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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 7 - 20, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Graduate recognition
Parents Night Out
Town Halls
Parish Profile
Job openings
Parish Picnic
Book fund
Summer schedule
Lemonade Brigade
Favorite hymns
Cats On Wheels
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Calling & Caring

Holy Comforter event
Family Promise
Elizabeth Inn
Rice Bowls

Raise the Roof
Women's Retreat
Volunteer Corner

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Habitat concert
Georgia Festival Chorus
Camp Mikell
Creative Camp
Health tips

Senior sermons
Beach trip
Diocesan graduation
You(th) help
Summer schedule



5/8 – Mother’s Day;
Youth Sunday

5/11 – Town Hall; WNL

5/13 – Parents Night Out

5/14 – Safeguarding trainings

5/15 – Pentecost;
Last day of Church School;
Graduates recognized;
The Extension dinner

5/18 – Last day for WNL

5/20 – Preschool Graduation

5/22 – Summer Worship Schedule begins
H.E. at 8:00, 10:30 am;
Town Hall; Senior Youth Sermons;
Parish Picnic

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The Good Shepherd and the Child (Catechesis)

They will know we are Christians…

By Father Dean+

Several years ago while rector at St. Mark’s, Dalton, I received a phone call from a lady who lived with her mother several miles from town. She asked if the minister could drive out to their house to administer last rites to her mother. The daughter was somewhat uncomfortable on the phone, saying quickly that no, they did not have any church affiliation, no church community at all. But when things got toward the end, the mother had asked, specifically, for someone from St. Mark’s to come out and say prayers for her passing.

I drove out into the county and turned up a steep, dirt road, and there it was, the second trailer on the left. The daughter came out and thanked me and took me into the tiny bedroom. The mother was almost asleep, but she smiled. I had never to my knowledge seen her before. I administered the oil on the forehead in the shape of a cross, the bread and the wine that had been consecrated at that Sunday’s Eucharist, said the final prayers. The mother died peacefully in the following hour.

I later talked with the daughter, and began to arrange funeral plans. It is an honor, always an honor, to administer the last rites to someone who is about to enter the Kingdom. But I was curious. What was her connection to St. Mark’s? To my surprise, the daughter responded that her mother had been to St. Mark’s church one time in her life. One time. That was all. But that one time, as she told her daughter, she came and sat down on the last pew on the Gospel side. Not really knowing what was going on in the service, she sat by herself as the service began. Someone in the congregation noticed that she was confused about the liturgy, and handed her a prayer book turned to the right page. That was it!

Now, maybe there was more. Maybe there was a word of scripture she heard that was important, maybe a word (I like to think) in the sermon, maybe a hymn that stirred her heart, maybe the magnificence of the music and liturgy, maybe the sheer mystery of the bread and wine. But what she reported to the daughter as most significant was that tiniest act of kindness to the stranger.

In this exciting and important time of planning for the future at St. Catherine’s—new buildings, new personnel, new dramatic ministries that educate and illumine, heal and inspire with music and liturgy—it’s a good time to remember that often, the Grace of God can be bestowed on the “least” of God’s children (especially those who are new to a parish) in the smallest acts of kindness and hospitality. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Graduates to be recognized - send names by May 8

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at services on Sunday, May 15. Please send in names by Sunday, May 8, fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Becky Adams at becky with the graduate's name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.

Parents Night Out Friday, May 13, reserve now

6:00-9:00 pm in the Youth House. The Youth are offering Parents Night Out, an opportunity for all St. Catherine's parents to have an evening out while your children are supervised in the Youth House. Cost is $20 for the first child, $10 each additional child, includes a pizza dinner and veggies. Children must be at least 2 years old and potty-trained. Sign up by Thursday, May 12 so we will have enough babysitters and adults. See the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Caroline Brennan at this email: Proceeds benefit the Youth House Expansion.

Parish Town Hall Meetings

-> Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 pm (dinner available 5:45-6:30 pm, be sure to RSVP if you are eating with us!)
-> Sunday, May 22, 9:00 am (worship times are 8:00 and 10:30 am this day)

Got questions? We may have answers! Join your Nominating Committee and Vestry for one of these sessions to find out the latest on issues during this fast-moving era in our history!

  • Where are we in our Rector Search Process? What can we expect in the next few months?
  • What does the Parish Profile look like, and what does it say about us?
  • Updates on the search for the Director of Children & Family Ministries and the Facilities Manager, two new job positions being added at St. Catherine’s this year
  • Sneak peek and save the date for this year’s Ministry Fair
  • Any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have about the ongoing ministries of St. Catherine’s—worship, music, outreach, finances, etc.?

Please choose from these two dates the one that best suits your schedule, and “come and see!”

Parish Profile is published!

By Margaret Shaw, St. Catherine's Nominating Committee

The Episcopal Church is methodical. There is a process for most everything including searching for a new rector. And that rector search process does not allow the Nominating Committee to share the Profile until it is finished, and approved by the Diocese and our Vestry. So even though we told you were working on the Profile, and you believed us—you couldn't see a rough draft, you couldn't see a table of contents, you couldn't see the type-font we were thinking about… until now! We're excited for you to be able to look at it, think about it, even share it with friends so they can see it, too. It is approved, published on our web and public now.

As pleased as we are to have the Parish Profile finished, we are not yet ready to declare ourselves open for nominations. Your Nominating Committee now decides what our process for receiving nominations will be, how long we will be open to receive nominations, what we will ask nominees to provide to us, and what questions we will ask during our interview and discernment time with them. We have guidelines and we have ideas about these items, but we need to discuss, decide, formalize and document them. We don't expect that to take nearly as long as creating the Profile, but we want to be comfortable with our process—so we will take the needed time.


It was wonderful to us how quickly both the Diocese and the Vestry approved the Profile, only a few days after we completed it. We hope everyone will read the Profile, and we have two Town Hall meetings coming up for talking about it on Wednesday, May 10 and Sunday, May 22, see above in this newsletter. Hope to see you there!

-> Keep up with the latest from the Nominating Committee in the blog on our Rector Search at

Two new job positions now open

By Bill Ivey

St. Catherine’s is hiring! We have two new positions that we’re excited to announce. Both positions are slated to begin July 1st or before. Please communicate these opportunities to persons you feel may qualify. Parish members and non-members may apply. Interested? The full job descriptions and required qualifications may be found on our website at the links below. To apply please read the description carefully and then send resume by email to

  • Director of Children and Family Ministries – This is a full-time position (40 hours a week) with benefits. This staff member will be the resource person for all activities for children and families – that includes Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (2½ -12 years old Sunday morning Church School), our Nursery, Wednesday Night Live programs, seasonal activities like the Christmas Pageant, Blessing of the Animals, Easter Egg hunt, and support for Acolytes and many family activities. The Director of Children and Family Ministries will work with the Christian Nurture Ministry Team. This position requires a commitment to working most Sundays and also for some evening and weekend meetings. Please see the full job description and required qualifications at
  • Facilities Manager – This is a part-time position (20 hours a week) and does not carry a benefits package. This staff member will be the resource person for maintenance and repairs around our facility. The facility is in need of a person who will compile and manage a list of maintenance tasks and repair projects and facilitate their completion through teams of volunteers and a list of approved vendors. Some set-up and clean-up for these projects may be necessary. Some evening and weekend work may be necessary. The Facilities Manager position will work with the Facilities & Grounds ministry team to keep our buildings and grounds in top shape. Please see the full job description and required qualifications at .

Please pray for the people who will apply and interview for these positions, and that God will help us find the persons who best fit our needs.

The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, May 15

  • Worship times: 7:30 am, 8:45 am and 11:15 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.” Pentecost, "the Fiftieth Day," is a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." The feast has also been called Whit Sunday, especially in the Anglican Church. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, and is on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

A main sign of Pentecost in Western churches is the color red to symbolize joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests wear red vestments, and in modern times lay people may wear red clothing as well. Red banners (as on our cross) are often hung to symbolize the blowing of the "mighty wind" of the Spirit, and words or symbols such as doves or flames may be used related to the church and the Holy Spirit. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event.


Foreign language and sign language readers needed

Our custom during worship on the Day of Pentecost is to have people read one of the scripture lessons in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, please let us know and we will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office,

Parish Picnic - Sunday, May 22

Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Join us immediately after the 10:30 service this day (about 12 noon) to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s. No tickets or reservations are needed. Donations go to benefit the St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund (see article below).

Picnic help needed! – We need lots of help particularly from the men of the parish to run the picnic. Opportunities are available for three shifts: 1. Saturday evening to set up tents, tables and chairs; 2. Sunday morning to prep the food, grill and serve; 3. After the picnic to break down and clean up. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin.

College Book Scholarship Fund

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund continues to struggle to keep up with the wonderful growth of our Youth program.

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from the Parish Picnic and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships in a total approximately $20,000. At this time we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen, but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.

How can you help? First, be generous when you attend the Parish Picnic on May 22 and are asked for a contribution. Second, consider an outright gift to the Fund (tax deductible) by writing a check to St. Catherine’s and noting its use for the College Book Scholarship Fund. Third, keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Worship times change to summer schedule May 22

Mark your calendar for these important activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year and the start of summer:

  • Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day
    - Youth Sunday at 8:45 service; Senior Youth Sermons at all services
  • Sunday, May 15
    - Day of Pentecost - Remember to wear red or other bright colors
    - Last day of Church School for the school year
    - Graduates recognized at all services
  • Wednesday, May 18
    - Last day for Wednesday Night Live - No dinner served. Youth will meet at East Cobb Park (3322 Roswell Road, Marietta).
  • Sunday, May 22
    - Worship times change to summer schedule: 8:00 & 10:30 am

    - Senior Youth sermons
    - Parish Town Hall 9:00 am
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service


Summer Sunday worship schedule

Each week starting May 22 through the summer:

  • Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Breakfast by Breakfast Angels served 9:00-9:45 am in the Parish Hall
  • Lemonade Brigade offers refreshments in front of the church on the brickwalk following 10:30 service
  • Church School does not meet during the summer


Lemonade Brigade needs you

It's a fun way to meet people! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) to everyone after 10:30 am Sunday service on the brick walk in front of the church. Individuals and families are needed to work on a rotation schedule -- if we have enough volunteers you'll only work one or two days this summer. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact Deana De La Barre at / 678-354-3839.


Favorite hymns wanted now for summer

A tradition at St. Catherine's is to sing favorite hymns by request during worship in the summer months. Please send us your hymn requests now -- please be sure they are in our blue hymnal (The Hymnal 1982). Fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (include title AND hymn number PLEASE), and we will schedule as many as possible.

"Safeguarding" trainings May 14

Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of many volunteers, and all staff and clergy, at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. These trainings will be offered on Saturday, May 14 here at St. Catherine’s. This will be a great opportunity to take the training conveniently at our church. Please look ahead and consider if you will need it for activities you will want to be involved in. Some examples are Family Promise, Vacation Bible School, youth or children’s activities in the fall, Church School teachers, Stephen Ministry, Eucharistic Visitors, The Journey mentors.

The morning session (9 am to noon) will be for those who work with children and youth. An afternoon session (1-4 pm) will be for those who work with adults. There is no fee to attend but registration is needed, contact Becky Adams,, 770-971-2839.

Please visit for information about these trainings and to learn if you are one of those who need it for your volunteer work at church.

Cats on Wheels luncheon - Saturday, May 21

Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 21 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Pappasito's Marietta location, 2788 Windy Hill Rd., Marietta, (770) 541-6100, RSVP so we can save you a seat -- contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Contact Alan to be on the mailing list for our next events coming soon.

Photo courtesy Alan Certain -- Cats on Wheels at Emanuel AME Church during their April excursion to Charleston, South Carolina. Faces left to right: Linda Scott, Susan Johnson, Jerry Scott, Ann Willcocks, Tom Snead, Nancy Certain, Alan Certain, Tillie Carter, Ron Cook, Arlyn Cook (hiding), Bobbie Greene, Kathryn Burgher, Ann Snead, Jim Greene

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting - Tuesday, June 7

7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this important meeting. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

Calendar planning -- 2016-17 dates needed

Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure that rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you and your activities! Your church staff is having a calendaring retreat day to plan out the coming year. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for your group—tentative or confirmed, one time or on-going—from June 2016 through May 2017.

Communication about this will be more important than ever in the coming year! Remember, if your activity is not scheduled on the church calendar, another event may occur at the same time and/or the space you need may be in use by others. Please send all information as soon as possible to Rose Wolfe,

Grounds volunteers

Grounds volunteers -- you are wanted to be part of a team to mow the church lawns, rotating weeks throughout the spring, summer and fall. For information or to sign up see the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Tami Mace,

Vacation Bible School - registration now open

New friends! Awesome experiments! Cool games! Surprising adventures! Great music! Fun snacks! And so much more! Join us to dive DEEP into God's love with VBS 2016 - A Deep Sea Discovery, Monday through Thursday, June 20 - 23, 9:00 am to noon. St. Catherine's VBS is for children age 4 by June 20 (potty-trained), through rising fifth graders. Cost is $35 per child.

-> Register now at

Adults and Youth – you are needed!

We’re excited about another summer session of Vacation Bible School at St. Catherine’s. Our volunteers have always been a HUGE factor in the success of VBS, and this year will be no exception. Your help will make this a fun, exciting, and spiritual week for the kids! If interested please sign up at

St. Catherine’s needs a ride – Can you help?

St. Catherine’s Calling and Caring Ministry is now over two years old. We have called on and cared for quite a few parishioners and we have given support to good friends who have helped shape St. Catherine’s in the past. Our initial mission of calling on people we haven’t seen in church recently has evolved into two important activities.

  • We call on shut-ins at home, in the hospital and in nursing homes.
  • We provide rides to church and medical appointments to parishioners who need them.

We need more help. If you can provide a ride or spare a half hour for a friendly visit, please consider signing up. This is not a regular or long-term commitment. When a need arises, we will send out an email to all our volunteers and you can decide each time if you can help. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact us as below. Thank you for caring.

Alan Certain,
Tom Hunter,


Event for Holy Comforter Church - Saturday, June 25

Be part of the “ministry of presence”

By Linda Shrake

Our Outreach Ministry is inviting members of the Holy Comforter Friendship Center to come to Marietta for a fun day of lunch, music and bingo on Saturday, June 25 starting at 11:30 am. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church is a diverse worshipping community in the heart of Atlanta. About 60% of this congregation live with mental illness. The Friendship Center is part of the outreach ministry of Holy Comforter. 75-80 members come to the Friendship Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays for hot and nutritious meals, mental and physical health education, advocacy, recreational activities, and programs in art and gardening.

Everyone at St. Catherine’s is invited to help make this a special event. There are lots of ways for you to join in. Help is needed to greet our guests, help serve lunch, make nametags, clean up, bring a dessert, join the music team, or just come for an hour or so and be a part of the “ministry of presence” by socializing with our guests, refilling beverages, or offering second helpings. To join the team, please sign up on the Opportunities For Minstry form in your bulletin or contact Linda Shrake,

Family Promise hosting: time to sign up!

By Barb Selby and Linda Scott

St. Catherine's will host Family Promise of Cobb County from Sunday, May 29 through Sunday, June 5. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven in our church buildings for families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. Responsibility for our guests starts each day about 5:00 pm and goes until 8:00 am the next day. During the day in the summer, the children go to the Day Center and the adults go to work or to the Day Center to search for a job and participate in training. They return to our Parish Hall for their evening meal, then stay overnight and have breakfast in our Youth House for 7 nights. It takes approximately 50-60 volunteers to staff the program for the week.

The many volunteer opportunities include:

  • Set up the Youth House (Sunday, May 29, 12:30 pm)
  • Prepare and serve dinner (6:00 pm) and Saturday breakfast (June 4, 8:30 am)
  • Host in the evening (also tutoring and playing games with children) (6:30-8:30 pm)
  • Stay overnight (you do not have to stay awake... everyone says they get a good night’s sleep) (8:30 pm to 8:00 am)
  • Clean up and restore Youth House (Sunday, June 5, 8:00 am)
  • Wash and return the towels and sheets (can be done at your convenience any time after Sunday, June 5)

We hope that you will consider joining this important and rewarding ministry. If you would like to volunteer or need additional information, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Linda Scott ( or Barb Selby ( NOTE: the volunteer training session scheduled for May 10 has been cancelled, next date is in June.


Family Promise Golf Benefit - Monday, June 20

Family Promise of Cobb County will host their First Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 20, 8:00 am at Indian Hills Golf Club. The cost is $125 per golfer. This will be a scramble format. Registration includes greens fees, golf cart and lunch. Men and women golfers welcome, no matter your skill level. For registration forms and/or information, please contact Eleanore & Richard Pearson at or 678-290-0097.

Elizabeth Inn - opportunties to serve

Would you like to help serve our neighbors in need right here in our Marietta community? St. Catherine's volunteers serve meals and help with laundry every month year-round for the guests at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn overnight shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta.

  • DINNER TEAM — the 28th of every month, next date is Thursday, May 28. Volunteers provide food and/or cook & serve. To volunteer for dinner team, please contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891 or Tracy Buckalew,
  • LAUNDRY TEAM — the fourth Tuesday AND fifth Wednesday (when there is one) of every month, next date is Tuesday, May 24. For information or to volunteer contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466 or
  • BREAKFAST TEAM — the fourth Wednesday of every month, next date is Wednesday, May 25. Volunteers provide food, cook & serve. To volunteer for breakfast team, please sign up on the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Audrey Nesbitt, audrey.nesbit

** REMINDER - when preparing or serving meals at Elizabeth Inn everyone must wear closed-toe shoes -- this is not only a safety issue but also a Cobb County health law.

Photo - Dinner team at the Inn was staffed by Daughters of the King volunteers on April 28 (picture by Delee Freeman).

Rice Bowls success!

By Molly Banko

During Lent, St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool partnered with Rice Bowls, a faith-based non-profit in Spartanburg, S.C. to raise funds for a network of orphanages overseas. Plastic rice bowls were taken to homes, filled with change, and returned on Easter. Together we raised $917.46! These funds will supply much needed food to a network of orphanages in Haiti, India, Africa and other areas of the world where the HIV/AIDS crisis and other factors have greatly marginalized the lives of children. Thank you to everyone who participated in this important outreach opportunity!


Thank you for Raising the Roof!

Thank you to everyone for supporting our Youth House Expansion by attending our Raise the Roof Concert on April 23. We were able to enjoy great BBQ thanks to the Men’s Bible Study, wonderful music by McCall Kimball and Monica Kraeger, and fun games hosted by the youth! Kudos to the insanely bold and very cold persons who braved the Dunk Tank! Through all of the fun you all helped us to raise $2,400 toward this project. This brings us to a total of $104,000 pledged and collected for the Youth House Expansion! Thank you!

See more photos full size in the album at Raise the Roof.

Reflections on Women’s Retreat

By Linda Shrake

Amma Susan lead a group of 16 women on a wonderful retreat April 15-17 at Montara Farm in Clermont, Georgia to rediscover our playful selves. We were treated to two glorious days of blue skies and cool breeze. The retreat center is truly “in harmony with nature”. Trish & Larry, our Inn Keepers, have perfected the art of hospitality. We prayed, laughed, ate well, walked in meadows, slept in “horse stalls,” rocked on the porch and got to know each other a little better. Here are a few impressions of the weekend from my fellow “sojourners”:

  • “I loved the weekend because I lived for a few days not as an adult but as a child with simple creative activities... I colored, I painted, I chose items for a collage. It was a kind of simplicity or therapy that took me out of the everyday routine... and that was a blessing.”
  • “…a total retreat in a place where we heard no street noises or airplanes overhead, with private sleeping quarters, yoga, a massage, gourmet food, a nature hike, and hosts who went to bed early and told us to feel free to raid the refrigerator. What I came home with was a genuine closeness with 15 of my sisters in Christ who, like me, learned a little more about how important it is to just play sometimes.”
  • Another wrote: “Thank you so much for such a playful weekend” And another, “The weekend was a gift, my cup runs over.”

God is good… all the time.

Volunteer Corner: “No one can dictate who you are to other people”

By Pat Pepper

“Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.” This quote is something that the entertainer, Prince, had said in an interview. I like his music although I wouldn't have called myself a big fan, but as I read this in the news surrounding his recent death, I was touched.

That statement can be very liberating. It reminds me that I am a beloved child of God, uniquely made by God and given gifts to use in this world. It reminds me that I should never suppress that Truth, which we have all read and heard since early Sunday School days, and even in recent sermons.

No one can dictate who you are to God or to other people. Are we living the life God uniquely created us to live? What does this mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts, your interpretation.

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

See LOTS more full size in the album at Spring 2016.

"Come and See" brunch with
Stephen Ministry

Choristers & bells on May 1
(both by Bill Ivey)
Enjoying the breakfast by Breakfast Angels
on April 24 (by Bettye Harris)

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:

  • May 9-15: Bible/Book Study Groups — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bible and Book Studies. Groups are led by facilitators who bring a desire to teach and an interest in the material. A variety of offerings are available, please check our publications for dates and times, including The Wheel, Ministry Directory, Christian Formation brochure and the church calendar. For information please contact our Adult Christian Education committee, Amma Susan Johnson, 770.971.2839, or Michael Paris, 770.509.0161,
  • May 16 -22: Eucharistic Visitors — This week we celebrate the life and work of Eucharistic Visitors, trained lay persons who take the Holy Eucharist from Sunday services to members of the parish who are not physically able to attend church. This special ministry extends the Eucharist table to those who are shut-in or infirm. Each Eucharistic Visitor is trained and scheduled to serve on a regular basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Amma Susan or Father Dean.


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

  • Emmaus House on April 22, for gift of $500.
  • American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem on April 27, for gift of $710.10 (Holy Week collection).


News from the Commission on Human Trafficking of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Constitutional Amendment on Funding Rachel's Law: With the November 2016 ballot, the people of Georgia will decide whether to pass a constitutional amendment that will fund the 2015 Safe Harbor/Rachel's Law Act. This legislation provides services for children in Georgia under 18 years who are rescued from human traffickers. These children require physical and emotional restoration prior to their return to society. The referendum will ask voters to approve an assessment on adult entertainment establishments that will pay into the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund. In Georgia fees that go directly into a trust fund are approved by voters as a constitutional amendment. For information, see the AJC article for history of SR7 at . Also see the March 31, 2015 Gold Dome Report for pros and cons on this referendum and scroll down to SR7. Please learn about this issue and vote your choice on this referendum in November.


"Broadway Musicals: The Past 25 Years" by Michael O'Neal Singers May 13

On Friday, May 13, 160-voice chorus of the Michael O'Neal Singers will present hit songs from some of Broadway's more recent blockbusters, including Wicked, Ragtime, Aida, Mamma Mia! Spamalot, and The Lion King. The concert is 8:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors & students in advance, or $22/$17 at the door. Several members of St. Catherine's sing in this community chorus. For information and tickets go to or call 770-594-7974.


“Still Swinging for Habitat” Saturday, May 14

At Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta -- Come enjoy an evening of big band music and get in the "Swing for Habitat"! After 30 years, NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is "Still Swinging" hammers and building homes, communities and hope. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a live concert event featuring Still Swinging, The Les Still Big Band, a 22 piece band playing hits from the big band era. Concert begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets $25.00 are on sale at the Strand Box Office or purchase online at .


Georgia Festival Chorus spring concert May 15

The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to the final concert of their spring series on Sunday, May 15, 6:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Smyrna, with classic and contemporary sacred choral works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Mack Wilberg and many more. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. For more about Georgia Festival Chorus please visit


Camp Mikell Open House June 4

What better way to learn about Camp Mikell than checking it out in person? Camp Mikell is the camp and conference center for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, located in Toccoa, Georgia. They are holding the first Open House on Saturday, June 4, 1:00-4:00 pm. Counselors and staffers will be gearing up for the first week of summer camp and ready to answer any questions you may have! If you’ve never been to Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the diocese. No RSVP is necessary. See the Open House event page at, or for more information about Camp Mikell including the summer camp program see their website at . Contact with any questions.


Creative Camp 2016 - Art & Food summer camp

Half a day of visual art! Half a day of culinary! Lunch in the middle! Leaf and Loaf, LLC presents parishioner and Chef Sue Snape along with Artist Ellen Bulterman in their art & food summer camp this July. Explore creativity with food and cooking, art and expression. For kids who have completed Grades 2 through 5. Session 1 is July 11-15, session 2 is July 18-22, each 9 am-4 pm in St. Catherine's Parish Hall. Cost of $450 includes lunch, food and art supplies. For information and registration go to!creative-summer-camp/mu7bg, or you may contact Sue Snape with any questions,


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Physical activity and colon cancer
    Looking for a reason to boost your physical activity level? Many studies have found that 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day can help protect against colon cancer. Every level of physical activity can have important health benefits. If you have not been active in a while, start slowly and build up your activity gradually. If you have a chronic health condition, joint problems, or other limitations, your doctor can help you decide what activities are best for you. Source: American Cancer Society
  • Gain health, not weight when quitting
    Many people worry about gaining weight when they stop smoking, but it’s not inevitable. Make wise food choices such as fruits, veggies, low-fat yogurt, or air-popped popcorn for snacks. Be aware of portion sizes. And get moving, not only to burn calories, but to help relieve cravings. Don’t let possible weight gain be a barrier to quitting. Even if you temporarily gain a few pounds, giving up tobacco is still one of the best things you can do for your health. Source:

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; and Zach Hurley.

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

DECEASED: Dr. Warren Weber, former member

BEFORE SURGERY: Amma Susan Johnson

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Holly Griffin, Dr. Ike Reighard, Kathryn Burgher, Chubby Rice, Beth Sandoval, Philip, Bill Fambrough, Saralyn, Russ White, Judi Rogers, Davis Waldron, Judi Rogers, Phillip & Alex Roberts, Dale Cromer, Pat Kenoyer, Myrtle Gearring, Paige, Frances, Katja Michael, Susan Jenkins, Donna Cates, Ron Sellens, The Parker Family, Stanley Hummel, Greg Gambill, Jo Anne Fisher, Laura Berry, Cliff Kutzbach, Victor Pettett, Gary Parker, Chris Sumsky, Marilyn May.

BIRTHDAYS: (5/8) Madison Handell; (5/10) Jim Voyles, Jamie Brownlow, Elizabeth Blackstock; (5/11) Jodi Gammon; (5/12) Ken Minzenberger, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Scott De La Barre; (5/13) Kristina Higgins, Ginny Lummus, Lauren Smith; (5/14) Suzanne Gardiner, Chuck Zimmerman, Michelle Zimmerman, Michael Wherry, Abi Trono, Madi Trono, (5/15) Dani Dickson, Deelee Freeman, Todd Hitchins, (5/16) Hans Kraeger, (5/17) Linda White, (5/19) Cheyne Thonpson-Quartey, (5/21) Joan Thurston, Gordon O’Neil, Nathalie Gratas, Sofia Gratas.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bill & Tinka Ivey (5/14), Kelly & John Iacobelli (5/16), Emily & Nelson Gale (5/17), Sara & Kevin Thomas (5/21).

(5/8) Isabel, Abi and Madi Trono; Steve, Cindy, Frederick & Forrest Tuemmler; Steve, Susan, Nick & Jennifer Vavra; Jim & Dale Voyles; Gretchen, Charles, Elisabeth, Foster, & Lexie Walton.
(5/15) Cameron Ward, Melyn Roberson, & Audrey; Jim & Deborah Weigel; Vince, Dorothea & Rebecca Westin; Michael Wherry; Arlen & Linda White.

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

Dates coming up: June 12, July 10. 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, 5/7 Saturday, 5/14


FP Golf Committee


Safeguarding Children
Safeguarding Adults
Sunday, 5/8 Sunday, 5/15


Mother's Day
Youth Sunday

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts


Day of Pentecost
Graduates Recognized

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School Last Day
Holy Eucharist
The Extension Dinner

Monday, 5/9 Monday, 5/16

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


Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Boy Scout Court of Honor
Kneeler Group

Tuesday, 5/10 Tuesday, 5/17


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Nominating Committee
Fellowship Committee
Outreach Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Wednesday, 5/11 Wednesday, 5/18

WNL Dinner
Parish Town Hall
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Program
Chancel Choir


Wheel Deadline
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 5/12 Thursday, 5/19

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Men's Bible Study
Calling & Caring Ministry

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 5/13 Friday, 5/20

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


Amma Susan's day off
Last Day of Preschool
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Preschool Graduation
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, May 22 - Summer worship schedule begins (8:00 am and 10:30 am); Town Hall meeting 9 am; Senior Youth sermons; Parish Picnic at noon
  • Family Promise hosting week – May 29 - June 5
  • Youth Pilgrimage – May 30 to June 8
  • Sunday, June 5 - Newcomer and Visitor Breakfast 9 am
  • Tuesday, June 7 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting 7 pm
  • Tuesday, June 21 – Blood drive 3-7 pm in the Youth House
  • Vacation Bible School – Monday-Thursday, June 20-23, 9:00 am - noon
  • Rite 13 Youth Beach Trip - June 24-26
  • MUST Summer Lunch days - Wednesday, June 29 & Wednesday, July 6, 9:30 am


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Senior Sermons

Sunday, May 8 is Youth Sunday and is leading us into a season of sermons from our high school seniors. They have very moving things to say about what St. Catherine’s means to them and I hope that you all are able to be here to enjoy their moving stories. On May 8th we will hear from Mary Alice Barrington, Mark Boutilier, and Isabel Lopez. On May 22nd, we will hear sermons from Abby Baumann and Erin Donoghue. Each of these seniors has touched the youth program in their own special way and they will definitely be leaving their fingerprint with us when they embark on their next journey. With so many active seniors, we may even be blessed to hear a few senior sermons over the summer, so stay tuned for that!


Rite 13 Beach Trip

-> Parent meeting Sunday, May 15, 11:15 am

The Rite 13 class will be taking their Beach Trip to Panama City, Florida. We will leave at 11 am on Friday, June 24 and coming back in the early evening on Sunday, June 26.The cost of the trip is $150 and covers all expenses (lodging, food, transportation, entertainment, and a t-shirt). Confidential scholarship is available by request!.

We will have a parent meeting directly after church school on May 15th at 11:15am. It will only take 20-30 minutes, but will be a great time for you to get more information and ask any questions you may have. I will take forms through May 15th. Register online at


Diocesan Graduation Celebration on May 1

Several of our graduating seniors attended a special Diocesan Graduation Celebration and reception in their honor at Holy Innocents on May 1. Our own Katie Barrington gave the sermon and Bishop Wright was there. Photos by Maureen Donoghue

How can YOU(TH) help?

  • Parents Night Out May 13th: 6:00-9:00 – We need youth to help with childcare for these evenings. This is your opportunity to win the trophy from the YA class (or to keep it if you are YA). If you're interested in helping, email
  • Vacation Bible School June 20-23 – If you are interested in helping with VBS this year, please sign up
  • Lawn mowers & grounds volunteers wanted to be part of a team to mow church lawns. contact Tami Mace:
  • As a reminder, I will be happy to sign for community service hours for your school/club involvement if you are participating in service opportunities offered at church.


Summer Schedule for Youth

We will meet on Sunday 5:00-7:00 PM over the summer unless otherwise noted!

  • May 30–June 7 – YA Pilgrimage to Belize
  • June 4 – Diocesan Tubing Trip -- no Sunday activity this week
  • June 12 – Braves vs. Cubs Game 1:35 (cost $16 +money for food) ** RSVP by May 22nd
  • June 19 – YHE Car Wash Fundraiser 11:30 AM followed by lunch—No evening activity
  • June 20-23 - Vacation Bible School
  • June 24-26 – Rite 13 Beach Trip
  • June 26 – Games in the Youth House
  • June 28 – MUST Dinner at Elizabeth Inn
  • July 3 – Movie Night!
  • July 10 – Bowling (bring money for bowling cost and food)
  • July 10-12 – Diocesan Mission Trips: Middle School – ATLServe, High School – Birmingham
  • July 17 – YHE Car Wash Fundraiser 11:30 AM, followed by lunch—No evening activity!
  • July 24 – Whirley Ball (bring money for games and food)
  • July 31 – End-of-Summer Pool Party! We’ll grill out, bring a side-dish/dessert!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • May 20
  • June 10
  • June 24

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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

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

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