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+
It’s May and I find myself singing the words of a Simon and Garfunkel tune: “Slow down, you move too fast…” May is a month when our calendars are so full of end-of-the-year activities that it seems we need to clone ourselves to even have a shot at participating in any of them. We find ourselves running from baseball or soccer practice, to ballet recital rehearsals, to piano recitals, to awards banquets, to scout meetings and end of the year school outings at a pace that sometimes approaches what could only be called frenzied. Even though my children are grown and out of the nest, life in the church is no less busy, especially at this time of year.
It is all too easy to get caught up in the hectic pace and in the process miss the whole point: God gives us abundant life. It is meant to be savored and enjoyed, not just survived. So when you find yourself “moving too fast,” try to take a moment to slow down and smell the roses, or as the song says, “to watch your flowers growing.”
Saturday, May 4, 8 pm at St. Catherine’s
Join us for the final program in St. Catherine’s 2012-2013 Concert Series. The Atlanta Sacred Chorale is a nationally ranked ensemble known for unparalleled choral artistry. Whether at Piccolo Spoleto, Spivey Hall or with the Atlanta Symphony, ASC’s rich repertoire — from the Renaissance to folk spirituals to contemporary — seeks to touch both the human heart and the Divine. Directed by Dr. Eric Nelson of Emory University, the chorale and its popular CDs are regularly broadcast on NPR and across the U.S. and Canada. You can listen to them on their website at www.atlantasacredchorale.org.
Please invite your family and friends! Tickets are $25 at the door. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience ASC live in a small setting—you will be transported.
Sunday, May 5 at East Cobb Park
Join the Young Families from 1 to 3 pm for a play date, ice cream social and Mother’s Day craft. We have reserved the Upper Pavilion, at the end of the upper parking lot. We will have ice cream and craft items for your young ones to enjoy and, of course, the fantastic park to run and play in. The park is located at 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068, www.eastcobbpark.org. Come play with us!
Please RSVP to Jennifer Sherwood, jtsherwood04
Wednesday, May 8
By Father Jim
You are invited to join us Wednesday evening, May 8 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall for a presentation of our adult Lenten pilgrimage to Greece. There will be pictures, show and tell, and reflections on this wonderful trip. Join us and be the first to fill out a survey of your thoughts concerning the next Adult Pilgrimage.
Come early and enjoy a wonderful dinner starting at 6:00 pm with our WNL group. A nursery will be available and we’ll finish at 8:00 pm.
This evening is the conclusion of Wednesday Night Live (WNL) for the school year.
Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm
Bishop Robert C. Wright will join us at St. Catherine’s on May 15 at 7 pm for confirmation. We have been preparing our Adult and Youth confirmation classes throughout the fall and spring to participate. It will be a glorious day of celebration as these members of the body of Christ make a mature commitment of faith through confirmation, are received into the Episcopal Church, or reaffirm their baptismal vows. The music offered to the glory of God by the Chancel Choir and Choristers of St. Catherine's will enhance our worship, and a reception will follow the service.
We hope that everyone will be there to support those who will give themselves to the ministry of Jesus Christ through the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church.
Saturday, May 18 at Pasta Bella
Cats On Wheels' next odd-month, pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Pasta Bella Family Grill, 3696 Austell Road, Marietta, GA 30008. For menus and directions see the website at www.pastabella.com. RSVP to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200 so we can save seating for everyone.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us. Mark your calendars now for next month's activity, a day trip to the Georgia Peach Festival in Fort Valley on June 8!
Saturday, May 18, 9 am - noon
By Amy Morris
Please join St. Catherine's Stephen Ministry for our next continuing education program,"Focus on Addiction," on Saturday, May 18, 9 am - 12 pm in the Parish Hall. We will present a short video by Brene Brown, followed by speakers recovering from addiction and healthcare professionals that work with addiction issues. Anyone interested in learning more about the process of addiction, recognizing, coping with or living with loved ones who are addicts is invited for this free program. Light snacks will be provided.
“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 and renewal of our baptismal vows. 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. Each of us will consider the seven gifts of the spirit and in which we will ask for greater growth for the coming year. 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.
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. We'll have a bouncy house for the children to enjoy. No tickets or reservations needed—donations go to benefit the St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund.
Picnic help needed!
We need lots of help particularly from the men of the parish to run the picnic. Opportunities are available on Saturday for set up, and on Sunday before, during and after the picnic. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact Frank Adams at 404-877-2993 or frank.adamsaonhewitt.com if you would like to volunteer.
By Father Jim
In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund has not kept up with the growing youth program and this year, for the first time, may be the end of the Fund.
The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from the Parish Picnic and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented 102 scholarships for a total of $19,650. At this time, we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen (and even that may not be possible after 2013), but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.
How can you help? First, be generous when you attend the Parish Picnic on May 19 and are asked for a contribution towards the cost of the picnic. Second, consider an outright gift to the Fund (tax deductable) by writing a check to St. Catherine’s and noting its use for the St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund. Third, keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on May 19. Please send us names to be recognized by Sunday, May 12 by filling out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net with the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.
Mark your calendar for these activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year:
A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing favorite hymns during worship in the summer months. Please send us your hymn requests—doesn't matter what season they are from, but please be sure they are in our blue hymnal (The Hymnal 1982). Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (title and hymn number), and we will schedule as many as possible.
Attention all ministries, groups and committees: Make sure rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your St. Catherine’s staff is having a calendaring day in late May to plan out the coming year from June 2013 through May 2014. We need to know of all meetings and events for your group—tentative and confirmed, one time or on-going. Please send information to Rose Wolfe, rosewolfebellsouth.net, no later than Friday, May 17.
Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, June 4, 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.
Mornings, July 29 - August 1
By Harriett Pyburn
Our theme for this summer's Vacation Bible School is “Kingdom Rock,” where our kids will develop a rock-solid faith as they discover how to stand strong for God in every part of their lives! Kingdom Rock VBS is an epic adventure which shows kids that God’s love and power are not just fairytales. Our days will be filled with music, games, stories, and imagination.
The dates will be Monday through Thursday, July 29 - August 1, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Children from age 4 to rising 5th grade are welcome. Space is limited so register soon -- the cost is $30 per child and includes a t-shirt. After June 30th the cost will be $35 per child. For an additional $5, you can get an early copy of the ever-popular music CD. Registration forms are available in the foyer or preschool, or download a form from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/vbs-registration-form2012.pdf.
Plenty of volunteers needed — particularly Youth!
Now is the time to sign up! Youth who are interested in being Group Leaders (middle and high school) or Junior Helpers (rising 5th graders), please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net. Adult help is needed as well.
Reply by June 1
The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas: capital needs of the parish; outreach ministries and grants; or initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects.
For this inaugural year for funding, $1,000 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for the 2013 cycle is June 1. For complete details of requirements please pick up a copy of the RFP document at church or download one now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/GreatOakFundRFP_2013.pdf. For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Bill Lee or Junior Warden Elizabeth Lopez.
For ages 3 – rising 2nd grade
The St. Catherine’s Preschool Summer Camp is open to parishioners, too. Join us for a fun-filled, farm-themed week of camp in the same loving environment that our Preschool is known for. The Preschool teachers will be staffing the camp. The camp is June 3-7, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, for ages 3 through rising 2nd graders. Cost is $130.00 per child. Registration forms are available in the preschool or on our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/summercamp2013.pdf.
Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm
By Lee Ann Sherry
Join us for "Springtime in Paris", a preview of Spring Fashions from Cabi & Lisa Spessard, plus a Luncheon & Silent Auction with all proceeds to benefit the Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA). Tickets are $15 and are available at church. Donations of gently used men’s and women’s career & special occasion clothing for the CCYA "Dress for Success" Closet and donations of birthday items (cake mixes, decorations, paper products) for the "Fragile Kids Birthday Bash Basket" Program will be collected. Please contact Lee Ann Sherry at 770-815-5299 or LeeAnnSherrybellsouth.net for information, or learn about CCYA on their website at www.ccyakids.org.
By Mike Peterson
On Saturday, May 11, you are invited to help St. Catherine’s provide 10,000 meals to under-nourished school children around the world, all in the span of 2-3 hours! We will be hosting a meal-packaging event through an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now who will bring all the necessary supplies and tools for meal packaging to St. Catherine’s, provide an orientation on world hunger and their program, and guide us in the preparation and packaging of meals containing rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. These meals are nutritionally balanced, easily transportable, and have a shelf life of up to five years.
Parishioners of all ages are invited and encouraged to take part in this event! You can sign up at the bulletin board at St. Catherine’s at the top of the stairs (next to the door to the church offices) or by emailing Mike Peterson at mike.petersonbellsouth.net. This event is sponsored by the St. Catherine’s Youth Program and Outreach Committee.
Friday, May 17, 7 pm at Unity North Church
By Hale Sanders, Secretary, Family Promise of Cobb County
As many of you know, St. Catherine’s has joined other congregations in Cobb in an interfaith program to help homeless families get back on their feet. Specifically, we will have a small group of homeless families staying at our church at night for one week every three months. During the day, the families will work with a Family Promise Day Center director to obtain long-term housing and employment. This program has been very successful in the country with over 180 similar networks of congregations and they have averaged 80% placement within two to three months. We anticipate starting in the fall.
One of the challenges in starting this program is raising sufficient funds to make it happen. A key fund raising event for us will be held on Friday, May 17, at 7:00 pm at the Unity North Atlanta Church 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, www.unitynorth.org. This will be a musical event in which eight different congregations will have singers and musicians playing a number of different songs. Also included will be a presentation from some of our Family Promise officers and leaders. Tickets are currently $7 each or $20 for a family of four and can be purchased at St. Catherine's before or after Sunday services, or at the website www.familypromisecobbcounty.org. Ticket price at the event will be $10 each. Please consider attending this wonderful interfaith musical celebration, or if you cannot, please consider a donation to this program.
Learn more about Family Promise -- read a great article about Family Promise of Gwinnett County in the May 2013 issue of GEMC Georgia Magazine at www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201305/#/16.
By Harriett Pyburn, with thanks to Eleanor Pearson, Gina Baumann and Hale Sanders
Thanks to many hands, St Catherine’s Day of Service on April 27 was a big success. At 8:30, a large group gathered for a light breakfast and prayer. Six members then headed over to a United Way warehouse in Marietta. They had a great time sorting through shoeboxes of women's and children's toiletries & children's games/books in order to remove inappropriate items and to make each shoebox as alike as possible. The shoeboxes will be delivered on Mother's Day to homeless and sheltered women and children in the 13 surrounding counties.
At the same time as the Shoebox Project work, cleaning day at St. Cat's was kicking into high gear. What started as an effort to clean three areas of the church turned into a massive undertaking throughout due to high energy and attendance. Areas cleaned and/or organized included: choir room, staff kitchen, sanctuary (altar rail and pews cleaned and buffed, spots on carpet, wax removed from kneelers, tile and wooden floor cleaned, dusting and vacuuming), parish hall, preschool grime level (i.e., where the children stand in line and touch the walls), library, usher station, great staircase, hallway to Parish Hall, elevator, conference rooms, and bathrooms / water fountains off Parish Hall. In addition, volunteers tackled odd jobs like cleaning various windows, vacuuming vents and hard-to-reach places, changing light bulbs, dusting windowsills, wiping walls, and removing cobwebs in high places. There was work for all ages and abilities and the church really looks great!
Afterwards, lunch was provided for 35 volunteers to wrap up the in-house cleaning and kick off the afternoon shift of our Day of Service. From 1:30-4:30, 12 members of St. Cats traveled to the MUST Ministries donation warehouse and helped sort summer clothing in immediate demand.
Feedback from everyone was that they enjoyed their day, had a real feeling of accomplishment, and would love to see similar efforts organized in the fall. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Photos by Bettye Harris and Gina Baumann -- see more on the church Facebook page at Parish CleanUp Service Day.
By Molly Banko
During Lent, St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool partnered with Rice Bowls, a faith-based non-profit in Spartanburg, S.C., to raise funds for a network of orphanages overseas. Plastic rice bowls were taken to homes, filled with change, and returned on Easter. Together we raised almost $1,400!These funds will supply much needed food to a strong network of orphanages in Haiti , Indian, and sub-Saharan Africa, areas of the world where the HIV/AIDS crisis and other factors have greatly marginalized the lives of children. Thank you everyone who participated in this important outreach opportunity!
By Harriett Pyburn
Thank you to everyone who donated items in April for MUST Ministries, Communities in Schools and Emmaus House. Our April food item of focus was canned protein, and we delivered 32 cans/bags of tuna, chicken, meats, and protein-rich beans and lentils (along with 35 additional non-perishable food items). Your generosity was gratefully accepted at MUST. In addition, we will be delivering 40 playground items this week to Emmaus House that they will be able to use for their summer day camp. Thanks to all who participated in these collections!
Our book drive for Communities in Schools is well underway. Our boxes in the preschool and upstairs are looking really full! If you have outgrown, unloved or duplicate children's books at home, please send the like-new copies to St. Catherine's and we will distribute them to children in the area who may not have access to books at their homes. We will continue this collection through May.
Collection focus for May:
Collection bins are located to the left of the main sanctuary doors across from the parlor. This is a great opportunity to involve younger children in family discussions about community need and ways we can all help. If you have any questions or suggestions for future seasonal collections, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
“A Silent Journey and Discovery – The Atrium”
By Lisa Cook
Our children have an amazing innate religious capacity. Their experience of God is difficult to convey to adults so we wanted you to “come and see” where the children form their faith. You might think it’s a classroom, but it’s called the atrium and it is a beautiful holy space.
On Wednesday evening, April 24, several adults responded to this invitation and joined us for an enjoyable and informative evening. Following a brief introduction to the history of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, participants had the opportunity to journey through each of the atria. They were asked to move their bodies quietly, look at everything, touch, open, and explore any of the materials. The materials are child-size and beautiful. They are thematic in nature and often used during the presentation given by the catechists. The materials aid the child, not the catechist, to understand in greater depth the message proclaimed in the presentation.
Next, we gathered for some discussion about their observations and how the environment and the materials in the atria allow the child to ponder and form their own response to God’s calling. Then the participants returned to the atria to participate in some self discovery by working with the materials as the children would. Some comments we heard were:
We would like to thank all the parents and catechists who participated. If you missed this opportunity to explore Catechesis with us, join us next time. More opportunities for adults to experience a taste of the Atria will be coming soon! You are invited. Come and see! Photos by Kris & Lisa Cook.
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:
Congratulations to St. Catherine's parishioner Linda Scott, who has recently retired after serving 19 years on the staff of the Diocese of Atlanta and for three bishops as Resource Center coordinator, Ministry Fair planner, organizer for Safeguarding God's Children, patron saint of Christian educators, webmaster and much more. We appreciate all you've done for our parish, our diocese, and much more!
Dear St. Catherine’s family,
Thank you for all of the love and support given to me at the sudden loss of my brother, Wayne. The beautiful altar flowers, prayers, emails and cards were all greatly appreciated. The warm and generous expressions of our St. Catherine's family helped me more than these words can express.
Letters have been received acknowledging the following gifts by St. Catherine’s:
Help save a life and receive a donation for St. Catherine's in the process! Protect your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at St. Catherine'son Tuesday, July 2. Through ultrasound, the carotid arteries can be evaluated for the buildup of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke. Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm package by either calling the special Helping Hands registration number or by signing up thru the provided registration sheet (available on the flyers). Not only will you be able to receive $10 off any package of $149 or more, but St. Catherine's will also receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attend. The Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm Package includes four screenings: carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and atrial fibrillation.
To schedule your appointment with this special offer, please sign up on the flyers available for pickup at church, call the designated Helping Hands number, 1-800-324-9458, or go online to www.helpinghandsforhealth.com.
Georgia Latinos Against Domestic Violence, a program of Renovacion Conyugal, Inc., along with the Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program, will host a one day training, "Culturally Diverse: Intimate Partner Violence in the Latino & African American Communities." Through facilitated discussion and group participation, this training will highlight the myths, barriers, similarities, and differences of intimate partner violence in the Latino and African American communities. The training will have 3 topics for discussion: Religion and Domestic Violence, Cultural Competency, and Collaboration. It will also include a panel discussion titled, Men’s Work: The Role of Men in Ending Violence Against Women.
The program will be held Friday, May 17, at WellStar Development Center (Pacific Auditorium), 2000 S Park Pl SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost is free for Domestic Violence Advocates and Law Enforcement; $8.00 for Students with valid ID; and $15.00 for General Public. Registration is required, please go to www.eventbrite.com/event/5593454172?ref=elink# .
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother
FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
FOR THE SICK: Lee DeFore, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Jennifer, Laurell Millirons, John Bowman, Colin Bowersox, Tom Prosser, Allison, Phil’s family, Ted & Tina Dyer, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Sharon, Elizabeth Horton, Carmen, Lauren Stafford, Ann Mitchem, Anna, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Doug May, Jo Stegall, Lisa McRae, Raymond Higgins, Shelley Ransdell, Anne Whittle, Tyler James, Wendy Purdue, Delores Pope, Royce Huckeba & family, Mr. Simpson, Mark Gross, Natalie Henderson, Jane Atkins, Allen Jablonski, Fred Brannock, Katie Gleason, Linda Smith, Alec Galloway, Jennie Costa, Ellen Brandt, Brian Edges, Roberta Abstein, Gordon Hahn, Bonnie Larson, Bobbie Greene, Lynda Logan, Patti Sousa, Ian Gross, Will Pickett, Johnny Robinson, Cristina B. , Jud Paterson, Rebecca Aills, George Alexander, Jada Ellis, Jan Coraggio, the Hicks Family, John & Sue Schnorf, Lu Dumke, Horst Michael, Christa Michael, Polly Schadt, Barry Dillard,
BEFORE SURGERY: Joyce Hendricks
DECEASED: Bernice Lewis, Susan Cromer’s (former parishioner) mother; Rebecca Hairston, Norma Alexander’s friend; Jim Thompson, friend of Ellis Kilgore
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (5/4) Mark Taylor, Jay Starr, Beth Thomas, Erin Rawls, (5/5) Bill Selby, Laura Moore, Beau Parish, (5/6) Bettye Harris, Shepherd Smith, Marlene Stuart, (5/7) Scott Harwell, (5/8) Madison Handell, (5/9) Carol Murphy, Maddie Billingsley, (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 Paul Frank, Kristina Higgins, Mackenzie Ward, Brianna 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
ANNIVERSARIES: (5/14) Bill & Tinka Ivey; (5/17) Emily & Nelson Gale
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
TRANSFERS IN: Peter Britt, from Christ Episcopal Church, Kennesaw, Georgia; Christy Luttrell, from Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia; Adam & Julie Stone and family, from St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
HELP US HELP YOU
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Hold These Future Dates:
Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, May 19 (Pentecost); Sunday, November 3
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, mike.petersonbellsouth.net, 770-971-2839
Congratulations to our Rite 13 "Celebrities", thank you for celebrating your journey with us! It was a wonderful weekend April 26-27, recognizing and appreciating our Rite 13 youth. A very big thank you to Mary Lou Shannonhouse and everyone for making it a wonderful Saturday dinner and special Sunday ceremony. Photo by Barbara Barrington.
We will have our annual Youth Sunday service at 8:45 on Sunday, May 12. Youth Sunday is a church service in which the youth run almost every aspect of the service, so we need all to be involved. It is a great way to showcase our awesomeness while also giving back to a parish that gives so much to us! We will be holding a Youth Sunday Rehearsal at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 11, so please mark that in your calendar as well.
It’s time to sign up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School! Many of you have helped with VBS in the past and can attest to how much fun it is to lead and play with the young children of our parish! This year, VBS will take place from Monday, July 29 until Thursday, August 1, from 8:45 AM until 12 noon each day. The theme this year is “Kingdom Rock,” and will involve knights, castles, and other such fun stuff. Sign-up sheets are in each room of the Youth House or please contact Harriett Pyburn at harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
We will cap off an incredible school year with an End-of-Year Pool Party at the home of the incredibly generous parishioner, Carol Starr, 3458 Turtle Cove Court, Marietta, GA 30067. Come swim, hang out with friends, cook out, and have a great time. Friends are welcome.
Did we have fun on the scavenger hunt during April's lock in? Hmmm... (see more pictures on the youth Facebook group album -- photos by Adryn Bowers-Dean).
I’d like to talk with you about one of my two absolute favorite weeks of the year, which is Youth Week at Kanuga! This is a week-long conference that takes place June 17-22 at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina (only 3 hours away). There are two conferences for youth that take place during this week: one for rising 7th-9th graders called JYP and one for rising 10th graders all the way up through just-graduated seniors called SYP. These conferences are a ludicrous amount of fun and give you a chance to have a great time with other people your age from all over the country! Those who have been to Kanuga conferences recently (ahem, Caitlyn, Adryn, Megan) can vouch for how truly transformational and FUN they are! Please feel free to talk to me if you have any questions at all and remember that financial scholarship is available to anyone who needs it.
Find more information: SYP at www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar/conference-calendar-details/syp-remind-me-of-who-i-am and JYP at www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar/conference-calendar-details/jyp-walk-in-love. (Take a look at the photos there… Wow, isn’t that conference musician good looking?!?)
And for adults who’d like to experience Kanuga, there is a third conference that also takes place during that week called Adults Who Work With Youth. It’s a lot of fun and a great resource. You can check it out at www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar/conference-calendar-details/adults-who-work-with-youth-rhythms-for-the-road-holy-practices-for-the-long .
AND if you find yourself unable to make it to Youth Week this year, go ahead and start thinking about coming to Winterlight at Kanuga, a fantastic conference that takes place in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It’s never too early to start planning…and IT’S WORTH IT!
The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. 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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Editor: Karen Manno
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