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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
January 9-22, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Transition blog
Valentine Dinner Dance
Annual Meeting
Cats On Wheels
Recycle wreaths
Preschool registration
CF classes
Praying w/prayer beads
Lent reflections
Newcomer vouchers
Guess Who's Coming
Join Choir
Interfaith Immersion
Concert series
Flowers & canclles

Blessing Bags
Emmaus elves

FG&T convener
Volunteer Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Health tips

Expansion project
Youth Sunday
Youth Choir
New Beginnings
Summer missions



1/8-10 – Youth DYC @ Camp Mikell

1/9 – Dismantling Racism training

1/11 – Youth House Expansion meeting

1/13, 20, 27 – WNL

1/16 – Cats On Wheels @ J. Christopher’s;
Young Families Game Night

1/17 – Cats On Wheels trip meeting;
The Extension dinner

1/18 – MLK Holiday, office closed

1/24 – Services at 7:30, 10:30 only;
Church School 9 am;
Parish Annual Meeting 12 pm

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Becoming a Human Being

By Father Dean

I found it in the discount bin of a used DVD store—a copy of the 1970's movie, Little Big Man. A very young Dustin Hoffman plays a 110-year-old remembering his days growing up as a white boy raised by the Cheyenne. Throughout the movie his life moves between the two cultures, and we see ourselves and our culture through his eyes.

The Cheyenne call themselves the tsis-tsis-tas, which can simply mean “The People,” but more appropriately, “The Human Beings.” There are Lakota or Pawnee, Sioux or White Men, and then there are the Human Beings. Little Big Man's mentor is Old Lodge Skins who is the Peace Chief of the tribe (there is also a War Chief). Little Big Man calls him “Grandfather,” and in one scene, he asks Grandfather about the difference between White Men and Human Beings. “The Human Beings believe everything is alive. Not only man and animals, but also water, earth, stone, and also the things from them. But the White Man, they believe that everything is dead. Stone, earth, animals. And people! Even their own people! If things keep trying to live, White Man will rub them out. That is the difference.” Then Old Lodge Skins adds, “There is an endless supply of White Men. There has always been a limited number of Human Beings!”

St. Irenaeus wrote in the second century A.D. that “Man fully alive is the glory of God.” A more inclusive and appropriate translation today might be, “a Human Being fully alive is the glory of God.” Surely it is our call as Christians to become “fully alive” in the way that we are called, through the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our model not only of what God is most like, but also what we human beings should be most like as well. In a word, the kind of Human Being that Jesus is can be summed up in a single word, “compassion.” It seems from all accounts that the person, the “Human Being” Jesus had an infinite capacity for compassion for human suffering. And our “vocation” or calling, is to become more like Jesus, especially in that way. We do that as a church by prayer, study, and works of compassion. And of course, most mysteriously and powerfully, by worship, especially the Holy Eucharist. As Bishop Frank Allan has said, “The Eucharist is not about changing bread and wine into body and blood, but it is about changing us into human beings who are fully alive—the glory of God.”

When I was privileged to take the helm at St.Catherine’s as your Interim Rector, I said at the time that my job was to “tell you what I see.” And now—can you believe it's been almost six months!—I can tell you with great wisdom and authority that what I see in you is a parish fully alive!

I look forward with great excitement to the coming seasons with you all, as we share together this adventure that God has called us on, to become “fully alive” through Jesus Christ. I thank God for the privilege of being your leader for this important time in the life of this exceptional parish! Grace, Peace, and Happy New Year to you all!

Rector Transition update: survey complete

Get the news on the Nominating Committee blog!           

Your Nominating Committee will be posting periodic updates on the search process on St. Catherine’s blog page, “The Welcoming Journey.” Read it now at - we invite you to add your comments. You can subscribe to our blog with RSS feed -- click this button to sign up:
Below is this week’s entry:

Parish Profile Complete
CAT Survey completes with over 90% response!

St. Catherine’s, you are amazing! We received responses to the rector nominating survey from over 90% of our active membership. Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete the survey. The nominating committee and Vestry will be meeting with the consulting firm later this month. The consultant will present their analysis of survey and share the results.

In the next month the nominating committee will be hosting a series of Town Hall forums to gain additional input for our Parish Profile. The Parish Profile will be used to guide the committee as we search for our next rector. If you didn’t get a chance to complete the survey or have input for the committee, please contact us at

Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction        

Saturday, February 6 - get tickets now!

The annual Valentine Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 6. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support. Proceeds will go to defray costs of the Youth Pilgrimage which will take place this summer.

Ticket are $35 per person, and are available before and after each church service starting until January 31 or until sold out. Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! For further information, contact Youth Director Sally Paris,, or Susanne Muckerman,

Auction items being accepted now

We are now seeking donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – all types of items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Contact Sally or Susanne as above for information and forms.

Parish Annual Meeting Sunday, January 24

Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am / Church School 9 am

St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 24 at 12:30 PM following our worship service this day at 10:30 AM. The 10:30 service will include an offertory anthem sung by the Chorister, Chancel Choir and a special Youth Choir! A light lunch will be served immediately following the service, 11:45-12:30 pm, followed by the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Interim Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.

Annual reports due January 15

Now is the time to start thinking about annual reports - we will gladly accept them early! We really want to have all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send reports by email to by Friday, January 15. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.

Annual Meeting lunch help needed

The Fellowship Ministry is looking for help in the following areas: Set up (Sunday morning January 24 after the 7:30 AM service/breakfast) and clean up (specifically need help moving furniture). Please contact Jennifer Massey or Shirley Childs to lend a hand or if you have questions.

Cats On Wheels

Next lunch: Saturday, January 16

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for periodic outings to various places of interest throughout the year.

Our next odd-month pay-your-own lunch will be Saturday, January 16 at J. Christopher’s – the POWERS FERRY LOCATION (between Terrell Mill and Delk Road), 1275 Powers Ferry Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30067, (770) 953-0002, RSVP so we can save you a seat -- see the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Trip to Historic Charleston - Information meeting January 17

On Sunday, January 17 at 1:30 PM, there will be an opportunity to “Come and See” about the details of a Cats On Wheels trip to Charleston, SC, planned for April 20 –23. Among the highlights will be a carriage ride tour of the historic district, a visit to Boone Plantation, walking the decks of the USS Yorktown, a ferry boat ride to the Fort Sumter National Monument, and much more. You won’t want to miss this exciting trip. Bring a friend and join us in the Board Room for this presentation and a slice of pizza.

Cats On Wheels calendar

Here is more of our schedule coming up, please join us!

  • 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 – Historic 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

Recycle your Advent wreath

The Advent wreath red recycling bin is now in the foyer near the name tags. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made at St. Cat's for the past season. Thank you!

Time for Preschool registration

St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education

Open House - Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preschool registration for the 2016-2017 school year is here! As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years.

  • Tours are available beginning January 13 -- every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am -12 pm, no appointment needed
  • Classes available for ages 1 through 4 (Pre-K)
  • Structured learning environment with small class size
  • Comprehensive preschool curriculum including math, art, music, and reading
  • School Hours 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Before Care, After School Programs, and MMO offered

St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference. Please visit our website at for more information on our wonderful preschool.

Church School and study offerings for Winter & Spring

Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring.

Church School - Sundays, 10 AM

  • For children ages 2 to fifth grade: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • For youth sixth through twelfth grades: Journey to Adulthood
  • Adult classes:
    • New class: Inviting God's Presence: Praying with Prayer Beads - Anglican rosaries are a form of contemplative prayer which can help us focus and block out normal, distractive thoughts. Such intrusions can inhibit our concentration on inviting God's presence. Join us as we navigate through the history of prayer beads, learn how to make our own Anglican rosaries, and deepen our relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Facilitator: Althea Dillard.
    • New class: “The Journey” (Inquirers) - “The Journey” prepares adults new to St. Catherine’s or new to the Episcopal tradition to receive the sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation, or to be received into the Episcopal Church from other denominations. Participants explore their faith, learn about the Episcopal Church, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and discern their gifts for ministry. Facilitator: The Rev. Susan Johnson.
    • New class: One River, Many Wells - Every day, in billions of hearts around the world, words of praise, supplication, and thanksgiving go out to our Creator. Who are these people who find their way to God on paths that diverge from our own? What do they believe? How do they worship? How do they differ from us historically, morally, ethically, theologically… and how are we the same? As a response to our troubled times, we will begin with study of Islam and proceed to all major and most minor faith groups. Come with an open mind and heart to see how your own faith will be enriched by this study. Teacher: Ginny Acocella.
    • Continuing: Be Still and Know: A Course on Meditation - Come and learn why meditation is important in our current world, hear about the history of meditation through the ages, and discuss and practice various techniques. This can be an introduction course about meditation, or a springboard to future learning about it. In addition to discussing various methods (breath, mantra, body scan, labyrinth and more) we will practice the techniques at each class. Facilitators: Hale Sanders and Pierce Hale.
    • Continuing: An Intentional Life - A series of thoughtful conversations about the person you want to be, the life you want to live and the impact you want to have on your community. It's about having a deep life—not just a good life. Facilitator: Rebeccah Devault.
    • Continuing: The Lectionary - This class on the Lectionary studies and discusses the Bible readings in the service each Sunday. We take an in-depth look through facilitated discussion at the passages themselves as well as issues and concepts they raise. Doing so often makes the service that day more meaningful and gives us a deeper understanding of God's Word. We hope you’ll join us. Facilitator: Randy Satterfield.
    • Continuing: Take It As Gospel: Men’s Study Group - Every Sunday a Gospel scripture is read in our services. We follow the Lectionary, used by Episcopal churches worldwide. This men’s class will open up this scripture and allow sharing and discussion. Each week we will delve more deeply into what it says to us. We use a three-part study system and read various translations. This class is for beginners through scholars. No preparation needed. We welcome you to hear the Word of God with us. Facilitator: Al Maxwell.

Weekday Bible study groups

  • Weekday Bible Study, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — Everyone is invited to join us for lively discussion and probing questions as we ask “how does the there and then of this Scripture impact my life in the here and now?” Coffee provided. No prerequisites or text required, just bring your Bible, any translation. Facilitator: Bill Selby.
  • Women’s Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 10-11:15 AM — Join us as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays, 7-8:30 PM — Our study will be guided by the book “James in the Suburbs” by April Love-Fordham. Do you consume God's blessings, or do you share them? Most Christians are obsessed with the right theology and the right rules in hopes that God will bless us. But there is another type of Christian, one who craves being put to work to share God's blessings with others. “James in the Suburbs” is a parable that makes the Epistle of James applicable to modern life. We have lively discussion and dinner together. We welcome you to join us at any point in the study. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study,Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible translations are encouraged. We will use the book Revelation: Four Views, A Parallel Commentary edited by Steve Gregg (purchase optional). We will continue with our winter and spring sessions until we complete chapter 22 of Revelation. All men are invited. Facilitator: Tom Snead.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 AM — This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible translations are encouraged. The syllabus is Cokesbury’s Journey Through the Bible, and a chapter in the study book is read before each session. The syllabus is Cokesbury’s Journey Through the Bible, and a chapter in the study book ($13) is read before each session. We next study the Colossians through Jude. Our spring session will cover Revelation. All men are invited. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.

Book Studies

  • Men’s Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 6:30 PM - at the home of a member of the group, contact the church office for the next location
  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:00-11:00 AM, in the Parlor

WNL - Wednesday Night Live

WNL Dinner Pass now available for winter – spring -- Now available, dinner passes for Wednesday Night Live meals for winter & spring. Price is $60 adults & youth, $30 children, for January through May but excluding the weeks in Lent (WNL meals by donation during Lent). Please contact Sally Paris,

WNL, our weekly Wednesday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. Dinner 5:45-6:30 pm; Adult program 6:30 pm; Youth and Explorers games & study hall at 6:30 OR Choristers at 6:15, followed by programs 7-8 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family). Be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us: (1) on The City, (2) on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, OR (3) contact the church office, or 770-971-2839, by Tuesday 5 pm.

  • Adults: Continuing with “TV Gospel,” A lighthearted look at the great issues of faith and truth through classic TV sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Modern Family, Everybody Loves Raymond, and even The Simpsons. Facilitator: The Rev. Dean Taylor.
  • Children: Wednesday Night Explorers — Wednesday Night Explorers for 3rd-6th graders in the Parlor. Topics will vary by week and we will explore faith formation with a fun, collaborative, hands-on approach and focus on finding ways to see, feel and communicate with God in ways that feel authentic to us. Facilitators: Harriett Pyburn, Sue Snape.
  • Youth: Grades 7-12 in the Youth House — Wednesday Night Live fellowship includes music, discussion and fun, with an emphasis on relevance for all J2A age groups.

Inviting God's Presence: Praying with an Anglican (Protestant) Rosary

New Church School class meets weekly

By Althea Dillard

It’s not only Roman Catholics who use a rosary or other prayer beads or prayer cord to help draw the mind closer to prayer, and concentrate on when words are said, especially when at the same time one is deep in prayer. Distracting thoughts may pop in… “What is it I’m supposed to say next?” or “Where are we going with this?” The use of a rosary or prayer beads is not only about expressing any particular religious faith. It is also about directing the mind (and spirit) into a deeply prayerful (meditative) state. This is where the change starts to happen and the invitation of God's presence occurs.

For information and to explore the experience of praying with a beads, please come and join the new Church School class now in session each Sunday , "Inviting God's Presence: Praying with an Anglican (Protestant) Rosary." Starting at 10:00 am I promise a very special Lenten experience with this form of contemplative prayer.

The short set of Lenten Prayers below focuses on using the Anglican (Protestant) Rosary.

On the Cross or the terminal charm. The Gloria Patri: Glory be to the father, and the son, and the holy spirit. As it was in the beginning, it is now and will be forever. Amen.

On the Invitatory (first) Bead. A prayer adapted from St. Jerome: O Lord, you have given us your word for a light to shine upon our path; grant me so to meditate on that word, and to follow its teaching, that I may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

On the first Cruciform bead. A prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola: Lord, Jesus Christ, fill me, I pray, with your light and life.

On the first set of weeks beads:
1- My God is the God of all things.
2- The God of heaven and earth,
3- The God of the seas and the streams,
4- The God of the sun and the stars,
5- The God of the great high mountains and the deep glens,
6- The God above heaven, in heaven and under heaven.
7- My God is the God of all things.

On the second Cruciform bead. A prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola:
Lord, Jesus Christ, fill me, I pray, with your light and life.
On the second set of weeks beads.
1- Lord Jesus Christ, you are the sun that always rises but never sets.
2- You are the source of all life, creating and sustaining every living thing.
3- You are the source of all food, nourishing me in both body and soul.
4-You are the light that dispels the clouds of error and doubt, and goes before me every hour of the day.
5- May I walk in your light and be nourished by your food,
6- May I be sustained by your mercy and warmed by your love.
7- Lord, Jesus Christ, you are the sun that always rises but never sets.

On the third Cruciform bead. A prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola: Lord, Jesus Christ, fill me, I pray, with your light and life.

On the third set of six beads:
1 – Kindle in my heart, O God, the flame of love that never ceases,
2 – May I shine forever in your temple, set on fire with your eternal light.
3 – My soul’s desire is to see the face of God, and to rest in his house.
4 – Let me go forth in the radiance of his Holy Spirit,
5 – Let me go forth in the faith of the apostles,
6 – Let me go forth in the holiness of the saints,
7 – Let me go forth in the joyful praise of the angels.

On the fourth Cruciform bead. A prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola: Lord, Jesus Christ, fill me, I pray, with your light and life.

On the fourth set of week’s beads:
1 – As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.
2 – My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3 – The Lord grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; In the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
4 – I put my trust in God, who is the help of my countenance and my God.
5 – I pour out my soul when I think on these things.
6 – Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,
And bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;
7 – That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; And on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God, my God.

On the return to the first cruciform bead. Adapted from a prayer of St. Columba: Lord, be a bright flame before me, Today and for evermore.

On the return to the Invitatory bead. From St. Simeon: Come, true light. Come, life eternal. Come, hidden mystery.

On the return to the Cross or the terminal charm. From the Book of Common Prayer: Almighty God, you have poured on me the new light of your incarnate Word; Grant that this light, enkindled in my heart, may shine forth in my life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God, now and forever. Amen. Glory be to the father, and the son, and the holy spirit. As it was in the beginning, it is now and will be forever. Amen.

Lent Reflections writers - time to sign up

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1-3 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Friday, January 29, and the collection will be published in time for the start of Lent on February 10. Names are not attributed to the individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to .

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

Newcomer vouchers – Have you seen them?

By Bettye Harris

After a break during the summer and fall, the Invitation Ministry team is again including a special coupon voucher (pictured below)in the green visitor gift bags that we distribute on Sundays. The double-sided voucher invites guests and their families to join us for either a Sunday morning breakfast or a Wednesday Night Live (WNL) dinner. If you are a recent visitor or newcomer and would like a voucher, please stop by our visitor desk on Sunday morning.

If you should meet newcomers at one of these meals, please thank them for coming and let us know whom you've met. Thank you again to Bill Ivey who helped us with design and layout! Contact Bettye Harris ( or Susan Heuke ( if you have questions.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

By Hans Kraeger

RSVP now for “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” January 16 through April 2. This is a creative dinner program where only the HOST knows who’s coming to dinner. Each quarter a volunteer host will be given a list of participants for their dinner group. The host will contact each participant of her/his group to plan the date of the event, as well as what to bring to share. The purpose of this program is all about getting to know others better in a fellowship setting outside of the church. Please request to join the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner program in The City or contact Hans Kraeger, You can opt-in/out each quarter and can change your host/no-host status as well.

Make music with us

St. Catherine’s has a variety of music ensembles which are open to everyone with no auditions... and now is a great time to join in as we start the new year and begin work for the seasons of Lent and Easter. Please come and try us out!

Photo - Choristers have fun at a New Year bowling party (by Stephanie Yucius)

  • Choristers of St. Catherine’s — Boys and girls in 3rd through 12th grades are welcome to join the Choristers of St. Catherine’s for the spring term. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am family service except the first Sunday of each month. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 pm. For information contact Choristers Director Dr. Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, and we meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 am service. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information contact Director of Music Dr. Brian Williams at, 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member for questions.
  • Jubilate — For instruments and singers! This ensemble leads contemporary music at the family Eucharist on the first Sunday each month plus occasional special services. A good ear and willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this group. Rehearsals are Saturdays at 9:00 am. For information contact Jason Gardiner,, Mike Moran,, or Susie Davis,
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew — A great opportunity for youth and adults. Help is needed to set up equipment, balance sound systems, and take down. No experience needed, training provided. For information contact Bill Ivey,, 770-578-1945.

Interfaith Immersion Program - March 4 & 5

By Julie Johnson

St. Catherine’s will be joining together with other seekers for a special two-day immersion experience to learn about the diverse faith communities around metro Atlanta on Friday and Saturday, March 4 -5. An Interfaith Immersion is the best way to get beyond a comparative religion class. Spend a few days truly experiencing the worship and culture of many communities of faith in our area. We will join with persons from other faith communities to form a unique community. This interfaith group will travel around metro Atlanta to visit Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and other faith communities to study, pray, eat and join in fellowship.

The cost is $150 per person (some scholarships are available). More information will follow. Space is limited and registration is required. To register please go to Questions? Contact Amma Susan,, 770-971-2839. Sponsored by Interfaith Community Initiatives.

Concert Series coming up

St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in the new year with these stellar events. We welcome you to all our concerts and hope you'll bring family and friends as well. All programs are free, no tickets needed and the public is invited.

  • Saturday, February 20, 7:30 pm — Atlanta Guitar Trio

The Atlanta Guitar Trio, which performed to a large audience at St. Catherine’s in 2013, is back for a return engagement. The group, whose repertoire spans more than four centuries from the 1500s to the present, plays guitars plus a wonderful variety of stringed instruments including lutes, mandolins, and theorbo.

  • Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm — Hannah Harris and Friends: An Evening of Celtic Music

Hannah Harris, a senior in violin performance at Furman University, is well known to St. Catherine’s Church in performance and as a parish member. Her studies have led to a passion for Celtic music. She will bring a band of friends for a delightful program influenced by her recent travels in Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton.

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of many music lovers. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a an exclusive “Friends” 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. Thank you!

Worship time change continues

Continuing through the first few weeks of this year, we’re trying something a bit different. Announcements are 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. A suggestion by Father Dean: I invite you to make a 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 this time is over, we’ll reflect on this practice, and see how it worked!

Flowers & candles 2016

The 2016 schedule is now available in the foyer to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of or thanksgiving for loved ones or special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) you wish. Then be sure to send your payment to the church office on or before your chosen date(s). Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.

Did you know that our sanctuary flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries? We thank you for your donations!


Family Promise Blessing Bags success!

By Molly Banko

A BIG thank you to all who participated in the Family Promise Blessing Bag collection in November and December. Over 80 bags for infants to teenagers were donated through this Young Families outreach project. Family Promise coordinators were overwhelmed with St. Catherine's generosity and sent the following note the first day the bags were delivered:

Just wanted to share with you that our newest family came today and the mom told me they had no pajamas or socks for the 3 kids. You should have heard the shrieks as we opened up your boxes! Such a joyful moment. Thank you so much!

The bags will be distributed to children throughout the year as they enter the Family Promise program. Watch for another collection next fall.

Giving Back – opportunities with Communities In Schools

By Harriett Pyburn

Is one of your 2016 resolutions to find a meaningful way to give back to our community? Communities In Schools (CIS) has a variety of volunteer options available (one-time events or ongoing commitments—you choose!). Please see below and reach out to Harriett Pyburn ( if you would like to learn more!

Reality U

Reality U is a one-day financial literacy event designed to help students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood. At Reality U, students are provided an adult scenario of their chosen career, complete with marital status, number of children, occupation, and net monthly income. Students visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communication services, child care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. Volunteers are needed to run each booth. No experience or special skills necessary. A brief training provided at the event and then the fun begins! Please sign up at

  • Tuesday, January 12 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Cobb Performance Learning Center, 1560 Joyner Ave SE # 2, Marietta, GA 30060
  • Wednesday, January 20 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Pebblebrook High School, 991 Old Alabama Road, Mableton GA 30126
  • Friday, January 29th 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM at Dickerson Middle School, 855 Woodlawn Dr NE, Marietta, GA 30068
  • Friday, February 12 9:00 – 4:00 at McCleskey Middle School, 4080 Maybreeze Rd, Marietta, GA 30066

Career Day

Career Day volunteers are needed to present different career paths and options to 9th and 10th grade students. There will be 2 sessions 8:30 – 10:00 and 10:00- 11:30. Please consider joining us for one or both. Students have expressed an interest in health care related fields, construction, retail store management, computers/graphics, entrepreneurs, public service fields like firefighters etc… We are open to other field and areas as well.

  • Thursday, January 21 8:15 AM – 11: 30 AM at Osborne High School, 2451 Favor Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30060. 2 sessions and will need 6 – 8 speakers per session.

Ongoing volunteer needs

  • Dunleith Elementary School 120 Saine Dr SW, Marietta, GA 30008 - Tutors are needed to work with students on literacy and homework help during the After School Program on Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Marietta Middle School 121 Winn St, Marietta, GA 30064 - Tutors are needed on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Male mentors are needed same time
  • South Cobb High School 1920 Clay Rd SW, Austell, GA 30106 - Math tutors needed to assist students any afternoon Tuesday – Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Female mentors needed for two students, one is a new mom.
  • Pebblebrook High School 991 Old Alabama Rd SW, Mableton, GA 30126 -Tutors are needed any afternoon Monday – Thursday from 3:30 – 5:00 PM; Tutor needed for SAT preparation – days are flexible based on schedule.
  • Campbell High School 5265 Ward St SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 - Tutors needed in all course areas to assist students any afternoon Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 4:30 PM - **some flexibility to schedule tutoring during lunch blocks between 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
  • Marietta PLC 353-B Lemon St, Marietta, GA 30060 - Mentors needed Monday – Thursday during school hours
  • Cobb PLC 1560 Joyner Ave SE # 2, Marietta, GA 30060 - Mentors needed Monday – Friday during school hours

Christmas elves appear at Emmaus House

By Gina Baumann

On the morning of Christmas Eve we met at 7 am at church to traveled to Emmaus House's annual Christmas Festival to hand out snacks and gifts to the children in the Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta and surrounding areas. Assisted with crowd control for the magician, storyteller and Mr & Mrs Claus, bagged the kid’s gifts and held lots of umbrellas!! We wound up at the Varsity for lunch!

Thank you to all our Youth and Youth Leaders and everyone for making this a great annual event.

Inspiration for the journey, with Episcopal Relief & Development

By Janet Livingston, ER-D Coordinator Atlanta Diocese

The letter excerpted below from Daniel McNeel "Neel" Lane, the new Chairperson of Episcopal Relief & Development's Board of Directors, gives an excellent example of why giving to others outside the US is so important. What a beautiful way to start 2016. Didn’t God intend all of us to live a rich and full life with enough food on our plate and shelter over our head and clothes on our back?

…Some years ago, I was serving as chairman of the outreach committee for my church in San Antonio, helping decide where we would give a portion of our budget to do good for others. It happened that we gave a substantial gift to a community across the border in Mexico hard hit by flooding. A fellow vestry member came to me and asked “Why do we send our money to another country when there is so much need right here near home?” Now you have to understand this was a good person, a generous person, a kindred spirit. I told her, in all humility, that I understood her concern for our nearest neighbors, but that I also believed God’s Kingdom does not recognize any political boundary. We are called to serve God’s children wherever they may be found in need. I spoke to her as someone I cared about and loved, and she understood and agreed….

Read the full letter at .


New Ministry Team Convener announced: Tami Mace

The Facilities, Grounds and Technology Ministry Team is responsible for some of the most fundamental functions of our church through the operation and maintenance of our buildings and grounds, IT technology infrastructure, and much more. This team has been very ably led by Bill Lee; he has recently stepped down in light of his duties on the Rector Search Nominating Committee. We are happy to announce that Tami Mace is now the convener of this team. We appreciate you!

Volunteer Corner: "New Year: Another chance for us to get it right"

By Pat Pepper

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Like me and many others, did you set unrealistic goals for 2016? About one in ten people claim they made too many resolutions. So, to achieve success limit the number of resolutions you make. Other ways to achieve success are to make your goals clear, specific and measurable, and make them public by telling a friend.

In a recent article on resolutions there was a list of 10 common resolutions, and volunteerism was listed as number 9. The most common resolutions, numbers 1-8 were all personal: exercise more, lose weight, watch TV less, etc. It’s interesting that volunteerism ranked lower than these, especially when statistics show that when you “give back” (spend several hours a week helping someone else), you will improve your quality of life and even add years to it. It seems to me that if #9 became #1, all of the personal resolutions would come much easier.

I am here to help you feel successful. If your #9 goal (or maybe it is your # 1 goal) is to volunteer I can help you find the ministry that fits your personal gift(s). When you do that I am confidant you will feel better and improve your quality of life. You can make a difference, and you can join the 10% who were successful in making their resolution a reality.

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

Seen around St. Cat's

Photo #1 - Congratulations to Oscar and Peggy on their 66th wedding anniversary! Photos by Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron, more full-size in the album at Winter 2016.

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:

  • January 11-17: Finance Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Finance Committee, which is responsible for the leadership of planning for St. Catherine’s financial future and security, as well as reviewing and managing the church’s finances throughout the year. For information please contact Susan Jablonski, 404.713.7370,
  • January 18-24: Vestry — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry which is the board of directors for the church and is responsible for overseeing its operation including finances, facilities, personnel and policies. Members are elected by the congregation in December for three-year terms, with four members rotating off each year. Vestry members also serve as facilitators for our ministry teams. The Senior and Junior Wardens head the Vestry: the Junior Warden is elected by the Vestry for one year and becomes Senior Warden for the subsequent year. To find out more please contact our clergy or any current Vestry member.


Thank you, St. Catherine’s!

I just want to say a word of hearty thanks to all of you for your very generous Christmas check. It was a great surprise, and very welcome! As my nephew (who knows of St. Catherine’s through Youth Happening) said to me about this parish before I arrived, those guys are “the bomb!” Thank you!

The Rev. Dean Taylor

From some recipients of the Special Christmas Fund 2015 collection:

Once again a “check from our parish” comes so meaningfully to us! Christmas is love, St. Cat’s is love and we show it to one another.

Thank you from our hearts to yours. Please thank the Vestry and all who sent the gift!


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Veggie challenge
    Challenge yourself to eat more veggies. To get started, include a serving of vegetables with lunch at least three days this week. Options may include a salad, vegetable-based soup, tomato juice, a side of raw or steamed veggies, or sliced peppers and cucumbers in addition to lettuce and tomato on a sandwich. Vegetables are low in calories and packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting natural compounds. Source: Produce For Better Health Foundation
  • Setting realistic goals
    It is that time of year again for New Year’s resolutions. Is improving your health on your list for 2016? As you think about the lifestyle changes you’d like to make this year, be sure to make them reasonable and realistic. It is better to set several small goals that you are able to achieve rather than a single overly challenging one that may discourage you if not reached. Consider starting with a step that is so small, you know you can do it (such as eating a piece of fresh fruit for a snack), then slowly increase your efforts. Source: HealthFitness

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: Christa Tear, mother of Harry Tear


FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Raymond Higgins, Ron Brannock, Ralph Knowles, Pat Raymond, Cybil Hudacko, Frank Strifler, Alan Certain, George Beach, Amanda Braman, Pat Baldwin, Bill Hollman, Lyda Bennett, Paul Westin, Ken Lively, Shelby Bennett, Jim Weigel, Bill Fambrough, Elizabeth Keely, Libby Taylor, Anita Gardner, Roberta Loewy, Brian Burnaugh, Nancy Madaris

ANNIVERSARIES: (1/21) Bill & Donna Hutton

BIRTHDAYS: (1/10) Linda Scott, Sara-Alison Massey-Powell (1/11) Brian Paglia, (1/13) Emily Gale, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, (1/14) Carol Starr, Alan Fey, Penn Worden, (1/15) Barri Gehrand, (1/17) Carla von Hoffmann, Paul Manno, Joann Sampson, Susannah Campbell, (1/19) Bill Krupp, Margaret Shaw, Jillian Fulcher, Becky Adams, (1/20) Chase Paris, Jake McGhee, (1/21) Mae Carr, Paige Culberson, (1/23) Amy Morris.

(1/10) Chris, Amy, Jacob, James & Naomi Morris; Richard Motter: Roger Motter, Dean Motter; Keith, Susanne & Nick Muckerman; John, Danielle, Sidney & Cole Nabinger.
(1/17) Dave, Bobbie Joe & Eli Nelson; James, Audrey & Christopher Nesbit; Jason, Taryn, Ethan, Ryan & Gabriella Nienaber; Dewaine Norris; Robert & Karolyn Olliffe.

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, 1/9 Saturday, 1/16


Dismantling Racism
Family Promise Meeting
Acolyte Training
EME Goal Setting


Cats On Wheels @J Christophers
YF Parent's Game Night
Sunday, 1/10 Sunday, 1/17


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Charleston Trip Meeting
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 1/11 Monday, 1/18

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


MLK Holiday
Office & Preschool Closed

Women's Book Study
Kneeler Group
Youth Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 1/12 Tuesday, 1/19


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Family Promise Meeting
Master Planning
Fellowship Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Invitation Ministry
Wednesday, 1/13 Wednesday, 1/20

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


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

Thursday, 1/14 Thursday, 1/21
Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study
Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 1/15 Friday, 1/22

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


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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, January 24 - Worship at 7:30 & 10:30; Church School at 9:00 am; Parish Annual Meeting & Lunch 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 6 – Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction to benefit the 2016 Youth Pilgrimage
  • Tuesday, February 9 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Wednesday, February 10 – Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
  • Saturday, February 20 — Concert Series: Atlanta Guitar Trio, 7:30 pm
  • February 21-28 – Next Family Promise hosting week
  • Sunday, March 27 – Easter Day
  • Youth Pilgrimage – May 30 to June 8
  • Vacation Bible School – Monday-Thursday, June 20-23, 9:00 am - noon


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Youth House Expansion Project announced

Information & Interest meeting - Monday, January 11

By Maureen Donoghue and Keith Dumke

On Sunday, January 3, the announcement was made at church that we will be expanding our Youth House with an addition onto the back of the current structure. This addition will double the current size of the building to accommodate our growing youth program and add much needed storage. Over the next few weeks you will receive information asking our parish family to prayerfully consider donating to fund this build. Its cost will be fully funded from donations and fund raisers rather than from the church's operating budget.

Once funds are raised, we will be asking those willing to give their time and talent to help build the addition. There will be a meeting in the Youth House on January 11 at 7:00 pm for anyone interested in helping with this project, please come.


Youth Sunday January 3

Thank you to Chyanne and Sofi for their amazing sermons on our January Youth Sunday. You shared your stories of what they youth program means to you and inspired and enlightened many people! Great job by everyone who served this day!

Hear to Chyanne and Sofi's sermons on the Sermons page of our website at!


Youth Choir forming for one special performance

On January 24 we will have one service at 10:30 am and there is a piece that has parts for the Choristers, the Chancel Choir (adult choir) and for a Youth Choir! Brian will work with whoever is interested in the choir room at 6:30 on Wednesdays. I plan to participate and I know there are several youth singers that have shown an interest. Rehearsals will only last 3 weeks (3rehearsals). If you are interested, meet in the choir room at 6:30 on Wednesday!


New Beginnings #35 – February 5-7

New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth grades 6-9th. See information and registration at

  • Participants – Participants of the weekend do not have to be Episcopalians, but must come recommended through an Episcopal Church and have the backing of an adult sponsor that attends the weekend in full with the participant.
  • Team – The New Beginnings Team is a group of adults and high school youth that work together to bring the love of Christ to all participants. You do not need to have participated in New Beginnings to be on team, but you must be in high school to be a team member.


Happening #65 – February 19-21

Happening is a renewal weekend sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Adults attend as chaperones, 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 that have completed their first semester of freshman year. See information and registration at

  • Candidates – First time youth attending Happening come to the weekend as candidates. The candidates are who the retreat is for.
  • Celebration Team – Celebration is a special part of team that comes together Saturday night to pray for the candidates.


Summer 2016 Mission Trips

This coming summer the diocese is sponsoring two mission trips: atlSERVE (for middle school/Rite 13 age youth) and 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.



Row 1 montage - January 3: The Rite 13 class selected one of our own to demonstrate how we are called by our faith to react to persecution, that we need to stand up for those being persecuted and we need to be strong enough in our own faith to endure and persevere if we are persecuted because of our beliefs. No youth were harmed while being attacked with wadded up newspaper!

Row 2 - Youth Sunday, January 3! Photos by Bill Ivey

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 19

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!

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Editor: Karen Manno
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