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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We are in the home stretch of completing construction on our Youth House. But we are not there yet, and we really need your help! Realizing that we've worked hard for nearly seven months, weekdays and weekends, we still have some intense work in front of us. We've cleared the frustrating hurdles of county inspections and are cleared to make these next three weeks our home stretch. We need as many hands on deck as possible. Here’s what you can do:
We want to move into the Youth House as soon as possible after the finish of Church School (May 18) so that Catechesis of the Good Shepherd can move to the education wing and Deacon Kathy’s office can be completed. We are scheduled to dedicate the Youth House on Sunday, June 22, during our Bishop’s visitation to St. Catherine’s.
I hope you will be able and willing to set a Saturday or two aside to help with this wonderful and important project in the life of our community. Thank you to each and every person who has given so unselfishly to make this house a reality in our life together. Together, let’s make this final push to completion!
Saturday, May 3, starting at 9 AM
Join us for painting in the Youth House and/or planting and preparing the grounds of all our church property for spring and summer. Lunch follows for everyone!
All ages are invited to help with the landscaping work -- please bring shovels, gloves, hammers and rakes. We'll plant flowers and clean up all the beds around our grounds. We'll also be working on removing some of the asphalt under our big oak
All ages of youth are invited to join with adults in painting the interior of the Youth House. We'll also need plenty of help unloading tiles, plus more tasks all around the new building.
Planting Donations needed – mini nugget mulch, purple verbena, white & purple lantana, for information call Gail McGill, 770-971-8890.
May Ministry Team Focus – Parish Administration & Facilities
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Parish Administration & Facilities Team.This team is responsible for the effective operation, maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings; the development and upkeep of the grounds and the landscaping; the extensive communication network including publications, maintenance of the St. Catherine's website, and the office computer system; and much more. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Bill Selby.
The Vestry of St. Catherine’s is working to improve How We Invite/Involve, How We Communicate, and How We Work Together. We need your input to help guide us. We have created questions which can be answered on-line using the following link:
We hope to get input from everyone ages 12 to 100. The survey will be available on-line from May 1 to May 15. Paper copies of the survey will also be available in the church office. Please take a few minutes now to complete your answers, and remind all those in your family that they should also complete the survey.
Thanks for your input,
Al Jones, Senior Warden
Pentecost marks an important feast for us as we focus on the gift of the Holy Spirit. It ends the season of Easter but it is not the end of the manifestation of God. The gift of the Holy Spirit empowers Jesus disciples to boldly proclaim the Good News and subsequently, gives birth to Christianity. We celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit wasn't only for the disciples but continues to be given to us today. Each Pentecost we have another opportunity to be renewed and empowered by the Holy Spirit for the work of God in the world.
For Pentecost, May 11 this year, we will include an element in our liturgy with a time to reflect on seven particular gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are those given to the Messiah as found in Isaiah 11: 2 - the spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. These gifts, along with piety which was added in the Greek Old Testament as the seventh gift, are promised to all people. It is the life of the risen Christ that opens the way for us to receive such gifts of the Spirit. This is the way God's love, given to us through Jesus, calls to us to remain in that love.
What gift would you like to ask God to give you this feast of Pentecost: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Fortitude, Piety, Counsel, or Fear of the Lord (Awe and Wonder of the Lord)? Come Sunday, May 11, and wear your brightest Pentecost colors – red, orange, yellow, or pink – to either the 8:45 or 11:15 services as we celebrate together and ask God to renew us with gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost readers needed
Each year during services on Pentecost our tradition is to have people read one of the lessons that day in as many languages as possible. If you speak a foreign language and would be interested or want to find out more, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the office. We will mail or email you the translation ahead of time. We’d love to have any who know sign language to participate, too!
May 14 – Last day for WNL
Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s prepared by our Men’s Group. Your donations go to benefit the St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund.
We will have just two services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 am . Plenty of help is needed – please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin.
The Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team will be offering an intergenerational church school class July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. The theme is a St Catherine’s Country Fair and will feature activity booths, singing and fun for all ages. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the booths, please contact Barbara Garner at barbaragarnerbellsouth.net . We will provide more information as we continue to plan. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!
Interested in more adult Christian Ed this summer? We're taking the pulse for a possible Sunday adult class in June: would you be interested in a one-hour Sunday morning class (9:15-10:15) to study who this Paul guy was, why he was writing these letters, and three or four really great lessons we learn from them? This is an opportunity for all those who are otherwise occupied during the Church School hour the rest of the year (Christian Ed teachers, choir members, etc.) to enjoy some time to refill the pitcher, and anyone else who might be interested. Nursery will be available, but no program for older children.
If interested please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Bill Ivey. We're still in the planning stage and will communicate our findings soon.
Watch out as St. Catherine’s will be exploding with excitement this summer at our POWER LAB Vacation Bible School! VBS is offered for children age 4 by July 1st through rising 5th graders. Dates are July 7 through 11, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
We will be looking for adult and youth volunteers to help us explore our experiments, accept our daily challenges, sample our test tube treats, sing powerful songs, and put together some wacky crafts. If you want to discover Jesus' miraculous power in our lab, watch for details on how to sign up coming soon.
Pictorial directories are now available for pick-up before and after all church services in the foyer. If your family participated, there will be a directory with your name on the back ready for you to take home. If your family did not participate or is new to the church, we do have extras. You may request one by signing up on the table (your copy will be ready the following Sunday). Questions? Contact Jenny Gale, 770.579.0657 or drjennygalemsn.com.
Look for sign up after services on Sunday, May 4, if you are interested in helping in any way with the ESL (English as a Second Language) program we are offering to the community this fall. Help will be needed with teaching, greeting, publicity, etc. If you have any suggestions, or missed this sign up and would like to volunteer to help in any area, please contact Lu Dumke at ldumkebellsouth.net or 404.918.3185.
Sundays, 3-5 PM, through June 8 (no class May 11)
This class is for both newcomers to St. Catherine's, to the Episcopal Church, and also established members who want to refresh their understanding of the church. While attendance is not required for all sessions, it will be to your benefit to be there. Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office, 770-971-2839.
Are you the kind of golfer that prays for pars when you get out on the golf course? If you are like most of us "hackers" then we invite you to come join your fellow parishioners to play golf on Sunday. Are we encouraging you to play "hooky" and skip church? NOOOOOOO...... We want to encourage some fellowship by going to the early church service together, then eat breakfast, before heading out for a 10:00am tee time. This will be an informal approach, with no big prizes or meals to help us keep the costs down. Each person will be responsible for paying for their own greens fees on the day of the outing. We just need for you to confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each golf outing. We will make reservations for enough foursomes to cover who has registered.
We are planning to have these "Praying for Pars" golf outings on the second Sunday of each month, through October. Please mark you calendar for these dates:
To get started, please send an e-mail to Walt McGill at wsmcgillaol.com or call him at 770-971-8890. We will use e-mail to communicate the logistics for each golf outing. If you cannot make it for some of these outings, it's no problem to just come on the dates that you can. We look forward to some great fellowship together playing golf, regardless of whether you are "praying for pars" or "eyeing some eagles" or "trying for triples"... See you there!!
The King’s Highway in Jordan is a most ancient route. First mentioned by name in the Bible (Numbers 20:17 and 21:22), the King's Highway was the route that Moses wished to follow as he led his people north through the land of Edom.
The Kings' Highway then winds through the picturesque, shallow Wadi Wala valley, then plunges 600 meters into Jordan's miniature Grand Canyon, the Wadi Mujib (the Arnon of the Bible). Further south is the massive Crusader fortress at Kerak, built in 1136. Half an hour to the south is the Crusader fortress at hobak, built in 1115 as a key link in the Crusader outposts that guarded the lands between Jerusalem and Aqaba.
The next major stop on the King's Highway is the unique rock-cut Nabataean capital city at Petra, fulcrum of the ancient world's spice and incense routes for 400 years. From Petra, the King's Highway descends gradually past Wadi Rum and its moonscape-like natural wonders, before reaching the warm resort of Aqaba with its Mamluk castle, Islamic-Byzantine towns, and one of the world's oldest known churches.
We will travel the King's Highway from south to north during our 2009 Pilgrimage, "Following the Footsteps of Moses and Jesus." Interested in traveling on pilgrimage? Contact the office or visit the resource table in the atrium for further information.
Wednesday Night Live continues weekly through May 14. Sign up for meals each week by 5 PM on the Tuesday before in your bulletin or contact Amelia Snider, 770-971-2839.
Films coming up for the adult program:
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 Vestry meeting on April 22:
Thanks to all who came to give blood on Monday, April 28. We had 46 people volunteer to "get sticked" and the Red Cross was able to collect 33 pints of blood. We exceeded our goal by 6 pints thanks to the generous gifts from all who came. We will be having another drive this fall some time around Halloween so watch for “Dracula” to make the announcement.
Thanks again to all and also to those that assisted --Tracey Pitts, Jennifer Massey, Shirley Childs and Liz Rea. We CAME, We GAVE, We SAVED. Sound familiar?
Our next trip to New Orleans to support the Episcopal Diocese of New Orleans in rebuilding are June 18-23 and October 8-13. To find out more or to sign up for a trip, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Sue or Al Jones, 770-565-1013.
Save the date of Friday, May 30, 5:30-7:30 PM for an adults-only dinner in the Parish Hall. The youth have offered to watch our children (ages 1 and up) in the nursery while we gather to eat and discuss ideas for future young family activities and offerings. We will send out more details soon.
MUST Ministries is in need of immediate help. Its food supplies are extremely low due to a record drop in donations and an increase of those around us that are hungry. Did you know that MUST gives out TEN barrels (2,000 lbs.) of food or 2,500 canned items every day to feed the hungry in Cobb and Cherokee counties? You can help by donating canned foods from the list below and/or organizing a food drive at work, in your neighborhood, etc. Contact Annette Lee at aleemustministries.org or call 678-218-4481. At church you may leave donations at the Outreach table in the foyer or in the Preschool office. You can make a difference in the life of someone in your community!
Items requested: beef stew, canned tuna, oatmeal, mixed vegetables, canned chicken, canned ham, canned salmon, ramen noodles, canned pork & beans, refried beans, canned fruit.
Your church staff will have a planning day on Tuesday, June 24. We need information on any and all activities being planned for St. Catherine’s for the coming year, through May 2009. All Ministry team groups and committees, please send your information to Rose Wolfe in the church office, rosewolfebellsouth.net as soon as possible.
Sun Safety Tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month. As the weather warms up and we head outdoors, here are some important tips to keep in mind. Get more information at www.skincancer.org
Protect Yourself and Your Family All Year Round
Do You Know...
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A simple “thank you” seems inadequate to express my reaction to the wonderful surprise party on Sunday. Yet these two words are what I have to express my deep thanksgiving for my life among you and for your generous spirit. I’ve told many people that while it’s hard to rank 60 birthdays in order of best to worst, this has got to have been one of the finest birthdays in my life. It began with Joan’s surprise “gift” of our two wonderful children on Thursday afternoon and continued with the delightful party organized (and kept strictly secret) by so many of you.
For the party and many gifts, for the birthday video, for the Stephen Leaders and Ministers who were willing to stand in for me at retreat, for those who "roasted me," for your laughter, song and good wishes, and for my loving family and their willingness to set this time aside THANK YOU! Some people say that at the end of life it’s enough to have loved and been loved. I agree!
Next scheduled date -- May 11 (Pentecost)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, David Kerley, Lillian Vu, Katie, Linda, Nick Wolfe, Jason, Jane Lawrence, Justin Elliott, Claire, Joann & Sam Sosbee, Cindy, Ann Snead, Zanny Dillson, Susie Girardeau, Alice, Allen, Miles, Sandra Lapierre, David Shannonhouse, Elaine Stergiou, Trudy Cobb, Patricia, Arlyn Cook; Lisa Grist & her family; Lara Rodgers, Pam, Vern, Carolyn, Jody & Henry Landers, Arthur Loewy, Ron Mighton, Stan & Dani Dickson, Ellsworth Family, Lennie Haley, Jonathan William, Eileen Stoops, Nate, Scott & Julia Hudson, Bill & Mary Lee, Susan Samuels, Allen Tate, Tricia
DECEASED: Sally Frank, friend of Sue Jones; Hilda Misas, Lu Dumke’s aunt; Nancy Leiffer, best friend of Lisa Scheidt; James Herron, Steve Wolfe’s uncle; James B. Massey, Fred Massey’s father; Jane Hazelwood, friend of Jim & Joan Nixon
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(5/11/08) Robbie Roy, Risa & Reese Maier; Doris Samples, James & Joann Sampson; Hale & Diane Sanders; Juan & Beth Sandoval
(5/18/08) Randy Satterfield; Lisa Scheidt; Dale & Paige Schlenker; John, Sue, Blake & M.E. Schnorf; John, Michele, Emily & Samuel Schuring
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