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
A dedicated Fund Board led by Bill Bowden established the Great Oak Endowment Fund several years ago. The founding documents were written, reviewed and approved by the Vestry to create a Fund that would support the future growth of St. Catherine’s in three principle areas: 1) outreach, 2) capital improvement, and 3) seed money for new ministries. Information about the Fund’s policies and procedures, including the Vestry motion establishing the Fund, is available on St. Catherine’s website at www.stcatherines.org/greatoakfund.
The Fund Board, under successive leadership, has tackled the challenges of “branding” the Fund, creating publicity for it, and in the last year focused their time and energy on development work. Over this time Phil Spessard, Board Chair, and I have made many visits with parishioners to describe the Fund and to invite participation. These visits have been filled with joy as together we have shared our deep affection and care for the life and ministries of this congregation. The visits have reaffirmed for me the conviction this congregation has for providing strong ministry in the here and now and into future years. I thank every household which has welcomed Phil and me so graciously into your home.
Over this time the Fund has grown so that generous parishioner gifts of some $30,000 are invested through the Episcopal Church Foundation as the Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. The Vestry will make decisions concerning the first distribution (up to 5%) from the Fund in January, 2013.
We are now preparing for the inauguration of the Great Oak Society at a celebration on June 23. Members of the Great Oak Society have expressed their commitment to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church by naming the Fund as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift and confirmed that commitment in writing to the Church. Membership involves no dues or obligations, but does allow us to thank and recognize those who have made plans for the future ministry of St. Catherine’s. If you have made such plans and have not communicated them to St. Catherine’s, we invite you to do so by sending a letter or communicating with Phil Spessard or me. We’d love to have you with us on June 23. If June is too soon, don’t worry, the Great Oak Society celebrations will become annual events.
I cannot imagine how this Fund will influence the ministry of St. Catherine’s in 2061 as they celebrate a Centennial of ministry. I am confident, however, that it will be significant. At some special event facility in East Cobb in 2061 someone will stand and raise a glass in toast to those who had the foresight to establish this Fund and to ensure the future ministry of this wonderful congregation. For that I am grateful. And to God be the glory!
May 6 and May 9
All are invited to hear Jenny Korwan, a graduate of UGA and a member of St. Catherine's, as she visits Fr. Jim’s "Everyday Theologians" Church School class on Sunday, May 6, 10 am, to share her journey to the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps (YASC). She will also be visiting with our youth at Wednesday Night Live on May 9.
Jenny will leave in July for a year in Nairobi, Kenya working with the organization Be The Change, Kenya. She will need both our prayers and our support, as others have from our community of faith. You can follow her preparation for this mission on her blog http://jennyskenyaadventure.blogspot.com/. For more information on YASC visit www.episcopalchurch.org/yasc.
Sunday, May 13, 10-11 am
By Tami Mace
A reception and tea will honor Martha Bowden on Sunday, May 13 in the Parish Hall following the 8:45 am service during the Church School time. Everyone is invited as we express our thanks to Martha on the occasion of her retirement from Director of our Youth Choir. The Youth Choir will sing their final offertory anthem for the year during the 8:45am service this day.
Please join us at the reception and recognize Martha for her twenty years of directing the St. Catherine’s Youth Choir through all of the years of raising her family, working and serving our wonderful community. She has brought the love of music to so many of our children and has made the 8:45 am service an inspirational and beautiful worship experience.
Photo, left - Ms. Martha leading her choir on Palm Sunday last year (by Jan Potter)
Sunday, May 20
Summer worship schedule begins Sunday, May 27
Pentecost is Sunday, May 27
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.”
Pentecost, "the Fiftieth day," is a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." The feast has also been called Whit Sunday, especially in the Anglican Church. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, and is on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.
The main sign of Pentecost in Western churches is the color red to symbolize joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests wear red vestments, and in modern times lay people may wear red clothing as well. Red banners (as on our cross) are often hung to symbolize the blowing of the "mighty wind" of the Spirit. They may depict words or symbols related to the church and the Holy Spirit, such as the dove or flames. Red flowers are often used to adorn the church and grounds.
Family Practices — As one of the great feasts of the year, you might consider how your family will mark it at home. Inspired by the roar of the Spirit’s wind and fire, consider making a mobile with seven red doves representing the Gifts of the Spirit. Wear red clothes and eat red foods—strawberries look like flames when turned stem-down. Discuss the seven gifts of the spirit and who in your family demonstrates particular gifts.
Community Practices — The Day of Pentecost is a day of baptism. This year we will baptize three new Christians at St. Catherine's and welcome them into the household of faith. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-15) in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event. Our great oak will be adorned with wind socks in fiery colors and as they catch the breeze we are reminded of our call to set the world on fire with our faith. Our worship ends with our Parish Picnic at which dessert is a St. Catherine’s sheet cake adorned with red, pink and orange flowers.
Parish Picnic Sunday, May 27
Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Join us immediately after the 10:30 service (about 12 noon) to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s prepared by our Men’s Group. No tickets or reservations needed—donations go to benefit the St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund.
Summer Breakfast Angels: Calling all cooks
By Margaret Shaw
The Breakfast Angels invite you to be a "guest cook" for our summer schedule. We are looking for some cooks (or chefs!) who would like to join a Breakfast Angels team & cook breakfast for one or more Sundays during June & July. You won't be flying solo—we'll match you up with a seasoned Breakfast Angel team and provide menu, supplies, information, and support.
If you've been interested and/or want to participate in this fun and rewarding ministry, this is a great opportunity to give it a try without making a long-term commitment. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Margaret Shaw, mhbshawbellsouth.net for more information!
Favorite hymns for summer
A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing our favorite hymns during worship in the summer months – doesn’t matter what season they are from, but please be sure they are from The Hymnal 1982. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites and we will schedule as many as possible.
Vacation Bible School – register soon, space limited
VBS is Monday through Thursday, June 25-28, 1:00-4:00 pm. The program is open to children ages 4 by July 1st through rising 5th graders. Cost is $25 per child if paid by June 10, $35 after. We welcome adult and youth volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week. Registration forms are available in the foyer or preschool, or download a form at www.stcatherines.org/forms/vbs-registration-form2012.pdf. For questions or to volunteer contact stcatsvbslive.com.
WNL concludes May 16
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) dinner and programs will conclude for the school year with our last session on May 16. Come for dinner 5:45-6:30 pm and programs for all ages 6:30-7:30 pm. Please make your dinner reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or by calling the office at 770-971-2839 by 5:00 pm on Tuesday before each date you'll dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.
Next lunch: Saturday, May 19
Cats On Wheels’ odd-month luncheon will be at the Marietta Greek Festival at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta. We will ride-share from St. Catherine's at 10:00 am and return at 1:30 pm. Or you may meet us at the festival, and come and go at your own pace. We'll aim for a lunch time of 11:30. Cost: $3 for admission, parking, and shuttle, food is additional. No reservation is needed, but if you plan to ride-share, RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200. Details about the festival are available at www.mariettagreekfestival.org. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us!
Photos below — Cats On Wheels' April visit at the Atlanta Botannical Garden (by Amma Susan+)
Fr. Jim and Joan and eight other parishioners are going to the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, for the nationally touring stage production of “The Screwtape Letters.” They will be attending the 3:00 pm matinee performance on Sunday, June 13. If you are interested in seeing this production with them, more tickets in the same area as the first ten can be purchased. Information about the production is available at www.screwtapeonstage.com.
Ticket price is $44, first come first served. Please contact Joan Nixon as soon as possible, joana0813gmail.com to join this group.
The Stewardship Committee is planning a new video as part of Stewardship 2013. Gifts such as videography, script writing, photography, voice overs, music, etc., are particularly needed. If you have both time and talents to help with this project, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office.
Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure room space, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your St. Catherine’s staff will have a calendaring day in June to plan out the coming year from July 2012 through May 2013. We need to know of all tentative and confirmed events and meetings for this time, no matter if they are on-going, one time or monthly. Please send information to Rose Wolfe, rosewolfebellsouth.net, no later than Friday, June 8.
Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, June 5, 7 pm
All committees and ministry teams—be sure to have a representative at this important meeting at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Everyone who is interested in ministry at St. Catherine’s is invited to attend.
Fr. Jim has announced the Adult Pilgrimage to Greece for March 2-12, 2013. We will begin in Thessaloniki and make our way south towards Athens over the 10 days of the trip. We will follow in the footsteps of Paul, but we also visit classical sites such as Delphi (the home of the Oracle) and Olympia (the home of the Olympics and the great temple of Zeus) and explore the tension between the religion of the ancient classics and the emerging Christianity. Continuing to Corinth we will visit the Temple of Apollo before spending a relaxing afternoon and evening on our own in Nauplion of the shores of the Gulf of Argos. In Athens we will attend a church service in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and visit the modern and ancients sites of the city including the recently (2007) opened Acropolis Museum. We will climb to the top of Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Court of Areopagus, and from the vantage point of our time together ask how we are called to preach the Gospel in our own times.
A detailed itinerary and reservation form is available in the foyer near the bulletin board or you may contact Fr. Jim at fatherjimbellsouth.net to get this information by email. If you have any questions about the trip please contact him and he will be delighted to answer them or get an answer for you.
By Steve Pyburn, Treasurer
I’m sure most of you are thrilled that summer is almost here. After all, summer is a time for trips to the pool, family vacations, letting the kids stay up late, outdoor barbecues, and so many other fun things that are tough to do from September to May. On a personal level, May 24 (end of the school year) can’t get here fast enough! But as a first-year Treasurer for St. Catherine’s, I have to admit that this summer is causing me a little more anxiety than excitement. Here’s a chart that highlights the main reason why (right).
This chart plots St. Catherine’s cumulative operating surplus/(deficit) by month for two time periods – 2007-2011 (average of all 5 years), and what we have budgeted for 2012. Each year, we start off the year with a bang and collect a lot more pledge revenue than we spend. As a result, we show a nice operating surplus at the end of January. But starting in February and continuing until December, we all start to fall behind on our pledge commitments, St. Catherine’s collects less money than we spend, and we consequently eat into our surplus. Starting in May/June each year, we post a year-to-date operating deficit on our books, and so we have to “borrow” money from our savings account of ~$50k until revenues catch up with expenses. Finally, in December, the Finance team and/or the Vestry or Fr. Jim ask the congregation to honor their pledges so we can meet our budget numbers, and St. Catherine’s has fortunately always come through. We then replenish our savings account and move on to the next year.
Without a doubt, it’s a joy to be part of a congregation that always answers the call when needed, as evidenced by our yearly “Christmas miracles” in that chart above. On behalf of the Vestry and Finance committee, I want to thank each and every one of you for what you have done and continue to do financially for our wonderful church. But I think we can do more for St. Catherine’s, and I’m not suggesting that we all give more money (that’s up to the Stewardship Committee!). I’m only suggesting that we don’t wait for the call in December to honor our pledges so that we don’t have the cash flow issues highlighted above. In case this interests you, here are some ways you can do this:
If even a small percentage of our parishioners employ one of these options above, it will have a significant impact on our cash flow concerns from May through December. And the better our cash position, the more flexibility we have throughout the year to fund our ministries and address other financial needs within the church. Thank you again for all that you do to support St. Catherine’s financially and spiritually, and I hope you all have a wonderful summer!
Great fun and great fellowship at the Women's Retreat April 27-29 at Montera Farm. Photos below by Amma Susan+... and check the St. Catherine's Facebook page to watch the video of the ladies singing and enjoying the weekend!
May Outreach: Emmaus House food pantry
By Hale Sanders, Outreach Ministry Team Convener
Emmaus House, www.emmaushouse.org, is our diocese's outreach ministry facility/program near Turner Field in Atlanta. St. Catherine’s Outreach Committee wants to support their food pantry for the month of May. Please consider donating any of the following items. NOTE: check expiration dates and allow at least a month for distributing as they cannot accept out-of-date food or bent cans. Place items in the Outreach food barrels in the church atrium across from the parlor.
Items needed: 2# bag/box of rice; Bags of dry black-eyed peas, butter beans, lima beans, etc.; Medium container of pasta; Boxed mac and cheese; Oatmeal; 2# bag of grits; Large (but not mega size) non-sugar cereal; Powdered milk; Ramen noodles; 5 oz. can tuna, salmon, chicken; Canned meat meals (beef stew, ravioli, spaghettios, etc.); Spam, ham, Vienna sausage; Vegetables (canned corn, green beans, English peas, potatoes, carrots, etc.); Canned beans (pinto, kidney, black, black-eyed peas); Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes; Canned fruit (peaches, pears, applesauce, fruit cocktail); Peanut butter; Jelly; Canned soup (hearty but not trendy).
Family Promise – next meeting May 31 at St. Andrew UMC
By Marcia Markette
Family Promise—so much to consider. Does it match our long-range plan of expanding our community involvement? We are still in the “research and learn” stage. Attending our second meeting, we learned more about the many facets of this ministry. I’m continuing to question, to gather more information, praying for guidance.
Family Promise has a mission “to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.” When reading this, do you have a mental picture of what that means? I know I did, predictably drawn from my own experiences. Guess what? Family Promise is nothing like any other ministry we know. This is a ministry operating in ways we haven’t experienced, with advocacy for at-risk families to prevent them becoming homeless, active partnership and shared goals with thirteen other churches in our community, a local day center with trained professionals providing direction and education. Families together learning and gaining understanding, volunteers making it all happen.
As our research continues, we’ll keep sharing what we learn. Come to the next meeting on Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066. We’re learning a lot, the practical parts, the costs, the commitment involved. How does this ministry succeed? What, exactly, would be our part? Go to the website, www.familypromise.org, for information about this organization. I urge you to ask questions, keeping an open mind, be willing to discover this ministry: is this for you? is it for our St. Catherine’s family?
Blood donors are winners
Thank you to everyone who came to donate blood and/or assist at our April blood drive! As promised, the Red Cross awarded a $100 gift card to a St. Catherine’s donor from this date. The drawing was held at WNL on April 25, and the very deserving winner was Tom Snead. Says Tom, “The shirt I’m wearing in this photo signifies my 30th donation, meaning 3.75 gallons of blood. I encourage all to do it. It means a lot to the recipients, whether they are undergoing chemotherapy or an operation or an accident victim. It is truly a life saving event.”
Our next blood drive will be Tuesday, June 26. Drives are held through the year in our Parish Hall from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Help is always needed for greeting donors, set up and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327 to get involved.
St. Catherine's provides meals and helps with laundry every month year-round at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn overnight shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta.
CIS Book Drive through May 13
We are holding a book drive through Sunday, May 13 for Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County. We are asking for new and gently used books suitable for elementary age children grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Please bring books to the collection table in the foyer. To learn more about Communities in Schools programs and projects please contact Meghan Wilson or Carol Fey at 678-503-0901, or visit www.marietta.communitiesinschools.org. For questions about St. Catherine’s drive, please contact Ann Snead at 678-795-9508.
Community Garden off and growing!
(Photo, right) The earth has been tilled, the fence is up, and the very first seeds/plants to ever go into the St. Catherine’s Community Outreach Garden were planted on April 28. If you would like to be involved, contact Blake Sherry or Ellis Kilgore.
Dedication ceremony date changed to June 10! Progress report: we passed fire marshall inspection on porch, stairs and fire extinguishers! We’re still working on painting and general cleanup. The grader has finished and doors are hung. Almost all wiring is complete and once the counter is installed plumber will finish installing fixtures. A dedication ceremony and celebration for all volunteers who have been part of this project is now tentatively set for the afternoon of Sunday, June 10. Please watch for announcements to confirm the date and time.
By Father Jim
I was introduced to a YouTube video a number of months ago entitled “Reasons (why people don’t go to church)” (below, or watch at www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUJpJyth3J4). Produced by Central Christian Church, I wish we had produced the video because I firmly believe it speaks to the human condition in the 21st century. I believe it speaks, as well, to a challenge we face as the people of St. Catherine’s. Let me tell you why.
Over the fourteen years I have served you we have experienced growth in our membership and in our budget. Over these years, however, our average Sunday attendance (ASA – in church lingo) has stayed flat or decreased slightly. You can see it in the graph (PDF file available here) available through the Episcopal Church website. The question that keeps me busy is, “Why do people not come to worship on a more regular basis?”
I have my own theories which include the busyness we all experience in our lives. Given the pace of life in East Cobb County, Sundays are sometimes the only day for rest. It also includes a belief that in 1998 our programming was not as extensive as it is now and that (perhaps) people feel that if they come during the week or attend a good church school program they’ve attended church—maybe? I presume some people don’t feel they have 75 minutes to devote to worship on a weekly basis, yearning for the 60 minute model. It could be that in our deepest desire to be “welcoming, accepting, nurturing and serving,” we’ve failed to set the expectation that to be a Christian means to worship our Lord in community. These are some reasons that float around in my head.
I wonder what you think? Why don’t you come to church each week? I’m anxious to hear your perspectives on this question. In fact I invite you to email your ideas about this challenge and what as a community of faith we might do to address it. I am open to your thoughts—let me know at fatherjimbellsouth.net.
"Reasons (why people don't go to church)"
Let’s let parishioner Tom Blackstock know we are thinking of him! Tom is in the US Army, currently serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. If you would like to send him a letter or card (no special stamps needed, use regular U.S. postal service stamps and postage rates), his address is:
In addition, we will be collecting nonperishable food (granola/power bars, nuts, peanut butter crackers, tuna lunch kits, etc.), and toiletries including sunscreen. Tom has a Nook and an iPad with him which he uses to read and watch movies as they have no TV, so a gift card to iTunes or Barnes & Noble would also be a nice idea. There will be a box in the church main office on top of the file cabinets for collecting items through Monday, May 14. St. Catherine's pre-K is preparing some special artwork to send. All contacts from “home” will be greatly appreciated!
By Bill Ivey
Sunday, April 29 8:45 service was the final Jubilate Choir-led music for this school year. Jubilate will be back in the fall, and may make themselves heard a couple times over the summer. Father Jim and the grateful 8:45 congregation thanked the choir at the end of the service with a round of hearty applause. Thanks to the many regulars, the drop-ins and the people who help set-up and tear-down for the Jubilate services, too. If you enjoy the Jubilate music and wish to join us and sing or play an instrument, contact Jeff Harris at harris.jeffaliatt.net. If you'd like to learn about sound reinforcement for a musical group like this, contact Bill Ivey at billiveybellsouth.net
Thanks for listening and singing with us: Alison Harris, Allison Dupuis, Ann Snead, Bella Hutto, Betsy Broda, Brian Paglia, Charles Mace, Chris Morris, Claire Hunkler, Ellis Kilgore, Gracie Dover, Hannah Harris, Jason Gardiner, Jeff Harris, Keely Phillpots, Mark Childs, Monica Kraeger, Natalie Whitlow, Noelle Mace, Paul Maxwell, Pierce Hale, Ron Dover, Sally Paris, Susan Jablonski, Tom Snead and Bill Ivey – The Jubilate Choir.
Mike Peterson invites all youth members who wish to help lead the music and sing on Youth Sunday (May 20th) to contact him at the church: 770-971-2839.
Do you have some great "honey-do" skills? We are forming maintenance teams to work around the church at small projects such as changing light bulbs or furnace filters, small painting jobs, exterior building repairs. Each team will work with one of our key maintenance team members; Al Jones, Jason Snape, Alan Certain, Roger Motter, etc. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact one of these persons, and we'll be in touch.
Congratulations to Kelly Snook and Jeff Ely, married at the Cathedral of St. Philip on April 21.
“Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads.”
Photo by Fr. Jim Nixon
Photos by Matt Nixon, Connie Bergeron and Jan Potter -- see lots more at Easter2012
Kids4Peace Camp – July 2-16
Kids4Peace is an interfaith peace education program dedicated to encouraging children of different cultures and faith traditions to learn understanding, tolerance and respect, while fostering sustainable friendships across the lines of conflict. St. Catherine’s youth members have participated in previous years and found it a very rewarding experience. A special article about Kids4Peace is in your most recent issue of Pathways magazine (the magazine of the Diocese of Atlanta).
Kids4Peace is recruiting for this summer’s camp for 12-13 year olds, especially boy campers. The first ten days are spent at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, GA and the other days in Atlanta. For more information and applications, see www.k4p.org/atlanta, or contact Rev. Sharon Hiers at 404-634-3336 ext 222 or sharonstbartsatlanta.org
Election of the 10th Bishop of Atlanta
The six candidates will visit around the diocese May 14-18. One of the events will be recorded and posted online. The meetings will be: May 14 at Grace Church, Gainesville; May 15 at St. Luke's, Atlanta; May 16 at Christ Church, Macon; May 17 at St. David's, Roswell; and May 18 at St. Peter's, Rome.Who will vote: The election will be held on Saturday, June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Those who served as lay delegates to the 105th Annual Council last November, along with all clergy members of council, will participate. Information about the entire process is available on the Bishop Search and Transition website at bishopsearch.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Bishop_Search.asp .
Letters with thanks for donations sent from St. Catherine’s have been received from:
Next scheduled date: Sunday, May 27 (Pentecost)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock
FOR THE SICK: Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Jan Dennis, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Kent Moss, Sandy Curran, Teresa Witham, Paul Beswick, Barbara, Jean Windrow, Alycen Widdon, Judy Anderson, Rusty Phillips, James Ellis, Anna Jenkins, Ron & his family, Joanne Pinkney, Jennifer James, Page Loyd, Beverly, Marilyn Gradwell, Holly, Bea Tolley, Lynn McDowell, Angie Henson, Melissa & baby girl, Snow Lucchosi, Joe Tarentino, Tammy Lange, Gloria, Shirley Burland, Tim Denison, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Deborah, Gordon, Risa Maier, Laurel Glidewell, Bill Falinski, Robert Palmer, Sue Palmer, Jim, Barry, Rebecca Weaver, Cliff Kutzbach, Mabel, Julie Heath, Gigi Jarvis, Pete Smith, Rod Deutscher, Jana Williams, Mary Heku, Ellen Brandt, Barbara Markette, Paul Markette, Gary Parker, Ruth Jones, Joan Unger, Bruce Heuke, Carol Viering, Linda Steiner, Denise, Mare, Audrey Brunett, Alvira Silva, Travis Thompson, Inez Free, Gabriel de la Fuentes, Barbara Kallas, Shelley Ransdell, Bill Lewis, Doug Guedry, Sybil Carr, Robby Perry, Charles Williams
BEFORE SURGERY: Wil Fambrough, 5/7; Diane Sanders, 5/9; Anne Whittle, 5/14; Jim Greene 5/16
DECEASED: Jack Lewis, Susan Cromer’s uncle; James Kraeger, Hans Kraeger’s father
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (5/5) Bill Selby, Laura Moore, Beau Paris, (5/6) Bettye Harris, Shepherd Smith, Marlene Stuart, (5/7) Scott Harwell, (5/8) Madison Handell, (5/9) Carol Murphy, (5/10) Ryan O’Neill, Elizabeth Blackstock, (5/11) Alan Carter, Jodi Gammon, (5/12) Chris Selby, Ken Minzenberger, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Scott DeLaBarre, (5/13) Ginny Lummus, David Frank, Kristina Higgins, Brianna Ward, Mackenzie Ward, Laurel Smith, (5/14) Michelle Zimmerman, Suzanne Gardiner, (5/15) Dani Dickson, Ryan Olliffe, Maelin Alexander, (5/16) Hans Kraeger, (5/17) Don Clark, (5/18) Rachel Bottoms, (5/20) Ansley Farmer, Chad Cook, (5/21) Gordon O’Neill, Joan Thurston, (5/22) John Fulcher, (5/23) Sarah Fulton, Frank Adams, (5/24) Rob Harrison, (5/25) Peter Britt
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: (5/17) Emily & Nelson Gale; (5/21) Joe & Devon Parker; Peter & Colleen Morich; (5/22) Norma & George Alexander; Jim & Joan Nixon; Bill & Beverly Fambrough
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (5/6/12) Jim & Kathy Kareken; Tina, Michael & Justin Kerr; Chris, Rebecca, Robin & Trevor Kiefer, Justin Baker; Kelley Kilgore; Ellis & Claudia Kilgore; (5/13/12) Steve, Missy, Jenny & William Korwan; Hans, Karen, Josh & Monica Kraeger; Holly Krupp/ Ella Laird; Bill & Elaine Krupp; Richard, Michelle, Jordan & Greyson LaGardé; (5/20/12) Linda Langston; Barbara & Cathy Larsh; Laura Lawrence/Peter Jones; Dianne & Stephen Lee; Bill & Beth Lee
A Prayer for the Diocese of Atlanta: O God, you lead your Church into all truth: Give the guiding presence of your Holy Spirit to those who have dedicated themselves to your service in our search for the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. May our prayers and discernment be in accord with the mission you have given us to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. May our next bishop be a person of prayer who is present to us as pastor and teacher while prophetically calling us to the ministry of justice, peace, and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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:
Three-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next three weeks of events and activities and is correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
By Mike Peterson
YA Pilgrimage meeting Wednesday, April 9
An essential meeting for ALL pilgrims and at least one parent of each will be held Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 pm in the Youth House. Please make sure to attend!
Youth Sunday – May 20
This year we will be holding the annual Youth Sunday on May 20. The Youth will be running most aspects of the service with roles as ushers, greeters, musicians, acolytes, chalice-bearers, readers and more. Be sure to mark your calendar! This will also be our final day of church school and the day we recognize our graduating seniors, so you won’t want to miss it!
The value of Kanuga conferences
I have talked and written many times about the incredible value and spiritual nourishment that I and many young people from around the country find at youth conferences at the Kanuga Conference Center in Western North Carolina. Sharing a point of view from a very different perspective, Jennifer Buckalew has written about the value she has seen from these conferences as the mother of a teenager who participates in them. If you have any questions about Youth Week at Kanuga or Winterlight, please feel free to contact me! Information about all programs at Kanuga is available at www.kanuga.org.
By Jennifer Buckalew: My daughter first approached the idea of a week at Kanuga because she had band camp the week that her age group session would take place at Camp Mikell. Mike was very enthusiastic about it and so I thought, what the heck, let's give it a shot. That first experience led to some amazing connections.
There were kids there from all over the Southeast and up the Eastern Seaboard. My daughter made friends in that week that she keeps up with even now, several years later. They make plans to attend sessions at Kanuga, email, Facebook, etc. And while that connection with her peers was fantastic, the connection that she found to her faith is even more so.
What I noticed after her first Winterlight (a senior high youth conference that runs between Christmas and New Year’s Day) was that she seemed lighter upon her return. It was as if a burden had been lifted, or at least shared. She came home relaxed, happier, and more herself. She raved about the people, the experience and what she took away from it. And my observation has been that after every single session at Kanuga—Winterlight or SYP (the senior high conference that is part of Youth Week at Kanuga in June), she comes home renewed. I call it chiropractic for the soul. Every single time she comes back with new insights into herself and her faith. As a parent, you can’t ask for more.
Additionally, the cost is in line with a week-long session at Camp Mikell—maybe a little more. There are scholarship opportunities through Kangua to defray the cost some if you need it. Their attitude is very much a matter of "if your child wants to be here, we will work with you to make it happen".
I hope the next time the opportunity comes up, you really sit down and think about it. My daughter's experiences have been tremendously positive and uplifting. We could all use a break like that.
May Ministry Focus: Youth
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Youth ministries and programs. For information about getting involved in their activities please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson.
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