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
The day I received the phone call from my doctor saying, “Your breast biopsy is positive for cancer,” I was stunned, numb... in shock. Paul tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always” and “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God.” (Philippians4:4-7) To be honest, in that moment, I found it very hard to rejoice, to not worry, and I don’t recall any prayer passing my lips other than an anguished, “Oh God, what do I do now?” I now realize that the Holy Spirit must have been interceding for me with sighs deeper than words the unspoken request of my heart, “Heal me Lord.” Before that day was out, I had received from dear friends the recommendation for a breast surgeon and, wonder of wonders, was given an appointment for the very next day. Another dear friend went with me to that appointment, where the good news was that my cancer was detected early, was small and slow growing and that I was a good candidate for a lumpectomy. I left that day with a game plan and a surgery date for two weeks later and a profound sense of that “peace that passes all understanding” which Paul goes on to talk about in the above mentioned passage from Philippians; the peace which comes from rejoicing at all times in the Lord, putting worry aside, and from speaking the deep desires and thanksgivings of our hearts to God. The surgery has now removed the cancer and will be followed by radiation and hormone therapy to ward off any possible recurrence.
Throughout this whole experience of having breast cancer, I have felt that I have had this phalanx of angels walking before me the whole way. I find myself continually counting my blessings, as I have been graced with an amazing team of gifted doctors, with wonderful, compassionate friends who have taken me to doctor’s appointments, been a comforting moral support and a second set of ears to pick up on anything I might have missed, and with the overwhelming outpouring of loving support, prayers, cards, Sonshine committee meals, and offers to help in any way needed, from each of you. In all of this, you have been the tangible, healing presence of God to me. My heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude, thanksgiving and rejoicing, as I count you daily before God among my bounty of blessings. My prayer is that I can now be that tangible presence for others who have breast cancer enter their life and in some way help them to know that peace that passes all understanding, that comes from, putting worry aside, making the deep longings and thanksgivings of our hearts known to God, and in everything, rejoicing in the Lord.
God Bless You,
9:15 am in the Parish Hall
By Margaret Shaw
It's time for the fabulous St. Catherine's Patriotic Potluck Brunch! Please come and bring a summer brunch dish to share. 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 between services on July 7 at 9:15 am. No sign up is necessary, see you there!
Saturday, July 20 at Silver Skillet
Join Cats on Wheels for our odd-month lunch outing, 11:30 am on July 20 at the Silver Skillet restaurant. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 200 14th Street in Atlanta, 404-874-1388, visit www.thesilverskillet.com for information, menu and directions. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!
Mornings, July 29 - August 1
By Harriett Pyburn
Registrations being accepted now! We have also set up a donation request board on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs (which lead down to the Parish Hall). Parishioners are invited to come by and see if there is a food or craft item you would be willing to donate. If so, please take a card, sign up for what you have taken, and follow the instructions about when and where to return donations. Thank you!
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 $35 per child (if paid after June 30), includes t-shirt. 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, too! 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.
By Jan Potter
Have you ever sat in church and thought maybe you just didn’t quite believe that Bible story you just heard? Are you convinced that everyone else believes and you are the strange person that just can’t wrap your head around some of it?
Have you ever planned to read the Bible? It can be pretty daunting without a road map to help you. Have you ever heard a Bible verse that didn’t make sense to you? Did you ever feel like everyone else must be smart simply because they seem to “get it”? We all need help—we all need to learn how to define what we truly believe. It is different for everyone. You are definitely not alone.
Education for Ministry—EFM—is a program out of Sewanee (The University of The South) which is designed to help people understand the Bible and our own church history and philosophy. It takes four years to complete the entire program, but you only sign up one year at a time. We meet once a week September through May (currently on Thursday evenings, this year beginning on September 5) to talk about what theology and our church mean to each of us. Each year, the class is made up of people from all walks of life. We have scholars and we have people who just want to understand. We have people who want to dissect the Bible and the stories and we have people who just want to have some company on their personal faith journey. EFM helps you to figure out your place in the community and ministry of our church.
It is a wonderful program with room for every kind of person. There is a yearly fee, but there are limited scholarships available for anyone who has a problem with the cost. For more information, please contact Chris Potter (404-376-7430, cdexterpottergmail.com) or Jan Potter (404-444-8627, jcpottergmail.com) for more information.
Please join us! We look forward to sharing your journey.
Father Jim is spending the month of July as summer chaplain at St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church on MacMahan Island, Maine. He will be keep us up-to-date throughout with postings to our church blog, "The Welcoming Journey" at www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney. If you would like to send him postal mail during his residency there, his mailing address will be: The Rev. Jim Nixon, MacMahan Island, Chapel Mailbox, Georgetown, ME 04548.
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.
By Harriett Pyburn
Thank you to everyone who donated items in June for MUST Ministries and Communities in Schools. In May, we collected 147 food items for MUST Ministries, including 23 jars of peanut butter, our item of focus for the month. While we have not tallied all of our items yet for June, your continued attention to this ministry in the summer is much appreciated! Thank you for your generosity!
Collection focus for July
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.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this effort to make 1,000 lunches two times this summer for hungry school children in Cobb and north Atlanta area! Here are a few pictures of our sandwich making and lunch packing on our second date, June 26 (photos by Jennifer Massey).
AND you can see some pics of lunches being delivered to the kids, on MUST Ministries' Facebook page in their album at Summer Lunch Distributes to 5,000 children!
By Mike Peterson
Here's an exciting message from Stop Hunger Now regarding the meals we funded and packaged back in May of this year:
By Tillie Carter
Please welcome Laura and Scott Butzen to our St. Catherine’s family. They joined us just before Christmas. The Butzens moved here from Wisconsin about seven years ago and are returning to their Episcopal roots. Scott has been with an engineering development firm for 32 years. Laura was studying nursing for a while but decided to be a stay at home Mom and raise the children. They live in the Kennesaw area and have four adult children, Michael who recently married and three daughters, Sara, Kate and Dana. Dana is still in college and is a music major and Kate will be in veterinary medicine in the fall. As a family they enjoy the outside, hiking, (the kids like hammock backpacking) and being on the water. Laura and Scott have a boat and Scott also enjoys motorcycling. You will find them mainly attending the family worship service time. Laura particularly enjoys the Jubilate choir and enjoyed our last Ladies Night Out! They also attended the last Newcomer’s Breakfast. Welcome, Laura and Scott.
Photo, right - Tillie introducing Scott and Laura at the last newcomer breakfast on June 9. (Photo by Jan Potter)
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:
Words cannot adequately express my profound gratitude to the staff and members of St. Catherine’s that were a part of John’s memorial service and the reception that followed. Your kindness and compassion embraced my family and was truly appreciated. A special thank you to the Jubilate Choir for your participation. The music was perfect and captured the essence of who John was. It was a joyful celebration!
With a grateful heart,
To my St. Cat’s family,
Once again this year you have shown me your love and compassion as well as your generosity before, during and after my shoulder surgery. The meals, the flowers, the expressions of concern have meant a great deal to me. I could not have chosen a better family to be a part of.
With love and peace,
Thanks to Y’all from Arlyn & Ron Cook on their Fiftieth
It was a very special moment at June 30’s 10:30AM service when we renewed our marriage vows after 50 years together. It was made extra special in having our children and grandchildren beside us in the front pew and all of our “St. Catherine’s family” behind and around us… the extended family that has “had our back” in good times and tough times for all of our 32 years here. We thank y’all for being with us and supporting us.
The following reception and lunch in the Parish Hall was great and our thanks go out to our inspired and well organized Fellowship team members who put on this celebration in our honor…. A memory we’ll cherish forever.
With love and thanks,
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
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, Fred Brannock, Alec Galloway, Bonnie Larson, Lynda Logan, Patti Sousa, Jada Ellis, Polly Schadt, Lauren Stafford & family, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Jane Berlin, Eric Fruchtnicht, Barry Dillard, Abby Christian, Susan Drouse, Brenda Jackson, David, Peggy Pepper, Marilyn Holmes, Doug May, Shelley Hayes, Judith Philips, Nancy Saunders, Susan Johnson, Julie Brannock, Raymond Higgins, Paulette Pawenski, Chuck Pettit, Reaska & Ron, Stanley Hummel, Paul Acocella, Berit Collings
BEFORE SURGERY: Ginney Linstrom
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (7/8) Thad Barrington, Julian Gardiner; (7/10) Karen Blakey, Toru Brogdon, Toby Hopper, Christi Nakajima, Trevor Kiefer; (7/11) Rachel Bagby, Alyssa Nichols, Bill Ivey; (7/12) Chris Knife, (7/13) Kathy Kareken; (7/14) Diane Sanders, (7/16) Jacob Morris; (7/17) Ron Cook, Carol Eskew, Michael Ryan-Fendley
ANNIVERSARIES: (7/6) Pat & Frank Brent; (7/7) Eleanore & Richard Pearson; (7/11) Martin & Katja Michael; Matt & Catie Nelson
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, 770-971-2839
The St. Cat’s Youth will be joining up with the youth group of St. Columba’s Suwanee on Wednesday, July 10 to hit the river for some tubing at Helen Tubing & Water Park! This will be a fun all-day event that will last from 8:00 AM until ~5:00 PM. We meet St. Columba’s in Suwanee and head to Helen from there. After tubing we will have lunch at a Mexican restaurant in town and give everyone a chance to explore the incredibly popular local candy shop. What to bring: $20 cash for your tubing and lunch, swim suit, change of clothes, towel, water shoes, sunscreen; optional - waterproof camera, money for candy shop in Helen.
Email Mike Peterson at Mikestcatherines.org no later than Sunday, July 7 to let him know you plan to come. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Our friends at The Center for Children and Young Adults (the wonderful center that each class worked on service projects to benefit last fall) have asked for our help with an exciting fundraiser that they will be holding at The Brickyard at Marietta Station (on Marietta Square) on Thursday, July 18, 6-9 PM. We will help run some fun and exciting games that are modeled after the TV show “Minute to Win It.” Representatives from CCYA will come out on the evening of Tuesday, July 9 to teach our volunteers how to lead the game. Thanks to everyone who has signed up – it’ll be fun AND you’ll be helping a great cause.
If the tubing trip leaves you thirsty for even more aquatic adventures, the Youth Mentors group is putting together another rafting trip after last summer’s trips were such a hit! Here’s a message from Allen Jablonski about it:
“Everyone who wants to get wet and splash about on the beautiful Nantahala River should plan on Saturday July 20. The price will depend on how many we get on the trip, but is about $25-$30 per person if we guide our own rafts. If you'd be more comfortable with a professional guide, the price goes up to about $50. You'll need to be prepared to get very wet, especially shoes or sandals with heel straps (they CAN NOT fall off). Bring change of clothes, lunch, sunscreen, snacks and drinks for both the boat trip and the drive up and back. Please reply to Allen Jablonski, allenjabogmail.com by Wednesday, July 10 if you are interested. If there is enough interest in a second trip, my arm can be twisted to make that happen on the 27th. But you'll have to let me know soon! If you are able and willing to either drive a car full or guide a raft, please let me know.”
Photo, right -- one of the groups from last summer's rafting trips
Our weekly casual summer gatherings continue on Sundays through July 21. We will gather in the Youth House from 11:45 AM until to hang out, catch up, eat some lunch and, of course, play four square. Please bring $3.00 if you would like to eat with us, but definitely come on down either way!
See these photos from our fun June 25th bowling night full-size in the album on the St. Catherine’s Youth Facebook page (you can view the album even if you don’t have a Facebook account): Bowling - June 2013
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