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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
June 7 - 20, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Pentecost
Book Scholarship Fund
Calendars needed
Great Oak Fund RFP
Sabbatical activities
  Taize service
  Movie Night
  Hike / Walk
  Interfaith Immersion
  Blog
Summer Chancel Choir
Newcomer/Visitor breakfast
Blood drive
Credit score class
Church School/study teachers
VBS
Cats On Wheels
Diocesan Council
Lemonade Brigade
2015 pilgrimage meeting
Preschool space

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Summer Lunches
Habitat house build
Items collections

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Wedding congrats
Say YES
Miss GA pageant
Financial report
Vestry notes
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Visiting Angels
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Year slideshow
Summer schedule
Rite13 Beach Trip
VBS helpers
Kanuga week
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

6/8 – Day of Pentecost

6/11 – MUST Summer Lunch

6/15 – Taize service

6/18 - Chancel Choir @ Gales'

6/21 – Cats On Wheels @ Varsity

6/22 – Newcomer/Visitor Breakfast

6/24 – Blood drive;
Office closed;
Staff calendaring retreat

6/24 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

6/25 – MUST Summer Lunch

6/26 – Movie night: “The Way”

6/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team;
Sabbatical Hike & Walk

6/29 – Adult Pilgrimage info meeting

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A Full Heart

By Father Jim+

Audrey Nesbit, Matt Thompson, Cy Cardona and I did our monthly gig at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn this morning. We gathered and cracked eggs and boiled water for grits. We laid out the sausage and biscuits for the oven and served breakfast to so many that we had no food left.

As I traveled home, I reflected that my heart was full—but full in a couple of different ways. Full, first of all, because this time is always such a blessing to all of us who gather on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Audrey put it best a couple years ago when she observed, “Who knew people could be this friendly at 5:30 AM?” And they are! The line is filled with people eager to bless the new day, bless each other, and bless us for being there to prepare and serve them a simple breakfast. Yes, there are those who seem to have risen on the wrong side of the bed, but don’t we all from time to time. What catches me by surprise is that we don’t expect this of people who are living in a homeless shelter. Yet, by God’s grace this is what we get—a blessing from those we might consider less fortunate. It fills my heart.

But on the other hand, my heart is filled with deep concern for our country and local community. The dining room was filled this morning more than, we all agreed, we could remember. There was nary a scrap of food left at the end of our serving. What is happening in our community where the homeless population appears to be increasing and thus the demand on charitable services, but I read in the newspaper that the economy is improving? Does this mean that a great number of people are being left behind? Or does it mean that an increasing number of people simply do not have the skill sets and/or opportunities to earn enough to have the most basic of human needs of food and shelter? The very things that I, too often, take for granted?

I don’t have any answers except that we’ll continue to gather at MUST to feed our brothers and sisters in need. But I will also pray that as a community we’ll confront the systems, laws and powers that perpetuate the situations that lead people to the shelter in the first place. And I’ll remember, on my mornings that seem a little more than I can handle, the blessings that I have in my life and the blessings I receive when I gather with these sisters and brothers at Elizabeth Inn.


The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, June 8

  • Worship times: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors
  • Reception follows 10:30 am service

The Day of Pentecost is a day of baptism and renewal of our baptismal vows. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-21) in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event. Join us after the 10:30 service for a festive cake and punch reception under our great oak. Our beautiful tree will be adorned with wind socks in fiery colors and as they catch the breeze we are reminded of our call to set the world on fire with our faith. (Please note that the parish picnic originally scheduled for this date will not be held.)

Pentecost, "the Fiftieth Day," is a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." The feast has also been called Whit Sunday, especially in the Anglican Church. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, and is on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.”

 

College Book Scholarship Fund

St. Catherine's awards college book scholarships each summer to our rising college freshman. We hope you will be able to help this fund with a donation this Sunday, or at any time. Please make checks to St. Catherine's and designate it for College Book Scholarship Fund. Donations are tax deductible. Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund has not kept up with the growing youth program. The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from the Parish Picnic and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships in a total amount of nearly $20,000. At this time, we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen (and even that may not be possible after this year), but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.


Calendaring day -- all 2014-15 planning dates needed by June 15

Church office closed Tuesday, June 24

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 retreat day 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, rosestcatherines.org, no later than Friday, June 15.


RFP for Great Oak Endowment Fund grants

Proposals due by Sunday, June 15

The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas: capital needs of the parish; outreach ministries and grants; or initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects.

For 2014, $1,500 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for this cycle is June 15.

For complete details of requirements, please pick up a copy of the RFP document at church or download one now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/GreatOakFundRFP_2014.pdf . For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez or Junior Warden Tom Blackstock.


Joining Amma Susan on her sabbatical

Taize service Sunday, June 15

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you." John 14:27

You are invited to share in a Taize-style music and prayer worship service on June 15 at 4 pm in the sanctuary. This will be a time for the St. Catherine's community to come together in support of Amma Susan's sabbatical time she has spent at the Taize community in France, and to be present with each other in a quiet setting of contemplative prayer, songs, and reflection. For questions, please contact Jeff Harris.
(Photo, right - At the Taize community, by Amma Susan)

 

Movie night Thursday, June 26: "The Way"

Join us in the Parish Hall at 7:00 pm. As a companion event to Amma Susan's hike of the Camino De Santiago in Spain, we will gather and watch the movie, “The Way.” This movie chronicles a father's journey on the Camino after the death of his son and will let us glimpse many places Susan might visit on her walk. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday June 24 sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact John Brooks, johnbrooksbellsouth.net, or the church office.

 

Sabbatical Hike / Walk Saturday, June 28

Amma Susan is hiking the Camino de Santiago, and we'd like to share with her through our own reflective hike or walk:

  • North Georgia day hike - at Blood Mountain, the Appalachian Trail's highest point in Georgia. It will be a moderately strenuous 4.3-mile day hike for adults and adolescents in reasonably good physical condition. If you're interested, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or for details contact Paul Parisi, parisibellsouth.net, 404-281-4603.
  • Labyrinth walk at St. Catherine's - Interested in a local (and perhaps less strenuous) option to walk in solidarity with Amma Susan? Gather at 9 am on June 28 at our labyrinth under the Great Oak for a time of walking prayer. We will begin with a collective prayer for Amma Susan and our Georgia hikers, then continue to walk the labyrinth and pray between 9 and 10 am. Contact Elizabeth Lopez for more information (eslopezcomcast.net).

 

Interfaith Immersion Weekend July 25-27

While Amma Susan is on her journey abroad to Build Bridges of Peace, we have 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 just $20 for the weekend. Scholarships are available for those who may need them. Please look out for future publications and announcements for further details, or contact Pierce Hale, pierce.d.halegmail.com, for any questions.

 

Where in the world is Amma Susan?

Amma Susan is now keeping us alongside her in words and pictures on our St. Catherine’s blog. Read her new entries by checking our blog, “The Welcoming Journey,” www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney. You are invited to leave your comments!


Chancel Choir summer socials/practices - join us!

June 18 and July 16 at the Gales’

If you’ve ever thought about joining the Chancel Choir, try us out this summer! Join us on Wednesdays, June 18 and July 16 for socializing and some singing practice from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the home of Emily and Nelson Gale, 228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta. Non-singing spouses/significant others are welcome to come enjoy the evening as well. Please bring an appetizer and BYOB.

Chancel Choir is for all adults, and for youth past the age for our youth choir (Choristers). No RSVP is necessary, and there’s never any auditions, so please come to either of our dates—or both! For more information contact Emily Gale, augalebellsouth.net, or choir director Brian Williams, brianstcatherines.org.


Newcomer/Visitor Breakfast: All are welcome!

Sunday, June 22, 9 am

By Bettye Harris

Newcomers, visitors, and new members of St. Catherine's are invited to be our guests for our next Newcomer and Visitor Breakfast on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall (after the 8:00 am service).

Everyone in the parish is welcome to attend this breakfast and help extend a warm welcome. Breakfast prices for parishioners are still $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. If you can assist, bring something, or if you have questions, please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Susan Heuke (678-231-8556), or Ann Snead (678-795-9508).


Blood drive - next date Tuesday, June 24

Our next Red Cross blood drive will be June 24 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required (all donors are always welcome on the day of the event) — reserve your time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: STCATS.

Help is also needed for set up, take down, and host / greet – please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.


New! “Why Am I a 678?”

Sunday, June 29

By Randy Satterfield

Why am I a 678? Come to this class on Sunday June 29, 9:15–10:15 am in the Board Room, to learn all about how your credit score can affect your financial life, and the steps that may help you improve your credit score. We will discuss credit reporting and scoring in general, providing background information on the agencies involved, how they affect your life, how to pull your credit, what to look for and understanding the report, how your score is determined, how to correct errors, how to improve your score, etc. The session will be led by Randy Satterfield.

We will conclude with a discussion of other possible financial education classes and determine what interest you may have in learning more. No charge, see you there!


Be a Church School / Bible Study leader

By Michael Paris

Anyone who is interested in leading an adult Sunday morning class or Bible study group in the fall, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Michael Paris, mparis2hotmail.com,770-509-0161.


Vacation Bible School -- register now

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. Cost is $35 per child. We're looking forward to a great time!

Space is limited so preregistration is preferred:

  1. Go to www.stcatherines.org/vbs to fill out the registration form and click the “Submit” button (please fill out a separate registration form for each child).
  2. Send your registration payment either in person or by mail to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (you may use online bill pay and mail to 571 Holt Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30068). Checks should be made to “St. Catherine’s Church” and you MUST put “VBS” and your child(ren)’s name in the memo line.

Donation board needs your help - due by June 22

We have set up a donation board at the top of the grand staircase. Please stop by and take a look and see if you can donate any of the items we will be using for VBS this year. Items will be DUE by Sunday, June 22. Also, any adults are welcome to volunteer at VBS for even just 1 morning. If you have an interest to see this first-hand (it is as rewarding for the volunteers as the participants!), please contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com)


Cats On Wheels

The year coming up

Your Cats on Wheels Activities Committee is pleased to announce the following events through June 2015. Events are subject to change based on level of interest, weather, and venue availability. Contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200 to get on the mailing list for all the details.

  • Saturday, June 21 - Lunch at The Varsity
  • Saturday, July 19 - Lunch at Fickle Pickle in Roswell
  • Saturday, August 16 - Visit Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum in Rome
  • Saturday, September 20 - Lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room
  • Saturday, October 18 - Visit Foxfire Museum in Rabun County and lunch at Dillard House
  • Sunday, Nov. 16 - Saturday, Nov. 22 - Branson Missouri Show Trip
  • Thursday, December 18 - St Catherine’s Senior Eucharist
  • Saturday, January 17 - Lunch at Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth
  • Saturday, February 21 - Visit National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta & lunch at The Varsity
  • Saturday, March 21 - Lunch at Rose & Crown in Marietta
  • Saturday, April 18 - Visit Museum of Avation in Warner Robins
  • Saturday, May 16 - Lunch at The Cuban Diner in Marietta
  • Saturday, June 20 - Visit Little White House in Warm Springs & lunch at Bulloch House

—> Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! <—


Diocesan Council delegates

The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at this year's Diocesan Council. The Council is being hosted this year by our Marietta Convocation churches on Nov. 7-8 at the Marietta Convention Center. 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). Delegates are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings. Applications are due by August 1.

If you are interested in serving in this important role and/or if you are interested helping plan this year’s Council, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fr. Jim.


Lemonade Brigade needs you

It's a fun way to meet people! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) to everyone after 10:30 am Sunday service under the great oak. Individuals, couples, families, or groups can host. So bring your favorite cookies to serve and help show our visitors what a welcoming church we are. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Deana De La Barre, deana_delabarrecomcast.net, 678-354-3839.


2015 Adult Pilgrimage filling fast

Information meeting Sunday, June 29, 5 pm

The adult pilgrimage, “Exploring our Celtic Spirituality: A Pilgrimage to Ireland” will led by The Rev. Jim Nixon, March 2–12, 2015. An informational meeting to learn more about our trip will be held in the Board Room on Sunday, June 29 at 5:00 pm -- bring an appetizer to share and ask all your questions!

The trip is limited to 25 persons and is filling up fast, so please contact Fr. Jim,fatherjimstcatherines.org, 770.981.2839, to let him know if you are interested. The pricing information is preliminary, please note that it does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges:


Preschool spaces available

St. Catherine's Preschool has a few spots open for the 2014-15 school year. Please tell friends and new families in your neighborhood about our quality program for ages 1 to pre-K. Tours are available over the summer, contact the office at 770-971-2839. Complete information is available on our website at www.stcatherines.org/preschool.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

MUST Summer Lunches

Wednesday, June 11 AND Wednesday, June 25

St. Catherine’s will host two events to assemble 1,000 lunches each time for the MUST Summer Lunch program on Wednesdays, June 11 and 25, in our Parish Hall beginning at 9:30 am and finishing within 2 hours. How you can help:

  • Purchase items needed -- we need a total of 1,000 each: salty snack (individual packs of either pretzels or chips) or sweet snack (individual packs of fruit snacks or granola bars)
  • Donate corrugated boxes to transport the lunches after they are assembled
  • Make a monetary donation to help cover the cost of the lunchmeat, bread and more (please make checks payable to St. Catherine's, re: MUST Summer Lunch)
  • Join us to make sandwiches and pack lunch bags - a fun activity for old and young!

Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey for information, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.

The Summer Lunch Program has been sponsored by MUST Ministries since 1995. During the summer months children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year are given the opportunity to have a free lunch delivered to them by way of volunteers. Monday through Friday a child receives a sack lunch that contains, at least, a sandwich, a salty snack, a sweet snack and a juice box. MUST Ministries is proud to have delivered over 247,000 lunches last summer to children in need. Volunteers and community effort make it possible to keep this program running. You can learn more about it on the MUST website at www.mustministries.org/summer-lunch.


Habitat House Build 2014 announced

Get T-shirts by June 15

By Connie Bergeron and Tom Day

St. Catherine’s will again be working with a consortium of other churches, mosques, synagogues and companies to build a new Habitat for Humanity home. This work is being coordinated by the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition with which we are participating. The build will start on June 28. We will provide workers on Saturdays, including June 28, July 26. August 2, 9, 16 and 23; in addition we will provide breakfast and lunch on site on July 26. Please mark your calendars for these dates now and watch for signup (there are minimum age requirements for participation).

The coalition is offering special Habitat T-shirts at a cost of $10 each. This shirt sale is a small part of the funds needed for this build, and will identify those of us who want to support this outreach ministry. T-shirt sales need to be confirmed by June 15. Sign up for shirts at church, or contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, with the number and size of shirts you would like.

Photos, right, from the dedication day at the start of our 2013 home build: (top) Father Jim talking with Henry Hene with Pinkerton-Laws, coordinator for the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition; (bottom) The build begins! (photos by Connie Bergeron)


Outreach collections for June

Items may be placed in the collection bins at the Outreach table outside the church parlor or at the entrance to the church preschool. All donations are greatly appreciated!

  • MUST Pantry food item of focus is canned fruit. All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.
  • New school supplies for high school students through Communities in Schools -- it might seem early but the August school start will come all too soon!
  • Year-round collection continues of maternity, work and professional clothing, shoes, and men’s belts.

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Wedding congratulations

Congratulations to Mahala (Pruitt) and Adam Scott, married at St. Catherine’s on May 17. Adam is the son of Linda and Jerry Scott.

“Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads.”


Will you say YES?

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

In Father Jim's Wheel article in the last issue, “Awaiting the Summer Slowdown,” he invited us to “put some time” on our calendars for slowing down. I agree with him, and feel that slowing down is important—BUT, I want to thank all of the people at St. Cat's who don't slow down over the summer:

  • The Altar Guild makes sure God's Altar is prepared. The Acolytes and Lay Readers are there, serving at that same Altar.
  • Our Flower Guild is creating beautiful arrangements for each Sunday and then the Flower Delivery people are taking those flowers to the home of someone who has been ill or has another need to be lifted up.
  • Ushers and Greeters are there with a smile greeting us each Sunday. Shepherds are present for visitors and Bread Delivery people take a welcoming loaf of bread to those same visitors.
  • Sonshine is responding to those of our parish who have a need for a meal. MUST volunteers are serving meals to the homeless in our community, others are washing clothes for those same individuals.
  • Youth Leaders are chaperoning on a pilgrimage and the Youth not on pilgrimage are being led by other caring adults.

I could go on and on. Get my point? All of these people are not slowing down, and if each of us “took our turn” that 20% could slow down a little bit more. Plus, it feels good!

Is your name on one of the many Ministry Team lists? Have you said Yes? Can you do more? I want to help you find your place to serve. If we all gave a little more of our time everyone could enjoy a little Summer Slowdown.

Please let me know if I can help connect you with a volunteer opportunity. Wishing you a peaceful summer,
Pat, volunteerstcatherines.org


Parishioner in Miss Georgia Pageant June 18-21

Parish member Kelly Donoghue will be competing in Miss Georgia June 18-21 at the Rivercenter in Columbus. The pageant will be streamed live each evening at 7 pm and can be accessed by the Miss Georgia website www.missga.org. There is a link to the live stream in the right corner. Kelly's local title is Miss Hummingbird Festival. Prayers for her are much appreciated!


Finance report

By Steve Pyburn, St. Catherine’s Treasurer

In prior months, my financial report in the Wheel focused solely on pledge revenue as that is the biggest driver of our financials. However, such an approach didn’t provide the full picture of how we’re doing across the board; thus, we are going to alter our communication approach going forward and see if this works better for everyone. Starting this month, the pledge revenue analysis that I used to provide each month will be distributed along with monthly pledge statements, and Wheel articles will provide a more holistic view of our financials. We hope this approach works better for all of you – if not, please let me know and we’ll adjust as best we can!

Below is a summary of our year to date (YTD) financials. May numbers are not final yet as they have not been reviewed by Vestry. Thus, actuals are summarized through April below. Numbers shaded in gray are items I’d like to explain a bit below.

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  • Pledge revenue is 11% ahead of budget and 17% ahead of last year. I’m not going to try to explain why the numbers are so much better this year than last year – I just want to thank all of you for what you are doing to support our wonderful Ministry Teams. Pledge revenue performance is the primary driver behind our substantial surplus vs. budget and prior year.
  • Outreach & Pastoral Care is 10% over budget and 20% higher than last year. The big driver here is the donation of our January 12 plate offering to Family Promise in remembrance of the 10th annivesary of the fire that in many ways shapes us to this day. The offering to Family Promise, which was ~$7k, is above and beyond the ~$30k Outreach budget for 2014. Assuming that pledge revenues keep up their current trend for the rest of the year, we will still spend the full $30k Outreach budget in addition to the $7k that we donated to Family Promise in January. We have faith that we can adjust expenses in other areas and/or receive additional revenue to compensate for this additional expense.
  • Facilities, Ground and Technology expenses are 25% lower than last year. If you recall, we had a string of bad luck last spring with A/C units and roof repairs. Unfortunately, while we have had much better luck so far this year with our facility, there’s no way to guarantee that run will hold all year long. Our facility is only getting older with each passing month and systems will continue to fail. But never fear – we have a Facilities taskforce in place that is diligently studying our short-term and long-term needs, and I’m confident we’ll soon have a fiscally responsible facilities plan in place in due time.
  • The Contingency Fund is at a seemingly healthy level of ~$60k. But to put that in perspective, replacing an A/C unit costs ~$6k and we have 24 units that are nowhere near brand new. So A/C replacement costs alone could eat up the contingency fund within a few years. Over the past few years, we have dipped into the Contingency Fun to pay for a variety of rainy day items, and we unfortunately have not been able to “re-pay” the fund due to budget constraints. But this year, we’re hopeful that revenue trends will hold and we will finally be able to start building up the Contingency Fund once again.

In the interest of not overwhelming you with numbers, I’ve provided detail on only 2 of our revenue lines and consolidated all expenses by Ministry Team. If you would like more detail, please send me any questions you have and I’ll answer you as soon as I can. The 3rd and 5th columns of numbers in the top box reflect differences between our YTD actuals, YTD budget, and YTD prior year actuals. Good differences (e.g., higher revenue or lower expenses) show up as positive numbers and bad differences show up as negatives. Finally, the numbers in the bottom box reflect our balances at BB&T and our investment funds.

I hope this summary is not too overwhelming but still provides you enough detail to understand St. Catherine’s entire financial picture. In future months, I will continue to highlight new relevant trends, but please feel free to contact me if I don’t comment on something that piques your interest.


Vestry highlights

By Tom Blackstock

Here’s what happened at the regular Vestry meeting on May 20:

  • The meeting convened at 7:35 pm.
  • We had a community building discussion of the diocesan policy in response to recent state legislation regarding weapons in gathering places. The diocesan policy is that weapons will not be allowed in our church.
  • Rod Pope presented updated information on the facilities maintenance requirements and future budget considerations as our facilities age. The information will be shared with the finance team for incorporating into future budgets.
  • Elizabeth Lopez presented an update on the Georgia Interfaith Power and Light grant that we received. We will be using this grant along with the required matching funds from our facilities maintenance budget to replace a condensing unit and install insulation.
  • We continued our discussion and confirmed our plan for deploying the concept of inclusion and engagement through the ministry teams.
  • We discussed the summer Vestry retreat in August.
  • Father Jim provided updates on the work of the loan renegotiation subcommittee and the memorial garden planning committee.
  • Hans Kraeger provided an update on the work of the technology team.
  • Father Jim summarized the plan for pastoral care and services during Amma Susan’s sabbatical.
  • We reviewed and approved the minutes from the April Vestry meeting and the financial report for April 2014.
  • We reviewed the preschool financial report.
  • We reported on Vestry phone calls and Vestry feedback/correspondence and adjourned at 9:55 pm.


Do you know about these ministries?

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:

  • June 9-15: Congregational Nurses— This week we celebrate the life and work of Congregational Nurses, an opportunity for Registered Nurses who are interested in the wellness of our congregation in the form of education and awareness of a variety of health issues, and the ministry of presence. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Dani Dickson, 770.971.1141, annejsdbellsouth.net or Nancy Certain, 678.576.9459, ncertain1gmail.com.
  • June 14-22: Sonshine— This week we celebrate the life and work of Sonshine Ministry, volunteers who cook and deliver meals to fellow parishioners during a time of illness, returning from a hospital stay, a death in the family, or other special need. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Nancy Certain, 678.576.9459, ncertain1gmail.com.


Letters

A sincere, loving and grateful thank you to my parish family. These last months were a challenge, but with the love and support I received here, I knew all along only good would come. I appreciate all the cards, the food, the visits, and most of all, your prayers. These prayers sustained and lifted me.

God's peace,
Marcia Markette

Dear St. Catherine’s Family,

My heartfelt thanks and gratitude extend over a seven-week period. First, as many of you know I had extensive surgery on my left wrist and thumb in March. Father Jim was there with me at the Surgical Center. His prayers provided a calm for what I knew would be a long process. Thank you, Father Jim. Next the Sonshine committee provided a week’s worth of delicious meals and saved me from spaghetti and jar sauce. Thank you to all who came to my aid. Many of you sent get-well cards and I’d like to thank each of you for your thoughtfulness.

During my recovery my brother Paul started a rapid decline in his health. Since I was out of work for surgery recovery, I was able to go and see him quite often. I thank God for that extra time we had together. Late night April 23rd my brother passed away. Just hours prior to his death, Amma Susan answered my frantic call for her to come to the nursing home to deliver last rites. That was a precious time for me and my nephew Chris. Amma Susan spent her valuable time with Chris and me helping us to decide on the Memorial Service plans. She of course was in the midst of getting ready for her four month sabbatical and I knew this was hard yet easy for her to do. That’s just what she does. There are not enough words to say to her for this. Thank you to all who made the Memorial Service for Paul beautiful and memorable. To the flower guild, the flowers were beautiful. To Stan Dickson, you helped to make a difficult day less difficult with your guidance during the ceremony. For the ushers, lay readers and acolytes, thank you so much for giving up your Saturday to be with my family at St. Catherine’s.

Father Jim, the homily was perfect and painted a perfect picture of the man Paul was. Thank you and bless you. Finally, to those who provided the reception after the service, Alan Certain for bringing me the altar flowers and all who have sent cards, please accept my heartfelt thanks.

Love,
Barbara Perry

Dear St. Catherine's Congregation, Clergy and Staff,

Thank you so much for the use of your beautiful church this year. It made a tremendous difference by making it a much more special experience for the choirs. Thank you for your generosity and it was a pleasure working with you.

John Perry, Director, Wheeler Chorus

Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • From Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County on May 28, for Easter donation
  • From The Extension on June 2, for $1,179.87.
IN THE COMMUNITY

Visiting Angels Marietta provides home care

Visiting Angels Marietta is a non-medical senior homecare provider serving Marietta, Roswell, and Smyrna. Services include assistance with activities of daily living, companion service and respite care. Visiting Angels Marietta is offing four hours of complimentary service for new clients who are confirming a minimum of 12 hours of care, for the first week of service beginning by June 16, 2014. For information about please contact them at 770-919-8560, www.visitingangels.com/assisted-senior-care-marietta-georgia-30062_229.

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Easy vegetable prep
    For a healthy and quick way to cook vegetables, try the microwave. Place chopped or cut vegetables into a microwave-safe container. Add about 1 tablespoon of water, chicken broth or vegetable broth. Cover and microwave on high for two to three minutes or until tender. This method of cooking your vegetables adds virtually no fat or calories.
     
  • Cancer prevention
    The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends three guidelines for cancer prevention: 1) choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meats; 2) be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more; and 3) aim to be a healthy weight throughout life. Source: The American Institute for Cancer Research

Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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, the Rev. Randall Hansen, Lacey, Richard McCloud, Joan Schlesinger & family, Katrina Williams, Betty Robinson, Pastor Chris Neikirk, Kathie Elliot, Raymond Higgins, Lelia Waits, Bill Hutton, Shelley Hayes, David Smith, Fred Carter, Deanna Nickel, Jennifer Kellam, Tom Nichols, Marion Cook, Michael Porter, Dick Nixon, Tammy Fisher, Jennifer Steiner, Peter Paglia, Reuel Kaighn, Clint Harkins, Rich Nuckolls, Ashlee Wilson, Marjorie, Stephanie Fisher, Chip Brock, James Holcomb, Andy Loeb, Archer Smith, Larry Boyd, James Smith, Trudy Cobb, Dave Banko, Mit FitzSimons, Linda, Patrice Moore, Bonnie Cole, Edward Wilson, Paige Schlenker, Jean England, Marilyn, Janice

BEFORE SURGERY: Randy Satterfield; Bill Hutton

DECEASED: Eleanor Thomason, Julie Fulcher’s mother; Tom Stinson, former parishioner

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (6/7) Peyton Nixon, (6/8) Fred Lopez, Kelly Donoghue, (6/9) Paul Maxwell, Abigail McCoy, Harriett Pyburn, (6/10) Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan, Robert Dailey, (6/11) Naomi Morris, (6/12) Justice Mace, (6/13) Lindsay Walls, Paris Brennan, (6/14) Eugene Potter, (6/15) Frannie Hitchins, (6/17) Becky Ban, Paul Manno, Michael Dillson, David Bachmann, (6/18) Judith Phillips, Peggy Snook, Corey Acocella, Beverly Fambrough, Linda Snape, Jeffrey Clark, (6/20) Carroll Mitchell, Anne Willcocks

ANNIVERSARIES: (6/11) Jim & Bobbye Greene; (6/12) Bruce & Barbara Perry; (6/15) Chris & Christy Jones; (6/17) Bill & Elaine Krupp; (6/19) David & Molly Banko

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (6/15) Wayne & Jodi Gammon; Jason, Suzanne, Jenna, Stephanie & Julian Gardiner; Art, Anita, Geoffrey, Stuart & Caroline Gardner; Lynne Gates; Barri Gehrand

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.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • July 18-20: Rite13 Youth Beach Trip
  • July 25-27: Interfaith Immersion Weekend
  • Sunday, July 27: College Book Scholarships awarded
  • Sunday, August 24: Ministry Fair
  • October 10-12: Men’s Retreat

Holy Baptism next scheduled dates

Sundays: June 22, 29, August 3
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.

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.

Saturday, 6/7 Saturday, 6/14

 

 


 
Sunday, 6/8 Sunday, 6/15

7:30AM
8:00AM
9:00AM
10:30AM
4:00PM

Coffee
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist/EFM Graduation
Council Planning

16th-21st
7:30AM
8:00AM
9:00AM
10:30AM

Youth Week @ Kanuga
Coffee available with Fellowship
Holy Eucharist
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 6/9 Monday, 6/16
6:30PM
7:30PM

Men’s Book Study
Boy Scout Troop 715

16th-20th
9:00AM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Ballet Camp
Family Promise
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 715

Tuesday, 6/10 Tuesday, 6/17

10:00AM
10:30AM
7:00PM

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry

10:00AM
10:30AM
7:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 6/11 Wednesday, 6/18

9:30AM
9:30AM

Bible Study
MUST Summer Lunch

76:00PM

Chancel Choir @ Gales’

Thursday, 6/12 Thursday, 6/19
7:00PM
Calling & Caring Ministry 5:00PM
Private Function
Friday, 6/13 Friday, 6/20
 
8:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

  
8:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
A.A
A.A. Women’s Meditation

YOUTH NEWS

By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org

Click here for the Youth Calendar online

youth year slide show

 

Year in review slide show!

Click here to see (or see again) our 2013-2014 year-in-review slideshow:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMChhZKBvhA

 

Summer youth schedule

School may be out soon for the summer, but the St. Cat’s Youth Program will stay as active as ever! We have a lot of great plans for the summer, and we look forward to enjoying them with YOU! While the dates and time (if currently known) are listed, be sure to keep up with the Youth Announcements over the summer for further details:

  • Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, June 6 – YA Pilgrimage to Ireland
  • Wednesday, June 11 – Cook-out at East Cobb Park (6-7:30 PM)
  • Wednesday, June 18 – Wednesday Night Youth Group (6-7:30 PM), Program TBD
  • Tuesday, June 24 – Bowling
  • Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3 – Vacation Bible School (8:45 AM – 12 noon)
  • Wednesday, July 2 – Whirley Ball w/ St. Columba’s
  • Wednesday, July 9 – Wednesday Night Youth Group (6-7:30 PM), Program TBD
  • Wednesday, July 16 – Wednesday Night Youth Group (6-7:30 PM), Program TBD
  • July 18-20 – Rite 13 Beach Trip
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Tubing Trip in Helen, GA w/ multiple other Diocese of Atlanta youth groups
  • Wednesday, July 30 – End of Summer Pool Party (5:30-7:30 PM)

 

Rite 13 Beach Trip, July 18-20

Register soon 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, from Mike, or at stcatherines.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Rite13beach14-permission-form.docx . We are very excited and hope to have as many Rite 13ers as possible on this fun and formative trip!

 

Sign up to help with VBS

It’s time to sign up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School! Many of you have helped with VBS in the past and can attest to how much fun it is to lead and play with the young children of our parish! This year, VBS will take place from Monday, June 30 until Thursday, July 3, from 8:45 AM until 12 noon each day. To sign up, you can either add your name and contact info to the sign-up sheet posted in the Youth House or contact Kell Owen at kellbrownowengmail.com.

 

Youth Week at Kanuga June 16-21

Youth Week is a conference that takes place June 16-21 at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina. There are two conferences for youth (AND one for adults). These conferences are a ludicrous amount of fun and give you a chance to have a great time with other people your age from all over the country! Remember that financial scholarship is available to anyone who needs it. So what are you waiting for?? Those of you who attend JYP will have the added bonus of already knowing the conference musician (Hint: it’s me…Mary Bess will also be on staff at JYP). You can find more information on all three conferences here: www.kanuga.org/conference-calendar/conference-calendar-details/youthweek

Finally, if you find yourself unable to make it to Youth Week this year (though I hope you can!), go ahead and start thinking about coming to Winterlight at Kanuga, a fantastic conference that takes place in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It’s never too early to start planning…and IT’S WORTH IT!

 

Youth pics

Serving dinner at the Elizabeth Inn on May 28 (photos by Gina Baumann)

serving dinner at Elizabethh Inn

 

The YA class on its pilgrimage to Ireland, May 28-June 1 -- see lots more full-size on our Facebook photos at Photos (photos by Jim Nixon and Bill Ivey). REMEMBER, you don't need to have a Facebook account or log in to see the photos!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 20
  • July 4
  • July 18

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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

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