteers help with the men’s laundry on the 4th Tuesday and 5th Wednesday every month. To join the laundry team please contact Fred Massey, f_massey2hotmail.com or 404.731.4466.

 

MUST building: Be a part

By Fred Massey

St Catherine's is teaming up with other Cobb County churches to construct a new building for MUST Ministries. The Outreach committee has authorized a financial contribution of $13,000 toward this $90,000 project. All the money has been raised and now we are getting close to starting the build. This building will be similar in size and design to our Youth House, built Habitat-style.

Volunteers will be needed to assist in everything from assembling the frame work to painting. If you would like to participate in this vital project contact me as soon as possible and I'll put you on our emailing list. You'll receive updates regarding timing, progress, voluntary needs, and work to be done. You can volunteer for a few hours, a couple of days, specific tasks, or help in any capacity as you are able. We will need volunteers six to seven days per week. We anticipate starting this project sometime this summer (permit permitting). Our own Roger Motter, and Ken Miller (from Habitat) will be directing the work at the site on most days. Thank you for your consideration.

Fred Massey / 404.731.4466 /f_massey2hotmail.com

 

Did you know this about our Outreach?

By Father Jim

Our Holy Conversations team is listening a lot these days and what they are hearing is very positive about our life together. There are many themes to the data but one that we are hearing loud and clear is our deepest desire to serve one another and our community. Certainly we will be bringing forth a goal or goals that speak to this desire.

So how are you doing as of right now? Well, here are some observations:

  • The first Day of Service sponsored by the Vestry in May brought out 45 people to work two shifts at the MUST Ministries Donation Center. Over two shifts (morning and afternoon) you sorted clothes, sorted food, and packed food. You shared lunch together and made a name for yourselves in the amount of work you accomplished.
  • You joined the Covenant Churches of East Cobb to design and prepare for a Habitat-like build of a new building on MUST’s Elizabeth Inn campus. You have contributed $13,000 to that build and are now preparing for the sweat equity investment required to make it a reality.
  • You have together served 5 dinners at MUST, 5 breakfasts and done laundry. You have contributed to making a bad situation a little better for those who depend on Elizabeth Inn for emergency shelter.
  • You have mentored students in our own congregation, at East Cobb Middle School and through the Communities in Schools program led by our very own Carol Fey.
  • You have collected and delivered day-old bread each month from Publix and other stores in our area.
  • You have collected and distributed nearly $22,000 in special offerings to support The Extension, MUST Ministries, Episcopal Relief and Development, financial relief for some of your own parishioners, relief for earthquake devastated Japan and your own neighbors in Alabama and Georgia after killer tornadoes.
  • Through May, you have given away nearly 10% ($31,642.86 or 9.6% to be exact) of the church’s 2011 income to support many ministries in your community and throughout the world.

I’d say you’re doing quite well – keep up the good work!


Join Sonshine Ministry

By Amy Morris

Do you like to cook? Do you like to help your fellow parishioners when they have a need? Please consider joining the Sonshine Ministry. We prepare meals and deliver them in hope to lighten someone’s load when experiencing a surgery, illness, death or a new baby. You choose to participate when the opportunity works for you. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amy Morris for details, amymorris73yahoo.com.


Cats On Wheels

Next luncheon: Saturday, July 16 at Rose & Crown Tavern

We will have our next bi-monthly Dutch-treat luncheon on July 16. Join us this date at the Rose and Crown Tavern on Powers Ferry Road south of Windy Hill (1931 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339 www.roseandcrowntavern.com, 770.933.5595).

Get on the mailing list for all our activities for active senior adults by contacting Alan Certain, 404-661-2200, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com.


Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

At the regular Vestry meeting on Tuesday, June 21, your Vestry:

  • Welcomed Stephanie Yucuis, chair of Holy Conversations. A Vestry and Holy Conversations retreat is planned for August 20 to plan how to implement their findings;
  • Heard from Ginney Lummus on plans for the 50th anniversary celebration and learned that several former clergy will be visiting;
  • Elected Steve Diffley, Tom Hunter, Deborah Hurd, Joan Nixon, and Sally Powers as delegates to Diocesan Council in November;
  • Unanimously approved the pledge to the Diocese of $66,724;
  • Learned of the plan for stewardship campaign for 2012. The plan is to contact parishioners by writing personal notes. Ingathering is planned for November. 6;
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family last month;
  • Saw the completed 2010 audit which has been submitted to the diocese;
  • Learned that listening sessions for the election of our next bishop have begun;
  • Discussed the need for a disaster recovery plan which will be defined by the human resources subcommittee;
  • Approved the May financial report as presented by Tom Blackstock. Pledges are somewhat lower than expected but we are on target with our budget overall;
  • Adjourned at 10:00 pm.


Deacon Ordination

Saturday, August 6 at Cathedral of St. Philip

Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to Nadine; fill her with grace and power, and make her a deacon in your Church.

Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to Juan; fill him with grace and power, and make him a deacon in your Church.

Join with the people of the Diocese of Atlanta on Saturday, August 6 at 2:00 pm as we gather at the Cathedral of St. Philip to ordain and consecrate to the glory of God our newest deacons including our very own Nadine Pope and Juan Sandoval. We congratulate both of them, look forward to their ministry amongst the people of this Diocese, and let them know of our deep and abiding prayer for them as they begin this new phase of their lives.


Country Fair coming in August

We will sponsor a Country Fair Event during August as a way for us to reconnect after a summer filled with vacations, camps, weekend getaways and all those ways we find time to be re-created. We will gather on August 7, 14, and 21 with an outreach focus for adults, youth and children alike. Look forward details in the coming weeks and be sure to mark them on your calendar for each Sunday, 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Photo, right - We had fun with a petting zoo at one Country Fair Sunday last summer.


Praying for Pars continues

Join your fellow golf “hackers” for a golf date any or all of these Sundays: July 17; Aug. 14; Sept. 11. We’ll go to the early church service and eat breakfast, before a 10 am tee time. Be sure to confirm by the Sunday one week before each outing, on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Walt McGill, wsmcgillaol.com, 770-971-8890.


Needlepoint Kneeler Dedications

By Beverly Fambrough

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day at St. Catherine’s were marked by the dedication of our first two kneelers at the altar rail.

On Mother’s Day, the first completed kneeler, “Mankind” was dedicated. Mankind was sponsored by Bruce Heuke and stitched by his wife Susan Heuke and placed in position #2 on the left side of the altar. It was dedicated to the memory of Bruce Heuke’s mother Christine Harrison.

On Father’s Day, “Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors” was dedicated. Joseph was sponsored by Peter and Colleen Morich and stitched by Julie Brannock. It was dedicated to the memory of Collus and Eugenia Johnson, Colleen’s parents. Joseph represented the second completed kneeler. It was placed in position # 6 on the left side of the altar.

When the kneeler endeavor is completed, the altar rail will feature significant events from both the Old and New Testaments with Old Testament stories on the left side and New Testament stories on the right side.
(photos below by Bill Fambrough)

"Mankind" dedication May 15, 2011 "Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors"
dedication June 19, 2011


Visiting Clergy for 50th Anniversary

New! Three are joining us

A part of our 50th Anniversary celebration is to invite former clergy of St. Catherine’s to join us this summer and fall to preach and celebrate with us. We are also inviting them to our Gala Celebration on Friday, November 11.

To date three of our former clergy will join us. Rev. Jim Clarke will be with us August 7; Rev. Hazel Glover on September 18; and the Rev. David Wayland on November 6. We thought you’d like a bit of history concerning them.

In 1962, the present land of approximately 10 acres was acquired for a four-phase building program at a cost of $12,500. By 1967, St. Catherine’s had grown to 95 communicants and the Rev. James Clarke was appointed as a part-time vicar. Construction of the second sanctuary was begun in 1968. The first service was held in March, 1970 and Father Clarke became the full time vicar.

The Rev. Hazel Glover came to St. Catherine’s as assistant rector when Fr. Larry Packard was rector. Hazel stayed through the interim before Fr. Jim was called, and for several years after as our associate rector. She resigned from St. Catherine’s in spring of 2002 to accept the call to become rector of St. Margaret’s in Carrollton, Georgia.

The Rev. David F. Wayland came to us from Covington, Kentucky in May, 1977. Our tradition of holding hands at the Lord’s Prayer came from Fr. David. Stephen Ministers, a lay ministry group who are trained to minister to folks in need of pastoral care as suggested by the rector came about this time. Under Fr. David’s leadership the Vestry on September 6, 1980, after a retreat for discussions and prayer, advised the Bishop that we would stay on Holt Road. Our theme and slogan became “Bloom Where You Are Planted.” Father Wayland left in January 1988 to go back to his family homestead and take care of his apple orchard, and became the priest at two small Episcopal Churches in Virginia.

We hope you will be with us both on August 7 and November 6 to greet Fr. Jim and Fr. David and to thank them for the foundations they each help lay that allows us to be the people of God we are today.


Join the Stephen Ministry book study blog

This summer our Stephen Ministers are trying some creative ways for continuing education for Stephen Ministry. One is to read a book together and then interact on a Internet blog. Our book is "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" by Harold Kushner. Any who might want to follow and/or contribute to the conversation is invited to join us at www.stcatsstephenministry.blogspot.com.

Picture, right - Our Stephen Ministers on retreat in June (photo by Tom Hunter)


Acolytes sign-up

By Bob Olliffe and Barbara Barrington

Would your son or daughter like to become an acolyte? We are looking for young members of our congregation who are willing to serve in this wonderful ministry. The requirements are few for such a rewarding experience. While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they start as torch bearers. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:

  • Sit quietly and attentively during the service
  • Follow the bulletin and fully participating in the service
  • Have a personal desire to serve in this position

Written instructions as well as walk-through training are provided. If you have questions or would like to sign your child up, please contact one of the Acolyte Co-Masters, Barbara Barrington or Bob Olliffe. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bob, 770-377-0137,oliffebellsouth.net / Barbara 770-906-8746, barbbarringyahoo.com


Financial Peace University (FPU)

Sunday previews begin July 24, 9:30 AM

By Peter Morich

We are pleased to announce our fifth adult FPU class starting August 14th, 2011. Previews will be held Sundays starting July 24th through August 14th at 9:30 a.m., see Peter Morich or Phil Spessard in the foyer.

You’ve heard about FPU for the last three years and have wondered…”should we really take the class and is now is the right time”… Well, Fred and Jennifer Massey, recent graduates said “Make time, this will change your life!”

FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is your Total Money Makeover Program. It takes the knowledge from God and turns it into real action in our lives through a step-by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey. FPU is a 13-week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more!

Who is Financial Peace University for? It's for EVERYONE!...from the financially secure to the financially distressed. Over 1 million families have attended Financial Peace University – 62 from St. Catherine’s. Applying God's Word radically changes your life. On average, FPU graduates have paid off over $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 during the 91-day program!

All St. Catherine's couples and singles are invited to take the class. The registration fee is only $150, covering all FPU materials and program costs. The dates for the Fall 2011 Class are: Aug 14, 21, 28, Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov 6, 13. Sign up at our table in the Narthex or contact Peter and Colleen Morich at 770-424-9054, or Phil and Lisa Spessard at 770-565-8244. The testimonials from our recent FPU-St. Catherine's graduates say it all.

“Since taking this course, my husband and I have lowered our debt. I have felt more at peace with life. Lowering debt, making new friends, feeling closer to my family - it can't get any better than this!”

“Financial Peace University has helped us to completely reorganize our financial situation and make it easier to talk about our budget. We are saving about $700 per month in interest payments by paying off our credit cards, car, and student loans.”

“This class put us on the same page with regard to our finances and put us in control of our money. Every dollar has a name. FPU took the emotion out of it so we can talk about money without an argument.”

“Being a single mother I am learning how to handle and mange my finances for the first time, saving for retirement and the kid’s college.”

“We now have a financial plan to follow together. We both have a say in the budget, so we are in this as a team. We don't fight about money anymore! This class has helped us strengthen our marriage.”

“Hope! This has been so incredible and unbelievable - really life changing - can't wait to be debt free!”

“We have paid off our credit card, closed the account, and increased our discretionary income by over $500 per month by reducing interest expenses. We have also quadrupled our life insurance coverage (term life policy) for less money by terminating our whole life policy. We have fully funded our 6-month emergency fund with the savings.”

“Success - got control - cut up credit cards - don't overdraft accounts anymore and now paying off cars. Increased 401K savings from 6% to 10% of my income already.”

“FPU has given us vision, goals, accountability, discipline, patience, and unity. Thank you”


Confirmation - June 5, 2011

Bishop Neil Alexander joined us at St. Catherine's to confirm, receive and reaffirm more than 20 people this wonderful day!

   

Photos by Jan Potter, see more in Youth News (below), and lots more at Confirmation060511


Congratulations Miss Rome: Stephanie Burkholder

Our very own Stephanie Burkholder participated the Miss Georgia, 2011 competition in Columbus, Georgia June 15-18. Crowned Miss Rome 2011 in January, Stephanie won the evening wear competition in the prelims and earned a $250 scholarship. On Thursday, she won the swimsuit prelims, winning another $250 prize. On the final night of the competition Stephanie was named in the final twelve of the competition. She was named Most Photogenic and was recognized by the Children's Miracle Network for raising the most money. We are very proud of you, Stephanie!

Photo, right - Stephanie winning America’s National Teenager Pageant in summer 2009


Congratulations Special Olympian: Paul Partus

Congratulations and best wishes to our very own Paul Partus, one of four athletes representing Georgia and Team USA in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, June 25 to July 4. Paul is competing in aquatics. Team USA will join 7,500 athletes and 2,500 coaches from 185 countries at the Special Olympics Village, east of Athens in the seaside township of Aghios Andreas, for 10 days of competition in 22 different sports. Before the competition began, the Team USA athletes spent four days in the Isle of Rhodes adapting to the new environment and experiencing Greek culture and cuisine through a special Host Town program. The Georgia athletes will return to Atlanta on July 6.

Here’s what Paul has to say on the Special Olympics Georgia website about himself and his experiences in Special Olympics: “I am 29 years old and will be competing in Aquatics. I work in the kitchen/food prep industry, have been awarded employee of the month several times, and enjoy watching sports. I have been involved with Special Olympics for 22 years, and it has helped me learn good sportsmanship, build skills in sports, and promoted physical fitness. I appreciate the opportunity to compete in the World Games and am excited about the opportunity to make new friends, travel, and compete.”

For information and coverage of the games, and ways to support Special Olympics, visit Team USA’s website at www.specialolympicsteamusa.org/2011/, or Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 website at www.athens2011.org/en/ , also on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!


Cat’s Tales: The Labyrinth Center

By Father Jim

Our new labyrinth contains something from the past. Do you know what it is? A few people do after attending our dedication service on June 18 and we figured many others might like to know as well.

When you walk the labyrinth you eventually arrive at the center – the halfway point of your journey. In the center of the labyrinth you’ll see a round disk 34 inches in diameter. Created several years ago during Fr. David Wayland’s tenure as Rector, the disk symbolizes St. Catherine’s Wheel.

This Wheel is made up of stones many of which bring their history to the wheel. There are stones from Camp Mikel (the Diocese of Atlanta conference center), Springer Mountain (a popular hiking spot and the beginning of the Appalachian Trail), Unicoi State Park (in Helen, Georgia), Coventry Cathedral (in England), Ephesus, Turkey, and in the center of the wheel a stone from St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai in Egypt.

This is a very special symbol of our community of St. Catherine’s in that many of the stones that make up this symbol are from places we have traveled as the people of God. Yet even in our travels we are reminded of this special place we call our spiritual home. Many of us realized this feeling when we visited an ancient St. Catherine’s in the Goreme Open Air Museum in district of Cappadocia in Turkey during our 2011 pilgrimage.

A new booklet is available in the literature rack in the foyer with information about our labyrinth and suggestions for its use. We invite you to walk and discover the power of a holy journey.

NOTE: “Cat’s Tales” is our occasional feature of memories of our history together. If you have remembrances or photos of St. Catherine’s people or events, or suggestions for other topics please contact Karen Manno, Karenstcatherines.org.


Pentecost - June 12, 2011

We wore red in celebration of Pentecost, baptism, and for our annual parish picnic following the service.

Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at Pentecost2011


In The Community

Cobb Summer Singers Concert

Sunday, August 7, 6 pm

The 6 th Annual Cobb Summer Singers will have their concert, “Sanctus, Sea Shanties and Spirituals” in the sanctuary of St. Catherine’s on August 7. The classic settings of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy Holy) are by French composers Durufle, Faure and Gonoud. English sea shanties are in arrangements by James Erb and Alice Parker. The arrangements of African-American spirituals are by Moses Hogan and others. The ensemble is lead by Lynn Swanson, Music Director & Conductor.

Tickets are available from Rose Wolfe in the office prior to the concert date for $10. Online at www.festivalsingers.org/concerts/summer-singers-concerts/ or at the door tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, children under 12 free.


Letters

Letters have been received from the following organizations acknowledging and thanking us for recent contributions by our parish:


Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, November 6 (All Saints)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Joe Tarentino, Madison Cox, Alycen, Felicia Murray, Ashley, Victoria Moon, Olivia, James Day, Mary Ann, Sally Shimell, Jan Dennis, Gordon, Dustin Meineke, Laura Gary, Michael Dillson, Althea Dillard, Michael, Beth Sarc, Lois, Jack Kerr, Dot Diefender, Susan, Karen Stickel, Ray Mitchell, Riley & Cindy Young, Jennifer Bean, Virginia Bauman, Charles Lum, Wil Fambrough, Ginger Russell, Sally Acker-Moon, Petty Partridge, Joe Cochran, Anna Pierotti, Dick, Bud Bryan, Sari Chism, Sam Betor, Marcia Markette, Pressley Shrader, Jenny Brown, Robbie Roy, Crystal Harmon, Chuck Treece, Pia Johhansen, Diane Waller Evans, Roberta Abstein, Olivia Martin, Candy Barry, Jacqueline Hurley, Michael Heininger, Janice Fahy, Robert Pruett, Brian Lee, Chubby Rice, Sylvia Franks, Grace Gerdes, Kent Moss, Tommy Alexander, Betty, Kappy Memory

BEFORE SURGERY: Marilyn Hunter, 7/5/11; Julie Brannock, 7/12/11

FOR THE DECEASED: Doug Simmons, Mary Lou Shannonhouse’s brother

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (7/4) Dana Minzenberger, Margaret Wilson, Jenny Korwan, Stephanie Burkholder, Kristen Stone, (7/5) Jordan LaGardé, Debora Winters, (7/7) Neal Hughart, (7/8) Thad Barrington, Julian Gardiner, (7/10) Karen Blakey, Tori Brogdon, Toby Hopper, Christi Nakajima, Trevor Kiefer, (7/11) Rachel Bagby, Alyssa Nichols, Bill Ivey, (7/12) Nikolas McAlister, (7/13) Kathy Kareken, (7/14) Diane Sanders, (7/16) Jacob Morris, (7/17) Ron Cook, Carol Eskew, Michael-Ryan Fendley

ANNIVERSARIES: (7/4) Stan & Dani Dickson, Wayne & Jodi Gammon; (7/5) Ken & Nancy Denton; (7/6) Pat & Frank Brent; (7/7) Eleanore & Richard Pearson; (7/11) Martin &Katja Michael, Matt & Catie Nelson

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(7/3) Eric, Courtney, Gladys & Jackson Ragan; Shelley Ransdell/Carol Eskew; Jim, Dana, Erin & Jill Rawls; Mike & Meg Reeves; Laurie, Gregory & Clark Remter
(7/10) Fleming Rowell; Robbie Roy, Risa, Reese & Mandy Maier; Doris Samples; James & Joann Sampson; Chris Sanders

SPECIAL PRAYERS:
+ We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the mission and ministry of our Vestry, especially as they contribute this month to our celebration of our 50th Anniversary.
For God’s grace to guide Catie & Matt Nelson on their mission trip to Cambodia this summer.

TRANSFERS OUT: Bill Holman to St. David’s Episcopal Church, Roswell , GA.

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St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • Tuesday, August 2 … Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting, 7 pm
  • Sundays, August 7, 14, 21 … Country Fair, 9:15 am
  • Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28 … Parish Retreat @ Lake Logan
  • Sunday, September 11 … Ministry Fair/Rally Day
  • Friday, November 11 ... 50th Anniversary Gala
  • Sunday, November 13 ... 50th Anniversary celebration worship

 

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.
 

Monday, 7/4 Monday, 7/11
 
 
 
9:30AM

Susan’s day off
Independence Day
Office Closed

CGS Materials

 
6:30PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
CGS Materials
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 7/5 Tuesday, 7/12

10:00AM
10:30AM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting

10:00AM
10:30AM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
PL&F
Youth Ministry
Outreach
Wednesday, 7/6 Wednesday, 7/13

 
 
12:00PM
5:45PM
6:30PM

Office Closed - Staff
  Calendaring Day

CN & D Team
Youth WNL
St. Cat’s Scribes

9:30AM
5:45PM
6:30PM
6:30PM

Bible Study
Youth WNL
Altar Guild
St. Cat's Scribes

Thursday, 7/7 Thursday, 7/14
9:30AM Safeguarding mtg.    
Friday, 7/8 Friday, 7/15
 
10:00AM
6:00PM
8:00PM

Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
Wedding Rehearsal
A.A.
 
10:00AM
10:00AM
8:00PM

Jim's day off
Folders
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.

Saturday, 7/9 Saturday, 7/16

5:00PM

Pyburn-Blair Wedding

11:30AM

Cats on Wheels @ Rose & Crown

Sunday, 7/10 Sunday, 7/17

7:30AM
8:00AM
9:00AM
9:15AM
10:30AM
5:00PM

Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Summer Forum
Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry

7:30AM
8:00AM
9:00AM
9:15AM
10:00AM
10:30AM

Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Summer Forum
Praying for Pars
Holy Eucharist


YOUTH NEWS

WNL for summer

Wednesday Night Live continues for all youth each week all summer long. Meet 5:45 for dinner and program 6:30-7:30 pm.

Dinner help needed! Volunteers are needed to help provide the meal for the group one evening, if interested please contact Mike Peterson at mike.petersonbellsouth.net or 770-971-2839 or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin.

 

Confirmation 2011

Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at Confirmation060511

    


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • July 15 – print edition
  • August 5 – online edition
  • August 19 – print edition

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 by email 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. (Print versions may be scheduled in place of online before Christmas and Easter.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.

We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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

If you prefer to receive all your issues by email and NOT to receive any printed copies please check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen:

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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