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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 10-23, 2018

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Clergy Letter

Vestry report
  Lent Formation class
  Planning for Future
  Quiet Day
  Faith, Money & God
  Meeting Jesus in John
  Lent in a Bag
Newcomer coffee
Womens Retreat
Cats On Wheels
Blood drive
Concert Feiner Musicke
Stephen Ministry
Scout Sunday
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Photo directory
Preschool registration

Hunger Walk
Rice Bowls
Outreach leaders

Eagle Scout
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Absalom Jones
Go Summit
Bringing Faith Home
Wellness tip

Pancake Supper
Hunger Walk




2/10 – Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction

2/11 – Newcomer coffee;
"Meeting Jesus in John" Lent series begins

2/11-18 – Family Promise hosting week

2/13 - Burning of the Palms;
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

2/14 – Ash Wednesday services 7 am, 12 pm, 7:30 pm

2/16-18 – Youth Happening @ Camp Mikell

2/17 – Cats On Wheels lunch

2/18 – No Church School for children & youth; Adult classes meet;
The Extension dinner

2/19-23 – Preschool closed (Cobb Schools Winter Break)

2/20 – Blood drive

2/28 – Youth WNL program

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Throwing snowballs at the window: being in community during the Flu epidemic

The Rev. Sarah Fisher

I was about four years old when it snowed for the first time. Or at least the first time that I remember. It seemed like a miracle—magical, cold, white powder lining the Georgia pines and green ivy turned white. But what I remember most was being sick. I was sick and quarantined to the house, bundled up and being given pink medicine on a regular basis. More than anything I wanted to go outside, to play, to be part of that world that so eluded me. But alas, it was not to be.

Later that day, my beloved, ever-fun uncle came over. He had me put my face to the window and then made snowballs and threw them at the window so that it was almost as good as being hit with a real snowball. He brought in buckets full of snow and we made snow ice cream and built an indoor snowman that no doubt melted oh so quickly, but was still a delight to a four year old. And so my memories are mixed—the disappointment of being sick, of not getting to play, but also of being deeply loved and cared for, of having the fun brought to me, since I couldn’t get to it.

Y’all: it’s flu season. And it’s not just any ordinary flu season, it’s flu epidemic season. Reports are saying that Georgia is one of the states being hit the hardest. Several on our staff are experiencing the fun of the flu first hand. And phone calls, Facebook and emails all tell me it’s not just the staff—the flu is making the rounds at St. Cat’s. And so, we need to be mindful. It’s one of the most basic and profound ways we can love each other.

For the next little bit, I am asking us to observe some new practices in the hopes of keeping the flu at bay. Here are the suggestions/requests/changes that we are implementing.

  1. If you are sick—stay home. Please stay home. If you need communion brought to you, we can arrange for that. Call the parish office and we will get communion to you, but please stay home if you are sick.
  2. If your children are sick—stay home and please do not bring them to the nursery or Christian Formation/Church School. Some poor kid will be stuck with her uncle throwing snowballs at the window! Please stay home if your child is sick.
  3. If you think you’re getting sick: please see #1 and #2.
  4. If you haven’t already, please get a flu shot.
  5. Wash your hands! This is a great way to improve your prayer life. You should wash your hands in hot water for about the length of time it takes to say the Lord’s Prayer. I encourage you to pray and wash your hands a lot!

During Worship:

  1. We will continue to pass the Peace, but we encourage you to make the peace sign, wave, give an air hug. If you need to physically touch, hugs are better than handshakes.
  2. Hand sanitizer is available in the narthex. It is now also available for the altar party, who will use it before touching the bread and the wine.
  3. At the Lord’s Prayer, I am encouraging us to link arms rather than holding hands. And if someone near you doesn’t want to do that, please be mindful of their personal space. We can return to holding hands when flu season is over.
  4. Counter-intuitive though it is, intinction or dipping the bread into the wine spreads more germs than sipping from the cup. There are a lot of germs on our hands and we get them all over the bread and then share that in the wine. We train our Eucharistic Ministers in proper chalice protocol, which includes how to wipe the chalice after each person receives it. While not as clean as hot water and soap, it is a good protocol that, generally speaking, keeps us healthy. All that said, it’s a good reminder that you may also always choose to receive in only one kind. The sacrament is received in full regardless of whether you have bread, wine or both. So if you prefer to only receive the bread, simply cross your arms over your chest for the wine.
  5. I love both the hugs and the handshakes I receive after the service. Know that I come in contact with a lot of people. Feel free to offer me a wave or simply say “I’m trying not to touch anyone” and I’ll take my direction from you. It never hurts my feelings if someone says “I’m not a hugger” or otherwise indicates they don’t want to be touched. Personal space is just that—personal—and I try my best to take my cues from you.
  6. We have folks who have compromised immune systems. This means even in non-flu seasons things like holding hands can be challenging for some people. Let us be mindful of taking cues, both verbal and non-verbal from the people around us.

It’s my hope that nobody gets stuck at home, miserable, wanting to play in the snow but unable to because of the flu or the crud. But the reality is that some of us will get sick this season. I hope we can embody the joy and love my uncle did for that sick little girl, and care for each other in ways that mirror the love of Christ and the tremendous love of this community.

With prayers for peace and wellness and deep gratitude for each of you,

Vestry Retreat 2018

by Stephanie Yucius, Senior Warden

Over the weekend of February 2-4, the St. Catherine's Vestry gathered at Montara Farm in North Georgia. This weekend was a time of getting to know each other more, making plans for the upcoming year and time spent in prayer.

The Vestry, with Mother Sarah leading us, discussed vestry roles in leadership as presented in a section from the publication, Beyond Business as Usual by Neal O. Michell. This discussion included topics such as a learning community and casting, embodying a vision and realizing that vision among the congregation. From there we reviewed several years of strategic planning for St. Catherine's dating back to the origination of the parish, to 1984, to Emmaus Project in 1999, to Holy Conversations in 2012. We engaged in expressing thoughts about the goals and objectives brought to Vestry in 2012. We plan to continue work on these goals for the entire parish and more specifically with the ministry teams. Mother Sarah then led us through the “gather, transform, send” model. This exercise was very beneficial to us and we can't wait to share more of this with St. Catherine's.

During our business session on Sunday we appointed Stephanie Yucius as Senior Warden and elected Keith Dumke to Junior Warden. We also elected Francis Bowden to Vestry Clerk and Scott Lummus to St. Catherine's Treasurer. Each Vestry member has a role as a liaison, or “shepherd” as we call them, to each of our ministry teams. The following shepherd and ministry team will be in communication with each other for the upcoming year: Formation - Bill Sapp, Worship & Music - Diane Sanders, Fellowship - Stephanie Yucius, Facilities and Grounds - Maureen Donoghue, Human & Financial Resources - Frank Adams, Outreach - Keith Dumke, Stewardship 365 (with volunteerism now in this ministry) - Nelson Gale, Technology - Michael Wherry, Invitation - Carol Eskew, Pastoral Care - Marilyn Hunter, Master Planning - Phil Spessard, Communications - Rhonda Robinson.

We closed our retreat with excitement about the work ahead. We invite your questions and plan further discussion with the ministry teams at the Quarterly Ministry Team meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend.

1 Peter 4:8-11 - Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Photos courtesy Mother Sarah, Stephanie Yucius- The Vestry on their retreat (not pictured: Nelson Gale, Michael Wherry)

Lent 2018

Shrove Tuesday February 13
Burning of the palms at 5:45 PM
Pancake supper at 6:00-7:30 PM

Ash Wednesday (February 14)
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes, no music,
7:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes, with choir and music
7:30 PM


Adult Formation at 10:00 AM

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
The Gospel of John attests to the fact that God is love. His love for us is boundless, grace-filled, and eternal. Using conversation and journals, our journey together in Lent will explore this love. See more below.


Planning for the Future: A Preparation Day
March 3, 11AM-3PM
All of us go down to the dust. One of the greatest gifts we can give to our loved ones is the gift of preparedness. This day will have two parts. The first will feature Metta Johnson, RN BSN, Certified Aging Life Care Manager, and CEO of Metta Johnson and Associates will be with us. Metta is an expert in care for seniors. She will help us look at Advanced Directives—how to make sure what you want is properly expressed to both your medical team and your family. She’ll also be available to help answer your questions and help those who are caring for aging parents as they navigate the health care maze. In the afternoon, we’ll take a look at funeral planning. From hymns to lessons to eulogies, we’ll walk through all the details so you can record your wishes and then store them on file at St. Cat’s. All are welcome. You need not be a member of St. Cat’s to attend. A suggested donation of $12 will cover your light lunch and snacks. Registration is required. Please register with Becky ( by February 27 to guarantee your spot.


Embodying stillness as we prepare to walk Holy Week with Jesus: A Quiet Day
March 24, 9AM-1PM
Worship, yoga, clay, the labyrinth, simple chants and silence will mark this day. We will begin with worship, enter into silence and have several places to contemplate the mysteries of Holy Week, of being in our bodies and of what it means to walk with Jesus. Priest and Yoga Instructor, The Rev. Julia Rusling will lead yoga and parts of our worship. Potter Mel Paris will offer a place for us to listen with our hands. The labyrinth will be available for walking meditation and the day will end with a simple lunch prepared by Sue Snape. You need not be a member of St. Cat’s to attend. A suggested donation of $12 will cover your lunch and snacks. Registration is required. Please register with Becky ( by March 16 to guarantee your spot.


Wednesday Evening Workshops
Faith, Money and God: Writing your Money Autobiography
Wednesday evenings, March 14 & 21, 7:00-8:30 PM
In this season of preparation, Mother Sarah, in partnership with Stewardship 365, invites us to together explore the often-complicated relationship we have with our money. Do we gravitate towards scarcity or abundance? Did the behaviors our parents modeled for us impact the way we respond to money? This two week session will invite you to reflect both alone and in a small group on your money history and will help you write your money autobiography.

Adult Formation/Church School study begins February 11: “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”

All adults are invited for a Formation/Church School offering on Sundays, 10-11 am, beginning on February 11 and continuing for the six Sundays of Lent. “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, Lent 2018” is from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. The Gospel of John attests to the fact that God is love. His love for us is boundless, grace-filled, and eternal. Our journey together in Lent will explore this love.

At our first meeting, we will distribute study journals containing a weekly reflection, daily scripture readings, and space for you to write. You are invited to participate in any way that works for you. If you wish to receive daily emails and video content from SSJE, you may sign up on the following website (scroll down to the form): .


  • Sunday, February 11: Introduction. Meeting Jesus. Relationship & Community.
  • Sunday, February 18: Week One. God is Love.
  • Sunday, February 25: Week Two. The Word Became Flesh.
  • Sunday, March 4: Week Three. Close to the Father’s Heart.
  • Sunday, March 11: Week Four. I have Called You Friends.
  • Sunday, March 18: Week Five. Abide in Me.
  • Sunday, March 25: Week Six. We Declare to You.

Watch the video: An Invitation from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry about this series at

We are excited to share this Lenten journey with you.

Mother Sarah & Elizabeth Lopez


Lent in a Bag

By Jenna Parker

This year we have a new way for you and your family to practice Lent at home. There will be “Lent in a Bag” take-homes in the foyer starting on Ash Wednesday. Each bag includes an assortment of items with a corresponding reflection and some suggestions on how to use it. This is appropriate for individuals and families and for all ages. Please contact Jenna Parker with any questions at


Lent Reflections

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, a variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults will be available for pickup on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, "Seeking God in Darkness and in Light," written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. You may also subscribe to receive a daily email with the Reflection of the Day from the collection -- sign up is available now at (If you subscribed to our Advent Reflections you will automatically receive the Lent series, no need to sign up again.) The whole booklet will be available on our website and posted on our Facebook page so be sure to check each day from Ash Wednesday through Easter Day.

Newcomer & Visitor Coffee - Sunday, February 11

"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.

“Renewing You” Women’s Retreat 2018 — Registration now open

All women are invited to join us for a wonderful retreat weekend, Friday to Sunday, April 27-29, at beautiful Montara Farm, a 400-acre private mountain-view ranch, just 55 miles north of downtown Atlanta. We’ll have enriching activities, time for relaxation, and enjoy Montara’s famously wonderful food. You can see photos and more about Montara Farm at

Details including price, program and schedule are still being determined and will be announced soon. The final cost will be between $325 and $375 based on the number of participants. The price includes your room for 2 nights, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday brunch, plus snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.

Reserve your place now with a $100 deposit—space is limited and we will have a waiting list! Please write checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for “Women’s Retreat”, or make payment through your account on The City. Final balance will be due March 18. If you have questions please contact any member of the planning team: Gina Bauman,; Maureen Donoghue,; Ginny Lummus,; Pat Pepper,; Diane Sanders,; Lisa Spessard,

Cats On Wheels

Saturday, February 17 luncheon

Join Cats On Wheels for our next pay-your-own lunch out... On February 17 we're going at 11:30 am to Yeero Village Greek Restaurant, Roswell, RSVP so we can save you a seat on the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin, or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!

Blood drive Tuesday, February 20

The need is constant.
The gratification is instant.
Give blood.

St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on February 20, 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Note that we will be set up in the Youth House! Walk-ins are welcome, or you can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. And don't forget to shorten your time onsite by using Red Cross' online RapidPass on the day of the drive BEFORE you arrive -- see Help is also needed for greeting donors and set up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Sunday afternoon concert: Feiner Musicke

Sunday, March 4, 4pm

By Linda Scott

Feiner Musicke is a husband and wife team with Mel Foster, tenor and Ellen Heinicke Foster, harp. The Fosters blend their power, grace and passion to create a unique and unforgettable musical experience. They will perform “Art Songs of the Early 20th Century: Music of Hope and Love”, inspirational music from the traditions of Europe and America. Due to a lack of music for the voice and harp, the Fosters have transcribed many pieces originally written for piano and voice. Learn more about this duo and their music at .

The concert is free, with a freewill offering, and open to the public. A reception will follow with time to meet the artists. Come join us and bring family and friends for an enjoyable and uplifting afternoon!

Consider becoming a Stephen Minister

By David Moore

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Although I heard about the St. Catherine’s Stephen Ministry program from ministry fairs, announcements, and sermons, I couldn’t identify exactly what it was that led me to this ministry at the time; that realization came years later. I only knew it then as a little voice that told me, “You can to do this.”

I always thought I was a good listener (mostly it was the enjoyment I got listening to myself). When I told my wife, Mary, I was thinking about becoming a Stephen Minister she said, “I just hope they can teach you how to listen!” And she was right! The good news is that Stephen Ministry is a ministry that will teach you the skills you need to listen and be present with someone who needs care.

Be present and listen. Sounds like what God said: “Be still and know that I am God.” When you are still (present) and listen, you’ll know. So Stephen Ministry is sort of a “show up and shut up” kind of ministry! And oh, by the way, that’s when God shows up, every time!

-> St. Catherine’s Stephen Ministry is now recruiting a new class of ministers to begin training this fall. If you would like to know more about this ministry, I encourage you to ask one of our Stephen Ministry leaders who will be happy to give you the specific information on what the training entails and the commitment required. Please contact Amy Morris, Chris Potter, Mother Sarah, or myself, David Moore

Perhaps you, too, have heard that little voice saying, “You can do this!”


Stephen Ministry at Saint Catherine’s is part of a national inter-denominational lay caring ministry that provides one on one, medium to long term Christian care for people dealing with a variety of life’s crisis. Stephen Ministry provides the confidential caring of a Christian friend to those under emotional stress and pain. The Stephen Minister provides the care, God provides the cure.

A Stephen Minister undergoes fifty hours of initial training culminating in a retreat and commissioning. A Stephen Minister will be assigned to a care receiver and typically meets with that person once a week for an hour. The relationship is confidentially monitored in bi monthly supervision sessions. In addition, every Stephen Minister attends continuing education classes on a quarterly basis. The ministry requires a two year commitment.

The Stephen Minister leaders are Rev. Sarah Fisher (who completed her training in Orlando in January of 2018), David Moore, Amy Morris, and Chris Potter. In addition to these 4 leaders, Natalie Whitlow has agreed to serve and will be trained later in this year. Natalie will be a welcome addition to the leadership team! Each leader has a responsibility assigned to them which includes recruiting and training, arranging for and delivering the ministers’ continuing education, overseeing the supervision process, making assignments, attending to administrative details, and acting as liaison to the congregation.

The leaders and ministers continue to asses this ministry’s effectiveness to meet the caring needs of our growing congregation. In 2017 we conducted several “lunch and learn” sessions entitled Come and See, which were designed to educate the congregation on the principles of Stephen Ministry and the benefits of becoming a Stephen Minister and of receiving Stephen Ministry care. This congregation awareness revealed three new class trainees who will be commissioned this spring. We also paired 7 new relationships as a result of congregation members coming forward and asking for care. Our quarterly continuing education programs continue to focus on issues that will better equip our ministers to help others who are struggling with life changing events and difficult times.

Honoring all Scouts

Sunday, March 4 at 8:45 service

By Tina Kerr

We would like to invite all Scouts & Scouters to attend St. Catherine's Scout Sunday on March 4 at the 8:45 am service. All Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Eagle and Gold Award Scouts—both young & old—come in your uniform to be recognized at this service. Patches will be available for all children and youth in uniform.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, March 6

Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, come at 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We’ll have important discussions of the 2018 budget and ministry plans for this year. Please be sure that a representative of all minstry teams and committees will be there to hear and participate. All those who are interested in the ministry work of St. Catherine's are welcome to attend.

Pick up your new Photo Directory

If you have not yet received your copy of our new pictorial church directory, you may pick it up in the foyer on Sunday before or after the 8:45 and 11:15 services.

Preschool registration ongoing

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

Preschool registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now in progress! Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am - noon, no appointment needed. We appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program serving East Cobb for over 40 years. St. Catherine’s Preschool, a ministry of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, reaches out to our community and offers premier preschool/child development. Classes are available for ages 1 through 4 (Pre-K) in a structured learning environment and small class size, with a comprehensive curriculum including math, art, music, and reading. All children are welcome, within the age guidelines, regardless of race, national origin, or religious preference. Please visit the website at for more information on our wonderful preschool.


Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run is Sunday, February 25

By Connie Bergeron, Hunger Walk Team Captain

STEP UP - STOP HUNGER! Let's make the 34th Annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for participation! Please join St. Catherine's Team at Georgia State University Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and help ussupport the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Episcopal Community Foundation. Everyone can help us reach our team fundraising goal by making a donation on behalf of the entire team or a specific team member. It’s a fun day with food trucks, games, educational activities, live entertainment and more.

FYI - Atlanta Community Food Bank partners with many of the organizations we support as a parish, including Emmaus House and Save It Forward. While the ACFB is based in downtown Atlanta, their reach helps feed those throughout north Georgia, including Marietta. Twenty-five percent of your donation will be allocated to the Episcopal Community Foundation to support non-profit ministries in Georgia.

The event opens at noon and the 5K walk and run begin at 2:00 pm. Pre-register online as a St. Catherine's Episcopal Church team member (see link and directions below) or at the registration tent the day of the event. Walk registration is $25 minimum donation ($30 at event); Run registration is $35 ($40 at event).

  • To walk or run or to make a donation in support of our Team, go to this link:
    You can click "Join Team" as either a Walker ($25 minimum donation) or a Runner ($35 minimum donation) or click "Donate Now" to make a donation on line. You may donate on behalf of the entire team or a specific team member.
  • TIME: Depart St. Catherine's not later than 12:30 pm; walk/run starts at 2:00 pm. Please note: You will want to attend the 7:45 or 8:45 am service this day.
  • YOUTH: St. Catherine's Youth will depart from the 8:45 am service for the diocesan youth breakfast & Eucharist with Bishop Wright (bring money for lunch).
  • LUNCH: A light lunch will be provided in the Parish Hall from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. PLEASE be sure to RSVP on the form in your bulletin or contact Connie Bergeron at
  • CAR POOL: Please contact Connie now at so we can coordinate car pool.

Rice Bowls for Lent

By Molly Banko

Fact: There are nearly 163 million orphans in the world.
Fact: Malnutrition plays a part in more than half of all child deaths.
Fact: There is a newly orphaned child every 14 seconds due to AIDS.
Fact: You and your family can help with CHANGE.

Help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. This Lent, everyone can help our Young Families Ministry support this program. Just pick up a plastic “rice” bowl at church in the foyer or near the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change throughout Lent to feed the hungry around the world and make a difference in the lives of these children. Filled bowls will be due back to the church on Easter Sunday (April 16). Questions? Contact Molly Banko, or see for more information.

…Let us not Love with Words or Tongue but with Actions & in Truth... – 1 John 3:18

Outreach opportunities

  • Project leaders
    Outreach committee is seeking leadership for several seasonal activities including MUST Summer Lunch packing, Rise Against Hunger meal packing, and neighborhood school support. If you would like to be more involved in outreach without a year-round commitment, this is a great way to help out. Please contact Harriett Pyburn for more information (
  • MUST Laundry needs volunteers
    As part of your new year's resolutions, please consider signing up for a shift in 2018. 2 volunteers work together from 6:30pm-11pm. Instructions are available and simple, and the men at the MUST shelter are extremely grateful for the service. All months in 2018 are available. If you are a veteran of this volunteer work, please consider inviting someone new to attend with you this year so we can grow our volunteer base. If you are new and interested in attending with someone who has been before, contact Dave Yucius and he can help you find a partner ( Sign up at:
  • RealityU
    Want a fun and quick way to volunteer in our community? Try a RealityU — we guarantee it will make you want to come back for more! RealityU is a financial literacy simulation run by Communities In Schools in various middle and high schools in Cobb. Students are assigned a scenario of job, salary, student loan and children based on an interest survey and their current GPA. They are then tasked with paying their bills for a month (making decisions about transportation and housing choices, child care, groceries, entertainment, insurance, healthcare, savings, etc.). Students learn firsthand about costs in the real world, the importance of education, and other important life skills.
    No training is required ahead of time, and all materials are supplied. Volunteers staff each station as the students visit them. You can sign up for a single event or many. Next date coming up is McCleskey Middle School on Friday, February 16, please sign up at


Parishioner in the news

Congratulations to Charlie Zimmerman who received his Eagle Scout award at his troop's Court Of Honor on January 28.

Charlie and his family have been active members of St. Catherine's for many years. Photo by Bill Ivey

Volunteer Corner: “Giving up chocolate for Lent?”

By Pat Pepper

Recently I heard a friend say, “Lent is a great time for me to lose some weight because I always give up chocolate.” Why give up a favorite food during Lent? Lent is the 40 days of preparation for the Easter season. We are called to deepen our spiritual practices and increase our spiritual health just as we exercise to improve our physical health. Many people have an annual custom of giving up a favorite indulgence. I would also like to suggest adding to what you do in service to others.

St. Catherine’s will have many opportunities for Lenten observance this year with special worship starting with Ash Wednesday, two retreat/quiet days, Holy Week services and much more. There are also many opportunities to take something on, a way to give back.

If you have been thinking about being more involved in service to others I suggest that Lent is the ideal time to begin. What better time to be the hands and face of Jesus? You might begin with just one thing, one hour, one act of kindness. Or if you want to challenge yourself you could try to spend more time volunteering. After 40 days I think you will find you have a new and calorie-free habit, and you will have experienced the joy of giving and receiving.

Need some help? I won’t offer you chocolate, but I will gladly tell you about the many, many ways St. Catherine’s gives and serves 365 days a year. There is a place for you, a place where your gifts will be gratefully received!

Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or to get connected!

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.

  • February 12-18: Episcopal Relief and Development – Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency and compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church. St. Catherine’s supports ERD’s mission through donations as well as education and communications. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Ellis Kilgore, 404-906-9619,
  • February 19-25: Hunger Walk – This week we celebrate the life and work of Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run, an annual event by Atlanta Community Food Bank which raises funds and awareness for hunger relief through a 5K in Atlanta. Proceeds benefit several charities including Episcopal Charities Foundation. St. Catherine’s sponsors a team and promotes donations to the event. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Connie Bergeron, 770.951.1411,


Feast of Absalom Jones celebration on Sunday, February 11, 4:00 pm

You are invited to a Celebration of the Life and Ministry of Absalom Jones at 4:00 pm at Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Reconciliation, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd SW, Atlanta,, with The Rev. Dennis Patterson, Jr., Preacher, The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Swanson, Celebrant, and music by Clark Atlanta University Choir directed by Dr. Curtis Powell. A reception will follow the service. This annual service celebrates the legacy of Absalom Jones, the first priest of African descent in the Episcopal Church. Limited parking at Absalom Jones Center and nearby streets, additional parking at Clark Atlanta University parking deck at 156 Mildred Street SW for nominal cost.


The Go Summit: Local and Global Mission - February 10

The annual Go Summit will feature Bishop Rob Wright and Robert 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 .


"Bringing Faith Home" March 3 at Grace Church

The office of Congregational Vitality, the Commission for Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present an exciting workshop... "Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home", at Grace Church in Gainsville, GA on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we "do" to how we live. Learn how to: create bonds between church and home; elevate the role of home in formation and outreach; foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls. Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. For more information email Cheryl Kelley, Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, . To register, please fill out 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: Elise Catherine Nelson, daughter of Catie & Matt Nelson and granddaughter of Ellis & Claudia Kilgore.

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Swiss Britt, Ryan Teal, Lisa Johnson, Kristi Anderson, John, Susan Jenkins, Melinda Stuk, Gene Cowart, Jake S., Jay Read, Nelson Gale, Kris Kell, Grace Bunke, Elizabeth Keeley, Lee Harrison, Janet Cranston, Marilyn Hunter, Natalie Whitlow, Fran Corragio, Cori Taylor, Ben Hudgins, Elspeth De La Barre, Winn Hampton, Kaley Harris, Erin Bennett, Bruce, David, Gene Harlan, Jim Lutes, Alyssa, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Steve Burkholder, Marti Graham.

BIRTHDAYS: (2/13) Susan Jablonski, Isabel Lopez, Madison Morey, (2/15) Patricia Brent, Richard Halstead-Nussloch, (2/16) Lexie Walton, (2/17) Jim Mattox, (2/18) Justin Kerr, Aubrey Ward, (2/19) Ana Martin, Mary Vavra, (2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Steve Pyburn, (2/22) Joyce Carter, Kent Hankinson, Katie Barrington, (2/23) Swiss Britt.

ANNIVERSARIES: Al & Karen Maxwell (2/12), Brian & Jana Williams (2/12), Frank & Ellen Adams (2/15)

(2/11) Joseph & Christina Harlan; Bettye Harris; Jeff, Alison & Hannah Harris; Robert & Ashlee Harris; Joshua, Desiree and Christian Harvey.
(2/18) Howell Haunson & Joey Boebel; Jay & Joyce Hendricks; Ruth Hepler & Sarah Stedman; Bruce & Susan Heuke; Joel, Libby, Carter & Courtney Hickson.

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, 2/10 Saturday, 2/17


Atlanta Finnish School
Valentine Dinner Dance

11:30AM Cats On Wheels Lunch
   @Yeero Village
Sunday, 2/11 Sunday, 2/18


Family Promise
    Hosting Week

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer/Visitor Coffee
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Adult Church School
No Children/ Youth
   Church School
Holy Eucharist
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 2/12 Monday, 2/19

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


Cobb Schools Break
Preschool Closed

Women's Book Study
Stephen Ministry Training
Calling & Caring Ministry

Tuesday, 2/13 Tuesday, 2/20


Shrove Tuesday
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Burning of the Palms
Pancake Supper
Boy Scout Committee


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Wednesday, 2/14 Wednesday, 2/21
Ash Wednesday
Holy Eucharist + Ashes
Holy Eucharist + Ashes
Holy Eucharist + Ashes


Wheel articles due

Thursday, 2/15 Thursday, 2/22


Preschool Board Meeting
Men's Bible Study

Food Camp
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 2/16 Friday, 2/23

Mother Sarah's Day
    of Sabbath

   @Camp Mikell

Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Mother Sarah's Day
   of Sabbath

Campus Ministry Retreat
Food Camp
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sundays, February 11 – March 25 — “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John” 10-11 am
  • Sunday, February 25 - Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run
  • Saturday, March 3 – Worship ministries training 9-11 am;
    “Planning For The Future: A Preparation Day” 11 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday, March 4 - Concert: Feiner Musicke 4 pm
  • Tuesday, March 6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting 7 pm
  • Wednesdays, March 14 & 21 – “Faith, Money and God: Writing Your Money Autobiography” 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 24 – “Embodying Stillness” Lenten Quiet Day 9 am – 1 pm
  • March 25-31 – Holy Week
  • Sunday, April 1 – Easter Day
  • April 27-29 – Women’s Retreat


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

February 10: Valentines Dinner Dance
February 13: Pancake Supper
February 14: Ash Wednesday, no Wednesday Night Live
February 16-18: Happening
February 18: No Church School
February 21: Cobb Schools Winter Break, no Wednesday Night Live
February 25: Hunger Walk
March 26-30: Holy Week, No Wednesday Night Live
April 1: Easter!
April 2-6: Cobb County Spring Break, No Wednesday Night Live


At New Beginnings February 2-4

Photo courtesy Mother Sarah


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

We need as many youth as we can get right after school on Shrove Tuesday, February 13. Please plan to join us to make a TON of pancakes and have a "mess" of fun!


Hunger Walk/Run February 25

We will meet at St. Catherine's at 9:00 AM (come for the 8:45 service and we will gather outside). We will head downtown for a light breakfast followed by a contemporary Youth Led Liturgy. Following Eucharist, we walk as a group to former Turner Field to register for the walk and to grab lunch at the food trucks. **Please bring money for lunch. Register with St. Catherine's Hunger Walk Team at .


In the Diocese

  • Happening #69 - February 16-18 at Camp Mikell
    Happening Celebration registration closes on Sunday, February 11. If you have attended Happening but aren't serving on Team, we would love for you to participate in this way! ​Cost: $100. See information and registration at
  • 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:

  • February 23
  • March 9
  • March 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