The people of St. Catherine's seek
to share in the love that Jesus Christ
has for us and the world by
welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 9 - 22, 2017

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Clergy Letter

Christian Formation offerings
Pictorial Directory
Maintenance requests
Cats On Wheels
Home Buyer Workshop
Cathedral Bookstore
Low Country Boil
Presiding Bishop visit
Concert Series
Flowers & candles
Blessing of Animals

Holy Comforter
Items collection for FP
Where I can serve

Parishioner news
Stewardship focus
Youth House dedication
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Cathedral Book Store
Wellness tips

Common Ground Church
Lunch & games
Bishop Curry trip
Wish list
New Beginnings




9/13, 20 - WNL

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

9/12 – Holy Comforter hike

9/16 – Layreaders fellowship;
Home Buyers workshop;
Cats On Wheels @Red Lobster

9/17 - Safeguarding God’s People training

9/16 – Home Buyers workshop 9 am – 5 pm

9/17 – The Extension dinner

9/24 – No Christian Formation/Church School

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"Renewing, Returning and Responding"

The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher

Last weekend, many of us headed for the mountains for the St. Catherine’s Parish Retreat at Lake Logan. It was a wonderful weekend, filled with prayer, singing, laughter, eating, games, and telling stories. This is one of my favorite pictures from our time away:

What I love about this picture is that it captures much of the beauty of our time away. There was stillness and prayer and places for folks to get to know each other in new ways. I also loved that through our wonderful staff and some fearless volunteers, we had programs crafted specifically for each age group. Our youth and children fully participated in the richness of this time away. Below is an example of that work—our youth learning about and practicing meditation:

While all retreats end and we have to come back down the mountain, the opportunities continue for us to be formed and grow together as a community. This Sunday, Christian Formation opportunities for all ages—children, youth and adults—are available at 10:00 AM. Our offerings include opportunities to go deeper in our spiritual, theological and prayer lives.

And we are now two weeks into our Wednesday Night Live program. Like Sunday mornings, Wednesdays has offerings for all ages. In addition to Choristers, Chancel Choir and Jubilate rehearsals, we also have Christian Formation opportunities for all ages. Beginning at 6:15 there is programming for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. At the same time, a Spirituality of Parenting class is offered. At 7:15, our older elementary school children and youth have an opportunity to explore their faith while adults meet with me to consider how the world and faith intersect. And to top it all off, a delicious, homemade dinner is available from 6:30-7:30. I hope you’ll consider being part of this wonderful evening.

Finally, as I write this we are watching as many hurricanes consider colliding onto land. I ask your prayers for all who are in the path of the hurricanes, all who are responding to the clean-up efforts of Harvey, and all who will respond to the hurricanes that will soon reach land. For now, I believe our best way to help is financially. I encourage you to consider giving to Episcopal Relief and Development at In the weeks and months ahead, we will watch to see what ways we may partner with churches in need in Texas, Florida, and other areas impacted by these hurricanes.

I remain grateful for this community of hope and love. I am glad to be among you.

Under the mercy,

Christian Formation/Church School

Adult classes and Catechesis program begin Sunday, September 10

Christian Formation/Church School is offered on Sundays at 10 am. NOTE - No Christian Formation on September 24 (Cobb Schools fall break).


Four topics to choose from this fall, plus a baptism prep class for parents and godparents in October. Look for the map in your bulletin on September 10 for classroom locations:

  • 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.
  • UPDATED: Walk In Love
    A series of discussions, activities, challenges, meditations and experiments to help us determine what it means to truly embody the core values of the mission statement of St. Catherine’s. We will collaborate ideas, activities, readings, and fellowship to identify opportunities to bring Bishop Curry’s vision in The Jesus Movement as well as the Atlanta Diocese vision #LoveLikeJesus to life – both inside and outside the walls of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia. Facilitators: Sue Snape, Michael Paris, Caroline Brennan and guests.
  • 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 October 15, 22, 29. Facilitator: Mother Sarah Fisher.


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, Director of Children and Family Ministry.

  • 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.



Our program for Youth, the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum continues each Sunday. Facilitator: Sally Paris, Director of Youth Ministries.

  • Rite-13 (6th and 7th Grades)
  • J2A (8th and 9th Grades)
  • YA (10th and 11th Grades)
  • Senior Class (12th Grade)

Wednesday Night Live each week

Dinner and programs — For everyone!

Our Wednesday nights are in full swing, so join us each week to deepen our walk in Christ. We have fellowship and learning for all ages! Our evening includes dinner and a worship time. Choir rehearsals are also held -- Jubilate at 6 pm, Choristers and Chancel Choir times as below. Come for any or all portions of the evening as fits your schedule.

NEW Adult program at 7:15 pm: "Praying and Seeking: An invitation to encounter the Holy" - Our series will focus on looking at the world around us, doing a bit of theological reflection and wondering where God is in the midst of it all. We'll end each night with space for stillness and night prayer, using prayers from around the world. Led by Mother Sarah.

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: 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.

6:30-7:30 PM – Dinner and worship for everyone. (Dinner on September 13 will be Taco Bar, see your weekly parish email for menus coming up.)

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 program— "Praying & Seeking," see description above. 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 available for savings. Scholarships are available, please contact Sally Paris,

-> Dinner help wanted -- 3-4 people to help with set up, serve, and clean up per week - go to our sign-up form to indicate date(s) you can participate, or check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Sally Paris, Many hands make light work and we NEED your hands!

Pictorial Church Directory is coming

Choose your photo date now!

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 depends on everyone to participate!

Please go now to to book your appointment, or if all dates are full at the moment join the waiting_list for the next set of appointments which will be opened soon. You may also sign up at church on September 10.

If you have any questions about our directory project, contact Kristin Blackstock,, 770-971-2649. Note: if you wish to opt-out of being included the directory, either photo or contact information, please inform Kristin.

Use our new Maintenance Request Order Form

By Rose Wolfe, Parish Administrator

St. Catherine's has a large church facility, and we need you to help us keep our church home in good working order and appearance! A new Maintenance Request order form for the church and preschool is now available. If you see something that needs our attention around our church building or grounds, please pick up our form and submit a maintenance request. The forms can be found on the different tables in the foyer, in the church office, and also available to download & print on our website at Please fill out the form and give it to Parish Adminstrator Rose Wolfe or put it in the church main office.

NOTE - as always, if you see something that is URGENT -- water flowing, roof leaking, etc. -- then please contact the church office as soon as possible!

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 be sure to register in advance. Trainings must be renewed periodically. If you take either class, or if you have questions whether you need either training, contact Becky Adams,, 770-971-2839, so that we can keep our records up to date.

Upcoming classes:

  • Safeguarding God's People Saturday, Sept. 16 at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in McDonough,, 10 am to 1 pm. To register: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Silver,

  • Safeguarding God's People Sunday, Sept. 17 at St. Catherine’s, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. IMPORTANT NOTE: you must complete an online module at home before this class. To register: email both and

  • Safeguarding God’s Children Thursday, Oct. 5 at St. Catherine’s, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. To register:

Layreaders and Youth Readers gathering

Attention all layreaders and youth readers! You are invited to join us for bagels, coffee & beverages, and fellowship on Saturday, September 16 at 9-11 am in the Youth House. No RSVP, please come.

Cats On Wheels

Saturday, September 16 - Lunch at Red Lobster

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us at 11:30 am for our next odd-month, pay-your-own lunch out, this time at the Red Lobster near Town Center Mall, 2626 George Busbee Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA 30144, Red Lobster Kennesaw. Please RSVP to let us know you are coming so we can save you a seat. Contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Home Buyer's Workshop

Saturday, September 16, 9 am to 5 pm

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

In order to keep the class to eight hours (a HUD requirement) we do not break for lunch and lunch will not be provided so make sure you bring your own. This workshop is being covered by a grant from Wells Fargo so there is no charge and the public is invited. You will receive a certificate at the end of the workshop indicating your completion. Believe it or not it's a fun day, we work hard to make sure that you not only get the information you need but are engaged and, to the greatest extent possible, entertained. Contact Randy for more information,

Cathedral Book Store coming to St. Cat’s

Sunday, October 1

The Cathedral Book Store is coming to St. Catherine’s on October 1! Drop in to the sale 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in our Parish Hall to find books and special items to purchase for yourself and for gifts (thinking ahead to holiday time?). Choices will include Bibles, BCPs, adult books, children’s books, devotionals, fiction & non-fiction, gifts, stationary and more. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Best of all, the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to our choice of ministries. For this event we have designated the donation to go to Episcopal Relief and Development in consideration for their hurricane relief work. You can preview the Book Store's catalog online at

Low Country Boil – Saturday, October 7

Tickets will go fast!

By Elizabeth Lopez

You are invited to an evening of food, fun, and fellowship at our annual Low Country Boil, Saturday October 7 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets are $17.50 per person and will go on sale Sundays at church beginning September 10 between all services, continuing until all are sold. Make your plans soon: this event usually sells out in 2-3 weeks. The event is open to adults 21 and older. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.)

Your ticket includes the shrimp boil, dessert, beer/wine, and tea. Any proceeds from the evening will be donated to Episcopal Relief and Development for their ongoing relief efforts in Houston, and in any community with great need. Please see Fred or Elizabeth Lopez for more information or email We look forward to seeing you there!

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits Atlanta Diocese

Join us at Candler School on Wednesday, October 11

Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. All adults and youth are invited to join us at the Candler School of Theology for his Keynote Address at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 11. Our Wednesday Night Live programs will not meet this night so all may attend (WNL dinner will still be provided).

Registration is required by October 9 to attend this event. You may make your reservation through us at or through the Atlanta Diocese registration site. Reserve soon as this event is expected to be very full! A carpool will leave from St. Catherine's at 5:00 pm or you may arrange your own transportation. The Candler School of Theology is located at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Bishop Curry’s address will be “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta.. This event is open to the public. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for The Jesus Movement to Atlanta. Bishop Curry will also celebrate and preach at the worship service for the Annual Vergers’ Guild Conference on Friday, October 13 at 12 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

St. Catherine’s Friends of Music announce 2017-18 Concert Series

By Linda Scott

St. Catherine's Friends of Music gathered at the home of Emily and Nelson Gale in late August to announce the sixth season of their concert series. The 2017-18 season of free concerts is sponsored by the Friends of Music and you are invited to attend and to support this coming season. Performers this year include:

  • The Charlestones (acapella men’s quartet) - Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm
  • The Summit Trio (piano, violin and cello) - Sunday, January 14 at 4 pm
  • Feiner Musicke (harp and tenor)- Sunday, March 4 at 4:00 pm
  • The Schola Cantorum of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta- Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm

Full information is now on our website so go to our Concerts page to find out all the details and mark your calendars for this season’s offerings. You will find handouts to share with friends on tables at church. For a flyer to download and share with more friends, see .

Photos - At the Friends of Music Reception (pictures by Connie Bergeron)

New books in St. Catherine's Library

By Woody Patrick

Before she left St. Catherine’s in July, Amma Susan was gracious enough to donate to St. Catherine’s library a number of books from her own book shelves. Those books have now be placed in our library and you are invited to browse through the shelves to find something that interests you.

There is an expanded shelf of books by, for and about women, such as Images, Women in Transition,The Forgotten Desert Mothers and A God Who Looks Like Me. You may be interested in the new Learn New Testament Greek, Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament, or, on another shelf, The Study of Anglicanism. You will find Listening to Your Life, The Alphabet of Grace and Graying Gracefully on a more diverse shelf. There are so many more. See what you can find for you.

The library is located in the wing of our building that houses offices for the Youth Director, Children & Family Director and the Parish Administrator.

Flowers & candles sponsors needed

Our church flowers and altar candles are solely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you!

The schedule of upcoming dates is listed on the Volunteer Opportunities in your bulletin and available in the church office. You may sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one or special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, feel free to choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Please remember to send your payment to the church office on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.

Save the date

Mark your calendar for the evening of Wednesday, November 15 for a very special service of Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of The Rev. Sarah Fisher as Rector of St. Catherine's. More details coming soon!

Blessing of the Animals on October 18

Join us for our annual celebration of the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals in the evening of Wednesday, October 18 (note this change of date). Schedule and details coming soon!


Holy Comforter - The Ministry of Presence

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 (
  • Bingo prizes wanted – During September, we will be collecting fun Bingo prizes for our October 7 BBQ and Bingo party. 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 at the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Contact Linda Cox, Linda Shrake, or Harriett Pyburn as above with any questions.

New Outreach items collection

Children’s Activity Kits, diapers and wipes for Family Promise

For the past 2 years, Young Families Ministry has sponsored the collection of Blessing Bags to support homeless children entering into the Family Promise of Cobb County program with needed items such as pajamas, undergarments and toiletries. Due to the generosity of St. Catherine’s parishioners and preschool families, Family Promise is well stocked with these bags. They have identified a new need – Activity Kits, Diapers and Wipes. We are collecting any size diapers, pull-ups and wipes as well as Activity Kits – plastic bags containing items such as coloring or puzzle books, crayons, and books. Plastic bags with age ranges are available for pick up in the foyer. Or, if you’d prefer to have us do the shopping, donations are accepted and will be used to fill in needed sizes of diapers.

Ingathering will be Sunday, October 15. For more information, please contact Molly Banko at For details about the Family Promise program, see .

How Can I Serve This Fall?





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: 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


Parishioners in the news

Beca Westin earns Girl Scouting’s highest award

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta was recently pleased to recognize Beca Westin on earning her Gold Award, the highest award possible in Girl Scouts. She will be honored at the GoGold Award Ceremony to be held in March 2018. Beca’s award project was to create and develop a FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLLJr.) Robotics Workshop to educate local second and third graders as an outreach of Wheeler High School’s award-winning “CircuitRunners” robotics team. Her workshop hosted 35 students from 11 different Cobb County Schools and home schoolers. The CircuitRunners have created a new position for Beca as the FLLJr Outreach Coordinator for the team. She is looking forward to an exciting new year and hopefully an even more successful workshop. Great job, Beca!

September's Stewardship 365 focus: Invitation Ministry Team

By Susan Heuke, Invitation Ministry Convener

This month Stewardship 365 is spotlighting the Invitation Ministry Team. We are the Greeters who greet you every Sunday in the Foyer, the Shepherds who personally welcome visitors and forward their inquiries to the appropriate staff, the Porch Visitors who deliver bread to the visitors, the Bread Bakers who provide the bread, and the Event Planning team who put on quarterly coffees where newcomers and parishioners can get to know each other. If you have a half hour or so to spare once a month, won’t you consider joining our team? Detailed fliers are available on the large bulletin board next to the name tags.

Here is what some of our team members are saying about being on Invitation:

“We’ve visited other churches, sometimes just by chance and sometimes while shopping for a new regular place to worship. It’s not rare to attend some and have no one speak to us. It’s also a total turn-off. We are a welcoming community, and it’s essential that we greet and welcome everyone who enters St. Catherine’s. Being involved with the Ministry of Invitation is one way to help greet and welcome those who give us a visit. It is part of who we are.” Al Jones

“I joined the ministry team because I felt that St. Catherine’s welcoming spirit was what I liked best about being a new member. So, by joining the committee I could share that experience with other new and potentially new members.” Dorothea

“I am a Greeter because it’s a painless way to serve our church community and welcome members and visitors on Sunday.” Rachel Bagby

The Expanded Youth House – A dream realized

By Keith Dumke

About two years ago it was brought to the attention of the Master Planning committee that our Youth House was overcrowded. After agreeing to “look into it,” Maureen and I got Fred Massey to agree to be General Contractor if we would head up the fund raising.

With Vestry approval, the process began. Some say timing is everything! A brand new youth director had just been hired, a new interim rector was just taking the helm, and we launched a capital campaign to raise approximately $140,000.00 to double the size of our youth house. We built a team of passionate, committed people, we talked about fundraising, we wrote letters, we encouraged the youth to participate, we asked questions, and we talked to those who had doubts and concerns. Ultimately, commitments were made, fund raising activities were launched, and the pledges came in. The building process began.

So much has happened in these two short years (Fred might disagree with the term “short”). Volunteers from all corners of St. Catherine’s showed up for what often seemed like countless Saturdays to keep pushing the dream forward. We had wall builders and roofers, plumbers, electricians, wood workers, painters, food suppliers, tilers, ceiling hangers, cheer leaders, and a lot of prayers. Most all of these were volunteers from the family of St. Catherine’s, dedicating their time, talent, treasure and prayerful support. So many came happily together to build a building, to strengthen a community, to support our youth, and to once again show how the Holy Spirit continues to live and work at our church.

A HUGE Thank You to everyone who believed in and supported this dream. Thanks to everyone who gave a little of who they are, which added up to a whole lot of love and an amazing new facility that our church and youth and the Family Promise Program will be able to benefit from for years to come, a space filled with the Holy Spirit! Most of all, thank you, Fred! Thank you for all you have done, for all your passion and love you have shown to the youth at St. Catherine’s. Your gift is immeasurable. To God be the glory!


At the Youth House Dedication on August 27

-> Watch the great photos slideshow of our build -- Go to

Photos below by Jan Potter, Bettye Harris, Hale Sanders, see lots more full size in the album at ChurchYouthHouseDed082717

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey, Dorothea Westin and more. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.

Breakfast Sept. 3 served by
Kent Hankinson, Janet Livingston,
Dorothea & JP Westin with our
regulars. A bright moment in
Fellowship Team served dinner at
Elizabeth Inn Aug. 28 - hot dogs,
hamburgers, veggie burgers
always a hit!
Cannon John Thompson-Quartey preached on August 20, and
presented on the Diocesan Ghana Mission with Janet Livingston

Parish Retreat 2017

Labor Day weekend at Lake Logan, NC - See lots more photos full size in the album at 2017 Parish Retreat Fun & Fotos

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.

  • September 11-17: Calling and Caring Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Calling and Caring Ministry, volunteers who reach out to parish shut-ins at home, in the hospital and in nursing homes, and assist with rides to church and medical appointments to parishioners in need. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Tom Hunter, 678.488.6675,
  • September 18-24: MUST Ministries — This week we celebrate the life and work of MUST Ministries, , a volunteer-driven community organization which addresses the basic needs of individuals and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties and beyond. St. Catherine’s is highly involved through our Outreach Ministry Team (Harriett Pyburn, 678.612.7384, with dinner, breakfast and laundry volunteers at its Elizabeth Inn shelter, Summer Lunch program and much more.


Dear St. Catherine’s Family,

We want to thank you for the many, many ways that you supported us during Hale’s recent surgery. Thank you for your prayers, cards, phone calls, texts, meals and altar flowers. We are so very thankful that Hale is feeling well and is on the path to complete recovery. We are indeed blessed to be part of such a loving and caring church community. Your support helped to us to get through this difficult and uncertain time.

With love and appreciation,
Diane and Hale Sanders

“What a wonderful ministry!” Those were the words from Cannon John Thompson-Quartey when he called my cell phone to thank Chuck and me for leaving a bouquet at his front door. We had left him a voice mail message earlier, so he was expecting to see the flowers, just not quite as beautiful a bouquet as he found.

Swiss Britt was our other “customer.” She & Peter were at church , so we handed her the arrangement & card. In turn, she handed the bouquet to Anna Santiago, one of our guest speakers [August 27 lay sermon by guests from Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County]. Anna was thrilled.

God is good. Our thanks to all who make this ministry happen. [St. Catherine’s flower delivery volunteers take the altar flowers after services on Sundays to parishioners who are ill or those to whom we would like to show special thanks or remembrance.]

Linda & Chuck Shrake

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

  • Episcopal Relief and Development on August 17, for gift of $640.02 designated to Global Needs.
  • The Extension on August 18, for gift of $600.


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.


Cathedral Book Store's Jane Baird Lecture

Thursday, September 21 (DATE CORRECTED): "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. 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. 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 The Cathedral Book Store is located at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, online at .


Wellness Tips

WellStar Community Medication Take Back Day - Saturday, September 23, 10 am – 2 pm

Sharps, liquids and pills will be accepted. Do your part to prevent accidental poisoning, overdoses and improper use of medications. Simply take your medications to one of the three drop-off locations and receive a free gift. Your efforts will ultimately save lives by removing expired and unused prescription medications from your medicine cabinet. No questions asked, no forms or ID required. No registration is required. For questions regarding these events, call 770-793-7373. For more information about medication safety and proper disposal, please visit or contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

- WellStar Acworth Health Park - 4550 Cobb Parkway NW | Acworth, GA 30101
- WellStar East Cobb Health Park - 3747 Roswell Road, NE | Marietta, GA 30062
- Cobb Senior Services - 1150 Powder Springs Street | Marietta, GA 30064

Flu Shots Available - Flu shots will be offered in the community rooms at WellStar Acworth and East Cobb Health Parks (Not available at the Cobb Senior Services location) to all adults and children age 13 and older. All major payers accepted or $24 out of pocket. For more information about flu shots, please contact WellStar Clinical Partners at 470-644-0889 or


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: Janice Kirchmayer, friend of Steve Wolfe; Bobbie Miller; Kayleigh Michelle Bennett; Doug Calvert, friend of Janet Livingston

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Neil Guy, Julie Brannock, Elizabeth Garvin, Karen Katoot, Janet Miller, Martin Michael, Elizabeth Blackstock, Brandi, Allison, Fran, KJ Rosynek, Austin Eldrid, Brian Burnaugh, Anne, Peter Howard, George Alexander, Bill Woods, Tom Day, Steve Wolfe, Todd Denton, Mark Singleton, Donovan Parnes, Stephen Burd, Pat Hazlin, Sam Watson, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham, Chubby Rice.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Motes & Timothy Raasch (9/5), John & Barbara Barrington (9/10), Cary & Pam Phillips (9/11), Ken & Linda Minzenberger (9/20).

BIRTHDAYS: (9/10) Jim Snape, Sally Moore, Hannah Seger, (9/11) David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/12) Taryn Nienaber, (9/13) Barbara Larsh, Rhett Brogdon, David Goldman, (9/14) Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, (9/15) Maddie Zimmerman, Emma Markette, Harrison Bell, (9/16) Laurie Dirksen, Stephanie Gardiner, (9/17) Barbara Buxton, Austin Groff, Tyler Groff, (9/18) Mary Benton, Molly Banko, Kyleigh Paris, Madelyn Pierce, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, Henry Campbell, (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Mark Childs, Eric De La Barre, Revie Pierce, (9/21) Jay Hendricks, Molly Khan, (9/22) Jim Weigel, Kevin Thomas.

(9/10) Tom & Jane Bird; Sheila Bishop; Dianne Blackshear-Wood; Tom, Kristin & Elizabeth Blackstock; Dwight, Dianne & Nigel Blackwood.
(9/17) Leo & Jackie Bosarge; Bill & Martha Bowden; Frances Bowden; Mark Boutillier: Richard & Tanya Bowers-Dean.

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, 9/9 Saturday, 9/16


Atlanta Finnish School

CGS Level 1 Training
Home Buyer's Workshop
Layreaders & Youth Readers Fellowship
Cats On Wheels @Red Lobster Twn. Ctr.
Sunday, 9/10 Sunday, 9/17


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
    / Formation Commissioning
Christian Formation/Church School
Holy Eucharist
   / Formation Commissioning
Girl Scouts


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist / Jubilate
Christian Formation/Church School
Holy Eucharist
CGS Level 1 training
Safeguarding God's People
Girl Scouts
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 9/11 Monday, 9/18

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


Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 9/12 Tuesday, 9/19


Bible Study
Holy Comforter Hike @Red Top
Staff Meeting
Master Planning
Transition Team
Campus Ministry


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Campus Ministry
Wednesday, 9/13 Wednesday, 9/20
Stewardship 365
WNL Seekers, Parenting Group
WNL Dinner
WNL Explorers, Youth, Adult Program
Chancel Choir


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
WNL Seekers, Parenting Group
WNL Dinner
WNL Explorers, Youth, Adult Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 9/14 Thursday, 9/21


Calling & Caring Ministry
Men's Bible Study

Preschool Board Meeting
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 9/15 Friday, 9/22

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


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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Fall Break September 24-29: No Christian Formation/Church School Sept. 24, No Wednesday Night Live Sept. 27
  • September 28-October 2 – Pictorial Directory photo dates
  • Sunday, October 1 – Cathedral Book Store at St. Cat’s
  • October 7-8 - National Acolyte Festival
  • Saturday, October 7 – Holy Comforter BBQ and Bingo Party 10 am; Low Country Boil 7 pm
  • Wednesday, October 11 – Trip to hear Presiding Bishop Curry Keynote Address 7 pm at Candler School of Theology; WNL Dinner but no programs
  • Sundays, October 15, 22, 29 – “Wade In The Water” baptism prep for parents and godparents 10-11 am
  • Wednesday, October 18 – DATE CHANGE: Blessing of the Animals at WNL
  • Saturday, October 21 - Stewardship event 5 pm; Youth Corn Maze trip 7 pm
  • Sunday, October 22 – Stewardship Ingathering
  • Wednesday, October 25 – Trunk or Treat at WNL
  • Wednesday, November 15 – Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of The Rev. Sarah Fisher as Rector of St. Catherine’s
  • Thursday, November 16 – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

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 11 - No WNL program, trip to Presiding Bishop Keynote Address
October 21 - Corn Maze Trip
October 27-28 - Happening Team Training


Church of the Common Ground

Sunday, September 10, 12:15-3:00 pm -- Join us to worship with our homeless brothers and sisters at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. After worship we will hand out lunches and water before we head home! Register here: .


Lunch and Games with Mo. Sarah

Monday, September 25, 12-3pm in the Youth House -- If you're on fall break, join us for lunch and boardgames with Mother Sarah. Please let Sally know if you plan to attend!


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at Emory University October 11

All youth and adults are invited! This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. There will be no regular programming that night (dinner will still be provided). We will leave from St. Catherine's at 5:00 pm. Register now at


Youth House Wish List

Now that we have a beautiful new space to meet in, we are in need of a few things to help finish off the space and make it a home! If you are willing to donate something, please take a look at our Amazon Wish-list at . You can even have things shipped directly to St. Cat's to make things easier, but let us know it’s from you!! Shipping address: Sally Paris, 571 Holt Rd., Marietta, GA 30068


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. Participants (youth & adults) 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.
    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.
    Registration for Happening #68 is open. Team registration deadline is September 17. See information and registration at

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 22
  • October 6
  • October 20

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

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068