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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
December 2 - 15, 2017

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Clergy Letter

Vestry election
Journey through Advent
  Artisan Market
  Cookies & Stories
  Practicing Wonder
  Quiet Evening
  Blue Christmas
  Contemplative Eucharist
  Seniors Lunch
  Greening of Church
  Seasonal donations
  Emmaus House
  Christmas receptions
  Special fund
  Advent calendar
Blood drive
Communion wine
Year end/New year
Concert series

ECMS Food Pantry
Rise Against Hunger

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

Pottery sale
Advent retreat
Wellness tip

VDD/Pilgrimage meeting
Acolyte training
Christmas party
Beach trip




11/26-12/3 – Family Promise hosting

12/3 – First Sunday of Advent;
Artisan Market;
Cookies & Story Night

12/6 – WNL;
Advent Quiet Evening

12/10 - Vestry elections;
St. Nicholas visit to Catechesis;
Decorating/music donations due;
Emmaus Secret Santa ingathering;
Pageant rehearsal;
J2A & YA VDD & Pilgrimage meeting

12/12 – Blue Christmas service

12/13 – WNL;
Contemplative Eucharist

12/14 – Seniors Eucharist & Luncheon

12/17 – Giving Tree ingathering;
Christmas Pageant;
Acolyte Christmas Training;
Greening of the Church;
The Extension dinner

Complete schedule for
Advent & Christmas

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Encountering Advent

Dear Friends:

It’s hard to believe we are almost to Advent! I’m looking forward to this holy season of expectation and waiting. We are marking the season in some new and some familiar ways. I want to highlight some of them.

In the Liturgy:

On Sunday mornings, we’ll begin a new tradition of members of the parish (instead of clergy) lighting the Advent wreath each Sunday. We will be singing a new (to St. Catherine’s) hymn of praise called “The Canticle of the Turning.” I love this piece as it is a re-telling of the Magnificat ( Mary’s Song) that we hear in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 1:46-55). You can get a preview here: . We will also use a Eucharistic prayer from the Scottish Prayerbook. It is beautiful and highlights the season of Advent. For those at the 11:15 service, you’ll notice that it is spoken, not chanted. As our J2A Youth prepare for their pilgrimage to Scotland next summer, it seems a good time to explore a bit of the Scottish liturgy.

Formation and Spiritual Growth Opportunities:

On Sundays during the Formation/ Church School hour, Elizabeth Lopez and I will offer a class called “Practicing Wonder with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind.” This class offers space for wondering, praying and being present with God during this season. We’ll meet in the Parlor. I hope you’ll join us!

During the week you can read and pray Advent Reflections: “Pause, Ponder, Prepare,” written by the people of St. Catherine’s. You can pick up a booklet at the church or you can sign up to have it delivered to your inbox at We’ll also post them daily on our Facebook page.

The Daughters of the King will host a Quiet Evening on Wednesday, December 6, beginning at 7 pm. All are welcome. And on the following Advent Wednesdays, December 13 and 20, I will offer a Contemplative Eucharist with healing prayer at 7:15 pm We’ll sing a little Taize, sit in the glow of candles, practice some stillness and gather around God’s table.

With hope and expectation as we wait for the One who is coming,


Vestry Election

Sunday, December 10 at all services

The slate of candidates is announced for our upcoming Vestry election. We are very grateful to these parish members who have stepped forward to be willing to serve us in 2018. The election will be held at all worship services on Sunday, December 10. We will elect four new members to three-year terms; the slate of candidates is listed below. Absentee Ballots — If you will be unable to attend worship this date, absentee ballots are available in the church office (email Rose Wolfe, or call 770-971-2839) and are due in the office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, December 8.

We are very thankful for the service of our members who have represented us on the Vestry this year. Our Vestry for 2017: Frank Adams, Carol Eskew, Nelson Gale, Jason Gardiner *, Marilyn Hunter, Bill Ivey - Sr. Warden *, Beth Sandoval *, Diane Sanders, Phil Spessard, Michael Wherry, Natalie Whitlow *, Stephanie Yucius - Jr. Warden [* denotes member retiring at end of 2017].

Vestry Candidates

Maureen Donoghue

Years at St. Catherine’s: 14
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Youth Committee, Ministry of Invitation convener, Fellowship Committee, Vestry Member, Youth Director Search Committee, Youth House Build Committee, Coffee Committee
Occupation—Interior Designer
Biographical Information—As an entrepreneur in the design field for more than 15 years, I have had the opportunity to develop my leadership, interpersonal and creative problem solving skills. I believe these along with prior Vestry experience and my love for St. Catherine’s, qualify and enable me to be a good candidate. I’m a wife, married to Tom for 29 years, and a mother of two wonderful daughters, Kelly (21) and Erin (20). With both girls now away at college, I feel I can commit the time and energy necessary to serve St. Catherine’s for the next three years. It would be my honor to serve as a member of our Vestry.

Keith Dumke

Years at St. Catherine’s: 15
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s— Youth Ministry Team, Church School Teacher, Youth Mentoring, Youth Director Search Committee, Men’s Group, Men’s Book Study, Men’s Bible Study, Youth House Expansion Fund Raising Committee, MUST Ministries & Elizabeth Inn volunteer. Diocesan Level—Diocesan Youth Commission, Lay Director of Happening Retreat, Adult Leader on Bishop Wright’s Steps-to-Lead Retreat
Occupation—VP/Sales Manager, Fuse Graphics—Print Communications & Direct Mail Services.
Biographical Information—I am the husband of Lourdes for 28 years and the parent of two children, Jill (27) and Mitch (23). After 15 years of attending St. Catherine’s, I now feel called to serve on Vestry. I will bring an open mind and a discerning heart—along with solid leadership and communications experience. My hope is that I can provide support to the people of St. Catherine’s, our clergy and staff as we continue to live out our mission in the world.

Tim Raasch

Years at St. Catherine’s: 1 1/2
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Delegate to the Diocesan Annual Council for 2016 and 2017, Lay Reader, Various Outreach functions, youth functions, hospitality and Family Promise of Cobb County
Biographical Information—In addition to being a parishioner in good standing and historically active at the parish level, I have the following experience on the Diocesan level: Current member of the Commission of Ministry, Standing Committee, Executive Board and Executive Committee, Title IV Task Force, Education for Ministry, Stephen Ministry, Search Committee for current Bishop and Convener of Integrity Atlanta.

Rhonda Robinson

Years at St. Catherine’s: 2 1/2
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Participant & Small Group Leader of The Journey, MUST Ministries, Daughters of the King, Planning Committee for 1st Annual Friendship Team with Holy Comforter and Planning Committee for Retirement Party for Amma Susan Johnson, Women’s Bible Study. Diocesan Level—Missionary Training at Holy Cross Monastery in NY, Missionary to the Episcopal Church in Honduras.
Occupation—Technology Specialist at Mount Paran Christian School, Executive Director of Honduras Development Network, Technology Specialist/Missionary for the Episcopal Schools of Honduras, Partner of R Square Educational Services.
Biographical Information—Although raised Baptist, I dipped my toes into the Methodist, Presbyterian and Church of God faiths; I believe that the day I walked into St. Catherine’s Church, I finally found my home! With a Master’s degree in Computing Technology in Education, my career has always been working with independent schools and universities.
When God called me to serve as a missionary for the Diocese of Honduras, I found that giving of myself and loving others was a lot easier with God’s help. I try to live my life by the scripture Matthew 25:40; “whatever you did for one of the lease of these, you did for me.” I do feel that being on the Vestry team, I could share my talents of loving everyone, helping where needed, being a team player and serving God alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ. I love St. Catherine’s, and I feel that the closer I am to church, the closer I am to God.

Bill Sapp

Years at St. Catherine’s: 2 1/2
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Finance Committee, Master Planning Committee, Facilities & Grounds Committee, Memorial Garden Expansion Committee, Memorial Garden Guild, Glare Reduction Committee, Nominating Committee for Facilities Manager, Family Promise, Small Group Leader for The Journey, Day of Service Work Day Coordinator.
Occupation—Retired GA Tech textile engineer in charge of product development for a large home furnishings company
Biographical Information—Lynn and I have been married 29 years and have two wonderful children/stepchildren and three adorable grandchildren. I have served on the board of directors and chaired the property and long range planning committees at two beach resorts for the past 14 years. I suffer through GA Tech foodball each fall and enjoy playing a bad game of golf.
We joined St. Catherine’s in July 2015. She is a cradle Episcopalian and I am a reformed Roman Catholic. In a very short time, St. Catherine’s became very important to both of us. I have never met such a warm, caring, and loving group of people in my life. I have enjoyed serving on various committees and feel that serving on the Vestry would give me the opportunity to give something back to this wonderful community.

Stewardship report

Pledge cards for 2018 needed now

Thank you so much to all those who have pledged to the mission and ministries of St. Catherine's for the coming year! As of publication date we have received 182 pledge cards for a total of $776,926 so far.

Please keep in mind that we set our balanced annual budget based on the pledges received, so EVERY pledge is VERY IMPORTANT now as we enter our budget process for 2018. We’re looking for all households/individuals who pledged last year, and all new members, to pledge this year. If you will not able to pledge, then please do let us know that. If you have not yet done so, please pick up a pledge card at church or print one from our website at, then return your card at church on Sunday or send to Rose Wolfe in the church office as soon as possible. Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine's ministries and missions!

Adult Baptism/Reception class coming up

Are you considering being baptized or joining the Episcopal Church? We are considering offering a winter/spring class for people new to the Christian life and new to the Episcopal Church. If this is an offering of which you would like to be a part, please sign up in your bulletin or contact Elizabeth Lopez, or Mother Sarah,

Journey through Advent

Resources and Reflections: "Pause, Ponder, Prepare"

You'll find a variety of Advent study materials for children, youth and adults on the table in the foyer begining on the First Sunday of Advent. In particular, a special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our own booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our parishioners. Look for this year's collection, "Pause, Ponder, Prepare," which will be available for pickup at church, on our website and on our Facebook page in time for the start of the season on December 3.
-> Sign up now for the Reflection of the Day -- You may receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! Sign up now on our Advent Reflections page at (If you previously subscribed to one of our reflections series you will automatically receive the Advent series, NO NEED to sign up again).


St. Catherine's Holiday Artisan Market - Sunday, December 3

Shop local this holiday season! Come to the Artisan Market which will be held 8 am - 1 pm in our Parish Hall. Vendor booth fees will go toward our Youth Program and we thank you for your support!


Cookies & Stories Evening - Sunday, December 3, 6:15-7:00 pm

All children are invited to meet us in the Parlor in cozy pajamas as we share seasonal sweets and listen to Christmas stories from Mother Sarah and our Director of Children and Family Ministries, Jenna Parker. Parents, be sure to bring a pillow or a blanket for your child to cuddle with on the floor! For questions please contact Jenna,


Christian Formation class added for Advent

Beginning December 3: “Practicing Wonder” - On Sundays in Advent, join Mother Sarah and Elizabeth Lopez during the Christian Formation hour (10-11 am) for a time of exploration: “Practicing Wonder with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind.” This series will use a small Advent booklet to offer space to wonder, develop Advent practices and create space for listening for God. All are welcome! We will meet in the Parlor for the first Sunday in Advent and in the Parish Hall for the remaining Sundays. For more information, please contact Mother Sarah, or Elizabeth Lopez,


Advent Quiet Evening - Wed., December 6

All adults and youth 12 & older are invited to join with Daughters of the King from 7 to 9 pm for the annual Advent Quiet Evening. Let's take time out during the busy holiday season to focus on our journey of expectation to meet the Christ Child -- praying, reflecting and being together. We will have Advent readings and time to walk our labyrinth.


“Blue Christmas” Service - Tuesday, December 12, 7 pm

It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless it isn't. For many, this season is not a joyful one, but a time that highlights loneliness, depression or loss. This year we are holding a Blue Christmas service, a liturgy that creates space to hold the places of our sorrow, pain, burdens, fears, worries, and losses. We will have a candle-lit service with music, poetry, prayers, silence and scripture. All are welcome. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Mother Sarah,


“Be Still and Know” Contemplative Eucharist begins December 13

Wednesdays, 7:15-8:00 pm - All are welcome for a quiet mid-week Eucharist. On Wednesday nights, from 7:15 to 8:00 pm, we will gather at the side chapel in the church for a simple Eucharist with space for stillness and meditation, simple singing and prayers for healing. For more information, please contact Mother Sarah,


Seniors Adults Eucharist and Christmas Lunch – Thursday, December 14

All senior adults are invited by The Rev. Sarah Fisher to be our special guest for a Eucharist and Christmas Luncheon at church at 11:00 am. Please let us know you are coming by Monday, December 11 by contacting Becky Adams in the office at 770-971-2839, Special entertainment will be provided by the four-year-old-classes of our Preschool.


Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 17

By Jenna Parker

The annual Christmas Pageant will be held on December 17 at the 8:45 am service. All children are invited to participate. Many young people are needed for all parts of this special event and volunteer help is welcome. Children third grade and older are invited to have a speaking part in the pageant, though it is not required for participation. Adults are needed to help organize costumes. Please contact Jenna (as below) if your child would like a speaking role or if you would like to help with costumes.

Rehearsals & sign up -- The rehearsal for speaking parts only will be Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 pm, meeting in the parlor and then moving to the sanctuary. Children who do not wish to have a speaking part or are not yet old enough do not need to attend the rehearsal. The day of the pageant, children should arrive at 8:15 am to put on costumes before the service. Contact Jenna Parker at, 770-971-2839, with any questions or if you are interested in volunteering as an adult or youth helper.


Greening of the Church – Sunday, December 17, 5-8 pm

Formerly known as Hanging of the Greens! As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. We can use every hand! This is an evening for every member of the congregation, and your friends and family as well (nursery available for little ones during the work time).

Please bring a finger dessert to share. We will begin at 5:00 pm to prepare decorations for the church, parish hall, youth house and outside. At 6:30 we’ll break for supper, then we’ll return to the sanctuary to sing carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with our desserts. See you there!


Christmas flowers/music donations requested by Sunday, December 17

Each year we invite everyone to donate funds for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. Please insert your donation in the brown envelopes which will be in the pews (or send to the church office). Remember to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, December 17 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.


Holiday Outreach opportunities to benefit Emmaus House

Emmaus House is an Episcopal Community Center which predominantly serves the residents of Peoplestown & Summerhill neighborhoods in Atlanta. At Emmaus House, people from all walks of life work together joyfully to diminish poverty and its broader consequences. Each year, around 900 children come to Emmaus House on Christmas Eve where they and their families celebrate with gifts, snacks and entertainment. Please contact Molly Banko with any questions.

  • Secret Santa Shop items due December 10 - Children at Emmaus House are invited to shop for their parents and grandparents in the Secret Santa Shop where all items are priced at 10 cents. Donations of new or very gently used items can be brought to St. Catherine's by Dec. 10 and placed in the Secret Santa bin located near the Giving Tree. The following items are requested: scarves, slippers, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, home items, small appliances, costume jewelry and watches. Items do not need to be wrapped. Please contact Molly Banko with any questions.
  • The Giving Tree - Gifts due December 17 - Beginning November 26, a tree with ornaments will be set up in the church foyer. Select a tag for a boy or girl ages 10 to 18 years. A complete list of gift suggestions and instructions can be found on the table next to the tree. Once you have purchased a gift, we ask that you (1) Wrap the gift & write a brief description on the label on the ornament; (2) Attach the ornament securely to your gift; (3) Deliver the gift back to the Giving Tree by December 17.
  • Christmas Elves - Morning of December 23 (note date change from usual Christmas Eve!)
    Come and be a Christmas Elf at Emmaus House! Every year, parishioners from St. Catherine's go to Emmaus House to be “elves”, helping to distribute presents to 900+ smiling faces and escorting the guests to various events. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Gina Bauman,, for details including start time and car pool.


Christmas Eve Receptions - cookies requested

Festive receptions will follow the 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm Christmas Eve services this year. We invite you to donate cookies for the 5 pm service ONLY, please bring them to the Parish Hall prior to the service. (The 10:30 service reception will be hosted in the foyer by the Fellowship Committee and no food donations will be needed.) Thank you!


Special Christmas Fund

Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.


Calendar of activities - Advent and Christmas

* - nursery available

  • Sunday, December 3 - Advent 1 — * Regular worship schedule
    Christmas Artisan Market 8 am - 1 pm
    Children's Cookies & Stories Evening 6:15-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 6 -
    WNL dinner & Youth program
    Advent Quiet Evening 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 10 - Advent 2 — * Regular worship schedule
    Vestry elections at all services
    St. Nicholas visit to Catechesis atriums
    Christmas decorating/music donations due
    Emmaus Secret Santa ingathering;
    Christmas Pageant rehearsal (speaking parts only) 1 pm
  • Tuesday, December 12 – “Blue Christmas” service 7 pm
  • Wednesday, December 13 -
    WNL dinner & Youth program
    Contemplative Eucharist 7:15 pm
  • Thursday, December 14 - Senior Adults’ Eucharist & Christmas Lunch 11 am
  • Sunday, December 17 - Advent 3 — * Regular worship schedule
    Giving Tree ingathering
    * Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service
    Acolyte Christmas Training & party 3:30 pm
    * Greening of the Church, 5-8 pm
  • Tuesday, December 19 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Wednesday, December 20 –
    Youth Christmas Party 6:30-8:30 pm;
    Contemplative Eucharist 7:15 pm
  • Saturday, December 23 — Christmas Festival at Emmaus House
  • Sunday, December 24 - Advent 4 & Christmas Eve —
    * Advent 4 morning Holy Eucharist - 1 service only at 10:30 am (no Church School)
    * 5:00 pm — Holy Eucharist with music featuring Choristers, followed by Reception
    10:30 pm — Festival Eucharist with music featuring Chancel Choir, organ and string quartet
  • Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day — Holy Eucharist (one service only) 10:30 am
  • Sunday, January 1 - First Sunday after Christmas —
    * ONE SERVICE ONLY at 10:30 am (no Church School)
  • Saturday, January 6 – Parish Epiphany Party, location TO BE VOTED ON!

The church office will be closed December 25 - January 1.

St. Cat’s sweatshirts - order by December 3

If you like the sweatshirts the Youth Program sold last year but didn't get one, or need a new one, here's your chance! Price is $20 each, available in heather grey only.

Orders are due by December 3 and will be ready for pick-up December 17, so they will make great Christmas gifts as well. Place your order at . For questions contact Sally Paris,, 770-971-2839.

Next blood drive: Tuesday, December 19

Give the perfect gift… Give blood!

Note this date on your calendar NOW to give something during the holidays that really means something. The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on December 19 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Blood collections are always very low during the holiday season so your donation will be even more important. Making an appointment is easy: go to and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, walk ins are always welcome! Help will also be needed for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Communion wine donations

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.

End of Year / New Year

  • Donations to the church for 2017 must be postmarked, paid via The City, or brought to the office no later than Dec. 31. (Note that the church office will be closed from December 25 through January 1.)
  • Please turn in all invoices and requests for reimbursement for 2017 expenses by Dec. 31 to Rose Wolfe in the office.

Flowers and Candles 2018

Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported only by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you! The 2018 schedule is available in the foyer for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one in the coming year. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.

If you signed up for 2017 flowers or candles, please send your payment to the church office by December 31 if you have not yet done so.

Concert: The Summit Trio

Mark your calendar: Sunday, January 14, 4 pm

By Linda Scott

St. Catherine’s Friends of Music will present The Summit Trio as their first Sunday afternoon concert. The Summit Trio is made up of three musicians on the faculty at Kennesaw State University: Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist. Hailed as a "consummate artist—brilliant, formidable, effortless, and the epitome of control and poise", he has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Helen Kim, violinist, made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. She is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. Charae Krueger is Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras. She has played numerous concerts throughout the eastern U.S. and in Europe, including concerts at New York City's Merkin Hall, Rockefeller University, Brown University and MIT. The Summit Trio performed in concert as part of the All Saints, Atlanta, Concert Series in September of this year.

This will be the second in St. Catherine’s sixth annual concert series which is free and open to the public. Please take this opportunity to introduce your friends and neighbors to St. Catherine’s Concert Series. Our programs always feature comments by the artists, and guests are invited to a reception afterwards where they may meet the artists. For future concerts check our website at


ECMS Food Pantry Collection

Now through December 17

By Christy Luttrell

St. Catherine's Episcopal Church and Preschool will be collecting food pantry items through December 17 for the East Cobb Middle School students. This collection drive is to help the students who are in need over the winter break. Grocery bags with lists of desired items are available for pick up in the preschool office and the church foyer. Kids may decorate the bags if they would like but are not obligated to take a bag.

Items wanted: peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna or chicken, canned spaghettios/ravioli, dry pasta and sauce, individually wrapped snack foods-chips, goldfish, pretzels, personal hygiene products, toilet paper, cereal/oatmeal, microwave mac and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables. We are also collecting gift cards to Walmart, Kroger, and Publix. These gift cards may be dropped off to either the preschool office, a church usher, or to Becky Adams in the church main office.

Rise Against Hunger report

Back in August St. Catherine's gathered to package food for the hungry world-wide with Rise Against Hunger. The organzation has reported to us that a shipping container holding 277,776 meals has been sent to Honduras for their partner there, Salesian Missions. Salesian Missions is an organization that nourishes lives through food assistance and other services in Honduras. To learn more, please visit


News from your Vestry

It’s been a busy fall and we’re about to settle in for a warm winter’s pause called Advent. As you’ll see in other areas of this newsletter, Advent is a time to call us to slow down and focus on the “Reason for the Season”. At this month’s Vestry meeting, we focused a good deal of time on what Advent is all about both in scripture and at St. Catherine’s. Our rector pointed out some changes – tweaks, really – that will show up in our liturgy and we looked at some of the parish activities and opportunities to focus on Advent. Throughout this Wheel newsletter you’ll see that there are many ways to slow down and appreciate this time of preparation.

Vestry elections are coming up on Sunday, December 10 and our nominees for Vestry will be presented on Sunday, December 3 in an insert in your bulletin. Please pray for guidance as we select four of these people who have put themselves forward to be leaders of our parish.

Projects - We discussed the many projects that are going on around church, including a new door between classrooms in the Catechesis area that will give much needed extra space to the Level 3 atrium. It will probably be installed over the Christmas break.

We received an update on the drainage project that will take care of the run-off from the gutters on the administration wing. The Memorial Garden project is nearing completion, awaiting the finishing of the drainage project before we put up the iron work.

As you know, we have our Certificate of Occupancy for the Youth House expansion and had our first Family Promise guests this past week. The Youth House expansion will give us some much needed storage space as well as four big classrooms, four bathrooms and a large central meeting area which has been used for several parish meetings already.

Our Stewardship campaign is bringing in new families and new pledges, too. We’ll begin the budgeting process next week. Our St. Catherine’s operating budget is based on the pledges we receive by the end of the year, so if you have not yet sent in your pledge please make sure it is received as soon as possible.

Financial - We continue to operate in the black, even with a shortfall in pledges. Thanks to our staff and ministry teams who are diligent with our funds throughout the year.

Our church office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s. Rest assured that your clergy and staff will be available for a Pastoral emergency during this time.

We took time to appreciate the four Vestry members who will rotate off Vestry next month – Jason Gardiner, Beth Sandoval, Natalie Whitlow and I will take some time off before we jump into some new ministry in the future. Thank you for your service to St. Cat’s!

With thanksgiving for God’s many blessings this year,

Bill Ivey, Senior Warden

Parishioners in the news

Stephanie Gardiner earns Girl Scouting’s highest award

Congratulations! Great job, Stephanie:

My name is Stephanie Gardiner and I go to Campbell High School in the International Baccalaureate program. In addition to being a dedicated student, I have been a Girl Scout for thirteen years and last year, when I was coming up with ideas for my Gold Award, I wanted to do something that would have an impact all around the world. I wanted to teach communications skills and conflict resolution techniques to elementary school students so that the future generations might have society that coexists with one another. In order to do my project, I walked to Smyrna Elementary every other Monday after school and leading a series of workshops for the students and teaching them different ways to express themselves positively. With over 180 hours of preparation, research, workshops, countless meetings, help from my high school debate club, and much more, I had finished the project with an average of 40 students per workshop. I had to communicate meeting time to the parents, as well as work with a board of parents and administrators in order to coordinate with the curriculum and address the most needed skills. Although my project is done, there is still so much more to be done surrounding the problem of communication among students, which is why as well as the workshops and assisting one school, I also created a website with all of my lesson plans. I have talked to many guidance counselors and other principals in the county who displayed interest in the program and gave them the website URL. Now, everyone worldwide has access to making the world a better place by promoting better communication skills, and using the lesson plans from my workshops to serve as a way to teach conflict resolution, stimulating the coexistence of people in the future.

Volunteer Corner: "My Advent challenge"

By Pat Pepper

I was a child in the 50’s (a lot has changed since then) and three times a week I was in church unless I had a high fever. It was what my family did. If my mother heard that someone was in the hospital and did not have family with them, she would go and spend the night to be at their bedside. If there was a crisis or a need she would arrive at the member’s home with a casserole hot out of the oven. That was my mother. My father was a blue collar worker and we did not have a lot of money, but my ‘daddy’ kept $100 hid under the silverware drawer if someone needed food, or had an emergency. He taught Sunday School for 40 years. If the plumbing broke at the church he would go and help repair it. They were strong examples of their faith.

My parents lived our gospel reading of last Sunday, Matthew 25:31-46. The summary of this passage is, “When you helped the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.” My parents were great examples for me to try to follow. In today’s environment I have so many opportunities to give the hungry something to eat… I can talk to anyone serving on the Outreach ministry team and they will provide me a list of ways St. Cat’s feeds the hungry. It is easy to take a tag off of the Giving Tree at St. Catherine’s and shop for clothes for a boy or girl. Doing a right thing can be easy at St. Catherine’s when we have our ministry teams that make it simple to respond, to say, “Yes, I can do this.”

It takes me more courage to be the voice of Christ. If I hear someone discriminate or use unkind words, it is harder for me to be Christ’s body on earth, to speak up and explain the pain. When Mother Sarah read the words of St. Teresa of Avila in her recent sermon I heard the challenge, the reminder. I believe the words. Can I live them?
Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours…

Call me, we can do this together.

Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or to get connected!

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.

Advent wreath making November 26

Fun for everyone to prepare for the start of Advent -- see more photos full size in the album at AdventWreathMaking2017.

More around St. Cat's

Flower Guild creating a beautiful
harvest arrangement on Nov. 25 -
Deborah Weigel, Pam Phillips,
Eleanore Pearson

Our acolytes are the best!

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.

  • December 4-10 : Lay Readers – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Lay Readers, who read the Scripture and the prayers at worship services and assist in serving communion. Training is held regularly. Lay Readers wear vestments (provided) and should be flexible to serve at any of our regular service times. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Bill Selby, 770.952.3857,
  • December 11-17: Shepherds – This week we celebrate the life and work of Shepherds, part of our Invitation Ministry. This group staffs the welcome table in the foyer to give newcomers and visitors directions, encourage them to sign the guest book, help to introduce them to others, make follow-up phone calls, and generally help them feel at home. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Robert Dailey, 770.733.7899,


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

  • Episcopal Relief and Development on November 17, for gift of $1,150 to Hurricane Relief Fund.
  • Family Promise of Cobb County on November 7 for gift of $400. “You really have been the backbone of our program. Thank you, Camilla Worden”

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

  • Ron and Connie Bergeron, in loving memory of Roger Motter and Jim Weigel


Parishioner's pottery show and sale December 9 & 10

Parishioner Mel Paris will hold his Annual Pottery Show and Sale with his unique, handmade, functional and decorative pottery. Dates and times are Saturday, December 9, 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday, December 10, noon - 5 pm. All items are microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe. The sale will be held at 2937 Gant Quarters Circle, Marietta, GA 30068, 770-509-0161.


Michael O’Neal Singers

The Michael O’Neal Singers concerts are presented at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this well-known community chorus. Tickets are available at for their holiday programs:

  • Sunday, December 3, 3:00 pm: "Christmas Light" - The full 155-voice MOS chorus and the 36-voice Kaleidoscope ensemble perform a varied repertoire exploring all the many ways the theme of “light” is incorporated into Christmas music. You’ll hear music from Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Craig Courtney, and will experience selections from the score of the holiday classic “Home Alone” by John Williams, among others. Tickets are $23 adults/$18 seniors & students in advance, $25/$20 at the door.
  • Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm: 12th Annual Messiah Sing-Along - You'll join voices with MOS, soloists, and changer orchestra in this annual community event. Bring your own score or purchase one from MOS. $10 general admission.


“So What’s Not To Like About Advent?” – a retreat with The Rev. Claiborne Jones

Saturday, December 9, 8:30 am-12:00 pm at St. James, Marietta -- Using the four traditional themes of Advent as a surprising springboard, this retreat will explore ways to live "advent-urously" during this Holy Season. The Rev. Claiborne Jones will provide invitations to use scripture, creative arts, movement and self-reflection as companions in our journeys. Participants may bring a sack lunch for fellowship time after Holy Eucharist. A donation of $20.00 ($10.00 for students) to the Pilgrimage at St. James is requested, payable on the day. Register in advance by calling the church office, (770) 428-5841. Registrations will also be accepted on the day of the retreat. St. James Episcopal is located at 161 Church St NE, Marietta, Georgia 30060, .


Tour Church of the Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit

For the twenty-second holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from December 9 through 17. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 200 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12. Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 - 4 pm; Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10 am – 2 pm; Thursday, Dec. 14, 10 am – 2 pm; Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 - 4 pm. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / or visit .


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

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Pat McDougald, Matt Bermel, 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: Sheila Bishop, Finn Sheehey, Jessica & Kelly Sheehy, Margaret White, Mac & Jude Brinson, Pat Henegar, David, Gene Harlan, Jane Laughlin, Petrucci Family, Jim Lutes, Bruce, Alyssa, Jordan Smith, Desiree Harvey, Ellen Adams, Norma Alexander, Jo Brokenshire, David & Brian Wilcox, Bernice, The Miller’s, Fran Corragio, Dale Voyles, Steve Wolfe, Ron & Judy Holmes, Alexis Miniat, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.

BIRTHDAYS: (12/3) Chandler Massey, Dewaine Norris, (12/4) Taryn Nienaber, (12/5) Tad Dupuis, (12/6) Christina McLean, Reese Maier, (12/7) Peggy Towery, Luke Mikkelsen, (12/9) Ian Goldman, Megan Goldman, Sebasjian Hutton, (12/10) Ann Snead, Barbara Perry, Paul Anderson, Megan Shannonhouse, Nick Muckerman, Marie Hale, (12/11) Bobbye Greene, Margaret Caudle, Sadie Culberson, Abigail Singleton, (12/12) Lee Stuart, (12/13) Terry Sheehan, Brian Jory, Ben Frost, Jr., (12/14) Ken Denton, Lisa Buchanan, Mark Singleton, Juliet Glass, (12/15) Jennifer Massey, Michael Moran, Kevin Manno.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bill & Lynn Sapp (12/3), Scott & Ginny Lummus (12/4)

(12/3) Steve & Kitty Diffley; Althea Dillard; Mike Dillson; Lou, Jeanette & Emily Dini, Phillip & Alex Roberts; Jim, Laurie, Matthew & Michael Dirksen.
(12/10) Tom, Maureen, Kelly & Erin Donoghue; Keith & Lu Dumke; Tom & Jane Dunn; Tad, Sally, Allison & Coleman Dupuis; Erica Edwards.

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: January 7. 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, 12/2 Saturday, 12/9



Family Promise Hosting Week
Junior DYC @ Camp Mikell
Atlanta Finnish School
Finnish Christmas Party

Atlanta Finnish School
St. Nicholas Prep
Level 3 Families @Bethlehem Walk
Sunday, 12/3 Sunday, 12/10


Holy Eucharist
Artisan Market
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Christmas Pageant Writing
Girl Scouts
Cookies & Stories Night


Vestry Elections
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
J2A/YA VDD & Pilgrimage Meeting
Girl Scouts
Diocesan Confirmation @Cathedral

Monday, 12/4 Monday, 12/11

CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts


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

Tuesday, 12/5 Tuesday, 12/12


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Campus Ministry/Dinner
Boy Scout Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
KARC Radio Club Party
Master Planning
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, 12/6 Wednesday, 12/13
Preschool Program
WNL Dinner
Advent Quiet Evening
WNL Youth
Chancel Choir


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Stewardship 365
WNL Dinner
Contemplative Eucharist
WNL Youth
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 12/7 Thursday, 12/14


Preschool Program
Men's Bible Study

Seniors Eucharist & Luncheon
Daisy Girl Scouts
Preschool Staff party
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 12/8 Friday, 12/15

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


Mother Sarah's Day of Sabbath
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Staff Christmas Pary
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Complete Advent & Christmas activities - see above in this newsletter
  • Tuesday, December 19 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Sunday, January 14 - Concert series: The Summit Trio 4 pm
  • Sunday, January 21 - Parish Annual Meeting
  • Saturday, February 10 - Valentine Dinner Dance


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

December 2: Artisan Market Set-up
December 3: St. Catherine's Artisan Market
December 10: Valentines Dinner Dance & Pilgrimage Meeting; Diocesan Confirmation
December 17: Christmas Pageant; Acolyte Training & Party; Greening of the Church
December 20: Youth Christmas Party
December 23: Emmaus House Elves!


Important - Valentines Dinner Dance & Pilgrimage meeting Dec. 10

For J2A & YA Classes! Sunday, December 10 at 1 pm. The beginning of this meeting will give the ability to share knowledge of the VDD with the J2A class who will take over next year. Parents will be shadowing this year and helping in different committees. Jennifer Tear is working on coordinating adult help. After the J2A class leaves, we will discuss Pilgrimage. This is an important meeting to talk about Scotland, discuss trip cost, and hand out forms. At this meeting we will discuss deadlines to commit to the trip, payment deadlines, and when I need forms.


Acolytes Christmas Training & Party

December 17 at 3:30 pm -- Training, and a hot chocolate bar!


Wednesday, December 20 – Youth Party

Please join us 6:30-8:30 pm to celebrate the season together along with Mo. Sarah. We'll have snacks, Christmas music and great fellowship!



The St Cat’s crew at the closing
of Happening #68. We are especially
proud of Thad Barrington, who
served as Rector and grateful for
Sally Paris’ leadership as lay
director. A fabulous weekend.
(photo by Mother Sarah)

Off to Junior DYC at
Camp Mikell December 1-3

Save the date!

Rite 13 Beach Trip is June 15-17, 2018 at Panama City Beach, Florida. Mark your calendar now!


In the Diocese & Beyond

  • Sr. DYC (High School Only) - January 5-7 at Camp Mikell
    This event is hosted by the Youth Commission. It is for high school led by high schoolers. Sr. DYC is a mini-session at Camp Mikell, meaning it operates much like a Summer Camp session. The morning is a formation based program, followed by afternoon activities that include hikes, art shack, recreational sports, and other things. There is also a dance on Saturday night. Camp Mikell Summer Staffers chaperone the weekend. The registration deadline is December 31. Register at Sr DYC .
  • atlSERVE June 24-27 at All Saints' Atlanta
    This is our summer service week for middle and high school. Every year, we have between 40-50 youth and adults that participate. Each day, we serve all over the city. The work is focused on building relationships within the communities we serve. Each night, we reflect on our work with others as well as have some fun. Cost $150. Register at .

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • December 15
  • January 12
  • January 26

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!

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Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068