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
Our annual Ministry Fair is Sunday, September 9. This is always an exciting time for me as I walk the Parish Hall. What impresses me each year is the diversity and vibrancy of our many ministries. And, of course that diversity and vibrancy comes from you and your passion for the work we do together.
Sometimes we are so busy with the work of ministry that we don’t stop long enough to say thank you to one another. And so I want to be the first to say thank you to each and everyone of you who make our ministry possible. Without you we would be one-dimensional in our outreach to the world, but because of you we are three dimensional—living, breathing human beings putting our faith into action and touching lives.
I find myself referring a lot recently to St. Francis' words, “Preach the Gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words.” This is what each of you do through our many ministrie—your time and your talents are the Gospel in a world desperate to “hear” the words of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
THANK YOU for all that you are and all that you give.
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!
NEW SCHEDULE: Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, Programs 7:00-8:00 pm
WNL each week for everyone! PLEASE BE SURE to make your dinner reservation each date you'll dine with us -- either fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, by 5 pm on Tuesday. Dinner cost is $7 per person, maximum of $25 per family.
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 WNL Adult program over the coming few weeks will be a conversation with the Rector. Says Father Jim, "I am feeling that life is moving at a pace that often separates us one from another in our busyness. In this gap there fall many questions about our life together and our life in general. I look forward to sometime spent in fellowship together catching up on life and finding time to simply enjoy one anotherís company. Weíll place this time in Godís hands and, I am certain, we will wonder at how God uses it."
Wednesday night should prove to be a time of fellowship and community building. We hope to see each of you there.
The Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore will make a visitation to St. Catherine’s on Sunday, September 16. Bishop Whitmore will preach at the 8:45 and 11:15 am services. He will make a short visit with our youth at 10:00 am and a short visit with our children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at 11:00 am. In between he will hold a open forum for all in the Parish Hall. You will find an insert in your bulletin on Sunday, September 9 inviting your questions for him. Of course questions the day of his visit will also be welcome. Following the 11:15 worship, we will have a reception honoring him to which everyone is invited.
As an Episcopal Church and a parish in the Diocese of Atlanta, this is always a special and important time when our bishop comes to visit. We invite you to be there and greet him. It is especially an exciting time in the Diocese as we give thanks to Bishop Alexander for 10 years of service as the Ninth Bishop of Atlanta and look forward to the ordination and consecration of The Rev. Rob Wright as the Tenth Bishop of Atlanta.
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.
Thank you, Eleanore Pearson & Pat Pepper
Church School begins Sunday, Sept. 16
Church School begins for all ages at 10-11 AM on Sunday, September 16. Look for the map in your bulletin this day for the location of all classes.
Infants – Nursery care is available for infants through age four. The nursery area is located downstairs in the Education building and is open at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings. It remains open through the 11:15 AM service. Nursery care is provided by paid, experienced childcare workers. On occasion, additional assistance is needed and anyone interested in providing help is welcome.
Children’s Chapel – This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a “child friendly” setting. The children leave the 8:45 am Sunday Service during the Sequence Hymn and return at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually from three to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to assist with this group each Sunday, a schedule is provided once volunteers are identified. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest members of our Community in Christ. Coordinator: Mary Lou Shannonhouse
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 3½ through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work.
St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2011-2012 for grades six through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood.
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. Every man in the congregation is invited to join us.
Our current selection is What Jesus Meant by Garry Wills. The September meeting will be at Tom Snead’s home on September 10 beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm. To be sure we have enough food please RSVP to Tom, 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. Please read the Prologue and the Introduction before our September gathering.
Sunday, September 16, 5:30 pm
By Mike Peterson
The St. Catherine’s Young Adults Class cordially invites YOU to join them in the Parish Hall at 5:30 pm on Sunday, September 16 for a dinner and presentation about their pilgrimage to Costa Rica last May. We shared some amazing and profound experiences together in Costa Rica and now we would like to share some of them with all of you who supported us, prayed for us, and helped make the pilgrimage possible. For further information, contact Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net, 770-971-2839.
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.
Cats On Wheels’ next odd-month pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Seed Kitchen restaurant, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta, 678-214-6888. It is located in Merchant’s Walk shopping center between Whole Foods and Steinmart, get directions and view the menu at www.eatatseed.com . RSVP so we can have seating together, fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200.
SAVE THE DATE – On Saturday, October 20 our even-month day trip is to Brasstown Valley Resort www.brasstownvalley.com and the town of Young Harris in north Georgia. Watch for announcements of the details (contact Alan Certain as above to get on the mailing list).
Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults – if you’re old enough for AARP, we welcome you (but you don’t need an AARP card to come!). Add these upcoming Cats On Wheels dates to your calendar now:
Saturday, September 22
Everyone is invited to 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 was part of St. Catherine’s 50th anniversary kick-off celebration in fall 2010.
This is a Chastain-style concert event, so bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! The event is for all St. Catherine’s parishioners, preschool families, and friends, and will be a show for all ages. It is sponsored for all by Young Families Ministry, and will be a show for all ages. No admission or tickets needed, donations accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events.
By Molly Banko
With the abundance of new babies and small children at St. Cat’s, we’d like to form a group for fellowship and fun for our youngest members. We’re going to keep it simple with playdate-type gatherings once or twice a month. If you are interested, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Harriett Pyburn harriettpyburnbellsouth.net for more information.
By Mike Peterson
The St. Catherine’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 9 am to 5 pm to benefit our Youth Program. The event will include a Craft Fair, Secret Santa Workshop for children, and a professional Santa Claus & photographer. We are now accepting vendor applications. For more information, contact Mike Peterson at mike.petersonbellsouth.net or go to www.stcatherines.org/christmas-market/ to view details and download the vendor reservation form.
Orders due by September 30
If you would like to be part of our BrickWalk legacy, orders are now being taken now through September 30 for a final addition to the walk. Bricks are 8'' x 8'' and include your message of up to four lines, up to 18 characters per line (including spaces). The cost is $50 each. Go to our order page at www.stcatherines.org/brickwalk/ to input your order message. After placing your order send your check payment to the church with "BrickWalk" in the memo field. If you have questions contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com or Bill Ivey, billiveybellsouth.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.
By Carol Fey
The mission of Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Nationally, Communities In Schools is the largest dropout prevention organization and the only program proven to increase graduation rates. Students benefit tremendously when the community supports their education. We rely on volunteers to help students succeed!
If you are interested in volunteering with Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County or can provide an opportunity for internships or job shadowing, please contact Carol Fey or Meghan Wilson at their office at 678-503-0901 or by email at mwilsoncismcc.org. Background checks and training provided by Communities In Schools.
A newsletter from MUST Ministries, Inc.
The keys to success at MUST Ministries are the people in the churches of our community that provide the legions of volunteers who are constantly praying for us and financially supporting our programs. Our 2012 Summer Lunch and the Back-to-School “Backpack” programs were a tremendous success due to churches coming together to ensure children are fed and ready for school.
Thank you to the churches that opened their doors to serve as “host” sites, and the volunteers who served as on-site lead volunteers, route drivers, checkers and packers, plus the thousands who made sandwiches. This combined effort not only enabled MUST to reach more children, but also helped MUST surpass the 200,000 meal distribution goal for 2012 in six counties. This is 60,000 above Summer Lunch 2011.
Needless to say, the MUST-supported Back-to-School “Backpack” programs in both Cherokee and Cobb County owe their success to churches who banded together as one, answering God’s call to ensure children are ready for school.
As the cool breezes blow and majestic oak leaves begin to change colors, these are God’s signals to MUST of another busy season. Our Elizabeth Inn Emergency Shelter, Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, and other services prepare to serve our clients for the fall. Thoughts of Thanksgiving turkeys quickly turn to the 10th anniversary of the “Gobble Jog” 10K, 5K, 1K & Tot Trot. The road race is sponsored by MUST for 10,000 of our best friends on Thanksgiving morning. Want your church’s name on the back of the Gobble Jog shirt sign? Sign up a team of 50+ people and you are recognized as a sponsor. Volunteers are needed for both the Gobble Jog race as well as serving the Thanksgiving meal to our clients.
The 350+ people who served a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings are barely out the door of the Loaves and Fishes kitchen when Christmas dinner preparations are in full swing. Christmas season means the MUST annual “Toy Shop” opens for the community to serve families in need. Toys from tots to teenagers are needed along with Santa helpers to work in the toy shop.
Thanks again to every church volunteer. You have heard the call and are working the local mission field in Christ’s name.
Howard Cox, MUST Church Relations, hcoxmustministries.org, 770-790-3877
By Sally Powers
Here’s what happened at the Vestry meeting and all-day retreat at Fred and Jennifer Massey’s home on Saturday, August 18:
Everyone had fun at our Country Fair in August -- especially when Jubilate was playing! (photos by Connie Bergeron, Bill Ivey, Susan Vavra).
By Greg Beyer
I have been a life-long Episcopalian and Wendy joined the Episcopal Church after we married. Before coming to the United States, Wendy was a member of the Uniting Church in Australia, in her little hometown of Boort, Victoria. She sang in a duet, played drums in the worship band and taught Sunday school. Her mum was a church elder and regional representative for congregation. Wendy grew up and went to church with the same kids, and with their parents.
Photos by Connie Bergeron
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 the beautiful flowers. It is very nice to be thought of. I hope to be back to church soon.
Ordination of Tenth of Bishop Atlanta - Saturday, October 13
Plans for the Ordination of The Rev. Robert Wright as Tenth Bishop of Atlanta are outlined now on the diocesan website. All members of the diocese are invited to the ceremony and reception at Morehouse College, MLK International Chapel, in Atlanta. No tickets are needed. Chief Consecrator will be our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. at with special music. See complete information at https://bishopordination.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Bishop_Ordination.asp
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.
Adult Formation offerings in our Diocese
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, Andrew Woods, Larry T., John, Chubby Rice, Margaret Ivey, the family of June Methvin Bagwell, Dale Buran, Bill Brinson, Althea Dillard, Raymond Higgins, Bobbi Suprock, Chandler, Wendie Storey, John Hardie, Sandra Kraeger, Bill Montero, Chuck Severs, Kimberly Blythe, Scott Lummus, Glenda, Ruth Kell, Larry Cassel, Becky Thompson & Family, Lee Stuart, Mary Williams, Clifford Kutzbach, Colleen Morich, Barry Dillard, Marshall Potter, Garrett Keeney, Myra Guy, Katherine Rader, Jamar Nesbitt, Rhonda Steed, Wendy Purdue
DECEASED: Travis Thompson, husband of co-worker of Audrey Nesbit; Joe Burlas, former parishioner
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (9/8) Nick Wolfe, Tyler Wolfe, (9/9) Hale Sanders, Connor Pyburn, (9/10) Paul Partus, Jerilyn Gardner, Sally Moore, Jim Snape, Abbye Stooksbury, (9/11) Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/12) Doris Samples, (9/13) Rhett Brogdon, Charlene Scheuer, David Goldman, (9/14) Becky Smith, Laurie Smith, Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, Tom Burgher, (9/15) Emma Markette, Maddie Zimmerman, Mark Blythe, (9/16) Stephanie Gardiner, (9/17) David Bowden, Elizabeth Carswell, (9/18) Kyleigh Paris, Malcolm Haymes, Molly Banko, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, Jennifer Gale, (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Eric DeLaBarre, Victoria Frank, Arrevia Pierce, (9/21) Jeffrey Tindall, Jay Hendricks, Logan Powell
ANNIVERSARIES: (9/14) Matt & Lucille Bayless Heil; (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger; (9/21) David & Emilie McLaughlin
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (9/9) Becky & Willow Riney; Libby, Jack, Will & Anna Rouleau; Fleming Rowell; Robbie Roy, Risa, Reese & Mandy Maier; Doris Samples; (9/16) James & Joann Sampson; Hale & Diane Sanders; Corry, Nancy, Corry & Nancy Sandlin; Beth & Juan Sandoval; Randy Satterfield
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
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 www.earthshinelodge.com 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 - More 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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