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welcoming, accepting, nurturing,
and serving all people through
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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 12 - 25, 2018

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Clery letter

Work Day
S365 Bread Baking
All Souls/All Saints
Men's Retreat
Cherub Choir
Low Country Boil
Blood drive
Cats On Wheels
Advent Reflections
Trunk or Treat
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Holiday Market
Concert Series
Advent/Christmas schedule

Family Promise items
BBQ & Bingo

Sally Benton
Pat Pepper
Becky Beal

Elizabeth Inn
Corn maze
Council Lock-in


On Stewardship:
  Nelson Gale

  Phil Spessard
Hellos & Goodbyes
Parishioner news
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Pride parade
Taste of Latin America
Jane Baird Lecture
Spirituality Conference

MOS Singers
Medication take-back




10/17, 23 - WNL & Transforming Questions

10/12-14 – Youth New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell

10/13 – Parish Workday

10/16 – Blood drive

10/20 – Cats On Wheel daytrip;
Low Country Boil

10/20 - S365 Bread Baking

10/21 - S365 Bread Baking;
The Extension dinner

10/23 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

10/24 - Elizabeth Inn Breakfast Team

10/26 – Youth @ corn maze

10/26-28 – Men’s Retreat @ Montara

10/28 – Trunk or Treat;
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

See below for complete calendar



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What is Precious?

The Rev. Joe Greene

What is precious to you? Is it some material thing? Something you worked hard to earn or was passed down to you in a sentimental symbol of your ancestry? Maybe it’s a relationship, being a parent or having a beloved pet. Regardless, we all have something precious whether we know it or not.

Now admittedly, each time I hear the word “precious”, I think of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. His obsession with the one true ring transformed him into a desperate and pathetic ghoul. That’s the problem with attachment. If we chase after something that we find precious, we may allow that obsession to turn us into ghosts of who God calls us to be.

This is why stewardship is so important. We recognize that all that we and all that we have comes from God. And we must give back, letting go of any attachment that we have to the world in which we reside. We give because we have been given. And it’s not just our financial gifts. It’s everything. The time that we have, the ways in which we are gifted, these are all gifts and we can give back to God in our service to the Church.

What’s precious to us can be a gift from God but only if we can give some of that preciousness back. After all, whether we give or not, we have God’s love through it all. As the Psalm says, “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings” (Psalms 36:7).

Give freely. Give that which is precious to you. And know that God’s love is given to us preciously and without condition.

Parish Work Day this Saturday, October 13

Everyone is invited to our next parish work day from 8:00 am to noon to help clean up, fix up and spruce up our church home, inside and outside.

For questions please contact Tami Mace, 404-457-9437, .

Sowing Seeds of Generosity: Bread Baking

Saturday, Oct. 20 OR Sunday, Oct. 21 — RSVP

Choose your date and join us! On Saturday, October 20, 9:00-11:00 am, OR on Sunday, October 21, 1:00-3:00 pm, the Stewardship 365 Team invites you as we bake bread together in the spirit of our campaign theme: "Sowing Seeds of Generosity for God's Kingdom." We will convene in the parish kitchen. Each participant will make 2 delicious and easy pumpkin "quick bread" loaves (with or without chocolate chips, your choice)—one to keep and one to give away. This exercise will allow us to enjoy creative fellowship as well as examine the harvest of abundance that we enjoy in our lives and to reflect upon the experience of being generous with that harvest. After the bread cools, we will have fun wrapping and packaging the breads with pumpkin seeds and an attractive label for gift-giving.

All ingredients, recipe, and supplies will be provided by S365 for each participant. This exercise is for adults and children ages 8 and older (children should be under supervision of an adult). Please let us know how many total participants will be attending. Note: This is a nut-free activity.

The final part of this exercise is about sharing—sharing bread, and then, after that, sharing the story of how you gave your bread away through a short reflection that we invite you to write and submit to the Stewardship Team. Some of these stories will be shared during our Stewardship 365 Celebration Dinner on Saturday, November 10!

Sign up soon! Reservations are needed so we can have the ingredients and supplies ready for you! Please click here to sign up or contact Joy Ettel,

Final Note: Not available on these dates, but are interested in baking bread with us? We will be happy to include you by providing the recipe, loaf pans and ingredients and invite you to bake bread at home. Please submit your selfies, videos and "bread story/reflection" to us! We ask that you note on the sign-up form if you will be baking bread at home and include your email address so we can be in touch with next steps.

We look forward to baking with you on the 21st!

In Christ,
The Stewardship 365 Team

All Souls Day and All Saints Day names

On both All Saints Day and All Souls Day, we remember our own beloved dead. We will read the names of those who have died within the past year on both days, remembering them especially at our All Souls Day service which will be held on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm. All names submitted will be listed in the All Saints Day bulletin. There will also be space for you to name your beloved dead in both liturgies.

To have the name of your beloved dead remembered at St. Catherine's, please complete this form: .

Men’s Retreat October 26-28

Contact John Fulcher, right away to see if space is still available! 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. Final payments are due by October 15.

Cherub Choir every Wednesday

The new Cherub Choir met for the first time on October 3! The children relayed their reason for being in the Cherub Choir....singing, praising God, being in a choir! There was a lot of excitement as they sang using motions and played rhythm sticks.

All children kindergarten through second grade are invited each Wednesday from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. Please contact Judy Guard or Becky Beal with questions. (Note - no Cherub Choir meeting on October 31.)

Photo - Meeting & greeting at our first meeting (by Jan Potter)

Low Country Boil on October 20

Get tickets soon

You are invited to an evening of food, fun, and fellowship at our annual Low Country Boil on Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets will be $17.50 per person and will beavailable on Sundays at church between all services beginning September 23 until all are sold. Your ticket includes the shrimp boil, dessert, beer/wine, and tea.

Make your plans soon: this event usually sells out quickly. The event is open to adults 21 and older. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.) For questions please contact Elizabeth and Fred Lopez, We look forward to seeing you there!

Blood drive Tuesday, October 16

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

St. Catherine's next blood drive will be on October 16, 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.

Cats on Wheels fall foliage day trip

Saturday, October 20, RSVP

Cats on Wheels, our fellowship group for active senior adults, will enjoy a Fall Foliage Tour of North Georgia on Saturday, October 20. We will leave St Catherine’s in the church van at 9:30 and travel via Blue Ridge to Rayburn, where we will have lunch at Dillard House. After, we will return to St Catherine’s, arriving about 5:00. Lunch and other costs are pay-your-own.

RSVP now to Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. to reserve your space and get full details!

Advent Reflections writers - time to sign up

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Reflections will be due by Friday, November 9. Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to .

To sign up please contact Karen Manno, We will be in touch with your assignment.

Trunk or Treat - SUNDAY, October 28

Join us at church from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 28 for Trunk or Treat! This event is sponsored by our Young Families Ministry and welcomes our children, our Preschool and the neighborhood.

  • Children, come in your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat to each of the cars which will be decorated to display different themes!
  • Adults, St. Cat's Ministries, and Youth -- Come show your creativity! Sign up now on the poster in the foyer to decorate your trunk and hand out your candy (prizes for cars and costumes!).
  • Candy donations -- If you won't be at the event and would like to donate candy, a collection bin is in the church office.

Have fun, meet people, be creative! Rain or shine! Contact Becky Beal with questions.

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14th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

November 15, 7 pm at Temple Kol Emeth

It’s the Fourteenth Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration—a dynamic evening of worship and community-building on the Thursday one week before Thanksgiving Day. Each year, this event brings together spiritual leaders, musicians, and participants from over 20 different faith traditions to celebrate in prayer and song both unity and diversity, and is attended by more than 800 worshippers. The evening is held at Temple Kol Emeth, only 2 miles from St. Catherine’s at 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062,

  • Reception foods donations needed – Please bring them to the event, or you may leave food items in St. Catherine’s kitchen no later than 3 p.m. on the day of the event, clearly marked for “Ecumenical Thanksgiving”. Guidelines: Finger foods such as single desserts, fruit platters, salty mixes, cheese/crackers, veggies/dip. Meatless is preferred. No pork or shellfish. Please pre-cut and pre-plate items. Label items, especially if gluten free or contains common allergens.
  • Singers wanted – Everyone is invited to join the combined chorus of singers from many different faiths. No preparation is necessary and there are no auditions. Rehearsals are at Temple Kol Emeth on Monday, October 15 at 7 pm; Monday, October 29 at 7 pm; Monday, November 12 at 7 pm. Three pieces will be on the program—copies are available for purchase at the first rehearsal. Contact Kathy Mittelman at with any questions.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 pm

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees -- please be sure to have a member of your group present at this important meeting in the Parish Hall as we begin the 2019 budget process. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend. For more information please contact Senior Warden Stephanie Yucius.

St. Catherine’s Holiday Market

Artisans & vendors wanted

Shop local this holiday season at St. Cat's annual Holiday Market on Sunday, December 9, 8 am - 1 pm in our Parish Hall. Artists and vendor please reserve your space now by contacting Rebeccah George, or 404-277-6356. A $25 booth fee to benefit the Youth Program will be collected the day of the event.

2018-2019 Concert Series

Now in our seventh year, the St. Catherine's Concert Series is committed to providing high quality chamber and solo concerts, instrumental and vocal, in the beauty of our church. Join us for each of these concerts, held in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. All programs are free and open to the public with no tickets needed. Two of the series' favorite components are the “living program notes,” where performers share their thoughts about the music with the audience, and the post-concert reception, where the audience has an opportunity to meet the artists. Please reserve these dates on your calendar now, and invite family and friends!

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors are acknowledged in the concert programs, and all are invited to a Friends of Music reception at the beginning of each concert season.

Gifts in any amount are welcome in the following categories: Patron - $250 & up; Sponsor - $100-$249; Donor - up to $99. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music,” and send/bring to the church office. St. Catherine's members may also give online through your account in The City.

Concert calendar

  • Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm - Christmas with Coro Vocati
    Coro Vocati, directed by John Dickson is an ensemble of professional singers, called to create music at the highest level of choral artistry, Coro Vocati is returning for its fourth St. Catherine’s appearance by popular demand!
  • Sunday, January 13 at 4 pm - The Lopez-Tabor Duo
    This Venezuelan duo returns for their second appearance at St. Catherine's. Alfonso Lopez, violin, is the concert master of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra; Michelle Tabor, piano, was born in Venezuela and educated in the United States. She lives in Tallahassee, FL. They have performed together since 2004.
  • Sunday, March 31 at 4:00 pm - Joint Organ Recital with Shannon Gallier and Austin Clarke
    Shannon Gallier, Organist and Choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Church Atlanta, and Austin Clarke, Organist and Choir Director at Church of Our Savior Atlanta. The two will perform a program of solos and duets.
  • Sunday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. - The Summit Piano Trio
    “1-2-3! A Program of Solos, Duets, and Trios” - The Summit Trio is made up of three musicians on the faculty at Kennesaw State University. Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist, winning universal acclaim as orchestral soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Helen Kim made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. Charae Krueger is Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras.

Coming soon: Advent & Christmas Calendar


New Family Promise collection – Activity kits, diapers, wipes & PJs

By Molly Banko

Family Promise organizers have expressed their gratitude to St. Catherine’s for previous donations and said that the kids loved the activity kits and pajamas so much, that they are running low on supplies. Beginning October 21, our Outreach team will be collecting any size diapers and pull-ups, wipes, pajamas for infants through size 12 as well as Activity Kits to be given to children entering the Family Promise program. Plastic bags will be available in the foyer with instructions for the kits which contain items such as coloring or puzzle books, crayons, and books.

Ingathering is Sunday, November 11. If you’d prefer to have us do the shopping, donations are accepted. For more information, please contact Molly Banko at For more information on the Family Promise program, see

3rd Annual Holy Comforter & St. Catherine’s BBQ & Bingo Bash

Wednesday, November 3, 11:30 am

By Linda Shrake

Our Outreach Ministry has once again invited our friends from the Holy Comforter Friendship Center to come to Marietta for a fun day of lunch, music and bingo starting at 11:30 am. Members will be transported to St. Catherine’s in vans. We gather in the Parish Hall to share a meal, fellowship, and BINGO!

For those unfamiliar with Holy Comforter it is a diverse worshipping community in the heart of Atlanta. About 60% of this congregation lives with mental illness. The Friendship Center is part of the outreach ministry of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. 75-80 members are transported by vans to the Friendship Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays for hot and nutritious meals, mental and physical health education, advocacy, recreational activities, and programs in art and gardening.

Everyone at St. Catherine’s is invited to help make this a special event. There are lots of ways for you to join in. Volunteers are needed to greet our guests, help serve lunch, make nametags, clean up, bring a dessert, join the music team, or just come for an hour or so and be a part of our “ministry of presence”. That includes socializing with one another, refilling beverages, offering second helpings and playing bingo.

To join the team, please contact Glenn & Linda Cox (, Harriett Pyburn ( or Linda Shrake (


Learning to care for our community: Clinical Pastoral Education

Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton

This year, as part of my continuing education I will be taking a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and Spiritual Care Education course for Youth Ministers and Christian Educators through the Iona Center at Seminary of the Southwest. It is a 100-hour course where I will spend about half of my time in seminars and then half doing documented pastoral care. I will travel to Austin in October to kick off the program with an overnight in-person gathering and then will meet via video conference weekly until the final seminar. There is also a course review at the FORMA Conference in Indianapolis in January.

The course covers things such as listening and responding skills, grief and loss, discernment, self-care and much more. We will read independently and will learn and discuss together each week. I am excited about what I will personally learn from this training and how the information and skills I gain will make me a more effective communicator and care giver to youth and adults. I am also looking forward to what this means for the St. Catherine’s community as we continue to grow in deeper community together.

If you are interested in spending some time with me throughout this process, I would greatly appreciate it. You can get on my calendar here: .

How we respond to God’s movement in our lives

Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry: Pat Pepper

In her sermon on September 30, Mother Sarah said "Stewardship is...nothing more and nothing less than how we respond to God’s movement in our lives." I have been thinking about what she said. One of my reflections was how her words reminded me of my parents.

I grew up in Dallas, Texas, in the days when we didn’t even lock our door when we left the house, even for the weekend. It was a time when my dad kept $100 under the silverware drawer in the event someone had an emergency and needed help. It was a time when if someone was sick, or had a crisis of any description, my mother made a casserole to take to them.

Those were the days when, if a stranger asked for help, my parents responded to ask what they needed. I didn’t recognize it at the time but that was definitely God’s movement in their lives. Yes, my parents were special, but they had many, many friends exactly like them: they had all made the important discovery that when they freely gave their resources and their time, they would find joy.

In the next few weeks you will be reading, hearing and seeing how others have been Sowing Seeds of Gratitude here at St. Catherine’s and how they have responded to God’s presence in their lives. If you want to help and don’t know where to start please call or email me. We have many ways that you can respond, and you will be glad you did.

Pat Pepper

P.S. My parents also tithed.

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


Director of Children and Family Ministries: Becky Beal

Time moves so quickly, especially when our children are growing up. So much is happening. We tend to see the day before us and can't imagine that we'll ever move from the place where there is constant laundry to do and diapers to change. Or will we ever move past the joy and anxiety of a toddler, constantly in motion who requires constant attention. The growth of a child is seamless and not without bumps and wonderment.

In my own life, I see this most these days in the lives of my grandchildren. One year follows another and suddenly toddlers are in youth programs! Time passes so quickly.

Recently, my grandson, Bobby, participated in a Rite 13 ceremony, recognizing the beginning of his journey into adulthood. The young “celebrities”, as they are called, read Psalm 139, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Perhaps we should all begin our day with this psalm.

Then the congregation was reminded of the Baptismal promise they made to these young people. The young people were reminded that the community who has supported them all along, will never stop. The parents were reminded that the community supports them in this passage of growth and is there for conversations and prayer.

I see this love of God and community alive at Saint Catherine’s. It is wonderful to have a place that will support and love the children as they grow and mature, no matter what! We are the community that God empowers through grace and prayer. May our care and love, like God's, be seamless.

St. Catherine’s Preschool

Preschool Teacher Resource Specialist: Pam Kulpa

We are off to a wonderful start at the Preschool! We have 150 sweet children filling our classrooms and 24 wonderful teachers teaching them, some who have been here one year, some that have been here 35 years. St. Catherine’s Preschool has been up and running for 44 years with Karolyn Olliffe at the helm for the last 19 and counting! Our Assistant Director, Lynne Gates, has been working hard on creating our new school website and working diligently with Rosemary Wolfe on our new school software, HeadMaster. They have been our gurus for moving smoothly into the digital age of communication. This software gives our staff and our families easier and more efficient ways to communicate, keep up with school events and activities, and even pay their tuition online. Our Teacher Resource Specialist Pam Kulpa has been instrumental in keeping our families updated on Facebook and also organizing room moms for all of our teachers. We are making some improvements to the playground that we will share with the church. Like us on Facebook, visit our new website at , and enjoy the happy noises making their way upstairs if you are at the church during preschool hours.


Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Night Live: 6:30 - Dinner & Fellowship; 7:00 – Programming
October 12-14: New Beginnings 40
October 26: Corn Maze Trip
October 28: Elizabeth Inn Dinner
November 9-10: Annual Council Lock-in
November 17-19: Urban Adventure
December 1: Advent Wreath Making w/ breakfast & pics with St. Nicholas
December 7-9: Jr DYC @ Camp Mikell
December 23: Christmas Coffee & Coco for Youth Alumni
December 24: Emmaus House Elves
December 25: Christmas!


Youth Serving at Elizabeth Inn

Sunday, October 28, 5:00-7:00 pm -- We're grilling out for our friends at Elizabeth Inn. Come cook and serve with us!


Corn Maze trip - register by October 21

Friday, October 26, 5:00-10:00 pm - Come enjoy the fall weather and friends on a Friday night in October. Corn mazes in the dark are a blast! Remember that you are always welcome to bring friends to youth events and this event is perfect for friends! Register HERE!


In the Diocese

November 9-10: Youth Lock-In @ Annual Council at Holy Innocents' | $25
Every November, we gather at Annual Council as an entire Diocese. The youth segment is no different. We start our night by feeding 10,000 with Rise Against Hunger. After packaging the meals, we get "locked-in" at Council where we play games, sing songs, have midnight mass, and end the night with a movie on the big screen. The next morning, we lead worship for over 500 folks! Register here by November 4.

DYC Retreat
December 7-9 (middle school) and January 4-6 (high school) at Camp Mikell | $100
The Diocesan Youth Commission hosts it's retreat, the DYC Retreat, twice a year. It is hosted at Camp Mikell the first week of December for middle schoolers and the first weekend of January for highschoolers. The focus of the retreat is to bring the fun of Summer Camp into an abbreviated winter session. We even have Summer Staffers up to chaperone the weekend. The theme of the DYC Retreat changes yearly, but it is always an exciting weekend that includes music, worship, morning program, afternoon activities, a dance, and plenty of fun! Get information here .


  • Happening 71 | February 15-17, 2019
  • New Beginnings 41 | March 22-24, 2019


Can’t afford IT (A personal journey to gratitude): a Stewardship reflection

By Nelson Gale

I am afraid I will not have enough for a “rainy day”. I am afraid I will not have enough for my children’s college needs. I am afraid I will not have enough for retirement. I am just afraid I will not have enough!!! Does this sound familiar? It was the way I went through most of my life. Where did this come from? Probably parents who grew up during the Depression and World War II. Probably from growing up in a middle class family with four children where one parent worked and we had to spend very carefully. Probably hearing from parents that “we can’t afford that” almost every day. So, it comes naturally to a lot of baby boomers.

Fast forward about 50 years. I was asked to become co-chair of the “Faithful Mission” capital campaign. This was a follow up campaign to the “Faith Builds” capital campaign. The purpose of this follow up campaign was to help reduce the debt our church still had. I accepted because I wanted to help. During this campaign I became so impressed by the generosity of our parish to give even more after having given so much just a few years previously. It moved me to think more about the abundance in my life rather that what I didn’t have. It was a dramatic transformation. Instead of believing I had so little, I began to see I had so much. Me personal bank account looked the same, my savings account looked the same and my 401K looked the same. I now realized we had shelter to keep us warm/cool and dry, a family that was healthy and I was able to put food on the table for them. I had all I could ever need! When I say that, what I mean is now I understood the abundance in my life is not just material things, it is the abundance of life that God gives us through Jesus Christ as revealed to us in John 10:10. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”.

May the Holy Spirit open all our eyes, minds and hearts to the abundance right in front of us every day so that we may profoundly experience God’s Grace in our lives.

Reflection on Stewardship

By Phil Spessard

The phone rings. It’s my sister. “The hospice nurse said it’s now down to days,” she says. “Okay,” I respond, and I hop in my car and drive to Pennsylvania to be with and say goodbye to my Dad – our Dad.

It was February 2017. I was nervous and uncertain about what to expect and what to say, and how best to support my Dad and my sister and brother since this was our first experience with learning to cope with the loss of a parent.

As my father’s last three days unfolded, we witnessed the amazing, deeply sacred process of him “crossing over.” It happened in stages, and during each I gained a more powerful understanding that life, whether 81 years in duration (as in my Dad’s case) or 81 days, is but a mere blink of an eye against the backdrop of eternity and life everlasting. I gained certainty of heaven through the words my father shared, as he described what he was seeing. My siblings and I watched and listened to him have conversations in the “thin space between” with loved ones and friends who had passed before him. It was remarkable. Beautiful. Definitive.

With this experience, I gained comfort in the knowledge that the end of life is deeply affirming to believers and breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful for the one crossing over. I gained a more tangible understanding of Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And as the finality of Dad’s life descended upon us and his soul ascended to heaven, I gained clarity on the ultimate measures of a life. Love. Compassion. Generosity. All are precious gifts from God. Each is dependent on being shared in relationship. Their free flow from God to and through us to others represents the fullness of the life we are called to live, an abundant life of service to others and fulfillment.

May we each dedicate our lives unconditionally to Love, Compassion, and Generosity, and in so doing achieve our fullest potential, as children of God and as a community of faith. Together we can lift the hearts, minds, and circumstances of those who journey with us in this life, one sacred moment and one God-given day at a time.

Hellos and Goodbyes

The Rev. Sara K. Fisher

On Sunday, August 19th, we welcomed people who have formally joined St. Catherine's. As we hadn't done a welcome liturgy in some time, we went back about two years, so it is a longer than usual list of welcome! Going forward, we will anticipate formally welcoming people to St. Catherine's, in the Sunday liturgy, about twice a year.

But so that you won't have to wait half a year to know who's is new to this place, and because we also have the sad duty of saying goodbye to people we love, we will also be publishing here, the names of those who are joining St. Catherine's and those who have found a church home somewhere else.

We bid welcome to

Dana Robert Johnson
Gregory Jacques Stewart
Marilyn, Mark & Aaron Russell
Carlos & Asa Campos
Gail & Daniel Greene
Becky Adams
David & Jane Sanders
Betsy Hampton
Angela Brown & Beth Nix
Lynn Barton
Sarah Stedman
Christopher, Aaren, James Gordon and Harrison Bell
Leo Bosarge
Wes, Wendy, Duncan, Erin & Brenna Wilson
Todd, Melina, Samuel, Andrew & Natalyn Smith
Jon & Sandra Fantz
Barbara Davenport
Alice McGuire
Richard Bullard & David Perdue

And we wish well and said goodbye to

Michael Motes and Tim Raasch who moved to Dublin, Georgia
Beverly and Bill Fambrough who have transferred to St. Peter and St. Paul, Marietta
Rod and Nadine Pope who have moved to Denver, Colorado

Photo by Anne Hitchins - What's a welcome without sheet cake?!

Parishioner in the news

Congratulations to Barbara Barrington who has been named one of Cobb County Schools’ four Employees of the Year. She's a kindergarten parapro at Rocky Mount Elementary. Principal Peggy Fleming says she always goes above and beyond her job description, helping coach the drama club and creating costumes. She helps everyone in the building and is the right hand of the kindergarten teacher. Read all about it in the September 23 article in the Marietta Daily Journal at Cobb Schools name employees of the year (reported for The Wheel by Sally Powers).

Seen around St. Cat's

Sowing Seeds of Generosity in God's Kingdom 2018 - Have you picked up your seedling yet? Photos by Bettye Harris

Blessing of the Animals

A great celebration of the Feast of St. Francis on October 6 in our annual blessing of the animals The collection this day will be given to benefit Best Friends Atlanta (read about their mission and work at ). Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full size in the album at BlessingoftheAnimals100618.

Picnic & Play on October 6

Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full size in the album at FamilyFunDay101618.

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 month of October we are highlighting our Stewardship 365 Ministry Team. The mission of St. Catherine’s Stewardship 365 Committee is: “To connect the dots between God, Love, Generosity, and Giving”. The committee works to advance its mission through the accomplishment of several goals, including growing financial stewards and growing spiritual stewards through ministry and service.

  • October 15-21: Youth Readers – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Readers, mature youth grades 6-12 who are trained and scheduled on a rotating basis to read the second lesson at our 8:45 am Sunday service. Skills required include a willingness to practice, a desire to read God’s word, and a commitment to be in church. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Youth Director Sally Benton, 770.971.2839,
  • October 22-28: Sonshine Meals – This week we celebrate the life and work of Sonshine Meals, volunteers who cook and deliver meals to fellow parishioners during a time of special need such as illness, returning from the hospital, new baby and more. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jennifer Tear,


To my parish family,

Thank you so very much for all of your good wishes and prayers. They carried me through some rough times. God is good and I thank Him for you!

Nancy Certain

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

  • Tom and Maureen Donoghue
  • Eric and Deana DeLaBarre

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

  • Family Promise of Cobb County on September 22 for gift of $400


Atlanta Pride Parade - Sunday, October 14

A group from St. Cat's is going to the parade to show support for the LGBT community. We are meeting at St. Catherine's at 9 am to carpool downtown. Please contact Rebeccah George if you are interested in attending, or 404-277-6356.


At the Cathedral of St. Philip

  • Taste of Latin America October 13
    Bienvenidos! The Diocesan Hispanic Ministries Commission invites you to the annual Taste of Latin America Celebration and Dinner, on Saturday, October 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. It will be held at Child Hall at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30305. Parishioners from our 12 Hispanic Churches will bring authentic dishes from their cultures for this special potluck meal. There will be music, singing, dancing, a raffle, silent auction and a piñata for the children. Of course, admission is free. After dinner, hats will be passed for donations. The monies collected will be used to help our friends in Latin America and the Caribbean. Come join the fun!
  • Jane Baird Lecture 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.
  • Spirituality Conference November 3
    “A Day with Becca Stevens: Exploring Creative and Relevant Ways of Practicing Justice, Healing, and Love” on Saturday, November 3, 9:30 am – 3 pm. The author of several books including the recent Love Heals as well as the founder of Thistle Farm, Becca Stevens will lead the Cathedral's 10th Spirituality Conference. We will spend the day in intentional acts that promote the healing and justice corollaries of love. This includes storytelling, creating healing oils and participating in a justice tea ceremony. The hope for the day is that all the participants receive practical tools to carry back to their own communities and feel inspired to go out to love the world. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit Spirituality conference.


Michael O’Neal Singers: “I Hear America Singing” October 14

The Michael O’Neal Singers presents “I Hear America Singing” on Sunday, October 14, 3:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church. Drawing inspiration from American poet Walt Whitman, this program celebrates the vitality, variety, and optimism of America reflected through the creative endeavor of all its people. Including choral classics, folk songs, and spirituals, this program reminds us that patriotism at its core consists of both pride of country and a mutual respect for each other. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this renowned Georgia chorus. Tickets are $15 adults / $20 students/seniors in advance; $20/$25 at the door. The church is located at 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. For ticket orders and further information visit .


Wellstar Community Medication Take Back Day Saturday, October 27

Do you have unused or expired medicines or sharps (needles, lancets, etc.)? Do your part to prevent accidental poisoning, overdoses and improper use of medications—simply take items between 10 am and 2 pm to one of these drop-off locations. No questions asked, no forms, ID or registration required. For questions regarding these events, call 770-793-7373. Locations:

  • Cobb Senior Services, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta
  • CVS, 2782 N. Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw
  • Kennesaw State University Marietta Campus Student Center
  • Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta
  • Wellstar Acworth Health Park, 4550 Cobb Parkway, Acworth
  • Wellstar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road, Marietta
  • Wellstar Vinings Health Park, 4111 Atlanta Road, Smyrna


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please 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.

DECEASED: Marion Cook

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Lisa, Marshall Jones, Shirley Day. Peter Bernhardt, Charles Barnard, Mark Ernst, Christion Abercrombie, Miles, Grace Adams, Lindy Moot, Beth Sandoval, Lamar Lowe, Allen Rosenfield, Ruth Hepler, Sarah Stedman, Patty Austin-Pendroid, Robinson family, Pam Johannessen, Ken, Bobbye & Floyd family, Daniel, Fran Corragio, Kris Harley, Raymond & Kristina Higgins, Ralph, Marion & Richard Bullard, Kristin Blackstock, Nancy Certain, Arthur & Roberta Loewy, Peter Britt, Dean Motter, Jaqualine, Terry Adams, Rod Miller, Carol Fey, Michelle & Caitlyn Galloway, William & Ellen McGill, Debbie & Paul Gavin, Gwen, Sally Powers, Jane Smith, Luana Campos, Lou Smith, Hale Sanders, Tom Kaminski, Gary Carragio, Jim Snape, Bill Sisk, Bea McDowell, Barbara Perry, Hilary Small, Lynn Sapp, Debbie Mege, The Dilworth Family, Holly Krupp, Jose, Kevin & Doris Kissell, Bootie Farnsworth, Judy Cooper, Deborah Weigel, Mike Daniel, Chris & Susie, Lauren & Oliver, 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, 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.

BIRTHDAYS: Suzanne McGhee 10/12; Linda Shrake 10/12; Kitty Diffley 10/13; Althea Dillard 10/13; Audrey Nesbit 10/13; Jason Cook 10/14; Sydney Spessard 10/14; Bill Bowden 10/15; Erin Donoghue 10/15; Tony Khan 10/15; Elle Luttrell 10/15; Zachary Rice 10/16; Rhonda Robinson 10/16; Edwina Tims 10/16; Lee Ann Sherry 10/17; Lisa Johnston 10/18; Fleming Rowell 10/18; Chandler Sherry 10/18; Bill Woods 10/18; Mason Lewis 10/19; Kathryn Burgher 10/20; Colin Dailey 10/20; David Moore 10/20; Woodie Patrick 10/21; Melissa Ulloa 10/21; Andrew Smith Jr 10/22; Aaren Bell 10/23; Lynn Sapp 10/23; Ellen Sauve 10/23; Ginny Acocella 10/24; AvaKate Aumann 10/24; Michael Sherwood 10/24

ANNIVERSARIES: James & Susie Davis 10/13; Matt & Rachel Hutton 10/20; Tom & Maureen Donoghue 10/22; Al & Sue Jones 10/22; Josh & Christina McLean 10/24

10/14 - Deborah Weigel; Vince Dorothea, Beca & JP Westin; Michael Wherry; Arlen & Linda White; Natalie & Nat Whitlow
10/21 - Anne Whittle; Anne Willcocks; Bernard Williams; Brian & Jana Williams; Grant & Mary Williams

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 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 call 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, 10/12 Friday, 10/19

Clergy & Youth Director
   Day of Sabbath

Women's Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team


Clergy & Youth Director
   Day of Sabbath

Women's Bible Study

Saturday, 10/13 Saturday, 10/20


New Beginnings @Camp Mikell
Parish Work Day
Finnish School

S365 Bread Making
Cats On Wheel trip
Low Country Boil
Sunday, 10/14 Sunday, 10/21


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation
Chancel Choir
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts Troop 16125
KSU Campus Ministry


Wheel articles due
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation
Chancel Choir
Holy Eucharist
S365 Bread Making
Girl Scouts
KSU Campus Ministry
Women's Extension Dinner

Monday, 10/155 Monday, 10/22

Staff Meeting
CGS Mondays
Calling & Caring
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts


CGS Mondays
Safeguarding Training
Safeguarding Dinner
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 10/16 Tuesday, 10/23


Bible Study
Blood Drive
Girl Scout Troop 2910
Youth Ministry


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Master Planning
Wednesday, 10/17 Wednesday, 10/24
Cherub Choir
Adult Formation Series
Youth WNL
Facitilies Team
Chancel Choir
Boy Scouts


MUST Breakfast Team
Cherub Choir
Adult Formation Series
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/18 Thursday, 10/25


Daisy Scouts
Men's Bible Study

Men's Bible Study

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Friday, October 26 - Youth trip to corn maze
  • October 26-28 - Men’s Retreat at Montara Farm
  • Sunday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat 3-5 pm
  • Wednesday, October 31 – No youth or adult programs, no choir rehearsals
  • Friday, November 2 – All Souls service 7 pm
  • Saturday, November 3 – BBQ & Bingo Bash with Holy Comforter 11:30 am
  • Sunday, November 4 – All Saints Day, worship times 7:45 & 10:30 am, Christian Formation 9 am
  • Tuesday, November 6 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting 7 pm
  • November 9 & 10 – Annual Council; Annual Council Youth Lock-in
  • Saturday, November 10 - Stewardship Dinner 5-7 pm
  • Sunday, November 11 - Stewardship Ingathering, all service
  • Thursday, November 15 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth
  • First 3 Sundays each month: Breakfast for everyone by Breakfast Angels 8:15 am

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

SCHEDULE CHANGE due to Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays:

  • October 25 (articles due Sunday, October 21)
  • November 8 (articles due Sunday, November 4)
  • November 15 (articles due Sunday, November 11)
  • December 6 (articles due Sunday, December 2)
  • December 20 (articles due Sunday, December 16)

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.

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571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068