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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Reflecting on Weddings
I’ve done a lot of weddings in my time as a priest. Some have been with people I barely knew; others have been with people who are close to me including some members of our family. Matt’s wedding seems so much different that I am glad I can sit in the pew on Saturday, shed a tear, and watch from a respectable yet intimate distance. It’s difficult to describe the feelings that I have because I’m not entirely sure what they are in any event.
I’ve spent the last few weeks working on a Powerpoint presentation for the rehearsal dinner Friday night. It’s given me some time to look at Matt’s life through the many pictures that fill many of those boxes in the attic -- you know, the ones you always say you're going to go through and organize. The gift in this process has been to be reminded of our closeness as a family. Very few pictures of Matt didn’t have one or more of Katie, Joan, and me in it. The exceptions seem to have been school pictures. This and the overall presentation has gotten me thinking about how our family will change on Saturday.
The change, of course, is a wonderful change because we all love Kari and could not be more pleased that Matt has chosen to marry her. Yet the truth is that our family will be changed and made different sometime around 2:30 pm on Saturday afternoon. And, I suppose, we will begin a new journey as a family of five as Kari makes her way deeper and deeper into our hearts. I am sure this will not be the only change in our family over the next few years, but it is the first that has me thinking about it. I suppose each will get easier, but I pray that I will not get so used to the changes that I don’t sit back and think about it at the least.
Saturday, May 12, 7 PM.
Come and compete with your signature desserts and appetizers! If you think you're kitchen-challenged, bring a can of nuts or a bag of chips to share, just be sure to be there!
Make sure to bring copies of your recipes and MONEY - part of the fun is voting with cash (coins or even the folding stuff) for your favorite dish. Proceeds from the judging will go to a non-profit organization/charity. Any questions or if you would like to help, please contact Paddy Drives Phillpotts at 770-565-0195.
Call Gail McGill ASAP, 770-971-8890, to see if there are any tickets left!. Join us to see "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" on Thursday, May 10, at 8 PM at the 14th Street Playhouse. For information on the production visit 14th Street Playhouse.
Saturday, May 12
Anyone in the mood for a hike at Cloudland Canyon State Park? On May 12, we are planning the annual Stephen Nicholson Memorial Hike, this year around the rim of Cloudland Canyon in northwest Georgia. If you've never been there, you've missed an incredible place. There are large waterfalls, a rushing mountain stream, some major rock hopping, and beautiful views of the canyon as you hike around the rim. This is fairly moderate hiking (not much up and down) of approximately 5 miles round trip. This hike is open to all. If interested in joining us, contact Hale Sanders at halesandersmindspring.com, or call at 770-565-2719.
Saturday, May 19
If you are part of a Foyers group, would like to learn more about Foyers dinner groups, or just want a fun evening of fellowship with other St Cat's adults, please join us for the End of Year Foyer's Party on Saturday May 19, 7 pm at the home of Fred and Jennifer Massey. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The main dish of tenderloin and drinks will be provided.
Saturday, May 19
Please join the Young Families Group for a spring picnic! We'll be at East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062, on May 19 starting at 5:00 PM. For information please contact Lisa Spessard or Jennifer Gale.
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 this Pentecost, we will celebrate at both services as in the past however; we will include an additional element to 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 27, 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.
Our custom is to have people read during worship on Pentecost Sunday in as many languages as possible. If you speak a foreign language (including sign language) please contact Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net. We will mail you the translation ahead of time.
As we near the end of the school year and our regular Wednesday night programming, we have some special evenings in store.
On Wednesday, May 9, we will continue the conversation begun this week with our New Orleans presentation from our youth. We will ask the question, "Why should we still care?" Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, and many people are still suffering from the devastation. We will consider who was left behind during the hurricane, reports on life today in New Orleans, discuss the politics of rebuilding the city, and end with suggestions for what participants can do to help. If nothing else, we should care because the situation shows how vulnerable many Americans are whether they face an actual hurricane or are living in similar conditions in other parts of our country.
On Wednesday, May 16, we are going to picnic on the lawn and just enjoy some family fun. We’ll have hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the fixin’s all prepared by two of crack kitchen teams who have been generously providing food since the week after Easter. We may throw in some games and maybe even a short video as a conversation starter. Bring your easy chairs and join us for an end of school year family fun night.
We’ll end our Wednesday night programming for this year on May 23 with a special presentation by a group of parishioners who want to make us aware of the growing energy crisis in the United States and suggest some simple ways we can do our part to save energy. See their invitation below.
We want to thank each of our dinner teams who have worked tirelessly to provide food on Wednesday nights. We were fed very well and we enjoyed seeing you enjoy the fellowship in the kitchen. Thank you to one and all.
Remember, dinner is at 5:45-6:45 PM, and programs for all ages follow at 7:00. No reservation is needed and the cost is just $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Nursery is available each evening. See you there.
The Wednesday evening program on May 23 is sure to spark your interest: we’ll watch a short, award-winning video, “Kilowatt Ours.” Afterwards, a member of the Georgia Interfaith Power and Light board will lead us in a conversation about what we can do individually and collectively to better care for God’s creation. We will also talk with members of the parish, including Rosemary Wolfe, who will discuss our power bills and how our approach to conservation can affect St. Catherine’s bottom line . We’ll discover how it is possible to prosper and care for creation.
Please join us for Wonderful Wacky Wednesday on May 23, and let us know what new ministries you can imagine funding with the savings that will result from our attention to conservation. There is much that we are already doing, but much more that can be done. We can make a difference!
For additional information, please contact Kelly Beard by email, beardkbeardlaw.com, or telephone 404.961.7233 (day). Learn about Georgia Interfaith Power and Light on the Web at at www.gipl.org.
Our cross-cultural Partnership with St. Elizabeth’s in Whiterocks, Utah, is predicated upon living out our Baptismal covenant by recognizing and honoring the dignity of each individual and by learning, exploring and sharing a culture that most of us are unfamiliar with. While for the past few years, a group has traveled from St. Catherine’s to St. Elizabeth’s, the partnership envisions cross-visitations, such as we experienced during our Diversity Weekend celebration three years ago which included a number of programs and presentations by our partners from St. Elizabeth’s.
While plans were underway to bring a group of adults and youth from Whiterocks to Marietta this summer to share in a number of activities including VBS, it recently became apparent that a number of conflicts and difficulties faced by the folks from St. Elizabeth’s were insurmountable. We are all saddened and disappointed by the reality that we will not be able to have our Partners visit this year as previously planned. We are currently working on several alternative visitation possibilities:
We will keep you informed of all developments regarding these visitation alternatives. In the interim, please call Paige or Dale Schlenker (770-993-4507) should you have questions.
Our tradition at St. Catherine's during the summer months is to sing your requested hymns from The Hymnal 1982. Is it for Christmas? is it for All Saints Day or Holy Week? -- that's okay, it doesn't matter what season it's from! Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office with your favorites and we will try to schedule as many as possible.
If you or someone in your family is graduating this spring (all levels of education) please let us know so we can list their names in the bulletin and Wheel. If a high school graduation, please let us know what college they will attend if applicable. Graduates will be recognized at services on May 20. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office.
Have you ever thought about how much college books cost? Think a couple of hundred or more dollars--and that’s only for one semester!
Stan and I became aware of this through my mom who taught Russian at the University of South Carolina. She was involved with helping new students assimilate to college life and heard a lot about financial woes.
When Mom died in 1999 we decided to honor her by establishing the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund which has evolved into the St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund. This is a fund that anyone can contribute to as much as they like. The Men’s Group has contributed to this fund every year since its conception.
St. Catherine’s has a wonderful youth program and we as the congregation help them explore the world. Let’s all of us also help them explore the world through books in college without the strain of financial woes.
Sunday, June 3 following 10:30 Worship
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 or contact Ben Frost, 770-565-8262.
The staff will soon begin planning the church's schedule for the coming year. All ministry teams and committees, we need your activity schedule for 2007-08 to reserve space and services for your events. We will take your firm or tentative plans. Please send by June 10 to Rosemary Wolfe, rosewolfebellsouth.net.
This class continues each Sunday at 4 PM through May 20, and is for all adults who are considering being confirmed or received, or just want to know more about the Episcopal Church. Please attend even if you cannot come each date. If you wish to be confirmed this will occur at the Cathedral of St. Phillip in Atlanta on June 10, 4 PM. For questions please contact one of our clergy.
Friday, May 25
Life Line Screening is coming to St. Catherine’s to offer up to four health screening tests at affordable cost. The tests are non-invasive, painless screenings using Doppler ultrasound technology. The tests offered are stroke screening/carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, peripheral arterial disease screen, and osteoporosis screening. A complete package of all 4 is $129.
Registration is by telephone — please call 1-800-324-1851. This date is open to the public and the time slots fill up quickly, so call soon if you are interested. For information please pick up a flyer at church or visit their website at www.lifelinescreening.com.
Avalanche Ranch – July 9-13
Welcome to Avalanche Ranch, a wild ride through God's word! Join us this summer for an exciting celebration of Jesus' love filled with amazing Bible adventures, unfrogettable songs, memory-making crafts, and life-changing missions. Sign up will be available soon at church.
All adults and youth with any interest in helping with VSB this summer are needed! Any and all talents are welcome: Bible story time, music time, game time, snack time, art time – Avalanche Ranch needs YOU to help in a flexible, fun and easy-to-follow program. Contact Susanne Muckerman at 678-560-0488 with questions or for additional information.
The Red Cross’s goal for our blood drive on April 30 was to harvest 29 pints of blood. In fact we exceeded their goal and sent them home with 34 pints of blood, 4 of which were especially important to them. Thank you to the 45 people who came willing to donate. Thank you to Boy Scout Troup 713 and their leaders, Larry and Robert, who once again really helped out in breaking down the Red Cross equipment and re-setting the Parish Hall for us. And of course thank you to Fred Massey (aka Uncle Sam) for awesome leadership of this community service project.
A GREAT BIG thank you to Julian Seneviratne, David Sherry (our excellent Grill crew), Bronte Taylor and Tegan Hurley, Susan Jablonski, Amelia Snider and her friend Michael, all for serving dinner at the Elizabeth Inn on Saturday night, April 28. Not a drop of food was left over. GREAT JOB. Also, thanks to Erin, Tegan, Amelia and Michael for overnighting and showing up for Father Jim's sermon on community in the morning. They epitomized what Father Jim spoke of in his sermon.
Our next date to host at the Inn, the 28th of May, is Memorial Day weekend. This is your chance to help out with overnighting on a weekend. Please contact me for further information: Frederick Massey, Sr. 404.731.4466 or f_massey2hotmail.com
See more photos including Easter Vigil Baptisms and Easter Morning at Easter 2007 by Jan Potter
Saturday, May 26, 6:30pm
Annie Rai is holding her second Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition/Fund-raiser Party to assist with healthcare expenses for her mother, Carol Rai. Hosted by Agnes Annie Rai and Jennifer Gale at Jennifer's home, 123 Willow Glen Dr., Marietta, GA 30068. Please rsvp, to Jennifer at 770-579-0657.
The American Lung Association is offering a free workshop called “Asthma 101: The Basics,” about how asthma affects children, about its dangers and how to monitor children with asthma. This 2 hour program will be held on Wednesday May 16, from 10 AM until noon at the American Lung Association Office, 2452 Spring Rd. Smyrna Ga. 30080. This would be a good program for parents, teachers and child care providers. The workshop will include free posters, workbook, certificate of attendance and refreshments. Since it is free of charge registration is required. For more information and to register call Starla Hairston at 770-434-5864 ext 523. Visit the Southeast Region American Lung Association on the web at http://www.alase.org/.
An Inter-faith, Cross-cultural Education for Peace Program
For the fifth consecutive year Kids4Peace will bring twelve children from our Diocese together with twelve children from Israel and palatine (Muslim, Christian and Jewish) at Camp Mikell and in Atlanta. Amid the magic of Camp Mikell the children will reach across cultural and ethnic bounds to live and play together, exploring the differences and similarities of their faiths and cultures and celebrating the common heritage they share a Children of Abraham. Other campers at Mikell will get to know these children from the Holy Land, and in a closing celebration, the Abraham Tent, learn about the heritage they, too, share with these remarkable children. In Atlanta, the children will attend worship services at a Mosque, Synagogue and Church and experience some of the sites Atlanta has to offer, many out of reach for children in a land of conflict.
Kids4Peace was developed by a group of parents and educators in Jerusalem in response to concerns about the future of children in the Holy Land and in hope that one day they could live together in peace. It is a collaborative effort of the Episcopal Dioceses of Atlanta and Jerusalem and St. George’s College Jerusalem. To date 168 children and their families in the Holy Land and in the United States and Canada have been directly impacted by the program.....
This is a exciting time for Kids4Peace. Interest in the program is growing around the world. In addition to this year’s program in Atlanta, Kids4Peace camps will be held in Vermont, Canada and Germany this summer. Kids4Peace USA was recently incorporated as a non-profit organization to aid in fundraising capabilities and to create sustainability and growth of new chapters in future years.
Kids4Peace is making a difference in the lives of children in their families, but we can’t do it without your help. Airfares, visas, camp fees and religiously appropriate food are just a few of the expenses that must be covered. Over $50,000 must be raised for each camp. Please prayerfully consider a gift to this important ministry of reconciliation. Your tax deductible gifts should be made payable to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta, GA 30327, and earmarked Kids4Peace Atlanta. Visit the Kids4Peace Atlanta website for updates on 2007 preparations and pictures from previous camps.
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Dear People of St. Catherine’s,
It is with a combination of pride and humility that I thank you for your generous gift of my EFM education. I am proud to have shared the ministry of study and learning with the variety of faithful and insightful and loving and slightly bent fellow students that have participated in this study alongside me. I am also truly humbled by your generous gift of tuition that has enabled me to participate in this endeavor to its completion.
I remain ever faithful and committed to our worship, work and fellowship here at St. Catherine’s.
Father Jim and the St. Catherine's Community,
I just cannot tell you again how much you and the people at St. Catherine's mean to me. The cards, the flowers and then the memorial service yesterday were all just what I needed. It is just what St. Catherine's does best. We do have a wonderful community at St. Catherine's. Susan, John and Sally, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time on Sunday afternoon to come and do the music for the memorial service. It was just wonderful! Jim, your caring and support throughout my journey has meant so much to me, the past couple of weeks were no exception. I do not know how I can ever thank you enough. Again I do not know what I would do without the wonderful people at St. Catherine's.
Letters were received acknowledging the following by St. Catherine’s Parish to:
Communities In Schools – a letter with thanks for St. Catherine’s contributions and volunteers from Carol Fey, Executive Director
Emmaus House - $392.00, a letter with thanks from The Rev. Elizabeth Claiborne Jones, Vicar and Director
MUST Ministries - $1,039.00, a letter with thanks from Rev. John R. Moeller Jr., Executive Director
Next Date: May 27
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
BEFORE SURGERY: Trevor Kiefer, 5/22/07; Jean Hampton, 5/17/07
DECEASED: The Rev. Tom Droege, friend of Sharon Parisi; Forrest Fuller, friend of Anne Whittle
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(2/4/07) David, Mary, Catherine & Laura Moore; Lee, Tracy, George & Arthur Moore, Polly Magill; Mark, Sally & Rex Moore, Sarah Stanley; Peter, Colleen, Kyle & Jill Morich; Chris, Amy, Jacob & Alex Morris;
(2/11/07) Richard Motter, Roger, Eileen & Dean Motter; Keith, Susanne, Gaby & Nicky Muckerman; John, Danielle & Sidney Nabinger; James, Audrey & Christopher Nesbit
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.
Youth Sunday !
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out with Youth Sunday! The day was a great success and we are so proud of our youth!
WNL Wrap Up
WNL continues the next two weeks, May 9 and May 16. Come out for our last WNL s of the year! Grades 6-12 welcome!
Thanks to Tegan and Erin Hurley, Bronte Taylor, Julian Seneviratne, David Sherry, and Fred and Jennifer Massey for serving dinner and overnighting at Elizabeth Inn on April 28! You guys are great!
Check out our pictures from Youth Sunday, April 22:
May Ministry Focus is on us
This month St. Catherine’s Ministry Focus celebrates the life and work of our youth ministries. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Youth Director Amelia Snider.
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 copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church. (Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas)
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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Editor: Karen Manno