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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 21 - November 4, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Concert Series
Blood drive
Wednesday Night
All Saints remembrances
Stewardship season
Day of Service
Concert on the Bricks
Finance report
Breakfast schedule
Vestry nominations
Advent reflections
Memorial Garden
Communion wine
Artisan Market
Spiritual Child
Budget process

Blessing Bags
Outreach update
Habitat dedication

Member in the news
Nominating committee
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Book drive
Spirituality conference
Michael O'Neal Singers
Georgia Festival Chorus
Health tips


YHE campaign
Welcome visitors
Seen it?
No tree sale
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10/21-23 – Youth Retreat at Camp Mikell

10/22 – Concert Series: Coro Vocati

10/25 – Holy Comforter day trip;
Blood drive;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

10/26– WNL & “Loving Like Jesus” adult series;
Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

10/28 – Church office closed;
Elizabeth Inn dinner team

11/1 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

11/2 – MOPS;
WNL & “Loving Like Jesus” adult series

11/5 – Parish Day of Service;
Concert on the Bricks

11/6 – Daylight Savings Time ends;
All Saints Sunday

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“You Are Invited…”

By Amma Susan+

With so much negative media about religious extremists in many religions around the world today, it has been life-giving to have been involved in helping to plan for the 12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration to take place on Thursday, November 17 at 7 PM at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta. On this evening, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Ba’hai, Sikh, First Nation, and Unitiarians from 15 different faith communities will gather together to focus on what unites, rather than divides us. This evening is proof that we can coexist, can learn from each other and can enjoy being together. We’ve been doing this for years! It is an evening you will long remember.

So I invite you to mark your calendars for the Thursday 1 week before Thanksgiving, and plan to come out for this uplifting evening of music, humor and inspiring speakers’ view of “The Ripple Effect: Together we create waves of change.” I look forward to seeing you there.

St. Catherine’s Fifth Annual Concert Series begins Saturday, October 22

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

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

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

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

Blood drive - 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.

Wednesday Night Series

Programs for all ages!

Wednesday Night Live program continues weekly for Explorers (children) and Youth at 7:00-8:00 pm each week. (Dinner is not provided, your are invited to bring your own).

Adult Speaker Series: "Loving Like Jesus: Across Cultural Divides" weekly through November 16

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called the Episcopal Church to “Love Like Jesus.” In response to the many divides in our culture today over race, sexual orientation, religious diversity, and tensions between African Americans and our police men and women, five Wednesday evenings through November 16, we will gather in St. Catherine’s Parish Hall from 6:30 ‘til 8 pm to ask the question: “How do we love like Jesus?” when it comes to the various cultural divides we encounter in our everyday lives. Nursery care is available for young children who are not in our other activities during the program.

  • October 26 - “Racism” with Catherine Meeks – The Beloved Community
  • November 2 - “Black lives /Police lives” with The Rev. Thee Smith & The Rev. Paul MaCabe
  • November 9 - “Sexual Orientation”with Dr. Ruth Hepler, clinical psychiatrist
  • November 16 - “Religious Intolerance Towards Muslims” with Amjad Turfique (prayer leader and a member of the Islamic Center of Marietta & Board member of SHARE Atlanta), Miriam Aziz (life member of the Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam & Editor staff of Azizah Magazine for Muslim women), The Rev. Ricardo Bailey (chaplain at Holy Innocents School & Emmaus House), and Jan Swanson (founding board member of Faith Alliance Atlanta and Program Director of World Pilgrims).

Below - April Love-Forham was our speaker for our series kick-off on October 19 (photos by Bettye Harris & Bill Ivey).

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.

Stewardship season at St. Catherine’s

Hopefully you’ve gotten your SAVE THE DATE postcard announcing our Service Day on November 5, our celebration of our 55th Anniversary and Living Gratefully Dinner on Saturday evening, November 12, and the dedication of our pledges on Living Generously Sunday, November 13. Put the postcard on your refrigerator or calendar to help remind you of these important events.

Several people have asked us – what is this celebration dinner going to be? It’s a celebration (there will be some live music, too!) – no program, no speeches, and NO CHARGE! It’s an opportunity for our church to say thanks to YOU for all you bring to St. Cats. We’ll show off some of the great things happening here, we’ll have activities for the younger children in the youth house and a nursery for our youngest members. And you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate an early THANKSGIVING with this huge family we call “our church.” What can you bring? Bring your family, your smile and your love for this place and these people. We’ll have an RSVP station in the Lobby after church on Sundays, or sign-up ONLINE on The City.

Next week we will be mailing a second letter detailing some of the great things going on at St. Catherine’s due to your support with both your gifts and talents. In that envelope you’ll find a pledge card that will help you prayerfully decide what percentage of your income you wish to give back to God in thanksgiving for all God has done in your life.

And remember there are inserts in your bulletins that’ll help you in prayerful reflection of Living Gratefully. We hope to see you on November 12 from 5pm to 7pm, and following that at our Organ Concert featuring our own Oak Martin and Friends at 7:30 pm.

Thank you,
Your Stewardship Team

Below - Dennis Freeman delivers the first lay sermon of our stewardship season on October 16

Parish Day of Service - all hands wanted!

Saturday, November 5

By Tami Mace

St. Catherine's workday -- all ages can help! Join your Facilities and Gardening teams from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Here are details of what we'll be working on:

  • Pew and chancery furniture polishing! - need 5+ people who like to polish will provide Murphys oil soap, rags and instructions
  • Fresh mulch all over front planting beds of Church - Need 8+ people who enjoy gardening
  • Mount new name tag board on wall in foyer and mount acoustic tiles on wall in choir room - need 3+ people who have carpentry skills
  • Move nametags from old nametag holder to new wall mounted holder - need 2+ people who know the alphabet
  • Install 7 handicap parking signs - need 3+ people who like to bang things
  • Reorganize closets with Fellowship - need 3+ people who enjoy organizing things

Please contact Tami Mace at or 404-457-9437, or Tom Day, to let us know what you'd like to help with.

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,

Photo -- Stephanie Yucius introduces Jay at last picnic concert at St. Cat's in summer 2015

Finance update

By Treasurer Rebeccah Devault

Click chart to enlarge

Please see the chart for a summary of our January – September 2016 financials.

  • Pledge revenue is behind budget by 5.7% year to date. This is a slight improvement since the last quarterly report. Please remember that the Vestry sets the annual budget based on pledges and if we don’t receive the expected pledges, some aspects of our budget may need to be revised. Please notify the church office if you are unable to fulfill your 2016 pledge.
  • Human & Financial Resources is behind budget due to the timing of hiring our new staff members and because the Rector Search Committee expenses are below what was projected year-to-date.

If you have any questions about these numbers, please contact Rebeccah Devault,

Breakfast at St. Cat's

By Margaret Shaw

If you enjoy a hot southern breakfast cooked with joy and served with love, that doesn't break the bank - have we got a deal for you!! St. Catherine's very own "Breakfast Angels" are in the kitchen the FIRST and THIRD Sunday each month dishing out eggs, biscuits, sausage, bacon, grits and other delicacies! We start serving at around 8:30, which allows time for this great meal before heading upstairs for service. Or if you like the early service (8:00am) - come downstairs after and join the folks who enjoy fellowship both in worship and over breakfast.

And if you like to cook and/or have a heart for hospitality we're always glad to welcome new Angels! Come be a "guest angel" and see if you want to become a regular. Contact Margaret Shaw - See you at breakfast! (photo by Bill Ivey)

St. Cat’s Spirit Wear — order soon

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.

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

Click picture to enlarge detail!

Consider being a candidate for Vestry

Nominations due Sunday, November 13

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 are available at church. 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 - donations needed by October 31

Collection to date: $25,460

Are you planning a donation to support the Memorial Garden project? We'd like start the project before the weather turns bad, so your contribution is needed now. As of publication date we have received $25,460 out of our goal of $50,920 (amount actually received, does not include pledge $ not yet collected).

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 .

Communion wine donations requested

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.

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.

St. Catherine's Artisan Market

Sunday, December 11 – Vendor sign-up now

Shop local this holiday season! Save the date now for our Artisan Market which will be held 8 am - 1 pm in our Parish Hall. Vendors are invited to apply now, limited space is available. A $25 booth fee will be due the day of the event. Proceeds will go toward the Youth Program. To reserve a booth contact Rebeccah Devault,

Save the date: Saturday, December 3

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

Join us on Saturday, December 3 at 1:00-3:00 pm for an afternoon of learning about the links between spirituality and the health and well-being of children and adolescents through Dr. Lisa Miller's findings from her book, The Spiritual Child. Ticket sales will begin November 3, $10 advance purchase or $15 at the door. Contact Jenna Parker at with any questions.

More about "The Spiritual Child"

In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

  • are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
  • are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
  • are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
  • have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's—as well as their own—well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.

Dr. Lisa Miller is Professor, Director of Clinical Psychology and Executive Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. A graduate of Yale and University of Pennsylvania, she is a leading national expert in spirituality, health and thriving in development. Dr. Miller has authored 100 peer review articles on spirituality and mental health in youth and family. She is a grant funded clinical scientist, Fellow of the American Psychological Association and former President of the APA Society of Psychology & Spirituality. She is Editor of The Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology & Spirituality and Editor-in-Chief of Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Journals). Dr. Miller consults, conducts workshops and trainings, and speaks extensively in the Unites States and internationally.

Budget process beginning soon

For all St. Catherine's ministries and committess: budget requests for 2017 will be given to the conveners on November 1. Please watch for communication from your ministry's convener about your budget process.


Blessing Bags collection for kids of Family Promise

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

Outreach update

By Harriett Pyburn

Simple Needs GA: Now collecting winter gear, Dr. Seuss books, household goods - Now through the end of October we are collecting warm coats, jackets, gloves, hats, etc. for all ages and sizes to be distributed through Simple Needs GA (located just off of Cobb Parkway near MUST Ministries). Simple Needs supports many of our outreach partner organizations including MUST Ministries, the Extension, Family Promise and Communities In Schools. A collection box will be labeled and located across from the parlor. Collections will take place now through the end of October.
In addition, Simple Needs is currently seeking new Dr. Seuss books, new or gently used pots and pans, microwaves and DVD players as well as furniture and mattresses. If you have any of these items available to donate, please contact Harriett Pyburn at

Holy Comforter Field Trip - St. Catherine's will be joining the members of Holy Comforter for a field trip to the Chattahoochee Nature Center the morning of Tuesday, Oct 25. Please join us for a fun day of fellowship and nature and bring a sack lunch. If you are able to attend, please contact Harriett Pyburn at for more details.

Help wanted - The Outreach Committee is looking for some volunteers to help with the following activities. If interested in being a part of any of these ministries or to learn more, please contact Harriett Pyburn at

  • Women's Extension - Work with a partner (or group!) to bring a Sunday evening dinner for 20 ladies to the Women's Extension (a highly successful substance abuse rehabilitation center) in Marietta. You may prepare your items at home, bring them to the Extension, share a meal with the ladies, and no cleanup is required.
  • Collections Barrels - Help with planning collection drives throughout the year (selecting organizations to assist, coming up with needed items, advertising to congregation, and coordinating pickup and delivery). This can be done as a team and is a great opportunity for someone wanting to involve children in outreach work.
  • Elementary School Tutor - Work with a child at a Marietta elementary school in need of some one-on-one attention. Pairings are provided by Communities In Schools.
  • Simple Needs GA Liaison - This organization hosts a monthly Saturday volunteer day for all ages and supports many of our outreach partners (including Family Promise, MUST Ministries, Communities In Schools and The Extension). Donation requests vary periodically, and the organization is very family friendly (both in focus and in openness to volunteers). We are looking for someone to champion this ministry at St. Catherine's (spread the word about the work they do, coordinate occasional volunteer days, etc.).

Habitat House dedicated October 16

A joyous day, the dedication of the Abban Family home! Thank you all those who made this year's Habitat house build possible! (Photos by Bettye Harris)


Members in the news

Congratulations to St. Cat’s Youth alumnus Mason Lewis for booking the National tour of Pippin! Break a leg Mason, we're so proud of you!

(Photo from Broadway Dreams Foundation)

Update from the Nominating Committee

October 10, 2016: It’s been a year….

The nominating committee has just celebrated its first birthday! We are counting on it to be our last. In the past twelve months we have had over 40 meetings and accumulated over 1,200 volunteer hours. Your committee has missed birthdays, rearranged family events, hired baby sitters, called in favors, slept less, missed meals, and generally sacrificed their time in order to find our next rector. We will all be glad to have our weeknights back and our email inboxes empty. We are also looking forward to worshiping with our new rector. Even with the sacrifices, we are fortunate to be a part of this journey. This is an exciting time for the committee and we are looking forward to sharing that excitement with the parish. Your prayers for us and your encouragement have carried us and we are thankful to be part of this wonderful parish.

This summer we received nominations for our next rector and we have spent the last few months reviewing the information we from the nominees and selecting candidates for interviews. Interviews are being scheduled as we move into this next phase of discernment. This is a very exciting time for the committee as we get to know these wonderful candidates. Please continue to keep our candidates in your prayers as they work to discern God’s call and anticipate a possible move. In the best of circumstances this can be a very stressful time for a minister as so much of this process is conducted in private. We must be gentle and patient during this time of discernment as each of us works to understand God’s will.

Anyone who has questions for the committee regarding our rector search process please submit them to Also, watch for updates on the rector search blog at .

Volunteering: "It’s all about the children"

By Linda Scott, Co-coordinator of Family Promise at St. Catherine’s

(My thanks to Pat Pepper for allowing me to take her spot this time to tell you a little bit about the many volunteer opportunities with Family Promise of Cobb County.)

Mission Statement: Family Promise is committed to assisting homeless families with children achieve adequate and consistent income, stable housing and lasting independence by mobilizing our local interfaith community to provide temporary meals, shelter, compassionate hospitality and professional social services.

”It’s all about the children “ according to Executive Director Camilla Worell. The obstacles that many of these families face are challenging but they overcome them with grace and perseverance. With the basic assistance that the Family Promise program provides, these parents and their children are experiencing faith on a daily basis. We, as volunteers, experience it as well, especially through the love and joy of the children we meet.

Our Youth House, where our families stay four weeks a year, will soon be able to accommodate four families when that fourth classroom is added. Our next hosting of families will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27 through December 4, and there are so many ways you can volunteer!

  • Set up the Youth House (after the 11:15 service)
  • Provide dinner each evening (5:30-7:30pm)
  • Dinner Host each evening (6-7:30pm)
  • Laundering bedding and towels at week’s end
  • Overnight Host each evening (8:30pm-7:30am)
  • Provide Saturday morning Breakfast (8:00-9:00am)
  • Take down the set up (Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:00am)
  • Help the construction crew finish the new building!

In addition, Family Promise of Cobb County is in need of Immediate Volunteer Help in the following areas: Finding affordable housing in Cobb County, Board member, Development and fundraising, Golf Committee (mark calendars for June 19, 2017 at Indian Hills Country Club), Grant Writing and Technology. If you are interested, email and share your thoughts. Of course, monetary donations are always welcome; just click here.

We now have approximately 80 people from St. Catherine’s participating in one way or another in Family Promise and there’s always room for more. Training is available monthly; the next training is on Tuesday evening November 8, 7-9pm, after the polls close, at East Cobb United Methodist Church.

If helping folks get through some difficult life challenges—or supporting the organizations that assist them—appeals to you, let me, Linda Scott, or my Co-Coordinator Barb Selby know. We’ll be happy to bring you on board because at Family Promise, it’s all about the children!

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

A big THANK YOU to our roving photographers Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey who contribute so many pictures of our parish life. More contributions always welcome, send them to Wheel Editor Karen Manno,

See lots more photos full size in the albums at Photo Albums.

Birthday and anniversary blessings
on October 16

Chancel Choir presents their
anthem at 11:15 service

Choristers anthem at 9 am service

Accompanists for Choristers -
Brian Williams, Dennis Freeman,
Susie Davis

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:

  • October 24-30: Youth Readers—This week we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Readers, mature youth grades 9-12 who are trained and scheduled on a rotating basis to read the second lesson at our 8:45 AM Sunday service. Skills required include a willingness to practice, a desire to read God’s word, and a commitment to be in church. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Sally Paris, 770.971.2839,
  • October 31-November 6: Calling and Caring Ministry—This week we celebrate the life and work of Calling and Caring Ministry, volunteers who call on shut-ins at home, in the hospital and in nursing homes, and provide rides to church and medical appointments to parishioners who may need them. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Tom Hunter, 678.488.6675,


Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Juan and Beth Sandoval in celebration of the 70th wedding anniversary of Juan’s parents P.E. & Lillian Sandoval.


Cathedral Book Store Children's Book Drive

In support of the Homeless Requiem on November 1. Donations will be used to purchase children's books from the Cathedral Book Store to be gifted to Requiem attendees, Genesis House, Crossroads, and Arrendale Children's Center. This was such a success last year that the goal has expanded to 250 books! Make donations at which will be used to purchase appropriate children's books to donate in your name. Or visit the Book Store and select the books you'd like to donate (place in the collection box at the Book Store).


Spirituality Conference at Cathedral of St. Philip

Saturday, October 29: 8th Annual Spirituality Conference with The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell, 10am - 3pm, “Listening for the Heartbeat of God: The Vision and Practice of Celtic Spirituality.” The cost of this daylong conference is $60 per person, includes lunch. A group rate of $55/person is available for groups of 4 or more. Check-in begins at 9:00 and the conference will start at 10. The conference will close at 3 pm but there will be time for book signing afterwards. Registration deadline is October 23, register at


Michael O’Neal Singers “Music Fit for a King”

Sunday, October 23, 3 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church – The 2016-2017 Season opens with a sense of “pomp and circumstance” as the 155 voices of The Michael O’Neal Singers and 36 voices of Kaleidoscope present a concert featuring music composed for British Royalty – pieces written for coronations, weddings, funerals, and other royal occasions. Accompanied by organ, brass and timpani, this majestic and festive music will make you feel as if you’ve entered Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral! Selections include anthems by G.F. Handel composed for the coronation of George II, William Walton’s Coronation Te Deum, written for the coronation of Elizabeth II, and Let the People Praise Thee, O God, written by William Mathias for the wedding of Charles and Diana. Additional works by Purcell, Stanford, Parry, and Vaughan Williams will help round out the afternoon. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this renowned community chorus. Tickets are $17 adults /$12 student & seniors in advance, or $22/$17 at the door, purchase online at .


Georgia Festival Chorus “Carols by Candlelight”

The 100-voice Georgia Festival Chorus is pulling out all the stops in its annual “Carols By Candlelight” holiday concert series. Mark your calendar so your Christmas season is off to a glorious start by hearing many classic Christmas carols and a few new and exciting pieces, in arrangements by Mack Wilberg, Craig Courtney, Dan Forrest and more. Find out which ones will be your favorites.

  • Sunday, November 20, 7:00 PM at McEachearn United Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Road, Powder Springs
  • Thursday, December 1, 7:30 PM at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

All concerts are free, no tickets needed. Several St. Catherine’s members sing in this renowned community chorus specializing in classic and contemporary sacred choral works. Learn more at .


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Get your plate in shape
    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone about the importance of making educated food choices and developing eating and physical activity habits that support good health. By choosing nutrient-rich foods packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients in proper portions, you’re filling your body with “high octane” fuel. Nutrient-dense foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Balancing a nutrient-rich diet with physical activity is the best recipe for maintaining a healthy weight. Start eating smarter and moving more today! Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Getting proper sleep
    According to sleep experts, most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for overall good health. It can be very easy to get into “sleep debt” if you don’t get adequate sleep on a regular basis. If this debt becomes too big, the resulting sleep deprivation may lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, negative mood, decreased productivity, and safety issues. Source: National Sleep Foundation

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: Rodney Miller, friend of Ed & Tracey Pitts; Kristi Martin, friend of the Singletons

BEFORE SURGERY: Norma Alexander

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Danielle Day, Anne Whittle, Fran Brooks, Pam Phillips, Anne Hitchins, The Martin Family, Kathryn Burgher, Katie, C.P. & Maude, TP Hall, Aliyah, Susan Steiner, Elizabeth Blackstock, Penny Pilgrim & Family, Jane Moss, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Heather Baker, Joyce Hendricks, Jay Hendricks, Glenn Cox, Shelley Ransdell, Raymond Higgins, Holly Griffin, Sascha, Jim Weigel, Cliff Kutzbach, Philip Johnson.

ANNIVERSARIES: Al & Sue Jones (10/23), Claire & Rob Harrison (10/24), Sue & Jason Snape (10/25), Jerry & Linda Scott (10/28), Janet Livingston & Roger Irwin (11/4).

BIRTHDAYS: (10/23) Lynn Sapp, (10/24) Ginny Acocella, (10/25) Cyrille Cardona, Rev. Dean Taylor, AvaKate Aumann, (10/26) Oak Martin, (10/27) Preston Paris, (10/28) Doug Jenkins, (10/29) Susan Bayless, Sally Paris, (10/30) Marilyn Marcus, (10/31) David Banko, Clarke Thomas, Tracy Buckalew, Tom Blackstock, Sally Dupuis, Daniel Mikkelsen, Mitch Dumke, (11/1) Paul Acocella, Bob Jansen, Christy Luttrell, (11/2) Sara Thomas, Keith Muckerman, (11/4) Deana De La Barre, Beca Westin.

(10/23) Dennis & DeeLee Freeman; Alison, James & Lauren Fransen-Hastings; Bruce & Karen Friend, John, Julie, Jillian & Jenna Fulcher; Emily & Nelson Gale.
(10/30) Jason, Suzanne, Jenna, Stephanie & Julian Gardiner; Art Gardner; Barri Gehrand; Gwen & Sonny Gillespie, Erin, Jeffrey, Juliet & Charlotte Glass.

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 20, January 15. 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, 10/22 Saturday, 10/29


Youth Retreat @Mikell
Visiting Youth Group
Concert Practice
Coro Vocati Concert

Sunday, 10/23 Sunday, 10/30


Holy Eucharist
No Breakfast
Holy Eucharist / Jubilate
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Young Adults


Holy Eucharist
No Breakfast
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
Young Adults

Monday, 10/24 Monday, 10/31

CGS Catholic
Boy Scouts


CGS Catholic
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 10/25 Tuesday, 11/1


Holy Comforter Day Trip
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Computer Lab
MUST Laundry
Nominating Committee


Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Nominating Committee
Family Promise Training
Wednesday, 10/26 Wednesday, 11/2
MUST Breakfast
WNL Adult Speaker Series
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir


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

Thursday, 10/27 Thursday, 11/3

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

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 10/28 Friday, 11/4

Amma Susan's day off
Office Closed
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
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:

  • Wednesdays through Nov. 16 - "Loving Like Jesus" speaker series 6:30 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
  • November 18 & 19 - Atlanta Diocesan Council; Youth Diocesan Lock-in at Georgia International Convention Center
  • Saturday, November 12 - "Living Gratefully" Stewardship Celebration Dinner 5:00 pm; Concert Series: Oak Martin & Friends 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 13 - "Living Generously" 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 Adolescence: 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)
  • Tuesday, December 6 - Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting 7 pm


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Youth House Expansion update

Report on the current amounts contributed to the Youth House Expansion Project:

  • Total Cash Received: $110,661.40
  • Pledged, but not received: $5,586
  • Total Funds Raised: $116,247.40
  • Total Project Need: $136,912.01
  • Total Funds Needed: $20,665
  • # of Households Pledged: 101

Welcome to our visitors

Welcome to the youth of St. Elisabeth's Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. They will be staying in our Youth House Friday evening through Sunday morning, October 21-23 while they spend the weekend enjoying activities in Atlanta.


Trip to Church of the Common Ground

Thank you to Willow, Aubrey and Katja who worshipped with and served the people at Church of the Common Ground on October 16

-> Have you seen it: Costa Rica 2010 pilgrimage gift

We are looking for the gift the 2010 Youth Pilgrimage brought back for the parish from Costa Rica, an inlaid image of The Last Supper. It was previously displayed on the wall in the Parish Hall. If you have some idea about where it might be please contact Sally Paris,


Christmas Trees - No sales this year

Please be aware that the Youth Program will not be selling Christmas trees, wreaths or greenery this year. We thank everyone in the parish for all your support of this fundraiser in previous years.


Diocesan Offerings

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.

Youth Lock-In at Annual Council November 18-19

November 18-19, 6 pm Friday until 10 am Saturday at Georgia International Convention Center -- Cost is $35 plus 5 canned goods. Join the youth of the Diocese for a fun evening of service, fellowship, music, games, and worship! The event will start at 6pm with a service project. We will package meals with Stop Hunger Now that will be sent all over the world. The event will end at 10am the following morning after we lead the opening worship session for Council. The registration deadline is November 13. You can register at participant registration.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2

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