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.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 19 - October 2, 2015

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Now on The City
Rector Transition
Adult Wednesdays
Concert Series
Newcomer coffee
Blessing of the Animal
Low Country Boil
Cats On Wheels
Wheeler Chorus
Cathedral Book Store

Family Promise
School supplies

Wedding congrats
God & Life Program
Vestry highlights
Volunteer Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Women's retreat
Health tips

Thanks for chairs
Youth cook
You(th) help
Walk The Road
New Beginnings



9/19 – Cats On Wheels @ O’Charleys

9/20 – The Extension dinner

9/22 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

9/23 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

9/27 – Visitor & Newcomer Coffee

9/27-10/4 – Family Promise hosting

9/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

9/30 – Youth & Explorers WNL;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

10/1 – Wheeler Chorus

10/2 – Cats On Wheels @ Botanical Gardens;
Preschool Fall Festival

10/3 – Blessing of the Animals

10/4 – Cathedral Book Store

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Now on The City

By Tad Travis

St. Catherine's is now live on The City! The City is St. Catherine's new online system for engaging, communicating, and interacting with one another and with our ministry teams. We are going to use The City as our parishioner roster and our event RSVP system. But more significantly, it will be our system for extending the way that we engage and communicate with one another.

Since we opened the application to St. Catherine's on September 8, over sixty of you have activated your accounts, joining the one hundred plus parishioners already using the system. In the coming weeks we will meet with ministry teams, helping them learn how to manage their work and events.

Once you've accepted the invitation email and created your account and profile, you can use these ways to get to The City:

We have established five small-group training classes in September and October for people who want extra assistance. Dates coming up are Sunday, September 20, 12:30 - 2 pm; Tuesday, September 22, 10 - 11:30; Sunday, October 4, 12:30 - 2 pm; Sunday, October 11, 12:30 - 2 pm. Please log on to The City or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin for our training dates.

We welcome your feedback on The City over the next several weeks. Please contact Tad Travis in The City or at to share your thoughts about how to improve the experience.

Adult parish members: if you did NOT receive your invitation to The City please contact the church office or email Alison Travis, Rose Wolfe or Karen Manno Youth 13 & up will be added in the coming week.

Rector Transition update

By Tom Blackstock, Senior Warden

The Vestry continues to work through the transition process. We have met nine times over the last several weeks to establish the search committee for our new rector. We considered the generous guidance provided by the Diocese that helped us consider the many different groups, activities and demographics within our parish. We also looked at all the members of our parish that we felt would bring unique gifts to the process and help to represent the breadth and depth of who St Catherine’s really is. Given all of this input, the Vestry developed a list of potential committee members and we’re now in the process of talking with them to form the committee. I anticipate the committee will be set in the next two weeks. At the same time, the Bishop has assigned The Very Rev Rob Wood, Rector at St Aidan’s in Alpharetta, as our diocesan consultant for the search process. I’ve talked with Father Rob and we will schedule a meeting of the Vestry, Father Rob and the search committee as soon as possible to begin their work. The chairperson of the search committee will be selected by the Vestry and will be responsible for updating the Vestry and the parish frequently on their progress. As I said in a previous article, this is a confidential process, but not a secret process. The search committee will be working on the parish profile, conducting meetings to gain input from parishioners, conducting surveys, reviewing candidates and ultimately make a recommendation to the Vestry. This will not be a quick process and from everything I’ve read on the subject, we don’t want to rush to a decision. It is a very deliberate and methodical process that is designed to ensure that we reach the right decision on our next rector.

We will continue to offer opportunities for input from everyone in the parish 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 would like to contact me directly, please email me at or you may contact Daniel Mikkelsen, Jr. Warden, at You may also contact any of our Vestry members in the many meetings we participate throughout the month. [See the "Vestry Highlights" article below in this newsletter]

Please continue to pray for our search and transition: 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.

Wednesday Night Live dinner and programs

New schedule this year!

Wednesday programs and dinner have begun for Youth and Explorers. Here is this year’s schedule -- join us for any or all portions of the evening! (No meeting on September 23 due to Cobb Schools fall break.)

  • Dinner: 5:45-6:30 pm
  • Youth & Explorers: Choice of either games & study hall 6:30-7:00 pm OR Choristers rehearsal 6:15-7:00 pm,
    followed by WNL (Wednesday Night Live) programs 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Adults: (starts October 7) “TV Gospel: From Andy Griffith to Modern Family” 6:30-7:30 pm; Chancel Choir rehearsal (ongoing) 7:15-8:45 pm

Wednesday night dinners - reservations & dinner passes

Be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office by Tuesday 5 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults & youth, $3 children (maximum $25 per family), or take advantage of our new dinner passes for youth & kids! Families can save with a dinner pass for the fall semester: 8 weeks for $40 for youth / $25 for kids 11 & under. These passes are good for 3 weeks of the month: on first Wednesdays the dinners are a fund raiser with donations accepted toward the Youth program. Purchase the passes on Wednesday Night or in your bulletin -- please make checks to St. Catherine’s with “WNL dinner” and your child's name in the memo line.

First Wednesdays benefit Youth

New this year -- 1st Wednesday of each month is a fund raiser for our Youth program. Youth families will provide the food and youth will cook! This will give our hardworking WNL dinner chefs a little break, and donations these evenings will benefit the class responsible: October 7 - YA; November 4 - J2A; December 2 - Rite 13; January 6 - Seniors. Thank you!

New Wednesday Nights for adults begins October 7

“TV Gospel: From Andy Griffith to Modern Family”, led by Father Dean

Join us weekly at 6:30 pm for a new series on Wednesday evenings! Over the years the great classic TV sitcoms have made us laugh, and made us think as well. What does Andy Griffith’s trust in Opie teach us about faith? What does Raymond’s impromptu funeral for a hamster teach us about death and grief? What does Kramer’s outrageous honesty suggest about “speaking the truth in love”?

Join your friends each week as we watch a 20-minute episode (without commercials!) from such classics as Seinfeld, Modern Family, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, and even The Simpsons. We'll discuss life issues that arise and, always, the “Good News” that is at the heart of all great comedy. Facilitator for our weeks together will be The Rev. Dean Taylor.

Dinner is served also -- see the WNL dinner information above. Be sure to make your reservation each week that you will dine with us: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office by Tuesday 5 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults & youth, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) See you there!

St. Catherine’s 2015-2016 Concert Series -- Fourth season announced

First concert Thursday, October 29

Now in our fourth season! Join us for these concerts in our 2015-2016 series. All programs are free with no tickets needed, held in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. Please reserve these dates on your calendar now, and invite family and friends!

  • Thursday, October 29, 7:30 pm: Skylark presents “Lieder + Love Songs,” directed by Matthew Guard
    This group is not to be missed! Skylark is a nationally renowned professional choral group, based in Boston and Atlanta. A smaller ensemble of the main group will sing an entirely a capella program for us from the American Songbook. Skylark will appear at Spivey Hall in May 2016, as part of Spivey Hall’s 25th Season.
  • Saturday, December 12, 7:30 pm: Maggie Taylor, Soprano
    The Friends of Music had the pleasure of hearing Maggie sing at our opening reception last September. She is the Youth Artist director for Act3 Playhouse in Sandy Springs and is Dr. Jana Williams’ assistant choral director at Walton High School. A graduate of Samford University, Maggie is becoming well known around the south for her roles in opera and musical theatre. She will sing a program of seasonal music, both popular and classical, and bring along some friends for duets and trios.
  • Saturday, February 20, 7:30 pm: Atlanta Guitar Trio
    The Atlanta Guitar Trio, which performed to a large audience at St. Catherine’s in 2013, is back for a return engagement. The group, whose repertoire spans more than four centuries from the 1500s to the present, plays guitars plus a wonderful variety of stringed instruments including lutes, mandolins, and theorbo.
  • Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm: Hannah Harris and Friends: An Evening of Celtic Music
    Hannah Harris, a senior in violin performance at Furman University, is well known to St. Catherine’s Church in performance and as a parish member. Her studies have led to a passion for Celtic music. She will bring a band of friends for a delightful program influenced by her recent studies in Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton.

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a Friends of Music reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Mail to the church office at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068. Donations are tax deductible.

Newcomer and Visitor Coffee: All are welcome

Sunday, September 27, 10:15 am

By Bettye Harris

Our next Newcomer and Visitor Coffee is scheduled for Sunday, September 27 in the Parish Hall at 10:15 am (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to an informal gathering with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Please join us for coffee, fruit, pastries, and conversation about our programs & ministries. Feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. Please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) if you have questions or if you would like to assist.

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 3 at 10 am

Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 am on the pavers/lawn in front of the church. Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures. We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions plus some fun and favorite songs including our Choristers.

Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided. Our collection this day will benefit Humane Society of Cobb County, whose mission is to promote humane welfare and responsible animal guardianship through educational community outreach, shelter, and spay/neuter programs. You can get information about them at

Low Country Boil – Saturday, October 17

Get tickets soon!

By Elizabeth Lopez

Please join us for an evening of food, fun and dancing at the annual Low Country Boil on October 17 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We supply the shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, beer, wine, tea, dessert, and a DJ. You bring your appetites and dancing shoes. The event is open to adults 21 and older. Tickets are $17.50 per person and will be on sale at church starting Sunday, September 20 until we sell out. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.)

Any proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Stop Hunger Now. Please contact Elizabeth or Fred Lopez at for more information or to sign up to be part of the awesome kitchen staff.

Cats on Wheels at "Light In The Garden"

Friday October 2, RSVP

Join Cats On Wheels for their next even-month outing. We will go to the “Munro: Light in the Garden” display at Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Friday, October 2 (the show closes the next day). A limited number of tickets are available for just $12.00. RSVP right away on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. Shared transportation will depart from St. Catherine’s this date at 6:00 pm. See details about the show at

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you’re invited to join us!

Wheeler High School Chorus at St. Catherine's

Thursday, October 1

St. Catherine's will host the chorus of our Holt Road neighbor, Wheeler High School, for their fall concert at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary. Please come and hear the fine program the students of our community have prepared. We host a reception after the concert for the kids, in our great St. Catherine's welcoming tradition, which they always greatly enjoy. Free, no tickets needed.

Cathedral Book Store coming on October 4

By Linda Scott

Sue Davy from The Cathedral Book Store is returning to St. Catherine’s on Sunday, October 4. She will have lots of books and special items to purchase for yourself and for gifts (maybe thinking ahead to Christmas?). She will be arriving in the Parish Hall at 8 am and should be ready for sales about 8:15. Sue will be here until about 1:30 pm. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Best of all, the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to an outreach program of our choice. You can start taking a look through the Book Store's catalog now, online at


Family Promise hosting week is here

September 27 - October 4

By Eleanore Pearson and Diane Sanders

St. Catherine's will be hosting Family Promise of Cobb County in our church buildings from Sunday, September 27 to Sunday, October 4. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven for homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. The children go to school during the day and the adults go to work or to the Family Promise Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. For the seven nights of our hosting week they will return to our Parish Hall for their evening meal and then stay overnight and have breakfast in our Youth House. We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. It takes approximately 50-60 of our volunteers to staff the program for the week:

  • Setting up the Youth House (Sunday 9/27, 12:30 p.m.);
  • Preparing and serving dinner (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday breakfast (Oct. 3, 9:00 p.m.)
  • Hosting in the evening (also tutoring and playing games with children) (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Staying overnight (you do not have to stay awake...everyone says they get a good night’s sleep) (8:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.)
  • Clean-up and restore youth house (Sunday, 10/4, 8:00 a.m.)
  • Washing and returning the towels and sheets (can be done at your convenience any time after Sunday, October 4)

St. Catherine's hosts 4 weeks per calendar year and our next hosting week will be November 29 - December 6. Volunteer trainings are second Tuesdays each month at 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road, email to register for a date. If you'd like to volunteer or need additional information, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Diane Sanders, or Eleanore Pearson,

School supplies collection for high school level

Now through September 30

We are hosting a school supplies drive now through the end of September to benefit high school students working with Communities in Schools. Please place donated items at the Outreach collections area (across from the Parlor) in the bin marked "Communities in Schools School Supplies." Contact Harriett Pyburn, with questions. The items most needed are

  • 3 ring binders
  • college ruled paper
  • composition notebooks
  • backpacks


Wedding congratulations

"Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads."

Congratulations to Father Dean and Dawn Taylor, married at St. James Marietta on September 12! May God bless you richly! Photo by Bill Ivey

God & Life awards at St. Catherine's

By Dorothea Westin and Jeanette Dini

We would like to congratulate Alison Adams, Grace Adams, Emily Dini, Stephanie Gardiner, Isabel Lopez, Olivia Lopez, and Rebecca Westin on earning the “God & Life” Religious Award. Ellen Adams, Suzanne Gardiner and Dorothea Westin earned the Parent Mentor Award while Jeanette Dini earned the Counselor Award. This program took two months to complete and was a moving process for all who participated.

The God & Life Award program is offered through the international non-denominational group called P.R.A.Y. It crosses the bounds of all Christian faiths to help high school youth find their path with God’s guidance. The curriculum is based on the life of the Apostle Paul and describes how Paul encountered Christ and was changed forever. The overall course illustrates key elements in learning how to live one's life for Christ. This program is officially recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire USA, and the Girl Scouts of the USA as the religious awards program for youth in our church; and youth in those organizations are particularly encouraged to attend. In addition to participating in the meetings, the girls also deepened their relationship with Amma Susan, completed several family projects and participated in community outreach.

The P.R.A.Y. organization has a program for every level of students and their parents: God & Me (first and second grades), God & Family (third and fourth), God & Church (sixth to eighth grade) and finally God & Life for high school youth. Rebecca Westin has completed all four Awards programs and has earned the Four Star Award through P.R.A.Y.

We would like to congratulate all our St. Catherine’s Awardees. We look forward to more opportunities for P.R.A.Y. programs to be offered at St. Cat’s. You can learn more at . If you are interested in having your family participate please see Dorothea Westin.

Vestry Highlights - August & September meetings

By Daniel Mikkelsen, Jr. Warden

As I mentioned in the July Vestry Highlights update, we normally do not meet during July. Given the Rector transition however, the Vestry met three times in July, on the 7th, 12th and 14th. For August and September, the Vestry remained very active. Our meetings included:

  • August 11 – Quarterly Ministry Team Meeting was led by our Senior Warden, Tom Blackstock, and attended by several other Vestry members.
  • August 22 – Summer Retreat – All day offsite & dinner w/ spouses, clergy & staff
    • Morning Session - Priority Business:
      Diocesan Council Delegates Approved;
      Diocesan Pledge Approved at 10% (a tithe) of our 3 year average parish pledge totaling $73,319;
      Space Planning was discussed and a motion was passed to bring in an Architect, Randy Young, to provide a master planning recommendation;
      The schedule and speakers for 2016 Stewardship were discussed
    • Afternoon Session - Search Committee Deliberation:
      Vestry prayed and recommended candidates to be considered for Nomination to the Search Committee
  • August 27 – Search Committee Deliberation - Conference Call from 7-9 held to pray and discuss analysis done on the Search committee candidate pool.
  • August 30 – Search Committee Deliberation - An in person meeting was held by the Vestry between services. The Vestry prayed and reached agreement on an initial subset of Search Committee nominees.
  • September 1 – Search Committee Deliberation - An in person meeting was held on Tuesday evening from 7-9 PM. The Vestry prayed and reached agreement on the next set of Search Committee nominees.
  • September 15 – Regular Monthly Vestry Meeting
    • Randy Young, Architect, provided a preliminary review of a potential Master Planning initiative being considered
    • Bill Krupp, Senior Warden during the last Rector Transition, provided the Vestry insights on his experience and some words of wisdom including remembering that God is in Charge (eg. the story of the empty envelope received by Father Jim) and that this is time for lots of prayer.
    • The Vestry discussed an article on The Role of Leaders in Healthy Transitions as it relates to our current transition
    • Tom Blackstock provided updates on The City, Stewardship and the Budget Process
    • Proposals for disbursement of the Great Oak Endowment funds were discussed. $1,000 went to Fellowship for new tablecloths and $500 to the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund.
    • Search Committee Deliberation:
      The Vestry prayed, and reached agreement on the next set of Search Committee nominees.

As I have mentioned in prior updates, if you are interested in how the Diocese recommends parishes conduct the Rector transition process all the materials which the Vestry is using are available here: If you have questions, my email address is and Tom’s is

Volunteer Corner: In these words...

By Pat Pepper

I will let individuals far greater than me speak on Volunteering. Read their words, open your mind and your heart and then give me a call.

  • Throughout my life, I've seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people's lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer. — Jimmy Carter
  • We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. — Ghandi
  • Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. — Booker T. Washington
  • Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service. — Mother Teresa
  • In American society today, we need to have volunteerism. I truly believe that it is the glue that will hold us together and it will be the energy that will take us into the 21st Century. — Sen. Barbara Mikulski
  • There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up. — Bernard Meltzer
  • Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. So be swift to live, make haste to be kind. — Henri Frederick Amiel

Interested in finding your passion for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or to get connected!

Seen around St. Cat's

Parish Retreat

At the retreat, Labor Day weekend at Lake Logan, NC. Photos by Bruce Perry, Sally Paris & more -- see lots more below in this newsletter, and full size in the albums at Parish Retreat 2015 and Parish Retreat - Lake Logan.

The Word of God from the Christians of Lake Logan to their sisters and brothers at St. Catherine's:
Dear Beloved Ones: Be not afraid, trust God, leave “space” for the Holy Spirit to lead us, have faith in the community we have created, and remember our history and our loving, accepting community. We are the body of Christ. Stay true to our St. Catherine’s Mission Statement:
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.

Sunday, September 6

Thank you to Fr. Chris Hannum, our supply priest this day... (Photos by Bettye Harris)

Fall schedule change and Church School begins

By Bill Ivey

September 13 was the beginning of our Church School activities for the fall and the change to our school year schedule of three worship services. We commissioned our Christian Formation teachers at the 8:45 and 11:15 services. Many classes were full including a record 71 youth in a "get-to-know-you" exercise at the Youth House and a very full Catechesis program in the three atria. The Choristers sang at 8:45 and the Chancel Choir was back for the 11:15 service. A great kickoff to fall at St. Catherine's! Photos by Bill Ivey, see lots more in the album at All for Fall - 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:

  • September 21 - 27: Youth Readers — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Readers, mature youth grades 9-12 who are trained and scheduled on a rotating basis to read the second lesson at our 8:45 am Sunday service. Skills required include a willingness to practice, a desire to read God’s word, and a commitment to be in church. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Sally Paris, 770.971.2839,
  • Sept. 27 - October 4: Creation Care — This week we celebrate the life and work of Creation Care, which responds to the call to be good stewards and take care of the earth’s natural resources. Activities include recycling, education events, and sponsoring the annual Blessing of the Animals. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw 770.641.7022,


St. Catherine's Family,

Your comforting words, loving presence, cards and many acts of care have been a soothing balm for soul. I am very grateful for Amma Susan: she came into my mother's room at 4:30 pm September 11 and beautifully gave my mother, Ruth Jones, last rites. It was a sacred moment for all of us in the room and 30 minutes later my mother took her last breath. Bless you all for holding our family in prayer and for being the caring, giving people of God that you are. My mother had a full 93 years and left positive footprints everywhere she went.

Pat and Bob Pepper and the Family of Ruth Jones

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

  •  Family Promise of Cobb County on August 28, 2015, for donation of $500.


Women’s Day Retreat with Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright

Saturday, October 10 at St. Peter’s, Rome, Georgia

The Daughters of the King St. Francis Chapter at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia present a Women’s Day Retreat on Saturday, October 10, 9 am - 5 pm. The retreat is titled "Becoming Who I Am: On Being Obedient" and features speaker Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright. How can we be obedient to God as we experience the ups and downs, the messiness, the joys, and the travails of our lives? In this time together, we’ll reclaim that word, “obey” and realize that it is truly about becoming who we are, wholly and divinely-made, according to God’s dream for us. Additional activities may include: Gentle Chair Yoga, Art Therapy, Poetic Inquiry, and Evening Prayer. Beth-Sarah Wright, PhD is an author, inspirational speaker and retreat leader on spirituality and healing, well-known in the Atlanta diocese and beyond.

Cost is $35, payment at the door and includes breakfast & lunch. Open to all women everywhere. Call St. Peter’s to reserve your spot, 706-291-9111. The church is located at 101 E. 4th Ave, Rome, GA 30161 .


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

    Car crashes are the #1 cause of death for teens. The National Safety Council, in partnership with other organizations, now offers a comprehensive website with videos, resources, and interactive tools to support teen driving safety. You can even sign up for the Digital Driving Coach with free weekly lessons and tips to practice sent to you via email. Available in English and Spanish, check it out at
  • Time to remove trans fats
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is time for food companies to get rid of trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils). Although they have largely been phased out of most foods, the FDA says they are still a public health concern because they can raise “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol. Generally, you’ll find trans fats in processed foods such as frostings, pie crusts, biscuits, frozen pizza, and vegetable shortenings. The best way to know if a food has trans fats is to look at the ingredient list. Products with trans fats will have partially hydrogenated oils listed as one of the ingredients. Source: Food and Drug Administration

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: Ruth Jones, Pat Pepper’s mother.


SICK: Jennifer, & baby Delaney, Richard Oates, Mit FitzSimons, Susan Drouse, George Kastendike, Walt Whitton, Kathryn Webb, Pat Henegar, Wesley, Miranda & Bryson Denton, Roger & Louise, Beth Pickles, Ansley Woodard, Desiree Douglas, Eleanore, Jean England, Chris Sumsky Sr., Libby Taylor, Laurie Griffith, Bob & Helen Davis, Ashley Culley, Susan Thompson, Poula Thompson, Nancy Burnaugh, Bella Hutto, Susan Martin, Evan Butler, Elaine Welk, Anita Gardner, Tillie Carter.

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger, (9/25) Art & Susan Bayless, Ron & Connie Bergeron, Gary & Brenda Parker, Cam & Marti Graham. (9/30) Ed & Tracey Pitts, (10/2) Jim & Laurie Dirksen.

BIRTHDAYS: (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Eric De La barre, Arrevia Pierce, (9/21) Jay Hendricks, (9/22) Kevin Thomas, Jim Weigel, (9/23) Jim Greene, Oscar Price, Dennis Freeman, (9/24) Lauren Tear, Matt Hutton, Rebeccah Devault, (9/25) Bette Hamilton, Charles Mace, (9/26) Mel Paris, (9/27) Susan Martin, Beth Lee, Brenda Parker, (9/28) Maddock Jones, Art Gardner, (9/29) Pater Morich, Treholm Fahy, James owen, (9/30) Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Julia Denton, Nathan Tomchik, Nancy Perkins, Cole Nabinger, Richard Pearson, Sarah Jordan Clark, (10/2) Ansly Bayless, Sue Jones, David Yucius, Molly Johnson, (10/3) Isaac Hale.

(9/20) Barri Gehrand; Sonny & Gwen Gillispie; Jeffrey, Erin & Juliet Glass; Daniel, Lilibet, Megan, Ian & David Goldman; Michael, Alyson, Benjamin & Nicholas Goodstone.
(9/27) Cam & Marti Graham; Jim & Bobbye Greene; Matthew, Missy, Caroline & Audrey Greene; Roberta & Holly Griffin; Jason, Whitney, Austin, & Tyler Groff.

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, 9/19 Saturday, 9/26


CGS Level 1 Training
Cats On Wheels @O'Charley's


Sunday, 9/20 Sunday, 9/27


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
The City Training
Inviting God's Presence
The Extension Dinner


Family Promise Hosting
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
  / Jubilate
  / God & Life Presentation
Church School
Newcomer Coffee
Choral Holy Eucharist
The City Training
Inviting God's Presence
Private Party
Youth to Emmaus House

Monday, 9/21 Monday, 9/28


Cobb School Break
Preschool Closed

Women's Book Study
Kneeler Group
Boy Scouts


CGS - Catholic
Technology Group
Elizabeth Inn Dinner
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 9/22 Tuesday, 9/29


Bible Study
Morning Prayer
The City Training
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Space Planning
Christian Formation
Invitation Ministry

Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 9/23 Wednesday, 9/30

MUST Breakfast Team
Chancel Choir


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
WNL Dinner
MUST Laundry Team
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 9/24 Thursday, 10/1
Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study
Father Dean's day off
Cats On Wheels Trip
Men's Bible Study
Wheeler Chorus
Friday, 9/25 Friday, 10/2

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


Amma Susan's day off
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Preschool Fall Festival
Stephen Ministry New Class
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Saturday, October 17 – Low Country Boil, 6:30 pm (tickets required)
  • Thursday, October 29 - St. Catherine's Concert Series: Skylark, 7:30 pm (free, no tickets)
  • Thursday, November 19 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Temple Kol Emeth, 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog for MUST on the Marietta Square


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Thank you for chairs!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the youth program by donating to purchase new chairs for our growing group! Our first order was expected to arrive this week.


Wednesday Night Live continues on September 30

All youth in grades 6-12! If you plan to eat, please sign-up on The City or email Sally by Tuesday afternoon!

  • 5:45 PM - Dinner (Parish Hall)
  • 6:15 PM - Choristers Rehearsal
  • 6:30 PM - Games and Study Hall (Youth House)
  • 7:00-8:00 PM – Youth Programming (Youth House)

New this year is dinner passes – 8 dinners at $40 per youth, $25 children 11 and under (does NOT include youth sponsored Wednesdays). If you pay ahead for the semester youth will be taken care of through December and will only be expected to pay on the first Wednesday of the month when donations go to support the youth program. Regular weekly cost for youth without pass is $7.


Youth sponsored dinners

First Wednesday of each month for WNL! Youth families will provide the food and youth will cook. Donations will go to support the class responsible:

  • October 7 - Young Adults
  • November 4 - J2A
  • December 2 - Rite 13
  • January 6 - Seniors


How can You(th) help?

Sign up for these opportunities:

  • Thursday, October 1 – Wheeler High School Concert (serve cake/cookies/refreshments – volunteer from 7:15 PM-8:15 PM - contact Shirley Childs or Jennifer Massey for more details)
  • Sunday, October 4, 8:45 AM Service – Serve Baptism Cake after service (contact Amy Mikkelsen – volunteer for 30 minutes from 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM)
  • Saturday, October 17 Low Country Boil (Help “in the kitchen” or “clean up after event” – volunteer for a couple hours before the event or an hour after- contact Fred or Elizabeth Lopez for more details)


Emmaus House "Walk the Road" September 27

RSVP soon! An annual event hosted by Emmaus House. Come out to learn about the community of Peoplestown while doing some local service projects such as sorting food donations and packing meals. Youth will have the chance to do local service projects, walk Turner Field, and become more aware of the impact the demolition of Turner Field will have on the community of Peoplestown. Cost is $5 donation or $5 worth of canned goods. If you plan to attend please email Sally so she can get a head-count. Departure time from St. Catherine's TBA.


In the diocese

  • New Beginnings #34 - October 9-11

Sally will be leading music this fall, so it will be a great weekend for youth to engage in a Diocesan activity with the security of a familiar face! New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth grades 6-9. The program consists of songs, skits, films, tapes, talks (by youth and adults) and small group discussions, focusing on the subjects of Self, Friends, Siblings, Parents, School, God’s Love, Jesus and Prayer. New Beginnings 34 will be October 9-11 at Camp Mikell in north Georgia. Youth participants of the weekend do not have to be Episcopalians, but must come recommended through an Episcopal Church and have the backing of an adult sponsor that attends the weekend in full with the participant. Information and registration is online at

  • Happening #64 - November 20-22

Happening is a renewal weekend sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Adults attend as chaperons, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Happening Team, which facilitates the weekend experience, consists of young people and adults who are active members of their parish. Happening is open to all high school youth who have completed their first semester of freshman year. First time youth attending Happening come to the weekend as candidates. See details and registration at



Parish Retreat -- see lots more above in this newsletter, and in the albums at Parish Retreat - Lake Logan and Parish Retreat 2015 (photos by Sally Paris, Bruce Perry and ?)

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 2
  • October 14
  • November 6

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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: or 770-973-8668

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