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welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 19 - December 2, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Stewardship report
Thanksgiving schedule
Budget requests
Cats On Wheels
  Wreath making
  Lessons & Carols
  Quiet Evening
  Morning worship/study
  Seasonal donations
  Artisan Market
  Christmas fund
Dr. Lisa Miller
Ministry Teams Quarterly
YHE report
Memorial Garden
Walton H.S.
Blood drive
Communion wine

Blessing Bags
Gobble Jog
Laundry team
Emmaus Christmas

Vestry notes
Day of Service
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Boy Scouts
Georgia Festival Chorus
Michael O'Neal Singers
Health tips

Care packages
YHE raffle
EYE 17



11/19 – Cats On Wheels @ Mary Mac’s

11/20 – Blessing Bags ingathering;
No Youth Church School;
The Extension dinner

11/21-25 – Preschool closed

11/22 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

11/23 – Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

11/23-25 – Office closed

11/24 - Thanksgiving Day;
MUST Gobble Jog

11/27 – Advent Wreath making;
No Church School

11/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

11/26 – Morning Eucharist & Study

11/27-12/4 – Family Promise hosting week

11/30 – Advent Quiet Evening;
Youth & Explorers WNL;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

12/3 – Dr. Lisa Miller “The Spiritual Child”;
Walton H.S. concert

12/4 –
Holy Eucharist 8 am;
Church School 9 am;
Advent Lessons & Carols Service 10:30 am

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“November 9th”

By Amma Susan+

As I write it is November 9, the day after the 2016 presidential election, and Donald Trump is our president-elect. The peaceful transfer of power has begun, the Union stands and God’s kingdom is still coming in. On all sides, it has been a hard fought and divisive campaign. Tempers have flared with citizens on opposing sides oft times labeling each other as enemies, much of it driven by fear. The election is over but the issues remain and the wounds are deep. There are people broken and hurting on both sides of the divide. “Now is the time for the church to model for the world not just tolerance, but love; not mere civil discourse, but transformative dialogue through which we can discern the will of God together; not tacit approval of bigotry and bullying, but courageous action on behalf of the marginalized as we join our hearts and hands that God's Kingdom might come here and now.” We will need to draw deep on the wellspring of love for all people, for only love can cast out fear, doubt and despair.

As people of God we put our trust in God, not in earthly leaders. As followers of Jesus Christ, this is our calling: to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves… and to share in the work of reconciling all people to God and to one another. This hard work of love, this hard, sacrificial work of willing the good of the other, no matter what, is not an option for us. Love is the only way forward. It is not easy work. We cannot do it on our own but, with God’s help, we can and must try.

Some in our parish family are celebrating; some are grieving the outcome of this election. All of us are called to pray for Donald Trump, for our nation, for all of our elected leaders and to work together for the common good and for a more just and compassionate nation and world. So I ask that you join me in this prayer, as we commit ourselves to the work of healing and reconciliation that lies before us:

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life. – Prayer of St. Francis

Stewardship report

Living Gratefully, Living Generously

By Your Stewardship Committee

Thank you to all for coming out on Saturday night (November 12) to celebrate our 55th Anniversary as a parish! Over 100 people attended and enjoyed music by Spencer and Leah Banko and our Jubilate Choir. Special thanks go to Joy Ettel, Rebeccah Devault, Janet Livingston, Deana De La Barre and to all those on the Fellowship Team who brought salads and desserts and helped to serve and clean up.

On Sunday, November 13 we made our pledges for 2017 during all three worship services. A total of 140 pledges have been received as of publication date including 13 new households. We’re well on our way to reaching or exceeding the 225 pledges made last year.

We’re excited about what lies ahead for our parish and we know that 2017 will be blessed by active outreach, excellent nurture and service ministries and other gifts we can only now imagine. Thanks for being a part of our Living Gratefully, Living Generously weekend!

--> Pledge cards needed now

Did you miss the ingathering in November 13? Your pledge for 2017 is very important to begin our budgeting process for next year. Pledging allows the Finance Committee and Vestry to plan for the future and be good stewards in making budget decisions. Our ministries depend on your pledge, and every pledge matters! Please pick up a pledge card at church or print one from our website at . Return your card at church this Sunday or send to the church office as soon as possible. Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine's ministries and missions.

Hear the stewardship sermons

Did you hear the wonderful lay sermons on stewardship in the last month? Listen to the one by our youth, Riley and Sydney, on October 30 on the Sermons page of our website. Photos below by Bill Ivey and Connie Bergeron

Calendar for Thanksgiving holiday & weekend

A blessed, happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones from the people of St. Catherine’s!

  • No Wednesday evening programs or choir rehearsals on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Wednesday programs for Youth and Explorers resume on Nov. 30.
  • The church office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 23-25. The Preschool is closed all week (Nov. 21-25).
  • Sunday, November 27 -- Advent wreath making, all ages, 10-11 am (no Church School this day) – see below in this newsletter.
  • The Gobble Jog is Thanksgiving Day morning on the Marietta Square. This annual event supports MUST Ministries - see below in this newsletter.

Budget requests for 2017 due November 30

IMPORTANT for all committee and ministry leaders!

Budget requests are due from all ministry teams by Wednesday, November 30. Please check with your ministry team’s convener as soon as possible and be sure to communicate your budget information to them. The Finance Committee will review requests to prepare the preliminary balanced budget for the Vestry review.

Cats on Wheels luncheon this Saturday, Nov. 19

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this month at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, 224 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, Carpools will depart St. Catherine’s parking lot at 11:00 am, or meet us in the restaurant lobby by 11:30. Be sure to RSVP so we know you’re coming to Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Journey through Advent

Advent Wreath Making – Sunday, November 27

—> NO CHURCH SCHOOL this day

Join us at 10-11 am 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 ask everyone to bring a breakfast food to share. Foam wreath forms, candles and greens to make your wreath are provided (no charge). If you already have a wreath base of your own please feel free to bring it. 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.


Sunday, December 4 - NOTE: Worship times CHANGE

  • 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist
  • 9:00 am - Church School
  • 10:30 am - Advent Lessons & Carols Service

What a wonderful start to the holiday season! Join us for a very special worship service of Advent Lessons & Carols, the story of Salvation in scripture readings and glorious music. Our Chancel Choir and Choristers will offer musical responses for each reading as well as congregational hymns. Please note the change to our worship times, and also note that Eucharist will be offered only at the 8:00 service this date.


Advent Quiet Evening - Wed., November 30

All adults and youth 12 & older are invited to join with Daughters of the King from 7 to 9 pm for the annual Advent Quiet Evening. Let's take time out during the busy holiday season to focus on our journey of expectation to meet the Christ Child -- praying, reflecting and being together. Led by Amma Susan, we will have Advent readings and music around our outdoor fire pit, and walk our labyrinth. We'll finish the evening with S-mores. Please bring your own folding chair. For questions please contact Barbara Perry,


Morning Eucharist & Study - Tuesdays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 20

Our tradition for Advent is to gather each Tuesday morning to celebrate an early morning Eucharist at 7:00 am followed by a brief study at 7:30 am focused on the themes of the season. This year’s study book is “Let Every Heart Prepare” by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, copies will be provided to all who attend. We finish promptly at 8:00 am so that you can be on to the day's responsibilities. Dates this year: Nov. 29, December 6, 13, 20.


Resources and Reflections: "Advent: Ready?"

You'll find a variety of Advent study materials for children, youth and adults on the table in the foyer begining on the First Sunday of Advent. In particular, a special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our own booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our parishioners. Look for this year's collection, "Advent: Ready?" which will be available for pickup at church, on our website and on our Facebook page in time for the start of the season on November 27.

You may also receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! Sign up now on our Advent Reflections page at (If you previously subscribed to one of our reflections series you will automatically receive the Advent series, NO need to sign up again).


Seasonal donations requested

Each year we invite everyone to donate funds for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. Please insert your donation in the brown envelopes which will be in the pews (or send to the church office). Remember to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, December 11 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.


Artisan Christmas Market Sunday, December 11

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,


Special Christmas Fund

Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. Last year we were able to support several of our parish families, making their holiday season something more than they ever imagined. The Interim Rector, in consultation with the staff, will make the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.


Mark your calendars now for more in Advent

  • Sunday, December 4 – Second Sunday of Advent: St. Nicholas celebration for Catechesis
  • Sunday, December 11 – Third Sunday of Advent: Vestry elections held at all services
  • Thursday, December 15 – Senior Adults Christmas Eucharist & Lunch, 11 am
  • Sunday, December 20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent: Children’s Christmas Pageant at 9:00 am service (all children are invited to participate);
    AND Hanging of the Greens with decorating, supper and carol singing beginning at 5 pm, supper time is at 6:30 pm. Bring your family and friends, and a dessert to share.
  • Christmas Eve - Emmaus House "elves"; 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

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.

St. Cat’s Spirit Wear - order deadline December 4!

For yourself, or holiday gifts! 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. Payment is needed at the time of order. Delivery will be on December 18. To view designs, sizing and prices, and to place your order, go to For questions please contact Sally Paris,, 770-971-2839.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm

All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to have a member of your group present at this very important meeting in the Parish Hall as we begin the 2017 budget process. A light supper will be served to you in thanksgiving for the wonderful work of all our volunteers this year. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

Youth House update

Fall is well along and that means winter is coming soon. That is good news following a long hot summer. It also means that the Youth House building project has a weather deadline and Fred Massey, leader of the project, is in desperate need of willing workers of all abilities: skilled and unskilled labor. Since the beginning of the Youth House addition project a group of dedicated men and women have been hard at work, not only on Saturdays but Fred could be seen directing a team on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday (after 9:00 church of course). That schedule will continue in the coming weeks, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. And we appreciate all who have made our workers so productive with great snacks and hydration!

If you have any questions, or need to borrow a pair of work gloves, contact Pat Pepper volunteerstcatherines. org, Fred Massey -- or to help with refreshments contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891. With gratitude for all of the dedicated volunteers who have made this project possible!

Latest report on the current amounts contributed to the Youth House Expansion Project: total received $116,670.40 (not including pledged amounts not yet received).

Photos below by Connie Bergeron

Memorial Garden Expansion

Our Memorial Garden Expansion Fund is now at $30,620 received with another $3,500 in pledges. The MGE Committee is planning to present on a workshop for everyone on wills, advanced directives, and funeral planning. Watch for information about this coming soon, as well as the formation of a new Memorial Garden Guild which will maintain the garden and help with all funerals.

Contributions to our Memorial Garden Expansion plan continue to be needed. 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 .

Walton High School Chamber Society at St. Catherine's

Saturday, December 3

St. Catherine's will host the Chamber Society orchestra of our Cobb County neighbor, Walton High School, for their Midwest Send-off Concert at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary. This concert is part of their preparation to perform at the 70th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. You are invited to hear the fine program the students have prepared. Free, no tickets needed.

Next blood drive: Tuesday, December 20

Give the perfect gift… Give blood!

Note this date on your holiday calendar now, and give something that really means something. The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on December 20 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Blood collections are always very low during the holiday season so your donation this time will be even more important. Making an appointment is easy: go to and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, walk ins are always welcome! Help will also be needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up.

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.


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

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!

MUST Laundry Team “makes the ask”

By Dave Yucuis

I wanted to share an opportunity that I have participated in over the past few years to make the world a little bit better, to feel better about yourself, and to provide service to some people that could really use a break.

St. Catherine’s provides volunteer service every month year-round on the FOURTH TUESDAY (and FIFTH WEDNESDAY when there is one) at the Must Ministries Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway (by the GA Power Plant) This shelter houses roughly 30-40 guests whose stay typically lasts for 30 days while they get back on their feet. Most of these men are day laborers and also are looking for job opportunities—and are in need of clean clothes to continue their climb. The MUST shelter has 3 washing machines/dryer. Volunteers do the laundry and provide clean, folded clothes back so that the men can go about their business.

In providing this service in the past, I have truly enjoyed the experience. It is very gratifying to help someone who is working hard to improve their place in life, and to assist in a way that matters very much to them. I have brought along some young men (mentees, mostly) who were looking to fill required service hours for their school, or just interested in delivering a worthwhile service. Each and every time, we leave feeling accomplished and feeling like the world is actually spinning in a good direction.

The Ask: We need two people per date (usually) to work from about 6 pm to 11 pm. It isn’t the most taxing thing—empty baskets into the washer, change to the dryer and fold; repeat. There is down time to read or talk to volunteers and guests. If you could give this a try just once a year, we can leave the world in a better place. I am available to help instruct/show the ropes if anybody is new to the service. Here is a link to let us know you are interested in helping on the dates listed. Please do click on a date and let us know that we can count on you to chip in with this noble effort!

-> Sign up at: I can provide answers to any questions on the details, and would love to hear if you are interested. If you are unsure about what is involved, or not sure about a full commitment at this time, still give me a buzz and we can figure something out. I firmly believe that this is a valuable and rewarding use of our time and that we can help make our world a little bit brighter. Contact: Dave Yucius, (770) 226-5320 Office, (678) 524-0971 Cell,

Holiday opportunities to benefit Emmaus House

Emmaus House is an Episcopal Community Center which predominantly serves the residents of Peoplestown & Summerhill neighborhoods in Atlanta. At Emmaus House, people from all walks of life work together joyfully to diminish poverty and its broader consequences. Each year, around 900 children come to Emmaus House on Christmas Eve where they and their families celebrate with gifts, snacks and entertainment.

Secret Santa Shop - Items due December 11

Children at Emmaus House are invited to shop for gifts to give their parents and grandparents in the Secret Santa Shop where all items are priced for them at 10 cents. Donations of new or very gently used items may be brought to St. Catherine's by Dec. 11th and placed in the Secret Santa bin located near the Giving Tree. The following items are requested: scarves, slippers, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, home items, small appliances, costume jewelry and watches. Items do NOT need to be wrapped.

The Giving Tree - Gifts due December 18

Beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, a tree with ornaments will be set up in the church foyer. Select a tag to provide a gift for a boy or girl ages 9 to 18 years. A complete list of gift suggestions and instructions can be found on the table next to the tree. Once you have purchased a gift, we ask that you:

  • Wrap the gift & write a brief description on the label on the ornament;
  • Attach the ornament securely to your gift;
  • Deliver the gift back to the Giving Tree by December 18 th.

Christmas Elves - Morning of Dec 24th

Be a Christmas Elf at Emmaus House! Every year, parishioners from St. Catherine's go to Emmaus House on the morning of Christmas Eve to be “elves,” helping to distribute presents to 900+ smiling faces and escort the guests to the various events. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Gina Bauman,


Vestry Notes

Highlights of the Vestry meeting on November 15

By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden

Your vestry met on Tuesday, November 15. We had a smaller group due to people traveling or ill. So we formed a circle around our altar during the Eucharist. It’s a wonderful opportunity to serve on a vestry where all our work begins with the sharing of our most holy sacrament.

We always begin our business meeting with reflection on an article or blog post – this evening we reflected on our Bishop’s words after the election. He says we are “trans-political” – “In politics but not of politics. “We may hold various views and affiliations, but we are first and foremost followers of Jesus Christ.” He adds, “Right now, you and I have the opportunity to exercise our fellowship of Jesus Christ by being peacemakers right here in Georgia.” And he ends with this prayer, “Lord make us instruments of your peace, where there is hatred, let us sow love.” (BCP 832)

Our budget process this year has begun, and this year we will do something a bit different. We’ll think not just about 2017, but for the next three years. It’s a way for us to move some priority to the things we keep wanting to do, but never seem to have enough to do it – by budgeting three years out, maybe we can save a little today, to reach further next year. This process will be led by your Ministry Team Conveners.

Our Quarterly Ministry Team meeting is Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00pm 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.

October proved to be a good month for us – several families were able to catch up on their pledges and we are looking to be in good shape to end our year on budget. Keep your vestry and finance committee in your prayers as we work to develop a vision for the money we spend on ministry here at St. Cats. Should you wish to know more about our church finances, our Finance Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5pm.

Remember that Advent begins on November 27: check the articles in this newsletter to find ways to “get ready” for the arrival of the Christ Child again this Christmas. There are MANY activities to help you on that journey – including the Advent Lessons and Carols on December 4th. It’ll be a glorious worship service of song and readings that will help you discover again the real meaning of Christmas. Church School will be at 9 am and worship at 8:00 and 10:30 am on that Sunday. Mark your calendars now. (You can find our on-line calendar on our website or go direct to Calendar.)

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.

Parish Day of Service: Many hands make light work!

By Tami Mace, Convenor of Facilities Ministry Team

"Many hands make light work..." This was very evident on Saturday morning, November 5! The Facilities Ministry Team had a variety of projects to choose from: washing pews, expanding handicapped signage, mulching, weeding, organizing, mounting acoustic tiles or replacing name tags. Folks of all ages arrived and chose their mission for the next two hours. Supplies were ready, donuts were aplenty and warm or cold drinks flowed freely. The amount of work accomplished was very apparent as I walked up the parking lot stairs on Sunday morning, inhaling the fresh scent of wood chips, into a more open and freely moving foyer and the sweet scent of Murphy's oil soap in our sanctuary. Thank God for all those many hands!

I am already planning another quick work session for pre-Christmas sanctuary cleaning touches. So, if you couldn't join us, no worries... there will be more opportunities in the very near future.
Photos by Bettye Harris

Volunteer Corner: "Speak, O Lord"

By Pat Pepper

An anthem sung by our Chancel Choir back in October, "Speak, O Lord," presented a powerful message to me while I was listening to the beautiful voices of our choir members. The words of the hymn were direct and powerful. The following especially spoke to me:

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You to receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us, shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
that the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith. *

This powerful message came alive on November 5th when I walked the campus of St. Catherine's. The Youth House build was busy as Fred M. and his loyal team continued to act in love as they hammered, sawed, lifted and painted at the Youth House. On the front grounds of St. Cat’s it was a Parish Day of Service and Tami, Bill and Tom worked with the wonderful volunteers who were spreading mulch, working on the grounds, polishing the pews, cleaning out closets and doing other projects. They were truly the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.

On November 5th these people were shining, they were the light of Christ. They came to serve and in return they also received, and I am grateful for their strong presence.

Were you in that group? If not you were missed. At St. Catherine's we have so many ways to show our acts of love. Talk to me if you need assistance finding the perfect fit for you. Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or to get connected!

* - “Speak, O Lord” - text and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, arranged by John Ferguson
Listen to a recording of the Chancel Choir singing this anthem for the March 11, 2012 debut of our new grand piano, played by Jana Williams:

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris, Connie Bergeron. See lots more photos full size in the albums at Photo Albums.

BRAVO!! Oak Martin (center) was the featured
artist in the Concert Series program November 12...

....David Bachman was Oak's
surprise concert guest

Father Dean's sermon on November 13
required 2 volunteers at 9:00...

...and at 11:15

Wednesday Speaker Series concluding session on
November 16... great speakers on religious
intolerance, especially as concerning Muslims

The audience and panelists on November 16

Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration on November 17: The Ripple Effect... it starts with you!
More than 600 people from all over Atlanta and from more than 12 faith traditions, thankful for the work
of this Interfaith community and for Temple Kol Emeth for hosting.
Amma Susan addressed the audience and St. Catherine's was well-represented there.

Deacon (ret.) Swiss Britt is congratulated
by Father Dean for the 20th anniversary
of her ordination


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 21-27: MUST Ministries—This week we celebrate the life and work of MUST Ministries,, a volunteer-driven community organization which addresses the basic needs of individuals and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties and beyond. St. Catherine’s is highly involved through our Outreach Ministry Team (Harriett Pyburn, 678.612.7384, with dinner, breakfast and laundry volunteers at its Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter, Summer Lunch program and much more.
  • November 28-December 4: Altar Guild—This week we celebrate the life and work of our Altar Guild, responsible for set up and cleanup of the altar whenever a service is held at St. Catherine’s. The guild also takes care of the altar linens and hangings, and bakes the communion bread. Volunteers work in teams on a rotating basis and training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Rebeccah Devault, 404.277.6356,


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

  • Lisa Johnston
  • The Bramans

Boy Scout troop seeks merit badge help

St. Catherine's Boy Scout Troop 713 is in need of adult help. We especially need help in teaching/counseling BSA merit badges.The full list of badges and an explanation of the process is available at: Please call troop leader Larry Bishop at 770 317-2122 to discuss.

BSA Troop 713


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
  • 11th Annual Messiah Sing-Along Sunday, December 18 - 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist: Bring your own score and join voices with MOS, professional soloists, and chamber orchestra in theis annual community event. Cost is $10 general admission.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Eating to reduce inflammation
    Chronic inflammation occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells and can play a role in heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. There are many foods that are touted as anti-inflammatory “superfoods.” But, an anti-inflammatory diet is simply an overall healthy diet. Here are a few tips for eating to reduce inflammation: let fruits and vegetables make up at least half your plate; include plenty of whole grains; choose heart-healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. Limit processed foods, saturated and trans fats, and foods made with refined white flour. Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Replace your pillow
    A comfortable pillow is important for a good night’s sleep. There are many sizes and filler types available, depending on your preferences and whether you sleep on your back, stomach, or side. Pillows don’t last forever, though. Over time, they collect mold, dust mites, dead skin cells, and other allergens. On average, pillows should be replaced about every 18 months. 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.

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.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Pam King, Kianna, Keisha, Dewaine Norris, Gary England, Neil Campbell, Nancy Certain, Teressa Blondell, Briana, Warren Martin, Uncle Dickie, Lou Smith, Caroline Smith, Jane Moss, Marsha Zieglar, 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, Kathryn Burgher, Katie, C.P. & Maude, Susan Steiner, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Jay Hendricks, Shelley Ransdell, Raymond Higgins, Holly Griffin, Sascha, Cliff Kutzbach, Philip Johnson.

DECEASED: Ann Aaron, Lyn Stille's mother

BIRTHDAYS: (1/19) Don Martin, (11/20) Shirley Childs, (11/21) Linda Carter, Bruce Friend, Karen Friend, (11/22) Barbara Cordery, Marcia Markette, Lauren Travis, (11/23) Joseph Harlan, Claire Harrison, (11/24) Pam Phillips, Emily Dini, (11/25) David Shannonhouse, (11/26) Linda Cox, Michael Reeves, (11/27) Barbara Barrington, (11/29) Alex Roberts, Alex Morris, Nathan Paglia, (12/1) Michael Fey, (12/2) Tim Raasch, Bill Lee, Gina Baumann.

ANNIVERSARIES: Adam & Erica Handell (11/21), Rod & Carla Deutscher (11/22), Phil & Lisa Spessard (12/2)

(11/20) Christina & Joseph Harlan; Bettye Harris; Jeff, Alison & Hannah Harris; Claire & Rob Harrison, Davis & Mitchell Waldron; Desiree & Joshua Harvey.
(11/27) Jay & Joyce Hendricks; Dr. Ruth Hepler & Susan Stedman; Bruce & Susan Heuke; Raymond & Kristina Higgins; Todd, Anne, Grady & Frannie Hitchins.

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

Dates 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, 11/19 Saturday, 11/26


Atlanta Diocesan Council
Diocesan Youth Lockin

FP Golf Committee
Cats on Wheels @ Mary Mac's

Sunday, 11/20 Sunday, 11/27


Blessing Bags Ingathering
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist / Baptism
Church School Adults & Children
(No Youth Church School)
Holy Eucharist
Women's Extension Dinner
Young Adults


Family Promise Hosting
First Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist / Jubilate
Advent Wreath Making
Holy Eucharist
Vestry Candidates
Young Adults

Monday, 11/21 Monday, 11/28

Preschool Closed
Women's Book Study
Kneeler Group
Youth Committee
Boy Scouts


CGS Catholic
Elizabeth Inn
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 11/22 Tuesday, 11/29


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Nominating Committee


Advent Eucharist & Study
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Wednesday, 11/23 Wednesday, 11/30
Church Office Closed
MUST Breakfast


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Preschool Board
MUST Laundry Team
Advent Quiet Evening
WNL Youth & Explorers
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 11/24 Thursday, 12/1

Father Dean's day off
Thanksgiving Day
Church Office Closed

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 11/25 Friday, 12/2

Amma Susan's day off
Church Office Closed
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:

  • CANCELLED: Friday, December 2 An Elegant Evening
  • Tuesdays, November 29-December 20 – Advent Morning Eucharist & Study, 7-8 am
  • Wednesdays, December 7 & 14 - Youth and Children WNL 7-8 pm (no adult program)
  • Saturday, December 3 - Dr. Lisa Miller, "The Spirituality of Childhood and Adolescence", 1-3 pm; Walton H.S. Chamber Society 7 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 with supper, 7 pm
  • Sunday, December 11 - Vestry election at all services; Artisan Christmas 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
  • Tuesday, December 20 - Blood drive
  • Christmas Eve - Worship at 5:00 and 10:30 pm; reception after 5 pm service
  • Christmas Day - 1 worship service at 10:30 am
  • Saturday, December 31 - Youth Alumni Brunch 11 am -1 pm (bring a casserole to share)
  • New Year's Day - 1 worship service at 10:30 am


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Youth graduates care packages items due November 20

Our Youth program will be sending final exam “care packages” to 15 of our high school graduates now in college. If you would like to donate snacks or treats they would be gratefully accepted. We would also love to include notes of love and encouragement from you, their church family. Please bring contributions to Sally Paris (can be left outside her office door or put in her box in the mail room) by Sunday, November 20.


YHE Raffle

Youth are selling raffle tickets now through November 27 for a 50-inch Smart TV and an iPad. Tickets are $10 each and all money goes toward the Youth House Expansion. If you need more tickets, please let Sally know. Each youth who sells 25 tickets is entered into a raffle of their own to win a $50 Target gift card (one additional entry for every 5 tickets sold over 25). We would love for youth to be selling in the community. All money and sold tickets are due Sunday, 11/27!


EYE application – complete NOW

In just under one year, nearly 1,500 Episcopal youth and their adult leaders and mentors will gather at University of Central Oklahoma for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17). Held every three years; this will be the 13th EYE. If you are currently in high school, consider applying to go to the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) this summer, July 10-14, 2017.

Unlike any other event in the Episcopal Church, EYE is planned and implemented by a Mission Planning Team of Episcopal youth and adult mentors. Apply now online at EYE 17 .


DYC Retreat January 6-8

DYC is our middle and high school retreat hosted at Camp Mikell the first full weekend in January. It has a very similar feel to a summer session at Camp Mikell, and we even have summer staffers up for the weekend! The theme of the retreat changes every year. DYC is led by high schoolers and adults, the DYC Staff, and the participants are the youth and adults that come up for the weekend. We spend mornings doing a traditional dean staff style programming with afternoons spent in rec, art shack, and hikes. 10th graders and up can apply for DYC Staff and register as a participant below. The staff application deadline is November 20 and the participant registration deadline is January 1. Cost: $100. Get information and registration links at .

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • December 2
  • December 16
  • January 6

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