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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 8 - 21, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Stewardship season
Wednesday Night
Cats On Wheels
Concert Series
Blood drive
Vestry nominations
Advent reflections
Memorial Garden
All Saints remembrances
Concert on the Bricks
Young Adults dinner
Children's Chapel
Note cards
Youth House Expansion
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Elevator repair
Spiritual Child

Blessing Bags
Family Promise
Habitat build

Vestry notes
Newcomer coffee
Kitchen cleanup
Volunteer Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Admendment 1
DMST Amendment 2
Health tips


Youth retreat
Parent meeting
Common Ground
Youth dinner
New Beginnings



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

10/12 – WNL – final “King David” series

10/13 – Cats On Wheels N. GA trip

10/16 – The Extension dinner

10/19 – WNL Kick-off Dinner;
“Loving Like Jesus” speaker series begins

10/21-23 – Youth Retreat @Camp Mikell

10/21 – Preschool Fall Festival

10/22 – Concert Series: Coro Vocati

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“A Simple Question”

By Father Dean+

I have a puzzler question for you: If you call up Domino’s Pizza and ask, “How much for a large, pepperoni pizza?” they answer “$9.99,” and you then ask, “How much will the delivery cost?” what will they answer? Free, of course. That’s what first made Domino’s famous. Everybody knows that Domino’s has free delivery, right? Except for one thing. A few years ago they came up with a new idea: a discount. If you drive over to Domino’s and pick up the pizza you pay only $6.99. That’s a $3 savings. But, of course, Domino’s still has free delivery.

But if you step back from the situation and look at it from another perspective, it looks like this. If I drive to Domino’s and buy a pizza, it costs $6.99. But if I call and have it delivered, it costs $9.99. The REALITY is that delivery is three dollars more. But in our minds we have this fixed way of perceiving reality, this belief that Domino’s has free delivery.

A similar thing has happened to us in the “fixed way” that we think about money. I reach into my wallet and pull out a five dollar bill. Whose is it? It’s mine, of course. I may exchange it evenly, for some milk and eggs and broccoli at Kroger. But then, the milk and eggs and broccoli will be mine. And life is an even exchange between mine and yours.

But if we step back, move to another angle, and see it from another perspective, we see something different. Where did it come from, really? Well, it was part of a paycheck, payment for work. Where did my ability to work come from? My skills, my innate gifts and talents, my will to work hard, all those people in my life who taught me how to work and how to work hard. Where did my very life come from, my very existence? All a gift, really. The REALITY of my work, and thus, all that I have, is that it is a gift from God the Creator, who created me.

This is the perspective that Jesus points us toward, which he calls “The Kingdom of God.” The Kingdom is that time and that place in our existence when we will fully Know that all that we are, and all that we have, is pure gift. It is all there for us to enjoy in freedom, and share in generosity. The Kingdom is “already dawning” in some ways, says Paul, and one important way that we “practice” that Kingdom life is in our free, confident generosity. As our Stewardship motto says this year, “Living Generously, Living Gratefully.”

You are invited by the leadership of this fine parish to “Live Generously” and to “Live Gratefully” this stewardship season at St. Catherine’s. And for the rest of your life!

Stewardship season at St. Catherine’s

All parish members should have received a letter in your mailbox with important dates and an invitation to a community-wide celebration of our Gratefulness on Saturday evening, November 12. Between now and then, you will hear lay sermons from both adult and youth parish members. And there will be an insert in your bulletins that’ll help start prayerful reflection of Living Gratefully. Finally, we ask your prayers both for the gifts we receive at St. Catherine’s, and the time, talent and treasure we give.

Thank you,

Your Stewardship Team

Wednesday Night Series

Programs for all ages!

“King David, from Goliath to Mid-Life Crisis” series concludes October 12

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).

Adult Speaker Series: "Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides" begins October 19

An exciting series will begin for adults, "Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides," on October 19 for five weeks, with a wonderful line up of guest speakers. 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. 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 very 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.

Youth and Explorers

Programs for Youth and Explorers (children) continue each Wednesday evening, 7-8 pm.

Kick-Off Dinner October 19

A special BBQ dinner for all ages sponsored by the youth families will be served 5:30-6:30 pm on October 19 as part of the kick-off of our next speaker series. No RSVP needed, donations will be collected to benefit the Youth House Expansion.

Cats on Wheels trip Thursday, October 13

New Echota, Vann House and Apple Country

By Amma Susan

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! Come with Cats On Wheels on Thursday, October 13 for our fall excursion to explore two of Georgia’s amazing Native American historic sites followed by a visit to apple country. We will travel first to New Echota, near Calhoun, one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation and the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1825 until 1838, the year of the forced removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma on the “Trail of Tears.” In its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case which carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self-government by a Native American tribe, and the signing of the treaty which relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Missiissippi River, and the assembly of Cherokee people for removal to the west on the Trail of Tears. The New Echota historic site consists of 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including a museum, print shop, tavern, court house, council house, missionary Samuel Worcester’s home and an 1805 store. We will travel on to the Vann Historic House, near Chatsworth, GA, home of James Vann, a Cherokee leader, businessman and wealthy plantation owner. This elegant 2 ½ story brick building was build in 1804 and is Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home, featuring a remarkable floating staircase, beautiful hand carvings, fine antiques and a 12-foot mantle. After lunch at Les Sisters Southern Kitchen and BBQ, we will drive through the mountains and beautiful fall foliage to Apple Country, making a stop at the Big Red Apple Barn and Orchard near Ellijay before returning home.

We will travel together in the church van leaving St. Catherine's at 8 am, returning late afternoon. Contact Amma Susan to reserve your seat in the van. $20 covers transportation and admission fees. Lunch cost is on your own.

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, with 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.

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St. Catherine’s Fifth Annual Concert Series begins 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 .

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, October 25

Dateline October 6: Red Cross and Partners Shelter 3,600+ as Hurricane Matthew Nears U.S.; Blood Collections Affected -- The American Red Cross is on the ground helping people who are in the path of this life-threatening storm. Red Cross blood drive cancellations have more than doubled in the past 24 hours as the storm nears. Already, Hurricane Matthew has forced the cancellation of approximately 30 Red Cross blood drives in Georgia and South Carolina resulting in nearly 1,200 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. We strongly encourage eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to please give blood or platelets to help ensure we have a readily available blood supply for patients in need.

St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on October 25, 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 even further minimize 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 needed for greeting donors, set up and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Consider being a candidate for Vestry

Nominations due Sunday, November 8

It's time to consider if you would like to serve on the Vestry of St. Catherine's. This year we will elect four new vestry members to serve three-year terms. You may nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Nominees must be a member in good standing of the parish, in that they “work, pray and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom.” A list of the eligible members and nomination forms will be available in your bulletin and at church beginning October 9. Nominations are due by Sunday, November 13. The slate of candidates will be announced beginning Sunday, November 27 and the election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 11. If you cannot be present for the election you may vote by absentee ballot available from the church office.

Serving on the Vestry is a highly rewarding ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people's lives. Contact Senior Warden Daniel Mikkelsen, Junior Warden Bill Ivey, or our clergy for questions.

Advent Reflections writers - time to sign up

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Reflections will be due by Friday, November 11. Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to

Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.

Memorial Garden Expansion campaign

Donations wanted 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 .

All Saints’ Sunday remembrances

Reply by Sunday, October 30

Our celebration of the Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 6 this year. On this date we would like to remember at the altar the saints in your lives. Please share with us the names of people in your life who you have lost (whether last week or 25 years ago). Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office with this information by Sunday, October 30.

Concert on the Bricks

Saturday, November 5 with Jay Memory!

Back by popular demand... All are invited to celebrate fall with live music on November 5 from 5 to 9 pm with local favorite Jay Memory. Bring a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and enjoy the sunset. Fun for ALL ages! This event is sponsored for everyone by our Young Families Ministry. Please contact Amy Mikkelsen for more info,

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 10 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.

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

"The Good Shepherd" note cards

Available for purchase on Sundays in the foyer, proceeds from the sale benefit Family Promise. These note cards are reproduced from the Good Shepherd painting done by Richard Pearson which hangs at the entrance of the Catechesis hallway. Cards are blank inside so they have many uses, i.e., get well, thank you, birthday, thinking of you. The cost is 6 cards/$5. Thank you for your support.

Youth House construction each Saturday

All skill levels are useful and needed -- wielding tools, toting materials, refreshments for the workers, keeping the site in order, and more! Youth family members and youth over age 16 are particularly invited to lend a hand! Work starts at 7 am. To get on the mailing list for upcoming tasks contact Fred Massey, To help with refreshments contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891. 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.

MMO – Mother’s Morning Out at St. Catherine's

St. Catherine’s Preschool offers Mother’s Morning Out, open to all in the community every Wednesday and Friday for ages 9 months to 2 years. Tine is 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and the cost per session is $25. Information is available at To register call the Preschool office at 770-971-2839.

12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 17 at Temple Kol Emeth - 1 week before Thanksgiving Day

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!

Elevator is under repair

We are diligently working on getting our chair lift repaired. The part needed has been on back-order and we hope to have it soon. We appreciate your patience.

Save the date: Saturday, December 3

"The Spirituality of Childhood and Adolescents: How to thrive in today's world”

Join us 1:00-3:00 pm for an afternoon with renowned author Lisa Miller, author of “The Spiritual Child.” Stay tuned for further details!


Blessing Bags collection begins October 23

Last year, Young Families Ministry sponsored a new outreach project during the Thanksgiving season. Toiletries, undergarments, pajamas and a small toy or book were gathered for homeless children who entered the Family Promise program. The Blessing Bags were a huge success and filled a great need for these families.

We will be collecting again this year with Ziploc bags and shopping lists available in the foyer beginning October 23 and ingathering on November 20. For more information, please contact Molly Banko at For more information on the Family Promise program, see

Family Promise news

Volunteer trainings

Trainings for Family Promise volunteers and anyone interested in joining the team, are offered on the second Tuesday each month 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. Next dates are October 11 and November 8. To attend, please send a 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!

From the FPCC September newsletter:

  • Since our last newsletter, FPCC has had three families move out into the community into their own places. All of them felt BLESSED from their time in our program.
  • We have to give a big thanks to all of the volunteers who have made it possible for this network to be celebrating its 9th graduate family this year. Our thanks include PetSmart, who have housed three dogs and one cat for families while they have been with us in 2016.
  • Family Promise week is October 16-23, 2016. Help us celebrate all this network does for homeless families in our community. Details on events will be coming soon.
  • We have set the date for the next Golf Tournament. Please add June 19, 2017 to your calendars. We can't wait to see all our golfers again!

Habitat House build: Dedication Day coming on October 16

Construction each Saturday is progressing well at the build site on Lee Road in Mableton. Mark your calendar now for Dedication Day on Sunday, October 16! Sign up to help or support the build with our $15 tshirts, contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891.

Left -- The St. Cat's group joined in the work to paint, hammer and provide breakfast & lunch onsite on September 24.


Vestry Notes – September 2016

By Bill Ivey

Your vestry met on Tuesday, 9/20/16. We started with prayer and Eucharist, as always. Our meeting began with the opportunity to test our hidden biases. This was part of our preparation to receive the recommendations of our nominating committee. It was a lively discussion about race, gender, personality traits, physical traits, age, accent, hair color (or none at all) and so many things that could affect how we view those who are our final candidates for rector. If you’re interested in discerning your own hidden biases, go to: to learn more. We all agreed that we’ll try to be more open and let the Holy Spirit lead us into the choices we’ll have to make. We will keep you advised when the time comes for that decision—as we will need your prayers over this process.

We discussed how best to engage members and newcomers in leadership opportunities for our parish. We have openings in 2017 for several committee heads and team leaders – if you have interests in helping to “do ministry” or “lead ministry” at St. Catherine’s, Pat Pepper or Stephanie Yucius would enjoy having a conversation with you. We are also planning a leadership training class in January – more information on that to come.

We received an update from Eric DeLaBarre on emergency operating procedures – our Ushers are taking the lead on this. We feel we are prepared for most natural and personal emergencies – our usher team will be backed up by the vestryperson on duty and our wardens. If you’re an usher and have not received this new information, please contact Jim Kareken or Bill Selby for a quick review.

Please take a look at the Youth House Expansion – the house is wrapped (part of the insulation process) and the roofing is going on this weekend. There is still much work to do on the house – crews are working each weekend with the intention of having the house “dried-in” by Thanksgiving. If you have not participated in helping to fund the expansion, your gifts are still needed. Please mark your checks “Youth House Expansion” or go on line to The City and make your donation by electronic transfer. Thank you!

We continue to be behind for the year in pledge payments. If you need to check your current progress toward paying your pledge, your statements are available on The City, or call Rosemary Wolfe, and she can send you one by mail or email. Our expenses are also running lower than expected, so we are thankful to our staff and ministry team leaders for watching expenses.

Remember that all vestry meetings are open – if you wish to attend, please let one of our wardens know. If you have an issue you wish for us to know about, you may email us at: We appreciate your prayers.

Kaffee und Kuchen for Newcomers

From your Invitation Ministry Team

We had a nice turnout on October 2 as we welcomed several newcomers, parishioners and staff for coffee, coffee cake, and other goodies. Thank you to our clergy and conveners who provided timely words about our various ministries; and to everyone who assisted us, brought refreshments, and helped meet, greet, and welcome our guests. Our next newcomer coffee is scheduled for Sunday, February 19, 2017. Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey.

Kitchen Clean Up update

On September 27 a group of us cleared the pantry, refrigerator, freezer, pot racks and all shelves. We thoroughly cleaned everything and reorganized. We also scrubbed walls and counters. Fred Massey sent Raymond over to pressure wash the floors and mats. Many thanks to Shirley Childs, Bettye Harris, Desiree Harvey, Marilyn Hunter, Jennifer Massey, Fred Massey and Raymond for your help in making the kitchen sparkle.

In Christ,
Deana De La Barre and Janet Livingston, Fellowship Ministry Team Co-Chairs

Photos below by Bettye Harris

Volunteering: "A story of gratitude and generosity"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

Saturday morning, October 1, was an almost perfect day. The temperature was in the mid-60's, the sky was a beautiful blue with wisps of white clouds, the humidity was very low and at the Youth House Expansion build site there was laughter in the air. I was grateful I was able to be there.

Fred was there with all of his energy and enthusiasm, and working side by side with him was Bill, Ed, Dwight, Ken, Mark, Keith, Dave, Allen, Keith, Tom, Shirley, and Bob. The group chattered, laughed, teased, and worked very hard. Some of the people present had great skills, and terrific experience. However, and this is also important, not all had a specific construction skill or massive muscles. All of the men and women working that day shared a willingness to Live Gratefully and also to Live Generously. They were together to do the important works God has given each of us in the name of Jesus Christ.

While the group behind the building was hammering, sawing, measuring, picking up debris, laying tar paper and making great process, there was a group of volunteers in the front of the building on the grounds. Marlene, Swiss and Emma were pulling weeds, trimming shrubs, raking, and in general, improving our curb appeal. If you asked about their training or education they would tell you the work they are doing does not require special skill or abilities, and they would tell you they love what they are doing.

You are needed Saturday morning 7:00 am at the Youth House Expansion build. Bring a pair of gloves, wear closed-toe shoes, and be prepared to have fun. You do need to be 16 years old to be on the site during construction, but we have no age limits for the other end of the spectrum. If you aren't available on Saturday morning please talk to me. I have many areas of ministry where you are needed, even if you only have an hour.

Below -- Pat says, "That is me with the saw, if I can do this so can you!" -- photos by Bill Ivey , see lots more full size in the album at Youth House Expansion 2016.

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

Low Country Boil, October 1

Blessing of the Animals, October 2

More people at St. Cat's...

DOK sponsored the dinner at
Elizabeth Inn on September 28
(photo courtesy Janet Livingston)

Catechesis lesson - the ribbon
shows how it all leads back to
the Bible

Choristers anthem at 9 am service

Time for birthday & anniversary

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 October 10-16: Concert Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Concert Committee, now in its fifth year of arranging the St. Catherine’s Concert Series for the benefit of our community. The committee negotiates commitments by outstanding musical groups to perform in our acoustically distinguished sanctuary, and plenty of help is needed for publicity, set up & take down, ushering, and hosting receptions. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Martha Bowden,
  • October 17-23: Bread Pickup and Delivery — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bread Pickup and Delivery ministry, volunteers who each week pick up “date expired” baked goods from local supermarkets and deliver them to the food bank operations at MUST Ministries or the Center for Family Resources in Marietta. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Ron Cook, 770-428-4286.


Father Dean, Amma Susan, Becky, Rose and all the rest of the incredible staff and vestry of St. Catherine’s!

Thank you for the altar flowers delivered by Janet last week. They are beautiful and it is such an outward sign of the inner love, support and prayers we feel! Couldn’t do it without you and so blessed to have this church family to be part of and rely on. We thank you all.

Carol Eskew & Shelly Ransdell

I attended the [funeral] service for Marilyn May. Our daughter Debbie May was married to Doug May. Doug was a wonderful son-in-law. We helped Debbie take care of Marilyn. I just wanted to thank everyone at the church for the beautiful service, the reception and how much love and care all of you gave to us. It made everything a lot easier for us. We appreciate all of you. Thank you for all you do to make this a better world.

Warmest regards,
Rosalee Whitley

Dear St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,

Thank you for the loan of medical equipment from the church, now returned, after an accident I had in August. Enclosed is a contribution for the expansion of the Youth House. Thank you as a church for your ministry to the community.

Mrs. Roberta Loewy


Opportunity School District (Amendment 1) Information Meetings

For anyone who wants more information about the Georgia Opportunity School District Amendment 1 on the November ballot, there will be the following meetings:

  • October 11, 10:30 am - OSD Information Session at East Cobb Library
  • October 13, 7:00 pm - OSD Town Hall Meeting at Lassiter High School

Learn more about Amendment 1 from the GA PTA at .


DMST News - Amendment 2

The Atlanta Diocese’s Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking encourages everyone to vote YES on Georgia Amendment 2 to help make sure that child sex trafficking victims in Georgia get the support and services they need to turn a horrific past into a successful future. Amendment 2 will create the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which will provide up to $2 million every year in dedicated funding that can be used to provide a safe place to live, medical care, counseling and education -- all of which are desperately needed by child victims. Amendment 2 will be one of four constitutional amendments on the 2016 general election ballot, at the very end after all of the candidates for federal, state and local office.

The deadline to register to vote is October 10. Early voting begins on October 17, check with your local county registrar to find out when early voting is available. All Georgians will have the option to early vote on Saturday, October 29. Election Day is November 8. If you are not yet registered, you can do so through the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at . For more information about the Safe Harbor fund visit


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Get plenty of vitamin C
    Vitamin C plays many important roles in the body.  It supports the immune system, is used to make collagen for wound healing, and helps the body absorb iron. The body does not make vitamin C and cannot store it. Nutrition experts recommend choosing a variety of vitamin C-rich foods every day. Examples of foods that are good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, leafy greens, and cantaloupes. Source: National Institutes of Health
  • Counteract stress
    You can’t completely eliminate stress from your life, but you can control how you react to it and how much it affects you. According to the American Psychological Association, managing stress is about taking action, and this starts by paying attention to your physical and emotional health. Try exercising for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Exercise releases endorphins, which are powerful chemicals that energize and lift mood. Consider relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga and meditation. These activities help you relax and feel better, which can make you more resilient to stress. Source: American Psychological Association

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: Russ White, Steve Wolfe’s stepfather

BEFORE SURGERY: Fran Brooks, Anne Whittle

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Anthony, Marti, Kathie, Will Lee, Nick Wolfe, Susannah Campbell, Courtney Greenway, Jay Hendricks, Trudy Cobb, Dedra Martin, Jennifer Steiner, Mary Reeves, Jennifer James, Bill Lewis, Jackson Altricher, Van & Coleen Foster, Glenn Cox, Jamie Gregg, Kerri Hewitt, Shelley Ransdell, Raymond Higgins, Holly Griffin, Gordon Spessard, Sascha, Jim Weigel, Robert Ingram, John Moore, Cliff Kutzbach, Philip Johnson.

ANNIVERSARIES: Will & Suzanne McGhee (10/9), Jim & Linda Snape (10/10), James & Susie Davis (10/13)

BIRTHDAYS: (10/9) Tom Hunter, Marti Graham, (10/10) Rod Pope, Austin Jablonski, (10/11) Glenn Cox, Tina Kerr, Jennifer Benton, (10/12) Linda Shrake, Suzanne McGhee, (10/13) Kitty Diffley, Audrey Nesbit, (10/14) Jason Cook, Sydney Spessard, (10/15) Bill Bowden, Tony Khan, Erin Donoghue, Ella Luttrell.

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (10/9) Judy Edward; Erica Edwards; Elisha Elias; Pat Ennever; Troy, Joy, Forrest & Anna Ettel.

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 (All Saints). 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, 10/8 Saturday, 10/15


Men's Retreat @Montara Farm
Youth New Beginings @Mikell
MOPS Group
Boy Scout Eagle Court

Sunday, 10/9 Sunday, 10/16


Holy Eucharist
No Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Eagle Court of Honor
Young Adults


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Youth @Church of Common Ground
Youth Parent Meeting
The Extension Dinner
Young Adults

Monday, 10/10 Monday, 10/17

CGS Catholic
YHE Team
Adult Christian Ed
Men's Book Study
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts


Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Court of Honor
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Youth Committee

Tuesday, 10/11 Tuesday, 10/18


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Master Planning


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Wednesday, 10/12 Wednesday, 10/19
Preschool Board
WNL Adult Speaker Series
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Kickoff Dinner
WNL Adult Speaker Series
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/13 Thursday, 10/20

Father Dean's day off
Cats On Wheels N GA Trip
Computer Lab
Finance Committee
Calling & Caring Ministry
Men's Bible Study

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 10/14 Friday, 10/21

Amma Susan's day off
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
S. Ministry New Class Party
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Amma Susan's day off
Youth Retreat @ Camp Mikell
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Preschool Fall Festival
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Saturday, October 22 – Concert Series: Coro Vocati 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 25 – Blood drive 3:00-7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 1 – Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting 7 pm
  • Saturday, November 5 - Parish Day of Service;
    Concert on the Bricks with Jay Memory 5 pm
  • Sunday, November 6 - All Saints Sunday; Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Saturday, November 12 - Stewardship Celebration Dinner 5:00 pm;
    Concert Series: Oak Martin & Friends 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 13 - “Live Generously, Live Gratefully” Stewardship Sunday
  • Thursday, November 17 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kohl Emeth, 7 pm
  • Thursday, November 24 - MUST's Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day
  • November 27-December 4 – Family Promise hosting week
  • Saturday, December 3 – Dr. Lisa Miller, "The Spirituality of Childhood and Adolescents: How to thrive in today's world”, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, December 4 –Advent Wreath making for all ages 10-11 am (No Church School)


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Fall Youth Retreat October 21-23 at Camp Mikell

A few spaces are 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.


Night in the corn maze!

Great fun was had on October 1! See more full-size in the album at Youth Corn Maze 2016...

Important: J2A Parent Meeting

Sunday, October 16, 5:00 pm

J2A Parents, it is VERY important that you and your youth are present for the kick-off meeting for the Valentines Dinner Dance. The VDD is a large fundraiser that helps to fund youth pilgrimages. The J2A class will be going on pilgrimage in about a year and a half and it is time to start fund-raising.


Trip to Church of the Common Ground Sunday, October 16

We will be worshiping with our homeless brothers and sisters 12:15-3:00 pm at Church of the Common Ground on October 16th and will be serving them food. If you are interested contact Sally ASAP. Space is limited to the first 10 to sign up. ALL are welcome to pack lunches and make sandwiches on Saturday, October 15 to take the following day!


Youth-sponsored Dinner Wednesday, October 19

Youth will be hosting a dinner 5:30-6:30 pm to kick off the next Wednesday lecture series. We are asking youth families to provide food to be prepared so that all of the proceeds can go toward the Youth House Expansion. If you are able to help, please sign up at Please have your donation in the kitchen and labeled by October 16.


Diocesan Offerings

New Beginnings is here!

Please pray for the youth and adults participating in the retreat October 7-9. We pray that the Spirit of God may move through all that are present to open the hearts of those serving and being served.

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 21
  • November 4
  • November 18

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