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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NEW LOCATION this year -- get directions!!
Sunday, August 14, 10 AM to 4 PM
Let's hang out at the lake for a relaxing afternoon with our St. Cat's family! Before the fall activities start and to finish the summer on a relaxing note, come to the "World Famous Navy Lake Site" on Lake Allatoona. Bring your own picnic lunch, there are grills if you'd like to grill out. There's a beach for swimming and a playground for the kids. Anyone with a boat to share is invited to bring it and join us.
Directions: Take I75 north to Exit 283 (Emerson/Allatoona), turn right and to 3.5 miles, then turn left into the"World Famous Navy Lake Site." No parking fee at this site, so pack up and leave right after services on August 14 and we'll welcome you as soon as you can get there! Maps are available at church, or on the web at NAS Navy Lake Site. For questions, please call Nancy Denton at 770-428-6058.
The Fellowship and the Christian Education Committees are asking you as a member of the congregation to complete a survey regarding our Wonderful Wacky Wednesday (WWW) dinners and programs. We are looking for your input regarding the meals and the programs we offer on Wednesday evening. We want this time to be interesting and enjoyable for you and encourage you to participate in it. You can come just for the dinner, just for the program, or participate in both!
We are offering a variety of ways for your opinion to be counted, whichever is most convenient for you! Each member of your family is encouraged to complete a survey.
Please submit your responses and your recommendations by Sunday, August 28. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to participate in this survey. Your opinion counts! Thank you. Fellowship Committee and Christian Nurture & Development Committee
CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SURVEY: WWW Survey
Sunday, August 28, between 8:45 and 11:15 services
In the church I grew up in, I looked forward to Rally Day every year. It was the time when Sunday School started up after taking the summer off. It was a new class, a new teacher, a new opportunity to learn. And it was exciting!
This year, we've decided to split our usual Ministry Fair and the first day of Sunday School. Rally Day will be held on August 28. It'll be a time to sign our young people up for nursery, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or one of the youth programs. It's also a time for adults to learn about Adult Christian Education offerings… yes, Sunday School for Adults! And we'll also have information about other Christian Nurture and Development offerings during the rest of the week: Wonderful Wacky Wednesdays, Adult Bible Studies and Inquirers' Classes.
Come one, come all! If weather cooperates we'll be out front under the tree. In case of bad weather, we'll set up in the Parish Hall. See you there!
Watch for Wonderful Wacky Wednesdays returning in September, and the Ministry Fair in October.
Saturday, August 20, 8:30 to noon at St. Catherine's
We are pleased to have Iris Bolton of The Link Counseling Center as our keynote speaker. Her topic will be "Suicide and the Ministry of Presence." Registration is requested, please check your bulletin.
Following is an article from parishioner Sally Sompayrac, about her experiences with Iris Bolton and The Link Center.
My experience with the Link
As many of you know, my son, Stephen, committed suicide in December of 2004. First off, Father Jim called the Link Counseling Center to come meet with Stephen's peers. Iris Bolton came out on a Friday night and spent time with St. Catherine's youth and their parents talking to them and answering questions about suicide. I was not there but I had big concerns about Stephen's friends and how they were going to deal with his death so I was terribly grateful that Iris came on a moment's notice.
After I got a few of my thoughts back together, I called the Link myself. I spoke with the staff and asked for help in dealing with Stephen's suicide. They were very sympathetic and understanding to me. Then I got to speak with Iris, who of course knew I was out there, but waited patiently till I was ready to reach out for help. That is another good thing they do, they let you ask for the help. I think we each have our own timetable for when we need different support. It was explained to me that Iris would come to my home and talk to me and that someone else would come and talk to my son Chris. There was no charge for those in home visits. I then was able to spend a good bit of time on the phone with Iris. She was so comforting to talk to.
When I met Iris, she was wonderful! First, her book "My Son, My Son" was given to me. They give a copy to families that have lost a child to suicide. Then we talked. We talked and talked. She went to Stephen's room with me and we talked some more. I know she spent a good while with me just listening and sharing her personal story of strength and hope. The biggest thing she did for me was let me know I would survive this. I could survive it. She also gave me the best analogy for what I was going to deal with. She told me this hurt was not like a cut that was going to heal from the inside out. It was a wound that was going to heal a bit and then gape wide open again. Heal a bit more and then gape.
Both Iris and the man that came to meet with Chris seemed to be available to share their experience, strength, and hope with us until we were ready for them to leave. No timetable. They offered us literature and told us about SOS (Survivors of Suicide) groups which, when we were ready, we could go to.
I cannot tell you how much the services at the Link have meant to me. They do a tremendous amount of work for families in crisis. When I got ready to do individual counseling, I spoke with Iris about my preferences and got feedback on what she thought about my choice. She and I agreed on where I should go and that was another resource I had from them. Advice, just plain and simple, which when your confidence is about shot is good to have.
College Book Scholarships were awarded last Sunday, August 7, to the college freshmen of our parish. These scholarships are made possible by the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and the St. Catherine's Men's Group. If you would like to donate to this fund, which helps rising college freshmen with books, please put a check in the offering plate clearly marked College Scholarship Fund.
As we prepare for the fall Stewardship campaign, we thought a little humor might put us in a good frame of mind...
The pastor stood in the pulpit and gave the congregation the word. "I have some good news and some bad news."
"The good news is that we have more than enough money for both the building campaign AND for the annual budget... The bad news is that it is still in your pockets."
There were two men shipwrecked on an island. The minute they got onto the island, one of them started screaming and yelling, "We're going to die! We're going to die! There's no food! No water! We're going to die!"
The second man was propped up against a palm tree and acting so calmly it drove the first man crazy.
"Don't you understand? We're going to die!"
The second man replied, "You don't understand. I make $100,000 a week."
The first man looked at him quite dumbfounded and asked, "What difference does that make? We're on an island with no food and no water! We're going to DIE!"
The second man answered, "You just don't get it. I make $100,000 a week and I tithe 10 percent on that $100,000 a week. My pastor will find me!"
The Stewardship Committee will publish articles regularly as part of our effort to communicate and educate the parish. Watch for the coming Stewardship Calendar, and this fall we will have talks about Money Anxiety and the annual giving campaign.
Join St. Catherine's team to run, walk, be a phantom runner or a volunteer. The annual race and festival benefit children's charitable organizations. Race Day is Monday, Sept. 5 on Cobb Parkway. The free Family Festival is Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 3-4, at the Galleria. Check your bulletin or contact Carol Eskew or Nadine Pope for information. Full information about events are on the website at Labor Day 10K.
Kickoff Dinner -- Saturday, Sept. 17
"Foyers" (Dinner Groups) are a long-standing tradition at Saint Catherine's. They are an opportunity to get to know other parishioners in a social situation by having dinner together in a small group once a month. You can join a group whether you know anyone or not, whether you can host a meal in your home or not. Traditionally the month's host provides the main course while other members provide the other dishes. Your group can be as creative as it wants to arrange its meals and settings.
This is a great opportunity for new members, old members or visitors to get to know others in our parish family. Please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities in your bulletin.
The national Acolyte Festival is held yearly at the Washington National Cathedral. This year it will be held on Saturday, October 8. At this time we are researching costs for a three-day trip, leaving Friday after school and returning Sunday early evening. We are planning to attend the Festival all day Sat and doing lots of sight seeing on Sat evening and Sunday until we leave for home. All acolytes attending (from everywhere) will take part in the great procession, vested, with accompanying crosses and a banner representing St Catherine's.
Trip arrangements are moving quickly. As soon as we have financial information, we will request responses from parents and kids. This trip is suggested for acolytes 6th grade and older. For information please contact Marcia Markette or Ellis Kilgore.
Acolyte Recognition Ceremony at St. Catherine's
Sunday, September 11 at the 8:45 service
All acolytes will receive their own individual crosses and recognized for their years and level of service.
Education for Ministry, affectionately known as EFM, is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. Students meet regularly, usually once a week, in seminars under the guidance of trained mentors. It is a four year program (you sign up year by year) and there is a cost involved.
So, why would you want to sign up for EFM? Perhaps a better question might be -- where else can you safely discuss your spiritual questions in a safe environment supported by others who are also seeking to better understand God's word? EFM can be everything from serious theological reflection to joyfully considering what matters to you -- all done in an environment that both supports and develops you to be the person that God wants you to be.
I can hear you now... Whoa, I'm just not holy enough or religious enough or I just don't know the Bible enough to be in a class like that. Or perhaps you are worried that questions you might have about religion or God or the Bible might just not be "mainstream" enough -- that someone might tell you that you are wrong, or that you will not get into heaven believing such a thing. Or perhaps you just find yourself outside all that warm fuzzy belief system that others seem to fit into so seamlessly. Maybe you are looking for a place to safely discuss what you believe.
EFM might be the place for you. The program itself revolves around the idea of theological reflection, but that sounds pretty high-flying to many people. In reality, it can be a way of looking at almost anything in a theological way. At training, we had someone give a theological reflection on cell phones. Now there's a theological subject. You would be amazed what insights you can find in culture (movies, TV, news, etc.), tradition (the Bible, hymns, church history), position (your belief structure), and your own experiences -- even in something as mundane as a cell phone.
What happens there? You learn about yourself and your church. You learn about the greater community of God's people. You start off in EFM by giving a spiritual autobiography. It's really a way to connect with other people and to show how you got to be the thinking, caring person that you are. It can be as complicated or as simple as you wish. You do this once a year. Each weekly meeting is spent going over a series of readings, a theological reflection, and ends with a short worship. The readings average 10-20 pages. The first year student looks at the Old Testament, the 2nd year student looks at the New Testament, the 3rd year student looks at church history, and the 4th year student readings are more geared toward philosophy. Within those readings, you will find that many people question what they have read. You have an open forum to say, "I don't agree with this," and listen to how others reacted to the same material when they read it.
What EFM is not -- It is not group therapy. It is not a strictly social event, although I can honestly say that I have seldom laughed so much in church in any other venue. It is not an emotional support group, although you become so close to these people that you provide that support without even thinking about it. It is not about solving people's problems, or even, really, finding answers. It is about finding your own spiritual self and feeling comfortable there.
At this point we have a Thursday evening class and a possible second class either on Monday night or in the morning on Tuesday. We would love to talk to you about joining us. You can contact Chris or Jan Potter (770-587-3512 or jcpotterbellsouth.net ) or call the church office if you have any questions. If you would like to see a demonstration of how the theological reflection process works, let us know. We would be happy to present that in any small group setting.
Thanks to everyone who came and had fun at our annual fundraiser at Indian Hills Golf and Country Club on July 25!
Closest to the pin -- James Steinberger and Scott Lummus
Longest Drive -- Ellis Kilgore
First Place -- Jim Waddell, Tom Snead, Dan Steinberger, and Scott Lummus
Second Place -- Chuck Zimmerman, Mark Childs, Allen Jablonski, and John Starr
Third Place -- Doug Jenkins, Scott Burkholder, Ellis Kilgore, and Tom Hunter
Fourth Place -- Walt McGill, April McGill, Hale Sanders, and Al Jones
I would like to thank everyone who helped out to make this event a success. It was HOT, but we had a great time of fun, food and fellowship.
-- Ginny Lummus
Sept. 29 to Oct. 2
Cursillo is one of many renewal movements. Cursillo ("little course") brings people together at a lay-led retreat that deepens understanding of the faith and helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience, which causes many to feel like newly-made Christians with a purpose and with support.
Cursillo Weekend #56 in the Diocese of Atlanta will be held Thursday evening, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 2. To apply for this weekend or learn more about it, contact one of our clergy, Carla von Hoffmann at 770-565-4122, Tracy Buckalew at 770-956-9609, or any of the many persons in our congregation who have attended this weekend.
New Date -- Sept. 25
The Newcomers' Coffee scheduled for August 21 has moved toSunday, Sept. 25, at 10 AM in the Parish Hall -- all newcomers to St. Catherine's are invited to come and get aquainted with clergy and lay leaders, in a social and informative session. No RSVP needed, we look forward to seeing you!
Next meeting: August 25, 8 PM
Join us as we discuss Sophia Cavalletti's The Religious Potential of the Child and The Good Shepherd and The Child: A Joyful Journey. This book study focuses on the relationship between God and children, scripture, sacraments, prayer, and moral formation. If you have a child or are interested in the religious formation of children, this study is for you. We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, 8-9:30 PM in the library, through October 27. Please contact Ana Martin at martinanabellsouth.net or 678-560-9177 for information.
Congratulations to Noreen Johnson, the new Miss Ute Tribe 2005-06! We are so very proud of you and know you will represent your people well as you travel to events throughout the United States this year... Noreen competed on June 16 in the Miss Ute Tribe Pageant. Noreen is both a Traditional and Jingle dancer and she has won and placed in many PowWow contest throughout the USA. Noreen graduated from Uintah High school in Vernal in 2004 where she served as President of the Native American Club and wrote for the high school newspaper as a member of the Journalism Club. She has been a member of St. Elizabeth's since she was a little girl and serves as both an acolyte and lector. Noreen has completed her first semester at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs and plans to return for the spring semester...
The 100th Year Celebration!
Each day of the week of June 10-17, 2005 brought a gathering for one special event or another...With 40 young people participating in Construction Inc. Vacation Bible School, we started each day with song, crafts, games, and fun. On Monday night the Wild Water Party was great fun despite a little chilly water... Paul LaRose distinguished himself as he explained the Bear Dance and of course tamed the Bear!... Our Celebration Eucharist was the special event of the week with the Bishop as celebrant. The Construction Inc. crew sang Jesus Loves Me in Ute, and Amic Ridley and Ginny Lummus teamed up for a duet of You are the Wind Beneath My Wings. A beautiful and delicious dinner hosted by St. Catherine's following the service with a Giveaway for all who were present. May God's blessing be upon all who participate in this parish family as we begin the 2nd One Hundred Years of St. Elizabeth's Church in Whiterocks, Utah.
Congratulations to Bruce Pargeets
Bruce successfully completed his GED test and has received his diploma. Bruce participated in St. Elizabeth's Adult Education Program taught by Rachel and Alan Blackstock. Way to go Bruce -- We are proud of you! He has now been employed by the Red Pine Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center as the new Youth Support Counselor & Liaison.
New York, New York!
Lilah Denny traveled to New York, on June 26-30 and participated in the planning of the Episcopal Native American Young Adult Conference (ages 18-30) taking place this November in New York City at the Episcopal Center. Lilah has been appointed to the planning committee by Janine Tinsley-Roe, the Episcopal Missioner for Native American Ministries. This is part of a new initiative by the church to facilitate support in the church for our young people by bringing them together each year for workshops and worship opportunities.
These articles are excerpted from the July/August 2005 issue of Apahgteeket Whsee-ev"Prayer Feathers," the newsletter of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church. Copies of this newsletter are available at church.
Situation Wanted: Individuals seeking to serve God by sharing their time and talents... One hour a week during the school year is all it takes. Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. is in need of literacy volunteers to work one-on-one with students at Brumby and Powers Ferry Elementary schools. Schedules are flexible and training is provided at St. Catherine's. This is a fun activity with proven positive results, and high school students can receive community service hours for participation. Please sign up at the Outreach table in the church lobby or contact Nadine Pope at 770-973-9057 or ronazamindspring.com.
This year is the right time for you to try us out! Our activity starts up soon. Rehearsals begin August 24, and our first Sunday to sing is Rally Day, August 28. If you love to sing, we would love to have you with us! Sign-up is available in your bulletin.
The Youth Choir welcomes all young people (boys who still have treble voices and all girls) from second through tenth grade. No audition is needed! 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 24, 5:30-8:00 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 rehearsal. Regular practice begins the following Wednesday in the choir room, 6:45-8:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Director Martha Bowden (a.k.a. Ms. Martha) at 770-998-3953 (h) or mbowdenkennesaw.edu.
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. There is no audition and sight-reading ability is not required. 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, 7:45-9 PM, beginning soon. 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.
The Jubilate Choir leads music for our Saturday 5:30 PM worship services. Youth and adults are welcome to join this group, no auditions needed. Leaders are Susan Jablonski and John Schnorf. Jubilate sings now through the year — for information please contact Susan, John, or any member of the group.
From the weekly Atlanta Diocese email news:
With mixed feelings, we announce the timely passing of DioLog, the venerable bimonthly newspaper of the Diocese of Atlanta. When the Communications Commission considered whether a six-times-per-year tabloid newspaper on newsprint was the best possible medium for the Diocese of Atlanta to be using in the twenty-first century, the answer was no. While a historical record of things that happen here is important, it is equally important to have a communications product that looks ahead as much or more than it looks back.
We are convinced, however, that a print publication is important. This diocese will be represented by a first-class printed periodical that helps us in our mission to connect, grow and transform the Church and people in our geographic area.
We will have two more printed "magazines" this year before we launch an entirely new product in 2006. In September, look for Connecting... This publication will carry the news and advertising DioLog would have. Connecting... will continue in November as we transmit important news about Council. Stay tuned. We'll keep you posted -- or we should say, Connected...
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Mystery Dinner Theater this fall at St. James'
St. James' ECW with the Polk Street Players will present a Mystery Dinner Theatre featuring "Celebrity Celebrations" on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, at 7:00 PM in the St. James' Parish Hall, 161 Church Street, Marietta. This exciting event will replace the Tour of Homes as the St. James' ECW's major fundraiser of the year, benefiting Outreach projects such as Reach Out Mental Health Luncheons, Wonderful Days Pre-School, MUST Ministries, and The Extension. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required. Go to www.stjamesmarietta.com for ticket information.
One of the difficulties long faced by emergency services personnel is how to locate next of kin for (or obtain medical or other necessary information about) a victim who is unconscious, dead, or otherwise unable to respond to questions. Even if the victim is carrying identification, those items don't necessarily provide information about where and how relatives or other interested parties can be reached.
A campaign, launched in Great Britain and spreading worldwide, asks people to store "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) information in items that have become ubiquitous in many parts of the world: cell phones. Simply store the word " I C E " in your mobile phone address book, and enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted In Case of Emergency. For more than one contact name you can use ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, etc.
ICE entries in cell phone address books should be used in addition to (not in place of) more standard forms of identification and emergency medical identification such as wallet id cards. Your phone can be damaged or lost in an accident, so add ICE to your cell phone as well as affixing similar information to (or near) the photo id you routinely carry in your wallet.
There have been hoax emails circulated that ICE information on your phone could trigger premium charges thanks to malicious text messages or viruses, but that is not the case. You can save hospitals, paramedics, and other emergency workers time and have your loved ones contacted quickly, so do it now.
Saturday, July 30, 7:30-10 PM
Next Date -- November 6
Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Lisa Arnold, Tom Bryan, Natalie May, Elaine York, Lori Stinnett, Bill Fambrough, Julius, Scott Buxton, Alex Parisi, Lori Matteson, Paul Klapthor, Madeleine Caudle, Henric Soderstrom, Jody Leibmann, Dave Huiner, Meredith Moore, Curtis Bagby, Mark Moore, Patty Anderson, Ruby Haney, Jim Nixon, Sr., Karen Mathews, Bonita Boyd-Soderstrom, Elizabeth White, Ron Katis, Jan Sigmon, Susan Stanton, Cliff Kutzbach, Robin Fidler, Zach Hurley, The McCarthys, Missy & her family, Oliver Mosier, Cecil Selby, Kelsey West
FOR THE DECEASED: Tommy Hill, friend of Tom & Ann Snead; Joe Shea, friend of Julie Brannock; Victor Anderson, former classmate of Katha Stuart; Lila Cook, Marion Cook's neighbor; Paul Acker, Mary Lou Shannonhouse's adopted father; Raiden Leslie, added by Nancy Denton; Ruth Crone, friend of Susan Roberts & her family.
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.
PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
(7/17/05) -- Barbara Cordery; Sherry Coulter; David, Carol, Ethan, Andrew & Elliot Craig; Sheila Crowe, Johnny, Gussie, Justin & Shannon Davis
(8/28/05) -- Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Ken, Nancy, Sarah & Julia Denton; Rod Deutscher, Carla von Hoffmann, Nathan & Kevin Sluss; Stan & Dani Dickson, Steve & Kitty Diffley
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 --
J2A PILGRIMAGE 2005
Wednesday Night Live -- every week, see you there!
Keep up with everything at the St. Cat's Youth Webpage
e-Wheel on the first Friday of the month (articles due the Wednesday before)
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Editor: Karen Manno