Community Life Commission
Commission Chair – Susan Droege
AFRICAN PARISHIONERS OF SAINT JOSEPH (APOSJ)
Chinonso Akano firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us at APOSJ for fun-filled fellowship and networking sessions. Bring your kids...they’ll love it too! Membership is open to all parishioners of African descent (this includes Continental Africa, the Caribbean, and African American). Our goal is to better integrate our church, through our faith and our shared heritage...to fulfill our spiritual and family needs, as well as the needs of our great parish.
Our Youth Basketball Program participates in the Catholic Metro League of Atlanta (CMLA). The program focuses on the development of basketball skills, team participation, and sportsmanship. Children in grades three - eight are welcome to join the parish program. The season runs from mid-November through mid-February, with an average of nine or ten games played on the weekends throughout the season. Practice times are assigned during the week and are held in the school gym. For our younger children in grades K-two, the Lil’ Cougars program is a developmental program which teaches the fundamentals of basketball.
Micah Lindler, Scoutmaster (770)595-7632 MCL149@gmail.com;
Chris Smith (404)444-2673 email@example.com;
Chuck Niswonger, Charter Organization Rep. (770)309-0444
Saint Joseph Church is proud to charter Troop 287 as part of our Community Life Ministry! Boys who are rising 6th graders through age 18 can join anytime during the year. We welcome families of all religious faiths into a well-structured program with dedicated leaders. Boys will experience a wide range of activities that promote leadership opportunities, exposure to multiple career options and moral development that is consistent with the BSA program. Troop meetings are typically Monday evenings in Marist Hall at 7:00 PM. Volunteer opportunities are always available.
Barbara Stickney (770)428-4948 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us Thursday mornings to vacuum, clean the candle holders, wash windows and doors, and perform all the other housekeeping tasks that keep our church looking clean and inviting. We particularly need TALL people to help with cleaning the upper windows in the church. Commitment is about one hour per week.
Minh Diep Cubmaster (404)502-5493 email@example.com;
Chuck Niswonger, Chartered Organization Rep. (770)309-0444 Chuck.firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Joseph Church is proud to charter Pack 287 as part of our Community Life Ministry! Boys in grades one - five can join anytime during the year. We welcome families of all religious faiths into a well-structured program with dedicated leaders. Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program that provides encouragement to “Do Your Best” and promotes the 12 points of the Scout Law. Volunteer opportunities are always available.
Sue Gephardt (770)421-9026 email@example.com
Couples join once a month at each other’s homes for dinner and conversation. The host couple provides the main entree' and beverages. The other three couples bring salad, bread, vegetable and dessert. Each couple hosts only once.
DINNER GROUP FOR FAMILIES
Sue Gephardt (770)421-9026 firstname.lastname@example.org;
Jennifer Squires (770)419-1745 email@example.com
New this year! Families sign-up to join with other younger families with children for hosting dinner group. Families host and divide food preparation and have kid-friendly food with perhaps a movie for the kids while the parents share conversation with other young Catholic parents.
GIRL SCOUTS AND BROWNIES
Sonya Dendinger firstname.lastname@example.org
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Saint Joseph’s Girl Scouting provides girls ages five – seventeen with a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities and life-long friendships. Saint Joseph has one of the strongest Girl Scout programs in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Adult volunteers are always welcome.
GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
Amy Johnson (770)714-0901; Jamesjohnson225@comcast.net;
David Doran (770)924-1698 (CMVL Commissioner)
The Saint Joseph Girls’ Volleyball Program participates in the Catholic Metro Volleyball League (CMVL). The program focuses on the development of basic volleyball skills, which include sportsmanship and collaborative teamwork. Girls in grades five - eight are welcome to join the parish program. The season runs from August through October, with games played on Saturday mornings. Practice for volleyball begins in the summer and is held in the school gym. For our younger girls and boys in grades K-four, the Lil’ Cougars volleyball is a developmental program which teaches the fundamentals of Volleyball in a fun and skill-focused environment. This short program runs during the spring, normally on Sunday.
Joe Fenton (678)581-0033; email@example.com
This group completes projects on the church grounds including mowing, weeding, trimming, leaf removal, maintenance of shrubs and flower beds and other jobs that help maintain our grounds and gardens. The group meets on Saturday mornings to complete these projects, but volunteers who are not available on Saturdays work on a designated area of grounds during other times more convenient to them. Time Commitment: Typically two hours on Saturday mornings. No weekly commitment is necessary…we appreciate help when it is available.
HOSPITALITY--CARING AND SHARING
Dottie Magner (770)427-5927 Magner1325@aol.com
This ministry supports the community by assisting with projects designated by the pastor. Also, it shows support to families of deceased parishioners by preparing food, offering prayer, or attending the Funeral.
Sarah Beno firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Rodriguez email@example.com
This is a new ministry where we are searching for passionate parishioners who are well versed in photography and videography to volunteer their talents at various masses and speical events at the church. The ministry will work with the parish IT team to coordinate the media for marketing purposes.
Michelle Diaz firstname.lastname@example.org
This ministry is designed to provide mothers of young children (newborn to Pre-K) the opportunity for fellowship with other moms. We plan several events each month which include playdates for the children, trips to the zoo, children’s museum, local parks, etc., and a monthly Moms’ Night Out at one of our local restaurants. It’s a great way to meet fellow mom parishioners, make new friends, and create comfortable social development opportunities and new friendships for our young children. Events are published in the bulletin, website, and sent by email to members of the group.
Debbie Koffler email@example.com (770)422-5633
Our nursery is available for children nine months to four years old. Children are supervised by parish staff members and volunteers. This service is offered during the 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM Masses on Sunday. Volunteers are always welcome even if you no longer have children of nursery age. You must be at least 18 years of age to be considered an adult volunteer. Younger teens are also welcome to help out.
PARISH ANNUAL PICNIC
Susan Droege (770)856-8600 firstname.lastname@example.org;
Diane Falvo (770)630-6434 email@example.com
This annual social event is a time for our community to gather together. The picnic is one weekend each Fall. We welcome volunteers in all areas from planning to implementation. Any and all talents are welcome.
SAINT JOSEPH SINGLES SOCIAL GROUP (AGES 35-55)
Mark Hutzler (770)891-2420 Mfh2@cdc.gov
For all singles between the ages of 35 and 55, we meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month, in the Sugar Hill House at 7:00 PM for Bible Study and fellowship. The Social group gets together a couple of times a month for social events, such as: wine tasting, bowling, theme parties, and volunteering at MUST ministries, just to name a few. We encourage new members to join us and participation is voluntary. This is a wonderful way to meet parishioners who attend different Masses.
Carol Donofrio (770)422-5633 x22 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Raeber (678)290-6632 email@example.com
Our Welcome Desk in the rear of the Narthex is open before and after each Mass on the weekends. Volunteers provide parish information regarding all Sacraments and Ministries. While we mainly serve new parishioners, we also answer general questions. Volunteers also help organize social gatherings to welcome new parishioners.
WOMEN OF SAINT JOSEPH
Kathy Bearden (678)640-7108 firstname.lastname@example.org
All women of the Parish are welcome to events and gatherings. We meet periodically throughout the year for social, spiritual, and educational fun. We also support a variety of parish projects on an as needed basis. Our group has an annual Christmas retreat and luncheon celebration the first Saturday in December. Please watch the bulletin for meeting details and be sure to sign up for our email news and announcements by sending your name and email to: email@example.com.