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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 6 - 19, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Worship times change
Ministry Fair
Messy Olympics
Pilgrimage sharing dinner
Join Choir
Great Oak grants
Memorial Garden Expansion
Men's Retreat
Youth House report
Preschool subs
Parents Night Out
Blood drive
Acolyte Festival

Habitat build
Fashion show
Computer lab
Family Promise

Town Hall report
College send off
Belong Tour
Volunteer Corner

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Ministry focus

DMST Share
Health tips


Youth Parent meeting
Journey To Adulthood
Diocesan retreat
Youth calendar



8/7 – Worship times change;
Ministry Fair;
Youth Church School begins;
College freshmen send-off;
Undies Sunday;
Youth Parent meeting;
Messy Olympics

8/8 – Men’s Book Study

8/9 – Computer Lab first day

8/10 – Belize Pilgrimage Sharing Dinner

8/12 – The Journey reunion party

8/13 - Habitat build start

8/14 – Ministry Fair;
Catechesis meet & greet

See below for complete calendar



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The Good Shepherd and the Child (Catechesis)

“A Letter to Graduating Seniors”

By Father Dean+

Sunday, August 7, is our “Senior Send Off” Sunday. On this day your parish honors you for this step in your life that our culture calls “graduation.” The word graduation comes from the same root as “gradually,” and, though graduation week itself is not gradual at all, but quick-before-you-know-it, on the other hand it has seemed, I’m sure, gradual getting here.

Seniors, do you remember the very first Harry Potter movie? Harry begins his journey of finding out who he really is. He finds that his parents were wizards, with great powers, and that he has great power himself that he can scarcely believe. In one early scene, Harry finds a magic mirror in a basement of Hogwarts. When you look into this mirror, it reflects your deepest desires, the deepest longings of your heart. When Ron Weasely looks, he sees himself as a senior holding the Quiddich trophy. Harry, of course, sees himself with his parents behind him, smiling, as if for a family portrait. As he gazes into the mirror, the headmaster, Dumbledorf, appears behind him and says something very interesting. He says, “The wisest person in the world will look into this mirror and see himself exactly as he is.”

Isn’t that an interesting thing for him to say? Could he be saying that you, Harry, already have it in yourself to be all that you need to be? That you don’t have to worry about trying to be somebody you’re not, because you already are all you need to be? Well, believe it or not, seniors, your teachers and ministers and even parents here at St. Catherine’s have been trying, in one way or the other, to give you this message, about who you are as a human being.

God has already created you to be a whole, creative, thinking, feeling human being, capable of things you can scarcely imagine. You have a journey—a spiritual journey, that is—to discover what those things are, and who, exactly, you are. But it is a discovery in the strange, exotic land of your future, and it is infused with God’s gifts all along the way.

What adventures await you! What incredible things are out there to learn, to explore. May you always consider St. Catherine’s a welcoming home for you, and these people around you as friends. May you graduate in the awareness of your holy imagination and the good things you already have inside of you, and may God, as friend, inspire your courage, and grace, and wisdom, and peace, all the days of your lives. You are loved!

Worship schedule changes begin Sunday, August 7

NEW worship times for the school year

Holy Eucharist service times are changed from previous years! The schedule will be:
-> 8:00 am
-> 9:00 am
-> 11:15 am

  • Church School 10-11 am:
    - For Youth:
    each Sunday beginning August 7see description below
    - For Children:
    "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd" beginning August 21 see description below
    - For Adults:
    Church School for Sundays in August is our Ministry Fair series with a different ministry topic each date;
    Christian Education classes for adults begin Sunday, September 11 -- watch for information coming soon on the new offerings this fall.


Children’s Chapel at 9:00 and 11:15 services beginning August 7

Children’s Chapel will be offered each Sunday during both the 9:00 and 11:15 am services beginning August 7. This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a child-friendly setting. The children leave the service before the Gospel reading and return at the Peace. This is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word, the age range is usually 3 to 9 years old.

Adult and Young Adult volunteers are wanted to assist with program, if you are interested please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin.

Ministry Fair - four Sundays in August, 10-11 am

“Looking Inward - Looking Forward - Seeking You! ”

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

You are invited to join St. Catherine's Ministry Teams in the Parish Hall throughout the Sundays of August to learn more about what ministry teams there are, what they do and how you can join into what interests you. Each Sunday will feature different Ministry Teams so we encourage you not to miss any of these four Sundays to get a full picture of St. Catherine's. Light refreshments will be provided for you at the various tables during the Fair. Questions can be directed to Stephanie Yucius, or Pat Pepper,

  • August 7: Outreach; Pastoral Care
  • August 14: Invitation & Engagement; Communication & Technology
  • August 21: Fellowship; Finance & Human Resources; Facilities & Grounds
  • August 28: Education & Formation; Worship & Music

-> Undies Sunday at Ministry Fair on August 7

We will have an ingathering of NEW socks and underwear for boys and girls ages 5-18 for students at East Cobb Middle School, Wheeler High School, and a few local elementary schools. Please bring new, sealed packages of underwear, undershirts or socks. We will collect and sort items during the Fair for Outreach and Pastoral Care in the Parish Hall this day.

-> The City at Ministry Fair on August 14

What is The City? Need help getting on The City? Need tips on how to best use The City? Join The City at the Ministry Fair this day. We are glad to help.
IMPORTANT - If you are already in The City, please take a moment to check your profile and set your option to “Public”. This setting does NOT mean that your information is available to the whole Internet, it simply lets your phone and address appear in the church's member directory viewable only to St. Catherine's members.

Messy Olympics - Fun for everyone!

Sunday, August 7, 2-3:30 pm

All ages -- youth, kids, adults, families -- join us for a great start of the new worship schedule/Church School/school year! The Rio Olympics are in session, so in celebration you are invited to join your church family for lots of laughs and fun at the Messy Olympic Games in the church's back parking lot (between the Parish Hall & Youth House). You may want to bring a change of clothes (and possibly a towel). There will also be games for those who do not want to get quite so messy! No tickets or RSVP -- don’t miss it!

Belize Pilgrimage Sharing Dinner - all invited!

Wednesday, August 10, RSVP

Come and hear from our youth pilgrims about the pilgrimage to Belize they made in June. They will host a dinner and presentation for you at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome as they share with us photos and their experiences, show what the pilgrimage meant to them, and thank the parish for all of their generous support which made this trip possible. Dinner will feature traditional flavors of Belize with chicken, rice and beans. There is no charge but please RSVP so we will have enough food for all, call the church office 770-971-2839 or contact Youth Director Sally Paris,

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Parent Meet & Greet

Sunday, August 14 – 10:30-11:15 am

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is our Christian formation program offered during Church School for children age 3 (by September 1) through 5th/6th grade. Parents are invited to a meet & greet in the Parlor and CGS atria (education wing) to meet the catechists and hear about the program in preparation for the start on August 21.

Catechesis registration

Please fill out this year’s registration form at or copies are available at the CGS bulletin board in the atrium wing. We are asking for a materials fee of $20/child, not to exceed $40/family, to help defray the cost of consumable materials. We deeply appreciate your support of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and what it offers your children. Keep up with the latest about our program on our Facebook page at “The Good Shepherd and the Child at St. Catherine's,”

A Vision for Children: About Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

CGS at St. Catherine's is operated by volunteers who are parents and grandparents, lay people, many of whom have received training that guides the way they serve the children. The CGS Leadership Team oversees the atrium environments, catechists and assistants. Hours are: Level I 10:00 – 11:05 am, Levels II and III 10:00 – 11:15 am.

CGS is grounded in the Bible and the Liturgy (particularly Baptism and Eucharist) in an approach that respects children’s developmental spiritual needs. Children hear the Gospel and absorb its message through sensorially-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. The vision for this faith experience began in Rome, Italy in 1954 with Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori-trained educator. Dr. Cavalletti found that children, at the very youngest ages, have vital religious needs. Children desire to draw near to God and need the sensitive guidance of the adult and the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit to nurture this relationship. The adult prepares the sacred space, the “atrium,” for the children. There they are invited to enter into relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and to hear, perhaps for the first time, the inner voice that is the Holy Spirit. The atrium is a place of community and worship more than a classroom. It is a place to be with God, enjoy Him, listen to His Word, to pray, and is designed to reflect the beauty of His creation and abiding love.

We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work.

The Level I atrium is for children 3 years old (by September 1) through Kindergarten. Children continue their journey of faith as they get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Baptism and Eucharist. The credo of this child is "help me come closer to God by myself." After hearing a scripture presentation or seeing a liturgical presentation, children are given the opportunity to prayerfully respond through the work of their hands with the aid of the catechetical materials or through their artwork. They work independently as well as participate in the community of the atrium through seasonal celebrations.

The Level II atrium is for first through third grade. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork and using their developing skills in reading and writing.

The Level III atrium is for fourth through fifth or sixth grade. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan be realized, leading to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry including his miracles, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and the Anointing of the Sick. They continue to cultivate their prayer life in the planning of prayer services and in individual work.

-> Special for Sixth Graders

Sixth graders this year will have a choice to either attend the Level III atrium, or a new class called "Re:Form." This special offering will be designed to empower these active learners to explore their faith and ask questions they actually wonder about the Bible, creed, disciples, Jesus, other beliefs, and hot topics. For more information please contact our Director of Children & Family Ministry, Jenna Parker,

Join choir – You are invited!

This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out. Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions! Jubilate rehearsals are ongoing now, and Choristers and Chancel Choir rehearsals will begin August 31, see all the details below:

  • Choristers of St. Catherine's - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning August 31, 6:15 – 7:00 pm — Choristers of St. Catherine's is our choir for guys and girls in grades three through twelve. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am family service for all but one Sunday per month. We also sing at the family Christmas Eve service. Being an acolyte or participating in Youth WNL will not conflict. For information please contact director Dr. Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning August 31, 7:15-8:30 pm — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily, and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. We rehearse September through May on Wednesdays, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead the 11:15 am service. We also sing for special services including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information please contact director Dr. Brian Williams at, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.
  • Jubilate - Rehearsals now each week on Tuesdays, 7-8 pm — For instruments and singers! This group leads contemporary worship music at the 8:45 am family service once per month, plus a few special services. Our musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this ensemble. For information please contact Susie Davis,, Jason Gardiner,, Michael Moran,
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew are also needed, a great opportunity for adults or youth — training is provided, contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945,

Apply for grants from Great Oak Endowment Fund

Proposals due by August 31

The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas:

  • Capital needs of the parish;
  • Outreach ministries and grants;
  • Initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects.

For 2016, $1,500 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any St. Catherine’s parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for this cycle is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

For complete details of requirements and how to submit a proposal, please pick up a copy of the RFP (Request For Proposal) document at church or download one now at . For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Daniel Mikkelsen or Junior Warden Bill Ivey, or email

Memorial Garden Expansion campaign begins

Why are we expanding the Memorial Garden? The existing Memorial Garden is now full.

How was this plan developed? For over two years the committee has investigated options, gathered parishioner feedback through a survey, designed plans, created a budget, sought bids, received approval from pertinent church committees, the Vestry and the Diocese. We have now begun our campaign to collect donations to enhance our existing Memorial Garden and to create a sacred and affordable burial space for current and future members.

What does the Memorial Garden Expansion include?

  • Burial for 500 cremains;
  • Increased access, for mourners during services: (1) a walkway surrounds the center burial area on 4 sides; (2) the two-sided fenced expansion allows unobstructed views from outside the garden for choir & mourners; (3) sound system amplifies priest’s voice;
  • Extra seating, subdued lighting, water features and planters filled with seasonal flowers in both gardens;
  • Careful improvement of existing garden without disturbing any cremains;
  • Unobtrusive grid system, so accurate burial records are maintained.

How will St. Catherine’s maintain the improvements? The newly established Memorial Garden Guild will systematically maintain the garden’s burial records, flowers and plantings, new water features, walkways and other needs.

How Can I Donate?

Work will only begin when we reach our goal of $50,920! Donations in any amount are welcome:

  • Online: St. Catherine’s members may donate online one time or on a schedule you determine, via your account in The City — log in to
  • By check: Anyone may donate by check, please make your check to “St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church” and be sure to designate it in the memo line for “Memorial Garden Expansion”. Place checks in the collection plate on Sundays or mail to our church office at 571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068.

Men’s Retreat – reserve your place          

October 7-9 at Montara Farm

Make your reservation today! All men are invited to the 2016 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 7-9 at Montera Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, . We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. More details will be coming soon but space will be limited. Total cost of the retreat will be $316.25.

Hold your place now by signing up with your $100 deposit on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact John Fulcher, John is also looking for volunteers to help with planning the retreat, please contact him now if you are interested.

Youth House Expansion progress report

July 30 was a great work day. We had plenty of people show up and got half way thru putting OSB along back wall (hardest one to do due to height). Interior walls are done, all but one window is roughed in, cap plates on half the house. The floor joists connecting the buildings are half in and the buildings match perfectly! Many thanks to Mark Childs, Keith Muckerman and Allen Jablonski for their leadership and skills in making that part a success! And please say a big thank you those who have been working to keep us all hydrated and fed, including Linda Smith, Connie Bergeron. It's a tremendous help!

We are now having the roof trusses redesigned so we do not have to install a large beam like in basement. This should save us time, and money. On August 6 we will OSB the outside, install floor trusses connecting buildings, decking on trusses and then cut the old building and build walls connecting both, and install cap plates along two walls. Ed Pitts, Dave Banko, Dwight Blackwood, Dave Yucius, and Elizabeth Lopez will direct the work this day The current goal is to install roof trusses on Saturday, August 27 pending a crane operator and approvals by the county.

Construction is continuing each week, Saturday mornings from 7 am to noon. Please come and we’ll put you to work! To get on the mailing list for upcoming tasks and schedule, contact Fred Massey,

Youth House Expansion Funding (as of July 31)

  • Total Project Budget: $136,912.00
  • Total Funds Raised: $110,775.70
  • Number of Households Pledging: 98
  • Total Payments Received: $96,109.70
  • Pledges not yet received: $14,666.00
  • Total Project Funds still needed (in addition to pledges outstanding): $26,136.30

Photo 1 below -- Parishioner Roger Motter with son Dean inspecting the build progress. Roger is one of the primary people involved with construction of all the St. Cat's buildings over the years, including the current Youth House. Photo 1 by Tom Hunter, additional photos by Bettye Harris, see the complete project pictures at Youth House Expansion.

Substitute teachers needed for our Preschool

St. Catherine’s Preschool is looking for substitute teachers for the upcoming school year. If you would be interested please contact Preschool Director Karolyn Olliffe,, 404-906-1591 for further information.

“Safeguarding” training opportunities coming up

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. Please look ahead and consider if you will need either training for activities you will want to be involved in. Some examples are Family Promise (some tasks), Church School teachers, Stephen Ministry, children and youth activity leaders, Eucharistic Visitors, The Journey mentors.

To attend one of the dates/locations below please register by the given contact. In addition, be sure to notify Becky Adams in our church office at so we may keep track of your training record. The training must be renewed every 3 years. If you are not sure if you need the training, are due to renew, or have any other questions, please contact Becky. If you cannot attend these dates there will be more opportunities coming up around the diocese. Visit for information. Trainings coming up:

  • Safeguarding God's Children – Saturday, August 13 at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. To attend please register by contacting The Rev. Deborah Silver,
  • DATE ADDED: Safeguarding God's Children – Saturday, August 20 at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, beginning at 12:00 noon. A light lunch will be provided. To attend please register by contacting The Rev. Gretchen S. Ratterree, 770-928-7916 or
  • Safeguarding God's People – Saturday, September 17 at the Cathedral of St. Philip 1:00 to 3:30 pm. To attend please register by contacting The Rev. Deborah Silver,

Parents Night Out Friday

Date changed: Friday August 19, RSVP

The Youth are offering Parents Night Out 6-8 pm on August 19, 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, August 18 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.

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 23

YOU can make a critical difference this summer! The Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the most needed blood types. Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference to others. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Our next blood drive will be on August 23, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are never required, all donors are always welcome on the day of the event.) And don't forget to save time by using Red Cross' RapidPass on the day of the drive to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online before you come -- see

Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers”, and by preschoolers we mean kids from birth through kindergarten. MOPS connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups rally women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. You can learn more about MOPS International at .

St. Catherine’s MOPS group meets monthly in the school year on first Wednesdays, 9:45 to noon in the Parish Hall. Go ahead and mark your calendars for the following dates this year: September 7 (Kickoff meeting); October 5; November 2; December 7; January 11; February 1; March 1; April 12; May 3. What to expect:

  • Brunch - we can’t meet without coffee & food
  • Speakers – to give us insight & ideas
  • Small Groups – to relate & share advice with local mommy friends
  • Crafts – fun easy projects, even for the least crafty of us

Childcare is provided – While moms are in the meetings their children are divided into age appropriate classes where they participate in fun educational activities through St. Catherine’s Preschool.

Contact us for more details:, or call Julie Fulcher 404.697.0278, or Michelle 770.891.2113

Diocesan Acolyte Festival – registration is open

All acolytes are invited to attend the Atlanta Diocese Acolyte Festival on Saturday, September 10, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Bishops Wright and Whitmore will participate fully in the festival by leading special sessions designed to help acolytes develop their leadership skills. The Festival will conclude with Eucharist featuring dozens of acolytes serving in various roles. The cost is $20. Register soon at If you have any questions please contact Sally Paris, or Jenna Parker,

EFM - Education for Ministry

Class begins soon

Education for Ministry is a four year program (you sign up independently each year) of religious education. But far more than that, it is a place where you can safely talk about belief. It is a forum where spirituality, practice, and study can go hand in hand to help you understand and prepare for ministry in the greater church and the world. The first year of the program covers the Old Testament, the second year covers the New Testament, the third year covers religious history, and the fourth year covers a variety of philosophical approaches to religion in the world. We meet once a week and spend time talking about the readings for the week. After that we try to connect the dots between the “Word” and the real world in a series of theological reflections.

We are currently recruiting for a new class in the fall. We will meet on Thursday evenings beginning September 8 at the church. There is a yearly charge, partial scholarships are available. We would love to have you join us this year. Perhaps, together in faith, we can help each other navigate the maze of current events. Please contact Chris Potter ( ) or Jan Potter ( or the church office for more information or to sign up.


Habitat House build

House blessing and construction start - Saturday, August 13

St. Catherine’s will again this year work with a consortium of other area churches, mosques, synagogues and companies to build a new Habitat for Humanity home, coordinated by the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC). This year's home owner is a family of four, and the build site is on Lee Road in Mableton. Your engagement with Habitat for Humanity is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to a great build. Sign up to help or support the build with our $15 tshirts, contact contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891.

“Elegantly Different” Fashion Show, Lunch & Silent Auction

Sunday, August 28

Hello Tokyo! — Join us 12:00-2:00 pm on August 28 in the Parish Hall to see the latest styles from cabi, mixing ultramodern and traditional style, previewing the latest collection from the heart of bustling capital of Tokyo, Japan. Tickets are $15, reservations are recommended. All proceeds from this annual event will benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults, To reserve tickets or for more information please contact Lee Ann Sherry, 770-815-5299,

St. Cat's After School Computer Lab help

Do you have a few hours free on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon twice a month? Do you know how to smile and say, "welcome"? Do you have something relatively quiet you can work on (homework with kids, a book, a crossword puzzle, work for another church activity) in between your friendly welcomes? If so, WE NEED YOU! We open our after-school computer lab beginning August 9 to Wheeler students and will staff the lab each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:00 pm.

Minimal computer knowledge is needed and you will always have a partner volunteer. Have questions or willing to say yes? Sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Harriett Pyburn, 678-612-7384,

Family Promise news

Excerpts from the newsletter of Family Promise of Cobb County:

1st Annual Golf Event a Huge Success

Clear blue skies and the challenging Indian Hills golf course made the perfect setting for our 1st Annual Golf Event to support our mission of assisting homeless families with children get back on their feet. 107 golfers enjoyed a great day of golf followed by a buffet lunch and a raffle of over 50 prizes and gift certificates. Through the generous donations of all our sponsors and golfers, we were able to raise $17,000. Words cannot express how grateful the FPCC community is to the sponsors, golfers, and especially to the golf committee. Six individuals [including St. Catherine’s own Hale Sanders and Julie Fulcher] worked for months to make this first event a success. For more pictures of the fun, check out the slideshow on their newly launched YouTube Channel at .

Photo - some of the tournment organizers including Hale (2nd from left) and Julie (right).


Report from the July Town Hall

By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden

During the summer doldrums, there is often a feeling of slowed momentum in the church – but not at St. Cat’s. On July 31, the Parish Hall was packed again as we strive to keep the parish informed on what’s going on in this interim year.

As you see in other areas of this newsletter, the Youth House Expansion continues with the two sections of the structure now joined, and work continues each weekend. We have raised over $110,000 toward the total $136,000+ needed. We have had pledges from 98 families toward the youth house expansion. Thank you!

Our other major project just beginning is an expansion of our Memorial Garden – we have run out of space for memorials to our loved ones who have died. The new space was described by Susannah Campbell, and preliminary plans are displayed in the foyer outside the Sanctuary. In addition to expanding the space, we will also form a Memorial Garden Guild which will have the responsibility of caretaking and record keeping for the garden.

The Ministry Fair begins this weekend and runs for the next three weekends. Come see what our busy ministry teams are up to – including youth, children and adult Church School opportunities. The Youth begin August 7 and Wednesday Night Live activities begin on August 10. Children begin in Catechesis on August 21 and, new this year, there will be Children’s Chapel at both main services on Sunday. See Jenna Parker, our new Director of Children and Family Ministries, for details. Our adult offerings begin after Labor Day.

There were many good questions asked during the Town Hall – many had to do with the Rector Nominating Process, including a couple on why it takes so long. In many denominations, Senior Pastors are appointed by an Archbishop or some other overseeing body of the church. The Episcopal Church believes in taking its time – while we’ve had our Interim Rector in place, we’ve been given the liberty of canvassing the parish, developing a parish profile based on those inputs (available on our website) and conducting a national search for the rector that will best match that profile. The value of the time spent on the front end of the process, will pay off in our selection process. If you have questions about the Nominations process, please contact Bill Lee or any member of the Nominating Committee at – or your Vestry at Any one of the vestry members – we wear green name tags – will be happy to answer your questions in person, or refer you to the right person who may know the answer.

College book scholarships awards

We are so proud of our 2016 rising college freshmen! On August 7 we award 12 college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education.

Mary Alice Barrington - Georgia College & State University
Abigail Baumann - Armstrong State University
Mark Boutilier - Kennesaw State University
Ethan Cook - The University of Alabama
Emily Dini - Belmont University
Erin Donoghue - The University of South Carolina
Nathalie Gratas - Savannah College of Art & Design SCAD
Sofia Gratas - Appalachian State
McCall Kimball - University of Southern California
Isabel Lopez - Mercer University in Macon
Chyanne Thompson-Quartey - Wake Forest
Frederick Tuemmler - The University of Georgia

St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund

St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships each year to our rising college freshmen. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the annual Parish Picnic. To date, we have presented 139 scholarships for a total of $26,850.00. We are able to give small scholarships now but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. Any and all support of this fund is greatly appreciated. To donate, please make your check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

BELONG Tour – reserve tickets now

The BELONG Tour is coming to the Gwinnett Infinite Energy Area on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 18 & 19. BELONG is an event bringing women together in arenas across the country to hear remarkable communicators Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist & others. It is designed for women who long for a life of purpose, deeper connections and faith that makes a difference. Regularly $130, a block of tickets to the event are on hold for St. Catherine's at a rate of only $85 for both days. The group ticket order has to be submitted by Friday, August 26 to use the discounted rate. If you would like to be a part of the St. Cat's group—invite your friends!—contact Rebeccah Devault, or 404-277-6356. For more information visit

Volunteering Corner

"Your story?"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

My friend Rev. Danny says, "Life is a story and we are partners and co-creators with God in writing our stories." I love that quote and I see examples everyday of St. Cat’s members who are very intentional as they live each day with God as their co-author.

I want to tell you a short, but in my opinion, a very powerful story about Mrs. G. Mrs. G. is 82 years old, she has glaucoma and because of that she no longer drives. Mrs. G. moved to Marietta a year ago from Dallas, Texas and her current home is right here on Holt Road, across the street from St. Catherine's. I met Mrs. G. because SHE called St. Catherine's office and said to Becky, “I would like to volunteer. Is there anything that I can do at St. Catherine's? I am a Catholic, but I can't drive to the Catholic church where I am a member. So if you have something I could do, I live across the street and could walk over there.” She also said, "I believe God's work is God's work, regardless of what church you are doing it in.” Becky gave me her number and when I called Mrs. G., she said the same things to me. “Amen,” I thought and I instantly said, "Let me give you a list of where you could be of service. We would love to have you.”

Saturday at 12:45 Bob and I picked her up. She came with us to the Parish Hall and she stood shoulder to shoulder with us helping to pack 20,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now. She will be back, because Mrs. G. is intentional about the way she is writing her story and she knows that she is the co-author with God.

The month of August, each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. you will have many opportunities to gather information at our Ministry Fair described above in this newsletter. You will find many opportunities that will help you create your own special story and it is certain you will be writing it together with God. Call or email me if you have any questions.

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 photos full size in the album at Summer 2016.

Stop Hunger Now

More than 20,000 people will be fed due to our efforts on July 30 to help stop hunger! More than 80 people — St. Cat's family, friends and neighbors — came together to package meals for places where people may go all day without a meal. We're helping Help Stop Hunger to alleviate hunger throughout the world. Thanks to everyone who helped! Photos by Bill Ivey.

Sunday at St. Cat's

Photos 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:

  • August 8-14: Invitation Ministry Team; Communications & Technology Ministry Team —This week we celebrate the life and work of these 2 Ministry Teams which lead committee efforts to achieve our parish goals: Invitation, and Communications & Technology. For information on how to get involved please come to our Ministry Fair on August 14 or contact the Ministry Team conveners Susan Heuke and Tad Travis (respectively).
  • August 15-21: Fellowship Ministry Team; Finance & Human Resources Ministry Team; Facilities & Grounds Ministry Team — This week we celebrate the life and work of these 3 Ministry Teams which lead committee efforts to achieve our parish goals: Fellowship; Finance & Human Resources; Facilities & Grounds. For information on how to get involved please come to our Ministry Fair on August 21 or contact the Ministry Team conveners Deana DeLaBarre & Janet Livingston, Rebeccah Devault, Tami Mace (respectively).


DMST Share (July 2016)

Georgia Cares, , is the single, statewide coordinating agency to connect services and treatment care for victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Since inception in 2009, Georgia Cares has received over 1,600 referrals from more than 90 counties throughout the state, including 605 in the Marietta Convocation of the Diocese of Atlanta. What can your parish do to end DMST? Here are two actions that clergy and lay people in our churches can take in upcoming months. First, sign up for the training in your convocation on this issue. Ask your rector for the date and location your convocation dean has set for this training by GA Cares. To learn more about workshops, go to Second, you can vote in November on the constitutional amendment funding Rachel's Law. It creates a dedicated source of funding to provide restorative services such as a safe house, trauma counseling and medical treatment to victims of DMST. See details about it at


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

C.E.R.T. class at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in September
Community Emergency Reponse Team (C.E.R.T.) classes will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24, at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Rd., Marietta. C.E.R.T. classes are designed to educate and train people with basic disaster response skills at the time of a community-wide event, such as a tornado. They are open to anyone in the community who is interested in helping themselves, their family, their workplace and their community in the event of an emergency event, when professional responders are not immediately available to help. A certificate will be issued by Cobb Emergency Management Agency upon completion of the full course (all three Saturdays). Advance registration is required, space limited. Contact Linda Walsh, RN in Pastoral Care at 770-552-6400 ext. 6019 to sign up.

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, Jake England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousins; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; Andrew Hutton, and Zach Hurley.

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

DECEASED: Ellie Ruth Cook, infant daughter of Josh & Meghan Cook


THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Roberta Loewy, Bill Wyatt, Stephanie Yucius, Jim Weigel, Pastor Tony Cantaneo, Dennis Freeman, Josh & Meghan Cook, Nancy Hall, Julian Henderson, Heather Flanigan, Lexi Murphy, John Eustice, Wanda Johnson, Berger Scott, Robert Ingram, John Moore, Chandler Parker, Jean Windrow, MaryLou Shannonhouse, Anne Whittle, Cliff Kutzbach, Wayne Fulcher, Karen Schubert, Philip Johnson.

ANNIVERSARIES: Rod & Nadine Pope (8/8), Chase & Lindsey Paris (8/8), Allen & Susan Jablonski (8/13), Jim & Deborah Weigel (8/14), Eric & Deana De la Barre (8/18), Bob & Candy Johnson (8/18).

BIRTHDAYS: (8/7) Bruce Perry, Ann Davis, (8/8) Del Halstead-Nussloch, Cassandra Heinz, (8/9) Katie Morris, Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Robbie Roy, Bill Hutton, Jackie Bosarge, Alison Adams, (8/11) Julie Brannock, (8/12) John Barrington, Ginny Pierce, (8/13) Donna Hutton (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, (8/15) Owen Snape, (8/16) Kellen Pierce (8/17) Dale Voyles, Tim Brown, Chase Hutton, (8/18) Cary Phillips, Caroline Greene, (8/20) Laura Butzen.

(8/7) Rick & Tracy Buckalew; Kathryn Burgher; Mike Burnaugh; Eric, Paige & James Bushart; Scott & Laura Butzen.
(8/14) Kenneth & Barbara Buxton; George & Marilyn Cain; Kelly, Camilo & Sebastian Calvo; Neil, Susannah & Henry Campbell; Courtney, Cyrille, Amelie & Lucas Cardona.

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

Date coming up: August 14, November 6. 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, 8/6 Saturday, 8/13



Habitat Build Start
Baptism Rehearsal
MOPS Party
Sunday, 8/7 Sunday, 8/14


Worship Schedule Changes
Undie Sunday
Family Promise Hosting

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair
Youth Church School
Holy Eucharist
Youth Parent Meeting
Messy Olympics


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair
Youth Church School
CGS Meet & Greet
Holy Eucharist / Baptism
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts

Monday, 8/8 Monday, 8/15

Adult Christian Formation
Men's Book Study
Boy Scouts


Women's Book Study
Preschool Open House
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 8/9 Tuesday, 8/16


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Master Planning
Nominating Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Wednesday, 8/10 Wednesday, 8/17
Pilgrimage Sharing Dinner
Family Promise Board


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Acolyte Training
Youth WNL

Thursday, 8/11 Thursday, 8/18

Father Dean's day off
Preschool Workday
Computer Lab
Finance Committee

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Friday, 8/12 Friday, 8/19

Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Workday
Women's Bible Study
The Journey Pool Party
A.A. Women’s Meditation


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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Children's Church School (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) 10-11 am beginning August 21
  • Adult Church School 10-11 am: Ministry Fair on August 7, 14, 21 & 28; new classes begin September 11.
  • Saturday, August 20 – Cats on Wheels at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Tuesday, August 23 – Blood drive
  • Sunday, August 28 – Fashion show & luncheon for CCYA
  • Wednesday, August 31 – WNL Explorers begins; Choristers and Chancel Choir rehearsals begin
  • Tuesday, September 6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting 7-8:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 10 – Diocesan Acolyte Festival @ Cathedral of St. Philip
  • Sunday, October 2 – Blessing of the Animals, 5:00 pm
  • Men's Retreat - October 7-9


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Important Youth Parent Meeting - Sunday, August 7

1:00 pm in the Parish Hall

All youth grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to attend with at least one parent/guardian. There is a lot going on this year and this is the best way to get informed ahead of time. I hope to see you all there! All are welcome to stay for Messy Olympics afterwards!


"Journey To Adulthood" (J2A) Youth Church School begins August 7

St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2016-2017 for grades seven through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood. Facilitator: Sally Paris, Director of Youth Ministries.

Rite-13 (grades seven and eight) — The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The Rite-13 liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.

J2A (grades nine and ten) — J2A (Journey to Adulthood) is the heart of the curriculum, blending action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.

YA — Young Adults (grades eleven and twelve) — Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as working to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous years. They are recognized as young adults rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class also focuses on serving as leaders within the Youth Program and the broader congregation.

Wednesday Night Youth Meetings — All youth groups come together on Wednesday evening for fellowship and spiritual formation. Wednesday night fellowship includes music, discussion and fun, with an emphasis on relevance for all age groups.


Diocesan Service Day Retreat

Saturday, August 27, 10 am-4 pm

Join us August 27 at All Saints' Episcopal Church for our second annual Diocesan Service Day Retreat. The day will consist of service learning and projects, fellowship, singing songs, and Eucharist. This year, we have partnered with 5 organizations that provide various services throughout the state to better equip our youth with a meaningful service learning experience. The theme for the retreat is Serve Compassionately, which is a key part of our Diocesan Purpose Statement. Youth will spend the day learning about service organizations and assisting with various service projects. We ask that each youth bring 5 canned goods, 3 books, and 3 gently used clothing articles. All items collected will go to one of our service partners of the day! The cost per participant is $5. This cost covers lunch. Come join us as we explore what it means to serve compassionately and grow spiritually!


2016-17 Events

The 2016-2017 calendar for the St. Catherine’s Youth Program is now available. You can also view the calendar online at any time at Youth Calendar online. We follow many of the dates for Cobb County Schools holidays. Below is the fall schedule, now through December:

Aug. 7 – 10 AM: First Day of Church School; 9AM – Senior Send-off; 1 PM: Youth Parent Meeting
Aug. 10 – 6 PM: Pilgrimage Return Dinner
Aug. 17 – 7 PM: Wednesday Night Youth Begins
Aug. 21 – 1 PM: J2A Leader Training
Aug. 27 – Diocesan Youth Day Retreat
Sept. 4 – No Church School
Sept. 10 – Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Sept. 25 – No Church School
Sept. 26-30 – Cobb County Fall Break – No WNL
Oct. 1 – New Beginnings Team Training @ St. Phillip’s Cathedral; 7-11:30 PM: “Youth Night Out” Corn Maize Trip
Oct. 2 – 5PM: Blessing of the Animals
Oct. 7-9 – New Beginnings
Oct. 21-23 – Fall Youth Retreat @ Camp Mikell
Oct. 28-29 – Happening Team Training
Nov. 6 – 5 PM: Youth Worship
Nov. 11-13 – Happening
Nov. 18-19 – Annual Council Lock-In
Nov. 20 – No Church School
Nov. 21-25 – Cobb County Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 27 – No Church School; Advent Wreath Making
Dec. 10 – St. Cat’s Artisan Market
Dec. 18 – 9 AM: Christmas Pageant
Dec. 22-Jan. 4 – Cobb County Winter Break
Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas!! No Church School
Dec. 28 – No WNL
Dec. 31 – New Year's Eve Youth Alumni Brunch

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 19
  • September 9
  • September 23

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 on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due by midnight on Wednesday 2 days before the publication date. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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