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
June 3 - July 7, 2017

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Clergy Letter

Fr. Dean Farewell
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Rector Mo. Sarah
Name tags
Cats On Wheels
Blood drive
Lay Eucharist Visitors
Stephen Ministry
Home Buyer workshop
Tuscany tour
Stewardship 365
Memorial Garden
Diocesan Council
Book Fund
Amma Susan retirement
Parish Retrea

Summer Lunch
Family Promise
Holy Comforter
Save It Forward
Habitat build
MUST dinner
Summer outreach

Parishioner awarded
Wedding invitation
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Wellness tips

Braves game
Year in review
Rite 13 pics

Relay for Mary Lou
Tubing trip



6/2-4 – Youth Beach Retreat

6/4 – Day of Pentecost + Baptisms;
Father Dean’s Leave-Taking;
Farewell Luncheon

6/6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting

6/11 – Mother Sarah’s first Sunday;
Welcoming reception

6/12-15 - Vacation Bible School 9 am - noon

6/14-21 – Chancel Choir Tuscany Tour

6/17 – Cats On Wheels day trip

6/18 – Bishop Wright visitation;
Youth & Adult Confirmation;
The Extension dinner

6/19 - Family Promise Golf Tournament

6/20 – Blood drive

6/21 - Youth at the Braves Game

6/24 - Home Buyers Workshop

6/25 – Stephen Ministry Come & See

6/27 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

6/28 – Elizabeth Inn Breakfast Team;
MUST Summer Lunch;
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

7/3, 4 – Office closed for Independence Day holiday

7/5 – MUST Summer Lunch


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Good work is done

Dear Friends in Christ,

I find it close to unbelievable that almost two years have gone by as your Interim Rector, and that now it is time to say goodbye. For much of these two years, I have joked with the Nominating Committee to “Take your time, take your time--we’re having lots of fun!” And, to my delight, that is exactly what they did!

Their good work is done, the Vestry’s work is done, and now my work is done. This remarkable, loving parish will soon under the leadership of a remarkable, loving Rector.

In my imagination, I see so much good ahead, that I can only thank God that all the ingredients have come together in such a graceful way. I envy Sarah’s time with you, and I have a good idea of the graceful ways that you will have to welcome her into your hearts.

I will miss you all, as my Great Aunt Arte would say, “something fierce!” I will miss your Vestry, especially the Wardens I have had the privilege to work with; I will miss your lay leadership, who give so much of your time, talents, and treasure to these amazing ministries; but perhaps most of all, I will miss this amazing, incredible staff. I’ve been part of many outstanding church staffs over the years, but I have never had the experience of the total dedication, talent, spiritual depth, and, well, just fun, that is the life of this staff. You are most blessed with these outstanding people. Take special care of them all!

And take special care of one another! God is doing a good work in this parish, and I thank God that I have been privileged to be a part of that good work. I will keep you in my prayers, and in my heart, always.


The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, June 4

  • Worship times: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Breakfast available 9:00 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors
  • Foreign language readers: meet Father Dean 10 minutes before start of service
  • Farewell Luncheon for Father Dean immediately after 10:30 service (see below)

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.” Pentecost, "the Fiftieth Day," is a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." The feast has also been called Whit Sunday, especially in the Anglican Church. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, and is on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

A main sign of Pentecost in Western churches is the color red to symbolize joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests wear red vestments, and in modern times lay people may wear red clothing as well. Red banners (as on our cross) are often hung to symbolize the blowing of the "mighty wind" of the Spirit, and words or symbols such as doves or flames may be used related to the church and the Holy Spirit. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event.

Sunday, June 4 - Farewell Celebration & Luncheon for Father Dean

Everyone is invited to join us in celebration and thanks for the ministry of The Rev. C. Dean Taylor, our spectacular Interim Rector, on Pentecost, June 4. Following the 10:30 service, we will share a farewell luncheon on the grounds of St. Catherine’s. A main dish provided by Williamson Brothers and beverages will be provided. You are invited to help by bringing:
-> Last names beginning with A-S - bring a side dish, salad, or vegetable and members with
-> Last names beginning with T-Z - bring a dessert

Please contact Sally Paris at, Jenna Parker at, or Pat Pepper at with any questions.


Farewell and Godspeed, Father Dean

By Bill Ivey

The first time I met Father Dean, he walked into the office wing with a big smile on his face and we met in the library. He was real, he was sincere, he had been rector in a church for a long tenure and he knew Father Jim … he was just what we needed. The wardens and I interviewed him and knew that he would be good for us as we let go of Father Jim. Now, almost two years later, we have to let Father Dean go, too. That was our contract.

He was willing to help us find that place where we needed to be, “What does St. Cat’s look like without Father Jim?” He challenged us to look beyond our status quo, to change things that we didn’t want to change, to find new things we wanted to do and to let go of old things that maybe didn’t work anymore. He went to Lake Logan with us, he was here when the protestors came, he was here for weddings and funerals and births and baptisms and all our major feast days. And he preached – wow, did he preach for us! We got to see into his childhood, his family and his ministry. And we had sheetcake.

Father Dean—we will miss you. We will grow with our new rector and we’ll look back and remember the way Dean challenged us—and we’ll know that the journey Dean walked with us was worthwhile and meaningful. A piece of our hearts will go with Father Dean to The Church of Our Savior in Virginia Highlands where he will help them to discern their new direction. Thank you, Dean, for your love and friendship, your kind and gentle direction, and your smile. We wish you and Dawn the very best, and we call on our God to bless you and keep you safe.

On behalf of the Vestry,
Bill Ivey, Senior Warden

-> NOTE: Father Dean, we are glad you are going not far away! Father Dean has accepted the position of Interim Rector at The Church of Our Saviour in mid-town Atlanta (Virginia Highlands area) , beginning June 5.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting - Tuesday, June 6

7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this important meeting as we begin planning for August activities and the coming year. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.


Calendar planning -- 2017-18 dates needed now

Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure that rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you and your activities! Your church staff is having a calendaring retreat day soon with our new Rector to plan out the coming year. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for your group—tentative or confirmed, one time or on-going—from June 2017 through May 2018.

Communication about this will be more important than ever in the coming year! Remember, if your activity is not scheduled on the church calendar, another event may occur at the same time and/or the space you need may be in use by others. Please send all information as soon as possibleto Rose Wolfe,

Meet Mother Sarah Fisher - Sunday, June 11

Welcoming reception between services

Our new Rector, Mother Sarah K. Fisher, will join us for her first Sunday at St. Catherine's on June 11. Come for a time to greet her and extend a warm St. Catherine's welcome at our Welcoming Reception between the two services this day, on the pavers in front of the church from 9 to 10:15 am.

Welcome all: wear your name tag!

A reminder ​& request from our Invitation Ministry Team

Please remember to wear your name tag each Sunday and gently remind other parishioners who may have forgotten. This is a great time for all of us to resume this important habit as we welcome our new ​rector, continue to welcome ​our visitors and newcomers each week​, and get to know each other better.​

Name tags are kept in the kiosk on the wall in the foyer. If you don't have a name tag or have misplaced your old one, simply request one using the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Becky in the church office,, 770-971-2839. Thank you!

Hero Central VBS - it's time!

June 12-15, 9:00 am to noon

"Hero Central" Vacation Bible School uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God! VBS this summer is Monday through Thursday, June 12-15, 9:00 am to noon. St. Catherine's VBS is for children age 4 by July 1 (potty-trained), through rising fifth graders. Cost is $35 per child.

-> Register children now at

You can help

Vacation Bible School snack and craft supply donations are needed. Please consider taking a donation request from our display board in the foyer. We still have several important items on our wish list!

A few volunteer spots are available, please see opportunities below. Contact Jenna Parker at or Susie Davis at if interested:

  • VBS Set-up: Sunday, June 11: 1:00 p.m. until …
  • Sign-in Table: Help with registration: 8:30 – 9:15, Wed., June 14 and Thurs., June 15
  • Check-out table: 11:45 – 12:15, M-Th, June 12 – 15
  • Youth - sign up with this link: . Training sessions will be Saturday, June 10, 9:00 - 11:00 am / Sunday, June 11, noon - 2:00 pm.

Bishop’s Visitation and Confirmation

Sunday, June 18

Bishop Robert C. Wright will join us at St. Catherine’s on May 18. We have been preparing our Adult and Youth confirmation classes throughout this year to participate. It will be a glorious day of celebration; at the 10:30 service these members of the body of Christ make a mature commitment of faith through confirmation, are received into the Episcopal Church, or reaffirm their baptismal vows.

Bishop Wright will join us beginning at 9:00 am for breakfast and a Bishop's Forum open to all in the Parish Hall, and will officiate at the 10:30 service. We hope that you will plan to be in attendance to support all those who will give themselves to the ministry of Jesus Christ through the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church.

Worship services this day will be Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am, and Holy Eucharist with Confirmation at 10:30 am.

Cats On Wheels

Saturday, June 17 trip to Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Join us for our next even-month excursion... We're taking a day trip to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, To get all the details including departure time, RSVP on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card and have an adventurous spirit, you are invited to join this lively group of folks with life experiences for lunches and outings to places of interest throughout the year.

Blood drive Tuesday, June 20

3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall

Come "save a life" at St. Catherine's next blood drive on June 20, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. Reserve your time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. And don't forget to even further minimize time by using Red Cross' RapidPass on the day of the drive to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online before you come -- see

Help is also needed for greeting donors, set up and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Interested in being a Lay Eucharistic Visitor?

Training session Saturday, June 10

By Amma Susan

If you would like to be licensed to take the Holy Eucharist from church on Sunday to St. Catherine's parishioners who cannot get to church, becoming a Lay Eucharistic Visitor is the ministry for you. The next training will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 9 to 11 am in the Library. Contact Amma Susan, for more information.

Stephen Ministry “Come and See” Luncheon - Sunday, June 25

By Chris Potter

“She is in a better place…”    “The hell she is!”

I cringed as my father responded to a woman at my mother’s funeral. But perhaps my father’s rudeness could be forgiven, given the circumstances. But what can we say to someone whose life is suddenly shattered? Many of the typical things we hear said are just ways to meet our need to exit the situation gracefully.

Come and see. See how Stephen Ministry can train us to be more sensitive to what others need to hear. Learn how to respond to those who are grieving, adjusting to new life situation or making a big decision. Come and see, on Sunday, June 25 at a light lunch after the 10:30 service in the Parish Hall. So that we can get a head count, please email Chris Potter at But even if you don’t let me know, come anyway.

Home Buyer Workshop

Saturday, June 24, 9 am to 5 pm

By Randy Satterfield

On June 24 St. Catherine's will host a Home Buyer's Workshop in the Parish Hall from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It will be facilitated by Randy Satterfield in his capacity as an educator for Clearpoint, a national nonprofit agency which offers free credit and housing counseling. This is now a quarterly event at St. Catherine's and is open to the public. It is the HUD-approved workshop that most down payment assistance programs require their clients to take. Randy will present classes on financial literacy, followed by industry members presenting information on their fields, including mortgages and mortgage qualification, the role of the real estate agent, insurance, and hope inspection.

In order to keep the class to eight hours (a HUD requirement) we do not break for lunch and lunch will not be provided so make sure you bring your own. This workshop is being covered by a grant from Wells Fargo so there is no charge. You will receive a certificate at the end of the workshop indicating your completion.

Believe it or not it's a fun day, we work hard to make sure that you not only get the information you need but are engaged and, to the greatest extent possible, entertained. Contact Randy for more information,

Chancel Choir departs June 14 for Tuscany

Nineteen members of our Chancel Choir, with ten more St. Catherine’s parishioners and friends, will travel to Tuscany, Italy on June 14–21. Our “Tour Choir” will be singing at the Tuscany International Choral Festival. This Festival takes place each year in the town of Montecatini Terme. Community, church, youth and school choirs are invited to participate in an effort to encourage peace and understanding. This year, choirs are from Italy, the USA, North Cypress, Germany, Hungary and France. The Festival begins with an opening ceremony that includes a welcome from the Mayor and a torchlight procession. The following day concerts are given at the Tettuccio spa and the Piazza del Popolo. The Festival concludes with a dinner at the Villa Medici for all the choirs and participants, and a closing ceremony with a group sing in the Villa's gardens.

The Tour Choir is also excited to sing in the 11 am Sunday mass on June 18 at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence. We will continue exploring Tuscany, in the nearby towns of Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena and vineyards in Montecarlo. All of us going on the trip plan to learn as much as we can about the people, music, history, art, architecture, culture and cuisine of this beautiful region while also enjoying getting to know each other better.

We have already had a wonderful time getting ready for our journey and rehearsing our music. Please keep all on our trip in your prayers, and we look forward to sharing our pictures after we get back... (but only if you really want to see them!)

-> Click to hear the Tour Choir singing at St. Catherine's on May 28 the pieces they will perform at the Tuscany International Choral Festival (photo by Bill Ivey).

Stewardship 365

By Nelson Gale for the Stewardship Committee

As we are now entering the summer season, we often find ourselves journeying on our family vacations to the cool of the mountains or to the beauty of the beach. May we slow down our lives during this time to appreciate God's gifts of family and nature. Our own Mother Sarah Fisher has some thoughts about being grateful for God's generosity every day as we continue on our journey in faith. I invite you to click below to “hear” what Mother Sarah has to say:

-> JOURNEY TO GENEROSITY: Imagining the Promised Land

Memorial Garden update

By Linda Smith and Susannah Campbell

The Memorial Garden is now accessible during the current pause in construction of the Memorial Garden Expansion. Parishioners are asked to avoid the central area, which has been roped off, but otherwise may walk on the newly poured walkway around to the current garden.

We are awaiting the moving of power lines before the work can proceed. After this is accomplished we will have the ground leveled, and the new brickwork and ironwork installed. Thank you for your patience as we look forward to the completion of our beautiful expansion.

Represent St. Catherine's at Diocesan Council

The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at this year's Diocesan Council on Friday & Saturday, November 10 –11 at First Baptist Church, Gainesville. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's "in good standing" (meaning that they "pray, work, and give for the spread of God's Kingdom" on a regular basis) and are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings. Information about Council will be available on the Atlanta Diocese website at

If you are interested, please check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Sr. Warden Bill Ivey, Jr. Warden Stephanie Yucius, or our clergy.

St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. Each summer we presents this awards to our rising college freshmen. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund continues to struggle to keep up with the wonderful growth of our Youth program.

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships totalling more than $20,000. At this time we are able to give small scholarships only to our first-year college students, but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support them each year of their college careers.

How can you help? We are now collecting gifts to the Fund (tax deductible). Please make checks to St. Catherine’s and denote it in the memo line for "College Book Scholarship Fund." And please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Retirement Celebration for Amma Susan

Mark your calendar for a very special retirement celebration for Amma Susan on Saturday, July 29, 6:00 pm. Her last Sunday with us will be July 30. Details to follow!

SAVE the DATE for Parish Retreat - Labor Day weekend

Come to the mountains of North Carolina and spend a weekend with our new Rector! Singles, doubles and family accommodations will be available. The retreat will be Labor Day weekend, September 1-4 at Lake Logan, North Carolina. More details to come!


MUST Summer Lunch Program

Wednesday, June 28 AND Wednesday, July 5

By Harriett Pyburn

Mark your calendars to help make 2,000 lunches for the MUST Summer Lunch program! Did you know that in Georgia, 3 in 5 children receive free/reduced lunch? When school is out, many go hungry. Each summer, a host of MUST volunteers pack and deliver Summer Lunches to more than 6,500 children daily in seven Atlanta- area counties. St. Catherine’s is proud to be part of this program every year.

We will gather in the Parish Hall at 9:30 am on Wednesday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 5 to pack 1,000 lunches each day to be distributed to students in Cobb County on summer break. All ages and skills can participate either or both dates! Also, if you are available to help ahead of time, we have several pre-work items where we need assistance (collecting boxes, picking up bread, setup the days before, etc.). To help with these tasks please go to or contact Harriett Pyburn or Jennifer Massey for more information.

To learn more about MUST’s Summer Lunch Program visit .

Family Promise Golf Tournament June 19

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Family Promise of Cobb County Second Annual Golf Outing, “Keeping Our Children on Course.” This event serves as Family Promise’s primary fundraiser of the year. It is a day filled with golf, friends, and great food. You can come and play at this terrific course, and participate in multiple ways – become a sponsor, ask your favorite local business to be a sponsor or donate raffle items.

Get all the details and register at . The committee also needs raffle items which can include gift cards ($20/$25) from restaurants, grocery stores, movie theatres, book stores, etc. The items can be placed in the FP mailbox in the print room at church or be given to Eleanore or Richard Pearson. Need any further info? Contact Richard or Eleanore at 678-290-0097,

Next Family Promise Hosting Week is coming up: August 6-13

Fun with friends of Holy Comforter

By Barb Selby

On May 25 St. Catherine's helped sponsor a bowling outing for members of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Linda Cox, Janet Livingston, and Barb Selby went along to help pick out bowling balls, shoes, remember whose turn it was, and serve pizza and drinks for lunch. We had a great time. One of the gentlemen there commented that he hadn't had so much fun in a long time! St. Catherine's Outreach Ministry Team helped sponsor for this outing. Holy Comforter serves this special group of adults with mental illnesses who live in group homes near the church which is in the Grant Park area of Atlanta.

-> HC’s Annual Pork and Plants Day - Saturday, June 10

A fun day at Holy Comforter supporting a great cause! Once again The Holy Smokers, a BBQ team from Marietta, will be selling pulled pork or bbq chicken plates with all the sides, including a drink, for $10 a plate. Music will be provided by local band Back of the Bus including St. Catherine’s own Dennis Freeman! The Seedtime and Harvest gardeners will be supplying everything for summer gardens. The Art Program from The Friendship Center will be there to sell one-of-a-kind art. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the garden and The Friendship Center. There will be lots of desserts, music, and games. You may also pre-order take-home whole smoked pork butts or whole bbq chickens ($40 for the pork butt, feeds 8-10, $6 for a chicken - they can be picked up during the event or anytime the following week). All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the garden and Friendship Center.

Order tickets and take-home pork & chicken online at . Holy Comforter is located at 737 Woodland Avenue SE, Atlanta, .

Summer Save it Forward email list

By Harriett Pyburn

Every week, we are given the opportunity to shop for the Save it Forward food pantry of MUST Ministries, which serves families in crisis in Cobb County and Marietta City schools by providing 50 pounds of food monthly throughout the year. Each week, we are given a shopping list for Publix and Kroger, and shoppers can purchase the items (always less than $6) and return to St. Catherine's at their convenience. Traditionally, the shopping lists have included coupons in addition to BOGO items / sale prices, etc. This summer, however, the shopping lists will not include coupons (due to a current smaller supply of coupons, they are being used by the warehouse shoppers only). As a result, we now have the convenience of being able to EMAIL you the weekly shopping lists. You do not have to pick them up at the outreach table or remember to take them into the store with you — how wonderful!

Would you like to be added to this email list? If so, please let Harriett Pyburn know ( You will receive one email a week with the current week's shopping list for both Publix and Kroger. Pick which store works best for you. You are not obligated to shop each week (or ever). Just participate when it works for you. Food may be returned in the marked bins across from the parlor at your convenience. The bins are collected weekly.

Habitat for Humanity - St. Catherine's served!

By Connie Bergeron

Thank you to all of our volunteers who are supporting this year's Habitat for Humanity house build, especially everyone who helped as construction volunteers and with meals service on May 20. As members of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition, St. Catherine's works alongside volunteers from 15 different denominations and faiths, which is very exciting. We are most grateful for our construction volunteers, including Swiss and Peter Britt, David Daniels, Dwight Blackwood and Kiana Nicholson. Our smiling breakfast servers were Barb Selby and Janet Livingston who provided coffee, pastries, fresh fruit and orange juice for 25 to 30 volunteers. Lunch was provided by Ron and Connie Bergeron, and Glenn Cox provided the delicious smoked pork. Ron and Connie served along with Sybil Coote, a long time Habitat volunteer.

St. Catherine's has two more volunteer days, June 10 (interior painting - 2 people needed, and July 8 (landscape day - 3 people total needed). To sign up for these two days, please email Connie Bergeron at Everyone is invited to attend Dedication Day and see this year's finished house at 3 pm on Sunday, July 23. Photos below by Connie Bergeron.

Generous Hearts and Hands - thank you for May’s MUST Dinner

By Connie Bergeron

What a joyous evening May 28th was, thanks to everyone who donated food and who volunteered to serve dinner at MUST's Elizabeth Inn shelter on Memorial Day weekend. Our food donors included Carol Fey, Nancy Barke, Sybil Coote, Janet Livingston, Harriett Pyburn, and Ron and Connie Bergeron. Our servers at The Inn included Bettye Harris, Janet Livingston, Lisa Johnston, Sybil Coote, and Ron and Connie Bergeron. The guests at Elizabeth Inn were well fed and we had enough food to make "to go" boxes to feed a dozen homeless people in the community who came to The Inn hoping for a meal. What a wonderful opportunity to encourage those in need with a nutritious tasty dinner. Bravo and sincere thanks to everyone who participated in making St. Catherine's dinner a success, and special thanks to Williamson Brothers and Fred Massey for ordering the yummy barbecue chickens which were our dinner entree.

For over 25 years, St. Catherine's vounteers have provided dinner at the Inn on the 28th of every month. We also provide breakfast on the fourth Wednesday each month, and staff the men's laundry on fourth Tuesdays and fifth Wednesdays. We welcome you to become part of these ministries to our neighbors in need!

Summer Outreach at St. Catherine's

How Can I Serve This Summer?





Sat., 6/10 & 7/8
Sun., 7/23

Habitat House Build
(Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition)

Lee Road, Mableton

Ages 18 and up

Sun., June 18
at 7pm

Provide dinner to 20 women recovering at the Women’s Extension

130 Holiday Street

Middle school and older

Tues, June 27,
Tues July 25

Do men’s evening laundry at MUST Ministries (6pm-11pm)

MUST Ministries
55 Elizabeth Church Rd.

2 people – instructions are easy!

Wed., June 28
Fri., July 28

Help cook and/or serve dinner to 60+ Elizabeth Inn Guests at MUST

MUST Ministries
55 Elizabeth Church Rd.

Age 18 and up

Tues., June 20

Blood Drive (give blood or help setup / greet)

St. Cat’s Parish Hall

Age 18 and up (younger may be greeters)

June 28 &
July 5 9:30am

Pack 1,000 lunches for MUST Summer lunch program

St. Cat’s Parish Hall

All ages welcome

August 6-13

Family Promise Week (provide dinner, evening /overnight host, setup, laundry)

St. Cat’s Parish Hall and
Youth House

All ages welcome (training required for some shifts)

Sat., Aug 5

Pack 20,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger (aka Stop Hunger Now)

St. Cat’s Parish Hall

6+ can help pack w/ parents’ help


Summer 2017 Outreach Collections

Bring all items to the Outreach bins by the Parlor. Contact Christy Lutrell for more information





Vacation Bible School
Book Drive

New & gently used books for elementary ages for local distribution through Communities In Schools


East Cobb Middle School
Food Pantry

Stock the food pantry for the start of school. Most needed: protein (canned tuna/ chicken and peanut butter), pasta & sauce, individual-package snacks (pretzels, nuts, granola bars, etc.), cereal and easy to prepare meals (mac n cheese, canned ravioli, oatmeal, etc.)

Gift cards ($10 or $20) to Kroger and Walmart to help with medications


Save it Forward

Take shopping list on the outreach table or from email (changes weekly) to Publix or Kroger and shop for sale items (<$6). Items go to students & their families in Cobb County and Marietta City schools, a partnership with MUST Ministries and school social workers.


MUST Ministries

Food for MUST Ministries year-round. All non-refrigerated food and toiletries appreciated.


Parishioner receives Rotary award

On May 31 our own Susan Jenkins, was awarded the David Butts Award by the East Cobb Rotary Club. Each year, the Rotary Club selects a citizen of East Cobb, nominated by the community at large and voted upon by the club membership, to receive the award. The recipient is a citizen of East Cobb who has demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of a personal challenge. Susan was presented with a check for $1,000 to give to the charity of her choice: Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. She is a teacher at Sope Creek Elementary School, a long-time youth leader at St. Catherine’s, and co-chair of our Education & Nurture Ministry Team. Carol Eskew and several Cobb County educators nominated her for this award. Congratulations, Susan! (Right: Carol reads out the presentation of the David Butts Award to Susan - photo by Bill Ivey.)

Wedding Invitation

Dear Members of St. Catherine's,

Gina Baumann and Jim Kareken request the Honor of your Presence at their Marriage on Saturday, the Twenty-Second of July, Two Thousand and Seventeen, Half Past One O'Clock in the Afternoon, at Saint Catherine's Episcopal Church, The Reverend Dean Taylor presiding. A Cake and Punch Reception will follow in the Parish Hall. For additional information please visit their wedding website: .

Volunteer Corner: "Superhero Powers"

By Stephanie Yucius

Blockbuster superhero movies feature names like Superman, Captain America, Six Billion Dollar Man and Wonder Woman. These plots have everyday people transform with a special inner gift that creates superhero strengths and abilities. We can pay to be entertained by creative scripts and million dollar budgets. And I confess I do enjoy a good superhero movie! But this summer the low budget screenplay with life-changing effects and brilliant actors will feature our very own St. Catherine's parishioners!

Each of us have the special inner gift that God blessed us with to love one another as we have been loved. With this amazing gift we, too, find hero strengths and abilities to help bring joy and nourishment to many people and children in our community. We can choose to spend time volunteering at Vacation Bible School (June 12-15), Blood Drive (June 20), MUST Lunch Making (June 28 and July 5), Family Promise Hosting (August 6 - 12). I look forward to seeing your superhero self — leaping small stacks of sandwiches in a single bound, giving life through your blood donation, providing a home for families, and singing with enthusiasm at VBS.

“Of all people, you know who I am…who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.” –Wonder Woman. See you on the set at St. Catherine's, being who the world needs you to be!

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 Connie Bergeron, Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey. See more in the albums at Photo Albums.

Many hands made it light work at the Parish Day of Service May 20
Daughters of the King inducted 5 new members on May 28
Observing Memorial Day at Marietta National Cemetary - Boy Scout Troop 713
and Maddie Z, Girl Scout Troop 7010 and Willow with Brigadier General Tom
Blackstock at the flag placement (1,600 scouts placed 15,000 flags). At the
Memorial Day ceremony Tom was M/C and David Moore led the pledge
(photos by Michelle Zimmerman and Bettye Harris).
A crew of three spent May 30 tackling the glare problem in our
sanctuary… come and see the results.

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.

  • June 5-11: Lemonade Brigade/ Coffee Hour—This week we celebrate the life and work of Coffee Hour and Lemonade Brigade, which provides for fellowship after our principal worship services. Refreshments are set up in the foyer or outside on the brick walk. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis to share making, serving and cleaning up after the services -- it's a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members of the congregation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Deana De La Barre, or Janet Livingston,
  • June 12-18: Blood Drives—This week we celebrate the life and work of our Blood Drive ministry. St. Catherine’s hosts Red Cross blood drives every other month year-round. Besides needing blood donors, we need greeters and registrars, as well as volunteers to assist with sign-up, publicity, set-up, and clean-up the day of the Drive. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404-375-8327.
  • June 19-25: Ushers—This week we celebrate the life and work of our Ushers, who perform functions of hospitality and space management for Sunday and other services including handing out bulletins, collecting the offering, counting attendance, straightening up and more. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jim Kareken, 770.928.2660.
  • June 26-July 2: Flower Delivery—This week we celebrate the life and work of Flower Delivery, volunteers who deliver a smile by taking the altar flowers after services on Sundays to parishioners who are ill at home or in the hospital, parish shut-ins, and others to whom we would like to show special thanks or remembrance. Directions are provided, volunteers serve in rotation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw,


Thank you, St. Catherine's, for your prayers, flowers, cards, e-mails, phone calls and delicious meals following my hand surgery.

Eleanore Pearson

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

  • From American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem on May 15, for donation of $581 [Holy Week collection].
    “We’re deeply grateful to you and the entire St. Catherine’s family for your generous support. Thank you!” – Anne K. Lynn, President, AFEDJ


Threads of Hope and Healing - Saturday, June 24

Come for a contemplative Quiet Day of reflection, reconciliation and inner change sponsored by the Atlanta Diocese’s Commission for Dismantling Racism, Saturday, June 24, 9 am - 3 pm at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4755 North Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody. Join with others in an atmosphere of silence, sharing and prayer on this day we set aside for ourselves to focus hearts and minds on the inner change and personal transformations that will nurture reconciliation ad healing as we strive to dismantle racism. Cost of $20 includes lunch and materials for the day. Registration is required, please contact at


Wellnes Tips

  • Building strong bones starts early
    Building the “bone bank” during adolescence is the best way to prevent osteoporosis later in life. Maximum bone development generally takes place between the ages of 11 to 17 years. Bone mass reaches a plateau around age 26, then starts to decline at around age 35. Parents can educate kids early about making good everyday life choices for building strong bones. Staying physically active and getting enough calcium and vitamin D (preferably through calcium-rich foods) are essential for bone development. Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation
  • Boost fitness with interval training
    Interval training can be an effective way to boost your fitness level and burn more calories. Try one-minute intervals of more intense exercise mixed into your regular cardio sessions. For example, walk at a moderate intensity for five minutes, and then do one minute at a faster pace. Repeat the cycle several times. Make sure to include a proper warm up and cool down and check with your doctor before increasing your exercise. Source: HealthFitness


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.

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Pat McDougald, Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jake England, Lucas Elgie, Andrew Hutton, Taylor Bacon, Ryan Johnson and Zach Hurley.

FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.

DECEASED: William R. Domenico, friend of Chuck & Linda Shrake

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Raymond Higgins, Marti & Cam Graham, Michael Wrigley, Claudia, Geri Hammond, Mary Jarrell, Don Martin, Ken Buxton, Joen, Donovan Parnes, Gina Christiansen, Mehreen Ahmad, John & Jackie Clark, Elspeth De La Barre, Candy, Suzanne Gardiner, Jerry Scott, Kaye Cagle, Jennifer, Margaret Skromme, Alpa Chandra, Chuck Zimmerman, Ruth Cehelnik, Chubby Rice, Steve Burkholder, Ashley & Matt Moody, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Anderson, Julie Brannock, Roger Motter, Betty Robinson, Edie Teal and family, Jan Pienezza, Wes Woodruff, Mark Pendroid, Roger Irwin, Jim Raasch, Janice Larkin, Elizabeth Keeley.

BIRTHDAYS: (6/4) Mary Moore, Mary Dailey, (6/5) Sarah Stedman, Willow Riney, (6/6) Steve Robinson, Frances Bowden, Adrian Aumann, (6/8) Jackie Anderson, Kelly Donoghue, Hannah Parrott, (6/9) Bill Sapp, Harriett Pyburn, Paul Maxwell, Hillyear Jones, (6/10) Tim Langmaid, Robert Dailey, Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan, (6/11) Cary Kilgore, Naomi Morris, (6/12) Justice Mace, Harper-Zahara Amos, (6/13) Paris Brennan, (6/15) Jennifer Buckalew, Frannie Hitchins (6/17) Paul Manno, Mike Dillson, David Bachmann, Becky Ban, (6/18) Linda Snape, Beverly Fambrough, Peggy Snook, (6/19) Kathleen McDougald, (6/20) Anne Willcocks, (6/21) Julie Fulcher, Frederick Tuemmler, (6/22) Pat Ennever, (6/23) Eva Snape, Anna Ettel, (6/24) Lillibet Goldman, Bill Fambrough, Michael Paris, Nancy O’Neill, (6/26) John Nabinger, (6/27) Kris Cook, (6/28) Anne Whittle, (6/30) Kristi Mulchahey Johnson, Lisa Cook, Dorothea Westin, Rachel Tomchik, (7/1) Spencer Banko, (7/3) Kathleen Iacobelli, (7/4) Margaret Wilson, (7/5) Todd Smith, Jordan Lagarde, (7/7) Judy Dechar.

ANNIVERSARIES: Alan & Carol Fey (6/8); Kris & Lisa Cook (6/9); Jim & Bobbye Greene (6/11), Michael & Katie Morris (6/11); Bruce & Barbara Perry (6/12), Chris & Christy Jones (6/15), David & Molly Banko (6/19), Steve & Kitty Diffley (6/21), Todd & Anne Hitchins (6/21), Rick & Tracey Buckalew (6/23); Tim & Caroline Brennan (6/24), Mel & Michael Paris (6/24), Paul & Karen Manno (6/25), Greg & Margaret Caudle (6/26), Chris & Amy Morris (6/26), Bill & Barb Selby (6/27), Brian & Claire Paglia (6/27), Hale & Diane Sanders (6/28), Steve & Cindy Tuemmler (7/2), Kelly Beard & David Bottoms (7/3), Stan & Dani Dickson (7/4), Ken & Nancy Denton (7/5), Pat & Frank Brent (7/6), Richard & Eleanore Pearson (7/7).

(6/4) Jane Smith; Linda Smith; Ryan, Dana & Laurel Smith; Jim & Linda Snape.
(6/11) Jason, Sue, Owen & Eva Snape; Tom & Ann Snead; Peggy Snook; Phil, Lisa, Sydney & Caroline Spessard; Bunny & Carol Starr.
(6/18) Adam & Julie Stone, Mark Boutilier; Lee & Marlene Stuart; Becky Sullivan; Pat Tarentino; Harry, Jennifer, Lauren & Harry Tear.
(6/25) Clarke & Beth Thomas; Kevin, Sara, Milo & Sullivan Thomas; John, Jerri, Chyanne & Cheyne Thompson-Quartey; Joan Thurston; Edwina Tims.
(7/2) Kate, Rachel, Nathan & Garrett Tomchik; Tad, Alison, Emily & Lauren Travis; Steve, Cindy, Frederick & Forrest Tuemmler; Steve, Susan, Mary, Nick & Jennifer Vavra.

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 5 (celebration of All Saints). To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 6/3 Saturday, 6/10


Youth Beach Trip

Diocesan J2A Training
CGS Level 1 Training
LEM Training
Sunday, 6/4 Sunday, 6/11


Fr. Dean Taylor's Last Day

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist + Baptisms
Farewell Luncheon


Mother Sarah Fisher's First Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Welcoming Reception
Holy Eucharist
CGS Level 1 Training

Monday, 6/5 Monday, 6/12

Preschool Summer Camp
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts


Staff Lunch & Meeting
Men's Book Study
Retirement Party Committee
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 6/6 Tuesday, 6/13


Preschool Summer Camp
Staff Meeting
Quarterly Ministry Teams


Master Planning
Wednesday, 6/7 Wednesday, 6/14
Preschool Summer Camp
Preschool Board
Youth Movie Night
Tour Choir


Tuscany Choir Trip
Executive Committee

Thursday, 6/8 Thursday, 6/15

Preschool Summer Camp
Calling & Caring Ministry

Friday, 6/9 Friday, 6/16

Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Summer Camp
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation


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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Saturday, June 17 – Cats on Wheels day trip to Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers
  • Sunday, June 18 – Bishop Wright visitation and Breakfast Forum; Youth & Adult Confirmation at 10:30 service
  • Monday, June 19 - Family Promise Golf Tournament
  • Tuesday, June 20 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21 - Youth at the Braves Game
  • Saturday, June 24 - Home Buyer’s Workshop 9-5 pm
  • Sunday, June 25 – Stephen Ministry Come & See lunch 12 pm
  • Wednesdays, June 28 and July 5 – MUST Summer Lunch making 9:30-11 am
  • July 3 and 4 – Church office closed for Independence Day holiday
  • Sunday, July 23 – Habitat House Dedication 3pm
  • Saturday, July 29 – Retirement Celebration for Amma Susan
  • Sunday, July 30 – Amma Susan’s Leave-taking Service
  • Sunday, August 6 – Fall/School-year worship schedule begins
  • Family Promise hosting week - August 6-13
  • Parish Retreat – September 1-4 at Lake Logan, NC


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

We will gather the first and third Wednesday of each month this summer, 5-7 pm unless otherwise noted.

June 2-4 - Youth Beach Retreat
June 7 - Movie Night
June 12-15 - VBS!!
June 18 - Confirmation @ 10:30 am service
June 21 - Braves vs. Giants 7pm
July 5 - X-drenaline
July 19 - Kickball


RSVP by June 7 for Braves Game

Wednesday, June 21 -- game is at 7:35; we will meet at St. Catherine's at 6:45. Tickets are $20. Please bring money for snacks if you would like them. Friends are always welcome to join! RVSP HERE by June 7th so that Sally can buy tickets!


Our fabulous year!

Watch the slide show of our wonderful 2016-2017 year of St. Cat’s Youth!


Rite 13 Ceremony on May 7

See lots more photos full-size, including all the posters, in the album at Rite 13 - 2017 (pictures by Jan Potter).


Youth donate to Relay For Life for Mary Lou Shannonhouse

The Youth decided to raise money to buy a torch and a plaque for Youth Leader Mary Lou Shannonhouse during Relay for Life this year. The money raised went to fund cancer research. We are so blessed by all that Ms. Mary Lou has done for us and for our faith. She has cared for us deeply as we grow as people and as Christians and we wanted to honor her in this memorable way. Photo - Alison Adams giving Mary Lou her plaque.


Vacation Bible School needs you

Youth! Are you interested in helping out with HERO CENTRAL VBS this summer, June 12-15? You should sign up with this link: . Training sessions will be Saturday, June 10, 9:00 - 11:00 am / Sunday, June 11, noon - 2:00 pm.


Youth House construction help needed!

As we continue to work on the Youth House Expansion it is becoming exponentially more important for youth and their families to be involved in finishing the process. The best way to stay in the know for schedule/details is to be on the Youth House Construction email list from Fred Massey -- to get on his list contact him at


Diocesan Tubing Trip - Saturday, August 5

Come join over 200 Episcopalians on the rivers of Helen, Ga. This is our third annual Diocesan Tubing Trip that you cannot miss. We spend the day tubing the river, eating good food, and we close it with a Youth Led Liturgy at Church of the Resurrection. Get information and register at .

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • No publication June 16
  • July 7
  • July 21
  • August 4

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

Copyright 2017 St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068