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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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
July 11 - 24, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Transition update
Vestry highlights
Parish Retreat
Preaching schedule
Contrasts In Belief
Cats On Wheels
College send off
CF Sunday
Stephen Ministry
Ministry Fair
Communion wine
Lay Eucharistic Visitor
Presiding Bishop elected
Council delegates

Holy Comforter
Undies Sunday
Day of Service
Family Promise
MUST Summer Lunch

Habitat build

Fr. Jim retires
Crosses awarded
Honduras missionaries
Patriotic potluck
Volunteer Corner
Edward Caldwell
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Summer Singers concert
Health tips


God & Life program
New Youth Director
Letter from Sally
Search Committee thanks



7/12, 19, 26 – Contrasts in Belief class

7/18 – Cats On Wheels @ Marlow’s

7/19 – The Extension dinner

7/26 – Registration due for Parish Retreat

7/26-8/23 – Youth Ladies God & Life Bible Study

7/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

7/29 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

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General Convention Approves Marriage Equality

By Amma Susan

Last week, General Convention, meeting in Salt Lake City, voted to provide a marriage service for same-sex couples. The canonical change eliminates language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and authorizes two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples. All of the delegates from the Diocese of Atlanta were unanimously in favor of these initiatives.

These canonical changes did not just suddenly materialize. They are the fruition of a long conversation begun at the 1976 General Convention, where it was said that, “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance and pastoral concern and care of the church.” These new canons speak to what full and equal claim will look like.

Priests of this diocese may perform same-sex marriages beginning Nov. 29, the first Sunday in Advent. Our traditional requirements for marriage in the Episcopal Church will now apply to all couples.

There will be different responses to these canonical changes in our congregation. Some of you will weep with joy because you feel the Episcopal Church’s decision for marriage equality affirms that all are welcome in this church and that all love is sacred. There will be gratitude that all of God’s people can now share in the affirmation of dignity in receiving God’s blessing upon their marriage. Others of you will be weeping with sadness, or even anger, not because of hatred but because you believe that a sacred institution has been redefined in a way contrary to God’s will. Others will feel caught in the middle between people who feel so strongly; you think it’s complicated and you don’t know exactly what to think, but it breaks your heart to see people in conflict. I respect each of these perspectives and I echo Bishop Wright’s belief that there is room at Christ’s altar for each of us. As Episcopalians, what unites us is not uniformity of thought but the common cup.

In the days ahead, our Bishop commends for your study, prayer and conversation the details of the church's actions this week in an article by Sharon Sheridan from the Episcopal News Service: General Convention approves marriage equality. Copies of the article are provided for you in the foyer at St. Catherine’s. You may also wish to read the Bishop’s statement on the Supreme Court and General Convention’s actions on marriage at the following link: If you wish to talk with me about this I welcome that conversation.

Rector Transition update

By Tom Blackstock, Senior Warden

The Vestry began weekly meetings on Tuesday, July 7 to begin the work of selecting an interim rector and establishing the search committee for our next permanent rector. The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster-Weltner will join us on Sunday, July 12 to participate in our services and talk with us about the rector transition process. We will continue to offer opportunities for input over the coming months. If you have thoughts, concerns or questions, you may email them at any time to our Vestry mailbox at . If you wish to nominate someone for the search committee, I ask that you use this address so that we may have a central record of the nominations. If you would like to contact me directly, please email me at or you may contact Daniel at

I want to share with you the “Prayer for the Election of a Bishop or Other Minister” from the Book of Common Prayer, page 818: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We have so much to be thankful for in our many blessings at St Catherine’s. We also have much to look forward to as we move into the future. As I have said in previous articles, I am confident that we will continue to fulfill our mission of sharing 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.

June Vestry highlights

by Daniel Mikkelsen, Junior Warden

Notes from the June 16 regular Vestry meeting:

  • Immediately preceding our last Vestry meeting with Fr. Jim, we began with our tradition of Eucharist, a selection from Philippians 4 and an optimistic and warm reflection from our Sr. Warden.
  • Alison Harris, representing our Christian Formation Ministry Team, jumpstarted the business of our meeting with a courageous proposal to the Vestry for creating a new position on the staff at St Catherine's, Director of Youth Ministry. Approval was requested for the position to be filled as soon as August 1 for the upcoming school year. Discussion was held. The Vestry voted to take the proposal to the Human Resources Committee and then to the Finance Committee for further due diligence, and bring back to the Vestry with more details.
  • Therese Braman shared a video with the Vestry on a potential new format for the stewardship campaign this fall. Commitment Sunday is planned for November 8.
  • A Space Planning Committee update was provided. The upcoming Senior class in the Youth program does not have space on Sundays due to Adult Christian Education needing more classrooms, Catechesis using the upper educational wing, the lower educational wing being configured for Preschool, and the Youth House being occupied with other Youth groups. The Senior class needs a private space on campus. As such, the Vestry approved moving forward with leasing a modular housing structure (yes, a trailer) to park in the grassy area near the Preschool for the next year. The Vestry approved under the condition that the Space Planning Committee will use this year to come up with a long term plan so that the trailer will not be needed for the next large Senior class in three years. (The Youth Program has a Senior Class every other year due to criteria for beginning the Youth Program in 5th/6th grade).
  • The Vestry voted to approve the repair of the HVAC in the Sacristy estimated at $4,347.
  • The Vestry normally does not meet in July. However, the Vestry agreed to meet weekly in the month of July on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Boardroom and via teleconference (if our technology can support) in order to work on our Rector transition process. At the top of the agenda will be selecting the Interim Rector from the two recommended by the Diocese, and determine how to select the Nomination Committee for our next permanent Rector.
  • After adjourning the business of the evening, the Vestry shared a heartfelt and emotional goodbye with Fr. Jim, listening to his words of wisdom, his hope and his faith in the unknown adventures that God's Will has in store for him and Joan as well as for our beloved Parish. Amen!

Parish Retreat: Come “Back To The Future”!

Register by Sunday, July 26

By Ginny Lummus

We will soon be gathering on retreat at Lake Logan Conference Center for our Parish Retreat this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7. Our program and discussions this year will center around looking towards the future while celebrating the past. Some of the activities will be our popular intergenerational games and body prayer as well as the old standards of swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and fellowship.

A Parish Retreat is a time for the people of St. Catherine’s to come together for renewal, to celebrate being a child of God, to make new friends and to strengthen our bonds with one another in the name of Jesus Christ. It’s for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families!

We must tell Lake Logan a number by the end of July. The last date for registration and final payment will be due by July 26. Ginny Lummus has worked with Lake Logan to reserve the entire conference center for St. Catherine’s. You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at Let’s plan to fill it with sounds of laughter, playing children, singing and worshiping Christians, people making new friends, and all together good will in the name of God. See you at Lake Logan!

For information about retreat accommodations and cost please see our registration form at . Register soon with your deposit (balances will be due by July 26). For any questions or information about scholarships please contact Amma Susan or Ginny Lummus,, 770-845-1742.

July services – preaching & celebrating

Here is the schedule of clergy who will preach and celebrate at our Sunday services this month:

  • July 12: The Rev. Canon Alicia Schuster-Weltner will bring us the message from our Bishop regarding our rector transition process
  • July 19: The Rev. Chris Hannum
  • July 26: The Rev. Barry Kubler

"Contrasts: Explorations in Belief" class continues

Sundays, July 12, 19, 26

All adults are invited for a facilitated discussion class in the Library on three more Sundays this summer, from 9:30 to 10:20 am. At each gathering we will start with information on a practice or belief from another religion. Then we'll introduce a comparable belief or practice from our own faith and discuss the differences and commonalities. In so doing we hope to gain a deeper understanding not only of other's beliefs but also our own. Please join us for open-ended questions and lively conversation. The group is facilitated by Randy Satterfield.

Cats On Wheels lunch Saturday, July 18

Join us at 11:30 am for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Marlow’s Tavern East Cobb, in Merchant's Walk Shopping Center at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068, (770) 977-7747, RSVP so we can save you a seat on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. (Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, we invite you to join us!)

College send-off Sunday, August 2

On August 2 at the 10:30 am worship service we will recognize all our rising college freshmen to wish them God-speed, and present to them the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards. Congratulations to each!

St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund

St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the Parish Picnic. To date, we have presented 127 scholarships. We are able to give small scholarships now but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Come to Christian Formation Sunday

August 16 at 9 am

By Tanya Bowers-Dean

Christian Formation is not just another name for Sunday School. Christian Formation is about all of us being formed as Christians. It's about opening to God and deepening our relationship with Him. It's about preparing ourselves to do the work Jesus has given us to do, and supporting each other while we do it.

God uses many experiences to grow us as Christians, including some that are special to our life at church, like study, worship, music, prayer, Communion, sacred space, art, and sharing our stories. That's why the Christian Formation Ministry at St. Catherine's includes not only our fantastic educational programs for children, youth, and adults—Church School classes, Bible Studies, Book Studies, The Journey, EFM and more—but also Altar Guild, Lay Readers, Acolytes, Ushers, all the Choirs, Needlework Brigade, Flower Guild and even more.

There are in fact so many wonderful parts of Christian Formation that we are taking over one Sunday morning to share them with you! We won't just talk about Christian Formation: we invite you to participate in some Christian Formation experiences with us. All ages are invited!

Quick note: Since we have a Sunday all of our own, Christian Formation will not be represented at the Ministry Fair the following Sunday -- except at the parade! Want more information? Contact Tanya Bowers-Dean at or 678-772-6729.

Stephen Ministry “Come and See” Lunch

Sunday, August 16 at 12 pm

By David Moore

Saint Catherine’s is seeking individuals who would like to be trained as Stephen Ministers this fall. So, we are hosting a “Come and See” luncheon to learn about this dynamic and life changing ministry on August 16 in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 service. If you feel that you may be called to this ministry, or if you just would like to know more about it, then come and see what it is all about. At this casual luncheon your Stephen Ministry team will make a short presentation and then answer any questions you may have.

Stephen Ministry trains parish members to help provide one-on-one Christian care giving to those in our congregation who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses in life. You can ask more about it now by contacting David Moore at or (404) 309-7793.

Ministry Fair: Stepping Forward in FaithFULL Ministry

Sunday, August 23

The Invitation Ministry Team invites you!

Our Ministry Fair theme this year is “Stepping Forward in FaithFULL Ministry”. Don’t we all have faith that as we go into the future, we will be just fine because of who we are and because of our solid Ministry Teams? Invitation Ministry is “FaithFULL” that, through our ministry, we will have a “FULL house” as visitors to St. Catherine’s return to join us on a regular basis. Won’t you come join us at the Ministry Fair, watch our skit and learn what we do to welcome visitors? We do have fun! Our commitment is 30 to 60 minutes a month. Stop in for a visit Sunday August 23 with Susan Heuke, convener, or some our team leaders -- Ann Snead, Jay Hendricks, Marcia Markette, and Bettye Harris.

The Communication Ministry Team invites you!

St. Catherine’s is moving to "The City" in September! The City is our new website for up to date information regarding the parish directory, ministry team interactions, event RSVP’s, and parish communications. Join Tad and Allison Travis on Sunday August 23 to learn to learn about what The City means to St. Catherine's and what it means to your engagement with other parishioners.

Ministry Fair is Sunday, August 23

  • One worship service ONLY at 9:00 am
  • Ministry Fair 10:30 am to noon
  • Parish Picnic at 12:00 pm

Acolytes needed!

The requirements are few — rewards abounding! Our Acolyte Ministry is looking for children and youth members of our congregation who would like to serve in this wonderful ministry as Torch Bearers (age 8-12), Second Crucifer (age 12-14) and Captain (age 15-18). While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they begin. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join: Sit quietly and attentively during the service; Follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service; Have a personal desire to serve in this position.

Written instructions and walk-through training are provided until each member is comfortable with his/her tasks. If you have any questions or would like to sign your child up, see the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or for questions contact Acolyte Co-Masters Frank Adams or Tina Kerr. We look forward to hearing from you!

“Safeguarding God’s Children” training

Sunday, August 9 at St. Peter & Paul

Do you volunteer in a class or activity that requires “Safeguarding God's Children training”? A session will be offered on August 9, 1 to 4 pm at Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Registration is required for space and materials, to register please contact AND also please notify Harriett Pyburn at if you plan to attend so we may keep track of your training record. Please take advantage of this offering if you will need the training this coming season, as they are not always this close and convenient!

"Safeguarding God's Children" is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness and is required of all volunteers, staff and clergy at St. Catherine's and in our diocese who work with children and youth. This training must be renewed every three years. If you are not sure if you are due to renew, or have any other questions about this training, please contact Harriett to check for you. If you cannot attend this date there are more opportunities around the diocese, view times and locations at

About EFM: Education For Ministry

New class begins September 10

By Jan Potter

I read the Bible when I was very young. Way too young. All I can remember about that is the fact that everyone was “begetting” and that God was not someone you wanted to cross. After that, I stuck to the New Testament. “God is love” is much easier than “God will smite you if you misbehave.”

I have learned, as I have gotten older, that this can give you the wrong picture about Christianity. Learning and digesting the Old Testament – with all its rules and things that happen – gives you a different appreciation of Jesus and the New Testament. If you look around you see people, on a daily basis, using the Old Testament to “prove” their point. It’s easy to simply dismiss this or, for those of you who are better Biblical scholars than I am, to cite some other verse. Citing a few favorite Psalms or, in fact, any verse from the Bible is a slippery slope.

In the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, we spend several years looking intensively at all facets of what it means to be a Christian and what it means to use that knowledge in the real world. All together, it is a four-year program (with materials from Sewanee, the University of the South), but you only commit to one year at a time. There is a charge, but we have a wonderful scholarship program at St. Catherine’s to help defray the cost for anyone who needs it.

  • The first year is an in-depth look at the Old Testament, warts and all. This is a God who many Episcopalians don’t really know. But the journey, how we got from there to our religion today, is both fascinating and essential. You can’t really understand Jesus and the New Testament without all of the backstory. The text looks at the myths and the history surrounding the Bible. It is a way to “read” a text that was written thousands of years ago and use it as a roadmap to figure out just what you believe today.
  • The second year is an in-depth look at the New Testament with the same lens of – here’s what it says, what some believe it means, and, most importantly, a very careful guide to the development of just what you believe. Do you need to accept everything in the Bible or the Church? You’ll figure out a roadmap for your own development as a thinking, Christian being.
  • The third year covers another path to knowledge about how we have gotten where we are – church history. Even today, we can see the enormous impact of the Christian belief structure on history and politics. The history of the church can be both violent and mesmerizing. It, too, is important in figuring out just where you are today.
  • The fourth year used to be Christian philosophy, but is now expanded to a concerted effort to tie the church to the real world. Each year has an overall theme that changes (this past year was more related to diversity, for example).

Why would you need this? Why can’t you simply accept what you’re told by your church, your Bible, your friends? The world is a very sticky place where evil happens with no explanation. Sometimes, delving into the broader world of Christianity helps to center you. EFM is a roadmap.

We are recruiting now for a new class that will begin the first Thursday after Labor Day (September 10). We would love to have you join us. For more information, please contact us, or the church office. We love to talk about EFM. Chris Potter – 404-376-7430,; Jan Potter – 404-444-8627,

Communion wine donations requested

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. Please note: we use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.

Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Visitor?

New volunteers needed, training August 29

One of the lay pastoral ministries of the church is taking the consecrated sacraments of the Holy Eucharist to our members who are confined to hospital or their homes. Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) extend the altar into the home of the person they visit, so not only do members receive Holy Communion, they are also included in the worship and community of St. Catherine’s as a whole. LEVs are specially licensed by the diocese to perform this ministry. They receive LEV training (held at St. Catherine’s) and complete the diocesan "Safeguarding God’s People" training.

We are planning an LEV training on Saturday, August 29, 9-11 am, to allow more of our parish members to serve in this fundamental and rewarding ministry. If you are interested in becoming licensed as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan at

MOPS - Mothers of Pre Schoolers - group begins in September

By Julie Fulcher

We are excited to announce that MOPS will be coming to St. Catherine's this fall. MOPS is a gathering of local mothers who support and encourage each other through affirming meetings and fun events. Mothers of Preschoolers is a place for women with children from birth to pre-kindergarten to find friendship, community, resources and support so they never feel alone.

MOPS is organized and run by mothers of preschoolers. We provide Member Care to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our MOPS group. We will plan Mission Projects to support the church and various outreach programs throughout the community. During our monthly meetings we will have speakers on topics that will help us be better moms, wives and women. Throughout the year we will have social events for our moms, dads, kids and families. We are also planning to have Bible studies, Book Clubs, Dining Clubs, Playgroups and much more.

Our meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every month in the Parish Hall from 9:45 to noon starting on September 2. Childcare will be provided. Please contact Julie Fulcher ( or Erica Handell ( to join our MOPS group! We are looking forward to a great year!

New Presiding Bishop elected at 2015 General Convention

[excerpts from Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City, Utah]
The Episcopal Church’s General Convention made history June 27 when it chose Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry to be its 27th presiding bishop…. He will serve a nine-year term that officially begins Nov. 1. On that date, Curry will succeed current Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and he will become the first person of color to hold that position. A liturgy marking the beginning of Curry’s ministry as presiding bishop and primate will be celebrated Nov. 1, All Saints Day at Washington National Cathedral...

Represent St. Catherine's at Diocesan Council

Apply by July 27

The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at the 2015 Diocesan Council on Friday and Saturday, November 13-14 at Gwinnett Center. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's "in good standing" (meaning that they "pray, work, and give for the spread of God's Kingdom" on a regular basis). Delegates are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings. If you are interested in serving in this important role of representing our parish, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Sr. Warden Tom Blackstock, Jr. Warden Daniel Mikkelsen, or Amma Susan.


Come learn about the mission of Holy Comforter

Wednesday, July 15

Have you heard of Holy Comforter but wanted to know more about it? Holy Comforter is a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. It has a diverse worshipping community, and about 60% of its members live with mental illness. In addition to the church itself, Holy Comforter has The Friendship Center on its grounds – an "inclusive community that promotes the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and by poverty" through gardening, exercise classes, art and other activities. St. Catherine's would like to learn more and see how we might plug in to the work and community of Holy Comforter.

On Wednesday, July 15, a group from St. Catherine's will be caravanning down to Holy Comforter for an evening of worship and fellowship. We will meet in the church parking lot at 5:30 pm. Eucharist is at 6:30 pm, and dinner is at 7:30. We have been encouraged to come and experience Holy Comforter in action. If you would like to join us, please let Harriett Pyburn know in advance so we don't leave the parking lot too early! Contact her at

July 19 is Undies Sunday

By Bill Ivey

Bring your undies to church -- REALLY! Our Outreach team is sponsoring July 19 as Undies Sunday to benefit the school children in Powers Ferry Elementary and East Cobb Middle School districts who are served by Title 9. These are children right here in our backyard.

  • Please bring new, sealed packages of underwear, undershirts, t-shirts or socks -- all sizes needed: S, M, L, XL, Boys' and Girls' sizes (used items cannot be accepted).
  • These children are also in need of Cool Clothes for school, so please bring in gently worn pants, jeans, shirts, t-shirts & tennis shoes that your kids have outgrown.

Drop off your donations at church and know they will find a good home. Remember, school starts August 3rd! Please bring your items to the Outreach table across from the Church Parlor (next to the steps down to the nursery). Donations will be collected and stored offsite each week. Contact Harriet Pyburn or Janet Livingston for any questions.

Day of Service at The Garden women & children’s shelter

Saturday, August 8

St. Catherine's is hosting a Day of Service on Saturday, August 8 from 10 am to 12 noon at The Garden in Smyrna. The Garden is a Christian shelter for homeless women and children. Our morning will involve treating the ladies at the Garden to a fun morning (the activity is still TBD). The children will be attending a dance class at this time, so we are looking for something fun to do for the ladies—possibilities include craft project, Zumba, game day... the possibilities are ENDLESS. If you have a talent or idea that you would be willing to share with these ladies on August 8, please contact Harriett Pyburn to discuss in more detail. Also, if you are interested in attending, we will need many hands to help (estimated women to attend is 35). For questions or to sign up please check the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Harriett at

We are looking forward to learning about and working with another organization in our area serving those in need! For more information on The Garden please see their website at

“One Family, One Promise, One Song” Saturday, August 29

Family Promise of Cobb County and Unity North Atlanta Church will present the third annual “One Family, One Promise, One Song,” Interfaith Concert to benefit homeless families on Saturday, August 29, 7:00 PM at Unity North Atlanta Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta GA 30066, . The concert will feature twelve Cobb County congregations including members of St. Catherine’s. Tickets are $20 Premium Seating or $10 Regular Seating, available online at or at the door.

Family Promise next hosting week at St. Catherines: September 27 - October 4

Summer Lunch– Super!

By Bill Ivey

Summer Lunch workers built 1,000 sack lunches for children in the MUST Summer Lunch program on two dates this summer, June 24 and July 1. This summer MUST will deliver the 2 MILLIONTH sack lunch in the twentieth year of their Summer Lunch program.

Lunches are always needed. If you missed the opportunity to make lunches at St. Catherine’s, MUST has opportunities at other churches until the first week of August. You can get more information at to Jennifer and Fred Massey for their tireless efforts to coordinate the Summer Lunch program at St. Catherine’s.

See lots more photos full size in the album at MUST Summer Lunch 2015 (by Bill Ivey).

Habitat House construction begun

Our 2015 Habitat House build as part of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition kicked off on June 27 with a brief blessing ceremony and then the raising of the walls. In recognition of his retirement Father Jim was presented with a fishing pole and equipment to share with his grandchildren, and thanks were given for his many years of participation in Habitat.

We will provide volunteer builders on six more Saturdays plus provide meals onsite on July 25. Everyone will be invited for the finish of construction and House Dedication on August 30. To volunteer to build or to help with the July 25 meals please contact Connie Bergeron,, 770-951-1411. Photos below by Tom Hunter -- the first shows our homeowner (royal blue shirt with red name strip) -- see lots more in the album at Habitat House.


Father Jim retires

Listen to these recordings on the Sermons page of our website:

  • Father Jim’s last Sunday sermon at St. Catherine’s on June 21
  • Rev. Canon John Bolton’s sermon and Father Jim’s Leavetaking Service on June 28


A letter from Father Jim

July 8, 2015 - A Profound Thank You!

This is one of those times when words seem so terribly inadequate to express what we are feeling – but they must suffice. Joan and I want to tell you how profoundly touched we were by the events during the last week of our ministry amongst you. From the many visits in my office and at breakfast, lunch and dinner all the way to closing measures of the Choristers and Chancel Choir singing the Irish Blessing on Sunday, we were humbled by your words and your deeds. The Friday night party and the Sunday worship service touched our hearts and reminded each of us of why we so deeply love this congregation and you, her people. It was simply perfect. We want to thank the organizing committee and all those who put in countless hours to create and present a party and worship worthy of God’s grace and love, a book of memories that will find its special place in our new home, a video that we know works but look forward to sharing together on one of those chilly Chicago evenings, and several DVDs of the worship service on Sunday morning. Your many gifts are all cataloged and the days in Maine will be a time of thank you note writing. And, of course, your wonderful gift of the “fun fund” will help us get a start on some of the travel we look forward to doing in the coming years.

Our house in Marietta is now owned by someone else who has been kind enough to allow us to stay here until the middle of the month. We are busy packing the house. The moving company will do final packing and load the truck on July 15. We close on our new home on July 17 and move in the next day.

For now we simply want to say THANK YOU to you not just for a wonderful week of love and worship, but THANK YOU for seventeen years of loving and caring for us. It has been a time that was both remarkable and fulfilling. As I said so many times in the past few weeks – if the meaning of life is somehow captured in the phrase “To love and be loved” then you have shown us a wonderful vision of life lived in God’s kingdom.


Fr. Jim's last Sunday to preach on June 21 -
A handmade quilt was presented by the Daughters of the King, and many came forward for their anniversary and birthday blessings. Photos by Jan Potter and Bettye Harris, see more at Church062115lastsermon and Sunday, June 21

Farewell party on June 26 -
It was a fun, festive, high energy night as the St. Catherine's family came to eat, chat, and celebrate Jim and Joan. St. Catherine's knows how to PARTY! Photos by Erin Donoghue, see more at Party Celebrating Jim and Joan's 17 years

Leavetaking Sunday June 28 -
Rev. Canon John Bolton, Canon Chaplain to the Bishop's staff, preached and helped us to celebrate the conclusion of Fr. Jim's ministry at St. Cats. Senior Warden Tom Blackstock received Father Jim's gift to the congregation of a chalice made of wood from our Great Oak by David Moore. Many guests were there and spoke including the Nixon family. We concluded with another wonderful reception. Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see more at O God you have bound us together for a time as priest and people
-> See a video of the Choristers singing the final blessing accompanied by Jana Williams on harp at


St. Catherine's Crosses awarded

Congratulations to Karen Maxwell and Anna Martin who were awarded the St. Catherine's Cross on June 21 in recognition of their outstanding years of service in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for the children of St. Catherine's and beyond. The St. Catherine's Cross is given each year in recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution to our life as a community. The cross was designed by Dean Motter, son of Roger and Eileen Motter. It is given by the Rector with the consent and advice of the Executive Committee of the Vestry. Congratulations, Karen and Anna!

Photo by Jan Potter, see more in the album at Church062115lastsermon

Parishioners called to Honduras mission

By Steve Robinson

Photo - Blessings on Steve and Rhonda Robinson on July 5 as they prepare to leave for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras (photo by Bill Ivey)

On Pentecost Sunday in 2014, Rhonda and I first walked through the doors of St. Catherine’s. We were greeted warmly by a host of happy people. Not an overbearing greeting but one that made us feel more welcome than I had felt in a long time. Since that Sunday, Rhonda and I have considered St. Catherine’s our church home; a sense of belonging that has only grown since that time.

Your kindness and warm acceptance into the St. Catherine’s community has enabled a spiritual growth for us over the past year that is unmatched in our lives. A growth that I feel was divinely ordained for us as we prepare for the next phase of our lives. After almost three decades of service to American schools and universities, we will be going to Honduras as missionaries for the Episcopal Church. I will become the Canon for Education for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras and Rhonda will be assisting the schools in the area of information technology.

St. Catherine’s has given us a church family that provides an anchor for our future work. Although over the coming years most of our time will be spent in Honduras, we will from time to time come back to our home in Roswell and thus show up at church when possible. We will always feel a part of St. Catherine’s and we will pray for you daily. We also covet your prayers as we follow God’s call to Honduras.

For anyone that would like to follow the story and the work of the Episcopal Church in Honduras we will be sure to keep you posted. Thanks so much for being the welcoming community that St. Catherine’s is and know that you will be a part of any good that God accomplishes through our ministry in Honduras.

Steve and Rhonda Robinson

VBS – Mountaintop experience!

By Susie Davis

Friendships were made and rediscovered, faith was strengthened and renewed, and great joy was shared each day of our "Everest" themed Vacation Bible School June 16-19 this year. The Parish Hall was transformed into Base Camp complete with mountains, snowflakes, and prayer flags. We greeted 65 children, 25 youth, and 25 adult leaders each day to sing and learn about God's power to provide, heal, comfort, forgive, and love us forever. The children had a chance to help and watch God's power to provide as we gathered and donated 135 storybooks to Communities in Schools. It was a truly awesome week and our amazing volunteers and donations made it happen—thank you! (Photos by Amy Mikkelsen and Sara Thomas -- see more below in this newsletter at Youth News and lots more full size in the album at VBS - June 2015.)

Patriotic Potluck a satisfying success

By Bill Fambrough

As Breakfast Angel Team Leader for this past Sunday's Patriotic Potluck Breakfast I want to personally thank all who brought "goodies" to supplement the eggs, bacon and sausage we prepared. Your support made for a much appreciated breakfast for all in attendance. Everything was delicious. Kudos to Norma Alexander for her wonderful over-the-top Hash brown Casserole. And special mention to Tillie Carter for the table decorations, they were great.

On a personal note, whoever made the little bite-sized cinnamon rolls with the delicious icing (see first picture below) please email the recipe to me, I and others couldn't get enough of them! I want more! Thanks again to all of you who contributed. Photos by Bill Fambrough and Bettye Harris.

Volunteering Corner

Why say 'Yes'…

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (, 770-971-1269)

During a time of transition you are needed even more and not just in worship on Sunday morning. Webster's definition of transition: “Movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage,subject, concept, etc., to another; change.” We, the people of St. Catherine's, are in transition. During this time of transition it is important for all of us to remember why we exist and remember what our ministry is about. We need to own our mission and vision, and while we wait for our next priest we need to work together to continue to pursue that direction. Accomplishing our mission is a congregational task, and each of us, as members, have that responsibility.

We have lots of role models here at St. Catherine's who are giving many hours and leading the way. If you walked into the building on June 22-26 you would have seen these volunteers at work:

  • Monday – 2 women are unloading supplies they just purchased at Sam's for all the events that will be taking place in the coming week.
  • Tuesday – volunteers are hosting at the Blood Drive and other members are donating their blood.
  • Wednesday – Parish Hall is full of children and adults packing one thousand sack lunches for the children of MUST Ministries.
  • Thursday night – volunteers are setting up canopies and tables and chairs for Jim and Joan's celebration party.
  • Friday – the building was filled with decorators, flower arrangers, and others were outside mowing, weeding, planting, and they were all getting ready for a party and for Sunday worship
  • Saturday – members went to bless and start building a Habitat House, other members came to prepare for a 50th wedding renewal and a Sunday going-away reception

Also meeting that week were the Vestry, Jubilate, Chancel Choir, Choristers, Altar Guild, Ministry Fair team members, Lay Readers, Young Families team leaders, MUST laundry team and breakfast team, and ON AND ON. Were you present for any of these activities? Did you give your time for any of these events?

If your answer is 'no', my next question is "why not?" It was fun and it was easy. There are many opportunities to serve, if you have one hour a month or if you have several hours a week there is an opportunity for you. Call or email me.

Former Director of Music honored at St. Paul’s Newnan

Edward Caldwell, organist and Director of Music at St. Catherine's from 1991 to 2001, was honored and installed as Organist/Choirmaster Emeritus of St. Paul's, Newnan on July 5. Edward served as organist and choirmaster at St. Jude’s Marietta from 1976 to 1989, and at St. Paul’s from 2001 to 2006. He began his career as a teacher in the Cobb County public schools, including classes in choral and general music. He sang in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw. He is an Army veteran and served for three years as clarinetist in the elite Third U.S. Army Band. Congratulations, Edward!

Photo by Vera McCabe – Edward (seated) with Rosemary Wolfe and former St. Cat’s choir members Vera and Pat McCabe.

Do you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:

  • July 13-19: Communication Ministry Team – This week we celebrate the life and work of the Communication Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To create messages that are clearly heard over the noise and distraction of everyday life.” For information on how to get involved please contact conveners Tad Travis,, and Julie Fulcher,
  • July 20-26: Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry Team – This week we celebrate the life and work of the Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To develop an understanding of our building, grounds and technology requirements and set priorities for our current and future needs.” For information on how to get involved please contact convener Bill Lee,


Dear [St. Catherine’s],

A note to THANK YOU so very much for the St. Cat’s flowers Fred and I received on Monday. What a special surprise! The “Flower Delivery” ministry is a small, however important part of life at St Cat’s. Who doesn’t want flowers? Whatever the occasion, to cheer you up, honor an accomplishment, or just to say THANKS – they put a smile on our faces and warm our hearts.

Thanks to you and the Flower Guild for the smile, the love, and the added color and beauty to our home.

Fred and Jennifer Massey

[Thank you from Joy Ettel who says she was thrilled to get the flowers on June 28. They were so appreciated!]

Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • Family Promise of Cobb County on June 21, for $500, with this personal note from Director Camilla Worden: "Dear St. Cat's Family, Your donations are like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Thank you for sharing God's love with us."


Summer Singers concert August 2: A Musical Bucket List

The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers will present “Essential Choral Classics: A Musical Bucket List” on Sunday, August 2, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, Georgia. The program will feature the160 voices of the 11th annual MOS Summer Singers in well-known and best-loved choral music from celebrated composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and more. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets online please visit


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Heel pain
    The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that many factors can cause heel pain. These include putting too much stress on the heel while walking or exercising, being overweight, having heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, and wearing improper footwear. Typically, heel pain is centered under your heel and may be mild at first but then flare up as you take your first steps after resting overnight. If you experience heel pain, you may need to do special exercises, take medication to reduce swelling, and wear a heel pad or custom orthotics in your shoe. Check with your doctor if heel pain persists. Source: American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Get more vitamin C
    Eating foods rich in vitamin C can have many health benefits. Vitamin C helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, aids in absorbing iron, supports wound healing and plays a role in immune system health. Our registered dietitian recommends consuming at least one vitamin C-rich food each day. Good choices include green peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes and broccoli. A serving or two of 100 percent orange, grapefruit or tomato juice is also a quick, easy way to boost vitamin C intake. Source: National Institutes of Health

Provided by HealthStart,


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; and Zach Hurley.

OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.


SICK: Mit FitzSimons, Bella Hutto, Candy Jansen, Miles Pearson, Sheridan & Norma Lytle, Faye Busenlehner, Brianna Gentry, Bill Snellgrove, Doris Lummus, Bill Wyatt, Harris Lott, David Raymond, Elaine Welk, Jackie Geer, Tim O’Shea, Jim Gauntt, Anita Gardner, Marion Cook, Susan Martin.

DECEASED: Joe Burlas III, son of former parishioner Liz Burlas

BIRTHS: Hope Lucille Nelson born on July 8, daughter of Catie and Matt Nelson, grandparents Ellis and Claudia Kilgore; Lindsey Elizabeth Paris (“Ellie”) born on July 8, daughter of Chase & Lindsey Paris, grandparents Mel & Michael Paris

ANNIVERSARIES: (7/11) Martin & Katja Michael; (7/18) Tom & Marilyn Hunter; (7/19) Daniel & Amy Mikkelsen; (7/20) Ron & Arlyn Cook; (7/22) Jason & Taryn Nienaber.

BIRTHDAYS: (7/13) Kathy Kareken, (7/14) Diane Sanders, (7/17) Ron Cook, Carol Eskew, (7/18) Bob Pepper, (720) Riley Barrington, Lisa Spessard, (7/21) Kevin Sherry, Jr., Sue Snape, (7/22) Tinka ivey, Connie Bergeron, Eli Nelso, Tracy Pitts, (7/24) Greyson LaGarde.

(7/12) Rick & Tracy Buckalew; Mike & Nancy Burnaugh; Scott & Laura Butzen; Kelly, Camilo & Sebastian Calvo; Neil & Susannah Campbell.
(7/19) Cyrille, Courtney, Amelia and Lucas Cardona; Cavo Carter; Joyce Carter; Linda Carter; Tillie Carter.

PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Catherine’s, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.


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. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, November 1 (All Saints)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 7/11 Saturday, 7/18




Cats On Wheels @ Marlow's
Sunday, 7/12 Sunday, 7/19


Holy Eucharist
Contrasts in Belief
Holy Eucharist


Undies Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair Planning
Contrasts in Belief
Holy Eucharist
The Extension Dinner

Monday, 7/13 Monday, 7/20

Amma Susan's day off
Art Camp
Massey Meeting


Amma Susan's day off
Camp Scientific
Women's Book Study
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry

Tuesday, 7/14 Tuesday, 7/21

9:30 AM

Art Camp
Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Vestry Meeting

9:30 AM
Camp Scientific
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 7/15 Wednesday, 7/22

Art Camp
Outreach @ Holy Comforter


Camp Scientific
MUST Laundry Team

Thursday, 7/16 Thursday, 7/23
Art Camp
Camp Scientific
Friday, 7/17 Friday, 7/24

Men’s Bible Study
Art Camp
Women's Bible Study
Science Camp Materials
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Camp Scientific
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, July 26 – Registration deadline for Parish Retreat
  • July 26-August 23 – God and Life Bible Study for high school girls
  • Saturday, August 1 – BBQ and Movie Night
  • Sunday, August 2 – College Sendoff, Freshmen Book Scholarships awarded
  • Saturday, August 8 – Parish Day of Service
  • Sunday, August 9 – Homecoming Potluck Lunch, 12 pm
  • Tuesday, August 11 – Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting, 7 pm
  • Sunday, August 16 – Christian Formation open house 9 am; Stephen Ministry “Come & See” 12 pm
  • Sunday, August 23 – One service ONLY at 9:00 am with the Parade of Ministries, Ministry Fair 10:30 am, Parish Picnic 12 pm
  • September 4-7 – Parish Retreat (Labor Day weekend)
  • Sunday, September 13 – Fall worship schedule and Church School begin
  • September 27 - October 4 – Family Promise hosting week


Youth Calendar online


Sunday, July 26 - God & Life program begins for high school ladies

Dear St. Cats High School Ladies,

You're invited to participate in a God and Life Bible study/service group to be held at St. Catherine's and led by Jeanette Dini and Dorothea Westin. This is a National Religious Awards Program recognized by the Episcopal Church, Girl Scouts and various Honor Societies. We will meet on Sunday afternoons following the 10:30 service in the Youth House beginning July 26 through August 23. The cost is $25, which includes your study materials and our final celebration dinner. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Jeanette at


New Youth Director announced: Sally Paris

June 22, 2015

Dear friends,

I am pleased to announce today that we have hired a Youth Director. We have made an offer to Sally Paris and she has accepted our invitation to join the staff and to continue the wonderful work we are doing with our youth and their leaders. Sally will begin work at St. Catherine's on July 20 after fulfilling commitments to her current ministry and employer.

Sally comes to us from Christ Episcopal Church in Kennesaw, Georgia where she most recently was Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry. In addition, Sally represents the Diocese of Atlanta as the Campus Missioner at The Canterbury Club of Kennesaw State University, a program she was instrumental in developing during her undergraduate work. Sally is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies.

A search committee of 14 people (9 youth and 5 adults) selected Sally from a pool of over 10 candidates. I along with your Senior Warden, Tom Blackstock, met with them to receive their recommendation. They were universal in their praise of Sally as someone they believe brings the personality and skill sets to move our program to its next place in our journey. They used words like mature, thoughtful, fun, energetic, not afraid to say she doesn't know, etc. I was impressed with their ability to articulate why Sally was the candidate they felt was the best fit for our program.

My only regret is that I will not have the opportunity to work with Sally. In my discussions with her I could see in her the very characteristics and skill sets our search committee identified. I will watch from afar as Sally moves into this new role under the leadership of Tom in the short term and the Interim Rector in the long term.

To God be the Glory!

In Christ,
The Rev. Jim Nixon+


A letter from Sally

To the people of St. Catherine’s,

While I am familiar with many parishioners already, I want to take this time to tell you a few things about me and my view for the youth group at St. Catherine’s.

I am a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Religious Studies minor. I wrote my senior thesis on Social Identity and Religion and am fascinated with the intersection of science and faith. I have been working as a Youth Director in the Diocese of Atlanta for 2 years at Christ Episcopal Church. During my time there I became involved as an adult in New Beginnings leading music and in Happening as the Registrar as well as being involved in many other diocesan events. While this is how I have come to know many youth around the Diocese, including the youth at St. Cat’s, it is my hope that these connections will help keep the youth at St. Cat’s involved in the vibrant life of Diocesan youth events.

While I am excited to jump head-first into leading a wonderful program that served me very well as a youth, I am also excited to bring some new touches to the program. Some things that I am passionate about introducing our youth to are new/different service opportunities and making sure that is a regular part of our gathering together and developing an engaging and uplifting music ministry for our youth. I hope to have the opportunity to learn and let the program continue to grow in the way that the Spirit is directing.

Please know that my office is always open and you are always more than welcome to contact me in whatever way is best for you. I look forward to getting acquainted/re-acquainted with you all!

Sally Paris


Thank you, Search Committee

Susan Jenkins and Keith Dumke wish to thank all the members of the youth director search committee for their dedication and hard work during the search process. The entire team felt God's hand in our process as we made the final selection of Sally Paris to head our Youth Group as we move forward as a loving, Christ-centered community. We know that Sally brings great enthusiasm, new ideas, and a deep desire to help lead our youth on their faith journey. Please join us in welcoming Sally to our St. Catherine's community.

  • Youth Committee members were Abby Baumann, Erin Donoghue, Mark Boutilier, Grace Adams, Olivia Lopez, Lauren Tear, Matthew Dirksen, Jack Owen, Wyatt Pitts
  • Adult Committee members were David Banko, Maureen Donoghue, Stephanie Yucius, Susan Jenkins, Keith Dumke



Everest Vacation Bible School -- see more above in this newsletter at VBS, and in the album at VBS - June 2015.

Summer Mission Trip -- Chattanooga

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • July 24
  • August 7
  • August 21

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