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
In June I attended my granddaughter Kyra’s wedding in Galesburg, Illinois. At the rehearsal dinner, all the guests were invited to share memories of the bridal couple. When it came my time, I said, “My first memory of Kyra was the first time I held her infant body in my arms and saw the love-light shining from her eyes. When I met Kyra’s fiancé, Ben, for the first time a few months ago, I saw that same love-light shining in his eyes when he looked at Kyra and I knew that their match was a good one.” Then I offered a few words of advice. “First to Ben, I have two very important words to remember: Yes dear. And to both of you, when in your marriage journey you hurt one another, remember these words: I’m sorry, I love you, forgive me. If you can say those words from your heart, years from now the love-light shining in your eyes today will become all the more bright and your marriage a priceless treasure.” The next day, at the wedding ceremony, the preacher reminded Ben and Kyra of my advice and concluded the service with the words: “By the grace of God, you will grow old together.”
I hope Kyra and Ben remember this advice as their marriage journey continues. They have embarked on this journey with a dream of what it will be to “love, honor and cherish, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, forsaking all others,” but will that commitment be challenged when life changes the dream? I pray that they will not allow grievances, bitterness and routine encumbrances to drive a wedge in the bond they forged on their wedding day. I pray that they remember those words, “I’m sorry, I love you, forgive me” when they hurt one another, so that by God’s grace they will grow old together, their marriage a priceless treasure.
What is true in marriage holds true in all significant relationships if they are to survive the difference between how we imagine that relationship to be and how it in fact turns out. Forgiveness and repentance are central to all relationships. They allow us to accept the past without being bound by it. Forgiveness does not undo or deny the past, it offers the opportunity to redeem it. Forgiveness and repentance allow us to learn, over time, how to let go of those things we have done and had done to us. They allow us to accept the truth of who we have become without binding us to it forever. By God’s grace, the past can be redeemed and our character can be shaped in renewed ways. Forgiven and forgiving people don’t need to discard a changed dream of their relationship to try to start over again from scratch.
As I witnessed Kyra and Ben making their vows to one another on their wedding day, I prayed that all married people and those in significant relationships might find their own commitments to one another renewed and strengthened. I pray that they will remember those words, “I’m sorry, I love you, forgive me,” so that they might grow old together, truly, by the grace of God.
By Stephanie Yucius
We will gather under the great oak for our annual Country Fair series on August 4, 11 and 18 at 9:15 - 10:30 am. Please join us for a time to SHARE in fellowship. You may bring a breakfast treat to share. Jubilate will share a few songs, a farmer will share produce for sale, and there will be outreach opportunities for you to share your blessings with those in need in our community. Contact Stephanie or David Yucius with questions, stephyuciushotmail.com. Each Sunday we will be collecting:
By Barbara Barrington and Bob Olliffe
At both worship services this date we will recognize our acolytes for their important ministry and years of service to all of St. Catherine's. The word “acolyte” is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. St. Catherine’s is blessed to have had 37 acolytes during the past year who have been our constant companions, attendants and helpers! We are so thankful for the gifts of their time and talent.
Sign up for Acolytes
Would your son or daughter like to become an acolyte? We are looking for young members of our congregation who are willing to serve in this wonderful ministry. The requirements are few for such a rewarding experience. While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they start as torch bearers. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:
Written instructions as well as walk-through training are provided. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact one of the Acolyte Co-Masters, Barbara Barrington or Bob Olliffe. We look forward to hearing from you! Bob, 770-377-0137, ollifferobertjgmail.com / Barbara 770-906-8746, barbbarringyahoo.com
Tuesday, August 6, 7 pm
All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and members—be sure to have a representative at this important meeting at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall as we prepare for Ministry Fair and fall activities. All those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's are welcome to attend.
-> Ministry Directory updates due August 6
Ministry teams: your revisions to this year’s Ministry Directory are due by the date of the Ministry Teams quarterly meeting on August 6. All convenors should have received a file of last year's entries for review. Please send updates to Karen Manno, karenstcatherines.org.
We scream for ice cream!
By Bettye Harris
All newcomers and visitors are invited to our “Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social” on Saturday, August 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please bring your families, kids, and friends. Join parishioners and clergy for an afternoon of fellowship, ice cream, and other cool treats.
The Invitation Ministry team is hosting this event and welcomes help from other parishioners who want to attend and can assist with preparation, serving, or cleanup. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Minstry form in your bulletin or contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Jay Hendricks (678-520-3667), or Ann Snead (678-520-3667) for more information.
Fox Theater Tour - Saturday, August 17
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! Our next even-month excursion will be to take the Tour of the Fox Theater in Atlanta, and enjoy lunch at Poor Calvin’s Thai/American Fusion, 510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404.254.4051, www.poorcalvins.com. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200. For information about Cats on Wheels and all our activities, and to get on the mailing list, contact Alan as above.
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE ONLY: 9:00 am
By Julie Fulcher
Join us for an exciting day of worship, good food, and an opportunity to learn about each ministry within St. Catherine's at the Ministry Fair on Sunday, August 25. This year our Ministry Fair will be presented as a series of workshops which will give you a chance to pick your interest areas and give you a bit more time to learn more about them, who to contact, and ask questions. Each of our Ministry Teams has a number of ministries they work on and we hope this format will give you an opportunity to see them all.
The schedule for the day will be:
Come and see all that St. Catherine's folks are doing and where you can join in ministry!
First day of school: Tuesday, August 20
St. Catherine's Preschool has a few spots open in each age group for the 2013-2014 school year. Please spread the word to friends and new families in your neighborhood about our renowned, quality program for ages 1 to pre-K. Our Preschool provides a loving Christian atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole. All children are welcome, within age guidelines, regardless of religious preference.
Information is available on our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool. For details and tour appointments please call the office at 770-971-2839. Open House for registered students & families will be Monday, August 19, 10 am to noon, and the first day of school is Tuesday, August 20.
St. Catherine's will publish a new reflections booklet in time for the fall Stewardship campaign. 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 (new date) Friday, September 6. Please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at Karenstcatherines.org.
This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out! Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions, and our activity starts up soon. Please join us to make joyful music to our Lord!
Choristers of St. Catherine's
Rehearsals: Wednesdays beginning September 4, 6:15 – 7 pm —Choristers of St. Catherine’s is for boys and girls in grades three through twelve. The purpose of this choral ensemble is to provide musical training and to lead worship in our 8:45 am service three Sundays each month, September through May. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings when we practice pieces to be sung at the offertory and continue our development of music reading and ensemble skills by playing tone chimes. Being an acolyte or participating in Youth WNL will not conflict with these times. The group is led by Organist Dr. Jana Williams, Volunteer Director of Choristers of St. Catherine’s – for information or to sign up, please stop by the organ any Sunday after the service or contact her at janastcatherines.org, 678.461.9656.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays beginning September 4, 7:15-8:30 pm — You’ve been thinking about it and now’s the time to become a part of the Chancel Choir! Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. We have an exciting program lined up for the fall. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily and experience God’s presence through beautiful music.
We rehearse September through May on Wednesday evenings, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 am service. There is no audition, and sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please contact Director of Music Brian Williams at brianstcatherines.org or 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member if you have questions.
Jubilate / Sound Crew
Rehearsals: Tuesdays beginning September 17, 7:00 to 8:00 pm — For instruments and singers! Our name, “Jubilate,” means to shout for joy, sing aloud and rejoice in God. This unique group leads the congregation in contemporary worship music at the family Eucharist on the first Sunday each month plus occasional special services. Musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening is the most desired skill for this ensemble. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings with an added rehearsal and sound check Saturday mornings before performance. For information contact Jeff Harris, 770-977-1157, harris.jeffaliatt.net.
Volunteers are needed for Jubilate sound technicians and crew. This is a great opportunity for youth or adults. Training is provided! Please contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945, billiveybellsouth.net.
“Come and See” reception August 16 at Gales' home
By David Moore
Stephen Ministry is recruiting a new class at St. Catherine’s for the fall. Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered support to people experiencing grief, divorce, illness, job loss, loneliness and other life difficulties. If you have ever thought about becoming a Stephen Minister or just have questions concerning this important parish ministry, please join us for a Stephen Ministry “Come and See” reception at the home of Nelson and Emily Gale, 228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta on Friday evening, August 16 from 7 until 9 o'clock. Your Stephen Ministers will welcome you, answer your questions, and share with you why this ministry is so important to our parish family. So please "Come and See" what it's all about!
If you have any questions you would like to address with a Stephen Minister one-on-one, please contact David Moore at 404-309-7793 to set up a time to talk.
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 August 27 blood drive will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can reserve a time slot now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Apply by Sunday, August 18
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.
Classes begin Thursday, September 5
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 will meet once a week September through May at the church on Thursday evenings beginning September 5. We will 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.
Please join us! It is a wonderful program with room for every kind of person. There is a yearly fee, but there are limited scholarships available. For more information, please contact Chris Potter (404-376-7430, cdexterpottergmail.com) or Jan Potter (404-444-8627, jcpottergmail.com).
Add these dates to your calendar now!
The July meeting of Family Promise of Cobb County was held on the 28th at the Church of the Nazarene in Smyrna, and work continues toward the goal of opening this fall. Upcoming publicity and fundraising events will be Yoga Mala on September 14 at Unity North Atlanta, participation in the annual East Cobber Parade and Festival on September 21 and a sleep-in event in downtown Marietta in November. Our next meeting will be August 22 at Mt. Zion Methodist. Keep up with Family Promise of Cobb County at familypromisecobbcounty.org and www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Promise-of-Cobb-County/127033997436684 .
Please visit the table in the foyer to sign our 2x4 with your wishes and prayers. It will be available there just a while longer and then become part of the structure of the house we’re helping to build. We are also accepting free will donations of any amount towards this project. The opening ceremony for the start of the build will be Saturday, August 10 at 8 am at the build site, and the dedication on completion is scheduled for Sunday, October 20.
We are so proud of our rising college freshmen! On July 28 we awarded ten college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education:
Book Scholarship Fund donations welcome
St. Catherine's awards college book scholarships to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the Parish Picnic. However, income to the Fund has not kept up with the growing youth program. We are able to give small scholarships (and even that may not be possible after this year), but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine's and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
Photos by Bettye Harris
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:
Dear Friends In Christ,
On behalf of The Extension, I would like to extend my gratitude at your generous contribution of $1,500. For over twenty-five years, we have been working to provide services to homeless men who are recovering from addictions and it is through your generous support that we are now able to offer those services to homeless women. Your generous donation helps our residents with counseling, life skills training, anger management classes, GED and much more.
I once again thank you for the your selfless interest that you have shown to The Extension and hope that your support continues,
From Ken Struble, Camp Mikell Executive Director, and Mike McAuliffe, Mikell Board Chair
An accomplished leader once said: I listen to the people before I begin to think about where we might go together. Mikell is the Camp and Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, located in beautiful northeast Georgia. As Mikell is a ministry by, and for, the entire Diocese of Atlanta, we've designed a brief survey to support and enhance our ability to listen. Specifically, we would like to know if Mikell is part of your spiritual formation at the present. We’d like to hear how the Mikell ministry might help to foster additional formation in the future. We want to hear your insight as to how Mikell might be able improve its current offerings. Most of all, we want to hear exactly what it is you have to say.
The web-based survey is brief and your feedback is vital. Please reply now at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/MikellFeedback
[from an article in Connecting, the newsletter of the diocese, see www.episcopalatlanta.org/News/newsView.asp?NewsId=409681330] Bishop of Atlanta Rob Wright and a commission he appointed is conducting a series of listening sessions on the church’s mission to and with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Diocese of Atlanta. The task force includes both LGBT people and straight people, both lay and ordained, from throughout the Diocese of Atlanta.
A number of listening sessions already have been held. The next session will be Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. at St. Benedict's, Smyrna. At the listening sessions, LGBT people (both churched and non-churched), as well as family members and friends of LGBT persons, are invited to share their experiences and make recommendations to the task force. Each session lasts one to two hours and is led by a team of task force members.
Cobb Summer Singers and The Orchestra of The American Heartland invite you to hear the glorious works of Georg Frideric Handel, presenting the immortal Dettingen Te Deum, Water Music Suite, Zadok The Priest and choruses from Messiah in one performance only on Sunday, August 11, 6:00 pm at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna, GA 30080. Please join us for watermelon and lemonade on the cobblestones following the performance. Tickets are adult $20, students and seniors $15, under 12 free, visit www.FestivalSingers.org for details. Cobb Summer Singers is an ensemble of The William Baker Choral Foundation.
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, Patti Sousa, Jada Ellis, Polly Schadt, Lauren Stafford & family, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Jane Berlin, Eric Fruchtnicht, Barry Dillard, Abby Christian, Peggy Pepper, Marilyn Holmes, Shelley Hayes, Judith Philips, Nancy Saunders, Susan Johnson, Raymond Higgins, Paulette Pawenski, Chuck Pettit, Reaska & Ron, Stanley Hummel, Berit Collings, Ginney Linstrom, Grey Bissinger, Katja Michael, Marta Sanchez, Aiden, Ted Harrison, John Ryan & his parents, Julia Weeks, Walter Duffey, Janet Stebben
BEFORE SURGERY: Elizabeth Ivey
DECEASED: Lynda Logan, sister-in-law of Rachel Bagby
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (8/3) Jonathan Ban, Deborah Guy, Elisabeth Walton, (8/4) Chris Morris, (8/5) Lu Dumke, (8/6) Isabella Rader, Caroline Pero, (8/7) Bruce Perry, Ann Davis, (8/8) Cassie Heinz, Peter Jones, (8/9) Carolyn Hilley, Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Alison Adams, Robbie Roy, Bill Hutton, (8/11) Julie Brannock, Quinn Phillpotts, Connor Kimball, Christy Jones, (8/12) Laurie Remter, John Barrington, Ginny Pierce, (8/13) Abby Smith, Joan Nixon, Kerry Pero, Donna Hutton, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Paige Frank, Mikel Parker, (8/15) Keith Muckerman, Owen Snape, Jill Morich, (8/16) Kellen Pierce
ANNIVERSARIES: (8/6) John & Laura Christian; (8/8) Rod & Nadine Pope; Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Chase & Lindsey Paris; (8/10) Scott & Crystal Harwell; (8/13) Susan & Allen Jablonski
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, Mikestcatherines.org
Saturday, August 17, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Calling all volunteers to the Youth House Beautification Day on August 17! We will spend a few hours conquering some tasks to keep our Youth House beautiful, clean, and usable before Church School and WNL start back up a few weeks later. Lunch will be provided. We will have indoor and outdoor work, so there will be a job for anyone who shows up! Please bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, a water bottle, and work gloves (if you have some).
Being a Youth Reader requires minimal time commitment but is a great way to serve your church community while getting some practice with public speaking at the same time! Youth Readers are scheduled on periodic Sundays (you would definitely not be scheduled every Sunday!) to read the Epistle (the second Bible reading in the service) out loud to the congregation. We provide training for all new readers. If you think you might be interested, please contact Mike and we’ll make it happen!
If you are a current Youth Reader -- Contact Mike ASAP with the dates of any Sundays September-November for which you would NOT be able to read.
Members of St. Cat’s attended a Diocesan Youth Leaders retreat with Bishop Wright the weekend of July 27 at Camp Mikell. Included in this picture are Mike Peterson, Ellis Kilgore and Keith Dumke. (Photo by Easton Davis from the July 31 issue ofConnecting, the weekly newsletter of the Diocese of Atlanta.)
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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