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+
On April 30 we sent Amma Susan off on a four-month sabbatical as we laid 100+ hands on her in blessing. We equipped her with the tools of journey; boots, backpack, identification and certification, but we equipped her, as well, with the tools of spiritual practice; love, joy, hope, peace, and patience. God speed, Susan. Buen Camino, Susan.
Susan, however, will not be the only one of us to journey over these four months. I wonder what your journey will be in these coming months specifically as it applies to Susan’s sabbatical? I’ve been giving that question some thought over the past few days.
We were together with Bishop Wright on Tuesday and we spent a majority of our time in Bible Study and specifically studying the Gospel for this coming Sunday: the Road to Emmaus. (Luke 24: 13-35) If you remember, the disciples were so busy “talking with each other about all [the] things that had happened,” they didn’t even notice that “Jesus himself came near and went with them. Their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” I think a risk I face this summer is missing Jesus when he comes near.
It will be a busy summer with only one clergy person and many of us have spoken with one another about the challenges that lie ahead. But if I get so busy—no matter what that busyness might entail and no matter how important that busyness might seem at the time—I risk not recognizing when I am walking beside our Lord. I hope to slow down and let Jesus speak to me this summer and that includes through each of you. I am convinced that it is only then that my heart will have the opportunity to burn within me.
I pray the same for Susan+. I pray the same for you.
-> See photos from the send-off dinner below in this newsletter.
Saturday, May 3, 8 pm at St. Catherine’s
Join us at 8:00 pm in the sanctuary for the final program in St. Catherine's 2013-2014 Concert Series by Kaleidoscope, the 30-voice select ensemble directed by Michael O'Neal in classical and popular music by composers including Rutter, Mendelssohn, Moses Hogan, Morten Lauridsen, plus many well-known songs including "Tonight" from West Side Story, "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera and Cole Porter's "Night and Day." Tickets are $15 ($10 students), available at the door (check or cash only, please).
Formerly The Michael O'Neal Chamber Singers, Kaleidoscopehas established a reputation for choral excellence throughout the US and abroad, with its polished presentation of choral selections ranging from Gregorian chant to 20th century compositions, from opera to vocal jazz. You can listen to them on their website at www.mosingers.com/about/listen/ .
Tickets are $15 ($10 students) in advance or at the door (all payments check or cash only, please). In addition, you are invited to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” by supporting this and our future concert series with your donation (see information on our Concerts page at www.stcatherines.org/concerts).
Cookies requested for concert reception -- A brief reception will follow this concert. If you would like to assist by contributing some cookies please contact Rebeccah Devault, rebeccahdevaultgmail.com. Thank you!
Sunday, May 4, 5:00 PM
Our Spring Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our last observance in the fall. Everyone is invited to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service.
We greatly appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception—please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service—as well as help with set up, serving and clean up. Thank you.
By Mike Peterson
On Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 PM, you are invited to help St. Catherine’s provide 10,000 meals to under-nourished school children around the world, all in the span of 2-3 hours! We will be hosting a meal-packaging event through an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now will bring all the necessary supplies and tools for meal packaging to St. Catherine’s, provide an orientation on world hunger and their program, and instruct and guide us in the preparation and packaging of meals containing rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. These meals are nutritionally balanced, easily transportable, and have a shelf life of up to five years.Parishioners of all ages are invited and encouraged to take part in this event! You can sign up at the bulletin board at St. Catherine’s at the top of the stairs (next to the door to the church offices) or by emailing Mike Peterson at mikestcatherines.org.
Together as a parish, we can live into our Christian calling and push back against hunger in a major way! More information on Stop Hunger Now can be found at www.stophungernow.org.
Sunday, May 18
Join us from 1 to 3 pm in the Parish Hall for a wonderful luncheon, silent auction and show of fashions by Dress Barn & Justice, all to benefit The Center For Children & Young Adults. Tickets are $15 and all ages are welcome. For reservations please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with checks made payable to “CCYA”, or contact Lee Ann Sherry, 770-815-5299, leeannsherrybellsouth.net. Information about CCYA and their mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk, is available on their website at www.ccyakids.org.
In addition, we would be grateful for the following donations:
Amma Susan will be keeping us alongside her in words and pictures on our St. Catherine’s blog throughout her May 1 – August 31 sabbatical. Here’s her first posting, with a “selfie,” on her last day in the office:
Journey along with her by checking frequently on our blog, “The Welcoming Journey,” www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney. You are invited to leave your comments!
By Pierce Hale
As Amma Susan embarks on her journey abroad to Build Bridges of Peace, she has left us with a gift in the opportunity to build bridges of peace here in our own community. Interfaith Immersion Weekend is a fascinating experience in which individuals walk side by side with people of different faiths into the sacred spaces of the religions of the world. From experience, this event is not only a great way to learn about cultures from around the world, but also to strengthen your own faith by delving into the spirituality of others. St. Catherine’s will be hosting a series of these events in conjunction with Amma Susan’s sabbatical — the first of which will be held July 25th-27th. Thanks to a subsidy from Amma Susan’s sabbatical fund, the cost per person will be $20 for the weekend. Scholarships are available for those who may need them. Please look out for future publications and announcements for further details. Alternatively, please feel free to contact me at pierce.d.halegmail.com for any questions.
A wonderful evening on April 30 with great food and fellowship as we all wished God-speed to Amma Susan! (Photos by Bill Ivey)
Saturday, May 17 at Cherokee Cattle Company
— Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! — Cats On Wheels' next odd-month, pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Cherokee Cattle Company, 2710 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066. For menus and directions see the website at www.cherokeecattlecompany.com . Please REPLY so we can save a place for you at our group table, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
By Steve Pyburn
Please see below for an update on our pledge revenue through March.
This is my third year as Treasurer, and I cannot recall a better pledge revenue report than the one above. We’ve already had 12 pledging units fulfill their entire 2014 pledge this year. That’s 3 more than last month and 5 more than this same time period last year. More impressively, an additional 52% of our pledging units (118 out of 228) are on or ahead of pace for the year (i.e., have contributed at least 25% of their pledge). Only 40% were on pace as of last month and only 42% were on pace at this time last year. Finally, out of the 37 pledging units that had not yet contributed any pledge revenue as of last month, a little over 20% contributed revenue in March. Let’s keep up this great work!
In total, our YTD pledge revenue is almost exactly what we would “expect” it to be through 3 months of the year. Last year, we already had a deficit of ($18k) at this point in the year. So this is wonderful news! I would like to thank our incredible staff for all of the hard work they’ve done around distributing monthly pledge statements, as it seems like more regular communication to the congregation is helping the numbers above. If you are a pledging unit and did not receive your emailed statement on Tuesday, April 15, please let Karen Manno know immediately at karenstcatherines.org.
I mentioned last month that we reviewed the feedback from the Annual Meeting around Finances, and more than a handful of people suggested that we focus some energy on online bill pay. For those of you who are not aware, you do not need to be present at church to contribute your pledge payment. Instead, you can go online to your bank’s website and schedule online payments to be made weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. Thus, if you are going to miss some Sundays during the busy summer months, you can use online bill pay and rest assured that St. Catherine’s is still receiving regular contributions from you. This helps us tremendously with our cash flow concerns (as our checking account gets much leaner in the summer), but it also helps families stay true to their pledge commitment as they don’t have to remember where they stand each week. If you would like any help figuring out how to setup online bill pay with your bank, please let me, Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez or Junior Warden Tom Blackstock know what bank you use and we will find someone who can help you navigate your bank’s website. Thank you to all for everything you do to help St. Catherine’s ministries!
Adult WNL Series: “The Golden Rule as Compassion” May 7, 14 and 21
Join us on May 7, 14 and 21 to experience a special Easter series during the WNL Adult gathering 7:00 - 8:00 pm. We are calling this series “The Golden Rule as Compassion.” Each of the three Wednesdays we will review and discuss a TED talk that focuses us on Compassion. We will see James Forbes, retired pastor of Riverside Church in New York City, Karen Armstrong, famous author of such books as The History of God, and Krista Tippett, famous NPR commentator. Each of them will challenge us to explore the nature of Compassion and especially their commitment to the Charter for Compassion. The Charter for Compassion is a document which urges the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion. The charter is currently available in thirty languages, and is being translated into more.
Reserve by May 10
Fellowship Ministry Team invites you to "Spamalot" at Jennie Anderson Theater on Saturday, June 14 at 8 pm. Tickets are $37 each if we have minimum of 10 to attend. Reserve with your payment by Saturday, May 10. Seats may not be all together. Contact Sally Powers, sallyp30att.net.
Mark your calendar for these activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year:
We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on May 18. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at rosestcatherines.org with the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.
A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing favorite hymns by request during worship in the summer months. Please send us your hymn requests -- doesn't matter what season they are from, but please be sure they are in our blue hymnal (The Hymnal 1982). Fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (include title AND hymn number), and we will schedule as many as possible.
Monday, June 30 - Thursday, July 3
Join us for “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School, where Jesus’ love is One-Of-A-Kind! Our program will take children on a wild adventure with great music, games, stories, science activities and more as we explore God’s love for us.
VBS this year is Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3, at 9 am – 12 noon each day, and is open to children ages 4 by July 1st through rising 4th graders. Space is limited so preregistration is preferred. Early registration cost is $25 per child if paid by May 15, $35 per child after. If you have any questions, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com. Plenty of help is needed, we welcome adult and youth volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week. We're looking forward to a great time!
Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your church staff is having a calendaring day in late June to plan out the coming year. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for your group from June 2014 through May 2015—tentative or confirmed, one time or on-going. Remember, if your activity is not on the church calendar, another event may occur at the same time and/or your space may be in use by others.
Please send all information to Rose Wolfe, rosewolfestcatherines.org, no later than Friday, June 15.
By Father Jim+
I just bumped into "The Forgiveness Challenge" with Desmond Tutu and his daughter online at www.forgivenesschallenge.com. I’ve signed up myself, and invite you, too:
Won't you join me?
The 2015 Adult pilgrimage, “Exploring our Celtic Spirituality: A Pilgrimage to Ireland” will led by The Rev. Jim Nixon, March 2 – 12, 2015. Our time together will be about searching for God in places that others have found God over the centuries; it will also be about exploring our friendship and joy in God’s creation.
Watch for announcement of an informational meeting to learn more about our trip. You will find a detailed itinerary below as well as a reservation form. Airfare will be Atlanta - Dublin round trip. The pricing information is preliminary, please note that it does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are at $505 currently. For questions now please contact Fr. Jim, 770.981.2839,fatherjimstcatherines.org.
By Fred Massey
Over the past year the diocese of Atlanta has decided they want to assist in the building of a new medical clinic in Gilmer County (near Jasper, Ga.). They have now poured the slab and are ready to assemble a crew to erect the walls etc. Al Jones and I have been in conversation with Hanna Phillips, a diocese rep, about helping out and have been given some weekends in May to work.
I am gathering responses to see if there's any interest in going up on a Thursday, Friday Saturday or any day during the weekends in May. Please let me know if you'd like to join me the weekend of the 10th or 17th as I plan to help out those weekends. I don't have much more info at this time but should be in communication with "The Team" while I'm away and will update anyone that expresses interest in helping. To get information and/or indicate your interest contact Fred Massey, Sr., 770.971.4466 Office, 404.731.4466 Cell.
By Harriett Pyburn
Bring your books and balls! For May, we are continuing our "Books and Balls" collections until school is out. Also, we are kicking off a food drive to fill the MUST Food pantry for summer lunches—peanut butter and jelly. Items may be placed in the collection bins at the Outreach table outside the church parlor or at the entrance to the church preschool. Thank you!
THANK YOU ST. CATHERINE'S...
Once again St. Catherine's welcomed Family Promise and provided a loving, safe haven for our guests for the week of April 6-13. To make this happen, it took 50 volunteers giving approximately 140 hours of their time over the past week. Your willingness to give to help change the lives of others in such a positive way is much appreciated. The spirit which which all this was accomplished can only happen with many people giving of their time and talent. Thank you.
Diane Sanders and Eleanore Pearson, Co-Volunteers Hosts of St. Catherine's Family Promise
FPCC graduates a family!
We are happy to report the good news that one of our FPCC guest families has received permanent housing. Kim and Demetrius will be moving soon and the network will have its first graduate. Thanks to all the volunteers who fed them, housed them, prayed for them and supported them through this journey. Please continue to keep all our FPCC guests in your prayers, and keep up with all our news on the FPCC Facebook page.
By Gina Baumann
Thank you to everyone who contributed supplies and shoeboxes to the United Way Shoebox Project. 22 shoeboxes were wrapped, filled and taken to the United Way to be distributed to homeless mothers on Mother's Day! Thank you to Abby and Nathalie for all your hard work!
Come help prepare and serve dinner for 20 people at The Extension Women's Center. St. Catherine's provides this service on the third Sunday each month. The Center is located in Marietta, about 5 miles from St. Cat's. Time required: 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ron and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411. For information about The Extension visit www.theextension.org. We look forward to your service with us.
Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright, the wife of our Bishop, spoke at our Lenten Quiet Evening on April 11. She inspired us all by telling her stories and urging us to tell ours. She gave us all a gentle nudge to be open to the spirit within. You can listen to a recording of her inspiring talk on the Sermons page of our website at www.stcatherines.org/sermons/ .
(Photo by Bill Ivey)
by Daniel Mikkelsen
Here’s what happened at the regular Vestry meeting on April 8:
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 St. Catherine's family,
Thank you so much for all your hugs, prayers, cards, and support of my brother, and Jim and me as we mourn the loss of my niece, Tammy. It really means a lot knowing we're surrounded and supported by your love and concern. I sincerely appreciate each of you.
April 11, 2014
Just wanted to send a thank you on behalf of Family Promise and the families being hosted for the leadership you showed last week... What I know about St. Catherine’s is that everyone there always rises to the challenge. The whole team is always so impressive. I am so grateful to be working for such a loving caring community of people. Thank you again.
Camilla Worrell, Executive Director, Family Promise of Cobb County
Thank you for your in-kind contribution of 1,642 food items! Your support directly impacts the many families in need in our community. We are currently in the process ofmeasuring our service results from last year and working on our annual report. In 2013, over 14,000 people called for help; ovr 3,500 came in to our center for help; and the total dollar amount of those requests was nearl $4.5 million. A great need continues, and thanks to firneds like you, so does our wrok. Thank you again for your support of CFR’s programs and services.
Jennifer Cain, Development Director, The Center for Family Resources
The Episcopal Church Women of St. James' Church in Marietta will present a parish fundraiser for outreach ministries a Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. The play is entitled "The Curse of the Waffling Bishop," and a gourmet dinner is included: $50 per person. Information: 770-428-5841.
St. Catherine’s will host the choirs of our Holt Road neighbor, Wheeler High School, for their spring concert on Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm. Please come and hear the fine program the students of our community have prepared. Free, no tickets needed.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
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: Don Killian, Jonathan Huff, Roger Madden, Paul Lange, Bill Woods, Billy, Karl Lehman, the Rev. Randall Hansen, wife Susan and daughters Saray & Hilary, Peter Paglia, Hugh & Valerie Fenlon, Andrew, Grant Butler, Tara Nesbit, Lacey, Sandra Partlow, Richard McCloud, George Maslak, Anne Willcocks, Lee Courtemanche, Michelle Hunter, Lori, Denise Jillette, Joan Schlesinger & family, Kathryn Burgher, Katrina Williams, Carl Larsh, Betty Robinson, Jay Nienaber, Bette Hamilton, Eleanor Thomason, Pastor Chris Neikirk, Kathie Elliot, Marge Watkins, Iris Phillips, Lewis Gunter, Bill Hutton, Shelley Hayes, Lisa, Rob, David Smith, Anna, Reuel Kaighn, Ansley Billimek, Fred Carter, Deanna Nicke
BEFORE SURGERY: Bill Fambrough
DECEASED: Gina Belcher, added by Karolyn Olliffe; Luke McWilliams, father of Carol Eskew
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (5/3) Nancy Denton, Cindy Sheehan, Preston Parker, Declan Walls, Susan Vavra, (5/4) Mark Taylor, Jay Starr, Beth Thomas, (5/5) Bill Selby, Laura Moore, Beau Paris, (5/6) Bettye Harris, Shepherd Smith, Marlene Stuart, Jack Khan, (5/7) Scott Harwell, (5/8)Madison Handell, Sheila Bishop, (5/9) Carol Murphy, Maddie Billingsley, (5/10) Ryan O’Neill, Elizabeth Blackstock, (5/11) Alan Carter, Jodi Gammon, (5/12) Chris Selby, Ken Minzenberger, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Scott DeLaBarre, (5/13) Ginny Lummus, David Frank, Kristina Higgins, Mackenzie Ward, Briana Ward, Laurel Smith, (5/14) Michelle Zimmerman, Suzanne Gardiner, (5/15) Dani Dickson, Ryan Olliffe, Maelin Alexander, (5/16) Hans Kraeger
ANNIVERSARIES: (5/13) Tony & Molly Khan; (5/14) Bill & Tinka Ivey
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.
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 dates
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
We will be holding our annual Youth Sunday service this year at the 8:45 service on Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day). Youth Sunday is a church service during which the youth (that’s you) run almost everything! This is always one of the most energetic and sprit-filled services of the year! As usual, we have a LOT of different roles for YOU to help fill! It’s a great chance to show-case our Youth Program’s awesomeness and to give back to the parish that gives so much in support of us!. Please note that we will be having a Youth Sunday rehearsal at 9 AM on Saturday, May, 10th in the sanctuary for EVERYONE involved in Youth Sunday.
It is time to register for the always exciting Rite 13 Beach Trip, which will take place in Panama City Beach, Florida over the weekend of July 18-20. If you are a Rite 13 youth, parent, or leader, you should have received an email with detailed information and registration forms. Forms will also be distributed in the Youth House this Sunday, and are available from Mike. We are very excited and hope to have as many Rite 13ers as possible on this fun and formative trip!
May 28 - June 6: J2A Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland!
Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey
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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