The people of St. Catherine's seek
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has for us and the world by
welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 5-18, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Day of Service
Concert on Bricks
Concert Series
Vestry nominations
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Diocesan Council
Wine Tasting
Spiritual Child
Advent begins
Memorial Garden
Spirit wear
Artisan Market
Communion wine
No trees

Blessing Bags
Family Promise
Gobble Jog
The Extension dinners
Habitat dedication
LCB update
Holy Comforter daytrip
Elizabeth Inn

Vestry notes
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Purchase w Purpose
Georgia Festival Chorus
Michael O'Neal Singers
Health tips

YHE campaign
Paint party
Lock in



11/5 – Parish Day of Service;
Picnic on the Bricks w Jay Memory

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

11/8 – Election Day;
Preschool closed

11/9 – WNL & “Loving Like Jesus” adult series

11/11-13 - Youth Happening @ Mikell

11/12 - “Living Gratefully” Dinner;
Concert Series: Oak Martin

11/13 – “Living Generously” Stewardship Ingathering

11/16 – WNL & “Loving Like Jesus” adult series

11/17 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving @ Temple Kohl Emeth

11/18-19 – Atlanta Diocesan Council;
Diocesan Youth Lockin

11/19 – Cats On Wheels @ Mary Mac’s

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By Father Dean+

Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him… Luke 19:2

Zacchaeus is like many of us. We find ourselves in our world in the middle of chaos. Our lives are constantly moving. We’re shoved and pushed this way and that, and the world is changing in confusing and frightening ways. Perhaps, like Zacchaeus, we have in one sense “made it” financially, yet in another sense we feel spiritually hungry. And simply put, there are times in this chaotic life when we simply cannot see Jesus. There’s no place for awe and wonder at the mystery of life. There’s no place to stand on to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong, and what things we need to tolerate. Jesus is over there, somewhere, but we can’t see him from where we are.

So, maybe we as a church are called to be the sycamore tree. The tree was there for Zacchaeus to climb up above the crowd and see the longer view of things, to see Jesus. In some ways, that’s our call, to be the sycamore tree for those who want to see Jesus, to provide a different perspective on the world, and perhaps our lives as well.

But we are also called to be like Zacchaeus himself. He had to climb the tree to get a different perspective from the chaos of the world. When he did, he had an encounter with the living Christ and it changed his life. “Zachaeus, come down out of that tree, for I will be a guest in your house.” Literally, I will dwell in the midst of you. When the living Christ comes into the place of your dwelling, things happen. Lives are changed. You find a sense of your own morality, of right and wrong: “Lord, all the people that I have wronged, I will repay four times over.” You will find a sense of generosity that can only come from a thankful heart: “Lord, I will give half of what I have to the poor.”

During this past year as your Interim Rector, I have been able to see first hand that kind of encounter with Christ in your lives. I have seen it at the hospital bedside, at the communion rail, in deep conversations about your life, what’s important to you, what you’re struggling with, what you believe in, what you no longer believe in, what you pray for, what you long for, what you hope for. And so, at this moment in the life of our parish, we live in a time of chaos and change. Our world is divided, our country is divided, even our church is sometimes divided.

The way through this time is to be like Zachaaeus and keep our eyes on Christ. Do what it takes to be a church that provides the sycamore tree that lifts us up out of the chaos and division, to see over it, to catch a glimpse of Christ. But just as importantly, be like Zachaaeus and answer the call of Jesus, to come back down from the tree into the chaos of the world and be a part of its healing and its peace. Only that will heal the world. Only in that will we will heal ourselves.

Parish Day of Service - all hands wanted!

Saturday, November 5

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,


Living Gratefully / Living Generously

Celebration Dinner - Saturday, November 12
Ingathering - Sunday, November 13

We will be celebrating the many blessings we have received over the past year on Saturday, November 12 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Each member of St. Catherine's is a blessing from God and we want to give thanks for your involvement here with a wonderful celebration dinner. We’ll celebrate 55 years of ministry in East Cobb and the exciting ways we minister together. This celebration is the church’s gift back to you – NO CHARGE.

There will be entertainment and childcare is available for our young family members, too. Dinner will include several warm and cold appetizers and a choice of two entrée items: one is an Asiago encrusted chicken in a tomato basil cream sauce and the other is a Korean style braised short rib, both served with a wonderful cheese grits side. In addition, we will have 2 excellent salads to choose from, several additional side items, and you will want to save room for the salted-caramel chocolate squares or cheesecake for dessert. Afterwards, move with us to the sanctuary to hear our own Oak Martin and Friends in concert.

Dinner RSVP

If you have not yet signed up for the dinner in person, please sign up at church this Sunday, or log in to your account in The City and let us know how many people from your family will be attending. We will have room for 120 people – as of Sunday, we had signed up over 100. Please RSVP so we’ll know how much food to have our caterers prepare. Thank you for a year of Living Gratefully!

Thank you,
Your Stewardship Team

Below - Riley and Sydney giving their lay stewardship sermon on October 30. (Photo by Bettye Harris)

Concert Series - Saturday, November 12

"Organic, Collaborative, and Locally Sourced: An Evening with Oak Martin & Friends"

Join us at 7:30 pm in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics for the second in our 2016-17 Concert Series. Please invite family and friends, the event is free and open to the public with no tickets needed.

Oak Martin, one of our St. Catherine's rising stars, will present a program of organ masterpieces by Bach, Handel, Widor and more. He will be joined by Cain Bergeron, flute, and AJ John, percussion. Sixteen-year-old Oak Martin is the first Henry Douglas Johnson and William Jacob Weaver Organ Scholar at St. Bartholemew’s Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia. His teachers and mentors include Scott Atchison, Director of Music and Organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church; Shannon Gallier, Director of Music and organist at St. Bartholemew's Episcopal Church; Jack Mitchener of Mercer University; Dr. Francisco Silva of Silva Piano Studios; and David R. White, Director of The Georgia Boy Choir. This year Oak took first prize at the Cumming First United Methodist Church Rising Stars Music Competition. Traveling around the United States, he was organist for the Baltimore Boy Choir Festival and an organ scholar at the Royal School of Church Music summer program in Portland, Oregon. He participated in the American Guild of Organists Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced Course in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was the Sandra Aldrich Drew Organ Scholar at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in northwestern Michigan.

--> Cookies requested for concert reception -- A brief reception will follow this concert with opportunity to meet the artists. If you would like to contribute some cookies or other finger desserts please leave your items clearly marked for "Concert Series" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to the concert

--> 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, see our website at

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.

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.

  • 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 - (photos by Bettye Harris & Bill Ivey)

Catherine Meeks on "Racism" on October 19
The Rev. Thee Smith and The Rev. Paul McCabe on "Black Lives/Police Lives" on October 2

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration - you're invited!

Thursday, November 17: one week before Thanksgiving Day

Usher in the Thanksgiving season one week early with a joyous celebration of the things that bring us together! St. Catherine’s invites you to join us with our interfaith neighbors in the 12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 17, 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth, located at the corner of Old Canton Road and East Piedmont Road, This inspirational evening will be filled with moving remarks, music, patriotism, and humor as our speakers address this year's theme: “The Ripple Effect: Together We Create Waves of Change”. Then join us for a reception afterward with delicious snacks! And if you can't make it in person, the celebration will stream live video online at The public is invited. For more information see the Facebook page at “Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration”.

Reception foods donations

A reception will follow this service and we request your donations of finger food appetizers or desserts. Please be sure that items contain NO PORK or SHELLFISH. Meatless is preferred. Please label items if they affect dietary requirements such as being gluten-free, or containing dairy products or allergens such as peanuts, strawberries, etc.

Atlanta Diocese Council November 18-19

We thank Anne Willcocks, Elizabeth Lopez, Jim Greene, Tim Raasch, Chandler Sherry and Bill Ivey who will be serving as St. Catherine's lay delegates to 2016 Annual Council taking place on Friday & Saturday, November 18-19 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. For information about Council including agenda, reports and resolutions please see the Diocese webpage at

Budget process begins

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

An Elegant Evening of Wine Tasting

Youth House fundraiser on Friday, December 2

Please invite friends and family over 21 years old to join us at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall for a fun fundraising and social evening to benefit our Youth House Expansion Project. At the door, you will receive a glass and tasting notes to help you sample a range of wines. We’ll also provide cheeses and fruits for snacking through the evening. Tickets are $30 per person and will be available at church on Sundays or contact Maureen Donoghue,

Saturday, December 3 - a conversation with Dr. Lisa Miller

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

Join us at St. Catherine's on Saturday, December 3, 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.

The public is invited for this very special opportunity. Tickets are $12 advance purchase or $18 at the door. Free childcare will be available with advanced purchase. Buy tickets at church on Sundays or online at Contact Jenna Parker at with any questions.

Advent begins Sunday, November 27

Advent Wreath Making

—> No Church School this day

Join us in the Parish Hall on the first Sunday of Advent during the Church School hour to make an Advent wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.

Wreath bases are provided, or if you have a base already please be sure to bring it this day.

Save these dates

Here is a preview of more special observances coming up for Advent season at St. Catherine's, add them to your calendar now!

  • Tuesdays, November 29-December 20 – Advent Morning Eucharist & Study, 7-8 am
  • Tuesday, December 1 - Advent Quiet Evening, 7 pm
  • Sunday, December 4 – SPECIAL SERVICE TIMES CHANGE: Worship at 8 & 10:30 ONLY: Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am, Advent Lessons & Carols Service at 10:30 am; Church School at 9:00 am
  • Sunday, December 11 - Holiday Artisan Market 8 am - 1 pm
  • Thursday, December 15 - Seniors Eucharist, lunch & Preschool Christmas concert 11 am
  • Sunday, December 18 - Christmas Pageant at 9 am service; Hanging of the Greens 5-8 pm
  • Christmas Eve - Worship at 5:00 and 10:30 pm
  • Christmas Day - Worship at 10:30 am
  • Saturday, December 31 - Youth Alumni Brunch 11 am -1 pm

Memorial Garden Expansion

Collection update: $ 28,930

Your contribution to our Memorial Garden Expansion plan is very much needed now. As of publication date we have received $28,930 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!) Donations in any amount are welcome by check, or St. Catherine’s members may donate online via your account in The City. See details of our plan at .

St. Cat’s Spirit Wear

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!

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,

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.

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.


Blessing Bags - Ingathering Sunday, November 20

Last year, our 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 are collecting again this year, so please pick up a Ziploc bag and shopping lists from the foyer. Bring your filled bags for our ingathering on November 20. For more information, please contact Molly Banko at For more information on the Family Promise program, see

Family Promise - sign up for Hosting Week

St. Catherine's will host the guests of Family Promise of Cobb County from Sunday, November 27 to Sunday, December 4. Through this program, we provide a safe and comfortable haven in our Youth House for homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. It takes 50-60 volunteers to staff the program for the week and we need you! Sign up at the Outreach table across from the Parlor or contact Linda Scott,, or Barb Selby,

Next training date: November 8

We ask all our new volunteers to attend the two-hour Family Promise Training session. The trainings are offered every second Tuesday, 7-9 pm at East Cobb United Methodist Church on Roswell Road. The next session is Tuesday, November 8. There is no charge but please e-mail to register. St. Catherine's hosts Family Promise guests at our church 4 weeks per year.

Gobble Jog for MUST on Thanksgiving Day

Join many other St. Cat’s members and the community for a fun time and great fundraiser for MUST Ministries! In what has become a Thanksgiving tradition, thousands of people will again converge on the Marietta Square on the morning of Thanksgiving Day to run or walk in the Gobble Jog. You will still have plenty of time afterwards to watch the Thanksgiving Day TV parades and football, and you'll have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast.

It all starts and ends at the Marietta Square. The event features a timed 10K and 5K (qualifiers for the Peachtree Road Race), plus an untimed 5K, 1K, and Tot Trot for kids 5 and under. Many volunteers are needed, too. If you are going to be out of town or cooking at home, you can still support the Gobble Jog by signing up as a Phantom Runner – you’ll receive the race shirt!

Register soon either online, by mail, at the Packet Pickup event on Wed., Nov. 23 (10 am-6 pm at the Cobb County Civic Center), or on race day beginning at 6:30 am. Get all the details at!

Monthly meals at The Extension Women's Center

St. Catherine's provides a volunteer team on the third Sunday each month year-round to prepare and share dinner with the residents of the Women's Center of The Extension. The Extension is a recovery program serving homeless men and women of Cobb County who suffer from alcohol and other addictions.

Thank you to Stephanie Yucius and her Girl Scout Troop for covering dinner in August. Thank you to Linda Cox, Janet Livingston and Deborah Weigel for serving dinner in September, and thank you to Deborah Weigel, Bettye Harris, Marlene Stuart and Ron Bergeron for serving dinner in October. If you'd like learn more out about our work with The Extension please contact Connie Bergeron, Below - Deborah, Marlene, Bettye and Ron serving on October 16 (photos by Connie Bergeron).

Faithful in Much: 2016 Habitat for Humanity House Dedication

By Connie Bergeron

Thank you to everyone from St. Catherine's who gave of their time, provided food, helped build, bought Habitat t-shirts, made donations to support Habitat for Humanity and supported this year's Habitat for Humanity house project in any way. And a special St. Catherine's touch (sheetcake, of course!) was served at the Dedication ceremony. Special thanks to Swiss Britt for participating in the blessing of the home as construction began at 8 am on August 13, and for her prayer during the dedication on October 16. We appreciate especially Alan and Nancy Certain, Kent Hankinson, David Daniels, Swiss & Peter Britt, Ron Bergeron, Regan Parker, Janet Livingston and Bettye Harris for coming out, for supplying meals at the home site and for taking photos as the build progressed. Being part of the Cobb Habitat Interfaith Coalition is a great experience, and we are grateful to Paul Wilson, the chair of the group, for his excellent organizational skills that kept us all on track.

Part of the dedication program includes the following Habitat Litany:

Dear God, when I have food - Help me remember the hungry.
When I have work - Help me remember the jobless.
When I have a warm home - Help me remember the homeless.
When I have a loving family - Help me remember those who are torn apart.
When I live in peace - Help me remember those who live with war.
When I am without pain - Help me remember those who suffer.
And remembering... Help me destroy my complacency and stir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.

Our homeowner this year, Mr. Abban, was described in his biography as a 12-year faithful employee of the same company. The NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Family/Veterans Services Director, J.J. Currie, emphasized Frederick's faithfulness in participation in the required volunteer hours to Habitat, his faithful dedication to his family, and his faithful commitment to God. “Faithful in Much” – that perfectly describes both the Abban Family and our St. Catherine's family's support for this important ministry.

Low Country Boil benefits ERD

St. Catherine's is making a donation of $890.40 to Episcopal Relief and Development for their vital, ongoing world-wide efforts. This is possible due to the generosity of those who supported our Low Country Boil evening in October through ticket purchases and additional donations. Proceeds from the event of $591.90 are being combined with additional donations of $298.50 from parishioners. A BIG THANK YOU to Elizabeth and Fred Lopez and all who made this evening so much fun!

In ERD's ministry of "healing the hurting world " our donation will come at a time for need for the Hurricane Matthew victims in the US and abroad. For more about this work please visit

Fun day out with Holy Comforter's Friendship Center

Thank you to all who came out to Chattahoochee Nature Center for a beautiful fall day and fellowship with members of Holy Comforter's Friendship Center. St. Cat's outreach volunteers who went included Harriet Pyburn, Linda Shrake, Linda's son Stephen Rawding (from California), Linda & Glenn Cox, Judy Dechar, Bettye Harris. The word is that everyone had a great time!

--> We received a nice thank you card afterwards signed by all of our guests: "Vultures & owls & snakes... Oh my!"

VIDEO of our day out! -- Watch it online at Photos by Bettye Harris.


Generous hearts and willing hands - Elizabeth Inn dinners

By Connie Bergeron

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 year-round for the guests at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn overnight shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. We thank these volunteers who have been our Dinner Team (28th of every month) in the last few months.

  • August 28 - Invitation & Fellowship Ministry Team members - The guests at Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter were well-fed and encouraged by dinner volunteers serving, including Jerry & Linda Scott, Bettye Harris, Al & Sue Jones, Janet Livingston, Eric & Deana De La Barre, and Fred & Jennifer Massey. Thank you for food donations from Ann Snead, Pat Pepper, Beth Sandoval, Nancy Denton, Adam Stone, Stephanie Yucius, Ron & Connie Bergeron, Ron & Arlyn Cook, Jay & Joyce Hendricks, Janet Livingston, Dorothea Westin, Deana De La Barre, Fred & Jennifer Massey, Shirley Childs and Ina Bachman.
  • September 28 - Daughters of the King did an outstanding job providing and serving dinner for the 70 guests at Elizabeth Inn. Volunteers serving dinner included (forwarding photo to you) Josh, Desiree,Deborah, Audrey, Janet and Marilyn. Happy to share this email received by Carol Eskew from new DOK volunteers: A prayer of gratitude for the St. Catherine's Daughters, after serving dinner at MUST Ministries:
    "We are truly privileged to be a part of such a truly amazing, wonderful, caring, welcoming, spiritually powerful group of women. When we left our church family in New York, we wondered if we would ever find an inspiring place that just 'fit', quite as right. Clearly we did, and we are grateful, beyond words. We thank you all, God is great."
  • October 28 - Dinner was coordinated by Connie & Ron Bergeron, with food provided by Deana DeLabarre, Harriett Pyburn, Elizabeth Lopez, Carol Starr, Janet Livingston, Bruce & Barbara Perry, and the Bergerons. Thank you to Bruce & Barbara, Janet, and Ron & Connie for serving dinner at The Inn.

If you are available to help provide and / or serve dinner on Monday, November 28, or Wednesday, December 28, please email for more information on this outstanding ministry. To help with breakfast team (4th Wednesdays) contact Audrey Nesbitt, audrey.nesbit To help with Laundry Team (4th Tuesdays & 5th Wednesdays) contact Dave Yucius, 678.560.0456, Below - Dinner Team in October (photos by Connie Bergeron).


Vestry Notes

Highlights of the Vestry meeting on October 18

By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden

We celebrated the Eucharist in our outdoor worship area off the back parking lot – designed and built by Sally Paris and her dad, and recently refurbished through an Eagle Scout project. It was a beautiful evening and we enjoyed being together in God’s great outdoors.

Our business meeting began with a discussion about the divide in our country over the election and how it has infiltrated our church, our families, and our lives. Father Dean led us with the thoughts that generated his sermon of a couple weeks ago – “What do we do on November 9th?” Our takeaway was to be willing to listen, to “love one another” and to “respect the dignity of every human being” no matter how they vote and what they ultimately believe. It’s our duty as followers of Christ.

The Vestry has developed a new Covenant that will be presented and blessed as the Vestry’s pledge to the church. You will hear and see this on November 13 as we bless all the pledges.

We approved a grant of $800 from the Great Oak Fund (our endowment fund) to add acoustical treatments in the Choir Room. We also asked the other two applicants who requested funding to go ahead and purchase the minor items they had requested from within their budgets.

The nominating committee for the next class of vestrypersons will be our four retiring vestry members. They will contact and recruit new members for election in December. If you wish to serve on the vestry, and meet the requirements outlined in our by-laws, please contact Daniel Mikkelson, Susan Jenkins, Eric De La Barre or Hans Kraeger, or Rose in the church office. Forms for nomination are available at church on Sundays.

We received a report from Randy Young on the progress made towards a master plan for our buildings and grounds. These plans will be presented to the Vestry at the December meeting and will be included in our Annual Meeting on January 22.

As an update to all Vestry members, each member shared the activities going on this fall in their various areas of responsibility. Each vestryperson is assigned as a “shepherd” to a ministry team. All our church committees and ministries work under a particular ministry team. This quarterly update allows us to appreciate the exciting ministries we share and to understand any issues we have to address. Our church is a busy place, but never too busy for you to be involved.

Our Quarterly Ministry Team meeting is Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. If you wish to be involved in ministry or wish to help with the work of the ministry teams, this is the place to be on that day. Each team will have the opportunity to meet separately for 30-minutes during this meeting.

Our finances are in good shape – while our total income is down slightly compared to budget, our expenses continue to be in-line with that downturn and we are in a positive cash situation. Should you wish to know more about our church finances, our Finance Committee meets on the second Thursday of the month at 5 pm.

Also, 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.

Seen around St. Cat's

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

Youth House Expansion work is ongoing each weekend and we give thanks for the continued great construction weather! Please come out, we need every hand! (Photos by Connie Bergeron)

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:

  • November 7-13: Stewardship Committee—This week we celebrate the life and work of our Stewardship Committee, which is responsible for the leadership and planning of the fall Stewardship Campaign and for developing year-round education for the parish on the Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Nelson Gale, 770.722.9262,
  • November 14-20: Bread Bakers —This week we celebrate the life and work of Bread Bakers, who help in the welcome to our first-time visitors by baking small loaves of bread. The loaves are packaged with a note to say, "Welcome to St. Catherine's, we are glad you worshiped with us this week." To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Marcia Markette, 678.488.5696,


Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County on October 11 for gift of $500.
  • The Extension for gift of $300.


Purchase for a Purpose benefits MUST November 9

The Glory Haus Store, designer and manufacturer of inspirational gifts and home decor, will have a special sale on Wednesday, November 9, 9 am – 6 pm, where everyone can shop and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MUST Ministries. The PFP store is located at 560 Webb Industrial Drive, Marietta, If you are unable to shop in person, visit their website and enter the promo code PFPMUST through midnight on November 10 to receive free shipping.


Tour Church of the Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit

For the twenty-first holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12. Schedule: Saturday, December 3, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, December 4, 2 - 4 pm; Monday to Friday, December 5-9, 10 am - 2 pm; Saturday, December 10, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, December 11, 2 - 4 pm. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / or visit .


Georgia Festival Chorus “Carols by Candlelight”

Thursday, December 1, 7:30 pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist: Come hear glorious songs and favorite carols of Christmas as performed by the 100-voice Georgia Festival Chorus. The audience will have a chance to sing along as well. The concert will be at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this community chorus presenting the best in traditional and contemporary sacred choral works. Free, no tickets are needed. Doors open at 6:45 pm. See information about Georgia Festival Chorus at

This program will also be presented on Sunday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at McEachern United Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Road, Powder Springs, .


Michael O’Neal Singers: "Christmas Through the Ages "

Sunday, December 4, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist: The Michael O’Neal Singers ushers in “the most wonderful time of the year” with a program of holiday favorites from days gone by. Featuring the full 155-voice MOS chorus and the 36-voice Kaleidoscope ensemble, as well as an audience sing-along, this holiday concert is a wonderful gift to share with family and friends.
The concert is presented at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this well-known community chorus. Tickets are $20 adults/$15 students & seniors in advance, $22/$17 at the door, available online at

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

Free dental care day Saturday, November 12 -- Mansouri Family Dental Care’s Marietta office at 4720 Lower Roswell Rd., will offer a first come, first served event, 6 am to 4 pm, open to everyone 18 & up for one free service: either a filling, extraction, or cleaning. All attending must park in the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church lot (955 Johnson Ferry Road). Line up may begin on Friday. For more information visit

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.

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. Those whose serve in the Peace Corps: Charlie.

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

DECEASED: Cathy Willett


THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Lou Smith, Caroline, Marsha Ziegler, Joyce Hendricks, Howard Weeks, Sarah Stedman, Tom Nichols, Keyton Weissenger, Marquerite McLeod, Chubby Rice, Scott Hargreaves, Maliha Islam, Mary Moore, Rodney Miller, Anne Whittle, Fran Brooks, Pam Phillips, Anne Hitchins, Kathryn Burgher, Katie, C.P. & Maude, Susan Steiner, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Jay Hendricks, Shelley Ransdell, Raymond Higgins, Holly Griffin, Sascha, Cliff Kutzbach, Philip Johnson.

ANNIVERSARIES: Steve & Rose Wolfe (11/6)

BIRTHDAYS: (11/7) Jerry Scott, Cindy Tuemmler, Jason Gardiner, Richard Bowers, (11/8 Missy Korwan, Harry Tear, IV, Ethan Nienaber, (11/9) Alison Travis, Kauren Barber, (11/10) Roger Motter, (11/11) Chuck Zimmerman, Gretchen Walton, (11/12) Bunny Starr, Alison Harris, (11/13) Camilo Calvo, Sally Powers, (11/14) Chuck Severs, Lucas Bachmann, (11/15) Kelly Calvo, (11/16) Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore, (11/17) Roberta Hoyt-Johnson, Jenna Parker, Helen Davis.

(11/6) Cam & Marti Graham; Jim & Bobbye Greene; Matthew, Meredith, Caroline & Audrey Greene; Roberta & Holly Griffin; Jason, Whitney, Austin & Tyler Groff.
(11/13) Pierce, Katie, Isaac & Marie Hale; Richard & Del Halstead-Nussloch; Bette Hamilton; Adam, Erica & Parker Handell; Kent Hankinson.

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, 11/5 Saturday, 11/12


Day Of Service
CGS Level 1 Training
Picnic Concert on Bricks
  w/ Jay Memory


Nominating Committee
"Living Gratefully" Dinner
Concert Series: Oak Martin
Sunday, 11/6 Sunday, 11/13


Daylight Savings Time End
All Saints Sunday

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


Living Generously Sunday
Pledge Ingathering
Vestry Nominations Due

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

Monday, 11/7 Monday, 11/14

CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Christian formation
Invitation Ministry
Boy Scouts


CGS Catholic
Men's Book Study
Woman's Bible Study
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 11/8 Tuesday, 11/15


Election Day
Preschool Closed

Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Master Planning
Nominating Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Nominating Committee
Wednesday, 11/9 Wednesday, 11/16
WNL Adult Speaker Series
WNL Youth & Explorers
Great Oak Board
Chancel Choir


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

Thursday, 11/10 Thursday, 11/17

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

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
   @ Temple Kohl Emeth
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 11/11 Friday, 11/18


Amma Susan's day off
Veteran's Day
Youth Happening @ Mikell
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation



Amma Susan's day off
Atlanta Diocesan Council
Diocesan Youth Lockin

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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Thursday, November 24 - MUST's Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog at the Marietta Square
  • November 27-December 4 - Family Promise hosting week
  • Sunday, November 27 – First Sunday of Advent; Advent Wreath making for all ages 10-11 am (No Church School)
  • Tuesdays, November 29-December 20 – Advent Morning Eucharist & Study, 7-8 am
  • Thursday, December 1 - Advent Quiet Evening
  • Friday, December 2 - Wine Tasting evening 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 3 - Dr. Lisa Miller, "The Spirituality of Childhood and Adolescence", 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, December 4 – WORSHIP at 8 & 10:30 ONLY: Holy Eucharist at 8:00, Advent Lessons & Carols Service at 10:30 am; Church School at 9:00 am
  • Tuesday, December 6 - Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting 7 pm
  • Sunday, December 11 - Vestry election at all services; Holiday Artisan Market 8 am - 1 pm
  • Thursday, December 15 - Seniors Christmas Eucharist, lunch & Preschool concert 11 am
  • Sunday, December 18 - Christmas Pageant at 9 am service; Hanging of the Greens 5-8 pm
  • Christmas Eve - Worship at 5:00 and 10:30 pm
  • Christmas Day - Worship at 10:30 am
  • Saturday, December 31 - Youth Alumni Brunch 11 am -1 pm


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Youth House Expansion update

Latest report on the current amounts contributed to the Youth House Expansion Project:

  • Total Cash Received: $111,425.40
  • Pledged, but not yet received: $5,586
  • Total Funds Raised: $117,011.40
  • Total Project Need: $136,912.00
  • Total Funds Needed: $19,900.60
  • # of Households Pledged: 102


Paint Party Sunday, November 6

Stick with us this Sunday after church school to paint siding for the Youth House. Bring clothes to change into to church and we will plan to paint until about 3:00. I will order pizza for lunch and we will have a blast! ALL are welcome to stay and paint!!


Youth Retreat 2016

Wonderful fall weather for our youth retreat at Camp Mikell on October 21-23. We had lots of fun pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone with Challenge by Choice at the new high ropes course. See LOTS and LOTS more photos full size in the albums at Fall Youth Retreat 2016 and Ropes Course (Fall Retreat 2016).

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 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

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