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has for us and the world by
welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
January 7 - 20, 2017

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Clergy Letter

Honduras presentation
Gifts & Talents workshop
Annual Meeting
Me, Stephen Minister?
Valentine Dinner Dance
Pledge report
Christian Formation offerings
Recycle wreaths
Cats On Wheels
Join Choir
Concert Series
Flowers & candles

Family Promise

Vestry notes
Explorers exceed

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Boy Scouts

Health tips

Many thanks
Confirmation orientation
New Beginnings
EYE 17



1/6-8 – Youth DYC @ Mikell

1/8 – The Journey begins;
Youth Confirmation meeting

1/11, 18, 25 – WNL Youth & Explorers

1/13-16 – J2A Urban Adventure

1/16 – MLK Holiday;
Office closed

1/21 – Cats On Wheels theater trip;
Gifts & Talents Workshop

1/22 – Worship at 8 & 10:30 am;
Church School 9 am;
Parish Annual Meeting & Lunch;
The Extension dinner

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The Epiphany Question: How do we find God?”

By Father Dean

Where is God? That’s what the Wise Men wanted to know. It’s what they spent their lives trying to find out. For some mysterious reason, says our Gospel lesson this Sunday, their astronomy—their look at the natural world—led them to the manger of Jesus Christ. In that journey that began in the natural world, a star, they found God in the form of a human being, a baby lying in a manger.

They found God, even though they were not in any way God’s “chosen.” Perhaps that’s why the symbol of this new season, the season of Epiphany, is most appropriately, a star. A star is up there for anyone in the world to see, any human being on the planet. God wishes to be found not just by the chosen people but by every human being. Epiphany invites us to believe that God’s ways of becoming known to humanity are “more than we can ask or imagine.” And so, why wouldn’t God be generous and gracious enough to include such ways of Revelation as the beauty and grandeur of nature, through music, literature, and the arts, through the insights of other cultures, and even (this is radical) through the insights of other faiths?

I invite you to celebrate this most open, ecumenical and even inter-faith season of the church year by considering how God reveals God’s self to you in nature, art, music, poetry, and even the wisdom of those who do not profess your faith. Our God, the God revealed to us this Epiphany Season, is a God generous and gracious enough to make Himself known in more ways than we can imagine!

Honduras Mission presentation with Bishop Allen and Steve & Rhonda Robinson

Sunday, January 15, 10 am

Come during the Church School hour to the Parish Hall and hear the fascinating story of the Episcopal Church in the nation of Honduras. Adult Church School classes will attend this presentation in lieu of regular classes. We will be honored to have the Bishop of Honduras, The Right Reverend Lloyd E. Allen, visiting Saint Catherine's along with Canon Stephen Robinson and Rhonda Robinson, who are a part of the St. Catherine’s community.

The Robinsons will share their story of Honduras over the past two years as they have worked with the diocese’s seven bilingual Episcopal Schools. Bishop Allen who, as the first Honduran-born Bishop in the history of the Episcopal/Anglican Church in Honduras, has served in that capacity since 2001. They will share some of the exciting things that God is doing in Honduras, as well as some of the challenges that face the work of the Episcopal Church.

-> Learn about The Honduran Story: Steve & Rhonda's Call in their video at

Empowered by Love, Gifted to Serve: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts & Talents      

Saturday, January 21, 8:30-11:45 am

By Pat Pepper

I recently read a quote from author, blogger and preacher Sarah Bessey: “The love of God is bigger, wilder, more wonderful, more beautiful, more healing, more alive than you ever dare to hope. And it's for you.” And I would add, that message is for us to share with others, especially the bigness that the love of God is big enough for all of us. We can each share this message, in our own personal way.

On January 21 an exciting opportunity is available which will help us accomplish this. Julie Johnson, Doctor of Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, keynote speaker, wife, mother, and St. Cat's member, says she will help us “discover how who you are can help you live authentically in your daily life and joyfully in your ministry to the church and world.” She will guide us through discovering and discerning our Temperament, Spiritual Gifts and Interests/Passion/Mission. Julie has as two of her goals to help us answer:

  • How has a God uniquely created you?
  • What gifts and passions has God given you?

A continental breakfast will be served. If you have questions or need additional information contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, or Stephanie Yucius, Vestry member,

Parish Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 22

Special schedule this day!

  • Holy Eucharist services - 8:00 & 10:30 am only
  • Church School 9:00 am
  • Lunch and Annual Meeting 12:00 pm

St. Catherine’s Parish Annual Meeting will be held on January 22 at 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall, following our 10:30 am worship this day. A light lunch (no charge) will be served immediately following the service, followed by the meeting.

Bring your smart phone to the service this day! And if you don't have a smart phone, don't worry, you will of course participate in our special activity. Start thinking now... what would you like to tell our next Rector about yourself? If you have questions please contact Nelson Gale, or Joy Ettel,

The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Interim Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, Nominating Committee and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that will particularly lie ahead in this new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.

Annual reports are due January 8

We really want to have all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send reports by email to as soon as possible. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.

Lunch help needed

The Fellowship Ministry is looking for help with set up of the Parish Hall (noon on Saturday, January 21), and clean up after the meeting. Please contact Deana DeLaBarre,, to lend a hand or if you have questions.

"Me, A Stephen Minister?"

Stephen Ministry feature on Sunday, January 29

Do you hurt when you see someone else hurting? Have you ever wanted to help that person but just didn't know how? Be at church on Sunday January 29. We have a resource that will help you.

In the meantime, click on this link to learn a little more about Stephen Ministry:

Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction        

Saturday, February 11 - get tickets soon!

The 2017 Valentine Dinner Dance, with the always-fabulous Silent and Live Auctions, will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 11. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support. Proceeds will go to defray costs of the bi-annual J2A Youth Pilgrimage.

Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! Ticket are $35 per person, and are available before and after Sunday services until sold out. For information, contact Sally Paris,

Auction items being accepted now

We are now seeking donations for the Live and Silent Auctions – all types of items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Please pick up a form outside Youth Director Sally Paris’s office, or contact her as above.

2017 Stewardship pledge results

By Your Stewardship Committee

Congratulations St. Catherine’s! Our fall Stewardship season has grown pledge income by almost 2% over 2016, with 211 pledges returned for a total of $804,216, adding 24 new pledges, and more than 76 families increased their pledges. This good news will allow your finance team to balance our budget granting each ministry team the core requests they have made. Thank you for your prayerful support of all our missions and ministries.

Pledges still needed

Every pledge is important now as our budgeting is done from our pledged income. If you have not yet had the opportunity to send in your 2017 pledge, please pick up a card at church or print one from our website at . Return it at church on Sunday or mail to Rosemary Wolfe in the office as soon as possible.

Church School and study offerings for Winter & Spring

New classes begin Sunday, January 8! Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring.

Church School - Sundays, 10 AM

  • For children ages 2 to fifth grade: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • For youth sixth through twelfth grades: Journey to Adulthood
  • Adult classes:
    • New class: Be Still and Know: A Class on Meditation - Come and experience this class on meditation. We will use scriptures to inspire meditations that we will practice at each session. Some classes will follow the Lectio Divina approach of four steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. In other classes we will use our breath or the feeling of aliveness within to quiet our minds in order to be present in the moment, and, thereby, come closer to God.  All are techniques that can be used to bring calmness and presence into our daily lives. Facilitators: Hale Sanders and Pierce Hale
    • New class: “The Journey” (Inquirers) - “The Journey” prepares adults new to St. Catherine’s or new to the Episcopal tradition to receive the sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation, or to be received into the Episcopal Church from other denominations. Participants explore their faith, learn about the Episcopal Church, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and discern their gifts for ministry. Facilitator: The Rev. Susan Johnson.
    • New class: The Lectionary - This class on the Sunday Lectionary studies and discusses the Bible readings in the service each Sunday. We take an in-depth look through facilitated discussion at the passages themselves as well as issues and concepts they raise. Doing so often makes the service that day more meaningful and gives us a deeper understanding of God's Word. We hope you’ll join us. Facilitators: Chris Potter and David Moore
    • Continuing: One River, Many Wells - Every day, in billions of hearts around the world, words of praise, supplication, and thanksgiving go out to our Creator. This class learns about the many roads the many peoples of the world choose to worship God. In our winter and spring sessions we will finish the lesser-known Eastern religions and move on to those a little hard to classify, such as Native American Church and Mormonism. We will spend time looking at what defines a “cult.” As always we will, by studying what others believe, find a deeper understanding of how the Creator draws us all. Come with an open mind and heart to see how your own faith will be enriched by this study. Teacher: Ginny Acocella
    • Continuing: Welcoming–Accepting–Nurturing–Serving - Come for our series of discussions about what it means to truly embody the core values of St. Catherine’s mission statement: to “Welcome, Accept, Nurture and Serve.” Incorporating texts, videos & podcasts from top Christian & secular leaders, together we explore the “art of neighboring” and identify opportunities to bring Bishop Curry’s vision to #lovelikejesus to life – both inside and outside the walls of St. Catherine’s. Facilitators: Rebeccah Devault and Harriett Pyburn

Weekday Bible study groups

  • Weekday Bible Study, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — Everyone is invited to join us for lively discussion and probing questions as we ask “how does the there and then of this Scripture impact my life in the here and now?” Coffee provided. No prerequisites or text required, just bring your Bible, any translation. Facilitator: Bill Selby.
  • Women’s Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 10-11:15 AM — Join us as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays, 7-8:30 PM — This year's study works with the Song of Solomon. We will use the April Love-Fordham’s book, Dismantling Injustice - A Disorderly Parable of the Song of Solomon. The book is divided into eight lessons, each ending with a suggested spiritual practice. It teaches the way Jesus taught, using everyday stories to illustrate spiritual truths. We gather each month and share a light meal. We welcome you to join us at any point in our lively and engaging the study. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study,Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. We continue our study with author Garry Willis in his two books, What Jesus Meant and What the Gospels Meant. Any and all men are invited as we discuss the Bible and these books (available from many book sources). Facilitator: Tom Snead.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 AM — This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. For winter and spring we will start the Abingdon Press series with Invitation to The Old Testament. All one needs is a Bible and a study book (available from many book sources). Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.

Book Studies

  • Men’s Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 6:30 PM - This study is for men to gather over a light supper to read and discuss books selected by the group. We meet each month at the home of one of our members to explore the interaction between our faith, our soul, and our work. The meal and fellowship time is followed by study, reflection, and prayer. All are invited (and no requirement to host a meeting). Facilitator: Scott Lummus.
  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:00-11:00 AM, in the Parlor. All women of St. Catherine’s are invited. We’ll read some inspirational, thought-provoking books and share our thoughts as we look for the sacred in our everyday lives. Facilitator: Barb Selby.

WNL - Wednesday Night Live

Children & Youth programs weekly beginning January 11; Adult Lenten Series begins March 8

Our Wednesday nights have wonderful things in store this year, so join us deepen our walk in Christ. We’ll have fellowship and learning for children, youth and adults. In addition to programs for all ages, Choristers of St. Catherine’s (kids and youth grades 3-12) have rehearsals 6:15-7:00 pm and Chancel Choir (adults) 7:15-8:45 pm.

  • Children: Wednesday Night Explorers Grades 3-6 in the Parlor Our program follows Choristers rehearsal, from 7 to 8 pm. We explore faith formation with a fun, collaborative, hands-on approach and special projects. This year we are exploring people or movements that bring good into the world. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Youth: Grades 7-12 in the Youth HouseWe begin gathering at 6:30 pm for fellowship. Our program is from 7 to 8 pm. Wednesday night meetings include music, discussion and fun, with relevance for all Youth program age groups. Facilitator: Sally Paris.
  • Adult Lenten Speaker Series begins March 8 — 6:30-8:00 pm. Our first two sessions on March 8 and 13 will feature noted author April Love-Fordham returning to St. Catherine’s to discuss her new book. Watch for more coming up regarding Lenten speakers in announcements soon. (No adult program will be held January and February.)

Recycle your Advent wreath

The Advent wreath recycling bin is now in the foyer. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made at St. Cat's for the past season. Thank you!

Cats on Wheels activities

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! Mark your calendar now for our activities coming up. For each, please RSVP to Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200:

Saturday, January 21 – Stage play: “Greetings Friend, Your Kind Assistance is Required” at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Saturday, February 18 – Day trip – Macon museums – Tubman, Arts & Sciences
Saturday, March 18 – Lunch – Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub (Alpharetta location)
Saturday, April 29 – Day trip – Gainesville Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 13 – Lunch – Maggiano’s Little Italy (Cumberland location)
Saturday, June 17 – Day trip – Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers)

Make music with us this year - Join Choir

St. Catherine’s has a variety of music ensembles which are open to everyone with no auditions... and now is a great time to join in as we start the new year and begin preparations for the seasons of Lent and Easter. Please come and try us out!

  • Choristers of St. Catherine’s — Boys and girls in 3rd through 12th grades are welcome to join the Choristers of St. Catherine’s for the spring term. We lead music September through May at the 9:00 am service, usually 3 Sundays per month. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 pm. For information contact Choristers Director Dr. Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, and we meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare for the 11:15 am service. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information contact Director of Music Dr. Brian Williams at, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.
  • Jubilate — For instruments and singers! This ensemble leads contemporary worship music at the 9:00 am service one Sunday per month plus occasional special services. A good ear and willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this group. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. For information contact Jason Gardiner,, Mike Moran,, or Susie Davis,
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew — A great opportunity, youth or adults. Help is needed to set up equipment, balance sound systems, and take down. No experience needed, training provided. For information contact Bill Ivey,, 770-578-1945.

Concert Series - Save these dates:

St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in this new year with these stellar events. Please add these dates to your calendar now! We welcome you to all our concerts and hope you'll bring family and friends. All programs are free, no tickets needed and the public is invited.

  • Saturday, February 18, 7:30 pm — Duo "2"

Chamber Music for Flute & Piano: European and American Masters Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano, have garnered consistent acclaim for their creative programming and compelling performances of repertoire from the great works of the European masters to the stellar new pieces of today's composers.

  • Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm — Eunjoo Lee-Huls: "My Mother’s Love and Life: A Tribute"

Mezzo-soprano Eunjoo Lee-Huls enjoys a rich performing career that embraces a combination of oratorio, symphonic soloist, opera and recitals. Her accompanist will be her sister-in-law, Junyoon Lee-Huls, who lives in Marietta. Ms. Lee-Huls is dedicating this concert in memory of her mother; the title of her concert is an allusion to Robert Schumann’s great lieder cycle, Frauenliebe und Leben.

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 many music lovers. Become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a an exclusive “Friends” reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Donations are tax deductible. Thank you!

Flowers and Candles 2017

Did you know that our sanctuary flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries? We thank you for your donations!

The 2017 schedule is available at church for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one. Please note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, so choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each (no increase for 2017!).


Family Promise thanks you, We thank you!

By Barb Selby and Linda Scott

Hosting of families through our Family Promise ministry was a wonderful experience in 2016 for our guests and our volunteers alike. Our thanks to the support — financial, spiritual and hands-on — to all of you! We are so appreciative of the time, talent and love that you bring to this outreach program.

For those who have dropped off donations at the Day Center, please note that it has moved to a house on the property of Transfiguration Catholic Church at 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta 30066. They are currently getting organized, so we suggest calling first to be sure they can receive donations – of course the monetary kind are always welcome!

You can view a video about Family Promise on YouTube, called "Family Promise: An Introduction To An Interfaith Hospitality Network" – watch it now at

Sign up for next Hosting Week - Jan. 29-Feb. 5

St. Catherine's will be hosting Family Promise families the end of this month from Sunday, January 29 to Sunday, February 5. If you would like to help out by cooking and serving dinner one night that week, being an evening host for a couple of hours, spending the night or setting up or taking down the accommodations in the Youth House, please contact Linda Scott ( or Barb Selby (

As we begin our fourth year in the program, we want to invite anyone who is interested in experiencing Family Promise to contact either Barb or Linda as above. Our 2017 hosting dates are January 29 – February 5; March 26 – April 2; August 6-13; and November 26 – December 3. Our annual fundraising Golf Tournament is June 19 at Indian Hills Country Club. Please mark these dates in your calendar and help us partner with other churches in our county to help families with children find safe and secure housing in which to grow and thrive. Thanks again!


Vestry notes

Highlights from the December Vestry meeting

By Marilyn Hunter, Vestry member

  • The Vestry started the meeting with a lively discussion spurred on by the “Communications” paper of the Diocese of Atlanta. We agreed that welcoming newcomers personally was something that St. Catherine's does extremely well. But, how do we welcome people beyond being a newcomer, and in a less technical way? Facebook, e-mail, Twitter, etc., are important tools, but how do we continue to keep our new parishioners welcomed personally?
  • Great news! The Youth House Expansion Project is fully funded and construction will continue through the spring.
  • Bill Lee gave a report from the Nominating Committee and will be at the Parish Annual Meeting on January 22 to answer questions which parishioners may have.
  • Randy Young, our architect, came with a list of priorities from the Master Planning Committee. We were asked to rank them from high priority to low priority.
  • Lastly, at the Parish Annual Meeting on January 22, the Stewardship Committee will kick off a Time and Talent Survey.

Wednesday Night Explorers – exceeding expectations!

By Stephanie Yucius

St. Catherine's has a group of 10 children that meet on Wednesday nights after Choristers rehearsal. They are called the Wednesday Night Explorers and are aged 9 to 12. This year we are exploring people or movements that bring good into the world and don't follow the status quo expectations of society. To just name a few, we have learned about Nancy Brinker (sister of Susan Komen), TRAP kitchen catering in Compton, Mother Teresa, several people that overcame their disability, the National Parks movement and our very own Richard Pearson.

In connection with our discussion of India and the change that Mother Teresa brought to bring help to the unloved and unwanted, we learned more about Episcopal Relief and Development. We discussed their gifts of life program that can bring livestock, gardens, water, medicine, schooling, and health worker training to a community that is in need. While I thought we could buy a single goat for the program, the children showed me that they had much bigger plans to help! They listed out everything they wanted to offer as gifts to a community. The list consisted of a donkey and cart, a goat, a flock of chickens, a community garden, clean water, reforestation of trees, prenatal care, nourishment and learning for a preschooler, and health worker training. These gifts added up to $1,220. Wow, 10 kids with big dreams!! So we formed a plan on how to raise the money. We formed 3 areas of fundraising. They were to request funding from our outreach ministry, serve a fee-based lunch as Nancy Brinker would have, and to sell cards that could be given as gifts. We were able to raise $300 from outreach, $300 from the lunch and $900 from selling the cards!

We exceeded our goal to raise $1,500. On top of that accomplishment, Episcopal Relief and Development had a matching donation program for the month of December. Our Wednesday Night Explorers had an impact of $3,000 for a community in need in the form of livestock, gardens, health benefits and education. Way to go, kids!!

Volunteer Corner: "New Year "

By Pat Pepper

“The New Year stands before us like a chapter in a book waiting to be written. We can help with that story by setting goals.” — Melody Beattie

I love paper calendars. I use the calendar on my laptop, but the paper one that hangs in the laundry room is my favorite. On January 1st of each year every square is clean and ready for me to add my appointments. I think our calendars are like our check books—what is written on the piece of paper says a lot about our priorities, our goals and who we are.

I invite you to have serving at St. Catherine's as one of your goals for the coming year, and have “Loving Like Jesus” be one of your 2017 goals. A good time to start is in January, the first month of the new year! So please add the following to your calendar: two very important events in the life of St. Catherine's...

  • Saturday January 21 – Discovering your Gifts and Talents Workshop, 8:30 am-11:45 am. How has God uniquely created you? Come for a special workshop, "Empowered by Love, Gifted to Serve," led by St. Catherine's member, Julie Ann Johnson, Doctor of Ministry Columbia Theological Seminary, Spiritual Director, Congregational Consultant, and Retreat Leader.
  • Sunday January 22 – Annual Meeting Sunday, special worship schedule this day: 8:00 and 10:30 am. Start thinking, what would you like to tell our next Rector about yourself? Bring your smart phone to the service! (And if you don't have a smart phone you will still be able to participate!)
    The Parish Annual Meeting with lunch for everyone is immediately after the 10:30 service. We will be sharing LOTS of important information at the meeting!

Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or to get connected!

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris, Jan Potter, Connie Bergeron, Phil Spessard. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.

Ron & Connie Bergeron provided
dinner at The Extension Women's
Center on Dec. 18

Blessing The Prices on their
67th anniversary

Anniversary blessings for the Sneads

... and Lummus's

Christmas Pageant - See LOTS more pictures full size in the album at Christmas Pageant 2016 !

Greening of the Church (aka Hanging of the Greens) - a little work, a lot of fun!

Merry Christmas on Christmas Eve!

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:

  • January 9-15: Stephen Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of Stephen Ministry, trained laity who minister to parishioners in need by listening in a sensitive, nonjudgmental way through a caring, supportive, and confidential relationship. Stephen Ministers make a 2-year commitment and receive 50 hours of initial training as well as continuing education and peer supervision. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact one of our Stephen Leaders: David Moore, Amy Morris, Chris Potter, Sheila Bishop, Amma Susan.
  • January 16-22: Lay Readers — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Lay Readers, who read the Scripture and the prayers at worship services and assist in serving communion. Training is held regularly. Lay Readers wear vestments and should be flexible to serve at any of our regular service times. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Bill Selby, 770.952.3857,


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


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Fad diets
    On any given day, millions of Americans are on a diet. Unfortunately, many people turn to fad diets and weight-loss products that promise quick results. Quick weight loss often results in quick regain because you grow tired of the diet and return to old habits. Instead of following a fad or restrictive diet, adopt gradual but sustainable improvements to your eating and exercise habits that can last a lifetime. Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Health benefits of strength training
    Strength (resistance) training provides many health benefits. In addition to increased bone mass and muscle strength, strength training can improve your quality of life. By building or maintaining strength, daily tasks, such as carrying groceries and lifting children or grandchildren, are easier and injury becomes less likely. Incorporating strength training into your life may also positively affect your emotional well-being, help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, and help you sleep better. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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, Taylor Bacon, and Zach Hurley.

DECEASED: Edwin Caudle

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

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Liz Leiberman, Walt Gansser, Grace Adams, Alison Adams, Joan Nixon, Brenda Webb, Derrick Smith, Jeanette Wallace, Byron Lyon, Shelley Ransdell, Nancy Johnson, Sean Sheehan, Becky Smith, Kathy Royal, Sharon Harper, Stan Dickson, Kay Pace, Chris Phillips, Gary Parker, Rick Hendrickson, Julian Henderson, John Clark, Gary England, Teressa Blondell, Joyce Hendricks, Maliha Islam, Kathryn Burgher, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, and Chris Phillips.

BIRTHDAYS: (1/8) Michael Goodstone, Mark Boutilier, Lucas Brennan, Gabriella Nienaber, (1/9) Ashley Friend, (1/10) Michael Motes, Linda Scott, (1/11) Brian Paglia, (1/13) Emily Gale, Dianne Blaskshear-Wood, Noah Zurn, (1/14) Carol Starr, Alan Fey, Penn Worden, (1/15) Barri Gehrand, Zach Pope, (1/16) Kylie Morris, (1/17) Susannah Campbell, Carla von Hoffman, Joann Sampson, (1/19) Bill Krupp, Jillian Fulcher, Becky Adams, Jay Hendricks.

ANNIVERSARIES: Elizabeth & Daniel Goldman (1/8)

(1/8) Bill Krupp; Michelle, Jordan & Greyson LaGarde; Tim, Stephanie, Virginia & Sarah Langmaid; Linda Langston; Barbara Larsh.
(1/15) Bill & Beth Lee; Corey & Emily Lieske; Ginney Linstrom; Janet Livingston; Fred, Elizabeth, Isabel and Olivia Lopez.

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: 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, 1/7 Saturday, 1/14


Youth DYC @Mikell
Stephen Leaders

CGS Level 1
Private Party
Sunday, 1/8 Sunday, 1/15


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


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist & Christmas Pageant
Church School
 / Honduras Mission Presentation
Holy Eucharist
CGS Level 1
Women's Extension Dinner
Young Adults

Monday, 1/9 Monday, 1/16

CGS Catholic
Adult Christian Formation
Men's Book Study
Stephen Ministry
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts


MLK Holiday
Office, Preschool closed
Women's Book Study

Tuesday, 1/10 Tuesday, 1/17


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Master Planning
Nominating Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
Nominating Committee
Wednesday, 1/11 Wednesday, 1/18
Youth & Explorers WNL
Chancel Choir


Youth & Explorers WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 1/12 Thursday, 1/19

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
HR Committee
Calling & Caring
Men's Bible Study

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Ladies Night Out
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 1/13 Friday, 1/20

Amma Susan's day off
J2A Urban Adventure
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Amma Susan's day off
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Wednesdays beginning January 11 – WNL for Youth & Explorers (Adult program coming in Lent)
  • Saturday, January 21 - “Discover Your Gifts & Talents” workshop, 8:30-11:45 am
  • Sunday, January 22 – Parish Annual Meeting – worship at 8:00 & 10:30 am, Church School 9 am, lunch & meeting 12:00 pm
  • January 29 – February 5 – Family Promise hosting week
  • Saturday, February 11 – Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction
  • Sunday, February 12 – Newcomer & Visitor Coffee, 10 am
  • Saturday, February 18 – Concert Series: “Duo 2” 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 28 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Ash Wednesday - services at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 5 - Atlanta Hunger Walk at Turner Field


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Many thanks

Thank you to my fabulous youth and their families for the generous Christmas gift. It is truly a blessing to get to know and work with so many amazing people. My heart is full!

Thank you to all who helped partner with Daughters of the King to pack bags for Holy Comforter for Christmas. Many hands really made light work and it was a joy to pack gifts for others!

Thank you to all who served at Emmaus Elves on Christmas Eve! We had a wonderful time serving the community of People's Town!

Packing bags for Holy Comforter

Ugly sweaters!

Ringing at the Christmas Pageant

Alumni at New Year's Eve brunch

J2A Confirmation - Orientation meeting Jan. 8

Confirmation Classes begin for the J2A Class (9th and 10th grade) with an orientation meeting for all youth, parents and sponsors -- Sunday, January 8, 6:00 pm!


Beach Trip this summer

The YA class is planning a retreat this summer, June 16-18, for all in 7-12th grade! More information to come about theme, but we all know it will be a blast! This is an incentive-based trip. Youth are eligible if they have earned 100 points through participation on Sunday morning, Wednesday night, in church, or for service projects. Many already have 100 points, and those who do not are well on their way. A complete list of points through December (1st semester) will be posted next week!


2017 - Diocese and National

  • New Beginnings 37 - February 3-5
    New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth in grades 6-9th. It was created in the Diocese of Central Florida by adults and young people to help youth grow in love of themselves, others, and Christ. In 1998, The Diocese of Atlanta hosted 20 youth for the first New Beginnings in Georgia. Over the years, New Beginnings has grown and now hosts no less than 100 youth every October and February at Camp Mikell. Registration is available at


  • Happening 67 - February 24-26
    Happening is a renewal weekend intended for high schoolers. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Really, teenagers lead the entire weekend. Twice a year over 150 young people come together at Camp Mikell to talk about God and share the unconditional love that this community is all about. Happening is open to all high school youth. Registration is available at .


  • EYE application
    Apply now! 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 now to go to 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 online at EYE 17 .

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • January 20
  • February 3
  • February 17

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!

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Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068