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.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
December 16, 2017 - January 12, 2018

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Clergy Letter

Vestry election
  Christmas Services
  Greening of the Church
  Giving Tree
  Emmaus elves
  Special fund
  Quiet Eucharist
Blood drive
Year end/New year
Annual Meeting
Valentine Dinner Dance
Concert series

ECMS Food Pantry
Elizabeth Inn

Stewardship focus
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Wellness tip

VDD/Pilgrimage meeting
Christmas party
Acolyte training
Beach trip
New Beginnings




12/17 – Vestry elections;
Giving Tree ingathering ;
Music/flowers donations due;
Christmas Pageant; Youth/Parent meeting;
Greening of the Church;
The Extension dinner

12/20 – Youth Christmas Party;
Contemplative Eucharist

12/21 - Acolyte Christmas training

12/23 – Christmas Festival @ Emmaus House

12/24 – Morning service 10:30 am ONLY;
Christmas Eve services 5 & 10:30 pm

12/25 – Christmas Day service 10:30 am

12/25-1/1 – Office closed

12/26 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

12/27 – Elizabeth Inn Breakfast Team

12/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

12/31 – One service at 10:30 am, no Church School

1/4 – Preschool resumes

1/7 – Regular service times & Church School resume

1/10 – Youth Wed. program resumes

1/13 – Cats On Wheels @ Georgia Ensemble Theater

1/14 – Concert Series: Summit Trio

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Mother Sarah's letter

My friends,

There is much happening at St. Catherine's between now and Christmas. I hope you will be present for it! You can read all about our offerings below.

As we continue the journey, I offer you one of my favorite Advent poems, written by Madeline L'Engle:

This is the irrational season
when love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
there’d have been no room for the child.

—Madeleine L’Engle, “After the Annunciation”


Vestry Election

RESCHEDULED: Sunday, December 17 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 17 (rescheduled due to the weather-related cancelled services on the original date of Dec. 10). We will elect four new members to three-year terms; the slate of candidates is listed below. 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].

Absentee Ballots — If you will be unable to attend worship on December 17, 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 15. NOTE -- If you already turned in an absentee ballot last week please abstain from voting again if you are at church on the 17th.

--> Please see the full bios for each candidate for Vestry in the last Wheel newsletter at Vestry Election






Celebrate Christmas at St. Catherine’s

From all of our Clergy, Staff, Wardens, Vestry and People
We wish you and yours a most blessed and joyous Christmas and Christmastide!

Worship schedule

  • December 24 - Advent 4 and Christmas Eve
    • 10:30 am — Advent 4 Holy Eucharist - (Nursery open) One morning service only, no Church School.
    • 5:00 pm — Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, followed by Festive Reception - (Nursery open) All the children are invited to process with the choir and clergy as the baby Jesus makes his way with us to the crèche at the altar. The Choristers Choir will share their voices as their Christmas gift to us. A cookies & punch reception follows in the Parish Hall.
    • 10:30 pm — Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist - (No nursery) This beautiful Christmas celebration brings the glory of our Anglican tradition to the greatest story ever told as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. The service opens with a special music prelude featuring professional string quartet along with our Chancel Choir and organ. A reception with apple cider and cookies follows in the foyer.
  • Christmas Day Holy Eucharist - One service at 10:30 am — (No nursery or Church School) We hold our celebration of the incarnation with an intimate and casual service on Christmas morning. One of our wonderful traditions at St. Catherine's is to bring our favorite gift to tell about during announcement time. We invite you to share with us how it has brightened your life as we celebrate the greatest gift of allJesus Christ our Savior.
  • Sunday, December 31 Holy Eucharist - One service at 10:30 am (No Church School)


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! Please 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

Family & friends invited! 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. The nursery is available for little ones during the work time.

Please bring a 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 break for a delicious supper in the Parish Hall with Brunswick stew, minestrone soup, bread and cornbread and PB&J for the kids. Then we return to the church to sing carols and play the bells, and finish the evening with our desserts. See you there!

--> Help is needed to set up, serve, and clean up the supper, please contact Deana De La Barre


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. Or you may give online using your account in The City (select “Seasonal decoration/music” fund and enter your dedication in the memo line). Please send by December 17 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.


The Giving Tree - due by Sunday, December 17

St. Catherine’s parishioners supply many children's gifts to the Emmaus House Christmas Festival in Atlanta on the morning of December 23. Please select an ornament from our Giving Tree in the foyer to provide a gift for an Emmaus House boy or girl ages 9 to 18 years. A list of gift suggestions and instructions is on the table next to the tree. Please follow this procedure: (1) Wrap the gift & write a brief description on the label on the ornament; (2) Attach the ornament securely to your gift; (3) Bring to the Giving Tree by Dec. 17.


Be an elf at Emmaus House Christmas Festival – Saturday December 23 (note date)

Join us at Emmaus House early on the morning of December 23 (note date change from usual Christmas Eve!). Every year, parishioners from St. Catherine's go to Emmaus House near the former Turner Field in Atlantato 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 please contact Gina Bauman,, for details including start time and car pool.


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.


Be Still and Know contemplative Eucharist - Wednesday, December 20

7:15 pm - All are welcome for mid-week Eucharist with space for stillness and quiet, and prayers for healing. We gather from 7:15 to 8:00 pm 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,


Christmas Eve Receptions

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. Help is also needed to set up, serve, and clean up for the 5:00 pm reception, please contact Deana De La Barre if you are able to help and for more information. Thank you!


Christmas Communions

If you or someone you know is a parishioner who is ill or shut in and will not be able to attend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services, please notify the church office so we may schedule to bring communion to their home. (Note that Eucharistic Visitors are available for parish members year-round, not only at Christmas time!)


Reflection of the Day continues through the 12 Days of Christmas

Check for your Reflection of the Day throughout the season from this year's collection of Advent and Christmas reflections for each day through Epiphany (January 6). They are written by our own St. Catherine's members, and you can also receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season. Sign up for emails and/or read the complete collection on our Reflections webpage at, in our printed booklets, and our Facebook page.


Calendar of activities - Advent and Christmas

* - nursery available

  • Sunday, December 17 - Advent 3 — * Regular worship schedule
    Vestry elections at all services
    Christmas decorating/music donations due
    Giving Tree ingathering
    * Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service
    J2A/YA Youth and Parents Meeting 1 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
  • Thursday, December 21 - Acolyte Christmas training 12 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)

Office schedule

  • The church office will be closed December 25 - January 1.
  • The Preschool will be closed December 21 - January 3.

Blood drive - Tuesday, December 19

Give the perfect gift… Give blood!

Give something during the holidays that really means something... give blood and save a life! 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 at this time will be even more important. Making an appointment is easy: call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. BUT... remember that appointments are never 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.

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! We still are looking for all households/individuals who pledged last year, and all new members, to pledge this year. 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 are developing our budget for 2018. If you will not able to pledge, then please do let us know that, all such information is in confidence.

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 contact Elizabeth Lopez, or Mother Sarah,

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 December 31.
  • Please turn in all invoices and requests for reimbursement for 2017 expenses by December 31 to Rose Wolfe in the office.
  • The church office will be closed December 25 - January 1

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.

Parish Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 21 - One service at 10:30 am

St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 21 at 12:00 pm following our worship service which will be at 10:30 am this day. Formation/Church School will meet at an hour earlier, at 9 am. A light lunch will be served immediately after the service, followed by the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and other organizations throughout the parish. It is a time to reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.

Annual reports due January 7

Now is the time to start thinking about annual reports -- we will gladly accept them early! Our Annual Meeting is a terrific opportunity for leaders of all our committees, groups and ministries to showcase your work. You are invited to write a piece that briefly shares your ministry's purpose, highlights for 2017, and dreams for 2018. Consider as your audience newcomers who might be interested in joining your team. We really want to have all included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish.

Submissions of no more than 300 words per individual committee or group are due to Rose Wolfe, by Sunday, January 7. Contact Rose now if you would like a copy of last year's report to use as your basis for this year.

Save the date: Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction         

Saturday, February 10

The 2018 Valentine Dinner Dance, with the always-fabulous Silent and Live Auctions, will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 10. This is our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support. Proceeds will go to defray costs of the J2A Youth Pilgrimage in Summer 2018.

Ticket sales will be held at church before and after services starting in January. Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! For further information, contact Youth Director Sally Paris,

Auction items being accepted now

We are already accepting donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible, which you may find helpful now as we come to the end of 2017. Contact Sally as above for information and forms.

Concert: The Summit Trio

Sunday, January 14, 4 pm

St. Catherine’s Friends of Music will present The Summit Trio as a Sunday afternoon concert on January 14. The Summit Trio is made up of three musicians on the faculty at Kennesaw State University. Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist who has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Helen Kim, violinist, has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, and is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. Charae Krueger is Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras, and has played throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe, including Merkin Hall, Rockefeller University, Brown University and MIT. The Summit Trio appeared as part of the All Saints Atlanta Concert Series last fall.

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 perfomers, 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

Ingathering Sunday, December 17

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.

How to celebrate after Thanksgiving holiday?

Serving at Elizabeth Inn

St. Catherine's outstanding volunteers generously provided and served dinner at the MUST / Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on Tuesday, November 28. Very special thanks to the following food donors and servers: The meal was provided by Nancy Barke, Sybil Coote, Deana De La Barre, Susan Jenkins, Lisa Johnston, Janet Livingston, Sally Moore and Linda Smith. Dinner was served with a smile by: Nancy Barke, Ron & Connie Bergeron, Sybil Coote, Susan Jenkins, Lisa Johnston and Sally Moore. Thanks to Tom Hunter as well for volunteering for Laundry Team on the 28th. Your gifts of food, time and service are greatly appreciated!

Next month's dinner will be on Thursday, December 28. Anyone interested in more information on volunteering at MUST / Elizabeth Inn on December 28 and to sign up, please reach out to Tracy Buckalew at

We are most grateful for St. Catherine's ongoing support for this important ministry that feeds more than 70 guests at Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of every month year-round.

Tracy Buckalew and Connie Bergeron
MUST / Elizabeth Inn Dinner Coordinators

MUST volunteers on November 28:
(l to r) Susan Jenkins, Tom Hunter,
Sally Moore, Sybil Coote,
Ron Bergeron, Lisa Johnston

Connie Bergeron and Nancy Barke
setting up dessert


Stewardship 365 Spotlight: Choristers

For the month of December our Stewardship 365 ministry focus is the Worship & Music Ministry Team. We are highlighting the Choristers of St. Catherine’s, our choir for children and youth:

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)

By Dr. Jana Williams

If you attend the 8:45 am service on Sundays, you are familiar with the joyful singing of the St. Catherine’s Choristers. Led by Dr. Jana Williams with accompaniment by Dr. Brian Williams, this choir of seventeen singers takes the biblical instruction to “sing to the Lord” very seriously. The Choristers consists of boys and girls ranging from 3rd to 12th grade who lead worship and offer anthems that support or illuminate the readings and liturgy of the day. They also adhere to the Psalms’ instructions of praising with instruments through the use of bells, chimes, rhythm instruments and other creative forms of accompaniment. Mr. Dennis Freeman sometimes plays recorder or guitar and helps parents with music organization, bell set-up, special treats, robing and more.

The gift that the Choristers offer to the congregation is from their entire families, not just from the children. Parents are very involved as volunteers, schedulers and, most importantly, chauffeurs to the 45-minute weekly practice on Wednesday nights and early to rehearse/robe on Sunday mornings.

In addition to leading music at the 8:45 am service three Sundays a month, the Choristers also sing at the 5 pm Christmas Eve service and special events such as Mother Sarah’s installation as Rector, Advent Lessons and Carols, etc.

Interested in learning more about Choristers? Please contact Dr. Jana Williams at
Photo by Bill Ivey

Celebrating 20 Years of Ordination

The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey and The Rev. Mandy Brady each observed the 20th anniversary of their ordinations to the priesthood on Sunday, December 10 by celebrating the Eucharist at St. Catherine's. John was ordained in New Jersey and now serves as our bishop's Canon for Ministry. Mandy was ordained to the priesthood in our Diocese and serves as Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Canterbury Court in Brookhaven. Congratulations!

Photo and story by Bill Ivey

Volunteer Corner: "If you want something done, ask a busy person"

By Pat Pepper

I needed some volunteers recently for a one-time project, and as I was creating the list of who to contact it became very clear that I was asking people that were already very busy. I sent my request and received some responses of “I am sorry but I have a commitment that day,” or “Sure, I can come and help.” The question is, why exactly do busy people seem so reliable?

I recently read an article that said, “It is true that those with a lot on their plates are often willing to take on more. You might think that people with jobs, and people with kids, would be less likely to volunteer than those without such claims on their time. But in reality, volunteering rates are higher for the employed than those not in the workforce, and parents are more likely to volunteer than non-parents. I think reliability and busyness go hand-in-hand for two reasons. First, those who are successfully juggling a lot have good systems for avoiding dropping balls... How long will the proposed task take? What will I need to do?”

I would also include in the author’s list all of those men and women that have retired from paying jobs and are now engaged full time as volunteers.

The article also did not say that busy people at St. Catherine’s do what they do because they want to use their God-given gifts. They are busy because they want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. And the very busiest people would tell you they receive more than they give.

During this season of Advent I am especially thankful for all of the busy people at St. Catherine’s. Love is given and received. Call me if you have a minute ;-)

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, Ginny Lummus. See lots more in the albums at Photo Albums.

Cookies & Stories Night on December 3

Fun stories, tasty cookies for kids with Ms. Jenna and Mother Sarah, and a surprise visit from St. Nicholas! (a.k.a. Bob Pepper) -- see more photos full size in the album at ChristmasStories120317.

Advent is a busy time!

A great turnout for the Christmas
Artisan Market on Dec. 3

Wednesday Night Explorers
offered their "Cards For Undies"

Despite the snow cancellations,
St. Nicholas still filled the shoes
with hand-made cookies, oranges
and more on December 10!

Acolyes 12/3/17

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 25-31: Website -- This week we celebrate the life and work of our Website committee which works to keep our website an up-to-date resource for the community and parish members to learn about and stay informed of St. Catherine’s and our many activities. Many newcomers to our church comment that they discovered us by our website. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Communications Director Karen Manno,, 770-973-8668.
  • January 1-7: Bible and Book Study Groups -- This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bible and Book Studies. Groups are led by facilitators who bring a desire to teach and an interest in the material. A variety of offerings are available, please check our publications for dates and times, including The Wheel, Christian Formation brochure and the church calendar. For information please contact our Adult Christian Education committee, Elizabeth Lopez,, 678.644.8112.


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

  • Richard and Eleanore Pearson in memory of Richard’s siblings: Allen, Roland and Carol
  • Jerry and Linda Scott in thanksgiving for our family
  • For the Mission and Ministry of Catie, Matt and Hope Nelson


Michael O’Neal Singers - Messiah Sing-Along

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm -- 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. 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


“Same Song, Which Verse?” Workshop

Saturday, January 13, 9 am - 12 pm at St. Catherine's: Tired of the same resolutions we all make and break within the first few weeks of every New Year? Eating Psychology Coach and founder of Bee Well Serve Well, Deborah Garrard, will provide lifestyle habits that are REALsolutions: Realistic. Empowering. Achievable. Lasting. Deborah will also share her personal perspective on the Spirituality of Health. A nutritious snack is included, created by St. Catherine's own Sue Snape, Leaf & Loaf. Workshop cost $89. To reserve, go to For questions call or email Deborah at 404-232-0442,


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, 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.

DECEASED: Lynn Wood, friend of Andy Mitchell

BEFORE SURGERY: Dean Taylor, Edward Darden

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Kim Selby, Juan Sandoval, Steve Diffley, Bill Krupp, Brian Jory, Liz Burlas, Neil Guy, Carl Bright, Ruth Hepler, Kaley Harris, Lynn Barton, Erin Bennett, Ralph Patrick, Baby Christian Matthew Harvey, Bruce, Sheila Bishop, Finn Sheehey, Jessica & Kelly Sheehy, Mac & Jude Brinson, Pat Henegar, David, Gene Harlan, Jane Laughlin, Jim Lutes, Alyssa, Jordan Smith, Ellen Adams, Norma Alexander, Jo Brokenshire, Fran Corragio, Alexis Miniat, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.

BIRTHDAYS: (12/18) Tom Bird, Jennifer Tear, Riley Yucius, (12/19) Andrew Hutton, (12/20) Liana McLean, (12/21) George Alexander, Patricia Tarentino, Bob Olliffe, Marley Sanders, (12/23) Steve Tuemmler, Michelle LaGarde, Noelle Mace, (12/24) Eleanore Pearson, (12/25) Al Jones, Ben Martin, (12/26) Karen Kraeger, (12/27) Vera Bibbings, Stephanie Langmaid, Missy Worden, Phillip Hutton, Carter Hickson, (12/28) Ron Bergeron, Milo Thomas, Josephine Benscoter, (12/29) Nat Whitlow, Katherine Sherwood, (12/30) Steve Vavra, Nadine Pope, Julie Johnson, Julie Stone, Caroline Spessard, (12/31) Paricia Kennington, (1/1) John Martin, Jana Williams, (1/2) Janet Livingston, (1/3) Jacqueline Hurley, (1/4) Stan Dickson, Kate Tomchik, (1/5) Celia Bowers-Dean, (1/6) Stephanie Yucius, (1/7) Martha Bowden, (1/8) Mark Boutillier, Lucas Brennan, Gabriella Nienaber, (1/9) Ashley Friend, (1/10) Michael Motes, Linda Scott, (1/11) Brian Paglia, Jacob Fleming.

ANNIVERSARIES: John & Fran Brooks (12/18), Tom & Ann Snead (12/21), Chris & Jan Potter (12/23), Daniel & Lilibet Goldman (1/8).

(12/17) Troy, Joy, Forrest & Anna Ettel; Mark, Janice, Seamus & Treholm Fahy; Bill & Beverly Fambrough; Scott & Sandra Fantz; Alan & Carol Fey.
(12/31) Sarah Fisher & Mandy Brady; James, Amanda, Luke & Jacob Fleming; Patty Foglesong, Todd & Sylvie Clare; Jude, Rebekah & Abe Fontenot; William & Eileen Forrester.
(1/7) James, Lauren & Joanne Fransen & Alison Fransen-Hastings; Dennis & Deelee Freeman; Bruce, Karen, Ashley, Anthony & Rose Friend; John, Julie, Jillian & Jenna Fulcher.

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, 12/16 Saturday, 12/23


Finnish Christmas Party

Emmaus House Elves
Sunday, 12/17 Sunday, 12/24


Vestry Elections
Giving Tree Ingathering
Music/Flowers Donations Due

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist / Christmas Pageant
Church School
Holy Eucharist
J2A/YA VDD & Pilgrimage Meeting
Greening of the Church
The Extension Dinner


Advent 4 & Christmas Eve
Advent 4 Holy Eucharist
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
  with Choristers Choir
Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist
  with Chancel Choir, strings

Monday, 12/18 Monday, 12/25

Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry Training
Calling & Caring Ministry
Boy Scouts


Christmas Day
Church Office Closed
Christmas Day Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, 12/19 Tuesday, 12/26


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive


Church Office Closed
MUST Laundry Team
Wednesday, 12/20 Wednesday, 12/27
Youth Christmas Pary
Contemplative Eucharist
Chancel Choir


Church Office Closed
MUST Breakfast

Thursday, 12/21 Thursday, 12/28


Preschool Closed
Food Camp
Acolyte Christmas Training

Church Office Closed
Food Camp
Elizabeth Inn
Friday, 12/22 Friday, 12/29

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


Mother Sarah's Day of Sabbath
Church Office Closed
Food Camp
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Complete Advent & Christmas activities - see above in this newsletter
  • Church Office closed Dec. 25 - Jan. 1; Preschool closed Dec. 21 - Jan. 3
  • Sunday, December 31 - One service at 10:30 am, no Church School
  • Sunday, January 14 - Concert series: The Summit Trio 4 pm
  • Sunday, January 21 - One service at 10:30 am; Church School 9 am; Lunch & Parish Annual Meeting 12 pm
  • Saturday, February 10 - Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction
  • February 13 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • February 14 - Ash Wednesday
  • Sunday, February 25 - Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

December 17: Christmas Pageant; Valentine Dinner Dance & Pilgrimage Meeting; Greening of the Church
December 20: Youth Christmas Party
December 23: Emmaus House Elves!


Rescheduled! Important J2A/YA Youth & Parent meeting Dec. 17

Sunday, December 17 at 1 pm in the Youth House. The beginning of this meeting will give the ability to share knowledge of the Valentine Dinner Dance 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.


Youth Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 20 -- 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!


Acolytes Christmas Training

RESCHEDULED! Thursday, December 21 at 12 noon -- Training, and pizza lunch. We will cover changes by Mo Sarah, as well as specifics for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. We truly appreciate your service to St. Catherine's at such a special time of year!



Congratulations to Kathleen (at right) on your Confirmation, held at the Cathedral on December 10.


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

  • Happening #69 - February 16-18 at Camp Mikell
    Happening is a renewal weekend intended for high schoolers. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend for teenagers. Really, teenagers lead the entire weekend. Twice a year over 150 young people come together at Camp Mikell to talk about God and share the unconditional love that this community is all about. Happening is open to all high school youth. ​Cost: $100. See information and registration at
    Candidates: First time youth attending Happening come to the weekend as candidates. The weekend is for the candidates!
    Celebration Team: Celebration Team is a special part of the Happening Team that comes together Saturday night to pray for the candidates on site at Camp Mikell.
  • New Beginnings #39 - February 2-4 at Camp Mikell
    ​New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth in grades 6-8th. Every October and February, no less than 100 youth and adults come together for this spiritual retreat. The weekend includes music, talks given by high school team, small groups, skits, and plenty of fellowship. Cost: $100. See information and registration at
    Participants: This is who the weekend is for! Participants are the youth and sponsors that attend the weekend. Participants are grades 6-8th. Sponsors are also considered participants. Sponsors are the adult chaperones that attend the weekend. Participants of the weekend do not have to be Episcopalian, but they must come recommended through an Episcopal Church and have an adult sponsor who attends the weekend.
    Team: The New Beginnings Team is a group of high schoolers, young adults, and adults that work together to bring the love of Christ to all participants. You do not need to have participated in New Beginnings to be on team. team application.
  • 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:

  • January 12
  • January 26
  • February 5

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.

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