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 Amma Susan
This is a time when people long for peace, especially within the faith household of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar. Jews, Christians and Muslims are painfully divided, even though we share biblical ancestors. Our divisions are at the heart of much of the world’s serious places of conflict and war today. But the longing for peace that we share is deeper and closer to the heart of all earth’s spiritual traditions than are our divisions. We are created and come from the one God, even though we call that living God by different names; and deepest within us is the sacred desire for oneness, even though we live tragically separated much of the time.
Recently I returned from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, where for my continuing education I participated in a spirituality course entitled: God invites us to the home of peace. Our leaders were John Philip Newell, Church of Scotland minister and former warden of the Iona Community, Nahum Ward-Lev, a rabbi from Santa Fe, and Rahmah Lutz, a Sufi Muslim teacher from Abiquiu, NM. Each day our leaders reflected with us from their respective faith traditions the ways God invites us into the home of peace. Each teaching session was followed by a half-hour of meditative prayer. Then we opened our hearts to one another and shared the richness of the treasure of our distinct traditions, and discovered that sometimes we uncovered for one another insights into the other’s tradition. As a Christian, there are truths about what it means to follow Jesus that I received by looking through the lens of another faith household and vice versa for my Muslim and Jewish counterparts. We learned from the wisdom of the other parts of the family, and sometimes heard for the first time some of the lost wisdom in our own branch of the family tree.
Part of what we discovered was that we need each other if we are to be whole; wholeness is found, not in separation, but in relationship. I come home with a longing to share that interfaith dialogue with people at home, so that together here, Christians, Jews and Muslims may share the richness of their faith with one another and discover the ways that God invites us all into the home of peace.
Shalom, Salaam, Peace be with you.
Sunday, July 29, 9:15 am
By Father Jim
We will gather on Sunday, July 29 at 9:15 am in the Sanctuary for our Summer Parish Meeting. Our Winter Annual Meeting is so filled with business that we often don’t get the chance to talk with one another. This summer opportunity, thus, gives us a more informal opportunity to spend an hour together simply looking at the state of St. Catherine’s and the opportunities and challenges which face us over the coming months. Please do plan to be a part of this conversation by joining us on July 29 at 9:15 am.
This Sunday at the 10:30 am service we will recognize all our rising college freshmen this Sunday to wish them God-speed, and present the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards to each.
St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund
This fund was begun as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund in tribute to Dani Dickson’s mother, and is funded each year by proceeds from the Parish Picnics and other individual gifts. At this time we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen, but with additional gifts to this fund we hope to expand either the amount of the gifts or have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers. We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To contribute please send checks to St. Catherine’s, designated for “College Book Fund.”
At both worship services this date we will recognize our acolytes for their important ministry and years of service to all of St. Catherine's. We appreciate you!
Sign up for Acolytes
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:
Written instructions as well as walk-through training are provided. If you have questions or would like to sign your child up, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or 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
Tuesday, August 7, 7 pm
All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and members—be sure to have a representative at this important meeting at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall as we prepare for Ministry Fair and fall activities, and realignment of all our Ministry Teams. All those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's are welcome.
By Molly Banko
News: Suzanne McGhee is stepping down as co-chair of the Young Families Ministry committee. Jennifer Sherwood has volunteered to help coordinate our events and service projects.
Movie Night – RSVP by August 7! Please join us as Young Families invites you to a Pizza, Ice Cream Sundae and Movie Night on August 9 in the Parish Hall. Wear your PJs, bring your blanket and we'll gather around the big screen as we watch "Cars 2." We'll start serving food at 6:00 with the movie beginning at 7:00. Cost is $10 per family. Feel free to BYOB (beer & wine only please). Lemonade and water will be provided. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or to mdbankocomcast.net by Tuesday, August 7.
Save the date for the first St. Catherine’s “Evening Under the Oak”. Young Families will be bringing Jay Memory to our church to play a Chastain-style concert in front of the church on Saturday, September 22. This concert will be open to all St. Catherine’s parishioners, preschool and friends.
Next date: August 5
Are you the kind of golfer who prays for pars when you get out on the golf course? If you are like most of us "hackers" then we invite you to join us to play golf. We want to encourage fellowship by going to the early church service and breakfast together, then head out for a 10:00 am tee time. Each person will pay their own greens fees. Remaining dates for this year will be Sundays, August 5 and October 8 (come either or both). To sign up, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Walt McGill, wsmcgillaol.com, 770-971-8890 by the Sunday before each outing.
Join us on Sunday, August 11 for a day trip to see both train engines involved in the Great Locomotive Chase, at the Kennesaw and at the Cyclorama. Lunch costs and other expenses will be on your own. For information and reservations please contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Add these upcoming Cats On Wheels dates to your calendar now:
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you.
August 12, 19, 26 – 9:15-10:15 am
Country Fair is coming! Join us on three Sundays in August from 9:15 to 10:15 am for food, fun and fellowship for all ages. Mark your calendar now!
“Come and See” reception August 17
By David Moore
Stephen Ministry is recruiting a new class at St. Catherine’s for the fall. Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered support to people experiencing grief, divorce, illness, job loss, loneliness and other life difficulties. If you have ever thought about becoming a Stephen Minister or just have questions concerning this important parish ministry, please join us for a Stephen Ministry “Come and See” reception at the home of Nelson and Emily Gale, 228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta on Friday evening, August 17 from 7 until 9 o'clock. Your Stephen Ministers will welcome you, answer your questions, and share with you why this ministry is so important to our parish family. So please "Come and See" what it's all about!
If you have any questions you would like to address with a Stephen Minister one-on-one, a Stephen Ministry leader will be available to speak with you in the church library on Sundays, August 5 and 12, at 9:15 am.
This year is the right time to try us out! Our activity starts up soon. There is no audition, and sight-reading ability is not required.
Choristers of St. Catherine's: For children & youth grade 2-12
By Jana Williams
God made us musical creatures. Moreover, the Bible calls us all to sing as a profound way of worship: "My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!" Psalm 108:1
The Choristers of St. Catherine’s is now forming for boys and girls in grades two through twelve. The purpose of this choral ensemble is to provide musical training and also to lead in worship in our 8:45 a.m. service three Sundays each month. The rehearsals, which begin September 5, promise to be fast-paced. We will meet from 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. (no conflict with our Youth WNL that meets from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.) to rehearse pieces to be sung at the offertory and continue our development of music reading and ensemble skills by playing tone chimes. (No, these are not the same as Father Jim’s bells but they are almost as much fun!) Songs will be selected using a child-centered approach suited to the abilities and ages of the singers. For example, if a large number of youth grades nine through twelve join, a break-out youth ensemble may be formed. Being an acolyte will not conflict – you’ll simply wear a different robe that day.
Singing in choir gives children and young people the opportunity to store Scripture or sacred texts in their hearts. Music time-stamps our lives and connects generations. Helping lead worship through hymn singing and special music gives your child a deeper understanding of our Episcopal traditions. Perhaps just as importantly, the Choristers of St. Catherine’s learn to love and care for each other along the way. Choir is the ultimate example of “teamwork” – and, we’re a non-contact sport!
Please consider joining. Father Jim, Mike, Brian, and I ask you to try us until Christmas and see if the Choristers of St. Catherine’s can become a blessing to your family’s life as well as the life of St. Catherine’s. I’ll be hanging out at the Country Fair August 5, 12, and 19 to talk with you and answer any questions. Then, we’ll fit robes and get music folders together in the choir room on August 26 and September 2, from 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. so that we are ready to rock and roll September 5th.
For more information, please contact Dr. Jana Williams, St. Catherine’s Organist and Volunteer Director of Choristers of St. Catherine’s, janagracecomcast.net 678.461.9656.
P. S. For those who know me only as your humble organist, I also have a “day” job as the choral director at Walton High School. I have a doctorate in music education from Boston University and am a National Board Certified Teacher in choral education. Earlier in my life, I taught elementary music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC and led the children’s choir from the organ at Christ Church, Alexandria, VA. We sang at the National Cathedral several times during my time in Washington, DC, including the family service on Christmas Eve one year.
You’ve been thinking about it and now’s the time to become a part of St. Catherine’s Adult Choir! Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. We have an exciting program lined up for the fall with Advent Lessons and Carols plus special music for Christmas Eve. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily and experience God’s presence through beautiful music.
Our first gathering will be Wednesday, September 5, 7:15-8:30 pm. We rehearse from Labor Day to Memorial Day on Wednesday evenings and meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 a.m. services. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please contact director Brian Williams at brianstcatherines.org or 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member if you have questions.
Jubilate Music Team
Our name, Jubilate, means to shout for joy, sing aloud and rejoice in God! We are a group of amateur musicians and singers showing God’s praise through our joyful music. This unique group of instruments and voices leads the congregation in contemporary music at the family Eucharist approximately once a month plus occasional special services. Musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening is the most desired skill for this ensemble. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings throughout the year with an added rehearsal and sound check Saturday mornings before performance. For information contact Jeff Harris, 770-977-1157, harris.jeffaliatt.net.
“And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve You as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”
Education For Ministries, EFM, is the perfect opportunity to learn and understand exactly what we are supposed to do when we leave the Eucharist each Sunday—how to respond to the call of Christian Service. During EFM you will gain a better knowledge of the Old and New Testaments. You will learn about the history of the Church and about Theology. You will take this journey with a small, intimate group of people, including wonderful mentors. During weekly meetings you will have thought provoking discussions and hear the reflections of others while forming close bonds with your fellow EFMers.
I would strongly recommend EFM for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of our Church and of what God expects from us.
Yours In Christ,
EFM (Education for Ministry) is a 4-year program out of the University of the South (Sewanee). The class meets Thursday nights each week through the school year beginning September 6. There is a fee involved and scholarships are available help to defray some of the cost. We would be honored if you would join us. For information please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jan Potter, 404-444-8627, jcpottergmail.com or Chris Potter, 404-376-7430, cdexterpottergmail.com.
"The Journey" is our process for adults who are interested in becoming members of the Episcopal Church or are seeking to be baptized or confirmed, and for adults who want to explore their questions about God and the church. The class will meet Sunday afternoons beginning September 16, 1-3 pm.
"The Journey" participants will explore their faith with others new and old to St. Cat’s, gain spiritual tools for their faith journey, learn about the Episcopal Church, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, discern their gifts for ministry, all while enjoying fellowship, small group interaction and worship together. To sign up or for information, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact The Rev. Susan Johnson, 770-971-2839, fathersuebellsouth.net.
Many parishioners have inquired if there will be more bricks available for the BrickWalk under the Big Oak Tree in front of the church. We can expand the BrickWalk if we get orders for another 50 bricks. We don't need your order at this time, we just wish to know how many parishioners would like to participate. Each engraved brick is 8”x8” and costs $50. Please let us know by checking the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey at massey.jmgmail.com. The BrickWalk addition will be installed in the fall.
Our new pictorial directories have been delivered to the church and are ready for pick up. If you had a photo taken for the directory earlier this year, please claim yours at the table in the foyer this Sunday
We had a great turnout on July 15 for our information meeting about the Adult Pilgrimage to Greece, March 2-12, 2013. For details about the trip see the updated detailed itinerary and reservation form on our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/GreecePilgrimage2013-itinerary.pdf AND www.stcatherines.org/forms/GreecePilgrimage2013-ReservationForm.pdf. The itinerary and registration form are also available for pickup at church in the foyer. For further questions please contact Father Jim.
In our new Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Next date: Wednesday, August 1, 10 am
St. Catherine’s will again make 1,000 lunches for MUST’s Summer Lunch program on Wednesday, August 1, starting at 10 am in the Parish Hall. With many hands it’s a surprisingly quick job! Volunteers will prepare and pack the lunches, no food donations are needed. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.
The MUST Summer Lunch Program delivers free, nutritious lunches to children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year, Monday through Friday all summer long in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, Paulding, North Fulton and Gwinnett communities. For complete information about the program visit www.mustministries.org/summerlunch.html .
Does everyone hear the trumpets? The Elizabeth Inn Daily Outreach Building constructed by St. Catherine’s and other Cobb churches has now received its certificate of occupancy. “We did it, everyone, with God's blessings and lots of blood, sweat and tears, but most of all with warm memories and new friendships begun among the volunteers.” – Carol Bowser
Photo – The Certificate: Fred Massey, with Tom Riddle and Dr. Ike Reighard of MUST (photo by David Smith, MUST)
July 22 - Welcoming Jillian, sealed as Christ's own forever! (Photos by Dave Nelson)
By Alison Harris
When I was a little girl, my parents didn't talk specifically about stewardship. They were definitely more of the lead by example types. In fact, I was surrounded by examples. I had two older sisters who were generous and helpful in myriad ways. Being the baby, I reaped a great deal of the benefit of their generosity. They did a tremendous amount for me, to the point that I became quite savvy in bringing that particular dynamic about as often as possible. I am not quite sure what brought about my own little paradigm shift, but sometime in high school I began to be keenly aware of the magnitude of what had been done for me that I longed to give to others as I had received.
The first time I filled out a pledge card I was a bit over zealous and ended up taking a good bit longer in fulfilling it than I expected. Then I became over cautious and for a time there were a number of times the words "I can't" became a too frequent part of my vocabulary. Then I watched a youth group perform a skit about stewardship where Jesus gathered with his friends to celebrate his birthday, and when it came time to cut the cake, his friends eagerly took a slice of cake. One friend's name was "Rent", one was "Car Payment", another was "Insurance", another "Groceries", and so on until when it came time for Jesus to take his slice, there was nothing left. Whose birthday was it anyway? That skit has stayed with me for well over twenty years. I began to write the check to the church first, and as I did so, it was amazing how the other things that had always come first receded into the background.
The yo-yo-ing between zealous and fearful came about because of my misunderstanding stewardship in the broader sense. I believe God does call us as individuals to take the gifts He gives, to enjoy them, and to share them with others, but I also believe He calls us to collaborate with Him and with all whom He calls. This is the work of the church, to allow ourselves and our gifts to be among many, together listening and praying for God's guidance in following His Plan. The first step of stewardship is a willingness to give, but the next is to let what you give be a part of something greater.
By Sue Jones
Ben Provisor (my great nephew) is a 22-year-old Greco-Roman wrestler from Stevens Point, Wisconsin who is representing the USA in the 74 kilogram (163 lbs) weight class. He has been wrestling since he was five years old. His coach at that time was a three-time Olympic medalist in Greco-Roman style and saw the intensity that Ben had right away.
On Thursday July 19, I was in Stevens Point to help the family with a major fund raising event to help cover the expense of travel and lodging in London. This event coincided with the send-off for Ben. NBC News had a crew there following Ben around. The local channels also had TV crews out so my family and I got to see ourselves on the evening news. NBC is covering the entire Olympics and will be broadcasting events streamed live from London over the Internet or perhaps on MSNBC or CNBC. You can gain access to this coverage at www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/help/index . You may need a cable, satellite, or Telco membership that includes MSNBC and CNBC. There are instructions when you log onto this web site.
There are about thirty family and friends going to London to cheer Ben on. We will be there with our white Ben Provisor T-shirts. Look for us. When Ben competes, or if the cameras turn our way, we’ll make a lot of noise. Ben's website is www.benprovisor.com.
Did you particularly enjoy a sermon one Sunday and want to hear it again, or let a friend hear it? Were you away on a Sunday or two this summer and want to hear what was said at the worship service you missed? Thanks to the efforts of Ben Frost and Ron Bergeron, sermons from our Sundays are recorded in an audio file (usually from the last worship time of the date) and posted to listen to our website. You’ll find them at the “Listen To Sermons” link on the Rector’s Page – go direct to stcatherines.org/sermons/.
A heartfelt thank you to Father Jim, the Flower Guild, the Altar Guild, Jana, and Parish Life and Fellowship — each of you, in your own special way, helped to make our 50th wedding anniversary very memorable.
Dear Father Jim,
First, a little background. When I gave up my parish responsibilities as a deacon at St. Michael's I told Bishop Neil that I would like to continue to worship there since I had been there as a lay person/deacon since 1979. He said, "Fine, but I want you to take 2-3 months off and worship elsewhere." That began a practice for Molly and me to visit other parishes. Since she is an RC we would alternate between our churches… We now make our visits once a month to parishes throughout the Atlanta area.
Well, today we both agreed that St. Catherine's received high marks in all areas. We were greeted warmly as soon as we entered. The worship space is beautiful. The lay readers were excellent. Music was good even without a choir because of the strong singing of the congregation. And, finally, your sermon was great. Thanks to all for providing us with a meaningful worship experience.
I am sending you a tall glass of chilled homemade lemonade. It’s one of my favorite summertime drinks, especially after I’ve been hard at work. You, with your generosity, continue to work hard for Emmaus House. Thank you so very much for your summertime gift. It helps us soothe, comfort, reward and nourish so many of our neighbors who rarely rest from the hard work of surviving poverty. On their behalf, I am deeply grateful.
Dear [St. Catherine’s],
“There’s a great joy in my giving. It’s thrilling. It’s exhilarating. It’s important to be part of sharing. It is my love. It is my joy.” — Philanthropist W. Clement Stone
…Thank you for choosing to help impact some of the 34,000 people who come to MUST seeking help and hope. They come for food, job training, career counseling, housing, clothing, healthcare and—and perhaps most of all—hope.
Never in the history of MUST have so many felt so desperate. The lines for assistance are longer. The recovery time is longer. The resources are shorter. But in the midst of a difficult economic downturn, you have reached out to those in need. You have helped provide a lifeline. You are making a difference. May you find inner joy in transforming the life of someone else.
In His Service,
Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO, MUST Ministries
Volunteer to assist with bishop celebrations
The Diocese of Atlanta invites people wishing to volunteer to help with activities planned by the Bishop Transition Committee are invited to sign up now. Among the events scheduled are a Choral Evensong to honor Bishop J. Neil Alexander at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, and the 11 a.m. Oct. 13 Ordination liturgy for Bishop-elect Robert Wright. If you are interested please see the sign-up form on the Transition Committee website at https://bishopsearch.episcopalatlanta.org/Forms/form.asp?FormId=85
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock
FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
FOR THE SICK: Mary Ann, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Brian Lee, Sandy Curran, Alycen Whiddon, Rusty Phillips, James Ellis, Joanne Pinkney, Page Loyd, Marilyn Gradwell, Lynn McDowell, Snow Lucchosi, Gloria, Shirley Burland, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Gordon, Bill Falinski, Rod Deutscher, Ruth Jones, Joan Unger, Carol Viering, Mare, Doug Guedry, Sybil Carr, Katie and parents Barb & Dale Braman, Wil Fambrough, Maddie Billingsley, Hector Quiles, Mick Phillips, Karl Nelson, Lake Bozman, Gwen Moody & family, Penny, Kati Toft, Michael, Travis Thompson & Family, Ann McBrayer, Jeri, Karen Patterson, Bill, Kevin, Patti Sousa, April McGill, Robert Horine, Bobby Rainey, Harry Tear, Jr., Martin Michael, Bruce Heuke, Lee FitzSimons, Kerry Acocella, Shirley Joza, Mabel Lee, James Payton, Karen Price, Jim Smith, Brayden Jackson, Bonnie Sensel, Tyler, Chris, Brad, Julie & “The Babe” Hansen, Tina Kerr, Brian Williams, Andrew Woods, Larry T. , Rob Odom, John, Bill Selby, Chubby Rice, Margaret Ivey, the family of June Methvin Bagwell, Kimberly Blythe, Bill Brinson
BEFORE SURGERY: Bill Montero, 8/9/2012, Vera Bibbings’ son-in-law
DECEASED: Betsy Crouse, Jodi Gammon’s sister
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (7/28) Will Dickerson, Carson Shillington, Corry Sandlin, (7/29) Judith Harrison, Elanore Hudson, (7/30) Alexandra Brush, (7/31) Scott Lummus, Maureen Donoghue, James Davis, Shirley Day, (8/1) Rujeania Woods, Mary Alice Barrington, (8/2) Matthew Dirksen, Laurie Dirksen, (8/3) Jonathan Ban, Deborah Hurd, Elisabeth Walton, (8/4) Chris Morris, (8/5) Lu Dumke, (8/6) Isabella Rader, (8/7) Bruce Perry, Ann Davis, (8/8) Cassie Heinz, (8/9) Carolyn Hilley, Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Alison Adams, Robbie Roy, Austin Jablonski
ANNIVERSARIES: (7/31) Chad & Jennifer Cook; (8/6) John & Laura Christian; (8/8) Rod & Nadine Pope; Jimmy & Beverly Denney; Chase & Lindsey Paris; (8/10) Scott & Crystal Harwell
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (7/29) Paul Parisi; Scott, Michelle, Mason, Logan & Gavin Parisi; Anne Parke; Dina & Robert McMichael, Chandler, Preston & Tyler Parker; Gary & Brenda Parker; (8/5) Joe, Devon, Brenton & Nathan Parker; Mikel Parker; Susan & Paul Partus; Ralph & Woodie Patrick
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:
Holy Baptism: next scheduled dates - Sunday, November 4 (All Saint's Sunday)
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next two 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, mike.petersonbellsouth.net
St. Catherine’s Youth Back-to-School-Pool-Party!
We'll be kicking off the new school year with a splash as we gather to swim, reconnect, cook out, and have a great time! All young people in 7th-12th grade are welcome and encouraged to come. Feel free to bring friends!
When: 6-8 PM, Sunday, August 19, 2012
For further information, contact Youth Director Mike Peterson at mike.petersonbellsouth.net or visit the St. Catherine’s Youth Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stcatherinesyouth and click on “Events.”
Wednesday Night Live changes for Fall 2012
Though Wednesday Night Live Youth program will not start back up until September 12, there are some important changes that I am pleased to tell you about. Wednesday Night Youth Group will now take place from 7 until 8 PM in the Youth House every Wednesday Night. There are several reasons for this shift. First and foremost, it is our hope that the newly created Choristers of St. Catherine’s and the Youth Program will be able to support and encourage each other. With this new schedule, Wednesday Night Youth Programming will begin just as Choristers rehearsal is ending; a great set-up for anyone interested in being active in both groups (and for the parents who transport them!). Moreover, as our Youth Program has grown, so has the geographic area from which our members come. With a later start time, everyone will have a little more time after school gets out to get home, eat some dinner, and make the trip to St. Catherine’s.
Please note that we are taking a “try it and see how it goes” approach. To that end, we are currently committed to this schedule through the end of December, at which point we will see how it is working and whether adjustments are necessary. I’m looking forward to trying something different and to expanding the possibilities for the young people of St. Catherine’s in any way that we can!
Youth Readers needed
If you are not currently a Youth Reader, I would encourage you to consider becoming one. It requires minimal time commitment but is a great way to serve your church community while getting some practice with public speaking at the same time! Youth Readers are scheduled on periodic Sundays (you would definitely not be scheduled every Sunday!) to read the Epistle (the second Bible reading in the service) out loud to the congregation. We provide training for all new readers. If you think you might be interested in doing this, please let me know and we’ll make it happen!
Save the Date: Sunday, September 16Join us on September 16 at 5:30 pm for a presentation on this summer’s Pilgrimage to Costa Rica!
The Wheel is published two times per month, usually on Fridays. Beginning February 1, 2012 all editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.
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Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and 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
Editor: Karen Manno
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