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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 26 - November 8, 2018

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Clery letter

All Saints
Vestry update
Trunk or Treat
All Souls
Stewardship dinner
Quarterly Ministry Teams
Advent Reflections
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Master Planning
YF news
Christmas Market
Advent/Christmas schedule

Family Promise items
BBQ & Bingo

Becky Beal

Elizabeth Inn
Urban Plunge
Council Lock-in


On Stewardship:
  Stephanie Yucius

  Harry Tear
Sermons online
Cherub Choir
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Medication take-back
Spirituality Conference




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

10/31 – No evening programs/choir rehearsal;
Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

11/2 – All Souls Day service

11/3 – BBQ & Bingo Bash

11/4 – Daylight Savings Time Ends;
All Saints Day:
Worship at 7:45 & 10:30 am ONLY,
Christian Formation 9 am

11/6 – Election Day;
Preschool closed;
Quarterly Ministry Teams

11/7, 14 - WNL & Transforming Questions

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Practicing Gratitude

A note from Mother Sarah: The Wheel traditionally begins with an article from a member of your clergy. This week I'm giving this spot to our very own Joy Ettel. Joy's reflection spoke deeply to me and I commend it to you to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. Thank you, Joy, for your deep wisdom.
— Sarah+

By Joy Ettel

Historically, philosophers and theologians have suggested that gratitude is one of the most critical human emotions for the betterment of society. Religious and spiritual thinkers have documented over time, that gratitude is a crucial aspect of religious and spiritual life. In modern times, decades of social science research confirms that when people are grateful, they are more likely to serve others, to give back to their communities, to be altruistic and to cultivate a lifelong practice of generosity.

But how does one begin to practice gratitude—the art of being grateful, which is seemingly such an inherent and instinctive way of being? It often seems that we are either born with gratitude—ultimately blessed with a giving and generous spirit—or, quite simply, we are not. In this way, the notion of practicing gratitude seems almost paradoxical.

During the season of Easter 2018, the St. Catherine’s community joined the Stewardship 365 Team in a conscious effort to practice gratitude. For five weeks, with sharpies and brightly colored post-it notes in hand, our parish celebrated Sundays of gratitude in a joyful and exuberant way. On corresponding colored squares of paper, we answered questions each week that challenged us to reflect deeply upon the question of gratitude: how and where it reveals itself in our lives—not only within the walls of St. Catherine’s but within our families, our communities, at work and at play. We reflected upon the gifts of nature, the blessings of St. Catherine’s ministries and its staff, and the work we are called to do as a Body of Christ.

Each week, more personal reflections were added to the growing glass walls of the Narthex (the site of our Gratitude installation) until the entire space was transformed into a bright and beautiful mosaic of dazzling color, a patchwork of hope and thanksgiving. By the close of the Easter season, the wall contained hundreds of personal reflections on grace and gratitude. There were prayers of thanks for the many ministries of St. Catherine’s and its conveners, especially for our talented Choirs. There were countless prayers for peace and healing in response to recent national and international violence (“I See God in the seeds of hope being sown after the Detroit shootings”). And there were messages of love, redemption and thanks for the natural world (“Thanks Be to God for the return of the hyacinths to my yard,”). There were funny messages too: (“Thank God for coffee!”). Lastly, there were love letters written to family members and dozens of beautifully hand drawn pictures, many from our youngest, and very talented parishioners (“Thank You...You are the best Mommy”).

As my children and I stood around our kitchen island last Sunday afternoon, sifting through the squares of bright paper and taking turns reading them aloud, we each had similar responses. It struck me as implausible, (at least it seemed that way, given that my 2 children and I had such mirrored reactions), to read these prayers of thanks and messages of generosity aloud without connecting personally to them and, by extension—feeling a rush of gratitude, ourselves.

One parishioner’s recent Sunday dinner with her grandchildren, immediately brought to mind my own two parents, and although both have had serious illnesses this year, I was flooded with thanks that I was given the chance to celebrate Easter with them both this year— feeling especially grateful that my mother was well enough for us to prepare some of our favorite Easter recipes together. Forrest read a reflection on a St. Cat’s Youth’s recent trip to Florida, and immediately recounted a very special family beach trip we took to Destin last fall…So it went on, until we were no longer reading parish reflections…we were sharing stories of our own gratitude. Interestingly, this did not feel self-indulgent or myopic. It felt as if we were speaking to God through our own personal family Post It prayer. If it were translated, it would go something like this: Thank You, Lord, for everything that you do to make our lives so exceptional, so bright and so beautiful, even when we don’t expect it and certainly when we don’t deserve it, which is—most days.

The feelings of gratitude and gratefulness that washed over us in the kitchen lingered on for a good part of the afternoon and evening, and as I packed up the hundreds of post-it notes, I was again struck with the feeling that something special had happened. I’m not sure whether this shift in the kitchen occurred in our hearts or in our minds (or both), but I’m sure what was taking place was that we were practicing gratitude.

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
— Psalm 118:28-29

All Saints Day – Sunday, November 4

  • Special schedule this day

On All Saints Day we will have a simple, spoken 7:45 liturgy, and a combined later service at 10:30, featuring both the Choristers and the Chancel Choir, baptisms and renewal of baptismal vows. Christian Formation classes will meet at 9 am this day. At both services we will read aloud the names of all we love who have died within the past year, and make space for everyone to name their own beloved dead.

  • Prayer flags

We will adorn our space with prayer flags, each bearing the names of our own beloved dead. Please pick up a paper flag at church for your own names, and also we invite you to take one to someone you know who has lost someone this year. Return them to the church by October 28.

  • Sup with the Saints

After the 10:30 liturgy, we will bless the graves in our Memorial Garden, then share a picnic lunch on the pavers and in the Garden. A simple lunch will be provided. Please bring picnic blankets and camping chairs!

  • Submit names for All Souls Day and All Saints Day by Sunday, Oct. 28

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 on November 2. All names submitted will be listed in the All Saints Day bulletin on November 4. 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 our form at by Sunday, October 28 or call the church office.

  • Birthday & Anniversary blessings omitted November 4

Have a birthday or anniversary coming up soon? On Major Feast Days, including All Saints Day, there is so much happening in the liturgy that we omit the birthday and anniversary blessings. But we don't want you to miss yours! Please come for your blessing on either Sunday, October 28 or November 11!


Daylight Savings Time ends this day

Please note that November 4 is the end of Daylight Savings Time! Remember to catch that extra hour of sleep—FALL BACK one hour on your clock and we will see you at church on our special schedule for this day!

Vestry update

By Senior Warden Stephanie Yucius

The vestry met on Tuesday, October 16th. After Eucharist we had our community discussion. Mother Sarah led us through a very stimulating conversation on the Benedictine Life and the model that represents. It was work that we look forward to continuing with in the coming months. We had an informative report from Tom Blackstock of Master Planning on the work that they have engaged in over the past several months. Please see Tom's report in a separate article below in this Wheel. Scott Lummus updated us on the financials which are in good shape for us at this review of the September reports. Our pledge receipts are under year to date budget but our givers of record are over the expected budget. The staff continue to do a good job with managing our expenses and working well with the facilities ministry team on maintaining our buildings and equipment. With our aging building and equipment, this continues to be an area that we keep in discussion with as a Vestry. Nelson Gale gave a quick review of the upcoming schedule for Stewardship 365 and the exciting experiences we will have over the coming weeks. Frank Adams updated us on the Human Resources team. We reviewed minutes, thank yous, and the upcoming calendar. Our quarterly ministry teams meeting is Tuesday, November 6th, 7 pm in the parish hall. Please see any vestry member with questions or comments.

We as a vestry enjoy our work together. I speak for myself, but know that others agree the work on vestry is spiritual, stimulating, and rewarding. We have experienced a group that functions very well as a listening to one another team. If you would like to know more in order to consider this role for yourself, I would welcome that conversation. Our vestry nomination and election process will be later this year than in year's past. More to come on that in the next Wheel publication.

Trunk or Treat - Sunday, October 28

Rain or shine! 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.

  • Candy donations needed! -- If you won't be at the event and would like to donate candy, a collection bin is in the church office.
  • 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! Decorate your trunk and hand out your candy (prizes for cars and costumes!).

We will be in the back parking lot in front of the Youth House. Have fun, meet people, be creative! Contact Becky Beal with questions.

All Souls Day service – Friday, November 2

We will celebrate The Feast of All Souls at a special service at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 2 and remember our beloved dead. We will particularly recall those who have died within the past calendar year. If you have lost someone dear to you within the past year, fill out this brief form at by Sunday, October 28 or contact Rachel Hutton in the church office and we will make sure your loved one is added to our list. You will be invited to participate in the liturgy in memory of your loved one.

Stewardship Celebration Dinner

Saturday, November 10 – Limited space, RSVP soon

Please join the Stewardship 365 Team as we celebrate a year of abundant blessings on Saturday, November 10 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. This event, which culminates our S365 2018 campaign: Sowing Seeds of Gratitude in God's Kingdom, will allow us to warmly thank and celebrate the parishioners who so richly serve the many ministries of St. Catherine's.

The Fellowship Hour (hors d'oeuvres and beverages) will commence at 5:00, followed by dinner to be served at 5:30. We will offer a menu of elegant and scrumptious soups, followed by desserts provided by the Stewardship 365 Committee.

This year, we encourage all Youth (ages 7th-12th grade) to join us for the celebration dinner. Complimentary childcare will be available for children ages 0-5 in the Nursery. Children from 1st through 6th grade are invited to attend the Youth House for a special celebration planned and coordinated by Becky Beal, which will include a pizza dinner, cookie making, and crafts!

This event is free for all St. Catherine’s but reservations are needed. Please RSVP as soon as possible, space is limited and is filling quickly! Reply now on this form or call the church office, 770-971-2839.

With gratitude,

The Stewardship 365 Committee

Safeguarding God's Children training

Saturday, November 3 at St. Peter & St. Paul

Safeguarding God's Children (SGC) is a training program for the prevention of child sexual abuse. The program helps participants learn about keeping and teaching healthy boundaries with children and how to recognize unhealthy situations or potential signs of abuse.

This training is mandatory for ministry leaders, Vestry, teachers and anyone who serves with children or youth. The next training will be offered on Saturday, November 3, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1795 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta. There is no charge to attend but be sure to register in advance. Please click HERE to register or visit for information and registration for the Safeguarding programs. For questions contact Becky Beal.

Quarterly Ministry Teams 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.

Mother’s Morning Out at St. Catherine’s

St. Catherine’s Preschool offers a Mother’s Morning Out (MMO) program for children of the community ages 10 to 22 months on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. MMO provides a fun day in an environment where the children feel safe and loved. Reservations are not required, but are strongly suggested to be sure there is space. The cost is $30.00 per day. For full information and reservations please contact the Preschool at 770-971-2839,

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.


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. This year’s theme is “Harmonizing the Voices of Humanity,” and the celebration will provide a night of uplifting music, humor, good food, and inspirational messages from various religious leaders about ways to work together to make our community and our world a better place. The event will also spotlight an interfaith effort, New American Pathways, an organization dedicated to promoting safety and stability, self-sufficiency, success, and service for individual refugees and refugee families in Georgia.

All are invited, no tickets or reservations needed! Each year, this event brings together spiritual leaders, musicians, and participants from over 20 different faith traditions 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 food donations – 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 29 at 7 pm; Monday, November 12 at 7 pm. Three pieces will be on the program—copies are available for purchase at the rehearsal. Contact Kathy Mittelman at with any questions.

Master Planning Committee update

By Tom Blackstock

The Master Planning Committee for St. Catherine’s was reorganized in April 2018 and includes Tom Blackstock, Rebeccah George, Lee Stuart, Rachel Bagby, Barbara Barrington and Al Jones. The Vestry will be appointing an additional four members to the committee in the January timeframe. The Vestry tasked the MPC with examining three issues as their first priority. These issues included 1) Developing policies and procedures for managing building records including operations and maintenance manuals, warranties, equipment and system information, etc.; 2) Developing policies and procedures for parish hall management; and 3) Developing policies and procedures for the submission, review, coordination and presentation of new projects/products/services for Vestry approval.

The committee has conducted research of current parish records and polled other parishes within the Diocese. We developed some recommendations for each of these tasks and presented them to the Vestry at the October meeting on Tuesday, October 16th. The Vestry provided feedback on the recommendations and the committee will continue to refine the polices and procedures for each of the tasks. The committee expects to present updated information to the Vestry at the January meeting and publish the policies and procedures to the parish upon Vestry approval. The committee will also update ministry team conveners at the next quarterly meeting and incorporate any feedback from the ministry teams. If you have any questions about the work of the committee, please feel free to contact Tom Blackstock at or cell 404-434-9049.

News for Young Families

We are creating an email list to keep families with young children, their family members and friends apprised of the offerings at Saint Catherine's in our Young Families Ministry. If you would like to be included, please email Becky Beal .

St. Catherine’s Christmas Market

Artisans & vendors wanted

Shop local this holiday season at St. Cat's annual Christmas 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.

Coming soon: Advent & Christmas Calendar


Collection for Family Promise

Activity Kits, diapers & wipes, PJs wanted by November 11

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


-> Next Family Promise hosting week is November 18 - 25 (Thanksgiving Week) - your help will be needed!

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 (

Hurricane relief with ERD

Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to partner with them through ERD’s Hurricane Relief Fund as they support dioceses and communities responding to tragic storms like Hurricanes Florence & Michael. Your donation will meet urgent needs by providing critical supplies such as food, water and other basics and will help provide long-term assistance as needed. You may make a donation to the Hurricane Relief Fund at . Thank you for your compassion and prayers!

ERD responds to storms in the United States through partnerships with Episcopal dioceses. Their US Disaster team offers resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide emergency support so those most vulnerable can make a sustained recovery after the storm. The benefit of our partnership with Episcopal churches is that these congregations are already deeply integrated within their communities — they are there before responders arrive and will remain long after the news cameras have gone. With your partnership, we are working together for lasting change. Learn about Episcopal Relief & Development’s efforts worldwide at .


Favorite Stories

Director of Children and Family Ministries: Becky Beal

I have a Thursday date with my next door neighbors. We were on a "speaking at the mailbox friendship" for about ten years and I was content to keep it that way until I saw the ambulance come one evening.

They were gone for several months and I prayed and wondered, and was delighted to see lights on in the house after four months. That’s when our Thursday dates began. The stories they share are an important part of my week now.

All Saints and All Souls celebrations help us honor our own saints. We remember and retell family stories to keep saints alive for children. Why not have a Favorites night? Decorate with Mimi's favorite color, read the poem Grandpa loved to quote, the entertainment can be their favorite movie. If the saints in your family are still alive, ask for their favorite stories and then celebrate!


Director of Youth Ministries: Sally Benton

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Night Live: 6:30 - Dinner & Fellowship; 7:00 – Programming
October 26: Corn Maze Trip
October 28: Elizabeth Inn Dinner
November 9-10: Annual Council Lock-in
November 17-19: J2A 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!


Rite 13 Urban Plunge

January 12-13 at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta - We will gather at St. Catherine's at noon on Saturday and will return on Sunday afternoon. 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 its 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


Reflections on Stewardship

By Stephanie Yucius

Mark 10:17-31 – we all know that scripture, the infamous ask of the rich young man to Jesus, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

What a challenging piece of scripture to ponder not only for us today, but also for the rich young man and the disciples. I was lead to read commentary from a few sources that let me consider some of the nuances of this scripture.

This rich young man has obeyed the commandments, probably a member of a respectable council or court, and accumulated wealth. He respects Jesus and knows that Jesus is a good teacher. By all accounts, this rich young man was doing what was asked of him by God. Yet it is the rich young man that comes to Jesus with this question. Jesus did not approach him with the question. Why would this man even question his inheritance to eternal life?

The teachings of Jesus in this scripture while challenging really convey so much of His message for us. Jesus looked at the rich young man and loved him. Jesus loves us unconditionally. There is no report card, there is no debit and credit chart, there is no perfect eulogy, we are ALL just loved. And it is through this love that he teaches us what community that is pleasing to God would be. He looked at the rich young man and loved him and then advised him almost as a doctor would prescribe a medicine. “One thing you lack, go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” Ok, so there it is the part that has me saying – what do you mean sell everything – I have worked hard for this, what will I live on?, who will take care of me?.

Let’s take a different lens to this prescription. What if Jesus knows that being a disciple only to our work and wealth will call us away from being human. Do we lose our motivation to change something for the better in our community because we are so comfortable and on top? Do we forget what hardship feels like therefore making us callous to other’s desperate needs? Perhaps if we were reliant upon a caring community for all our needs we would more clearly see that unconditional love that God bestows upon us (we did nothing to earn it, they just cared for us).

I believe that Jesus loved this rich young man and wanted so much more for him in his life. He wants that for us. He was not trying to shame him for what he had, he was offering him even more! Authentic community and care for God’s Kingdom is what Jesus is prescribing for us. My journey with following this discipleship that God calls us to is a challenge, but the scripture tells me to know that “all things are possible with God”.

God, thank you for the blessing you continue to bestow upon us unconditionally. May we be good stewards of our blessings to live in authentic community and lead us to care for your kingdom here on earth knowing not our own strength but that it is through You that all things are possible.


By Harry Tear

Galatians 6:9 - "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

I have to say, on that Sunday a few months ago during our day of service, cleaning/repairing/beautifying and, yes, actual sowing (or at least planting) at St. Catherine’s, I DID get a little weary... After about 500 hundred shovels of mulch (please allow for some embellishment), my back was certainly weary, but my heart was full. From the folks polishing/cleaning/straightening and beautifying the interior, to those of us shoveling/spreading/hauling/planting outside, there were God’s sowers living the words of Paul to the Galatians.

We are blessed to be part of such a vibrant community. We ARE stewards of God’s blessings. That Sunday helped me to see how many different gifts we possess. I am not sure that writing reflections is one of my gifts, but I am glad for the opportunity to say THANK YOU to each and everyone who comes to worship at St. Catherine’s. Your gifts make me better. Your gifts make me want to give more—of my time, talents and treasure. Admittedly, I do grow weary from time to time, when I have doubts or do not feel like a very good Christian, but then I see St. Catherine’s in action and I know God has blessed me beyond imagination—and I will continue to sow.

Sermons online

Drew and Connor preached amazing and inspiring Stewardship Sermons on October 21. You can listen to both of them, and all Sunday sermons, on the Sermons page of our website at

Photo announcement from our Facebook page

News from the Cherub Choir

By Judy Guard

Three weeks have gone by since our first meeting and already the Cherub Choir is doing some very fine singing. We are getting to know one another and having fun together. The group is learning musical terms, playing rhythm sticks, and singing songs about friendship, the love of God and a special song about the first Christmas morning. My hope is that the children are having as much fun as I am.

The Cherub Choir will sing in church for the first time on January 6 at the 8:45 service. Thank you for lending me your children for this great adventure. I appreciate your giving them an opportunity to sing for the glory of God.

Cherub Choir is for all children ages kindergarten through second grade. We meet Wednesdays 5:00-5:30 pm and all are welcome. (Note: October 31 rehearsal is moved to November 1.) For information contact Director of Children & Family Ministries Becky Beal. Photos by Jan Potter, see more full size in the album at St Cats Music Class 2018 .

Seen around St. Cat's

Stewardship 365 - Bread baking and Generosity

We had a wonderful time baking bread for S365 and are excited about the next part of the activity: giving our breads away and then writing written reflections on this process. The breads came out perfectly! Thank you so much to Deana Delabarre her help with using the ovens in the parish kitchen! (Photos courtesy Joy Ettel)

Newcomer Welcoming

On August 19 we welcomed over 35 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 was a longer than usual list of welcome! (Photos by Phil Spessard)

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.

  • October 29 – November 4: Greeters – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Greeters, who offer a warm welcome to visitors before and after Sunday services and other special services; assist the clergy by helping to guide visitors to our Welcome Table; and work closely with the Shepherds to assist newcomers during their visit. Greeters also look for opportunities to introduce visitors to others. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Susan Heuke, 678.231.8558,
  • November 5-11: Stewardship 365 Ministry Team – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Stewardship 365 Ministry Team, which is responsible for providing year-round education and outreach for the parish on the responsible stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. The committee works to grow financial stewards and spiritual stewards through ministry and service, and holds the annual Stewardship Campaign. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Nelson Gale, 770.722.9262,, Joy Ettel, 770.315.0232,


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

  • From Emmaus House on September 23, for gift of $500.


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


Spirituality Conference at the Cathedral 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 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. 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.


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.

DEATHS: William McGill, father of Alison Harris; Ronald, Wayland Boone; Jerry Martineau, brother-in-law of Brian Jory.


THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Jacky Henry, Lucy Perry, Shirley Henry, Natalie Whitlow, Brian Jory, Nancy Certain, Hazel McCurdy, Jean Buckalew, Ron Brannock, Lisa Powell, 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, Daniel, Fran Corragio, Kris Harley, Raymond & Kristina Higgins, Ralph, Marion & Richard Bullard, Kristin Blackstock, 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, 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, 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: Oak Martin 10/26; Natalyn Smith 10/26; Preston Paris 10/27; Abe Fontenot 10/28; Doug Jenkins 10/28; Sally Paris 10/29; Tom Blackstock 10/31; Tracy Buckalew 10/31; Mitch Dumke 10/31; Sally Dupuis 10/31; Daniel Mikkelsen 10/31; Chauncey Thompson-Quartey 10/31; Paul Acocella 11/1; Bob Jansen 11/1; Christy Luttrell 11/1; Keith Muckerman 11/2; Sara Thomas 11/2; Deana DeLaBarre 11/4; Alison Fransen-Hastings 11/4; Gretchen Walton 11/4; Arlyn Cook 11/5; Richard Boers-Dean 11/7; Jason Gardiner 11/7; Jerry Scott 11/7; Cindy Tuemmler 11/7; Ethan Nienaber 11/8; Harry Tear IV 11/8;

ANNIVERSARIES: Jason & Sue Snape 10/25; Terry & Lezlie DeGan 10/28; Steve & Rose Wolfe 11/4

10/28: Margaret & Tony Wilson; Wes, Wendy, Duncan, Erin & Brenna Wilson; Steve & Rose Wolfe; Bill Woods; David, Missy, Penn, & Shep Worden
11/4: David, Stephanie, Riley & Danielle Yucius; Chuck, Michelle, Charlie & Maddie Zimmerman; Marcia, David, Noah & Oliver Zurn; Ginny & Paul Acocella; Becky Adams


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, 10/26 Friday, 11/2

Clergy & Youth Director
   Day of Sabbath

Men's Retreat @Montara Farm
Women's Bible Study
Youth Corn Maze


Clergy & Youth Director
   Day of Sabbath

Women's Bible Study
All Souls Day Service

Saturday, 10/27 Saturday, 11/3


Boy Scout Training
Finnish School

Finnish School
BBQ & Bingo Bash w Holy
Sunday, 10/28 Sunday, 11/4


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation
Chancel Choir
Holy Eucharist
Trunk or Treat
Girl Scouts Troop 16125
Youth Elizabeth Inn
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
KSU Campus Ministry


Daylight Savings Ends
All Saints Day
Wheel articles due

Holy Eucharist
Christian Formation
Holy Eucharist
Girl Scouts
KSU Campus Ministry

Monday, 10/29 Monday, 11/5

Women's Book Study
CGS Mondays
Boy Scout Event
Stephen Ministry Training
Boy Scouts


CGS Mondays
Mentor Group Quarterly
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 10/30 Tuesday, 11/6


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Girl Scout Troop 2910


Election Day
Preschool Closed
Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Quarterly Ministry Teams
Wednesday, 10/31 Wednesday, 11/7
6:00PM Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team


Cherub Choir
Adult Formation Series
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 11/1 Thursday, 11/8


Daisy Scouts
Cherub Choir
Men's Bible Study
Chancel Choir

Men's Bible Study

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • November 9 & 10 – Annual Council at Holy Innocents; Annual Council Youth Lock-in
  • Saturday, November 10 - Stewardship Dinner 5-7 pm
  • Sunday, November 11 - Stewardship Ingathering, all services; Family Promise collection ingathering
  • Thursday, November 15 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth 7 pm
  • November 17-19 - J2A Youth Urban Adventure
  • Sunday, November 18 - Intergenerational Christian Formation 10 am
  • November 18-25 - Family Promise Hosting Week
  • Thanksgiving holidays: Preschool closed November 19-23; Church office closed November 21-23
  • First 3 Sundays each month: Breakfast for everyone by Breakfast Angels 8:15 am

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

SCHEDULE due to Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays:

  • 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