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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 5 - 18, 2017

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Clergy Letter

New Sunday schedule
Blessing of Backpacks
Town Hall
Children's Chapel
Church School
Parish Retreat
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Meals w Mo Sarah
Cats On Wheels
Blood drive
Join Choir

Rise Against Hunger
Outreach 365
Outeach items

Wedding congrats
Newcomer coffee
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Summer Singers
Cathedral Book Store
Wellness tips

Parent meetings
Youth breakfasts



8/5 – Rise Against Hunger

8/6 - New worship schedule and Church School begin;
Blessing of the Backpacks;
Parish Town Hall;
Youth Parent meetings

8/6-13 – Family Promise hosting week

8/7 – Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting

8/12 – Vestry retreat

8/13 – Ministries Brunch & Learn

8/14 – Preschool Meet & Greet

8/15 – Preschool first day

8/19 – Cats On Wheels @ MODA

8/20 – Brunch & Learn - Ghana Mission;
The Extension dinner

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Lightbulbs, holy tears, holy laughter and caring for each other in this moment

By The Rev. Sarah Fisher

Have you heard the old joke “how many Episcopalians does it take to change a lightbulb?” I need not tell you the punchline, because there are almost as many punchlines for that old joke as there are Episcopalians. Yet, I do think it tells us something, those lightbulb jokes. It tells us about our relationship to change. Change is hard. There’s just no way around it. The weight of Amma Susan’s departure hit me on Sunday as we processed down the aisle. What a gift she has been to this parish. I am deeply grateful for her ministry here. A huge thank you to everyone who made Saturday night and Sunday morning just wonderful. Food, photo booths, anthems and hymns, prayers, holy tears and holy laughter and so much love—all of these are the markers of not only Susan’s leave-taking events, but also the care and love shared by both priest and people.

As we move forward, there are many questions that come to mind. The two biggest ones that I’ve heard are: will we hire another associate rector, and how will pastoral care be handled?

In answer to the first question: yes. We will hire another associate rector. What I can’t tell you is when. But I can tell you both the Vestry and I have this as a top priority.

How are we going to handle pastoral care? Personally, pastoral care is something I love. It is an honor and a gift to be with people in times of joy and in times of crisis. Because we are a large parish, I may not automatically know if you have a pastoral need. Please let me know if you would for me to be with you for pastoral care, either at home, by way of visit in my office, or in the hospital. I am happy to do that. You can reach me by phone at 770-971-2839 extension 202, or by email

Pastoral care is a primary function of any priest, but it also is work that lay people are gifted and equipped to do. In this in-between time, I have asked The Rev. Julie Johnson and Tom and Marilyn Hunter to join me in leading the pastoral care team. When I am out of town, Julie, Tom and Marilyn will be available to pray with you before surgery or be present should an emergency arise. When you call the church office, the staff will be able to connect you with a pastoral care provider, and if you call after hours, there will be easy to follow instructions to help you connect.

I remain grateful to be among you. It is an honor to be your priest. Thank you for letting me walk with you.

Peace & all good,

Worship schedule change begins Sunday, August 6

NEW TIMES for the school year

Our new schedule begins on Sunday, August 6:

  • 7:45 am - Spoken Holy Eucharist Rite II, without music.
  • 8:45 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II, a spoken service with hymns and music by our Choristers young persons' choir (beginning September 10) or our Jubilate Choir of instrumentalists and singers.
  • 10:00 am - Christian Formation for all ages/Church School - see activities and classes below in this newsletter
  • 11:15 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II, a sung service with hymns and music by our Chancel Choir (beginning September 10).

Blessing of the Backpacks on August 6, 8:45 service

All ages! Start off the new school year by bringing your backpack to be blessed at the 8:45 service. If you're no longer a student, feel free to bring a briefcase or work bag!


Parish Town Hall on August 6 - Send us your questions!

All adults, please come to a Parish Town Hall at 10-11 am in the Parish Hall as Mother Sarah will have a Q&A session and reflection on her first few weeks with us. You may submit a question now for Mo. Sarah at .


Breakfast - 1st & 3rd Sundays

This Sunday, August 6! Our Breakfast Angels offer breakfast for everyone at minimal cost in the Parish Hall at 8:30 am on the first and third Sunday each month. Come and see us for a great start to your morning!


Children’s Chapel at 8:45 and 11:15 services

Children’s Chapel is offered each Sunday during both the 8:45 and 11:15 am services. This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a child-friendly setting. The children leave the service before the Gospel reading and return at the Peace. This is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually 3 to 9 years old.

-> Helpers wanted - Adult and young adult volunteers are needed to assist with this program, if you are interested please sign up on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Jenna Parker,

Christian Formation / Church School begins August 6

Beginning this Sunday we will have Church School offerings 10-11 am for all age groups. Please see our plan below:

  • Youth (grade 6 to 12) - Church School begins August 6 in our new expanded Youth House!
  • Children (ages preschool to 5th grade) - See details below! Special formation offerings each Sunday in August, then Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program begins September 10.
  • Adults - Special formation offerings each Sunday in August, then Church School classes begin September 10.
    • August 6 - Parish Town Hall with Mother Sarah, Q&A and reflection on her first few weeks with us.
    • August 13 – Brunch & Learn on Ministries- Hear the "elevator speech" from each of our Ministry Teams about the work each is engaged in at St. Catherine's
    • August 20 - Brunch & Learn - Reflections on the Atlanta diocese's mission trip to Ghana held earlier this year. Diocesan Canon John Thompson-Quarty and our own Janet Livingston will show pictures and video from their trip with Bishop Wright.
    • August 27 - A special intergenerational event, for all ages - watch for announcements
    • September 3 - No Church School due to the Parish Retreat.
    • September 10 - Adult Church School classes begin

Children's Church in August and September

By Jenna Parker

Along with school starting, Church School is about to get ready for children at St. Catherine's as well! We have a lot going on so please be mindful of the dates for children's Church School, ages preschool through 5th grade, at 10:00 am on Sundays this fall. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program will not commence until after Labor Day, but we will be busy each Sunday before then! Please let Jenna Parker ( know if you have any questions.

  • August 6 - Meet in the Choir Room at 10:00 am! We will celebrate going back to school and Acolyte Training will be held for the big kids. Children age 8 and older who are interested in being an acolyte are welcome to attend this training, but we will all meet in the Choir Room to get started.
  • August 13 and 20 - We will meet in the Choir Room to explore prayer and different ways to talk to God.
  • August 27 - We will all meet in the Parish Hall for an exciting inter-generational event.
  • September 3 - No Church School due to the Parish Retreat.
  • September 10 - "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd" Church School program begins for the school year.

Parish Retreat - register by Thursday, August 10

Saturday-Monday, September 2-4

The DEADLINE to register Thursday, August 10 since we must submit our final numbers and payment the next day. The Parish Retreat is for everyone - adults, youth, children - singles, couples and families! We really hope you will come this Labor Day weekend at beautiful Lake Logan in North Carolina. There will be an adult program co-led by Mother Sarah and Julie Johnson, and full programs for youth and children hosted by Sally Paris and Jenna Parker. We’ve built in plenty of free time for hiking, boating, bonfire and fellowship. And this will be great opportunity to get to know Mother Sarah and Mandy a little more in an informal setting. You can see photos and more about Lake Logan at

Sign up now at or on Sundays at church. Payments may be made through on The City (select “Parish Retreat” in the drop-down tab), or by check (please designate for “Parish Retreat” on the memo line). For any questions or information about scholarships please contact Delee Freeman, 404-630-2156,


Send Us Your Pictures & Stories

During our retreat we will be taking a look at the "roots" of St Cats. If you are not able to come, you are still invited to participate. Send a photo or story about a memorable event in St. Catherine's history, and please make sure you include the date and your name. Send all materials to Delee Freeman, 404-630-2156,


For Kids and Youth

Get ready to have an awesome time with the whole family at the Parish Retreat! In addition to fellowship, enjoying the outdoors, and creating family memories, there will be age-appropriate and dynamic programming no matter your age. We are excited to offer both a youth program for sixth through twelfth graders and a children’s program for pre-k through fifth graders to ensure everyone will come away from a great weekend full of fun and formation. Contact Sally Paris for questions about the youth program and Jenna Parker for questions about the children’s program. Also note that youth may attend without a parent (adult chaperones will supervise youth staying in a house together). We are excited to see you there!

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

MONDAY, August 7, 7-8:30 pm

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to have a representative present at this important meeting in the Parish Hall as we prepare for the ministry "Brunch & Learn" on August 13, plus planning for our many fall activities coming very soon! Our purpose is to provide a forum for information exchange between the conveners, staff, clergy, Vestry and all ministry leaders. We’ll also have time allotted for separate ministry team breakout meetings. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

Share a meal with Mother Sarah - dates added

Wow! Our first schedule to share a meal with Mother Sarah filled up very quickly. We have created five additional opportunities to meet with Sarah in a small-group setting. The new available dates are September 6, 21, 24, October 15, 29. The hosts on the date you choose will contact you approximately 3 weeks prior to the event. The entree and coffee/tea will be provided, and you will be asked to bring a side dish and your own adult beverage. Go now to to check the open dates/times and sign up, or contact Pat Pepper,

Safeguarding Training dates coming up

As the people of God in the Diocese of Atlanta we are committed to the safety of all God’s people and to the integrity of all work carried out by our clergy and people. Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of many of the volunteers (and all staff and clergy) at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. Classes are offered around the diocese. There is no charge to attend but please be sure to register in advance. You may visit these web pages to learn if you are one of those needing training and for more information.

Upcoming classes:

Safeguarding God’s Children is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve. This training must be renewed every 3 years.

  • Saturday, August 19, 9am to noon, The Cathedral of St. Philip. Trainer: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Silver, register: (Please indicate that you are signing up for the “Children” training.)
  • Saturday, August 19, 2:00 to 5:00pm, St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta. Trainer: Wallace Benton, register:

Safeguarding God’s People is a training program for the prevention of sexual exploitation in communities of faith. Training is designed to help participants understand the ways in which exploitation and harassment occur in church, school and institutional settings. This training must be renewed every 5 years.

  • Thursday, August 10, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Holy Cross, Decatur. Trainer: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Silver, register: . IMPORTANT NOTE: Deborah Silver is exploring a new approach for this training. Participants will first watch and complete the Online module: Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith: For Ministries at home (45 minutes). They will then attend an in-person class for discussion, case studies, and policy review. The module must be completed prior to attending the discussion. Holy Cross will host the Part 2 Session at this date/time.
  • Saturday, August 19, 1 to 4 pm, The Cathedral of St. Philip. Trainer: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Silver, register: This will be a regular three hour on-site group training.

Cats On Wheels

Saturday, August 19 trip to MODA

Join us for our next even-month excursion... We will take visit to Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), 1315 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, , and have lunch out. To get all the details including carpool 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 (though no card is needed!) 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 next date: Tuesday, August 22

YOU can make a critical difference this summer! The Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the most needed blood types. Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference to others. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Our next blood drive will be on August 22, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are never required, all donors are always welcome on the day of the event.) And don't forget to save 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 need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Wednesday Night Live begins August 30

Dinner and programs for all ages!

August 30th kicks off our NEW WNL (Wednesday Night Live) with dinner and programs for children, youth, adults, and even young adults! We are hoping this is a schedule with offerings that fit everyone in some way. Please come when you can and leave when you must. We want to be able to make this work for your needs.

  • 6:15-7:00 pm – Rehearsal for Choristers (choir for youth and kids grades 3 – 12); Children’s program for those too young for Choristers; Adult group program with a focus on Parenting.
  • 6:30-7:15 pm - Dinner and worship for everyone.
  • 7:15-8:15 pm – Programs for Youth, Explorers (children grades 3-5), and Adults; Chancel Choir rehearsal (choir for all adults and Youth who are past the level for Choristers) is 7:15-8:30 pm.
  • 8:15-9:30 pm - Young Adults program associated with the Campus Ministry at Kennesaw State University.

Dinner price schedule: Children (elementary age and younger) $3 / Youth $5 / Adults $7 / Family: $20 max. A Semester Pass (14 weeks August-December) may be purchased: Children: $35 ($7 savings) / Youth: $60 ($20 savings) / Adults:$80 ($18 savings) / Family: $250 ($30 savings). Scholarships are available, please contact Sally Paris,

-> Dinner teams wanted -- We are looking for teams of people to cook/serve/cleanup dinner for WNL one night a month. We will have an easy, set menu to make your planning simple. If you are interested in helping with dinner, please contact Sally Paris, Many hands make light work and we NEED your hands!

Join choir – You are invited!

This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out. Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions! Rehearsals for Choristers and Chancel Choir begin August 30. (Photo by Bettye Harris)

  • Choristers of St. Catherine's - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning August 30, 6:15 – 7:00 pm — First meeting August 30: Parent meeting at 6:00, first rehearsal at 6:15. Choristers of St. Catherine's is our choir for guys and girls in grades three through twelve. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am family service. First Sunday to sing will be September 10. We also sing at the early Christmas Eve service. Being an acolyte or participating in Wednesday Night Live programs will not conflict. For information please contact director Dr. Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning August 30, 7:15-8:30 pm — Adults, and youth grades 10 & up, are invited. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily, and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. We rehearse September through May on Wednesdays, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead the 11:15 am service. First Sunday to sing will be September 10. We also sing for special services including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information please contact director Dr. Brian Williams at, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.
  • Jubilate - Watch for rehearsal announcements — For instruments and singers! This group leads contemporary worship music. Our musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this ensemble. For information please contact Susie Davis,, Jason Gardiner,, Michael Moran,
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew are also needed, a great opportunity for adults or youth — training is provided, contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945,

EFM - Education for Ministry

Enrolling now, classes begin September 7

Education for Ministry is a four year program (you sign up independently each year) of religious education. But far more than that, it is a place where you can safely talk about belief. It is a forum where spirituality, practice, and study can go hand in hand to help you understand and prepare for ministry in the greater church and the world. The first year of the program covers the Old Testament, the second year covers the New Testament, the third year covers religious history, and the fourth year covers a variety of philosophical approaches to religion in the world. We meet once a week and spend time talking about the readings for the week. After that we try to connect the dots between the “Word” and the real world in a series of theological reflections. Information about the program can be seen online at .

We would love to have you join us this year. Our new class this year will meet on Thursday evenings beginning September 7 at the church. There is a yearly charge, scholarships are available. Please contact the church office or Chris or Jan Potter ( for more information.

Welcome all: wear your name tag!

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 as we help our visitors and newcomers, Mother Sarah, and everyone 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!

Photo by Bettye Harris


Rise Against Hunger - Saturday, August 5

Providing food for hungry kids worldwide

If you have not attended this event before, it is fun for all ages! On Saturday, August 5, join us at 10:30 am in the Parish Hall to help package 10,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger (formerly known to us as Stop Hunger Now), to be distributed to hungry children all over the world. All supplies are provided for us – we just need lots of manpower (measuring rice, adding veggies and vitamins, weighing meal bags, packaging in boxes, etc.). The event will take about 2 hours, depending on our number of volunteers.

Learn more about the program at Looking forward to this wonderful multi-generational outreach event!

August Stewardship 365 focus: Outreach

By Harriett Pyburn

During the month of August, we will be reflecting on Outreach Ministries for which we are grateful as part of Stewardship 365. We are so excited to share a little more detail about a few of the many ministries that provide such joy and satisfaction that they keep our volunteers coming back for more. Each week, we will be offering you a short video to watch, and on Sundays one of our volunteers will get an opportunity to tell you about a ministry that has moved them in a personal way. On Sunday, August 27, we will have two guest speakers present our sermon at all 3 services. Santos Perez is a graduate of Osborne High School, and Anna Santiago is the Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at Osborne. Santos will present to us his story of struggle and success and the role that CIS played in his path to graduation and beyond. Throughout the month, come view the bulletin board in the foyer next to the nametags and across from the coffee station. There, we will post photos and personal stories of various Outreach ministries and the amazing impact they have had on our volunteers. We look forward to this month of sharing our stories of living gratefully with the congregation of St Catherine's!

  • Week of August 6: The Extension
    One of our amazing ministries is The Extension, a licensed residential recovery program serving homeless men and women of Cobb County who suffer from alcohol and other addictions and offering them another chance at life. On the third Sunday of every month, we have the opportunity to serve and share dinner with the ~25 residents at the Women's Extension. The women are open, hard-working, and appreciative. We invite you to watch these videos to hear a few examples of the impact this organization can make on someone's life:
    Mary’s story:
    Tyler’s story:

Our own Marlene Stewart, when asked to reflect on why she continues to be fed by her work at The Extension, said: “These women are wonderfully fearless and tenacious. Every morning they know that they have a day behind them that they have beaten the odds against them. I love their honesty and the fierce loyalty that they show to each other. They have taught me that self-pity robs you of self-esteem. Love and hope conquer fear. I always leave with a tremendous sense of gratitude and humility, saying to myself, ' …and I only brought food.' ”

Want to know more? Come to church on August 6 or speak with Marlene Stuart or Deborah Weigel, our Extension dinner coordinators. There is always room for more if this ministry is calling you.

  • Week of August 13: Family Promise
    As St. Catherine’s volunteers host Family Promise guests at East Cobb Methodist Church August 6-13, it is appropriate to pause and notice that 3 1/2 years into this ministry, the energy and commitment of our congregation continues to inspire. It takes 50+ volunteers each week we host -- many of our volunteers return again and again because the experience is so meaningful and uplifting. For an idea of how Family Promise works, watch this short video: .

Feeling called? Come to church on August 13 to hear more or reach out to Barb Selby or Linda Scott anytime. We always have room for more!

  • Coming in the next Wheel newsletter:
    • Week of August 20: MUST Laundry Team
    • Week of August 27: Holy Comforter

Outreach collection for August: School supplies

By Christy Luttrell

Want to take advantage of back to school sales now and help local students in need? Please consider participating in our school supply drive for Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CIS). This drive will take place throughout the month of August. Collection bins are located by the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Items most needed are listed below. Thank you!

Blue and Black pens
Colored Pencils
24 count crayons
Large preschool crayons
Wide-rule notebook paper
Spiral notebooks
Marble composition books
Jump Drives
Two-pocket folders
Two-pocket folders with prongs
Glue sticks
Bottles of Elmers Glue
Book bags
Dry erase markers
Fiskars scissors
Large pink erasers
Hand pencil sharpeners
Ziplock bags
Highlighters (all colors but yellow)


Wedding congratulations

Congratulations to Gina Baumann and Jim Kareken, married at St. Catherine's on July 22! May God bless you richly!

"Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads."

Photo by Bill Ivey

Newcomer Coffee & Fellowship

By Anne Hitchins

On Sunday, July 23, the Invitation Ministry Team hosted a summer Newcomer Coffee & Fellowship. We had a great turnout, welcoming many who were both new to us in recent weeks and some who, while still new to St. Catherine’s, have already started making this their home by getting involved. Our quarterly events are a great way for newcomers and visitors alike to meet with parishioners and learn about our ministries through a short, informal yet informative program introducing some of what St. Catherine’s has to offer. We’d like to thank the Conveners and those who represented their ministries at the Coffee, as well as our volunteers who graciously lent their time and talents for this event.

Our next newcomer event will be Sunday, November 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Parish Hall. Photos below by Bettye Harris.

Volunteer Corner: "Love Like Jesus"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

Last Sunday at Amma Susan’s leave-taking celebration, Reverend Canon John Bolton challenged us to Love Like Jesus. There are so many ways to do this—easy (for me, loving my grandchildren!) and harder (for me, doing the men’s laundry at MUST). In Matthew 25:31-40, which is one of my favorite scriptures, this Gospel tells many ways we need to do this. The last sentence of this passage is very clear and simple: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.”

Today I have an opportunity that, if you like to shop, is one of those very easy ways to serve: our Fellowship Ministry is looking for a volunteer to do inventory shopping for the staple items in the kitchen and Parish Hall. You could even team up with a friend and make this quality time spent with another parishioner! Shopping is done at Sam’s Club at least once a quarter, sometimes more when there is a special event, and a church credit card is used for the payment. There is a standard shopping list kept in the kitchen. The items are brought to the Parish Hall supply closet and/or kitchen pantry. The shopper(s) would also be responsible for keeping both of these areas organized. Interested? Contact me at for more information.

We give a BIG thank to Jennifer Massey for being St. Catherine’s primary shopper for many years. We also thank Jennifer for leading our Red Cross Blood Drives, MUST Summer Lunch Program and all the many other ways you serve. Yes, Jennifer, you do Love Like Jesus.

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

Sermons online

Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page at Check the page to listen to Mother Sarah's first sermons and much more!

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bettye Harris, Bruce Perry. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.


Godspeed, Amma Susan!

A grand Retirement Celebration party on July 29


A Service of Leavetaking - Sunday, July 30

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.

  • August 7-13: Ministry Teams — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Ministry Teams which lead the church’s committees in their efforts to achieve our parish goals. For information on how to get involved please come to the Ministries Lunch & Learn on August 13, 10 am, or contact the Ministry Team conveners listed in your bulletin.
  • August 14-20: Breakfast Angels — This week we celebrate the life and work of Breakfast Angels, volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up a hot breakfast available to everyone on first and third Sunday mornings year round. Teams are scheduled on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw,


Mr. Fred Massey,

Thank you so much for all of your hard work on the Youth House. You have given us a place to meet new people, try new things, and explore more on our path through life with God. Thanks to you, we can keep welcoming and embracing others into our happy St. Cat's home. The Youth House is so important because it represents love, safety, and trust. I can't wait to keep making new memories with a new addition to our Youth House.

Thanks again,
Leah Banko

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

  • Beth and Juan Sandoval, in honor and blessings of Jim & Gina’s wedding on July 22.
  • Anonymous, with gratitude for nine years of love given to the people of St. Catherine’s by Susan Johnson.


Sunday, August 13 — Michael O’Neal Summer Singers

The 160-voice Michael O’Neal Summer Singers will present “Sounds of Today: Choral Music of the 21 st Century” on Sunday, August 13, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, Georgia. The concert will include pieces by Dan Forrest, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and more. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Visit or call 770-594-7974.


At the Cathedral Book Store this fall

  • Jane Baird Lecture - Thursday, September 2: "The Christian of the Future Will Be a Mystic" with Carl McColman, 7:00-8:00 pm in Child Hall. The Cathedral Book Store is pleased to welcome Carl McColman as the 2017 speaker for its annual Jane Baird Lecture. The 20th century Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner famously predicted that in the future, Christians will be mystics — or will not exist at all. What does this mean, for the ordinary person of faith? Carl McColman is a contemplative Christian author, speaker, and retreat leader, and a professed lay associate of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers; with his wife Fran he co-directs the adult catechesis program at St. Thomas More Parish in Decatur. Book signing and refreshments to follow. Book store will be open. Please register at (free admission). For more information contact Kerith Lee, 404-237-7582 or
  • Hart Readers is a community reading group. Readers from the church parish and the broader community gather at the Cathedral Book Store to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussion led by Carroll Keen (member of the Cathedral of Christ the King). For more information, call Kerith Lee at 404-237-7582 or email
    • September 7: “Between Heaven and Mirth” by James Martin, 6:30 - 7:30 pm in Walthour Library. In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life’s absurdities and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy.
    • October 5: Topic TBA
    • November 2: “The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving” by Dr. Lisa Miller. Led by the Rev. Stefanie Taylor (Chaplain of St. Martin's Episcopal School), 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
    • Thursday, Dec. 7: “The Last Ballad” by Wiley Cash. Led by the Rev. David Wagner (Chaplain of Holy Innocents Episcopal School), 6:30 - 7:30 pm

The Cathedral Book Store is located at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, online at .


MUST Ministries Charity Golf Tournament

Attention St. Cat’s Golfers: come on Monday, September 11 to Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw for a fun-filled day of golf as we raise funds to help your neighbors in need! TWO flights of golf this year – 7:30am registration and breakfast , 9 am start, OR 12 noon registration and lunch, 1:30pm start. Sponsorships available and contests, gift packs and prizes! Single $225, Twosome $450, Foursome $900. See MUST’s Upcoming Events page at for details and registration.


Wellness Tips

  • Food safety and school lunches
    Millions of kids pack a lunch for school every day. By following a few basic tips, you can help your child avoid getting sick from a lunch that was not kept at a proper temperature. Keep perishable food items, such as meat, poultry or egg-salad sandwiches, cold. Insulated lunch boxes with at least two freezer gel packs can help keep everything cold until lunch time. Gel packs are not meant for all day storage, so it is best to discard perishable foods after lunch. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Choosing the right bicycle
    Bicycling is a great option for fitting cardio activity into your routine. Many different types of bicycles are available. For example, road bikes are made for paved roads, while mountain bikes are designed for off-road use. Other options include racing bikes, hybrids, and commuter bikes. Before purchasing any bicycle, make sure it’s the right size and fit to reduce your risk of injury. Many bicycle shops can do a basic fitting to help find just the right bike for you. Source: American College of Sports Medicine


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.

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

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

DECEASED: Edward Maloney


THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Dave Daniels, Carol Eskew, Hugh Gardner, Pat Mitchell, Nina Goodall, Aaliyah Grace, Keith Buller, Gail Ball, Bea Cowan, Brian Williams, Emily Mikkelsen, Chase Blanton, Rick Sullens, Dot Lacy, KJ Rosynek, Stacy Willingham, Stephen Burd, Pat Hazlin, Erica Bernhard, Sam Watson, Darlene Knight, Ann Brazil, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham, Chubby Rice.

BIRTHDAYS: (8/6) Charlotte Glass, (8/7) Bruce Perry, Ann Davis, (8/8) Del Halstead-Nussloch, (8/9) Katie Morris, Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Robbie Roy, Bill Hutton, Jackie Bosarge, Alison Adams, (8/11) Christina Jones, Julie Brannock, (8/12) John Barrington, Ginny Pierce, (8/13) Donna Hutton, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Pat McDonald, (8/15) Owen Snape, (8/16) Kellen Pierce, (8/17) Dale Voyles, Tim Brown, Chase Hutton, (8/18) Cary Phillips, Caroline Greene.

(8/6) Marcia Zurn; Paul & Ginny Acocella; Frank, Ellen, Grace & Allison Adams; George & Norma Alexander; Paul, Jackie & Miller Anderson.
(8/13) Barry, Deborah, Madeline & Audrey Arnold; Alan, Adrian & AvaKate Aumann; David, Ina, Lucas & Isaac Bachmann; Rachel Bagby; Vincent Bagby.

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, 8/5 Saturday, 8/12


Stephen Leaders Meeting
Rise Against Hunger
Private Event

Vestry Day Retreat
Boy Scout Event
Sunday, 8/6 Sunday, 8/13


Fall Schedule Begins
Family Promise Hosting Week
  @ E. Cobb United Methodist

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
    / Blessing of the Backpacks
Parish Town Hall
Youth & Children's Church School
Acolyte Training
Holy Eucharist
Rite13 Youth Parents Meeting
J2A&YA Youth Parents Meeting


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Adult Brunch & Learn - Ministries
Youth & Children's Church School
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 8/7 Monday, 8/14

Stephen Ministry
Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting


Preschool Meet & Greet
Men's Book Study
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 8/8 Tuesday, 8/15


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Master Planning


Preschool Begins
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 8/9 Wednesday, 8/16
Executive Committee


Wheel Articles Due

Thursday, 8/10 Thursday, 8/17

Preschool Setup Day
Calling & Caring Ministry


Friday, 8/11 Friday, 8/18

Mother Sarah's day off
Preschool Setup Day
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Mother Sarah's day off
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, August 20 – Brunch & Learn on Diocese’s Ghana Mission Trip 10-11 am
  • Tuesday, August 22 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Sunday, August 27 – Intergenerational program 10-11 am, for everyone
  • Wed., August 30 – Wednesday Night Live begins - dinner & programs for all ages; Choristers and Chancel Choir rehearsals begin
  • Parish Retreat – September 2-4 at Lake Logan, NC
  • Sunday, September 10 – Adult Church School classes and “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” program for children begin


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

August 5 - Rise Against Hunger; Diocesan Tubing Trip
August 6 - Worship times change to school-year schedule + First Day of Church School
       New schedule: 7:45, 8:45, 11:15 am
       10-11 am - Church School and Acolyte Training
       1:00pm - Rite 13 Parent Meeting (6th & 7th grade)
       2:30pm - J2A & YA Parent Meeting (8th -11th grade)
September 1-4 - Parish Retreat


Important Youth Parent Meetings - Sunday, August 6

1:00 pm -  Rite 13 Parents (6th & 7th grade)
2:30 pm - J2A & YA Parents (8th -11th grade)
(Seniors will receive an email)

Parents and Youth are encouraged to attend together. We will go over the calendar and events and what you can expect from the Youth Program at St. Catherine's in the coming year. My goal is to have permission forms from all youth by the end of August. Please check email for the forms to print it off ahead of time and complete it ahead of time, or forms will be in your packet at the meeting. There is a lot going on this year and you'll want to be informed!


Youth Breakfast sign-up

Youth Parents, please pick one or more Sundays for which you would be willing to provide breakfast at 10 AM in the Youth House for ~60 people (bagels, fruit, etc... doesn’t have to be anything fancy!) . Please choose your date on our signup form at



Thank you to everyone who came to help clean up in the Youth House on July 29 to get ready for our first day of Church School! It looks AMAZING!!! (photos by Sally Paris)

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 18
  • September 8
  • September 22

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 to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her 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