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Reflections on being visited
I am now, after 16 years, growing more comfortable with the concept of the Bishop visiting. This is not to say that I don't want him to visit. This is to say that it can be a stressful time. I guess some will say it's about my perfectionism, but it seems more than this. The Bishop represents the Episcopal part of who we are. We are not congregational in the sense that we are not connected to something and someone far beyond ourselves. Nor are we Roman, where a bishop represents an all-powerful authority in charge of our future as a congregation. We are, rather, something in between -- but then again we are Anglican and like with all things, even with our Bishop, we find the middle way. And so I have made some peace with the annual visitation and have begun to do some things to make the visit as pleasant and stress-free as possible. A good example is that I will no longer schedule confirmations or baptisms during the Bishop's visitation -- they simply distract from the opportunity to do worship and fellowship together with our Bishop.
I was very proud of St. Catherine's this past weekend. The worship at 10:30 AM was what brings me back to church. It was uplifting, moving, nurturing, reverent, joyful, and it fed my soul. The choir, organ, and harp were superb. The Bishop's sermon was pastoral. The smiles on faces at the rail and the overall feel of the congregation affirmed the feelings and thoughts I was having. People interacted with the Bishop and wanted to show him what we are doing. I had to "fish" him out of an Atrium to come to the late service. The Vestry was eager to tell him of our accomplishments and the challenges that lay ahead of us. And he seemed to respond with gratitude and excitement.
I spoke with Brother William (an Episcopal monk from the Order of the Holy Cross) at the reception. He spoke of many things with me, but of utmost importance was his observation, "you must be very proud to be the rector of this congregation." I am!
Sunday, August 13, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM for all parish members
We will gather as a congregation at 11:30 AM (immediately following the 10:30 service) in the sanctuary on August 13 to get a mid-year update of the life of our congregation. This is an opportunity to present some updates and information and to hear from each of you. The meeting will last 60 minutes. We will provide nursery care and child care during this time, and coffee and lemonade refreshments will be available.
Our agenda includes brief presentations by Amelia Snider (concerning youth ministry), Ana Martin and Karen Maxwell (concerning Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) and our financial team (concerning our financial status). We will have plenty of time to have questions and answers and to hear what you have to say about not only these topics but any we don't cover. We hope you will set this time aside and come and be a part of what will become a new tradition at St. Catherine's.
Note - Regular summer worship schedule will be held this day.
Please join us on September 16 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM for an evening of fun, fellowship and a free dinner to kick-off the Stewardship and Faithful Mission campaigns. We are planning a festive dinner similar to what you might experience at Chastain Park. Our campaigns will supply the dinner, beverages and a D.J. We need individuals to “host” a table for eight by supplying candles, flowers and plastic utensils. We will supply tablecloths, or you can bring one of your own. This is an opportunity to be as creative and festive as you’d like!
The dinner will be held in St. Catherine’s Parish Hall and patio area. Seating will be limited, so we ask you to sign up in the vestibule after services beginning August 20. When you sign up you can indicate whether or not you’d like to host a table. There will be NO SOLICITATIONS at this event. We look forward to a great evening and hope to see you there!
Watch for more quotes and humor for Stewardship & Faithful Mission in coming issues of The Wheel.
More Volunteer Callers Needed
The Stewardship Committee and Faithful Mission team are hard at work planning the fall campaigns. As we experienced during the Faith Builds! campaign in fall 2002, this will be a double-ask campaign. Our Stewardship and Faithful Mission callers will visit each family in the congregation to give everyone the opportunity to give both to our operating budget and to Faithful Mission. These giving opportunities are critical to the continued flourishing of all our wonderful ministries such as Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, music ministry, Stephen Ministry, fellowship, Journey to Adulthood youth ministry and so many others.
Are you willing to help make this campaign a success? We need people who are willing to call on their friends and fellow parishioners to provide the opportunity to everyone at St. Catherine’s to be part of these important efforts You will be trained and supported in this work. You will need to attend both training sessions. Please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey, 404-375-8327, or Nelson Gale, 770-953-3407.
Our summer class for adults on the Book of Common Prayer continues this Sunday, August 6, with "Eucharist: What does it mean and why do we do it that way?" We welcome you to join us, 9:40-10:20 AM in the board room, even if you can’t attend every week.
Each month we will celebrate the work of one of the seven Ministry Teams at St. Catherine’s. You will hear about them during Sunday worship, see displays on the bulletin boards around the church, and read about them in The Wheel and other communications. Ministry Teams are the principal organization of our parish to carry out programs and ministry. For information about all the ministries at St. Catherine’s and how you can get involved, look for our Ministry Directory – a new version is being prepared and will be available at the St. Catherine’s Carnival/Ministry Fair/Rally Day on August 27.
Our ingathering items for August are items for Back to School: backpacks, school supplies, socks (no-show sport socks) and underwear (middle school boys prefer boxers), which we will distribute to Communities In Schools and M.U.S.T. Remember, school starts August 14, so sooner is better! Donations may be deposited by the Outreach table in the church lobby.
Tutor with Communities in Schools
Will you share your time to help a child learn to read? Communities In Schools is looking for volunteers to meet one-on-one with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade on a weekly basis to help them with basic reading and comprehension skills. Schedules are flexible and training is offered. If you're in high school, you can include tutoring in your service hours. Please contact Nadine Pope, ronazamindspring.com for more information or to sign up, or sign up in the Opportunities for Ministry section of the Sunday bulletin. For more information about Communities In Schools, visit their website at www.cismcc.org.
Sunday, August 13, 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall
The group formerly known as "Seniors on the Go" is revving up again with a new name and new activities. We want all who qualify for AARP to join us for a covered dish dinner and evening of fun, including playing Bingo with "Master Caller" Dick Kareken in charge. We will talk about what you would like to do, and form a cooperative so that many can be involved in the planning and execution of trips, outings, dinners, movies, etc. Please come and bring your favorite dish, and ideas for future get-togethers.
Call Lucy Hilley, 770/591-3329, or Steve Diffley, 770/977-9482, and let us know that you will be there!
Sometimes the "honey do" list of maintenance items at church gets a little long and we could use some additional help to complete it:
If you care to take on any of these projects, contact Roger Motter at emotterjuno.com or 770-971-9633.
Diocesan charity softball event is Family Fun Day, too -- Reprinted from the Diocese of Atlanta Bishop’s Newsletter, August 1, 2006 by Nan Ross
The third annual Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Charity Softball Tournament is Saturday, Aug. 26, at Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road, McDonough. Games start at 8 a.m., with the final at 8:30 p.m.
The event is billed as "A Family Fun Day" as well, so bring the family and come out to the ballpark even if you are not playing softball. In addition to the park's historic village, pavilions and walking track, there will be concessions and special activities for children.
All proceeds will be split between the Alleluia Fund of the Diocese of Atlanta and the Grant Park Family Health Center, Inc.
...Volunteers and donations of food items and other services are needed. For information, please contact Judy Narde at softball2005bellsouth.net.
Beginning this year, all teams are coed. The winner goes home with the Bishop's Trophy. Past winners are St. Luke's, Atlanta, and Christ Church, Kennesaw.
Fiesta! VBS 2006 was a massive success. The theme of “getting kids fired up about Jesus” was carried out in drama, song, art, film, play, and even FOOD. About 73 children attended and learned that Jesus is their friend, their life, their leader, their savior, and their helper. Everyone left with “buddies” to remind them of the key Bible points.
This wonderful week would never have been accomplished without the help of 9 core volunteers, 28(!) part-time volunteers, and 23, yes, 23 youth helpers. Our deepest gratitude to all who attended and to all who helped. Fiesta!
This year is the right time for you to try us out! Our activity starts up soon. There is no audition, and sight-reading ability is not required.
The Youth Choir welcomes all young people (boys who still have treble voices and all girls) from second through tenth grade. We sing every Sunday at the 8:45 service, and rehearse every Wednesday, 6:45-8:00 PM. If you are interested in finding out more, please come to the Parish Hall on Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 PM for our annual Start-up Dinner for the whole family, both new and returning members. In addition to dinner we will try on choir robes, discuss the policies of choir, and have a brief rehearsal while getting to know each other. Regular practice begins the following Wednesday, August 30, in the choir room, 6:45-8:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Director Martha Bowden.
The parts we need most are soprano, alto, tenor, and bass! All adults, and youth who are past the age for Youth Choir, are welcome. Simply talk to Director Brian Williams, Organist Jana Williams, or any choir member to find out more. We rehearse in the choir room every Wednesday, 7:30-8:45 PM, beginning September 6. On Sundays we gather at 10:45 AM to warm up and run though the music for 11:15 service. If these times overlap another activity at St. Cat's, please come anyway — we want to find what will work for you.
Our 2006 Habitat For Humanity house build begins on August 12 and continues each Saturday through November 4. We are teaming with St. James' Episcopal Church, Zion Baptist Church, and Kennesaw United Lutheran Church. Allstate Insurance is providing a generous contribution in funding.
We are building the house at Hillcrest I in Mableton for Mr. Mohammed Bockarie Silla, a single immigrant from the African country of Sierra Leone who works a full time job in Cartersville and a part time job at Bosch Corp. He has had these jobs for a year and for a half year, respectively. He is trying to adopt two nieces and two nephews from Sierra Leone. He is participating in Habitat’s Provident Living program and classes to learn about banking and home maintenance.
Your help is needed in this important and fun ministry! Please sign up at the Habitat table in the foyer. Directions to the site are available at the table. Forty people are needed each Saturday to help with construction. You must be at least 16 years old to build. The build start at 7:50 AM with a safety talk and usutally work stops around 4 PM. We build rain or shine, and in bad weather the decision to build or not will be made at the site. Remember that you are on a construction site. Work boots or heavier shoes are great... nothing open-toed. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirgyin and bring a good pair of work gloves. A hat and sunscreen are helpful. Cobb Habitat will provide water jugs, but you may wan to bring your own water bottle. If you have a tool belt or apron, hammer, tape measure, and pencil, please bring them. Clearly label everything you bring.
We also need volunteers to bring food for breakfast and lunch on August 12, Sept. 16 and Oct. 7. If you have questions, please contact Tom Snead (building) at 678-795-9508/ tom.sneadearthlink.net, or Connie Bergeron (food) at 770-951-1411.
“Spirit Gives Life” -- Sunday August 27, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Bring friends & family! We combine for one principal worship service this day at 8:45 AM with a special liturgy to celebrate our life together at St. Catherine’s. Immediately following will be fun, food, and fellowship! The Ministry Fair will be held in the Parish Hall and Men’s Ministry will be cooking the hot dogs and hamburgers. The dunk tank will take your contributions for our new partner parish in New Orleans. (Note -- 7:30 service will be held this day, however no 10:30 service). See you there!
If you lead a committee, ministry team, or other group we encourage you to have a display to share with others about your ministry and recruit new volunteers. The theme for the day is “Spirit Gives Life.” Please contact Nancy Denton by August 13 at 770-428-6058 or ndenton3aol.com to reserve your space.
Sunday, August 27, 7-9 PM
Adults can have fun, too! Our group for families with young children is having an evening for adults (only) at Mad Mad Whirled, 2854 Delk Road, Marietta, GA 30067, 770-953-4040, to play whirly ball. Cost is $15. Mark your calendar now!
Our Ministry Directory is published annually as a guide to all the ministries at St. Catherine’s and how everyone can get involved. The next issue is being prepared for Ministry Fair & Rally Day, August 27. All Ministry Teams and committees, please be sure to review your entries in the Ministry Directory and send your updates to Karen Manno by August 18 -- email karenstcatherines.org or place them in her mailbox at church. Contact her if you would like a copy of last year's entry.
Stephen Ministry is now in the process of identifying those who will join the new class of trainees in the fall. Stephen Ministers undertake 50 hours of training to equip them to provide on-on-one, medium to long-term care for people who are dealing with crisis or otherwise difficult time in their lives. If you would like to learn more, check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact David Moore, Fr. Jim or Sherry.
Our Lenten Pilgrimage: Seeking Jesus with Heart, Soul, and Mind is scheduled for March 4 -15, 2007. The cost of the pilgrimage is $2,699 per person, double occupancy. This cost DOES NOT include airline taxes and fuel surcharges that due to the volatility of the airline business and fuel costs cannot be determined until the time of final ticketing, approximately 30 days before departure. This cost does include all of your air and ground transportation, hotels and all your breakfasts and dinners and some lunches. We have some very nice accommodations booked for the trip and you will eat well.
I invite you to set aside 11 days in March, 2007 to join your fellow pilgrims as we go in search, not of the historical Jesus although we’ll find much about him, but the Jesus who lives among us today and calls us to seek peace and justice among all people and respect the dignity of every human being. I assure you, you will return from the Holy Land changed by the sights and sounds of a land bruised and scarred by battles in the past and, no doubt as recent events prove, for years to come. Nonetheless it is the place where God chose to come in flesh to call us to live together as one people in his name. In what other place could the scandal of the incarnation be any more clear?
You will find registration forms on the information table in the foyer, or call the office and we’ll be glad to get one to you. If you have any questions about the trip please contact me.
Images from Father Jim’s trip to Israel in 2005
Including the obligatory Photo of Riding on a Camel!
Reserve your space now for this fall, October 13-15 at St. George Island, Florida. A $100 deposit makes your reservation. Cost per person will be around $280.00, including lodging in two rented beach homes, 8 meals, transportation and recreational activities. Please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities in your bulletin, or contact John Barrington or Ellis Kilgore for details.
Comedy for the Cure!
Saturday, August 5, 7 pm, Sprayberry High School Auditorium, featuring nationally known comedian J Jay Boyd
You’ve seen him on Comedy Central, and, yeah, we really flew him in from New York! Is he a hack? No! He’s really good! People pay lots of actual money to go see him, but you get in for ten bucks! What a deal.
and it’s all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
AUCTION ITEMS FROM: ING Georgia Marathon, Escalade Climbing Gym, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Cosmos Fitness, Fox Creek Golf Club, Curves, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Sympony Orchestra, Snape Creative, Atlanta Opera, Wild Wing, Outback, LaBella's Pizza, Whole Foods, Atlanta Dance, pb&j childrens resale, Kaminski's Diamond Brokers, Nail Xpress, and MORE.
Bring this flyer with you and get $5 off admission at the door! How great is that?
Family-To-Family Education Program
Free for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with
A series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program. Over 80,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have completed this course. Call NAMI Georgia at: (770-234-0855) for more information.
Classes Start: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA. 7:00-9:30 p.m. Co-Teachers: Martha Jones & Susie Allen (770-928-1164)
For caregivers only. Registration required. Classes limited to 25 persons. This NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is sponsored by NAMI Georgia. It is funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical
Dear Saint Catherine’s Parish Family:
When our daughter, Catherine, was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, which attacked her kidneys. Catherine has spent the last 9 years trying to save her kidneys through various medical treatments and protocols, doctor visits, and surgeries. She was unsuccessful in gaining any remission from this disease for which there is no cure and is now being treated for End Stage Renal Disease by being on dialysis and has been placed on the transplant waiting list at Emory University Hospital.
Catherine is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina and is trying to keep up with her schoolwork despite her medical restrictions and dialysis treatments. Instead of being able to take advantage of all that a college education can offer, Catherine is sitting in a chair while her blood gets cleaned 3 hours a day, three times a week. She knows how fortunate she is just to be in college and is thankful that dialysis is a treatment that will keep her alive until a kidney is found.
Even so, sometimes Catherine doesn’t see her future as all that bright. Being a prisoner to a dialysis chair three times a week while waiting a minimum of three years for a kidney (estimated waiting period while on the deceased donor (UNOS) transplant list), can make even this most optimistic and strong willed of persons want to give up. Therefore Catherine’s doctors have recommended and encouraged her to seek a living donor. Living donation is the preferred treatment for Catherine. Organs from a living donor last longer, work quicker, and this type of transplant prevents lengthy dialysis treatments Catherine’s immediate family has unfortunately been eliminated as potential donors due to existing medical conditions or incompatible blood type.
We are writing this therefore to educate and inform family, friends, and even perfect strangers about the gift of living organ donation. As a result, we hope to find that special someone who is waiting to be called by God to make this gift of life!
We are asking the Parish to share this information with those you know at your work and schools, or in your neighborhoods and civic clubs. If anyone you know may be interested in becoming a donor for Catherine please have him or her call the Emory donor line at (404) 712-4857 (long distance # is 1-866-727-3250). To be eligible for living donation to Catherine you must have O TYPE BLOOD, be eighteen (18) years or older and have no family history of diabetes.
Living organ donation is a big decision and this letter is meant to educate and make you aware of this option for our daughter, Catherine. For more information on living organ donation and kidney transplantation please go to the following web sites: www.donatelife.net; www.livingorgandonor.org; www.nkfg.org.
We know you care for our daughter, Catherine, and we ask for your prayers that she will receive a kidney in the shortest possible time.
David and Mary Moore
by Timothy Raasch, member of St. James', Marietta
There is an odd knife in my silverware drawer. It doesn t match, or even coordinate with the other flatware that call that drawer home. Yet, it continues to be there. You see, it is a knife from my parents flatware, and something that has been around all my life.
This knife continues to live in the silverware drawer and makes regular trips through the dishwasher with the other knives, forks, spoons, and kitchenware. It is usually the first knife to be used after the dishwasher has been run. It is used for all sorts of things; making sandwiches, spreading toppings on toast, cutting pats of butter for a pot of vegetables. Because of this, it seldom makes it to the table to be used with the other flatware at a meal, but it does happen, and the other flatware is used for kitchen duty.
The initial thought that prompts these musings happened early one morning some time ago. I figured it would go away, but it didn’t. It continued in the back of my mind recurring occasionally to make me consider its life application.
The silverware drawer is a metaphor for the communities in which we live. Knives, forks, spoons, serving pieces, and the variety of other things that can be found there are the inhabitants of those drawers. Sometimes everything is thrown together in a wonderful jumble, and sometimes there are clear divisions of what goes where. No two drawers are exactly the same.
Kitchen duty and table duty are life activities. No activity is any more or less important than any other just different. All are for service, and the good of all. I was glad when I realized that the table was not The Table.
So what haven't I covered? What is missing? Ah, the dishwasher. The place where all the knives, forks, spoons, serving pieces, as well as a variety of dishware and glassware come together for cleansing and renewal before going back into the kitchen for continued service. Some dishwashers work better than others for some people. I choose the Episcopal brand.
Next Date: November 5 (All Saints' Sunday)
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Natalie May, Missy Greene, Curtis Bagby, Betty Boyce, Kristin Blackstock, Ann Fuchs, George Schnorf, Lisa Arnold, Miss Iva, Mary Gober, Katherine Rader, Sylvia Franks, Jamie Harding, Judy Harrison, Logan Parisi, Marilyn May, Steve Kareken, Carrie LaMorte, Margareta Vranicar, Doug Ferguson, Marie DeLong, Lula, Susan Hall Nix, Sandy, Jennie Costa, for the family of Andres Cardenas, Larry Phillips, Margaret White, Anne, the Bramlett Family, Dick Kareken, Sheri Barletta, David Shannonhouse, Joan Nixon, Nelson Gale, Elizabeth Guy, Tom Hutchinson, Guy Cohen, Florence & Saranize LaRose, Jenny Thomas, Bill Woods, Alexis Merritt, Vincent Bagby, Betty Motter, Reese & Margaret Ivey
BEFORE SURGERY: Kristina Frinzi, 8/4/06 , added by Marion Cook
DECEASED:The Rt. Rev. Bennett J. Sims, former Bishop of Atlanta; Tied Phanbuh, Carol Rai’s brother
Defend all the men and women of our armed forces at home or abroad especially in Afghanistan , Iraq and Kuwait that they will have a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.
We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the work of the Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team and especially the work of
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(8/13/06) Greg, Margaret, & Michael Caudle; Alan & Nancy Certain; Stacey, Dana & Jack Champion; Mark, Shirley & Rachel Childs; John & Laura Christian
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.
Rite 13 Beach Trip
The Rite 13 group had a great time at Panama City Beach the weekend of the 21-23 of July! We played on the beach and in the pool, went to a waterpark, ate seafood and had a great bonding experience! Thanks to all the adult leaders who chaperoned!
WNL -- August 16
The last WNL of the summer will be August 16, from 6:30 to 9 PM at the neighborhood pool of Tegan and Erin Hurley. We will be grilling out and having fun celebrating back to school so come on out for a night of swimming and fun! Stay tuned for directions!
J2A Leader Training
St. Catherine's is sponsoring a J2A leader training with St. Anne's Episcopal church on August 19 from 9 to 4 PM. The cost is $25 a person and lunch is included. If you are interested in working with the youth program or want to know more about the J2A program this would be a great opportunity. Please contact Amelia if you are interested in going.
Whirly Ball Night
All middle and high school youth are invited to a night of pizza and whirly ball on August 27, 5-7 PM. The cost is $10 per person and we will be meeting at church at 4:45 to carpool over to Whirly Ball. Contact Amelia if you want to go! Thanks!
Thank you from Camp Coast Care
July 14, 2006
Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,
[Camp Coast Care]
Photos from theYouth Mission Trip
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.
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Editor: Karen Manno