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The Da Vinci Code
Publicity about the upcoming release of The Da Vinci Code movie on May 19 is reaching a fever pitch. And not to be excluded from the discussion, we too are taking a look at this book during our Wonderful Wacky Wednesday adult time from 7 to 8 PM each Wednesday through May 24 (more about this later).
Much is being said about the movie and of course, the book from which the movie comes. And I don't have a desire to add significantly to the discussion. I do, however, suggest that you engage the conversation. I have found in my own faith journey that engaging differing opinions, if nothing else, strengthens and clarifies my own beliefs. I am not afraid of a book, a movie, a play, or any other expression of ideas. They have no power to change my faith claims because my faith is based on the experience of the risen Christ as he has continued to act in my life. I believe in Jesus Christ because he has been with me on my journey and I know him as he acts through the body of Christ, the Church. Therefore The Da Vinci Code is simply a book that adds to the conversation and makes me take a closer look at the faith claims of the church.
I commend to you an article I am going to distribute at tonight's [May 10] WWW. "Down with Da Vinci!" is somewhat a light hearted look at the reason not to make a belligerent response to this movie or to the book. In the article, Jesus says to the writer,
You can find the entire article at ChristianityToday.com "Down with Da Vinci!"
If you want to study up to know what you re talking about, join us each Wednesday night through May 24. Each week we will study a different faith claim challenged by the book.
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 21, we will go together to see the movie and then have some dinner together. We'll set some specific times as soon as we get information about where the movie will be playing
On Wednesday evening, May 24 we'll discuss the movie at our WWW time. For those who want to read more, I have ordered The Da Vinci Code: A Companion Guide to the Movie. Copies will be available in the foyer on Sunday, May 14.
Saturday, May 6, 10 AM
Please join us in a special service as we gather as a community to lift Father Jim and Joan in our prayers, to pray for the people of the Diocese of Northern California, and to pray that God's will be done not just in Northern California but throughout the Church gathered.
Sunday, May 7, after 11:15 service
There will be an Ice Cream Social for youth and adults in honor of our new Youth Director, Amelia Snider. Stop by after the 11:15 service to get some ice cream and meet Amelia and give her the chance to get to know you. We'll be serving in the Parish Hall, or perhaps under the great oak tree if weather permits.
Have you heard about our Faithful Mission Capital Campaign? It is our new capital giving campaign designed to reduce our debt by $750,000.00. It is meant to compliment our Faith Builds! Campaign. Did you know that there is already an Executive Committee and a Steering Committee? They are working hard to be ready for the kick off of this campaign on September 16. They have been getting organized, planning, and training to be ready to help us know how to give so that St. Catherine's can continue to be a welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving church. Since the focus of the campaign is debt reduction all parishioners will be asked to participate.
The good thing about this campaign since it is for debt reduction is that anything given above and beyond the goal of $750,000.00 will still be applied to the debt. I am really excited about the direction Faithful Mission is taking! If you would like to get involved, there are opportunities to help support the committee by assisting with the kick off or by calling on people as part of the campaign.
If you have any questions the Executive Committee consists of Nelson Gale, Jennifer Massey, Jim Nixon, Liz Rea, and Diane Sanders. They would be happy to answer your questions. You can also contact the members of the Steering Committee: Rachel Bagby, Bill Bowden, Ron Brannock, David Craig, Tom Donoghue, Emily Gale, Marilyn Hunter, Cary Kilgore, Ellis Kilgore, Karen Maxwell, Meg Ramsay (treasurer), John Rea, Margaret Shaw, and Phil Spessard. You will be hearing more about this from me as time goes on.
Sunday, May 21, 6 PM in the Parish Hall
A new ministry is beginning at St. Catherine's for families with young children. Please join us for the Young Families Kickoff Dinner in the Parish Hall on Sunday May 21st from 6-8pm. The playground will be open and kids are welcome!
Please RSVP to Jennifer Gale (770.579.0657 or jennifer-galehotmail.com) by Friday, May 19, so we will have enough food.
Sunday, May 28, following 8:45 service
With joyful hearts, the children of St. Catherine's invite you to join in The Children's Liturgy for Pentecost on Sunday May 28th. We will begin directly after the 8:45 service in the sanctuary. Come in and be seated in the front pews of the sanctuary; the children will process in. Please join in our celebration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit!
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. If you are interested in donating wine in thanksgiving for, or in memory of a loved one, please leave bottle(s) in the church office, marked accordingly. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
Four gardens around the church grounds need your help! Flowers need to be replaced for the summer in these beds: the gardens on either side of the front sign, the garden at the foot of the front island and the island around back. If you are interested in helping plant "New Gold" lantana in these beds, please contact Gail McGill at 770-971-8890.
Saturday, May 13 -- Youth & adults!
The first Stephen Nicholson Memorial Hike will be an all-day hike to Hemlock Falls on Moccasin Creek in north Georgia. The hike starts at the Lake Burton Hatchery and goes for 2.5 miles along Moccasin Creek. We visit the hatchery first, then hike to two gorgeous waterfalls, a stream fording, and possible swim in the pond. While it is alongside a mountain stream, there are some fairly difficult areas crossing ravines and the stream, so be prepared for a hike of medium difficulty. To register, contact Hale Sanders (770-565-2719, email halesanders mindspring.com) or Chris Potter (770-587-3512).
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 on Sunday, May 21. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or call the church office.
On Sunday morning, May 21, at our 11:15 AM service we will celebrate the marriage of Peter Morich and Colleen Brown. Peter and Colleen have been preparing for this wonderful day for some time as they have gathered with a group of five other couples to prepare spiritually and emotionally for their marriage.
They want everyone to know that they have chosen to celebrate their marriage as part of our regular worship service as an expression of the important place this congregation has in their lives. They can think of no other group of people they’d rather witness and affirm their covenant with one another before God. The liturgy that day will be changed slightly as we add the marriage service as the liturgy of the word. The choir will sing some special music and the Jubilate Choir will join us for communion music. There will be a fine reception in the Parish Hall following our worship. Everyone is invited to attend.
The eighteenth "Paths Crossing" conference of the Episcopal Church was held with great success at St. Elizabeth's in Whiterocks, Utah, on April 20-23. This annual conference provides cross-cultural exchanges of ideas, projects and understanding between American Indian and Alaska Native congregations and non-Indian congregations. A wonderful job by the parishioners of St. Elizabeth's, our delegates, The Rev. Sue Duffield and her staff!
We're forming a committee focused on directing St. Catherine's resources to St. George's Episcopal in New Orleans. If you'd like to be a part please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Barbara Perry, Dale Schlenker or Paul Parisi.
Sundays through May 21 during the Sunday School hour
This continuing class is for anyone interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church, as well as those considering confirmation, and anyone confirmed in another denomination wanting to be received into the Episcopal Church. Please come even if you will not be able to come to all sessions. Questions? Contact The Rev. Sherry Coulter.
Next Date: Sunday, May 28
St. Catherine’s volunteers staff the Inn and provide dinner for the guests on the 28th of each month all year long. If you would like to help please contact our volunteer coordinators:
Overnight Team: Fred Massey, 404-731-4466, and Carolyn Hilley, 770-973-8636.
As summer approaches, please mark your calendar:
Get involved with our youth by becoming a Prayer Partner for a St. Catherine’s young person. If you would like to pray daily for one of our youth, please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Hale Sanders at 770-565-2719, email halesandersmindspring.com)
“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” 1 John 3:17
There are places in the Diocese of Atlanta where people are literally crying out, begging for an Episcopal Church to be established in their area. Will we refuse them? Or will we share the love of God that abides in us with them? During this Easter season, share God’s love by giving to the Alleluia Fund for Mission.
The Alleluia Fund For Mission is an initiative of the Diocese of Atlanta, and provides an annual giving opportunity for every Episcopalian during the Great Fifty Days of Easter. Through the fund we give from our abundance to accomplish the goal of planting new churches in the many areas of the diocese crying out for them. You may make online donations on the Alleluia Fund for Mission website, or mail a check made payable to Alleluia Fund for Mission to Alleluia Fund for Mission, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.
The next General Convention of the Episcopal Church is June 13-21 in Columbus, Ohio. Pre-Convention Forums for the Diocese of Atlanta will be held in May:
You will find a series of inserts in your bulletin beginning this week with news about the Episcopal Church and information on the 75th General Convention. Below is the text of the first in this series, "Grow In Understanding."
A History of Living the Questions
When the Episcopal Church meets together as the General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, from June 13 to June 21, it will be the 75th time the church has gathered to be guided by the Holy Spirit in setting the direction of the church’s mission and ministry. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication offers this series of eight bulletin inserts to help you learn more about the church and how it makes decisions about its mission and ministry.
To know where we are going, it helps to know where we’ve been, so we begin at the beginning. The Episcopal Church began because Henry VIII wanted a divorce, right? Not really. There was more going on in the 16th century than Henry’s marital problems, some of it political and some of it theological.
Through prior centuries of war and turmoil the church in Rome worked to preserve European civilization. It enforced rules of conduct, appointed rulers, and controlled the economy. A monk named Martin Luther and others protested what they saw as the church’s excesses and interference with people’s faith.
Henry didn’t like Luther’s reform movement but he wanted more control of the church in England. He, like many political leaders of his time, wanted his people’s undivided loyalty, and he had other uses for the English money that supported the church in Rome. Henry broke from Rome, and England suffered as Roman Catholics and Protestants battled for control of the church and the government.
His daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, devised religious and political arrangements, including the third version of The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) in 1559, that left the English church with both Roman Catholic and Protestant characteristics. Walking this middle way between the traditions makes us a sacramental church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be as followers of Christ.
While the words of the BCP were first heard in what is now the United States on San Francisco Bay in 1579 (when explorer Sir Francis Drake prayed after putting ashore), what is now the Episcopal Church grew up in colonial settlements on the East Coast. After the Revolution, its members forged a church with no formal loyalties to England.
Thus, we began with a question. Could a church change its loyalties in this world and still be loyal to Jesus? The Reformation’s answer was yes. It showed that we learn more about God when we ask our questions and listen for the answers in prayer and in the words of others in our communities. We began in a disagreement and our history tells us that the church survives disagreements when it stays focused on the importance of coming together to give thanks to God and to do God’s reconciling work.
Read more about it: “A History of the Episcopal Church,” by Robert W. Prichard, Morehouse Group, © 1999 “Welcome to the Episcopal Church: An Introduction to Its History, Faith, and Worship,” by Christopher L. Webber, Morehouse Publishing, © 1999.
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Dear St. Catherine's,
Kitty and I would like to thank the St. Cat's family for their expressions of sympathy. In such a trying time these notes and chats have been very comforting for both of us. We are fortunate to be a part of such a caring parish.
Kitty and Steve Diffley
Dear Friends and Family of St. Catherine's:
How very blessed I am to belong to such a wonderful Christian family at St. Cat's. Thank you all so very much for your care and concern during my surgery and recovery. I can't begin to tell you how very much I appreciate your thoughts, prayers, visits, phone calls and cards, the gorgeous flowers from last Sunday, and the delicious meal from the Sonshine Ministry.
Everything you hae done has brightened my days and helped to speed my recovery. What a wonderful spirit and frame of mind we find ourselves in when we are loved and cared about. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loving care, thoughts, and prayers.
In Christ's love,
Next Date: June 4 (Pentecost)
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Natalie May, Ron Davidson, Ray Brooks, Missy Greene, Rosemary Scott, Curtis Bagby, Betty Boyce, Jean Mote, Chris Segurola, Trevor, Steve Wolfe , Lisa Arnold, Kelly Beard, Kristin Blackstock, Dean Motter, Eloise Willingham, Catherine Anne, Ginny Harvey, Margaret & Reese Ivey, Carolyn Hilley, Carl Roberts, Elizabeth Hotchkiss, Devon Parker, Sean Cox, Cara Lione, Catherine Ransdell, Joyce Hendricks , Gwen Smith, Roger Byrd, Joe Hannigan, Ann Fuchs, George Schnorf, Andrew Harding, Fred Decaris, Maxine Partin, Miss Iva, Nancy Selph, Cindy Thompson
BEFORE SURGERY: Todd Magill, 5/16/06
DECEASED: Lola Diffley, Steve Diffley’s mother; Hank Rhodes, former St. Catherine's choir member
For Presiding Bishop: For those nominated to be our next Presiding Bishop and for the Bishops of General Convention who will elect and for the Deputies who will be asked to consent to the election that we may receive a faithful pastor.
IN CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTHS OF:
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(5/21/06) Allen, Brooke, Taylor, Randy, Stuart & Grace Wallace; Gretchen, Charles & Foster Walton; Brian, Rebecca & Kelsey West; Natalie, Marilyn & Nat Whitlow; Anne Whittle
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. Cat's Youth --
Youth Sunday 2006!!!
Thank you to everyone who made Youth Sunday such a success!! Stay tuned for youth led services in the Fall and the Spring!!
J2A Parents Meeting
Sunday, May 7 at 5 PM
There will be a meeting for all parents of the J2A group to discuss the pilgrimage next summer. Please come to hear about the options for the 2007 pilgrimage and spend some time with the other J2A parents. The meeting should last no longer than an hour and light snacks will be served. If you want to bring any drinks or snacks, please call Amelia at the church office or e-mail her at ameliastcatherines.org
Sunday, May 14 -- Celebrate Mothers!! The Rite 13 group will have flowers available before the 8:45 and 11:15 service for all the mothers. Donations will be accepted and will go to support the Rite 13 Beach Trip this summer.
Sunday, May 21 -- Last day of Sunday School for all Youth, and recognition of graduates at the 8:45 service.
Sunday, June 4 -- Parish Picnic and Youth Car Wash after the 10:30 service!!! Come dressed to get wet and have fun!
June 18-23 -- Youth Week at Kanuga for youth ages 12-18 and adult leaders. See Amelia for registration forms.
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 newlstter page in PDF form.. Extra 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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Editor: Karen Manno