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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 21 - June 10, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Summer schedule
Lemonade Brigade
Favorite hymns
Town Hall
Parish Picnic
Book fund
Vestry highlights
Nominating Committee
Newcomer breakfast
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Parents Night Out
Guess Who's Coming
Cats on Wheels
Parking request
Blood drive
Men's retreat

Family Promise
Holy Comforter
Habitat build
Summer Lunch

Why not Alleluias?
People thanks
Graduates recognized
Volunteer Corner

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Camp Mikell
Creative Camp
Health tips

Tubing trip
Braves game
Car wash
Summer schedule



5/21 – Cats On Wheels @Pappasito’s

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

5/24 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

5/25 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

5/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

5/29-6/5 – Family Promise hosting

5/30-6/7 – Youth Pilgrimage Belize

5/30 - Memorial Day Holiday;
Office closed

6/5 – Newcomer & Visitor breakfast

6/6-11 – Preschool Summer Camp

6/7 – Ministry Teams Quarterly

6/10 – Parents Night Out

6/12 – Acolyte recognition;
Youth Braves game

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The Good Shepherd and the Child (Catechesis)

“God is not interested in our sins…”

By Father Dean+

It was a shocking thing to hear, especially from a famous “spiritual” speaker, an ancient old monk named Thomas Keating. The comment came as he answered a question someone asked about the medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich. St. Julian, said Keating, re-captures for many the original spirit of Jesus, which is totally and thoroughly and absolutely, love. God’s love for us is absolute and indissoluble, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that we can do to “change God’s mind,” so to speak.

What, then, of sin? What of the Bible’s descriptions of the “wrath” of God? Again, it begins and ends in God’s love. God’s love, especially for the least of God’s children—the poor, the hungry, and the destitute—demands that the rest of those children form a world in which there is justice for all. It is said that the “wrath” of God burned against the nation of Israel in the time of Amos because the divide between the rich and the poor widened, and the nation collapsed and was taken into slavery.

God is similarly “interested” in our own personal sins only to the extent that God’s children end up hurt—ourselves and others. When we fall into any of the seven “deadly sins”, including gluttony, lust, envy, wrath, jealousy, and pride, and the like, God does not need to “punish” us for those sins; the sins themselves punish us.

God is the force of love that grieves over our pain, offers the healing balm of God’s self as Holy Spirit, and invites all of us into a community of that Holy Spirit, the Church. Imagine, in your prayer and meditation time, the face of God who grieves over your pain and smiles with love and invitation. The sins themselves make us miserable, not God. Give up that old image of God, and see what happens!

Worship times change to summer schedule May 22

Activities and schedule changes for the start of summer:

  • Schedule for Sunday, May 22
    - Worship times change to summer schedule: 8:00 & 10:30 am
    - Parish Town Hall 9:00 am
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service
    - Senior Youth sermons
    - Youth Pilgrimage send-off at 10:30 service


Summer Sunday worship schedule

Each week starting May 22 through June and July:

  • 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 Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Deana DeLaBarre 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 Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (include title AND hymn number PLEASE), or send email to Dr. Brian Williams, We will schedule as many as possible.

Parish Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, May 22, 9:00 am

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.?

Photos below by Bettye Harris - at the first Town Hall session on May 11

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. Please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form 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.

Vestry notes

Highlights from the May Vestry meeting

By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden

Your Vestry begins each meeting with Eucharist, but this month Karen Maxwell, representing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, brought us a meditation over the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. It was a moving way to begin our long evening of deliberations.

  • Rector Search – Nominations open June 1 - Bill Lee, Chair of the Nominating Committee gave us a brief report. All the “paperwork” preceding the posting of our open Rector position has been completed and approved by the Bishop’s office. Our nominations period will be from June 1-30, 2016. During this time, any ordained person may submit their name for the position, and you and others can nominate people for the process. Of course, they must be an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, but need not be resident in this diocese. One stipulation – if you know someone you’d like to submit for the discernment process, please get their permission first. All nominations must be received at
  • All are welcome at the next Parish Town Hall meeting, between the services on Sunday, May 22 – we’ll start about 9:00 am.
  • Youth House Expansion (YHE) project is ready to begin construction. We have received our approvals and the building permit will be posted in the next few days. Volunteers will be needed in the coming weeks for flooring and wall-building. Sign up in the lobby before or after church. YHE fundraising continues: We have raised over $105,000 in cash and pledges towards our goal of about $138,000. Pledges have been received from 87 of our parish homes. Payments should be completed by September 1st if possible.
  • Memorial Garden expansion - We received an update from the Memorial Garden Committee and they plan to break ground in the fall.
  • Leadership needs - We are looking for a few good people to lead a project team or become a ministry team convener (leader of several committees that work together – such as Worship, Pastoral Care and a few others). If you have interest in becoming a church leader, or just helping with ONE project – see Pat Pepper, Stephanie Yucius, or one of the vestry wardens. Our needs are great and the laborers are sitting in the pews – are you ready to help?
  • New job positions - The HR committee has opened the search process for two new employees. Job descriptions are posted on the St. Catherine’s website home page or see links below. The application period will be open until June 1st or until filled. And we hope these two employees will join our staff this summer.
  • Worship schedule changes - Our summer worship schedule begins this coming Sunday: 8am and 10:30am with no Church School during the summer. Father Dean suggested that we resume our three-worship-times-per-Sunday routine in August – this coincides with the beginning of school in Cobb County and Church School classes for Children and Youth will begin August 7. We will change times slightly – our times are difficult to remember for newcomers and he suggested we have three worship services: 8am, 9am (10am for Church School) and 11:15am. The late service starting time gives people time to finish Church School and get to church on time.
  • Financial update - Our financials are still positive, but we have noticed a downturn in pledges income (a little more than 3%). If you are behind on your pledge, you may wish to catch up before summer as we often see a decline in income due to people going on vacation. And yet, we have a great solution to that…
  • Electronic giving now online - You can now give to the church electronically through The City. We encourage you to go to The City and look at the new tab called GIVING. You can set up online giving for your pledge and automatically pay your pledge monthly so you’re always up to date. This is better for the church than bill-pay through your bank – it’s all electronic, as your bank sends us a check which still has to be processed by hand. This is a VERY secure feature of our accounting software – none of your personal financial information is stored on our servers, only on the very secure bank systems used to transfer funds (same as most banks).
  • We welcomed our new Finance Committee chair, Vince Weston. He has already suggested some ideas for streamlining our financial reports. We also said THANK YOU to our long-serving former Senior Warden and Finance Chair, Susan Jablonski. She has served St. Catherine’s well for many years and gave us a new and improved planning process that helps us develop a balanced budget each year. Thank you, Susan and Vince, for your gifts of time and talent.

Our meeting was adjourned at 10:30 pm. All vestry meetings are open to visitors – we ask that you let us know if you have questions or concerns at or by seeing any of your vestry members – we wear green nametags.


Job positions at St. Catherine’s, apply by June 1

Please communicate these opportunities to persons you feel may qualify. Parish members and non-members may apply. To apply, send resume to

Nominating Committee update

The Nominating Committee is posting continuing updates and news in the blog for our rector search. Don’t miss the latest entries at

  • “Next Steps”

Now that the Parish Profile is complete, approved and published, the Nominating Committee will begin to accept nominations for our new rector beginning on June 1. This nominating period will close on June 30, with all materials to be submitted no later than July 15. All communication with the committee should come through the following e-mail address: We request a personal e-mail address for each nomination and confidentiality will, of course, be of utmost importance.

To summarize briefly our very, next steps: the Nominating Committee will receive a list of nominations from the Bishop’s office. Together, these potential candidates, along with those who have indicated interest on their own, or have been nominated from any other source, will be sent a copy of the profile as well as a list of questions for written response. These responses will provide a basis for the committee’s initial screening. This is an exciting time and we are thrilled to be moving onto this next stage of our search.

  • “Us without Father Jim”

The nominating committee has been working on finalizing the Parish profile. This has been a meaningful experience, and has given all of us time to think about who we are as a parish and where we are headed. I wanted to share with you an email I received from Jason Snape a few weeks ago. I thought it was an excellent observation and it really helped me to understand the importance of this step. Jason sent me this email one evening after the committee had met to finalize the Parish Profile, and prepare it for approval by the Bishop.

Something profound occurred to me as I digested tonight's work, and looked back through the profile we've built together. This profile is us without Father Jim.

Having no photos of him, or his voice in our text, or his hand in our work, is sad and sobering to me, but also very interesting. I've been very curious since Jim announced his departure to learn what, about St.Catherine's, was him; and what, was us. The profile clarifies this – he was pivotal to how we got here, right now, but we are moving forward, we have a strong sense of who we are, and it is going to be okay. He was great at supporting and enabling people, and helping them discern who they were and where they were going. This profile is excellent evidence of that, but on a body-of-Christ scale. It reminds me of what Ellis says about parenting – it's our job to give our children roots and wings.

Thank you all for your continued prayers...

Breakfast & fellowship for Newcomers

Sunday, June 5, 9:00 am

By Bettye Harris

All Are Welcome! Our next event for Visitor and Newcomers is scheduled for June 5 from 9:00 to 10:00 am in the Parish Hall, iimmediately after 8:00 am service. Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to joins us for our regular breakfast hour ... our treat (price for parishioners is $3). We look forward to getting to know you better and chatting informally about our programs & ministries. Feel free to invite a neighbor or friend.

To help us with our planning, your RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Bettye Harris, or Susan Heuke, if you have questions or can assist (we are looking for a few folks to bring an extra casserole or breakfast treat).

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 where we will discuss plans for the Ministry Fair and other important developments in our parish. Please be sure that a representative of your group will be there to hear and participate. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.


Calendar planning -- 2016-17 dates needed, send by June 1

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 by June 1 to Rose Wolfe,

Parents Night Out Friday, June 10, RSVP

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, June 9 so we will have enough babysitters and adults. See the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Caroline Brennan at this email: Proceeds benefit the Youth House Expansion.

“Guess Who's Coming to Dinner”

RSVP by June 11

By Hans Kraeger

Join this fun dinner program where only the host knows who is coming for dinner! Hosts coordinate privately with guests (3 other couples or mix of individuals) to schedule 1 dinner engagement anytime in this cycle (June 25 – December 31). It’s a great way to get to know more of your St. Catherine’s fellow members. Inquire for information by signing up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, on The City or email Hans Kraeger, Open to anyone 21 years of age and older. Registration for this cycle closes on Saturday, June 11.

Vacation Bible School

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 children now at
  • Volunteer help is needed -- Youth and Adults! If you would like to serve the youngest members of our St. Catherine's community, please sign up online at If interested please sign up at , on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Susie Davis
  • VBS snack and craft supply donations are requested. Please see the donation board in the church foyer to see how you can help!

Cats on Wheels coming up

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you to join us! Contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200 to get on our mailing list or to RSVP for any of these events. (All activities are pay-your-own.)

  • Saturday, May 21 - Lunch gathering 11:30 am at Pappasito's Marietta location, 2788 Windy Hill Rd., Marietta, (770) 541-6100, RSVP so we can save you a seat.
  • Saturday, June 18 - Day trip to the Dahlonega Gold Mine and Smith House, RSVP to arrange transportation.
  • Saturday, July 16 - Lunch gathering 11:30 am at Jade Palace, 2647 Cobb Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, (770) 956-1151. RSVP so we can save you a seat.

A special request

Parking in upper lot on Sundays

We request that each Sunday everyone reserve ALL of the upper parking lot spaces, not just the designated handicapped spaces, for those who require the close-up parking to be able to get to the building. Thank you for your consideration!

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, June 21

Our June blood drive will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Youth House. Add the date to your calendar now! Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Save the date

-> Men’s Retreat! Friday to Sunday, October 7–9 at Montara Farm in the north Georgia mountains. Watch for details coming soon!


Family Promise

Donations wanted: diapers for hosting week, May 29-June 5

By Barb Selby and Linda Scott

Thank you so much for your response to fill the volunteer needs for Family Promise this month! We have three families coming for this hosting week, May 29-June 5, with a total of 9 children. The families would greatly appreciate any help we can give with diapers for the little ones. Sizes needed are: size 5 toddler pull-ups, size 5 diapers, and size 2-month diapers. Donations may be left at the Outreach table across from the Parlor.


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.

Outreach with Holy Comforter

Item donations – new requests

By Harriett Pyburn

We are currently collecting the following items for the clothes closet at Holy Comforter's Friendship Center:

  • Shoes in good condition (sneakers or other sturdy walking shoes in men's and women's sizes)
  • Casual men's t-shirts in size large
  • Used backpacks or computer bags

In addition, if you have shopping bags with handles you can donate, these are very helpful on our monthly distribution days. All donations may be placed in the bin at the Outreach table across from the Parlor.


Lunch & Bingo Party for Holy Comforter Church - Saturday, June 25

Be part of the “ministry of presence”

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,

Habitat House 2016 - build begins soon

St. Catherine’s will once again join the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition to build a new Habitat For Humanity home in Cobb County this summer. Procedures are underway and construction is expected to begin in early July. Watch for announcements coming soon of the dates you can participate as a builder or to provide food for the volunteers on site!

Summer Lunch Program

Wednesday, June 29 AND Wednesday, July 6

Keep it on your summer activity schedule! St. Catherine’s will again make 1,000 lunches on two dates for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. The work will begin at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall each date. This program has been sponsored by MUST Ministries since 1995. During the summer months children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year can have a free lunch delivered to them. Learn more about it on the MUST website at To help contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327.


Why not say, “Alleluia, Alleluia” at every service?

By Father Dean+

In the Episcopal Church, why do we not say “Alleluia, alleluia” every Sunday at the dismissal at the end of the service? We have finished the Great Fifty Days of Easter and now enter the season of Pentecost, so you will see this change in your Sunday bulletin as it occurs every year.

There’s a “quick” answer and there’s a “deeper” answer to this very good question.

The quick answer is that it is a “call and response” liturgical act. The congregation “responds” with “Alleluia, alleluia,” when the deacon “invites” them by saying “Let us bless the Lord, Alleluia, alleluia” (or whatever dismissal call she might be using, p. 366 of the Book of Common Prayer). It’s similar to the times when the lector says, for example, “The Word of the Lord” at the end of the Lesson or Epistle reading and we answer, “Thanks be to God;” or when the celebrant opens the service with “Blessed be God; Father Son and Holy Spirit” and we respond “And blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever.” And so, if the deacon says only, “Let us bless the Lord,” the congregation answers only, “Thanks be to God”—though, of course, with great enthusiasm!

This of course leads to a “deeper” question: Why doesn’t the deacon invite the congregation to add “Alleluia, alleluia” every Sunday? First of all, the rubrics of our Prayer Book, on p. 366, reserve the double alleluia for Easter season only. Some priests and deacons “stretch” this rubric by saying that “each Sunday is an Easter Sunday,” while others are more circumspect. As one clergy friend said, “I say it during Easter season, and when the spirit just insists on it!”

To the editors of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, however, to do this every Sunday would in a sense make the extraordinary exuberance of that season commonplace and, as a result, less special. As one of my professors said, “It would be a bit like saying ‘Merry Christmas’ all year round. Sometimes,” he added, “being more reserved on some occasions can actually enhance the joy of other times, which is a very Anglican way to do things!”

People at St. Catherine’s

  • Conveners of our Fellowship Ministry: A VERY BIG THANK you to Jennifer Massey and Shirley Childs for three years of dedicated service as the conveners and leaders of our Fellowship Ministry. We are very excited to announce that Deana DeLaBarre and Janet Livingston will be taking over as co-conveners beginning in August.
  • We are pleased to recognize and thank Julie Brannock for her many years of faithful service as a member of the Altar Guild. In addition to serving on both Altar Guild and the Linen Team, Julie handmade almost all of the linens we use during the services. Also, she made the small personalized banners that have been given for many years to those baptized at our church. Thank you, Julie!!
  • We are pleased to announce that Vince Weston has accepted the position of Finance Committee Chairperson. We say thank you so much to our long-serving retiring Finance Chair, Susan Jablonski!

Below - Jennifer, Shirley and Deana were celebrated at the May 10 Fellowship meeting with the most appropriate recognition -- a sheet cake! (Photos by Bettye Harris)

Wednesday Night Explorers: Roaming the church with cameras!

by Susie Davis, Harriett Pyburn and Stephanie Yucius

Last week, we wrapped up another year of Wednesday Night Explorers, our evening activity group for our 3rd - 5th graders. This group has spent the year diving into the St. Catherine's mission statement. What does it mean to “welcome, accept, nurture and serve?” Over the course of the school year, we have:

  • made “God's eyes” to go in the welcome bags we give newcomers
  • done body prayer with Amma Susan
  • played games
  • looked at the tote boxes the Family Promise families pack their belongings in each week with Eleanore Pearson
  • drawn pictures
  • explored MUST Ministries with Bill Ivey
  • prayed in color
  • read from the Bible
  • whiteboarded lists and lists of great things going on at St. Cat's
  • filled a basket to be donated to MUST Ministries and auctioned it off at the Valentine's Dinner Dance
  • talked with Ellis Kilgore about mission work, Hurricane Katrina, and Episcopal Relief and Development
  • talked about what we can do to make people feel not only welcome but accepted
  • and the list goes on

As a final, fun wrap-up for the year, we sent the kids on a picture scavenger hunt around the church. They were told to bring us back two pictures that represented the words of our mission statement. Their results were beautiful and insightful:

  • Welcoming: Pictures came back of the nursery door, the brick walk, our welcome banner by the visitors table, a painting of a priest welcoming others in one of the catechesis rooms, and the bulletin board showing new members at church
  • Accepting: Pictures included a catechesis atrium, where children feel their questions are accepted, the choir loft, where they felt accepted into a new group, the baptismal font, a cross, the volunteer board outside the conference room, and our front doors
  • Nurturing: they brought us pictures of the nursery, catechesis, the youth house, the preschool, a lamb and the memorial garden
  • Serving: Pictures showed the org chart hanging on the wall at the top of the big staircase, the volunteer board, the labyrinth, the MUST barrels, the bishop's chair, the preschool, and the choir chairs.

These children have been such a joy this year, and it has been so rewarding for them to explore our church and our identity in the context of Jesus' teachings. We plan to meet again next year from 7 pm-8 pm on Wednesdays for those 3rd - 6th graders who would like to join us. We'd love to have you!

Graduates 2015

We are proud of our all graduates!


Lucas Bachmann-St. Catherine’s Preschool
Rebecca Dailey-St. Catherine’s Preschool, Sope Creek Elementary
Madison Handell-St. Catherine’s Preschool
Chase Lander Hutton-St. Catherine’s Preschool, Blackwell Elementary
Abigail Josephine Singleton- County Line United Methodist Church PreK – Pickett’s Mill Elementary


Spencer Banko-East Side Elementary, will attend Dodgen Middle School
Forrest Ettel-Timber Ridge Elementary, will attend Dodgen Middle School
Julian Gardiner-East Valley Elementary
Alex Morris-Cheatam Hill Elementary, will attend Lovinggood Middle School
Eva Snape-Tritt Elementary, will attend Hightower Trail Middle School
Harry Tear-Eastside Elementary
Lauren Travis-Bells Ferry Elementary


Wyatt Pitts-Dodgen Middle school, will attend Walton High School
Owen Snape-Hightower Trail Middle School, will attend Wheeler High School Magnet Program


Mary Alice Barrington-Lassiter High School, will attend Georgia College & State University
Abigail Baumann-Walton High School, will attend Armstrong State University
Mark Boutilier-Sprayberry High School, will attend Kennesaw State University
Ethan Cook-Walton High School, will attend The University of Alabama
Emily Dini-Cornerstone Prep Academy, will attend Belmont University
Erin Donoghue-Walton High School, will attend The University of South Carolina
Stephen Ellis-Walton High School, will attend North Georgia College
Paige Frank-Bluffton High School, will attend The University of South Carolina
Nathalie Gratas-Walton High School, will attend Savannah College of Art & Design
Sofia Gratas-Walton High School, will attend Appalachian State
Thomas Reid Griffin-Etowah High School, will attend Kennesaw State University
Amber Grindle-NW Whitfield High School, will attend Dalton State College
McCall Kimball-Georgia Connections Academy, will attend University of Southern California
Isabel Lopez-Sprayberry High School, will attend Mercer University in Macon
Chyanne Thompson-Quartey-Holy Innocents Episcopal School, will attend Wake Forest
Frederick Tuemmler-Wheeler High School, will attend The University of Georgia
Mitchell Waldron-Creekview High School, will attend Chattahoochee Tech


Wesley Boutilier – Chattahoochee Technical College
Jared Bowman – St. John’s University
Scott Burkholder – Georgia College & State University
Hannah Harris – Furman University
Paul Maxwell - Belmont University

Volunteer Corner: Save the Date for MINISTRY FAIR!

“Looking Inward – Looking Forward – Seeking You”

By Stephanie Yucius

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ… Romans 12:4-5a

Join us on these four Sundays in August – August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10-11 am – for our 2016 Ministry Fair. St. Catherine’s Parish Hall will host Ministry Teams for you to learn more about and sign up for their opportunities in ministry. Each Sunday will feature 2-3 ministry teams for you to explore. Light refreshments will be provided by the hosting ministry teams.

  • August 7: Christian Outreach and Pastoral Care
  • August 14: Invitation, Communication and Technology
  • August 21: Fellowship; Finance, Stewardship & HR; Facilities
  • August 28: Christian Formation and Worship

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

The Day of Pentecost, May 15! Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see more full size in the album at Spring 2016.

--> HEAR THE CHOIRS : click here to listen to the anthem "The Flame" by David Lantz sung by the Choristers and Chancel Choir this day!

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 23-29: Porch Visitors — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Porch Visitors, part of our Invitation Ministry. Porch Visitors take loaves of bread to the homes of first-time visitors to St. Cat’s within 24 hours of their visit. They go just to the visitor’s porch to leave the bread, tell them we are glad they worshiped with us this week, and hope to see them next week. To find out more about being part of our Invitation Ministry please contact Susan Heuke, 678.231.8558,
  • May 30 – June 5: Ushers — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Ushers, who perform functions of hospitality and space management for Sunday and other services including handing out bulletins, collecting the offering, counting attendance, straightening up and more. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jim Kareken, 770.928.2660.
  • June 6-12: Cats on Wheels — This week we celebrate the life and work of Cats On Wheels. 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 active senior adults for monthly lunches and trips to places of interest. To get on the mailing list for all their activities contact Alan Certain, 770.933.9277,


Thank you all so very much for the prayers and the lovely flowers. Both are very much appreciated. My appointment (second one) with the doctor shows things are doing well. No surgery is needed and I can wear the boot and not a cast. I am blessed to be a part of St. Catherine’s.

Beth Sandoval

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

  • Family Promise of Cobb County on May 3, for gift of $1,569.04


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

  • Go easy on the salt
    Many people eat too much salt (sodium chloride). More than three-quarters of our sodium intake comes from processed foods such as frozen dinners, canned foods and processed meats. If you have high blood pressure, eating less sodium may help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. The best way to cut down on sodium is to eat more foods in their natural form, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and to limit processed and fast foods. Source: Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Echinacea
    Echinacea, an herb commonly used to fight colds and flu or boost immunity, is one of the most popular supplements in the United States. But, study results are mixed on whether it can prevent or effectively treat upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold. Generally, echinacea does not cause side effects for most people. However, those with asthma or who are allergic to certain plants (those in the daisy family) can have an allergic reaction. Talk to your health care provider before taking any herbs. Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Provided by HealthStart,


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities 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: Jon Moore, math teacher at Campbell High School; Steve Smith

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Charlie Zimmerman, Jennifer Tear, Amma Susan Johnson, Bill Fambrough, Holly Griffin, Julie Brannock, Tillie Carter, Salvadore Reyes, Priscella, Donna Boney, Stephanie Smith & Family, Jim Hutson, Jerry Venable, June Currant, Elisabetta, Kathryn Burgher, Chubby Rice, Beth Sandoval, Philip Johnson, Dr. Ike Reighard, Russ White, Judi Rogers, Davis Waldron, Pat Kenoyer, Myrtle Gearring, Susan Jenkins, Donna Cates, Ron Sellens, Stanley Hummel, Greg Gambill, Jo Anne Fisher, Laura Berry, Cliff Kutzbach, Victor Pettett, Gary Parker, Chris Sumsky, Marilyn May, Ken Buxton, Laura Dabundo.

BIRTHDAYS: (5/22) John Fulcher, (5/23) Mike Burnaugh, Frank Adams, Forrest Ettel, (5/25) Peter Britt, Piper Brennan, (5/26) Juan Sandoval, Caroline Brennan, Blake Sherry, Reagan Jones, (5/27) Karen Maxwell, (5/28) Nancy Certain, Jason Snape, Jennifer Vavra, Sullivan Thomas, (5/29) Isaac Bachmann, (5/30) Tanya Bowers-Dean, (5/31) Shelley Ransdell, Susan Vavra, Coleman Dupuis, (6/1) Jane Smith, (6/2) Tillie Carter, Fran Books, Emily Travis, (6/4) Mary Moore, Mary Dailey, (6/5) Willow Riney, (6/6) Steve Robinson, Frances Bowden, Adrian Aumann, (6/8) Jackie Anderson, Kelly Donoghue, Hannah Parrot, (6/9) Bill Sapp, Harriett Pyburn, Paul Maxwell, Hillyear Jones, (6/10) Tim Langmaid, Robert Dailey, Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan.

ANNIVERSARIES: Norma & George Alexander (5/22), Bill & Beverly Fambrough (5/22), Alan & Nancy Certain (5/28) Harry & Jennifer Tear (5/29), Susannah & Neil Campbell (5/29), Fred & Elizabeth Lopez (5/30), Scott & Laura Butzen (5/30), Karen & Hans Kraeger (6/2), Beth & Clarke Thomas (6/3), James & Audrey Nesbit (6/3) Lisa & Kris Cook (6/9).

(5/22) Natalie & Nat Whitlow; Anne Whittle; Anne Willcocks; Brian & Jana Wiliams; Margaret & Anthony Wilson.
(5/29) Rosemary & Steve Wolfe; Bill Woods; Missy, David, Penn & Shepard Worden; Stephanie, David, Riley & Danielle Yucius; Chuck Michelle, Charlie & Maddie Zimmerman.
(6/5) Ginny & Paul Acocella; Frank, Ellen, Alison & Grace Adams; Norma & George Alexander; Paul, Jackie & Miller Anderson; Deborah, Barry, Madeline & Audrey Arnold.

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 Volunteer Opportunities 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, 5/21 Saturday, 5/28


Cats On Wheel @Pappasito's


Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
Sunday, 5/22 Sunday, 5/29


Summer Service Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Parish Town Hall
Holy Eucharist
Parish Picnic
Girl Scouts


Family Promise Hosting Week
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 5/23 Monday, 5/30

Preschool Packup Day
CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts


Memorial Day Holiday
Office Closed

Youth Pilgrimage

Tuesday, 5/24 Tuesday, 5/31


Bible Study
Staff Meeting/Lunch
MUST Laundry Team
Christian Formation
Invitation Ministry


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Nominating Committee
Wednesday, 5/25 Wednesday, 6/1
MUST Breakfast Team



Thursday, 5/26 Thursday, 6/2

Father Dean's day off
Men's Bible Study

Father Dean's day off
Friday, 5/27 Friday, 6/3

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, June 5 - Newcomer and Visitor Breakfast 9 am
  • Tuesday, June 7 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting 7 pm
  • Friday, June 10 - Parents Night Out
  • Sunday, June 19 - Car wash
  • 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
  • Saturday, June 25 - Lunch and Bingo Party for Holy Comforter 11:30 am
  • Saturday, July 30 - Stop Hunger Now meal packing event 1:00 pm
  • Ministry Fair - Sundays, August 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • Men's Retreat - October 7-9


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Bless our YA Pilgrims

Please pray for all the pilgrims of the YA class and their chaperones who will depart on May 30 for the 9-day pilgrimage in Belize. We will send them off with our blessings at the 10:30 service on May 22. Pilgrims: Alison, Thad, Matthew, Stephanie, Phillip, Sofi, Olivia, Justice, Nick, Chandler, Cheyne, Forrest, Nick, Elisabeth, Beca, Charlie. Chaperones: Dave, Jeanette, Katja, Sally, Dean, Dave.


Diocesan tubing trip Saturday, June 4

We will spend the day 9 AM-5 PM floating the river, laughing, and will close with lunch and Eucharist at Church of the Resurrection. $20 per participant. Please RSVP to Gina:


Braves vs Cubs Sunday, June 12

We're having a youth outing the Turner Field before the Braves move to Cobb County. Meet at church at 12:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please let Sally know by May 22nd so that tickets can be ordered. Friends are welcome to join, but please RSVP for them as well. Tickets are $16, please eat before-hand or bring money/snacks.


Car wash Sunday, June 19

Next Youth House Expansion Fundraiser! Join us after the 8:00 service on Sunday the 19th to wash cars! It'll be good, clean, fun!! This is the next opportunity to claim the YHE Fundraising Trophy!

Youth Sunday on May 8 (photos by Bill Ivey)

Daughters of the King presented prayer
shawls to our graduating seniors,
with their leaders (photo by Pat Pepper)

Everyone had fun at the May
Parents Night Out
(photo by Caroline Brennan)

Summer schedule

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

  • May 30-June 7 – YA Pilgrimage – Belize
  • June 4 – Diocesan Tubing Trip *If you plan to participate, please email Gina. No Sunday Activity this week.
  • June 12 – Braves vs. Cubs Game 1:35 - $16 +money for food) **Please 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
  • July 3 – Movie Night!
  • July 10 – Bowling, please bring money to bowl and for food.
  • July 10-12 – Diocesan Mission Trip: 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 - Please 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:

  • June 10
  • June 24
  • July 8

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

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

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