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
November 21 - December 4, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Parish Survey
Announcements change
Christmas trees
Stewardship pledges
Stewardship reflection
Thanksgiving schedule
Advent Journey
  Wreath making
  Quiet evening
  Seasonal donations
  Advent schedule
Men's Night Out
YF movie night
Christmas Market
Concert: Maggie Taylor
Vestry election

Family Promise
Blessing Bags
Giving Tree
Gobble Jog

Vestry notes
HR report
Volunteer Corner
Diocesan Council
Newcomer coffe
Low Country Boil
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

GFC Concert
MOS Concert

Epiphany's nativities
Health tips

Youth Sunday
You(th) help



11/20-22 – Happening @ Camp Mikell

11//22 – Christmas tree orders due

11/24 – Budget requests due;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

11/25 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

11/25-27 – Thanksgiving holiday, church office closed

11/25 – Gobble Jog @ Marietta Square

11/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

11/29 - 12/6 – Family Promise hosting
11/29 – First Sunday of Advent;
Advent wreath making (no Church School)

12/2, 9, 16 – WNL

12/5 & 6 – Christmas tree pickup

12/6 – St. Nicholas celebration;
Emmaus House adult items due

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The Good Shepherd and the Child (Catechesis)

You only have 30 seconds…

By Father Dean

There was once an old professor of medicine who ended one of his lectures on heart surgery by rapping his knuckles loudly on the table. “Now listen,” he said in a loud, strong, voice, “because this is important. When it’s time to tie off the main artery, remember that you only have thirty seconds or that patient dies. So for God’s sake, you’d better take your time.”

This is the spiritual paradox of Advent, beginning Sunday, November 29, as we await the coming of Christ into our lives at Christmas. “You have only 30 seconds,” our culture seems to say to us. You have only 33 shopping days until Christmas, to get the right gifts for the people you love, and to decorate the house, and to write the cards, and to host the parties, and to go to the parties, and to travel to wherever you go to see people, or to clean and sweep and call and organize and estimate costs and… well, you get the picture.

But a deeper wisdom calls us to do the opposite. Advent calls us to watch, to wait, in silence and stillness and contemplation—to ask ourselves, what’s important in my life? How am I “spending” my time, money, energy, and prayer, for God’s work in the world? What might God be “giving birth” to in my life this Christmas season?

We invite you to spend Holy Time at St. Catherine’s this year, especially in these holiday liturgies. And, we invite you to be an active part of this holy church throughout the year. Remember, there are only 33 days until Christmas, so, for God’s sake, you’d better take your time!

Rector Transition: Your input needed on our Parish Survey!

As a step in the search for our new rector, the Nominating Committee is creating a parish profile from input you provide on our Parish Survey. We are counting on 100% participation on the survey from St. Catherine’s congregation in order to create an accurate picture of our parish for prospective candidates.

The survey is anonymous so please reply fully and completely. Allow 20 minutes to complete the survey (you will need to finish it in one session, you will not be able to leave & come back later). After you finish your survey, be sure to pick up your Holy Cow sticker for your name tag from Henrietta the Holy Cow at church!

Go to this link:

Or you can find the survey link on our website – click “Parish Survey” at the bottom of the “Quick Links” section (lower left on the home page). The survey will be open for your replies until mid December. If you have any questions you can contact the Nominating Committee at

Photo - Henrietta the Holy Cow (a.k.a. Margaret Shaw) introduced the Parish Survey on November15 (photo by Bettye Harris)

IMPORTANT CHANGE AHEAD for worship services this Advent Season

Begins Sunday, November 29

By Fr. Dean, Interim Rector

One of the strongest requests made at the Parish Town Hall on November 4 was for us to figure out ways to give more time for education during our Church School on Sunday mornings. As one Church School teacher put it, “If the 8:45 Service goes over an hour—which it does a great deal of the time—then our education time really gets squeezed.”

For the Season of Advent, then, we’re going to try something a bit different. We’re going to have announcements BEFORE THE SERVICE BEGINS—at about 10 minutes before the opening hymn. This applies to all our service times. The Vestry Person of the Day will read the announcements and then, after a moment of quiet to “collect ourselves” and prepare for worship, we will begin the service at the regular time. We will begin on the first Sunday in Advent, November 29 and continue through the Advent season.

A suggestion: I invite you to make an “Advent discipline” of arriving at church 10 minutes early, not simply to hear the announcements but even more importantly, to quiet your soul and prepare yourself for worship. When Advent is over, we’ll reflect on this practice, and see how it worked!

“Prayer is sitting in silence until it silences us” — Richard Rohr

NOTE: This change will affect announcements ONLY. Prayers for birthdays and anniversaries will continue to be offered during the service immediately following The Peace (changed from information published in November 17 Parish Announcements email news).

Order Christmas trees to support our Youth

Order this Sunday, November 22

New vendor: trees are being supplied through Home Depot this year. Order your tree and tell your friends, all to support our youth program! You can expect the wonderful quality of Home Depot trees and support our youth program at the same time. Order-taking is open through November 22. You’ll select your own tree at pickup on December 5 & 6 (come early for best choice). 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

Estimate of Giving (Pledge) update

The Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce these updated figures. The number of pledges for 2016 which have been received at latest report (November 20) is 183, and the total dollars pledged is $707,760. It is so wonderful to see the Holy Spirit at work in our lives!

If you have not yet returned your Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) for 2016, you may obtain an Estimate of Giving (pledge) card at church in the pews, or print one from our website at . Cards were also mailed to those who have not yet sent one. Please return your card in the alms basin or to the church office as soon as possible. Your pledges are needed now as we begin the budgeting process for 2016! Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine’s ministries and missions.


On stewardship: "As Time Passes... Keep Watch"

By Jerry Scott

While on a recent trip to California because my sister had died, I reflected on my own mortality. My parents have both passed away and now my siblings are started to pass. Nothing puts the need to get things in order like thinking about dying.

Somewhere in the Bible it says to keep watch and be prepared because you don’t know when you will be getting the call. Stewardship is along those lines – taking care of God’s people and the world He made for us. Giving back shows we are thankful.

Calendar for Thanksgiving holiday & weekend

A blessed, happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones from the people of St. Catherine’s!

  • No WNL (Wednesday Night Live) and no choir rehearsals on Wednesday, Nov. 25. WNL resumes on December 2 for all ages.
  • The church office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25-27.
  • No Church School on Sunday, November 29 – join us for Advent wreath making, 10-11 am (see below in this newsletter).
  • The Gobble Jog is Thanksgiving Day morning on the Marietta square. This annual event supports MUST Ministries (see below in this newsletter) .

Budget requests for 2016 due Tuesday, November 24

IMPORTANT for all committee and ministry leaders!

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

Journey through Advent

Advent Wreath Making – Sunday, November 29

—> NO CHURCH SCHOOL this day

Join us at 10-11 am 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. And, watch out for a special visit by St. Nicholas himself!

Foam wreath forms, candles and greens are provided (no charge). If you already have a wreath base please bring it. Parishioner and potter Mel Paris will have a limited number of his hand-made ceramic Advent wreath bases available for sale to make your wreaths if you are interested. 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.

Help needed -- Volunteers are needed to gather the greenery from Christmas tree lots; set up; clean up. Please sign up on this event in The City or contact Stephanie Yucius.


Advent Quiet Evening with Celtic music & poetry at WNL, December 9

On December 9 beginning at 6:30 pm, during the regular Wednesday Night Live program time, we invite you to gather in quiet and reflect on the season of Advent through the Celtic music and poetry. Our usual Wednesday night dinner will be served 5:45 - 6:30 pm (RSVP if you will attend the meal).


Advent reflections: "Sweeping The Hearth"

You'll find a variety of Advent study materials for children, youth and adults on the table in the foyer begining on the First Sunday of Advent. 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. Look for this year's collection, "Sweeping The Hearth: Preparing for the Birth of Christ," which will be available for pickup at church, on our website and on our Facebook page in time for the start of the season on November 29.

You may also receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! Sign up now on our Advent Reflections page at (If you previously subscribed to one of our reflections series you will automatically receive the Advent series, no need to sign up again).

Seasonal donations requested

Each year we invite everyone to donate funds for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. Please insert your donation in the brown envelopes in the pews (or send to the church office). Remember to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, December 13 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.

Mark your calendars now for more in Advent

  • Sunday, December 6– Second Sunday of Advent: St. Nicholas celebration during Church School
  • Sunday, December 13– Third Sunday of Advent: Children’s Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service (all children are invited to participate); Vestry elections held at all services
  • Thursday, December 17– Senior Adults Christmas Eucharist & Lunch, 11 am
  • Sunday, December 20– Fourth Sunday of Advent: Hanging of the Greens with decorating, supper and carol singing beginning at 5 pm, supper time is at 6:30 pm. Bring your family and friends, and a dessert to share.

Note: the Tuesday morning Advent Eucharist and study series from previous years will not be held this year.

RSVP now for Men's Night Out - Thursday, December 10

Reservation is required! Men of the parish are invited to an evening out starting at 6:00 pm at Reformation Brewery in Woodstock. Cost is $15. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Dave Banko ( Reformation Brewery is located at 500 Arnold Mill Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188

Young Families Movie & Dinner Night

Sunday, December 13 at the Hitchins

All Young Families are invited to join us for a Christmas Movie and Dinner Night, Sunday December 13, at the home of Todd and Anne Hitchins (814 Sharpshooters Ridge, Marietta, GA 30064) beginning at 4:30 pm. We will have chili, chicken nuggets, fruit, and hot chocolate, and watch two short Christmas movies: The Very First Noel and The Grinch. Kids are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket or sleeping bag to relax during the movies. Please RSVP on the Young Families Shutterfly site or respond to the event on The City so that we can prepare enough food for everyone.

Christmas Market Sunday, December 6

St. Cat’s artisans wanted

“Shop local” this holiday season! A Christmas Artisan Market will be open to everyone in the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 6 between the services until 1:00 pm.

St. Catherine's artisans, please contact ASAP Rebeccah Devault if you would like a booth, on The City / Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin /

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

Mark your December calendar now! 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 to join her. Free, no tickets needed, the public is invited.

Vestry election

Sunday, December 13 at all services

This year we will elect four new members to three-year terms on our Vestry. The slate of candidates will be announced on November 29, and the election will be held at all worship services on Sunday, December 13. If you will be unable to attend worship on election day, absentee ballots will be available in the church office (or call 770-971-2839). The absentee ballots must be received the office by Friday, December 11 at 5:00 pm.


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.

We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please contact Diane Sanders, or Eleanore Pearson,, or sign up at the table in the foyer on Sundays. 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)

Blessing Bags collection

Young Families Ministry is going local and is excited to sponsor a new outreach project. Instead of the Christmas shoeboxes (“Operation Christmas Child”), we will be providing much needed toiletries, undergarments, pajamas and a small toy or book for homeless children in the Family Promise program. Plastic zip bags and a shopping list are available for pickup in the foyer on Sundays with collection ongoing until Sunday, December 20. For more information, please contact Molly Banko at For more information on the Family Promise program, see

Outreach opportunities this holiday season -- The Giving Tree and more!

By Nancy Denton

Emmaus House is one of a number of Outreach ministries that St. Catherine’s supports. Emmaus House is a center for community life in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field in Atlanta. Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors in Peoplestown. For more information about Emmaus House please go to their website, The following are opportunities listed below that are available to be a part of this coming Advent season.

Secret Santa items - due by December 6: We are collecting scarves, slippers, hankies, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, decorative items, costume jewelry, watches for the Emmaus House Secret Santa Shop to be held on Sunday, December 13. After the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, children visit the Secret Santa Shop to buy gifts for their parents and grandparents. All items are priced at 10 cents. Please deliver these donations for Secret Santa to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 6th.

The Giving Tree – return items by Dec. 13: St. Catherine’s parishioners buy gifts for the Emmaus House Children’s Christmas Festival on the morning of December 24. Beginning November 20, we will have a tree with ornaments with suggested gift ideas set up in the church foyer. There are approximately 700+ children who come for the festivities on Christmas Eve morning. These gifts should be returned to St. Catherine’s no later than Sunday, December 13 to be taken to Emmaus House. We ask that you shop for boys and girls ages 9 to 16 years. Some suggested gifts include: back packs, sleeping bags, books, videos, socks, gloves, sports equipment, watches, CDs, sunglasses, playing cards, cologne, and manicure sets. A more complete list of suggestions and instructions can be found at the Outreach table in the foyer. Once you have bought a gift, we ask that you:

  • Wrap the gift, particularly for gift cards (but not if it’s too hard, like a football),
  • Attach the tree ornament label securely to your gift, and
  • Deliver the gift back to the Giving Tree at St. Cat’s by Sunday, December 13.

Children’s Christmas Festival at Emmaus House: For the past several years, parishioners have gone to Emmaus House on the morning of Christmas Eve to be “elves” at their annual Christmas Festival, helping to distribute presents to 700+ smiling faces and escort the guests to the various events. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Gina Bauman, for details and carpool times.

If you have any questions about these Outreach opportunities, please contact Nancy Denton, or 770-428-6058.

The Gobble Jog - Thanksgiving Day!

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. 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 Sports Authority in Cobb Place Shopping Center (off Barrett Parkway) on Wednesday, November 25, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, or at the Marietta Square on race day beginning at 6:30 am. Get all the details and register at .


Vestry Notes

By Bill Ivey

Highlights from the Vestry's November meeting:

  • We always begin each vestry meeting with Eucharist and the meetings are open to church members who might be interested in the process of administering our church business. We welcomed members of the Youth Committee and the new convener of the Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry Team, Tami Mace.
  • The Youth Committee presented a proposal to increase the size of the Youth House due to overcrowding. In the next few years, as the current Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes move into youth age, the needs for space for all of them will almost double. The plan is to extend the Youth House out the back with storage space beneath the expansion. Like the last build, this project will be done “Habitat” style with members of our church providing labor and professional tradesmen supplying electrical, plumbing and other assistance. Look for this project to kick-off in the new year, and to be the first project to be reviewed as part of a Master Plan we are beginning with the help of architect, Randy Young.
  • Our nominating committee has begun work to gather information from the parish to develop a profile of our church – this begins with a survey now available on our website (see above in this newsletter). The Holy Cow survey hopefully will reach every one of our members, including our youth. It will help direct the search for a new rector.
  • The Vestry discussed our stewardship campaign – we are ahead of total commitments at this time last year. If you have not had an opportunity to pledge yet, please take the time to fill out your giving estimate — cards are in the backs of the pews, available from the ushers, or download one from our website at
  • At the same time, due to several families leaving the parish, we are looking at a shortfall of up to $50,000 for the current year. If you have not brought your current pledge up to date, please do so as soon as possible. And if you will not be able to meet your current pledge, please contact Rose Wolfe or Father Dean to let us know in privacy. The church office number is 770-971-2839, or email to or
  • Bill Hutton provided an update on The City. Committees and Ministry Teams are asked to use The City to conduct their business, and to encourage those who need assistance to attend one of the training sessions. It is a great way to connect with other members in the Parish. The City address is .
  • Approval was given to replace the lights in the choir room with more efficient LED lighting. This will be completed in the next few weeks.
  • At this time we have four candidates for Vestry election this fall. If you are looking to serve your church in this very important way, please contact Tom Blackstock at for more information. Vestry members serve for a period of three years.
  • We were dismissed at 10:15 pm with a benediction from Fr. Dean.

If you have questions, our email address is

HR Committee update: “Planting the seed”

By Daniel Mikkelsen

2015 has turned out to be a busy year for St. Catherine’s Human Resources Committee. Outside of normal business we have been busy with the hiring of a new Parish Secretary, a new Youth Director, and an Interim Rector. As we head into 2016 budgeting and finalize pledge gathering, we are responding to other important needs in our parish. The HR Committee would like to share with the parish that we are now in discussions with the Finance Committee and the Vestry proposals to create two new staff positions at St. Catherine's. Job descriptions and market compensation analysis for a Director of Children and Family Ministries and a Facilities Manager have been formulated.

While our vibrant Youth program covers 6th - 12th grades, our Director of Children and Family Ministries position would oversee our many ministries that focus on children from birth to age 12 as well as their families. Ministries include Children’s Chapel, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Nursery, Christmas Pageant, Vacation Bible School, etc... Our children are not just the future of St. Catherine's, they are St. Catherine's. HR agrees with our Christian Formation lay leadership that children and their families need this increased level of support and dedicated guidance from our staff to lead us into a closer relationship with Christ.

Our facilities team has been working to develop a 5 year maintenance and replacement plan for some time. A Master Planning Committee has been initiated which will be working with an aArchitect, Randy Young, to develop a Master Plan for our larger initiatives. HR feels St. Catherine's needs a Facilities Manager who would operate and continually update our Master Plan for facilities and grounds. Keeping our house of God in proper condition via coordination of volunteers, vendors, contractors with lay leaders and staff improves our ability to welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people.

We would like to hear your feedback on these potential new staff positions. You may reach Elizabeth Lopez at or Daniel Mikkelsen at Other members of your HR Committee include Rebeccah Devault, Susan Jenkins, Randy Satterfield.

Volunteer Corner: "Thanksgiving"

By Pat Pepper

Thanksgiving Day is a time when we stop and intentionally focus on our blessings and giving thanks, something I/we need to do every day. As we are being intentional, think about these 2 quotes (authors unknown):

Not what we say about our blessings
but how we use them,
is the true measure of our


to be truly thanks giving,
is first thanks,
then giving…

How do you respond to these 2 quotes? How do you use your gifts, how do you give back? I am here to help.

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

Diocesan Council 2016 report

By Carol Eskew

St. Catherine’s lay delegates to the 109th Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Atlanta held on November 13-14 were Jim Greene, Carol Eskew, Bettye Harris, Joyce Hendricks, and Elizabeth Lopez; Erin Donoghue was our youth delegate; Fr. Dean and Amma Susan were our clergy delegates; Linda Scott and Janet Livingston served prominent support roles at the annual event. St. Cat’s was well represented!

The Marietta Convocation raised the bar when we hosted the 108th Council at the Marietta Convention Center last year – but the Northeast Georgia Convocation did a great follow-up Council at the Infinite Energy Forum formerly known as Gwinnett County Center. The same energy that began last year in Marietta continued in Duluth – beginning with Bishop Rob Wright and his wife greeting each delegate personally with warm handshakes outside the auditorium on Friday morning.

That began another spirited and spirit filled Council, starting with worship in the Performing Arts Center led by Christ Church of Norcross and a chorus from the Annandale Women’s Prison. Eucharist and prayers were led by Bishop Rob and a diverse group of clergy and laity. First reading was done in Dinka (Sudan), other prayers and Gospel were spoken in Spanish as well as English. The Holy Spirit was surely there!

Then the work of the Council – ministry and mission breakouts, work on resolutions and other committee work was done. “The New Purpose” for the Diocese begun last year was completed with an energetic, enthusiastic and once again diverse spirit. The Diocesan Statement of Purpose is "We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually." Bishop Rob spoke to the Council afterwards, challenging the parishes to NOT ask what are we going to do to implement this purpose, but to ask - What are we willing to give up to embrace God's purpose for us.

One of the highlights of the Council was recognizing clergy with anniversaries of their ordination. Fr. Dean was one of those celebrating his 30th year of God’s call to him.

On Saturday, we were really moved by the voices of the Diocesan Youth leading us in morning worship and song! From that presentation forward, you will not hear them or us talking about them being the church of the future, they have proclaimed themselves the Church Now. They want to participate on Vestry, be ushers and readers and see themselves taking a much more active role in all aspects of church life… not just the Youth programs. I think the purposeful exuberance we felt and heard is just the beginning! It filled our hearts and souls that they’ll be leading the charge to go forth and spread the good news that the Diocese of Atlanta is growing and changing and on a mission to draw our circle wider!

Anyone who has not had a chance to be a delegate to annual council should consider it for next year. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and worship and do work with others in our Diocese!

Photos below by Bettye Harris, and by Bill Monk for the Diocese, see lots more of his photos at

Cheers! at the November Newcomer & Visitor Coffee

By Bettye Harris & Susan Heuke, Invitation Ministry Team

A “lovely spot of tea (or coffee)” with scones was in order last Sunday morning in the parish hall as sixteen newcomers, visitors, and new members were welcomed by clergy, staff, and lay leaders. Guests enjoyed English scones complete with clotted cream, lemon curd, and other treats while meeting some of our leaders and hearing about our ministries. Hearty thanks to everyone who supported our successful event. Thank you especially to Alyson Goodstone for her advice and generous donation of fresh scones.

Our next newcomer coffee is scheduled for February 7, 2016. Photos below by Jan Potter, Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see more full size in the albums at ChurchNewcomers111515 and November 2015.

Low Country Boil - Recap

Eighty guests enjoyed fellowship and dancing, feasting on shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, beverages, and dessert at the October Low Country Boil. Our expenses were kept to a minimum and the Fellowship Committee is pleased to announce that the balance from ticket sales of $667.98 was donated to Stop Hunger Now. Special thanks go to our vendors, Marta Dos Santos of DJ Martex, Fuji Hana Thai Peppers Restaurant at Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw, and all those who shopped, setup, cooked, served, cleaned, and donated cooking pots/propane. A very big thank you Fred & Elizabeth Lopez for coordinating this event.

Seen around St. Cat's

Congratulation to Eagle Scout Mitchell Waldron of Boy Scout Troop 433. Mitch's Eagle project was creating a new Reflection Garden on St. Catherine's grounds which was dedicated in a ceremony in June.


Sunday, November 8 - New Consecration Sunday

Did you know Father Dean was a cellist? Photos by Bettye Harris, see more full size in the album at November 2015

Do you know about these ministries?

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

  • November 23-29: Needlework Brigade — This week we celebrate the life and work of Needlework Brigade, volunteers who participate in needlework projects for the church including our needlepoint kneelers, that leave a lasting legacy of faith and dedication to our Lord. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Beverly Fambrough, 770.993.5444,
  • November 30 – December 6: Altar Guild This week we celebrate the life and work of our Altar Guild, responsible for set up and cleanup of the altar whenever a service is held at St. Catherine’s. The guild also takes care of the altar linens and hangings, and bakes the communion bread. Volunteers work in teams on a rotating basis and training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Rebeccah Devault, 404.277.6356, or Mary Lou Shannonhouse, 770.973.2840,


Dearest Parish Family,

As many of you know, the Owen 6 are in a very active season of life. We currently have 3 teens and 1 tween under our roof and life has become a bit hectic of as of late. As a family, we have come to the conclusion that we need to slow down a bit and make a more conscious effort to have more quality time vs. busy time. After much discernment we have decided that it would be easier for us to attend a parish that is closer to home. Some of you know that on a good traffic day it takes us 25 minutes to drive to Holt Road and on bad days it can be a 45 minute drive—and this is just one way.

We would not be who we are without our St. Cat’s family and we love each of you dearly. Therefore, we are not saying goodbye, but more so “see you around.” While we’ll be engaged in a different parish, as time allows, we will still be taking part in some of the much beloved St. Cat’s activities and outreach ministries that have become such a deep part of our common life.

With grateful hearts,
The Owens

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

  • Family Promise of Cobb County on October 29 for donation of $500.

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 classic 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, 6:00 pm 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


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. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5 adults; $4 Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For information contact 404.373.8338 / or visit Schedule: Saturday, December 5, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-4 pm; Wednesday, Dec. 9 – Friday, Dec. 11, 10 am - 2 pm; Friday, Dec. 11, 7-9 pm; Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 13, 2-4 pm.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Healthy eating can be simple
    According to food author Michael Pollan, you can sum up healthy eating in seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” While it may sound silly or too simplistic to some, this is great advice. According to our registered dietitian, “eat food” means a balanced diet of whole foods—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean meats—rather than processed foods. “Not too much” means stop before you are full. “Mostly plants” means that most of your plate should be filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Only about one-third of your meal should be comprised of animal protein. Source: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan
  • Stay healthy with good oral health
    Did you know that preventing periodontitis (the advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss) is not only important for your oral health, but can also be an important step in maintaining overall health? Researchers have found that periodontitis can be associated with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. In most cases, good oral health can be maintained with healthy eating habits, daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits. Source: American Dental Association

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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: Dr. Christy Dahlhauser, Pope High School teacher & coach

BEFORE SURGERY: Raymond Higgins

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Brandon Long, Rod Pope, Frank Adams, Beth Lee, Clara Andrews, H. Mel Paris, Jim Weigel, Ron Brannock, Katja Michael, Janet Myers, Ken Lively, Janie Parnell Haar, Adelyn Grace Keown, Heidi Borders, Debbie & Family, Sueann Bunker, Bill Fambrough, Gage Greneker, Bill Holman, Bob Behrand, Stan Dickson, Elizabeth Keely, Libby Taylor, Susan Thompson, Poula Thompson, Anita Gardner, Pam Phillips.

BIRTHDAYS: (11/22) Barbara Cordery, Marcia Markette, Lauren Travis, (11/23) Claire Harrison, (11/24) Pam Phillips, Emily Dini, (11/25) David Shannonhouse, (11/26) Mike Reeves, (11/27) Barbara Barrington, (12/2) Bill Lee, Gina Baumann, (12/3) Peggy Price, Dewaine Norris, Chandler Massey, (12/4) Taryn Nienaber, (12/5) Tad Dupuis.

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/27) Carla von Hoffman & Rod Deutscher; (12/2) Phil & Lisa Spessard; (12/4) Scott & Ginny Lummus.

(11/22) Steven & Missy Korwan; Hans & Karen Kraeger; Holly Krupp & Ella Laird; Bill Krupp; Michelle, Jordan & Greyson LaGarde.
(11/29) Linda Langston; Barbara Larsh; Cathy Larsh; Bill & Beth Lee; Ginney Linstrom.

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, 11/21 Saturday, 11/28


Happening @ Camp Mikell
Cats On Wheels Lunch
  @ Hong Kong Star


Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
Sunday, 11/22 Sunday, 11/29


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Inviting God's Presence
Girl Scouts
Boy Scouts Court of Honor


Family Promise Hosting
First Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Advent Wreath Making
No Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Vestry Nominees
Inviting God's Presence
Mit FitzSimons Memorial Service

Monday, 11/23 Monday, 11/30


CGS - Catholic
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 11/24 Tuesday, 12/1


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Christian Formation


Bible Study
Preschool Moms Social
Staff Meeting
Adult Christian Ed
Nominating Committee
Wednesday, 11/25 Wednesday, 12/2

Office Closed
MUST Breakfast


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Preschool Cooking
WNL Dinner
WNL Adults Program
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 11/26 Thursday, 11/3

Thanksgiving Day
Father Dean's day off

Office Closed
Gobble Jog @ Marietta Square
Father Dean's day off
Preschool Board
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 11/27 Friday, 11/4

Amma Susan's day off
Office Closed
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:

  • Saturday & Sunday, December 5-6 – Christmas tree pickup
  • Sunday, December 6 - Christmas Artisan Market
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Advent Quiet Evening with Celtic music and poetry, 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Men's Night Out at Reformation Brewery, 6 pm
  • Saturday, December 12 – Concert: Maggie Taylor, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 13 – Christmas Pageant at 8:45 service; Vestry election at all services; Young Families' Dinner & Movie Night at the Hitchins
  • Thursday, December 17 – Senior Adults' Christmas Eucharist and Lunch, 11:00 am
  • Sunday, December 20 – Hanging of the Greens, 5-8 pm
  • Christmas Eve - Family Eucharist 5:00 pm; Choral Festival Eucharist - 10:30 pm Christmas Vigil music, 11:00 pm procession starts
  • Christmas Day - Holy Eucharist 10:30 am


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Youth Sunday added - January 3

This year we will have an additional Youth Sunday on January 3. Start thinking now of how you would like to participate! Youth will acolyte, read, preach, provide music... anything you can think of! Let Sally know now if there is something you know you want to do!


How can you(th) help?

  • Our Cool Clothes Collection has gone really well! - We have been able to supply a lot of needed items for East Cobb Middle / Wheeler 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). I have a box for clothes donations in my office, so please continue to bring things to me when you have them!
  • Christmas Eve 5:00 PM Family Service - Reception planners would love to have youth to help serve punch and clean up after the event. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Massey:

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • December 4
  • December 18
  • January 8

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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