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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
January 13 - 26, 2018

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Annual Meeting
Concert series
Valentine Dinner Dance
Newcomer coffee
Catechesis training
Lent reflections
Preschool registration
Christian Formation
Recycle Advent wreaths
Join choir
Cursillo renewal
Directory photos
Women's retreat
Dismantling Racism
Study books
Flowers & candles

Family Promise
Elizabeth Inn

Wednesday Explorers
Atrium door
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Organ concert
Hidden Dangers
Cathedral Book Store
Wellness tip

Beach trip
New Beginnings




1/13 – Cats On Wheels @ Georgia Ensemble Theater

1/14 – Concert Series: Summit Trio

1/15 – MLK Holiday;
Office & Preschool closed

1/17, 24, 31 – Youth WNL programs

1/21- Services at 7:45, 10:30 am;
Church School 9 am;
Parish Annual Meeting;
The Extension dinner

1/23 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

1/24 – Elizabeth Inn Breakfast Team

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Parish Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 21

Special schedule this day!

  • Holy Eucharist services - 7:45 & 10:30 am ONLY
  • Breakfast - 8:30 am (following the 7:45 service)
  • Church School - 9:00 am
  • Lunch and Annual Meeting - 12:00 pm

St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 21 at 12:00 pm following the 10:30 am worship service. 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. Childcare will be provided for children; Youth grades 6 & up may attend the meeting.

The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation to receive reports from the Rector, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and 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 this new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.

Annual reports now due

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 (multiple reports per ministry team encouraged) are due NOW to Rose Wolfe, Contact Rose now if you would like a copy of last year's report to use as your basis for this year.

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

--> Cookies requested for concert reception -- If you would like to contribute some cookies or other finger desserts please leave items clearly marked for "Concert Series" in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table prior to the concert.


Reminder: Check your check in the New Year

Now is a good time to make sure your new 2018 donations amounts are reflected in your payments this year. Do you pay your St. Catherine’s pledge online with The City or via your bank’s bill-pay feature? Remember to adjust any automatic pledge or other payment amounts to reflect your 2018 amount. Thank you from your Stewardship Team!


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.


Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction         

Saturday, February 10 - get tickets soon!

The 2018 Valentine Dinner Dance, with the always-fabulous Silent and Live Auctions, will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 10 at 6:00 pm. Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! This is always 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 this summer.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available at church on Sundays until sold out, or contact Youth Director Sally Paris, You may pay by check or cash, or Sally will be present between the 8:45 & 11:15 services this Sunday to take card payments.

Auction items being accepted now

We are now seeking donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Contact Sally as above for information and forms.

Newcomer & Visitor Coffee - Sunday, February 11

By Karen Friend

"We would love to welcome you!" Our next newcomer and visitor coffee will be Sunday, February 11 at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Newcomers, visitors and new or returning members are invited to this lovely informal gathering with our clergy, staff and lay leaders. Please join us for coffee and sweet treats along with conversation about our programs & ministries. Feel free to bring a friend, relative or neighbor. All are welcome! Childcare is also available. Contact Anne Hitchins (404-432-6222), or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) for any questions.

Catechesis Level One Training

New adult class begins January 27

By Jenna Parker

Level One Training is the foundational adult training in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Christian Formation program for children, preparing catechists to work with children three to six years of age. This training will be held from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at St. Catherine's on January 27, February 24, March 17, April 14, May 19, August 18, September 22, November 3, and December 8, 2018 as well as February 16, March 9, April 13, and May 4, 2019. This course is designed to be a spiritual formation for adults as well as instruction in this method of catechesis for children. The pace of the course is retreat-like, allowing for its contemplative nature to be a prayer experience for adults as well as model the atrium experience for children. This course is ideal for parents, grandparents, and anyone with a love of working with children. Contact Karen Maxwell, for more information.

Lent Reflections writers - time to sign up

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to

Reflections will be due by Friday, February 2, in order to be published by Ash Wednesday (February 14). Please sign up on the Ministry & Fellowship Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.

Time for Preschool registration

St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education

Preschool registration for the 2018-2019 school year is here! As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years.

  • Church members not currently enrolled may register Monday, January 29 and Tuesday, January 30.
  • Open House for everyone is Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 am to noon.
  • Registration for the general public will begin on February 1 and continue every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the month of February and until all spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am - noon, no appointment needed. Classes are available for ages 1 through 4 (Pre-K) in a structured learning environment and small class size, with a comprehensive preschool curriculum including math, art, music, and reading. St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference.

Please visit our website at for more information on our wonderful preschool.

Christian Formation offerings for Winter & Spring

Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of our continuing offerings for winter and spring.

Formation/Church School - Sundays, 10 AM

  • For children ages 2 through fifth grade: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • For youth sixth through twelfth grades: Journey to Adulthood
  • Adult classes:
    • Be Still and Know - A meditation class using scriptures to inspire meditations that we will do during Sunday mornings. Some classes will follow the Lectia Divina approach of four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First, a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God. Other classes will feature other meditations including using our breath or the feeling of aliveness within to quiet our minds in order to be present in the moment, and, thereby, come closer to God. These are techniques that can be used to not only bring calmness and presence into our lives but also to feel God’s powerful presence. Facilitators: Hale Sanders, Pierce Hale.
    • 950 Pages: the Rest of the Prayer Book - Most of us are quite familiar with the pages starting with page 355 in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The books in the sanctuary fall naturally open to that page. But the other pages? Our class will learn all about this book, held to be a treasure of the Anglican/Episcopal Church for nearly 500 years. We’ll learn about its exciting history as we follow the current edition. We’ll look at prayers included from the earliest days of Christianity and before, as well as every era since. You’ll be amazed at all the information in this one book, and awed by how much comfort and support you can derive from the BCP. You’ll join the ranks of your fellow church members who smile and lovingly say, “God loves to be read by Episcopalians." Teacher: Ginny Acocella.
    • Welcoming – Accepting – Nurturing – Serving - A series of discussions, activities, challenges, meditations and experiments to help us determine what it means to truly embody the core values of the mission statement of St. Catherine’s. We will collaborate ideas, activities, readings, and fellowship to identify opportunities to bring Bishop Curry’s vision in The Jesus Movement as well as the Atlanta Diocese vision #LoveLikeJesus to life – both inside and outside the walls of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia. Facilitators: Sue Snape, Michael Paris, Caroline Brennan.

Weekday Bible study groups

  • Weekday Bible Study, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — Everyone is invited to join us for lively discussion and probing questions as we ask “how does the there and then of this Scripture impact my life in the here and now?” Coffee provided. No prerequisites or text required, just bring a Bible, any translation.
    Facilitator: Bill Selby.
  • Women’s Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 10-11:15 AM — Join us as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays, 7-8:30 PM — This year's study works with the book of Nehemiah. We will use Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break, by Kelly Minter. The book is divided into 7 lessons, with a short video to view at our monthly gathering. This study offers real-life ways to put feet to your faith. We gather each month and share a light meal. We welcome you to join us at any point in our lively and engaging the study.
    Facilitator: Karen Kraeger.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study,Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. We use The Path, A Journey Through the Bible edited by The Rev. Melody Wilson Shobe and David Creech, Ph.D. 2016 (bring your own copy, available from many book sources). The book goes from "God Saw That It Was Good" to "The Alpha and the Omega," and uses the NRSV Bible for citations. All men are encouraged to join us.
    Facilitator: Tom Snead.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 AM — This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. We use Invitation to The New Testament by David A Sinclair and Emerson B. Powery 2005. A 10-15 minute DVD presentation helps us through the sessions. Each meeting is started with "Jesus calls us to..." We will discuss who, what, when, why, and how we are called. All one needs is a Bible and your own study book (available from many book sources). Coffee and bagels are usually brought in. All men are encouraged to join us. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.

Book Studies

  • Men’s Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 6:30 PM - This study is for men to gather over a light supper and study books selected by the group. We meet each month at the home of one of our members to explore the interaction between our faith, our soul, and our work. The meal and fellowship time is followed by study, reflection, and prayer. All are invited (and no requirement to host a meeting). Facilitator: Scott Lummus.
  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:15-11:00 AM. ll women of St. Catherine’s and their friends are invited to join us. This year’s study is based on Dismantling Injustice: A Disorderly Parable of the Song of Solomon by April Love-Fordham. We welcome you to join us as we read this inspirational, thought-provoking book and look for the sacred in our everyday lives. Facilitator: Barb Selby.

WNL - Wednesday Night Live

Wednesday nights offers special program time of fellowship and learning, so join us to deepen our walk in Christ. WNL for Youth for the winter/Epiphany season will meet each week with new schedule:

  • Youth WNL - 6:30 pm Fellowship, 7:00-8:00 pm Program.
  • Dinner is not included this season
  • Children and adult programs will not meet on Wednesday nights this season, and the nursery will not be open. We hope to move forward with special events with one-time commitments at times that are convenient and continue to explore how we can best support offerings for all ages.

Adult Inquirers Class

Watch for announcement of our winter/spring class which will prepare adults new to the Episcopal tradition and those seeking adult baptism for membership in the church. Church members may also attend to refresh their faith journey. We will offer opportunities to explore questions about faith, learn about St. Catherine’s and the Episcopal church and gain spiritual tools for your faith journey. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and The Rev. Sarah Fisher.

Recycle your Advent wreath

The Advent wreath recycling bin is now in the foyer. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made at St. Cat's for the past season. Thank you!

Make music with us this year - Join Choir

St. Catherine’s has a variety of music ensembles which are open to everyone with no auditions... and now is a great time to join in as we start the new year and begin preparations for the seasons of Lent and Easter. Please come and try us out!

  • Choristers — Boys and girls in 3rd through 12th grades are welcome to join the Choristers of St. Catherine’s for the spring term. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am service. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 pm. For information contact Choristers Director Dr. Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, and we meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare for the 11:15 am service. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information contact Director of Music Dr. Brian Williams at, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.
  • Jubilate — For instruments and singers! This ensemble leads contemporary worship music occasionally at the 8:45 am service plus some special services. A good ear and willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this group. For information please contact Susie Davis,, Jason Gardiner,, Michael Moran,
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew — A great opportunity for youth or adults. Help is needed to set up equipment, balance sound systems, and take down. No experience needed, training provided. For information contact Bill Ivey,, 770-578-1945.

Photos below - Choristers on Christmas Eve (photos by Jan Potter, see more full size at ChristmasEve2017Church).

Cursillo renewal 2018

Cursillo in the Diocese of Atlanta is taking the next steps in restructuring and renewing the ministry. Bishop Wright appointed a working group several years ago and diligent prayer and work has gone into determining the best path forward. With the Bishop's support the working group is now ready to call together the larger 4th Day Community and anyone interested in the Cursillo ministry to hear of the Task Group's progress and help guide the way forward. This regional gathering is the first of several planned throughout the Diocese during 2018 as a way to share information and draw the 4th Day Community together. We pray that the Holy Spirit will work through all to revitalize the Cursillo ministry in our parishes and in the Diocese. Please share this information with anyone interested in fully living as a disciple of Jesus Christ, because Christ is counting on YOU.

Regional Gathering on Saturday, February 3 - RSVP!

The Cursillo Task Group is pleased to announce that a regional gathering will be held Saturday, February 3 from 10 am to 2 pm at St. Aiden's Episcopal Church parish hall in Milton, Georgia, Please join us as we move forward in revitalizing the 4th Day. Lunch will be provided as well as Cursillo music to enrich the celebration. ALL are welcome! Please join us if you are a Cursillista or if you are interested in learning more about discipleship in small groups. Please RSVP to: Nina Daniel, so we might have enough lunch for all as well as resource materials for everyone. Or contact Barb and Bill Selby, We welcome your inspiration as we prayerfully move forward!

Pick up your Photo Directory photos

If you had directory photos taken and did not order any photo packages, please pick up your complimentary 8x10 from the box in the foyer as soon as possible. Please note that if you purchased any photo packages your complimentary 8x10 is being mailed directly to you.

Save the date for Women's Retreat

The 2018 Women's Retreat will be Friday to Sunday, April 27-29, at beautiful Montara Farm in north Georgia. Please reserve these dates on your calendar now, details and registration will be announced soon.

“Dismantling Racism” training

Saturday, January 27 at St. James, Marietta

“Dismantling Racism” training is a program developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism and seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation.” It is offered several times throughout the year in locations around the diocese and is required for all parish clergy and lay leaders including vestry members. It was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said. Training runs for a single day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Although there is no charge, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

The next opportunity will be Saturday, January 27, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street, Marietta, GA, 30060. For information on the trainings and to register, contact Mary Job, For complete program details and more training schedules please visit .

Books available through Cathedral Book Store

Please note for anyone having a book study, consider ordering your books as a group through the Cathedral Book Store (at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta) and get 10% off with a minimum order of 8 books. Order for shipment, or just have one person go to pick up the books at the Store and mention the discount. See information, directions and hours at .

Flowers and Candles

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.

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


Family Promise first hosting of the year: February 11 to 18

By Linda Scott

As many of you know, Family Promise of Cobb County is made up of 15 hosting congregations and synagogues and 4 assisting churches. The Family Day Center with the Director’s office is based at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta. Each participating church takes four weeks during the year and hosts 1-4 homeless families enrolled in the program.

St. Catherine’s first hosting this year will be Sunday to Sunday, February 11-18. We’re looking forward to an excellent fifth year after the completion of the Youth House expansion in November. We had wonderful comments from both guests and volunteers on the new space and how attractive and so much roomier it is. Thanks to all who made it so!

It’s time to sign up to help guide our guest families through their week with us here at St. Catherine’s. We welcome your sign-ups for dinner preparation, evening hosts, overnight hosts, set up and take down. If you are interested in finding out more about Family Promise check out -> this introductory video. For more information about our hosting week or to volunteer, please contact either Barb Selby or Linda Scott. Linda will be glad to put you on our mailing list for this and future weeks so you can find out all about the sign-ups. We usually have about 50 people volunteer for each hosting week, so when everyone does a little we accomplish quite a lot!

Barb Selby, 404-216-1640
Linda Scott, 678-446-4676

Dinner at Elizabeth Inn

Once again it was St. Catherine’s privilege to cook and serve dinner for the guests at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter on December 28. This would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers who provide food, cook, and serve. Thanks to Nancy Barke, Tracy Buckalew, Nancy Denton, Deana Delabarre, Rebeccah Devault, Nancy Certain, Janet Livingston, Kell and Jimmy Owen, and Linda Smith the guests were feed a very nutritious meal. Thank you also goes to Williamson Brothers Barbecue for giving us a discount on the entree and Fred Massey who arranged this.

St. Cat’s has served dinner at the Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of each month for over 28 years! Our 2018 schedule is filling up quickly with the generosity of many groups and individuals volunteering to be on our dinner team. Contact us if you would like to learn more about this very humbling ministry.

Connie Bergeron (, Tracy Buckalew (
MUST/ Elizabeth Inn Coordinators

Photos below - Preparing food are Rebeccah Devault, Janet Livingston and Kell and Jimmy Owen - Kell and Jimmy drove from Young Harris, GA to join us. And at right - Linda Smith making salad for 70 guests!


Wednesday Night Explorers Christmas Gift

By Stephanie Yucius

This year our Explorers number in four girls with really big hearts!! The wanted to do an outreach service project as groups before them have done. We talked with Harriett Pyburn of the Outreach Ministry Team and learned of the great need for underwear in our local schools. So the girls raised $600 by selling Christmas cards for their underwear project. We had a fun time shopping together and them expressing their excitement for the gift they gave! We have donated 300 pair already and plan to make another donation of similar number in the spring. The Explorers thank you for your contribution to their service project and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

A New Year & A New Open Door

By Jenna Parker

Though 2018 has just begun, the Level Two Atrium room of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program has seen a lot of change! Just before Christmas, pocket doors were installed in order to make two rooms have the option of being one. This allows for us to make the best use of the space. The extra room allows for our many Level Two children to freely select work and work independently or in small groups. This new space also means we can gather comfortably together as one large group! We are very excited about the new use of our space!

Seen around St. Cat's

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

Christmas Pageant on December 17 - see LOTS more below in this newsletter AND full size at ChristmasPageant1217.

Merry Christmas! (see more photosfull size at ChristmasEve2017Church)

Christmas elves appear at Emmaus House! Thank you to all who
came for this a great annual event (photo by Nadine Pope)

The 3 Kings visited us on Jan. 7... (left) at 8:45: Mel Paris, Bob Pepper, Bill Selby; (right) at 11:15: Cary Philips, Michael Wherry, Bill Ivey.

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.

  • January 15-21: Stephen Ministry – This week we celebrate the life and work of Stephen Ministry, trained laity who minister to parishioners in need by listening in a sensitive, nonjudgmental way through a caring, supportive, and confidential relationship. Stephen Ministers make a 2-year commitment and receive 50 hours of initial training as well as continuing education and peer supervision. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact one of our Stephen Leaders: David Moore, Amy Morris, Chris Potter.
  • January 22-28: Prayer Chain – This week we celebrate the life and work of the Prayer Chain. This is a dedicated group who pray regularly, either individually or in small groups, for those in need. They receive a list from the parish office each week by email, and by phone call if needed, to pray for those who form our concerns throughout the congregation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Becky Adams,, 770-971-2839.


Dear [St. Catherine’s],

On behalf of the Atlanta Chapter of CISV, I just wanted to send big thanks for allowing this group of kids to utilize our fantastic youth house!! It was the perfect space for group activities, while including the smaller offices for break-out meetings. The kids just loved it – the pool table, the 4square, the comfy seating… it had it all for a bunch of energetic 11-to-18-year-olds!! I appreciate your trusting this organization to keep it under its care and they were over the moon with gratitude!!

Thanks again!
Missy Worden

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

  • Simple Needs GA on December 29 with thanks and wishes for a Happy New Year.
  • Family Promise of Cobb County on December 16 for gift of $400.
  • The Extension on December 20 for gift of $500.


World-Renowned Concert Organist at St. Bartholomew’s

Saturday, January 27, 7:30 pm -- World-renowned concert organist Todd Wilson will perform this season’s only Friends of the Organ Recital at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Wilson is head of the Organ Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH; he is also Director of Music at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral. The program includes works by Marcel Dupré, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerre Hancock, Maurice Duruflé, Charles-Marie Widor, and an improvisation on a submitted theme. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $10 for students (with ID), and free to members of Friends of the Organ. Friends of the Organ members are invited to a pre-concert reception in the meeting room at 6:30 pm. A public reception follows the concert. St. Bart’s is located at 1790 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta, .


Hidden Dangers - A Program for Teens and Parents, January 31

The Multi Cultural Consortium for Ending Child Slavery presents “Hidden Dangers” experts forum for teens and parents on the topics of sexting, pornography, social media, trafficking, Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. Speakers will be Susan Norris, Rescuing Hope founder & director, and Jeff Shaw, Out of Darkness founder & director. There will be separate forums for middle/high school students and parents/adults. Raffle prize drawing. RSVP at


Coming up at the Cathedral Book Store

  • Hart Readers discusses “Getting to Know Jesus (Again)” by Peter M. Wallace – February 1, 6:30 pm in Gould Room at St. Philip's. Author Peter Wallace joins the Hart Readers group to discuss his new book! These new meditations for Lent come at just the right time prepare for a meaningful Lenten practice. Discussion led by The Rev. Peter Wallace, book signing to follow the discussion. Get information, purchase books or reserve your seat at -> this link . No charge to attend.
  • The Go Summit: Local and Global Mission in the Diocese of Atlanta -- featuring The Rt. Rev. Rob Wright and Robert D. Lupton (author of Toxic Charity) – February 10 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Cathedral of St. Philip. The Summit is sponsored by The Diocese of Atlanta (Global Mission Commission, Ministry Innovations Task Force, Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, Episcopal Relief and Development). Registration fee $30. For information and registration go to -> this link .

The Cathedral Book Store is located at 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404.237.7582, .


Wellness Tip

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Get a healthy start to the year by learning about glaucoma and reducing your risk for vision loss! Take steps towards protecting your eyes and the vision health of your loved ones. Know the facts, know the risks, and take action.

Don’t Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight... Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve. About 3 million Americans have glaucoma; however, since there are often no early symptoms, 50% of them don’t even know they have the disease...
read the complete article from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at


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.

BIRTHS: Vincent Mackenzie DeCross, son of Susan & Morgan DeCross, great-grandson of Tom & Ann Snead.

DECEASED: Carl McCallum, friend of Cary & Pam Phillips; David Lee, Sr., friend of Becky Adams


THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Cary Phillips, Riley Devault, Cori Taylor, Greyson Brinson, Ben Hudgins, Joyce Hendricks, Pope Family, Marion Cook, Elspeth De La Barre, Winn Hampton, Dean Taylor, Kaley Harris, Erin Bennett, Christian Matthew Harvey, Bruce, Mac & Jude Brinson, David, Gene Harlan, Jim Lutes, Alyssa, Norma Alexander, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.

BIRTHDAYS: (1/13) Emily Gale, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Noah Zurn, (1/14) Carol Starr, Alan Fey, Terri Gabrielson, Penn Worden, (1/15) Barri Gehrand, Zachary Pope, (1/16) Carla von Hoffman, Kylie Morris, (1/17) Joann Sampson, Susannah Campbell, (1/18) Henry Michalak, (1/19) Bill Krupp, Margaret Shaw, Becky Adams, Jay Hendricks, Jillian Fulcher, (1/20) Jake McGhee, (1/22) Scott Fantz, Danielle Nabinger, Paige Culberson, (1/23) Amy Morris, (1/24) Allen Jabonski, (1/25) Alyce Brennan, Sidney Nabinger.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bill & Donna Hutton (1/21), Ellis & Claudia Kilgore (1/24), Bruce & Susan Heuke (1/26).


(1/14) Nelson & Emily Gale; Jason, Suzanne, Jenna, Stephanie, & Julian Gardiner; Art Gardner; Mary Gault; Barri Gehrand.
(1/21)Jeffrey, Erin, Juliet & Charlotte Glass; Daniel, Lilibet, Megan, Ian & David Goldman; Matthew & Meg Gonzales; Cam & Marti Graham; Jim & Bobbye Greene.

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: March 31 (Great Vigil of Easter). 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, 1/13 Saturday, 1/20


FPCC Golf Committee
Cats On Wheels dinner & theater

Atlanta Finnish School
Sunday, 1/14 Sunday, 1/21


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Concert: Summit Trio


Special Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Lunch/Parish Annual Meeting
Girl Scouts
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 1/15 Monday, 1/22

MLK Holiday
Office & Preschool Closed

Women's Book Study
Calling & Caring Ministry


Preschool Party
CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry
Youth Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 1/16 Tuesday, 1/23


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Boy Scout Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Wednesday, 1/17 Wednesday, 1/24
Youth WNL
Transition Team
Chancel Choir


MUST Breakfast Team
Youth WNL
FP Housing Committee
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 1/18 Thursday, 1/25


Men's Bible Study

Daisy Girl Scouts
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 1/19 Friday, 1/26

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


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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Thursday, February 1 – Preschool Open House 10 am - noon
  • Saturday, February 10 - Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction
  • Sunday, February 11 – Newcomer & Visitor Coffee 10-11 am
  • February 11–18 – Family Promise hosting week
  • February 13 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • February 14 - Ash Wednesday - services at 7 am, 12 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 17 - Cats On Wheels lunch - Yeero Village Greek Restaurant, Roswell
  • Sunday, February 25 - Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run
  • Sunday, April 1 – Easter Day
  • Women’s Retreat April 27-29


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

January 19-20: Happening Team Training
January 21: 9:00 Church School, 10:30 Service
January 27: New Beginnings Training
February 2-4: New Beginnings
February 10: Valentine Dinner Dance
February 13: Pancake Supper
February 16-18: Happening
February 25: Hunger Walk



(photos by Sally Paris, Michelle Zimmerman, Jan Potter)

Relaxing at the start of
winter break

Christmas Eve acolytes
At the Christmas Pageant ...



Save the date!

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



In the Diocese

  • New Beginnings #39 - February 2-4 at Camp Mikell
    **Sally will be helping to lead music and would love to bring a group of St. Cat's youth up too!
    Team Applications are still open. You don't have to have been to work team. Participants (6-8th grade) are encouraged to register soon as well.
    ​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.

  • 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.
  • 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 26
  • February 9
  • February 23

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

The Wheel: get every issue!

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

Editor: Karen Manno, or 770-973-8668

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068