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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 25 - June 7, 2018

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Grace Upon Grace

CF Teacher Appreciation
Liturgy notes
Office hours
Bikes & Picnic
Book Fund
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Blood drive
Stephen Ministry
Wheel schedule

Holy Hike
Summer Lunches
Habitat build
New American Pathways
Rice Bowls

Women's retreat
People news
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Vision to Learn 


Urban Adventure
Leaders for VBS
Braves game




5/26 – Sip & Swirl @Gales

5/27 – Summer worship schedule begins: 7:45 & 10:00 am;
Christian Formation Teacher appreciation

5/28 – Memorial Day Holiday, office closed;
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

5/30 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

6/3 – Blessing of the Bikes; Parish Picnic

6/3-10 – Family Promise hosting

6/5 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

6/9, 16, 23, 30 – Habitat build

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Grace upon grace: Reflections from your clergy

The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher

My Friends:

On Trinity Sunday 2017, we began a new journey together as priest and people. While we’ve still got a few calendar weeks to go until we hit the 1-year mark, liturgically, we mark a year together this week. And what a wonderful year it has been. I am deeply grateful to be with you in this place, at this time. The Spirit is alive and well and I can’t wait to see where we go next!

Reflecting back on the work we have done together as a community, there are obvious milestones—the completion, certificate of occupancy and the dedication of the Youth House, the blessing and completion of the Memorial Garden, and one of the highlights for me, the Renewal of Ministry with the welcoming of a new Rector. We have buried some beloveds and celebrated their lives. And we’ve watched our children and youth grow and mature. I’ve fallen in love with two different vestries and continue to be excited and inspired by the work and thought they bring to the leadership of this place. There is so much more than I can list here, but please know how much I love the ministry we are doing together, building up God’s Kingdom here on earth.

As you know, we are currently searching for both a Director of Children’s and Family ministry and for an Associate Rector. We have strong applicants for both positions. I am hopeful! While we don’t follow a procedure or process nearly as lengthy as a Rector search, I have asked our Wardens, Stephanie Yucius and Keith Dumke, along with Phil Spessard and Eric De La Barre to join me in discerning the call for the Associate Rector. I am eager to work with them as each one brings insight and wisdom to this process. I ask that you pray for us in our work.

There are many wonderful things happening at St. Cat’s this summer, starting this Sunday when we switch to our summer schedule of 7:45 AM (no music) and 10:00 AM (lots of music, including your favorite hymns!). Read about all that’s happening below, and then come and be part of it. It’s so much richer with you present.

With joy and love,


From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. — John 1:16

Christian Formation Teacher Appreciation is May 27

All teachers of our Christian Formation at St. Catherine’s -- children, youth and adult classes -- we will recognize and thank you during the 7:45 and 10 am services and enjoy coffee and doughnuts together between the two service times as a way to show our appreciation for your dedication to teaching. For questions contact Sally Paris Benton,

Liturgy notes

The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher

As we move into the Season after Pentecost, or Ordinary Time, our worship changes a little. A few things you may notice:

  • For the summer, we’re including favorite hymns that have been submitted from parishioners. In addition to singing the hymns, look for notes in your bulletin about why this song is a favorite.
  • We’re learning a new Sanctus and Benedictus (Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might…). It comes from Lift Every Voice and Sing, one of the five hymnals authorized and recognized in the Episcopal Church and it’s one of my favorites!! It’s a little daunting at first, but once you learn it, it’s the most fun to sing (at least for me), so we’ll learn it together and then sing it with joy! (Fun Fact: The hymnals authorized for use by the Episcopal Church include The Hymnal, 1982 (which you’ll find in your pew), Wonder, Love and Praise, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Voices Found and My Heart Sings Out.
  • Where did our Alleluias go?? You may notice we’re back to fewer Alleluias in Ordinary Time. This is done with intention. For the Great Fifty Days of Easter, we dress up the liturgy, as much as we can, with Easter joy. From the opening acclamation to the double alleluia at the end of the dismissal, we get a lot of alleluias into our worship. As we move into Ordinary Time, we scale the alleluias, but not our joy. Part of what sets Easter Season apart and makes it special is the added alleluias. If you miss them, don’t worry! They’ll be back next Easter and on special occasions!
  • Summer is a great time to learn new Eucharistic Prayers. I anticipate using Eucharistic Prayers that we don’t use quite as much—perhaps Prayer C or some of the prayers from Enriching Our Worship.

Please let me know if you have questions about our liturgical life together!

New church office hours

Beginning on Friday, May 25, the church office will be closed on Friday afternoons starting at 12:00 pm. Our office hours are now:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am to 12 noon

Please remember that the best way to reach our clergy when the matter is urgent is by telephone, please do NOT rely on emails or social media postings. During or after hours, simply call the church office at 770.971.2839 or toll free 1-877-991-9762. We can be reached no matter the time of day. Mother Sarah's extension is 202. For some suggestions of the news we like to hear from you or cases when you might wish to speak to a priest, please see When to Call a Priest on our website.

Office closed for Memorial Day

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day Holiday. Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!

Parish Picnic and Blessing of the Bikes - Sunday, June 3

Come celebrate the start of summer, immediately after the 10:00 am service!

  • Blessing of the Bikes - Bring your bike, scooter, motorcycle, Big Wheel or unicycle to church for the Blessing of the Bikes! Following the 10:00 am liturgy, we will bless bikes of all sorts and then continue the celebration at the Parish Picnic.
  • Parish Picnic – Join us for food, fun and fellowship! We’ll have delicious barbecue and all the fixings. Family and friends are welcome – no tickets or reservations are needed. Donations will benefit the St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund (see below).


-> All men! “Butts 4 Books” cookout the night of June 2

On Saturday evening, June 2, the men of St. Catherine's will be cooking 30 Boston Butt pork roasts for the Parish Picnic on Sunday. This event is open to all men over 18 to spend the night in grilling and fellowship. We are planning to have dinner prior to cooking "da butts" as we warm up the grill, and we will be setting up for Sunday's picnic. The following are needed: a prepared Boston Butt, donations for the fixin’s, and sweat equity for many tasks. Please text Fred Massey, 404.731.4466, or email to express interest/thoughts and willingness to help.


St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. Each summer we present these awards to our rising college freshmen. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people.

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by individual gifts plus donations collected at the annual Parish Picnic. To date, we have presented 144 book scholarships for a total of $28,050. At this time we are able to give small scholarships only to our first-year college students, but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift or have the ability to help support them each year of their college careers.

How can you help? Income to the Fund continues to struggle to keep up with the wonderful growth of our Youth program. We are now collecting gifts to the Fund (tax deductible). Please make checks to St. Catherine’s and designate for College Book Scholarship Fund, or you may donate online in The City to Book/Scholarship Fund. Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting - Tuesday, June 5

7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this important meeting as we begin planning for activities for the start of the school year in August and through the fall. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

Blood drive Tuesday, June 19

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

St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on June 19, 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Youth House. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time, so reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. But, of course, walk-ins are always welcome, reservations are never required. And don't forget to save even more time onsite by using Red Cross' online RapidPass on the day of the drive BEFORE you arrive -- see

Help is needed for greeting donors and set up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Stephen Ministry Come & See Luncheon

Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am

Saint Catherine’s is seeking individuals to train as Stephen Ministers this fall. So, we are hosting a “Come And See” luncheon to learn about this dynamic and life changing ministry on Sunday, June 24, after the 10:00 service.

If you think that you may be called to this ministry or if you just want to know more about it, then come and see what it is all about. At this casual luncheon your Stephen Ministry team will make a short presentation and then answer any questions you may have. Please join us! For questions please contact David Moore at or call (404) 309-7793

Vacation Bible School registration is open

St. Catherine’s 2018 summer Vacation Bible School is Abundance Orchard, where faith grows and hungry people are fed! Our program will kick off on Monday, July 16 with a family potluck dinner in the Parish Hall at 5:30 pm. Then, on Tuesday through Friday, July 17-20, children may be dropped off at 9:30 am and picked up at noon in the Parish Hall each dayegister soon! VBS is for children of the church and our community ranging from age 4 (potty-trained) to rising 5th grade. Space will be limited so register children now on our VBS registration page.

Plenty of help is needed from adults and youth to assist as directors, musical leaders, classroom teachers, arts & crafts teachers, group leaders and snack helpers, plus donations of VBS craft supplies and snack food. Adults, please contact Harriett Pyburn at YOUTH - see signup below in this newsletter!

Schedule change for The Wheel

The schedule for publication of St. Catherine’s newsletter, The Wheel, has been changed. The Wheel continues to be published twice per month, with the issue date moved from Fridays to Thursdays. The deadlines for articles and photographs to be submitted has been changed as well, with items now due on Sunday night before the publication date (previously items were due on Wednesday nights). All editions continue to be posted on the newsletter page of our website and distributed by email to everyone subscribed to St. Catherine’s email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are also available for pickup in the foyer on the Welcome Table or in the nearby wall rack. Here is the schedule for the next few months of The Wheel:

  • Issue date Thursday, June 7 - articles due Sunday, June 3
  • Thursday, June 21 - articles due Sunday, June 17
  • Thursday, July 12 - articles due Sunday, July 8
  • Thursday, July 26 - articles due Sunday, July 22
  • Thursday, August 9 - articles due Sunday, August 5
  • Thursday, August 23 - articles due Sunday, August 19

Thank you for reading The Wheel! We welcome your articles of interest to our parish and photographs of our life together. Please send to Editor Karen Manno via email at or bring to her mailbox in the church workroom/copier room.


Outreach with Holy Comforter

Holy Hike & Picnic on Tuesday, June 12

By Linda Shrake

You’re cordially encouraged to join in a fun day at Red Top Mountain State Park. We have invited our Holy Comforter Friendship Center friends to hike & picnic with us on June 12. Carpooling will be available leaving St. Catherine’s at 10:00 am. We will return to St. Cat’s around 3 pm The hike is approximately 3/4 of a mile on a shaded woodland trail with a short uphill at the end. The hike begins and ends in the parking lot of the Visitor Center at Red Top Mountain. We have reserved Picnic Shelter #7 for the whole day, so if you would prefer skipping the hike, you can join us for the picnic. We have reserved the best picnic pavilion in the park, located on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by Lake Allatoona with lots of shade and a cool breeze.

If you would prefer drive to the Visitor Center, here are directions: Take I-75 north to Exit #285 (Red Top Mountain Road). Turn right after you exit and go two miles east to Red Top Mt. State Park. Continue a quarter of a mile further and you will see the Visitor Center on your left (a small wooden building with large parking lot). There are restrooms at the Visitor Center. The St. Catherine’s team will greet the Holy Comforter vans there. We will provide directions to Picnic Pavilion #7 (about 1/2 mile from the Visitor Center) for those who wish to wait there. We’ll have bottled water for the hikers.

Let us know if you are able to come along. If you want to car pool, please let us know that, too. Plan to bring a sack lunch and beverage. The entire event is outdoors, so dress for spring weather in Georgia. Please contact us with questions: Linda Shrake:, Harriett Pyburn:

Holy Comforter is a Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta located in southeast Atlanta. Many of its members live with mental illness and come to the Holy Comforter Friendship Center for worship, hot meals, gardening, art and a sense of community. Our work with the Friendship Center is a ministry of presence – we specialize in field trips and hospitality. Please consider being a part of this ministry.

Family Promise Golf Outing - June 18

Family Promise of Cobb County's "Keeping Our Children On Course" third annual golf tournament will be Monday, June 18 at Indian Hills Country Club. Would you, your business, group or employer be able to be a sponsor for the event? We have a range of sponsorships from $100 to $5,000 which allow individuals, businesses and organizations to associate themselves with this critical work for homeless families in Cobb County. More information about this, including sponsor registration, is available at the Family Promise website:

The cost is $125/golfer; $500/foursome which includes green fees, cart, luncheon and prizes. The format is a scramble with a shotgun start at 9:00 am (registration 8:00 am). Golfer registration is at the Family Promise website. Raffle prizes in the form of gift cards would also be greatly appreciated. For questions please contact Eleanore & Richard Pearson,

-> Next Family Promise Hosting Week is June 3-10, thank you to all who have signed up to help!

MUST Summer Lunch Making

By Suzanne McGhee

It’s that time again for MUST Ministries' Summer Lunch Making! Save the dates Wednesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 27, 9:30 to 11:30 am, to help us make 2,000 MUST Summer Lunches in the Parish Hall. All Youth and older are welcome either or both dates.

  • Preparation – Help is needed to get ready for these days! There are several opportunities to volunteer. Please go to SignUpGenius and sign up for a role that works for you!
  • Food donations – We will be collecting specific Costco/Sam's/BJ’s sized food donations. Please see the sample lunch items setup on the table in the foyer. You can leave your food donations in the black canvas bins by the Outreach tables.
  • Contributions – For anyone who would like to make a monetary donation to help with the cost of the sandwiches, please make a check out to St. Catherine’s, writing "MUST Summer Lunches" in the memo line.
  • Book collection – This year, in conjunction with providing lunches, MUST is having a Book Day distribution each week. Donations of gently used books (non-religious, non-violent) for all ages, preschool to high school, are welcome. Book donations can also go in the black canvas bins by the Outreach tables.

Each year during the summer months, children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year can have a free lunch delivered to them through MUST's Summer Lunch Program. Please consider donating your time, food items, books, or $! For more information about MUST Summer Lunches at St. Cat’s, contact Jennifer Massey, / 404-375-8327 OR Suzanne McGhee, / 678-361-5194.

-> Learn more about the MUST Summer Lunch program in their video here

Habitat Build continues

Our 2018 Habitat House build will continue on these Saturdays coming up: June 9-30 and July 14. We will also provide breakfast and lunch to the workers onsite on June 9. Please contact Connie Bergeron with the dates you would like to volunteer,, 770-951-1411. There are some minimum age requirements for participation. All workdays are from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm at the build site in Austell. Thank you to everyone for your support for this great ministry!

Thank you from New American Pathways

By Christy Luttrell

Thank you, St. Catherine's, for your generous donations of items for the Welcome To America Baskets for New American Pathways. It was greatly appreciated!

Rice Bowls success!

By Molly Banko

During Lent, St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool partnered with Rice Bowls, a faith-based non-profit in Spartanburg, S.C. to raise funds for a network of orphanages overseas. Plastic rice bowls were taken to homes, filled with change, and returned on Easter. Together we raised $824.25! These funds will supply much needed food to a network of orphanages in Haiti, India, Africa and other areas of the world where the HIV/AIDS crisis and other factors have greatly marginalized the lives of children. Thank you to everyone who participated in this important outreach opportunity!


At the Women's Retreat

By Kelly Iacobelli

The spring weather arrived just in time for the Women's Retreat in April! A small group of women ventured up to Montara Farm in North Georgia for a weekend of renewal. The food was amazing and the setting was magnificent. The rain held off so people could sit on the porch overlooking the lake and really get to know each other. Some of us took solo walks to reconnect with ourselves. Others explored bird watching and hiking in groups. The natural scenery did not disappoint!

We explored ways to take pauses in our daily life. Lisa Spessard led a discussion of the book Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr. The seven pauses provide different themes for each part of the day such as praying for vigilance, deep listening, surrender and trust during The Night Watch whereas the Hour Of Illumination at Midday focuses us on commitment, passion, courage, faithfulness, healing truth and peace.

Diane Sanders took us on an exploration of journaling. We discussed the different methods and the benefits of pausing to express ourselves in writing. We took time to document the room around us and we were amazed at how different the observations were. Maureen Donoghue led us on a discussion of individual prayer styles. Each of us evaluated how we pray best as she guided us through various characteristics. Our findings came to life as we created our own prayer bracelet that reflects our personal prayer style. We also explored yoga and meditation. We connected with our breath and we learned how to stretch and release tension. Pat Pepper helped us learn how to clear our minds and we talked about easy ways to put brief meditations into our day.

Some of us took a pause to explore a local winery. The tour guide was entertaining and tasting wine is always a great way to take a break.

Interspersed throughout the weekend Mother Sarah led us through Compline, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist. These services connected us to our faith and our tradition.

Our thanks to the planning team who put together such an impactful weekend - Gina Bauman, Ginny Lummus, Lisa Spessard, Maureen Donoghue, Diane Sanders and Pat Pepper.

Parishioners in our news

  • Many Thank Yous to Susan Heuke (top, right) for her many years of chairmanship of our Invitation Ministry Team, the committees which extend that famous St. Catherine’s welcome to all our newcomers and help them become part of our community of God’s love. We are very grateful to Anne Hitchins who is the new chair of this ministry team.
  • Thank you to Susan Martin for her nearly 28 years of service at the St. Catherine’s altar. She is retiring from our Altar Guild. We’ll still see her from time to time as she and her husband John drive in from their mountain home for special occasions. By Tinka Ivey.
  • Congratulations to Addison Brooks, daughter of Fran and John Brooks, who is Teacher of the Year at East Cobb Middle School. Great job!
  • Congratulations to Lynne Gates (bottom, right) who has been promoted to Assistant Director of St. Catherine's Preschool. Lynne has worked at our Preschool for over 25 years!

Volunteer Corner

17 years of Youth Mentoring: Thank you, Hale Sanders!

By Pat Pepper

In February 2001, with the blessing of Father Jim Nixon, Hale Sanders started the Youth Mentoring Ministry at St. Catherine’s. Hale had led a mentor program at the Center for Family Resources for three years and saw firsthand the success of the program. Now, in the seventeen years since its start, Hale has led our program with energy, enthusiasm and a belief in its benefits. Under his leadership 65 mentors have been trained and 63 have had relationship with 101 youth for an average of 23 months each.

Hale says, “The most important thing to know is that we (St. Catherine’s Youth Mentoring Ministry) believe that every young person should have a mentor if they want one. We serve the youth in our church, youth referred to us by East Cobb Middle School, young people from the Family Promise program, and young people from the Center for Children and Young Adults.”

According to The Center of Mentoring Youth, “Mentoring at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effect on your people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situation. Ultimately mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will group up without this critical asset.”

St. Catherine’s Mentoring Ministry has met the goals of the program. It has left an impact not only on the 101 youth that have spent time with a mentor but also in the ripple effect from the youth who experienced that love and encouragement. Hale has made a difference. His presence has left a permanent impression on not only the youth and their families but also on the mentors who have been trained.

Hale has announced his retirement from this specific ministry, and Dave Banko will take over as leader of the program—thank you, Dave! Hale will continue to be very involved here at St. Catherine’s in other ministries and with Family Promise of Cobb County. We give thanks to God for Hale’s presence in all of our lives.

If you would like more information on our Youth Mentoring Ministry please let me know. You will never regret the time that you give. Hale will agree, I am sure.

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

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Mother Sarah, Brian Williams, Frances Bowden, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris, Deana DeLaBarre

Choristers Choir - Celebrating the end of the school year

Royal Wedding watching party May 19

Pentecost, May 20 - We wore red!

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.

  • May 28 - June 3: Fellowship Ministry TeamIn June we celebrate the life and work of the Fellowship Ministry Team which plans a variety of events for adults, youth and children to build community and provide opportunities to gather for entertainment and fellowship. Events include Low Country Boil, Greening of the Church supper, adult nights out, receptions after Christmas and Easter services, Annual Meeting lunch, Sip & Swirl events, as well as assistance to other parish activities. The committee also oversees the Parish Hall and Kitchen (including supplies). To learn more please contact conveners Deana DeLaBarre and Janet Livingston
  • June 4 - 10: Lemonade Brigade/ Coffee Hour – This week we celebrate the life and work of Coffee Hour and Lemonade Brigade, which provides for fellowship after our principal worship services. Refreshments are set up in the foyer or outside on the brick walk. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis to share making, serving and cleaning up after the services -- it's a great opportunity to get to know more members of the congregation. For information please contact Deana De La Barre, or Janet Livingston,


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

  • Family Promise of Cobb County on May 1 for gift of $400.


Vision To Learn children’s eye exams and classes

Three Cobb County public libraries are hosting free mobile eye clinics for children in need. Pre-registration is required. Each Vision To Learn visit will be held from 9 am to 3 pm. Space is limited and no walk-ins will be accepted, so register soon.


-> We apologize that this period's Prayers of the People were not available in time for newsletter publication, please check your Sunday bulletin insert and in our next issue.


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.

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

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.

Friday, 5/25 Friday, 6/1

Mother Sarah's Day of Sabbath
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study


Mother Sarah's Day of Sabbath
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study

Saturday, 5/26 Saturday, 6/2


Sip & Swirl @ Gales'

CGS Level 1 Training
Men's Group Cooking
Sunday, 5/27 Sunday, 6/3


Summer Schedule Begins
CF Teach Appreciation

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist


Wheel articles due
Family Promise Hosting Week
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Blessing of the Bikes and
Parish Picnic

Monday, 5/28 Monday, 6/4

Memorial Day Holiday
Office Closed

Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team


Preschool Summer Camp
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 5/29 Tuesday, 6/5


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Great Oak Board
VBS Planning


Bible Study
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Quarterly Ministry Teams
Wednesday, 5/30 Wednesday, 6/6
MUST Laundry Team


Youth Cookout @East Cobb Park

Thursday, 5/31 Thursday, 6/7


Men's Bible Study

Wheel Newsletter Publication
Preschool Board Lunch
Men's Bible Study

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Saturdays, June 9-30, July 14 – Habitat House build
  • Tuesday, June 12 - Holy Hike & picnic with Holy Comforter at Red Top Mountain State Park
  • June 15-18 – Rite 13 Beach Trip
  • Saturday, June 16 - Cats On Wheels
  • Monday, June 18 – Family Promise golf tournament
  • Tuesday, June 19 – Blood drive 3-7 pm
  • Wednesdays, June 20 & 27 - MUST Summer Lunch making, 9:30 am
  • Sunday, June 24 – Parish Town Hall prior to 10 am service; Stephen Ministry Come & See Luncheon 11:30 am
  • July 1-10 - YA Youth Pilgrimage to Scotland
  • VBS: July 16 Kickoff with Family Potluck Dinner 5:30 pm / July 17-20 VBS 9:30 am - noon
  • Saturday, July 21- Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event 2-4 pm
  • Sunday, August 5: One combined service at 8:00 am; Parish Work Day 9 am - 12 pm followed by potluck lunch
  • Sunday, August 12: Fall worship times and Christian Formation schedule begin


By Youth Director Sally Paris Benton,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

June 13: Cookout at East Cobb Park
June 15-17: Rite 13 Beach Trip
June 20: Movie Night
June 28: Serve Dinner at Elizabeth Inn
July 1-10: YA Pilgrimage to Scotland
July 17-20: Vacation Bible School
July 25: Pool Party
August 4: Diocesan Tubing Trip


Cookout at East Cobb Park

Wednesday, June 13, 5-7 pm - Join us at East Cobb Park (3322 Roswell Rd, Marietta) for some fun and hamburgers and hot dogs. We will provide those and water, please bring a side or sweet to share!


J2A Urban Adventure

The youth are beginnings to plan for the J2A Urban Adventure this fall, November 17-19. Please fill out this form by June 3rd and let us know if you are planning to attend. This will be really helpful as the class moves forward in the planning process. An official registration form will open at the beginning of the school year.


Vacation Bible School – Youth leaders wanted

By Sara Thomas

Attention Youth—it’s time once again to sign up for VBS leadership!! The theme this year is “Abundance Orchard: Where Faith Grows and Hungry People are Fed,” and you’re not going to want to miss it. It’s Tuesday - Friday, July 17-20 from 9:30 am to 12 noon. We will also host a FAMILY pot-luck dinner on Monday, July 16 at 5:30pm in the Parish Hall to introduce our program, share food and fellowship, and give everyone a quick taste of the week to come. Training for youth will be Monday, July 16 from 2-5 pm, immediately preceding the potluck. I know you’re excited as we are, so go sign up immediately on this form!

If you’re new to St. Catherine’s VBS leadership: “Traveling leaders” are typically older youth (and on rare occasion those who are younger but have a lot of VBS experience) who help guide participants from station to station, manage the needs of participants, and liaison between participants and adults. “Station leaders” work at an individual station (usually crafts, storytelling, missions, snack, games, etc.) These typically younger youth help adult leaders set up and break down, keep supplies and energy stocked, and act as runners when adult station leaders need various things from elsewhere in the church.

I heard so much positive feedback about our phenomenal youth leaders last year. I honestly think our little church has the best youth leaders in the VBS business. I look forward to working with you again this year! Grace and peace as you finish up the school year.


Youth Sunday

Thank you all who served for Youth Sunday on May 13. Listen to Charlie & Nick's sermons on the Sermons page of our website! Photos by Michelle Zimmerman

Braves Game - Sunday, July 29

We will join with the Marietta Convocation (churches near us) for a fun afternoon at the Braves Game. We will meet at St. Catherine's at 12:15 for the 1:15 game. Tickets are $15 and cover your ticket and parking. Please bring money for snacks if you would like them. Friends are always welcome to join!

Please register by July 8. Tickets are first-come first-served, so register at this link as soon as you know if you can go.


In the Diocese

  • 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

  • PYE 2018 - July 25-28
    Each summer, Province IV comes together for a Provincial Youth Event for high schoolers. This year, it is in Atlanta at All Saints'. Join youth and youth leaders from the 19 dioceses of Province IV for three days of service, learning, worship, and fellowship. The service work will be similar to an atlSERVE week and the program will center around Posts for Peace - a local organization that strives to bring social justice and understanding into our world. More information can be found on the registration page at

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 7 (articles due Sunday, June 3)
  • June 21 (articles due Sunday, June 17)
  • July 12 (articles due Sunday, July 8)

The Wheel is published two times per month on Thursdays. All editions are 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 Sunday the week of publication date. Please submit items to Editor Karen Manno via email (below) or in her mailbox at church.

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Editor: Karen Manno,, 770-973-8668.

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068