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
October 17 - November 6, 2015

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Clergy Letter

New Consecration Sunday
All Saints
Blood drive
Concert: Skylark
The City
Daylight Savings ends
Minstry Teams Quarterly
WNL Town Hall
Advent reflections
Vestry nominations
Christmas trees/greens
Ecumenical Thanksgiving

October items: Pets
Laptops wanted
Family Promise thanks
School supplies success
Gobble Jog
Flood relief

Wedding congrats
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

MOS Concert
Aquarium discount

Cathedral Book Store
Health tips

Cool clothes
Council Lock-in
WNL dinners



10/17 – Low Country Boil

10/18 – Lay Stewardship talk;
The Extension dinner

10/21, 28, 11/4, 11, 18 – WNL dinner & programs

10/25 – Lay Stewardship talk ;
Christmas trees sales begin

10/27 – Blood drive;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team
10/28 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team and Dinner team

10/29 – Concert Series: Skylark

10/31 – Dismantling Racism training

11/1 – Daylight Savings Time ends;
All Saints Sunday

11/3 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

11/4 – WNL Town Hall

11/8 – New Consecration Sunday;
Celebration Brunches;
No Church School;
Vestry nominations due

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Rector’s Forum - Sunday, October 18

10:00-11:00 am (immediately following 8:45 service)

Join us during the Church School hour in the Parish Hall. Father Dean will be on hand to address your questions and concerns about the October 11 “protest incident” at the 8:45 Eucharist:

  • Why was St. Catherine’s chosen?
  • What were these people protesting?
  • What was it like for you and/or your children to witness these kinds of distressing activities?
  • Can it happen again? What is our Rector and Vestry doing to insure that these type of events will be met with similar firmness and resolve—and yet, remain the friendly, open parish we are called to be?
  • What can we do as parents? As a parish?


A Letter from the Senior Warden

By Tom Blackstock

Thanks be to God for the community of faith at St. Catherine's! You may have already seen messages, but I thought I should give you a summary of what occurred at St. Catherine's during Sunday morning services on October 11, and assure you that we are prepared for these situations.

At about 7:45 on Sunday morning, four or five people on the sidewalk with signs and a bullhorn were protesting the Episcopal Church. An individual was also in the sanctuary videotaping the service. One of our vestry members called the police and the dispatcher informed us that as long as they stayed on the sidewalk, they were within their rights. We offered coffee to the protesters and they declined. A couple of them came up to the front door where I met them and they asked me several questions related to our policies. I answered every question with our mission statement of welcoming all to worship at St. Catherine's. It was clearly upsetting to some parishioners, but we did our best to not let the protest affect our service.

As Father Dean began the worship service, he mentioned the protesters, recognized that it was upsetting to many and asked that we pray for the protesters. The individual in the sanctuary then stood and started shouting questions, quoting scripture and walking up the center aisle. Several of the men of the church confronted the man and I told him that he was welcome to attend our service as long as he was respectful of worship. He continued to shout and several men escorted him out of the service. In response to his statement that we were "throwing him out of our church", I stated repeatedly that he was welcome as long as he could be respectful of our worship. Shortly after we escorted him out, three Cobb County police officers showed up and informed the protesters that they were not to leave the sidewalk, they could not use the bullhorn and could not shout at our parishioners. The protesters stayed a few more minutes and then left and didn't return.

Although it was very disconcerting and challenging, I feel that we handled it appropriately as a people of faith and peace. The ushers, the vestry and many of the men of the church reacted to make sure that everyone was safe and that the individual could not continue to disrupt our worship service. I've notified the diocese of the situation and several have shared messages related to it. We'll continue to refine our procedures to make sure that we are vigilant and prepared for other situations that may occur.

Please feel free to contact me at or if you have specific questions or concerns. As always, I think this is another opportunity to live 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.


A Pastoral Letter From the Interim Rector: When Freedom of Speech Becomes Abusive

By Father Dean

When we bring our families to church, the last thing we expect to encounter is verbal abuse and hostility. Such was the case on Sunday, October 11 when parishioners arrived for the 8:45 Eucharist. The protesters outside, who used a bullhorn aimed at arriving parishioners, and a protester who disguised himself as a "newcomer" and disrupted the Eucharist, caused much distress to many of you. Perhaps most upsetting was the distress this caused to the many children who witnessed this. I have several important things to say about this incident.

First, I think that it's important to state clearly that what happened was verbal abuse. These protesters, who were protesting the Episcopal Church's tolerant stance on homosexuality, have the right to free speech. And, as Christians, we are obliged by our Biblical ethic to "welcoming the stranger." However, freedom of speech ends when it abuses others. Several parents reported that the man with the bullhorn shouted, "Shame on you Mommy for bringing your kids to this church," and several children were in tears. We spend a great deal of time and energy in the church in the protection of our children. This is no different. To be a "welcoming" church does not mean that we tolerate abuse of our members. Period.

Second, you need to know that I am proud of your Vestry and ushers as they reacted with firmness and graciousness during this incident. Further, you can be assured that both your Vestry and I will be codifying procedures for future possible incidents.

Third, this incident is a good opportunity to reflect on something we preach about but seldom see on a daily basis: there is a "cost" to following the Way of Jesus Christ. The Episcopal Church has prayerfully and courageously moved in the direction of justice and compassion on those who are homosexual in orientation. Jesus warns his disciples that their words will often bring out the worst in their listeners as well as the best. Sunday we saw that in action, and we felt a touch of the sting of rejection that many of our fellow Christians all over the world face daily.

Fourth, this incident offers us another opportunity to obey perhaps the most difficult command of Jesus, to "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matt.5:44 As we all prayed for those protesters that uncomfortable morning, and, as we shared the impromptu "Peace" with one another, and dried one another's tears, I was proud of the spiritual depth of this parish family.

I hope that the Peace that we shared that morning will continue. I hope that parents will listen to your children's feelings and fears about what they saw and heard, and assure them that they are safe in their Church, and that they are loved by God.

Finally, I hope that this will be a reminder that the God that we serve and the God that inspires our dear St. Catherine's is a God whose Love is far, far greater than any force out there in the world. Grace and Peace be with you, and I'll see you at Sunday worship!

New Consecration Sunday is coming

Mark Your Calendar for Sunday, November 8

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a Biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

St. Catherine’s Finance Committee has again selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year. New Consecration Sunday (NCS) is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship services on New Consecration Sunday, November 8, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. After each service, please plan to attend a celebratory brunch. Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on New Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend even if you are opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in NCS events through the NCS team and your Vestry. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend New Consecration Sunday worship. Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in New Consecration Sunday events.

Yours in Christ,
Stewardship Committee: Frank Adams, Rachal Bagby, Therese Braman, Jerry Scott & Tom Snead


Lay Stewardship Sermons Sundays, October 18 and 25

The season of stewardship has begun at St. Catherine's. Our tradition is to have members of the parish share their stories on two Sundays during this period. Don't miss the chance to hear from our own John Brooks as he takes the pulpit at all service times on Sunday, October 18. The following Sunday, October 25, the trio of Daniel Mikkelsen, Hans Kraeger, and Susan Jenkins will deliver their stories. Don’t miss them!


Stewardship reflections now available

St. Catherine's 2015 collection of reflections is now available, “Growing Our Faith Through Generosity,” a compilation of meditations on stewardship written in 2013 & 2014 by our own St. Catherine's members. You may pick up a booklet at church, read them on our website or subscribe to the series in daily emails -- read or subscribe now at

All Saints’ Sunday remembrances

Reply by Sunday, October 25

The Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 1 this year. On this date we would like to remember at the altar the saints in your lives. Please share with us both the names of people in your life who you have lost (whether last week or 25 years ago), and also those who grace your life in the here and now. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office with this information by Sunday, October 25.

Next blood drive Tuesday, October 27

Remember to join us at St. Catherine's for our blood drives throughout the year. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on October 27. Making an appointment is easy: go to and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are of course welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up.

Save time with Red Cross’ RapidPass!

The Red Cross has a new feature called RapidPass which allows you to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of home or office, reducing the time spent at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. Please note that RapidPass must be completed only on the day of the drive. If you leave the printed pass behind or can’t show it on a mobile device at the drive, you will just need to complete the questions again. RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment so be sure to reserve your time slot as above. How to use RapidPass:

  1. Go to
  2. Read the information and answer the questions.
  3. Print the pass, or email it to be readable on your mobile device at the drive location.

St. Catherine’s 2015-2016 Concert Series

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 pm: Skylark

The Skylark Vocal Ensemble, directed by Matthew Guard, will perform "Lieder + Love Songs" at 7:30 pm in our sanctuary. Skylark is a renowned professional choral group based in Atlanta and Boston. They will share love songs, sung a cappella, from romantic masters Brahms, Schubert, Debussy and Saint-Saens, paired with offerings from American songwriters including Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin. There is no charge and no tickets needed for the concert. A freewill offering will be taken. You can hear samples of Skylark on their website at

Please invite family and friends! Our Concert Series is now in our fourth season. All programs are free, held in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics.Get all the details about this year's series on our website at

Cookies requested for concert reception

A brief reception will follow this concert. If you would like to assist by contributing some cookies or other finger desserts please leave your items clearly marked for "October 29 Concert" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table in the foyer prior to the concert. Thank you!

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.” Donations are tax deductible.

St. Catherine’s now lives in The City

By Tad Travis

Since we launched The City in September, more than 230 of us have joined The City, which is a great start. If you have not yet activated your account, come join the St. Catherine’s community in our collaboration and event management system.

We look forward to having all adults join The City this month. If you need the log-in instructions re-sent to you, please contact Alison Travis, Rose Wolfe or Karen Manno

If you have already activated your account, be sure update your profile with your address, mobile number, home number, and your skills/interests. Please note that if you set your profile to "Public" this means that only St. Catherine's members in The City can view this information, it is password-protected and not viewable by any others through the Internet. So, please consider using the "Public" setting so your fellow parishioners can contact you.

More than 70 ministry teams are now live in The City. Team leaders will use The City to collaborate with you, manage meeting events, and share documentation, so keep your eyes open for invitation emails to those groups.

Thanks to everyone has joined The City and contributed to our community so far!

Remember, you can use these ways to get to The City:

  • Install the app on your smart phone: or search your app store for "The City: Your Church Community"
  • Direct link in your browser (save this to Bookmarks/Favorites):
  • Look for the links found in these convenient locations:
    (1) on the home page of our website at (in the Quick Links section, bottom left);
    (2) in each Wheel newsletter (top right, after "Calender Highlights")
    (3) in the links section at the bottom of our weekly Parish Announcements emails.

Daylight Savings Time ends: Sunday, November 1

Daylight Savings Time ends this year on Sunday, November 1! Remember to FALL BACK 1 hour on the morning of the first Sunday in November, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Standard time on All Saints Sunday, November 1.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 pm

All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to have a member of your group present at this very important meeting in the Parish Hall as we begin the 2016 budget process. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

November 4: Wednesday Night Town Hall

Do you have questions about St. Catherine’s? Join us on Wednesday, November 4 for a Parish Town Hall, 6:30-7:30 pm, in place of the usual adult program. Your questions can relate to current activities, worship services, the rector transition, etc. We hope to see you there.

Wednesday Night Live dinner and programs each week - please RSVP

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) every week, all ages -- please RSVP for meal -- Dinner prices this week by donation (see above). WNL meets weekly for Youth and Explorers (kids). Schedule: Dinner 5:45-6:30 pm; Adult program “TV Gospel” 6:30 pm; Youth and Explorers games & study hall OR Choristers, followed by programs. 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, or 770-971-2839, by Tuesday 5 pm.

Advent Reflections writers wanted

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Reflections will be due by Friday, November 13. Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to .

Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.

Time for nominations for Vestry

Due Sunday, November 8

It's time to consider if you would like to serve on the Vestry of St. Catherine's. This year we will elect four new vestry members to serve three-year terms. You may nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Nominees must be a member in good standing of the parish, in that they “work, pray and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom.” A list of the eligible members and nomination forms will be available in your bulletin and at church beginning October 25. Nominations are due by Sunday, November 8. The slate of candidates will be announced beginning Sunday, November 29 and the election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 13. If you cannot be present for the election you may vote by absentee ballot available from the church office.

Serving on the Vestry is a highly rewarding ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people's lives. Contact Senior Warden Tom Blackstock or our clergy for questions.

Can you feel the chill in the air?

By Sally Paris

It’s almost time to order your Christmas trees and greens from St. Catherine’s EYC (Youth)!

New this year: Our trees and greens will be supplied through Home Depot. You can expect the wonderful quality of Home Depot trees and support our youth program at the same time. Order-taking will begin on Sunday, October 25. Be on the lookout for a new sign-up sheet as sales will look a little different this year. We can’t wait to help you spread holiday cheer!

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration - you're invited!

Thursday, November 19: one week before Thanksgiving Day

Usher in the Thanksgiving season one week early with a joyous celebration of the things that bring us together! St. Catherine’s invites you to join us with our interfaith neighbors in the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth, located at the corner of Old Canton Road and East Piedmont Road, This inspirational evening will be filled with moving remarks, music, patriotism, humor—and food. Hear a diverse group of speakers address this year’s theme “Teach Your Children Well About Other Religions.” Then join us for a reception and snacks afterward.

The public is invited. Donations are requested of non-perishable food items to donate to MUST Ministries. The participating congregations include: Atlanta Baha'i Community, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, East Cobb Islamic Center (ECIC), East Cobb United Methodist Church , Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation , Islamic Center of Marietta, Temple Kol Emeth, Masjid Al-Muminum , Roswell Community Masjid, Pilgrimage United Church of Christ , SEWA (Sikh Educational Welfare Association) Gurudwara Sahib, St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Transfiguration Catholic Church, Unity North Atlanta Church, Zion Missionary Baptist Church. For more information at 770-973-3533 or on Facebook at “Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration”. This year’s celebration will live tweet #manyfaiths , and will stream live and on-demand video at

Reception foods donations

A reception will follow this service and we request your donations of finger food appetizers or desserts. Please be sure that items contain NO PORK or SHELLFISH. Meatless is preferred. Please label items if they affect dietary requirements such as being gluten-free, or containing dairy products or allergens such as peanuts, strawberries, etc.


October Outreach drive: Items for the animals

This month our Wednesday Night Explorers group is sponsoring a collection drive to help the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Cobb County. A collection bin is located across from the Parlor. Please bring your donations by Sunday, October 25. Items requested include:

  • Dry cat and dog food
  • Unscented cat litter
  • Pet toys
  • Gift cards for Publix and Petsmart

Laptop donations requested

At the request of their school social worker, St. Catherine''s is helping with weekend computer lab to give East Cobb Middle School and Wheeler High School students access on Sunday afternoons for their school work. We need a few laptops in good working condition: should have wireless internet capability, Windows 2000 or later, Microsoft Office not required. If you have a computer to donate or have a lead for one, please contact Harriett Pyburn, or Janet Livingston,

Family Promise — Thank you to everyone!

By Eleanore Pearson

I wanted to share the "thank yous" that we received from our Family Promise guests at our hosting week September 27- October 4. Please read the wonderful letter below from the mother who graduated from the program during our hosting week and moved to an apartment with her children.

Thank you, St. Catherine's, for all you did this past week for Family Promise guests. Your continued willingness to serve is greatly appreciated.

Dear Family Promise of Cobb County, Camilla, Louise and the St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church volunteers,

We sincerely thank you for all of the love, kindness, concern and respect you have shown us during our stay. Mark 12:31 says, in part, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater…”

We will always remember you individually and we will remember you all collectively for loving us during some of the most challenging of circumstances. My children were safe, well-fed, sheltered, and happy. As a mother nothing in the world means more than that. As we move on and leave your presence, rest assured we will never forget how you stood in the gap and helped us through. For this we are grateful and ever so thankful. The house warming gifts are absolutely priceless. You are helping us turn our new house into a home. You all are truly God-sent.

Naomi, James, Sean, and Seana James


Our next hosting week is November 29 to December 6

School supplies abundant

By Harriett Pyburn

Our fall school supply drive for Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC) was a great success. Carol Fey, director of CISMCC, has received the donated items and is distributing them to her site coordinators today [October 2]. St. Catherine's donated 27 3-ring binders, 60 folders, 20 composition books, 16 spiral bound notebooks, 8 backpacks, 3,000 sheets of notebook paper, as well as notebook dividers, binder folders, trapper keepers, protractors, index cards, highlighters, pens, pencils, tape, pencil pouches and even some books. All of these much-needed items will be used locally. Thank you for your generous donations!

Gobble Jog 2015

Join many other St. Cat’s members and the community for a fun time and great fundraiser for MUST Ministries! In what has become a Thanksgiving tradition, thousands of people will again converge on the Marietta Square on the morning of Thanksgiving Day to run or walk in the Gobble Jog. You will still have plenty of the Thanksgiving Day TV parades and football to watch, and have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast.

It all starts and ends at the Marietta Square. The event features a timed 10K and 5K (qualifiers for the Peachtree Road Race), plus an untimed 5K, 1K, and Tot Trot for kids 5 and under. Many volunteers are needed, too. If you are going to be out of town or cooking at home, you can still support the Gobble Jog by signing up as a Phantom Runner – you’ll receive the race shirt!

Race packets may be picked up at the Packet Pickup Event at the Sports Authority in Cobb Place Shopping Center (off Barrett Parkway) on Wednesday, November 25, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, or on at the Marietta Square on race day beginning at 6:30 am. Get all the details and register at !

Relief efforts for October floods

Episcopal Relief & Development is in touch with Episcopal dioceses in South Carolina and along the US Eastern Seaboard in the aftermath of the flooding earlier this month. Janet Livingston, Atlanta diocese coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development (and parishioner at St. Catherine’s) writes:

This is so close to home and just so you are aware of how this works when natural disaster occurs I will share. Usually the Bishop of the affected diocese reaches out to the ER-D office and they coordinate with the US Disaster team to see what the affected area needs are. We are not first responders but we do keep in close contact with one another who are in the position. ER-D is in for the long haul, after the others leave we are still there. Ten years later we are still working in New Orleans, three years later still in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy rebuilding, and we will be in South Carolina as long as necessary.

For more information or to donate to ER-D’s US Disaster Fund to enable work with affected dioceses please visit


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 Sara-Alison (Massey) and Jon Powell, married at St. Catherine’s on October 10. May God bless you richly!

Seen around St. Cat's -

Baptism, October 4 - Welcoming Lindsey, baptized as Christ's own forever! Photos by Jan Potter and Bettye Harris, see lots more fullsize in the albums at ParisBaptism10042015 and All for Fall - 2015.

Blessing the animals on October 10 - The threat of rain sprinkles didn't stop us at the rescheduled Blessing of the Animals on October 10. Thank you to our Choristers members for helping lead our music! Photos by Jan Potter and Bill Ivey, see lots more fullsize in the albums at Blessinganimals101015 and Blessing of the Animals.

Commissing the members of the Rector Nominating Committee on October 11 - photos by Bill Ivey.

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:

  • October 19-25: Concert Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Concert Committee, now in its fourth year of arranging the St. Catherine’s Concert Series for the benefit of our community in our acoustically distinguished sanctuary. The committee negotiates commitments by outstanding musical groups to perform in our space, and plenty of help is needed for publicity, set up & take down, ushering, and hosting receptions. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Martha Bowden,
  • October 26-November 1: Calling and Caring Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of Calling and Caring Ministry, volunteers who are trained to reach out to St. Catherine’s members who may have drifted away and no longer attend worship or participate in church activities for a variety of physical, emotional or spiritual reasons. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Tom Hunter, 678.488.6675,
  • November 2-8: Stewardship Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Stewardship Committee, which is responsible for the leadership and planning of the fall Stewardship Campaign and for developing year-round education for the parish on the Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Therese Braman, 770.509.3484,


Dear Ones of St. Catherine’s,

Thank you for your outpouring of love and care for my family and me following my father’s recent death. Your caring thoughts and prayers, the beautiful cards and the presence of those who traveled to Columbia, SC to attend the visitation and Dad’s funeral have enfolded us in your loving embrace, as only St. Catherine’s can do. These expressions of your love and our deep and abiding faith are sustaining my family and me during this sad time, as we entrust my father and ourselves to the tender mercies of God who loves us beyond measure. Even through our tears, we rejoice in God’s final word: Life in abundance! I count you among my blessings each day.

Your servant,
Amma Susan+

Dear St. Catherine’s,

Mit Fitzsimmons has asked me to thank everyone at St. Catherine’s who has been lifting him up in prayer during his long hospitalization before and after his open heart surgery. It has been a long journey for him and there is still a long way to go before he can return home but Mit is filled with deep gratitude for your caring thoughts and prayers that he has felt sustaining him along the way. Please continue to pray for his recovery and the healing power of the Holy Spirit, that Mit may be restored to wholeness of health. He is in room 310 Blue Tower, ICU at Kennestone Hospital [as of publication date] if you would like to send cards.

In Christ’s love,
Amma Susan+

Dear St Catherine’s,

We want to thank each and every person who contributed toward Sara-Alison and Jon’s beautiful wedding ceremony. Most people don’t realize how much goes into planning and preparations just at the church level – I know we didn’t until we started this process. Therefore, for all the contributions, tasks, organizing, planning, and serving we want to acknowledge the individuals who played such an important part in creating a beautiful memory for our family.
The flowers, with just the right amount of color, were pure and elegant, exactly like the bride wanted. Thank you Emily Gale and team!
The wedding ceremony bulletins turned out beautifully and were an expression of our family and the bride and groom. Thank you Karen Manno and Rose Wolfe!
The harp and organ music before, during and after the ceremony set a spiritual tone including calming harmonies for the religious ceremony that it was. Thank you Jana Williams!
Those who were part of the Altar Party including Crucifer, Chalice Bearer, and Altar preparations, we bless you for your time, service and contributions. Thank you Tom Donoghue, Bill Selby and Molly Frost and Team!
For the audio memory (since our minds were totally on the bride and groom) we thank Bill Ivey!
To our Priests, who worked in harmony to accentuate the religious union of man and wife, we were blessed to have both Father Dean Taylor and Father Jim Nixon as Officiant and Assisting.
And to Dani and Stan Dickson for their leadership, expertise, support, and love we are so very thankful!

You all made Sara-Alison and Jon’s wedding dream come true and for that we feel so blessed to be part of St Catherine’s family. We love you all.

In Christ,
Frederick and Jennifer Massey

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

  • Scott & Ginny Lummus, in thanksgiving for St. Catherine’s.


Michael O'Neal Singers present "Amazing Grace" October 18

Don't miss Michael O'Neal Singers concert, "Amazing Grace" on Sunday, October 18, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, GA 30075, The sounds of bluegrass, African-American spirituals and 20th century gospel will have you clapping your hands and tapping your toes in an outpouring of joy expressed thourhg the singing of the full 160-voice MOS Chorus. Tickets are $12/$17 in advance or $17/$22 at the door. For information and tickets visit or call 770-594-7974.


Georgia Aquarium discount for Greater Atlanta church members

The Georgia Aquarium is offering a special fall discount for individual tickets. Fall is a perfect time to visit after the summer crowds are gone. Save 20% on all Aquarium admissions and annual passes. Purchase must be made online. Offer ends November 20. Log onto this link


At the Cathedral Book Store

  • Help Children in Need Learn to Read

The Cathedral Book Store is sponsoring a new program to provide appropriate books for children as Christmas gifts through Our House and their Early Childhood Education Center. The goal is to collect 150 books for children in need from infant up to Kindergarten age. You may purchase books at the Cathedral Book Store and they will hold the books until the collection is complete and then present them to Our House to give to the children during the Christmas season. Or donations may be made toward this cause and the Book Store will choose the books for you. T This is a new mission of the Cathedral Book Store held in conjunction with the Homeless Requiem dinner and service being held November 2 at the Cathedral for Atlanta's homeless to commemorate the homeless men and women who died in the past year. To read more about this event and how to help go to

  • Dr. John Philip Newell to speak at All Saints' on October 22

The Reverend Dr. John Philip Newell will be the guest speaker the 12th Annual Woodall Lecture. He will speak on "Spirituality, The Sister of Theology." The lecture is no charge and open to the public. A complementary dessert reception and book signing will follow. The event is being held on Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. If you wish to attend a Cocktail Reception preceding the lecture at 5:00 pm with reserved seating for the lecture, you may purchase tickets for $20 online by clicking the link . You will also find more information about the lecture at this link.

  • Annual Spirituality Conference at the Cathedral

Saturday, November 14, 9:30am - 3:00pm – This year's program is "Sacred in the City" featuring best-selling spiritual author, Margaret Silf. For information or to purchase tickets go to

  • Volunteers needed

- At the Book Store for Mondays, Thursdays, & Saturdays. If interested, come by the store and see Kerith Lee or call her at 404-237-7582.
- At the Cathedral Thrift House, call 404-876-5440 or email Anne Young.

The Cathedral Book Store, located at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW Atlanta, GA 30305 since 1949, offers a wide choice of Bibles, religious books, general books, and children's books as well as gift items, seasonal items, music, jewelry, cards, and church supplies.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Veggie vs. starchy veggie
    It’s true! Not all vegetables are created equal when it comes to calories. Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, peas and corn, generally contain more calories per cup than non-starchy vegetables like carrots, broccoli, asparagus and spinach. But, starchy veggies are still wonderful sources of fiber and other nutrients. Consider choosing a colorful variety of vegetables every day as part of a nutrient-rich eating plan. Source: Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Drowsy at the wheel?
    According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of survey participants reported that they had driven while feeling drowsy and 37 percent admitted to falling asleep at the wheel during the past year. Drowsy driving is also common among teens. Take charge. Make sleep a priority, take a break every 100 miles or two hours on long trips, have a travel companion to talk with and share the driving, and avoid alcohol and medications that can make you sleepy. Stay awake and stay safe! Source: National Sleep Foundation

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.

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

DECEASED: Pat Allen Morgan, Susan Schnorf’s stepmother; Frank Fey, Alan Fey’s brother; Jim Jenkins, Doug Jenkins & Don Martin’s uncle


FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Stan Dickson, Kathy Kareken, Pam Phillips, Nancy Burnaugh, Mit FitzSimons, Oscar Price, Davis Waldron, Raymond Higgins, Poole Family, Ken Withrow, Ginger Lazenby, Bud McKibben, Genie Lee & Family, Mike Burnaugh, Chloe Lovello, Elizabeth Keely, Jim Weigel, Newborn Baby Delaney, Susan Drouse, Pat Henegar, Chris Sumsky Sr., Libby Taylor, Susan Thompson, Poula Thompson, Anita Gardner.

ANNIVERSARIES: (10/18) Nick & Whitney Wolfe, (10/20) Rachel & Matt Hutton, Peter & Rosemarie Crespo (10/22) Tom & Maureen Donoghue, (10/23) Al & Sue Jones, (10/24) Joshua & Christina McLean, Rob & Claire Harrison, (10/25) Jason & Sue Snape, (10/28) Jerry & Linda Scott, (11/6) Steve & Rosemary Wolfe.

BIRTHDAYS: (10/18) Bill Woods, Chandler Sherry, Lisa Johnston, Fleming Rowell, (10/19) Michael Sherwood, (10/20) David Moore, Colin Dailey, Amelia Cardona, Kathryn Burgher, (10/21) Woodie Patrick, (10/22) Scott Butzen, (10/23) Holly Krupp, Lynn Sapp, (10/24) Ginny Acocella, (10/25) Rev. Dean Taylor, Cy Cardona, (10/26) Oak Martin, (10/27) Prestin Paris, (10/28) Doug Jenkins, (10/29) Susan Bayless, Sally Paris, (10/30) Marilyn Marcus, (10/31) Tracey Buckalew, Mitch Dumke, Tom Blackstock, David Banko, Sally Dupuis, Daniel Mikkelson, (11/1) Paul Acocella, Bob Jansen, Christy Luttrell, (11/2) Sara Thomas, (11/4) Deana De La Barre, Missy Greene, (11/5) Colleen Morich.

(10/18) Bruce & Susan Heuke; Kristina & Raymond Higgins; Todd, Anne, Grady & Frannie Hitchins; Roberta Hoyt-Johnson; Tom & Marilyn Hunter.
(10/25) Jacqueline Hurley; Bill, Donna, Andrew & Phillip Hutton; Rachel, Matt, Sebasjian, Zoey & Chase Hutton; John, Kathy, Kelly & Kathleen Iacobelli; Bill & Tinka Ivey.
(11/1) Allen, Susan & Austin Jablonski; Bob & Candy Jansen; Doug & Susan Jenkins; Kristi, Julie & Molly Johnson; Rev. Susan Johnson.

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, 10/17 Saturday, 10/24


CGS Level 1 Training
Low Country Boil


Sunday, 10/18 Sunday, 10/25


Lay Stewardship Sermon
Holy Eucharist
Cathedral Book Store
Family Holy Eucharist
Rector's Forum
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Inviting God's Presence
Girl Scouts
The Extension Dinner


Lay Stewardship Sermon
Christmas Tree Sale Begins
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
  / Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Inviting God's Presence

Monday, 10/19 Monday, 10/26

Women's Book Study
CGS - Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry
Kneeler Group
Youth Ministry
Boy Scouts


CGS - Catholic
Gratas Graveside Service
Stephen Ministry Training
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 10/20 Tuesday, 10/27


Bible Study
Staff Meeting


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team
Space Planning
Christian Formation
Wednesday, 10/21 Wednesday, 10/28

WNL Dinner
WNL Adults Program
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir


MUST Breakfast Team
WNL Dinner
MUST Dinner Team
WNL Adults Program
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/22 Thursday, 10/29
Father Dean's day off
Preschool Board
Hutto Funeral
Men's Bible Study
Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study
Concert: Skylark
Friday, 10/23 Friday, 10/30

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
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, November 8 – New Consecration Sunday, celebration brunches after each service
  • Thursday, November 19 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Temple Kol Emeth, 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Day, and the Gobble Jog for MUST on the Marietta Square
  • Sunday, November 29 - First Sunday of Advent - Advent wreath-making 10-11 am for all ages (No Church School this day)


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Cool clothes collection

Our collection has gone really well! We have been able to supply a lot of needed items for East Cobb Middle School / Wheeler High School as well as Communities in Schools. As you all know, the weather is getting cooler. Currently, we have a few sweatshirts but no coats. As you look through your closets, please consider donating any coats that no longer fit (we are currently looking specifically for a boys 14-16). Bring items to the box in Sally Paris’ office.


Youth lock-in at Annual Council November 13-14

Registration for the Youth Lock-In at Annual Council is now open. All 6-12th grade youth are invited to attend. The event will be hosted at the Gwinnett Center on November 13-14. We will have games, fellowship, worship, and a service project! We will work with Stop Hunger Now to package at least 10,000 meals to send all over the world. Cost for the event is $35. Get information and register at If you are an adult and are interested in being a part of leadership for the event contact Youth Missioner, Easton Davis at the registration page.


DYC: staff

DYC Staff registration is now open. DYC staff is open to all 10th-12th grade youth wishing to be a part of the leadership team for DYC in January. We need youth to register now, because there is a leadership meeting in October, and we need your feedback on what you believe the weekend should include. Apply today, and tell us what you think! Get infomoration and register at


Youth-sponsored Wednesday Dinners

The first Wednesday of every month a youth class will provide dinner on Wednesday nights. Meal sign-ups by Tuesday are expected and donations for dinner are accepted at the door. The proceeds for these dinners support the activities of the class providing and serving. Please plan to join us for these especially fun weeks. (Those who have bought a semester pass should be reminded that the passes do not include youth sponsored dinners and reservations and donations are appropriate for all participating on those nights.)



Getting lost in a muddy corn maze with 57 of your closest friends... can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday night?! (on October 3):

What a wonderful weekend these middle school youth had at New Beginnings retreat, October 9-11:

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 6
  • November 20
  • December 4

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
Contact: or 770-973-8668

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