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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 16 - September 5, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Newcomer social
Summer Fair

Pilgrimage presentation dinner
Catechesis Meet & Greet
Financial Ed class
Reflections writers
Ladies Night Out
Ministry Fair
Safeguarding training
Blood drive
Fall schedule
Welcome back Amma Susan
Christian Formation
  Children
  Youth
  Adult Church School
  Bible studies
  Book studies
  WNL
Join choir
Men's retreat
Evening Under the Oak

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

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
Wedding congrats
Welcome video
Volunteer Corner

Seen around St. Cats
Ministry focus
Letters

IN THE COMMUNITY
ERD responding
Health tips


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR

YOUTH NEWS
Beautification day
Elizabeth Inn dinner
Parent meetings
Sign up for texts

WHEEL SCHEDULE

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

8/16 – Newcomer ice cream social

8/17 – Summer Fair;
Financial ed class;
CGS Meet & Greet
Youth Pilgrimage Presentation

8/19 – Preschool begins

8/21 – Ladies Night Out

8/23 – Youth House Beautification;
Habitat build day

8/24 – Worship service 9 am only;
Ministry Fair;
J2A Leader Training

8/26 – Blood drive;
Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

8/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

9/1 – Labor Day Holiday, office closed

9/3 – Choristers, Chancel Choir begin

9/6 – Friends of Music reception @Williams'

9/7 – Worship times change to fall schedule;
Church School begins;
Homecoming Brunch for Amma Susan;
Youth Parent meetings;
Habitat home dedication;
Family Promise hosting week

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Call to Discernment

By Father Jim+

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has issued its call for nominations for the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. This Bishop will be elected at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah June 25 - July 3, 2015. The Bishop elected will take office on November 1, 2015 and serve a nine year term ending on October 31, 2024. You can read the “Call to Discernment and Profile for the Election of the 27th Presiding Bishop” on the General Convention website at extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/10876.pdf or pick up a copy on our resource table at the top of the stairs in the atrium. It is a rich but manageable document and worthy of your time.

This is an exciting time in the Church as we and the candidates pray for and discern the next Presiding Bishop. The winds of change are sweeping through these too often dusty hallways and sanctuaries of the body of Christ we call the Episcopal Church. It will take a special man or woman to ably and lovingly guide and embrace this change. The JNCPB has done much work to listen to the church and to write a rich profile. They have identified the gifts of prayer, evangelism, love, health, collaboration, knowledge, development, inspiration and balance as essential to carrying out this call. Their call to this next Presiding Bishop is summarized in their own words: “The Presiding Bishop will need to lead, love, and inspire the people at a time in which both uncertainty and opportunity define the moment.”

My active ministry in the church is nearer the end than the beginning. I will serve the church in the future under the authority and leadership of this Presiding Bishop as well as the Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. I have said that we are living through a second reformation not unlike the first during the 14th - 16th century. Our 27th Presiding Bishop will have the opportunity to help us shape our response to the winds of change that challenge us to look most deeply into our hearts and souls and reform ourselves as the body of Christ gathered as the Church. I pray we will elect a courageous champion of change who will lead us into the rich pastures of the future where we will meet the Good Shepherd already there preparing the way for us.


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.


Last date for Summer Fair is August 17

Come enjoy music and fellowship under the oak! Join us for our last Summer Fair on August 17, in front of the church from 9:15 to 10:15 am. Please bring a breakfast dish to share. We'll have a variety of fun, music and activities for everyone.

At the Summer Fair -- music by Marietta Square Bluegrass with our own Greg Byer, and tasty samples of local-made goat milk ice cream! (Photos by Bill Ivey)


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


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Parent Meet & Greet Sunday, Aug. 17 9:15 am

By Alison Harris

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) serves our children ages 2-12 each Sunday morning during the Church School Hour. We welcome your family to another atrium year at St. Catherine’s! Parent Meet & Greet is Sunday, August 17 at 9:15. If your child is new to CGS or new to their level, you are most particularly encouraged to attend. Come hear what this unique and prayerful atrium experience can offer your children, meet your children’s catechists, and tour the newly rearranged atria! Read more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd below in this newsletter.

Register now

Catechesis begins Sunday, September 7 from 10 to 11:10 am. This year we are asking all families, new and returning, to fill out the updated registration form. Register your children beginning this Sunday! The form is available to download now on St. Catherine’s website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/CGSRegistrationForm_2014-2015.pdf or copies are available at the CGS bulletin board in the atrium wing. We are asking for a materials fee of $20/child, not to exceed $40/family, to help defray the cost of consumable materials. We deeply appreciate your support of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and what it offers your children.

See the new Catechesis Facebook page

We’ve done a lot of moving over the summer, and we are excited to share the changes with you, including our new Facebook page! Check us out at “The Good Shepherd and the Child at St. Catherine's,” www.facebook.com/goodshepherdstcats.


Financial education class August 17

After our class about credit scores which was held in June, there was much interest in further topics. So, please join us for a new classes, led by Randy Satterfield, 9:15-10:15 am in the Board Room. No charge, no RSVP needed, so please come to:

  • 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.


Reflection writers wanted now       

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.


August Ladies Night Out

Thursday, August 21

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

What is your ministry? Is it music, caring, listening, teaching? Is it cooking, reading, polishing, planning? Is it gardening, guiding, plumbing, praying? Is it mowing, driving, writing, counting? Saint Catherine’s has an abundance of ministry opportunities—and you’re invited to celebrate and explore them on Sunday, August 24 at the annual Ministry Fair. Join us for an exciting day!

  • 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” Food Truck

Youth are welcome to attend any workshops that interest them. For kids there will be special movies and nursery care will be available for little ones. At noon, A Moveable Feast, www.thefrenchtruck.com will provide a special lunch items for you to purchase. Water and coffee service will be on the upper level throughout the morning, moving to the Parish Hall for lunch.

Your choice of 22 workshops!

“Finding God in the Everyday Things” “Advice for DIY” “The Price is Right” “I Can't Do Everything, But I Can Do Something” “It takes Teamwork” “Fellowship Jeopardy” “Social Media 101” - these a just a few of the topics to select from. The sessions are only 20 minutes each and will give you some highlights of specific ministries and the opportunity to ask questions about others. Start planning which workshops you’ll attend – see the complete schedule now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/ministry-fair-2014.pdf.

The Volunteer Center and Team Displays will be downstairs in the hallway leading to the Parish Hall. The annual Ministry Directory and Christian Formation brochure will be ready prior to the Ministry Fair, so 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 lots of information will be available.

What are my gifts??

Are you not sure of what might be your talents for ministry? Check out www.churchgrowth.org for a free online Spiritual Gifts Analysis that you can take which may help you identify some talents you didn’t know you had!


Training class: “Safeguarding God's Children”

August 23 at Holy Innocents

By Harriett Pyburn

If you are interested in volunteering at St. Catherine’s in an area that will require “Safeguarding God's Children” training, the following course will be offered in the Atlanta area: Safeguarding God's Children - Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 am – 1 pm at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta, www.holyinnocents.org. No fee is charged, but RSVPs are required.

To register, contact Deborah Silver at dsilverepiscopalatlanta.org, 404-601-5358 or 800-537-6743, ext. 202. If you do register for this class, also be sure to let Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com, know so she can update our church records. “Safeguarding God's Children” is our training program in conjunction with the Diocese of Atlanta for preventing sexual abuse of children and youth. All volunteers and staff who work with children and youth at St. Catherine's are required to have this training every three years.


Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 26

Our blood drive this month will be dedicated in special honor of parishioner Dave Banko. The 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: STCATS. 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.


Worship and activity schedules changes coming soon

Mark your calendar now:

  • Sunday, August 24 - 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


Welcome Back Brunch for Amma Susan

Sunday, September 7, 12:30 pm - RSVP

Join us for a very special Sunday celebration as we welcome home Amma Susan from her sabbatical, "Building Bridges of Peace." A delicious brunch will be served in the Parish Hall following the 11:15 am service.

There is no charge for the event. Please RSVP by August 31 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or to either Carol Eskew, 404-293-5225, or Donna Hutton,770-592-7346. Hope to see you all there!


Christian Formation offerings for fall

Church School begins Sunday, September 7

Church School begins for all ages at 10-11 AM on Sunday, September 7. Look for the map in your bulletin this day for the location of all classes.

CHILDREN

Infants – Nursery care is available for infants through age four. The nursery area is located downstairs in the Education building and is open at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings. It remains open through the 11:15 AM service. Nursery care is provided by paid, experienced childcare workers. On occasion, additional assistance is needed and anyone interested in providing help is welcome.

Children’s Chapel – This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a “child friendly” setting. The children leave the 8:45 am Sunday Service during the Sequence Hymn and return at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually from three to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to assist with this group each Sunday, a schedule is provided once volunteers are identified. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest members of our Community in Christ. Coordinator: Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 2 through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work.

  • Young Lambs – 2 to 3 years old. The children will hear the Good Shepherd parable, learn about the Eucharist, work with Infancy Narratives, and enjoy Kingdom parables. The Young Lambs formation is based on the most essential elements of Level I formation with the addition of handwork that hones concentration, encourages contemplative silence, and prepares the child for prayer.
  • Level I Atrium – 3 years old through Kindergarten. Children on their journey of faith get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Eucharist work, and as they work with the liturgy materials. The credo of this child is "help me do it myself." Children select their own work and are given the time and space to work independently and without interruption.
  • Level II Atrium – 1st through 3rd Grades. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations of moments from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork with the materials and utilizing their developing skills in reading and writing.
  • Level III Atrium – 4th through 6th Grades. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan to be realized. This leads to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick.

 

YOUTH

St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2013-2014 for grades six through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood.

  • Rite-13 (7th and 8th Grades) – The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.
  • J2A (9th and 10th Grades) – Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program It blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.
  • YA (11th and 12th Grades) – Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class also focuses on serving as leaders within the Youth Program and the broader congregation.

ADULTS

Church School offerings - Six topics to choose from this fall:

  • Celtic Spirituality – Amma Susan Johnson will have just returned from her four-month sabbatical including time in spiritual centers of Ireland and Scotland. She will lead this class to explore Celtic spirituality and its meaning and relevance in our faith.
  • Functional and Dysfunctional Bible Tales If you ever thought that you had nothing in common with the families of the Bible, come look at them through a different lens. Our class will study the husband/wife, parent/child, and sibling relationships in scripture. We’ll get new insight into their main Biblical roles by seeing how they did dealing with the “fam." We’ll see how some could lead the people of God and still fail Parenting 101, look at others who put family above law and convention. We’ll find kids who will do anything for attention from parents. We’ll see sister rivals and brother rivals, great mother/son relationships and at least a few relatives who in this day and age could use an appearance on Dr. Phil. Each week you will either leave feeling motivated by a good relationship, or feel elated that you are managing your home life a little better than some of the holy men and women of the Bible. Facilitator: Ginny Acocella.
  • The Lectionary Plenty of room available for all in this spirited, spirit-filled, and spiritual discussion as we go through the readings in the service each Sunday using Light on the Lessons from Lutheran Bible Ministry. We expand on them, expound on them, and find deep meaning, looking at how we relate to the readings and how they relate to us. We also look at the geography of the locations to see its impact. Some difficult questions are asked and new knowledge is gained each Sunday. We try to avoid hogging, bogging, or leap frogging, and we hope you’ll join us. Facilitators: Tom Snead & Randy Satterfield.
  • Life is Short And... This class will present you with an opportunity to take time to think, reflect, meditate, experiment, taste, listen and simply pay attention. We will use poems, meditations, raisins, quotes, mirrors, journals, and other creative tools to empower ourselves to see the good in life and appreciate the many things God provides. For more information, please see www.life-is-short-and.com Facilitator: Sue Snape.
  • Take It As Gospel This class is a men’s Bible study which will open up the scripture and allow sharing and discussion. Each week, we take the Gospel reading for the day and truly delve deeply into what it is saying to us. We use a three-part study system and read various translations. This class is for beginners, for those who have studied the Bible for many years, and for everyone in between. No preparation is needed. We welcome all men to hear the Word of God with us. Facilitator: Al Maxwell.
  • Why and What: A Roving Look at the Episcopal Church and St. Catherine’s – Have you wondered why the baptismal font is in the back of the church? How about no ends on the pews... might we fall out? Did you know there is a rock from St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai right here at St. Catherine’s? Where? Is it true that “sacristy” is just a churchy word for “linen closet?” What in the world does the Vestry do besides meet? What is a Parish Administrator? Is it likely that the Archbishop of Canterbury will visit us next year? Why would he want to come? Let’s go a bit deeper to educate ourselves in the ethos of the Episcopal Church in general and St. Catherine’s in particular. If you’ve ever wondered about these questions and countless others, this class is for you. Led by Fr. Jim and guest leaders we will meet in a different place in and outside the church every Sunday. In each place we’ll ask what it has to say to us about the Episcopal Church in general and St. Catherine’s specifically. We look forward, no doubt, to some very interesting and stimulating questions, answers and discussions.

Bible Study Groups:

  • Weekday Bible Study, Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — Over the years this group has met to care for one another, to study Scripture and to examine our own lives in response to God’s holy Word. We invite you! This study is not a lecture but a conversation where we ask that you bring your experience and beliefs to the table. We have some very interesting conversations and anyone who has joined us knows we are not tied to a calendar or pace. We will begin a study of the Book of Acts this fall. Written by the Evangelist Luke, this book is a prescriptive text for the Church. It doesn’t matter what translation of the Bible you have – bring it. We believe that the different translations help us better understand the original intent of the writer. Facilitated by The Rev. Jim Nixon.
  • Women’s Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 10-11:15 AM — Join us as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays beginning Sept. 9, 7-8:30 PM — We will be working with NOOMA videos this year, a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion. We have lively discussion and dinner together, and welcome you to join us at any point in the year. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study, Thursdays beginning Sept. 4, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible translations are encouraged. We will use the syllabus "Invitation to the New Testament" from Abingdon Press in 8 sessions covering Jesus calling us to redemption, transformation, ministry, faith, service, tradition & new relations, His coming again, His gift of His death and rising. We will also view a DVD with vignettes to help us understand. The study book (cost about $12) has assignments to read each day of the week. All men are invited to join us.
    --> Contact Tom Snead by August 17 to order this class's study book in time to read the first chapter before the first session, email tom.sneadearthlink.net.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays beginning Sept. 5, 6:30-7:30 AM — This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many translations are encouraged. Cokesbury’s "Journey Through the Bible" is used as the syllabus. We next cover Luke in 13 sessions. The study book (cost about $12) has assignments to read each day of the week. All men are invited to join us. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.
    --> Contact Tom Snead by August 17 to order this class's study book in time to read the first chapter before the first session, email tom.sneadearthlink.net.

Book Study Groups:

  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:15-11:00 AM — We will share our thoughts and journey together as we read some inspirational books. We will begin Barbara Brown Taylor’s "Learning to Walk in the Dark" at our September 15 gathering. 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. All women of St. Catherine’s and their friends are invited. Facilitator: Barb Selby.
  • Men's Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 8:30 pm —All men of the congregation are invited 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.

Wednesday Night Live — For everyone!

WNL (Wednesday Night Live), our Wednesday night dinner and programs, begins on September 10. We have wonderful things in store this year, so join us weekly to deepen our walk in Christ. We’ll have food, fellowship and learning for children, youth and adults. Dinner is 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm—you are welcome to come for either or both. Choristers of St. Catherine’s (our choir for kids and youth grades 3-12) will have rehearsals 6:15-7:00 pm. Dinner prices are $7/adult, $3/child (maximum $25/family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.

  • For children: Wednesday Night Explorers — Wednesday Night Explorers for 3rd-6th graders in the Parlor. Topics will vary by week and we will explore faith formation with a fun, collaborative, hands-on approach and focus on finding ways to see, feel and communicate with God in ways that feel authentic to us. Facilitators: Harriett Pyburn, Kell Owen, Sue Snape.
  • For Youth: Grades 7-12 in the Youth House — Wednesday Night Live fellowship includes music, discussion and fun, with an emphasis on relevance for all J2A age groups.
  • For Adults: three special series —
    • September 10 - October 1: Nooma Video and Discussion. NOOMA is a series of short videos featuring Rob Bell, with Christian teaching related to real-life situations. We will watch and discuss new topics from this popular and challenging series, looking to our own lives to make the connections.
    • October 8 - November 5: Jesus Christ Superstar - The Movie. We will watch and delve into this classic movie in five sessions to explore what has to say about God and Jesus Christ, and how Jesus’ life stood out against political, social, religious, and military expectations Like the Emmaus Road Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar will walk with us and burn in our hearts.
    • November 12 - December 17: Dearly Beloved: A Study of Marriage. What does it mean to be married? What does the church have to say about marriage? What makes a marriage Christian? How can the church continue to speak to people about relationships, faithfulness and life in Christ?


Join choir – 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 - Rehearsal Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am — 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. For information please contact Jason Gardiner, jasonnullzero.net, or Susie Davis, sdavis5226gmail.com.
    Jubilate sound technicians and crew are also needed, a great opportunity for adults or youth —training is provided, contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945, billiveybellsouth.net.


Men’s Fall Retreat – reserve now     

October 10-12 at Montara Farm

Make your reservation today! All men are invited to the 2014 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 10-12 at Montaera Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains,www.montarafarm.com/. We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. For those who have not been on this retreat before, Father Jim has something wonderful in store. More details will be coming soon but space will be limited. Hold your place now by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with your $100 deposit, or contact Daniel Mikkelsen, danielalumni.vanderbilt.edu, 770-310-3393.


Evening Under the Oak

Picnic & Concert Saturday, Sept. 27

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Saturday, Sept. 27: everyone is invited to St. Catherine’s third annual "Evening Under the Oak," starting at 6:00 pm. This will be a Chastain picnic-style concert featuring acoustic guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory. Bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners and gather outside in front of the church. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! This event is sponsored by Fellowship Ministry, and is a great night for all ages. No admission or tickets needed, but donations will be accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events. Rain date TBA if needed. For questions please contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Habitat build nears completion

Dedication Ceremony Sunday, September 7

The house is looking great as we near completion of the 8-week build and we will have a house that we can all be proud of. The house dedication will be Sunday, September 7 at 3:00 pm at the site in Austell. We look forward to seeing as many of our volunteers as possible for this exciting occasion. Those of you that have had an opportunity to work with Abi will know that she is very excited as she and her family look forward to the dedication of her new home.


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 training is 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 tickets available

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.


CIS invites you to make a difference in our community

By Carol Fey

Did you know that every 9 seconds, a student drops out of school and into an uncertain future? Many times, the student is making that decision without understanding the longer-term consequences of his or her choice. Sometimes there is family pressure to dropout in order to work and contribute to the needs of the family. Communities In Schools is the largest dropout prevention organization in the US and accomplishes its work through a network of nearly 200 affiliates across the country. Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC) is entering its 15th year of service in our county by placing the CIS Model in schools to work with identified students and their families. The organization also provides other programs and initiatives in the fulfillment of its mission. For the 2013 – 2014 schools year, over 6,637 students in 16 service locations and 1,392 parents were touched by CISMCC’s programming. Over 220 students received their high school diplomas that were at one time on the track to drop out of school.

An integral part of CISMCC’s mission of surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life is the recruitment of community members to be mentors and tutors to the students it serves. A Mentor is a caring adult who commits to spend time with a student/protégé and is a positive role model. A Tutor is an individual who has the desire to open the eyes of a child through the world of books. These programs help children grow and develop and can also cultivate character and allow adults to serve as a friend, a trusted counselor, or a coach. There is flexibility in terms of times and days; the experience is meaningful no matter what your schedule is. Mentors and tutors make a marked difference in the life of a young person simply by being a dependable, trusted presence.

Reality University is a financial literacy simulation for middle and high school students to learn financial literacy and the correlation between fiscal well-being and academic achievement. It guides them while they are still in school and helps the student to make wise choices and realistic decisions that will positively impact their future. High School dropouts earn less per year than high school graduates, and significantly less over a lifetime than college graduates. Far too many students fail to graduate on time with a regular diploma resulting in lost wages and productivity over their lifetimes that imposes a considerable impact on the economy of the community in which they live. Even college-bound students or students already in college do not have the financial literacy skills to effectively manage their lives. Volunteers can help with the events by being there to explain how the student’s choices may affect their lives. The scheduling is flexible.

Another way individuals or groups can help is by supporting the supply drives. Most of the CIS school sites served have a food pantry to support students and their families. Easy-to-open canned protein sources (tuna, chicken, Vienna sausages, and peanut butter) are always in demand along with toilet paper, tissues, feminine hygiene products and paper towels. Now that school is started, there will be a high demand for these items along with school supplies.

CISMCC is planning the 2014-2015 school calendar and has started to recruit mentors and tutors plus volunteers for Reality U. Visit the website www.cismcc.org or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Patty Yohn at pyohncismcc.org to learn more about these opportunities to make a difference in a young person’s life.


Outreach items collections

By Harriett Pyburn

Thank you to all of the families who participated in last May's book drive for Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County. We collected 143 new and gently used books and dropped them off this summer. A thank you received from CIS states, "Many of the children have already received their books and are thrilled with the opportunity to take a book home and be able to keep it... Many of the children in our schools today do not have books in their homes. We want you to pat yourself on the back for making a difference in the lives of children who only need to know that someone cares. It is known that in low income neighborhoods there is 1 book for every 300 children. The gift of a book may provide that child with the determination to succeed."

In August and September, we will be collecting school supplies for high school students in need. Items needed most include 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. We will have a collection bin at the school entrance if you and your child are able to drop off any of these items.

If you have any questions about our collections drives or Communities in Schools, please contact Harriett Pyburn. harriettspyburngmail.com.


Smile - you're doing good, and it's free!

By Harriet Pyburn

Do you ever shop at Amazon.com? If so, do you know about Amazon Smile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

Once you sign up, you simply shop from this site. Your charity of choice (need a suggestion? How about Family Promise of Cobb County? Communities In Schools Of Marietta Cobb County Inc.? MUST Ministries?) will automatically be paid and there is no more work required from you. It really is that simple!

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Wedding congratulations

“Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads.” Congratulations to Brad and Abby (Smith) Forness, who were married at St. Catherine’s on August 9. Best wishes for much happiness!


New “welcome” video on our website

See the newest feature on our website, a public welcome video at www.stcatherines.org/about/welcome-messagesvideo/. It features Father Jim and lots of St. Catherine’s folks you’ll recognize. Great job!


Volunteer Corner: Are you listening?

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

Sunday morning during worship I heard Alison Harris say she heard God “whisper her name.” When I heard that comment I knew Alison found a time to be quiet and I also knew she knew how to listen. Alison received a gift that each one of us can receive, God whispering our name. Because she listened, and then said 'Yes', the children of St. Catherine's are also receiving a gift, her presence in their lives through her participation in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program.

I have a challenge for each one of you… Take 15 minutes each day (try for a full week), by yourself, in a quiet place, sit down and close your eyes and listen.

As you read this some of you are already saying, "I don't have time to do that". My response is, "Seriously?" And some of you are saying "I do that already." My response is, "Good for you!"

On August 24 our Ministry Fair will be full of opportunities for you to hear God whispering your name. Come and listen.


Seen around St. Cat's

Sealed as Christ's own forever!

Baptisms on August 3 and August 10. (photos by Bill Ivey)


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 18-24: The Six Ministry Teams —This week we celebrate the life and work of all our six Ministry Teams which are organized around the six Goals of St. Catherine’s to lead our parish committees to carry out all our programs and ministries. Each week throughout the year we celebrate the work of one of the Ministry Team committees and invite you to learn more. A quarterly meeting is held for all ministry leaders, the next date will be Tuesday, November 4 at 7 pm. Pick up a copy of our Ministry Directory from the literature rack in the foyer or at the annual Ministry Fair to learn about all our opportunities for you to be involved in the life and work of St. Catherine’s.
  • August 25-31: Needlework Brigade —This week we celebrate the life and work of Needlework Brigade, volunteers who participate in needlework projects for the church, including our needlepoint kneelers, that leave a lasting legacy of faith and dedication to our Lord. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Beverly Fambrough, 770.993.5444, beverly618mindspring.com.


Letters

Dear Father Jim and Congregation,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to attend EYE and PYE in Philadelphia this year. I loved meeting new people from all over the United States and a couple of countries I’ve never been to. My favorite part was bringing some form of aid to a group of people that needed it. I just wanted to let you know that my time in Philadelphia was moving and life-changing. Thank you for supporting me!

Caroline Miner

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your in-kind contribution of 792 food items! Your support directly impacts the many families in need in our community. Through June we received nearly 8,000 requests for services for rent and utility assistance, shelter, and food totaling of $2.4 million. These numbers are, unfortunately, similar to the requests for the same time period last year. The need is still great. Even with reports of an improving economy, many of our neighbors are still struggling to make ends meet. CFR continues to find ways to address the immediate needs of families and to work toward breaking the cycle of poverty. Thank you again for your contribution and belief in what we do!

Warm regards,
Jennifer Cain, Development Director, The Center for Family Resources

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you for your generous donation to The Extension. Your gift of $750 is greatly appreciated. It is because of you that residents are able to work towards achieving the goal of being clean and sober. And because of you, we are helping change the lives of men and women for the better. Thank you again for providing hope for those that once had none.

Kindest regards,
Kristen, for The Extension

IN THE COMMUNITY

ERD responding to Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia

If it is on your heart to support this work, please donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) noting your desire to support this work, or send a check to St. Catherine's clearly marked as supporting this response and we will see that ERD receives your gift. Please pray for healing for all those affected and for compassionate hearts and responses to this crisis in Africa, in Atlanta, and wherever this disease may be found.

Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the Anglican Diocese of Bo in Sierra Leone and the Episcopal Church of Liberia in response to the Ebola epidemic that has killed hundreds of people since the current outbreak began in March 2014. Through its local partners, the organization is supporting awareness-raising efforts and providing personal protection equipment and disinfectants to under-resourced hospitals and clinics in the affected areas.

August 14, 2014 - Episcopal Relief & Development has increased its support for the response efforts of the Episcopal Church of Liberia to the worsening Ebola outbreak. Additional funds will enable the Church to continue promoting accurate information via local radio, including facts about Ebola prevention and recommendations for how to treat sick people and the deceased. The support will also enable the Church to deliver increased food and medical supplies to hospitals and local Ebola Task Forces in four counties: Grand Cape Mount, Bong, Lofa and Rivercess.

In Bong County, Phebe Hospital - affiliated with Cuttington University, an Episcopal insitution - is providing medical care and food to approximately 500 people in quarantine at its facility. Without sufficient supplies of protective equipment, health workers are at risk, and seven staff have already died from Ebola. However, the hospital remains the best equipped institution in the area to deal with the outbreak and serve as a center for humanitarian response.

Travel, and therefore all trade, is restricted between counties in order to minimize the spread of the disease. However, the Church is able to obtain special travel permits to deliver urgently-needed food items and protective and sanitation supplies to a drop point, where hospital staff and local leaders can retrieve them.

According to the World Health Organization on August 14, "The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa continues to escalate, with 1975 cases and 1069 deaths reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone." Escalating fear and movement restrictions have led to extreme scarcity of basic supplies and services across the affected counties, causing additional illness and death. The country's healthcare system has been overwhelmed by increased need and shortages of staff and resources, so common illnesses such as malaria are going untreated. Malnutrition due to lack of food is a growing concern, especially as deaths erode family structures and leave children and the elderly even more vulnerable.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Heartburn
    Heartburn occurs when acidic stomach juices pass upward, into the esophagus. To avoid or ease heartburn: avoid late-night eating; eat small, frequent meals; and drink liquids one hour before or after meals versus with meals. Limit caffeine and coffee (both decaf and regular), alcohol, peppermint, spearmint and chocolate. Refrain from lying down soon after eating and elevate the head of your bed four to six inches. Source: American College of Gastroenterology
     
  • Know suicide risk factors
    Suicide is a preventable public health problem. Depression and other mental or substance abuse disorders and a family history of mental disorders or substance abuse are some of the main risk factors for suicide. Prevention starts with early recognition and treatment of depression. If you or someone you know feels depressed and hopeless, seek help though your employee assistance program, physician or mental health professional. Source: National Institute of Mental Health

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, Linda, Raymond Higgins, Lidia Germano, Denise Gillette, Wendy Alpine, Tom Braswell, Nancy Dupuis, Darrell Dean, Anne Willcocks, Sarah Wayne Rice, Gail Everett, Alan, Kimberly Meyer & her grandfather, David Mace, Sr., Elaine Krupp, Dennis Gates, Dave Banko, Rosemary Wolfe, Steve Diffley, Robbie Roy, Dr. Kent Bradley, Nancy Writebol, Madison Mingledorff, Patricia, Ray, Chopper, Lenny Campbell, Richard McCloud, Jack Stachura, Trish Stump, Lu Dumke, Carol Eskew, Paige Schlenker, Jennifer Kellam, Kathie Elliott, David Gooder, Sue Jones, Mit FitzSimons, Kenneth Hartzfeld, Kathleen Aaron, Erwin Jung, Kerri Huitt, Hoyt Cragg, Cora Mae, Bernard, Susan, Amy & Ayla

BEFORE SURGERY: Althea Dillard; Bill Selby

DECEASED: Cody, added by Deborah Guy; Robin Williams

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (8/24) James Bowden, Linda Minzenberger, Emma Gale, Betsy Broda; (8/25) Jennifer Mitchell, David Sherry, Wyatt Pitts, James Sampson; (8/26) Seamus Fahy; (8/27) Ellen Adams, Karen Manno, Susie Davis; (8/28) Jeff Pierce, Mason Parisi; (8/29) Courtney Gardner, Harry Tear; (8/30) Christopher Potter, Walker Martin, Zoey Hutton; (8/31) Davis Waldron; (9/1) Debra Stockton Hilley; (9/2) Mark Moore, Pat Pepper, Mandy Maier; (9/3) Karen Smith, John Brooks, Nancy Mattox, Barbara Larsh, John Owen; (9/4) Catie Nelson; (9/5) Ben Frost

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/18) Eric & Deana DeLaBarre; (8/27) Michelle & Chuck Zimmerman; (8/29) Chris & Rebecca Kiefer; (8/31) David & Stephanie Yucius; (9/1) Tad & Alison Travis; (9/2) Mary Lou & David Shannonhouse; (9/5) Fred & Jennifer Massey; Charles & Tami Mace; Adam & Julie Stone

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(8/24) Steven, Missy, Jennifer & William Korwan; Hans, Karen, & Monica Kraeger; Holly Krupp/Ella Laird; Bill & Elaine Krupp; Richard, Michelle, Jordan & Greyson LaGardѐ
(8/31) Linda Langston; Barbara & Cathy Larsh; Bill & Beth Lee; Ginney & Erika Linstrom; Fred, Elizabeth, Isabel & Olivia Lopez

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 10 – Wednesday Night Live begins
  • Saturday, September 20 - Foyers Dinner Groups begin
  • Saturday, September 27 - Concert Under the Oak
  • Saturday, October 4 - Blessing of the Animals
  • October 10-12 – Men’s Retreat

Holy Baptism next scheduled dates

Sunday, November 2 (All Saints)
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, 8/16 Saturday, 8/23

 
8:30AM
9:00AM
3:30PM

Habitat Build Day
CGS Orientation
Jubilate Practice
Ice Cream Social

 
9:00AM
9:00AM
9:00AM
9:00AM

Habitat Build Day
CGS Orientation Meeting
Jubilate
Vestry Day Retreat
Youth House Beautification
Sunday, 8/17 Sunday, 8/24

7:30AM
8:00AM
9:00AM
9:15AM
9:15AM
9:15AM
9:15AM
10:30AM
5:30PM

Coffee and Fellowship
Holy Eucharist
Invitation Ministry
Summer Fair
CGS Meet & Greet
Financial Ed Class
Ministry Fair Planning
Holy Eucharist
Pilgrimage Presentation Dinner

 
8:15AM
9:00AM
10:30AM
12:00PM
1:00PM

One Service Only
Continental Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair
Luncheon
J2A Leader Training

Monday, 8/18 Monday, 8/25
10:00AM
6:30PM
6:30PM
7:00PM

Preschool Open House
Boy Scout Troop 713
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry

7:00PM
7:30PM

Mentors
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 8/19 Tuesday, 8/26

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

Preschool First Day
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Vestry Meeting

10:00AM
10:30AM
3:00PM
6:00PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team
Wednesday, 8/20 Wednesday, 8/27

9:30AM

Bible Study

5:30AM
9:30AM

MUST Breakfast
Bible Study

Thursday, 8/21 Thursday, 8/28
7:00PM
Ladies Night Out 6:00PM
MUST Dinner Team
Friday, 8/22 Friday, 8/29
 
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

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

  
10:00AM
8:00PM
8:00PM

Fr. Jim's day off
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

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. Lunch will be provided.

 

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, August 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!

 

Important Rite 13 & J2A Parent meetings – Sunday, September 7

We will be holding important informational meetings for all Rite 13ers, J2Aers, and their parents on Sunday, September 7. Both classes have a big year ahead of them, and we want to be sure that everyone starts the year off fully informed and ready to go! We will have the Rite 13 meeting at 4 PM and the J2A meeting at 5 PM. Please mark your calendars!

Sign up for Youth text announcements

You can receive the weekly St. Catherine’s Youth Announcements and other periodic announcements via text message. You will only receive text messages from the Youth Director and can opt out of the service at any time that you choose. If you would like to receive text announcements (and we recommend that you do!) just text the code for your class to (404) 445-1263. Click image to enlarge:

 

Photo, below - Acolytes welcome the newest member at baptism on August 10 (picture by Bill Ivey)

 

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 5
  • September 19
  • October 3

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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