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Where has the summer gone? I'm hearing both teacher and student alike express this question these days.
In reality the summer time doesn't go by any faster than any other time of the year, it just seems like it. We approach the summer with so many hopes and expectations. There are vacations to be taken, lakes to be visited, rest to find, recreation to be had, relatives to be hosted, and just plain relaxation to be enjoyed. We have so many things to do and so much hoped for that we find ourselves fully alive to the days. How often do we realize that it is in the anticipation of these wonderful joys that we rejoice and find joy? But, alas, the time seems to go even faster the more we anticipate it.
I enjoy life in the anticipation of the events that lie before me and Joan and our family. And it is in the anticipation that I find myself most fully alive to the day. Jesus came amongst us and proclaimed a kingdom, not in the future, but in the present. The kingdom is near, were his words over and over again to anyone who would listen. It is true of today. The kingdom is near and it is here amongst us. As we live most fully into the days that we are given we find joy and wonder.
What are your hopes and expectations for this new school year? The new school year will bring much joy and hard work and frustration and new friends and new opportunities. We cannot know all of what they are and, indeed, we will not know. But in living most fully into this time even though we rather summer last a little longer we can be secure in the knowledge that Christ is present and has new and exciting opportunities for us as we enjoy the kingdom he promises here and now!
Sunday, August 22
Before the fall activities start and to finish the summer on a relaxing note, come spend the afternoon at Red Top Mountain State Park. We have reserved Pavilion #7. Bring your own picnic lunch, there are grills if you'd like to grill out. There's a beach for swimming, playground for the kids, close-by nature trails to hike, and Fred Massey will be there with his boat. Anyone else with a boat to share is invited to join us. Let's just hang out at the lake for a relaxing afternoon with our St. Cat's family.
So pack up and leave right after services on August 22 and we'll welcome you as soon as you can get there! Take I75 exit 285, about 20 miles north from St. Catherine's, turn right to Red Top Mountain State Park, look for the second drive on the left after you cross the lake and follow it all the way out to the point to Pavilion 7. The parking fee is $2 per vehicle (or a Georgia Park Pass). For directions and great information about the park visit the Red Top Mtn. website. Any questions, please call Nancy Denton at 770-428-6058.
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 PM! See YOUTH NEWS below for all the excitement!!
The dedication and consecration of our new facility will be celebrated by the Bishop of Atlanta, the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, on Sunday afternoon, November 21, at 4:00 PM. This glorious day will bring to fruition the work of many people and the prayers of many others. Plans for the day are just beginning to be developed but no matter the exact details it will be a day of glorious praise as we give thanks to God who has seen us through both the joys and the deep sorrows of this journey.
The building process continues to move along with our concentration moving from the Education Building to the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. We continue to discuss dates for our first service in the building and hope in the next week or two to be able to confidently announce that date.
The Education Building is largely complete, but it takes time to finish all the many details before moving into the facility. The moving company will spend next Wednesday and Thursday, August 11 and 12, moving our furniture back into the preschool. The teachers return on August 30 to prepare their rooms for students beginning September 7.
Finish work on the inside and outside of the buildings will dramatically change the look of the buildings from this point on. The sanctuary floor must be leveled next in order to install the various floor finishes. This requires that the sanctuary be emptied and before we can do that we've got to be able to put the various staged materials someplace. Hopefully that place will be where it's supposed to be ultimately.
The artwork above the Baptismal Font and under the skylight has been approved and the artist is beginning work on that portion of the building. The pulpit was delivered today by our furniture builder, and like the altar and the rest of the furniture he's built, the pulpit is beautiful. Lighting is being installed and there continue to be a myriad of decisions being made daily and sometimes hourly.
I'm pleased to announce that one of former senior wardens, Diane Sanders, has agreed to take on the role of move-in ombudsman to coordinate our move back to the sanctuary, parish hall, and education building. She will coordinate many of the small details and planning, coordinate the liturgy and dedication including all of the invitations and booklets, and the celebration reception following the dedication. If you are ready and able to support Diane she will be looking for interested parties.
A team is hard at work planning Rally Day 2004. The theme of the morning will be Rejoice: Our Shepherd Finds Us! As usual the central theme of our time together will be our annual Ministry Fair. However, we will have a special time in our new sanctuary to sing, tell a story, and spend some time in search of a lost coin and sheep. But we don't want to reveal too much. So, stay tuned for further details. Word has it as well that our youth are planning some special surprises for one and all that day.
Various heads of ministries will be hearing from us in the next couple of weeks in order to take your request for table space. As always, we hope you'll give some thought to an exciting presentation of your ministries and some food and/or give-aways at your table. It should prove to be a fun day and an altogether great start to a fall program that promised to be an exciting time in our common life.
See you on Sunday, September 12, between the 8:45 and 11:15 AM worship services.
Thursday, Sept. 2
10 AM to Noon -- Preschool families
The Preschool will again host an Open House on Thursday, September 2, from 10 AM to noon. Open House is a regular part of our school year, but this year will be particularly exciting as we introduce our newly completed facilities to our parents.
We will host an additional Open House that evening from 6 to 8 PM for members of the congregation to visit the Preschool Facilities. Please put the date on your calendar and plan to come and see. We'll be certain to have some special refreshments for children, youth and adults.
Our Parish Hall will be in use as a polling place on Tuesday, August 10. A few hands are needed to help clear the Parish Hall after 10:30 service on August 8. Help will be particularly needed to reset our worship space on Wed., August 11 at noon. Thank you!
We're putting together a team to walk, NOT run, the annual US 10K Race held every Labor Day (benefits MUST Ministries). The race route follows Cobb Parkway in Marietta. Please contact Carol Eskew about joining the St. Cat's team. For full information about this event, visit the US 10K website.
A rockin' good time was had by all at the Pool Party on August 1! The kids had a water relay race, limbo contest, played Twister, played Bingo and made s'mores. Even the adults got Bingo fever for really great prizes such as restaurant gift certificates, massage, house cleaning, story time, bottles of wine, and golf items.
Thank you to Michael and Mel Paris for arranging the use of Meadowgrove Swim Club for the party, and to Diane Danford for obtaining all the fabulous prizes! A BIG thank you to the following Donors for their generous contributions to the event:
Thanks to everyone who came out for the golf and the celebration dinner at Indian Hills Golf Club on August 2. BIG THANKS to Scott and Ginny Lummus for organizing this year's event.
Thanks to the following restaurants for donating dinner certificates:
And now, THE RESULTS!
Saturday, Sept. 25, 8 AM to 2 PM
Start cleaning out those closets! Our idea is for people to donate items to the church, and all proceeds would be used to help furnish the Parish hall and Kitchen. If you are interested please check your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office.
Help the Youth raise funds! The Youth Council will be staffing the refreshment table for the Garage Sale-with all proceeds to go to this year's busy Youth calendar. Although the Youth Council members will bring baked goods of their own, they could use your help! If you would like to put your Betty Crocker skills to good use, contact Youth Director Brian West.
Calling All Cooks!
After a grueling midday of shopping at the yard sale on September 25, step on over to the Low Country Boil to fill that hole in your tummy. If you love seafood (not "SEEFOOD!"), you'll love this meal. We'll be serving from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Stay tuned for more details. Call Natalie Whitlow, 770-998-1259, if you want to help. We need cooks and shoppers!
Join us Monday nights, 6-9 PM to paint figures, make frames, cards, or create a map of Israel. We'll enjoy each other's company and make the materials that will be used by our 6, 7 and 8 year olds in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for years to come.
Call Ana Martin so she can make arrangements for dinner and childcare - 678-560-9177. We'll continue meeting until all the items are completed. Join us!
Sept. 30-Oct. 3
The next Cursillo weekend will be held at Camp Fortson in Hampton, Georgia, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3. If you are interested in participating or would like to know more about it, please contact Father Jim, or Carla von Hoffmann at 404-213-7408 or cvhbuggieaol.com. We would love to talk to you about this special event and how to apply. This weekend fills up fast, particularly for women, so if there is an interest please apply early. Check out the Atlanta Episcopal Cursillo website.
Baptized on August, 1 2004: Sidney Seraphina Nabinger, daugher of Danielle and John Nabinger
We love to sing, and we'd love to sing with you!
Do you enjoy singing? The Adult Choir invites you to sit and sing with us! The choir members take time off from rehearsals and prepared anthems in the summer but we still gather to sing the hymns and service music for the 10:30 Sunday service. Please come to the front before service begins and take a chair with us -- there's no procession or robes to worry about. You might find that we don't know the words to those middle verses any better that anyone else! Please pick one or more Sundays and join us.
As we look forward to the fall and moving into our new worship space, we look forward to building the choir as well! We invite adults and youth who have outgrown the Youth Choir to join us. Please talk to one of our directors or any choir member. We welcome you!
St. Catherine's is looking for gently-used sofas, love seats, and overstuffed chairs to furnish the new parlor and youth rooms. Please contact Youth Director Brian West if you have a possible donation.
At services on August 1 we were pleased to recognize our students entering college this year. Each student received a scholarship to go towards the purchase of books. This was made possible through the generosity of the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and the Men's Group of St. Catherine's. Any donations towards this fund are always welcome!
Congratulations and blessings to:
First meeting -- Tuesday, Sept. 14
Back for its second year! We started last year as "The Woman's Book Study Group." I decided to change the name to "The Woman's Reading Group" Our main focus isn't necessarily "study," but reading, and casually discussing with each other how the themes, characters, etc., of the books we read relate to our everyday struggles and joys. Where does Christian faith play a part? How is God with us in the everyday?
Our first meeting on Tuesday, September 14, will be fun and informational, and will begin at 7:00 PM in the main conference room. We will have a salad supper to begin our meeting, so please bring a salad, and I'll supply the dessert (something chocolate, I promise).We will discuss what we will read this year and the direction that the group would like to take.
If you like to read and are interested in friendship and building community with very interesting women, please join us! The members of our group hope that you'll prayerfully consider joining our group that meets only once a month. If you would like to bring a friend along from outside of our parish family, please do so!
Look for our table at RALLY DAY on September 12. I will announce September's book at that time!
Love and Peace,
Each year we publish a Ministry Booklet for the parish, listing all the ministries and groups, a brief description and who to contact to get involved. We are busy updating the information. Please send additions and changes ASAP to Rosemary Wolfe at rosewolfebellsouth.net.
A Reflection by Jamie Harding
We started for Utah early on Saturday morning and left St. Catherine's in grand style--Scott Lummus drove the church van, filled with expectant "newbies" and seasoned veterans, to the airport. I confess that I had no clue about the next week and was filled alternately with anticipation and anxiety. All I knew was that I would sleep on an air mattress in the parish hall, live in the pockets of eight other adventurers, and help with Vacation Bible School.
We arrived at Whiterocks in the late afternoon and saw a small but exquisite white, wooden church trimmed in a beautiful blue. The yard and shade pavilion seemed to be filled with people there to "meet and greet," to feed, and to become acquainted with us. Thus began a week filled with adventures, beautiful sites and views, wonderful people, food in abundance and Walmart. (I managed to escape the journeys to the store for the entire week-lucky me.)
By the way, the church became a symbol of the week for me and additionally became one of my favorite places. It is a unique blend of Episcopalian tradition and Native American spiritual culture. It is over 100 years old and the feeling of many prayers and great faith is palpable. This church, with its melding of cultures and beliefs truly enhanced my faith and belief. I confess that I questioned the length of VBS but gained insight after three intense days with the youth and adults who joined us for the SCUBA adventure. The entire week was truly a spiritual journey.
We shared so many experiences with the people at our sister church: raising a tepee in the traditional way--it takes twelve white men or three Native Americans to do this; blessing the tepee; the wedding and the rehearsal; the bar-b-que at Red Fleet with its incredible view; VBS; and the chance to build friendships with some wonderful people who willingly shared their feelings and experiences with us. We were also treated to one of the most fantastic lightning displays I have ever seen-Godís fireworks.
The week in Utah is, was, and will remain one of the penultimate experiences I have had. Yes, I will go again but never again as a "newbie." I want to gain more knowledge and understanding so that I can grow in this unique, diverse relationship that we of St. Catherine's are blessed to be able to share with the people of St. Elizabeth's. By the way, living in each otherís pockets was fun and I miss the morning waves.
Foyers, or Dinner Groups, have been a long-standing tradition at St. Catherine's and are an opportunity to get to know each other in a social situation by having dinner once a month. The Kick-Off Dinner is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. Please check your Sunday bulletin if you are interested, or contact the church office.
Register by Sept. 15!
Plan on a wonderful weekend in the North Georgia Mountains for our annual Men's Retreat, Sept. 24-26, at Whispering Winds in Ellijay, GA. Check your Sunday bulletin or contact David Craig, 770-579-8374. You can see photos and information about this beautiful location on the Whispering Winds website.
Boy Scout Pack 545 at Holy Family Catholic Church invites boys in grades 1 to 5 to join the Cub Scouts. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 7:00 PM in the Holy Family Church primary grade classroom located on Lower Roswell Road. This pack is very family focused, with parents and siblings welcomed at the meetings. Join us on September 1 for our Raingutter Regatta or on September 15 and take the opportunity to meet our pack and have some fun. For more information, contact Cubmaster Gary Drennan at 678-560-7138 or at gary.drennanlmco.com.
Faith Lutheran Church at 2111 Lower Roswell Rd. will hold its annual craft sale on Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10. Applications are now being taken for vendors of hand-crafted goods for the sale. For information please contact Elsie Guenther at 770-973-8877, or email her at faithlcmariettayahoo.com.
Dear St. Catherine's
Thank you for the bottom of our hearts for your prayers for Nick's recent knee surgery. Sherry's presence was a true gift and Pam Davis' meal was delicious and would have fed an army. (Oh yeah, Nick and Tyler eat like an army!) This congregation has been our family for many years and can always be counted on to be there.
Much love to everyone!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As Dicocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development it is most heart warming to see your continued strong and generous support. Your large undesignated gifts enable ERD to put aid where it is most needed. Thank you so very much.
Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, or a life transition. 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.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, Steve, Mary Koenig, Arlene Brooks, Tom Snook, James, Josh Pilcher, Dawn Houston, Jackie Clark, Sarah Webb, Jessica S., Alice Williamson, Jason Rader, Barbera Andreasen, Bill Harrison, Mark Walker & Family, Elizabeth Guy, Ruth Kell, Maggi Shepherd, Nick Wolfe, Jeff Brock, Nina Dephillipo, Dale Long, Jordan Anderson, Andy Jacoby, Hope Emerson, Gail Paonessa, Joan Fitch, Lori Matteson, Jean Pitts, Jack Stuart, Terri Hogan, Lisa Arnold, Ivell Bramblett, Yolanda Dullivan, Jonathan Manakin, Melissa Walker, Don Palombo, Olivia McLeod, Bill Newton, Joan Talton, Bill McEliece
BEFORE SURGERY: Joe Smith, 8/18/04; Scott Lummus, 8/10/04
DECEASED: Rev. Alan Gearing, friend of Susan Roberts and family; Millicent Abel, Barb Selby's aunt; Chris Keith, Kevin Keith's sister-in-law; Terry Hall, Katha Stuart's brother; Rymer Shaw, Margaret Shaw's cousin.
SPECIAL PRAYERS: 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. For the baptism of Lauren Miller "Millie" Fey on July 25, 2004 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. Parents are Michael and Alison Fey and grandparents are Carol & Alan Fey. Bob & Ruth Shaw - pray for comfort and peace.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
Next Date -- November 7
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
Keep up with all the summer's doings at the St. Cat's Youth Webpage
Weekly Youth Meetings begin Wednesday August 18!
Wednesday nights are a new opportunity for all St. Cat s youth (Rite 13, J2A, and YA) to get together, have fun, and grow. Meetings are 7:30-8:45 in the youth trailer -- plan to sing, watch video, and discuss!
Next Youth Council Meeting
Wednesday, September 8 @ 6 PM
I'm with the band...
Anyone interested in forming a student band (to lead music and singing at weekly meetings) should meet in Brian's office at 10 AM on Sunday, August 8.
Youth Parent Meeting Scheduled
Wednesday, Sept 1, 6-7 PM, followed by the regular Youth Meeting at 7:30.
Bake Sale fundraiser added
The Youth council members will staff a bake sale at the St. Catherine's Garage Sale scheduled for September 25.
J2A/YA Rafting Trip
Yes, you read it right - this is for BOTH J2A and YA -- Weíll raft down the Ocoee on Saturday, August 28th. RSVP to either Justin Baker or Ben Frost ASAP. Please plan to bring $15 per person for rafting and about $5 per person (your call, we'll be stopping for fast food on the way) for lunch.
RITE-13 and RISING FRESHMAN J2A YOUTH
WOW, do we have news for you... There's a huge Diocesan-wide retreat coming up and you're all invited!! It's called New Beginnings, and it will be held October 22-24 at Indian Springs State Park. This is a unique weekend especially designed to respond to the issues, concerns and needs of youth. Interested Youth can go to the Diocese of Atlanta's New Beginnings Website (see our Links page)for lots of good information on the program and to obtain downloadable copies of the applications for Youth, Team, and Sponsors. Information and applications will also be available at church beginning in August. Application deadline is October 7th.
RISING SOPHOMORE and YOUNG ADULT YOUTH
Happening #42 will be November 12-14 at Camp Mikell, and you're all invited! What is Happening? Well, it's a renewal weekend using the gifts of young people and adults from many parishes and missions. For more information, go to the Diocese of Atlanta Youth Website (see our Links page) -- you'll find a link to the candidate application on that page! Applications are due October 1.
Rite 13ers - Mark your calendars now!
Your Urban Plunge is planned for the weekend of Oct 15-17 in Downtown Atlanta. Stay tuned - more details to follow.
Early alert: Spring Break Mission Trip
Apr. 2-8, 2005 -- Possibly to Chicago
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