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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 8 - 21, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Parish Retreat
Welcoming reception
Vestry notes
Ministry Teams Quarterly
CF Sunday
Stephen Ministry
Ministry Fair
Cats On Wheels
Calling & Caring
Great Oak RFP
Blood drive
Men's Night Out
Communion wine

Day of Service
Family Promise
Fashion Show

College scholarships
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

ERD photo exhibit
Health tips


Youth day of service
Diocesan youth retreat
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8/8 – Day of Service

8/9 – Welcoming reception for Sally Paris
[previously announced Potluck Lunch will not be held]

8/11 – Ministry Teams Quarterly meeting

8/15 – Cats On Wheels day trip

8/16 – Christian Formation Sunday;
Stephen Ministry Come & See;
The Extension dinner

8/25 – Blood Drive;
Men’s Night Out;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

8/23 – One service ONLY 9 am;
Ministry Fair;
Parish Picnic;
J2A Leader training

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The New Interim Rector: Who IS this person?

By Father Dean

The Rev. Dean Taylor is almost a “Cradle Episcopalian,” as he was five years old when his parents joined St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia. “The Baptist preacher told his congregation that they should not vote for John Kennedy because he was Catholic,” Dean remembers, “and my Daddy didn’t like anyone telling him how to vote, so that was that.”

The choir pulled Dean’s mother into the Episcopal Church, where she fell in love with the music and the thoughtful sermons. And, of course the close, warm community. “I began my church life as a seven year old acolyte, and have been up front since then!”

The Taylor family moved back to the parents’ home town of Eufaula, Alabama, and from there Dean attended College at the University of the South in Sewanee, taught high school English and coached for several years, then attended Virginia Seminary in the Washington, DC area.

He has served parishes as youth director in Nashville and Louisville, Kentucky, and was Rector of St. Mark's in Dalton, Georgia for twenty years.

He has served the church as an interim rector in St. James, Marietta; St. Boniface, Siesta Key (Sarasota), Florida; Grace, Gainesville, Georgia; and Church of Our Saviour, Jacksonville, Florida.

He will be married on September 12 to Dawn Sanders, a Senior Credit Officer at Community and Southern Bank in Vinings, and they will live in Symrna. Dean has three grown children: Charlie, an attorney for the Peace Corp in the Philippines, Conner, a salesman for United Wines in Atlanta, and Lucy, a Psychology Emergency Counselor in Asheville, North Carolina, and an Outdoors Guide for Moondance Outfitters, Inc.

Dean’s hobbies include cello, canoeing, backpacking, and cycling, which he does with Dawn as much as possible.

Hear Father Dean's first sermon at St. Catherine's on August 2 -- go the "Sermons" page of our website at

Photos below by Bill Ivey from the photo album Father Dean's 1st Sunday - Aug. 2, 2015; #2 below shows Father Dean with his finacee, Dawn, and her daughter Caroline.

Space still available for Parish Retreat

September 4-7

It’s for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families! 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. Our retreat will be at Lake Logan Conference Center 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. You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at

To sign up please see our registration form at For any questions or information about scholarships please contact Ginny Lummus,, 770-845-1742.

Reception to welcome Youth Director Sally Paris

Sunday, August 9, 9:00 - 10:00 am

A reception will be held for Sally Paris, our new Director of Youth Ministries, between the services on August 9. Please join us to meet Sally and welcome her to our St. Catherine’s family. Our traditional sheet cake will be provided and you are welcome to contribute finger foods to share by dropping them off in the kitchen (prepared and ready to serve) prior to 9:00 am Sunday morning.

July Vestry Highlights

by Daniel Mikkelsen, Junior Warden

Traditionally the Vestry does not meet during July, but given the Rector Transition we held three called meetings this month: Tuesday, July 7, Sunday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 14.

July 7 – The Vestry received an update from the team who interviewed the two candidates for Interim Rector. Next steps were discussed and agreed upon for the Senior Warden to follow up with the Canon to the Ordinary as well as the candidate.

July 12 – The Vestry received consulting from the Canon to the Ordinary, Alicia Shuster-Weltner, on the recommended process for conducting the search for our next permanent Rector. A majority of the materials can be found at . Some of the highlights of recommendations from the Diocese include:

  • A Nominating (ie. Search) Committee size of twelve members matching the size of our Vestry
  • The Vestry will be responsible for selecting members of Search Committee.
  • One of the first tasks of the Search Committee will be working with the parish to complete an updated Parish Profile. Our current website will be an asset to leverage in completing this Profile. The Bishop encourages pictures to be used in the Profile.
  • The Diocese has a survey tool to gather input and feedback from all of our Parishioners which Canon Shuster-Weltner recommends for use in developing our Parish Profile.
  • The Search Committee will nominate up to three candidates to the Vestry.
  • The Vestry will visit with and conduct final interviews of the nominees, then elect the new Rector
  • The Bishop provides consent of the chosen candidate before the election.

July 14 – The Vestry prayed together and held a thorough discussion on the process for selecting the Search Committee. After consultation with Canon Shuster-Weltner, the Vestry decided to take time to reflect and pray on nominations and the process for selecting members to committee. The Vestry will participate in the Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting on Tuesday, August 11. Currently, the Vestry’s next planned meeting is a full day on Saturday, August 22 for their summer day retreat.

Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting

Tuesday, August 11

The next Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting will be August 11 in the Parish Hall, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. This meeting is for leaders of all ministry teams, groups and committees of our parish, please be sure to have representative attend. Our purpose is to provide a forum for information exchange between the conveners, staff, Clergy, Vestry and all ministry leaders.

At this meeting, we will hear from Rev. Dean Taylor, our Interim Rector, and Ms. Sally Paris, our Youth Director. We’ll also get an update on The City, space planning, permanent rector search, Ministry Fair and the parish retreat. We’ll also have time allotted for questions and separate ministry team breakout meetings. Anyone interested in the ministry of our parish is welcome to attend.

Come to Christian Formation Sunday

August 16, 9 - 10:30 am

By Tanya Bowers-Dean

Christian Formation Sunday will be on Sunday, August 16th from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. This event is a new thing we are doing where we invite people to come have a brief, sacred experience of being formed as a Christian in some of the special ways that happen at church.

The Christian Formation Ministry at St. Catherine’s is a big tent! Here are the ministries that are included:

  • Children’s ministries (including Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, VBS, etc.)
  • Youth ministries (including Journey to Adulthood)
  • Adult ministries (Sunday morning classes, EFM, book studies, Cursillo, etc.)
  • Music (Adult Choir, Choristers, Jubilate, Concert Series, etc.)
  • Lay Readers
  • Altar Guild
  • Acolytes
  • Flower Guild
  • Needlework Brigade

On Christian Formation Sunday, we invite you to participate in a representative sample of this bounty of ministries. We will be highlighting five areas: 1) Caring for and Serving at the Altar, 2) Making Music, 3) Stories of the Good Shepherd, 4) Fun with the Youth, and 5) Body Prayer.

The focus of this event is to start people thinking about the questions: “What does it mean to be formed as a Christian?” and “How are you formed as a Christian?” These are deep questions and this is our starting point for diving into them!

NOTE: These ministries will not have sessions at the August 23rd Ministry Fair, other than to process in the parade of ministries and have volunteer signup sheets. For 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 2015: Stepping Forward in FaithFULL Ministry

Sunday, August 23 - One worship service ONLY at 9:00 am

  • 8:00 am- Meet & Greet with Father Dean - Continental breakfast will be available... All are welcome!
  • 9:00 am - ONE Worship Service only today! Join us in worship and be in community with this wonderful congregation. Banners of all our many ministries will join the opening procession. The sermon this day will be a wonderful dialogue on "Why do I serve?" with Fr. Dean and Volunteer Coordinator Pat Pepper.
  • 10:30 am -12:00 pm - Your choice of workshops in three sessions featuring many of the St. Cat's ministries (nursery available for children age 7 and under) -- You can join Fellowship for a wine tasting, learn how you can serve through our many Outreach ministries, be informed about how you can be a part of the upkeep of our Facilities, Grounds, and Technology ministry, learn about "The City" communications tool, and many, many other opportunities to learn about what makes this such a vibrant parish!
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch provided for everyone (no RSVP, no charge) -- our way of saying Thank You to everyone, serving and sharing our many talents and gifts.

Join us! Don't miss it!


Stepping Forward

by Pat Pepper

"Stepping Forward in Faith-Full Ministry" is the theme of this year's Ministry Fair, and what a fitting theme for ministry at St. Catherine's! When I hear “stepping forward” I am instantly flooded with many images of how we, the children of God meet the challenge of stepping forward.

Is your style to approach life with caution, taking baby steps, perhaps even on your tip toes, forward movement, but with caution. Or are you a 'skipper'? When you step forward do you have so much joy in your heart that your forward motion is skipping? Perhaps you are a 'giant step' kind of person. Do you cover as much space as you possibly can with everything that you do? And then we have the 'runner' getting as much done in the shortest amount of time as possible. None of these are wrong -- each of these are ways to step forward and if we are doing that in faith-full ministry so many great things will happen.

Are you someone that has just needed a break and have taken your time stepping forward? Or are you wanting to serve in a different way? Perhaps you are new to St. Catherine's and you just don't know how and where to serve. How can we help you step forward and become engaged in faith-full ministry? The Ministry Fair is a great place to start, regardless of the size of your step!

Can you imagine how full and productive all of our ministries would be if everyone took a just a baby step?

Cats On Wheels

Saturday, August 15 -- Day trip to Rome, Georgia

Join Cats On Wheels to take a day trip to visit Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum in Rome (Georgia!). RSVP soon for trip details to Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. (Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, we invite you to join us!)

Calling and Caring Ministry – Come join us

By Tom Hunter

The Calling and Caring Ministry began in 2014. Our original goal was to contact members of St, Catherine’s who we had not seen recently to find out how they were doing and to stay in touch. Our ministry has expanded beyond the original goal. In our calling we discovered several members who are physically unable to attend Church. We have been working with the Lay Eucharistic Visitors to bring Communion to these parishioners. In addition, we uncovered the need for transportation to Church and other activities. To answer this need, we have organized The St. Cat’s Rides Ministry with a group of volunteers who can provide transportation when needed.

If you think you might want to join any aspect of this ministry, come and find out. We will be having our next meeting on Thursday, August 13, at 7:00 PM in the Deacon’s Room across from the Library. You may also sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin

Apply for grants from Great Oak Endowment Fund         

Proposals due by Sunday, August 30

The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas: capital needs of the parish; outreach ministries and grants; or initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects.

For 2015, $1,500 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for this cycle is Sunday, August 30, 2015.

For complete details of requirements, please pick up a copy of the RFP (Request For Proposal) document at church or download one now at For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Tom Blackstock or Junior Warden Daniel Mikkelsen or email

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 25

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. One pint of blood can save up to three lives!

Our next blood drive will be on August 25, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are never required, all donors are always welcome on the day of the event.)

Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Men's Night Out

Tuesday, August 25 at Craft Beer Factory and The Wing

All men of the parish are invited to an evening out for beer tasting starting at 6:30 pm at The Craft Beer Factory in Eastlake Shopping Center. Cost is $5 for 5 pours and you can choose any of the 45 beers on tap. After the beer tasting, we will walk next door at 7:30 pm to The Wing for "Double Down" Tuesday (buy 10 wings, get 10 free!).

RSVP is required. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Hans Kraeger ( The Craft Beer Factory and The Wing are located at 2145 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062, see and

Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Visitor?

Training Saturday, 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

Christian Formation Library now at church

In loving memory of Eileen Motter, a long-time member of St. Catherine’s, we offer a special library of some of her books in Christian Formation. These books have now been added to the Parish Library room. Woody and Ralph Patrick reorganized the room over the summer and, with Linda Scott’s transfer of the books from her home, have graciously found space for a complete bookcase to house this collection at church. Everyone is invited to browse our Parish Library, always open in the office wing downstairs from the parish office, whenever you have a chance. All books are available to check out and take home.

-> See a list of these books at

Eileen Motter was the consummate Christian educator for all ages for over thirty years at St. Catherine’s and other churches in the Diocese of Atlanta. She was also a founding and dedicated member of the diocesan Christian Education Coordinators group that met monthly for over 26 years. Eileen passed away on November 27, 2010, and her husband Roger and son Dean have donated her book collection to St. Catherine’s. We hope you enjoy Eileen’s books and all the resources in our Parish Library!

Many thanks to Linda Scott, Woodie Patrick and Ralph Patrick for their dedication to maintaining our library.

Mothers of Pre Schoolers (MOPS) begins September 2

By Julie Fulcher

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!

EFM: Education For Ministry

New class begins September 10

In the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, we look 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); you register for 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. 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. 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. 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 story of the church can be both violent and mesmerizing, and is also important in figuring out just where you are today.
  • The fourth year ties the church to the real world. Each year has a different overall theme.

A new EFM class 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.


Saturday, August 8: Day of Service

Opportunties for all ages

  • Young Families Service Project and End of Summer Party – Come serve and swim with Young Families! We will meet from 9:30-10:30 am at the St. Cat's labyrinth to do some much-needed weeding, and then caravan to John and Julie Fulcher's neighborhood pool for a cookout and cooling off until 2:30 pm. Our Young Families group is for parish families with children under 12. Contact Ina Bachmann,, for more info or to be added to the Young Families’ news list.
  • Youth House clean up – 9 am - 12 noon at the Youth House. All invited! Contact Youth Director Sally Paris for details,
  • The Garden women & children’s shelter in Smyrna – 10 am to 12 noon. The Garden is a Christian shelter for homeless women and children. We will treat the ladies to a fun morning of jewelry making led by Tami Mace. If you would like to help with making jewelry, set up, coffee, or fellowship, please contact Harriett at For more information on The Garden please see their website at

Family Promise news

Benefit concert: “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.

“Good Shepherd” notecards available to benefit FPCC

Parishioner Richard Pearson's painting of "The Good Shepherd" (on display in the Catechesis wing, see left) is now available on notecards. The price is $5 for 6 notecards with envelopes, profits will be donated to Family Promise of Cobb County.

They are available on Sundays at church between services or by emailing your order to

Volunteer trainings

Training for Family Promise volunteers are every 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next training is scheduled for August 11 at East Cobb UMC from 7 to 9 pm. Please register by contacting

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

"Fall into Fashion" Benefit Luncheon

Sunday, August 30, 1-3 pm

By Lee Ann Sherry

Join us on Sunday, August 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Parish Hall for a mother / daughter Fashion Show, Ladies Luncheon and Silent Auction to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults. Fall fashions from Dress Barn and Gymboree will be modeled by many of our own St. Catherine's ladies and "young" ladies! Bring your moms, daughters, grandmothers, aunts & special friends. All ages are welcome! All proceeds benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults, a shelter for homeless teens.

Tickets are $15, reservations are recommended. Please contact Lee Ann Sherry at 770-815-5299, or for tickets or additional information.

Communities In Schools

As the new school year begins Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC ) is actively seeking volunteers to work with students K-12 in the Marietta City and Cobb County schools to serve as mentors, tutors, and literacy volunteers. At CISMCC our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Please contact Patty Yohn at 678-503-0901 or to find out how you can help. Groups are welcome as well as individuals. Learn about their many efforts in our community at


St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarships awarded

We are so proud of our rising college freshmen! On August 2 we awarded the annual college book scholarships to six of our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education.

Lauren Barber, Georgia College & State University

Elizabeth Blackstock, Ole Miss University

Nigel Blackwood, University of Pennsylvania

Marshall Jones, Chattahoochee Tech

Noelle Mace, Kennesaw State University

Cody Pitts, University of South Carolina Honors College

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, mother of Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from parish picnics and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented 127 scholarships for a total of $24,650.00. 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.

Seen around St. Cat's

It was a warm night but we kept cool with barbecue and all the fixings prepared by the Men's Friday Bible Study group, and all-time favorite movie, The Princess Bride. Photos by Bettye Harris -- see the album at Friendly Faces - Summer 2015.

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:

  • August 10-16: Service & Outreach Ministry Team – This week we celebrate the life and work of the Service & Outreach Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To encourage and empower each person to joyfully serve our community.” For information on how to get involved please contact convener Harriett Pyburn,
  • August 17-23: The Six Ministry Teams – This week we celebrate the life and work of our six Ministry Teams which are organized around the six Goals of St. Catherine’s to lead our parish committees to carry out all our programs and ministries. Each week we celebrate the work of one of the Ministry Team committees and invite you to learn more. A quarterly meeting is held for all ministry leaders. Pick up a copy of our Ministry Directory at the annual Ministry Fair, or year round from the literature rack in the foyer, to learn about all our opportunities for you to be involved in the life and work of St. Catherine’s.


A Message from the Morichs

By Colleen Morich

When Peter and I first entered St. Catherine’s front door, it took Peter two minutes to make this comment, “We’re going to get married here!” My response was similar, but different… I found myself singing, “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place!” We both knew we were in our church home.

Several years later, our experience with our Marriage Journey 1 group, studying the Marriage Journey book in lieu of Fr. Jim’s private counseling for us, led us to include each of those dear folks from our MJ1 group in our wedding – greeting, reading, preaching, singing, ushering and serving. The 11 o’clock church service on May 21, 2006, was our wedding, and we cherished having all of our St. Catherine’s friends at the service and the reception afterwards in the Parish Hall.

Peter and I have decided to move our church membership to The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, which is very near our home in Decatur; and we want to make sure all of you at St. Catherine’s know how much we value your love and friendship.

So, when we looked for a church home in Decatur, we wanted to find another church that exudes the loving, caring, service-minded, inclusive, generous, God-centered attitudes that we cherished at St. Catherine’s. Thank you all for setting such a fantastic example. We will not say, “Good-bye,” but just “We hope to see you again soon!” Please let us know when you are in the Decatur area and have time to get together. There are lots of great restaurants in walking distance from our home. May the Lord be with You!

St. Catherine’s,

The generous donation of $942 in the second quarter was greatly appreciated by Episcopal Relief and Development. I am so proud to call this my church home, you can’t imagine. The concern of our Outreach is unbelievable and what a generous sign to give to the 75 th anniversary celebration of ERD, remembering back to its founding during dark days of Nazi Germany when displaced people who were able to escape were given a new chance in the US through help of Episcopal Relief and Development (formerly known as Presiding Bishop’s Fund). Just last summer thousands of young children at the south Texas border were helped by the Church as they escaped the war-torn countries of Nicaragua and Honduras.

Blessings all,

Janet Livingston, Atlanta Diocesan Coordinator, Episcopal Relief & Development

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

  • The Center for Family Resources on July 16, for in-kind contribution of 2,074 breads and sweets. [by Bread Delivery Ministry]
  • Episcopal Relief and Development on July 7, for $942.29 to Nepal Earthquake Response Fund and 75 th Anniversary Fund.
  • Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County on July 1, for 150 books to the Summer Book Drive. [by Vacation Bible School]

Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Beth Sandoval, “in memory of my mother, Audrey Alvarado, for giving birth to me 64 years ago.”
  • Ellis & Claudia Kilgore, in thanksgiving for their new granddaughter, Hope.
  • Bruce Perry, in memory of his father, Charles Perry.


Photography exhibition: 75 years of service to a hurting world

August 13–31 at Cathedral of St. Philip: In celebration of Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th Anniversary, the Cathedral of St. Philip will host the organization’s traveling photo exhibition this month, Thursday, August 13 through Monday, August 31. Featuring 33 iconic photos of Episcopal Relief & Development’s work around the globe, the exhibition leads viewers through a vivid, intimate exploration of the organization’s history and programs. In compelling images and insightful descriptions, the photo exhibition builds meaningful connections to Episcopal Relief & Development’s four core program areas: alleviating hunger, promoting health, creating economic opportunities and responding to disasters. Photos come from five continents and were chosen from over 20,000 images by curator Johanna Lehan, who has worked for The New Yorker and Newsweek.

Episcopal Relief & Development works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs that utilize local resources and expertise. The Cathedral is located at 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Drying fresh herbs
    To dry fresh herbs quickly, wash and place them between paper towels, then microwave on the highest setting for two to three minutes. If they are not yet dry, run the microwave for another 30 to 60 seconds and check again. Repeat until herbs are dry and crumbly. Date and store out of the light in a cool, dry place. Use dried herbs within one year for best flavor. They are more potent and concentrated than fresh, so just 1 teaspoon dried equals 1 tablespoon fresh for equal strength and zest. Source:
  • Youth and driving
    It is a fact that young drivers crash more often than older drivers, and with worse consequences. Experts say there are eight “danger zones” that can increase the risk for young drivers: inexperience; not using seat belts; driving with other teen passengers; nighttime driving; and driving while distracted, drowsy, reckless, or impaired. Parents can help when it comes to youth safety on the road. As a first step, parents can be sure kids follow restrictions and graduated driving laws. Not using a cell phone and limiting the number of teenage passengers when driving are important messages to share with young drivers. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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; Zach Hurley.

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

DECEASED: William Charles Glidden, Meg Boyd’s father; Sheridan Lytle, Susan Cromer’s uncle; Stephanie Ballard, friend of Candice Selby; Rob Harrington, friend of the Selbys; Allison Fruits, sister of the Starrs’ and Selbys’ neighbor. Bob Estes, friend of the Selbys.

SURGERY: Tom Snead

SICK: Beth Pickles, Bruce Woodlan, Poula Thompson, Alan Certain, Maureen Donoghue, Nancy Burnough, Trisha Bennett, Barbara Kaighn, Guy Adams, Libby Taylor, Rachel Childs, Marion Cook, Mit FitzSimons, Bella Hutto, Susan Martin, Evan Butler, Elaine Welk, Anita Gardner.

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/13) Allen & Susan Jablonski; (8/14) Jim & Deborah Weigel; (8/18) Eric & Deana DeLaBarre.

BIRTHDAYS: (8/9) Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Alison Adams, Robbie Roy, Bill Hutton, Juliet Glass, (8/11) Julie Brannock, Christy Jones, (8/12) Ginny Pierce, (8/13) Donna Hutton, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, (8/15) Keith Muckerman, Owen Snape, (8/16) Kellen Pierce, (8/17) Chase Hutton, (8/18) Cary Philips, (8/19) Sean Oliffe, (8/20) Laura Burzen, (8/21) Jim Kareken, Michelle Parisi.

(8/9) James, Susie, Ann, & Helen Davis; Tom & Shirley Day; Judy Dechar; Eric & Deana DeLaBarre; Ken & Nancy Denton.
(8/16) Michael, Rebeccah & Riley Devault; Stan & Dani Dickson; Steve & Kitty Diffley; Althea, Barry & Ashlee Wilson Dillard; Michael Dillson.

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

To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

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, 8/8 Saturday, 8/15


Stephen Leaders
Youth House Cleanup
YF Service & Pool Party
Day of Service@ The Garden


Christian Formation
Sunday, 8/9 Sunday, 8/16


Holy Eucharist
Welcoming Reception
Holy Eucharist
God & Life Program
Youth Commission Retreat


Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry Lunch
God & Life Program
The Extension Dinner

Monday, 8/10 Monday, 8/17

Boy Scouts


Women's Book Study
Preschool Open House
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 8/11 Tuesday, 8/18

9:30 AM

Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Fellowship Committee
Ministry Teams Quarterly

Preschool Begins
Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 8/12 Wednesday, 8/19


Wheel Newsletter Deadline

Thursday, 8/13 Thursday, 8/20
Father Dean's day off
Preschool Work Day
Calling & Caring Ministry
HR Committee
Father Dean's day off
Friday, 8/14 Friday, 8/21

Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Work Day
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Amma Susan's day off
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, August 23 – One service ONLY at 9 am, Ministry Fair 10:30 am, Parish Picnic 12 pm
  • Tuesday, August 25 – Blood Drive 3-7 pm; Men's Night Out at Craft Beer Factory/The Wing, 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 29 – Family Promise benefit concert at Unity North, 7 pm
  • Sunday, August 30 – Music Sunday
  • 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


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online


Youth Day of Service

Saturday, August 8, 9:00-12:00 in the Youth House – Please join is as we clean up and organize the Youth House for a new school year. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work!


Diocesan Youth Day Retreat: Filled to be Emptied

Saturday, August 29 at All Saints Atlanta -- Youth from around the diocese will all gather at 10 am – 5pm in Atlanta on this day. The focus of the retreat will center around hunger and what it means to be called to serve those in need and to reach our hands out into our communities. Join us for a day of worship, fellowship, service, programming for young adults, and even special programming for Youth Workers! All rising 6th thru 12th graders and college-age young adults are encouraged to attend. The cost is a $5 donation (scholarships available). If you are interested in going please let me know so that we can plan for transportation. If you have not registered already, you may still attend, you are just not guaranteed a shirt.


Sign up for St. Cat’s Youth text announcements

Just text your class code to 81010 -- see the image at right for the class codes (click to enlarge). Please note that the codes did not change from last year, but the classes did! You will ONLY receive text messages from the Director of Youth Ministries and can opt out at any time.


Do you have a design for the youth program?

We will be following the lead of the Diocese and will begin using “St. Cat's EYC” instead of Youth. EYC stand for Episcopal Youth Community and helps to set us apart as Episcopalians and united us with other churches in the Diocese. I would love to come up with a new logo this year and need your help to do that. If you have a logo idea please email it to Sally! Please include St. Catherine's (or Cat's) EYC in the design!!


Youth pics

July 29 fun evening and meeting Sally! See the album at WNL Get to know Sally!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 21
  • September 4
  • September 18

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

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Editor: Karen Manno
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