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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 24 - September 13, 2018

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Grace upon Grace

Christian Formation
AdventSing 2019
Join choir
Suicide Awareness
Picnic & Play
Men's Retreat
Gardens & lawns
Communications survey
Cats On Wheels

Family Promise
Elizabeth Inn

College scholarships
Council delegates
People news
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Art from the Heart
Jane Baird Lecture


Youth Committee
Youth breakfasts
In the Diocese



8/26 – AdventSing Prague/ Vienna/ Salzburg meeting

8/26-9/2 – Family Promise hosting week

8/28 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team & Dinner Team

8/29 – Choir rehearsals begin;
Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

8/29, 9/5, 12, 19 - WNL, Transforming Questions

9/2 – No Christian Formation (Labor Day weekend)

9/3 – Labor Day Holiday;
Office & Preschool closed

9/6 - EFM begins

9/7-9 - Youth Happening @Camp Mikell

9/9 - Suicide Awareness program

9/15 – Cats On Wheels lunch @Marlow's

9/16 - Picnic & Play for Young Families

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Grace upon grace… reflections from your clergy

The Rev. Sarah K. Fisher

Earlier this month, Father Joe and I joined the Vestry and Canon John Thompson Quartey for a Vestry retreat day. We did all the things one does at such events—ate donuts and drank coffee, told stories about our parish, shared a bit out our own lives and did some dreaming about St. Catherine’s. We will be asking you to join in with some of that dreaming too. When I was called here, much of what I heard in the parish profile, in the search team conversations and with the Vestry was a longing to move into the community in a new way. And so we, as a parish, will begin doing some of that discernment in the next few months.

One experimental way I’m hoping to try to be more present to the community around us is on All Saints Day. I’d like to solicit your help as we begin to plan what this may look like. While it may seem far away, we’re going to create a glorious, fun, rich experience on All Saints Day. It may seem early to be talking about a day that doesn’t happen until November, but the planning and work needs to begin now. So a quick refresher on All Saints and All Souls may be helpful….

All Saints and All Souls Day are two of my favorite days in the entire Church year. On these days, we remember the Saints of the Church, those who have trod the way of our faith and our church. These are the Saints who taught and lived and loved and died, and by their example, we glimpse what embodied faith looks like. And on All Souls Day we remember our own beloved dead—the ones we knew and loved, the ones who shaped us into the Christians that we are.

This year we will once again have an All Souls Day Mass where we will remember, in a quiet and intimate candle lit service, those whom we love but see no longer. Linda Carter has graciously agreed to play her harp and I anticipate another beautiful service.

For All Saints Day, we are planning a very big combined service. We have many baptisms set for this day and it should be glorious. But we have some new components too. After the service, we will go outside and remember and bless all those souls who are buried in our Memorial Garden, followed by Sup with the Saints. Gathered in and around the Memorial Garden with simple picnic food, lawn chairs and wonderful conversations, we will feast with the Saints.

But here’s where I really need your help. I’d like us to go out into our community—both the community around St. Catherine’s and in your own communities—neighborhoods, schools, book groups—wherever you find community. We’re creating simple, colorful paper flags that will invite people both in and outside of St. Catherine’s to remember their beloved dead. A name and an one sentence remembrance. These colorful paper flags will then adorn the Nave, our worship space, for All Saints. Joining with all the Saints—past, present and yet to come, will be the reminder of those whom we love, and those whom our community loves, but we see no longer.

So how can you be part of this? First and foremost, I wanted to let you know the plan. In the next few weeks, we’ll start organizing on how to put this whole plan into action. We’re still putting the plan in place, but I know a few distinct needs right now. We would love a couple of leaders to help us get out into the community around Holt Road. This is the brave and bold work of knocking on doors, not expecting a thing, but offering the hospitality and care of St. Cat’s to our neighbors. If you are interested in being a Team Lead, please send me an email or give me a call at 770-971-2839 x202. Maureen Donoghue is heading up the effort of displaying the paper flags in the church. If you’d like to be part of her team, please reach out to her.

I remain ever grateful to be in your midst.


Christian Formation opportunities this year


Children’s Chapel – Our Children’s Chapel is offered during the 8:45 am Sunday service. We begin before the Gospel reading and the children return to the Nave during the Peace. Children’s Chapel is designed to speak to children from kindergarten through third grade although children are always welcome to remain with their family. Adults are welcome to be a part of this retelling of the lectionary of the day. Please let the coordinators know if you would like to be a part of this ministry.
Coordinators: Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Becky Beal.

Nursery for infants through age 4 – Our nursery is a welcoming and safe environment for children through the age of four. Our experienced childcare workers welcome you in the cheerful room which is located downstairs in the Education wing. It is open from 8:30 am through the 11:15 am service. Coordinator: Becky Beal.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work. Guided by the CGS Leadership Team: Karen Maxwell, Ana Martin, Alison Harris, Kristi Johnson, Amy Mikkelsen. Contact: Becky Beal.

  • Level I Atrium – 3 years old (by September 1) through Kindergarten. Children on their journey of faith get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Eucharist work, and as they work with the liturgy materials. The credo of this child is "help me do it myself." Children select their own work and are given the time and space to work independently and without interruption.
  • Level II Atrium – 1st through 3rd Grades. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations of moments from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork with the materials and utilizing their developing skills in reading and writing.
  • Level III Atrium – 4th through 5th Grades. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan to be realized. This leads to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick.

Sixth grade is part of our Youth formation program. These youth are entering middle school and this year they have a class just for them which meets at 10:00 am in the Study Room. We use the ReForm curriculum. which encourages creative thinking and faith exploration. Coordinator: Becky Beal.


St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2018-2019 for grades seven through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood. Facilitator: Sally Benton, Director of Youth Ministries.

  • Rite-13 (7th and 8th Grades) – The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.
  • J2A (9th and 10th Grades) – Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program It blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.
  • YA (11th and 12th Grades) – Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class also focuses on serving as leaders within the Youth Program and the broader congregation.


Sunday offerings
All are welcome in our adult formation classes on Sunday mornings. You may drop in to any class any Sunday or stay all term. An additional church-wide class will be offered during Advent.

  • 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, Karen Kraeger.
  • Episcopalians and Beyond - Episcopalians and Anglicans came in all sorts, and they come in all sorts. They rocked history. They rocked the church. They influenced society. They worked for the greater good. And they do the same today. Writers, scientists, presidents, artists, priests, founding fathers and mothers, poets, soldiers, martyrs, and saints, their faith informed their effect on the world then and now. Our class will take a closer look at our fellow Episcopal members of the body of Christ. We’ll view their lives, large and small, through the prism of our common faith. Come and be inspired by stories of who they were and are. Each class will be complete unto itself. Presenter: Ginny Acocella.
  • Welcoming – Accepting – Nurturing – Serving - A series of discussions about what it means to truly embody the core values of the mission statement of St. Catherine’s. Incorporating texts, videos & podcasts from top Christian and secular leaders, we will explore the “art of neighboring” and identify opportunities to bring Bishop Curry’s vision to #LoveLikeJesus to life – both inside and outside the walls of St. Catherine’s. Facilitators: Michael Paris, Caroline Brennan.
  • Beginning September 30: Wade in the Water - What is baptism? Who should be baptized? Does baptism actually do anything? What difference does our baptism make in our lives? These are the questions we'll consider in this series. While open to all, it is designed with special intent for parents and Godparents who are considering having their children baptized. This class will run for four weeks before major feast days on which we celebrate baptism. The fall class will be held on four Sundays beginning September 30. Facilitator: Mother Sarah Fisher.

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, 10-11:30 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.
  • Men’s Weekly evening study, Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM — All men are welcome to join us as we strive to learn more of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit and of what they are saying to us as we work to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will finish The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey in the beginning of September and then move to a new Yancy book. We meet in the Conference Room. Marantha! Come! 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. All men are encouraged to join us. Starting in September, we will begin the “50 Day Bible Study “ series edited by Mark Zabriskie, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Washington, PA. The series, published by Forward Movement, contains reflections from lecturers, archbishops, bishops, primates, directors, and lay persons. We will begin with the gospel of Mark. We meet in the Conference Room. Marantha! Come! Join us! Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.

Book Study Groups:

  • Women’s Morning Book Study, fourth Mondays, 10:00-11:30 AM — All women of St. Catherine’s and their friends are invited to join us. In September we begin a study of The Book of Joy; Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. We welcome you as we read inspirational, thought-provoking books and look for the sacred in our everyday lives. Facilitator: Barb Selby.
  • Men’s Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 6:30 PM — All men are invited to come and explore their spirituality in community through discussions, fellowship, and meals. Our study is held monthly (except June and July) at the home of one of the group members. We discuss a selected book throughout the year. All men are welcome! Facilitator: Todd Smith.

More offerings:

  • MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers), first Wednesdays, 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM — MOPS is a place for women with children from birth to pre-kindergarten to find friendship, community, resources and support so they never feel alone. We have speakers on topics to help us be better moms, wives and women, Bible studies, mission projects, social events and more. Childcare is provided. Chair: Jacquie Rice.  
  • Education for Ministry (EFM) - Thursdays, 6:30 PM beginning September 6 — Enrolling now! Education for Ministry is a course by Sewanee (The University of The South) to help laypeople understand the Bible, church history and philosophy, and discern your place in the community and ministry of our church. The entire program is four years but sign up is one year at a time. Thursday evenings September to May at St. Catherine's beginning Sept. 7. Yearly fee, scholarships available. Check the Volunteer Opportunities form in your bulletin or contact Chris or Jan Potter ( or Information about the course is also available at

AdventSing 2019: Prague, Vienna, Salzburg

Information meeting Sunday, August 26

Where will you be on Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of Advent 2019? Consider joining St. Catherine’s Chancel Choir from Saturday, November 23 to Monday, December 2, 2019 as they sing in the Vienna International AdventSing. Our musical adventure will begin in the stunning city of Prague, continue to the charming small village of Cesky Krumlov, on to Salzburg, hometown of Mozart as well as The Sound of Music, and finish with the festival in Vienna. Among the venues in which the choir will sing will be in the Salzburg Cathedral, the stunning Baroque chapel in Melk Abbey and the magnificent City Hall in Vienna. The Christmas markets and incredible decorations will make for a most memorable time. And, of course, the most fun is traveling with such a wonderful group of people!

Singers and non-singers are welcome to join this trip, you need not be a member of the Chancel Choir. An information meeting will be held on Sunday, August 26 at 12:30 pm in the Parish Hall, and sign up will follow shortly.

View the trip itinerary and details now at or pick up a printed copy at church. For further questions contact Jana Williams,

Choir rehearsals begin Wed., August 29

This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out! Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions. Weekly rehearsals begin on August 29 and our first Sunday to sing will be September 9.

  • Choristers - Rehearsal Wednesdays 6:15 – 7:00 pm — Choristers of St. Catherine's is our choir for guys and girls in grades three through twelve. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am family service. We also sing at the early Christmas Eve service. Being an acolyte or participating in Wednesday youth programs will not conflict. For information please contact director Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir - Rehearsal Wednesdays 7:15 – 8:30 pm — Adults, and youth grades 10 & up, are invited. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily, and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. We rehearse September through May on Wednesdays, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead the 11:15 am service. We also sing for special services including Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information please contact director Brian Williams at, 678.461.9656, or speak to any Chancel Choir member.

Suicide Awareness: Providing Resources on our National Epidemic

Sunday, September 9

All are invited on Sunday, September 9 from 2 to 5 pm in the Parish Hall for a free, community-wide event featuring an expert panel of speakers including:

  • Gary and Elvira Delaplane of Mourning Dove Ministries
  • Roland Behm, GA Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Chaplain (COL) Blair Davis of Georgia National Guard
  • The Link, a National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare

Sponsored by Stephen Ministry at St. Catherine’s. Kindly RSVP by September 5 to the church office.

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Picnic & Play with Young Families on September 16

Come to our meet and greet on Sunday, September 16 to kick off the year for Young Families. We will have game time and a picnic supper from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited! We will supply the grilled main dish, please be on the lookout for sign up to bring side dishes. Plan to come join the fun!

Our Young Families ministry welcomes families with children under age 12 and is designed to let the children have time to play and the adults time to get to know each other outside of formation classes. Please contact Becky Beal, Julie Fulcher, Caroline Brennan, or Patty Fogelsong, with any questions.

Men’s Retreat – reserve your place

October 26-28 at Montara Farm

Registration is now open! All men are invited to the 2018 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 26-28 at Montara Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. Our co-leaders for this year's retreat will be Father Joe Greene and Father Jim Nixon. Total cost will be $373.75 including gratuity.

More details will be coming soon but space will be limited. Hold your place now by contacting John Fulcher,, and send in your $100 deposit. John is also looking for volunteers to help with planning the retreat, please contact him now if you are interested.

Facilities needs a few extra hands

By Tami Mace

  • Garden Keepers wanted: Watering our plants around the St. Catherine's campus, light weeding and dead heading of flowers. We need a few volunteers to beef up the amazing volunteers we have in this area. Watering takes between 1 to 2 hours a couple of times a week, and can be done in AM or PM. Please contact Tami Mace (, 404-457-9437) for questions or to express interest.
  • Lawn Mowers needed: We need mowers to volunteer for each week for the remainder of August as well as mowers for most of September and October. The lawn mowing machines are provided! We just need folks willing to push them :) Please contact Tami Mace (, 404-457-9437) for questions or to express interest.

Breakfast is served!

The Breakfast Angels of St. Catherine’s is pleased to announce that we are now serving breakfast at 8:30 am in the Parish Hall on the first three Sundays of each month unless there is an announced change in service times that would cause a conflict. We are able to offer a third Sunday because of our new volunteers. Please congratulate Tina Kerr, Jason Gardiner, Dwight Blackwood, Lisa Messinger, Becky Sullivan and Vince Westin for joining our angelic ranks.

We are still looking for a few more interested candidates to bring back breakfast every Sunday. If you have a group of friends who want to serve once or even twice a year, this is a great opportunity to serve our congregation and get to know some of your fellow parishioners. Contact Dorothea Westin for more information,

Please come out and have breakfast with us! Suggested donations are $3 adults and $2 children. Upcoming schedule:

  • September 2
  • September 9
  • September 16
  • October 7

Register for Invite Welcome Connect seminar

September 15 at St. David’s

Join Mother Sarah and other members from St. Catherine’s who will attend an Invite Welcome Connect seminar. Invite Welcome Connect is a ministry program in many Episcopal dioceses of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection. It will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell.

The cost is $10 per person, and includes lunch. Click here to register now. Scholarships are available if needed. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to learn more about this empowering ministry, and so close to home!

Communications Survey results

By Kelly Iacobelli and Lisa Spessard

Thanks to all who participated in the Town Hall on Communications and/or who answered our survey! As technology continues to change, we will need to continually adapt. We had 87 people respond to the survey to provide insights on how they would like to receive information from St. Catherine’s. This information will be tremendously helpful.

We confirmed that we are providing information in ways (such as websites, emails, newsletters) that work for people. More good news: 76% of people answering the survey said that St. Catherine’s is not over-communicating or missing opportunities. The communications are also well read—89% read all or most of the Tuesday emails and 98% read some or all of The Wheel content.

Facebook works well for many people. 66% said they see posts from St. Cat’s (or Mother Sarah) at least occasionally. This is an easy way for people to “share” information about our church with their friends.

Some groups, like the acolytes, may want to add Group Texting to their communications to help with last minute changes but no other gaps were identified.

We did learn that we need to differentiate the Grace Upon Grace emails from clergy from other emails to make sure people are drawn to their content with more urgency.

We also confirmed that people are dissatisfied with functionality of The City. We are hopeful that the new software, The Realm, will be far more user-friendly. Some information like the serving schedules, church directory and volunteer information/registration could be housed on this site.

There is money in the budget to redesign the St. Catherine’s website, so that will be the Communications Team’s next priority. Studies of how people find new churches indicate that the website is the second most influential factor, after a personal invitation. We need to make sure the website reflects who we are and provides a potential visitor with information to encourage them to come to see us. People were split about how often they currently visit the site. The team will work to ensure that it meets the needs of members as well as potential members. If you come across websites that you think do a good job of representing the parish and organizing information, let Lisa Spessard know via email ( so the team can review good sites as they map out our new site.

Cats on Wheels lunch

Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 15 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at Marlow's Tavern East Cobb (Merchant's Walk) location at 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd #208, Marietta, RSVP so we can save you a seat, contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Contact Alan to be on the mailing list for our next events coming soon.


Family Promise hosting begins August 26

St. Catherine’s will again host the guests of Family Promise of Cobb County August 26 to September 2. Through this program we provide a haven in our church buildings for homeless families while they search for jobs and permanent housing. To assist please contact Barb Selby or Linda Scott If you need training from Family Promise, next date is Aug. 27, 7-9 pm at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta (sign up at We’d love to have you join our Family Promise Team!

Elizabeth Inn - opportunties to serve year round

Would you like to help serve our neighbors in need right here in our Marietta community? St. Catherine's volunteers serve meals and help with laundry every month of the year for the guests at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn overnight shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. More hands are always welcome, and your time and effort is greatly appreciated by the shelter guests! See information about MUST Ministries and its work in our communities at

  • Laundry Team — fourth Tuesdays AND fifth Wednesdays (when there is one). Volunteers use the equipment on site to wash, dry and fold the men's clothes. For more information or to volunteer sign up here or contact Dave Yucius, 678.560.0456,
  • Breakfast Team — fourth Wednesdays. Volunteers provide food, cook & serve. To volunteer for breakfast team, please contact Audrey Nesbitt,
  • Dinner Team — the 28th of the month. Volunteers provide food and/or cook & serve. To volunteer for dinner team, please contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891 or Tracy Buckalew,



By Becky Beal, Director of Children and Family Ministries

What are your family memories, the ones you share during family gatherings? Perhaps they are funny or touching ones that everyone loves to hear, over and over… shared history. What are your core memories, the ones that helped make you who you are today? Perhaps you have memories of a family member, a teacher, or a friend trigger feelings of love stored in the deepest part of your being.

The memories I hold dear include being in church on Sunday mornings with my family. I loved playing with my mother’s bracelet and lovingly leaning against my grandmother, who always smelled so nice. Being close and quiet in the church pew, listening to my father sing, this was my sermon. Even though I had siblings, in my memory it was just me. My parents modeled this precious Sunday ritual with love.

College book scholarships awarded

We are so proud of our 2018 rising college freshmen! This year we have awarded 11 college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education:

Thad Barrington
Stephanie Gardiner
Virginia Langmaid
Olivia Lopez
Justice Mace
Nick Muckerman
Chandler Sherry
Cheyne Thompson-Quartey
Elisabeth Walton
Beca Westin
Charlie Zimmerman

St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund

St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships each year to our rising college freshmen. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual gifts plus proceeds from the annual Parish Picnic. We are able to give small scholarships now but with additional gifts we hope to expand it. Any and all support of this fund is greatly appreciated. To donate, 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.

2018 Diocesan Council Lay Delegates

The Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta happens each year in November. All the churches in the diocese gather to do the business of the wider Church. This year Keith Dumke, Lynn Sapp, Eric DelaBarre, Natalie Whitlow and Pat Pepper will be serving as delegates to the 2018 Annual Council which will be held at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. We are grateful to all put their names forward to be considered for this ministry of service.

Blessings and Thank Yous

  • Congratulations and blessings to Tami (Gillelan) and Greg Stewart who were married at St. Catherine's in a ceremony on August 11.
    Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads.
  • Many Thank Yous to Harriett Pyburn for her years of leadership as convener of our Outreach Ministry Team. The opportunities in service available to everyone at St. Catherine's have grown tremendously under her care! We are pleased to announce that Katherine Michalak is taking over the leadership as convenor of this ministry team.

Seen around St. Cat's

Parish Day of Service, August 5

Thank you to everyone who turned out and lent a hand! Pictures by Michael Wherry

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.

In the months of August and September we are highlighting just a few of the many ministries of our Outreach Ministry Team.

  • August 27-Sept. 2: Bread Pickup and Delivery — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bread Pickup and Delivery ministry, volunteers who each week pick up date-expired baked goods from local supermarkets and deliver them to the food bank operations at MUST Ministries or the Center for Family Resources in Marietta. Drivers serve in rotation, to learn more about being part of this ministry please contact Ron Cook, 770-428-4286.
  • Sept. 2-9: Communities In Schools — Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC) is an organization which champions resources with schools to help young people learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. St. Catherine’s is involved in: Georgia Literacy Connection program; tutoring elementary grades; mentoring students working toward their high school diploma; Reality University financial literacy program for middle and high school students; donation drives, and more. To learn more about being part of this ministry please contact Carol Fey, 678.503.0901,, and visit
  • Sept. 10-16: Holy Comforter Church — Holy Comforter is a mission church of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in Ormewood Park. Many of Holy Comforter’s members live with mental illness and come to the church and its Friendship Center for worship, care and community. St. Catherine’s partners with Holy Comforter on field trips such as bowling, hiking, and an annual BBQ & Bingo party. It is a fun and rewarding ministry of presence. To learn more about being part of this ministry please contact Linda Shrake,, Glenn and Linda Cox,, and visit and


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

  • The Extension on July 24 for gift of $600.


Art From The Heart artist market at St. Bede’s

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church and the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church are joining to host Art From The Heart, a joyful celebration of artists and all those who love the wonderful gifts of the soul those artists create. Everyone is invited to this Artist Market on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. All proceeds from the event will benefit the community engagement programs of the sponsoring churches.

Artists are invited to apply now. Please see this application form and send with booth fees to Lois D. Shingler, P.O. Box 941067, Atlanta, Georgia 31141, or email to with payments sent to the post office box. Priority placement deadline: Friday, August 31 / final application deadline: Friday, October 5.


Jane Baird Lecture at the Cathedral on October 18

Why has the zombie apocalypse become one of the most dominant narratives in the Western world? Is it possible that these stories about living death can teach us something about living life? Come to the Cathedral of St. Philip for the Cathedral Book Store’s 2018 Jane Baird Lecture on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm. This year’s featured speaker is author and cultural critic Greg Garrett who will discuss how zombie stories are actually retelling some of our most powerful secular and sacred stories. The annual Jane Baird Lecture, in honor of former Cathedral Book Store Manager Jane Baird, is hosted each year to engage the community in topics surrounding faith and community. Free admission, reserve tickets now at 2018 Jane Baird Lecture.


Support for home caregivers

  • 7th Annual Caregivers’ Conference September 22: Due West UMC & The Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter invite you to their 7th Annual Caregivers’ Conference on September 22, 8:30 am-2:00 pm. This free event offers help, hope, inspiration, and dementia education. Lunch is included. Speakers will include Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, Reverend Bill Edwards, Hal B. Cole, MTS, Carolyn Cook, Sheila Welch, Teepa Snow. The conference will be held at the Family Life Center (Building B) of Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064, 770-427-3835, To register go to .
  • Training for giving care at home: Do you wish you knew more about how to properly care for your loved one at home? Many family caregivers provide care for a loved one without training or support while balancing work, family and matters of everyday life. Comforting Arms Training Academy offers hands-on training at the office location in Kennesaw, 3440 Blue Springs Road Suite 302. For information about the Caregiving Academy and schedule of classes, please call 678-819-3775.


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: Taylor Bacon, Matt Bermel, Tom Blackstock, Mychael Claytor, Lucas Elgie , Josh England, Jake England, Ryan Johnson, Pat McDougald, and Ashley Schoolfeild.

OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Donald, our president, Nathan, our Governor, members of Congress and this Country.

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Luana Campos, Marion Cook, Hale Sanders, Tom Kaminski, Gary Carragio, David Hackworth, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Jim Snape, Bill Sisk, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, Debbie Mege' The Dilworth Family, Lou & Caroline Smith, Holly Krupp, Barbara Perry, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, James Fleming, Judy Cooper, Deborah Weigel, Ann Snead, Mike Daniel, Chris & Susie, Lauren & Oliver, Noah Cook, Megan Lowery, Susan Shank, Binks Franklin, Tom Bonner, Bryan, Michael & Kacey Barton, Sue Schnorf, Jeanette Dini, Jane Moss, Larry Long, Wyatt Pope, Rod Deutscher, Christian Harvey, Christopher Clements, Joyce Hendricks, Ken Buxton, Betty, Donna Schwartz, Heidi Winston, Melissa, Ruby, Collette, Waudby, Pam Zander, Patricia Aramburu, Jimmie Stinnett, Frances Short, Joe Popper, Becky Pfeil, Melinda Stuk, Gene Harlan, Jo Brokenshire, Alexis Miniat, Marti Graham, Velasta Buford, Juanita Butte, Diane Lee, Laurie Kelly, Nancy Eade, Arthur Loewy and Liz Burlas

BEFORE SURGERY: Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Nolan Parker

BIRTHDAYS: Linda Minzenberger 8/24; James Sampson 8/25; Jennifer Mitchell 8/25; David Sherry 8/25; Wyatt Pitts 8/25; Seamus Fahy 8/26; Karen Manno 8/27; Ellen Adams 8/27; Joel Hickson 8/27; Susie Davis 8/27; Deborah Weigel 8/28; Greg Stewart 8/28; Jeff Pierce 8/28; Melina Smith 8/29; Harry Tear 8/29; Courtney Perry 8/29; David Worden 8/20; Zoey Hutton 8/30.

ANNIVERSARIES: Chuck & Michelle Zimmerman 8/27; David & Stephanie Yucius 8/31; David & MaryLou Shannonhouse 9/2; Charles & Tami Mace 9/5; Fred & Jennifer Massey 9/5; Adam & Julie Stone 9/5; Scott & Sandra Fantz 9/6; John & Barbara Barrington 9/10.

8/26 - Chuck & Linda Shrake; Mark, Harriett, Elizabeth & Abigail Singleton; Maria Salgado & Helen Slaven; Benjamin, Hannah & Anslee Slocum; Jane Smith
9/2 - Linda Smith; Todd, Melina, Preston, Andrew & Natalyn Smith; James & Linda Snape; Jason, Sue, Owen, & Eva Snape; Tom & Ann Snead
9/9 - Peggy Snook; Phil, Lisa, Sydney and Caroline Spessard; Bunny & Carol Starr; Sarah Stedman; Tami & Greg Stewart

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.


When to contact the church

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, 8/24 Friday, 8/31

Clergy & Youth Director
   Day of Sabbath

Women's Bible Study


Clergy & Youth Director
   Day of Sabbath

Women's Bible Study

Saturday, 8/25 Saturday, 9/1


Finnish School

Sunday, 8/26 Sunday, 9/2


Family Promise Hosting
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation
Chancel Choir
Holy Eucharist
AdventSing 2019 Meeting
Girl Scout Troop 16125


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
No Christian Formation
Holy Eucharist
KSU Campus Ministry

Monday, 8/27 Monday, 9/3

Women's Book Study
Boy Scouts


Labor Day Holiday
Office&Preschool Closed
Stephen Ministry

Tuesday, 8/28 Tuesday, 9/4


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Girl Scout Troop 2910
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
MUST Laundry Team
Master Plannning


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Girl Scout Troop 2910
KSU Campus Ministry
Wednesday, 8/29 Wednesday, 9/5
Adult Formation Series
MUST Laundry Team
Youth WNL
Stephen Leaders
Chancel Choir


Adult Formation Series
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 8/30 Thursday, 9/6


Daisy Scouts
Men's Bible Study

Men's Bible Study

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Breakfast at 8:30 am by Breakfast Angels on first 3 Sundays every month
  • Sunday, September 9 - Suicide Awareness program by Stephen Ministry 2 pm
  • Sunday, September 16 - Young Families' Picnic and Play 4-7 pm
  • Sunday, September 23 - No Christian Formation (Fall Break)
  • Saturday, October 6 - Blessing of the Animals 10 am
  • Saturday, October 20 - Low Country Boil
  • October 26-28 - Men’s Retreat at Montara Farm
  • Sunday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat
  • Thursday, November 15 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth


By Youth Director Sally Paris Benton,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

September 2: No Church School
September 7-9: Happening 70
September 23: No Church School
September 24-28: Cobb Fall Break - no regular programming
September 29: New Beginnings Team Training
October 6: Blessing of the Animals
October 12-14: New Beginnings 40
October 26: Corn Maze Trip
October 28: Elizabeth Inn Dinner


Wednesday Night Live

6:30-7:00 pm - Dinner & Fellowship
7:00-8:00 pm - Programming

All youth are invited to the Youth House on Wednesday nights. WNL is a time for the youth to all come together for fun, fellowship, and programming. We will gather for games, sing a few songs, and learn together. We will have a simple dinner available at 6:30 pm for $5 each week, or $80 will cover you for through December!


Apply by September 9 for Youth Committee

If you are interested in serving on the Youth Committee, please complete the application HERE. We are looking for youth and adults to join us in visioning for the youth ministry at St. Catherine's. If you have any questions, please ask Sally!


Youth breakfast sign-ups

We ask that parents provide breakfast for the youth on Sundays throughout the school year. Please sign up here to select a date to provide breakfast for about 50 youth. Note that breakfast should be delivered to the Youth House by 10:00 am on Sunday mornings.


Diocesan events

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 13 (articles due Sunday, September 9)
  • September 27 (articles due Sunday, September 23)
  • October 11 (articles due Sunday, October 7)

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.

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 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,, 770-973-8668.

Copyright 2018 St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068