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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 2 - 15, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Summer Fair
College sendoff
Ministry Teams quarterly meeting
Financial ed classes
Newcomer social
Pilgrimage presentation
Men's Bible study
Ladies night out
Ministry Fair
Blood drive
Reflections writers
Join choir
Men's book study
Fall schedule
Sabbatical blog
Cats On Wheels

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
Family Promise hosting week
Family Promise concert
Habitat build
Outreach items collections

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Volunteer Corner
Acolytes recognized
Immersion Weekend reflections
Finance report
Seen around St. Cats
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
Foreign exchange students
Bookstore lecture
Health tips

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Thanks for summer
Beautification day
J2A leader training
Elizabeth Inn dinner
Pics

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

8/2, 9, 16, 23 – Habitat build days

8/3 – Summer Fair;
College freshmen sendoff

8/5 – Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

8/10 – Summer Fair;
Financial ed class "Budgeting"

8/16 – Newcomer ice cream social

8/17 – Summer Fair;
Financial ed class "Indentity Theft";
Youth Pilgrimage Presentation

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Eucharistic Celebration

By Father Jim+

As you read this we are preparing to hear one of the stories of Jesus’ feeding of the five or four thousand, depending on which Gospel you read. For many, including me, this story is seen as a precursor to our Eucharistic celebration each week as we gather around our altar.

Henry Nouwen, the great Roman Catholic mystic, speaks of the Eucharist in a way that expands my view of this sacrament so central to our common life. He encourages us to view our daily human interactions as Eucharistic in nature. As we gather with one another, as we care for, nurture, and seek each other we, in effect, feed one another. We become the body and blood of Christ as we share our bodies, minds and souls with one another. This resonates with me because, in fact, I find myself constantly nourished by the relationships I share with each of you and with my family and friends. I have said often that I come to know Jesus Christ most fully through my human interactions. Frank Griswold puts it this way: “As the Christ within me meets the Christ with you our understanding of Christ is enlarged.” I am fed by the words and deeds that bring Christ alive in my daily life in community.

Joan and I travel with some very good friends from Memphis, Tennessee. We’ve traveled with them for nearly 25+ years. We know them and they knew us even before my change of vocation. There is a degree of freedom in our relationship because, as they are apt to remind me, “we knew you before….” They are Southern Baptist. We are Episcopalian. I am a priest. They are very involved as lay persons in the day to day ministry of their church. There is very little we haven’t discussed from a theological point of view. As you might expect we come to questions of faith from very different viewpoints and often have to agree to disagree. I find myself, however, constantly fed by not only by our relationship but by the frank and engaging conversations we share.

As we gather at the Eucharistic table each week at St. Catherine’s, there is a great diversity among us. There are many great questions of faith on which we would find the full spectrum of opinions and answers. It is this diversity that I celebrate because it continues to nourish me; my mind, body and soul. Together we become the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ and we feed one another. How empty it would feel if we agree on all matters of faith, or life, or politics. It would be as though we stare into a plate of food all the same color or consistency. Jesus Christ came amongst us so that each and every one of us would be fed and his feeding is abundant as Luke reminds us this week in his story of the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus invites each of us to come to the table so that he might feed us and that we in turn might feed one another.


Summer Fair for August!

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.


College freshmen send-off

Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 am 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. Here are our out-going college freshmen and their respective schools. Congratulations to each!

Katie Barrington – Kennesaw State University
Alex Butler – Kennesaw State University
Kelly Donoghue – University of Georgia
Allison Dupuis – Agnes Scott College
Andrew Hutton – Valdosta State University
Adam Moran – University of West Georgia
Megan Shannonhouse – Meredith College
Mary Vavra - University of South Carolina
Davis Waldron – Kennesaw State University

St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our rising college freshmen. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. 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, but with additional gifts we hope to expand either the amount of the gift or have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.

We thank everyone who has been so generous to the fund this year. Donations are still welcome at any time, please make checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for this fund. Donations are tax deductible. Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.


Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

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.


Financial education classes in August      

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 10: "Budgeting" This presentation will cover the basics of proper budgeting, how to manage your money (budgeting, not investing) to achieve short, medium, and long term goals, as well as strategies for spending your money wisely, reducing everyday expenses and financial planning.
     
  • Sunday, August 17: "Identity Theft" – Identity theft is currently the second largest form of theft in the United States. 7% of Americans age 16 or older will be victims. We’ll talk about how to recognize it, how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens to you.


Newcomer & Visitor Ice Cream Social - Saturday, August 16

“We scream for ice cream!” …The Return

By Bettye Harris

We had such a great time last year that we’re hosting another “Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social” on Saturday, August 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Newcomers, visitors, and new members of all ages are invited to join clergy and parishioners for an afternoon of fellowship, fun, and ice cream. Families and friends are welcome and there’s no charge. Your RSVP is appreciated, please reply on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Ann Snead (678-520-3667).

The Ministry of Invitation, sponsor of this event, is soliciting help from our team and from other parishioners who can assist with setup, serving, or cleanup. Please sign up on the “Opportunities for Ministry” form in your bulletin or contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Ann Snead (678-520-3667) for information. Thank you.


Pilgrimage presentation Sunday, August 17

Everyone invited! The youth pilgrims from the YA class will host a dinner and presentation for you about their summer pilgrimage to Ireland at 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall. All St. Catherine’s parishioners (and anyone else who is interested) is invited to come as the pilgrims share their experiences, show what the pilgrimage experience meant to them as individuals and as a group, and thank the parish for all of the support they gave to make the pilgrimage a reality. Dinner will be provided at no charge.

New photos! See lots of full-size pictures from the pilgrimage in the Ireland Pilgrimage 2014 albums at www.facebook.com/StCatherinesYouth/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums


Men’s Bible study groups begin soon for fall

Order books by Sunday, Aug. 17

Two men’s bible study groups, a Thursday evening group and a Friday morning group, gather during the week to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible translations are encouraged. All men are invited to join us. Please contact Tom Snead by August 17 to order books for the new fall study sessions, at 678-795-9508, tom.sneadearthlink.net, or sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin:

  • Thursday evening study -- 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room beginning September 4. We will use "Invitation To The New Testament" from Abingdon Press. The cost is $11.99 plus shipping and tax. This study will last 8 sessions.
  • Friday morning study -- 6:30 to 7:30 in the Conference Room beginning September 5. We will use "Journey Through The Bible - Luke" from Cokesbury. The cost is $11.99 plus shipping and tax. This study will last 13 sessions.


August Ladies Night Out

A Ladies Night "Favorite Things" evening out! Come to the Parish Hall on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 pm for a "Favorite Things" party. Bring a new item, maximum cost $15, that you love to have/use in your home to be put into a drawing for someone to "win."

Please also bring a dish to share. A Bellini bar and other beverages will be provided. No RSVP is needed! This evening is hosted for everyone by the Fellowship Committee. Anyone who would like to help, please contact Maureen Donoghue, georgiadonoghuescomcast.net Hope to see you then!


Ministry Fair - Sunday, August 24

By Linda Scott

Special schedule on Aug. 24! There will be only one worship service at 9:00 a.m. on Aug. 24, due to our annual Ministry Fair which, as is St. Catherine’s custom, begins and ends with food! Join us in between for a special worship service, followed by your choice of three 20-minute workshops from over 20 offerings, in which our Ministry Teams will share some of the wide variety of church and outreach activities by the members of St. Catherine’s. Our schedule for the day is:

  • 8:15 am – Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Worship Service (only ONE SERVICE today!)
  • 10:30 am – Ministry Fair workshop Session 1
  • 11:00am – Ministry Fair workshop Session 2
  • 11:30 am – Ministry Fair workshop Session 3
  • 12:00 noon – Sunday brunch for purchase from A Moveable Feast – a local Food Truck in our own backyard!

Workshop offerings are now being finalized—they will include offerings from our six Ministry Teams and the Vestry. We’re also looking at the possibility of one on Youth and Children’s offerings and one on how volunteering as members of the community impacts our personal lives as well as the lives of others. Displays will also be offered by these teams in the long hallway that leads to the Parish Hall.

Youth are welcome to attend any workshops that interest them. For kids there will be special movies (two age groups) and childcare will be provided for our youngest members.

The annual Ministry Directory and Christian Formation brochure will be ready prior to the Ministry Fair. You can look those over ahead of time and start thinking about which of the workshop offerings you might want to attend. Not all of our 120+ ministries can be squeezed into the morning, but written information will be available in addition to the handbooks. And this is a great opportunity for you to ask questions of the folks that lead and do these ministries on a regular basis. Many will tell you about how doing ministry for others does even more for them!

YOU ARE INVITED to join us on Sunday, Aug. 24 for a morning of worship, fellowship, fun, food and some important information. Website for A Moveable Feast is www.thefrenchtruck.com and a special brunch menu will be chosen. Brunch purchases will be on your own. We will provide water, lemonade and coffee.


Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 26

The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

Our August 26 blood drive will be held 3:00 to 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can reserve a time slot now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are still welcome to come. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.


Reflection writers wanted        

St. Catherine's will publish a new reflections booklet for the fall Stewardship campaign. Won't you consider writing for this collection? You will write a brief (1-2 paragraphs) meditation on the theme “This I Believe… about Stewardship.” Reflections will be due by Sunday, September 7. Names are not attributed to the individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at Karenstcatherines.org. We will be in touch with details of your assignment.


Make music this fall – You are invited!

This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out. Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions! The rehearsals will begin soon (see details below) so start planning now:

  • Choristers of St. Catherine's - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning September 3, 6:15 – 7 pm — Choristers of St. Catherine's is our choir for guys and girls in grades three through twelve. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am family service except the last Sunday of each month. We also sing at the Advent Lessons and Carols Service as well as the family Christmas Eve service. Being an acolyte or participating in Youth WNL will not conflict. For information please contact director Dr. Jana Williams, janastcatherines.org, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning September 3, 7:15-8:30 pm — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily, and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. We rehearse September through May on Wednesdays, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead the 11:15 am service. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information please contact director Dr. Brian Williams at brianstcatherines.org, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.
  • Jubilate — For instruments and singers! This group leads contemporary worship music at the 8:45 am family service once per month plus occasional special services. Musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this ensemble. Rehearsal schedule will be announced soon.
    Jubilate sound technicians and crew are also needed, a great opportunity for youth or adults—training is provided, contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945, billiveybellsouth.net.


Men's Book Study begins new book

Monday, Sept. 8 - RSVP

All men of the congregation are invited to the men’s book study group on the second Monday each month at 6:30 PM. This study is a fellowship-oriented look at our faith over a light dinner. Our next book will be "An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith" by Barbara Brown Taylor. You'll need a copy of the book to read, whether purchased from a store or online, or borrowed from the public library or a friend – please read chapters 1 & 2 for this first meeting.

Each month we meet at the home of a member of the group. In September we will be at Fr. Jim Nixon’s house. RSVP on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or to fatherjimstcatherines.org so there can be enough food for everyone. We hope to see you there.


Looking ahead: schedules changes and start of fall activities

  • Sunday, August 25 - ONE SERVICE ONLY at 9:00 am, followed by Ministry Fair 10:30-12 noon
  • Sunday, September 1 - Summer worship times final Sunday: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Sunday, September 7 - Worship times change to fall schedule & Church School begins:
    - 7:30 am - Holy Eucharist
    - 8:00 am – Breakfast
    - 8:45 am - Family Holy Eucharist
    - 10:00 am - Church School for all ages
    - 11:15 am - Choral Holy Eucharist
  • Wednesday, September 10 - Wednesday Night Live dinner & programs begin for all ages


Where in the world is Amma Susan?

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

And... SAVE THE DATE for Amma Susan's Homecoming Celebration, Sunday, September 7 — 12:30pm, with food & festivities provided in the Parish Hall!

Iona, Scotland photos from Amma Susan's blog...


Cats on Wheels waits ’til September

The Cats On Wheels trip planned for August 16 to Berry College will be deferred to a later date. Our next Cats on Wheels activity will be our lunch excursion to Mary Mac’s Tearoom on September 20.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Family Promise news

Next hosting week at St. Catherine’s: September 7-14

St. Catherine’s will next be hosting guests from Family Promise of Cobb County at our church September 7-14. We will need approximately 50 volunteers for the week for a variety of tasks and donations. Please visit the Youth House during the first session of the Ministry Fair on August 25 or contact Co-Volunteer Coordinators, Eleanore Pearson (elerichbellsouth.net) or Diane Sanders (dianesanders3198att.net) to learn more about the program and how you can become involved. For those of you have been volunteered in the past, we look forward to working with you again in September.

Need training?

All Family Promise volunteers who interact with guests are required to have training prior to serving. The next trainings are:

  • Wednesday, August 6 - 7:00-9:00 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30062
  • Thursday, August 21 - 7:00-7:00 at Family Promise of Cobb County Day Center, 2325 Roswell Rd., Bldg. 400, Marietta 30062

Please let Eleanore or Diane know as above if you plan to attend one of these training dates. You only need to attend one 2-hour session.

Family Promise concert ticket sales begin August 3

The second annual “One Family, One Promise, One Song” to benefit Family Promise will be Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 pm at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. The concert will feature music by 13 FP congregations including St. Catherine’s Jubilate Choir. This is FPCC's biggest fundraiser for the year and your support is greatly appreciated! Tickets are $20 for premium seating and $10 for regular seating, available following all services at our church on Sundays.

FPCC needs web help

The FPCC Communications Team says they are is in desperate need of someone who is web design and "Internet, email and tech savvy" to help get our Family Promise of Cobb County website back up and running efficiently with our new host company. We are looking for someone who can be committed for at least a few weeks and is willing to meet with us in person, help us understand what we are working with, and what elements we might need to enhance the site as required. Please contact Team Leader, Eileen Collins, at eileencollinsogarajets.com and please mark the subject line as "FPCC Website."


Habitat for Humanity build

Workers needed through August

We will provide workers on Saturdays coming up, including August 2, 9, 16 and 23. If you are interested or need more information please contact Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, connieatlbergerons.net.


Outreach items collection for August

Here are the Outreach collection focuses for this month. The collection bins are located at the Outreach table to the left of the sanctuary across from the Parlor. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated:

  • New school supplies for high school students through Communities in Schools: Calculators, spiral notebooks, index cards, 1 inch binders with dividers, 2 inch binders, 3 ring notebook paper, binder dividers, folders, blue and black ink pens, mechanical pencils, pencils, Post-it notes of all sizes, hand sanitizer, tissue packages, book bags.
  • Year-round collection continues of: maternity, work and professional clothing, shoes, and men's belts; and all non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries for MUST Ministries’ food pantry.
PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Volunteer Corner: Got a minute?

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

Did you know there are 38 scriptures in the Bible that have time as their focus? Do you wonder why?

The first creation was Time. Time began and time will end. Each breath, each beat of the heart comes only once. And so that is our primary mission: To elevate time and make it holy.

When you take control of your life, the first place to start is with Time: Where have you placed the hours of your day? But you cannot control Time until you first take control of yourself: Where have you placed your heart, your mind and your soul? What is important to you? Why have you entered this world? Is your time for study, time for prayer, time for family, time for the world anchored with all your being?

Have you been thinking about how you can give your most precious gift, your time? You will be able to hear details of the many opportunities that are available at St. Catherine's and in the community—come to the Ministry Fair on Sunday, August 24, 10:30 am - noon.


Acolytes recognized

The word "acolyte" is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. St. Catherine’s is blessed to have had 37 acolytes during the past year who have been our constant companions, attendants and helpers! We are so thankful for the gifts of their time and talent:

Torches - Alison Adams, Thad Barrington, Connor Buckalew, Riley Devault, Coleman Dupuis, Stephanie Gardiner, Sebastjian Hutton, Justin Kerr, Michael Kerr, John Owen, Wyatt Pitts, Sydney Spessard, Forrest Tuemmler, Nat Whitlow, Riley Yucius , Maddie Zimmerman

2nd Cross - Mary Alice Barrington, Erin Donoghue, Isabel Lopez, Oak Martin, Nick Muckerman, Jack Owen, Quinn Phillpotts, Chandler Sherry, Charlie Zimmerman

Captains - Abby Baumann, Celia Bowers-Dean, Ethan Cook, James Owen, Cody Pitts, Frederick Tuemmler

Graduates - Katie Barrington, Kelly Donoghue, Alison Dupuis, Megan Shannonhouse


Reflections on the Interfaith Immersion Weekend

By Pierce Hale

  • “A wonderful journey of learning, understanding, fellowship.”
  • “A transformative and evocative weekend.”
  • “A journey of learning, expanding and enlightenment.”
  • “An invaluable opportunity to learn and grow.”
  • “A powerful journey of understanding my faith and other faiths.”
  • “Togetherness among the differences.”
  • “For me it was a great experience, from a learning standpoint, but also in bringing up some things that I had forgotten about myself and things that I used to consider on a regular basis.”

These are just a few of the reflections that were collected from the participants of St. Cat’s Interfaith Immersion Weekend, which was held July 25 through 27. A group of 20 St. Cat’s members embarked on a journey of spiritual, inter- and intra-personal exploration and growth by stepping outside of the comforts and consistencies of the community and culture that we are all accustomed to and into the faiths, cultures and traditions of our global neighbors who live so close, yet often seem so far away. The weekend included intellectual and experiential encounters with five major faith traditions of the world – Islam, Judaism, Vedanta, Hinduism, and Buddhism. We heard from well-respected spiritual leaders from each of these communities and then sat alongside them during their worship activities.

While reviewing all of the responses, a few key themes began to emerge. The most common thought was that we have way more in common with these other groups than previously expected. Another key theme was that this experience helped to deepen (not change) the faith of those who participated. Finally, in line with the focus of Amma Susan’s sabbatical (through which this weekend was funded), this weekend raised awareness of the potential for peace as gained through understanding and treating everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves. Peace, by definition, requires togetherness and harmony, so Widen the Circle.

A great heart-felt swell of gratitude goes out to all those who so eagerly took part in this weekend and to those who helped make it possible! Look out for your opportunity to Build Bridges of Peace as we solidify details of the next St. Cat’s Interfaith Immersion Weekend coming THIS FALL!

More reflections from participants:

The Interfaith Immersion Weekend is an awesome educational, enlightening and spiritual weekend. This exposure to various faiths and cultures of our world helped me to have a better understanding of and respect for people that are not like me and who may not worship like me. The bottom line for me—regardless of what name people of different cultures and faiths use to refer to God, we are all endeavoring to develop a relationship with the same God. My Lord is the same one Supreme God of the Hindu people, the same Allah of the Muslim people, the same Yahweh of the Jewish people, and the Truth of Vedanta. Regardless of what name we use to call upon God or what rituals we use to worship, God hears all of us and responds to us all! — Kim Moran

Saint Catherine's participants were a delight—very curious and interactive with "the other." "God is greater than anyone of us can imagine." Thank you Pierce Hale, Amma Susan and Father Jim for your work to make the weekend happen. — Jan Swanson

It sounded interesting, but I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be a rare opportunity for spiritual exploration, conversation and learning with welcoming people whose paths leading to God differ from ours. — Woodie Patrick

The weekend was fun and informative—just what I hoped it would be. I'm glad I went with the group because I doubt I would have had the courage to cross the threshold and ask questions by myself. I'm looking forward to continuing the conversation with people that I met. — Deborah Hurd

As I expected, I learned a lot about other faith traditions by listening to our hosts and by attending Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist worship, but I think I learned even more about my own faith traditions and practices by seeing them from the other perspectives. It was well worth the time spent! — Tom Hunter

Thank you, Pierce Hale, for leading (sometimes herding) our jovial group on a spiritual, educational and satisfying experience. As promoted, the weekend offered opportunities for dialogue, listening, asking questions, prayer, being quiet, culinary delights, building new friendships, sightseeing, learning and remembering our history, honoring diversity, exploring what compassion means, and experiencing God in the familiar and in the unique … 12 of my favorite things to do. Several worship leaders this weekend stopped to recognize and thank “the group visiting from St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church.” We were applauded and made to feel welcome and appreciated for our visit. That felt good. I highly recommend St. Catherine’s Interfaith Immersion Weekend to others. — Bettye Harris

Photos by Bettye Harris:


Finance update: January-June financials

By Steve Pyburn, Treasurer

Click chart to enlarge  

  • Pledge revenue is now basically flat to budget and 6% higher than last year. We had another challenging month for pledge revenue, which is consistent with Junes in prior years. Again, for those of you who utilize the plate each week to provide pledge payments, please consider utilizing online bill pay at least during the summer months. This helps us maintain stable cash flow for our ministries and helps pledging families stay on track with their pledge.
  • Other Revenue is 22% over budget but 24% lower than last year. This year’s positive performance is driven by higher interest than budgeted on our investment accounts. The decline vs. 2013 is due to an additional health care refund that we received last year (i.e., we only received one health care refund this year). We had budgeted for this change this year.
  • Outreach & Pastoral Care is 9% over budget and 9% higher than last year. As a reminder, we will carry this budget variance all year due to the donation of our Jan 12 plate offering to Family Promise.
  • Facilities, Ground and Technology expenses are now 21% lower than last year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we don’t have major repair expenses through the rest of the year.
  • The Building Fund is at a healthy level of $77k. We have been holding on to these funds while we worked with our bank to secure our mortgage renewal, as the current mortgage expires at the end of September. Our Loan Taskforce has completed their negotiation efforts with BB&T, and we will not use the Building Fund to pay down our loan balance. The interest we would save in doing so is not worth losing the flexibility that fund gives us to respond to “rainy day” needs. Our Finance team will continue to monitor the Building and Contingency funds and provide recommendations to the Vestry on how to utilize them best by the end of the year.

As always, let me know if you have any questions about any of the numbers above!


Seen around St. Cat's

At the Dinner & Movie Night

A great turnout and a fun evening on July 26 with a BBQ dinner and then watching "ET" on the giant screen. (Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey)

See lots more photos from the evening, full-size in the album on our Facebook page at Summer Fun - Outdoor Movie and BBQ. Remember, you DO NOT HAVE TO BE a Facebook user to view the pictures!


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:

  • August 4-10: Invitation & Fellowship Ministry Team - This week we celebrate the life and work of the Invitation & Fellowship Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To invite each person to share in the blessings of St. Catherine’s through fellowship events.” For information on how to get involved please contact the conveners — Invitation Ministry: Ann Snead 678.795.9508, ann.sneadearthlink.net and Susan Heuke 22sghcomcast.net, or Fellowship Ministry: Jennifer Massey massey.jmgmail.com, 404-375-8327 and Shirley Childs 770.977.5275, sechildsbellsouth.net.
  • August 11-17: Service & Outreach Ministry Team - This week we celebrate the life and work of the Service & Outreach Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: "To encourage and empower each person to joyfully serve our community.” For information on how to get involved please contact convener Hale Sanders (Outreach Ministry), 678-472-1839, halesandersatt.net, or Margaret Shaw (Pastoral Care Ministry) Margaret Shaw 770.641.7022, mhbshawbellsouth.net.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Host families for foreign exchange students

Host families are wanted for high school foreign exchange students this year through CIEE. One student is Marlon, a 15-year-old German boy who enjoys tennis, skiing, windsurfing, music and would like to volunteer in social projects. CIEE is a non-profit organization specializing in international work and education, and is the largest and longest running sponsor of exchange programs in the U.S. Students in their program speak English and have their own spending money and full-coverage health insurance. For information please visit www.ciee.org/highschool or contact Tina Keough, CIEE Regional Director South Georgia, clkeo67gmail.com, 770-616-1494.

 

Cathedral Bookstore features The Rev. Becca Stevens

The Reverend Becca Stevens is the speaker at the 8th annual Jane Baird Lecture presented by the Cathedral Bookstore on Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm in Child Hall at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. The Reverend Becca Stevens is the author of nine books and an Episcopal priest serving as Chaplain at St. Augustine's at Vanderbilt University. Additionally, she is founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. There is no charge for this event but please RSVP to the Book Store at 404.237.7582 or cbs3mindspring.com.

 

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Add avocados
    Tossed into a summer salad or served as a creamy dip, the avocado can complement any meal while also adding plenty of good nutrition. One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 ounce) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, as well as phytonutrients (parts of plants with disease-fighting compounds). Avocados, due to their high monounsaturated fat content, are also a healthy substitute for foods rich in saturated fat. Avocados are a bit high in calories, however, so eat them in moderation.
     
  • Cord blood awareness
    Before a baby is born, the umbilical cord is its lifeline. But, did you know that same cord can also give hope for new life to others? Like bone marrow, cord blood is rich in the blood-forming cells that can be used in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and many other life-threatening diseases. (These cells are not embryonic stem cells.) For more information about donating bone marrow or umbilical cord blood visit www.bethematch.org. Source: Be The Match

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: Joan Schlesinger & family, Pastor Chris Neikirk, David Smith, Linda, Edward Wilson, Raymond Higgins, Gary Parker, Martin Shaw, Ruth Jones, Kelly & Nelson Sigrah, Lidia Germano, Jodi Willoughby, Denise Gillette, Wendy Alpine, Tom Braswell, Nancy Dupuis, Darrell Dean, Reuel Kaighn, Anne Willcocks, Sarah Wayne Rice, Gail Everett, Barry Dillard, Alan, Kimberly Meyer & her grandfather, David Mace, Sr., Elaine Krupp, Pat Pepper, Eleanore Pearson, Dennis Gates, Dave Banko, Rosemary Wolfe, Alison Adams, Steve Diffley, Carol DuBose, Robbie Roy, Becky, Lee & Bill Crosby and his wife, Carol Eskew, Shelley Ransdell, Sue Jones, Shelby Bennett, Bill Krupp, Dr. Kent Bradley, Madison Mingledorff, Patricia, Ray, Chopper, Lenny Campbell, Richard McCloud

BEFORE SURGERY: Lu Dumke; Althea Dillard

DECEASED: Bond Crosby, nephew of Nancy Denton’s neighbor; Lois Schulz, member of Grace Church in New Lenox, added by Fr. Jim; Tom Burgher; Eugene Jackson, added by Althea Dillard

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (8/3) Jonathan Ban, Deborah Guy, Elisabeth Walton, (8/4) Chris Morris, (8/5) Lu Dumke, (8/6) Caroline Pero, (8/7) Bruce Perry, Ann Davis, (8/8) Cassie Heinz, (8/9) Carolyn Hilley, Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Alison Adams, Robbie Roy, Bill Hutton, Joliegh Josephs, (8/11) Julie Brannock, Quinn Phillpotts, Connor Kimball, Christy Jones, (8/12) Laurie Remter, John Barrington, Ginny Pierce, (8/13) Abby Smith, Joan Nixon, Kerry Pero, Donna Hutton, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Paige Hunter, Mikel Parker, (8/15) Keith Muckerman, Owen Snape, Jill Morich

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/6) John & Laura Christian; (8/8) Rod & Nadine Pope; Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Chase & Lindsey Paris; (8/10) Scott & Crystal Harwell; (8/13) Susan & Allen Jablonski

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(8/3) Bill, Donna, Phillip & Andrew Hutton; Rachel, Matt, Sebastjan, Zoey & Chase Hutton; Bill & Tinka Ivey; Allen, Susan, Shannon & Austin Jablonski; Bob & Candy Jansen
(8/10) Doug & Susan Jenkins, Scott Burkholder; Susan Johnson; Elisabeth Johnston; Al & Sue Jones; Chris, Christy, Reagan & Maddock Jones

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:

  • Wednesday, September 3 – Chancel Choir & Choristers rehearsals begin
  • Sunday, September 7 - Fall worship schedule and Church School begin;
    and Amma Susan's Homecoming Celebration 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 10 – WNL begins
  • October 10-12 – Men’s Retreat

Holy Baptism next scheduled dates

Sundays: August 3, August 10, November 2
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, 8/2 Saturday, 8/9

 
9:00AM
10:00AM
12:00PM
6:30PM

Habitat Build Day
Jubilate Practice
Reception Set up
Acolyte Training
Rea Anniversary

 
9:00AM
4:00PM

Habitat Build Day
Stephen Leaders
Smith/Forness Wedding
Sunday, 8/3 Sunday, 8/10

7:30AM
8:00AM
9:15AM
9:15AM
10:30AM

Coffee & Fellowship
Holy Eucharist
Summer Fair
Ministry Fair Planning
Holy Eucharist/Baptism
  /Scholarships

7:30AM
8:00AM
9:15AM
9:15AM
10:30AM

Coffee & Fellowship
Holy Eucharist
Summer Fair
Financial Ed Class
Holy Eucharist/Baptism

Monday, 8/4 Monday, 8/11
 
7:00PM
7:30PM

Cobb County Schools Begin
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713

6:30PM

Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 8/5 Tuesday, 8/12

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

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Quarterly Ministry Teams

10:00AM
10:30AM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Outreach Meeting
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 8/6 Wednesday, 8/13

9:30AM
12:00PM

Bible Study
Christian Formation

7:15AM
9:30AM

Executive Committee
Bible Study

Thursday, 8/7 Thursday, 8/14
6:30PM
Great Oak Board 9:30AM
10:00AM
6:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Preschool Workday
Family Promise Meeting
Finance Meeting
Calling & Caring Ministry
HR Committee
Friday, 8/8 Friday, 8/15
 
10:00AM
5:00PM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
Wedding Rehearsal
A.A.
A.A. Women’s Meditation

  
9:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
Preschool Workday
Women’s Bible Study
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

HUGE thanks for a spectacular summer!

We had an incredible summer in the St. Catherine’s Youth Program! For every week of the summer, we had a different outing, gathering, trip, service project, and/or party. All of this fun would not have been possible without the many volunteers who gave their time, energy, and resources to these many events. Enormous thanks go out to every volunteer who showed up, chaperoned, drove, planned, provided dinner, opened up their homes, or otherwise gave of themselves to help make our summer schedule such a success! We are so blessed to have you!

 

Beautification Day - Saturday, August 23

We will be working on the morning of Saturday, August 23 to get our wonderful Youth House beautiful and ready for the year to come! All youth, leaders, enterprising parents, and anyone else who wants to help out are encouraged to come out. Exact times and details will be announced in the near future, but go ahead and make your best effort to keep that morning clear on your calendar!

 

Journey to Adulthood Leader training

We will be holding a training for all Journey to Adulthood adult leaders in the Youth House on Sunday, August 24 at 1:00 PM. We will discuss some goals for the upcoming year, take some time to plan/schedule, and soak up the insight, experience, and wisdom of our guest trainer Tracey Herzer.

 

Youth serving at Elizabeth Inn August 28

The St. Cat’s Youth will be serving dinner at Elizabeth Inn, an emergency shelter for those in need on Wednesday, May 28. You can meet us directly there at 5:30 (55 Elizabeth Church Road, Marietta, GA 30060) or catch a ride from St. Catherine’s at 5 PM. Please let Mike know if you plan to come and whether you will need a ride from St. Catherine’s. We always have a great time grilling and meeting people, so come join us!

Photo, right - Doing dinner at the Inn last fall

 

At the parish Dinner & Movie night

Photos by Bettye Harris & Bill Ivey

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 15
  • September 5
  • September 19

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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