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to share in the love that Jesus Christ
has for us and the world by
welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
the power of the Holy Spirit.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 24 - October 7, 2016

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Clergy Letter

WNL Adult Series
Blessing of the Animals
Low Country Boil
Newcomer coffee
Mens retreat
Concert Series
Spirit wear
Memorial Garden
Young Adults Dinner
Children's Chapel
Acolytes wanted
Youth House Expansion
Ecumenical Thanksgiving

Family Promise
Habitat build

Olympic athelete
Volunteer Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Cathedral Book Store
Seniors Go
Health tips


Youth retreat
Corn Maze Night
New Beginnings



9/25 – Church School adult classes only

9/27 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

9/28 – WNL Adult Series, no Youth or Explorers;
Elizabeth Inn breakfast team;
Elizabeth Inn dinner team

10/1 – Low Country Boil;
Youth @ Corn Maze
10/2 – Newcomer & Visitor Coffee;
Blessing of the Animals

10/5 – WNL

10/6 – Wheeler homecoming parade (Holt Rd closed)

10/7-9 – Men’s retreat @Montara;
Youth New Beginnings @Mikell

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“Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides”

Wednesday evening speaker series begins October 19

By Amma Susan+

There are so many divides in our culture today: racial, sexual orientation, religious, and even tensions with those sworn to protect society, police men and women. On five Wednesday evenings, October 19 – November 16, we will gather in the Parish Hall from 6:30 to 8:00 pm to ask the question: “How do we love like Jesus when it comes to various cultural divides we encounter in our everyday lives.” Our series will feature special guest speakers:

  • October 19, the noted author, The Rev. April Love-Fordham, will kick off our series, asking our question as it concerns the overarching topic of Dismantling Injustice.
  • October 26, Catherine Meeks will speak to our question as it pertains to Racism.
  • November 2, The Rev. Thee Smith will be joined by a friend from the police force to ask our question as it pertains to Racism and the Police.
  • November 9, our very own Dr. Ruth Hepler, a well-known clinical psychologist, will address our question as it pertains to Sexual Orientation.
  • November 16, the final topic will be on Religious Intolerance towards Muslims, with Amjad Turfique, a prayer leader for the Marietta Majid joining us along with a panel of clergy and others from the Muslim community.

Mark your calendars now for these dates. Let us seek together how we can better Love Like Jesus.

Wednesday Night Series through October 12: “King David, from Goliath to Mid-Life Crisis”

The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys continues leading our Wednesday evening adult speaker series through October 12 in the Parish Hall. His topic is “King David, from Goliath to Mid-Life Crisis: A Study of I & II Samuel.” Dr. Humphreys is Professor Emeritus at the University of Knoxville, Department of Religion and author of “The Character of God in Genesis,” and “Introduction to the Old Testament."

Wednesday Night Live program also continues weekly for Explorers (children) and Youth at 7:00-8:00 pm each week (no WNL for Youth or Explorers on September 28 due to Cobb Schools fall break).

Next Adult Series: "Loving Like Jesus" begins October 19

See Amma Susan's letter above for our next exciting series, "Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides," with a wonderful line up of guest speakers. Don't miss it!

A special kick-off dinner for everyone will be served 5:30-6:30 pm on October 19, for the start of this next series. No RSVP will be needed, donations will be taken to benefit the Youth House Expansion.

Blessing of the Animals

*SUNDAY*, October 2 at *5:00* pm

By John Nabinger

St. Catherine’s will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a service of the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 pm at the front doors of the church. All our four-legged and other pet friends are invited and welcomed to receive a blessing from Father Dean. In previous years, blessings have been bestowed upon dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, ferrets, chickens and even an iguana! Please bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. Our collection at the service will benefit a local charity for the care of animals.

Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (who became St. Francis after his death) was an Italian friar and preacher who lived from 1181-1226. He was venerated as a saint in 1228. According to legend, he created the Christmas Crèche or nativity scene and is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters”, and considered nature to be the reflection of God.

Low Country Boil – Saturday, October 1

Tickets almost gone!

Good food, good fun, good music! Please join us for an evening of food and dancing at the annual Low Country Boil on October 1 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We supply the shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, beer, wine, tea, dessert, and music. You should bring your appetites and dancing shoes. The event is open to adults 21 and older. Tickets are $17.50 per person and will be on sale at church on Sundays until we sell out. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.)

Any proceeds from the evening will go to Episcopal Relief and Development. Please contact Elizabeth or Fred Lopez at for more information or to sign up to be part of the awesome kitchen staff!

Newcomers & Visitor Coffee – Sunday, October 2

By Bettye Harris

Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee & coffee cake)! Our next Newcomer and Visitor Coffee is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, at 10 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new or returning members are invited to an informal gathering with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Please join us for coffee, coffee cake, fruit, and conversation about our programs & ministries. Get to know us a little better as we get to know you. Feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. Contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) if you have questions or if you can assist.

Men’s Retreat – it's almost here!          

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,

St. Catherine’s 2016-2017 Concert Series – Fifth season announced

First concert Saturday, October 22

Now in our fifth season! Join us for each of these concerts, held in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. All programs are free and open to the public with no tickets needed. Concerts are on Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, and all concert goers and artists are invited to a “meet and greet” reception held after each concert. Please reserve these dates on your calendar now, and invite family and friends!

  • Coro Vocati - Saturday, October 22 – “Folksongs: The Stories and Voices of the People”
    A ensemble of professional singers, called to create music at the highest level of choral artistry, they are returning for their third St. Catherine’s concert by popular demand!
  • Oak Martin - Saturday, November 12 – “Collaborative, Organic, and Locally Sourced: An Evening of Music with Oak Martin and Friends”
    An organ recital of the highest caliber by one of our St. Catherine’s rising stars! Oak has grown up among us, and is now moving out into the wider world of musical accomplishment. He will bring along some musician friends to join him in a wonderful program.
  • Duo “2” - Saturday, February 18 – “Chamber Music for Flute & Piano: European and American Masters”
    Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano, have garnered consistent acclaim for their creative programming and compelling performances.
  • Eunjoo Lee-Huls - Saturday, March 18
    Eunjoo Lee-Huls, American-Korean mezzo-soprano, enjoys a rich performing career which embraces a combination of oratorio, symphonic soloist, opera and recitals.

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a Friends of Music reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome and are tax deductible. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music,” and send/bring to the church offic. St. Catherine's members may also give online through your account in The City. For more information, check out our website at .

Now available: St. Cat’s Spirit Wear

Order by October 16

Get your latest church spirit wear! Choose from long-sleeve T-shirts, 3/4 sleeve jerseys, long-sleeve Henley shirts, short-sleeve golf shirts or sweatshirts, ewith different designs for each (St. Catherine’s or Atlanta Diocese or St. Cat Youth). Proceeds from sales will benefit our Youth House Expansion project. All orders are due by Sunday, October 16.

To view designs, sizing and prices, and to place your order, go to For questions please contact Sally Paris,, 770-971-2839.

Click picture to enlarge detail!

Memorial Garden Expansion campaign

Donate by October 31 so we can begin work!

Are you planning a donation to support the Memorial Garden project? Many people have told us “yes”, but haven’t gotten around to it yet — everyone is busy, and this is at the bottom of the “to do” list. But we'd like start the project before the weather turns bad, so our target deadline for contributions is October 31!

All donors may remember a friend or loved one with their donation. A plaque will be mounted in the Administration Wing recognizing each donor. (You also can decline recognition -- just let us know!) Please donate now so we can enhance our existing Memorial Garden and create a sacred and affordable burial space for current and future members.

Donations in any amount are welcome by check, or St. Catherine’s members may donate online via your account in The City. Please make checks to “St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,” designate it in the memo line for “Memorial Garden Expansion”, and place in the collection plate on Sundays or send to the church office. See details of our plan at .

Host a dinner for new Young Adults Ministry

By Sally Paris

A new Young Adults Ministry has begun at St. Catherine’s in conjunction with the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Kennesaw State University. The Young Adults group is now meeting at our church each week on Sunday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm. This ministry seeks to offer a safe place for young adults to build community and explore questions of faith as they encounter society independently as adults.

We would love for members of St. Catherine’s to fix and enjoy dinner with these students. The request is for dinner to serve about 15 people. Students eat a lot of pizza and microwave food and really enjoy having a home-cooked meal. You are welcome to sign up for just one date, but I would also love you to consider signing up to join us on a regular basis. There are some really great young adults involved in this ministry, it is a blessing to get to know them. To sign up or if you have any questions contact Sally Paris at, 770-971-2839.

Children’s Chapel helpers

Adult and Young Adult volunteers are wanted to help with Children’s Chapel which is offered each Sunday during the 9:00 and 11:15 am services. This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a child-friendly setting in the Parlor during the time between the sequence hymn and the Peace. Children’s Chapel 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.

If you are interested in helping on a rotating basis at either service please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Jenna Parker,, 770-971-2839.

Michael Paris leads the lesson during 9 am service (photo by Bill Ivey)

Acolytes wanted

Our Acolyte Ministry invites children and youth to volunteer on a rotating basis for 9:00 and 11:15 services. While there is no minimum age, typically the youngest are 8-9 years old; older youth serve through grade 12. Basic qualifications are ability to sit quietly and attentively during the service; follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service; and have a personal desire to serve in this position. Written instructions and walk-through training provided. See the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Acolyte Master Frank Adams, Youth Director Sally Paris, or Children & Family Director Jenna Parker

Youth House construction update

This Saturday, September 25 starting at 7:00 am we'll finish OSB on outside, finish roof decking and start papering roof, drip edge and wrapping house. To get on the mailing list for upcoming tasks and schedule, contact Fred Massey,

Also needed are volunteers to help with refreshments each week, icing-down water and Gatorade, and keeping our construction workers fueled with fruit and snack bars. To help with refreshments contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes for all jobs as you will be walking in an active construction site!

12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

Save the date: Thursday, November 17 at Temple Kol Emeth

It’s the Twelfth Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration—a dynamic evening of worship and community-building on the Thursday 1 week before Thanksgiving Day. Each year, this celebration brings together spiritual leaders, musicians, and participants from many faiths to celebrate both unity and diversity, and is attended by more than 800 worshippers. Members of St. Catherine’s will join in this community event at 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30062, . A reception with a wonderful variety of foods will follow.

Mass Choir – all invited to sing

The musical offerings at this service will include a choir of singers from various churches and religious organizations in our community. Anyone may participate, no auditions. Singers must provide their own copies of the music. The pieces are “Tikkun Olam” (“Repair the World”) by Gary Kent Walth ; "The Power of One" by Beth Jacoby and Larry King; "There is So Much Work for Love to Do" by Cynthia Gray. Rehearsals will be at 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth on October 10, October 24 and November 14. For questions contact Kathy Mittelman,


Family Promise training - October 11

The next training for Family Promise volunteers and anyone interested in joining the team, will be Tuesday, October 11, from 7-9 pm, at the Family Promise Day Center, located in the back parking lot of East Cobb United Methodist Church, 2325 Roswell Rd. NE, Marietta. To attend, please send your request to .

Our next Family Promise hosting week will be November 27-December 4. For any questions please contact Linda Scott, or Barb Selby, If you would like to view a short YouTube video about the Family Promise program, please let Barb or Linda know and they will be happy to send it to you!

Habitat House build continues

The build began on August 13 with the house blessing and quick raising of the walls. Sign up to help or support the build with our $15 tshirts, contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891. St. Catherine’s volunteers are scheduled to help on the dates below at the build site on Lee Road in Mableton:

  • Saturday, September 24 – construction, plus providing continental breakfast & lunch for the volunteers
  • Saturday, October 1 – construction
  • Saturday, October 8 – construction
  • Sunday, October 16 - SAVE THE DATE - Dedication Day!


Our very own Special Olympics athlete

By Natalie Marcus Whitlow

Nathaniel Monroe Whitlow is St. Catherine’s oldest acolyte. He has been an acolyte for about 16 years. What you may not know is that he has been a Special Olympics athlete for longer than that. He began practicing with the competing athletes at age 8. He started competing at age 10 in the summer games. He ran/walked short and mid distances. Eventually, he began competing in the winter games, held at several venues in Cobb County. He competed in bowling or basketball. He now competes in track and field in Summer games, bocce in fall games, and masters bowling in August. This August 26 and 27, Nat competed in masters bowling at Warner-Robins and earned a gold medal for his efforts. We are so proud of our family "jock." Congratulations, Nat Whitlow. We love you.

Photo - Nat in the Medal Ceremony at the Master Bowling Games in August

Volunteering: "Love Like Jesus"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

I was in a St. Catherine's ministry team meeting recently (nothing new or different for me!) and a visitor to the group said in a very loving way, “St. Catherine's is a church that believes in mission.” All of us sitting in the group agreed, yes, we do believe in being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.

So many of the members of St. Cat's have as their mantra, “Love like Jesus.” It’s not a simple thing to do. If this was an article on the many aspects of how we are challenged by showing that kind of love, I could fill several pages with subjects taken just from the evening news.

Beginning October 19, on Wednesday evenings St. Catherine's will host a six week series, “Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides,” which will address some of these challenges. (For details see Amma Susan’s letter above!) Our wonderful lineup of outstanding speakers is exciting, and each of them will help us to meet that challenge to love others the way that Jesus loves each of us.

This year our Diocese is being very intentional in reminding us to Love like Jesus. I found these beautiful quotes on their Facebook page:

  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully everyone is blessed. — Maya Angelou
  • It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. — Mother Teresa

Do you need assistance in finding the way to be the hands, heart and feet of Jesus? Call me. I have many opportunities for you to choose from.

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

Need a typewriter?

The church office has a well-loved IBM Wheelwriter typewriter that is no longer in use. We’d like to pass it along to a person or organization that can make use of it. Please contact Rosemary Wolfe in the church office,, 770-971-2839.

Seen around St. Cat's

Pictures by Bill Ivey, see lots more photos full size in the albums at Photo Albums

Choristers commissioned on
September 11 at 9 am service

Kneeler dedicated on Sept. 18:
"Adam and Eve" sponsored by
Ron & Connie Bergeron and stitched
by Peggy Towery
Below - During the Church School hour,
Such a variety of Catechesis and adult classes!

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:

  • September 26-October 2: Creation Care — This week we celebrate the life and work of Creation Care, which responds to the call to be good stewards and take care of the earth’s natural resources. Activities include recycling, education events, and sponsoring the annual Blessing of the Animals. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw,
  • October 3-9: Great Oak Fund — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Great Oak Endowment Fund, a coordinated plan to provide for resources to grow the mission and ministry of St. Catherine’s including capital gifts and planned giving. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Todd Hitchins,


Dear St. Catherine’s,

Thank you so much for all your help and support during this difficult time but most importantly, opening your home and arms to me and my family. I have felt and still do all your thoughts and prayers. I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people. God Bless You All!

Thank You!
Lynn Donald

Dear Church Members,

We really appreciate you selecting Simple Needs GA for your generous financial donations. Thank you! As a community based non-profit, we depend on donations to sustain our mission to meet the simple needs of children, people experiencing homelessness, and others in need. On behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you.

The SNGA Board


LGBTQ Pride 2016

  • Integrity Atlanta 28th Annual Gay Pride Eucharist - Thursday, October 6, 7:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The Rt. Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta will preside. The Reverend Gwen Fry, Vice President for National Affairs of Integrity USA will preach. This service is open to everyone and all are welcome. A reception follows in Ellis Hall. Anyone wishing to sing in the volunteer choir should report to the choir suite by 6:30 p.m.
  • Sign up to staff Pride Festival Booth - Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9 in Piedmont Park. The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta is an official sponsor of LGBTQ Pride in 2016. We will have a booth in Piedmont Park for the Pride Festival. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth in Piedmont Park for the Pride Festival on Saturday and Sunday. To sign up for one or more shifts, please visit
  • Carry a parish sign in the Parade - Sunday, October 9, through downtown, ending at Piedmont Park. As an official sponsor, The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta will have a contingent in the Pride Parade. We will be carrying signs representing the parishes that are welcoming and affirming to LGBTQ folks. If you would like to carry one of the parish signs please visit this link to sign up:


Fall Events at Cathedral Book Store

  • Wednesday, October 5 - Hart Readers at 6:30 in the Walthour Library, led by Sandra Carey. The book is The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell. Sandra was inspired to lead a discussion of this book by her trip to Iona in 2015. She found that the pilgrimage stops on the island mirror much of what the author has included in this book. A perfect prelude to John Philip Newell's daylong visit to the Cathedral on the weekend of October 29th.
  • Thursday, October 6 - Jane Baird Lecture, 7:00 PM to 9:00 pm in Child Hall. The Cathedral Book Store is pleased to announce the tenth annual Jane Baird lecture with guest author Melissa Fay Greene. Greene is the author of six books and has been twice nominated for the National Book Award. The lecture will be followed by a book signing by the author. Newest book is The Underdogs. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested at or RSVP at or by calling 404-237-7582.

The Cathedral Book Store is located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305,


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

Ride “Seniors Go”

The Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County in conjunction with Common Courtesy Rides is sponsoring door to door rides for our members. This personal ride service will pick up our members from any location in Cobb County and take them up to 15 miles for $2.00 per person per ride. There can be up to 3 people per car and there is a nominal charge for more than 15 miles. Riders are limited to 2 round trip rides per week.

Highlights of the program:

  • Riders must be a member of the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County. To become a member of the Council complete the application available at the front desk of each Cobb Senior Center or complete the application on line at . Single membership is $12 per year, Household is $15.00.
  • Riders must also register by completing the Common Courtesy Rides application also available at the Senior Centers or online at . There is a one-time $10.00 registration fee. Be sure to specify that your Chapter Affiliation is COBB SENIOR CITIZEN COUNCIL MEMBER.
  • Each rider will be given a Rider ID which will be linked to their credit card or a PayPal account and be billed two times per month for rides used.
  • Members must have access to a cell phone or smartphone access.
  • Smartphone ride requests are made through the downloaded Common Courtesy Rides application and scheduled on-demand.
  • For non-Smartphone riders we recommend calling 48 hours in advance.

Specific questions on this and any of our programs can be addressed to the Senior Council Delegates at each Cobb Senior Center, see contact information at


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: Barry Yancey, Patsy Pardue

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Courtney Greenway, Will Lee, Anne Whittle, Nick Wolfe, Annabel Hogue, Jay Hendricks, Trudy Cobb, Dedra Martin, Jennifer Steiner, Savannah Bennestt, Mary Reeves, Jennifer James, Bill Lewis, Jackson Altricher, Glenn Cox, Berlyn, Jamie Gregg, Susannah Campbell, Kerri Hewitt, Shelley Ransdell, Betty Robinson, Raymond Higgins, Mike Meehan, Scott Hargreaves, Holly Griffin, Gordon Spessard, Sascha, Jim Weigel, Robert Ingram, John Moore, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Cliff Kutzbach, Philip Johnson.

ANNIVERSARIES: Susan & Art Bayless (9/25), Ron & Connie Bergeron (9/25), Gary & Brenda Parker (9/25), Cam & Marti Graham (9/25), Ed & Tracey Pitts (9/30), Jim & Laurie Dirksen (10/2).

BIRTHDAYS: (9/25) Brenda Parker, Bette Hamilton, Virginia Langmaid, (9/26) Mel Paris, Joshua Harvey, (9/27) Susan Martin, Beth Lee, Maddock Jones, (9/28) Art Gardner, (9/29) Treholm Fahy, (9/30) Cam Graham, Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Richard Pearson, Jennifer Sherwood, Nathan Tomchik, Cole Nabinger, (10/2) Sue Jones, David Yucius, Molly Johnson, (10/3) Isaac Hale, Sydney Khan, (10/4) Chuck Shrake, Adam Stone, Allison Dupuis, Abby Baumann, (10/5) Matthew Greene, (10/6) Rhonda Robinson, Tom Donoghue, (10/7) Lou Dini.

(9/25) Stan & Dani Dickson; Steve & Kitty Diffley; Althea & Barry Dillard; Mike Dillson; Lou, Jeanette, & Emily Dini, & Alex Roberts.
(10/2) Laurie, Jim, Matthew & Michael Dirksen; Tom, Maureen, Kelly & Erin Donoghue; Keith & Lu Dumke; Tom & Jane Dunn; Tad, Sally, Allison & Coleman Dupuis.

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: 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, 9/24 Saturday, 10/1



CGS Level 1 Training
Low Country Boil
Youth Night Out Corn Maze
Sunday, 9/25 Sunday, 10/2


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist / Jubilate
Church School - Adults Only
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Young Adults


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer & Visitor Coffee
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Blessing of the Animals
Young Adults

Monday, 9/26 Monday, 10/3

Cobb Schools Fall Break
Preschool Closed

Boy Scouts


CGS Catholic
Stephen Leaders
Stephen Ministry
Christian Formation
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 9/27 Tuesday, 10/4


Kitchen Cleanup
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Wednesday, 9/28 Wednesday, 10/5
MUST Breakfast Team
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
WNL Adult Series
Chancel Choir


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
WNL Adult Series
Chancel Choir
WNL Youth & Explorers

Thursday, 9/29 Thursday, 10/6

Father Dean's day off
Snape Cooking Camp
Memorial Garden Guild
Men's Bible Study

Father Dean's day off
Preschool Board
Computer Lab
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 9/30 Friday, 10/7

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



Amma Susan's day off
Men's Retreat @Montara Farm
Youth New Beginings @Mikell

Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Wednesday, October 19 - Kick-off dinner 5:30-6:30 pm; "Loving Like Jesus" speaker series begins 6:30 pm with The Rev. April Love-Fordham
  • October 21-23 - Youth Retreat at Camp Mikell
  • Tuesday, October 25 – Blood drive 3:00-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 22 – Concert Series: Coro Vocati 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 5 - Parish Day of Service
  • Saturday, November 12 -Stewardship Celebration Dinner 5:00 pm;
  • Concert Series: Oak Martin & Friends 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 17 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kohl Emeth
  • Thursday, November 24 - MUST's Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day
  • November 27-December 4 – Family Promise hosting week
  • Saturday, December 3 – Dr. Lisa Miller, author of “The Spiritual Child”


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Fall Youth Retreat October 21-23 at Camp Mikell

Space is still available, please email Sally ASAP if you're interested! All youth are welcome to this year's Fall Youth Retreat which only comes around once every 2 years. We will have outdoor fun and games, programming, fellowship and foursquare! Cost is $150, scholarships available.


Corn Maze Night Out!

Saturday, October 1, 7-10 pm

Come join us as we try to make it through a new maze!! We will explore the maze and then return to the Youth House for an ice cream party! Cost is just $15. Register by September 25 at


Diocesan Offerings

New Beginnings October 7-9

New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth in grades 6-9th. It was created in the Diocese of Central Florida by adults and young people to help youth grow in love of themselves, others, and Christ. In 1998, The Diocese of Atlanta hosted 20 youth for the first New Beginnings in Georgia. Over the years, New Beginnings has grown and now hosts no less than 100 youth every October and February at Camp Mikell. Get information and register at
Participants - This is who the weekend is for! Participants are the youth and sponsors that attend the weekend. Participants are grades 6-8th. Sponsors are also considered participants. Sponsors are the adult chaperones that attend the weekend. Participants of the weekend do not have to be Episcopalian, but they must come recommended through an Episcopal Church and have an adult sponsor who attends the entire weekend with the participant. Participant and sponsor registration is open for New Beginnings 36.
Team - The New Beginnings Team is a group of adults and high school youth that work together to bring the love of Christ to all participants. You do not need to have participated in New Beginnings to be on team, but you must be in high school to be a team member.

Happening November 11-13

Happening is a renewal weekend sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Happening Team, which facilitates the weekend experience, consists of young people and adults who are active members of their parish. Happening is open to all high school youth that have completed their first semester of freshman year. Get information and register at
Candidates - First time youth attending Happening come to the weekend as candidates. The weekend is for the candidates! Candidate registration is open for Happening 66.
Team - Happening Team is the group of high school youth that lead the entire weekend! Adults are there to chaperone, but they step back and let the teens make it all "happen". Applications are now being accepted for Happening 66 Team.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4

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.

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Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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