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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Father Jim was on the Youth summer mission trip to Washington, D.C. — here's his story in pictures:
Sunday, June 9, 9:15-10:15 am
By Bettye Harris
We invite all newcomers and visitors and their families to be our guests for breakfast at 9:15 am in the Parish Hall (between the 8:00 am and 10:30 am services). This is a social as well as informative gathering with conversation about our programs, services and ministries. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer questions. Feel free to bring a friend. No reservations needed, please come!
We hope all parishioners will join us, too, and help us extend a warm welcome. Breakfast prices for parishioners are still $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. Please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Jay Hendricks (678-520-3667), or Ann Snead (678-795-9508) if you can assist or if you have questions.
By Lisa Cook
We are excited to proclaim that we will be offering catechesis for adults this summer on the following Sundays: June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14 and 21. All adults in the parish are welcome to join us. We will meet in the parlor from 9:15am – 10:15am. Childcare will be offered as needed. Using the materials the children use in the atria, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your relationship with God and some of the foundational themes of our Christian beliefs. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been offering spiritual formation to our children at St. Catherine’s for 12 years and we are thrilled to have this opportunity available for adults.
We look forward to seeing you. Childcare is available in the nursery for children up to age 5. Grab a cup of coffee and join us!
Our 2013 Parish Retreat is for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families! Join us on Labor Day weekend, August 30 - Sept. 2 at beautiful Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the western North Carolina mountains. Some space is still available, so please register soon with your deposit. Final payments will be due by July 21.
For information about retreat accommodations, activities and cost please pick up our registration form at church or get it now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/2013-Parish-Retreat-Registration-Form.pdf. You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at www.lakelogan.org. If you have any questions about our retreat please contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com, 770-845-1742.
By Eleanore Pearson
Have you noticed the lawn all around the church is mowed each week? This is thanks to Andy Mitchell, Mel Paris, Ron Brannock, Bill Bowden, Chris Morris, Charles Bernard, Steve Tuemmler, Don Martin, Andrew Hutton, Neal Campbell and Hale Sanders.
The lawn area is broken up into four sections so four individuals are needed each week. Anyone over 16 is invited to help. Would you be willing to mow a small section of lawn once a month? If so, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Richard Pearson, 678-290-0097, elerichbellsouth.net.
St. Catherine's will publish a new reflections booklet in time for the Ministry Fair on August 25. The theme of this booklet is Stewardship. Won’t you consider writing for this collection? You will be given a scripture verse on which to write a brief (2-3 paragraphs) meditation. All work is anonymous in the published book and Reflections website. Your assignment will be due by Sunday, July 28. Please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at Karenstcatherines.org.
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 June blood drive will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Appointments are not required but are helpful to get you in & out in the quickest time (but all donors are welcome on the day of the event). Reserve your time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Picture, right -- Billy Blood-Drop says, "Sign up soon, and thanks!" (photo by Connie Bergeron)
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 noon. 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.
Cats On Wheels is our “social networking” group for active senior adults. If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card and have an adventurous spirit, you are welcome to join this lively bunch of folks with life experience for periodic outings to places of interest throughout the year. We generally meet for lunch at a local restaurant on the third Saturday every other month, and a day trip or something more ambitious in the alternate month. All costs are pay-your-own.
Here is our “forecast” of activities for the coming year. Mark your calendars now, so you will not miss an event you wish to attend! Some events require advance reservations because admissions must be purchased. Get on the mailing list for all our activities now by contacting Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200.
There are still many Sundays open to sign up to sponsor our beautiful altar flowers and/or sanctuary candles, in thanksgiving for or in memory of a special person or occasion – birthdays, anniversaries and more! Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin which lists the next open dates coming up, or see the complete year chart in the office. Sponsorship is NOT limited to one or two persons or families per date so please choose the date you prefer. And when you've signed up, please remember to submit a check ($60/vase for flowers, $20 candles) on or before your scheduled date.
Remember, these special donations are the ONLY funding for this ministry! Thank you to everyone who has already signed up—we greatly appreciate your generosity.
By Father Jim
We are in the early stages of planning for our next Adult Pilgrimage in 2015 and we’d like your input. We’ve assembled a survey and we invite anyone to fill it out and return it to Father Jim through the mail, email, alms basin, or any other way you might want to deliver it. We want to plan a pilgrimage that meets your needs, understanding that we are a diverse congregation with diverse needs and opinions. We’ll do our best to collate the information, draw some conclusions and share it with you. Thank you for taking the time to fill one out.
Download and print the survey now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/AdultPilgrimageSurvey.pdf. You’ll also find a stack of the surveys on the resource table at the top of the atrium stairs.
The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at this year's Diocesan Council. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine’s in good standing, meaning that they “pray, work, and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom” on a regular basis. The Council will be held November 8-9 at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Delegates are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings.
Applications are due by August 18. If you are interested in serving this important role please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fr. Jim.
By Jennifer Masssey
St Catherine’s will host two events to assemble 1,000 lunches each time on Wednesday, June 12 and 26, in our Parish Hall beginning at 10:00 AM. Thanks to St. Cat’s members we have commitments of donated food items for our first event on June 12. We are still looking help with purchasing items for the June 26 event. If you don’t have a vehicle that will hold 1,000 of the items needed (Juice Boxes, Chips, Applesauce, Cookies), then a monetary donation toward these items would be greatly appreciated. We have volunteers who will shop/deliver these items. Checks may be made payable to St Catherine’s and designated for “June 26 MUST Summer Lunch.”
Thousands of children who normally eat free or reduced-price meals while in school are home during the summer with little to no food. Most are children of minimum wage workers who must leave their young ones in the care of a neighbor or older child. Every year for the last 18 years this critical situation has been overcome in part with the effective MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. MUST is committed to serving an amazing 250,000 lunches this year. Each weekday for 10 weeks, sack lunches are packed and hand delivered to targeted locations suggested by school counselors throughout the area. Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinett, North Fulton, Paulding, and Pickens counties are all in the Summer Lunch network where staff, volunteers and donors bring daily meals to grateful children. Many groups throughout these areas are involved in this enormous effort to provide supplies, packaging and even drivers. You can learn more about this program on the MUST website at www.mustministries.org/summer-lunch (there's a great video to view here), or for questions about this effort at St. Catherine's please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Get T-shirts by June 12!
By Al Jones and Connie Bergeron
St. Catherine’s will be working with a consortium of other churches, mosques, and synagogues to build a new habitat home. This work is being coordinated by the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition which we have joined. The build will start on August 9. We will provide workers on Saturdays, August 24, September 14, and September 21; in addition we will provide breakfast and lunch on site on September 14. Please mark your calendars for these dates now and watch for signup (there will be minimum age requirements for participation).
The coalition is offering special Habitat T-shirts at a cost of $10 each. This shirt sale is a small part of the funds needed for this build, and will identify those of us who want to support this outreach ministry. T-shirt sales need to be confirmed by June 12. Sign up for shirts at church, or contact Al Jones, 4albellsouth.net, with the number and size of shirts you would like.
By Harriett Pyburn
Thank you to everyone who donated items in May for MUST Ministries and Communities in Schools. While we have not yet tallied all of our food items, we collected over 230 new and gently used books for Communities in Schools to distribute right here in Cobb County. Thank you for your generosity!
For June our collection focuses are:
Collection bins are located at the Outreach table 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.
By Hale Sanders
Our “One Family” celebration in May was an amazing event with much beautiful music and humor, as well as getting the message out about Family Promise. I’m not sure of the attendance but believe it was over 200 and the event brought in over $4,100 so we are very grateful.
At the May core meeting of Family Promise of Cobb County we learned that we now have 11 hosting congregations as Church of the Nazarene in Smyrna has now joined. We are getting close to our goal of 13 hosting congregations. Our next meeting will be June 27 at Acworth Methodist.
Photo, right: St. Cat's singers were part of the One Family concert on May 17 at Unity North (photo by Bill Ivey)
Learn more about how you can help
By Jennifer Massey
Find out what Family Promise of Cobb County is up to at familypromisecobbcounty.org/events/1652-2/!
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Steve Diffley for his many years of leadership of Lay Readers. CONGRATULATIONS to the new chair of this committee, Bill Selby.
A meeting for all Lay Readers will be held with Bill and Father Jim in the Sanctuary at 8:30 am on Saturday, June 15. Anyone interested in being a Lay Reader at St. Catherine’s is invited to attend.
By Tillie Carter and Sally Powers
We welcome Carl Gervais and his family to St. Catherine’s. Thank you, Jason and Sue Snape, for introducing them to our church family. Carl an international meat trader, and was born and raised in Quebec, Canada. His wife, Carole Marchand, is a QA/QC Manager for a fragrance company. She is originally from France. The family arrived here three years ago with their two daughters and Carl’s son. As a family they like to hike, travel and spend time with friends. They usually attend the family service.
The Feast of Pentecost
Recognizing our big events -- graduates, birthdays, anniversaries
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:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Cobb County will offer free senior safety classes at the Cobb Safety Village this summer. Safety topics include fire safety awareness, how to use a fire extinguisher, medicine "mix-up", fall safety awareness, staying safe at home, identity theft awareness, and maintaining your safety in public. Classes are interactive and taught by uniformed fire and police offers at the Safety Village. Classes will be offered June 13, June 25, July 19 and July 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. There is no fee for attendance, but registration is required. Participants must be 55 or older. To register, call 770-852-3270. Class size is limited, so reserve your spot today. The Safety Village is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. For more information, email safetyeducationcobbcounty.org.
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's on 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.
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia is hosting a Spiritual Healing Retreat for Veterans on July 15-18. It is for all veterans and spouses who are suffering from the trauma of war. The retreat workshops are designed to help veterans understand how to heal spiritually from the pain and behaviors of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Clergy and counselors experienced in working with veterans will be available for private discussions. The goal is to bring peace to the souls of our wounded warriors and their families.
The Monastery is an ecumenical retreat house where all faiths are welcome. The grounds provide a peaceful and secure environment for reflection and healing. For information please visit www.healingveterans.org/HV.html. Reservations can be made by calling 770-760-0959. A scholarship fund has been established to provide for those unable to pay the $60/day requested donation, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Donations are welcome to this scholarship fund at www.healingveterans.org/Donate.html.
Provided by Wellstar HealthStart
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: Iris Phillips, Wendy Caulkins, Laurell Millirons, Ted & Tina Dyer, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Doug May, Jo Stegall, Tyler James, Delores Pope, Royce Huckeba & family, Jane Atkins, Fred Brannock, Katie Gleason, Alec Galloway, Brian Edges, Bonnie Larson, Lynda Logan, Patti Sousa, Johnny Robinson, Jud Paterson, Rebecca Aills, Jada Ellis, Erin Strunk, Jan Coraggio, the Hicks Family, John & Sue Schnorf, Polly Schadt, Joyce Hendricks, Raymond Higgins, Jackie Quinton, Lauren Stafford & family, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Jane Berlin, Eric Fruchtnicht, Tillie Carter, Barry Dillard, Ginney Linstrom, Susan Johnson, Horst Michael, Abby Christian, Susan Drouse, Brenda Jackson, David
DECEASED: Walter Ullrich, Suzanne Gardiner’s father; Bruce Jones, former parishioner
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (6/8) Fred Lopez, Kelly Donoghue, (6/9) Paul Maxwell, Abigail McCoy, Harriett Pyburn, (6/10) Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan, Robert Dailey, (6/11) Naomi Morris, (6/12) Justice Mace, (6/13) Lindsay O’Neill Walls, Jason Tindall, Paris Brennan, (6/14) Gene Potter, (6/15) Frannie Hitchins, Jennifer Buckalew, (6/17) Becky Ban, Paul Manno, Michael Dillson, Elyse Tindall, (6/18) Judith Phillips, Peggy Snook, Corey Acocella, Beverly Fambrough, Linda Snape, Maddy Thorn, Jeffrey Clark, (6/20) Carroll Mitchell, Jim Rawls, (6/21) Julie Fulcher
ANNIVERSARIES: (6/11) Jim & Bobbye Greene; (6/12) Bruce & Barbara Perry; (6/15) Chris & Christy Jones; (6/17) Bill & Elaine Krupp; (6/19) David & Molly Banko; (6/21) Scott & Michelle Parisi; Steve & Kitty Diffley
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
BIRTHS: Cecelia Marie Selby, born on May 31 to Candice & Scott Selby, Grandparents are Bill & Barb Selby
TRANSFERS IN: Rebecca & Willow Riney, transferring in from The Cathedral of All Souls, Asheville, NC
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 date - Sunday, November 3 (All Saints)
Two-Week Look Ahead
Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, 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
From Gina Baumann: Big "THANKS" to all the youth and adults that came out to cook & serve at Elizabeth Inn!! Thank you, Jennifer and Fred, for all your help!! A good time was had by all and the masses were well fed!!
Just because it’s summer vacation doesn’t mean the Youth Program will be taking a break! Each Sunday from June 16 until July 21 we will hold Sunday Summer Youth Group in the Youth House from 11:45 AM until 1:00 PM. This will be a casual time when we can enjoy some lunch, catch up, play around a bit, and enjoy each other’s company. In addition to Sunday meetings, we will also have a fun group outing every other Wednesday in June and July.
Youth Week at Kanuga is a week-long conference that takes place at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina (only 3 hours away!). There are two conferences for youth: one for rising 7th-9th graders called JYP and one for rising 10th graders all the way up through just-graduated seniors called SYP. 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. These conferences are a ludicrous amount of fun and give you a chance to have a great time with other people from all over the country! Remember that financial scholarship is available to anyone who needs it. You can find more information and registration for all three conferences at www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar
AND if you find yourself unable to make it to Youth Week this year, 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!
Recognizing our graduates on Pentecost, May 19 -- see even more pics (full size) at Pentecost2013. (Photos by Jan Potter)
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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