The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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By Father Jim
I just returned from a delightful nine days with my family at the beach. I read three books and browsed several others, prepared and ate some wonderful food, played golf with Matthew, walked the beach with Katie and Kari, enjoyed quiet time with Joan as we sat beside one another reading, and played with Peyton at the pool and on the beach. It was simply life renewing. And I didn’t feel I had left St. Catherine’s behind in order to enjoy this time. And I don’t mean that in a negative way – let me explain.
This congregation is a community of faith that empowers me – and I hope you as well – to look for those times when the Holy Spirit invites me into the ministry that is so much a part of our life together. And an important part of that ministry is caring for ourselves.
I had a professor at seminary that liked to add hyphens in words that we take for granted and so he would always talk about recreation by using the word re-creation. This is what I felt last week. It was time that I took and God used to re-create me in ways I’m sure I don’t know I needed, but certainly found in the warmth of the beach, pool and my family who surrounded me with laughter and joy.
I hope you found time this summer to allow God the privilege and joy of re-creating you. If you didn’t, why not consider some time away for you and for God to do a little co-creating together? I am certain God delights in that time and that you will as well.
Sunday, September 9, 9:15-10:15 am
By Margaret Shaw
What is your ministry? Is it music, caring, listening, teaching? Is it cooking, reading, polishing, planning? Is it gardening, guiding, plumbing, praying? Is it mowing, driving, writing, counting? Saint Catherine’s has an abundance of ministry opportunities—and we are invited to celebrate them and explore them on Sunday, September 9 at the annual Ministry Fair.
Our ministries will be on display in the Parish Hall between services. We will bless the ministries and encourage everyone to visit the ministry tables, to learn more about any that interest you. You’ll also find out all the Church School offerings for the coming year, beginning September 16.
Our theme this year is “Grow One Step” —come and see what ministry your “one step” leads you to!
Foods needed for Bishop’s Reception, September 16
Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team will be hosting a reception following the 11:15 service when Bishop Whitmore visits St. Catherine’s on Sunday, September 16. We are asking for donations of prepared and ready to serve fruit trays, veggie trays, and/or cookies. Finger sandwiches will be provided. Please bring items to the kitchen the day of the service.
9:15-10:15 am under our great oak
Join us for St. Catherine's Country Fair! Enjoy music by Jubilate, sip a cold drink from Lemonade Brigade, and indulge in a tasty treat at the potluck breakfast (please bring finger-food breakfast items). Each Sunday, we will focus on a different charity. You can also shop for fresh, organic produce from Yves Garden (cash or check accepted).
August 26 focus: Holy Comforter Arts Program -- Holy Comforter Church sponsors art classes for special needs adults in the Atlanta area that gives these true artists the opportunity to develop and showcase their talents. They are in need of new art supplies, including:
The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!
Our August 28 blood drive will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can reserve a time slot now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are still welcome to come. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
St. Catherine's will be publishing a new reflections booklet in September. The theme of this booklet is Stewardship and each writer will be given a scripture verse to write about. All work is anonymous. Reflections are due by September 16. Please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org or Alison Harris, harris.jeffaliatt.net.
Next date: September 10 @ the Sneads’
By Father Jim
The Men’s Book study meets the second Monday of each month at someone’s home. We gather for fellowship,a light supper and discussion of the book chosen by the group to be read. Tom Hunter (thunter41bellsouth.net) organizes the group and facilitates the selection of the book, but the group needs little structure in that most discussions are open and energized. Our current selection is Garry Wills’ book, What Jesus Meant. This is how Amazon.com describes the book:
The Men’s Book Study began reading Will’s book at their August meeting and will continue at Tom Snead’s home on September 10 beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm. Every man in the congregation is invited to join us but to be sure we have enough food we’d like you to let Tom know you will be attending (tom.sneadearthlink.net). You'll need a copy of the book to read, whether purchased from a store or online, or borrowed from the public library or a friend. If you plan to attend please read the Prologue and the Introduction before our September gathering.
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) will return on September 12 with a few changes. During the summer we’ve taken a hard and critical look at Wednesday night programming with an eye towards creating an evening where people have some choices and need not participate in one offering in order to choose another.
In separate communications you’ve heard the exciting news of the formation of the Choristers of St. Catherine’s, our choir for kids and youth. They will gather for rehearsals 6:15 - 7 pm starting September 5. The WNL Youth program will begin September 12 with a change in their meeting time to 7:00 - 8:00 pm each Wednesday evening. This change has been made so that there is no conflict in participating in both WNL Youth and Choristers of St. Catherine’s.
Our dinner program will return on September 12 as well. We will once again serve a meal for the family for $7 per person, maximum of $25 per family. The meal will be served 6:00 - 7:00 pm (note that this is changed from last year). If we have a significant number of young people desiring to eat prior to Choristers of St. Catherine’s, we will stretch the opening time to earlier to meet their needs.
Lee Ann Sherry and Alyson Goodstone will once again coordinate our meals promising a variety of food all served to give you a balanced meal each week. They will be inviting “celebrity chefs" to join us throughout the year to showcase the many fine cooks that populate St. Catherine’s. We will also explore new ways to encourage everyone to make a reservation in advance so that we have better control of both quantities and cost. Look for Wednesday night menus to be published monthly in The Wheel and weekly parish email.
All in all, Wednesday night should prove to be a time of fellowship and community building. We hope to see each of you there.
Saturday, September 22
By Molly Banko
Young Families Ministry is excited to present St. Catherine’s first “Evening Under the Oak”. Acoustical guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory will be performing at 6 pm. Jay has been the featured musician at many local and regional events including The Ultimate Play Dates weekly at East Cobb Park and at St. Catherine’s 50th anniversary kick-off celebration.
This is a Chastain-style concert event, so bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners. The event is for all St. Catherine’s parishioners, preschool families, and friends, and will be a show for all ages. Donations will be accepted for this and future “Evening Under the Oak” events.
Ensembles open to everyone with no auditions!
Summer Singers -- sing with us this Sunday, August 26
Everyone who enjoys choral singing is invited to join members of the Adult Choir to sing an offertory anthem at 10:30 service on August 26. Please come to the choir room at 10:00 am this date to rehearse. You will sit in your usual seat during the service, then move to the choir’s area during the peace, sing the offertory anthem, and return to your seat. We welcome you!
EFM (Education for Ministry) is a 4-year program out of the University of the South (Sewanee) which provides people with the education to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. It helps us to sort out what we believe and why, and how to move out into the world to truly live our faith. EFM meets Thursday nights each week through the school year beginning September 6. There is a fee involved and there is scholarship 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.
Next lunch: Saturday, September 15
Cats On Wheels’ odd-month luncheon will be 11:30 am on September 15 at Seed Kitchen restaurant, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta, 678-214-6888. It is located in Merchant’s Walk shopping center near Whole Foods, get directions and view the menu at www.eatatseed.com.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! For information about Cats on Wheels and to get on their mailing list, contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200.
By Ben Frost and Linda Scott
Relationships among people are at the foundation of Christian ministry and as such are central to the life of the church. Over the past several years we have been implementing a training program for our staff and volunteers, developed by the Church Pension Group, to help protect children and adults from sexual misconduct in congregations, dioceses, and other church institutions. The training has two portions known as “Safeguarding God’s Children” (for those who work with children and youth to age 18) and “Safeguarding God’s People” (for those who work with adults).
Both courses will be offered at St. Catherine’s on Saturday, September 15. There have been major changes to the “Mandatory Reporting” laws in Georgia this year. We will also be providing a speaker from the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University to provide details and to answer questions about how the law changes may have an effect on us in our lives together.
To attend please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ben Frost, 770-595-4216, dvlpr30062aol.com. There is no charge for this class at St. Catherine’s. For information from the Diocese of Atlanta about the Safeguarding program and the calendar of more training dates offered in the diocese please visit resources.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/safe_church.asp.
Class begins September 16
"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. 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. Childcare will be available. 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.
By Bill Hutton
All men are invited to the 2012 retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 19-21 at Montara Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, www.montarafarm.com. The retreat will be from 7 pm Friday to late Sunday morning. Our theme will be “Come on in, the water is fine”, based on the movie, O Brother Where Art Thou. We will have workshops and various activities during the retreat with Saturday afternoon reserved for your choice of activities, like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding. The retreat will be an excellent way to get away from the normal activities that consume our lives and to spend time in a great location relaxing and exploring our program theme.
The cost will be approximately $300 total, with a $100 deposit. All lodging and food is included in this amount except for adult beverages. Space will be limited so hold your place now with your deposit check, by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office. If you have questions please contact Bill Hutton wj.huttonyahoo.com or Daniel Mikkelson drmikkelsengmail.com.
Mark your calendar now and save the date for the Low Country Boil on Saturday, October 13. More details coming soon!
Next meeting August 30 at Covenant Presbyterian
Family Promise of Cobb County’s goal is to use congregations to assist the homeless, and specifically getting families out of homelessness. We currently have six congregations committed toward our ultimate goal of thirteen. Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 30, 7:00 pm at Covenant Presbyterian, 2881 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066, www.covepres.com. To see and hear what Family Promise is currently doing to help those in need, visit their website at www.familypromise.org.
By Bill Ivey
Howard Cox, Church Relations Director for MUST Ministries came to our Country Fair on August 19 to represent MUST as we celebrated our long relationship working together. St. Catherine's has been involved with MUST for more than 30 years, even before the Elizabeth Inn campus was acquired! We have on-going ministries with them including making over 2,000 lunches for the MUST Summer Lunch Program, making breakfast and dinner every month at the homeless shelter and washing laundry every month for the homeless people who live in the shelter at the Elizabeth Inn. With five other churches in our area, we built a new clothing and food service center on the Elizabeth Inn Campus. We have also provided leadership over the years, with Father Jim recently serving a three-year term on their Board of Directors.
Howard's message was, "Thanks, people of St. Catherine's. You really DO the ministry of Christ to these people in need ... you become His hands and feet and faces to those who need help the most."
By Beverly B. Fambrough
On Sunday, August 12 the fifth kneeler at the altar rail was dedicated. It was a poignant occasion for our stitcher, Karen Tindall, as the kneeler was both sponsored and stitched by Karen and dedicated in memory of her beloved husband of 31½ years, Jim Tindall. Particularly meaningful to Karen was the dedication date of the 12 which was one day short of their wedding anniversary date of August 13. Several of Karen’s family members were also in attendance for this dedication.
Amma Susan conducted the dedication service after which Karen placed the kneeler in position. “Jonah and the Whale” now occupies space #11 at the railing on the Old Testament side and is the last in the Old Testament series. Two additional completed kneelers will be dedicated in late September.
Photos by Bill Fambrough
By Father Jim
I believe that Stewardship is a journey taken one step (or as our stewardship program will assert, grown one step) at a time.
I find that life well lived is more about the journey than the destination. In fact, I wonder if there is a destination and that the whole point of living life faithfully is engaging the questions and seeing where they take you.
Our stewardship journey began there—with questions. We had just returned to the church with two small kids, a mortgage, a couple new cars, and all the bills to go with it and our parish priest started talking about stewardship. Our first reaction was the same as the majority of Christians when they hear the language of stewardship. "Ah, they're about to shake us down for money." Thankfully, we listened a bit more and discovered in the words of our rector an invitation to take an incredible journey, a journey we've been on since the early 1980's. And that it is, a journey. We've arrived at some of our stewardship goals, such as tithing, but there are others that God continues to reveal to us. I don't know what Joan thinks, but I think God might be inviting us to move past the tithe; God is inviting both of us to be better stewards of our time together; our relationship; our family.
Stewardship is, at its best, an opportunity to stop and reflect on what God in Christ Jesus means to us and how his presence in our lives has changed our lives. Joan and I have been blessed and there is nothing that we can give to God that would ever be adequate to give thanks for what God has given to us. We try, however, to give to the church and to others as a way of saying thank you. Each year we stop and reflect on our blessings, financial and otherwise, return a portion to God for God's work, and determine where we'd like to give our time and talent over the coming year. We try to make it an intentional time, but too often we slip into an automatic mode. Yet, it doesn't seem as satisfying when we don't take the time to reflect, pray, and make intentional decisions.
I believe that stewardship of our time, talent and treasure animates and is at the very heart of our life as Christians. When we take the time to seriously consider how God blesses us day in and day out we cannot help but give thanks to God for those blessings. Rather than what the church needs us to give, Joan and I have discovered that the more appropriate (and life giving) question in our life and service to God is "what is God inviting us to give back for the work God is accomplishing in this part of His kingdom."
Get on the journey—grow one step this year in your stewardship journey.
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.
In our 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:
Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers and the great packages of magazines, newspapers, snacks and the iTunes cards. I've shared the wealth with many in my office and everyone has enjoyed the gifts. I'm doing well and looking forward to returning soon. I should be home around the 22nd of September. To say that my experience here in Kabul has been "enjoyable" is probably a bit too strong, but I have certainly benefited personally and professionally by serving on the ISAF staff.
I've met many great people from all over the world. I look forward to seeing you at St Catherine's soon.Sincerely,
Ciao St. Catherine’s,
I'm writing from Italy… Peter and I miss our church family, and we hope your year is going well.
Here is my blog address, in case anybody would like to keep up with us during the year: www.morerichrelationships.comAmore e baci,
I hope everyone at St. Cat's is doing well! Thank you so much for the flowers after surgery! They were beautiful and lasted a few weeks. It was so nice to wake up each morning to such beautiful and colorful flowers.
It has been almost 5 weeks since my surgery now and I am just beginning to walk on my right leg. Progress is slow after the meniscus repair, but they expect me to be driving again in about 4 to 6 weeks. I look forward to being back and attending service by then!
Decatur Book Festival Sept. 1 & 2
Parishioner Jason Snape and his Snape's Ridiculorum illustrations booth will appear at the artists/vendor's fair of the 7 th Annual Decatur Book Festival, on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend from 10 am to 6 pm. For information about the festival visit www.decaturbookfestival.com .
Adult Formation offerings in our Diocese
Honoring Bishop Alexander September 30
The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander resigns in October after 11 years of service as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta.
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: Crystal Herman, Brian Lee, Sandy Curran, Alycen Whiddon, James Ellis, Joanne Pinkney, Marilyn Gradwell, Lynn McDowell, Snow Lucchosi, Bea Tolley, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Bill Falinski, Tina Kerr, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Sybil Carr, Katie and parents Barb & Dale Braman, Hector Quiles, Lake Bozman, Gwen Moody & family, Kati Toft, Carol Viering, Michael, Robert Horine, Bobby Rainey, James Payton, Karen Price, Brad & Julie Hansen, Andrew Woods, Larry T., John, Chubby Rice, Margaret Ivey, the family of June Methvin Bagwell, Dale Buran, Bill Brinson, Althea Dillard, Raymond Higgins, Paul Acocella, Bobbi Suprock, Chandler, Wendie Storey, John Hardie, Sandra Kraeger, Bill Montero, Chuck Severs, Kimberly Blythe, Scott Lummus, Glenda, Ruth Kell, Larry Cassel, Joe Burlas, Travis Thompson & Family, Mary Williams, Clifford Kutzbach, Colleen Morich, Barry Dillard, Marshall Potter, Garrett Keeney, Myra Guy
DECEASED: Page Loyd, Emily Gale’s sister; Betty Tucker, grew up with Toby Hopper
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (8/25) Jennifer Mitchell, David Sherry, Wyatt Pitts, James Sampson, (8/26) Seamus Fahy, (8/27) Ellen Adams, Karen Manno, Susie Davis, Ellie Dover, (8/28) Jeff Pierce, Mason Parisi, (8/29) Courtney Gardner, Harry Tear, (8/30) Patrick Brooks, Christopher Potter, Walker Martin, Zoey Hutton, Nathan Parker, (8/31) Davis Waldron, (9/1) Debra Stockton, (9/2) Mark Moore, Pat Pepper, Mandy Maier, (9/3) Karen Smith, John Brooks, Nancy Mattox, (9/4) Richard Carter, Catie Nelson, (9/5) Ben Frost, (9/6) Vincent Bagby, (9/7) Trip Sheehan, Dana Rawls
ANNIVERSARIES: (8/27) Chuck & Michelle Zimmerman; (8/29) Chris & Rebecca Kiefer; (8/30) Randy & Kristina Farmer;(8/31) David & Stephanie Yucius; (9/1) Tad & Alison Travis; (9/2) David & Mary Lou Shannonhouse; (9/5) Fred & Jennifer Massey
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (8/26/12) Rod, Nadine & Zach Pope; Chris & Jan Potter; Sally Powers; Steve, Harriett, Connor, Bryce & Christina Pyburn; Monica Rader; (9/2/12) Eric, Courtney, Gladys & Jackson Ragan; Jim, Dana, Erin & Jill Rawls; Mike, Meg & Thomas Reeves; Laurie, Greg & Clark Remter
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 Youth Director Mike Peterson
St. Catherine’s Fall Youth Retreat
Sign up today! Bring a friend!
Join the youth of St. Catherine’s November 2 – 4 for a great weekend of fun, fellowship, music, worship, good food, hiking, high-ropes, zip-lining, and a whole variety of indoor and outdoor activities at Earthshine Mountain Lodge in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We held our retreat here two years ago and had a blast! You don’t want to miss it!
The retreat is open to all youth in grades 7 through 12. The cost of the trip is $160 and includes all transportation, meals, lodging, and FUN. Confidential scholarship is available by request to the Youth Director for any who need it.
Reserve your spot by turning in an $80 deposit and completed 2012-13 permission form by Sunday, October 7. To sign up, or for more information, contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or mike.petersonbellsouth.net.
-> GET THE 2012-2013 YOUTH PERMISSION FORM NOW at www.stcatherines.org/forms/youth-permission-form.pdf
Photos below - Fun on the 2010 Youth Retreat
Journey to Adulthood Workshop – for Adults
Sunday, September 9
Have you ever wondered what it is exactly that we do down in the Youth House every Sunday? Curious what your kids are engaged in? Considered becoming a Youth Leader someday but concerned that you don’t know our curriculum? Then you are both invited and encouraged to join us in the Youth House on Sunday, September 9 from 12 noon until 3:30 PM for our Journey to Adulthood training. Though this event is often described as “youth leader training,” it is actually wide open for any curious parties who would like to know more about the curriculum and program that we use on Sunday mornings and beyond. Tracey Herzer of Leader Resources will be our guest instructor for the afternoon. Please come join us, we’d love to have you! Please RSVP to Mike Peterson at mike.petersonbellsouth.net, 770-971-2839.
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.
The Wheel: get every issue!
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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