The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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The Newsletter of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
We are going to try something new this summer. Over the past couple of years we have considered looking at a new summer schedule. Earlier this year the Liturgy and Music team, the Parish Life and Fellowship team and the Christian Nurture and Development team met to brainstorm the options we have for a summer schedule. After a good deal of conversation and planning we have decided to offer the following schedule for this summer.
Each Sunday we will worship at two services: 8:00 and 10:30 am. Each service will have its own character. The 8:00 am service will have ushers, acolytes, lay readers, etc., not unlike our current 8:45 am service. We will have music on a limited basis with the goal of managing this service to no longer than 60 minutes. The 10:30 am service will be like our current 8:45 and 11:15 services during the school year with a full compliment of music lasting 75 minutes or so. This schedule will begin on May 25 and end on August 31. On September 7 we will return to our normal school year schedule of 7:30, 8:45 and 11:15 am.
Each Sunday we will have coffee available at the upstairs coffee station outside the parlor at 7:30 am for early risers who might want to gather for a cup and conversation prior the 8:00 am service. Breakfast will be served by the Breakfast Angels in the Parish Hall beginning at 8:45 and continuing through 9:30 am. The Lemonade Brigade will serve refreshments under the oak tree following our 10:30 am worship.
Beginning July 20 and ending August 10 we are planning a 4 week summer education hour (9:15 to 10:15) built on the theme of "St. Cat's Country Fair." This will be an intergenerational (all ages) offering focused each week on the Gospel story of the day. Planning is just beginning on this offering so be sure to watch for more information. In addition we are working with the Jubilate Choir to lead and offer music in our 8:00 am worship on these four Sundays.
We will try this schedule for one year. At the end of the summer we will ask you what you thought about the schedule, what was good, what changes you’d make and whether you think we should do it again. I hope you will not only enjoy this new schedule for the summer but that you will give us your feedback so that we can make it a positive experience for everyone.
NO WNL on April 9! (Spring Break for Cobb schools & others)
Parents' Meeting scheduled
Dear Parents, Grandparents and Friends of St. Catherine's Nursery,
We have scheduled a meeting for everyone using the nursery. Rosemary Wolfe and I propose Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm in the board room. We hope that at least one adult per family can attend. If this date and time is inconvenient for the majority of you, however, please let us know and we'll look for another date. We'd like to discuss areas for improvement, managing volunteers, and any other topics that folks would like to raise. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Amber Shushan, abshushanJonesDay.com, and feel free to include topics for the agenda.
Many thanks for your continued support of the nursery,
Amber Shushan, Nursury Coordinator
Welcome to our new Nursery Worker
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our church nursery staff, Rachel Hutton, who began her work here at St. Catherine’s on March 31. Rachel and her husband Matt have a son named Sebastian and are new to our parish. Her parents are parishioners Eric & Deana DeLaBarre. Rachel has been hired to replace Shirley Miller, who has moved on to other endeavors. Rachel and Naomi make a wonderful team and we are excited to have them both on staff. Please take a moment on Sunday to welcome her. If you have any questions about our Nursery, please contact our Nursery Coordinator, Amber Shushan at abshushanjonesday.com.
The Men’s Book Study group meets on the second Monday each month at the home of one of the members. We are currently studying The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. Our next meeting is Monday, April 14, 6:30 PM at the home of Hale Sanders, halesandersmindspring.com. All men are invited to join us!
Sunday, April 20, 5:00 PM
Our semi-annual Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our fall observance. Everyone is invited to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. If you have a loved one to be remembered, please Karen Manno at karenstcatherines.org and send your information by Friday, April 11.
Donations of finger foods are requested and assistance is needed with set up and clean up. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office if you can help, and drop off your donations in the kitchen before the service.
Inquirer’s Class begins April 27
To inquire is to seek to learn by asking. Many ask, "How do I become of member of St. Catherine’s?” Well, the journey begins with the Inquirer’s Class. Christianity is a way of living with God and with one another and a way of looking at things. Over a series of eight sessions together we will seek, learn, and ask in order to discover how we, as Episcopalians, live with God and one another and how we look at things.
These classes are for both newcomers and established members who want to refresh their understanding of the church. For those members of the class considering confirmation or reception, we encourage you to attend each class. For those who are again exploring the Episcopal church, we invite you to journey with us each session. The material does build on the previous session’s material, but to some extent each session stands alone. While attendance is not required for all sessions, it will be to your benefit to be here and the class will benefit as well.
We will begin these classes on April 27 and will continue through June 8 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday afternoons (no class on Mother’s Day, May 11). The classes will be taught by clergy and lay members of the church and will touch on topics such as the “Book of Common Prayer,” “Church History, ” “What are they doing now? ”, and “Everything you wanted to know about the Episcopal Church.” The classes will end with an opportunity to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church at the Cathedral of St. Philip on June 15, 2008 at 4:00 pm.
All you need to do is let us know if you are interested by calling the office (770.971.2839) or by signing up in the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin. Remember, we are not only learning about the Episcopal Church, we are learning about one another. Getting to know another of God’s creatures can be a lot of fun as we discover, through one another, yet more about God and Jesus Christ.
April 27, 4-6 PM
June 14-21 — Host Families Needed!
St. Elizabeth’s, our companion parish in Whiterocks, Utah, will be traveling to us this summer as part of our parish partnership. The details of our time together will be worked on soon. What we need right now is to get an idea of who would be willing to host a few folks (both adults and children) and how many you could accommodate. Please let Scott or Ginny Lummus know either via e-mail (gslummus gmail.com) or by phone (770-649-5391). Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to get to know our partners better!
We are planning to offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at St. Catherine’s to the community this fall. If you would like to be involved in this outreach opportunity, we are looking for volunteers to assist in teaching, registration, greeting, and marketing (putting up flyers, contacting area schools, etc.). Both adults and teens are welcome to join in this program. To get on the email list and receive more information, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Lu Dumke, 404-731-9874 or ldumkebellsouth.net with your name, email address and phone number.
We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, on Sunday, May 4. If you or someone you love is graduating this spring, please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net. Please include the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what college they will attend.
St. Catherine’s Bread Ministry, a committee of the Outreach Ministry Team, collects outdated bakery items from local grocery stores and delivers them to Cobb Family Resources and MUST Ministries, which in turn distribute or use them in their ministries. Volunteer drivers are scheduled on a rotating basis to make the calls and deliveries. To learn more about this committee or to volunteer please contact Ron Cook, 770-428-4286. Thank you to everyone who continues to serve in this important ministry to our community’s neediest people!
Next Weekend: April 18-20
Is God in your marriage? Want to get closer to each other and God? Find out how on an Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend... register now because the next Weekend is only two short weeks away!
Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, and phones -- and focus only on each other. If you’d like greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll like the difference Episcopal Marriage Encounter can make! Visit the Atlanta Area Episcopal Marriage Encounter website for information including scheduled weekends, the Daily Dialogue Question, and the Heartalk newsletter.
For more details or to register, call Ron and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411.
Already Encountered? Come join us Friday night, April 18, to welcome the new participants, renew old friendships, meet new people. Call Ron & Connie for time and place.
"Alleluia, The Lord Has Risen!" Wondering what to do with new found energy after Lent? Want to celebrate and enhance your spirituality? The next Cursillo weekend could be just the thing!
We will gather at Camp Fortson in Hampton, Georgia, the evening of April 24 and each of us will delve into a personal encounter with Christ. The weekend is over Sunday afternoon in plenty of time to wind down and get ready for work on Monday. The cost of the weekend is $100 and scholarships are available. If you have questions about this weekend, or have had it laid on your heart to attend, contact Father Jim, Carla von Hoffmann at 404-213-7408, and Rick/Tracy Buckalew at 770-956-9609. Tracy will be Observing Leader this Cursillo and will lead the Cursillo in the fall (those dates are Oct. 2-5).
The next Newcomer Coffee will be held on June 1 (rescheduled from April 13 as in some previous announcements). All newcomers at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" coffee in the Parish. This will be a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions that you may have regarding our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and "goodies," and get acquainted with your parish family!
From the minutes of the Vestry meeting on March 25
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Liturgy and Music Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Gail McGill.
Come give the GIFT OF LIFE! The spring Red Cross Blood Drive is coming to St. Catherine's on Monday, April 28, from 2:30 until 7:30 PM. A sign up sheet for times is in the foyer along with reminder cards and information sheets regarding who can and can't give. Help is also needed with set up, check in, and canteen. Please contact Fred Massey at f_massey2hotmail.com or 404.731.4466 with questions or to volunteer. Hope to see you there!
I want to thank anyone and everyone who in any way participated in our Holy Week/Easter preparations and worship. Holy Week, as always, was a powerful journey made all that more powerful by the excellent work of all those who prepared for or participated in our worship services. The Easter Vigil and Easter morning services were filled with joy and celebration as the church was decked out in resurrection glory and everyone sang and participated at their very best. Thanks to the Altar Guild and the Flower Guild for their hard work. Thanks to the Adult, Youth, and Jubilate choirs for long hours of preparation and tired vocal chords. Thanks to the ushers, the acolytes, and the lay readers for showing up and enabling the worship at the altar and throughout the sanctuary. Thanks, Fellowship Committee, for receptions and breakfast on Sunday morning. Thanks to Martha Bowden and David Bottoms who again brought their respective gifts to the Monastic Dinner. Thanks to our Greeters including the new parking lot greeters who met people outside. Thanks to our security detail who spent the night during the Prayer Vigil. And thanks to our office staff including our Folders who worked tirelessly preparing the countless bulletins and many details that make our worship flow smoothly.
As we now live into the resurrection of Christ let us all give thanks for the many people who give unselfishly of their time and talents here at St. Catherine’s.
Episcopal Relief and Development has approved a $25,000 emergency assistance grant to enable the Diocese of Atlanta to help those most harmed by the recent tornadoes. The Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross (especially Nancy Brockway, Director of Disaster services and parishioner at St. Anne's, Atlanta) has helped us to identify those most in need in each county. SunTrust Bank also has worked hard to make this distribution possible, managing an unusual request on a very short timetable and waiving its fees. For tornado victims outside metro Atlanta, we are partnering with the closest parish to distribute assistance.
Volunteers have been working one or more shifts at the Red Cross Service Center in Vine City. The volunteers, working in pairs, talk with individuals to verify needs and activate Visa debit cards for them. Most importantly, volunteers lend an empathetic ear as people tell their stories of what happened and express fears, frustrations or stories of thanksgiving for surviving the storm. Many need to know someone cares, that they are not alone in their recovery. This is a real opportunity to live out the resurrection by being Christ's presence in the world.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Debbie Shew, Canon for Community Ministries, at dshewepiscopalatlanta.org, or Mary Job, Diocesan Office Receptionist, 404-601-5320. Please include your email address and phone number.
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N4KFK, W4WY, KI4Y, N3ACK, KI4WFM, K4YE, W4PX, KJ4CJS, and W4DEO -- These are just a few of the licensed amateur radio operators (hams) in the Diocese of Atlanta. Dwight Ogier, the Bishop’s appointed representative for disaster coordination, is seeking Episcopalians in the Diocese who have a ham radio call sign. An emergency net of communications in the Diocese is being established. This net would function similar to ARES and PACES. Please send your call sign and email address to dwightogierbellsouth.net or telephone 770-886-1408.
Are you looking for something very rewarding to do? Why not volunteer for one hour a week to help a child improve their reading skills? You can chose from one of 4 elementary schools or the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy. Scheduling is flexible and training is provided. What a wonderful way to allow God’s love to shine through you! For information contact Donna Frankovsky, 678-503-0901. This program is offered through Georgia Literacy Connection, a program of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (visit their website at www.cismcc.org).
Burns: First aid
For minor burns, including first-degree burns and second-degree burns limited to an area no larger than 3 inches in diameter, take the following action:
Minor burns usually heal without further treatment. They may heal with pigment changes, meaning the healed area may be a different color from the surrounding skin. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing. If infection develops, seek medical help. Avoid re-injuring or tanning if the burns are less than a year old — doing so may cause more extensive pigmentation changes. Use sunscreen on the area for at least a year.
For major burns, dial 911 or call for emergency medical assistance. Until an emergency unit arrives, follow these steps:
Basics: Fungal infection of the nails is a common problem among Americans. It is estimated that between 2% and 14% of the population has fungal nail infections, with the frequency of such infections increasing with age. Few children have fungal nail infections
Causes: As the name implies, the disease is an infection of the nail caused by a fungus. The fungi cause the nails to thicken and separate from the underlying skin.
Signs and symptoms of nail fungus:
Diagnosis: Because the symptoms of nail fungus can mimic those of other diseases and because nail fungus rarely heals by itself, your physician must diagnose and recommend a treatment plan for you.
Self Care: You cannot cure nail fungus by yourself once it occurs. But good nail hygiene may reduce your risk of developing the infection in the first place.
Good nail care is especially important for people with diabetes and for people with suppressed immune systems.
Dear Father Jim:
Thank you ever so much for letting the Church host the marvelous uplifting and spiritually awakening Georgia Festival Chorus this afternoon [March 30]. As you aware the acoustics in the Church are as good as any I have heard in Europe and in the halls in America, especially for voices. I had no idea until today when all that beautiful group filled the area. Again, thank you.
Nancy D. Perkins
From: Collen Morich
GIRLS ROCK, the movie my daughter Cati’s fiancé directed, will be at the Plaza Theater on May 4 th at 3:30. Arne, my future son-in-law, will be there for a Question and Answer session at the theater after the movie! We get to meet a famous person! The movie’s very important lesson is “Look inside and find your strength.” It would be great if a group from the church decides to attend the movie.
From the movie website, www.girlsrockmovie.com -- The Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls is a place where 8-18 year olds come from all over the country to learn Rock DIY-style--forming bands, writing songs and building community, and “Girls Rock!” is the movie about their journey. Rated PG.
We gratefully acknowledge gifts of Communion Wine from the following persons:
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Next scheduled date -- May 11 (Pentecost)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Courtney, Page Loyd, Jim Jones, David Kerley, Lillian Vu, Richard Cheatham, Katie, James Herron, Mary Kuczo, Karen Marchant, Miche, Larry Harley, Linda, Sheila Akins, Nick Wolfe, Susanne Muckerman, Gus, Mark Childs, Jay Hendricks, Barbara Kallas, Jason, Jane Lawrence, Leslie Caudill, Dean King, Haley Reimers, Sarah, Tom, Linda Butts, Howard Weeks, Justin Elliott, Michelle Wood, Emil Achee, Douglas Simmons, Jim Hamilton & Family, M.E. Schnorf, Milan Korytar, Matthew Dirksen, Claire, Joann & Sam Sosbee, Cindy, The Stockett Family, Ann Snead , Anne Whittle, Zanny Dillson, Deborah Hurd, Mary Lawrence, Jacqueline Hurley, Susie Girardeau, Alice, Allen, Miles, Sandra Lapierre
BEFORE SURGERY: David Shannonhouse 4/11/08; Arlyn Cook, 4/15/08
DECEASED: David Trice, friend of Jim & Joan Nixon; Cecil Selby, Bill Selby’s father; Marj Hildebrand, Lisa Crandell, former parishioner’s mother; Aunt Betty Miller, Meg Boyd’s godmother
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
( 4/13/08) Nancy Perkins, Bruce, Barbara & Justin Perry, Courtney Gardner; Rosemarie & Tyler Perry; Cary, Pam, Tate & Matthew Phillips; Judith Phillips
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.
The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form.(Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.
Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.
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Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the 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