The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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By Father Jim+
I am, as you read this, just ending a week of vacation at the beach on the Outer Banks. I’m guessing I’ve had a good time especially since everyone will be together for the week.
We’ve done this not every year but for many years. It began with my parents and has continued as we’ve started and raised and launched our own families. Memories of graduations and wedding announcements. Memories of “in-law” initiation and of water balloon launchers flood over me when I think of this time. I also have memories that while humorous also uncover some woundedness, like the year we had to sit my dad down and tell him he was going to need to consider an assisted living facility—he always said that was the year we ruined his life. So the place has many memories for me and for the other 10 adults and 5 children who will gather in Waves, NC. It’s a particularly sacred time because for 5 children (1 to 9 years old) the memories are just beginning to be made.
While I’ve been gone you heard a story last Sunday about Jesus that begins thus... That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen!”
I intend to do a lot of sitting beside the sea. I doubt that any crowds will gather except those who surround me as family. Surely no boat will be required. But the time we spend together and the memories we make over these coming days will be summed up in the years to come as “many things in parables.” If we are wise we’ll listen carefully over the coming days because each of our hearts will have stories to tell, and to miss any one of these “parables” will be a shame and a loss to each of us.
I hope your summer has created many memories and parables for you.
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).
Sunday, July 27 will be our annual Acolyte Recognition Sunday. We will thank our young people for their important ministry and years of service to all of St. Catherine's.
Do you have a child who would like to become an acolyte? While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they start as torch bearers. For information please contact Acolyte Masters Tina Kerr & Frank Adams.
Sundays, August 3, 10 & 17 — 9:15-10:15 am
Come enjoy music and fellowship under the oak! Join us for Summer Fair (formerly known as our Country Fair) on three Sundays in August, in front of the church between the 8:00 and 10:30 am services.
We'll have a variety of fun, food, music and activities for everyone. Enjoy music by our very own Jubilate and a special appearance from the Marietta Square Blue Grass. We will welcome back our farmer, Yvette of Yves Garden, at the August 3 gathering! Peter and Colleen Morich will also display the Lexicon of Sustainability Pop Up Show with art images providing explanations, stories, recipes and more, around the theme of sustainability for our world, www.lexiconofsustainability.com.-> Food contributors wanted - We are looking for 10 families per Sunday to bring food to share. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Stephanie Yucius, stephyuciushotmail.com, if you can help.
DATE CHANGED: Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 am service
On August 3 at the 10:30 am worship service 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! (This date has been changed from the originally announced date of July 27.)
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.
Tuesday, August 5
All leaders of St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us at 7-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have important discussions of the plans for the Ministry Fair on August 24. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.
After our class about credit scores which was held in June, there was much interest in further topics. So, please join us for one or both of these new classes, led by Randy Satterfield. Each class will be 9:15-10:15 am in the Board Room. No charge, no RSVP needed, so please come to:
Sunday, August 17
Everyone in the parish is invited for a presentation by the YA Youth about the Ireland pilgrimage they made this summer. Join us on August 17 at 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall. We'll have dinner, lots of pictures and lots of memories to share. More details coming soon!
We invite you to Get Engaged!
Come find out which of the wide varieties of ministries at St. Catherine's is right for you! We will have one worship service this day at 9:00 am, followed by the Ministry Fair and a food truck lunch. Here is the schedule:
Watch for more exciting details coming soon!
Many hands needed July 26!
Ten volunteers from St. Catherine’s are needed on Saturday, July 26 to help build this year's Habitat for Humanity house. In addition, volunteers are needed to serve breakfast and lunch to the 30 people who will be onsite this day. If you are interested please contact ASAP Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, connieatlbergerons.net. Volunteers will also be needed for these build dates coming up: August 2 (2 people), August 9 (2 people), August 16 (7 people) and August 23 (3 people).
Tshirts available Sunday, July 20
Habitat T-shirts to support this year's build will be available on July 20 for those who placed orders, AND we’ll have some shirts on hand for purchase/donation. Please see Connie Bergeron in the foyer before or after the 10:30 am service. Thank you.
SAVE THE DATE.... St. Catherine's will be next hosting Family Promise from Sunday, September 7 to Sunday, September 14. More information will be coming soon, if you have questions now please contact Eleanore Pearson or Diane Sanders.
More Family Promise news
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Let's talk about something we all have in common, something I have written about before, those 10,800 minutes we each have, in a week. God gave each of us the same number of minutes. Perhaps, because we live in a fast-paced society, we tend to think and act as though God short changed us when it comes to time.
We all hear comments like "There just isn't enough time in my day to get everything done". Or, "I don't know where my time goes" or "I'll try to find time, but I'm swamped." I frequently say to someone, "I don't know how she/he does everything that they do"; or "she is always helping someone else", or "he is always at the church working on something".
Am I talking about you? At the end of your 1,440 minutes (a day) do you feel good about the amount of 'quality time' that was in your day. Time is the most precious thing we own, do we give it to someone else as the most precious gift you can give?
I have many opportunities for you to choose from, that only require 30 minutes per week, and giving that time will make you say, 'that was quality time I just spent.' Sunday, August 24 is the Ministry Fair—we can be more specific and help you find how you can serve, and in return you will be served.
Vacation Bible School success!
"Weird Animals" was our VBS 2014 theme and the week was a great time singing, dancing and making new friends! This year we welcomed 86 children and 40 youth volunteers plus many adult leaders and helpers. Each day, the kids were introduced to a unique and weird animal that was created by God. The kids learned about God's unconditional love for all of us, despite our differences. Thank you to everyone for your hard work -- it was another great year of sharing God's abundant love! (Photos by Amy Mikkelson)
Thank you to everyone for making the Patriotic Potluck Brunch on July 6 a roaring success! Our flag bearers for this day were Jim Greene at 8:00 am service (photo 1); Tom Blackstock at 10:30 service (photo 2). Pictures by Bettye Harris
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!
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:
Episcopal Relief and Development states that money donations are the most effective means to show support at this time. Checks may made out to "ER-D" and on bottom memo line write please “US Disaster Fund” to help the overburdened churches in south Texas to provide nourishment to children affected in this situation.
From an Episcopal Relief & Development article dated July 1, 2014:
Episcopal Relief & Development is assisting St. John's Episcopal Church in McAllen, Texas, as the congregation provides relief to hundreds of Central American migrants who crossed through Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. A sudden influx of people, including thousands of unaccompanied minors, has overwhelmed Border Patrol and created a humanitarian crisis in towns along the US-Mexico border -- including McAllen, which sits directly opposite the town of Reynosa, Mexico, about 70 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
Central American migrants who surrender to Border Patrol and request asylum upon entering the US are entitled to a hearing, but because of the high volume of requests, hearing dates may be up to two years away. Unaccompanied minors cannot be released on their own, so they are being transferred to detention centers and emergency shelters to await placement in foster homes or other custodial situations. Adults or families with relatives in the US can receive bus tickets to go and join them, but the capacity of the bus lines is limited, and volunteers in McAllen report that wait times for seats can be up to two days.
St. John's Episcopal Church, part of the McAllen Faith Community for Disaster Recovery -- a group of churches and government agencies that have come together to respond to the crisis -- is assisting with meals and laundry for individuals and families sheltering inside and in tents around the town's Sacred Heart Catholic Church. St. John's is also providing approximately 100 nutrition and hygiene packs per day to accompany those traveling via bus to stay with their US-based relatives. "These people have traveled long distances with little to eat and have nothing when they arrive and surrender," wrote the Rev. Nancy Springer, Assistant Rector at St. John's. "Local churches in McAllen are working to provide them with a hot meal, a shower, and a place to rest." Regarding St. John's involvement, Springer added, "We have a large parish that can accommodate teams putting together hygiene and nutrition packs... Lots of parishioners [are] willing to volunteer to build the packs, prepare and serve meals, and take linens to launder."
An estimated 200 people per day arrive in McAllen alone. The New York Times reports: "Since October, the Border Patrol has apprehended more than 160,000 undocumented immigrants in its Rio Grande Valley sector and more than 33,500 unaccompanied minors in Texas."
A limited number of coupons are available first-come-first-served to defray cost for members of St. Catherine's, contact Rose Wolfe in the office. Protect your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating in the Life Line Screening 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. 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.
The Auto Show to benefit Habitat For Humanity previously announced for July 19 at Jim Miller Park has been cancelled.
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: Joan Schlesinger & family, Pastor Chris Neikirk, David Smith, Jennifer Kellam, Tom Nichols, Jennifer Steiner, Peter Paglia, James Holcomb, Andy Loeb, Mit FitzSimons, Linda, Edward Wilson, Dick Nixon, Paige Schlenker, Raymond Higgins, Gary Parker, Martin Shaw, Ruth Jones, Marion Cook, Bill Hutton, Robbie Roy, Kelly & Nelson Sigrah, Lidia Germano, Jodi Willoughby, Peter Britt, Denise Gillette, Wendy Alpine, Tom Braswell, Nancy Dupuis, Randy Satterfield, Darrell Dean, Roberta Loewy, Reuel Kaighn, Elaine Krupp, Bill Krupp, Anne Willcocks, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Sarah Wayne Rice, Alan, Gail Everett, Barry Dillard, Rosemary Wolfe, Kimberly Meyer & her grandfather, Dave Banko
BEFORE SURGERY: Pat Pepper; Eleanore Pearson; Sue Jones; Althea Dillard
DECEASED: Iain Ross Bolton, son of The Rev. Canon John Bolton
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (7/20) Riley Barrington, Lisa Spessard, (7/21) Kevin Sherry, Sue Snape, Eric Amescua, Faye Jones, (7/22) Tinka Ivey, Allison Blackshear Cox, Connie Bergeron, Kyle Morich, Mitchell Waldron, Eli Nelson, Tracey Pitts, (7/23) Anne Parke, (7/24) Greyson LaGardѐ, Haraldur Johnson, (7/25) David Stooksbury, (7/26) Jan Potter, Katie Nixon, Susanne Muckerman, Josh Kraeger, Susan Johnson, (7/28) Carson Shillington, Corry Sandlin, (7/29) Judith Harrison, (7/30) Alexandra Brush, Cathy Larsh, (7/31) Scott Lummus, Maureen Donoghue, James Day, Shirley Day, (8/1) Rujeania Woods, Mary Alice Barrington
ANNIVERSARIES: (7/19) Daniel & Amy Mikkelsen; (7/20) Ron & Arlyn Cook; (7/22) Jason & Taryn Nienaber
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(7/20) Carolyn Hilley; Debra & Ben Hilley; Todd, Anne, Grady & Frannie Hitchins; Eric, Amy, Christian, Cameron & Lauren Hollis; Toby Hopper
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
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! Space is limited so sign up now! Here are the details:
What: Youth Tubing Trip
Important note: The amount of space on this trip is determined by the number of drivers/chaperons who are able to come. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis!
Join us for a summer celebration pool party on Wednesday, July 30, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Carol Starr's home. Watch for details coming soon!
Weird Animals VBS 2014! Thanks to all our youth volunteers, it would not have happened without you! (Photos by Amy Mikkelson)
Center, left - "Yeah, we're just hangin' with the PB..." [Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Katherine Schori].
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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