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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 23 - October 6, 2017

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Clergy Letter

Pictorial Directory
Stewardship Celebration
Cathedral BookStore
Low Country Boil
Presiding Bishop
Wade in the Water
Work day
Blessing of Animals
Blood drive
Flowers & candles
Maintenance form

Holy Comforter
Save It Forward
Laundry Team
Items collection for FP

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

Wellness tips

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Corn Maze
Wish list
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9/23 - Cats On Wheels @ Red Lobster

9/24 – No Christian Formation/Church School

9/26 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

9/27 – Elizabeth Inn Breakfast Team;

9/28-10/2 – Pictorial Directory photo dates

9/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

10/1 – Cathedral Book Store

10/5 – Safeguarding God’s Children training

10/6-8 – New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell

10/7-8 - National Acolyte Festival

10/7 – Holy Comforter BBQ & Bingo;
Low Country Boil

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"Frequently Asked Questions, Stewardship Edition"

The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher

We have entered the season in our parish life where we ask people to consider what they feel called to give, financially, to St. Catherine’s in 2018. In this season, I sometimes worry that people will simply zone out, assuming that this season is nothing more than an NPR pledge drive. I have a former parishioner who told me she always skipped church for the six weeks of the annual pledge campaign. “I just don’t want to talk about money,” she said.

Theologian Walter Brueggemann has said that one of the greatest spiritual crises we have is our relationship with our money. Talking about money is hard. It can be one of those places where we carry pride or shame, hope or fear. We’re all in different places in our lives with stewardship. And that’s good. It creates space for curiosity and learning. And so as we enter this season, I hope you’ll come to it with a spirit of openness and presence.

The other thing I’ve discovered is that sometimes folks have really good questions about stewardship, but feel a little afraid to ask them. So to that end, below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve heard in the area of stewardship. Are there more questions out there? If so, send them to me and I’ll try to get them answered—or at least wonder about them with you.

With deep gratitude to be among you,


Frequently Asked Questions, Stewardship Edition
(Adapted in part from "The S Word" by the Most Rev. Douglas Hambidge)

What is the difference between Philanthropy, Charity and Stewardship?
Philanthropy says, “This is mine, and I am giving it to you to use for a specific purpose.” Charity says, “This is mine, and I am giving it to you to use as you see fit.” Stewardship says, “Everything I have is God’s, and I am returning a portion of it to God through the church so the church can carry out God’s mission in the world.” In the words of the late Rev. Terry Parsons, “stewardship is all that we do with all that we have, all the time.” Stewardship is not about projects or crises, nor is it about budgets or deficits. It has to do with our relationship with God.

What is a pledge?
A pledge is a commitment that we make to the church and to God to give a specific amount and or proportion of our income in the coming year, to fund the mission and ministries of the church. We are also invited to make pledges of our work and wisdom to the church.

What is not a pledge?
A pledge does not include money given to the specific funds (flower offerings, outreach, altar guild, etc.), purchases of luncheon tickets; money spent at the fundraisers, etc. These and all other monies are considered over and above a pledge, which is the baseline amount that we commit to give the church each year.

Why should I pledge?
As people of faith, we believe that in making a commitment to God and the church, we receive an intangible but real spiritual benefit. Pledges are also essential for the leaders of the church to develop a spending plan to fund the mission and ministries of St. Catherine’s for the coming year.

What if I need to change my pledge?
A pledge reflects a hope and is not a binding contract. Life happens and things change. If you need to decrease or increase your pledge, simply call the parish office and let Rose or Mother Sarah know.

If God owns everything, why does God need my pledge?
God does not need our pledges; God knows we need to make them, for our own benefit and for the benefit of those who will not know of God’s love for them unless the church, through its mission and ministries, shows that love to them.

Why shouldn’t I just fund specific ministries that are important to me?
Think of the church’s building and annual spending plan as a launching pad. Launching pads may not be very flashy, but it is impossible to launch rockets without them. All the rockets of our current ministries, from Christian Formation to Outreach, to our weekly music and liturgy, depend on us maintaining and strengthening the infrastructure of our launching pad. And there are limitless rockets of ministry we can launch together that haven’t even been thought of yet – but we have to make sure our launching pad is structurally sound.

How can I know if I’m up to date on my pledge?
Becky Adams , our Parish Secretary, can help you with that info. You can contact her at becky, (770) 971-2839.

I’m worried my pledge is too small.
A pledge is not a demand or requirement. It’s an offering to God and to the church, a way of stepping forth in hope. 2017 pledges at St. Catherine’s ranged from $1/week to $450/week. Regardless of the amount, a pledge speaks of our intention and our aspirations. The amount is secondary to the giver’s desire to give. If you have a desire to give, give! Be without fear that it’s not enough. All pledges will be joyfully and gratefully received.

Pictorial Directory photo sessions begin September 28

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. 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.

Stewardship 365 Celebration Dinner: Journey to Generosity

RSVP for Saturday, October 21

The Stewardship 365 Committee joyfully invites you to join us for an evening of thanksgiving, 5:00-7:00 pm in the Parish Hall, in celebration of a year of abundant blessings. A delicious complimentary meal, catered by Sue Snape (Leaf and Loaf Catering), will be followed by entertainment from some of our talented parishioners, including Leah and Spencer Banko.

Activities and childcare will be available for children of all ages. Children ages 0-5 will be cared for in the nursery. Pizza will be available upon request for preschoolers. Activities for children ages 6-11 will be provided in the Youth House, including a pizza dinner. The St. Catherine's Youth will take their annual trip to a local corn maze.

We encourage you to sign up soon as last year’s event was full! Sign up on our form at or at church on Sunday. Please indicate specific plans for your children or younger family members (including ages)—note if your children will attend the scheduled activities, or if they will be having dinner in the Parish Hall. Space is limited; a wait list will be made available if we reach maximum capacity. For questions, please contact Joy Ettel, Stewardship 365 Committee,, 770-315-0232 or Lisa Buchanan, We look forward to celebrating with you!

Cathedral Book Store coming to St. Cat’s

Sunday, October 1, 8:30 am - 1 pm

Please plan to visit the annual "Cathedral Book Store at St. Catherine's" on Sunday morning, October 1. Tables will be set up in the Parish Hall and items will include Bibles, prayer books, children and youth items, books on meditation and inspiration, gifts and much more. You'll find many things for yourself and for gifts (thinking ahead to holiday time?). If you have a special request from the Book Store, please let Linda Scott know ahead of time ( and she will request that they bring it with them. 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

And, Breakfast Angels will be serving breakfast this day starting at 8:30 am, so if you come early to the Book Store's sale you can enjoy breakfast, too!

Breakfast - 1st & 3rd Sundays!

Next date: October 1

Our Breakfast Angels offer a delicious cooked breakfast for everyone at minimal cost in the Parish Hall at 8:30 am on the first and third Sunday each month. Dates coming up are October 1 & 15, November 5 & 19. Come and see us after the 7:45 am service or before the 8:45 am service for a great start to your morning!

Low Country Boil – Saturday, October 7

Tickets are going 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 are available on Sundays at church between all services 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. For questions please contact Mother Sarah, or Sally Paris,

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.

"Wade In the Water"

Baptism preparation class October 15, 22, 29

"Wade in the Water" is a class 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 meet during the Christian Formation/Church School hour (10-11 am). Facilitator will be Mother Sarah Fisher.

If you are considering baptism please contact the church office now at 770-971-2839 for information and schedule. "Wade In the Water" series will be offered in the weeks before each major feast day on which we celebrate baptism. The October sessions are preparation for baptism on November 5, our celebration of the Feast of All Saints.

Parish Work Day Saturday, October 14

By Tami Mace

Come one, come ALL, big or small! A Fall Workday is planned for 8:00 am to noon at St. Catherine's on October 14 to clean up and spruce up our church home. Projects planned include:

  • Refreshing the Labyrinth - we need help removing rocks, releveling and raking pebble base and then replacing the rocks in the correct pattern
  • Refresh the monkey grass around the labyrinth and front gardens
  • Plant bulbs for spring growth in front gardens

Many hands really do make light work, folks. Please feel free to stop by for all or part of the work time . Your Facilities Ministry Team will be ready and organized to help you jump right in!

Wednesday Night Live

-> NO WNL on September 27

Wednesday Night Live will not meet on September 27 due to Cobb Schools fall break. Our Wednesday nights will resume on October 4, 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.

Adult program at 7:15 pm: "Praying and Seeking: An invitation to encounter the Holy" - Our series focuses 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.
  • The Nursery is open for young children beginning at 6 pm throughout all program times.

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!

Safeguarding training dates coming up

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

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. 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.

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 Wednesday, 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. Liturgy will be at 6:00 pm, and Blessings are available through 7:30 pm. For more information, please contact Mother Sarah,

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, October 24

Mark your calendar now for our next American Red Cross blood drive -- YOU can make a critical difference! The drive will be 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. Improvements have been made to RapidPass®, making drives more efficient and offering donors more ways to get their pass including on on mobile devices -- see

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

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 on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.

Use our Maintenance Request Order Form

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!


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.

  • Saturday, October 7 – BBQ and Bingo Party in our own Parish Hall (volunteers arrive by 10 am). 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 2 pm. 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? Sign up at For questions please 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.
  • -> See the video of our Bingo & BBQ party with them last year at HolyComforter 6 25 16

Save it Forward food pantry volunteers

St. Catherine's is now the sponsoring congregation for a Save it Forward food pantry at Osborne High School. Once a month (always Wednesdays 4 - 6 pm), we will send 2 volunteers to Osborne to help distribute the food for students whose families are in need. If you would like to help with this effort, please see our sign up sheet at . Contact Harriett Pyburn ( with questions.

MUST Laundry Team help

As you heard from Dave Yucius at church back in August, St. Catherine's does the Men's Laundry at MUST Ministries monthly on the fourth Tuesday (and fifth Wednesday when there is one).The job is straightforward and humbling, and the men staying at the shelter are most appreciative of the service. The work requires 2 volunteers, starts around 6 pm, and is complete around 11. No long term commitment is required on your part - you may sign up for individual shifts as your schedule allows. Please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry. If you have never attended and would like to go with a seasoned veteran, we can arrange for that! Please see the sign up link for dates where your help is needed and refer any questions to Dave Yucius at Thank you!

Outreach items collection through October 15

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 .


Parishioners in the news

Our own Willow Riney was elected freshman representative to the Homecoming Court at Wheeler High School. In the September 21 homecoming parade along Holt Road (past the adoring crowds in front of the church) she got to ride in "Daisy,” parishioner Ron Bergeron's beautiful 1957 Buick Special convertible. Willow, we’re proud of you! Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey, see more in the album at All for Fall 2017.

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.

Our Bulletin Board (right) -- Take a look at all those we have welcomed. See our bulletin board next to the name tag kiosk in the foyer. We invite you to join us in welcoming all newcomers to St. Catherine's!

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

"Meeting and greeting visitors is truly important for a church in the eyes of Jesus. Our church's sign recently said “All are welcome,” and we really mean it. Strangers should never be a stranger once they step through the doors of a church and St. Catherine’s does a really good job in this ministry. What else could we do? Love to share responses to that. I went several Sundays to another church in Marietta when I was “church shopping” several years back and was never greeted and barely spoken to, and coffee hour there was basically the same no greeting that I remember." Janet Livingston

“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

Volunteer Corner: "Stewardship is Ministry"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

We have started hearing about stewardship at St. Catherine’s… which is another way of talking about ministry. “Ministry” in both Greek and Hebrew is the same word asservant.” Servants are people who are at the disposal of another. When we replace the word ministry with the word service, we begin to see that stewardship is ministry in the sense that all of us are responsible to do what God wants and are accountable to him. Stewardship implies the care of people, resources, gifts and talents, and the grace of God.

The majority of us were taught to turn off the light when we leave the room …Stewardship.
I was taught as a child to stand and give up my seat to an older person if the bus was full - (I still start to do that even though I am now that older person) …Stewardship.
Many of us give our time at St. Cats serving on one (or more) of our 13 ministry teams …Stewardship.
When you say “Yes, I can” to a need, that is also Stewardship.

In the coming weeks we will hear at church personal stewardship stories of how our members received so richly when they became good stewards and served others. As you pray, meditate and listen in the coming weeks you may have questions about how you can become a good steward. If you do, please contact me. I have many areas where your gifts are needed and where you will receive great joy because you have given.

And thank you to our Stewardship 365 Team. What a great job this team is doing, gently reminding us what we already know: we have been given, therefore we will freely give.

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

Above- Christian Formation teachers
commissioned for this year, Sept. 10

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 25-October 1: Bread Bakers — This week we celebrate the life and work of Bread Bakers, part of our Invitation Ministry, who help in the welcome to our first-time visitors by baking small loaves of bread. The loaves are packaged with a note to say, "Welcome to St. Catherine's, we are glad you worshiped with us this week." To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Marcia Markette , 678.488.5696, mmarkette
  • October 2-8: Youth Readers — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Readers, mature youth grades 6-12 who are trained and scheduled on a rotating basis to read the second lesson at our 8:45 am Sunday service. Skills required include a willingness to practice, a desire to read God’s word, and a commitment to be in church. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Youth Director Sally Paris, 770.971.2839,


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

  • Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County on September 11 for three gifts totaling $1,800. “Your continued support means so much to our students and their families. Thank you for caring – Carol Fey, Executive Director”
    AND on September 12 for donations of school supplies, children’s books and educational materials. “Your support is appreciated by staff, students and families. Warm regards, Carol Fey, Executive Director”


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.

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Hannah Brinson, Pam Bearden, Allison Mayfield, Jennifer Lowe, Grace Adams, Neil Guy, Jennifer, Tom Day, Elizabeth Garvin, Janet Miller, Martin Michael, Elizabeth Blackstock, Brandi, Allison, KJ Rosynek, Austin Eldrid, Anne, Peter Howard, Bill Woods, Steve Wolfe, Todd Denton, Mark Singleton, Donovan Parnes, Stephen Burd, Pat Hazlin, Sam Watson, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham, Chubby Rice.

ANNIVERSARIES: Howell Haunson & Joey Boebel (9/24); Ron & Connie Bergeron (9/25), Cam & Marti Graham (9/25); Ed & Tracey Pitts (9/30), Jim & Laurie Dirksen (10/2).

BIRTHDAYS: (9/24) Raymond Higgins, Rebeccah Devault, Lauren Tear, Charles Mace, (9/25) Brenda Parker, Bette Hamilton, Virginia Langmaid, (9/26) Mel Paris, Joshua Harvey, (9/27) Susan Martin, Beth Lee, (9/28) Art Gardner, (9/29) Treholm Fahy, (9/30) Cam Graham, Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Richard Pearson, Jennifer Sherwood, Nathan Tomchik, (10/2) Sue Jones, Dave Yucius, Molly Johnson, (10/3) Isaac Hale, Sydney Khan, (10/4) Chuck Shrake, Adams Stone, Allison Dupuis, Abby Baumann, (10/5) Matthew Greene, (10/6) Richard Motter, Rhonda Robinson, Tom Donoghue.

(9/24) Jeff Boyd; Larry & Meg Boyd; Tim, Therese, Matthew & Amanda Braman; Ron & Julie Brannock; Chris, Alyce, Lucas & Piper Brennan.
(10/1)Tim, Caroline, Bourke & Paris Brennan; Frank & Patricia Brent; Peter & Swiss Britt; John & Fran Brooks; Cecil Brown.

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, 9/23 Saturday, 9/30


Boy Scouts
Atlanta Finnish School
Cats On Wheels @Red Lobster Twn. Ctr

New Beginnings Team Training
Sunday, 9/24 Sunday, 10/1


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
NO Christian Formation/Church School
Holy Eucharist


Holy Eucharist
Cathedral Book Store
Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation/Church School
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 9/25 Monday, 10/2

Preschool Closed
Boy Scouts


CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 9/26 Tuesday, 10/3


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Campus Ministry


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
HOA Town Hall
Holy Comforter Meeting
Boy Scout Committee
Wednesday, 9/27 Wednesday, 10/4
MUST Breakfast Team
E Cobb Rotary Service Project
Chancel Choir


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

Thursday, 9/28 Thursday, 10/5


Pictorial Directory Photos
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
Men's Bible Study

Safeguarding Children Training
Daisy Girl Scouts
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 9/29 Friday, 10/6

Mother Sarah's Day of Sabbath
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Mother Sarah's Day of Sabbath
New Beginnings @Camp Mikell
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • October 7-8 - National Acolyte Festival
  • Saturday, October 7 – Holy Comforter BBQ & Bingo 11:30 am; Low Country Boil 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 11 – Trip to hear Presiding Bishop Curry Keynote Address 7 pm at Candler School of Theology; WNL dinner offered but programs cancelled
  • Saturday, October 14 – Parish Work Day 8 am - noon
  • Sundays, October 15, 22, 29 – “Wade In The Water” baptism prep for parents and godparents 10-11 am
  • Wednesday, October 18 – Blessing of the Animals at WNL
  • Saturday, October 21 - Stewardship Celebration Dinner 5 pm; Youth Corn Maze trip
  • Sunday, October 22 – Stewardship Ingathering
  • Saturday, October 28 – Trunk or Treat 3-5 pm
  • Friday, November 10 - Concert Series: The Charlestones 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 15 – Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of The Rev. Sarah Fisher as Rector of St. Catherine’s 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 16 – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

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 - Presiding Bishop on Race Relations and the Beloved Community
October 21 - Corn Maze Trip
October 27-28 - Happening Team Training


Lunch and Games with Mo. Sarah

Monday, September 25, 12-3 pm 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!


Corn Maze Trip Saturday, October 21

5:00-10:00 pm, for all youth grades 6-12! This is a fun fall event and a great time to introduce us to your friends! Cost is $10. If you're interested register soon at



Even more photos from the Parish Retreat on Labor Day weekend -- see LOTS more full-size in the albums at Parish Retreat and 2017 Parish Retreat Fun & Fotos.

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, 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. 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. See information and registration at

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 6
  • October 20
  • November 3

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due by midnight on Wednesday 2 days before the publication date. Please submit items to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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