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By Father Jim
One imagines that the "final" Wheel article will be a profound writing capturing the essence of 17 years of ministry together. Well, it’s not likely to reach the standard of the Gettysburg Address.
I want to tell you how grateful I am for the 17 years we have shared together. I want to seek your forgiveness for those times I have "left undone those things which I ought to have done." I want to share my joy in those times when we listened to the Holy Spirit and followed with confidence. But most of all I want to tell you how much I have loved you and my life lived in your midst.
As I retire I believe I have done what God called me to do. This sense is not exclusively about St. Catherine’s but about the entire span of my ministry. However, seventeen years in one congregation is a very long time especially when measured against 25 years as an ordained priest. St. Thomas-the-Apostle in Humboldt, Tennessee and Grace Church in New Lenox, Illinois prepared me for my work here. They loved me and shaped me as a priest and they sent me off to Chicago and then to Marietta to use the gifts they so unselfishly gave me. The things we have accomplished together are built on a foundation laid in Humboldt and New Lenox.
I now leave you. I leave content that this is both right for Joan and me and for you. I leave trusting that the years ahead for you as the people of St. Catherine’s are filled with hope and promise and new life. I leave trusting that the years ahead for Joan and me have the same promise. I leave knowing that I am loved and I have loved. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Thank you for loving me. I hope I have in some small measure returned God’s love to you.
"Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and go in peace to love and serve the Lord."
Reception foods requested – Finger foods are requested for the reception following worship this day. Please bring food items to the kitchen, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service this day.
Parking for this service - We are expecting a large attendance so our parking lot will be very full.
By Tom Blackstock, Senior Warden
The Vestry hosted another discussion in the parlor on June 14 with many valuable insights, thoughtful questions and faithful considerations. We will continue to offer these opportunities throughout the summer and fall. If you have thoughts, concerns or questions, you may email them to our Vestry mailbox at vestrystcatherines.org. If you wish to nominate someone for the search committee, I ask that you use this address so that we may have a central record of the nominations.
The Vestry will be meeting weekly in July to begin the work of establishing the search committee, selecting an interim rector and planning the process for parish discussion and the parish profile. The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster-Weltner will join us on July 12 to participate in our worship services and talk with us about the rector transition process. If you would like to contact me directly, please email me at thblackstockgmail.com or Daniel at drmikkelsengmail.com.
I want to share a portion of the scripture from the Eucharist during our June Vestry meeting as I think it applies to our lives together as a community of faith over the next several months of transition. From Philippians Chapter 4, Verses 6 and 7: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We have so much to be thankful for in our many blessings over these 17 years with Father Jim and Joan. We also have much to look forward to as we move into the future. As I have said in previous articles, I am confident that we will continue to fulfill our mission of sharing in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God! Alleluia, alleluia!
At the transition conversations session on June 14 - Father Jim & Joan enjoy a fun memory; Tom Blackstock replies to a transition process question (photos by Bill Ivey)
For everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families! Join us at Lake Logan Conference Center in the beautiful North Carolina mountains on Labor Day weekend, September 4-7. Our Parish Retreat is a time for the people of St. Catherine’s to come together for renewal, to celebrate being a child of God, to make new friends and to strengthen our bonds with one another in the name of Jesus Christ.
For information about retreat accommodations, activities and cost please pick up our registration form at church or get it now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/ParishRetreatRegistration2015.pdf. Register soon with your deposit (balances will be due by July 26). You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at www.lakelogan.org. If you have any questions please contact Ginny Lummus, gslummusgmail.com, 770-845-1742.
Our next blood drive will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
Photo -- Uncle Sam (aka Fred Massey) wants YOU to give on June 23!
Tuesday, June 23 at Johnny McCracken’s
All men of the parish are invited to an evening out together with beer tasting at Johnny McCracken's Celtic Pub just off the Marietta Square, at 15 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta, GA 30060, 678-290-6641, www.johnniemaccrackens.com. Enjoy some fine beers and fellowship with us. We'll meet starting at 6:30 pm. For more information please contact Randy Satterfield (randysatterfieldearthlink.net) or Hans Kraeger (hans.kraegergmail.com).
All adults are invited for a new facilitated discussion class on four Sundays this summer. The class will meet from 9:30 to 10:20 in the Library on June 28, July 12, 19, 26. At each gathering we will start with information on a practice or belief from another religion. Then we'll introduce a comparable belief or practice from our own faith and discuss the differences and commonalities. In so doing we hope to gain a deeper understanding not only of other's beliefs but also our own. Please join us for open-ended questions and lively conversation. The class will be facilitated by Randy Satterfield.
Save the date now for a Patriotic Potluck brunch between services at 9:15 am on Sunday, July 5 in the Parish Hall. Bring a summer brunch dish to share as we celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend. Think fruits, muffins, coffee cakes, deviled eggs - yummmm!! Breakfast Angels will provide eggs and sausage, coffee, juice and milk. Bring your dish and your appetite, no signup necessary. See you there!
New volunteers needed, training coming up
One of the lay pastoral ministries of the church is taking the consecrated sacraments of the Holy Eucharist to our members who are confined to hospital or their homes. Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) extend the altar into the home of the person they visit, so not only do members receive Holy Communion, they are also included in the worship and community of St. Catherine’s as a whole. LEVs are specially licensed by the diocese to perform this ministry. They must receive LEV training (held at St. Catherine’s) and complete the diocesan "Safeguarding God’s People" training.
We are planning an LEV training soon to allow more of our parish members to serve in this fundamental and rewarding ministry. If you are interested in becoming licensed as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan at ammasusanstcatherines.org.
The requirements are few — rewards abounding! Our Acolyte Ministry is looking for children and youth members of our congregation who would like to serve in this wonderful ministry as Torch Bearers (age 8-12), Second Crucifer (age 12-14) and Captain (age 15-18). While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they begin. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join: Sit quietly and attentively during the service; Follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service; Have a personal desire to serve in this position.
Written instructions and walk-through training are provided until each volunteer is comfortable with his/her tasks. If you have any questions or would like to sign your child up, see the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or for questions contact Acolyte Co-Masters Frank Adams frank.adamsaonhewitt.com or Tina Kerr. We look forward to hearing from you!
Apply by July 1
The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at the 2015 Diocesan Council on Friday and Saturday, November 13-14 at Gwinnett Center. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's "in good standing" (meaning that they "pray, work, and give for the spread of God's Kingdom" on a regular basis). Delegates are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings. If you are interested in serving in this important role of representing our parish, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Sr. Warden Tom Blackstock, Jr. Warden Daniel Mikkelsen, Amma Susan or Father Jim.
Do you enjoy seeing people smile? Consider joining our Flower Delivery Ministry. Volunteers deliver our beautiful altar flower arrangements after the last service each Sunday to parishioners who are ill at home or in the hospital, parish shut-ins, and others to whom we would like to show special thanks or remembrance. Committee members serve in rotation to deliver one of the two arrangements available each week. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw, 770.641.7022, mhbshawbellsouth.net.
By Linda Scott
In loving memory of Eileen Motter, a long-time member of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, St. Catherine’s is now offering a special library of her very extensive collection of books. Eileen was the consummate Christian educator for all ages for over 30 years, both at St. Catherine’s and at several other churches in the Diocese of Atlanta. Eileen passed away on November 27, 2010, and sometime later, her husband Roger and son Dean asked me to look over her books. I wanted to offer this very extensive collection to St. Catherine’s, however our current Library room doesn’t have space for them all. Therefore we are keeping a catalog online and all items are quickly available to you on request. Some examples:
You are invited to look over the list in our website catalog with a wide variety of topics for children and adults. To borrow any number of the items, simply contact Linda Scott at Lindamscott1949gmail.com. I will put them into a special basket in the Library with your name on them for you to pick up and return them there. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. I hope you enjoy Eileen’s books as much I have!
-> To view the complete catalog and request books please see the Christian Nurture page of our website at www.stcatherines.org/growing/christian-nuture-development/.
The City is coming to St. Catherine’s! Our parish is now is the initial stage of implementing a new web-based communications tool called The City which is secure and private to members of St. Catherine's. When completed, it will be our central place for all these functions and more. We will roll out The City to everyone at St. Catherine’s in August. For more information, see Tad Travis (tadtravis2004yahoo.com) or Alison Travis (alisonbtravishotmail.com).
The Sunday worship bulletin is now available each week on our website. You’ll find the link to the bulletin on the home page in the “Worship With Us” section (bottom, right). You can go direct to the bulletin at www.stcatherines.org/stcatherines-bulletin.pdf.
Wednesday, June 24 AND Wednesday, July 1
It’s time again to help MUST Ministries in this summer’s effort provide over 250,000 lunches to children in our community. St. Catherine’s will make approximately 1,000 lunches on two dates this summer and you can lend a hand! We send a special THANK YOU to Susan Jenkins and her team at Sope Creek Elementary for their many donations toward this effort, including snacks, juice boxes, and decorated lunch bags. How can you help?
You can learn more about it on the MUST website at www.mustministries.org/summer-lunch. To help contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327
St. Catherine's is helping build a new Habitat for Humanity home this year for The Ayele Family as a participant in the 2015 Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition, working along with volunteers from 10 other faith communities and 2 corporations: First United Lutheran of Kennesaw, Bethany UMC, Drew Eckl Farnham, East Cobb Islamic Center, Faith UMC, Islamic Center of Marietta, Log Cabin Community Church, Pinkerton & Laws, Smyrna First UMC, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Temple Kol Emeth , and Unity North Atlanta Church. The build begins on June 27 with a House Blessing and then the framing and raising of the walls.
We will provide volunteer builders on seven Saturdays plus provide meals onsite on one of these dates. Construction finishes on August 30 with the official House Dedication and all invited then. The build site is near the intersection of Austell and Atlanta Roads. Construction work is 7:45 am to 4:00 pm, and there are minimum age requirements for participation. For information or to volunteer to build or to help with the July 25 meals please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, 770-951-1411.
Family Promise of Cobb County and Kirkwood Presbyterian Church invite everyone to the dedication of the new Promise House, a transitional house for homeless families, at 9:00 am on Wednesday, June 24. Meet at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 618 Acworth Due West Rd., Kennesaw, Georgia 30152,www.kirkwoodpc.org. Promise House will be available for FPCC guests who have been successful in the rotational shelter but who are having difficulty finding an affordable rental unit. One family will be able to stay an additional 90 days in the home.
Family Promise next hosting week at St. Catherines: September 27 - October 4
Kelly Donoghue will compete in the Miss Georgia pageant and Chandler Sherry will compete in the Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen pageant this week at RiverCenter in Macon. Preliminary competition is through Friday with the finale on Saturday, June 20. The pageant can be watched live online at www.missga.org. Prayers for our two parish members are much appreciated.
"Help yourself, help others!"
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (volunteerstcatherines.org)
You have heard it before: "Doing good does more than give you a warm glow." Research shows that volunteering can actually add healthy years to your life. In a recent study published in BMC Public Health, “adults who volunteer may live longer, healthier lives, and experience a 20-percent drop in mortality, less depression and higher levels of satisfaction.”
Tuesday morning (this morning as I write) at Vacation Bible School the volunteers were of all ages, and based on what I saw they all had a warm glow and they all had smiles on their faces. I saw junior youth helping young children in activity stations and the energy was positive. High school youth lead groups of participants from station to station and were being very responsible for the safety and enthusiasm of the children they were serving. Men and women with young children planned, organized and created an amazing atmosphere. Men and women with older children were also present volunteering in many capacities.
Do you see the picture I am trying to paint with my words? The volunteers ranged in age from 11 years old to over 70 years old. And they all had several things in common, they were having fun, they were the face of God for all of those children. At the end of their 3+ hours of serving they felt good about what they had done, and they “had a great time” (that's a quote from a youth leader). When you read this VBS will be over and I am sorry, because I wanted to tell everyone to go to the Parish Hall and experience what I experienced this morning. It was pure joy. Research shows that volunteering brings benefits for all age groups, from grade school to their great-grand parents. St. Catherine's is providing an atmosphere where that is possible.
Are you reaping the benefits St. Catherine's is offering? I can help you say Yes.
Photos below - setting up and beginning Vacation Bible School -- see more below in this newsletter in the Youth News section (pictures by Sara Thomas and Amy Mikkelsen).
By Father Jim
In the past many have asked what I’m am reading or planning to read during this coming summer. Joan and I will be at St. Cuthbert’s Chapel on MacMahan Island for the month of August. The following are on my reading list in no particular order:
By Beverly Fambrough
There are six needlepoint altar rail kneelers remaining to be completed. Two will be completed by late this year. The other four will be completed and dedicated by the end of 2016. Here are photographs showing progress of the kneelers that are currently being stitched.
Click each photo to enlarge (pictures by Bill Fambrough).
Photos by Connie Bergeron, Bill Ivey and others
Baptisms on June 14
Jenna Marie, Parker James and Benjamin Scott sealed as Christ's own forever on June 14. See lots more pictures full size in the album at Baptisms - 06142015.
Beautiful handmade Anglican rosaries created by Althea Dillard were blessed at the altar on June 14.
Eagle Scout project builds new reflection garden at St. Catherine’s
A new Reflection Garden, an Eagle Scout service project by parishioner Mitchell Waldron of Boy Scout Troop 433, was dedicated in a ceremony on June 14.
In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, stcatsstcatherines.org. Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; and Zach Hurley.
OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.
ALL THOSE ON THE YOUTH MISSION TRIP June 21-26 to Chattanooga: Gina, Taylor & Abby Baumann, Erin Donoghue, Benjamin & Nicholas Goodstone, Kathleen Iacobelli, Susan Jenkins, Jack, James & Jimmy Owen, Wyatt Pitts, Chandler Sherry, Beca Westin, Charlie Zimmerman.
FOR THE SICK: Tim O’Shea, Jackie Geer, Woodie Patrick, Kelly Leavell, Milt Hayes, Damien & his parents, Bill Woods, Carroll “CA” Ernst, Walker Ranney, Barb Perry, Davis Waldron, Mit FitzSimons, Barry Dillard, Mike Miller, Jim Gauntt, Anita Gardner, Tim Siebert.
DECEASED: Judy Padgett, former parishioner and Deacon at St. Catherine’s.
ANNIVERSARIES: (6/21) Michelle & Scott Parisi, Steve & Kitty Diffley, Paul & Linda Parisi, Anne & Todd Hitchins (6/23) Rick & Tracy Buckalew (6/24) Tim and Caroline Brennan, Michael & Mel Paris (6/25) Paul & Karen Manno (6/26) Greg & Margaret Caudle, Amy & Chris Morris (6/27) Bill & Barb Selby, Claire & Brain Paglia, (6/28) Hale & Diane Sanders; (7/2) Steve & Cindy Tuemmler; (7/3) Kelly Beard & David Bottoms; (7/4) Stan & Dani Dickson, Wayne & Jodi Gammon, (7/5) Ken & Nancy Denton; (7/6) Pat & Frank Brent; (7/7) Eleanor & Richard Pearson.
BIRTHDAYS: (6/21) Fred Tuemmler, Julie Fulcher; (6/23) Eva Snape, Beverly Denney (6/24) Nancy O’Neill, Bill Fambrough, Lilibet Goldman; (6/26) John Nabinger, Tony Larrsh; (6/27) Kris Cook; (6/28) Anne Whittle; (6/30) Rachael Tomchik, Kristi Johnson, Lisa Cook, Logan Parisi; (7/1) Spencer Banko; (7/2) Caroline Miner; (7/3) Melissa Wolfe, Anne Clark, Kathleen Iacobelli; (7/4) Dana Minzenberger, Margaret Wilson, Jenny Korwan (7/5) Jordan LaGarde; (7/7) Judy Dechar; (7/8) Thad Barrington, Julian Gardiner; (7/10) Karen Blakey, Toby Hopper, Christi Nakajima.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.
HELP US HELP YOU
Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.
Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, November 1 (All Saints)
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.
Please hold these dates:
Prayers and best wishes for all those who will be on the Youth Mission Trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee June 21-26: Gina, Taylor & Abby Baumann, Erin Donoghue, Benjamin & Nicholas Goodstone, Kathleen Iacobelli, Susan Jenkins, Jack, James & Jimmy Owen, Wyatt Pitts, Chandler Sherry, Beca Westin, Charlie Zimmerman.
Attention, babysitters! St. Catherine’s Young Families Ministry maintains a list of our youth who babysit. If you have an interest in being added to the list, please send your information or any questions to Ina Bachmann, ina.bachmanngmail.com. Your information will only be shared to the Young Families group.
First day -- more photos coming in the next newsletter! (By Sara Thomas, Amy Mikkelsen) -- see more above in this newsletter at Volunteering Corner
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