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welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 6 - 20, 2015

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St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter

New Consecration Sunday
Rector Transition
Vestry nominations
Preschool fairs
Newcomer coffee
Cats On Wheels
Christmas trees
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Advent wreaths
Christmas Market
Concert: Maggie Taylor
The City

Family Promise
Coats for Cobb
Gobble Jog
Pets collection

Finance update
People in the News
Kneeler dedicated
Volunteer Corner
Presiding Bishop Curry
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

MUST sale
GFC Concert
MOS Concert

Cathedral Book Store
Epiphany's nativities
Health tips

Council Lock-in
Parent meeting
EYC logo
Youth mentors
Summer missions



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

11/9-13 – Preschool Book Fair & Vendor Fair

11/11, 18 – WNL dinner & programs

11/13-14 – Diocesan Council and
Diocese Youth lock in @Gwinnett Center

11/13 – Advent Reflections due

11/15 – Newcomer/Visitor coffee;
The Extension dinner

11/19 – Ecumenical Thanksgiving @Temple Kol Emeth

11/20-22 – Happening @Camp Mikell

11//22 – Christmas tree orders due

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Life is short…

By Amma Susan

Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who journey with us…. These familiar words came home to me with new clarity and a far deeper impact a month ago with my father’s sudden death. At age 90, Dad was looking forward to the hip replacement surgery he was to have that morning and the new lease on life that it would give him. He was even talking about being able to get back on the ski slopes in Park City for some spring skiing. Dad received the new lease on life he was hoping for, but not in the way he anticipated. Just 5 minutes before we were to leave for the hospital, God called my father home. Now he is rejoicing with the saints in eternal light.

Dad was a Colonel in the Air Force when he retired after serving his country for 32 years. He was a veteran of WWII (and a POW in Germany for the last 7 months of that war after his P-38 collided with another plane in a combat), he flew 100 sorties in Korea and reconnaissance missions in Viet Nam. Though he never spoke about much about his military career, his many medals attested to the fact that he was one of our country’s heroes. More than that, he was my hero and I was blessed to call him my father. Dad was the one who patiently helped me with my math homework and taught me how to drive. He took me fishing and hunting and taught me how to throw a baseball. He was a man of his word and instilled in me the importance of personal integrity and standing up for your principles. Dad was a devoted husband, who taught me much about how to have a good marriage. He and mother celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 1st of this year. I have never known two people who enjoyed each other and life more than those two. He lived a rich and full life with no regrets. Most of all Dad modeled for me the love of God by living that out in his life. He was a man of deep and abiding faith, so I know our Lord has taken to Himself. Knowing I can look forward one day to being reunited with my Dad and all those I love who have gone before is a tremendous comfort. Still, I miss him and the way his smile and laughter could light up a room. I miss his generous heart that was always there to lend me a hand, to give me a hug when I needed it, or a word of wisdom when it was sought out. It is times like these that make you realize that love is the most important thing in life…love in the special relationships we have been given to share on our earthly pilgrimage.

None of us knows the number of our days. Life is short, indeed. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and make a point to reach out and hug someone you care about today and tell them how much you love them.

New Consecration Sunday is here

Sunday, November 8

Who? All of St. Catherine's Church: adults, youth and children!

What? Worship with a special guest preacher, followed by Celebration Brunches made especially for St. Catherine's (there will be no Church School on this special day)

When? 7:30 am, 8:45 am, and 11:15 am, and immediately after each service.

Where? In the Sanctuary, and then the Parish Hall

Why? To praise God for the gift of giving

We hope you will make every effort to be present!


On stewardship: "The Pope’s Hope"

By Jerry Scott

As I watched the Pope while he was addressing Congress during his visit to the US in September, I got a vision of a room full of lot souls being instructed on what they should do about saving the people, the planet and society. This honest, direct and caring holy man laid out a plan, in simple words that they could understand, for doing God’s work to help save the world:

  1. Take care of God’s people
  2. Care for the world and it’s environment
  3. Love and share the gift of joy, given to each of us
  4. Listen to each other and help solve what needs solving
  5. If in a hole and it’s a problem, stop digging

Let’s all take heart and get the ball rolling through our stewardship.


Hear the stewardship sermons

Did you hear the sermons on stewardship last month from our own John Brooks, Daniel Mikkelsen, Susan Jenkins and Hans Kraeger? You can listen to the recordings on the Sermons page of our website. Don’t miss them! Photos below by Connie Bergeron & Bill Ivey.

John Brooks with Bill & Beverly
Therese takes us through
the steps
Susan Jenkins, Hans Kraeger and Daniel Mikkelsen

Reflections online

Read the reflection of the day from St. Catherine's collection of reflections, “Growing Our Faith through Generosity,” a compilation of meditations on stewardship written in 2013 & 2014 by our own St. Catherine's. Our reflections on the seasons of Stewardship, Lent and Advent are available year-round on our website at

Rector Transition update

By Bill Lee - Chair, St. Catherine’s Rector Search Committee

Greetings from your Rector Search Committee. The committee is made up of Anne Hitchins, Audrey Nesbit, Bill Lee, Chuck Shrake, Ellis Kilgore, Jason Snape, John Fulcher, Joyce Hendricks, Margaret Shaw, Molly Banko, Susie Davis and Tom Hunter. Our first few weeks together have been about getting organized and getting to know each other as a committee. I am deeply thankful for the leadership of our Vestry in bringing together such a good group of people.

Our Diocesan Transition Consultant, Fr. Rob Wood, from St. Aidan’s in Milton met with the committee and is providing excellent guidance as we prepare for the work we have ahead of us. The Diocese of Atlanta has a number of great resources available to search committees. Under the leadership of Fr. Rob our primary focus in the first few weeks have been training and organization. We have been focusing on key elements of the search process and understanding the Diocesan guidelines. The committee participated in a Dismantling Racism training at the end of October. This training was excellent and it gave us a great opportunity to get to know each other better.

In the coming weeks we will begin to focus more on communication and the development of the Parish Profile. The electronic survey will be available on November 15. This survey will comprise important input for the committee in developing our Parish Profile. Please keep a watch out for announcements about the start of the survey process in the next week.

In addition to participating in Fr. Dean’s Town Hall meetings the committee will hold a series of Forums on Wednesday nights. We would like to use these forums to provide the congregation with more information about the search process, the committee’s current activities and provide a time to answer your questions. We would also be glad to come and share our progress with different groups throughout the Parish, if you interested please let us know.

The search process is an important time for the entire congregation and I encourage your participation through prayer, discussion and input over the coming months as we work together to identify our next rector. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the committee by email at

Finally, you can find an excellent overview of the search process that Fr. Rob has provided at We have found it to be a great resource in understanding the steps and timing of events. This process is not a predictable process but this document gives us the experience and wisdom of our larger Church and the experience of all the search committees that have gone before us.

Coming November 15: Parish Survey for Rector Search

The search for our new rector has begun! As a first step the committee will be creating a parish profile. In order to do this, we need to hear from you, the St. Catherine's congregation. Please be on the lookout for information coming to you soon regarding a parish survey from Holy Cow Consulting. We will be counting on 100% participation in order to create an accurate picture of our parish for prospective candidates.

Committe training

The Nominating Committee participated in a Dismantling Racism training on October 31. Two facilitators from the Diocese ran the day-long session which began with a special Eucharist where our hopes and concerns were accepted as our offering of the day. Photos by Bill Ivey

Candidates for Vestry due Sunday, November 8

It's time to consider serving 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 are available at church.

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 (absentee ballots must be receive by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 11).

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.

Preschool Marketplace vendor fair and book fair

Our preschool will hold Marketplace vendor fair Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10 & 11, 9 am – 1 pm, plus its fall Book Fair all week, November 9-13. You are invited to the Preschool hall for products from Usborne Books & More, Stella & Dot, Thirty-One, Jack & Gretel, Initials Inc., and Wildtree.

Newcomer and Visitor Coffee

Sunday, November 15, 10:00 am

By Bettye Harris

Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to meet informally with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Join us from 10-11 am in the Parish Hall, during the Church School hour. We’ll serve coffee, tea, scones, fruit and conversation about our programs & ministries. Feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. Contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) or any member of the Invitation Ministry Team if you have questions or can assist.

Cats On Wheels

Lunch Saturday, November 21

Join us at 11:30 am for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Hong Kong Star, 4719 Lower Roswell Road (west of the intersection with Johnson Ferry Road), Marietta, Georgia 30068, 770-509-2129, . RSVP so we can save you a seat on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

April tour of Charleston – Cats On Wheels is now exploring plans for a spring tour of Charleston, South Carolina, April 20-23. Please reply soon to Alan Certain (above) to indicate your level of interest in such a tour and your preferences of transportation, lodging, meals and activities.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! We meet usually on the third Saturday of the month, alternately for lunch or for a day trip (or longer). Transportation is by carpool and/or the church van. Costs for all events are self-paid. Your Cats On Wheels planning team is Amma Susan, Vera Bibbings, Ron Cook & Alan Certain. Mark your calendars now for these Cats On Wheels dates coming up!

  • Thursday, December 17 - Senior Eucharist and Preschool Christmas Concert at St. Cat’s
  • Saturday, January 16 - Lunch: J. Christopher, Powers Ferry Road
  • Saturday, February 20 - Rhodes Hall and Museum of Design, Atlanta
  • Saturday, March 19 - Lunch: Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Alpharetta
  • Wednesday, April 20 –Saturday, April 23 - Charleston, South Carolina Tour
  • Saturday, May 21 - Lunch: Pappasito's Cantina, Windy Hill Road
  • Saturday, June 18 - Dahlonega Gold Museum & Smith House
  • Saturday, July 16 - Lunch: Jade Palace, Cobb Parkway

Order Christmas trees to support our Youth

Orders due Sunday, November 22

Quantities will be limited so order soon! New this year: our trees 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 be open through November 22. You will select your own tree at pickup on December 5 & 6 -- come early for best choice. Download and print the order form now at See the ordering table in the foyer on Sundays or contact Sally Paris, sally AT

Budget requests for 2016 due November 24

Budget requests are due from all ministry teams by Tuesday, November 24. All committee leaders, please check with your ministry team’s convener as soon as possible and be sure to communicate your budget information. Budget forms were distributed at the Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting on November 3. The Finance Committee will review requests to prepare the preliminary balance budget for the Vestry review in December.

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.

WNL each week -- please RSVP for meal

WNL (Wednesday Night Live) welcomes you every week with dinner & programs for all ages! 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 7-8 pm. On the first Wednesday of every month a youth class provides the meal with donations accepted in place of the usual meal prices.There will be no meeting on November 25 due to the Thanksgiving holidays. Programs will resume on December 2.

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, becky AT or 770-971-2839, by Tuesday 5 pm.

Advent begins Sunday, November 29

Advent Wreath Making

—> No Church School this day

Join us in the Parish Hall on the first Sunday of Advent during the Church School hour to make an Advent wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.

Wreath bases are provided, or if you have a base already please be sure to bring it this day. Our own Mel Paris will have a limited number of his hand-made ceramic Advent wreath bases available for sale ($25) to make your wreaths if you are interested. A table will be set up in the Parish Hall this day to make your purchase.

Calling all St. Cat’s artisans for Christmas Market

Coming on Sunday, December 6

A Christmas Artisan Market will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 6 between the services until 1:00 pm. Please help fellow parishioners “shop local” this holiday season! Contact Rebeccah Devault if you would like a booth (on The City or

Concert Series: Saturday, December 12 — Maggie Taylor, Soprano

Maggie Taylor 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 sparkling seasonal music, both popular and classical, and bring along some friends for duets and trios. Mark your holiday calendar now for a festive evening in our second event of the St. Catherine’s 2015-16 Concert Series. Free, no tickets needed, the public is invited.

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

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. 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.

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.


Family Promise hosting week coming up

Sign up now for November 29 – December 6

St. Catherine's will be hosting Family Promise of Cobb County from Sunday, November 29 to Sunday, December 6. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven for homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. Responsibility for our guests starts each day about 5:00 p.m. and goes until 8:00 a.m. the next day. The children go to school during the day and the adults go to work or to the FPCC Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. They return to the Parish Hall for their evening meal, stay overnight and have breakfast in the Youth House for 7 nights. It takes approximately 50-60 volunteers to staff the program for the week. The many volunteer opportunities include:

  • Setting up the Youth House (Sunday 11/29, 12:30 p.m.)
  • Preparing and serving dinner (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday breakfast (Saturday 12/5, 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, 12/6. 8:00 a.m.)
  • Washing and returning the towels and sheets (can be done at your convenience any time after December 6)

Training Tuesday, November 10

We ask all our new volunteers to attend a two-hour training session. The next session is Tuesday, November 10, 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road. Please e-mail to register. We host 4 weeks per calendar year.

We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. If you want to volunteer or need additional information, please contact Diane Sanders, or Eleanore Pearson,

Outreach collection: Coats for Cobb

Donations needed by November 18

For the third year in a row, St. Catherine's Church and Preschool are collecting new and gently used coats during the month of November. All sizes are appreciated, and all coats will be distributed in Cobb County before Thanksgiving through the help of MUST Ministries. Donations will be accepted at St. Catherine's through Wednesday, November 18, please bring them to the bin at the Outreach table across from the Parlor.

Gobble Jog - time to sign up!

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 !

Pet collection succes!

By Harriett Pyburn

In conjunction with the Blessing of the Animals service this year, the Wednesday Night Explorers (WNE) group sponsored a collection drive at St. Catherine's for the Humane Society of Cobb County. Thanks to all of you who supported this drive with your donations! The kids were thrilled to see the support of the congregation and the big difference they were able to make by working together.

We delivered to the Humane Society: 2 generous gift cards to PetsMart and Publix, 13 big bags of dry pet food, 31 cans of cat food, 14 pounds of cat litter, 8 large packages of dog treats, 5 collars / harnesses, 10 cat toys, 15 dog toys made by the WNE group themselves, as well as a variety of other pet goodies including brushes, booties, sweaters, and toothbrushes! The collection of $125 received at the Blessing of the Animals service is donated to them as well. Thank you!

Photo by Harriett Pyburn


Finance Update

By Rebeccah Devault, Treasurer

Please see the chart for a summary of our January – September 2015 financials:

Click chart to enlarge


  • Pledge revenue has now fallen 5% behind budget. The annual budget is based upon all pledge commitments being fulfilled. Please notify Rose, Father Dean or Amma Susan (confidential) if you need to adjust your 2015 pledge so that the Vestry may consider any necessary budget adjustments.
  • Human Resources expenses will continue to run under-budget for the rest of the year due to staffing changes.
  • Building Maintenance expenses YTD include: the water main replacement , Admin Wing roof replacement, replacement of the air conditioner in the sacristy, and Parish Hall carpet replacement. We are also approximately $2,800 over in our utilities budget due to the repeated issues with the water main.

If you have any questions about the numbers above, please contact Treasurer Rebeccah Devault,

Churches and individuals express support for St. Catherine’s

From a pew card returned in the offering plate on October 18:

I am a member of St. James’ (Marietta) – but I saw your difficulties from last week on Fr. Dean’s Facebook page and wanted to show my support. God Bless!

Meghan Hill

Dear Fr. Taylor and People of St. Catherine’s,

The Rector and Vestry of St. Paul’s, Newnan, would like to offer you our deep and sincere support as you begin to heal following the recent incidents with hecklers and protestors. We so appreciated reading your message, and we are taking to heart your appeal that we all remember that “the God we serve and the God who inspires us” is a God whose love is a greater force than any hate. Our parishes must hold each other up in prayer as we continue to provide equality and compassion for all people, even when that causes anger and rejection. Thank you for leading the way with grace and strength.

The Rector and Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newnan, Georgia

October 15, 2015
To: The Rev. Dean Taylor, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Dear Dean:

Grace to you in our Lord Jesus. I write in our friendship of over forty years and in being a brother priest in the Episcopal Church for several decades. Heartfelt compassion and spiritual solidarity are offered to the Community of Faith who is St. Catherine’s in Marietta on behalf of the people of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bisbee and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Douglas. We are a diverse community in southeastern Arizona who welcomes each person who enters our doors and comes into our midst with sincere hope of sharing Christ.

Therefore, we are dismayed at the actions taken by individuals who brought intolerance and chaos to your church campus last Sunday, October 11th. This is so contrary to the message of the Gospel that much reflection is necessary in order to consider a theological response. Nonetheless, the Good News of Christ Jesus is defined in one word: Love. It is apparent that upon this confrontation, St. Catherine’s Church acted in love.

At that ugly incident last Sunday, it is a joy to know that St. Catherine’s shined in the beauty of God’s presence. Hate was met with harmony, rudeness was replied with reconciliation and hostility was granted holiness. The people of St. Catherine’s will continue to be a community that Loves God and Loves Neighbor as oneself. Praise God for your courageous witness, your spiritual strength, and your blessed wisdom. In any future viciousness, the Lord God will bless you with Christian virtues of faith, hope and love.

We in southern Cochise county of Arizona send warmth and love to you. We have begun to pray for you. We will trust that the hurt of last week will be healed by our Wounded Healer. We celebrate that you are sisters and brothers in Christ who believe in the transforming power of the Gospel. We stand with you in our Lord Jesus this day and always.

Tu hermano en Cristo,
Father Richard Aguilar, Vicar, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bisbee, Arizona



From: Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church - Bisbee, Arizona, The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

Subject: Resolution in support of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia in the aftermath of protestors at Sunday worship, October 11, 2015.

Resolved, the Episcopal Church calls every baptized soul to “seek and serve Christ in every person, to respect the dignity of every human being, and strive for justice and peace among all people.” (cf. The Book of Common Prayer, p. 305)
Resolved, St. John’s-Bisbee offers compassion and consolation to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia which, experienced a Sunday morning incident involving protestors who made declarations with bullhorns and an individual who verbally interrupted the beginning of an Holy Eucharist on October 11, 2015.
Resolved, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bisbee prays in solidarity with persecuted Christians and stands on holy ground in God’s presence with St. Catherine’s Church-Marietta, Georgia.
Resolved, St. John’s holds to the Episcopal Church resolutions to offer equal access to Ministry and Sacraments to all persons, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations.
Resolved, St. John’s offers intercessions for sister congregations and faithful Christians who welcome every human being to share in the Grace of God.
Resolved, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bisbee supports the courageous hope of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church- Marietta, Georgia and Father Dean Taylor (Locum Tenens), by praying daily for sisters and brothers in Christ who witness to the Cross of Jesus and the Cost of Discipleship.

Signed, October 14, 2015, Vestry and Vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church - Bisbee, Arizona

William Hicks, Senior Warden
Michael Shaughnessy, Treasurer     
Gary Reynolds, Vestry
Father Richard Aguilar, Vicar

Judy Ann Warner, Junior Warden
Tom Carlson, Vestry
Patricia Worth, Vestry

“My House shall be a House of Prayer for all peoples” Isaiah 56:7

Parishioners in the news

  • Congratulations to Barbara Perry who was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution “Success Story” column on November 4. Read it at .Thank you for your inspiring story!
  • St. Catherine’s people were featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Pathways (the journal of the Atlanta Diocese): Chyanne Thompson-Quartey in “Our Purpose: Voices across the Diocese”; Joyce Hendricks and Juan Sandoval in “Discerning Our Purpose.”

“Abraham & Isaac” Kneeler Dedication

By Beverly Fambrough

Sunday, October 18th saw the dedication of the Abraham & Isaac kneeler. This was sponsored by Vera Bibbings, Ginney Linstrom and Dick Kareken. It is in memory of Bob Bibbings, Bill Linstrom and Bebe Kareken. The kneeler was stitched by Courtney Shillington. Photos by Bill Fambrough

Volunteer Corner: What is your Purpose?

By Pat Pepper

In the fall issue of the Pathways magazine there is an article by Bishop Rob Wright challenging all of us in the Atlanta Diocese to claim a common pupose. In the article he has given us a draft of a purpose statement that the delegates and clergy at the Annual Council in November will be asked to vote on and come to a conseus, so that the Diocese of Atlanta can move forward with renewed clarity. That purpose statement is:

"We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately and grow spiritually."

Loving like Jesus is a very strong challenge. Can we as individuals make this commitment? Our actions say here at St. Catherine's say we have made that commitment and it is motivating and guiding us.

St. Catherine's, based on my observations, acts as if this was already our purpose statement. During this time of stewardship we are being asked to Grow our Faith through Generosity. I think we can all agree we are called to give of our time, our talent and our treasure. And we are also called to serve with compassion. When we do all of these things we can't help but grow spiritually.
If you need help finding the ministry where your passion matches your service please give me a call.

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

Curry installed as 27th Presiding Bishop and Episcopal Church primate

Bishop Michael B. Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Episcopal Church primate in a 3-hour service on All Saint's Day, November 1 at Washington National Cathedral. Several St. Catherine's members came together at church to watch the live webcast.

Seen around St. Cat's

See lots more full-size in the album at All for Fall - 2015

Congrats to Al & Sue on their 50th anniversary!
(October 25)

Happy birthday, Sally

Low Country Boil on October 17 - Great food, great music, great fun! Photos by Bill Ivey and Bettye Harris, see more fullsize in the album at Low Country Boil 2015.

Sunday, November 1 - All Saints Day

Three new members of the body of Christ baptized! Photos by Jan Potter, see many more fullsize in the album at Baptism110115

Parish Town Hall

Father Dean led a Parish Town Hall at Wednesday Night Live on November 4, and there was active discussion about many topics. Bill Lee (chair of the Nominating Committee) addressed a number of questions about the Rector Transition. (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:

  • November 9-15: Bread Bakers — This week we celebrate the life and work of Bread Bakers, who help in the welcome to our first-time visitors by baking small loaves of bread. The loaves are packaged with a note to say, "Welcome to St. Catherine's, we are glad you worshiped with us this week". To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Marcia Markette , 678.488.5696,
  • November 16-22: MUST Ministries — This week we celebrate the life and work of MUST Ministries,, a volunteer-driven community organization which addresses the basic needs of individuals and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties and beyond. St. Catherine’s is highly involved through our Outreach Ministry (Harriett Pyburn, 678.612.7384, with dinner, breakfast and laundry volunteers at its Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter, Summer Lunch program, the Gobble Jog and much more.


Sale benefits MUST - Wednesday, November 11

MUST Ministries is trying to get the word out about a fabulous sale on November 11, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. benefiting those in poverty in our community. We will be at the Glory Haus warehouse – just in time for great Christmas gift clearance prices (everything 60% off or more!). Find fabulous home decor, jewelry, college tailgate items, Christmas decorations and more. Please share this flyer, post it, put it in your social media and help us promote shoppers for this wonderful event. The warehouse is just off Cobb Parkway near our shelter.


Georgia Festival Chorus 25th Annual Carols by Candlelight: “We Have Heard Angels”

Thursday, December 3, 7:30 pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist: Come hear glorious songs and favorite carols of Christmas as performed by the 100-voice Georgia Festival Chorus with special guest Bryan Watt, "American Idol" finalist. The audience will have a chance to sing along as well. The concert will be at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this community chorus presenting the best in traditional and contemporary sacred choral works. Free, no tickets are needed. Doors open at 6:45 pm. See information about Georgia Festival Chorus at

This program will also be presented on Sunday, November 22, 7:00 p.m. at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Road, Powder Springs, .


Michael O’Neal Singers: "And the Angels Sang"

Sunday, December 6, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist: The 160-voice Michael O’Neal Singers Chorus and guest ensemble The Greater Atlanta Girls’ Choir will perform a concert of well-loved Christmas favorites spanning both sacred and secular aspects of this “most wonderful time of the year.” The concert is presented at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this well-known community chorus. Tickets are $15 adults /$20 students & seniors in advance, $17 / $22 at the door, available online at


At the Cathedral Book Store

  • Book signing by Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright -- Book signing and discussion of her latest book "Becoming Who I Am" on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 pm.

  • Annual Spirituality Conference at the Cathedral Saturday, November 14, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm – This year's program is "Sacred in the City" featuring best-selling spiritual author, Margaret Silf. For information or to purchase tickets go to
  • Annual Friends & Family Open House - Wednesday, November 18, 9:00 am until 7:00 pm, with 20% off all items in stock (except church supplies). Refreshments served all day.

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.


Tour Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit

For the twentieth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. In the narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Additional birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / or visit . Schedule: Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, December 6, 2 - 4 p.m.; Wednesday, December 9 – Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday, December 11, 7 - 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, December 13, 2 - 4 p.m.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • What is Pilates exercise?
    Have you heard of Pilates? It is a method of exercise named after its inventor, Joseph Pilates. Benefits include: 1. Improved posture, balance and coordination. 2. Increased flexibility. 3. Development of the deep “core” muscles of the back and stomach. 4. Increased mind/body awareness. The Pilates method can be a safe and effective way to stretch, strengthen and streamline your body. Source: Pilates Method Alliance
  • Apples: the fall fruit
    You know the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Whoever coined this phrase was right; apples certainly do pack a nutritional punch. They are rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C and dietary fiber. Best of all, they are delicious and available year-round. As other fruits begin to lose their zest in the fall, apples remain crisp and full of color. Apples also make a great after-school snack. Try slicing and serving them with fruit dips or with a drizzle of caramel or peanut butter. Source: HealthFitness dietitian

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: Judith Phillips, member of St. Catherine’s; Nancy Burnaugh, Mike Burnaugh’s wife; eonard Kraaeger, Hans Krager’s uncle; Florence Evans, mother of friend of Harry & Jennifer Tear

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Harold Paris, Ron Brannock, Ava Kate Aumann, Allen & Adrian Aumann, Katja Michael, Christy Dahlhauser, Samantha Weigand, Ken Lively, Janie Parnell Haar, Adeline Grace Keown, Heidi Borders, Debbie & Family, Sueann Bunker, Bill Fambrough, Sandy Mizerak, Eva Pearl, Gage Greneker, Steven Shrake, Bill Holman, Bob Behrand, Stan Dickson, Kathy Kareken, Raymond Higgins, Mike Burnaugh, Chloe Lovello, Elizabeth Keely, Jim Weigel, Libby Taylor, Susan Thompson, Poula Thompson, Anita Gardner, Pam Phillips.

BIRTHDAYS: (11/7) Jerry Scott, Jason Gardiner, Richard Bowers, Cindy Tuemmler; (11/8) Harry Tear, IV, Ethan Nienaber; (11/9) Alison Travis, Lauren Barber; (11/10) Roger Motter; (11/11) Gretchen Walton, Chuck Zimmerman; (11/12) Alison Harris, Jimmy Owen; (11/13) Sally Powers, Camilo Calvo, Marti Graham; (11/14) Chuck Severs, Lucas Bachmann, (11/15) Kelly Calvo, (11/16) Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore, (11/17) Roberta Hoyt-Johnson, Paul Parisi, Helen Davis, (11/19) Don Martin, (11/20) Shirley Childs.

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/4) Janet Livingston & Roger Irwin, (11/21) Erica & Adam Handell

(11/8) Lisa Johnston; Al & Sue Jones; Chris, Christina, Reagan, Maddock & Hillyear Jones; Brian Jory; Chris & Barbara Kallas.
(11/15) Jim & Kathy Kareken; Tina, Michael & Justin Kerr; Molly, Jackson, & Sydney Khan; Cary Kilgore; Ellis & Claudia Kilgore.

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, 11/7 Saturday, 11/14


CGS Level 1 Training
Stephen Ministry Cont Ed
Judith Phillips Funeral
Nancy Burnaugh Funeral


Family Promise Board
Sunday, 11/8 Sunday, 11/15


New Consecration Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Celebration Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist
Celebration Brunch
No Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Celebration Brunch
Girl Scouts


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Newcomer/Visitor Coffee
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation
Inviting God's Presence
Girl Scouts
YA Pilgrimage Meeting
VDD Planning Meeting
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 11/9 Monday, 11/16

Preschool Book Fair
CGS - Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Men's Book Study
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts


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

Tuesday, 11/10 Tuesday, 11/17


Preschool Vendor Fair
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Strategic Planning
Fellowship Committee
Nominating Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team
Space Planning
Christian Formation
Wednesday, 11/11 Wednesday, 11/18

Veteran's Day
Preschool Vendor Fair WNL Dinner
WNL Dinner
WNL Adults Program
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir


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

Thursday, 11/12 Thursday, 11/19
Father Dean's day off
Calling & Caring Ministry
Men's Bible Study
Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study
Concert: Skylark
Friday, 11/13 Friday, 11/20


Amma Susan's day off
Advent Reflections Due
Diocesan Council & Lockin
    @ Gwinnett Center
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:

  • 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
  • Sunday, November 29 – Advent begins; Advent wreath-making for all ages 10-11 am in the Parish Hall (No Church School this day)
  • November 29 – December 6 – Family Promise Hosting Week
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 5-6 – Christmas tree pickup
  • Sunday, December 6 – St. Nicholas celebration
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Advent Quiet Evening with Celtic music and poetry, 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 12 – Concert: Maggie Taylor, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 13 – Christmas Pageant at 8:45 service
  • Thursday, December 17 – Senior Adults' Christmas Eucharist and Lunch, 11:00 am
  • Sunday, December 20 – Hanging of the Greens, 5-8 pm


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Lock-in at Annual Council November 13-14

Register now for Youth Lock-In at Annual Council. 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.


Youth Parents important meeting Sunday, November 15

J2A and YA Classes, we will discuss the Valentine’s Dinner Dance. We will have a brief Pilgrimage meeting for YA parents at 5:30 pm and the VDD meeting will begin with parents from both classes at 6:00. It is important that everyone be there if at all possible. This is a huge fundraiser for the youth and we need many hands to take care of everything!

New logo for EYC

Thank you to Jason Snape for creating our new EYC (Youth) logo!


Mentors for Youth

How would you like to have a friend who would always be there for you no matter what? Someone you could talk to, hang out with, and learn things from? Well, that’s what the St. Catherine’s Mentor Program provides: a mentor, or adult friend for any youth that requests it. We assign trained adults from within our church to be mentors who promise confidentiality of all that’s discussed between the mentor and yourself. Why do we do this? Because we respect and honor your life, and want to support you as you go thru your teen years. If this sounds interesting to you, then you or your parent should contact Hale Sanders, Mentoring Coordinator, 678-472-1839,


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. Register at


Summer Mission Trips!

This summer the diocese is sponsoring 2 mission trips:

  • atlSERVE for middle school (Rite 13 age youth)
  • Birmingham for high school (J2A, YA and Seniors)

Get information and registration links at if you are interested in participating in any of these service-oriented Diocesan activities.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 20
  • December 4
  • December 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.

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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