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welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 10-23, 2016

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Clergy Letter

WNL Adult Series
Church School
Cats On Wheels
Car wash
Cathedral Bookstore
Blessing of the Animals
Mens retreat
Young Adults Dinner
Low Country Boil
Newcomer coffee
Acolytes wanted
Memorial Garden
Office assistants
Flowers & candles

Hunger Walk
Elizabeth Inn
Habitat build

Member news
Vestry notes
Volunteer Corner

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

ERD flood relief
Pork & Plants
Medication take-back
Health tips


Car wash
Youth retreat
Interfaith Thanksgiving
Memorial garden help
New Beginnings



9/10 – Friends of Music reception @Williams’

9/11 – Adult Church School classes begin;
Sunday breakfasts begin

9/14 – WNL for all

9/17 – Cats On Wheels @Copelands

9/18 – Car wash:
Cathedral Book Store sale;
The Extension dinner

9/21 – WNL for all

9/27 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

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

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“Where were you when the towers fell?”

By Father Dean+

It seems that every generation has a significant, tragic event that defines that generation, an event, after which, nothing is ever quite the same. In my generation, it was the Kennedy assassination. Even as a third grader, I had the dark, frightening sense that the things in the world we thought were solid and permanent, were in fact, not so solid after all. If this could happen, well, anything might happen. In my mother’s generation, it was Pearl Harbor. When the World Trade towers fell on September 11, 2001, I did what most of us did who were alive in those moments—we instinctively called those we loved. “Mama, is this like Pearl Harbor was to you?” I remember asking her on that 9/11 morning. “Oh no,” she said, “This is much worse. With Pearl Harbor, we didn’t see any images until days later, in the newsreels. We’re seeing this second by second.”

On this 15th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, we do now what we did then. We turn to our faith for assurances that, even as human institutions are not as solid as we thought, God’s love and God’s healing presence abides. That no force on earth, no violence, no terrorism, not even death itself, can shake that Love.

Hymn #676, "There is a balm in Gilead"

Sometimes I feel discouraged, and feel my work’s in vain, but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again,
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole, There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.


"To a Terrorist" by Stephen Dunn, from Between Angels (Norton)

For the historical ache, the ache passed down
which finds its circumstance and becomes
the present ache, I offer this poem

without hope, knowing there's nothing,
not even revenge, which alleviates
a life like yours. I offer it as one

might offer his father's ashes
to the wind, a gesture
when there's nothing else to do.

Still, I must say to you:
I hate your good reasons.
I hate the hatefulness that makes you fall

in love with death, your own included.
Perhaps you're hating me now,
I who own my own house

and live in a country so muscular,
so smug, it thinks its terror is meant
only to mean well, and to protect.

Christ turned his singular cheek,
one man's holiness another's absurdity.
Like you, the rest of us obey the sting,

the surge. I'm just speaking out loud
to cancel my silence. Consider it an old impulse,
doomed to become mere words.

The first poet probably spoke to thunder
and, for a while, believed
thunder had an ear and a choice.

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

The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys leads our Wednesday evening adult speaker series for the start of fall, each week through October 12 in the Parish Hall. This season 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).

Adult Church School begins September 11

Church School offerings - four topics to choose from this fall! Look for the map for the location of each of theses classes:

  • Christian Caregiving – Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about your faith, praying with others, or trying to comfort a friend? There is a deep need in today’s world for the distinctive care of those who follow Christ in the way. However, Christian caregiving may not be recognized or articulated and as a result, not actualized. Through dealing with real-life issues in caring and relating and reading our text, "Christian Caregiving—A Way of Life" by Kenneth Hauck, this course will challenge and equip you to care for others in a distinctively Christian way. Facilitators: David Moore and Chris Potter
  • One River, Many Wells – Every day, in billions of hearts around the world, words of praise, supplication, and thanksgiving go out to our Creator. Who are these people who find their way to God on paths that diverge from our own? What exactly do they believe? How do they worship? How do they differ from us historically, morally, ethically, liturgically, and theologically… and how are we the same? The answers will sometimes surprise. We will study all major and most minor faith groups. We will include, as requested, the study of Judaic and Islamic mysticism, including Kabbala and Rumi. We'll take a fun break in Advent to learn about the "Return of the Light", winter holidays of all faiths. Come with an open mind and heart to see how your own faith will be enriched by this study. Teacher: Ginny Acocella
  • Paths to Prayer: One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Have you found yourself wanting a deeper relationship with God? Would it surprise you to learn that God wants that also? That your longing comes from God’s deep desire for a closer relationship with you? Prayer brings us face-to-face with God, who loves us and draws us into relationship. Prayer is not one size fits all. There is no single right way to pray, no one method that works for everybody all the time. In this course, we will try on different prayer and spiritual practices. We will discover for ourselves what prayer paths fit, so that we may enter more fully into relationship with God. Facilitator: Amma Susan Johnson
  • Welcoming-Accepting-Nurturing-Serving – A series of discussions about what it means to truly embody the core values of our mission statement. Incorporating texts, videos & podcasts from top Christian & secular leaders together, we will explore the “art of neighboring” and identify opportunities to bring Bishop Curry’s vision to #lovelikejesus to life – both inside and outside the walls of St. Catherine’s. Facilitators: Rebeccah Devault and Harriett Pyburn

Breakfasts begin Sunday, September 11

Sunday breakfasts, available for a very modest charge, begin this Sunday, 8:30-9:10 am in the Parish Hall. Served for you by our Breakfast Angels, see you there!

Be a Breakfast Angel

Breakfast Angels are our volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up a simple breakfast available to everyone on Sunday mornings at church. New hands are needed to join the teams that are scheduled to work on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Margaret Shaw,

Cats on Wheels luncheon Saturday, September 17

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! Come at 11:30 am for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this month at Copeland's (location near Cumberland Mall), 3101 Cobb Pkwy SE Suite 220, Atlanta, 770.612.3311, . RSVP so we can save you a seat to Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels coming up – Mark your calendar:

(date TBA) – A weekday excursion in north Georgia for fall colors and apple season
Saturday, November 19 – Lunch – Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Atlanta
Thursday, December 15 – Seniors Eucharist, Preschool Christmas Concert & Luncheon
Saturday, January 21 – Stage play TBA
Saturday, February 18 – Macon museums – Tubman, Arts & Sciences
Saturday, March 18 – Lunch – Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub (Alpharetta location)
Saturday, April 29 – Gainesville Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 13 – Lunch – Maggiano’s Little Italy (Cumberland location)
Saturday, June 17 – Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers)

Come to the car wash

Sunday, September 18, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Come get your car clean and support our Youth House Expansion project at the same time! Our Youth are holding a car wash at church during/after the 9:00 and 11:15 services on this date. No charge, all donations gratefully accepted.

Cathedral Book Store coming to St. Cat’s

Sunday, September 18

The Cathedral Book Store is coming to St. Catherine’s on September 18. Drop in to the sale 9:00 am – 1:30 pm in our Parish Hall to find books and special items to purchase for yourself and for gifts (maybe thinking ahead to holiday time?). Choices will include Bibles, BCPs, adult books, children’s books, devotionals, fiction & non-fiction, gifts, stationary and more. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Best of all, the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to a St. Catherine’s ministry. You can preview the Book Store's catalog online at

Blessing of the Animals

New time: SUNDAY, October 2 at 5:00 pm

Bring your pet for a blessing at on the pavers/lawn in front of the church. Please note that this year our service will be on a Sunday evening, beginning at 5:00 pm.

Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures. We expect our usual delightful time to celebrate our animal friends and companions. Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided. Our collection this day will benefit a local charity for the care of animals.

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.

Host a dinner for new Young Adults Ministry

By Sally Paris

A new Young Adult 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 at least one home-cooked meal per week. 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.

Low Country Boil – Saturday, October 1

Tickets will go fast!

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

All Are Welcome

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. All are welcome.

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

Memorial Garden Expansion campaign

By Karen Tindall

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. We understand.

What we need: $50,920
What we have: $20,805
Target Deadline: October 31, 2016
Why the rush: So we can start the project before the weather turns bad

All donors have the opportunity to 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.

The expansion resolves many of the issues members voiced over the years.

  • 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 will create a beautiful, peaceful and reflective space.
  • Careful improvement of existing garden without disturbing any cremains
  • Unobtrusive grid system, so accurate burial records are maintained.

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 .

Office assistants

The church office needs volunteers for short shifts or half days when the parish secretary is out of the office or during times of heavy use (such as Christmas and Easter). Tasks include answering phones, greeting visitors and performing light office work. See the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Becky Adams,, 770-971-2839.

Flowers & candles sponsors needed

Our church flowers and altar candles are solely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you!

The schedule of upcoming dates is listed on the Volunteer Opportunities in your bulletin and available in the church office. You may sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one or special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, feel free to choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Please remember to send your payment to the church office on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.


Hunger Walk success

The 2016 Hunger Walk/Run in March was an incredible success! Lindsey Hardegree, Executive Director of Episcopal Charities Foundation, has written to us at St. Catherine’s:

…with your help the Episcopal Charities Foundation has received $23,307.26 to give to hunger-related ministries and organizations! As a special way of saying thank you to the parishes who were most instrumental in our success, we have decided to distribute these funds in a different way this year. Rather than selecting a single organization to receive these funds, we would like to work with the top fundraising parishes overall and in each convocation to identify hunger-related ministries and organizations throughout the Diocese who are deserving of these funds.
It gives me great pleasure to let you know that St. Catherine's was one of our top fundraising parishes overall! In recognition for your significant efforts, we would like for St. Catherine's to help us identify a meaningful hunger-related ministry or organization to receive a grant of $3,000 from Episcopal Charities Foundation!

Our Outreach Ministry will choose a hunger-related ministry for this grant. Many thanks to Connie Bergeron, organizer of St. Catherine’s Hunger Walk team. And we give a special thank you to Daniel Mikkelsen who was our single largest fundraiser again this year. Also, note that EYC (youth of the Atlanta Diocese) were another of the top fundraising groups, many St. Catherine’s youth were contributors to the Hunger Walk by this designation.

Elizabeth Inn - opportunties to serve

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

  • DINNER TEAM — the 28th of every month, next date is Wednesday, September 28. Volunteers provide food and/or cook & serve. To volunteer for dinner team, please contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891 or Tracy Buckalew,
  • LAUNDRY TEAM — the fourth Tuesday AND fifth Wednesday (when there is one) of every month, next date is Tuesday, September 27. For information or to volunteer contact Dave Yucius, 678.560.0456,
  • BREAKFAST TEAM — the fourth Wednesday of every month, next date is Wednesday, September 28. Volunteers provide food, cook & serve. To volunteer for breakfast team, please sign up on the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Audrey Nesbitt, audrey.nesbit

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

Below - Dinner at Elizabeth Inn on August 28 for 60 plus lovely dinner guests and staff, with plenty of support and hands on deck from Fellowship & Invitation team members. Grillgenius burgers & dogs from Fred Massey & crew were again a huge hit, as was Jennifer's Massey's slam recipe for olive oil & parsley oven-roasted potatoes! Yummy fun. - Bettye Harris

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 10 – construction
  • Saturday, September 17 – construction
  • Saturday, September 24 – construction, plus providing continental breakfast & lunch for the volunteers
  • Saturday, October 1 – construction
  • Saturday, October 8 – construction
  • Sunday, October 16 - Dedication Day


Parish members in the news

  • Olympic Medal Winner
    Congratulations to Nat Whitlow who won a gold medal in the Georgia Special Olympics 2016 Masters Bowling Games which were held August 26-28 in Warner Robins. We're proud of you, Nat!
  • Brigadier General Blackstock
    Congratulations to Tom Blackstock who was promoted to Brigadier General in the United States Army in a ceremony on September 2 at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta. The event was well-attended by dignitaries and friends of the family as well as many from St. Catherine’s. Thank you to the Blackstock family for their generous invitation to include us all in your celebration! (Photo by Bettye Harris)

Vestry notes

Highlights from the August Vestry retreat

By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden

Your Vestry met for our summer retreat on August 20 at Stan and Dani Dickson’s neighborhood clubhouse. They have provided a location for our summer Vestry retreats for many years and it was the perfect spot. We began with Morning Prayer lead by Father Dean.

Father Dean then gave us an update on the work that will be required of the Vestry during the transition to the new Rector. The Nominating Committee will provide the Vestry their nominees, then we will then have the opportunity to conduct additional review and interviews with the candidates submitted. The Rev. Hazel Glover, former Associate Rector at St. Catherine’s and Interim Rector at St. Paul’s Church in Newnan, is our consultant and will advise and counsel the Vestry during this process. We expect this part of the transition to take a short time, as the Nominating Committee will have done most of the hard work. Once the Vestry has reached consensus on a call for the new rector, and that call has been accepted by the candidate and approved by the Bishop, their congregation and our congregation will be notified at the same time. Our interim will leave three weeks before the arrival of the new rector and we’ll have a celebration to say goodbye and to thank the Nominating Committee for 18 months of hard work. As we approach the arrival of the new rector, we’ll form a transition committee which will handle the details of moving the new rector to Marietta (if necessary) and acting as our “Welcome Wagon.” We will keep you informed during the process. As we have said, there is no exact timing for this transition, but we think the interview process will take a couple more months.

Our business meeting followed:

  • Stewardship season is approaching. Our Stewardship Committee has developed a theme for this year: “Living Gratefully, Living Generously.” Please add Sunday, November 13, to your calendar. We will receive and bless pledges at all services on that day. The night before, there will be a parish-wide celebration of gratefulness – a time to reflect on all we have been given here at St. Catherine’s. The evening will culminate in the first event of our 2016-17 Concert Series, an organ concert by our very own Oak Martin. More details are forthcoming.
  • We received updates on fundraising and construction of the Youth House, the Memorial Garden, our two new employees and the exciting Ministry Fair this summer.
  • We broke for lunch, then worked the rest of our time together on a few items that are parish goals we identified in the Holy Cow survey we conducted last fall. The most pressing issues include leadership succession and development of better engagement for new members as they wish to become a part of our parish family. One way we can all do this is to introduce yourself to new members, ask them about their interests and ask them how they might like to be involved. Some people want to just “be” for a while in their new church home, others like to get active when they find a new church. We have room for both!
  • Finally, we received a report from Tom Blackstock, chair of the Master Planning Committee, and Randy Young, our building consultant and architect. We are discussing opportunities for increasing the amount of parking, classroom space and possibly razing our current Administrative wing and replacing it with a new two-story building – that building is the original building on this site and is showing its age. We will keep you informed of any decision we make … this is all just planning at this point.
Our next Vestry meeting is September 20 and all Vestry meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend and listen. You may also ask questions and offer suggestions at

Volunteering: "Giving the Gift "

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

William Shakespeare said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” The following individuals have lived this quote from Shakespeare and for their time, talent and ministry we are grateful. Each of them will be resigning from these current positions and I invite you to join me in thanking them for their service. Each of them will continue to serve in other ministries at St. Catherine's.

  • Paul Manno, Chair of Information Technology Committee

Served 12 years in this position: He has helped design, build and maintain a variety of projects related to the computers and network at St. Catherine’s. During that time we have grown from 3 wired computer workstations to many wired and wireless devices throughout the entire church, Preschool and Youth House supporting well over 100 concurrent wireless users. In addition Paul assisted with installing the wireless connected thermostats which control the heating and cooling throughout our building. Paul has saved St. Catherine's thousands of dollars and has continued to say “Yes, I can” through all these years of growth and change, and has done it all with a calm and capable ability.

We do not have a current replacement for Paul and ask that if you or someone you may know with skills in any one or more of the following areas to please contact me or a Vestry member: Windows and Mac systems administration; network planning and maintenance; hardware and software selection, evaluation and maintenance.

  • Fred Massey, Chair of MUST Laundry Team

For more years than Fred can remember, he has been responsible for making sure the laundry was done for the men who are clients of MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter. Once, often two times per month, Fred or the volunteers he recruited spent 5 hours per night washing, drying and folding clothing. Each morning, the men that had sought the shelter were able to leave in clean clothing because someone cared enough to give their time. Thank you, Fred, for performing a task that is humble and loving.

I am happy to announce that Dave Yucius has said, "Yes", and will be replacing Fred as leader of the MUST Laundry Team. Thank you, Dave!

  • Margaret Shaw, Convener of Pastoral Care Ministry Team

Served in this position since 2007: Pastoral Care Ministry Team is the umbrella under which the following ministries fall: Calling and Caring, Congregational Nursing, Creation Care, Daughters of the King, Flower Delivery, Mentoring Youth, Pastoral Counseling, Prayer Chain, Sonshine Ministry and Stephen Ministry. Margaret has led these caring ministry teams with grace, and has given tirelessly in this position for 9 years.

With joy, I am happy to say that Julie Johnson has also said, "Yes", and will be replacing Margaret Shaw as convener of Pastoral Care Ministry Team. Thank you, Julie!

If you have a conversation with any of these dedicated volunteers I am sure they will tell you they have received more than they gave, and because of their service they have been blessed.

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

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

Youth House progress continues

We are topped out! On August 27 we were able to get all our main trusses installed on the new building. A great crew including Ed Pitts, Ben Frost, Al Jones, John Nabinger, Mel Paris, Dave Yucius, Mark Childs, Keith Muckerman, Kent Hankinson, & Allen Jablonski and Tom Donoghue. We're about half way to completion and more then 3/4 to being dried in. After taking Labor Day weekend off, Saturday work will resume on September 10. Come out and lend a hand!

August Ministry Fair

Spaghetti supper fundraiser on September 7 for the Youth House Expansion

More folks seen around church...

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 12-18: Acolytes — This week we celebrate the life and work of Acolytes, youth who assist the clergy during worship services. Training and vestments are provided. We welcome youth who have a personal desire to serve, and the maturity to sit attentively, follow the bulletin and fully participate in the worship service. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Acolyte Master Frank Adams, 404.877.2993,, Children & Family Director Jenna Parker, or Youth Director Sally Paris,
  • September 19-25: Mentoring Youth — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Mentoring Youth group. Young people need connections with many adults, not just their parents, in order to grow emotionally and spiritually and to make better choices in their lives. Adult members of St. Catherine's are trained to be mentors and friends to teens. Adults and youth meet every two weeks in casual surroundings to talk, plus group events such as bowling, rafting and hiking three or four times a year. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Hale Sanders, 678-472-1839,


Thank you to the St. Catherine's community for your continued support. The money for books [St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship] will be a huge help as I start my college career.

Much love,
Isabel Lopez


Gulf Coast Episcopal Dioceses and ERD respond to severe flooding

In mid-August, parts of the US Gulf Coast experienced historic levels of flooding, with many dead, and tens of thousands unable to return to their homes. Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Team has been in close contact with dioceses in the region and is providing support for their local efforts. The immediate response will help provide basic necessities to those most impacted. Affected dioceses will then coordinate with Episcopal Relief & Development to meet needs in the coming months and years. Currently, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, its churches and their ministries are reaching out to those in need of assistance, assessing what needs to be done and serving as best they can. “In a disaster like this, we work closely with local church leaders to assess what is truly needed,” said Katie Mears, Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “We have begun to provide resources needed to assist those most vulnerable.” Your support of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Fund helps us respond to disasters. Get the latest information about how to help care for those affected by this crisis and make contributions at . Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your partnership, we are healing a hurting world.


Holy Comforter Benefit Pork & Plants Sale - Saturday September 24

Holy Comforter's first plant sale of the season is going to be big! Come on Saturday September 24, 10am - 2pm. The Holy Smokers, a BBQ team from Marietta, will be selling pulled pork or bbq chicken plates with all the sides including a drink for $10 a plate, plus music and games. The Seedtime and Harvest gardeners will be supplying everything you need for fall vegetable gardens (collards, kale, beets, etc.) and other plants. The Art Program from The Friendship Center will be there to sell one-of-a-kind art. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the garden and Friendship Center.

Order your tickets online at You can also pre-order take home whole smoked pork butts ($40, feeds 8-10, can be picked up anytime on Saturday Sept 24 during the event). Holy Comforter is located at 737 Woodland Avenue SE, Atlanta, .


Ministries may apply for Miriam’s Gift Award from Commission on Human Trafficking

The Atlanta Diocese Commission on Human Trafficking is aware that many congregations have programs that help prevent the trafficking of children, even though that may not be the primary purpose of the program. In order to highlight these programs, the Commission has created an award called “Miriam’s Gift.” A cash award of $500 will be given to the program that best demonstrates concern for children at risk for being trafficked and the award will be presented at Annual Council in November 2016. The award is named for Miriam, the sister of Moses, who created a way to save her infant brother when Pharaoh ordered the death of all Hebrew baby boys.

There are many factors that combine to put children at risk for sex trafficking: incest and abuse, domestic violence, children who are runaways or “thrown away” by their parents , foster care, drug and alcohol abuse, low achievement in school, poverty, belonging to a vulnerable immigrant community, feelings of worthlessness. Programs that address children and youth who are at risk for trafficking are eligible for the award. Examples are after-school tutoring, mentoring, summer programs, healthcare, sex education, meals and housing.

Let the Commission to be aware of the good work in which you are already engaged on behalf of at-risk children. See information and the application form at Applications are due by Monday, October 3.The Commission on Human Trafficking wants to honor programs that provide protection and care for at-risk children and help lead them into a full life in the Spirit.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

WellStar hosts Community Medication Take Back Day

Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Do you have unused or expired medications? Turn them in for safe disposal! Your efforts can save lives by removing expired and unused prescription medications from your medicine cabinet. Do your part to prevent accidental poisoning, overdoses and improper use of medications. Simply take your old medications to one of the drop-off locations, turn them in by driving through and receive a free gift. No questions asked, no forms or ID required. Three drop off locations:

  • Cobb Senior Services Marietta Neighborhood Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta,
  • WellStar Acworth Health Park (4550 Cobb Parkway, Acworth) or
  • WellStar East Cobb Health Park (3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta).

This event is sponsored by WellStar, SafeKids Cobb County and the Cobb County Police Department. For questions regarding these events, call 770-793-7373. For more information about medication safety and proper disposal, please visit or contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

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.

BIRTHS: Wells Page Gale on September 7, son of Knox & Yorke Gale and grandson of Emily & Nelson Gale.

DECEASED: Carol Viering, friend of Ellen Adams; Dean Donald, husband of St. Catherine's Preschool music teacher Lynn Donald


THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Jennifer James, Bill Lewis, Jackson Altricher, Kathy Holman, Van & Coleen Foster, Glenn Cox, Berlyn, Jamie Gregg, Courtney & Cody, Julie Brannock, Susannah Campbell, Mya Sanacore, Erik Billingsley, Kerri Hewitt, BT Ansley, Sheila Williams, Susan Jenkins, Shelley Ransdell, Betty Robinson, Raymond Higgins, Mike Meehan, Christina Diaz, Scott Hargreaves, Holly Griffin, Nina Smith, Nancy Denton, Gordon Spessard, Alan Certain, Sascha, Pat Robinson, Jim Weigel, Stephanie Yucius, Robert Ingram, John Moore, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Anne Whittle, Cliff Kutzbach, Philip Johnson.

ANNIVERSARIES: John & Barbara Barrington (9/10), Ken & Linda Minzenberger (9/20)

BIRTHDAYS: (9/10) James Snape, Sally Moore, Hannah Seger, (9/11) David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/12) Taryn Nienaber, (9/13) Barbara Larsh, Rhett Brogdon, David Goldman, (9/14) Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, (9/15) Maddie Zimmerman, Emma Markette, (9/16) Laurie Bartlow, Stephanie Gardiner, (9/17) Barbara Buxton, Austin Groff, Tyler Groff, 99/18) Mary Benton, Molly Banko, Kyleigh Paris, Madelyn Pierce, Sydney Pierce, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, Henry Campbell, (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Mark Childs, Eric De La Barre, Revie Pierce, (9/21) Jay Hendricks, Molly Khan, Marshall Jones, (9/22) Jim Weigel, Kevin Thomas, (9/23) Oscar Price, Jim Greene, Dennis Freeman.

(9/11) Robert, Mary, Colin & Rebecca Dailey; Dave Daniels; Barbara Davenport; James, Susie, Ann & Helen Davis; Tom & Shirley Day.
(9/18) Eric & Deana De La Barre; Judy Dechar; Ken & Nancy Denton; Rod Deutscher & Carla von Hoffman, Michael, Rebeccah, & Riley Devault.

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, 9/10 Saturday, 9/17


Friends of Music @ Williams'


CGS Level 1 Training
Cats On Wheels @ Copelands
Sunday, 9/11 Sunday, 9/18


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts
Young Adults


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Young Adults
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 9/12 Monday, 9/19

CGS Catholic
Adult Christian Formation
Men's Book Study
Invitation Ministry
Stephen Leaders Meeting
Stewardship Committee
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts


Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Youth Committee
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 9/13 Tuesday, 9/20


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Master Planning


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Nominating Committee
Wednesday, 9/14 Wednesday, 9/21
WNL Adult Series
Chancel Choir
WNL Youth & Explorers


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

Thursday, 9/15 Thursday, 9/22

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Finance Committee
Men's Bible Study

Father Dean's day off
Preschool Board
Computer Lab
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 9/16 Friday, 9/23

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:

  • Saturday, September 17 - Cats On Wheels lunch at Copeland's (Cumberland location) 11:30 am
  • Sunday, September 18 - Cathedral Book Store sale; Car wash
  • Saturday, October 1 - Low Country Boil 6:30 pm; Youth Night Out at the corn maze
  • Sunday, October 2 - Newcomer breakfast 10-11 am; Blessing of the Animals 5:00 pm
  • October 7-9 - Men's Retreat @ Montara Farm
  • October 21-23 - Youth Retreat @ Camp Mikell
  • Saturday, November 5 - Parish Day of Service
  • Saturday, November 12 -Stewardship Celebration Dinner
  • Thursday, November 17 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kohl Emeth
  • Thursday, November 24 - MUST's Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Car Wash Saturday, September 18

Youth will be washing cars as a Youth House Expansion Fundraiser before, during and after the services this Sunday, 8:30 am-1 pm. We will need to have youth with signs in the parking lot and by the road to help draw attention as well!


Fall Youth Retreat October 21-23 at Camp Mikell

Register by September 18!

Join us for some good old fashion fun in the mountains! All youth are welcome to participate in this years 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. If you're interested, please register as soon as possible so we can finalize arrangements! To register go to Fall Youth Retreat.


What are we called to do?

" represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever [we] may be; and according to the gifts given [us], to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world and to take their place in the life, worship and governance of the church." – BCP 855. One of the ways we can do this is through service.

You will find many opportunities to serve at St. Catherine's below. If you are interested in any of these ministries contact the person listed or Sally and we will make sure to get you connected!

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – For the past few years, St. Catherine's has had one of our youth participating in writing and presenting the Youth Prayer (along with other youth from various faith traditions) at the Interfaith Thanksgiving service held at Temple Kohl Emmeth on the Thursday evening before Thanksgiving. Please contact Sally if you would like to represent St. Catherine's in this event this year. This service is always a wonderful experience and whoever volunteers will get to meet other young people from other faith traditions.
  • Memorial Garden – Once a quarter, the Memorial Garden Guild will need 2-4 hours of your time to help with heavy lifting. And we're not kidding! You'll be carting and spreading bags of mulch, repotting plants, trimming bushes, and helping with the garden's upkeep. (The garden is where the cremated remains of parishioners are buried. It is a place of beauty, peace and meditation. Thank you for helping it to stay that way.) All youth will be paired with a knowledgable gardener. For more information, contact Linda Smith 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:

  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21

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!

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

Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068