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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 19 - September 8, 2017

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Clergy Letter

Finance report
Youth House Dedication
Intergeneration event
Cats On Wheels
Blood drive
Acolyte party
YF party
Christian Formation offerings

Join choir
Pictorial Directory
Parish retreat

SimpleNeeds GA
Outreach 365
Holy Comforter
Family Promise
July's collection
School supplies
Where I can serve

Tuscany tour
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Mikell Folk School
Cathedral Book Store
Wellness tips

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New Beginnings

EYE reflection



8/19 – Cats On Wheels @ MODA

8/20 – Brunch & Ghana Mission;
The Extension dinner;
Acolyte Pool Party @Westins

8/22 – Blood drive 3-7 pm:
Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

8/23 – Elizabeth Inn Breakfast Team

8/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

8/27 – Youth House Dedication;
Intergenerational program;
Young Families pool party @Fulchers

8/30 – WNL begins;
Choristers & Chancel Choir rehearsals begin;
Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

9/2-4 – Parish Retreat

9/6 - WNL

9/10 – Adult Church School classes & Catechesis begin;
Formation leaders commissioning

See below for complete calendar



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St. Catherine’s Youth House Expansion

Project Financial Update

As the Youth House Expansion (YHE) project wraps up, a budget shortfall has been recognized. This shortfall is primarily due to the scope of the project expanding beyond the original parameters, in particular, the decision to finish the basement and provide much needed clean and secure storage for many of our ministry teams. Approximately two-thirds of the shortfall is related to finishing the basement. In a construction project of this size, it is common for the scope to expand as the project progresses and unforeseen project complexities and/or needs are identified. A component of the shortfall is also related to an increase in the price of concrete from when the project was priced in 2015 and its completion in mid/late 2017. The exact amount of the shortfall won’t be known until final invoices are submitted and a few outstanding YHE pledges are received. We anticipate having a final number by early September.

St. Catherine’s is in the extremely fortunate position of being able to pay all outstanding invoices without impacting other areas of church operations. However, the Vestry and Finance Committee are committed to operating within a balanced budget. The Finance Committee is evaluating a multitude of options to offset the YHE overage within these parameters and will present recommendations at the September Vestry meeting, after completing their due diligence.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns

Mother Sarah Fisher (
Bill Ivey, Senior Warden (
Stephanie Yucius, Junior Warden (
Rebeccah Devault, Treasurer (

St. Catherine's finance update

Please see below for a summary of our January – July 2017 financials:


Jan - July 2017

Jan - July 2017


Jan - July 2016









$ 447,435

$ 458,246

$ (10,811)

$ 458,667

$ (11,232)

Givers of Record

$ 36,117

$ 24,377

$ 11,740

$ 24,915

$ 11,202


$ 24,551

$ 22,604

$ 1,947

$ 5,714

$ 18,837

Total Revenue

$ 508,103

$ 505,227

$ 2,876

$ 489,296

$ 18,807


Human & Financial Resources

$ 341,586

$ 343,904

$ 2,318

$ 302,187

$ (39,399)

Christian Formation

$ 4,054

$ 9,698

$ 5,644

$ 3,787

$ (267)


$ 63,782

$ 71,453

$ 7,671

$ 66,402

$ 2,620

Worship & Music

$ 3,439

$ 3,482

$ 43

$ 2,321

$ (1,118)

Pastoral Care

$ -

$ 1,291

$ 1,291

$ 394

$ 394

Facilities, Grounds & Technology

$ 74,391

$ 66,763

$ (7,628)

$ 65,904

$ (8,487)

Master Planning

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -


$ 1,933

$ 2,518

$ 585

$ 4,839

$ 2,906


$ 1,774

$ 2,769

$ 995

$ 2,210

$ 436

Total Expenses

$ 490,959

$ 501,878

$ 10,919

$ 448,044

$ (42,915)


$ 17,144

$ 3,349

$ 13,795

$ 41,252

$ (24,108)

July 2017 Balance

Main Checking

$ 203,734

Petty Cash

$ 20

Great Oak Fund

$ 100,363

Strategic Reserves   

$ 94,104

Total Cash

$ 398,221

  • Pledge revenue is behind budget by 2.5% year to date. Fortunately, this has been offset by an increase in Givers of Record. However, please remember that the Vestry sets the annual budget based on pledges. Please notify the church office if you are unable to fulfill your 2017 pledge.
  • Facilities, Grounds & Technology is over budget YTD primarily due to the addition of the tinted film in the Sanctuary upper windows. This will be trued-up at year end when we have our final income & expense numbers.

If you have any questions about the numbers above, please let me know.

Rebeccah Devault, St. Catherine’s Treasurer (

Sunday, August 27

We will dedicate the Youth House on Sunday, August 27 at the end of the 8:45 service. We will process from the church to the Youth House, where we will celebrate the completion of our Youth House Expansion and say thank you to the many St. Catherine's volunteers who have been part of this project.

We now have not only a greatly-enlarged home for our growing Youth program but also a wonderful space to host parish meetings and events. We will also have the capability to house more guests during our Family Promise hosting weeks. Please join us to enjoy this important moment in the life of our parish!

Sunday, August 27 - "Go in Peace to Love and Serve"

Special intergenerational event for everyone - 10 am in Youth House

On Sunday, August 27 at 10:00 am , after the Youth House Dedication, we will experience this wonderful new space while exploring different ways that we can "Go" out into the world to share the love we experience at St. Catherine's.  There will be different stations to engage alongside each other with the ideas of sharing service, exercising loving kindness, and keeping peace in our lives. For questions please contact Jenna Parker,, 770-971-2839.

Cats On Wheels

Saturday, August 19 trip to MODA

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us for our next even-month excursion. We will take visit to Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), 1315 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, , and then have brunch at South City Kitchen (Midtown location), 1144 Crescent Ave We will ride-share from the church at 9:30 am. Please RSVP if you want to ride-share and/or if you will join us for brunch (we will save you a seat). Contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, August 22

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations. Right now, blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than it is being donated. A critical shortage of Red Cross blood donations may lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients. Donors with types O, B negative or A negative blood are especially needed and encouraged to give.

SPECIAL OFFER: All who come to donate before Aug. 31, who have an email address on file with the Red Cross, will receive an email for a $5 Target eGiftCard™ after their attempted donation. The Red Cross is so thankful for our blood drive partners. Your hard work is what helps us fulfill our mission of helping save 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.

Acolytes Pool Party Sunday, August 20

1-3 pm at the Westins

FUN, FUN, FUN! Join us for a pool party for all Acolytes to have some fun socializing time. Dorothea & JP Westin have been gracious to open their pool for entertaining, located at 2900 Old Sewell Road Marietta, 30068, 770-977-5438. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served, along with lemonade and iced tea. Please bring a side dish or snack to share. We would love to see everyone there! Please RSVP to Rebecca Riney,, so that we can have a head count.

Pool Party for Young Families

Sunday, August 27 at the Fulchers

Young Families – please join us for a back-to-school pool party on August 27 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the pool of John & Julie Fulcher. All families with children age 12 & younger are invited. Please view the link for details and to RSVP: . We hope to see you there! For questions contact Jenna Parker,, 770-971-2839.

Wednesday Night Live begins August 30

Dinner and programs — For everyone!

Our Wednesday nights have wonderful things in store this year, so join us beginning August 30 to deepen our walk in Christ. We’ll have fellowship and learning for children, youth, adults and young adults! Our evening includes dinner and a worship time. Rehearsals are also held for Choristers and Chancel Choir. Come for any or all portions of the evening as fits your schedule:

6:15-7:00 PM –

  • Choristers rehearsal - kids and youth grades 3-12.
  • Wednesday Night Seekers, age 4 through 2nd grade — We will explore scripture and faith through music, storytelling, art, and drama. Facilitators: Jenna Parker, Judy Guard.
  • Adults — Spiritual Journey of Parenting: While kids are in Choristers or Seekers, parents are invited to join together in community. The goal of this program is to support each other in the journey of serving as the primary spiritual teachers of children, and in turn ensuring personal spiritual needs are met in order to be best equipped for the job. Discussions and topics will be shaped by the needs of the group. Facilitators: Kristi Mulcahey-Johnson, Julie Johnson.

6:30-7:15 PM – Dinner and worship for everyone.

7:15-8:15 PM –

  • Youth, grades 6-12 - Wednesday night gatherings include music, discussion and fun, with relevance for all the J2A age groups. Facilitator: Sally Paris.
  • Wednesday Night Explorers, grades 3-5 — We meet from 7:15 to 7:45 for a program. We will explore faith formation with a fun, collaborative, hands-on approach. We are contemplative and fun, sometimes loud and sometimes serious, at all times we are curious and open to hearing God's word. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.
  • Adult programs — A variety of offerings throughout the year, watch for program subjects in announcements. Facilitator: Mother Sarah Fisher.
  • Chancel Choir rehearsal 7:15-8:30 pm (adults and older youth).

RSVP for dinner : RSVP is requested for dinner each week - you may reply online at .
PRICES: 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 3-4 people to assist Lee Ann Sherry by doing set up, serve, and clean up, ideally rotating to serve once per month. If you are interested in helping with dinner, please contact Sally Paris, Many hands make light work and we NEED your hands!

Christian Formation opportunities this year


Children’s Chapel – 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 8:45 or 11:15 am Sunday service at the Sequence hymn (before the Gospel reading) and return at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually from three to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to assist with this group. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest members of our community in Christ. Coordinators: Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Jenna Parker

Nursery for infants through age 4 – Nursery care is available for infants through age four. The nursery area is located downstairs in the Education building and is open at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings. It remains open through the 11:15 AM service. Nursery care is provided by paid, experienced childcare workers. On occasion, additional assistance is needed and anyone interested in providing help is welcome. Coordinator: Rosemary Wolfe.

Children's Church in August - 10-11 am

  • Sunday, August 20 - We will meet in the Choir Room to explore prayer and different ways to talk to God.
  • Sunday, August 27 - We will all meet in the Youth House for "Go in Peace to Love and Serve" intergenerational (see above!)
  • Sunday, September 3 - No meeting due to the Parish Retreat and Labor Day holiday.
  • Sunday, September 10 - "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd" Church School program begins for the school year.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work. Guided by the CGS Leadership Team, contact: Jenna Parker.

  • Level I Atrium – 3 years old (by September 1) through Kindergarten. Children on their journey of faith get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Eucharist work, and as they work with the liturgy materials. The credo of this child is "help me do it myself." Children select their own work and are given the time and space to work independently and without interruption.
  • Level II Atrium – 1st through 3rd Grades. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations of moments from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork with the materials and utilizing their developing skills in reading and writing.
  • Level III Atrium – 4th through 5th Grades. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan to be realized. This leads to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick.



St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2017-2018 for grades six through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood. Facilitator: Sally Paris, Director of Youth Ministries.

  • Rite-13 (6th and 7th Grades) – The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.
  • J2A (8th and 9th Grades) – Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program It blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.
  • YA (10th and 11th Grades) – Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class also focuses on serving as leaders within the Youth Program and the broader congregation.
  • Senior Class (12th Grade) — The Seniors meet on Sunday mornings to reflect on where they’ve been and where they are going, to implement the leadership skills they’ve developed, to define and affirm their faith.



Sunday offerings

  • Sunday,August 20 – A special presentation in the Parish Hall on the Atlanta Diocese's mission trip to Ghana earlier this year, by Diocesan Canon John Thompson-Quartey and Janet Livingston.
  • Sunday, August 27 – “Go in Peace to Love and Serve” intergenerational event for all ages in Youth House, and Youth House Dedication.
  • Sunday, September 3 - No meeting due to Parish Retreat and Labor Day holiday.

Begining September 10 - Four topics to choose from this fall:

  • Be Still and Know - A meditation class using scriptures to inspire meditations that we will do during Sunday mornings. Some classes will follow the Lectia Divina approach of four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First, a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God. Other classes will feature other meditations including using 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. These are techniques that can be used to not only bring calmness and presence into our lives but also to feel God’s powerful presence. Facilitators: Hale Sanders, Pierce Hale.
  • 950 Pages: the Rest of the Prayer Book - Most of us are quite familiar with the pages starting with page 355 in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The books in the sanctuary fall naturally open to that page. But the other pages? Our class will learn all about this book, held to be a treasure of the Anglican/Episcopal Church for nearly 500 years. We’ll learn about its exciting history as we follow the current edition. We’ll look at prayers included from the earliest days of Christianity and before, as well as every era since. You’ll be amazed at all the information in this one book, and awed by how much comfort and support you can derive from the BCP. You’ll join the ranks of your fellow church members who smile and lovingly say, “God loves to be read to by Episcopalians." Teacher: Ginny Acocella.
  • St. Catherine's Unwrapped - Ever wanted to know more about our church or the Episcopal faith? We will meet in the front hall of the church and spend each Sunday exploring the church, discussing customs at St. Catherine's, talking about what it means to be Episcopalian, and addressing your questions. This class is great for newcomers to St. Catherine's, anyone new to the Episcopal Church from another tradition, and curious adults (even if you've been here a long time). Drop in for one class or many. Facilitator: Elizabeth Lopez, with other leaders and guests.
  • Welcoming – Accepting – Nurturing – Serving - A series of discussions about what it means to truly embody the core values of the mission statement of St. Catherine’s. Incorporating texts, videos & podcasts from top Christian and secular leaders, we will 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: Michael Paris, Sue Snape, Caroline Brennan.
  • In October: Wade in the Water - This offering is designed with special intent for parents and Godparents who are considering having their children baptized, but it is open to all who are interested. What is baptism? Who should be baptized? Does baptism actually do anything? What difference does our baptism make in our lives? These are the questions we'll consider. This class will run for four weeks before major feast days on which we celebrate baptism. The fall class will be held on Sundays in October. Facilitator: Mother Sarah Fisher.

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 a 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 September - May, 7-8:30 PM. This year's study works with the book of Nehemiah. We will use Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break, by Kelly Minter. The book is divided into 7 lessons, with a short video to view at our monthly gathering. This study offers real-life ways to put feet to your faith. 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: Karen Kraeger.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study, Thursdays beginning Sept. 7, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. We will use The Path, A Journey Through the Bible edited by The Rev. Melody Wilson Shobe and David Creech, Ph.D. 2016 (bring your own copy, available from many book sources). The book goes from "God Saw That It Was Good" to "The Alpha and the Omega," and uses the NRSV Bible for citations. All men are encouraged to join us. Facilitator: Tom Snead.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays beginning Sept. 8, 6:30-7:30 AM — This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. We will use Invitation to The New Testament by David A Sinclair and Emerson B. Powery 2005. A 10-15 minute DVD presentation helps us through the sessions. Each meeting is started with "Jesus calls us to..." We will discuss who, what, when, why, and how we are called. All one needs is a Bible and your own study book (available from many book sources). Coffee and bagels are usually brought in. All men are encouraged to join us. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.

Book Study Groups:

  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:15-11:00 AM —Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:15-11:00 AM — All women of St. Catherine’s and their friends are invited to join us. This year’s study is based on Dismantling Injustice: A Disorderly Parable of the Song of Solomon by April Love-Fordham. We welcome you to join us as we read this inspirational, thought-provoking book and look for the sacred in our everyday lives. Facilitator: Barb Selby.
  • Men's Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 8:30 pm — This study is for men to gather over a light supper and study 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.


More offerings:

  • MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers), first Wednesdays beginning September 7, 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM — MOPS is a place for women with children from birth through kindergarten to find friendship, community, resources and support, together embracing the journey of motherhood. What to expect: Brunch (we can't meet without coffee and food); Speakers to give us insight and ideas; Small Groups to relate and share advice with local mom friends; Crafts - fun and easy projects, even for the least crafty of us. Childcare provided with fun, age-appropriate educational activities through St. Catherine's Preschool. Contact Julie Fulcher,, 404-697-0278.
  • “The Journey” (for Inquirers and Adults seeking Baptism) - Beginning in January 2018, The Journey prepares adults new to St. Catherine’s or the Episcopal tradition and those seeking adult baptism for membership in the church. Church members may also attend to refresh their faith journey. The Journey is an opportunity to explore questions about faith, learn about St. Catherine’s and the Episcopal church, gain spiritual tools for your faith journey, and to discern your spiritual gifts, all in small group setting. Watch for announcement of times. Facilitator: Elizabeth Lopez.
  • Education for Ministry (EFM) - Thursdays, 6:30 PM beginning September 7— Enrolling now! Education for Ministry is a course by Sewanee (The University of The South) to help laypeople understand the Bible, church history and philosophy, and discern your place in the community and ministry of our church. The entire program is four years but sign up is one year at a time. Thursday evenings September to May at St. Catherine's beginning Sept. 7. Yearly fee, scholarships available. Check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Jan Potter (404-444-8627, Information about the course is also available at

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 begin soon, see dates below. (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 all but 1 Sunday per month. 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 - Rehearsals Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm beginning August 23 — For instruments and singers! This group leads contemporary worship music for 8:45 service one Sunday per month, plus occasional special services. 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,

Coming soon: New Pictorial Church Directory

Choose your photo date!

St. Catherine’s is soon getting a new Pictorial Church Directory. Everyone who participates by having their picture taken will receive a free 8x10 photo, a printed directory, and a mobile directory for your devices. We hope all St. Catherine’s members will make this a priority – our new directory will depend on everyone to participate.

St. Catherine’s Photography Dates – Sign up soon for best choice of appointment times!:

  • Thursday, September 28: 2 pm- 9 pm
  • Friday, September 29: 2 pm- 9 pm
  • Saturday, September 30: 10 am- 5 pm
  • Sunday, October t: 1 pm- 7 pm
  • Monday, October 2: 2 pm- 9 pm

The easiest way to sign up for your session is to reserve online at . You may also sign up in the foyer at church on Sunday, August 27 or Sunday, September 10.

-> Volunteers will be needed for this project. If you would like to assist, please go to . If you have any questions about our directory project, contact Kristin Blackstock,, 770-971-2649.

Parish Retreat September 2-4

Send Us Your Pictures & Stories

During our retreat we will be taking a look at the "roots" of St Cats. Even 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,


Simple Needs GA - Donation Drive help Saturday, August 19

Simple Needs GA is having their next Donation Drive volunteer day on Saturday, August 19. Volunteer time is 9:30 (or 9:45) until around 1:15.They are located at 991 Industrial Park Drive in Marietta. If you would like to help out, please contact Brenda Rhodes of Simple Needs GA,, 678-523-4122. Also needed are some birthday gifts for the My Birthday Matters program for homeless kids – please go to for the list of birthday gifts and other household needs.

Simple Needs GA in Marietta is an organization which works to meet the simple needs of low-income children, the homeless, and others in need in Cobb County with toiletries and household supplies, shelter necessities, shoes and school uniforms for children, and much more. Learn more about them at

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.

-> Week of August 20 – MUST Laundry Program
One simple, yet meaningful, ministry St. Catherine's has participated in for years is the MUST Laundry program. The men's shelter temporarily houses 30-40 guests at a time while they get back on their feet. These men are often day laborers or looking for job opportunities -- both requiring clean clothes to continue their climb. Our volunteers do the laundry in the evenings so the men can go about their business of seeking or continuing work the following day. According to Dave Yucius, "it is very gratifying to help someone who is working hard to improve their place in life, and to assist in a way that matters very much to them." Feeling called? Hear more at church on August 20 or reach out to Dave Yucius anytime.

-> Week of August 27 - Communities In Schools; Holy Comforter Church

  • Communities In Schools is a dropout prevention organization that works with schools to remove barriers for student success. Placing tutors, mentors, site coordinators, and additional resources in accessible locations can open new doors for students. As a wrap-up to our month of celebrating outreach through Stewardship 365, this Sunday, we have the pleasure of welcoming a recent graduate of Osborne High School, Santos Perez, along with his CIS Site Coordinator, Anna Santiago, to St Catherine's to give our sermon at all 3 services. To learn more about CIS at Osborne and beyond, check out the following short video:
  • Holy Comforter is a very special church, and many of its members live in group homes due to Mental Illness. St. Catherine's has the pleasure of socializing with members of Holy Comforter at barbeques, on hikes and out bowling. It is truly a ministry of presence - offering and receiving love, attention and dignity. Try to catch a glimpse of this in the following video from our Bingo and BBQ party at St. Catherine's last summer: Feeling inspired? Come to church this Sunday to learn more!

Holy Comforter - Save the Dates

By Harriett Pybum

Holy Comforter is a Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta located near the Atlanta Zoo in a neighborhood with many group homes. Many of its members live with mental illness and come to Holy Comforter for worship, hot meals, gardening, art and a sense of community. Our work with Holy Comforter is a ministry of presence – we specialize in field trips and hospitality. We have two wonderful events coming up that we invite you to:

  • Tuesday, September 12 – Holy Hike and Picnic at Red Top Mountain. We will meet at Red Top Mountain around 10am, take a gentle hike (<1 mile) starting at the visitors center, and then drive a short distance to a picnic pavilion where we will enjoy lunch and a presentation from the park ranger. Let us know if you would like to carpool! We will leave about 9:30 am. We should be back by 3 pm.
  • Saturday, October 7 – BBQ and Bingo Party in our own Parish Hall (volunteers arrive by 10am). Our friends at Holy Comforter will come up for a field trip to St. Cat's. They will arrive before lunch and stay for food, bingo and music and wrap up around 2pm. We will need greeters, servers, dessert makers, bingo prizes and setup and cleanup help. But mostly, we need your loving hearts and your presence! Interested? Contact Linda Shrake ( or Harriett Pyburn (
  • Coming in September: Outreach Items Collection for Holy Comforter – During September, we will be collecting fun Bingo prizes for our BBQ and Bingo party for Holy Comforter in early October. Suggested prizes could include: decks of cards, small umbrellas, costume jewelry, new socks, stationary, perfume, tote bags, art supplies, etc. Gently used items in great condition are welcome. Please drop donations in the labeled bin across from the Parlor. Contact Linda Cox, Linda Shrake, or Harriett Pyburn as above with any questions.

Family Promise thanks

By Linda Scott

St. Catherine's just finished hosting our third week of Family Promise guests this year. Barb Selby and I want to thank everyone who volunteered with us this year. Their outstanding dedication and commitment to this ministry is so important in helping these parents and their children get through the rough paths that can get them off course. Our special thanks go to East Cobb United Methodist Church for their wonderful generosity in allowing us to use their facilities until our Youth House is completed. Pictured is one of our dinner teams who provide a hearty and comforting meal for our guests.

Our next hosting is the week after Thanksgiving (November 26-December 3) and if you would be interested in joining one of our teams, Barb and I would love to talk with you. Pick up a brochure on the Outreach table across from the Parlor, and view the Interfaith Hospitality Network YouTube video here to learn more. Thanks again for a great week of hospitality!

July’s Food Pantry collection for ECMS

By Harriett Pyburn

Thank you to everyone who donated supplies for the East Cobb Middle School food pantry during the month of July. The items were delivered on the second day of school, and the school was thrilled.

We had a carload full of a variety of protein, breakfast foods, snacks, gift cards, toiletries, pastas, veggies, and much more. Thanks so much to Kyle and Ella who were expert packers and haulers!

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)

How Can I Serve This Fall?






School Supply Drive to benefit
Communities In Schools

Drop supplies in bins outside the parlor


Tuesday, 8/22

Blood Drive

(give blood or help setup / greet)

St. Cat’s Parish Hall

Age 18 and up
(younger ages may be greeters)

8/22, 8/30, 9/26,
10/24, 11/28

MUST Men’s Laundry
(2 volunteers attend together)

MUST Elizabeth Inn Shelter
(55 Elizabeth Church Rd / Cobb Pkwy)

Age 18 and up

Wednesdays: 8/23, 9/27,
10/25, 11/22

MUST Breakfast: show up at 5:30 to
help cook & serve. Done by 7am

MUST Elizabeth Inn (see above)

Age 18 and up

Tues, Sept 12

Hike / Picnic at Red Top Mountain with
Holy Comforter Church

Red Top Mountain Visitors Center


Sundays 9/17, 10/15, 11/19

Cook, serve and eat dinner at
Women’s Extension

130 Holiday St

Age 13 and up

Saturday 10/7

Holy Comforter BBQ and Bingo Party
(need servers, desserts, etc.)

St Cat’s Parish Hall


Tues, 11/28

MUST Dinner (be a part of group
that donates and or prepare/serve)

MUST Elizabeth Inn (see above)

Age 18 and up


Reflections of the Tuscany Choral Festival

What a great time it was! On June 14-21, nineteen members of our Chancel Choir, with ten more St. Catherine’s parishioners and friends, traveled to Italy for the Tuscany International Choral Festival. We were also delighted to be the choir for the Sunday service at an Episcopal church in Florence (St. James) – there we were warmly welcomed by their congregation and their rector and fellow Southerner, Rev. Canon Mark Dunnam (formerly with the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast!). We sang in Tettucio Spa, the main square of Montecatini Terme, Pisa Cathedral, St. Michael’s in Lucca, and the fortress at the top of the hill-top town of San Gimignano. Many of us are still talking over our experiences and showing our photos to anyone we can, so it must mean we had a truly wonderful trip.

Below are a few reflections from the travelers. Now we only wonder… where will the Chancel Choir travel next?

  • Singing impromptu in the cathedrals of Italy was wondrous . Hearing our voices come back to us was a spiritual experience that won't be forgotten. – Bobbye
  • As a “groupie” on the Italy trip I could sit in the audience and soak in the beautiful resonation of the Chancel Choir, wherever they sang—whether it be in a duomo or the open air. Each time I was filled with emotion, had chill-bumps, or was teary. I'm so grateful for the opportunity given, for the leadership, and the talents at St. Catherine's. – Shirley
  • When I think of our choir tour to Tuscany I think of music that echoes in my heart. I hear the laughter of good friends eating wondrous food and enjoying good wine. While in my mind's eye I see fabled duomos filled with awed tourists. The vibrant colors of the paintings along with glowing sculptures by the likes of Michelangelo remain in my mind. – Swiss
  • T. I. I. – This Is Italy – Jana
  • “Life is short and we do not have enough time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us… so let’s go eat gelato!”

-> Listen to the choir’s performance at Tetuccio Spa in Montecatini Terme… go to the choir’s webpage at and click the links in the “Hear Us” section in the right column.

Volunteer Corner: "The Stewardship of Time"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

I recently read an online article about the stewardship of Time. The opening sentence in the paragraph said, “There are many inequities in the world, but one thing we all have in common is the same amount of time each day. God has allotted twenty-four hours to each of us. Perhaps, because we are products of our fast-paced society, we tend to think and act as though God has short changed us when it comes to time.”

We have all said, ‘There isn’t enough time in a day to do all I want to do,’ or ‘I just don’t know where the time goes.’ With all of our modern conveniences and technological advances we should have more time, but the opposite seems to be the case. We all run, run, run, go, go and go, and often seem out of breath. But if I need help or a ministry needs a volunteer, it seems to me the busiest people always say yes. The majority of our Ministry Team Conveners, Vestry members, team leaders, teachers and Outreach volunteers can share a list of the many ministries they serve and the way they make the best use of that gift of time.

Last Sunday at the Ministries Brunch and Learn between 8:45 and 11:15 services, we heard many of those leaders share their passions about our many ministries. Those leaders also asked for those present to give just a little of their time. I would add that when you give that gift of time, it is a gift returned with many rewards.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth”. The scripture goes on to say all events have their proper time and season. Call me if you have the time…

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 Jan Potter, see lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.


Sunday, August 6 -

Fall Schedule begins; Blessing of the Backpacks and Parish Town Hall. See lots more photos in the album at ChurchBackpacksTownHall080617

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 21-27: Mentoring Youth — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Mentoring Youth group. Young people need connections with many adults, not just their parents, in order to grow emotionally and spiritually and to make better choices in their lives. Adult members of St. Catherine's are trained to be mentors and friends to teens. Adults and youth meet every two weeks in casual surroundings to talk, plus group events such as bowling, rafting and hiking three or four times a year. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Hale Sanders, 678-472-1839,
  • August 28-September 3: Education for Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of Education for Ministry (EFM), a four year program from the University of the South which meets weekly from September to May. EFM offers education and opportunity to discover how to respond to our individual call to Christian service. Registration is yearly and a charge is involved, scholarships available. To find out more please contact Jan Potter, 404.444.8627,, or Chris Potter, 404.376.7430,
  • September 4-10: Acolytes — This week we celebrate the life and work of Acolytes, youth who assist the clergy during worship services. Training and vestments are provided. We welcome youth who have a personal desire to serve, and the maturity to sit attentively, follow the bulletin and fully participate in the worship service. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Acolyte Masters Randy Satterfield or Sarah Thomas, or Jenna Parker or Sally Paris.


Dear St. Catherine’s,

Thank you to everyone that celebrated with Jim and me on July 22 nd! Fr. Dean was so right when he said, “This is what love looks like!” and we felt every bit of it. Thank you to the altar guild, to the flower guild, to the wedding guild, to the acolytes, and the ushers! Everything was beautiful! Thank you Jana, the music was awesome!!

Gina and Jim

Dear [Janet Livingston, Al and Sue Jones, and Cary Kilgore who helped with the July 21 Emmaus House Picnic in conjunction with Incarnation Episcopal Church]

Thank you for shopping, cooking and serving hot dogs after the Emmaus House Freedom School finale. We were so grateful for your help—the children and families enjoyed the good and we were gald you were there to celebrate the last day of Freedom School with us. We look forward to seeing members of St. Catherine’s again!

Ann Fowler, Emmaus House Education Director

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

  • The Extension on August 3, for gift of $300.

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

  • Janet Livingston in celebration of her husband’s cure of cancer,
    and in remembrance of the anniversary of Jonathan Daniels, Martyr of the Episcopal Church, August 20, 1965, shot to death helping with civil rights.


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.


Mikell Folk School October 20-22

Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Camp Mikell offers the only folk school in Georgia! Fall classes will be Friday, October 20 –Sunday, October 22 in Weaving, Stained Glass, Woodturning, Knitting (beginner & intermediate), Spinning ,Upcycled Art, and Independent Study. For information and to register please go to


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

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


Wellness Tips

  • Diabetes foot care
    Foot care is very important for people with diabetes. It is especially important if you experience a loss of feeling in your feet, changes in the shape of your feet, and/or foot ulcers or sores that do not heal. Inspect your feet daily, preferably in the evening. Check for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling and infected toenails. If you have trouble bending over to check your feet, use a mirror or ask a family member or caregiver for help. Source: National Institutes of Health
  • Fantastic fiber
    Fiber is a key ingredient for good health. It comes in two forms, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber sources such as whole grains, many fruits and vegetables and wheat bran may help remedy constipation or stool irregularity. Oatmeal, barley, nuts, seeds and legumes are good sources of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is associated with lowering cholesterol, which can help prevent heart disease. Both types of fiber have different, but important, health benefits. It is best to choose a variety of high-fiber foods each day. Remember to increase fiber slowly and drink sufficient fluids. Source: National Library of 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: Hugh “Hooty” Noble

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Todd Denton, Hale Sanders, Mark Singleton, Sara Ames, Marguerite McLeod, Matt Fronzak, Marjorie Pavkov, Bill Bainbridge, Grace Bunke, Tim Seibert, Josh & Megan Cook, Donald Schooley, Dave Daniels, Donovan Parnes, Hugh Gardner, Pat Mitchell, Nina Goodall, Keith Buller, Gail Ball, Bea Cowan, Emily Mikkelsen, Chase Blanton, Rick Sullens, Dot Lacy, Stephen Burd, Sam Watson, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham, Chubby Rice.

ANNIVERSARIES: Chuck & Michelle Zimmerman (8/27), Dave & Stephanie Yucius (8/31), Tad & Alison Travis (9/1), David & MaryLou Shannonhouse (9/2), Chuck & Linda Shrake (9/3), Fred & Jennifer Massey (9/5), Charles & Tami Mace (9/5), Adam & Julie Stone (9/5).

BIRTHDAYS: (8/20) Laura Butzen, (8/21) Jim Kareken, (8/23) Grady Hitchins, (8/24) Linda Minzenberger, (8/25) James Sampson, David Sherry, Wyatt Pitts, (8/26) Seamus Fahy, (8/27) Karen Manno, Ellen Adams, Susie Davis, (8/28) Deborah Weigel, Jeff Pierce, (8/29) Melina Smith, Harry Tear, (8/30) David Worden, Zoey Hutton, (8/31) Davis Waldron, (9/2) Pat Pepper, Mark Moore, (9/3) John Brooks, James Bell, (9/4) Maggie Culberson, Howell Haunson, (9/5) Regan Parker, (9/6) Vincent Bagby.

(8/20) Ray, Nancy & Becky Ban; David, Molly, Leah & Spencer Banko; Curtis, Karley Ann & Lauren Barber; Nancy Barke; John, Barbara, Riley, Katie, Mary Alice & Thad Barrington.
(8/27) Lynn Barton; Abby Baumann; Art & Susan Bayless; David, Kelly & Rachel Bottoms; CJ, Aaren, James & Harrison Bell.
(9/3) Alma Bellafiore; Sarah Bennett; Brian & Mary Benton; Ron & Connie Bergeron; Vera Bibbings.

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, 8/19 Saturday, 8/26


Cats On Wheels @MODA

Sunday, 8/20 Sunday, 8/27


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Youth & Children's Christian Formation
Ghana Mission Presentation
Holy Eucharist
Acolyte Pool Party @Westin's
Girl Scouts


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Youth House Dedication
Intergenerational Eventl
Holy Eucharist
Young Families Pool Party @Fulcher's
Concert Series Reception @Gale's

Monday, 8/21 Monday, 8/28

Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Family Promise Volunteer
Boy Scounts


Elizabeth Inn
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 8/22 Tuesday, 8/29


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry
Transition Team


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Family Promise Housing
Wednesday, 8/23 Wednesday, 8/30
MUST Breakfast Team


Choristers - Parent Meeting & Rehearsal
WNL Wednesday Night Seekers & Parenting
WNL Dinner
WNL Wednesday Night Explorers & Youth
WNL Adults
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 8/24 Thursday, 8/31

Girl Scout Interest Night


Friday, 8/25 Friday, 9/1

Mother Sarah's day off
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:

  • Parish Retreat – September 2-4 at Lake Logan, NC
  • Sunday, September 3 – No Christian Formation/Church School
  • Sunday, September 10 – Christian Formation/Church School: Adult classes and “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” program for children begin; Youth J2A continues;
    Christian Formation Leaders Commissioning
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Holy Comforter Holy Hike and picnic at Red Top Mountain State Park
  • Saturday, September 16 – Home Buyers workshop 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday, September 24 – No Christian Formation/Church School
  • October 7-8 - National Acolyte Festival
  • Wednesday, October 11 – Blessing of the Animals 7 pm


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

August 30 - WNL Begins!
September 1-3 - Parish Retreat
September 3 - No Church School
September 10 - Church of the Common Ground
September 24 - No Church School
September 25 - Lunch and Games with Mo. Sarah
September 27 - No WNL
October 6-8 - New Beginnings #38
October 7-8 - National Acolyte Festival
October 21 - Corn Maze Trip
October 27-28 - Happening Team Training


Start the year – stay in contact with St. Catherine’s EYC


In the Diocese

  • New Beginnings #38 October 6-8 at Camp Mikell
    New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth in grades 6-8. Over the years, New Beginnings has grown and now hosts no less than 100 youth every October and February at Camp Mikell. Participants are the youth and sponsors that attend the weekend. Sponsors are the adult chaperones and are also considered participants. Participants do not have to be Episcopalian, but they must come recommended through an Episcopal Church and have an adult sponsor who attends the weekend. The New Beginnings Team is a group of adults, high schoolers, and young adults that work together to bring the love of Christ to all participants. You do not need to have participated in New Beginnings to be on team.
    Registration for New Beginnings 38 is open. Team registration deadline is September 10, Participant registration deadline is October 1. See information and registration at
  • Happening #68 November 17-19 at Camp Mikell
    Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers, for teenagers, with the help of clergy and lay adult leadership. The Happening program is meant to be one of the instruments within the Anglican Tradition of renewing the Christian church in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that the church may more readily respond to its call to spread the Kingdom of God throughout the world. It seeks to achieve this purpose by bringing young persons and adults to fuller personal knowledge of and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to a deeper level of commitment and apostleship.
    Happening Team is the group of high school youth that lead the entire weekend. Adults are a part of team to chaperone, but they step back and let the teens make it all "happen".
    Rector Application: Seniors who meet the qualifications and feel called to apply are welcome to do so between now and September 17th. Please read and follow instructions carefully!!
    Celebration Team is a special part of the Happening Team that comes together Saturday night to pray for the candidates on site at Camp Mikell.
    Candidates - First time youth attending Happening come to the weekend as candidates. The weekend is for the candidates!
    Registration for Happening #68 is open. Team registration deadline is September 17. See information and registration at


Reflection of EYE

Episcopal Youth Event 2017, by Kathleen Iacobelli

EYE17 was a life changing trip for me. I learned many new things about my faith and about others in my faith. But most importantly, I learned how faith helps you through your highs and lows.

Photos: St. Cat’s youth, Diocese of Atlanta, and Province IV, by Sally Paris.

Our trip started before others at EYE. The Diocese of Atlanta had a meeting to discuss what our week at EYE would be like. We also learned facts about Oklahoma and got to know the other people that would be on the trip. After that, we had many weeks to prepare for our journey.

On Sunday, at St. Catherine’s, my home parish, we said a blessing before our trip early Monday morning. As Mother Sarah said, we were very privileged to be able to go on such a trip and have the opportunity to learn about others in our faith. And that we did.

I could not wait to go on my trip and I am sure all of you have experienced the times when something very exciting is going to happen the next day so you wake up many times during the night to see if it is time. Well, that happened to me. I woke up many times that night waiting for this super exciting trip to begin. When it was time to wakeup that morning, I was ready to go. I had packed all of the things I was sure to need and got in the car to head to the airport. On the way there, we stopped and picked up Owen, one of the boys from my church who was going on this trip. Finally, after what seemed to be the longest car ride ever, we were at the airport. We parked the car and my dad took us into the airport where we met Sally and all of our other friends that were going. We checked our bags, went through security and were ready to go. Shortly after that, we boarded the airplane and headed for Dallas. When we got there, we all got off the plane, bought lunch and sat at the gate. A group of us were sitting on the floor playing a game of Uno. And from that moment on, I knew we would be great friends. A short while later, we got on the airplane and headed to our final destination, Oklahoma City. When we got there, we were welcomed by the EYE17 Staff and headed off to the University of Oklahoma City. On the bus ride there, we met a few people from other dioceses. They were just a few of the people we would meet. When we got there, Sally checked us in while we stood outside. And thanks to Happening and New Beginnings, we all knew many of the same songs. So, being the loud group we are, we began to sing. We sang and sang all of the words we knew. Then, Sally returned and we had our first pep talk about all the rules and how to work the EYE app. We got assigned rooms and we all went to find them. Then, we went to play on some of the bouncy houses and play on the soccer fields. This is where we met new friends, played games and shared stories. We taught people how to play Duck Duck Animal and many other of our favorite games. Then, it was dinner time. We were waiting in line for dinner when two feet in front of me, a kid fell down and began to have a seizure. I called for Sally while others called 911 and got him help. I held the doors with one other person to help the EMTs. While the rest of our group grabbed others and began to pray. When he needed more room, we went to the other side of the dining hall and got food. During this time, we continued to pray for him.

The next day came and we went down for breakfast. After eating a good meal, we met many new friends while we played soccer, volleyball and basketball. We got in line to get seats at the opening Eucharist. This is where we watched Perry carry the cross and Alexis carry our Atlanta banner. This is when the Bishop came to talk to us. He gave a great sermon about going out and helping those who need it, not just the ones that everyone else is helping. He also told us to help others not because others will thank us or acknowledge us but to do it because they need to be helped and because those are the people God would want us to help. After Eucharist, we played more games and tried to learn new names.

On Wednesday, we wore our EYE shirts and toured many places like the art museum and the Oklahoma City bombing museum. This was a very sad place because you were really there right as the tragedy was happening. It showed you the faces of the lives lost and showed news clips. I even cried which, if you haven’t met me is a big deal because I rarely cry. The end of the museum tour was the saddest part. You walk up to huge glass windows and look in to the base of what used to be the building. Then, you see the most powerful part, two signs as tall as houses. The sign on the left wall is marked 9:01 and the sign on the right is marked 9:02 and in the middle are huge metal chairs that are marked with the names of those that died and they were glowing with lights that pointed up from the base. They weren’t just chairs but they were a memorial for the men, women and children that died. They had names on them and they were different sizes. The big chairs were for adults and the little chairs are for the kids. When I walked up to the windows and saw this, all I could do was stand there, cry and wonder why anyone would do this. I was then comforted by others in my group who gave me hugs. As we walked out, everyone slowly began to talk. Everyone started to look to the left and point. They were pointing at a fence, a metal chain linked fence where loved ones left flowers, art, stuffed animals, notes and so much more. It was so powerful to experience something like this but in my heart, I knew God did it for a reason.

We toured other exhibits like the house show and history museum. Late that night, we headed back to the campus where we talked about how we felt and the impact it had on us. Time flew by and it was time to wake up again. We ate breakfast and then got seats in the gym to listen to a group from Kids 4 Peace. They told us about how hard it was to live where they did because everyone was always in wars and bombing each other. After I listened, I took a moment to thank God that I live in America and even when we have bad times and bombings, we still have people to help us. I prayed that one day the world will be peaceful so we could really love one another - no matter what someone looks like or where they come from.

We then headed to Praxis sessions which are like small group learning times. During these, I learned about how to work with others, how to use my voice, how to pray and how to join the Jesus Movement. In case you don’t know, that the Jesus Movement is, it is a movement led by the Bishop where he explains that you show love others and help those who need it, not because you will get recognized but because it is the right thing to do. This is was my first time hearing the Bishop talk and it was very impressive. He explained the Bible and the movement in a way a teen would understand but also like he had just met with God at Starbucks to discuss what he should tell us.

After that, we met new people and got ready for dinner knowing that tomorrow we had to leave. That night, we had a closing Eucharist where we learned more songs and prayed for those who would be leaving the next day. During Communion, we got coins with the EYE logo and the Episcopal symbol on them. We were told to keep one to remind us of the trip and to take the other to someone who impacted us. The next day, we were exhausted. We got on the bus which got us to the airport after saying many sad good-byes. On the way home, I thought about how good our trip was and how thankful I was to be a part of such a cool trip. When we got home, I told my parents about how much fun I had and how I was so excited to tell everyone at St. Cat’s about my trip.

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