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 Father Jim+
I am excited that Pat Pepper has agreed to act as a Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries at St. Catherine’s. While we might refer to her as “being on the staff,” it’s important to say that she will not have an office or phone at St. Catherine’s, or attend staff meetings on a regular basis but as needed. She has an email address at which you can reach her, volunteerstcatherines.org.
The goal of her position is to partner with St. Catherine’s staff, Ministry Team Conveners, Vestry and church leadership to maximize volunteerism at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church through recruitment, retention and recognition. Some steps you will become aware of over these coming weeks include Pat meeting with St. Catherine’s staff and Ministry Team Conveners to collect and receive feedback on volunteer positions that are currently being filled and identify members/volunteers that are filling those positions. She will create a list of volunteer needs that includes short term and long term, job descriptions and time commitment. Together we will create a system of invitation after a member has stated a willingness to volunteer and a database that includes volunteers and the positions that are being held.
A big part of increasing volunteers in the Church is finding ways to recognize volunteers and to thank them for their work. To this end, Pat will develop ways to recognize current volunteers as well as create a measurement system for recognition.
This “position” will be a work in progress and I’m sure you will be seeing and hearing from Pat as it develops. Pat has a depth of experience with this subject both from her work with other congregations and her work with Campbell-Stone Senior Living. I look forward to her empowering and leading us to recruit, retain and recognize our volunteers. I think I can speak for Pat when I say we’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about developing a culture of volunteerism at St. Catherine’s. Thank you and welcome, Pat.
Our Sunday morning worship times and activities are changing to our schedule for fall through spring:
Church School begins Sunday, Sept. 8
Church School begins for all ages at 10 am. Read the Christian Formation article in the last Wheel newsletter for information on all our Church School offerings for children, youth, and 7 different classes for adults to choose from this fall. There will be a map in your bulletin with the location of all classes.
Weekly at 8:45 services, beginning September 8
By Mary Lou Shannonhouse
All two- to ten-year-old kids are invited to hear the Gospel of the day in a relaxed setting in the Parlor each Sunday during the 8:45 am Family Eucharist. Follow the Cross during the Processional Hymn before the reading of the Gospel. We leave the Sanctuary for the Parlor during the hymn and return at the Peace. During Children’s Chapel (that is what we call this special time) we stretch our legs, read the Gospel and discuss it with our friends. We also talk about the Church seasons, vestments, sacraments, Jesus, God and our lives together. If you want to bring Mom or Dad that is OK, too. We look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new friends. If you have questions please contact either Megan Shannonhouse or Mary Lou Shannonhouse at 770-973-2840 or mshannoncolpipe.com.
Youth volunteers needed
Youth volunteers are needed to assist with Children’s Chapel. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Mary Lou Shannonhouse as above. Thanks!
By Father Jim+
We know it can be chilly in the sanctuary, especially at the early Sunday service. It needs to be, however, to accommodate the 250+ bodies that will occupy the space over the whole morning time (each radiating 98.6 degrees of heat). Adjusting the thermostats for the sanctuary only aggravates the problem—so please don’t. We have a basket of shawl-like-blankets in the narthex for those who wish to be a bit warmer.
Someone “adjusted” one of the sanctuary thermostats a couple of weeks ago enough so that the heat actually turned on even though it’s summer time, and in the confusion about “why is the heat on” the whole system was shut down in the midst of worship. Needless to say the morning ended with a very warm and uncomfortable sanctuary for all who attended the 10:30 am service. We are working on replacement thermostats that will remove the temptation for budding heating and air conditioning engineers, but until we can make this switch we ask you to bear with us and think of all those who will suffer because of your action.
By Father Jim+
The Great Oak tree in the front of our church was severely damaged in a storm on Saturday, August 31. A major branch of the tree is down and another branch is damaged from the fall of the first branch. No picture can capture the magnitude of the damage but we’ve included one for those who may not have seen it yet. I released a statement on Sunday, September 1 after the damage was discovered.
I am deeply saddened by the news of damage to our beloved great oak tree. I remember similar feelings nearly 10 years ago at news of the fire. Of course, there are many questions to be answered over the coming hours and days. It is important that we not jump to any conclusions about our next steps. For now we can remember with great fondness this marvelous creation of God. Its shade has been to us as the loving arms of a parent. Whatever happens over the coming days it cannot erase the memories of this great tree. We will keep you informed as decisions are made.
At the time of this article we have talked with one arborist. We are waiting to hear from another so that we have a second opinion. The news is mostly good. The tree appears to be salvageable. We use the word “appears” because close-up examination may present more and surprising information, but we don’t think so. The damage is most likely due to high winds, not lightning, causing a failure at a place of weakness caused by internal wood rot. The wood rot is due most likely to water, no insect activity is apparent. The opinion is that the tree is healthy and stable. We need not worry that somehow the tree will be unstable because a major limb on one side of it is removed. The repair will include removing the damaged limbs, removing the internal wood rot, filling the cavity with foam, shaping the foam and finishing it all with pruning sealer. The recommendation is to proceed as quickly as possible to seal the “wound”—certainly within 2 weeks and to do nothing else (i.e. pruning) to the tree at this time. If the tree is going to react negatively to this event, we’ll know this by next year at this time. We were assured that the work we have done under and near the tree has not caused the damage but, if anything, contributed to the health of the tree.
We appreciate all the suggestions we have received especially the referrals we’ve been given for various arborists and tree services. I hope we’ll make a decision by this weekend so that clean-up can progress next week. We will update the news of our action steps when they are clear. We plan to celebrate our September 21 “Evening under the Oak” picnic and concert evening as planned. We will certainly retain the larger pieces of tree, as has been suggested by many, for some sort of project yet to be determined.
Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, Programs 7:00-8:00 pm
WNL (Wednesday Night Live) has wonderful things in store this year. Beginning on September 11 we’ll have dinner, fellowship and learning for everyone. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Choristers of St. Catherine’s (for kids and youth grades 3-12) will rehearse 6:15-7:00 pm; Youth and Adult programs meet 7-8 pm; Chancel Choir (for adults and youth past the age for Choristers) rehearses 7:15-8:30 pm. PLEASE BE SURE to make your dinner reservation each week on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday. Dinner prices are $7/adults, $3/children (maximum $25/family). We hope to see each of you there.
Adult program: “What’s So Amazing About Grace?”
Our adult WNL program for fall is “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” In this ten-session small group DVD curriculum, award-winning author Philip Yancey takes us for interactive, gut-level encounters with radical, life-changing grace. Yancey explores grace at street level. If grace is God's love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy? Yancey sets grace in the midst of life's stark images, tests its mettle against horrific “ungrace.” Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace's life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear? And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What’s So Amazing About Grace?
WNL children’s program: please reply!
We are asking if there is interest in a supervised activity for elementary school age kids during the WNL (Wednesday Night Live) program time from 7 to 8 pm. The nursery is will be available, but if there is a need another room could be opened for K-5 kids. If you would like to attend the WNL adult program and have children that would like activity in this time period, please reply on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Lisa Spessard lnspessardyahoo.com.
Pool Party Sunday, Sept. 8
By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood
Join us on Sunday, September 8 at 2:00-4:00 pm at the pool in Ashebrooke neighborhood (2930 Ashebrooke Dr., Marietta 30068). Bring a snack to share. Water and juice boxes will be provided. For questions or to get on the Young Families activities mailing list please contact Molly Banko mdbankocomcast.net or Jennifer Sherwood jtsherwood04yahoo.com.
Here are more upcoming events for our Young Families:
First meeting Monday, Sept. 16
We are starting a new Book Study for Women from 9 to 11 AM on the third Monday morning of each month in the Library at church. We are hoping to take this opportunity to share our thoughts on some inspirational books and will begin our journey together with a study of Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World. The book is available at most bookstores or from the Cobb County library. Please come share a discussion about this awarding-winning, thought-provoking book which will hopefully help us see the sacred in our everyday lives.
All women of St. Catherine’s and their friends are welcome to join us on Sept. 16 for a discussion on chapters 1 & 2. For questions contact Barb Selby, 770-952-3857 or theselbysbellsouth.net.
This study is a fellowship-oriented look at our faith over a light dinner, with lots of discussion and sharing. All men of the congregation are invited on the second Monday each month at 6:30 PM. Our next book beginning September 9 is The Religion of Jesus the Jew by Geza Vermes, available at bookstores or online. Each month we meet at the home of a member of the group. In September we will be at the home of Tom Hunter, 3539 Montwood Ct, Marietta, GA, 678-488-6675. RSVP to Tom at thunter41bellsouth.net so there can be enough food. We hope to see you there.
Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions:
By Father Jim+
Our Wednesday morning Bible Study meets each Wednesday in the Library from 9:30 to 11:00 am. This is a Bible Study for men and women who want to read and study Scripture and discuss how it shapes our life in the here and now. We recently completed the book of Job and began a study of Luke/Acts on August 28. Luke/Acts is the name usually given by Biblical scholars to the composite work of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. Together they describe the Ministry of Jesus and the subsequent lives of the Apostles and the Apostolic Age. Both the books of Luke and Acts are anonymous narratives dedicated to a person named Theophilus and written by the same person referred to as Luke the Evangelist.
All you need is a Bible (any translation) and willingness to ask and discuss the question, “how does the there and then of this Scripture impact my life in the here and now?” Please join us.
We have many Bible study offerings – for men and women, mornings and evenings, Sundays and weekdays. For information please see the Christian Formation article in the last Wheel newsletter (Aug. 23-Sep. 6). All our groups welcome new members to join!
Saturday, September 14, 9 am to 1 pm
Saint Catherine’s will host a workshop for churches in our area to learn about Stephen Ministry. This is a real opportunity to see how Stephen Ministry is organized in a congregation from the ground up from the national Stephen Ministry leadership. We encourage you to join us! There is no charge for members of Saint Catherine's but please RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact David Moore, dsmoore1950yahoo.com, 404-309-7793.
Saturday, September 14 at Valencia Hills clubhouse
Foyers is a wonderful tradition at St. Catherine's of dinner groups open to all adults, singles and couples. It’s a great way to meet people in the parish and share your favorite recipes. We meet in groups of 6-8 once a month from fall through spring. The host rotates each month with everyone bringing a dish to contribute to the meal at the host’s home.
Every adult is welcome to participate. Our kick-off dinner is set for September 14 at 6:30 PM. The Certains have been kind enough to offer their clubhouse for our dinner, in the Valencia Hills neighborhood at 3019 Balearic Drive, Marietta, GA 30067. Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share at our kickoff. RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 12 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Meg and Larry Boyd, 770-977-9362. We look forward to a great turn-out and another year of good fellowship and good food!
A Safeguarding God’s Children training course will be offered at St. Catherine's on Sunday, September 15 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. This course is required every three years for all adults (volunteers, clergy and staff) who work with children or youth in the Diocese of Atlanta. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or RSVP by Monday, Sept. 9 to Harriett Pyburn harriettpyburnbellsouth.net so we will have the materials available for you. There is no cost to attend our September 15 class.
“Safeguarding God’s Children” provides information on how we can each participate in protecting our children and youth from child sexual abuse, both in our own families and in our ministries. If you need this training but are unable to attend our date, the course is offered at more times and places around our diocese—visit resources.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Safeguarding_Trainings_Scheduled.asp for the schedule.
Saturday, September 21
Everyone is invited to St. Catherine’s second annual "Evening Under the Oak," featuring acoustic guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory who will perform beginning at 6:00 pm. This is an event in the style of a Chastain picnic & concert (if you’re familiar with this Atlanta tradition). So, bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners to our gathering outside in front of the church. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! The event is a show for all ages, for all St. Catherine’s parishioners, preschool families, and friends, sponsored for you by our Young Families Ministry. No admission or tickets are needed, donations will be accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events.
Photo - An enjoyable evening at last year's event (photo by Father Jim)
NOTE: We are keeping our event location and our name “ Evening Under The Oak” despite the recent damage to our beloved tree. See Father Jim’s message about our tree above in this newsletter.
Cats On Wheels’ next odd-month pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Seed Kitchen restaurant, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta, 678-214-6888. It is located in Merchant’s Walk shopping center between Whole Foods and Steinmart, get directions and view the menu at www.eatatseed.com . RSVP so we can have seating together, fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com or 404-661-2200.
Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults – if you’re old enough for AARP, we welcome you (but you don’t need an AARP card to come!). Add these upcoming Cats On Wheels dates to your calendar now and watch for announcements of trip details coming soon.
The Vestry at our summer retreat on Saturday, August 24 developed a Stewardship Statement under the guidance of our Stewardship Consultant, Mal Underwood. It was an exercise that asked us to look within ourselves to remember our earliest instruction about money and especially our first experience of money as an offering. We then proceeded to study scripture to identify God’s commandments and God’s promises concerning money. Once we identified both commandments and promises we asked ourselves, “What are the barriers that keep us from realizing God’s promises. Our list included “fear, lack of trust, greed, scarcity, envy, pride and misplaced responsibilities” among many others. Our conversation was challenging but enlightening. We then divided into two groups led by the Senior Warden and the Rector to write a statement with this framework: “We believe… We commit… We invite…” We were amazed at how similar the two statements were as we emerged from our groups. We then merged the two statements into one. Our finished statement follows:
Our 2014 Stewardship Program kicks off on Sunday, September 22 and concludes on New Consecration Sunday, October 27. We invite each and every person at St. Catherine’s to engage this time in our life and to seriously reflect on our statement and join us in committing your time, talent and treasure to the mission and ministry of this congregation.
Your Vestry, 2013
By Mike Peterson
The annual St. Catherine’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 7 to benefit our Youth Program. The event will include a craft and vendor fair open from 9 am to 3 pm. A hot, fresh-served breakfast and a professional Santa Claus & photographer will be available 9 am to noon. We are now accepting vendor applications. For more information please go to www.stcatherines.org/christmas-market/ to view details and download the vendor reservation form.
Saturday, December 7
By Father Jim+
We have acquired 12 tickets for the 5:00 pm 54th Festival of Lessons and Carols at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN on Saturday, December 7. If you want to get a flavor of this beautiful liturgy take a look at highlights from last year's Festival at vimeo.com/55612046 . These tickets went very fast and we are fortunate to have assembled 12 of them. We have commitments for three so far with 9 still available as of publication date on a first come basis. If you are interested in a magnificent liturgy and are willing to travel including a late night arrival back in Marietta, please contact Fr. Jim ASAP at fatherjimbellsouth.net.
By Father Jim+
I want to thank everyone who took the opportunity to fill out the adult pilgrimage survey we distributed in May and June. We received 27 responses. 23 persons indicated that they are likely to consider participating in an adult pilgrimage. The majority of positive responses indicates that the range of their budgets for such trips is $3,500-$4,500 per person. The best time for people to travel was either spring (19) or fall (15).
Of course, the big question was where would you be most interested in traveling! Of the eleven destinations offered (not including “Other” for which we received “Scotland/Wales”) the following received the most endorsements: England/Scotland (13), Ireland (12), Italy (9), Scotland (9), and Spain (8).
In the comments section I received several comments which I’d like to address.
My conclusions from this survey are... I will begin planning a 10-12 day pilgrimage to England and Scotland for the spring of 2015. I’ve chosen not to include Ireland simply because I think trying to include England, Scotland and Ireland in one 10-12 day trip is too much. Ireland deserves its own trip. In the process of planning I will take a look at a fall date, but the spring shoulder season is the cheapest time to travel and in most cases the prettiest time to travel. I’ve stayed away from the British Isles because the sterling pound remains very strong against the US dollar. A similar trip in 2012 (13 days; 11 days on the ground) cost $4,389 not including airline fees and fuel surcharges. We’ll need to be very sensitive to the length of the trip, meals included, type of bus, etc. in order to keep at or below $4,000 (including airline fees and fuel surcharges).
I’d love to hear what you think about this. Feel free to stop me on Sundays or email me at fatherjimbellsouth.net or call me at 770-971-2839 (office) or 678-910-4923 (cell). Oh, by the way, I’m keeping a list of the people who returned the survey and will keep you informed. Indeed, you’ve already received this article from me. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. It was truly helpful.
Training sessions October 12 & 26
By Tom Hunter
The community of St. Catherine’s is much larger than those we regularly see in church on Sunday or that we work with in our ministries. In the average congregation, about one-third of all members are inactive. There are many reasons. Changes in a person’s personal life or changes in the church, both local and national, can bring about a change in church activity. We may encounter friends, relatives, neighbors, and work associates who have drifted away from St. Catherine’s, people who no longer attend worship or participate in church activities. We want to reach out to them and minister to them—but we’re not always sure how. In addition, there are those who would like to attend but for physical, emotional or spiritual reasons, find it difficult to connect or reconnect. This new ministry, “Caring for Inactive Members,” is an attempt to reach out to those parishioners.
There will be a full range of participation in this ministry. We plan to have a core committee to coordinate the ministry’s activities and to make contact with inactive members, but you can also participate by knowing what to say in a chance meeting or by letting the Ministry Team know when you miss seeing a fellow parishioner. This is a ministry for all members of St. Catherine’s.
All members of St. Catherine’s are invited to the training sessions whether or not they intend to become involved in the formal part of this new ministry. The training will be done in two sessions conducted on Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Both sessions are necessary to complete the training. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin. Topics covered will include: hopes and expectations, how to handle chance encounters, how to guarantee 100% success (What is success?), how to reach out and set up visits, how to converse comfortably, and how to invite gently. Information will be provided on: The Spiritual Significance of Caring for Inactive Members, How to Listen Effectively to Inactive Members, How to Deal with the Anger of Inactive Members.
Sunday, September 22
Everyone is invited to St. Catherine's fall Day of Service on Sunday, September 22 from 3 to 6 pm. We will travel to Emmaus House in Atlanta where we will join in their 8th annual Walk The Road event. Come and experience the diversity of housing in the Peoplestown area of Atlanta and the challenges facing this neighborhood. We'll learn from housing leaders and residents, serve as we walk to a variety of houses, and celebrate at a community cookout hosted by Church of the Annunciation. We will meet in the church parking lot to carpool (watch for announcement of meeting time). Cost is $5 or bring 5 canned goods for their food pantry, and you'll receive a tshirt!
Emmaus House is a center for community life on the corner of Hank Aaron Drive and Haygood Avenue in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field. Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Emmaus House offers over 150,000 hours of direct service in programs for youth, adults, seniors and families each year, and St. Catherine's participates in many activities with them each year. For more information visit emmaushouse.org.
Saturday, October 5: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Episcopal Deacons of the Marietta Convocation are sponsoring a collection of furniture and certain household goods for Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank. Churches of the whole convocation will bring their items to the collection van located in St. Catherine’s parking lot on these dates. The Furniture Bank works to improve the lives of people in our community by distributing essential home furnishings to individuals and families in need. It does not sell the items donated, instead giving them to clients who are moving out of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, or fleeing domestic violence. You can find information about Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank at www.furniturebankatlanta.org .
Please bring donations during our collection times: Saturday 9 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm – 4 pm. There may be limited service offered to pick up donations from homes if needed. Please read carefully the following lists of items which are desired AND those which will NOT be accepted. Your donations should be in good condition: no repairs needed to be usable, and fabrics without rips, tears, stains or visible pet hair. Volunteers will be needed to help staff this project. For information about our drive contact Swiss Britt, swiss_brittearthlink.net.
Some great news: Zion Baptist Church has signed their Covenant Letter for hosting for 2014. We are thrilled to have Zion Baptist as part of our hosting team for Family Promise of Cobb County. This makes 12 hosting congregations so we are nearly to our goal of 13 hosting congregations. Keep up with all our news at familypromisecobbcounty.org
We have fundraising events coming up in the community soon, including Yoga Mala event on September 14, 2 to 6 pm at Unity North Church ($20 at the door or $15 online at www.unitynorth.org). In addition we will be marching in the East Cobber Parade along Johnson Ferry Road on September 21 and have a booth in the festival which follows in the Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center. Come see us and help get the word out!
By Harriett Pyburn
Thank you to everyone who donated and addressed our August items of focus. On August 22 we took a van-load of items to MUST Ministries. Included were: 23 jars of peanut butter, 33 cans of other proteins (mostly tuna and chicken), 33 boxes of macaroni, 30 breakfast items, and several additional boxes and cans. These represent items in highest need at the given time of year and are much appreciated!
Here are the Outreach collection focuses for September:
By Father Jim+
I want to thank each person who volunteered for your willingness to place your name in nomination as a Delegate to The Diocese of Atlanta Council. As Episcopalians we believe that we are an integral part of a greater faith community called by God to act with one another in obedience to Him. The work of Council is just one way we exercise that belief. The Vestry at its summer retreat on August 24 elected 5 delegates and 3 alternates to Diocesan Council at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9. These delegates will serve for the entire year between Councils:
Delegates: Bettye Harris, Marilyn Hunter, Tom Hunter, Bill Ivey, Joan Nixon
Congratulations to our own Sally Paris who has been called to Christ Episcopal Church in Kennesaw to serve as their Youth Director. Says Sally, “I am excited to start this new adventure and see what God has in store for both me and the people at CEC.” We're so proud of you!
By Tillie Carter
Junior DOK Chapter instituted -- A great day at St. Catherine's on August 11 as a chapter of Junior Daughters of the King, the Alexandria Chapter (named for St. Catherine of Alexandria), was instituted and the first seven young women of our congregation were admitted, promising to "wear the cross faithfully, to observe the Rule of daily prayer and service, always praying for and working towards the spread of Christ's Kingdom, and making an earnest effort to lead others nearer to Christ through His Church" (photos by Jan Potter, see lots more, full size, at ChurchJrDOK081113 ).
Ministry Fair August 25 -- What a wonderful day it was! All the ministries of our very busy parish presented 27 different workshops for just a taste of the opportunities we have to be involved in service to our neighbors and our world. Hope you had fun and learned something new!
See lots more pictures (full size!):
Below: (1) Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, guides us through the opportunities on the Volunteer Tree; (2) Guessing the Custodial Riddles presented by Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry; (3) Talking about the Sacred Art of Doing Dishes from Molly Frost for Altar Guild; (4) Invitation Ministry tells about the Red Carpet Treatment we give our visitors; (5) Trying out the church's lawn mowers for size; (6) Fred Massey's multimedia presentation about laundry ministry at Elizabeth Inn; (7) IT Committee Chair Paul Manno and Senior Warden Bill Lee meet up on their way to the next workshop; (8) A tasty lunch was on hand from Happy Belly food truck.
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:
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
Donors Create Record-Breaking Year for Summer Lunch
Thanks to generous donors, dedicated volunteers and a tireless staff, almost a quarter of a million sack lunches reached hungry children during the summer months. With an overwhelming effort by communities in eight counties, MUST Ministries has coordinated the program for 18 years and this year saw a 31 percent increase in lunches as the final tally soared to 247,087. This is an amazing accomplishment for the Summer Lunch 2013 team. Not only did they meet the hunger needs of more than 6,000 children across eight counties, they worked together to serve our little neighbors in need. This monumental effort showcases MUST's continued commitment to working with local community partners in service across North GA.
A special thank you to our partners, volunteers, benefactors, sandwich makers, bag decorators, checkers and packers, drivers, PB&J mixers, cold cut stackers, and of course our outstanding team of staff. With numerous groups and organizations involved in making this happen, the list is too long to innumerate, but we are grateful to churches, civic clubs, sports teams, scout troops, families, businesses and individuals who all pitched in to make this happen.
We estimate a 58 percent increase over the last four years as MUST has gone from serving Cobb and Cherokee Counties to reaching Bartow, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton, Paulding and Pickens as well. It's remarkable what a community can do when they all work together on one cause. We are pleased to help lead this crusade to serve children in need in our area.
ECF (Episcopal Church Foundation) is offering a range of web conferences this month, covering stewardship, vestry leadership, vision and planning, and community engagement. There is no cost to participate and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to take part. We hope these web conferences will engage and empower Episcopal leaders throughout the Church to transform their faith communities and respond to God's call. For a full list and registration for upcoming web conferences go to www.episcopalfoundation.org/news-and-events/events. Some upcoming conferences in September include:
The Episcopal Church Office of Black Ministries and the leaders of Voorhees College and St. Augustine’s University present an event which will give attendees a perspective of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) today, and serve as a forum for students from these institutions to come together, learn from one another, hear from their college presidents and the Presiding Bishop, and talk about challenges, opportunities and the hope for the future: The event will feature a Keynote Address by the Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori. The event will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308. All are invited.
St. Veronica's Guild, one of the ECW guilds at the Cathedral of St. Philip, announces a Jewelry Sale Extravaganza of estate vintage and contemporary costume jewelry contributed by many churches and individuals to benefit Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD and brain injuries treated at the Shepherd Center. With such an exciting goal, folks have donated collectible pieces such as Eisenberg, Weiss, Miriam Haskell, and even 14K gold and silver, rings, watches, pins and necklaces. There is bling from contemporary makers and even pieces made particularly for the sale. Every shopper will find something in their price range. The event is Wednesday and Thursday, September 25-26, 10 am to 6 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Cash or checks only will be accepted for payment. For information call 404-365-1000 or 404-350-9494.
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, Tom Thornley, Patti Sousa, Polly Schadt, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Eric Fruchtnicht, Barry Dillard, Stanley Hummel, Grey Bissinger, Marta Sanchez, Aiden, Ted Harrison, John Ryan and his parents, Julia Weeks, Walter Duffey, Katja Michael, Norman Webster, Mischa Davis, Fred Brannock, Ruth Jones, Gloria Azevedo, Franklin Eason, Mrs. Casey, the Hurst family, Jean Rousseau, John Giles, Elizabeth Solter, Bob Davis, Rich, Diondi, Hugh Norman, Elaine Krupp, Ken Litton, Bill Krupp, Mrs. Jones, Lisa Marshall, Terry Hall, Raymond Higgins, Frances Short, Al Rowe, Destiny, Elspeth DeLaBarre, Cathy Larsh, Nancy Saunders, Gina Duncan, Jim Greene, Austin Jablonski, Kathy Holman, Robbie Roy, Roberta Abstein, Chandler, Carol Viering,
BEFORE SURGERY: Bob Pepper
DECEASED: Ruth Virginia “Gin” Snead, Tom Snead’s mother & Ginny Lummus’s grandmother
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (9/7) Trip Sheehan, Dana Rawls, (9/8) Tyler Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, (9/9) Hale Sanders, Connor Pyburn, (9/10) Paul Partus, Jerilyn Gardner, Sally Moore, Jim Snape, Abbye Stooksbury, (9/11) Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/12) Doris Samples, (9/13) Garrett Brogdon, Charlene Scheuer, David Goldman, Barbara Larsh, (9/14) Becky Smith, Laurie Smith, Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, Tom Burgher, (9/15) Emma Markette, Maddie Zimmerman, (9/16) Stephanie Gardiner, (9/17) David Bowden, Elizabeth Carswell, (9/18) Kyleigh Paris, Malcolm Haymes, Molly Banko, Madelyn Pierce, Sydney Pierce, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, Jennifer Gale, (9/20) Eric DeLaBarre, Victoria Frank, Arrevia Pierce
ANNIVERSARIES: (9/10) John & Barbara Barrington; (9/14) Matt & Lucille Bayless Heil; (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger
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
Sunday, September 8, 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall
We will be holding a beginning-of-the-year parent meeting on September 8 at 1:00 PM. We will use this time to discuss plans for the upcoming year, the variety of events and activities we will have available, parent/family involvement in the Youth Program, and some other basic but important information. This will also be a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have of me and/or our wonderful youth leaders, as well as to share your insight and experience with the parents of our new Rite 13 class!
NEW! Sign up for Youth text messages
The St. Catherine’s Youth Program is now sending periodic announcements via text messaging in addition to our various other means of communication. You will only receive text messages from the Youth Director and can opt out of the service at any time that you choose. If you would like to receive text announcements just use your phone to send the code for your class to (404) 445-1371. (Click the picture at left to enlarge.)
We will hold our first Wednesday Night Live (WNL) Youth Group meeting of the year on September 11 from 7 to 8 PM in the Youth House. Parish-wide dinner is also served in the Parish Hall starting at 5:45 PM. WNL Youth Group is open to ALL youth in grades 6-12, and is an opportunity to connect with other youth, sing, play games, discuss a wide variety of topics, engage in different weekly activities, play loads of Four Square, share your weekly highs and lows with your friends, and much more! I hope to see you there!
We will take a moment during the 8:45 service to recognize and bless the wonderful parishioners who serve as Church School leaders for Catechesis, Youth, and Adult Formation classes. Come out and show your leaders how much they mean to you!
We will once again be participating in the annual “Walk the Road” event at Emmaus House this year on the afternoon of September 22. Emmaus House is a mission of the Diocese of Atlanta that serves the residents of the Peoplestown neighborhood in an amazing variety of ways. This event is a fun chance to learn about the work that Emmaus House does, understand what life can be like for the residents of Peoplestown and the challenges they face, help out with a bit of service, connect with other groups from around the Diocese of Atlanta, and enjoy a delicious cook out. Cost for the event is $5 or 5 canned goods for Emmaus House’s food pantry and includes a t-shirt cook-out dinner. We will meet at St. Catherine’s at 2:20 PM on Sunday, September 15, head down to Emmaus House, enjoy the event, and return to St. Catherine’s by 6:00 PM. Please email me no later than Wednesday, September 18 if you would like to come. You can find more information about Emmaus House and Walk the Road at emmaushouse.org .
Though paper copies are always available in the Youth House, the 2013-2014 Youth Calendar is now also available online -- click here.
Serving at Elizabeth Inn, August 28
See lots more photos (full size) in the Youth Facebook album at St. Cat's Youth Serve at Elizabeth Inn (photos by Mike Peterson).
On the Parish Retreat, Labor Day weekend
Photos by McCall Kimball and more -- see more above in this newsletter.
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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