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.
We Welcome You!
The Newsletter of
By Father Jim+
We celebrated Social Media Sunday on June 29. If you were not able to be with us—you missed a great day. From video to picture to email to comments, everyone got into the act. It was an experience of how the Church can and should embrace the forward movement of technology and society.
Some will disagree with what others see as progress. However, the Church over 21 centuries has always embraced emerging technology to spread the Gospel. Whether using the printing press to make Holy Scripture available to the commoner and prayer books to the faithful or Paul using the form of Epistles to spread the word throughout the Roman Empire, the Church has always embraced change and technology to spread the changeless message of God in Jesus Christ.
Where will this lead? I don’t know. What I know is that we are planting seeds (mustard seeds!?) for future generations. The message of the Church has been, is, and will forever be that Jesus Christ is Lord and it is through him that we come to know the unconditional love of God. There is no technology that will change this Truth. However, as a church we risk not proclaiming that message effectively if we shun the tools that we have as a society.
So I invite you to bring your phones and tablets to church. I urge you to be reverent and respectful in how you use them. But do tell the world that church is an important part of your life, that you find joy and love in being here, and that we invite all people to join us. And be sure to let us in on how you are using social media on behalf of St. Catherine’s.
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Regardless of the amount of time you can give, regardless of your gifts, or your interest, I feel confidant that I have an opportunity that will be a good fit for you. And most important you will feel good if you 'give a minute.'
The majority of the opportunities that are available are only one hour per week. Did you spend one hour last week watching TV or some other waste of time? I hate to say it, but I know that I 'wasted' more than an hour last week.
Got a minute? Give it to a good cause.
9-10 am in the Parish Hall
By Margaret Shaw
Bring a summer brunch dish to share at the regular breakfast time between services as we celebrate the Indepence Day holiday weekend. Think fruits, muffins, coffee cakes, deviled eggs - yummmm!! Breakfast Angels will provide eggs and sausage, coffee, juice, milk and cereal (donations basket will be provide to help cover these costs). Bring your dish and your appetite, no signup necessary. See you there!
Wednesday, July 16 at the Gales’
If you’ve ever thought about joining the Chancel Choir, try us out this summer! Join us on 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. Choir members, please bring an appetizer and BYOB.
Chancel Choir is for all adults, and for youth past the age for Choristers (youth choir). No RSVP is needed, and there’s never any auditions, so please come! And, start thinking soon about joining our choirs this fall - rehearsals begin September 3. For more information contact Emily Gale, augalebellsouth.net, or choir director Brian Williams, brianstcatherines.org.
Saturday, July 19 at the Fickle Pickle
Cats On Wheels' next odd-month pay-your-own lunch will be 11:30 am at the Fickle Pickle restaurant, 1085 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075. See the website at www.ficklepicklecafe.com for menu and directions.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults. Please join us for a fun gathering monthly — here's our upcoming schedule:
Saturday, July 26
Rain or shine! We’ll begin with a social time at 7:00 pm and a BBQ dinner starting at 7:30 in the picnic area outside the Parish Hall. At 9:00 pm we'll move to the front of the church under the oak to watch the classic movie, "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial." Bring your family, your chairs, your blankets. Popcorn & lemonade will be available, and an adult beverage bar. Donations will be welcome. Sponsored for everyone by Men's Bible Study Group (Hans Kraeger, hans.kraegergmail.com) and Fellowship Committee (Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com; Shirley Childs, sechildsbellsouth.net).
By Pierce Hale
Building Bridges of Peace… through understanding: this is what the Interfaith Immersion Weekend is all about. It is an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone to learn about our local and global neighbors in a fun and friendly environment. Come join us in this rare opportunity to experience the major religions of the world first hand: Islam, Judaism, Vedanta, Hindu and Buddhism.
Each day we will gather at St. Catherine’s between 8 - 9 am. From there, we will travel to sacred spaces around Atlanta to hear from leaders in each faith community and to witness their traditions, customs and cuisine. Thanks to a subsidy from Amma Susan’s sabbatical fund, the fee for St. Cat’s members has been reduced to just $20 for the entire weekend including meals. Registration for the event is limited, so please secure your spot as soon as possible. To sign up or get more information, please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Pierce Hale, pierce.d.halegmail.com, 770-331-3014. I look forward to embarking on this spiritually explosive journey with you!
AGENDA (Return times each day are approximate)
Friday, July 25 (Islam and Judaism) 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 26 (Vedanta, Hinduism) 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday, July 27 (Buddhism) 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday, July 27 at both services
On July 27 we will recognize all our rising college freshmen to wish them God-speed, and present to them the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards. Congratulations to each!
St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund
St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the Parish Picnic. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships. We are able to give small scholarships (and even that may not be possible after this year), but with additional gifts we hope to expand it.
We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.
Amma Susan is keeping us alongside her in words and pictures on our St. Catherine’s blog. Read her latest entries at “The Welcoming Journey,” www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney. You are invited to leave your comments!
Photos below from Amma Susan's blog... at left, leaving a stone at the cross at Cruce de Ferro; center - on the trail with her son, Phil, and his wife, Denice; right - a beautiful sunrise view.
The St. Catherine's Concert Committee is finalizing the performers for our upcoming 2014-2015 concert season. The exciting schedule will be announced early in the fall!
Our concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers like you. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. Gifts in any amount are welcome. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Donations are tax deductible.
Our church flowers and altar candles are solely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you!
The schedule of upcoming dates is listed on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin and available in the church office. You may sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one or special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Please remember to send your payment to the church office on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.
Sundays, August 3, 10 & 17
Join us for Summer Fair (formerly known as Country Fair) 9:15-10:15 am on three Sundays in August. We'll have a variety of activities for everyone. Here's a "taste" of one:
Mark your calendar for these activities coming up:
More volunteers needed July - August, sign up now
By Connie Bergeron
Day One of a Habitat For Humanity build project is somewhat different for each home being built. At year’s project for St. Catherine's and Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition, Day One - Framing Day - of course began with prayer. Deepest thanks to Father Jim for coming to Austell at 7:45 am on June 28 and participating in the Home Blessing. His prayer was heartfelt and, along prayers by a rabbi and two other ministers, definitely launched the build on a positive note. Tom Hunter, Beth Sandoval, Tom Day, Caro Carter, Connie Bergeron and Father Jim were there for the blessing and to see the start of the home.
Our homeowner is expecting her second child, due in September, and she was thrilled to see construction beginning on her new home. Two other Habitat homeowners were building with our group on Saturday, finishing up their volunteer construction hours that each is required to complete prior to moving in to their own homes.
Saturday was perfect weather for a build, and the forecasted rain stayed away. Twenty-five volunteers were there to contribute their time and talents as nails were driven into boards, including the 2' x 4' which many St. Catherine's parishioners signed with their hopes, prayers and words of support for our homeowner and her family. Then we watched boards being joined into the outlines of walls, and the walls were raised and nailed together. How exciting it was to have two first time Habitat volunteers from St. Catherine's, Caro Carter and Tom Day, enthusiastically hammering as members of teams working on different walls and perfecting their skills under the guidance of our Project Leaders. Said Tom, "I was very impressed with how professional the people from Habitat were, how well they worked with inexperienced people. It was a very rewarding experience and one l will never forget."
We will provide volunteers on future Saturdays, including July 26 (10 people), August 2 (2 people), August 9 (2 people), August 16 (7 people) and August 23 (3 people). All dates are currently available. In addition we will provide breakfast and lunch for 25 to 30 people on site on July 26. The build site is at 6084 South Gordon Road, Austell, Georgia 30168. Please mark your calendars for these dates now and let Connie Bergeron know as far in advance as possible of your preferred date (there are minimum age requirements for participation). All volunteer days are from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm, unless the work designated for that day is completed early. To sign up to help build or to contribute to meals, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Connie Bergeron at connieatlbergerons.net.
Photos on Framing Day, June 28 - Bottom right is Tom Day with the new homeowner (by Beth Sandoval, Tom Day, Connie Bergeron, Paul Wilson).
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.
St. Catherine’s assembled 1,000 lunches on two different days in June for the MUST Summer Lunch program. Thank you to everyone who joined in this vital effort to feed hungry school children in our community!
Photos by Bill Ivey
By Tillie Carter
Isabel (Liz) Trono (left, seated between Ann Snead and Amma Susan) was born in Atlanta and was baptized and attended an Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs before moving to Rochester NY at age 11. She returned here about a year ago with her twin daughters and began attending here at St. Catherine’s. She has been a single mom for many years after the death of her husband. In the past she has had experience in Human Resource Management, OSHA training, working with a Fortune 500 company and has been a chef, a business in which she is still interested. She also says she may resurrect her real estate license. Her daughters attend and enjoy our youth group and Liz especially enjoys Ginny Acocella’s Sunday School class! Her mother is living in assisted living in Buckhead and she has a brother in Newnan and a sister in Savannah.
Barbara Saunders (right, with Rachel Bagby, Bill Selby and Sheila Bishop) has lived in this area for about 25 years but is originally from Aldershot , England, about 40 miles south of London. She had been attending a local Community Church but was seeking a new church home and found St. Catherine’s. She says our services remind her of her Church of England services. She enjoys our family service at 8:45 AM and says she always finds a warm welcome. She has a daughter and a 2-year-old grandson and really enjoys spending time with her family. She is an accountant with an insurance agency and enjoys reading in her spare time.
More photos from our newcomer & visitor breakfast on June 22:
Steve & Rhonda Robinson; Michael Wherry; Beth Nix and Angela Brown; the Breakfast Team (Photos by Bill Ivey and Bettye Harris).
See the video - Baby D & the Breakfast Angels!
WOOHOO, go Baby D! Check out this rap posted on June 29, Social Media Sunday, by “Baby D” (aka Michael Devault) with our Breakfast Angels team! The video was even picked up on the National Church's social media page. Watch it now at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=656673784412933&set=vb.190058747741108&type=3&theater
By Steve Pyburn, St. Catherine’s Treasurer
As always, let me know if you have any questions about any of these numbers!
See lots more photos, full size on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StCatherinesEpiscopalChurch/photos_stream?tab=photos_stream. Remember, you DO NOT HAVE TO BE a Facebook user to view the pictures!
Sealed as Christ's own, forever! Baptisms on June 22 (photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full size at NienaberBaptism062214)
AND baptism on June 29 (photos by Bill Ivey)
Blood drive on June 24 - We gathered 20 pints of blood from both parishioners and neighbors. Thank you to everyone for helping save a life! You can mark your calendar now for our next blood drive -- Tuesday, August 25. (photos by Bill Ivey)
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:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Protect your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at St. Catherine's on Wednesday, July 30. Through ultrasound Life Line will evaluate the carotid arteries for the buildup of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke. This event is also being sponsored by DeKalb Medical
Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm package. Packages range from only $139.00 - $199.00, which includes four screenings: carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and atrial fibrillation. Sign up by calling 1-800-324-9458 or visiting www.helpinghandsforhealth.com . You will receive $10 off any package priced $139 and up, and St. Catherine's will receive a $10 donation for any member that signs up through this number and attends the screening.
Free Admission! Come to Jim Miller Park on Saturday, July 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, for an auto show and lots of fun, all to benefit Habitat! The Veterans After Action Coalition (VAAC) and the Women In Action Coalition (WIAC) are sponsoring an auto show to raise funds to build a house with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta for an area woman veteran. There will over 100 vehicles, plus food vendors, a live band, raffle, silent auction, Tshirts and more. The park is located at 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta, GA 30008. Even if you can’t take part in this event, VAAC and WIAC are accepting gifts or you can send them directly to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta, 1625 Spring Road SE, Smyrna, GA 30080, tax deductible (be sure to request that your gift be credited to the VAAC-WIAC project). No tickets or admission. To enter a vehicle or motorcycle in the show contact Denise Cardin dacardincomcast.net (cars-$25, bikes-$17).
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, the Rev. Randall Hansen, Lacey, Richard McCloud, Joan Schlesinger & family, Katrina Williams, Betty Robinson, Pastor Chris Neikirk, Kathie Elliot, Lelia Waits, Shelley Hayes, David Smith, Deanna Nickel, Jennifer Kellam, Tom Nichols, Michael Porter, Dick Nixon, Tammy Fisher, Jennifer Steiner, Peter Paglia, Reuel Kaighn, Clint Harkins, Ashlee Wilson, Marjorie, Chip Brock, James Holcomb, Andy Loeb, Archer Smith, Trudy Cobb, Dave Banko, Mit FitzSimons, Linda, Patrice Moore, Bonnie Cole, Edward Wilson, Paige Schlenker, Janice, Pat Zander, Raymond Higgins, Gary Parker, Martin Shaw, Kaitlin Bailey, Ruth Jones, Marion Cook, Richard Motter, Althea Dillard, Bill Hutton, Robbie Roy, Kelly & Nelson Sigrab, Lidia Germano, Jodi Willoughby; Peter Britt; Denise Gillette, Wendy Alpine, Sue Jones, Tom Braswell
BEFORE SURGERY: Randy Satterfield; Pat Pepper
DECEASED: Neill Clemenshaw, friend of Greg Caudle; Philip Lutzenkirchen, added by Ellis Kilgore; Shelley Hayes, friend of Joyce Hendricks; Phil Schmidt, friend of Tom Hunter
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (7/5) Jordan LaGardѐ; (7/8) Thad Barrington, Julian Gardiner; (7/10) Karen Blakey, Tori Brogdon, Toby Hopper, Christi Nakajima, Trevor Kiefer; (7/11) Rachel Bagby, Alyssa Nichols, Bill Ivey; (7/13) Kathy Kareken; (7/14) Diane Sanders; (7/16) Jacob Morris; (7/17) Ron Cook, Carol Eskew, Michael-Ryan Fendley; (7/18) Bob Pepper
ANNIVERSARIES: (7/6) Frank & Patricia Brent; (7/7) Eleanore & Richard Pearson; (7/11) Martin & Katja Michael; Matt & Catie Nelson; (7/18) Tom & Marilyn Hunter
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 WNL Youth Group on Wednesday, July 9 and July 16 from 6-7:30 PM in the Youth House. Dinner will be provided. For further details, please feel free to contact Gina Baumann at tabby257aol.com or Ellis Kilgore at elliskilgorebellsouth.net.
Please pray for those of us who will be attending the National Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) in Philadelphia July 8-17. We will be joining and celebrating with young people from every diocese in the Episcopal Church while also engaging in various service projects in the Philadelphia area.
And, pray for everyone going on the Rite 13 Beach Trip July 18-20 to Panama City Beach, Florida!
On Wednesday, July 23, we will be joining up with several other local Episcopal youth groups to head to Helen, GA and hit the river for some tubing! We had a LOT of fun with this event last year and it will likely be very popular again this year, so be sure to sign up earlier rather than later! Here are the details:
What: Youth Tubing Trip
Important note: The amount of space on this trip will be determined by the number of drivers/chaperons who are able to come. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up or we may not have space for you!
New pilgrimage pictures! -- See a whole lot more Ireland photos in the albums at https://www.facebook.com/StCatherinesYouth/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums
Making a 1,000 sandwiches for the MUST Summer Lunch program in June...
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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