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By Father Jim
Once again, I’ve been invited to serve the people of St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church on MacMahon Island, Maine. This year I will be there during the month of July. It actually works better for me since much of our programing at St. Catherine’s either starts or is planned during the month of August, much a result of our public school schedule.
This year I will be on MacMahon from July 1 to July 31. And I am excited that, for the first time, Joan will get to share the entire time with me. We will welcome family from Chicago and Winston-Salem and friends from Knoxville and Marietta off and on through the month. I will preach and celebrate the Eucharist each Sunday at the Chapel and sometime during the month will lead a celebration of life remembering all those who have died this past year. We will spend some time off the island exploring a bit more of Maine including Acadia National Park. And I will read (more on this endeavor later).
As I have done in the past, I intend to use our blog, “The Welcoming Journey,” to reflect on my time on the island and to share with each of you the goings on both in the Rectory and on the island. I am deeply grateful to each of you and to your Vestry and Staff for making this time possible for me and I hope my time away is not only a time of renewal for me and my family, but for the congregation as well. I know that others will work very hard during this time to support one another and those in need. I am not blind to this sacrifice and in addition to my prayers of thanksgiving I can only pray that all of us together will be strengthened and enriched by the experience.
As to my reading, I thought you might want to see some of the titles I intend to tackle during July. These are offered in no particular order.
Thanks to each of you for your ministry and support.
Our June blood drive will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Appointments are not required -- all donors are of course welcome on the day of the event! -- but are helpful to get you in & out in the quickest time if you desire. 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.
9:15 am in the Parish Hall
By Margaret Shaw
It's time for the fabulous St. Catherine's Patriotic Potluck Brunch on Sunday, July 7. Bring a summer brunch dish to share between services. Think fruits, muffins, coffee cakes, deviled eggs—yummmm! Coffee, juice, milk and cereal will be provided. Bring your dish and your appetite to the Parish Hall 9:15am Sunday, July 1. No sign up necessary. Contact Margaret Shaw (mhbshawbellsouth.net) with questions.
Savannah trip interest survey
The Cats On Wheels planning committee is considering a trip of four days and three nights on April 9-12, 2014 (Wednesday-Saturday). Probable cost all-inclusive would be between $400 and $450 per person double occupancy (single-occupancy supplement might be $150). Please reply to with your interest level in such a trip to Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200. You are not making a firm commitment now, we are just gauging interest for proceeding.
Here are some of the activities being considered (please share your ideas to improve the trip): historic squares, Savannah History Museum, Tybee Island including Fort Pulaski, Savannah History Museum, Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site, Telfair Museum, Ghost Tour, Juliette Gordon Lowe Home, Christ Church, dining in restaurants including Pirate’s House, Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House, Joes’ Crab Shack.
Updated 2013-14 restaurant and activity forecast
Please note changes in for March, April and June from what was published in the last Wheel:
Vacation Bible School this summer is “Kingdom Rock,” an epic adventure where kids stand strong for God! Monday through Thursday, July 29 - August 1 from 9 am to 12 pm, children from age 4 to rising 5th grade are welcome. Space is limited so register soon. Cost is $30 per child, includes t-shirt. After June 30th cost is $35 per child. For an additional $5, you can get an early copy of the ever-popular music CD. Registration forms available at church, or get one now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/vbs-registration-form2013.pdf. Plenty of youth and adult volunteers are needed. For questions or to volunteer please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettpyburnbellsouth.net.
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.
We are in the early stages of planning for our next Adult Pilgrimage for 2015 and would like your input. Please pick up a copy of our survey at church or download & print it now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/AdultPilgrimageSurvey.pdf. Return all surveys by June 30 to the office or in the alms basin at services. We'll do our best to collate the information, draw some conclusions and share it with you.
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! We greatly appreciate your generosity.
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 in this important role please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fr. Jim.
St. Catherine's will publish a new reflections booklet, “Flourish In Spirit,” as part of this year’s stewardship program. The booklet will contain 35 reflections leading up to New Consecration Sunday in October. We will be asking for volunteer writers again beginning in August, to write a meditation on a verse of scripture which will now be due by September 6. Please begin considering if you will be interested in writing for this collection and watch for the start of sign up later this summer. For questions please contact Karen Manno or Rachel Bagby.
10 am in the Parish Hall
Thank you to everyone who has donated to this effort! Please join us to help make 1,000 lunches for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program on the second of our two events, June 26. For information contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Here are a few pictures of our sandwich-making on our first date, June 12 -- see lots more (full size) at ChurchSandwich061213 (photos by Jan Potter).
Here are our Outreach collection focuses for this month. The collection bins are located at the Outreach table to the left of the sanctuary across from the Parlor. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!
St. Catherine's parishioner Kelly Donoghue is competing in the Miss Georgia / Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant on June 19 - 22 in Columbus, Georgia. The competition is streamed live online each night starting at 7:30 pm, watch it at www.WRBL.com. Kelly has worked extremely hard to prepare, please keep her in your prayers to do her best. If you would like to send her a note, the address is Kelly Donoghue, Miss Cherokee Rose Outstanding Teen, Rankin Events Office, 1004 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901.
(photos by Jan Potter and Bill Ivey)
Recognizing accomplishments - on June 9 during 10:30 am worship service
Sealed as Christ's own forever! Harper's baptism on June 16, with proud family & Grandpa-- see more (full size) on our Facebook album at Baptism Day.
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:
To all of our church family at St. Catherine's,
We received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from St Catherine's last Sunday as a condolence for the death of my grandmother and Sofia and Nathalie's great-grandmother, Olimpia Arias Navarro. It was yet another reminder of the support we have always received from everyone at St Cat's and what makes this congregation, and our membership in it, such an important part of our lives. Thanks to everyone for the beautiful gift and for keeping my grandmother in your prayers.
God Bless you all,
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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 LifeLine 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.
A position is opening for Manager of The Book Store at The Cathedral Of St. Philip. This individual will be responsible for the management and growth of The Cathedral Book Store in support of the clergy and people of The Cathedral of St. Philip, the Diocese of Atlanta and the community at large in their various ministries of service to Jesus Christ and the spread of the Gospel. Hours will include weekends and some evenings. Responsibilities will include planning; inventory; marketing; budgeting; operations; recruitment, training and retention of paid and volunteer personnel and communications. Please send inquiries with resume and current contact information to tsmelserstphilipscathedral.org.
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 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: Iris Phillips, Wendy Caulkins, Laurell Millirons, Ted & Tina Dyer, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, 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, Polly Schadt, Joyce Hendricks, Raymond Higgins, Jackie Quinton, Lauren Stafford & family, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Jane Berlin, Eric Fruchtnicht, Barry Dillard, Ginney Linstrom, Susan Johnson, Abby Christian, Susan Drouse, Brenda Jackson, David, Peggy Pepper, Marilyn Holmes, Doug May, Shelley Hayes, Judith Philips, Nancy Saunders
BEFORE SURGERY: Julie Brannock
DECEASED: John Schnorf; Samuel Scott Harper, son of Marion Cook’s neighbor; Anne P. Sheehan, Terry Sheehan’s mother; Horst Michael, Martin Michael’s father; Bill Richardson, Doug Jenkins’ uncle; Edi Sargent, Allen Jablonski’s mother
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (6/23) Anna Rouleau, Eva Snape, Beverly Denney, (6/24) Lynn Heath, Nancy O’Neill, Michael Paris, Jack Rouleau, Bill Fambrough, Lilibet Goldman, (6/26) Karen Tindall, John Nabinger, (6/27) Kris Cook, (6/28) Anne Whittle, (6/30) Amy Hollis, Danielle Parker, Matthew Phillips, Lisa Cook, Robin Kiefer, Logan Parisi, (7/1) Spencer Banko, (7/2) Ron Motter, Donna Stephens, Caroline Miner, (7/3) Melissa Wolfe, Anne Clark, (7/4) Dana Minzenberger, Margaret Wilson, Jenny Korwan, Stephanie Burkholder,(7/5) Jordan LaGarde
ANNIVERSARIES: (6/22) Richard & Linda Carter; (6/23) Kathy & Keith Solomon; Rick & Tracy Buckalew; (6/24) Tim & Caroline Brennan; Michael & Mel Paris; (6/25) Paul & Karen Manno; (6/26) Greg & Margaret Caudle; Amy & Chris Morris; (6/27) Bill & Barb Selby; Claire & Brian Paglia; (6/28) Hale & Diane Sanders; Vic & Paddy Phillpotts; (7/2) Steve & Cindy Tuemmler; (7/3) Kelly Beard & David Bottoms; (7/4) Stan & Dani Dickson; Wayne & Jodi Gammon; (7/5) Ken & Nancy Denton
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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
Sunday Summer Youth Group meets each Sunday through July 21, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm in the Youth House. This is a casual time when we can enjoy some lunch, catch up, play around a bit, and enjoy each other’s company.
The St. Cat’s Youth are hitting the lanes on Tuesday, June 25! We will meet at church at 5:45 PM, head over to AMF Marietta Lanes, bowl for a couple of hours, and returning to church by 8:15 PM. Or, if you prefer, you can meet us directly at the bowling alley. Bring socks and $10 per person to cover bowling and shoe rental. In order to ensure that we’ll have enough lanes and drivers, everyone who wants to come bowling must RSVP to Mike at mike.petersonbellsouth.net no later than Sunday, June 23. Spots cannot be guaranteed to those who sign up late! If you are an adult, please specify whether you are willing to transport people and how many will fit in your vehicle (including yourself). AMF Marietta Lanes is located at 565 Cobb Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060, amfcenters.com/mariettalanes.
On July 10 the youth groups from St. Catherine's and St. Columba's, Suwanee, will be taking an all-day trip to go tubing! More details soon, but go ahead and mark your calendar. Any adults who are interested in coming, please notify Mike as soon as possible!
See *lots* of great photos in the album from our incredible Mission Trip to DC on the St. Catherine’s Youth Facebook page (you can view the album even if you don’t have a Facebook account): DC Mission Trip 2013
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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